During my brief visit to NYC, I was delighted to find out my hotel was steps away from shopping and locally-famous quick eats. I pretty much ran to Shake Shack which I've been wanting to try for a while. Their signature Shackburger + fries plus water came out to be a hefty $10, but boy was the burger itself delicious. My patty was cooked medium, which I thought was unusual for a fast food chain, but that probably contributed to the juiciness. They are also known for frozen custard which I look forward to sampling next time. I won't comment on it myself, but I am curious how In-N-Out fans feel the two burgers compare.
After chowing down (and praying that no one noticed the small, voracious person sitting alone with ketchup, mustard and mayo on her face), I hopped next door to try on some form-fitting dresses at H&M. Should probably reverse that sequence of events going forward.
Floral print tank dress in sz XS, item # 045008, $34.95 & Ferragamo bow shoes (current version here)
I first tried on this tank dress with a print that reminded me of Wendy's gorgeous Tibi shift. I thought it was a very fun piece and I liked that the print was all-around, but I currently have no need for such a curve-hugging dress. Verdict: Passed.
Divided print shorts, item # 067314, $24.95
Next up, another piece that appears to be strongly influenced by Tibi's leopard and chain print. I loved the look of these shorts but only a lone size 10 was left...
There was a rack full of racerback tanks in the same print, which I tried on for fun. Please pardon the indecent pants-less photo. This top would look cute tucked in the front with white or colored denim, but I wasn't a fan of the front-only design, unadjustable straps, and crinkle-prone material. Verdict: Passed.
I took a quick spin in the career section and this seafoam blazer was the only thing that caught my eye. You can't tell in the photos, but the material of the blazer has good weight and the torso was nicely cut and smooth. Oh, what a pity that they ruched the sleeves. In my opinion, the ruching ruined the sleek look of a collarless style, and made already-wide (typical of H&M) sleeves look even bulkier. I suspect it can be removed, but not worth it for the price Verdict: Passed. Also passed on the divided lace dress which did not fit right.
Seafoam blazer in sz 2, item # 058118, $49.95
I then stumbled across this oversized sweater in the basics section and was drawn to the slouchy shape and neutral oatmeal & black palette. The mix of stripe width also adds aesthetic interest and breaks up the torso and the skirt. An XS is definitely roomy but I would not try shrinking this - machine washing and drying sweaters are the quickest way to make them look pill-y and worn. I will either wear this casually as-is (like I did today at the airport) or slightly slim the sides and sleeves.
Material is an average-quality, thin 60% viscose, 40% cotton. It is so lightweight that this is one of those dresses in which you'd be in danger of obliviously leaving the bathroom with it tucked into your undies. I triple checked my backside each time after using the loo. Verdict: Purchased w/ 35% off coupon (expired yesterday).
H&M "Basic" line striped sweater sz XS, item # 098783, $17.95 (got it for $11.67)
Lastly, I brought home two children's items to think over. These beach-friendly crochet knit shorts come in black or white and are marked down to just $7. I got size 12-13 which are a tiny bit loose on me in the front/crotch area, but I didn't want itty bitty shorts that don't even cover my butt cheeks.
H&M kids crochet shorts, item #050599, $7 and kids Conscious Collection tank, item #068786, $4.95
If you're in need of basic tanks, I highly recommend checking out H&M's children's department. There was quite the selection of tanks in solids or stripes, often in organic cotton at extremely reasonable prices. I liked the simple nautical feel of this one, and the 95% organic cotton & 5% elastane material is comfy and smooth to the touch. The 10-12 fit me nicely, but I also saw 12-13 and 14+ for fellow grown women who like to rummage through the kids department. Verdict: Keeping tank, contemplating the shorts.
Readers - please share any favorite finds from H&M lately!