Tie Dye Trends & Fishtail Braid



Hi Friends! I love statement pieces. This green tie dye tunic from Nola Rae Boutique is exactly that! 

The combination of both dark and light tones makes it a perfect layering piece for any time of year! I chose to pair it with some black leggings and heels. I am very petite, so I like to balance out a loose, flowy tunic, with a more tapered look on the bottom.



I chose to stick with some neutral toned jewelry. Balance is always the key to accessorizing. I like to pair a more neutral outfit with bold accessories, or vice versa. Since this top is such a vibrant green, I chose to pair it with my signature handmade elephant bangle, and more delicate aquamarine and coin bangles (part of my Sydney Elle Designs collection for NolaRae Boutique). I really love how these delicate bangles turned out. They will go with anything and are great pieces to have in your wardrobe to wear every day!



I am really excited about this tie dye trend for spring & summer! It is definitely something that you can dress up, for night looks, and down, for more casual looks during the day. This tunic would also look great with a pair of white jeans and some neutral-colored shoes for shopping and running errands!



Many have asked about my braided hairstyle from these photos, so I wanted to post a close-up! I simply braided two front strands into a crown and secured with bobby pins. Then I braided the rest of my hair into a fishtail style braid. Search Pinterest for braided hairstyle tutorials. I always get asked if it takes a long time. It may take you a while at first, but once you get the hang of it, the fishtail braids really won’t take you long at all!



Be sure to check out NolaRaeBoutique.com and follow on Instagram @NolaRaeBoutique for exclusive sales and the latest from my Sydney Elle jewelry collection!

You can also send questions to me on Twitter: @SydneyEllePM and Instagram: @SydneyElleDesigns!


Have a great weekend, everyone!

Special Thanks to Nola Rae Boutique for Sponsoring this Post!

Lilac Tunic Dress!


Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. It has been pretty rainy here in South Carolina the past few days, but I’m so excited it is getting warmer outside. I think we just went straight to Summer, because it’s supposed to be almost 90 degrees this week.




Since we never know what the weather is going to do during these transitional months, I love to have essential pieces in my wardrobe that I can easily layer, if I need to. This Lilac Tunic dress from Nola Rae Boutique that I am featuring today, is one of those pieces.




This is a great, lightweight dress, with a slight high-low hemline (meaning it is a little longer in the back, than the front). The hemline is also a little shorter on the sides. It is very loose, as are the sleeves, which makes this dress flattering for any body type.

Wire Bangles


I opted to pair this dress with the aquamarine & coin bangles, part of my exclusive Sydney Elle Collection that I designed for Nola Rae Boutique. These bangles are delicate and timeless, and they were just the perfect touch! I am also wearing a long agate stone necklace that I have had for a while, but Nola Rae Boutique has some gorgeous new necklaces from Boho Beads by Stella that would give a similar look!




I am loving the neutral shoe trend for Spring! These cork wedges went just perfectly with this dress for a day look, or you could definitely dress it up with some black heels and accessories to wear out to dinner for a night look, as well!




What is so great about this dress is that you can wear it by itself in the summer, but it would also look great paired with some leggings and boots as we move into Fall & Winter time! It really is a great transitional piece that you can wear all year round, day or night.






I have something exclusively for you guys! Use code SYDNEYELLE on the Nola Rae Boutique website, and you’ll get 10% off of any Sydney Elle Designs bangles + FREE SHIPPING! These are very limited, so hurry and claim your favorites!  

Be sure to follow @NolaRaeBoutique on Instagram for other exclusive sales & the newest designs from my collection! 

You can also follow me on Instagram: @SydneyElle9 & @SydneyElleDesigns! Tweet me @SydneyEllePM!

Special Thanks to Nola Rae Boutique for Sponsoring this Post!

Bell Sleeves!

Hi friends! I am SO excited about this top from Nola Rae Boutique. It features one of my favorite trends for the spring: Bell sleeves.



This off-the-shoulder turquoise top is the perfect essential piece for your spring wardrobe! It will go perfect with everything from denim cutoffs to your favorite white jeans. I paired it with a pair of skinny jeans, because it is very loose fitted and I wanted to balance it out with a more tailored bottom.



Comfort is important to me when deciding what to wear, especially during the hot months here in 
South Carolina. This top is very breathable, and flowy. (Because it is loose cut, you may want to size down when ordering!) The straps on it are adjustable, and it has clasps in the front.



The embroidery and crochet details on the sleeves are so intricate and beautiful! They pair perfectly with this bangle collection curated exclusively for Nola Rae Boutique. (Pictured: Light Blue AquamarineBangle, Two-toned Quartzite Bangle, and Vintage Pewter Coin Bangle)




I am absolutely in love with this top! You can find it on NolaRaeBoutique.com starting next week, and the bangles are available now. Make sure you subscribe to the Nola Rae Boutique email list for a special offer!

Special thanks to Nola Rae Boutique for sponsoring this post!

The Perfect Fringe Top


Hi Friends! Today I am showcasing this gorgeous fringe top from Nola Rae Boutique. It is the essential piece for dressing up or down, and perfect for the upcoming warmer weather! It is very loose and breathable, which is necessary for Spring & Summer in the south.



It is mainly black, with a slight bit of grey here and there to add some texture. I love the fringe! So fun and works for day and night wear. This top is very loose cut, so stick to your normal size, or size down if you would like a slightly more fitted look.



I am wearing this top with some distressed dark wash jeans, but it would also look great with some shorts or white jeans! I am also a huge fan of black leggings with heels, if you wanted to go for a more evening, tone on tone, look.



I am also wearing a bangle stack from my handmade collection, Sydney Elle Designs. The pink stones are a gorgeous rose quartz (One of Pantone’s colors of the year!), while the elephants are carved from a natural, white howlite stone.  The gold, pewter coin bangle is an exclusive collaboration, and available only through Nola Rae Boutique! It is definitely a necessity for your jewelry collection and goes with everything!





Fringe top & bangle stack are available at Nola Rae Boutique! Also follow along on Instagram for exclusive sales and behind the scenes fun: @NolaRaeBoutique 

Purse: Nine West | Jeans: Refuge


Special Thanks to Nola Rae Boutique for Sponsoring this Post!





5 Steps to Increase Your Sales on Poshmark


So, you want to increase your sales and make more money using Poshmark. The key to this is to appear professional, no matter how long you have been using the app. Here are some tips on how to make your Poshmark closet more appealing to buyers:

1.      Get Organized- You need to know your inventory in order to sell it. Go through and pick out the items you are going to sell. On a piece of paper, write down the name of each item and the details you are going to need for your descriptions (brand, size, colors, etc…). Also, you need to measure each item, and include this information in the description for your buyers. The key here is to anticipate the questions your customers are going to ask about the item. The less questions they have to ask, the more likely they are to just buy it. Having this information written down also helps you make your listings more quickly.
2.     Pictures, Pictures, Pictures- I cannot stress this enough. You do not need a fancy camera to take good pictures, but you do need good, natural lighting. Usually it is best to take them in the morning or at dusk. This will make a world of difference in attracting buyers to your items.
3.     Network! – Follow other Poshers. Share their listings. Repeat. When you interact with others on Poshmark, they will return the favor, and everyone gets more exposure for their closets! Do this as often as possible. The more you interact with others, the more sales you will have!
4.     Customer Service- How you treat people is extremely important. Both on Poshmark, and in real life. Selling on Poshmark is a lot like working in an actual store. Be kind to everyone who comes to your closet. Answer their questions honestly. The key is to communicate with your customers, and they will remember how you treated them! Post more pictures if they need it. Post measurements for them. Just be nice in your answers to their questions, whatever they are.
5.     Promote Your Closet- Engage your social media accounts to promote your Poshmark closet. Make separate accounts if you have to, that are solely for posting your Poshmark items on. Share them on your Facebook page! Search hashtags to find other Poshers on social media. Make friends and share each others’ items! Poshmark has integrated share buttons into the app to make sharing your closet on social media easy for you!


Keep in mind that consistency is key. Engage on the Poshmark app as much as you can! You have to get into the mindset that this is your business, and treat it as such. Take it seriously and you will see results in no time! 

Feel free to leave questions in the comments! You can also reach me on Poshmark: @SydneyElle; and on Twitter/Instagram: @SydneyEllePM

Disclaimer: I do not work for Poshmark, nor is this post affiliated with Poshmark in any way. These are merely my opinions based on personal experience.

Poshmark 101: Shipping Hacks



Between working in retail for 8 years and running my own Etsy shop for 2 years, before I started selling on Poshmark, I have had my fair share of shipping items. I thought it would be helpful to share some shipping strategies that I have picked up over time. These will not only help you when shipping your items from your Poshmark sales, but also come in handy anytime you find yourself needing to ship gifts and packages to others.

USPS

You can pick up free priority mail shipping boxes & envelopes from your local post office, or, in most cases, order boxes from their website to have them shipped right to your front door! Mostly I use these smaller boxes and these flexible envelopes, because the majority of items that I ship are jewelry and smaller items. However, I have used these boxes to ship shoes and larger packages (like bundles).

Dollar Store Supplies

I buy most of the extra items that I use in shipping my Posh packages, from my local dollar store. My favorite thing to buy at the dollar store is tape. They have large rolls of packing tape, as well as decorative tape, and washi tape, all for $1! You can also buy markers, plastic zip bags, and wrapping paper here. (Remember, you want to keep your shipping supply costs low, because these will begin to cut into your profits, if you’re not careful.)

How to Pack Your Posh Package
  • Usually, I wrap each item in tissue paper. The tissue paper helps to protect your item AND it makes your package look pretty.

  • I put every item I ship into a clear, plastic zip bag. (Another reason I like to buy these at the dollar store, is because I can get the large, gallon sized ones without any logos on them.) Remember, the boxes are not water proof, so just putting your item into the box, even if it is wrapped in tissue paper, still poses the risk that something could become wet and damaged in shipment. I also try to put my thank you card in the clear bag to keep it from getting wet.

  • After you get everything packed into your box, make sure you tape the box closed. Do not trust that the adhesive on the shipping box is enough to hold the box closed until it reaches its destination. Also, make sure that your label is taped securely to the box and is not peeling off in anyway.

  • I also highly recommend using boxes to ship hats, jewelry, accessories, and cosmetics. The box will provide a secure barrier around the item and keep it from being squished by other boxes and items during transit.


Other Tips!
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative. Wrap and make your Posh packages pretty for your buyers. I get compliments about my packaging in my reviews, so trust me, they will notice.

  • Save things like tissue paper, packing paper, and bubble wrap from other packages you receive. These things can be easily recycled, and you’ll have more money to spend on Poshmark!

  • If you can’t make it to the post office, you can go online to see if your address qualifies for package pickup by USPS. You just enter in your address and your mail carrier will pick up your packages during their normal route.


I hope these shipping tips will help you get your Posh packages safely to their buyers! Feel free to leave your questions in the comments, or you can find me on Twitter & Instagram: @SydneyEllePM or my Poshmark closet @SydneyElle


Disclaimer: I do not work for Poshmark, nor is this post affiliated with them in any way. 

Review: CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara



I have been using the same CoverGirl compact since highschool, but I have never tried their mascara. That’s why I was thrilled to receive this new Clump Crusher mascara to try out!




When doing my eye makeup, I first apply my eyeliner, then eye shadow, then I put on my mascara. I applied one coat of the Clump Crusher mascara, and let it sit for a minute. Then, I applied a second coat only to my upper, outer lashes. This gives some dimension to your eyelashes and adds volume.

Here is the brush, which has strategically placed bristles to separate your lashes and eliminate clumping.



I often get asked if my eyelashes are real, or not. I have never worn false lashes, and I do not curl my lashes with an eyelash curler. I only wear mascara. Sometimes I use a primer, but I did not do so with Clump Crusher, because I wanted to see how it would look on its own.



I am a firm believer that you can find quality beauty products without spending too much, and I will definitely be buying more of this mascara! It does a great job at adding length and volume to your lashes, without feeling heavy or plastic-like. Also, it washes off easily with my eye makeup remover, without leaving much residue behind.


Thank you to CoverGirl for sending me this great mascara to try out & review!