Today was a little bit cooler, I mean, it was in the 70's.  But, I'll take it!  It was still pretty hot when I was in the sun, so I couldn't wear my new jeans yet, but I got to bust out my fav cardi!
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Cardi: Forever21, Tank: H&M, Shorts: H&M, Sandals: DSW, Belt: Target, Bracelets: Dogeared & gifted
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It was a very comfy outfit, and it had pockets-my fav!  Plus, I got to break in my new sandals!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! 
 
Well, that might be a stretch, but they have an awesome clearance section!  I'm not sure what the weather is like by you, but here in Jersey we are still topping out in the 80's everyday.  I am dying for fall to move in, but I am making the best of wearing my warm weather gear a little longer.  Plus, with everyone clearancing out their summer stuff, I am actually getting to wear some of it now, instead of immediately packing it away until next year.

So, that brings us to DSW.  They are clearancing out their sandals like whoa.  And I am loving it.  Here are my latest purchases:
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Steve Madden Bubblez Leather Sandal
Regularly $49.95
Clearance $25
I feel like these sandals are a little funky looking, but there is something about them that I like.  I bought them for my honeymoon, but I think I will get a little use out them before I leave too.  If paired with a maxi skirt/dress I think these sandals will be perfect!
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Levity Orabel Wedge Sandal
Regular $59.5
Clearance $35
I saw these wedges on-line and I really wasn't into them.  But, when I saw them in person I thought they were super cute!  The color is a great grey/brown and I love the tassels.  I think I will get a little wear out of them this fall too.  I plan on pairing them with opaque tights and a neutral skirt.

There were quite a few other options that I had to walk away from.  If you have a DSW in your area, you might want to check it out!
 
First of all, a little shout out to my bestie for reminding me about my gourmet (that's pronounced "gore met") pumpkin spice muffin recipe.  I use the word recipe loosely, since this is so simple it's silly....but delicious, and that's all that matters!

Here are the ingredients:
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Yup, that's it.  One package cake mix (you can use whatever flavor you like, I used Spice) and one can pumpkin (not pie filling, just plain pumpkin).

Simply mix the two ingredients together and then scoop into your muffin pans (make sure to grease your pans if they aren't nonstick!).  You can add little extras to the batter if you are feeling a little crazy.  I made some plain pumpkin and some chocolate chip pumpkin and then with my little bit of extra batter I made mini chocolate chip pumpkin muffins topped with a pecan.
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Bake them according to the directions on the box.  There was no option for mini muffins so I took about 5 minutes off the cooking time for regular muffins since they bake quicker than the bigger ones.
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Hmmmm...that's odd, about 5 seconds after the manfriend came home from work a chocolate chip pumpkin muffin seemed to disappear off of my cooling rack.  Wonder how that happened...

If you are a pumpkin lover, I would definitely give these a try.  You can't beat how simple they are!
 
I haven't done a polish post in a while now-which is weird since I have purchased approximately 10 new colors since the summer.  I thought I would have fun with some neutral fall polishes.  I used Essie's Chinchilly and Essie's Master Plan.  Here's what I did:
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Step 1: Polish all nails with Chinchilly except the ring finger, paint both ring fingers in Master Plan.  Let them completely dry (I used Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri topcoat to speed up the process). I love the look of one slightly different colored nail, but I decided to play with my polish a little more.
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Step 2: Use tape (I used painter's tape) to create a striped effect on both ring finger nails.  Fill in the stripes with desired polish color.  I used Revlon's Powder Puff (it's a matte white).  Let completely dry-make sure not to rush this part, if you take the tape off too soon your lines won't be crisp!
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Step 3: Remove tape and apply a top coat.  Voila!

If you are really good with a polish pen, you could use that instead.  I'm just not good at drawing with my left hand, so I thought I would try using tape.  Think of all the possible designs you can make with the help of a little tape!
 
Legwear!  Please don't think I am crazy, I'm not talking legwarmers here (even though they are selling them at H&M), I'm talking tights and knee high socks.  When done right, a knee high sock can add a pop of color to a look and a funky pair of stockings can turn a plain look into your new go-to night on the town outfit!  Here are my thoughts on how to rock them, I hope you share in my silly excitement!
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The Look: Solid colored oversized silky t-shirt, black cuffed shorts, black pumps (for a night out) or black ballet flats (for a night in).  Accessories: Diamond Grid tights and an amazing long necklace with a great pendant (maybe something like this).
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The Look: White oversized t-shirt, navy leggings (or dare I say jeggings?), cognac knee high or over the knee flat boots.  Accessories: Rose print socks (peeking out above the boot) and a pop of leopard.
Target has a pretty great assortment of opaque tights and knee high socks to check out.  My picks, and most of the options at Target are under $10, so why not try one out?  It could be your new favorite accessory for fall!
 
Even though summer has ended I am still super in love with the maxi skirt.  Don't pack them away just yet!  There is definitely a way to wear your maxi skirt in the fall.  I was going to show my favorite new way to wear my maxi skirts in the cooler weather, but then it was 80 degrees today.  So, this is what happened for date night:
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Sorry for the crummy Iphone picture.  But this maxi skirt is from Forever21 and comes in a bunch of different colors (most of which are already sold out online) and it's only $12.50!  How can you pass that up?!  I love the thought of pairing a maxi skirt with a long sleeve tee or a gorgeous tank and slim fitting cardigan for the fall.  And when I am not sweating through my tube top I will definitely be posting an outfit to show this!  As a sneak peak and to not let y'all down, here are  some great maxi skirts to stock up on for the cooler weather heading our way! 
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What?  Why would anyone want to decorate a bright yellow school bus?  I guess maybe if your fiancé booked one for your transportation to and from the church.  Just saying, if one were to have such a problem, then I have a project for you!  (I swear I’m not upset that I will be rollin’ out in a yellow school bus, I just want it to look classy).

Remember the banner from this post about my wedding inspirations?  I know it was only $31 with shipping, but I figured I could tackle this project myself and save some money too. 
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Here is what you need:

½ yard burlap fabric ($1.50), black fabric paint ($1.70), stencil brush ($1.00), stencils ($7.00), jute cord ($3.00), blood, sweat, and tears (priceless).

I decided to cut the pieces of fabric into rectangles instead of triangles.  Then it was as simple as holding the stencil over the fabric and blotting the paint on evenly.  Make sure to do this on a surface that can get dirty because the paint will bleed through the holes in the burlap.
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Next, I used the point of my scissors to poke small holes in the burlap and I threaded the jute cord through the holes.  I tied a knot on each side that I threaded through the fabric because I don’t want the pieces to shift when our (bright yellow) school bus tears away to the reception.
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Ta da!  Here is the final masterpiece!  And I saved 7 whole bucks!  Maybe I can put the money towards some sort of trolley or horse drawn carriage!  Just kidding, we all know that it is going to a new nail polish...
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This is a super simple project that can be used for so many different occasions.  There are a variety of different styles of stencils, colors of fabric paint, and even colors of burlap-just check out your local craft store.  You can make a banner as fancy or as fun as you want!
 
It all began with this delicious smelling loaf of bread...
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I just had to make soup to go with it!  I swear, next recipe will not be soup!  I made up this recipe with 2 goals in mind: 1. Use up some ingredients in the fridge, 2. Make it as colorful as possible.

Servings:  1 ginormous bowl for me and 4 normal size bowls for others (so approx. 8 servings).

Ingredients:

3 medium red potatoes, skin on, chopped
1.5 cups carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
2-32 ounce containers low sodium chicken broth
2 medium red bell peppers, chopped
2 cups shredded chicken (I pulled apart a roaster, it was easier)
1-15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1.5 cups corn (I used frozen)
3 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (depending on how spicy you like it), finely chopped
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1. Place potatoes, carrots, celery, and broth in a pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are cooked through, approximately 10 minutes.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and let simmer for about 20 minutes to let all the flavors come out.
3. Serve with some delicious bread. 

I know, I know, I am Giada de Laurentiis herself.  But, don't knock it til you try it.  It was delicious!  And when we sat down for dinner, the manfriend said "what a colorful dinner".  That was one of the goals after all!  And he liked it so much he had seconds.  Score!
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Who has 2 thumbs and is keeping her local craft stores in business?
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This girl!
But seriously, between wedding projects and house projects, I should buy stock in Michael's and AC Moore.  However, this could potentially be happy news for you, because I have an amazing DIY project to show!  It all started with a little pinterest action:
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I love the all white feel of the first sign, but I fell in love with the wording of the second sign.  So, I decided to mash them together!   This is what you need for the project:

White Canvas (pick the size that will best fit your letters), Wooden or Foam Letters, Craft Glue, Paintbrush, Primer (optional), High Gloss White Spray Paint

And here is what you do:

Step One-Arrange your letters on the canvas.  I tried it like seven different ways before I liked it enough to start measuring and gluing.  I also decided to spread it on to 2 canvases so that it didn't look too squished.  Good thing I bought the 5 pack of canvases.
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Step 2-Use a ruler and pencil to measure out lines to follow when gluing the letters on.  It was much easier to keep them straight.
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Step 3 (optional)-I decided to prime the dark brown letters before spray painting them.  I did this step in my workshop, aka on a trash bag, in the middle of my family room floor watching re-runs of the Real Housewives.
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Once the primer dried, I took them outside and spray painted with high gloss white to finish them.  It took 2 coats and I think I will still touch up some spots, but I really love how they came out.
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They sort of look crooked in the picture, but they aren't in person!  I hung them in my upstairs hallway.  They are the perfect fit since the neutral color doesn't create a claustrophobic feeling when walking down the hall!  Such a simple project that you could do a million different ways, it's totally worth trying!
 
What a wonderful weekend!  I hope you guys had a good one too!  My wonderful family and bridesmaids threw me an absolutely gorgeous bridal shower on Sunday.  So, first things first, here was my outfit for the day:
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Dress: Forever21, Necklace: Target, Bracelet: Forever21
It was a total last minute purchase because I had no idea what to wear, and I absolutely love this dress.  I wore flats, but I also tried it on with heels and it looked super cute with them too.  For $15.50 this dress was a great buy, and it's so versatile I will definitely be wearing it to other events.

I need to show a picture of my fabulously stylish mom as well.
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Mom's look: H&M dress, Target cardi
We are such a cheap chic mother daughter pair!  Sorry for the short post, I am so tired from such a fun day!