Saturday, 24 October 2020

Wristwatch Review: Olivia Burton Rainbow Bee Demi Parma Violet & Gold Watch

 



Olivia Burton is a British Accessories brand founded in 2012. The brand creates watches, jewellery, accessories and home fragrance. In 2017, the Olivia Burton brand joined the Movado Group which boasts a good number of wrist watch brands in its stables including Ebel, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger and of course Movado. 


This review based on my personal experience. I bought this wrist watch 7 weeks ago as a casual fashion accessory and my purchase was based solely on its eye-catching design. 



The Rainbow Bee Demi Parma Violet & Gold wrist watch is a beautiful, colurful piece. It has got a violet strap and white dial adorned with eleven Swarovski crystals markers of various vivid rainbow colours. The yellow gold ion-plated case is 34 mm in diameter. It has got a water resistance of 1 ATM and quartz movement.

The parma violet leather strap feels flimsy to touch and this fact made me a little hesitant during the purchase but I went ahead anyway because the purpose of buying the watch as I explained earlier, was to have a casual, colourful, fashionable watch and not an investment or long-term use timepiece. I was also concerned about the possibility of the Swarovski crystal markers falling out of place.

Well I have worn this wrist watch occasionally for the past seven weeks and my concern about the somewhat weak strap turned out to be justified because the leather strap has already split into two length-wise. The watch has been well taken care of and the straps have not been exposed to water, adverse conditions or beauty products and chemicals. The wrist watch is also stored in a jewellery box. I believe seven weeks is too early for any well cared for wrist watch to start showing evidence of wear and tear like this even on children's' watches.



Apart from the issue with the wrist watch strap, everything else with the wrist watch looks and works fine. The Swarovski crystals are still in place, so the flimsy strap would probably not deter someone who really wants to buy it as they can explore the possibility of changing the strap to one of substantial quality.


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Thursday, 2 July 2020

#IEFabLife: The Luxury Lifestyle of Marcelo




Today's #IEFablife interview features 26 year old Marcelo who will give us an insight into what luxury lifestyle actually means. Enjoy.   

Ikoyi EliteBriefly describe yourself.
MarceloMy name is Marcelo and I am 26 years old. I grew up in Mallorca but have lived in London for nearly 10 years now.

Ikoyi EliteWhat does luxury mean to you?
MarceloI think luxury to me means something that is not readily available to everyone. This can be an object or an experience at ANY price point.



Ikoyi EliteWhat luxury item can you not live without?
MarceloI am not sure if this qualifies but my perfume, Tom Ford Noir de Noir. I have worn it for 3 years now and people now recognize it as my scent.

Ikoyi Elite:  What is your favourite vacation destination and why?
Marcelo:  I love Madrid. Great food, great people great atmosphere. However, Rome is a close second.



Ikoyi Elite:  If you were to pick a restaurant which would it be and what dish and wine would you order?
Marcelo: My favourite restaurant is Amazonico in Madrid (the London branch is terrible in comparison). I don't drink wine but in terms of dishes, you HAVE to order the "Chocolate al Moctezuma".


Ikoyi Elite: What is your beauty regimen like?
MarceloSuper simple. Morning - Wash my face with water, light weight moisturiser - La Roche Posey is my usual but during lockdown I ran out and started using the Nivea body cream and its been great.

Night time - Cleanse (Dermaquest BHA cleanser or Dr. Emanuel Paleco ), hyaluronic acid serum (Dr Emanuel Paleco), retinol 0.5 prescription strength and moisturiser (same as morning).



Ikoyi EliteWhat are your favourite designer brands?
MarceloI am a fan of Christian Dior and Fendi. I used to be a Louis Vuitton  fan but its gone downhill in my opinion.

Ikoyi EliteWhat is your favourite movie?
MarceloIn Time by Andrew Niccol.

Ikoyi EliteWhat luxury vehicle(s) do you own?
MarceloIn London I ride the tube like most people. I think owning a car here is pointless as it takes longer to get anywhere and then parking is a nightmare however, in Mallorca I have a Mercedes A class AMG 2019 model.

Ikoyi EliteWhat is your most expensive luxury item?
MarceloProbably something passed down to me from my parents.



Ikoyi EliteWhere do you like to party?
MarceloNight Clubs.

Ikoyi EliteWhat is your real estate preference? Hotel-style penthouse or country estate?
MarceloHotel-style penthouse 100%

Ikoyi EliteWhat advice do you have for anyone aspiring to live a luxurious decadent lifestyle?
MarceloDon't spend more than you can afford. Spend within your means. I set aside 400 pounds from my pay check every month and that pot of money goes towards my purchases (this does not include travel).

@marceloserra


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Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Luxury Healthy Foods

Caviar

Baerii Caviar £210 for 125g

Caviar is the pickled roe of the sturgeon fish, a one-of-a-kind rare, luxurious and exclusive food which is considered as one of the world’s great delicacies. The most famous caviar is from the beluga sturgeon, found in the Caspian and the Black Sea. It takes up to two decades for the beluga sturgeon to reach maturity and it’s adult size. Another rare roe is that from the albino sturgeon which is now almost extinct in its natural habitat. 

Red caviar improves lactation


 
Caviar is a source of a significant number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, E, D, B6, B12, Iron, Magnesium, phoosphorus, calcium, Selenium and omega 3, which helps to promote a healthy nervous, circulatory and immune system. Caviar is also rich in amino acids, micro and macronutrients.
Caviar is an easily digestible protein; a 25g serving can provide half of the body's daily protein requirement. Caviar helps to strengthen bone tissue and immune system. 




White Caviar


Caviar could be a therapeutic diet for unwell people. Caviar is invaluable in skin conditions treatment, blood clotting prevention, normal visual function development and maintaining the nervous system and brain functions. Red caviar may increase lactation and improve the quality of breast milk in a breastfeeding mother if small portions are eaten daily.


Oyster





Oysters are molluscs that live in saltwater habitats. These mollusks offer a lot of health benefits. Oysters are low in calories yet provide lots of nutrients such as: protein, fat, vitamin D, thiamine (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3),vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. They also contain all the 9 essential amino acids. Zinc is essential to male fertility and is essential for testosterone production; omega-3 fatty acids are considered a healthy fat or cholesterol. They reduce the chance of plaque accumulation in the blood vessels and improve overall cardiovascular health. Oysters also boost dopamine, a hormone that increases libido in both men and women.


Oysters can be eaten raw from the shell, grilled, steamed, or fried, and incorporated into dozens of different dishes and cuisines. Eating raw oyster meat poses the danger of food poisoning and it is advisable to eat it cooked.   



White Truffle


 


Truffles are an edible type of fungi that grow underground living off the roots of certain tree varieties, like oak and hazelnut. Black truffles are found in France and white truffles are found in Alba town of the Piedmont region of Northern Italy . They are not easily cultivated or grown and are mainly only sourced in the wild. White truffles have an intense musky aroma and flavour. White truffles are usually sliced, grated or shaved over foods before serving.


All types of truffles are rich in amino acids and minerals, including: phosphorus, copper, manganese, Selenium, Zinc and Vitamins A, B, C, D, and K. In Africa and the Middle East, truffles are used to treat skin and eye conditions. Truffles are high in antioxidants and have anti-bacterial properties. They help reduce inflammation and there is limited evidence that they possess anti-cancer properties.

Fugu





Fugu is a meal prepared from pufferfish which is known to be the most dangerous fish in the world because it contains a lethal neurotoxin known as tetrodotoxin. Since there is no known antidote for the fugu poison, it has to be prepared properly by qualified and rigorously trained chefs.   


Fugu sashimi is the most popular dish. Fugu can also be eated smoked, fried, stewed or as part of a salad. Fugu is rich in vitamins( A, B1, B2, B6, B12, D, folate, pantothenic acid), minerals( sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese and copper). Fugu also contains calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates and antioxidants. 


Foie Gras




Foie Gras is a buttery french cuisine delicacy typically made of duck or goose's liver that has been fattened by a process of force-feeding. Foie gras has a rich offal taste and has a firm, smooth texture. Foie gras can be roasted, pan-fried or grilled. Foie gras is often baked in a crust, as pâté de foie gras which is typically served with baguette, crackers, bread or toast and jelly.
Foie gras is high in fat (mostly anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fat which may help reduce heart disease risk.) It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals like calories, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, zinc,and iron. It has no dietary fiber or sugars.



Owing to its high fat content, foie gras should be consumed sparingly in one sitting and only on occasion. Pregnant women, children and immunocompromised people should only eat heat-sterilized, canned foie gras. Eating foie gras helps to reduce bad cholesterol level in the blood. It also has beneficial effects on hair strength, brain activity, the memory, and helps improve the skin condition. 




Jamón Ibérico 




Jamón Ibérico ham is the most expensive ham in the world. It is produced from the back leg of the rare black Iberian pig  which is raised in the Dehesas woodlands in the southern and western regions of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain. Portugal also produces the Jamón Ibérico ham under the name Presunto Iberico. There are 5 types of Jamón Ibérico hams determined by their diet, their breed and the way they are raised. 


100g of the Jamón Ibérico ham provides the same calories as a can of tuna. It contains 60% oleic acid which helps reduce LDL(low-density lipoprotein) levels and increases HDL(high-density lipoprotein) levels. It contains high quality protein, essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B6, B12, D and E and minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and calcium.



Pule







Pule or Gruyere is the world's most expensive cheese. It is a rare Serbian fromage made exclusively at Serbia's Zasavica Special Nature Reserve from donkey milk. It is thin and crumbly like feta. Donkey milk is rich in fatty acids and contains 60 times more vitamin C than cow’s, so it’s extremely healthy. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which is beneficial in protecting body organs and tissues from damage. Pule is also a good source of vitamins A, B and E.


Donkey milk has just 1% milk fat, contains anti-allergen properties and is exceptionally high in calcium, protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which are very good for maintaining cardiovascular health. The anti-allergens can protect against recurring attacks of diseases like asthma, dermatitis and bronchitis. 



Prices are correct at the time of publishing.
Photo Credit: Harrods website
Oyster image: Sel Rose 
Fugu image: food republic website

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Monday, 25 May 2020

Luxury List Volume 10

Joanna Buchanan Lobster-adorned Opulent Napkin Rings £99.95 for a pair.




Dunoon Belle Epoque Kiss Tea for One Set £62.50 and Richmond Belle Epoque Kiss Mug £19.50




Mackenzie-Childs Parchment Check Enamel Tea Kettle £134




Richard Brendon Reflect Gold Milk Jug £60 and Reflect Medium Teapot £250





Villari Pistachios Holder £3,002




Aerin Shagreen 4 Coasters £275






Villari Rose Aquamarine Gold Butterfly Green Teacup Saucer Set £134







Villari Small Queen Margot Tray £1,559






Dunoon Skye Jiro Mug £24.95






Baldi Opulent Caterina de Medici Caviar Holder







Cutipol Goa Gold-Plated 24-Piece Cutlery Set £449





Ghidini 1961 Double O Ice Bucket £1,240







Cuisinart Cordless Automatic Wine Opener £45





Aerin Jasper Stone Bottle Stopper £135









Royal Crown Derby Aves Gold Large Soup Bowl £93

Riedel Happy O Coloured four Wine Tumblers set £85




Gien Jardin du Palais Mug £42.95






Coravin Model Two Elite Pro Wine Preservation System £349




Prices are correct at the time of publishing.

Photo Credit: Harrods website.


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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Top Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

With Valentine's day fast approaching, surprise them with a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift that could only be for them, and make their heart skip a beat.




Superb mix of fragrant roses from Moyses Stevens Flowers


Judith Leiber's crystal-embellished clutch bag. This piece features a metal design in the shape of a garden rose and is adorned with sparkling Austrian crystals and finished with a detachable chain handle and metallic leather lining.


             
                Stockinger fire-proof The Cube compact safe with 3 precision watch winders


     
                                                 Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Fondue Pot

                      Jimmy Choo Shiloh 100 Leather Sandal with 10cm Stiletto heel

                                           Rosé Ace of Spades from Armand de Brignac




                                                             Beautybio's Rose Quartz Roller

             Gucci Le Marché des Merveilles 18ct yellow-gold, turquoise and diamond ring



                                             Olivia von Halle Pure Silk Bella Camisole Set


                                      De Beers Aura 0.20-carat Stud Earrings in white gold




                                             Fauchon's finest milk chocolate praline rochers

                                                              Manolo Blahnik Satin  Mules

          Bucherer Pastello 18ct rose-gold, 0.15ct diamonds and 3.62ct sapphire pendant earrings

                                                      Tom Ford Alligator Money Clip





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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The Essence That is Perfume

Casamorati

Perfume is a mixture (usually in liquid form) of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents, used to give the human body a pleasant scent.

                                       Bella Bellissima Oud Du Futur V Perfume, £340


Scent is an irreplaceable part of life. Smell can evoke feelings and bring back memories. Egyptians were responsible for the origin of perfume.They used to create ointments and balms with essential oils derived from plants, animals, and even seaweed mixed in to provide scent. When the Romans and Greeks got acquainted with perfumes, they started producing it en masse in consistent quality.


                                                                      Caron

The oldest perfumery discovered from 2,000BC is located on the island of Cyprus. The 16th century saw the popularity of perfume explode in France, especially among the upper classes and nobles. In the 19th century, Grasse became the world perfume capital and a big tourist destination. It was the French that made perfumes luxury items.Today, the region which is northwest of Nice has 60 perfume companies three of which offer free guided tours: The Parfumerie Fragonard, the Parfumerie Molinard and the Galimard Factory and Museum.



The main factor that sets apart luxury perfumes from the rest of the pack lies in their exclusive ingredients. These perfumes ooze opulence, some of these ingredients include rose oil, jasmine, musk, orris, ambergris, myrtle and citrus but the most exclusive and expensive perfume ingredient of all, is the  unrivaled oud.  Oud is one of the most expensive, potent and desirable perfume ingredients in the world. It has been used for centuries in perfumery and is used as a base by many perfumers today to create some amazing fragrances for men and women.

                                                             Floraiku



Oud is derived from the tropical agar tree (agarwood is said to be the most expensive timber in the world), which is thought to originate in Assam region of India. When the wood of this tree is infected by a parasitic mould known as Phialophora Parasitica it reacts by producing a precious, dense, dark and fragrant resin to protect itself. It is the resin-embedded heartwood of the tree that is the perfume ingredient oud.


                                                                     Roja

The oil of oud can be extracted by distillation from the wood or by melting the resin. Due to its rarity, high demand, and the difficulty of harvesting it, oud oil is perhaps the most expensive oil in the world. The scent itself varies considerably depending on the tree species used, the region the tree was grown and whether the tree itself was cultivated or naturally infected.


Absolute Sandalwood Crystal Perfume Oil by Clive Christian. £6,000


Oud that occurs naturally is more expensive than oud produced by an artificial infestation of the mold. The value of oud is often estimated as one-and-a-half times the value of gold and the annual oud market is around £5 billion.


                                     Alhambra Oud by Ramon Mongeal, £275



MiN New York Momento perfume, £220




                                    Diana Vreeland Devastatingly Chic Perfume, £180


                                   Juliiette has a gun Midnight Oud Eau de Parfum, £120




                                                                   
                                                                    Creed Perfumes


                              Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum, £200



                                   Oud Save the Queen Eau de Parfum by Atkinsons, £165.00

                                                  Perfect Oud Eau de Parfum by Mizensir, £175.00

                                     
                                                   Juliette has a gun perfumes in Harrods.




                                                   Casamorati Perfumes in Harvey Nichols.


Prices are correct at the time of publishing.

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