H&M Collective Haulage (December 2020)

December 6

Turns out, I end up saving a lot of money when I’m stuck indoors for most of the year (not going out to expensive events and dinners every night).

What did I do with all that money I saved? I turned right around and spent it shopping online.

A vast majority of the money was spent on H&M.

Their website was a joke (as with most websites in Kuwait, so I can’t really fault them for that).

In fact, despite contacting them several times, clearing the cache and cookies and attempting to change my password several times, I still ended up having to create a new account, because I got locked out of my old one (hence a few missing hauls).

Aside from that, their packages would arrive undamaged, neatly packed and usually didn’t take too long (which is more than I can say for some *cough* Centrepoint *cough*).

H&M Sports Leggings were bomb! I could not recommend those enough!

I’ve always loved their Wide Trousers and their Jeans/Jeggings and their Joggers/Sweatpants as well!

They had a nice variety of T-Shirts and Hoodies and Jumpers and Jackets too!

Basically, H&M had some great basics!

Their Shoes and Accessories were hit or miss though (usually miss lol) but as always, I did manage to find a few gems!

July Collective Haul (here)
August Haul (here)
October Haul (here)
November Haul (Part 1) (Part 2)

On December 6 2020 I placed my final H&M order of the year.

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Victoria’s Secret Haul (Nov 2020)

Like I said in Chef LuLu – Part 8 post (here), on Nov 29, after my quick shopping spree at Sephora (haulage here), my friend and I grabbed dinner at Cheesecake Factory and headed home.

On our way back to the car, we noticed a long line of people waiting outside Victoria’s Secret, so we made plans to check it out the next day, together.

Back home, I stayed up past midnight doing a little more online shopping.

The next day, Nov 30, my friend went ahead to Victoria’s Secret, without me.

She’d ditched me the day before at Sephora to go eat.

Even though we had planned to go together to Victoria’s Secret the next day, I kept trying to get a hold of her but she wouldn’t take my calls.

Instead, she’d reply with looong overly detailed voice notes (which was so annoying because I really didn’t need a blow-by-blow).

This was the second time she’d ditched me in two days. I had to let her know this was not normal behavior.

I didn’t mind her not wanting to go with me (in fact, we needed some time apart), but I did mind that she’d made plans with me and didn’t follow through.

She apologized and dropped off x2 Pink Shopping Bags at my place (as a way of making amends for going shopping without me) on her way back home.

As far as I was concerned, as long as she didn’t do it again, all was forgiven.

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Sephora Haul (Nov 2020)

Like I said in my post Chef LuLu Part 8 (here) an ex-friend (Mera) took me to Sephora on November 29 2020 to make up for ambushing me earlier.

I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d been to Sephora!

I was so happy to be back!

There were so much to look at, new brands, new products and new potential holy grails! There were all kinds of Gift Sets and Value Sets as well!

Not 5 minutes in, Mera started whining about being hungry.

I’d asked her if she’d picked up the Nars Blush that she’d wanted. Her reply was that she was so hungry and no longer interested in buying anything (which I suspected was her intent from the start).

She kept nagging and nagging, but I ignored her and eventually she just bounced lol

She said she’d go ahead of me to The Cheesecake Factory and I could just meet up with her afterwards.

Glad to be rid of her, I hurriedly agreed, but in hindsight, what she did was not cool.

She kept calling me and nagging me to come over but I ignored her. I wasn’t gonna’ cut my first visit to Sephora in such a long time short, for her.

However, I did pick up the Nars Blush (KD 13) that she’d wanted, to surprise her.

As for myself, I’d barely bought any Makeup in 2020, due to my health issues (heart palpitations), but by the end of the year I’d learned how to handle it and quite frankly, I had missed Makeup!

I walked outta’ there with two shopping bags (to make up for lost time lol)!

I got my first Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette which was reduced from KD 39 to KD 23/250

I also got the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Palette (which I’d been lusting after, ever since my Spotted at Sephora post, here) which was reduced from KD 13/750 to KD 9/500

I couldn’t help but get the Kat Von D Walnut Brow Struck Dimension Powder which was meant for the brows, but I thought would make a beautiful eyeshadow! Plus, it was reduced from KD 8/500 to KD 3/250

Those were the only discounted items I got, whereas I payed full price for the rest.

It wasn’t just all Makeup though.

It was mostly Skincare, with a few Hair Care items, Body Care and even a Perfume Mist.

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Chloé Daisy Triple-Buckle Bombay Brown Leather Chunky Heel Sandals

Like I said in my post Chef LuLu Part 8 (here) an ex-friend and I went to The Avenues on Nov 27 2020.

The plan was to hit up Sephora to check out their Black Friday deals but instead she decided – all on her own – to park by Prestige so we could have dinner at Joe’s.

Afterwards, rather than wander around aimlessly, I decided to check out the Boots over at Prada and Chanel (which was a bust).

On a whim, I sauntered in to Saint Laurent and walked outta’ there with a Niki Medium Shoulder Bag (here) and Baby Lou Shoulder Bag (here).

Next, we hit up Gucci, despite the long line of people waiting to go in. While my friend made herself comfortable, I had the lovely sales assistant help me select my newest baby, the Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Leather Mini Shoulder Bag (here).

I suggested we hit up Sephora as our last stop (the only reason we had gone to the Avenues in the first place), but Mera declined saying it was already 9pm. By the time we walked back to her car and she dropped me home and got back to her home, she said she’d be cutting it too close to her 10pm curfew.

On our way back to the car, I stopped by Chloe.

I’d clocked a gorgeous pair of Sandals when we’d first arrived and had made a mental note to try them on later (on our way back).

Fifteen minutes later, the sales assistant was wrapping these babies up for me, while the manager was handling the transaction.

These babies retailed for KD 304 which was quite dear, but I was completely smitten and therefore hopeless against their charm!

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Gucci GG Marmont Pastel Pink Matelassé Leather Mini Shoulder Bag

Like I said in my post Chef LuLu Part 8 (here) an ex-friend and I went to The Avenues on Nov 27 2020.

The plan was to hit up Sephora but instead she ambushed me by parking at Prestige so we could grab dinner at Joe’s.

Afterwards, rather than wander around aimlessly, I decided to check out the Boots over at Prada and Chanel.

I was actually thiiis close to purchasing a Chanel Boy Bag, but it had way too many scratches on it and for that price (KD 1,000), I definitely needed a new one (not available), therefore hard pass.

It was kismet though because over at Saint Laurent, I ended up getting the gorgeous Medium Niki Crinkled Leather Shoulder Bag in Fog (here) – with a 30% discount I might add – and the adorable Baby Lou Quilted Grain De Poudre Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag in Noir (here).

Next, even though there was a very long queue, I made it a point to hit up Gucci (because of my beloved Gucci Boy).

They had a display of newly arrived pastel-y GG Marmont Shoulder Bags which stole my heart instantly! I kinda’ wanted them all lol but at KD 600 a pop, I only got the one.

While my friend plopped down on one of the cushy chairs and asked for some mineral water (basically, milking the experience) and scanned the crowd for a potential husband, I had the sales assistant help me select a bag for myself (my very first Gucci Bag)!

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Saint Laurent Baby Lou Noir Quilted Grain De Poudre Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag

Also on Nov 27 while still at Saint Laurent, in addition to the Niki Shoulder Bag (hauled here) I couldn’t resist picking up the Baby Lou Shoulder Bag as well.

Apparently, the Baby Lou was the baby version of the Lou Camera Bag, which I thought was stupid cute!

While the Niki Medium Shoulder Bag cost KD 775 but with the 30% off had been reduced to KD 542/50 saving me KD 232/50 (or so it said on the receipt), the Baby Lou was not on sale and cost a whopping KD 225 (possibly because it was new).

Basically, the money I saved on the Niki Medium Shoulder Bag, was immediately spent on the Baby Lou Shoulder Bag lol

Initially, I thought it was too small (but sooo cute) to justify the price…

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Saint Laurent Niki Medium Fog Crinkled Vintage Leather Shoulder Bag

Like I said in my post Chef LuLu Part 8 (here) an ex-friend and I went to The Avenues on Nov 27 2020 for Black Friday.

The plan was to hit up Sephora but instead she parked by Prestige so we could grab dinner at Joe’s.

Afterwards, we popped into Chanel (I wanted to check out their Boots) and then Prada (also for Boots), but didn’t get anything from either of those places.

I didn’t see a line of people outside Saint Laurent so I went in with Mera following me and we both promptly fell in love with the Niki Shoulder Bag!

It was available in the Fog (gorgeous grey, as shown) and Peacock Green (more like a stunning teal).

I kinda’ wanted them both actually, but Mera had clearly fallen in love with the teal one, which is why I didn’t buy it for myself (so she could have it).

She also wouldn’t stop gushing over the Manhattan Shoulder Bag (in beige) yet ended up walking out of Saint Laurent without purchasing either Handbag… which I thought was pretty sus.

Also for whatever reason, certain items were 30% off, including the Niki Shoulder Bags which normally retail for KD 775 but had been reduced to KD 542/500 Score!

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Chef LuLu (Part 10) Final Post

December 18

I turned 36! Coulda’ sworn I was turning 37 (I’m bad at math lol) but after a certain point, does it really matter?

Aside from our usual go-to Birthday Cake from Cake’d my favorite cousin also sent over a cute little Cake! May surprised me with a Unicorn Brush Set and some Face Masks with a beautiful Birthday Card using our special language which we created (we had a lot of free time as kids lol). Abrar got me a gorgeous bouquet of Red Roses with a Gift Card for an at-home service (Mani-Pedi). The list goes on and on.

My favorite gift was from my younger brother and his wife though (shown in the photo above) which was a rather large basket filled with Baking Tools (everything from a Rolling Pin to a Brownie Pan and much much more)!

I was quite touched by everyone’s kindness! They didn’t have to get me anything but they did and it was just so thoughtful and sweet! ♥

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Pandora Haul (Nov 2020)

I was on Instagram (even though I’d asked her several times not to, Mera was constantly sending me videos of very graphic surgeries) when an ad for Pandora popped up.

Since my eldest niece’s birthday was coming up (she was turning 14), I figured I’d check out their site. That’s when I stumbled on – what I thought – was the perfect birthday gift!

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