I SPY: Serving H&M

Nov 10, 2015

You heard the French design house Balmain did a collaboration with H&M?  It launched last Thursday, November 5.  People began lining up in the wee hours of the morning.  To add to the craze, I saw some footage when the doors opened, of the crowd running through the store ripping things off the rack, collecting as much as their arms could carry.  HA.  Absolutely nuts!

Was that one of you?  I was not there.  If I was ten years younger you can bet I would've been there, and slept outside store!  I use to live for this stuff.  It is a hype.  A really dumb one.  A lot of people rolling their eyes at me now.  I can feel it!  STOP.  But hear me out.  More then going to shop and to get the latest and greatest, I go for the experience.

Just like I remember standing in line for the first iPhone back in 2007, with my baby, now eleven years old.  Bless his heart, because he cooperated and took a 3 hour nap in his stroller, I read a book, made some new friends in line, and drank free Starbucks coffee they were serving.  It was a party!  Sad life I lead, but in those days beat hanging out at the sandbox.  HA.  It was an experience, and a memory I will never forget.

Anyways, the night before the Balmaination release I decided that instead of wasting my precious time being a fashion victim, I could shop through the convenience of eBay for a little mark up in price the next day.  But I got swamped with life and totally forgot to check eBay over the weekend.  Then yesterday I went to the H&M store on Lexington & 58th Street to make a return.  Zero intentions of asking about the Balmain collection, because in my mind it was long gone.  But low and behold, when I'm at the register making my return my eyes wander for a split second…and brace yourself people…there is a rack of Balmaination behind the counter!  You feel my excitement?  HA.  I'm telling you, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be!

I scored one piece.  This dress.  Feeling like I raided my Mom's closet.  Very Dynasty, eighties, Joan Collins looking, with the shoulder pads, leg of mutton sleeve, gold buttons, ruched skirt, in a jacquard silk print.  MINE.  That plunging neckline and open back is beyond sexy!  Cheap thrills.  Well not that cheap for H&M…$200.

Point is?  I'm a huge fan of H&M.  Always been.  Everybody wants to be boasting they're wearing Balmain.  But I'm happy to be advertising that I'm proud to be serving H&M.  Truth.  I love finding a steal!  It's not what you wear; it's how you wear it.  The trick to being classy is accessorizing well, with tasteful bling and a kick ass pair of heels and a clutch.  Cheap can be cool if done right!  Now can someone please invite me to a holiday party so I can wear my new special find?  Merci Beaucoup!

P.S.  I must warn you that the sizing is totally off, and I went two sizes larger then my usual.  If you purchase a Balmain X H&M piece online, be sure you check the measurements and compare against something of similar style in your closet to be confident it will fit.  I doubt anybody re-selling these items will be accepting returns.  So be cautious.

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