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Welcome to #HerStory: a monthly installment of stories highlighting the personal journeys that led your fellow Vinties to sell, buy and swap on Vinted. 

  

#HERstory- meet Neena

  • Name: Neena @xchaos
  • Currently killin' it in: South Brunswick, NJ
  • Vintie since: April 2015

It wasn't until May 13th, 2013, did I realize I had a roaring shopping addiction. It was my big day - I was graduating from college in Philadelphia, PA, leaving my apartment of three years and returning back home to New Jersey. I was full of emotions and the only thing standing between that day and the rest of my life was packing. When, six hours later, I realized I had not packed anything but clothing, apparel accessories, and shoes, I knew I needed help, and fast. I was drowning in clothing, and the funny thing was, I considered myself a minimalist. A panic attack and an identity crisis later, I found myself on the app store downloading Vinted, ready to take back my life.

  

HERjourney to Vinted

Vinted has impacted my life in more ways than I can even explain. For starters, I had never been a fashionista, and often I would never look twice at my outfit. I would just go out wearing whatever the first thing I found was, not even caring if I matched. But now! Now I actually find pleasure from creating outfits, pairing things together, and pushing myself to step out of my comfort zone clothing-wise - and I have no one to thank but the vinties who showed me the way. Aside from fashion, though, vinties have given me SO much support through my crazy life, and even though I haven't met any of them in person, it's such a wonderful community that I feel supported and connected to on a daily basis. And let me tell you, I wouldn't give that up for anything.

   

HERtips

Definitely be active in forums - get your name out there, share things about yourself, reply to other forums. In my opinion, the more active you are, the more you will be remembered and trusted. Also take your pictures in good lighting and hashtag the life out of your posts. One last tip - make sure you stick to your word! If you say you'll ship on a certain day, do it! And also, make sure to update your buyers every step of the way - it makes you caring, considerate, and trustworthy. 

  

HERstyle

Edgy and urban, with a touch of free spirit and class.

  • Urban Outfitters, fosho.
  • Nasty Gal
  • Forever 21
  • Free People
  • H&M

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Pop quiz time.

    

1. Fro-yo Personality

Are you a mixer?  What does your froyo say about you? Click here to find out! //source

   

2. Backstreet Boy Boyfriend

Which BB (Backstreet Boy) is your BB(Best Bae)? Click here to find out! //source

   

3. Infomercial Product

Who doesn't love a snuggie?!  Find out what infomercial product you are here!  //source

   

4. Mary-Kate or Ashley?

The hardest quiz you'll take today- is it Mary-Kate or Ashley?  //source

    

5. True Disney Fans Only

Can you ace this Disney quiz?  Find out!  //source

    

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Too cute to eat. 

  

1. @bysaber

All hail the master of smoothies of ice cream! //source

  

2. @olganoskovaa

Olga makes such flawless cakes you can see your own reflection!  //source

  

3. @secretsquirrelfood

Avocado rose, tomato rose, strawberry rose.  EVERYTHING into beautiful roses! //source

   

4. @harajukugyoza

"A Bug's Life" come to life!  //source

  

5. @mr_kuroneko

The fluff on those pancakes tho. //source

  

What's your favorite foodstagram?  Share in the comments below!

  

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archel

1.Figure out your budget

This is important in figuring out your destination, especially if you’ll need to fly out. Begin saving your money for your vacation fund, every bit helps. You’ll have to factor in cost of travel, lodging, activities, food, and some spending money for souvenirs. 

  

2.Choose a destination

If your budget is small stick to road trips or flights that are close to home. If you’ve saved a lot more consider going to the opposite coast of the states or even international. I have my own travel bucket list with all the places I eventually want to visit. Figure out if you need a relaxing destination or a city with a lot of things to explore, or maybe just a Disney trip to live like a kid again!

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3.Book / Reserve

Once you figure out where you want to go, make sure you make your reservations for travel, hotel and tours as soon as possible, you never know if they will sell out. You can save a little money by digging through Google or social media profiles for discount codes and promotions! Also, do a Groupon or LivingSocial check, you may find some dining and activity deals.

  

4.Make an Itinerary

It’s better to be a little organized rather than spontaneously going on a trip, time is valuable on a vacation. Make a list of all the activities you want to do, sights you want to see,  restaurants you MUST try. Then figure out where each is located and group everything together that’s in the same place, this way you won’t have to travel around much. Open up Google Calendar and schedule out your meals and activities. You don’t have to strictly follow this schedule, just keep it as a guide if you’re not sure where you will be going next. 

  

5.Start Packing

Make a list of everything you’ll need before you start packing, don’t forget to pack outfits that work with the weather, comfortable shoes, toiletries, and electronics/chargers. You can find great packing checklists on Pinterest according to your destination. Don’t forget anything, essentials are always overpriced in tourist locations. 

  

6.Get excited!

You’re finally on your way! Enjoy your much-needed break from life, you totally deserve it. Take lots of pictures and videos, make a vlog, share with friends and family. 

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Friggatriskaidekaphobia- fear of Friday the 13th.  

      

1. 13, 13:13, 13th

In Lowestoft, England while watching an air show, a 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning on Friday the 13th.  The really weird part?  Lightning struck at 13:13.  // source

      

2. Bob Renphrey of North Wales

Poor Bob has experienced some bad luck on Friday the 13th.  Bob has fallen into a river, crashed a motorcycle, walked through a glass door, and so much more on Friday the 13th or around the day.  

When Bob passed away in 1998, his wife Betty decided to have his funeral on Friday the 13th in March as a tribute to her late husband.  But being Friday the 13th things never goes Bob's way, the undertakers were too busy on that day for dear old Bob. 

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3. 1972 Andes Flight 

On Friday the 13th in October 1972, crashed in the Andes.  Out of the 45 people on board, 27 survived the crash, soon after 8 were killed in an avalanche. The 16 passengers fed on the deceased passengers until they were rescued more than 2 months after the crash.  // source

      

4. 99942 Apophis

When the asteroid 99942 Apophis was discovered in 2004, it was believed that it could hit Earth April 13, 2029 (Friday the 13th).  Luckily scientist no longer believe that.  Talk about a close call.  // source

       

5. Taylor Swift

The number 13 might bring disconcerting feelings for some but for Taylor Swift, it's quite the opposite.  

“I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first #1 song had a 13-second intro,” she said. “Every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter.”- Taylor Swift.  //source

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Got a weird Friday the 13th story?  Share it in the comments below!   

 

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cjhubley

I absolutely adore makeup. I love being able to play with how I look, as much as I love painting on a canvas. I think so many here can relate to this. They can also probably relate to the fact that we wear a much and getting it off of our skin is just as important as getting it on.

My nightly routine takes just as long as my daily routine because I try to take care of every aspect of my skin. From the combination skin to the dirt and grime, to the makeup.

I always start off with a cleansing wipe to remove all my makeup. Depending on if I had contoured that day or not will depend on how much I need to use to remove everything.

The next thing I go to is my acne face wash. I don't actually break out too badly, but I do like that is has silicic acid in it. I don't use an expensive one, I use one I purchased at Dollar Tree. It works just as well for over half the cost.

I then jump to my butter bowl. No, that isn't butter in it, it is actually a homemade face wash (antibacterial soap, sea salt, and oils). I actually get a really great lather from this and my face always feels fresh and clean after.

This DIY soap is super easy to make and is incredibly cheap as well.

After I have a good washing on my face I use my charcoal face mask (about once a week). The charcoal is great to pull out dirt deep down in pores. I leave this on for about ten minutes. During the summer months when my skin tends to be more oily, I use this three times a week rather than one.

This is when I jump into my exfoliator. Exfoliating your skin is really important! To have smoother and more repaired skin, a daily exfoliation is a must. It can also help your complexion be much brighter!

I finish everything off with my creams and oil. The first cream I apply is an eye cream. I get really bad under eye circles and this helps reduce that.

Then I use a dab of wrinkle cream next to my eyes and mouth. It really never is too early to start using this, especially if you're someone like me who smiles a lot at work, and squints a lot outside (or because they decide not to wear their glasses).

After blending those into my skin, I use a drop of Maracuja Oil by Tarte. It helps give my skin a better bounce to it, and makes my dry spots feel amazing. I also put this in my foundation when applying it if I am having a very dry skin day.

I finish everything off with another handmade product. It's a moisturizing lotion that my mother (and her grandmother before her) have been making. You can use any facial moisturizer but I do prefer this one because there is frankincense in it. I use this sparingly on my forehead, nose, and cheeks.

And that's that! After my nightly unready routine, my skin feels soft, clean, and amazing. I'm ready to go to bed with confidence that tomorrow will be another bright day, with amazing skin.

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archel

Mindy Kaling is like the coolest author ever. Besides being famous for writing/ acting for the show The Office, she’s really just like all of us. In her book Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?" Mindy writes about childhood, growing up, dating, work, and unfair funny situations all with a comedic twist.     

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The book is easy and a lot of fun to read. I literally laughed out loud at some parts, it’s like your hanging out with one of you best friends and catching up after a really long time. She’s super funny, which shows in her writing, she includes little random chapters in between like selfies she found on her Blackberry, or why men take so long to put on shoes. Super random? Yes. Relatable? Completely. This is why I enjoyed her book so much. It’s not a classic autobiography, but more of a real-life story told in a casual and funny way.

After finishing the book, I decided that Mindy Kaling and I need to meet and become best friends, she writes about thoughts most of us have and all the insecurities we face, and all the awkward funny moment we all go through. I highly recommend this book! 

  

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For the women in your life that always has your back.

   

1. Flowers

Hand pick flowers your mother would love and create an arrangement.  A definite pro: looks beautiful and less costly than ordering an arrangement.  Learn how here!

  

2. Citrus and Berry Cake

Wow your mom with this beautiful and delicious Citrus and Berry Cake.  Definitely Instagram worthy #foodporn.

3. Deck of awesome

Write down 52 reasons why your mom is the greatest.  Easy to make and it'll last a lifetime.  Check it out here.  

  

4. Relaxation

Supply your mom with a relaxing day by giving her a homemade milk bath in a jar.  Customize it by adding her favorite scents.  

  

5. Quality Time

Look through old photo albums together, ask her about her life before she became a mom, explore the neighborhood together.  Spend a day together without having to spend anything.

  

Share your Mother's Day plans in the comments below!

  

 

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Welcome to #HerStory : a monthly installment of stories highlighting the personal journeys that led your fellow Vinties to sell, buy, and swap on Vinted.  

  

#HERstory- meet Ferne

  • Name: Ferne @atomic.threads
  • Currently killin' it in: Charlotte, North Carolina 
  • Vintie Since: April 2015

Vinted actually came up in conversation with one of my good friends. She was helping me figure out the best way to thin out my wardrobe because I use to suffer from a bad shopping addiction. She showed me the Vinted app on my phone and suddenly the overwhelming task of cleaning out my closet was a source of income. Vinted made selling my clothes and accessories easier, and the great community here is also a huge plus.

   

HERjourney to Vinted

Selling on Vinted is easy and even fun. Staging items for my closet has put me back in touch with my creative side. I'm always searching for new and better ways to photograph my items. Photographing my friends when they model my items is fun, and we make a day out of it like it's adult dress-up. It's very nice to be able to improve my closet and socialize at the same time. Extra income I earn on Vinted goes toward my rent, bills, and food costs each month. Being able to sell on Vinted has made me worry less about my income, and it's not too difficult or labor-intensive because selling and communication are made easy. 

   

HERtips

1. Respect
This is very important to make any and every transaction go smoothly. Even if a buyer is being rude or argumentative the best option is to be the bigger person. Being polite and using manners will triumph every time.

2. Aesthetic
Make sure that your pictures for your items are well done and pleasing to the eye. People are more likely buy something if it's presented to them in visually appealing way. Be careful, this doesn't mean a lot of editing or filters. Mainly you want to make sure that the picture looks good, but also portrays color and condition of the item as accurately as possible. This is easily achieved by using natural lighting and only editing exposure elements of your photos when needed.

3. Design
The staging of your items is key to achieving the aforementioned aesthetic. You want to make sure that there isn't too much going on in the background. When using props make sure they aren't too cluttered and complement, contrast, or bring out the color(s) in the item you're selling. Simple is usually better so using plain or solid color backgrounds is really good. Be careful with patterned backgrounds because they could potentially clash with the patterns or colors of an item.

4. Style
Not all closets have themes (boho, minimalist, vintage, grunge, etc.) but those that do need to be as consistent as possible and it's best if they reflect your preferred style because it helps brings more personality to your closet. For those who don't follow a theme, simply keeping up with what's in can make the difference where sales are concerned. For any closet, keeping in season with your clothing is also very important if you're wanting to increase sales.

5. Forums: Classifieds
Check the classified or "I'm looking for..." section in the forums and respond to relevant posts. Make sure you have prices and pictures handy to post!

6. Bundle!!!
Bundle discounts will attract more buyers, especially if you have them set at 40% or 50% off!

   

HERstyle

My style has evolved into sort of a minimalist take on vintage styles and grunge fashion. I've chosen some of the simpler styles from grunge (to incorporate into my now minimalist lifestyle) and many simple yet amazing vintage pieces to form a minimal wardrobe with earthy, rich colors, like deep reds and maroons, as well as many neutral tones. 

  • Levi (Vintage)
  • Barefoot (vintage)
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Doc Martens
  • American Apparel 

  

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