Tell us about yourself.
My name is Kajsa Carton, I am 51 years old and I work in horticulture as a designer and in garden maintenance. This is a recent career change for me. For more than 20 years, I worked in telecommunications as a project manager. A typical day for me now involves practical clothing like jeans, T-shirts and windproof jackets. I sometimes have to be more formal when meeting clients, and I dress up completely when entertaining!
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I am originally from Sweden, but have lived in the city of Brighton and Hove in the UK for more than 20 years. I suppose the main trends one sees on the street here are grunge, retro (mainly ‘70s) and black, black, black.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
My favourite brand/designer changes with each season, but the ones that inspire me continuously (so far) are Mulberry, Chloé, Valentino and Dolce&Gabbana.
Which celebrity do you think has great style and why?
I think Helen Mirren dresses very stylishly and just right for her shape and age. I also admire Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Aniston.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I'm one of those lucky people who are very content with life as it is. I have a lovely family and my aspirations/goals are for my two boys (adult-ish now) to be happy and successful in life! I suppose a pipe dream would be to do professionally what I do for fun in the Polyvore world, i.e. create outfit after outfit with luxe, seasonal clothes.
How has Polyvore affected your life?
It's taken over! But I’m not complaining. However, I do need to be very firm with myself on some days, and not even log on. I know once I'm there, I can stay forever -- admiring other people's creations, enjoying a bit of natter with Polyfriends and, of course, creating.
Describe your personal sense of style.
I like classic clothes with an edge, but nothing too far out for me. I hate bling and overworked designs. Well, hate is a strong word; dislike is better. I can love this look on someone else, but it's not for me. Simplicity is a key word for me.
How would you describe your set style?
My set style reflects my personal tastes. I try, in the main, to do styles that suit my own age and lifestyle. I have, however, been known to be bowled over by something that I wouldn't be able to wear in a million years, but that I've just fallen in love with! In those instances, I pretend to be Jennifer Lawrence (or similar) and create sets around those clothes.
How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I sign on every day, except when I'm on holiday, having guests or VERY busy at work. I check the activities/comments first, then move onto what my friends have been creating since my last login and, finally, depending on time, churn out at least one set, or 10!
Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
Just continue what you're doing — I'm in awe!
Anything else you would like us to know?
I am amazed with the masses of fantastic, funny, friendly, supportive people that make up the Polyvore world! I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you and express how much I enjoy your company and creations!