Thursday

Los Angeles Travels

 Everywhere we wanted to visit in LA seemed rather spread-out.. so we rented a car for 5 days while staying at an Airbnb in Northern Hollywood. I was semi-skeptical about Los Angeles in the beginning because it wasn't much warmer than Chicago when we arrived. I hadn't visited in about 15 years, but it started to grow on me as the weather warmed up to the 70's. Our first night we had Korean bbq and explored Korea town a bit. The second day we visited Universal Studios. My favorite part was seeing the movie sets of Universal Studios on the back lot tour. I really felt like I was seeing what dreams are made of.. it was magical to get a taste of how and where so many films have been created. 

As far as museums go, we visited The Getty, The Broad, the Neon Museum, the Tar Pits and the outdoor grounds of LACMA. There is really great sight seeing of the cityscape that comes along with museum visits.
I was born in Santa Monica so it was great to visit and get more of a feel for the city. I already can't wait to go back to LA and see more interesting sights and food! It was really nice to get out of Chicago for the holidays after my final exams. I might want to move here in a few years after I finish up my second degree. Thanks for reading.
 We really loved the Kitchen Mouse in Echo Park and had the cutest breakfast there... it almost felt like a little place that should be in Chicago.
The Neon Museum across the street from Din Tai Fung in Glendale
The most delicious coffee alternative made from Dandelion and Chicory root at Kitchen Mouse.

Cashew Yogurt with chia, pepitas, banana, home made granola and fruit at Kitchen Mouse.
Secret menu black sesame xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung

love, polly

Wednesday

New Orleans Travels

My first trip to New Orleans was a solo adventure booked on a whim. I arrived mid-June during the rainy season.. I couldn't believe how much it rained. I stayed in a friend's quaint little studio apartment with her two adorable cats and a ton of her plants. Thanks, again, Zahra.. (I love seeing your living spaces.)
It turns out my friend Katy and her partner Roehm opened a Rubber Library Flower Bodega that I spent a couple days browsing through in Bywater, as well. They have created such an inspiring space to read, explore and buy flowers. 
I visited the botanical gardens where I saw an original Louise Bourgeois spider sculpture that I've spent so much time researching, and of course I had donuts and coffee two times at Cafe Du Monde. 
I loved roaming the French Quarter and seeing the beautiful colors and listening to the music drifting from all around. One day as I was walking around I spotted a steamboat playing an enchanting old tune out of what appeared to be brass pipes.. it was just pure magic from another era. I found a few vintage clothing shops in the quarter along with lots of antiquing. My Great Grandparents drove from Mississippi to take me to dinner in the quater one night, too!
I highly recommend touring the circa 1823 Pharmacy Museum Apothecary in the French Quarter, as well. You learn so many interesting facts about the way medicine was and honestly it made me laugh really hard. It's an excellent value, at $5.
My favorite part of the trip was touring through the old cemeteries and reading the inscriptions on the tombs. I took a $20 guided tour of the oldest St. Louis Cemetery 1 in New Orleans and honestly I think it was worth it to hear about the history and hauntings. New Orleans is a very unique city that will always hold a special place in my heart and I'll never forget this trip. I am looking forward to going back! 
Also, I've never eaten so many crab cakes and gumbo in my life.. and what they say about alligator is true: it really does take like chicken.


love, polly

Friday

My floral designs for Juli + Alex



Congratulations, Juli and Alex! It was a dream designing your flowers for your wedding! Thank you for inviting me to the event, too. I had a blast!
All photos taken by Steve Capps
love, polly