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Friday, September 28, 2012

The Cloudburst on clearance

It's a pretty frequent occurrence that I see something on another blogger and then immediately want it for myself.
When I first saw Dotty wearing this very dress, I told her I thought it was "divinely adorable" and I meant it.

When I was perusing the clearance racks at TJ Maxx the other week and I spotted that cloudbust print, I snatched it from the hanger, saw the $25 clearance sticker and did a a little happy dance.

Then I noticed it had an ink stain about two inches long, undoubtedly courtesy of a ball point pen, and was sad again.

I brought the dress up to the register to inquire about perhaps a greater discount due to the stain and was told that I could try to get it out, and if I couldn't, I could just return it.

I went home and attacked the stain with dish soap and q-tips, and everything came out!

Because I was so excited and happy about my wonderful TJ Maxx score, I submitted it to their weekly facebook contest. But everyone seems to think Sam Edelman shoes and Anne Klein dresses are better, because I'm in last place.
That's okay. I know that my $198 dress for 87% off was an amazing deal.

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The Rundown
Cloudburst Dress Joie via TJ Maxx same print
Grey Jacket H&M
Sandals Frye Gerry
Pink Clutch TJ Maxx similar
Bracelets Town & Reese similar
Crystal Bracelet Taken for Granite similar
Necklace c/o Jami via LuckyFabb
 Nail Color c/o Julep Claire via LuckyFabb



Lexi said...

I love TJMaxx - I'm always surprised by what amazing things I can find!
♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

Shea Sayers said...

Yay, thank goodness the stain came out! And I'm very surprised they didn't give you another discount--most stores do if something like that happens. Oh well, you came home with an awesome dress!!

Style Journey said...

Our TJMaxx is a freaking hot mess everytime I go in there. I never can find anything because everything is laying on the floor. I wish I had good luck at ours, because you always find the greatest things there. Heather

Closet Fashionista said...

Yayyy!!! It looks amazing!! :D (I voted for you!)

Lorena said...

I always do the happy dance while in TJ MAXX!
great dress and i love how you have accessorized it - just voted for you via FB BTW.

Tiffany Auerbach said...

wow what an amazing find! and congrats on getting the pen out - that is the worst when that happens after finding a great deal

ItsMeChelle said...

I voted for you too! :)
love TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

What a pretty dress on you - I'm glad you got it for a deal!

Courtney Erin said...

What a deal!!! And it is super adorable - I love it paired with that jacket.

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

freeteyme said...

good job! it's hard to shop for great outfit on such a great deal!


Always Maylee said...

I totally love this dress, what a great find!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Ali Hval said...

Q-tips and soap and lots of scrubbing is the secret to getting stains out, eh?? I've had a few times when I've come across something cute at Ross or TJ Maxx with a big ole stain on it, but I guess next time I shouldn't let that sway me from buying it... hmm! I'm glad you got that stain out, though, because holy crap this dress really is cute. I adore the pattern and this all grey ensembe on you... and the pops of turquoise are just ever so lovely!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I love that print and now I really want to go to TJ Maxx!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Sara said...

I do freakin' love TJ Maxx...I got $179 dress pants by Laundry By Shelli Segal there a few weeks ago, for $19.99. I did a happy dance as well :D


Delusions of Grandeur said...

What luck that you were able to get that stain out! Ahhh isn't it rewarding to see the $189 tag right next to the $25 one???

Juneli said...

Awww, that polka dot dress is so pretty and all that effort is so worth it! Never mind the contest, what matters is you love what you are wearing and your happiness makes the dress even more beautiful!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours

Lynne DeVenny said...

Uh-oh, I feel a trip to TJ Maxx coming on. I would totally wear this. I will check out that FB thang and vote for ya if I can :)

Nancy said...

Talk about a major score at TJ Maxx!! Great dress and lucky you that you got the stain out!!! =D


Tamra {ever swoon} said...

I love that clutch!!

Amber said...

holy smokes that is an awesome deal. I am so happy you introduced to me this store. There is nothing I like better than scoring deals at TJ maxx. Its addicting.

Frannie Pantz said...

What a very happy ending (no matter the place in the contest) to a very pretty dress! I love the jacket too Lydia! Have a great weekend!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

A cute dress and a great deal, what's not to love?

rinconcreacion said...

Que vestido tan bonito, me ha encantado, precioso.



Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Fabulous Lyddie! It's a beautiful dress and what an awesome discount! So glad you were able to get the stain out. It was meant for you! Enjoy it!

rlutz said...

You just have the best luck at TJ Maxx! That dress is a fabulous find and since you got the stain out, it was meant to be.
Have a good weekend!

chocolatefashioncoffee said...

amazing dress :)


Alex Elizabeth said...

Wow, that's amazing! I'm terrified of getting pen, marker, etc. on my clothes. If it happens, I'll try your method.

I love the mostly monochrome. And I'm jealous of your necklace. I got earrings and they are definitely not as cool.

Gracey at Fashion for Giants said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you that the ink stain came out! This dress looks just fabulous on you.

Daniela said...

awesome find!!! I was in Tjmaxx yesterday and bought 2 pairs of shoes.

91919dea-09d5-11e2-8558-000bcdcb2996 said...

Love your dress. I got a $200 Theory Maxi Dress in Olive green for $40 so I love TJ Maxx! I always get a rush when I find such a great deal.

Mica said...

What a great bargain on that dress! It looks beautiful on you, I like it with that jacket :)


f i o n a (miss.tea) said...

Ah I love the colour of your dress and jacket! Lovely weather too. I'm surprised they didn't give you a further discount for the stain!

Camilla said...

such a pretty dress!

xo Camilla

Into The Fold

Krystal said...

i love it with that jacket! i hope they still gave you a discount...because a huge ink stain is kind of a big deal! but i'm glad you got it out :)

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lovelyxobsessions said...

TJ Maxx has become my favorite

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Tere Ávila said...

great your dress honey, and nice that this ink stain has dissapeared!


Ashley Aspinwall said...

love your jami necklace! mine came in gray, but I love the green :)

xo SideSmile,

SideSmile Style Blog

Outside Looking In said...

Last place? Who's voting??? I love the dress, and wow, that jacket matches perfectly! I love the bits of green (even in the background)! Great look!

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

What an amazing steal/deal!! YAY FOR YOU! I am also glad I'm not the only one that does a happy dance in TJ Maxx when I find an awesome deal!

norma said...

sweet bargain!! I love when that happens!!
Very cute dress :)

Amanda said...

How gorgeous!

Jessie said...

What a great deal!

Shall we follow each other?
Jessie xx

Jessica said...

Your find is way better - and I voted for you just now! Seriously, this dress is really is amazing. Love it on you!

dotty said...

congrats on finding the dress! mine is totally too big for me, but that print just suckered me in!

dash dot dotty

Courtney Starr said...

It's seriously a fabulous score!

xo, Courtney

silvergirl said...

tj maxx is the best
so glad the stain came out for you
love the way you styled this dress

MOSAMUSE said...

cute dress!


Am2Pm Chic said...

Wow, such a great deal, and lovely look. I really like the pop color of turquoise .


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Cindi said...

What a lucky find! I am loving the green details in this outfit, green isn't used often enough in my opinion. It is such a wonderful colour :)




omg! dont know why youre in last place lydia but i LOVE that dress and for $25?! such a steal!

Inez said...

Love the print on the dress and I'm glad the stain came off.


Love your dress :)


Shen Dove said...

What a great dress! It will be so versatile. I'm happy you gave it a chance despite the stain! You find such awesome deals which is admirable.

Ruby Girl said...

oh this look is perfection. love the grayish tones & mint! sooo pretties. xoxo linds {{www.rubygirlblog.com}}