Return to New York City

 Returning to New York City last week was pretty emotional for me because it was only the second time I've been there. I moved there after graduating with my BFA in 2013 to pursue my dreams of being a costume designer in the big city but I quickly realized I was in over my head. When I moved there, it was my first time ever visiting NYC and I had this mentality that I was moving there for good. I was so naive and unexperienced- and there was a certain beauty in that young person I was once. Sometimes I feel as if she is gone altogether and I'm never going to be that adventurous crazy girl ever again. I am definitely more cautious these days and I realize what it really takes for me to be happy. Looking back now, I know moving to Chicago was a great choice because I am a small town girl building up to moving back to NYC or possibly Los Angeles. I feel so drawn to these cities and their energy.... they make me toss my inhibitions to the wind and I become very impulsive. 

The first day I arrived into New York was extremely humid and hot, just as I remembered it. My scalp was literally sweating and I had to carry around all my belongings with me in my huge ruck sack... which was the same one I moved to NYC with. As soon as I got into the city I went to central park, explored the floral district and Times Square before meeting up with Hannah in the West Village. We had dinner that night at a cute little place around the corner from her studio. The next day we went to the farmer's market, the fashion exhibit at the MET and Williamsburg to see the Psychic Twin show at Baby's All Right. Being back in Brooklyn was so inspiring and I wanted to visit every single store and every place I used to frequent, but there is never enough time on short trips like this. The third day I met up with my friends Nico and Charles and we went to a "I love gay hell" party in Brooklyn which I'll never forget. It was so incredible visiting NYC and seeing the people I love... I'm not as intimidated to move back there and it feels great to be self sufficient when I visit. The last day of the trip was spent exploring alone and I have to say that I love those days so much. I love to just wonder around the city and see what happens. What are your favorite things to do while visiting NYC?
love, polly

Cousin Tag | Paulie Antiques Show

I'm so happy that I could film a video with my first cousin Jaki... I love having my family come on the Paulie Antiques Show! I love having guests in general. Happy Wednesday! XO
love, polly


Outfit: Cityscape & Lavender

So, I've been running around like a mad woman per usual lately... and summer in Chicago has me realizing once again why I moved to this beautiful city. I always wonder if it's worth it in the winter when I am freezing & depressed but eventually I make it through somehow. Anyway, Stylewe sent me this dress this week and it's pretty fabulous and innocent. For some reason I have been very attracted to lavender lately so I have lavender socks, nails and eyeshadow. I actually used to be scared of the color purple so.... there's that. My friends Austin & Elliott went with me on this shoot as sort of a fluke... none of us were planning to get together, initially- let alone for a photoshoot. It turned out that I finished sewing a shirt Austin and I designed together so we thought we'd take him out in his new top for photos, too! All in all, it's always nice having someone take my photos at the beach rather than my tripod. With so many people passing by at the beach- I feel like a psychopath bringing my tripod to take photos of myself alone! Haha. I still have anxiety about it and I know a lot of fashion bloggers do. Anyway, it turned out to be a gorgeous day by the lake and now I apparently make men's tops. Hit me up if you want one. XO
Outfit details: Dress c/o StyleWe
Platforms c/o Karmaloop
gloves- my Great Grandma Frisina
socks- ebay
fascinator hat- gift from Slideshow Vintage
love, polly


Favorite Posts of 2015

So, I know these posts are usually done in December or January... but for some reason I just didn't feel like doing it back then. The point is, I feel like doing it now so here we go! 2015 was a great year for me although I only made 29 posts. I accomplished my dream of breaking into the floral design industry and I'm happy to say that job now pays my bills full time. I was very unhappy waitressing at the beginning of 2015 and then I found floral design and slipped into my first floral jobs with ease. I was getting used to living completely alone with no financial help other than my own self. It was definitely a year of growth and learning for me. I met a ton of new people and went outside my comfort zone. I started doing yoga for trade with Zen Yoga Garage which also changed my life. I really feel like I actually made a dream come true in 2015 and now I can use that for the rest of my life. I am becoming my own independent person and it's really fabulous. Thanks for checking out my favorite posts of 2015! XOXO.

love, polly