Friday, June 29, 2012

Member Spotlight: just-lala

Today's member spotlight is on just-lala, she has been a Polyvore member for 3 years. She's an architect who brings her eye for balanced design to fashion. Her sets have a minimalist look with a splash.  Here are a few of her favorite sets.
Wear I live


My dream job: fashion editor ( Happy Holydays 1)


Question

Photographed by:  Eric Cuenca

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share).
My name is Alejandra B. Franco, I’m 32 years old, and I’m an architect. I have worked in urbanism, but now I’m in design. Sometimes I have to go to construction sites so I typically wear casual and comfy clothes. But I can´t help adding something interesting to my outfits! I typically wear skinny pants, ballet flats (I’ve got them in all colors, prints and shapes - hehehe) and I love accessorizing with  scarves, sunglasses and  necklaces to add a pop.
I grew up in a very creative and artistic environment; my mom and my grandma have always been sources of inspiration for me with respect to taste and fashion. My mom is a ceramist and my grandma is a hand-crafting embroiderer. In fact, I designed my own wedding dress and they both worked on the embroidery.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Cali, Colombia, South America. Here we have sunny days all year long. We don’t have seasons like in the US or Europe, so people wear summer clothes every day. What's trendy now in Cali streets? I’ve seen lots of neon colors, wedge sandals, also lace and crochet clothing.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
Oh I’ve got a few bunch of them so this is a really difficult question for me! I love Carolina Herrera, she really understands femininity. Erdem, Isabel Marant, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Altuzarra, Michael Kors, Balmain and Valentino are some of my favorites. I’m absolutely in love with the Gucci Resort 2013 Collection. However,  if I had to choose one right now, it would definitely be Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum! I love how he took this iconic brand, including the classic trench, and turned it into an edgy yet basic piece for everyone’s wardrobe.

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
My all-time favorite is Audrey Hepburn. She is the incarnation of a “lady” in a full-fledged sense of the word. With today’s celebrities, I would have to chose Natalie Portman. She is always herself in every look, and she looks amazing not only making her way down the red carpet but also walking around in her normal life. In young Hollywood, I really like Emma Stone.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I look forward to owning a chic design office where I can design any kind of product from clothes and accessories to buildings and city landscapes. I love design! Designing is the ultimate way to fulfill my professional aspirations.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Quite a lot! I wasn’t addicted to anything until I found Polyvore! Polyvore has helped me to confirm what I want in life. Polyvore helps me stay connected with my passion for design and self-expression.
The other amazing thing about Polyvore is the community. It is so awesome to meet people around the world who share your taste and learn about other cultures and countries. I have made really good friends here and I have to thank the Polyvore team for that.

How would you describe your set style? 
Maybe geometric and minimalist.  Hehehe  - since I’m an architect I think my sets are influenced by my taste in architecture. I love modern architecture: “less is more” could be a very good way to describe my set style. I know these might look simple but I could spend hours deciding on the right shoes or the right layout for each set and never get tired.
           
How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I sign on the very first minute I turn my laptop on and sign out at the end of the day. The first thing I do when I sign on is check my contacts’ new sets. When I’m off my laptop, I check the activity window in my mobile phone all the time.

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
I love the new improvements on the Creator page. Sets are much easier to create now. You are doing really good work! Congratulations.

Describe your personal sense of style.
Just as with my sets, I would define my personal sense of style as “less is more." I would say it is clean, sober and modern but I always want to add something to spice it up a little.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Log in with Twitter

Log in with Twitter

There's a new, faster way to log into Polyvore: just click "Connect with Twitter" to sign in! Once you add your Twitter account, you can use the Twitter button to log in every time. (Don't worry, we won't post anything to your Twitter account without asking you first.) If you've already connected Twitter to your account, you're ready to go - try it out!

Monday, June 25, 2012

New! Pin Collections as One Long Pin


We've added the Pin It button for collections! Once you connect your Pinterest account, you can pin any collection as one long image. The pin will show the first items or sets, with a link back to the full collection. Try it out!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

This week we featured some great beauty blog post ideas from bloggers in the Polyvore community. Here are some more great ways bloggers are using Polyvore!

Tariro at Peppermint and Ivy focused on the neon green trend today and created this amazing set that makes you want just about every item she picked.


Cities & Strangers



Rita at I Love What I Wear is celebrating her 100th blog post. Congratulations! Today she found a stunning Alexander McQueen dress to show her readers.



Friday Foodie Girlie Lunch



Peplum jackets and tops are popping up everywhere. Bell Dora created this beautiful set to show this dramatic, feminine look.


Oh So Vintage Peplum Jacket & Skirt Set



Ninna Lu chose a great outfit for a casual, comfortable, yet super stylish look. Don't you love that great leopard print pencil skirt?


Summer Cravings: Casual and Comfy



Diva's Guide To Life picked some great punk-inspired items to help you add some edge to your style.







Rock Out


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

10 Beauty Blog Post Layout Ideas to Inspire You

Are you a beauty guru with tons of beauty secrets to share and lots of great products to review? Maybe you're wondering how to create an eye-catching graphic that makes your audience come back for more. The Polyvore community is full of ideas for inspiring, creative beauty blog posts. Check out these 10 fresh, easy ideas. They’re versatile enough to work for any beauty blogger, but simple to customize, too. Just click through the slideshow to find out how you can DIY gorgeous blog images now!






1. Must Have Madness. Your go-to products and daily beauty routine might seem simple to you, but your readers will love your pro tips and tricks for an effortless look. Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules created this great guide with captions and product swatches, as well as a photo of her everyday look.

2. Get Editorial. Blogger Amanda of Amanda’s Photo Garden used a photo from a fashion magazine as the central inspiration for this seasonal beauty guide, covering everything from polish to hair products.

3. Create a Color Theme. One bold color from the runway can inspire a whole look. Find a lip shade or eye shadow color and design your own killer, monochromatic graphic to show it off.

4. Fun With Face Charts. Want to give your readers a sense of exactly how a look comes together? You can find lots of face chart graphics in this Face Chart collection. Bonus: the looks come right off the runway, so they’re always haute.

5. The Quickie Makeover. Your readers will love tips on how to create a look in just five to ten minutes, like this “5 Minute Makeover” post by celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson. He used his client Nicole Richie as the inspiration and showed off key products for this look, numbered in the order they were used.

6. Poll It. How do you feel about the latest trend? Gather a few photos of an of-the-moment hair or beauty trend and ask your readers: would you wear it? Lush to Blush found photos of hair chains on the runway and polled her readers about the look. She used the transparent color block tool (you can adjust the transparency of the color block) to bring it all together.

7. Hot Hair Tutorial. Instead of just showing the finished look, take some step-by-step photos and arrange them like this adorable “Style It Spring” post to show your readers how you created your look.

8. One Amazing Find. Visual repetition is powerful! Amarie Beauty loves using bobby pins to rescue bad hair styles, so she arranged them artfully in a fun graphic accompanying this hair emergency story.

9. An Exceptional Gift Guide. Lara Ramos of The Glossarie has created a ton of great gift guides on her blog. What makes a gift guide stand out? Find a specific theme that your readers will find useful. For example, Lara’s gift guide was published during the holidays, but it focused on pretty beauty tools that were perfect for her readers.

10. Tease It Up. Sometimes it just takes a few key elements to get your readers excited about reading more. See an interesting runway hair style? Highlight just a few tools and entice your readers to read the rest in your blog post

Got more blog post ideas? Let us know in the comments section or email us at bloggers@polyvore.com!

Cross-posted from iFabbo (International Organization for Fashion, Beauty, and Style Bloggers and Brands).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Slow Images -- We're On it!

You may have noticed slow or blank images on Polyvore. We're sorry for the inconvenience. For those of you who are technically inclined, the source of the problem is connectivity issues with Amazon S3, the 3rd party web service that hosts our images. We're doing our best to fix this issue quickly and will keep you updated!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

Every week we round up some great examples of bloggers using Polyvore to create great visuals. On Polyvore, you can find great product images and style inspirations for your blog.

This week we launched support for Facebook Fan Pages, so if you're a blogger with a Facebook Fan Page for your blog, be sure to check out how to share your Polyvore activities with your Facebook audience..

Let's take a look at what some bloggers in the Polyvore community have created this week.

Seattle blogger Catie of Fleur d'Elise created a great guide for mixing hot neon colors with neutrals, from head to toe.



neons + neutrals



Cut-out dresses are everywhere. Inexpensive Chic rounded up some affordable cutout dresses of the moment. Check out her blog post to see some celebrities rocking this look.
   


Cutout dresses



Amanda's Photo Garden shows us how a Little White Dress is just as versatile as its dark color counterpart.

Trends Together: Shirt Dresses (LWD), Collar Necklaces, Blue Suede Heels, Cat-Eye Sunglasses


The Polyvore office is a blend of geekery and fashion. Naturally, we found this Star Wars fashion post by Not So Witty Witterings totally up our alley.








Princess Leia



Staying true to your style during your pregnancy can be a challenge, so photographer Tanya Smith has some tips for a stylish maternity photo shoot.




What to Wear: Casual Maternity Shoot


Thanks to all of you who commented in last week's Love Letters! If you've found inspiring bloggers through Polyvore, or want to be featured in Love Letters, let us know! loveletters@polyvore.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Member Spotlight: fafefysfofu

Today's member spotlight is on fafefysfofu, a Polyvore member for 4 years. His sets are perfectly structured and stylist. He's an architecture student who is addicted to fashion. Here are a few of his favorite sets.
hilarious


she's not me

oh la la! ~

oh la la! ~ by fafefysfofu featuring leather high heels


Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share).
Hi! I'm Felipe Queiroz Nogueira. I’m 21 years old and an architecture student. 
T-shirts and jeans compose most of my daily outfits, which I complete with black loafers or colorful boat shoes.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Salvador, a city in the northeast of Brazil. The women here loves short dresses and miniskirts, and they pair them with low heels or flats. Since it’s hot and we have beaches, they have a sexy and independent style that incorporates lots of colors and lightweight fabrics!

What is your favorite brand/designer? 
Love Alber Elbaz and everything he has done at Lanvin!

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
Diane Kruger, for sure! She has the most amazing red carpet outfits, and I admire how she creates some of the most incredible runway looks without a stylist’s help.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I'm really focused on architecture right now. In the future, I think I’d like to open an architecture/ interior design office with some friends. But if I could choose to do what I really love, it would be something related to fashion. I love shoes and think I might be a great designer!

How has Polyvore affected your life? 
I started using Polyvore four years ago. I don't remember how and or the exact day, but  I've been in love with fashion ever since! Besides, I've made a lot of nice friends over here, like nandusho, rossonera, futureplans, land, meanshots22, and many more.

How would you describe your set style? 
My sets don't have a particular style. They are pretty simple; I try to put the focus on the clothes, doing it according to my mood and what I want to transmit in that moment.

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I keep Polyvore logged in 24 hours a day on my phone to see the activity stream!

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
Love to create fashion sets!

Describe your personal sense of style.
I'm pretty basic. My wardrobe is almost all black, white and gray! I don't have a defined style... I think my ideal look is navy blue tailored trousers paired with a white t-shirt and black loafers.

Monday, June 11, 2012

New! Support for Facebook Pages

We've added support for Facebook Pages! Now you can easily share your Polyvore sets and collections with all your fans on Facebook.


To connect your Facebook Page:

  • Go to your Sharing Settings 
  • Connect your Facebook account and select the option to connect a Facebook Page 
  • Click "Allow" to give Polyvore permission to post to your Pages 
  • Select the Page you want to connect 

You'll always have the choice of whether or not to share when you create something on Polyvore, and you can change your Facebook settings at any time in your Profile. Try it out! Love, The Polyvore Team

Friday, June 8, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

How do you use Polyvore to create great blog posts? Every Friday we look at new and inventive ways that bloggers are using Polyvore on their blogs. Here's what we found this week.

Color blocking is everywhere this season. Crystal Phuong chose a few great ways to work this trend. Check out her blog for more color blocking ideas!



She's the one!



Erin at Elements of Style found a jumpsuit with a beautiful back detail, and everything you need to create an outfit around the jumpsuit, even down to the detailed beautiful smokey eye makeup!


Night Moves



Whisper Words of Couture created a set showing the art of minimalist style.




summertime sadness.




Blogger Yuri from Indonesia of Two Thousand Things says that Polyvore is her playground for fashion inspiration. Here is a set she created to show her readers.




Just Another Monday



Fashion Krush is new to the blogging community. She created a pretty set to showcase her model muse, Gisele Bündchen.

Gisele



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

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Member Spotlight: noelleinashell

Today's member spotlight is on noelleinashell, a Polyvore member for 2 years. Her sets always have a color theme and a cool layout. Each of her sets is original and unique, but with a signature geometric, mosaic style layered with slices of colors, vignettes and quotes. Check out a few of her favorite sets.


Style Mission no. 3 - PASTEL


Paris is always a good idea

Privé

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share). 
My name is Noelle Aspenryd, and I'm a cheerful Swede in my 23rd year. I've actually just finished my Interior Design & Decoration course in London, so now I am a certified Interior Designer! I would say that I eat, breathe and live for creativity, for all forms of design in general, and maybe for fashion, decoration and graphic design in particular. Simply put, I'm an endless optimist and creative soul in my pursuit of artistic fulfillment!

I would describe my everyday wear as well-put-together. I'm always trying to add that extra little touch, while keeping it simple and sophisticated. You would typically see me in a pair of jeans (thumbs up for different coloured ones!) and a nice top paired with a blazer or cardigan. Accessories I love include scarves, minimalist silver jewellery, big bags and sunglasses. Heels would definitely be more welcome in my everyday wear, since I don't exactly get enough opportunities to wear them these days. Who knows, that might change any day soon! 

Where do you live, and what trends are big there? 
I'm from Sweden, which is where I also live at the moment, but in a couple of months I'm actually moving to the French Riviera with my dearest and best friend Jenny (cannot wait!). Right now, I would say that some of the most hyped trends in Sweden are maxi and asymmetrical skirts and dresses, tribal patterns, pastel and neon colours, and lots and lots of white. Personally I love that I can find pastel-coloured items all over the place at the moment, and I also have a weakness for different white and nude shades - so I'm as happy as I could be at the moment!

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
Oh, gosh. I'm really bad at questions like this, when it's time to list favourites of things.. But I'll give it a try! Well, when it comes to designers I think I've reached the conclusion that some of my very favourite designers include Alexander McQueen for edgy designs and eye-cathing details, Malene Birger for her oh-so-elegant and sophisticated garments, Michael Kors especially for his jewellery and stunning watches, Christian Louboutin for making the world's most amazing shoes, Marc Jacobs especially for his colours and must-have bags, Elie Saab for being the most talented gown designer I've ever seen, Helmut Lang for his touch of minimalism, asymmetrical designs, straight lines and clean cuts, and last but not least Alexander Wang for his sporty influences yet having sophisticated and clean cuts.

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about his/her style? 
I really like Ashley Olsen's style since her look often reflects my taste in fashion and trends. I think she is really good at keeping it simple yet modern and she always manages to look so effortless yet elegant and clean.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
Oh, I have always suffered from very high aspirations and goals, haha! Just as I have always known that I would work with some sort of design and within a very creative atmosphere, I have always been determined to strive for a great and inspiring career. For short, I simply love to create beautiful things and I know I have a good eye for colours and details. I could see myself working anywhere from somewhere within the fashion world to working with graphic design, decoration or display design. As long as I keep to what makes me happy - being creative and create inspirational, beautiful things - I think I will find my way!

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Haha, how it has affected my life? It has BECOME my life! It was love at first sight and it developed step by step, slowly but surely, into that ultimate kind of relationship - you know, when you can't wait to get home to continue where you left off, when giving is just as satisfying as receiving and where every new day together is an adventure! And then we lived happily ever after, until the end of time. Yep, I think that would pretty much describe my adoration towards and love for Polyvore.

How would you describe your set style? 
I think my set style could be described as being a bit different than the typical Polyvore layouts. I would say that it's a bit graphic and new-thinking, very well colour-coordinated and always with that eye-catching twist to it. I put all my creativity into it when making a new set, never publishing it before I'm 110% happy with it. And my layouts never look exactly the same; I don't even know what the set will look like myself until I've finished it! That's (sometimes unfortunately) just the way my mind works - I can't do anything really just half-heartedly, I always put my heart and soul and all my effort into the strive for a perfect and appealing whole. Disturbingly enough (?) that's pretty much the way with everything I take on, and that's also the case even when it comes to making a set on Polyvore :)


How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I never sign out, haha! Seriously though, I just stay logged on, so I rarely need to sign in when I go on to Polyvore.com. But anyways! I usually go straight onto the first page, checking out Top Sets, Member Spotlight and brands and contests etc. that are in the focus at the moment. And then I usually go and check all my friends's sets and set likes before I go on to going through today's happenings in my activity stream.

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
Hmm..that's a tricky one! There are so many great features and details which together make Polyvore the amazing website it is, so it's a tough choice just naming one (I shall also remind you, as mentioned above, that listing favourites is not one of my strong features). But I really, really love all the inspiration that is just bubbling all over the website! That you are able to see so many wonderful creations by people with such great talents as well as provide others with inspiration through the sets you make yourself. I honestly can't remember how the feck I got enough utterance for all my excessive creativity before Polyvore..?! So, I guess my conclusion might be that the Editor, the set-making feature, is, from a selfish view, the best feature (but among a whole bunch of amazing ones!) on Polyvore.

Describe your personal sense of style. 
Well, I think I summarized it quite well in the first question about my everyday wear, actually; It's well put together, simple, sophisticated and always with that extra little something to it! Less is more is simply a pretty good saying! :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

This week bloggers in the Polyvore community created amazing interior decor sets, showed off their cowboy style, and offered great hair and style tips. And they showed their readers what they found by embedding Polyvore sets in their blog posts.

Darlynn Creations created a wonderful outdoor gallery using items she found on Polyvore. Can you imagine yourself relaxing in this space?
Outdoor Art Gallery

Continuing the outdoor theme, Horses and Heels found some great cowboy boots that are very of-the-moment. Check out her blog for other great boots and finds.
Green Skinnies

We love how Lush to Blush created this set of hair chain styles, and her use of color blocks to add some pop to her blog post!
hair chains

Beauty Store Depot made a beautiful set of doll-face makeup looks. Check out how to accomplish this yourself on her blog.
Doll Face

Style and Lipstick took us on a romantic, girly journey to Paris with this gorgeous pink look.
Pink in Paris

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