I ELOPED TO PARIS!!!

So sorry for the long awaited newest blog post! But I hope this juicy story will suffice for the time being, I’ve been a bit preoccupied for the moment and you’ll see why, just read ahead 🙂

As you read this, I am no longer Ms. Corazon Ediza Rodriguez I am now Mrs. Corazon Ediza Ferris. I have long dreamed of finding the right man, and after praying to the heavens, in addition to all those times I sang Fiona Apple’s rendition of “Please Send Me Someone to Love”, God himself sent Ryan my way and he has blessed my life in more ways than I can count. I knew Ryan was the one long before I knew I was actually in love with him, and when that joyous day came when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him I knew that my prayers have been answered and that for the rest of my life I never wanted to look into anyone else’s eyes the way I look into Ryan’s.

I was so ready for that proposal and even readier for the engagement bliss! I thought it was the best part of the whole process, getting ready for marriage and actually setting a firm commitment into the whole relationship status. But planning a wedding was not fun at all. I would have to say out of what I experienced so far, planning a wedding is seriously a downer. Especially with things like Pinterest. With Pinterest, you’re a kid in the candy store! You are gushing with ideas, and themes and colors, you pretty much want everything! Then sets in the price tag, and you soon start to realize that your dream wedding is no longer obtainable, well at least for what seems like the next 9-10 years.

In the case of Ryan and I we really wanted to start out on the right foot in life, so we bought a house, which really put a damper into our wedding fund. In fact it was pretty much non-existent after we bought the house, and since our home was a fixer upper, it was REALLY slicing down all the money we saved, and let me tell you, it sliced down FAST. So we decided that we wanted to postpone the wedding 6 months, and when that 6 months came, we started to re-do the budget, and it looked like we needed to postpone again! So by January 2015 we finally saved up all our money that we needed to pay our portion of the wedding $12,000!! Technically if you want to give more credit to the saving, it was my husband that managed that, but I would like to say that I did a great deal of unknowingly contributing, but I’m getting better (I swear!) Then when the questions started to pop up about this and that, and what I wanted for the wedding, and “when are you available to meet with the DJ?”… and so on. It dawned on me that our portion would end up not being enough. $12,000 would turn into $15,000 and $15,000 would turn into $17,500 and then all that money that we saved would be gone in 1 day. Then I decided to call it quits. Ryan was 100% support of my decision, whether we go all in or just pull back.

So the hard part was undoing all that we initially started. In the course of 2 years we had already put down deposits, so now we had to try to get all of it back. Now we didn’t get all of it back, the caterers The Turnip Rose didn’t give us our deposit back but they did give us back the overpayment of $3,000. So now what? $1,000 in the hole, no ceremony, no reception. We decided to just do a small dinner with family and friends and get married in the courthouse. Just like in the olden days! (i think) And we really needed to get work on the house done so we decided to put the saved money into some repairs and updating the house.

But then it left me with a really big void, and it left me feeling like I would really resent this whole marriage because it was deprived of all the love and romance involved with it. Plus everyone was so sick and tired of us crying wolf on getting married because we postponed so much, that no one was really interested in us, not even my own family. The excitement was gone, and it wasn’t fun anymore. So I told Ryan how I felt and he was dead set on changing things around.

This is why I love this man. He says, “Ok, we’re eloping. Do you want to go to Paris?” my jaw drops, and I’m in shock. So much shock. I mean I had mentioned Paris a few times for our honeymoon, but getting married there?!? ohh fuck yeah. So I immediately googled, ‘elope in Paris’ and after what felt like 100 emails and thousands of re-arranging schedules and flights I am here. I am married, with the man I love, who sees me at my worst and still thinks I am best. Who reminds me everyday what butterflies feel like. Who God had sent after I had sang that song a billion times. I am in the city of lights, and with the thousand lights bouncing around the millions of people, he is still the only thing I see.

While you are reading this, we’re probably eating a french macaroon or a fresh croissant, or riding a bike wearing berets with fucking baguettes in the basket in the front of our bikes (that’s a Bridesmaid movie joke FYI). Fun fact: You are probably reading this at the same time my entire family is finding out about this. So yes we planned this in secret. We hid this from our family, our friends, quite possibly our dog too, she probably still has no clue. It was incredibly important to Ryan and I to keep this as secret as possible. We really wanted this to be OUR decision, no guidance, no help, no opinions, no one telling us what we’re doing is inconsiderate or hurting someone else’s feelings. We really wanted to be about us and no one else (which is really how it should be). Also, we really wanted to do something that we figured out on our own that was special to us. Sure there were very few people that we HAD to tell, but they gave us their word they wouldn’t spill the beans. So sorry family! We love you very much, but we hope you understand!

FYI there aren’t very many how-to’s on getting hitched on a whim, but I somehow managed to do it in 2 weeks. If you’re interested in eloping to the city of lights, my list of recommendations and how I did it will be posted up soon. Thanks for reading my story, I’ll be updating more information on our trip! Feel free to leave comments below =)

Rester en bonne santé (Stay Healthy),

-E

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POSHMARK MEET UP

So for those of you in the Los Angeles/ Orange County/ San Diego region my good friends @jgbravo, @krangele, @mizfabulosity, and I will be hosting the next meet up in the beautiful Orange County California! Please meet us at

McCormick and Schmick’s Grille at the Anaheim Gardenwalk (Patio Area)

This Saturday March 14, 2015
4:30pm – 7:30pm

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FAQ’s:

Can I bring my kids/ Spouse/ Friends? Yes you may, all are welcome! There is no age limit.

Will they all get goodie bags? Goodie Bags will go out to Posh users first and then they are welcome to have one if there are any left over!

Can I show up late? Yeah totally! Just know that goodie bags will be given to the first 30 people.

Will there be food? Yes McCormick and Schmick’s have a full menu & bar if you wish to purchase food.

When will the prizes be issued? Prizes will be handed out around 7pm

 

 

Please make sure you RSVP on the Eventbrite Page so that we can assure you that you will be receiving a goodie bag! Click on the Link to RSVP:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orange-countylos-angeles-poshmark-meet-up-tickets-15966952585

We will be giving away prizes and a sweet little swag bag first 30 people! So please make sure to RSVP!

Hope to see you there!

Stay Healthy,

 

-E

 

 

 

Small Little Business: INSTAGRAM

Hello Healthy People!

Today’s topic is going to be about how to market yourself through Instagram! You may already heard of Instagram and the impact that it has on businesses but what you don’t know is how strong of a platform Instagram is for your “Small Little Business”. If you haven’t hopped on the Insta-Bandwagon yet, don’t worry you can ALWAYS start now and shoot your way to insta-stardom! (done with puns…promise!)

First

What is Instagram?

Instagram started from a two word mash up: Instant + Telegram = Instagram. It is a way to snap pictures that you can share with family or friends, and even with the world, your story, yourself and who you are.

Right now Instagram is rated one of the highest ranking apps on the market and it’s 100% free! Which also means that you have a major audience that can range up to a High School teeny bopper, to Kim Kardashian herself! Instagram is a HUGE market, HUUUUGE. Just like you check your Facebook or email religiously, so do people with their Instagram account! So it’s important to take this into consideration.

So the best way to start utilizing instagram for your poshmark closet is to make a separate account for JUST your closet. Trust me, no one wants to see your #tbt (Throw Back Thursday) of you on the toilet taking selfies back in High School along with your Burberry Trench Coat for $500 next to each other lol. So start up an account that you can link up to your Poshmark closet, so when you share your item to your Instagram it automatically shares it to there.

Next what you want to do is tell a story!! Your clothes tell a story of who you are so tell a story of the type of woman who wears your kind of clothes. You are suggestively marketing to women that fit that lifestyle that you illustrate. So if your clothes fit a city girl life, then make sure you showcase that gorgeous CHANEL wristlet, with a glass of champagne, some heels, and a sparkly skirt! For example Amanda Weiss of www.fashionableeme.com’s Instagram account has amazing life, you see a fashion forward girl living in the city of San Francisco. You see everyday lifestyle, pops of bright colors of flowers, a whole story! Why wouldn’t you want to shop her closet?! Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 4.01.09 PMIf you get a chance to meander through wither her blog, Instagram or her closet please do so because it is well kept and very fun to look at!

Next we have COLOR!!

Color is a very important part of your Instagram page, color is really what ties all of your images into a general theme. One close friend of mine Kate Heimann of www.wearinla.com and her Instagram page @wearinla and her shop’s Instagram @shopwearinla

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I honestly hate how jealous I am of this girl’s Insta profile! It’s so freaking cute I just want to own everything in her closet! But you can see a general color theme, which are reds and pinks and whites. TIP: if you want anything to look professional and stand out, keep it on a white background. On top of that her @shopwearinla has an equally amazing profile!

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 4.14.28 PMWhat’s really great about these shots is that they’re clean they showcase the items, it tells a story and the colors are vibrant! They also don’t come off like they’re trying to sell you from the picture, it’s in the description. So be mindful of that when you are creating an Instagram for your shop! Utilizing social media on as many platforms can and WILL get you more exposure, and the more exposure you have, the more you are going to sell!

It’s important that you connect with your user base, especially when branding yourself, the last thing you want is to come off like your constantly marketing to your followers. Make it casual, and make it fun!

If in fact you have an Instagram account and you aren’t satisfied with it, then do a nice sweep and clean it up and start uploading pictures you would want to see in your profile. My @healthygirlfashion !nstagram page has gone through a transformation of sorts:

Before –

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After –

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 5.33.02 PMRight now I am still experimenting, and changing things up, but it’s important to TRY things out. You have your own style, just make sure to stick with it and build your brand so that not only your followers and get in on some of your brand’s action but so the whole world can get a sneak peek!

Lastly…

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If you don’t know what a Hashtag is, it’s ultimately this pound symbol right here: #

You use it as a way to categorize something. It’s best to simplify and be specific, rather than creative. The point of hashtags are to add to a trend (trend= people using the same hashtag). So for instance lets take this picture:

66ca9870186e617deacc48c9bc277d09Suitable hashtags: #peonies #blackpeonies #garden #flowers #natural #mothernature
Unsuitable hashtags: #omggorgeousblackpeonyfloweryo #motherandbabyblackpeonies #howintheworldcanyougrowthese?! #canIhavelikeawholegardenoftheseplease? #Bpeonies #BlackPeoPoppies #BPP

You want your hashtags to be relevant and searchable, so it’s important to stick to the basics! Typically 7 is the magical number of hashtags you should have in a post, any more than that, it becomes overwhelming! I typically will always use #healthygirlfashion in all my posts just so that if one person stumbles upon one of my pictures and clicks on that hashtag, then they can see all my posts or anyone else’s post that uses the hashtag #healthygirlfashion and so on. One of the most used hashtags? #fashion so use it wisely!

Make sure to have fun with this, and if you take these tips away with you, you should growing a cult of your own in no time! Just remember that this takes an abundant amount of time to get a nice following, but once you start adding more and more pictures it’ll grow faster than you know! Good luck, I hope this helps! Please make sure to comment below just so other readers can see your questions answered, and make sure to check out my YouTube channel as well and SUBSCRIBE!!

Stay Healthy,

-E