Fall

A Day at the Mall

Shopping for fall is one of my favorite times to shop–I love picking out transitional pieces that you can wear alone on warm fall days (of which we have many in Alabama) and add layers to on crisp, cool evenings.

The same can be said for decorating your home–most of the fall season in the South tends to be on the warm side so I don’t like to go overboard with the decor and prefer to just add touches of coziness to our home.

To find all of these special pieces, I headed to Parkway Place here in Huntsville for a full day of shopping–Louis and Judy in tow!

When you’re shopping with your kids, my strategy is always to buy them something first so they’re excited to be there with you! And then reward them with a treat if they are good little shoppers!

So to get Louis and Judy excited for fall shopping we headed to Build a Bear and Gymboree first. The kids already have bears from a previous visit to the mall but it was time we jazz up their wardrobe too!

After the bears were all decked out, we headed to Gymboree where the kids picked out some cute pieces to round out their own wardrobes!

Judy of course gravitated to the accessories and snagged a purse to match her little top along with this cat hat she modeled for us!

My little shoppers did a great job so we headed to Yolo Rolo next for a treat! Have any of you tried this? It tastes great and the kids love watching them spread the ice cream and roll it up with their favorite mix ins and toppings!  We went with chocolate ice cream rolled with oreos and topped with m&ms–so good!

Now it was time to shop again! First stop was home decor. A girl can never have too many coffee mugs and the selection at Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma is my favorite!

The perfect addition to a mug full of cocoa or tea during the fall is a seasonal candle and I am loving these marble wrapped ones from Yankee Candle! Went with autumn in the park, naturally.

Now to get myself ready for fall, I was on the hunt for some comfy pants that could be dressed up or down along with accessories to help me achieve the look.

I headed to Charming Charlie first where I scooped up this adorable Zodiac ring–I love the pave diamonds and the brushed gold. It’s subtle enough to wear daily but still a conversation starter!

Next was shoe shopping at Belk and Dillard’s where I scored a great clearance find in these gold silk tie flats at Dillard’s and then these  new for this season, suede Nikes at Belk! Both of these pairs will help me transform the track pants I found at Aerie into two different looks for fall that I’ll be showing you soon!

Had a hard time picking which Nike color to get–don’t you hate it when that happens? Decided blush would go with more of what I already have but I have a feeling I will keep thinking about these baby blues ones!

After all this shopping it was time for a late lunch, and while I’m not gonna lie–the food court looked amaze–we decided to head over to Carrabba’s for a little day date and I am so glad we did! The service was incredible and the food was fantastic! Since it was getting late in the day, we decided on lighter options with Joe ordering the Caesar and Mama Mandola’s Sicilian Chicken Soup and me getting the lettuce wraps.

I can’t even tell you how much I loved those lettuce wraps! Such a unique take on the Asian inspired wraps and I loved the addition of ricotta salata–yum!

To cap off this delicious meal, we were surprised with the seasonal Cinnamon Apple Crostata and man do I wish there was a smellivison feature! It was so perfectly warm, cinnamony and comforting and I can’t wait to get another one later this fall!

We then walked off lunch by doing one more lap during which I picked up a few items I had been eyeing earlier, like this coloring book–gotta keep it away from Louis and Judy!

Didn’t pick up these shoes this time–but I’ll be dreaming of these too!

Walking back to the car after a day well shopped is a good feeling!

Had such a wonderful time shopping at Parkway Place–great stores filled with wonderfully helpful people to help you pick out all you need for home, family and yourself!

Thank you to Parkway Place for sponsoring this  post. While I was compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.

 

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Summer into Fall

I love taking my summer dresses and getting them fall ready! One of the easiest ways to do that is with a denim vest. I love this one from Old Navy, but it’s sold out–this one from Madewell is a great option to add to your wardrobe though!


With statement sleeves being THE trend of the season, I find it much easier to layer a vest over these type of tops and dresses, Can you imagine trying to stuff these sleeves into a jacket?! No thank you!

I will always love florals and no one is crushing it in this department more than Who What Wear at Target! This particular dress was an end of summer clearance score but I love the new pieces they have coming out!


I styled these pieces for end of summer but definitely plan an on adding tights and black ankle boots when it gets even cooler out!


 

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It’s All Happening at Target

So many good things at Target right now! Between the always amazing selection from Who What Wear and the debut of the in house brand, A New Day–Target just cannot be beat!

Have you gotten a chance to check out these new items? Just click on the above images to check them out at Target online–I do hope you get this stuff at your store though–it is even better in person! Let me know what you think of the new items! What’s on your wishlist?

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In My Cart

Some cute new arrivals from JCrew dropped today!

This terrier blouse is a must have for me! My family has always had Scottie dogs so this just has to be fine. Plus I love the color–perfect for fall!

Digging the addition of a cross-body strap on this classic tote. I have always loved the totes from JCrew but since having kids, I need hands free. Enter this bag!

This horoscope tee for a Cancer gal who wears her heart on her sleeve, what could be better than a tee with my symbol holding its little claws as a heart?!

Polka dot and camo chinos? Done and done.

Always a sucker for tweed–strap it on to a cardigan and add stripes, I’m sold!

 

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Do you know AliExpress?

 

 

Long time no talk! I’m a horrible blogger. I haven’t figured out when I can coerce my husband into taking pics…and thus my hiatus.

Anywho…AliExpress. Are you familiar?? It’s basically eBay but better. You can find pretty much anything there but I have only ordered clothes or shoes. There is a bit of risk as it’s Final Sale since it’s coming directly to you from China but the deals are SO GOOD!

This Dress for example…


Less than $10 and love it! My one tip is definitely order up!

And here’s a pic of me realizing my watch is broken. Happy Monday!

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