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Off the Rack: November Offerings at H&M

Earlier this week I popped into an H&M store to check out the latest fall/winter offerings, where I was greeted by lots of cozy sweaters, cardigans, coats, jackets and all the accessories you could ever want to stay warm and stylish. While I love H&M, sometimes it's hit or miss - but this visit was all hits. Lots of the sweaters were buy one get one half off and the styles felt soft and warm, not scratchy and flimsy. There were tons of on-trend coats, too, from military-inspired, to animal prints to the all-important shearling aviator, a fall must-have for 2010. Oversized camp shirts, lace embellished cocktail dresses, lace-up ankle boots and messenger bags made me wish I could scoop up one of each. I left empty handed because I had a train to catch but I'm going to head back for a Burberry-inspired scarf, some suede gloves and a couple cocktail rings that are still on my mind.

Click through for more photos. Have you bought anything at H&M recently?

Off the Rack: Makeup & Beauty Products at Payless

Payless shoe stores recently launched an affordable line of makeup and beauty products under the names zoe&zac naturals and Unforgettable Moments, and yesterday I checked them out in person for the first time. I have to say, my expectations were pretty low so I was pleasantly surprised by the chic display, lovely packaging, tasteful colors and light fragrances. A friendly salesperson informed me that the Payless BOGO sale (buy one, get one half off) applies to makeup, too, so I scooped up a bottle of Unforgettable Moments nail polish ($2.99) in Sugar Plum, a deep almost-black purple shade, and a zoe&zac lip shimmer ($3.99) in Sunset, a subtle bronze-pink lipstick/gloss, for a grand total of $5.81. So far, I'm really liking both products (shocking, right?) but I'll write more detailed reviews in a couple days. With most items priced under $20, I can't wait to try more products from both lines.

More photos after the jump...have you tried Payless beauty? What do you think?