Monday 10 October 2011

Make your mark, Primark

Occasionally in my spare time I do market research to generate some extra cash. Every little helps right? I usually apply for the ones I like / am eligible for however this time a lady approached me: how would I like x amount of pounds and free clothes from a well known high street store? Er… yes please!

They swiftly sent me some vouchers asking me to go forth and spendeth. At a later date I would need to attend a focus group where we would need to do a show and tell on our purchases and talk about the brand.

So far so good.

I then learnt that the well known high street store was in fact Primark and had mixed feelings about it. On one hand I was happy as I knew the vouchers should go far there - but then on the other hand, I was a little disappointed. Primark isn’t one of my favourite stores. The crowds and queues just kill me.

Another kick in the proverbial balls was that I had been told to shop in the London Oxford Street store. The stuff of nightmares. The crowds, the queues… and not all that impressive stock wise considering it’s a flagship store.

So one Saturday morning, I got up at the crack of dawn, gritted my teeth and got my game face on. I was amazed at how expensive Primark seems to be getting. It’s not crazy expensive but it’s pricey for the quality you’re getting. I found it so hard to make my vouchers stretch. In the end I had to fork out a little bit of my own money just so I could afford my basket(!)

Here’s a sneak peek of my purchases:

I didn’t even stop to think about the bag. It was tan. It was fairisle. DONE.

The top I initially loved but am considering returning as I’m not sure about the keyhole neckline. Maybe I’ll do a bit of DIY and cut the neckline lower.

These stacked heels were an absolute bargain for a mere £18. 
Boohoo, Topshop and New Look sell similar ones but they are quite a bit more.

I got the royal blue ones but they also had some in burgundy. I tried them on and had quite the audience of women around me ooh-ing and ahh-ing. After being told numerous times that they looked incredible on me, I couldn’t ignore that voice in my head screaming “buy them!” any more. Those bad boys went back into my basket and that was that.

I must add that later after having paid at the tills, I did spot some of the aforementioned women clutching the very same pair of shoes and heading to the tills. It did make me laugh! I'm a terrible influence! ;)

The actual survey was fine. The last minute kick in the teeth was that they paid us in Primark vouchers rather than £££ :( I found that the heels and bag I purchased helped me get over this annoyance very quickly. Here they are in action:

Next time I’ll be heading to a far quieter branch me thinks!   


  1. lovely bag!!

  2. all great buys! especially the cute shoes

  3. Really love those heels.

    I normally totally avoid Primark unless I see something somewhere that I know I can go in and buy and leave right away (i.e. those shoes!)

    The whole rummaging around and people shoving you all over the place + the added queuing really doesn't do it for me!


  4. Awesome buys :) think if i had seen you try those shoes on I probably would have bought them too lol!

    The Deer Head


  5. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! I loved this post, I totally agree with you! Always search for bargains!

  6. Love the pattern on that top and those are hot shoes!! Great purchases :)


  7. I love the Primark! Most of the time for the shoes and the accessoires! <3 But if you don't like all the queues it isn't a shop for you haha ;)

    Like your purchases!

  8. All of your purchases are AWESOME! And so cheap, I'l so jealous right now! Can't wait to see you rock those shoes! xxAnisa

  9. Wow those heels are gorgeous !!

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    Just let me know..



  10. loooove those shoes! out of curiosity how do you get into the market research thing? and have you been to westfield yet?? surprisingly the primark there isn't to packed! x

  11. those are some good purchases! especially the bag x

  12. OMg,i can't believe you got those shoes from Primark!! They're perfect!

  13. Oh. That bag. That bag. That bag.

    I need it love it want it adore it want to cuddle with it need it.


    That is all. (I'm tired.)

  14. Hi honey pie, hope you are well, thanks for your lovely comment. I love Primarni but I go at 8.30am especially to the marble arch one it is hell otherwise. You have picked some fab little bits xx

  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE these shosies.

    What a bargain xxxx


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