After @sophisty dedicated her “Polyvore story” set to me a few days ago it got me thinking about my own Polyvore journey.

I have been a member of Polyvore for over five years, and I have made over 2000 sets. I discovered a Polyvore app on Facebook (a feature that does not exist today). That one simple click on a link changed the course of my life forever. Rather than end up on Polyvore’s homepage, the app link from Facebook put me directly into the Polyvore editor. 

Familiar with the workings of Photoshop, the editor made perfect sense to me. As I was checking out the cool editor interface, I happened to notice a gallery labeled “CHANEL” with pages upon pages of items from my favorite designer label (which should explain to you my choice of names). Excited by the clothes, shoes and accessories I found in the CHANEL gallery, I proceeded to make my first set. It’s here if you want to see it http://www.polyvore.com/my_first_set/set?id=363912. 

Now I have to point out, that while the editor enthralled me, I had NO IDEA that when I hit the publish button that this meant “Live” to everyone on Polyvore. I wouldn’t have known it was live, but within moments of hitting publish, I started to see comments and favorites (we called them “faves” back then … I miss faves) appearing below the set. Well, let me tell you, I was truly hooked! Fashion and love, does it get any better than that?

Sitting on my couch making sets would’ve been enough for me, but fate had other plans. Polyvore has been very kind to include my sets in their marketing materials, and even let me be a part of their 2010 feature article in The New Yorker magazine. That kinda blew my mind. Since then, they have included me in many other things from allowing me to be the inaugural guest for the “Style Advice” section, to being featured in Glamor magazine's online blog, to testing new Polyvore features, to helping new Polyvore members get started, and most recently, they asked me to design the promotional posters for Polyvore Live. Then, thrill of thrills, Polyvore invited me to attend their very first fashion show “Polyvore Live” (and hopefully not last) in New York City this past winter. But that’s just some of the personal stuff. Polyvore has also impacted my career.

As a marketing communications professional, I use my experiences with Polyvore to advise clients on how best to engage their customers online. I also use Polyvore as an example when I teach social media courses at one of our local colleges. 

So you ask, what impact has Polyvore had on me? As a young girl I dreamed of working at a big glossy fashion magazine in New York (who among you didn’t?). While that particular childhood dream never materialized, being a part of the Polyvore story has let me turn the essence of that dream into a reality, and in ways I never could’ve imagined as a young girl back in 19 [cough].

Thank you everyone @Polyvore and especially to Pasha, Jess, Nadia, Lauren and Chrystal for including me in your story! You guys are truly awesome. 

For all the Poly friends I have made, for all the members who have contacted me with all their questions, for all sets that have been made for me, all the tags you have included me in, for all the love and support you have given me, and to the entire Polyvore community, this set is dedicated to you.

Love 
Gail

37 comments

incubeautee
Wrote two years ago
amazing. i have been a fan of your sets for many years, my dear friend.

minnie-me
Wrote two years ago
Amazing set dear, Polyvore in our hearts forever :)

yoomyoom
Wrote two years ago
i remember how my first sets used to look like hehe. nicely written. i don't think i would be able to write as eloquently as you do and think of such put-together outfits like you do. thanks for showing me kindness and obivously showing others your kindness and comments as well which can be shown in almost 15,500,000 set views.

shoptillyadrop
Wrote two years ago
Polyvore totally changed our lives!

basssweenie
Wrote two years ago
Fabulous Story & I totally love your style!

stacyb
Wrote two years ago
Love those boots!

bullygrrl
Wrote two years ago
Gail, I am so inspired by your Polyvore story--just amazing! I also use my Polyvore experience to help inform the social media strategies I create for my higher Ed (Indina University) clients, and the friends (like YOU) I have made here have enriched my life incalculably. I am so glad you are an important part of the Polyvore story--and of my Pilyvore story)! You are an inspiration to us all! Xoxo!

painthead
Wrote two years ago
oxoxoox

sandrayara
Wrote two years ago
what a wonderful story!!!!!!!

houseofhauteness
Wrote two years ago
WOW! What an amazing story and what wonderful opportunities. I've always loved your sets! So glad that you're such a big part of the polyvore community!

luxecouture
Wrote two years ago
THIS IS AMAZING and your story is really great :))

mychanel
Wrote two years ago
thank you so much!! There are no words for how much I appreciate and love having you guys as poly friends, you are truly the best. XO @bittersweet89 @nadia @br0k3n @belldraw @yamine @rachel-is-epic @sylvialucky @painthead @lia1992m @pisces7 @kirta @jungtsdollhouse @yamine

mychanel
Wrote two years ago
@lsamsam Thank you so much dear. And I agree I am so delighted we met in New York. That was an exceptionally amazing time. I hope your summer has been great!! XO

mychanel
Wrote two years ago
@doozer Thank you so much sweetie!!!! I really appreciate your comment. It is poly friends like who make being here so special. XO

mychanel
Wrote two years ago
Oh @jess that is positively the nicest thing for you to say. I can't tell you how grateful I am for all that you have done for me. I saw the Techcrunch article about you today, GREAT JOB and congratulations on NY. XOXO

doozer
Wrote two years ago
This is fantastic Sweetie!! You are living the dream (so to speak)!! Thanks for sharing your story, you are an inspiration to all of us Polyvorians!!! XXO

yamine
Wrote two years ago
Good luck)))

yamine
Wrote two years ago
Bold look 8)

lsamsam
Wrote two years ago
Thank you for sharing your amazing story, Gail. I feel so happy to have been able to meet you!

painthead
Wrote two years ago
LOVe....oxoxox

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