Sneak Peek: Fall 2014

Oversized Marble Infinity Scarf / Pumpkin Spice Latte Cozy :: Salem Style

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Wearing: Taupe Infinity Scarf, Pumpkin Spice Latte Cozy, Yellow Turban Headband

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Wearing: Yellow Turban Headband, The Taylor Scarf in Light Gray Cream Bow Headband/ Taylor Scarf in Sea Green / Pumpkin Spice Latte Cozy :: Salem Style

Wearing: Cream Bow Headband, The Taylor Scarf in Sea Green, Pumpkin Spice Latte CozyOversized Marble Infinity Scarf / Derby Square Hat in Gray :: Salem Style

Wearing: Derby Sq Beanie in Gray, Marble Infinity Scarf

Oversized Marble Infinity Scarf / Pumpkin Spice Latte Cozy :: Salem Style

So here it is, the first look at Fall 2014 with Salem Style. One of my best friends, Stephanie, and I spent the day around Salem taking photos. It was a great change to be behind the camera, I think I like it better than being in front of it. I am so excited to do more shoots like this one, and I already have several volunteers. Seeing my work come to life was amazing. These are some of my favorite shots and I just had to share.

I love that just a few accessory changes really changes the whole look and attitude of an outfit.

Salem Style :: What’s your style?

Anchors & Bricks

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Even though Labor Day has come and gone and I’m in fall fall fall fall mode, I cannot deny it is still really summer. It’s hot out, like really hot. I wore this while scouting potential photo shoot locations in Salem.

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The top and bandeau are both from Savas Studios. I had attended their Boutikey Shop and Shoot party a few weeks ago with a bunch of other bloggers, and I actually had won one of the raffle prizes. I received an amazing gift bag, one which included to Savas Studios. When I went to pick up the bag, I immediately began looking through the racks to find a few things I had my eye on at the event. This anchor top was one of them. I rarely wear shirts that have such large spaces for arm holes, I often feel exposed and get self conscious. Luckily, I found the bandeau top which was perfect. I have several other bandeaus, but they aren’t as supportive and don’t cover as much as this one.

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Headband: Salem Style
Top & Bandeau: Savas Studios
Shorts: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Crown Vintage
Bracelet: c/o Kiel James Patrick

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Yep, that’s my blogger-y attitude look. It’s a work in progress :P

Revamping for Fall 2014

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This weekend I took 2,600 pictures. I wish I was over exaggerating, but I kid you not. After I was taking pictures of the new items for the shop (coming soon, I promise) I decided to revamp some of the items I already have. I used natural light and tried to make the photos softer. Only a few have been changed in the shop, but I hope to have all the photos done within a few days.

 

What do you think of the new look?

 

It’s Official ::

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This morning as I left my front door, I stopped right in my tacks. There they were all golden and brown, the first real sign of fall. I checked my phone, yep August 22nd, I’m pretty sure that’s still officially summer. Between the pumpkin beer already being out, Starbucks teasing fans with the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and fall jackets creeping into store windows, I had a feeling this day would be here soon.

Yes, I am one of those “OMGITSFALLIAMSOFREAKINGEXCITED” girls. Why? Well it’s my favorite season. It’s just perfect. Perfect weather and fall activities are my absolute favorite. There is nothing like a cozy outfit, a cup of something warm, and the cool fall breeze ever so slightly blowing through your hair.

With that being said, Autumn is when Salem Style Crochet begins to get… insane. I cannot wait to add more items into the shop, as well have photo shoots. Today it all sank in. This is it. Here we go.

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Inspiring Style: Zooey Deschanel

I often find design inspiration from Zooey Deschanel. She has a great mix of styles in which she truly makes her own genre and can be considered an indie style icon. Whether she is going about everyday life, attending an event, or on the set of The New Girl, everything she wears just seems to work well.

Zooey had recently collaborated with American designer, Tommy Hilfiger to make a collection “To Tommy, from Zooey” Which combined the classic all American Hilfiger look, with Zooey’s girly flair.

With her signature bands and bright blue eyes, she definitely stands out from the crowd. Here are some of my favorite looks from Zooey:

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

7 happens to be my favorite, only because I saw this look in person when C took me to the She and Him concert last summer :)

#Bosatoga

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I don’t even know where to begin. I have never done anything that had so many hashtags and @ users!

 

all the bloggers

all the bloggers


A group of the Boston Bloggers were invited by Dan and Victoria with Americas Best Racing to take a trip to Saratoga and see all it has to offer. I accepted the invitation for this fun adventure along with 18 other bloggers.


We all gathered in Boston at 7:30 am to meet our luxury mini bus that would take us to Saratoga. It was quite comfortable, and we all enjoyed fresh pastries from Saratoga and sipping libations from Richer Pouer.

 

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Of course, I brought my yarn! With a 3+ hour trip there and back, there was no way I would ever be without it. I even brought extra to show Christine how to crochet as well. (She’s a natural)

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When we arrived, we were greeted by the owner of Centennial Farms and brought to a private brunch where there were mimosas, bloody Marys, and I think the highlight: macarons.
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The owner of Centennial Farm spoke to is a bit about the history of the farm and what it means to so many people. As an added bonus, the trainer of Wicked Strong, was there. He explained to us that his name came from a trip to Boston shortly after the marathon bombings. This horse represents so much to many people, he said “this horse pulled everyone together”. I know I was cheering for him during the Kentucky Derby.
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After brunch, we had a lesson in betting, or handicapping, or …. Yea…
No but seriously the lesson was informative and fun. I didn’t end up betting anything, but once I was out there and saw the odds board, the class all seemed to click.

 

photo by Holly

photo by Holly


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The track itself was a great experience. We had a little area to relax, we were able to go right up to the fence at the track, and we were able to go to the Paddock area to meet Black Jack, one of the horses.

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photo by Christine

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For this event I began searching for a hat and I could not find anything that I liked. Nothing was special enough. So I decided to hand crochet my hat just for this event. It took about a week and it was no easy task. I used 100% American grown cotton yarn and made tiny precise stitches. It came out a little floppier than I would have liked, I should have used a wire brim. But overall, I am pleased with the result.

 Photo by Christine

Dress: Madwell

Hat: Salem Style (One of a Kind)

Bracelet: Vintage

Shoes: Guess

Bag: Fendi
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 Dan and Victoria were awesome. They answered all if our questions and put up with us taking pictures of everything everywhere. Thank you very much to Americas best racing for the fantastic day and great experience!

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Salem Spot: Ugly Mug Diner

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Peace, love, waffles.

The Ugly Mug Diner is anything but your ordinary diner. Located in the heart if Salem, this place is going above and beyond your average breakfast. (And now they’re open for dinner too!) I walk by this restaurant practically every day and it always looks busy. On the weekend there’s a line around the building (and we waited in it!)

C and I were seated at the end of the counter right near they’re wall of specials.
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I instantly began taking pictures. The light fixture above us was a coffee pot, the table over had a cheese grater above them.
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And I got a cup of coffee, in an ugly mug of course. (C begs to differ since it’s an old school batman mug)  but importantly the cup was always being topped off with hot coffee.
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C ordered french toast, hash, and sweet potato home fries (which I stole a bunch of bites, those were awesome). I ordered a ham and cheese omelet with regular home fries, English muffin, and side of bacon. The bacon is some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s crispy and tastes like it was cooked just for you over a campfire. And I apologize of you’re a vegetarian, but with this bacon you’re missing out.

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the utensil clock was my favorite


Also something really fun, they make special butter. I had cinnamon sugar butter for the English muffin and it made it that much better.

I could go on and on, but you really should check it out for yourself. I know next time I’m getting pancakes covered with M&Ms.
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Be sure to check out #uglymugsalem on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This restaurant is incredibly fun and social and encourages guest interaction online.
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And that’s this week’s Salem Spot!