Sunglasses by Any Other Name Are Still Sunglasses

A snapshot of oversized sunglasses with a black oval lens and a wide transparent yellow rim with black spots.

Have you ever noticed how frequently we refer to things by names other than their formally recognized names? For example, some people ask for a brew rather than a beer. There are times when people refer to their hats as lids. It is just something we do with language. So it is no surprise that there are so many slang terms for sunglasses.

Sunglasses‘ is the perfect term to describe the object to which it pertains. The ‘sun’ portion tells us the purpose of the object while ‘glasses’ makes it clear that they are worn on the face. ‘Sunglasses’ is one of those rare terms perfectly suited to describing what it names.

To borrow from Shakespeare, sunglasses by any other name are still sunglasses. Some of the slang terms make good sense while others do not. Below are five examples. You get to decide for yourself whether or not they are appropriate.

1. Eyewear

The first of the six terms is pretty generic: eyewear. According to Salt Lake City’s Olympic Eyewear, it is a term often used by marketers to avoid having to distinguish between sunglasses and prescription lenses. The term is a catch-all that covers any type of lens-based appliance you might wear on your face – prescription lenses, sunglasses, reading glasses, safety glasses, etc.

2. Sunnies

Some people refer to their sunglasses as sunnies. As you might have guessed, this term is an abbreviation of the formal name. Abbreviations are fairly common in English. It is just easier for us to say the shorter word than the entire term. And if there is one thing that we Americans love it’s taking the easy route.

The only challenge with this particular term is deciding how to spell it. If we were speaking in the singular, we would say ‘sunny’. A single pair of sunglasses is, by definition, singular. Yet we have adopted a plural form because there are two lenses per pair. That’s why we refer to a pair to begin with. So we remain as confused about sunnies as we are sunglasses.

3. Shades

Calling sunglasses shades was all the rage back in the 70s and 80s. The trend has continued, suggesting that this is a term we enjoy using. It is rooted in the fact that sunglasses provide shade for the eyes. It does not imply UV protection. Nonetheless, any pair of sunglasses worth buying these days offers full UV protection. That’s not normally an issue.

4. Blinders

People familiar with horses and equine sports are familiar with blinders. Blinders are small straps of leather affixed to the side of a horse’s harness in order to prevent side or rear vision. The idea is to keep the horse’s eyes fixed firmly ahead so as to avoid spooking it.

For some reason, people have taken to calling their sunglasses blinders as well. Perhaps this began with the emergence of wraparound sunglasses. As you know, wraparounds can inhibit peripheral vision to some degree. At the very least, they block sunlight coming at your face from the sides.

5. Blinkers

‘Blinker’ is just another term for a blinder. It is most often used in the horse racing environment. It is not clear why those involved in horse racing prefer blinkers over blinders, but it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that some people call their sunglasses blinkers as well. As to why that is curious, see the previous section.

We have all sorts of slang terms for describing sunglasses. The ones listed here represent just a small sample. Whatever you call yours, just remember one thing: sunglasses by any other name are still sunglasses.

Ideas for Corporate Gifts

Many times an organization needs to give its employees or customers gifts. Itmaintains a healthy corporate relationship.

Antibacterial Face Mask

Face masks ensure essential protection from flu, pollutant air and other infections in air. Gifting antibacterial face masks will motivate people to wear costumes. It will reduce the chances of infection, can act as a reminder to maintain social distance and hygiene and will be good for public health. These face masks will be an impactful corporate gift for any organization. It also symbolizes the care of an organization for its people.

Welfare Kit

Some several standard items and facilities are required to employees. To provide these facilities, organizations can give welfare kits to their employees. Many essential things are necessary to be included in the welfare kits. Some of the items that need to be included are sanitizers, towels, soaps, water bottles, sugar pouches, face masks, tissues, first aid items, biscuits and other relevant items that are necessary.

Personalized Gifts

When an organization gives the items as per employees or customers choice, then the gifts will be loved and used more by employees and customers. As an organization try to know the options, requirements, needs and wants of your people. It will help in selecting the best gifts for them. Personalized gifts can include customized mugs, pen stands, photographed desk calendar, personalized keychains, pens, diary set, water bottles, smartwatches and many other such items. These gifts can be customized by company logo or message to make gift items memorable.


Electronics are the most loved gift choice and are of extreme use of everyone. Electronic corporate gifts can include BlueTooth wireless headset, selfie stick, speakers, portable BlueTooth speakers, pen drive, personalized mobile grips and many other electronic essentials.

Health Care Gifts

Health care gifts like respirators, purifiers, face masks, sanitizers, first aid items and gym fitness essentials are the right choice that can be given by an organization to its people. These gifts encourage good habits in public. It also spreads awareness in the general public. Health care gifts can be customized with a company logo or message to make health items personalized, and it will make your business memorable.

Multi-Tool Kits

Multifunctional tool kits will be immensely helpful in industrial use. These kits can include multipurpose knives, LED torch cum flasher, folding carabiner, bottle & can opener, emergency saw, scissors, screwdriver and a lot more other features. These gifts should include the best quality items from top manufacturers, suppliers, importers and exporters.

There are many ideas for useful corporate gifts for your employees or customers, that will be loved by all and can prove to be an impactful gift. So, why wait? Buy these right away!

Forget Silver, forget Gold, forget Platinum, there’s a New Metal in town!

Forget Silver, forget Gold, forget Platinum, there’s a New Metal in town!

Kandy Nation is changing the way you look at surgical steel

Kandy Nation decided to promote surgical steel jewellery after countless hours of research. We wanted to stand behind a product that matters and brings positive change to people’s lives, rather than just focus on making profit selling gold or sterling silver. Sadly in today’s world more and more people find they have some sort of allergy, develop allergic reaction to foods or products, or their skin is very sensitive to chemical combinations of items they come to contact with. And surprisingly to some, a lot of these allergies and or sensitivities are developed or discovered through the jewellery they choose to wear. 

Allergy to gold or silver – think again

Many people who develop an allergic reaction to a gold or silver jewellery piece, think that they have an allergy to gold or silver itself. Although it can be the case in some rare cases (thus we always encourage to contact your doctor and do an allergy test), it is not Gold nor Silver that is the culprit of that itchy rash or contact dermatitis. It is very likely that you are actually allergic to Nickel. What? If you did not know, both Gold & Silver are very soft metals, therefore they are often mixed with Nickel and/or other metals to make it more suitable for you to wear as jewelry. The lower the purity of the gold alloy (the lower the karat of the jewelry), the bigger part of it is made up of non-gold metals, including nickel. So unless you have a diagnosed allergy to Gold, or silver for that matter, it is most likely Nickel, Copper or Brass that’s causing it.

Surgical and stainless steel

First off – surgical steel is a type of stainless steel, yet not all stainless steel is surgical steel. Simple, right? 

Stainless steel is a metal compound of iron, carbon, and chromium. Used for making many different things from surgical tools, pots and pans, to car parts. It is also used to make jewellery. Stainless steel was originally used for freshly pierced earrings due to the extremely low rate of allergic reactions to it. Still to this day, 316L surgical steel is recommended as first contact jewellery for children, being the safest choice available. In the meantime stainless steel jewellery and surgical steel jewellery are taking over jewellery departments with soon-to-be-married-couples wanting wedding bands in that exact material that will stand the test of time! Stainless steel jewelry is harder to scratch, can withstand the sun, the sand, and the sea. The only Achilles heel of stainless steel rings is its’ sensitivity to chlorine, so simply take it off before going into chlorine pool.

Surgical steel 

Surgical steel is made of the highest quality stainless steel 316L, meeting the strictest technical and ecological requirements for nickel, cadmium and lead content – keeping them at such low percentage that it doesn’t cause any reaction in majority of hypersensitive people. Thanks to its’ hypoallergenic properties, even the most sensitive individuals can wear surgical steel jewellery. Surgical steel jewellery is durable, does not oxidize, is exceptionally sturdy and can be colourfast. 316L Steel is the highest quality level of steel.  Be aware of low priced steel jewelry: they lack the quality of 316L steel, and that may cause skin irritation due to its’ often unknown content of other metals. Surgical stainless steel also has a layer of chromium or molybdenum on top, that keeps the other alloys trapped underneath, nickel included, which dramatically reduces the chances of anyone sensitive to nickel from having a reaction to it.

Still not Convinced

If you need any more convincing, here you go! Surgical steel jewellery is corrosion-free, tarnish-free, and scratch-free. It does not  require much maintenance and is really easy to clean or re-plate. It is light and comfortable. It is cheaper than Gold yet binds extremely well with gold in a Gold plating process (much better than Silver). It is the most environmentally-friendly metal option in the jewelry world. In the production process, the amount of energy used and waste produced is dramatically less than in the production of other metals for jewelry, AND it is 100% recyclable. Stainless steel jewellery is a poor conductor of electricity – it conducts around up to 16v, while gold conducts up to 310v and silver is 429v (for those worrying about getting electric shocks from their ring or necklace). 

Stealing the Show

Kandy Nation chose to promote a product that is not only a beautiful piece of jewellery, catching other people’s eyes and transforming your outfit. We chose to stand behind a product that is does not cause harm to Your precious health nor the enviornment. We chose a product that is made from quality materials into a luxurious and durable product, costing fraction of a price of it’s gold and silver equivalent. For the love of our customers.

Perfect Pastels

It’s official… Spring is here and it is time for transitioning your wardrobe to warmer styles and colours. From denim to two-piece ensembles, there are tons of wearable pastels out there for the spring season. Pink work attire? Why not! The best part about pastels is that they are totally wearable for any occasion. Break free from your cold weather tones and say hello to stand out hues! Here is my list for you to get inspired by perfect pastels!

Purple is a feminine colour we all can learn to love especially Lilac. Lilac is soft yet eye-catching which is why we should wear it from head to toe like blogger Vanessa Hong from Haute Pursuit. Vanessa wearing a top suit from Whistles that makes pastels stunningly chic. Tone down the colour factor with accessories by choosing all black pieces to complete you look and make it Fashionista approved… in this instance Anine Bing sunglasses and a Rachael Ruddick purse. Master lilac this season monochromatically.

Pretty in Pink
Another feminine pastel tone is light pink. We see pops of this colour more than ever nowadays and it’s ready to make another round. Dress to impress in pink with sheer details like this Carolina Hererra top and skirt set. My favourite part about this outfit is that it mixes modern style with elegance… any Fashionista can rock this! Minimal ankle tie heels, flowing sheer skirt and matching crop top make two-piece sets in pastels at the top of my must haves for spring, as well as the classic pair of RayBan sunglasses of course for the sunnier days. Take advantage of being pretty in pink in ladylike silhouettes.

Apple Mint Green
Get a little more casual chic with apple mint green denim! Yes, apple mint green is a colour! Green tones can be daunting but take a jab at an energetic approach on skinny jeans- turn a pair into your own style just like Ashley Madekwe, blogger and actress did with her denim from LF. Slipping on a pair of darker green sandal heels and a TopShop chiffon top turns simple into trendy.  There are no rules on where to wear apple mint green jeans, but my advice is take them with you anywhere! This pastel tone was made for a pair of denim.

Get in with the pantone colours of the year with Serenity. This shade of blue being a slightly darker toned pastel still makes it accessible to go with any outfit. My favourite way to wear serenity is with outerwear. Although spring is a warmer season, we still need that go to piece of outerwear like this lighter weight coat from White House Black Market. Along with J Crew pants and sweater shirt and glittered loafers, the missing piece to this ensemble was the Serenity coat after all!

Keep your look colourful! Statement coats for a pop of colour, sheer detailing, or casual finds, play with your favourite trends in a different palette than the normal. Mix up trends with new colours; you will never know the outcome until you try. Play a little more with perfect pastels!