There was a lot (and I mean a lot) of stuff that I’d planned on writing about, as soon as I finished my Bath & Body Works Hauls, from earlier on in the year (this).
However, between my hair and my nails and my teeth and my heart I kinda’ got preoccupied and didn’t get around to doing much blogging.
Not to mention the fact that 2020 was a pretty horrible year all around (not just for me personally, but in general and worldwide). That in and of itself deserves a whole other separate post (maybe I’ll work on it, maybe not, we’ll see).
In any case, the following is all the stuff I had planned on talking about on my blog, but never got around to (because… 2020).
Edit: I’d started writing this post way before the tragic passing of His Highness Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, may he rest in peace. Like I said, this year has been awful.
I make it a point to check out Aldo every time I happen to be at Souq Sharq, because I never know when they start stocking the newer stuff (from shoes to handbags and accessories, everything I like is usually sold out by the time I eventually get there) and also, because I never know when they’re having a sale or a promotion going on (which are seemingly random). This visit was no different. They were having a “KD 5 off every KD 20” promo going on at the time.
Our live-in chauffeur was constantly complimenting me on my Aldo Oversized Black/Gold Watch (photos here and here). So, I figured I’d get him off my back by letting him purchase two Watches from the Men’s Section at Aldo (he seemed pretty happy with what he chose) for himself. Meanwhile, since we were there anyway, I decided to pick a handful of bling-y Bracelets for his wife, in addition to the Perfumes which he had asked for earlier (Perfume Declutter Post) to round everything out. I was told she loved the Bracelets because of the way they sparkled (as expected ‘cuz I pride myself on knowing what people would like). Lastly, I picked up a few very plain pieces (it’s just my style, bruh) for myself.
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)!
Hair Accessories: Scünci Black Hair Clip
Jewelry: Call It Spring Silver Studded Jacket Earrings (2015)
Top: H&M Grey Knit Roll Neck Jumper (2017)
Bottom: Zara Snake Print High Waist Premium Jeans (haulage here)
Shoes: Bearpaw Black Suede and Leather Cowboy Boots (reviewed here)
I found a different spot to take pics for “Lookbooks” and “Outfits of the Day”. However, while the lighting in my bedroom may be dark and insufficient, over here it’s too yellow. Ugh. At least you can actually see the Snake Print on the Jeans lol Speaking of which, color-wise, nothing matched those Jeans! In the end, I settled on my favorite Grey Jumper from H&M (practically live in that thing every Winter)!
Thanks to the cropped hem of the Jeans, none of my Shoes/Boots looked right… so, I went with my Black Cowboy Boots (to keep the hem out of sight). For my lion’s mane, I took a few strands from each side and clipped them back (that’s about as “intricate” as my hairstyles get, lol) and finally for “jewelry”, I popped on some Silver “Jacket” Earrings. Just in case it got colder at night, I threw on my “Anime-esque” Green Double-Breasted Jacket from H&M (haulage here).
When we eventually met up, my favorite cousin ever so kindly pointed out that it looked like I had gotten dressed in the dark and that the only reason this worked was because “thin people could get away with wearing anything”… I stopped listening after she called me “thin”. I mean, clearly I’ve put on some weight – thanks to those ridiculously yummy Hershey’s/Snyder’s Chocolate Pretzels – and those Snake Print Jeans were doing me no favors, but still, it was nice to hear!
My outfit was a bit all over the place but at the time (Winter) I was really into this song (here) which featured dudes in Cowboy Boots, hence… dis! Also, I thought it was a bit too late (and hot) to post this, but my bestie is on vacay in Jordan and according to her snaps, it’s still Winter over there lol
I Am is literally located wall-to-wall with Claire’s, facing Carrefour on one end, and Bath & Body Works on the other end (Avenues). I spotted some of those huge fluffy scarves by the entrance and decided to pop in for a looksy. I didn’t end up getting any scarves, but after a quick lap around the store, I picked up yet another Black Headband (it’s an addiction, I tell ya’) and a stack of colorful Rings!
I Am sells all kinds of accessories at an extremely affordable price point! More people should shop there!
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), despite the fact that I actually said “no, thanks”, a sales assistant near the entrance, had gone ahead and spritzed some of Elie Saab Girl of Now (blue petals) on me. I glared at him angrily before continuing on my way (to check out the other booths). After some time, I noticed an interesting yet not unpleasant scent (a distinctly creamy sweet mixture of almonds and possibly hazelnut) emanating from where he’d sprayed my bomber jacket. So, once I was ready to leave the place, on my way out, I went back to his booth and asked to purchase the perfume he’d rudely yet cunningly spritzed on me earlier, which was Elie Saab Girl of Now.
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 Denim Blue Rugged Rinse Shaping Skinny Jeans
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)!
The last time I was at Aldo (haulage here) I was instantly smitten with these White Peep-Toe Pumps! Unfortunately, Size 39 was much too large on me and 36 was way too tight. The only size 37 available, was the one on display (tester). I totally would’ve purchased it too, except one side (the tester) had been significantly stretched out, to the extent that my foot kept slipping out of the shoe as I walked around the store, whereas the other side fit perfectly fine. The Sales Assistants (two women and a man) kept urging me to go ahead and purchase it, assuring me that the size was fine, regardless of the blatantly large gap. I think not. I wasn’t about to spend KD 20/000 on a pair of shoes that so vastly differed in size, from left to right!
That said, I was obsessed with the White Peep-Toe Pumps and really had my heart set on getting them. So, I had the man um… manning the cash register, call up all the other Aldo stores and ask if it was available in a size 37. They told him it wasn’t from the current collection so they had no way of knowing if it was in stock or not, and if it was in stock, it was most likely in the sale section and they had no way of reserving a pair for me. Basically, it was no longer listed in their inventory. Thankfully, the Aldo store at The Promenade Mall came through! They had a size 38 but they could only put it on hold for 24 hours. I couldn’t make it in time… and sorta’ lost interest. So the Aldo branch at The Promenade Mall called me up to remind me. I told them I couldn’t make it (meaning they might as well go ahead and sell it). They called me up the next day as well, and the next and the next and the next.
3 weeks later… they were still calling me (thirsty much?) to come pick up the shoes, and since I’d already been to The Promenade Mall once before (at the crack of dawn) to check out Sultan Center (haulage here), I figured I might as well explore the rest of the place… during opening hours. I ended up picking up the gorgeous White Peep-Toe Pumps and Multi-Strand Gold Coins Necklace (trending) and since the Free Choker Necklace promo was still ongoing, I picked out a Tan Braided Suede Choker for free (for purchasing worth KD 15+)!