Wearing sunglasses in the winter is often a topic for discussion. Some argue sunglasses aren’t really needed when the sun’s not shining. For the record, we want to remind you that UV protection is needed year-round.
While there are numerous reasons to put on a pair of shades in the winter (UV protection and protection from snow reflection to name a few), sunglasses can also act as a great fashion accessory to dress up your face and elevate your look. In fact, outside of the fact sunglasses are functionally necessary year-round, sunglasses are also a style power move, taking your bored tried-and-true puffer to runway ready with a simple swipe of an accessory.
Although the negative health effects of drinking alcohol have been well established, nearly 65% of U.S. adults continue to consume alcoholic beverages on a regular basis. Considering there is a direct correlation between health issues and the amount of alcohol consumed, the issue becomes more concerning knowing that over 25% of U.S. adults report binge drinking (having six or more drinks in a sitting) in the last month.
One of the serious, but rarely discussed, alcohol-related health issues is the effect drinking has on vision and overall eye health. In fact, regular consumption of alcohol has been directly associated with a number of serious short and long-term vision issues that range from blurred vision to damage to the optic nerve resulting in permanent vision loss.
A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens inside the eye which leads to a decline in vision. Aging is the most common reason for a cataract, but other factors include disease, trauma, and certain medications. Most cataracts grow slowly over decades, but some may progress more quickly.
The crystalline lens is the structure located in the middle of the eye, in front of the retina, but behind the iris (colored part). All light that enters the eye goes through the cornea and the lens to get to the retina. If a cataract is affecting the lens, distorted vision is the result. Glasses and contacts are unable to correct the vision until the cataract is removed.
Prada is one of the most famous brands in fashion history. With the rise of prominent logos over the years, Prada’s instantly recognizable triangle trademark is often seen on the iconic nylon bag to trendy sunglasses.
Leather goods were the centerpiece of the brand when Mario and Martino Prada founded it in 1913 as Fratelli Prada, translating to Prada Brothers. Steam trunks, handbags, and animal goods were imported from England and were the first products the company focused on.
Mario Prada believed a woman should not work outside the home and did not want any of his female family members to join the company. Regardless of this philosophy, his son showed no interest in the family business so his daughter, Luisa, joined and successfully ran Prada for twenty years before passing it along to her daughter, Miuccia.
Prada transformed into the luxury brand we know today when Miuccia met Patrizio Bertelli, a 24-year-old Italian leather businessman, who convinced Miuccia to focus instead on luxury luggage pieces. Another important business lesson he passed along — instead of importing from England, focus on locally sourced materials. It was this business decision that was formative in the rise of this traditional luxury brand and the Prada we know today.