My Good Friend

T.J. Maxx and I are good friends. As much I love the hunt and the prices of thrift stores, the hunt and prices at T.J. Maxx always end up being almost as good for me. I've already spent a ridiculous amount of time there this summer and I regret nothing. My usual T.J. Maxx trips usually go something like this: one of my friends and I decide to stop in when we're bored. I say multiple times, "Don't let me buy anything." I get convinced to try on something because "it doesn't hurt, right?" After it fits perfectly, I justify my need for the item by saying it's a really great deal and that I'll regret it if I leave it behind.

That's how I ended up with this dress. Again, I regret nothing.

All photos, Elyse Katz

I hardly ever trust my family to buy me clothes or accessories, but when my parents returned from Europe with this scarf for me from Venice, I was thoroughly impressed. Not only is lightweight enough to wear during summer, but it's pastel which made me instantly enamored. Speaking of accessories, this belt, a 1970's piece I picked up at my favorite vintage store at least three years ago, might be my favorite thing I own. 

I'm late putting these up, but this is what I wore last month on Memorial Day to a potluck with friends. I'm hoping to do something like that again on the Fourth seeing as I need another excuse to get a big group of people together. Luckily, I'll soon be able to escape boredom with plenty of excitement in the next couple of weeks.

My friend from high school is getting married next week and I'm a bridesmaid, which means double the events to attend. To celebrate the occasion, not only is one of my best friends coming home from the Air Force on Sunday, but my brother and his girlfriend (the maid of honor and also one of my closest friends) will be here next week. And then, of course, I have a visit from my boyfriend (who's name, coincidentally, is T.J.) to look forward to the week after. He's pretty great, especially in the sense that appreciates my style and reads my blog consistently. In fact, he gets mad at me for not posting. Like I said, he's pretty great. I'm hoping if I spread too many nice things about him all over the internet, he'll get embarrassed and stop making me nervous by reading every post.

Dress: T.J. Maxx
Scarf: Souvenir from Venice
Shoes: Threadsence
Bag: Thrifted
Bracelet: Asos
Ring: Jewelmint
Belt: Vintage 


  1. Elana, if you have a boyfriend that reads your blog consistently and gets mad when you don't post...hang on to that one! He's a winner!!! Haha mine still can't really grasp the concept of a blog, but I think he still reads it sometimes. I love all the little details in this outfit; the bracelet, that awesome belt, and yay for parents making good shopping decisions! I love weddings. I'm sure it's gonna be a great time!

    1. I couldn't agree with you more! I suppose he'll do for now... haha And hey, reading your blog from time to time is still something to be proud of, right? Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it!

  2. OMG! I'm obsessed with your vintage belt! Gorgeous! Great outfit post! Love your blog!

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  3. beautiful scarf! Wow - what a nice piece to own

  4. Gorgeous dress and I love the scarf with it! I love TjMaxx. I actually worked there for a few months as a teenager.


  5. that happens to me almost like ALL the time
    I'd say, banned getting into stores altogether if you plan to keep your money close. LOL

    on another word, that dress is SO DARLING!!!
    love the lace detailing

    The Sweetest Escape 

  6. Story of my life at TJMAXX! I usually make the excuse that I'm trying something on so that I KNOW for sure that it doesn't look any good. Then when it does....

    LOVE those shoes, btw