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Fall 2018

fall is such an awesome time. the leaves are changing colors, the weather is perfect, and all the cozy things emerge. autumn is a time to refresh and renew after the summer is over. i don’t know about you, but I always get that “back to school” feeling, whether I’m in school or not! instead of getting anxiety over it, I’ve turned it into excited energy! Here are some of the things we have been up to:

first, we did a fall photo shoot to really capture the vibe of Salem Style. Corinne from CE Photographee was our photographer, and Rachel styled the shoot. we had such a great time on the roof of a parking garage. music was blasting and everyone really got into it! here are just a few favorites from that day:

 

next, the team is growing. my heart jumps with joy just typing that. although it made me realize, there has always been a team. Chris has always been amazing with shipping out your orders, and Tim designed the current logo and website (and fixes it when I break the site). this fall, a few more awesome friends will be joining the team!

 

also, since I am the only one who currently makes all of the items in the shop, I have decided to scale back. at one point, I tried to have every item available in every color imaginable. going forward, I am going to remake the items in the colors that are the most popular. this will make it easier for me to make sure items stay in stock.

xo – Julianna

 

p.s. Chris and I got married last June

 

stay warm. stay cozy. stay authentic.

Julianna

10 Items to Make Your Home Cozy This Fall

If you have been a follower  of Salem Style for a little while, you will know that around here, we’re all about autumn! The fall season is definitely a fan favorite, and we welcome it. To get into the spirit of the season, here are a few awesome handmade items to make your  home more cozy.

 

Into The Woods Soy Much Brighter

  1. this candle from Soy Much Brighter that will make your home smell like a cozy cabin in the woods.
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  2. a handmade match holder from DieheartBoutique to display all of those matches you will need to light candles.
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  3. this banner from LovingLeighYours that will be there to remind you if you need it.throw blanket
  4.  a throw blanket from VillagerHome to wrap up in or become a cocoon.
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  5.  a blanket ladder from BarnwoodUSAHomeDecor to turn your collection of snugly blankets into decorpayne pack
  6. this microwavable neck wrap from PayneAndComfort to give you some smoothing relief.
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  7. a bunch of faux greenery that looks incredibly real from HandcraftsInStudio, especially if you struggle with keeping plants alive.pillow
  8. this pillow from GatheringHomeDesigns that you will want to snuggle up with.shelves
  9. a set of floating shelves from TheHeartlandWoodCo to instantly add coziness to any room (and keep you organized!) door mat
  10. and finally, a doormat from DeclarationHome to let everyone know before they event enter how cozy your home is.

 

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Local’s Guide to Salem Massachusetts

When you have a business named Salem Style, you often get asked for recommendations  by anyone planning a trip to Salem Massachusetts. I have compiled this guide (with help from the #SalemStyleSquad) to give you a few ideas that are recommended by Salem Locals!

Where to Eat –

Firenze 2 Lynde St, Salem, MA 01970 – firenzesalem.com

“Best Italian” – Shay & Chris

 

Howling Wolf 76 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.howlingwolftaqueria.com

“Great bartenders great margaritas” – Martina

 

Adriatic 155 Washington St # 1, Salem, MA 01970 – www.adriaticrestaurantandbar.com

“Great food, cozy ambiance.” – Patrick

 

Turners 43 Church St, Salem, MA 01970 – https://www.turners-seafood.com

“They have a cozy atmosphere with a very friendly staff. The seafood is fresh. The food is delicious.” -Allie

 

Kokeshi  41 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.kokeshirestaurant.com

Awesome ramen that is the comfort food you didn’t expect you would be craving, especially on a chilly day.

 

Red’s 15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.redssandwichshop.com

Great spot of breakfast. Don’t be intimidated by the line out the door, it moves quickly and it’s worth it!

 

Boston hot dog co 60 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.bostonhotdog.co

It’s an awesome place to grab lunch. The hot dogs are great, and the coleslaw is “better than the colonel’s”.

Where to Drink –

Notch 283 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.notchbrewing.com

“Great Beer and Atmosphere” – James

 

Opus 87 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.salemopus.com

“Huge variety on their menu and gorgeous ambiance.” – Sarah

“Great bar and vibes and awesome cocktails!! Always consistent.” – Rachel

“Great Bartenders and live music.” – Shay & Chris

 

Ledger 125 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970 – https://www.ledgersalem.com

“They make the best drinks” – Lindsey

“It’s new and I like the vibes. This is the head chef’s second restaurant – his first one being a huge success.” – Amy

 

Far From The Tree 108 Jackson St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.farfromthetreecider.com

A few blocks from downtown, Far From The Tree is a great place to grab a drink and hang out. Their menu is always changing, so get a cider flight of 4 ciders to be able to try a variety!

 

Where to Shop –

Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar 96 Wharf St, Salem, MA 01970 – https://shopoceanchic.com

“Stylish and classy.” -Patrick

 

Roost 40 Front St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.roostandcompany.com

“Great gift selection and I always find something for myself.” – Sarah

 

Haus Witch 144 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970 – https://hauswitchstore.com

“If you’re into it- the classes/workshops/meditations offered at Hauswitch. The calendar is on their website and there’s almost always a beginner class! The vibes are welcoming and I always leave feeling centered and “witchy”, no matter what the event was.” – Amy

 

The Cheese Shop 45 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970  – www.thecheeseshopofsalem.com

“Friendly staff and delicious selections of meats and cheeses.” – Allie

 

What to See

Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970 – https://www.pem.org

“Come down to do historical site seeing” – Taylor

 

The Trolley 8 Central St, Salem, MA 01970 – salemtrolley.com

“So many fun stories and you can hop on/hop off all day” – Martina

 

Salem Food Tour – www.salemfoodtours.com

“You get a guided walking history tour and get to try the yummy restaurants” – Lindsey

 

Getting There-

Ferry from Boston 10 Blaney St, Salem, MA 01970  – www.bostonharborcruises.com/salem-ferry/salem-ferry

“Take the Ferry into Boston instead of the train/car.” – Patrick

 

MBTA – https://www.mbta.com/stops/Salem

You can take the train to avoid overpriced Salem parking. Pro tip – Find another station along the Newburyport/ Rockport line and park there.

Seasonal –

The Christmas Trolley  – https://salemtrolley.com/special-tours-6.html

A special trolley tour that helps get you into the holiday spirit.

 

Essex Street in October

There is nothing like being swept up in the Haunted Happenings action right in the heart of downtown.

 

Hotel Salem Rooftop Bar 209 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970 – https://www.thehotelsalem.com

Opening Summer 2018. We haven’t been here yet, but some of us have seen a sneak peek, and we’re pumped.

 

Extra Hidden Gems –

Polonus European Deli and Ice Cream 176 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.polonusdeli.com

Perfect spot to grab a bite for lunch or get a sweet treat to snack on!

 

Derby Joe 142 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970  – derbyjoe.cafe

“A small coffee shop down Derby Street with amazing coffee.” – Allie

 

Caramel 281 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970 – caramelpatisserie.com

Get a chocolate croissant or a few macarons and treat yourself!

 

The Landing Bar  10 Blaney St, Salem, MA 01970 – www.bostonharborcruises.com/the-landing/salem-landing

Awesome outdoor bar right by the ferry dock with a great vibe.

 

Enjoy Salem!

How to Style a Blanket Scarf

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Blanket scarves are so awesome! They’re the closest thing you will get to leaving your house with your bed. Blanket scarves are perfect for a chilly day, and they are so stylish and versatile! This guide is here to help you know how to rock your blanket scarf, in style!

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Turning Three :: A Look Back on 2014

I often think that it was incredibly silly to start a business right in-between Christmas and New Years. The shopping season is basically finished and the first sale opportunity was slim.  Now that we are three, (yes “we”, because Salem Style is another being), I think this was the best time to start. Having a business anniversary and the turn of the year at the same time is incredibly fitting, not to mention the accounting matches up to the calendar year perfectly. But more importantly, this is the time where people reflect on the past year, and set goals for the new year to come.

This past year has been fantastic. It started off shaky. Really shaky. The 2013 holiday season did not being what I thought it would in the shop, and the blog was basically non-existent. I was stuck in a 7 day a week job at a car dealership that I absolutely hated.  It only took until February to turn it all around. I started a new job in Boston (which I LOVE!) and I earned back the time to focus on Salem Style.

I am not going to go on and on and on, but one thing that has been amazing this past year is you. The interactions on social media and constant support and ideas have been wonderful.

This holiday season has set many new records for Salem Style, and I am overwhelmed and overjoyed. It has given me the confidence to continue and know that I can not only reach goals that I set, I can surpass them. Time to set some goals.

Cheers to leaving a great year behind and discovering a new year ahead.

Thanks for making me feel like a #GIRLBOSS

 

<3 Julianna

Cozy Style :: Linda

Welcome to the newest edition of Cozy Style. This winter season I will be showcasing how bloggers keep cozy in style. This week is Linda from Trendy on a Budget:: 

 

Hi Salem Style readers! My name is Linda, a fellow Boston blogger over at Trendy On A Budget. Today, I’d like to share with you my cozy style. Now that the cold weather has decided to stay, I am all about fuzzy/oversized/printed knits. When layered with other pieces, it is the perfect defense against the chilly New England weather. Here’s a round-up of my fave cozy pieces!

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Cozy Style :: Janee

IMG_9582IMG_9584Welcome to this season’s newest segment called Cozy Style. This winter season I will be showcasing how bloggers keep cozy in style.

Janee of Yellow Bird Yellow Beard keeps warm during the winter with a cozy cowl scarf and tall boots. Janee is taking on the frigid New England weather by bundling up with warm and stylish accessories. I love that her beautiful patterned coat stands out with the contrast of her chic black accessories. Her cowl scarf looks perfect for braving the elements and being snuggly!

Check out the links below for more details of her outfit!IMG_9583

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Thank you Janee! <3

Cozy Style :: Dariel

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Welcome to another edition of Cozy Style. This winter season I will be showcasing how bloggers keep cozy in style.

Dariel of A Daily Dose of Vitamin D, keeps tall boots, layers, and a cute hat. Pairing the dress with long sleeves is a great transition to bring your closet into the colder season. Dariel uses inspiration from French fashion for this look, complete with beret. (Bonus points to Dariel for rocking her Salem Style hat!)  Check out her blog for more details of her outfit!

 

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Cozy Style :: Amy

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Welcome to this season’s newest segment called Cozy Style. This winter season I will be showcasing how bloggers keep cozy in style.

Amy of Cupcakes & Couture keeps warm during the winter with cozy faux fur and tall boots. Amy knows how to be cozy and adds feminine accessories to elevate her outfit to cozy sophistication. What a great look for staying warm and snuggly on the go! Check out her blog for more details of her outfit!

If you’re looking for a gift that glitters and sparkles, look no further. Amy also makes glitter stemmed glassware in her Etsy shop. She makes all the glasses to order, so you can pick the color and style of glass.

Find and Follow Amy Here::

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Thank you Amy! <3

10 Tips for Shopping on Etsy

Here is a beginners guide for shopping on Etsy with tips for improving your experience.

10 tips for shopping on etsy

As an Etsy seller, I often forget that not everyone is used to using Etsy. I tell people it’s like eBay for handmade and vintage sellers, but without the bidding. But really when I say that, it doesn’t do the site justice. Etsy is a wonderful platform that helps crafters and artisans connect with each other as well as give them the ability to sell to anyone in the world. You can find some of the nose amazing items with higher quality and care that you will ever find in a store.

Tip 1: Register for an account. Choose a username and password and get shopping. You will need an account to make a purchase, so might as well make one. Also with an account, you can add favorite items, shops, and “follow” other users to see what their picks are (kind of like Pinterest).

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Tip 2: Use the search bar and be specific. If you are looking for a nice pair of handmade gray gloves to go with your new coat, don’t just search “gloves”. You will have to go through so many listings. Etsy has a smart search engine so be specific like “women’s gray gloves” and then toggle the filters in your search results.

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Tip 3: Read the item description. Make sure you read what the seller is saying. This is where they will list what the item is, how big it is, what its made out of, etc. Say you are still searching for those gray gloves. Make sure it’s not a pattern to make Knit Gloves that happens to use a pair of gray gloves as a picture.

Tip 4: If it’s a made to order or custom item, make sure to communicate what you want. Also be sure if it’s a made to order item, you can see the approximate turn around time. This is also where the seller might display multiple colors of gloves with a note “choose color in note to seller” meaning you would write “gray gloves”

Tip 5: Check out the entire shop. The banner at the top of the shop page has announcements. Sometimes sellers will have a coupon code, or important shipping information.

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Tip 6: Read the shop policies. This link can be found on the left hand side of the shop screen. This is where a seller will list their payment policies, shipping, return policy, and any other important information. These are things you will want to know to be an informed buyer. As an added bonus, read the About Page and Reviews. You can really get a better feel of the shop as well as see what past customers have said.

Tip 7: Contact the seller. These shops are all ran by real people. If you want to know more information about the shop or item, just ask! Sellers are usually very friendly and informative.

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Tip 8: Use Etsy’s gift guides. Etsy curates collections of unique gift ideas based on price and recipient. I have found some great ideas this way. It helps give you some inspiration or a starting point for your search.

Tip 9: Shop early for the holidays. Etsy sellers usually have earlier cut off deadlines for holiday orders. Be sure you can see their holiday deadlines to give yourself plenty of time to order.

Tip 10: Contact etsy. If you feel uncomfortable or see anything suspicious, don’t be afraid to reach out to Etsy Support. If the seller won’t respond to you ever and you have a big concern, let Etsy know.

So there you have it! I hope these tips have made your Etsy holiday shopping easier!

all images are screenshots from http://www.etsy.com