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Hello EveryGirl!

I can’t believe it’s fall already! It’s seriously one of my favorite times a year. Keven and I found a street in LA that looks just like a street back on the east coast where the leaves change color and foliage is everywhere so we occasionally drive by it and take in the scenery. We also went pumpkin picking for the first time since moving to LA which was so much fun! So crazy that I’ve lived near a pumpkin patch for so many years and never had the time to visit until now. We took our little pumpkins along with us which they loved! I also just visited my parents in Connecticut and went apple picking with them which was a blast. We laughed the entire time and had such a relaxing and enjoyable day.

I’m excited to share this newsletter with you all and to let you know that they will now be bite size versions of my previous newsletters but of course, will still be filled with the same amazing tips, advice, giveaways and solutions! Everyone is busy and doing a million things at once so releasing smaller articles more frequently is going to be a much easier way to consume our content.

I’ve been interviewing some amazing guests on my show “Conversations with Maria Menounos”  which you can find on SiriusXM Stars Channel 109 at 10am PST/1pm EST, and will be featuring a lot of those interviews in my upcoming newsletters too so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Through hard work, love, and everyone’s support, this newsletter has transformed into a digital magazine for this ‘sorority for life’ we are building and I love sharing and receiving information with all of you.

Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support.

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I’ll never forget the first saying I learned in English when I was in the 1st grade. It was written on a coffee mug my parents had in the house with Santa Claus on it who had decided to quit Christmas. The mug said, “Frankly my deer I don’t give a damn.” At the time, I was so excited that I learned one of my first English sayings and couldn’t wait to say it the next time I went to school.

Well, surprisingly enough, the person I decided to share it with was not just anyone in school, it was my teacher AND it was in front of the entire class! She had asked me a question and I felt it was the perfect time to let her know that I just didn’t give a damn anymore (and you can imagine her reaction!) So if you no longer give a damn about your job and you want to start fresh or try something new, then you’re going to LOVE this list of awesome jobs!

PANDA NANNY:

Description: The dream job of all dream jobs where you can spend every day of your life getting paid to snuggle, play and feed baby pandas! I literally couldn’t dream up a better job if I tried, and am strongly considering packing up my life and relocating to China to spend the rest of my days with the pandas!

Salary: $32,000 per year, plus meals, board and the use of an SUV

Link to more info: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/help-wanted-professional-panda-cuddler/

WATER SLIDE TESTER:

Description: Spend your days evaluating water slides before they open to the public and get paid to have an entire water park slide to yourself with no lines to wait in and no limit as to how many times you can go down it. Seriously do jobs get any better than this?!

Salary: $34,000 per year

Link to more info: http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2013/08/get-paid-to-have-fun-water-slide-tester

PROFESSIONAL NETFLIX BINGER:

Description: Who needs “Netflix and Chill” when you can have Netflix and Chill AND get paid?” As someone who LOVES TV, (I created a network with my fiancé Keven Undergaro called AfterBuzz TV which is the world’s largest online network dedicated to TV super fans) this job is especially exciting for me!

Salary: $20,000 per year

Link to more info: https://www.cnbc.com/2015/04/02/attention-binge-watchers-this-is-your-dream-job.html

BEN & JERRY’S FLAVOR GURU:

Description: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first read this but yes becoming a Flavor Guru DOES exist! According to Ben & Jerry’s, “Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Gurus spend their days and nights tasting the best food in the world, then they mix, blend, chop, whip and taste, taste, taste until they come up with an unmatched batch of pure ice cream euphoria. They boldly go where no ice cream makers have gone before. From potato chips to passion fruit, no ingredient goes unconsidered for the next irresistible, completely unexpected Ben & Jerry’s flavor.”

Salary: $40,000-$200,000 per year

Link to more info: http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/flavor-gurus

DOG WALKER:

Description: If you’re a dog lover then this is the perfect job for you! Make your own schedule so you can work whenever time permits, be your own boss, take vacations whenever you want, and of course get paid to spend time with dogs.

Salary: A dog walker or pet sitter in Orange County with 45 canine clients at $25-$35 per walk can make $120,000

Link to more info: http://www.ocregister.com/2015/03/03/dog-walker-uber-driver-heres-what-some-of-ocs-jobs-pay/

CERTIFIED CUDDLER:

Description: Yes you read that right, you must first become certified to hug which you can find details about here.

But once you do get certified, you can spend your days getting paid to give some extra hugs to those who need it most. Obviously this is not the job for you if you have any germ phobias or OCD, but if you’re just a natural born hugger then why not get paid to give others some love?

Salary: $30,000-$100,000 per year

Link to more info: http://www.certifiedcuddlers.com/findacuddler/

FORTUNE COOKIE WRITER:

Description: Ever wonder who writes those fortunes we all grew up reading and sometimes taking too seriously? I remember the first time I learned to add “in bed” after every fortune which also made them quite amusing! Nonetheless, someone is behind those fortunes and those people are making BANK!

Salary: $50,000 per year

Link to more info: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/06/06/cookie-master

CHOCOLATIER:

Description: After seeing this job I couldn’t help but think of the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy and Ethel get jobs in the chocolate factory and have to stuff their faces with chocolate while their boss kept screaming “speed it up!” and the girls can’t keep up with the conveyor belt. Such a classic episode! Anyway, my point is, how bad can your day really get when you’re surrounded by chocolate?! Well in this job you not only will be surrounded by chocolate, but you will be spending your days making chocolate, creating chocolate recipes, and of course tasting everything. =)

Salary: $90,000 per year

Link to more info: https://careertrend.com/about-5409781-job-description-chocolatier.html

PROFESSIONAL SLEEPER:

Description: Get paid to stay in hotels and sleep in the most luxurious beds in the world. When you wake up, simply write a review, list any suggestions for improvements and rate your experience.

Salary: Around $1,200 per month on average and up to $18,000 for 70 days for experiments.

Link to more info: http://www.goodnet.org/articles/8-best-jobs-in-world

CAT & MEME MANAGER:

Description: Yes you read that right. With the enormous amount of famous cats and dogs on social media, “talent agents for animals” has become an actual job! Just ask Ben Lashes, who not only represents one of the most famous cats in the world (Grumpy Cat) but also found a way to monetize memes. (For anyone who doesn’t know what a meme is, it’s a captioned photo or video that travels from person to person via social media).

Salary: 20% commission. According to Jezebel.com (link below), Grumpy Cat made an estimated $1 million within her first year as a celebrity, which means Ben potentially took home at least $200,000 that year!

Link to more info: http://bigthink.com/amped/turning-memes-into-gold-an-interview-with-ben-lashes-the-worlds-premier-meme-agent

https://jezebel.com/meet-the-man-who-made-grumpy-cat-a-millionaire-1587070470

GUMOLOGIST AKA GUM TASTER:

Description: Why are jobs like this not talked about at college fairs?! This has to be the coolest thing I’ve ever heard about. Spending my days getting paid to taste gum?? Yes please!

Salary: $74,000-$107,500

Link to more info: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/26/nyregion/26gum.html?pagewanted=all
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With fall in full gear, finding a way to transition your look from summer to fall can definitely be overwhelming and expensive. But have no fear, this year I’m going to help you save money, time and energy with these essential EveryGirl tips!

LAYERING:

Layers are your best friend when it comes to the colder months! Try layering a long sleeve shirt underneath a t-shirt, a t-shirt over a t-shirt, a cardigan or sweater over a long sleeve shirt, a blazer over a simple v-neck t-shirt or a tank top underneath an off-the-shoulder slouchy sweatshirt to give your clothes a brand new look. This not only makes your clothing warmer, but it also changes up the look of your wardrobe by adding other colors and textures.

Check out these essential basics from H&M!

Basic Cotton T-Shirt H&M

V-Neck T-Shirt H&M

Jersey T-Shirt H&M

Jersey Tank H&M

Fitted Long Sleeve Button Top H&M

Long Sleeve Top H&M

BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS:

Not only will button down shirts never go out of style, they’re also great to layer on top of a t-shirt, tank or cute dress you rocked over the summer. I love tucking my button downs on one side only or keeping it loosely tucked in for a slouchy casual look. For a more sophisticated or dressy way to wear a button down, tuck it in more evenly and pair it with a pencil skirt or loose pair of slacks.

SCARVES:

Speaking of color and texture, scarves are a great way to add both! Plus they bring warmth to any outfit and can easily transform your look. I’m obsessed with these comfy and stylish scarves from Forever 21. They are  inexpensive enough that you can buy 2 or 3 different colors to change up the clothing you already own in your closet!

Check out these adorable Forever 21 scarves!

Fringed Scarf Forever 21

Tonal Woven Scarf Forever 21

Frayed Trim Scarf Forever 21

TIGHTS:

Tights are your best friend in the fall and can easily make your outfits look completely different so that you can still utilize your summer wardrobe. For example, pair your favorite denim shorts with a pair of black tights and some ankle boots or invest in different colored tights that are richer in tones ie: brown, red, burgundy & dark green.

Check out these tights in an array of colors!

ASOS Navy Tights

Pretty Polly Black Seam Tights

HUE Metallic Tights

SPANX Grey Cozy Cable Knit Tights

CLASSIC PIECES:

The next time you go shopping, invest in classic pieces that won’t go out of style that you can also wear all year round. Here are 13 examples of classic pieces: 1) a little black dress 2) a simple blazer 3) a denim jacket 4) t-shirts/ tank tops/ long sleeve shirts in black, white or grey 5) a white long sleeve blouse or button down 6) dark wash jeans 7) classic black pants 8) quality black leggings 9) tights 10) long or short sleeved striped top 11) a black jumpsuit 12) a basic cardigan 13) a sweater.

Love these ones I found below!

Little Black Dress Lulus

Simple Black Blazer Lulus

Denim Jacket Urban Outfitters

Dark Wash High Waist Jeans Topshop

Strapless Black Jumpsuit Nordstrom

White Long Sleeve Button Down Blouse ASOS

Jersey Cardigan H&M

Classic Black Leggings David Lerner

Classic Black Trouser Pants ASOS

UPDATE YOUR SHOE GAME:

Retro sport is a huge trend this fall, but it can scare people off because it’s easy to look unpolished in what basically looks like gym clothes. Embrace the athleisure trend by re-embracing sneakers (or trainers…however you like to refer to them). We all love to feel glam in sexy heels and awesome boots, but there are so many great luxury sneakers for women now that cover the color spectrum and are textured. They can work magic with trousers and dresses you already own so you can stay on trend and be comfortable.

Loving these sneakers right now!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline

ALDO Zeaven Sneakers

Nike Velvet Low Tops

Kendall & Kylie Reign Sneakers

MAKEUP MATTERS:

There is no better way to transition your look into fall than new makeup choices. Whereas many of us have kept it as minimal as possible during the summer heat, fall is a fun time to punch it up a notch! Consider doing a bold lip in red, burgundy or oxblood, or doing a dark smokey eye using shades of brown, copper, taupe, gold and metallic.

Currently obsessing on all of this!

Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eye Shadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette

STATEMENT JEWELRY:

I love love love statement jewelry! It is the easiest way to transition your outfit from day to night and can instantly bring style and color to any outfit.  One of my favorite ways to rock a statement piece is to pair it with a casual outfit such as a plain white t-shirt and a pair of jeans.

Some awesome statement pieces!

BaubleBar Malibu Beaded Necklace

TopShop Circle Disc Necklace

AQUA Bold Beaded Necklace

HEADBANDS:

Like statement jewelry, hair accessories are another instant way to add glam or a pop of color to an outfit. I loved pairing this headband from Bisjoux with a bold red lip!

Check out these unique and stylish headbands!

Nordstrom Black Knot Headband

Nordstrom Flower Print Knot Head Wrap

Anthropologie Preppy Geo Headband
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As you know I am a huge fan of TV and love it so much that I even started a network devoted to TV super fans a few years ago called AfterBuzz TV. For anyone who doesn’t know, AfterBuzz TV is the “ESPN of TV Talk” where superfans can listen to hosts recap episodes of their favorite shows immediately after the show airs.

During the past few months while I was recovering from my surgery, I had a lot more free time to watch TV and movies and have discovered so many amazing shows! Keven and I laugh because we love to rock what we call “high low” when it comes to TV, which you’ll certainly notice once you see my current list of TV obsessions.

THE SPOUSE HOUSE:

Most of the shows Keven and I watch require a lot of attention to detail which is why we needed a show to zone out to and get a good laugh from. Spouse House is our new guilty pleasure that has us on the floor laughing. (It’s basically The Bachelor turned inside out.)

90 DAY FIANCE:

I can’t believe the extent and distance people will go to for love! Keven introduced me to this show recently and it’s just another example of the high low we rock at our house!

90 DAY FIANCE BEFORE THE 90 DAYS:

The spinoff to 90 Day Fiance that is just as good if not better!

FEUD BETTE & JOAN:

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are two of my favorite actresses and I LOVE the movie “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”, so you can imagine how excited I was when this show came out! I even hosted the AfterBuzz TV Feud aftershow with Keven each week where we recapped each episode.

You can find our AfterBuzz TV Feud after shows here:

GAME OF THRONES:

Keven and I always look forward to a new season of GOT and invite all of our friends over to watch each week with us. If you’ve never seen the show just know that it’s never too late to begin. I have so many friends who recently started and they can’t believe what they’ve been missing all these years. And once you get addicted to it, (which I’m sure you will) then be sure to tune into the Game of Thrones aftershow on AfterBuzz TV to hear what other superfans have to say!

THE AFFAIR:

Keven and I have been hooked to The Affair since season one and even visited Montauk and The Lobster Roll during our time on the east coast this past month. The show offers a glimpse into the emotional and psychological effects that infidelity has on a marriage and is basically a PSA to never cheat.

THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE:

This is one of those shows that is dangerously addicting. Keven and I binged it in 2 days and our friend who recommended it to us watched it in one day. Season 2 is coming out soon so be sure to catch up on season 1 now so you’re caught up, and beware because it is HOTT…like 50 Shades hott!

NARCOS:

The suspense of this show has me on the edge of my seat every episode. The show focuses how Pablo Escobar became a billionaire through producing and distributing cocaine.

BETTER CALL SAUL:

Keven and I are probably the biggest Breaking Bad fans of all time, and even hosted the AfterBuzz TV aftershow together when it was on. Better Call Saul is the spinoff to Breaking Bad following the life of Jimmy McGill before he was Saul. The show is AWESOME to say the least.

HOUSE OF CARDS:

I was all in on this show since the day it started. Kevin Spacey plays a ruthless, unpredictable politician who will stop at nothing to get what he wants and there are so many takeaways and life lessons from each episode!

BIG LITTLE LIES:

A dark comedy that explores societies views of marriage, perfection, sex, friendship and parenting, and reminds us that not everything is what it seems.

FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE:

Adulting isn’t what we all thought it would be when we were growing up, and this show is a true indication of that. The show delves into the lives of friends post college who are now in their 40s and are trying to manage life as adults.

DICE:

Keven and I LOVE Andrew Dice Clay and are hooked to this show! We are so inspired by Andrew as he fights to resurrect his career while trying to find a balance between life and fame.

NATHAN FOR YOU:

If you want a good laugh then this is the show for you! On nights that I need to relax and find my happy place before bed, I turn this on and crack up laughing the entire time.

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Getting that perfect photo ain’t easy and chances are you end up taking what feels like thousands of the same picture before you find THE ONE. Well, fear not my friends because I was doing the exact same thing until I learned the secret sauce to nailing the perfect photo.

STEP 1. LOCATION:

Decide whether or not you want to be inside or outside.

If inside: Find a window where there is lots of natural light and make sure you stand with your face facing the window.

If outside: Find a place where there aren’t any harsh shadows hitting your face (especially under the eyes). Personally, I love going under a tree when it’s sunny.

STEP 2. LIGHTING:

This is SO important when mastering the perfect photo because lighting really IS everything! I have found that the perfect time of day with lighting that is most balanced, golden and flattering is around 4:30/4:45 aka “golden hour” when the sun is going down.

The worst time to shoot would be during the middle of the day when the sun is at its brightest because that can create shadows or wash your face out completely.

If you’re taking a selfie and are unsure which way to face in order to get the best lighting, then do a full rotation in a circle with your camera and then decide.

Apps such as Snapseed and VSCO are also a great way to adjust and brighten the lighting in a photo.

For an added glow, consider investing in an illuminated phone case like the Lumee.

Photo taken at Kim’s birthday last year.  

STEP 3. HIGHLIGHT YOUR FEATURES:

I love highlighter and use it even when I’m not in a full face of makeup. Highlighter is the easiest and fastest way to get a dewy glow to your skin while enhancing your cheekbones, eyes, collarbone etc. (If you’re unsure how or where to use highlighter, check out the article I posted in last month’s newsletter where I break everything down and show you exactly how I use it!)

STEP 4. FIND YOUR GOOD SIDE

There’s nothing worse than having the same good side as your best friend but luckily when it comes to selfies, all angles are fair game. If you haven’t discovered your good side yet then ask someone you trust to help you figure it out (or have someone take a photo of you from both sides and then see which side you like more).

STEP 5. ABOVE NOT BELOW:

Once you know your good side, hold the camera up a bit higher than your face if you’re taking a selfie, and if someone else is taking the pic, ask them to hold the camera at a higher angle. Turn your face slightly to the side (favoring your good side) so that your cheekbones stand out. Avoid looking straight ahead as that will limit the definition in your features and won’t be as flattering.

STEP 6. SMOOTH SKIN:

The smoothing tool on Facetune or Perfect 365 can be your best friend IF you use it right. It’s easy to go overboard with this, so be sure to use it sparingly on areas you just want to touch up a bit.


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My dream boards are proof that if you can visualize it, you can make it happen! I love nothing more than looking back at some of the ones I’ve made over the years and seeing all of the things that have come to fruition in my life.

I used to make dream boards often but as I became more successful, I stopped making them. This was because I felt like I was being selfish for wanting more out of life when I was already so blessed. However, it wasn’t until I heard Tony Robbins say, “If you’re not growing you’re dying” that I decided to start again. His message resonated with me because it gave me the permission I felt I needed to start dreaming again.

Prior to making dream boards, I would visualize what I wanted out of life. I remember being in my one bedroom apartment with Keven looking online at beautiful homes and cars that I wanted for us one day, and years later, I was in the house I visualized and driving the car I always wanted.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that anyone can become successful and get what they want just by making a dream board. You still have to do the work and dedicate yourself to whatever is you are trying to attain. But with hard work, dedication and a strong visualization of your dreams, you too can accomplish anything you put your mind to.

FUN IDEAS FOR MAKING A DREAM BOARD

Dream Board Birthday Party: My Sirius XM producer Lauren recently had a birthday party where everyone created a dream board! She provided the magazines, poster board, glue sticks and markers, the party goers brought their head of dreams and creativity, and everyone had a blast! As adults I don’t think we get the chance to do arts and crafts as much as we should, so something like this is a great idea.

Dream Board Sleepover: You’re never too young or too old to dream so why not have a sleepover with some of your closest friends and design your dream boards together? This is a great idea for a kids birthday party too!

Dream Board Date Night: Dream boards don’t just have to be for you. If you and your significant other have dreams together that you want to accomplish as a couple, you should definitely consider this idea, plus it’s a great way to see if you’re both on the same page!

EVERYGIRL TIPS TO MAKING DREAM BOARDS

1) Decide if you want this to be a dream board for the year ahead or for your life in general (personally, I never put a timeline on my dream boards but some people do so it’s totally up to you).

2) Think about the goals you’re working toward in your life and write them out on a piece of paper so you can keep track of them as you go.

3) Think about how you will feel when you accomplish each goal and let that guide you as you find the images/words to represent them.

4) Focus on how you will achieve each goal and use words/images to represent the way you will conquer them.

5) Have fun with this and don’t feel like you have to rush to get it done. Spend time visualizing where you want to be in your life and what you want to accomplish. If you feel like you are at a road block when deciding what you want and how you want to get there, then walk away and finish the board at another time when you’ve cleared your head.

6) When you finish, decide where you want to put it. Some people like to see it everyday as a reminder of the goals they’re working toward, while others want to keep it hidden so that it remains personal to only them.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE A DREAM BOARD

Your dream board is a representation of how you see your life and future so add anything that you want to it. I use a white poster board and add images I print out online as well as images/quotes I find in magazines. It is helpful to have glue or tape, scissors, markers, magazines, newspapers, stickers, a computer, a printer and glitter on hand!

Check out my friend Megan’s board. And remember, there is no wrong way to make a dream board. It can look like anything you want it to look like. =)


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Right now is the perfect time of year to clean out your closet and get rid of those unwanted items that you don’t wear. The great thing about cleaning out your closet is that you can sell the items you no longer want and use that money to purchase new ones, which is something I learned from my friend and top rated eBay seller Michelle Linovitz. Michelle started doing this as a means to make extra cash in college, and quickly rose to success. She is in extremely high demand as she sells clothes for celebrities and people in the fashion industry! After working with her myself, I knew I had to share her tips and tricks with all of you. =)

Check out this interview with Michelle to learn her secrets to making money off of your closet!

Q: How did you get started selling clothes?

A: I started as a college student selling my own things, as a means to make extra cash to afford my high-end taste on a college-kid budget. It didn’t take long for word to get out that I could sell “anything” (a stretch of the truth, but I certainly love a good challenge!). My friends, many of which went off to be high-powered in the fashion industry themselves, loved the idea that I could help them recycle their wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Q: How did you and Maria meet?

A: Maria and I met through mutual friends while vacationing. She and I are very like-minded and we got to talking about my shopping and selling philosophy one night. It wasn’t long after the trip that she asked me to come over and go through her closet with her. Even celebrities don’t like wasting money on clothes they don’t wear!

Q: What’s your favorite part about selling?

A: Truthfully, the relief that if I goof up and purchase something I don’t love as much as I thought I did, I can sell it! Shopping has suddenly become a little more guiltless.

Q: What are the benefits of hiring an expert such as yourself vs selling on your own?

A: My number one advantage over the “Average Joe” is that I am a Top-Rated Seller with 100% positive feedback. This means that I sell with frequency and meet Ebay’s stringent rating guidelines. Buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a high-end designer item from someone with a positive reputation than someone that’s new to the site. Unfortunately, fraudulent sellers are abound and buyers can and should be wary.

Q: How many times a year should people clean out their closet?

A: Constantly! Don’t wait until the task feels like a burden. If I see something I don’t like, I take it out, place it in a box, and if I don’t miss it after a few weeks, it’s going on Ebay.

Q: How do you know what items will make money?

A: There are several factors that should be taken into consideration: age, condition, popularity of designer and popularity of style. Handbags and accessories sell incredibly well. Certain designers do too – Balenciaga, Celine, Chanel, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney. And don’t underestimate contemporary labels! I’ve had some of my best return rates on, wait for it, pre-owned Lululemon, Etoile by Isabel Marant, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang and ALC.

Q: What advice could you give to someone who is looking to sell their item/items and use that money to purchase newer items?

A:

  1. Take good pictures and use all twelve allowable photo slots.
  2. It is worth investing in a white board or clean white sheet to lay clothes flat.
  3. Shoot front, back, sides, and most importantly, close-ups of the main designer tag, interior label and any defining details.
  4. The more images you provide, the more comfortable the buyer feels you are selling an authentic product.

Q: In your opinion, which designers hold their value the most?

A: I’ve made money on every Chanel bag I’ve ever bought. My husband jokes that I’ve done better in handbags than most have in the stock market. Many high end designers raise their prices each year. Bags that I purchased for $3,000 in 2012 now retail for $5,500. So long as it is a brand that doesn’t discount heavily on their own, you can make money on these investment pieces. Right now I would focus on Chanel, Celine and Hermes in classic colors and styles.

Q: If you’re looking to make money off of your closet, then would it be best to buy classic items vs trendy items? Or will trendy items sell faster?

A: Classic, but not boring. A plain black dress is going to be a challenge to sell. Buy black or beige handbags in classic styles. Buy dresses in popular prints that don’t date themselves. Dolce & Gabbana, Alaia, Chloe – always timeless. If you do happen to go trendy, just don’t hold onto it too long! It will trend out before you have a chance to sell it.

Q: Any advice on how to choose a starting price for your item?

A: My general rule of thumb is 30% of original value for a worn item over 1-year old. This number goes up or down depending on answers to criteria from #4.

Q: There are SO many places to sell online, any tips on how to choose between eBay, Craigslist, Poshmark, Amazon, The Real Real, Tradesey, Thredup etc?

A: I sell on Ebay and buy on The Real Real. Ebay charges the least to sell and has the widest range of audience – remember it’s auction style, so the bigger the buyer pool, the higher the price! The Real Real is a great resource to find fantastic deals that you can resell yourself and see your money back on, many times in full.

Q: People are now utilizing Facebook and Instagram to sell. Are there certain items you would suggest not using this type of selling for vs using it for?

A: I don’t recommend using a platform that doesn’t protect the Buyer and Seller in sale transactions. Ebay is designed to protect both parties, including use of its PayPal program. Should a sale not work out, it protects the Buyer in the event that an item is not as described as well as the Seller in the event that a Buyer tries to make a false claim.

Q: If you place a listing on one site should you take the time to place it on all sites?

A: You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you’ve sold the same item on two different platforms. I would pick one and do it well.

Q: How many times is too many times to keep relisting an item?

A: There are often times a fee incurred for listing item. If you are continuously listing with no bites, at some point you’re going to be in the red. As a generalization, fees are approximately 10% of final value (max. $750) plus 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction in PayPal fees. Ebay offers free insertion fees for the first 50 listings per month. If you offer free shipping, you should account for this cost in your net profit as well.

Q: If you’re starting out on eBay and you don’t have any feedback, how can you be sure others know you’re a great seller and will keep your word?

A:

  1. Take lots of pictures!
  2. Be descriptive and provide as much information as you can.
  3. If you have original tags and/or receipt, black out your name and take a photo.
  4. When it comes to buyer inquiries, respond promptly, positively and professionally.

Q: Any tips on the best way to draw attention to your item when writing your listing title? Does putting it all in capital letters help? Does using ** or other keyboard symbols help?

A: I have my own style, if you will, and I’m happy to divulge my secret – if the item is new or new with tags (“NWT”) that is the first part of my title. Next up is the designer name in all caps. The description follows, then the name of the place of purchase in all caps, the size and lastly, original price. For example: “NWT New MARC JACOBS Floral-Print Cotton Piqué Shift Dress NEIMAN MARCUS 6 $1100.”

Q: What is your favorite item you currently own in your closet?

A: A pearl-embellished Chanel evening bag from the 2006 runway. And a Cartier bracelet my husband gave me. There are some pieces I could never part with!

Q: What item/items should every girl invest in?

A: A designer handbag and a couple pieces of fine jewelry. So long as you wear well-fitted neutrals in classic styles, you will look like a million bucks!

Q: What do you charge if someone would like to hire you to sell their items?

A: I charge 40% of the final sale price. This includes all Ebay, PayPal and shipping fees. I have a spotless Ebay selling record and rating, so I am more likely to produce a successful sale at a higher sale price than new users on their own.

Q: If someone wants to work with you how can they contact you?

A: You can find me on Ebay @themichelleq or email me directly at michelle.linovitz@gmail.com.


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