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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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Flanel x PlayFlannel x Play

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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!

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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.

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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

 

Today I Feel Like A #GIRLBOSS

This past October was the best October my shop has ever seen, by far. I had a feeling that it was going well. However, it wasn’t until I really started looking at the numbers that I realized this little shop is growing.

 

I also realize now that I don’t give myself enough credit. It’s so easy to compare yourself to what other people are doing and get discouraged. Stop looking at what others were doing! Only compare to what you are doing. So with that being said, today I feel like a #GIRLBOSS.

 

From this point on, I am going to stop looking at the floor when people ask me about my Etsy shop and blog, and proudly say what I am achieving with confidence. I put so much love and care into every single thing that I do for this brand, and I want to show it. Never have I though of an idea and planned it out so thoroughly and have stuck with it for so long. This isn’t just a hobby or even a passion project, this is a part of who I am. Salem Style has a lot of growing to do, but I feel confident that it can grow, because I can grow.

 

This is a great feeling.