5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood

My latest obsession! It’s the reason why I’ve dug out my Black Cowboy Boots and have practically been living in my Black Leather Motorcycle Jackets, for the past few weeks! I actually heard the song somewhere several months ago, but never watched the music video only until October. Three months later, I still can’t get enough of the music video! I’ll play the song at barbecues, at gatherings, at family get-togethers, in my car (non-stop), in the shower… basically, everywhere! There’s another version that actually includes the members of 5 Seconds of Summer, but I much prefer this one (for obvious reasons). Also, every time I watch it, I notice something new each time! Be it on your phone or computer, if you’re going to watch this, please watch it in full-screen mode. Surprisingly, not many people I know actually understood the concept (I guess I need smarter friends lawl).

The Japanese Rockabilly culture is that of a renaissance, with a beautiful flare of passion for everything old and new

If you know a little bit about Japan, you might be familiar with all the many, many, many sub-cultures (that have sub-divisions within sub-divisions for example, Lolita > Gothic Lolita > Sweet Lolita > Wa Lolita). Just to name a few, you’ve got Bosozoku (motorcycle) and Hashiriya (car) who are fond of illegally modified vehicles and street racing, Dekotora (decorated trucks) who are truckers that deck out their trucks to the nines (I’m talking next level with neon lights and actual murals), Decora (born from the street-fashion coffee-table book called “Fruits” which I loved as a kid and even referenced here) that consists of sporting an insane amount of kawaii accessories and bright colors, Mori Kei (Forest Girl) where the objective is to look like you live in a forest or at least just stepped out of one, Visual Kei (which encompasses a wide variety of genres in Music and Fashion and even Anime) that can look 80’s and androgynous and “glam”, Rockabilly (think 1950’s Americana complete with perfectly coiffed Pompadours and Black Leather Motorcycle Jackets) and finally Cosplay (inspired by Anime + Manga + Videogames) which is commonly reserved for events. There are many, many, many more, but I just decided to list a few of them (in no particular order) otherwise this post would be endless.

So the music video features Japanese Rockabilly Culture and stars ‘Johnny’ Daigo Yamashita (you can follow him on Instagram, here) and Misaki Aono (you can follow her on Instagram, here). The story is romantic and so sweet! The visuals are absolutely charming! The lyrics are quite sad, whereas the music is actually upbeat! Even the word Youngblood (the title of the song) takes on a different meaning! I just love the whole thing!

It fits in perfectly with my current most favorite motto of life “Memento Mori” (remember that you will die”)! I’m seriously considering getting it tattooed somewhere anywhere on my body. My obsession with the phrase has even rekindled my interest in collecting skull-related paraphernalia. Heck, I even just purchased a KD 116 scent, because of it (also because the scent was drop-dead gorgeous heehee), but more on that in another post. Not to start the new year on an ominous note, but “The point of this reminder isn’t to be morbid or promote fear, but to inspire, motivate and clarify” and on that note, Happy New Year!

Sultan Center Haul #12

As I mentioned in my latest “Spotted at Sultan Center” post (here) I picked up a handful of snackage as well as some other random items. I’ll be referencing that post quite a bit in this post (but I won’t keep linking to it), so if you’re interested, feel free to check it out before you continue.

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Clarins Mini Haul

I was at the Clarins booth at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here) and I believe they were having a discount (I wanna’ say either 15% or 20%) in addition to another promo (where if you bought any 2 Makeup Items, you got to pick an Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector for free). I’d been lusting after the Water Lip Stain for a minute, so when I saw that they had all 4 on display, I had to snag at least 1. Since I was buying something anyway, I figured I might as well pick up something else to score the free Lip Perfector. As I mentioned earlier, the sales assistant was incredibly annoying which was exasperated by the fact that the entire Perfume & Exhibition was going to end in a few minutes (let’s say 15) only to start back up again in March… of next year. She was wasting time I didn’t have. The worst part was she had no clue what she was talking about, for the most part. Somehow, I made it outta’ there in time to hit up a handful of other booths, despite her best efforts lol

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Bling Pop Pumpkin Soothing and Brightening Sheet Mask

I spotted an entire display of Bling Pop (which is a brand that seemed to specialize in Sheet Masks made in Korea) at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here). All of them were quite cute! I was down to my very last dinar (I was carrying cash instead of plastic… like a “G” lol) and after asking the sales assistant manning the nearest booth, she said that the bottom row (of the display) had been reduced to KD 1/000, I figured it was “meant to be”. Out of the Aloe and Lemon and Pumpkin and Peach, I didn’t think twice before snatching up the one in Pumpkin.

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Bath and Body Works (November)

I was at Bath & Body Works (here). I did some damage (KD 33 worth, to be exact). You know the drill.

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Spotted at Bath and Body Works (November)

There was a very cute Rose Collection display (as shown) and an equally cute Pumpkin Collection (shown below) and a ton of the newer Candle Collections (shown below). Best of all, there was either a Buy One Get One Free promo or a Buy 2 Get 2 Free promo on almost everything. Of course, my beloved Sea-Tox Collection and Water Collection were excluded from the promos, but you can’t win ’em all, I guess.

Another promo that I don’t recall them ever having before, was Buy 2 Get 3 Free on all the Hand Soaps! Naturally, I had to partake. Unfortunately, I had one of the sales assistant on my tail (kept trying to shake her off) and I totally would’ve walked out, except I was already invested (I was absolutely besotted with the Rose Fine Fragrance Mist and Paris Cafe Candle and needed them in my life). Honestly, at one point, I couldn’t help but start giggling to myself. I was a grown woman and yet here I was skittering from corner to corner, trying to avoid the sales assistant (who was another grown woman). The whole situation was a bit absurd.

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Spotted at Perfume & Makeup Exhibition

(Photo nicked off the Mishref Fair Grounds Website).

I try to make it a point to visit the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at least once a year. The Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition takes place twice a year (March and then again in Oct-Nov) in Hall 5 and Hall 6 and Hall 8 at Mishref Fair Grounds. As you can see, the Halls are huge! They’ve always got something or other going on there (sometimes simultaneously), year-round! This year, I noticed that they had strung up pretty fairy lights and arranged a seating area somewhere outside, with a ton of trendy pop-ups in cute little shacks that were catering the event, on either side of the seating area! I actually took a handful of pics, but people’s faces were on full display so I can’t show ’em (privacy blah blah blah consent blah blah blah).

Unfortunately, the majority of the halls participating in the Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition mainly feature Oud and Teeb (Arab Fragrances), with only a smaller portion of booths featuring “French Perfumes” and an even smaller portion featuring Makeup. Heck, one of the Halls (I wanna’ say Hall 7) was reserved solely and entirely for Boutiqaat (at one point, I saw a tumbleweed roll by).

I’ve been going to the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition for years decades! In fact, even before I used to go there, my mom would get me a Lancome Mascara Gift Set when I was a teen (drugstore brands weren’t as readily available in Kuwait back then). Even just 8 years back, Victoria’s Secret used to participate (here) as did Sephora (here). It’s also where I first spotted China Glaze (here) and Lush (here). Now, it’s so very different (not in a good way) from what it once was…

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