October Purchases – Part 1 – H&M Edition

I have a shopping budget every month for new pieces to add to my closet. Usually I spend the budget on new, trendy pieces that have arrived that month to complete certain looks. However, when the seasons change, I need a pretty big haul to bring in all the goodies for the new season. This year I definitely needed some sweaters and pretty fall tops, scarves, and some leather leggings. Lucky for me, H&M had an awesome sale a few weeks ago and I scored some of the items I’ve wanted.

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1. Ring Set; 2. Animal Earrings; 3. Beret; 4. Knit Sweater; 5. Jersey Top; 6. Leather Leggings; 7. Skull Scarf; 8. Short Necklace

Leopard Rules Fall

My leopard scarf from Kohl’s is my go-to fall staple. I wear it with everything. Then I have to remind myself to switch it up and wear all my other scarves. But, it’s such a warm, fall scarf, that I love it. On top of being an amazing scarf, it’s also an infinity scarf, which means  I can wrap it around as many times as I want, depending on how warm I want to be. It was such a fabulous find last fall and I can’t wait to wear it even more this season.

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Add a wine / dark berry colored lip and you’ve got yourself an outfit!

Cardigan: Target (similar); Dress: Target (It’s a child’s Easter dress! similar here); Scarf: Kohl’s (similar & on sale); Bracelet: Stella & Dot; Lip: Wet ‘n Wild

Happy Monday!

Basil Garlic Spaghetti

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Slice 1/2 an onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Add some olive oil to the pan and cooking the onions and garlic for about 2 minutes, until soft and brown. Add in the spices (oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper) and let it cook for another 2 minutes.

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Add in 3-4 canned tomatoes (you can use fresh, I didn’t have any on hand).

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Add in about 3-4 leaves of basil.

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Cook your pasta according to the instruction on the box. Add in some of the pasta water after the pasta’s done to the sauce. Let the sauce come to a boil and then simmer for about 5-7 minutes. This will let the sauce reduce and become a bit thicker.

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Mix your sauce and pasta together. Top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Weekends Mean Happiness

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If you live in Delaware, or near the first state, and haven’t checked out Lums Pond, I highly recommend you do! The park has tons of walking trails, a pond right in the middle, and even allows you to rent kayaks in the summer. They also recently just added a zip line.

The hubby and I like to go to the park on Saturday mornings with Hilo. There aren’t too many people there and you can take in the beautiful sounds of the nature (and take a few fall pictures too!)

Outfit: Beret – H&M; Jacket – Forever 21 (from 2 years ago. want this one); Sweater – Old Navy; Boots – Payless (old. similar here and here)

I heart Target

Over the years I have become a huge fan of shopping at Target. I always thought of Target as the store where you run in to get quick items (socks, underwear, sports bras) and Black Friday deals (tvs, iPods, etc). Well, Target has sure changed over the last few years (or maybe it was always this cool and I just missed it?). Either way, I’m in love. They have such a great selection of cute, chic, on-trend clothes, it’s crazy!

At my mall, I usually park near the Forever 21 and run in there first. While I haven’t stopped by runs to F21, I did make Target my first stop this time. At Target you can find a great selection of pieces to add to your closet for a great price. The sale / clearance is great too.

So during my Target shopping “spree”, I bought this gorgeous burgundy high-low top. They had a black and white one and I think I might go back and grab it this week. The top is perfect to wear to work, wear over jeans, or on an abnormally-hot-fall-day to wear to an outside concert.

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Top: Target; Shorts: F21 (similar); Necklace : Charlotte Russe; Shoes: Charlotte Russe (option 1, 2); Bracelet: Stella & Dot; Watch: Anne Klein (similar); Clutch: Coach; Nailpolish: Walgreens

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored. I just love Target. :)

Is it Fall yet?

The house smells like pumpkin and is all decorated for fall. I am even super ready to start wearing my warmer fall clothes. But, it’s been 80 degrees out! I know come February I’m going to be complaining about how it’s too cold out. Knowing this, I decided to take advantage of the warm weather and wore a skirt to work last week. I added a hint of Fall by wearing the orange skirt, which I love so much!

 


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Chambray Shirt: Express (similar –  Extra 20% off with ONSAVE20); Skirt: Gap (option 1; option 2); Shoes: Payless (cute); Necklace: Charlotte Russe; Bracelet: Stella & Dot; India; Anne Klein (pretty)

And guess what? It’s supposed to be cooler and rainy here this week. Why was I complaining about 80 degree weather?

Fall Front Porch Decor

Hey! It’s fall y’all! Well…sort of. It’s October and I’m trying to figure out what to wear this weekend to an outside concert. I’m having a hard time because it’s going to be…wait for it….84 degrees! I am so ready to wear my boots and leather jacket, but in 84 degree weather? Can I still wear my white lace shorts? Confusion. Confusion.

Despite the warm weather, I have to decided to go ahead and decorate my front porch. Mainly because I can’t put up fall decorations in January just because it’s 84 degrees out. I’d be the neighborhood clown then!

So I went to my nearest stores and picked up a few items:

  • Michael’s (with coupon in hand! Coupons are available on their site. Wish all stores were that cool.) and picked up a few pretty items. I bought the two little scarecrow people ($5/each) and the sign for the front door (another $5).
  • I bought the pumpkin at Walmart ($4). I also bough two potted mums ($12/each). They were a bit pricey, but I knew I would reuse the pots and pots end up being just as expensive. Plus they look prettier than everyone else’s clay pots :P
  • The chairs we “stole” from someone down the street who was throwing them out. One man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure!
  • The lantern ($7ish, I think) and the pillows (old) are from Ikea
  • The concrete display is from Home Depot

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Have you all decorated your house for fall? Can you believe stores already have Christmas displays?! Ahhh, this year is flying by! Follow me on instagram @jalpabhav and send me your fall decor pictures!! I’d love to see them!