Tuesday

Meeting Kelsie from With Lavender and Lace & Chicago Hangs Lately

 Hannah and I met up with Kelsie today, the vintage shop owner of With Lavender and Lace from Norfolk Virginia. We met up in Chicago at Logan Square's Margie's Candy and had ice cream that was delicious! She was so kind and gave us some of her fabulous resin flower iPhone cases and we are obsessed with them! Thank you again, Kelsie! I am going to send you a goodie package asap! 
 Hannah, Peyton and I visited Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits two days ago and had free pie c/o Popular Pays. If you're in Chicago or Austin, download the app if you have 500 instagram followers... you will not regret it! 
 Iced Pour Overs from Gaslight Coffee Roasters in Logan Square c/o Popular Pays, too! So yum!
 Peyton with her blueberry pie to go ♥.
Coffee & a waffle from The Winchester also c/o Popular Pays. I LOVED this place! I'm traveling home on the train tomorrow back to Taylorville to see my cousins. I haven't seen them all together in 5 years so expect a huge cousins photo shoot! I'm so excited! I better hit the hay as my train leaves at 7 AM! XO
love, polly 

Wednesday

My Sister Emily Visits Chicago & Chicago Lately

My sister Emily came to visit Chicago yesterday and we had the best time watching the performance of the show I assisted costumes on called Brigadoon at the Goodman Theatre in downtown Chicago. We attended the fancy inclusive company party afterwards where we had tons of free wine and food. We explored Bucktown by Wicker Park this morning and had these fabulous pancakes and fruit pictured below. It's been a year or so since I've seen Emily, and I really missed her so much!
Hannah and I met up to go to Hash in Logan Square on July 4th, and then we went to a yoga class for an hour and a half. I am still sore even today. Thanks for sharing breakfast with me, Hannah! I love exploring Chicago! ♥ 
These polariods were taken by my friend Kim just before July 4th. We had the best night dancing in Boystown and drinking half price martinis. Summer is so good right now! I've really been living in the moment and exploring the city as much as I can. Now that I've completed my internship with the Goodman Theatre, I'm looking into other theatres in Chicago and looking for a waitressing job. How is your summer so far?
love, polly

Saturday

The Best Friend Tag | The Paulie Antiques Show

        
Lauren has been my best friend since I was five years old. She's the funniest person I know! Enjoy our best friend tag! XO
love, polly

The Soubrette Brunette wearing Paulie Antiques

My friend Sammi of The Soubrette Brunette just posted the loveliest photos in her Paulie Antiques cherry fascinator and she looks so beautiful! Head on over to her blog to see the wonderful post! Thanks for the love, Sammi! I'm so glad you love the fascinator, it's one of my favorite pieces I've had in the shop :)
love, polly

Thursday

Outfit: Spring in Chicago

Chicago in the Spring has been so pleasant besides the drizzling rain every week... there's mostly sunshine every day and it's funny how many people I actually know in Chicago. I run into a familiar face from college almost every week! I'm starting to warm up to Chicago, but I often miss New York and feeling like there's no where else I'd rather live. Chicago is big enough for me to get my start so I keep reminding myself to count my blessings and be thankful for the fact that my best friend in the entire world is letting me live with her (and her wonderful room mate, Abby!) Thanks, guys! It really means so much . Photos taken by the ever amazing Nathan Adhikari who actually just moved to Chicago, too! :)
Another thing I want to mention is this fabulous dress made by Hunnah Lea. She customized it just how I was dreaming and I even got to pick my fabric! It fits so well and she also offers different lengths and styles as well as my cute little cap sleeves. The crop tops she's offering now are to die for! Check out Hunnah's shop! :)
Outfit Details: Sunnies c/o Sunglass Warehouse
Tights c/o We Love Colors
Watch & underskirt c/o Chic Wish
Dress & matching hair bow c/o Hunnah Lea
shoes c/o BAIT Footwear
bagpack: Nevermind
love, polly

Tuesday

Sponsored Interview: Skye Makaris of My Kingdom for a Hat


Today I'm introducing you to Skye, a burlesque dancer from Vermont who is passionate about writing, antiquing & dressing boldly. Read even more about her on her blog!
What is your earliest memory?
Skye: My parents left me in the car for what felt like hours while they ran an errand. I noticed my bawling, scrunched-up face in the rearview mirror and thought (in fractured toddler-speak), "that's what I look like?" Freud would have so much fun with that.
What inspires you?
Skye: The whole goddamn world. Hyperbole, but only just. I used to be really intensely spiritual - I actually have about half a religion degree to my name - and I grew up so fascinated by the concept of transcendence, of every aspect of creation sharing the same mystical core. I've grown less new-agey with time, but I'm still all about interconnections and common threads. I like mashing concepts together and forcing them to coexist. Exhibit A: my old-lady dresses and bright pink hair. Or presenting as hyperfeminine and then having all these cerebral things to say. I want to embody everything and a bag of chips. This world is too interesting not to.
Where are you from?
Skye: Nowhere, Vermont. We had ten acres and a river. There was a spot in the backyard where the night sky looked domed at a certain angle, like the roof of a snow globe. I moved to Burlington when I was seventeen, and though I've always had city aspirations, I don't think I can handle more than pop. 40,000. I'm a child of the hills.
What are your dreams? Goals?
Skye: To write the (or a, at least) Great American Novel. To collect so many antiques that a museum is named for me when I die. To perform on any stage that'll have me. To be the cackling old lady in the piecemeal Victorian, siccing her ferrets on neighborhood brats. To cultivate a giant garish flower garden. To run my own haunted house. To cover this mortal skin with ink. 
Tell us about your burlesque....
Skye: I feel utterly at home in sleazy speakeasies and flapper dens. If you've seen Moulin Rouge!, you have a good idea of what my mindscape is like. I started volunteering at haunted houses in high school, which introduced me to the Burlington alternative arts scene. I started attending cabarets to watch my haunted house friends perform, then started taking lessons myself. The glitz and glamour (and tiny top hats) drew me in, but my favorite thing about it is the melding of the high (art) and the low (sex). Burlesque hits the audience on so many different levels. It gets the animal impulses as well as the more erudite ones. 
What's your daily schedule like?
Skye: I work a day job at a Chinese herb store, which is not and never will be, despite frequent requests from acquaintances to "hook them up", a head shop. After the grind, I'll attend a burlesque class or a haunted house production meeting, take photos, or write for one of the publications I freelance for. Weekends are for antiquing, road tripping, and debauchery - and my boyfriend and I maintain a constant backdrop of creepypastas. You might call it a charmed life, but I prefer cursed.
Check out more of Skye's posts on her blog! XO
love, polly

Monday

You Were Swell at Cake Chicago Comic Fair

After seeing Sophie McMahan's drawings at a Champaign-Urbana coffee shop and realizing we were from the same town... I finally found out we had mutual friends. I definitely creeped on her artwork because I'm obsessed... and yesterday at CAKE Chicago I got to meet her! I am wearing her earrings and shirt which she so kindly sent to me in the mail (see second photo). It was great to meet you, Sophie! You're fabulous. Thanks for the package of goodies! Check out Sophie's shop You Were Swell! I'm glad you enjoyed my package, too. XO!
my sunglasses c/o Sunglass Warehouse
love, polly

Saturday

Outfit: Lake Michigan

 Watch c/o ChicWish
Happy Saturday! Today I visited Oak Street Beach with my room mates Abby and Lauren. We met up with a cute couple and we all had lunch at a lakeside bar. The weather was wonderful and it felt so peaceful by the beach! I ordered a veggie burger with bacon.... I'm ironic, I guess ^.^
This is my best friend since kindergarden by the way.... her name is Lauren Blakeman and she's a fabulous actress who is moving to Los Angeles soon! I will miss you, Lauren! I'll come visit. I admire you for following your dreams. I love you!!!
outfit details:
Skirt and Watch c/o ChicWish
Heels: Modcloth
book bag: Nevermind (local shop in Lakeview, Chicago)
Sunglasses: c/o Sunglass Warehouse
love, polly