Essence Of Style: Tribal + Warm

It’s starting to get chilly in the Northeast, but man, am I thankful I’m not Buffalo! I vow to never complain about a little bit of snow ever again, after what the poor people living there are going through. The weather is crazy though, so I’m not really surprised–last week it was mid-60’s, this week it was frigid, but today it was in the high 40’s, so I managed to get away with this early-Christmas-gift-for-myself-not-really-for-Christmas sweater that I snagged last week at TJ Maxx in Vernon-Rockville, Connecticut in their Homegoods/TJ Maxx superstore. I make the 40 minute trek because I get to simultaneous shop in two places at once, and both stores have better selections than their individual stores nearby.

I’m a bonafide “Maxxinista” and have been for several years, with the TJX brands being some of my favorite places to shop for things that you just can’t get anywhere else. They pride themselves on being “discount” department brands, but let’s be honest, half this stuff never made it to Macy’s or a boutique, most of the companies make their products specifically for TJ’s, or TJ’s pays the brands to let them make it and slap a label like “Calvin Klein” on it. I have no problem with this, some people do. But for me, it’s about finding unique items and getting a good deal on trendy pieces that may not be in style a few years from now.

I got lots of, “Wear did you get that poncho?” questions on my errand run today, but it was the cashier at Home Depot who was most intrigued. She came out from behind the register and asked if she could touch it, because it was, “so beautiful.” Nothing to make you feel good about an inexpensive purchase than someone fawning over it. This Flying Tomato brand poncho set me back a mere $24.99, which is well worth it for a trendy outfit-maker, especially since their sweaters usually retail upwards of $70.00.

I brought Izzie on my photo shoot and she was less than cooperative, but managed to pose long enough for the very last picture. And yes, I dressed her to match.

How are you staying warm with the constant temperature changes?!


Poncho: Flying Tomato, T-shirt: American Apparel, Pants: Alfani, Boots: Audrey Brooke at DSW, Earrings: Kohls

Poncho: Flying Tomato (similar), T-shirt: American Apparel, Belt: J. Crew (similar), Pants: Alfani, Boots: Audrey Brooke, Earrings: Kohl’s




Izzie's sweater: Petrageous, Leash: C. Wonder

Izzie’s sweater: Petrageous (similar), Leash: C. Wonder (similar)

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