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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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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More info on Boux Avenue here.

BACK IN DUBAI.. BACK TO MYSELF

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Hi my dears!

 

It has been a while since my last post.. almost a month. I am sorry.. all my efforts to try to post more regularly were just vanished, just dissapeared ..you know sometimes life throws things and situations at you that require your full attention and now, a month later I am still there.. with my mind lost somewhere between stress, sadness and limbo.

This last month, month and a half has been crazy.. I normally dont get too personal in this blog.. it is about fashion, lifestyle.. it is supposed to talk about something that doesnt hurt ( even if sometimes certain styles may hurt our eyes), it is supposed to stand by the name -what I just love- not what makes me think or what makes me sad or what makes me just want to give up.. but all those feelings are very present in my life too. I guess in todays days we all want to look picture perfect and this aint pretty.. feelings are actually quite messy.

Anyways, just bear with me while I try to get back on my feet and feel the happy vibrant me again. I miss me.. so it is my duty number one. I wanted to do so many things this September -October.. I wanted to attend and enjoy Fashion Forward, I wanted to help Maria Iqbal to prepare for it, I wanted to go to Gitex, learn a zillion things related to mobile apps and technology, I wanted to attend the Spanish Embassy for our national day, design more bags, push a new blog in spanish and keep on writing for my friends and fellows,.. one very interesting collaboration with Mona has been bugging me but I just could not write a word.. I just couldnt even call.. I felt blocked. Sorry dears.. I just realised I am so very human that it scares me.

Bit by bit, one step at a time..

Luv,

Leli

 

 

 

CARLOS VIGIL

Hi dears!

 

This is the second part of the blog post from the Taste of Peru event. Everything was so good on that day that it well deserves 2 blog posts. And Carlos Vigil  has to have one for him alone!. He is the other designer showcasing his amazing work at the catwalk in Madinat Jumeirah.

Carlos has been working in fashion for over 28 years. He is into Haute Couture and Pret a Porter. I got amazed by the details of the dresses, having used ribbon to criss cross over the silks and chiffons giving shape and definition with its intrincacy.. and all of it it is done by hand. I dont think there is any other way in this case. Simply beautiful!! He used colours I love ( purples, blues…) and to close the runway, a delicate bridal gown.

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The name of the collection says it all – Metropolis- and it is inspired by the sky-scrapers of big cities and modern architecture. The patterns created by the criss cross and the embroidery definitely remind me of towers (just today I was in JBR and I was seeing dresses in every tower, lol).

The silhouttes are very sensual and feminine and it is not a surprise that between his clientele you can find all sort of celebrities, peruvian and international.

What I learnt in the press kit is that the Atelier is still a family business run by him and his three daughters : Cinthia, Lisseth and Vanessa, each of them specialised in one creative area (no accountants in this family!).

I have put together the pics of the catalogue. You can enjoy mine on the Facebook page.

Go, check, like and share at your will!

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Besito,

 

Lil

More info on Carlos

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IS IT CLEAR??

By now, you probably have seen already these Lanvin loud and clear Mian’s- Messages in a Necklace! – I just made it up. Dont think that is the real name, but.. sounds good, doesn’t it?

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What messages I am talking about?.. Lol.. This is what I call a good subtitle. I have seen so far “Cools”, “Happys”, “Loves” and “Helps” around. The Lanvin’s are probably a bit expensive for my budget- more now, after the intense Christmas and January sales sprees-  but I think we can replicate with wire and customize it to our liking…

What do you think? What message would you want?

Luv,

Lil

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OH! WHAT A BLISS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beauty kiss,

Lil

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX…MARKET OTB

Hi dears,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thousand of kisses,

Lil

 

 

 

 

WHAT I JUST LOVE.. MY NEW SHOES!!!

Hello my dears,

Last week I went shopping and I found that Kurt Geiger has 50% discount on many models until the 31st of October. I like their shoes very much and found some beauties for my ravioli feet at very good price. 😉

They have some really beautiful shoes.Too bad that my feet are so small and not of all the discounted models they had my size. At the end the winner is:

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I took them already to the office and they looked great with a pencil skirt but the color and those studs make it lady like and rock and roll at the same time, so I am going to wear them with jeans and with my black cigarette pants. They are so versatile that, truth to be told, I can mix them with most of my wardrobe.

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My recommendation is to go and check what they have in store and take profit of the discount- 50% is not bad at all!!. I went to the shop in Dubai Mall- in front of the Level Shoe District, but they have all over UAE. And this is the link if you like to buy online. The discount is also available there.

I fell in love and so can you!

Luv,

Lil