Thursday, January 13, 2011

Interview with chicGiselle

Today's interview is with Polyvore member and blogger chicGiselle, a lover of both fashion and the law! She's been creating sets for the 3 years now and has several contest wins under her belt. And with her amazing eye for style, it's not wonder she also keeps a blog, Machine Wash Warm.

Here are some of her winning sets:

Tell us about yourself.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida. I'm 27. I graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam this past year. I'm currently in search of my dream job, something that mixes fashion, my international relations degrees (BA & MA) and my knowledge of the law. Graduating during a recession has been tough, and so to pay the bills I teach legal studies online. On the side I spend my time with Polyvore and my fashion blog, Machine Wash Warm.

What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?

My Polyvore name is a combination of the word chic in reference to all things stylish & smart and my first name.

How would you describe your sense of style?

I believe my sense of style is derived from a variety of places. I love history and I'm always in awe of how women used to dress themselves in the decades past (especially the 20s, 40s, and 50s). While my fashion is driven by affordability, I love to mix modern trendy pieces with classic essentials and comfortable beachy accessories. I am a Florida girl after all. I also have a flair for the glam and love to get all dressed up when I can.

What's hot in your 'hood?

Chunky watches are everywhere! I can't turn my head without seeing someone with a chunky gold watch, particularly Michael Kors.

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

Hats! It was great when wide brim hats started popping up on street style blogs! And I would love to see more men sporting a classic hat as well.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore 3 years ago during one of my blog surfing sessions. I clicked on the link and saw different items and I thought what a great place to get fashion inspiration! I explored the site a few times trying to grasp what it was all about and I decided to sign up. I did my first set and I was hooked.

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

I use Polyvore as a great way to express my imagination, get inspiration, and release stress! I am sometimes inspired by a picture of a model to create a story through my set. I spend a good amount of time trying to find the right pieces and include music that will create the overall effect and mood that I want. I express my passion for history and travel in my sets too, and my love for those dream pieces that are out of my price range. I sometimes catch myself screaming out loud, “I made a Polyvore set with that item” when I see an item on TV, in a magazine, etc.

Polyvore has also been a great stress reliever, especially during law school and the few times I let myself create a set when I was studying for the bar. I could tune out the stress and just focus on the art of making a set. I introduced my mother to Polyvore, NPeru, a while back, and my brother and dad have come to call us the Polyvore robots. As my brother stated, “World of Warcraft has nothing on Polyvore when it comes to time spent on a computer."

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

The more you create the better you get. It’s great to look back and see how far I’ve come. So, practice, practice, practice.

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

I love Chanel, Chloe, Stella McCartney, and Celine. Stylish Women who inspire me: Taylor Tomasi Hill (Style & Accessories Director, U.S. Marie Claire) and fashion blogger Kelly Framel from The Glamourai. Celebrity style icons: Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller, and Diane Kruger.

What online stores do you like to clip from?

Vintage pieces from 1stdibs, clothes from Net-A-Porter, and models from The Fashion Model Directory.

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

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

I love this set, and I am a little biased because my mom created it, but it combines everything I love: fashion, travel, history, and a great song to set the mood.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Yes, I would love to see a widget in the saved items collection that would allow us to separate our saved items by color and site.


Alexandra said...

Great interview! Good luck with your dream job and keep up the excellent creation on Polyvore!

cowardlylion said...

Wow! Your sets are amazing! Good luck with everything!

Fashion Agony said...

Your sets are truly inspiring, I'm glad I found your blog!