Technically, it was a few days before Valentine’s Day, but the title sounded nicer this way! I was actually on the hunt for some Herbal Tea (as much as I enjoy them, my pseudo-coffee drinks, they weren’t much help in the sleep department) which was the main reason why I hit up several branches of Sultan Center (Promenade – Salmiya – Souq Sharq)… on the same day… back-to-back (totally sane behavior).
I was so satisfied with all the awesome finds in my previous Zara Haul (haulage here), that I made it a point to go back to Zara for more, while the Sale was still on-going! Since I was all stocked up on Dresses and Wide-Leg Trousers from my earlier visit to Zara (haulage here) and then later on Bershka (haulage here), this haul was slightly more…
eclectic random. I snagged a “Jacket” (more like a long Cardigan really) and a Jumpsuit and Leggings and 2 Dresses and 3 Skirts and 4 Sweaters and 3 T-Shirts. The best part was that instead of paying KD 224/500, I only had to pay KD 88/500 (wuuuut)!
I’d spotted these Mustard Platform Trainers over at Bershka earlier at Marina Mall, but there was just too big of a crowd (they had a sale going on) and I wasn’t about to deal with all that. However, I just couldn’t stop thinking about them! So, while at The Avenues, I decided to pop by Bershka just to at least see how much they cost. I liked them so much, I ended up getting the exact same pair in both Mustard and Black!
I also picked up 2 Dresses and a pair of Jeans and Leggings and a whole bunch of Trousers! While at the cash register, I snatched up 2 Packs of Ankle Socks and a pair of Earrings and an Eau de Toilette, to round out the haul, all for KD 104/600 (some of this stuff was on sale and some of it wasn’t).
In the interest of full disclosure, the majority of the models were around the 5’8 (178cm) – 5’9 (180cm) mark, whereas I am 5’1 (156cm) so as you can imagine, most of this stuff was much, much longer on me (story of my life lol)!
I figured I should chill on the whole Perfume thing and focus on something more practical (i.e. clothes) instead. That said, I actually wasn’t even planning on buying any new clothes, but while exchanging the stuff at H&M (here) which happened to be right across from Zara, I noticed those covet-worthy Shirt Dresses in all kinds of different prints! I was instantly entranced by their siren call and before I knew it, I was walking right in to Zara, who as luck would have it, were apparently having a Sale! One thing led to another and here we are.
As you can see, I kinda’ went ham and overdid it with the whole Chain Print thing, but managed to snag a few Animal Print pieces while I was at it. I ended up purchasing 5 Dresses (x2 of the Snake Print) and 3 Trousers/Pants and 5 Shirts (x3 of the Blouse-y Shirt) and 2 Leggings and 2 Scarves and a Camisole (previously purchased here) and a Cap. Instead of paying KD 245/200 I ended up paying KD 106/200 because everything I’d purchased (other than the Scarves and Cami) was on Sale!
I got the mass text from Bath & Body Works (as well as Victoria’s Secret and several others), announcing their semi-annual sale. Obviously, I made it a point to check some of them out (discreetly coercing my friends – who have absolutely zero interest in any of this stuff – to make a
quick stop here and there). As you can see, it was mostly the unisex and blatantly masculine scents that captured my interest (this time), mainly because I was pretty much all set, in the rest of the other “scent categories” (i.e. gourmands, citrus-y, fruity-florals, etc…).
For the sale this year, they’d brought out several of the “classic” scents which I thought was both boring and disappointing. I was expecting new and different stuff! Luckily, they were also trying to get rid of the older collections (that they’d released throughout the previous year) so, I snagged a few from those.
As per usual, everything looked pretty ratchet! Most of the stuff was already opened and had residue on the side and smelled pretty funky to boot (like it had already expired)! It took some time, but I hunted down the least janky versions available. I ended up getting 4 Fragrance Sprays (1 full size, 3 travel size) and 3 Soaps (1 Liquid Hand Soap, 2 Body Bars) and 3 Shower Gels and a Cosmic Cream
in a pear tree~!
I was looking for a gift for a friend who’d just found out she was preggers and usually L’Occitane has what I’m looking for, but this time, the products I had in mind were only available in a travel-size set (and were consequentially much cheaper), so I ended up getting her something else, from somewhere else. However, I did end up hauling some more of that divine Verbena goodness for myself to use during the upcoming Summer!
Longtime readers of my blog, already know that I stan the L’Occitane Verbena range hard! And to think… it all started when I raided the bathroom amenities at a certain hotel abroad (reviewed here) lol Like I said, the scent was fresh, crisp, citrus-y, uplifting and most definitely unisex! As such, I’ve been a big, big fan of the line ever since! They had other Larger Gift Sets and Smaller Gift Sets and even Travel-Size Gift Sets and everything in-between, but the ones shown (pic, above) were the ones that appealed to me the most.
Rush (Signature Collection) – Velvet Petals (Signature Collection) – Jasmine Noir (Midnight Blooms Collection) – Afterparty Angel (Fashion Show Collection) – Glitter Hustle (Disco Nights Collection) – Shot of Coconut (Juiced Collection)
Like I said in my previous post (here), they brought out all the Limited Edition Collections of the past year (Fashion Show Collection – Angel Collection – Disco Nights Collection, etc…) and knocked them down to half price, whereas the Signature Collection (permanent and can be purchased at any time from any branch) in the old-school packaging (Love Spell – Pure Seduction – Aqua Kiss, etc…) as well as all the newer collections (Cozy Collection – Midnight Blooms Collection – Star Struck Collection, etc…) retailed for KD 7 (full price) but were included in a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” promo.
I ended up getting 2 from the Signature Collection (plain packaging) for KD 7 each, qualifying me for a third one, either from the Signature Collection or any of the newer collections (for free) so I chose Jasmine Noir (newer collection). The other 3 (Afterparty Angel – Glitter Hustle – Shot of Coconut) were not included in the “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” promo, since they were from older collections, but they had all been reduced to only KD 3/500 each. As you can see from the plain packaging, the first two (Rush + Velvet Petals) were from Signature Collection (permanent), whereas the rest were all Limited Edition.
I had a wonderful time sniffing and playing around with all those Fragrance Mists! I could’ve stayed there forever! Best of all, the sales assistants left me alone (to play in peace), for the most part, because they were so busy with other customers!