Falling Water

“Raindrops are fallin’ on my head”…was stuck in my head all day long yesterday because of all the rain…(but then of course today we woke up to a blanket of snow-it’s been like that guest that won’t leave).  We got out to the CLE Metroparks in Hinckley to take some pictures of this great waterfall and really capture the theme of the day-water.

DSC_1238- DSC_1252- DSC_1260- DSC_1267- waterfall_1 DSC_1308-


Our Great Blue friend who decided to stop by for a bite to eat. ;)

DSC_1283- DSC_1289-


Buffalo by David Bitten Jacket-no longer available

AG Slim Straight Jeans

Sorel Slimpack boots

Anthropologie hat-no longer available

Scarf from a market in London

Green Envy

Green Envy
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of this holiday, I thought I’d post this awesome green dress from Anthropologie that currently has me swooning.  What a beautiful emerald green it is, too.  My mouth dropped when I found these earrings…both for their beauty, and their price tag. 8-O
I think I’d likely wear this ensemble to a Spring bridal shower, or something of the like.

Fashion Inspiration: Charade

Fashion Inspiration: Charade
Lately, I’ve been feeling very inspired by 1960’s fashion.  This may be because I’ve recently scratched Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant off the ‘movies to watch’ bucket list.  If you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend it, if not for the 60’s fashion, then at least for the delightfully perfect chemistry between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn…although after seeing quite a few of Cary Grant’s films, I’m convinced the charmer has on-screen chemistry with just about every leading lady he’s paired up with.
Anyway, back to the fashion…I absolutely love all of the funnel neck coats Reggie (Audrey’s character) wears throughout the film-especially the sunshine yellow with black buttons. ( I found the closest version I could here.  The other great thing about the costume?  All those cat-eye sunglasses, and who better to wear them than one of our greatest style icons of all time.

Happy 3rd Birthday PDLS!

Can you believe it!? Polka Dots and Leopard Spots is already 3 years old!! My, how time flies.
I must admit there where times I thought I wouldn’t keep going but I’m happy I have kept going. PDLS has been a very great outlet for me to express things I find interesting, beautiful or inspiring, or just worth the share. I hope you guys have enjoyed the evolution as much as I have. When looking back through much older posts, it’s so great to actually be able to see the progress and is what will keep me improving.

bday edit



Image from Pinterest

Image from Pinterest


So thanks guys, for keeping me posting so I can keep you posted! ;)

Furry Finds

Last year I had a few posts featuring some awesome fur pieces that I’ve acquired from my mom whose Grandma worked at a furrier in her day.  I really enjoy playing around with fur coats and ponchos or shawls because being fur, they just have a way of adding so much glamour to an ensemble.  They somehow instantly make you feel like a movie star. 8)

Now I know fur can be a controversial topic.  And if you’re against real fur, faux is always an option.  I, myself opt for vintage, or secondhand furs.  The quality is usually still fantastic, the prices aren’t bad either and the way I see it, if it’s secondhand or vintage, it’s more eco-friendly than buying a real fur that’s brand spankin’ new if you want the real deal.

This particular coat I found at an awesome vintage store on the west side of Cleveland in Lakewood, at Chelsea’s Vintage Clothes and Costume.  I got it for an astounding $70, which is a real steal considering it’s real mink.  There was only a minor repair necessary on the lining before it was back to mint (or mink?) condition. ;)  Chelsea’s is a vintage treasure trove…if you’re in the area and love vintage, stop in but be prepared to spend multiple hours sifting through the endless racks of pieces from various decades.


DSC_0746 bird bath branches DSC_0773 DSC_0787 DSC_0785 DSC_0809 DSC_0857 DSC_0875  IMG_2015_f1 DSC_0819 DSC_0723

I’ve been wanting to wear these high-waisted cream pants for a while…I thrifted them for 99 cents(!) back in the fall and just haven’t worn them.  They’re kind of a medium weight wool so they’re appropriate for this time of year or maybe early spring.  I was pretty excited with the find, so I’m glad I finally found something to pair them with.

This leather purse is my most recent vintage find that I’m quite content with.  A vintage leather Coach purse from the 1970’s.  I found it for about $16 at a vintage store near Akron.  I think what excited me the most about it was when I looked inside to see the Coach stamp and number that read “Made in New York City”.  Unfortunately, that’s not often what you read on labels anymore, let alone in Coach bags.




…and the other furry find of the day… :)


Vintage fur coat-Chelsea’s Vintage and Costume in Lakewood, OH
Cream pants-Thrifted for 99 cents! :)
Kenneth Cole belt-Thrifted
Shoes-DSW clearance about a year ago
Beaded necklace-Urban Outfitters
Leather necklace-made by me
Leather purse-Vintage Coach

Stay tuned for some upcoming fur favored posts! :)

A Very Cleveland Valentine’s Day

Well Ohio’s mother nature didn’t let us down today… Staying true to valentine’s day form… She gave us a blizzard.  You can pretty much count on the presence of snow in Ohio every February 14th.

To celebrate the holiday of love, we stopped by the Akron Art Museum before getting some lunch downtown. The weather got pretty bad after that so we picked up some movies then decided to veg the rest of the day. What a great idea, too.  With this blizzard… movies, chocolate, and a Great Lakes sounded like a perfectly Cleveland way to spend a snowy Valentine’s Day in Ohio.



An inside view of the museum (which has amazing architecture).


The day wouldn’t have been complete without some Malley’s Chocolate.


…(or Ferrero Rocher) :D



This awesome candle holder is made from a piece of a wine barrel.

Hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Days!

Find You

Just a little food for thought today. I’m a big quote person…as minute as they may seem, sometimes the impact of a good quote can be quite the contrary, and a lot of the time, serve as a reminder that we’re all in this thing called life together.

Image found on Pinterest.

Remember that sometimes you lose yourself only to find yourself.


Mois de L’amour

Mois de L'amour

It’s nearing Valentine’s day, so she opted to wear her red Diane Von Ferstenburg dress to bask in the mood of the approaching holiday, although Paris is always in the mood. She clasps her gold Michael Kors chain link watch and throws on a dainty long gold necklace. She walks to her vanity to put on a little bit of make-up…easy on the eyeliner and light on the blush since she decided to wear a bold red lip with her ensemble. She then throws her hair up in a messy sort of coif and secures it with a few bobby pins. She springs out of her chair to find the black leather ankle strap heels from her rather disoriented closet, all the while her cat Georgie is following her every move, trying to get her attention. Noticing Georgie while grabbing her shoes, she says “Bien, Georgie” and wanders into the kitchen to find the hungry little feline a snack. Georgie seems pleased with the whitefish scraps leftover from last night’s dinner.

Finally, she’s ready to head to the farmer’s market to pick up some fresh flowers and produce before she meets her beau for an exciting date at a wonderful new restaurant they’ve been aching to try. She grabs her vintage mink coat, and black leather tote-it’s still pretty chilly in February, and a tote is a good size to hold the flowers and produce, plus whatever else catches her fancy at the farmer’s market on this brisk February day in the city of lights.

Mid Morning Meander

Sundays are often ‘lazy days’, I’d say. They’re the recoup day of the week where you should just unwind and take in any sort of inspiration that comes your way. That’s what this Sunday was…a complete relaxation day with nothing paramount to take care of. Just a day of hanging out. And we got a nice day, thankfully. 46 degrees in Cleveland the second week of February is quite a pleasant surprise and most definitely something you take advantage of when it comes your way (No worries, it’s back down to the par 20 degrees it should be ;p ).

We stopped by a winding part of the CLE Metroparks in Hinckley for some photos (the same area where the annual Buzzard Day in Ohio is held. Yes, this part of Ohio is known for Buzzard Day-March 15th-every year since 1957, but more on that come March 15).
















Jacket and Sweater: Dillard’s (n/a)
Jeans: Anthropologie (n/a)
Necklace: Thrifted
Boots: Arturo Chiang (n/a)