Fitness Update & Cleaning Up My Eating

Hello Loves,

I have been pursuing my fitness journey for some time now. I have been going to the gym and, working out at home. I have slacked a bit on working out at home which is something I am trying to get together. I just cleaned my beautiful room so, I will be able to do a lot more workouts. I am thinking that I will put together a little food plan for myself to have my meals all ready and, switch up the workouts every week. I think February is when I will start my swimming back up which will be a process and, I will probably start small like can I swim straight for 5 minutes which sounds ridiculous but, it will take me awhile to build my swimming stamina back up. Today will be my planning day since I got a lot accomplished over this weekend which, allows me the time to plan a bit. I have been resting quite a bit this weekend as well because I felt that I needed. It is also, hard to get sleep sometimes when pet sitting so, I would wake up let the dog out feed it and, then sleep a little more. Below is a video I did which shows a workout I have been doing and, a body fitness update. I hope you all enjoy it please let me know if you have any topics you want to discuss in the comments below. Planning I go…

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Is Gilmore Girls Returning

Oy With The Poodles already,

If you are a true Gilmore Girls fan you should understand that phrase above. But, seriously is Netflix trying to tease the fans with another season of Gilmore Girls with this tweet:

This is in reference to Apirl’s D.N.A test she conducted to find out if Luke was her father. Honestly, I think the father is Logan who makes the most sense especially according to the timeline. People are so set on Jess being the father however, Amy Sherman Palladino said that they were basing Rory’s story off of Lori Leis. It would make sense the Logan would be the father because he is most like Christopher Rory’s dad. Watching back the seasons of Gilmore Girls as an adult I actually liked Logan a lot more for Rory and, I think he was needed for her to grow as a person. Now, I think it is sad the way she is portrayed because I was really routing for Rory to be a journalist working in the middle east or on the presidential campaign. I was also, hoping she was in a stable relationship but, to throw her into no job and, no stable relationship it just didn’t really click with how Rory was. I do understand struggling in life as most of us do but, it seemed a little far fetched that she would not have an amazing journalistic career by her thirties. I did understand that they did tie in that she was so lost that she finally sat down and, wrote a book. It was clever and, I do like that Rory ended up at the Stars Hallow gazette. Boy did they leave us with a whammy when they decided to make Rory pregnant.  Here’s how I think it is going to go down, Logan is the father of the child but, Rory ends up with Jess because lets face it they have the best chemistry. But, if she doesn’t end up with Jess I hope it is Logan or someone her character really connects with. I think if Logan was the one they would have already been married. Anyway, fans are freaking out over this tweet and, there are so many debates on who the father is. In case you don’t remember who they guy on the right is don’t worry you are not alone. To the right is Paul, Rory’s boyfriend of two years she keeps forgetting about and, forgetting to break up with. We can all feel sorry for Paul but, I thought he was totally misplaced as Rory’s boyfriend… Anyway, she was cheating on him with Logan her old boyfriend from college. The random middle guy is one that is mentioned in the new series when Rory freaks out because she has a one night stand with a guy dressed up in a wookiee costume. Those are the three possibilities that we know of.. There is a possibility with Jess but, we simply don’t know. We shall see if Netflix sends out that they are releasing more of the series. I said as soon as it was over how smart are they for leaving a cliff hanger and, it makes it easier to continue the series. I do not know how many more seasons the cast want to carry on with this new Gilmore Girls series but, I hope it is episode by episode instead of season it feels a bit disconnected. I also, see that replaced Triston with another actor it is a shame that the original actor did not want to take part (p.s. we all noticed it wasn’t the original Triston). It would be interesting if they brought him back and, played a bigger role in Rory’s life I think they would have done well together if his character didn’t leave the show. It’s actually apropos that Rory ends up with Logan for most of the series of Gilmore Girls because he was very similar to Triston who she really ended up liking. What did you all think about the tweet and, new Gilmore Girls series?

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

Nothing Fits Why….

Hello Loves,

So, the other day I was searching and, searching for affordable ethical clothing that will fit me and, honestly there is not much. I think I chatted with you all about not really finding to much at thrift stores that fit my size and, that 90% of my wardrobe is from Poshmark; I was not joking if you ask my friends and, family whenever anyone asks, “where did you get that,” I always respond, “Poshmark.” I absolutely love Poshmark but, sometimes I get really frustrated and, just want clothing that fits well on me. I don’t think it is to much to ask for clothes that fit, especially my chest. I’m sure most of you can relate when it comes to romper, jumpsuits, suits etc. There is always something wrong with a piece of clothing that just doesn’t fit quite right. Now, I am not an expert at sewing, in fact, you could call me a beginner but, I am determined to make myself some clothes that fit really well. I took pictures of items I liked that I want in my wardrobe fitted to my size. I know I’m not going to be able to whip up a dress right away; I do plan on practicing but, I am on a mission to get fabric I love that is ethical and, start sewing away. I do not know how long it will take me but, I’d like to have 10 summer outfits by June. It may be a bit presumptuous however, I would really like some clothing that fits to perfection. I have sewn before and, have made a few pieces but, nothing to this extent without the supervision of a fashion professor. This has been a long time coming especially now that I am a supporter of ethical fashion. I would like ten outfits that are casual/one’s I can wear out, 3 workout outfits and, 3 bathing suits. I will have to figure out how to make all of these things, where I can get fabric and, what time span I am looking at. I made a romper in a 2 hour and 45 minute class over about 13 weeks .  I was done early and, that is because I had an amazing lady next to me who sewed in high school and, she helped me figure out the pattern and, how to sew some of the pieces together. I was also, determined to get it done. That is less then 39 hours of work so, if I can get one piece done a week it will take 16 weeks to accomplish a ten piece summer collection. If I start at the end of January I should be done by end of second week of May. I have to purchase all fabric etc.. which can be very pricey but, it is custom made which could cost thousands of dollars and, I think it will be worth it as long as the pieces are wearable… I am also, on my way to losing weight and, I don’t want there to be a problem that all the clothing is too big so, I will have to see if a tailor or I will be able to take in the clothing. I am so excited/nervous to accomplish this. Please let me know if you would like a series about making clothing without really knowing everything about sewing. I am sure I will learn a lot. If you have any tips please let me know in the comments below. I think I will talk about this on my YouTube Channel as well so, if like to watch videos instead of reading I will leave my channel link below. If you want to follow my progress through instagram you can on @foreverseekingwanderlust and @allievluv.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9lSYWyJqDEXe_-toxR7PvQ

 

 

 

 

Recap Of 2016 & 2017 Goals

Well, 2016 has been an eventful year my business is doing well, I finally got some kind of rhythm down when it comes to blogging, I am continuing to add YouTube Videos/hoping to grow my channel and, I finally went to Italy! This year has actually been very good to me despite the passing of our dog Maxwell which, was hard to come to terms with. He was a part of my life since I was in 3rd grade and, it was so sad to see how the cancer really got to him and, he was not able to eat etc.. It was a blessing he passed away on his own and, the memories of his loving, smart and, cheeky self will forever ever be cherished. Our Pet Sitting business has grown and, we L.L.C last year. This year we just launched our website and, are so excited to keep caring for our fury friends! After graduating from college there is always this awkward bit of time of what are you planning on doing for the rest of your life. Although, I had Amazon, blogging, YouTube and, pet sitting I am not making enough to be out on my own yet and, it is hard to transition to being home a lot instead of at school. I decided not to continue to get my bachelors degree in fashion for two reasons, one, I would not be able to get enough financial aid and, no one would have been able to co-sign a loan. Of course, I do not even have 1% of what it would cost to get the degree so, I decided against going back. The other people is my memory loss. Getting my Associates degree was a struggle because of my memory problem and, made it extremely hard to remember what would be on an exam or, to retain what I had learned. It is a problem caused by auditory processing disorder. I always said if I learned everything in a song there is no way I will forget it but, with having dyslexia and, auditory processing disorder it is hard to recall what I have just learned even though I am focused and, take notes. It is difficult for someone to understand how it is to have both of these when it comes to learning. Part of the reason for my blog was to help further my writing by practicing writing about different topics I enjoy. My YouTube Channel has a few reasons why it was started; for starters I just really enjoyed watching other YouTubers and thought others might enjoy my channel, at sixteen I had a chance to interview a friend for a reporter and, she said I had a knack and, was great on camera. The most important reason and, I don’t think I mention this often is to recall special events in life that I may not remember and, want to have that memory for me to look back on.  I wanted to practice my speech to have it come across clearer and, less mumble. It is also, a great practice for public speaking. If you notice some of my videos can be a bit choppy or my speech my come across a little jumbled that is actually me showing you how I speak or how my brain works. I know for me I can be a bit scattered, my brain works faster than me being able to process what I am trying to say. My progress is so drastic from when I was younger and, it is amazing I can write sentences and, actually read. It was a long journey and, I was determined but, anyway I was struggling with not going back to college because I actually thrive being around people I am such a social individual. I decided I was going to pour my heart and, soul into my businesses and, I really have. I thoroughly enjoy everything I do and, I think I made a great decision. 2016 was a big time adjusting and, trying to find more ways to make money while all of my businesses were growing. I have so many goals that I want to accomplish in 2017 and, I really need to sit down and, plan it all out. The problem with my planning is that I do not necessarily stick to it which is something I am working on. I just bought myself a 2017 calendar and, my planner will get used up until it is done. I will take two days to plan out everything I need to accomplish in January and, February and, then I will schedule it out. This takes a lot of time because I have three businesses, Poshmark, Freelance, Pet Sitting just on the business front. Then I have personal things like appointments, meeting friends and, then my whole workout schedule. I also, have to make sure I take one day off a week because I am a workaholic and, doing something work related while working. I really need to plan out one day a week where I do a detox, read a book, lounge, listen to music and, do maintenance like my nails/face masks etc. Right now I have Incorporated this a little bit but, I want to make sure I take an entire day.  We are so worried about others, work and, we forget to care for ourselves our bodies need a little time off. I want to make sure I have everything organized and, pick certain days to do laundry, clean and, meal prep. On the work front I need to schedule which days are for Amazon, Blog, YouTube and, Freelance. If I establish filming days and, I have my room/office organized I will actually be able to accomplish what I set out to do. I don’t know if anyone else has the learning disabilities I mentioned above but, if you do your room is probably a mess. It is hard to keep organized because my brain is constantly keeping busy and, is overactive which means I get distracted easily and, may forget that I was about to put my clothes away. Another thing I have been working on is keeping my spaces organized which will help me become more efficient when it comes to working. Writing everything down and, having a list to stick to will help me achieve all my goals for 2017. I will still be working on the way I speak because I am unaware when words jumble together or aren’t said correctly and, I do ask to corrected ( most people correct me anyway lol). My goals for my blog to have 3-7 blog posts for you a week with at least two series a month. I would really like to get the fashion side back as that is what I love to do.  I would like to have 500 subscribers by 2018 and, be making $100/month. YouTube although, saturated I think I have a shot. I want to find my niche and, talk about fashion every week. I would like to post 3 videos and, 2-4 vlogs a week. I would like to have 300 subscribers by 2018 and, be making $50 a month. My Freelance jobs are a great side income and, I’d like to make $2,000/mo. which is a lot my expectations may be a bit high.. Amazon, the business I have really took head on and, have tried to grow. I would like to make $1,000/mo. or $10,000 net profit for next year. I know it can be down but, I do not have $50,000 to invest so, it may take Amazon a little longer to grow. If we can have 20-100 sales a day I would be absolutely thrilled. Yes, I have made a business plan and, understand how much I have to buy to accomplish this. Personally, I would like my license and to be able to purchase my own car because no one else is going to haha… I would like to read two books a month, learn Italian, continue to take Itunes U classes, make my own clothes for summer of 2017, go woofing ( World Organisation Of Trade Farming)  for at least three months, be able to afford a house that I can rent out, maintain being healthy working towards my goal of slimming down by working very hard at it, come up with my own clothing line or something similar, singing on YouTube at some point, work on my approach to speaking to people, embracing others, learning from others, I would like to get more involved in helping charities and, being the best version of myself. I hope you all had an amazing 2016 and, we all my struggle but, we are here to pick each other up. If there is a topic you’d like me to speak about please leave it in the comments below I love hearing from you all. I read every comment and, reply.

Have an enlightening and, adventurous new year,

allie

 

 

 

Starting An Amazon FBA Business

Ciao Tutti,

I have now been on Amazon for over two years almost, three and, my goodness have I learned a lot! Like everything you do you need a plan, follow through and, goals. Amazon FBA took a little time to adjust to but, now I am going to give you the tips and, tricks I have learned. Stay tuned for the next post where I give you the insight on what you need to purchase to begin on Amazon. If you are selling more than 40 products a month Amazon FBA is where you will want your business to be otherwise Merchant Fulfillment will not be making you money. The other down side to merchant fulfillment is that, you have to store all your items in your home; yikes, can that really eat up your house space quickly! With Fulfillment By Amazon or FBA you will be storing and, shipping all of your items to an Amazon Warehouse. Just to forewarn you that the items with disperse into different shipments so, it may take you longer to fill one shipment because, news flash it is not all going to one Amazon warehouse. This can get a bit irritating but, do not let it discourage you. Now that you are in the mindset of starting an Amazon FBA business you will need to come up with a business plan. Unlike other businesses Amazon can be a bit unpredictable about where you are purchasing from and, I still do not have a clear indicator of what is selling best.

To Start On Amazon:

  • Amazon Seller Central Account $39.99/mo.
  • Amazon Storage Fees: These fees will be changing as of Feb/March 2017 they are increasing                                  Monthly Inventory Storage Fee
    Month Standard-Size Oversize
    January – October $0.54 per cubic foot $0.43 per cubic foot
    November – December $2.25 per cubic foot $1.15 per cubic foot
  • Initial Cost Of All electronics You Will Need( I will be doing a separate post)
  • ScanPower or wherever you chose to list your items on: for two devices $69.95/mo. ASellerTool is what we use over the season $285 6 mo. for two devices
  • Money for start up to purchase books and items so far, I have spent about $9,000 over the past almost three years they recommend that you have at least $50,000 to spend on all your products to begin with but, I do not have they kind of money

Let’s say you need to purchase about $1,000 worth of inventory a month plus your other expenses you will need $1,109.94/mo. at least once you start shipping products you will also, being paying storage fees.

Ok, so where do you begin now that you are set up and, ready to go? Book sales, retail arbitrage, thrift stores, estate sales and, garage sales. You can also, ask you local library or the book sales if you can purchase all the books they are going to giveaway at .30/lb. That way, they are still making money and, so are you!

Book Sales: They are sales that you go to, to scan the books and, if they are worth purchasing you buy them. Most book sales only deal in cash so, go prepared. You will want to hit up all the book sales possible and, really pay attention to what is selling. Forget the non-fiction sections you do not make any money from them. Be polite at the book sales, bring your own bags and, check ahead to see if you are allowed to scan. Personally, I do not go to the book sales that don’t let you scan but, some really high rollers will still go and, just scan until someone tells them they are not allowed to. They are usually set up in schools, gyms or, libraries and, the ones that are big are really big! We go to two large sales that we stay for two days at a hotel. Of course, if you are going to stay in a hotel you will really need to hustle as you need to make enough to pay for the hotel plus the cost of the trip and, much more. Let me break it down for you

Hotel: $150/night

Gas: $18.24 roughly that is for a 2 hour drive

Food: $60 at $10 a meal

Cost Of Trip: $228.24

You would want to make 20 times that amount roughly

$4,564.80- At .50 you would need to buy 200 plus books most of them will be $2-.25 so,  that figure would probably be a little less but, you catch my drift I hope.

Normally, we will buy 600 books at a sale and, let’s say they average at making $20 a book you will have $12,000 worth of inventory in books. It all depends so, go with what you can afford. If you are able to get those 9,000 books at $20 a book you are looking at some crazy inventory $180,000. We have yet to get 1,000 books at a sale but, we are getting more efficient which means we will be quicker and, therefore, get more books.

You will be going to this site to find book sales: http://www.booksalefinder.com/

Once you have made a schedule and, budget for how much you will be spending at the book sale it is time to head out.

You are looking to cut corners anywhere you go and, if your budget is $100 per book sale you will be going on box/bag day where it is  $10/box and, $5/bag. They will provide you with boxes and, bags so, you do not need your own. However, it is easier to have your own bags like these:

I use the bags and, then strategically pack the boxes so, I can get the most bang for my buck. Bring a sheet with you that you can put over each bag so, no one mistakes your items as part of the sale. Scan away and, be polite there is no reason for you to be rude it does not help your rep. when attending other book sales. Be patient when checking out the volunteers may be unfriendly but, keep a smile and, please and, thank you goes a long way. If you go to a preview sale you will be paying $10 and up plus premium prices for the books and, for the most part sellers leave lots of great stuff so, don’t let it bum you out.

Have a snack bag with water and, lunch/snacks. You will not have time to go out and, have lunch and, this will save you quite a bit of water. Take a break of 20 min. find a place to sit and, have your lunch. If you are at a sale for 8 hours or more it is hard to walk away but, trust me you need at least two breaks of five minutes and, a 20 minute lunch break. Your eyes may get tired and, you need quite a bit of stamina to last the whole 8 hours or more of, mostly standing. Wear comfortable sneakers, have short sleeves on and, bring a comfortable sweater. The place can be freezing one minute and, you could be sweating the next. You will need a descent sized vehicle and, need to be able to lift heavy boxes. If there are two of you that is perfect because there is a lot of ground to cover and, even with both of you, you will not be able to cover 25% if it is a large sale. Be prepared to work very long hours.. This is not a scam and, it will not get you rich overnight you have to work for it.

After the sale you will list the books and, then ship them out to Amazon. I will explain in this series about how I can afford to be an FBA Seller, where I work, how to ship the books, where to purchase inventory, finding a niche and, much more. There will be a bundle of posts containing loads of info coming your way so, be sure to look out for it. If you have questions leave them below or Tweet me @thatsabang! If you have loads of questions I will be happy to do a live YouTube video answering your questions so, comment away. As always, this is from my experience and, it is meant to help you. There are FBA Sellers who have been selling over five-ten years and, I will be linking videos for you to watch as well.

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

Emma Watson Changing Female Image

Ciao Tutti,

I just watched a PopSugar one minute clip on Emma Watson’s recreation of Belle and, it is fantastic. If you all remember when Cinderella came out it gave a very unhealthy image of this Disney princess with the controversial corset that was worn. In the 1820-30’s lacing began with corsets to maintain an unrealistic hourglass figure; this is actually shown in the Pirate’s Of The Caribbean when Ms.Swan falls off the balcony unable to breath and, Sparrow jumps in and, rips it off of her. The corset basically pushes all of the organs together and, was so tight that the lady’s would frequently pass out.  However fashionable they believed this corset to be, they should have been alarmed at the first sign of lady’s passing out. With tuberculosis and, pneumonia floating around they women were subject to double the trouble when they wore the corsets because, they were already restricting the lungs, therefore, it would make it almost impossible to breath if they had one of these common illnesses. Just like bras are becoming an issue because the breast are supported and, the muscle becomes reliant on the bra. The tight lacing did the same, only, worse causing the back muscles to rely on the corset for support. Doctor Ludovic O’Followell was to thank for the first X-Ray and, he did a study on women wearing corsets and, how it effected them. Needless to say, he was not about the corset. thankfully women came to their senses in the 1920’s and, decided to ditch the corset for an opposite and, rebellious approach the flapper dress. It is alarming that women are still using corsets today better known as, waist trimmers made famous by Kim Kardashion. In case women haven’t realized, the waist trimmer may help get your body to a certain shape but, it is not help your lungs or, organs. Emma Watson being the support of females and, understanding the need for image change really took a stand when she gave Belle a new corset-less image. The new Belle will be a great role model for little girls as well as, women to help them embrace their own bodies and, realize how unhealthy the Disney Princess image is. Emma Watson has given Belle a new background as well, as a inventor like her father. I feel Disney had a mention in their original movie that Belle was moving in the direction of becoming an inventor however, they did not focus upon therefore, making the image of Belle just like the other princesses instead of, the strong, independent and, intelligent women she was. Emma Watson also, mentions that Belle is an active princess which, they never have focused on how important it would be for the princess to be playing outside and, getting in physical activity. We should always be giving women and, girls a healthy image and, encourage them to find out what they enjoy doing. Whether it is chemistry, animal science, playing sports, art, music; it is important to explore and, test out everything possible. We should also, be encouraging women and, children to be as active as possible. Eating healthy, playing/exercise is important and, needed for our bodies lymphatic system as well as, mental health. Emma Watson is doing an amazing job and, I would love to see her continue to grow and, create a new image of women.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

 

Amazon Lending A Helping Hand

Ciao Tutti,

If you aren’t already sucked into the Facebook vortex of videos and, shopping on Amazon then you must not be on the internet that often. Today has been a day of a multitude of news and, just when you think you have writers block there is always something popping up in the hope you will write about it. This video deserves as much attention as it can get! Monika is a co-owner of a women’s shoe company that she develop in America. She came to America to concur her dream and, she did. While walking down the street she saw a homeless man with a sign saying, ” I need shoes.” When she went back he was no longer there and, that is when she came up with the give back box idea. She is now working with be companies such as, Amazon that are teaming up to send these boxes to charities. the great thing is that you do not have to pay anything you are merely donating clothing, shoes, items you no longer need! You get a free shipping label and, off they go. When you receive an Amazon box you usually chuck it in the trash, after taking out what your purchased. Well, that is not helping our landfills and, when you send your give back box to the charity of your choice, they will recycle all of there boxes. It is great that you will be giving back and, no longer be polluting our world! I would say, it is a win, win! This holiday season when you receive new items of clothing etc. take time to look through your wardrobe and, see if any older pieces could use a new home.

https://www.givebackbox.com/story

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

YouTube Star Kicked Off Delta Flight


Ciao Tutti,
Before speaking about this, Adam is known for his pranks and, no one is sure if this was a prank gone wrong or what. There are a few sides to the story I explained his at the bottom and, if it was not a prank, I wrote below what I think. If it was a prank it went very wrong and, was not funny. Either way, there is still a lot of hate, discrimination etc. so, I feel that it should be addressed. Obviously I was not there but, if what the video captured was real it is sad reality that a lot of people face during there lifetime. Is this the boy that cried wolf one too many times or simply a prank? It is hard to tell and, even harder to comment on without being there but, I did as if Adam was being truthful about the situation.
Alarming news that Adam Saleh was kicked off Delta Flight for speaking Arabic. I could not believe the video when he was being escorted off the plane. I did not know that it has now become illegal to speak a different language when on board a flight, did I miss the memo? Still in 2016 there is discrimination and, racism continuing to escalate. In the video Adam says, ” we spoke a different language on the plane and, now we are getting kicked out.” Adam mentions on CBSN that the Delta staff said, “this is not the first time this has happened.” As you see in the video above there are about 20 hostile “white Americans” that start yelling at Adam. Adam said, the lady that was sitting next to him told him “he needed to speak English because she felt uncomfortable.” I do not know if you all know this or not but, there is no language that the United States claims. Yes, for the most part English is the language spoken but, there are many languages that are spoken and, no claim to actually being made to speak English. So, that lady’s comment does not stand she is obviously in the wrong but, if she wants to know what everyone is speaking learn all the languages and, then she will know. If the roles were reversed and, any of the 20 people were speaking English on a plane in France, Italy etc.. are those people going to kick them off because they are speaking English, no in fact they are not. So, what gave Delta the right to kick off Adam and, his friend? This is a lot like sitting on different parts of the bus because of skin color… People are scared because of ISIS but, this is literally 9/11 repeating itself and, we should all know better. Not all people who speak Arabic are part of ISIS and, not all people who practice the Muslim faith were part of the 9/11 attack. I do not know if history will ever teach those who are racist, discriminatory etc. that we are all humans and, have a right to be treated as such. Learn from history and, do not let hate or ignorance cloud your judgement.

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

 

allie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Raises FBA Fees

Ciao Tutti,

Amazon just released there fee changes for 2017 and, Amazon FBA sellers are freaking out… Now, it does change a few things when it comes to selling as an FBA seller but, they change their fees every year. Amazon is trying to weed out the FBA sellers that aren’t committed to really selling on Amazon and, honestly I couldn’t be happier. Although, I am not that thrilled about the fees which, I don’t think any seller is, it just changes how I will be selling on Amazon. Instead of having lower priced books I will have to stay within $10-$15 at the lowest instead of $6-$8 at my lowest. For some reason this is not registering for other sellers and, they are fed up with Amazon claiming they will go switch to ebay. I have been doing quite a bit of research and, ebay is not a bad place to sell although, I haven’t done enough research to really sell on ebay. I have tried to sell on ebay and, it was a bit of a bust so, research is necessary to sell at least for me. I also, need a niche when selling on ebay. It is a good idea not put all your money into one item or one place it should be spread out in case it does not work out. I have been only selling on Amazon FBA for two years seriously. I have a business plan set up for each year which, tells me how much I need to purchase of each category and, how much money I will need each month to do so. With not having a large amount it is quite difficult to accomplish but, I will talk about how I semi-support myself while trying to build up my Amazon sales in another blog post.   So, my strategy this year will be slightly different more expensive books for full price book sale, half price will be a little cheaper and, box day will be $10 books instead of $5-$8 books. Adjusting with the price change that happens every year is important especially with gas changes etc. Just like we have to adjust to the economy so do our businesses. So, if you are an FBA seller take a breath and, adjust as needed just like every year especially if you want to continue on with your business.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

11 Tips To Start Your Fashion Blog on a Budget

11 Tips To Start Your Fashion Blog on a Budget

 

Getting Your Foot Through the Door:

It may take you a few years before you attempt to start a fashion blog or, you may already have one; either way you are wondering how do I stand out and, get ahead. Before even attempting to write you need to spend about $10 on a domain. Make sure your domain is going to be relatable to your website. Do not try and, go for the free spots to write on like BlogSpot they will not make your site professional looking. You want your site to have a focus and, your focus needs to be portrayed.

 

 

Find Your Niche:

Your blog will be competing against thousands of other blogs that are already established. What will make you stand out? What type of fashion will you be focused on? What labels/brands will you be wearing? This is all important to know from the very beginning. You will want to have many posts using the label/brand before approaching them with an offer to use their clothing in your blog. Once you find your niche, be bold, daring and, different. If you are focused on high-fashion make sure your pictures are editorial and, fit for a magazine. If you are going towards ethical fashion make statements and, keep up with ethical topics. You will need to be the writer, creator, photographer and, editor when it comes to your blog. To save on pictures, because most pictures need to be taken by someone else, find a family member or, friend interested in photography and, have them take the photos. Make sure to discuss what your image is and, what the theme for the photos are in advance; saving you time as well as, having the photographer understand your perspective will bring your image to life. Instead of paying cash, which,  you would not be able to afford, offer up an exchange. Give your photographer credit for each photo, leave a bio on the bottom of each of your blog posts along with a website or, way for someone else to contact the photographer if they enjoyed their work. You can also, offer up an interview post as well as, credit on all your social media posts. You should be able to find someone even if it is at a local art school who is pursuing photography and, needs photos for their portfolio. Not only, would you be making a new friend but, also, a great contact as they further their career in the industry.

 

Who Are You Writing For:

You have your website, an idea of what content you want to create and, a photographer but, what about your target market. Who are you writing for? What do they want to hear about? What makes your content interesting and, engaging? All the outfits you wear and, clothing you own is targeted, branded and, promoted in hopes that you will purchase it. Finding your target market could be challenge if you have no idea who you are writing to. When a buyer in the fashion industry is buying for their customers they have an idea of their demographic and, psychographic. You need to know what age, gender you would like to write to and, their finical income. Gathering all this information will help to form the type of content you can write. This content will appeal to that specific audience. An example would be, a female in her early thirties to early fifties with an income of $70,000 a year who lives in an urban area. Now you know who your customer is but, you need to break it down a bit further; she has $500 expendable money for clothing. Now you can understand what kind of labels/brands your target audience can afford and, that is what you will be promoting into all your pictures. The object of the blog in your mind isn’t to sell clothing but, if you have any chance with working with a fashion company they need to see your target market and, how well their items will sell if they give them to you to wear. If you are going for high-fashioned posts you better make sure your target market has the means to purchase this clothing otherwise your blog will not thrive.

 

Social Media Is Key:

If you are going to have a blog you better have every form of social media possible. Blogs have become less desirable than posting on Instagram, where your target audience doesn’t have to read a post and, gets to see cute outfits. Your followers may want to purchase the outfit you are wearing right off Instagram which is when a company will seek you out to work with. You will have a long way to go until that happens so, you need to have a photo ready for all your accounts; fashion photos, outfits of the day, occasion ideas. Use all the social media to your advantage it will not only promote your blog but, if done right you will start to be a well-known face on social media platforms. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and, many other platforms will become your best friend; make sure you are easy to find with your handles all being the same. The handles need to relate back to your blog where your audience will start to build up. Do not under estimate the power of social media because it is important for companies to see you have a following and, it’s a free way to advertise your blog.

 

 

Build Your Content:

In blogging you will be putting all your creativity and, hard work for everyone to see so, make sure you are ready for the critics. Build up that tough skin and, flood your feed with amazing content. Chances are the first couple of posts won’t get any hits and, it may take you awhile to build up your audience, no matter what, keep posting. Your content should be posted every day for at least a year before you decide to get a schedule of when you are planning to upload content. Writing every day for three hundred and, sixty-five days may get to be a bit draining and, speaking from experience you will not have time to write one post a day. Instead, pick three days a week and, write a weeks’ worth of posts each day, yes, seven posts in one day. It will be much easier for you to continue to upload if you schedule your uploads. So, if you have picked Monday to write seven days’ worth of posts for next week and, you schedule them all out they will upload without you having to constantly check. You may need to have many pictures taken at once to be able to keep up with the uploading schedule. Twice a month gather your photographer , your ideas and, take two days to shoot all the content that is needed. You will, need pictures of all your social media so, don’t forget that. Each day you will need to post on your social media or, you can use a new platform that is free such as, HootSuite and, schedule the posts when you do all your writing. It is all about saving you time and, helping your content grow. Writers block is a real thing, I can vouch, even as a blogger so, take one day out of the month and, list all your topics for the month. If you are writing about celebrity fashion, you can just have that as one of your posting topics and, put a new celebrity in each week, be flexible but, be organized.

 

 

Personality Is key:

If you are not a model and, have decided to put yourself in front of the camera it may be intimidating. Do not fret, you will not be camera shy for long because you are your blog and, you better get used to your face and, body being on your blog every single day. That is part of what makes your blog so special, you are an individual with your own unique and, creative traits. Let your personality exude from the pages of your blog as if, your reader is sitting beside you listening to you read. Let them feel your emotion through your photos and, let your fashion style become your signature. Do not follow another blog and, do not compare yourself, it is all too easy to and, can be frustrating. This is your mind coming to shine through your blog and, that is what your readers want to see. Portray yourself, as if you are speaking to your best friend of course, your writing maybe a different and, the pictures maybe be a bit more professional but, your personality will forever remain the same. Sometimes your audience may want quirky pictures, sensual pictures, innovative pictures. It is up to you and, your photographer to help capture your true self through the lens and, up to you to do so, through the writing.

 

Set Up a Media Kit:

Now that your blog has flourished and, you have quite a following it is time to reach out to companies. I suggest starting with local clothing stores or, designers and, work your way up gathering experience. Before you start calling around, hold on, there is a protocol and, a way to go about asking to get sent clothing or, to be paid to wear the brands clothing. To collaborate with these brands, you need to send them a media kit which outlines key facts and, statistics about your blog. Your media kit is selling your blog and, you will need an impressive kit that gets your blog noticed. Putting together a media kit may be a process but, it is much easier than continuing to write emails to companies that are most likely not interested in working with you. Your Media Kit is designed to help you tell the company about your blog and, see if they are the right fit. It is a professional way of presenting your blog to the company. Make sure you do an extensive amount of research in putting together a media kit and, see if your blog is ready for that step. First impressions are important and, if you have a small following and, don’t have a large social media following wait until you know a brand will work with your blog.

 

 

Build A Team:

If you are working for companies and, the work load is getting to be too much you need to hire a team. Your team will constant of professionals that can help you grow and expand your business. Make sure you are hiring professionals that will take off the work load placed on you and, that you are prepared to pay employees. Before you go ahead and, hire employees you may want to hire a company that will help you with taxes, payroll, insurance etc. It is still a must that you abide by federal and, state taxes even when you are getting paid by these companies. The tasks that you are not able to accomplish should be given to your employees which, means you may need to hire a writer, social media expert and, someone to organize your business so, you can continue to grow your blog. Whatever you need help with do not be afraid to pass on work to your employees but, as I said be sure that you are in that stage and, that you have plenty of money to afford this luxury. A lot blogs hire a few freelancers to do regular posts for them which, maybe where you want to find your employees until you are ready for a few full-time employees.

 

 

How Am I Making Money:

It will take time to earn the kind of money that you would expect but, good things come to those that wait and, of course, put all their hard work into. If you know about blogs, you will know you get paid by google analytics, ads, affiliate links and, sponsorships. But, hold the phone, the sponsorships and, regular ads will come later, right now you are in the stages of proving yourself. You will set up your blog with google analytics; it pays you for ads that it generates on the blog. Once you have that set up it will be difficult to earn money since your traffic will be low at first but, that is why you never put your eggs in one basket and, divvy it up. Affiliate links are a large part of how bloggers make money; you will get a certain percentage when a reader clicks on the affiliate link that you placed on your blog and, purchases the item or, items. There are many companies with affiliate links and, you must do research to see what affiliate links will work best with your blog style. It is important that you do not saturate your blog with links but, find a balance that will work for you and, your reader. Once, your blog becomes sought after or, you gain enough of a following you will be asked by fashion companies to place ads on your blog. You can make quite a bit off these ads depending upon their size and, placement; basically, you are selling ad space on your site, that happens to be a blog. If you have your media kit put together start to send it out to companies and, then you should start to receive jobs. Before you get a yes, you may get a lot of no’s, keep your chin up and, continue to send out your media kits. After a while your kits may get noticed and, you will have a new collaboration with a brand you love.

 

Bonus Tips & Tricks That Are Budget Friendly:

Starting a fashion blog can be a bit stressful but, with this list you should be ready to go full steam ahead. Stay focused, know what you will be writing about and, have your target market in mind. You may want to create a little booklet of your goals and, maybe even come up with a business plan. Buy yourself a planner or just do it all digitally and, have it send reminders to you. Personally, I enjoy having an old-fashioned planner that I can write in but, this is the age of technology so, why not use it and, save yourself some money. Money that will be coming out of your pocket will be mostly for clothing so, hang in strong you might want to frequent thrift stores at first; you are still promoting the brands/labels you love and, no one will know the difference. Find designers who are in fashion school and, want to get their creations out. If you can reach out to fashion students make sure you give them the option of each photo having the designer name under it, bio at the bottom of your blog post and, credit when posted on social media. You just got a new outfit, helped a designer get their clothing known and, may have discovered the next CoCo Chanel. Another way for you to save some money is to, upcycle clothing, it has become the latest trend in fashion. If you aren’t aware, upcycling is turning a piece of clothing you have and, transforming it into another piece of clothing. This will help your wardrobe expand because having three hundred and, sixty-five outfits a year can be a bit tricky when you don’t have the money. Take a piece of clothing and, do not sew it but, tie it which, will turn it into an extra skirt or dress, voila, you have another article of clothing. Using an accessory to turn an outfit into a brand-new outfit is clever and, budget friendly. Scarves were a big trend with purses to make them look cute but, did you ever think a scarf could turn your purse into another piece in your wardrobe. Be sure to switch up your hair and, makeup never clashing with another photo already taken. Because, this can be tricky, I suggest you lay out your clothing and makeup inspiration for each photo shoot, then, take a picture of each outfit. You will have all the pictures printed and, available for your next photo shoot. Accessories are crucial to your outfits so, make sure to buy timeless pieces that will never fade out of style; this will stop you from having to keep spending money on new pieces. Do your own hair and makeup or, offer it up to a friend or up and, coming makeup/nail artist. You can offer the same deal as the one you offered the designer. Use nature as your background and, never pay for any kind of sets when you are in the beginning stages of blogging. There are plenty of cool graffiti, parks and, towns for you to borrow the background.

Credit Yourself:

Just like you are giving everyone else credit, give credit to yourself. You are the one who is a stylist, creative director, makeup artist, writer and, you need to make sure you put that at the end of every post. Even though, this is your blog, your readers do not know who you have hired and, you need to make it known that you have put in all this work. If your styling gets noticed, you may be asked to do a styling job for a company or, for a new brand that is launching. Make sure you credit yourself in your Instagram posts as well.

 

Now you are ready to launch your new fashion blog. Take these tips and, tricks to go do what you do best. Remember to take a breath, learn and, concur what you came to do. Articles with substance are important so, even if you are posting about your pictures make sure to include topics and, content people will read. Your blog is not Instagram and, if you can get your readers engaged in your content you will go far.

Credit Yourself:

Just like you are giving everyone else credit, give credit to yourself. You are the one who is a stylist, creative director, makeup artist, writer and, you need to make sure you put that at the end of every post. Even though, this is your blog, your readers do not know who you have hired and, you need to make it known that you have put in all this work. If your styling gets noticed, you may be asked to do a styling job for a company or, for a new brand that is launching. Make sure you credit yourself in your Instagram posts as well.

 

Now you are ready to launch your new fashion blog. Take these tips and, tricks to go do what you do best. Remember to take a breath, learn and, concur what you came to do. Articles with substance are important so, even if you are posting about your pictures make sure to include topics and, content people will read. Your blog is not Instagram and, if you can get your readers engaged in your content you will go far.