12th place in the What to Wear to the Beach contest
Tell us about yourself.
Hi, my name is Michelle! I'm twenty one years old and I live in Manitoba, Canada. I'm married and am currently a stay-at-home Mom with two young boys. I would like to someday pursue a career in advertising design and possibly enroll at the International Academy of Design & Technology (Toronto, Canada) in a few years.
Describe your sense of style/fashion.
Well, because I live in a small town it's hard to be fashion forward with out looking "weird". Curses. It's a shame really... I'm every eclectic and love vintage and bohemian pieces. I am addicted to scarves, big earrings and colorful purses. I love fedoras, a good flat and muted colors. You won't see anything florescent in my wardrobe!
How did you discover Polyvore?
I found it when I was looking at different applications on Facebook. It looked really interesting so I thought I'd see what it was about and now I LOVE it! Polyvore is by far my favorite site!
Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why.
I pretty much use Polyvore to relax and have fun. I'm very artistic and I love that this site is another way for me to be creative in a completely different way. It allows me to show my fashion sense without having to cough up the money for the designer items in real life! :D
I love looking at different sets and talking with other users. It's really interesting to see someone else's style and try to figure it out and see what they're all about. Usually I get some new ideas for my own sets or incorporate them somehow into my own personal style. I really like when people comment on my sets as well, it's very flattering when people love your sets and it's always nice to hear good things about your work. Even constructive criticism is welcome, it gives me something to work on and improve on.
How much time do you spend on Polyvore per week?
Haha I don't know if I'm willing to divulge that information. I might embarrass myself...
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?
My process is different every time. Quite often I'll see a really pretty and unique piece (whether it's shoes, a dress or whatever!) and then I'll find other pieces, inspired by that one item, and create a set. Sometimes I'll just choose a color and see what items come up and create something that way. I rarely create a set with a "theme" in mind unless I make a one for a contest or fellow Polyvore user. And usually, it isn't until the set is completely finished that I think of an appropriate title. I love putting song lyrics as titles for my sets because, to me, it's joining two creative elements together; and I'm usually inspired by songs above all else.
What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?
That's almost as bad as asking which of my children I like best! Ummm...there are so many of them it might take awhile trying to decide! We'll see what I can do...
I love this set because it is very soft, flirty, feminine and has an antique feel to it. I love this style and I create quite a few 'antique' and vintage sets. As soon as I saw the bustier I was instantly drawn to it. It was just a coincidence that the skirt almost matched perfectly!
I'm really drawn to this set. I love the old-school-gangster-mafia vibe. I submitted this set in the "In Memory Of YSL" contest. Le Smoking, Baby! Hey, I tried, right?
Sigh. Ok. I did it... this is probably my FAVORITE set. *blushes* I LOVE it! I would wear this in a heart beat! I'm not a big 'color' person so that really appeals to me. I think every piece in this set is fabulous and the sweater is amazing! England is my dream vacation so that also helps too. :D I can just picture myself strutting around London wearing this outfit. Yep, it's by far my favorite!
Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?
Polyvore is fabulous, I love it and the team is doing a great job! I really like that the contests aren't just open to people in the USA anymore. It gives all of us foreigners a chance too! Haha Keep up the good work you guys! Thanks for this site! XO