Thursday, May 31, 2012

Member Spotlight: jojus1915

Today's member spotlight is on jojus1915, a Polyvore member for three years. She titles her amazing sets with song lyrics. Do you recognize any of the songs? Here are some of her favorite sets.

Ain't it funny how a moment could just change your life And you don't want to face what's wrong or right Ain't it strange how fate can play a part In the story of your heart

I can see a new horizon underneath the blazing sky, I'll be where the eagles flying higher and higher. Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels. Take me where the fututre's lying; St. Elmo's fire

Then I'm laying out my winter clothes And wishing I was gone Going home Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me Bleeding me, going home

Then I'm laying out my winter clothes And wishing I was gone Going home Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me Bleeding me, going home by jojus1915 featuring short shorts

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day 
My name is Joanna and I’m 24 years old. I’m a financial analyst for an outsourcing corporation in Poland which, in turn, works with a company in the United States. I also study finance at university (final year!), and I’m about to get my degree. My style is usually classic and elegant, required in my job. Our company dress code is called “business casual” but on Fridays we use “smart casual”. This is why I wear dark trousers or a skirt, an elegant blouse and of course heels. I always have a blazer or cardigan with me. After work I like wearing comfy clothes like jeans, T-shirts and flats.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Katowice (5 years now) but originally I come from a small town near the Polish/Ukrainian border. I have to say that there is a difference in people’s style here versus there. In Katowice people wear almost everything. You can meet strange and original individuals who wear whatever they want even if it breaks the standard. In my hometown people wear simple, usual clothes. I think that it is connected with the fact that it is a small town and nobody wants to “break the rules”.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
I don’t have just one favorite designer. For me it’s about fit and comfort. I never buy things because of the brand or designer. If it comes to shoes I adore Christian Louboutin's heels. I also support our local designers.

Which celebrity has great style?
Hmm… I would say Blake Lively, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston and Emma Watson. Blake’s outfits are my inspirations when creating new sets. Charlize’s style is comfy and elegant,  Jennifer usually wears clothes which are classy and simple at the same time and Emma’s style is so fresh and girly.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
My first goal is to be a writer in a stock exchange newspaper or financial magazine (e.g. Forbes) and the second one is to live in Australia for at least 5 years. It’s not connected with fashion, but I treat fashion like an inseparable part of my life (my tagline on Polyvore: “the world is my runaway"). My Polyvore goal is to get into Polyvore’s daily top sets.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
I started creating sets on Polyvore just for fun and it became a hobby for me. Now I try to make a new set everyday. I think that Polyvore changed the way I perceive fashion. A few years ago it didn’t matter what I wore. But then I started to discover new styles and I noticed that my style also changed.

How would you describe your set style?
Well… my set style is still changing, but there are some constant parts of creating. I always put a few pictures (mostly from various scenes of everyday life), and then the process of choosing clothes, accessories and beauty products starts. I usually use a two-color combo or sometimes more. Now I have a new way of naming new sets: lyrics from songs.

Describe your personal sense of style.
My style is classy and simple. I like to wear colorful blouses and I really love to wear jeans. My wardrobe contains a lot of blazers and elegant tops. I also like to add some jewelry or other accessories to my everyday outfits and I think that good makeup is obligatory.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

We've upgraded the Clipper!

We've upgraded the Clipper!

We've got a new version of the clipper for you! Now you can finally clip products from sites that zoom in whenever you try to click on the images. Plus, we've put the item details front-and-center so it's easier to see the price and description.

You don't need to change anything on your computer. The new clipper will automatically start to show up in the next 24 hours when you click your "Clip to Polyvore" shortcut.

Don't have the clipper yet? Get it here and have fun adding your favorite fashion discoveries to Polyvore! Check out our help center if you have any questions.

The Polyvore Team

Friday, May 25, 2012

Member Spotlight: piedraandjesus

Today's member spotlight is on piedraandjesus. She is one our winners of the Get Out of the Fold contest. She won 6 pairs of Converse Chucks, a $250 Visa gift card and a $250 Lady Foot Locker gift card! She's a fashionable mom who has been on Polyvore for 5 years. Here are a few of her sets.
Get Dolled Up and Coquette with Lancôme


SUNGLASSES contest by piedraandjesus featuring bride hair accessories

Get Out of the Fold

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share).
Hi, my name is Isabel Rexroad, 32 years old, and I studied Communications at the University of Panama but now I am a stay-at-home mother.

Normally I dress very casually when I am at home and with more chic when I go out. I like lots of colors, as is popular in Latin culture. I like fashionable sandals and nice shoes, though good shoes are always hard to find in a size 5. I like jeans and skirts and a wide range of tops from nice blouses to colorful tank tops. Also, I have always loved flowers and I often have one in my hair.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I am from Panama but I have lived south of Houston, TX for almost 6 years now. With Houston having a warmer climate, you have a lot more shorts, skirts, tank tops and warm weather clothing. You will see everything from western and formal clothing to casual chic and more laid-back styles. There is really a little bit of everything here.

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

Her style is fabulous; very unique, beautiful and interesting. Her designs are very dynamic and she always seems to create just the perfect outfits for different seasons. Also, I love that she has a big heart for fashion and helping others.

Which celebrity has great style?
I would have to say Jennifer Lopez

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I want to design my own clothing line one day and learn more about this wonderful world of fashion. Being from a country where there is a lot of poverty I would love to help people in impoverished situations learn how to look their best and love who they are. I think everyone is has beauty to share.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
I think this website taught me to love fashion even more, and to share it with people of all nations. Being a stay-at-home mom, I love having a way to stay in touch with fashion and be creative.

How would you describe your set style?
I like to be fun and creative, so I put sets together that I would like to wear and see. I don’t have a set formula, just a love for fun fashion.

What to Wear to a Graduation

It's time for Pomp and Circumstance. Whether you're the grad or going to someone's graduation ceremony, you've got to wear something that's right for the occasion. What would you wear to graduation?

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

Ready for some outfit inspiration from our favorite bloggers? Ahead of the long weekend, here is a roundup of some creative ways bloggers are using Polyvore.

It's Memorial Day weekend, and what better time to take a look at what women are wearing across the United States? Inspiration and Celebrations created this fun set about styles several major cities. What do you think about the style in your city?
Style Spotting Across America

New on the blogging scene, Daily Fashion Dream put together this adorable peachy outfit.

NYC Dumpling Mama picked out some sparkling goods for all the Gemini babies.

Are you a Gemini?

Summer's here and Closet-Coach has a guide to trends you can wear now.
Summer 2012 trends

Long time Polyvore member Fashion In My Eyes always creates beautiful celebrity-inspired sets. Here's one she created about Rumer Willis.
get the look

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

Changes to your Following page

Changes to your Following page

One of the most exciting things about Polyvore is connecting with other fashion lovers around the world. We want to make it easy to find people who share your sense of style, so today we're combining the Following and Likes tabs together into one page. You'll find more new people to follow, and your creations will be seen by more people every time they're liked!

After testing this with some of your fellow Polyvore members, we think this change will make your home page more interesting and enjoyable. Plus, we've included a "Creations" filter so you can focus on just the people you're following when you want to.

Feel free to share your feedback by leaving a comment here on the blog post.

The Polyvore Team

Thursday, May 24, 2012

CFDA Swarovski Awards Contest

Congratulations to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for celebrating 50 great years!

Every year the CFDA nominates three emerging womenswear designers and three accessory designers for their prestigious Swarovski Awards. To honor the nominees, this year Polyvore ran a contest where you picked your favorite nominees.

The womenswear nominees are Creatures of the Wind's Chris Peters and Shane Gabier, Suno's Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, and Joseph Altuzarra for his eponymous label. The accessory nominees are Irene Neuwirth, Pamela Love and Tabitha Simmons.

For womenswear, about 41% of you picked Creatures of the Wind, followed by Suno (39%) and Altuzarra (19%).

For accessories, you favored Irene Neuwirth (about 59%), followed by Tabitha Simmons (22%) and Pamela Love (19%) in a close run-off.

Next up is a challenge featuring the nominees for the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs. In the same challenge, we'll also feature nominees for Accessory Designer of the Year: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler and Reed Krakoff. Look for this challenge on May 25 through May 29. The prize will be a Proenza Schouler PS1 wallet! The CFDA will announce the award winners on Monday, June 4th in New York City.

Who won the Polyvore CFDA Swarovski Award contest? We have two winners, both picked by CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. Congratulations to elizaja68 and mychanel! They each win a Pamela Love necklace!

Here is elizaja68's winning set:

Here is mychanel's winning set:
CFDA’s Swarovski Awards for Emerging Designers

Congratulations, ladies! And congratulations to all the CFDA nominees!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New on the Polyvore Homepage: Blogger Spotlight

Blogger Spotlight

Fashion and style bloggers constantly inspire us on Polyvore. So, starting today, we have a new feature on the Polyvore homepage called Blogger Spotlight, where bloggers share their style and favorite finds. 

We've invited several bloggers--we're calling them the Polyvore Social Set--to contribute to the Spotlight. Today, Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules shares her makeup must-haves for an effortless, everyday look. Be sure to check back next week for more fashion tips from the Social Set! 

The Polyvore Team

Friday, May 18, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

How do you use Polyvore in your blog to express your style? Every Friday we check in with bloggers to see how they inspire their readers. Here's what we found this week.

Tariro of Peppermint and Ivy always has something stylish up her sleeve. Here is her take on some fresh color and pattern combinations.
Pretty Colors

Black and white is always chic. Fox and Mint shows you how.

Shade Invade

Maria of Lost In a Spotless Mind, who is a long time Polyvore member from Norway, wrote a beautiful post about four gorgeous styles inspired by a pair of satin capri pants. She created the look below, taking cue from Marilyn Monroe's style. Go to her post to check out what she has to say about each look.

Capri pants 1

Console to Closet is an amazing blog where you can find outfits inspired directly from games. Here's an outfit inspired by Princess Daisy of the Mario games.

Princess Daisy (Mario Series)

We love the sunset colors in All You Need Is Style's new set. Check out those great sunglasses!

Deep Sunset

This week we also found a helpful guide from a blogger -- if you're new to Polyvore, check out Fashionably Organized's guide to create a Polyvore board

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

Member Spotlight: sarahbella00

Today's member spotlight is on sarahbella00. She already nailed her set style and she's only been a member for one year. Here are a few of her favorite sets.

Neon bridesmaid

Soft Flow

touch of purple

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day
My name is Sarah, and I'm 27 years old. I am a salon manager and self-proclaimed "beauty guru". I love all things beauty and fashion. My everyday style is well put-together and feminine with a little bit of edge. I admit I wear a lot of black clothing, but I try and keep it fun and interesting with some embellished shoulders or eye-catching accessories. I believe in always wearing one statement piece. In the summer you will usually find me in a maxi stress with a cute cropped leather or denim jacket, plus accessories.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
It is hard to narrow it down to one designer, but I am going to go with the beautiful Marchesa. The dresses always contain all the elements that I adore. It's feminine, sexy and edgy. 
Anything with lace or ruffles gets me every time !

Which celebrity has great style?
I really admire Kim Kardashian's style. Whether casual or dressed up, I always want what she is wearing!

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has been a wonderful creative outlet for me. It gives me something to look forward to each day and has opened up a whole new world of friends. I feel much less guilty about sitting in front of the computer for hours, because I am actually doing something creative! :) 
Polyvore has also opened me up to new fashion ideas, and I find I am more inspired now when I am shopping.

What is Polyvore to you?
Polyvore is a chance for people to express themselves in many different ways... From fashion to art sets, it gives us the opportunity to create something whether we are feeling happy or sad. I think it also lets us live out that fantasy life we always dreamed of within our sets. Polyvore makes me feel like I am part of a community and I am overwhelmed with how supportive and positive it has been.

How would you describe your set style?
My set style is similar to me :) Feminine, fun, flirty and up-to-date with current trends and fashion, I really love evening dresses. Although I do not get the opportunity to really wear them in my own life, I like to live vicariously through the ideas and fantasy of my sets ;)  Dare to dream right ?!  

Describe your personal sense of style.
I would describe my personal sense of style as sophisticated with a bit of sexy.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

We introduced some exciting new features this week that are great for bloggers, like the new Editor improvements and rectangular sets. We can't wait to see how bloggers use these new features to create even more beautiful images! Here's a look at how bloggers in the Polyvore community have been using Polyvore this week.

6irly6irl has some great tips of how to get the "natural beauty" look.

Natural Beauty - Contest.

The Glossarie found some sweet gifts to pamper hard-working moms.

mother's day gift guide 2012

If you are a young fashionista looking to the runway for prom inspiration, The Wardrobe Mistress has a mood board just for you.

prom dress

We found this pretty bridal set from 2 Chic Gurls.
Blushing Bride

Ms Fashinista's spring colors in this denim post look fresh for the season.

Colored Jeans

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

New: Embed Your Set as a Rectangle

Until now, Polyvore sets were always squares, and that’s what appeared on your blog when you embedded a set: a square image. Style bloggers want images that look, well, stylish. That’s why we’re adding a new feature: starting today, you can embed a Polyvore set onto your blog as a rectangle.

Before: a square set.

And here’s the after: rectangle-shaped set images!

Now, when you publish a set and post it to your blog, you can 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.

With the new flexibility in image sizes, the door is open for you to become even more creative with bringing beautiful Polyvore sets to your blog.

The Polyvore Team

Thursday, May 10, 2012

CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Tommy Hilfiger

Congratulations to Tommy Hilfiger who won CFDA's Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award! Since 1984, Tommy Hilfiger has brought us ultra-American clothing, often emblazoned with red,white and blue. In 1995, he won the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award, and this year, he's back for the ultimate accolade. Congratulations!

Member Spotlight: nn10

Today's member spotlight is on nn10. The Washington Post chose her to be the Guest Style Correspondent for their blog and featured her in the print style section. Check out some of her favorite sets here:

Spring in the air
Michelle @ the Oscars

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day
My name is Ana, I'm a 29-year-old mom-to-be, and I work as a marketing assistant for an energy-efficiency project. My style is very casual, I like comfortable clothes made out of natural materials, such as cotton and silk. Jeans are inevitable, a necessary part of my closet :) Although my Polyvore sets are filled with heels, in real life I wear them only when necessary - I feel good in them but I'm not really a fashion victim - comfort comes first! Also, I love dresses and skirts, especially summer ones!

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Croatia's capital Zagreb and I'd say we're a fashionable country. We have many great Croatian designers, but also, people here just have a great sense of style. Judging by the girls on the streets, a big trend for this spring are floral prints and strong colors as well as wingtip shoes.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
I couldn't say that I have only one favorite brand, I appreciate many famous brands as well as DIY projects of certain bloggers. I like Jason Wu, Lanvin, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Burberry Prorsum, Chloe, Stella McCartney. Those designers are not really alike, but their designs have a certain appeal - they are interesting, simple and special at the same time. It's a great art to create something that appears to be simple but still catches the eye with an interesting detail.

Which celebrity has great style?
I love Michelle Williams's style, as well as Blake Lively's (especially in her role in Gossip Girl). Sarah Jessica Parker is already an icon, and Jennifer Aniston as well. Recently I've noticed Olivia Palermo, whose style is definitely inspiring!

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
 My personal goal has nothing to do with fashion, really :) Fashion is just a world I like to dive into once in a while, but my personal goal is only to enjoy life as much as I can and appreciate all the small things in it. I would love to create a business of my own some day and enjoy in doing it, as well as to enjoy a happy family life, filled with laughter, love and health.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore is a hobby of mine that helps me to take my mind off of some things and to be a little girl playing dress up once more :)
I find it entertaining and inspiring - you get to see the latest fashion trends and have the freedom to adjust them to your personal sense of style. I have a certain creativity in me and this is just one way of showing and developing it.

Describe your personal sense of style.
My style is simple and "clean", I'm not up for some fashion experiments. I love interesting details in clothes and jewelry but true elegance can only be simple. Therefore, my rule would be "less is more".

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Improvements to the Editor

New Improvements to the Editor!

We're always thinking of ways to improve your creation experience on Polyvore. So we've been working on some changes to the editor to make it easier to use, especially for new users. After surveying users new and old, we found some areas to improve. Today we're excited to introduce our first round of changes, with more to come. Here are the changes we're making:

More obvious background tool. We've made the background tool more obvious by showing a preview of how an image will look with its background, without it and with custom cropping.

Bigger Publish button. The 'Publish' button is now bigger and blue so it's easy to see.

Improved visual design. We've updated the editor icons to be consistent with the rest of the site's look and feel. Also, to make it easier for newer members to navigate the items tab, we've added bottom pagination and a link back to all items in the header.

We hope you like the new changes and find them helpful. As always, we love to hear your feedback. If you have thoughts or suggestions on things you'd like to see in the editor, please leave a comment here.

The Polyvore Team

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Check out these Cinco de Mayo sets, including a DIY pepper pinata set.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

We started this week with an inspirational and stylish gathering of bloggers at LuckyFabb in Santa Monica. So it's only appropriate to end the week with all the creative sets from some of our favorite bloggers!

Fashionista New York Girl created a great set to show off how to wear these bold snake print pants. We love that she used the numbers and arrows graphic in the Polyvore editor. If you haven't tried it, check it out next time you create a set.

How to Wear Snake Skin Pants for a Day Time Affair

Not Just Happenstance chose all her favorite pastel finds into this great Topshop set.

these are a few of my favorite things

Cinco de Mayo is just hours away, so La Petite Fashionista picked out a perfect outfit to celebrate the holiday.

Get the Look: Cinco de Mayo Style

Here's a new take on using Polyvore on your blog -- Tanya, a portrait photographer, used Polyvore to show her clients some great outfit ideas for a family portrait.

Spring Family Photo Shoot

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

Member Spotlight: bluescribe

Today's member spotlight is on bluescribe. A Polyvore member for eight months, bluescribe is a Kate Bosworth/JewelMint contest winner. She won a year's subscription to JewelMint. Check out some of her favorite sets:
jewelmint + kate 01.

bright primaries w/ reed krakoff.

arizona for louis 03.

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day
My name is Grace Wright. I'm a 19-year-old (20 on the 29th!) performance studies undergrad at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. My daily style uniform is typically preppy/feminine, with something edgy thrown in. Today I'm wearing a J.Crew white button-down tucked into a Karl for Net-a-Porter pleated, faux-leather skirt, a chambray blazer on top and some metallic gold Sperrys.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I currently live in Evanston, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. It's where I go to school. Since it's a college campus, you see very "collegiate" trends for girls in a lot of muted colors: riding boots, vests, plenty of Hunter wellies, skinny jeans, Sperrys, North Face jackets. A lot of weatherproof fashion since the majority of the school year is chilly. I think I do go out of my way to add more color to my wardrobe than most people here.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
Right now I'm J.Crew all the way. They're really great at adapting to trends while staying polished and feminine. And their student discount helps. ;) As far as individual designers / things I can't afford, Marc Jacobs can do no wrong. The last couple Louis Vuitton shows, the spring carousel and the fall show with the working train on the runway... I couldn't believe my eyes.

Which celebrity has great style?
Well, Kate Bosworth is an obvious inspiration. ;) I also have to say I'm really admiring Emma Stone right now. She plays it very cool in the public eye: skinny jeans, cute jacket and flats, practical big bag. And then when she gets on the red carpet, she's just mesmerizing: quirky-glamorous, really put together and pretty. And I LOVE how she always pulled off red as a redhead. 

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
Right now, I'm just trying to make it through school! And after that... Part of me wants a PhD, part of me wants to start getting jobs in showbiz right away (casting direction, somehow working it up to production), and then there's a chunk of me that wants to put everything I've done in school aside and get into fashion. I do sketches from time to time but school tends to pull me away from that. I love my classes and my major, but I always wonder...

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has been an artistic outlet for me at a time in my life when it's just not practical to buy a bunch of art supplies and keep magazine clippings everywhere. It's kept me abreast of trends and informed my own personal style. It's enabled me to talk to people from all over the world. I've been able to help others, which is always rewarding. I remember helping someone in the "Ask" boards pick bridesmaid dresses for a wedding... She later messaged me and told me she was going to use the very dress I'd suggested! It was so fascinating to have a real, tangible impact; it made me think about what a career in styling might be like. And, for someone like me going into the job market in a couple years, Polyvore can actually be a networking resource. I don't know if anything will come of it besides some awesome free jewelry, but the fact that Kate Bosworth knows I'm out there is pretty cool. :)

How would you describe your set style?
A couple months ago was when my set style kind of "crystallized," I guess. I started leaving white edges on everything to make the image seem cleaner (which can be a lot of work with custom borders, but worth it). I like an even balance of pictures and magazine articles. While it can be really time consuming, I try to find fashion editorials and random photographs with the same colors and aesthetic of the outfit I'm featuring. And then I throw on colored flowers and paint splotch effects to accent the whole image and fill negative space.

Describe your personal sense of style.
My sense of style is always feminine, and usually preppy in some way. I'm definitely more J.Crew and less Guess, if that puts it in perspective - although I do try to mix in edgy pieces here and there. (Net-a-Porter had a feature in which they called J.Crew "geek chic," which I think is pretty fitting for me.) I try to stay of-the-moment, but that's often impractical for a college student. I LOVE colors: I'm way into colored jeans right now, still waiting to see if printed jeans are gonna stick around before I get a pair of those...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Your Celebrity Wedding

We've all thought about it. We're walking down the aisle, and the groom waiting for us at the end is...?

If you could marry anyone, who would it be? Show us what your celebrity wedding would look like!

What Would You Wear as a Bridesmaid?

How do you look awesome as a bridesmaid without upstaging the bride? It's tricky! Dresses have come a long way from the revamped prom-look. What would you wear as a bridesmaid?