Friday, April 27, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

It's Friday and time to check out how fashion and style bloggers use Polyvore to create beautiful images for their readers!

 Classy N Glamorous created a beautiful set with summer whites that made us wish for warm weather soon.
Summer Whites


If you want a little more summer glow to go with those summer whites, The Makeup Blogger found some great bronzers for you.
Jennifer Aniston Glow


Elements of Style's Fashion Friday makes the end of the work week that much more fun. Erin created a set featuring a very of-the-moment 3.1 Phillip Lim floral pants. Head over to her blog to see the rooms that inspired these fashion finds.
China Seas Summer


It's almost wedding season, which brings conundrum of "what do I wear to a ______ wedding?" Bridgette Raes put together some great wedding outfits, like this breezy maxi dress.

 
Beach Wedding


How many ways can you remix a white denim skirt? Kristina J. shows you three cute ideas on her blog.

 
Pink And White


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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Member Spotlight: kimberlee123

Today's member spotlight is on kimberlee123. She's one of the lovely ladies who won a trip to NYC Fashion Week, and sat front row at our very own Polyvore Live show. She enjoys life and makes the best of every moment. Check out some of her favorite sets:

Polyvore Live and COVERGIRL Present Gavaskar
For me, what hurts the most is unrequited love......
Modern Solitude


Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day
My name is Kimberlee Graper, I'm 38 (I so so so wanted to lie about that, but it is what it is).  I am a pharmacist and enjoy helping people.  What do I wear everyday?  Sadly, most days my cute outfits are hidden by untailored white jackets. That cute outfit usually consists of some flats, dress pants, a t-shirt or ruffled blouse or button-down shirt. It seems that I always wear a cardigan or a blazer with my outfits.  After work I usually throw on a pair of yoga pants and a sweatshirt, wash all my makeup off and put my hair up in a bun. I love to relax and be comfortable. If we are going out, I love sexy jeans and heels and choose the rest of the outfit to coordinate with the jeans and heels.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Parker, Colorado. As for big trends, I can only speak as to what I see daily, the most common being the really fabulous new pastel colors mixed with neon bags or jewelry. The true craze here is intricate hair braids and buns that everyone is wearing and which are inspired by the movie Hunger Games.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
Like most, I don't have just one favorite designer.  There are too many fabulous designers to just choose one. My top six are: Louis Vuitton (especially the bags), Jimmy Choo (the best shoes), Hermes, Gucci (amazing sunglasses) and Gavaskar.  How could I not love the designer that picked my set so I could to go to New York?  Regardless of that, his dresses and floral patterns are truly beautiful.

Which celebrity has great style?
Jennifer Aniston has such amazing style. She is always classy and sexy at the same time, which is how I love to feel.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
At this point in my life, my main goal is to raise the two most amazing boys ever and help them to become successful and happy as they grow. I also love to travel and would love to do more of that, but who wouldn't?

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has enhanced my life in many ways. Some of them are: providing me with a much needed creative outlet, giving me fantastic wardrobe/outfits ideas almost daily, providing me with many new online friends that have grown dear to me, and of course, an amazing trip to NY Fashion Week.  My favorite way that Polyvore has changed my life is that now, I always get something that I love for Christmas, birthdays etc. When my husband goes shopping he pulls up my sets on his iPhone  and chooses from the items in my sets. He knows that I will love almost any of the items he buys, if they are featured in one of my sets.  I think Polyvore has made his life better too :)

How would you describe your set style?
I don't know that I have a specific style, it pretty much depends on what/how I am feeling the day when I am creating the set.  I guess the easiest way to describe my style is to say that my sets make sense, that there is usually an order to them. I shoot for beautiful with minimal amount of clutter. Along with that order, I love adding quotes that are thought provoking and including an amazing "dream-of-having" outfit. I also add some items or background that make the set romantic in some way.

Describe your personal sense of style.
I like to look put together and feel that details such as jewelry, sunglasses or a bag can make an average outfit fabulous.  I guess I am usually pretty conservative with the way I dress, but I love to play it up with some color, lace, ruffles or sexy heels.  Honestly, I like to feel classy-sexy and choose my outfits based on that criteria.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Share Your Style on Pinterest!

Share Your Style on Pinterest!



Are you pinning? We added the Pin It button a few weeks ago because we noticed Polyvore sets are particularly popular on Pinterest. (Check out how many people are discovering outfits from Polyvore members like stacy-gustin, htotheb, uniqueimage, and styleofe!)

Now we're making it even easier for you to share your creations! Connect your Pinterest account to automatically pin the sets you create and the items you clip into Polyvore. And of course, you can also use the Pin It button to share any other sets and items that inspire you!

Love,
The Polyvore Team

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Welcome back, Etsy!

Welcome back, Etsy!



Sometimes it takes a truly unique piece to express your individual style. That's why we're excited to announce you can once again clip products from Etsy.com to include in your Polyvore outfits!

A few years ago, we blocked clipping due to complaints from the Etsy community. Sellers were concerned about how their images would be used, so we respected the site's request to be excluded from Polyvore. As both our sites have grown, however, we've heard more and more interest from Etsy sellers who want to use Polyvore to share their creations and discover new fans. Now you can mix & match your favorite trends with a variety of one-of-a-kind products, and of course, we'll always link back to the Etsy store where the item is for sale.

So let's get clipping! Etsy is a treasure trove of handmade and vintage fashion, so we can't wait to see how you'll style your finds.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Member Spotlight: etchasketchinlola

Today's member spotlight is on etchasketchinlola. She's been a member for four years now and we wanted to catch up with her because it's been awhile since her last interview.  She's now a tutor in NYC. Maybe she can teach us some of her set creating skills. Check out some of her favorite sets.

Your lipstick stains on the front lobe of my left side brains



Somewhere beyond the sea


It's better to have loved than not to love at all

Tell us about yourself. 
My name is Angelica, but I’m more commonly known as Angie. I am 23 years old and work as a tutor here in New York. Typically, I go for a very effortless style. I wear mostly jeans, t-shirts, cardigans and maxis; stuff that I can throw on fast and get out of the house. For the most part, I like to blend colors and patterns, but nowadays the most interesting things I wear are my shoes. I am obsessed with shoes lately. From cowboy booties to sky high Jeffrey Campbells, I have totally fallen in love with shoes.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
As I mentioned earlier, I live in New York, specifically in the Bronx. Trends tend to be limited to whatever section of the Bronx you’re from. Here in Riverdale, there’s a definite preppy vibe, but as the temperature gets higher everyone pulls out their maxi and midi skirts. The biggest trend right now is floral pants. I can’t walk a block without seeing a pair of floral jeans, pants or leggings, which I absolutely love!

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
My favorite brands? That can take all day. There are brands that I love but have never had the courage to actually purchase because (a) I would go broke or (b) don’t think I could ever pull the look off. Then, there are brands that are a bit low-end that I love and wear every day. The dream brands include: Isabel Marant, Alice + Olivia, Elizabeth and James, Christopher Kane and Lanvin. They are all pretty out-of-the-box and different. Also, they tend to play with different colors and patterns which is completely up my alley. As I’m still young and don’t have the ability to splurge on big ticket items, I stick mostly to Free People, H&M, House of Harlow, Jeffrey Campbell, Steve Madden, Gap and Zara. Those brands have nice quality and fashionable clothes that won’t send me to the poorhouse so I love shopping there.

Which celebrity has great style?
This is probably the most difficult question for me to answer as I am obsessed with street style. Lately, I have been following Miley Cyrus’ style and it has really impressed me. She has formed a great balance between boho and street chic that I envy so much. Her style is like a more colorful Rachel Bilson and I love it. However my all-time favorite celeb style crush is Nicole Richie. In the past few years, she has perfected her style and created the perfect modern boho look. It’s not overtly hippie as if she was attending Coachella year-round; it’s just the perfect combination of boho, edgy and I don’t even know. She just never fails to impress me.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
As far as my professional goals, I am hoping to go back to school and finally become a teacher. I keep putting it off, but that is my ultimate goal. Aside from that and despite how cliché it sounds, I genuinely just aspire to live a happy, healthy life. I’m not exactly sure what that will entail, but that’s what I want.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Aside from providing me with hours of fun, Polyvore has given me two things (a) a greater love of fashion and interior design (b) new friends and (c) my own personal style. Before Polyvore, I liked fashion but we were at a “just friends” stage. I did not take it very seriously and would occasionally skim magazines. After I found Polyvore I found myself truly enthralled in fashion. Now I know more brands and labels, designers' names, models' names, etc., whereas I previously thought Christian Dior was the designer for Christian Dior. I was completely unaware of a whole world of knowledge. Polyvore piqued my interest and opened the door to this hidden world. I also gained an array of friends from all over the world, which is just pretty awesome. Meeting new people from different cultures, countries and walks of life has been very eye-opening and amazing; definitely an experience that you cannot achieve on most websites. Finally, Polyvore has helped me develop my own style. I no longer wear whatever my friends are wearing or whatever I see people around me wearing. Instead, I now choose the things that I enjoy. I shop for things that fit my taste. I have a deeper understanding of my taste now, and I don’t know if I would have found that had I not stuck with Polyvore.

Describe your personal sense of style.
I try for a boho or effortless-chic style, but I usually miss since I throw a leather jacket or grandma style cardigan over everything I wear. I love colors, particularly pinks and oranges. They go well with my skin tone so I wear them pretty often. I also love mixing prints. It’s like habit for me now.  It was something I started doing in my sets, that just seeped its way into my wardrobe and now I can’t go a day with clashing prints.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

Floral prints and light fabrics are all over our favorite blogs recently. Check out how bloggers are using Polyvore to create great visuals for spring fashion.

The always chic Sandra of Sandra's Closet has some tips about how to rock gorgeous prints.


How to rock print



At Inspirations and Celebrations, geometric pattern is the look of the day.


Print Play



At Fashion Me Fabulous, adorable flats and a bright clutch accent a gorgeous spring dress.


Lady Spring



Fashionista NY Girl found a perfect look to go with some pastel rain boots.


April Showers



Still wondering what to wear for spring? Crystal Phuong found some inspiration right here from the Polyvore community.


Bohemian floral girly look!



If you belong to a Polyvore Group, you can easily host contests for your Polyvore friends and readers, like Fashion for Jojo did with the spring neon trend.


Sun in my Shade



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

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 ModCloth.com 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....


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Data Server Disaster -- We're On It!

Topped Servers



All the sets on the homepage have fallen 90° to the right due to an issue at our data center. A huge increase in sets using the maximum 50 items caused tremendous data load, which toppled our servers. We're working as quickly as we can to restore the load balance and apologize for the visual change. If you'd like to help, we’re hiring smart people to solve our balance issues, and would love to hear from you or your friends. In the meantime, slightly tilt your head to the right.

Thanks for your patience!

Love,
The Polyvore Team