FASHION FORWARD 2015 DESIGNER : AIISHA RAMADAN

Hi dears,

 

In case you didn’t know her as yet, let me introduce you to Aiisha Ramadan, the designer, the fashion guru in this side and in the other side of the Atlantic Ocean ( actually also on the other side of the Pacific Ocean too!.. L.A.).

She has dressed some of those celebrities every designer dreams to dress.. Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Teron, Paris Hilton, Raya Abichared.. and even a blogger fellow of mine.. Simone Heng. And all this, in really a very short time. That is due to what I call – either you have it, either you don’t -Talent. 

Born in Lebanon, she followed her instinct and launched her brand AIISHA in 2006. Ever since, she has won a lot of prizes and awards. The one that I find cooler ..when she was named as one of the 30 Most Awesome Women in the Arab World in 2009 ( Yallah!)  and at the recent Women Leaders UAE2015 she won in the category of Contemporary Fashion designer. There is many more..kind of like karma.. She dresses the beautiful people going to the Oscars, the Grammy’s etc..and all that effort to make them shine, pays back.

Aiisha Ramadan will be showing her collection in this coming Fashion Forward (Register if you havent already. This year is from the 10 to the 13th of April). The collection is called Queen of Scotts and let me tell you it is simply beautiful and clean. The silhouettes are straight, embracing the models bodies and to me, they are very elegant and timeless. She picked strong colors: Purple, reds, blues, blacks, greens.. all in perfect harmony with the embellishments. Not too much, not too little.. just perfect.

Here you have some of the pics of this gorgeous collection.. Let me know your thoughts. Do you like them? When would you use them? Which one is your favorite?

Lots of Luv,

Araceli

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LOOKBOOK : GREEN MICHAEL KORS DRESS TWO WAYS

LOOKBOOKHi dears,

 

It has been a while since last time I posted a look for the lookbook files ( aka #OOTD, Outfit of the day). Reason?… Well, the pics were very well kept in my husband’s iphone and he kept on forgetting to send them to me. Lol!

Anyways, here they are finally!. Let me tell you a bit about them. There is always a history behind everything at the end of the day.

Not too long ago I went to the Dubai Outlet Mall with my girlfriends Maria Elena, Daniela and Ines. The girls who shop together stick together! or at least have great fun together, eating cake, getting lost in the Mall and helping each other to find THE piece. They literally kicked us out of the Mall and I reached home after midnight. We, women are very collaborative when shopping and we might divide in groups and coordinate the different tasks or divide the areas of the shop. Specially when you have nothing in particular in your radar and another friend does. It is normally not planned, It is just our Shopping Project Management Skills ingraned I guess. So while one is doing the queue to the changing room, the other will check for more stuff or a particular size and if happens to find something that another girlsfriend might like, will take it to her. If one of us is already inside the changing room and is in need of another size or shoes of a certain height, Yallah! There we go. To the rescue!

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WWW.WHATIJUSTLOVE.COMThat day I bought this pretty dress.  It is from Michael Kors  and totally fell for its tone of intense green and the sixties cut. It has very nice metallic accents around the neck area.

The day we took the pictures for this lookbook was a very busy day indeed. You need to fully adapt all the looks depending on the situation. For the office and the dinner on that day, I paired the dress with a black shiny tuxedo type jacket that I got from TopShop  changing it later for a blue long jacket from Next for the fashion event. Believe it or not that day it was a bit chilly ( yep! in Dubai we also get some cold from time to time). The short boots are from Esprit and the bag is my cherished black croco Hermes.

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With this two lookbook options I went to the office and after that to two different events. One the Spring/Summer preview of the brands under the Landmark umbrella (Reiss, Yours, New Look, Lipsy and Koton) and after that to a work related dinner at Maset Al Yakout in Wafi Mall. I just changed the jacket and the shoes and ready to go!.

I will tell you more about those two events as they deserve their own posts.

Besito for now!

 

Araceli Gallego

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AWESOME UAE: SNOOPY ISLAND

What I Just Love in Snoopy Island

Hi dears,

UAE is the amazing little country that I call home now and I am enjoying to go to around and learn new places. Having lived in so many countries, this one has corners that have such an unique beauty that it feels like poetry… the desert, the mountains, the sea, the souks..

Just recently we went to Snoopy Island in Fujairah. There is a little independent hotel there called Sandy Beach Hotel & Resort. There are others close by in Aqah but we chose this one as it is right in front of the rocky island of Snoopy Island.

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Driving from Dubai to Aqah takes more or less 2 hours (around 180 Kms) and the drive is worth a few stops. The Hajar Mountains took my breath away. They are truly amazing, powerful, mysterious and with almost no vegetation.

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What is special in Snoopy Island is that there are around the island many fishes and sharks.. Yep! Sharks.. The island stops the currents and is shelter of many different species including sharks.

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The distance from the beach of the hotel to the island is almost nothing, so you can easily swim and at the hotel you can rent the goggles and the fins. I took my GoPro for a first dive. It was really cool! Dont miss the snorkeling or the diving while being here.

If you feel like touring around there is another stop close to the hotel that is worth the visit. It is the Al Bidiyah Mosque. The oldest mosque in the entire emirates ( 1446 AD). It was built with stone and mud almost in front of the sea. Beside it, on top of the hill, there are two watch towers. In the night the pictures are beautifully dramatic.

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As I am not Muslim I can not enter the little mosque but the roof and the shape of it it is really graceful. The four domes remind of the Ottoman empire and that is why it is also called Ottoman Mosque.

And if you keep on driving a bit more you end up in the capital of the emirate: Fujairah. It has a great park to walk right beside the sea and in front of the port. I have something with ports. I love the structures, the movement of all those cranes like in a ballet, their colours, the lego-containers all piled up.

I hope this post inspires you to visit this amazing place so close to Dubai!

 

Araceli Gallego

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GOING TO THE MOVIES: KINGSMAN- THE SECRET SERVICE

Hi dears,

 

I am in love with the DU Tuesdays! If you have a Du number just send the message “Movie” to 9979 and get your 2 tickets for the price of 1. There are many other offers to go half price to the cinema, depending  if it is VOX or Reel they have special agreements with many of the credit cards : HSBC, Mashreq etc.. So there you go, no excuse to go with your friends or your special one to the cinema.

And the movie that I saw last time was Kingsman- The Secret Service. I was waiting for it just to see again Colin Firth. He is in my humble opinion a great actor.. yep! and I must admit also very sexy. I guess Bridget Jones is the one to blame.

The movie is long – over 2 hours- but I didn’t wanted it to finish at all!. It is an awesome film and it made me laugh most of the time. It is action packed, but also comedy. Like Samuel L. Jackson- impersonating the super villain- having a lisp and some of the situations.. like a special gala dinner with McDonalds. (Well, why not?).

There is a new kid on the block too.. His name is Taron Egerton and he acts as Eggsy (not sure what kind of nickname is that, I never heard it before!). He is the son of one of the deceased Kingsman and mentored by Colin Firth will become one of them. The training is uff!.. I am glad we dont have this kind of programme in my gym.

If you get dizzy by the sight of blood or you have children maybe it is not your thing but for the rest,  there you have my full recommendation to watch it. This is the trailer!

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Enjoy the PopCorn!

 

Araceli Gallego

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WHAT DOES GAITER MEAN IN FASHION?

Hi dears!

A new word has entered our dictionary. This time we aim to know what is a gaiter in fashion and to my surprise new other words came up like spat or spatterdashes or puttee. Is anyone of them familiar? To me, no.. not even in Spanish!. These words have their history and I find them very interesting indeed.

What is a gaiter?

A gaiter is a piece of fabric worn over the shoe, extending to the ankle or the knee. They are worn over the shoe and lower pants leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment. Originally, gaiters were made of leather. Today, gaiters for walking or hiking are commonly made of polyester or similar.

Think that before people used to horse ride and walk on the mud all the time. This was a way to protect the shoes and the legs form getting wet and dirty or hurt from the stirrups. On top of that, I think it gives a very nice silhouette to the leg.

Do you recall those gorgeous victorian shoes?.. Well, in your mental image you have the gaiter. Check these beauties. I like both for men and women.

what is a gaiter? GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEE victorian gaiters, GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEES

Whats is a spat or Spatterdashes?

Spats, a shortening of spatterdashes, or spatter guards are a type of classic footwear accesory covering the instep and the ankle. Spats are not the same as gaiters. They cover different areas. It was an accesory very en vogue in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They fell out of fashion in the 1920s with the cars and concrete and asphalt streets.  The wearing of spats is often used as a symbol representing wealth, eccentricity, or both. Lol! I just have Scrooge McDuck in my head!! Well, still I find the spats very interesting and so did Chanel for the Summer/ Spring 2014.

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What is a puttee?

According to Wikipedia… A puttee, also spelled puttie, is the name, adapted from the Hindi patti, bandage, for a covering for the lower part of the leg from the ankle to the knee. It consisted of a long narrow piece of cloth wound tightly and spirally round the leg, and serving to provide both support and protection. It was worn by both mounted and dismounted soldiers, generally taking the place of the leather or cloth gaiter.

The puttee was first adopted as part of the service uniform of foot and mounted soldiers serving in British India during the second half of the 19th century. Originally comprised of long strips of cloth worn as a tribal legging in the Himalayas. The British India Army found this garment to be comfortable and inexpensive, although it was not as smart as the gaiter.

Eventually it stopped being used for hygienic and medical reasons (varicose veins). Also I can imagine it was not the fastest piece to be adjusted, imagine in case you are attacked by surprise. They have recently found an Austrian Soldier frozen in a glacier with a spoon inside his puttee. Looks like it was frequent when soldiers used to eat from a common pot to keep their spoon with them.

What is a gaiter? What is a puttee? What is a spat? GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEE

 

I hope you enjoyed the post as much as me researching about this cool garments. Do you think they will have a comeback to our fashion scenes? Some are starting to show already…

 

 

 

Lots of luv,

Araceli

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