Vacation Haul: J. Crew, TJ Maxx & Target

I love shopping in the US: prices are cheaper and there’s more selection than in Canadian stores. As we spent most of our time on the road, I only went in to a few shops…but I found a LOT of good things!

Loving my new arm candy


Target watch (similar in orange) / TJ Maxx & J.Crew Factory Bracelets / J. Crew Factory Necklace / La Mer Watch

The watches are from Target. The mint one is a fun & cheerful
piece for the summer. I’ve always loved the wrap & chain style of La Mer watches (I’d seen them on Andi’s blog and Pinterest). Since it was
on clearance for less than $25 I HAD to pick it up.

The bracelets with semi-precious stones & rose gold charms are from TJ Maxx – love how sparkly they are!

The gold and crystal link bracelet is from J.Crew factory and is a dainty version of their popular pave link bracelet…I prefer the more delicate look of this for my wrist.

The Crystal Cupcake necklace in Creme de Menthe is also from J.Crew factory…since Emerald
is one of the pantone colors of the year, I thought this would be a
pretty way to incorporate it into my spring wardrobe.


I wanted to buy a colorful satchel like this from Target, but they were sold out. I did find this  cross-body bag instead – love the classic colors and the faux-ostrich material.

The fuchsia wristlet is also from Target – it has a smartphone pocket and slots for credit cards. It’s a lovely sleek piece for when you want to carry only the essentials.

I was looking for a smaller everyday wallet. This coach wallet is a bit LOGO-tastic but I loved the white flower print – and I’m hoping the coated canvas material means that it will be easy to keep clean.

The pink oversized GUESS sunglasses were $20 at TJ Maxx. It’s hard to find flattering sunglasses when you need them – so I like to stock up on cute & affordable back-ups when I find them.


J. Crew Factory top / Target lace top / Spanx / Mint & Faded Target denim

 The J.Crew Factory Colorblock Stripe Boatneck Tee is a copy of this popular J.Crew top – I liked the fun pop of hot pink AND the factory sale price (less than $25). 

The lace peplum top was an impulse buy from Target – I love the combination of classic (cream lace) and trendy (peplum waist).

I’ve read rave reviews about Target denim – so I picked up these mint skinnies (now on sale for half price!) and these faded boyfriend ones. I wish I had seen these Mossimo supply jeans as I’ve heard they fit better.

My last purchase was an essential one – I can’t live without my Spanx…they suck everything in and make clothes look better on. I’ve tried several different styles over the years and I can ONLY recommend the high-waisted mid-thigh shapers. The mid-waisted version leaves me with a lumpy muffin top and the brief-style version doesn’t suck me in enough.

Hope you liked seeing my vacation haul – which item do you like the best?

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  1. Anonymous
    March 26, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Ooooh~ nice haul!I have always wanted to try Spanx, for special occasions, so I'll keep the info in mind~^^

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 26, 2013 / 5:28 pm

      Thanks Esther! Yes – Spanx are AMAZING…they make such a difference!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 26, 2013 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks Sam – I'd been wanting some new bracelets for a while – was so happy with all the options I found in the US!

  2. alison*elle
    March 26, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    Great haul, Ella! I especially love that mint watch – so pretty!xo, alison*elle

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 26, 2013 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks Alison – I LOVE that mint watch – I even got one for my sister – it's such a fun piece!

  3. Jen @ The Social Home
    March 26, 2013 / 7:21 pm

    Love everything you got!!! I've got the mint watch and love it. I am so going to TJ Maxx now to check out the bracelets! And Target really has great clothes. Got some awesome coloured skinnies in Palm Springs for $11!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 27, 2013 / 2:27 am

      Thanks Jen – yay, we're watch twins 🙂 I checked out the watch pics on your blog – it looks so pretty paired with the silver & white bracelets. I wish I had found more of the colored skinnies – $11 is an amazing price!

  4. Lilly
    March 26, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    Great haul Ella! I've been debating on getting that lace top from Target since it so pretty and feminine. But have couple of similar tops. I might need that mint watch in my life though 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 27, 2013 / 2:31 am

      The mint watch is definitely a must-have 🙂 I love your tortoise-shell watch too. Would you believe I haven't even tried the lace peplum top on yet …I didn't have much time to shop so I just grabbed it LOL!

  5. Beautygirl24
    March 26, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    Beautiful haul! Target is one of my favorite stores and I'm happy you found so many cute things! I could spend hours in there 😉 I have a question about the j crew factory pave bracelet: I have a 6 inch wrist. Would that fit too loosely or would it be ok? I'm tempted to order it!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 27, 2013 / 2:34 am

      I love Target so much – the clothes, shoes, bags & accessories are amazing! They've finally opened some Canadian Targets – hope we get a good selection of stuff. I'll measure my wrist and let you know ASAP about the bracelet – I have super small wrists and it fits fine. I think the bracelet is on sale online for even less than I paid for it 🙂

  6. Teresa Loop
    March 26, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    Great haul, how FUN! I was looking at the watches at my Target the other day and don't recall there being any on clearance… May have to go back and check! Luckily, I can always talk my kids into going to Target, it just costs an Icee.I love that you posted your things right away so we all have a shot of getting them, nothing bums me out more than a darling something I want only to see its long gone.Oh, and on a side note, I ordered the taupe quilted bucket bag from Forever 21 you wrote about posts back. I'm so glad you did a write up, I had the ivory one in my cart, until I saw your post about the taupe. I'm going to see if I can find the bib necklace in taupe as well!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 27, 2013 / 2:36 am

      Glad you liked the post 🙂 In the Target I went to, the clearance watches were on a separate shelf – closer to the sunglasses than the jewelry counter. Hope you find some at your store!I love taupe accessories – hope you love the bucket bag as much as I do 🙂

  7. atouchofcashmere
    March 26, 2013 / 11:07 pm

    Love the purchases! I was recently just on vacation in the States too, and I made sure I made a trip to Target. I bought a pair of the Mossimo Supply skinny denim in mint, I love them! I didn't see that adorable lace peplum though 🙁 It is too cute.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 27, 2013 / 2:38 am

      Lucky you for getting the Mossimo Supply mint jeans! I couldn't find them so mine are the Merona brand…my denim skinnies are Mossimo brand and they fit better and are made of thicker material.

  8. Lindy May
    March 27, 2013 / 12:10 am

    I love all your cute goodies!! The jewelry is adorable and I'm such a sucker for watches, lol.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 27, 2013 / 2:39 am

      Thanks Lindy – there was so many cute things – and reasonable prices too 🙂

  9. Lala H
    March 28, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    love these great finds! im heading to tj maxx after work :)Delightful IdeasTarget Giftcard Giveaway

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2013 / 4:04 am

      Hope you find something great!

  10. Elise
    March 28, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    The mint watch is so fun! Loving the J. Crew cupcake necklaces right now, too.Elise @ A Bow On Top

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2013 / 4:05 am

      Thanks – loving mint ANYTHING for spring 🙂

  11. Lauren
    March 30, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    I am loving all of that arm candy! It is all so pretty!! xo

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2013 / 4:05 am

      Thanks – I love delicate & sparkly pieces 🙂

  12. Giovanna
    April 4, 2013 / 12:13 am

    Fun buys!! Loving the beige wrap watch!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2013 / 4:05 am

      Thanks – shopping was fun – I didn't have to look too hard to find gorgeous items!

  13. Kristen
    April 9, 2013 / 3:38 am

    what a haul! i love your purchases, esp the bracelets- they're to die for!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2013 / 4:06 am

      Thanks Kristen – I had been craving some new arm candy for a while, so I was SO pleased to find the bracelets!

  14. kyt88
    May 12, 2013 / 2:16 am

    hi ella, i want to purchase the jcrew factory link bracelet. how is the quality? is it holding up well? i've never purchased jcrew jewelry before so want to know your opinion on the quality. also, is it adjustable? i have really small wrists 5-6 inches and want to know if it would fit me or if it would be too big. thanks!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 13, 2013 / 5:17 pm

      I've worn it a couple of times and I still love it, although I've noticed 1 tiny stone is missing. Would love to glue in a replacement. I have small wrists and this fits me fine.The bracelet looks like it's great quality – I would definitely buy it if you get it at a sale price. In my opinion it is worth around $25-30…though I paid more when I bought it. I guess the missing stone bothers me even though only I notice it lol!

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