HOW TO SHOP T.J. MAXX LIKE A CHAMP

This post is not sponsored, but thank you to TJ Maxx for gifting me with my $50 gift card for the Maxx50 Challenge!  All thoughts in this post are my own!

One of my favorite pastimes is spending a Sunday afternoon roaming the aisles of my local TJ Maxx.  Not kidding.  Obviously that doesn’t happen much anymore, but I recently got the opportunity to relive the glory days and shop til I dropped!  I teamed up with TJ Maxx for their Maxx50 Challenge, and hit my local store to see if what I could find for under $50! Read on to see what I scored for under $50!

The good news is, you can shop all of the great brands and deals that TJ Maxx has to offer from the comfort of your home too!    The same methodology I use for shopping in store can be applied to shopping their site online!  They offer Free Shipping over $89 (with Free Returns in store)!  Be sure to sign up for their emails because they will sometimes run Free Shipping promotions!

FIRST THINGS FIRST, THE CLEARANCE SECTION

When shopping my local TJ Maxx, I ALWAYS go straight to the clearance section.  It’s usually located towards the back of the store, just look for the signs!  I typically search the clearance dresses first, and then make my way over to clearance tops and bottoms.  Some of my favorites brands to look for are Beach Lunch Lounge, Cloth and Stone, and C&C California to name a few.

tj maxx dresses

Shop these great dresses over on T.J. Maxx.com!

TOPS + BOTTOMS

I love searching my TJ Maxx for cute tops that I can wear to work and transition to my weekend plans.  I can always find brands like Flying Tomato, Free People, and Love, Fire, most of which are under $30!

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Fabulous tops can be found over on the TJ Maxx website!

A great pair of designer jeans is another thing you can almost always find at TJ Maxx.  This is especially true if you’re lucky enough to have The Runway section in your store (online too)!  The Runway offers high end designer pieces without the high price tag!  Besides jeans, there are always plenty of skirts and shorts to be found as well!

Shop these great skirts and jeans!

ATHLEISURE

If you have cute workout clothes, you’ll hit the gym more right?!  That’s my motto anyways!  After scouring the Clearance, Dresses, Tops, Jeans and Skirts I always pop over to the workout section!  Mesh panel leggings are all the rage right now and TJ Maxx for sure has you covered!

Awesome athleisure finds over on TJ Maxx.com!

SHOES, SHOES, SHOES

TJ Maxx always has the latest and greatest trends when it comes to shoes!  So many great brands to choose from with styles for all seasons and occasions!

Shop these shoes!

KIDS

Shopping for my littles is something I LOVE doing at The Maxx!  They have so many unique and fun pieces, along with name brands that I love at amazing prices!  I know I don’t have to spend a lot on pieces that are only going to fit them for a season!

So many fun kids pieces to choose from!  They have toys too!

HOME

So at this point, if you’re like me you have now been in store for at least an hour!  I hope you have just a little more time because the Home section is not to be missed!  Throw pillows, kitchen towels, and picture frames are just a few of the things I love browsing!  I also adore the scalloped tissue paper and greeting cards that I always find near the checkout counter (if you’re a friend of mine, you know me for this haha)!

Stock up on items for your home!

Now for the fun part, what was I able to snag for under $50?!  A whole heck of a lot!  And I came in with a couple of bucks to spare!

What’s your fave thing to shop for at TJ Maxx? Tell me in the comments!

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3 WAYS TO WEAR CROPPED FLARE JEANS

If you’re like me and need some additional options for your summer wardrobe, let me introduce you to these cropped flare jeans!  I can’t even tell you the last time I shopped this brand, but a coworker recently had a similar pair on at work and convinced me I needed a pair.  My husband is totally NOT a fan of these, but what does he know?!  A couple of things to keep in mind when choosing a pair of cropped flare jeans:

  • A good length hits just about right above the ankle.
  • A frayed hem provides the perfect amount of distressing.
  • Tuck your shirt in to show off a high waist jean.
  • Mules with a cropped flare provide a chic look.

how to wear cropped flare jeans

A PLAIN WHITE TEE

I’m pretty sure “plain white tee” could be found in multiple places across my site if you were to do a search.  What can I say, you just cannot go wrong!  It’s definitely a summer staple, click here to read my post on this! Since I’m wearing a pair of high waisted cropped flare jeans, I decided to tie this tee in a little knot in back to show off the waist.  A simple block heel is always a great option with this style of jean as well!  This look is perfect for running a few errands.

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Cropped Flare Jeans

White T-Shirt

Simple Block Heel Slide (similar)

Beaded Bag (similar)

A FITTED TUCKED IN SHIRT

This bodysuit (comes in 4 colors, under $10) is a great option for flare jeans.  A fitted tucked in shirt accentuates the high waist. I love pairing these flares with some mules because it pulls the outfit together for a chic look.  This would be a great option for date night!

high rise crop flare jeans

 

how to wear cropped flare jeans

Cropped Flare Jeans

Cognac Mules

Leopard Print Clutch

Wrap Bodysuit

A COLLARED SHIRT

I love this option for a day in the office.  You could tuck the collared shirt in, or tie in a front knot like I have here.  It’s casual, but still pulled together for the office and again allows you to show off the high waist.

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how to wear cropped flare jeans

 

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Cropped Flare Jeans

Striped Shirt (similar)

Wedge Flatform Sandals

Fringe Backpack (similar)

Shop these other great cropped flare jeans!

What do you think?  Is this a style you would try?  Tell me below!

Check out this post on step-hem jeans!

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THE NORDSTROM SALE // TOP PICKS UNDER $100

Unless you’re living under a rock, I’m sure you have now heard about the Nordstrom Sale. I recently headed up to my local store and did a massive try on session for you in the dressing room.  Several of the items I had my eye on were not in store, and I’m currently waiting for all of my goodies to arrive, so stay tuned for more updates! This is a great time to stock up on fall and winter pieces! Read on for my top 10 (ok, 11) Nordstrom Anniversary Picks!

SWEATERS

The Nordstrom sale has no shortage of sweaters for you to fill your closet with this fall.  I tried on a couple (including cardigans), but this was my fave and ultimately came home with me.  It comes in a few other colors, but I’m loving this vibrant pink for the gray days of winter ahead.

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Pink Ruffle Neck Sweater

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A FEW MORE GOODIES!

JEANS

If you’re looking to save some money on a nice pair of jeans, this is the sale to do just that.  I have this pair (in a different color that I purchased earlier this year), and they are so fun!  It’s nice to be able to change things up from the normal every day high waisted skinny jeans I usually wear.

topshop jamie jeans

Flare Jeans

OUTERWEAR

A black moto jacket is something you will have and wear year after year.  I love this one because its 2 for the price of 1.  The hood is removable which gives it a slightly dressier feel, or you can leave the hood on for a more relaxed look.

womens black moto jacket

Moto Jacket with Removable Hood

I also ordered this black cropped puffer jacket in two sizes so I can see which fits the best.  I’m waiting for it to arrive, but I have a feeling I’m going to love it!  It also comes in an olive green color.  I prefer jackets like this to be a little more fitted – stay tuned!

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Cropped Puffer Jacket

ACCESSORIES

These sunnies are a great price and look great on all face shapes!  I don’t have this exact color frame (mine are more brown), but I wear them everyday and I’ve had for over a year!

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Sunnies

I am still waiting for the arrival of this one, but I just know it’s going to be fabulous!  It’s very similar to the popular Free People version, but half the price!  It comes in three colors too!

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Fringe Scarf

SHOES

I saw these tan booties in the catalog when it first dropped and they were the number 1 must have on my list!  They do not disappoint and they fit true to size!  They come in 4 colors too!

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Tan short booties

My short Hunter rain boots are an absolute staple!  I had the tall Hunter rain boots for about 8 years and recently sold those for this short pair.  I’m 5’3″ and the short style is a much better option for someone my height.  They are less clunky too!

short hunter rain boots

Short Rain Boot

ACTIVEWEAR

I am waiting on this exact pair below to arrive still, but I own a pair of black high waist Zella leggings already and they are the BEST!  They are called the “live in” legging for a reason ladies!  zella high waist leggings

Leggings

Cute workout gear means I’ll work out more right?!  These tanks are super lightweight and I love that they are longer in back and shorter in the front!

nordstrom sale zella tank top

Tank

BRAS

The one item that I have bought in the last two Nordstrom Sales are new bras!  Let’s face it, it’s something we need, but don’t always love buying.  This t-shirt bra is the softest bra I own now, and it fits true to size!

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T-shirt Bra

That’s a wrap ladies!  What have you scored from the big sale so far?!

Also, Be sure to check out my post on the five things to know about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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MADEWELL SALE ON SALE

Madewell is having their big sale on sale right now and this only happens twice a year!  I have rounded up the best things in the sale that caught my eye (i.e. I sifted thru 7 pages of sale stuff).  Be sure to use code BIGMOOD for an extra 30% off items that are already on sale! Shop early, the good stuff will go FAST.

Have a great weekend friends!

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MY BEAUTY MUST HAVES FOR SUMMER

I will be the first to admit, I’m definitely not a “beauty blogger” but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my beauty must haves for summer.  A New Year’s Resolution that I made for myself this year was to start taking better care of my skin.  I’m trying to educate myself on the types of products I need, as well as making sure the ingredients in them are safe for my skin.  I have rounded up my beauty must haves for summer for you below!

Skincare

We all know sunscreen is important, and it’s definitely something I wish I would have been more diligent about in my younger years which is why I’m making sure my kids always have it on.  This summer I started using the thinkbaby Sunscreen because it contains non-harmful ingredients.  I love that it’s basically fragrance free, and it’s SPF 50!  It also comes in a nice little stick version too, which is perfect for applying to sweet little faces!

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thinkbaby Sunscreen 6oz.

thinkbaby Sunscreen Stick

Toddler swimmie

A co-worker of mine (she has an awesome IG account so go follow her…@theyouthfulglow) recently told me about Vermont Bag Balm and the crazy results she had seen while using it to treat her cracked feet.  I had actually heard about it from a friend awhile back when I was nursing, and even tried a little when I was desperate and in a lot of pain!  I grabbed a can of this stuff when I was on Amazon recently ($10) and put it to use.  This stuff has worked wonders after three uses!  I just put a little on my cracked heels before bed and throw a pair of socks on.  I promise in the morning, your feet will feel baby soft!

bag balm for cracked feet

Vermont Bag Balm

Next up is my Juice Beauty Brightening Moisturizer with SPF15.   I put this on every morning before putting on anything else.  I also have the Nutrient Moisturizer which I use before bed and have been loving it too.  The scent isn’t overpowering either.  The Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a bit of a splurge and I haven’t bought it yet, but I have sampled it and I’m a fan. #saynotowrinkles

Sum Bum chapstick is a recent purchase for the summer and it has kept my lips sunburn free so far!  It comes in a few scents too!

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Does anyone else hit up Whole Foods on their lunch break and browse the beauty aisle??  I recently came across these amazing make up remover cloths by Andalou (they also make a really great pumpkin face mask too), so I was already a fan of this brand.  These have a nice rose scent too!

If you haven’t tried any of the Drunk Elephant products, they are a must!  This Nightbright set is the perfect entry into some of their products!  You get the Glycolic Night Serum which I use on my forehead and neck.  It helps to dissolve dead skin cells.  The Murula oil is great for hydrating your skin.  I use this on areas that get really dry for me (nose, backs of hands, forehead). Drunk Elephant uses only clean ingredients in their products.  These two products are specifically vegan and gluten free!

drunk elephant glycolic serum review

Makeup

Who doesn’t love leaving the store with a new shade of Essie?  This is “Lighten the Mood” and it definitely does just that!  It’s the perfect neutral/pink shade for summer!

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This Pixi by Petra glow mist has been a fave of mine for a long time now.  I just spray it on after I’ve done my make up and it gives a great dewy finish.

pixi by petra glow mist review

Green One Piece Swimmie

Tory Burch Flip Flops (old, but similar linked here)

Haircare

Dry shampoo is a must for me.  I honestly haven’t tried that many, so if you have a fave I’d love to know about it.  I snagged this one from Target recently and so far so good!

Hotline hair ties are just too cute on your wrist and hold your hair back without causing tangles!  They come in so many colors too!

If you don’t own a Wet Brush yet, grab one here.  I use this on my daughter mostly because you can brush your hair while it’s wet without the fuss.  They come in a ton of colors, plus travel sized ones too!

dry shampoo reviews for blonde hair

I recently tried some samples of the Beauty Counter Kids body wash on my little ones and I loved it!  I loved it so much in fact I decided to buy their shampoo, conditioner and the body wash. The shampoo is great because it doesn’t burn their eyes (no crying what what)!  The conditioner has been great on my daughters hair after a day in the pool.  I love what this company stands for and their advocacy for stricter regulations by the FDA on skincare products.  Their products are formulated without harmful ingredients like bad chemicals and fillers, so you can feel good about using them on babies, kids, pregnant/nursing moms and everyone in between.

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Beauty Counter Kids Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash

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