Fashion Week — Our Favorites!

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Well, I missed Fashion Week…. AGAIN! Ugh.. I just never get to make it. I get invited to ALL of the shows, too.. but I’m just always TOO busy to go. Since I couldn’t make it this year (Ha), I’ve taken it upon myself to drum up the greatest things that were up and down the runway. This is for Spring of 2013. Yes, it’s so weird to be thinking about Spring at this time but it’s best to be ahead of the game!

This post will include looks from the runway as well as the street of the patrons of fashion week. I always prefer seeing the looks of the people attending the show more then the actual models of the show. They are REAL people so It’s almost a little more exciting! Check the slides out -

It looks like a retro revival to me with modern accents like neon, studs, fringe and tie dye… what a great juxtaposition of cultures and eras! This makes me excited for spring and we haven’t even had fall and winter yet! Some of our favorites are Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs but if you do your research you’ll see that most designers have the same decade in mind which is just fine by me!

Of course the most exciting fact about fashion is how it influences more affordable labels! Labels that Polish makes available to you. So stay tuned for Spring 2013 and you’ll see how the runway will greatly influence the looks we’ll have on the racks.

Yippee Skippy!

Raise your Hand if you like Nutella

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Who doesn’t like Nutella? I can’t think of many people. If you don’t like Nutella, consider yourself lucky… it’s kind of addictive. My latest Nutella favorite is Nutella + Peanut butter on toast. It’s like a melty peanut butter cup. MM MMMM good. Nutella is creamy, sweet and has this underlying flavor that can’t be described.. I guess it’s nutty perfection? I could describe it better if I were tasting it right now, but I’m not SO I’ll just leave it at, if you haven’t try it.. you should because I’m pretty sure it’ll change your life.. or something like that.

There was a recent lawsuit against Nutella accusing them of pretending to be healthy… Anyone that can read will know that there are 250 Calories in 2 TBSP of Nutella… so no, Nutella isn’t exactly Healthy but our favorite snacks never are, are they? Which leads me to my next recipe….

NUTELLA CUPCAKES!

I like these because they look pretty easy to make and you don’t even have to frost them if you don’t want to! ENJOY! xoxo


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The batter is thick – it needs to be about the same consistency as the Nutella so that you can swirl the two together easily. The resulting cupcakes are dense and moist, and easy to take on picnics or to other events that call for transporting them – without frosting, it’s easier to bring them with you without risk of an icing mess.

Self-frosting Nutella Cupcakes

adapted from these ones.

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup canola or mild vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 cup Nutella, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a medium bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the butter mixture and beat on low speed just until combined. The batter will be thick. It needs to be in order to swirl in the Nutella!

Divide the batter between 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Drop a spoonful of Nutella on top of each, and swirl through the batter with the tip of a bamboo skewer, knife or other pointy object. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until springy to the touch. Tilt them in the pan to help them cool. Makes a dozen cupcakes.

(http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/)

Bigger, Better BUN!

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We love a bun, hun.. and let’s face it, sometimes your hair is dirty. How will you survive your dirty hair day?! Sometimes I don’t BUT The crazy thing is that all hair stylist tell you that dirty hair is better hair! Embrace yo dirt, sista! That’s what I’m going to do. I add to my hairdo repertoire daily! This is the latest how-to from The Beauty Department.. TRY IT!

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DOUBLE ROPE BRAID BUN

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Some days you put your hair up in a ballerina bun or a sock bun and it just looks… blah. This tutorial shows us how to add volume + texture to a bun in order to make it a little more interesting. We’re basically using 2 rope braids to create the bun which still looks very simple + chic, but far from boring. Let’s get started:

  1. Put your hair in two ponytails using the thin ponytail holders, not the thick ones. The thin ones will be easier to hide. Be sure they’re as close to your hair color as possible.
  2. Make both ponytails into rope braids. (A rope braid, for those of  you who don’t know, is just 2 pieces of hair twisted around each other.) Tie them off with the small clear elastics.
  3. Loosen up the rope braids using your fingers. This will “fatten” up the braid and give the bun a lot more volume. If you find that little pieces start falling out, just twist them back in and spray your favorite strong hold hairspray.
  4. Take the rope braid from your back right (as you see in the photo), lay it “up and over” going counter-clockwise, securing it with strong-holding bobbypins as you go.
  5. Tuck the tail of that rope braid under the bottom of the next braid (as you see in the photo). This should completely conceal the tail of the first braid.
  6. Now bring the tail of the next braid counter-clockwise, coiling it into the center. You’re essentially making a “snail shape”. Be sure to pin as you go.
  7. Last, grab a hand mirror. Check the back to see if you need to loosen up any pieces to make it fuller– or maybe you’ll need to add bobbypins and tighten some pieces. Add an over all veil of hairspray to secure fly-aways.

Let us know how it goes! Happy TUESDAY!

The South Alabama Dance team is SO Polished!

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Last Friday, the South Alabama dance team graced us with their presence and let us dress them up in Jaguar Gameday gear! We dressed them head to toe in red and blue! These girls know how to show team spirit on and off the field whether they are in their dance team uniform or in everyday clothes!

Will you be attending any South Alabama games this season? We all know Mobile is one sports-lovin’ city! Especially when it comes to football, so support the Jags and head to some games! Make sure to sport the team’s colors — Polish can help with that!

Here are some FUN photos from the shoot! Also, be sure to check out the video of the dance team’s imitations of the football players dancing after they’ve gotten a touchdown — pretty convincing!

 

A special thanks to Meredith and the South Alabama Dance Team! GO JAGS!

 

No White? Yeah Right!

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The only thing that should stress you out when wearing white is coffee stains, not outdated notions that it is a season-specific hue. White has been popping up on fall/winter runways the past few seasons, and this year winter white is definitely shaping up to be a key player.

When shopping for winter whites make sure to look for heftier pieces and steer clear of flimsy, sheer fabrics. That being said, clever styling can help you bring your summer whites into cooler months. Use layering and mixed textures to give your lighter pieces weight. And don’t be afraid to mix in shades of off-white and cream.

So instead of spending Labor Day folding up your whites, get inspired for wearing them year round.  (source: fashionista.com)

Here’s are a few ways to incorporate white into your wardrobe:

(source: college candy)

Don’t be afraid to wear white… You can do it and Polish can help you!

xoxo

If Polish Boutique were a Football Team…

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If Polish had a football team, the colors would be Coral and Glitter.  Our mascot would be a Pygmy. Our cheerleaders would hand out free cotton candy and cream soda! Sophia Grace and Rosie would be our team’s commentators. Everyone would want to come to our football games! All of the fans would understand that it’s just a game and meant to be fun. No one would ever poison the other team’s pretty trees. Everyone would be kind to one another and give one another high fives and hugs. This sounds like the football team in heaven if you ask me! Pure Polished Bliss Sprinkled with Glitter and sunshine!

(Our Mascot! His name is Tiger Lilly)

(Our commentators.. Sophia Grace and Rosie!)

We hope you’ll come to our football games! They’ll be coming to a city near you. (Not really, but I just wasn’t sure how to end this.)
Happy Wednesday! xoxox

The Inverted Braid! BEST (and fastest) BRAID EVER!

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Ok. I’ve seen this braid on famous people and always thought their hairdo person was just a really GREAT fishtail braids but it turns out that this “fishtail” is not a fishtail at all! It’s actually an inverted braid!

My friend, Bevin pinned this to me on Pinterest and I got so excited when I found out just how easy it was to recreate! I almost didn’t want to share it with you. I wanted it to be my little secret but then I thought that that was not very Polished of me so here I am sharing my prize with you! I hope you LOVE it! If you try it, post a pic on your page! We wanna see! Thanks, Bevin for sharing it with me!

Here are some step by step photo instructions as well from the blog Ohsoprettythediaries.com

the TUTORIAL: BRILLIANT BRAID

You should have semi-dirty hair, or product to texturize your hair.
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Pull your hair together to one side. Separate the hair above your hands and put your fore finger and thumb through the hole.
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Grab the bottom of your hair and pull through the hole. You will repeat this step over and over until you reach the bottom of your hair.
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To make sure you don’t have one big hole down the middle of your “braid”, put your fingers through one side of the last twist. It’s kind of hard to explain but just make sure you don’t repeat the step right through the middle each time.
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Finish with a clear elastic and you are done! THE. FASTEST. “BRAID”. EVER. I cannot wait to wear this in my hair all day every day.
Since most of you are out of class and off work might as well practice some new hairdos, right? Let us know how they turn out!
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