Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Interview with yoomyoom

Want to know what happens when you mix a band geek with art and fashion? The amazing eclectic stylings of yoomyoom is what! We had the chance to interview this spirited high school junior, and as you'll see, her personality goes hand in hand with her Polyvore-style.

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

My name’s Michelle and YoomYoom is derived from my Korean name, Yoomee. I live in Pennsylvania, like 40 minutes away from Philadelphia. I’m 17 (still with no permit!) and still a junior in high school. Most my friends know me for the wacky jewelry I make out of water bottle caps and scrap fabrics and chains that I have lying around my room, and one necklace is even made out of Legos (because I would never actually pay the 100 some dollars that the designer Lego jewelry costs!) Hobbies include sketching clothes and puffy painting on high top Converse, which I have four pairs of. Last but not least, I am a marching band geek, and I have to be honest with you, I suck at talking to guys and in classes in general. So art and fashion is the way I can express myself the most.

How would you describe your sense of style?

My sense of style, I don’t know what word to describe my style with. But I can say that I mostly love wearing dark leggings or even hot pink ones when I am up for it, dark wash skinny jeans, and some billowy shirt with one of my trademark necklaces. So not sure where my style categorizes in. Maybe between wacky and girly.

What's hot in your 'hood right now?

A lot of people at my school like to wear the knitted Uggs in the slouched fashion and plaid, definitely plaid. Also, a lot of girls like to wear high-waisted skirts in varying patterns paired with a cardigan and a tank or plain tee and Converse or slouch boots.

What's one thing you wish people would wear more of?

Dark wash jeans, I think they are super flattering and elongate the legs, even for petite people.

How did you discover Polyvore?

My friend, who doesn’t do Polyvore as much now, Evangeline, told me about the site when we were talking in school.

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

I like to use mostly jewelry and accessories in my sets, they’re the main filling of my layouts. I like that people have such varying styles of layouts and fashion sense and creativity on this site. When I look at people’s sets I always see even more items I want to use or am awed by the way they incorporate an item or photo into their set. Also, there are so many kind and supportive people on Polyvore; it makes me feel better after a hard day at school.

If you could share one tip or trick with a new Polyvore member, what would it be?

Don’t get discouraged if people don’t comment or favorite your sets right away, Polyvore should be used to express your creative juices and if people like your sets, hey that’s awesome, but if you love what you do people will take notice. I would definitely suggest checking other people’s sets out and getting an idea of what kind of layout you want to use and don’t be afraid to talk to the other people on Polyvore, there’s a lot of great people out on the site that will encourage you and suggest ideas to you.

Do you have a favorite fashion designer or style icon who has influenced you?

I don’t have one particular designer that is my all time favorite, but I am inspired by Vera Wang’s jewelry (I think that is what she excels at) and the many wonderful couture clothing that Karl Lagerfeld has designed for Chanel.

What online stores do you like to clip from?

I don’t have a particular store I clip from more so than just general sites on the web for photography, but if I do happen to be clipping clothing, it’s from either Eruca or

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

What's your favorite set created by another Polyvore member?

I really like this set by TumblingIssa because she used really bright pieces and photos and just looking at it makes me happy. Plus the adorable cartoon sketches and the gorgeous accessories that I would totally want to use/wear. And I love when people do these kind of layered sets, it’s not really as much mosaic as much as it is a collage, which is pretty cool.

Got any feature requests for us?

I’m pretty fine with all the features available, not really asking for anything, but I do have to say I love the undo button because I always mess up.


Emma said...

yoomyoom's sets are absolutely amazing. I go to school with her and get to see her awesome bottle cap necklaces, and other clothes. She has such amazing taste in clothes, and her artistic ability shows through her outfits. Even just the smallest things, like tying a colorful ribbon to a sweatshirt zipper becomes insanely fashionable with her. When you go to a store and see clothes that you think you would never be able to pull off, yoomyoom puts on and she looks phenomenal.
simply love this girl. ;)

ittaa said...

Hi! I love the website and now I love the blog, he stylists are wonderful, with lots of color, much like editorial. Xoxo No more to say itta.

moɴCʜɑɴ℮ʟ ♪♫ said...

Great interview! Such a creative young lady! And I agree with her advice on dark wash jeans!

jasmine.nicole.ortiz said...

i just adore yoomyooms sets! there so bubbly cute creative unique and they make me happy !

The Boring Girl said...

oh my gosh, yoomyom is an absolutely fantastic person. i just adore her sets, her fashion sense, just everything! great interview too!

❤✿PaintHead said...

Awesome setties, and 40 min from philly, hey we can hang...Philly girl here❤✿..woot..congrats