HGF: Closet of the week/month!

You never know these days how full my docket is with things to do. Now that my house is in immaculate shape and I’ve got my entire inventory tallied up and all the new items that need to be listed up in my closet are up, I think it’s time to just sit down and let my thoughts out. With that said, it also goes to show that I’ve done quite a bit of shopping. Almost an absurd amount, actually, an unforgivable amount. Thankfully when I spend my money it’s always on good deals (I’m a barter at heart!). It’s about time that I announce this week’s (or month’s) closet that I urge all of you to check out! I did get my Louis Vuitton Bundle from her, and I got 3 Louis Vuitton bags for $350!! It was unreal and if you look through all of her other listings she has tons of other stuff! Now my bags did need a little fixing, which was great because I took them to LV and they patched em all right up! So may I present to you all Alexis Kellum her Poshmark handle is: @twiggy113.

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Now this is just a snippet of this girls closet but let me tell you, you are gonna find some lux designer goods for a FRACTION of the price. I would highly recommend checking out her closet because she gives good deals and she has tons of swag that I guarantee you will need to have in your hands! So fellow poshers, please give her closet a look around, ask her questions and of course shower her with some posh love!

Stay healthy,

-E

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Poshmark vs. ???

WOW, it’s been quite some time since I’ve actually been writing anything, there’s been a few topics I wanted to cover but these past couple of months I’ve been working this one. As you can see by the title I’ve tested and tried other apps and gave my review of each. Don’t worry I am still “Posh-Loyal” so I haven’t strayed away too far while conducting this review! I broke each review up into 4 categories where I reviewed completely from a business/ consumer perspective to give you guys a full look into each app and you can see how they string up against Poshmark. The four categories are as follows: Buying, Selling, Searching, and Customer Service / Return Experience.

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First I want to start off with the App ‘Like Twice’ and I’ll start with selling first because it’s easier to get into how to sell based on their business structure. Like Twice I have to say is the best fit for the “woman on the go”, someone who has minimal time to get her things listed, but wants the benefit of getting paid right away. It’s the “Instant Gratification” app. It’s actually quite the idea! The premise is that you request for a bag, and they ship you a bag through USPS and you pack all the clothes you would like sold into this bag and ship it back. Once they analyze the cost they give you a flat amount and once you accept, they send you a check. Sounds easy right?! It’s almost too good to be true actually. I like to call this the Buffalo Exchange way of doing things. If you don’t know what a Buffalo Exchange is, it’s a store that sells recycled fashion. They’re just doing it on a grander scale but with far more restrictions. When you send in your clothes in, you are only restricted to the brands that they want. Have a gorgeous Tadashi gown that you would like to sell? Bummer! They won’t accept it because it’s not within their accepted brands. Not only that THEY call the shots on how much they give you for your clothes. Thinking about getting $100 for the Gucci leather jacket? Oh darn! They will only be giving you $20 for that piece, and that’s set in stone! If you want to get your jacket back, you’ll need to pay $5 shipping to get the item(s) back. As for buying they just opened up handbags even though they were taking a lot of them, and as far as selection goes, it’s limited to the brands so it’s best that you really know designers and all their items and how they fit. They’ve also opened up to taking shoes, so that will be available soon too. Shopping on the website, the search is quite nice, however shopping on the app blows, so if you can get a chance, just shop on the site. The search parameters don’t work as well so, they need to get to steppin on making that experience bearable. I have not purchased anything that I would like to be returned, however if you would like to chime in on an experience then please do so in the comments! I do know however that if you want to return something it’s HAS to be within 30 days and it goes right back to them, in addition you have to pay $5 to return it too. :-\ Overall Grade: C+

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Tradesy: This shopping relm is possibly the closest to Poshmark as far as shopping experiences go. I would attribute it to shopping online at a retail website of a designer brand but the shopping experience is a little more user driven as compared to Like Twice. Purchasing through Tradesy is a bit more calming because when you purchase, it’s typically a flat rate and the price you see is the price you’re paying. When selling an item, there are a few things they do help you along the way. It really does help to list items via website and not just on your phone, it’s just so much faster. They also supply you with 8 pictures that you can upload and it calculates a suggested retail price once you type in the MSRP. The shipping is automatically added to the listed amount so that the buyer pays for everything all at once. There is an additional option to have them send you shipping supplies (which is quite nice) instead of ordering separately through the USPS, but that is also an option. What I really like about the app is that they do ask for a lot of detail on the product, but on the other hand it’s kind of a downer too, because if you have 100 items to list, having a lot of detail takes too much time. In fact, if some fields are blank they won’t let you list the item until all details are filled in, so it can ruin your flow. Searching through the app is good however their parameters are only for brands that are in their preset database. If you wanted to search for Mikoh bathing suits, you’d have to check through the web because if it’s not a default brand in their database, it won’t search it. One thing they do have that I really enjoy, is the Lowest-Highest filter. I think that feature is the Bees Knees when searching. EVERYONE wants the cheaper price on anything so using that option really helps with my shopping experience. As for return policies, Tradesy really does have a good return policy. They stay as a 3rd party the entire time as a mediator and handle everything for you as opposed to other apps (Vinted – we’ll get to that later!). They do have a very strict policy for any item listed, in which it needs to be authentic so rarely I will find an item that is inspired or a replica of some sort. As for overall experience I don’t see this particular site as being social. Private messages and overall sense of privacy and distance away from its users is not really where the trend is going nowadays. With social media taking over there’s a sense of corporate landscaping written all over the website, same goes for their blog. Overall experience B+

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At this point it’s easier to segue into the next App: Threadflip. Primarily because its much easier to explain. Threadflip is pretty much a mashup between Like Twice and Tradesy. They offer the same full service as Like Twice but also give you the option of listing the items yourself, like Tradesy/ Poshmark. One thing about Threadflip, when selling, is that when you put in a price it tells you how much you are getting off of a certain listing within a range. All items that are sold need to be approved by the seller first before the order is placed. Primarily because Threadflip with automatically put your item on sale for you, which is kind of nice but also out of your control. When listing, the details aren’t as excessive as Tradesy but they do ask a few other questions, like the color of your item and they do allow you 5 photos per listing. They also have more options when it comes to shipping, with shipping they let the seller choose how they want to handle shipping, as opposed to having the shipping already added to the price. When shopping, you can buy multiple items in your cart at once and depending on whether or not the Seller wants to tack on shipping you’ll see your subtotal as opposed to shopping each closet and paying each individual time. Overall Rating: B

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Last App – Vinted. So this app HAS to be the youngest of all the apps that are out there. This one is by FAR one of the least modified or up to date apps. The app right now is really just a skeleton of what the other apps have to offer. Buying from them is actually fairly easy. You click a button and fill in your payment info and it saves your information for future purchases. Selling is a crap shoot pretty much. Because if you are selling an item that perfectly fits the options they have listed then you are good to go, but lets say if you have a sport bra by lululemon athletica. There isn’t a category to place it in except for “Other Clothing” or you can put it in the category of “Tops”. Then you’re going to have to pray that someone searches in tops where you categorized it. Searching an item (oh man don’t get me started!), it’s like sifting a needle through a haystack. Not only do posts allow hashtags (#) but when you search a brand it pulls every listing that has that hashtag. So an ugly shirt that has no brand will pull up if the seller adds: #toryburch #chanel #louisvuitton #express in the description, if you’re searching for ‘Tory Burch Bags’, which leaves you scrolling through tons of unrelated listings Ugh! *Annoying*. Also they have a sizing system that isn’t very specific. Like 8/M, 10/M, so you’re constantly asking the seller ” Is this more a 10 or a M?”, so buying is a bit more of a hassle. Their return policy is the worst I’ve ever experienced, if you are dissatisfied with your product you’re pretty much on your own. They do refunds if you return the item, but typically it’s pretty much a “hash it out between the both of you” kind of culture. Not to mention you have to pay the shipping to send it back to the seller even though it’s their bad and they didn’t list something properly, so no guarantees ladies! I know, it’s the worst. So just be 1000% sure that you are getting what you are paying for and even though it isn’t authentic, you’ll go through the same run around! The ONE good thing this app has is that they have amazing deals. Some are too good to be true and others are diamonds in the rough. I found a Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 for $198 in fantastic condition, not to mention it was authentic (Louis Vuitton told me so!) so I lucked out. I’ve found Marc jacobs attire for SUUUUPER cheap and Chanel items for dirt cheap! I mean, it’s like sifting through a thrift store online! It has it’s gems, so it’s not a total loss. Overall rating: D+

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So how does Poshmark stand up against all these other apps? There are other apps out there like LaPosha which I didn’t review because it’s replica city up in there (Overall Rating: F), and the new app Mercari that is spamming all of the Poshers walls (including mine) saying that it’s commission free (for now). Now how exactly is Poshmark in comparison to all of these other ones? Well let me put it simply: Poshmark is well aware of who they are and what they are as a culture. They are a social experience that has redefined a way of online shopping that enhances the experience and promotes individuality within its community. There is a comradery between other users to help support and promote others in a positive manner (people congratulate you on a sale, congratulate you on your host pick, and spread the word about your hosting a posh party). I do wish however there were some things from other apps I would like to see implemented into the Poshmark system (i.e web enabled listing/ editing capabilities, more than 4 photos in a listing, and lowest – highest option in the search filters), so it goes without saying that even Poshmark is working on adding more features. One thing that I don’t get from any of the other apps is there is no personalization, no social interaction, and no community. They are all business/ corporate oriented and they all feel the same, out to get more of your money, make the shopping experience better for you so you can spend more. With Poshmark, this is a very user driven app as well as user individualized. You have the ability to share other’s listings as well as your own and your feed is catered to you and your likes. I did mention social as well! I don’t think any other app out there has made even the slightest attempt to create a bond like poshmark does with each user. I get countless emails thanking me for being such a good user or even emails that I’ve been invited to host and interactive poshparty. So automatically there’s that connection from a member of PMHQ to the user directly and there lies the loyalty. Poshmark also hosts events like Poshfest and local get togethers where you can meet the CEO and other key Poshmark executives and ask them questions directly. They’re all approachable and give you the time of day, and that’s something that no app, no matter how much money has been invested into a company (sorry Tradesy, even if you’re backed by Sir Richard Branson and you look all fancy!), nothing can take away from the overall experience I’ve had with Poshmark. I’ve made friends with Poshmark, I have followers, and even a helpful blog! Don’t get me wrong I love to shop, but if I had a place to sell, at least I know that I have a greater chance of getting my stuff sold and to have repeat clients with Poshmark than any other app!

I hope you enjoyed this review, it was pretty long winded! LOL. Feel free to add your own about others you’ve seen in the app world, or your own experiences below in the comments section!

Stay healthy,

-E

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POSHMARK CLOSET OF THE WEEK – A closet to swish and swoon over!!

My ladies….and gents of course! May I present to you this amazing closet from none other than Posher @swishandswoon. Jessica, the owner of this magnificent closet is a Southern California native and has been bewitching me with her photography/ covershots/ and and overall sense of style. Brands ranging from Anthropologie, Zara, Current Elliot, and even Valentino are just a few to hang on these shelves. All of which are intricately styled in each covershot, to make you, the buyer, feel like a one of a kind dimepiece (dimepiece- When a girl is bangin’, hot, beautiful, “A perfect ten.”). I urge you ladies to take a look and if you can get a chance, buy something, because there won’t be anything left. She tends to sell out quickly! I got the chance to snag a few questions from her, check it out!

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1) How long have you been with Poshmark?

I’ve been with Poshmark since April 2014.

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2) What do you look for in your items that you showcase in your closet?

I’m always on the lookout for quality pieces that are in season and selling at luxury retailers like Anthropologie and Neiman Marcus. Right now I’m loving shredded denim paired with silky blouses.

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3) What do you use to shoot your cover shots?

I use my iPhone for my cover shots and edit with vscocam. Vscocam is very user friendly!

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4) Each item has its own look, what inspires you to create such intricate photos? Do you have an overall theme? Or do you let the clothes do the talking?

When it comes to photographing my pieces, often times the clothes inspire me to create an image that tells a story. In my closet I have a silk Joie maxi dress in a beautiful royal blue print. When I saw the dress I immediately thought of the beach. I thought about warm sand between my toes, the silk blowing in the breeze, walking hand and hand with my husband. So I photographed it against a simple white backdrop with a few shells scattered around. My hope is when a potential buyer sees the dress and the beach theme, they might also picture themselves wearing at the beach and having a great time!

 

So glad to have gotten a moment with Jessica to give you guys a chance to check out some of her wicked stuff. If you have a closet that you would like to nominate for next week’s Healthy Girl Fashion ‘Closet of the Week’ let me know in the comments below!

 

Stay Healthy,

 

-E

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Nominate me for as a Panelist/Speaker for Poshfest 2014!!

Hi all!

I had another topic brewing for this week but since I just got an email from Maria Morales urging all poshfest attendees and potential attendees a chance to nominate any posher to be a speaker or panelist for this upcoming Poshfest 2014, I just HAD to share. So if any of you poshers have a moment to nominate me as a speaker or a panelist, please DO!! I would really love to get your support and to have a moment to speak on behalf of my blog to spread the posh love and help educate more members of the poshmark community! So please if you have a moment fill this form out and nominate yours truly!

 

Thanks you for all your support guys!

 

 

-E

 

 

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My Small Little Business: Managing My Closet

Thanks for reading guys! This next post is for the ‘My Small Little Business’ series, so I hope you enjoy and make lots of money from it!

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Nobody likes clearing out their closet or even re-organizing everything, trust me if lazy was a profession I would make billions! But seeing as though I eventually would like to turn a profit a some point here are a few tricks that I use that help me with managing my Poshmark Closet.

Closet management I feel is one of the key things to understanding Poshmark and even getting into managing your own business. Poshmark has made it ever so easy to manage and view some of the recorded data from your sales to help maintain your closet, and up the potential of sales in the future. I really like some of the great features that Poshmark has within the app to help you get organized. If you don’t know already, when you are in your profile you are able to see the orders purchased as well as the order you’ve sold, and when you click on them they give you the information of the sale and link you to the shipping information. Also your closet stats to give you an idea of where your sales are going and your progress. In the pic below you would click on the left side where it would say ‘My Closet Stats’ in your profile.

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This is a few older purchases of mine but if you click on each of your own in your own profile the open up all the details on that sale!

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Just like in this one you can see in one of my recent sales this is the information regarding that order.

1. The first thing that I do everyday is share my closet. If you don’t already know that each time you share your item it puts that item at the top of your closet, then now you know! Some people organize their closet adding an extra listing that states what the next few listings are, for instance you’ll see something like: “SKIRTS!!” then the next few listings are skirts before you see another listing “DENIM!!” then all their denim in their closet. I think there are pros and cons to this. I’ll start with cons: When you share your entire closet, that means you have to share those listings too, so extra work is not my favorite in my book of lazy. It also sets up a small limitation to the people that happen to click on my closet. If everything is organized to the tee, then the super awesome deal I have on Joe’s Jeans are at the bottom with the other denim and it’ll never get seen. On the other hand I do like the organization of all the garments, it does make the shopping experience easier when you have a buyer who has the same fit in denim as you and you can have them all together, so the likeliness that they bundle is higher. Happy medium? Keep all the super hot deals and cute stuff on top and keep it organized on the bottom. Also when an item sells, share all the items (in whatever rotation that you want it, but if you want the hot deals/ super cute on top then share them last) and the sold items will go to the bottom.

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2. Next, I clean out the closet. With Poshmark’s rules embedded into mostly every member’s brain, we all can sniff a PayPal/ Offline transaction listing from a mile away. So I cleaned out all the items from my closet that say SOLD on the listing title or any of the past bundled items that have already been accepted by the buyer. So all you can see are the Poshmark SOLD transactions. It gives the Poshmark die-hards a sense of security that your purity lies with Poshmark alone, as it should be. So now you are displaying to all potential buyers and newer posher’s that you follow the rules and you set the standard/ example for all other Poshers out there.

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3. Money. So it’s no secret that I don’t manage my money really well. I give people big discounts on a whim, I lower my items without looking to see if I’ll end up going negative or not, and give people free items when they bundle. Not very smart on my part, but as of recent, I’ve been forced to start managing my money and start tightening the leash to my inner generousness. With that said, my fiance showed me how to manage my money on an Excel spreadsheet. I’m not going to go into that, but if I were you I would take a crash course on how to set up some tables and get some formulas going. It would really give you a good sense of organization, and help you plan for sales and such. Now that I have my spreadsheet set up, it’s easier for me now to be a bit more sensible as to how much I can afford to lower each item and still be able to give the buyer what they want, a lower price.

This also gives me a sense of what I have in my inventory. I am able to see what items I have and what items I still need to list based on what I’ve logged. As you can see below I have my items hyperlinked (basically means you can click it and it will take you to the link attached) so that if I forget about an item, I can easily see what item it is. Typically I’ve had more than one listing for Joe’s Jeans and they’re all titled the same so I am able to distinguish which one’s which.

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In addition to spreadsheets, I once heard at Poshfest 2013 that one panelist notated all the addresses of all the buyers that purchased from her closet through the year and sent them all Christmas cards during Christmas time. I thought that was pretty sweet and a swell idea! Plus the response was really overwhelming (a lot of ‘awes!’) so check that out if you’re into stuff like that!

I hope that this has helped give you some ideas to get you more organized! I love to hear some ways you guys manage your closets! Drop me a comment below if you have any questions! Thanks!

 

Stay Healthy,

 

-E

 

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How To Become a Suggested User

I think it’s every serious posher’s aspiration to become a Suggested User. It’s almost a sense of entitlement and belonging that you feel once you become a suggested user and to be given that privilege is a big highlight in your posh career. Now I know what you are all thinking, what exactly is a Suggested User? What’s the big deal? Why is it so important? How do I become one? What happens after I become a suggested user? Well my dears I will be explaining just that!

Now if you haven’t already seen the new APP UPDATE from Poshmark, they basically do a rundown of this information Poshmark style! It’s really clear cut and as to what they basically look for and how they select those users. So read up if you haven’t already! I’m going to give you just a bit more information from a Posher’s perspective as to what the hype is and why it’s been thrown around so much.

So what is a ‘Suggested User’?
A suggested user is just that. If you’re on your iPhone (sorry android users I don’t know what it looks like on your end), you would touch the ‘Feed’ icon on the bottom.

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Then on the top left you would select the person icon with the plus sign next to it. It will take you to a screen that looks like this:

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If you look towards the bottom you will see a few other posher’s names below the twitter icon.

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These ladies are suggested users. They have been tailored specially for me, based on my ‘likes’, and my sizes. Now these rotate so I don’t always see the same people but they will rotate multiple time throughout the day.

What does it mean to be a suggested user?

Well for one, you are more likely to follow people if they are in your suggested users Rolodex since they meet the same style, and roughly the same size as you. That means for the suggested user people are more likely to purchase your items in your closet, or share your items to more people and therefore boost your popularity and overall sales.

What’s the dealio with becoming a suggested user then?

Just to give you a bit more insight, being a suggested user *before the update* meant that everyone defaulted the same 15 suggested users. So those 15 people were pretty much Tila Tequila back in the MySpace days (if you don’t understand the reference, she’s just really really popular for being a pre-selected ‘friend’ on your profile). That’s why being a suggested user meant so much. Suggested users were uber popular, with millions of followers. So their sales were not only super high, but anything they shared would automatically be shared to millions of followers. What a nice chunk of power eh? Well when more and more people wanted a cut of the suggested user pie, that’s when Poshmark started to hone in on refining the suggested user experience. So now being a suggested user has more of a tailored effect than just a mass amount of people following the same select few.

How do I become a Suggested User then? (I want some o’that pie!)

FROM POSHMARK’S BLOG: Being a Suggested User is like being an ambassador — a big part of the role is ushering in, welcoming and helping educate new users as they become part of our community. Because of this, we look for users who have a stellar sales history, clear cover shots and descriptions, an eye for finding and sharing other community members’ listings, and users who are upstanding members of the Poshmark community.

HGF: So it’s a selection process. No need to apply, PMHQ will notify you once you’ve been selected. If you’ve been an upstanding member of Poshmark and you have yet to be noticed just know that this is still undergoing a lot of treatment. Despite who you tag in the various posts that state why you should be a suggested user and all the reasons why it’s your time, be sure to know that PMHQ is sifting through millions of profiles to find you, so please be patient. Your time will come and while you are waiting for that coveted email stating that you’ve been selected with that title of ‘Suggested User’, be sure that you continue being an upstanding citizen of the Poshmark community. No hair pulling!

What happens after I become a suggested user?

First off, congrats if you’ve become one! When I got my email I thought it was pretty cool. But nothing really happens that’s really in front of your face aside from the email they send you congratulating you on becoming a suggested user. Most of the stuff happens behind the scenes. What you don’t see is your name being at the top of someone’s suggested users list, or someone drawn to your profile because another follower shared a few of your items. but rest assured that having that special title comes with a lot of hard work (because I know you have to have an impeccable sales record) and lots of posh love spread around. Enjoy being a suggested user, it doesn’t get thrown to everyone and you’ve earned it! And make sure to share it with your posh friends, because it’s a positive thing!

I think I’ve covered all the bases when it comes to being a suggested user. So if you have more questions please don’t hesitate to ask below in the comments section!

Subscribe and tag your friends!

Stay Healthy,

-E

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HGF Closet of the Week

I’d like to take a moment to highlight one fantastic posher on poshmark. A rare gem that you find in only a few closets. I’d like to share with all of you Katie Saada! 20140714-221430-80070398.jpg
What’s so amazing about Katie’s closet is that she has brands for a bargain! That’s right, get your kate spade, Marc Jacobs, J. Crew on and shop to your hearts content. I know I did and I left one happy customer :-)

I love her cover shots and her pics are amazing. I love that you don’t have to sacrifice quality for savings because Katie stuff is legit! Make sure to grab what you can before it’s all gone, because it’s going to fly fast. If you need a
Link to her closet is here :-)

Don’t forget to check out the Poshmark blog tomorrow that I’m featured and be there to check out my host picks tomorrow at 7pm on the posh mark app! See you there!

Stay healthy and fab,

- E