What I Learned from Poshmark

Back in August, I had heard about this app called Poshmark. Poshmark is a way a to buy and sell fashion (and a few other non-clothing items) with millions of other people across America. It’s one big giant online, discounted shopping mall.

I had been searching for ways to make some extra cash and the idea of reselling my clothes online seemed interesting but didn’t have me fully convinced at first. So, I did some more research into the company and users to make sure that this was something that I wanted to try out. Always do this before you jump into something!

After seeing positive reviews about the company and app, I created my profile and listed a few things. I explored the app and tried to get a feel for it. At first, I kept up with it, but then a few months went by and I forgot about the app. I got discouraged because, like most people, I wasn’t seeing any benefit from it and I thought about deleting it. Then my sister mentioned to me that she had started to use Poshmark and after a few weeks she had made a sale. I was shocked! I couldn’t understand how she had done it, so I asked. She told me that she spent a few minutes each night after work interacting with the app and that’s how she got her first sale. After that, the sales started to trickle in for her. Now, I was interested again.

In late December, I decided to get serious about using it again. I polished my current listings while purging my real closet to add to my Posh closet. I began to interact with it a lot more. I used the Posh Ambassador goals as ways to help increase my exposure and interest in the app afloat. I told myself, let’s try this again for a month and see what happens. Then one night in January, as I was sharing my closet, I saw that one of my items had been marked as sold. I couldn’t believe it! I had made a sale. My first sale had made me $12.80. To say the least, I was excited and it was the encouragement I needed want to continue selling my gently used clothes online.

Since then I have made seven sales. It’s not a lot, but it’s progress. It’s honestly such an easy resell app to use. It seems intimidating at first, but once you start using it and you make your first sale, you’re hooked.

Now that I have been using it more successfully, I thought I would share with you all some things I have learned in the past few months about Poshmark.

Take Good Photos. Good quality and attractive feature photos are key. You don’t have to have a professional camera, edit, or even go out and buy backdrops, etc. I use my iPhone 7 to take photos, then I use my bed comforter for flat lays or hang items up on my wall. Some items look better flat lay vs. hanging. It all depends on the item and how it will be best displayed. Use your best judgment. Also, lighting! Have decent, natural lighting when photographing your items. Avoid taking photos in rooms without natural light. Lamps and light fixtures can make a photo look yellow or orange. I know this easier said than done, but give it a try and see the difference!

Be Active. It’s all about exposure. The more you share and follow, the better chance you have of actually selling something. The times when I didn’t do much on Poshmark vs. the times I was highly active have proven to me that being consistently active works. Be warned, though! Poshmark can be time-consuming. From creating your profile to listing items to sharing and following others, it’s a lot of time and effort. Finding time to do this can be easier said than done. If you find some free time in your day, hop on the app and go follow 100 people and share a few items here and there. Don’t forget to share your closet, too!

A trick I learned is to follow people who wear the same size. Change the filter in your search options to “My Size” and start hitting those follow buttons. People are pretty good about following back for the most part. If people see that you have something in their size, now you have a new potential buyer. Also, when you go about your following spree, don’t forget to share your closet soon after to get as much exposure as you can.

Posh Parties. Take advantage of them. The parties are tailored to specific kind of items like shoes, work attire, or even brands. Once again, exposure!

One of my items had the chance once to be selected as a “Host Pick” for one of the parties. It was great! I had a lot more people visiting my closet and I actually sold the item that had been selected. Best sale I ever made! Here’s a great blog that explains what exactly a Host Pick is.

Let’s Talk Money. The whole point of selling on Poshmark is to make money.On average, I make maybe $8 to $10 a sale and make 2-3 sales a month. Poshmark takes a percentage of your sale, so keep that in mind when you’re pricing your items. Also, keep in mind what you are selling because even though you may be selling something that still has tags or was worn once or is gently used doesn’t mean you’re going to make bank on it. Be realistic in your pricing and be OK with not making nearly as much on an item as you had hoped for. Let people make offers on your items and counter off if you don’t like what the price they presented to you. It’s easy to negotiate. Sometimes I have been low balled for an item and I counter offer back with a dollar or two less than asking price and they accept. It never hurts to ask and if someone says no, oh well!

Private Offers. Make private offers to those who “like” your items. I treat liking an item as if it were a “wish list”. These are items that I am considering buying for the right price and I know that’s more than likely why someone has liked one of my items, too. Whenever I see someone like one my items now, I create a private, discounted offer for them. I’ll drop the prices a few dollars and give a shipping discount. This offer not only gets sent to your new interested buyer but to everyone who has liked it before, too. I think this is more effective than just simply dropping the price. Yes, people who have liked the item will get notified when you generally drop the price, but private offers seem more personal and I’m more willing to give a good discount. Plus, by doing this has resulted in sales within 24 hours. Be aggressive in trying to sell. Once again, it doesn’t hurt to try with a private offer. The offers last 24 hours and the worse thing that can happen is no one accepts it.

Remember selling something on Poshmark doesn’t happen overnight. Just listing items isn’t going to necessarily make a sale. You have to work for it. If you’re just starting off on Poshmark, thinking about joining Poshmark or want to revamp the way you approach it, try out these tips that I shared. There are a lot of more tips and tricks out there to help you boost your Poshmark sales. Just do your research and you’ll find your niche.

Give this blog post a like if you love Poshmark and found this helpful. Also, leave your username in the comments below if you’re on Poshmark so I can go follow you and share a few items from your closet.

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What I Read This Month: February 2018

It’s time for my “What I Read This Month” check-in for February. This past month, I chose a book that not only came highly recommended by many other book blogs but genuinely sounded interesting.

“The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena

Here is the synopsis from GoodReadsA domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors–a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

Initially, the synopsis of this book intrigued me. The fact that so many people had read it and had added it their must-read lists, made me want to download it to my library without hesitation.

I’ll admit it, this story drew me in from the beginning as the mystery and suspense were almost instant. I had a hard time putting it down as it was an easy, fast read. Even as the story progressed, it was hard not to be curious about this couple and the details that came to life as the mystery continued behind “the crime”. I had my suspicions from the beginning and there was genuinely a moment while I was reading I gasped out loud and almost threw the book across the room I was that shocked and disgusted. But, as the story progressed, it just became too much. The twists were almost so twisted that it became ridiculous. Just when you think you have it all figured out, another corkscrew was thrown into the mix. It just seemed almost unnecessary, yet necessary to the plot at the same time. And this is why I have mixed emotions about this book.

That all being said, I went back and forth with how I felt about The Couple Next Door. The decision I came to was that while I liked The Couple Next Door, I didn’t love it. It was a fun read and it kept my interest peaked the entire time I read it, but it wasn’t the best book I have ever read either. The characters had a lot of potential with the backgrounds they were given, and yet I was disappointed with them at the same time. I’m all for good plot twists too, but this book had a plot twist that I just did not care for at all.

If I had to give this book a rating it would be 3/5 stars. I definitely understand why there was so much hype behind it and now after I have finished it, I have read mixed reviews so I know I’m not alone.

Read The Couple Next Door here:


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What I Read This Month – January 2018

I’m fully aware that we are eighteen days into February and I’m posting about a book that I had read in January, but better late than never, right? One of my goals for this year is to read more. It’s something I enjoy doing and have not really done enough of in the past year. The goal was to read two books a month, but it seems so far that one book a month is more my pace. While hoping to keep this monthly goal, I want to share the books that I discover and read with you all. I’m going to try and choose different genres so I can appeal to a wide range of readers who are looking for book suggestions. The usual genres that I like are romances and thrillers/mysteries, and this first book that I read definitely falls into the thriller category.

Review for “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch:

Honestly, such a fascinating story. Dark Matter is a science fiction thriller based in Chicago that follows Jason Dessen, a less than content college professor, physicist, father, and husband. One night he’s enjoying a drink with a friend and the next his life is turned upside down, or more appropriate for this story “an unrecognizable parallel”.

(Read the synopsis here)

I don’t remember how I came across this book, but I’m really glad I did. It had me so captivated with its constant suspense, detailed scenery, and thought-provoking ideas. The question that this story really harps on is: are we happy with the life that we live? What does happiness mean to one specific person? I like that the main character is stripped of his happiness and essentially everything in order to understand what truly makes him happy. How it’s stripped from him and how he goes about discovering it is insane, but what makes this story fun.

I’m the type of person that really dives into a book. If I like the story enough, I get into the character’s mindset and feel the emotions that they are portraying. Dark Matter played on my emotions brilliantly with the notion of what if this happened to me, what if this was possible, how would I cope with such intense and overwhelming knowledge of the idea of “what if”. I’m all for the bizarre when it comes to storytelling because it makes it all the more interesting and this story does not disappoint in the bizarro department.

The one thing that at times I wasn’t a huge fan of was the scientific jargon and explanations. Science plays a big role in this story, however, with the scientific terms and talk, everything that was mentioned was always explained in simpler terms for us non-science folk. I think this is so important for an author to do especially with content that can be so complex sometimes.

Up until the final chapter, I honestly had no idea how this story was going to end. It wasn’t predictable. Even aspects of the story were shocking because I would have never thought of something in the way Blake Crouch did. And I will say this without giving away anything, the finale was the perfect ending to this book. It just tied everything in together so wonderfully.

10/10 would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller and a page-turner.

Start reading Dark Matter today!


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My Honest Fifty Shades Freed Review

Saw the film today (Saturday, Feb. 10th). I will be honest, I had spoiled some of the film for myself. It was hard not to with so many spoilers going around the past week from screenings and it being released a few days before seeing it. However, it didn’t make me feel any less excited. There is a VERY big difference experiencing something on the big screen vs. off.

To start off, let me get the few cons about the film out of the way. (These are my opinions. You don’t have to agree. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion especially when it comes to films. I respect that.) So, that being said…

The film was totally rushed. This has been a popular opinion I’ve seen and I agree. It moved so fast and skipped so many details. One minute the movie started and the next it ended. That’s how fast it felt like the movie went for me. Also, the flow was a bit choppy at times. It was clear that scenes were edited out for time restraints and sometimes it was very noticeable. It will be interesting to see if the flow is better if a extended, unrated version gets released.

This really was my only complaint. Otherwise, I enjoyed the film for what it was so much! The final installment was done beautifully and despite details being left out, they hit all the major points that I was hoping would be included.

(Ok, so I promised no spoilers, but remember this was a book before the film and I’m hoping most people who plan to see it have read the books. Things I may mention aren’t truly spoilers if you have read Freed. If you haven’t, then I suggest you stop reading this review.)

While this film is very sexy at times, I loved all the action, drama, and thrill, too. I don’t feel like there was more sex scenes in this one. It got hyped up that way, but it seemed well spaced out with the drama of Jack threatening Christian and Ana’s lives, along with their ups and downs of marriage. However, the few sex scenes we got did not disappoint. All I’m going to say is the Ben and Jerry’s scene was my favorite! Like holy Christian Grey!

And speaking of Christian, he was a bundle of emotions in this film and it was great to see that side of him. Angry Christian. Loving Christian. Clueless Christian. Scared Christian. Singing Christian. Dominant Christian. And even drunk Christian! When he comes home after drinking was hilarious. Might be one of my favorite scenes of the film.

As for the drama, there was definitely a lot of it. Seeing Christian and Ana deal with issues that I would hope most couples would talk about prior to getting married was interesting, intense, and even heartbreaking at times. Being in a relationship isn’t easy and I like that we saw their relationship beyond the sex and Red Room so much more.

Jamie and Dakota were brilliant a third time around. It’s crazy how different they are from FSOG to FSF. Jamie’s American accent was ten times better and he really embodied Christian. Dakota killed it as Ana. Ana is so sassy in Freed and she definitely brought that to the character. The scene when Ana yells at Christian for seeing Elena was great! Like damn right Christian fucked up and even he couldn’t fully understand what he did, but Ana didn’t hold back. Dakota was amazing in that scene!

If you haven’t seen it yet, just know the end will make you emotional. Maybe the whole movie will because the whole thing is a roller coaster of emotions. But, what really got me wasn’t just the storyline at the end, but there is a special scene that pays homage to the whole series and it made me sad that it has now come to and end. Ugh! Cue Fifty Shades if Depression.

To wrap this up, if you have enjoyed the books and films for what they are, I think you’ll love Freed. These movies were always made for the fans and not for outsiders aka critics who have never read the books. Not everyone is going to enjoy this story, but then again, this series was never meant to appeal to everyone. But for those of who do find the appeal, enjoy the final ride.

PS. The soundtrack for Freed is fire! Now knowing what songs are in what scene makes it even better, too!

Hello 2018, Goodbye 2017

As one book ends, another one begins with twelve mysterious chapters waiting to be written.

2017 was an overwhelming year of good and bad. Whether it was personal or in the realm as a society, I’m happy to shelve 2017 and ready to start my story of 2018. I love the optimism and idea of a fresh start the new year brings. Right now, we are all sharing our new version of oneself we hope to achieve, our new outlook on life we hope to have, and our new habits to make or break to better our lifestyles. This is all great but as most resolutions do we ever really follow through with them? We are all guilty of saying one thing and doing another. And we swear this year will be different but will it?

Well, here’s my hope that we can be accountable for the changes we want to make this year. Whether we achieve these goals with a day, a week, a month, or a year, let’s lessen our chances of making empty promises to ourselves and others and actually following through.

That being said as Chapter One begins here’s what I hope to achieve:

  • Be better to myself: mentally and physically.
  • Say yes to more opportunities and say no less due to fear of anxiety or self doubt. It’s time to stop holding myself back just because of the uncertainty.
  • Cook more. Did a lot of this in 2017 and want to continue perfectly a good meal.
  • Read more. I love reading but I claim I never have time. I have time I just spend it on my phone. So no more phone before bed.

And on a exciting note, 2018 will not only be a year of making promises to myself, but making a promise to my future husband (it’s my wedding year!) to love him unconditionally through thick and thin forever and always. I know that’s super cheesy, but I’m beyond excited to get married. After eight years of dating and basically living and acting as an old married couple, it finally will be official!

I’d love to know at least one thing you plan to promise yourself for 2018. Let me know in the comments. Happy New Year!

Our Engagement Photo Shoot

Long time, no blog. I never said I was good at this whole blogging thing.

Since it has been some time since I last brought you a little snippet of life, I’d thought I’d share something fun and exciting that my fiance and I did two weekends ago: our engagement photo shoot.

If you’re just stumbling across this blog post and my blog for the first time: Hi, I’m Megan! My fiance, Nick, and I got engaged in May 2016 in Cancun. We have been together for almost eight years and are currently planning our wedding back in the Chicago suburbs even though we live in Texas. Yup, we are having a “destination wedding” if you want to call it that. Really it’s only a “destination wedding” for us two as most of our family and friends still live in Illinois while we decided to say our goodbye to the Land of Lincoln and place our roots elsewhere.

Planning a wedding out of state has been quite the adventure, but I may save all the details about that for another blog another time…back to the purpose of this blog.

When it came to deciding on a location of where we would have our photos taken, I immediately knew where I wanted to go. While living in West Texas, there are plenty of picturesque places to go to like the mountains or small little towns with historical charm to even the pecan farms, there was one place in particular that I knew would be perfect and different.

White Sands National Monument was the setting for our intimate photo shoot. If you’ve never been, you need to go. It is settled essentially in the middle of nowhere (Alamogordo, New Mexico) and has what seems like endless rolling hills of white sand with mountains as the backdrop. It is one of the coolest and most beautiful places I have had the pleasure of visiting. It looks like mounds of snow, honestly, but minus the cold and slush. You can even go sledding, yes sledding down the hills, too. Also, fun fact that Brad Pitt actually did a photo shoot out there not too long ago for GQ. Check it out here: Inside Brad Pitt’s GQ Style Cover Shoot.


As for our photographer, instead of going with someone local, we actually flew in my fiance’s step-sister who has a keen eye for photography. I’m so happy that she agreed to fly thousands of miles to help us out with this. Sure, we could have interviewed and hired someone who knew the area and had done photo shoots at this location before but having my soon to be sister-in-law was ideal. Having her taking our photos was fun and relaxing. We didn’t have to get to know the person behind the lens. We didn’t have to feel awkward even if I was awkward at times because let’s be honest, having your photo taken sometimes can be.

We arrived out to White Sands in the late afternoon on a Friday. What could have been a not so weather friendly day actually turned out better than expected. The forecast all week showed rain and it did rain a lot, but thankfully it held up and we got a partly cloudy day which was perfect. What wasn’t perfect was the wind. If you know anything about living in the desert is that sometimes the wind can be brutal. It did make it tricky at times trying to make sure my hair wasn’t flying in my face or becoming a total mess, but we made it work.

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Finding the location and choosing our photographer were the easy parts. The attire was honestly the hardest thing for me to figure out. Of course, you want to look perfect and sometimes finding the right outfit can be easier said than done. After much debate, I ended up going with an inexpensive shift dress from Kohls. I essentially wanted a long maxi dress for a more flowy vibe, but shopping for that style of dress in September was difficult. My fault for waiting until the last minute, literally the day before. I was actually very pleased with my choice. The color popped wonderfully against the sand and I kept it pretty simple for my fiance in a white long sleeve shirt and dark jeans. As for hair and makeup, I just did that all on my own. I thought about going to a salon, but at the end of the day I didn’t want to spend the money and just wanted to look like me and not a dolled up version of me. I’m simplistic when it comes to my appearance. Sometimes, especially if you don’t know the hairdresser or makeup artist, it can be tricky achieving the look you want. To play it safe, since I didn’t do a trial or anything, I just DIYed it.

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I believe we stayed out at White Sands for almost two hours at the max. The sun was setting so sometimes it made it tricky to get photos that didn’t have us squinty too much or too much sun glare. And there sometimes the sun worked perfectly in our favor and captured some really beautiful shoots.

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I’m honestly so happy with the way these photos turned out. The best part of all of it was just how much fun I had while taking these photos with my fiance. He knows that I don’t like posing for photos and I know he isn’t super keen on it either, but we made the most of that day.

I particularly loved these shots of my engagement ring. When we got engaged in Mexico, we didn’t have any photos taken. No one captured the moment and honestly, I’m fine with that. I loved how intimate it was when it happened. We aren’t a couple who normally displays everything, except in these rare occasions. But I love that I do have a photo now that shows off how gorgeous my one-karat Blue Nile diamond ring is.

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Now that our engagement photos are complete, it’s time to start thinking about the save the date cards, etc. The wedding planning never ends! I do hope that in some way this blog might help give a little insight into this particular step in the whole wedding planning craze for newly engaged couples. If not, oh well! I had fun sharing this piece of my life with you all.

If you want me to share more about my wedding planning, maybe I’ll work up the courage to write another blog. Let me know in the comments!

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The Many Stages of Every Disney World Traveler Described in Gifs

For any Disney traveler, we all know the many stages of our Disney trips. The highs and the lows. I decided to put together a fun, little timeline describing just that in true Disney gif form.

When you’re finally done booking your Disney trip…


But then you have to wait and pretend like it’s not on your mind every single day…


Then your trip is finally here and you do your happy dance…


When you arrive on Disney property like…


And start eating all the good Disney Parks food that you’ve been craving…


Taking your first steps down Main Street…


And finally seeing the castle like…


But then you start melting in the Florida heat after ten minutes and you feel like…


However, you quickly get over it…


When you hear someone confuse Disney World and Disneyland while in the parks…


When you’re constantly on a schedule due to your FastPasses and reservation times…


And you get back to your resort after a long day in the parks like…


But you’re ready to do it all over again the next day with a new park…

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The feeling that your trip is going by way too fast…


And when you realize your trip is over and you have to go back to reality…


Which gif did you feel accurately describes the many stages of a Disney traveler? Let me know in the comments.