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Louis Vuitton Singapore Presents Cruise 2012 Fine Jewelry Collection

 

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Coeur ring in white gold and diamonds

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Coeur pendant in pink gold on a leather fastening

Update your resort holiday wardrobe with Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2012 collection of watches and fine jewelry, beginning with the Coeur line of delicate pink or white gold jewelry, inspired by the House’s instantly recognizable Monogram flower.

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Coeur bracelet in pink gold on a cotton cord

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Coeur earrings in white gold and diamonds

The main motif of the Coeur collection is an ethereal, interlocking heart and flower made to look like a deconstructed bouquet of lace. Offered in warm pink gold or extravagant white gold set with diamonds, the timeless quality of the Coeur line imbue the pieces with a heirloom-like quality.

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Tambour Forever Blue Infini

Also new for Cruise 2012 is the relaunching of Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Forever line for women. The star of the collection is a new Forever Blue Infini timepiece with a dial and patent leather Monogram strap in a deep, navy blue. The diamond paving on the dial has been set to echo the outlines of the iconic Monogram flower. Available in medium (34mm) or large (39.5mm), the Tambour Forever Blue Infini watches are now available in Louis Vuitton boutiques.

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Louis Vuitton’s Damier Infini Line for Men

 

Louis Vuittons Damier Infini Line For Men

For stylish gents looking to inject a little discreet glamor into their office-wear, consider Louis Vuitton’s new range of Damier Infini for men. Hot off the rack for Fall-Winter 2011-2012, the line of manbags, accessories and small leather goods are a sleek update of the House’s Damier Graphite and Damier Aventure collections. Key pieces include a Keepall, Porte-Documents Voyage and Zippy Wallet, all in lush, embossed calfskin.

Guys, start updating your wish-lists in the weeks to come, as the Damier Infini will debut at LV stores worldwide from mid-August.

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Jo Malone’s Wild Bluebell Collection

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Wild Bluebell is the newest fragrance from the beloved world of Jo Malone. The fresh scent is elegant yet playful, perfect for today’s modern woman.

In keeping with Jo Malone’s exclusive lifestyle collection, Wild Bluebell is available for the bath, body and home, with options including cologne, candles, body cr鑝e and hand wash. All scents exude the sweet aroma of persimmon, lily of the valley and eglantine, making for a modern-day fairytale blend of naughty and nice.

The recently launched fragrance heralds a fresh start for the luxury lifestyle home, celebrating both whimsy and tradition in a brand new twist. Wild Bluebell doesn’t contain actual bluebells (they are endangered), but the wonderfully bright scent is masterfully composed with top notes of bluebell and cloves, a heart of lily of the valley, jasmine, rose hip and a base of white amber and musk.

The clean and wild scent is accompanied by Wild Bluebell herself, a fanciful creature from fairyland who enjoys cavorting with fluffy white rabbits and indulging in her own special quirks, just like any contemporary woman. In a nod to the real world, Jo Malone London has made a donation to the Woodland Trust in honor of the bluebell, to ensure its protection for the future.

As the latest offering from the quintessential English lifestyle brand, Wild Bluebell is captured in Jo Malone’s signature sleek packaging. Complex yet intriguing, smelling of summer forests, Wild Bluebell is a welcome addition for the Jo Malone fan.

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10 Most Stylish Hotels at The World’s Fashion Capitals

Fashion Weeks are at their peak. From New York, London, Milan and Paris, everyone is hopping around fashion capitals, and if you’re one of them, boutique hotel collection Mr & Mrs Smith rounds up 10 of the most style-sussed stays in the world’s fashion capitals

Hotel Keppler, Paris: A welcome retreat from the fast-pace of Champs-Elysées shop-hopping nearby, this classic 39-room boutique hotel is great for glamourpusses. Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon blends a sophisticated Hausmannian hideaway with a relaxed home-from-home feel, deftly wielding bold toiles, animal prints, stripes and dark wood details. Elegant accessories in the lounge span outsize vases, statement mirrors, modern art and welcoming flowers.
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Murano Resort, Paris: For a flamboyant, fashionable funhouse in the heart of the bohemian Marais quarter, opt for the full-on French wow factor of Murano Resort Paris. The 52 rooms are no slouch in the style stakes; accessed by finger-touch gadgetry, rather than keys, they feature pastel-pretty mood lighting, with private pools in two of the nine suites. Venetian glass, shiny inox, white marble and deep-red velvets add to the Murano’s sex appeal.
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Shoreditch Rooms, London: East London is currently the capital’s most creative hub, with edgy fashion labels, art galleries, boutiques and bars in and around epicentre Shoreditch. Set in a converted warehouse, the hotel’s 26 cool rooms come in Tiny, Small and Small+ sizes, with sun loungers on private terraces. Guests have access to and can enjoy the Cowshed spa, bowling alley, House Kitchen restaurant, several sexy bars and the must-visit rooftop pool.
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The Connaught, London: This stately dowager has recently had a seductive makeover. Its old-fashioned values are still intact, but now you can also hang out at the glitzy Connaught Bar, sip cocktails at the contemporary Coburg Bar and dine on sophisticated cuisine by chef Hélène Darroze. Fashionistas will also love Europe’s only Aman Spa, where the green-tea foot bath soothes paws fatigued by gadding about the area’s high-end shops.
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Sanderson, London: There’s nothing stark about French design guru Philippe Starck‘s deliciously playful contemporary sanctuary Sanderson, an iconic, theatrical 150-room hotel. One of London’s original boutique boltholes, founded by Ian Schrager, the Sanderson has always attracted the fashion set.. The outside may be austere, but inside you’ll find a dramatic look-at-me lobby with vibrant, quirky furniture, a purple billiard table and the catwalk-inspired Long Bar.
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Maison Moschino, Milan: With dress-shaped floor lamps and decorative sheep in the lobby, you know you’re in for a surreally stylish experience at this quirky Milan boutique hotel, founded by Italian mega-brand Moschino. Set in a classical, shutter-strewn building, the Maison’s 65 avant-garde rooms are inspired by a dreamy mix of fairytales and, of course, fashion. Pamper yourself in the in-house Culti Spa, then sample Italian sushi at the hotel’s sleek restaurant Il Clandestino Milano.
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The Gray, Milan: A playful den for modern lovers, or just lovers of up-to-the-minute fashion, the hotel’s 21 individually designed rooms are plush and inviting (101, 201 and 301 have king-size beds, round hydro tubs, and views of vaulted designer shopping arcade, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele). Two rooms even offer private gyms, should you need to tone up before slipping on that body-con Dolce & Gabbana number.
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Hotel Straf, Milan: In a jaw-dropping prime location just doors from the Duomo, this hip 64-room hideaway is beloved of fashion and design folk in the know. The unassuming façade masks a bold modern interior, where raw concrete, scuffed-satiny walls and tactile floors rule, care of Italian architect and fashion talent Vincenzo De Cotiis. Corridors are adorned with fabric under glass and a palette of chocolate-brown, greys, rust tones and metallics adds luxe to spacious rooms.
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The Standard, New York: The latest creation by boutique hotel trendsetter Andre Balazs, this glassy high-rise lords it over the Meatpacking District, home to alluring restaurants, bars and boutiques, and sensational aerial park the High Line. Aim for the eighth floor or above for the best vistas; then hit 18th-storey bar Top of The Standard for cocktails. To re-fuel try the Standard Grill for meat and seafood with a twist.
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Crosby Street Hotel, New York:The quirky Crosby Street Hotel sports salvaged vintage phone lights and comic-coated dog figurines. Firmdale Hotels’ interiors whizz Kit Kemp’s first outpost in the city comes with her signature kitsch-meets-classic-yet-contemporary furniture, art and accessories, sealed with British humour. The 86 colour-coordinated rooms are all individually designed, with fashion-forward upholstered mannequins to match; we also love UK perfumier Miller Harris’ classy toiletries.
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10 Most Expensive Cities In The World

The ranks of the most richest and influential cities in the world are based on the comprehensive analysis of economic vitality, political influence, research ability and living standard. Though there are several other important cities which are rich in terms of their natural resources and stabled economy but the following are considered to be the richest cities of the world in terms of living cost.

10. Singapore – Singapore

The republic of Singapore is an Island country. It has diverse population 5 million made up various ethnic communities. It is town country which only has a total area of 700 square kilometers. It is ranked the tenth most expensive city in world. The town is small but has a different lifestyle. This is the only country which has no villages as Singapore itself is a city and country as well.

  • The average one-bedroom rental ranging SIN $ 600 per month or more in the housing area.
  • The electricity, water and internet cost SIN $ 300 per month or more for single family
  • Including the very high car prices, the average vehicle tax from SIN $ 1,000 or more annually and the average cost of parking ranges from SIN $ 150 per month.
  • For meals, Singapore may be said quite friendly range average SIN $ 5 or more to eat and drink.

9. Beijing – China

Beijing is the capital and second largest city in China. One of the densely populated cities in Asia gives convenience of investing to attract many foreign investors to come and invest in China.

  • Average rent of an apartment in the downtown ranges from RMB7000 (including electricity and water / utility costs)
  • Dining in Beijing is over RMB20 range for one meal
  • Daily international newspaper-ranging RMB25, a glass of coffee in a medium restaurant costs RMB 35, and a packet of food including burgers, potatoes and soft drink are more approximately RMB18

8. New York – USA

New York is considered to be the most influential and richest industrial hub in the United States of America. It is the most populous city and is headquarter of all major banks and financial institutions of the world. GDP in 2008 was $1406 Billion, more than entire GDP of India.

New York is the most expensive city compared to all other cities in the US. It is the destination of people from various parts of the world. The population of New York is around 10 million.

  • Average rent for apartment with two good bedrooms starts around US $ 4000 per month.
  • Utilities fees range from US $ 250 per family, standard family meals (4 persons) ranged up monthly cost $ 1000.
  • International paper per issue of US $ 1.8, glass coffee from US $ 3, and packets of food (burger + potato + sodas) for US $ 5.

7. Copenhagen – Denmark

Copenhagen is a distinctive and Capital city of Denmark. It is a place of typical Danish products sales. Its quality of life in this city is one of the best in the world. It has a total population of 667,228 in the beginning of 2009. Copenhagen has a service oriented economy. An important sector is life science and research which plays a major role in the economy of the city

  • Home rental average-cost in the suburbs of Copenhagen range from US $ 2.500 per month.
  • Meals are extremely expensive, particularly when eating in a restaurant. Tthe standard per person with two meals plus drinks range more than US $ 80. If you do not eat out for meal, it will cost around U.S. $ 200 upwards for two adults per week.
  • Monthly costs for electricity, telephone and internet range from a minimum of US $ 200 or more per month.
  • Cost transport such as taxis quite expensive, short trips use a taxi will cost about US $ 50.

6. Zurich – Switzerland

Zurich is one of the main cities in Switzerland. This city has alpine mountains is a beautiful city for tourist. Lower taxes lead to many investors who invest in stocks.

  • The cost of apartment rental outside the city without an elevator is starting from US $ 1500 per month.
  • Utilities fees range from US $ 200 per family, standard family meals (4 persons) ranged from USD800 per month or more
  • Monthly train pass is US $ 90, oil is very expensive. It costs about US $ 1.6 per liter.
  • Dining out in the restaurant for two people range from standard to US $ 300, three menus plus wine.

5. Geneva – Switzerland

After Zurich Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland. Geneva is a global and financial city. There is a worldwide centre for diplomacy and the most important international co-operation centre with New York because of the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the Red Cross and the United Nations.

  • Average rent for apartment with three bedrooms starting around US $ 3000
  • A three family meal cost around US $ 1200 per month
  • Health-insurance cost is quite expensive to US $ 800.
  • Local accommodation costs around US $ 400 up to 650 (per room in a hostel or rental individually per flat), food monthly cost of about US $ 450, transport by tram or bus around US $ 100-170, books and support materials for learning about US $ 100, other costs of US $ 400 other. So the cost for his/her monthly needs about USD $ 1500 to 1800.

4. Moscow – Russia

Moscow is the capital of Russia and is ranked fourth most expensive city in the world. This “Red Bear” city is a 25% contributor to the Russian domestic oil. Sport areas, recreation and clothing are expensive in this city.

  • Average rent for apartment, not yet furnished with two luxurious bedrooms, is starting around US $ 4500
  • Utilities fees range from US $ 250 per family, standard family meals (3 persons) cost ranges from US $ 500 upwards monthly
  • International paper per issue of US $ 5.5, glass coffee from US $ 9 (most expensive cup of coffee compare to other countries), and package food burger + potato + sodas US $ 5.
  • Dining-out costs will increase the normal monthly family expenditure to 2-3 times.

3. London – UK

London is considered to be the most important and financial center of the world. It is famous for its safe and luxuries life. It is the centuries old financial hub connecting Western economies with the eastern ones. With a GDP of $565 Billion it is Europe’s richest and most exciting city. Central London is home to the headquarters of most of the UK’s top 100 listed companies and hundreds of Europe’s top 500 companies. London is the only city of UK among top 10 richest cities of the world.

Living in the UK particularly London is very expensive compared to other places in the World. An average two bed room apartment in central London will cost you from 1,500 to 2,000 pounds per month. However this cost varies from zone to zone. Living in zone 1 for students is extremely expensive. Dining in a restaurant will cost around 10 pounds per person with one cheese burger, snacks and a soft drink. Transportation cost is also very high. A bus fare from one stop to another is 2.20 pounds. However if you buy week or monthly bus pass that will cost you less . One day oyster pass costs you 4 pounds, whereas one week oyster pass will cost you 17.80 p0unds.

2. Paris – France

One of the most beautiful cities of the world is Paris famous for its architectures and historical buildings. Paris is considered to be the second largest city of Europe. Its GDP is €552.7 billion (US$813.4 billion) in 2008, produces more than a quarter of the gross domestic product (GDP) of France. The Paris region receives 45 million tourists annually, 60% of whom are foreign visitors. The city contains numerous world famous institutions, populous parks and iconic landmarks. It is also called the city of fashion.

1 sandwich will cost you around €5. Pizza between €8 and €10, 1 small coffee €1 at the bar, €2 sitting down, 1 full meal (starter, main dish, dessert, not including drinks): between €15 and €20 depending on the area.

1 beer in a café: €2 to €4, and 1 seat at the cinema: €9.

One bed room apartment in city center will cost 870 € per month where as 3 bed room apartment will cost 2,116 € in city center.

1. Tokyo – Japan

Tokyo is considered to be the costliest city in the world. It is the capital city and financial hub of Japan. The City has an area of 2187 km square and there are more than 13 Million people live in Tokyo. It is the most populated and industrial city in the world. The city often hit by earthquakes so it’s not allowed to build a skyscraper. The cost of living in Tokyo is very expensive.

  • Average rent for apartment not furnished with two luxurious bedrooms starting around US $ 4.500
  • International paper per issue of US $ 1, a glass coffee from US $ 5, and package food of burger + potato + sodas for US $ 5.
  • The cost of eating out, in an expensive restaurant meals ranging from ¥ 13,000 / $ 108 / £ 55 without drinks, while the restaurant of medium range ¥ 4000 to 9000 yen ($ 33 – $ 75 / £ 17 – £ 38), and a cheap average of 4000 yen ($ 33 / £ 17 to less than 2000 yen ($ 17 / £ 8.40).