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Easy Cash for Post Grads

17 Sep

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Struggling for money while looking for your first job? Well you are not alone. Since I have started my journey towards finding a full time job, I’ve also had a chance to compile some ideas to make fast cash while being unemployed. With help from some good friends along the way (god bless you all) here is what I have found successful so far.

SELL OLD STUFF


 Craigslist: My mom sold three dresses from high school dances (Homecoming, Snowcoming, and Prom). It was a lot of trial and error, but the most success came from hacking the price in half and then going just a bit under that price. You won’t get what you paid originally. Dress styles go in and out way too quick nowadays. Make some struggling parents day and sell your gorgeous $400 ball gown at an affordable rate.

Facebook Forums: Some university’s have different selling forums which including anything from furniture to books to clothes. Take nice pictures of what you are selling and be as professional and accessible as possible. College kids are lazy, so the easier the transaction, the better.

Cash for Gold: Any old out-of-date, or broken gold jewelry can be turned in for cash. Try and ask grandma or mom if there are any old pieces they won’t wear again and aren’t interested in keeping. Cash for Gold lets you do the whole transaction online.

Gazelle: Sell your old cell phone for money, as long as your old iPhone or Android was left in good condition. You can check how much money your phone is worth right on the Gazelle website!

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BABYSITTING

Go back to the basics, like when you were in elementary school trying to make money. (Leave the lemonade stands in the past). Reach out to relatives, friends, and especially neighbors to offer your services for babysitting. Even if they don’t need you at the moment, they may know somebody who does.

COIN COLLECTING


After cleaning out my old room, I found an ancient Winnie the Pooh piggy bank that was absolutely stacked with old coins I had collected over the years. I am currently in the process of wrapping them all up and turning them into the bank for cash. You can also do CoinStar, but the machine will charge you a significant service fee.

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PLATO’S CLOSET


One of the easiest ways I’ve made cash is collecting clothes and accessories to sell at Plato’s Closet. This is a good option for lightly worn, name brand clothes/accessories you have purchased to get a second chance with somebody else. You will end up giving them away to Good Will after 5 years of sitting in your closet anyways, put a little effort in and you could come out with some cash. I’ve made up to $40 using Plato’s.

 

FREELANCE WORK


A good amount of my friends and I have also found success in offering freelance work in our fields. One of my friends picked up a quick job using his journalism skills to film a small town documentary. Another has had success creates websites on the side for small companies. I have personally picked up choreography jobs with different dance studios in my area. Give it a shot and reach out to local small businesses who can’t necessarily afford the big time companies.

 

HUSTLE


Try a trip to the casino, invest in some scratch off cards, buy the 6.4 billion power ball ticket for $1, or visit a local pool hall like my dad did when he was in his 20’s. (He was sort of a pool shark growing up). Some people are just lucky, you know who I am talking about, and gosh do we hate them for it. A little gambling is fine, just as long as you always take my mother’s advice…and DON’T LOSE.

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Those are the quick money makers I’ve found successful so far. Shout out to my friends who gave me their input or inspiration. Do you have any good ideas for making quick money? Feel free to share below!

 

Till next time,

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The Brunette Abroad: Hangin’ Loose in Hawaii

13 Mar

Aloha Readers!

Now that my last college spring break is over, I wanted to take the time to reflect on my final experience abroad last summer. On our flight back from Australia, we decided to take a seven day pit stop in Hawaii. My mind is especially wandering to the beautiful white sand beaches while I am stuck in the stormy, snowy weather of the Midwest.

Our extensive amount of luggage was a comical sight to see. After 3 months living out of a suitcase in Australia, we were forced to lug all of this crap to our hostel. The cab driver was not very happy with us.

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We stayed in a hostel in Honolulu, Hawaii right off the coast of Waikiki Beach. Our group of five girls stayed in a room with various visitors from Norway, China, Germany and of course, the US. The second we got settled into our rooms, we headed right to the beach to catch up on our tans. It seemed like a good idea at the time…

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Afterwards we came inside from a long day of relaxation to major sun burns… YIKES. Let me just add we wore SPF 30 and still woke up the next day fried to a crisp.

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Our second day started out with a heavy dose of SPF 90 along with cotton t-shirts in order to hike Diamond Head National Park. Old volcano’s and ancient WWII bunkers kept us preoccupied until we reached the top. We caught a breathtaking sight of Honolulu making the sweltering hike 100% worth it..

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as well as goofing off with some other great sights along the way…

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Our next big adventure consisted of a night out with our hostel roommates, who happened to be from California. We decided to pub crawl 5 different bars downtown and it was a total blast! We spent the night meeting a ton of new friends from all over the world and dancing the night away. I am happy to call those roomies my friends still to this day! 🙂

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The next day was followed with a very special visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Site. My friend Cortney and I woke up early in order to pay our respects to all of the brave soldiers who gave their lives fighting for our freedom during WWII almost 72 years ago. I have to admit I cried like a baby after taking the charter out to the USS Arizona Memorial placed above one of the sunken battleships. The whole experience was mind-blowing and something I will never forget. It served as a great reminder of how proud I am to be American…

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To conclude our incredible stopover on the island of Oahu, we decided to attend a traditional Luau at Germiane’s. The crew got all dressed up for a night of hawaiian food and entertainment. Each of us was adorned with a beautiful shell lei upon our arrival and handed our drink tickets for the night. We enjoyed an extensive buffet of all you can eat Hawaiian foods including roast pig, pineapple, pu pu, coconut cake and much more. Once we settled back to our seats after piling on our plates with heaps of authentic foods, we watched a show full of impressive polynesian dancing. Each dance was from a different Pacific Island including Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Samoa. We witnessed everything from traditional hula and fire dancing to combat dances with sticks. It was one of the coolest performances I have ever seen!

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The Hawaiian Islands are exactly what the media cracks them up to be. I’ve never seen a more naturally stunning environment like the beaches of Oahu. Most of the locals were friendly and absolutely glow with the passion they contain for their homeland. I would recommend visiting Hawaii to each and everyone of my friends, as it’s so full of beauty, serenity, excitement and relaxation.

This post concludes the last of my study abroad installment to my blog. Be sure to check out the rest of my posts featuring my experiences interning in Australia and feel free to post any comments/questions if you are curious about traveling abroad!

Mahalo,

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The Brunette Abroad: Crazy in Cairns, Australia!

27 Sep

After getting home a little over a month ago, I took a break to spend time with my family and friends, and get settled back into college at MSU. Now that I am back in the good ole’ US of A, I am thrilled to share the rest of my amazing summer with you guys!

This post is about my trip to Cairns, Australia. Cairns is considered the tropical region of Australia which is located near one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World, The Great Barrier Reef! After a good month of the cold and rain in Sydney, it’s safe to say we were ready for a mini vacation away from our internships to enjoy the 80 degree weather and amazing sights Cairns has to offer.

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We took off around 6 AM Friday to arrive in Cairns that afternoon. After arriving at easily one of the most fun hostels I have ever been to, Gilligans, we started to explore the area a bit. Cairns doesn’t actually have a functional beach because of all the swamp that surrounds it, so the city created a big “water hole” in the center to serve it’s residents and visitors. We made sure to check out the famous steel fish sculptures and pools the first day!

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That night us 4 girls went on a big pub crawl. We attended about 4 different bars surrounding the area, including SugarHut, PJ’s, Wool Shed, and Gilligans. There were easily over 100 people and we met amazing new friends, and had a blast dancing the night away. To my dismay, I did not sleep much that night and we had The Great Barrier Reef planned for early the next morning (yikes).

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Saturday morning on the reef was an experience to say in the least. I ended up a bit sea sick on the way out. Word of advice: ALWAYS take your ginger tablets! We had a day full of snorkeling, lunch on the boat, and great company. Unfortunately, my attempt to learn to dive 10 minutes beforehand didn’t go so well, but I still got a great view of 2 beautiful angelfish that swam right up to me in the middle of my unsuccessful dive training. After that I told myself one day I will go back and do it right. That means a full weekends worth of dive training, and then dive in the Great Barrier Reef more prepared.

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Sunday proved to be one of the best days of my entire summer. My good friend Cortney and I took a full day trip exploring the rainforests of Cairns. We got to experience some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen! We got to slide down a natural water slide in the middle of the forest, check out the world’s biggest fig tree, swim in the famous Millaa Millaa Falls (Herbal Essences Commercial ring any bells?), scout for platapi, swim in natural water holes, and relax in one of the Australia’s biggest crater lakes. My words can’t do this experience justice: so here are some pictures to give you a better idea of the beauty that is Australia…

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One heck of a weekend right? I was pretty upset to say goodbye to all the fun we had, but no where near as upset as when I found out I missed my flight back to Sydney!!! Cortney and I were stuck in the Cairns airport for 6 HOURS until we could catch another flight out, and boy was that a costly mistake! Lesson here kids: always be prepared, and check your itinerary regardless if you are “positive you leave at 12pm when the flight was really 10am”.

For more info on my experiences abroad in Australia, check out my posts for The Education Abroad Network!

Cheers,

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Summer 2013 Moroccan Inspired Photoshoot

9 Jul

While traveling to the Gold Coast this past weekend I stumbled upon this photoshoot in my Glamour, June 2013 magazine. How stunning are the colors and theme? Makes me want to fly to Thailand and ride the elephants in a bikini (okay maybe not a bikini), but definitely a swingy skirt and crop top 😉

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Credit: Behati Prinsloo by Bruce Weber for Glamour US June 2013

I especially love all the mix of print and bright colors for summer. Comfy fabrics with a loose fit is perfect for the beach. Just add a layer of dainty gold necklaces, or thick leather beaded bracelets with sea salt sprayed waves for the ultimate bohemian look!

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The Brunette Abroad: Inspiration Nation

4 Jul

The Brunette Abroad: Inspiration Nation

Nothing scared me more than living abroad on my own for 3 months on the other side the world. Now that I am here, I can’t imagine my life without this experience.

A whole new part of living has been revealed to me, and I can’t get enough!

Internship Abroad in Australia

25 Apr

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WOW, what a crazy month I have had! Between putting on a collegiate dance recital, preparing for my summer abroad, and trying to keep up with classes and work, I have finally got a chance to share some exciting news. I have officially accepted an internship in Sydney, Australia with a privately owned retail fashion business, Pretty Girl Fashion Group.

ImagePGFG operates over 400 retail fashion outlets and owns four ladies fashion brands; Rockmans, BeMe, W. Lane, and Table Eight. Rockmans is a trendy line with the latest looks, BeMe is a plus size line offering the latest fashion, W. Lane is a basics and essentials line, and Table Eight is a work wear and suiting line. PGFG specializes in affordable wear for their customers. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work within their corporate office to gain more experience in fashion public relations.

I leave for Australia in exactly 20 days. My internship is scheduled for 12 weeks, Monday-FridayImage with full work days. I will be staying with a host family throughout my entire stay, which should prove to be very interesting. It is my hope to travel throughout Australia as much as I can as well as visit New Zealand and possibly Thailand. We fly back in mid August and stop in Hawaii for a one week vacation!

I’m allowed two bags to check for three months, so you can imagine my distress. I am suppose to work a fashion internship with Imagelimited clothing options to pack! So from here on out I am trying to plan accordingly and stock up on all my products to take over with me. It will be winter when I arrive in Australia (still about 60 degrees) so I am pretty clueless as to what sort of clothes to pack, especially color wise. I’m craving to wear all my U.S. summer clothes and colors but I do not think that will be an option for me. Sounds like lots of layering will be involved, which I do not hate, it just requires a lot more stuff to pack (hello vacuum sealed bags).

I am beyond excited for such a wonderful opportunity. This is all a new experience for me, so if anyone has helpful tips for traveling I would really appreciate the insight.

G’day Mate!

Rachel

Fashion PR Through Photos

12 Mar

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What are the images on your social media platforms saying about your company? Each of your readers are going to have a different learning preferences. Some find content more appealing with audio, some with video, and some with interactive links. However if you are like me, you enjoy content with plenty of eye appealing pictures.

fblogThe way you use a photo has influence over who engages it. Maybe you want to reference a big story in the news by using a powerful image, or perhaps you want to make your followers laugh with a funny meme. Intially you want your audience to follow through to the content that belongs to you. By taking your own photos, followers will get to know your image both professionally and personally. In comparison to popular belief, you don’t need to hire a photographer to make your company and products look engaging!

Instagram is a great app for visually representing your business. You can fblog2upload images straight from your cell phone and edit, crop, and revamp the coloring to fit your fancy. By following other users and companies, you have access to all of their images to like and comment as you please. Instagram can be used for a lot of “behind the scenes” shots and fun images that represent yourself as well as your products. LuLuLemon, American Eagle, and Esther Boutique are wonderful examples of successful Instagram profiles that do a great job of marketing their brand. Use hashtags (targeting words) to more successfully reach your audience.

If you are marketing an event, snap a collage of photos using the Pic Stitch app. Pic Stitch lets you add multiple photos in one image, along with editing options. Think about photographing intimiate details of the event, such as theme decor or a staple event piece. Include images of people dressed up, like celebrities or important investors. Lastly include a behind the scenes picture that only your followers have access to. It will make them feel more involved in the event, and it gives them an initiative to stay connected to your company.

blog 04If you are marketing a product or service, think of new ways of getting your audience involved. This past summer, Victoria Secret had girls tag their bikini’s on Instagram with the hashtag #VSteenybikini showing off their bikini in various settings other than on themselves. BikiniBird hosts Instagram contests giving away clothing items just for “regramming” a picture of that particular clothing in a new and creative way and sharing it with a hashtag. This way you are reaching more people, keeping your followers active, and still marketing your product!

Most importantly, be creative! Show images that represent your brand with pride and personality. You want these photos to say everything about your business without having to say a word. Be sure to share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. You will want to link your website to the photos so your followers know where to get more information.

I hope this insight gives you a better idea of how to really show off what you have to offer in the fashion business.

Good luck, get creative, and snap away!

Rachel, x0x

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