Emilia Clarke for Dolce & Gabbana The One

Only two weeks ago, I cruised around the beautiful Amalfi Coast and enjoyed the flamboyant and vibrant lifestyle on the streets of Naples. Now, I have found the perfect fragrance that is dedicated to this South Italian lifestyle and pure femininity: DOLCE & GABBANA THE ONE Eau de Toilette.

Such a beautiful scent, a new fresh version of the celebrated fragrance classic that is available now. It is more powdery than the 2015 launched THE ONE ESSENCE Eau de Parfum and the original THE ONE Eau de Parfum from 2006. I am a big fan and needless to say… don’t we all wanna be THE ONE?!

DOLCE & GABBANA THE ONE Eau de Toilette
Oriental Floral

Top Notes: Lily, Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee and White Peach
Middle Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom and Honeyed Broom
Base Notes: Vanilla, Vetiver and Musk

30ml : CHF 69.00  –  50ml : CHF 93.00  –  100ml : CHF 121.00

The talented British actress Emilia ClarkeGame of Thrones») is the face of the campaign, the new ambassador, gifting the beautiful photos with her irresistible smile and genuine warmth. She’s the one!

Shot in the streets of Naples, with real people living their daily life, the new advertising campaign for The One was directed by the Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone.

Combining swing and jazz, the Neapolitan joyful soundtrack “Tu vuò fa’ l’americano” (“You want to be an American”) conveys even more happiness and togetherness while celebrating the genuineness and the charm of the Italian culture.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana Beauty
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Louis Vuitton City Guides 2018

With an established catalogue of 29 cities, in both print and digital versions, the LOUIS VUITTON City Guide has established itself as the indispensable companion to the discerning traveller.

Since 1998, Louis Vuitton has instilled its nomadic nature into its City Guides and proposed a selection that is as specialized as it is individual. Completely updated, Paris is enriched this year with new addresses, following in the wake of London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Berlin, Milan and Sydney.

Each city is thus revealed by independent journalists and guests from all horizons. This year, architect Dominique Perrault invites us to discover his Paris, artist Camille Walala accompanies us throughout London, curator Nancy Spector shares her New York, and Takeshi Kitano pursues a personalized exploration of Tokyo.

Publication date: October 19, 2017 – the digital versions of the Paris and New York City Guides will be available for free on the App Store as of October 19, 2017.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Elle Macpherson’s Beauty Secret

Supermodel Elle Macpherson has got the nickname «The Body» for good reason: Her god-given form is, in a word, smashing! Now in her 50’s, she is even more toned, sculpted, and absolutely stunning than most 20-year-olds.

What’s her secret? Probably «THE SUPER ELIXIR™», a supplement that supports your wellbeing by keeping the body within a desired alkaline range that the blonde Australian-born developed together with nutritional expert Dr. Simone Laubscher.

It is an investment but it’s cheaper than a good face cream.” – Elle Macpherson

Voted «Best Beauty Product 2017» by Tatler, «THE SUPER ELIXIR™» is a tasty, vegan-friendly way to have breakfast. Created from organic ingredients to maintain blood sugar levels, combat stress and provide a healthy metabolism, its combination of vitamins, Chinese herbs, enzymes and pre- and probiotics helps support optimal functionality of the body’s systems.

Mix this vitamin and mineral-rich powder with almond milk or coconut water to start each day on an energy high.

TO SHOP THE SUPER ELIXIR (300g), CLICK HERE PLEASE.
In Switzerland also available at Vestibule in Zurich.

I love this limited edition glistening gold ceramic caddy which it’s designed in collaboration with luxury lifestyle brand, AERIN and that offers «THE SUPER ELIXIR™» in a double size. It also looks great on display in your kitchen. A stylish way to prepare your breakfast.

iconTO SHOP THE SUPER ELIXIR + AERIN CADDY (600g), CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of THE SUPER ELIXIR and © Sandra Bauknecht

L’Oréal Paris x Balmain

No matter your origin, no matter your tribe. Come together, be seen, be heard. Because we are all worth it.
Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director, Balmain Paris

Two years ago, Balmain already made a foray into the world of affordable luxury with its H&M designer collaboration. This fall, the #BalmainArmy will find new members of the tribe as L‘Oréal Paris has joined forces with Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing for a collection of twelve limited COLOR RICHE couture lipsticks. One shade more beautiful than the other.

Olivier Rousteing with me

Needless to say that Olivier Balmain’s knows how to run a social media hype. For the launch of the French house’s first lipstick, he is accompanied by twelve model muses that each has inspired one of the dozen shades.

This collaboration with L’Oréal is the perfect fit to provide customers with access to the bejeweled splendor of the long-established fashion house that was founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945 who defined France’s fashion renaissance after World War II. Continuing in the trailblazing spirit of the brand’s founder, Olivier Rousteing is inspired by the confident style of modern women and incorporates the maison’s mastery of embroidery and embellishment into his collections. His love for detail can also be seen in the amazing packaging of the lipsticks: a decadent ode to precious materials, such as emerald-green malachite, blue lapis lazuli, and onyx.

Three colour collections embody three femininities:

SAFARI TRIBE (Green Case)
905 BALMAIN INSTINCT: Ysaunny Brito (Star Shade)
647 URBAN SAFARI: Alexina Graham
648 GLAMAZONE: Luma Grothe
469 FEVER: Maria Borges

ROCK TRIBE (Blue Case)
467 FREEDOM: Soo Joo Park ( Star Shade)
650 POWER: Valentina Sampaio
902 LEGEND: Neelam Gill
901 REBELLION: Grace Bol

COUTURE TRIBE (Black Case)
356 CONFIDENCE: Doutzen Kroes (Star Shade)
355 DOMINATION: Lara Stone
468 LIBERATION: Cindy Bruna
256 CONFESSION: Ming Xi

I was over the moon when this exclusive box arrived at my door step a few weeks ago so that I could test each one of the shades. Being a huge Balmain fan as you know, this is a collector’s piece that I will keep forever.
(The golden clutch is a vintage Balmain piece.)

My favorite shade of all? 256 CONFESSION. It is the perfect nude shade.
(Metallic jacquard jacketicon by Balmain.)

Time to have a piece of Balmain on your lips. The L’Oréal Paris x Balmain Paris capsule lipstick collection launches today September 20, 2017 for CHF 21.90 each, in Switzerland at Coop and Manor.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Balmain and © Sandra Bauknecht

Oktoberfest Craze – Designer Style

While you are reading this, I am on my way to the Oktoberfest in Munich with HUBLOT for an exclusive «Wies’n Gaudi» at the one & only Käfer’s-Wies’n-Schänke. The dress code? Of course «Traditional Bavarian»!

Is any other traditional dress as feminine, elegant and downright sexy as a «Dirndl»?
Any man or woman alive who has visited the Munich Oktoberfest would have to answer with a resounding no! As many other Germans, I am always looking forward to the
 festival season rolling around, to wear my «Trachten» and «Lederhosen» to celebrate in style.

From left to right top: Breakfast at Tiffany’s –  Dirndl Time Oh Deer!
From left to right bottom: Pucci Goes Wies’nTyrolean Love

From time to time, I like to play around with the outfits and don’t opt for the traditional «Dirndl» but look for designer pieces in my closet that are inspired from Tyrolean or Bavarian styles.

Finding the right Dirndl can be quite expensive and choices are versatile. You can certainly look for less expensive ones at regular department stores, but then you’re quite likely to run into other women wearing the same style around town. In case it bothers you spending so much money on this occasion, I would like to inspire you with these designer pieces that you can wear all year long.

DAYTIME TRACHT: Misha embroidered velvet-paneled gabardine jacket by Vilshenko, crochet-trimmed lace-up broderie anglaise cotton blouse by SEA, velvet shortsicon by Pierre Balmain, appliquéd leather Chelsea bootsicon by Charlotte Olympiaembellished wool-blend socks, Lucia watersnake-trimmed embellished brocade shoulder bagiconcrystal-embellished round-frame gold-tone sunglassesicon and gold-tone crystal clip earringsicon, all by Dolce & Gabbana.

DIRNDL CHIC: Lace and velvet-paneled pleated crepe mini dress by Elie Saab, faux pearl-embellished velvet headbandicon and velvet shoulder bag, both by Miu Miuvelvet and gold-tone multi-stone choker by Etro, Elliot floral-print matelassé over-the-knee bootsicon by Altuzarra.

BAVARIAN QUEEN: Embroidered cotton-velvet tuxedo jacket by ALEXACHUNG, Adriana lace-up velvet-trimmed crepe dressicon by Altuzarra, Klara lace-up suede ankle boots by Tabitha Simmons, Padlock small appliquéd studded leather shoulder bagicon, metallic crochet-trimmed embroidered cotton-blend socksicon and frayed grosgrain, bead and faux pearl brooch, all by Gucci.

O’zapft is! Happy Wies’n Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht

Grosscouture Brandstore Zurich

Since 50 years, Grosscouture has been located at Bahnhofstrasse 22 in Zurich. After six months of refurbishment, the store’s massive renovation is now finished and it celebrated its new look with an opening cocktail last Thursday.

The new store harnesses sophisticated design cues inspired by the brands displayed. From Elie Saab to Versace, from Oscar de la Renta to Roland Mouret, many prestige houses are available at this shopping haven as well as the eponymous designs by owner Roberto Quaglia.

On the ground floor, you can find a large variety of evening gowns (Gross Couture is definitely the place to go if you are looking for your next black tie outfit…) as well as the new menswear section that offers bespoke tailored garments.

«With our three floors directly at Zurich’s Paradeplatz, we have all the top Iabels to offer you. We are proud to present you with fashion which lives up to the highest demands of luxury and lifestyle.

We live fashion – for you.» – Corina and Roberto Quaglia

Enriching the Bahnhofstrasse and supporting the retail business in Zurich is very dear to Robert Quaglia. His eyes glow with passion when he tells me about his vision while we are browsing through the beautiful selection. I really like the spacious store with its classy and warm interior design. Absolutely worth a visit…

Gross Couture AG, Bahnhofstrasse 22, CH-8001 Zürich
E-mail: – Phone :+ 41 44 750 9090.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gross Couture and © Sandra Bauknecht

Fall Jackets

Gucci‘s Alessandro Michele has truly set a trend by embellishing his designs in all sorts of ways.
Many designers are following his playful approach to fashion. Featuring embroideries, patches, slogans on all sorts of classic silhouettes, this lovely outerwear will keep you warm and chic this fall.


Calf hair-paneled embellished denim jacketicon by Gucci


Painted metallic leather biker jacket by Mira Mikati


Cityscrape embroidered leather and satin jacket by Coach

Embellished leather-trimmed shell bomber jacketicon by Opening Ceremony

Embellished appliquéd wool-felt bomber jacketicon by Miu Miu


Embellished silk-satin bomber jacketicon by Valentino


Leather biker jacket with appliqués by Saint Laurent

Enjoy your Sunday!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

From Dusk till Dawn by Kilian

«All Art is Erotic» –  Gustav Klimt

KILIAN HENNESSYicon celebrates ten years of redefining the art of modern perfumery and invites us into a new Golden Age, inspired by the sensual glamour and sumptuous luxury of fin de siècle Vienna, and its most subversive artist, Gustav Klimt.

Kilian Hennessy with me

«Klimt is the authority when it comes to gold artwork, gold leaf,» says Kilian. The universe he created full of seduction and opulence represents «a cultural reference, a touchstone – more than just decoration

Two new fragrances, each of which experiments with dualties: darkness and light, feminity and masculinity, modernity and proud tradition. Let me introduce you to WOMAN IN GOLD and GOLD KNIGHT, one more beautiful than the other. Launching in the end of September 2017, I don’t want you to miss those richly textured and mysterious scents.

«It doesn’t interest me to provoke just to provoke. I need artistic reasoning,» Kilian goes on. «The idea was to play on the contrasts between shadown and light, to express that we are all made of good and bad – but within light and dark there are a myriad of facets. I wanted to achieve this duality with perfume.»

WOMAN IN GOLD

Inspired by the 1907 portrait of Leading Viennese art patron and taste-maker Adele Bloch-Bauer, the only woman Klimt painted twice.

Top Notes: Bergamot
Middle Notes: Rose, Vanilla Absolute
Base Notes: Akigalawood, Patchouli

GOLD KNIGHT

Inspired by the dashing, gold-armored chevalier in Klimt’s 1902 Beethoven Frieze.

Top Notes: Anise, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Honey, Vanilla
Base Notes: Patchouli

The extremely beautiful cases are inspired by Klimt’s works and are inspired by the Byzantine mosaics the Viennese painter saw at the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.

«True luxury is meant to last» – Kilian Hennessy

The faceted flacon, inspired by the timeless cognac carafe, is an object of uncompromising elegance and artisanship. The 250-ml bottles are refillable and accompanied by a black travel spray.

Mini Carafe 250ml (CHF 720)
Refillable Spray 50ml (CHF 335)

TO SHOP KILIAN ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Kilian Hennessy and © Sandra Bauknecht

Fashion Is Not Superficial

Are you one of those who think fashion is superficial? Sorry, you are absolutely wrong. First of all you cover what most likely means a lot to you, your body, second of all, fashion has power. People are judging you during the first seconds they meet you. So choose your outfit wisely. Now, it is time to set a statement!

Here are some sweaters that are embellished with great essential quotes. Your turn to choose your mantra!

«IT SEEMED TO BE THE END UNTIL THE NEXT BEGINNING»

Beaded intarsia wool and cashmere-blend sweater by Valentino

«WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS FUTURE»

Embroidered metallic-trimmed wool sweater by Gucci

«DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE»

Embroidered cashmere sweatericon by Lingua Franca

«THE EARTH HAS ITS MUSIC FOR THOSE WHO WILL LISTEN»

iconWool intarsia sweater by Etro

«COUTURE IS AN ATTITUDE. IT’S NOT A PRICE POINT»

Loose fit jumper by Moschino

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Cruise

What do you wear on a cruise? Comfy swimwear and nice tunics are all you need. Enjoying the wind, the sun, the sea and visiting different spots each day. A great place to see is the Amalfi Coast in Italy with its picturesque towns like Positano and Sorrento as well as the beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia.

My look: Embellished printed cotton-voile kaftan by Tory Burch, cutout bandage bikini by Hervé Léger, crochet-knit and printed silk-chiffon headband by Missoni, embroidered brocade drawstring backpack by Guccibeaded necklace by Etro, and DiorOrigins1 round sunglasses by Dior.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht