Gross, I wish I could make this picture large and in charge! This is perhaps the most gangster photograph ever. This is the next album cover, most definitely. Just one of our many obscure and sacred past times....my brothers and I climbing on tanks at Kantigny Park, IL.
Good God, doesn't this thing age?! Seriously now, she's pushing 30 is she not? Isn't anyone alarmed that she looks younger than when she played Queen Padme Amidala???? So I don't know about you, but I cleaned out several Targets when the Rodarte line debuted. Looks like Natalie Portman did too... and then decided to wear it all at once. Now I'm being catty because I was unable to find a black version of the yellow bow dress she's wearing, in my size. No, but seriously, she's giving my dress a bad name. The dress is so delicate, yet layers and the neckline is the prettiest part, but who would know that looking at this picture? Too many pieces; the black structured jacket and belt is a failed balancing of the fluttery chiffon and the stark and opaque black doesn't blend the outfit. Please, she looks like a little girl who was playing dress up and didn't have time to change completely into her prim and cold English boarding school uniform. Oh, I see, she is recreating an alternative ending to Beauty and the Beast, where Belle instead ditches the Beast and enrolls in etiquette school to reclaim her perviously ignored education in hopes of self-improving; a venture I am completely behind btw, since she did essentially fall in love with a giant angry cat... Please consult the below picture in comparison and just try to disagree with me!
I had forgotten how desolate it is in Chicago at this time of year. It's always interesting to me how the people here change during these arctic months. Everyone accepts the wind, snow, sleet, ice, bitter cold, but we all ban together in spite. The nostalgia and charm of winter wonderlands faded a while ago with the holidays. Every time the snow starts to clear from the street, a massive storm hits again and my Toyota and me are doing figure eights in the street. The only thing to keep me warm is my beyond wonderful space heater and day dreams of warmer, greener places. Dan Martensen is an amazing photographer, who has an amazing house in upstate NY. Basically, my dream house. These shots of him and his property are beautiful, quiet, and my main source of envy today. In conclusion, my Midwest gritty tribe, we are some tough kids...pale and wind-chapped, but tough as nails.