Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wrap up the weekend!

Who doesn't want a new scarf?  The scarf is a universally dependable article of clothing that works all year round...clearly a worthy piece to wrap up the weekend.
When you are choosing a scarf keep in mind three things:
1.  Color/Print
2.  Texture
3.  How you wear it

We shouldn't even have to explain to you that scarves are a must have for Fall.  They're inexpensive, available in a wide variety of styles, and they'll fit no matter how many Pumpkin Spice Lattes you throw back.  Oh, and all the celebrities are wearing them (not that we care about that, though, right?)

You've scoured the mall.  You've picked out a scarf that's just the right color, just the right print, and just the right weight for your climate.  Now what?  Are you standing in front of the mirror in various self-inflicted headlocks as you attempt to tie around your neck just right?  Worry not cherry friends!  Here are five basic scarf tying techniques.

1.  The No Tie Tie.  You can't get any easier than this: Just drape it around your neck, and viola!  When to do it: When you're wearing a necklace, when you want to break up a boring outfit with a splash of color.

2.  The Simple Knot Tie.  It's so easy you haven't even thought about it yet.  Just drape it around your neck and tie it in a basic knot to hit just at the top of the chest.  Rearrange the tails so they fall one in front of the other (as opposed to side-by-side), hiding the simplicity of the knot.  When to do it: When you want spice up a yoga pants and v-neck tee shirt ensemble. 

3.  The Backwards Wrap Tie.  Drape your scarf backwards around your neck, so that the center is flush against your throat and the tails fall down your back.  Take the tail falling over your right shoulder blade and bring it across your back and over your left shoulder so it falls down the left side of your chest, and repeat with the opposite side.  Keep it wrapped tightly for a polished look, or slouch it down a bit for a more relaxed vibe.  When to do it: Instead of a statement necklace or to cover a spit-up stain on your shoulder!

4.  The Backwards Wrap & Knot Tie.  Complete look #3, then add look #2.  When to do it: Under a buttoned up blazer with the tails hanging out past the hem, when your scarf is super long.

5.   Button-Hole Tie.  Fold your scarf in half and drape it around your neck so that you have both tails hanging over one shoulder and the folded center over the other.  Open up the folded center a bit to create a button-hole, and thread he tails through the hold.  When to do it: With big earrings, with your hair up, when it's freezing outside.  

Now that you have the basics, the options are endless!  Let us know your favorite way to wear your scarf...we always love to see the pics of how it looks.  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Our Cherry Pickin' Adventures

October is the most whimsical, experimental month of the year, especially when it comes to beauty. There's Halloween, of course, but it's also a brand-new season for fashion, the weather is changing, and people are debuting their cool-weather looks. It's a time as crisp and refreshing as the cool wind and the crackle of fallen leaves, and we're here to get you prepared to enjoy it to the hilt. Whether you're worried about the newest fashion trends, or you are already craving pumpkin pie, we've got the perfect fix.


Orange Handbags

Courtesy of Macy's

If you are going to buy one handbag right now, make it orange. Orange is a fabulous color to transition from summer to fall. Orange leather satchels and orange suede hobos are perfect choices.

Earthy Jewelry

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Look for jewelry created from bone, stone, wood and ethnic beading. This type of jewelry can be worn with everything from a sweater and jeans to your favorite little black dress.
Textured Accessories

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Texture is at the forefront of fall fashion -- everything from feathered satchels to fur hats and riveted hobos to studded belts. Combining edgy accessories (for example studded booties) with feminine apparel such as a ruffled top offers beautiful contrast).

More Fall Accessories

Courtesy of Nordstrom

From the fall classics to the latest trends, check out everything you need to know about fall accessories. Choose one or two key pieces that can become staples in your fall wardrobe.

Top 10 Choices!!

1.       something faux
2.       over-the-knee boots
3.      something sexy
4.      color
5.      something draped
6.       a leather jacket
7.       a strong-shouldered jacket
8.       Statement necklace
9.      a decorated leg
10.  something studded 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Our Cherry Pickin' Adventures

The fall season always marks the beginning of the holidays, and this season brings holiday parties. So what better way to get in the holiday spirit than to plan a festive fall party?
An event full of autumn party ideas is a great way to enjoy all of the wonderful things this beautiful season has to offer! To begin, send fall themed invitations to friends and family for your party. Then, start to work out all of the details for your fall celebration.

Here are three fall party ideas to get you started on the right track:
  • Apple Picking Party: Invite your friends and family to any local apple orchard for an afternoon of apple picking. It’s a great way to enjoy the crisp fall weather and bond with loved ones. Continue the party into the evening and incorporate your freshly picked apples into dinner, dessert, and drinks. Fresh apple cider, apple pie, or apples dipped in caramel will get your guests in the autumn spirit. As an added bonus, an apple orchard is a great backdrop for some festive family photos!

  • Pumpkin Party: Put a new spin on the traditional pumpkin carving party and invite your guests over for a pumpkin decorating party. First, buy small pumpkins or have everyone bring their own. Decorate them with paint, googly eyes, glitter, leaves, etc. Get creative! Pumpkin decorating is a festive way to get everyone excited for fall, it's fun for all ages, and it doesn't create the mess that results from pumpkin carving.

  • Fall Cookie Party: Invite you kids’ friends and parents over for a fall cookie decorating extravaganza! This fall party is ideal for families because it’s a way to get the kids involved too. Bake sugar cookies in advance to save yourself some stress. Use seasonal cookie cutters, such as leaves and pumpkins, to make them look festive. For decorations, have a variety of different flavors and colors of icing. You can also dye it yourself using store bought food coloring! On hand, you should also have fall-themed sprinkles and any other cookie decorating supplies you can find. This is a fun way to get together with your kids and you’ll get a yummy treat when you’re done!

 Enjoy these ideas for fall parties! Keep in mind that these are just a few suggestions for you to get started with your celebration. There are other fall ideas that you can use to take advantage of this time of year, such as making granola. Stay tuned to our blog those fun recipes are yet to come!!
Have a great fall party idea or recipe?  Please share with us!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Our Cherry Pickin' Adventures

Fall is fast approaching.  With the crisp feel in the air it makes me want to eat a little different.  So, I thought I would share a few fun fall recipes.  Enjoy!!
Have a great fall recipe?  We would love for you to share it with our cherry friends!

Apple Pie Party Dip

Enjoy the flavor of a classic holiday dessert without the baking!  Be the hit of any party with this dip.
·         1 1/3 cups peeled, cored, and diced apple
·         1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
·         2 teaspoons brown sugar
·         2 teaspoons apricot preserves
·         1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
·         5 (6-inch) flour tortillas
·         2 tablespoons butter, melted
·         1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
·         1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1.      Combine all the dip ingredients in a bowl, then cover and refrigerate the mixture until chilled.
2.      Brush the tortillas with butter, then cut them into wedges.
3.      Arrange the wedges on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 350º F until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let them cool before serving. Serves 4 to 6.

Pumpkin Shell Soup

    1 medium pumpkin
    4 cups chicken broth
    1/4 cup maple syrup
    1 tablespoon butter
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves cut-sides down on a buttered cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour.
  2. Scoop out the pumpkin flesh and pass it through a sieve. In a heavy saucepan, combine the pumpkin with the remaining ingredients. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until warm.

    Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls

    Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls


    • 3 3/4 cups flour, plus more for sprinkling
    • 1 package or 2 1/4 teaspoons instant or bread machine yeast
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/2 cup canned or frozen and thawed pureed pumpkin or squash
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 8 fresh sage leaves, slivered (or 1 1/3 teaspoon dried leaves)
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

                        1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, and salt, and set it aside.
                        2. Pour the milk into a microwave-safe bowl or 4-cup glass measuring cup and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Whisk in the honey, squash, egg, and water. (The liquid mixture should be less than 110º; anything hotter might kill the yeast.)
                        3. With a fork, blend the squash mixture into the flour mixture until you have a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
                        4. Two hours before baking, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 6 sage leaves into the dough. Melt the butter and set it aside in a small bowl. Divide the dough in half, then divide each half into 6 portions. Divide each portion into 3 pieces. With floured hands, roll each piece into a ball and dip it into the melted butter. Place 3 balls in a muffin cup. Continue until 12 muffin cups are filled.
                        5. Drizzle or brush each roll with 1/2 teaspoon of the leftover melted butter and then sprinkle them with the rest of the sage. Let the rolls rise in a warm spot (at least 70º) until they're double in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The 3 balls of dough will rise together to form a cloverleaf shape.
                        6. Heat the oven to 350º. Bake the rolls until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Makes 1 dozen.

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

                      Our Cherry Pickin' Adventures

                      Create a Warm Welcome
                      Welcome guests to holiday gatherings with a beautifully decorated entry table. HGTV fan Patrick created this autumnal display by placing golden gingko and bittersweet branches in a large sculptural vase. Pears piled in a rustic stoneware bowl, a ready bottle of wine and low dish of nuts are all reminders of the harvest. Design by Rate My Space user Patrick.

                      Brighten Up Your Entry

                      Variegated croton in saturated shades of green, gold and red surrounded by vibrant mums and pumpkins 

                      Autumnal Entry

                      Dried grass bunches are added to planters flanking the door while a painted basket filled with feathers and silk greenery is a stylish stand-in for the traditional wreath. Stacked foam pumpkins create an easy-to-assemble decoration that can be used year after year.

                      Rustic Welcome

                      A battered metal jug filled with fall leaves, bright orange pumpkins and a weathered birdhouse on a primitive twig bench create a colorful seasonal display 

                      Fun with pumpkins!

                      Get creative…………………………………………………………. there is no limit to what you can do!!

                      What fun fall decorating ideas do you have?