Monday, August 10, 2009

Interview with Sanooy

Today's interview is with Sanooy. For almost a year now, her elegant creations having been gracing the pages of Polyvore. Images are often a focal point of Sanooy's sets which helps to create themes. She also moderates the Bahrain group on Polyvore, which is open to everyone!

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Sana, but friends and family call me Sanooy. I am a young mother of a fabulous 3 year old boy. I live in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which is a small island in the Arabian Gulf. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Literature and studied the French language in France. My hobbies include anything that involves designing and crafts, so discovering Polyvore felt like a dream come true!

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

I believe that what you wear says a lot about who you are. I take pride in being able to pick outfits for others based on their age, personality and style. For example, I'd help my mother shop for clothes as well as my niece. And they both love the pieces I pick for them.

I like following fashion trends, yet playing it safe. When it comes to me, appearance comes before comfort (Yes, heels!) I love investment pieces like diamond stud earrings. They are always flattering and fit for every occasion, also, they are considered an investment if you have them certified! I love designer brands, but I'd wear anything I like, regardless of its brand or price tag, as long as it reflects my style and personality, even if it's a t-shirt I bought from a street vendor.

Most of the time, my personal style can be described as smart casual. I basically live in jeans! But when it comes to special events, I just love dressing up!!

Are there any particular fashion trends that you've been seeing people wear in Bahrain right now?

People in Bahrain are more aware of fashion trends than ever. Sometimes they wear them as is, or twist them to fit our conservative culture and beliefs. For example, a trendy mini skirt is rarely worn in public. Also, we are very proud of our traditional black cloak, known as an “Abaya,” and worn with a black head scarf or veil. Abaya designers always try to apply current fashion trends to the traditional Abaya such as pleats, lace, or whatever currently in.

A very popular makeup trend right now is the cat-eye style of eyeliner!

How did you discover Polyvore?

I was searching the internet for stores that ship to Bahrain when I found it!
Got addicted immediately!

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do
you like about Polyvore?

As I said, Polyvore is like a dream come true! It helps me shop for the latest fashion trends and mix and match the pieces to create the perfect outfit in a set before wearing it in real life. It also introduced to me online stores I had never heard of.

I love that I get to experiment with fashion and art at the same time. It is such a great way to unleash my creativity. The huge variety of items is really impressive, plus, the ability to clip items that are not available or can’t be found just makes it perfect!

I am so grateful for Polyvore for all the new friends I made from all over the world! It is amazing to be in touch with people from different countries and culture who share the same interests. The whole experience is wonderful. Polyvore, I LOVE YOU!

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 inspiration is usually one single item. It could be a piece of clothing or an image. Then I’d pick matching items to complete the set. The theme is usually determined by the outfit in the set. I have a wide imagination so I feel like every outfit comes from a certain place or time, so I pick the theme accordingly. I mostly pick the clothes from the latest collections, then search by color and date to find matching items.

What are your favorite online stores and designers you like to clip products from?

As for shopping online, I love,,, and Those sites ship worldwide and provide high quality products. They’re my favorite!

As for designers, my favorites are Valentino and Lanvin. Their designs always flatter a woman’s figure. For bridal couture, Oscar De la Renta is the best! For affordable, yet fashionable and high quality clothes, Massimo Dutti gets my vote. H&M too is one of my favorite as it is trendy and super affordable!

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

I love all my babies as every single one reflects my mood at the time I created it!
Below are just some of my favorite ones..

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I love Polyvore the way it is! But some additions would still be cool:
  • I noticed that we can pick our preferred language on Polyvore. Unfortunately, the list does not include Arabic. It would be great to have Arabic added since the number of Arabic-speaking members is already big and still growing.
  • Search by color through my saved items.
  • Search by keyword within items from a certain site or certain color (after picking the color or site)


Eccentric Dame said...

Enjoy reading about you... your sets are awesome!!!

sajeeda said...

Nice to know about what your style is, and how you go about making sets. I love the fact that you share the same name as my youngest daughter too.
Cant wait for your next set! always has a twist to the usual that we see.

TheStrawberryFields said...

Congrats and its great to read from girls in all different places around the world.
Any chance of letting me steal some of your net-a-porter peices? lol ;)

Simply Moi said...

Sanooy you are amazing , love your interview as I do love the way you are mastering Fashion & Art together in your Stunning Sets, Proud of you my dearest, You Rock
Simply Moi

MyChanel said...

Wonderful interview sweetie. Love you and your impeccable elegant style!! xoxo

RĂȘ said...

I love all your sets, they're really awesome.
Congratulations for the interview :)
ReKa (Brasil)

Winenfruitglutton said...

Great interview, Sanooy! I love that most of your sets are gifts for others; it really shows your true personality as a giving person. This is more than words can say...congrats!

Claudrine said...

Congrats dear! It was so great reading your interview :) Keep up the amazing work<3