Monthly Archives: July 2016

Fitness & Fashion Beauty Secret for all sizes

Regardless of your size and shape, if you are fit you will feel as beautiful as the clothing you purchase.  That’s the simple secret!  Once a hater of fitness, I now am a believer in fitness.  Why a fitness hater? TIME!!!!!!  THERE ARE JUST NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY!  I work my eBay fashion business full time plus I sell grave markers part time!  Crazy combo but two fields I am very passionate about!  You would think working in the death care industry would motivate but……I could come up with every excuse in the world not to work out. Then something happened.  Read more to find out!


I was introduced to a treadmill!  More like I was dragged into the gym and pushed onto a treadmill.  So with my bad attitude, smart phone and ear buds in hand, I started walking.  I dialed into a downloaded book and was instantly hooked!  While I listened to my book I noticed the heart rate and miles.  Wow!  After 20 minuets my workout was over and I was already planning when I should come back!  The best part was I FELT GREAT!  This feeling lasted all day and all night.  The next morning was even better.  I put on my outfit for the day and I felt as beautiful as the clothing I was wearing!  That’s when I realized that fashion and fitness should go hand in hand!

Now please know that I am a true believer that we are all made to be our own shape and size.  Some are meant to be thin and others are meant to be curvy.   Both shapes are BEAUTIFUL.  Regardless of your shape you need fitness in your life. Fitness shapes our mind, our soul and simply can make you feel beautiful!  I have never been one to feel beautiful.  But I have to say now that I have been at this treadmill I feel beautiful inside and out. Sounds silly I know, but true.  I am now committed to scheduling 45 min, 5 days a week into my day to make a trip to the gym and find that glorious treadmill.


Fashion and fitness

My goal is not to shed pounds but to tone and gain endurance.  I am what they call “skinny fat”.  My goal is not to huff and puff going up and down steps.  My goal is to tone up some of those areas that have seemed to “go south”.

Your goal may be different.  If you are trying to loose weight I recommend seeing a doctor first and getting the green light to start your fitness program.  Remember, I also work in the death care industry so it’s better to be safe than sorry!

If you are going to see a doctor DO NOT PUT IT OFF!  If you have read this article and think “yes I am going to feel as beautiful as the clothing I wear” then make an appointment TODAY to see your doctor.  DO NOT PUT THIS OFF!  The saddest monuments I design are for  those who never got a chance to live a full life.



If a treadmill is not your thing pick another type of work out.  There are so many forms of exercise out there just pick one!  Google working out to get more ideas.

  • Yoga
  • Jumping Rope
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Biking

eating well


Now that I am getting fit I am making better choices as to what I eat.  I still eat anything I want but in moderation.  I am a big believer in not depriving yourself.  But I also believe in selecting a variety foods and not over doing any one kind of food.

eBay store


Remember how I said that fitness can make you feel as beautiful as the clothing you wear? Once you start meeting your fitness goals treat yourself to a new outfit each week.  If you don’t meet your goal then NO outfit.  You may think that can get pricey but it’s really not! Get on eBay or go to your local consignment store and find some high end brands at low end prices!  For example, I sell many tops in my eBay store for $4-$15 on average.  I think a name brand shirt and pants for a total of $8 – $20 a week would be a great instinctive to get in shape!

Check out my eBay Clothing Store

Over 800 like new or new clothing and more in our store!

blousenew skirtwestboundtalbots shoes


I hope that I have encouraged you that regardless of your size and shape, if you are fit you will feel as beautiful as the clothing you purchase.  So get committed today and feel fit and beautiful!


shoe tips

Shoes tips and care for a beautiful shoe collection!

I just purchased two pairs of shoes from my store Designer Name Brand Goods! After I modeled my “new to me shoes” for my family, I got down to business.  Shoe Business that involves 3 shoe tips and care that lead to a beautiful shoe collection !

SHOE BUSINESS  Donald J Pliner red boots (6) (640x428)

I know….shoe business sounds like such a funny statement.  Shoe business involves 3 steps for me that lead to a beautiful shoe collection!

  1. In & out rule
  2. Longevity
  3. Home


The in and out rule is a very simple rule that I follow for any new items that enter my closet. Simply, when a new item comes in an old item must come out.  Take a look at the photos below.  The first photo shows the shoes I brought in yesterday and the second photo shows the shoes that went out.

I give myself 3 options for the items that go out.

  • Donate to charity
  • Give to a friend
  • Consign

If you consign make sure you find a store that rotates their stock and offers a great split. For example Gerri’s Closet is a brick and mortar store located in Green, Ohio that offers a 50/50 split and keeps the item for 90 days.  That means Gerri is rotating her stock and giving her loyal customers a reason to come back.  A store that has stale items is just no fun to shop in!


I don’t know about you but I am on a shoe budget.  That means I have to take very good care of my shoes to make them last.  When I bring in a new pair of shoes I like to apply a leather conditioner or protective spray for fabric shoes.  The leather condition, Lexol is magical!  It can turn dull leather into a new pair of shoes!  The protective spray by Journeys is just as magical!  This spay reminds me of waxing a car.  Water just beads up on the shoe like a good wax job on a car!

lexol shoe conditioner


After I protect my shoes my next step is to secure a good home for my shoes. I rearrange my shoes on shoe racks on the floor of my closet.  Each shoe has a spot.  Shoes are not stacked upon each other.  They have room to breath and do not run the risk of getting scratched or crushed!  If you have the room you can store shoes in clear shoe boxes or recycle old furniture to hold shoes.  Tip…let those shoes air  out a day after wearing before you box them away!

Now that you have 3 shoe tips and care that lead to a beautiful shoe collection the only thing left to do is go to eBay and shop for some shoes!   Or if you are itching for some fresh air go to your local consignment store!

SHOP FOR SHOES @ Designer Name Brand Goods

Live close to Green, Ohio?

Check out brick & mortar family owned Gerri’s Closet




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