November 06, 2015

BALMAIN x H&M's Private Shopping Event

Last night, i had the chance to attend the exclusive shopping event for the launch of the Balmain x H&M collection at their flagship store on Ste-Catherine. My +1 was my husband and we even brought Carson along (Thank you dear PR agency, i love you and yes sometimes, you can still somewhat do the same things you did before becoming a parent...unless your child is sick and you need to force quit all things planned huhuhuuuu bigbang concerttttt).

people who set-up camp, ready to spend a night out in the city

On the invitation, it said the even starts at 7pm, but just in case, we got there around 6ish. We arrived and there was already a small line-up wrapping around the corner of Peel street. I thought the line was for the event so we went to the back and waited about half a minute until a man from the PR agency came around and asked if there was anyone invited to the private event. He escorted us along another guest to the front of the store to check us in and give us bracelets with our allotted time. We were part of the 2nd batch of shoppers, 7:15 was our key time. They allowed 10 minutes for each group to shop and then you were directed to the dressing rooms. During that time, the employees took the unwanted items from the dressing rooms to put back on the floor before the next group came in to shop - the 5 minutes in between each group was specifically for that. we were behind 4-5 people behind the gate and once the man came near us to ask to show our bracelets and to let us in, people were already pushing us in the back. My husband had Carson in his arms and the guys behind him still pushed them. We had to shout "CALM DOWN!" a few times but they still ignored our words. One of the employee had to yell "HEY!! There's a man with a child here!!! CALM DOWN and DON'T PUSH, everyone's gonna go in!!!"

my magic bracelet

the crowd was pumped and ready to shopped

all Carson focused on was the dj and his equipment. he couldn't care less about anything else that was brewing around him.

anyone who's a someone or who knew a someone in mtl.

with our bracelets ready, we took place in front of the entrance of the Balmain area. there were only these people in front of me for my time slot, the rest were all behind.

We had a strategy and i had consulted with my husband on the items i absolutely wanted him to get and the ones he wanted. We were pretty much on the same page with the must-get items. Since i only wanted the oversized wool coat and he had to carry Carson in his arms (the whole time because we just don't trust the rest of the people), i put him on that mission. I am quicker and move more easily in between the other men (giants) around me. Once i was in, i fast-walked to the right area and grabbed all the items from our list in the right sizes. All i was missing was the biker skinnies for the husband and those were long gone even though we were only the second batch in. After our group entered, to my surprise, there was no pushing, pulling or any physical contact at all. My husband came to meet me in the men's area with a jacket in hand, he said there was only a size 6 and 12 left, so he took the smallest. There was nothing else i wanted, but since we finished our round before the 10 minutes was up, i decided to pop in the ladies' area for a last glance. Thank god i did because i had the chance to grad the last size 2 of the jacket. Before we headed out of the Balmain area, they cut our bracelets and let us go upstairs to try our items on. we were the only ones in the dressing rooms and had all the time in the world. Once your were out, you could take your time to enjoy drinks and bouchées they served. We were at the cash by 7:45 to pay for our things and received 2 special beanies as gift with our purchase.

Overall, the pieces of this collection were really well made. I found the quality to be exceeding that of the previous collaborations. I still can't say that i would be able to justify a 700$ beaded jacket, but we were able to find a lot of pieces that are more affordable in the men's side.

Overall, it was a very productive night and i am so happy of the outcome. I came for one thing, got what i wanted and almost everything in my husband's list and was in the car heading home by 8ish. We could have stayed and enjoy drinks and the music a little while longer but it was near bedtime for Carson and so we left.

I wanted to give the PR agency that took care of this event a big shoutout. They did an incredible job planning the whole thing. Everyone who was working knew exactly what they had to do and how to handle everything. GREAT great job!! And thanks again for letting us be part of this.

See below for other items that bear striking resemblance to the current pieces of the Balmain line:

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November 04, 2015


Most of you are probably already aware, this Thursday, November 5th is the launch of H&Ms newest collaboration. Balmain was the next on the list and the hype is high and whether you are a fan of the brand to start with or not, you are probably curious of the outcome of this partnership.

H&Ms been known for drafting the most in demand names in fashion. Olivier Rousteing is another IT designer and has a cult following even if the majority of his main line is out of reach for us common mortals. With this collaboration, he decided to stay very close to the main collection and went as far as digging up some styles direct from the powerhouses archive to give the rest of us a chance. So for those who are fans at heart but have a strict wallet policy, you might find a piece of Balmain fit for your budget.

This collection will be available at select stores across Canada.

i am in love with this jacket and if i had to pick only 1 item to purchase, i think this would be it.

these are the most expensive pieces from the collection. can't wait to see if they're all worth it.
*Please keep in mind the main collections price tags and anticipate a higher price point even for this collaboration. See below for the official prices in CAD. click for to enlarge the image.

February 04, 2014

NEW: City Mum!!

mommy-baby blog: experimental phase. Click and follow me on my newest adventure!
Miss Queenie will continue to live on as a personal/fashion-y blog. See you soon!

November 27, 2013

Something Orange: Reveal

i posted this pic above on instagram a week ago and forgot to do the reveal. it's something i've wanted for a long time and finally took the plunge. Thank god for birthday money! hehe

Hermes Heure H (mm)
it might look very boring for some people, but i like its simplicity and timeless appeal.
what i also really like about the Heure H is it allows you to change bracelet when you want to. you can purchase it in a different leather/color (and change it yourself with the little tool provided) which gives the watch a new personality completely.

November 14, 2013


I had the honor of being invited to the Isabel Marant x H&M pre-sale Tuesday night. It was a press event with a tight guest list, so I expected people to be civilized. I think I had too many expectations. IT WAS CHAOS. 

The event was to start at 7pm; there was a line-up around the corner when I got there at 6:45. The line wasn't as bad as the Jimmy Choo x H&M event a few years ago though, but it’s invites only this time, so we can't really compare. The hosts opened the door at 7 sharp and we quickly got in. my guest, lovely CS, got there after I had entered the store and she called me saying she was right at the entrance. I plunged back in the sea of incoming famished fashionistas and grabbed her by the arm to get her inside. Once we got the right section, I saw clothes flying left and right and high above me. My head was spinning and that's when I realized I needed to grab some thing and fast. Everything happened in a heartbeat. I caught 2 black biker skinnies (sizes 4 and 8 because I never actually bought pants at H&M so I don’t know what size I am) just because they were the last 2 hanging on the rack. There’s definitely an advantage to be short(er than most people), because it's kind of an automatic ninja mode. After the pants, I wanted to get some things from the men's section, but forget it, everything was basically gone already. Our shopping time was not limited and we had no bracelets to restrain us, so after the men's, I roamed around a bit and found 3 different sweatshirts. With all those items in hand, I met up with CS and it was time to head to the fitting rooms. SAs were running back and forth with unwanted items to put back on the floor as fast as possible. We tried to spot things in their arms and kept asking them what sizes the items were. They were surprisingly nice even in the madness. Props to them for keeping their cool. I was so happy so see the biker skinnies in the size 4  fit me like a glove. They had no stretch but were comfy and most importantly, they were made to be cropped, so that means the inseam grazes my ankles and I don’t need to hem them. Those reasons were enough for me to shed 129$. I chose 1 of the sweatshirts for hubby and out I went. As I got out of the changing rooms, SAs were ready to get the stuff off my hands to put them back. One of them quickly asked me which items I intended to keep so I said the biker pants and the grey sweatshirt. She grabbed the items and ran back in the crowd. CS and I decided to go 1 last round before going to the cash. While we waited, CS spotted the tuxedo jacket in her size abandoned on a pile of socks. Tried it on, loved it and she kept it. That was a very lucky find. She looked so good in it! I paid for my items; they gave me an Isabel Marant x H&M muffler as a bonus and put everything in a cute tie dye tote made just for the event. 

Fast forward the junk food dinner we had and some browsing at Indigo, I get home and first thing I wanted to do was to take a look at the pants I bought earlier (yes I liked them that much). To my horror, the SA at the cabins took my size and left me with the wrong one to buy!!! At that moment, I just wanted to break down and cry. The worst part is I think I saw my pants while we did our last round. And I just left it there because I thought I already had one in hand. Why do I have to live with such a tragic ending to an otherwise, exciting evening?

I would like to thank H&M Canada for the privilege, it was crazy but awesome nonetheless. Although we did not have enough time to enjoy any of the canapés served, we still had a very good time. 

Did you line up this morning for the launch? let me know which items you bought.