Outfit: First Snow

Yesterday was the first snow of this winter season and it looked so beautiful falling from the sky that I wasn't even bothered at work when Christmas music came on. It feels like it's finally time for snow and Christmas music and getting snug & warm with loved ones. Although I will not be spending this Thanksgiving with my family, I will see them for Christmas. I'm looking forward to going home to Taylorville after months and months of not visiting. I love Chicago, but a change of scenery is pivotal! Happy Thanksgiving! :)
Outfit Details: Boots, Purse & Plaid Skirt- thrifted
Vintage Black Cape- Thrifted, gift from my Grandmother Kutch
Faux Fur- c/o Joules
Gloves & Vintage Fur Hat- My Late Great Grandmother Frisina's
Glasses- c/o Firmoo
Love, polly

Outfit: November in Chicago

It has been unusually warm lately in Chicago considering it's the middle of November, but I am not complaining. I went out to the beach wearing this get-up and hoped to take my mind off recent news that happened this weekend in Paris. I am speechless and somber but looking for a silver lining, somehow. I can't help but think, "Are we next?" Every new day that I'm alive is more precious than the last. I can't help but sink into this feeling as winter approaches. Every day is truly a gift.
Outfit details: Skirt & hat c/o Choies
Copper Cropped Jacket- vintage, Salvation Army
purse: Vintage, Costume & Props Sale, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
blouse: Street Flea Market in Denver, CO
Boots: Unique Thrift Store
Earrings: c/o Now or Never Jewelry
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Faux Fur Shawl: c/o Joules
love, polly


Paulie Antiques Fall 2015 Look Book Featuring Rachael Soglin

Meet my new model, Rachael! She lives right in my neighborhood in Chicago and she's adorable! We met one night a few months ago while at a bar. I couldn't stop noticing how cute and fun she looked from across the bar so I went over and asked if she'd like to model for me. There were no ifs, ands, or butts- Rachael was on board! She's down for anything I love that about her! I am excited to hang out, again, Rachael! 
In these photos, she's wearing a yellow dress and bow tie that I designed, patterened, and sewed from scratch! 
*Thank you to Anna Longworth who bought this orange fedora for me :)
Here is Rachael wearing a skirt I made and a sheer dotted -swiss short sleeve top I stitched.
All photos taken & styled by me, Paulie Antiques
Model: Rachael Soglin
love, polly


My Daily Designs with Flowers for Dreams

Blush Bouquet: Cockscomb Celosia, Eucalyptus Gunni, Blush Dahlias, Lily Asiatic, Snapdragons, Pink Hypericum, Snowberry
Lilac Arrangement: Limonium, Stock, Alstromeria, Aster Motsumoto, Allium, Baby Blue Eucalyptus, Aster Montecasino, Snapdragons, Eucalyptus Gunni, Pittosporum
Sky Arrangement: Iris, Delphinium, Queen Anne's Lace, Limonium, Agapanthus, Alstromeria, Lily Asiatic
Fall Arrangement: Seeded Eucalyptus, Celosia, Cymbidium Orchid, Baubles, Pomp Mums, Solidago, Agonis, Bupleurum, Curly Willow
Sky Flower Crown: Hypericum, Eucalyptus, Delphinium, Thistles
Blush Arrangement: Cockscomb Celosia, Montecasino Asters, Snapdragons, Eucalyptus Gunni, Pink Roses, Stock, Pittosporum
"Cane" Corsage with Blushing Bride Proteas & Seeded Eucalyptus
Blush Bouquet: Pink Roses, Pink Celosia, Alstromeria, Salal, Buplureum
Blush Bouquet with Orange Added: Larkspur, stock, Celosia, Snowberry, Alstromeria, Eucalyptus Gunni, Heather & Pittosporum
Lilac Arrangement: Alstromeria, Mokara Orchids, Limonium, Aster Matsumoto, Lisianthus, Stock, Trechilium, Eucalyptus
Fall Arrangement: Cymbidium Orchid, Solidago, Calla Lilly, Amaranthis, Liquid Amber, Hypericum, Mum Pomps, Broom Corn, Celosia, Eucalyptus Gunni, Buplerum
Roses, Seeded & Gunni Eucalyptus, Pittosporum, Alstromeria, Lily Asiatic, Aster Montecasino
Lilac Arrangement: Allium, Alstromeria, Dendrobium Orchids, Lily Asiatic, Snapdragon, Eucalyptus Gunni
love, polly


Halloween 2015

Haha! I can't help but laugh looking back at these photos my friend Rachael took yesterday. She was modeling a dress & top I made and I was already dressed like this for a small parade yesterday, so I just asked her if she would take photos of my Halloween outfit. It's mostly a look meant to get out of my "ordinary look" but also, I made this character up. So, basically, I decided to be a crazy aerobics instructor stuck in a 1980's neon phase with crazy hair. I've been calling myself, "Inga" as well. I'm slightly off my rocker- but who isn't? Happy Halloween!
Outfit Details:
Shorts, socks, underwear, tights- American Apparel
Pink sweater- Paulie Antiques, Made by me
Glasses- c/o Sunglass Warehouse
Shoes- Nike
Head Scarf- Gift from Hannah Gottlieb-Graham
love, polly


My Designs with Flowers by Stem

 Stephanie and I set up a wedding at Bridgeport Art Center the other month, and then I used the left overs for my Paulie Antiques Summer 2015 lookbook shoot! Designs created by me, designed by Stephanie Stopka of Flowers by Stem.
Another successful wedding with Flowers by Stem! Thanks, Stephanie, you're an amazing boss!
love, polly


My Floral Wedding Work with Flowers for Dreams

Last week I created centerpieces and bud vases for a wedding held at Revolution Brewery. The venue was breathtaking and I personally loved the designs for the flowers! Here are the centerpieces I created with the guidance of Jellie Hennessey, a designer at Flowers for Dreams. XO
 Penny-cress & Dahlia Bud Vases
love, polly