June 5, 2012
/How has Polyvore affected my life?/ That’s a tough question. And not because I can’t produce an answer. No. That’s not why it’s tough. It’s just that there are so many ways I could go about answering this question, and I’m just not sure which way to go. Ideally, I would write a beautiful description using lyrical phrases and poetic language, but let’s be honest… Poetry has never been my thing. So, I guess I’ll just do what I always do and say exactly what’s on my mind.
Now, where do I being? I don’t even know. I guess it would make sense to start at the beginning, yeah? So, here I go… It was a warm Spring day in ’09 when I discovered Polyvore. The air was crisp, the birds were singing, and—just kidding. Who knows what kind of day it was? I certainly don’t remember the specifics. But I’ll tell you this… The truth is, I didn’t really discover Polyvore. My sister did. Or well, our friend showed it to her. One day they’re chattering away about Diego Luna from “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” (to be honest, I have never seen the movie, but my friend was obsessed with him at the time) and the next, they’re making collages on the computer, arranging images and text in what they call a “set,” then commenting and liking each other’s. I had no idea what it was at first. All I knew was… I liked it. I thought it was cool. And so, I hopped on the Polyvore train and started making my own sets. This, my friends, was my first set: http://www.polyvore.com/future_husband_xx/set?id=9425264 (my sister made the other two before it). Pretty, right? Haha. You don’t have to answer that. Don’t worry, I got better (or so I’d like to think…)! I think I’ve come a long way. I’ve had quite the journey on Polyvore (http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/collection?id=1767524).
As I’ve gone on this journey, one thing I’ve always been extremely grateful to Polyvore for is that it has greatly helped my fashion sense to evolve. I think I’ve always kind of been a budding “fashionista.” You see, I’ve always been the type of girl who likes to keep on top of trends. It’s just that I’ve gone from being the third grade girl who begged my mom to buy me Junk Food tees (don’t worry, though—by some miracle, I managed to miss out on the gaucho pants era in fourth grade!) to being the high school girl who begged my mom to buy me peter pan collared tops last winter. Polyvore did me the favor of thrusting me into the enchanting world that is Fashion. I now live and breathe fashion. Well… I wish. No, but really. Fashion has become something I’m quite passionate about. I may never go into the fashion industry, but right now, fashion has added something of a spark to my life. Think of it as glitter sprinkled over the chapters of my teenage years in the book that is my life (Hey, that was pretty poetic right!? Well, I tried… ;))
But seriously. Other girls go online to reblog photos of Justin Bieber on their Tumblrs, but I reblog street style photos and models galore. That’s another thing. I was on Polyvore /years/ before I was on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, whatever. While all my classmates were on Facebook, I was on Polyvore. And I liked it that way. In fact, it was Polyvore that really introduced me to this whole “social media” thing. In fact, one of the reasons why I love Polyvore so much is that it, essentially, is my blog. You see, I think I was a blogger in another life (shh! Ignore the fact that blogging is a recent invention! ;P). Polyvore has made me so interested in fashion and, particularly, has turned styling outfits into a little hobby of mine that I have dreamed about starting a fashion blog. Now there are many reasons why that’s not realistic for me that we won’t go into, but long story short, Polyvore has served as an outlet where I can blog (as you see through my little bloggies) about everything from my thoughts on the latest trends to my thoughts on One Direction ;) and style outfits at the same time.
It was also Polyvore that made me decide to start a Tumblr. I became so fascinated by the photos of models I would use on Polyvore, that I wanted a Tumblr just so I could find more of those photos and have a place to blog them all. Before Polyvore, if you had asked me to name a model, I probably wouldn’t have been able to produce a single response. Now, I’m the girl who sits in the lobby of the dentist’s office with an edition of VOGUE playing a “Can You Name That Model?” game in my head as I flip through the pages.
Similarly, c/o of Polyvore, I am now so much more familiar with a wide scope of designer brands and fashion icons. Before Polyvore, I wouldn’t have recognized the words “Rebecca Minkoff” if I read them in a magazine. Now, I can spot a “Morning After” clutch from a mile away. And I’m not gonna lie. Before Polyvore, I had no idea who Grace Coddington was. Now, I’ve had the honor of having Grace Coddington choose my set as a finalist for the “FNO Style Setter” contest. And it’s all thanks to Polyvore. Polyvore has made me that much more knowledgeable about the fashion world, and I’m grateful to them for that. Now, I smile to myself when my friends go, “Alexa who?” and I have to explain who Miss Chung is, or when I’ve explained who Karl Lagerfeld is and my friend later reduces him down to “The Guy With The Ferret” (I showed her this photo: http://galleryoftheabsurd.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c301153ef01156fc3a413970c-450wi). Haha. But see what I mean? I’d rather be the girl who knows what she’s talking about! =)
Lastly (though there is so much more I could go on about, but I realize this is already wayyy over the unspoken word limit), one of the things I am most grateful to Polyvore for is introducing me to all of the lovely community members I’ve “met,” who offer me endless amounts of support on Polyvore, never forgetting to like and comment on my sets. And to the few girls who are still reading this extremely long description (because I know there are a bunch of you who are) and who have read all my other rants and bloggies—all of you girls have made my Polyvore experience a million times more enjoyable, and I’m forever grateful to you!
So I’m forcing myself to stop now, but four last words… Polyvore, I love you =)
p.s. Oh, and I’d love to read all of your Polyvore stories so please share the link in the comment section if you have one!