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Range Rover SV 5.0 Autobiography Dynamic

Hi all,

Last week I took delivery of the Range Rover SV 5.0 Autobiography Dynamic the top of the line Range Rover. The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful Range Rover ever made and we took it for a 500km of testing. This Range Rover comes with any possible option you can think of such as a panoramic roof, electric seats and so on. The best part is the 5.0 liter V8 engine a true beast with an amazing sound! Range Rover has always been one of my favorite cars on the market as it has distinct image and is truly beautiful. When you think about SUV’S you think about Range Rover as they have been active on this market for a long time before other brands took their baby steps into this segment. Besides all of this I am quite tall ( 1,92 ) and love some leg space and additional head space. As this is a SVO version it comes with bolder options and exterior highlights. SVO is a shortcut for Special vehicle operations, this department of Range Rover makes it possible to customize your car with interior and exterior features.

Drone images: DJI Maverick pro 2 by Laurent Sebastian

Comfort

The Range Rover SV 5.0 Autobiography Dynamic is a car where luxury and performances are key words. The Range Rover can either be used as off-roader, an every day car or a true road trip car. The SV Autobiography adds features such as diamond quilted leather seats, leather headlining, auto parking, 24-way driver and passenger front seats with massage function including Hot stone , pulse etc! The Range is a multitasker in any situation. This edition comes with a full option package with 4 electric seats. Funny fact the front seats can be adjusted in 24 different positions.( can be heated and cooled) In the back you will meet the Executive seats which are almost identical to the front seats, the passengers in the back get to enjoy full comfort with 2 media screens. Climate, Windows and the sunscreen of the panoramic roof are all possible to control in the back.By night the car is beautifully highlighted with ambiance lights in the interior which you can configure yourself. (choice of 10 colors) One thing that I have noticed is that the car doesn’t feel huge once you drive it concerning the measurements of the Range Rover which speak for itself. But in case you have issues with parking the car, the 360 degree camera can help you out.

A small summery of the options inside:

  • Entertainment package in the front and back ( 2 displays) backseats
  • Panoramic roof ( can be openend)
  • 360° Surround Camera
  • WIFI onboard or personal hotspot
  • MeridianTM Signature audiosystem
  • A fridge

The way you and more importantly other Range Rover drivers can tell the SVAutobiography Dynamic apart from other Range Rovers is by the quad exhaust and the red Range Rover brake calipers. The side vents, bonnet and grille also have grey accents .And if they still haven’t guessed what it is yet there’s the SVO badge on the tailgate. Special Vehicle Operations have taken the 5.0 litre Supercharged petrol V8  found in the Autobiography grade and tunned it to produce 30kW more power at a colossal 405kW and another 55Nm for 680Nm making it the most powerful put in a Range Rover in the history of the brand.

Drone images: DJI Maverick pro 2 by Laurent Sebastian

Conclusion

After have driven around 500km through Belgium and France i can really give a well founded feedback. I have used the Range Rover in several territories and it never failed, in the city it is easy to drive and off-road even better. To my personal opinion this car is a great combination of a S-class on high wheels and a off-road SUV, it is best of both world. Funny fact the Range Rover can park itself once it has found a proper spot. Due the suspension in this car it is possible to lower and higher the Range Rover or you can simply click on the AUTO button which automatically changes the height of the car by simply checking the status of the road and drive attitude. On off-road the car is really coming to it’s natural habitat as it is originally made for this.

All drone images are made with my : DJI Maverick pro 2

All photo’s are made with the Canon EOS80D EF lens 50mm

All the best,

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

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

 

 

 

Mercedes C-Class – Starsky Squat

 

 

 

Hey Guys,

As you might have seen, I picked up my brand new Mercedes C-Class last week at the Mercedes-Benz Mechelen dealership. I have the amazing opportunity to test this car for a period! Starsky Belgium made this opportunity possible as a known PR agency for known media figures and Celebrities. Big thanks.

My first impression of the C- Class break was actually very positive as i am personally not a big fan of station wagons. But Mercedes nailed it to make this break so sportive and state of the art because of the modern body game. The C-Class has been on the market for while but it has recently been updated Face lift) with some cool features. First thing you will see is the amazing LED laser lights and the enormous front which make this car a true’Beast.

It has been a week now that i am driving the C-Class and i absolutely have no complaints neither things that I would change about this car. It is efficient, dynamic and elegant in the same time. I named some favorite features below.

Command Online (Live traffic NAVI) (Handy to escape jams)
Full digital cockpit (It gives such a powerful and sportive view)
Sportive exterior
360 Degrees parking camera ( It parks itself)

I could go on and on about the things I like about the car, which I will do for sure in the coming weeks but now it’s time for you to check some photo’s.

 

 

Enjoy

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

Coat season with Jofama

Hi Guys,

It has been a bit quite the last couple of weeks on my blog. Sorry for that, but there are coming many new blogposts in the next couple of weeks.
So back to topic, it’s fall, it’s chilli and I want to show you one of my favorite outfits for this fall season.

 

The coat is from Jofama which is known as a perfect affordable jacket,coat and parka maker. What I personally love of Jofama is that the quality is very good and the outwear are in a very fair price range.

So for my outfit I decided to go casual with THE must have this season. A classic coat as every year

The fabric of this coat is very soft and warm and the fitting is pretty good. I love it when the coat is not too oversized and you can actually see the shape of the body. For me a coat is a piece you buy every year and if you stay in shape you can wear it almost every fall and winter season. I must say i am bit of coat and jacket guy as i have over 40 jackets and 10 coats for the Fall season.
I combined the coat with a bright blue button shirt and a dark blue chino. I think it`s important to have atleats one bright neutral color in your outfit that it doesn’t get to boring. Last but not least I chose some classic loafers in a grey colorway as fall is mostly the last season of the year that allows you to wear loafers.

Let me know what you think about this outfit

 

Links

Link to the coat

Link to the shirt

 

 

 

La Bastide de Gordes X Laurent Sebastian

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is having a great summer and is enjoying the travel season. I just travelled back to the French Provence to enjoy time with my friends and some business. Honestly if you never been to the Provence I would strongly recommend you to plan it asap. The Provence is even more beautiful and less commercial then the French Riviera. During my holiday here I was lucky to be invited by the 5 star premium Hotel La Bastide de Gordes. This Hotel is completely redone and opened its doors to the public in 2017. The Hotel has an amazing view in the Valey of Gordes and uses the beauty products from Sisley Paris. I had the oppertunity to explore the Spa combined with a lunch and overnight stay. Let’s start with the Sisley Spa.

 

If you book a treatment at the Spa, you can enjoy the relaxation area which offers many facilities including:

  • Outdoor care and treatments, on a private terrace,
  • An exceptional terrace overlooking the Luberon valley,
  • A beautiful indoor pool,
  • A fantastic hammam,
  • A sauna,
  • Sensory showers,
  • A rest area,
  • A tea room,
  • A functional and well-equipped fitness room.

 

 

Lunch at  L’Orangerie

After the Spa i was invited with my team to have lunch at L’Orangerie which is runned by a Chef with three Michelin stars. ( Promising to be very good)! La Bastide de Gordes’s Orangerie restaurant serves meals in typical Provencal style in a bistro setting with a selection of Mediterranean products. Alternatively, you dine in the open air on the Orangerie’s veranda. The restaurant has a unique ambiance thanks to its ceiling with exposed beams, large windows and the surrounding greenery, all in keeping with our 5 Star Luxury Hotel’s reputation. We started the Lunch with a class of champagne followed with an Octopussy starter. This actually had a great taste and it was my first time that i ate octopussy.  The second meal was a sea bass with traditional seasonal spices, for me it was to much spices as the flavor of the Salmon was completely gone. The dessert was lovely as it was traditional French pastry, i am telling you this was amazing. ( See Photo’s). Lunch at L’Orangerie guarantees a pure gastronomic treat.

 

 

Little snacks before starting with the entree .

The lunch included a starter Octopussy with local vegtables from the French Provence. This was a very tastefull starter as the octopus had a crispy touch. After that we got a sea bass which was finished with local spices and and local vegtables aswell. The dessert was a cake with a vanille inside which was heaven on earth to be honest! The texture was soft and it just melt on your tongue. And ofcourse we finished this dessert with a lovely espresso.

 

 

The view & Conclusion

The view from the Spa and L’Orangerie is just outstanding. It has so much peace and it gives you this extra feeling of privacy. The staff at the L’Orangerie bistro is on a next level and really wants to you give you an outstanding experience. You can really notice that they know what dishes they are serving and which wine could fit with the dish you are eating. We really had the best view from our table and I personally could not have wished for more. See the photo’s below for more view impressions at L’Orangerie and the Sisley Spa. My overal experience was good, the lunch was very nice and the staff there really did a good job. However i did notice that the management here has really problems with communication and satisfy customers. They do try to charge you for several things which are not really common such as welcoming drinks. Apart from that the staff in the Spa was not the best in hosting guests or welcoming you. ( This must change as customers are paying big money for the Spa and a Hotel room). A member of my team is a resedential in this village and was not treated in the best way. But overal this was just a small issue we did enjoy our day together.

Outfit Details

Polo by: Drycorn

Pants: Nikolaj D’Etoiles

Bag: Hermes birkin HAC

( Click on the brands to get more information)

 

Hotel Links

L’Orangerie

Spa Sisley

Hotel La Bastide de Gordes

Or follow my experience by #ACmemories on Instagram

 

 

Hope you liked this blogpost

 

Best,

 

Laurens

French Riviera summer looks by Nikolaj d’Etoiles

Hi everyone,

As you all might have seen i am spending this summer in The French Provence/ The French Riviera. Why? Because it has it all! A great climate, nature, beachclubs, vineyards and ofcourse it has so many locations to shoot content. You can shoot the dopest shots on every corner of the street. But let’s skip that and try to enjoy the summer holidays!

One of my favorite looks from the collections. It’s dressed and sophisticated.

I am wearing:

  • Hugo Blue Check Virgin wool track pants with matchy jacket

These Track-pants are made form a lux lightweight summer virgin wool. Cut slim for a tailored yet relaxed feeling

 

In June i was flown in to Stockholm to attend some events and to close some exciting deals with Swedish fashion brands. One of them is Nikolaj d’Etoiles, a cool and dressed Swedish brand inspired by the French Riviera lifestyle.  I met the founder in Stockholm and we had the best time and same interests. I mean me a ‘French looking guy’ and a French Riviera inspired brand. What i love the most about this brand is that the collection is made by the best materials which makes the tailoring outstanding. All items are perfectly tailored and dressed but yet easy to wear. I had a pool party in Stockholm and was dressed in one of the outfits from Nikolaj d’Etoiles with both that classy touch and casual look.  It is really showing the French riviera lifestyle in it’s collections as it has basic items with yet goldon features such as zippers or buttons.  I am a huge fan of the current Summer collection as it has items for every kind of occasion, from red carpet to a pool party in my case.

 

A easy look whilst walking around in the streets of Gordes

I am wearing the James hot Orange Nylon Swim shorts in this photo. You can easily wrap this short into a casual or more luxurious outfit. ( See photo below) I also noticed that Orange is my new color for summer, it’s fresh and fancy. Both swimshort and jacket are slimfit and made of 100% poyamide which makes it easy to dry after you took a dive.

 

Super easy look in Stockholm after meeting the Royal princes of Sweden.  The tailored Hugo pants with a plane white polo of Nikolaj d’Etoiles. Finished with loafers and a Goyard clutch. Minimalistic and yet luxurious.

 

I could really recommend you to have a look on the website of Nikolaj d’Eoiles and check their collection.  Click here to get to the website.

 

All the best

 

Laurent

 

 

 

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