Wednesday

a sneak peek at my upcoming bow tie designs!

Hi, lovies! This is a TINY sneak peek at what to expect in my online store, the littlest polly, come July 20th. I am introducing at least five new shabby chic bow tie designs in fabric you have never seen before! I've altered the bow ties into bow tie chokers because (you guessed it..) tying bow ties is a dying art form! No more tying involved, now!
If you'd like to special request a normal bow tie that you can actually tie.. drop me an email. I am so excited for this line because my wonderful photographer Nathan Adhikari has agreed to a bow tie photo shoot with models! I am too excited to do the styling! Can't wait to share with you!♥
love, polly :)

She lived alone, except for a nameless cat.

When I was little, Moon River was one of my FAVORITE songs to play on the piano. While this most certainly isn't my favorite Audrey Hepburn film (dare I say!) I still love to play it to this day (and now, I have it on vinyl, too!). I found this song appropriate for this outfit because of the old feeling I wanted. I bought this petticoat on ebay some time ago.. but couldn't find the right dress to go over it. It baffled me and so I hung it up in my closet for a few weeks until I really had time to create something beautiful with it. I love the striking yellow hue of it.. and it is literally overwhelming in my closet! I had to put in a nail above all of my clothing in my closet just so I could hang it. It's rather nice when you look up in my closet, though, because all you see is just this beautifully romantic yellow tulle like puff! If you'd like to see me play piano, click here.
love, polly :)

Monday

7/4 Shoreline

I've been meaning to photograph this outfit for a while now. I wore it to work last week and thought it needed to see my blog before I completely forget about it!
outfit details:
pleated vintage skirt from goodwill
Jeffrey Campbell wedges from Modcloth
vintage yellow bracelet from my mother
vintage blue circular suitcase from a flea market
vintage blue scarf tied around my neck- my mother
aqua belt- U of I costume and props sale
vintage tulle hat- goodwill
love, polly 

Thursday

Every suitcase tells a story.. (part two!!)

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So, I'm back with the photos I styled of my suitcase collection! I got the idea while browsing through some suitcase photos for Suitcase Sunday and immediately called Nathan Adhikari. He agreed to take the photos and we took them within the next two days! My friend Alexis agreed to drive (thank you, Alexis!!) because neither of us have cars.. (unfortunate, I know)! I spent the whole day accessorizing and picking pretty colors for each suitcase and thinking about the story each one told.
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suitcase details: 1. tea cup and matching saucer- gift from my Grandmother Kutch
2. pink/gold vintage matching necklace and bracelet- gift from my mother
3. suitcase- salvation army
4. The Glass Valentine Book- one of my favorite books from when I was a child, published in 1969. LOVELY illustrations!!
5. vintage dusty rose pink dress- thrifted from Avalon Exchange in St. Louis (thanks, Emily Rautio!)
6. Pink Vintage Hat- flea market in Edwardsville, IL.
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suitcase details: 1. suitcase- salvation army
2. vintage gold and black compact- Lisa's Antiques
3. vintage blue bow heels- salvation army
4. doily pillow- salvation army
5. vintage powder blue dress with pearl buttons- salvation army
6. vintage black feather hat- my mother's
7. Alexander Pope poem book- thrifted from Springfield, IL. (Has my poem from my tattoo in there!!)
8. old photos- my mother as a baby and as a young teen
9. vintage gold mesh clutch- my mother's
10. vintage owl brooch- my mother's
11. blue and silver fan earrings- The Pink Elephant antique store (thanks, Emily!)
12. vintage blue floral clip on earrings- gift from my cousin Molly Bee .
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suitcase details: 1. Suitcase- salvation army
2. vintage yellow dress with bow belt- Avalon Exchange
3. 1923 fashion mag- bought from my costume design teacher for 3 bucks
4. vintage blue heels- ebay
5. vintage compact- my mother's
6. white bakelite pin- gift from my grandmother on my 21st bday!
7. yellow scarf- my mother's in the 1980's
8. gloves- my mother's
9. vintage floral purse- thrifted, goodwill
10. vintage beaded collar- Lisa's Antiques, $5
11. vintage wool hat- my mother's
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suitcase details: 1. suitcase- salvation army
2. vintage green handmade dress- gift from Emily Rautio (Love youu!)
3. vintage scarf- my mother's
4. vintage 1920's metal mesh purse- ebay (with dried flowers I picked)
5. vintage white and grey flats- salvation army (thanks, Grandma Kutch!)
6. photo of my Grandmother Kutch
7. vintage Antique book- my Grandmother Kutch
8. yellow bow tie- salvation army
9. vintage yellow gloves- bought for $5 at Lisa's Antiques
10. vintage green felt hat- $3 at Lisa's Antiques
11. gold bow mesh pin- $2 at salvation army
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suitcase details: 1. Suitcase- gift from my drawing 1 teacher, Leslie (i love you!)
2. dress- vintage, salvation army, $8
3. green earrings- gift from Cousin Molly Bee :)
4. vintage black perfume bottle- gift from Ryan Tinsley :D
5. tan heels- Modcloth.com
6. pink earrings- salvation army
7. silk flower choker- Dandelion Vintage (where I work!)
8. photo- frame from goodwill, photo of my great grandparents I was named after- PJ and Pauline Lindsey
9. vintage pillow- salvation army
10. vintage flower 1950's hat- Carrie's in Champaign
11. hair feather clip- His Majesty's Creations from Indiana (independent artist- I love supporting those!)
12. vintage glass ring- Carrie's
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suitcase details: 1. suitcase from flea market in edwardsville- $3
2. polaroid collection of my own memories and my Grandmother Kutch's (she let me have them!)
3. Camera- my Grandmother Kutch let me have it (with two extra packets of film!)
Hope you enjoyed my suitcase series! Can't wait to do more!
Thank you SO MUCH to Nathan Adhikari for taking these!
love, polly :)

Wednesday

Every suitcase tells a story.. (part one)

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Here are a few behind the scenes peaks of the Every Suitcase Tells a Story styling I did a couple of weeks ago with my suitcases. My wonderful friend, Nathan Adhikari was kind enough to take these.
love, polly :)

Monday

Weekend in Chicago

This weekend in Chicago was too short! I loved it, though. It was SO nice to see my friend, Emily Marie! I haven't visited her since she moved to Chicago (we used to live together in Edwardsville last year..). Here are some shots from my trip. We shared burritos and milkshakes, ate falafels, petted many a cat, saw so many thrift stores, I had my first American Apparel visit (wooooo- I want everything there!)

Emily is a wonderful and inspiring person. I always enjoy our conversations. I hope she doesn't get mad at me for doing this.. but here is a link to one of her adorable music videos! (Here is a link to her youtube channel)

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 Here's a little of what I picked up thrifting..
OH MY GOODNESS. Let me just tell YOU that I lost my footing when I saw these beautiful celluloid earrings from the 1950's! I just HAD to purchase them! I also got this Carly Simon record for a dollar at Reckless Records with Emily. We really had a great time!
love, polly