Confession: I’m Stalking H&M For Marni

March 20, 2012 • Editorial, Fashion, Fashion Blog

My Marni for H&M jacquard skirt

I was unable to attend the press event the night before the collection launched, but heard it cleared out in 14 minutes anyway! I would have been so pissed had I gone. Alia managed to snag the skirt pictured above for me, however. Thanks Alia! Anyway, as a mother with two young sons there was no possibility of my waiting in line at 2am, nor would I, to be frank. Since I wanted more, I resorted to stalking the H&M near my older son’s school on pretty much a daily basis on the hunt for returns. It turns out I was not the only mother with a stroller with this plan. I have met and traded with a few. Here is my tale of addiction.

I really wanted this coat

The coat pictured above is the one I really wanted, but no luck. I can however, pay over $200 for it on eBay, but that’s not going to happen.

My other choice for a jacket

I really love the blue jacket pictured above and never found it either. I did see a woman wearing it at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I sized her up and considered clubbing her for it, but thought jail my not be the place for me. Besides, what if it didn’t fit?

Black & grey short-sleeve jacket

Score! As luck would have it, I did manage to find this jacket on one of my stalking visits. Now if only I could find the matching pants…


Last Friday I had a doctor’s appointment in midtown so I checked out the H&M location near his office. I also met my fashion twin. She had the same plan I did and informed me she had scored a ton of stuff. I was instantly jealous. We were also wearing very similar Alexis Bittar earrings. I liked her, but it didn’t stop me from racing up the escalator to beat her to the necklace shown above. I let her have the other one.

Matchy Matchy

So on Saturday I tricked my husband into thinking I had to go to the bathroom and ran into H&M and snagged the pants above in my size! I was too excited for words. Thankfully he didn’t see me sneak the bag under the stroller. I also saw the top, but I don’t care for shirts where the neck comes up that high. I know they don’t look good on me. So I passed it up. Much to my chagrin, when I tried the pants on at home, they looked awful! They were a sort of harem pant, but not fully committed, so I just appeared to have a load in my pants. Sadly they went back yesterday. Glad I know now and am thankful I have the skirt in the same pattern.

Of course I checked out the Marni rack BEFORE I left the store and found this dress in my size. I tried it on, but didn’t love it. The print really does nothing for me. I still considered buying it, but then thought I had better not. I should be happy with my skirt, jacket and necklace right?

Who am I kidding…I will probably stop by again while my son is in school today. I have been in H&M in the past week and half more times than I have been in the last year combined! What the hell is wrong with me? I need a 12-step program.

– Lauren Dimet Waters

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