Podcast Spotlight :: Being Boss

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My day job is in Boston and between walking as well as taking the commuter rail, it’s about an hour commute. I love listening to podcasts during this time because I feel like I am getting some extra value out of my time. Lately, I have been finding that they are just the motivation I need.

Being Boss is a podcast created and hosted by Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative and Emily Thompson of Indieshopography. These two lovely ladies tell it how it is, and offer real honest advice for creative entrepreneurs. Weather you have a main hustle or a side hustle, this podcast offers great content and value. Each episode goes in depth on a particular topic. Topics range from how to stay motivated, tips on branding, and my favorite: beating “fraudy feelings”.  Full episodes are published on Tuedays and minisodes are published on Friday. Even though these podcasts are being listened to by thousands of people, it always feels like Emily and Kathleen are speaking just to you. I also feel like the topics of the podcast always appear at the perfect time. I’m always like “yes! This is exactly what I’m going through!” They always end the episode with the most important message: Do the work and be boss.

They have also created a Facebook group where other creatives can connect. The group now has over 1,000 bosses in it, and is incredibly supportive. Since joining the group and being active in discussions, I have learned what I always needed to know: I am not alone.

Check out Being Boss and the Being Boss Facebook group. You’re welcome.

Touches of Texture

Salem Style :: Maison Jules – Wicked Peacock – Tory Burch – Stitch Fix - ModclothOkay Spring, very funny, you can come out now. This has been the season that will never end! Every so often we get a beautiful day, and then the next day, it’s back to freezing! We also have been getting those days where you need a winter coat in the morning and only a light jacket in the evening.

I wore this outfit to work (but I had a blazer) and I switched to this fun faux leather jacket to go to the Beauty Bash at Cambridgeside Galleria. This jacket was in one of my Stitch Fix boxes and I instantly fell in love.

Salem Style :: Maison Jules – Wicked Peacock – Tory Burch – Stitch Fix - Modcloth

Salem Style :: Maison Jules – Wicked Peacock – Tory Burch – Stitch Fix - Modcloth

If you have never tried Stitch Fix, I think you should. You fill out a comprehensive style profile and include your measurements. Then every month (or however frequently you choose) you get a box of five items especially picked out for you delivered to you home. I love that I get sent items that I would never pick out for myself, but they totally work!

Salem Style :: Maison Jules – Wicked Peacock – Tory Burch – Stitch Fix - Modcloth

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Scarf :: Salem Style

Earrings :: c/o Wicked Peacock

Jacket :: Stitch Fix

Shirt :: Modcloth

Glasses :: Warby Parker

Leggings :: Maison Jules

Shoes :: Tory Burch

Salem Style :: Maison Jules – Wicked Peacock – Tory Burch – Stitch Fix - Modcloth

Forget the Styrofoam Cup

Iced Drink Cozies made from 100% American Grown Cotton. Eco-Friendly Drink CozyYou know when you go to get an iced coffee and they hand it to you with that extra styrofoam cup? Sure it seems like they are going above and beyond to make sure your cup stays cold and your hands stay dry.

Iced Drink Cozies made from 100% American Grown Cotton. Eco-Friendly Drink Cozy

But they are doing the environment a huge disservice. Styrofoam doesn’t decompose! (Okay so it takes over a million years to break down) and it’s said that there are millions upon millions of these cups going nowhere.

Iced Drink Cozies made from 100% American Grown Cotton. Eco-Friendly Drink Cozy

I made cotton iced coffee (or tea, smoothies, whatever you like) Cozies because this issue really started making me mad and I wanted to do something about it. I’m not expecting to make a huge impact here, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

You can check out the cozies here

Iced Drink Cozies made from 100% American Grown Cotton. Eco-Friendly Drink Cozy

Okay that was my rant. Have a great Wednesday and please think about ditching that styrofoam cup.

Iced Drink Cozies made from 100% American Grown Cotton. Eco-Friendly Drink Cozy

Staying In With Style

 Admit it, you have turned down plans because you just needed a night in. Whether you wanted to curl up with a good book, or binge watch a show on Netflix, you knew you needed time to unwind.

Well I hear you loud and clear. As I am writing this, I am in yoga pants and those fuzzy socks from Bed Bath and Beyond. (yes I buy those, don’t judge me) But I really think that those nights in are something to be celebrated. Snuggle up in a soft blanket and light a candle that is your favorite scent. This time is for you, so you should treat yourself!

I made a Mavatar Cart of some items on my “Staying In With Style” Wishlist. Enjoy <3

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<3 Have a great weekend!

Wicked Peacock :: Necklace Giveaway

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Spring is finally here! Although with the temperatures in Salem and Boston still being below freezing, it’s difficult to believe. But you know what spring means? Bright fun colors! So I love wearing black. It’s been my go-to for years. The best way to make black not so blah is by mixing it up with fun accessories. That is especially why I am so excited to share how I styled this bright and beautiful necklace from Wicked Peacock.

Salem Style and Wicked Peacock :: salemstyle I am so excited to be collaborating with Wicked Peacock because I love independent small businesses (especially those ran by women!) Wicked Peacock is a jewelry and accessory boutique featuring work from independent designers as well as trendy fashion jewelry. Their vibe is boho eclectic chic, girly and sparkly.

And to all my local girls, Wicked Peacock is in Rockport! (One of my favorite places to visit) Right in the adorable seaside Bearskin Neck area. Can’t make it up to Rockport? No worries, they ship their jewelry too.

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Salem Style and Wicked Peacock :: salemstyle

Salem Style and Wicked Peacock :: salemstyle

So guess what the best part is?? You can win this gorgeous statement necklace and a pair of pearl stud earrings!! These are the steps

1:: Follow @_wickedpeacock_ on Instagram

2:: Follow @salemstyle on Instagram

3:: Comment I want to win! on any of Salem Style’s or Wicked Peacock’s recent photos to let us know you entered

And that’s it!! Open to all U.S. residents. The winner will be announced March 27th. Good Luck <3

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Salem Style and Wicked Peacock :: salemstyle

Hat :: Salem Style

Necklace :: Wicked Peacock (and it can be yours!)

Sweater :: Saks Fifth Avenue

Shirt :: PPLA Everlane

Leggings :: Candies

Shoes :: Vince Camuto

Salem Style and Wicked Peacock :: salemstyle

Etsy Seller Interview BONUS :: Salem Style

I had so much fun really getting to know some amazing sellers behind some beautiful Etsy shops. During the process a few readers asked, “what are you answers??” So here they are <3

Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? 

A few years ago, I wanted to make my boyfriend a hat for Christmas. I had been crocheting for years, but never had made a hat before. I crocheted a few hats as practice and I wore them everywhere. Friends and coworkers started asking if they could buy one! I figured if they wanted to buy one, who knows who else might!  And so I opened an Etsy shop.

Where does your inspiration come from? 

A lot of places! Salem inspires me a lot, but I also get a lot of inspiration from my friends. My next “big idea” is actually inspired by Nee England in general.

How does your personal style influence your business? 

My business is my personal style! I would wear every single thing I make. Some items are a little more “me” than others, but I love all of it. My favorite colors show up a lot too. I don’t think I could make anything that wasn’t my personal style because I wouldn’t feel a connection.

What has been you biggest accomplishment so far?

Having the business for three years! Also I have had a few girls in Boston come up to me and say “are you salem style?” Being recognized out of context seems like a huge acconplishment. I felt great!!

What are your toughest challenges selling on Etsy?

Standing out. I have been working hard to improve my photos and SEO, but even then my items will get lost in the broad search category. You definitely have to put a lot of time and effort into your shop, you can’t just sit back.

What tool or app do you think helps your Etsy shop the most?

I love Evernote for the shop. Anytime I have an idea or want to keep track of something I put it in a note. I can access Evernote from my phone, iPad, and any computer. It definitely helps me stay on top of things. Instagram is also huge for me. I love the sense of community and support with instagram.

What words of advice would you give to new Etsy sellers?

Never stop learning. You are never done. Keep trying out things and see what works. Use the flood as a stepping stone. Joining an Etsy team is good too, but make sure it’s an active one that’s not just spammy promotions.

What are your plans for the future?

I am thinking about a brand redesign and I would like to redo my whole website. I also want to plan on having more models in the shop. Hopefully I can add more knitted items once I improve those skills as well. The sky is the limit!

Etsy Seller Interview :: Posh and Prep


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For our final Etsy Seller Interview for this round, we have Julie from Posh and Prep. I met Julie at a Boston Bloggers event. There was an instant Etsy shop connection! Watching Posh and Prep grow has been an absolute pleasure. Enjoy Julie’s interview <3

Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? 

I must admit — it was because I thought everyone who had an etsy shop seemed like the coolest person ever. Good for them for putting their stuff out there — I want to be that person someday! Update: my etsy shop has been open for a year now, and the cool factor is yet to be determined.

Where does your inspiration come from? 

Mostly pop culture. Everything you write looks prettier when its done in calligraphy — but I have a wicked sense of humor, which I put into most of my designs. Whether its calligraphy and watercolor quotes and prints, or painting “Shhh.. there’s wine in here” on a porcelain mug, I like to make people smile.
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 How does your personal style influence your business? 

It has an extreme impact on it, because anyone can write something pretty, but you have to try and set yourself apart from the rest. My love for paper and packaging also helps, because I can’t just mail an item after it’s purchased, there has to be at least ten feet of bakers twine and washi tape thrown into the mix.

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What has been you biggest accomplishment so far?

Waking up one morning in January with an etsy email saying “one of your items is really popular right now” and finding out my “Buy me pizza and tell me you love me” Valentine card was featured on BuzzFeed’s homepage on their list of Best Funny Valentine’s for 2015. I’m still getting orders for those cards long after Valentine’s day, thanks to BuzzFeed!

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 What are your toughest challenges selling on Etsy?

I’m a one woman shop, like a lot of Etsy shops out there — so just putting together orders and keeping up with the brand (we love to put a lot of effort into packaging our etsy items).

What tool or app do you think helps your Etsy shop the most?

Instagram is 100% my best tool for my Etsy shop. Since calligraphy and hand lettering are such visual things — my instagram friends are the best audience to share new items in the shop with, plus they are a great support system. Its also a wonderful place to check out other amazing etsy shops. I love getting a ‘behind the scenes’ peek at talented Etsy shop owners.

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What words of advice would you give to new Etsy sellers?

Just do it! Put yourself out there as much as you can. Its tough in the beginning, because the only sale I had for a long time was someone who was basically forced to buy one of my cards.. but the more you market yourself, the more people will stumble upon your shop and realize they can’t live without your stuff!!

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 What are your plans for the future?

I’m in the process of purchasing my first letterpress! In the meantime, I’ve been photographing some new prints and cards to add to the shop. I also hope to add lots more wedding items, like signs and place cards, because right now I’ve just been doing that locally with Boston and New England brides.

Be sure to check out Posh and Prep:

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/poshandprep


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Thanks to all of the amazing Etsy sellers for sharing a behind the scenes peek <3

Splash of Color with Rocksbox

Salem Style and Rocksbox    Can it be any colder out? Lately I have been piling on layers and feeling like a marshmallow. Thankfully, the sun has been making an appearance and starting to melt all of this snow! It feels nice to wear actual outfits again, instead of just a mass amount of clothes (because wearing a blanket is frowned upon…) Salem Style and Rocksbox  I am so excited about this post because I was able to show you the sparkly goodness that came in my Rocksbox delivery! Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service for jewelry! You fill out a style profile and select pieces you are interested in. You can either choose to buy the pieces you receive, or send them back. It’s that simple! I fell in love with this necklace by Perry Street, but I thought from the picture it might have been a bit too much. I’m glad I gave it a shot because I discovered I love it!!

You can try Rocksbox yourself AND you can get your first month for free with the code salemstylexoxo.

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Hat :: Salem Style

Necklace :: Perry Street c/o Rocksbox

Jacket :: BCBG Maxazria

Shirt :: H&M

Bracelet :: Loren Hope c/o Rocksbox

Skirt :: BCBG Maxazria

Leggings :: Saks Off Fifth

Shoes :: Björndal

Salem Style and Rocksbox

Lately in Life



I hope you have been enjoying all of the inspiring interviews with Etsy sellers. I love that everyone can have such a different experience! Whether your venture is your main job, or something on the side, we all have a lot to learn and a lot to share!

Lately I have been crocheting up a storm (still struggling when it comes to knitting). The frigid weather has inspired me to stay inside and create more warm fuzzies! 

Want to read the Etsy Seller Interviews?  Click here

There is still time to enter the $300 Anthropologie gift card giveaway! Click here 

Have a great weekend everyone <3 

Etsy Seller Interview :: Letters From Rita

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This edition of the Etsy Seller Interviews is with Stephanie from Letters From Rita. Stephanie will take a quote that means the most to you, and make it more beautiful. I hope you enjoy her interview and be sure to check out Stephanie’s beautiful work.

Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? 

I’ve always been a doodler. Pair that with graphic design background and a love of words, and I thought starting my own hand-lettering Etsy shop would make sense! But it took me two years to even start the shop, and then another year to tell anyone about it. Honestly!

Where does your inspiration come from? 

To be honest, good music with amazing lyrics really, really inspires me the most. I am so not musical, but I’ve come to appreciate the craft of it. Some people have this way with words and then I feel compelled to put those words on paper in a pretty way.
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 How does your personal style influence your business? 

My home is a mix of organized chaos and white space (so two totally opposite things, but for some reason they work.) In my designs, I try to make the type really interesting, while still keeping a nice balance of white.

What has been you biggest accomplishment so far?

I love being able to create an heirloom piece for someone. I recently lettered a quote from one of my photography clients’ wedding ceremony, which was fun because it combined both my little businesses! Never thought that would happen!
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 What are your toughest challenges selling on Etsy?

Hmm.. well, Instagram has the biggest following (that I can see), so getting my traffic from Insta to Etsy has been my main focus lately!

What tool or app do you think helps your Etsy shop the most?

I usually just use the desktop version of Etsy!

What words of advice would you give to new Etsy sellers?

Be patient!! And believe in your art.
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 What are your plans for the future?

One of my ‘someday dreams’ is to paint a huge mural on the side of a building!

Be sure to check out Letter From Rita:

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/LettersFromRita

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