- Sayadaw U Pandita, “A Perfect Balance” Tricycle magazine
A beautifully tall order.
- Rita M. Gross, Tricycle magazine
Tumblr Tuesday: 2013 CFDA Award Winners Edition
Every year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America honors established and emerging members of the fashion industry. Huge congrats to all, especially our friends on Tumblr:
The Menswear Designer of the Year: Thom Browne
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Proenza Schouler (who won with their Tumblr inspired Spring 2013 collection!)
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Pamela Love
The Media Award: Tim Blanks of Style.com
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Vera Wang
The Founders Award: Oscar de la Renta
Ps By prettysweet – The Pastry Home
By Danica Samuel
Adjoa Duncan was riding her bike downtown King St. Toronto when opportunity revealed itself in a cozy townhouse that read ‘For Lease’. Immediately, she stopped pedalling and made a call to the number in the window, asking, “What do I need to do to get this place”. On February 7th 2013, the homey pastry shop just west of Bathurst and King opened up to the public. “I get by with a lot of help from my friends” she says gratefully. With a god sent contractor, and designer Farida Abu-Bakare she was able to change the baron leased home into a fairy tale pastry shop. Duncan welcomes in her sweet-toothed customers with intriguing hand made decorations. Utensils surround a royal chandelier that centers the shop, painted baking pans hold up glass tables and various frames consist of vintage cooking materials she’s stored over the years. The cute DIY (do it yourself) designs makes the pastry shop one that is original; “just like me” she says.
Ps by prettysweet differs from other pastry places in town, as it doesn’t invite the idea of a shop. “I liked this place because it’s like entering someone’s home, where you can ask for something and not feel [weird] about,” says Duncan as she sits up straight in her seat, demonstrating the uptight aura many other shops propose. “I want it to be warm and homey because it’s [a depiction] of me”. An inspirational quote of the day is written on the side of the counter and glass displays of goodies entice you alongside the bagged goodies on the shelves. It’s without a doubt that you’ve entered a Hansel and Gretel castle.
I have an event coming up soon. I need to visit her shop and support.
Oh my gosh! This is the most cute pastry place ever!
- Clark Strand, “The Wisdom of Frogs” Tricycle magazine
Seems to me that this a brave and bold thing for someone who’s speaking about meditation to say, and for a magazine about Buddhism to publish. But perhaps sharing happiness is another form of meditation altogether.
It reminds me very much of Chris McCandless’ revelation shared in Into The Wild.