Category: Travel

My birthday weekend in Paris X First Hotel Paris

Hey Guys,

So i just got back from Paris as i was there for Paris Fashion Week and ofcourse to celebrate my birthday as you all have seen on my social channels. For this very special moment i had my stay planned in the First Hotel Paris. This Hotel is located in the very centre of Paris, 15 min from the Eiffel tower!And that’s one of the reasons why i had this room with a very beautiful view. ( Which you will see in this blogpost 🙂 ) The Room itself actually looks quite nice and modern. It has a black and white color scene which makes it extra luxurious and sort of spacious. It offers an Nespresso machine for some coffee and a mini bar. And the most important think to me: A big closet to stuff all my selected outfits in for this trip!

I arrived in Paris on wednesday evening, just ontime for my birthday the morning after. ( March 1st). My birthday started off right with a breakfast served on bed by the staff of the First Hotel. With a sweet note to wish me an amazing birthday and a warm welcome to Paris! After it was time to take ofcourse an amazing photo of me on the balcony of my room! Which had the best view possible on the eiffel tower. The day was actually very busy for me as it was also Paris Fashion Week so i got meetings to do as well. So after breakfast it was time for me to meet the Blackberry group in the Lobby of the First Hotel Paris as you all have seen in my last blogpost. After this it was time for me to pick up some goodies at Rue saint honore ( My shopping paradise). And yes it was time to spoil myself for my birthday and all the hard work that i’ve done the last months. 1st stop Hermes for some very special pickups. The second stop was at Alexander Mcqueen where my friend works and always keeps the most exclusive and cool items apart for me untill i’m in Paris. So yes i ended up with some great items.

( I could be in this bed staring at this view forever)

One of the spots that i like to take lunch in Paris is L’Avenue on avenue Montaine, i think everyone knows this restaurant and area. It has the best springg rolls and i love to take in some french fries:). I met up here with Sandra she is one of my best business partners and friend. She is the owner of Otis Skincare and of course suprised me with a new box full with Otis Skincare products. We had a lovely lunch here and actually came across some partners and friends here aswell, so that was great. After this it was time for a stop at Balmain for some pick-ups and my friend was convinced to by the classic blazer from Balmain. I will not tell you all the things that i did this day as it is to much to talk about. Think about shows from Fashionweeks and collaboration meetings:)

After coming back in my hotel after a great day in Paris, the team of the First Hotel actually got a suprise for me again :). Once i opened the door of my suite i saw a bottle of champagne waiting for me on the bed with a note. Honestly the service and eye of detail from the staff of this hotel is just amazing!

( Lunch at L’Avenue)

Information about the First Hotel you can find here

Outfit information:

Photo 1

Belt: Louis vuitton

Shirt: Hermes

Jeans: Hermes

Loafers: Aristocrats

Clutch: Goyard

 

Hope you enjoyed this blog and i can advice you to stay in the First Hotel Paris if you are planning to visit the city of light!

 

Best,

Laurent

 

Gran Canaria X GC Wellness press trip

 Hi Guys!

Most of you probably saw that my team and i were on a press trip in Gran Canaria. I personally visited the Spanish islands very often when i was young. ( To skip winter in Europe 🙂  I always wanted to go back as the islands have given me joyfull memories! And now it was finally happening.

I was checking the weather forecast beforehand but it wasn’t looking that great. I will tell you more about that later.

We flew from Eindhoven Airport to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria airport. The flight was business class and was pretty smooth for a flight of 4 hours. Once arrived we were hosted by our transfer ( 24/7 available driver) who was booked for my stay. So she was my personal assistant for the stay in Gran Canaria. Fancy me lol. She was absolutely friendly and fun to talk with, and the weather was actually amazing aswell as it was sunny with clear skies. ( So guys never trust to much on weather forecasts). The whole transport and service was absolutely outstanding. There was actually a customized map for my whole team in Gran Canaria with my name on it ‘Laurent Sebastian press trip’.

Our hosting resort was a 1 hour drive as it was located in the deep south of the islands. This was actually a positive thing as the island has a micro climate. This means that it has diffirent climates on the island, snow meets sun etc. We were directly brought to the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa and thankfully we had the evening off of arrival. We started the first evening with an ‘A la Carte’ menu at a michelen holding restaurant within the hotel. It had 7 cources which was a little to much, but absolutely top of the level food! After that it was time to take a long rest as i travelled so much lately that i forget to take a rest sometimes. The Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa is a 4 star resort in an amazing location in Gran Canaria. The service was outstanding and the hygiene was on a top level. Ps all rooms have seaside views. Our room was pretty big with a big balcony with sunset view! So time for a timelapse!. As GCwellness was my organiser or the trip ( Spa trip), they had an amazing Spa in the Hotel. On the next day i started the day with an outdoor gym session and after a ‘Hot stone massage in the spa offered by the Hotel manager’. One word: Amazing! i felt like a newborn! The Hotel has 2 heated pools to make it more pleasant in the low season.

 

( View from our suite, i will mis this every evening)

 

At night we tried the main restaurant. VIP table with the best view reserved. The cuisin was french/oriental inspired and of course delicious. We had no wished left unfulfilled.Also the breakfast, which is always the most important meal for me and my team was amazing! From fresh fruits,pancakes to any egg dish of your choice, there was nearly everything.

Now i want to say something about the weather, we had 2 days of very sunny weather! The rest of the stay was mixed with clouds and very windy days. The best time for travelling to Gran Canaria is from the end of april to october! So we were a little bit early, but still no complains!

Everyday we had a full schedule with our transfer to visit different Spa’s in different Hotels on Gran Canaria. Followed by lunches with the Pr & marketing responsibles from the Hotels. This was actually very interesting and fun, to share ideas and get to know more about the heritage of each and every Hotel. One of the Hotels that we visited was Seasided Palm Beach. This was a 5 star Hotel located at the Dunes of Gran Canaria. This Hotel has individual rooms to offer to their guests. So different use of colors and materials. ( Some guests even ask to the certain room ). This Hotel has 5 stars and a very known tapas restaurant. ( Ofcourse we were having lunch there) The Hotel was retro/vintage inspired, as the interior was fully redone. More about this on my blog later.

On tuesday we were brought to the San Roque Hospital Maspaloma this is a very know hospital on Gran Canaria. They offer the best healthcare for the people on Gran Canaria and offer several treatments. Think about Botox, fillers etc. Once arrived i got a tour through the Hospital by one of the managers, after this i was introduced to the doctor who wanted to offer me treatments. ( After an intake and skin observation).  I was guided very professional through my treatments with an excellent service and very professional English. I started with a goldon mask which is a mask in 2 layers full with minirals and other skin enriching ingredients.

The other Hotel was named Be Cordial. This Hotel was near our hosting Hotel located in the south of the island. This Hotel was amazing to, they had special junior suites which had a private garden and large balcony. It really gave you that feeling as if you were in Cuba. This because they make use of several different colors on the construction of the houses. Like miami vice blue and yellow, And even lemon trees in your own garden. You know what they say ‘When life gives you lemons”. I visited their GC Wellness spa aswell, and i think this was one of the most beautiful pools that i’ve seen during my stay In Gran Canaria. See the photos later :).

Was it one of my best trips? Definitely! Why? Because the whole service and set up of the trip was absolutely outstanding! They had so much eye for personal service and wanted the best or nothing. Combined with the perfect service you can say that despite of the two days of bad weather we had the best holiday of our lives. Were the Hotels one of the best that we ever been to? Definitely!

We are very happy about this experience. And Gran Canaria is definitely worth a trip – no matter if for a active holiday or simply to escape the struggles of the everyday life. Here you can do definitely more than just relax 

 

 

 

 

Outift details

Sweater: Drycorn

Pants: BALR

Shoes: Comme des garçons

Trolley: Victorinox

 

You will find all information about the Hotels here:

 

Hosting Hotel

Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa

More information here

 

 

Seaside Palm Beach

More information here

 

Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa

More information here

 

We hope you like our travel report.

 

Laurent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the last day the sun finally came back out and We can only tell you: That was paradise! The white beach, the by far most turquoise water that we had ever seen and palm trees wherever you look.

Combined with the perfect service you can say that despite of the two days of bad weather we had the best holiday of our lives. Was it the best hotel that we’ve ever been to? Definitely!

We are very happy about this experience. And the Maldives are definitely worth a trip – no matter if for a honeymoon or simply to escape the struggles of the everyday life. Here you can do definitely more than just relax 🙂

You will find all information about the resort here 🙂

We hope you like our travel report. If you have any questions regarding the Maldives, just post them in the comments below 🙂

 

All the best

 

Sandro & Daniel

CIFF #FW18 Edition X LAURENT SEBASTIAN

Hi Guys,

 

I just got back from Copenhagen. I was invited by the CIFF to fly in and visit the 3 day during fair which has a really known name in Europe and abroad. This was my second time at the CIFF as I visited the fair last summer as well. I’m a huge fan of the Scandinavian fashion as the style is very minimalistic and tailored, 2 things which are important to me. Plus the people are so much more ahead of fashion compared to other countries in Europe. So this was really a perfect way to discover some new brands for me.

 

After my touchdown in Copenhagen I went straight to the Bella Sky Hotel, luckily this Hotel is actually on a walking distance from the CIFF fair. I started the day with an amazing breakfast in the Bella Sky Hotel, they offer allot of healthy foods and BIO ones. This was another plus as I’m on a new food plan, so I could balance here as well. After this it was time to fresh myself up and get myself ready for my meetings. I actually had 10 meetings scheduled on my first morning at the CIFF. After entering the fair I really saw that the CIFF organization really paid attention to several details on the fair. It really gives you the feeling of a fashion experience and makes you curious to more.

 

 

Once I finished my first meetings of the day it was time to see some of my old friends on the fair that I met the last edition of the CIFF. We always have an amazing time talking about fashion, online marketing and private life. I found it important to help each other and give advice. This is what friendships are about. After walking around on the fair I really met so many great people and business partners. It is always nice to meet new people and people in real life after having so much email contact without a face :). It gives a better impression of yourself and the other. There were so many incredible brands on this fair and even ones that I didn’t hear about. (But glad that I know them now) The fair was really well organized as I got a VIP arrangement I could enter some pressrooms and little spaces to work on my laptop (Plus charger points for my phone). There was also plenty of food in the VIP rooms which is perfect as I am a foodie. Think about pasta’s, salads etc. 

 

 

For day 1 at the CIFF I selected this all black look. (Black just really dresses perfect in every way during the winter season)

The jacket is from the new SS18 collection of Jofama.

It is made of leather and suede parts finished with silver zippers.

The pouchette is from Goyard. 

It is so practical for me during the day or when I’m attending events. You can actually put allot in it such as my: Business cards, 2 phones, vlog camera and other things.

The sunglasses are selected my Jose Feliciano glasses.

These sunnies really matched with the outfit as they were black but finished with reflecting glasses which gave it a more edgy look. 

 

The room at the Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen

 

Enjoy

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

 

BMW 4 Series Grand Coupe

Hi Guys!

 

You haven’t heard from me in a while. I got a lot of questions regarding the Bmw 4 series Grand Coupe. And since this was also one of my favorite experiences, here’s a new post about it ! A week ago I went to the Bmw dealership Nobracars to pick up this beast! Robbert my contact person at Nobracars dealership took me outside to introduce me to the car. First word was woow! I was actually blown away once I saw this car in front of me, it really is masculine. (M power package). Even better!  First things first was having a chat together with Robbert inside the car about all the features that this car has to offer ( Which will be to many to name) As you might have noticed already: I’m a complete car-addict

I took the car on a road trip to really feel and experience it with all its features and of course power! My first stop was in Antwerp as I had some really nice locations in mind to shoot some content. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t with me at the time. First impression of this car whilst driving to Antwerp: amazing! I discovered why they called this model the Grand coupe, it is a 5 doors car but it feels like you are driving a sports car. It has this smooth aerodynamic and luxurious expression.

 

 

Details about his car

BMW 4 SERIE GRAN COUPÉ 420DA HIGH EXECUTIVE M SPORT

It is full options and has many cool features, I will name some of my favorites as there are too many in this car.

 

  • The 19 inch rims
  • LED light package
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • BMW Head-Up Display
  • Hifi System
  • ConnectedDrive Services included BMW Online
  • Lane Change Warning
  • Sportseats

 

After spending the day in Antwerp I went to Dusseldorf as this is one of my favorite cities in Europe. It has many things to offer such as nice restaurants, awesome locations to shoot and a great city Centre. After spending some driver hours in this car I came to the conclusion that this car never gets boring. This car works with a BMW Efficient Dynamics. This allows you to choose from several ways to drive:

Comfort ( which is the usual way to drive)

Eco pro ( Perfect to drive more efficient as the car will safe fuel. Perfect for driving in traffic jams or cities)

Sport mode (More aggressive acceleration and you can use the flippers behind the steering wheel)

 

 

After approaching the German autobahn it was time to release the beast (in proportions of course as I was not in the mood for tickets) I switched from the automatic gear to manual gear with the flippers on the steering wheel. (Sport mode) This was absolutely amazing it is impressive how fast this car reacts, it is very easy to control the car on high speeds. It sometimes feels that this car is driving on rails. After arriving in Dusseldorf I found this location at the Hyatt Hotel which is located in the industrial/harbor part of the city. This was perfect as I wanted to take drone videos and shots with my DJI Inspire V2. The weather wasn’t with us (To much wind), so I decided to switch to my Canon camera to make shots. So you could tell I was not loving this start of the day with the drone, but don’t worry I got something else for you in this blogpost.

 

The thing that I also really admire in this car is the Bmw connected drive system it has so much to offer. It is basically you’re mobile office. It is connected to your phone and enables you to read your daily emails, apps etc. It even has a WIKI app which allows you to see a list of cultural things to do (depending on the current location). Restaurants/hotels/bars in it as well. The entertainment system is to control by touchscreen or the classic idrive button. The other great innovating thing is that the car offers several driving profiles, think about an individual configuration of your car settings. The seat position, the interior lights, entertainment system you can all customize this to your own preferences. Bmw also introduced a Spotify integration system which gives a better experience to listen to your personal playlists on Spotify! Yaaay no more IPhone cables! Using the 4-series’ you simply use the iDrive controller to bring up the Connected Drive menu and you will see the Spotify logo coming up with available apps.

 

( Taken by my DJI Inspire 2 drone)

You can find all information about the car here.

NobraCars Uden Bmw

And now enjoy the photos of my days. Hope you like them.

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hermes exhibation – Les mondes de Leïla Menchari in Paris

During my business trip to Paris I was invited by my friend Michael to visit the Hermès Ă  tire-d’aile exhibition at the Grand Palais. This exhibition was held by Hermes this month in honor to Leila Menchari, highlighting her poutique yet flamboyant work as window designer. In this exhibition you will see the world of Hermes world displayed by Leila Menchari.

 

Quick background of who Menchari was, after graduating her studies in Tunis she moved to Paris to study. Her interest was in peinture at the L’ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. Here is where Menchari met Azzedine Alaia, who introduced her to the world of fashion. She started working as assistant and head illustrator at Hermes. Here Annie Beaumel (the former Head of windows) taught her everything. Eventually Menchari designed windows for Hermes from 1978 to 2013. Her window designs were always recognized by her use of exotic materials and the poetry from her travels.

 

 

In my opinion Parisian displays of stores would be the nr1 winners every single time. The eye for detail is just amazing, and really asks you to come in! The savoir-faire of these designers is exceptional and unique au monde and this month it’s a great time to celebrate an amazing women who excelled in this industry. It is she who designed, illustrated and created all the windows at the Hermès’ flagshipstore on the rue du Faubourg Saint-HonorĂ©. Click here to buy her Hermes book .

 

 

The display below was one of my favorites, as it really shows a poetry and the luxury of Hermes. Personally i’m a huge fan of the window displays at Hermes as it tells a story and it almost looks like a fairytale.

 

 

In this display you could really see the travel inspiration that Leila Menchari used. The choice of the bag fabrics and colors is amazing.

 

By Leila Menchari and Hermes

”When designing a scene, there must always be some mystery, for mystery is the springboard to dreams. Mystery is an invitation to fill in the gaps left by the imagination. This is how LeĂŻla Menchari explains one of the secrets behind the success of her flamboyant window displays.”

 

 

Enjoy Laurent

COQ Hotel Paris

Finding a Hotel in Paris can be such a struggle sometimes, especially around this time of the year when the holiday season is around the corner. The first thing what goes on in my mind is the location when I book a Hotel, you want to be close to everything and if possible a 5 star rate within the budget. Well the COQ Hotel can offer most of it for a good price!

I got the Deluxe-Room booked for my stay at the COQ Hotel in Paris. This is the most luxurious room that the Hotel offers to their guests. What I like about this room is that it really feels as home and not like a standard Hotel room which we all know the image off. The room has warm colors and even fashionable books in the room + a little desk which I used for editing my photos on my notebook. The Deluxe-room offers: High speed WIFI, a Nespresso machine with cups, Rituals shower products and airconditioning. The biggest plus in this room is the closet, it offers so much space for my clothing and accessories because I hardly travel light. If you are coming with your partner, you will love the shower as it has space for 2!

I got the Deluxe-Room booked for my stay at the COQ Hotel in Paris. This is the most luxurious room that the Hotel offers to their guests. What I like about this room is that it really feels as home and not like a standard Hotel room which we all know the image off. The room has warm colors and even fashionable books in the room + a little desk which I used for editing my photos on my notebook.  Extra things which come with the Deluxe-room are: High speed WIFI, a Nespresso machine with cups, Rituals shower products and airconditioning. The biggest plus in this room is the closet, it offers so much space for my clothing and accessories because I hardly travel light. If you are coming with your partner, you will love the shower as it has space for 2!

 

Every room in the COQ hotel Paris is unique, they all have a different color contrast and style. This makes the stay more personal and private. Besides this there are signs throughout the hotel with #Hashtags which makes it up to date and a real blogger hotel! Attached to the main entrance there is a small brasserie which makes it possible for you to take snacks, breakfast or lunch whenever you feel like it. (Included in the price). And once you finish this you can either go for some fresh air in the garden which has rabbits :), or you can join other guests at the private cinema that the COQ Hotel offers. Everything is close by the Hotel, the Metro to the city Centre is on the corner and supermarkets or fast-food restaurants are all on walking distance from the Hotel.

As I’m 1.92 cm tall I love a bathroom with space. If you are looking for a fashionable and hip place in Paris to stay I would recommend you to book a room at the COQ Hotel in Paris. It’s really a cozy Hotel with that extra touch of attention to the guests, besides having an amazing interior wich all bloggers would dream of! The price, service and location of this Hotel are perfectly in balance.

For this trip I took my Trunks company suitcase with me, it is customized with my initials on it and a red velvet interior! It is a cabin format which makes it accessible to take on the airplane with you.

Laurent

 

 

 

 

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