CrossEyes Opticians – Newcastle

If you haven’t already visited the new quirky fashionable opticians in Newcastle and you love your ”eyewear” then get yourself there pronto!


I went along for my eye test after seeing numerous posts of people in really funky glasses. I was due my test and wanted something a little different to my usual heavy black square frames. I had also had a previous bad experience going to a budget designer frame place which resulted in me having a bad fitting, designer, expensive frames that I could not wear as they did not fit my face.

On arrival, I was greeted by extremely friendly smiling staff who were instantly very attentive. The opticians itself was so quirky, stylish, warm and very inviting.


I was taking into a room to undergo my eye test. It was extremely in depth and they have all the latest technology, some of which I had never experienced previously.


After finding out my eyes had not worsened thankfully it was time to pick my frames. I knew I did not want anything like I have had before. The guys were really helpful passing frames which they thought would suit me, giving their honest opinion on each. The service, I felt was so personal. I was not just left to browse the shop floor, I had a one to one service with both members of staff, including the optician himself, helping me choose the perfect frames. The optician would check every frame I tried for fit and tell me if the frames were not fitting well.


I ended up choosing a grey bamboo frame which is so lightweight and trendy. I was not sure about this style, however, the guys helped me choose and they loved them and I have to agree that they were so right. When you try on so many styles it is so difficult to choose and I could have easily picked out at least 5 frames I loved but these just pipped the post for the unusual matte grey colour, bamboo material and that all-important second opinion.


Once the frames are picked, they are to be sent away for the lenses and this takes a couple of weeks. I was very excited when I got the call to tell me my glasses were ready to be picked up


I went to collect and they were adjusted to fit, again the staff were full of smiles and happy to spend time making sure I was completely happy before I left. I love my new glasses and I was keen to share a few selfies on social media.

If your due an eye test or want to purchase some new glasses, I would highly recommend CrossEyes in Newcastle for customer service, price, knowledge and choice.


Eyewear no strength £ 85
Single vision £ 145
Single vision +/-3 £ 235
Progressive £ 295
Progressive +/-3 £ 385

”The CrossEyes concept is built on honesty, dedication and smart design. Through honest and hardworking employees, and low and transparent prices, CrossEyes is able to create an environment where you receive the right guidance when looking for quality spectacles. CrossEyes has hundreds of different custom made frames, which ensures that everyone can find glasses suitable for both their look and personality. At CrossEyes, we do not hide the prices – we display them for everyone to see. 
We take pride in our well-made and smart-looking frames. The customers give them personality, and make us look good as well. That’s why we want to make sure that everyone feels good when wearing their new glasses, and that they have made the right choice by purchasing CrossEyes frames.  Just by taking a walk through the city our customers spread the concept to the outside world, and for that we are forever grateful.
Our face is your face.
#Ourfaceisyourface is a campaign launched by CrossEyes Eyewear in Denmark. A tribute to our customers -they make us look good.”
Visit the CrossEyes website HERE to book your eye test today.


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Handbag Essentials Care Kit – Handbag Clinic

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So after winning my amazing Mulberry Handbag worth a staggering £1600, (see the previous blog post here) courtesy of Capital FM and The Handbag Clinic, I knew I needed a cleaning kit to look after this bad boy!. I never look after anything, my shoes get ruined, my new car is a shit tip but who could possibly NOT look after this beauty?. I love handbags and shoes, oh and coats, I have a thing about coats so you can imagine the screams of glee when I won. To keep my bag in tip top condition I just had to order this amazing Handbag Essentials Care Kit available from The Handbag Clinic  priced at £49.95, a small price to pay to keep your expensive leather handbags looking their best. Included in the kit is

  • 100ml Fabric protector
  • 100ml Leather cleaner
  • 100ml Fabric cleaner
  • 100ml Leather protection cream
  • 100ml Liquid leather protector
  • cloth
  • Handbag Hook

I will be putting this kit to good use on some of my old leather handbags to bring them back to life and it will be on hand to preserve my new one! Well done Handbag Clinic for bringing this amazing piece of kit #loveyourhandbags xxxxxx

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I am still buzzing with excitement writing this Blog post! Where do I start? My day went from a nightmare to the best day EVER!!!!

So a little while ago I entered a competition associated with Capital FM and Handbag Clinic. I think I saw it on twitter scrolling through as you do and the bag really caught my eye!!! The competition was

”50 lucky competition finalists will be selected at random and invited to a VIP evening with Scarlett Moffat at AVIEKA on the 12th of May, hosted by Handbag Clinic, on Newcastle’s gorgeous Quayside with a friend. Two guests will then be drawn from the 50 finalists to take to the main stage with Scarlett on the night, and battle it out for a reconditioned Mulberry Bayswater Double Zip Tote in a vibrant red colourway worth £1,600!”

So yesterday, the day of the VIP night, I got a call to say ”sorry its short notice but some people have dropped out the VIP night so you have been selected as a reserve”. Well I’ll be honest, I forgot I had even entered the competition and it really was short notice! Could I pull this off? . My son had a big football match that evening and my husband was at work. I also had my younger son to find childcare for. I got the older son sorted for football ( he played a blinder by the way and won man of the match for the last game of the season) and my younger son was looked after by a NEW babysitter, as I just couldn’t find anyone and at one point I really thought that I was not going to be able to attend (babysitter was ace by the way) . I called up my friend Lucy who manged to get the night of work at such short notice (that never happens) and everything started to fall into place strangely!!!!.

So it was a quick turn around and Lucy arranged to pick me up at 5.30pm, however I’ve lost my bank card, cant find it anywhere. Frantically searching the house but no luck so I had to ring and cancel my card…bummer!

Myself and Lucy got to the Quayside and had a spot of tea as neither of us had time to eat but we wished we had saved ourselves because the food at the event looked incredible!!!

We got to the event and it looked amazing! A HUGE pink handbag was outside, red carpet and full of beautiful glamorous ladies! Lucy and I joked as we felt so under dressed coming straight from work in a mad dash to attend.

As we went in we were checked off the guest list and given a glass of sparkle. We had a walk though the amazing venue with the most amazing chandelier, and the lovely Scarlett Moffat from Google box caught my eye. She was waving and smiling so we went over to see her and had some pictures taken. Anyway, as it happens Scarlet and her mam love the show I do ”Chatty Lasses” and watch it frequently so that had already made my night, me being a huge fan of Google box.

There was a great fashion show with Handbag Clinic and Novo London, they also had pop-up shops in the venue.

Now it was time for the handbag competition. I had no expectation of being picked out of 50 girls. Names were all put in a ”hat”, although it wasn’t a hat, much posher. Scarlett dived in to chose 2 lucky ladies to go head to head.

My name got called and I was literally shaking, I was so shocked and boy, did I want that bag so bad! I went up on the stage with my opponent who was cool as a cucumber, I on the other hand was a quivering wreck. It was time for the question where the closest answer wins! On walked the models with 3 designer handbags with a combined total of over £3000 (cant remember the exact figure as I was so nervous). We had to guess what these bags would cost from the handbag clinic and the closest match won. I was around £115 out but was the closest match and WON!!! I was screaming, jumping up and down, literally could not believe it. After all the organising it took to get there, missing my big lads football match and the loss of my bank card this just made everything so worth while.

I would like to thank Capital Radio, Handbag Clinic and Scarlett for an AMAZING night and for my beautiful new handbag which I absolutely love. You guys pulled off a blinder of an evening at AVEIKA, everything was so well organised and just a perfect evening! You have made a Consett lass very very happy and now I’m off to buy some new red SHOES!!!!

Lisa xx

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