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INTRODUCTION TO RESIDENCY BY INVESTMENT

There are many reasons for wishing to get residence in a new country. BLS specializes in assisting international investors to achieve residency by investment in European countries such as Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Hungary.

Our expert team provides individualized advisory services to clients willing to get residency or to obtain a second passport at any of these countries. We offer various residency-by-investment programs to provide foreign investors tailor made solutions to obtain EU residencies for themselves and their families in earliest time.

In most of countries they call it “golden visas” because, like gold credit cards, they’re designed to make people interested to invest in these programs. It’s a trend that’s sweeping Europe and its particularly battered economies. For instance 3-Bedroom, Comes With EU Residency Permit. If you have the money to invest either in a new or existing local business, or in property in many of the offered European Union countries, you would be offered a temporary residency permit as a bonus and incentive.

In some states the investment could be as low as 250.000 Euro. Most of famous European countries offer you the possibility to achieve a Golden Visa / Investor Visa (or so-called residency visa, golden resident, real estate visa) with an invest of around 500.000 Euro + fees. In some countries this eventually lead to a permanent residency and/or citizenship.

In some states the investment could be as low as 250.000 Euro. Most of famous European countries offer you the possibility to achieve a Golden Visa / Investor Visa (or so-called residency visa, golden resident, real estate visa) with an invest of around 500.000 Euro + fees. In some countries this eventually lead to a permanent residency and/or citizenship.

The good advantage of Golden Visa is let you to travel easily to all Schengen Visa countries (26) all over Europe.

BLS also offers property developers in Dominica , Antigua and Granada if the Golden Visa in Europe is not the right solution for you.

  • Portugal
  • Malta
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Spain
  • Thailand

 

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The Top 5 E.U Citizenship By Investment Programs For 2017

Citizenship by Investment (CBI) has been something of a buzz-phrase in recent years among high net-worth individuals hailing from Asia, Africa and the Middle East who know that the legal attainment of dual citizenship and an EU passport in particular will grant them a level of freedom to travel and work that will dramatically improve both their quality of life and earning power.

For those readers still unfamiliar with the process of CBI, it is now possible to legally become the citizen of a country other than one’s own, and a holder of its passport, in return for a financial investment into that country. This could be in the form of a charitable donation or the purchase of a business that employs citizens of that country. However, normally all that is required is the purchase of a piece of real estate that remains the property of the investor for a decreed period of time.

There are currently almost a dozen European nations offering either CBI programs or similarly structured investor programs. The EU programs stand out as the most desirable, as a European Union passport entitles its holder to be able to live and work anywhere within the EU without time limitation, and also grants its owner visa-free travel to an average of 170 countries worldwide.

But among the growing number of European Union countries who operate CBI programs, which passport is best? Here are prandcitizenship.com’s current frontrunners for 2017. Bear in mind that this list may change as countries improve their programs and newcomers (potentially Ireland) release their own investor package.

5. Turkey

Okay, so we know that as of yet Turkey are not even in the EU right now, but we also know what everyone else knows; that it’s just a matter of time before they are granted full European Union membership. With the increasingly imminent EU departure of the UK, the nation which has been the main opposition to Turkish admission in recent years, the remaining power-brokers of the European Union – France and Germany – have already offered Turkey a “privileged partnership” which they have declined.

Allowing Turkey into the EU is a no-brainer, and here’s why; the Turkish economy is booming, which means there will be an additional 79 million consumers ready to spend big in the European marketplace. Turkish per-capital income has increased six-fold in recent years, and the average Turkish worker is now better off than many of his EU contemporaries. Istanbul is a huge, modern, vibrant city, and only New York, London and Moscow have more resident billionaires than the Turkish capital. Bringing in such a thriving, heavyweight economy, especially as an equally large economy in the UK is in the process of leaving isn’t an option – it’s a necessity.

In addition, Turkey are long-time NATO members with what would be by far the largest armed forces in Europe – something the EU would rather have with them, especially with the ever-threatening specter of Russia hanging over them.

For those investors who are either A) patient, B) short on capital or C) both, obtaining Turkish citizenship right now is a great move. prandcitizenship.com are the only citizenship brokers who can guarantee Turkish citizenship and passport for just €45,000, making it by far the cheapest CBI program available anywhere in the world today.

While it may take as long as five years before Turkey becomes a full EU member state, in the meantime in 2017 Turkish passport holders are set to be granted unlimited access to Europe’s 26-nation Schengen Area.

So, to sum up;

  • Turkish citizens are set to be granted unlimited and unrestricted access to the Schengen Zone in 2017, increasing the visa-free power of the Turkish passport from 122 countries to 148
  • Turkey’s EU membership is a question of “when”, not “if”, and most likely before 2020
  • At just €45,000, Turkish citizenship is a steal, and that figure will increase by tenfold or more when Turkey becomes an EU member state4. Greece

Born out of the Greek government’s desperation to raise funds following the country’s devastating economic collapse in 2010, the Greek CBI program represents excellent value for money, and is also among the fastest to arrange and complete.

As long as an applicant can pass a background check, a Greek real estate purchase of €250,000, or a non-refundable charitable donation of €95,000 will secure them Greek citizenship, and this EU passport gives its holder visa-free access to 171 countries worldwide, making it the joint-7th most powerful passport in the world.

  • Greek citizenship and passport can be procured for just €95,000
  • Greek citizenship is granted just three months after the investment is made
  • A period of residency is not required

3. Hungary

What’s not to like about the Hungarian CBI program; it’s incredibly economical, and at just €75,000 it is even cheaper than the Greek CBI program, making it the most inexpensive EU citizenship program on the market today.

The required €75,000 isn’t for a charitable donation, it’s for the purchase of Hungarian government bonds, which the purchaser is free to cash in after five years, by which time they will have increased substantially in value. The Hungarian passport is the tenth most powerful in the world, and has access to 168 countries visa-free.

Benefits of the Hungarian CBI program include:

  • Minimum Investment Of Just €75,000
  • Citizenship Plus Passport In Six Months
  • No Residency Requirements
  • No Dual Citizenship Restrictions

2. Malta

With a population of just 450,000, Malta are the smallest EU member state, but when it comes to its CBI program, this tiny nation packs a heavyweight punch. What makes the Maltese Citizenship By Investment program so special is that Malta is both an EU member state and a member of the British Commonwealth. This means that in addition to the usual unlimited access to the European Union all EU members have, Maltese citizens can travel freely throughout the Commonwealth, and when the UK eventual leave the EU, Maltese passport holders will still be able to travel to Britain without a visa.

All in all, the Maltese passport has access to 168 countries visa-free, making it the ninth most powerful passport in the world.

To become an instant EU/Commonwealth citizen isn’t cheap, and the Maltese passport costs around €1.1 million, a figure which includes both a charitable donation and a real estate purchase. Residency is granted after three months, with full citizenship and passport delivered to the applicant nine months later.

1. Austria

The Austrian CBI program is the Rolls Royce of Citizenship by Investment programs, as in you pay for what you get, and if you can afford it, you can have one immediately. No waiting around, not for six months, not even six weeks, when you make your investment, Austrian citizenship is yours.

It’s by no means cheap; got a spare €2 million you don’t need? Make a €2 million non-refundable charitable donation to the Austrian economy and citizenship is yours. Rather have something to show for your money? In that case you are talking a minimum of a €10 million refundable investment into the Austrian economy for your passport.

For that kind of money you are investing in something that will serve you well for life, and if used correctly, pay for itself many-fold along the way.

  • Full Austrian citizenship and passport granted immediately
  • No residency requirements before, during or after the application and investment process
  • Lifetime citizenship to one of the oldest, best established and most respected of European nations

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ALL SSDS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Deploying solid-state drives (SSDs) in the data center is a great way to boost application responsiveness and remove I/O bottlenecks in the storage layer. But today’s data centers face a mixed bag when it comes to storage workloads, and the answer isn’t always as simple as “add more speed.”

There are different kinds of speed to consider, namely sequential read/write and random read/write. And what’s more, data centers also need the endurance to handle tens of thousands (potentially millions and billions) of I/O transactions daily. So when you’re looking for the right storage device for your data center, the best-fit solution really depends on the type of workload.

To help us sort through the options, let’s examine a few specific use cases in data centers today: retail databases, online analytical processing (OLAP), virtualized servers, and machine-generated data.

Online retail sales databases help businesses deliver a seamless experience for customers while driving profitable e-commerce, tracking inventory, and forecasting sales trends. More and more consumers are making their purchases online, which ultimately drive demand for greater storage performance with heterogeneous read/write workloads.

• And then there’s big data analytics, which has been making waves in tech blogs for the past few years. Here’s a simplified description for the unacquainted: big data is the process of deciphering massive volumes of data in search of insights and previously unconsidered correlations that could lead to new efficiencies, process improvements, and even more competitive business models. Online analytical processing (OLAP) supports big data by enabling IT managers and data experts to answer multidimensional queries quickly and efficiently. Naturally, high volumes of data mean heavy workloads that put a lot of strain on storage.

• Let’s not forget cloud computing and the innovation that made it possible, virtualization. Virtualized servers run a single hypervisor that controls multiple simulated server environments, commonly referred to as virtual machines (VMs). IT managers can provision multiple VMs per physical server, making it possible to support multiple business units with varied needs. The challenge lies in staying nimble – the more VMs there are, the harder it is for storage to keep up.

• Finally, let’s consider machine-generated data. This is data that originates from any source without human intervention. It could derive from sensors in an electrical grid, manufacturing equipment on the factory floor, or log data from web servers and financial transactions.

What do all of these use cases have in common? When it comes to storage demands on the underlying hardware, they all generate mixed read and write-intensive workloads. In order to scale performance to meet growth or spikes, the storage layer needs to deliver both greater read and write speeds, not just one or the other.

Intel has developed a family of data center SSDs that are tailored to meet the needs of specific use cases like the ones we’ve gone over. Now data centers get exactly what they need out of their investments, and they don’t end up spending CAPEX on features and capabilities they may never use. For instance, the Intel® SSD DC S3610 Series delivers the performance needed to match mixed read/write intensive workloads – up to 550/520 MB/s sequential and 84,000/28,000 IOPS random read/write throughput across a 6 GB/s SATA connection.1

With the Intel® SSD DC S3610 Series, data centers also get the storage endurance they need. This SSD supports up to three drive writes per day, up to 10.6 petabytes written over the lifetime of the drive.2 Not only is it a good match for the examples discussed above, but it also features end-to-end data protection with 256-bit encryption and power loss data protection.3

Making the jump to SSDs is a big step, and a positive one for enhancing performance, but it can be a little nerve-wracking trying to find the best SSD for your workload. That’s why the lineup in the Intel® SSD Data Center Family is so great – it takes the anxiety out of choosing the right SSD. We’ve already done the legwork for you.

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Why I’m Pretty Excited By Nokia’s Upcoming Android Phones

Nokia’s Return To The Mobile Space With Android WILL Be IMMENSE. God! I’ve Missed Nokia So Much…

Nokia used to be the world’s biggest phone maker. When you thought of mobile phones you thought of Nokia. The brand was synonymous with mobile technology, just as Apple iand Samsung are right now.

But things went sour quickly for Nokia after the arrival of Apple and Android. Like BlackBerry, Nokia moved too slowly and failed to spot the threat to its control of the mobile market and, between the years of 2007 to 2012, the Nokia brand effectively died.

Then came Windows Phone and, well, we all know how that played out…

But Nokia will return in 2016 and this time it will be using Google’s Android platform, apparently. As a long standing fan of Nokia, its approach to design and its thirst for innovation, I am really rather excited about this.

A Microsoft exec has now confirmed that Nokia will INDEED launch a couple of phones in 2016. Here’s the scoop via Phone Arena:

“The CEO of mobile device commodities of Microsoft Asia, James Rutherfoord was quoted in the Vietnamese media saying that HMD Global plans to launch two new phones in Q4 2016 and at least two smartphones in early Q2 2017.”

Will we see these handsets at MWC 2017? Nokia will 100% be there, so it is likely the company will use the platform to launch new hardware. Finger’s crossed we see some new hardware before that though as MWC is still quite a ways off.

More information has surfaced about Nokia’s Android Phones this week. According to reports the Nokia Android Phones will pack in a metallic, unibody design, QHD displays and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPUs. Odd, considering the Snapdragon 821 is now official. But, hey, things can change.

Nokia will apparently release two or three phones in 2016. The news comes via one of the company’s China execs, who confirmed that Nokia would indeed aim to release two handsets inside Q4 — two flagship handsets — and potentially a third, although that one could be delayed until Q1 2017.

Out of the three handsets, two of them will be flagship-grade handsets, which means high-end specs and lots of features. It also likely means a big price tag to boot. The third, which is expected to be a mid-range outing, will likely go toe-to-toe with handsets like the Wileyfox and Moto G4.

Nokia will likely have a BIG presence at next year’s MWC 2017 expo.

There will be a 5.5in flagship handset and it will be water and dust resistant. A 22MP camera is also rumoured, though it likely won’t be branded “PureView” as that brand name is now owned by Microsoft — we think!? — but this doesn’t mean it won’t be as good. Nokia has excellent pedigree when it comes to imaging technology.

I’m now pretty excited by the prospect of Nokia’s return. And below are six points on why you should be too!

The Nokia Brand Is Still Strong

Check around online. Read comments on articles about Nokia’s return. Hell, you can even read old Lumia reviews. Do this and you will see a trend — Nokia’s brand appeal, despite a good few years in exile, is still very strong inside the hearts and minds of A LOT of consumers.

Unlike BlackBerry, Nokia has always been a consumer-facing brand. A lot of its phones are classics. Take the 3310, for instance. Most people, at some point in their life, have owned a Nokia phone. People trust Nokia. People remember Nokia. And I think a strong return in 2016 with Android, as well as some core USPs, will jog people’s memory about Nokia and see people out in droves to check out their new hardware.

I know — this sounds like wishful thinking. But I have faith that Nokia can design its way into contention on the already packed Android space. It has great people and a better understanding than most about what makes a great phone. Throw in all the benefits you get with Android Nougat and, well, a flagship Nokia phone in 2016 starts to sound very compelling.

Nokia Knows How To Design The Hell Out of Things

Nokia has produced hundreds of phones over the years, phones of all shapes and sizes. Nokia knows how to design handsets that stand out from the crowd. Even the phones during its Lumia campaign were notable for their robust, unique styling; things only came apart on the software front, and that was all Microsoft’s doing. The Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 immediately spring to mind; these handsets still look cool today, despite their age. Nokia’s also one of only a small group of manufacturers who know how to build in plastic and still make a phone feel like a quality, £400+ price tag worthy product.

I cannot wait to see what Nokia’s designers come to the fray with in 2016. I hope it is something original; there is a lot of room for some innovation with design in the Android space. Most phones look and feel the same these days — rectangular, slim slabs — so it’d be nice to see Nokia inject some je ne sais quoi into things in this regard.

Android Solves All Previous Issues

Windows Phone as an ecosystem couldn’t keep up with Android and iOS. It lacked applications, content and services. This is one of the many reasons why Microsoft scrapped it. The platform itself was plenty powerful and well optimised, but when most people — like 90% — are used to Apple’s App Store and Google Play, an understocked Windows Store simply don’t cut the mustard.

With Android Nougat at the core of its phones, Nokia simply doesn’t need to worry about software. It can focus on what it does best — hardware.

Price — Nokia Will Go For Competitive Angle

Word on the street suggests Nokia will release a range of phones which will include a flagship device and a couple of more affordable units. What I hope doesn’t happen is that Nokia just goes after the budget space — this would suck. If Nokia is returning to the phone space it needs to do so with a BANG.

Also, things have changed quite a bit since it departed from the phone market. OnePlus has shown you can run a viable business with network support and lower cost hardware. Wouldn’t it be nice if Nokia’s return took a few plays from OnePlus’  handbook and championed cutting edge hardware at uber-competitive prices?

Nokia Loves To Innovate

Whether you’re talking about camera technology or the overall physical design of a phone, Nokia has excellent pedigree in both. It was the first to really popularize the camera phone format and then it debuted its Pure View camera technology at MWC 2012. In between this Nokia consistently pushed the boundaries with the design, build materials and integral nature of its phones.

I miss Nokia’s balls-out approach to things. I’d also love to see its Pure View technology re-jigged for 2016/17. Beyond this Nokia is well placed to do some innovating in a space where most simply attempt to keep up with Apple and Samsung. LG and HTC have done a lot in 2016 to add in value to their releases, but I believe Nokia’s approach to things and its talented team will go one better and give us something to really look forward to.

I know this is a rather gushing post on Nokia. But I do believe the mobile space is a duller place without the firm. I always remember getting excited by the arrival of a new Nokia phone back in the day, whether the N8 or N900, it didn’t matter, as I always knew it’d be something different.

I just hope Nokia hasn’t lost the magic it once had!

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Sneaky Cleaning Tips for People Who Hate to Clean

If the thought of spending a day cleaning your home is disheartening, consider some ways that you can keep up on these chores without the overwhelming labor and dread that intensive cleaning can bring.

Some sneaky tips to get the cleaning done include:

Clear the clutter first. Make cleaning a little easier on yourself by clearing out the clutter and purging your home first. Get rid of dust-catchers and open up your spaces a little bit. This will make it faster to access and clean the areas of your home.

Make a daily time allotment. Plan on spending a set-amount of time daily to maintaining your home. For instance, plan on doing what you can in a half-hour every day; try to plan on getting this done in the morning for a sense of accomplishments before the day begins.

Reward yourself between tasks. When you want to watch a favorite TV show or movie, plan on using commercial breaks to clean your house. You may find that you work quicker to get back to your program, too.

Make it your workout. Crank up some music and use cleaning time to get a workout in! Sweep, dust, and scrub to your favorite tunes and work up a sweat while you get your home clean.

Create a cleaning schedule. Rotate chores and designate one day a week for a specific task, so that at the end of the week, the house is clean from top-to-bottom! This will begin the rotation again; for instance, sweep on Mondays, wash windows on Tuesdays, and dust on Fridays.

Be spontaneous. As you move about your home and live your life, take time to clean what you use. For example, if you use the bathroom, take an extra five minutes to clean the toilet. When preparing food for a meal, make an effort to wash up the dishes immediately.

Try these tactics to make cleaning the home a breeze, and so your home always looks presentable and tidy!

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How This Indie Retailer Is Winning Over Zara Die-Hards

A few years ago, if you wanted to buy a ripped-from-the-runway trend—say, a banana-printed skirt inspired by Prada’s Spring 2011 collection—you basically had two options: one, go straight to the source and shell out upwards of several hundred dollars, or wait for Zara, Top shop, or H&M to come up with their own interpretation, which you’d then surely see others wearing within the week.

Today, however, a new wave of online retailers is carving out a space for to-the-minute fashion produced quickly, merchandised savvily, and priced at an affordable, though not dirt-cheap, price point. One of the names at the forefront of the so-called “indie fast fashion” movement is Genuine People, a two-year-old e-commerce site based out of Shanghai and San Francisco, founded by husband-and-wife duo Sharona Cohen and Nave Avimor. Considering the relative newness of the operation (they’ve been building the business since 2014, but only officially launched to the press this past June), they’ve already made a splash among the fashion crowd, with editors, bloggers, and stylists snapping up their reasonably-priced, on-trend pieces soon after they hit the site.

 One of the keys to their early success? Refreshing the product selection almost daily, so that customers can click on the “New Arrivals” tab and see a selection of metallic midi skirts and satin bombers one day and pin-stripe jumpsuits and velvet slip dresses the next. The hunger for perennial freshness is something the couple had in mind from the start. When they moved to China from Tel Aviv in 2010 and Cohen, then in her early twenties, began working in fashion production and product development, one of the first things she noticed was the speed at which trends took hold on the streets.

“I guess it’s part of the culture—everything here is emerging and happening at such a fast pace, people really want the runway looks ASAP,” she says. Unlike, say, Zara, Genuine People doesn’t design or manufacture merchandise in-house, but rather Cohen sources product at trade shows from factories, independent designers, and other standalone vendors on regular trips to Korea, China, Singapore, and Japan. In that way, she says, the site is more like a Shopbop or a Revolve than a mass retailer like H&M, though it takes a savvy eye to realize which pieces come from the same manufacturer, since they do away with brand names and price points tend to be fairly uniform across the board, with most pieces coming in around the $100-200 mark.

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The only telltale sign is the slight hodgepodge of photography on the site—some pieces are shot on-model, lookbook style, while others are shot flat or on a hanger. The scale of the vendors varies dramatically, however, says Cohen, which is one reason she resists the “fast fashion” label. “The things that we buy, especially from these young designers, they make three pieces of each item … and they sew that themselves in their own studio, so how can that be fast fashion? But on the other hand, when you go to trade shows and you buy silky bomber jackets and their prices are relatively low—$50, $60—yeah, I assume a factory made thousands of units.”

The prices on Genuine People are also decidedly higher than what you’ll find at Forever 21 or even Mango—one oversized leather jacket, for instance, costs $739—which is reflective of higher quality materials, as well as the fact that China isn’t the hotbed of cheap manufacturing that it once was. (Today, retailers that traffic in $20 jeans have moved production to places like Bangladesh and Cambodia, as recent tragedies like Rana Plaza have brought to the fore.) And while there are definite parallels with the fast-fashion business model—including pieces that seem precariously close to knockoff territory, like a pair of slip-on loafers that bear more than a passing resemblance to the hit Gucci style, and several faux-leather handbags that take liberal inspiration from Mansur Gavriel’s much-copied repertoire—ultimately, Cohen says they hope to fill a niche more in line with brands like Everlane or Need Supply Co., but for a younger, more trend-attuned customer.

From a team of two—Cohen handling merchandising and Avimore building the website from the ground up—they’ve grown to a team of 20 split between San Francisco and Shanghai. Eventually, she says, they’d like to curate a wider selection of lifestyle goods—housewares, books, music—aimed at their demographic sweet spot, which so far has been style-conscious professionals in their 20s to early 30s, about 90 percent of whom are US-based. This also, probably not coincidentally, describes Cohen herself: “I feel our customers are like me and my husband—people who can’t necessarily afford luxury brands, but we’re all young creative professionals and we just want good stuff. We have high standards and we like to travel and we like to wear nice clothes … and if you can buy a cashmere maxi jacket for less than $200, then why not?”

It’s still early days for the company—so Zara founder Amancio Ortega and his $77 billion fortune probably doesn’t have anything to worry about quite yet—but for shoppers, it’s another opportunity to snap up wallet- (and Instagram-) friendly pieces your friends don’t already own.

 

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Galaxy Note 7 Launches Alongside Tons of Cool Accessories

For starters, there’s a refreshed version of the Gear VR headset, which offers a wider field of view and promises to be more cozy. It’ll work with just about any Samsung phone dating back to the Galaxy S6.

There’s also Samsung’s spherical Gear 360 camera, which we gave major props to for its ease of use and swappable battery. The $349 camera takes full 360-degree video, which can be easily shared to your social network of choice — as well as to your VR headset.

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Fitness fans can check out the Gear Gear IconX and Level Active. The former is a $199 set of wireless earbuds that can store up to 1,000 songs and track parameters such as speed and heart rate. The more budget-friendly Level Active headphones are wireless, sweat resistant and offer a bunch of touch controls that let you track performance without pulling out your phone.

Lastly, there’s Samsung Connect Auto, a small gadget that plugs into the OBD II port under your steering wheel and serves as a mobile hotspot for up to ten devices in your car (that’s a lot of data-saving for road trips). It can also send safety alerts to drivers.

Even if you’re not grabbing a Note 7 today, there’s a good chance one of these shiny new toys will catch your eye. We’re already big fans of the Note 7, Gear VR and Gear 360, and we look forward to putting the rest of Samsung’s new stuff through its paces soon.

 

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How to Find Your Signature Scent

It was the designer Christian Dior who said “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.”   Your fragrance is a conversation with  others without saying a word. It announces your presence and remains in a room after you have left. Everyone has a scent print, as unique as a finger print that is theirs alone. Choosing a signature fragrance can be daunting with the hundreds of perfumes and colognes. Four tips to help you  discover the scent that speaks to and about you.

Know what you like: Do you gravitate to fresh fragrances, florals or heady Orientals? Knowing what you notes works for you (or don’t) is a good first step. If you are new to perfume think of aromas that appeal to you. The scent of the ocean, the memory of a favorite vacation, burying your nose in a bouquet of roses, freshly baked goodies or a walk through a forest.

If you love the smell of a tropical vacation try Escada Ocean Lounge. If he is more comfortable on a surfboard than surfing the net Nautica Voyage will suit his style. Take a walk through a sunlit garden withFlora by Gucci with notes of peonies and red roses. No one wants to smell like a cookie or a cupcake, so if you love the scent of vanilla try Coty Vanilla Musk, which is creamy and sexy with a bit of musk

What’s your personality?  Are you trendy? Try the new Miu Miu  from Prada, a perfume with contrasting floral and wood notes of rose, jasmine and sandalwood that is stylish but fun. If you never leave the house without red lipstick and high heels try Versace Vanitas  a “notice me” blend of heady white flowers with a sultry woody drydown.  If he is a modern day knight in shining armor,   powerful but tender, Givenchy Gentleman ‘s blend of leather, woody spice and musk would suit him just fine.

People are Talking: Try two or three perfumes or colognes. Wear one at a time to a party or to work. Which fragrance gets compliments? How you smell to others is important, and a good way to find your signature scent. A stylish editor we know wears Michael Kors, a sophisticated white floral and is stopped everywhere she goes. Another fragrance that turns heads is Lolita Lempicka,  a floral gourmand with notes of vanilla and violet that is irresistible. Rumor has it that P. Diddy liked a very expensive French cologne and asked his perfumer to recreate it. Unforgivable for Men is a show stopper, a fougere with a twist of gin and juniper.

Wear Classics: There is a reason best selling perfumes are worn by generations of men and women.   Worth Je Reviens when translated means “I am returning” symbolizes both the past and the present.  Created in 1932, Je Reviens is one of the rare perfumes to focus on narcissus. Sparkling aldehydes and spicy clove meet in a fragrance you will return to again and again. Davidoff Coolwater was launched in 1988 by award winning perfumer Pierre Boudon and its fresh aquatic scent accented with mint and lavender is a perennial favorite. Guerlain’s legendary Shalimar was created by Jaques Guerlain as an ode to the Taj Mahal in 1926. An Oriental that combined vanilla, florals and citrus notes resting on a languorous  bed of amber was revolutionary in its day and still smells modern and daring.

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Mozilla could get $1 billion in the fallout of Yahoo sale

Yahoo has been struggling for years, but it seems the final attempt has failed and the company is up for sale. As the bidders are lining up, one of the Yahoo’s deals struck in 2014 may out Mozilla as the biggest winner after the sale.

But let’s go back in 2012, when Yahoo appointed the ex-Google’s VP of Product Search Marissa Mayer for its CEO. It was a brave move and everyone hoped Mayer will rescue the sinking company from an imminent demise.

Yahoo knew its search engine was all but dead, but Mayer decided to resuscitate it and try to make it cool again. Yahoo focused on two fronts here – an unprecedented, as it turns out, deal with Mozilla, and an innovative mobile-centric search engine called Project Index.

We don’t know the amount of money that have sunk in the Index project, but we are still yet to see it in action, if ever.

 

But the deal with Mozilla was just revealed to be a particularly interesting one. As the latest reports revealed, Yahoo’s CEO offered an extremely lucrative deal to Mozilla back in 2014 in order to secure the default search engine position in the popular Firefox web browser for the USA. Yahoo outbid Google’s $300 million payment per year and offered an annual payment of $375 million.

 

The contract involves a clause that if Yahoo is to be acquired by another company and Mozilla wasn’t happy with the new owner and its commitment, then Mozilla would be free to leave the Yahoo relationship, choose another partner, and receive annual payments of $375 million until the end of 2019. That’s just over $1 billion.

It seems Marissa Mayer was very confident she’ll make Yahoo great again and promised Mozilla the big money in believing that this clause would never come to pass.

Today Yahoo is said to be valued between $3 billion and $5 billion. The final bids are placed right now and we may have a buyer in the upcoming weeks. The latest reports suggest the final round of bidding will be between Verizon, Quicken Loans, and other private equity groups.

None of the bidders seem to be interested in continuing Yahoo’s efforts to keep the search business, so Mozilla may emerge as the one to profit the most from Yahoo’s twilight. Naturally, Mozilla declined to comment as it is limited by non-disclosure agreements.

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