Friday

Recent Floral Work

 Locally grown ranunculus ordered by Stephanie of Flowers by Stem! 
 Cute arrangement I made for Flowers by Stem
 Arrangement I created for Cuticle Nail Salon
Arrangement I created for Cuticle Nail Salon
love, polly

Wednesday

Outfit: Spring Magnolia

When I stepped out for this shoot yesterday IT WAS FREEZING! I thought my thick pink sweater with a long sleeve blouse under would be enough if not more than enough! The weather just fluctuates so much here in Chicago springtime! I always seem to be under-dressing or over-dressing due to this fact! Anyway, I wanted an all- pink look to honor the Magnolia tree blooming down the street from my studio because Magnolias make me overwhelmingly happy! Their blooming cycle is unbelievably short, but I'm glad I got to bask in it's glory for a bit yesterday :) Are you guys enjoying spring? The redbud trees here have just started blooming and I'm planning to take some snippings from the trees so I can press them in books! 
Outfit Details:
Pink knit sweater & frilly pink blouse underneath, belt: Salvation Army
Skirt, tights, heels: American Apparel
Sparkly bow: H-Mart 
nails painted by: Cuticle Salon
love, polly

Wednesday

Outfit: Spring Blooms

My friend Vy and I designed & photographed this bouquet about 2 months ago before Valentine's Day. It was still pretty chilly at this point so I really had to "man up" for this shoot! I love this bouquet so much because she pretty much let me design it all by myself, haha! We were very excited that kumquats were available for our bouquet. Visit Vy's Floral Design if you're looking for a wedding & event florist! She's the best!
Outfit Details: shoes: Bait Footwear
Hat & Tights: American Apparel
Dress: Vintage STL thrift find in the Delmar Loop 

love, polly

Monday

Outfit: Shame on You (If You Can't Dance, Too)

 I already listen to so much disco from day to day, but I've been playing disco endlessly to get in the mood for a new dance piece my friend Chloe is choreographing in May. I am a dancer and also a costumer in the piece and it's called Divine Disco. I'll tell you guys more about it as we have our second rehearsal this coming weekend! I am so excited to mix disco costumes with the divine costumes of historical religious figures of Mary & Gabriel the angel. It's a very interesting concept and I feel that Chloe and I met one night at a party last year was fate! Thank you for including me, Chloe! The performance is at the IMPACT festival on Mother's Day weekend. More to be announced soon! XO
 A little more about this vintage dress I found last week: I was thrifting at Family Thrift store in Logan Square Chicago with my friend Kristin and this adorable cute older lady was holding the dress up on the hanger & I spotted it and started smiling. She looked at me and told me it belongs with me even though the lace was old and ripped up in some spots. I bought it for $10 and went home to sew up the silk lace tears. It fits me perfectly and I don't even have to suck in or take small breaths! It's a miracle! :)
Outfit Details: Dress- vintage, Family Thrift Store in Logan Square Chicago
gloves- vintage
fascinator hat- c/o Elsie Larson 
shoes- Unique thrift store
tights- American Apparel
Fur- my Great Grandmother Frisina's
Purse- University of Illinois Costume & Props sale 2012 
 
Happy Spring! XOXO
love, polly

Saturday

Baltimore & D.C. Travels

Visiting Baltimore last week was literally a breath of fresh air. I stayed with my first cousins Jaki and Luke for a long weekend and they live very close to the airport. It was only an hour and a half to fly to Baltimore from Chicago- so it was a breeze! Baltimore was filled with colorful row houses and the feeling of the East coast which I love so much. I had whole crabs for the first time and my cousins taught me what Old Bay seasoning and Yuengling beer is. They seriously looked at me like I was mad when I asked our server what Old Bay was! Haha! One night, Jaki took me to a "lolita karaoke night" where everyone was dressed in lolita fashion (a Japanese street fashion which influences my style). The birthday girl was fluent in Japanese so I stared at her in awe as she sang karaoke in Japanese in her cute little Angelic Pretty dress and matching purse. I have never actually SEEN someone wearing Angelic Pretty in real life- I've only read about it and watched videos! The sweet lolita in myself was secretly jealous! :)
As for the vintage, antiques and oddities in Baltimore, we found plenty downtown! It was actually exhausting how many neat antique & vintage shops there are in Baltimore.
 I also wanted to visit Divine's grave and put some flowers there but it turned out to be in another town 25 minutes outside of Baltimore and it was raining the day I wanted to go. I settled for visiting Hampden Junque, Atomic Books and Cafe Hon (which are local John Waters watering holes). Of course I didn't leave Baltimore without purchasing some amazing Divine and John Waters post cards at Atomic Books where John Waters receives his fan mail!
My first cousin Jaki and Me.
The best strong black east coast coffee and homemade coconut cake at Cafe Hon, a famous John Waters attraction in Baltimore.
Atomic Books and John Waters' Christmas Cards he sends to the book store every year. There's also a neat cafe inside this book store!
 Downtown Baltimore & Baltimore Harbor area.
Hampden Junque where Divine & John Waters art was abundant. There were also posters everywhere for an upcoming Divine Monument that is to be erected. This place has so many oddities that will make you giggle.
 Papermoon Diner is a must-see when in Baltimore, too! You can stare at this little diner for hours on end! The french toast is wonderful, too! We wanted the lavender milkshake but they sold out!
Downtown Baltimore after vintage shopping all day.
On the last day of the trip, I went to Washington D.C. with my first cousin Luke and my Uncle Clark. The Magnolia trees were blooming and we ate at a local Indian food truck parked next to the monument. I finally got to see the Lincoln Memorial and the famous reflection pool before it started to rain heavily. I can't wait to go back to DC, again! Do you have any recommendations for Baltimore or DC next time I visit? Please leave them in the comments. XO!
love, polly

Wednesday

Outfit: Keep on Moving

I'm not sure what got into me yesterday, but it was probably the 60 degree weather in Chicago with light winds and the beautiful golden hour right down the street from my little studio. I was out handing out flyers for my friend Basia who owns a nail salon in my apartment building and the weather got us up in a sweat. I was thinking how perfect the weather was for a photo-shoot. I ran to Jewel Osco and bought some yellow alstromeria, green trick dianthus and stargazer lilies and combined them with some mimosa that had previously dried from weeks before. I met up with my neighbor Will and we walked to Montrose Boardwalk for some shots. Thanks, Will! :)
Outfit Details: tights & nail polish- American Apparel
hat- c/o Choies
Sunglasses- Ray Ban
Boots, skirt, blouse- thrifted
Jacket- gift from Rachael Soglin 
Nails painted by Cuticle Salon
love, polly