Tag Archives: Shopping

Summer By Kenzo

kenzo

If I am given a choice to choose from all the perfumes in the world, I would always choose Summer by Kenzo. It is a coincidence that both my blog and the perfume are called Summer. The sad thing is Kenzo stopped selling it a long time ago. I can’t find it anywhere. It came out in 2005 and I was able to find it until around 2010. Now, it’s no where to to be found. I really wish Kenzo sells it again. The best thing about it is that it’s not too strong. It has a floral, powdery smell that doesn’t last long, but it’s so fresh. It’s made up of bergamot and lemon followed by the sensual notes of mimosa and violet with waves of almond milk, musk and amber. If anyone knows where to find it, please do tell.

Tagged , , , , , ,

Muji Has Everything

Bead sofa

I have always used MUJI products, even before they opened in Kuwait. I used to go to the store every year in London to get everything I need. Now, I don’t need to! Their flagship store in Avenues has everything. I recently bought one of their carpets for my room. I have been searching for months for the perfect size, color and material. I found all that in MUJI. I also got bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers that were extremely soft and light weight.

The following was written as part of an email sent to me from MUJI.

Known for its skillful fusion of innovation and practicality in over a range of 3000 products, the retail import from Japan is known for bringing in a notion of simplicity and a sense of calm in every day’s life. Ever wondered how? MUJI’s appeal, for those who are unfamiliar with the brand, is its philosophy of “no brand quality goods”—products that are simple in design and unadorned with labels. MUJI revels in ingenuity. Almost all of MUJI products are natural yet delightful, compact yet functional, non-descriptive and yet exceptionally Japanese…

Some of MUJI’s products are a ‘must-have’ for all as they are known for their unique Japanese creativity and functionality. For instance, the famous shrink-wrap, which is packaged as small cubes, is ideal for traveling and hardly takes space in your luggage, and the multi-cape can be worn in 14 different ways, which is perfect to adjust to our lifestyle!

Another best-seller is the MUJI travel neck cushion. MUJI offers you two options, the first one made with 0.5mm styrofoam beads, which provides you with the ultimate comfort when traveling, whether you are in the airport, on the plane, or in the car. The other version is a smart, easy to carry and lightweight cushion foldable into its own pocket-sized travel pouch. Both of them are available in a large variety of colors.

When it comes to storage tricks, no one can beat MUJI as the brand offers semi-transparent storage options that are packable, stackable and collapsible to name some of them the Acrylic makeup boxes or the PP storage boxes are the top products sales of MUJI all over the world.

shelves 2

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

The Gone Series Has Come to An End

My very first post on this blog was about a book series that I fell in love with. That was five years ago. In April, the last book from this series was released. The very last one. I can’t believe that six books later I’m still hooked. It takes talent to be that kind of writer. The kind where you never stop reading their work and when its all done, sadness clouds over you. It’s not easy to let go of something that has been a part of your life for half a decade.

The Gone series by Michael Grant should be more famous and successful than Harry Potter or Twilight. It’s that good.

The series starts with Gone, then Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and finally Light.

I don’t think any of the books are sold in Kuwait. I got all of mine from London. Every year, I would go to a bookstore to buy the next book, but many times, I would find that it was sold out. I would have to order it and wait in agony just to be able to read the book. I’m going to miss that. No more waiting for anything, it’s all over now and as Michael Grant puts it, “its the end game”.

For those of you who have access to ebooks, buy the series or at least the first book. The books are really long, but the English is very simple. It’s at a middle school reading level. So, anyone that can understand my writing will have no trouble reading them.

I’m glad my very first post was about the Gone series. I feel proud of myself because now I truly honor Michael Grant’s work as a writer.

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

The Avenues Phase 3

From experience, there is one thing that Kuwait does best: food. When franchises open up in Kuwait, they usually taste better than they do in the countries they originally came from. There have been countless times where I’d try a restaurant abroad and compare it to my tasting experience in Kuwait. Kuwait always wins me over. When it comes to food, we’re excellent, but when it comes to retail, we’re not as experienced. Shops always seem to be out of stock and the available items are usually a couple of months old. From my personal experience, I bought a couple of shirts from a clothing store in London (whose name I won’t mention). This same store is also found in Kuwait. When I came back to Kuwait, the shirts weren’t sold there. Three months later…the shirts were there, out of fashion and nowhere near the realm of trending fashion fads. Once again, I was disappointed.

Enough with that. SO, I haven’t been to the newly opened phase at The Avenues Mall. Judging from the innumerable photos on Instagram, the place looks beyond amazing. I was only able to view the new project from the exterior just a few days ago. It seems like there are a lot of new restaurants opened there, which I really hope are going to give Kuwait an all-new and extraordinary experience. Aside from the restaurants, there are new RETAIL stores. Hallelujah. It’s about time. Let’s just hope they don’t get ruined and continue to hold their glamorous fashionable touches.

P.S.: This means: less coincidences where people would be wearing the EXACT same outfits.

Awk-waaaaaaard.

Edited by: BNM

Tagged , , , , , ,

Repetto is Launching a Perfume in 2013

The famous French ballet shoes company, Repetto, will be entering the beauty world in 2013. The company had signed a contract with the fragrance and cosmetics maker, Interparfums, to launch a new line of perfumes. Interparfums is one of the largest fragrance manufacturer that has collaborated with the likes of Burberry and Lanvin, so the quality of the new Repetto perfumes will be top-notch. Philippe Benacin, chairman and CEO of Interparfums, believes that “this universe offers real opportunities for creating a range of poetic, glamorous and ultra-feminine fragrance lines”. That reveals very little about the actual fragrance, so the anticipation is really high for the launch. Just a few more months left!

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Magic Bottle – Dry Shampoo

Found this article really interesting on the beauty department! Thought I’d share it with you guys.

Dry shampoo is a super-fine powder that comes in spray-on, dust-on and shake-on forms. Its main purpose is to soak up the oil your scalp produces, which is what makes our hair look dirty. This brilliant cylinder of dust can literally take the hair from looking oily and limp to looking freshly blown out in one quick POOF! Consider it like facial blotting papers, but for your hair.

What are the benefits of dry shampoo?

First of all, when you apply dry shampoo, you’re allowing your natural oils to stay in contact with your hair longer, which is good. The reason we don’t usually like to do that is because after a while, it looks, um, gross. Dry shampoo = best of both worlds. Oils can stay put, nourishing the hair, while the powder takes away the unwanted sheen!

Some of you thermally straighten your hair with a blow dryer and/or flat iron. When you do that, you want to make it last as long as possible so you’re not over doing it with heat styling. Putting dry shampoo on freshly straightened locks can easily extend the life of a blow out. Oil, sweat and moisture lead to curls coming back. Applying dry shampoo to the roots before working out or stepping out into warmer weather can significantly slow that down by soaking it all up!

Ladies with short hair and bangs, your hair comes in constant contact with your forehead, picking up the oils from your face, causing annoying, unwanted separation which you justify by calling it “whispy”. A burst of dry shampoo WILL. FIX. IT. It also gives incredible added texture to short, cropped hair when applied on top of a water based pomade or paste.

Most of my clients with thick, coarse or naturally curly hair used to think they couldn’t use dry shampoo. Truth is, they can and should. When hair is super thick, curly or coarse, it naturally lacks moisture because oils don’t travel down the hair as quickly. Going one extra day between washings can help natural oils make their way down the hair shaft that much further. If the hair is very dry, try lightly applying dry shampoo on the part only, and putting a little jojoba oil on the ends.

The only people who don’t really need dry shampoo are those of you who don’t produce much oil or those of you that have a dry scalp. The few who can go 3-5 days without so much as a glimmer of unwanted sheen are very lucky. Just be sure you’re properly conditioning and getting nourishment to the ends of your hair!

When do you put it on?

Dry shampoo goes on air dried or blow dried hair. Not on wet hair. Originally I thought it was best to put dry shampoo on your roots when it started to look dirty. Maybe 2 or 3 days after you blow dry, and that’s still great! But my favorite thing now is to put it on right after I blow the hair out.  That way, as the oils come out, it “catches” them. This keeps it from getting dirty and flat to begin with. I’ve come to find that dry shampoo on clean hair leads to extra bounce and volume. The ultimate trick with ANY dry shampoo is patting it in. Not brushing, not wiping with your hand, just patting it lightly until it blends in. This is how you stay away from it looking “powdery”.

Tagged , , , , ,

Typewriter Necklace

I really love this. The design is very simple, yet the details on the necklace are very intricate. I love the fact that the tiny paper has writing on it. That makes it seem vintage. It’s a gold plaited handmade necklace from Penelope’s Porch.

Tagged , , , ,

My Experience With Ferz

image

image

Ferz are light weight shoes originally from Singapore. They’re currently sold in 52 degrees. I got the pink pair as a gift and it was amazing! They’re really comfy and much better looking than Toms. It comes in many different colors and I found out that new colors are coming in soon. They’re perfect for the beach or even for everyday wear. Go to 52 degrees before your size runs out! It’s sold for 18KD.

Tagged , , , , , ,

Interior Design – Done?

I really wish I can say that I’m done. I’ve been wanting to say it for nearly a month now. Ever since Ramadan started, I began rearranging my room. I thought it would be an easy process, but I was completely wrong. It takes hard work and commitment. I started off with getting a new desk and a dressing table. So, I went to Emporium in Al Rai and got both. The hard part is having to take everything out of the two tables. At the same time I had to throw out all my old stuff! That took forever. But once that was finished, I was relieved. The best part is that when the desk and dressing table arrived, I ended up throwing away more stuff. Now both are organized, but I wasn’t done yet. I had to get a mirror for my dressing table and I ended up getting two smalls ones (also from Emporium). In addition, I got a new couch and a new shelf too. I also changed my headboard and curtain! The colors that I finally choose for my room were purple, white and grey! I choose the white and grey thanks to the help I got from my Twitter followers!

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Miraculous Touch-Ups: Continued

Guest Writer: BNM

Here are more ways to arrange your room in a stylish and unique way:

The Multi-Tasking Cabinet - Simple & Sophisticated

If you’re low on space, this is the ideal way to maintain your organized ways. It’s an amazing and reliable way that helps make your residence appear spacious in the eyes of visitors. I’m in love with modern designs, so I love this look!           *Can be found at: Pottery Barn, IKEA, or any other furniture stores.

The Famous Detached Shelf

You can use shelves for books, art pieces, or even candles. It’s a way to save space and to touch up your room with a radiant atmosphere. Thus, you’re showing your artistic side along with displaying your belongings.

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: