The Sadness of Polyvore

I am lovin’ on Polyvore, spending a little time every day indulging myself by putting together Pretty Lady Outfits. Shoes that would break my ankles. Dresses that would make me look like a cow in the all-barnyard production of Auntie Mame. It is most enjoyable.

One of my sisters-in-law mentioned ‘ten’ like, which I had forgotten. I remembered play like, but ‘ten’ like is what we called it most of the time, short for pretend like, meaning let’s pretend. ‘Ten’ like you’re a bandit and I’m the Lone Ranger. ‘Ten’ like we’re lost in the jungle and Tarzan jumps out of the tree — ‘ten’ like the swing set is the tree.

Real life

That’s why I like Polyvore: I can ‘ten’ like. I mean, here is how I dress in real life: Jeans from Goodwill, shirt a gift, jacket a gift, shoes (not shown) ten years old and a gift. Total cost of outfit: $0.00.

'Ten' like

And here is how I ‘ten’ like I dress on Polyvore. Total cost of outfit: over $2,000.00. Total cost to me: $0.00.

So what is the sadness? I was hoping to use Polyvore to show what my characters are wearing. That would work for some characters, but I wanted to show the dress Freldt was wearing and swapped to Bel, so that Bel was kidnapped in Freldt’s place. (FORCE OF HABIT) Maybe I’d better dress my characters before I write them. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a lilac double-breasted jumpsuit with a plaid peplum? Even on the internet?

On the plus side, doing a Google search for lilac double-breasted jumpsuit plaid peplum totally brings up my book, so….

WRITING PROMPT: A character knows exactly what he or she wants to buy, but can’t find it.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Sadness of Polyvore

  1. Sarah Reece

    February 24, 2012 at 3:54am

    You are right Marian, its so much fun creating your own styles on polyvore, only that each time I do this, my desire for a leaner, more perfect body to fit into those dresses gets the better of me 😉

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      Marian Allen

      February 24, 2012 at 7:36am

      A leaner, more perfect body is achievable, with enough work and enough money. There’s no help for a clutz. I’d be taking my life in my hands, to try to walk in the kind of shoes I go for in my fantasies. lol

      Seriously, I’m working on building a strong, healthy body, which will probably — but not necessarily — be leaner, but I’m happy inside my skin. Maybe I’ll hit some “plus-size” web sites and clip their clothes to Polyvore and put together some realistic sets. 🙂

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