Wednesday 27 January 2016

Bang & Olufsen, the Rolls Royce of Electronics

                         Beo vision Avant Television

Founded by two young Danish engineers Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, in 1925, Bang and Olufsen electronics have maintained the design and engineering excellence that has been the core of the brand since inception.

Interacting with Bang & Olufsen products is a multi-sensory experience, and each element is carefully chosen. The products are pleasant to see, feel, touch and hear. The things they do with sound and images, design and technology are what set them apart.

                     Beosound essence wireless sound
BeoSound Essence has direct access to Spotify Connect, Deezer, QPlay or Internet radio from TuneIn.

                      Bang Olufsen Beolab18-collection

There is a range of products from speakers, televisions, phones, sound system, remote controls, multi-room systems, Beosetup apps amongst others. The products are all precision engineered to deliver perfect acoustics from the speakers, televisions with pixel-perfect picture and powerful sound, channeled through dedicated audio features. Imposing bass, custom drivers and powerful ICE power amplifiers.
                           Home automation System

The home automation system helps you control everything at the touch of a button. With just a touch of your remote. “Cinema” setting dims your lights and starts your movie, intensifying the sound to sharpen the senses. "Good Morning" opens the curtains, turns your lights on and tunes the radio to your favourite station, while the coffee machine brews up a fresh cup to welcome you out of bed.
The Bang & Olufsen home automation system also welcomes you back home once you step through the door the lights turn on, the curtains glide open and your favourite music starts to play while the thermostat automatically adjusts to your preferred temperature. This brand belongs in the homes of those with discerning taste and class.
                                 BeoRemote One

Photo and video credit. Bang and Olufsen website

Bang & Olufsen Nigeria
The Mercedes Benz Center
Prince Samuel Adedoyin Street
kate-Lekki 1 Lagos
Phone: 08033249047

Saturday 23 January 2016

NaijaFund- Crowdfunding for Nigerians

 NaijaFund is a crowdfunding website for Nigerians. Anyone is welcome to visit the website and launch a campaign. There is an android app available for download to make crowdfunding available at users' fingertips. READ MORE

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Thursday 21 January 2016

Beauty Essentials

Acqua di Parma Colonia Large Hat Box £373.00/₦103,693 

              T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer £195.00/₦54,209.5. 
                      Hairmax LaserBand £570.00/₦158,458. Harrods

                       Uses laser light energy to stimulate hair growth

Lancer Skincare Microcurrent Power Boost £250.00/₦69,499.3. Harrrods
For toned and conditioned skin.

                   Tria Hair Removal Laser £375.00/₦104,249. 

T3 SinglePass 1" Straightening & Styling Iron £125.00/₦34,749.7. 

                        Guerlain Powder Brush £30.70/₦8,534.52. 

                  Bliss Fatgirlslim Lean Machine £120.00/₦33,359.7. 

                    Sephora sponge tip applicator £5/₦1,389.99.

    Clarisonic Aria Glossy Pink cleansing system £155.00/₦43,089.6. 

                            Hairmax Laser comb £340/₦94,519.1.

Photo credit: Harrods,
Prices are correct at the time of publishing.

Wednesday 20 January 2016

The Ultimate Dinnerware

                                      Prouna Diana Gold Collection

Prouna Diana Gold dinnerware is one item any self-respecting hostess must own. This elegant fine bone china dinnerware decorated with glittering Swarowski crystal elements and 24 carat gold details is a must for family meals or intimate dinner parties.

                               Tea cup and Saucer £221/₦62,103.50

                                      Dinner plate £202.22/₦56,826
                                     Charger Plate £74.24/ ₦20,862
                                            Salad Bowl £77/ 21,638

                                          Sugar bowl £260/ 73,063

                                               Fruit bowl £60/ ₦16,861

                                         Soup Tureen £611/ ₦171,698

                                       Creamer £77/ 21,638

Photo credit: Kiyasa

Where to buy:          Harrods

Prices are correct at the time of publishing

Tuesday 19 January 2016

The most expensive neighbourhood in Nigeria

                                     Aerial view of Banana Island

Banana Island is a man-made banana-shaped island in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria. It sits on a sand-filled area of approximately 1,630,000 square metres, divided into about 535 plots ranging in size from 1,000 square meters to 4,000 square meters mainly arranged along cul-de-sacs. This exclusive Island is home to the extremely wealthy in the society. It is considered to be comparable to the Seventh Arrondissement in Paris, La Jolla in San Diego, and Tokyo’s Shibuya neighbourhood.

                                      Bella Vista Towers
Residents are provided with world class utilities including underground electrical systems, an underground water supply network, a central sewage system and treatment plant, and street lighting, satellite telecommunications networks and tight security. The Island is a planned, mixed use development with dedicated areas for residential, commercial and recreational activities. Leisure facilities include a private health club - with tennis courts, squash courts and a swimming pool surrounded by extensive gardens. There are high-rise luxury residential apartment buildings one of which being the Ocean Parade Tower facing the Lagoon.
There are many grandiose mansions belonging to obscenely wealthy individuals including a number of billionaires in this exclusive waterfront enclave. The cost of a plot of land measuring 1,000 square metres costs in excess of ₦ 250,000,000 and rental prices range from ₦15,000,000 to ₦45,000,000 per annum and in some cases, higher. This desirable island is home only to a few prominent ultra-wealthy individuals in Nigeria.

Sunday 17 January 2016

Luxury List Volume 3

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VERTU Limited Edition Aster Yosegi wood phone. Limited to 50 Pieces. Prices from £7200/2,013,930

                                  Photo credit: Harvey Nichols
Manolo Blahnik pink satin pumps £680/190,205.

                                  Photo credit: Selfridges
Clive Christian No.1 Perfume for women. 50ml, £450/

                        Photo credit: kiki McDonough

Amethyst, diamond and yellow gold pendant £4500/ 

                                Photo credit: Piaget

Piaget Limelight party ring

Photo credit: stylebop
Nancy Gonzalez Fold-Over Crocodile clutch £1235/₦345,446

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Prices are correct at the time of publishing.

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Shopping in New York City

                            Hermes Birkin Bag. Photo credit: Christie's

Shopping in New York City is an exciting experience with lots of choices. You can choose to either go downtown or uptown. The streets of Soho, downtown are packed with designer boutiques- Isabel Marant, Prada, Marni, Tommy Hilfiger, Derek Lam, Versace, Etro, Herve Leger. Trendy stores also abound like Gap, H&M, Cos, Zara, Uniqlo, Karen Millen, vintage shops (like What Goes Around Comes Around) and unique finds (such as The Hat Shop). There’s also a Bloomingdale’s on Broadway and further downtown in the Financial District is Century 21discount department store. Another store Ina is a well-known consignment store with drastically reduced prices of pre-loved haute labels.

                   Bloomingdale’s owned by Macy's Inc.    


                              Chanel Purse at Ina $2,000. Photo credit: Ina.

If the bargain hunting downtown doesn’t satisfy you, you can head over to Woodberry Common, 498 Red Apple Ct, Central Valley, NY 10917.  Woodbury Common features 220 premium outlet stores all at 25% to 65% discount every day. Stores include Burberry, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Celine, Bottega Veneta , Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Armani, Banana Republic, Coach, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike, Tory Burch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Guess, Gap, True Religion, Frette, Fendi and many more.

                         Woodberry photo credit: Woodberry common    

The best shopping however, can be found uptown on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue between 56th and 70th streets. This area is world renowned for its luxury shopping retailers and rich options. The stores within Madison or Fifth Avenues shopping areas shown include: Tiffany& Co., Valentino, Anne Fontaine Paris, Christian Louboutin, Armani, Armani Exchange, Baccarat, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Calvin Klein, Cartier, CH Carolina Herrera, Chloe, Coach, Damiani , De Beers, Dennis Basso, Diesel,Dolce & Gabbana, Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, Emporio Armani, Fendi New York, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Harry Winston, Henri Bendel,  Jimmy Choo, La Perla, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Prada, Ralph Lauren Polo, Roberto Cavalli, Saks Fifth Avenue, United Colours of Benetton, Vera Wang, Zara.
Tourists can stay at the Hilton Garden Inn on West 35th Street or the New York Edition on 24th Street, Madison Avenue.
                          Fendi shoe $1,508/ ₦296,511. Photo credit: Fendi
                             Valentino dress: Photo credit: Valentino.

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Saturday 16 January 2016

Sandy Lane Resort Barbados

Barbados is a sovereign Caribbean island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. Barbados is the place to see and be seen. A favourite stomping ground of the rich and famous. A place where the art of fine living has been mastered. The official currency of the island is Barbados dollars (BDS$) although hotel rates are usually priced in US dollars.

The most popular route for Nigerians visiting the island is London with a flight time of 8.5 hours from London to Barbados. Nigerian nationals are also not required to obtain a tourist visa if visiting for no longer than 6 months. The best time to visit the island, is during the driest months which run from December through to April. Though Barbados normally escapes direct hurricane hits, it is advisable to travel with caution during the official hurricane season running from June to November with major storms occurring from August to October.

Where to go
Barbados has it all: beach resorts from humble to grand overseen by luxury hotels and villas, the upmarket west coast where Sandy lane resort is located, the south coast where beaches offer safe swimming and surfing, vibrant nightlife, sightseeing in the rolling interior with botanical gardens, plantation houses, caves and sugar cane fields. Lastly, there is a UNESCO World Heritage capitol, Bridgetown, and a proud and welcoming populace passionate in spirit and full of life.

                                    The swimming pool

Where to stay
The Barbados landscape is dotted with exceptional luxury  hotels mingling effortlessly with lush tropical greenery, white sandy beaches with turquoise waters and warm golden sunlight to create a truly remarkable holiday destination. The one destination that stands out is the Sandy Lane Resort which offers fantastic, unrivalled, refined luxury with internationally acclaimed cuisine.

Sandy Lane Resort
Sandy Lane is a luxury five star beach-front golf resort close to Holetown and Paynes Bay, in Saint James on the western coast of the island of Barbados. It is situated in one of the most enviable locations in the Caribbean nestled in an ancient mahogany grove, overlooking a magnificent crescent shaped beach. It is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW).

                         Sandy lane Green Monkey golf course

Sandy Lane is a 40 minute drive from Grantley Adams International Airport and is central to many of the island's sites.   Guests arrive in a chauffeur driven car and are greeted by the impressive sight of the stunning coral stone, Palladian style building, freshly chilled towels and a welcome iced glass of fruit punch.

                                 Sandy lane beach bar

Each of the spacious 112 rooms and suites with their Italian marble floors and plantation style furniture, exude style and calm. All have private verandas, palatial bathrooms and are equipped with state of the art technology. There are four gourmet Barbados restaurants celebrating wonderful flavours from around the world and several convivial bars which are styled for a joyful dining experience spent with friends and family.

                                      The spa

A spa with 14 treatment suites, changing rooms and water therapies, a top fitness centre with a range of equipment and daily classes, championship standard tennis courts  and the Treehouse Club with organised activities for children aged 3-12 years, and the Den for older children are available for guests to enjoy. There are three golf courses, water sport activities, swimming pool, and a beach for everyone to enjoy.

                          The beach at Sandy lane resort

                                        Water activity

The resort offers tax-free shopping in its boutiques. The Galeria which is situated at the country club offers a collection of sensational conflict-free loose diamond, limited edition timepieces rare coloured diamonds and collections by Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Chopard, and Panerai amongst others.

                                        The Galeria

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is a few minutes down the road from the resort. The Lifestyle Centre offers designer boutiques, caf├ęs, restaurants, and a cinema. Some of the world’s best brands are found here – Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Burberry, Bvlgari, Chopard, Hublot, Damiani, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Longchamp, M.A.C, Theo Fennel,  Diamonds international amongst others.

                                   Lime grove centre, Barbados

                        Michael Kors, Lime grove centre, Barbados.

Vacationing in Sandy lane is second to none and you will never want to leave the place.

The Sandy lane orchid room costs $1,700/ ₦332,083 per night
The Sandy lane luxury ocean room costs $2,600/₦507,892 per night
The luxury orchid 2 bedroom suite costs $3300/ ₦644,632 per night

Sandy Lane St. James, Barbados,
West Indies BB24024 
Tel: +1 (246) 444-2000 
 Fax: +1 (246) 444-2222 

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*Hotel rates are as stated on Sandy lane website on January 15th, 2016.

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