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Finding Heaven on Earth with Natacia Bhatia PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in the NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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Alone in Times Square, I had an opportunity to reflect. Yes, I did this in the ever-bustling area of Midtown Manhattan; it’s a gift and a curse to zone out regardless of my circumstances. This has helped preserve my sanity on many an occasion. I thought about my much storied history, that which shouldn’t hold one as a slave but still help define the person we’ve become or hope to become. Our current angel, a delicate beauty with a robust resolution, Natacia understands this better than most. The sacrifices, the regret we come to appreciate, the loves, the pains, the desires, and ultimately the final acceptance of who we are and what must be done.

 

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The S.A. Residence by Shatotto | Dhaka, Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Intelligent Design - Architecture
Written by Bless Theangels   
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With a swimming pool the runs right up against the walls and a canoe, the "S.A. Residence" in Dhaka, Bangladesh stands out as a marvel. The indoor pool doubles as a 'water courtyard' in the center of the house. Shatotto, an architectural design firm with a desire to "unearth the lost history of Bengal" designed this splendid luxury villa.

 

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F*CK Society, Be You - Vany Vicious | Miami, Florida PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in the NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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They say an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, but I believe it can also be an angel’s playpen; a space of infinite creativity and imagination. Just look at our current tatted angel Vany Vicious. “To be honest,” Vany says, “what got me into modeling was strictly boredom.” A moment of inactivity, a beautiful girl, a cool apartment and a camera were just the recipe for a successful modeling career launch. “My old roommate had a camera and we had a pretty cool looking apartment,” recalls the multi-scribed model, “so we decided to set up a mini photo shoot and from there it took off.”  So it would seem, an idle mind combined with an honest heart can lead to some truly heavenly inspirations.

 

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The Rooftop Yu Bar | Shanghai, China PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Nightclubs & Lounges
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"The name, Yu," says Kokai Studios architects, "is a classical Chinese character which symbolizes elegance and exclusivity. It is the inspiration of the design to combine nostalgic touches and contemporary decor, blending traditional Chinese design with western romance." I enjoyed this quote so much, I needed not view the impressive images I knew would accompany these words. The Yu Bar occupies the 28th and 29th floors, as a glass pavilion, on the Marriott Hotel in Shanghai, China.

 

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Generous, Feisty, Independent - Champa Ashlee Thao | Charlotte, North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Playpen
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in the NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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From the mountainous regions of Thailand and Laos, beauty descends. Named Champa, an angel of Hmong descent has decided to bless us with a momentary look into her spirit. Born in central California, she is now a Charlottean living in Charlotte, North Carolina. “This,” she says, “makes me a Southern Valley girl.” The bold beauty that now lures us in with her sex appeal isn’t the same girl from Cali. “I was definitely a shy girl but now,” Champa admits, “not so shy!”

 

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Firenze Grand Hotel Villa Cora | Florence, Italy PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Hotels | Resorts | Spas
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In Florence is a historic park called "Biboli Gardens," in which sculptures reside that date back to the 16th century and through to the 18th century. Overlooking this wonderful park is the exceptional "Firenze Grand Hotel Villa Cora." The hotel is comprised of three villas, the main being "Villa Cora." There are 30 suites on 4 floors of the main villa, each with a distinctive decor. Decided attention to the original detailing, Villa Cora has been preserved almost exactly as it was when Baron Oppenheim built the main villa at the turn of the XIX century. Two restaurants, a spa and wellness center are also situated on the grounds.

 

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An Angel for a Friend - Amy Markham | Houston - Texas PDF Print E-mail
Angels - Interviews
Written by Khalid "Bless" Bey | Editor in Chief | As Seen in the NY Times Bestseller: Rat Bastards   
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As I sit at my laptop, perusing and pondering the various news titles on this quiet lovely July morning, joined by the beautiful Amy Markham, a sense of loss threatens and here in Angels Playpen, feelings of loss does not fit into our daily search for ‘heaven on earth.’ Maybe it’s the overwhelming lightweight verbiage, insubstantial rhetoric or superficial concerns that bother me. Whatever it is I don’t like it. Celebrity divorce, though admittedly briefly entertaining, fails to hold my attention. The world needs more substance, less fluff. More philosophy, less gossip. Then there is everything from Syrian torture centers to child abduction and animal abuse. More beauty, less ugly. More love, less hate. That’s where we come in. Trying to keep a healthy balance where serious matters are addressed, beauty is sought, dreams are fulfilled and personal pleasures are encouraged, unknowingly, Amy and I are friends of the same beauty based cause.

 

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Place des Arts Welcome Lounge | Montreal Canada PDF Print E-mail
Intelligent Design - Architecture
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A very unique design, the lounge/welcoming area of the Place des Arts home to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra was designed by Sid Lee Architecture in collaboration with Aedifica. The area was once a parking garage and now it is a area for visitors traveling to and from the popular arts complex.

 

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Heart of a Warrior - Nana Akimoto | Toronto, Canada 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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“Hi,” one word starts her introduction. “Thanks for stopping by my interview. My name is Nana Akimoto. Yes I am one-hundred percent Japanese, born and raised in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo.” Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city, the type of place where big ideas have a way of being born. Ideas that take a person from a dream-like state to a real-world existence.  Nana chased her dream from Japan to Canada, where she now lives. “I made my way to Canada when I was nineteen all by myself,” says our current angel. “I live in downtown Toronto at the moment. It was a big challenge for me because I didn’t speak any English. I get homesick a lot, but now I love Canada too much [laughs], so I decided to get permanent residence and now I can stay in Canada as long as I wish.”

 

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The Castello di Scerpena Castle | Tuscany, Italy PDF Print E-mail
Intelligent Design - Architecture
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Anyone who knows me knows I love immense structures and the land that surrounds them, castles especially. Located an hour away from the Rome airport, the Castello di Scerpena is a medieval castle with a history that goes back to the 12th century. This gorgeous Italian castle has five bedrooms, a garden, park and swimming pool, a separate three bedroom villa with its own swimming pool, a four bedroom villa with a spa, plenty a land with 7,000 olive trees, a deer park and a two bedroom guard house. If you're looking to own your own castle this one is on sale from Savills International.

 

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