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Tracy Brennan is a working teacher momma to her daughter Abigail, born Nov. 2009, and manages the blog Liberating Working Moms: One Voice At A Time. She was born and raised in South Florida, and studied Journalism and Mass Media at New York University. After college, she moved across the country to the Pacific Northwest. This move and giant change was spurred on after she became an eyewitness to the 9/11 attacks. She knew life could change at a moment’s notice and felt that she needed to make changes to find her true calling.

Once she fell in love with residing in Washington State, and fell in love with her now husband, she decided to go back to school to become a Secondary English Teacher. She began teaching in 2007 and has 1.5 years of working momma status under her belt.

Fashion Made Easy On Polyvore

As a mom, and a working one to boot, making time to take care of myself can be taxing. No wonder when I went back to work, though my body completely changed post baby, I continued to wear out of date and unflattering items.  Once a picture of me was snapped, I realized I needed some help.  But to find time to help my lacking style was troublesome. Going shopping with a kiddo in tow is not the easiest, and going solo isn’t always an option. So when I was introduced to Polyvore, I realized updating and keeping on trend could be as easy as clicking a few buttons.

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It’s pretty darn easy to use. If you are looking for a new pair of jeans, they are all there for you to choose from, all styles, makes and models if you will. If you are loving the color yellow and want to add some accessories, simply do a quick search, and bam, many choices are provided for you.  Want some new boots but don’t have the time to walk the mall looking for that specific pair you have envisioned in your mind? Type in a few specifics and up pops several styles for you to choose from. And all of this is done from the comfort of your couch. It can’t get much easier than this.

You see, Polyvore has just about every single fashion item out there on the internet within their database. And items can range from a $6 necklace via Forever 21, to a $500 Marc Jacobs handbag. You don’t have to sift through all of these items, though, to determine what might best fit your needs. Once you sign up, simply click to “Shop,” choose either a category or trend, a price range, and type in any specifics you want like color or style, and Polyvore pulls up all the items you could ever ask for within your chosen range.  You could even just start with a category and price range, and then start to pare down your items with the Polyvore color chart provided for you. But if you are like me, and you know what brands fit you best, you can do a simple search clicking on specific brands or stores, and narrow down from there as Polyvore provides those quick links for you.

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Once a piece catches your eye, simply click on it to select it and add it to your items to begin building a virtual wardrobe. And when you are ready, you can start styling your own outfits. All you do is click on the “Create” button and start putting together what’s called a “set.” What is great about Polyvore is that it allows you to try out styles and accessories, mixing and matching as you go. Once you think you’ve got a winning look, click publish and it’s added to your profile to reference. And the best thing is that each item is linked to the online store where you can purchase it.

Another option you have is that you can add a Polyvore button to your browser’s toolbar. This allows you to search the internet and add specific items to your profile to use. What’s great about this is that if you have a specific mom and pop shop you love, or some etsy homemade love, you can add that to your styling board as well.

No longer do you have the excuse of being a busy mama to keep you from staying in fashion.  Once you’ve styled a few new looks, you can either click one more time to make an online purchase, or simply have a devised plan of action for your next trip to the mall. But be warned, it could get addicting. You may end up doing all of your shopping from that couch of yours. And hey, maybe you can find some new comfy and styling pajamas to do your shopping in from that couch. Polyvore has that for you too.

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