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Your Questions, Her Answers – Cartia Mallan!!!

We had a super spesh visitor this week at PollyHQ !!!!!

Drumroll please…………………………………..

It’s Our Baby Gal, Cartia Mallan .

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OOHH and her Mumager ‘Kymall‘ What a Godess!!

We had some very important Q’s for Cartia regrading being invisible and the merging of animals (I know you’re intrigued so keep reading)

What is your spirit Animal?

Cats! Oh my lord I am obsessed!

Who is your boy Crush?

Willy Cartier (Beautiful french model)  

Who is your Girl Crush?

Mimi Elashiry aka Queen

Your favourite up and coming winter trend?

Big cozy turtle neck knits, ahh so cute and warm! 

If you could own a hybrid of any two animals what would it and why?

Hmmm…..a Cat and a Monkey, just because these are my two fave animals, and it would be an extremely random and hilarious sight to see haha! :P 

You’re invisible for a day what would you do?

I honestly have no clue how to pin point this just to one thing… I feel as though I would be overwhelmed with ideas that I would probs just end up playing practical jokes on all my friends to freak them out mwahahaha! You’ve been warned ;)

You can only use one makeup product for the rest of your life what would it be?

Mascara! It’s the love of my lifeeeee! 

This Pretty Kitty also filmed a Q&A for our youtube channel PrincessPollyTV so head on over to see the Questions she answered for you guys!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lCYMupWcDw

Stay tuned and stay RAD because there are heaps more posts coming your way!!!

 Lots of Love, Leigh xo

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How to Take the Perfect Instagram

With over half a million followers on instagram, our girl Sjana (@sjanaelise) knows a bit about how to post a good instagram. Here are her top 5 tips for the perfect instagram photo:

1. The background is SUPER important

As a fashion blogger, it’s your job to make the clothes stand out and look good. Keeping the background simple and clean makes you and your outfit the focus of the photo. Avoid busy backgrounds that detract from the clothes and colours that clash with your outfit.

Try to take your photos in beautiful settings (examples: sunrise on the beach, next to an amazing pool, in front of a bush with beautiful flowers, etc.) OR in front of cool, simple walls (examples: brick, old and cracked with vines, white washed wooden fences, etc.)

Love Like Mine Dress

‘Love Like Mine’ Dress

2. Always make sure lines are straight.

If there are lines in the background of your photo (especially if there is a horizon) use an editing app to rotate the photo so that the lines are straight. This automatically takes a picture from a 7 to a 10!

Moonlight Mini Dress

Moonlight Mini Dress

3. Be candid.

The camera is really good at capturing your true emotions. If something is staged, it usually looks staged. If you are uncomfortable, it usually shows. By the same token, if you are genuinely happy and being yourself it shows. The best way to avoid awkward photos when fashion blogging is to get a friend take to the photos. Have them make you laugh. When you do it together and have fun with it, your personality will shine through. People love when they can see someone’s unique personality through their photos.

'Same Story' Jumper + 'Prime Time' Shorts + 'Serina' Boot

‘Same Story’ Jumper + ‘Prime Time’ Shorts + ‘Serina’ Boot

4. Work the angles to make your legs look longer.

If you’ve ever taken a selfie, you know the dramatic difference the angle of the camera can make.  Same goes for full body shots. In order to make your legs look longer, shoot from below!

5. Let the sun shine on your face.

When taking photos outside, natural sunlight always makes the for the most beautiful photos.  Standing in direct sunlight is not ideal, as it can make you a little squinty. But if you are standing somewhere with shadows it always looks pretty to have the sun on your face.

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Model Minute: Sjana Elise Earp

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“I really want to start doing yoga now…”
- literally everyone at Polly HQ after meeting our new model, Sjana Elise Earp.

If you’re one of the 640k+ people who follow her instagram & health and fitness blog, you know that “inspiring” is an understatement when it comes to describing her. In our Model Minute interview below, she reveals her go-to easy, healthy dinner recipe, shares her favourite instagram accounts, and gives her best advice for new bloggers.sjana-interview

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MINKPINK HQ Visit

It’s that time again, our favourite time, its buying time!!!!

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I got to visit HOQ last week and as usual it was a blast!!

House of Quirky is basically a big funky office full of our FAV brands!!!

Mink Pink
Somedays Lovin
Evil Twin
Paint it Red
Staple The Label

Meet Kirsty & Lucy!!!!! Our favourite Bondi Babes! Lucy is the Brand Manager for Somedays Lovin & Evil Twin and Kirsty is Brand Manager for Mink Pink!!! The girls are RAD, and make our visits to HOQ full of LOL’S.

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Lets take a moment to appreciate the tumblr-esk showrooms at HOQ, every time I see them it makes me very depressed about my apartments interior……..

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^^^^ FROTHING!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the interior porn hehe!

You girlies are in for such a treat!! We have so many goodies coming your way this Autumn so…

GET EXCITED.

Lots of love, Leigh x x

Shop MINKPINK here!

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Burnt Breakfast Tell All

Burnt Breakfast

If you follow us on instagram and have been seeing the “Burnt Breakfast x Princess Polly” images, you may have been wondering, “WTF is ‘Burnt Breakfast?’”

In a nutshell, it’s the name of the crazy-rad creative couple— Pixi & Jesse— who we teamed up with last week to bring you our Polly the Label Valentines Day lookbook, Heart Break Hotel. Pixi  is a Balinese/Australian fashion photographer and her other half, Jesse, does the videography and creative direction.

In the cutest little interview ever, they share the story behind the name ‘Burnt Breakfast’, dish on creative inspiration, and give us their best love advice.

Name (real + instagram):
Pixie Bella (@pixpop)
Jesse Allen (@burnt_breakfast)
Website:  http://burntbreakfast.tumblr.com/

Age:
P: 21
J: 25

Star signs:
P: Libra
J: Sagittarius

Favourite Emoji :
P: Firecracker collision_symbol-small
J:  Paint Pallet (because he thinks it’s a lolly pizza) artist_palette-small

What is the story behind Burnt Breakfast? When did you guys start doing creative shoots together, and how did the name come about?
We first started working as a team for a friends label with Jesse filming and I photographing, with our talents put together we soon realised that our creativity and vision combined was something that clicked very quickly. After a few drinks one night and much discussion we came to the conclusion that everyone likes breakfast… but we prefer it burnt. Haha

 What inspires you?
J: Always find myself inspired by directors that take the extra step to create an abstract frame in a motion picture.
P: My favorite photographer is Lara Jade, like myself she grew up in a small town, she started shooting purely self portraits and is now an internationally acclaimed fashion photographer living and working in NYC.

 What is your go to music to play when you’re shooting?
J: Generally before we start shooting I always pick a song that I most likely will use for the video, and I play it over and over until everyone hates it.
P: … Beyoncé, every time.

What do you do when you are not shooting?
J: I’m a surfer, I generally like to spend most of my time at the beach
P: Well, I date a surfer so I generally spend most of my time at the beach..

Favourite instagram account that you follow:
@banksyblog
@lifewithoutandy
@marcushyde
@beyonce (obvi)

Go to outfit when you’re in a rush:
P: Sequins
J: Whatever’s on the floor (but that’s the answer for any outfit)

Three things you couldn’t live with out?
P: Easy Mac, Apple Mac and……. Jesse. How else would I get my Easy Mac?
J: Chocolate, surfing and my bebez

Any plans for Valentines Day?
P: Well, Jesse planed our last love day so I  guess it’s my turn to make the fairy bread.

Pixie, whats the most romantic thing Jesse has ever done for you?
Sent me flowers to work 3 times (without even being in trouble), and 2 of which I wasn’t actually at work that day.

Describe each other in one word:
J: rice
P: curly

Best love advice you’ve ever been given:
P: Marry your best friend.
J: Don’t EVER, EVER forget her date of birth

What can we look forward to seeing in the near future from you guys?
Upcoming for Burnt Breakfast we have some really cool projects in the mix, including directing and filming a music video. Whilst we are holidays in Bali, we are designing & creating a few apparel items for Burnt Breakfast. And on our return we are planning a sneaky instagram competition… we’ll keep you posted ;)

XOXO JESSE & PIXIE

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LOOKBOOK: Burnt Breakfast x Princess Polly

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re in the mood to get dressed up. To give you some V-Day Inspo, we’ve teamed up with crazy-talented couple: BURNT BREAKFAST, a.k.a. Pixi and Jesse. Keep scrolling as we take you to Heartbreak Hotel, where you’ll fall in love with new  Polly the Label and babein’ muse, Brooklyn. (p.s. Click the photos to shop!) BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_01BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_02BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_03 BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_03a BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_03b BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_04 BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_05 BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_06 BurntBreakfastxPrincessPolly_07

Photographer: Pixi Bella @pixpop
Videographer: Jesse Allen @burnt_breakfast
Model: Brooklyn Kelly @brooklynkellyy
Hair & Make Up Artist: Holly Bell @holbellmua

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Moon Child from Polly the Label

To those who stay put, the world is but an imaginary place. But to the movers, the makers, and the shakers, the world is all around them, an endless invitation.

Check out the latest Polly the Label campaign shoot and get taken away to a sun soaked dreamland!

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My day with the Eyebrow Queen

Aloha Pretty Polly’s!!!! I had the pleasure of hanging with the beautiful Cartia Mallan this weekend.

Please just take a moment to appreciate this girls face…………

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Ohhh my what a BABE!

Cartia is a Fashion and Beauty Blogger/Youtuber from Brisbane, myself and the Polly HQ girls have been crushing on her style and her eyebrow perfection for quite some time, so I was super excited for her visit to Sydney. We have been emailing back and forth for a few months and we totally clicked and I just knew as soon as we met it would be love at first sight!!! And I was right!!!!

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Cartia also brought her super babe’n friends with her!! So obviously we had to have a cheeky little shop in our PP Sydney store. These bohemian princess’s tried on everything and anything, we had music pumping and Cartia was also vlogging for her channel (I did try and dodge the footage but she managed to catch me slipping quite a lot) hahaha.

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Overall it was such a fab day and to top it off we went and got Sushi for lunch!!! Perfecto or what?!?!?

Do you know when your meet someone and they are even cooler than you ever imagined was humanly possible… Yeah that’s Cartia.

So stay tuned for more of Cartia because we just cant get enough of this beauty! She is our woman crush Wednesday, EVERYDAY for LIFE.

If you’re not following or subscribed to Cartia then you have clearly been living under a rock.

https://www.youtube.com/user/carty186

http://instagram.com/cartiamallan

You know the drill ^ ^ ^ You’re welcome.

Peace Out Gorgeous Girls
Lots of Love

Leigh
Princess Polly Fashion Buyer
x x x

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BTS | Polly the Label – The Hipster Dress

Behind the scenes of our Polly the Label shoot with Elyse Knowles for our “Love Letters in the Sand” Collection. In this video, Elyse wears the Hipster Dress.

Shop the Video:  dress, shoes, hat

Music: “Lakes” – Greta Stanley [DOWNLOAD HERE]

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Video & Editing: Olivia Buzolich

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DIY | Christmas Tree

It’s December 1, aka officially Christmas time! Leave it to Brogan, our photographer/resident DIY specialist, to create the coolest Christmas tree we’ve ever seen.  Her unique hanging tree made of driftwood and twine is beachy, beautiful, and best of all– SO affordable and fun to make.  Read on to see how she did it so you can step up your Christmas game this year and make your own.

What you’ll need: 

  • Driftwood
  • Twine (or any sturdy string)
  • Scissors
  • Nail with a hook to hang tree from wall

How to: 

1. COLLECT YOUR DRIFTWOOD. Go to a beach with plenty of driftwood and collect a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. This can be the tricky step as most beaches are cleaned up and stripped of all of their awesome driftwood (I found mine in Mackay).

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2. LAY OUT YOUR TREE. Once you have your collection of driftwood, it’s time to lay out your tree on the ground. Arrange the sticks by size so that they form the shape of a tree (longest at the bottom, shortest at the top). The number of pieces/rows will depend on how tall you want your tree to be (I used 13). There are many different ways you can create a tree – so remember there’s no set look.

3. HAMMER. Hammer your nail into the wall where you want the top of the tree to hang from.  Tip: If you’re using fairy lights, you’ll want to choose a wall where there is access to a power outlet nearby to plug them in.

4. CUT & TIE YOUR STRING. Now that all your driftwood is laid out, cut 4 LONG pieces of twine (about 5 meters each). The lengths of these pieces will determine how many rows of driftwood you can fit on your tree, so it’s best to over-estimate to be safe. Once you cut all four pieces, line up the ends of the string and tie them together in a super tight triple-knot. Once you have your sturdy knot, place it on top of the hook part of your nail. Divide the strings so that two are hanging down from each side of the hook. This is now the point of your tree!

5. WRAPPING & KNOTTING. Once you have the point of your tree, start to attach each piece of wood, working from the shortest to the longest.  Take the strings that you divided and wrap them twice around the ends of each piece of wood (the left strings on the left end, the right strings on the right end). Make sure that they are hanging straight and not lopsided, and then tie a double-knot on each side to secure.  Side note: I did this by myself, but this step would’ve been a lot easier if I had someone to help me. I ended up kind of balancing the wood on my head while I tied… it can be done but it’s a bit awkward. 

6. REPEAT. When you’ve finished knotting and wrapping the first piece of wood, repeat the process for each new row. Try to make the gaps between the rows as even as possible.

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7. DECORATING. And wallah!!… it’s now time to decorate with fairy lights, stars, spray painted pine cones & all the Christmas goodies you can get your hands on!!  I got my fairy lights from Ikea.

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P.S. If you’re still feeling a little lost, have a squiz on Pinterest at the endless possibilities of driftwood Christmas trees:  https://www.pinterest.com/explore/driftwood-christmas-tree/