Niccolò P. London

Hey guys,

We are mid July and summer is in its full glory after some serious heatwaves last week. The time of the year to wear the finest outfits on holidays and events, but are these outfits always that comfortable? From my experience wearing several designers clothes it is not always made of the best materials and the fits can be a disaster sometimes. The fit of polo’s and shirts can be very boxy sometimes and the buttons feel plastic sometimes.

Wearing the Slate Grey ‘Ultra-Soft’ Polo Shirt, Egyptian Mako Cotton

I got in touch with Niccolò P. several months ago to have a look at the collection and tailored made polo’s for the summer season. Niccolò P. is launched in May 2018 as a more structured approach to polo shirts: polos smart enough to take you from relaxed meeting to the rooftop bars of the city and from airport lounge to poolside.We talked about fabrics, fits and designer clothing which is not always the best on the market. As I am a huge fan of tailored clothing this was the right adres for me. I like my button shirts, polo’s and T shirts tailored on the shoulders and chest with a looser end on the bottom to keep it fresh and ventilated. Nicolò P. is a London based tailor specialized in classy menswear with the focus on Shirts and Polo’s. A little issue that I have with clothing is that I am 1,92cm tall and am pretty masculine on the shoulders and chest which makes it often hard to select the right sizing and tailor for me. Most problems are on the sleeve lengths and the length of the items itself , seams could cause an irritation on my skin in same cases. Niccolò P. uses the finest natural materials available anywhere in the world with bespoke-level details in classic style and a contemporary fit.

Italian Craftsmanship

Each polo is made using only cotton knitted in Montebelluna, a region of Italy renowned for fine textiles. West Indian Sea Island, Egyptian Mako and Supima cotton varieties are used, all of which are extra long staple cottons guaranteeing you a smooth, soft feel second to none. Fabrics are custom-dyed from over 2,300 colour options.

Wearing the Amalfi Blue ‘Ultra-Soft’ Polo Shirt, Egyptian Mako Cotton

Details fabric
• Contemporary fit, true to size 
• 100% Mako cotton in a double-jersey knit with a mercerised finish
• Fabric weight: 190 gsm 
• Suitable for wear year-round
• Australian MOP buttons 
• Internal Niccolò P. label 
• Mid-length front placket 
• Fabric knitted in Italy 
• Garment sewn in Portugal 

The polo’s are all made of the finest materials which makes it really pleasant to wear them during this summer season. The polo’s ventilate and are perfect to wear on the office and my holidays as they are dressed and easy to combine with a chino or short finished with a pair of loafers.

More information:

Click here to get to the website of Niccolò P.

Happy summer

Laurent Sebastian

Michelin star Restaurant JAN Nice

Hey Guys,

A while ago I visited Nice in the South of France for some meetings and to enjoy some time with family. The French Rivera is one of my favorite places to to visit and enjoy the French cuisine. This time I had the privilege to be invited by Restaurant Jan a 4 star Michelin Restaurant in Nice. A 24-seater fine-dining restaurant in the up-and-coming bohemian district of Nice Port, JAN is a celebration of South-African hospitality and serves honest food inspired by local produce from the markets of the South of France.

A little history about Jan. Originally from Middelburg a town in the northern reaches of South Africa, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen studied culinary arts and applied design in Stellenbosch, after which he worked for food publications both locally and abroad. It is during this time that he happened upon the concept of adapting and serving South African favourites like melktert and biltong to discerning culinary audiences in Europe.

Really loved the details of the Menu

By arrival we we’re hosted by the owner and had a chat with him before starting this beautiful dine experience. We were pointed to to a personal waiter for the evening who was excellently educated and really knew what he was doing. We were offered a 7 course menu including several wines and of course as started a glass of champagne. The seven course tasting menu with traditional influences from South African favorites combined with French techniques and local Mediterranean produce. And I must say all wines were perfectly matched with the dishes.

The main dish included meat with several veggies and brown rice which was very tasteful. A funny fact is that even though the proportions looks small, it really was enough to have fulfilled feeling.

Main course
This dish was covered with real gold

As this was a 7 course menu I could talk for hours about all dishes but I think this won’t be interested ha and you will have to experience this yourself. As told before all dishes are inspired by South African and French heritage with use of local products. Fish, meat and several veggies were included. I really liked the eye for detail that Restaurant Jan has for its decoration of dishes and of course the stunning interior of the Restaurant which felt like a living room. Even the restroom really was something on it’s own, finished with luxurious details and the Hotel Costes Home scent ( Which I recently bought and felt in love with during my many visits to Paris).

Conclusion

Restaurant JAN is really amust to visit when you are spending time in Nice. The staff is very friendly and offers a high level of personal service towards its clients. I really could not wish for a better service or place to have a diner of this level, it really deserves the Michelin stars. Also there is limited space, so it makes it really pleasant to have a diner with loved ones. The decoration and lay-out of Restaurant JAN is really cool as this is inspired on African and French roots. So let me know when you will visit this amazing place?

Enjoy,

Laurent Sebastian

Talentless by Scott Disick

Hey all,

Quick update. Summer is here and this means an all new summer wardrobe for this season, shoes, loafers and menswear of course. I personally like to switch styles on a daily base, from casual to classy menswear. Depending on what’s in my agenda on a daily base I like to dress myself as much related to the event etc. Still classic menswear is my favorite. But in downtime it is always nice to wear a casual look paired with a good pair of jeans and sneakers.

I recently got in touch with my connections in Los Angeles and got across Talentless a brand that is recently started by Scott Disick ( Aka Kourtney Kardashians her ex) or as I know him as Lord Disick. I like the name Talentless as it is really a smash into the face of haters and anti social media people out there. Who ever thought they got that far right with a reality show? The menswear from Talentless is made of ultra soft cotton and made for casual days. From Tracksuits to T-shirts and hoodies. Also I love the fact that 3% of each sale will be donated to the cancer support organization.

In this blogpost I have included 1 of the 4 outfits that I got form Talentless, totally in love with the red vintage color for this season.Cut and dyed from our premium heavyweight cotton, the basic hoodie gets the crystal treatment in this unique small-batch release of low-immersion dyed garments. It is released In honor of Scott Disick its birthday. I love a good hoodie on a breezy summer afternoon or when it cools down on summer evenings paired with a good pair of jeans and sneakers.

What do you think of this first look of Talentless? More looks will be published over the summer season including several tops. All shots are made with the Canon Eos77D with a EF 50mm lens.

The second item that I wear is a basic T-Shirt from the T-shirt line that is produced for Scott Disick it’s birthday. This shirt is cut from premium weight, pigment dyed, and potassium-finished 100% cotton for an ultra-soft feel and perfect relaxed fit.

All details of the outfit can be found on my Instagram Page or visit the website of Talentless by clicking here

Enjoy,

Laurent Sebastian

Ineo Switzerland

Hi Guys,

Hoping you are all doing well! I just had a really busy period of press trips and shoots, but I am great! I want to tell you more about Ineo Switzerland in this blogpost, a new brand focused on skincare for men. It all started with an idea and vision of a brother & sister who saw an opportunity in the men’s cosmetics/skincare.

In Latin it means ‘ I understand, I launch myself into’ Get started and take care of yourself. Ineo Switzerland uses wealth of natural resources in Switzerland which makes the products even more environmentally friendly.

Ineo Switzerland and their commitment:

Promise: The Science & Natural alliance at the service of efficiency!

Style: Resolutely masculine style packages, designed for travel, bathroom or sport. Light, practical and hygienic to better protect your products.

Digital: Available online so that you can have them 24 by 7, save time and get them at the best possible price.

I started to use their range of products this month and can already tell that I noticed improvements on my skin. The 3 most common products that I use are the Face moisturizer , Multi-actions serum and the eye contour which I will tell you more about.

Face moisturizer

The Face moisturizer from Ineo is perfect for daily use and I apply this on a clean face in the morning. It keeps my face 24 hours hydrated and has this fresh and light texture which makes it perfect for the spring/summer season. Composed of hyaluronic acid, as well as its dedicated complex of fruit extracts: apple for hydration, peach for purification and grapefruit for a tonic early morning !

Eye contour

The eye contour is perfect for daily use in combination with the Moisturizer or Serum that you apply in the morning. The eye contour is a fresh serum that you apply underneath your eyes when you think your face needs a little boost after travels or a long night. The eye contour serum has no perfume or shine added and penetrates quickly and has an immediate effect. Without forgetting its masculine plant complex, which aims to be soothing and activator of micro-circulation. The end effect is that you have brighter eyes and less darker circles beneath your eyes.

Face Serum Multi-Actions

I use this Face serum on a daily morning routine after washing my face. This Multi-Action Face Serum provides my skin with a protective and non shiny film. The Multi Action Serum does not have the texture of a cream neither a cream or a gel, only the concentration of daily benefits. precious red snow algae, blackcurrant buds extracts and of course hyaluronic acid are at the heart of this Serum. I already could tell differences of my skin within 2 days. The Serum helps my skin to revitalize and focus on flexibility.

I use the products on a daily base and could really recommend these products to men. The products show their affect within 48 hours already.

Laurent Sebastian

Conclusion

As a modern men who is really active on skincare I would definitely recommend these products. Especially the 3 products that I mentioned in this blogpost are beneficial for your skin on a daily base. If you want a fresh, flexible and vitamin boost for your skin these are the right products, also to prevent eye puffiness.

You can find more information about Ineo Switzerland and their products by clicking here.

All the best,

Laurent

Tesla Model S roadtrip to the French Riviera

Hi everyone,

As you might have seen in several posts I have been spending some time in the French Riviera, one of my favorite places. When you think about sun, luxury living and fast cars you think about the French Riviera. This is the ultime part of France where wealthy people expose their toys and living. So why not drive to the French Riviera with a Tesla Model S and see what is out there. Thinking about the environment aswell.

After experiencing the Model X and the feeling of 100% electric driving I wanted to push myself to the limits and challenge myself to drive 100% electic to the South of France. Our goal was to the reach Nice and Cannes to spend a small week. Me as nervous as always really got mixed feelings about planning this trip, especially since i never drove 100% Electric to the south Of france or any place abroad. Normally it would be a diesel car or by plane. But Tesla has one of the most invovating and smart cars on the market so I was confident about planning the trip. You can just put the end destination address in the GPS of the Tesla and it will calculate the route with several ‘Supercharge’ stops to reach the destination. Oh boy I was so nervous to reach the 1st charging stop, but after a while this got better and better. A Supercharger is a special designed electric charge point for Tela drives to charge their Tesla’s to 80% or 100% in just 30 to 40 minutes, this is way faster than regular chargers. You can read more about this in my previous post about the Model X. During the drive to Nice we were basically guided by the GPS from 1 to another supercharge station with 30 to 70 Km left in reach. The Tesla Model S has a reach of 500 km on a fully charged battery and it will notify you when to take turns etc to reah the Supercharge point or adjust your speed to reach. The average drive from 1 to another Supercharge point was 2.5 to 3 hours to succesfully reach the end destination Nice. However these calculations are based on your way of driving ( 100 t0 130km/h). Most Supercharge points are located at the regular gas stations next to the highways, as we al know these stations have Mac Donals, Starbucks etc . The end result we have stopped 4 times to charge the Tesla on our way to the South Of france which is really decent. In general it takes 3 to 4 hours more based on the whole trip to Nice which is an average drive of 10 to 11 hours max with a regular car.

Comfort

The Tesla Model S is a really comfortable car and I personally think that it has such a beautiful aerodynamic design. It is a mix of a sedan and sports coupe with a beautiful masculine ass and front :). A big plus is tesla air suspension which allows me to lower or higher the car in 3 ways: Standard, lower and higher. I mostyle drove on the standard way and when crossing the famous toll roads i had to higher the car as it is really low on the ground. The Model S Was also included with a panoramic roof which could be halfway open or on a ventilation postion, perfect for our time in the Riviera. The seats of the Model S are also a big plus as they are fully electric sportseats with heaters and back support.( Perfect for long drives like these) Auto climate control, entertainment system etc is on it aswell. So about comfort and luxury i had con complaints lol. A big plus is the Autopilot ( this is an extra option) as it is a comfortable and safe way of driving, I used the Autopilot most of the time.



Conclusion

The Model S is a stunning car and is really fast as it goes from 0/100 in just 3 secondes which is amazing! This Model S that i drove is fully option as you can see on the photo’s with 21 inch rims :). The red /black combo is just every guys dream to my opinion. The reach of the Tesla is great and i think it will only get better in the future, yes it is for sure a different way of driving but you really get used to it afte an hour. Tesla also just announced new and faster superchargers which make it possible to charge the car faster ( As there are currently some differences in the Supercharges, some are faster and some are slower) This has to do with the fact that 1 supercharger is deviding the power for 2 cars.

My personal positive pro’s

  • Great aerodynamic
  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Effecient
  • Cost saving
  • Safe
  • Autopilot

Don’ts

  • It takes a little more time to reach the final destination ( Nice, South of France) It took 5 to 6 hours more by Supercharging the Model S) It is not a bad thing ofcourse as you safe on fuel costs. It is something to take in consideration when planning to drive to the South of France in 1 day.

Hope you enjoyed and I inspired you to drive all the way green to the South of France 🙂 You can find more about my roadtrip with the Tesla on my highlight ‘Tesla’ on my Instagram page.

Best,

Laurent Sebastian

Birthday weekend at Intercontinental Hotel Dusseldorf

Hi Guys,

Hoping you are all doing well! As you all have seen on my Instagram i just turned 27 on th 1st of March. A special age to celebrate on a great location, like the Intercontinental Hotel in Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf is in my top 5 of favorite cities in Europe as it has great shops and restaurants. The Intercontinental Hotel in Dusseldorf kind of feels like home by now as I have spend time here whilst doing Christmas shopping last year. By arrival the Pr manager awaited me to personally congratulate me for my Birthday. And the best part is that we got one of the Executive rooms which are recently renewed.

Birthday boy

The Executive rooms are exquisitely furnished, with a big working area, livingroom, 2019 nespresso machines and 2 flat screens. The elegant bathroom is fully marble and comes with a luxury rainshower ( With a seat) and a seperate bathtub. The room has a huge king-size bed and trust me you will sleep like a baby. It is not hard to feel at home in this spacious room.

The living room

My favorite part of the room is the walk-in closet it is so spacious that there is a seat in it to admire your clothing haha :). Ps. Dusseldorf is a great city to shop as all stores are there just one step away from the Intercontinental Hotel. The Hotel is located right on the Koningsallee which is the main street in Dusseldorf, Hermes and other stores are located right next to the Hotel. Also the Executive room is on the 8th floor and has a huge balcony with a view over the Koningsallee and the skyline of Dusseldorf. One great convenience is that the Hotel has Valid parking which allows you to park beneath the Hotel for 30 euros a day.

The walk- in closet

I could not have wished for a better birthday than celebrating it this year in one of my favorite cities and Hotel. I mean what else than relaxing, shopping, clubbing and waking up with the excellent roomservice that provides you with breakfast in bed. The Executive room really gave me this ‘at Home’ feeling in seconds, it is spacious, modern, clean and you could spend a weekend in it if the weather isn’t great. The staff of the Hotel is just amazing, they call you by your surname and really want you to feel comfortable and appreciatted, nothing is to much to ask.

The bathroom


Conclusion

If you seek for a Hotel in Dusseldorf with the best location, design and service Intercontinental is the place to be. It is located in the heart of the city centre and has great comfort and service.

You can find more about the ratings and service of the Intercontinental Hotel Dusseldorf by clicking here.

All the best,

Laurent Sebastian

Tesla X Laurent Sebastian

Hey Guys,

Hoping you are all doing well! It has been a while since I have published something on my blog. I have been insanely busy lately, but today I will show you something really awesome!

As most of you know I have a huge passion for automotive and i an really talk about this for hours if nobody stops me lol. I am always very amazed about how fast the car industry has developed lately when it comes to efficiency, design and intelligence. Tesla is one of these game changers who to my opinion opened a new era in the automotive.

The Interior is just jaw dropping.

This is really one of the greatest projects that I have been working on the last months, before the moment pick-up of this amazing Tesla itself. Last week I had the privelige to meet at the Tesla HQ in Asmterdam and see the amazing company and ofcourse to pick up my Tesla Model X, My first impression of the Model X was just jaw dropping, the design, the features and ofcourse the iconic wing doors. (Falkon doors ) Tesla is following the crowd in producing a sporty and luxurious SUV, it has distinctive looks and there’s plenty of innovation underneath, too. This includes Autopilot, electrically operated ‘falcon wing’ rear doors and a range that can top 500KM. While the Tesla can be a near-silent friend of the environment, it can also go from 0 to 100 in such a fast time. Turst me this Tesla is as fast such as a Porsche Cayenne.

Batmobile?


Biggest GPS screen (17 inch) in the automotive market.

TOP CAR  AND SUPERCHARGING

To me this is the ultimite Tesla at the moment, It is fast, has a strong design and it is so easy in use. I believe this car is made to not let you think or be stress, it basically takes over the work behind the wheel. One thing that really suprised me that the switch from driving gasoline to 100% electric is really small. You don’t really notice this after drving this car for a day, you get really used to driving electric. Also Tesla has build so many Supercharge stations where you can quickly charge your Tesla to 100% (500KM) in just 40 minutes. A good thing about this is that it is free for Tesla drivers who are on the go and need to fill up quick. Plus these Supercharge stations are ALWAYS located at Hotels/Restaurants spots to have a snack/coffee or work a little on your laptop while charging your Tesla. Tesla is still expanding the locations of Supercharge stations, and yes is it possible to cruise to the South of France.



Loads of Space

AUTOPILOT

This Tesla comes with Autopilot which is 100% safe. There were stories out there that there were fabric faults etc. This is untrue. I have experiences the Autopilot myself and i could only recommend this to Tesla buyers. It allows you to cruise relax on long distances and when you need to have phonecalls etc. Also the Autopilot system warn you every 30 seconds to touch the steering wheel to still keep active behind the wheel and prevent accidents ( Minimum chance btw) In the worst case the Tesla drives itself automatically to the side of the road or highway. It has many camera’s and sensors to check the positions of the car and other drives. ( The Falcon doors (WING) are also not fully opening when you are in a low and tight parking lot, to avoid damages on the door. Thank god for technology and sensors.

Biggest front window in the automotive.

TESLA APP AND FEATURES

The Tesla app is just amazing, it allows you many things to control from a distance. You can heat all 6 seats in the car, steering wheel headed and the climate of the car in general. Also it can allow you to drive the car back or forward ( Incase you a parked in a very tight spot). The app allows me to check the % of the battery of the car and incase how many minutes left of the supercharging. it sends me text when the car is fully charged etc. I can find spots to charge with this app aswell and it will automatically navigate me to this spot. Will tell more about this on Instagram later with visual content as i could talk about the features for days! LOL

Just one click away on the Tesla app to control many car features.

My Tesla Model X comes with ( To long list to name them all) :

  • 6 seat configuration ( Extra cupholders and console for the passengersin the back)
  • Autopilot
  • Suspension system ( Allows me to lower and higher the car at any time)
  • Media system ( Spotify intergration, WIFI, USB ports, bluetooth, 17 audio speakers)
  • GPS/MAPS realtime
  • Full LED lights system
  • LED ambiant light system interior
  • Automatic doors


CONCLUSION

I am just really blown away about the intelligence, safety and design of this futuristic car. And to be honest I could really recommend everyone driving electric, it drives so comfortable and yet fast. It saves you allot of money in many aspects of taxes etc.

You can check more information about the Tesla Model X and other Tesla cars by clicking HERE.

All shots are taken with my Canon EOS80D with a 55MM lens.

Hope you enjoyed this blogpost

Laurent

Intercontinental Hotel Düsseldorf

As I travel around the world I always try to find the Hotels with the best location and comfort..…. So when traveling to Dusseldorf this time I decided to stay at the Intercontinental Dusseldorf. They invited me to try out one of their new suites as they just did a major renovation. The timing was perfect as I was planning to do some Christmas shopping in Germany, plus the Intercontinental is located on the main shopping street called königsallee. I totally loved the neighborhood!

My room was really spacious although I they booked the ‘Executive room’ for me. That huge bed was amazing to just rest in after long days of photo shoots, meetings and shopping. And no, they didn’t have a complimentary Hermes goodie bag on the bed, that was some shopping I left there, haha.

(The Bathroom)

There was plenty of space in some really original storage designs that I assume vary from room to room. My room actually had an extra room which was the walk-in closet, including a seat to select my outfits on a comfortabel way.

(The Walk in closet was a big plus)

The bathroom was very spacious including a tub, rainshower and a seperate shower plus a spacious sink to storage all my beauty products. A big plus was the huge mirror which is rare in Hotels these days.

Thank you for having me Intercontinental Dusseldorf!

More information about the Intercontinental Hotel

Click here

Laurent

Traveling fast and productive with Thalys

Hi Guys,

Hoping you are all doing well! As you all might have seen i am traveling often for my work. Before booking or planning to go to events shootings and so on, I always check the most fast way of transportation. As Paris is one of my favorite cities to go to and the city where most of my clients are located it’s obvious that i choose to travel the fastest way. I will tell you more about this way of travelling in this blog

First of all traveling with the Thalys high-speed train has many pro’s, especially when you travel in the Premium class of thalys like i did. This includes more spacious seats and has own catering. What i like about traveling by train is that it allows me to work in silent as i can work on my laptop and have phone calls without disturbed. Depending on the time you will get either lunch, diner or breakfast serviced. There is also an own bar located in the cabin.

The pro’s are:

  • Fast WIFI
  • Catering
  • Spacious seats ( Offers more privacy)
  • A taxi can be booked by one of the hosts for the arrival destination
  • Daily papers and magazines are there to read ( Vogue etc)

 

Fast

It’s incredible how fast this way of traveling is as it is only 2 hours from my hometown to Paris, the Thalys goes 300km a hour directly to Paris. You will arrive in gare du nord station which is located in the heart of Paris. By Airplane it takes way more time as the airpot is located 1 hour from Paris city centre and has many custom stops.

Conclusion

If you are planning to visit Paris i would suggest to go with Thalys as it is fast, comfortable and drives multiple times a day to Paris. The prices are fair and is worth it. I want to thank Thalys for this oppertunity.

#Sponsored

 

All the best

 

Laurent

Sleeping under the stars at 7 Hotel Paris ****

Hi Guys,

Hoping you are all doing well. I just returned from my trip to Paris which was amazing as always! I always love to go to Paris in Spring and fall, one of the most beautiful seasons in Paris. Anyway let’s go straight to the subject, my Hotel experience in Paris. For this trip i had the opportunity to stay at the 7 Hotel in Paris, a 4 star Boutique Hotel.

A Romantic Boutique Hotel near the Latin Quarter The Hotel Seven offers guests a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city with its elegantly furnished patio. The cozy wooden-decked inner courtyard features comfortable rattan sofas and armchairs ideal to enjoy a morning coffee, a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap at the end of your long Parisian day. I like that this Hotel is something different from ordinary Hotels, the interior is so modern and the rooms are all different so non of the rooms has the same interior. BIG PLUS the rooms with the star ceilings, it is so elegant and peaceful and makes you relax. The beds are absolutely comfortable and have an overload of pillows which makes it extra comfy!

Even the walls are designed with lights in it which gives the room a very luxurious And romantic touch. I mostly get annoyed by the small bathrooms in Hotels as they are mostly designed for 1 person. Well, In the 7 Hotel there is plenty of space for 2 persons in the rooms. My room had a HUGE rain shower behind the bed with 2 entrances with individual sinks, one for him and one for her. One other aspect that i like about the 7 Hotel is the location. Location is EVERYTHING in Paris and any other city in the world. The metro is right on the block and there are plenty of Ubers to catch in this hip neighborhood. (The Louvre is 10 min by Metro)

 

The breakfast in the 7 Hotel is excellent ans i have no complains about it. I choose to have breakfast in bed as i like to wake up slowly on my trips without company. You can honestly order anything you like and they will check if they have the products in house to prepare the meal! Conclusion: This Hotel is definitely worth booking as you check the comfort, location and luxury touch. The prices are good and really meet the comfort that you get.

 

More information about 7 Hotel Paris 

Website

https://sevenhotelparis.com/en/

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

 

 

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