Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My Balmain x H&M Look + Launch Experience...

My Balmain x H&M experience:

As what first appeared to be an ordinary evening for me with last minute internet surfing before getting to bed, I found myself exploring twitter and discovering that international shoppers were buzzing about the H&M x Balmain collection launch. Fans of the brand were sharing their shopping experiences on the H&M website and soon after reading their stories, I found myself also attempting to get on the international version of the website. Since the official launch time in the U.S. was marked for 8 AM EST, I thought skipping the lines in the U.S. meant more sleep for me and happier dreams knowing a Balmain piece would soon be arriving in my closet. Furthermore, my wake up call was much earlier with being 5 hours behind in Hawaii. 

To my dismay, the success of loading the international H&M webpages were a failure. After hours of failed attempts to load and reload the webpages, I set my alarm for the official U.S. launch time, 3 AM PST and immediately upon waking up, I begun refreshing the H&M website on my laptop and iPhone simultaneously. After an hour of nonstop refreshing, to my surprise the H&M webpage loaded and I immediately directed to the Balmain collection. The availability of most items were sold out except for jewelry, various handbags and a few blouses. The emerald green colored blouse was actually one item listed as a favorite for me and undoubtedly added the item to my cart. As I was checking out and filling out my personal information, my cart miraculously was emptied. H&M had a policy that stated items in your cart would not be reserved. This was a bitter feeling of defeat which prompted me to set another alarm to ensure an early arrival to my local H&M store. 

My fellow fashionista friend and I arrived at the store an hour before launch start time and to no surprise, we discovered a line. 
We were signed entry times based on wristband color and I loved having my favorite color as my wristband assigned color. It certainly made the wait better! After a couple of hours in line, we entered the store and allotted 15 minutes to shop. Below are visual displays of other Balmain items, unfortunately only two items per person was allowed. This caused the decision making more difficult, because there were many beautiful pieces to choose from. However, this allowed for H&M to ensure those in line would all have a chance to shop the entire collection. The selection was fully available even 2 hours into a line, which was exciting considering my previous experience shopping on their website.

Below are the two items I purchased, one featured above and the other will appear in an upcoming blog post. Overall, I was very satisfied with my in store experience and pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the Balmain collection at H&M. Both of my dresses showcase the quality craftsmanship and detailed stimulating. When a high end designer collaborates with an affordable fashion company, the quality of the items is questioned and from personal experience, I have seen collaborations far short of original designer craftsmanship. However, in regards to the Balmain x H&M collaboration this is certainly not the case and I am very impressed with the entire collection. 

Did you miss out on the collection? or Want to find an inspired Balmain design for less? Then shop through the items below that I put together for you.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Leather x Pineapple

Shorts: Forever 21 // Top: Rag & Bone // Gold Necklace: RockBox, Similar here // Earrings: Kendra Scott, "Parker" studs

Fashion pieces that can transition to and from different climates become my go-to wardrobe items when I travel. When traveling to a cooler temperature location,  I was able to easily pair these leather shorts with black or grey leggings and this grey cutoff top became an even edgier look when I added a leather jacket or a comfy cardigan. These leather shorts have scallop and lace imprint edges and I love the feminine detail that provides a simple touch of softness. My gold 3-tier necklace is from RockBox and these earrings are by Kendra Scott. This outfit was a perfect look for a quick bite to eat before watching the sunset. Hawaii has the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen and sets the most magical setting after a long day. The other aspect of living on the island is the fresh fruit. With the Dole Plantation a short distance away on Oahu, local grocery stores on the island have fresh pineapple.    

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Balmain x H&M Launch


The popular French brand Balmain will be releasing a collection in H&M stores starting tomorrow, November 5, 2015! Balmain has a retail price in the thousands of dollar range, but for a limited time, will now be offering a collection in a more affordable price range. The collection launching in select H&M stores and online will have an average price tag around the hundreds of dollar range rather than Balmain high-end price tag. H&M will host a collection that offers accessories that are low as under hundred dollars. With the fashion of the 70's era trending now, the launch of this new collection is the perfect time to add this 70's inspired brand to your wardrobe. For the fashionistas that admire the collections from previous fashion campaigns, now will have the opportunity to own a one of kind collective piece from a notorious designer brand. Kendall Jenner is the headliner model for the campaign which is no surprise to anyone who follows fashion. She is the new "It Girl" of the fashion world, and continues to take the high-fashion world by storm. Check her out in the campaign video for this new Balmain collection collaboration with H&M:

Know Before You SHOP:
It is important to be prepared before you decide to shop because stock is limited and the collection will begin at a specific time. It would be a shame to miss out because you were not informed of all the launch details. As in previous high-end designer brand collaborations with our everyday stores, supplies are usually limited and sell out quickly.

Preview the Collection:

Check your local H&M for availability here.

See you at H&M tomorrow!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Maryland Fall Adventures Part 1

My lovely flowers my hubby sent to me since he was unable to join me in Maryland. 

Some of my favorite shoes for fall! Check out below for details. I love these booties here.

UGGS Tall are comfy and the best source for warm toes in the colder months. I loved being able to wear them while visiting out in Maryland.

Annapolis Yacht Show is always a beautiful site for expensive purchases.

Thinking of my hubby while being back in the location of our wedding day.

My handsome brother and myself enjoying the beautiful fall day.

One of my favorite places for sushi in downtown Annapolis. Joss Sushi! 
The Spicy Tuna Roll is amazing!


The Lucky Knot store is simply adorable with the accessories displays and always have something an east coast local will love. 

Courtesy of Alex and Ani Annapolis, the perfect ending of a beautiful fall day in Maryland is wearing your nautical bangles while checking out the downtown adventures. 

This month has been out of routine for me with my hubby on business for the entire month and for me, traveling back home to Maryland. Once I am back to Waikiki, there will be regular fashion looks coming your way. My apologies for not having more this month, but with my photographer away, it makes blogging a little more challenging. But I am enjoying being home with family and friends while getting to experience the fall season! It is my favorite season and I thought with living in Hawaii, I would be missing out on the fall fun this year. To my surprise, I am happy to have the opportunity to come home and admire all the beautiful colorful landscapes. This day home was a blessed time with my parents and brother, sharing in the beautiful holiday weekend. Tomorrow, we are headed to the pumpkin patch and I will be sharing some adventures from our day.

Have a blessed Friday! and make sure to follow me on Instagram @bowlinesandlace and Snapchat @bowlinesandlace to see all of my fall adventures in Maryland.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Travel in Style

Carry on essentials
Lilly Pulitzer Resort Wear & Chic Beach Clothing
Lilly Pulitzer is running a promotion when you spend $150 or more then you receive free gifts! This promotion ends tonight at midnight EST, therefore if you are interested in this promotion then move quickly before it ends. When you are already in the market to buy something from Lilly and then they give you free gifts, it makes the shopping experience even BETTER! I love this bag from Lilly for my carry on essentials, because not only is this pattern feminine and colorful, it fits all of my travel must haves perfectly. I always need my iPad for games, streaming movies and reading books. I do not usually sleep on planes, therefore I need to have many options to keep me entertained. When flying a long distance, I never wear my contacts because my eyes will be dry an hour into the flight. I recently bought these Prada eyeglasses and they are perfect for a day of traveling. A good smelling fragrance is always a nice alternative to the smelly airplane food, and sweating passenger sitting next to you. I grab my Si by Giorgio Armani as my go-to fragrance right now and a must have for smelling something good throughout the flight. This Lilly planner has nice wide squares for writing down the to-do list for your destination. I love planning out the trip and a planner keeps all my ideas organized in one spot.
NYX lip butter gloss goes with me everywhere and my favorite shade is "eclair."

I am really excited to be traveling home to Maryland to see my family and friends. My husband went on another long business trip and since I have not seen most of my loved ones since July, it seemed to be the perfect time for a visit. It will be nice to breath in that cool fall air for a change from our hot and humid air here in Hawaii.

My favorite clothing pieces by Lilly Pulitzer:

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