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19 March 2014

Time for T K Maxx

On Monday I was due to catch up with Fiona from Avenue 57 but life often gets in the way of such arrangements as so we had to cancel :0( As the DH was working from home that day I needed an excuse to get out of the house as he drives me bonkers when he is home! I told him I was off out to do some 'research'! Which was totally true of course....after all I am still after the elusive black cross body bag, the yearning I told you about a couple of posts back. I decided a trip to T K Maxx was in order as it's been a long while since I darkened the door of my local branch! You do need to invest a bit of time if you want to find the bargain designer stuff and so I set off with a couple of hours to spare! We are lucky enough to have a great one on our doorstep (10 mins drive away) and I was rather hopeful that there could be some success in the bag hunt as they often have a great selection.....last year I actually stumbled across an Alexander Wang small black Rocco for £499.95!! I hyperventilated and then some!! However it did not come home with me as I was being frugal for my budget challenge at the time!! But I have been lucky enough to bag some fab bargains from there so off I went! I might as well tell you now that I didn't find the style of bag I was looking for but they had some great stuff in.....are you a fan of Michael Kors?

Love the metallic's, perfect for Spring....still a rather hefty price tag at £199.99!


If the MK fabric monogrammed tote would suit you better, so would the price at £129.99


I was pretty taken with this cross body bag....but I wouldn't get enough in it!



If I didn't already have a couple of tan bags I may have taken this Paul Costello one home!


Another nice neutral bag from Modalu


More in the way of neutrals from Dune (I almost bought this last year in the House of Fraser sale!).


And lastly on the bag front also from Dune, this one is a bit more business like. I noticed they did have a good selection of the Dune, Paul Costello and Modalu bags on their website too should you be tempted to take a peek!


I had a quick flit around the shoe department....I loved these Vans!! A cross between a skater shoe and boot!


Also found these lovelies from Dune


And so to the fitting room......where the fitting where I tried on a few Gilly Hicks (Abercrombie & Fitch group just in case you are not familiar with the brand) items. I couldn't justify another grey sweatshirt otherwise this one would definately have come home with me!



I know a girl can never have enough stripes but once again I reigned in the urge to buy anymore even though these were both lovely and nice quality for £9.99




I did also try on some Maison Scotch jeans in the clearance for just £18 but alas they were not meant to be as they had a striped turn-up and I felt a bit pirate-like in them!



These James jeans looked like a good purchase too! They were a fab fit but a straight leg that was way too long to turn up.....shame :0(


One last item which I really loved was this Ralph Lauren navy silk top, so, so gorgeous but I was just not sure I have occasion to wear it!



So did I buy? No......wasn't I good?! I walked away with none of the above, after all I did go in for a black bag! What I found though was that T K Maxx had some super stuff in, I would definately take a look in there if you are in need of something for an occasion as they had some lovely Ghost jersey wrap dresses, I saw a gorgeous Paul Costello cream self-embossed lightweight coat which would have been fab for a Spring wedding (it did not photograph well because of the light!). They also have some great pieces from Clements Ribeiro which would have been great for a special occasion.

I may have been good in T K Maxx as I made have made one or two other purchases this past week. I did go with the Topshop Vamp black croc skater shoe as an alternative to my Kurt Geiger Laurel's. These are the are a good shape as they are narrow and don't come up too far on the front, a good price at £20 too!



I did take advantage of the Gap 30% and bought this shirt. I can't seem to find it online!




Not a bad little haul and there are still one or 2 bits on the wish list that I am trying to secure including the black bag! 

So have you ever snagged any super bargains from T K Maxx? If so I would love to hear all about them!

The usual quick round-up of outfits from the past few days!


Topshop coat
Zara cream sweat top
Gap skinny's
KG Laurel's Skater shoes
Marc Jacobs bag


Whistles sweat top
Gap original fit jeans
KG Laurel Skate shoes (again...can you see why I need another pair!)




Uniqlo silk shirt
Gap sweater
Gap skinny's
Topshop Vamp skater shoes


Pull & Bear sweatshirt
Uniqlo check shirt
Gap skinny's
Topshop Vamp skater shoes


River Island coat via ASOS
Zara check shirt
Vintage Ferragamo sweater
Gap skinny's
Office Brogues
Episode bag via House of Fraser outlet on eBay

That is all folks! Would love to hear your thoughts on any of the above, as always I love reading your comments and responding to them.

Until next time!

Michelle xx

46 comments:

  1. Wow Michelle you were totally restrained in TK Maxx!! Love the tan Dune bag in particular something just that little bit different. I've had a couple of great bag purchases from TK Maxx in the past....perhaps it's time for another rummage ;-)
    Jane xx
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    1. I am shining the halo Jane!! But I say go forth and take advantage of those bag bargains......a girl can never have enough bags!!

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  2. You must have fought your inner purchasing self to NOT buy the metalic bag (I WANT IT) and the navy top - absolutely gorgeous on ... and when would you wear it? EVERY DAY!

    Sorry again about having to cancel - marooned at home :-(

    Let's get a date in soon with Marlene and others too

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    1. Tell me about it Fiona....how did I resist either of those gems!! Ohh the resolve!! Lol!!

      Let's get another date in the diary and get as many along for the ride as possible!! :0) x

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  3. Lovely outfits Michelle - didn't you succumb to those Dune flaties? They look lovely!

    TK is great, although I have to tackle it first thing in the morning when everything looks nice and tidy. I used to find some good bargains when I lived in Wigan - I sound a complete snob but I'm not sure if everyone recognised some of the labels and I did lol and used to snap them up!

    More recently a Patrick Cox bag, Noa Noa coat I've had on Avenue 57 and I also bought a gorgeous white lace/broderie CHLOE dress a few years ago. It was sooo nice but a bit too big for me and I sold it on E-bay - what a geek because Ive regretted it ever since. I also spotted some lovely Moschino aviators in the Weymouth store last summer, with little hearts on the arms of the sunglasses and I walked away from them.

    As my mum always says, if you see something you like in TK's buy it then and there x

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    1. I honestly don't know how I came over so restrained on Monday....they really did have some fabulous stuff!!
      I was lucky, things were pretty tidy in T K as it was lunch time on a Monday!!
      There are 3 stores in Bristol and I've had some great luck in each of them!! In my local I bagged an All Saints leather Aviator jacket worth £595 for just £49.99 and in the Bristol town centre store I got an amazing sample DKNY leather biker jacket for just £34.99....that's just the tip of the iceberg!! I've never got over the shock of seeing the Alexander Wang Rocco.....and not being able to buy it at the time!!
      Your mum is spot on....you need to grab the bargains there and then, you have 14 days to return if you change your mind!! xx

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  4. I love that navy RL top, it would be perfect to pull out for evening drinks with jeans when you have nothing to wear, you should of got it! Love the Topshop skaters and the Gap shirt, now they are really good buys x

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    1. Oh gawd Sharron...don't make we want to go back for the RL top....you are really selling it to me!!
      Trying to stick to a few quite classic purchases at the mo...so most happy with the shirt & skater shoes!! xx

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  5. I love the RL navy top - I might of purchased of that ( but then I have very little willpower! ) I get a lot of my little boy's ralph Lauren polo tops in good old TK's xx

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    1. Oh you really suit the Skater shoe!! x

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    2. Annemarie you are reminding me that maybe I should have had a gander at the kids wear too as I have often found some fab bits and pieces for the 7 year old...mind you she knows what she wants these days!!
      I should have got that RL top...bet it will be gone if I go back :0( xx

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  6. I'm seriously jealous of the bargains you've managed to snag in TK Maxx and OMG, that metallic bag is beyond gorgeous! Love, love, love the skater shoes on you. I'm definitely going to have to get a pair

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    1. There was some seriously good stuff to be had on this foray into T K Maxx Helen....and no I'm not sure I resisted the bag or the RL top!!
      As for the skater shoe...they really are the most perfect transitional style, easing us gently into the sock free era that is Spring....and beyond!! xx

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  7. Michelle - go back for the RL top!

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    1. It's sure to be gone by the time I get to go back Sue!! Kicking myself....should have snapped it up!! xx

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  8. Hi my love!! Don't know where to start- totally adoring the navy Ralph Lauren top, it looks gorgeous and I do think you should have got it!! Loving your Gap white blouse, it looks fabulous and really love your grey Whistles sweat top too! Saw your reply to Keri Lou and what a clever gal you are snaffling those awesome bargains, well done you!! Loving your outfit pics as I keep saying you always manage to look effortlessly stylish and I'm in awe of how you keep so up to date with your outfit posts! I've a local T K Maxx my last bargain was my Aquascutum wool scarf for £25. Hope you're having a great week honey xx

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    1. You are right Sharon I should have got the RL top but for once the head ruled over the heart because I couldn't really think of an occasion when I would wear it!! Bet something comes up now, it's always the way!! The Gap shirt is fab...very similar to a MIH one I saw on WIT blog so I'm chuffed with that!!
      You can find some amazing bargains in T K Maxx but I do need to be in the mood to have a good root around!! Thank you so much for the fab compliments, always so lovely to hear!! xx

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  9. Great post Michelle. I would have been tempted by the tan bag too but I have a Mulberry already. The Topshop skate shoe, big tick in my book, and I love that RL top too (sorry you must really hate us and yourself for not getting it now.) I think you would be hard pushed to better the Marc Jacobs bag it is lush (it is black isn't it?) I am going to steal your style on that one, I love the camel, cream, with the leopard. H x

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    1. Helen, I know you are on the hunt for some skater....oops I mean loafers!! If you are any in black do try the Topshop ones....they really are fab for £20!!!
      I have had so much use from the Marc Jacobs bag, I would be hard pushed to find anything quite like it but I'm enjoying the research! It is indeed black....goes with everything!! xx

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  10. Forgot to say that, yes, before Christmas I bought loads of gifts in TK Maxx and my wonderful gold All Saints boots that were a bargain. x

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    1. I tend to go to T K for kiddies birthday pressie's for parties as you can get something that looks really good for less and the partie's are endless at the age of our youngsters!! Always see fab All Saints stuff in our local, although didn't any during the recent visit :0( xx

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  11. Love the two breton tops - especially the second with the scoop neckline.
    Your whistles grey top looks really nice too!
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    Paul

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    1. Thank you Paul!! It's so lovely to get a chaps prospective of this fashion stuff....I normally only get a grunt from my other half!! xx

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  12. I wouldn't have been able to resist the RL navy top, it looks beautiful. Why does our TK Maxx not have this stuff in, it's often a load of tat x

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    1. Sounds like you need a trip to Bristol Donna....they had quite a few bits of RL!! xx

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  13. Anonymous20/3/14 15:08

    Love the Whistles sweat top. What is the fitting like as I have found a second hand one and am considering buying. Thanks a mill. P

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    1. Hey P!! The Whistles top is pretty oversize in shape anyway, mines a size 8. I could have gone smaller because of the style!! I hope that helps!! xx

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      Thanks Michelle. I am normally a 10 so I think 12 will probably be too big. Shame as it looks fab on you. x

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    3. Oh no! What a shame...it's not going to make you feel any better but in the whole I find Whistles sizing runs a bit bigger....I have some stuff in a size 6 and I'm definitely not a size 6 by any stretch of the imagination!! Fingers crossed they do something similar again xx

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  14. Love, love the RL top Michelle! It would look fab with white skinnies & sandals for the Summer! You were very restrained...well done!! The Gap shirt looks fab on you...I saw the bright blue version in there the other day & they had discounts off nearly everything (luckily or unluckily I had the little man in tow so didn't buy anything!) x

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    1. Phew Sian!! Good to hear I am not the only one who can be restrained...from time to time! Lol!
      I suppose Gap are having their mid season sale....think I need to pay them another visit!! xx

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  15. How disciplined are u Michelle- there were some great bargains there. I noticed the Dune bags in TK Maxx a while back, think I will be investing in one. Still have he got round to buying skater shoes but you are seriously tempting. Love your monochrome look here featuring them. But loving all your looks as usual!

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    1. I did good....a little to good as I have a regret or 2 Trea!! The Dune bags were a great price, I think the black one was £29.99 and the neutral one was £34.99 which is excellent!!
      I definately see you in the skater shoes!! Surprised you haven't invested already!! xx

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  16. I can't believe you resisted Michelle! The Dune shoes are just gorgeous & I wouldn't of been able to resist! I've just been reunited with a bronze bag that I've had in storage for years & I'm happy with it as my Spring bag! Love your outfits as usual you look just great! Ax

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    1. I am a little saint aren't I Andrea?! Lol! Really I was being good and sticking to my wish list......I have already notched up a fair few purchases this month!! Is it fab to rediscover Spring bits that you have stashed away and can now be used and loved again!! xx

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  17. I haven't pair my local TK a visit for a while, good job really if they have had a massive drop of brands like your's above - wow! Didn't know they were doing G Hicks. Where is your local - A Wang - OMG! I have NEVER seen any in any of the TK's I've been to. Love you camel Topshop coat, gorgeous classic on you x

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    1. You need to get yourself down to Bristol Natalie as they had tons of Gilly Hicks....sadly I haven't seen any Alexander Wang since though :0( xx

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  18. Anonymous23/3/14 16:39

    Hi Michelle, love your blog, thank you. Just a quick question, why do you write skinnies as ' skinny's? Not a criticism :) a genuine question. X

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    1. Thank you for pointing this out....I do try to make sure my spellings and grammar are correct so shall spell as skinnies instead of skinny's from now on! :0) x

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    2. Anonymous24/3/14 17:15

      Sorry, didn't mean to be a grammar pedant ( yes I am a teacher!) thank you for your blog and you've given me some ideas xx

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    3. Don't be sorry! I'm glad you pointed it out!! Thank you for the lovely compliment, it is always love to hear that the blog is being enjoyed and it is giving you ideas!! xx

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  19. TK Maxx there is SO much better than TJ Maxx here - I HATE trying to find decent brands - you have a far better selection of brands. LOVE the Whistles top btw - very AllSaints!

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    1. I have been very lucky at seeking out the brands in my local stores Joanna, some trips into T K Maxx are a lot more successful than others! Now and again you find a right old gem!! xx

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  20. Some great finds Michelle. Love a mooch, I must go soon and see if I can spot a gift! X

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    1. Allison....I still need you to take me to New Life!! You have had some terrific buys from there!! One day!! xx

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