On Saturday, my sister and I decided to head to Charlotte to do some exploring. I’ve lived outside of Charlotte for the majority of my life, and I work in “North” Charlotte outside of the main city, but I very rarely get to go into the actual city. When I was young, the city felt truly magical. Charlotte is a small city in comparison to others, but Charlotte seemed huge when I saw the skyline and all of the lights when I was little. My mom used to take me to a play or concert once or twice a year, and I always was able to dress up for these occasions. They are some of my best childhood memories. Now that I’m older, I’m wanting to explore the city in a different kind of way. I want to make it less distant and more familiar to me. I’m starting to learn various neighborhoods, and on Saturday my sister and I headed to NoDa (known as the arts district) to eat and walk around.
It was so sunny and it made me think that I would have some warmth finally, but I was very wrong. Windy and chilly, I ended up luckily having my Michael Kors sweater in the car and wore it all day. It wasn’t my intention, though, and I sadly did not get any shots of the H&M short dress that I was wearing under the jacket. It’s shaped much like the one they have below, except the sleeves end right above the elbow and the collar is crew cut with beading.
I never shopped at H&M until about a month ago. H&M came into my local mall, and I went in not even thinking that they would have a plus size section. Luckily I found myself in there and was happy to see that many items ran large and were in stretchy fabrics. I picked up the tunic pictured above and the one I’m wearing, and I also got 2 tops. Major score considering stores that I considered similar (like F21) usually have me fighting with clothes in the dressing room. I will say that 95% of the options in the plus size section were black and my store only had about 15-20 items, but I am still really happy with the items I bought there.
Originally I had folded under the tunic/dress to make it appear as a top, but I kinda like it longer like this too, especially without the jacket. I also really like the beaded detail. This has already been through the washer, and all beads are still intact — awesome :).
Do you have any place near “home” that you want to explore too? How do you change up your usual places to go?