You always want what you can't have.
I live in Miami and am fortunate to have access to hundreds and hundreds of amazing shops, luxury boutiques and high end department stores, but in terms of South Florida shopping...there is something major missing in my life.
That something is H&M.
H&M is considered a trusted friend to fashionistas all over the world, operating in 34 countries with approximately 1,800 stores spread across the globe. Featuring trendy styles for women, men and children, lingerie, accessories and more stylish spoils, H&M is a brand based on a simple philosophy: to bring you fashion and quality at the best price. The only H&M hitch? You can't order online. So unless you have one in your zip code, you're plumb out of luck.
My love affair with H&M began years ago during a trip to New York, and ever since then I have found myself flocking to my style sanctuary every time I visit the Big Apple, where H&M's seem to sprout up on every corner.
They finally set up shop in Florida, with two stores enjoying their grand opening in Orlando last month and I finally had the chance to use up a neglected gift card that had been collecting dust.
Oh what joy! Although the H&M housed in the Florida Mall is considerably smaller than my beloved NY flagship store, I was still a kid with a Ziploc bag full of pennies in a penny candy store. It took me 5 minutes before hitting the fitting rooms with an armload of fresh Fall fashions. Scarves, sweaters, cowl necks, V necks, I wanted everything and briskly maxed out my gift card on my new favorite pieces.
Scratch that, I didn't want everything. I tried on the mammoth scarf seen above that made me vaguely resemble an Ewok and/or a resident of Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. [I don't know whether to be proud or embarrassed that I know where Luke Skywalker is from]. Kudos to gals who can pull it off.
Oh! Did I mention that starting November 14th, Jimmy Choo will bring its international glamour and covetable shoes and bags to 200 select H&M stores around the world?
Even more reason for me to pout over Miami being an H&Mless city.