Style Crop: Plain White Ts

Finding the perfect plain white T doesn't come easy. You could search 10 stores and come out empty handed. So when my friend Quinn asked for recommendations, I went back on the hunt. In the past I've scored at Urban and Zara so I started there, but the hunt lasted over 3 hours ūüôāūüôÉ

The perfect white T should be classic, worn-in, and flattering on the female figure. Think a chic French woman reading the morning news at a cafe or the fit of an old man's wifebeater tank. It should have the right details so when you throw one on you have an effortless look, and you can layer them interchangeably under dresses or with overalls (personal favorite).

I have a few guidelines:

- Look for spandex in the fabric, 2-5%. NOOO 100% cotton, it doesn't hold its shape.

- Fitted enough to graze curves, no boyfriend fits as the baggy effect isn't universally flattering. You can rock that style with some looks but it won't be the go-to (esp if you have boobs).

- Pick a slightly sheer fabric for max effortlessness

Here are my 13 faves (includes tanks too): 

The best all around comfy cool T I found, similar to my all time favorite Zara one (currently unavailable) 

New Look Rolled Jersey T / ASOS / $16

the runner up, I like how thin this looks and the fact it's 5% spandex (holds shape)

Winona Cropped T / Need Supply Co. / $12

for a slightly gnarly look -- Nordstrom customers reviewed a 4.7 (note: buy a size smaller)

Distressed Edge Tee / Nordstrom / $20

has an easygoing fit and short sleeves, but 100% cotton so not my #1

Jamie Top / Brady Melville / $16

 

for layering with bras or edgier pieces, also with TRACKSUITS 

Delphine Sheer Top / Revolve / $58

love the side gap it's giving me a Kate Moss vibe

Sand Dollar Tank / Free People / $20

one of my most worn pieces ever as it's a raw edge and has a cheekiness to it

Urban Renewal Remade Ribbed Tank Top / Urban Outfitters/ $19

destined to be paired with a flirty skirt or high waisted jeans

Ally Tank / Brandy Melville / $19

same thing ... so you have choices

Charlene Top / Brandy Melville / $26

loving the ribbed fabric & feminine fit

Out From Under Billie Shrunken Tee / Urban Outfitters / $20

the frisky ruffled edge top is perfect to layer under sweaters or jumpsuits

Gwen T / Need Supply Co. / $32

if you want a dose of attitude this is one of the best sayings tees out there

 embroidered au revior retro tee / madewell / $42

not exactly a plain white T but while we're here soak this one in

Out From Under Alexa Ruched Long Sleeve Top / Urban Outfitters / $29

Can't live without // September wardrobe favorites

I thought it'd be fun to share my top wardrobe items I reach for daily to give you a little inspo for creating your own uniform. I've found it both freeing and time saving to stick to a few core items when picking my daily outfits. 

Here's what I'm nonstop wearing now: 

#1: My [BALI] Birkenstocks

Bought a pair of [fake] Birkenstocks in Bali since my shoes we're killing me and they are now my #1 outfit staple. They go with everything (the Arizona color esp) and give the perfect natural lady of the earth vibe. I will 100% be upgrading to the real ones after my Bali ones give out 

Arizona Sandal in Mocha/ Birkenstock / $95

#2: Frayed Jean Skirt

This gets me by in 50% of my outfits also considering I live in California, but would be great layering with knee high boots or tights come fall. Worn exactly like this is Tre chic and the fray is that extra touch you need right now and forever

BDG Notched Denim Mini Skirt / Urban Outfitters / $59

#3 and #4: My Burned Velvet *JADE* Kimono and Leather Stomping Boots

   

 

 

Bought vintage at the rose bowl flea market for $60 (with matching-ish skirt)in LA on a whim and this piece has been getting MILEAGE. Burned velvet is HOT HOT HOT but get it vintage first or a paired down design - too many tassels and colors is annoying !

Vintage / $60 / Similar here and here 

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This is my supreme ass kicking boot to walk the streets of LA or NYC -- the color and height of the heel make it my #1 ūüĎä 

ALDO Fearian Leather Heeled Ankle Boots / ASOS /  $100 - sold out but similar here and here

#5: Adidas Striped Leggings

I own 3 pairs of these leggings for working out and would gladly buy 10+. I love that they are thick but not restrictive and SUPER comfy. They hold up well vs other $25-$30 pairs and I prefer these by a mile to Lulus. Also you have instant street style and the stripes glow in the dark ūüĎĆ

Adidas Originals 3 Stripe Legging / Urban Outfitters / $35

#6: Adidas Green Velvet Slides

ALMOST SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE - Found these in the men's section at Bloomies and impulse bought a pair for my brother and I - there's not an outfit these don't go with and they have instant swag, I'm still majorly into SLIDES !

Adidas Originals Velvet Slides / Shopbop / $65

let me know below if you're looking for any fall style items I'll hunt em down for ya xx

The Legit 2 Week Bali Itinerary: Activities, Shopping, Where to Eat

I took a trip to Bali (an island in Indonesia) last June/July with two of my closest friends and we had the most amazing, relaxing and fun vacation. You may have heard of Bali as a destination for yoga retreats, Instagram personalities, or the book & movie Eat, Pray, Love. The island was a complete creative paradise, a blend of natural beauty from the island, the warm and welcoming spirit of the people, and the care and creativity everyone put into their businesses.

I have to start out with: Bali exceeded my expectations.

To make sure we got the best of the best experience we did do our research. And we avoided as many cliche spots as we could (avoiding Kuta for example).

Many people asked me, why not go to Hawaii instead of an island halfway around the world? It was about adventure and experiencing a whole new world and mainly the spirit of the people. Bali was a taste of utopia for me - a place where people we're raised with a mindset valuing nature, happiness, gratitude, and a respect for the divine. The beauty and awe-ness of it all was because they put those values first.

I could go on a soapbox on this topic, but our culture does not. We value "hard work," getting deals, efficiency, busyness, and we haven't integrated spirituality with our culture. And it makes a difference. We don't make beauty and pleasure a priority first, and it's evident in the design of our new condos, fast casual restaurants, Starbucks etc. 

Being in a world that operates the opposite was a freeing effect. Yes I'm a bit of a hippie.

But anyway, you came here for recommendations:

We spent 12 days in Bali to really get comfortable in one place and understand their world. Some itineraries we looked at suggested to go to Thailand or other islands, but we stuck to two major cities so we really knew them instead of checking off our list saying we went somewhere instead of knowing somewhere. 

Day 1-4: Ubud

Ubud (pronounced OOOH-BOOD) is a town in central Bali northeast of the airport in Depensar, so we decided to start there and then make our way to the towns on the West Coast (Canggu, Seminyak & Uluwatu). 

For size comparison, Bali is 1/5 the size of Hawaii

For size comparison, Bali is 1/5 the size of Hawaii

We started there to start the trip on the right path by spiritually aligning, doing yoga, relaxing, and seeing some of the classic Bali attractions. 

Day 1:

Landed in Depensar airport and exchanged $500 for rupiah at the airport - used Money Changer closest to the driver pickup area where people are holding signs

Our Airbnb host's nephew Aka picked us up from the Ariport to our Aibnb

Checked into the Airbnb - HIGHLY recommend this place as there's two big beds and one little bed, your own private pool, a view of the rice patties from the "meditation deck," and breakfast every morning - the homemade banana pancakes and tomato egg sandwich were YUMMY. $88/night ($29/person between 3) was super affordable and we had our own villa

Walked around town down X street and bought a pair of fake Birkenstocks (Bali birks as I call em)

Campuhan Ridge Walk - beautiful path we walked past outside our Airbnb, if you don't stay there I recommend you walk around the "backroads" by Yellow Flower and Intuitive Yoga as you get the feel of living in a village 

Yellow Flower Cafe - a MUST as the vibe looking across the jungle from the restaurant was breathtaking, the food was organic and delicious, decor was macrame & artistically chic, and there's a cool bed table you can hang out at - get the euphoric flower water

Day 2

Intuitive Flow Yoga in the morning - intimate sized class and beautiful view of the jungle during class

Healer - We chose Cokorda Rai who's signature method of pinpointing your problems is to poke your toes with his stick and the trigger points indicate what needs healing in your life and does a healing prayer to aid in the process. We found a driver, Gede Sadarta, to drive us to his location with no promises he'd be able to help us as he takes clients on a "how he's feeling today" basis. Highly recommend this experience as it's very traditional for the Balinese. 

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - a touristy activity where you enter a gorgeous forest filled with monkeys, and you can buy a bundle of bananas to feed them as they jump on you, beautiful but not a 100% must

Ubud Palace - beautiful palace open to the public, where you are given a sarong to wear while touring the palace - I'd opt for this one with the lily pads, we didn't have time to make it that far

Night Market - found amazing vintage jackets and shirts, ask Gede where the location of this one is - locals only :)

Day 3

Mount Batur Hike - My friends Lisa and Quinn went on this hike and loved waking up the the sunrise and cooking local food with the tour guide, I opted to sleep in and explore the town on foot and save extra $$$ since it was about $80USD.

Alchemy Cafe - possibly our #1 meal in Bali!!! We feasted on two raw pizzas (UNREAL - aloha and spinach & mushroom), Mexican burger, a dragonfruit smoothie bowl (CUSTOM MADE AT THE BOWL BAR), raw sushi, and Banoffee pie (menu here).  Also tons of beautiful people watching

River Rafting - X company - definitely a fun activity and took a gorgeous path through a jungle river - though not too scary, fun to meet other tourists and came with a meal

Bebek Tepi Sawah - our driver Gede recommended this place for local cuisine and the famous Bali duck (bebek) - the roasted duck and all the dishes did not disappoint! This place felt very authenic and overlooks a rice patty

Day 4

Yoga Barn - the most famous yoga studio in Bali, this place is basically a yoga compound filled with multiple studios, a cafe, and a performance area. We did the morning flow class (I'd recommend you try the Tibetan bowl meditation class or Vinyasa Flow L2) and got smoothies and energy balls at the cafe there. We also tried to sign up for the Cacao ceremony a few days out but it was full, if you've been let me know how it is !! - events calendar here

Ubud Art Market - packed with crochet tops, sarongs, the coveted woven circle bag, woven bowls and baskets, figurines, and all the souvenirs you could want for friends and family. Definitely a must to go to the main market and make sure to haggle with the locals to get the best price - start at 30% of the original price and apparently there's a morning price if you get there at the crack of dawn! Definitely plan half a day to shop here and the cute boutiques in the area - you'll feel like you're missing out if you don't give yourself time

Tegenungan Waterfall - the most popular waterfall in Bali, it's definitely worth going underneath the waterfall and feeling the earth though if you have the time I'd opt for the Aling Aling waterfall as it has a natural slide and is less touristy.

 Then we were off to Canggu - more coming in the next post !  

Style Crop: Gucci Flavor

Does any fashion brand matter more in the world than Gucci right now?  Their campaigns are from another planet, another dimension. A realm us earthling simpletons are hungering for right now. 

Exhibit A: Gucci Store in Century City, Los Angeles

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Exhibit B: Their Fall 2017 Ready to Wear Collection

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Gucci's 2016 Campaign - the mood continues

Gucci's 2016 Campaign - the mood continues

Silk.

Asian Patterns.

Disco tights.

Larger than life embroidery.

Decadent parasols. 

Pearl accents.

A clap back against the overdone trends of the 2010's - we hear you loud and clear, Gucci.

Cop the vibe below:

A mauve dream, one of my favorite pieces. Shiny Jacquard Trousers / $50 / Zara

A mauve dream, one of my favorite pieces.

Shiny Jacquard Trousers / $50 / Zara

just in case you need the kimono too Shimmery Jacquard Kimono / $80 / Zara

just in case you need the kimono too

Shimmery Jacquard Kimono / $80 / Zara

DFWM boots, pure icing Sateen High Heel / $99 / Zara

DFWM boots, pure icing

Sateen High Heel / $99 / Zara

a bodysuit under the asian influence Printed Sateen Bodysuit / $50 / Zara

a bodysuit under the asian influence

Printed Sateen Bodysuit / $50 / Zara

A low key pattern dress to mix with fur or other prints Strappy Dress / $20 / Zara

A low key pattern dress to mix with fur or other prints

Strappy Dress / $20 / Zara

decadent fabric and color, paired with the mauve pants Long Silk Velvet Kimono / $169 / Zara

decadent fabric and color, paired with the mauve pants

Long Silk Velvet Kimono / $169 / Zara

always a sucker for a femme top esp in jade Bow knot blouse / $50 / Mango

always a sucker for a femme top esp in jade

Bow knot blouse / $50 / Mango

I'm feeling like floating on in this jacket Embroidered flowy jacket / $99 / Mango

I'm feeling like floating on in this jacket

Embroidered flowy jacket / $99 / Mango

the purrrfect shade, pair with a fitted striped sweater or tee Velvet Pleated Trousers / $99 / Mango

the purrrfect shade, pair with a fitted striped sweater or tee

Velvet Pleated Trousers / $99 / Mango

the crane can now be your spirit animal flared printed trousers / $69 / Zara 

the crane can now be your spirit animal

flared printed trousers / $69 / Zara 

a more simple pattern to layer with other patterns Fitted Textured Dress / $29 / Mango

a more simple pattern to layer with other patterns

Fitted Textured Dress / $29 / Mango

the sexiest wallet bag I've seen and it just goes with it allll Split Suede Crossbody Wallet / $35 / Zara

the sexiest wallet bag I've seen and it just goes with it allll

Split Suede Crossbody Wallet / $35 / Zara

crazy crazy good, a solid outfit for a meet cute ASOS Boilersuit in Camo Floral Print / $76 / ASOS

crazy crazy good, a solid outfit for a meet cute

ASOS Boilersuit in Camo Floral Print / $76 / ASOS

not Gucci but has that quirky fun spirit Cha Cha Sweatshirt / $69 / Madewell

not Gucci but has that quirky fun spirit

Cha Cha Sweatshirt / $69 / Madewell

been looking for the right gold bronze boot to work into the wardrobe  The margot boot in soft metallic / $198 / Madewell

been looking for the right gold bronze boot to work into the wardrobe 

The margot boot in soft metallic / $198 / Madewell

throw with a pearl accessories and velvet pants Peplum Blouse / $65 / & Other Stories

throw with a pearl accessories and velvet pants

Peplum Blouse / $65 / & Other Stories

Style Crop: Best of Reformation Sale

When I think of the brand Reformation I think of vintage meets modern swag, the kind of attitude that's no nonsense yet frisky at the same time.

I dig their clothes and their aesthetic big time. Their pieces are special, well-made to elevate your wardrobe and classic enough to wear no matter the season. 

Their prices are higher than I'd like in order for me to deck out my whole wardrobe in their dresses, but it's because they put their money where their mouth is on sustainability.

They design and manufacture in downtown Los Angeles and all garments are produced by using sustainable methods and materials. On the website for each piece they show the breakdown of water, carbon dioxide, and waste savings per piece. It's thorough and smart. 

It's honestly worth it to opt out of a few frivolous purchases in lower end stores (or sell a few items you're not jazzed about on Poshmark) and stock up on a few beautiful pieces you'll treasure for years.

And when they say they're having a sale, I drop everything and dive in:

[I looked through every item on their sale page twice, also new arrivals @ the end] xx

 

that everyday white dress I've been looking to throw on when running late Dozer Dress / Reformation / $41

that everyday white dress I've been looking to throw on when running late

Dozer Dress / Reformation / $41

here comes the cabana girl  Nova Two Piece / Reformation / $139

here comes the cabana girl 

Nova Two Piece / Reformation / $139

sheer longsleeves are about to blow up this fall just fyi Harris Top / Reformation / $64

sheer longsleeves are about to blow up this fall just fyi

Harris Top / Reformation / $64

balsy and flattering, the smarter version of a clubbing dress Sheena Dress / Reformation / $69

balsy and flattering, the smarter version of a clubbing dress

Sheena Dress / Reformation / $69

can't go wrong with this on a daily basis ... need Maia Dress / Reformation / $131

can't go wrong with this on a daily basis ... need

Maia Dress / Reformation / $131

I love tie up straps on dresses and this lovely buttercup color? swooning. Sylvie Dress / Reformation / $174

I love tie up straps on dresses and this lovely buttercup color? swooning.

Sylvie Dress / Reformation / $174

breaks my heart this top is sold out, the faint yellow 70s top ayee Beachcomber Top / Reformation / $78

breaks my heart this top is sold out, the faint yellow 70s top ayee

Beachcomber Top / Reformation / $78

the ultimate shade of jade color brings back flashbacks of MKA with long wavy hair Winslow Dress / Reformation / $214

the ultimate shade of jade color brings back flashbacks of MKA with long wavy hair

Winslow Dress / Reformation / $214

where to wear this to? prob the grocery store for some kicks (bc it's LA) Rina Dress / Reformation / $139

where to wear this to? prob the grocery store for some kicks (bc it's LA)

Rina Dress / Reformation / $139

those thin straps on a maxi will get a rise out of people Lilly Dress / Reformation / $90

those thin straps on a maxi will get a rise out of people

Lilly Dress / Reformation / $90

that special blue picnic dress Lorena Dress / Reformation / $139

that special blue picnic dress

Lorena Dress / Reformation / $139

if you need that perfect tee that's a tad sheer, I got you Fitted Crew Tee / Reformation / $28

if you need that perfect tee that's a tad sheer, I got you

Fitted Crew Tee / Reformation / $28

not on sale but noted for next time ... Annie leather pants thank youu Annie Leather Pant / Reformation / $198

not on sale but noted for next time ... Annie leather pants thank youu

Annie Leather Pant / Reformation / $198

will wait for this baby to go on sale Shell Top / Reformation / $128

will wait for this baby to go on sale

Shell Top / Reformation / $128

just the right color and stripe size to shake things up Sofia Tank / Reformation / $58

just the right color and stripe size to shake things up

Sofia Tank / Reformation / $58

never seen a butterfly and bird pattern like this Afternoon Dress / Reformation / $198

never seen a butterfly and bird pattern like this

Afternoon Dress / Reformation / $198

that perfect chill vacay coverup dress Barbados Dress / Reformation / $98

that perfect chill vacay coverup dress

Barbados Dress / Reformation / $98

now HERE'S an everyday dress Annette Dress / Reformation / $78

now HERE'S an everyday dress

Annette Dress / Reformation / $78

allll about this and the buttons Kauia Dress / Reformation / $178

allll about this and the buttons

Kauia Dress / Reformation / $178

17 Celestial Pieces Inspired by the Full Moon

This week's Style Crop post is based on items inspired by August's Sturgeon Moon, the latest moon from Monday night which was a partial lunar eclipse. It was gorgeous and felt very symbolic after my friend shared with me an article about its meaning. 

Via @foxiedox on Instagram

Via @foxiedox on Instagram

The moon earned its name because the sturgeon fish was easiest to catch within the Great Lakes and Lake Superior during that time of the year. I've paid more attention to astrology lately (not daily horoscopes) as I believe there are general energy ebbs and flows that can be described through the astrological timing just like the tides, plus it's fun and helpful to reflect.

The words shared with me are found on this post from Mystic Mama and the lines that really stood out to me are:

‚ÄúA lunar eclipse reminds us just how vital it is to attend to our inner world, our emotional life, to listen to the storm within, not push it down in the hope it will eventually go away. 

It won’t. For that storm is you and me and everybody: feelings and emotions passed down through the ages like a baton in a relay, denied and ignored, repressed and avoided, simply wanting and waiting to be heard.

Things previously confused and confusing are now made clear. But they must be further obscured before clarity is born.

In the darkness of this lunar eclipse we may encounter a sense of dread or despair, as if the light threatens never to return. But these moments will be brief and simply set the scene for the coming illumination of truths previously hidden in the shadows.

This is not arcane knowledge accessible only to the ‚Äėchosen few‚Äô but instead an everyday revelation that makes sense of things we feared we‚Äôd never understand."

My revelations are still rolling in over this time, but in general I find it helpful to keep pushing past comfort zones and when you become aware of something new about yourself to explore it and not resist it.

And onto the fashion - - - 

 

pure magic from Prada Cahier Small Stars Moon Trunk Crossbody Bag / Prada / $220

pure magic from Prada

Cahier Small Stars Moon Trunk Crossbody Bag / Prada / $220

The raddest MNKR Lone Saguaro Tee / Urban Outfitters / $32

The raddest

MNKR Lone Saguaro Tee / Urban Outfitters / $32

This is EVERYTHING, sold out on ASOS but I found directly on Motel's site Sunny Kiss Oversized Tee in Black Cosmos / Motel / £30

This is EVERYTHING, sold out on ASOS but I found directly on Motel's site

Sunny Kiss Oversized Tee in Black Cosmos / Motel / ¬£30

Wearable anddd celestial  Silence + Noise Extreme Kick Flare Pant / Urban Outfitters / $49

Wearable anddd celestial 

Silence + Noise Extreme Kick Flare Pant / Urban Outfitters / $49

A solid go to boot you can wear out for years Dr. Martens Magdalena Ankle Boot / Urban Outfitters / $160

A solid go to boot you can wear out for years

Dr. Martens Magdalena Ankle Boot / Urban Outfitters / $160

Ahhh yes the pajama pants with mules  Silence + Noise Holly Printed Pajama Pant / Urban Outfitters / $59

Ahhh yes the pajama pants with mules 

Silence + Noise Holly Printed Pajama Pant / Urban Outfitters / $59

Equally obsessed, great for festivals & shows Folly Crop Top in Solar System Black / Motel / $29

Equally obsessed, great for festivals & shows

Folly Crop Top in Solar System Black / Motel / $29

Shine bright darlings :* Frasier Sterling After Party Chain Link Crossbody Bag / Urban Outfitters. / $97

Shine bright darlings :*

Frasier Sterling After Party Chain Link Crossbody Bag / Urban Outfitters. / $97

And Starman of course Bowie Punk T-shirt / Etsy / $14

And Starman of course

Bowie Punk T-shirt / Etsy / $14

HOLD ITTTT Zara Swimsuit in Flaming Eclipse / Motel / £42

HOLD ITTTT

Zara Swimsuit in Flaming Eclipse / Motel / ¬£42

Grunge up a look with these stunners Kennedy Lace-Up Heeled Ankle Boot / Urban Outfitters / $89

Grunge up a look with these stunners

Kennedy Lace-Up Heeled Ankle Boot / Urban Outfitters / $89

Not super celestial but I love this jumpsuit Urban Renewal Remade Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit / Urban Outfitters / $59

Not super celestial but I love this jumpsuit

Urban Renewal Remade Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit / Urban Outfitters / $59

Love the Louis the XIV vibe going on here Shellys London Kat Satin Mule / Zappos / $76  

Love the Louis the XIV vibe going on here

Shellys London Kat Satin Mule / Zappos / $76  

Sailor Moon without being too middle school backpack Sailor Moon Backpack / Mercari / $33

Sailor Moon without being too middle school backpack

Sailor Moon Backpack / Mercari / $33

The design of this is divine, big fan of circles Luna Mirrored Moon Jewelry Storage / Urban Outfitters / $24

The design of this is divine, big fan of circles

Luna Mirrored Moon Jewelry Storage / Urban Outfitters / $24

I love this for an entry way, so beautiful Crescent Moon Catch-All Dish / Urban Outfitters / $14

I love this for an entry way, so beautiful

Crescent Moon Catch-All Dish / Urban Outfitters / $14

Upgrade your succulent storage with this bad thing Half Moon Planter / Urban Outfitters / $14

Upgrade your succulent storage with this bad thing

Half Moon Planter / Urban Outfitters / $14

Making Money on Poshmark 101

I'm become increasingly addicted to Poshmark in the past few months and wanted to share a few of my tips for getting started and making $$$. 

For years I dabbled on and off of this app and didn't commit to it as it is a ton of work. Fair warning: the app is aggressive and overwhelming. They send you daily affirmations, 3 parties per day, constant retweets from people trying to push their goods on you, and you have to leave on notifications to see if something is selling. 

But if you know how to start it off right, you'll start to get a rush off the sales. I've been selling an item almost every other day for the past month now that I've got momentum, sometimes I get two in a day. There's no better feeling once you get that SOLD notification late at night or first thing in the morning. This money funds any shopping I do so I can get my ideal wardrobe. And the cycle repeats. 

I do Poshmark (my closet is here) because it works and I get the most money back. When I get excited about Poshmark a lot of people ask about Thread Up and say isn't it easier to send in items? Please. You get $2-$6 per item and I'm personally offended to sell my collection and newer pieces for a ridiculously low price. It is easier but its purpose is getting clothing out of your closet not making money.

Also there's Buffalo Exchange / Crossroads/ Plato's. This was how I sold clothes growing up and now I am ridiculously grateful for apps to sell clothes because these options are the worst. First everyone always feels a weird sting of rejection as they never take much. Then their buyers are dispassionate about clothes and are never dressed well so they don't know taste when they see it. I stopped going after them rejecting bags of on-trend clothing while they carry racks of 10 Gap shirts. Excuse me but why does 80% of your store look like trash and you're rejecting mine? 

For consignment stores in the area, I'll dabble but I make generally $6-$18 per item after they take the 50% cut, but if I sell it on my own I generally make 1.5 - 2x more. So I only go to consignment stores after something isn't selling or I feel they can sell it faster. I get paid monthly via a check, whereas Poshmark is once the buyer accepts which is a week max. Once you get good at Poshmark I find I make the money I'd make at a consignment store in a few days or a week vs what I'd make there in a month. 

Also if you really don't have the time or are too lazy, I'm happy to help sell it for you - contact me in the "Selling" tab :)

Now that I've unloaded, here's what I recommend with Poshmark:

1. Master the lighting and create a good backdrop for your clothing

The main thing you'll learn in the app is to take beautiful photos with good natural lighting. It's not necessary to sell pieces, but it does speed up the process and make your store look legit. I had a cute backdrop in the beginning, but the lighting wasn't great so I now find I'm getting more traction with a nicer setup. A plain white wall or a rug on the floor work well. Here's an example of my before and after:

Ok lighting and cute alcove but could be a bit more crisp. I did sell pieces like this though!

Ok lighting and cute alcove but could be a bit more crisp. I did sell pieces like this though!

Not the best lighting but people will buy if they're looking for the piece. 

Not the best lighting but people will buy if they're looking for the piece. 

After: Much better lighting plus use of mannequin (I've had it but I had to rearrange my room to get a better backdrop). I'm moving into styling the pieces to amp it up.

After: Much better lighting plus use of mannequin (I've had it but I had to rearrange my room to get a better backdrop). I'm moving into styling the pieces to amp it up.

2. Fill in descriptions

For the title of the item I use a catchy title that focuses on the trend of the dress - "Southwestern Mami Maxi Dress" and I add emojis if it feels appropriate to spice things up. Then you fill in the other areas - type of clothing, size, quantity, etc. Make sure you list the right brand esp if you have petite or tall clothes! When it comes to the Brand I play games here because I've realized the customers on Poshmark (or society in general) are from a culture of brand zombies crazy about getting brands for the cheap.

I find myself calling things "Free People" or "Brandy Melville" constantly because if I do a random brand or vintage it doesn't get exposed enough to get traction since people follow their favorite brands and see the latest uploads. In the example above I doubt "O'Neill" as brand will sell this dress, unless I'm mistaken in people's loyalty to that brand. They do send auto warnings if you change the brand constantly but I have yet to see any crackdowns. I generally caveat in the description that the piece is "marked Free People for exposure" and say where I got the piece. 

I also include how something fits - especially if it's marked and M and fits as a small, etc. People will often ask for measurements but I do these once I get a request. Next level would be doing it all at once to make sales quicker.

3. Find online merchandise photos if possible and/or celebs wearing the clothing

After I do a photoshoot of all my items and upload them with descriptions, I search Google to get photos of celebs in a similar piece or the photo from a store's website. This isn't a necessary step but it helps, generally I do this later in the night while watching TV or while waiting in line at Trader Joe's. 

I love Hailey and her outfit here and it gives the vibe of what this skirt would look like

I love Hailey and her outfit here and it gives the vibe of what this skirt would look like

Here's the actual skirt I'm selling for $55 because it's Theory and I want to lose weight to fit into it... but will sell if someone's buyin'

Here's the actual skirt I'm selling for $55 because it's Theory and I want to lose weight to fit into it... but will sell if someone's buyin'

This definitely gets people's attention more and inspires them to get the look. Sometimes when I'm really inspired I do photos of the vibe like these Marie Antoinette-esque shoes I found at an estate sale:

Search as a few crucial details if you don't know the specific name of the item (ex: J Crew Silk Blue Tank) and search the Photos tab and it generally comes up within the first scroll of the page, but sometimes I dig for the photo. 

4. Pricing

Go $5-$20 higher with your piece just in case you have a hit and then you can accept lower offers. Sometimes you post a piece right away and get 10 likes, so best to keep the price a tad higher so you don't undersell and it goes too soon (see my Equipment top above that was too cheap). People are nonsensical on these apps when it comes to pricing. They're deal mongers trying to WIN the best prices not lovers of fashion. They really won't buy until they feel like they get a deal even if a dress was $120 and you sell it for $30!

I had a new Susana Monaco dress never worn that didn't look right on me and listed it for $40 - for context it was originally $100 and sold out on sale at $70 which I included a screenshot of. I received many offers low balling for $15 or $20 but sold finally for $25 to someone who appreciated it. This is a HUGE DEAL but I suspect many fashion lovers aren't using Poshmark enough. It's a tradeoff between selling quickly for cheap or holding out for a higher price. Sometimes the right buyer comes at the right time and really wants a piece so pricing doesn't matter, but sometimes you discount to help it sell. 

5. Get annoying in the parties. Or don't. 

The jury is out on this one whether the parties help or not. I find interested buyers find you, not the other way around but I get a boost in followers from doing parties. The way parties work is you share your clothes to them if they fit a certain theme. Some of the options are "Best in Shoes," "Vacation Ready," and "Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters Party." 

There's 3-4 parties per day so the notifications can get annoying but it's an opportunity to sell. Once I share my pieces to the party I'm welcomed by many fake retweets from other sellers and a like once in a while that gets my hopes up. I may have gotten one direct sale from participating in a party every day for the past month, so you can skip this step if it's too chaotic. I do think the next level for me is liking and engaging more people in the parties to grow my network, but it's not going to be a source of directly selling.

6. Shamelessly friend people and like their stuff

This step I do casually when I see a piece I like in a brand's new arrivals of a brand or a party. I friend a ton of people and try to like one piece from their collection (only if I genuinely like it) to get them to look at my stuff.

Don't be shy out there

Don't be shy out there

There really isn't a lot of reciprocity here but I think any Posher would say to do it anyway. I notice people who have huge followings (10-15K) do follow a ton of people. I would recommend to spend more time on this than doing parties after I've reflected on this whole process.

Overall, once you set up and take a couple hours to list everything you'll start seeing that $$$ roll in! It's organized chaos but it works for now. Let me know if you're curious about anything else below!

xx

Break Free Playlist

If you're ready to wake up, I've got a playlist for you.

These are my essential songs for driving past all the BS of life.

For strutting on a walk to work or to get coffee.

For getting in the zone at the gym - cue Sabotage.

For driving around the highways in LA and daring someone to enter my lane.

For riding the wave after a pisses me off and I need to refuel.

I had to start it off with one of my Top 5 Songs of all time Fly Away which won Lenny the Grammy for Best Rock Performance in 1999, one of my favorite years ( because music died in 1999). The song is exactly how I felt for 2 years and has always spoken to me since I was 8 so it had to kick off the album. 

The other songs center around freedom and breaking through a la The Doors' Break on Through  - another one of my favorite songs that I love singing in my car.

The Animals' Inside Out - Looking Out who have an attitude I love and the line "they dragged me back to work again" always gets me.

Iggy Pop's Lust for Life which I went off on IG stories is 1000000x better than Lana's wimpy Lust for Life air ball.

Voodoo Child is one of my favorite Hendrix songs and Can't You Hear Me Knocking one of my favorite from the Stones.

One of my favorite bands' The Dandy Warhol's Smoke It is snarkily written mocking the BS of life with "people have more baggage than JFK" and "let's have a big round of applause for anyone who can deal with it." I get you.

Beastie Boy's Sabotage makes me want to pound in a door or jump over a fence or some shit, it's such an underrated song.

Then girl power at the end with Tei Shi's Bassically which builds up slowly at the end into female hysteria and No Doubt's It's My Life which a feisty precursor to yolo. 

And Seven Nation Army at the End because it felt fitting.

DIG IN

Weekly Style Crop: H & M

I'm starting a weekly series called WEEKLY STYLE CROP which will include my top picks at one store or a current style I'm vibing with and kicking it off with what's going on H&M.

Lucky I found the champagne color in store

Lucky I found the champagne color in store

I thought of H&M because I wanted some new items to add flair to my room and I've always been impressed with the design and prices of their home section. Their design is a more stylish and paired down version of Home Goods. It's so sad they don't sell home products in store except on the east coast (?) so I just shop online.

I started exploring their swim suits since I loved the $5 one I purchased for Bali and then since it was getting good I looked at everything across their women's section JUST IN CASE. I was impressed with how their pieces look much more expensive a la Reformation or a local indie brand, though I'm sure there was some ripping off involved.

I checked the store in person to try on these pieces and couldn't find more than 3 of these pieces plus the store selection was very basic workwear blas√©. There were a couple $5-$7 racks of cool pieces, but the dresses fit weird so I passed. I highly recommend ordering online and returning in store because they do full refunds and these piece are selling out so quickly!

ALSO if you want 15% off your order there's a coupon code 1426 if you use their mobile app to checkout! Otherwise PSA: you can bring 3+ old pieces of clothing from any brand and they'll take 15% off your purchase for their recycling program. 

And off to the crop...

This style is killer and is selling out! Ribbed Jersey Dress / $40 / H&M

This style is killer and is selling out!

Ribbed Jersey Dress / $40 / H&M

Also selling out fast! Braided shoes have my heart and these look like they'd be at least $70 at a boutique Braided Slingbacks / $30 / H&M

Also selling out fast! Braided shoes have my heart and these look like they'd be at least $70 at a boutique

Braided Slingbacks / $30 / H&M

There's one size left online so I found this in store <3 Crushed-velvet Bikini Top / $20 / H&M

There's one size left online so I found this in store <3

Crushed-velvet Bikini Top / $20 / H&M

I can think of so many layering possibilities... Knee-length jersey dress / $18 / H&M

I can think of so many layering possibilities...

Knee-length jersey dress / $18 / H&M

This is impressive for H&M and it's now minee Nirvana Tank Top / $18 / H&M

This is impressive for H&M and it's now minee

Nirvana Tank Top / $18 / H&M

All saints vibes but won't break the bank Jersey Drawstring Dress / $25 / H&M

All saints vibes but won't break the bank

Jersey Drawstring Dress / $25 / H&M

The perfect accent belt with neutral dresses Braided Waist Belt / $18 / H&M

The perfect accent belt with neutral dresses

Braided Waist Belt / $18 / H&M

Go vintage or get this essential piece Henley-style Top / $13 / H&M

Go vintage or get this essential piece

Henley-style Top / $13 / H&M

My friend Quinn got a similar style at a boutique in Bali and we were in love with it for amping up outfits  Draped Jersey Crop / $13 / H&M

My friend Quinn got a similar style at a boutique in Bali and we were in love with it for amping up outfits 

Draped Jersey Crop / $13 / H&M

Such a good wardrobe building block and almost sold out! Treggings / $18 / H&M

Such a good wardrobe building block and almost sold out!

Treggings / $18 / H&M

The color and cut make this a perfect whatever dress Knee-length Jersey Dress / $13 / H&M

The color and cut make this a perfect whatever dress

Knee-length Jersey Dress / $13 / H&M

Exactly my favorite color and cut, ca ching you got me Cropped top / $6 / H&M

Exactly my favorite color and cut, ca ching you got me

Cropped top / $6 / H&M

I have one of these types of sweaters from Club Monaco and it's been a staple for 4+ years Loose-knit Sweater / $15 / H&M

I have one of these types of sweaters from Club Monaco and it's been a staple for 4+ years

Loose-knit Sweater / $15 / H&M

Got them Reformation vibes Ribbed Dress / $35 / H&M

Got them Reformation vibes

Ribbed Dress / $35 / H&M

Ripped in the right places  Slim Low Jeans / $20 / H&M

Ripped in the right places 

Slim Low Jeans / $20 / H&M

A little sixties flair that I'd definitely rock to a wedding Creped Dress / $30 / H&M

A little sixties flair that I'd definitely rock to a wedding

Creped Dress / $30 / H&M

Been looking for one of these and this looks artisanal! Also selling out asappp Leather Glasses Case / $25 / H&M

Been looking for one of these and this looks artisanal! Also selling out asappp

Leather Glasses Case / $25 / H&M

Ohhh BABY I love visors and the silk slicks it up Rust Visor / $10 / H&M

Ohhh BABY I love visors and the silk slicks it up

Rust Visor / $10 / H&M

So damn detailed - H&M comes through with bikinis Reversible Triangle Bikini Top / $18 / H&M

So damn detailed - H&M comes through with bikinis

Reversible Triangle Bikini Top / $18 / H&M

Throw in a little Bali vibe with the shells Triangle Bikini Top / $20 / H&M

Throw in a little Bali vibe with the shells

Triangle Bikini Top / $20 / H&M

Love this color, especially with a tan (Almost sold out!) Bandeau Bikini Top / $18 / H&M

Love this color, especially with a tan (Almost sold out!)

Bandeau Bikini Top / $18 / H&M

I'm never drawn to bracelets but I'd rock this every day Bangle Bracelet / $6 / H&M 

I'm never drawn to bracelets but I'd rock this every day

Bangle Bracelet / $6 / H&M 

Get that Gucci look - I'd have to see this in the store but this design gives the belt more longevity Belt / $7 / H&M

Get that Gucci look - I'd have to see this in the store but this design gives the belt more longevity

Belt / $7 / H&M

This headband color and fabric is doing it for me Satin Headband / $8 / H&M

This headband color and fabric is doing it for me

Satin Headband / $8 / H&M

Good for a neutral office shoe that also works at night Open-toe Mules / $20 / H&M

Good for a neutral office shoe that also works at night

Open-toe Mules / $20 / H&M

Necessary this summer and a good cheap set 3 Pairs Hoop Earrings / $7 / H&M

Necessary this summer and a good cheap set

3 Pairs Hoop Earrings / $7 / H&M

Their baskets are so worldly Jute Storage Basket / $18 / H&M

Their baskets are so worldly

Jute Storage Basket / $18 / H&M

You could have this rug forever and still love it Jute Rug with Fringe / $25 / H&M

You could have this rug forever and still love it

Jute Rug with Fringe / $25 / H&M

This is insane how cheap and lovely this is Metal-framed Mirror / $25 / H&M

This is insane how cheap and lovely this is

Metal-framed Mirror / $25 / H&M

I fell pretty hard for this and even checked West Elm for others but this is the perfect shade Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set / $130 / H&M

I fell pretty hard for this and even checked West Elm for others but this is the perfect shade

Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set / $130 / H&M

I bought these with the duvet as accent pillows Velvet Cushion Cover / $10 / H&M

I bought these with the duvet as accent pillows

Velvet Cushion Cover / $10 / H&M

Great centerpiece item for a party or your own enjoyment Large Candle Lantern / $30 / H&M

Great centerpiece item for a party or your own enjoyment

Large Candle Lantern / $30 / H&M

Looks so warm and lived in (!!) Crinkled Cotton Throw / $50 / H&M

Looks so warm and lived in (!!)

Crinkled Cotton Throw / $50 / H&M

Bali Revelation #1: Beyond the fear is the fun

I have been waiting to unleash a lot of Bali content and while I figure out the whole video editing component, I wanted to make sure this message got out there because it's been coming back into my life constantly.

Beyond the fear is the fun. 

I learned this through my surf lesson in Bali, but the point was brought up again last night through a conversation I had with my mentor's son who's a dating coach. You have to take action through fear to get to the other side. Courage is what matters or else you won't change.

When my friend Quinn proposed the idea of surfing during our trip planning call I knew I wanted to but was hesitant because I have a history of getting pummeled by waves. Hopelessly pummeled. When I was in Miami my friends found it hilarious that while they dove underneath the waves, I either tried to go above and get slammed or barely dive beneath them and also get tossed. I laughed at myself and admittedly accepted it wasn't one of my strengths. Pretty ironic for a Pisces.

I grew up playing a lot of sports, but I never was a fan of swimming and my family never pushed me into water sports in any way minus being able to swim. I'm pretty sure my dad was afraid we'd get carried by a current and die. Tanning and drawing in the sand then became my comfort zone (will come back to this later).

That morning at Canggu Beach I didn't know what I was getting into. At breakfast I tried to not think about it and was pretty good blocking the fear from my mind because what could I do then? I knew building it up would make it worse.

Quinn and I started practicing surfing form with our instructor on the sand with our massive beginner boards. We learned about paddling and where to put our feet on the board. I learned from my first ski lesson where my ski instructor left out a couple crucial details that I needed to ask the instructor stupid questions to make sure I'm not missing anything. 

Are there sharks attacks here? 

What about rip tides?

How should I fall? 

What should I absolutely not do if I fall?

I then started practicing falling to get his approval on appropriate "eat shit" methods. This helped me feel like I wouldn't shock him with my potentially fatal falling instincts. 

Then we started paddling out to the waves which was already a workout and I faced my first fear of swimming at the waves. I was getting bounced around a bit and could feel the fear rising.

In the water we talked about technique of catching the wave and it must have been no more than 3 minutes since the man was not a fluent English speaker. I was waiting for an apology about the waves and the surf philosophy. A shaka would even help. But alas, all he said was look at the shore which seemed pretty useless at that point. 

He started to announce "Ready??" and I was panicking. I think that was about the time I wanted to say thank you sir for the tutorial, but this isn't worth it. I wanted to go back to the shore and just coast. I remember being convinced I was going to get out. The fear was overwhelming here, my brain had me convinced from logic and past experience not to do this.

Somehow I just thought you're here in Bali, you're doing it. Then I started to paddle and waited for him to say "UP!" like he promised. I felt the wave start to carry me and it felt like a roller coaster firing you out of the gate. I never heard him say UP over the noise so I just went for it after his long pause. I don't remember how far I got but I definitely tipped over and went under the wave. I was a little shaken up but the bandaid was ripped off.

I came back for a 2nd and 3rd time and still had a panic mindset that the instructor pointed out. He was a bit of a grumpy old man and was barely encouraging. 

"Stop panicking, you panick" I'm panicking!? Dude, you don't even know what I'm like not on the board.

"Look at the shore" I'm aware, brah.

It took me about 8 times and I finally rode one. It was AMAZING. It was both empowering and felt like I was flying. And the instructor was right about looking at the shore, it just seemed too obvious and I didn't exactly get what he meant.

My dad will probably frame this

My dad will probably frame this

There's an analogy there: if you focus on just the shore instead of where your feet are and looking at the board you naturally stay balanced and ride the wave, but if you obsess about the nitty details and look at the board you throw off your balance when you look up.

Its overthinking vs. intuition. You have to TRUST.

I kept saying TRUST, it was the only thing that helped calm my mind.

Another tip I found was waiting until your arms were steadily placed before getting up. You feel like you need to rush it but it's better to wait until you're steady. I wish he made that more clear but I got it down learning by fire.

I got up 4 other times and rode one wave all the way to the shore on my 2nd or 3rd ride. I loved it. It took everything you had because getting back to the instructor was a huge workout and getting up on the board was a whole other workout. I wanted to catch as many waves as I could but it really depended on how much you could push yourself to get up even though you're running on empty. Someone told us you prep for surfing by weight training for months which gives me much better motivation for bringing it at the gym.

The last few times were so fun because Quinn and I alternated between getting waves and throwing high fives with the instructor. 

Quinn, Big Blue and I

Quinn, Big Blue and I

Now to tie it back to the dating coach, James. 

My mentor from Austin sent me a FB message that her son is in LA for the week so I was eager to meet him. When asking him about his work, he said he loved helping people transform themselves and kept repeating that he can only help people if they show courage. If they can't push themselves through the hump there's nothing he can do. When he said this yesterday I immediately thought of surfing. 

He brought up that your mind will disguise fear as rational thought and practicality. When he works with guys approaching women they tell themselves:

The girl probably has a boyfriend.

I don't want to interrupt them.

I'll probably get rejected.

What if I say something stupid?

He said he can hand hold, but they have to move themselves forward. We're designed to stay in our comfort zone and we're not always aware of the fact we trip ourselves up with logic.

In any area of your life, if you're stuck you have to BREAK THROUGH fear, resistance, procrastination, or accepting mediocrity. When I was getting closer to quitting my job, I had to break through these mental barriers because there's a million logical reasons to stay. You and the people in your life will unconsciously keep you in your comfort zone.

James said people generally come to a breaking point where they can't take a relationship anymore, and it goes the same for careers. 

That got me thinking you can either be reactive and have shit build up to where you can't take it or reshape your mind and thinking yourself.

But you don't need to read a book on it or watch your 20th inspirational video. 

You gotta do it now. Now's a good a time as ever or else you're delaying the fun.

<3