Monday, September 4, 2017

the palace of fine arts ft. @sylviaarabia

model's insta: @syliaarabia

  This summer I devoted at least half of it to my online shop and the other half to my photography. And the last four days I went to NYC to relax before work. I haven't had much time to do much of anything lately, though, but I need to go back to planning my week. It ran so much smoothly when I had a list of items I needed to complete throughout the day. 

One place where I post at least once daily is my instagram. If you'd like to see more portraits, you can check my photography instagram: instantdork.jpg


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

#instantdorkoriginal : Sutra Bathhouse Ruins

I'm pretty happy with myself. I went to an Instagram meet by myself yesterday. My partner in crime lately left to SoCal and I didn't want to miss out so I decided to go and I am so glad I did. I reconnected with three photographers I met last Saturday and met even more amazing photographers. It's amazing what surrounding yourself with people who can understand your craft or passionate hobbies can do to your work. I met models, and more photographers that I've admired their work for a while and It's pretty awesome! It pushes my limits and makes me want to get better. 

So, here's my second attempt at long exposure twinkling lights. 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#instantdorkoriginal: graffiti alleyway

  Another instameet! I was excited to hear that BoskOak had a photography walk going on in the city and decided to go. I'm glad I did too, since I met quite a few awesome people. Here's just two shots I got that day since I accidentally deleted my stuff and had to retrieve it and now, they're in a different format. Sigh. Anyway, I hope to bring out more content, even if it's old for me, I need new eyes to see it.


Monday, July 24, 2017

new in the shop : 07/ 24/17

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  The summer feels like it's coming to a close and winter will be soon upon us and with that, dinner parties of all sorts! I've been picking amazing items that can be used around the office. And as always, I have linked the items above. 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

shadows of the day

  It was a very sobering day for me on Thursday. I learnt that Chester Bennington, the lead singer for Linkin Park committed suicide.

  My mind was abuzz with feelings, new and old, with song lyrics, with a kind of hurt that was unexpected.  When I was grieving my mom, I dissected the lyrics in most of their songs and I felt connected to them. Chester's voice helped me develop and overcome my emotions and to know that he committed suicide makes me so very sad.

  I guess, I just want to say that, ceasing to exist may seem very alluring. Being away from your hurt, your emotions that seem to be jumbled up may keep the pain away... or shutting out all the hurt and never having to hurt again seem like the best idea.  But someone will always hurt when you're gone. Someone out there can relate to you in one way or another. You aren't alone. And so I implore anyone who has those thoughts to seek help. You aren't the only one who's felt helpless before. We are human, not almighty.

For all those who need it, here's the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255



Friday, July 21, 2017

instameet #baycitymeet

  This summer I have done a little bit more photo editing than I usually do and my photos have gone from good to great. I made a  new instagram to showcase them as well, just click to check it out @instantdork.jpg


Monday, June 26, 2017

new in the shop : 06/26/17

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  Summer is upon us and so are pretty things! This week I will be posting all my items on Postmark and then eBay. I will be reducing prices, accepting offers and shipping daily. I'm ready for this full time re-selling gig. Bring it on! Btw, find me on Postmark under: instantdorkshop. I hope you all love the new and pretty items I'll be posting. 


Saturday, June 24, 2017

keep in it clutch

  Postmark brings many women from all types of walks of the world and on of those fabulous women is Elizabeth. She's the amazing woman behind keepinitclutch. I met her when I went to PoshFest and she was so very welcoming to me and introduced me to her handmade items. I bought two items that day and even if I only see her 2-3 days a year, I've come to really admire her drive as a wife, mother and entrepreneur. She's just amazing and her items are a representation of that. Check out her instagram for more: @keepinitclutch


Friday, June 23, 2017

sponsored: mahabis

  One thing that I love in my every day to day life is comfort. I love the glitz and glam just as much as the next girl, but I'm happy with comfortable shoes and a loose tee. So when contacted me to try out their shoes, I was so in. I got the Sala Stone color because these are just too awesome to leave  behind. Best of all? These babies come with an attachable sole so you can wear them outside.
Oh, and one more thing? All my followers get 15% off their order with their order when you use code  IGXinsta86.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

#instantdorkoriginal : rediscovering San Francisco

  I love to take photos, and one thing I always find myself saying is, "I need to go out more". Honestly, I don't go out as much as people think I do. But when I'm out, I'm out for a while. Recently, I went out with my best friend Brian. We went to Sutro Baths and Slacker Hill. We had to cut our adventure short since I wasn't feeling well, but it was such a great time. My friend Brian is also a photographer, you can check out his work here.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

#instantdorkat (insert location here)

Growing up traveling wasn't really a thing I'd ever do. My mom once told me that she went to Machu Picchu once and to Puerto Vallarta, but she never did much traveling. My dad went to Acapulco and other parts since he worked for Coca Cola in Mexico. Once I turned 21, I started analyzing my life. I hadn't done anything. I dropped out of college, I worked 40 to almost 50 hours a week and just spent time with my family. I wasn't happy with my life at all. 

My friend Rosario had moved away from home at 20. She moved from one end of the country to the other. She worked at Disney World and she was learning to be independent. I always dreamed of traveling, I wanted to escape my own reality and immerse myself somewhere else. 

  When I turned 21, I was dead tired. I felt like all I was doing was working and working and going no where fast. I was promoted to Supervisor and that just meant more hours at work and no weekends off. I started going out with my friends more often. Rosario had moved back to California and we were reacquainting ourselves to each other. 

One place that is always made magical in movies is New York City. I planned a trip, but the plans and my budgeting failed me. So the next year, my plans were to go to New York City with my younger sister and one night after scouting for the cheapest flight, I bought our tickets. It was such an amazing moment. Me, Susy, the girl who had only gone to Mexico once was going to New York! That was the first vacation I took and funded all by myself. 

  I stayed in a loft half of my stay in NYC, I also walked all the bridges. I ate pizza, I sat in Times Square, I went to the library, I walked down 5th Avenue. I saw the iconic plaza, ate a nasty hot dog, I got lost, marveled at the giant Empire State building, saw Lady Liberty, rode in a subway and died with the heat. It was magical. It was dirty. It made me long to come back. It made me appreciate home.

  In these past 4 years since my trip to NYC, I’ve made it a mission to go someplace I’ve never been to, at least once a year. Even if it is in my own state. Small same day adventures, I decided, would count. Since then, I’ve gone to Seattle, Los Angeles a couple of times, Pismo Beach, South Lake Tahoe, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Yosemite, Santa Cruz, Napa, and many new places that I have discovered or rediscovered in San Francisco and Oakland. 

I am not completely done with my reevaluation of my life but I am much happier with it.


Friday, April 21, 2017

#instantdorkoriginal : Daquan

  Working at a high school has brought me many things, and one of those things are great co-workers. Daquan is a recent alumni from the HS I work in and has become a great friend and adventure buddy. You can find his work on instagram or his blog. I'll link them below. Be sure to go out and explore when the weather turns for the better!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

new in the shop : 4/20/17

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  Lately, my focus has been selling on either eBay and on Postmark. I recently got a store subscription on eBay and Postmark is still going strong. I've linked the items featured above. If you'd prefer to buy them in eBay, shoot me a comment bellow and I'll go ahead and give you a link to my eBay store. I hope everyone enjoys their Thursday!


Update : all items are sold.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

new in the shop : 03/01/17

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  This month has started in a good note. I sold an item and I'm happy even if it wasn't a big sale. I'm going to Disneyland and I plan on doing a sale again, so don't hesitate! I love negotiating and striking a deal. New items are being posted daily this week, so make sure you follow my shop Instagram to get the scoop.


instagram : @instantdork_theshop

Update : all items are sold.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Closet Clear Out : the scoop

This weekend was fantastic!

  Every quarter or so, Poshmark has such a thing called Closet Clear Out and once you reduce your price by 10% or more, the people who liked the item will be notified and get reduced shipping for an hour. 

  This President's Day weekend was amazing for me sales wise and here's the result of dropping prices and accepting offers. Since I'm going to vacation next month, I'm trying to save as much money as I can so I won't be tight while enjoying myself. My flight and stay was paid with money that I've saved up from selling and it feels so good to do something I love and see it take me somewhere, literally.

  Here are a few tips on getting some sales and selling :

  • Lowball offers: Always counter. Yes, the offers are unrealistic sometimes, but just close the app, take a deep breath and remember, it's business not personal.
  • Advertise: use social media to put you and your items out there! Make yourself known and get that money.
  • Relist: If your item is already to your lowest price, relist it high and drop it low.
  • Bundles: They sell! I sold 2 bundles and they were awesome.
  • Strategic price drops: price drop at a time when you know people are on the app. For this, you have to know your followers and your closet peak times. 

  That's all I have for now. Did anyone else have a great CCO? If you have any other tips, let me know! I'd love to try new things to get more exposure.

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