Ali Mahdavi takes Aubade to the next level of glamour.

Ali Mahdavi takes Aubade to the next level of glamour.

Reading Time: 5 minutesThis season, Ali Mahdavi gives an extra layer of glamour to Aubade. The sexy lingerie brand renews its famous “lessons in seduction” through the lens of talented photographer and artist Ali Mahdavi. Responsible for shooting a series of “Lessons in Seduction”, Ali Mahdavi writes a new chapter of the Aubade saga Aubade, a great success story of seduction Created in 1875 by Doctor Bernard, a corset specialist, the Aubade brand was founded in 1958, when panties and girdles were essential elements of women’s lingerie collections. No longer bound by the requirement to provide physical support, Aubade writes the first chapters of its story by offering sensual and glamorous products: lingerie becomes a real weapon of seduction. For Aubade, the 90’s is the decade when its cult products are launched: the Bahia, the calendar… The 1990s also represent another keystone for Aubade: the launch of the first Lesson in Seduction. This is a real turning point in the development of the brand! These artistic and esthetic lessons are an ode to the seductive power of women, their refinement and their elegance. A black & white photograph…

Magritte, art revolution and surrealism

Magritte, art revolution and surrealism

Reading Time: 5 minutesLast month Luxuryactivist team went to Magritte museum in Brussels – Belgium. It is the biggest collection in the world for Magritte work with more than 150 paintings but also with several documents and belongings of the artist. We visited the permanent collection and if you are visiting Brussels for a day or a weekend, do not hesitate to visit the Magritte Museum. The Magritte Museum is located in an old neoclassical building from the late eighteenth century and part of an architectural ensemble built after the fire of Coudenberg palace in 1731. Over the centuries, the owners have succeeded to transform it into a hotel, jewelry and finally a museum. Place Royale and the surrounding buildings are historical testimony of Belgium under the “Ancien Régime” and its independence. It is on this spot that was held the enthronement ceremony of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, King of the Belgians, 21 July 1831, fifty years after its construction. In 1951, the facades and porches along the Place Royale will be recognized for their architectural and historical interest and will be permanently…

Friday Chronicles #24: The Duty free business and how to send fragrances to hell

Friday Chronicles #24: The Duty free business and how to send fragrances to hell

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe fragrance industry is a a strong segment of the luxury business. In the world, it represents USD 36.6 billion which is 16.8% of te total luxury market. One dynamic area of business in fragrances is the Duty Free activity. People travels more and more and the Duty Free activity increases exponentially year after year. From a very exclusive offer to the mass-market of fragrances, today’s Duty Free experience is overwhelming, aggressive, discount oriented and based on the race for new launches. Welcome to fragrance hell! The economic crisis since 2009 dragged the Fragrance market to the darkest sides of cheapness Since 2009 the economic crises pushed several fragrance brands to review their strategy. Launches were reviewed and each dollar invested was spent carefully. There are very low risk-takers and all the launches seem to adopt a safe mode:  Pink and Gold for women Blue and grey for men Floral fruity for the ladies Aromatic woody for the boys Good looking stereotypes for both In 2015, more than two thousand fragrances were launched in the international market (luxury, semi-premium and…

How to Create the Perfect Office Space Using Photography

How to Create the Perfect Office Space Using Photography

Reading Time: 4 minutesAccording to the American Time Use Survey, the average person spends 8.9 hours per day at work. There’s no reason to spend these hours staring at bland walls each day when office artwork has the power to reduce stress, and increase one’s creativity and productivity. Wall art can transform a boring, dull workspace into one that is beautiful and calming. Best of all, this can be done simply and affordably using your own photography to decorate in a way that is unique and high-end. Professional Photography Tips You may already have some great photos, which can be converted to canvas wall hangings. Sometimes a simple photo, such as a family photo, can be edited to appear more artistic. Using editing software, you can add a filter or reduce the photo to black and white. It’s likely you will need to take some new photos to truly create artful office space, but even as a novice you can do it. Use these pro tips to improve your skills, and “take your photography to the next level.” Use a wider frame for…

Top Global Cities for Chinese tourists

Top Global Cities for Chinese tourists

Reading Time: 3 minutesChine is a massive country, not only in terms of population but also in terms of tourism. According to China Tourism Research Institute, China had 120 million outbound visitors in 2015 and they spent 104.5 billion US doallars, increases of 12% and 16.7% compared with 2014. The main driving forces for the increases included personal income rise, favorable policies, and appreciation of RMB. However, because of the earthquakes in Indonesia and Nepal as well as MERS in South Korea, the growth rate of outbound tourism was gradually declining. Here are the top Global cities for Chinese tourists. source: https://www.theatlas.com/charts/rkXyFoUP Listed above are the top destination cities for Chinese tourists. For now, the most popular cities remain relatively close to home. As the Chinese middle class grows, they will increasingly begin to venture abroad and shape global demand for air travel. With the sustainable growth of China’s economy, the further implementation of the Reform and Opening-up Policy, as well as the substantial increase in its people’s personal income, tourism industry of the country has seen unprecedented development in recent years. The enormous outbound market has drawn…

Fashion Tips for the Business Professional

Fashion Tips for the Business Professional

Reading Time: 4 minutesAnyone looking to carve a name for himself or herself in the world of business knows just how important it is to dress the part. No, you don’t need to sport a $5,000 Rolex, if you can find one for that price, but you do need to look and act professional. That may be one area you’ve neglected if you studied for your Masters in Business Administration online. After all, when working towards your online MBA who’s going to see you in your slippers and house clothes? Before venturing out into the world of business professionals, take a few moments to review some good fashion tips to help you look like the professional you know you are. To Suit or Not to Suit – That is the Question There was a day when no self-respecting business professional would leave the house without a suit and tie. While there are still some ultra-conservative corporations out there that require a suit, tie and polished shoes, there are others that simply have a more relaxed dress code. The key here is to do…

Moon phases in watch-making: measuring life with time.

Moon phases in watch-making: measuring life with time.

Reading Time: 8 minutesWatchmaking is a beautiful blend of technical mastery and poetry. Watchmakers are often considered as artists and from their ingenuity comes marvelous creations that keep your time. Some of the watches can do much more. What we usually call complications, bring an added value to the measure of time. This month, our watch blog decided to talk about a very interesting and one of the oldest complications in watch-making: the Moon Phases. Moon Phases and the measurement of life The lunar phase or phase of the moon is the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth. The Moon’s rotation is tidally locked by the Earth’s gravity, therefore the same lunar surface always faces Earth. This face is variously sunlit depending on the position of the Moon in its orbit. Therefore, the portion of this hemisphere that is visible to an observer on Earth can vary from…

Les Parfums Louis Vuitton, and the journey continues

Les Parfums Louis Vuitton, and the journey continues

Reading Time: 6 minutesProbably the most awaited fragrance launch has finally arrived. Louis Vuitton revealed their new fragrance collection, carefully crafted by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud the in-house Master Perfumer. A contemporary collection of seven fragrances that completely translate the spirit and the philosophy of Louis Vuitton’s creative universe. From the airiness of Rose des Vents to the intoxicating Turbulences, the ecstasy of a first night with Dans la Peau to the mindful immersion in nature with Apogée; from the self-revealing Contre Moi to an exploration of a darker side with Matière Noire and the explosion of the senses with Mille Feux… Les parfums Louis Vuitton describe a journey of emotions. It is definitely the luxury news of the month! Named Maître Parfumeur of Louis Vuitton in 2012, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud traveled the world for four years to perfect the first collection of Louis Vuitton perfumes. Each fragrance he created starts with an emotion, an idea or simply a feeling of something that would talk to his heart and his mind. To take the challenge to rewrite Louis Vuitton’s olfactory universe, he needed to…

3 Beauty Secrets For Men: The Perfect face.

3 Beauty Secrets For Men: The Perfect face.

Reading Time: 9 minutesEvery morning it is the same struggle: how to take care of your skin and still keep things time efficient. As a man, your face is your visit card and year after year you need to take care of it. Naturally men tend to spend less time on beauty routines. In the morning every second counts, generally taken by shower and coffee! In order to help you keep things efficient, here are the 3 essential gestures you need to do and how. 1- Exfoliating your face: the essential gesture that every man forgets Your skin is the largest organ on your body, made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids, and different minerals and chemicals. If you’re average, your skin weighs about six pounds. It’s job is crucial: to protect you from infections and germs. Throughout your life, your skin will change constantly, for better or worse. In fact, your skin will regenerate itself approximately every 27 days. Proper skin care is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ. The epidermis is the thinnest…

Fab Labs, Digital revolution? Checked!

Fab Labs, Digital revolution? Checked!

Reading Time: 10 minutesDigital revolution is not a dream anymore, it is already happening and it is happening everywhere. The proof? Check the Fab labs and you will understand that the rules of the game is drastically changing. Traditionally, people believe that technology is a top-down approach. It means that a bunch of very educated people are sitting in a white room, inventing tomorrow’s technology. Once this job  is done, they release the technology that might reach the masses at one point in the future. Internet democratization helped to develop and spread knowledge. According to Forrester, the global internet population in 2013 reached 2.2 billion people. This is 37% of total world population. So as much people who can have access to knowledge and technology. Next year around 200 million people will join internet for the first time in their lives. Imagine what these people can bring. It is a total redefinition of things.  In 2013, there was more content produced and shared online than in the entire history of human kind (McKinsey). Fab Labs – reverting the innovation process Technology is a brillant…

Give Your Home a Breath of Fresh Air – Interior Design Inspired by Nature

Give Your Home a Breath of Fresh Air – Interior Design Inspired by Nature

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you are among countless homeowners who are simply tired of looking at the same old, same old, it’s probably time you did something about it. While you could always move to a new location, that may not solve all your woes. After all, you have a small fortune invested in your property and this is the neighborhood you have grown comfortable in. You know your neighbors, the kids aren’t ready to move to a new school and quite frankly, you may not even have the budget to buy the house of your dreams. So why not simply remodel the home you’re in? If boredom has you down in the dumps, why not give your home a breath of fresh air with interior design inspired by nature? There’s just something awe inspiring when you think about what it would be like to live under the stars with lush vegetation and earthy colors surrounding you. You can have that same effect right here in your very own home with just a bit of planning and a few well-placed interior design tips….

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser: must have. 

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser: must have. 

Reading Time: 4 minutesAesop is an amazing brand with best-in-class products. This month we are highlighting one of the brand’s best seller: the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser. Cleaning your skin is one of the basic beauty rituals you can do. Aesop became expert in different beauty treatments, cleaning is a best-selling area. With the Geranium Leaf body cleanser, Aesop gently removes grime, banishes odour and leaves skin beautifully scented and refreshed. Its formula finds the perfect balance between a perfect cleaning and the respect of your skin nature. The Formula, nicely done The basis of the formula is an interesting balance between the Sodium Laureth Sulfate and the Coco-Betaine. The first is an efficient detergent that will work in the cleaning part and the second a gentle soft ingredient (coconut oil based). Both together make a perfect structure to support the rest of the formula. As ingredients are one of the brand’s strength, the product formula has an amazing list: Sea Salt (Maris Sal) Bergamot (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia) Mandarin (Citrus Nobilis) Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) In a daily base, the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser…

Harley Quinn by Margot Robbie – sexiest Comics character alive? 

Harley Quinn by Margot Robbie – sexiest Comics character alive? 

Reading Time: 4 minutesSuicide Squad is pulsing in theathers right now and the world has discovered the sexiest cartoon character of all time: Harley Quinn. Obviously the entire sexiness comes from the interpretation of young Australian actress Margot Robbie. Margot Robbie, fresh and sexy Margot Elise Robbie was born in Australia in 1990. She worked in different films before her role of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Neighbours -2008/2011 About Time – 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street – 2013 Focus – 2015 The Legend of Tarzan – 2016 Suicide Squad – 2016 On her different roles we can see a fresh, sparkling femininity that renew the cinema landscape. She represents a new kind of modernity in which a whole generation of women will identify themselves. Margot Robbie has a promising career ahead and we feel that Suicide Squad is just the beginning. On a side note, Margot Robbie lived in New York for several years. As of May 2014, she lives in London with her boyfriend and two friends. Since 2014, Robbie has been in a relationship with British assistant director Tom…

Plane Chic: How to Look Stylish at the Airport

Plane Chic: How to Look Stylish at the Airport

Reading Time: 4 minutesThink of the airport as your very own international fashion runway. Hundreds of eyes on you, people from all over the world—it’s your chance to show them just how plane chic you are. Wearing the following will make you look ravishing and let you shine in full force on that moving walkway: 1.Large Leather Satchel You’ll inevitably need a bag to carry all your personal items onto the plane—make it a good one. A large leather satchel gives you the ample room and compartments to store your most important items like make-up for touch ups, iPad to stream TV up in the air and of course, some cash for the in-flight adult beverages. Choosing a leather one will also give you that classy edge and the quality assurance to endure all the movement that goes along with travelling. 2.Dark Skinny Jeans The sweatpants look may be enticing, especially when you’re about to sit on a plane for hours on end, but it most certainly is not a crowd pleaser. Some dark skinny jeans (stretch if that helps the marathon sitting)…

How To Dress Up For a Night At The Casino

How To Dress Up For a Night At The Casino

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn this modern age, women have been putting glamour to the world of casinos. In past years, the rise of popular poker portals have casualized the gambling world. Casino wear has become much more laid back over the past recent years. As the famous casino professionals attending tournaments with regular home-wear clothes (baggy jeans and scruffy t-shirts), this style has become a trend in itself. However, there are still many people who uphold the spirit of casino fashion as many casino stars take pride in their image and the attention it collects. Indeed, what other ways there could possibly be, to get in a gambling mood for a night in top rated casinos in norway if by not the dressing part? So, go ahead and glam up your wardrobe with one of the following styles. The Sparkles and The Sequins Look It’s impossible not to get carried away by an alluring showgirl vibe. It’s an image that is timeless, captivating and covered with sequins. Go with long or short dress that has an open back, in any type of material…

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