Snapshots


 {perfectly pink and girly bathroom}
 {harvest time in the garden}
 {nostalgic candy shop}
 {salted chocolate chip cookies for the holiday weekend}
{ready or not, here comes fall}

Crave or Save: Polka Dot Chambray

Chambray has been all the rage throughout summer, and the trend is sticking strong as we head into fall. I personally do not like how I look in a collared button up shirt, so this trend wasn’t something I even considered. That is until I saw Reese Witherspoon is the cutest polka dotted chambray top.  It looks like her top was from J.Crew, but with a $88 price tag for a shirt I may only wear a handful of times I am going with Old Navy’s bolder polka dotted chambray that I will fade myself. Which top do you prefer?

Gilded

Between seasons can be tricky when it comes to picking polish colors. Not ready for the vampy varnish, and neon just doesn’t seem suitable. Linking the two seasons is easier than you think. Start with a bright polish base and top with a gilded touch for the perfect summer to fall accessory.
{Zoya 'Shelby'}
{China Glaze 'Jingle Bells'}
get the look
1. Remove any previous polish.

2. Paint nails with a base coat or nail hardener.
3. Polish nails with two coats of your chosen polish.
4. Paint gold directly onto a cosmetic wedge.
5. Dab the sponge onto your nails with the focus at the tip.
6. Repeat until you reach your desired look.
7. Add a top coat.
8. Clean up around your nails with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.

Patriotic Cupcakes

Labor Day marks the end of summer, and there is no better way to spend it then up north savoring the last of what summer has to offer. This year I have decided to bring cupcakes. They’re classic yellow cupcakes (I used a box mix – Duncan Hines) in patriotic liners, with homemade whipped creamfrosting, a cream filled center, topped with a strawberry cut in half and two blueberries. They make a cute addition to any patriotic get together.

Sundae Nights

Temperatures have been holding steady in the 70’s for the past week, but that was not the case this weekend. A shift into the high 90’s with 100% humidity made it miserable to step outside. Nevertheless the weather created the ideal opportunity to savor summer with some old fashioned vanilla ice cream that would ultimately create the perfect sundae to enjoy during the hottest part of the day.  

Snapshots

 {telephone booth on mackinac island}
I spent much of the week outside savoring the nice weather. Here are a few things that have kept me inspired. What are you up to this weekend?
 {spending the day along lake superior's beautiful beaches}
 {university of michigan season tickets}
 {hibiscus flower}
{playing classic games like croquet in the backyard}

DIY Laundry Detergent

While in college I learned a lot of tricks, such as how to make the best fried chicken and create the perfect French braid. However my favorite trick was how to spend under $25 for a year supply of laundry detergent. In school I shared the detergent with two people and we each did at least one load of laundry a week, and still had some left over when the school year ended. Since college is starting up I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share this money saving recipe.
DIY Laundry Soap
Ingredients
2 tablespoons for a regular load
3 tablespoons for a large load
1 (4 lb. 12 oz.) box of Borax
4 lbs. Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
1 (3lb. 7 oz.) box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
4 bars Fels Naptha Soap, grated (on a cheese grated)
optional: 1 (3 lb.) container Oxy Clean free – I liked to use it as an extra stain remover

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large heavy duty garbage bag. Be sure to securely close the bag and shake it back and forth until completely mixed. Scoop out into containers.

Notes: I like to add some Downy or Downy UnStopables to give my laundry more of girly scent. You could also add two containers of Downy UnStopables to your laundry soap mixture. HE washer friendly.

1950's Pink Popcorn

Old-fashioned ice cream parlours use to be the “in thing” in metro Detroit. However overtime, many of these places faded out, but the memories remain. One of my parlours sold fresh popped popcorn coated with thick pink sugar, creating the ideal sweet and salty combination. Recently I was given a 1950’s cookbook, and one of the recipes in the book was old-fashioned pink popcorn. Immediately I had to give the recipe a try, and the result was pink perfection
1950's Pink Popcorn
Ingredients
2/3 cup popcorn kernels, popped (or two bags of popcorn)
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup half and half
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
pink food gel (a little goes a long way)

Directions
Place popped popcorn in a large bowl also lay out waxed paper on the counter.
In a large saucepan combine sugar, half and half, corn syrup and salt.  Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Heat mixture to 230 degrees, stirring occasionally. Immediately remove from heat – add vanilla and food coloring. Drizzle mixture over popped popcorn and gently stir until popcorn is evenly coated. Pour mixture onto waxed paper and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Note: pink popcorn is best when eaten the day it is made

Spicy Dream

While summer has a loud approach to fashion with bright colors, fall is all about sophistication. Spicy Dream is Jessica Cosmetics fall collection filled with six enticingly sophisticated and whimsical colors perfect for 9-5 or a night out with the girls. What do you think of this collection?
 {pumpkin delight}
Pumpkin Delight is the perfect burnt orange combined with red and gold glitter. Creating the quintessential fall polish. 

 {gingersnap}
Gingersnap is a deep golden hue with flecks of red and orange glitter - this polish screams autumn.
 {champagne bubbles}
Champagne Bubbles is a white/silver base with gold and silver glitter, and is my new Sunday brunch must have polish.
 {crimson tattoo}
Crimson Tattoo is a vampy purple/red jelly. The color reminds me of OPI’s Linkin dark after dark but with a moodier tone.
 {cinnamon kiss}
Cinnamon Kiss is a vampy red over a blacked base with a subtle touch of simmer.  
{brown sugar}
Brown Sugar is a hot chocolate brown with the subtlest silver simmer.

Crave or Save: Polka Dot Sweater

My weekend was made up of going from one mall to another in an attempt to construct a fall ensemble with the best deals of the season. One of the items on my list was a sweater that would make a statement and I found the perfect look at J.Crew. On the other hand the 268 dollar price tag was not as appealing as the sweater was. Continuing to shop I came across an almost indistinguishable sweater at Old Navy for only $25, which was, a $243 reduction from the one I saw at J.Crew. Which would you buy?

Five Things

 {new fall booties that compliment the stitching on jeans perfectly}
 {new doorstop from my mum}
 {glitter collection for card and nail designs}
 {hudsonville orange pineapple ice cream with matching manicure}
{sunset manicure to savor summer}

Fall Staple: a Classic Blazer

A fall wardrobe classic staple is the blazer. Not only are the color possibilities endless, but also how you style your hair can take your blazer from work to play.
Hair down. Heading to the office or a meeting, you can’t go wrong with you hair down try straightened or with loose waves for a natural look.
Low bun or pontail. Simple and chic for work and play a quick, but classic look.
Top knot. Trying to make a statement with your blazer? Pull your hair up.

Entertaining Essentials

I love to entertain, from intimate get-togethers and backyard barbeques to cocktail parties and holiday gatherings. After watching my mum host many get-togethers there are some basic things I learned that have helped me to become the hostess with the mostess. Here are some key elements to creating an enjoyable time.  

Ambiance. Use unscented candles at the table and scented ones that compliment each other in the other rooms – don’t forget a scented candle in the bathroom.
Apron. This is a necessity in order to save you from wearing the food .
Drinks. A signature cocktail and flavored water. I also like to put fruit in ice cubes for a pretty presentation.  Don’t forget drink charms or tags so everyone can easily locate their drink. Cocktail napkins are a great addition as well.
Favors. No matter what the reason is for having guests over I make sure they never leave empty handed, this will either be a party themed favor or a friendship gift.
Sweets.
They are a must at any gathering my favorites are cookies and cupcakes.
Table.
I am a fan of tablescapes that coordinate with the theme.
Theme.
Whenever I am entertaining I like to have a theme (i.e. nostalgic candy, bagel brunch, pink party) once you have a theme, the menu and party basically creates itself.
Vases.
Filled with fresh flowers.