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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 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

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

 

 

 

Care X Laurent Sebastian

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and holidays. Speaking about summer… We love to take care a little bit more of our skin in the summer season to protect our skin to the sun and refresh it with shower products. Albert Heijn the Netherlands introduced are brand new line called Care. This line includes shower products, cremes and several health supplements for both women and men.

 

In collaboration with Alberth Heijn i started to try out the showergel and bodylotion. The shower gel has a great scent and refreshes the body followed by a nice body lotion to keep the skin hydrated ( Especially in summer). The great thing is that the price and quality balance is perfect. The products are meant to be for every budget and people who want a quick skin or shower product without to much of a struggle.

 

 

You can find more information about Care by clicking here

 

All the best,

 

Laurent

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