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Envision Optometry provides complete eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses at our downtown Boston location in the Financial District. Optometrist Dr. Tricia Rose and her staff would love to help you choose your next pair of frames! We have fashion eyewear from great designers and take most insurance plans. 

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Warm Up in Style

Tricia Rose

With brisk temperatures coming at us in full force, it is time to break out our cold weather accessories, and what better to pair them with than a fabulous new pair of sunglasses. This week we are bringing together the latest styles in winter wear and a couple of our favorite sunglasses. 

Elie Tahari- Christina Wool Coat

Elie Tahari- Christina Wool Coat

Bobbi in Bisque Havana by SALT.

Bobbi in Bisque Havana by SALT.

In a sea of black jackets, dare to stand out in teal. We are obsessed with the combination of a solid colored piece and a fun patterned accessory. The tortoise print and feminine design of the Bobbi by SALT. Optics is the perfect compliment to this shall collared coat by Elie Tahari. 


Pisa in Gray Marble by Morgenthal Frederics.

Pisa in Gray Marble by Morgenthal Frederics.

For a more everyday look, this Karl Lagerfeld colorblock coat has a more versatile feel. We are loving the color combination, as well as functional waistline zipper, allowing your look to go from day to night in no time. Bringing together this look is the Pisa by Morgenthal Frederics, using both black and gray marble accents to mirror the heather grey tweed texture of the coat.

Karl Lagerfeld Paris- Colorblock Zip-Off Coat

Karl Lagerfeld Paris- Colorblock Zip-Off Coat


New Styles from Orgreen

Tricia Rose

Today we had the pleasure of meeting with our new Orgreen + Goldsmith rep, David. We were lucky enough to have this rep commute all the way from New Jersey to show us the latest arrivals from Orgreen!

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Orgreen uses artfully designed shapes and pairs them with eye-catching colors to create a timeless style. Their frames are designed in Copenhagen and handcrafted using Japanese titanium, making them incredibly lightweight and durable. Our team got to shop their latest collection this morning, and we are eager to share them with you!

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Gregers in Matte Brown

Gregers in Matte Brown

Snow in Matte Red Raspberry

Snow in Matte Red Raspberry

Out of all of Orgreen's debuts this winter, the above styles stood out to us as must-haves! Orgreen creates the perfect frame for any style and face shape, and has stayed true to that by releasing new petite styles, making eye wear styling easy for even those with a smaller face shape. Our men's pick is the Gregers, a modified round shape, complimented by a unique new temple design introduced this season. As distinct as its namesake, the Snow is a rounded shape with squared off edges and vibrant colors, making this frame a definite statement maker. With various new styles and colors being introduced this season, all of us here at Envision cannot wait to show off our new favorites!

 

 

 


Books That Inspire Our Visions

Tricia Rose

Reading is dreaming with open eyes, and  here at Envision we believe that being able to see clearly is the only way to really be immersed in a good book.  As avid readers, we are all very excited about the Boston Book Festival that is taking place this weekend in Copley Square. Here are a few books that inspire our team!

 

 

Written by one of the most inspirational writers of our time Harper Lee; Go Set a Watchman is a compelling sequel to the award winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. This story gives us a look into the world of the protagonist Scout as she returns home to the South and the many civil rights issues transforming it. Although this novel was published in 2015, it was actually written before To Kill a Mockingbird, showing us that Harper Lee’s rejection did not constitute her failure but solidified her extreme success in being an award winning author.

Model 1223 in Navy Blue by Cutler and Gross

Model 1223 in Navy Blue by Cutler and Gross

Baton Rouge in Fuchsia by Etnia Barcelona

Baton Rouge in Fuchsia by Etnia Barcelona

 

 

Diane Von Furstenberg is one of the most admired and innovative business women of our time. This autobiography offers an insight into how Diane became the woman she always aspired to become. She shares how she successfully grew her fashion line while also being a devoted mother, grandmother, and wife. As one of our team members, Michaela, read this autobiography, she was inspired to always pursue and accomplish her personal goals in order to become the woman she envisioned herself to be.

 

 

There is no doubt that Harry Potter is one of the most beloved book series of all time. It has given millions of people the hope that they need to overcome their fears and to not be afraid of being different. It is the perfect book to revisit when feeling nostalgic. J.K. Rowling was once a single mother living on welfare but had the courage to showcase her imagination and bring joy to millions of readers. To anyone who has never read the series, what are your waiting for?

Newman in Color 202 by Morgenthal Frederics

Newman in Color 202 by Morgenthal Frederics


Looking chic at the Head of the Charles!!

Tricia Rose

With one of the most anticipated fall activities returning this weekend for its 53rd race, the Head of the Charles Regatta, promises to make for a busy and exciting weekend here in Boston. Taking in the sights along the Charles will be even more appealing this year with sunny skies ahead, and what better way to debut sunglasses than getting out there and cheering on the competitors. We are proud to showcase our choices for sunglasses for rowers and observers alike!

Reiner in Matte Mauve Mist by SALT. Optics

Reiner in Matte Mauve Mist by SALT. Optics

Olina in Champagne by Barton Perreira

Olina in Champagne by Barton Perreira

The Reiner by SALT is the perfect viewing point for men at the Head of the Charles this year.  We love the subtle detail and timeless lines of this pair.  The Olina by Barton Perreira brings a bit of glam to the Charles!  Why not?!?


Rydon by Rudy Project

Rydon by Rudy Project

Rydon 2 by Rudy Project

Rydon 2 by Rudy Project

For the athletes in the water and watching from above we love the Rudy Project line.  These are cool and sleek and fit amazingly well on everyone!  

It's Starting to Look a Latte Like Fall!

Tricia Rose

With a new season upon us, our coffees go from cold to hot, but our frames keep us fabulous! We've visited some of our favorite neighborhood coffee shops and added an Autumn spin to our daily essentials.

Murdock in Matte Sienna by SALT

Murdock in Matte Sienna by SALT

 

 

 

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin spiced latte! Enjoying the brisk autumn air in Post Office Square at Sip Cafe.

 

 

 

Trading in our espresso and matching with our matcha from Ogawa Coffee!

Porter in Bottle Green by Claire Goldsmith

Porter in Bottle Green by Claire Goldsmith

Irwin in Matte Dark Tortoise on Frost by Claire Goldsmith

Irwin in Matte Dark Tortoise on Frost by Claire Goldsmith

 

 

 

This latte is a seasonal twist on a classic. The house-made lavender vanilla syrup exclusively from Render Coffee makes this a one-of-a-kind treat.


Envision's 30 under 30

Tricia Rose

In honor of Forbes' 30 under 30, we thought it would be fun to present to you our amazing team members under 30.

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Cassis in BKRD by Etnia Barcelona

Cassis in BKRD by Etnia Barcelona

Michaela first started at Envision during her senior year at Suffolk University, studying international business and management. She hopes to one day be a part of providing affordable healthcare to those in need throughout Boston. When not at work, you can find her enjoying the bites and sights of Davis Square.


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Bayswater in color 690 by Blackfin

Bayswater in color 690 by Blackfin

Kristalyn joined our team last year shortly after moving to Boston. While studying criminal justice, she realized that her passion lies in patient care. Helping patients look and feel amazing all while seeing their absolute best is just an added bonus. Kristalyn enjoys the food and fun Allston has to offer!


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Daria in color 675 by Orgreen

Daria in color 675 by Orgreen

Last but not least, our most seasoned team member, Emily, shares a mutual love for her team and the work we do everyday. Knowing first hand the adversities and struggles faced by Boston's inner city youth, she has a deep-rooted connection to our charity, Envision Boston Giving. For fun, Emily loves to travel and explore new cultures. Next stop, Colombia! 


Mixing and matching eyewear with fall wardrobe ideas!

Tricia Rose

Oliver Goldsmith: Lancelot in Leopard Indigo

Oliver Goldsmith: Lancelot in Leopard Indigo

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This super chic tortoise sunny pairs perfectly with a cool fall knit dress, simple chic leather tote, and leather ankle boots


Oliver Goldsmith: Cat. 3 in Gunmetal

Oliver Goldsmith: Cat. 3 in Gunmetal

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This timeless aviator is a perfect match with this suede brown jacket, wool rollneck sweater, denim jeans, and suede boots

Both looks inspired by Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter

Eyewear matching/ styling by Kate Botts of Shop Your Closet

First Weekend of Autumn

Tricia Rose

This week we have chosen our favorite new arrivals here at Envision and paired them with weekend events happening around Boston. Check out our eyewear picks and stop by an event in the area!

For our women's frame we have selected an artsy, chic, and sophisticated acetate frame paired with brushed gold temples.

Baton Rouge in Blue Brown by Etnia Barcelona.

Baton Rouge in Blue Brown by Etnia Barcelona.

Start off your day of shopping by grabbing an autumn inspired latte from the Thinking Cup on Newbury Street.

Start off your day of shopping by grabbing an autumn inspired latte from the Thinking Cup on Newbury Street.

Swing by the AMC Lowes Boston Common and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA to check out new film premieres and exciting documentaries.

Swing by the AMC Lowes Boston Common and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA to check out new film premieres and exciting documentaries.

End your night with oysters on the half shell and a cocktail from Seaport's Ocean Prime.

End your night with oysters on the half shell and a cocktail from Seaport's Ocean Prime.

For our men's frame we have selected this retro yet polished plastic/titanium from SALT. Optics. 

Ted in Olive by SALT.

Ted in Olive by SALT.

Ease your way into the weekend by grabbing a breakfast cocktail and a plate of Eggs Benedict at Aquitaine in the South End.

Ease your way into the weekend by grabbing a breakfast cocktail and a plate of Eggs Benedict at Aquitaine in the South End.

Take a stroll through the Boston Commons and witness the beauty of fall foliage happening right before your eyes!

Take a stroll through the Boston Commons and witness the beauty of fall foliage happening right before your eyes!

Visit the MFA to check out the Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada exhibit.

Visit the MFA to check out the Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada exhibit.

Fall Fashion Week

Tricia Rose

New York Fashion week has inspired us to pair hot new frame designs with runway fashion. Check out our picks below!

Calvin Klein 2017 NYC Fashion Week, matched with frame Dorian in Crystal by Barton Perreira.

Calvin Klein 2017 NYC Fashion Week, matched with frame Dorian in Crystal by Barton Perreira.

Our frame selection for this urban posh look, is a hip and trendy crystal acetate cat-eye from Barton Perreira. The unique frame pairs beautifully with the pop of white throughout this chic look from Calvin Klein.

  Tom Ford 2017 NYC Fashion Week, Frame by Claire Goldsmith - Irwin in Tokyo Tortoise

  Tom Ford 2017 NYC Fashion Week, Frame by Claire Goldsmith - Irwin in Tokyo Tortoise

We feel this vibrant, yet classic tortoiseshell frame by Claire Goldsmith is a perfect compliment to her pink and blush hues. The daring cat-eyed shape in a thick acetate ties in perfectly with the contrasting tones, all while maintaining a contemporary and feminine look.

Calvin Klein 2017 NYC Fashion Week, Frame by Cutler and Gross - 1213 in Dark Tortoise.

Calvin Klein 2017 NYC Fashion Week, Frame by Cutler and Gross - 1213 in Dark Tortoise.

This retro inspired attire is best complimented with Cutler and Gross's combination of acetate and titanium. We love the bold styling and clean lines of this frame paired with this edgy men's look.

Ralph Lauren 2017 NYC Fashion week, Frame by Barton Perreira- Shulman in Black.

Ralph Lauren 2017 NYC Fashion week, Frame by Barton Perreira- Shulman in Black.

Ralph Lauren's checkered ensemble is requiring a strong, yet simplistic piece to complete the look. We have selected this modern revival of a classic shape by Barton Perreira that uses a combination of clear and black acetate to tie everything in from head to toe.

MEET VISIONARY, ELISHA DANIELS

Tricia Rose

Fashion Designer, Stylist, Author, Breast Cancer Survivor and Advocate

Visionary Portrait by Kerry Brett

Visionary Portrait by Kerry Brett

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY?

I love this community for being a big city but feeling very much like a small town.  A single person can execute change in others’ lives & help people.  People want to help each other & make a difference in the world.  One person with the help of a few friends can tackle a problem & administer change in the community.

HOW DO YOU HOPE TO EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY?

I have been privileged to effect positive change in the community through various charitable ventures I've participated in. The project closest to my heart is my work with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I am an 11-year breast cancer survivor & I credit my survival to the amazing research being provided by BCRF to medical researchers all over the world, but most importantly for me here in the Boston area.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

As a fashion designer & stylist I am inspired by beautifully dressed, creative people, but mostly I'm inspired by courageous people who see a need in the community & are not afraid to try to make a difference.  Dr. Tricia Rose is the best example of that in this community.  It is very easy to talk about making a difference but to actually put a plan into place & execute it for change is inspiring.

ENVISION BOSTON GIVING : JAMIE BISSONETTE

Karen Hite

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY?

I love Boston because it’s both a small town and a big city; you don’t lose the sense of neighborhood.Here people know their postmen and know the people who work in their shops and restaurants.

HOW DO YOU HOPE TO EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY?

I add positivity through P-M-A — Positive Mental Attitude. You reap what you sow. It’s about creating a sense of family and community. My staff gets together regularly to donate for a soup kitchen, but it’s also what happens daily and nightly in the actual restaurants. We create a sense of family in how we run our restaurants and that’s very important to me.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

I’m inspired by diversity and travel. That’s why I was excited to open this restaurant in Central Square. It’s such a mismatch of cultures. There are so many different styles of restaurants around here and each one is populated by people from think tanks, Harvard, MIT, and a vast array of cultures. Here, when you walk in, you can’t tell what kinds of people come here—who they are, where they come from and what they do. It’s truly all walks of life. That multi-cultural aspect really inspires me.

WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE?

Civilization and people have always been evolving. It’s human nature to learn from our mistakes and even when we think we’re going backward, we’re not. It’s not possible.

First several clinics have been full of surprises!

Tricia Rose

Washington Irving Middle School students are enjoying their new eyewear!

We have now had several weeks at this school in Roslindale and it's been delightful to work with these students!  The first thing I want to share is how well behaved, patient, and appreciative the children are before and during the clinics.  Throughout the testing process they are compliant and focus well on the tasks at hand.  When it comes time to select eyewear, if needed, their personalities really shine.  Some are shy and prefer one of my team members to lead the process. Others enjoy trying on various frames and are very quick to mention a favorite color or style.  The delivery of new eyewear also occurs throughout the clinics and that is a very anticipated and special time for all of us.  The students light up when they realize that they can see the clock on the far wall.  One student told me, "I can see beautifully!"  It's very exciting for me and my team to be able to send the students off with new clarity and vision.  I will be tracking the students and following up with them periodically to assess their progress, and to make any necessary adjustments to ensure long-term success. 

It's been very humbling to realize the need for vision screenings and corrective eyewear in this student population.  I wasn't sure what to expect exactly, but have found that approximately 80% need new glasses.  Roughly half of these students have worn glasses before and their current pair is either lost, broken, or out of date.  The remaining half have never worn and will hopefully experience significant benefits from wearing the new glasses!   We are testing their focusing ability and oculomotor skills at near also.  Some of the students are receiving bifocal lenses that should greatly assist in alleviating eyestrain from struggling to focus at near and allow for better comprehension and possibly less avoidance and fatigue.

We enjoy decorating the clinic with photographs throughout the room.  We have laminated images of athletes, singers, and other celebrities wearing glasses placed on a feature wall.  We also have portraits of visionaries from our campaign and sometimes we decorate the room with them as well.  We play music and try to make the clinic a fun experience!  The kids comment on the images and enjoy coming down to visit us.  

Lastly, I'd also like to comment on the faculty at the Irving School.  Principal Davis and Nurse Umeh have been been directly involved in all aspects of these clinics.  I feel there is a very strong sense of community at the Washington Irving school.  It feels more like a family.  Nurse Umeh hugs the kids all day long and treats them as if they were her own.  There is a lot of warmth and connection at this school and we are enjoying our time here!

ENVISION BOSTON GIVING

Karen Hite

Welcome to our story, our mission, and our exciting journey as we begin a new chapter with our new philanthropic campaign, Envision Boston Giving. Our mission is to provide complimentary vision screenings and eye wear to children in need. Please read Dr. Tricia Rose’s blog below to learn more details about this program.

We are also deeply grateful and excited to introduce our Visionary Campaign! Our Visionaries have graciously agreed to serve as ambassadors to our philanthropic mission. They will be introduced throughout this year and we feel their inspirational stories will inspire a wave of kindness and compassion in this beautiful city we all so proudly call home. We know that our future lies in the hands of our youth and we are committed to helping them see their world more clearly.

Portraits by Kerry Brett

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY?

I love so many things about Boston. I love the rich history and cultural diversity of our city, but I would say the thing I love most is the deep sense of pride and loyalty felt in this community.

HOW DO YOU HOPE TO EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY?

I am hoping to effect positive change in our community through my new campaign, Envision Boston Giving. The mission of this philanthropy program is to provide free vision screenings and eye wear to our city’s children with the greatest need. All services and materials will be gifted through the campaign. My team is partnering with Boston Public Schools and Mayor Walsh’s Education Cabinet to ensure the success of the program.

We will be using a very specific testing protocol that will assess the students’ acuities, eye movement, tracking, and the ability of their eyes to work together and sustain focus. We are very excited to be able to provide a fun and varied selection of frames, and all of the children will be able to pick out what glasses are best for them. The children will receive their new glasses at school just one week after undergoing our examinations.

I hope that the children and families whom we’ll be benefitting feel our support.  As an optometrist, this is a way in which I hope I can make a genuine impact.  I hope the school communities feel supported as well and appreciate the feeling that we’re all in this together. My immediate hope is that the kids themselves feel special and cared for and that it will be easier for them to focus on learning in and out of the classroom.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

I am inspired by the inherent goodness of people. I am inspired by the all of teachers whom I’ve had and continue to have who are teaching me to reach higher and do better. I’m also inspired by music, art, many authors, and by the Envision Boston Giving Visionaries. We will be introducing them throughout the year, and I think they can serve as inspirational role models for all of us in the Boston community. I am truly humbled by their passion to contribute their time to this important endeavor on behalf of Boston’s children.

WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE?

It gives me hope to know that the sun rises every morning, and the flowers bloom every spring, and that there is an ever-present loving force all around us. Also, it’s amazing that a glimmer of hope for an idea can so quickly lead to a magically orchestrated series of events to bring that idea to fruition. I feel that there is so much to be hopeful for and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

Old Hollywood Glamour

Tricia Rose

It's fun to get inspired by eye-wear! Some of our favorite pieces have a luxurious Old Hollywood feel that we can't get enough of. Here's a little slice of old-school images and styles to inspire your weekend! 

Employee Frame Picks of the Month

Tricia Rose

Lunch Break Spots in Downtown Boston

Tricia Rose

We're so lucky to be located right in the center of the Financial District in Boston. Now that the weather is nice, we are soaking up our lunch breaks and visiting all of our favorite places. We've compiled a short list of  spots close by that we love to frequent! A stressful day can instantly be resolved with an iced cappuccino from Sip or a quick donut run to Kane's.

Friday's Celebrity Eyewear Round-up...

Envision Staff

Here's a look at some of our favorite celebrities wearing our favorite brands. Feeling inspired? Stop by the shop to rock your own look!

What's in your bag?

Envision Staff

There's a long standing joke that if you need something, most likely, there's a woman out there who has it stuffed in her purse. So we decided to showcase just a few things some of the Envision ladies carry around with them. 

Emily, who we might consider the office's personal fitness guru, carries with her some cute gym clothes, her headphones so she go full blast at a workout with some tunes and her current good read which is titled The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Emily also keeps handy a tub of breath mints to prepare her for close ups with our patients and her signature lip colors, CoverGirl's "Delicious" and Mac's "Peach Blossom". Our resident guru knows how to maintain fabulous while working up a sweat, especially when she tops her look off with her gorgeous Gucci sunnies. 

As for our mom of the group, Christina carries with her some practical items, bandaids and dental floss, her fab purple check book, and since being a mom usually means you're always on the go, she brings with her her fave makeup products and hair tools. Of course, being an optician, she's a fan of eyewear, and with that said, she carries with her a total of 3 different frames because, well, you just never know what kind of a mood you're gonna end up in. Who says being a mom means you lose your fabulousness?