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There’s Nothing Like The Ritz…

In Daily Musings on February 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

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Dahhlings… Finally, here are the photos of my birthday lunch at the Ritz in London.  It was one of the most beautiful experiences; which made my birthday absolutely grand and super special.  Thanks to my wonderful sister, Althea, for her elegant taste in choosing such a wonderful establishment, to celebrate this extra special milestone birthday.

You truly have not experienced fine dining until you have experienced the Ritz in London.  The table service is truly a first class and highly synchronized piece of art, orchestrated by the superb and elegantly attired wait staff.  Today’s post will be a photo blog in the true sense of the word… Enjoy!

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All photos taken by the Maylana’s Closet team

LL

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London Calling…

In Daily Musings on January 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

London Trip

Hi Dahhlings!! It’s been over a week since I’ve posted.  Some of you may know, I travelled to my home town of London, England, to celebrate my birthday which was on Monday.  It was my intention to give you a blow-by-blow account of my time here, but boy was I wrong.  Once I landed, there was no time; my sister and I hit the ground running and we’re still going!

In the coming weeks I will be featuring gorgeous photos of my time back home, including posts of beautiful little stores I’ve discovered; there will also be an update with lovely photos of the Sika boutique, those who know me, know I love Sika dresses!  Also watch out for the beautiful photos that were taken at the Ritz, which is where my birthday luncheon was held.  My birthday lunch was an event I will remember for the rest of my life.  There was laughter, tears of joy and all around first class service from one of the premier landmark hotels in London. You’ve never dined until you’ve dined at the Ritz!

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I’ll be back in the States soon!

LL

Oh Don’t Stop The Carnival…

In Daily Musings on August 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

Good morning dahhlings! Another Monday, this one being the one before Labor Day weekend here in the states and today being a big bank holiday back home in England, with the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival in full swing in London as I type.  The Notting Hill Carnival has been in existence in London since 1966.

Every year the streets of West London come alive with the sounds of Reggae and Calypso music, with elaborate costumes and foods from the various West Indian Islands {you may already know I am of Jamaican extraction}.  I haven’t been to the carnival in years, but I’ll be playing some cheerful sounds around my home today to keep me in the carnival mood.

The downside to this, is it means summer really is nearly over.  Don’t you think it went by too fast?

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Even the police are dancing in the streets ~ Copyright PA

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Have yourselves an amazing Monday!

A Brit Gal’s Friday…

In Daily Musings on June 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

I’m proud to be British!!

Well we’ve survived the short week, and it was a hectic and productive one for me; I hope it was a good week for you too.  My family in England will be having their own 4 day weekend due to celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Monday and Tuesday. 

Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne for 60 years!!! Poor Prince Charles might not be sitting on the throne anytime soon.  Ms. Queen does not seem to be going anywhere. I remember the celebrations for the Silver Jubilee 25 years ago; I hadn’t yet moved to the U.S.  I know there’ll be lots of partying and waving the good old Union Jack.  Have a drink for me fam… Cheers! 

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 Have a fabulous, Inspiring and Extraordinary weekend!!

Love & Light to you!

Smooches.

Small Island…

In Daily Musings on February 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

Last night I watched the first installment of the most amazing mini-series on PBS. The series is called “Small Island“, It’s about the migration of Jamaicans to England in the 1950’s when Jamaica was still a colony of England.  This is obviously the second showing of this series, I have no idea how I missed it the first time around 2 years ago!

This series really touched me in a personal way, because as a first generation, “British born Jamaican” it gave me an idea of why my parents moved to Britain and what they found when they got there.  It was not Buckingham Palace and tea for them!  Even though my mother, told me stories of what it was like, to actually see a vision of it on-screen, it gave me more clarity. These characters could have been my parents.  In one scene, the main character Hortense, asks if there is electricity in every room and when she is told yes, she gets really excited.  Hortense longs for a fulling life and a doorbell after being born and raised in a broken and impoverished home.  Hortense is a school teacher and has it in her head that when she gets to London she will be  teaching rich girls and having tea with the Queen (yes she really does!).  There is never ever doubt in Hortense’s mind that she will get to England, it’s just a matter of how.  Hortense, does what she has to, to get to London (that scene had me falling out laughing, she got a box in her mouth, for her efforts, Jamaican’s understand what I mean!).

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There is a quote from Hortense “This island is too small if you have big dreams… without dreams you are nothing” .  This was the mindset of most people on the island, and the reason why they wanted to move away, thinking there was a better life in England. There was, but they worked long and hard and took a lot of abuse for it.  Nothing was handed to them… Nothing!

It was mind-boggling for me to watch the scene where Jamaicans were waving the Union Jack in Jamaica (as that was their flag at the time), all British colonies flew the Union Jack.  Jamaica gained their independence in 1962, the same year my mother left to join my father in London, England.

Before Jamaicans arrived in England, they really thought that because they were under British rule, and therefore “British subjects” they would be treated the same as the Brits once they arrived on those cold, damp, chilly shores.  This was not the case! What they did not realize was the British only wanted them there as cheap labour, to help rebuild after being bombed to dust by Germany.  The Brits really thought the Jamaicans (and other West Indians) were going to come over on a long hard voyage by ship, work themselves to death and then return to Jamaica… Boy were they mistaken! For us British born Jamaicans, this series will certainly touch us deep inside, because our parents lived it.

I don’t want to give too much away about the series as there is a second installment next Monday.  This post will continue.  Last night ended very interestingly, the drama is about to be ramped up. Stay tuned. 

If you haven’t seen it, it’s is a must see, and if you have, take the time to watch it again.  In the meantime visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/smallisland/index.html where you can find more information.  This series was adapted from the book of the same name by Andrea Levy.

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