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Yummy Confection: Lilly Magilly's Cup Cakery

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I’ve been a fan of Georgetown cupcakes for a while, mostly because they’re a great stop on my day trips down M Street and because I love the cute fondant and the inventive flavors. Up until now, Georgetown Cupcake trumped them all, then came Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery. It’s a smaller selection in a quaint, cute little bakery in Gaithersburg so I never expected to find the moistest chocolate raspberry cupcake I’ve ever had. Held in an upside down Solo cup (the play on the word ‘cupcake’ wasn’t lost on me) with the trademark Lilly Magilly logo was a moist, delectable chocolate cake that had the perfect amount of sweetness topped with a simple fresh raspberry and yummy raspberry icing. While my sister indulged in a snicker doodle cupcake that was more for anyone with a real sweet tooth, I took my dear, sweet time tasting each of the simply delicious flavors that my new favorite DC Metro Area cup cakery put together in one little treat. The combination of chocolate and raspberry melted together in my mouth so harmoniously with a flavor jolt that shot through my veins unlike any other sugar high I’ve experienced. I have one word to describe Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery - Yum!

Cupcakes are $2.75 each, which seems to be becoming the standard price for these mini cakes these days.

Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery
220 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-208-2828

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Pick of the Week: 27.06.11

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Fortune Cookie by Steuben; Vivre.com, $150.00

I’d love to have these all over my place with my favorite quotes etched into them. They’re the perfect little personalized touch for a quote junkie like me.  The timeless Steuben Glass piece is utterly exquisite, the kind that come with my Hot & Sour soup has nothing on these.

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The Fantastic Four: Maxi Dresses


On any given day, I’ll see at least fifteen beautiful maxi dresses. More than half of the time I’m tempted to walk up to the girl wearing it and ask her where she got it. But since I hate when other people are wearing the same thing as me, I digress, I usually move along. It’s a wonder how something so long can be so light and airy. The maxi dress is the perfect summer dress, for those hot days when you’re perched on your balcony, patio, or the fire escape with a tall glass of iced tea. It’s a amazing how a few accessories can truly transform these dresses to anything from boho chic to summer elegance. I want these dresses.

[1] DVF has accentuating the curves of a woman’s body down to a science, and I just love the coral and creme print of the Krystal maxi dress, it’s tropical perfection. [2] Can layers of lace not be stuffy, Imitation’s Molly maxi makes me think so, it’s the kind of dress that makes you pull your hair back into a bun for and pair down with simple accessories like a braided leather belt. [3] I hate the overuse of the word tribal, but this printed silk maxi dress from Edun is tribal at its best, it’s tribal and I’m loving it. [4] This Nation Ltd. Monaco dress is beyond simple, the ripple effect of the fabric is all it needs to be the go to summer essential from the beach to the city.

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Coveted Deeply

Five picks of things I’m coveting deeply - this Christmas.


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[1] I honestly hate Christmas list making, but if it’s one thing I’ve been coveting all year it’s this Morocco Headboard from West Elm. I’m determined to add this geometric carved chocolate wood headboard to my decor. It’s one of those things that are in that image I keep fresh in my mind of my dream apartment - and it may just be the first piece I add to start building it in the real world.

[2] If I’m honest with myself and everyone else, I’ll admit that for many facets of my life - I live in organized chaos. I’ve tried to structure my life out in a leather bound planner before, but I always end up abandoning at some point. I find my smart phone and Google planners to be a pain in my rear end. So this time my theory is that if I get one that’s really pretty, like this emerald green Smythson diary, I won’t be able to stop myself from writing  everything down in it.

[3] So it’s no secret that I love Samantha Jones more than Carrie Bradshaw - which to some may seem sacrilegious, but I digress it’s the truth. This Lazar wool-crepe blazer from Preen beckons “Samantha!” It’s gorgeous, it’s vibrant, and… it’s a little too much. Perfect for a suit or a pair of jeans, it’s seventies chic and I want it!

[4] I lament the rise of the cell phone for the very reason that it caused the demise of the wrist watch. Perhaps it’s all the time I spent learning how to tell time, but it was a valuable - self-taught lesson, and I want to use it on something as gorgeous as this grey Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Amy’ Leather Strap Watch.

[5] I have a love of sequins that can at times get irrational. I’ve hunted for the perfect vintage black sequin dress and found it and this stunning skirt is just one of those great finds. This pale gold sequin pencil skirt reminds me of the skirt I tried to swipe from my mother’s closet time and time again only to be reprimanded for touching things that didn’t belong to me.

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Recollection of the angst we possessed in our youth can always be found in the now classic  nineties film The Craft. Wishing for supernatural powers to take care of life’s problems may not be within our grasp but we can always invoke the spirit of Rochelle (Rachel True) and the rest of The Craft coven with a few gothic pieces. Although they technically weren’t the kind of coven that beckoned bubble bubble toil and trouble over a cauldron, if Rochelle ever tried to cook anything I’m sure she’d have used something similar to the witches’ kitchen special edition multi-leaf stacked set by Artecnica. What I loved about Rachel True’s style in The Craft was the jewelry, especially after all the uniforms and odd (definitely nineties) ensembles, this one-eyed skull ring from Clovis has that same aura of dark energy. Nothing says Catholic school girl quite like a pleated skirt, but after wearing them myself for four years, I have no desire to slip into any version of that plaid staple - instead this simple black Therapy pleated skirt will do just fine.  Studs and spikes were a trademark for the girls of The Craft and these Alexander McQueen boots are definitely witch worthy. Now if only I could get Rachel’s coif of defined curls I’d be set.

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Sound Off: Ideas of Blackness Beyoncé, JLo, & L'Oreal

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It’s a touchy subject, the meaning behind the color of our skin, but as women of color it’s a never-squelched bone of contention. Some members of the Black community are upset by the latest L'Oreal campaign for True Match that features Beyoncé labeled as “African American, Native American,  French.” Interestingly enough, the last of those doesn’t define her race - but that doesn’t stop people from jumping to conclusions or being upset.

(FYI: French isn’t a race, and while people want to talk about African American as a “race” - it really isn’t one, and neither is Native American)

The anger in this situation stems from Beyoncé being labeled as all of these things while Jennifer Lopez is labeled as 100% Puerto Rican. And while people seem to think that mentioning that Beyoncé is French is somehow invalidating her Blackness, it’s my belief that it strengthens it. Being Black isn’t just one thing and acknowledging all of our roots is important. Perhaps the question isn’t why L'Oreal labeled Beyoncé with multiple no-miners and Jennifer Lopez with only one, would someone please ask these women what they self-identify as? Beyoncé has never shied away from her French heritage, her first name is a homage to that part of her lineage, as is her clothing line. That accent on the end of her name isn’t there just for kicks, it’s French. Jennifer Lopez on the other hand, has stated time and time again that she’s 100% Puerto Rican. Yes she could have been labeled as Latina, but Puerto Rico has its own heritage, not willing to be stuffed into the box labeled Latina. Perhaps some will think I’m naive for not blaming L'Oreal for this, but I don’t think they sat there and genetically tested these women and decided to label them accordingly, it’s far more likely that they asked them the question I hate to be asked “what are you?”

Personally, I first and foremost always define myself as Jamaican. Whether I’m black, white, brown or blue isn’t of any consequence to me, and I hate to be asked to self-identify as a race. Perhaps it’s because I can’t call myself black without getting a few awkward glances. I’m exceedingly light-skinned and calling myself black is almost always followed by someone asking me what I’m mixed with.

If you can trace back your heritage there’s no shame in acknowledging it, all of it. I don’t like when my cousins call themselves African American (their parents are Jamaican, their parents parents are Jamaican). Being labeled as African American fits them into this tiny box that defines what it means to be Black, negating an entire other history and disassociating them from their roots. No matter how dark they may be - they are so much more than just one label. Saying you’re African American somehow creates this idea that your lineage begins with slavery - this is not something I’ll ever accept. The history of Black America isn’t the be all end of Beyoncé’s roots, neither is it that for anyone else. Knowing your heritage no matter how far it dates back is a powerful thing. I am Jamaican and thanks to the sense that is clear in my country’s national motto I can say that I am truly “out of many one people.” As someone who’s clearly of French heritage thanks to my last name - Sicard - I see nothing wrong with acknowledging that part of my story.

I see no fault in L'Oreal labeling Beyoncé as all of these things, so long as she is comfortable with it.
I say to hell with it all. I am not African American, but I am Black. I am Jamaican and my history started way before slavery - something Black people should acknowledge in Black History month.

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For the Love of Reggae: Protoje

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Music has always been one of the main things that have kept Jamaica alive in my heart when I couldn’t physically reside in the land of my birth. Being as proud of a Jamaican as I am (it’s a common thing among us), I put reggae and dancehall music in high esteem. My custom ringtone on my father’s phone is a track called Reggae Ambassador by Third World - and the images it conjures up of me rocking out to that in my living room are potentially some of my best childhood memories.

When I was in highschool, I was fortunate enough to have the rest of Toronto swept up in the world of Jamaican music with me. Although my father referred to most of it as ‘buguyaga’ music - translation: uncouth. Now that I’m older, most of my close friends aren’t predominantly of Jamaican decent and my love for reggae is something you only begin to understand if you look through my Spotify or iTunes most played lists. Protoje is at the top of that list.

A little over a year ago, I went back to Jamaica for some much needed escovitch fish and festival, East Indian mangoes, and real Jamaican music. My best friend and I ended up at this spot in Kingston - Village, only to have me fall in love with reggae music all over again thanks to Protoje. When I say I rate this man as an artist, it’s no joke - Protoje and his band Indiggnation are infinitely cool. I’ve said it on more than one occasion that he is the present and future of what reggae should be. His lyrics are poignant yet relatable, and his ability to lay his verses down to tracks produced by Don Corleone makes for the kind of music that needs to be shared with the world. He may have a penchant for the herb, a philosophy of life that I do not share - but I refuse to let that stop me from letting the words of 'No Lipstick’ echo through my own lips.

His debut album '7 Year Itch’ is a refreshing compilation of music that not even my exceedingly critical father can resist. If you haven’t already it’s about time you download his mixtape - This is Protoje and buy the '7 Year Itch’ on iTunes.

Take a listen to Stronger (Antique Riddim) - Protoje

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Pick of the Week: 05.12.11

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Manta Ray Bangle - Alkemie; SpoilMeFashion.com - $165.00

It’s the kind of bracelet that gets you tons of Compliments. It is unique and beautiful, and just who decides they can wear a manta ray on their arm?

Me of course. I love to stack it on top of the necklaces i tend to wrap around my wrist and fashion into bracelets, especially when the beads from the necklace sort of make it seem like it’s swimming in the ocean or lying on a bed of rocks or seashells - I’m all about the symbolism but even alone this bracelet is a knock out.

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Pick Three: Alexander McQueen

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The Alexander McQueen label is the talk of the fashion town, be it because of the Royal Wedding or the Met exhibit and Vogue Gala to follow. The McQueen label is famed for its ability to always make a dramatic statement, and while Kate Middleton Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was the antithesis of that image, everyone is still raving about the fairytale princess gown Sarah Burton created.

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The Art: I’m obsessed with mixed media artwork, primarily the ones that mix artistic strokes with real photography. This Nikki Farquharson graphic is my idea of insanely cool. It’s a bonafide color explosion, from the grass beneath her heels straight through her torso to what should be her head. The euphoric bursts of color are wild and untamed, giving me the inspiration to throw an insane amount of color together in one ensemble and feel completely justified about it.

The Piece(s): I’ve been in love with this top for a while, because I can’t walk away from neon green no matter how hard I may try to be a little more ‘civilized.’ The lace makes this leather laser cut lace top from Christopher Kane delicate and it could be called demure if the color wasn’t so outrageously flamboyant. The average skinny jean has gotten terribly boring, but these Rag & Bone low-rise cropped skinny jeans are the exact opposite. This pair of pants picks up perfectly on my favorite shade of blue in the Nikki Farquharson mixed media piece. The finishing touch isn’t any less bright a shade than the rest of these pieces or the colors in the painting. These Cara Accessories, aptly named mixed media bangles have a mix of orange, yellow, gold and brown that pulls on neutrals and matching shades bringing them together in an earthy and kismet way.

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Creative Corner: Kesh

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Designer, artist, photographer, whatever it is you want to call Kesh she’s crazy cool. From working with Vogue to trying her hand at creating her own line, the girl’s got skills and her photography, illustration, and digital art hybrids are beyond inspiring. The British born dynamic artist has taken has relocated to LA so with a little help from some California sunshine, more of her innovative work is about to take root in American soil. I’d love to wear a piece made from a print this jetsetting cool girl created. She’s got a knack for creating artwork that reminds me of M.I.A., her style is the kind of crazy you can’t help but love and her tumblr photo blog is a mecca of fashion and culture inspiration.

If cool needed a definition, she’d be it.

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Coveted Deeply

Five picks of things I’m coveting deeply.


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[1] I have quite a few coats, from pea coats to leather jackets to trenches, and I love each and every one of them. The full skirt and cinched waist on this Azzedine Alaia princess coat makes it outwear I wouldn’t want to take off inside. Perhaps the Duchess of Cambridge would be a fan of the silhouette, it’s regal and a little bit sexy.

[2] Vintage Chanel can make just about every fashion loving girl swoon, case in point - this WGACA Vintage Chanel watch. Thinking about slipping this on by itself or with a stack of leather and beaded bracelets gives me chills. It’s a work of art.

[3] When I was younger, my mother couldn’t get me into a bra without padding, and now that I’ve got a pair of DD boobs, I’m always on a never-ending search for the opposite. The neon green french lace on this bra from Deborah Marquit is exactly that kind of bra.

[4] I’ve got an obsession with chandeliers, whether its earrings or the ones that hang from the ceiling. The Lambent Sphere Chandelier is sort of ethereal and woodland-y. I imagine it hanging in my living room, with the sparkle of crystal combated by the iron hand-wiring.

[5] While Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni, I much prefer the ring that this Eugenia Kim Hunter Green Lauren Velour Felt Hat has to it. It’s a fedora with just enough masculine authority and a little bit or nursery rhyme zing to polish off any ensemble, especially if your pairing it with my new favorite jacket (see [1])

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Pick of the Week: 24.07.11

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Rachana Reddy - Krishna Peacock Clutch; Boticca.com, $214.00

Have I mentioned that I have a thing for peacocks? It all started when my aunt gave me a pair of silver peacock chandelier-like earrings. I wore them just about everywhere when I got them and managed to preserve them for three years for my sweet sixteen party. Even though I now can boast only knowing where one of the peacock earring pair is, I still love peacock accessories and this clutch reminds me why. It’s effortlessly grounded and beautiful, it doesn’t take much to reminds you of the majestic bird’s plumage and it speaks to my undying love of color.

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OMG Doesn't Cut It: The Gossip Girl Promo We've Been Waiting For

It looks like by the end of this season the Queen B of the Upper East Side will have a King, or so it seems. There are only five episodes left to get three relationships resolved in some way, shape or form, so the GG writers have their work cut out for them. If we know anything about past seasons, we can expect it all to come crumbling down, but who will she pick? I’m quite sure Dan doesn’t propose to her (I’ve been keeping up on my spoilers) so it’s between the Prince and the so called Dark Knight. Only time will tell, but this fairytale won’t end well for at least a few somebodies.

For the record, this is one of my favorite Gossip Girl promos ever.

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For those who don’t know, I’m obsessed with Andy Warhol. I tote around a small duffel bag in army green shades of the Flowers painting everytime I travel against all reason when a roll-a-board bag would be so much simpler (not to mention less strenuous). These Andy Warhol for Incase cases are making me wish I owned an iPhone or that they made them for BlackBerry’s. Anything the Andy Warhol foundation lends their namesakes’ craft to is usually a must-have for me. Never fear, I’m certifiably #TeamBlackBerry, but an iPad may be in my near future and one of these would be the perfect accompaniment.

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Pick of the Week: 06.02.12

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Mayan Skull Green Moon Earrings - Terra Moda Designs; Boticca.com, $60.00

The thing about these earrings is that they possess an air that’s sort of delicate yet savage. The proof is in the details, from the little skull elements to the beading and the moon shaped Brazilian jade - it gestures toward a primal instinct. I envision myself on a beach somewhere in a wrap skirt, with my hair wrapped in a scarf on top of my head with these dangling from my ears for a raw yet regal look.

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Pick of the Week: 24.10.11

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Beer Bottle Glasses - Corona; CoolMaterial.com, $33.00

My beer of choice isn’t Corona, but I love these glasses. The recycled bottles sort of remind me of my childhood in this odd way, not that it was spent drinking beer. They remind me of piling up glass bottles once filled with soda from a party, only to drop them off at a depot where I wondered who’d get them next. Instead of recycling the bottles for reuse, these glasses reclaim them in a cool and useful way, instead of perpetuating the hand me down process.

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Pick of the Week: 29.08.11

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Oasis - Ruffle Bandeau Dress; Oasis-stores.com, $115.00

On my return from Barcelona, all I wanted to do was go back. The fact that I don’t own a Spanish villa and I’d just been tormented by a turbulence-full eight hour plane ride are probably what stopped me. Nevertheless I have an eye out for a red flamenco-ish dress to keep my new-found Spanish heart alive and this sweetheart neckline frock is just the ticket. Don’t get me wrong, I realize it’s not a full-length flamenco dress but the ruffled skirting and the luscious red hue are the next best thing to me right now. Not to mention walking around in a full-length flamenco get up would definitely turn a few heads in the wrong way, and I’d be likely to trip over the train.

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I Want to Feel Like: Claire Huxtable

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Phylicia Rashad’s portrayal of one of the strongest black women ever on TV, the Cosby Show’s beautiful and brilliant, Claire Huxtable had it all. Her style, her grace, her uncanny ability to be every woman, is exactly what every woman needs. As far as black style icons go, fictional or not, Claire Huxtable is the epitome of classic, timeless style. From a wardrobe of silk blouses and oversized earrings to a house decorated with an unimaginably tasteful eye, Claire Huxtable made it look way too easy. The loose fit of this yellow silk blouse from Reiss is the quintessential Claire Huxtable blouse. Clip-on or not, I love these big shell earrings, the epitome of accessories from the eighties right on through the nineties, I could definitely have raided Claire’s jewelry box. I remember a kettle that looked just like this in the ever frequented Huxtable kitchen, and I want one just like it, the teal metal just adds a little fun. Claire’s raspberry lips spoke infinite words of wisdom, perhaps a little of it will rub off on me with the Bobbi Brown raspberry pink lipstick. The cheekbones, the wardrobe, the infinite wisdom of Dr. Claire Huxtable makes her the sort of woman every woman should want to feel like.

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Pick of the Week: 06.06.11

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Block and Roll - Zelia Horsley; Boticca.com - $196.00 Give me a good cuff and I’m happy, and I don’t mean the fuzzy ones or the ones that end you in the back of a squad car. I much prefer these Block and Roll cuffs from Zelia Horsley. The 18 karat gold hinges add a nice almost mechanical touch to the resin angled structure. Wonder Woman would have loved a pair of these to add to her collection. Maybe, I’ll attempt to deflect a few laser beams and gunshots with these babies myself, and even if that doesn’t work, they’re well worth it.

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