Emilio Pucci’s Travelling Bikini Bar Concept

A whole summer trip, which begins at the Cannes Film Festival and moves among the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. It’s a new itinerant shop concept designed by Emilio Pucci completely dedicated to summer. It’s the Bikini Bar.

Bikini «Libellula»

In select boutiques, a specially designed colorful cabin will contain limited edition triangular Emilio Pucci bikini sets in 9 iconic prints, including: «Ranunculi», «Lance» and «Labirinto», archival prints; «Gazelle», «Parasol» and «Libellula».

The silhouette of a mermaid, the mythical figure loved by Marchese Emilio Pucci, characterizes the concept of the Bikini Bar.

The special collection of bikinis will be available for a limited time at the Emilio Pucci boutiques listed below, and also at the brand’s online flagship www.emiliopucci.com.

Cannes: May 16th – 28th
Beirut: from June 13th
Capri: July 1st – 15th
Mykonos: July 3rd – 20th
Taormina: July 6th – 20th
Saint Tropez: July 25th – August 4th
Porto Cervo: July 29th – August 13th

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Emilio Pucci
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Giorgia Caovilla: Venice

«My shoes are designed from a woman to the women who need to conciliate femininity with everyday life.» – Giorgia Caovilla

The story of GIORGIA CAOVILLA is all about talent and enterprise in the name of Made in Italy. And this is in her genes. Her father is no other than famous footwear designer René Caovilla
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In 2010, her personal turning point came when Giorgia presented O Jour – her own very first high-end accessory solo collection – in New York City. It was the answer to her personal need of creating shoes that would match with her taste and her lifestyle – the lifestyle of a busy working and family woman, who was unwilling to give up femininity and glamour as well as comfort.

Today, she lives in Padua with her husband and their two daughters, surrounded by the greenery of Riviera del Brenta where the best Italian shoe manufacturers have been working for centuries, just a few minutes away by boat from the beautiful waters of Giudecca. For us, she shares her travel tips for VENICE, which is only 30 minutes away from her hometown Padua and which has influenced her all her life. Enjoy!

Your favourite city?
VENICE
. The thing that I like the most about this city is how the water can change sounds, the light, the smells so you can have a wonderful moment where all the senses are involved.

Your favourite hotel?
HOTEL COLOMBINA, so close to St. Mark Square, where you have an amazing view of «Ponte dei Sospiri», my favourite one. Filippo, the owner is the best host of Venice, I feel like home every time.
Calle del Remedio, 4416, 30100 Venezia, Phone +39 041 277 0525

Your favourite restaurant?
HARRY’S DOLCI facing the Giudecca Canal, wich is a special island where you can have a view of Venice from the outside in a peaceful and relaxed place.
Fondamenta S. Biagio, 773, 30100 Venezia, Phone +39 041 52 24 844

Your favourite Venetian food/dish?
SARDE IN SAOR (sweet and sour sardines), one of the most typical CICCHETTI (small local snacks) in Venice made with fried sardines and onions.

Your favourite bar or nightclub?
For this city… I have to say that a walk around the CALLI (narrow streets in Venice) with a glass of white wine is better than any nightclub!

Your favourite sightseeing spot?
VENICE IN A KAYAK to have a new point of view! Better than the taxi, better than any other thing to see the city from an unexpected angle. Just be prepared to wet yourself a bit!

Your favourite park?
CAMPO SAN VIO, between Accademia’s Bridge and Venier Palace, very close to the Guggenheim Collection. It’s a peaceful spot far from the touristic areas.

Your favourite beach?
LIDO of course, in May/June, when you can meet the real Venetians families on vacation. You can lie down and soak up the sun in one of the HOTEL EXCELSIOR‘s cabanas.
Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi, 41, 30126 Lido VE, Phone: +39 041 526 0201

Your favourite shop?
FORTUNY‘s showroom, where you can see the fabrics that are still being produced at the original factory founded by Mariano Fortuny almost a century ago. It’s one of the oldest factories in Venice, and you can see exactly how they produce the damask.
Giudecca 805, 30133 Venezia, Phone +39 041 528 7697

LUIGI BEVILACQUA. This manufacturer is another place to see, it is led by the Bevilacqua family and carries on one of Venice’s most ancient traditions using original 18th-century looms.
S. Croce 1320, 30135 Venezia, Phone + 39 041 721566

Your must-have accessory to wear in Venice?
A second pair of shoes, some typical VENETIAN SLIPPERS by VIBI VENEZIA, hidden in my bag after a long night walk. High heels are forbidden in Venice!

Your must-have souvenir to take home from Venice?
JESURUM LAMP, an unique piece of art made with handmade gold drawned silk. It’s easy to put in your bag, and it’s worth the travel.
San Marco, Calle delle Ostreghe 2433, 30124 Venice, Phone +39 041 5238969

The best soundtrack for this destination?
JOVANOTTI, alias Lorenzo Cherubini, the perfect mix of romantic songs and funky spirit!

The best book to read while being on vacation there?
WATERMARK
by the Russian Nobel Price winner Joseph Brodsky, this essay is one of the most memorable eulogies to this city. While reading this book you can physically feel the city around you.

Thank you, Giorgia, for sharing your insider scoop on Venice with us!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Giorgia Caovilla and the different locations

My Look: Running in Heels

Gosh, I am so in love with these Balenciaga heels that I first presented you a few weeks ago, I could literally run around in them the whole day (when it is not raining… the satin fabric doesn’t like water at all). They are not only beautiful, but also really comfortable.

My look: Fuchsia wool coaticon and embellished satin pumps in pink, both by BalenciagaRexana ruffled cotton-blend top and Sidney trousers in blackicon, both by Erdem, clutch by Prada, earrings by Chanel, ring and diamond bracelet by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra
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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Monsieur Big

At the moment, I really like to put the emphasize on my eyes when it comes to make-up with voluminous lashes and a bold eyeliner. As if Lancôme read my mind, their newest product launch Monsieur Big is catering to this demand.

A new mascara with a best kept secret! It is the equation of a big, soft brush and an ultra black, volumizing and long wearing formula that makes it different. Get ready to meet your match, and forget all the others!

What it is:
This BIG volume mascara delivers instant heart-stopping volume with up to 24 hour wear that lasts all night, and even the morning after, for your biggest, blackest, boldest lashes yet.

What it does:
You’ll know Monsieur Big Mascara is the one at first stroke. The BIG brush and ultra-creamy formula glides like silk onto lashes to deliver up to 12x more volume* with up to 24 hour wear. No touch-ups, flaking and smudging. Perfect for your BIG evening out AND even the morning after.

BEFORE…

…AFTER – 12x more volume than bare lashes.

What else you need to know:
Monsieur Big’s brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers to deliver the perfect amount of formula with the very first stroke. His ultra-creamy formula has supple waxes and polymers to adhere immediately to lashes for BIG, buildable volume and length. Apply one coat and you will see why Monsieur Big is the one. Keep applying and you’ll forget all the others.

Monsieur Big is accompanied by a marker for the perfect line and a brow stick that is available in different shades.

Mascara CHF 35.00
Marker CHF 35.00
Brow CHF 34.00
00 Highlighter 01 Blonde 02 Chestnut 03 Brown 04 Ebony

In stores now! I am sure that you have found THE ONE!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Lancôme
#LancomeOfficial

My Look: On the Way to St. Tropez

While you are reading this I am on my way to St. Tropez for the ASW Summer Weekend, followed by the Cannes Film Festival. I am truly looking forward to some fun times ahead.

My look: Tweed blazer by Balmainwhite lace dress by Azzedine AlaïaCassandre light blue clutch with tassel by Saint Laurentleather platform pumps by Gucci and pearl earrings by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Off-White c/o Mytheresa Capsule Collection

Luxury online retailer MYTHERESA and 2013 launched fashion brand Off-White collaborated on a special capsule collection which will be sold worldwide exclusively from today. The collection, that consists of 8 pieces, picks up on Off-White’s high-minded take on street wear that embodies multiple juxtapositions, featuring lose shapes and street style in combination with very feminine details such as soft pastels and tight corsages.

An exciting look behind-the-scenes was given to both of the brands followers on social media through the videos “CUT HERE” (to watch part2 and part3 of the video trilogy, click on the highlighted text please), showing the making of the exclusive capsule collection. For the hero piece of the line, the khaki coloured Mackintosh, followers on social media were furthermore invited to be part of the creative process by deciding on the length of the coat.

The concept for the capsule collection was to embrace the internet’s relation with fashion, to empower the public and broaden while gaining additional fashion critics. The idea is that the garment is labeled with a series of marks. People can chime in with their opinion on where the garment should be cut. I take in the suggestions, but ultimately will make the final decision.” Virgil Abloh, Creative Director Off-White.

The Off-White c/o mytheresa.com exclusive capsule collection will be presented within a dedicated editorial story, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and the possibility to shop the looks directly.

TO SHOP THE EXCLUSIVE OFF-WHITE c/o MYTHERESA CAPSULE COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Mytheresa, Off-White

My Look: Ruffles

I told you already about my obsession with Ellery‘s playful to-die-for kick-flare trousers that billow out in a way that’s reminiscent of a mermaid tail. Now, you see me wearing them in combination with some more ruffles, a huge trend for S/S 2017.

My look: Ruffled silk chiffon cropped top by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Alejandro ruffled-panel cropped jeans by Ellery2.55 quilted bag with attached hanger and shiny black and gold sunglasses, both by Chaneliconlogo detail heel pumps by Saint Laurent, Essential V sautoir necklace and Petite Malle iPhone 7 cover, both by Louis Vuittonlace bra by Agent Provocateur and wide band in metal by Gucci.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Chanel Les Indispensables de l’Eté

The CHANEL Les Indispensables de L’Eté Cruise 2017 Makeup Collection, created by Lucia Pica, is full of fun and richly colored additions to your current makeup stash. The colors all have an element of summer mixed into each product included in the lineup that is available now.
Discover more here:

FACE

CHANEL Les Beiges Poudre Belle Mine Ensoleillé Powder – CHF 70.00

This powder is a miracle product as it can be used to enhance or highlight, and even works as a bronzer. The powder is ideal for a custom glow over foundation as it sets makeup and provides a finish that is sheer but luminous.
• Light
• Medium Light
• Medium
• Medium Deep
• Deep (In Switzerland this shade is only available at the CHANEL Parfums et Beauté Boutique in Geneva)

LIPS

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine – CHF 46.00

This season, the iconic lipstick comes in two new extremely beautiful shades. Its high impact lip shine is also very hydrating for lips.
• Golden Sun – sunny peach – (Limited Edition)
• Golden Sand – warm intense nude – (Limited Edition)

CHANEL Rouge Coco Stylo – CHF 46.00

Two new colors to choose from. The stylo is the easily adjustable, on-the-go lip-gloss option. I love it!
• Panorama – soft beige (Limited Edition)
• Esquisse – coral pink

NAILS

CHANEL Le Vernis –  CHF 33.00

The new shades of Chanel Le Vernis nail polish are very special. I adore their milky opaqueness creating a stable color base for three of the new shades of an orange, a peach and a pink. But the real star is the deep stormy grey with the green shimmer built in.
• Coquillage – bold, milky orange
• Coralium – milky coral
• Sea Whip – milky pink
• Sargasso – grey with blue-green shimmer

EYES

CHANEL Inimitable Waterproof Mascara –  CHF 47.00

CHANEL’s amazing mascara is designed to volumize lashes, improve separation and add noticeable length and curl to them. Now it is available in two limited shades.
• Brun Profond – deep brown color – (Limited Edition)
• Vert Profond – deep green – (Limited Edition)
(In Switzerland both shades are only available at the CHANEL Parfums et Beauté Boutique in Geneva)

CHANEL Stylo Yeux Waterproof – CHF 35.00

Designed to look rich with a single sweep across the lids, those eyeliners stay thanks to the formula until you are ready to wash them off.
• Horizon – black – (Limited Edition)
• Terra Rossa – eggplant – (Limited Edition)
(In Switzerland both shades are only available at the CHANEL Parfums et Beauté Boutique in Geneva)

Sail away with CHANEL’s new Cruise Collection and get into the intense lightness of summer. Natural glamour, solar beauty, dashes of colours. Summer has never been so sensual.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Chanel and © Sandra Bauknecht

To All the Strong Women Out There

Today is Mother’s Day, a day that should always be in fashion. To all the strong women out there who have raised kids and dedicated their love and energy to their families, have a look at this fun FEMINIST COLLECTION by Del Toro that is exclusively available at MODA OPERANDI, for both women and children.

The Future Is Female Slipper

Fashion trends aside, 2017 is the year of the power woman. But don’t slip on your grey suit and shoulder pads – or burn your bra – just yet, go for fun feminist slogans (as seen on the DIOR tees), from “Pussy Power” to “Feminist AF.” Del Toro’s classic velvet loafers are a chic take on statement-making style.

Here are my favorites! I am off to get spoilt on Mother’s Day…

LoL, Sandra
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Pussy Power Slipper

iconNasty Woman Slipper
iconFeminist AF Slipper
iconShe Persisted Slipper
iconLove Is Love Slipper

Photos: Courtesy of Del Toro

Jet-Set Essentials

Breeze through check-in with this line-up of chic travel wallets, luxe luggage and more.
First priority is to stay organized with the help of those items:

Panama Marshall textured-leather travel wallet by Smythson

Printed textured-leather passport covericon by Dolce & Gabbana

In-flight travel bag by Anya Hindmarch

Get your favorite beauty products in travel sizes and only take hand luggage (so no worries about lost baggage):


iconBeauty travel kit by Net-à-Porter Beauty
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On board, get comfy, remove your make-up, relax and finally get some sleep:

In Transit No Traces – 60 pads by This Works

Ribbed-cotton travel set by Skin

Lace-trimmed printed silk eye mask by Dolce & Gabbana
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All doesn’t work if you don’t have the right luggage (and don’t forget the luggage tag!). I always recommend a great bag that is easy to carry and that you can put on top of a trolley:
Falabella GO travel bag by Stella McCartney

Panama leather luggage tag by Smythson

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Grained-leather suitcase by Mark Cross

Safe travels!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands