Lifestyle

My November Bucket List is LIVE!

Hello Beautiful People!

Now that November is in full swing, I thought I would create a bucket list of all the activities I would like to check off for the month. Typically I am not a bucket list kind of girl, but nevertheless I always try to have a great time & gain as many experiences as possible!

Since I live in the Washington D.C. area, there might be some items on the list that are specifically local to me!

Check out what I did last month by reading my review of October!

I hope you enjoy this read and welcome you to share what you plan to do this November!


November Bucket List:

  1. Make a garland out of  leaves
  2. Roast pumpkin seeds
  3. Finish The Circle novel and discuss with friends
  4. Attend DMV Black Restaurant Week – Nov. 4-11
  5. Have an outside photoshoot with friends
  6. Holidays at National Harbor Outdoor Vendor Market– Beginning Nov. 16
  7. Watch a New Christmas Movie
  8. ZooLights – Nov. 23 – Jan. 1, 2019
  9. Visit a new winery
  10. Go on a bike ride

 

xo,

Danielle

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Fashion, poshmark, Turning a Profit

How to Earn $800 by Reselling Clothing Online: My October Reselling Sales Report!

As we wind-down the month of October and prepare for November, I would like to share my sales over the last month with you all. Similar to my previous post recapping the month of September, I will list items by brands that sold and the profits I took from it!

Between both platforms in the month of September I made just under $800 net (after fee’s taken from platforms & shipping) selling items from my personal wardrobe and from sourcing at my local thrift stores! In comparison to last month, my profits are a bit lower and there are reasons for that. I took this month as an opportunity to focus on my wardrobe and created a capsule collection of pieces that were versatile and warm to get me through the chilly seasonal months to come. That included shifting through clothes I already owned as well as shopping for new pieces at the thrift store.

Compare best practices on how to prepare your wardrobe for the upcoming winter season!

If you have any questions about how to get started with your own Poshmark closet, feel free to message me and check out my closet in the meantime for inspiration!

Items that’s sold in October:

  1. PRIMA J.Jill Pure Tee Shirt -$25
  2. ALDO Boots-$10.05
  3. LOFT-$10.05
  4. Who What Wear Skirt (Re-Posh)-$12
  5. UGG Duck Boot-$76
  6. Bundle of Joe Jeans, Belle Sleeve Floral Top, Madewell Tunic-$72.71
  7. Bundle of Lululemon and Patagonia Fleece-$57.51
  8. Anthropologie Pop over Top-$11.05
  9. Deletta Top-$5.51
  10. PAIGE Skyline Skinnies -$17.51
  11. PINK Crushed Velvet Bralette-$4.00
  12. PURE J. Jill Sweater-$20.80
  13. Steve Madden Vest-$17.60
  14. KIMICHI Blue Sweater-$12
  15. Zara Men Denim Top-$11.11
  16. Terri Jon Velvet Blazer-$17.51
  17. Club Monaco Cardigan-$7.91
  18. Sam Edelman Booties -$30.31
  19. Lilly Pulitzer Sweater-$31.20
  20. Ann Taylor Blouse-$9.51
  21. GAP Vintage Denim Jacket-$16
  22. Sam Edelman Espadrilles- $11.05
  23. J. Crew Sheath Dress-$13.51
  24. LulaRoe Dress- $21.51
  25. Ann Taylor Silk Skirt-$5.51

BONUS Sold Items From Ebay!4

  1. Patagonia Blouse-$15
  2. Zara Top-$3
  3. Athleta Zip Hoodie-$36
  4. Soft Surroundings Caftan Robe-$40
  5. UGG Boots-$45
  6. Banana Republic Blazer-$5
  7. White Mountain Booties -$16
  8. American Eagle BF Top-$14
  9. VICE Sweater-$15
  10. American Eagle BF Button Up-$15

 

If you enjoy this post after reading it, please use this list for inspiration during your next sourcing trip or when you’re wondering what to list for profit!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

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Lifestyle

Is 30 the new 20? My October in Review and Turning a New Decade!

If you read my latest post How I Made an Extra $1,000 Over the Month of September by Selling Clothing Online! then you will know why October is one of my favorite months of the year! And this year brought even more reason to celebrate I turned a new decade, HELLO 30!

There are tons of articles online that highlight 30s being an age to look forward to and I am here, ready to make the most of it! Since my birthday is at the end of the month, I decided to  make my birthday into a birthMONTH and gain as many experiences as possible with friends and loved ones. They say a photo is worth a thousand words so I thought a photo gallery below would be the most appropriate way to show you all the fun I had!

 


I was invited to sponsor and promote the first Annual Adult Play Date in Crystal City, VA.  We had a good time enjoying being outside again and playing games like we did as kids! Growing up as a 90’s kid we played games like silent musical chairs, relay races and hula hooped all day long! I even had the chance to shoot paint ball guns!

 

It wouldn’t be fall if I didn’t visit a pumpkin patch and winery! My friends and I drove down to Bluemont, VA  to Cox Farms and had a great time checking out the animal farm, eating cider donuts and of course snapping some pictures! There were three birthdays to celebrate during the month (including mine) and we ended the night with cake and laughs!

 

I was given the opportunity to join the marking team as a brand ambassador with bumble to represent the Washington D.C. market! As ambassadors it is our job to tell the community about bumble and show them the amazing benefits it provides empowering women! There were a few Happy Hours I attended as well as setting up and hosting my first bumble event with a blogger and real life friend, Alana. Our event focused on the importance of self-care and relaxation. What better way to bring that into a physical form than with Yoga & Brunch? The ladies we met were so lovely and I look forward to holding more events similar next month!

 

Last but not least, MY BIRTHDAY! I started the day with my Dad & stepmom and had brunch at one of D.C’s most popular brunch spots; Farms Fishers & Bakers in Georgetown.  After brunch Chris and I went to get our nails and feet done (yes, he got them done as well. Men need self-care too!) then went to an amazing four course meal provided by a local D.C. chef at one of my favorite restaurants and cafes, Songbyrd in Adams Morgan. Dinner was complimented by a round table discussion from diners on their belief of finding love in 2018 and of course wine parings.

Chris and I also dressed up as our favorite characters, Rick & Morty for Halloween and danced the night away at a neighborhood bar!

 

xo

Danielle

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How I Made an Extra $1,000 Over the Month of September by Selling Clothing Online!

Ahh, another month down. As we say hello to October and welcome fall festivities, I am reminded to take a moment to reflect on all that I have accomplished so far. And while many people do not regard October as a month of reflection, it has always meant more to me than just being the 10th month of the year.

October is home to my birthday month, Halloween (my favorite holiday), the best season (fall), and newly to the anniversary month of my reselling journey on Poshmark & eBay!

This blog post will run down items that sold over the month of September and list the profit amount I took home each item. Between both platforms in the month of September I made just under $1,000 net (after fee’s taken from platforms & shipping) selling items from my personal wardrobe and from sourcing at my local thrift stores!

Check out fresh items for fall you need to add to your current wardrobe!

Selling online has been a journey for me that started off incredibly difficult, but got better over time with persistence and understanding how to provide materials customers want. If you have any questions about how to get started with your Poshmark closet, feel free to message me and check out my closet in the meantime for inspiration!

Items that’s sold in September:

  1. Diane Von Furstenberg Cotton Button Up – $14.50
  2. Ted Baker Men’s Swim Trunks – $7.05
  3. Bundle of Vineyard Vines Men’s Polo’s – $16
  4. Isabella Fiore Embroidered Hobo Bag- $48
  5. Nanette Lapore Wide Leg Trousers- $15.20
  6. Just Fab Bootie Stilettos- $16.10
  7. Rebecca Minkoff Boots- $20
  8. Joie Silk Tunic- $9.05]
  9. Free People Beaded Blazer- $16
  10. Lululemon Wunder Under Leggings-$28
  11. NIKE Men’s Crewneck Sweater- $10.50
  12. Steve Madden Ankle Boots- $24
  13. Anthropologies Cardigan- $9.05
  14. COOGI Canvas Sneakers- $10.50
  15. Lilly Pulitzer Dress- $36
  16. BCBG Blazer- $12
  17. Vera Wang Booties- $20
  18. Tahari Sling Back Pumps -$12
  19. Coach Vintage Messenger Purse-$41.51
  20. Anthropologie Poncho Sweater- $20
  21. LOFT Skinny Curvy Jeans- $16.80
  22. Clarks Oxford Heels- $17.70
  23. F21 Plaid Skirt & Cat Eye Sunnies- $10.50
  24. Madewell Suede Flats- $22.50
  25. Rachel Roy Printed Shorts- $7.05
  26. Eva Mendes/NY&C Sheath Dress- $20
  27. J.Jill Cowl Neck Sweater- $16.10
  28. Sam Edelman Kitten Heels- $13.60
  29. Splendid Flats- $16
  30. Vera Bradley Laptop Bag- $24
  31. Tommy H. Leather Boots- $12
  32. Banana Republic Skater Dress- $10
  33. Calvin Klein Sheath Dress- $7.05
  34. AG Stevie Ankle Jeans- $29.70
  35. Zara Blouse- $10.50
  36. H&M Leather Jacket- $10.50
  37. Boutique 2 piece set- $24
  38. Franco Sarto Loafers- $16

 

BONUS Sold Items From Ebay!

  1. Robert Clergie Platform Shoes- $105
  2. Nike Dri Fit Livestrong Jacket- $25
  3. J. Crew Men’s Button Up- $12
  4. Synergy Organic Cotton Dress- $18
  5. Lularoe Carly Dress- $20
  6. Habitat Sweater Tunic- $24
  7. Roz & Ali Vegan Leather Skirt- $15
  8. Zara Man Crewneck Sweater- $13
  9. Eileen Fisher Silk Sweater -$24

 

If you enjoy this post after reading it, please use this list for inspiration during your next sourcing trip or when you’re wondering what to list for profit! Also let me know if you would like to see more insights on how I sell online and I can begin to do more post each month!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

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Fashion

What You Need to Slay the Summer to Fall Transition: Wardrobe Pieces that are Every Woman’s Must Have this Year!

Soooooooooooo this year so far has been like…

J A N U A R YYY

F E B R U R Y

M A R C H

APRIL

MAYYJUNEJULY

AUGGUSTTTTTTTTTTTT 

 

…and now we are at the end September! Phew! I don’t know how we got here so quickly, but what I do know is that I am ready for FALL! While fall is hands down my favorite time of the year mainly due to the combination of the trees changing colors, how the sun peeks through the sunny cool skies, the togetherness of friends and family on a hike or to an adventure to the pumpkin patch. And as the perfect bonus, there is always beautiful fashion that comes from this season!

As you may have noticed, Starbucks has already reinstated their pumpkin spice lattes (eww) and I’ve noticed a few stores break out the Halloween décor and candy (FYI Halloween is also my favorite holiday!)

And while this fall is a bit more special to me [I’ll be turning 30] I always find  myself stuck in a weird paradox with my wardrobe, and I’m sure the rest of you can identify with this. You step out in the morning and there is a cool crispy start at about 60 degrees and by the time you leave at the end of the day it’s back up to 85 degrees and you JUST.CANT.

What are you to do? Well the best solution is to dress with transition pieces that can balance to what mother nature is doing outside during these awkward months until there’s a consistent weather forecast. In preparation for this, I’ve taken a look into my current wardrobe in combination with inspiration taken from Pinterest to bring you some ideas on how to make your wardrobe cozy through this transition season!

Each item has a link for you to shop! Let me know what are some of your favorites!

  1. Eyelet Detail Cropped Jumpers
  2. Lightweight Scarfs to wrap around your neck while its chilly and to later be used to hold back your hair in the afternoon
  3. Laser cut oxfords/loafer shoes. A 2-for- one combo. These will allow your feet to breathe, but also give you the coverage you need from soaking your toes in any unexpected wetness
  4. Faux Leather Satchel, backpack or hobo purse. Perfect outfit accessory and the best place to store you chunky sweater that you no longer need on your way during your evening commute
  5. Vegan Leather Embroidered Moto Jackets
  6. Silk Button Up Shirt. Provides the perfect coverage in the workplace and will help wick sweat in the warm afternoon through this breathable fabric. Bonus: This sustainable fabric will last you multiple seasons!

 

I update my Pinterest boards  everyday with some of my favorite things, so be sure to follow along! Also don’t forget to shop my Poshmark Closet for awesome steals on some georges pieces to add to your closet this season!

 

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

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Turning a Profit

What You Need to Do When Your Side Hustle Runs out of Steam (Tips to get back on top!)

While I am in love with being a content creator (blogger and aspiring vlogger) the truth is, your girl is not getting rich off either of these hobbies at the moment. I hold a full-time 9-5 throughout the week that is my primary source of income and leave the content creation for after work and on the weekends. Now, to supplement that, I have dabbled in the art of reselling women’s apparel on popular sites such as Poshmark and eBay.

I began my journey as a part-time seller in October 2017 and haven’t looked back since. The first item I sold was a pair of maroon textured riding boots from Target, new in box for $18. Looking back on that now, I definitely could have squeezed a little more given the condition and season they were sold in— but it was exhilarating! I wanted to do it again and again, cause who doesn’t want to earn a bit of cash for the things they don’t want?

And so it began. I began to post more online and shortly was gaining a following! Fast forward to present day, summer 2018 and I’ve expanded on my brand and my closet by bringing it to life online through photo and video.

But, there’s one problem, while I am gaining followers (about 100 a day) my sales aren’t reflecting that. In the retail world some would call it the “summer slowdown” and it’s perfectly normal. Summer is a time where customers are buying flights and vacation packages and not spending that much time buying clothing. So what am I left to do…? My side gig is looking like a choke sammich over there and I HAVE BEACHES TO BE ON! Where oh where has my disposable cash gone?!

 

Instead of getting down on myself, I decided to do some reflection on my closet. What can I do to revamp what I have already without going to the thrift store and buying more clothing? I took a step out of the box and came up with these tips to help refocus my store in preparation for the uptick in sales that I am anticipating for the fall season:

 

Enjoy the summer! Take advantage of the summer slowdown and bring your brand to life on social media. Post pictures of your beautiful flat lays, include a few pictures of yourself at work behind the scenes, and wear your clothing in your posts; be sure to tag relevant people/brands to snag their attention! It’s a great way to gain a new following on other platforms that will most likely follow you over to Posh for a sale!

 

Review your closet! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Take a look at what you have in your closet for sale. Could you make your photos more attractive? What about styling your pieces together so customers can purchase multiple items from your store? Is this item on trend and in demand?

All questions to ask yourself before running out to buy.

 

Use your hiatus as a method to build anticipation! You ever wonder why Nike Jordan shoes always have lines out the door just before they drop a new release? Well, for one… they’re Nike, but they didn’t always have that reputation. Coupling quality products that customers want with limited product stock can actually build anticipation.

Read that last sentence again…

If customers are constantly returning to your store to buy from you, take note and make it work to your advantage. Try promoting bi-weekly releases of curated styles based on previous sales.

I believe this is a great marketing technique and have a few ideas on how I would like to manage it for myself!

 

Come back stronger than ever! Bored with your store’s appearance? Change it— Bored with the brands your selling? —Source new ones. If you’ve experienced the summer slowdown like I have, make some extra time to work behind the scenes to make your store work for you so when you are ready you’ll not only impress your returning customers, but may also attract a new following! Soon enough you’ll be back on track.

For me, I have one more beach trip to squeeze in before summer is over.

I hope these ideas inspire you. Good Luck

 

xo,

Danielle

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Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

The Next 5 Days (Days 6-11): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days of my august signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

 

Day 6 (August 6):

It’s Monday! Usually, I am not as enthusiastic about Monday’s but lately, I have been trying to maintain a positive perspective for Monday’s as being the perfect day to plan and be productive.

I woke up this morning feeling exhausted. I had a very busy Sunday that involved catching up on housework, meal prepping, editing photos and videos for content and doing a photo shoot for a DIY project a friend and I have been working on. My day started around 9 am and lasted until about 11pm. My 5:45 am call time the next morning came super early (of course). As I stumbled my way about it in the bathroom, I was relieved that I didn’t have to do the same in my closet to choose what I would wear that day.  One less decision to make before I starting my day! [happy dance]

Accessories were minimal as I paired my uniform with gold geometric shaped earrings with eyelet detail. I rolled up my sleeves for comfort as it was already 75 degrees at 7 am and drove into work.

Day 7 (August 7):

“I could get used to this”. I’ve realized just how much I have settled into a nightly routine in regards to what I do to prepare for work the next day. Pack lunch, shower, gather bags, lay out outfit. It’s nice to not have that last worry anymore!

Today’s uniform pairing included a white waterfall cotton cardigan with 3/4 sleeves coupled with teardrop triangle/metal marble earrings.

Day 8 (August 8):

“I don’t think people are noticing” is what I exclaimed to my boyfriend that morning.

As he looked at me and asked, “are you wearing the same outfit as yesterday”? Even he just noticed what I was up to, which made me smirk a little bit.

I paired the outfit with a solid black vest that elongated by top half. Accessories included a black watch, hoop earrings, and a double tier tassel necklace.

Day 9 (August 9):

I made it to the end of the week!” Another effortless day included wearing a black blazer with faux leather sleeves. My accessories were simple yet glam with the items I received from Glamour Box Jewelry with silver stud earrings and a delicate long bobbin necklace.

Day 10 (August 10):

My office today is from my warm cozy bed ❤

Day 11 (August 11):

Laundry day! Throughout the week I decided to do myself a favor and spread out laundry that needed to be done by rotating 2 of the 4 shirts throughout the week. After day 1 & 2, I took both shirts and dabbed a combination of lemon juice and water onto the armpit area to eliminate any bacteria that may have accumulated – set them out to dry for about and hour and they were ready to be worn again for days 3&4!

 

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