TIM COOK.. THE QUIET LEADER.

Well, maybe quiet but relentless and hard worker… and definitely making his mark in Apple and the world.

Steve Jobs was definitely a leader, a disruptive visionary, Jobs “the Great”pushed so much to make his ideas a reality, but also looks like he was impulsive, intolerant, very difficult to work with or just to have around, etc.. Apple would not be what it is today if it wouldn’t have been for these two geniuses.Totally different profiles, each with their own style but both very effective.

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I read in the Fortune magazine a very interesting article about Tim Cook and since I am a big fan of Apple and its products and I admire the protection and shelter offered to creativity in this company, I wanted to share with you what really strike me.

I didn’t know for example that Tim Cook was covering for Jobs medical absences and became official CEO six months before he died. The role, even though was not new to him, was very intense and to be on the spotlight and scrutiny was hard as he is a very private person. He realised that Jobs was protecting his team a lot, so that they could concentrate on the products and he intends to do the same but shares the limelight with his top management.

Jobs and him were good friends. To a point were when Jobs was sick, he offered a piece of his liver for transplant. Jobs declined but.. wow! what an act of generosity!.

He is 54, of kind nature and had to learnt to block all the nasty comments like.. “oh! Apple will not be able to innovate under Tim” or the “Well, from now on Apple will just go down the drain..” Time has proved all of  them to be wrong. Apple is financially in better shape that has never been before. It ranks better than Exxon Mobil or Microsoft.

Tim Cook has a voice and now he is not shy any more. He announced publicly that he was gay and speaks his truth about human rights, immigration, females on Wall Street, privacy rights, racial discrimination, etc.. He cares about society and its problems and has quite interesting opinions. I rather have Tim for president that Donald Trump honestly.

His team praises him because he let them do their thing and doesn’t micromanage them. Jobs was involved in every step and didn’t trust the work of his team. Tim feels more like a coach who knows that has an amazing team of people behind. I like that and I feel I have to learn to let go myself. It is difficult to delegate for me too, and well, I am not Jobs.

He is a fitness nut and wakes up super early (yep! totally not me!). Apple is now building a huge campus in Cupertino. It will hold up to 13.000 employees and will have spaces that will make your creative juices flow, a fitness center, a spa and an impressive auditorium. This new campus was designed by Norman Foster and the initial plans were initiated with Jobs being still alive and very much involved in it. I am eager to see how it will be when it is finished by 2016. The construction looks like a big spaceship.

Enough for now.. I will keep on watching this great leader.

One love,

 

Lil

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CAROLINA HERRERA IN DUBAI

Hi dears,

Tia Carolina has come to Dubai!!. For real. No joke. She came with her daughter, the creative director of the fragrance section of Carolina Herrera Parfums to present Herrera Confidential at the Paris Gallery in Dubai Mall.

Of course you can imagine all the glamour the duo brought to the Fashion Catwalk on that already torrid Thursday in the middle of May.

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To me, she is simply Elegance (big cap on purpose). I know I am a bit classic, maybe that is why her lines go very well with me. And one thing that just amazes me is that she is 76! and she is so full of energy, so beautiful and so open and curious about the world.

 

A bit about her life:

  • Born in Venezuela
  • Her first couture show, when she was 13, was Balenciaga.
  • Part of the high society in New York in the 70’s.
  • Part of Studio 54’s bunch : Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol, Diane von Furstenberg..
  • 1980, she started her company motivated by Diana Vreeland, the Vogue editor.
  • 1984, she started a fur collection.
  • 1987, she started a bridal line.
  • 2000, the flagship store opens in Madison Avenue.
  • 2002, CH Carolina Herrera is launched as a more affordable line. Now fragrances, handbags, shoes, menswear are part of the portfolio.
  • 2008 the brand opens in the Uk market.
  • Now brand is part of Puig.
  • Plenty of awards: New York’s Award to Excellence, Spain’s Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts and Gold medal by the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.

With such an amazing life and such a successful career doing what she enjoys most, there is no wonder why she seems so happy and calm all the time. I found this short video about her and her vision, work processes and inspirations for the Spring /Summer 2015. By the way, I love this pique material on this sophisticated dresses and suits. It looks tres chic, it looks tres put together, it looks tres comfy. Muy bonito de veras!

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Lots of Luv,

Araceli

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TED BAKER PINCHED ME!

Hi dears,

 

Have you seen the new collection of Ted Baker? It is called “Pinch me” and they launched it recently at the Conrad Hotel. I must say the event was very well organised. Sticky Ginger- the PR agency- did a great job.

The new collection of Ted Baker is full of florals, soft pastels, and some super bold prints and it is inspired in day dreaming, fantasy and romance. All this together in the usual Ted Baker’s clean and structured cuts has as a result a very femenine, gentle and elegant collection.

I particularly love the print they did together with Portmeirion- the ceramics. Super sized roses and some random bugs are printed in clothes, shoes, bags.. everywhere and it looks beautiful. I tend not to like the big florals, as it reminds me of some distant aunty curtains but for some reason, this print-with bugs and all- I like.

TED BAKER PINCH METhe collection also has classic dresses with lace and some gorgeous bejewelled cropped tops, paired with the tutu full skirts.. very Audrey. Great for special occasions.
From the tropical prints. there is one that is on my wish list as it is bold, powerful and have some flavour to Peter Piloto. The print has a black base and has stargazers, hibiscus and angel’s trumpets all over.. the contrast of the black, the whites, the fucsias and the greens is very feminine and looks like you are in control. Check this picture.. like they say in Jamaica (land I love!..) Nuff said!

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And this is the promotional video.. very dreamy.. hypnotic.. The place is really nice .. that castle with all those colours is beautiful!!.. I would love to know where the ad was recorded, it says somewhere in the UK but I have not clue where it is.

 

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One Love,

 

Araceli

www.whatijustlove.com

 

 

MY COOL SHAWL… ANDREA’S CREATION!!

Hi dears,

I had to show you these pics, because I am all excited with my new cool shawl. There are some good reasons why.. First of all, it is done with the crafty hands of a friend of mine and I appreciate the hand work and what is made with love and care. I have know Andrea for many years already -we are friends from my Jamaica times, you can imagine!- and she is all love and care.

Second of all, because it is totally cute, super soft and very versatile. I have used it in many occasions already and It always looks great. It is rectangular and can be used as an open poncho or as a shawl. The back has a beautiful pattern with colours. There are many colours,  this is the redish but I have another one in blue.

Andrea has always been very creative. Very soon after landing in UAE, she started with another friend her business and now she designs and stitches not only the shawls but also really cute bags and beach wear.. She does too beautiful pareos and light kaftans great for that lazy swimming pool afternoon or that “I-cant stop-it” read at the beach. I recommend you to check it not only because she is my friend, but also because her creations are worthy and you will like them.

I guess that is enough selling -lol!-, but I wouldn’t say it, if I wouldn’t like them and I love them!. Now lets go briefly through the outfit details. The black top is from Mango but I have very similar from H&M, Zara.., the long skirt is from a flea market many years ago- if I am not wrong, it was in Madrid- the bag is from Fendi, pendant from Tous, mix bangles and the super shawl from Hosaz.

 

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Lots of love,

 

Araceli

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

Stylish Flamingos in Dubai

 

Hi dears,

If one weekend you feel the need to be in nature and see wildlife and you are in Dubai, I have a proposal for you. It is not close to the metro, so you will need a car. It is the Flamingo Sanctuary at the Ras Al Khor area. The sanctuary has shallow waters  like mangroves that are great for these gorgeous birds, but watch out as there are more than just flamingos in Dubai. You can find many other species.

Mangroves are also a bit smelly sometimes specially when the weather is hot, just avoid the wind blowing your way if it is one of those days.

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There are a pair of entrances to the sanctuary. Each of them will take you to a little house with a guard inside and plenty of pictures and info on the wildlife as posters. There are also some binoculars you can use. I took my camera and while they were busy, I used my own zoom to observe.

On the day we went, there was quite a lot of people. This and the fact that there are property development even taking over the mangrove area, made me think… it is true that everybody wants to be close to the little nature we have here but, where is the limit?. This for example, shouldn’t be allowed. Already the area is surrounded by an industrial area and plenty of roads with quite a lot of traffic. Do we really need to build right there? (This is a subliminal message to those nonexistent Dubai Urban planners). 

Anyways, back to the flamingos… Did you know?

About their beak

Flamingos filter-feed  their food ( shrimps and algae) with their beaks. They  are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food and are uniquely used upside-down. The filtering of food items is assisted by hairy structures called lamellae which line the mandibles, and the large rough-surfaced tongue. Only one of the jaws moves, the other is fixed.

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About their pink

The pink color of flamingos comes from the betacarotenes in their diet. The more healthy, the pinkier.. and that is something the females take into account when mating. Who says guys can not wear pink now, eh??

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About their size

They can measure from 80 cms to 1.40 cms.. they are BIG! and for some reason they like to stand on one leg only..who knows why.

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About their name

They say it comes from their color… like of a “flame”.

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And now some pics to show you my visit!!

 

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AND THE VIEW FROM THERE.. AMAZING HORIZON EH!

WHAT I JUST LOVE WHAT I JUST LOVE WHAT I JUST LOVE WHAT I JUST LOVE WHAT I JUST LOVEHoping that this post inspires you to go, visit and enjoy the Dubai Flamingo Sanctuary anytime soon!

 

 

Lots of luv,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

 

 

SOS NEPAL

Hi dears,

I have been watching the terrible news on TV about our beloved Nepal in the aftermath of the huge earthquakes. At the moment 3.200 people have died, no water or electricity are working, the capital Katmandu is down to rubbles, the roads are torn apart, the airport is most of the time closed, the brave montaineers at the base camp of Mount Everest are waiting to be rescued while resisting avalanches.. Not easy. The images are heartbreaking. On top of that Nepal is a small country, very dependent of tourism and now its treasures are damaged.

I want to use my humble platform in the blogosphere to ask for help. I normally cooperate with Red Cross, but if you prefer Red Crescent, go ahead and use it. They are both serious and your money will reach the neediest. If you can not donate at this moment, please send this post or the link to your friends to assist to reach more people and get more funds to assist.

They are needing hospital supplies, shelters, tents, covers, food, water and help to reconstruct the infrastructures- water, electricity, drainage, telephone lines.. All help is welcomed.

Click on the link below to start your donation and thanks a lot for all the assistance to spread the word.

https://www.redcross.org/combined-donate?donationProdId=prod9150029&scode=RSG00000E090&subcode=nepalegram1

One Love,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

SOS Nepal

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOEMART!

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Hi dears,

Dubai is so full of events, some times it is hard to keep up with all that happens here. For example, Shoemart celebrated just recently its 25 years. This shoe company has been already quite a while in Dubai, right? They have shops in most of the malls I like. For this anniversary, they organised an event to show their new collection for Spring / Summer 2015 with their new face, Maya Diab. She is a Lebanese actress, singer and fashion icon.

The event had two violinists playing amazingly and the music of the Dj’s after it was not bad at all. The collection was very fresh, with very bright colors and some of the very chunky soles in white plastic that are so in vogue. They also showed ballerinas and sport shoes in futuristic silver and golden shades.

There were shoes shown for every occasion… for the office, for dinner out with your better half, to go to the beach with your gang, for your day off lazing around doing nothing.. What I like most about Shoemart is that their shoes are very affordable, so you always end up buying an extra pair even if it was not on your initial list. And even if they are cheap, they don’t look cheap, which is I think the secret to their success in sales.

Well dears, I have put together some of the best pics in the collage above to be able to show you a bit of what the night held.  I fell in love with the metallic with diamond appliques shoes of the presenter -also from Shoemart- and the black transparent sandals from Maya Diab…I would say they are part of the Fantasy collection if I would be asked. They are both gorgeous don’t you think?

 

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Hope you like the shoes and the inspiration!!

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

 

NO MORE IRANIAN EMBARGO?

Hi dears,

I know very well this is not a political blog and I can tell you I am far from loving politics. Still, once you know the nightmares of living under an embargo, I needed to share my happiness when it comes to Iran and the talks they are keeping now to lift the Iranian embargo. Same as with Cuba.. when the news broke about the Cuban conversations, I shed some tear or two. Both are indeed historical moments and we are living them, not reading from a book or visiting at a Museum.. That is why I introduce this topic under the “What I Just Love” brand.

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First of all, the conversations are just starting so, it might be too early to celebrate. Secondly, the initial reasons for the embargo from the US and EU are still there and are not something to be dismissed. The potential threat of Iran to have nuclear weapons produced…

What they are talking about now is just a framework and already on this, all sides need to be in agreement. Obama has still to convince his people and in EU, we are a lot of countries to get to be on the same page. I want to trust that Iran has a good will on this, although how can we be certain? .. That is the essence of trust I guess. More work to be done there with check ups, commitments and to try to have an open mind. I found out that US and Iran didn’t “officially” spoke for already 35 years.. Now, after this long and with all the prejudices from both sides, I can see this will need a lot of work to make it a reality. Still, I think it is worthy and will be a great achievement for diplomacy.

Lets see what happens and hope for the best.

 

Politically yours ( for once!),

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

 

 

 

The second best Marigold Hotel

The best Marigold Hotel reviewHi dears,

Today we went to the movies using the Du Tuesdays offer- Yep! Again.. Who doesn’t love a discount?. This time we decided on The second best Marigold Hotel.. Just recently I watched the first movie on TV and I wanted to see the second part of it.

I love the aesthetics of this movie. India must be really inspiring ( too bad, I still didn’t have the pleasure of going there being so close by!). The colors, the rituals, the people, the wisdom, the family, and the dancing.. maybe it is all only in the movies. I can assure you in Spain there are not so many toreros and not all of us are flamenco dancers or dress with flowers in our head and say Ole!.. Stereotypes, right?

This movie inspired me to write almost immediately as there were some topics they touched with bare hands and feet.. Time and the lack of time, being one of them. The Marigold Hotel is a hotel for “the elderly and beautiful”.. like a pensioners house but in a hotel shape and with more spicy food probably.

The characters are of certain age ( or should I say old.. it sounds rude, kind of impolite.. we use so many euphemisms for aged..) and so they speak pretty openly of the time they have or might not have. Even the owner of the hotel speaks about that quite (too much) upfront. All this made me think.. In reality, none of us, no matter the age, we don’t have certainty of much time we still have left on earth, still we live without this in perspective… at least in my culture. At least, me.

Why is this? Is this because we are too scared of uncertainty that we rather look elsewhere, is it because without idea of future we might feel hopeless, is it because we, somehow believe in reincarnation or our souls flying around that we don’t see death as a concern? I don’t have an answer, but it strikes me. I am so unprepared, I have so much staff to do and so little time.. Time again.

What would happened if we would change our mindsets and live our lives as if every day could be the last? Would we be more grateful, maybe fight less, try to see what is really important and what not, would we kiss more, laugh more….. or right the opposite and live in agony, fear, desperation? Most religions offer an afterlife. Do we really want that, do we really need that? It’s a comforting thought indeed, but are we losing the benefits of the other vision for fear?

The other topic I loved, it is kindness, care, humanity.. Almost at the end of the movie, in a scene, someone tells something like this..- I came to see you and pay you respect. You decided to plant a tree, even though you know you will not enjoy it.- Time and the lack of it right there, but at the same time.. Choice, option… what do we do with our time? What do I do with my time? Can it be considered a seed, would it someday become a tree?.. I like this thought. Actually I think this is totally awesome.. Be good, do good.. No matter what. In Spanish we even have a saying.. Haz bien y no mires a quien, something like “Do good, no matter to who”.

Ok, my dears, enough for tonight.. I need to think. I need to sleep. I hope I have time to do it all! Lol. If you ever had these thoughts crossing your mind, please feel free to share.

Good night!

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

 

 

FASHION FORWARD 2015 DESIGNER : AIISHA RAMADAN

Hi dears,

 

In case you didn’t know her as yet, let me introduce you to Aiisha Ramadan, the designer, the fashion guru in this side and in the other side of the Atlantic Ocean ( actually also on the other side of the Pacific Ocean too!.. L.A.).

She has dressed some of those celebrities every designer dreams to dress.. Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Teron, Paris Hilton, Raya Abichared.. and even a blogger fellow of mine.. Simone Heng. And all this, in really a very short time. That is due to what I call – either you have it, either you don’t -Talent. 

Born in Lebanon, she followed her instinct and launched her brand AIISHA in 2006. Ever since, she has won a lot of prizes and awards. The one that I find cooler ..when she was named as one of the 30 Most Awesome Women in the Arab World in 2009 ( Yallah!)  and at the recent Women Leaders UAE2015 she won in the category of Contemporary Fashion designer. There is many more..kind of like karma.. She dresses the beautiful people going to the Oscars, the Grammy’s etc..and all that effort to make them shine, pays back.

Aiisha Ramadan will be showing her collection in this coming Fashion Forward (Register if you havent already. This year is from the 10 to the 13th of April). The collection is called Queen of Scotts and let me tell you it is simply beautiful and clean. The silhouettes are straight, embracing the models bodies and to me, they are very elegant and timeless. She picked strong colors: Purple, reds, blues, blacks, greens.. all in perfect harmony with the embellishments. Not too much, not too little.. just perfect.

Here you have some of the pics of this gorgeous collection.. Let me know your thoughts. Do you like them? When would you use them? Which one is your favorite?

Lots of Luv,

Araceli

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