Monday, September 22, 2008

Interview with LisaMay

Today's interview is with LisaMay, a Polyvore member from Australia with a fabulous sense of style. Her outfits are so edgy and editorial that it's hard to believe she's still in high school. LisaMay's sets are always whimsical and fun, often filled with quirky themes, beautiful models, funny animals, snippets of song lyrics and clever quotes. Her classic look seems to be a beautiful printed skirt paired with chunky Oxfords and a unique belt.

Tell us about yourself.

I live in Adelaide, South Australia and am getting closer and closer to finally finishing high school! I'm a bit of a music buff and love reading and drawing. When I finish school I plan on travelling around the world to soak up some culture and hopefully learn a new language before getting back into study. I've always wanted to go to Norway, so that's my dream.

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

I'm a big lover of skirts! (Polyvore is my dream come true because I get to find so many wonderful skirts, I just wish I could actually find them in stores!). So yeah, I like to pair a great skirt with a cute top and shoes and than accessorise like crazy. I like to mix patterns and colours in unexpected ways. But unfortunately I seem to spend most of my time in my school uniform.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I'm a fan of Gala Darling and always read her blog. When she started using Polyvore in her entries I thought I'd have a go - and was instantly hooked!

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why.

I use Polyvore as a creative outlet. The idea of Polyvore is very simple but it is amazing how many wonderful and creative things people can come up with. I like to make dream outfits, all the things I would love to own if I could! I also love using Polyvore as a way of putting all the beautiful images I find over the internet to use... before finding Polyvore I used to just save all the lovely images in folders on my computer and never really look at them but since using Polyvore I get to see them a lot more!

How much time do you spend on Polyvore per week?

Not enough! If I weren't so busy I would come on much more. I like to come on at least every few days to check out what everyone's been doing and to make new sets, but sometimes I just get swamped.

Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration for your sets? How do you pick a theme? How do you find your items?

I have two different processes depending on what items I've found that I want to use. I love fashion editorials so I will usually have found an image from an editorial that I love and then base my outfit around it. Alternatively, if I found a magical skirt I will find items that go with it and really build around it. Often a theme will just emerge as I'm going or else I'll hear a snippet of words in a song or on the radio and everything will just fall into place. The text and titles of my sets are often very random, usually something I've read or heard that resonated.

What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?

It's really hard to pick my favourite sets, it would probably be easier to pick my least favourite sets but that wouldn't be nearly as fun.

Sometimes I Even Confuse Myself
I just started putting this one together and I really liked how the patterns came together.

Afraid To Say I Told You So
I love how the space just seemed to be filled up in this one without looking cluttered or weird. This is one of my success stories. The name is irrelevent.

Obey My Dog!
I was Googling Komondors (a type of dog) at the time because they're fun to look at. Then I started making a set with the great photo of Siri Tollerod (the model) and it came together. This one is really old but I still love it :)

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Hmm.. I did but before I had a chance to voice them they're appeared :) I love the new, ordered colour search tool and the better tagging options! Polyvore is great :)


Anonymous said...

The link to LisaMay goes to Jasna..

kate said...

I love Polyvore and all, but you can maybe tell me WHY whenever I publish sets it totally shrinks them? It makes them look messier and it drives me crazy! Thanks :]

Y E J said...

i love her styles!!! so original and cute!!! i'm yr big fan, LisaMay!

lovemejessy said...

Keep up the marvelous work you're fantastic!

Ryan said...

LisaMay's sets are one of a kind and super creative! i love them

QueenSheba said...

I have to agree with Y E J, I love your style!

Mrs. Urie said...

Love you, LisaMay! Big fan of your sets, girl!

P.S. said...

i love a lot her style it's so original

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The result: Soft, shinny hair with longer lasting color, fewer split ends and increased elasticity ensuing ultimate manageability...""

The day I received my items to review, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Lisa May. We talked for over an hour! Within that hour or so, I could see how much of her heart she has put into her products. She has been working on them for 6 years, to get it just right! We discussed everything from why they used aluminum bottles, to how best to use the products, and where we both grew up.

The main point we kept coming back to was use a LOT of water. I did not fully understand this until I used the products for the first time.