Tell us about yourself.
I'm a multi-racial 25-year-old Christian from Atlanta, Georgia. I received a B.S. in International Affairs a few years ago, but I am currently looking for a job - in any field. (Insert shameless plug here. :)) I'm experienced in analysis, but like everyone else on Polyvore, I would love to be working in a creative field. I'm married to a very sweet guy who is completely confused by the concept of Polyvore, but who goes around telling all his friends about it anyway. If in interests my first love is fashion, my second love is food. I'm obsessed with breads, fruit, cheeses, pastries...I just can't get enough!
What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?
My profile name, nikkeeb, might be as uncreative as they come. I came up with this handle for an email address in 7th grade based on my maiden name (Nicole B.) and have just kept it across different online communities since then.
How would you describe your sense of style?
I would say I'm very much a fan of the classics with a twist. A classic LBD with embellishments at the neckline, a tweed trouser in a modern cut, or a jewel-tone silky blouse would be staples in my closet. Of course, there's always room for an eclectic piece here and there, too, to keep it unpredictable.
What's one thing you wish people would wear more of?
I definitely wish more young people would wear more timeless (fewer trendy) pieces. There seems to be a huge phobia of looking too old, so as a result of overcompensation a lot of young adults end up looking too young in my part of town. For example, I wish young women would embrace a beautiful, well-made trouser. (Tweed or herringbone, anyone?) It can look so polished and feminine if you get the right fit and style for your shape.
How did you discover Polyvore?
I saw Polyvore here and there all over the fashion blogosphere for years, but I didn't get involved until recently on a whim. I made my first set and haven't been able to stop since...
Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?
I use Polyvore because it's a great place to express myself through fashion without spending a fortune. It's also fun to develop a community based on a shared interest, especially since most of my friends aren't interested in fashion at all. Lastly, I see fashion as a form of art. When I peruse Polyvore sets, it's like checking out a museum without having to leave my couch.
If you could share one tip or trick with a new Polyvore member, what would it be?
I think it's really important to browse through and "like" other people's sets. It's not a community if everyone's just making their own sets and not interacting or being inspired by one another! There are so many unique perspectives on Polyvore, you'll always find a set that will make you look at a piece differently.
Do you have a favorite fashion designer or style icon who has influenced you?
Of course I heart all the typical fashion icons - Keira Knightley, Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth. As far as designers, they all have such different styles, but I love everything from Proenza Schouler, Elizabeth and James, Ports 1961, Chris Benz, Elie Saab, Cynthia Steffe, and my latest designer crush, Isabel Marant.
What online stores do you like to clip from?
I adore Anthropologie for clothing, ASOS for accessories, and Browns Fashion for more unique, higher-end items.
What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?
What's your favorite set created by another Polyvore member?
The composition of this set is mesmerizing. Every piece of the outfit is intriguing in some way and goes so well together. All of the background photos are so different yet somehow have the same tone which happens to be so appropriate to the outfit.
Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?
I wish there was a better way to search through old sets or items used in sets previously. Sometimes I'll remember and item I used in a set a long time ago, but I'll have a hard time finding it in the archives.