Tell us about yourself.
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 in Miami, FL) and had big dreams of becoming the next top fashion designer until I realized how much I 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. I couldn’t be happier!
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in the Los Angeles, California area (right near 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?
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 which 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 pantsuit kind of gal.
Which celebrity has great 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.
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; after just spending some time on Polyvore, I’m like new again.
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.