Wednesday

Paulie Antiques Mother's Day design

 My friend commissioned me to make an arrangement for her lovely mother for Mother's Day and I got so excited! When she requested baby's breath I knew it was going to be a tad challenging with my "style" but I knew I could pull it off in a colorful and eclectic fashion. I can't wait to see the peach Gladiolas bloom because they are so fresh in these photos that you can barely tell they're going to bloom! It was a lot of fun making this arrangement! XO



love, polly

Saturday

Outfit: She's got the Right

Lilacs are growing absolutely EVERYWHERE in Chicago right now and I can't stop snipping away at them and taking them home to put in water and give to neighbors and friends. They fill my studio with such a fresh wonderful scent that instantly enlightens my mood. I spotted these particular lilacs on a bush earlier this week and happened to have my clippers on me today because I was walking home from work (designing floral centerpieces).  It's convenient to already have your tools with you.. haha! These white and purple lilacs are so lust-worthy! I actually haven't seen these before this year! XO. Here is another post of me wearing this same dress!

 Outfit details: Heels and tights: American Apparel
Dress: Vintage, bought from Adrienne Weber
Hat: vintage, my mother's
Bow: H Mart
Pink blazer: Salvation Army

Happy Spring!
love, polly

Paulie Antiques Floral Design Workshop

 Today I taught a floral design workshop to two amazing humans and it was so fun! I bought some of my favorite "wildflowers" like this red bottle brush fuzzy protea and pink scabiosa as well as fluffy tree fern and these amazing purple tulips I've been obsessed with lately. I found a gorgeous and full pink wax flower that smelled so amazing and finished it off with peach hypericum berries. Teaching them to cut stems and strip leaves before putting them into the arrangement was fun and I wish I could teach classes like this every weekend! They also brought mimosas and I bought goat cheese with strawberries and pretzel chips with hummus. What a great Saturday! Thank you so much E & S!




love, polly

Tuesday

Paulie Antiques April Floral Designs

 Yesterday I searched two floral wholesalers for some gems to give to my friends Austin and Delaney. Austin's mom Chris is a doll and commissioned me to design them this little gem! Their apartment is painted pink and purple so I knew these colors were going to be a great in their space. Of course I had to include a king pink protea as the focal point of the arrangement per usual. I also found some really beautiful light purple (strangely metallic-looking) tulips and pink tulip/peony hybrids which I had no idea existed. Wax flower gave it a nice fragrance as well as palm fronds which made it look exotic. My favorite part is being able to put blooming branches in there, as well. Happy Tuesday!
love, polly

Sunday

Outfit: It takes a fast car lady, to lead a double life

For the past few months I cannot stop listening to The Cars. The title of this post is from "Double Life" which I feel really relates to my personal life. It's almost as if I do lead a double life on this blog and then in real life. I like experimenting with different looks and feeling almost like a different person from time to time. It is kind of intriguing to step out of your body and into someone else's, right? My friend Elliott came to Montrose Beach with me yesterday to shoot these photos. The lighting isn't perfect but it actually doesn't bother me too much :) This is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year when the trees are blooming and everything is new. I hope you're having a lovely day! What's your favorite type of blooming tree? I think mine is pink and white Crab Apple! ALSO, who knew that Andy Warhol is in the "Hello Again" music video by The Cars?! 
I love this hat from Eugenia Kim! It came to me with the cutest personalized letter. It's made in the USA and 100% wool. It's very well made. Definitely check out their website.. very high quality items .

Outfit details: Hat: c/o Eugenia Kim
Dress: Retro 101 in St. Louis, MO
Gloves and shoes: vintage
Celluloid Brooch: Gift from my Grandma Kutch
love, polly

Monday

Paulie Antiques Floral Work Lately

One of my friends from college Clara (from my 2013 Paulie Antiques Lookbook) hired me to design a birthday arrangement for her sister and it and it was so much fun! Proteas are always a must and I've been really obsessed with mixing leatherleaf ferns and tree ferns lately because they both last a long time. Finger acacia season has been amazing because I haven't worked with it before this year and it dries so well. It smells heavenly and is truly one of my most favorite foliages! Happy Monday! 
love, polly

Tuesday

St. Louis Travels

Taking a trip to St. Louis over Valentine's Day weekend turned out to be the perfect mini road-trip. I haven't been to St. Louis in a few years and I really missed the vintage shopping and the Delmar Loop. On our trip we visited the City Museum which neither of us had explored before. I definitely recommend spending a night or two of your weekend exploring the STL City Museum (they have vintage shopping there, too!) 
For breakfast we visited the cutest little place on Cherokee Row called Mudhouse. They had an amazing vegan tofu scrambler and french toast with mascarpone. The location of Mudhouse is perfect, too, because of all the antiquing in the same neighborhood!
 Flowers and Weeds is also on my must-see flower shop list. It's FULL of plants, flowers and curiosities. 
Aside from the City Museum, Retro 101 was my favorite part of the trip because I found a dreamy blue prairie checkered dress that fits me like it was made for me! I'm never disappointed in St. Louis... .
Hellebore fresh-cut at Flowers and Weeds.
love, polly