Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Polyvore iPhone App!

Dear Polyvore Community,

You’ve always amazed us with how creative you are on the web. Now you can bring that creativity to a new venue: the new Polyvore iPhone app! It’s been your number one request, and we’re very happy to announce its launch.

New! Polyvore iPhone App

With a beautiful, fluid interface, it’s easy to keep in touch with your Polyvore friends while you’re on the go.

You can quickly flip through what’s new from people you’re following as well as leave likes and comments. When new activity and messages appear, notifications let you know right away so that you can respond to friends.

While browsing, you can shop from inspiring sets. Or, you can use our shop results and filters to find the perfect little black dress.

Most importantly, the app has an editor for you to create and publish your beautiful sets. You’ll find it fun to compose directly on the screen by stretching, rotating and moving items with your finger taps.

You can download the Polyvore app from the App Store onto your iPhone or iPod Touch.

We hope you enjoy expressing your creativity on the phone as much as we do! If you can, please help the app succeed by posting positive reviews and ratings in the App Store. As always, we’d love to hear any suggestions or feedback, so please leave them in the comments here.

The Polyvore Team

Friday, November 23, 2012

Member Spotlight: lisabedow

Today's member spotlight is on lisabedow. She joined our community a year ago and already won our Dot Marc Jacobs Fragrance contest. She won a trip to NYC to attend Teen Vogue's Fashion University. Here are a few of her favorite sets.

#MARCtheDOT with Marc Jacobs Fragrance

Blogger Closet: Where Did U Get That
Sperry Top-Sider
Sperry Top-Sider by lisabedow featuring platform pumps

Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
My name is Lisa, and I am 32. I am an optician, and I am a bit eyewear obsessed. I collect eyeglasses the way most women collect shoes. Currently I am rocking a pair of big, red, Dior cateyes.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I am from fabulous Las Vegas. People come here to have fun, and they tend to dress in extremes. Bigger jewelry, higher heels, lots of skin. People can get away with styles here that they wouldn't wear at home. 

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?  
I love haute couture, and my all-time favorite brand is Christian Dior. Dior's look is sophisticated, chic, feminine and timeless. It will be interesting to see what the new head designer Raf Simons will bring to the line.

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
I think Zooey Deschanel, Michelle Williams, Kate Moss and Katy Perry have great style, but I am a huge Lady Gaga fan. I love that she is so fearless in her style. Whether her look is a hit or a miss it's pure Gaga. 

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
One of my other passions is painting. My ultimate goal is to be a working artist full time. 

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has given me a forum to showcase my love of beautiful, well-made clothes, shoes and handbags. I may not be able to afford a Lanvin dress or a Fendi clutch in reality, but in my Polyworld I can style them in my sets. 

How was Teen Vogue's Fashion University?
Teen Vogue's Fashion University was an amazing opportunity! I am still in shock that I won! The designers (Phillip Lim, Erin Featherston, Olivier Theyskens,  Michael and Nicole Colovos) were so approachable and real. They gave great insight into the reality of the fashion world and great advice to aspiring young designers. The highlight of Teen Vogue Fashion U was seeing Grace Coddington. I am such a fan of her work at Vogue!

How would you describe your set style? 
I create my sets with the same thought process as my paintings. I consider composition, subject matter and use of color. I love using bold color combinations.

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I do try to sign onto Polyvore daily because I love looking at the top sets of the day. I enjoy seeing what the Polyvore community has created. There is so much talent! 

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
I love top sets (especially when one of my sets is featured)!

Describe your personal sense of style.
I tend to avoid overdosing with trends, and stay true to timeless classics with a vintage flair. I am working mother and full-time stylist for my two little girls. I do not have a lot of time to over think my style. I keep things simple.

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Beauty Category for Sets!

Dear Polyvore Community,

You always impress us! We knew you were fashion experts, but it turns out you really know beauty too!

Ever since we put out a call for contributing editors, we've seen beautiful makeup, hair and nail sets which we've featured in our new Beauty section. We would love to see more of your ideas! When you publish sets about beauty products or trends, you can add them to the "Beauty" category to make them easier to find.

Select the "Beauty" category whenever you create sets about:
  • Hairstyles
  • Nail trends
  • Lipstick, blush or eye makeup colors and trends
  • Skin care products
  • Perfume
  • Beauty tutorials and DIYs
Whether you're a veteran beauty blogger or just want to show us your favorite nail trend, give the new beauty category a spin! We're looking forward to seeing and sharing your sets!

The Polyvore Team

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Member Spotlight: lidia-solymosi

Today's member spotlight is on lidia-solymosi, a member of two years. As a social worker, she works with the mentally ill. Here are some of her favorite sets.

Pure beauty with Lanvin


Thank You to all of you beautiful people
Thank You to all of you beautiful people by lidia-solymosi featuring beauty products

Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share: 
My name is Lidia. I am 48 years old. Currently, I am working with people with mental illness in social services. I graduated as a Registered Practical Nurse and worked in a hospital for years. I also graduated with a degree in fashion design and informatica. 

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Wearing black is big here, mostly because the city is a "business" city--oil. I see people wearing leather pieces and lots of lace. 

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
I grew up with Gucci, so the brand is my number one favorite. Also I am a big fan of Lanvin, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. I love H&M and Zara too. They are always up-to-date with the most recent fashion. I love classy and chic pieces that are easy to combine in my everyday wardrobe.

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
I adore Kate Moss. Her style is flawless. She does classic pieces to make an up-to-date look. Also love Jennifer Aniston's style. Very simple and always fabulous. 

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
To be happy and healthy. I love fashion and I really want to work in the industry. I cannot complain. I've reached many goals, but still want to grow. 

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore changed my life. Having access to so many forms of fashion and art at the click of a button is incredible. I can feed my hunger for fashion and art and I can express myself. I've also met so many incredible and talented people. 

How would you describe your set style?
I love to experiment with different styles. I love to mix patterns and use bold colors. I also love the minimal looks too. 

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I am on Polyvore everyday. Kinda addicted. I like to check my daily activities and then my mail box. I also love to see my polyfriends' creations. Finally, I browse brands to see their top stories. 

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
I love the editor and clipper for sure. Also the comment section below each set or collection is awesome. The Polyvore team has done an amazing job since I started creating sets here. 

Describe your personal sense of style. 
My style is very simple. Love high heels, tailored jackets and skinny jeans. I like very minimalist style, but also love to wear bold colors and yes, love shoes with attitude. I'm crazy for bags. 

Got any request for Polyvore team?
I was fortunate to meet the Polyvore team in New York and I have got to say that you guys are on top of your game. You're always coming up with new ideas and features. All I have to say is just a big thank you for being amazing. 

Anything else you would like us to know?
About me not really. But want to thank you for your hard work, innovation, and creativity. Thank you also for taking an interest in me and getting to know me better.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Polyvore Love Letters: Blog Roundup

Our Friday Love Letters roundup is back with more beautiful examples of bloggers using Polyvore to express their style!

Glam Slam found some of-the-moment oxblood items that are totally worthy of your coveting.

We are seeing beautiful oxblood items everywhere, including on the blog Glamor Chic. Check out how she styles this gorgeous poncho.
City Chic

At Kisses From Butterfly, we found a beautiful fall wishlist that is perfect for sweater weather.
Sweater Weather

At Fashionable Hostess, blogger Amanda created a great set of adorable baby favs that left us going, "Aw!"
Baby Favorites

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Member Spotlight: je-suis-un-lapin

Today's member spotlight is on je-suis-un-lapin. She came all the way from Brazil to visit our Mountain View office during our community meetup. Here are some of her favorite sets.

Gucci Forever

"I left my heart in San Francisco"*

KM + RM*

Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
My name is Patricia Coelho, I am a 38-year-old writer, set designer and prop stylist, driven by music. A while ago, I decided to spend the time and master a couple things I love in order to be able to make a living out of them and get more space for the things that really matter in life. That is why I have been running my own business for three, almost four years now. I am also the proud mom of two cats (Josephine and Napoleon), a passionate learner, traveler and dancer. Easily attracted to vintage stuff, morning light, coffee and macarons, among many other things.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I am currently based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Weather here is typically hot (uncomfortably hot sometimes), so lightweight, quick-drying fabrics, vibrant colors and prints are always trendy. Furthermore, the top trends for A/W 2013 - spotted on the runways of the just-ended SPFW (Sao Paulo Fashion Week) - are: subtly sheer, everything leather (dresses, skirts, sleeves), delicate embroidery and tailored, oversized pieces with a boyish appeal.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
I cannot say I have a favorite brand or designer per se, but I have always loved Gucci, Burberry, Balenciaga and Chanel classic pieces. Most recently, Proenza Schouler and Maison Martin Margiela have conquered my heart with their minimalist, contemporary visions. I also admire the creativity and originality of the Brazilian designers, especially Isabela Capeto, Gloria Coelho and Patricia Bonaldi.

Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
It seems to me that Kate Moss always knows what to wear to look gorgeous and aptly dressed. Also, Charlotte Gainsbourg has a great sense of style! She dresses casually, unpretentiously and still looks very sharp.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
Get widely recognized for my work and become a Polyvore representative, either in South America, Portugal or wherever you guys need me.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has changed my life in so many ways! The site gives me all the effective tools to express my ideas and style. Plus, the Polyvore team keeps launching excellent improvements that make it easier to share our creations, shopping the latest products and discover the best contents online. As a result, the whole modus operandi helps us to save a lot of time! Not to mention the talented, welcoming community! I have made some wonderful overseas friends and great professional contacts there.

How would you describe your set style?
I like to think I don't have a "pre-established" set style. I get inspired by so many things: outfits, photos, trends, contests. My sets certainly reflect this diversified nature. So, for now, let's call them "multifaceted."

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
When I am not traveling or drowning in work, I sign on every day. I always head straight to the activity stream to check the latest activities and news, then I get myself up to date visiting Polyvore and Polyvore editorial official profile.

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
The Editor itself is my favorite feature. It is absolutely fantastic how organized, functional and accessible it is! The clipper and the mini editor are the cherries on top.

Describe your personal sense of style.
I like to feel comfortable and cozy. Honestly, I would love to attend every appointment wearing jeans and ballet flats! I am a huge fan of pearls, polka dots, florals, everything lace, leather jackets, graphic and striped tees, so I mix and match them whenever possible. I am addicted to bags, hats and sunglasses as well. When it comes to formal wear, I usually prefer neutral colors, stiletto heels and silky textures.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
I would like to be able to rearrange my collections as well as drag them in and out of other collections, from the "collection.edit" page. I also would love to be able to save items from the "All Items" tab, while in the "collection.edit" page.

Anything else you would like us to know?
Since many people ask me about it, my last name (Coelho) means rabbit (or lapin in French). That is where my username "je-suis-un-lapin" comes from.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Member Spotlight: helleka

Today's member spotlight is on helleka, a member of two years. She's a translator from Finland who creates beautiful sets. Here are some of her favorite sets.

Prep school
French chic
Próxima estación

Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share).
My name is Heidi, I'm in my thirties, and I teach foreign languages and also work as a translator. We don’t have a dress code at work so I can wear pretty much whatever I like. I’m more of a skirt or dress person, which is a bit unusual in a country where most women prefer to wear jeans or pants. I’m not into prints so a typical outfit would be a simple sheath dress, as unusual shoes as I can get away with and nail polish in atypical colours – I prefer blues and greens the most. I go running every evening so I spend a lot of time in sportswear, too.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in southwestern Finland and at the moment we are still getting the occasional rogue snowstorm so people are still wearing their winter coats and boots. I’ve noticed people wearing brighter colours such as pink and oranges, florals and checked fabrics like gingham lately.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
I don’t know if I really have a single favorite, but probably wear Max Mara, Armani and Ralph Lauren the most. I like classic pieces I can wear for several years and these brands make a lot of timeless pieces that are worth the investment.

Which celebrity has great style?
I love almost everything that Inès de la Fressange wears. She seems to the epitome of Parisian chic. Also, Jennifer Aniston has great, understated style that lets people focus on her as a person rather than the outfits that she wears. Olivia Palermo seems to get it right more often than wrong.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
Even though I love my work, it is often very dry and academic. Polyvore gives me a chance to be a bit more creative. I don’t have any training in design or fashion so most of my sets are just trial and error. I see a piece of clothing I like and think: “Hmm. I wonder what I’d wear with that…” Plus I get to do virtual shopping via my sets so this curtails my shopping habits a bit! Looking at all the wonderful sets people create here has probably affected the way I dress even though I haven’t thought of it consciously. I’m even thinking of maybe buying something floral this spring and this is something I’d never have done earlier. And I love the community aspect; this site has given me a chance to “meet” lots of wonderful and creative people around the world.

Describe your personal sense of style.
I have a mother and a grandmother who have always been very much into fashion, and I’ve grown up with fashion magazines scattered around the house. So, apart from my quirky shoes and nail polishes, I’m into classic and simple stuff. I have several vintage design pieces that I’ve gotten from my grandmother that I love to wear. I tend to buy investment pieces rather than high street fashion or mass market retailers such as H&M, so I’m not always good at following the latest trends.

Become a Contributing Editor on Polyvore!

Dear Polyvore Community,

Every day, you inspire us with your style. With our new Top Stories page, we can feature even more of your content, and that’s exactly what we’d love to do! We would love you to

Become a Contributing Editor on Polyvore!

We’re putting a call out to you, the community, to become contributing editors on Polyvore! As a contributing editor, your content could get featured on the homepage. Here’s how:

  • Create a collection with the latest, up-to-the-minute fashion trends, celebrity news and beauty. For example, we’ve featured collections showcasing Pop Art outfits and highlighting how Rita Ora wears crop tops.

  • You’ll notice that these collections also include a lot of product. That’s because it’s always fun to know how to get the look, and because (little secret), we love to shop!

We’re excited to have you share all your great stories. Please send us links to your collections by tagging @polyvore-editorial, emailing us at ideas@polyvore.com or by posting to Facebook.

You are our biggest and most important contributor, and we’re looking forward to having you become our contributing editors!

The Polyvore Team