Shopping & Style

6 Months Later: My Poshmark Experience

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Check out all of my listings on Poshmark!

Hi all,

I’m excited to share my Poshmark experience with you.

I signed up for Poshmark in early January. I was already selling things here and there on eBay, but I wanted to try different venues. I was actually hesitant to give Poshmark a try because of how much commission they take, but I decided to give it a shot because of how successful a few of my friends have been.

Here I am 6 months later with 28 sales and counting!

Poshmark’s focus is on clothing, shoes, and accessories. The platform itself is very “social” – you share items from your closet, you can follow people, and you can share other people’s items from their closet. Sharing is caring in Poshmark! The more active you are on the platform, the more successful you’ll be making sales.

What I Don’t Like About Poshmark

  1. Poshmark’s cut of your sale is 20%. It’s awfully high compared to eBay and Mercari’s 10% cut.
  2. There is only one shipping option. Shipping is 1-3 days with a flat rate of $6.49. I wish they offered several shipping options like Mercari does. As a buyer, I don’t mind waiting a few extra days for an item to arrive if it meant saving a few dollars to get it via First Class Mail. I hate the idea of paying that much for shipping for something I buy that’s only $10.
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I still get excited when I get a SOLD notification email for Poshmark!

What I Like About Poshmark

  1. You get your money quicker. The buyer has 3 days to accept your item. If they don’t accept it within 3 days the funds will automatically be released into your redeemable balance. It only takes a business day to receive your funds when you transfer the money from your redeemable balance to your allocated bank account.
  2. Poshmark automatically takes their cut. I hate receiving eBay and Etsy invoices. I really like that Poshmark takes their cut immediately.
  3. You can use your redeemable balance to buy items on Poshmark. Ok, this may be a bad thing because it makes it easier to buy more stuff instead of decluttering… Haha!

I was also selling stuff on eBay and on Mercari when I first joined Poshmark. While I was able to sell several items on both of those platforms, I’ve been doing my best with Poshmark. I don’t really use the other platforms anymore.

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Look at all these clothes that I still need to list on Poshmark… This isn’t even all of them! And yes, I am bothered that there are different colored hangers here. Hahaha. I’m so grateful that we have a spare bedroom to store our “for sale” items.

My Tips For You

While I am still pretty far from being a selling machine on Poshmark, I’d like to share a few tips that have worked for me so far.

  1. The more items you have in your Closet, the more buyer’s confidence you attain. List as many items as you can!
  2. Don’t burn yourself out. It can be very overwhelming to add listings to your closet when you have a big heaping pile of clothes laying around. List a few items each day instead of trying to do it all at once. I know that for myself I get pretty frustrated/tired after listing 6 or so items at once.
  3. Like I mentioned earlier – Sharing is caringEngage with your potential buyers and engage with the people that you Follow or Follow you.
  4. Patience is a key. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t sell something quickly.
  5. Share from a computer. It’s so much easier to share listings on a desktop than on a phone or tablet. I am 10x quicker on a desktop.
  6. Be honest and up front. If there’s a stain or a small hole on the item, be sure to disclose it in your description.
  7. Try listing your unwanted items, even if you don’t think it’ll do well. You know the saying – another man’s trash is another man’s treasure? You still get some money back in your wallet even if it only sells for a few dollars.

Are you a seller on Poshmark? What tips can you share with me? One of my goals is to write stronger descriptions for my listings… I honestly hate writing descriptions for listings. I’ve also thought about taking the time to take “better” pictures, but that obviously requires more time and effort.

Please feel free to check out my Closet on Poshmark.

Are you ready to declutter your closet (to make room for new things? Ha!)? Sign up for Poshmark and make some side hustle money! You’ll get $5 using code DISNEYLIN to use for your first purchase and I’ll get $5 too.

With Love

Life Lately, Shopping & Style

My Current Obsessions List (June 2018)

Hello, blog world!

I’ve discovered a lot of new favorites lately, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post dedicated to them.

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Big Spender

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick, $24, Sephora

My favorite colors are Big Spender (a rose color, pictured above) and Bawse (a deep red). This lipstick is so comfortable to wear that sometimes I forget I’m even wearing anything. It isn’t transferproof, but it is long wearing. I put on my lipstick at 6:45 am and I wear it until 5 pm, sometimes even several hours past that. I only have to do a quick touch up after lunch. It also did great in summer Colorado heat.

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Huda Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife

Huda Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20, Sephora

This is another one of my favorite lip brands. It’s more liquidy than Smashbox Always On, but it dries quickly and it’s also long-lasting and comfortable to wear. It has a yummy smell, almost like vanilla. I really like Trophy Wife, Icon, and Heartbreaker.

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ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lip in Dopey

ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lip, $6.50, ColourPop

Okay, can you tell that I have a big thing for lippies?! ColourPop is one of my favorite makeup brands overall. All of their products are highly pigmented and priced beautifully. The Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks are amazing. My favorite colors are Dopey, The Rabbit, Ambush, and Redman.

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ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Over the Moon

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter, $8, ColourPop

I am obsessed with highlighters, especially the ones by ColourPop. One of my favorite colors is Over The Moon (Described on the website as “The cow jumped over the moon to find this sheer opalescent pearl with hot pink and violet glitters”). I feel like a mermaid or a unicorn when I wear it!

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Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Crossbody in Black

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Crossbody, $148, Macy’s

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect crossbody and I finally found it! I don’t really use big purses anymore and I like being hands free. Most of my purses are handbags and shoulder bags. I was looking for a quality purse that wasn’t too big and wasn’t too small. I made it my mission to find one in Colorado earlier this month.

I’m more of a Kate Spade kind of gal and I was bummed that I didn’t find one that I liked at the outlet. I also looked around Coach, but I didn’t find a crossbody there either. I did find the latest Disney collection there though… So that was a win!

I haven’t been really into Michael Kors the past few years, but I felt the urge to pop in their store and look around. When I saw this black crossbody purse I knew it was the one! Since it was at the outlet I was able to snag it for $93 with taxes.

I’ve been using it everyday since I got back from vacation and it’s held up nicely. I love it so much that I also ordered the blush pink color.

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Fjallraven Kanken in Black

Fjallraven Re-Kanken, $90, Zappos

I blame my sister, Jennifer, for getting me hooked on this brand! I just got my first one a few days ago, and I’m already obsessed. They come in a variety of colors and I decided to go with all black. I chose this color because black goes with everything and I love how it looks tactical. This backpack is made with all recycled material and has thoughtfully placed pockets. The bag looks small, but it can carry a lot. I really like the handles at the top and the removable “pad” that’s stored inside. I’m sure you’re like, “huh?! Why is there a foam pad in there?” You can take it out of the bag and sit on it. It’s genius. Sounds way more comfortable to sit on a foam pad than on concrete while watching Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, haha. I’m so excited for my new travel bag!

I eventually want to get another color, maybe a Mini size. The color Slate (a dark grey) is calling my name!

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Shooter starring Ryan Philippe as Bob Lee Swagger

Shooter (TV series) on USA Network

I love this show. I rarely ever rewatch series (that aren’t sitcoms), but this series is that damn good! The cast is phenomenal. It’s about an ex-Marine sniper (Ryan Philippe) that was framed for trying to kill the president. You may even remember that there was a movie called Shooter starring Mark Wahlburg starring in 2007. I finally watched the movie this month! It was really cool to see the similarities and differences between the movie and the first season of the show. There’s also a novel called “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter that the movie and series originated from.

Watch Seasons 1 and 2 now on Netflix. Season 3 just started and the season premiere episode was crazy!

Thank you for reading!

With Love

Travel & Leisure

Hello, Canon EOS M50!

For several years my primary method of photography was just using the camera on my phone. I’ve wanted a nice camera for a while now and I’ve finally treated myself to one.

I got the Canon EOS M50!

 

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Canon EOS M50, image from BestBuy.com

The other camera I was interested in is the Sony A6000. I’ve owned multiple Sony Cybershots back in the day and I’m pretty loyal to the brand (our tv, washer, and dryer are Sony too!). I’ve always felt Sony makes high quality products and the reviews on this particular camera are pretty solid.

The Canon EOS M50 won because the Sony A6000 doesn’t have a swivel screen. The swivel screen on the Canon was an important feature to me because I like that I can flip the screen into the camera since I’m paranoid about scratching up the LCD screen.

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White Canon EOS M50

I’ve owned a few point & shoot cameras, but I am new to the world of mirrorless and DSLR cameras. After doing some research I opted to get a mirrorless camera because I didn’t want to carry around something bulky, especially while traveling. Sean and I went for a drive to Portage Glacier yesterday and snapped some pictures. None of these are edited and I like how they turned out.

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Alaska, you are beautiful
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Portage Glacier
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The flip out LCD screen makes taking selfies so easy!

As an amateur, I feel that Canon has made it fairly easy for me to learn how to operate it and learn new features. I’ve found the guide through the menu settings helpful and easy to understand. I honestly can’t tell you how happy I am about having this camera. My iPhone just wasn’t cutting it anymore for the quality of pictures I’ve been yearning for. Looking forward to capturing life’s best moments with my Canon!

With Love

Our Home

Living Room Transformation

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We’ve reimagined our living room!

Sean and I went grocery shopping at Costco on Super Bowl Sunday. As I turned around the corner, my eyes met the couch I’ve always dreamed of having! I told Sean it was just like the feeling I got when I first laid eyes on him… My cheesy pickup line worked because he said we could get it! Hahaha. But for real – I knew it was “the one” when I saw it. I’ve always wanted a gray L shaped couch with tufted seats and this met my specifications.

We found one a couch that we liked at a local furniture store, but it was more on the pricier side. We had actually been eyeing it for almost 2 years, but we kept choosing to travel more instead of spending money on new furniture.

I love our Costco find even more and it wasn’t nearly as expensive! As the saying goes, timing is everything.

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After Valentine’s Day I also refreshed our mantel. We originally had our Thomas Kinkade canvases at the stairway, but I always felt they should have been a focal point somewhere else. I decided to put our Mickey & Minnie “Alaska Adventures” away for the season and put the Mickey & Minnie “Hawaii” art piece in its place. Then I moved all the 14 x 14 Thomas Kinkade canvases to surround it. I love how it all turned out! My favorite Instagram account, Disney_at_home, even featured it! 🙂

We moved our TV from the corner to against the wall. We eventually want to get a new TV and mount it on the wall and get a new tv stand… Maybe in the upcoming year or so.

When I’m home and not sleeping, most of my time is spent in the living room. I love how welcoming and relaxing it is. I love taking naps on the chaise!

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Thanks for reading. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!With Love

Lifestyle

Ideas for ways to deal with stress

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The next few months are going to be insane for me. I have a major training initiative at work. On top of that – live a healthier lifestyle, feed my faith, keep my household going, make time for my husband and loved ones, run my little side hustle, and find time for myself. Stress is unavoidable when there are many things going on in life. I think it’s imperative to have stress management skills.

I write these as reminders to myself, but I also hope this will be a helpful list for others too.

Go for a walk

Preferably outside to get some fresh air and to clear your mind.

Follow a routine

Every evening I:

  1. prepare my snacks and lunch
  2. make sure my purse and backpack are ready to go
  3. check that my alarms are turned on

I also keep everything in the same spot. My backpack and purse are always by the mudroom and my lunch bag is always on the kitchen island. I am not a morning person (the only time I am is when I’m on vacation, haha), so the less I have to think about where things are the better.

I know some people also plan their outfits the evening before. I might have to try doing that too.

Embrace shortcuts

My favorite recipes are easy meals. My ideal time is 30 to 45 minutes for prepping and cooking. Sometimes I am so mentally exhausted from work that I don’t even want to cook anything. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with ordering takeout from time to time. There are also rare days where I don’t even want to deal with washing dishes, so we’ll use disposable plates and utensils. Again, nothing wrong with that.

Some may think ordering takeout or using paper plates is lazy, but sometimes it’s worth having an extra hour or so that is freed up for you by not having to cook or do dishes.

Create an organization system that works for you

I used to try and organize my life with multiple resources. I would juggle between paper planners, notebooks, Post It Notes, work calendars, and regular wall calendars. My method was ineffective and I regrettably had things fall through the cracks. I’ve narrowed down my system to just using my work calendar and using my phone. I also still use regular wall calendars, however I don’t ever write in them. I just use them as a quick reference to glance at.

The great thing about a Smartphone is that it’s basically a mini laptop! I love the Notes app on my iPhone. I can easily create folders so I can organize various notes… I have folders for everything. I’m not kidding – I have a folder for my small business, a folder of things to do, a folder for wish lists, a folder for goals, etc. I especially love that I can conveniently log onto any computer with Internet access to update all of my Notes via http://www.icloud.com. In addition to Notes, you have immediate access to other apps such as Photos, Reminders, Pages, and Keynote.

Another app that I really like using is the AnyList app. Sean and I use it mostly for grocery shopping. You add items to it and it will automatically categorize your item. So for example, if you add Ranch Dressing and Soy Sauce to the list (this is literally a real life example, haha), they will go underneath the Condiments & Dressings category. If you add bottled water and soda they would go underneath the Beverages category. I also love this app because Sean gets a notification immediately if I modify a list since it updates in real time.

Plan something to look forward to

For me, planning vacations is just as fun as going on them! Planning is one of my favorite stress relievers – even if the trip is months away or if I’m even just daydreaming. Looking at food menus at Disneyland and Walt Disney World makes me happy, haha.

Make yourself a priority

You owe it to yourself to set aside some “me time.”

Sometimes my “me time” is putting on a face mask, painting my nails, and enjoying a bubble bath. Sometimes it’s blogging. Sometimes it’s crafting. Sometimes it’s taking a drive alone – I LOVE listening to loud music with the windows rolled down (during summer of course) and feeling the wind whip through my hair. Sometimes it’s sitting outside and listening to nature. Sometimes it’s shopping (okay fine, a lot of the time… Ha!).

Often times it’s sitting in front of the TV to watch reruns of I Love Lucy and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Talk to your spouse / significant other

You know the saying – communication is the foundation of a strong marriage. I gave Sean a head’s up a few months ago that life will get pretty hectic and the first thing he said was, “What can I do to help you, baby?” That sweet gesture alone meant so much to me.

I’d love to hear your ideas for handling stress. Thanks for reading!

With Love