Life Update and What I'm Currently Loving This Fall

Chatting about life and some recent exciting updates in this blog post as well as sharing a couple of fall favorites I am loving right now for September!

September is flying by right before my eyes! Before we know it, October will be here and I will need to stock up on some candy and sit down to watch Hocus Pocus on repeat. Fall is not only a fun time to break out my over-the-knee boots, but it's also even more special this year because I am going HAM decoring my boyfriend's new home!

Home Decorating for Fall

Life Update and What I'm Currently Loving This Fall



I am so happy to find cute Target pumpkins and scented candles that we can light up at night to make the whole house smell festive. I've already taken quite a few trips to Target to scour their dollar spot section for the best deals. I can't wait to share some decor updates on the blog. We agreed on a console table from HomeGoods over the weekend and that is where a majority of my decorating as started for fall. My Pinterest page has a home decor board that I stay up late at night adding more and more inspiration images to. The entryway has a lot of open space so I want to make sure it feels inviting and looks put together for friends and family to see.

Meet Simba!

Life Update and What I'm Currently Loving This Fall - Simba the Cat

Life Update and What I'm Currently Loving This Fall - Meet Simba The Cat - Affordable by Amanda Blog

Brian and I also adopted a cat together! He is a fluffy one-year-old orange tabby and main coon mix named Simba. At first, the two of us were dead set on adopting a tiny kitty to grow up with us and Chance, his dog. However, upon visiting 3 or 4 pet stores, we stopped at Petco and locked eyes with the sweetest orange striped cat we've ever seen! Simba was waiting for us to take him home. Simba's foster mom was also the kindest woman and gave us a carrying case for Simba as well as plenty of his favorite food!

Life Update and What I'm Currently Loving This Fall - Meet Simba The Cat - Affordable by Amanda Blog

Life Update and What I'm Currently Loving This Fall - Meet Simba The Cat - Affordable by Amanda Blog

My sister has a gorgeous cat named Rio, who I still spend plenty of time hanging out with, but it's also exciting to feel responsible for a brand new cat in the family. Of course, it took Simba and Chance a couple of days to acclimate to each other. Chance had only ever been the center of attention and it took him a long time to adjust to the new animal in the house. Now the two are friends and they even snuggle up close to each other at night. I am so glad we decided to forget our original idea to adopt a kitty because Simba is the sweetest and coolest cat on the block! He cuddles up right next to you and his purrs are SO LOUD.

Leopard Print Soft Notch Collar Pajama Set 

Women's Beautifully Soft Notch Collar Pajama Set - Stars Above Gray XS



I've worn this leopard set of PJs for an embarrassingly long amount of time...to the point where I still have yet to stick them in my washing machine! Oops! Apparently, I am not the only one who sleeps in this matching set because they keep selling out on Target.com


Leopard Print Soft Notch Collar Pajama Set Target

Leopard Print Soft Notch Collar Pajama Set Target


They are extremely soft and I even lounge around in them for as long as possible on Saturday mornings until I really need to change into regular people clothing. I picked them up in a size medium, which according to Target.com, are in stock right now! I also treated my sister to pair in gray ($21.99) as she was looking at them for a long time! 


Women's Beautifully Soft Notch Collar Pajama Set - Stars Above Gray XS


There is nothing more comforting than taking a late-night shower and crawling into bed wearing a luxurious (and affordable!) pair of PJs, my friends. Do yourself a favor and grab a pair from this new Target line called Stars Above™. The entire loungewear and pj line is also incredibly affordable with most pieces running under $25.00. The pajamas that I love so much? They are $21.99!

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer

When it comes to washing my hair and putting products in when it's damp, I use the less is more approach. A new $12 product in my hair care routine? Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer! I am not kidding when I read off all of its powerful capabilities: 
  • Argan Oil to nourish hair with vitamins and nutrients
  • Detangles
  • Strengthens
  • Softens
  • Cuts down on drying time
  • Adds shine
  • Reduces frizz
  • Protects against thermal heat
  • Protects against environmental damage
  • Protects against UV damage
Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer
Available at ULTA Beauty
There is never any heavy product build-up at all, too. My blowouts never looked better! This product is also safe for color-treated hair which is important as I dye my hair every 6-8 weeks. I am officially hooked on the Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer

Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen Powder 

Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
Available at Sephora
Since joining a gym and working on my fitness routine, I am also watching what I eat on a daily basis. I wanted to start incorporating a healthy drink alternative to sugary teas and I recently began making Vital Proteins Matcha lemonades in the morning. The brand boasts this powder as a "coffee alternative" which it totally can be, but for me, I still enjoy my Starbucks in the mornings, too. The green earthy taste is not for everyone, but I am such an avid matcha lover that I knew this powder would be a win in my book.  The health benefits of matcha are enough of a reason to try it out. Antioxidants? Check! L-theanine for body balance and sustained energy for the entire day? Check! 

These are just a few life updates and things I am loving right now for fall. I am looking forward to spending the next month in Austin, Texas where my best friend lives for the weekend as well as continuing to find more fall clothes to style on the blog and feature on my Instagram feed.

What are you loving right now? Share in the comments!

What I'm Buying From Target This Fall

Sharing a few things I am buying from Target for fall in this blog post. Luckily, Target has affordable items so most of these clothes and accessories are under $100!

What I'm Buying From Target This Fall - Affordable by Amanda.

I'm going to blame my Target fall obsession on my boyfriend because now he lives less than 5 minutes away from Target so I am constantly popping in to see the latest arrivals. Of course, despite my best efforts at leaving my credit cards tucked away somewhere safe inside my car when I do try-on hauls, I still manage to swing by the self-checkout line to pick up a few goodies. My impulsive shopping behavior is getting out of hand, friends! The plush fall cardigans and even the stretchy denim jeans are easy staples that I can justify buying because a new season is coming and it's technically part of my job to try out new clothes, right? Right! Plus, finding a great pair of jeans is always difficult for me, so when I slipped into this pair of $15.00 high-rise skinny jeans, it was immediately a done deal. 

Tops and Sweaters

What I'm Buying From Target This Fall - Affordable by Amanda.

How freakin' SOFT does this top look!? I love the deep v-neck and the pretty light pink shade mixes easily with your existing wardrobe. This same top is available in white, black, and cream, too. This piece is something you can wear with pants, jeans, skirts, and shorts. I would stock up on a few of these tees before they sell out as it's currently on sale for $12.00. Below I am listing a few more sweaters and tops that I either tried on in Target or have on my fall wishlist. I already own this colorblock cardigan and I will admit that I haven't taken it off ever since! It truly does live up to its name as a "cozy sweater cardigan". Keep checking the Target site and your local Target for restocks as this cardigan continues to sell out like CRAZY!






Pants and Denim Jeans

What I'm Buying From Target This Fall - Affordable by Amanda.

When filming my Target try-on last week, I grabbed these plaid mid-rise belted trousers. The trousers are also available to style with a matching twill blazer which would look great when layering a thin creme sweater underneath. The tapered design of these trousers makes them fit and accentuate your legs, as they did for mine! I tried my trousers on in a size 8 which fit like a medium would.

At the end of my Instagram Stories try-on, I also picked up a new pair of stretchy $15.00 High-Rise Skinny Jeans - Universal Thread - Medium Wash. I am wearing this right now as I type out this list, haha. These jeans were affordable ($15!!) and I chose my regular size 8. I love the amount of stretch I found with this specific high-rise skinny jean, too. 





Shoes and Boots

What I'm Buying From Target This Fall - Affordable by Amanda.

I am so excited to see this exact pair of ankle boots available from Target again this year. I own a pair of these boots in a light grey color, but they also released what appears to be the same exact style and cut. These Indie Heeled Booties are not pricey at all -- just $34.99 -- and I've worn mine for the last year and they are still in great condition today. The black pair is definitely making my list for fall this year! Another fashion blogger I follow, Cathy from Poor Little It Girl, also made a huge round-up of her favorite Target finds that you can check out here. She picked out these $29.99 brown Chelsea booties and it looks like the chic block-heeled booties have stretchy sides to give you even more comfort when sliding them on before you start the day.  



Accessories: Bags, Earrings, and Hats

What I'm Buying From Target This Fall - Affordable by Amanda.

From structured top handle handbags to circle crossbody bags, Target should be your one-stop-shop for a great new fall piece. I swear some of my best bags have come straight out of Target's selection of handbags over the years. This fall Target has quite a collection of chic handbags to choose from. I am interested in picking up a brand new olive green tote. This under $40.00 zipper satchel (see above) looks like the best option!

Hats are my second favorite accessory right behind bags. I know I already own this brown felt hat and this white felt hat, but I couldn't ignore the absolute cuteness of this blush pink hat found at Target! I've already purchased the blush pink hat ($19.99) and I cut off the poof pom on the side because I didn't like how it looked. Now the blush pink hat is perfect and I am looking forward to styling it with a bunch of cute fall outfits this month and into October. No jeans and sweater combo is complete without a floppy wool hat!





I would love to hear your favorites in the comments below along with what types of budget buys you'd like to see in a future blog post on Affordable by Amanda! (As a quick reminder: scroll through the slideshows within this post to see a few more of my favorites and to be redirected to Target to shop each item). t