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Compliments of an Angel - Rachelle Ryerson | Las Vegas PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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It was a Starbucks I hadn't visited in some time. Her name I believe is Mary but I distinctly recall singing 'Maria Maria in her honor.' I remembered each day would start with ‘Good Morning America’, her coworker’s name. I would chat with her when I should be working and she as well. Today after having not seen her in awhile, she somehow looked… refreshed. And so I told her she looked great. She replied it’s good to get a compliment every now and then. Giving the compliment felt just as good I imagine as it was for her receiving it. As I now sit in front of my laptop, steaming cup of Zen green tea to my right, our brief exchange holds me. Compliments carry a certain indelible weight for all parties involved. It feels good to give and equally felt to receive.  I throw them out as ice-breakers and often am compelled to compliment at the mere sight of beauty. Like now for instance…. Meet Rachelle Ryerson.

 

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Mass Light by Norm Design Studio | Denmark PDF Print E-mail
Intelligent Design - House and Living
Written by Bless Bey   
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Inspired by the street lights witnessed during travel to a number of European cities and New York, The Mass Light is made of natural stone for its warm hues. The stone chosen is brown marble, giving the lamp an "exceptional sense of quality and durability." The shape is formidable yet eloquent allowing the marble to truly be appreciated. Designed by Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts graduates Kasper Ronn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulson of Norm Design Studio of Denmark.

 

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An Angel Faces Her Demons - Cassie Williams | Winfield, Missouri PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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It doesn't really matter where you’re from, life happens to us all. There is no escape. Our angel today grew up with fresh air in a small community where the neighbors are more or less well acquainted, it’s possible to walk to work, and live comfortably. A relatively safe existence.  “Winfield has stayed true to form,” says the Winfield, MO angel. “The people still wave when they pass you even if they don’t know you, still stop to help each other for whatever reason. It’s the country and in the middle of nowhere but safe and normal.” Though Cassie Williams was born and raised where every opportunity to feel loved existed, this angel came to know a few demons.

 

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Louis Vuitton Island Maison | Singapore PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Boutiques, Retail Stores, Shopping
Written by Bless Bey   
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Boston Architect Moshe Safdie, who was born in the city of Haifa, Israel, and famed New York designer Peter Marino collaborated on this grand structure located along the water outside Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Home to the new Louis Vuitton showroom, the building emerges from the depths of the bay like a  mythical creature. Titled the "Louis Vuitton Island Maison" the interior features artwork of Ruben Tolledo and Richard Deacon. The luxury island can be reached three ways one which is a jetty with a bridge.  So if you're in Singapore looking for memorable shopping, I recommend the 'Louis Vuitton Island Maison.'

 

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Maegen Bowman - So Blessed | Columbus, Ohio PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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So many of us waste precious time concentrating on our faults. Here in Angels Playpen we say no way. Zero in on your blessings, focus and get familiar. “My name is Maegen Marie Bowman. The way I look at it, if I was blessed with a name as common as Maegen, at least I was given a unique spelling because that is exactly what I am, unique.” The ability to find the unique within the common is also a blessing. I was looking forward to learning in what other ways she was blessed. “I was blessed,” she continues counting her blessings, this in regards to her heritage, “with wonderful parents who couldn’t be more different from one another. Mixed together to create me we have a blend of Irish, Dutch, German and Italian.” Another blessing came in the form of great genes. “I do workout from time to time, but for the most part I was truly BLESSED with small parents. Thank goodness because I am not at all the calorie counting kind of chick.”

 

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A Moment of Simple Beauty w. Haley Robinson | Michigan PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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It’s a quiet afternoon; calm presides. An empty tea cup sits as a suggestion of a second serving; freedom and simple beauty take up the forefront of my mind. Into The Wild, a surprisingly good film has me feeling a little like Alexander Supertramp at the moment, except I choose the moniker Bless Theangels. Right now, at this very instant, all I wish is the freedom to be whom I so ever should choose and enjoy a little ‘simple beauty’. I’m blessed to be able enjoy a little ‘simple beauty’ within the parameters of this interview. Our interviewee and newest angel is the beautiful Haley Robinson.

 

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Mary Had a Little Cow by Erick Lestrange | Plastik* Magazine PDF Print E-mail
Entertainment - Publishing
Written by Bless Bey   
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Valencia, Spain born photographer Erick Lestrange shot this beautiful editorial titled "Mary Had a Little Cow" for Lebanese fashion magazine Plastik*; issue 14. The shoot was styled by Ryan Houssari. Take a look.

 

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A Dream Worth Every Sacrifice w/ Anais Zanotti | Miami - Florida PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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Sacrifice has many meanings, but all share the point of surrender. In any sacrifice something is surrendered; something of value forfeited. What matters most is what’s on the other end of this sacrifice; it’s always something of equal or greater value. When our newest angel, the beautiful Anais Zanotti made up her pretty mind to spread her proverbial wings as a model, she surrendered herself to that dream, flew across the Atlantic and here we are. My sacrifice, what many consider a normal life, is well worth it when charged with the purpose of highlighting beauty wherever I should find it. My purpose and her dream, neither without sacrifice, have brought us to Angels Playpen.

 

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The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre | Vancouver, Canada PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Museums, Theatres, Art Houses
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LEED or Leadership in Energy and Envorinmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence in building and construction of sustainable structures. The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre looks to exceed 'LEED Platinum' status, designed to reach the most stringent measurement of sustainability; the 'Living Building Challange." Inspired by the organic form and natural aesthetic of a native orchid, with undulating green roof 'petals' that float above rammed earth and concrete walls. Creating a harmonious balance between architecture and landscape, the Visitor Centre uses filtered rainwater  and treats 100% of blackwater in an on-site bioreator. Now that's being one with nature. Designed by Chicago based Perkins + Wills, the pictures will amaze.

 

 

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The Story of Kristine Marie | Cleveland - Ohio PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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The day slowly turns to night, my metabolism winds down, my mind relaxes. The year is still new, beauty still persists and my hunger for it has only increased. Kristine Marie has thankfully come along to feed this hunger. Her beauty goes without question, momentarily satiating me, I need look no further. “The most beautiful thing about a person is heart and personality,” she tells me, prompting me to want nothing more than to know what’s in her heart and what gives her character. She knows beauty is better to have on the inside than on the outside. She has my attention; my thoughts revolve around her words, spurring ideas of my own about our newest angel. As I sit here, laptop conspiring with me to tell the world about her, the keys inviting me to spell out these feelings; the night dominates the day till it’s no more and I could choose no better fashion to spend the evening than the telling of her story.

 

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