Shop around

When it comes to shopping at T.J.Maxx, I like to shop around. There are three locations all within 20 minutes of me, and to find my scores, I went to all three.

Every store has a slightly different inventory, so it's often worth while to check out different locations, if you have the time.

Such was the case with this bag. I initially found it in black, and in two sizes. I loved the shape, the feel of the leather, and the smell. The drop handles are comfortable, and the optional cross-body strap is convenient. If you ever shop with me, you'd notice I'm a very tactile shopper, especially when it comes to bags. I usually pick them up and carry them around with me while I shop.

Even though I really liked the bag in black, I had a small reservation. So I left it behind. Then when I stepped into the next TJs, the bag in brown was the first thing I laid eyes on, and I knew I was taking it.

Here are the rest of my T.J.Maxx scores in action:

P.S. What a difference a day makes! Notice how I went from tights and boots to bare legs and sandals? The weather is being indecisive. Low 30's on Saturday, low 70's on Sunday. Silly New England.

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The Rundown
Paisley Button Down J.Crew
Red Pencil Skirt Express
Leopard Wedges Sam Edelman
Brown Bag Tahari c/o TJMaxx
Sunglasses Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Leopard Belt Ellen Tracy c/o TJMaxx
Blue Ring c/o TJMaxx
Antler Ring House of Harlow
Earrings TJMaxx
Watch c/o Caravelle by Bulova
Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box

TJMaxx provided me with a $250 gift card, my thoughts and opinions are my own. 
My opinion is that TJMaxx is awesome.


  1. love that bag! and the red trim goes perfectly with the red skirt :) and yes, the weather has been particularly non-predictable lately

  2. This New England weather is ridiculous! I won't complain about the unseasonably warm days though. I also try to hit up mutliple TJ Maxx/ Marshall's locations, especially if I'm looking for something specific. That bag is a great find. Love the option of wearing it cross-body!

  3. Great mix of patterns, TJ Maxx always has some great finds.

  4. hahaha! TJ Maxx is pretty awesome, I agree. I LOVE all your buys, Lyddie!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

  5. Lovely bag - but also loving that shirt - cracking colours and print (love!)

    And nice job getting a gift card - jealous! :)

  6. love your sense of color and pattern mixing.totally admirable...

  7. Oh my gosh you really do need to shop around. I love the red skirt with the leopard belt and the top is too cute.

  8. The colors and patterns are gorgeous!

  9. The color of the bag is really classic and gorgeous! It will be a great bag for years to come. Loving the pattern mixing too with the leopard and paisley :)

  10. I love that bag! And this outfit is so fun, I love all the color :)
    (mhm, shopping around is the best way to go! TJ Maxx, Marshalls, (home goods) ha ha)

  11. I just love that awesome bag that you found - it's so chic.

    Courtney ~

  12. Wow, 3 that close to you, how awesome! I think it's smart that you shop around before deciding--look how well it worked out with that awesome bag! I love this pretty, bright outfit too!

  13. that's a great brown handbag. i love the piping trim! hahaha you went to 3 :) i wish there was 1 near my home. great find!

  14. Great outfit; LOVE the colors! The bag is great too. Great purchase!


  15. Yes, this New England weather has been crazy indecisive! You look great, though. Love the blouse!


  16. Oh I love the pink peaking out of the brown leather in this bag Lydia and I love your shoes too! Our nearest TJ Maxx is in a town like 45 minutes away in either direction :-( So I have to go with Ross or Marshall's which are ok, but no where near the selection or quality as TJ Maxx.

  17. you are one lucky girl....250 at our fav store!!! i am for sure jealous!

  18. I love shopping at T J Maxx too and this Tahari bag is fabulous, Lydia! Love the red and teal mix in this look!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

  19. i totally agree about shopping around at different locations
    i always find different things at the two locations near me

  20. ha, I actually laughed out loud at your disclaimer. how awesome of them to provide you with that giftcard. luckily for both of you, I'm so tempted to get off the couch and go to tj maxx. unfortunately, my stomach and bank account are holding me back. anyway...i followed the bag decision on instagram and I think you made the right decision :)

  21. Oh man, I think I saw that same bag at my local store. I wish I could have bought it instead of talking myself out of it.

  22. you are so stylish!!! Love your accessories and all those colors in your outfit!!
    Start follow you!!


  23. love this color combo! tj maxx always has the best best deals!

    xo SideSmile,

    SideSmile Style

  24. Your new bag is great, I totally love it!

  25. This is a really bold outfit!
    Our weather in the midwest is also begin quite indecisive....but I'm enjoying the extended warm weather.

    I do love T.J. Maxx....sometimes I CRAVE a good shop there...

  26. love this outfit you did the mix print trend so well you look soo pretty!!!

  27. I agree the weather has been quite fickle this month. Well at least you can take advantage of it. Your outfit is so cute and you know I love those shoes!!

  28. WOW. This outfit is KILLER, Lydia! Love the bag, too. I'll have to run to my nearest TJ Maxx soon ;)

  29. Love how you mixed prints with the top and shoes. You have such a great eye!

  30. I am loving the bright colors. Fall weather is hard to dress for, since it goes from hot to cold so quickly.

  31. This bag is like my ideal bag shape and size! I love the contrast sealing, definitely a fun touch.

    Oh sandals. No longer :(

  32. lovely skirt and im loving the color combo. u look great!

  33. Love the bag in brown better than the black that you posted on instagram! Also LOVE your hair bun!

  34. This color combo is great! I'm loving the leopard details! New follower on GFC and Bloglovin! :)

  35. How Much Fun! To get paid to shop!! great job with that bag, it's just adorable.

  36. Oh wow, now this is some fabulous print mixing! Love that fun blouse mixed with the leopard accents ♥

    Trendy Teal

  37. WOW I absolutely ADORE your pops of cheetah print!!! Looking fabulous girl!
    xoxo Darby

    Obviously Obsessed 

  38. Chic on the Cheap! I LOVE the concept of your blog! It's inspiring to try to put together outfits with out spending to much. Love your outfit in this post, by the way.

    Please feel free to check my blog out... Also, would you like to follow each other?


  39. you look stunning! I love TJ Maxx from your words and wish I had one next to me (alas! not all shops are international)

    Inside and Outside Blog

  40. Good morning!
    I love your blog and your style, I love to follow, you think? kisses

  41. Ohhh - I LOVE the pattern mixing - so cute! And I wish the weather would make up it's mind too :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  42. That bag has such a classy shape, so I'm glad you got it. I love the red details on it, too!

    Also, you're super lucky to have 2 TJ Maxx's within 20 minutes of you... lucky! There's one down here at my college and I can't even find the front door to it. LAME.

    I love the unexpected pattern mixing in this. I would have never guessed that leopard and scarf print would look so nice together, but the red and cognac really ties them together!

  43. Your bag is fab! It complements your paisley top and red skirt perfectly.

  44. I love the bag.... specially the colored trim :)