What did a girl do before Primark?

Twelve years ago when I went on my fist girls’ holiday at 18, I saved my Saturday earnings for weeks so that I could afford a Topshop wardrobe cool enough for Ibiza.

primark summer holiday clothes

Twelve years on it’s hard to remember our high streets without the notorious ‘Primania’ beckoning us in with its cheap price tags, ever-changing fashion lines and £1 accessories. Oh Primark, if only I had you back then!

So, when I popped into my local shopping centre for a few last minute items for my holiday to Dubai, I ended up buying an entire holiday wardrobe instead. Primark has that effect on me. This is everything I got for the grand total of…£43!

  1. Pink floral top – £4
  2. Beach towels – £4 each
  3. Casual shorts – £3
  4. Denim shorts – £5
  5. Playsuit – £5
  6. Print top – £4
  7. Laser cut peep toe shoes – £6
  8. Skater dress – £5
  9. Casual shorts – £3

I’m not even convinced that the clothes are any lesser in quality than the likes of the other high street stores. The only downfall of Primark clothes (as we all know) is that you yourself know that they are from Primark. And because you know that you only paid a fiver for those shorts, their shelf life is much shorter than if you’d paid £35 – silly, but sadly true.

However, it’s not like I wear shorts and use beach towels every day in England, so it really doesn’t matter. By the time my next summer holiday comes around I’ll want a whole new wardrobe anyway.

And I know where I’ll be shopping.


Christmas stocking filler ideas for her

Christmas stocking ideas

Admittedly, I’m not usually so organised with my Christmas shopping, tending to frantically order all of my presents online a couple of weeks before and then panic that they won’t arrive in time. However, with my due date three weeks away, and with the luxury of being on maternity leave, I’m planning to have it all wrapped up (see what I did there?) in the next couple of weeks.

I realise that not everyone has this pleasure of time (as I soon won’t!), so I’ve put together a gallery of my best finds from the high street so far that will make perfect Christmas stocking fillers this year. With stores becoming evermore competitive and with the likes of value stores such as Primark keeping their finger firmly on the trends pulse, there really are some great items out there – so you can fill those stockings up to the brim without breaking the bank!

Here are some of my favourites…

Stocking fillers for under £25:

  1.  Monochrome woven blanket scarf, £22 Topshop
  2.  Mini bowler hat, £22 Warehouse
  3.  Personalised iPhone case, £25 notonthehighstreet.com
  4. Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics eye shadow palette, £22

Stocking fillers for under £15:

  1. Jersey Pyjama set, £12.99 H&M
  2. ‘Just Call Me Delia’ Tea Towel, £11 notonthehighstreet.com 
  3. Day to a page medium diary, £14 Paperchase
  4. Smashbox Primer Try It Kit £12.50 Boots

Stocking fillers for under £5:

  1. The Queen’s Tea Pendant, £5 Accessorize 
  2. Barry M, Matte Nail Paint, £3.99 Boots
  3. Black Pearl Bow Gloves, £4.99 New Look
  4. Fairisle knitted hot water bottle Primark £5

What would you like in your Christmas stocking this year?

Happy shopping! x