JUST BE HAPPY

Hi dears,

These last weeks something is going on.. some of my closest friends are kind of down, sad, depressed.. different reasons behind, some I might agree, some are “no way, get out” situations..

All this brought back to me the reasons why I started a very special list and eventually decided even to start this blog. We all have ups and downs. It is life and there is not much we can do about it. Well, actually I am of the opinion that there is a lot we can do.

We all face, at a given moment in time, problems, difficult decisions, fears that will block us, restrictions set by others (or the worst of them all, by us) and also sheer happines, amazing emotions from love, friendship, joy, just pure joy for no reason…ups and downs.

We might not be able to control what comes from outside, but we can control how we let it affect us. Allow me to share one of my tricks..

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Think now about whatever is bugging you.. is there something you can do about it? Then do it (now, yes, now). If not, then don’t worry, as it is not in your hands. At least dont let it sink your mood, dont let it alter your sleep, don’t let it change your pretty smile.

If you can not do it right now or it is actually a lot of things that could be done, do a list with your action points and check them as soon as they are done.

The Happy- list

Normally I am a very optimistic person, happy to be and all that jazz but some years ago I had some important downs in my life and by recomendation I started a very special list of the things that make me happy. Seems easy? Uff! You can not imagine how hard is to see the bright side of things when you are insecure, unhappy, sad, and dont trust a single person on Earth.. (Yep! It was very bad).

I had to concentrate on beautiful things, songs I liked, past happy events, simple things like the soft texture of a fabric, the smell of the rain in my hometown or the taste of dark chocolate (<3) and bit by bit, first by almost obligation and later by habitude, I started to have a kind of decent list. Just the fact of focusing on those things -instead of bleeeep- , actually was changing my mood. Those feelings, those simple thoughts, were such a blessing as they were a distraction from the pain and from destructive thoughts.

Faith and Gratitude

I learned that no matter what.. there is always light after the tunnel, the sun always comes after the storm and hearts are more flexible that doctors will ever believe.

I still write on the list and some of the things, I post them here. The name of the blog is the name of the list and now it is much easier to acknowledge how lucky we are, what great lives we are living and how amazing is life with all its rollercoaster curves and standstill silence moments.

Practice makes perfect so I recommend you start your happy-list today and thank God, the Universe, or whatever you believe in, for those simple happy moments. When you are down, just go back to your list, try to recover the emotion, the feeling of happiness that you felt when you chose that thing, that memory for your list… be grateful because if you like this sunset, there is people that might no been able to see it, enjoy your food, as some are struggling and call your mum, as she is missing you and will give you love-credits to feel supported.

Oh! my.. I hope the post is not too long because I still want to invite you to start a shared happy-list on the facebook page of the blog. The link for the event is here..Just copy and paste on the navigation panel.

www.facebook.com/events/547360712018227/

Lets create a list of happy-things that in case any one of our entourage is needing, is there.. add freely and invite your friends to add their happy moments too. Post messages, pictures, quotes, whatever makes you smile.

Share the love and Just be happy!

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Luv, Support and Light,

Lil

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT I JUST LOVE.. THE LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION HANDBAG DESIGN COURSE

Ok, by now, you all know I am pretty crazy about bags (and shoes, shhh…) and that  I have been craving and waiting for this course to start because it is really, really the course I wanted and needed to take.

My dream ( like Martin Luther King I have a dream too, .. well, actually, lots of them …) is to one day become a successful handbag designer and sell my bags everywhere in the world… and see the cool people holding my bags as something precious and something that they really enjoy and care about… and to have Brianboy talking about them and showing them on his insta account ( very commendable and fun account by the way!).. and live happy using my creativity and skills and being the owner of my time, which to me is the single most precious thing we all have (this one I know it is tough.. but well, it is my dream! So don’t spoil it!).

Let me tell you about the course a bit. It is from the London College of Fashion (LCF for friends and family) and in Dubai it lasts 4 days from 9.30 to 16.00 more or less, although we were all enjoying it so much we were staying until the next course was literally kicking us out of the classroom.

The teacher –Ann Saunders– was, is and will always be awesome, amazing, very inspiring and super expert on the matter. She was always kind and smile at all of our questions and she helped us with whatever barrier we had, being language, understanding or lack of skill to glue the prototypes.. did I say prototypes? Yaaaay!.. we did each of us a prototype of our design in cardboard. I will show mine later.

We also worked on trends by creating our own trend boards and developed mood boards in the search for inspiration. We studied the materials and learn of shapes and a bit about hardware, construction and making.. in two words.. es – pectacular!.. The course is pricey and I was not sure initially about how much could you learn in 4 days but now I can say it was worthy every penny. By the way, if you are a customer of S*uce, you might get a very special discount, so be ready and watch out if you like any of the coming courses.

The best of this kind of courses is the like minded people you find there, the other students.. all of them full of talent and determination to achieve their dreams and enjoy along the way. I am so happy to have met them, some are already designers and make a living out of it, some are almost there, some are dreamers getting ready and educated such as myself.

I wanted to join another course- How to start your own fashion label with Toby Meadows- but the investment required some extra breathing – and also to request extra days of holidays from work- so as in February there is another edition, I will just wait for that one. Toby Meadows is pretty amazing too. I met him briefly on last year Fashion Forward and now I am reading his book. I still have not finished but so far it is really good.

By the way, did you already register for the next Fashion Forward? Please don’t forget to do so. In this link you can register eazywizy. We all need to support local talent and make sure Dubai has its own Fashion event. The team at Brag do a great job every time and need our support. Another of my dreams is to show my bags at Fashion Forward cute little corner shop and see them swinging together with the clothes in the runway. .. maybe next time!!

Well, my dears, if you have any questions about the course or about anything else really… drop a comment or let me know by private email ( on the Contact tab you have all the info). Also you have all the social media of the blog at your fingertips.

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Besito,

Lil

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MUSEUM OF BAGS AND PURSES in AMSTERDAM

Hi my dears!!

There is a little gem in Amsterdam that I can not recommend enough to visit. First of all, it is a museum.. Yep! I love Museums but this one is about one of those things I am so crazy about.. BAGS!!

From day one in Amsterdam, I wanted to visit this Museum. Now you will find out why.

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The museum has a permanent exhibition and a temporary one, one amazingly well decorated cafeteria with three ambiances-one of them full of history- and a beautiful cozy garden.

It holds a collection of over 4.000 bags ( a dream come true!) and it all started as a private collection of Hendrikje Ivo. Now her daughter, Sigrid Ivo, is who manages the Museum.

Love for bags runs in the family.. it might be something genetic, hehehe!

You can find bags and purses from the XVI century to our days. It is a fashion history museum about bags and the way they have evolved for so many centuries taking into account the changes in fashion and the need they were covering.

www.whatijustlove.com Like for example, did you know that bags and purses were used initially by men and women indistinctly? Yes, Manuel!!

Now I am talking about the Middle Ages, right at the origin.. as in those years the clothes didn’t have inner pockets, whatever you were needing to carry with you, you needed to put it in a bag, whether it be money, confidential letters, a small Bible or a fan.. you would put it in your bag.

And guess what.. initially it was not hanging from the shoulder, but chained or tied to the waist.

Did you know that in Europe it was traditional to give a little purse with money for the bride and groom? Now we still do it -Yep!- but in a paper envelope (boooring!).  Before the content was as important as the container and those bridal bags would be done with silk and a piece of enamel copper or ceramic with the faces of the soon-to-wed. Limoges in France became very famous for these bridal bags. Check this one.

www.whatijustlove.com Time passed and the society changed. Travelling became more accessible and the first travel bags appeared. Soon the woman joined the work forces and new needs arose.The materials changed too.. from leather to beads, plastic, synthetic materials, metals etc..the limit is the imagination now.

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The first brands established themselves as benchmark: Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci.. and today still are.The designers know they need to keep on watching their clients and how their needs evolve. That is the key.

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You can see I learned a lot on the visit!. Also, important (for photo lovers), when in the Museum you can take pics but not with flash. There is mostly focal light so it is not a problem.

 

 

When I was taking the first pictures, in almost ecstasy, my camera gave me the message that my SIM card was full. Murphy’s Law once again!

I asked the reception desk for some assistance.She called the Manager and Berenice came to the rescue and with a huge smile took me to the back of the house and lend me a computer to transfer the pics to an USB. Ladies, never leave behind your USB! This might not be the kind of advise you expect from your mothers, but that is my “V.I. Piece” of advice to you all!

Berenice saved the day and made this post more beautiful thanks to the pics. The people behind the museum ( are all women!) are smiling, happy to be and to assist, she even introduce me to the Community manager to link up with her when this post will be published. Wow! what an amazing place to work and to be.. great camaraderie, great customer service and surrounded by beautiful bags!!

www.whatijustlove.com I don’t need to say that my inspiration rose to amazing heights after the visit! I now have so many ideas, I probably have enough for 2-3 collections!!

If you go to Amsterdam don’t miss it, it is absolutely worthy.

Luv,

Lil van Leather

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