National Cat Day

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Happy National Cat Day!!

How could I let this day pass and not write a post about my little Holly. I adopted Holly about 3 weeks after I was out of college and living alone in my first apartment 2 hours from home. Ever since then, she has been my little buddy and best friend. Yes, she can be psychotic at times, and runs around for no reason at about 3:00 in the morning, but she is such a special little cat.

The day I adopted her, I went to a woman’s house in Swampscott because she was fostering a new litter of kittens on behalf of Friend’s of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animal Shelter. ( A no-kill non-profit animal shelter). When I reached the room there was two twin beds, where the kittens were all curled up on one of the beds. I sat down on the other one, and instantly, Holly jumped from the bed with the kittens on it, and jumped up into my lap. The woman came in and said, “She’s the friendly one of the litter, and the friendliest kitten I have seen in the 4 years I have been fostering kittens.”

I just knew this was my cat. I didn’t pick her, she chose me, and I am thankful every day for her decision.

"Hide N Seek World Champion"

“Hide N Seek World Champion”

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Stripes in Salem

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This past weekend brought incredible weather. Being less than a week until Halloween, Salem was incredibly lively and busy. We had to get out of the house for a little while, and since driving was not an option, soaking up Salem won.

I bought this sweater at Shake The Tree a few weeks ago, at a great event hosted by Linda. It was between the sweater and a dress for the longest time and I got both! As soon as I tried on the sweater, I knew it was meant to be. I felt like I had already owned it since it’s incredibly soft (I shop by feel) and it had mint green in it. Sold. I see myself living in this top.

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Hat: Salem Style

Necklace: c/o Boutikey

Sweater: Shake The Tree

Jeans: LC Lauren Conrad

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Boot Cuffs: Salem Style (gotta represent)

Boots: Ralph Lauren (similar)

If you’ve been eyeing the boot cuffs or any other accessory from Salem Style, Check out Amanda’s latest post on Prim & Propah and there will be a treat in it for you.
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Meet the McIntire & Essex Scarves

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The McIntire Scarf in Gold

You may have already seen pictures of these scarves on various social media, but allow me to formally introduce the McIntire & Essex Scarves. Both are made with the same premium wool acrylic blend yarn and are warm and snuggly.

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The McIntire Scarf in Oxblood

 

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The McIntire Scarf in Spearmint

The McIntire Scarf is a cowl scarf that can be pulled over your head to become a hood. This scarf was inspired by the McIntire district of Salem. This neighborhood looks like it came out of a fairytale. Between the colonial houses, historic monuments, and even the details down to the lampposts, the idea of this chunky scarf reminded me of something out of a story book.

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The Essex Scarf in Charcoal

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The Essex Scarf in Light Gray

The Essex Scarf is an infinity scarf that wraps twice. It is thick enough to be a half hood when pulled over your head. Essex Street is one of the main streets in downtown Salem, and often the location for outdoor fairs and markets as well.

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The McIntire Scarf in Gold

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The Essex Scarf in Light Gray

I am constantly creating and adding more scarves! Check beck to see what’s new!

 

To see the available McIntire Scarves: Click Here

To see the available Essex Scarves: Click Here

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the coffee table story

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This isn’t even close to being a DIY post.

Remember this seemly innocent can of paint? I was so excited when I bought it. Right away it was like I had to go buy brushes and make this happen.

The coffee table that resides in the living room started to become worn. Not worn in that cool antique shabby chic vintage-y way, but in the this cheap coffee table is starting to wear, way.

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This is how bad it got

 The people that were demonstrating this paint made it look incredibly easy (that’s their job, right?) so I was under the impression I would paint the table in the afternoon and then use it that night. Right? Noooo.

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I read the instructions and shook that paint can for a solid two minutes, and stirred it for what felt like ever. I get to start painting, and there’s these crusty chunks in it. Turns out the top layer of paint dried, and here I am shaking this thing like my life depends on it, and I’m just making it way way worse.

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So after a few weeks, a mini meltdown, and my boyfriend sanding the chunks and applying a protective coat, it’s like having a new coffee table. I think it’s pretty! I have a hard time finding things that are that color on it (like my laptop) but it will do. Besides, usually when I’m home, it’s buried by yarn…

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Before chips went into the bowl

So that’s my story, I will not quit my job and paint old furniture fun colors.

This is how it normally looks

 

The Last Day of September

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Today is the last day of September. I can’t believe how much this month has flown. September is always such an awkward time in the year. Everyone is ready to embrace fall, but yet still hangs onto every last drop of summer. Being a lover of all things cozy, hot and humid September days did not agree with me well.

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The shop has needed a bit of a makeover for some time now. I have been noticing that a lot of my pictures were low quality and had been taken with my camera that I had dropped a few times in college.

I cannot wait to continue to share everything I have been creating. There are some collaborations with other bloggers coming up as well, and those will be a treat :)

October with Salem brings madness, but inspiration. I’m ready for you Fall.

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The Vintage Bazaar

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A unique outdoor market place::

This past Saturday, Chris’s mom and I took a trip up to Pettengill Farm in Salisbury MA to check out The Vintage Bazaar. Neither of us had ever been, but she had been checking them out on facebook and asked if I wanted to go. I was so surprised to see how big the bazaar was!

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The vintage bazaar happens in the spring and again in the fall with added seasonal events happening for the first time this year. Not only are there vintage vendors, the bazaar hosts handmade artists, musicians, food vendors,  and the Pettengill greenhouses have beautiful plants.  The Vintage Bazaar is not only family friendly, it’s dog friendly as well! Sellers and shoppers alike had their dogs with them.

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I loved seeing all the vintage items, especially those familiar to me that I could swear my great grandma once had. We had so much fun checking out all the booths and seeing the variety of treasures sellers had on display. I loved checking out all of the up-cycled furniture pieces and than handmade décor.

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Lastly, there was a tent by RePurpose that was demonstrating their new surface paint. I have been talking for weeks about wanting to give my living room furniture a makeover, so I bought turquoise paint. It was such a coincidence that I just had to go for it. (Stay tuned for that result).

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The bazaar was a blast and I can’t wait until we go to another one! Maybe someday, Salem Style will have a booth :D

Sneak Peek: Fall 2014

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

Wearing: Marble Infinity Scarf, Pumpkin Spice Latte Cozy      Yellow Turban Headband / Beige Infinity Scarf / Pumpkin Spice Latte Cozy :: Salem StyleYellow Turban Headband / Beige Infinity Scarf / Pumpkin Spice Latte Cozy :: Salem Style

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