Emmy Award 2010: Best Dressed and Red Carpet Trends

{Jayma Mays definitely ditched her Glee look for a navy Burberry dress with some sass and class!}
{Ms. January Jones looking like a blue bombshell in her strapless Atelier Versace}

{Emily Blunts flower gown was tres chic}

{Elizabeth Moss wore Donna Karen and went with the ever so trendy and dangerous neutrals.}

{Lea Michele wore a feminine and chic Oscar de la Renta dress}

{Claire Danes was in an extremely glittery strapless gown by Armani}

Red Carpet Trends
•Dress Color Trend: Dark Blue
• Eye Trend: Smoky Eyes
• Lip Trend: Bold and Bright

What were you loving and hating on the red carpet?

xo

Ruffled Feathers

{banana republic}

{banana republic}

{bebe}

{charlotte russe}

{j.crew}

{jessica simpson}

{Betsey Johnson}


{Steve Madden}

{Gianni Bini}


I am absolutely adoring ruffles for fall... are you?

xo

A Michigan Summer at the Orchard

Even though I spent my whole life in Michigan I still appreciate the beauty the surrounds me. I honestly don't think Michigan gets enough credit for it's beauty and what it is able to offer. During the summer there are many roadside stands filled with fabulous produce. Or you can drive out to a local farm and go pick your produce. During the summer months Michigan grows anything from raspberries, peaches and corn to cantaloupe, watermelon and tomatoes. If you can grow it you can get it here, well unless it's coconuts, pineapple, oranges or lemons. We can't grow those here. During the fall you can go to the farm and pick your own pumpkins or apples. You can stand anywhere in Michigan and be six miles away from clean water. It's a luxurious life us Michiganders have been able to live.

{Mummie and I went and picked some FABULOUS sweet and juicy peaches}



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{some in season goodies}

{mini purple plums...so good}

{honey. I bought the Michigan made honey with Traverse City cherries...fab!}


What is your favorite thing about where you live?
xo

Up North Lemon Blueberry Streusel Bars


Up North Lemon Blueberry Streusel Bars
Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt
1 large egg, separated
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
zest of one lemon zest
2 1/2 cups room-temperature blueberries, washed and drained on paper towels
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. (make sure to get the bottom and sides!)
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, salt and baking powder. Using a pastry cutter (or two knives), blend the butter completely into the flour mixture (you want it to be crumbly).Reserve two cups of the crumb mixture (this will be use for topping)
3. Blend the egg white into the remaining crumbs and then press the mixture into the bottom of the pan to form a level crust.
4. Bake the crust 10-12 minutes, or until it starts to form a dry top.
5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk condensed milk, lemon juice, zest and egg yolk. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes (it will begin to thicken).
6. Sprinkle blueberries evenly over hot crust and then drop spoonfuls of the lemon mixture over the blueberries. Spread gently w/ a spatula for even distribution. Bake until lemon mixture begins to form a shiny skin. (7 to 8 minutes.)
7. Sprinkle reserved crumble topping over the lemon-blueberry layer, pressing the streusel between your fingers into small lumps as you sprinkle. Bake until filling is bubbly at the edges and the topping is brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
8. Let bars cool in the pan on a rack until just warm, about an hour. Cut into 24 bars when cool. (If you have time to chill the bars, they’re easier to cut cleanly when chilled).
Yield: Approximately 24 bars

OPI hits the Swiss Alps

This fall and winter OPI wants us to hit the Swiss Alps with them. This color pallet is all about rich and extraordinary hues. The collection has timeless shades as well as this years color trends. The collection contains creams as well as shimmers, and a lot of reds. However the formula for all of these was spot on. No issues putting any of the colors on... I was highly impressed. The hues flowed smoothly, and with just two coats my nails were looking tres chic.





"Yodel Me On My Cell," is a brilliant blue with green and gold accenting shimmer. I can envision this color at a winter wedding or soriee... tres chic!
{yodel me on my cell}

"Cuckoo For This Color," yes I am! Here we have a deeper emerald green with some shimmer. One of the main colors this fall is green, in particular olive green. I think this deep emerald compliments the olive flawlessly. Without doubt a fall must have!
{cuckoo for this color}

"Diva Of Geneva," is difficult to explain... it's kind of a glowing purple, pink, hints of red and multi colored shimmer. In the bottle I hated it, once it was on my nails it was love at first sight. It's absolutely stunning stylish, and a color like I have never seen before. If you want a distinctive look this lacquer is for you!
{diva of geneva}

"Glitzerland," is a metallic gold. Now usually I am not a gold person even though gold goes great with my complexion. However I completely love this gold, it complimented my skin tone very well. This will unquestionably be one of my fall favorites.
{glitterland}


"Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous," the first thing I thought of after I polished my nails was this color would compliment smokey eyes perfectly. The lacquer is a smokey grey silver with enough shimmer to brighten any dark day.
{lucerne tainly look marvelous}

"Ski Teal We Drop" is a blueish teal hue, and is one of my preferred colors in the collection. It would be a really fun color to wear at a ski lodge sipping some hot cocoa.
{ski teal we drop}

"The Color To Watch" is a soft lavender shade with pink and blue shimmer. The perfect end of summer beginning of fall polish.

{the color to watch}

"William Tell Me About OPI" is a very dark/shadowy, purple. During autumn dark colors is always the “in” thing. I love dark colors all year round, but when autumn comes around I want to change my polish every other day. This color is deep, rich, dark and shiny. It's very runway chic!
{william tell me about OPI}


"From A to Z-urich" is a deep raspberry shade. I wasn't a fan... then again red doesn't look very appealing on me.
{from a to z-urich}

"Color So Hot It Berns" reminds me of poppy flowers. I polished the tip of my nails black, let it dry and topped it with this poppy color. I thought it gave my nails a little more depth.
{color so hot it berns}

"I’m Suzi & I’m A Chocoholic" is a brick red. Not a huge fan, and not getting the whole "brown" aspect.
{i'm suzi and im a chocoholic}

"Just A Little Rosti At This," is a deep red with some brown accenting it. This was probably one of my least favorite colors of the collection.
{just a little rosti at this}


What do you think of the collection and what is your favorite color?
Do you look good in red?
Are you going to buy any of these colors?

my-go-to-five

Friday Five

No matter what the trends are there are five things that I swear by every fall.

{dark nail lacquer *favorite is OPI Linkin Park After Dark*}

{a good hydrating lip gloss or lip balm}


{leggings in a variety of colors}

{scarves in different colors, sizes and patterns}

{tall boots}


What are your go-to fall items?

The Finest Blueberries

A trip to the blueberry farm. For some of Michigan's finest blueberries.








How to freeze Blueberries

{place them into a colander and rinse them with cold water}

{use a measuring cup to scoop them onto a cookie sheet}

{spread the blueberries out onto the cookie sheet. place in the freezer for a day. they will freeze like individual marbles. place into baggies and put in the freezer until you're ready to use}

xo