Monday, March 28, 2011

Nordstrom 'Light Up Your Spring' Challenge Winners

Looks like we're all ready for spring! Thanks to everyone who participated in our Nordstrom 'Light Up Your Spring' Challenge by creating bold and bright looks. Congratulations to Grand Prize winner LmKd ♥, who will be receiving a $1000 Nordstrom gift card to spend!



In addition, the Nordstrom team selected 5 runners-up to be featured on the Nordstrom Facebook page:










Check out more contest entries here:

Style Influencer Series: Kate Betts


Over the last few seasons, we've introduced you to fabulous designers, celebrity stylists, and fashion journalists in our Style Expert Series. Through Style Q&A and contests, our style experts have enjoyed getting to know you, too! As we head into the new spring season, we're excited to bring you a fresh experience by relaunching our program as the Style Influencer Series. Once a month, we'll be spotlighting influential people in the fashion and entertainment industries through contest challenges.

Kicking off our Style Influencer Series is Kate Betts, author of the book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. Kate has been covering the world of style for twenty years, most recently as a contributing editor at Time and also as the editor of Time Style & Design. The youngest person ever to serve as editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, she was also the fashion news director at Vogue and the Paris bureau chief of Women’s Wear Daily.

Who is your favorite style icon and why?


Michelle Obama because she represents the synthesis of style and substance.

What advice would you give to aspiring fashion journalists?


Follow your own curiosity, don't just follow the pack. When everyone else is looking to the left, look right.

Enter Kate Betts' style influencer challenge and dress your favorite style icon. She'll personally choose three winners to receive an autographed copy of her book, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup

Happy Friday! Before you head into the weekend, catch up with some of our favorite bloggers in this week's blog roundup!

Kayleya has a style crush on Lauren Conrad. (And so do we!)



Get the spring look of model Selita Ebanks on Fashion In My Eyes.



A Life More Gorgeous shares her favorite adornments.



Check out A Sour Girl's red hot trend alert!



Shop the Bon Bon Rose Girls' closet and see what you find!




Painthead's World
remembers Hollywood legend, Elizabeth Taylor.



Fashion Me Fabulous has a thing for fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe.



Dive into spring brights with Keren B.



Sandra's Closet tells all about fashion designer, Thakoon.


Do you love blogging with Polyvore? Let us know!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Indulge in Style with Magnum Ice Cream and Rachel Bilson



Indulge in fashion’s greatest pleasures with Magnum ice cream and Rachel Bilson. Style a chic red carpet look for Rachel that exudes the chic Magnum lifestyle and includes at least one Magnum ice cream bar as the ultimate luxury accessory.

Rachel Bilson will personally choose one winner to receive a trip to New York City to attend the Tribeca Film Festival debut of Karl Lagerfeld's original film series starring Rachel!

Style away and enter the contest now for your chance to win!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Interview with Luba L

Today's interview is with Russian Polyvore member, Luba L. She's been creating stylish sets for a year and has a very fresh and edgy layout style. Many of her sets are styled vertically, giving a minimalistic aesthetic to the looks she compiles. Here are some of her fashion-forward sets:









Tell us about yourself.

My name is Luba. I'm Russian and I live in Moscow. I've also lived in different parts of Russia and Johannesburg, South Africa for couple of years. My first degree is in ancient history, but I never worked in that field. I started to work at 17 at the press center of a local ice hockey team. My last job was in commercial real estate. Ultimately I discovered that my passion is wine. So I took a wine course in South Africa, and then I completed my sommelier study here in Moscow. I've just started to learn French because I'll need it for my future job in the wine industry. Besides my career, I have two lovely sons - 9 and 2 years old.

How would you describe your sense of style?

I think what we wear (or what we'd like to wear) is a reflection of our personalities. I would describe myself as an open and positive person, as is my style. It's minimalistic, clean, and sometimes vintage inspired.

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

I adore dresses! They're so versatile and easy to wear.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore on InStyle.

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

I use Polyvore to relax -- it's my way to chill out. I'm a creative person and a perfectionist at the same time, and Polyvore is a great creation tool. It's hard for me to create something by hand, for example through drawing. Here on Polyvore I'm always happy with my sets and the creative part of my personality is completely fulfilled.

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

It took me a while to figure out how to keep a background. I suggest using a white square behind your set as a good trick.

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

My favorite style icon is definitely Marilyn Monroe. In regard to designers, I admire the creativity each and every one of them has.

What sites do you like to clip from?

Like most, I like to see what's just in at net-a-porter.com. My favorite Russian sites are to-dress.ru and fashiondetails.ru. I also like to look for accessories on tooklookbook.com and editorial shots on fashiongonerouge.com.

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







What's your favorite set created by another Polyvore member? What do you love about it?

This set is a pure perfection for me! All items are fashionable and wearable at the same time. The creativity in presentation of this outfit is just amazing! This set is so unique, outstanding and spectacular!



Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I'd like you to make it possible to comment on someone's collections. Thank you!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Slow Images - We're On It!

You may have noticed slow or broken images on Polyvore. We're sorry for the inconvenience. We're doing our best to fix this issue quickly and will keep you updated. For those of you who are technically inclined, the source of the problem is connectivity issues with Amazon S3, the 3rd party web service that hosts our images.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

From Europe to You: MNG by Mango at jcpenney Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in our From Europe to You: MNG by Mango at jcpenney contest! We loved all of your European-inspired looks. Congratulations to winner RegallyBlonde who will be flown to New York City to experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion's Night Out!



Congrats are also in order for redvelvetcrazy and Desert~Rose who will each receive a $500 gift card!




Check out more contest entries here:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup

Start your weekend in style! Catch up with some of our favorite bloggers in this week's blog roundup.

Broke in the City
goes wine-tasting in style.



Take a peek at The Strawberry Fields Forever's personal style.



Street Number Eight shares some of her favorite rebel antics.



Unlock spring style and lots of originality with Fashion Me Fabulous!



Celebrate free-spirited women with O Unique!




Do you dream in candy colors? Sandra's Closet sure does!



Dear Bette shows us how to dress like Audrey Hepburn without breaking the bank.


Do you blog with Polyvore? Let us know!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Tell Us Your Story!

Every day we browse Polyvore in awe of your talent and creativity. Through your profiles and beautiful sets, we get a small glimpse into who our community members are. We want to know more about you! We're amazed at the personal stories that many of you share with us through blog interviews, emails, and even on Twitter. For example, eighty jane is a fashion writer and wardrobe stylist who uses her sets as her portfolio with clients. ♥єmίℓყLίz♥'s love for graphic design and Polyvore landed her a job making sets for hosiery boutique, We Love Colors. And elizabeth says relax, among others, told us Polyvore gave her the inspiration she needed to enroll in fashion design school!

Tell us your story! We'd love to know more about your personal aspirations so we can line up the most amazing opportunities for you. Are you a budding fashion designer? Do you have dreams of being the editor of a fashion magazine? Share your story with us and help us get to know you by taking this short survey. We'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

HUDSON & Georgia May Jagger Style Inspiration


Imagine having your set printed in the pages of NYLON Magazine and rubbing elbows with some of the hottest celebrities at NYLON's Young Hollywood Party. Well, HUDSON and NYLON are making this awesome opportunity a reality for one Polyvore member in our HUDSON & Georgia May Jagger Style Inspiration contest!

Georgia May Jagger's inspiration comes from the soul of London and ease of California. Show us what inspires you by styling a pair of HUDSON by Georgia May Jagger jeans! Georgia May Jagger will personally choose one Grand Prize winner to receive:
  • A trip for two to LA for a styling session with HUDSON Creative Director, Ben Taverniti
  • All five styles of HUDSON by Georgia May Jagger jeans
  • Set printed in NYLON Magazine
  • VIP admission to NYLON's Young Hollywood Party in May
In addition, four runners-up will receive a pair of HUDSON by Georgia May Jagger jeans with a signed note from Georgia May Jagger!

What are you waiting for? Enter the contest now! Be sure to follow us on Twitter for cool updates throughout the contest.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Walk into Spring with Leifsdottir Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Walk into Spring with Leifsdottir contest to kick off their first ever shoe collection! Johanna Uurasjarvi loved looking through all of your entries! Be sure to check out our interview with her below for details on how she judged this contest. But first, the winners!

Congratulations to Grand Prize winner stylisHabits who will be receiving $1000 and her very own pair of Katja wedge shoes!

Grand Prize


Runners-up dressing, magdafunk, and lagomera will also receive a pair of the shoes they featured in their sets:





Leifsdottir


What did you think of the sets that were created for Leifsdottir in the 'Walk into Spring' Challenge?

I was blown away by the strong response we received. It was amazing to see how different and unique the sets were, and how much personality was built into each one. They showed such talent and were great fun to see!

Were you looking for anything specific in submitted sets?

I was looking for a creative and inspiring set that was sophisticated and unique in styling, captivating with a bit of storytelling, and connected to the Leifsdottir brand essence.

What was the judging process like? How long did it take? How many judges were involved? How did you view the entries?

I judged the entries myself. I had been checking in as the contest was going on so that I had an idea of some favorites, but it still took a couple of hours to pick the winner! I looked at the overall mood and layout first and then studied the actual styling.


Why did you choose your winner? What made it stand out and best represent the Leifsdottir brand?

The winning set stood out for its balanced composition, sophisticated modern styling with bit of edge, and editorial storytelling. I loved the sunlight filtering through the trees on the background- the set looked very Scandinavian and captured the Leifsdottir brand essence well.

Whats next for Leifsdottir? Any sneak peeks into future collections or directions?

Next will be our handbag line launch for Fall, which we are very excited about. Also, I am about to leave for Europe and Asia to find inspiration for the Spring ‘12 collection!

Check out more contest entries here:



Polyvore Sets in Times Square!


Congratulations again to the winners of our Spring Break Style with American Eagle Outfitters contest! Check out the photo above to see Lauren.y.b♥, nperu, Kristelle Yokley, and StelleM.'s winning sets in the spotlight in Times Square! Their sets will be displayed on the American Eagle billboard several times a day through March 18.

For all you NYC folks, snap a photo of yourself in front of the billboard and tweet it to us with the hashtag #polyvoretimessquare so we can re-tweet and share your pictures with the community on Twitter and our Facebook page!

Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup

Rain or shine, fashion never ceases to inspire. Check out this week's blog roundup for ways to stand out, regardless of the weather outside.

Transition from winter to spring with Fashion Me Fabulous.



Russian photographer Ulyana Sergeenko's got the look, and Fashion In My Eyes is sharing it.



Street Number Eight goes boho luxe with Isabel Marant's Fall 2011 collection.



Rain attacking Sunday Funday? Ever and Then shows you how to shine through it.



Sandra's Closet captures all that is Paris street style.



Spring is blooming and florals have inspired Style Epiphany.



Do you love blogging with Polyvore? Let us know!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Interview with Mrs tillyjayne

Today's interview is with Mrs tillyjayne, a wife and mother who has dreams of a career in fashion and art. Inspired by her passion for fashion, Mrs tillyjayne started her blog Dear Bette to share her musings on both runway and street style by way of Polyvore sets.

Here are some of her sets:








Tell us about yourself.

I live Blackpool, North England - a seaside town where it rains A LOT! I'm 28, 29 in the summer...which means the big 30 is coming next year. I actually find that a little scary. Although I'm a mother and a wife, I still don't quite feel like a grown up. Maybe it's because there are still so many things I want to do. I currently work for a marketing company as the Credit Control Manager and am a Personal Assistant to the directors. Though I enjoy it, it's not what I see myself doing forever. I'd love to run a successful fashion blog and be visiting fashion weeks to snap the latest trends on and off the catwalk and spend time waffling about my passion for clothes.

What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?

My profile name is simply my first and middle name, not very creative, I know. I've been thinking about changing it to my blog title 'Dear Bette' which comes from my love of old movies and actresses from Hollywood's Golden Age, Bette Davis being one of them.

How would you describe your sense of style?

I suppose I would call it eclectic. I pretty much dress how I feel on that particular day, sometimes it's a vintage style tea dress with mary janes. Other times I'll wear leggings and an oversized shirt. In my teens I was really into the punk look and wore pink fishnets religiously which matched my magenta hair. Nowadays it's a little too much for the office!

What's hot in your 'hood?

Combat boots are still the staple footwear of the moment and blazers are definitely the jacket of choice. Other than that the street style is pretty diverse for a relatively small town.

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

Perhaps because I enjoy vintage style, I would like to see women dressing more like women. I myself am guilty of throwing on a pair of jeans more often than I should but wouldn't it be lovely to see women wearing pencil skirts not just because they are going to work? I guess it's impractical for lots of things women do now, nonetheless, everyone needs a little glamour.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I was searching for inspiration for my wedding last year and found myself Googling 'silver wedding theme' as I wanted a wintery look -- hey presto! Up popped a Polyvore set with items to die for. I was intrigued by the way the mood board was put together and had to find out more.

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

Polyvore is a way for me to express myself, put outfits together, and style new looks all without leaving my house or having an enormous clothing budget. It's also a great way to post new trends and must-haves to my blog. One of the best things though, is meeting (albeit virtually) lots of like-minded people. I've made some fantastic 'Poly-friends', who are not only super stylish but also incredible artists, too.

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

Be persistent in finding your own style. When you first join Polyvore it can be too easy to begin replicating layouts and designs of other members -- show the community your true self and you will get so much more in return.

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

I couldn't really say I have an over all favourite. I love the couture gowns of Elie Saab, the classic femininity of Chanel and Marc Jacobs just makes my heart ache. Audrey Hepburn has to be up there with my all-time favourite fashion icons but something about Keira Knightley's style makes me want to run out to the stores and emulate her.

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

I really like the style of this set and I have a fascination with Paris - I haven't been yet but have been promised by my husband that we will visit for my 30th Birthday.



This one just because I love winter. Where I live summer is so unpredictable. With winter you know where you are, plus winter fashion is much cosier!



This is one of my more recent sets - something about the colour combination of the Bottega Veneta runway look really appeals to me, I just had to make a set inspired by it.



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

This is such a difficult question - there are so many sets that I adore and more and more being posted everyday. This set is by a member I have only recently come across, Sofa King Chill. Such a beautiful sense of style, elegance and understated beauty.



Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Pop-up notifications would be fantastic so I can see what is happening while I'm creating a set. At the moment I have to return to my home page before I know I have a message or a comment. The other huge thing for me is a searching facility for 'My Items' after a few months you begin to build up A LOT of images and finding things weeks down the line is a nightmare.