Spring closet cleaning with Poshmark


There’s something about the warm weather in Buffalo that just brings me hope.

I spotted some crocuses today while walking around my neighborhood and it made me smile. I feel like one of the best parts about living in a cold weather climate is that you learn to never take a sunny day for granted.

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Upstate New Yorkers are notorious for wearing their flip flops “too soon” by fashion standards. They whip out shorts when the temperatures hit just above freezing. I don’t endorse it, but I understand it. I long for the days when I can wear a dress without tights and some strappy open toed heels without fear that I will find myself face to face with a snow bank.

I’m excited to say that Easter was 50 degrees and precipitation free though. This is a significant improvement from last year; in 2015 I recall walking out of the church and being bombarded with white flakes in the air.

Some people are saying it’s too soon to call this spring in Buffalo… despite the official start date of 10 days ago by calendar standards. I think it’s the perfect time to embrace the double digit temps -yep, that’s the standard here-, just keep those heavier knits close by because it changes all the time.

My neighbor was cutting his lawn this morning. I wore capris. We all show our optimism about the weather a little differently, mine tends to involve rotating wardrobes.

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When I pull the shift dresses and pastel colors out of storage, I always find a few items that I could take or leave. Do I move these pieces into valuable closet real estate or leave them banished in the basement until next Spring? God knows I’m going to buy new pieces too…

My style may have changed while hibernating in leggings and slouchy sweaters or my size may have changed, does it really matter the reason? My taste *matures* all of the time so it’s no wonder that I have moved on from a few things I was obsessed with last season or during May 2011. My shopping deals and steals deserve a good home though and recently I’ve re-homed quite a few of my finds via Poshmark.

I’ve been using the Poshmark app since 2012. My first purchases were a Marc Jacobs watch and some Tory Burch flats for amazing prices, with both of the stores that sold those types of items being at least an hour away from my house at the time. It was exciting and refreshing. I hope the people that purchase my clothes and accessories feel the same way!

The app is super easy to use, you just upload 4 photos of your item that you’re selling like you would on instagram. The first image can be filtered. Then you include a short and sweet accurate depiction of what you’re selling (include the condition, size, how it fits, color) and categorize it by the required categories. That’s it!

There are posh parties on the app where you can share your closet items as well as some of your favorite sellers’ pieces. I’ve become addicted to Poshmark, like any other form of social media. I have followers and share things. It kinda becomes a way of life.

Since re-visiting Poshmark over the last few weeks of closet rotating I’ll be completely honest, I have made $300+ . This is an incredibly exciting considering I am a 21 year old juggling part time work and freelance gigs. I’ve also found that when I buy things via Poshmark, in general I am spending a lot less than I do when I take a trip to the mall.

Whether it is to add to your wardrobe or perform a spring closet clean out, make an account and check it out. Nobody is sponsoring this post, this is just my personal success with selling gently used items from the comfort of my home.

Feel free to follow me @preppylogic15 and if you use code HWEUI when you purchase something via the app (cuz lets be honest, it’s inevitable), you and I will both earn $10. Cool!

Expanding the Blog-o-sphere


This past weekend was a fabulous life and blog changing experience.  I planned my first solo blogger vacation right before the stress of finals to remind myself there is life after 10 page papers  I attended Spark Sessions, Canada’s first Fashion and Beauty Blogger conference, in Toronto, due to the good fortune of snagging $2 Megabus tickets back in August.  The chaos of college made me forget about this amazing vacation that I had planned until nearly the day of.  Both the people and the event absolutely exceeded my expectations.  The fact that I was able to attend this conference on a  college student’s budget should prove to everyone that money is not an excuse.  My return on investment was incredible.  Whether it was due to the connections I made, lessons I learned, or wonderful goodies provided by Almay, Revlon, Smart Set, and Bio Seaweed Gel to name a few sponsors, this weekend was worth it.

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Now that I am safely back in the States, I am reminded of Buffalo’s not so booming fashion industry… and I know I have my work cut out for me.  Toronto may be described by my father as the “New York City of Canada”, but the main quality that I see that they have in common is that fashion runs thick in their veins.  The people were dressed to impress.  They strut down the sidewalks like mini-runways.  Although the currency, metric system, weather forecast, and letter “zed” may have confused me, fashion is a language I entirely understand.  Western New York needs to step up its game.  If Buffalo were to hold a Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference would you attend?

Bloggers: speak now or forever hold your peace.

There was an incredible amount of work that must have gone into this past weekend’s conference.  If Buffalo were to ever take the leap and plan a similar event, we would need to start ASAP.  Spark Sessions flowed so seamlessly, with knowledge provided for the less experienced and experienced blogger to bring back with them.  There were certain perks to being a local blogger attending, such as working with the toronto PR agencies that I wish I could have taken advantage of.  The respect that bloggers are given in Toronto because of their networking with PR companies is something I envy.  It is entirely because of the local collaborations and impact that different  companies know these bloggers can have on their customer base.  Working with a PR agency is great for the customer too!  The more publicity a product receives, the more you would desire to learn “the truth” about it.  As a blogger, your true opinion should always be seen first, as a company that values honest feedback they should prioritize these opinions, and as a customer you want to know if a product is worth the risk from an honest source.

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Canadian clothing company, Smart Set totally understands this mentality.  The associates were SO nice, they were even more willing to assist my Canadian soul sister Natalie and I once they found out about our various places in the blogosphere.  I was thrilled to learn that Smart Set ships to the states, but the customer service experience that was unlike any other, cannot be truly felt online.  I hope that Smart Set plans to bring brick and morter stores to the United States market soon, I know I would be one of their best customers!