Poshmark!

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Don’t know about Poshmark? It’s an App which lets you buy and sell women’s fashion and accessories, pretty much all from your phone. I’ve been using Poshmark for a few months now, and I LOVE IT. I’ve put together a sort of intro/basic of Poshmark and what has helped me sell lots of items! The image above is of my closet, my user name is @njcati. You can see the interface and how easy it is to navigate to buy and sell fashion. If you haven’t signed up already you can use the code BIAIE for a $5 credit to get started.

LIST

I love listing items! Closets that have at least 10 listings tend to be seen more often. You don’t have to go nuts and list everything, but list a few items at once when you start off. Take clear photos and describe the item accurately. Make sure you have selected the correct designer so you increase chances of it being found by a potential buyer. If you’re unsure about pricing go ahead and google your item a few times and check for other listings and compare prices. Poshmark takes 20% commission from sales $15.00+, and a flat $2.95 fee for items under $15.00. This may seem high, but personally I’m alright with it. Poshmark handles the shipping charges (buyer pays shipping) and e-mails you a prepaid label as soon as your item sells. Print it, pack it, and ship it. You can arrange a pick up at your home from your local mail carrier (all Poshmark sales are shipped USPS priority) or bring it to the post office yourself. I’ll have a more in-depth post coming soon about cover shots and shipping, so stay tuned.

FOLLOW

This is important, but can start to get tricky. When you first start off on Posh it’s easy to get caught up just following random users. This is good – but you might want to use a little bit of discretion. Some users do not comply with all the rules that Posh has and it helps to do a quick scope of someone’s closet before following them. You won’t get in trouble if you share an item that is prohibited (we’ve all done it!) but it helps to keep the over all integrity of Poshmark. Following users that follow the rules will result in less drama and more shares!

SHARE

This is probably the most important part of this post. When you visit a Poshmark user’s closet you are able to see how many listings they have, how many followers, how many they are following, and their amount of shares. That number tells you if the user is an active sharer or not. You can see your own share number in your closet stats, and it’s always good to check on that and work on making it higher! Why is this so important? Sharing basically is advertising your own closet as well as someone else’s items. When you share items from another user’s closet, that item will appear to your followers in their own news feeds. Sharing lots of items has helped my sales immensely. I basically started sharing about 8-10 items from a few users that would pop up in my feed or in my notifications. Some returned the shares, some didn’t – but the point was my items were now being shown to people who were not even on my own feed, which also caused my followers to go up.

BE NICE!

Communicate with your buyers/sellers and as always – be nice. Manners go a long way and when you’re dealing with potential sales it always helps to keep yourself as professional and possible.

Like I said, I’m going to be posting more Poshmark installments so make sure you’re following and receiving updates from Vive La Luxe! If you’re NEW to Poshmark and have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer. Happy Poshing!

Enter to win a $100 Etsy Gift Card!

Etsy.com is currently having a Facebook giveaway where you have a chance EVERY DAY to win a $100 gift card, that’s awesome. Use this link to enter, just make sure you are logged in to Facebook before doing so or else your vote wont register. You may vote once a day.

Good Luck to everyone and if you win one of these gift cards – let us know what cool stuff you buy!!

Anxious for Spring?

Paris in the Spring...Yes Please!

We are anxious as well. You are not alone!

The road to spring is sometimes long (and cold, and windy, and…ugh) depending on where you live, so for us Jersey girls a collection of cardigans is never a bad idea.

Fuzzy Cardigan Sweater $24.80 @ Forever21

I personally love the way a cotton cardigan feels. It can still be fashionable without looking like a blanket as long as you find the right style. Making sure something FITS is always important too! Forever21 has a fuzzy cardigan sweater for under $25! You can pair this with a shoulder bearing dress and some tights and boom! Seasonably appropriate. If you’re like me, sundresses and spaghetti straps litter your closet. When it comes to cold weather I run the risk of looking like a fool if I don’t pair it accordingly.

Princess Seam Dress $19.99 @ Target

Love Love LOVE this dress from Target. It is simple but fashionable and most importantly, it’s comfortable! I’m about a size 11, 5’8″ and a D cup. I know all too well how difficult it can be to dress yourself especially when the clothes you want are built for a size 4 but are available in 10 and up. My good friend Sukanya over at Glitter and Vodka has a wonderful post about this issue which is definitely worth a read.

Coincidence & Chance Tulip Dress $19.99 @ Urban Outfitters

 This dress is on sale right now at UrbanOutfitters.com. It’s a great find for under $20 and is yet another piece you can mix and match with sweaters. Don’t be thrown off by the colors and stripes. Go for a solid cardigan or a blazer if you’re looking to glam it up a bit. Accessorize accordingly with a pair of earrings or a cocktail ring. You absolutely can go overboard and run the risk of looking like, well….

Yikes. I apologize for the scare, but all Jersey girls don’t look like that and I needed to make a point here. For those of you that still have your browser opened and aren’t completely shaken by the horror above I have one more tip to keep your head up for those spring days.

Iced Coffee! I am a bona fide coffee lover and there’s nothing more I enjoy than a delicious iced coffee on a(n almost warm) day. Head over to Dunkin’ Donuts Philly area Facebook page for sweet coupons and promotions. Free coffee always tastes better! Janae and I are both BzzAgents. BzzAgent is a pretty sweet website which let’s you participate in campaigns to sample new items to review, once you register of course!

Scoring on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is almost here and, if you don’t completely detest this made-up,  Hallmark holiday like me, you should be planning a huge to-do for your beloved about…two weeks ago!  I’m sure most of us think the trick to scoring points (among other things) on Valentine’s Day is with opulent dinners, sexy underwear and those highly sought after, sky blue jewelry boxes (hint hint).  But we here at VLL think it might be time to give Valentine’s Day a bit of a facelift this year!  So we decided to research some of the best gifts to give your man/lady this year to guarantee full copulation by night’s end.  We will cover everything from the ostentatious lover to the more financial conscious, heavy petter.  No matter what your relationship (or financial) status, you will find something here to make that special person smile. Just because I will be spending the entire day in my jammies, eating ice cream, doesn’t mean you have to be just as miserable as me 🙂

Click for more hilarious bitter Valentine's Day cookies
Click for more hilarious bitter Valentine's Day cookies

Let’s get to the list, shall we?

Shea Terra Organics are high on our list of favorite beauty products!  The majority of their products are made with all organic ingredients yet they keep a very affordable range that makes it easy to indulge.  We are absolutely head over heels for their new Dark Chocolate, Sugar Stone Exfoliating cream.  It is 99.7% natural while also containing Glycoloc acid that breaks down dead skin bonds and helps clear discoloration.  The best part, however, you might have guessed from the name. When you open the jar you are hit with the rich, decadent smell of fudge brownies….Mmmm!  I literally had to remind myself that it wasn’t food!

Shea Terra Organics Premium Chocolate Exfoliating Cream in White and Dark Chocolate

For a Valentine’s Day suggestion: Set up a special, private spa in your home for your Valentine and surprise them with a full relation massage with sweet smelling essential oils beautiful candles.  Finish off the massage with the Dark Chocolate cream, paying special attention to the hands and feet of which we carry a lot of pressure throughout the day.  They will enjoy the relaxing massage and you will definitely enjoy your sweet smelling partner!

Gunmetal Flask $24.99

If you and your honey are more hardcore lovers, check out this cute gift idea!  Engraved his and hers flasks.  Decorate with initials or a special messages of love so they can remember how much you love them while they are getting wrecked!

Iamastuffedanimal.com $79.00

Most girls LOVE stuffed animals!  I can admit, I still have a few around in my room for whenever im feeling kinda down in the dumps.  So, this year, think about getting your gal (or guy) a personal stuffed toy…of yourself!  This is a perfect gift for long distance sweethearts that spend time away from each other.  Spray with their favorite perfume/ cologne and its like they never left!

Bag Hook *Prices Vary*

This next gift is just a brilliant idea.  The purse hook is a handy device to give your lady friend that will keep her from having to but her newest Balenciaga bag on the floor.  If you are anything like me, you’d rather sit holding your bag for the entire night than put in on the dirty ground where it can be stolen or worse…scuffed!  The purse hook will take care of that and its a fairly inexpensive way to show your lady you care about her opulent shopping habits.

If you have a little more breathing room in your wallets this Valentines day, might I suggest visiting gifts.com Experiential Gifts section.  There you will be able to choose the city that you are in (or your Valentines day destination if travel is apart of your plans) and then choose from hundreds of Experiential Gifts that you both will remember for a life time!  They cover everything from spa treatments to helicopter rides and more!  Just pick a city and find the perfect experience for you and your boo.

http://www.gifts.com/ideas/experiential

Bow ties…Not just for Pee Wee Herman Anymore

Greetings friends!  Christmas is lurking right around the bend and unfortunately, I am a notorious for doing all of my Christmas shopping at the last-minute.  Part of my lateness can be blamed on that wicked, procrastinating devil that sits on my shoulder and constantly whispers in my ear but the main reason is I have to find the perfect gift for each person I shop for.  No exceptions!  This year, I had a great gift idea for my man and I just had to share it with the rest of you!  If you have a classy man in your life and want to add Luxe gift to his pile this year, think Bow-Ties.  Oh yeah, the Bow-Tie isn’t just for the Oscar’s.  It is making a huge come back in men’s fashion and celebs are sporting them left and right.  Chris Brown, David Beckham and Rachel Zoe’s cutie ex assistant Brad Goreski are big bow tie supporters.  Sporting this piece of neck wear can bring a classic, vintage vibe to your man’s wardrobe instantly.  Mix and match  the colors and patterns to his dress shirts to create the perfect combo! Add a tailored vest or matching sweater and Boom!  You’ve got gold  Take a look at these chic leading men for inspiration (and eye candy!)

David Beckham
Chris Brown
Kanye West
Brad Goreski

So, if I managed to sell you on the bow tie idea, I would like to make one last suggestion of where to buy it from.  There is an amazing website called bowtiecause.org that was started by NFL football player, Dhani Jones.  On this site, not only can you can browse through a collection of gorgeous bow ties for almost every occasion but every tie is a collaboration with a specific charity. So when you buy the tie, the proceeds of your purchase go to that charity.  It is a wonderful idea and I fully support the idea of shopping and being charitable at the same time!

Happy Holidays and a very Luxe New Year!!

xoxo

New Ebay Listings!

Vive La Luxe has just added new items on eBay!

Check out what’s for sale…

including this AMAZING

vintage Dior blazer!

 

ViveLaLuxe is on Ebay!

Vive La Luxe is now on E-bay offering you awesome items at super thrifty prices!

Vintage clothing, shoes, handbags, decorative items and collectables for your home and more. Lots of designer items! Keep your eye on us,because there are new items being added every single day.

Take a peek at our store today!