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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

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. I’M HOSTING TOMORROW – So just recently I was contacted by Poshmark’s Social Media team to host a Poshmark Poshparty tomorrow 7/15/14. Please tag me in any of the items that you want me to feature or choose as a HP! The theme is Boho Babe so please tag me on any items that match that theme

2. POSHFEST 2014 – Yes that is correct I am going to Poshfest this year in San Francisco, CA and I hope to meet you ladies there! I will be doing some contest giveaways from healthygirlfashion.com so be ready for some poshfest contest announcements coming soon! I can’t wait to meet all of you!BsN65CuCQAA-kqN

3. CLOSET OF THE WEEK – I started a new feature called “Closet of the Week” and I wanted to highlight a posher’s closet that I think is super amaze! Look for that post tonight/ tomorrow morning. The posher that I picked, you won’t be disappointed and for sure stop by her closet because she has some amazing deals!!

4. POSHMARK’S BLOG ON TUMBLR – In conjunction with my hosting this week Poshmark also reached out to me to feature me on their blog tomorrow! They sent me a Q&A and I sent them my answers and a few new photos from a recent photoshoot with La Luna Photography (she’s located in Orange County CA so find her on yelp!). Check out some of the pics below but also check it out on Thursday as well!! I can’t wait!!

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My Small Little Business: Keepin’ Your Cool During Your Hot Summer Sales

So I haven’t written in awhile because I really wanted to get some good content on here and I don’t want to sound like a broken record reiterating what Poshmark’s Headquarters have already done in their Guide to Poshmark. I do want to go over a few things that I’ve encountered over the past few weeks that I think may help you in your future sales and communication with buyers. I’ve titled this in the “Small Business” series as Keepin’ Your Cool During Your Hot Summer Sales and I’ve named that precisely based on some encounters that I’ve seen and some that I have already experienced. You’ll see what I mean as you are reading, trust.

First I’d like to start off with the new improvements Poshmark has released, some brand new features that are sure to please all buyers and sellers alike! One of which is a rating system that gives your buyers an opportunity to rate the items that they receive based on a 5 star grading scale. I for one LOVE this, it doesn’t really give the public a look at the rating system, but it does give the buyer more of a feedback outlet so they can say how satisfied they are with the items that you’ve received. You can see the rating system in your profile and see where your buyers think there could be more improvement, either in your descriptions or in your shipping and so on. That’s why packaging your item is so important and displaying your item with the best packaging to give your buyers the experience they deserve and to boost up your ratings as a seller! I did do a post on it, if you haven’t read it check it out here.

Secondly, Poshmark has a new notification system that alerts all buyers that have “liked” an item, the new lowered price. Now this one has a slippery slope, let me explain why.  Typically a buyer (or it seems like every buyer on this app) will ask for a lower price and when you lower the price for your buyer, it’s super important that you communicate to them that they stay right by their phones. Reason being is when you lower that price your buyer, everyone else who “liked” that item , will now get a message in their notifications that the item has been lowered. It has now become a “first come first serve” free for all. I did have an item that I lowered for one buyer, and another buyer purchased it and it wasn’t until a few hours later that the buyer that I initially lowered it for said something. To be fair, the second person did purchase it before the first, but I did let them know that I did strike a deal with the first person so it was up to them to give it to the other person. Now lowering a price is up to the seller’s digression, and as you can see it does have some risk to it. I for one HATE/LOATHE/DETEST/ ABHOR (pick one) lowering prices for people that never follow through. The worst part about it is that the person asking you is offering the lower price on your wall, and you HAVE to communicate to them on your wall. And for those of you who don’t know already, your wall may as well be written in permanent ink because what you say is set in stone for the world to see.

There was a topic brought up at Poshfest 2013 that people were urging Manish (CEO of Poshmark) to consider, and that was PMing (Private Messaging…get with the program people!). However his mind wasn’t swayed despite our comments and reasoning, because “People are on their best behavior when they know people are watching” and this is 100% true. He did mention possibly creating a “Make and Offer” system, but it may still be in the works. It DOES in fact cheapen the product when you agree to lower the price and then the buyer disappears, hate to say it but it may happen to you, in fact I’m just going to say that it WILL happen to you. No doubt in my mind that someone will make you lower an item and they will swear on their mother’s grave that they will pay right away, and you will agree and lower it and suddenly they just disappear. Those people are trolls. Yes you can say they’re the ugly kind of trolls that won’t let you pass on a bridge, but in the cyber world that is an actual term. Pretty much people that go around screwing with your business just for the fun of it. Not cool *smh* (Shaking My Head). So now you are left with an item that is lower than your initial asking price and you’ve been exposed allowing this item to be lower than your asking price. WHAT DO YOU DO?!?

Well.. I say, keep your cool and take back control! Listen, no one said you have to sell it at that price. In fact in my posts I purposefully give a contingency that will make or break a deal. Typically I state, “I can lower this if you buy within the hour because I need to make my quota for the month and this offer is unavailable after (such and such) time.” I make it CLEAR that this is a one and only type of thing for that ONE item. No additional bundle discounts on top of the lowered price (unless I’m in a super good mood and I can afford to lower it). If they don’t purchase, you snooze you lose! Or tell them, “I’d like to bundle it for that price”. That’s it! You are 100% in control of your closet, don’t succumb to the desperation of trying to make the sale, its totally not worth it and that’s not the seller that you want to be. Everything eventually sells, trust me, it will. There are numerous items that I posted that I thought would NEVER sell, and they always do. So unless you are really strapped for cash, then lower away! But be weary that you might be a victim of people that are trolling through the app.

In addition to keeping your cool, just as I mentioned before, your words are permanent. PERMANENT. So before you start taking off those earrings ready to throw down at your computer be very cognizant that Poshmark does not take harassment lightly. It is NOT ok for you or anyone to be harassing another posher. I absolutely detest seeing posts of “BEWARE OF THIS POSHER” posts on Poshmark. For one, they aren’t nice, and secondly I try not to pay attention to them since their problems are not any of my concern anyway. Don’t get involved with another Posher’s drama!!! I hate when people gang up on another posher because of a bad trade or deal. Which is why I never trade, I would never like to be on either end of those disagreements. My advice to you in the event that you are faced with an encounter like any of the ones I’ve mentioned in this post? Block them and move on with your life. If there is even a slight disagreement that you notice is starting to escalate, remove yourself from the situation by blocking that posher and if there is harassment, then report it to Poshmark Customer Care (That’s where your 20% commission is going FYI…you’ve been paying for it, why not use it!)

With these new awesome features, you are bound to make some big sales. Last week I decided to lower 1/2 my closet and I sold 42 items in 24 hours! It was great but it didn’t happen without a few of these instances so I hope that these don’t happen to you, but just remember that you need to keep on giving that amazing customer service and if there is anything that is starting to get out of hand: Block them, report them, and move on!

Thanks so much for reading, I would love to hear some of the encounters you’ve experienced or some of the challenges you have as a seller. Please leave them in the comments below!

 

Stay Healthy,

 

-E