Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fitting Room Review: H&M 10 Year Anniversary Sale

For those of you who didn't know, earlier this month H&M had their 10-Year Anniversary Sale, with many items each day $10 off full price. I hopped on this opportunity a couple of weeks ago on a Thursday night and was so tempted to buy everything I tried on! There were a lot of adorable pieces on clearance as well, so I nabbed everything in sight that seemed to fit and headed for the dressing room.

Here you have it, my first dressing room review! I wore comfortable but unstylish shoes, so excuse the dreckitude :3 Also, I used aquarium lighting in the fitting room ... so I'm glad that my camera even picked up anything. I'll live with yellow.

1) H&M Ruffle chest detail, sheer sleeved chiffon dress in Black (size Euro 2) $25 $15 USD
This is by far one of my favourite dresses I've bought recently and maybe all summer. It's comfortable, work-friendly, and has sheer pretty sleeves and ruffle detailing! Not only that but it's super affordable and looks great accessorized and worn with tights (see styled outfit here). This also came in a black with tiny white dots and a bright red with dots, but I liked plain black best.
- Verdict: Purchased
2) H&M 100% Leather Skinny belt in Camel (size 31"-32") $12.95
My new wardrobe STAPLE. Favourite. Favourite of favourites. Wear it every single day. Get the picture? At first I thought, whoa that is way too much to be shelling out for a belt, but once I put it on I couldn't take it off. Haha seriously this belt is quite small (though it doesn't have enough loops to secure the excess belt-age) and is the perfect colour in the perfect skinniness that adds a nice waistline to any loose-fitting top or dress. Look at the remarkable transformation from dolly nightdress to instant chic for the office. I'm definitely getting my value-per-wear : )
- Verdict: Purchased

3) H&M Lace peep shoulder detail long-sleeve top in Beige (size Euro 2), $14.95 (curses, missed the $10 off day)
This shirt is super elegant and I love the "just-enough" peeping effect of shoulder through the lace. There were so many colours available but I chose a colour that I don't already own a lot of.
- Verdict: Purchased
4) H&M Studded waist skirt in Khaki Green (Euro size 4), $29.95 $19.95
I really loved the fit and it was relatively a versatile piece but I reluctantly parted with it at least because of the price. Even with the $10 off deal, it was pricey for a nothing-special skirt and the weather is getting chillier day by day.
- Verdict: Pass
5) H&M Red "Minnie Mouse" Button-up Top (Euro size 2), $10
This top is so cute! I wore it as a dress here and belted with item #2, the skinny belt, but I am trying to shy away from the more cutesy items and summerwear. This would be super cute for Disney World though! (I've never been there, can you believe it?)
- Verdict: Pass
6) H&M Black with White Polka Dotted Long Sweater Dress (Euro size 2), $10
This was also a hard object to turn down because it's so cute! I love the felt polka dots and how it looks on camera, but in person it wasn't amazing. [Colour is way off, I know :/] If I reconsidered, I'd probably get this and wear it with sweater tights and boots. I love how the dots taper off and it's quite a good deal.
- Verdict: Pass
7) H&M Navy and white striped flare bottom sweater top (Euro size XS and S), $17.95
See styled outfit here. I didn't know which size would fit me better so I tried both of them on. I actually like the fit of S but it is super loose and hides my shorts. My friend suggested I go with the XS, which has a better fit. I do love draping tops though these days. I like it belted for more shape but if I put my arms down, unbelted looks nice and relaxed too.
- Verdict: Purchased X-small

As you can see, H&M has such wonderful things in store (pun intended) this fall. I edited these photos using PS CS4 Extended by Auto Color, increasing Brightness, and moving the yellow-blue bar far to the blue end for Color Balance. My photoshop and photo-editing savvy friends, is there a better way to get rid of the yellowness in poor lighting photos? This is why I can never bear to shoot indoors anymore xD

Meanwhile in San Francisco ... (brownie points if you've seen The Room). Well, meanwhile in the life of a neuroscience student, we recorded beautiful EJP's from our Crayfish today! Yayyy for science when everything works out : ) I also had a fantastic Monday yesterday, perfect from a hot cup of coffee to the delicious beautiful cupcake from the cafe, to the sunshine floating through the raised window shades in our lecture hall. Love fall ♥


cocoabee October 20, 2010 at 12:45 AM   said...

the outfits all look awesome! we only have one h&m in vancouver, it's all the way downtown and its definitely no where near as cheap ): i love that ruffle-detailed chiffon dress. its so adorable and $15 is cheap! great finds ;D

Buky October 20, 2010 at 12:59 AM   said...

The outfits are so cute!
I saw the white polka dots on black top/dress and i loved it!
i think i'm gonna go get it!
I looks so nice on you!

Anonymous October 20, 2010 at 1:47 AM   said...

wow lucky you!! the belt was a great buy :) it went with a lot of things..

Ken October 20, 2010 at 3:22 AM   said...

i fucking love belts~ it gives u such a nice slim silhouette~

L4pinkpetal October 20, 2010 at 3:58 AM   said...

i love all of the outfits, too bad we don't H&M in utah

MINAKICHU October 20, 2010 at 4:16 AM   said...

Loooove the black dress! I could totally see myself wear that. Looks great on you :-)

Thanh Thao October 20, 2010 at 5:19 AM   said...

Wow, you look so great as always Angie!! I also loooove to take pics of myself while in the fitting room, but somehow yours turn to be more beautiful! I specially love the red polka dress, it is soooo cute!

Princess Feef October 20, 2010 at 5:58 AM   said...

loveeeeeeeeeed the white top with the skirt <3

michelle October 20, 2010 at 6:24 AM   said...

aww!! it makes me want to shop at h&m BUT we dont have them to sydney! sadsad

Sydney's Fashion Diary October 20, 2010 at 7:21 AM   said...

Guess what? I got few things from their anniversary sale too :) I got the lace top for $4.95. I am loving it. My favorite item from this post is the first dress. I like how you paired it with the belt.

Jean October 20, 2010 at 10:07 AM   said...

I love their sale! You look cute in these pics but my fave is the khaki green skirt. I saw it in store too but it's a little flowy (def need spankies or something underneath). I agree though that it's still pricey at $20 esp as the weather is cooling rapidly. I wonder how it would look over tights?

Unknown October 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM   said...

I like the black sweater dress with white polka dots. So versatile you could tuck it in a skirt. The skinny belt seems to be a must buy too! It goes well with all the outfit hhaha Nice Post!

Ping October 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM   said...

super cute angie!! my faves are outfits #1,2 &3. i love that shirt with the lace. i saw it at the store and didn't think much of it, but you definitely make it look nice. i also really like the skirt too.

ARES October 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM   said...

omg those dresses are so cute!!! i love the first two and the last one ♥

Unknown October 20, 2010 at 6:49 PM   said...

What a great haul! Too bad I missed out on the sale haha. I really like the cream blouse and the black chiffon dress - the skinny belt really makes a difference!

PetiteXXS October 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM   said...

Very interesting detail on the lace top... and lol about the Minnie mouse dress, all you need is those mouse ears! :) The polka dot dress photographs well since it's visually interesting, but too bad the quality isn't great in person.

Karen October 20, 2010 at 9:49 PM   said...

Wow you put on a fashion show in the dressing room haha. The belt really does wonders for an outfit, esp. more flowy dresses/tops! Girl are you in San Francisco?! Or is that a reference to something haha

p.s. I know what you mean about Revlon lipsticks.. I noticed there was a weird olive smile but I fell in love with the "peach" color and stopped noticing the smell as much :P

s October 20, 2010 at 9:52 PM   said...

Ooh I like the polka dot sweater dress~ so cute! And the first dress is so girly :)

Petite Gorgeous October 20, 2010 at 11:56 PM   said...

The ruffle and red polka dot dresses are so pretty! Happy to hear that you had a good Monday. A good cup of coffee and cupcake sound like a great combo.

Carla October 21, 2010 at 12:26 AM   said...

love the 10 dollar sale!! I bought a cute black dress last weekend!! =D will take pics soon hehe

Jen October 21, 2010 at 1:37 AM   said...

Glad you went with the XS for the sweater, I have it too and it's very versatile! I really like that dress with the gradual polka dots... it looks great on you! And 12.95 for a belt is definitely a BARGAIN for how often you will surely wear it :)

Have a lovely day Angie!

Unknown October 21, 2010 at 6:25 AM   said...

The first dress looks awesome =D!! really hope we have H&M here *cry*

☆RabbitoBonbon☆ October 21, 2010 at 8:26 AM   said...

Omg I love the polka dots dress! Especially when you wear it together with the skirt! Look so cute! (*^O^)

♥Bunny♥ October 21, 2010 at 8:55 AM   said...

MAN!! Sale at H&M... how much of a better deal can you get! I totally understand why you would want to go crazy and buy every thing! i really love the selection you have pick. That belt since to fit every thing! And I definitely remember the last top, I remember you using it last time! And I remember the first one too~ I really love that one the most! So elegant and you look absolutely gorgeous!! How I wish I could go shopping with you. You seem to find the cutest thing ever!!

noone October 21, 2010 at 1:38 PM   said...

ohh H&M is so wonderful, I am so sad we don't have one in ottawa. I always buy so much from H&M when I go to vancouver or montreal. the belt is great, it makes a huge diff with the loose black dress and the sweater you are wearing! I really like the first black dress, and the green skirt that you picked out

yan October 21, 2010 at 8:48 PM   said...

the polka dotted one looks reli cute! its so lucky u hv h&m over there.. i can only wait till back in hk!

La_Flaneuse October 21, 2010 at 9:05 PM   said...

Great finds! Love drapey tops...xsmall was a good call!


Libby October 21, 2010 at 10:16 PM   said...

Aww I didn't even know about this sale! :( But you picked up really cute stuff :D

LynSire October 22, 2010 at 1:18 AM   said...

The second outfit is so pretty :)


Unknown October 22, 2010 at 2:06 AM   said...

Love that first dress with the belt the best. That is the same one as in yesterday's post, right?

Dylana Suarez October 22, 2010 at 2:36 PM   said...

I love the oversized stripe tunic top!

Just came across your blog! It is great!

Unknown October 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM   said...

omgosh!! i need to go check out H&M! and i love how you showed a belt can really complete an outfit :) can i go shopping with you angie? :)

Anastasia October 22, 2010 at 3:38 PM   said...

That belt is really amazing! =D It makes every outfit look good!

I like the black dress, green skirt and the shirt with stripes! =D

Thank you for your comment! =D

Oreleona October 22, 2010 at 4:28 PM   said...

omg i love it all esp the black dress and the red one too!!

beneath the glass October 22, 2010 at 6:50 PM   said...

Ooh i love all the pieces you got! I think my fave is actually the red polka dot top- so cute! I can't believe I missed the sale :( But great finds!

Alan Li October 22, 2010 at 8:16 PM   said...

I like the blue and white striped sweater dress!

liz October 22, 2010 at 10:07 PM   said...

oh no this is too much for me. lmaoo!

omg angie, you are so beautifullllll! (no lesbo)

just look at how cute these outfits look on you,

gosh. ~sigh~

lol, seriously, so so pretty. i <3 the 2nd
outfit with the long sleeve and pretty!

Silkybow October 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM   said...

great haul :D
loved everything that you bought.

Angie | October 24, 2010 at 11:24 PM   said...

h&m is pretty good about their prices. they are more expensive than f21 but so much better in quality. it's my guilty pleasure during a mall trip :)

hehe thanks. now that i think about it i wish i would have gotten that dress too!

@Nic Nic
thanks nic! yes that belt is my lifesaver!

thanks ken. watch your language xD

thank you! aww hopefully you can find one when traveling sometime

Angie | October 24, 2010 at 11:26 PM   said...

thanks :D glad we have similar taste!

@Thanh Thao
aww thanks sweetie! haha no my pictures turned out all yellow ick. i'm sure yours are gorgeous

@Princess Feef
thank you!

aww hopefully you will have a store soon!

ooh can't wait to see you wear it!

Angie | October 24, 2010 at 11:32 PM   said...

@Vicky K.

haha you said spankies! :3 never heard that before. i think the skirt would be really cute over tights. i'm hoping to revisit next weekend and see a price drop in some of these items :D

hehe thanks winnie! love versatility

aww haha thanks ping :D glad you like the outfits!

thank you :D

aww it's okay there will definitely be more sales soon!

Angie | October 24, 2010 at 11:37 PM   said...

haha yeah should have been minnie for halloween this year :) i'm having second thoughts on that sweater dress. it's pretty cute from afar

*blush* i was just trying on clothes hehe no need to flatter me so! nah i'm in st. louis for uni, but i visited san fran! that was a movie reference haha

keke thanks!

@Sydney at PetiteGorgeous
thanks girl :D it was definitely an awesome rare monday!

i saw! such a nice dress you got

haha seems like it was a good investment too :) i do like that sweater dress more and more now. thanks jen!

@♥ Pixie D ♥
thanks. aww i'm sure you'll find one somewhere :)

Angie | October 24, 2010 at 11:41 PM   said...

thanks rabbito!

you have such good memory :) hehe i would love to go shopping with you! you always find great deals too~

@Pop Champagne
hehe glad you like my picks. i hope h&m will expand more because they have great stuff!

aww thanks! well shop til you drop when you're back in hK :D

thanks :)

Angie | October 24, 2010 at 11:46 PM   said...

hehe thanks :D

@LynSire ♛
thank you!

@Sakie and Thomas Gantz
yup it was!

@Dylana Suarez
hehe thank you! :) it's an honour

hehe thanks jenny i'm flattered :D let's go shopping!

thank you anastasia!

thanks <3

Angie | October 24, 2010 at 11:48 PM   said...

@beneath the glass
aww thanks. it's okay they always have sales

@Alan Li
thanks alan :) it'd look good on you too def your style

lol oh liz your compliments make me blush xD i'm not that fit i just hide well behind clothes hehe. you're the gorgeous one!

thanks sweetie

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