Wednesday, 10 January 2018

How To Detox Your Wardrobe In Collaboration With Mercari

How To Detox Your Wardrobe In Collaboration With Mercari / Lauren Rose Style Blogger London

Having a de-cluttered and streamlined wardrobe is something I have always longed to do. So this year one of my New Year's resolutions was to have a huge clear out and get rid of anything I just don't wear anymore. Luckily Mercari challenged me to a their wardrobe #detoxchallenge at the start of January which has motivated me to get started. Not only does having a wardrobe declutter allow you to have a tidy wardrobe, but you can also make some extra pennies in the process by selling to new homes. I thought I would share with you my experience on the Mercari app so far, as well with some tips and tricks on how you can also do the same to your wardrobe.

How To Detox Your Wardrobe In Collaboration With Mercari / Lauren Rose Style Blogger London

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO GET RID OF

First things first, how do you decide what to get rid of?

I would start by getting rid of anything you haven't worn in the past year. Even if you think 'but maybe I will have a perfet occasion for this one day', you most likely won't and even if you do, you might buy something new instead and this item will go another year still having not been worn. You need to be ruthless and just get rid of it.

It is best also at this point to make three piles. One pile of things to sell, one pile to give to the charity shop and one pile that just need thrown out.

If there is anything you are unsure about, maybe try it on and if you don't love it or it doesn't fit well anymore, you should also get rid of it.

Don't just think about getting rid of clothes either, you know those boots that you bought from Zara a year ago and have worn just once? Yes, those can go. Even accessories, bags, jewellery can be cleared out and sold on to new homes. If you just aren't getting the wear out of something, sell it to someone who actually will. Trust me, you won't even notice it has gone.

How To Detox Your Wardrobe In Collaboration With Mercari / Lauren Rose Style Blogger London

WHERE TO SELL?

I would highly recommend the app Mercari to sell through. I have found the app so easy to use and it has been such a great tool to help sell my clothes. So who actually are Mercari you ask? 

Mercari is a huge buy and sell marketplace that gives you a simple and secure way to buy and sell unwanted items directly via an app on your smartphone. It was originally founded in Japan but has just recently launched in the UK. Once you have downloaded the app and created your profile, Mercari allows you to list an item for sale in under a minute, making selling on the app every so quick and easy A huge added bonus with this app is that there are absolutely no selling fee's, which is amazing!

Once you have sold an item via the app, the buyer will pay for the item and you will have three days to then ship your item. Once the buyer as received their item, Mercari will then release the payment to you. All payments you receive are added to your balance on your Mercari account, which you can then withdraw at any time you wish.

The app is free to download and if you follow this link here it will to take you to my profile and you can see what I am selling, you still might be able to grab yourself a bargain.

How To Detox Your Wardrobe In Collaboration With Mercari / Lauren Rose Style Blogger London

MY NUMBER ONE SELLING TIP
TAKE THE PERFECT PHOTO

The photo you post alongside your listing when selling is key. This ultimately sells the item to your potential buyer. You want to try and take your photo's in natural light, with a nice clean background.

I tend to take mine against a white throw, so that you can see the item I am selling clearly. This makes the item stand out and be more desirable. I also tend to add some props, throwing in a few plants or flowers around it makes it more aesthetically pleasing. I also try to add a few photo's of me actually wearing the item in the listing, as this shows the buyer how it looks on and they might be more inclined to buy. Often if I haven't posted any photo's of me wearing the clothes, I will get lot's of messages asking to see this.

How To Detox Your Wardrobe In Collaboration With Mercari / Lauren Rose Style Blogger London

I have honestly found having a clear out so therapeutic. It has been great to start the year with a huge clear out, leaving my wardrobe refreshed and making some extra cash in the process. The Mercari App has made it ever so easy to do and I now have lots of room in my wardrobe for some new clothes this year.

If you would like to give it a go, you can download the Mercari App here and get started. You can also follow my profile here to see what bits I am selling.

If you do sign up to the app, you can also use the code 'PAQKYN' and you will get £2 to spend on the app on your first purchase - happy shopping!

Has this inspired you to also have a huge clear out? Let me know if you join the Mercari community and how you get on with the app!

Lauren Rose xx

* This post was sponsored by Mercari but all thoughts and opinions are my own*


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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

My 2018 Goals

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My last post was a little reflection on 2017 and what goals I managed to achieve. You can see that post here. Now it is officially 2018 and when this post goes live I will be on my first day back at work after my Christmas holidays's. So I thought it was time to look ahead now, I shared a post like this last year so I thought I would do it again this year. (See my 2017 goals post here) Here are my 2018 goals...

My 2018 Goals / New Year's Resolutions / Lauren Rose Style Blog Blogger London

FINANCIAL GOALS
Save Money

I want to start saving my money properly, setting up a direct debit that put's a certain amount away in my savings account each month so at the end of the year I have some decent savings behind me. 

I also plan on setting up a help to buy ISA. Not that I will ever be able to buy somewhere in London, but a girl can dream.

I am also kicking off this goal by having a clothes spending ban this month. I am not allowed to buy any new clothes in January at all. This will be hard for me, so if you do have any tips to help me achieve this - let me know!

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Fitness
Keep Running

I really got into running towards the end of last year and now really enjoy it. I plan to sign up to some more 10k's this year and possibly a half marathon.

I will hopefully be doing my first one of the year at the end of February and then will plan some more throughout the year and then I might be ready for a half marathon at the end of the year. We shall see. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself.

My 2018 Goals / New Year's Resolutions / Lauren Rose Style Blog Blogger London

DETOX MY WARDROBE
Have a much needed clear out.

I need to have a huge clear out. Oh my god. How can one girl collect so much stuff. I have way too many clothes that i just don't wear, so this month I am having a major clear out and being ruthless with it. I am selling all my clothes over on Mercari. They have actually challenged me to a 'Wardrobe Detox Challenge', which is just the motivation I needed.

You can follow this link to take you to my profile and see what I am selling and you might be able to grab yourself a bargain. I have more that I plan to list over the next few days.

I have a full blog post coming up later in January all about how Mercari works, it is ever so easy to use. I will also be sharing all my tips and tricks on how to declutter your wardrobe clear out, so look out for that soon!

My 2018 Goals / New Year's Resolutions / Lauren Rose Style Blog Blogger London

Read More
Try to read 1 book a month

This may be a slightly ambitious goal since I barely ever read a book but I do want to start reading more. It will also be nice to use this to have more offline screen time in my life and take the opportunity to read a book instead. I do love to read but I only ever seem to do it if I am away on holiday.

Let me know  if you have any book recommendations for me? I am a sucker for a love story, or on the flip side love a crime thriller.

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Blog Goals
Continue to share post's that I am happy with.

I haven't ever shared my blog goals as such on here before, although I do set myself some in a notebook from time to time. Last year I was super happy with my blog progress and this year I hope that continues. 

The most important thing is to enjoy blogging and be happy with the content you share. I love the photo taking, creating outfit's in my head, the post writing, the whole process really. I want to continue to share my outfit post's and really try to post a minimum of four blog post's a month.

I also hope to attend some more blogger events this year and make some more blogger friends in the process.

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My 2018 Goals / New Year's Resolutions / Lauren Rose Style Blog Blogger London
Coat: Shein / Jumper: H&M / Jeans: River Island / Boots: Forever 21 / Sunglasses: Topshop

Before I end this post I want to say a huge Happy New Year to everyone reading this and I hope that 2018 is such an amazing year for you all!

Lauren Rose xx
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