Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Costume Contest Winners

Congratulations to dittanyaa, daydreamed, and elizabeth says relax, the winners of our Halloween Costume contest!

1st place: Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

little miss 'fierce' wednesday and the devil inside her by dittanyaa

2nd place: Miss Scarlet from Clue / Cluedo

Miss Scarlet by daydreamed

3rd place: Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz

The Tin Woodsman. by elizabeth says relax.


If you still haven't gotten your costume yet, check out our Halloween costume blog posts or try browsing through contest entries:

See more entries on Polyvore

Have a fun and happy Halloween!

What To Wear With A Patterned Scarf

This post is by guest blogger Bryn Taylor from SheFinds. SheFinds studies the trends and surfs the web for the best items and online shopping deals for the busy working woman. (Please note that this post appeared on SheFinds first)

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Twill Plaid Scarf, $20

It may seem like an easy accessory to throw on before heading out into the brisk (almost) November air, but many of our readers struggle with how exactly to build an outfit around a scarf - particularly a patterned one.


What to Wear with: a patterned scarf by btaylor

If your scarf is brightly colored, like the plaid above, it should become the focal point of your look. This means the rest of your outfit should be a combo of neutral blacks, whites, and greys. Layering is also a good option when wearing a scarf as this will create that cozy, casual aesthetic. Start with a basic white tee, add a grey cardigan, and top with a crisp black double-breasted blazer. On the bottom, opt for black or indigo slim jeans (or leggings if you have the body for it) and a pair of your favorite black boots. Keep jewelry to a minimum with a modern watch, and finish off with a slouchy, distressed leather bag.

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Ingrid Sweater Cardigan, $22.80

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V-Neck Tee, $10.50

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Crest Embroidered Blazer, $680

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J Brand Cigarette Jeans, $158

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Darbey Boots, $300

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Bracelet Style Watch, $200

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Sabina Convertible Leather Bag, $245

You can also view this set on Polyvore where we welcome all of our readers to join the SheFinds Group and create your own sets, letting us know how you'd wear a patterned scarf this fall.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Costume Idea #19: Fairies

Our last Halloween costume suggestion is a fairy. Be a spirit of the air and flaunt your wings!


We hope your Halloween costume is all ready to go! We'll be announcing the winners of the Halloween Costume contest tomorrow, so be sure to check back!

Fall Trends Contest Mini-Series

We've heard a lot of you ask for shorter contests, so we've pulled together a mini-series of contests around popular Fall trends! Each contest will run for 3 days and Polyvore members will be asked to create a set around a specific trend. Winners will be featured on the Polyvore homepage and blog.

Our first contest is Mad About Plaid and is ready for your submissions! Happy styling!

Corduroy

An alternative to denim this fall is corduroy! Corduroy pants and skirts are always a great option when you want the comfort and neutrality of denim, but want to expand your color palette. For daytime casual wear, you can opt for lightweight corduroys similar to a pair of cotton trousers. In the evening, you can pick a richer corduroy that resembles velvet and has a more structured feel. Jackets, dresses and hats are also a great way to incorporate corduroy into your wardrobe.

Interview with Zacarata

Today's interview is with Zacarata, at 28 year old law student and one of Polyvore's most talented artists. Zacarata's sets are instantly recognizable because they have a unique "mosaic" style -- lots of tiny squares all layered on top of each other, but blended perfectly to create a beautiful picture.



The House of the Rising Sun by Zacarata


Cradle of Filth by Zacarata


The Minute Of Decay by Zacarata


Sin City by Zacarata


Tell us about yourself.

My name is Jelena and I am 28 years old. I'm just finishing law studies at the University of Belgrade. Currently I work for advertising company and my job is very related to graphic design.

Besides drawing and painting, I love to stay up late at night, listen to music, watch horror movies or read poetry, as well as books with social, existential themes, and comics (my favorite is Dylan Dog). I also collect strange, funny things, especially toys. I would love to have a large collection of old optical toys like zoetropes, thamatropes, kaleidoscopes, and flip books.

I live in Sremska Mitrovica, a city located in the Vojvodina, a province of Serbia. The town is better known as Sirmium, its Latin name. Sirmium was one of the oldest cities in Europe. Many Roman Emperors were born in or near this city and it has a very interesting history,you should check it out!

But my sets probably speak more about me than my words!

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

I am not afraid to be different and love to experiment with different styles. I don't follow trends and always try to be myself. What I wear definitely depends on how I feel. I equally like elegant high heels and All Stars sneakers. Most of my wardrobe is black, my favorite color. I am addicted to purses and hats. I have them in all different shapes, colors, sizes, etc. And I love make-up!

My favorite fashion quote is: "Smiling makes anything you are wearing look better!"

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore through the Polyvore Facebook application.

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

For me, Polyvore is place where I meet new people and express myself & my feelings. I try to make sets that provoke emotions similar to those I felt during the creation of the set. A lot of people from other parts of the world leave me messages and comments to let me know that when they look at my sets they share those emotions with me. It is hard to explain how I feel at those moments -- very excited, very pleased .That's why I'm here!

How much time do you spend on Polyvore per week?

Usually 4-5 hours per day, sometimes more, sometimes less. It depends on how inspired I am. When I study for my exams, I still login every day, but just to check out what's new and hot on Polyvore.

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?

The whole process starts with browsing items. When I find an item I like, I try to imagine how the set should look. Usually it takes days to find other matching items which will suit the first item the best. I look at colors and shapes. I'm overwhelmed with happiness when I find two, three, or more items that are a perfect match and in that moment the set is complete. After that everything falls easily into place.

The biggest challenge is to complete my sets from items that have already been clipped by other people. That's why I try not to use clipper very often. The most beautiful items are often found by accident when I'm not looking for them, like while I'm looking at other sites and sets.

My sets are a reflection of my feelings. Anything that can get emotions out of me inspires me. Most often that is music, people, situations, my memories, or a good book.

I usually choose themes that occupy my everyday life. My sets reflect on loneliness, nostalgia, memories, vices, etc. They represent faraway places, memories from childhood, some of them are mystical, dynamic, some dramatic...Every one is a story for itself.

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

I'm very self-critical. I used to delete sets if I thought they weren't perfect, even if they had positive feedback from others. Of the 150-200 sets that I've created, on my profile you can see roughly 80. Here are the 3 sets that I'm most proud of.

DANDELION - This set is very soft and cheerful and brings happy emotions, as opposed to my other sets, which are usually more melancholy.

Dandelion by Zacarata


RES NULLIUS - It's a place from my dreams. I like the atmosphere of this set.

Res Nullius by Zacarata


CHILDHOOD MEMORIES - In this set I perfectly arranged different items, as if they were always one ensemble.

Childhood Memories by Zacarata


Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Considering my competitive spirit only thing I'm missing are contests that include more artistic sets!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Costume Idea #18: Army

This Halloween costume suggestion tells you to "Be All You Can Be!" Get in fatigue with these green and brown army-inspired costumes.

Tortoise Shell

If leopard is too dramatic of an animal print for you, tortoise is a nice twist to the usual brown shades you might find on your clothes and accessories. It's so neutral that it looks good on everyone and with almost everything! Tortoise is perfect for accessories like sunglasses, jewelry, and has even been popping up on heels to compliment solid colored shoes. Try breaking out of your shell and work tortoise into your look.

La Garçonne Looks Contest Winners

Here are the three winning sets for the La Garçonne Looks contest. Winners will receive a scented candle featured on the La Garçonne site by LA COMPAGNIE DE PROVENCE MAREILLE.

Thanks to everyone who entered and congrats to the winners!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Costume Idea #17: Gypsy

We're certain you already have the key pieces to a great Gypsy costume in your closet. Long, flowy skirts in vibrant colors, sandals, scarves, and lots of bangles and rings will perfect your costume! For more tips on how to create the look of a Gypsy, check out eHow.com.

Gilt Girl Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 3 lucky winners who will be shopping away on $150 sprees with the Gilt Groupe! Winning sets will also be featured on the Gilt Groupe blog.



All Polyvore members are still invited to join Gilt Groupe, which provides its members access to Men's, Women's and Children's coveted fashion and luxury brands at prices up to 70% off retail. Each sale lasts 36 hours and features hand selected styles from a single designer. To join click here.