2016 – Year of the Monkey

Yesterday was Chinese New Year and from now we are in the Year of the Monkey, which will be ending on January 27, 2017 (Chinese New Year’s Eve).

What is the Year of the Monkey? The monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle that means every 12 years there is a Monkey year.

2016 is a Fire Monkey YearWhat does ”Fire Monkey” means? In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one the five elements: gold (metal), water, wood, fire, or earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years:

Fire Monkey … 2016, 1956, … Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable
Wood Monkey … 2004, 1944, … Always ready to help others; compassionate, with strong self-esteem, but stubborn
Water Monkey … 1992, 1932, … Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight, but haughty
Gold Monkey … 1980, 1920, … Smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn
Earth Monkey … 1968, 1908, … Frank, optimistic, and fearless.

As China is still an important market for the luxury goods industry, many designers have come up with some special editions dedicated to the Year of the Monkey.

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Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani is joining the celebrations, launching an exclusive and limited-edition Year of Monkey Face Palette for 2016.

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To celebrate Chinese New Year, Gucci presents a monkey key chain with glass pearls.

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Prada launches a capsule collection of accessories for a prosperous Lunar New Year with a primate key rings, luggage tags, gold trinkets, and furry charms.

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Givenchy makes a bold statement with this monkey print sweatshirt.

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Lucky charm at your finger: iconAmedeo‘s three monkey ring.

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Bring the good vibes of 2016’s Monkey Year to your house with Seletti‘s monkey lamp shade.

To a prosperous and wonderful Chinese Year! If you like to find out more about your own Chinese sign,  click here.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brandsicon

Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo

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Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo sees Aquazzura’s creative director lend his talents to an iconic Italian brand. Let’s be honest, Edgardo is not only extremely handsome, he is probably one of the most talented shoe designers on this planet. I first met the Colombian-born genius a few years ago at his Paris showroom during fashion week and was immediately taken by his charm.

Last year, I was not only able to fly to Colombia but also to visit the House of Ferragamo during its 100th anniversary. This amazing collaboration between Aquazzuraicon’s mastermind and the Florentine fashion brand is very special as Edgardo kick-started his career working at Salvatore Ferragamo ten years ago. This capsule collection of crazy-covetable collectibles combines the best of both brands, bringing together the utmost elegance with wearability and enduring chic.

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I am obsessing over the brightly coloured printed sandals and feather-embellished beauties that strike the perfect balance of old-school Hollywood glamour and contemporary cool.

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So you can imagine my level of happiness holding this surprise in my hand: the feather-winged suede sandals by Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo.

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SHOP THE AMAZING COLLABORATION HERE ONLINE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo

Trend S/S 2016: Rainbow Girl

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The S/S 2016 catwalks have provided us with the beautiful colours of the rainbow. To work the trend, you preferably include the full spectrum, from yellows to sharp shots of orange and pink, and beyond. Call it the rainbow connection — loveliness wins!

Get the look: Metallic-striped cotton-blend terry jacket by Sonia Rykiel, appliquéd cady mini dress by Red ValentinoSet of 10 stretch-lace Brazilian briefs by Hanky PankyiconRainbow leather shoulder bagicon by Anya Hindmarch and amber lace-up suede peep-toe ankle boots by Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo.

Enjoy some of the best runway looks below.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Via Vogue.com and Courtesy of the Brands

Please Do Not Disturb – I’m at Lanserhof

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Please accept my sincere apologies for the lack of posting. I am currently at the beautiful Lanserhof Tegernsee in Bavaria, Germany for a clean break of everything. I am talking about digital detox as well as physical detox. It is very challenging for me, an overhaul for your body and your soul. Here at Lanserhof I am treated with the most modern and holistic medicine, which means regeneration and prevention on the long run. Once I am back, I will give you a full report of my stay. One thing that is for sure, it has been absolutely worth coming here.

What I truly enjoy is being in comfy clothes with no makeup just embracing my cleansing, resting and medical routine. And having time to look outside the window and to enjoy the snowy landscape surrounding this amazing retreat. It is a great way to rediscover your inner self.

Get the look: Cashmere sweater jacket with «YOU» logo in mink on the back and matching jogging pants both by Max & MoiMB Classic silver reflective fabric and white shearling Moon Boot® by Jimmy Choo and Bamboo Shopper large textured-leather tote by Gucci.

Please don’t disturb!

LoL, Sandra
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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Must-Have: The Embellished Bomber Jacket

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Embellished bomber jackets have been making quite the statement in recent designer collections. There is something special about this style. It is the contrast of the ornate embroidery, the floral embellishments or the vibrant hues on the sporty silhouette that everybody loves about them. And there is no end, the Pre-Fall 2016 collections are already filled with those must-haves.

Here are my favourites that are waiting for you:

Cecily embroidered crepe bomber jacketicon by Jonathan Saunders
2 Oriental Garden embellished crepe bomber jacket by Needle & Thread
Metallic leather bomber jacket by Gucci
Satin and lace-paneled tulle bomber jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim
Floral-intarsia stretch-knit bomber jacket by Alexander McQueen
6 Lace bomber jacket by Gucci
Embellished striped wool and linen-blend and leather bomber jacket by Saint Laurent
(Amazing dinosaur embellishment on the back.)
Embroidered cotton and silk bomber jacket by Alexander McQueen
(Gorgeous floral embroidery on the back.)

I love bomber jackets. Here are some previous posts:

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Embellished satin bomber jacket by Saint Laurent

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Embroidered chiffon and twill bomber jacket iconby 3.1 Phillip Lim

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Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands
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M∙A∙C Flamingo Park

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Flamingo Park is one of M∙A∙C’s Spring 2016 collections, and it’s exactly what you would expect… bold and vibrant! Plunge into the punchy pleasures of pink in a freshly made batch of scrumptious colours that let you have your cake, and wear it too.
Glisten pretty on a sunny day with Powder Blush, a fun way to bring delicious colour to your cheeks. Paint it pink and get your just desserts anytime, but be ready to share!

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Beauty Powder – CHF 33.00
Pearl Blossom – light pink with silver pearlized pigments repromote
Sunny Surprise – soft peach

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M∙A∙C Studio Nail Lacquer – CHF 18.00
Miami – warm pink coral
Spoonful of Sugar – soft pink glitter with pink pearl

Pigment Pink Flamingo

Pigment – CHF 35.00
Rose – rose with copper sparkle (frost)
Golden Olive – high frosted green-gold (frost)
Tan – muted pinky brown bronze (frost)

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Powder Blush – CHF 33.00
Let’s Be Friends – blue hot-pink (satin)
Life’s A Picnic – hot reddish pink (satin)
Oh, My! – reddish mid-tone coral (satin) (online exclusive)
Pink Swoon – soft yellow baby-pink (satin)
Spring Flock – light bright coral (satin)
This Could Be Fun – soft violet-purple (satin)
What I Fancy – soft bright apricot (satin)

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Brush – CHF 54.00
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Lipstick – CHF 28.00
Be Silly – hot fuchsia pink (matte)
Flocking Fabulous – bright coral-red (cremesheen + pearl)
Have Your Cake – bright magenta (matte)
Long Legged & Fabulous – soft baby pink (cremesheen + pearl)
Nice to Meet You – deep pink-red (cremesheen)
Please Me – muted rosy-tinted pink (matte)
Saint Germain – clean pastel pink (amplified)
Silly – bright white-pink (matte)
The Fashion Flock – bright pink-coral (matte) (online exclusive)

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Lip Pencil – CHF 22.00
Chic Trick – amped-up fuchsia
Embrace Me – vivid pinkish fuchsia
In Synch – bright yellow pink

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Cremesheen Glass – CHF 32.00
Look Who’s Here! – soft pink with blue pearl
Petite Indulgence – bright blue-pink
Playful Petal – electric magenta
Such Sweeties – pastel baby pink
Sweet Tooth – warm mid-tone pink

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On my shopping list:
Powder Blush Pink SwoonLipstick Be Silly and Have Your Cake and Cremesheen Glass Such Sweeties. 

ARE YOU PICKING ANYTHING UP?

The limited edition collection is available from March 2016 at all M∙A∙C counters and www.maccosmetics.ch.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Most Wanted: Designer Espadrilles

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If you were to take a look inside your favorite fashionstia’s closet, I guarantee you would find a pair of designer espadrilles. Chanel started the comeback of the iconic classic a few seasons ago… and now they are on everyone’s shopping list. Those quintessential summer shoes look great with everything from a summer frock to cut-off shorts. Shop my picks for the chicest around below.

1 Tian leather-trimmed printed coated canvas espadrilles by Gucci
2 Python espadrilles by Proenza Schoulericon3 Embellished suede espadrilles by Giuseppe Zanotti
4 Printed brocade espadrilles by Dolce & Gabbana
5 Star-appliquéd leather espadrilles by Saint Laurent
6 Dreya snake-effect leather espadrilles by Jimmy Choo
7 Belgravia suede espadrilles by Aquazurra
Jean canvas espadrilles by Castañer
Woven canvas espadrilles by Manebi
10 Tweed espadrilles by Chanel

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brandsicon

Birthday Memories

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Today is my birthday and yes, I do love having birthdays! I am honest, I love cake, a glass of champagne, surprises and being surrounded by my friends…

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I still remember two years ago when I celebrated into my big day during the opening celebration of the new Audemars Piguet store in Zurich. I had the honor to be seated next to the brand’s CEO François-Henry Bennahmias, who went on stage to tell the guests that nobody was allowed to leave the party before midnight because of me. Great memories!

Let’s see what will happen today…

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And if anyone is looking for a birthday surprise for a loved one, have a look at Audemars Piguet‘s newest watch launch, that was presented during SIHH 2016: Diamond Fury, a true Haute Joaillerie talisman, that reveals its mysterious character via a secret panel which, when touched, subtly unclips to show the dial beneath. It took passion, perfection, over 1,500 hours and 4,635 brilliant-cut diamonds to created this amazing cuff watch with a punk-rock goddess streak.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Audemars Piguet

My Look: Winter Layers

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Dressing in winter when going out is always a hassle. If you wear heavy outerwear, you will be stuck at the coat check or if you try to go light, you will be freezing the whole evening. Therefore winter layers are the way to go. Here you see me past Wednesday in Paris when leaving for Jean Paul Gaultier’s private dinner during couture week. The trick is to layer without bulking up and to stay stylish even in cold temperatures. A cape is a great way to wear even the most voluptuous sleeves. And in the end, when I went on the dance floor, I just left the light black ensemble …

My look: Tweed military cape by Balmain, black ruffled tulle top and matching pants, by Jean Paul Gaultier Soleil, long blouse with black bows iconand padlock mini studded leather shoulder bag, both by Alexander McQueen,icon cutout leather platform pumps by Saint Laurent, pearl earrings by Chanel and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

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Armani/Privé Les Malachites

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This week, a courier brought me a great delivery from Giorgio Armani: The new duo of highly exclusive fragrances called Vert Malachite and Rouge Malachite which are part of La Collection de Terres Précieuses (Precious Lands) by Armani/Privé.

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Inspired by Mister Armani’s travels, this launch is a tribute to Russia, and the malachite, which is an iconic semi-precious stone in the country’s culture of luxury.

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Most of the Armani/Privé fragrances are a tribute to the haute couture collections. The new launch is inspired by Mister Armani’s Haute Couture F/W 2015 collection «Shocking» which was an exploration of bejeweled tones taking inspiration from the rich colors of semi-precious stones such as malachite, amethyst, lapis-lazuli and more.

Here are the two new floral oriental compositions in the iconic beautifully designed bottles:

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A floriental fragrance for women and men featuring tuberose, woodsy notes and amber.

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Armani/Privé Vert Malachite
A woody aromatic fragrance for women and men featuring lily, green and woodsy notes.

The new fragrance duo will be available in Switzerland from Mid February 2016 (get yourself on the list) for CHF 305 (100ml) each at Jelmoli, Manor Geneva & Lugano, Globus Zurich, Genva, Lausanne, Bern & Glatt, and at Amavita (St. Moritz), Artho (Meilen), Drogerie von Gruenigen (Gstaad), Hyazinth (Basel & Luzern), Osswald (Zug), Osswald (Zürich) und Spiess (Bern).

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Armani