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What I look for in Sunglasses for Fitness and Fashion

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People often ask me why I always wear sunglasses, even if it's overcast or not too bright outside.  Truth is that my eyes are super sensitive.  Filming Kiana's Flex Appeal, ESPN in Hawaii, Jamaica and other beautiful sunny resorts, ESPN network didn't allow us to wear sunglasses too often on the television show.


I hosted the shows in the 100 degree sun, with dozens of shiny reflector boards and professional bright lights shining directly into my eyes!  I know they reflector boards and bright lights were needed to create perfect lighting but it really took it's toll on my eyes 🙁  My eyes are really sensitive to light and I always wear sunglasses whenever possible. 

On Kiana's Flex Appeal I was sent many types of sunglasses to try: Oakley, Raybans, you name it.  I've tried almost every type and style.


I wear sunglasses all of the time, not just on the beach - even in Alaska!

Sun Facts:

  • Summer time is the time that the UVA and UVB rays are the highest: 3 x higher than in the winter
  • Wear a wide brimmed hats and sunglasses that block 100% of the sun's rays

Good thing I love sunglasses!

I love sunglasses! It's my weakness!  I buy them all the time, anywhere: Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus to the drug store in Hawaii!  I always wear the polarized lens when I'm in the sun. 

What I look for in sunglasses:

  • Sunglasses that block 100% of the suns rays
  • If I am going to be exercising in them such as running, cycling or playing tennis, I look for athletic sunglasses with a non slip nose piece and arms to prevent slipping when you sweat.
  • Don't forget to wear sunglasses when doing water sports or skiing, the sun reflects on the water and snow much like a mirrorScreen Shot 2014-02-19 at 7.10.37 PM
  • Having high cheekbones and an Asian nose, I look for sunglasses with a nose piece so that they don't rest on my cheeks
  • I love sunglasses that are gigantic, the more coverage the better to not only protect my eyes, but also and the delicate skin around my eyes
  • I look for unique sunglasses that make me happy to wear.  They must be an accessory to just purely functional but beautiful too!
  • I change my sunglasses with my outfits: I'll have gold, silver, white, blue, sexy black.

    My make up artist and I on a magazine cover photo shoot

  • As a busy mom of 2 young children, I also wear sunglasses as a no eye makeup time saver. My make up artist taught me to quickly put on tinted moisturizer, bronzer and lipstick...add sunglasses that go over the eyebrows and you look finished 🙂
  • If I only had 1 pair, it would be my ultimate favorite Dolce and Gabanna sexy black rock star glasses with crystal detail (below) that I lost in Hawaii 🙁  They only made a limited # and don't make them sad. collect all types of sunglasses and have 100's of pairs ranging from designer glasses such as Chanel, Maui Jim, Dolce and Gabanna to vintage aviator sunglasses.  Whenever I am in the sun, I always wear sunglasses to protect my eyes. 

Now my little girls love sunglasses too. That makes me really happy because it will protect their eyes and help prevent crows feet from squinting.


I am always asked which sunglasses I like that can be bought today, so here are a few.  Enjoy!

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