Packing for Paris is as daunting a task as it seems. How does one pack for two weeks in one of the coolest, most well-dressed cities in the world? My goal was to pack efficiently, so I began by narrowing down my footwear options to the Air Force 1 Low and Free Flyknits – one staple and one functional/cool sneaker.Comfort is crucial when flying for long periods of time, so naturally I opted for my favorite tech pants. I wore my AF1s to lighten the load in my suitcase, and black crew socks to keep my ankles warm and to match the cuff of the pants. The leather jacket dresses it up, as does the fedora that I wore on the plane because I couldn’t pack it. Somehow the juxtaposition of the sweats, leather and a felt hat came together well.As someone who likes to squeeze in workouts on vacation and dresses in sportswear anyway, I brought multifunctional workout gear. I wore my favorite black leggings, which could have been dressed up for a night out, Free Flyknits, and a tech fleece cape, which I later tied around my waist as the weather heated up. These pieces were perfect for a long day of walking and sightseeing.Every morning in Paris began with a fresh baked croissant from the local boulangerie (bakery). For a day of shopping in the Champs Elysees, I did my first French girl impression in leather leggings, a printed silk blouse and a blazer with Free Flyknits – my rendition of sportswear in Paris.One of the first things I noticed is that a lot of people in Paris wear AF1s. I walked past a pack of Parisian girls all wearing white AF1 lows but individually dressed so differently. What I like is that their style appeared so effortless. However, even though I promised myself I wouldn’t spend as much time in sweats, I couldn’t resist. I wore them with AF1s, a striped tee (when in France), a long trench coat and my beloved fedora.

Vizio Optic and Lafont in This Week’s Star

We are so excited to share with you yet another feature in a national magazine with Lafont eyewear! In this week’s Star, the celebrity magazine’s fashion experts shared Lafont Hampton sunglasses in purple for one of its “6 Lucite Looks!” Transparent accessories are the style of the season!Alongside Stuart Weitzman heels and Solange Knowles’ cool CC Skye lucite clutch, this standout accessory gives your outfit a stylish edge this spring. Especially since, like the clutch, Hampton has vibrant color, so when light shines through it, the purple is illuminated and bright.Vizio Optic is thrilled to once again be listed as the choice retailer for Lafont sunglasses, we work hard to provide a wonderful service to you and are excited for the many more faces we can brighten up with a bold pair of high-end glasses.We’ve seen the clear hats in CHANEL’s latest eyewear campaign and have given you plenty of suggestions for cool transparent glasses – but springtime is more about color than anything, and we love that Hampton keeps up with the trends but adds its own little twist, making this frame one unique and fabulous item. Pair it with an all-white ensemble to let the color truly show, or complement the colors of a floral dress with this purple frame. How would you style these shades?

It’s Vizio Optic’s 8th Birthday!

This spring, we’re celebrating something special – our 8th birthday! When we opened in 2004, our dream was to bring a new and different eyewear selection to the Boston area that allowed our friends in the community to express themselves in a unique way. Since then, we’ve gone international with our online shop and have won several Best of Boston awards from Boston Magazine – achievements we owe entirely to you! And we have something special for you this month to show our gratitude.Many beautiful frames have come and gone in the last eight years, but some great styles still remain. Each member of the Vizio Optic team has chosen their favorite frame to highlight for our anniversary, ones that have stood the test of time and some new arrivals that are sure to have a long-term presence in our shop. Without further ado, here are our favorite styles of designer eyewear from over the years:As a thank you to you, our wonderful customers, we are offering $50 towards any of these frames (in any color) until June 30, 2013. Price will be adjusted at checkout when you enter the code HAPPY8. For frames that are not available online (Face a Face Bocca 4, Cecile, and Vue dc DOT), we are able to process your order with the promotional price via phone or email.