When it comes to the business side of me, there’s two things to know – that I love fashion and I love technology. I’m quite the nerdy fashionista. So, when my girl friend told me about an app called Poshmark in November – I was beyond thrilled to check it out and I’ve been attending daily “Posh Parties” through my iPhone ever since!
Warning: Do not continue if you are trying to keep your shopping addiction in check!
What is Poshmark?
Poshmark is a free app available on iPhone or iPad that allows you to sell items from your closet and shop items from other women’s closets. You can often find great deals on gently used or new items that you’ve always wanted, but never wanted to pay full price for! Poshmark has three “Posh Parties” each day where you can share items from your closet or shop from other women’s closets. Sample parties in the past have been, “Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff & All Saints Party”, “Date Night Party”, and “Hot Handbags Party” – just to name a few.
What makes Poshmark so great?
For me, what makes Poshmark so great is the Poshmark community. I have only had great experiences with the ladies on Poshmark with whom I’ve bought from and sold to. I also attended a Poshmark meet up here in Los Angeles with my girl friend Winnie and had the opportunity to meet Poshmark’s CEO, Manish and Community Director, LyAnn – who happen to be some of the nicest people I’ve ever met! It was great to chat about Poshmark and meet a few new Poshmarkers as well over a glass of champagne.
How do I join Poshmark?
You can download the app for free on iPhone or iPad – or you can sign up directly from Poshmark’s website. (You will need the app to be able to sell items.) Here is a screen shot of what my profile looks like:
If you are already on Poshmark or are just signing up, please send me message and say “Hello”!
*I do have a few more invites available that I’m willing to share with you guys so you can get a $5 credit for your first purchase and I get a $5 credit too! Just use the code HNAAV when signing up. I only have a few left, so if it doesn’t work for you then it means someone else beat you to it! 😉
My Own Poshmark Closet Challenge:
So while I love fashion and shopping (online that is) – I absolutely cannot stand having a closet overflowing with clothes, shoes, and handbags! I am actually quite the minimalist believe it or not! I know, so ironic right? … The Minimalist Fashionista…. Even I can’t keep a straight face typing that! Ha! Anyway, it got me thinking – why don’t I get rid of almost everything in my closet on Poshmark and then every so often shop for a few new items. At the end of a season, when I’m done wearing the item I can sell it again on Poshmark to buy new items for the next season! That way I’m always recycling what I have and I only really end up spending the difference of what I bought the item for and what I end up selling it for. I already started the first round of cleaning out my closet so I’ll be posting it all in my Poshmark closet soon! Wish me luck and I’ll update you guys on how my plan of closet minimalism goes! 🙂
So, I know I’ve been a little MIA lately, so I wanted to make sure I shared an update on what I’ve been up to!
For starters – I updated my store website! It has a whole new look! And I love it! I think it really has the look and feel of what Little L.A. is meant to be! Along with that, I’ve been purchasing new items, adding new categories (like Plus Sizes!), and working with our new “Stylist Affiliates”. I will also be making a post on how to create your own e-commerce site for your store. I have always done mostly everything for my store’s website myself – so I would love to share those tips with you and help you create your online presence.
Here is a screenshot of the new look!
In addition to the website, I’ve also been working with new clients for Technical Design. I’ve been working on everything from Men’s and Women’s to even Canine Sweaters! 🙂 Canine Sweaters has been a new challenge for me but also very fun!
I’ve also started putting together some tutorials for Technical Design – so look out for those!
On a more personal level, I’ve been making sure to get in some R&R as well! 😉 I just got back from Hawaii last week where I got to see a few friends, eat some good food, and of course surf!
Here is a picture of the rock we jumped off at Waimea Bay!
So all in all I’ve stayed a busy girl and now that things are calming down a bit, I will be able to make more frequent posts. YAY! 🙂
Talk to you all soon!
So, it’s one thing to explain what a Technical Designer’s job description is, but I figured it would be more interesting (maybe?) to go into detail on what I do on a daily basis. Below I wrote down what I did yesterday at work, which is what a typical day is like for me.
9:15 AM :
I arrive at the office and check my email to see if the shit hit the fan since the previous day. 🙂
I am an Import Technical Designer and all of our factories and vendors are in China. So, with the time difference, they start replying to emails once we’re done for the day.
9:15 – 10:00 AM:
I answer emails and make a few urgent revisions to my tech packs.
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM:
I begin working on my tech packs, giving priority to those with a tight delivery.
Starting on a tech pack, I check over the sketch done by design and check it against the sample and the information that was given to me by my Technical Design Associate.
My first few tech packs that I was working on, the sketch didn’t match the pattern card or the sample, so I had to call design to figure out which was correct.
After I’ve made the revisions to the sketch, I move on and do my Sewing Details page in Illustrator. I call out all stitching and sewing information. You can see a sample Sewing Details page here.
We use WebPDM which makes doing tech packs WAY faster and easier. I upload my Sewing Details in WebPDM, and add label and hangtag information and placements to the tech pack.
The last page I work on is the BOM page. I list all of the fabrics along with the yields, trims, and packaging items and quantities. This is so the Coster knows everything this garment will need in production and get a cost on it.
After I have my completed tech pack, I generate the final product and email it out to production.
12:00 – 1:00 PM:
I have lunch at this yummy mexican restaurant that has really great lunch specials! 2 hard shell chicken tacos with rice and beans for $5.95 please! 🙂
1:00 – 4:00 PM:
Revisions, revisions, revisions. My revisions had been piling up, mainly due to the fact that they decided to change the fly stitching on a pair of jeans from a cross-over stitch to a regular double needle stitch. It was too difficult for the factory to execute in production which gave me a good 20 styles to revise. So, this is what I spent most of my afternoon doing.
4:00 – 6:00PM:
Back to my tech packs. I spend the rest of my day finishing up the rest of my tech packs and emailing them out. I get emailed a new list of buys, so I know that it starts all over again tomorrow morning! 🙂
So, there you have it! A typical day for me. If you would like me to go into further detail on anything, leave me a comment!