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Cherry Blossoms And All…

In Daily Musings on April 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

Cherry Blossoms

Happy Monday! I had another fantastic weekend, the weather was absolutely gorgeous!!! 60 degrees on Saturday and a whopping 67 yesterday.  Apparently we’re heading for 70 degrees today, lets enjoy it while we can.  While I was out, I made a spontaneous decision to drive down to the Tidal Basin in downtown DC… Wow!  The traffic was at a major standstill, so all I could get was this drive by photo of a few cherry trees.  Side note: Metro really is the only way to visit the Cherry Blossoms!

Most of the trees were not in full bloom, but the crowd was definitely there.  I’m  hoping to return next weekend with my Canon T3i, when they should be fully bloomed in all their pink and white glory.

Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post {maybe later today or tomorrow} on my trip to Baltimore, where I met the most wonderful and eccentric vintage store owner.  You’ll see why she truly deserves her own post!

I hope you’re having a Fabulous and Amazing Monday!

And remember…

Life

Love ~ Light ~ Passion

Maylana's Closet

Maylana's Closet

Maylana's Closet

“Life is short” Photo credit ~ @ebbybella on Instagram ~ follow her, she is a style diva with fabulous taste! All copyrights reserved

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Springtime In DC…

In Daily Musings on March 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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Hello Dahhlings!  The photo above {captured by me on my trusty iPhone},  is what I woke up to this morning.  This being the 5th day of spring, the joke is still on us.  Though pretty and looking much like a Norman Rockwell painting, this is not what we would normally expect for the last week in March.

I hope you had yourselves a fabulous weekend, and you’re ready and rearing to go for the upcoming week.

Just remember; blue skies are somewhere on the horizon.

Love ~ Light ~ Passion

Maylana's Closet

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It’s A Lovely Wednesday…

In Daily Musings on February 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

Tulips!

It’s a beautiful Wednesday, here in Washington, DC.  The sun is shining brightly and we’re expecting a whopping 60 degrees today.  After a couple of days of rain and dreariness, it’s nice to see the sunshine.  Unfortunately, we’re expecting rain again tomorrow, but it’s February, so really, what can we truly expect?  Let’s enjoy it while we can.

In the meantime, enjoy the image of these beautiful tulips ,which are on sale at FTD, 30 stems for $39.99, with overnight FedEx/UPS delivery ~ Go ahead and treat yourself and bring a touch of spring into your home.

Happy Wednesday to you!

LL

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Meshell Ndegeochello’s Tribute To Nina Simone…

In Daily Musings on October 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

One of my all time favourite recording artists, Meshell Ndegeochello, has paid tribute to Ms. Nina Simone by releasing a new album titled ” Pour une âme souveraine {For a Sovereign Soul}.  This disc is a collaboration with artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Cody Chestnut, Toshi Reagon, among other well-known talent.

This venture will consist of covers and adaptations of Nina’s most famous songs, such as “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” {fantastic cover by Cody Chestnut}, “Four Women” and “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” I’m loving track 8 with Lizz Wright, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Meshell has been one of my favourites from her first album “Plantation Lullabies“, when I was working in the Music industry and she was on Madonna’s Maverick record label, which was owned by the label I worked for.  What I’ve always admired about Meshell, was she never conformed to record industry standards, but always played to her own tune.  She is now with small French indie jazz label, Naive, where I’m sure she’s a whole lot happier.

Meshell will be appearing at The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, October, 14.  Catch her if you can.

To hear mini samples of the album via Amazon, click here. or listen to longer samples on iTunes.

Let’s Get It On…

In Daily Musings on May 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I just found out that today in Washington, DC it’s Marvin Gaye Day (you can tell I’m not from here, because I should have known this).  This day was established on May 1, 1972. Marvin was given a key to the city, a motorcade procession and to top it off, a kiss from Miss Black DC.  Apparently “Marvin Gaye Day” nearly didn’t happen because according to Marvin’s biographer, Marvin had a love hate relationship with Washington, DC plus the tumultuous and difficult relationship with his father.

This week (Thu/Fri), there’s a 2 day sold out 40th anniversary concert taking place at The Kennedy Center; so to commemorate Marvin Gaye Day here are a few of his famous tracks:

What”s Going On (live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev2yO-OHc58&feature=related

Let’s Get It On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j3okb3kuts&feature=related

Mercy, Mercy Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9BA6fFGMjI

The Georgetown Experience…

In Daily Musings on April 16, 2012 at 11:27 am

 

I wanted this dress, but of course, they were sold out and would not remove this one from the window, which was my size...

Happy Monday dahhlings, I hope you had a beautiful and fabulous weekend.

After a really crazy day on Saturday, I decided to be spontaneous and venture down to Georgetown in Washington, DC, with its chic stores and cobbled streets (side bar – never ever go into Georgetown in clog heeled sandals).  Going into Georgetown is always a harrowing experience, hence why I hardly go down there.  Georgetown was fun and a mistake at the same time.  It was great because I got to visit some of my favourite stores,  Anthropologie, Zara, Cusp and Hu’s Shoes among others, and do a little shopping; now here’s the downside; Georgetown’s crowded cobbled streets are not meant for heels of any kind, it is strictly a flat shoe kind of town. 

Those same cobbled streets will cause your feet to start screaming and you’ll also be spending most of your time conducting a high wire balancing act on those cobble stones.  On top of all of that, there were what appeared to be thousands of people, most of them college kids on spring break, and then there was the awful traffic with drivers trying their absolute best to run you over.  If you’re going into Georgetown to shop, you’ve got to go early and be out of there by noon (remember this was a spontaneous decision on my part).  You’ll also find that Georgetown is like a black hole, it’s a hassle getting down there (no metro and driving is a nightmare, your only sane option is busing it, the Circulator is best); and definitely hard to get out of (can I get a bloody taxi please!!!).

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, I certainly did, minus the trek to Georgetown.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, there was no need to stay in.  It appears we’re going to have this weather until at least Wednesday.  We’ll see what mother nature decides to throw our way after that.

Wishing you a fabulous and glorious week!

Cheers To Hattie…

In Daily Musings on February 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

On February 29 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black woman to win an Academy Award.  Hattie won for “Best Supporting Actress”.  At the awards that year, Hattie and her escort were seated at a segregated table for two, away from her cast mates.  This was a reminder of yet how far the industry and country had to go regarding racism.  Hattie faced a lot of criticism from the black community for playing the mammy roles and this is why I love this quote from her: “I’d rather play a maid, then be one.”  Hattie was a proud women and stood by her choices.  With all the drama surrounding “The Help” maybe we need to remember that. 

There is also some controversy as to what actually happened to Hattie’s Oscar, no one seems to be able to find it.  There is speculation that it went missing during the civil riots of the 1960’s.  Rumour has it, that her Oscar was thrown into the Potomac River in Washington, DC .  Howard University whom the Oscar was willed to, say they have no record of having received it.   What really happened to Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar? It still has not been found.  No matter what  caused its disappearance, she was still the first and acknowledged for it.  Hattie passed away of breast cancer in 1952.

Thank you Hattie for being the first and creating a path for many others.