The Ultimate Vanity Cases Have Arrived

Vanity Cases

When I spotted these limited edition vanity cases filled with the most amazing products, I knew I had arrived in beauty heaven. The only problem is that those Selfridges exclusives are only available for UK shipping only or in store which means I have to find an angel who will bring me one of those boxes to Switzerland.

Tom Ford Vault

The Tom Ford Beauty Trousseau showcases a collection of transforming tools and products from sumptuous colours for lips, eyes and cheeks to complexion perfecting makeup, plus the essential makeup brushes to create a captivating, sensuous Tom Ford look. Discover the ultimate indulgence this Christmas and personalize your own makeup vault.

Nars Vault Xmas 2014

In honour of the brand’s 20 year anniversary, The Vault from NARS includes a stunning collection of lip and nail colours personally chosen by François Nars. A unique gift; each of the colours in this special edit were specifically chosen for their strength, character and timeless appeal.

YSL Nail Polish Set

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté is bringing a couture touch to your fingertips this Christmas season with the lavish limited edition La Laque Couture Colour Collection. Comprising the entire collection of La Laque Couture nail polish in one luxurious black acrylic box, it features 24 iconic YSL shades. One for each mood and outfit, now you can change your enamel as often as you change your handbag or shoes.

Ciaté Nail lab

Welcome to the Ciaté Nail Lab, the ultimate at home nail studio. Create your own glitter combination and mix with clear Suspension Top coat for classic glitter polish finish or roll your wet nail into the glitter blend for a textured look. Also included are six of Ciaté London’s iconic highly pigmented professional crème shades with a super-blendable formula, allowing you to direct your own nail look by mixing custom-made nail colour. You’ll find the essential elements to help you create and master pro nail looks, including dotting tool, ombré sponge and striping brush. Crown your creation by giving it its own name using the enclosed nametags, perfect for creating a special gift.

Ciaté Advent Calendar

Step into the splendour of the holiday season with a colour-filled countdown. Be swept away with this extravagant 24 piece mini nail collection, hidden behind each window of this fairy-tale worthy gift set. The perfect slice of nostalgia this holiday time! Ciaté’s Mini Mani Manor advent calendar includes 17 of Ciaté’s most popular shades including Mistress, Amazing Gracie and Cupcake Queen, five exclusive textured polishes, one exclusive full size Paint Pot and one set of festive nail transfers. Mini Mani Manor comes in three different variations; which one will you discover? Step inside the wonderful Mini Mani Manor and start your Christmas with Ciaté!

NAP Christmas Set

If you cannot make it to London on time, I recommend this exclusive Net-à-Porter holiday kit iconincluding 14 of the online giant’s favorite must-have skincare, makeup and hair products that can be shipped internationally to your doorstep. This luxurious set makes the perfect gift for beauty enthusiasts or the friend who has everything.

Aren’t all those sets to die for? Which one is your favorite?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the brands, © Selfridges and © Net-à-porter

My Look: Greetings from Bangkok

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This week I flew to Bangkok to attend the launch celebration of the fifth Cabinet of Curiosities, the acclaimed yearly pop-up exhibition, that is presented this time by Siwilai, the renowned multi-brand concept store. More will be coming up soon about this event.

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Wednesday evening, the exclusive pre-opening dinner took place at Bo.lan, one of the world’s best Thai restaurants, located in Sukhumvit. We enjoyed fine dining at its best, a very spicy Thai cuisine created from age old recipes. After we had finished, the most fun part of the night took place. We were all driven to the after party at Sugar Ray You’ve Just Been Poisoned (to be taken literally) in tuk-tuks. What a fun and very fast ride through the city of Bangkok.

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Before I left to the event, those pictures of my outfit were taken on the terrace of my hotel, the Okura Prestige, a luxurious and contemporary five-star hotel.

My look for the night: Nude dress with pleated skirtcutout suede sandals iconand scalloped laser-cut leather waist belt, all by Azzedine Alaïacloquet nappa leather bag Swarovski crystals and crystal-embellished clip-on earrings, both by Miu Miu, Limelight Gala watch by Piaget, diamond bracelet and ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

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The two protagonists: Barom Bhicharnchitr (Managing Director of Central Embassy and Siwilai) and Thomas Erber (Founder of Le Cabinet de Curiosités).

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Lovely international company at the dinner table at Bo.lan.

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A fun tuk-tuk ride with Swiss-Thai designer Laend Phuengkit, who also designed some limited edition pieces for the exhibition.

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A truly fun night – stay tuned for more coming up from Bangkok soon!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

L’Officiel Switzerland – A Sparkling Issue

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Dear Swiss readers, great news! The sparkling December issue of L’Officiel Switzerland, packed with the very best of fashion and style for the upcoming holiday season is at newsstands nationwide from now (available in German and French)!

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Are you desperately looking for present ideas for your loved ones? Fear not, the new December issue features an amazing Christmas Wish List 2014, packed with extravagant ideas that come in poster size to be taken on your next shopping trip!

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And in case you are curious to find out what I am doing in Bangkok right now, I recommend reading the article about the Cabinet of Curiosities by Thomas Erber
More to be coming up soon on Sandra’s Closet!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of L’Officiel Switzerland, © Karen Rosetzski – Style: Equiline van Dooren

My Look: Monster Choupette

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This fall, Karl Lagerfeld gives the adorable little furball the monster treatment and launches Monster Choupette, a line of bags, accessories and more dedicated to his famous pet. So, this holiday season, everyone can have their own little piece of Choupette. Meaow!
In stores now, in Zurich at Jelmoli.

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My look: Leopard print marmot fur coat by Saint Laurentcashmere sweater by Canessa Cashmereblack skinny jeans by Dolce & GabbanaGreta zip ankle boots by De Siena, Lumière Anissa underwired bra iconby Eres, Monster Choupette clutch by Karl Lagerfeld, suede hat by BalenciagaChain on Chain rose gold bracelet by Bex Rox, earrings by Miu Miu, Rome Sports chronograph in black and rose gold by Jacques Lemans and skull ring by Roberto Cavalli.

LoL, Sandra

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My Look: Glitz and Glam

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This was my outfit for the opening night of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days Zurich. A glam dress combined with lots of sparkling elements, that is what glitz and glam is all about.

My look: One shoulder dress, triple chain format belt in silver-toned metal and black leather, Janis suede pumps with embellishments, all by Saint Laurent,cloquet nappa leather bag Swarovski crystalscaramel and raspberry handmade Shibori dip-dyed fur stole, both by Miu Miu, earrings by Prada, diamond bracelet and ring, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery, and Limelight Gala watch by Piaget.


LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Ralf Eyertt

Chloé + House of Voltaire

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Great news for all fashion and art lovers! CHLOÉ has teamed up with contemporary arts organisation Studio Voltaire for a limited-edition collection of ready-to-wear that is on sale at a new Mayfair pop-up shop (upstairs, 39 to 40 Albemarle St Mayfair, London W1S 4TE), House of Voltaire, from now until December 20, 2014. Founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, Chloé has always encouraged and supported emerging creatives and innovative female talents, offering them a nurturing environment in which to express their ideas.

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Therefore it seemed all natural that Chloé’s creative director Clare Waight Keller recruited three female artistsCao Fei, Karen Kilimnik and Jenny Saville – to create bespoke pieces for this special fundraising initiative. Established in 1994, Studio Voltaire was designed to support and promote both emerging and established artists, providing them with spaces to create as well as display their work.

But you don’t have to make it to London, you can also shop those limited edition pieces exclusively online at NET-A-PORTER.COM.
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For the first time, NET-A-PORTERicon is offering customers around the world the chance to invest in a piece of contemporary art, whilst supporting a worthy cause,” explained the online shop’s buying manager, Ben Matthews. I couldn’t agree more… what a lovely collaboration!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Chloé and House of Voltaire, © David M. Benett/Getty Images for Chloe

FDZ: At the Mercedes-Benz Opening Night

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Last Wednesday, the official opening of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days Zurich took place. It was a fun evening filled with lots of fashionable moments and surprises. Many people like to complain that the MBFDZ are not comparable to New York, Paris or Milan and of course they are right, but why should they?

Isn’t it great that we have something like this in Switzerland where you can enjoy runway shows, international designers, drink champagne and enjoy great food (the Park Hyatt Zurich served some amazing dishes) while meeting interesting people and see your friends. I wished all fashion weeks were like that… because in general they are definitely not as convenient as here in Zurich.

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The main sponsors of the event, such as Mercedes-Benz, Paul Mitchell, H&M and Etihad Airways, had their own booths in the VIP tent during the Fashion Days Zurich.

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An amazing surprise is waiting for you during the next weeks in collaboration with Etihad Airways, L’Officiel Switzerland and Sandra’s Closet. Make sure to stay tuned.

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Giving an interview for Glanz & Gloria.

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Photo call in front of the Samsung booth where I would reveal the tablet I designed the next day.

Winner FDZ Contest

Here with the lovely two winners of the contest I posted last week.

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Front row with fabulous Theo Grigoriadis (Trois Pommes).

Finale Lala

First show of the night: the Berlin-based label Lala Berlin. The desert and nomadism inspired Leyla “Lala” Piedayesh for her S/S 2015 collection. I liked her embellished denim pieces (see picture below).

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Julian Zigerli FDZ 14

Swiss designer Julian Zigerli has enjoyed an enormous media attention since being selected a few seasons back by Giorgio Armani to present at the Armani Theater. For S/S 2015, he showed his iconic graphic prints and innovative cuts.

Finale Day 1 Lug von Siga

Turkish designer Lug Von Siga presented a fierce S/S 2015 collection at the opening night. Colourful and feminine, many pieces caught my eyes. Definitely a designer to watch!

Finale Bibhu Mohapatra

My absolute favorite show of the night was Bibhu Mohapatra (see the photo below) S/S 2015. His gowns were dreamlike, but also the day offerings were particularly strong this season. Feminine and fitted, eclectic and sophisticated, the NYC-based label is surely on the rise.

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I was a little disappointed by Max Mara. The Italian house showed some looks from their F/W 2014 collection and some pieces that are available in the store, which made it feel more like a trunk show than a runway presentation and definitely not like something new. What a pity!

Stay tuned for the outfit post coming up soon as well as my reports about the other nights.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Getty Images, © David Biedert Photography © Andrea Monica Hug (Chic in Zurich), © Pascal Uehli Photography, © Ralf Eyertt, © Charles Aellen and © Sandra Bauknecht

The Most Fashionable Christmas Stocking

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Ensure Santa gets a stylish welcome this year with Charlotte Olympias playful Christmas stocking. Finished with a soft red faux suede and gold patent-leather version of the designer’s signature pump, this lace and satin design offers plenty of space to stash small gifts.

Don’t you love the attention to detail, from the crystal-embellished spider right down to the iconic web plaque at the sole?! TO SHOP, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

Armani/Privé Pivoine Suzhou

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Armani/Privé consists of four, continually evolving fragrance collections, revealing different facets of the designer’s vision of luxury. “Les Éditions Couture” are limited editions, inspired by his latest S/S runway collections; “La Collection” celebrates the most legendary perfume ingredients; “Les Mille et Une Nuits” revisits the opulence of the Orient; and “Les Eaux,” is a luminous hymn to nature, awakening memories of mythic gardens.

Pivoine Suzhou is Giorgio Armani’s newest launch which is for the first time inspired by the legendary gardens of Asia, combining elegance and freshness with soft, lingering sensuality. An olfactory journey inspired by precious flowers and plants, sunlight and pure, cascading water – the source of nature. In China, its character also represents femininity – the yin – and the beginning of life itself, it is a pure celebration of China’s most beloved flower: the peony.

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Suzhou is an UNESCO World Heritage site, a city full of canals and bridges. Marco Polo described Suzhou as the “ Venice of east”.

In front of the courtyard, the common-garden peony is entrancing but without style, On the pond, the lotus is pure but lacking in feelings. Only the tree peony is the most beautiful in the land, When it opens its blossoms, the whole capital stirs into motion.”
– Liu Yuxi’s poem – Tang dynasty, 9th century

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The fragrance is dominated by a peony accord and intensified with a special May rose absolute. The opening accord is given by citrusy tangerine notes and raspberry and the ultra long-lasting base notes are created by the amber-like notes, musk and a hint of patchouli that warm up the whole composition. Pivoine Suzhou is a sublimely essential fragrance, created for a discerning woman who appreciates the art and craft of haute perfumery.

Armani/Privé Pivoine Suzhou Eau de Toilette will be available from January 2015 in limited edition.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Armani

My Look: Working Girl in Milan

Working Girl in Milan

What I probably like most about my job as the editor in chief of L’Officiel Switzerland and as a blogger is that I get to travel a lot and to meet extremely interesting people around the world. Here you see me in Milan recently where I had a lot of inspiring meetings.

My look: iconSnap front leather trimmed varsity jacket, studded cotton-jersey sweatshirticon, studded leather skirt and ‘Babies’ mid-calf boots in silver, all by Saint Laurent, makeup face-printed saffiano tote illustrated by Jeanne Deallante by Prada, diamond stud earrings by Cartier and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

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Great architecture in Milan (from left to right clockwise): entrance of the Gucci office in Via Broletto, slide installation by German artist Carsten Höller at Prada’s headquarter in Milan, Zegna headquarter designed by Antonio Citterio and a beautiful starcaise at the L’Officiel Italia office.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht