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.
“The Envy Push Up® swimwear line by Voda Swim is the first swim suit line designed specifically to flatter small-breasted women. Voda Swim’s Envy Push Up® bikini top is a marvel of engineering and design. It is made to maximize the subtle curves of a smaller bosom, creating a natural looking cleavage, and making breasts look up to two cup sizes larger. There’s no stiff padding and no underwire but there is more going on than meets the eye.”
Speaking of Miami (you know how much I love my themes, apparently at the moment, it’s a Miami thing… bearing in mind that I’ve never actually set foot in Miami lol and Orlando was the closest I’ve ever been), I recently picked up a Bikini in a multicolored print that coincidentally was called “Miami” (shown below) from Voda Swim. First of all, their Bikinis are magical!!!! Let’s just get that out of the way. You might look at the before and after photo (shown above) and think that it’s been enhanced or manipulated somehow, but no. I am telling you, right here, right now, their claims are completely true! Their whole Envy Push Up swimwear line does wonders for small-chested women!
Serving you some far out 80’s shoulder-padded Powersuit realness!
Contacts: Desio Wild Green
Sunglasses: Louis Vuitton Aviators
Earrings: Call It Spring Gunmetal Triangle Studs
Vest: Marks&Spencer Reversible White Vest
Jacket: H&M Light Beige Fitted Jacket (haulage here)
Top: H&M White Sleeveless Blouse (haulage here)
Pants: H&M Light Beige Suit Pants (haulage here)
Shoes: Aldo Stellaa White Peep-Toe Pumps (haulage here)
I cut my hair!!!! Well… technically, I was at the salon and the hairstylist cut my hair. I was taking my nieces to get their herr did at the salon for Eid and it was taking forever, so I plopped down in one of the chairs, and on a whim, asked the hairstylist to chop all my hair off! Incidentally, the woman who cut my hair didn’t speak a lick of English nor Arabic, only Turkish, and literally the only word I know in Turkish is tuz which means salt, so we had to basically communicate using over-exaggerated gestures and a lot of pointing, but we got there, eventually.
Sunglasses: Louis Vuitton Aviators (can you tell by now that these are my favorite? lol)
Earrings: Call It Spring Gunmetal Triangle Stud Earrings
Top: Zara Grey Muscle Tee
Jeans: H&M Dark Blue Denim Skinny Jeans (hauled here)
Bag: Milano Padlock Black Leather Cross-Body Micro Bag (purchased from Debenhams)
Shoes: Multi-Color Bandage Wrap Sandals (purchased from one of the open-air vendors in Thailand)
I was supposed to get my picture taken so I could renew my passport and get issued a new driver’s license (‘cuz I lost my old one and kinda’ needed a new one asap because I’d gotten into a fender-bender). I didn’t wear any makeup except for the Givenchy Lip Balm (haulage here) and no jewelry apart from a pair of delicate stud earrings. When the guy took my photo, I was like “Who is this monster?” (kidding! The flash on the camera – or maybe it was just his camera settings – washed me out and I’ve already got sallow skintone, to begin with, so I looked pretty sickly). I told him to trash the photo and that I’d just come back later. The “plan” was to put a little bit of makeup on, for next time, but somehow, I ended up with a “beat face” (I blame RuPaul’s Drag Race)!
Hair Accessory: Boots Black Velvet Scrunchie (hauled here)
Sunglasses: Louis Vuitton Aviators
Top: H&M I♥H81 Dark Blue London Top
Jeans: H&M Dark Blue Denim Skinny Jeans (hauled here)
Bag: New Look Black Leather-Look Buckle Saddle Bag
Shoes: Karmaloop Studded Black Wedge Sneakers
So, I’m somewhat of an Anglophile. I love British Telly! In fact, one of my favorite movies of all time is Green Street Hooligans (based on football hooliganism). I also enjoy watching everything from Sherlock and Black Mirror to Outlander and The Inbetweeners. Honestly, everything just sounds better with an accent. I simply adore the London accent (Cockney Rhyming Slang) and literally everything the main lead said in the movie The Kingsman sounded ridiculously cool to me, but I’m quite partial to a Geordie accent as well. There was this one show (discontinued, I believe) called Aliens… My God, it had me in hysterics from the on-set and throughout! British humor just slays me! It’s so dry and witty and I love it!
With that being said, I’m completely, hopelessly and wholeheartedly obsessed with British Reality TV Shows! I recently became a huge fan of Big Brother (UK), but I’ve watched Geordie Shore and The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent and so on, from the very start. You name it, I’ve watched it. My current drug of choice is a reality show called Love Island. It’s like a train-wreck that I just can’t look away from, so… pretty much crack! I’ve got a handful of Brit friends (in Kuwait) who actually can’t stand that stuff. Another thing I find fascinating about the Brits is their attitude! I’ve come across several large groups of Brits while abroad, and they always seem to be in a jovial mood (granted they were three sheets to the wind), and they’d literally break out into song, out of nowhere! I come across a lot of Brits online (Xbox One) as well, and their sense of humor is the best! I’ve been to the UK about 4-5 times and I’ve enjoyed every single trip, so far! For all those reasons above and more (but I won’t go too much into it now) I classify myself as somewhat of an Anglophile.