I took this photo not long ago on a walking trip with my boyfriend. This is from a store called Isle of Man in Chicago (sorry, I’m trying to get their website linked on here, but Tumblr is being a turd about it. Sorry!)
Anyway, I love this store. yes, it’s for men, but they do carry some women’s things. What I like is their vintage urban style, without being in your face about it. They sell vintage leather jackets. They have great skin care and shaving products, and bar sets that would make any Mad Men employee green with envy. You can reserve the space next door for parties and events, and their decor is off the chain (do people still say that?).
There is something about this display of boots that just made me go “I need to get a photo of this”. Is it the sad, lopsided way some of these boots are displayed? The fact none of them have shoelaces? The old radio piece in the front and a magazine clipping of boots in the back? is it all of these things??
Their website is http://iomamerica.com/
Go to there if you can!
So, some of you know that I work at a very awesome place in Chicago, and that we occasionally have pieces grace our plaza. Of course, they have to be conversation pieces, and this installation by artist Martin Creed is no exception. Entitled Work No. 1357, MOTHERS, it was created just for the MCA plaza. Not only is it massive, but it also rotates 360 degrees and has bold neon white lettering.
These are a few photos I’ve taken throughout its stay here, and if you act fast, you too can see MOTHERS until June 9th (and no, I was not asked to create this entry for marketing purposes, I just think it’s a cool piece you should experience and enjoy).
You know, when I started this blog a few years ago, my intention was to be really cool and crafty and update you with all my zany adventures and whatnot, and of course I got a bit lazy and eventually just started posting pictures I took instead. It seemed that most people just liked the simple one or two photos without me prattling on, so I kept that up for awhile and then things happen. One, i got too busy to do things. Two, I got a new job which is awesome and I love it but it requires me to be busy and tired all at the same time. With no stopping. And three, my mom passed away this year which I wasn’t planning on even mentioning here, but it’s kind of a big thing that happens in your life so I’m keeping it here. And since most of my readers are my friends and family, you already know this. It’s taken out a huge part of myself and although I am still dealing with a lot, I felt like writing. So. What happens now?
The answer is i still want to keep this blog. I still want to post pictures, talk about my adventures, and maybe give the site a much needed facelift that I said I would many moons ago. But I might make some changes, and I want you to be open to them because I’m sharing my life with you, so I guess you don’t get a choice anyway. Ha!
The name of the blog is “This is Where I Go”. This was the best I could come up with at the time and now I don’t like it. Considering I want to write about other important things that pop into my head, a name change might be in order. I don’t know when that will happen, but it should. And will.
I want to experiment here and see where this takes me. I have some ideas for future blog posts already popping into my head, and you’ll probably get some explanation on some of my photos that have already been posted on Facebook.
I’m sorry I didn’t keep my promise with making this an awesome experience for all of us. I appreciate the few of you who still decide to put up with me. Let’s grow together and move on.
Awhile back I said that a particular photo I took of Cinderella castle was one of the best I’ve ever taken. I lied. I think it’s this one. September 2012.
Boarding the ‘L’ in the Loop, 1946, Chicago.
Another re-blog of one of my favorite blogs to frequent.
As much as I love this photo, I can’t help but be mesmerized by the little girl in the dead center with a sassy “I’m too good for this” pose and what I can only describe as an amazing checkered jacket/skirt combo.
Where can I get one of those??
And isn’t is also amazing that even after all this time, the CTA still looks almost exactly the same?
One of Richard Nickel’s most well known photographs of a family moving out of the last remaining building on the block before demolition, c.1960’s, Chicago.
Nickel documented the architectural decay and deterioration of the city during the 50’s and 60’s, especially works by Louis Sullivan. He died doing what he loved. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Nickel
The above is one entry from a lovely blog that I follow. I tend to not repost most things but I had to do this one because I am such a fan of Richard Nickel and his work. I am also an avid believer that Chicago should be preserved and saved as much as possible. There is so much history that I see in this photo whereas most people see an old building about to be razed. A pity, really.
Nickel often times would sneak into buildings about to be knocked down and photograph what he could. This same fascination would ultimately lead to his death.
There is a Richard Nickel Committee here in Chicago, and a book that I adore. I would only hope that if Nickel were alive today, he’d be around to tell us how to preserve our past while looking to the future.
In May I traveled to Boston to visit some friends. As a Chicagoan who rarely sees the ocean or buildings older than the Chicago Fire, it was amazing to see a city so proud of their roots and history. You can practically see the Revolutionary War happening in front of you while you window shop; it seems almost nothing has changed except the size of the buildings. And the fish! Clam chowder and fresh lobster…it was to die for. I hope to go back soon.
I have a million more photos of the Freedom Trail, of places I ate at, and of course more cemetery shots (more than I need), but lately loading photos has become a chore and I’ve been so very busy. But the summer is just beginning, so who knows what shenanigans I might find myself in?
I need to find this building ASAP.
Somewhere in Lincoln Square. You don’t have to travel all the way to England!
Another of my most favorite places at Epcot is the Japan Pavilion. Filled with wonderful architecture, shops, and food, I can usually spend a good hour here alone wandering around. I took these photos in December 2011 and honestly, I didn’t think they would turn out this wonderful.
It’s amazing what a simple iPhone camera can accomplish.
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