As I mentioned when we bought our new house, it’s a real fixer-upper. The bones of the house are great and many rooms just need a good coat of paint (like my son’s lime green bedroom), but the one room that needs the most work is our kitchen. It’s going to be a gut redo, but who knows when we will actually be able to afford the type of work that it needs. (We’re talking tearing out a wall, all new cabinets, new flooring, painting… the absolute works.) Currently, we have a very retro kitchen, but not necessarily retro in a good way. We have lime green countertops and the oddest cabinets that anyone has ever seen. The tile on the floor is also a brown and gold plaid, for lack of a better explanation. It’s, um, interesting, to say the least.
Whenever we get around to the kitchen renovations – and we are years from that point since we also have to do things like re-do a bathroom and a half bath, tear out and replace a concrete patio and pergola, install fencing… and the list goes on – it’s going to cost an arm and a leg and we probably won’t have any additional funds to “decorate.” As a compromise, I’ve already decided that our future kitchen will have some vintage kitchen decor so that I can buy some items now that will fit in our old-timey kitchen and will fit later in our modern retro kitchen.
Below you’ll find 18 of my favorite retro kitchen items, but you can also check out a bunch more on my page of Amazon Picks.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that was written by me on behalf of tjmaxx.com, however, all opinions expressed throughout are solely my own.
I have some bad news, folks.
Winter is coming.
Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Game of Thrones fans know that winter has arrived in Westeros, but for those of us in the real world, it’s merely fall that’s on the horizon.
As much as I look forward to the freedom that summer affords each year, I’m really a fall and winter gal. I’ll gladly trade my shorts for pants and pull my hoodies out of their summer resting places. Honestly, I just like being cozy, but I also think most of us can agree that shopping for fall and winter is far more fun than shopping for summer clothing. Summer fashions don’t really change all that much from year-to-year, but fall fashion? Most of us are going to add an item or two or three to our fall wardrobes to make sure that we have all of our style bases covered.
While I always add items to my fall wardrobe, I’m not one of those people who pack up one season’s wardrobe as another season begins. For the most part, I try to use as much of my wardrobe throughout the year as I possibly can. For instance, I wear tank tops year-round, but I’ll pair them with cardigans or hoodies in the fall and winter. I’ll still wear many of the same dresses, but instead of going bare legged, I’ll throw on a pair of thick tights and tall boots.
If you’re looking to add a few pieces to your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank, the first place I recommend checking out is T.J.Maxx’s online store. (Yay for shopping from your couch… perhaps while watching GoT?!) They’ve already got a great selection of items that will help you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall and, being T.J.Maxx, the prices are awesome.
Plus Size Fashion Finds from T.J.Maxx
Transition Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall
One of my favorite “tricks” for transitioning dresses from summer pieces into fall pieces is to add leggings and/or tights and, if necessary, a cardigan. The linen dress above from tjmaxx.com would be a great summer to fall transitional piece. It looks great with sunglasses and a pair of wedge sandals now, but once the temperatures start falling it will also look great with a pair of leggings and tall boots. (The legging and tall boot combo is my daily go-to in the fall!) I like this linen dress, but you can pull this look off with any knee-length or shorter dress or tunic.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is awesome because it gives you an opportunity to buy NEXT season’s clothing for less. Even though it’s the middle of summer, you can start thinking about football tailgates, leaves changing colors, and the chill that will soon permeate the air as you shop for a few items to add a few items to your fall wardrobe.
I love fall clothes shopping, but over the past couple of years my lifestyle has changed quite a bit. I stay home with an infant, a toddler, and two dogs. I work from home, too, but generally in the middle of the night once everyone is asleep and the house is quiet. As much as I might want one, it’d be silly for me to invest in a new blazer or booties for fall. I don’t want to completely miss out on the shopping fun, however, so this year I’m directing my attention to one particular area of the clothing spectrum: Athleisure.
According to Wikipedia (!), athleisure is a fashion trend “in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities is worn in other settings, such as at the workplace, at school, or at other casual or social occasions.” I haven’t yet found a way to include working out in my daily routine, but my life definitely revolves around an ever-growing closet full of athleisure apparel so I always look like I’m ready to hit the gym!
If you, too, love being comfortable (and who doesn’t?!), I’ve rounded up some of my favorite athleisure styles for fall from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Keep reading for all of the details.
I know this model is wearing this sweater with jeans, but it seems like the perfect top to pair with Zella leggings because it’s long enough to cover what needs to be covered! Pair it with some tall boots for an easy, yet stylish, outfit.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs through August 6, 2017, though I do recommend shopping sooner than later! Some items are selling out, including this asymmetrical cardigan that I wanted so badly! Alas.
By the way, if you plan on shopping this sale, I highly recommend becoming a Nordstrom Rewards Member! It’s free and you’ll earn points for every dollar spent!
Try as I might, posting deals regularly has become more and more difficult here. Don’t get me wrong – I still love sales and coupons! My issue is all about time. Taking care of a toddler and an infant leaves me very little time to write full blog posts, and whenever I do post it’s usually a couple of day’s worth of work because I’m working in five-minute increments. That doesn’t work with deal posting because the deals only last a short amount of time.
To make up for the lack of deals I’m posting here, I’ve started three shopping-focused Facebook groups where I’m sharing coupons, fab deals, and other items.