Poor Mellie Grant. This season on “Scandal,” the spitfire First Lady is deep in mourning, losing her shit over the death of her son during last season’s finale. Sad Mental Mellie is in a bathrobe all the time, can’t stop eating greasy fried chicken and potato chips, and has no fucks to give about Fitz’s stupid political standing. She also makes for the world’s easiest, comfiest Halloween costume inspiration — and best off all, it comes with snacks! Keep reading »
Photographer Gray Malin heard a story growing up of a Scottish shepherd who dyed his sheep’s whole so that he could see them better at night and protect them from being stolen. It never quite left his mind, and it became the inspiration for his “Dream Series,” a photography project in which he used non-toxic dye to transform a flock of sheep into a rainbow. The dye rinses off with water, making the sheep’s temporary transformation that much more magical and fleeting. In Malin’s artist statement, he explained:
“Sheep, quite literally from the word, are sheepish — they do not command attention but rather seek to blend in with the crowd. Like humans, they have trouble leaving their flock and prefer to stay where they are safe and comfortable…Bringing this body of work to life has been a dream-come-true for me; but the most important aspect of each image is to incite others to wander from the flock and pursue their own aspirations. To all of those who dream, believe in the impossible because I am proof, it is possible.”
In hopes of making others’ dreams come true like his, Malin will donate 20% of proceeds from the project’s sales to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. After the jump, see more of the surreal photos!
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In middle school, I took a cooking class and a “life skills” class, each of which promised to prepare me for fancy grown-up tasks like adequately feeding myself, running a household and holding a baby the right way. Instead, I learned a slew of pointless tasks that did nothing to prepare me for grownup-dom. High school was no better. I went to great schools growing up, and in Home Ec, our awesome teachers were just doing the best they could with the crappy curriculum they had to work with. Still, those “life skills” lessons left me and dry. I’ve since become a domestic goddess in some areas of my life (I can sew like a boss), but I’m still muddling through learning some basic skills that my 7th grade teachers promised I’d know by the end of the semester. After the jump, some useless junk I learned in Home Ec and how they failed me.
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Today is one of those days where, even with coffee, I’m unproductive and basically just useless in life. I don’t know if it’s because I stayed up late watching TV or what, but when I told my coworkers (after blankly staring at my computer screen for 30 minutes) that I was “driving the struggle bus,” they stopped paying attention to the fact that I’m a waste of space and praised the creative delivery of my confession. For the rest of you who have a case of the Mondays, or just can’t seem to make it through the day, here are 10 better ways to let others know the struggle is real. Keep reading »
Yeah, I know, I know, I am a very bad minimalist. I collect things when I shouldn’t, just because they’re strange and they make me smile.
I was introduced to Chicago’s Rotofugi gallery and toy store shortly before I moved into the city and it quickly became an obsession. It’s like they just took all of my favorite things in the world, packaged them, and put them on shelves for sale. From figurines of Japanese kaiju monsters to Doctor Who mini-figures to art prints from local and national artists to handmade toys to street art magazines to art books to handmade jewelry (the last, unfortunately, only available in store), Rotofugi is a weird art kid’s dream.
Hey, some people want to fill their lives with Precious Moments figurines, some people want to fill them with cycloptic cats. SUE ME. Just don’t buy the Gipper bust, I’ll have to fight you for it.
October 31 is just around the corner, so I’ve begun looking for the perfect Halloween costume to trump last year’s “Sexy French Fries.” While browsing Yandy.com— which basically has every scandalous costume known to man— I found a ton of totally non-sexy characters and things that have been sexed up and, for some reason, turned into Halloween costumes. I’m all for slutty animals and sexy storybook characters, but the line needs to be drawn somewhere. Probably here.