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 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

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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