CNICOL AT THE INDEPENDENT HANDBAG DESIGNER AWARDS

I met Cathleen- designer and mastermind behind CNicol- some years ago when we were both studying Handbag Design at the London School of Fashion. It was a really nice bunch of ladies and we all bonded very much. Our teacher Ann Saunders was amazing, peaceful and energetic. It might sound a weird combination but she is just like that. We learnt a ton with her!

Cathleen at that time was already working on her project. She had very clear ideas of what she wanted to do, where she wanted to reach, where she would produce, the brand and her aesthetics. Since then I have seen her working nonstop, growing bit by bit, pushing forward, posting Instagram photos, launching the website.. this is what happens when you have a project that feels like a life mission. I know it very well.. It is what I feel about Eushopia. It is kind of my baby!.

Today it is a big day for her.. She is in New York. Not touring around but presenting her handbag Pippa to the jury of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Yes! She is a finalist already and I am praying and sending mantras to the Universe for her to win. I learnt about these awards thanks to the book of Emily Blumenthal- Handbag Designer 101. She created the Yasmeena and the Yazzy bags.. cute, small and practical handbag (literally!) that went totally viral when Sarah Jessica Parker wore it in one of the chapters of Sex in the city.( boy! How I liked that series!.. I wish any Tv producer reads this post and decides to do another one, .. This time based in Dubai, why not? I am in!).

Emily actually decided to support independent handbag designers and created the Award. I follow it every year. Creativity there is raw, there is no boundaries about pricing, materials, strategy or other lines.. you just have the most beautiful bags. Period.

So, I want you to join forces with me and the Universe to see CNicol handbag winning this award. She deserves it and I will be a proud friend!

 

Go Cathleen, Go! Go Pippa, Go!

 

Araceli Gallego

whatijustlove.com

CNICOL

IT’S GREAT TO BE BACK! EUSHOPIA, THE BLOG AND HELPING A GOOD CAUSE

Eushopia.ae

Hi dears,

No, I haven’t been away, although many of you might have had that impression during the last few months. I didnt move from Dubai, I didnt go out that much, I didnt started in a gym or in a religious sect… None of that. I have been quiet in my blogging, in my life and in my social media, just because I decided to start again a project that has been itching me for so long that I really needed to scratch it. From 2013 I have the itch, imagine!

And now, I am not alone.. I have two amazing partners that I love working with and are enthusiast and brave and fun!. Life couldnt be better and surrounding myself with positive people, just makes things great!

So let me tell you also what is the project about and how is it going to change what I do here, in the blog.

Eushopia

The project is called Eushopia and you are very invited to visit our landing page in this link that is now up and running. From my first Fashion Forward in Dubai I fell in love with the talks and in one of them, designers complained about the little support they were receiving from shops, as shops prefer to have more recognized brands- specially in our GCC market that is very status driven.

Also consigment is common in the region and that means the budding designers need to produce items for the different shops before knowing if it would sell. Production costs are high when you are producing some units only and if you are starting money is not overflowing. Shops defended themselves saying that designers are not easy either, they don’t behave in a professional way, they don’t respond to emails, return calls, they do one prototype and pretend to start selling without not much else (branding, proper communication, etc). Shops also have high costs and they take a high risk.

Designers might end up taking other jobs where they can not explore anymore their talent and creativity in the same way and that honestly made me sad.

Wow! I didnt know this was such a problem and I listened to all the comments from both sides. So I started to think of ways to help the situation. Eushopia was conceived with the designers in mind.. to prepare them, to help them grow and get their brands and work out there, to represent them with shops, organise events or whatever neccessary. Initially it was not that clear.. only after more discussions and comments from here and there, it got that shape.

Eushopia’s name was not there either, it took good two- three months to choose it and it also passed a second review when the new partners joined. Another day I tell you what the inspiration was for the name.

Today we have defined the Business Plan, the mission, the vision, the objectives, the market and how to approach it and even the finantials. And although I know that we have a long road ahead, I am happy to start this walk and see how it goes. For me, it is something I am longing to do, it mixes a pair of things or three I love.. writing, helping and fashion. And that is what life is all about.. enjoying what you do and feel that you are in the flow.

and The Blog?

So the blog is going to change a bit, I have so many interests already but I want to focus a bit on this new journey that is entrepreneurship, fashion and all things digital (another passion of mine). There is a new whole world out there for me to discover and I would love to keep on sharing it with you. I hope you want to join me through this change, that I am confident it is going to be better, more exciting and very interesting.

I want to focus for this new journey on entrepreneurship, fashion and all things digital

Eushopia will have its online magazine, so a lot more of writing will be taking place. And press releases and business reports and magazine contributions .. I am happy with that! I just like it and now that I am not alone. It is so much better! If one day I am tired from work, or the muses decide to avoid me or even if you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.. it is fine. We are a team and we push together in the same direction.

Helping

Eushopia has behind a wish to help and all designers are free to contact us and we can talk and find the best ways to help them. But there is a little bit more, we also want to help causes that are close to our hearts.

The platform is in process and the Causes section is not yet ready but we want to share with you something our friend Leila is putting together now with the Red Crescent and invite you to participate. This cause can not wait until we are ready, but it is very important, so I wanted to mentioned it here- and in all my social media. She is organizing to collect clothes, medicines, toys, towels, blankets, foods (non perishable).. to send it to Syria where so much help is needed. The items will need to be collected before the end of May, the container needs to leave Dubai before Ramadan. You can get in touch with me if you want to collaborate (call me or wassup me +971 555752608). My company is helping, my neighbors, my friends.. It is so moving to see so many people mobilised to help. I am blessed with so many good people around, I can only thank the Universe.

Ups! The post ended a bit longer than what I expected but I really dont want to cut any of it.

I send you all a big hug, please visit and share Eushopia’s page and also see if you want to do the spring cleaning of your closets and help Syria. The moment is now. 🙂

XOXO

 

Araceli Gallego

WhatIjustLove.com

and now also Eushopia.ae 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECTRE

Hi dears,

I went to see Spectre, the last movie of the iconic 007 agent, James Bond. To be honest, I didnt like it that much. I dont know if it is because Daniel Craig to me is not as charming, as riskier, as passionate.. actually, to me he is mechanical even when seducing.

Not sure if he wanted to portrait the character like that or if it is just the way he is. The cars are there, the explosions are there (one with a  Guinness record even), the ladies are there and the bad man is there too. Lets go bit by bit- as Jack the Ripper said.

The cars were very impresive -I fell in love with the Aston Martin, and the Jaguar of the bad one too.. – of course no matter the make or how cool is car.. in the hands of Bond it doesnt last long. If the ¨00 program¨ would stop being financed and James would lose his job he can always come to Dubai and work as a Taxi driver.

The explosions were omnipresent.. No building was left untouched in this movie.. same the ladies, well in the Dubai cinemas all sexy scenes were cut, but, we know James.. I dont get to see all the noise about Monica Bellucci (the widow of a criminal that just buried her husband and falls to Bond), in reality it was not too much -or too long at least- of a Bond girl. The blonde Madeleine (played by Lea Seydoux) was more the Bond girl in this movie.

The team behind Bond was great this time though.. more passionate and caring than usual. Monneypeny (Naomi Harris) and Q, the geek and inventor (Ben Whishaw) helped Bond even against M, the boss of them all (Ralph Fiennes).

Oberhauser (played by Christopher Waltz) was the bad guy but really he was not that bad, I mean he was mean, ambitious, jealous, cold and scheming.. but was kind of soft himself.. too clinical, too civilized, too … tschuu.. the fact of having a machine to inflict pain (that looked like the ones at the dentist office, just saying!). I dont know if it is me but as the bad it was not that good.  I like better the role that Bardem played in Skyfall.. a bit crazy, very unpredictable and bad person for the sake of being really despicable. By the way Oberhauser is the boss, the brain of the Spectre, a criminal group that was behind most of the bad guys in former Bond movies. What does Spectre want? World domination. How? I give you only a tip.. Information is power.

Conclusion: It is a Bond movie, I wouldn´t have missed it, but truth to be told, it was not what I expected. I give it 2 Shiny stars out of 5.

Regards,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

JAMES BOND

 

BCBGMAXAZRIA

BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway launched their a/w2015 collection in a very cool event at the newly opened YNOT at the Intercontinental hotel in Dubai Marina.  

About the event

Ynot received the fashionable crowd and models with the beautiful clothes of this coming collection that you can find in the store already.

The runway was quite difficult I must say and probably the models had to concentrate to walk stylishly over cylindrical logs of different heights.

THE NEW COLLECTION BCBGMAXAZRIA

For me it was a pleasure to be there, not only because it was after my return from South Africa and with all the latest news I needed to feel back to normal and get to see my fellow bloggers and peers. To this event I took my friend and photographer Ayreej. I don’t know how he manages but he always makes me laugh even if we are talking about serious topics.

We took pics, met people, chat with everyone around and dance the night away.

The PR agency of BCBG is Sticky Ginger. These girls are a powerhouse of ideas and details and the event was very well organized indeed. Before we left they gave us a goody bag and I love the little cute presents. A very delicate bangle, a Fashion Survival kit with really cool contents to save your look in any given situation and the brochures with all the looks of the collection.

About the Collection

For me BCBG means feminine silhouettes, and I always find their cuts to be very flattering especially the dresses. This collection plays with ethnic patterns, leather and fur appliques, mixed with wool, fringes, quilts and sheers. It feels cozy and chic. I like it when winter clothes are warm and you can really use them for the cold weather.

The colours range from off whites to black, with greys and browns. Dont miss the coats and jackets of this collection, they are so much fun. Same as the accessories, boots, bags and scarves. We see again boots over the knee and the heel is a mix of stiletto and wedge. 

BCBG mix (1)

I was really lucky and BCBGMaxAzria lent me a dress to wear to the event. Claudia, the shop manager of the MOE branch was so helpful and fun, assisting me to choose that I really need to mention her. Sorry but accustomed to the lack of quality service in Dubai, when you meet somebody passionate about what she does and nice and sweet and easy going and attentive to details, they deserve to be praised. At the end, I picked a black lace dress that looked great on me so don’t miss the photoshoot that Ayreej did.

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About the brand

BCBGMAXAZRIA was founded in 1989 by Max Azria. You might wonder where from is the BCBG part or what does it mean. I did, so I researched and BCBG means in french ¨Bon Chic, Bon Genre¨, which means ´Good Style, Good attitude´ and it is the motto of the brand.

The woman inspiration behind the BCBGMAXAZRIA is sophisticated, feminine and  independent.

Even though he, Max Azria, is French /Tunisian, the brand is American -from 1998 Max Azria is part of the CFDA- and is expanding very fast, having already plenty of stores. In Dubai we can enjoy 6 shops already.

Celebrities love the brand and we have seen Angelina Jolie, Rachel Bilson, Eva Mendes, Sharon Stone, Halle Berry, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Lucy Liu, Fergie wearing them.

BCBGMAXAZRIA is not only a brand, actually is a group of companies, all fashion related. This is the timelime of how the lives of Max Azria and Lubov Azria -the brand is a husband and wife team- developed while creating this fashion emporio.

1981 Max Azria moves to USA and launches Jess offering French fashion to American women.

1989 BCBGMAXAZRIA is launched.

1991 Lubov joined the company as a designer.

1996 First Runway in New York. Lubov named Creative Director.

1998 The brand buys Herve Leger and Max is inducted to the CFDA.

2004 Max Azria Atelier for Hollywood clients.

2005 The group buys Alain Manoukian and Don Algodon.

2006 The group buys G+G retail -that was bankrupt and had more than 400 shops.

2006 In NYFW they performed 2 runways, one for BCBG and Max Azria.

2008 BCBG Generation and 3 Runway on NYFW with BCBG Max Azria Runway, Max Azria and Herve Leger by Max Azria.

2009 Launch a collab collection with Miley Cyrus for Wallmart.

2010 Lubov is also part of CFDA.

BCBGMaxazria

Today the group has more than 12 brands- BCBGMAXAZRIA, BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway, Max Azria Atelier, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Herve Leger Couture, BCBG Generation, Max and Cleo, Lola, Manoukian, Parallel, Dorothee bis and Dorotennis.

The group boasts more than 550 shops, with 180 BCBGMaxAzria Shops. Although the brands also are sold in plenty of specialty shops like Bloomingdales, Harvey Nichols, Bergdorf Goodman etc increasing their reach even further.

About the designers Max y Lubov

They have so many awards it would take 3-4 pages to list them all but what i love most is the fact that they are such a great team together. Max has taken the role of CEO, Chairman and Head designer.. he is the one with the business nose and the vision. Lubov is full of creativity and is very detail oriented, she is the keeper of the vision of what each of the brands symbolize and how to keep them fresh and chic. She holds the position of Chief Creative Officer.

But how did they met? A French of Tunisian origin, and an Ukranian. Well, Lubov moved to USA in 1980 and studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In 1991, a friend of Max referred her for a job opening with Max. Who would have told her that one year and a half later they will be madly in love tying the knot?.. Destiny.

Lubov y Maxazria

I hope you enjoyed this post, sorry if it got a little long. I also want to share with you another story, this time personal.. I used to live in Jamaica, there I worked as purchasing manager of a hotel project. From pipes and cement to furnishing and bathrobes for our future clients, all was going through my desk. The hotel chain that I worked for is Spanish, I am Spanish and as we were such a small community of Spanish people on the island we were all very close. The Ambassador was a phone call away and he always showed care for the investors and nationals. One day, I received an email.. The king of Spain was coming to Jamaica to meet us. I jumped!.. Jamaica is a paradise, but working on a construction site and living by the beach where all you need is bikinis, shorts and flip flops, all the glamourous clothes were left in Spain, back home, 9 hours away if flying direct.

Immediately I booked a ticket to Miami, went to the BCBGMaxAzria shop and bought 2 dresses and a pair of shoes. That day was a success, I looked and felt like a million dollar girl. I have some pics but I can not find them.. Too bad! Not every day,you get to meet your King.

 

One Love,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

 

 

More info

BCBG.com

Michael Kors

Michael Kors and Mall of the Emirates are celebrating!

Recently I went to the Michael Kors store in Mall of the Emirates for a very nice event. The Mall is on its 10 anniversary and Michael Kors did a special line of bags as a celebration.

The shop was nicely decorated exposing the special “10th Year of MOE” collection and all the rest of the standard collection. Maria Elena, my partner in crime came along also. We enjoyed the drinks and the cute canapes, and got to see some other fellow bloggers. I was coming right after work, exhausted and tired but I must say that it was worthy just to have some social life and get to see new things. Some times, when deadlines are in your neck, you get that very dangerous tunnel vision and stop going out, thinking constantly in work and office stuff.

This came as a very nice break, that made me realise that I need to stop and smell the roses, in my case,.. enjoy the amazing city I live in.

I am going to leave you with some pics of the event, but hey! I work in education, and you can not miss my notes about Michael Kors, the brand, the man and a little bit about all in between.

About Michael Kors

  • Was born Karl Anderson Jr, but later changed his name and also his surname as her mother remarried Bill Kors. From Karl Anderson Jr to Michael David Kors.
  • He is a Leo (09/08/1959)
  • Started studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology but never finished.
  • His mom was a model, there you might have some “fashionable” influence.
  • From when he was 5 he showed signs of fashion designer vocation.. He drew the wedding dress of his mom for her second wedding.
  • When a teenager, he was producing and selling his clothes from the basement of his house.
  • He started to work in a Boutique that allowed him to start selling his products, eventually Bergdorf Goodman liked his designs and got to be showcased in buyers meetings.
  • 1981 Michael Kors launched his brand for womenswear.
  • 1993 hit hard with bankruptcy. The brand stopped and recover only in 1997 creating a cheaper line.
  • 1997 Michael Kors joined Celine for women’s ready to wear.
  • 2002 The menswear line is launched.
  • 2003 Michael Kors left Celine.
  • 2011 Michael Kors married his long time partner Lance LePere.
  • Now the brand has over 350 shops around the world.
  • Kors has participated in Project Runway as judge and has been nominated many times in Times magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the World.
  • 2013 He received the Couture Council Award. he also has the Geoffrey Beene lifetime achievement award from CFDA.
  • He is a good person.. he worked for years with charities (“God’s love we deliver” to take care of feeding HIV and AIDs patients) and Cancer Research (Oliver R. Grace Award by the Cancer Research Institute).
  • Today the brand has two main lines.. the Michael Kors luxury collection and the Michael, accessible luxury collection.
  • He has a personal wealth of over a billion dollars according to Forbes.

I always find inspiring to know about the designers lives. Michael Kors is like a modern phoenix, coming back to life after bankruptcy must not be easy, but talent and perseverance made him back to the top.

One Love from Dubai Marina,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

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Fashion Forward is coming very soon!

The design line up for this coming October event is impressive again.. Here you have the temporary agenda of Fashion Forward. Don´t forget to get your credentials, and get organised with time so that you don’t miss it.

FashionForward Oct2015

Keep the dates big and red flagged in your agendas:October 22nd-24th at Madinat Jumeirah and an extra day, the 25th at D3.

Thursday 22nd October – Day 1:

2pm                       STARCH FOUNDATION

2.30pm                 AMIRA HAROON (Presentation)

5pm                       NAFSIKA SKOURTI

5.30pm                 ARMY OF 1 (Presentation)

7pm                       ZAROON BY ZAREENA

8pm                       HUSSEIN BAZAZA

8.30pm                 BOUGUESSA (Presentation)

10pm                     MICHAEL CINCO

Friday 23rd October – Day 2:

1pm                       ZAID FAROUKI (Presentation)

2.30pm                 TALLER MARMO

3pm                       MASHAEL ALRAJHI

4pm                       ELIO ABOU FAYSSAL (Presentation)

5.30pm                 FATEMA FARDAN

6pm                       LAMA JOUNI

7pm                       DANY TABET

7.30pm                 ARWA AL BANAWI (Presentation)

8.30pm                 JELENA BIN DRAI

9pm                       ENDEMAGE

10pm                     YOUSEF AL-JASMI

Saturday 24th October – Day 3:

1pm                       BEDOUIN (Presentation)

2.30pm                 ORKALIA

3pm                       ZENA PRESLEY

4pm                       NASIBA HAFIZ (Presentation)

5.30pm                 SAID MAHROUF

6pm                       DIMA AYAD

7pm                       MADIYAH AL SHARQI

7.30pm                 AMBER FEROZ (Presentation)

8.30pm                 SABA TARK

9pm                       HOUSE OF NOMAD

10pm                     AMATO BY FURNE ONE

 

See you there!!

 

Araceli

www.whatijustlove.com

CAROLINA HERRERA IN DUBAI

Hi dears,

Tia Carolina has come to Dubai!!. For real. No joke. She came with her daughter, the creative director of the fragrance section of Carolina Herrera Parfums to present Herrera Confidential at the Paris Gallery in Dubai Mall.

Of course you can imagine all the glamour the duo brought to the Fashion Catwalk on that already torrid Thursday in the middle of May.

CAROLINA HERRERA IN DUBAI

 

To me, she is simply Elegance (big cap on purpose). I know I am a bit classic, maybe that is why her lines go very well with me. And one thing that just amazes me is that she is 76! and she is so full of energy, so beautiful and so open and curious about the world.

 

A bit about her life:

  • Born in Venezuela
  • Her first couture show, when she was 13, was Balenciaga.
  • Part of the high society in New York in the 70’s.
  • Part of Studio 54’s bunch : Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol, Diane von Furstenberg..
  • 1980, she started her company motivated by Diana Vreeland, the Vogue editor.
  • 1984, she started a fur collection.
  • 1987, she started a bridal line.
  • 2000, the flagship store opens in Madison Avenue.
  • 2002, CH Carolina Herrera is launched as a more affordable line. Now fragrances, handbags, shoes, menswear are part of the portfolio.
  • 2008 the brand opens in the Uk market.
  • Now brand is part of Puig.
  • Plenty of awards: New York’s Award to Excellence, Spain’s Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts and Gold medal by the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.

With such an amazing life and such a successful career doing what she enjoys most, there is no wonder why she seems so happy and calm all the time. I found this short video about her and her vision, work processes and inspirations for the Spring /Summer 2015. By the way, I love this pique material on this sophisticated dresses and suits. It looks tres chic, it looks tres put together, it looks tres comfy. Muy bonito de veras!

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Lots of Luv,

Araceli

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

 

TED BAKER PINCHED ME!

Hi dears,

 

Have you seen the new collection of Ted Baker? It is called “Pinch me” and they launched it recently at the Conrad Hotel. I must say the event was very well organised. Sticky Ginger- the PR agency- did a great job.

The new collection of Ted Baker is full of florals, soft pastels, and some super bold prints and it is inspired in day dreaming, fantasy and romance. All this together in the usual Ted Baker’s clean and structured cuts has as a result a very femenine, gentle and elegant collection.

I particularly love the print they did together with Portmeirion- the ceramics. Super sized roses and some random bugs are printed in clothes, shoes, bags.. everywhere and it looks beautiful. I tend not to like the big florals, as it reminds me of some distant aunty curtains but for some reason, this print-with bugs and all- I like.

TED BAKER PINCH METhe collection also has classic dresses with lace and some gorgeous bejewelled cropped tops, paired with the tutu full skirts.. very Audrey. Great for special occasions.
From the tropical prints. there is one that is on my wish list as it is bold, powerful and have some flavour to Peter Piloto. The print has a black base and has stargazers, hibiscus and angel’s trumpets all over.. the contrast of the black, the whites, the fucsias and the greens is very feminine and looks like you are in control. Check this picture.. like they say in Jamaica (land I love!..) Nuff said!

TED BAKER PINCH ME

TED BAKER PINCH ME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is the promotional video.. very dreamy.. hypnotic.. The place is really nice .. that castle with all those colours is beautiful!!.. I would love to know where the ad was recorded, it says somewhere in the UK but I have not clue where it is.

 

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One Love,

 

Araceli

www.whatijustlove.com

 

 

MY COOL SHAWL… ANDREA’S CREATION!!

Hi dears,

I had to show you these pics, because I am all excited with my new cool shawl. There are some good reasons why.. First of all, it is done with the crafty hands of a friend of mine and I appreciate the hand work and what is made with love and care. I have know Andrea for many years already -we are friends from my Jamaica times, you can imagine!- and she is all love and care.

Second of all, because it is totally cute, super soft and very versatile. I have used it in many occasions already and It always looks great. It is rectangular and can be used as an open poncho or as a shawl. The back has a beautiful pattern with colours. There are many colours,  this is the redish but I have another one in blue.

Andrea has always been very creative. Very soon after landing in UAE, she started with another friend her business and now she designs and stitches not only the shawls but also really cute bags and beach wear.. She does too beautiful pareos and light kaftans great for that lazy swimming pool afternoon or that “I-cant stop-it” read at the beach. I recommend you to check it not only because she is my friend, but also because her creations are worthy and you will like them.

I guess that is enough selling -lol!-, but I wouldn’t say it, if I wouldn’t like them and I love them!. Now lets go briefly through the outfit details. The black top is from Mango but I have very similar from H&M, Zara.., the long skirt is from a flea market many years ago- if I am not wrong, it was in Madrid- the bag is from Fendi, pendant from Tous, mix bangles and the super shawl from Hosaz.

 

MY COOL SHAWL.. HOSAZ SHAWL MY COOL SHAWL.. HOSAZ SHAWL MY COOL SHAWL.. HOSAZ SHAWLS

 

 

Lots of love,

 

Araceli

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

Stylish Flamingos in Dubai

 

Hi dears,

If one weekend you feel the need to be in nature and see wildlife and you are in Dubai, I have a proposal for you. It is not close to the metro, so you will need a car. It is the Flamingo Sanctuary at the Ras Al Khor area. The sanctuary has shallow waters  like mangroves that are great for these gorgeous birds, but watch out as there are more than just flamingos in Dubai. You can find many other species.

Mangroves are also a bit smelly sometimes specially when the weather is hot, just avoid the wind blowing your way if it is one of those days.

WHAT I JUST LOVE

There are a pair of entrances to the sanctuary. Each of them will take you to a little house with a guard inside and plenty of pictures and info on the wildlife as posters. There are also some binoculars you can use. I took my camera and while they were busy, I used my own zoom to observe.

On the day we went, there was quite a lot of people. This and the fact that there are property development even taking over the mangrove area, made me think… it is true that everybody wants to be close to the little nature we have here but, where is the limit?. This for example, shouldn’t be allowed. Already the area is surrounded by an industrial area and plenty of roads with quite a lot of traffic. Do we really need to build right there? (This is a subliminal message to those nonexistent Dubai Urban planners). 

Anyways, back to the flamingos… Did you know?

About their beak

Flamingos filter-feed  their food ( shrimps and algae) with their beaks. They  are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food and are uniquely used upside-down. The filtering of food items is assisted by hairy structures called lamellae which line the mandibles, and the large rough-surfaced tongue. Only one of the jaws moves, the other is fixed.

WHAT I JUST LOVE

About their pink

The pink color of flamingos comes from the betacarotenes in their diet. The more healthy, the pinkier.. and that is something the females take into account when mating. Who says guys can not wear pink now, eh??

WHAT I JUST LOVE

About their size

They can measure from 80 cms to 1.40 cms.. they are BIG! and for some reason they like to stand on one leg only..who knows why.

WHAT I JUST LOVE

About their name

They say it comes from their color… like of a “flame”.

WHAT I JUST LOVE

And now some pics to show you my visit!!

 

WHAT I JUST LOVE

AND THE VIEW FROM THERE.. AMAZING HORIZON EH!

WHAT I JUST LOVE WHAT I JUST LOVE WHAT I JUST LOVE WHAT I JUST LOVE WHAT I JUST LOVEHoping that this post inspires you to go, visit and enjoy the Dubai Flamingo Sanctuary anytime soon!

 

 

Lots of luv,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com