18 August 2017

The $150 Outfit Challenge With TK Maxx

gingam summer outfit with wicker straw basket bag and straw hatTK Maxx set me a challenge: to get an entire outfit for a tropical Winter break for $150.

Well TK Maxx , I only have one thing to say: Challenge accepted!

Join me as I browse racks upon racks of stunning goodies and find this gorgeous gingham Summer look that is perfect for a tropical Winter break.

The Treasure Hunt Challenge

When it comes to bagging a bargain, it doesn’t get much better than TK Maxx. Growing up in the UK, I would often spend hours treasure hunting through packed racks of discounted brand name goods in search for that one piece that gave me literal heart eyes.

Australian ladies: rejoice! TK Maxx has arrived down under and is delivering big brands at small prices. Best of all, Cairns has just opened a TK Maxx in the DFO, meaning us ladies up North can get that tropical luxe for less.

The babes at TK Maxx sent me on a mission: to visit the Cairns store and grab an entire outfit for just $150!

The theme: dressing for a tropical Winter break.

**Insert James Bond theme music here**

tk maxx cairns outfit hunting challenge

As I entered the Cairns DFO store on my top secret CSI mission, I felt like a kid in Willy Wonker’s Chocolate Factory that had been given a pass for $150 dollars worth of sweet treats.

If you followed along on TK Maxx Australia’s Instagram, you would have seen me rummaging through an abundance of clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories on their Instagram stories.  

So how exactly do you find that piece you need (and by need I mean… want 😉) Here are my treasure hunting tips…

    trying on clothes in tk maxx cairns changing rooms 
    When the indecisive shopping addict tries on the whole store.
  1. Pick a rack and find your size! The categories are split into sizes, making it easier for you to find that perfect piece.
  2. If you love it, grab it! Everything available is on the floor and there is no backroom stock. Please note: trolleys/baskets/running around like a loon with 10 items hanging from your arm is totally acceptable.
  3. Try it on! If you never try, you’ll never know…
  4. If styling a whole outfit, start with one piece and carry around the store with you to put together a cohesive look.

shopping at tk maxx cairns dfo
  Mission accomplished!

The Outfit: Dressing For A Winter Break In The Tropics

summer vacation outfit gingham dress wicker basket bag with pom poms straw hatCan you believe I got this whole outfit for less than $150?! #Yesway

wicker straw basket bag with pom pom summer 2017 bag trend

summer vacation outfit gingham dress wicker basket bag with pom poms straw hat from tk maxx

blonde blogger wearing red sunglasses straw hat gingham

gingham dress outfit and wicker basket bag with pom poms

gingham dress outfit and wicker basket bag with pom poms summer style

bargain australian outfit gingham dress with red sunglasses basket bag 
wicker straw basket bag with pom poms summer outfit details
  bargain australian outfit gingham dress with red sunglasses basket bag

Dress, basket bag, hat, sandals and sunglasses: All from TK Maxx* Total cost: $139

Finding a basket bag has been like trying to find the seven horcruxes. Luckily, TK Maxx had a number of cute ones and I snapped up this must-have piece for only $29.99!

My gingham prayers were also entered with an abundance of cute pieces in this seasons must-have print! I chose this cute drop-waist dress. The fit is unique, flattering and unlike any other dress already in my overflowing wardrobe.

I injected a bit more wicker with this cute sun hat. It’s perfect for covering up sweaty tropical hair or salty locks and it was less than 20 bucks!

Likewise, these red sunnies are made for popping over a make-up free beach face. I adore how they compliment the vibrant red pom poms in the wicker basket bag!

Finally, I stepped it up (excuse the Dad joke :P) in these black leather sandals. They were the RRP at $50 and will go with literally every single thing in my wardrobe.

Plus, the one-inch heel adds a saucy bit of leg length, without me towering over my 6ft boyfriend.

It may still be Winter in the tropics, but I feel sizzling hot in this bargain ensemble! TK Maxx: You have my bargain-loving heart! Sincerely yours, Rachel.

Ready for your own treasure hunt? Find your nearest TK Maxx store here.

*This post was sponsored by TK Maxx. All words and opinions are my own.



  1. Love your dress! x

  2. TJ Maxx is the best! I love shopping there whenever I'm in U.S. because we don't have them her in Canada. Boo!lol I absolutely love your look from head to toe! Your gingham dress is so cute and that basket bag is so perfect. Not too mention the price point is amazing too! And you came in under budget too, nice! Have a great weekend.

    xo, Jackie

  3. Loveee the dress and the pattern dear, so so chic!

    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart

  4. What a fun challenge though!! Hahah I always do it with gift cards, like, put together an outfit for this amount. It's so fun though and often makes you pick things you wouldn't "splurge" on otherwise, but would appreciate. Anyways, I love the result!! That dress and the bag in combo is so good though, love the contrast. Have a lovely weekend babe! Xx

  5. Here in the states, it's called TjMaxx and it's my home away from home, along with their sister store, Marshalls! I literally knew when their inventory would come in for each accessory, it was THAT bad, haha. It didn't help that I lived around the corner for so many years. Since I've moved, I'm not there nearly as much as I used to. They always have such amazing finds and you're right, you have to grab it when you see it because chances are when come back, it'll be gone. I love the outfit you've put together with the budget, you look beautiful and trendy! Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you're having a great weekend!



  6. Wow, this outfit is amazing and I cannot believe you got your ENTIRE look for under $150! The dress alone looks like it was more than that. I love the fun straw "IT" bag and the red details that you coordinated with the red sunnies. Gingham is so on trend and it's great to know that TJ Maxx also sells items that are of trend right now. What a great holiday look! I definitely need to shop more at TJ Maxx! xoxo, Christine

  7. I defintiely carry the items that I want around with me when I am creating outfits to style when I'm shopping so I am with you on that tip. HAve not shopped TKmaxx in a while though. That bag is just the most adorable style! You look lovely! xx/Madison

  8. You totally slayed this challenge Rachel!!!
    I know it was like being in a candy store, so much fun and so many items screaming for your attention.
    The gingham dress is so perfect. I think it can easily be styled for every season.
    Have a great one!

  9. This is such a cute outfit! We have something similar here called Tj maxx but I never find anything worth wearing. Such a good steal. Maybe I just need some of your luck to go through racks and racks of goodies!

  10. Oh that would have been super fun! I haven't seen any bloggers in Australia do this.
    They just opened a store up here in OZ.
    Set to Glow

    PS I love the dress and you went to shoot it in a great location!

  11. This looks like such a fun day!! Love your choices babe :)
    xx Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  12. You've put together such a lovely outfit! I love it & it's such a great challenge!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

  13. I love that basket bag, such a bargain piece! This outfit is nicely done and you look ready for summer!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  14. This challenge too cute, not to mention fun! I love hunting for treasures at great pieces at TK Maxx. The gingham piece is a hot trend right now and your find is great, and that straw tote with the fringe tassel detail is the perfect match for your look!

    ~ xo Sheree

  15. Head to toe perfection! Love everything about this look!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len

  16. You did such a great job Rachel, this outfit is SO well put together for a casual summer afternoon! More than anything, I'm adoring those sunglasses, though also YES to the basket bag. Fabulous!

  17. That's incredible! Good job. I love your dress, it's chic and classy. And of course, your bag is just adorable.

    Jessica |

  18. You accepted and killed this look. We have TJ Maxx here in the US and you can always find some amazing deals! I absolute love this dress and bag! So stunning and a perfect sunny day look! Your tips are so helpful! I have a special place right now for red sunglasses and these are just lovely! Still having a hard time believing you got the entire look for under $150! It's just like a treasure hunt and I love that when shopping! Some of my favorite pieces are ones that I've gotten at a discount!

    Manda |

  19. What a cool challenge! OMG, I can't believe EVERYTHING is under $150, initially I thought the sunnies were not included hahaha but they are :)
    You look head to toe perfect. That dress is adorable and you styled so perfectly babe.
    I think I need that bag!

  20. Okay, I would love to do this challenge! Such a great outfit, I cannot believe it is all under $150! Such a steal! TK Maxx is known as TJ Maxx in the United States! There is one 20 minutes from my house, so I will definitely have to check it out soon. It looks like they have great Summer and transitional pieces right now.

    Thank you for sharing!

  21. Such a lovely dress on you! i prefer shopping under $150 too ;) Definitely you got the best deal! TK Maxx sounds so familiar to me, but don't remember where I saw it.

  22. What a cool challenge. And the outfit you've created under $150 is amazing.
    The gingham dress looks so stylish and I'm in love with the pompom bag! Can't believe that it is only $29.99, what great deal. I love this kind of challenges when you have to show all your creativity :)

  23. Hey Love,
    How are you?
    Wow Entire look Under 150$ ... Amazing:)
    In Love wih the Gingham Dress and with that Pom Pom Bag:) Soooo Cute Together:)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina

  24. What a great challenge! You got some great wearable pieces for under $150! And I'm drooling over your bag! Wish they had that in my local US store! In the US thou I saw bloggers doing that challenge for $50 - your 150 is way better! Score!

  25. Hey Rachel!

    Gosh you ve just won that treasure hunt challenge! Can’t believe that this look for a tropical Winter break for $139. I love all the details of the outfit, especially those vibrant red pom poms in the wicker basket bag!


  26. Hahah I can totally relate to what you mean by a kid in a candy store. I would take all day shopping if I could!
    I love the outfit you put together in the end, gingham seems to be the print at the moment and making its way around all the clothes this season! Not to mention the weaved bag trend too!
    Such a great challenge, you really nailed it!


  27. This is amazing! I think that this is such a fun post idea and it's so cool that you got to except a challenge to find the perfect outfit for $150. I honestly cannot believe you found that adorable outfit for that price. I especially love the bag that you chose it is perfect for this season especially for the beach. So I am a big fan of your dress it's super cute and I love the pattern.

    Vanessa, XO!

  28. You completely nailed this challenge!! I can not believe you could find such cool pieces for under $150! And super on trend as well. My experience with discount stores is always that the stock is a little older (with trends) - but this is all current! Well done babe. ... I may have to head on into TK Maxx... ;-)

    J. x

  29. I think you're pulled this challenge off very nicely with TK Maxx, great picks and perfectly styled as always :)

    Laura xo

  30. How lovely to get to work with a company that brings back memories from good old UK and that TK Maxx now also are available down under. Unfortunately they don't have anything for guys, but I know a few people who would love this store. As for your challenge, you nailed it with this outfit!
    Thomas xx


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