Like a fairytale

I am OBSESSED with this whole balloon/bubble sleeve trend going on right now. So much that I literally bought tons of shirts and dresses with that style of sleeve. My favorite one though is this incredibly cute baby blue dress:

The color just makes me feel like I’m Cinderella meets Alice in Wonderland. It’s made from 100% cotton so it’s soft to the touch and makes wearing it all day very comfortable. It’s the perfect “short” length yet still work appropriate which means I can enjoy it twice as much!

I paired it with my white double strap crocodile textured mules and of course, the Sapphire Transitions Style color lenses. The frame that holds these beautiful lenses is from Etnia Barcelona (one of my favorite go to frame brands). The cream color of the frame tied in nicely with the lightness of my shoes.

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You can also head over to my Instagram @elenaczarina where you can find even more styled photos and frame ideas on my feed and stories!

Stepping outside the box… Together.

When I decided I wanted to get serious with my photos on Instagram and my blog, I did not have the freedom to simply call up a professional photographer whenever I was in the mood for photos (maybe one day if I win the lottery). Luckily, Alex (my soulmate) suggested we buy our own camera so he could learn how to take photos decent enough to pass my approval to post on my socials.

Because we were always stuck on opposite sides of one lens, there was never a possibility to have a proper photo taken together, unless you count the really awkward self timer ones which are not my favorite.

Then one day we were asked to do a photoshoot TOGETHER for an optical magazine called ‘Optik Magazine’ by the amazing editor Sheena Taff (

The process took about 3 hours for the shoot alone. My biggest fear during the shoot was that after taking all this time and effort the photos wouldn’t turn out the way I wanted. I was scared that I kept making dumb faces and awkward poses.

I could not have been more wrong. After receiving the photos I was amazed at how talented our photographer was. She caught the perfect shots during our silly moments and found the best angles during out still shots.

These photos will definitely be treasured and remembered as something fun and special that we got to experience for the first time together ❤

New to glasses? 6 things to keep in mind when picking out your first pair!

1. Know which lenses you’ll need. Now, I don’t mean you have to know all the techy ophthalmic terms (leave that to the Opticians) before you can even enter an optical store but at least know a few things so you are not being sold something you don’t really need, or worse, sold something that’s missing things that you really need! I recommend doing some research on the following things: Lens Index (thickness), Coatings (anti-reflective, blue-light), Lens styles (anti-fatigue, progressive, bi-focal).

2. Don’t overthink it! Realistically you should be getting new glasses every two years, so don’t get hung up on finding the one “perfect pair” because as you get to wear them you will always find something that can be better about them (but that’s a thought for the future pair). For now just make sure the frames you choose are right for your face, in terms of bridge fit and comfort.

3. Comfort. This is more of a personal preference but depending on frame material and how it’s made, it can affect the comfort if you are going to be wearing it all day long. This is why I recommend to not be shy and try on different styles of frames while you are in the store. Walk around with a thicker acetate frame and then compare it to perhaps a titanium lightweight one. If you like a heavier look then the frame will most likely weigh a little more and vice versa. Alternatively, you can ask you Optician to find you something in between!

4. Color matters… to most people. Think about your wardrobe at home not just what you are wearing while picking out your frames. Maybe even think ahead and try to wear something neutral! Really pay attention to your hair, eye, and skin color as well and see what frames compliment your coloring. I love to bring color not only into my frames but my lenses as well. Transitions lenses come in a variety of different color options and really bring your look to life when exposed to UV.

5. Be ready for some lifestyle adjustments. I don’t mean to scare anyone but being a person who got their first pair of glasses at 19, there is definitely a small adjustment period. You’ll maybe come to find that you are a bit more dependant on your glasses because they allow you to see to your full potential. Don’t let that worry you because wearing glasses will not make your vision weaker! They are a support tool for your eyes and they reduce strain and help them relax. Not wearing them can do more bad than good so keep them on you and handy everywhere you go!

6. Know how to take care of your new glasses! Glasses are exposed to a lot of dirt throughout the day. Your skins sweat and oils and all the dust and particles from the outside world are always coming into contact with your glasses and if not properly cleaned everyday it can cause bacteria and mold buildup (especially if you have nose pads) as well as scratched lenses. Use a microfibre cloth to buff your lenses when you’re out and when you get home run them under cool running water and rub a drop of mild dish soap on the lenses to get the days dirt right off.

NEVER use hot water on your lenses, leave the glasses in hot areas such as the car, shower, hot tub, oven area…etc.

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The NEW Gen8 Transitions Lenses

I have Transitions Lenses in every pair of glasses that I own, I honestly think I would feel naked without them. It has become a habit of mine to co-ordinate my outfits with the colours of the frame and lenses together. It’s one more thing that makes picking outfits so much more fun!

Darken 30% faster, even darker

Some peoples complaint about the previous generation was that they did not turn dark quick enough when the wearer stepped outside into direct blinding sunlight. Transitions claims that the Gen8 lenses are meant to darken quicker. Based on my findings and comparing them to my Signature 7 transitions lenses, I would say they in fact do turn darker quicker if you are in the direct sunlight and are slightly darker.

Fades back 3 minutes faster!

Now this would have to be the most asked question I get from my patients:

“How fast will they fade back to all the way clear?”

I always give mine 3-6 minutes to turn back to all the way clear depending on how dark they were before I stepped inside, but the transition is so smooth I don’t even notice it happening. I compared both generations of transitions lenses, the new and last years, and the new one was visibly quicker than the old.

Gen8: From completely dark to clear: approx. 4 minutes 30 seconds

Signature 7s: From completely dark to clear: approx. 7 minutes 30 seconds

Still completely clear indoors

Transitions Gen8, although darker outdoors, are still completely clear indoors. Now that’s impressive!

I paired my brand new Gen8 brown lenses in a teal cats eye frame with a simple little black summer dress and white snakeskin textured mules. I really wanted to contrast the dress with brighter tones on the top and bottom, but at the same time really draw attention to the frame and lenses. A very quick and simple look!

Top 3 Summer Frame Favorites

Having accumulated so many frames throughout a couple years, I finally have enough to be able to create season favorites.

I have put out my summer most worn frames into my favorite Oyobox so that they are ready to be matched with my outfit every summer morning.

Because I have so many frames (even within those season bunches) I have picked my TOP THREE most worn frames this summer, and I want to share with you why I love them so much!

1 Etnia Barcelona

I get new frames quite often and this is one of my most recent finds. A geometric shaped frame made by Etnia Barcelona. It has a thin profile, made of metal that has been painted in a soft off white color. I love matching it with any brighter and more colorful outfit since it won’t clash with the majority of tones in my summer closet.

Dress: handmade by my wonderful mum

2: Prodesign Denmark

I LOVE this Prodesign exaggerated cat’s eye sunglass frame for many reasons:

  1. It’s black so it goes with pretty much anything
  2. The shape can make any casual outfit look sassy
  3. It’s such a comfortable fit (at least for me)
  4. The backside anti reflective coating on these sunglasses make me gravitate more to them because it doesn’t let light reflect into my eyes, causing discomfort (this is especially important when I’m driving so I don’t get distracted)

@UBC in Vancouver enjoying the mini falls

3: Andy Wolf

Finally, my very first frame from Andy Wolf Eyewear. This frame has been my ultimate go to frame all summer for two big reasons.

I love the shape and color of it. It goes with everything and I always receive so many compliments whenever I go out in this frame no matter what outfit I’m wearing, it’s always the star of the show.

The second reason is not the frame but the lenses in the frame. They are the Transitions XtrActive lenses in graphite green. They are more light sensitive and turn darker than regular Transitions which makes them perfect for sunny days.

Shirt from H&M, Pearl clip from Amazon

How my FIRST year of Opticianry school went

In order for me to tell you how my first year of Opticianry school went, I have to tell you how and why I got into it in the first place.

I can’t deny that my first few weeks working at an optical shop weren’t completely life changing. Hundreds of frames to look at and try on, each one different from the rest. I used to think “glasses are glasses and they all pretty much look the same right?”. But I quickly learned that there are endless possibilities with glasses and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. I started to crave trying on new styles and I could not wait to see all the new colors that came out with each collection. Not only did I greatly enjoy finding frames for myself. I loved watching the Opticians at the store finding great frames for their patients. It was so satisfying hearing how excited the customers were to show off their new glasses to everyone.

That brings me to listing off some of the highlights and lowlights of my first year at Opticianry school!

Please note this is strictly my personal opinion based on the school I went to

1. School time-line

My program at Douglas College in Vancouver consists of two years. The first year is focused on glasses and lensometry and the second year consists of contact lenses and eye anatomy.

I quite enjoy the way they split the two years up because it really helps keep the focus on glasses and contacts separately and not mix/confuse the two together.

The downside to that I will have to say is in order for one to write the NACOR glasses exam they must complete both years at the College. This means you will go a full year without touching a lensometer unless you’re lucky enough to get the practice at your job/practicum.

2. The teachers

I believe the teachers do need a bit of a boost in terms of being able to keep the students motivated. I was lucky enough to have already went into the program with plenty of motivation from my work. But I can’t say the same for the other students there. Being in such a small program I would have really hoped for more inspiring teachers, not to say some of them weren’t, but it would have made a world of a difference if they were all on the same page.

3. Level of difficulty

It was not difficult getting into the program. As long as you have a high school degree with decent grades, you’re in! They give plenty of handouts and I mean PLENTY. Just read them and study them and you’re solid.

I’m so thankful one of last years students advised me not to buy the textbooks because when I asked my classmates if they really needed the books they all said they used one page from one of the 3-4 textbooks. Mind you, all together they are worth about $500.00 and they were still wrapped in plastic, untouched. What a waste?

So my suggestion: if you’re going into this program don’t buy the books, just read all the handouts you are given and you will be able to pass with flying colors. Trust me.

I enjoyed my first year because I learned a lot from putting my school work by applying it to my job. If it weren’t for where I work I don’t think I would have been as motivated as I am now. That being said it was good experience and I’m excited to see what year 2 in contact lenses will bring me!

My Spring 2019 Outfit Methods: Utilize the Most out of your Wardrobe!

My leading style tip for this Spring of 2019 will be LAYERS.

Living in Vancouver has it’s ups and downs; the breathtaking views and the appalling cost of living are some very familiar facts to any Vancouverite. Another well known fact: The bi-polar weather.

Throughout my 14 years of living here I have only recently gotten into the habit of layering my outfits. I am either too cold in the morning on my way to work, or I’m too hot near the end of the day if I don’t prepare accordingly. So let me share some of my tips for looking fashionable yet comfortable for this years Spring days!

Cover photo: Blazer from Dynamite, Sparkle top from Garage, High-waisted pants from Forever21, Shoes from Nine-West, Glasses by Andy Wolf with Transitions lenses in Emerald

This first outfit is terrific for a cocktail party… day or night. Wear the blazer if it gets a little chilly outside, keep it off and you’ll still have a complete outfit with the sparkle detailed top.
The peep-toe block heels are the way to go if you are spending more time standing up. They are also more geared towards spring time because even though they are black, due to the open detailing around the ankles and in the front they express a more edgy yet light look.

Blazer was thrifted, Tank top from Dynamite, Pants from H&M, Shoes from Le Chateau, Necklace from Reitmans, Glasses Made by Etnia Barcelona with Transitions Lenses in Sapphire

This outfit above has got to be my most favorite combination for this Spring of 2019 yet. Not because of the color combination or the patterns, but because of its convenience in different weather types and the ability to customize however makes you satisfied.

Jacket from Dynamite, Purse from Michael Kors

I started out this day wearing a double-breasted coat with a belt tie. It conserved my body temperature in the morning when I was just starting my day and the city had not yet warmed.
Although the coat was a little more weighted, my pointy pumps softened the overall look.

As the day got warmer I was able to lose the heavier jacket and reveal a blue blazer (which matched my Sapphire Transitions Lenses) with stripes on the inside which happened to be coordinating with my striped white pants! (totally not planned…) The blazer can be worn two ways: 1) As a traditional blazer should be worn 2) Hung around both shoulders to give a cape-like effect.

Watch by Movado

The main reason I chose striped pants rather than plain white pants is because without the blazer this is a whole other look on its own due to the slight differences between the tank-top and pants.
Accessorize your look with a simple necklace, a watch and some amazing glasses!

Purse by Kate Spade

Even subtly matching your accessories can make a big difference in your overall look and help it look more clean and put together.

Faux leather jacket from Dynamite, Blouse top from Shein, Jeans from Forever21, Shoes from nine-west
Glasses by Andy Wolf with Transitions Lenses in Emerald, Necklace from Aldo

Here are a few more examples above of more casual outfits that are perfect for spring considering the comprisal of the light pink from the blouse and necklace with the earthy tones of the frame. Also showing how pairing this outfit with a leather jacket can be of use for a more cooler time of day during Spring.

Casual Spring time outfit using layers to add depth and maybe even warmth throughout the day. The use of the subtle accessories and pink tones brings a more feminine vibe to this look.
Matching colors creates a more clean and collected finish to this look. Still casual with the ripped jeans but a little more dressed up with the netted block heels.

Don’t forget your accessories 😉

Transitions Academy 2019 Best and Worst moments

Attending Transitions Academy as a first time student brand ambassador was such an incredible experience and I want to share it here with all of you who are curious about what it is. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights from the three days I was there.


This is strictly based on my opinion and my opinion only. I hold no judgment to anyone else who disagrees or thinks I’m wrong in any of these categories below. I accept everyone’s opinion as they have a right to have one of their own.

Best: The hotel

The JW Marriot Hotel in Orlando was beautiful! Took me right back to when I went to Mexico a few months ago. There were palm trees literally everywhere and the weather was definitely meant for skin revealing outfits. All the staff were incredibly friendly and always willing to show me directions because God knows I needed them in this giant place.

Tip: Tipping goes a long way. We always leave a dollar or two everyday for housekeeping as well as something for the bellhop.

Best: Keynote speakers

There were many amazing keynote speakers but one stood out to me the most. Mel Robbins. Her presentation was powerful yet so incredibly simple and I think that was the key to her success. Because the more simple the idea the easier it is to retain it in your memories and that’s exactly what happened with me. All I can think of is 5,4,3,2,1… and for those who don’t understand what that means, basically it’s a rule that whenever you are faced with a situation where you feel the need to procrastinate, you simply count backwards 5,4,3,2,1 and BOOM your brain tricks itself to do the task at hand instead of putting it off for a later time. Pretty cool right?


I never thought it would take me 19 hours to get from Vancouver to Orlando… and yet it did.

My flight VANCOUVER-> CALGARY -> ORLANDO was cancelled and all they had to offer me was a flight in the evening that same day (note: I had been at the airport at 4am and my flight was supposed to leave at 6am and now they wanted to change my flight to 8pm). So anyway, my amazing boss ended up booking with another airline and it went VANCOUVER -> CHICAGO-> TAMPA. Thank God I was with a co-worker because we had to drive from TAMPA-> ORLANDO at 1:00 am. Got to the hotel around 2:30am and missed breakfast on day one… oh well what can you do.

If you’re thinking “okay that’s not bad it only happened once why is WestJet the worst?” Here’s why:

My boyfriend got stuck in Toronto on his way to Orlando the next day AND we almost missed our flight back to Vancouver because Westjet kept pushing the flight later and then earlier again. I didn’t even know they could delay something and then expect people to just be sitting at the airport waiting after they’ve delayed it?!

My phone time says 5:51am….

Best: My incredible boss won best in marketing!

The whole reason I was able to attend Transitions Academy is because my mentor/boss made it all possible. She is so passionate about what she does and it definitely rubbed off on me. I was SO ecstatic when her name was called for the award I nearly lost my voice from screaming. This was definitely one of the top rewarding parts of attending Academy.

Go check her out! on insta and blog site.

Worst: The venue for the awards show

Although the content of the awards show was amazing and I am happy for everyone who won and was nominated, the venue where we celebrated was not what I had expected .

It was a little bit disappointing walking into a club instead of a more classy setting. I can’t say most people didn’t have fun there but for a first time Academy attendee, my hopes of getting to network with those who I hadn’t had a chance with yet were crushed due to the seating plans which made it hard to navigate through tight crowds and the extremely loud music.

Best: Meeting new people

Possibly the most rewarding part of this whole experience was getting to know new people who are in the same industry as I am and who share the same interests for eye health and EyeStyle. I hope to be able to continue growing my relationships with those who I did connect with and maybe even create new ones along the way.

Here are some memorable people that I have met during Transitions Academy:

Fellow Student Brand Ambassadors:






A few more, even though I could list about another 50.




My top 10 Travel Essentials

  1. Transitions Lenses

I can’t go anywhere without my Transitions lenses!

Here I have two Andy Wolf Frames, one with the new Amethyst Style Color (top), and the other has the XtrActive lenses in Graphite Green.

2. Sunglasses

Of course Transitions lenses are amazing but they can’t replace a great polarized sunglass!

These are Alexander McQueen frames with Brown Polarized lenses.

3. Hat

Depending on where I’m going I will either bring a big brim hat like this one for more tropical vacations, or something like a dad hat for more casual trips.

4. Apple Watch

I have 2nd gen but 3rd and 4th offers cellular so you don’t have to have your phone on you at all times.

5. Lashify

For those who don’t know what this is… it is an at home lash extension kit and I am absolutely in love with it! Check out their insta for more info @lashify

6. iPhone Stabilizer

Highly recommend if you want to take some cool videos during your trip!

7. Small backpack instead of a purse

8. Eyebrow essentials

I can go a day without any makeup but if my eyebrows aren’t done I feel incomplete.

9. Straightener and curling wand

Again, makeup is not my main priority when I’m away. If my hair is done I’m content.

10. Dry shampoo

This is a LIFESAVER if your hair goes flat due to level of humidity where you are traveling. I like to use this brand right after I blow dry and then I use Bastiste brand dry shampoo in between washes.

“Take it and run”

I was introduced to the optical industry in 2017; without any prior knowledge of this side of eye care business I fell in love after a few weeks of working at an independant optical retailer office. I never expected to grow so passionate about Eyewear and Eye Care and I think part of the reason is because I was not aware of the many benefits this industry has to offer. I want to make it my goal to show all the opportunities and positive outcomes that come with being a part of the optical world. 

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right” -Henry Ford

It’s all about the mindset. You are capable of achieving greatness, just go for it. I remember thinking I will be stuck at a minimum wage job until I graduate from my four year bachelor degree program only to be in a field that I didn’t have my heart set on. Why? Because it’s what I’ve been told to do my whole life and it was “the right path to take”. I was given an amazing opportunity to work at an independent optical retailer with an amazing lady boss/mentor who helped me realize that if you do what you’re passionate about, you develop an irresistible drive to learn more about that field and your dedication, devotion and excitement becomes contagious.