Luxirare https://luxirare.com Luxury & Rarity Combined Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:14:34 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 Sporting Calendar – Largest Events Not to Be Missed https://luxirare.com/sporting-calendar-largest-events-not-to-be-missed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sporting-calendar-largest-events-not-to-be-missed https://luxirare.com/sporting-calendar-largest-events-not-to-be-missed/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:14:34 +0000 https://luxirare.com/?p=6402 For the ardent sports fan, every new year is rich with new opportunities. And at the start of this new year and new decade, there’s a lot to look forward…

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For the ardent sports fan, every new year is rich with new opportunities. And at the start of this new year and new decade, there’s a lot to look forward to. This year has a fantastic array of sporting events lined up for us, including an exciting world first. Whatever your preferred sport (or if you love a little bit of everything) there’s sure to be something to enjoy this year. Whether you’ll be taking your love of sports with you as you travel the world to get to where the action is, or you’re happy to watch from the comfort of your living room let’s take a look at some of the unmissable sporting events coming this year.

The First Ever Saudi Cup in Riyadh

Anyone who’s ever travelled to Saudi Arabia knows that they’re not known for half measures. Saudi Arabia’s architecture, infrastructure and hospitality are renowned throughout the world for their opulence and extravagance. And nowhere in the sporting calendar is this more abundantly clear than the first ever Saudi Cup in the capital city Riyadh.

The prestigious event, which will welcome horses and jockeys from around the world, will feature a record breaking prize for a horse race. The race has an incredible total value of $20 million USD. No less than half of this will be awarded to the winner. That’s $10 million for the lucky jockey. But they won’t be the only one to win big, with 7 figure prizes to be won for the first 5 places. Even the jockey that comes in tenth will earn an enviable $200,000.

The Tour De France

The biggest event in the world of cycling begins on 27th June this year and extends to 19th July. Nice will host the Grand Depart for only the second time in history before the action moves towards Sisteron and eventually Paris. 

The Olympics & Paralympics

The Olympics are always a wonderful event to catch on TV… but they’re even better enjoyed in person. And with Tokyo playing host to arguably the biggest event in the sporting calendar there’s a lot to get excited about. The Japanese capital has invested massively in its infrastructure as it welcomes sports fans from all over the world for the Olympics. 

Among the events this year will be 5 completely new sports- sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding, softball and karate. While the event proper will start on 24th July, the torch relay will take place on the iconic Mount Fukushima on 26th March. 

The 16th Paralympics will follow shortly after running from August to September. This will also feature its share of new events including badminton and taekwondo. 

Euro – UEFA European Cup

Football (or soccer if you’re reading this stateside) fans rejoice. The 2020 UEFA European Cup will see some of Europe’s best footballing talent battling for dominance in some of the continent’s premier cities including Amsterdam, Rome, Dublin and Bilbao with the semi-finals and finals taking place at Wembley stadium in London. Whether you’ll be following these 24 teams across the continent or watching them battle it out on TV, it’s likely to be an impressive affair.

Wimbledon

Chill the strawberries, whip the cream and put a bucket of bubbly on ice because Wimbledon is coming in hot this summer. This highlight of the sporting year will see the world’s best compete for supremacy on the prestigious London tennis court

In the women’s draw, Simona Halep will be defending the title she won from the legendary Serena Williams while the jury’s still out over whether or not two-time champion Andy Murray will make an appearance or whether he will be kept from the event by the injury which saw him drop out of the Australian Open. 

The Grand National

The Saudi Cup is shaping up to be the most impressive horse racing event on the world calendar but the Grand National at Anfield remains without a doubt the most famous. This year marks the prestigious race’s 180th birthday. Will Tiger Roll (arguably the most celebrated horse since Red Rum) return to Anfield? We’ll have to wait until after the Cheltenham Festival in March to find out. 

ICC World T20 Cup

There are many cricket events taking place in 2020 but the biennial international championship for women’s Twenty20 International cricket might just be the most exciting. First held in 2007 (with the women’s fixtured debuting in 2009) the ICC World T20 Cup is one of the most important events in the world of cricket. This year’s (hosted in Australia) will bring together some of the world’s greatest talent from Australia and New Zealand, Pakistan, India, the West Indies, Ireland and the Netherlands. 

With so much to look forward to this year, it’s time to decide which of these events are the most unmissable for you. 

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Living in a city is fabulous. Not only do you have a wealth of bars, clubs and restaurants to visit, but there’s always culture to soak up and it’s where the big events take place and the companies set up. If you want to try new things and climb up that career ladder, the chances are city-living is going to be for you. 

However, the one thing that so many of us would strike firmly from the city-living experience list is the commute. The average Londoner commutes 13 miles a day, which takes approximately 48 minutes and costs a huge £122 a month. Finances aside, that adds up to an enormous 363 days over a lifetime that you’ll spend commuting. Unless you’re fortunate enough to live walking distance from the office, then this is probably sounding all-too-familiar.

One of the few silver linings to our current situation is that more and more companies are having to suddenly accommodate homeworking and, if they’ve done it once, they can do it again. We are highly likely to see a massive increase in the number of companies offering working from home as a viable option for employees. And what should your first priority be when you can start cutting your commute down to simply stepping up the hall? A luxury office space, of course.

You might be thinking that you can spend your days working in your pyjamas on the sofa, but below you’ll find more than a few of the reasons why that might not be a good idea, and you’ll feel inspired to set up a gorgeous office that makes going to work a joy.

Boundaries Between Work and Home

In an increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever to create strict boundaries between your work life and your home life. If work emails come to your phone and you’re getting notifications all evening, it can make it impossible to switch off and properly get that downtime which is so important for recharging your batteries and maintaining good mental health. 

When your office is your sofa, that becomes practically impossible. If you can convert your loft or spare room into a dedicated workspace, then you can close the door on your job at the end of the day, and the rest of your home can be a space for relaxing, entertaining and enjoying exactly the way you want to.

Stylish Design

If you need to convert a space, such as your basement or loft, to turn into your fabulous new office, then you’ll need a construction company who understand your needs and will be with you every step of the design process. Look for companies like londonandkent.co.uk, who are members of accredited high standard trade bodies such as the National House Building Council. This will mean that, if you haven’t had work done before, you can trust that their experience and stamp of approval means that you will get a top-quality finish and workmen you can trust. 

Converting an existing space in your home, or extending it depending on what you’re working with, means your office can be built to exactly the right specifications for you and your work needs. Do you want lots of light? Skylights let in a lot more natural daylight than regular windows. Do you need extra plug sockets for tech? This can be accommodated. Not only will you end up with the perfect workspace, but you won’t have to give up room in the rest of the house that you currently use for living.

Your Office, Your Way

There’s a correlation between office seating arrangements and mental wellbeing, with one in eight office workers claiming that the setup of their workspace, including hotdesking, negatively impacts their work. If you have your own dedicated space to work in, never again will you have to fight with someone from admin about having the radio on or off, deal with constant at-desk interruptions, or pretend to tolerate cheap coffee. You can even have your own minifridge to keep milk and snacks in, so you don’t have to head through to the kitchen every time you fancy a cuppa – bliss!

There are so many stunning ways to style your home office. Your job should be about having a creative and productive time at work, and then being able to leave, close the door and step into the rest of your life. 

If you want to regain the time and money you’re currently losing to the commute, then consider converting a space into your home office today. 

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Fashion: The Birkin Bag – Hermes https://luxirare.com/fashion-the-birkin-bag-hermes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fashion-the-birkin-bag-hermes https://luxirare.com/fashion-the-birkin-bag-hermes/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:00:00 +0000 https://luxirare.com/fashion-the-birkin-bag-hermes/ There are two “urban legends” that tell how this bag was born. What it certain and undeniable, still, is the fact that this bag bears the name of actress/singer Jane…

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There are two “urban legends” that tell how this bag was born. What it certain and undeniable, still, is the fact that this bag bears the name of actress/singer Jane Birkin (English woman, who lives in France for decades already).

The first legend, which appears to be told by Birkin herself to the fashion journalist Dana Thomas, tells that back in 1984, during a Paris-London flight, she was sat next to Jean-Louis Dumas, the CEO of Hermes fashion house. While they were talking, she opened her Hermes agenda and tens of small paper notes flew out. Dumas took it, just to return it to Birkin a few week later with a pocket stitched to the back cover (it was a detail that became, later on, a standard). Afterwards, they two had a conversation about how difficult was for the actress to find a beautiful but practice handbag, which she could use both during the weekend and the week, to be spacious… never mind, as you know, when you fly business and get to sit next to the Hermes SEO. Shortly after, she received a bag that was identical to the one described to Dumas – this is how the Birkin bag was born.

A spicier version of the story was represented by the film director Andrew Litvack. He marked the year 1981 as the year of birth for the Birkin bag. It is said that Birkin was invited to Hermes to check on the bag prototype that was going to bear her name. The moment she wanted to leave with the bag hooked on her arm, the persons at Hermes asked her if she didn’t forget anything. She was surprised to notice that they were waiting for her to pay for the bag. Litvack also mentioned that, eventually, the money she paid was returned, and ever since then, she enjoys a 10% discount for any Hermes product she purchases.

In street fashion, the Birkin bag became one of the most known symbols of luxury. Although because it was excessively used, in an ostentatious manner, by numerous celebrities, wives of football players, and the likes, many people in the fashion domain speculate on the desirability of this bag. (The same happens in the case of Vuitton bags: the more visible they are and worn by everybody, the more you end up doubting about their quality and genuineness, which makes them loose their exclusive air). In the past years, the bag even became a secondary character in TV shows (see Sex and the City, The Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace), where full dialogs existed about this bag.

The list of celebrities that own not one but dozens of Birkin bags, is a long list: Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Richie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lil’ Kim, Portia de Rossi, Victoria Beckham, Sandra Bullock, Mariah Carey, Sofia Coppola, Elle Macpherson, Lindsay Lohan, Martha Stewart, Demi Moore, Katie Holmes, Jodie Foster, Kate Moss. Sophie Albou, the founder of the Paul&Joe fashion house, said in an interview that she purchases a Birkin bag every season, for the past 10 years, which makes her bag collection “an exorbitant addiction, but part of her cultural inheritance as a French woman”. Whatever….

Usually, the price of an ordinary Birkin bag starts around 6,000 euro. But in the case of special editions or when that particular model is made from exotic leathers, the price can increase to several ten thousands or even hundreds of thousands. What everybody may know is that you can’t just walk in a Hermer boutique and simply buy a Birkin. Oh, no, you have to subscribe to a waiting list that can last from 2 to 6 years (!) In fact, Hermes shops have two types of lists: a waiting list and an order list, the difference being given by the type of client. The ones that, one way or another, became returning customers or befriended one of the salespersons are obviously privileged.

Putting aside the craze created by celebrities, the Birking bags really are worth their price. It is among the few brands of the world that has an increasing value or, at least, stays the same as time passes by. You cannot buy them online or from luxury shops, only from Hermes boutiques. One of the factors that contribute to their value is the fact that they are entirely handmade, by skilled artisans. The making of a bag needs about 50 hours of hand labor (which means, more precisely, weeks of painstakingly work). The bags are being distributed without a plan around the world, intentionally, and in minimum quantities – other factors that help the increase of the product’s exclusivity.

The exterior of the bag can be made out of many types of leather, one of the most expensive being the crocodile leather. The price depends on the size of the scales – the smaller they are, the more expensive the bag becomes. Usually, the interior is made out of goat leather, the color being selected to match the exterior. There is the possibility of placing an order – a certain type of leather, and a certain color – but this possibility is reserved only to some privileged clients and, even in this case, the bag’s manufacturing can take up to 2 years. The metallic parts of the bag (the lock, keys, buckles, supports) are usually plated with gold or other precious metals, like palladium. The lock can sometimes be covered in leather, if the client requests it. Other clients wished to embellish the lock with diamonds, like the case of a bag made out of black crocodile leather that was sold at an auction, in 2005, for the price of 65,000 dollars. All the locks and keys have numerical codes, which attest their authenticity.

A feature that is included in the price of a Birkin bag is the privilege of bringing your Birkin bag in any Hermes boutique so that it can be shipped to Paris for a “spa treatment”. For a few hundreds of euro, any bag – regardless of its age or how damaged it is – will be refurbished and brought to the best state as it is possible. There is one single type of bags that cannot be refurbished: the ones in the Shooting Stars category, which can be indentified with the help of a colorless stamp placed near the embossing „Hermes, Paris, Made in France” that is on the bag’s interior. These are bags that the Hermes artisans make only after receiving a special permission that is valid just in their case – they can make one single bag per year, for personal use or as a gift, which cannot be put out for sale.

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Keeping Up With The Latest Trends On a Budget https://luxirare.com/keeping-up-with-the-latest-trends-on-a-budget/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keeping-up-with-the-latest-trends-on-a-budget https://luxirare.com/keeping-up-with-the-latest-trends-on-a-budget/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 21:05:13 +0000 https://luxirare.com/?p=6394 If you love fashion, you will love keeping up with the latest fashion trends, but financially, it can be a difficult thing to do on a budget. However, just because…

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If you love fashion, you will love keeping up with the latest fashion trends, but financially, it can be a difficult thing to do on a budget. However, just because you don’t have enough money to go out and buy new clothes all the time, it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your wardrobe on-trend. There are lots of things that you can do with an existing wardrobe or clothing that you can find for more reasonable prices. Below are some tips on how to keep your wardrobe on-trend on a budget:

Make sure you have wardrobe staples

Your wardrobe staples are the pieces of clothing that never go out of style. Those that you can pair with other more eccentric pieces and still have a great look. These wardrobe staples are usually simply designed, neutral in colour, plain and pattern free, and easy to throw on. Your staple items could include plain t-shirts (long and short-sleeved), jeans, and a simple pair of flats. Other items could be part of this list, as long as they are simple and easy to pair with other clothing.

Look for deals

There are plenty of websites and shops that will do deals on clothing items every now and then. It could be a student discount or a sale in store. There are even websites, such as LatestDeals.co.uk, that have tons of discount codes so that you can get a better deal on items that you want than you would otherwise. It is always better to check if there is money to be saved before you buy so that you don’t miss out.

Look for second hand clothing

Trends can come in waves. Many trends from all decades have made a comeback at some point, so you might find something that you can make work for the most current trends. Many charity shops and vintage stores will have a mix of clothes to choose from. It can take some routing, but if you are patient, you will find some pieces that fit the look you are going for. They are also more likely to be unique!

Shopping second hand is also a lot better for the environment. You won’t be contributing to the creation of fast fashion that has a big negative impact on the environment. You will also be ensuring that perfectly good clothes get another shot at life, instead of ending up in landfill.

Shop your wardrobe

There will be many items in your wardrobe that you might overlook when it comes to new trends; however, with a change in accessories and a bit of reimagining, they could be perfect. Belts can be added or taken away, made bigger or smaller. You can tuck items in, layer skirts on top of dresses, there are many things that can be done to change the style of an item. If you are good with a sewing machine, there are even structural changes that you can make. No item ever needs to become useless when it can be changed in some way.

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Five Fashionable Luxury Items for Men with Discerning Taste https://luxirare.com/five-fashionable-luxury-items-for-men-with-discerning-taste/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=five-fashionable-luxury-items-for-men-with-discerning-taste https://luxirare.com/five-fashionable-luxury-items-for-men-with-discerning-taste/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:35:08 +0000 https://luxirare.com/?p=6391 Making a statement is all about subtleties. Many have delusions of grandeur and wish to display ostentatious status symbols to show their importance, influence and intellect. Yet the truly discerning…

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Making a statement is all about subtleties. Many have delusions of grandeur and wish to display ostentatious status symbols to show their importance, influence and intellect. Yet the truly discerning understand that it’s not about being flashy, but about being refined.

A variety of luxury fashion items and accessories can make or break any man’s outfit or appearance. Choosing the right ones for the right occasions – or even more importantly, for the right man – is crucial in being tastefully well-appointed.

As such, let’s look at five fashionable luxury items for men who have a more discerning level of taste.

Rolex Watches

Arguably nothing fashion-wise stands the test of time better than fashion accessories that actually tell you the time. Rolex watches are a mainstay of luxury fashion, providing both a regal sense of style and a decent long-term value compared to most fashion accessories.

There are thousands of unique Rolex watches on the market in terms of new and certified variations. Those seeking to discover watches by Rolex won’t be disappointed with Chronext, which offers hundreds of different luxury watch options for the discerning consumer. Providing certified luxury watches to the public is their mission, which any man seeking this luxury item can appreciate.

Tom Ford Sunglasses

With summer fast approaching, making a subtle fashion statement with an accessory that also provides functionality is a win-win. Tom Ford sunglasses are one such example; providing a luxury level of quality in design and construction, these sunglasses come in dozens of unique styles.

Comparable in price to many lesser-known and lower-quality sunglasses, Tom Ford sunglasses offer luxury at a price point that isn’t cost-prohibitive to everybody. That doesn’t mean you won’t necessarily be the only one at the beach flaunting these stunning sunglasses, though. 

Ted Baker Wallets

Designer leather wallets are yet another excellent fashionable men’s accessory that provides both aesthetic charm and functionality. Ted Baker wallets in particular are made from premium leather, utilising slim design profiles and more traditional designs, depending on your exact tastes.

These wallets come in a variety of colours. Many may prefer the more reserved luxury appeal of a leather jacquard wallet in brown or black, while others may prefer flaunting their teal leather bifold wallet to make a statement. 

Gucci Messenger Bags

Messenger bags are all the rage among men’s luxury fashion trends today, so why not opt for a stylish Gucci messenger bag? Sporting intricate designs emblematic of Gucci’s charm, messenger bags can be found both in brilliant, loud designs as well as muted, neutral alternatives.

Small, medium and large messenger bags are available from Gucci, allowing men to choose a specific form factor that fits their everyday needs. Combining practical day-to-day needs with a luxury fashion statement, Gucci men’s messenger bags are an excellent choice for discerning men.

David Yurman Bracelets

Sleek. Sophisticated. Sensual. That’s how many describe David Yurman’s line of men’s bracelets. Available in a variety of forms (including chevron, cable cuff, box chain, and hex bead), these luxury bracelets use rose gold, silver, gold and mixed metals along with precious gems to create a luxuriously masculine fashion profile.

With more practical options as well as overt choices available, there’s an option for every man with discerning tastes. 

Balancing that luxury appeal with practicality is the hallmark of every man’s fashion sense. For those who are discerning about what they wear, these five luxury fashion items help combine a variety of needs and concerns for any modern man.

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What to Consider When Selecting a Theme for Your Website https://luxirare.com/what-to-consider-when-selecting-a-theme-for-your-website/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-to-consider-when-selecting-a-theme-for-your-website https://luxirare.com/what-to-consider-when-selecting-a-theme-for-your-website/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2020 11:12:57 +0000 https://luxirare.com/?p=6385 Are you planning to create a new website or revamp an existing website? Well, in both cases, you will need an adequate theme. What does this mean? Considering that the…

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Are you planning to create a new website or revamp an existing website? Well, in both cases, you will need an adequate theme. What does this mean? Considering that the theme of a website will dictate the style and feel of your website, impacting the way visitors relate to it, I dare to say that choosing the ideal theme can be quite a challenge. It doesn’t matter if you need a theme for a WordPress blog, Woocommerce website, Shopify, or for HTML5 because the desired outcome is the same. You want a website that speaks for itself and is inviting for anyone kind enough to give it a try.

As you will start looking around for the perfect theme, it may be worth taking some aspect into consideration. With the help of this checklist, you can be sure that you won’t act by impulse, but make a choice that will bring benefits to your website and, implicit, to your business.

  • Keep it simple

It may be worth keeping your enthusiasm in control when selecting a website theme. In many cases, there’s the temptation to go for themes that say too much, through their various and loud visual elements. If the case, do the contrary and remember to stick to themes that are clean and simple. If flashy themes were trendy a couple of decades ago, these days simplicity and minimalism are the best way to go. People appreciate a website that is easy to navigate and feature design elements that are smartly chosen, without being overwhelming.

  • Bear in mind that updates will be required

Once you select a theme and launch the website, work is far from being done. We live in a fast-paced world that is constantly changing and shifting, which means that nothing is permanent. Without a doubt, your website will need updates, sooner or later. Go for themes that provide information about their developer, including about the updates that were released for that theme. This is a good sign that the theme is periodically updated and improved. For this kind of theme, it may be worth checking out https://themeplanet.com. It has a wide range of themes for WordPress, HTML5, Shopify, and Woocommerce to suit current needs.

  • Do not forget about mobile users

Mobile users compose more than half of the people that are using the Internet these days. Disregarding this group of users means to make a big mistake for your business. If you want to gain great traction in the online environment and gain good ranking from Google, making your website mobile-responsive is the best way to go. And this starts with selecting the right kind of theme. Before making a final decision, regarding a theme, make sure to run it from a mobile device first. This is possible with the demo versions of the themes, made to help the future user have a better insight on how the theme will look once installed.

  • How customizable is it?

When one decides to create a website, most certainly he or she wishes to come up with something fresh and unique. This means that the cases in which a theme is taken and used as-is are extremely rare. Everybody will want to put their print of the theme and make it more suitable to the personality and style of the website. So, whether you’re looking for HTML5 templates or something to dress up your WordPress website, check to see just how much room for wiggle you have.

  • Compatibility with multiple browsers

You can’t tell people to use one single type of browser. Each will make their own choice, based on preferences. In other words, you will have to find a theme that works and looks great on most popular browsers. Running the theme on each browser will allow you to see if there are any issues with any of the browsers. Only practical tests will reveal any issues related to functionality, browsers, mobile devices, and other details that may slip your mind.

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How to make your living room more comfortable and cosier https://luxirare.com/how-to-make-your-living-room-more-comfortable-and-cosier/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-make-your-living-room-more-comfortable-and-cosier https://luxirare.com/how-to-make-your-living-room-more-comfortable-and-cosier/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:35:33 +0000 https://luxirare.com/?p=6379 Although we all want our homes to be stylish and look appealing, it should primarily be somewhere to kick back and relax after a long day. This is especially important…

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Although we all want our homes to be stylish and look appealing, it should primarily be somewhere to kick back and relax after a long day. This is especially important in the living room, where comfort is the top of our list! Think of a comfortable sofa you’ll sink into and a solid entertainment system.

However, the living room goes beyond fancy furniture and the latest TV. We’ve come up with some extra tips so that you get the most out of your room. 

  • Don’t worry about co-ordinating absolutely everything

The secret to making your room perfect is to make it imperfect. Don’t worry if not every little thing in your living room matches, comfort is about imperfection and relaxation. Things like accessories and art can keep your room stylish while still giving the impression that it’s okay to come in and relax.

  • Focus on the sofa

There’s no point in getting your living room completely perfect to then have nothing but a hard sofa to sit on. It’s the heart of the living room and what you look forward to greeting the most when you walk through the front door. This is the time where is it worth investing a lot in a good sofa where the stress falls away. The rest of the furniture can fit around the sofas, so make this the first thing you purchase! We only mean focus on this first in terms of furniture though, of course flooring and walls are the first renovations you should be considering! 

  • Make sure there’s extra seating

Although your lovely big sofa may be enough for you and your partner on a normal week day, it’s worth remembering that the living room is a common place to entertain guests. Therefore, you want to make sure there’s a place for everyone to sit – bean bags are always a good idea and arm chairs. If you have the space, a table and chairs. 

  • Think about different lighting options

Lighting isn’t just there to serve one purpose and practicality. Lighting is a great way to add decoration and cosiness. You want to get the perfect mix of an inviting allure while still being able to see sufficiently. Floor and table lamps in each corner of the room work well, lit dimly to give that beautiful soft glow. 

  • Be minimal

Although we’d always encourage anyone to fill their home with character and their own personal style, it is certainly possible to overdo it. Filling your living room with stuff can have the opposite effect of comfortable and actually feel rather claustrophobic. Don’t be afraid of clear surfaces, chances are things will get dumped on them anyway especially if you’re from a busy household – this also helps your room appear larger. 

  • Personalise!

While you need to be careful with not crowding your room, it is also important to make sure your room adheres to your taste. It’s well known you aren’t going to feel at home somewhere where you don’t like the surroundings. Family photos are a great place to start without running the risk of making your room tasteless. 

  • Pay attention to texture

This the key to comfort. Of course, we don’t want stiff cushions that feel like plastic. Fabrics such as velvet, cotton and satin not only look beautiful but are also very comforting. Don’t go too crazy with loads of different fabrics however, try stick to two! 

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Living Luxury In Paris: Why You Should Move To The French Capital https://luxirare.com/living-luxury-in-paris/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=living-luxury-in-paris https://luxirare.com/living-luxury-in-paris/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:51:36 +0000 https://luxirare.com/?p=5456 Paris is always a good idea, especially if you’re planning on moving to the famous French capital. Whether you prefer living somewhere where there is lots of fine dining, living…

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Paris is always a good idea, especially if you’re planning on moving to the famous French capital. Whether you prefer living somewhere where there is lots of fine dining, living in the heart of luxurious sightseeing or living in one of the world’s hubs for designer stores, Paris really does have it all.

Although Paris is an incredible destination to visit, it’s an even better destination to move to. There are so many different things to do and with everything spanning across several different districts, you’ll never be bored. To help, I have put together an amazing guide to living a luxury life in Paris detailing why you should move, where you should stay and what you need to do whilst there.

Why Should You Visit Paris?

When it comes to choosing an incredible European city to move to, Paris should definitely be at the top of your list. From the stunning food to the incredible history, the thousands of reasons why you should move to the city of love speak for themselves. To help you decide, here are five incredible reasons why you should be booking your one-way ticket now.

You can view some of the world’s most famous landmarks – Paris is known for some of the world’s most famous landmarks, giving you the perfect excuse to see some of the most incredible sights you’ll ever see. From the Eifell Tower to Lourve – you’ll feel as though you’re stepping straight into the set of a movie the moment you arrive.

The food is AMAZING – Not only is Paris known for its amazing landmarks, but also for some of the most delicious food you’ll ever eat. Whether you prefer tucking into Parison pastries in a patisserie or eating at one of the many Michelin star restaurants dotted around the city – you will never get tired of the food you can eat in Paris.

The architecture and gardens are stunning – One of the most fascinating aspects of the city of Paris is the mix of modern architecture with the old. Whilst most buildings have kept their art deco style, you can see glimpses of the modern just creeping through as you walk along the river Seine.

Although Paris is a city filled with stunning architecture, there are also loads of incredible gardens to escape to if you’re looking for a moment of serenity. In fact, just seconds away from the Eiffel Tower you can enjoy one of the most scenic views in the city, all whilst sitting in the basque of the tower itself.

The history and art culture are fascinating – Paris is also known for its amazing culture when it comes to both art and history. The art scene stretches back centuries and can be viewed in the many of the cities famous galleries and museums including the Louvre, the home of the Mona Lisa. The Musee d’Orsay displays impressionist paintings, and will definitely interest lovers of modern art. Alternatively, if you’re interested in both African and Asian art, you can visit the Musee du Quai Branly.

You can shop until you drop – On top of the amazing food, incredible scenery and the luxury art galleries, Paris also has an incredible shopping scene. The city is the centre of fashion with international, and luxury brand names adorning the streets. If you prefer vintage then there are also plenty of delightful boutiques, antique shops and vintage markets around the city.

Where Should You Live For Luxury?

If you want to have the most luxurious experience whilst living in Paris, you need to ensure you pick an incredible area to live in. Whilst this isn’t difficult in Paris, some areas are much more luxurious than others.

If you are looking for a luxury apartment in Paris, here are some of the best districts to move to:

  • 6th Arrondissement: Saint-Germain-des-Prés

  • 7th Arrondissement: Eiffel Tower

  • 8th Arrondissement: Avenue Montaigne

  • 16th Arrondissement: Trocadéro

For more information on where to buy a luxurious place to live, you can visit these luxury apartments in Paris.

What Should You Do If You’re Looking For Luxury In Paris?

There are some many incredible luxurious experiences to have in Paris, so we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favourites:

Have Dinner At The Top Of The Eiffel Tower

Whilst the Eiffel Tower is an incredible sight on its own, taking that one step further and having dinner at the top is probably one of the best decisions you can ever make. There are several different restaurants at the top of the tower, however, for the most luxurious meal, you should visit Le Jules Verne. As a Michelin star restaurant with chef Alain Ducasse’s incredible menu, you won’t forget this incredible moment. With stunning views across the city as you enjoy your meal, you will definitely feel as though you’re on top of the world. To book a table, you can visit this site here.

Other Eifell Tower restaurants include the 58 Tour Eifell, Bar A Champagne, Salon Gustave Eifell and their buffet restaurant. Whilst they are not as luxurious as the Le Jules Verne, you will still be able to enjoy a delicious meal with an incredible view of the city below.

Luxury Weekend In ParisVisit The Mona Lisa In A Guided Tour At The Louvre

Whilst anyone can enter the Louvre gallery and museum for a fee, those wanting a more exclusive experience may want to consider a luxury, private tour. With several tour companies across the city offering this as a tour, you will be able to experience the museum with your own private guide. With insider information, incredible history and knowledge of the best route around the gallery – this is definitely a must see whilst living in Paris.

If a guided tour isn’t your thing and you want to create the best possible luxury experience, the museum is also available to hire during the evenings. Ideal for those incredibly special occasions and celebrations, a night with the Mona Lisa to yourself would definitely be a magical experience, even for the most luxurious of tastes.

Take A Romantic Boat Trip Along The Seine

If you want to have the ultimate romantic experience in Paris, why not consider a romantic private boat trip across the river Seine? Perfect for those warm summer evenings, this trip will give you a once in a lifetime view of those sparking Eifell Tower lights as you travel along the river, champagne in hand. Whether you take the tour during the day or in the evening, you will feel as though you have the whole city to yourselves. For more information, you can visit Tripadvisor here.

Learn The History Of The Notre Dame

Whilst you may not be able to book a private tour to see the Notre Dame, this should definitely be a must-see for anyone living in Paris. Just standing outside the front of the cathedral is an incredible feeling, especially as the sun rises in the early morning. If you want the ultimate private view, make sure you get there are early as you possibly can.

Book VIP Seats At Moulin Rouge

If you’re looking for something a little different for evening entertainment, why not book yourselves VIP seats at a Moulin Rouge show? The tickets include access to a private balcony (24 seats only), champagne, a set menu LOTS of feathers and all the macarons you could eat. If that’s not enough, you will have the best view of the whole show. Starting at 420 EURO per person, this will definitely be a night you remember. To book tickets, you can visit the Moulin Rouge site here.

Have A Private Chauffer Tour Of The City

If you’re looking to see as much of the city as you can during your first few weeks in Paris, hiring a private chauffeur to give you a tour of the city may be the best option. They will know the best possible routes, the ideal viewpoints and all of the delicious places you have to eat during your visit. Whilst you can’t escape the tourists at each landmark, you’ll definitely be able to escape them every time you head back to your private car. What more do you need to feel like royalty as you arrive in the city for the first time? The best way to get your bearings!

Luxury Weekend In ParisShop Luxury On Champs Elysees

One of the most popular shopping streets in Paris is Champs Elysees, located parallel to the Arc de Triomphe. Often called the world’s most beautiful boulevard, this is an incredible place to get all of your luxury shopping done. With Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Longchamp and more – you won’t be short of places to shop. For more luxury shopping experiences in Paris, you can also visit Rue Saint-Honore, Avenue Montaigne and Boulevard Haussmann. For shopping with an incredible view, visit the Printemps Department Store.

Are you thinking of moving to Paris? Where would you stay and what would be the first thing you do? Is there anything you need to prepare in advance? Let me know in the comments section below.

 

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The Shift from Mined to Synthetic Diamonds – What a Millennial Wants https://luxirare.com/the-shift-from-mined-to-synthetic-diamonds-what-a-millennial-wants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-shift-from-mined-to-synthetic-diamonds-what-a-millennial-wants https://luxirare.com/the-shift-from-mined-to-synthetic-diamonds-what-a-millennial-wants/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:36:51 +0000 https://luxirare.com/?p=6372 At some point in the past, we saw that everyone was going crazy with buying diamonds. They were seen as an investment, they held quite a lot of sentimental value…

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At some point in the past, we saw that everyone was going crazy with buying diamonds. They were seen as an investment, they held quite a lot of sentimental value (at least for some people), they were durable – and let’s face it, they were pretty. If a woman was wearing diamond jewelry, she was seen as a lucky person, and a fancy one at that.

With that said, not as many people are interested in mined diamonds nowadays – women and men alike. More and more people are going for synthetic diamonds instead – and while some of their reasons might be logical, others simply just make more sense once you think about it. Here is why millennials do not really bother with “real” mined diamonds and opt for lab-made (synthetic) ones instead.

  • Synthetic Diamonds are Less Expensive

As some millennials put it in an article written for the Huffington Post, “It is a good day if they can even afford something as simple as a McChicken.” If they can barely afford a sandwich, how can people expect them to buy real diamonds? 

With wages dropping and unemployment on the rise, more and more people are going for synthetic diamonds because they are much cheaper – since you no longer have to mine them anymore. They are grown inside the lab, which further decreases the labor for them.

  • Mined Diamonds have Less Value

Indeed, mined diamonds are quite valuable – at least where money is concerned. You end up paying quite a lot for a diamond ring or necklace, for instance – and most people have to take loans in order to pay for them. When it comes to money, indeed, they are quite invaluable.

Nevertheless, people care less about the money and more about the memory that said the diamond represents. For instance, nowadays, people hold more value in memorial diamonds made by companies such as Heart in Diamond – mostly because that is not your average diamond. It’s the ashes of a loved one that became a diamond – which turned the jewel into something even more precious. 

  • Synthetic Diamonds are Environmentally-Friendly

Mining actual diamonds is not exactly an environmentally-friendly activity. The more you dig through those mines, the more nature itself has to suffer because of it. Plus, considering all the technology that you will need to mine those diamonds, there’s a good chance that you’ll be also be damaging the ozone layer.

However, by creating that diamond in the lab, you get the same quality diamonds – minus the labor happening in a mine. Less carbon emissions are sent into the air, making it a “green” solution for creating jewelry of a great quality. 

In the end, you could say that the purpose of synthetic diamonds is not necessarily because they are cheaper – but because they are valuable in different ways. They represent our loved ones, they represent our planet – and they are more than just money for us. They are investments for our soul rather than our bank accounts.

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How To Make Your Home Look Luxurious https://luxirare.com/how-to-make-your-home-look-luxurious/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-make-your-home-look-luxurious https://luxirare.com/how-to-make-your-home-look-luxurious/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 21:49:48 +0000 https://luxirare.com/?p=6369 We are known for swooning over other peoples’ interiors, whether that’s on Instagram, Pinterest, or flicking through a magazine. One thing many sought after is creating a luxurious décor. What…

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We are known for swooning over other peoples’ interiors, whether that’s on Instagram, Pinterest, or flicking through a magazine. One thing many sought after is creating a luxurious décor. What is luxe to one person may be different for another; however, I’ve put together some simple ways you can make your home look luxurious, no matter your budget! 

Think About Colour Palettes

Although a pop of colour here and there can add visual interest to your interior, incorporating too much colour can make your home look a little distasteful. Think about which colours you’d like to decorate your abode in, and ensure the colours complement each other. 

If you aren’t entirely sure which colour scheme to go for, you can’t go wrong with neutral colours. Beige, taupe and grey, for example, look seamless in any room of the home. You are then able to focus on the accessories which can add that luxe element!

Invest in High-Quality Products

Your home is a place where you can allow your personality to shine! By investing in high-quality products not only will they stand the test of time, in the long run, but they also save money as you won’t need to replace as often as you would cheaper alternatives. 

By investing in high-quality products, you’re more than likely to only select products which you are passionate about, which helps with keeping the space clutter-free!

Go for a Round Mirror

Mirrors are a great accessory to incorporate into the home, not only are they a practical element, but they help to break up wall space allowing light to be bounced around the room, which is especially important if the room is on the smaller side. 

When thinking about the kind of mirror, round mirrors are taking over the interior design world. Many of the interiors you see on Pinterest or Instagram will feature round mirrors; the shape is easy on the eye and can help transform a space.

There are so many options available, whether you want to splash out or find a budget-friendly option. Think about the style you’d like; you could opt for a metallic mirror to pair with other metallic elements in your interior for that lavish touch! 

Keep It Clutter-Free

Too many accessories can overpower your interior and take away that luxurious element. A cluttered space not only looks messy but can make you feel stressed, which is something you don’t want to feel in your own home! 

Don’t let the clutter take over your home, remove anything not needed and only display items which are a necessity. It is recommended to think about your storage space and come up with a system to keep your place in order.

Tidy home, tidy mind!   

Bring Nature in

Not only does greenery look great in the home, but there are also numerous health benefits too! Real plants absorb toxins, emit oxygen and are a simple way to add some glam into your home.

It is recommended to start off small. If you aren’t great at looking after plants, an untamed and unwatered plant could spoil your interior, so starting off small will ensure you get used to looking after the greenery! 

Place living plants near windows to ensure they get enough sunlight, plant them in beautiful pots and pair with other accessories for a super luxe look.

Opt for Handcrafted Lighting

Just like investing in high-quality accessories, opt for high-quality lighting! Lighting can completely transform a space, taking it from dull and uninviting to welcoming and warm, put the spotlight on your interior by opting for handcrafted lights. 

Whether you introduce a trio of retro glass ceiling lights in the kitchen, place vintage wall lights above bedside tables or light up your living room with industrial flush mounts, investing in handcrafted, high-quality lights will emit that sought after luxury look! 

Hopefully, these tips will help you create the luxurious interior you’re looking to craft for yourself. One thing to remember is that your interior should be unique to you and showcase your own personality, but hopefully, you can put your own spin on your interior with these simple tips!

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