1956 Sears Catalog find!

My parents and I ventured to Salvation Army and the Lighthouse Antique Mall on Interstate 55 for Black Friday.. it was quite a lot of fun!
(those are my parents walking!)
I was lucky enough to snag this vintage 1956 Sears Catalog yesterday! I was so excited because there are a bunch of color photos! So inspirational! 
(more pictures soon!)
love, polly :)


Beauty comes to those who have been waiting for something that is bigger than themselves.

I really hope you have a lovely thanksgiving to everyone who reads this. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, you all are so special.
dress: Salvation Army in Litchfield, IL ($4)
shoes: Salvation Army in Springfield, IL ($3)
scarf: Goodwill in Creve Coeur, MO ($2)
tights: UO ($12)
gloves: vintage, my mother
purse from 1950: Goodwill in Creve Coeur, MO ($3)
belt: Goodwill in Creve Coeur, MO (.99)
black slip: vintage
love, polly


Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.

My friend, Tim and I were thinking about doing a fashion shoot after we met on the set of Once Upon a Time in 1972. We decided we would collaborate on several projects, including me costume designing his feature film shot by an academy award nominated cinema photographer this summer. We are also planning on shooting numerous fashion stills together (with me dressing the models). In this case, it was our first shoot and I couldn't very well find anyone else to fit into my Great Grandmother's dress from the 1950's, so I became the model for the shoot. Hope you enjoy.
My mother gave me the hat a few years ago, besides this, I've only found one other occasion I found it appropriate for. I am trying to get better at that type of thing (wearing more period pieces).
These were shot in Crystal Lake Park in Champaign, Illinois (where I attend The University of Illinois for costume design)
photos by Nathan Adhikari. He is a very fun photographer to work with and very patient. I really enjoyed working with him! Hopefully we will have more fashion photography to show you soon! :)


Lola Dee giveaway! (closed)

Hi, there! I hope you're having a splendid week!
I am here to inform you about my *newest* sponsor, Miss Lola Dee. She is hosting a lovely giveaway for The Littlest Polly readers!
She will send any one of these rings to the winner of the giveaway (just mention your favorite one!)
I love the orange one! :)
and surprise...
She will also knit you one of her signature bow barrettes in ANY COLOR YOU CHOOSE! (I'd choose yellow ochre!)
1. follow me
2. visit her shop,Lola Dee Handmade and post a link to your favorite item!
3. Tell me which ring is your favorite, and what color you'd have your barrette crocheted in!
For extra entries
(leave a separate comment PLEASE):
1. add my button 
2. follow me on bloglovin
3. add Lola's button
4. follow Lola on bloglovin
5. blog about this giveaway on twitter or your blog. Post a link to this post.

thanks so much for the support, Lola Dee! :)
love, polly


The Artwork of Kelly Louise Judd

Here she is, sitting in her hammock (drawing mayybe?)
I stumbled upon this suggested artist via my friend and pen pal, Ada. She is an inspiring person and her advice always seems to leave me inspired. This time I saw she posted a link on Kelly Louise Judd.
Her artwork is so mythical and inspiring to me. I'm not sure why I am so inspired by these rather damp and intricately dreary drawings, but I know it's art like this that makes me feel alive. I wish I could draw like this. I wish it so much.
You can see Kelly's blog at Swan Bones Theater.
You can also visit her etsy where she sells her artwork.
The charade of dark and dreary art still gets me every time. 
love, polly

A peek inside 1972

"Once Upon a Time in 1972" is a short film I am doing the costume design for. It's been so much fun working with everyone so far! Here is a picture of the ending scene where the actors walk off.
(yes, Jon, our actor, has his arm in a sling from getting in a fight with a robot!)
Photo credit goes to Matt Shivers. Thanks, Matt!
(hopefully I will have more photos to show you, soon!)
the coat really reminds me of this 70's editorial photo shoot in Vogue found here.
(You can see other cheesy 70's fashion photos at that same link, too!)
Happy Sunday!


fashion review: 1920's metal purses

I took this at Lisa's Antique Mall. This purse was around 180 dollars. It is insane how much these purses go for today. If they are in great condition, depending on the detail they can sell for up to 400 dollars.
This compact is built into the purse! Convenient? YEAH! Why aren't these made any more?
Anyway, I am ogling over this purse.
This is the 1920's purse I bought off ebay for 20 dollars. It's a beautiful example. It said on the description that it had some wear and the sides weren't quite intact all the way, but I am actually quite pleased with it. Keep in mind that the purses are this small because, frankly, what else did a woman in the 20's need besides a lipstick and a little bit of money?