GET GAUDI-ING!!

Recently I got invited to a new shop opening. I have seen the store getting ready in Dubai Mall and it was a nice surprise when I received the invitation from the PR agency. Thanks Heena!!

By the way, there is another shop in Dubai Festival City in case you live in the other part of town, so get gaudi-ing to one or the other. The little geek in me wants to share that Gaudi comes from Gaudere in latin… meaning Joy.. Ok,and a super famous spanish architect – soul of Barcelona- has also the same name ( have you ever been in the Holy Family Church?). Behind the name there is happiness and beauty.

The store breaths all that, it is very nice and the clothes are vibrant, full of colours – specially greens, turquoises, yellows, fucsias, blacks and whites.. they had a small runway organised and were showing the present collection. I fell in love with this black jumpsuit!


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As an italian brand they also have shoes and bags.. well, no more coments, you know I am crazy about these babies.

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The clothes are casual, fresh, very comfy and femenine, although they also have a section for our better halves. The style is young and smart, effortlessly cool..

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Keep it simple!

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My lovely Seema from Sparklewithseemz.com, a personal stylist and friend from The Committee, was there too and of course we took some pics. Follow her blog and her insta account for great styling advice. ( @swseemz).

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Luv,

Lil

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By the way, there is more pics of the event on the Facebook page!!! Check, like and share freely!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOW! GASPAR!

Celebrities normally surprise us for their excentricities, but this one I find it particularly adorable.. It might be because I am very much an animal lover myself.

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Gaspar is the name of this very tiny and adorable doggie- and also the name of this gorgeous bag from Carolina Herrera. No coincidence here, she must love him madly. He was the inspiration and in some cases, it is very obvious. Lol.

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There are different Gaspars within the collection. Clutch and Totes, in leather, suede and shearling, with or without studs.

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Now they are both in the fashion dictionaries and books!! Such an eminent canine, uh?

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Lil

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OH! WHAT A BLISS!

Is it me or lately I feel like I am running from point A to B like crazy? At the office, there is quite a lot of work but I rather be busy than bored. I am the kind of person that needs to be motivated, always on the go, learning and doing new things.. Thank God my job gives all of that and also I have this little corner on the internet where I can release my mental wanderings for your entertainment and my astonishment.

This time I am going to share with you my experience with some Bliss products I got as samples to try at an event in Icons Coffee Couture. I love the cute little size of samples and this weekend I thought.. time to try them!

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I started with the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask ( what a long name for such a cute little thing! My suggestion to Marketing Tri-O2 Instant Energizing Mask). You have to apply it with damp skin and massage slightly. A froth will start coming out and it is such an amazing feeling, like bubbles massaging the skin.. I definitely liked it!. I tingles (in a postivie way) and has a lovely orangy smell.

After you have enjoyed the oxygen-froth feeling, you must remove it and you can apply the other product from Bliss.. The Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream. It has a similar smell as the mask, just lighter and it is quickly absorbed. My skin after the entire week of make up and dryness was very grateful I guess, because now it feels very nice and smooth.

I still have another Bliss product to try.. The Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. I will keep you posted about how it goes with that one!

I hope you enjoyed the review. Please share your comments and dont forget to like and share in social media.. Sharing is caring!

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Beauty kiss,

Lil

MEET THE COMMITTEE

Not long ago, I meet Anita Buys at one blogging event with Teresa Karpinska from styledrifter.com that The Curve was organising. You might remember the blog post with the invitation. She is really something else, charming, intelligent, beautiful and really sweet.

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She launched just recently The Committee, and I feel very honoured to be part of it. She brings together women: bloggers, entrepreneurs, PR’s and give them the perfect platform to mingle, to get to know each other, to try new products or services and to give our opinion about them.

Our January meeting was at Icons Coffee Couture, a new place in Souk Al Bahar. It is on the second floor, a little bit hidden but way worthy to look for. It is managed by Elena Weber – a beautiful german ex-model that is really passionate about her business.

The entire concept of Icons spins about solving the dilema – eating yummy or eating healthy.. we know now that there are multiples solutions to it. One of them, kind of different, is offered at Icons.

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When you reach the counter, you see all these croissants, muffins, cakes, sweets (OMG!),.. well, there is no sugar on them. They use stevia instead, which is super healthy, 100% natural and doesnt have calories. Stevia has almost cero effect on blood glucose so here, in the UAE, where there is so many people suffering from diabetes, it is the place to go endulge yourself.

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They also have soups, sandwiches, salads (try the chicken one) and shakes. I really enjoyed the Snow White Shake -with no coffee. I love also the fact that they have wifi. My husband followed my advice already and went to work there just recently. He loves working in cafeterias and well, Icons it is just perfect.

The meeting was very nice, with delicious food, a very pleasant atmosphere and even a personal trainer/nutricionist giving us some extra info and answering questions. I got to meet amazing ladies that are each one of them very inspiring to me from clutch designers, journalists, PR’s and fellow bloggers to fitness entrepreneurs.

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I leave you to check some pics of the event. Luckily Anita arranged for a photographer, because I went straight from the office with no time to pick up the camera. Some are already on Insta (@whatijustloveblog).

Lots of Luv,

Lil

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THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX…MARKET OTB

Hi dears,

Dubai is a box full of surprises and these days, even more. I hope you had the chance to visit the new shopping spot. It is not a mall, no, not this time.

Located at the Burj Park and only during 10 days, we can enjoy the Market Outside The Box, but well, in a way it is a market in a box, in many boxes as a matter of fact. You know how I love all this portable, resilient and so adaptable containers. At the end of the day I have been doing procurement and logistics for a good part of my life and now I am working in some projects having containers as lego pieces… containers to be gas stations, to be schools, to be shops, to be businesses.. all for the off the grid areas, for cool-looking district areas, for temporary use like the Olympics ( or not so temporary, a container can last forever really). I have seen a project of luxury villas by the beach made totally out of containers and they look so amazingly chic and modern. Even the swimming pool was a container!!

Being Dubai, with Jebel Ali, the hub for so many shipping lines I just can not understand how this great idea was not implemented before. We could have -at the base of the Jebel Ali Palm for example- a fixed park with shops and cafeterias to enjoy the seaside and the views. Make it colorful, such as this one, make it hippie chic and people will go there to spend their mornings on lazy weekends. You can add cladding with branding and you will never know it is done with containers. Keep it as is, use used containers (reuse) and you will have the industrial look.

Create a chill-out music lounge and you can monetise it too during the nights serving mojitos and caipirinhas. These initiatives are aligned with the Sustainabilty that EXPO 2020 is aiming for and that, in my humble opinion, the city must work hard to achieve.

Well, enough for now.. Lol! and let me share for you the pics I took on that day.

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This is the general view of the area. My lovely Burj Khalifa is on the side. One day, I will live there or have my own office there, or something there.. I just love this building so much. My friends try to find kinky reasons ( Freud will be proud of them), but it is just that I like this clean, neat, sharp, unique architecture. Khalas!

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The shops were very nicely done, with space inside and outside. Some created this mingle area outside and were serving limeade and other drinks.

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Shoppers were really cute at this market. Don’t you think? 😉

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Jamjar had organised quite a lot of activities for all ages during these days. Children definitely always have a blast. Look at the little blond Van Gogh painting!

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The shops inside are really cool and I fell in love with this one selling Maria Iqbal’s bags and turbans. It is called Be You and they have some T shirts with super positive messages from Lorna Jane. This is their facebook page.

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Pink is back to my heart and when I found this bike, I couldnt help myself. I come from a family of cyclists. My daddy was even a professional back on the days- but he had a bad lesion and had to stop it. My brother is everything about soccer and bikes. I have never compete but just to be around, it kind of grows on you. Oh! All those memories of childhood holidays with the bikes on top of the car and once I got my driving license, my duty as Support car. Lol.. Time has passed but these memories will stay with me forever!

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And this is the Market’s photocall. Ain’t it cool? By the way, Yallah is like “Lets go”, “Hurry up”,”Come on”, “Venga, vamos”, “Geh mal”, “Allez, depeche toi”.. in arabic is used all the time. Also means like “all right” depending on the context.

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One of the shops is called Bullets and Butterflies. There I found this gorgeous wooden frames. I like them a lot, My only concern is if I could replace the glass with my prescription ones ( me cant seh, dah!). I have to go to the optician and find out! Check their website if you want to see their cool stuff.

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We spent most of the afternoon there as you can see and when we were about to leave, something beautiful happened. This!

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Honestly, it is the best place to enjoy the fountains and there is not too much people, so it is great for videos and camera addicts ( such as me..).

I hope you enjoyed me sharing my day with you. Please share the love and like and share on your page the facebook page and the blog’s dominion.

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Thousand of kisses,

Lil

 

 

 

 

DUBAI STREET ART II

Hi dears,

You might have seen the other post of Dubai Street Art night. On that night I meet a very special lady with a great message on her board.

Her name is Areej and she has something to say about women education and women rights. Her inspiration is Malala and her fight to get equal rights for girls and boys.

She used colours symbolizing the islam (green) and the feminine (pink) and quotes from Malala’s book. 800 is the number of verses that speak about Women in the Holy Quoran.

She wanted to have the manequin heads with the scarves in front of the board to get the attention but she barely had 2 hours to paint and create the entire thing and they were on the side. Still they got our attention!

These are the pictures.

Enjoy!

Lil

 

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