The Coolest New Addition to Boise’s Fashion Scene: H&M!

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Photos by
Alysha Kautz

Have you noticed lately how quickly this fabulous little town is growing? Kohl’s, DSW, Nordstrom Rack, Gordman’s, Rosauers, and Whole Foods have all arrived in the past year or two, and rumor has it more fun stuff is on the way. (I’m looking at you, Trader Joe’s – get here soon!) 😉  

The latest addition to Boise’s shopping landscape comes straight from Europe, with love, style, and cozy-wonderful winter wear! It’s called H&M, which is Swedish for “Hot things I Must have!” Just kidding, it stands for Hennes & Mauritz, the store’s Swedish founders. 😉

With fun, fashion-forward styles and crazy-low prices, some people have compared H&M to another trend/budget store, that we’ll just call Eternally 19 (ha ha!). But when I visited with Nicole Christie (one of the company’s execs) the day before their Boise Grand Opening, I found that comparison to be way off the mark!

Nicole took Alysha and I (my fab photog!), and fellow fashion friend Kellie Levesque, on a personal tour around the store, explaining how the clothes are created. Every single item, she told us, is designed in-house by H&M’s fashion team in Sweden (apart from their collaborations with guest designers like Jimmy Choo,  Comme des Garçons, Kylie Minogue, and Versace, just to name a few!)

Other stores tend to select and purchase their clothes from a variety of wholesalers. Not H&M! Every thing you see in the store was created and designed in Sweden. That Scandinavian influence is light in some areas, and more bold in others. Many of the sweater designs are fabulously Euro, while more subtle touches show up in things like truly fashion-forward maternity wear, and thick, fleece-lined tights for little girls.

Another cool thing about H&M is that they are constantly bringing in new stuff – and seriously discounting the old. In fact, Nicole told us a new shipment of merchandise arrives every day! That means that while some classic items will stay consistent throughout the season, shopping at H&M will be a new adventure every time you go in. Do you love happy shopping adventures? Go check it out! And…

Lycklig shopping, och har en stor dag! (Google it, ha ha ha!)


Thank you Alysha Kautz for the awesome photos!!!

Karl Lagerfeld’s Macy’s Line and… That Dress!!!

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is a German fashion designer, whose keen sense of style and tailoring has made him an icon in the fashion world. He has designed for Chloe, Balmain, Chanel, Fendi, established his own line, and outfitted stars like Madonna,  and Kylie Minogue. In 2004, he designed a special line of budget-friendly fashions for European retail giant H&M, and this year, developed his exclusive Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse line at Macy’s. Can’t afford a $5,000 dress designed by Lagerfeld? Step into Macy’s and try on one for around $100!

Chelsey Hersley, Me, & Jamie Bruce @ Fashion's Night Out!

At last week’s Fashion’s Night Out event at Boise Town Square Mall, I fell in love with the adorable pink dress that America’s Next Top Model finalist Chelsey Hersley wore from Lagerfeld’s collection. The breezy ballerina-like material, coupled with an intricate black lace neck & back trim, are such a bewitching combination!

Chelsey chose to wear the dress with cropped leggings and slouchy combat boots, effortlessly transforming into a 90’s punk princess (anyone remember Courtney Love?)

When I posted Macy’s picture of the dress on Facebook, there were comments on the model’s extreme skinniness. On the other hand, reviews of the dress on Macy’s website spoke of the over-sized upper-proportions of the dress. I was curious about this seeming contradiction, so being a faithful fashion reporter, I simply HAD to go down to Macy’s myself and investigate in person! ;-D

I didn’t have a great deal of time to try on everything in Lagerfeld’s line; my focus was on that dress, the obvious stand-put piece of the collection. I can tell you that, true to Lagerfeld’s urban chic aesthetic, much of the line was black, grey, or hot pink. (If black is your go-to color, and you’re looking to update your wardrobe, go check out this collection; you’ll find some fabulous pieces!)

But on to the dress…

Slipping into pastel pink felt at first very feminine & elegant. But once the black lace touched my skin, I found myself missing my old Doc Marten boots! It truly is an adorable-yet-tough dress, one that I would wear in a heartbeat! That is, if it fit properly…

The reviews were right; the bustline of this dress is quite generous, almost to the point of being baggy. I also couldn’t keep the wide. puffy shoulders on very well, but they could be pinned to my camisole straps fairly easily.

Overall, here’s my review: this dress makes you feel feminine & flirty, with an urban edginess. I love it, but it runs a little large, so I recommend going down a size. This dress would be ideal for ladies sized 6-10, particularly if they have a larger bust size! 😉 Run down to your local Macy’s and try it on – and let me know YOUR review!!! 😀

Click the link to view the Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse Collection.