How to Shop H&M

All right…my new years resolution is to share more with you here and over on my Instagram. I wanted to start out with a post about shopping at H&M. If you’ve seen the clothes I tag, you’ll notice a lot of them come from H&M. I fell in love with H&M’s low prices and broad variety when I lived in France in 2009. Now, we have one just down the street and I have to admit I buzz through quite often.

During my visits I have learned a few tricks that I’d like to share.


  1. Go in with an item in mind. This can minimize the stress of aimlessly looking through the many racks of clothes and give you a focus. If you are looking for a certain trend (velvet, pleats, floral, peplum, leather, etc.), you can keep an eye out for your particular need.
  2. Go up a size (or 2) in the pants especially. I wear a 6 in most pants, but I usually have to buy a 10 at H&M. They also tend to run a little long, so you may need them hemmed or if you are tall…lucky you! Most of their tops fit fairly true to size or slightly small. If you are busty or have larger arms stay away from fabrics without stretch and go up a size.
  3. Look at the materials used to make the item. Certain materials like rayon are difficult to clean and wrinkle easily so think about when you will wear it and if you want to spend the money to dry clean it or hand wash it. Also check for cotton because it may shrink if you plan to wash and dry your garment.
  4. Browse the outer racks or racks you can tell clearly have been organized to show just a few garments. If you have time, you can peruse the $10-$20 racks or the racks that have little organization, but don’t be surprised if its difficult to sort through and find an exact item in your size.
  5. Look for basics. H&M has an entire section of their store called basics! They have inexpensive pieces that you can easily mix and match into your wardrobe.
  6. Don’t forget to look at accessories. They have lots of jewelry, shoes, scarves, and purses that look designer. However, if you are allergic to nickel, stay away from the jewelry.

Most of these tips can be applied at any store, especially ones where there is discounted clothing. I hope you find them helpful!

Here are some links to things on sale right now! Happy shopping!

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NYC Recap

OMG…NYC! I can’t believe I have had such a great opportunity to go 2 years in a row! I’ve now been 4 times (to visit) and each time I fall in love with the city a little bit more. This year, and last, I got to go to Columbia’s Teachers College to be a part of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project #TCRWP The days were filled with new learning, tips, tricks, and ways to be better teachers #teachernerd The evenings were filled with sightseeing, good food, and shopping.

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While I was there I got to do some amazing things. I LOVED walking the High Line, a public park built on an old freight line above Manhattan’s West Side. As you walk, you’ll get a chance to see the Hudson River, old and new buildings, and beautiful art and gardens. It’s short-ish, about 1.5 miles, but still long enough that I wanted to make sure I had comfy shoes on. That’s why these #Adidas (pictured above) were my go-to any time we had to walk more than a short distance. Last year when I was here, EVERYONE had them on, so naturally, I NEEDED a pair. They turned out to be a great investment for this trip. They offer the comfort of tennis shoes while still being cool…at least I think so 🙂

Going shopping at #BergdorfGoodman was an absolute highlight as well. I went a few years back with my mom and was DYING to go again. It’s like a museum in there! First, they suck you in on the first floor with their gorgeous, designer handbags and once they’ve got you hooked they get you into the shoe department. While we were there, we tried on everything from #Celine to #Gucci. Not sure I loved everything…but we sure had a good time playing!


Then we went up another escalator and wound up surrounded by #The Row, #McQueen, #Prada, #Chanel, #Dior and more #Gucci. I love how the clothes are spread out, each one only having one or two sizes out to try. There’s no rummaging through; you can actually see the clothes. Granted, the clothes on that floor cost somewhere between $800 and $3,000, but still, you could see and touch and play with them. The only thing we had enough nerve to try on was a Gucci jacket modeled by my friend Brittany. It followed the #embroidery trend, but was just a hair out of our price range. If I remember correctly, it was $2,600. Image result for crying laughing emoji OH, and it had a giant tiger on the back!


Up another level or two (I can’t fully remember because my brain was on fashion overload) we found some clothes to try on. I tried on this beautiful, lace, royal blue, #DianeVon Furstenberg, tea length dress. If only I had someplace fancy to wear it…..?

Then we got into hats. Now, I never thought I was much of hat person, but these hats were pretty fun. I mean, who can’t smile at a yellow, flower/fruit crowned hat? And the other hat, well I call that my Indiana Jones look. LOL.

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Thanks Brittany and Amy for being good sports and trying these on with me!

IMG_4462After we shopped, we saw a girl taking a picture in the middle of the street. My friends MADE me take this picture. I was so uncomfortable I waved at the chauffeur at the stop light. We made friends and then I got this great picture #nyc I hate to admit it, but they were right!

I almost ended this post forgetting to talk about what I was wore while in #NYC…WHOOPS! The #shoppingtrip was my first time wearing a crop top. I have to admit, I felt like I was yanking it down a bit, but the jacket thrown over my shoulders helped me feel more comfortable. Since I knew I would be showing my stomach a little, I wanted to keep the rest of my body pretty conservative. These high-waisted jeans were perfect with the crop top because they almost met, leaving just a peep of skin showing. Don’t knock it ’til you try it 😉

When we walked the High Line and when we walked in Central Park, the #adidas were clutch. Both of those times, I paired them with cuffed shorts (jean and white), a flowier shirt half tucked, and a long necklace. As you can see in the pics below, I have 2 different purses. I have the cross body bag that was great for walking in Central Park (we saw the Friends fountain, the Mall, and a concert!). Then the big blue/green bag I had on the high Line was great for lugging my big camera around. My suggestion is to bring one of each – one that’s larger and good as a travel carry on and a small cross body, in a neutral color, that won’t get in your way as you explore.

I thought I’d wrap it up with a few of my favorite things I saw that I couldn’t help but capture. Enjoy! #Chaneleverything