>Do you ever?

>Do you ever get that feeling that everything might just fall into place for you?

Like maybe you were feeling down about some things. Worrying, brooding over some issues, be it your weight, your finances, what have you. Then maybe a couple small, positive things happened to you over the course of a few days. Nothing big, just small things like a good meal, accomplishing some things at work, catching up with old friends.

Then… maybe something BIG happened and it might, just might lead to something great.

Well, that’s how I’m feeling these days. (c:

>Pumpkin recipes!

>I have been majorly craving some pumpkin sweetness. Here are a few recipes that I’m thinking about for fall and Thanksgiving!

>My favorite discount clothiers, because “clothiers” sounds fancy!

>Like Miss Northern Belle, I have champagne taste on a beer budget. Though these days it’s more like champagne taste on a Natty Lite budget, I suppose. (c;

Despite including a couple of items from Target and Delia’s in my last post, I haven’t shopped at either of those stores for clothes in a while… especially Delia’s, as I can’t attest to being able to squeeze into junior’s sizes anymore. Although I MIGHT have just placed an order for the Delia’s coat and scarf from my last post, as well as these babies:Converse All-Star Ox in blue surf.

So thank you, AngryJulie, for bringing these back into my mind’s forefront as I was ordering my coat and scarf today. And thank you Mrs.SouthernBride and MojitoMaven for your Converse All-Star seals of approval via Twitter today. (c;

So, provided that I like everything and it all fits, the red dress and Target-brand Uggs from my last post will have to wait. I’m not sure if I’ll be going to any Alabama games this season, so the dress can wait for sure.

Because I don’t make tons ‘o cash, I can’t afford my favorite brands such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Lily Pulitzer, Boden, or Tory Burch on a regular basis (although I will hit up the J. Crew clearance rack from time to time.) Instead, I’ve found some other stores that carry the same sort of styles at half the price.

Kohl’s. Kohl’s is my only store credit card, and they treat their cardholders really well. I’m constantly getting coupons in the mail for 15% and 20% off my total purchase. And their clearance racks are great if you have the time to scour through them. I really like their Apt. 9 line, as well as Daisy Fuentes, Vera Wang and the new Lauren Conrad Collection.

Macy’s clearance rack. I always find cute tops here. I recently got a $25 gift card for filling out a bunch of surveys with e-rewards. I found 2 really cute tops on the clearance rack for a total of $10 — a very preppy long-sleeved blue and white stripe button down shirt from Charter Club (with ruffles!) and a short sleeve blue dipdye top from Style&Co.

JCPenney. Believe it or not, they have some CUTE stuff. I really like their Common Genes jeans line — they are usually on sale for $29.99 and look and feel like a much more expensive designer brand. I have these and I hope to get a pair or two more. And I found a cute top from the I heart Ronson line. I also like their American Living line (so obviously Ralph) but have yet to buy anything from it.

Old Navy. Always good for basics! Nuff said.

Ross, Marshall’s, and T.J. Maxx. I haven’t bought anything from any of these places in a while, but they’re always fun to scour if you have the time.

What are your favorite places to shop when you’re on a Natty Lite budget?

>My fall wishlist

>Some budget fashions that I am craving for late fall and winter.

First up is Tar-jay:

Target’s brand of Ugg boots. They’re only $24.99 and they have some great reviews on their site. I have yet to fall for the Ugg trend, but honestly, these would be so great for taking the dog out in the morning among other things.

New Alabama gameday dress! Merona wrap dress from Target, $24.99. To be worn with the Gap houndstooth flats from this post, except they seem to be sold out, boooooo!

Now, my favorite place to shop from while in high school, Delia’s:
Then, when it gets colder, I’ll don the Devin military peacoat from Delia’s in pomegranate, which is currently on sale for $69.50.Add the $19.95 Juliet houndstooth scarf and voila!

This teenage Delia’s model has no idea that she is sporting typical cold-weather Alabama Crimson Tide fashion.

Since we’re in the Crimson Tide mood, let’s head on over to Old Navy.Some knockoff Wayfarers in crimson? For $5? I think yes! Although I have tried these on a few times and I think I look ridiculous.

I recently acquired 2 pairs of Nike running shorts on sale from Kohl’s, one of which is the Nike Tempo short. I am in LOVE. I also got 2 new Champion sports bras that are so supportive and comfortable. I also got a pair of black leggings from the shop that I am doing Web work for, but I have yet to muster the courage to open the package and try them on.

>Camping time!

>Yep, it’s that time! Camping time!

Brian and I bought a tent a couple years back, but we have yet to use it. We recently bought matching sleeping bags (duh, so we can zip them together!) and a LED lantern. We’re bringing fishing gear, and we already had a camp stove, so just add in a cooler stocked with good food and we are all set!

We are going to northeast Alabama, to one of the state parks. We’re getting an improved campsite that will have running water and electricity. We plan on fishing, hiking, swimming, and taking lots of photos of the beautiful scenery. Deer sightings are very common. We’re really just looking forward to having some quality time together more than anything else. There have been so many distractions lately.

I haven’t been camping since I was young enough to be a Girl Scout, but I think I’ll do OK. There is a bathhouse with showers and sinks so as long as I can shower off every day, I will survive. Brian is daring me not to wear any makeup at all, so we’ll see how that goes. Yikes. Pretty sure I’ll still be wearing some mineral foundation.

We’re leaving Saturday and coming back either Monday or Tuesday. Hey, if I’m going to get handed more furlough days at work, I’m going to take advantage of them.