Las Vegas gets bigger and better with the world’s largest H&M

When I first checked out H&M in San Francisco’s Union Square almost four years ago, I immediately fell in love. Never had I seen high fashion-inspired clothing at such low prices. That day, I remember going crazy and bought as much as I could fit into my carry-on back home. I was waiting for the day H&M came to Vegas.

Not only do we now have one in the Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood as well as Town Square, this past weekend H&M opened its biggest store in the world inside Caesars Palace’s Forum Shops.

“Beyond being the largest H&M store location in the world [New York’s was previously the largest], this location carries every item that H&M creates including all special exclusive collections,” said  Nicole Christie, spokesperson for H&M. “The store was specifically designed and features a light show on the walls of the store and a DJ booth.”

Featuring three floors and more than 60,000 square feet of shopping space for men, women and children, you could seriously be in here all day. In addition, the bright, fun and spunky décor (think disco balls and ever-changing overhead lights) just makes you in the mood to shop ‘til you drop!

Now I’ll be honest — going in here made me miss the days when the popular toy store, FAO Schwartz occupied this space. Seeing the larger-than-life like giraffe and dinosaur stuffed animals right when I walked in always put me in a good mood. I was also one of the few who still bought stuffed animals and spent hours looking at the expansive Barbie collection. But if any store was going to take over such a favorite, I’m glad H&M did.

The opening party this past Friday was a blast. While they had an open bar (in which the “bar” was made completely out of ice), the strawberry push-pop ice cream treats were definitely my favorite. It was also a treat to see the Lady Gaga, Cher and Madonna impersonators walking around and taking pictures with everyone. And not only did I get my best friend’s Christmas present, I snagged two cute party dresses which were only (gasp!) $15 each. I can already tell I’ll be paying a visit to the Forum Shops a lot more often now.

Enjoy these pictures from last Friday’s party and get a peak at H&M if you haven’t done so already. (Note: First nine photos in gallery are courtesy of Evans Vestal Ward/Elevation Photos.)

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Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.