polyvore. i feel like i may be a little behind on this discovery, but thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, creature comforts, i stumbled upon this amazing website / application called polyvore. i mean really, it amazes me. it is like playing paperdolls for grownups (or pretending to design a page in Lucky magazine).
basically it takes thousands and thousands of products / items (clothing, accessories, furniture, artwork... you name it) and allows you to drag them onto an online editor and create your own collage of images. it can be used for putting together outfits, designing a room, planning a party or event scheme, really... anything. for people like me (those who find it enjoyable to spend hours in front of a computer and create pastimes of scouring the internet) this can equal hours of fun (beware, its addicting).
however, this doesn't even cover the ingenious part of this site; each and every item has been imported from the online store where it was found and links to that page when you click on it. it's like walking through the largest mall you could imagine and searching through it however you please (by outfit, items, color, style, seasonality, similar items, etc.). i think polyvore has serious revenue potential. and it's great for giving exposure to small independent designers and artists too.
and above all, this site is incredibly incredibly easy to use and navigate. anyone could do it. no need for photoshop skills, the built-in editor does everything for you. it really, truly is almost effortless. some people get really fancy and add all kinds of backgrounds and whatnot, so far i haven't experimented with that; however, simple design is more my style anyway.
oh, and another added bonus, if you have a facebook, polyvore has made an application where you can use polyvore directly from there... and you know send gifts and all that weird stuff facebook does.
if you like any of the items you see in the polyvore images above, just click on any one of them and it will take you to my polyvore page, and from there you can visit the store where each of the items came from. i'm thinking right now it would be fun to feature a polyvore collage i have made once a week. that would be fun. so, we'll see!
do you polyvore? will you try it now? if you do use it or start to, stop by and visit my page and add me as a contact!