The Dealfinder



I’m really lucky that I not only have the best in-laws, but that they also live near what I think this the most amazing T.J. Maxx around.  And trust me, I’ve scoured the racks of a lot of T.J. Maxx stores.  The one near their home in New Jersey is worth a pilgrimage with it’s wall (like really, an entire wall) of designer shoes, a case of purses (even still-in-stores Fendi totes!), and a huge Runway section.  I don’t know why I’m telling you all this since I don’t really want to share my mecca of designer deals.  I guess I’m feeling extra generous lately.  But for those of you who can’t dedicate a weekend or a small vacation to visiting my store, you’ll be absolutely thrilled to find out that T.J. Maxx is back in the online retail game!  I don’t know if this is the best or worst thing to happen to me (I’m thinking best for me, worst for my monthly shopping budget).  Here are a few of my favorites available now.

1: Diane Von Furstenburg / 2: Elizabeth & James / 3: Gryphon / 4: Joie / 5: Diane Von Furstenberg / 6: Isaac Mizrahi / 7: Diane Von Furstenberg / 8: Mark and James by Badgley Mischka / 9: Tahari by ASL / 10: Dolce Vita

 Please note: This post was not sponsored by T.J. Maxx.  But hey, T.J. Maxx PR people, I’m here.  Call me! :)


Style for the Well Endowed Calf

wide-calf-bootsMy athletic calves have been the source of many, many tears over the years.  I’ll never forget the Christmas my parents splurged and bought me the “extended calf” boots from J. Crew.  When I couldn’t zip them up, the waterworks started.  My dad wanted so badly to solve the problem that he offered to  have a pair custom made for me (I should’ve taken him up on it).  Ever since then I have searched high, low and everywhere in between for the right pair.  Luckily, there are so many more options now than there were that Christmas.  And us ladies with well endowed calves can find stylish boots that fit well!  Here are a few of my favorites.

Pear Shaped Pointer: You don’t always have to opt for boots with elastic to stretch to fit.  Many sites, including Zappos, allow you to search by calf size.  Use a measuring tape to measure the widest part of your calf and go find the right pair to fit.  If there’s just a smidge (½” or so) of difference between the ones you want and your actual calves, try going up a half or full size.  Calf size increases as shoes size increases. I’ve gone up a size and just worn thick socks to make boots more comfortable.  Some other great sites for finding extended calf boots include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Amazon and DSW

1. Sam Edelman – 17” (black too) / 2. Fitzwell – 17 ½” / 3. Nine West – 15 ¼” / 4. Franco Sarto – 17” (black too) / 5. Ann Taylor – Expands to fit / 6. Frye – 16” (11 colors) / 7. Hunter “Huntress” – 16” (3 colors) / 8. Tahari - 15 ½”

{brand – calf circumference}