June 30, 2016

How I Made $1000 in Two Weeks (You Can Too!)

When I came back from college this year, I realized how much stuff I own.  I already had a lot of clothes at home so bringing back all of my clothes from college was overwhelming.  I didn't need it all, and I certainly wasn't using it all.

I already had a few bins of old clothes (going back to high school!) that were just sitting in a corner.  After going through my more recent stuff, I had a lot of clothes to get rid of.  But, a lot of the stuff I used to wear is in great condition.  Rather than donating it, (which I still did with a lot of unsellable items that were either t-shirts or more used clothes) I decided to sell it.

I've been into selling my clothes on eBay for many years, but I've only ever made a few hundred dollars here and there selling big items like handbags or shoes.  I decided to try Poshmark on a whim and I'm so happy I did!

my closet

Poshmark is an app that is just for selling/buying clothes (and other fashion accessories), which makes it so much easier than eBay.  Everyone on the app is looking for clothes or buying clothes, as oppose to eBay where you have people looking for all sorts of things.  Plus, for some reason on Poshmark it only takes me a few minutes to put up a listing, whereas on eBay it takes a little longer.

Because of this, it's so much easier to sell things that might not necessarily have the most brand recognition.  For example, a shirt I bought at a local boutique wouldn't have sold on eBay, but on Poshmark it did.  So, even if you feel like you don't have any brand name things to sell, it's still worth a shot on Poshmark!

The only downside of Poshmark is that they take 20% of your sales, but I think it's worth it because you get exposure to a lot of buyers looking for products like the ones you are selling.

I know it seems maybe too simple, listing your old clothes online.  But, I am shocked at how much money I've been able to make in the past few weeks alone.

We all have clothes we aren't wearing that would ordinarily just sit in our closets for (maybe) the rest of our lives.  Listing these things online can help you make some money to either save, or spend on new clothes!

If you want to check out my "closet" you can do so, here!

*this post is completely not sponsored by Poshmark, or any other company, I just really love the app and think you all will too!

June 29, 2016

July 4th Style

It's almost the fourth of July, which means you can break out all the red, white, and blue in your closet.  The three colors together make one of my favorite color combos, and I would be lying if I said I didn't sport this all year round, but next Monday I can really amp it up.  Fun fact: my school's colors are red and blue so I am always on the hunt for any red or blue sundress for football season! 

I purposefully picked items from shop bop because with amazon prime, you can get these items in just 2 days.  Speedy fast shipping totally makes it my favorite place to shop (as if I haven't praised it enough on this blog already).  I originally planned to post this a few days ago, but I have been having computer issues and finally was able to borrow a family member's laptop.  

What will you be wearing on Monday?

June 27, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer Off the Shoulder

Top / Jacket / Necklace (Shorter Necklace, here!) / Pants / Shoes 

Before going to dinner on Saturday night I took a few snaps of my outfit.  This picture (plus the lighting when I took this) reminds me just so much of summer.  After a day at the beach, I couldn't help but slip into something Lilly.  

I love this top, but only wore it for the first time this weekend even though I've had it for months! Unfortunately they don't have this exact pattern anymore, but I've linked another version above! What sold me on this top? The off the shoulder style! I'm a sucker for off the shoulder, but love how this one is kind of hidden if you're wearing a jacket or sweater over it!

June 23, 2016

Hydrangea Season

Hydrangeas are the flower of summer.  Whenever I see these blooms, I'm instantly taken back to one of my favorite places: Martha's Vineyard! Hydrangeas are growing all over the place in the most beautiful colors all over the vineyard, so having these in a little vase in my house is really exciting. 

I really love this Cupcakes and Cashmere striped top.  I've never ordered anything from the brand before, and while I assumed it was more of a silky/chiffon material, I was pleasantly surprised that it was softer.  The top is really comfortable, and the little slit in the back is just perfect.  I hardly ever wear shorts, but this outfit looked too cute with them!

June 21, 2016

Pom Pom Styles Under $50

Over the weekend I asked for recommendations for blog posts on my Instagram and someone requested inexpensive pom poms! I thought it was such a cute post idea.  I love pom poms (and I've probably done a few posts on them before).  These are all under $50, and while they're all pretty simple, they can be dressed up or down with just a few accessories!

June 20, 2016

Summer Nights

Dress / Sweater / Necklace (from my Mom's closet) / Sunglasses / Shoes

Golden hour (that beautiful hour when the sun is setting) is always pretty.  But, golden hour in the summertime is something else.  Before having dinner in the summer I love to get out and take a few pictures because it's the perfect time of day with the perfect lighting.  

You might recognize the shape of this dress because I have it in another pattern! (You can see a post with it here!) It was just so comfortable and I wear it so often that another pattern was a great investment.  Seriously, this dress is just so comfortable. 

I decided to bring this J.Crew sweater along in case it got cold, and while it definitely didn't, I still took a few shots with it on.  I ordered this sweater a few sizes big because I wanted it to be a little oversized and I'm so happy I did because it's really comfortable.  

June 16, 2016

Restaurant Spotlight: Industry Kitchen NYC

Last Friday I treated myself to a ferry trip instead of heading out of the city on the PATH train (basically the subway) like I normally do.  I was a little lost because my maps app wasn't working, but ended up wandering down by South Street Seaport and found the cutest, basically waterfront restaurant.  There was loud music playing and the atmosphere looked adorable.

So, on Tuesday I met a few friends for dinner after work at the cute spot.  Even on a Tuesday this place was just as crowded and fun.  The atmosphere was great and everything we ordered was tasty.

I feel like this is such a hidden gem because the views were great (also great for people watching) and the prices were pretty decent too.  In a lot of NYC restaurants, if the view is great the prices skyrocket, but not at this restaurant.

I ordered mussels, which were really amazing and fresh.  It was probably the best pot of mussels I've had in awhile.  But to start, my friends and I shared the ricotta and artichoke dips.  They were equally as delicious.

I really had such a hard time deciding what to order because everything just looked delicious! From pizza and pasta to salad and avocado toast, this restaurant had something for everyone.

We perfectly watched the sun begin to set before heading back home.  I'll definitely be going back for more food!

June 13, 2016

Summer Shoes with Low Heels

white toe leather / double strap / wrap sandals / gold heel (accidentally put it in twice OOPS!)

Recently I've been drawn to sandals that have a low heel.  I have a few pair of sandals with normal heels, but I've been wanting a pair of shoes that I can wear everyday with just a little bit of a heel.  A small heel is so much easier to wear in everyday life because it's easier to walk around and more comfortable too.  Some of these sandals are perfect for everyday with just a little flair!

June 8, 2016

DIY Piñata Inspired Artwork

I'm so excited to be sharing this fun, and incredibly easy, DIY today! I've become a little obsessed with piñatas lately.  Overtime I see one, no matter what it's shared like, I want it.  When I stumbled across these fun fringe tape strips, I thought they would just be so cute for a project, but I didn't know what that project would be.  Until the other day when I thought how cute they may look framed! 

You'll need...
- plain paper (can be any size you like, I just used printer paper!)
- any frame 
-fringe tape! (pink/red and gold)

1. Start by taking whichever color you want to use first and lining it up at the bottom of your paper.  Figure out how long of a piece you'll need, and rip the rest off. These pieces are really flexible and rip easily, so you don't need a scissor.  
2. Next, tape your piece down to the end of the paper lining up the end of the fringe with the bottom of your paper. 
3. Continue this, alternating colors, for the rest of the paper! I decided to line my pieces up so they just covered the part of the tape that isn't fringed! 
4. After you've finished taping your paper, you'll notice that it's very flat.  In order to give more of a 3D effect (that looks really cool in a frame) I took my fingers and ran them over the fringe to mess it up a little.  The gold paper isn't as flexible so you kind of have to use more force and actually fold those pieces over. 
5. Simply put your art in a frame and you're good to go! I used a frame with a mat that was slightly smaller than the paper itself so it cut off the edges, which was nice because they were a little uneven! 

How simple was that? If you try out this DIY, send me a picture! I'd love to see it! You'll definitely find this hanging on my wall at school next year! 

June 7, 2016

Rompin' Around

Romper / Shoes (Similar) / Sunglasses / Bag

This romper has been my go-to outfit for the past two months.  I spotted it (on sale!!) and decided to try it on after hearing great things about Yumi Kim as a brand.  The moment I put it on, I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable it was.  If you've been reading my blog for a little while you may notice a pattern by now: comfort is key in my wardrobe.  I love this romper because it's so easy to throw on to run errands or to be dressed up for an occasion. 

This is also a great outfit in a lot of weather situations! I first wore it in April while in Corpus Christi, TX, which was so incredibly hot and humid (literally I have never been somewhere so humid!) and I felt cool (if that was really possible in that weather) and dry! Then, a few weeks ago I wore it to my brother's prom, where the weather was much more mild and comfortable.  


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