Lola's Top 3 Winter Coats

This winter has been a little warm for the most part, not to mention off putting. But no matter where you go, where you live, or how warm you think it is, you will need a coat. I've highlighted my three favorite [chic] picks for winter 2016. Don't worry, you'll thank me later. 

New York & Co . | Wool Blend Coat | $59 ($159 org)

New York & Co. | Wool Blend Coat | $59 ($159 org)

New York & Co  | Faux Fur Collar Puffer Coat | $49 ($149) 

New York & Co | Faux Fur Collar Puffer Coat | $49 ($149) 

Venus  | Colorblock Military Coat | $62 ($79 org)

Venus | Colorblock Military Coat | $62 ($79 org)

Photo Credit: New York & Company  | Venus Swimwear & Fashion | Pinterest

Fall Fashion Footwear - Christian Siriano

I can safely say that my defense in shopping this week is because of Fashion Week. Granted, it’s probably not the best excuse, but it’s one of them. So to kick off Fashion Week (no pun intended), let's take a peek at my newest additions!

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Is H&M's New Flagship Worth It?

If you’re an H&M lover, you probably heard about the new flagship that opened on 34th Street/Herald Square in Manhattan. All kidding aside, I was actually excited because I thought they would carry more sizes and more variety. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

There are certain stores I find trendy clothing that fit me well. Being that I’m a size 14 to 16 (depending on the cut, I can squeeze a 12), I thought I’d have a fighting chance in the world that deems a ‘12’ to be “plus sized.” After venturing into the new H&M flagship, I sifted through the racks to grab a few summer pieces. Within ten minutes, I realized they only went up to a size 10, with SOME 12s (go figure). I grabbed a sales associate and was told that sizes 14 and up were considered “plus” and were found at the other location. Stunned, I left the accessories I picked up and went on my way to the other location (which I had just been in the day prior).

By the grace of the fashion gods, I found a few 14s hiding (there must have been a new shipment). Because I was on my lunch break, I ran to the register and went about my day. Well, let me tell you about a little conversation me and the cashier had.

Cashier: “Did you find everything okay?”

Me: “Yes, but do you know if you’ll be carrying any more 14s?”

Cashier: “They come every day, but it’s a game of chance. Have you been to the new flagship?”

Me: “You mean the flagship that goes up to a Large and a 12 that has nothing in stock? If you ask me, I don’t know how that’s a flagship and they don’t even carry a ‘plus-size’ department.”

Cashier: “They have sizes in the back. No one offered to help? I thought they carried what we carry.”

Me: “Nope!”

Well, H&M didn’t plan accordingly, nor cared to offer a variety of sizes (the new store doesn’t carry maternity clothing either). It’s only a matter of time until management or store operations realize this fault, so we shall see.  In the meantime, I’m going to see what 14s and 16s I can find. ¡chao!