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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

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Wednesday Musings…

In Daily Musings on January 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

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Happy Wednesday Dahlings! I’m taking a short break from crocheting hats, my fingers are a little sore; I truly deserve this little rest {maybe it’s time for a cocktail!}. I’ll be back to business later on this evening or  tomorrow.  I hope you’re enjoying your Wednesday; we’re half way to the week being over, and I’m 6 days away from flying through the air to London.

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My posts will be brief for the next few days, until my day of departure; after that you’ll be reading all the fabulous details of my trip, which will be titled “The London Diaries“{at least that’s the working title today :-)}. Stay tuned!

LL

Crochet Away!

In Daily Musings on January 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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Even with the excitement of my impending departure to London, I am crocheting my little heart out.  It seems my customers (new and old) have realized I’m going away for a little while, and I’m receiving orders for my crochet hats left and right!.  I’m always on the look out for unusual crochet hooks and found the ones below on a site called Simply Art. The hooks above are hand carved in India; I think they’re simply gorgeous! I’ll be ordering a set when I return.

I’ve completed quite a few orders today and I’m pooped!

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Quote of the day””Inspiration doesn’t favour those who sit still, it dances with the daring!”

LL

New Year, Birthdays And Me…

In Daily Musings on January 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

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Hi Dahlings!!! I’M BAAACK!!! I had a lovely Christmas and New Years and lots of rest!! Although I will say my rest also consisted of crocheting hats, I have been so busy with orders and welcoming new customers to the Maylana’s Closet boutique. I hope you rang in the New Year fabulously, and on day five you’re still sticking to whatever New Years resolutions you may have made.  I did not make resolutions per se, but there are things I WILL accomplish this year. I am very much looking forward to 2013, This is going to be an amazing year!!

Today my blog turns 1-year-old!! I am so proud!  According to my WordPress stats, my blog welcomed nearly 80,000 visitors from nearly every corner of the earth last year; for me that’s a major accomplishment.  When I started this blog, I had no idea what was going to happen with it, I just knew it would be an avenue for me to express myself, show my creative side and connect with the world.  I’ve always wanted this blog to be a cross between Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, O ~Oprah and the New York Times style section rolled into one. I plan for it to be so much more.

This blog has always been for women in the know, who love beautiful things. I want to thank all of my followers and fellow bloggers from all over the world, for being active participants, posting comments, sharing advice and just giving everything a newbie blogger could ask for.

Lots happening this year.  Over the coming months, look out for more photos taken by me with my Canon T3i {which I’m still learning to use}, more style features, Maylana about town, informative articles, and so much more.  Very soon, for a couple of weeks, this blog will be all about my visit to my hometown, London, England.  I will be, blogging about my trip, where I’ll be celebrating a milestone birthday {Jan 21}.  I bet you can’t guess what milestone this is! :-).  Look out for lots of photos, new finds for the Maylana’s Closet boutique, and all the fun I plan to have while there.

So to start the celebrations, click here to sing along to Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday.

Wishing you all a Blessed, Fabulous, Amazing, and Prosperous 2013!!!

Cheers

Cheers!!

LL

A Joyful Monday To You…

In Daily Musings on December 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

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Well Dahhlings. here we are, yet another Monday.  December seems to be speeding by; this coming Sunday will be the 15th, meaning we will already be half way though!!! How’s your holiday shopping going?

Wow… I’m amazed at how fast, time is speeding by.  Before you know it we will be drinking champagne {or sparkling wine} celebrating the new year.

I’m actually looking forward to 2013, lots of exciting things happening for myself and Maylana’s Closet.  I’ll be celebrating the first birthday of my blog on January 5th {look out for celebration posts}, I’ll be going home to London to celebrate an important milestone birthday {watch out for fabulous blog posts live and direct from my hometown, London}, plus my sister and I will be nurturing and growing the vision we have for our business with unlimited passion!  We’re going to the next level!!

Why did I post the dress above? I thought it was simply gorgeous.  One of my Facebook associates thought it was just my style and he was absolutely right. I love everything about this dress, and with my short hair, it’s absolutely perfect. I wish I knew who it was by, because it would make a lovely birthday dress.

Start your week with a bright light, nothing but JOY will shine on you.  Wishing you a Positive, Inspiring and Beautiful week!

And remember to…

Create powerful thoughts of happiness and your body and mind will always remain happy.

Love, Light & Passion

MaylanaLL

Another Chic Monday…

In Daily Musings on October 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I had a really productive weekend; I photographed and uploaded some new inventory to my Etsy store, drafted a  few potential blog posts and was all around very productive.  Having your own business, truly is a beautiful thing; lots of hard work, but totally worth it. Stay tuned to the beautiful crochet cowls coming from Maylana’s Closet and the gorgeous knits coming from Sassy Knits; my big sister’s entrepreneurial venture in London.

Speaking of big sisters, here she is being her usual fabulous and gorgeous self; seen here with the extremely talented Omar at his concert in London on Saturday might; plus another pic with Jade {Baby Spice’s hubby}.  I miss my big sis and hope to see her soon.  Love you Al!! Smooches!

P.S. In case you’re wondering the beautiful clutch bag above is by Miu Miu.

Here’s a little Omar for you ~ One of my favourites, There’s Nothing Like This

Wishing you a Beautiful, Productive and Amazing week!

Love ~ Light ~ Passion

Hula Hooping Glamazon… {Repost}

In Daily Musings on September 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Click image to see Grace Jones perform Slave To The Rhythm ~ Hula Hoop and all at Buckingham Palace!

 It’s been an extremely busy week, so from the  archives, here’s a repost of an article I wrote back in June.  Ms. Grace Jones hula hooping at Buckingham Palace, in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.  Click on the image to enjoy the video.

This is who I want to be when I grow up to be 64 years old!!  My sister called me from London and alerted me to Grace Jones‘ Slave To the Rhythm performance at Buckingham Place for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee… Wow!!  There is no one more fabulous than Ms. Jones.  Grace appears on stage with a hula hoop by her side, then proceeds to hula hoop through the entire song! She Hula Hoops!!!! Check out Grace’s legs!!!

Grace makes me proud to be a British Born Jamaican!! As my sister says “She is a bad gyal” (in Jamaican dialect).  At 64 Grace is still the rocking Glamazon she’s always been.

Big up Ms. Jones! Yes we love the rhythm!

Enjoy the video!

Louis Vuitton’s Dotty Pop Up Store To Adore…

In Daily Musings, New Loves! on August 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

One of my favourite stores back home in London, Selfridges, is featuring the new Louis Vuitton pop up store, and they’ve gone a little dotty!  Selfridges is visualizing the magical world of Yayoi Kusama, who is a Japanese artist and writer, who has worked in a wide variety of mediums.

This gorgeously designed pop-up store is filled with pumpkins inspired by her artwork and a stunning collection of exclusive, luxury, spotty accessories.  For me, this is a magical wonderland of one of my favourite brands.

Selfridges is always pushing the envelope with their quirky, yet elegant window displays and interior embellishments.  I would love to be there right now to view this display for myself.  The website is a treat too, with its polka dot theme and sleek sliding images, it’s worth taking a look. Who knew polka dots could be so chic!

To see more of the beautiful collection, and to view behind the scenes images click here.

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!

Africa In Technicolour…

In Daily Musings on August 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

While perusing for ideas, I came across these gorgeous images relating to fashion, from the African diaspora.  The colours are simply stunning, which causes the images to simply pop from the page.  I’m totally loving the dress above. This couple looks like they just got married at city hall and are now about to paint the town every colour under the sun.

There are many wonderful designers coming out of the African continent, it’s time they had more of a visual presence throughout the fashion industry.

We need more of these fashions readily available to us here in the States.  If you design gorgeous garments, jewelry and/or accessories, please contact me at lana@maylana.com; I’d love to feature you on this blog.  See my blog post “Where Do You Sika” featuring designs by Phyllis Taylor the owner of Sika Designs, who is of Ghanaian descent and is based in London.  Click here.

Kiara Kabukuru & Debra Shaw in Christian Dior Haute Couture

The gorgeous Kiara Kabukuru