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27.11.2008.

Absolutely Improper

ili: U KINI JEDU PSE, U JAPANU JEDU CVECE

Divna hanabi. pravi divne fotke divne hrane koju pravi.

U jesen, Japanci jedu hrizanteme, plemeniti sveti cvet sa carskog grba. Uz ove dve fotografije hanabi. nam pise i notu: ova vrsta se zove motte-no-hoka sto znaci apsolutno neprikladno.

Hamlice, dolazim da jedemo mums.

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or: IN CHINA THEY EAT DOGS, IN JAPAN THEY EAT FLOWERS
Lovely hanabi. takes lovely photos of the lovely foo
d she makes.
When the fall comes, Japanese eat chrysanthemums, noble sacred flower seen on imperial crests. Along with these adorable images she made a note telling us this kind of edible chrysanthemum is called motte-no-hoka which means absolutely improper.
I dream of eating mums.

Tomas Kral's Upgrade

SLOVAK KOJI ZIVI u Svajcarskoj svoja znanja iz oblasti industrijskog dizajna spojio sa tradicijom obrade stakla iz rodne grude i kolekciju novonastalu kolekciju nazvao Upgrade.



Obicne staklene flase za mleko i tegle za paradajz sos je tradicionalnim nacinima obrade kristalnog stakla rezbarenjem, brusenjem, pozlatom pretvorio u ovu familiju. Prava mera da imate nesto sto je jedno i stoga vredno a nema onu starinsku tezinu koja tera da prelepi upotrebni predmeti ostanu u vitrini desetlecima...



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SLOVAK BORN Swiss living Tomas Kral combined his industrial design knowledge with his native country's tradition in crystal glass production and decoration to make a collection named Upgrade.

Simple common glass milk bottles and tomato sauce jars are turned into a unique family when decorated using
traditional decorative technics for crystal glass like cutting, engraving, gilding. Just the right measure for us to enjoy something that's beautiful and one of a kind with a serious modern twist and just a hint of that old atmosphere that made us awe the object meant for use but kept in cupboards for decades.

23.11.2008.

Vicky Christina Barcelona

PRE GOTOVO dva meseca sam pisala o zeljnom iscekivanju najnovijeg filma Woody Allena Vicky Christina Barcelona (to je ovaj post).

Najzad je krenuo da se prikazuje (kao Ljubav u Barseloni!?) i sinoc smo ga gledali U PREPUNOJ SALI! Uvodna muzika diiiiivna i naravno potpuno precizno opisuje atmosferu filma - brbljivo, ni malo banalno, neoptereceno, istrgnuti segment, duhovito. Kao i plakat, fotka kadrirana bas kao sto bih ja.

Evo trejlera, vec sam stavljala neku od verzija ali moram da potkrepim uvaj egzaltirani post mrdajucom slikom:





Da se vratim na prepunu salu... ima nesto magicno u tome... Kao sto je joga divna u maloj grupi i malom prostoru, ali tek u velikoj grupi i nekoj sali kada se grupa uhoda i manje reci se trosi za vodjenje casa krece neka luda magija. Mislim da cu od sada uvek da trudim da idem na projekciju cim film krene da se prikazuje. Plus kokice i sve... Ja, inace, mnogo vise volim da gledam filmove u bioskopu. Bas sam razmisljala o tome - svaki zanr i svaka epoha mnogo bolje lezi u bioskopu nego kod kuce. Pa jos kad je sala puna, to je poseban dogadjaj.

Svaka recenica u filmu na svom mestu, utegnuto i tacno. Dobar tajming, sprecifican spoj cudnovatosti Njujorka i Spanije. Povrsno prikazana Barselona sa apsolutno najtipicnijim znamenitostima ni ne pretenduje da bude lik u filmu na nacin na koji je to Njujork u Woodyjevim njujorskim filmovima. Covek je dovoljno pametan da zna da to ne treba ni da pokusava.


Patricia Clarkson igra zenu u dobrostojecem braku bez iskrica, nosi prelepe pamucne haljine i pravu holivudsku frizuru u velikim zlatnim talasima.


Ali me je Penelope O-DU-VA-LA koliko me je odusevila! Ne znam ni kako bih objasnila ono sto me je tu odusevilo, za njen komicarski duh sam znala i ranije, ali sam tek sada zapravo shvatila kako je ona dobra glumica. Isprofilisala je taj lik bez nekih kicastih preterivanja, a bilo je lako da sklizne u to... Da ne pominjem cinjenicu da mislim da je ona jedina osoba na planeti koja moze da nosi rozi svileni neglize sa crnom cipkom po obodu i da to u kombinaciji sa starim analognim foto aparatom na njoj bude kul i zabavno.



Eto... preporucujem... Obavezno dok su pune sale.

....................................................................................................IT'S BEEN NEARLY two months since I've written about dying to see the latest movie by Woody Allen called Vicky Christina Barcelona (this is the post).

It finally started in Belgrade's theatres (Serbian translation of the title is
Love on Barcelona!?) and so we saw it last evening in the FULLY CROWDED MOVIE THEATRE!

The movie theme is just lovely and naturally absolutely precise in depicting the tone of the film - chatty, carefree, funny and not at all trite. Just like the movie poster, the photo on it cut just the way I'd cut it.

Here's the trailer, I've already put it in a post, but I have to substantiate this post with the moving images:
see clip

To get back to the crowded house, there's something really special about that... Just like yoga is lovely in a small group and a small private space but is crazy powerful when practiced in a big group of synchronized people. I think I'm going to do my best to see the movies when they start in movies from now on. Plus, popcorn and all... I prefer watching movies in theatres than at home, I've thought about it, every genre and period is better seen in theatre.

Back to the Vicky Christina Barcelona, feels like every sentence is in the right place, everything's tightly tied together and precise. Perfect timing and a specific blend of New York's and Barcelona's quirkiness. Barcelona is presented kinda superficially, not trying to be one of the leading characters in a movie the way New York is in Woody Allen's movies in general. The man is too smart and knows he shouldn't even try doing that.

Patricia Clarkson plays a woman living in a sparkless wealthy marriage, wears beautiful dresses and a proper Holywood hair in great golden waves.
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But Penelope's the one who knocked me off my feet! I don't know how to describe what surprised me, I new about her comedic capabilities, but it's just now that I realized how good at acting she really is. She molded this character she's playing the way it didn't slip into a cliche or kitsch for a sec, and it very well could. Not to mention the fact that for me she's like the only person in the world that can pull off wearing something like this pink silk underwear with black lace rim and combining it with this old analogue camera make it kinda cool and fun.
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So there it is... I highly recommend it... And be sure to go see it while the movies are still crowded.

22.11.2008.

SVA's LIGHT BIG BOOK OF EVERYTHING

ili: BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
(ne racunajuci skolarinu)

PRE NEKOG VREMENA sam narucila besplatnu publikaciju o School of Visual Arts u Njujorku kako bih, kao pravi odgovorni mladi nastavni kadar (^ _ ^), unapredila sopstveni rad na FPU u Beogradu. Prvo sto nikad ne ocekujem da cu to zapravo ikad i dobiti a onda ocekujem neku malu brosuru sa taksativno nabrojanim kursevima i kratkim opisima istih. Kad ono! Stize mi neverovatni veliki lagani katalog. Belom bojom na situ stampanim "SVA" na plavoj platnenoj etiketi na rikni za koju dohvatite katalog da ga izvucete sa police. Genijalno!


Korica meka umotana u izpresavijani katalog, spoljna strana prikazi nekakvih prostorija, sa unutrasnje strane samo crni prolaz neka velika povrsina sa nekakvim ubusenim izlomljenim geometrijskim oblicima. Tek kada rasklopite i pogledate prema svetlu, dve strane plakata se sklapaju u jednu sliku - obrnuti tekst sa zadnje strane staje uz svoju sliku i kaze sta je na slici.


Veliki mocni uvodni deo prica o gradu. Facts&figures. Nisam preterano luda za statistikama, ali ovo je pametno odabrano i super bucno dizajnirano. Svasta zanimljivo za nauciti.


Predstavljanje studentskih radova po smerovima. Ozbiljna produkcija, aktivan doprinos umetnickoj sceni.


Slike studenata, cinjenice o studiranju, praksi, ocekivanjima i rezultatima. Kompletni podaci o fakultetu, kursevima, skolarinama, sve sto zelite da znate. Ako su vizuelne umetnosti polje vaseg interesovanja, ovo je mesto na kome zelite da rastete.


I jos pregrst neverovatnih stvari, tu i tamo tutnuta strana sa nalepnicama koje mozete koristiti da dizajnirate svoji naslovnu stranu kataloga ili za nesto potpuno drugo. Uzivancija!

Perfektno isprofilisana publikacija, naizgled lezerna i sarena, krcata sadrzajima, lozi te da budes deo toga. Iza sve te vreve nazire se negde daleko u pozadini struktura koja celo to ludilo drzi na okupu. Pravi odnos onoga sto treba da bude na povrsini i onoga sto treba da ostane jedva vidljivo ali ipak nosece. Shvatite to kada dodje vreme za placanje skolarine. Sigurna sam da ce velika vecina SVA studenata reci da je vredelo every penny.

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or: BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
(scholarship excluded)

A FEW WEEKS AGO I ordered this School of Visual Arts publication hoping to find out something new in order to improve my teaching skills and upgrade programs at Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade where I'm assistant to professor at Type Design. I actually forgot I ordered catalogue at all and at the beginning I expected some kind of a small brochure with all the courses with a short description of each. But! I got one incredible big light catalogue. There's "SVA"
silk screen printed in white on this blue textile tag you can pull to take the catalogue of the shelf. Genius!

The cover is soft wrapped in the folded poster, some abstract graphics with scattered photos printed on one side, and one big block of black with white mirrored text and some kind of geometrically shaped white fields in it. When you hold it against the light these two sides form one image - mirrored text now describes what is on the photo.

One mighty introduction with the NYC facts&figures. I'm not exactly a fan of statistics, but these are carefully selected to give you an impression of the city, and it is designed in this super loud manner. A lot of interesting stuff to learn. Then, student's works presented. One serious production, an active contribution to the art scene. Students pics, facts on courses, internships, expectations and results. Complete data on the school, tuition, everything a future student needs to know. If visual arts are what you're interested in, this is the place you'd want to study it.

And a bunch of other fab stuff in here, a few sticker sheets here and there you can use to design your own catalogue cover. Oh, joy!

Perfectly targeted publication, seemingly light and carefree, packed with content, makes you die to be a part of all that. Somewhere far behind that beehive you can perceive a firm structure holding all that together. And it's smartly depicted here, what needs to be at the surface is there and what needs to be barely visible is exactly there. At least until you need to pay your scholarship. I'm sure a great majority of SVA students would say that it was worth every penny.

20.11.2008.

BOSSA NOVA = NOUVELLE VAGUE = NEW WAVE


Outra Vez (Once Again) - Jobim
Video source material: Jean-Luc Godard's Masculine Feminine featuring Chantal Goya

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OVAKO NOVI TALAS postaje Veliki talas. Brazilska muzika otpevana na engleskom sa pokretnim slikama iz francuskog filma.

Jos jedan koji nisam gledala. Evo filma Masculine Feminine u jednoj recenici:
A young leftie idealist dates an aspiring yé-yé singer who symbolises empty-headed, pop-obsessed youth in a film that epitomises go-go Paris ’66.

izvor: bfi
Imate za posuditi?



kada bih pevala ovako bih se osecala:


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THIS IS HOW New Wave turns into a Great Wave. Brazilian music sung in English, accompanied by the moving images from the French movie.

Another one I haven't seen. Here's Masculine Feminine in a single sentence:
A young leftie idealist dates an aspiring yé-yé singer who symbolises empty-headed, pop-obsessed youth in a film that epitomises go-go Paris ’66.
source: bfi
Have a copy to lend?
If I were a singer this is how I'd feel
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18.11.2008.

Palette: ASTRUD



otvorite muziku u novom tabu i uzivajte slusajuci dok citate ono sto sledi

OVO JE ZA MENE jedan od najmagicnijih omota ploca. Kao u nekoj osuncanoj tropskoj sumi, bezazlenog setnoj, placnoj i sanjalackoj, kao sto brazilska muzika moze da deluje onima koji je ne zive nego samo slusaju. Neobicno preterana slova, rascvetana na sve strane, svi swash potezi ovoga sveta na jednom malom prostoru. Upravo ona koja sam preslikavala sa starih Letraset listova sa suvim popucalim slovima obelezavajuci albumcice sa slikama iz Lisabona. U dijagonali divni ostri Verve logo opkruzen neobicno debelom linijom. O tome drugom zgodom.

Ali pre svega njene razlicite oci, ten i ajlajner, svezina kao lagani puder i celer, limuntrava, krastavac, melisa zajedno.



Pa je sve to, sa ocima pre svega, iskrslo u neobicno slicnom i potpuno drugacijem izdanju na omotu ploce Marilie Medalhe, divan crtez i senf povrsina.


I onda naizgled mirna Doris Monteiro sa raspevanim isfragmentiranim imenom koje zuje i roje se oko njene zamisljene figurice. Malo decentrirano, sve kako treba.

There's something about Brasil. Stay tuned.

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open music in a new tab and enjoy it while reading what follows

FOR ME THIS IS one of the most enchanting album covers. As if in a sunny tropical forest, carefree, wistful, wailing and dreamy, as brasilian music can seem to theones listening to it and not living it. Unusually flourished letters, alter
nating all over, all the swashes in the world at one single place. Exactly the letters I used to mark those plastci albums with the analog pictures from Lisboa. Real true retro Letraset sheets with dry crackled letters on it. And the incredible Verve logo placed diagonally, the one with the strangely thick line surrounding the crisp letters. I'll write more on this some other time.

But above all, her eyesin different shades, complexion and eyeliner, freshness of the light face powder combined with celery, lemon grass, cucumber and lemon balm alltogether.

And then, all of this, with the eyes before all, on this incredibly similar and totaly different edition on the cover for Marilia Medalha. One adorable drwaing with the mustard toned background.

And then, seemingly calm Doris Monteiro with her name singing in fragments, buzzing light in air all over her wandering tiny figure. A bit of center, just right where it belongs.

There's something about Brasil. Stay tuned.

17.11.2008.

I ♥ Milton

photo: © 20o08 Monocle


... I NISAM JEDINA. Evo divnog rada Odeda Ezera koji je omaz radu I♥NY Miltona Glasera.









Poskidajte podkaste, predavanja, intervjue, pogledajte filmice na YouTube-u. Evo jednog meni posebno dragog:



To su reci koje mi vracaju teziste na srediste, sam ton smiruje i uverava da sam na ispravnom putu.

Evo podsecanja na 10 stvari koje je naucio:

1
МОГУЋЕ ЈЕ РАДИТИ САМО ЗА ЉУДЕ КОЈИ ТИ СЕ СВИЂАЈУ.
YOU CAN ONLY WORK FOR PEOPLE THAT YOU LIKE.
2
АКО МОЖЕТЕ ДА БИРАТЕ, НЕМОЈТЕ СЕ НИКАД ЗАПОСЛИТИ.
IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE NEVER HAVE A JOB.
3
НЕКИ ЉУДИ СУ ОТРОВНИ ИЗБЕГАВАЈТЕ ИХ.
SOME PEOPLE ARE TOXIC AVOID THEM.
4
БИТИ ПРОФЕСИОНАЛАН НИЈЕ ДОВОЉНО или ДОБРО ЈЕ НЕПРИЈАТЕЉ ОДЛИЧНОГ.
PROFESSIONALISM IS NOT ENOUGH or THE GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF THE GREAT.
5
МАЊЕ НИЈЕ НУЖНО ВИШЕ.
LESS IS NOT NECESSARILY MORE.
6
СТИЛУ НЕ ТРЕБА ВЕРОВАТИ.
STYLE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED.
7
НАЧИН ЖИВОТА МЕЊА НАЧИН МИШЉЕЊА.
HOW YOU LIVE CHANGES YOUR BRAIN.
8
СУМЊА ЈЕ БОЉА ОД УБЕЂЕНОСТИ.
DOUBT IS BETTER THAN CERTAINTY.
9
О СТАРЕЊУ.
ON AGING.
10
ГОВОРИТЕ ИСТИНУ.
TELL THE TRUTH.

Svakako procitajte i objasnjenja (narocito vazno za stavku 9, obviously) koja dodatno ozivljavaju svaku od ovih 10 stvari.

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... AND I'M NOT the only one. Here's Oded Ezer's beautiful work, an homage to Milton Glaser's I♥NY.
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Get your dose of his words in podcast, lectures, interviews, find clips on YouTube. Here's one that's especially dear to me:
see clip

These are the words that get my focus back to the point, the tone comforts and confirms I'm on the right track.

And here's a reminder of the 10 things he has learned:

1 - YOU CAN ONLY WORK FOR PEOPLE THAT YOU LIKE.
2 - IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE NEVER HAVE A JOB.
3 - SOME PEOPLE ARE TOXIC AVOID THEM.
4 - PROFESSIONALISM IS NOT ENOUGH or THE GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF THE GREAT.
5 - LESS IS NOT NECESSARILY MORE.
6 - STYLE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED.
7 - HOW YOU LIVE CHANGES YOUR BRAIN.
8 - DOUBT IS BETTER THAN CERTAINTY.
9 - ON AGING.
10 - TELL THE TRUTH.

Be sure to read the accompanying text, it additionally enlivens each of the 10 sentences.

D.O. Store, Belgrade




... NIJE NISTA NOVO, ali je jos uvek fascinantna, izlog se menja svaki dan. Mnogo crne, mnogo bele i poneka boja tu i tamo. Moram sebi nesto da kupim, nesto za, recimo, proslavu Nove godine...

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... IS NOTHING NEW, but still amazing, window changing every day. A lot of black, a lot of white and a color here and there. I must get myself something, something to wear for, let's say, New Year's Eve celebration...

My Perk Pioneer

via Poketo
OK, REKLI SMO "ne kupujemo nove designer toys". Ali ovo je poklon, moramo da ga usvojimo. Trep, trep.




Postoji 5 u seriji figurica kineskog dua Perk, nazvanoj Perk Pioneers. Moj je Wang.
Hvala Ani Kras.



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OK, SO WE SAID "no more designer toys", but this one's a present, we simply have to keep him! Blink, blink.
There are five figurines in Chinese duo Perk's series, called Perk Pioneers. Mine is called Wang.
Thanks to Ana Kras.


Rose




NEMAM POJMA sta je to sa mnom i ruzama. Ako me u pola noci probudite sa pitanjem koji mi je omiljeni cvet reci cu "BOZUR!" ali se ruze sve vreme nesto vrzmaju oko mene. Od tate cesto za rodjendan dobijamo ruzu, sebi sam onomad kupila L'Occitane Rose Mist, puderastu vodu koja te pretvori u modernu dvorsku damu u trenutku, Dusica mi je iz Belgije donela caj od pupoljaka ruze, Zana mi je poklonila ruzicu zivu u saksiji koja mi zivi na prozoru i jos uvek cveta, a sada mi je i Anci donela tonik od ruze iz Italije. Bez zlih aditiva, od pravog esencijalnog ulja ruze i destilovane izvorske vode. Jedno pravo lokalno retro blago, jedno od onih za koje se plasim da ce pasti kao zrtve globalizacije i za koje sam sigurna da nece u isto vreme.

Ultramarin boca od tvrde plastike koja je nekada davno sigurno bila ista samo staklena i jednobojna etiketa na njoj.

Hvala Ani Kras.

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I'VE NO IDEA what's with me and roses. If you wake me up in the middle of the night asking me what's my favourite flower I'll aswer "PEONY!" but roses are always around me somehow. We often get bday rose from dad, I bought myself that L'Occitane Rose Mist, that lovely powdery toning water that turns you into a modern dame in a blink, then Dusica brought me rose buds tea from Belgium, Zana gave me one live scarlet mini rose still blooming in my window, and now, Anci presented me with this incredible Rose Toning Water from Italy. No ugly aditives, made with
pure essential oil of Rosa Centifolia and distilled spring water. A true retro treasure, one of those I'm affraid will fall as a victim to globalization, and at the same time I'm sure it will not.

Ultramarine tinted firm plastic bottle tat must've been the same in glass once upon a time with a single color printed label on it.

Thanks to
Ana Kras.

15.11.2008.

Alex Katz's SoHo Loft

all images © 2008 OWI // Office for Word and Image





OVAKO IZGLEDA studio Aleksa Kaca, njegov radni prostor vise od 25 godina. Zgrada u SoHo-u, druga koju je grad ustupio umetnicima. Uh.

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ALEX KATZ'S working space for more than 25 years now. A studio in a SoHo building, the second one made available for artists by the city of New York. Oh my.

13.11.2008.

Nixon's Iris



ZA MIZERNIH 100 dolara mozete imati jedan od satova iz Nixonove Iris kolekcije. Jedini je problem odabrati samo jedan. Razbijaju koliko su fenomenalni. Najtacniji opis koncepta firme pronaci cete na NIXON VITALS A.K.A. About the Company koji pocinje sa: We make the little shit better.

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FOR A SMALL amount of $100 you can get yourself one of these Nixon watches from the Iris collection. The only trouble is to pick one of them. They're crazy fab. You can get the right insight in their concept by reading the NIXON VITALS A.K.A. About the Company that starts with: We make the little shit better.

12.11.2008.

SixScents at Seven Start Tonight

via Colette and NYMag

SEST PARFIMERA i sest modnih dizajnera upareni su da bi napravili SixScents, set parfema koji se prodaju od veceras u prodavnici Seven u Njujorku. Proizvedeni su u ogranicenoj seriji od po 2000 bocica i prodaju se za po 85 dolara ili 510 po setu. Cilj je prikupljanje novca za pravljenje medjunarodnog centra za podizanje svesti o AIDS-u u Belgiji, Designers Against Aids (DAA).

Ideju je vodio Joseph Quartana (Seven), mirise smuckali Symrise, i najzad, dizajnirali MetaProject, dizajneri sa sajtom na holdu, sudeci po ovim pakovanjima, verujem da to znaci da su toliko dobri da rade toliko da nemaju vremena da naprave sebi sajt... klasika.

Dakle, evo ih dva po dva, lepi, prelepi.




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SIX PARFUMERS and six fashion designers paired to make SixScents, a set of parfumes that selling starting tonight at Seven, NYC. This is a limited edition parfume collection made in series of 2000 bottles each, and selling at $75 per bottle or $510 per set. The aim is to collect the money to start a charity called Designers Against Aids (DAA) in Atwerp, Belgium.

Curated by Joseph Quartana (Seven), scents produced by Symrise, and finally, designed by MetaProject, designers with their own website still on hold. Judging by these packages, I reckon they're overloaded and don't have time to build their own presentation... classic.

So here they are, two by two, lovely, beautiful.
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Vegan Wonderland

via DailyCandy


Veganski kolacici iz Babycakes NYC za fin pocetak dana. Dacete mi jedan brownie (bez glutena, mleka, jaja, soje) zasladjen agavom! Mmmljac.
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Vegan cakes, cupcakes and cookies from Babycakes NYC for a nice start of the day. I'll have one of those lovely Agave-Sweetened brownies (gluten, dairy, egg, soy free)! Yummmm.
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