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Black Girls Rocked At NJPAC!!

In Daily Musings on October 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Big Smiles, Loud Applause… Please!!!  This is an account of my night at the live taping of Black Girls Rock, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  It was truly an amazing and soul-stirring night. It’s unfortunate that you’ll only see the edited version on Sunday, November 3rd.  You really had to be there.

Start Of The Day

My day started by finding a fantastic $2 find at a yard sale {future blog post}, and then hitting the road around 1:00 p.m.  One of my Angels and I traveled I95 in a 2014 Chevy Impala, and I must say it was as smooth as any ride Mercedes could ever offer.  I was truly impressed with its gorgeous leather interior, with contrast stitching, and all the bells and whistles of any foreign import {which I usually prefer}.

After arriving at our hotel around 4:00 p.m., it was a mad dash on my part to get dressed {my cohort was dressed in 5 minutes!!}  It takes me forever to get dressed for anything, I need at least 2 hours if it’s a special occasion.  As you can see there are a lack of photos regarding this event, because I literally had to take care of my make up {which takes an hour at least) and get dressed by 6pm.  When our car service arrived, I immediately started to repaint a couple nails which had chipped, thanks to wearing OPI’s “Lincoln Park After Dark“, which I love, but shows every chip.  Also, there was a very strict no photos allowed policy of the actual show, which was strongly enforced.

The Show

What can I really say about Black Girls Rock without giving too much away.  Tracee Ellis Ross was as fabulous as ever as was Regina King.  Tracee is truly one of my favourite women, in show business; I love her style and I love her quirkiness.  She just does her and doesn’t apologize for it; she seems very confident and secure in her own skin.

The most moving part of the night was Mara Brock-Akil who gave a truly moving speech, but the highlight of my night was Ameena Matthews, “Violence Interrupter” of some of the meanest streets in Chicago.  This woman literally puts herself in harm’s way to stem the increasing violence where she lives.  I doubt very much you are going to enjoy the full 10 minutes of Ameena’s glory, she was so selfless, humorous, extremely passionate, and totally lovable; she is the girlfriend you call up to get advice and have a good old chat with to keep life real for you.

One of the honorees, Marian Wright Edelman, an American activist for the rights of children, who is also the president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, said something which resonated with me; “Who ever rocks the cradle, rocks the future!” She was referring to the amount of power, we as women have.  Love It!

Performances

I must say Kelly Rowland gave a really good show.  She’s not normally someone I pay attention to, but I certainly enjoyed her performance.

The Queen of R&B, Ms. Patti LaBelle, as always gave us a “Patti” show.  At 69 Patti is as fabulous and vivacious as ever, I truly hope to be a “Patti” when I grow up!

Alice Smith!!! What can I say about this young lady? What I will say is… Jennifer Hudson you have major competition!  This young lady’s version of Cee Lo’s “Fool For You” (one of my favourite songs) Was fantastic!!! The range this young lady has is unbelievable, and she is certainly someone to watch.  Watch the video here, which truly does not do justice to what I heard on Sunday night.

I really could go on, but watch Black Girls Rock for yourself this coming Sunday on BET.  Click on the link for more details.

Remember… We are Black Girls, who become Black Women, who truly ROCK!!

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Thank God We’re Fabulous!!

In Daily Musings on October 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm

 

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This post is really late!!  Its been a hectic day, I’m trying to get things off my desk, which seem to be multiplying by the thousands, and at the same time, getting ready to attend a big event tomorrow, which I’ll tell you all about over the weekend, and/or Monday.  Guess which one? All I’ll say is, it’s in New Jersey, all over social media, and will air on Nov. 3, what bigger hint can I give?

Well it’s Fabulous Friday Darlings, the weekend is finally here, and Thank God We’re Fabulous!  It’s gotten really chilly here in DC, and it looks like the golden days of our Indian summer are finally behind us, until next spring.

Have yourselves a totally fabulous, and chic weekend, I’m going to leave with the song I’m listening to right now – Music of Life by Cerrone {I may have already posted this song, many blog posts ago), This song reminds me so much of my home town of London…

Enjoy the music of life, because life is a song worth sing!

Blissful Blessings

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Clinique Eyes…

In Daily Musings on October 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

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People compliment me all the time on my eyelashes {Thank you!}.  I am blessed with naturally long eyelashes, but I will be the first to admit, I also get a lot of help from Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara.  I don’t know what’s in this silver tube, but it’s nothing short of magic. It truly does lengthen and thicken your lashes, without making you look as though you have two gigantic moths stuck to your  eyes.

The potion in this magic tube, lasts all day, and comes off easily with eye make- up remover or your favourite cleanser {I use Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Camomile Cleanser).

For me, Clinque’s Lash Doubling Mascara is worth every penny of its $16.00.  Available at most department stores, and at Clinique.com

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Hello…

In Daily Musings on October 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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Hi Darlings! This was originally written as yesterday’s post, but we had to celebrate Ms. Celia Cruz’s birthday. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, I know I did.  I got so much done, I feel the weekend went by a little too quickly!  Give thanks for this glorious new week, because it signifies new beginnings; which brings you one step closer to fulfilling all of your dreams, and accomplishing your goals.

On a different note, did anyone see the TLC movie last night? I didn’t as I did not get in until very late.  I have heard, through friends, and social media, that it was a pretty good docudrama {though there were also the usual criticisms}, which stayed true to the essence of TLC’s biography.  I’ll have to try to catch it on Video on Demand.  What are your thoughts on the movie?

Enjoy your week, stay fabulous, stay chic, and remember…

Roald Dahl, Inspiration, Inspire #inspiration, #inspire, #motivation, #RoaldDahl

Blissful Blessings

 

Happy Birthday Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso…

In Daily Musings on October 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Also known as Ms. Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa!

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Today would have been Ms. Cruz’s 88th birthday, she was nothing but spirited, fabulous and extremely talented!  Born in Havana Cuba in 1925, Celia Cruz rose to international stardom as one of the worlds greatest salsa singers. Google has paid tribute to her today, with their latest Google Doodle, to celebrate her life and her birthday.

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Click here to view a video of Celia, singing one of her most famous songs, Guantanamera!  I love the way she’s dancing… Absolutely love it!

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Dear Edna…

In Daily Musings on October 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

June Ambrose Edna Frame

I am so in love with June Ambrose’s Edna Frames.  The super stylist to the stars has launched her sophomore collection of yet another crowd stopping, “where did you get those fabulous shades“; in collaboration with Selima Optique, the trend setting luxury eye-wear brand.  Nothing says “I’m super gorgeous”, than big statement frames.  These will definitely be going on my wish list, and staying on my radar, as it’s time to give my beloved Prada’s a rest, and start searching for a worthy replacement for summer 2014.

Available online at Selima Optique. in Black, Blond Horn (shown) and Blue Crystal.

June Ambrose

 

 

Shoe Dazzle’s Bow Tie…

In Daily Musings on October 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

 

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If you’re looking for a lovely ankle boot, and don’t want to make a serious investment, try the Alecia ankle boot, available at Shoe Dazzle.  At a mere $46.00, you can afford to buy both colours {I’m loving the fuchsia!}  This little beauty is very elegant with a 5″ heel and 1″ platform, topped off with a demur bow at the heel.  Wear this ankle boot with a pencil skirt {with a nice kick pleat in the back of course} and a lambswool  or cashmere turtle neck sweater, or pair the skirt with a fitted jacket {leather would be lovely}, then add a motif tee for a fun yet chic look.

Available at Shoe Dazzle

Donna Karen Blood Red…

In Object's of Desire on October 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

OK… So I’m browsing the internet hoping to find a dress for a major event I have to attend next month, and I come across this beauty in Donna Karen’s signature body conscious draping.  It is so out of my price range {and not really the style I was looking for at the moment}, but I had to post, because I love it!!! Price tag $1895!!! Available at Neiman Marcus, if you’re so inclined.

Zara copy anyone?

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It Feels Great To Be Back!!

In Daily Musings on October 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Missing Blogger returns from self-imposed spiritual journey to continue doing what she loves… I’M BACK!!! New name, New attitude, New me!

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The Return…

In Daily Musings on October 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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Wow!!! I’ve been gone a long time!! (Since June to be exact) but I am back feeling wonderful and truly full of life. This blissful, spiritual, and constantly learning journey I’m on, has been truly amazing, taking the hard lowball hits with the wonderful euphoric highs; I’m glad to be back!!! New Name, New Attitude, New Me! 

 New Name   

I’ve decided to rename my blog “Maylana’s Chronicles“, which will be more in line with the direction my blog is going in.  Maylana’s Closet will strictly be my boutique where you’ll continue to find beautiful vintage and new items, crochet accessories, and all things beautiful.  Watch out for fabulous new items, showcasing soon! Maylana’s Closet will also remain the name of my Facebook , Twitter and Tumblr pages.

Self Hosting

To take my blog to the next level self hosting is necessary, and coming very soon, so there will be a new blog layout.  I’m really excited about the new look and feel of my online magazine.  I will continue to bring you my interpretation of timeless style, beautiful clothing/accessories, beauty, cool gadgets, great stories, positive affirmations, and a beautiful ray of chic sunshine to bring a sparkle to your day. I truly wanted to start over with the new theme, but there are so many beautiful ones out there, and it was taking too long for me to make a final choice; so watch out for layout change soon.

I will continue to use the url www.maylanascloset.com until the final migration.  For those of you looking for a self hosting platform, my research has shown Blue Host to be one of the best, and is also highly recommended by WordPress.

Thank You 

Thanks to all of you who continued to read my blog; read all my older entries from the archives; sent words of encouragement, and truly supported me.  Many thanks to my new followers, who started discovered and started following when I was not blogging on a regular basis {there were quite a few of you); and thanks to those of you who recently recommended my blog to your inner circles and sent out lots of tweets promoting my blog to your own followers, which in turn caused my blog to grow even more… LOVE YOU♥♥  I was really worried about being gone for so long, but due to the fantastic support I was blessed with, I had no need.  I’m honored to be part of the blogging community.

Maylana’s New Anthem

I’m going to leave you with my new anthem… Katy Perry’s Roar! Listen to the words, watch the video carefully, get the message. This song spoke to me, from the moment I heard it, this song is me. Truly an anthem for those of us, moving forward, 4″ heels and all!

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