FIT AND FLARE- A NEW ENTRY TO THE FASHIONESE DICTIONARY

This is the word I have picked for today’s post. Being Spanish and having lived so many years overseas I end up having a “Spanglish” as mother tongue and a lack of the appropiate word sometime.. what I studied  has nothing to do with fashion and so this is a great way to learn and share, in case you are in the same situation as me.

Ok, back our our fashionese Dictionary. “Fit and Flare” is an adjective used to describe garments that are close fitting at the top and flare out towards the hem. Examples include the “fit and flare skirt” or the “fit and flare dress”.

I have a skirt I absolutely adore that is of this kind. This skirt has been part of my staples since my Jamaican times because it is super comfy, covers your legs and in my case, I have the feeling it would protect me from the mosquito bites without being thick trousers. On top of all this, they look great as this siluette is very feminine.  They come back in fashion from time to time and I always buy 1 or 2..

Do you have some fit and flare garment that you love and would want to share? We will add it to the visual Fashionese Dictionary on the Facebook Fan page of the blog!!. Please send your look to whatijustlove@gmail.com or to the blog’s facebook page, the twitter or the instagram.

I leave you with the pics of a look I put together with my black fit and flare skirt. These pics we took after a lunch with some friends at Little Bangkok, a cute nice thai restaurant in JLT. Disregard the belly, the food was too good not to eat it all! Lol.

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Skirt: Bershka

Top: Zara

Sandals: Aldo

Sequin top: Koton

Bag: Axezia

 

Lots of luv,

 

Leli

 

 

 

AHA!!! THE CREAM

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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

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WHAT TIME IS IT?

It came to my curious eyes that Tissot, the swiss watch brand par excellence, is launching a new campaign and when I saw the pics, I fell in love and wanted to share with you the ladies watches and the ads that caught my attention.

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The lady in pink is Danica Patrick, an american autoracing driver (well, and model!) and the lady in blue is Deepika Padukene, a Bollywood actress.

Both look absolutely amazing with their shiney watches and their pretty dresses. I can not choose which one I like most… and you? Do you have a favourite?

Luv,

Lil

STUDY FASHION IN DUBAI- NOW IN MAY

Hi dears!

 

I am one of those weird cases that loves studying. For me it is not an obligation, it is a pleasure and a privilege to learn. Well, this coming month of May is so full of short courses that I am doing here a short recap in case you are interested in joining. All of them are fashion related and are not particularly cheap. Fashion when it comes to this, it is not particularly democratic ( maybe one day….)

Let me show you the courses, as they are really interesting.

For example Domus academy, has put together 2 courses for Dubai that will take place at The Address Dubai Mall.

- Fashion styling and Image creation with Ildo Damiano. This course wll happen from May 30th to 1st June- from 5 to 9 pm. Ildo is celebrities editor at Vanity Fair and now mentor of the italian edition of Project Runway Italy.

- Shoe design advanced: The IT Shoe with Diego Dolcini. May 30th to may 31st- from 5 to 9pm. Diego is designer of super cool brands such as Vionnet, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Tom Ford…

To check prices and availability go to the Domus Academy website by clicking here.

www.whatijustlove.comMy school- the London College of Fashion- is going to have the following short courses in May. They always use the Vida Downtown Hotel to host the courses. That’s how I got to see this hotel and it is lovely! (I recommend you to go check it!).

LCF has quite a lot of courses so let me list them with their dates.

- Principles of Fashion Styling 1- Dates: 16th-20th May.

- Footwear Design. Dates: 17th-21st May.

- Fashion Journalism: Print and Digital. Dates: 21st-23 rd May.

- Fashion Buying  & Merchandising 1- Dates: 20th-23rd May.

- Fashion Buying  & Merchandising 2- Dates: 25th-27th May.

- Fashion design1. Dates: 16th-19th May.

- Luxury Fashion Brand Management. Dates: 24th-28th May.

- Fashion Drawing. Dates: 25th-28th May.

Prices range between 4.500 Dhs to  6.600 Dhs aprox. There are discounts for ex alumni. I am not sure if I could let you use my discount but I will check with them to see if they could do something. Check the rest of details in their website here. The teachers are amazing, the vibe is super creative and the learning experience is superb.

The only thing that is left for me to say is… have you already join the amazing giveaway the blog is running now?. It is not to be missed! Click here to get all the details.

 

Luv,

 

Lil

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MULE MY WORLD

Well, they are back again and yes, they will rule your candy feet this summer… I see Mules in every magazine, in every shop window, I dream with them.. and aren’t they gorgeous? Well, I guess it depends. I like them but if they are too chunky,.. not that much. What it is true though is that they are great for summer.. super comfy and allowing for cross ventilation (does it sound too engineery?Lol).

Check the ones I have selected for you in case you want to have some inspiration.

By the way, have you seen the super cool giveaway we are partnering now with Glambox. Check it here .. You can thank me later.. ;)

Luv,

Lil

MULE GIANVITTO ROSI 577.50 POUND

Mule Gianvitto Rossi- Bellisimo!!!

MULE STELLA MCCARTNEY 2

Mule Stella McCartney- This gorgeous shoes are the Yasmin Pumps. According to the site they are unstructured for extra comfort and can be flattened at the back to slip on like a slipper. Cool! (Price around 765 USD)

MULE ZARA 395 DHS

Mule Zara- Cool, pretty and affordable! – only 395 Dhs.

MULE ZARA 425 DHS

Mule from Zara.. very similar to the McCartney’s and only 425 Dhs!

MULE CELINE 1

Celine has very imaginative approach for their mules.. I fell in love with this ones!

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And these beauties are Celine’s too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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IN THE BATHROOM MIRROR- ART IN DETAIL

Hi dears!!

I met just recently the husband of a fellow friend of the Dubai Bloggers Community and his work is just so amazing. I wanted to write about it before but work kept me very busy and couldnt edit and post appropiately.

The exhibition was in DUCTAC ( Mall of the Emirates) but I am pretty sure he is not going to be lacking galleries and clients at all here in Dubai. He paints amazingly and the exhibition showcased portraits in hyper realism on stereoids. Honestly it is like a photo, just that it is not and must have tons of hours of work  and a pulse of the best surgeon in the world. This is Edward Sutcliffe’s pieces of art…

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Please dont forget to like his page and share it if you know art collectors looking for unique pieces. You have also more pictures in the What I Just Love facebook page. Sharing is caring and we need to take care of our artists!

Art & Luv,

Lil

 

 

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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WHAT THE OKRYUGWAN!!!

Oh! Wow! We know Dubai is a melting pot with people from all walks of life, countries, cultures and languages. If you follow me on Instagram you will know too that I am a foodie and I am keen on trying any cuisine, but this one.. Boy! It was a surprise! Great Surprise for my palate!

Some months ago my husband and me decided to start looking for new places to dine. We think the Bur Dubai, Deira and Karama areas will hold great secrets and we were just driving – no GPS- until we would find something eye catching and stop to give it a try. From this experiment, some times we had not the best results, but this one time I must say, I honestly enjoyed it.

The restaurant is called Okryugwan – dont ask me what it means, not a clue-  and it is inside one hotel -Royal Ascot or something similar. I am not sure where it is, but you can check it on Time Out Dubai, because there is not that many North Korean restaurants in the world (around 12 in our planet). It looks like these restaurants are operated by the North Korean Government to acquire foreign currency and to maintain the expenses of the embassies. 

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Honestly, we decided on it because at the entrance there was a beautifully dressed lady. Lol! This is what happens when you let us decide! She was wearing the traditional korean dress in baby blue and she was all smiles. The dress is absolutely gorgeous!

I have this fetish of buying traditional dresses and earrings in my travels (or my husbands!). I never  or very rarely wear the dresses outside home but I feel I have a piece of the country and the culture. If any one of you have the chance to get one of these korean dresses, remember me! 

The place is not the shiny gold and modern luxurious decor Dubai  has us accustomed to. It is pretty basic, feels like one of those chinese old restaurants back home. The food is very nice, but be aware, when it says spicy or hot, it really is.

The one thing you can not miss is the korean barbeque. It is very traditional and very yummy. In some other Korean restaurants they give you a plate of raw meat or fish and start the bbq, the cooking is for you to do.  The bbq is right at your own table. There is like a hole and inside it is the grill. At Okryugwan they do the bbq for you, so we had our gorgeous waitress show cooking for us.

Other thing I liked a lot were the dim sums. The pastry filled with chicken were delicious. I totally recommend you to try them. The soups were very nice too.. we choose one with kimchy – not knowing what it was really, but it looked like cabbage- here is when things got too hard to swallow. The flavour was very nice but it was really hot.  Spice is cumulative so the first spoons were ok, the rest were.. too much for me. ;) (fire extinguisher situation)

Here you have my pics. If you go, let me know your thoughts.

 

Luv,

Lil

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