HGF Closet of the Month: Jessica Stevenson

I am really excited to share with all of you this month’s HealthGirlFashion.com’s closet of the month. Jessica Stevenson, is one pumped up Posher who’s closet is stocked with some amazing stuff. She embodies all of what Poshmark is all about, spreading the poshlove and having fun while doing it! I don’t want to dive too much into Jessica’s story, because I want you to read about her incredible journey, so without further adieu, here’s @steve383!

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Jessica Lyn Stevenson

Poshmark Handle: @steve383

https://poshmark.com/closet/steve383

How long have you been with Poshmark?

I opened my account in March 2014 but didn’t actually start using the app until Sept 2015.

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Nike Pro Dri Fit Leggings

 

What brands do you have in your closet?

I like to carry a wide variety of brands, but I do focus on name brand, designer and couture pieces. You’ll find brands like Ann Taylor and Nasty Girl; Coach, Burberry and Michael Kors; as well as YSL, Dior, Lanvin, Alexander Wang and Oscar de la Renta.
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How do you create your cover shots?

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I just use a poster board from the dollar store. It’s a new style I’m trying. I like how crisp and clean it looks. Other than that, I just use my iPhone, natural lighting and maybe write the brand of the item on the photo.

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How do you think your closet’s style separates you from other Poshers?

Unlike so many other poshers, I like to focus on ONE size, MY SIZE! You’ll see lots of 0’s and 2’s as well as XS and S. I think it makes it fun to shop my closet because if you’re this size, you’ll be able to create whole outfits from my closet. Also, when shopping the app I noticed there was a bit of a lack of smaller sizes, so I’d like to think I’m filling a need as well.

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Share with us your favorite Poshmark Story:

I have two! The first was I had a fab dress I had bought for myself, and was IN LOVE with it, but I didn’t fit me right. (I’m so dang short) I had reluctantly posted it to sell, and an AMAZING user (@kasidy101) bought it. She not only gave a rave review, but she also posted a pic of herself in it and told me how much she loved wearing it. It really made my day knowing the item found a loving home.

My other story is not about a specific event, but rather a span of a few months. I started poshing when I was diagnosed with cancer. I needed to downsize my wardrobe before moving home and I also needed some cash as I chose to take an time off work. My ability to fully commit to poshing was limited because of countless surgeries. During this time, everyone on the app was so incredible. I received so many prayers, words of encouragement and well wishes. It was so uplifting logging in and seeing these posts from women across the country. It was this support and sense of sisterhood that really got me hooked on the app and helped me keep my chin up during a very scary time.

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Nasty Gal Dream Feeling Dress

What is one tip that you could give yourself that you wish you knew when you started?

When buying, read the sellers love notes first!! When selling, pick a theme and stick with it (the same background, a flower or accessory that’s in every post, etc.) Looking at my original closet layout I just cringe. I would carefully lay the item on any well lit surface, it was so chaotic looking! (and honestly, I’m still working on redoing those older cover shots!)
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What do you do to stay healthy? (We like to hear creative ways!)

After my diagnosis, this has become SO important to me. I stay healthy in a variety of ways. I really try to focus on what going into my body; not only diet wise, but topically as well. I look for organic foods and natural beauty products. As far as staying active, I like to get creative! The gym makes me nervous because I’m SO TERRIBLE at it (literally, I’ve fallen off a treadmill before.) So, instead I enjoy standup paddle boarding, swimming, yoga, kayaking, barre, snowboarding, walking the dog and many other activities.

Favorite purchase off Poshmark?

Omg, SHOES! I have a pair of Sam Edelman suede ankle boots that I’m obsessed with and my Kate Spade glitter Keds!

 

Thank you Jessica for being our closet of the month! You can follow her on Poshmark, and  buy everything in her closet (all photos link to her closet)! What you think about her Poshmark tips?

Comment below!

To look at all the other HGF Closets of the month.

Stay Healthy,

 

-E

FREE Poshmark Inventory Workbook!

EDIT: There are some Poshers who have already pointed out there needed to be an update due to the commission in the ‘Poshmark cut’ column. If you’ve already DL the spreadsheet and want the updated one. It’s been uploaded and fixed here. However if you have already downloaded it, and still see $0.00 in the Poshmark cut portion, then please update the spreadsheet with this formula: =IF(D4<15,2.95,D4*0.2) in the “Poshmark Cut” column. Continue reading FREE Poshmark Inventory Workbook!

Poshmark Themed Games For Your Next Get Together

For those of you that have taken it upon yourself to become a Poshmark Community Meet Up Host. I commend you. Truly, it’s a feat in and of itself and hosting can also put some unwanted pressure on your precious shoulders (and we need those shoulders for our Chanel Jumbo Flap Shoulder bag, duh!). Not gonna lie, being a host does give you a bit of a panic, in any hosting situation, I mean think about how Rio feels for this years Olympics YEESH! You’re in the spotlight, people look to you, and they THEY WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED DAMNIT!!!

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Poshmark Community Meet Up Michigan – Game List

So worry not, Ediza has come to the rescue with a few ice breakers/ games that you can MC to get the party started. Below, I have also attached the materials, rules and downloads for each game. Feel free to take what you need, add to whatever you want to make it your own and have fun!

I also made a super handy video for you to watch (if you’re reading this on your email, then you need to click on the blog post to watch the video…for whatever reason the videos won’t show on emails, it doesn’t like YouTube)

 

Game #1: What’s In My Purse?/ What’s in My Poshmark Closet?

Materials

  • Players need to have their smart devices with the Poshmark app or their own purse

Rules of the game

This game is really simple, just tell all your guests to either get out their purse, or pull up their Poshmark closets. Then make a list of 10-12 items that they might have in either purse or closet. For those people that have the most items in their purse/closet that’s on the list they win.

Here’s a list I came up with for both, but feel free to switch out some for others that you think of!

For what’s in my purse?

  1. Chap stick/ lipstick/ lip-gloss
  2. Credit card
  3. Change
  4. Charge cord
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Cash
  7. Hair tie
  8. I.D.
  9. Pen
  10. Mints
  11. Nail Polish
  12. Tampon/Pad

For what’s in my Poshmark closet?

  1. Used shoes
  2. Gown
  3. Designer Handbag over $250
  4. Jewelry
  5. Winter Item
  6. Something sparkly
  7. A black dress
  8. Any activewear
  9. A men’s item
  10. Stilettos
  11. Designer Jeans
  12. Something NWT

Game #2: Never Have I Ever…Poshmark Edition

I love this game! This is traditionally a drinking game, where you get pretty hammered. But since we are keeping this PG-13 (for now), we’re adjusting to fit the scenario.

Materials (you can click and DL if you need):

  • I Have & Never! Print outs
  • Bamboo Sticks
  • Double sided tape
  • Pens
  • Paper (for players to record their score)

Rules of the game

Each player gets a paddle with prints, a pen, and a scorecard (watch video for assembly instructions). Game host will say each scenario and the players must answer ‘I have’ or ‘Never!’. Depending on the scenario, the host will award 1 point depending on what the answer is. Player with the most points wins the game.

Never have I ever…

  1. Sent a lowball offer. (we’re saying lowball is under 50%) – (Never! +1 point)
  2. Wrote “Not Authentic” on someone’s listing. – (Never! +1 point)
  3. Never sent out a trade. – (Never! +1 point)
  4. Sent a package past the 7 day grace period. – (Never! +1 point)
  5. Received a warning email from Team Posh – (Never! +1 point)
  6. Listed an item 2x it’s value. – (I have! + 1 point)
  7. Sold an item 2x its value. – (I have! + 1 point)
  8. Lied to a buyer. – (Never! +1 point)
  9. Accidentally sent the wrong item. – (Never! +1 point)
  10. Told someone off in the app. – (Never! +1 point)
  11. Sold something over $100 – (I have! + 1 point)

Game #3: Poshmark Trivia

Materials

  • Answer cards
  • Pens
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Click to Download!

Rules of the Game

Each player gets an answer card, and pen. Game host will ask the player to answer the trivia questions. Each player has to write down their answer on the answer cards. Player with the most correct answers, wins.

Handy Dandy Trivia Questions & Answers:

  1. Name 1 the founders of Poshmark?
    1. Manish Chandra
    2. Tracy Sun
    3. Gautam Golwala
    4. Chetan Pungaliya
  2. Where is PMHQ located?
    1. Redwood City, CA
  3. Name one prohibited thing you cannot sell on Poshmark that’s stated on the FAQ’s?
    1. Electronics
    2. Books
    3. DVD’s
    4. Home goods
    5. Used makeup
    6. Used underwear
    7. Any health and wellness products
    8. Non-fashion kids/baby items
  4. What is the lowest price you can sell an item at?
    1. $3
  5. How much would you make off the lowest listing price?
    1. $0.05
  6. Where was Poshfest held last year?
    1. San Francisco, CA
  7. Where is Poshfest being held this year?
    1. Los Angeles, Ca
  8. The Price Drop feature notifies whom, if and when you drop it?
    1. Your ‘Likers’
  9. Name one of the secret investors of Poshmark.
    1. Rachel Zoe
    2. Ashton Kutcher
    3. Guy Oseary
  10. Name the # for the Kids Campaign on Instagram
    1. #Poshmini

Game #4: Name That Designer

Materials

  • Answer Card
  • Pen
Name That Designer Answer Card
Click to download

Rules

Each player gets an answer card, and pen. Game host will say the name of each bag. Each player has to guess the designer for that bag. Player with the most correct, wins.

List of Bag Names (I’ll let you guess the answers)

  1. Lady Dior
  2. Alma
  3. Luggage Tote
  4. Le Boy Bag
  5. Birkin
  6. Jumbo Flap
  7. Speedy 30
  8. Soho
  9. Robinson
  10. Saffiano
  11. Canterbury
  12. Marcie

 

There you have it! Hope you guys get a kick out of these games as much as we did at our meet up! Please be sure to leave a comment and give my blog some comment love!

 

Stay Healthy,

 

-E

I Booked a Business Class Round Trip to Prague For Less Than $200

I’m such a good wife. I am. I hate to toot my own horn, but…toot toot! My husband wanted to take an all boys trip to Prague for the BRNO Moto GP race this weekend and like the good wife that I am, I planned his first class travel and coordinated with his buds. While he’s sitting in first class and sipping his expressochino in some fancy lounge, I am here spilling the beans on how you too can accomplish this.

Disclosure: It’s for the trip, not how to be the best wife ever FYI.

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Delta One Dessert Selection
Delta One Flight DTW – PRG

I have to break this down into parts since this makes it much easier for me to explain my thought process. First and foremost, just to get this out of the way, we paid with frequent flyer miles. So unless you find some hardcore mistake fare that gives you business class under $200, then this is the only way to do it (for now).

A few months ago, Ryan and I were looking for a new credit card that was on the market. I’ve always wanted to get a card that offered benefits, since all the cards I had were helping us build our credit for the purchase of our second home. We looked at what the best deals were and at the time and Delta was offering Ryan 60,000 Skymiles if we spent like $3,000 in 3 months (or something like that) on their American Express Delta Gold Card.

After planning and budgeting for 3 months we were able to obtain those 60,000 Skymiles on Delta, to which we used (along with some miles he earned awhile ago from work) to purchase his Delta One Business Class flight from DTW (Detroit Wayne Airport) – PRG (Prague, Czech Republic). All we needed to pay, were the taxes, which came out to roughly ~$90 and 62,500 Skymiles. Keep in mind this is ONE WAY, so going to Prague will get you there for less than $100.

So how is he getting back home?

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Business Class Seat on Asiana
Lufthansa Business Class VIE – DTW 

Don’t worry! I still want my husband back and it’s actually relatively cheaper to get him back home. I still have yet to experience Lufthansa’s Business Class or any International Senators Lounges, but my husband won’t have to fret because that’s where he will be tomorrow! He’s flying out of Vienna (since that’s where he’s ended up) on Lufthansa using United Miles, to get home to Detroit. Last year Ryan applied for the American Express SPG Credit Card, which gave him 35,000 points. He then transferred the points to his United Milage Plus account and married that with the miles earned from his work travels. Alternatively, if you don’t have mileage accrued from work travels, you can apply for the United Mileage Plus Explorer Credit card with the 30,000 mile bonus and still achieve this for your routing home. This trip to go back? ~$80 in taxes one way and 57,500 United Miles. BUT if you don’t feel like screwing with your credit with a million credit cards and paying a ton in annual fees just for one trip, you can do it the old fashioned way and earn miles for all your everyday purchases.

Are there other credit cards to apply for?

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If you’re looking for a travel card, I’m going to link a friend’s site that specializes in this kinda thing. It’s no use for me to try to explain thoroughly the ins and outs of every credit card that’s out there when someone else has already done it. So check out Cards For Travel, because they do a pretty good analysis of each card out there that’s worth using for travel redemptions.

Things to keep in mind.

  1. So one thing to notice that I probably hear in your heads after you read the first segment is…do I have to fly out of Detroit?! The short answer is, no. Typically award travel deals are priced by region, so the deal that I got when booking Ryan’s flight was from North America to Europe. So you can fly out of LA and get the same deal as if you were flying out of New York.
  2. Ryan and I try really hard to fly business class. Why? Because we’re terribly spoiled. lol. No not really, but once you pop your business class cherry, you never want go back. If you don’t mind going in economy, more power to you! You probably will be able to go more places that way to be honest. But we made a rule, if it’s domestic, we always take what’s cheaper. If it’s international, we go for business class.
  3. We chose the carriers Delta and United for a reason. Ryan is going to Europe, and we have a ton of American Airlines miles, so why make it difficult and fly 2 separate carriers? Because we are undoubtedly cheap. Taxes going to Europe on American Airlines One World partners are incredibly steep. There are very few routes into Europe on an American Airlines Aircraft to get to Prague without routing through London Heathrow (LHR). Flying Delta and United is one way to dodge that headache.
  4. He’s flying out of Vienna, Austria, and that doesn’t affect the taxes tremendously. Generally the cost in taxes are relatively the same based out of the region. We also avoided flying out/ through LHR for said reason above. Also, looking at the website now compared to the time we booked the ticket, taxes have doubled. Don’t ask me why, they just have. So timing also plays a role in booking your flights because the taxes will fluctuate in price.

Overall if you’re thinking about airfare, and if you use this method to plan ahead for next year, you’re looking at a relatively cheap ticket. Which gives you some extra spending cash for stuff to do out there, like VIP tickets to the Moto GP race in BRNO that my husband attended. Or some fancy dinners and extra sight seeing tours.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below, or if you have any suggestions on other routings that you’d like to share please feel free to do so!

 

Safe Travels,

 

-E

Michigan Poshmark Meetup a True Success!

Event planning, and meet ups are typically a nightmare for me. I tend to steer clear for the sake of my sanity since there are so many moving parts. However this one was a breeze to plan since I had the help of @allinheels and @clairew101 who live in the area. Although it had its shortcomings (the venue I had originally booked dropped the ball and canceled on us the day before) we were still able to trudge on and move forward with the event.


I have to say what everything that we did was above and beyond what I thought we were going to bring to the table. From the people that showed up, to the games that we played, we had a blast just talking and gabbing the evening away.

The tables were just covered in all the decorations and posh swag that was sent to us from Team Posh and some we brought and made ourselves. But there was so much stuff that it looked like a Jackson Pollock painting of just POSH! It was a pretty proud moment for us finally meeting up with some users at this event and just talk about some of the experiences that we’ve been through and how we all could relate to each other.


We started the evening off chatting and taking pics, not to mention hitting up the HGF snapchat story (video down below). I made an agenda of the events however we did much more than what was on schedule.


I started my tutorials on How to Buy the Best Items For Cheap and Piecing the Poshmark Puzzle Together, and this is where a private room would’ve come in handy. It was pretty hard on my voice that night trying to project across the table and for that long time. Originally we had a private room, but when that was thwarted we had to improvise.

Next we went on to GAMES!! My favorite part of the evening! We started off with a game I like to call “Never Have I Ever” but this time I made it a Poshmark edition. It’s a drinking game converted into a non-alcoholic version that had various scenarios that ranged in severity. Anywhere from: Never have I ever…lied to a buyer, to, Never have I ever… Shipped out the wrong item. Then they had to hold up a sign that either read NEVER! Or I HAVE!


We also played What’s In my Purse?, & Poshmark Trivia. Then we had a wicked raffle with some awesome prizes courtesy of @allinheels. We had 3x $50 gift cards from Lord and Taylor as well as Clothes Mentor.

It was great meeting new poshers in the area and getting to hang out with some ones I already knew. But all in all it was one of the funner meetups that I’ve been to. If you guys are interested in the games, I’ll be posting that next so lang tight for it. I’ve made a pretty detailed video of it on YouTube so make sure to check there as well. But for now check out our snapchat story below and I hope you all have a great day!

 

Stay Healthy,

 

-E

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