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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

Etsy Yarn Geek Accessories

:: crochet by Michele - $26 ::

:: crochet by Michele – $26 ::

Yes I am a yarn geek. I laugh out loud at yarn humor, pin yarn storage ideas on pinterest, and I swoon over yarn like some girls do over shoes. The very idea of holding just a material that can be made into anything, is inspirational. So for all the yarn geeks out there, here’s looking at you. And here are some fun goodies that I think you will appreciate. Because it doesn’t matter if you knit, crochet, or even weave on some sort of loom thing, yarn geeks will always come together and appreciate yarn!

:: convertible girl shop -$10

:: convertible girl shop -$10

 

:: pastiche accessories - $12

:: pastiche accessories – $12

 

:: kc soaps n more - $10

:: kc soaps n more – $10

 

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:: kelly conner designs etsy – $24 ::

 

:: malibu quilts - $2 ::

:: malibu quilts – $2 ::

 Do you have any hobby related accessories you enjoy?

Five Favorites: Sun Hats

With the #BOSatoga trip tomorrow, I thought it was fitting that this weeks give favorites were sun hats. And not just any sun hat, but sun hats fit for a day at the races!
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Salem Spots: A&B Salem burgers + beer

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The other night C had an out of town friend coming to hang out for the night. We wanted to go somewhere that had outdoor seating but was fun and casual. Enter A&B Burgers.

We’ve been here quite  a few times and always enjoyed it and had a great experience. Everything at A&B is always fresh and delicious. Knowing that they choose local and quality ingredients definitely is a plus. And even though I do not have any dietary restrictions, I want to point out they have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

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A&B is located on St. Peter’s Street in the renovated Old Salem Jail. The building itself is historic and gorgeous. And what people might not know, is that there is plenty of parking half a block from the restaurant.

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:: oreo adult milkshake

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I chose to get an “adult milkshake” and yes it’s exactly what you’re thinking, and it’s amazing. Mine was Oreo and it was perfect. You could barely taste the adult ingredients keeping it’s true flavor.

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:: B Burger and homemade sweet potato chips

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:: truffle parmesan bacon fries

I also ordered the B Burger. I’m not a fan of lettuce on burgers, but I am more than okay with arugula. We also ordered onion rings and truffle parmesan bacon fries. Everything came out great and it was delightful.

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So next time you’re in Salem, check out A&B Burgers. Check out their website for the menu and more information on their restaurant. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

And that’s this weeks Salem Spot :)

Hidden Little Alley

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After work I usually change out of whatever I am wearing as quickly as possible. When I got home the other evening, I was very conflicted. It’s summer, and the weather is beautiful, but it’s been exceptionally chilly. (Doesn’t help being near the water) so I grabbed my little black hat and headed out the door. I have missed this little hat so much. I thought it pulled this casual hangout / frolic around town look together.

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Top: Urban Outfitters similar

Hat: Salem Style :)

Shorts: Maison Jules

Shoes: Crown Vintage

Bag: Louis Vuitton

Necklace: So Good Jewelry

Five Favorites: Poufs

Last night, C and I had several of our close friends over for dinner and drinks. Well technically we made breakfast food, but anyway. One thing that usually happens when there is a good size gathering, Cards Against Humanity comes out and we all gather around our coffee table (which is getting a makeover, stay tuned) and half the time at least 3 people are on the floor. That’s when I said, “That’s it. We need to get a pouf or two.” Everyone looked at me like I was insane. After I explained a Pouf was a floor cushion or ottoman, it was deemed reasonable. With that being said, I am now hunting for poufs. These are my five favorites.

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:: wayfair – $59 ::

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:: zeldabelle on etsy – $135

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:: atg stores – $219 ::

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:: spell it with peas on etsy – $145 ::

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:: overstock – $160 ::

Where is your favorite place to shop for Home Décor?

A Salem Summer Day & eShakti

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It’s this time of year that I am constantly reminded that I love Salem. There is nothing quite like stepping out the front door and being greeted with a cool ocean breeze.

 

When eShakti said they would make me a dress, I was overjoyed. eShakti is a website for women where they customize clothes for not only your size, but your preference as well. They understand that everyone is different and that not everybody can fit perfectly into the typical S M L.

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I am 5’7 and it’s almost all legs. I have a terrible time finding skirts and dresses that are an appropriate length because everything is a mini skirt on me. I actually kept this dress length as is, because it falls right below my knees. The pockets are a plus too (and you can have them taken out if you’re not into that). This dress is perfect for frolicking around Salem (yes, frolicking.)

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Dress: c/o eShakti

Sunglasses: H&M (similar)

Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)

Earrings: Unknown (similar)

Belt: I think it came on a dress or something (similar)

 

 

 Check out eShakti for yourself! http://www.eshakti.com/