“Sza is on that listing, that’s insane!” Natasha Pickowicz laughed after I requested her how she felt about being featured within the Time100 Next. The Brooklyn-based pastry chef has developed a cult following for creating Never Ending Taste, a collection of pastry pop-ups that includes NYC cooks to lift cash for non-profits preventing meals insecurity. “Baking communities can carry visibility to social justice work,” she says, “And that’s wonderful.” Right here, Natasha (of tater tot fame) shares her 5 go-to seems and her lovely cat….
Jumpsuit: thrifted, similar. Lipstick: Red Lady Danger. Footwear: Loft, similar.
“Pink is such a strong coloration for me. In Chinese language tradition, it represents love, celebration and the brand new yr. I thrifted the jumpsuit for $20 and have worn it for the previous 10 years. The sneakers are from Loft. Their sneakers are nicely priced and SO comfy. After I gave them a take a look at run, I ended up shopping for two extra pairs. After I discover a piece I really like, I’ll purchase multiples — I picked up that behavior from my mother.”
Jacket: Caron Callahan, similar. Jumper: Loup. Footwear: Converse.
“I grew up in San Diego taking part in sports activities and carrying a college uniform. To at the present time, I really like a uniform. After I began cooking in eating places, I felt enormous reduction with the ability to loosen up into the identification of the restaurant garments. I discover lots of consolation in placing on the identical factor time and again.”
“At 37, I’m turning into extra conscious of how garments can serve you. I really like utilitarian kitchen pants you’ll be able to transfer round in and sneakers that don’t make your ft harm when standing all day. Now that I’m not working in eating places, my on a regular basis uniform is pants with a free high. And I like patterns that really feel female, like gingham and florals.”
Prime: thrifted, similar. Checkered pants: Rachel Antonoff.
“I’m a complete cat particular person. After Covid began, a pal moved and provided me their residence. It had an enormous yard, so I moved in, and that very same week I adopted Tini from an area rescue known as Whiskers-A-GoGo. I named her Martini as a result of the rescue workers informed me she has some Russian Blue options. And she or he seems like a slippery chilly vodka martini, which is my drink after I exit. I’m obsessed along with her.”
“Three of the main bake gross sales I did had been for Planned Parenthood. In 2019, as a nod to their colours, I wore this flouncy, Barbie pink silk dress. I keep in mind worrying, Are folks going to assume I’m attempting too onerous? Is that this too frivolous? After working back-of-house in eating places, I wasn’t used to being out within the heart interacting with folks. But it surely was one of the vital unbelievable days of my life. It felt good to be seen, and I used to be actually excited to be doing what I used to be doing. That have helped me realized that these bake gross sales are a time the place I deserve to decorate up.”
Sweater: Eileen Fisher, similar. Pants: Caron Callahan, similar. Scarf: Steak Diane (“I painted the design, all of the earnings went to the Ali Forney Center“). Sandals: Tevas.
“If I believe truthfully about my model, I’m nonetheless reconciling with how I’ve felt about my physique. Rising up, I absorbed lots of cultural and generational expectations round dressing — my mother at all times mentioned I ought to put on garments that had been ‘flattering.’ And flattering is code for wanting thinner. So, I used to be at all times dressing to repair my ‘flaws.’”
“I grew uncomfortable carrying sleeveless tops or clingy materials. I keep in mind feeling self-conscious in regards to the measurement of my breasts and at all times wanting to cover in shapeless garments. However I really like coloration and patterns, and now I attempt to method style in a snug approach. I nonetheless received’t put on a tube high or something — possibly that enlightenment will come for me later — however I attempt to put on the issues I really feel good in.”
Jacket: thrifted, similar. Prime: Caron Callahan, similar. Denims: Rachel Comey x Target. Necklace: Catbird. Neon socks: Dueple. Boots: Steve Madden.
“In New York, I see so many cool silhouettes, particularly on youthful folks. I can’t consider excessive schoolers will stroll round with no bra or with their stomach out. It’s unbelievable. Gen Z offers me a lot hope. They’re so assured, so savvy, they usually take no b*llshit. It offers me chills. I’m obsessive about all of the bodycon shapes they put on which can be nearly deliberately not ‘flattering.’ All of the cut-outs, the key-holes, and ruching. The poise that it takes to tug off these outfits, it’s badass.”
“For the previous two years, I’ve been engaged on my cookbook, More than Cake. It’s the toughest factor I’ve ever achieved. I studied English lit and at all times had this fantasy that I’d write a ebook, and I discovered my approach again to writing via pastry. It feels very private and weak. We shot some images in my mother and father’ home in San Diego, it options a few of mom’s illustrations, and there are a number of images of Tini. I would like folks to really feel like they hear my voice, so I’m simply going for it.”
Thanks a lot, Natasha! Pre-order her cookbook here, in the event you’d like.
P.S. More women share their week of outfits, and Natasha’s tater tot cake.
(Pictures by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)
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