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. 

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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

 

 

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Hang the bra!

Hi dears!

I am so happy today. I read that after a 15 year research the french Dr Rouillon has come to the conclusion that the fact that women use a bra is not necessarily better for support or to avoid sagging breasts. Quite the opposite actually, it looks like the fact of using a bra makes some breast tissue and muscles lazy and weak and that leads to … what it is supposed to be avoided by the use of it. It is much better to defeat gravity with no assistance, basically.

braAnd why I am so happy about it? I must admit that I have mixed feelings about bras.

On one hand, I love the feeling of sexy hiding under your clothes, like a promise.. but that is only when we are having a date or something special. Most of the day, I just don’t feel that sexy…(I guess it is sad, but the other way would just be so exhausting). I like the feeling of control the bra gives you.. No matter what top you are wearing, how many buttons or zippers it has or how loose the cleavage can go..you feel safe.

On the other hand, the fact of not needing a bra is so liberating. It means we have choice, we can do or don’t as we please.  But, What could we do with our bras now? This lady just got a great way to recycle them. Lol!- I found this picture and the story in this blog and I love the idea and the purpose.

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How does this piece of news make you feel? Are you a bra supporter or you are already looking for the seeds to plant?

One Love,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

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Mary Katrantzou

She is hardworking, imaginative and with such a down to earth personality that you have to fall in love with her and her pieces of ART.

For real, I have always liked Mary Katrantzou, the joy behind her pieces, the self confidence in her smile and that easy happy feeling about her personality. In Stylist Arabia super Cressida (a journalist I like a lot) did a special edition about her .. Maria, Maria.. Like that Carlos Santana song..

In this issue and some extra research in Mr Google, I learnt a lot about Mary Katrantzou. Let me share it with you.

  • This coming season s/s 2016 is inspired in a movie called Time of the Gypsies and it is about the Balkans and the Romani culture.
  • Mary Katrantzou has a good friend called Sabine G, a jewelry designer. She married with a gorgeous cape from Schiaparelli couture.. It is so Dali, so El Greco, so religious,..so from my own roots, that I dreamt about that cape!
  • You guessed it.. with that surname she is of Greek origin!. but she lives mostly in London. Her mama is an interior designer and her father trained in Textile Engineering. (the print love might be coming from here!).
  • She has some very colorful bags that my friend Marta would love.. why? because Martita is all about small bags, the smaller the better.. and this one is just cute, small and full of color and personality. Check it out. The Mini MVK bag.

Mary Katrantzou

 

  • We knew about her crazy funky prints.. but these dresses are not to be missed as now they are iconic..
    • the Typewriter from a/w 2012.
    • the lampshade skirts from s/s 2011
    • the Pencil Cage with real pencils from a/w 2012
    • the Dam C coat with plastic embroidery and a foam waist and a matching foam clutch from a/w 2015.
    • the Jewel tree with velvet and silk, swarovskis and embellishments from a/w 2011.
    • the Expandit printed silk dress with swarovskis.

Mary Katrantzou

 

  • She studied first Architecture, from there jumped to Fashion at Central Saint Martins.
  • Mary Katrantzou is the queen of prints. The kings are the duo from Peter Pilotto.
  • Only 6 years after launching, she won the Vogue Fashion Fund. Now she is close to open her standalone shop.
  • She travels a lot, her agenda is insane.
  • Mary Katrantzou makes decisions on instinct but tries not to second guess her designs, otherwise insecurity will arise.
  • She splits designers in 2 major categories: the ones that edit and the ones that have their own handwriting.
  • Mary Katrantzou has a very pretty vision of the fashion sector,.. for example praises the feminine camaraderie and she doesn’t feel you have to ¨be cool and thin¨to be in fashion, .. are they maybe cliches, Mary is just very lucky or was she just being politically correct?
  • Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Lupita, Keira Knightley etc wore her designs.

Mary Katrantzou is a real inspiration for me. It is the consummation of a lot of effort, a good instinct and a flooding creativity… and on top of that she seems such a good person!

If there is a designer you like and you can not find in the blog, drop me an email and we can feature him or her with pleasure.

One Love,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

Pink October

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WIJL insists this month on Breast Cancer Awareness.

Every year, I remind you, my beloved readers to check your breast and take advantage of the free check ups the clinics offers in this month of October but this year it is not going to be a reminder. It is going to be a bit more personal and I hope nobody feels exposed.. (probably it will be very much me being very exposed).

This year it has been particularly hard on me- well, us. After too many doctor visits, realizing that we won’t have children naturally was devastating but there are other ways to help Mother Nature. We have gone through 2 in vitros already and on the last one the doctor gave me a super high dosage of hormones. The doctor insisted that after one month all the hormones will be vanished from my body. Well, it wasn’t so..

You have already been introduced to Dora, my little kitty.. she is all the time playing and jumping.. and of course the sofa- with or without me on it- it is part of what she understand as her playground. That one day, she jumped on top of me, landed on my breast and it hurt.. I touch it and it seemed something round a bit hard.. I panicked. I know your breasts might be harder or bumpier depending on the time of the cycle, but my cycle was progressing and the bump was not changing or disappearing. I took an appointment to my gynecologist. She was away.The week that I had to wait until she was able to see me, it was the longest ever. During the visit she confirmed it with the scanner.. I had not one, but many cysts. I was so scared. She wanted a mammogram and more tests. One week after, I was at the clinic again.. The mammogram is so painful and traumatic, I felt very vulnerable.. I was scared from before, I guess that doesn’t help. The nurse was very nice and she said if you have cysts it is extra painful and uncomfortable trying to make me feel better. Too bad.. I even shed some tears.

The specialist was very nice and explained that probably the many cysts were caused to the hormone treatment- as the previous check up only 8 months ago showed nothing- and that most of them were harmless, one though.. needed more study and to see how it would evolve. I am ok for now, in a few months I will start the next set of tests but I am confident as now I have a good doctor behind me.

So now, I don’t want to remind you, I want to ask you to go and get checked this same October. I can not tell you how important this is. This first simple test can save your life.. Do it. Don’t wait.

 

Love,
Araceli

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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

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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.

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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

DORA, MY LITTLE EXPLORER.

The family is growing.. Yes! but it is not the way you are thinking.. A few weeks ago my dear colleagues at the office got me a very special present.. a baby cat!!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her little face with those huge blue eyes inside the box (with ribbon and all!).

For a minute I was speechless, full of gratitude and awe..and a bit worried. Just a week before, my husband broke the news of him relocating to South Africa.. and that means for us, more travelling to and fro. A cat or a dog at this moment -although I am a totally pet lover- seemed like an extra worry to handle, but I am so glad I got her. She is my companion now and I am so happy to come back home everyday to play with her until I am tired (she is never tired!).

Choosing a name was fairly impossible. Everybody giving suggestions and I liked them all. Eventually I performed an “auto-baptism”.. What is that? I let the cat choose. I wrote all the names in little pieces of paper, crumpled them and threw all the little papers at her.. Of course she started playing, juggling and one of the papers got her more interested.. So the chosen little crumpled paper read : Dora.

Yep! Dora, the explorer.. that she is indeed!.. but also Dora is a name of Greek origin that means “present”, “gift”.. Such a beautiful and totally to the point meaning.

So allow me to introduce you to the best present ever so far.. Dora!!…Dorita when she cuddles.

Lots of love!

 

Araceli

www.whatijustlove.com

 

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TIM COOK.. THE QUIET LEADER.

Well, maybe quiet but relentless and hard worker… and definitely making his mark in Apple and the world.

Steve Jobs was definitely a leader, a disruptive visionary, Jobs “the Great”pushed so much to make his ideas a reality, but also looks like he was impulsive, intolerant, very difficult to work with or just to have around, etc.. Apple would not be what it is today if it wouldn’t have been for these two geniuses.Totally different profiles, each with their own style but both very effective.

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I read in the Fortune magazine a very interesting article about Tim Cook and since I am a big fan of Apple and its products and I admire the protection and shelter offered to creativity in this company, I wanted to share with you what really strike me.

I didn’t know for example that Tim Cook was covering for Jobs medical absences and became official CEO six months before he died. The role, even though was not new to him, was very intense and to be on the spotlight and scrutiny was hard as he is a very private person. He realised that Jobs was protecting his team a lot, so that they could concentrate on the products and he intends to do the same but shares the limelight with his top management.

Jobs and him were good friends. To a point were when Jobs was sick, he offered a piece of his liver for transplant. Jobs declined but.. wow! what an act of generosity!.

He is 54, of kind nature and had to learnt to block all the nasty comments like.. “oh! Apple will not be able to innovate under Tim” or the “Well, from now on Apple will just go down the drain..” Time has proved all of  them to be wrong. Apple is financially in better shape that has never been before. It ranks better than Exxon Mobil or Microsoft.

Tim Cook has a voice and now he is not shy any more. He announced publicly that he was gay and speaks his truth about human rights, immigration, females on Wall Street, privacy rights, racial discrimination, etc.. He cares about society and its problems and has quite interesting opinions. I rather have Tim for president that Donald Trump honestly.

His team praises him because he let them do their thing and doesn’t micromanage them. Jobs was involved in every step and didn’t trust the work of his team. Tim feels more like a coach who knows that has an amazing team of people behind. I like that and I feel I have to learn to let go myself. It is difficult to delegate for me too, and well, I am not Jobs.

He is a fitness nut and wakes up super early (yep! totally not me!). Apple is now building a huge campus in Cupertino. It will hold up to 13.000 employees and will have spaces that will make your creative juices flow, a fitness center, a spa and an impressive auditorium. This new campus was designed by Norman Foster and the initial plans were initiated with Jobs being still alive and very much involved in it. I am eager to see how it will be when it is finished by 2016. The construction looks like a big spaceship.

Enough for now.. I will keep on watching this great leader.

One love,

 

Lil

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

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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

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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