Marguerite Gardens: My favorite places in Chicago

Dillon & I visited Marguerite Gardens in Andersonville, Chicago a few weeks ago after having breakfast at The Bongo Room across the street! This is one of my VERY most favorite flower shops I've ever been to! The selection and the color coating made it absolutely magical- I don't think I've ever seen so many varieties in one flower shop at one time! I was thrilled to stumble upon this gem. They charge $20 a stem for King Proteas- OH HOW I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE! Would you enjoy visiting a huge flower shop like this one? It smells so fresh and fragrant in there!! xo
Queen Proteas
King Protea
Cockscomb Celosia
Succulents & Madagascar Palm
naturally colored Hydrangeas (!!!)
Pink Pincushion Proteas
love, polly


Outfit: Remember Me

Normally I am a very conservative person who dresses to often cover up my body. I have embraced my body as of recently and I had these photos taken so I can look back when I'm very old. Has anyone ever wanted to do that but they've been scared? I'm interested in hearing stories about your body image. Who's perfect, anyway? I don't have defined abs or ripped arms or legs, but I'm doing okay. It's pretty empowering to put yourself out there and feel good about it. Be thankful for who you are and what you've accomplished. While I will not be sharing any nude photos, I think a little skin is becoming more acceptable for me. Honestly, these white platforms are an attempt to channel Brooke Candy and I might spray paint them pink or blue when they wear down, ha! Thank you for reading. My love goes out to you all. Feel free to share your stories in the comments! .
Outfit Details: Kimono: Vintage, Church Rummage sale
Pink Girdle: Vintage, Carrie's Antique Shop in Champaign, IL
Platform Sneakers: c/o Karmaloop
Hat: American Apparel
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Outfit: Before We Begin...

Lately I've really been inspired by becoming a different person. It's almost like the person in these photos isn't even me- and I like it that way because it shows how diverse my skills are when making myself up to look like a fantasy person rather than reality. It's a sort of escape from every day life and I truly feel beautiful when I dress up in my wigs and eyelashes. I feel like no one can judge me regardless of what I'm wearing- I'm in my comfort zone when I'm wearing a wig. I certainly don't wear them to work, though... they are just for fun. I think it's also really thrilling when people actually think it's my real hair! I love fooling people, haha! It's all good intentions, though. I can't help but feel I am practicing for something bigger and more elaborate in the future, though.... That is still what I am trying to figure out. This is my favorite wig as of late- and I bought it in Uptown at a huge warehouse there where they are more than happy to let me try on all the wigs my heart desires. I went to Nathan Adhikari's studio for these photos. He's always an amazing friend up for anything. Thank you, Nathan! As for the weather- it's turning to Spring around here... I can feel it. I can't wait to get out of the studio and back on the streets of Chicago for my shoots! Happy (soon to be) Spring! Is it turning to Spring where you are? Which photo is your favorite? XO
Outfit Details: Dress- American Apparel
Shoes- Vintage, Adrienne Weber's personal collection
Hat- Vintage, Adrienne Weber's personal collection
Make-up Details: foundation: Amazonian Clay by Tarte
Lipstick: Red Velvet Velveteen by Lime Crime
Eyebrow powder: Anastasia brow Powder
Blush: Sephora Triple Blush Palette 
love, polly


Firmoo Glasses Review

I really enjoy wearing these Firmoo glasses around even though they are clear lenses and I actually have 20/20 vision- but who doesn't like to act like a different person or at least change up their look once in a while? Maybe when I actually need glasses one day, I'll put prescription lenses in these. I really do see myself wearing them in the future when I actually need them! Naturally, I was curious what I would look like wearing reading glasses, now I know! These glasses came with their own polishing cloth and protective case, as well! They are so fun! Thank you, Firmoo .
Photos taken by Nathan Adhikari
love, polly


Anna & Hannah Visit Chicago

Anna & Hannah visited Chicago last week and we had such a great time. I am so happy we could all come together again and laugh and catch up on each other's lives. We  walked out to frozen Montrose Beach, went to Julius Meinl for coffee and crepes, flower shopping in Uptown and also coffee at the new Heritage Bicycles & Coffee in Uptown. I love you guys! Many more adventures to come! 
love, polly

My Chicago Studio Tour

It's taken me a lot of time, effort and work to get here, but I am proud to say I've made it in Chicago and I love my little studio! I've found great people and wonderful places in Chicago and I'm just getting started. I can't wait to share more beautiful places with you on my blog. I live in Uptown on Montrose Beach! Spring is coming and I'm so excited to go to the beach every day. Which photo is your favorite??
love, polly


Favorite Posts of 2014

Hi, friends.... I was almost afraid to take a look back to the year-in-full of 2014 because it was a year of uncertainty for me. I moved to New York City by myself in 2013 and after I moved back I was devastated. I felt like I had failed and people kept asking me why I left New York City. I felt a lack of response on my end- I had little direction as where to go next. I had little motivation to make that next step. I started working at an antique shop called Rebecca's Antiques Where I grew to know Rebecca Steiner. I eventually got an internship this year with the Goodman Theatre so I moved to Chicago to live with my best friend Lauren Blakeman. I got my own studio and a full time job after the paid internship ended and here I am now. Looking back on 2014 wasn't as bad as I expected- I actually did a lot this year, too. I hope your life is happy wherever you are. Thank you for being here and reading these words. Happy 2015! Here are some of my favorite posts of mine in 2014:
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