Shaolin Shuffle

Hair Accessory: Boots Black Velvet Scrunchie (haulage here)
Sunglasses: Red Aviators (purchased at a random store abroad in 2015)
Outerwear: Zara Floral Embroidered Shirt (haulage here)
Top: Zara Black TRF Polo Shirt (purchased in 2006 – not 2016 – 2006)
Trousers: H&M Burgundy Overdyed Twill Trousers (haulage here)
Shoes: Studded Black Wedge Sneakers (purchased online from either PLNDR or Karmaloop in 2012)

Shaolin Shuffle is actually one of the DLC maps in COD (if you didn’t understand any part of that sentence, don’t worry about it). The Zara Floral Embroidered Shirt (haulage here) – which as I said, looks like a cross between a Kung Fu Master’s Outfit and a Cheongsam (Traditional Chinese Dress) – was the inspiration behind the title of this post. I love this thing! It’s all long and flowy and just so cool!

Unfortunately, it’s a bit difficult to see (in detail), due to the horrible lighting in my bedroom. Everything looks much darker than it actually is. In reality, the Aviators have a bright red frame, whereas the Trousers are actually burgundy. I insisted on having dimmers and this (insufficient lighting) was the end result. At this point, it’s safe to say that I’m pretty much hopeless when it comes to this whole “Outfit of the Day” thing lol

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Eyes Lips Face (ELF) Haulage

So unbeknownst to me, the ban had been lifted, and apparently I could order from http://elfcosmetics.com/ again!

Back in the day, I used to order from ELF (Eyes Lips Face) pretty regularly. To the extent that I actually remember when they only had the Essentials line (everything from Makeup to Makeup Brushes and Tools, even an Eyelash Curler was only $1 and came in flimsy white packaging). Then, they branched out into the Studio line (slightly pricier trendy makeup with sleek black packaging). Then I believe they came out with a mineral range (around the $5 mark and above, with sturdy beige packaging) called Beautifully Bare. Looking at the photo (above) of the haulage, based on the packaging, you can sorta’ tell that a few items are from the Essentials line and a few are from the Beautifully Bare line, while the rest are mostly from the Studio line (black packaging). With that being said, it seems that ELF no longer categorizes them as such, because everything was merged together on their website. If not for the packaging and the price point, I wouldn’t be able to tell which was which.

My first ELF purchase was actually from drugstore.com (around 2007 or so) and it was a bunch of their lip balms in little square tins, lipgloss in littly click-y pens, small circular blush and bronzers, tiny eyeshadow quads, white makeup brushes and even a body lotion, to name a few. Once I figured out I could order directly from the the ELF website, I went ham and ordered every new product they came out with (and they came out with new product pretty regularly!) to the extent that I’m still working my way through all my ELF stuff!

More often than not, some of the products would arrive damaged or literally break apart in my hands, but because of their low price point, I just brushed it off. Also, because twice a year, ELF would have a 50% discount on all their products! If I’d been eyeing up anything from the Studio Line or expensive Beautifully Bare line, I’d wait for the 50% discount because that would be the time when I’d purchase them (way more affordable). Heck, even the $1 line would only cost $0.50 per product! That said, it seems that ELF have increased the price point of their Essentials range by a dollar, which means everything in the Essentials range goes for $2 now. So, it’s safe to assume that they increased the prices for all the other lines as well. Regardless, their products are still extremely budget-friendly! In fact, the total for my entire order was only $109.96 (technically $140 with a $39 discount plus $8.96 for tax).

For whatever reason, I couldn’t order from the ELF website anymore, so I stopped. I’d still try my luck every few months or so, on the off-chance that my order would go through. I was dying to try out some of their newer stuff! I really wanted to get my hands on those stunning Makeup Brushes from the Beautifully Precise line, in particular. Thankfully, after about 2-4 years, my order finally went through!

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I am Haulage

I am the one
don’t weigh a ton
don’t need a gun
to get respect up on the street

Jokes, Jokes! I am is actually the name of my favorite accessories store! I am has a much nicer and way better selection than Claire’s! Their products are more durable (last longer) and they’re substantially less expensive (read: dirt cheap) too! For whatever reason, both accessories stores I am and Claire’s are wall-to-wall with each other (I wonder if it was by design, because if so, someone has a great sense of humor. I am Claire’s. Geddit?) I believe I am originated in Germany (hence the superior quality). In fact, my first time shopping at I am was actually while I was in Germany! They sold everything from Handbags and Scarves to Sunglasses and of course Jewelry. Here’s the thing though, everything they sold looked insanely awesome (granted they didn’t cater to tweens lawl)! That’s why I was super excited when they opened up shop in Kuwait and I’ve been shopping there quite frequently ever since! Sadly, for whatever reason, they don’t seem to get much traction over here (which is a shame). C’mon guys, go support I am by buying their stuff!

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Claire’s Haulage

As we were leaving Bath & Body Works (haulage here) my niece spotted a Jojo Bow display at Claire’s and legit lost. her. mind. (sound familiar? like aunt, like niece, I guess) She started bouncing in place while excitedly shrieking JojoBowJojoBowJojoBow, repeatedly. She strung the name all-together that at first, I couldn’t even understand what she was trying to say. Honestly, I thought she was trying (and failing) to say jojoba (lawl). Eventually, I realized what she meant (no small thanks to her, for actually pointing out the display, stacked with rows and rows of Oversized Bows).

The little girl in the promo shot is called Jojo and she’s famous for a whole bunch of stuff. She sings, she dances (she was on 2 seasons of Dance Moms… with her mom), she acts (I believe she’s on Nickelodeon), she’s a “YouTube Persoality” and she has her own line of Hair Bows aptly called Jojo Bows, just to name a few. All that and she’s barely 15 years old! Apparently, little girls idolize Jojo and according to my niece a Jojo Bow is a must-have! So in we went to Claire’s (little girl’s accessories store) to pick up a Jojo Bow for my niece. While waiting for her to decide on a “Mystery Bag“, I picked up 2 Black Headbands and a pack of Basic Black Bobby Pins for myself (mostly out of boredom rather than anything else lawl).

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H&M (Buy 2 Get 1 Free) Haul

H&M were having a promotion awhile ago (a couple months ago actually) for H&M Fashion Week where if you bought any two items you got the third free and also for every 10KD spent you got an entry coupon for the raffle draw (I think it was either KD1,000 or KD 10,000). I only found out about the promo after I decided to pop in to H&M (1st Avenue – the one facing Shake Shack, MAC, River Island, etc… and wall-to-wall with Zara). Right off the bat, I noticed that they’d revamped the store (moving all the makeup, skincare, hair stuff, shoes, handbags and other accessories from one of the entrances, all the way to that little area, that used to be reserved for childrens’ clothes, whereas the kids’ clothes have now been moved one floor up). I wasn’t really in the mood to try on any clothes but I couldn’t resist picking up a few brushes (as you can see) and once I found out about the buy two get one free deal, I decided to pick up a few more random items.

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Boots Mini Haulage

I stalk Boots regularly because they always seem to be out of my favorite nail polish remover (reviewed here) so I’m always on the look-out for when they restock it. At the moment, I’m fully stocked up (hauled here) but at an earlier visit to Boots I managed to spy a few things that seemed quite interesting!

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