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Candy Musings…

In Daily Chronicles, Daily Musings on April 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Daily Candy Goodbye

Oh my gosh Darlings! It’s been 2 weeks since my last post; life has been busy, busy, busy, with its highs, lows and the in betweens.

Since my last post, one of my all time favourite blogs, Daily Candy closed it’s doors for the last time on April 4.  I can’t believe it’s been fourteen years.  I remember the day they started, every fashionista worth her salt in New York, made sure she received her Candy emails, which was nothing more than a stylish newsletter at the time.  Daily Candy eventually branched out to other cities and countries and a blogging star was truly born.

I loved the artwork of the  original illustrator, SuJean Rim, who worked with the site for the first 12 years.  She captured the essence of a “Candy” girl.

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I was working for a major record label, when Daily Candy made her debut back in the year 2000, bringing back great memories of living in New York City, and striding through Manhattan in 4″ stilettos.  Thank you Daily Candy for being one of the original daily blogs (you inspired me, and so many others), thanks for the broad range of new fashion designers, home goods, restaurants, daily deals (they were way ahead of Groupon) and many other niceties, you continuously brought our way.

Thank you for a fabulously chic ride, and for being a true pioneer in the blogasphere!

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Sexy Never Takes A Day Off…

In Daily Musings on May 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hey fabulous people! I’ve been MIA because I’ve been swamped!! Up to my eyeballs in work, work, work! by the time I get home I wasn’t even trying to look at another computer monitor, but I’ve been tirelessly writing my posts by hand while on the train, in my spiral notebook.  Hope you’ve all been well, it’s Friday once again.  Time to let your hair down!

OK ladies… lets talk about bras or more appropriately the Brassiere!  And while we’re at it, lets just talk about underthings period! Ladies do you really pay attention to the brassiere you’re wearing? or do you just throw any old one on and forget about it?  This post is not about bra size, or how to buy a good fitting bra, or the right support, etc., that has been covered a million times.  You can walk into any department store and be fitted correctly for a brassiere (I just love that word!).  This post is about wearing gorgeous sexy lingerie on a regular basis; sexy is not just for bedroom antics. 

For those of you who have to conform to some corporate  ideal of dressing by wearing a suit everyday; wouldn’t it be nice to have a sexy piece of lingerie underneath that suit? Whether it’s a lacy black thong and matching bra, a dominatrix bustier or a waist slimming corset, to me that’s one of the nicest things you could ever do for yourself.  Think about it, you’re sitting in that boring 2 hour meeting discussing charts and graphs drinking cold tea/coffee, and you’re thinking “if only they knew what a diva there is underneath all this!”

In my personal opinion, I think we should wear really nice underwear just for us, Every Day!  I know it’s not everyday that you may want to, although, I think you should make the effort.  I know you certainly won’t want to wear your nicest things on “Those” days, but believe me; if you make the effort you’ll feel so much better for it.  I’m all about making myself feel good all the time.  Let’s face it, who’s going to make you feel like a queen 24/7? Yes you may have a boyfriend/husband/significant other, but I’m not talking about that, I’m talking about doing nice things for yourself, often, not always depending upon someone else (though nice) to always give you that daily boost. My motto is Embrace Yourself and Live Out Loud!

Victoria’s Secret is NOT the only place to buy lingerie, they’re not my store of choice to buy really well made under- pinnings; but you can definitely pick up some nice pieces for everyday wear.  It’s been my experience that their product does not have a long life span.  It’s time to expand your horizons ladies; Agent Provocateur, ID Sarrier, Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, La Perla, just to name a few (I really could go on). Do something nice for yourself, you don’t have to keep wearing the same raggedy bra and panties that are so comfy you wear them for years on end.  Treat yourself to a few seductive lacy things, and wear them at least 3 days a week (everyday is better), believe me it’ll make you feel extra special.  Yes, good lingerie is expensive, but aren’t you worth it?

Please note:  It was really difficult to find lingerie images which were tastefully photographed.  Everything I looked at verged on porn. Of the hundreds I looked at these made the cut and there’s still a touch of sleaze, I’m a very open-minded person, but it’s important that the images on my blog remain tasteful.  What I found interesting during my search, was that the images of black women in lingerie were the worse (straight porn), why is that?  And who exactly are these companies marketing to with the legs wide open pose?  If you do come across any fabulous and tasteful images; send them my way to: maylana_closet@yahoo.com; I would be delighted to post them.

 Remember ladies, sexy never takes a day off!

 

 http://www.foxandrose.com/

http://www.pleasurements.com/

http://shop.sarrieri.com/

http://lingeriefriday.com/category/company/

To Illustrate With Love…

In Daily Musings on May 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’m constantly on the prowl for new and interesting subject matter to bring to you on a daily basis; because I love what I do, I’ll stay up untill the wee hours searching for that perfect something to peak your interest.  While perusing the marvelous world called the internet, I decided to research a obesssion of mine; the artist Rene Gruau, whom I absolutely love. 

Rene was a fashion illustrator in the 1940’s, drawing for the likes of  Christian Dior for whom he completed many water-coloured illustrations at the height of Dior‘s career.  Rene was also hired by Balmain, Givenchy, Elsa Schiaparelli, among many other Haute Couture designers of the time.  Rene created some of the most gorgeous original illustrations for Vogue, Elle and other magazines of the same ilk, which are now priceless artifacts.  This type of fashion illustration is something you just don’t see anymore.  Is it a lost art?  I know designers of today still illustrate to get their ideas across, but you don’t see their drawings as artwork, as  much as you see the finished product.  The designer whose illustrations I do see on a regular basis is Karl Lagerfeld.

Since Rene’s work has been on my radar for some time, his drawings will be popping up from time to time.  In the mean time here are a few of my favourite images from his catalogue of work.

 


There’s so much more, I could post all day.   Have an amazing Tuesday.

Stay Inspired!!