Member Spotlight: Fashionmonkey1

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.
 
- @fashionmonkey1

23 comments

mponte
Wrote two years ago
@fashionmonkey1 congrats on the great profile piece. I enjoyed reading about you and your approach to fashion. Love your smart, stylish sets!!

fashionmonkey1
Wrote two years ago
Thank you so much! It's friends like you that make the Polyvore experience so wonderful @prilsplace

prilsplace
Wrote two years ago
OH, WOW!! How did I miss this!?! Totally deserving! Her sets are consistently great!
Congratulations, Jackie (@fashionmonkey1)!!!!

maryedent
Wrote two years ago
I am also loving the boyfriend jeans with heels. Great set! Congrats : )

limass
Wrote two years ago
congrats my dear..and you're so beautiful too!!

wantering
Wrote two years ago
Congrats! Love your designs!

monicahearts
Wrote two years ago
Congratulations, great interview!

helleka
Wrote two years ago
What a fantastic interview! Loved it, congrats! :)

milica-mi-mi-milovic
Wrote two years ago
beautiful

hatsgaloore
Wrote two years ago
Awesome ... and wonderful interview ~ thanks for sharing all about you ♥!!!!

fashionmonkey1
Wrote two years ago
Thank you! You all make Polyvore such a pleasure @clothesmonkey @mrs-box @anastasia55-hr @maxfield @jpcarroll @noirelan @sherry7411 @rcm6511 @karineminzonwilson @e-daniels @elske88 @nijura

clothesmonkey
Wrote two years ago
Very well deserved member spotlight! Fashionmonkey1 has excellent taste, and her sets are always beautifully styled. Love her!

mrs-box
Wrote two years ago
@fashionmonkey1 was one of the first Polyvore members I began to follow when I joined Polyvore almost a year ago, always love her sets and sense of style!! Well done you!! xxx

anastasia55-hr
Wrote two years ago
Congrats, darling @fashionmonkey1 !!!!! Love your sets and how you match designer pieces on such an elegant way. This is one step foward. Congrats one more time.

maxfield
Wrote two years ago
Super kudos!!

jpcarroll
Wrote two years ago
Congrats!!! :D

noirelan
Wrote two years ago
Congratulations on being recognized! Your sets always inspire me!

sherry7411
Wrote two years ago
Wonderful interview!! Well deserved, the set styling is what I first noticed when I started following, you have fabulous styling! xo

youaresofashion
Wrote two years ago
She has the most amazing sets! This spotlight is well deserved.

karineminzonwilson
Wrote two years ago
Super well deserved interview, so great to know more about you!!!!!!!! I really adore you sense of style!!!!!!!! xoxo, Ka ♥

e-daniels
Wrote two years ago
fabulous, well deserved feature. her styling is always perfect!

elske88
Wrote two years ago
wonderful, love her sets!!!♥♥♥

nijura
Wrote two years ago
wonderful !

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