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.
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!
I wasn’t planning on purchasing more stuff from H&M so soon after my previous haul (here).
However, some of this stuff (bottom of this post) went on sale.
I’d been ordering pretty consistently from Taw9eel (here) during the lockdown and while Taw9eel did meet my cooking needs, and most of my personal care and hair care needs, it just wasn’t cutting it for the other stuff.
Since I’d already ordered from Bath and Body Works (here) and Centrepoint (here) and even American Eagle (here) and they’d all arrived safely to me, I figured why not just go ahead and try my hand at ordering from H&M.
I hadn’t put on the Quarantine 15 yet, so everything I got was in a Size Small or Size 8 bar the Silver Oversized Mesh T-Shirt which I got in 3 sizes and loved so much that I kept all 3 lol
As I said earlier in my 2020 Post (here), it had been months since I’d left the house. Much like the rest of the world who were under lockdown, I was going stir crazy!
Ordering groceries and personal care items and whatnot from taw9eel.com kept me occupied at first, but it just wasn’t cutting it after a while. I believe I was on Snapchat (which I used to “document” all the food I cooked because… quarantine) when I saw an ad for Centerpoint.
I was delighted to find any online clothing store that was open!
They had a proper website (as opposed to the pdfs and whatever from Victoria’s Secret) and they delivered (even if it was after a week or two after placing my order)! The website was easy to navigate with a few minor issues here and there (for example, the drop down bar).
The major issues I had though…
– There was a 15 item limit per order (which was annoying).
– The way my stuff was packed was a joke (clothes were not properly folded and boxes were open with their contents strewn all over the place).
– The clothes always arrived all dirty and dusty.
– Sometimes they delivered the wrong color or size or a completely different item all together.
– Some items arrived with the security tag still on them.
– Some items didn’t arrive at all.
Earrings: Call It Spring Gold Stud Earrings
Sunglasses: Purple Aviators
Top: Black Dreaming Sleeveless Tank Top (I wanna’ say from Miss Selfridge)
Bottom: H&M Dark Grey Joggers (purchased earlier here)
Shoes: Havaiana Brasil Flip Flops (reviewed earlier here)
Like I said earlier in my Slippers post (here), I love Loungewear!
Loungewear is just so comfortable (enough to lounge in ergo lounge-wear). Loungewear keeps me warm when it’s cold outside. Loungewear keeps me cool when it’s hot outside. Loungewear is easy. Loungewear is effortless. Loungewear is life.
Before the lockdown, I thought I had plenty of comfortable clothes.
As it turns out, I only had 2 Bralettes from American Eagle (one a gorgeous grey and another in a beautiful lavender, both of which I outgrew once I gained some weight during the lockdown) and a few T-Shirts from a variety of different places (all of which are threadbare now or have a ton of holes in them or both, also from being abused during the lockdown) and a handful of Joggers or Sweatpants from H&M (all hauled in my blog).
The rest of my stuff was all “going out” stuff and not exactly the most comfortable for lounging around in, especially not for hours on end.
I realized that I needed to buy more comfy T-shirts (preferably Over-Sized) and more T-shirt Bras (as opposed to Balconette Bras or Push-Up Bras or whatever) and definitely more Joggers, and just more Loungewear in general… once the lockdown lifted.
I mean this particular pair of Dark Grey Joggers were absolute life-savers during the lockdown (heck, for all of 2020 I’d say)! The following pictures will demonstrate that.
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)!