About MERCEDES, A CONTAINER TO SYRIA AND HOW I WANT TO HELP EMERGING DESIGNERS

Hi dears,

Since the last time I wrote so many things have happened and all of them are good, good!!.. Let me share with you not necessarily in chronological order.

A CONTAINER TO SYRIA

Well, first of all, I want to thank again all the donors that joined me to collect items to send the container to Syria. It was a total success!!! I received so many calls, so much help, so many messages… It was amazing! My house turned into a little extension of Jebel Ali. Lol. I requested a day off to be able to pack and organize the donations. In boxes I was able to fit more stuff in height than if kept in bags. Red Crescent sent volunteers to pick up everything- yep! You read it well.. The trucks are also volunteering. Our truck was full in 4 stops. My house was the first stop. It is very touchy to see how so many people got involved and to realise how where there is a will there is a way. My company was a great support for the cause too and many of my colleagues brought me their things. I feel blessed and proud.

A CONTAINER TO SYRIA

I´M MERCEDES

Another highlight I wanted to share with you and it is somehow related to how I want to help designers shine, happened at Leila Heller´s Gallery in Al Quoz. Mercedes Benz, the german cars, organized an event called ¨She´s Mercedes¨ mixing art, fashion, and a lovely white car- an E-Class.

I enjoyed it very much. It was my first time in that particular gallery and I was impressed with some of its pieces. I loved the metallic barely-there architectures hanging from the main room. The artist is called Afruz Amighi.

Also I liked the complex simplicity of the pieces of  Hadieh Shafie, made with rolls of paper of different diameters and colours.

My favourite pieces though I didnt get the name of the artist.. It was a twisted gotic truck.. I know it sounds weird but it was precisely that. And also a glass composition over the wall that seemed like water splashing. It was a lot of tiny pieces in perfect order with their different colours popping out.

In the main room, the car was showcased and also my lovely Essa Wala was there showing his unique pieces. I bought one of them. This bluish leopard print summer coat that looks good with everything I style it with it is his creation. I wore it once already and I received so many compliments. He is just that good!

SHE´S MERCEDES

There was also a corner for S*uce, and area for Hanah with bags done in the UAE that look great (made out of camel leather) and other for Hagar & India. The gourmet corner had cakes and cupcakes from Gossip- tres jolie for me to eat!

It was a nice event, maybe too quiet but Ramadan was around the corner and everyone had lunch and dinner plans. The three main topics though seemed a bit disconnected from one another. I get everything is meant to be Luxurious but there was not a story connecting the dots. Or maybe, I wasnot able to see it!

Viola- a beautiful soul that happens to be one of my favourite bloggers in Dubai was there. It is always a pleasure to see her, she is so much fun to have around and I love her vision of things. Dont miss your chance to follow her in this link or in Insta.

EUSHOPIA

Talking to Viola about Eushopia- This project is like a baby for me, I can´t help but to tell everyone about it!- she told me she wanted to do something similar in the past but didn´t work out. I really want to know what happened but I won´t let it stop me. When you are starting a new business, you feel like in an emotional roller-coaster. Some days, up in the sky, some others, down, insecure, fragile.. I want to learn from everything and from everyone that comes my way. From some time already I see gurus in disguise in my friends, family and even unknown people. It is amazing and beautiful to see how much wisdom there is out there when you are open to it.

Meeting and talking to designers is awesome and I enjoying it so much. Their insights help me shape the platform, understand their needs and make something great for them. That is the leit- motiv of Eushopia and why it all started. I feel blessed to have this mission. It makes me happy to be able to help.

If you know designers that you think they are amazing and you want us to get in touch with them, link them with our landing page. There there are three buttons- for designers, for people recommending a designer and for people loving unique items emerging designers create. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family. You will definitely be doing me a big favour and I will be forever grateful. But also you will be helping them. 🙂

Eushopia.ae

This week there has been also a very cool event. The graduation of Esmod, but I will tell you about it in a different post, because this post ended being too long. Lol

By the way, Ramadan just started – I wrote some posts for StoneHill´s blog. I invite you to check the first one that has beeen already posted. I have always been very curious about religions and for this post I did some research that I enjoyed a lot. Now I hope you also enjoy it and I wish you a..

Ramadan Kareem!

Araceli Gallego

WhatIjustlove.com

 

 

 

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 😉