If you follow my Instagram, you would have noticed that I’ve been (unsuccessfully) looking for new glasses.
My current glasses, I’m often told I look like Harry Potter. Which, let’s be honest, it’s true. I can take the piss out of myself and take the banter… I just don’t need to hear it everyday.
“I’m often told I look like Harry Potter.”
I’ve looked in so many different stores, Vision Express, Specsavers, Oliver People, to name a few. I couldn’t find anything that suited me. I needed that instant reaction where you put on a pair of glasses and just know, these are the pair. Instead, I felt flustered with great annoyance that nothing was suiting my face. I blame my incredibly odd head shape – thanks Dad!
At University, I made friends with an amazing girl, Emma. She had vibrant pink hair, wacky clothes and glasses to match. Every week, Emma would turn up to lectures with a new pair of glasses, I loved each pair more than the last. Just stylish, different and eye-catching. Everything I love, the bitch!
As it turns out, Emma’ mother, Julie, owns her own opticians. After trying every bloody eyewear store in London, I called Emma and begged for her help. Just as I thought, Emma, Julie and the wonderful Karen all came through for me. I cannot thank them and Potters Bar Eye Care Centre enough! Their service was second to none. Before my appointment, I had been asked what type of glasses I was looking for and shape. As I walked in, Karen and Emma had chosen specific glasses for me, they were ready on the table waiting for me to try on.
“I needed that instant reaction where you put on a pair of glasses and just know, these are the pair.”
I had in my head that I would opt for tortoiseshell with a rounded shape. Yet, I like to be a little bit out there with my style…I had tried on a pair of clear framed glasses elsewhere and loved them, they were just too big for my face. Now, if there is something I live by, it’s being blunt and honest when it comes to buying glasses and clothes. You need friends that will keep it real and tell you their honest opinion.
Karen, Julie and Emma provided me their complete honest opinion. I tried on the glasses they had put aside for me, I narrowed it down to two pairs. I FaceTimed my Mum and asked her to choose a pair, which ever ones she chose as her favourite, I knew to go for the other pair! HA. I guess I’m just a rebel that way…
I know these glasses won’t be everybody’s cup of tea… but they’re certainly mine. Karen put it in a way that completely sold them to me. These glasses are a little out-there, they’ll make your blue eyes stand out and they will have people looking at you, whether they like them or hate them, you’ll stand out. Standing out is never a bad thing. Karen, wrap those babies up, they’re mine!
I knew being friends with Emma would pay off one day. I was completely spoilt with some extra freebies. This family ran opticians is so welcoming, you feel that family bond as soon as you enter the store. They had pictures of the women that worked there around the store. The pictures were professionally done. They don’t take themselves too seriously and they have fun.
I cannot thank Julie enough, what a generous and beautiful woman. Her glasses range are amazing, I was spoilt for choice. Julie managed to do the impossible and provide me with a pair of glasses I love. I have become instantly obsessed with these glasses. Julie, thank you so much for your help and generosity. You’re one in a million.
Beautifully helpful staff, wonderful service… I am one happy customer.
“They will have people looking at you, whether they like them or hate them, you’ll stand out. Standing out is never a bad thing.”