As many of you know I’m not buying clothes this year in an effort to curb my joy of shopping and obviously attempt to make a small difference to the fast fashion phenomena that is causing havoc on our environment and the quality of life in third world countries. I’m almost six months in, and though I’m not struggling with the no shopping I do find myself getting a bit more creative when it comes to jazzing up an outfit to make it look like a fresh look.
Of course one really quick look changer is a snazzy pair of glasses and about a year ago I met the now valued member of the MumBoss Club , Harps Kular and realised that my short sightedness wasn’t actually as irritating as I’d always thought. In fact it meant I had a whole new element of fashion to explore – the wonderful world of specs! My whole adult life I’d been visiting the wrong opticians and choosing between frames that could only be labelled dull, duller and downright librarian (not the sexy kind.)
Last year I took the whole family for a checkup at Harper and Cooper (the cute and turquoise painted little independent opticians just by the Regent Street entrance to the Regent Arcade, used to be Quba & Co I think) for a checkup. They offer free NHS checkups for children and if they do need glasses they get a voucher towards their frames (so depending on which ones they choose they could be free or upwards of £20.) The appointments themselves were with Harps’ husband, Dips, who was ace and as they are both parents to twins they get exactly how to gently persuade little ones to look the right way and do all the things they need them to do to check out their little eyeballs.
But enough about kids…. let’s talk about fashion!
Now we all know that parenting is an expensive business and sometimes there are not enough pennies in the pot to treat ourselves to high end designer specs. Fear not! Harper and Cooper have their own bespoke range which you can buy with single vision lenses and an anti-reflective, anti scratch coating for just £98. Can’t do better than that! Plus they have a free to join Harper and Cooper Extra Club where members get basic single vision lenses in their specs (doesn’t include £98 specs) and they get entered into competitions to win free specs, get invites to style events and sales previews.
This aside… Harper and Cooper are the only Cheltenham stockists of Victoria Beckham frames – these were my favourites. Bold certainly, but you could wear the plainest outfit in the world and still be noticed in these bad boys. Plus I can see properly- which is always a bonus!
But they also stock a whole heap of other designer frames like William Morris, Hook LDN, Kristian Olsen and Moleskin and most of them can be made up into sunglasses too.
I’ve also mentioned how great Harps, Dips (and also their fab assistant Katie) are with kids but they also look after us adults very well. Hot drink comes as standard with your appointment and they genuinely want to help you feel brilliant in whatever pair of specs you choose to leave the shop with. I get really itchy eyes too and Harps was great advising me on how to look after my poor tired eyes!
So if you’ve left it a while and know you’re overdue a test, just fancy some jazzy new frames, have not yet taken the kids for their test (they should be being tested from 2) or if like me the chain competitors are leaving things lacking with their one size fits all service then it’s time to give Harps a call. 01242 254721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – tell her I sent you – it’s so important that we all try and support the brilliant independent businesses who are trying their best to make our town unique and special.
See you later (get it?)
This blog was written in paid partnership with Harper and Cooper