NIVEA DOUBLE EFFECT EYE MAKE UP REMOVER

Hi dears,

 

I recently received a suprise package and I wanted to thank Nivea for it. They sent me a product to review together with a lovely kohl. The product is called Nivea Double effect Eye Make Up remover. Normally for my eyes I use the Sephora make up remover or the Bioderm Solution Micellaire, but this new product of Nivea is not behind, actually I feel it is gentler with my eyelids and my lashes.

It has oil extracts and together with the watery solution removes nicely and softly the make up, the eye liner and the mascara  (even the waterproof one!). I have been testing it for a week and I already recommend it. It is important that the product is able to remove the make up in not too many strokes, you dont want to be harsh on your super sensitive eye area or have strong chemicals that might hurt your eye or your vision. This product has my blessings and I think it will do very well in this market. Arab  women put so much effort in the eyes that they will need to remove it gently.

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The set came with a pendrive that Dora decided to play with- as with everything in the house lately. I guess one day it will appear again or Joy with hoover it!

I took some make up still life pics to add to the blog post, hope you like them.

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Lots of love,

 

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.

spats. GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEE

chanel spats. GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEEspats chica. GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR VALENTINE IN DUBAI?

Hi dears,

The 14th of February is just around the corner and maybe you are still not sure what to do for such a “lovely” day. If you are in Dubai, I have been doing some research of options that you might be interested in. These are the best plans for you and your Valentine in Dubai.

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Valentines wanting to Dine …

If you are both foodies, then you could go out to dine in a special place. Being in Dubai there are so many restaurants that it could be daunting to try to choose. These are the ones I find very interesting.

Sheraton Dubai at Mall of the Emirates is offering a pop up restaurant- V by Chef Waleed al Sadik- with breathtaking views from the 24th floor. It offers 5 course menu and beverages for 445 Dhs. Note that the ladies will receive a special gift from Shine Spa. To book: +971 4377 2353

If you, like me, love mexican food, then an option can be Rosa Mexicano. They have a special menu for Saint Valentine with Sea Bass Tamales or Tablones ( yummy!). Also Maria Bonita and Tortuga have special menus for the 14th.

Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers has three restaurants offering customized dinner menus for this special day.If you feel like Japanese food, at Creekside you have 5 course menu and one bottle of sparkling for only 399 Dhs. If you are feeling for indian, then the Ashiana by Vineet is your option. The italian restaurant in the hotel is called Vivaldi and has the same package with lovely italian food.  To book: +971 4 207 1717.

Yas Marina Circuit is putting together a package called “Love Birds Tour” where you can tour the Formula 1 circuit insides where normally only drivers and teams are allowed and after, have dinner in Cipriani (voucher of 350 Dhas as part of the package). The cost is 469Dhs. To Book you can call the toll free 800 YAS.

At the Mina A’Salam Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah you can rent a beach tent or a majlis for 4.500 Dhs. This super exclusive package includes a chauffeur picking you up from the hotel, a flower lapel for him and a flower corsage for you. You will have a butler serving you a welcome beverage before escorting you to the beach for your special dining. If you want to have an edible pic on top of a delicious cake of you and your partner, it is also included in the price.

If this is a bit too pricey, there is another option.. The Golden Abra, where you can eat onboard of one of the pretty abras in the Madinat Jumeirah, with bubbles, canapes, chocolate and flowers. The boats depart at 15.00 on the 14th and the trip takes more or less one and a half hour. The price of this one is 950 Dhs per couple.

Valentines wanting to relax…

Last year I enjoyed the 14th of February in an amazing way.. in a spa at the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. It was great for both of us and I love the concept of sharing the tranquility and peace. I recommend this spa very much, it is called the Saray Spa.

The Sofitel in Downtown Dubai has also a package of 60 minute couples massage, a hydro bath after it with lavender infusion that will make you relax and let go of the daily tensions. The cost is 950 Dhs.

If you are thinking of going out of Dubai, there is a cute hotel in Jabal Akhdar in Oman, in the middle of the gorgeous Al Hajar mountains. There, there is a spa – Alila- where you can enjoy different types of massages ( Balinese, Swedish, therapeudic, etc). I would love to go there, but on that same 14th I have class of my Digital Marketing Certification, so.. no weekend escape this time!.

Actually I am not even sure what will we end up doing at all.. I  have done my research as you can see, but after the class and the weeks work I have always been too tired… We were considering having another day as special but then, all our lives since we started dating have been very special. I guess it is the spanish way, we want to celebrate love, life and food  and any excuse is good enough!

What will you do? Want to share your plans with us? Please, please do so!.. at the comments section.

 

Lots of Luv,

 

Araceli

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I AM GOING TO GLOW.. AND YOU SHOULD TOO! – GLOW SPA DUBAI REVIEWED.

Glow Spa Dubai in Jumeirah opened its doors under a new aura.

Kay is one of a kind. This beautiful and delicate lady is the new manager and soul of Glow Spa Dubai. If you see her, you think she is a model but when you have the chance, as I did, to spend some quality time with her you see that she is like a little angel.

She studied psycology, interior design, beauty, alternative healings… a little bit of everything that was catching her attention.. eventually all that has been translated into this new business.

Glow Spa Dubai has been relaunched and has now a different aura. I was lucky enough to experience it. The day I went it was one of those days that you feel tired from  morning, too much work, too much of the million and one little things that pressure us in our daily lives,.. that in me translates to.. I had a terrible headache. Checking the menu of services I realised how many holistic treatments they had.. theta healing, SRT ( Spiritual Response Therapy), Shiatzu, clinical hypnotherapy, Dorn.. Ok, well, this is not the typical spa- I  thought. I am very curious about all this things and some I have tried in the past.

Kay explains each of them patiently and says that she named the spa Glow because she believed that beauty and balance must come from within to show in the outside. Oh, I want that!.. lately I feel kind of unbalanced!.

I choose a head massage and it was just great. I felt much better afterwards and got to meet Rishelle, the bridal and events expert. She can advise you how to look gorgeous. She is an experienced stylist from France that works with celebrities.. and she was giving me some tricks too.

This visit was eye opening, so I definitely need to work inside and outside.. for the inside, lets see how it goes!, for the outside.. I am going back to Glow!.. mmm.. I will try the alovera mani-pedi next time!

 

 

Lots of luv,

Leli

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My new Turkish Telkari earrings .. Thanks Elianne!

Turkish Telkari Earrings- What I just loveHi dears,

Elianne has been a contributor to my passion for earrings from around the world and she bought me these classic lovelies in her last trip to Turkey recently.

They are handcrafted in silver wire using a technique called Telkari and are sold under the brand Seyahan. You know me, the researcher ( CSI- Dubai!) … and I found some info about this very old technique.

A Bit of History

“Archaeological finds in ancient Mesopotamia indicate that filigree was incorporated into jewelry since 3,000 BC. Specific to the city of Midyat in Mardin Province in upper Mesopotamia, a form of filigree using silver and gold wires, known as “telkari”, was developed in the 15th Century. To this day, expert craftsmen in this region continue to produce fine pieces of telkari.”

Well, that’s what the Wikipedia says.. and I believe it!- For some reason, whatever Google or Wiki says stands as totally true to me.

These particular earrings are coming from that city: Mydiat, from an Syriac orthodox family workshop, and what they have been doing for generations is to weld the 925 silver wire and twist it until it looks like this delicate lacework. It amazes me the work and the tradition behind it. .. 3000 years Before Christ.. wow!

Thanks Elianne !! My earrings collection just got upgraded thanks to you and your good taste!. I love my new Turkish Telkari earrings!! Now I will feel like Helena of Troy or Nefertiti when I am wearing them.!! Lol.. So full of history! You hear!

 

Lots of luv,

 

Leli

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At the Grazia Fest

Darina calls me – Hey! What are you doing later on?

Me- mmm. Not much.. (on weekends, I can not really think fast for some reason..)

Darina- Well, then I pick you up and we go to Grazia Fest.

Me- mmm.. Ok!

So there we went! At around 17.00, even though the event was starting from 12.00 and the day before was on already.

Grazia was organising a festival type of event, the idea being a Coachella of sorts.. well, we are in Dubai, I guess we can not help it,.. so just when we were going in, some amazing ladies where coming out with stiletos and totally glamorous dresses.. Ok, maybe we should have checked the dress code.. what the lol!

Still, after our first impression, being beside the Barasti beach it was more relaxed than most of the events in Dubai and we enjoyed the time at the booths and with the familiar faces we were finding around.

There was an stage where some fashion brands where showing their pieces every now and then and DJ music, you could have a henna tattoo and get your make up or your nails done at Sephora booth or at Shiseido. The popo up shops were really cute and I saw some of my favourites ( Michele Belau, Vitrine designs, Charlotte Hudders, O’de Rose etc).

My lovely friend Viola was there too witha little booth. From her trip to Japan she brought really cool stuff. It is called Floats and they are toe rings, but like really pretty and rich. I bought one! I will show you in another post because I love it too much!.

Another stand that was a bit different was Cryo. They offer cryogenic treatment to lose weight and to smooth lines in the face. You could see how it works and well, it is cooooooold. Definitely the body treatment it is not for me (so prone to flus and cold feet and hands), but the face one, could be interesting to try.

One of the stands at the entrance ( Neutrogena if my memory doesnt fail) had the great idea of relieving stress the greek way.. by breaking plates with the sources of stress written by you.. Boy! not sure the science behind, but it works!

We enjoyed also some fire works and there was some concerts later on.. Our day it was Eliza’s Doolittle.. sadly I couldnt stay for that long. Friends that stayed said that she was good but maybe her performance was too short.

My thoughts on the Grazia Fest,.. It is really nice to have an alternative beachy- festival type of event- now that the weather is better-, the price thought was too high (150 Dhs), the food and drinks stalls were not too well organised like if you wanted coke it was a different queue than water ( somebody explain please!). Some booths were giving great goodies ( Iconic was really cool!) but still it feels like a pilgrimage of giving personal data and emails at every single booth. Still, I enjoyed it, but I enjoy whenever I am with my friends. By the way, do you know my lovely Darina has been nominated as Young Communicator of the year!! Yallah! I am so proud!!

Ok, enough for now.. Now let me show you some pics!

Luv,

Leli

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Ready to Boux!!

Hi dears,

 

In June I went to my first segregated runway in Dubai. Honestly, it surprised me but I think it was great for both sides of the screen.. the ones seeing the girls with their lingerie and the ones enjoying the shadows. Sometimes, less is more. I found it really sexy..

At that time Boux Avenue was coming as a new shop in Dubai, although it has been for some time already in UK here they were just opening their first store under the Al Ghurair Retail umbrella (ella, ella, eh eh.. ). They do lingerie, nightwear and swimwear.. and I went to the shop to get some pieces of the new cute collection.

Well, truth to be told.. they do cute but also, super hot stuff.. I remember some corsets that were totally gorgeous and will make my hubby faint (and me laugh with the situation of femme fatale!).

Well, back to Boux.. they are super experts and want you to feel as a queen so they have an “expert bra fitting advisor”.. hello? yes, not joking here.. and I must say I love the concept. I hate it when it is not the right size or the right shape and you have to try and try and try… This is a UPS for Boux I definitely like. Izilinda and Myles, the girls in the shop, were totally sweet and explained me all about how to make sure I choose the perfect size and the perfect bra. They know their stuff and have energy to light up half Dubai.

The shop I went to is the one in Dubai Festival City and it is really nice. I specially love the way the fitting rooms look like. You have switches for Concierge and also for three different light options. Cool, right?

Well, here you have some pics of my adventure at the shop and my purchases. What do you think? Lovely, eh? Now, are you ready Boo?

Lots of luv,

 

Leli

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COLLABORATION WITH WOLFORD

Hi dears,

 

I am very excited to show you some of the pics of the collaboration with Wolford. It is funny, but since we initiated the conversation, wherever I was going I was just finding Wolford shops (in every cute corner in Paris, Madrid and here in Dubai Mall).

I always loved stockings and here I am using them for the office specially. Lets face it, Dubai is right now hot and humid, so stockings might not seem the perfect match, but in my office – where I spend soooo many hours of my day- it is freezing cold.. no matter if it is summer or winter. Lets just say we -females and males- have a fight over the A/C control and they always win. The tights are great and solve my problem and if you, like me, like them thin, then you can use them everywhere indoor and outdoors.

The selected tights were black with  10 den and back seam .. the devil is in the details, and this one model is just sexy and at the same time is a total classic. They are super soft and very resilient.  I styled it in two ways.. one in a naughty way with my hubby’s shirt, a mini skirt and the other with a LBD from New Look that I like a lot and I constantly mix with jackets in white or black. The shoes are from Pierre Cardin and are the typical lady Oxford shoes with pretty black and caviar bead accents. I could have also used heels but I found this look easier and so comfy I could run a marathon with.

Wolford has more than just tights. If you check on its website or visit one of its shops, you will find it has also swimsuits, bodies and pretty lingerie. They also have a ready to wear section with nice dresses, skirts and tops and another section called “Shape and Support” ( to keep things in place!). I also discovered that they also have an accessories line with belts, scarves and some stockings gloves that look amazing.

Ok, lets go for the pics.

I hope you like them!

 

Leli

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REEMAMI at The Cartel

Hi dears,

This Thursday was great! Yep! Normally my favorite day of the week is Friday ( I was born on a snowy Friday, which in Madrid is kind of unusual!). But this Thursday was great because I had a blast. After a very intense week of work and many sleepless nights because I miss my hubby, I gathered the energy to get to The Cartel with my friend Rizza to see the special edition of Reemami.

You might have seen already the Frida print everywhere… but in color. For The Cartel it will be in Black and White, their signature colors. The event was great, with VBP (very beautiful people) and with Reema Al Banna around for questions and pics. I like her a lot. We meet at an event when she was the face of Samsung, kind of a fashion incubator and she was the mentor.. I dream of having such a cool mentor, but I was far from ready to join the program.

Reema had a great idea and now her brand is easy to identify. The print is totally unique, coming out of children’s version of Frida’s self portraits. Unibrow is the name of the collection by the way. Frida was unique, her art, her life, her intense love and despair.. in one of my trips to Mexico I visited her house, now museum, in Coyoacan, Mexico DF. It was just one of the most enlightening experiences.. out of pain, beauty.

Natasha D’Souza, my lovely neighbor, is now part of The Cartel’s team. She is so much fun and really the event was so very well organized I need to praise her and the team’s work. There were Nail art, a DJ, live painting, yummy sushi and finger food, colorful drinks, models posing around and I got to see some fellow bloggers and friends. Honestly, it couldnt have been better!

The Cartel’s pieces are out of the ordinary and every time I visit them they have new cool stuff. I recommend you to visit them. Although is off the beaten path in Al Quoz is not difficult to find and it is absolutely worthy.

Here you have some pics!

Besito,

Lil

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