First chance I got, I went back to exchange the White V-Neck Frilled Blouse (purchased earlier, here) for a smaller size. While there, I spotted a few more pieces and decided to try them on (spur of the moment thing) and ended up with a few duds. I had to go back (twice) to get them hemmed and everything. Even more annoying was the fact that literally after this haul, I got one of those mass texts from H&M announcing they had Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) promo going on and a week after that there was a 70% off Sale -_-
I parked my car outside Forever 21 to get to H&M so I could exchange the H&M White V-Neck Frilled Blouse (haulage here) for a smaller size. I was only passing through F21 when I saw some stunning Blue Tweed Lace-Up Platform Boots (they had metallic thread running through them that sparkled so beautifully) and these gorgeous White Pointed Toe Ankle Booties. Realistically speaking, I doubt I’d feel comfy wearing the Blue Tweed Lace-Ups out in public (they were a bit extra), but I had to try on those White Booties! One thing led to another and I ended up getting 2 Red Tops (one from the men’s section and one from the women’s section) and 1 Blue Crossbody Bag and even a colorful Lilac/Pink Ombre Wig (don’t ask), in addition to those White Booties! The total for everything I got was only KD 39. Out of all my hauls, I think this one was hands down the cutest!
The new H&M store at the Avenues was finally open for business! It was advertised as the largest H&M store in the world! On September 21, I decided to go take a quick peek. The place was huge! The top floor had the Men’s Clothing and Children’s Clothing and a Tailor. The ground floor was reserved for Women’s Clothing and as always, they had an area sectioned off for Lingerie and Sleepwear and another area just for Makeup, Hair Care and Skincare. The Shoes and Accessories had their own space in the area adjacent to the cash register. They had a relatively decent Changing Room Area. The actual Changing Rooms themselves? Not so much (no wiggle room). At first, I mistook the Click & Collect (online shopping, I suppose) for yet another Changing Room Area (it looked disproportionately upscale, especially in comparison to the rest of the store). They even had a rather large space reserved just for H&M Home (from Bed Linens to Serving Bowls and everything in between).
I wasn’t interested in buying anything, because I didn’t feel like going into the Changing Room and trying on clothes. However, all that changed when I spotted a pair of Red Plaid Flannel Pajama Bottoms (as shown). I’ve always wanted a pair of Red Plaid Flannel PJs! I’d squeezed my behind into my first, last and only pair (size XL) only to have them rip (like, a massive rip) in the back, as soon as I’d sat down on my little red ottoman (which is where I dry my hair after a shower). Since it was un-salvageable, I cut it up into small pieces, and reserved those pieces for mirror and window cleaning (I can’t stand fingerprints on surfaces). That all went down almost 4 years ago. That’s why I got all excited when I spotted these Red Plaid Flannel Pajama Bottoms.
I figured since it was inevitable that I was going to have to take my clothes off in the Changing Room, I might as well make the most of it and try on some other stuff too…
My experience (here) at the Perfume & Makeup Section (Mishref co-op, top floor, all the way at the end of the hall) had left a bad taste in my mouth so I wasn’t really in the mood to try anything on. However, on my way back to the escalator (to take me back to the ground floor so I could leave the co-op) I spotted a cute Denim Jacket on display over at Next.
The first memory I have of Topshop is as a teenager trying on their Jeans in one of their tiny changing rooms (which had no doors, only curtains because… Europe) while my friends were supposed to stand guard outside (preventing anyone from walking in on me). Clearly, they got distracted by something or other, because some woman actually did walk in on me, while I was changing. I was absolutely mortified! To add insult to injury, nothing at Topshop fit me. Not wanting to leave empty-handed (especially after finally coming across the fabled clothing store), I grabbed a few of their “jewelry pieces” (bright pink chunky plastic) from the Freedom range, but never actively sought out Topshop ever again.
I was stalking Zara (Avenues) for a certain item (which still isn’t available for purchase, despite all the SA’s promises) and on my way back, noticed that American Eagle had a Buy 2 Get 1 Free promo. Rather than going home empty-handed, I decided to take a quick lap around the store and see if there was anything worthwhile. All of their tops were either overly faded t-shirts (that looked like they’d seen better days) or cropped tops (ranging from t-shirts baring a sliver of midriff all the way to cold-shoulder tops that were essentially glorified bras). The rest was all cold weather outerwear (already?) such as Stripe-y Wool Cardigans and other Knitwear! I spotted about four Jumpsuits (which I’d mistaken for dresses at first) that were somewhat cute, but they were only available in the size XL. They had Short Shorts (which I don’t do) in a variety of styles and washes, and Midi Shorts (infinitely more wearable) in a pitiful selection of unflattering light colors. As for their Jeans, I was so over Cropped Jeans and had accumulated more than enough Skinny Jeans and Jeggings, especially ones with all kinds of rips and frayed hems and other embellishments. In fact, I’d barely even touched the ones I’d purchased from Zara earlier (here). Unfortunately, Jeggings, Cropped Jeans and Skinny Jeans were apparently all they sold at American Eagle or so it seemed… until I spotted the Palazzo Pants!
Again, out of all the numerous colors and styles up on their website, only a meager selection of Palazzo Pants had actually made it to Kuwait (missing their matching tops), and even then, most of them were cropped (ugh), while the ones that weren’t cropped were only available in the size L and XL. I was just about to call it quits, when I spotted a really cool pair of Stripe-y Palazzo Pants (what is it with me and stripes?) and just had to try to them on! I figured since I was going to be dropping my pants anyway, I might as well make it worth my while by trying on a couple of other things too, while I was at it. After taking a closer look at the Jeans Chart revealed that they apparently had Jeans in styles other than Jeggings, Cropped Jeans and Skinny Jeans, I picked up a pair of Kick Bootcut Jeans and a pair of Wide Leg Jeans to try on… in all kinds of different sizes (because it’s been a minute since I’ve shopped at American Eagle and I’d kinda’ lost a little bit of weight since then). After trying on several pairs of Palazzo Pants, I finally decided to go with the one I’d wanted initially. All the Jeans I tried on were only available in the Regular Length which was overly long on me (I’m 5’1 which apparently means I’m short by international standards so length-wise I have to stick with Short/Petite, except they never bring those over to Kuwait, which is why I have to make do with Regular and if possible, get them hemmed). I tried the Kick Bootcut Jeans in several different sizes, but due to the longer length, every size looked… odd on me, which meant I had to pass on getting them. I’d just finished binge-watching Girlboss on Netflix and was kinda’ obsessed with the whole look of Wide Leg Jeans now, so regardless of how awful they might’ve looked on me, come hell or high water, I was walking out of that store with a pair of my own.
I left the changing room with the Stripe-y Palazzo Pants and Wide Leg Jeans that I was going to purchase. Surprisingly, it took much longer to choose a third item, than it did actually trying on the clothes in the changing room. For the life of me, I could not find anything else that looked remotely interesting to me… in the entire store! I even flirted with the idea of picking out one of their more decent-looking Sandals, except none of them looked like they had much arch support, if any. In the end, I gave up and just settled for a White Kimono-looking thing that I figured I could maybe wear over my sleeveless tops and dresses.
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