Outfit: Shame on You (If You Can't Dance, Too)

 I already listen to so much disco from day to day, and I've been playing disco endlessly to get in the mood for a new dance piece my friend Chloe is choreographing in May. I am a dancer and also a costumer in the piece and it's called Disco Divine. I am so excited to mix disco costumes with the divine costumes of historical religious figures. Thank you for including me, Chloe! The performance is at the IMPACT festival on Mother's Day weekend. 
 A little more about this vintage dress I found last week: I was thrifting at Family Thrift store in Logan Square Chicago with my friend Kristin and this adorable cute older lady was holding the dress up on the hanger & I spotted it and started smiling. She looked at me and told me it belongs with me even though the lace was old and ripped up in some spots. I bought it for $10 and went home to sew up the silk lace tears. It fits me perfectly.
Outfit Details: Dress- vintage, Family Thrift Store in Logan Square Chicago
gloves- vintage
fascinator hat- c/o Elsie Larson 
shoes- Unique thrift store
tights- American Apparel
Fur- my Great Grandmother Frisina's
Purse- University of Illinois Costume & Props sale 2012 
Happy Spring! XOXO
love, polly


Baltimore & D.C. Travels

Visiting Baltimore last week was literally a breath of fresh air. I stayed with my first cousins Jaki and Luke for a long weekend. Baltimore was filled with colorful row houses and the feeling of the East coast which I love so much. One night, Jaki took me to a "lolita karaoke night" where everyone was dressed in lolita fashion (a Japanese street fashion). The birthday girl was fluent in Japanese so I stared at her in awe as she sang karaoke in Japanese in her cute little Angelic Pretty dress and matching purse. I have never actually SEEN someone wearing Angelic Pretty in real life- I've only read about it and watched videos! The sweet lolita in myself was secretly jealous.
As for the vintage, antiques and oddities in Baltimore, we found plenty downtown! It was actually exhausting how many neat antique & vintage shops there are in Baltimore.
 I also wanted to visit Divine's grave and put some flowers there but it turned out to be in another town 25 minutes outside of Baltimore and it was raining the day I wanted to go. I settled for visiting Hampden Junque, Atomic Books and Cafe Hon (which are local John Waters watering holes). Of course I didn't leave Baltimore without purchasing some amazing Divine and John Waters post cards at Atomic Books where John Waters receives his fan mail!
My first cousin Jaki and Me.
The best strong black east coast coffee and homemade coconut cake at Cafe Hon, a famous John Waters attraction in Baltimore.
Atomic Books and John Waters' Christmas Cards he sends to the book store every year. There's also a neat cafe inside this book store!
 Downtown Baltimore & Baltimore Harbor area.
Hampden Junque where Divine & John Waters art was abundant. There were also posters everywhere for an upcoming Divine Monument that is to be erected. This place has so many oddities that will make you giggle.
 Papermoon Diner is a must-see when in Baltimore, too! You can stare at this little diner for hours on end! The french toast is wonderful, too! We wanted the lavender milkshake but they sold out!
Downtown Baltimore after vintage shopping all day.
On the last day of the trip, I went to Washington D.C. with my first cousin Luke and my Uncle Clark. The Magnolia trees were blooming and we ate at a local Indian food truck parked next to the monument. I finally got to see the Lincoln Memorial and the famous reflection pool before it started to rain heavily. I can't wait to go back to DC, again! Do you have any recommendations for Baltimore or DC next time I visit? XO!
love, polly


Outfit: Keep on Moving

I'm not sure what got into me yesterday, but it was probably the 60 degree weather in Chicago with light winds and the beautiful golden hour right down the street from my little studio. I was out handing out flyers for my friend Basia who owns a nail salon in my apartment building and the weather got us up in a sweat. I was thinking how perfect the weather was for a photo-shoot. I ran to Jewel Osco and bought some yellow alstromeria, green trick dianthus and stargazer lilies and combined them with some mimosa that had previously dried from weeks before. I met up with my neighbor Will and we walked to Montrose Boardwalk for some shots. Thanks, Will! :)
Outfit Details: tights & nail polish- American Apparel
hat- c/o Choies
Sunglasses- Ray Ban
Boots, skirt, blouse- thrifted
Jacket- gift from Rachael Soglin 
Nails painted by Cuticle Salon
love, polly