Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Be a Guest Style Correspondent for The Washington Post!

The Washington Post Style Search: Which Movie Should Win Best Picture?

Oscars Remix: The Washington Post and Polyvore Style Search.

Here's how it works. Over the next few weeks, we'll issue four Oscars-themed style challenges. After each challenge, The Washington Post will feature some of their favorite sets on The Style Blog. That makes you a guest style correspondent! Talk about bragging rights. Post Style and Entertainment editors will also select a grand prize winner to feature in The Post's print Style section.

Our first challenge begins today. Tell us who you think will win Best Picture by styling a set with your favorite nomination. For inspiration, include a movie poster or still from your pick.

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Add Polyvore to Your Facebook Timeline!

Add Polyvore to Your Facebook Timeline!

Today Facebook is announcing a big change to the way applications and web sites connect with Facebook. You can now add “custom actions” to your Facebook Timeline. Polyvore is excited to let you know that we’re one of Facebook’s launch partners. By adding Polyvore to your Timeline, you can easily share your Polyvore sets, likes, items, and contest wins with your Facebook friends!

Since this is a big change for Facebook and the way Polyvore integrates into Facebook, we’ll be relying heavily on your feedback to make improvements. Make sure to tell us what you think!

Adding Polyvore to your Timeline is simple. If you’re already connected with Facebook on Polyvore, you’ll need to log out and re-connect. Once you reconnect, you’ll see this dialog:

Or, you can go to the “Sharing” page in your Polyvore account and update your Facebook options:

You have full control of what you’d like to share on your Timeline. If you just want to use Facebook to connect and don’t want to share your style on your Facebook Timeline, you can uncheck the boxes. You can also edit your selections at any time.

Love it? Hate it? We want to hear from you, so please leave us a comment here on the blog and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet Trends

At the 2012 Golden Globes, stars went bold with bright colors like crimson or went for a more subtle shimmer with champagne-colored dresses. Both soft and strong-colored gowns had eye-catching power clutches to up the glam quotient. Which red carpet looks did you like this year?

2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet Trend: Champagne Gowns
2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet Trend: Crimson Hues
2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet Trend: The Power Clutch
2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet Trend: The Power Clutch by polyvore-editorial featuring a green clutch

Monday, January 16, 2012

Show Kate Bosworth How You Wear JewelMint

Show Kate Bosworth How You Wear JewelMint

Earn your styling stripes! Actress, designer, and model Kate Bosworth wants to see how you wear JewelMint, an exclusive jewelry collection designed by her and celebrity stylist, Cher Coulter.

Create your favorite look with JewelMint and Kate will select five sets to represent her line on Facebook and on JewelMint.com. All five finalists will also win a year's subscription to JewelMint (that's a new piece of jewelry every month)! Ready, set, style!

Eager to get your hands on an exclusive piece of jewelry from Kate's line? You can get 50% off your first JewelMint piece with this code just for Polyvore members: POLYJM (valid 1/16-1/23).

Polyvore and COVERGIRL Present Polyvore Live!

Polyvore Live presented by COVERGIRL

What happens when Polyvore, COVERGIRL, alumni from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and bloggers come together? Polyvore Live, our first live fashion show is what!

Polyvore Live sponsored by COVERGIRL will be held in New York City during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Four talented designers, all FIT graduates, will show their work on the runway: Lauren Bagliore, Vengsarkar “Ven” Budhu, Sergio Guadarrama, and Dana-Maxx Pomerantz. The show will also stream live on Polyvore.com/Live on February 13th at 6pm so you can tune in.

The models walking the catwalk at the live show are some of your favorite fashion bloggers, who will be revealed one week before the big event! Makeup artist, Beau Nelson, and styling duo Anda and Masha will be creating looks for the show.

Want to join us front row at Polyvore Live? Here’s your chance! Beginning today through January 27, you’ll have the opportunity to create sets using pieces from each featured designer’s collection and items from COVERGIRL. Each of the four designers will select their favorite, and four winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to NYC! Get started by entering our first challenge with Dana-Maxx!

Be sure to keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook for all the behind-the-scenes fun around #polyvorelive!

Good luck and happy styling!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Member Spotlight: polybaby

Today's spotlight is on polybaby. She's a mom who is addicted to Polyvore. She has many talents and creating sets is one of them.  Check out some of her creations:
Spring Hair Trend

Simply Me

Romwe Style

Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Deborah Rice. I turned 44 on Dec 29th. I am currently not working due to a layoff at work, but am trying hard to get a job in this tough economy! I usually work in customer service. I love to read and play computer video games like Star Wars the Old Republic. Yup, I'm a gamer geek! And I love, love, love shopping and being on Polyvore. So glad I found it. I like to cook and spend time with my daughter--we are very close. I got remarried three and a half years ago, and he thinks my Poly addiction needs to calm down!

What are your personal aspirations/goals?

Personal goals…well ever since I had my daughter 16 years ago they shifted. Number one is to be the best mother I can be. My daughter is amazing and I cherish all my time with her. I never really loved working all the time, but I think it would be amazing to find a job that I actually liked that maybe had to do with shopping designing, something creative! Polyvore could give me a job making sets or looking for sets. What do you say?

How has Polyvore affected your life?

It has made me more aware of the trends and the designers out there, I've always loved fashion , but didn't spend much time thinking about it. Now I almost dream of what I will create the next day or what contests I would enter! It takes up a lot of my time, which isn't a bad thing, but will have to slack off once back to work.

Describe your personal sense of style.

My personal style is pretty casual. I have severe osteoarthritis in my spine and can’t really wear heels, but some of the low chunky boots, which I love with jeans and slouchy sweater. If I am going out, I'd wear black mostly with a splash of color, always in style and looks dressy.

What are some of your favorite brands?

Tiffany , Vivienne Westwood, Marchesa, Elie Saab

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Member Spotlight: bullygrrl

Today's spotlight is on bullygrrl, winner of our Rep Your College contest! She's a creative strategist whose avocation is advocating for pit bulls, and she's been styling away on Polyvore for two years. Check out some of her sets:

Marni Print Fever

New Year's Resolution 2011

La Grande Boucle

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Erika Knudson, I grew up in Wyoming and live in Bloomington, Indiana. I am 43 years old, am married to an art historian, and our family includes two American Pit Bull Terrier mix dogs, a German Shepherd mix dog, and a cat. I work as Director of Strategy and Client Relations for Indiana University's internal ad agency/branding and marketing operation, IU Communications.

I love animals, fashion, writing, reading, and learning people's stories. On the weekends, I volunteer at my local animal shelter (Bloomington Animal Care and Control) as an adoption counselor and animal photographer. I am listed on the Pitbull Rescue Central website as a resource for people who need help rescuing pit bull-type dogs.

In my day (and often night!) job, I help the Indiana University and our internal clients identify their part of the Indiana University brand story. With my creative and informational/emerging technology colleagues, I create marketing strategies to help the university recruit students, cultivate alumni and donors, and communicate with the world. I have been fortunate to connect in my work with amazing alumni of Indiana University who are in the fashion world, including fashion blogger Jessica Quirk and men's fashion director of Singer22 and blogger, Jace Lipstein. I love my job, the projects we get to work on, and the new things I learn and people I meet every day!

What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?

My avocation is to serve as an advocate of pit bull terrier-type dogs, a now life-long dedication that started when my husband and I signed up to be a foster home for homeless and abandoned dogs for our local animal shelter. Our second foster dog was a pit bull named Cuddles--he was torn up and scarred all over his body and the shelter believed he had been abused. He was going to be euthanized if he didn't find a foster home, and when my husband and I walked up to his kennel, he looked at us soulfully, threw back his head, and howled his story. We took him home that night and he has never left. Cuddles (whose mission in life is to snuggle anyone in his vicinity) was the start of a parade of pit bull foster dogs through our house, and the beginning of my passion to advocate for a terribly misunderstood and deeply loving breed of dog. I adopted "bullygrrl" as my Twitter name and alter ego, and so it was natural to keep that as my profile name when I joined Polyvore.

On Polyvore I can follow my other passion (for fashion!) ... and it is a somewhat unconventional way to advocate for so-called bully breeds. Sometimes people send me Polyvore messages asking if I am a bully, or they are puzzled and think I am advocating bullying... but it is the exact opposite. I stand against those who would bully or hurt people and animals... I stand up for the breed of dogs that has been most misunderstood and mistreated.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?

I feel lucky to be in a job that allows me to meet new people and learn new things every day. It's a long way from my childhood dream, which was to be a jazz flutist and to write for the New Yorker! I'd still love to do the second half of that dream--I am a writer at heart and am happiest when I have uncovered a good story and have found an innovative way to tell it. I would love to work at Polyvore in another life (or perhaps later in this one!) I'd also like to dedicate my life to speaking and writing about pit bulls to help change perceptions about these dogs in a significant way.

How has Polyvore affected your life?

Since I have moved from being "creative" to a strategy and client services position, my writing has moved from writing stories and marketing copy to writing proposals and strategy statements. As my work life has changed, Polyvore provides me with a deeply creative outlet, a place for my imagination to play and create. I have also made deep friendships with people around the world on this site, and have been able to connect with and be inspired by some truly remarkable people. I have met two of my Polyfriends in real life and text, e-mail, and call one Polyfriend regularly. I find the site to be a bit addicting and sometimes have to remind myself to go outside and play!

Describe your personal sense of style.

My personal sense of style is a little eclectic, a pinch of edgy, feminine, and runs the spectrum from my "creative professional" persona to my grungy dog-walker garb. I love wearing high heels and boots.

What are some of your favorite brands?

Well, I LOVE Marni. Its combination of patterns and shapes delights me and I find endless hours of fun putting together virtual Marni outfits on Polyvore. On a more attainable note, I enjoy clothing from Banana Republic and Anthropologie, thrift shop finds, and hand-me-downs from stylish friends. My dream designer wardrobe would be stocked with Marni, Miu Miu, Anne Demulemeester, Rick Owens, and Rodarte.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?

You guys rock. Love the site, love the contests, love the community you have created. Two requests: Polyvore meet-ups around the world, and a way to identify and track your favorite friends on the site.