Mad About Manhattan by minnieromanovich featuring kate spade
Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
My name is Minnie Romanovich, I'm in my thirties, with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. After graduating, I worked at an advertising agency as an illustrator and later a copy editor, but for the last few years I have been doing freelance work with my focus being on photography and children's book illustration. I love international travel, food, books, movies, perfume, jewelry, and fashion. Fall is my favorite season in terms of fashion, because I love wearing trench coats and berets, and accessorizing with silk scarves.
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Manhattan, and am passionately in love with my city. Knee-high boots, especially two-tone boots, are very much in right now. Oxblood or a deep crimson seems to be trending in terms of color. Leather jackets are currently more popular than the classic trench coats. Sheath dresses with embroidery are in almost every store. After the NY Fashion Week (fall/winter 2012), there has also been a revival of what would be termed as "grandmother's closet." A retro mix of prints and tweed coats, along with lace and shawls are making a comeback.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
Like most fashion-loving women, I have more than one favorite, and for more than one reason. Alexander McQueen definitely tops the list for me, in terms of avant-garde aesthetic. I think of that label as intellectually fashionable. I love the classic pieces of Hermés -- perfection with every stitch and seam. Burberry has been another favorite; they've proven time and time again that they're not just about the famous plaid anymore.
I like the prints and the draping of Diane Von Furstenberg, as well as the edgy sophistication of Helmut Lang or Zadig & Voltaire -- both of which emulate the "SoHo chic." J Crew, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and White House Black Market are my other to-go stores for daily wear -- reliable in terms of good quality, and still stylish.
Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
Anne Hathaway's easy elegance, Olivia Palermo's Euro-jetsetter style, Lucy Liu's chic and sleek styling (especially in the CBS show Elementary), and, of course, Kate Middleton's effortless sophistication are all elements I appreciate and find relatable.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I have had some of my illustrations and photos published in magazines and periodicals, but my goal is to get picture books published. Writing and illustrating children's books has always been one of my aspirations and I have been focused on achieving that. Fashion is also something I'm keenly drawn to, and would love to work as a stylist or be on the design team of luxury boutiques/department stores. On personal levels, one of my aspirations is to find a bigger apartment in NYC, and start a family. Currently, it's just me and my husband, and our four-year old cat named Arianna. But in the near future, we'd like to expand our trio with a baby. Last but not the least, travel has taken a back seat in my life over the last year and a half, so I'd like to revive that and explore parts of Europe that I haven't yet visited.
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has made a significant impact on both my style sensibilities as well as my creativity. I have come to heavily rely on Polyvore for staying up-to-date on trends (both current and upcoming) and for news from the world of fashion, couture, and retail. My skills at composing a look or a layout have been honed in the five years that I have been a member. It has also been a rewarding experience in terms of making connections with other Polyvore members, being inspired by their talents, and also forming meaningful friendships. Last year, I met with one of my PV friends for the first time and we had so much fun walking in out and of the boutiques in Meatpacking District/TriBeCa. We discussed the items we'd already seen on PV before seeing them in stores, talked about the sartorial elegance of our favorite designers, etc.
How would you describe your set style?
I've always been a fan of minimalism, and a believer of the "less is more" mantra. Ergo, my sets tend to be streamlined and clean, with a balanced amount of strategically positioned negative space to make them appear light and not cluttered. Generally speaking, I veer toward the editorial look due to my advertising background.
Who did you choose your username?
Few people on here know this, but my actual name is Nupuri. My nickname, Minnie, was acquired when I was six or seven and was obsessed with Disney and Minnie Mouse. Thus I forced my parents to call me Minnie and wouldn't answer to any other name. For the record, my desire of wearing polka dotted frocks and hair bows died decades ago.
How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I'm always logged in, until the cookies expire and I have to sign in again. I check Polyvore first thing in the morning, right after going through my personal email. I go to the activity page and after getting caught up with that, I check the trending topics, especially the Polyvore collections featuring top products/sets for the day. Then I get caught up with the sets of other members whom I follow, and lastly I go to the editor to create a new set or work on an existing draft.
What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
The Polyvore Editor is fantastic. There have been so many improvements made over the years, and it's now exceptionally organized and user-friendly. The upgraded clipper is super. I love the ability to customize the shapes, as well as the addition of the color block tool. I'm also a big fan of the search feature, allowing you to look for not just a specific item but also various trends, and then having the ease and accessibility to shop the same.
Describe your personal sense of style.
Although I keep up-to-date with trends, I don't follow them blindly; I make them my own. I like to dress classic, mixing brights with neutrals. Just like my set style, I carry the minimalism to my personal style as well, so I avoid over-accessorizing. Coco Chanel's sage advice was to look in the mirror before leaving the house, and taking one thing off. I firmly believe in this. On a regular day, I opt for dark-wash bootcut jeans or a pencil skirt, paired with a pretty blouse or sweater. As much as I like stilettos, I seldom wear them. Living in a city, it's so much more comfortable to walk around in ballet flats or boots. I'm a big fan of tailored jackets and trench coats, and I can't seem to have enough of those. I also love buying jewelry -- both fashion and fine -- especially pieces that will outlast seasonal trends and can be versatile. For formal wear, I'm drawn to dresses that are romantic -- Grecian draping or flowing silks, accessorized with one or two statement pieces, either in the form of jewelry or clutch.
Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
Just a couple: would love to see a bigger selection of fonts. I find the current selection rather limiting when creating an editorial layout. Also, if there would be a way that we could search through our clipped/saved items using the color chart, that would be very helpful.