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

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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

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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

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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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LOOKBOOK : GREEN MICHAEL KORS DRESS TWO WAYS

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It has been a while since last time I posted a look for the lookbook files ( aka #OOTD, Outfit of the day). Reason?… Well, the pics were very well kept in my husband’s iphone and he kept on forgetting to send them to me. Lol!

Anyways, here they are finally!. Let me tell you a bit about them. There is always a history behind everything at the end of the day.

Not too long ago I went to the Dubai Outlet Mall with my girlfriends Maria Elena, Daniela and Ines. The girls who shop together stick together! or at least have great fun together, eating cake, getting lost in the Mall and helping each other to find THE piece. They literally kicked us out of the Mall and I reached home after midnight. We, women are very collaborative when shopping and we might divide in groups and coordinate the different tasks or divide the areas of the shop. Specially when you have nothing in particular in your radar and another friend does. It is normally not planned, It is just our Shopping Project Management Skills ingraned I guess. So while one is doing the queue to the changing room, the other will check for more stuff or a particular size and if happens to find something that another girlsfriend might like, will take it to her. If one of us is already inside the changing room and is in need of another size or shoes of a certain height, Yallah! There we go. To the rescue!

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WWW.WHATIJUSTLOVE.COMThat day I bought this pretty dress.  It is from Michael Kors  and totally fell for its tone of intense green and the sixties cut. It has very nice metallic accents around the neck area.

The day we took the pictures for this lookbook was a very busy day indeed. You need to fully adapt all the looks depending on the situation. For the office and the dinner on that day, I paired the dress with a black shiny tuxedo type jacket that I got from TopShop  changing it later for a blue long jacket from Next for the fashion event. Believe it or not that day it was a bit chilly ( yep! in Dubai we also get some cold from time to time). The short boots are from Esprit and the bag is my cherished black croco Hermes.

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With this two lookbook options I went to the office and after that to two different events. One the Spring/Summer preview of the brands under the Landmark umbrella (Reiss, Yours, New Look, Lipsy and Koton) and after that to a work related dinner at Maset Al Yakout in Wafi Mall. I just changed the jacket and the shoes and ready to go!.

I will tell you more about those two events as they deserve their own posts.

Besito for now!

 

Araceli Gallego

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AWESOME UAE: SNOOPY ISLAND

What I Just Love in Snoopy Island

Hi dears,

UAE is the amazing little country that I call home now and I am enjoying to go to around and learn new places. Having lived in so many countries, this one has corners that have such an unique beauty that it feels like poetry… the desert, the mountains, the sea, the souks..

Just recently we went to Snoopy Island in Fujairah. There is a little independent hotel there called Sandy Beach Hotel & Resort. There are others close by in Aqah but we chose this one as it is right in front of the rocky island of Snoopy Island.

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Driving from Dubai to Aqah takes more or less 2 hours (around 180 Kms) and the drive is worth a few stops. The Hajar Mountains took my breath away. They are truly amazing, powerful, mysterious and with almost no vegetation.

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What is special in Snoopy Island is that there are around the island many fishes and sharks.. Yep! Sharks.. The island stops the currents and is shelter of many different species including sharks.

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The distance from the beach of the hotel to the island is almost nothing, so you can easily swim and at the hotel you can rent the goggles and the fins. I took my GoPro for a first dive. It was really cool! Dont miss the snorkeling or the diving while being here.

If you feel like touring around there is another stop close to the hotel that is worth the visit. It is the Al Bidiyah Mosque. The oldest mosque in the entire emirates ( 1446 AD). It was built with stone and mud almost in front of the sea. Beside it, on top of the hill, there are two watch towers. In the night the pictures are beautifully dramatic.

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As I am not Muslim I can not enter the little mosque but the roof and the shape of it it is really graceful. The four domes remind of the Ottoman empire and that is why it is also called Ottoman Mosque.

And if you keep on driving a bit more you end up in the capital of the emirate: Fujairah. It has a great park to walk right beside the sea and in front of the port. I have something with ports. I love the structures, the movement of all those cranes like in a ballet, their colours, the lego-containers all piled up.

I hope this post inspires you to visit this amazing place so close to Dubai!

 

Araceli Gallego

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GOING TO THE MOVIES: KINGSMAN- THE SECRET SERVICE

Hi dears,

 

I am in love with the DU Tuesdays! If you have a Du number just send the message “Movie” to 9979 and get your 2 tickets for the price of 1. There are many other offers to go half price to the cinema, depending  if it is VOX or Reel they have special agreements with many of the credit cards : HSBC, Mashreq etc.. So there you go, no excuse to go with your friends or your special one to the cinema.

And the movie that I saw last time was Kingsman- The Secret Service. I was waiting for it just to see again Colin Firth. He is in my humble opinion a great actor.. yep! and I must admit also very sexy. I guess Bridget Jones is the one to blame.

The movie is long – over 2 hours- but I didn’t wanted it to finish at all!. It is an awesome film and it made me laugh most of the time. It is action packed, but also comedy. Like Samuel L. Jackson- impersonating the super villain- having a lisp and some of the situations.. like a special gala dinner with McDonalds. (Well, why not?).

There is a new kid on the block too.. His name is Taron Egerton and he acts as Eggsy (not sure what kind of nickname is that, I never heard it before!). He is the son of one of the deceased Kingsman and mentored by Colin Firth will become one of them. The training is uff!.. I am glad we dont have this kind of programme in my gym.

If you get dizzy by the sight of blood or you have children maybe it is not your thing but for the rest,  there you have my full recommendation to watch it. This is the trailer!

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Enjoy the PopCorn!

 

Araceli Gallego

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WHAT DOES GAITER MEAN IN FASHION?

Hi dears!

A new word has entered our dictionary. This time we aim to know what is a gaiter in fashion and to my surprise new other words came up like spat or spatterdashes or puttee. Is anyone of them familiar? To me, no.. not even in Spanish!. These words have their history and I find them very interesting indeed.

What is a gaiter?

A gaiter is a piece of fabric worn over the shoe, extending to the ankle or the knee. They are worn over the shoe and lower pants leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment. Originally, gaiters were made of leather. Today, gaiters for walking or hiking are commonly made of polyester or similar.

Think that before people used to horse ride and walk on the mud all the time. This was a way to protect the shoes and the legs form getting wet and dirty or hurt from the stirrups. On top of that, I think it gives a very nice silhouette to the leg.

Do you recall those gorgeous victorian shoes?.. Well, in your mental image you have the gaiter. Check these beauties. I like both for men and women.

what is a gaiter? GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEE victorian gaiters, GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEES

Whats is a spat or Spatterdashes?

Spats, a shortening of spatterdashes, or spatter guards are a type of classic footwear accesory covering the instep and the ankle. Spats are not the same as gaiters. They cover different areas. It was an accesory very en vogue in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They fell out of fashion in the 1920s with the cars and concrete and asphalt streets.  The wearing of spats is often used as a symbol representing wealth, eccentricity, or both. Lol! I just have Scrooge McDuck in my head!! Well, still I find the spats very interesting and so did Chanel for the Summer/ Spring 2014.

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What is a puttee?

According to Wikipedia… A puttee, also spelled puttie, is the name, adapted from the Hindi patti, bandage, for a covering for the lower part of the leg from the ankle to the knee. It consisted of a long narrow piece of cloth wound tightly and spirally round the leg, and serving to provide both support and protection. It was worn by both mounted and dismounted soldiers, generally taking the place of the leather or cloth gaiter.

The puttee was first adopted as part of the service uniform of foot and mounted soldiers serving in British India during the second half of the 19th century. Originally comprised of long strips of cloth worn as a tribal legging in the Himalayas. The British India Army found this garment to be comfortable and inexpensive, although it was not as smart as the gaiter.

Eventually it stopped being used for hygienic and medical reasons (varicose veins). Also I can imagine it was not the fastest piece to be adjusted, imagine in case you are attacked by surprise. They have recently found an Austrian Soldier frozen in a glacier with a spoon inside his puttee. Looks like it was frequent when soldiers used to eat from a common pot to keep their spoon with them.

What is a gaiter? What is a puttee? What is a spat? GAITER, SPAT, PUTTEE

 

I hope you enjoyed the post as much as me researching about this cool garments. Do you think they will have a comeback to our fashion scenes? Some are starting to show already…

 

 

 

Lots of luv,

Araceli

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WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR VALENTINE IN DUBAI?

Hi dears,

The 14th of February is just around the corner and maybe you are still not sure what to do for such a “lovely” day. If you are in Dubai, I have been doing some research of options that you might be interested in. These are the best plans for you and your Valentine in Dubai.

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Valentines wanting to Dine …

If you are both foodies, then you could go out to dine in a special place. Being in Dubai there are so many restaurants that it could be daunting to try to choose. These are the ones I find very interesting.

Sheraton Dubai at Mall of the Emirates is offering a pop up restaurant- V by Chef Waleed al Sadik- with breathtaking views from the 24th floor. It offers 5 course menu and beverages for 445 Dhs. Note that the ladies will receive a special gift from Shine Spa. To book: +971 4377 2353

If you, like me, love mexican food, then an option can be Rosa Mexicano. They have a special menu for Saint Valentine with Sea Bass Tamales or Tablones ( yummy!). Also Maria Bonita and Tortuga have special menus for the 14th.

Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers has three restaurants offering customized dinner menus for this special day.If you feel like Japanese food, at Creekside you have 5 course menu and one bottle of sparkling for only 399 Dhs. If you are feeling for indian, then the Ashiana by Vineet is your option. The italian restaurant in the hotel is called Vivaldi and has the same package with lovely italian food.  To book: +971 4 207 1717.

Yas Marina Circuit is putting together a package called “Love Birds Tour” where you can tour the Formula 1 circuit insides where normally only drivers and teams are allowed and after, have dinner in Cipriani (voucher of 350 Dhas as part of the package). The cost is 469Dhs. To Book you can call the toll free 800 YAS.

At the Mina A’Salam Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah you can rent a beach tent or a majlis for 4.500 Dhs. This super exclusive package includes a chauffeur picking you up from the hotel, a flower lapel for him and a flower corsage for you. You will have a butler serving you a welcome beverage before escorting you to the beach for your special dining. If you want to have an edible pic on top of a delicious cake of you and your partner, it is also included in the price.

If this is a bit too pricey, there is another option.. The Golden Abra, where you can eat onboard of one of the pretty abras in the Madinat Jumeirah, with bubbles, canapes, chocolate and flowers. The boats depart at 15.00 on the 14th and the trip takes more or less one and a half hour. The price of this one is 950 Dhs per couple.

Valentines wanting to relax…

Last year I enjoyed the 14th of February in an amazing way.. in a spa at the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. It was great for both of us and I love the concept of sharing the tranquility and peace. I recommend this spa very much, it is called the Saray Spa.

The Sofitel in Downtown Dubai has also a package of 60 minute couples massage, a hydro bath after it with lavender infusion that will make you relax and let go of the daily tensions. The cost is 950 Dhs.

If you are thinking of going out of Dubai, there is a cute hotel in Jabal Akhdar in Oman, in the middle of the gorgeous Al Hajar mountains. There, there is a spa – Alila- where you can enjoy different types of massages ( Balinese, Swedish, therapeudic, etc). I would love to go there, but on that same 14th I have class of my Digital Marketing Certification, so.. no weekend escape this time!.

Actually I am not even sure what will we end up doing at all.. I  have done my research as you can see, but after the class and the weeks work I have always been too tired… We were considering having another day as special but then, all our lives since we started dating have been very special. I guess it is the spanish way, we want to celebrate love, life and food  and any excuse is good enough!

What will you do? Want to share your plans with us? Please, please do so!.. at the comments section.

 

Lots of Luv,

 

Araceli

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS A LOOKBOOK IN FASHION?

Hi dears,

And the new word for the Fashionese- English dictionary is Lookbook!..We hear it everywhere, every season..but what is it? What is a lookbook ?

It is a collection of photos..  For models to show their beauty, for photographers, make up artists or stylists to show their talent, for bloggers to show a style or some outfit. In the case of designers, a lookbook is created to show the designers collection for the current season. It tends to focus on the clothes themselves so the pics don’t need to be very creative but be actually very illustrative.

Also there is web called Lookbook.nu that allows you to see and post your looks. It is great for inspiration and I think I created even a profile some time ago. Thing is, there is so much stuff around I just can not handle all of it. There other pages similar to lookbook.nu called Chicisimo.com, Polyvore. com or Trendtation.com if you are interested.

These are a good example for standard printed lookbooks..In order 1. From Serena Fagence.. 2. Markus Lupfer and 3. From Jota Mas Ge.

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What is a lookbook in Fashion?

What is a lookbook? LOOKBOOK MARKUS LUPFER 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you have any other word you want to add to the dictionary, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment!

On the meantime, enjoy this beautiful month of February that just started. I love this month as it means.. Valentines! and on top of that, the weather is just gorgeous now here in Dubai. I am still not sure what to do, but lets see.. it has to be something cool, something unique .. My husband deserves only the best! Any ideas?

Araceli

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