Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Member Spotlight: historyandheels

Today's spotlight is on historyandhighheels, who has been a Polyvore member for a year and is also one of our Glamour Style Q&A contest winners! Be sure to pick up the January issue of Glamour Magazine and check out her style advice. Here's a look at some of her sets:

Paris Original

a melting pot of fabrics

the Modern Hippie

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Annie Papineau and I'm a logistics specialist for MIQ Logistics. When I'm not at work I volunteer at a local animal shelter, write my blog History & High Heels, and participate in Zeta Tau Alpha alumni events. I generally enjoy decorating and doing crafts, exploring Kansas City, and researching new fashion trends (aka shopping)!

What's the story behind your user name?

My username historyandhighheels is named after my blog! I was a history major in college (I specifically studied the Tudor period of English history) and so I thought it would be a creative idea to start a fashion blog mixing my sense of style with my interest in history. I also have a fairly strong obsession with high heels, but oddly, I rarely wear them! I just think they are so beautiful, but it's so hard to find a comfortable pair at times. To come up with a blog name I wanted to make it an alliteration so as to keep it memorable, so I finally chose history and high heels. That's the story!

What are your personal aspirations?

I want to find a career in the fashion industry that combines writing and my sense of style. I would love to work for a fashion magazine or website. I also want to travel many places in the world that I've studied in my history classes in college. I also aspire to help many non-profits that support animal welfare, human rights, and the environment.

How has Polyvore affected your life?

Polyvore has drastically helped me create and design blog posts for my website. It also inspires my own personal style and encourages my creativity. Through the site, I have been able to find a community that has the same interests and love for all things fashion.

Describe your personal sense of style.

My own style is a fun combination of nerdy chic, classic Audrey Hepburn, glitzy, modern, feminine glamour with hints of hippie/boho style. I make sure to keep my style affordable, because I cannot afford to spend too much of my pay check on clothes!

What are some of your favorite brands?

Some of my favorite brands are J.Crew, TopShop, ASOS, Modcloth, Kate Spade, Loft, H&M, Madewell, Gap, and Coach.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I would love it if you featured J.Crew or Kate Spade as featured brands or did a look into the best looks for the holidays and New Years. I'm beginning to think about what I want to wear to a New Years Eve Party, so any ideas and inspiration would be great!

How does it feel to be one of the Glamour Style Q&A contest winners?

When I received saw your email come through on my phone I at first I thought it was a joke. It took me a minute to calm down and realize that it couldn't be a trick! When I called my parents to let them know the news I was shaking and they at first thought I got in a car accident. Thankfully, I had much better news than that! I was just so elated with my contest win and could hardly believe it. I'm one of those people who never win anything so this is really special for me!

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