Over the years, I’ve only ever visited the two H&M branches at the Avenues (H&M Phase I and H&M Grand Avenues). I know of the H&M branch in Salmiya (facing Fanar Mall) but it’s so far out of my way, and the parking situation is a nightmare so I never felt the need to go there. However, I’ve begun to suspect that different branches have different items, like certain collections will only be sold in certain branches. I mean I can understand it when they do that in the U.S. or U.K. or anywhere else in the world where it can take a year to get from one branch to the next but in little old Kuwait, where it takes all of five minutes to get from one border to the next? C’mon now.
The first time I went to the Salmiya Branch of H&M (this past December), I was bit overwhelmed. I was only there for quick peek because I was with a friend and we just happened to be in Salmiya. The 3-floor H&M store seemed huge! Once I got a feel for the place, it seemed less so. The basement floor was for children. The ground floor had a mish-mash of all their clothing items with a sufficient changing room area. The top floor had even more clothing items (smart evening wear, business casual, and active wear) with a section dedicated to pajamas and lingerie, including only two changing rooms. There was an entire section dedicated to accessories and a somewhat smaller cosmetics section directly by the cash register. They’ve also got an entire area just for men, which I didn’t notice until my second or third visit.
Let me preface this by saying I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan is ridiculously hot! He’s made me swoon in the movie P.S. I Love You. He’s made me cry as Denny Duquette on Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve loved him as John Winchester on Supernatural. Now, I pretty much worship him as Negan on The Walking Dead! As such, just like when any normal girl crushes on a guy… I’m trying to emulate him (no really, that’s totally normal).
Step 1 – Get a cool leather jacket (like the one he rocks on The Walking Dead).
Step 2 – Get rid of every ounce of fat on my body (because said leather jacket looks mighty loose on him).
Step 3 – Grow a foot taller (He is 6’1 whereas I am 5’1).
The first two are doable but I dunno’ about that last one. I’m pretty sure it requires surgery. Also, sounds painful.
As soon as this Black Leather Biker Jacket came into my direct line of vision, The Walking Dead (Negan, more specifically) popped into my head. I know it’s not exactly the same but it’s kinda’ got the same vibe. Also, I don’t actually own a typical Black Leather Jacket because glossy or shiny textiles aren’t flattering on plus-sized women (they tend to make big girls look even bigger). I was willing to set all that aside and purchase this thing just to look more like Negan. I could always crash diet (read: live on Skittles and nothing but) in my quest to become skinny like him, later on.
Unlike my Faux Suede Biker Jacket, which was fitted and had a cropped style, this Faux Leather Biker Jacket is longer and has a casual fit. I also love the adjustable tabs and press-studs at the sides and back. For some reason, I just find those tabs (be they on the back or shoulders or sleeves) so aesthetically appealing!
I absolute love the notched lapels (or collar, or whatever they’re called) on this thing! The lapels looks extremely similar to the ones on Negan’s jacket. The fact that they had decorative metal buttons on them too, just like his, was a bonus. I also love the diagonal zip at the front and the zippers on the sleeves, which are also pretty much the same on his jacket. The diagonal zipped front pockets are different though (and also less by half) but I don’t mind because the upper zipped pocket is kinda’ similar while the lower zipped pocket is in sorta’ the same spot as it is on his jacket. Best of all, at least in my humble opinion, is that this thing has got roomy pockets on the side (+10 swag points) so I can stick my hands in them while I “strut”. The Walking Dead business aside, if I pop the collars up on this thing, it totally gives it that dramatic Anime look! Granted, the popped up collars are usually sported by males in any given Anime but it’s 2017 now and also Negan himself is clearly sporting a female jacket so whatevs.
I never knew that an article of clothing could elicit such powerful feelings before, but I am hopelessly, completely, totally and utterly in love with this jacket! This Black Faux Leather Biker Jacket which is part of the Divided range, retails for about KD 24/970.
In all honesty, I wasn’t as in love with these Black Skinny Jeans, especially since I really didn’t need a new pair. With that being said, I was in love with my Faux Leather Biker Jacket and obsessed with a pair of Faux Leather Platform Boots and since there was a Buy Two Get One Free deal, I figured I’d get the most bang out of my buck (Kuwaiti Dinar, respectively) and get a third item that’s closer in price to the Faux Leather Biker Jacket. Seeing as how I’m a sucker for gimmicky products and I’ve never owned anything that’s blatantly called “shaping” before, I decided to pick up these Shaping Skinny Jeans.
The Shaping range has a vast array of jeans in different denim washes, lengths, and cuts. They’ve got Shaping Skinny High Jeans (high-waisted), Shaping Skinny Ankle Jeans (hit at the ankle), and Shaping Skinny Regular Jeans. They’ve even got something called 360° Shaping Skinny Jeans. I like to keep it simple so I got the Regular. The colors they had included Plum, Dark Grey, Black, No Fade Black, and all kinds of variations on Blue Denim (rugged rinse, blue wash, etc…). I went with the more practical Black Denim (literally pairs with everything in my closet).
Apparently, it’s got Body Shaping Hi-Tech Stretch, which is intriguing. I like the hardware and the fact that its got 5 pockets; 2 in the back, 2 in the front (technically side but whatevs), and 1 useless tiny pocket inside one of the front pockets. I didn’t know what size I am (I don’t understand anything besides S, M, and L. Everything else is gibberish to me). I do understand European sizes and I’m beginning to learn UK sizes too but American sizes threw me off and apparently jeans have their own sizing system which is very confusing so I feel like I’m back to square one. I’ve always hated math when I was in school and this just seems like more of that, blech. The kind sales assistant helped me out with the sizing thing (she eye-balled it) and it did fit but it was kinda’ tight and I felt uncomfortable regardless of her protests that these “shaping” jeans are meant to be tight. Seeing as how I wasn’t a teenager (it felt inappropriate for my age) I went a size up from what she gave me.
Like I said earlier, I’m not in love with these jeans. I just wanted to get the most out of the “deal”. With that being said, jeans are always a good basic to have (at least for myself) especially since I literally wear jeans all the time (whether it’s an appropriate setting for them or not). They are a bit pricier in comparison to the Super-Stretch Treggings I’d purchased earlier, but I guess that’s because these have “Body Shaping Hi-Tech Stretch“. These Black Denim Shaping Skinny Regular Jeans were about KD 16/980.
I love black platform boots, always have, always will. They’re cool, sexy, and comfy! With that being said, some of the more chunky ones can come across as a bit… tacky. There’s a fine line, which regularly gets crossed by many of the cheaper options. Please don’t be offended if that’s your thing. I mean they are trending after all. I myself used to rock them, back in the day. In fact, I’ve still got several pairs that I just can’t bear to part with. I was actually thinking of doing a “Shoe Collection” post but the sun just does not want to work with me on this. Whenever I make time (remember I’ve got a full-time job) it’s always either dusty outside or partly cloudy (translation: too dark to take pictures). Anyways, my friend was in the changing room trying something on while I was browsing around in the accessories section. I’d seen several of the tackier looking platform boots at both branches of H&M (Grand Avenues and Phase I) so I didn’t bother with the shoes section. Thankfully, someone had placed these on the the little table displaying other accessories. I snatched them up immediately and plopped down on the edge of the display table, took off my shoes (displaying my colorful cartoon-y and some might even say embarrassingly childish socks) in front of everyone (well, at least everyone on the top floor of the store) and tried those gorgeous boots on.
First of all, it had a 10cm (3.9 inch) heel so it was high but not crazy high. It also had a 3cm (1.1 inch) platform which meant less pressure on the bottom-front of my feet. Second, this thing had rubber soles which I thought was pretty cool because they kinda’ look like Timbs. I also appreciated the fact that the soles were black too. I can’t stand it when the color of the heel is different from the color of the rest of the shoe, especially when the colors clash. That effect can look cool sometimes but it generally tends to come across as cheap, at least to me. I’m not explaining it well… but I guess I’ll have to show you instead (once I get around to taking pictures for my Shoe Collection post).
I will always prefer rounded-toe shoes over pointed-toe shoes because I believe that rounded-toe shoes are not only more forgiving but actually flattering on chubby females. Something about the silhouette of pointed-toe shoes on bigger women strongly reminds me of horses (Big bodies supported by legs that that taper off into practically nothing. It’s unnatural and one of the main reasons horses freak me out. Forget bumblebees and hummingbirds. Horses are the true gravity-defying miracles. The psychotic look in their eyes – like they wanna’ murder me, first chance they get – is another reason why I’m scared of them). On the other hand (or foot, lawl) shoes with a rounded toe are somehow more aesthetically appealing (to me at least) on bigger women because there’s less of a contrast. Unfortunately, pointed toe shoes are having a moment, as they are all over the place, whereas rounded toe shoes are considered less… fashionable. As such, I was delighted by these Platform Boots because although they’ve got a pointed toe, it’s not as severely er, pointy. In fact, they’re ever so slightly rounded. I feel like this is the best of both worlds, honestly. Just in case someone wants to tell me how offended they were by all that, I myself am overweight (read: curvy, big, thick, chubby, fat, plus-sized, horizontally-challenged, etc…).
Once again, these pictures up on the H&M website do not do this product any justice. These boots are stun-ning in real life! They’ve got laces at the front and a zipper on the side but my favorite part is the adjustable tab (thankfully the buckle is silver). I dunno’ what it is with me and adjustable tabs but I really really love them! Best of all, these Platform Boots are a Black Faux Leather! I mean… these boots could not be cooler if they tried! These Black Faux Leather Platform Boots retail for about KD 16/930. However, I got them for free, as part of the Buy Two Get One Free deal.
Step 1 – Buy Black Faux Leather Biker Jacket. Done.
Step 2 – Get skinny. Purchased Skinny Jeans instead. Same thing, right?
Step 3 – Grow a foot taller. Platform Boots totally count.
Boom, done and done! ^_~
Black Faux Leather Biker Jacket cost KD 24/972
Black Denim Shaping Skinny Regular Jeans cost KD 16/978
Black Faux Leather Platform Boots cost KD 16/930 (free).
So I got all of the above for KD 41/950 (which in hindsight is a bit much for a supposedly inexpensive brand) but I’m beyond obsessed with the jacket and the boots because they just look so cool! To me, it was definitely worth checking out the Salmiya branch of H&M. I got to find these two gems!