Monday, September 24, 2012

:: my new favourite store ::

As promised earlier, this is the H&M KL grand opening after-entry. Intended to write this later that night but I was too tired. It's better late than never though, so here the story goes....

After almost 2 hours queuing, Nor and I finally entered H&M's first flagship store in Malaysia at 11:00am. The crowd instantly went crazy and started choosing what they wanted as if the store will be closed forever in a day. Even I was too excited until did not know where to start because there were too many pretty things around me *rambang mata*. The first thing I wanted was the printed blouse which was included in my shopping list and worn by one of the mannequin. Couldn't find it at first so I asked an SA who instructed me to go up another level but couldn't find it there neither so I started looking for other items.

Anyway, H&M Kuala Lumpur is divided into 3 levels: 
- Ground / first floor: ladies department
- Second floor: ladies department (also home for lingerie & sleepwear)
- Third floor: men and kids department

I spent most time at the second floor. Tried my best to only buy items listed in my shopping list but I tell you, being in a store that offers fashionable items from top-to-toe with a shopping list in hand was much harder than going in without anything in mind. Since there were so many people and so many items around, it took me some time searching here and there until I finally found the blazers I wanted. I have been looking for the perfect vibrant coloured blazer since few months back so when the one in H&M fit well on me, I didn't grab one but two! 

After first round of shopping for myself, I then went up to the men and kids department. Crowd in the men department was almost similar to the ladies' but the most peaceful area inside the entire store was definitely the kids'. Now, men has no reason to skip shopping with their girlfriends and spouses because H&M caters items for both simple and stylo guys at affordable price. Even I was excited looking at their cotton long-sleeved working shirts selling at only RM39.90 (or was it RM49.90? too cheap too remember LoL). Kids' section shared almost half of the floor and after snapping a photo of the girls' area I straightaway went to baby boys' section at one end of the floor. Ady already got a number of new tops during Ramadhan so I planned to buy him new pants instead. Moreover, maybe due to the autumn/winter season in the West, most tops were long-sleeved so they are not really practical for Ady although I really like some of them. In the end I left the kids' section with a pair of cobalt blue pants that made me felt in love at the first sight.

Row #01: People queuing before and after us
Row #02: Our first two pics after entering the store
Row #03: Ladies second floor & Boys' section
Row #04: Girls' section & Ladies ground floor

Their accessories are affordable and to-die-for

Nor and I made our very last tour before we decided to pay our stuff. I tried my luck again asking about the printed blouse but sad to know that it was actually sold out. Last night, I have read somewhere that it was already sold out during the VIP opening night and Nor said, she did not see the blouse on the mannequin anymore when she visited the store again yesterday to replace her purchase. Boohoohoo...

Oh by the way, H&M believes in this principe where customers should not stay long in the line so they have 30-days return policy. Some useful tips I learnt through experience and reading:

- Just grab whatever item you like in the store and exchange size or seek for refund within 30 days provided that it is in unworn and unwash condition with original receipt (except earrings, underwear & swimwear).

- Items worn on a mannequin should be available somewhere near the mannequin itself (not at the upper floor, of course :-P). This was informed by one helpful SA when I was trying my luck for the second time.

- New stocks arrive every week and in fact, not everything you see online are available now. Sports trousers I wanted to buy for hubby will arrive later, according to them but their makeup range will still be unavailable here.

- Queue to fitting room is long. Plan your outfit prior to visit so you could test items outside fitting room which explains my outfit that day. I wore tee and cardie so it was easy for me to try the blazers. Thought of wearing a skirt so it would be easy to try on pants but thinking about the long queue...nahhh, next time.

- You can make your shopping list, do budget or feast your eyes by browsing the products at H&M website.

The queue was still long after we left the store.

So, what's inside my shopping bag?
Nothing much actually. Only 5 plain coloured items (am I boring or what?) but it's okayyy, they give me reason to pay the store another visit next week ;-)

p/s: Surprised to find 2 small pouches with bangles inside the paperbag. They really know how to appreciate the early birds eh and H&M is definitely my new favourite store!


fana said...

dear yg suspender tu utk baby ker? rm? serius tgh cari. seronok tgk korang shopping

phatgurl said...

Farhana: I segan nak tulis terang-terangan sebab suspender tu I yang punyeee...hahaha. Tapi kalo nak beli untuk Aqib, ada jual seluar sekali dengan suspender :-)

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