Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Interview with panda girl

Ever wondered what the fashion scene is like in Tennessee? Well, our interview with panda girl is your ticket in. Her sets are a fun mix of brights, florals and even a bit of rock n roll. What we like most about her is that she's not committed to one specific layout style. panda girl is always trying new things!

Here are some of her sets:







Tell us about yourself.

I live in Tennessee and I'm really into fashion and photography, which turns out to be a really great combination. My only job right now is to go to school and get good grades, and to look stylish at all times!

How would you describe your sense of style/fashion?

My style changes a lot. One day I may wear my skinny jeans, leather boots, army print tank top and chain necklace, and another day I will wear an old floral dress that used to be my grandmother's that I've cut and hemmed, worn with a denim jacket and cowboy boots (cowboy boots are an essential item for almost every Tennessean's closet.) But I guess my style more than often leans to the flirty or bright colored side.

What's hot in your 'hood right now?

Here lately I've been seeing quite a few girls at my school wearing TOMS, although I personally don't much care for them. The biggest trends I've seen, even though Tennessee isn't the most stylish state (haha), are florals, lace, sundresses with sweaters or denim jackets, and skinny jeans with converse or boots. We have a very wide variety of styles.

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

I sort of wish the 80s would come back. Not the weird, technicolored yoga 80s style, but the punk rocker style with lots of studs and leather, which I suppose is already starting to come back. I also love the men's style back then with the jeans and high school sport team jackets or leather jackets.

How did you discover Polyvore?

My mom was Googling fashion sites for me because I'm so in love with fashion and style, so when she came around to Polyvore it was perfect! It's not like those other dress-up games on the internet; it allows more creativity.

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


I absolutely love Polyvore! I use it to express my style, and I also use it to learn more about the fashion world and how style evolves from one thing to the next. I used to think great fashion was matching everything perfectly in all the same color! Thanks to Polyvore I now know what really good fashion and style is. I like Polyvore because it's the perfect place to keep all my fashion brainstorms in one place, and a better way to show others my ideas.

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

Trial and error. Try LOTS of different layouts. When I first started Polyvore, my layout was horrible and so were my outfits! But that's how you learn, by your mistakes. Also browse Polyvore and study other people's sets. See what looks good together, which colors match best, and what's in style at the moment.

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

I don't have a "fashion icon" because I believe that you can get the best point of view of fashion if you combine knowledge from all the designers and stylists. You get something new every time!

What online stores do you like to clip from?


I clip from anywhere I see something I like. I've never liked just one brand, I like to pick and choose.

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








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



It's just so perfect for fall and I love the fall colors. I also love the layout because it's not the average square or rectangle shaped set, it's unique.

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

In a way they are similar. Except that I don't wear heels, and 3/4 of my sets have high heels in them. Also the things in my sets are really expensive! I find that sticking to the sales racks at my favorite stores is the best way to go, while also getting stylish clothes. If I could afford my sets, I would buy them all!

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

On the "top products" page that you update every day, or any collection page, it would be a lot easier to add an item to "my items" if there was a button right there under the item, instead of having to click on the item, go to a new page, and then add the item.

Friday, September 24, 2010

L’Oréal Paris Backstage Beauty Secrets



What's your beauty secret?
Every girl has her own beauty secret. Whether yours is flirty shimmer, eye-catching brights or subtle hues -- pigment-packed shadow duos from L’Oréal HiP Studio Secrets let you experiment with a myriad of inspired, high-impact looks.

Create your own L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets look
Conjure your inner makeup artist and impress us with a spotlight-ready set that stands out from the crowd. Create a set using one or all five of the featured colors!

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,500 shopping spree and one 1st Prize winner will receive a $500 shopping spree!

Ready, set, go!

Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup

Leather, fur and boots galore! It's our first blog roundup of the fall season. Check out some amazing looks in these blog posts we came across featuring Polyvore sets:

There's nothing classier than a black and white outfit. And Golestaneh shows us how to mix class with edge.



Creativity + shopping? Hannah Mearns is in love.



Read My Life As Carrie wants to know how would you do Mardi Gras under the stars?



Sandra of Sandra's Closet has the perfect accessory for your couture look...




Gotta love Fashion Week! Here's Keren B.'s ode to London fashion.



Fur coupled with a silk blouse? Get the look of Natalia Alaverdian (fashion editor for Harper's Bazaar Russia) from nookie.




Modestly Styled. Modestly Me. styles her favorite cowl neck dress!


If you've got a blog and would like to be featured here, let us know!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Enhancements to My Home

It's not everyday you meet people who love style and creativity as much as you do. That's part of why we developed Polyvore -- to help you connect with people whose taste inspires you. That's why the first page you see when you log into Polyvore is My Home, a personalized page of styles from your contacts & groups.

Today we've added some new sections to My Home to help make it easier to connect with your contacts and and see the styles they love:

Contacts' Collections
. Collections are a treasure trove of interesting themed content, like futuristic looks and how to dress like Glee. Lately we've noticed an increase in the number of collections created, so we wanted to make it easier to see your contacts' collections.

Questions from My Contacts. Never miss a request for help from a friend! When your contacts ask a question in the Style Advice section, it'll show up instantly on your My Home page.

Contests. Members tell us they LOVE to participate in contests, and are bummed when they miss the entry deadline or don't know which contests are running. We always make sure to have great contests running with cool prizes from brands like Tommy Hilfiger, YSL, Levi's, and Prabal Gurung.

Contests in My Groups. Group contests are just as important as our site-wide contests, so we've also added a section for you to browse contests from your groups.

In addition to these changes, we've also streamlined the Recent Activity stream to be a bit cleaner, and we've removed the Ideas tab from the editor because it wasn't used very often.

We hope these changes help you connect more deeply with the other creative minds on Polyvore!

If you have feedback or suggestions, please tell us what you think by leaving a comment here on the blog.

UPDATE 9/24/10 10:22AM PST: Based on your feedback, we've added full text comments back into the activity stream.

UPDATE 9/24/11:54AM PST: We've also injected some colors back into your stats icons.

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

GLEE Contest Winners

The wait is almost over... Season 2 of the hit show GLEE starts tonight! In celebration of the season premiere, we ran a little contest asking you to create a set about your favorite GLEE moment. There were so many fun moments and GLEE-inspired sets to choose from, so a big thanks to everyone who participated! Here are the 3 winning sets:

1st:
Inspired by the 'Don't Stop Believing' performance



2nd:
Inspired by the 'Journey to the Regionals' episode



3rd:
Inspired by Emma and Will's first date


Congratulations to the winners and thanks again to everyone who created a set! Don't forget to catch the season premiere of GLEE tonight on FOX.

Check out more GLEE moments here:

Fall Escape with Sperry Top-Sider


Everyone has favorites in their closet, a pair of faded jeans, a cashmere sweater or your lucky shoes. We invite you to share your passion for fashion as you live life to the fullest in, on and around the sea this fall.

Fall Escape
Pack your bags and prepare for a weekend full of "Sperry Fun." Where will you go? What will you do? What will you pack? Who will you bring? What will you wear? Show us in a set that features one of the styles from Sperry Top-Sider's Fall 2010 line!

Ten lucky winners will be selected by the Sperry Style Team and will each walk away with a $100 gift card! Winners will be featured on Sperry's Facebook, Twitter, and SperryTopSider.com. You can enter the contest here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hotness Comes in All Shapes & Sizes - Levi's


Calling all skinny tomboys, curvy girls and all girls in between!
Many women believe that perfectly fitting jeans don't exist, but after studying the fit issues of over 60,000 women, Levi's® discovered that creating the perfect jeans means designing for shape, not size!

So they've introduced 3 custom fits for women. Jeans too tight at the waist? You're a Slight Curve. The waist fits but doesn't flatter? You're a Demi Curve. The waist tends to gap at the back? You're definitely a Bold Curve. What is your Levi's® Curve ID?

Hotness Comes in All Shapes and Sizes
After you determine your Curve ID, embrace it by creating a look that proudly celebrates your one-of-a-kind style and shape! Make sure to include one of the pairs of Levi’s® Curve ID jeans.

* One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $250 Levi's® gift card + a pair of Levi's® Curve ID jeans in her custom fit!

* Five Runners-Up will receive a Levi's® $100 gift card + a pair Levi's® Curve ID jeans in her custom fit!

Enter the contest now!

Prep Yourself with Tommy Hilfiger



Tradition with a Twist
Meet the Hilfigers, an ever-growing family of eccentrics whose season is going to be one long tailgate party. This fall, the family sets the new standard for prep style--but that's prep with a twist! Tweeds and corduroy, headscarves and high-heeled duck boots, a true trench and a bold blazer, crewnecks and down vests, aviators and repp ties. The more you mix it the better! Just like the Hilfiger gang.

Prep Yourself with Tommy Hilfiger
Create a collage of your own unique twist on the ultimate prep style—incorporating at least two of the items from the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2010 collection. If you’re chosen, you’re the star! How prep cool is that?!

One winner will be chosen by Tommy Hilfiger himself! The winning look will receive a $500 gift card PLUS a big feature on Tommy’s Facebook page. Enter now!

Style Expert Challenge: Selena Gomez Winners

We had a blast having Selena Gomez as our Featured Style Expert! With the upcoming release of her second album A Year Without Rain (out tomorrow, September 21!) Selena was really excited to see how her new music video inspires you guys to fuse fashion and music together. After looking at the 2,100 entries to her style challenge, we're thrilled to have Selena announce her favorites!

Hey guys, I want to thank every single person who submitted their looks! It was SO hard to pick just 3 so I picked 4! It really makes me happy to see that you all have a passion for style and fashion! And thank you for letting me be myself through my clothes. So the 4 I picked were by:

Be_Unique♥
Because of her UNIQUE take on western with glam! I loved the boots that you paired with the dress. The belt and necklaces were such a great little addition! NICE!!



I love the dress! I feel like that's something you can dress up or down, and in your case you dressed it up! The striped shirt was perfect with the baby blue and the boots rock it up! I want to wear that!!



First I would like to say I so would have worn that in the video for "A Year Without Rain" haha. This is very boho chic! The colors are very matte but at the same time you added some killer shoes and belt! Great job!!



I LOVE the dress and jacket combo! The dress is such a statement so I'm glad you chose a black jacket that still had attitude to match the dress! The clutch is also a nice touch. I would so wear this on a night out with the girls :) Amazing!!



Thank you sooooooo much again for letting me be apart of this! I love you guys soooo much!!

-Sel

Congratulations to these four lucky winners who will each be receiving an autographed copy of Selena's new CD, A Year Without Rain! And a huge thanks to Selena for being our Featured Style Expert and an inspiration to all of us!

Check out more entries to Selena's style challenge here:




Friday, September 17, 2010

Catwalk to the Sidewalk with Maybelline New York


Maybelline Loves Fashion!
Season after season, Maybelline New York makes the backstage beauty trends from the designer runways ready to wear, everyday and everywhere. With a dab of lip gloss or swipe of mascara, Maybelline New York empowers women to make a statement through their own personal style. Go behind-the-scenes of some of the top designer shows and see how Maybelline New York's Global Makeup Artist, Charlotte Willer, was inspired by the looks of the season to create unique beauty looks at www.MaybellineLovesFashion.com.

Catwalk to the Sidewalk
Now that you’ve seen the shows of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, show us how you were inspired by the fashions on the runway in your beauty look.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $500 gift card and a year's worth of Maybelline New York makeup in an artist case. Five First Prizes will receive a year’s worth of Maybelline New York makeup in an artist case, as well!

Enter the contest now!

Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup

It's Friday and we're wrapping up an amazing week! From Fashion's Night Out with Yves Saint Laurent to our style challenges with fashion designer Prabal Gurung and actress/singer Selena Gomez, things have been pretty exciting around here.

We've also announced the blog winners of our Mini Editor Fall Wardrobe Styling Challenge! Congrats again to nookie of Fashion In My Eyes and roxyturtle of Effortless Anthropologie who will both be receiving $1,000. And now continuing the spirit of blogger love, here's this week's roundup of blog posts we came across that feature Polyvore sets. We heart our bloggers!

Fashion In My Eyes shows us how to get Victoria Beckham's look.




What's on My Wardrobe Addiction's shopping list? Leopard, baby.



Ms Fashinista get luxurious for the fall.



Love the oversized look? Golestaneh does, too! Here's how to work the look into your fall wardrobe.



Sandra's Closet shares all the reasons why Tory Burch is so lovable!



The First Look Challenge with Prabal Gurung may be over, but TheStrawberryFields' sets are definitely noteworthy. (Thanks again to everyone who participated!)




Hijabulous gets festive with big pants!


If you've got a blog and would like to be featured here, drop us a line!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Fall Wardrobe Styling Challenge Winners

A month ago, we launched the Polyvore Mini Editor and announced our Fall Wardrobe Styling Challenge, a chance for bloggers & their readers to win $1000 by creating Mini Editors filled with fall fashion.

We were totally blown away by the results. Over 390 bloggers entered, and their readers created over 20,000 sets! This made it virtually impossible to us to pick a winning blog...so we decided to pick TWO bloggers to win $1000.

The winners of the Fall Wardrobe Styling Challenge are...

1. FashionInMyEyes
Congratulations to nookie, who blogs on topics ranging from celeb style to It bags to her own personal street style. Nookie's readers created over 2000 sets in her Mini Editor, but what really stood out was the amazing visual quality of the sets! Here's her Mini Editor:




2. Effortless Anthropologie
Congrats to roxy, the fabulous mind behind Effortless Anthropologie, a blog devoted to the study of all things flowy and Anthropologie. Her readers created a whopping 3900+ sets and we were excited to see that many of her readers were new to Polyvore.



Now it's up to nookie and roxy to go through their readers' sets to pick a winner, who will also receive a $1000 shopping spree!

Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope that you continue to use the Mini Editor on your blogs as a way to engage your readers. In the words of CitySage blogger Ann Sage, "I have like 200 sets, which is crazy because I never get that many comments for contests and giveaways. Goes to show how engaging and easy to use the Mini Editor is!"

If you have feedback or suggestions for how we can improve the Mini Editor, leave us a comment here on the blog.

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shape. Reshape. Innovate with Sebastian Professional.



Sebastian goes back to its past to deliver for the future. From red carpet glam to street-style edge, Shaper’s legacy has been shaped by the dynamic demands of the country’s entertainment capital, Hollywood, California. After 25 years of raising the bar, Sebastian introduces the next generation of Shaper hairsprays: Re-Shaper, Shaper Fierce, and Shaper Zero Gravity. Sebastian’s sculpted do’s and re-shapeable styles are “What’s Next.”

Shape. Reshape. Innovate with Sebastian Professional.
Push the limits. Create a set and show us how you bring together fashion with great form and match it with a dynamic hairstyle. Three winners will be chosen by celebrity stylist Janine Jarman! On top of being on Shear Genius Season 3, Janine has styled the Pussy Cat Dolls, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Applegate, Britney Spears, Carmen Electra, and Fergie. Each winner will win the Sebastion Professional's Shaper collection and be featured on Facebook!

Enter the contest now!

T Magazine's First Look Challenge Featuring Prabal Gurung Winners

We can't think of a better way to wrap up New York Fashion Week than by announcing the winners of T Magazine's First Look Challenge Featuring Prabal Gurung! In a world exclusive, Prabal Gurung gave us a sneak peak at his Spring/Summer 2011 collection before it even hit the runway at his show on September 11. You guys put your creativity to work, and what resulted were 1,786 beautifully styled sets featuring Prabal's collection of stunning dresses and sleek separates.

Check out the 25 finalists:





We're so excited to announce the two lucky winners Prabal chose to receive a ticket to his next New York show in February 2011, as well as a tour of his studio in the Garment District! Congratulations to stylesqrrl and FashionAspiring, amazing job! Check out their winning contest entries:





A huge thanks to Prabal for judging the contest in the midst of Fashion Week craziness and congrats on an amazing show!

Check our more contest entries here:



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Style Expert Challenge: Selena Gomez



Thanks to everyone who asked our Featured Style Expert, Selena Gomez, questions yesterday! There were so many great questions about Selena's style and her acting and singing career! You can check out her answers to some of your questions here.

But the fun doesn't stop here. Now Selena has a challenge for all of you!

"I'm gearing up for the release of my second record, A Year Without Rain, and I'd love to see how my new music video inspires you to fuse fashion and music together."




Create your set and we'll announce Selena's 3 favorites next week. Winners will receive autographed copies of her new album A Year Without Rain!

Monday, September 13, 2010

embark on an adventure with kate spade new york Contest Winners

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the exciting embark on an adventure with kate spade new york contest! We are so thrilled to finally announce the winners. So without further ado, join us in congratulating our three winners who were chosen by kate spade new york Creative Director, Deborah Lloyd:






moɴCʜɑɴ℮ʟ ♪♫ , ♥♥♥pisces7♥♥♥ and ɑhdorɑbℓe will each be embarking with a friend on a perfectly curated trip to chicago, san francisco or new york! They'll also receive a $1000 gift card to spend at a kate spade store. Stay tuned for details and a peek into each of their trips! Congrats again, ladies!

Also, check out more kate spade entries here:



Featured Style Expert: Selena Gomez



Our Style Expert Series continues with lovely and talented Selena Gomez! We couldn't be more excited to have the star of Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place as our Featured Style Expert today! Selena is also about to debut her sophomore album A Year Without Rain as a follow up to the successful Kiss & Tell released last year. She can most recently be seen in the feature film Ramona & Beezus and will next be seen in Monte Carlo opposite Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester. As if TV, movies, and music weren’t enough, Selena also has a clothing line for Kmart Dream Out Loud which is currently in stores (and on Polyvore!) She's also been repeatedly honored as an ambassador for UNICEF. We caught up with the very busy Selena to ask her a few questions:

What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?

What inspired me to get into the entertainment industry was watching my mom do theater when I was a kid. I was an only child and have always enjoyed entertaining my family and friends.

What’s been your career highlight or favorite professional moment?

My career highlight is having won two Emmys with my cast for Wizards of Waverly Place.

What’s next for you?


I just hope to continue to do what I am doing, I enjoy both my music and film career and hope to continue being as successful as I can be in both.

What advice would you give to aspiring singers/actors?

My advice for young aspiring singers/actors is to be passionate about it, you will be told no a lot in this business and you have to really want and continue to work hard to achieve your goals.

Are you dying to know what it's like for Selena to balance both a singing and acting career? Or do you want to know how she came up with her clothing line? You can ask Selena Gomez now! Also, be sure to check the Explore page tomorrow for a very special challenge Selena has for you!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fashion's Night Out and the Art of Travel with YSL


Fashion's Night Out is finally here and we're thrilled to be celebrating it with Yves Saint Laurent for their debut of the latest YSL Edition 24 collection! If you're out on the town for FNO, we'd love for you to stop by the YSL store, style some sets and say hello!


We'd also like to invite you to explore the world by styling YSL's Edition 24 collection right here on Polyvore! Edition 24 is conceived as a style passport — a collection designed to meet the needs of the woman on the go, combining accessibility and utility with elegance and femininity. The assortment includes lightweight draped jersey dresses; Saharienne-inspired jackets and jumpsuits; felted wool skirts and coats; colorful cropped down vests; evening gowns in silk jersey; and accessories that pull together and finish the look. The pieces are meant to be layered, mixed and put to versatile use from the airplane to the boardroom, from day to evening.

Jetting off to Paris? Shanghai? New York City? Buenos Aires? What would you pack? Create sets featuring at least 2 Yves Saint Laurent Edition 24 items and show us which city you would wear them in. One lucky winner will be picked by US YSL and win their new handbag -- the Multy!

Our Featured Style Expert Next Week Is... Selena Gomez!

With over 50,000 sets dedicated to her, Selena Gomez is no stranger to the Polyvore community! She's a leading star on Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place and is also about to debut her second album A Year Without Rain... and we're thrilled to announce that Selena's going to be our Featured Style Expert next week!

On Monday, Selena will be answering your questions in our Style Advice section, so start thinking about all the burning fashion questions you have for her! Selena also has an exciting challenge in store for you, so be sure to check the Explore page on Tuesday. (We know it'll be hard to get through the weekend with all this anticipation!) Check out Selena's special message about being our Featured Style Expert:




Thursday, September 9, 2010

T Magazine's First Look Challenge Featuring Prabal Gurung


In the three seasons since he launched his debut collection in February 2009, the New York based designer Prabal Gurung has emerged as one of the leading lights of American fashion and become the poster boy for youthful sophistication. In addition to being regularly featured in the world’s most prestigious style publications, Prabal’s designs have been worn by countless celebrities, including Demi Moore, Zoe Zaldana and Michelle Obama. In a world exclusive with T Magazine, Prabal gives you a sneak peek at his Spring/Summer 2011 before it is shown on the runway at New York Fashion Week.




First Look
Play high-fashion stylist and put together looks with the images below from the Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Be sure to use at least three images from the new collection below.

Winners
Two lucky winners will be chosen by Prabal Gurung and announced on September 14. Each winner will receive a ticket to Prabal’s next New York show in February 2011 and a tour of his Garment District studio. The winning sets will also be showcased on nytimes.com/tmagazine and on T’s Facebook page.

New York Fashion Week is Here!

In honor of one of the biggest fashion events of the year, we're going to be changing Polyvore's stripe on a daily basis in tribute to some of our favorite designers and Fashion Week events.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Today's stripe is inspired by the Independent Fashion Bloggers network. We're huge fans of the work IFB has done to empower the fashion blogger community. 2010 truly is the year of the blogger -- not only are bloggers sitting in the front row at shows, they're also collaborating with designers and walking the runway (congrats, Rumi!).

We're especially excited to check out IFB's Evolving Influence blogger conference, which is happening today at the Hudson Hotel NYC from 9am-5pm (make sure to say hi if you see us!). Pioneering bloggers like Fashiontoast, Bryanboy, Gala Darling, and Cupcakes & Cashmere will be sharing in-depth information about how their blogs catapulted them to new career heights. You can buy tickets at the door for $75 or watch via livestream.



Check back here for daily updates on the latest stripe.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Nordstrom Bridesmaid Style Challenge Winners

We definitely have some wedding stylists in the making! A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Nordstrom Bridesmaid Style Challenge by creating a bridal party look for the perfect bridesmaid! Congratulations to our winners who will be receiving $500, $300 and $200 gift cards!

1st:



2nd:



3rd:



You can also check out all of the Top 20 sets here: