Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Primark Haul

2014 is the year that Simon and I are trying to be very careful with our money so we can start saving for our future.    We've made a damn good start so far but this has meant that I've had to be pretty careful round the shops, especially Primark where, for some reason, I always seem to find an armful of things and even though you can find yourself fantastic bargains if you're not careful you can end up spending far more than you bargained for as you forget to check prices before heading to the till.

After last week's disappointing look round the shops in the Metrocentre I decided to head into Primark on Northumberland Street after my hair appointment and knowing that I'd inevitably find things I'd want I set myself a strict budget of just £20.00.

So ... how much can a girl get in Primark with £20.00 ... and is it really possible for me to stick to the budget?

I began my trip by desperately trying to find some really cute Summer shoes that I'd spotted on Laura's blog here.  I hardly ever buy shoes from Primark because they always look so flimsy I'm sure you could never wear them in the rain.   But I fell in love with these as soon as I saw them so really wanted to check them out.  Unfortunately despite having the second largest Primark store in the country I couldn't find them anywhere even though I walked up and down the shoe section 4 times.  Unfortunately this now means that I'm going to be obsessed with them until I manage to track them down.

Looking on the bright side, the good thing about not being able to find the shoes meant that I still had £20 in my purse.

It wasn't long before the dresses caught my eye, I absolutely love dresses and now that March is here it seems like a good excuse to start lusting over pretty floral tea dresses again.  I tried not to have too much of a hunt around as I had a small amount to spend so headed straight into the changing rooms with this one as it had immediately called out to me.   Unfortunately as I was posing about the changing rooms taking a selfie for Instagram someone came storming into my cubicle thinking it was available, bit of a CRINGE moment but I'm just thankful I wasn't stood in my underwear!

I love this dress so much, and the bright flowers on a dark background means I can still chuck on some nice thick warm black tights and chunky boots to keep me warm.    This dress was only £8.00 so there was no way I could resist.








































Next I had a look at the tights.  I've heard good things about the "Super Cosy" range so decided to give them a go.  They're 300 denier and have a fleecy lining which sounded ideal as I'm always feeling cold.  They're so thick that when you pull them out of the pack they look almost like leggings.

I wasn't sure what size to go for as the only sizes I could find were S/M or L/XL - I was looking for a M/L just because I'm tall with a bit of a tummy and like the added security of pulling my tights up as high as Simon Cowell's trousers.    Luckily this size seemed to do the trick, they were a good fit and felt comfortable.   Having not tried Primark tights before I was impressed at their quality and having put them through the wash they are still looking good.   These were £3.50.



Lastly I had to go and have a look at the PJs.  I'm loving the 80s and 90s throwbacks at the moment and no one does it better than Primark.   After resisting both the Cookie Monster and Clueless PJs there was no way I was leaving the store without the My Little Pony "Made in the 80s" set, finding them was just as exciting as last year's Care Bear PJs.   The set is sold separately, with the comfy legging style bottoms at £8.00 and the t-shirt at £5.00.







































So those of you that can do maths have now realised that I did spend slightly over my £20.00, but only by a little so I'm pretty impressed with myself.

Now allowing myself a proper look has meant that I do want to go back soon but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!

37 comments:

  1. The dress is so cute! love it :)

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    1. Thank you ... I literally wore it the next day :D

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    1. GO GO GO GO :D They had so many really really lovely dresses, I didn't dare stop for a proper look!

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  3. Love the dress but LOVE the pj's! :)
    You did well with a budget and what you got for it.. I really need/want a Primark trip. It's been too long! It's a good and bad thing that the nearest one is an hour away and is HELL to get to!lol

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcarilone.com

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    1. You ever been to the one in Newcastle? You really need to if you haven't, it's HUGE! Maybe we can fit a Primark trip in around the bloggers tea thingie?!

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  4. Ohh how I wish we have Primark here :( Lovely haul! Love the dress.

    Zoe
    http://thatszoe.blogspot.com

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    1. Awwwwwww, have you been? It is an amazing shop ... I never fail to find so many things in there!

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  5. Oh my gosh that dress is gorgeous.. I am popping to Primark tomorrow I so hope they have it in my local one x

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    1. They had loads in the Newcastle store so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you x

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    2. Well I saw it today and its gorgeous BUT when I tried it on I looked ridiculous in it! It did not suit me one bit I think because I have massive boobs but smaller on the bottom it did not fit right and sort of made me look big all over! I would love to see it on you though. I did buy a gorgeous dress in there though today have a look on my blog I just posted a haul x

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    3. I meant see you in it not on it lol!!! x

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    4. Oh no! Unfortunately not everything suits everyone :( I have the world's smallest boobs so that might explain it! I did wear it at the weekend when I went out for lunch which I will be doing a post about at some point, although I was sat down so that's not very helpful when it comes to seeing the dress really is it?!! x

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  6. Ah I'm so gutted you couldn't find them! They must have sold out pretty quick but you still got some amazing stuff! I love love love those pj's there so funky!!

    Laura Jarvis Pattern Design

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    1. Me too ... I WANT THEM!! :( I'm going to have another look on Saturday ... if not I'm back in Norwich for my birthday the week after so I might find time to look there!

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  7. Good work!! I am regretting not buying that dress now!!

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  8. Hello my fellow Newcastle chic, I love that dress it is amazing and just the kind of style I love, I might have to head over there tomorrow. I bought some thermal tights in TJ Hughes the other day and they are the best thing ever! I will defo be getting some more, the Primark ones are cheaper o hurrah!

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

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    1. Hey :D I am so so impressed with those thermal tights, they've washed up beautifully - I think I may have to go back and get some more x

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  9. love that dress! I must admit I usually avoid Primark just as it's so busy all the time but they do have some really cute stuff xx

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    1. I usually make sure I get there at 9:00 am to avoid the crowds, however on Saturday I didn't get there until 2:30 pm ish and it actually really wasn't that bad. I think it's just such a big store it doesn't get as awful as other Primark stores do. I didn't even have to wait for the changing rooms or the tills!

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  10. I haven't been to Primark for ages as I usually avoid the messiness and crowds but I love that floral dress! Also CLUELESS pajamas?! What do they consist of?

    Smaz Says

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    1. Well ... the bottoms just have "Totally Clueless" written all over them loads and the top is a picture of Dionne, Cher and Tai (I took a picture on Instagram .. I didn't just remember that!) HA!!!

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  11. Wow brilliant shopping, I love the dress and my little pony pj's Lucy

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    1. Thank you :D I think I need to go back and see some of the other dresses. It's my birthday in two weeks and I've asked for some Primark vouchers! I just can't escape the fact that it's the shop I always see the most things I like in!

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  12. I am going straight to Primark because I NEED that dress and those pj's!!!

    Ellie | mantrapixie.com | x

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    1. DO IT ! Those My Little Pony PJs are surely going to be flying off the racks!

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  13. £8?? What a bloody bargain, it's lovely!
    I had to scroll quickly past the PJs though, am on a massive PJ buying ban :o(
    Well done for sort of sticking to your budget!!
    M x Life Outside London

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    1. I know :) I couldn't believe it! Now I just have to avoid the temptation of wearing it every weekend :D

      I really should be on a PJ buying ban, I can barely close my massive PJ drawer :s

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  14. Love a good Primark haul! That dress is gorge. I've seen lots of bloggers with those cute PJs, nearly bought them last week but managed to resist! Might have to hunt out those Clueless PJs though...
    Rachel x
    RachelBirchley.com

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    1. Ah ha! I took a photo of the Clueless PJs which is on my Instagram here: http://instagram.com/p/lAWnzJxQHR/

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  15. You can find these shoes in Sunderland store, I just went this morning!!! In also live in Newcastle

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    1. OMG seriously!? That's amazing! Thank you :D I'd best find some time to get myself there! x

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  16. you and I must go shopping together soon. SOON.

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    1. It was the My Little Pony that did it wasn't it?! :D

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  17. I love your blog so much!! You're so pretty too..
    Check mine out?
    http://fashionbynessa.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. Love the haul! Fancy checking out mine? http://teenworkaholic.blogspot.co.uk/

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