Friday

Christmas in Miami, Coral Gables, Key Largo and Key West

Spending Christmas in Florida has become a tradition in my life and I've been traveling to my Grandmother's little trailer on the ocean in Key Largo since I was about 5 or 6 years old. However, this year was my first time visiting Wynwood Miami Art district and I felt like I was on another planet where I originated. The first day I arrived alone and picked up a bright blue rental car and drove straight to Wynwood to explore. I visited the most amazing plant store Plant the Future and wandered around the district for most of the day before retiring to a hostel-style airbnb with international travelers. I picked up my first cousin Jaki early the next morning for breakfast and continued exploring Wynwood. We decided to meet my parents the third day in Coral Gables at the Fairchild Tropical Gardens which is one of my favorite places in Florida. The fourth day we drove our car down to Key West to stay with Jaki's friend from the military for a three nights. He was so welcoming and kind and even let us sleep in his bed while he took the couch. We explored a private island, built a fire and camped until sundown. We felt enveloped in our own world and I'll never forget wading through water for about 20 minutes to get to and from this island.... it was magic. Thank you, Hatchett. Our last days were spent with my parents in Key Largo at my Grandmother's trailer on the ocean. We sun-tanned, napped and ate fresh local hogfish, grouper and key lime pie with champagne. Our very last day was spent exploring South Beach Miami nightlife. This was my first time having a rental car and I really loved the freedom of exploring. I can't wait for the next adventure......



love, polly

Sunday

Illustrated by N From Neverland

Thank you so much to N From Neverland for this portrait of me, what a surprise and an honor. Thanks for making my day! Here is the link to her etsy shop and here is the post of this entire outfit. Have a fabulous day, everyone. I hope you're holding up.
love, polly

Halloween 2016

Tonight is my first performance of an act that I named, "The Future is Female." I am performing this act tonight in Chicago at No Nation Art Gallery and another performance is happening November 2 at the Neofuturist Theatre. I can't reveal exactly what's happening of course, but it does get a bit racy as it is a burlesque performance. I am so excited to share this with you all as my Halloween costume this year, too! What are you being for Halloween this year? XO
love, polly

Monday

Floral Designs Lately

I produced these floral designs in collaboration with Halsted Flowers and Flowers by Stem. I'm really enjoying freelancing this wedding season! Thanks for taking a look.
love, polly

My 27th Birthday Brunch

My 27th birthday was all around fabulous. Although I worked (like I always do) I attended a going away/dance party Friday night and danced my tail off. Friday and yesterday were spent dancing and I think being with friends & dancing really defines having a great birthday :) I made the reservation for Sunday brunch at Kit Kat Club in Boystown yesterday and I was scared no one would show up but thankfully it was so much fun and a lot of people showed. Do you ever get nervous hosting events thinking that no one will show up? That's pretty much why I never host events! Thankfully this was a blast. Thanks to everyone who came to my brunch, spent Friday night dancing with me, wished me happy birthday and thanks to everyone in general who I've connected with in this life. I love you!
love, polly

Sunday

Paulie Antiques Floral Work Lately

I loved designing this arrangement for a friend who lives in my building. He saw my work and wanted to give something spectacular to his girlfriend for her birthday. I delivered with this, a 4 foot arrangement. She loves gold! What do you think? xo
love, polly

Wednesday

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