Friday, February 27, 2009

Interview with EtchaSketchinLola

Today's interview is with EtchaSketchinLola who is an aspiring teacher from New York City. Her Polyvore sets are vibrant and eclectic blends of colorful clothing, accessories and images. She layers images so perfectly, you'll hardly ever see any white space in between. EtchSketchinLola's creations are eye-catching and hard to miss!

Here are some of her sets, including her 2nd place win for our Design an Ad contest:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Angelica, and I am 19. I live in New York City. I'm on leave from college right now, but when I return I want to school I want to study English or Art History. Ultimately my dream is to be either an English or Art teacher. My three loves are drawing, watching movies, and listening to music.

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

Despite what my friends say, I don't think I actually have a sense of style. In real life I'm more of a tomboy, so on Polyvore I tend just experiment with different pieces. I love mixing prints and pairing unexpected colors together. Aside from that, I don't really have a specific aesthetic that I go for.

How did you discover Polyvore?
My best friend goes to a fashion merchandising school. She found out about it through her school and sent me the link through Facebook. I tried it once, and I've been in love with it since.

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

I am a shopaholic. Put me inside of Macy's and I could buy the entire store without thinking. Honestly, I've gone to a store to buy a skirt and came home with seven pairs of jeans. However since I started using polyvore, I really don't shop as much. Now I only buy necessities, and make sets out of the other stuff that I want.

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?

Since I live in New York City, I tend to see tons of different people every time I leave the house. I draw inspiration from the different styles that I see on the passersby. I usually find my items by just searching page by page in the editor, and waiting for an item to catch my eye. Also, lately I have been doing a number of 30 minute challenges, so the item I'm given sparks my inspiration for the set.

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

I think I might be insane:
I had done a bunch of contests and role play sets that week and I just really wanted to do a set that I set my own theme for.

Don't keep me holding on:
This set is really girly and different for me, so I really like how it came out.

Food and Fashion:
The cupcakes inspired the outfit. So with my extreme love of cupcakes, there was no way that I would not love this set.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Nope, I love Polyvore just the way it is :]

Thursday, February 26, 2009

How To Wear Cutout Shoes

Cutout shoes are a great way to add geometric patterns to your outfit. Pair them with tights for colder days, and go bare when you're hitting the town on a warm one. But don't forget to use sunblock on your feet, or you may end up with funny tan lines!

Yoga Roleplay Contest Winners

Here's the scenario:

Sarah isn't much of a fitness enthusiast, but her friends have convinced her to join a yoga class with them. She's been stretching all week in preparation for her first class, but she has no idea what the proper attire is. If you were Sarah, what would you wear to your yoga class?

And the winning yoga outfits are...

No one was able to tell Sarah was a newbie!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How To Wear a Little Blue Dress

Your classic LBD, or little black dress, will always be good to you. But the fashion gods have spoken, and it looks like the little blue dress is on the rise! For day time, try a navy blue shade. For night, go for a royal/sapphire shade to make your dress pop! Mix with black for a "bruised" look or with neutrals to lighten the look up for the daytime.

New York Fashion Week Contest Winners

New York Fashion Week has concluded and some of the up-and-coming Fall/Winter 2009 trends have emerged. Key trends reported direct from the runway were neon colors, shaggy fur jackets, the new LBD (little blue dress), colored metallics and one shoulder dresses. Peplum shapes, ruffled dresses and draped necklines were also big. Red is also projected to be the color of the season.

Our five winning sets in the New York Fashion Week contest incorporate one, if not more, of the runway trends seen at Fashion Week. Congratulations to the winners:

See if you can spot the trends in other entries:
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Starbucks Gold Contest Winners

It looks like Starbucks is an integral piece in the life of a fashionista! We were impressed with the 2336 amazing entries to our Starbucks Gold contest. Here are the 3 lucky winners who will be receiving $25 AMEX gift cards:


Check out more Starbucks Gold contest entries:
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How To Wear a Multi Strap Belt

Multi strap belts give the illusion that you're wearing a bunch of skinny belts when actually it's just one. It's a great way to wear a thick, corset-like belt without having a solid block of color. This multi strap belt from Topshop will add a lot of texture and buckle hardware to your ensemble. It's also a great way to accentuate your waistline.

The Red Carpet Contest Winners

The stars were looking lovely on the Red Carpet at the Oscars on Sunday. And judging by all your contest entries, Polyvore members should probably be styling the stars! Congratulations to the 5 winners:

Monday, February 23, 2009

How To Wear an Oversized T-Shirt

Chances are you have an oversized t-shirt lying around your room somewhere. And there's something about it you just love, so you're not willing to part with it...and you shouldn't. So, how can you wear it without looking sloppy? Throw it over some leggings and pair with a belt and flat boots or knot it (like this t-shirt by Luna) and wear it with a funky skirt. Here are some ways to take an oversized t-shirt and make it totally high fashion: