In our opinion, you're never too old for a little fall refresh, even if you aren't going back to school. Retailer T.J. Maxx seems to share this mindset, launching the second phase of The Maxx You Project to coincide with the unofficial end of the summer. If you haven't heard of The Maxx You Project, let me fill you in. It's an initiative they launched for shoppers three years ago that's all about women finding their unique style and embracing the changes and self-evolution that come with every season and stage of life. This time around, they've partnered with singer, television personality, and former N*Sync member Lance Bass, as well as beauty maven and author Africa Miranda, and body positive fashion model and wellness entrepreneur Danika Brysha, to offer 98 women a personalized In-Store Changing Room Experience, which consists of a part-styling/part-life coaching session. As part of a special press preview here in New York City, I got to experience one of these sessions with Bass as he kicked off the tour, and trust me, you definitely want to enter to win one of these uplifting heart-to-hearts now.
Essentially, T.J. Maxx will be installing these cute little pods (see below) that are decked out like luxe dressing rooms in 7 other stores in cities around the country: Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; Phoenix, AZ; and San Francisco, CA. If you happen to be chosen for a session (entry details here!), you'll get some styling tips on how to best express your individuality through clothes—colors that would pop on you, the best silhouettes for your body type, etc.—from Miranda. And then Brysha will weigh in with a few tips on how to find anything from gratitude to creativity and joy in your everyday life.
What else can you expect if you win? Well, it's all going to be customized to you, all based on how you fill out your entry. I, myself, was looking for a little more balance, so Bass shared this great meditation strategy with me. We both struggle with actually quieting our minds when trying to meditate—celebs, they're just like us! But you know what has worked for him? Building an actual "meditation" city in his mind and adding one thing to that place—and focusing on that new addition—during each session. His "happy place" is an icy town of igloos. Jury's still out on what I'm going to decide on, but I'm excited to try this strategy.
Entries for The Maxx You Project personalized In-Store Changing Room Experience will be accepted from August 19 through September 13, so what are you waiting for? If you live near one of these cities, it's absolutely worth a shot. Good luck! And whether you win or not, you can still make a change this season, to your wardrobe, routine, cooking, and more. We'll be posting our picks for new fall goodies and recipes all season long to help you break out of whatever rut you may feel like you're in.