Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Member Spotlight: toxipollen

Today's member spotlight is on toxipollen. She joined the Polyvore community three years ago. She's a survivor. Take a look at some of her favorite sets.
Balmain Paris

die tonight

Rich girl

Tell us about yourself. 
Hi! My name is Omolara Arije; I am a 21-year-old art student, waif, muse, model, seamstress, consumer savant and daft, radical dreamer. I was born in Newark, NJ to amazing parents, and I have a brother and a sister. Um, what do I do? What don't I do! I paint, I dance, I sew, I travel, I fall in love, I wash, I rinse, and I repeat. I'm currently living in Chicago. I moved there for many reasons (mainly school) about two years ago and now am contemplating moving to Los Angeles (and taking a break from school).

When I was seventeen I was diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis around Christmas time (I was missing school a lot due to the fact I couldn't breath very well and was so tired). I spent the next year receiving dialysis treatments three times a week. Doctors had to put a catheter in my neck (which I couldn't hide no matter what I wore), and they also had me on a very dangerous chemotherapy treatment called Cytoxin which was administered by I.V for six hours once a month to bring the disease into remission.  If that didn't make it worse I was also on drugs that made me very weak, nauseous, confused, and swollen. I almost didn't finish high school because I spent so much time in the hospital. I looked so sick, and not just I-have-a-cold-sick, I looked like I was dying. Toward the end of that year it was decided that my kidneys would never function on their own and I would need a kidney transplant. The ideal candidate would be my twin sister, Funmi, but she was too young at the time (we were 18) so it was decided that my brother (who was 21) would do it.

Who could've known that my mother who had undetected heart disease would die a little after Christmas 2008, and her kidneys and liver would be given away. One of those organs went to me.  My operation was on New Year's Eve. It took some time for me to recover from it physically, and even longer to recover emotionally (try three years), but I'm getting there.

Polyvore really helped with that recovery. It really got me into fashion, and put me in touch with my passions--what I want to do with my life and how to live it. I feel like through all this I learned one thing: I'm a survivor, and I will carry on. I'm stronger than I've been in my life, so much so that it moves me to tears when I think about the past.

I’m driven and ambitious, but most of all, I’m new.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
To rule the world. Ha ha, I seriously would if I could :D
I just want to be able to have the power to influence a generation, maybe even a couple of generations through my art, voice and actions like all the other greats of our time. I have three professional aspirations currently. The first is to become a buyer for stores; I'm very good at trend forecasting. I foresaw glitter and sparkle as this season's trend and knew it would be a part of every girl's Christmas wardrobe.

My second dream job would be creative director; I've already been to my share of fashion shows. I was even in one, a small one. I draw out ideas constantly, and I'm currently trying to plan my fall collection called Lucy by Lara.

My third would be to become a fashion editor; I always have something to write about because I do my daily dose of digging for new and unique things. As you can see, I have pretty interesting way of telling it.

As for personal aspirations I sort of have a list I made when I was 11. I was copying a similar one made by Mandy Moore. I then edited it when I turned 18. Here's a preview: it includes attending a ball and shaving my head. Currently I'm trying to travel to as many countries as possible this summer and to finish my clothing collection.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
So, when I started out on Polyvore it was a month or two after my mother had passed away, which devasted me. I discovered Polyvore through when they were holding a Valentine's Day contest. I can remember thinking, from the first time I visited the webpage, "What an amazing site! It's so full resources and knowledge about clothes, brands and fashion. Why don't more people know about this?" I was ecstatic, haha, and at one point I became addicted to making sets! I would just spend so much time pairing designers and quotes and brands. Through that process I would read up on a brand and it would help me find pieces to add to my wardrobe. The site just really helped me realize my real passion. It allowed me to develop further, which made me to change my original major, psychology, to fashion. It also made e realize that fashion wasn't just pretty clothes and shoes, but hard work and effort and know-how.

What are you up to now
Right now, I am at the School of The Art Insitute of Chicago studying Fashion Design. I am, however, looking into transferring to Parsons School of Design. I am currently employed at a Macy's cosmetic and fragrance counter, which is exciting becuase I am immersed in the world of beauty, and I am gaining skills from it. As of late I am looking into getting internships at publications and fashion houses, but I also blog about the fashion industry and fashion design, and I freelance my sewing services for small clothing projects.

Describe your personal sense of style.
I don't know really where to begin, first and foremost I like to think of my self as a person who pays a lot of attention to details in fashion and in my wardrobe, but I don't completely believe in the "trendy" aspect of fashion. That is to say, I like to keep it more unique and creative and let that guide me to my sense of style. I think that everyone should be open to experimentation and I myself like to try new things with my outfits and draw from classics to build my sense of style. You can call me an "irregular choice" kind of girl. Like I would match a high-waisted jean with a pin-stripe tank-top and some statement jewelry.

What are some of your favorite brands?
Wow, now that's like opening Pandora's Box, I can go on all night! Well let's see at the moment: Jeffrey Campbell for sure (love his Litas!), Christian Louboutin, Tom Ford, Nicole Miller, Ksubi, Vivienne Westwood, Brian Lichtenberg, Manish Arora, Hermes, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Free People, Giuseppe Zanotti, Blank NYC, Cheap Mondays, Obsessive Compulsive cosmetics, Alex and Chloe, Tarina Tarantino, MotelRocks, just to name a Few....


Christina-Lauren said...

What a moving and inspirational story!

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Cheryl Kimblog said...

What an interesting article. Generally I work on paper writing company , but my hobby is fashion! I try to follow all the news and buy buy buy. Many say that it is a disease, but it's my passion.