Sitting down at a coffee shop with Miss Strangename! (and the fabulous interview she agreed to with me)

Some people are just absolutely fabulous without thirsting for recognition. Miss Strangename is that girl. This interview is based off of the time I spent at a coffee shop in Urbana, IL with the girl who calls herself Elizabeth Jin, also known as "Miss Strange Name." Her blog is called The Fantasy of Miss Strangename and here she shares her inspirational style posts that are like no other blogger I've encountered, or ever will! She's so down to Earth- meeting her was a total joy. Enjoy the interview and feel free to leave comments and questions for her to read!
 Where were you born? What do you remember of your childhood? What were your favorite games?
Miss Strangename: "I am from Southern China, and I have been living in the United States for only two years- and that has been to go to the University of Illinois majoring in accounting. It's much easier to earn a 4.0 GPA in the USA. I started speaking English in primary school while attending a boarding school in China, and it has always been my best subject. I don't have any favorite games because I don't play them- I am terrible at playing games so I just don't want to hurt my own feelings," she giggled. "I did love playing with dolls as a child, although I had to save money and buy them myself. I eventually filled up my bed with dolls!"
 How did "The Fantasy of Miss Strangename" come about? It is such a unique name..
Miss Strangename: "I call myself Miss Strange name because my Chinese name is too hard for people to pronounce in America. Americans see the spelling of my name and say it just doesn't make sense to them- I have just spent a long time explaining my name. Another reason why I call myself Miss Strange name is because I like to remain anonymous. I don't need people to know me or think I'm fabulous or famous... I just enjoy dressing up and documenting it through my blog. I started documenting my style in May of last year and created a blog not too long after starting my ChictopiaI also call myself Elizabeth Jin as well, and Jin means "gold" in Chinese."
Who are your role models?
Miss Strangename: "Liz Lemon from 30 Rock is really independent and funny- the kind of woman who can take care of herself and live in a positive way-and she's super talented but she doesn't have style at all. Her state of mind is what I admire. She is my role model for this reason. Shanshan from Tiny Toadstool is a wonderful fashion inspiration for me. She really makes me want to visit Japan. My mother is also a style inspiration for me. When I look at old photographs of her in the 1970's- she looks so beautiful and young with her wedge platforms on. I was surprised to discover that she wore those!"
  Do you thrift shop?
Miss Strangename: "Yeah! Totally! There is a Cross Road thrift store in Evanston, Illinois that I really love. My boyfriend Sam is from Evanston so every time I go to visit him I spend almost half of the day there."
How would you consider yourself, socially?
Miss Strangename: "I am an Otaku," she laughed, "My mother used to tell me that I was introverted when I was younger and I didn't want to leave the house- Otaku means "some guys who are always at home watching anime and never go out and play video games." I feel I am kind of like- a female Otaku. My boyfriend is Otaku, too... that's why I like him... he watches anime with me. I am really into the show, Psycho Pass. It's super violent but in a beautified way. I also love Quentin Tarantino's films and the squirting blood. I don't even feel scared because it's so ridiculous."
"I always want to be young forever," she laughed, "I feel like "girly" style is really fashionable. Recently I am so obsessed with Soap Operas in Japan... because it makes me feel like a girl again, haha." She doesn't think height matters too much in relationships, and agrees that it's pure adoration.
Make sure you take some time to see some of her style posts.... they are incredibly inspiring! If you haven't seen our style post together with Hannah, here's one photo from the shoot below and you can see the entire post here!
love, polly


Lilah & Louise in the Park

When I met David Huettner at Basement Gallery last Winter, I loved the work he was showing, immediately. We traded contact information and promptly scheduled a brainstorming session at my studio. I invited Hannah to be a part of the film and she also had a say in our costumes and props. It was a very fun film to embark on. We have so much more planned which will have to wait for the future... but for now, enjoy these small glimpses. XO
love, polly


Outfit: Egyptian Dress with Petticoat

This is a dress that will be for sale when Paulie Antiques has it's grand re-opening online. I am excited for that day, indeed... but it may take a few months. This dress is another of Adrienne Weber's pieces she is selling through my shop. I love the Egyptian motifs.. I've been learning a lot more about Egyptians in all of the museums I've been going to as of late! Nathan Adhikari was kind enough to take these photos. Happy Saturday! What are you doing?
Outfit Details: Vintage Egyptian Dress, 1950/1960's
Gloves- vintage 1960
Heels- Modcloth
Parasol- Dallas & Co. in Champaign, Illinois
Hat- Vintage Bridal, 1950's
love, polly


Outfit: Black Sunset

My long time friend Nathan Adhikari took these earlier this summer, and they are styled by Adrienne Weber. I am surprised these haven't seen light on this blog, yet. This dress will soon be fore sale as soon as it is shipped to New York City and gets in my hands. If you like the dress and have questions about it- please e-mail me at ! This shoot was definitely hot, but it was so nice as the sun was going down to see all of the beautiful colors of the sunset while twirling and trying to get the perfect views of this antique dress from the early 1900's. What do you think of it?
love, polly

Knee Sock Trending 2010-2013

I've been a big fan of the knee high tight and sock since 2010, but it only recently occurred to me just how much I wear knee socks in every day life. They're definitely my way of covering up with bold colors- and I even wear striped ones, sometimes! Here are the photos I've taken over the last few years where I am wearing this knee sock trend. Enjoy. XO
4. 12/23/2011 (the moment I realized I stepped in dog poop...)
Do you wear knee socks or tights a lot? Are you planning to wear more since it's becoming Fall? How are you feeling about fall? I'm starting to get more into it... I've even started asking for pumps of pumpkin flavor in my daily iced coffee... haha!
love, polly


New Shoe Designs from Paulie Antiques

Here are a few of my most recent shoe designs I've been creating while living in New York City... If you'd like a print, please leave a comment or e-mail me at They will be available at Paulie Antiques very soon... but you don't have to wait if you e-mail me. Love to you from New York City!
love, polly


Visiting the Museum of Modern Art in new York City with Kate Gabrielle from Scathingly Brilliant!

Today Kate Gabrielle of the blog Scathingly Brilliant and I decided to meet up and we had breakfast in Chelsea, took a cab to the Museum of Modern Art (where we saw a couple of Andy Warhol's original paintings- I am OBSESSED) and visited Magnolia Bakery before we had to part our ways and she had to jump on the train home! We had a lot of fun and almost never stopped chatting about so many different things! She is honestly such a down to earth and SWEET person! I really loved meeting her after a couple of years reading her blog and enjoying her pastel world! If you've never read her blog (unlikely) then make sure to hop over to Scathingly Brilliant and say "Hi!" She's a sweet heart !!
I look like such a dork in this photo... but I had to share it! I had a fun time with you, Kate! I feel like most people think being in New York City is so fun and glamorous... but it's actually a lot of stress getting around if you don't know your way. We managed to navigate in a decent way- even though I am a "noobie" to the city and she claims to be, too. We both have our weird little ticks... like- I am terrified of heights and she is really uncomfortable walking over the metal gridded sewer areas (like I am!) But thankfully we could share a good laugh over it... haha. I can't wait to meet up again, Kate!
love, polly :)