TJ Maxx Lands in the District!

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Tuesday was a great day for DC fashionistas, as it marked the opening of the brand new TJ Maxx downtown (which is conveniently located across the street from Metro Center). Ever since I first noticed the sign a few months ago I’ve been awaiting its arrival! I love name brands but more than anything, I love getting them at reduced prices. One of my rules of shopping is to never pay full price, so I don’t! TJ Maxx is a great way to find amazing treasures at almost half the price you’d find in department stores (case in point: I once got a Calvin Klein dress for more than half off at the Maxx–and it was still for sale at Macy’s at the same time!).
So, as I expected the store is not as roomy as I usually like, especially
since shopping at the Maxx often involves a little digging. The layout when you walk in is strange because there is a staircase that takes up most of the left side of the room and a cash register in the back-right of the space. The remaining space is a little tight, especially with the foot traffic from the stairs and the line for the register, but it is filled with a ton of beautiful bags! It was a little uncomfortable browsing but everything was in perfect order, despite the crowd of women squeezing into the small nooks and crannies to check out their huge selection of Michael Kors bags. There was a ton of staff on hand keeping things clean which made my experience better than if they would have let all their new customers take over!
Once I made my way downstairs, I saw the other registers and the rest of the store. They had a nice selection of shampoos, soap and colognes and while their women’s dresses section looked amazing I didn’t quite have the patience to fight the crowd (all I could think was that this store would be so much better in the Forever 21 space!). I made my way to the home section in the back corner of the store. It was a little underwhelming but they had a nice selection of pet items, dishes and bedding. However, they didn’t have any rugs which was the one thing I really wanted to check out! I appreciated their displays on the end caps, as they highlighted what you could find in the section and they all had a color theme. I managed to find an adorable set of placemats for $9.99 and an amber vanilla candle that smelled so soothing for $6.99.
Overall, my first experience was good and I’m excited to go back once the new excitement over the store calms down a bit! I do hope they keep all of their staff on hand though because if that store gets too messy it will be a nightmare to find anything! If you check it out, let me know what you think!!
As always, thanks for reading and have a great day! Xo

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Justin Timberlake Rocks Out a New Home Design Line! What?!

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

When I heard mumblings a few days ago via Elle Decor that Justin Timberlake was starting a home design line I was shocked–I pegged him for more of a fashion-type guy, an actor and a musician but I never thought he’d be making his way to home goods. He recently unveiled HomeMint, which is an online store that will sell various home products from cutting boards to rugs. The project is a collaboration with Timberlake’s interior designer, Estee Stanley, and launches this May. The catch is that there is a $10 fee to join the website and so far, I don’t really see the benefit in becoming a member (unless you want to say you own something JT designed because you love him that much!).

Some of the pieces that are previewed in the Elle Decor article are nice but they seem a bit expensive, despite a quote from JT saying he thinks home design should be affordable and not break the bank. I wasn’t expecting Ikea prices but for three of their Lollipop stackable stools it will run you $1000 if you are not a member and $750 if you are. I’m not sure how they can justify charging that much more for the same product to non-members–doesn’t it just scream “I’m not worth this much money!”? It’s a sad fact that furniture is right behind jewelry in terms of being marked up a ton and I can’t vouch for the quality of the pieces in this line since I haven’t seen or touched any of them but so far, I’m not sold. If I want to experience a sale-like auction of home goods online, I can just click over to One Kings Lane for free and check out interesting pieces on sale. I think I’m just really turned off by this member fee and “benefits,” when so many other online sites are around and free. Now, non-members can purchase items, as I mentioned earlier but they will just have to pay the premium for them. Doesn’t seem fair to me! I was really excited at first to check out this line because I really like JT and think he’s a creative person that could possibly come up with something cool for the home…I guess I was just hoping it would be a little more attainable to the crowd he’s most likely to attract (eh hem..those of us who are young enough to appreciate his former glory days in Nsync…but still not old enough to be able to afford high-end luxury items).

I guess for now I will await the actual launch of the line before I pass too harsh of a judgement on it (OK, I guess I already did) but maybe they can change my mind if they have some super fantastical interesting items I haven’t seen before. Here’s hoping. For now, I’ll say that maybe JT should stick to music and acting and leave the design arena to someone else!

As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! Leave a comment and let me know what you think about HomeMint! XOXO

All photos via Elle Decor and random online searches of JT from his Nsync days 🙂

Flamant Interiors in Brussels

April 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hi everyone! I’m enjoying my time in Brussels despite not being able to sleep until about 2 or 3am and wake up before 11! Yesterday I was in interior design heaven when I found Flamant Interiors. There’s a flower shop in the front (different store) and it makes the entire building smell so wonderful as you walk through. The design style was a perfect mix of modern and shabby chic and I fell in love with so many pieces! Here’s a few images of my
Favorite pieces–enjoy! Oh–and if you go, make sure you stop by all the high-end chocolate shops that surround the store!

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Chocolate in Brussels!

April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello from Brussels! Yesterday I had the pleasure of stopping in some of the wonderful chocolate shops in Brussels. There are Godiva’s on every corner here like there are Starbucks in DC! I’m just going to share some pics really quickly before I head off to find some waffles. Enjoy!

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