Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Introducing the NEW Shop Page on Polyvore!

Ready. Set. Shop!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new and improved Shop page, just in time for your spring shopping! The Polyvore team has been working hard to bring you an online shopping experience that's both visual and fun. So to those of you who have written in asking us how and where to buy all the hot products on Polyvore…look no further. The new Shop page is here and it’s the perfect place to shop to your heart's content!

When you click on the Shop link at the top of your page, you’ll see a layout of fashion products on Polyvore that can be purchased. You can shop by different parameters, such as category, brand, color, price, and site.

Some of the categories can also be further refined to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Once you’ve found a product that sparks your interest, just click on it. A box will appear with an enlarged image of the product, along with product details and pricing.

In that box, we’ll also show you some suggestions on how to complete the look, in case you're looking for styling ideas. This is a great way to see your potential purchases mixed and match with other products. And when you’re ready to buy, you can either click on the product image or the blue 'Buy' button and we'll send you to the website you can purchase from.

We'll continue to add enhancements to the Shop page to help you browse and shop all the hottest fashion from small indie boutiques to large mainstream stores. As always, we love to hear your feedback, so feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think about the new Shop page!

5 Ways To Wear a Tie Neck Top

This silk tie neck top by Lanvin has gained its popularity on Polyvore as a simple piece that can be worn alone or layered. The neutral color makes it ideal for day or night. The tie neck can be unraveled to create the look of a long silk scarf and a rich draped look. Here are 5 ways you can wear this piece:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Trend: Sheer Contest Winners

A must-have this spring, the sheer trend embodies everything from tight pieces and light layers to flowy chiffon fabrics. Thanks to everyone who entered the Spring Trend: Sheer contest. Here are the 3 winning looks:

Leather Jackets for the Spring

Leather jackets are still a perfect fit for the warm spring weather. Pick jackets with short sleeves or in pastel or neutral tones to keep cool. Here are some great spring looks with complimentary leather jackets:

Interview with ♥hoℓℓywood‼

Today's interview is with ♥hoℓℓywood‼, who we first discovered when she placed 1st in our Fashion & Music contest last November. Though only 14-years old, hollywood definitely has a knack for styling! You'll also find many of her sets feature Polaroid pictures, which creates a vintage feel in her collages.

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Holly and I'm fourteen years three months and seventeen days old. I live in a very boring suburb of Chicago where I attend a very boring junior high school as an eighth grader. Someday I hope to attend Harvard and become a cardiac surgeon, but until then, I'm stuck living my very boring life. I enjoy a variety of activities, from golf to miniature golf. Just kidding, haha. My main interests are fashion (obviously), theater and math. I'm just a little dork :]

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

My style is definitely very girly. I love skirts and ruffles and anything frilly, and I love the color pink! I would also say that my style is very simple, and definitely really preppy. I love accessories, especially necklaces and belts, except I outgrew all of my belts so my pants are always falling down!

How did you discover Polyvore?

I used to be obsessed with Yahoo! Answers. I was a top contributor in the fashion and accessories category, so Polyvore was a website that come up often.

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

Without Polyvore, I don't know how I would survive! Fashion is such an important part of my life. When I can't get on Polyvore, I'm usually doodling outfits in the margins of my notebook, except I can't draw at all so they always look horrible! On Polyvore, I don't need to be a good artist to make a cute outfit! Plus, I can get so much inspiration from the other members.

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 usually pick a random top or dress from my items, and the whole outfit will just come together. I'll just think, "This would look amazing with..." and I look for an item that somewhat matches the image in my mind.. My biggest source of inspiration is music. I almost always have a song stuck in my head, so my sets usually revolve around whatever song I'm thinking of at that moment. On the rare occasion that I do not have a song stuck in my head, I usually look at Polaroids for ideas. I absolutely love Polaroids!

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

Ack, that's very hard for me to answer!
I would have to say
41. because I love the color of the top and the awesome ruffles on the skirt!

beneath her smile is a frown is also one of my favorites because it came together so perfectly.

And how exciting. because it has gonzo in it, who is clearly amazing.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I would love to be able to put a set in a collection while publishing a set, and a rotating tool but other then that, Polyvore is absolutely perfect :]

Friday, March 27, 2009

How To Wear a Heart Print Tank

Valentine's Day may have passed, but fashionistas still know how to show their hearts. The key to looking sophisticated with heart prints is to find pieces that are artistic, yet simple. This silk golden heart tank by Marc Jacobs is a popular pick on Polyvore and so we're highlighting ways to style it:

Guest Blog: My New Obsession: Draped Skirts

This guest blog was written by Fashion Without Guilt, a 24-year old fashion fanatic and bargain shopper. She discovered Polyvore on someone's MySpace page several months ago and has been a fan since. Be sure to check out her blog, Fashion Without Guilt, which is all about affordable fashion!

I absolutely love the draped skirt. The unstructured details create a mystery silhouette that is a great fit for any woman's body. They are a great focus piece for a simple outfit. They can bring just the right amount of drama. Here are some great examples of the draped skirt done right.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Enter the LynnVisible Contest on Polyvore!

Want to be immortalized in literature? Here's your chance!

Julia DeVillers, author of GirlWise and Princess of Gossip, invites YOU to step into character for her upcoming novel, LynnVisible!

LynnVisible is about a high school freshman, Lynn, whose fashion sense is pretty unique in her small town and her classmates don’t always understand the style of clothing she wears. But Lynn’s dreams of being a fashion designer start to become reality when she designs a new shoe that's showcased on a teen fashion website. Everyone falls in love with the shoes and Lynn suddenly becomes...IN.

For a chance to be part of the story, design an outfit that you think Lynn would wear!

5 lucky winners will be chosen by Julia DeVillers to win autographed copies of LynnVisible. The 1st place winner's Polyvore outfit will be worn by Lynn in the book and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner's names will be mentioned in the story, too!

For more details and to enter, visit the contest page here!

Spring Trend: Neon Brights Contest Winners

A little bit of neon goes a long way. This season, show your wardrobe some love with bright, electrifying colors. You don't have glow from head to toe, and the 3 winners of our Neon Brights contest show you how to do it right:

Foxy lady
Foxy lady - by Retro Girl on Polyvore.com

for Kaybat and her lovely winning set
for Kaybat and her lovely winning set - by Loraxo on Polyvore.com

Spring Trend: Neon Brights
Spring Trend: Neon Brights - by Kwassa on Polyvore.com

Congratulations to Retro Girl, Loraxo and Kwassa! And be sure to check out more contest entries:
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Interview with ❤✿PaintHead

Eye-popping neons and brights. Whimsical images. These are just a couple of ways to describe the work of ❤✿PaintHead. With a unique style of her own, PaintHead has built a name for herself here on Polyvore. Each of her creations sets a quirky and fun mood to tell a story. There's never a dull moment when you peek into PaintHead's world.

Here are some of her contest-winning sets:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Jessie and I live in Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love. I am an artist. I do freelance work like logos and murals and I also paint whenever I have time to. I have an Associate's Degree in Fine Arts, but will be returning back to school for Graphic Design or Fashion Marketing. My goal in life would be to eventually make layouts, logos for fashion designers, be a stylist for movies or work in a fashion magazine -- or why not start my own? Lol. I believe you can do anything your heart desires, and with hard work and passion you can get there. I also believe if you don't have money to do certain things, then teach yourself. There's always a way to get to where you want to.

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

My sense of style would be CRAZYYYYYY! LOL
The type of crazy were my own mom would be embarrassed to walk with me, lol. The best way to describe my style would be a mixture of new items sprinkled with some old items from the flea market, like a giant cupcake and I love vintage. I also love color and when I get dressed I think more of what color is missing, instead of what colors match. I think that way while making sets and when I paint, too.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore by Googling "candy buffet." I was planning my "candy" birthday party and wanted a big candy buffet. So while I was Googling, all these collages popped up. I looked at a few but never really paid any mind to it until a few weeks after my party. Again, I Googled "Besty Johnson" and I saw these collages again. I swear they were calling me, lol, because I then said "Let me check this out." I joined 8 months ago and have been here since. Now you're forever stuck with me.

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

I use Polyvore to explore and be open to grow more artistically. Polyvore has been good for me to be able to bring forth all the things that roam in my head. It's very different from painting. With Polyvore, I can create a world full of randomness that makes sense to me, LOL, so maybe it's not random...just being normal.

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 usually start a set with an item I see. Right away I know what I wanna do with it and it all flows after that. I look through my pages of items and see what calls out to me, to be part of the puzzle. Inspiration, to me, comes from anywhere. I can be walking down the street and see a sign, or a bottle cap on the floor, or even a bag of chips that I may be eating. Candy, cupcakes, a simple plate, a color combo I see in an ad. I am constantly seeing things as art. It's everywhere, we just have to see it.

I find my items by Googling, or on Polyvore. But one of my biggest inspirations is the model Doedeere, creator of Lime Crime make up. Her photographs are amazing and when I see a picture of her I see the set before I make it. Not the whole set, but the idea of it.

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

WOW my three favorite sets...umm...

My number one favorite would be my black and white one just because at the time I made it my mind was in another place, so that's what came out.
Barely Hanging
Barely Hanging - by ❤✿PaintHead on Polyvore.com

Second is "BEcoming!" I like it because if there were a set I would jump into, it would be this one.
BEcoming! - by ❤✿PaintHead on Polyvore.com

And third is "World of My Own!" because it full of color and life.
World of My Own!
World of My Own! - by ❤✿PaintHead on Polyvore.com

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Polyvore is great. Since I joined I have seen many great changes already, but it would be cool if we had a feedback/comment box in our groups, to communicate better with the members. OMG, see, now I can't stop lol. Another thing that would be cool is if we can somehow make our profile prettier with layouts, but in a way that it won't take away from the sets. What else? How about let us be able to add HTML codes in the comment section to see graphics...like send a cute little cupcake to someone. But that is it.

I just wanna thank everyone for being kind and sweet and coming by my sets. Hello to all my contacts, u all ROCK like Pop Rocks and thank you Polyvore for being great! Hugs!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Picnic Date Roleplay Contest Winners

It's quite possible Maria has developed a new crush. And it's not on her job...

The J. Holiday album release party was amazing, and Maria met lots of cool people in themusic industry. She even met a really cute guy who asked her out! Their first date is this weekend, and he's taking Maria to Santa Monica for a picnic near the beach. The forecastis sunny, and Maria wants to look cute but comfortable. If you were Maria, what would you wear for this afternoon picnic date?

And here are the winners:

Check out all the entries here:
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5 Ways To Wear a White Blazer

Remember that old rule about not wearing white before Memorial Day? Toss it out the window, because this white blazer is ready for its spotlight! Think of it as an alternative to a jean jacket (for casual wear) or a black jacket (for a night out). This long Elizabeth and James white blazer is beyond versatile. Here are 5 cool ways to wear it:

1. Wear it with florals