Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Member Spotlight: diegolohve

Today's spotlight is on diegolohve, winner of our FNO Style Setter challenge. In fact, she's visiting Vogue today to attend a photo shoot and tour the famed Vogue Fashion closet! In celebration, we caught up with the New York native to find out more about her. Here are some of her sets:


And long after I'm gone, you'll still be humming along...


Alexa Chung


I see sparks fly whenever you smile...




Tell us about yourself.

My best friends call me Coco, which is actually quite fitting because I love Coco Chanel. I wish I could say I was the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine or something as fascinating as that, but to be honest, I am just a high school student who loves fashion, Europe, tennis, books, Taylor Swift, and One Direction. One other thing you might want to know about me is that I have a twin, london-rose.

What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?

I chose the name "diegolohve" because at the time that I was making my Polyvore account, I was talking with my friend about Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and we were swooning over Diego Luna. That, and I was trying to be artsy and find a new way to spell “love.”

What are your personal aspriations?

While I joke with my friends about becoming the next Anna Wintour, I realize that that is very unrealistic, and the truth is that I don’t really know what I want to do with my life, as I am still quite young. While I don’t have any specific goals—except the typical one of getting into a good college—I am still quite ambitious and aspire to be successful and save the world and all that fun, cliché stuff.

How has Polyvore affected your life?

Seeing as I go on Polyvore pretty much every day—I promise I’m not addicted (maybe)—I would say that Polyvore has become a somewhat significant part of my life. I have definitely fallen in love with the world of Polyvore since I joined two years ago and love “meeting” people from all over the world who share a common interest in fashion. Polyvore has thrust me into the world of fashion and sparked a passion in me that once did not exist. It has helped me refine my taste in clothes and develop a style that, while not necessarily unique, is my own.

Describe your personal sense of style.

While I don’t quite come close to emulating the Blair Waldorfs of the world, I’d say I have a mix of a preppy and classy style. I say this because I love blazers, cardigans, and blouses and prefer them over graphic tees, hoodies, etc. I also love lace and wearing the colors black, white, and gold. But, being the ambivalent teenager that I am, my style really depends on the day. Some days I feel like dressing in more of a NYC street style—which, to me, capitalizes on layering and wearing leather—and other days I feel like wearing striped Breton tops and espadrilles, taking on more of a Parisian style.

What are some of your favorite brands?

I will always love the timeless elegance that comes with the brand Chanel, but in terms of more contemporary clothing, I love T by Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Obviously though, as a teenager, my resources are limited, so I don’t wear any of these brands in real life. I’m more of an Urban Outfitters girl. Oh, and I window shop at the Romwe site frequently.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?

I’ll have to get back to you on that one. Right now, everything seems fine to me!

What made you decide to enter the FNO Style Setter contest on Polyvore?

I entered the FNO contest because I’ve always been a huge fan of Vogue Magazine. I’ve read everything from Teen Vogue to French Vogue—my friend got me a subscription for my birthday last year, as it pretty much sums up my love for fashion and Paris. I love the models that grace the covers of each edition, and I think a lot of the editorials are breathtaking. So, obviously, I was thrilled when the opportunity to win such a prize arose, and I was eager to enter the contest.

You get to visit Vogue! Tell us how excited you were to find out you won the FNO contest.

I was ecstatic when I discovered I won this contest! I remember I was coming home from a bad day at school when my dad called to tell me I won—my parents were very much involved in rallying support from friends and family to garner votes—and it completely turned my day around. The feeling of winning such an incredible prize was just overwhelming, and it still feels very surreal up to now. Things like this don’t happen to normal girls my age, so I am obviously thrilled!

What do you think you'll wear when you visit Vogue?

PLEASE READ: I need some advice...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Member Spotlight: tabithasue

Today's spotlight is on tabithasue, winner of our Tell Heidi Klum All About Me contest! She also goes by cutandpaste on Polyvore, which is where she creates her fashion sets. We wanted to catch up with her before her big trip to NYC this week to meet Heidi Klum! Here are some of her sets:

Tell Heidi Klum All About Me


polyvore wonderland


one night in new york city



Tell us about yourself.

Hi! My name is Tabitha. I'm a stay-at-home, work-from-home, single mother of three little boys. By day, I'm a graphic designer and photographer, and I love being creative and sharing my imagination on Polyvore. Outside of work, I sing, enjoy history, reading, and exploring. I love exploring the big city, finding all the hidden gems, or just digging for fossils in the woods.

What are your personal aspirations?

I would love to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I also dream of winning an Academy Award for Costume Design. (That's if my sister's book, Wander Dust, gets made into a movie!) It's nice to dream!

How has Polyvore affected your life?

Polyvore has been a wonderful creative outlet from my everyday life. Polyvore offers endless possibilities to style and create! And I've met some lovely friends there too! Polyvore is an amazing community!

Describe your personal sense of style.

Modern simplicity with tones of vintage.

What are some of your favorite brands?

Balmain, Vivienne Westwood, and Galliano for Dior are my favorite designers. I also adore the House of McQueen for their presentation.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?

Oh, yes! First, I would love to be able to color coordinate 'My items.' Secondly, I think the capability to add items from collections to our own collections without having to open a new window might make life easier. Thirdly, when creating a set in the Polyvore editor, it would be nice to search items from recently liked collections. Lastly, I dream about all the amazing sets I can make by being able to add video clips! (Hint, hint! Wags eyebrows.)

What made you decide to enter the Tell Heidi All About Me contest?

Heidi is a super-fabulous mother and businesswoman. I couldn't wait to enter and have a chance to meet her! She's truly an inspiration to me! In addition, this contest was so much fun. The objects used from Heidi's collection with my own personal artistic touches really reflect who I am.

You get to meet Heidi in NYC this week! How do you feel about this opportunity?

I'm super excited to go to NYC and meet Heidi! Honestly, it still hasn't sunk in yet because the other finalists' sets were so amazing! I really didn't think I would win, but I'm so incredibly grateful that I did. As a single mother, I don't get much time to myself. A trip to New York City, meeting Heidi, and having an uninterrupted shower will be a real treat! Thank you so much, Polyvore!!

Here is the outfit that I plan to wear the day I get to meet Heidi Klum:

what to wear



Stay tuned for a follow-up from tabithasue's adventure in NYC!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

Every Friday, we check in with our bloggers to see what new ways they've found to use Polyvore. Let's see what they've been up to!

Desi Bride Magazine has created several looks for different skin tones. These tips are great even for just going out on the town.



Desi Bride Magazine - Makeup picks for warm-medium undertones - Madhuri Dixit


(Click over to Desi Bride Magazine to see the rest of the looks, inspired by Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Padma Lakshmi, Bipasha Basu, and Mindy Kaling.)

For fall, you can never have too many pairs of boots. Peppermint + Ivy found some cool ways to style some chic boots.



Getting The Boot



(Click over to Peppermint + Ivy to see her second set featuring a pair of amazing neon yellow wedge boots.)

Flying somewhere for the holidays? Applied Style has some tips for stylish jetsetting comfort.




On a Jet Plane




Another travel essentials post came from Deacon Does DC:
Travel Tuesday: GalTime Travel Essentials



If you found yourself dreaming of a comfortable and adorable outfit, Maltese Kat has some inspiration for you.




Oh la la...



If you've found inspiring bloggers through Polyvore, or want to be featured in Love Letters, let us know!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Member Spotlight: eating-cheese-on-toast

Today's spotlight is on German member eating-cheese-on-toast, who has been Polyvore-ing for three years now. She has a unique set style, which incorporates miniature images of clothing, photos, and quotes. They're a ton of fun to look at! Check out some of her sets:


it's easier


make them wonder


say what you want



Tell us about yourself.

My name is Nadja and I’m 17. I live in Germany and I’m currently attending my last year of high school, which really freaks me out! When I’m not studying (cough), I love to meet friends! Just sitting on a small balcony in the dark, eating pizza, drinking, talking, and laughing is great. But I also like to keep time for myself. I love reading, watching films, listening to music, singing and dancing (horrible at both, but who cares?)… and shopping, of course.

What are your personal aspirations?

Hard to say. Maybe I’ll attend a university or maybe I’ll go to Great Britain for some months. All I really want is to be happy with what I’m doing. :)

How has Polyvore affected your life?

I think Polyvore really affected the way I dress and the way I look at other styles. Because of different members, I got different perspectives and this was really inspiring for me. Apart from that, it’s interesting to get to know other people from other countries, languages, cultures and so on. I even get to discover new singers and bands, which is fascinating, because Polyvore is more of a fashion site. But Polyvore is just so multifaceted. I think it’s a great opportunity to express yourself and broaden your mind. And that's why I love it!

Describe your personal sense of style.

I’d say it’s something between casual-comfy and girly with vintage accessories. Sometimes I wear skinny jeans with converse or biker boots and a tank top, sometimes I wear tights with a dress and a cardigan. So it really depends. But in general I’m a plain Jane, I don’t like to be very eye-catching. I love earthy colors or black and blue.

Got any features requests for the Polyvore team?

I love all the editor features like music, text, and effects. The only thing that comes to my mind is the ability to comment on collections. That'd be great! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Site Design Changes

New Site Design Changes



Dear Polyvore community,

Today we’re rolling out some design changes that are based on weeks of surveying the Polyvore community. Here’s what’s new:

Bigger, bolder header that gives you easy access to the important sections of the site. Many of you said the old tabs were hard to find and not that pretty. We hope this makes it simpler, cleaner and clearer for everyone.

  • Top = Top Sets
  • Following = Sets & collections from people you’re following
  • s = Likes from people you’re following 
  • Activity = Recent activity & contests (this section is unchanged from before). 


Streamlined layout for Top Sets, Following, and sMany of you said it took too long to scan sets in stream view. Many of you also wrote in about it being harder to like your friends' sets and getting less likes in return. So, we’ve opted for a larger grid view that makes it easier to view, discover and like more of your friends’ sets. 



Your feedback is incredibly important to us, so we tried to do a better job of incorporating your feedback into the design process this time. Here’s what happened behind the scenes with this new design:

Four weeks ago, we launched the new design to 10% of all visitors. That’s 1.1 million people! We asked people to directly email us back with their feedback. Thank you to the hundreds of people who wrote back with detailed feedback that allowed us to improve on the design. We made a lot of improvements during this period.

Two weeks ago, we increased the percentage to 20%. That’s 2.2 million people in total. Instead of getting direct email feedback, we asked people to fill out a survey based on the detailed member feedback. The survey showed that many more people liked this design and preferred it over the previous layout.

On top of that, we analyzed site metrics. Tools like Google Analytics let us measure whether people are using certain features or not. We found that this new design increased likes by 28%, made the homepage more sticky, and increased site usage all around.


We know change takes getting used to, but we hope you’ll spend some time with the new design and continue to share your feedback with us. We're also still working on a few improvements that you should be aware of:
  • A way to comment on sets from the homepage. This was a #1 request in the survey. We’re working on it!
  • A better way to browse Art and Interior Design sets. These communities are very important to us, so we’re working on a solution that lets you see top sets for these categories.
  • Tell us what else you want by leaving a comment here on the blog.
Thanks for all your patience and understanding. Hope you like the new look! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment here on the blog.

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Friday, November 11, 2011

Customize Your Activity Notifications

Dear Polyvore community,

Today we’ve added a new feature that lets you customize your activity notifications! This means you’ll only see the red notification flag when you have activity you care about.

To customize your notifications, go to your Activity page and click the “Customize” link above your activity stream. This will bring you to your Account Settings.  Under the Site Activity section, you can customize your notifications by checking or unchecking the boxes.



For example, you can turn off notifications for when your clipped items are used in sets, or turn on notifications for comments only.

This has been one of the #1 requests we’ve been getting, so we hope you find it helpful!

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Member Spotlight: rey-ray

Meet rey-ray, a Visual Merchandising student hailing from New York City. He's been a Polyvore member for three years and continues to wow us with his sharp eye for styling womenswear. Check out some of the outfits he's put together in his sets:


Leopard


Untitled #825


Shake It Off




Tell us about yourself.


I'm Ray from NYC and I'm 21 years old. I'm currently a full-time Visual Merchandising student at LIM College and a freelance fashion assistant. I enjoy painting and taking trips to the great museums New York City has to offer.

What are your personal aspirations?

I'm a passionate and creative person. I see myself dipping my toes into many waters.

How has Polyvore affected your life?

I interned for ELLE magazine for nine months and many of the accessories I worked with I had first seen on Polyvore. It came in handy because I already had the knowledge of what was what.

Polyvore's also enhanced the way I put pieces together in the real world, and I recognize certain labels due to Polyvore.

Describe your personal sense of style.

My style is filled with your basic classic pieces. I wear the same three pairs of jeans every week and the same tees and shirts. Let's just say there's a lot of laundry going around in my house.

What are some of your favorite brands?

For the hipster in me: Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Phillip Lim. For the classic, perfectly tailored pieces: Celine, Calvin Klein, and Chloe. For things I can actually afford: anything in a thrift store.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I think Polyvore has created easy ways for us members to use it. Keep up the good work! :-)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Show Naomi Campbell Your Rock Chic Style Inspired by Duran Duran's "Girl Panic!"

Rock Chic with Naomi Campbell and Duran Duran's "Girl Panic!"



Duran Duran's new video "Girl Panic!" debuted today and stars supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, and Yasmin Le Bon as Duran Duran! Get inspired by the video and show Naomi Campbell your rock chic style for a chance to meet Duran Duran and receive $1,000 in Swarovski jewelry worn in the video!




Enter the contest now! Good luck!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

Every week we check in with our bloggers to see how they've used Polyvore to create great, editorial images on their blog posts. Here's what we found this week.

Golestaneh, who opened her own boutique this year, showed off how she styles white skinny jeans.

white, grey, black & burgundy



Amanda from Amanda's Photo Garden has another great DIY project for you: adorn your satin heels feathers and sparkle!

DIY: Feather Decorated Heels



Are you ready for cold weather? Chain Strap Purse curated a nice collection of coats to get you ready for the season.

Bundled Up



If you love printed denim but are not sure how to wear it, KP Fusion has a few ideas for you.

Splat



Arm-chair travel Copenhagen with Of Revolt and check out her adorable outfit.

Copenhagen



If you've found inspiring bloggers through Polyvore, or want to be featured in Love Letters, let us know!
loveletters@polyvore.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Polyvore Beta Mobile Site Is Here!

For all you Polyvore-lovers on-the-go, we're excited to unveil the beta version of our mobile site! This has been one of your top requests for a while so we're thrilled to give you the first look.


Check out the mobile site by going to polyvore.com on your iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone, and newer BlackBerry phones.

The mobile site is optimized for browsing sets and checking your activity. You can easily like your favorite sets and items and follow your contacts. Because the size of your phone screen is small and limited, set creation is not supported right now. At any time, you can click on "switch to full site" to get to the original web Polyvore.


This is the beta version of our mobile site, so we'll be making lots of improvements and adding more functionality over the coming weeks. Be sure to let us know your top feature requests! Enjoy!

Love,
The Polyvore Team