Monday, January 28, 2013

Member Spotlight: fashionmonkey1

Today's member spotlight is on fashionmonkey1, a member of two years. Her sets help show how outfits look on and they always come with a great quote. Here are a few of her favorite sets.

Coat by ROCHAS

Dress by ERDEM

Blouse by DOLCE & GABBANA

Blouse by DOLCE & GABBANA by fashionmonkey1 featuring prada handbags


Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
My name is Jackie and I am 54 years old. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and I’ve been in the Pharmaceutical Sales industry for the past 20 years. Before attending USC I actually attended a Fashion School (Bauder Fashion College – Miami, FL) and had big dreams of becoming the next top fashion designer until I realized how much it hated to sew!  I still have a very strong creative side and over the years started making and selling my own jewelry. Now, I’ve found Polyvore which keeps me tapped into that design/stylist/creative side and I couldn’t be happier.

Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in the Los Angeles, CA area (right at the beach in Redondo Beach).  One of the biggest fashion trends I’m seeing around LA lately are boyfriend jeans rolled up at the ankle with high heeled booties or pumps.

What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
Wow, where do I begin! There are so many that I love.  I like the prints and patterns of Marni and Missoni.  I love the conservative/preppy styles of Burberry and Tory Burch.  I also like the casual and edgy looks from Acne and Rag & Bone.


Describe your personal sense of style.
I try to dress “age appropriate” but also like to show my figure. Just check out my “skinny jeans rock” collection and that is pretty much my style for casual wear.  I also have a little bit of a preppy side. I own a lot of J.Crew pieces. When it comes to work wear, I’m pretty much a business pant suit kind of gal.


Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about their style?
I really like Victoria Beckham’s style.  She is petite and small framed (like myself) and just knows how to make it work for her body.

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I would love to travel to all of the beautiful and wonderful beaches throughout the world.

How has Polyvore affected your life?
It helps me stay tapped into my creative side along with keeping up with the latest fashion trends.  I love the sense of community and the positive atmosphere we all share.  Polyvore for me is kind of like a form of meditation. It doesn’t matter how grumpy I might feel at the end of a long day, just spending some time on Polyvore and I’m like new again.

Does you username have any special meaning?
Not really.  I just wanted something kind of quirky and easy to remember.

How would you describe your set style? 
I really like to get a sense of how an outfit would look as if it were on a person or mannequin, so I try to make my sets look like that. I usually include a simple phrase or line that has a positive meaning.

How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
That really depends on my work schedule but usually a couple times a day, first thing in the morning and again before bed. I sign on directly to my home page and look for the red number to check whether I need to respond to anyone.  Next I go the top sets and do congratulations. Then I check the following-creations tab and look at the new sets of those I am following. Then finally I go to my drafts to see whether there is anything ready to publish or finish creating. Then I have to PULL myself away to get ready for the day!

What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
Clipper and editing. Sometimes I can spend an hour just “shopping” for new items.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Closing the Style Advice/Ask Section

UPDATE 2/1/2012: Style Advice has been closed. You can see the archives here. Thank you for contributing to our Ask section.

UPDATE 1/15/2012: We want you to know that we are listening and reading all of your comments. We care about you, the community, very much and that's why closing the Style Advice section was a hard decision for us, too. Ultimately, we decided this was the best for the whole Polyvore community. Please try to keep the Style Advice experience positive for everyone while the section is still open. Thanks again for your contribution and support.

Dear Polyvore Community,

We love that you are style gurus who generously share your tips on how to look great. You show us in your sets how to style awesome outfits, and you've showed us in the Style Advice, or Ask section.

Now it's time for us to ask you to concentrate all your amazing styling powers in your sets, comments and collections because sadly, we will be closing down the Style Advice/Ask section in January.

This has been an incredibly difficult decision. We reached it after realizing that we haven't been able to give that section of the site and its participants the attention or recognition they deserve. We've decided to spend our time really focusing on improving features that make a difference and that make Polyvore the best web and mobile experience it can be for you.

Any sets you have created for Style Advice answers will still appear on your profile, and any saved items will still appear in My Items. Your badges will also remain on your profile. However Style Advice/Ask will be phased out over the coming weeks.

  • After January 17, we will stop accepting new questions. 
  • After January 31, the Style Advice/Ask section will no longer be available on the site. 

We'd love to see your questions and expertise reach a larger audience on dedicated sites like Yahoo Answers or Quora. (If you know of another great style advice site, please let us and your fellow Polyvore members know!)

Thank you for all your generosity and creativity in providing great style advice in the Ask section over the last three years. You continue to inspire us and we’re looking forward to more of your styling tips through your sets, comments and collections!

Love,
The Polyvore Team