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. 🙂

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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

 

 

 

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

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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AHA!!! THE CREAM

WWW.WHATIJUSTLOVE.COMHi dears!

 

Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Aha Cream. Yep! That is the name. I have been using it for already a month or even a bit more and I must say it is now part of my daily routine.

The two things I like most  of the cream….firstly, the texture, that is very rich. It feels great on the skin- like skin food- and secondly, the smell, like herbs, like nature. I like the smell, althought my husband not so much. It is a bit intense when you just apply it, but it dissapears quite fast.

I love the way my skin feels after using it, and so I recommend it very much. It is part of Herbline and it is 100% organic with ingredients from the Himalayas. Why I started to use it? Because this cream it is like an exfoliator and it helps even my freckles, it is great for dry skin -which is one of the Dubai dramas- and it promised rejuvenation and revitalization of the skin. All of it, fully compliant!.

Just yesterday I went to a Beauty Salon to do a facial with my dear Daniela. The place is located in the Garhoud area and it is called Patsi Collins- and the lady admired my skin!! After having so many issues with my skin and hair when I moved to Dubai, I felt so great that at least one of the two is getting fixed! 😉 Yuhuuuu!!

 

Lots of Luv,

 

Leli

www.whatijustlove.com

 

A GLAMBOX SITUATION

Hi dears!

Today is 5th of April and my security – concierge – smiley guy that helps me with doors and bags when super loaded, tells me with a smirk.- Miss, I have something for you.- I am subscribed to tons of magazines so I thought it was that. But noooo, this month I received my first Glambox at home!! I was so excited I couldn’t wait to be up in the apartment.

This concept is amazing, it is like any other subscription but you get instead beauty products.. all of them fantastic and glamorous. How I got to know about this treat? Last month’s Glambox was an exclusivity with Nivea and I LUV Nivea, so they called me for a short video. Check it here, love, like and share as much as you can.

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It was fun, fun, fun.. and it is that I learnt all details about Glambox. You pay between 71 and 80 Dhs per month depending on the package you choose and once a month you get your Glambox delivered at your doorstep. I love to receive stuff and this feels like someone is reading your mind and putting all together in a pinky package for you.

Check out what comes in this April’s Glambox.. I did a funky video with all of them on Instagram .. Lol.

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  • 2 sachets of Herbline Essentials- with Aloe vera and Honey Hydra 5 gel.
  • 2 products of Caudalie- one day perfecting fluid cream with SPF15 and other hand and nail cream with antioxidants.
  • 1 palette of Inglot – silver colour!- Glam, Glam, Glam- with a mirror and a cute brush.
  • 1 big brush from Glambox – they have all the set available on the Glambox shop. 😉
  • 1 Sunscreen SPF30 from Hawaiian Tropic.
  • 1 Dove Body Cream with shea butter and vanilla.

Just this weekend I got to go to the beach on Friday and to the pool on Saturday.. What do I need? Sunscreen!! My Nivea sunspray is about to be finished so.. tachan! When that happens I will start the Hawaiian Tropic. I looooove the smell! It takes me back to my days in Jamaica.. Nostalgia is so bad!!

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Dove and I have been in love for already a number of years ( too many to count!) as I worked in the PR agency that started them in Spain (my best regards to the amazing team of Burson Marsteller now spread all over the world, muac.. love you guys!).  At that time we were testing the waters, trying to educate the population in the concept.. We would ask, ..What would you think if I tell you that you can have a moisturizer and a shower gel all in one without feeling greasy and actually cleaning? Same with the shampoo and moisturizer.. People couldn’t believe it initially. That account was fun, we did amazing stuff!. 🙂

I loved the product from day one and now I use most of the range -I need to mention the Dove hair fall rescue… blessings to whoever brought it up!!. Simone Heng helped me restock it as she is brand ambassador here in Dubai and adding to the fact that she is a great blogger, she is a super down to earth lovely person. Check her blog if you have a minute.

Herbline, Caudalie and Inglot are new to me but I will be testing them and sharing with you my thoughts.

The Glambox came also with some very cool vouchers:

  • Nstyle Voucher for a polish change.
  • A gift voucher of 500 Dhs from Wellbeing Medical Centre for a laser treatment or and Ultrasound cavitation treatment.

See my happy face.. I am going to try them all!! Nstyle I can already recommend and will you believe it!.. Just this week I was in Wellbeing Medical.. not for laser or cavitation but to get my neck fixed. Dr Gary Fitzgerald is my osteopath and my neck has this bad habit of getting stiff – I call it jiraffitis, doctors call it torticulis. So when you go, if you see him, say hi from me!

Luv,

Lil

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