LEOPARD ROARRRR

Hi dears,

Wherever you look this days you can see this print and it looks goorrrgeous. I used to perceive it as ‘too wild for this baby” but now I love it… Maybe it is because once everybody has it on, it looks less dangerous.

I need to get me one of these..

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This pencil skirt looks so good (and the sun glasses tooo!).. and these shoes, no comments… Just marrrrrrvellous!

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I own already two wondrrrrous leopard scarves: one in black and white and another in pink tones and they combine so well with everything!.

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By the way have you seen the real “leopard” I have at home?..

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These days I am hosting my friend’s cat -Yoyo- and boy! I am enjoying it so much. I wish I would have a balcony and have a full time cat with me. Yep! I am a cat lover- frustrated in Dubai.

 

Lots of luv,

Lil

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HOW DO I GET A JOB IN DUBAI?- SERIES. PART3.

Ok, so by now you have a Linkedin profile -even though it still might be basic- and now you can start being social.

You can invite your friends, colleagues at university, at work, at school, neighbours… All your contacts. That way you will start creating a little community… you never know where from a referral for a job might come and it might happen to you too that I have friends for the longest time and I didn’t know what were they doing professionally until we got connected through Linkedin. There are synergies that you might not be aware of.

Once you have all your contacts invited, you can start looking for groups that are interesting professionally to you. One important thing, Linkedin is professional, it is not Facebook, it is not Twitter… it is a social platform for professionals, so keep the etiquette and post things that could be relevant or interesting to your job/ sector or similar. No holiday picture here, ok? Unless you are a Lonely Planet editor of course. No pictures of the family gathering either. As a rule, just think that your future employer might be seeing you and that you have other social networks for you to put that type of content.

If you are looking for a job, in your extract there is a way to publish it. A brief note at the very beginning saying “looking for new horizons” or “looking for new opportunities”… that will send the message to whoever sees your profile. Careful though, if you are still working somewhere else and you add your colleagues at work or boss. They will also receive the message.

Getting back to the groups. If you are looking for a job in Dubai, there are some groups that could be interesting:

  • Dubai Recruitment
  • Wizeefa
  • Gulf
  • Gulf recruitment
  • Bayt.com

These are some of the local ones that could interest you. Some of them are selective so you might need to wait for their approval. My suggestion is that you look in the search box within Linkedin, using the drop down menu going into “groups”. Use keywords like “Dubai jobs”, or “UAE jobs” or if you are looking for a particular sector like fashion “Dubai Fashion jobs” or in construction use keywords like “Dubai Construction jobs”.. be creative and look around for the groups that might help your search or you keeping abreast of the news of your sector. The maximum amount of groups you can be part of is 50. Take that into account in case you need to be selective.

I now leave you busy looking for groups and contacts to get “linked in”.

More to come in the next post of the series.

Lots of luv,

Lil

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY & GIVEAWAY

Hi dears,

Today is my birthday. Yeyyy!! To me it is my favourite day of the year. I just love it and I enjoy no matter what I do on that day, ..even if I don’t do anything at all!! It is my day. It is the beginning of a new period. It is just so nice to be alive and counting years. Khalas! Gotta love it!

For this very special ocasion, we have a very cute giveaway, which is a set of earrings and necklace from Glamorous Penguins. It has a classic cut which I love, it is an elegant piece that will always be en vogue.

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To enter is very easy.. all you have to do is to follow the steps in the rafflecopter. It is the first time I do one draw so I am all fingers crossed hoping that everything will go well.

The steps are:

  • Like the Facebook page of WhatIJustlove.
  • Like the Facebook page of Glamorous Penguins.
  • Follow Glamorous Penguins on Twitter. @yasmine1775
  • Follow me on Twitter @gallegoara
  • Leave a Comment in the blog, be it this post or any other you prefer with your name and email address to make it easy to contact you if you are the winner.

One more thing, as soon I will be leaving on holidays (double yeyyy!) you have until the 20th of January to enter. Please feel free to invite your friends, your mother, your sisters and neighbours. If you want to send them the link for the raffle, this is the link. Just copy, paste in an email or on your facebook page.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ZmRmMzExY2IwMDIwYjY3Mjc4NDNjYjExYWQ4N2QwOjE=/

By the way, it is only valid for GCC residents or addresses within the GCC region.

 

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Lots of Luv,

Lil

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GIVENCHY SWIMCAP HAIR

Hi dears,

I saw this funky hair in the Paris Fashion Week reviews in the Givenchy runway show and it is so unique that I have to love it.

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It is not really for the day to day. I think it means a lot of work because every lock of hair is kept in place with hairpins making look as little roses, and then coloured  or maybe viceversa- coloured and later pinned..we might need to ask Luigi Murenu, genius behind this hair style.

Beautiful, stunning and very time consuming. It looks like one of those swimcaps from the fifties, don’t you think?

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My favorite is pink but all of them look very cute.

Lots of

Lil

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HOW DO I GET A JOB IN DUBAI?- SERIES. PART2.

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Hi dears!

Continuing with the series “How to get a job in Dubai?” and once you have a decent and well translated resume or CV, the next thing you need to do is to create a Linkedin Profile.

This is the link to join. 

Linked in is a widely used social network for professionals.. Yep! Keep that.. Professionals. No Candy Crush here. In UAE is very used by recruiters and individuals with a whopping 1.3 million users- for such a small country is a lot. You have to register and built your profile. The data that you have in your resume will be posted as your experience, education etc..

You will need a professional picture too. Please don’t use pictures of parties or those ones taken 3 kilometres away. Your face is supposed to be seen. It is the reflection of ourselves.

I see a trend to have “passport” pictures as profile pictures. I like the white background but the poker face I don’t, unless you are applying as bodyguard or bouncer at a disco.

If you want to work in fashion, your profile needs to be even more attractive. Make sure you complete all the steps that Linkedin offers and all your skills and experience is reflected with dates and details.

Having your complete profile in Linkedin will help you not only to get a job in Dubai but I in any other corner of the world.

It might be your digital resume but it could be much more. How? I will explain it in the next post.

Lots of Luv,

Lil

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HOW DO I GET A JOB IN DUBAI?- SERIES. PART1.

Hello dears,

Continuing with the post Change, change, change… This will be my first tip if you are overseas and want to come over to Dubai and get a job.

Have your resume in English… Sounds obvious? Yes, I thought so, but from time to time I still receive CVs in French, Spanish and Italian… so it must not be that obvious and it is the basic, without it, you cannot start looking any further, even if you are targeting companies of a specific nationality.

Also make sure it is checked and corrected, doesn’t have spelling mistakes and it is accurate and very important… True. Never lie on your resume.

Make sure too that you have basic categories to facilitate the reading of different sections. Every sector might have different types of categories, but for most of the jobs a general approach will be something like this:

Personal details

With your full name, email, date of birth, if you have driving licence, nationality, if you are married or single and of course contact details with phone and address.

Here is where you can place your picture. Make your picture reflect who you are and what you are aspiring to be. White back ground for profesionals, always, please.

Education

Organise it chronologically inversed, I mean, place the last thing you studied on top and see what it is relevant and adds value for the recruiter. Like if you studied in University, don’t mention the primary schools you attended. Recruiters will read between the lines that you did well enough in school to reach there.

Further education/ Other courses

Here you can state the courses related or not to your main education. And depending on the courses, see if they are relevant too. Some extracurricular activities will show a gift or a talent you possess. If you have a particular skill that can add value to the potential employers or that you like so much you want to work on it more, place it here.

Languages

I have been related to hospitality for a number of years and well, for us, communication is crucial and the tool is the language. Nowadays, speaking other language is a plus, no matter the sector you might think of. When you state the language, also mention the level, can you hold a professional conversation or just say dirty words or easy commands for waiters to bring you a beer? If you have studied it, name the school and the years when you studied there. If you got certified, make sure it is beside the language to highlight it.

Work experience

Follow the same inversed Chronological order that in the rest of the resume. The most recent jobs got in the first positions. Explain briefly what your position entailed and the dates when you started and finished.

Other information

Were you an Olympian? Do you have hobbies you want to share? Reading? Painting?.. if it is Partying and Sleeping… don’t mention it. We all like that but it will get the recruiters with the wrong image of you. This part has to be brief, 1 or 2 lines maximum.

Try to fit the entire resume in maximum 2 pages. Recruiters have a lot of work and it needs to be short, sweet and to the point. Make sure you emphasize your skills and what could help you get the position they are searching for.

Also the CV shouldn’t leave your hands without a proper cover letter. It is important. Trust me. There you make reference to the position you want to apply and explain what it is that you think you can add value to the company, your experience and skills. Are you responsible? Dedicated? Do you learn easily?

Make sure you are happy with your cover letter and you feel represented by what is it said there. Here again. Never lie. It is a waste of your time and also of the company selecting as this things will show sooner or later.

Well, enough for now, I leave you to do your brand new resume or if you have it already, update it and refresh it before we keep on walking the rest of the Series.

If you have questions or want to share something with me, please feel free to leave comments.

Lots of luv,

Lil

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MANDELA, MADIBA

Today is a sad day.. I woke up and the first thing I hear on the news is that our beloved Nelson Mandela has died. I will miss your smile, the music behind your moves and words and that powerful energy that you represented.

Mandela’s legacy is a huge intangible.. how do you measure Forgiveness? How much can cost a reconciliation of an entire country? There is no words, no figures, to hold all he -and his followers- did. And not only for South Africa, they set an example and we should never forget that vengeance is not the way out.

I have been in South Africa twice and I loved it. It is a country with amazing landscapes, smiling and happy people, colourful contrasts .. When you visit the Apartheid Museum you realised how difficult was the situation, how terrible.. it was not easy task to change the minds and the consciousness of an entire country used to play certain roles and perpetuate them.

To my brave hero,.. Mandela, Madiba, 46664 Prisoner, .. Rest in peace. Now it is our mission to keep up what you started and as you said..

“It always seems impossible until it is done”.

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And because he was a music lover and so I am, I want to share this video of this U2 song that we are going to hear a lot as it is the soundtrack of the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom that just released a week ago. The lyrics are just beautiful.

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Lots of Luv,

Lil

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WHAT I WORE SERIES- BLACK AND BLUE

 

Hi dears,

Dubai’s weather is amazing now.. with temperatures during the day of 25C and in the night of 20C. It is just paradise!

Still, we have some AC issues in the office and you will always see me with some jacket or scarf in work days and lately with a very stubborn flu. This is what I wore few days ago to go to work and I got quite a lot of compliments.

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I love the colour combination – black and petroleum blue. Normally, I love colours but I am pretty conservative when it comes to the business attire. The skirt is from Fabrika, the blouse is from New Look and the jacket from G2000. The pendant is from Tous and the chain bracelet and bag are from Aldo.

The earrings are part of my precious collection of earrings of the world. These ones are a beautiful present from Nacho and Elianne- Luv u guys!- when they went to Italy some months ago. They have a beautiful story behind as they are handmade by a very special artisan and are made of opaque glass.

I love earrings. Whenever I travel, I always buy at least a pair and I have a nice collection by now. I love the ethnicity, uniqueness and the recovered memories of that trip or of the people that bought them knowing of my weird addiction.

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Maybe I shouldnt say addiction, I dont like the connotations of that word. My husband loves this picture- for some reason I dont understand- I look like a shar-pei! Sorry..  Mmm.. looking for a better word for my ehem.. addiction.. the English Theasurus brings this up..

WordReference English Thesaurus © 2013
addiction

  • dependence
  • habit
  • fixation
  • craving
  • compulsion
  • habituation
  • inclination
  • bent
  • enslavement
  • substance abuse
  • alcoholism
  • monkey on one’s back
  • jones
  • obsession
  • need
  • acquired tolerance
  • drug addiction
  • withdrawal symptoms
  • dipsomania
  • binge drinking
  • heavy drinking
  • problem drinking
  • drug dependence
  • nicotine addiction
  • chain smoking

Uff!.. well, you can choose. I stay with cravings…My God, I need a therapist or another dictionary.

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This pic is much better. For some reason my hubby always enjoys taking pictures of me when I am talking or eating or sleeping but when I pose, with a  beautiful landscape behind, all smiles and with my better angle, it doesnt interest him. Lol.

Luv,

Lil

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CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE…

The only thing that is permanent is change and therefore, we better embrace it, because it is going to happen any ways.

I have received quite a lot of emails and phone calls from friends and Linkedin contacts asking now that Dubai won the Expo 2020, what is next? The basic question is.. How do I get a job there?

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I am always happy to help with whatever I can, so I decided to put something together that will help all of them- and some more- if their wish is to come over here and start a new life in this city of wonders. This will be like a series of posts as I am trying to keep posts short and sweet.

That is a small change from the blog’s main topic of fashion and lifestyle, but I think it is worthy as it is true that there might be great opportunities ahead in this region and it is a good moment to get ready.

Lots of luv,

Lil

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EL FINDE

Hi dears!

This weekend was very special, yep! It is National day today and we got yo enjoy an extra day off. Niiiiceeee!

What to do with one gorgeous long weekend like this? By the way, “finde” is the abbreviation of “fin de semana”, weekend in english. (Free lesson of spanish here, eh?).

We went to visit some very dear friends in Liwa desert area. Have you heard about this amazing place? Check the hotel Qsar al Sarab for absolute Wow-stays and some of my pics to get the idea.. Honestly, to me it is the prettiest desert in the world.. Khalas!

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Humongous huge red, orange and yellow dunes, dramatic landscapes and the beautiful patterns the wind insists on writing on the sand- maybe it is poetry that we can not decipher as yet.

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On the 1st of december my friend has birthday, so it was a perfect excuse to get together and celebrate her birthday and the 42th birthday of the UAE going to a very emirati venue. She booked us in a falcon show together with a saluki dog show in the middle of the desert. These dogs are super skinny, agile and fast. Falcons are just gorgeous and I was impressed to learn they can see perfectly from kilometers away (right, same as me hahaha).

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To both!.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Lots of Luv, cake and blessings for the coming year!

Lil

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