NOMAD SPIRIT

Hi dears!!

 

Today I have great news. Sara Alateeqi, Kuwaiti entrepreneur and fashion designer (Qumar 14) has put together a beautiful website  where you can find local and regional designer pieces.

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If you are looking for special and unique pieces of clothig, jewelry, accesories and cute things (like cushions!!). Go check her website www.nomadshops.com.

If you are a designer and want to sell on their site, send an email to info@nomadshops.com and attach your lookbook and your product shots. They will contact you back.

By the way, they also have a store in Kuwait, so it is a great extra exposure!!

I am proud of people like her that pushes forward and gives opportunities to new designers. The beginnings are hard, we all know, and this is just an initiative that made me smile. Hopefully soon, my bags will be there too!!

Lots of luv,

Lil

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MY SUMMER STYLE BY SYMPHONY

Hi my dears!

This week is being pretty hectic but today was my last chance to enter this very cool competition. Let me brief you…Symphony, the amazing shop, has a current “Bloggers versus Stylists” competition about what would be your perfect summer outfit.  

To me the stylists are experts and what I humbly can provide is just my personal opinion, my personal favourites.. what suits me and what works for me and for my lifestyle. 

For example, I am very girly and maybe because of my job, not too casual, so this would be my summer style pick. No broken jeans, noot for me. I love a good little black dress that  can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Temperley London was the designer I chose for my wedding dress (although I feel she was the one choosing me, lol) and among all the beautiful designers and brands Symphony stocks, had to be my favourite. The flowery belt with some animal print is just gorgeous and adds colour to the dress. The belt is also part of the Temperley London cute creations.

Rest of accesories intent on facilitating the hot and lazy (here in Dubai not so breezy) summer days with neon pink cute sunglasses and a bandana to tie up your hair. I love those hairdos of the fifties with a bun and the bandana. Also, I am a big bag lover and this Michael Kors super tote is just perfect to carry all my sunscreen, lip balm, sarong and sunglasses cases. My husband always complains that I take to much stuff with me and therefor the big bags.. he doesn’t understand I need it all!! I think he is scared I might one day move out without him even noticing, Lol.

The sandals are Valentino’s.. I am in love with the rock stud babies and this version is fresh and cute. I have this type of sandals and they are so comfortable, you can walk hours on them!

Well, I hope you like my moodboard for this summer!! The dress and belt you can get it in BySymphony in this link . If you are in Dubai, go to Dubai Mall and once you have visited their shop, you can walk around and get all the rest of the outfit. Just be careful with the Level Shoe District, I know it has as side efect some serious withdrawal symptoms.

Please don’t forget to like and share and like and share endlessly!

lots of Luv,

Lil

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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.. AMSTERDAM

WHAT TO DO IN AMSTERDAM IF YOU ONLY HAVE 2 DAYS?

(HEALTHY MODE)

Amsterdam is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city. My Mediterranean heart forces me to visit it always in summer though. And even in summer don’t forget to bring your sweater. Average temperature during the day in centigrade is 17 C during July and August. When the sun goes down it is chilly!

If you only have 2 days, like a long weekend or if you are enjoying a longer stopover between flights, you might want to see my list of basics…in healthy mode. We all know Amsterdam have a not so healthy side, but that is another story.

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This is what I recommend you to visit and experience:

–          The canals: take a tour to see the city from a different perspective. It takes more or less one hour to one hour and a half and most of the tours depart from the Central Station area. The canals are called Grachten in Dutch and have more than 400 years of history. Three years ago Unesco named the canals World Heritage Site. Dutch are very practical people so don’t think the canals are only beautiful, they served a purpose and it was part of an ambitious project to double the city size.

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–          The Museum Quarter: in the same area you can find the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. The House of Bols and the Diamond Museum are also very close by. For the RijksMuseum there are huge lines so my only recommendation is to book online and be at the gate before the museum opens. Depending on your love to the shows you could be there one morning or the entire day. There are other Museums in other areas of the city like the Rembrandt Museum and the Museum of Bags and Purses that I will dedicate a stand-alone post because I loved it so much!.

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–          If the lines of the Museums are just too much, just beside the museum area you can find the Fashion District. From culture to couture in a pair of streets! The best designer’s shops are in street Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat. You might need 2 to 3 hours and a credit card ready to mambo!

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–          Check the festivals, in summer there is plenty.. In our case it was the traditional cheese market in Alkmaar and the Windmills and there we went!.. Check the concierge of your hotel or check “Tours and tickets” website  to see what is on at the time. You might be right on tulip season or a super fan of miniatures (then go to Madurodam). Depending on the excursion you might take one morning or a full day. More about our Cheese excursion in a coming post!

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–          Rent a bike: plenty of places to rent them and you can take a “dry” tour, well unless you are very clumsy and end up down in the canals. ;). Don’t worry the city is very flat and it is very easy to ride because they have their proper bike lanes.

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–          Food! Food and Food! Try the many cheeses, the uitsmitjer, the poffertjes, the bitterballen, the pannenkoeken, the cheese croquetten and the gulash croquetten. Not so good for the diet at all, but wherever I go I always try the local food and the beer or wine. In Amsterdam the beer is the absolutely international Heineken.

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–          Flea markets: I just love the street markets and in Holland are full of colours of the gorgeous fruits and flowers! In the Albert Cuyp Market I found one delicacy that stayed in my memory from my honeymoon… the wasabi peanuts!.. In the hotel in Maldives, at the beach bar, they used to serve them and I became addicted. I couldn’t find them in Dubai and my lovely hubby bought me a full bag! Yumm! There you can buy cheaper the souvenirs like the traditional clogs, the tulip bulbs, postcards etc..

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–          Delft shop. This cute little shop is full of beautiful ceramic pieces in the traditional blue and white. It is a must see!.. And yep! That is the price of the little plate..

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Other things you might want to see if you still have more time:

–          Central Train Station: for sure sooner or later you will end up here as most of the excursions leave or arrive from this point. The building is nice (from 1889) but the square in front is a chaos now as they are doing some construction and there is so many people that is a bit too crowded for my taste.

–          Anna Franck Museum. Sorry, the book made me so super sad that I wasn’t able to visit it the first time I visited to Amsterdam and this second time, same thing. There is too much emotion around Anna’s story. They say it is very commendable though.

You can see more pics on the Instagram feed (@gallegoara) or directly on the blog side. Don’t forget to like the pics you prefer and to follow and like very much the Facebook blog page. That would make me very happy!

This is my Amsterdam- short version, for a 2 days or 2 days and a half stay. Have you ever been in Amsterdam? What did you like the most? Please let me know your comments, your suggestions, your thoughts… interaction is what I just love more about blogging!

Lots of Luv,

Lil van Traveller 😉