Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
My name is Patricia Coelho, I am a 38-year-old writer, set designer and prop stylist, driven by music. A while ago, I decided to spend the time and master a couple things I love in order to be able to make a living out of them and get more space for the things that really matter in life. That is why I have been running my own business for three, almost four years now. I am also the proud mom of two cats (Josephine and Napoleon), a passionate learner, traveler and dancer. Easily attracted to vintage stuff, morning light, coffee and macarons, among many other things.
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I am currently based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Weather here is typically hot (uncomfortably hot sometimes), so lightweight, quick-drying fabrics, vibrant colors and prints are always trendy. Furthermore, the top trends for A/W 2013 - spotted on the runways of the just-ended SPFW (Sao Paulo Fashion Week) - are: subtly sheer, everything leather (dresses, skirts, sleeves), delicate embroidery and tailored, oversized pieces with a boyish appeal.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
I cannot say I have a favorite brand or designer per se, but I have always loved Gucci, Burberry, Balenciaga and Chanel classic pieces. Most recently, Proenza Schouler and Maison Martin Margiela have conquered my heart with their minimalist, contemporary visions. I also admire the creativity and originality of the Brazilian designers, especially Isabela Capeto, Gloria Coelho and Patricia Bonaldi.
Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
It seems to me that Kate Moss always knows what to wear to look gorgeous and aptly dressed. Also, Charlotte Gainsbourg has a great sense of style! She dresses casually, unpretentiously and still looks very sharp.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
Get widely recognized for my work and become a Polyvore representative, either in South America, Portugal or wherever you guys need me.
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has changed my life in so many ways! The site gives me all the effective tools to express my ideas and style. Plus, the Polyvore team keeps launching excellent improvements that make it easier to share our creations, shopping the latest products and discover the best contents online. As a result, the whole modus operandi helps us to save a lot of time! Not to mention the talented, welcoming community! I have made some wonderful overseas friends and great professional contacts there.
How would you describe your set style?
I like to think I don't have a "pre-established" set style. I get inspired by so many things: outfits, photos, trends, contests. My sets certainly reflect this diversified nature. So, for now, let's call them "multifaceted."
How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
When I am not traveling or drowning in work, I sign on every day. I always head straight to the activity stream to check the latest activities and news, then I get myself up to date visiting Polyvore and Polyvore editorial official profile.
What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
The Editor itself is my favorite feature. It is absolutely fantastic how organized, functional and accessible it is! The clipper and the mini editor are the cherries on top.
Describe your personal sense of style.
I like to feel comfortable and cozy. Honestly, I would love to attend every appointment wearing jeans and ballet flats! I am a huge fan of pearls, polka dots, florals, everything lace, leather jackets, graphic and striped tees, so I mix and match them whenever possible. I am addicted to bags, hats and sunglasses as well. When it comes to formal wear, I usually prefer neutral colors, stiletto heels and silky textures.
Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
I would like to be able to rearrange my collections as well as drag them in and out of other collections, from the "collection.edit" page. I also would love to be able to save items from the "All Items" tab, while in the "collection.edit" page.
Anything else you would like us to know?
Since many people ask me about it, my last name (Coelho) means rabbit (or lapin in French). That is where my username "je-suis-un-lapin" comes from.