Meet world traveler @nattiecupcakesf! #memberspotlight
Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
My name is Nathalie Castro, I am 25 years old and I work in advertising. A couple of years ago, I discovered Polyvore and completely fell in love with the idea of having an interactive platform to create fashion sets with brand items I couldn't afford, and I put my fashion styling aspirations into motion.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I definitely dream of working in fashion styling someday. Styling is something I´m very passionate about and think I have an eye for. One of my short-term goals for now is also launching a fashion blog that can hopefully become a go-to for fashionistas worldwide.
How has Polyvore affected your life?
As I said, I think Polyvore is a truly great digital platform for expressing your sense of style and your fashion point of view. It gives you access to a million different items and brands that you can play with and also learn from. You can get in touch with different trends and users worldwide, which definitely broadens your fashion horizons.
How did you find Polyvore?
I can’t remember how I came across it. I think I must have googled something related to fashion five years ago and then I found it. It´s amazing to see how it´s grown and become such a vibrant fashion community for users all around the world.
How would you describe your set style?
I have a very particular way of putting sets together. If you go through my profile, you’ll see that they are all in a mosaic style. I generally don’t use a background; I just add items in different sizes and directions to compose an almost puzzle-like set. I find pieces I match and then start filling in the blanks with different items that go with the color scheme.
Where do you get your inspiration to create a set?
I think inspiration can come from anything. A movie, a poster or what you see on the street. I’m all about mixing and matching dressy items with more casual ones, so I just go through my collection of items and try to experiment with unexpected combinations. The rest just comes naturally.
What are some Polyvore tips you would like to share with the Polyvore community?
1. While browsing, add stuff you like to your favorite items. It is easier to create a set with items you have saved and already like.
2. Try to save background items and things other than just clothes. Sometimes, accessories and details are what make a set special and unique.
3. Browse through groups and join those you like and that fit your style. Then post your sets to these groups. This will give you more visibility in the community.
Does your username have any special meaning?
Not really. I just really like cupcakes and that was my nickname for a while. So nattiecupcakes it was.
Where do you live and what trends are big there?
I’m originally from Colombia. When I was 16, I moved to London and my whole view of the world changed. Europe is such a great place, filled with different styles and where so many cultures collide. You just can’t help but be influenced by this. Then I went to school in the U.S. where I came across a very preppy style of dressing. Having travelled so much definitely gives you an edge and opens your mind to trying different styles and collecting pieces from around the world.
Describe your personal sense of style.
My style is all about finding unique pieces and mixing them with everyday items to achieve a unique look. I’d say I’m more on the edgy side of things: I love leather jackets, rock tees and spiky flats. But then I combine them with dressy blazers, fitted jeans or maxi skirts. Then you get a balance between girly and chic.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
I love brands like Balmain and McQueen because of their edge. Other favorites are Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs. When it comes to shopping, I like Zara because they’ve got great prices and some of their clothes are inspired by great designer collections.