Need Help Feeling Like Yourself Again After A Big Life Change? The T.J. Maxx Changing Room Is For You
Life tends to show up on our bodies. When we’re under stress or dealing with a major transition of some sort, the last thing we tend to think about is how we look. But in many cases, how we look is how we feel, and T. J. Maxx wants to help women across the country look and feel their best.
From September 19-October 22, the retailer is hosting an in-store pop-up experience known as The Changing Room that’ll give women the chance to talk through the changes they’re experiencing with a life coach and get tips from a stylist on how to express their true personality from the inside out.
I had a chance to step into The Changing Room myself at T.J. Maxx’s 6th Avenue location in New York City this week. Prior to my arrival, I completed a questionnaire that asked the basics about my personal style: clothing size, celebrity fashion icon, and the color that makes me happy. I was also tasked with answering more introspective inquiries like, “When I get dressed, I feel (blank); I would like to feel (blank)”.
When I arrived, I was greeted by stylist and beautypreneur Africa Miranda who had already pulled clothing and shoe options for me based on my responses to her questionnaire. As she talked me through the various pieces and gave me tips on how to style them, Africa also delivered wise advice for women who forego fashion because they aren’t where they want to be in life physically, financially, or otherwise.
“That is all of us. We are always almost where we want to be or not quite where we were,” Africa said. “The Maxx You Project is about getting women to embrace the change, but in the process of selecting clothing, because T. J. Maxx has such great value, you can get clothes for now and when you change and you’re not blowing your money.”
Once I selected my own pieces — which included a fabulous $60 pair of Vince Camuto leather booties I might add– life coach Danika Brysha stepped into The Changing Room with me for a coaching session I didn’t even realize how badly I needed.
I’m normally not one to divulge my life story to strangers (or tell all my business as some of us might say), but there was something about Danika’s inviting personality that made me open up about exactly how I was feeling during my personal transition when she asked if I was facing any big life changes. After simply giving me space to express myself and how I was feeling, Danika asked me how I wanted to feel when I woke up in the morning, as opposed to how I was feeling at the moment which was anxious and uncertain.
When I answered “healthy and content,” Danika then asked me what one- or two-minute regimen I could incorporate to help me feel those things and gave me practical advice for how to do them. The conversation might have only lasted about 10-15 minutes but it was as helpful as an hour-long therapy session.
If you’re in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, or San Francisco, you can try out for a chance to win an hour-long session in The Changing Room too. Entries for the 98 spots are being accepted through September 13. To learn more about the project, visit maxxyouproject.com and check out The Maxx You Project Facebook group.