Monday, August 30, 2010

Interview with widelyflung

Today's interview is with widelyflung. She's a small town girl from Kentucky living it up in the big city of San Francisco! This talented creator first discovered Polyvore during an online search for shoes and soon became an addict (we're so happy you're here!) widelyflung was also just featured in a San Francisco Magazine article about online style sites where she talks about what she loves most about Polyvore!

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Amy, I'm 25, and I live in San Francisco. I currently teach English as a Second Language but have a passion for all things web 2.0. I think it's about time Education catches up to the reality of students' lives and integrates the web and technology into the curriculum more completely. One day, I'd love to work for a web based company and help build tools that democratize the creation and flow of information.

What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?

Widelyflung is actually the name of a long running blog I have with my best friends from high school. We all went our separate ways for college, so the name came from our geographical reality of being "widely flung" throughout the country. I originally created my Polyvore account so we could share what was in our closets with each other...but I quickly became addicted and told them to set up their own accounts!

How would you describe your sense of style/fashion?

I would say I'm a recovering southerner (I love my pearls) getting in touch with my inner geek chic.

What's hot in your 'hood right now?

I live and work in dramatically different neighborhoods in San Francisco. Where I live in the laid-back, anything goes Haight, I'm seeing a ton of lace (tanks, leggings, gloves, dresses, headbands you name it!), high waisted shorts, and oversized t-shirts. However, I work in the more upscale and trendy Marina neighborhood. There, I'm noticing a lot of leather jackets, wedge heels, and quilted bags. I love people watching on my commute and seeing the style shift unfold before my eyes.

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

Dresses! No other item of clothing is as versatile, flattering, and timeless as a dress. I would love to see a resurgence of shift dresses especially, just because they're so classic. With a great pair of leggings, an interesting scarf, and a blazer you can take any dress and make it work for just about any situation.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I was searching on Google for ballet flats and a Polyvore set popped up in my results. Fifty clicks and a thousand inspirations later, I was a member.

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

I'm on a tight teacher budget, so I primarily use Polyvore to strategically plan out my purchases as well as find new ways to style what's already in my wardrobe. I love clicking on an item I already own and finding a dozen or more unique suggestions on how to style it. I also use Polyvore in my classroom! I'll often have my ESL student's make collages for presentations and I've had middle school girls join role plays to work on their literacy skills.

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

Get involved in a group or find a niche of like-minded creators! I find myself looking forward to logging onto Polyvore each day because of the friends and connections I've made more so than my addiction to fashion. So, find some users' sets you adore and leave some love! We're a welcoming community, so don't be shy!

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

I grew up in a small town in Kentucky and learned most of what I know about designers and fashion (initially anyway) from the school of Carrie Bradshaw. To this day, I continue to draw inspiration from her confidence and unbridled passion for style and life. Nowadays, I like to draw inspiration from beautiful strangers on the bus, and the seemingly thousands of fashion blogs I stalk daily.

What online stores do you like to clip from?

Admittedly, I don't clip from too many stores ( being the only exception) but I do find myself constantly stalking celebrity gossip sites and clipping style inspirations whenever I find a look I just have to emulate.

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

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

I'm in awe of the whimsy and flat-out creativity displayed in the paperdoll sets I've seen. I like this set by ∂rеαmiηg•συτ•ℓσυ∂ in particular because in addition to being endlessly stylish, it also seems to tell a story. I can imagine hanging out with the girl in the set and dancing until 2 a.m. The best sets, like the best art, always tell a story and are able to instantly transport you to a different place and time.

Are your real life outfits similar to the ones your create on Polyvore?

This is such an interesting question because I think my style has changed dramatically because I started using Polyvore. Before, I avoided trends at all cost because I didn't really feel like I understood them. Now, I use Polyvore to experiment with trends and test drive more daring fashion risks before I take them. All in all, I'd say my Polyvore self is a more trendy and risk taking version of my everyday self. However, I like to think that if my two selves were to meet they'd get along fabulously!

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I'm still in awe of the mini editor and style expert features! However, one tiny detail that would enhance my experience is being able to do a search within "My Items". I love that I can organize my items, but sometimes you lose that great shoe in the bottom of your closet because you forgot to tag it appropriately and being able to search for it would be amazing. I think I use my Polyvore closet more than my own real-life closet!


Sierra Chenee said...

I love the interview. Widelyflug, I think it is really neat that you use it in your classroom. It is such a creative take on teaching. I love the new questions Polyvore. I have a request though. More interviews!I know they are generally only once a week but they are the best part about the Polyvore blog. I love reading about my fellow members and there are so many people on Polyvore yet to be interviewed! I cannot wait for the next one!

moɴCʜɑɴ℮ʟ ♪♫ said...

GREAT interview! Congrats on the mention in San Francisco Magazine! Awesome to get to know more about you!

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