Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Member Spotlight: edenslove

Today's member spotlight is on edenslove. She's a California girl who has been a member of Polyvore for two years. She usually sports a classic skinny-jean style, but you might not guess that from her elegantly feminine sets. Take a look:
Sweet Innoncence

Babe in Boyland!!

Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth by edenslove featuring bangles jewelry
Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day.

My name is Sarah, I'm 29 years old and I am currently a stay-at-home mom. I'm going back to college in the fall. I typically wear comfy clothes at home while I'm with my daughter but my go-to outfit whenever I go out is always skinny jeans, boots/Toms and a sweater or a cute top with a cardigan/wrap. 

Where do you live, and what trends are big there? 

I live in Orange County, California. We have so many different styles here. We have a lot of beach trends like flip-flops and shorts, even in the winter, but I tend to go with the non-beach types. I tend to dress up more. Toms, boots and skinny jeans are BIG here as well. Everyone wears them, especially Toms. 

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?

My favorite designers are Marc Jacobs and Rachel Roy. I've always been a fan of Marc Jacobs. He just really knows how to dress a woman. He understands our shapes and uses amazing fabrics and patterns to compliment our curves. I've been obsessed with his Stam bag for years but have not been lucky enough to own one yet. It's a dream of mine to have one. (Laughing) Rachel Roy on the other hand makes very sophisticated yet dreamy clothes for women. I say dreamy because her patterns, colors and fabrics are so soft and luxurious-looking. I admire her because she is a mom like me and a lot of the clothes she designs, I can see myself wearing. You may admire someone's creations but whether they are wearable in your everyday life is another story. My favorite brands, where I tend to shop, are Cotton On, H&M and Urban Outfitters. Cotton On is an Aussie clothing store that came here to the OC about two years ago, and I'm obsessed with their indie-type of clothing. H&M just has everything. Really when you need a cute shirt or a little dress on short notice you go to H&M, and you'll find it. Urban Outfitters is more of a quirky indie store with great brands and lovely styles/prints. I love that store. I could live inside it! 

Which celebrity has great style?

I'm really inspired by Rachel Bilson and Sienna Miller's style. Rachel Bilson dresses a lot like I do. She tends to wear the skinny jeans with boots and a cute top. I love how she accessorizes with scarves! Scarves may be my favorite winter accessory. I adore how chic yet indie her style is. Sienna Miller can be chic as well but she is also boho, which I love. She just seems so free with her style, and I really admire her creativity. Especially those red boots. She actually got me to buy a pair of red Rayban sunglasses! 

What are your personal aspirations/goals?

Since having my daughter I stopped working and was really trying to re-evaluate my life and what I wanted to do with it. I worked in banking for so long, and it just wasn't gratifying at all. I'm such a creative person that desk jobs doing non-fashion work was making me miserable. I went to school to learn how to sew, and I thought for sure I was going to go down the designer route. I bought a sewing machine and all the necessities for sketching my designs, and I loved it. It was a great hobby but my heart wasn't in it. I decided I would love to be a Fashion Graphic Designer. Can you guess why? 

How has Polyvore affected your life? 

I first found Poly when you were holding the Nordstrom Eclipse Premiere contest. I entered about ten sets. Those ten were my very first on Poly. They are seriously cringe-worthy. Ha ha, and I thought for sure I was going to win. Little did I know. I was working on the sets on my little net-book while on vacation at a relative's house out of state. When I got back home, I went online with our home computer and really got to see what Polyvore was about. Polyvore has become a daily thing for me. I can't even begin to express how it has changed my life. At first it was a hobby, but now it's become so much more. Because of Poly it has become so clear to me what I want to do as my profession. For that I will forever be grateful. Websites like No Rest For Bridget have used my sets to market their clothing. My sets have been featured on No Rest's blog and have been used in their "Shop By Looks" section on their website. It's just amazing that I found my career path. I'm going back to school in the fall to get my degree in Graphic Design and Business. 

Describe your personal sense of style. 

I am 100% a skinny-jean girl. I have so many pairs in different colors. I don't know what I will do when boot-cut jeans come back. I guess I will be the girl who won't let skinny jeans go out of style. I also adore my wraps and cardigans. I can throw them on over any outfit. I love boots! I wear them everyday. I own flat ones, knee boots, heeled boots, ankle boots, biker boots, lace boots, camel boots and rain boots. I'm obsessed! When I'm not in my boots I'm in my Toms. I wore Toms all summer long. Especially when I was taking my daughter to Disneyland. No outfit for me is complete without a long necklace with some type of charm at the bottom, my stud earrings, a sparkly ring and my black Raybans! I also have a nose ring so I have fun switching out my studs to match my outfits. Fashion is a huge part of my life and not for vanity reasons. Fashion to me is like math to an accountant. It's just an important part of what I do. 


New! Easy Ways to Comment on Sets and Collections

We're always working on ways to increase the amount of love & feedback you get on your creations, so we’ve made it easier to comment and like directly from the Top, Following, and s pages. This new feature will allow you to comment on sets and collections easily.


Let us know what you think by leaving a comment here on the blog.

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Monday, February 27, 2012

84th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet Trends

At the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the stars sparkled on the red carpet. Literally. Gold, silver and sequined gowns glittered through the night. Sweetheart necklines also made a big show. Catch a glimpse of your favorite stars here!


Polyvore Live Hair Trends by Sarah Potempa

Polyvore Live Runway Hair Trends by Sarah Potempa



Runway shows aren't just about the fashion. Hair styles play a key part in pulling an entire look together. Celebrity hair stylist Sarah Potempa was the visionary behind the amazing hair styles that were on the Polyvore Live catwalk. From soft beach waves and side braids for Dana-Maxx and Lauren Bagliore's ready to wear collections to the amazing play on textures for Gavaskar and Celestino's evening wear collections, these hair styles are to die for.

Check out this slideshow of the hair trends from Polyvore Live created by Sarah Potempa:




Which style is your favorite?

Work It: Hugo Boss

Favorite of working women, Hugo Boss is a go-to brand for sharp suits. This year, Boss womenswear designer Eyan Allen shot a dash of orange and yellow into the label's signature black-suited look. How would you wear Hugo Boss?



Final Challenge: Be a Guest Style Correspondent for The Washington Post!

The Washington Post Style Search: What Were Your Favorite Looks at the Oscars?



Our final Washington Post Oscar challenge is here! You watched the Oscars last night and now we want you to chime in with your favorite looks from the night. Was it Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli? Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford? We want to know! The Washington Post will feature some of their favorite sets on The Style Blog. That makes you a guest style correspondent! At the end, Post Style and Entertainment editors will also select a grand prize winner to feature in The Post's print Style section.

Ready for your final challenge? Give us your red carpet recap from Oscar night by styling a set. How will you take your favorite look from red carpet to real life? Don't forget to include a picture of the celebrity wearing your favorite look.

Join the conversation! Tweet your Polyvore set with the hashtags #Oscars #BestDressed and share your favorites with the Twitterverse.

Good luck!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

It's Friday and time to check out how some of our favorite bloggers use Polyvore to create beautiful blog posts! This week we also rolled out some new features that are blog-friendly, including a new slideshow format. There are many different ways you can use Polyvore on your blog. Let's see a few.

Fashionista NY Girl, who also joined us at Polyvore Live in New York, created a great set on how to wear glitter boots during the day.


Day Time Look: Glitter Boots



We also saw community member and blogger Golestaneh at Polyvore Live in New York. Here's her set that shows off her super chic outfit in the Big Apple.


with POLYVORE LIVE and COVERGIRL in NYC



Who's your style icon? Fashion In My Eyes made a Polyvore set inspired by her style icon, Alexa Chung.


get the look



Spring is near, so the Closet Coach created a great guide to wear some bright colors like tangerine.


How to wear Tangerine Tango



How do you translate what you saw on the runway into your home? Elements of Style took inspiration from Burberry and transformed it into a beautiful room!


Burberry 2012 Inspired



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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Collection Features! Commenting and Slideshow Embeds

New Collection Features! Commenting and Slideshow Embeds



Dear Polyvore community,

Today we've added two new features to collections that we think you'll love. One of the most frequent requests we've heard from you is to be able to comment on collections. We're happy to announce that this feature is finally here! In addition, we've made it easier to publish collections to your blog with a cool new slideshow format.

Commenting on Collections

To comment on a collection, just click the "Post a comment" link and your comment will appear near the bottom of the page. Whenever you receive a comment on your collection, you'll get a notification in your activity stream, via email and on mobile, too.


Post Collections on your Blog in a Slideshow

On the collection page, click the "Post to blog" link on the collection page. A dialog will pop up that lets you choose the slideshow layout. With this layout, we've also added the option to display the captions and image gallery below your slideshow.


Here's an example of what the slideshow layout will look like on your blog:





We hope you like these new additions! As always, let us know what you think by leaving a comment here on the blog.

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Member Spotlight: queenb-nyc

Today's member spotlight is on queenb-nyc. Take a look at her profile and you'll see quotes she lives by, including this one from Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Check out two of her favorite sets:


I'm gonna party, it's a celebration 'cause anybody just won't do. Let's get this started, no more hesitation.

Oh someday, I ain't wasting no more time ♫

Oh someday, I ain't wasting no more time ♫ by queenb-nyc featuring long belts


1. Tell us about yourself. 


My name’s Audrey, I’m nineteen and I live in south-west of France. I am a student in Applied Arts. Drawing, designing, creating… is my life. I’m breathing for that. That’s more than a hobbie, this is a vocation. I’ve always felt like I belonged to all the artistic stuffs. Actually, for the little story, I was seven when my teacher told me what exactly means « fashion-designer ». I was like, speechless.

All the little girls wanted to be a princess, for wearing lovely dresses and glowing jewelry, but I thought that imagining them was so much better ! And then I found my dream job. But I discovered that there are so many ways for creating nowadays, I mean with Internet, and I haven’t found the one that could fit best yet. But I’m young, and I have all my life for searching.

I may add that I’m in wheelchairs. I’m a disabled person. I am born like that, and actually, I don’t care at all. I am a positive person, at least I like to think so, and I’m always finding positive into the negative. I love to draw clothes especially, but this year in my new college, I discovered a lot, learned a lot. That’s the best thing. I love learning and improving. With website like Polyvore, I can do that everyday ! That’s almost magical.

2. What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?

Okay, so my nickname is QueenB-NYC.

Queen B is the a reference to Blair Warldof from Gossip Girl, the famous Tv Show from CW. I instante loved her. She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in her gorgeous and classic style, and well, she rules New York!

NYC, easy to tell. This is my biggest dream, oh yes it is. I want badly to visit this amazing city, to see a show in Broadway, chill out in Central Park, see the Statue of the Liberty with my own eyes, and well, do some shopping, because I’m a girl, in love with fashion for like forever, and I just can’t help it.

3. What are your personal aspirations/goals?

I want to shine. Not like a superstar, just by my own happiness. I know that, somehow, I can make it. Having my dream job, or just a creative one, which is already fantastic, and then create, improve, learn, share, love. I want to express my potential, in a way or another. It’s not destiny, it’s like, a future. Mine, I believe.

4. How has Polyvore affected your life?

Oh, Polyvore. Just the best website I’ve ever seen. At first, I just tried because a friend said it was fun. So I tried. And I never stopped. I made good friends there, from all over the world (Australia, Chile, Canada, USA...) and I shared my tastes in music, fashion, cinema, TV Show just with this website. It's totally awesome. What I like the best in Poly, it’s the freedom and the feeling that creativity is infinite. It is for sure, but here I feel like I could do everything I’ve ever dreamed for, craved for. I can express myself without any limits.

5. Describe your personal sense of style.

My style is pretty eclectic. I am loving colorful stuffs, but also the vintage one. What I’m wearing isn’t necessarily the reflection of what I’m currently drawing or using in my sets. That’s quite different. But I think that’s the same for a lot of fashion designer, I mean creating isn’t about seeing ourselves as models.

6. What are some of your favorite brands?

There are so many! Let’s say that my favorite of the moment are Proenza Schouler, Matthew Williamson, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Christopher Kanes, Sonia Rykiel, Herv√© Leger, DVF, Custo Barcelona, WildFox, Chlo√© and Christian Lacroix, which I had the pleasure to meet in Paris for before his collection, unfortunately.

Here is some of Audrey's artwork




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blogger 101: How to post a Polyvore set on your blog

Want to create professional, magazine-style images for your blog? You can use any of Polyvore's 45 million product images to create beautiful, high-resolution sets for your blog posts! Here’s a quick tutorial.

To post a Polyvore set in your blog:

1. Create a set.
2. Publish the set.
3. On the Set page, click Post to Blog.
Specify the width of the set, and Polyvore will automatically detect the edges of the items in the set to determine the height. The maximum set width is 1024 pixels, and the maximum set height is also 1024 pixels.


You can also check the “Use Square Canvas” checkbox under Set Image Size if you want to embed the set as a square.
4. After you choose the image size settings, click your cursor in the HTML code box to update the changes.
5. Copy and paste the HTML code into your blog post.

Embedding a set on your blog also ensures that the set is displayed in high resolution. To see an example of how many of our favorite bloggers use Polyvore in their blog posts, check out Glitter Guide’s Get The Look, the Glossarie’s Beauty Gift Guide, or Sincerely Jules’ Outfit Ideas.

We also feature a selection of great blog examples in our Weekly Love Letters, so if you have a great example of how you used Polyvore in your blog, make sure you email us at bloggers@polyvore.com!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Washington Post Oscars Remix: Best Actress Final Four

The Best Actress Washington Post Oscars Challenge ended with 1,437 entries. From your entries, the most popular choice was Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn,” followed closely by Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Viola Davis in “The Help.”


Congratulations to the four Guest Style Correspondents whose sets were picked by The Washington Post to feature on the Style Blog. They are:

diamonds are a girl's best friend




The IRON LADY




Michelle Williams as Marilyn




meryl streep




The set Polyvore member thehappypharmacist made of Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe included a black Elie Saab dress with a deep, deep v-neck, a houndstooth coat, peep-toes and Tom Ford cat-eye sunglasses.


Christiana Iancova, chrissy5, created her set with Meryl Streep as The Iron Lady in Pleven, Bulgaria. Christiana went with a look that Mrs. Thatcher herself might have worn: a burgundy blazer, cream blouse, black pumps and black pencil skirt.


Optician lisabedow went with on-trend colors in her set of Michelle Williams as Marilyn. She chose a mint green cashmere cardigan and a blush-colored La Perla slip with matching nude Stuart Weitzman pumps, and of course, a classic, 1950s red lipstick.


Member wtushiszofran creates her sets in Romania. She picked an elegant navy Cavalli gown and dark Louboutin pumps for Meryl Streep's role as the Margaret Thatcher.


Congratulations!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

At Polyvore Live

The lights went up at la.venue in New York, the makeup and hair got amped up and the clothes touched up. Guests streamed in, including Lucky magazine editor, Brandon Holley and Vogue L'Uomo editor, Giovanna Battaglia. The music revved up, the models waited in the wings. Ready, set, go - Polyvore went live! check out the photos here.

Polyvore Live Runway

Monday, February 13, 2012

54th Annual Grammy Awards: Red Carpet Trend

The red carpet at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards looked like a night sky yesterday with all the celebrities who decided to go with black eveningwear. The black gowns were hardly basic, ranging from Rihanna's plunging halter to Corinne Bailey Rae's flirty ruffles to Jennifer Hudson's body-hugging stripes.

See how the stars shone at the Grammys.


Grammy Awards Red Carpet Trend: Black Gowns

Challenge 3: Be a Guest Style Correspondent for The Washington Post!

The Washington Post Style Search: What Should Your Favorite Celebrity Wear on the Red Carpet?



There are only two Washington Post Oscar challenges left, and we have a new one for you today. The challenge: dress your favorite celebrity for the Oscars. After each remaining challenge, The Washington Post will feature some of their favorite sets on The Style Blog. That makes you a guest style correspondent! Very impressive. At the end, Post Style and Entertainment editors will also select a grand prize winner to feature in The Post's print Style section.

Ready for your next challenge? Tell us what you think your favorite celebrity should wear to the Oscars by styling a set. Don't forget to include a picture of the celebrity you're styling.

Good luck!

Whitney Houston Tribute

Whitney Houston was one of the greatest singers of her generation, with a voice that soared to great heights. We'll always love you, Whitney!

Here's a celebration of her talent and beauty.


Rest peacefully, Whitney Houston

Friday, February 10, 2012

Designer on the Verge: Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein design the brand Timo Weiland. They both appreciate the dapper look made modern, and that aesthetic is reflected in their designs which are both demure (knee-length floaty skirts) yet fun (paired with a matching, midriff-baring crop top). Stylists have taken notice. Gossip Girl characters Chuck and Blair have worn Timo Weiland on the show, and these days, socialites and celebrities show up at his runway shows. This spring, Timo Weiland and Tsubo have collaborated on a footwear collection. Check out aniaalessa's set with a Timo Weiland for Tsubo open-toed boot.
Black Friday

Polyvore is 5!

Polyvore turns five years old today! Thank you all for making Polyvore's first five years amazing! We appreciate all your love and support, and couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you all for the beautiful sets you made to celebrate Polyvore's fifth birthday! You can see the collection of finalists here.

Polyvore Celebration

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Member Spotlight: laynaelyse

Today's spotlight is on laynaelyse. She's new to Polyvore and has already won our Polyvore Live and COVER GIRL Present Celestino contest. We're flying her out to NY Fashion Week and sitting her front row at our very own Polyvore Live fashion show.  Here are some of her sets:

Polyvore Live and COVERGIRL Present Celestino

Love Is In The Air

We Make Our Own Fairytales

We Make Our Own Fairytales by laynaelyse featuring draped tops

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day.



My name is Layna Middleton, I am 26 years old and an operations manager at a bank, but I also teach computer classes at night.  I’ve worked at a bank since I was 16, working through business school.  Even though business was my chosen career, I’ve always loved art, computers and definitely have an interest in fashion.

Typically, my daily wear is formal business attire – pencil skirts, jackets/blazers or a blouse (which you’ll find in many of my sets).  Or sometimes I even do business casual – a skirt & top.

When I’m not in the business scene, I’m usually pretty casual.  I like vintage, earthy & just overall feminine looks.  But you will most always find me in heels!  I’m very well known for that with all of my colleagues & family/friends.  

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?

I live in a very small town in Southeastern Oklahoma.  I was raised in “the country” as most would say.  Even though it’s not the most fashion-forward place in the United States, I do love my roots.  The closest big city to me is Dallas (2.5 hours away), where I enjoy going shopping.  I’ve noticed over this winter season that riding boots have been a huge trend (I call them Peter Pan boots)…and yes, I had to get myself a pair also & I love them!

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?

My favorites cover a really broad range.  For casual I like Fossil’s line, but I also like Issey Miyake, Salvatore Ferragamo (love the bags!), Gianni Bini (love the shoes!), Jimmy Choo (shoes…), Michael Kors (everything), and many others.  I usually mix it up in my wardrobe.  

Which celebrity has great style?
I love Kate Middleton’s style.  And no, it’s not just because we have the same last name!  She is chic and elegant.  I love the dresses and ensembles she puts together.  Kate always looks very classy and radiates confidence.   

What are your personal aspirations/goals?

First and foremost I want to be a light and positive influence on everyone who crosses my path: family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, etc.  I have always had the ambition to succeed, and I do enjoy my work in banking and teaching.  Aside from that, personally I would love to be able to grow my artistic side and be successful in that.

How has Polyvore affected your life?

Polyvore has brightened my life!  And I say that with all sincerity.  I joined Polyvore a mere one month ago and within that time I have had a difficult loss in my family.  Polyvore not only has given me this great experience, traveling to New York to express my artistic/fashionable side, but it has given me the chance to keep busy and maybe reach out to other people through my sets.   I try to get at least one set out a day, but due to my busy life, that isn’t always possible.  I am amazed at how many followers I have in such a short time and the kind words of congrats and encouragement they have given me.  I try my hardest to view and support my followers!

Describe your personal sense of style.

Personally, I would describe my style as modest & feminine.  I think the saying “less is more” would apply.  I try to show this throughout my sets.  I’ve even noticed with the fashion scene, that this is becoming a trend.  You will always find me in skirts, dresses and usually in heels!  I’m one of those people that will get “dressed-up” just to go to the grocery store.  It’s kind of like a good hair day…if I feel like I look nice, then it makes my whole day just that much better!      

Washington Post Oscars Remix: Best Picture Challenge Final Four!

The first Washington Post Oscars Remix Challenge ended with 1,702 entries. From your entries, “The Help” provided the most style inspiration, followed by “The Artist” and “Midnight in Paris.”

Congratulations to the four Guest Style Correspondents whose sets were picked by The Washington Post to feature on today’s Style Blog. They are:

The Help - Winner of The Best Picture!


The Artist


Midnight in Paris


What's Old is New Again



Here’s more about our Guest Style Correspondents:

Hailing from Romania, lalixie created a lovely set for “The Help” that featured ladylike flowers, a cloth coat, a quilted Chanel bag, pearls and a pink cardigan with a matching skirt.

A graphic designer from New Jersey, Molly Adrianson, aka gokarm, was one of the first thousand people to join Polyvore! She highlighted the deco look of “The Artist” with a beaded, drop-waist dress, t-straps, ropes of pearls and a feathered headband.

Coco is diegolohve’s nickname, and she does love Chanel – there’s a Chanel clutch and a Chanel pearl choker in her set highlighting “Midnight in Paris.” She also featured a feathered and crystal-embellished Matthew Williamson dress, Ileana Makri diamond drop earrings and gold Louboutins.

Diana Vreeland, Isadora Duncan and Marlene Dietrich are fifth-avenue-style’s inspirations. Her set illustrating “The Artist” certainly shows the high glamour and drama of those icons, with a sleek dress and bag from The Row, Oscar de la Renta gold-heeled pumps and a Valentino coat.

Congratulations to lalixie, gokarm, diegolohve and fifth-avenue-style!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Upgraded Messaging Interface (UPDATED)

UPDATE 3: We're working on a few more changes in response to your feedback  We're bringing back the in-line reply (instead of a popup), making Unread Messages the default tab, and adding "Mark all as read".  Thanks for your patience!

UPDATE 2: We made some changes so it's easier to reply and find archived messages. Hope that fixes things for everyone.  Let us know if that's better, thanks!

UPDATE 1: Thanks for all of your feedback. We're working on fixing some of the issues you've pointed out and hope to have them updated later tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks for your patience! :-)

Today we upgraded Polyvore's messaging interface. The new look is simpler, cleaner and more streamlined. We think this makes it much easier to browse your messages.

Here are some tips to help you navigate the upgrades:
  • To reply to a message in your mailbox, just click "Reply" on the right side of the message
  • To view a full conversation, click on the from line of the message

New

Old 

Hope you like the new look! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment here on the blog.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Challenge 2: Be a Guest Style Correspondent for The Washington Post!


The Washington Post Style Search: Who Should Win Best Picture?



Time for the new Washington Post Oscar challenge. Today's challenge: Best Actress. Throughout February, you'll see three more 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! Very impressive. At the end, Post Style and Entertainment editors will also select a grand prize winner to feature in The Post's print Style section.

Ready for your next challenge? Tell us who you think should win Best Actress by styling a set with your favorite nomination. For inspiration, include a picture of the leading actress and a tag with her name. Get excited by checking out entries from our last challenge!

Good luck!