My Look: My Prada Summer Inspiration

I love Prada. The reason is that Miuccia Prada has been a real trendsetter from her early beginnings, a strong woman with a clear vision. She doesn’t go with the flow, she is the flow.
Being a feminist, her way of dressing is a fierce force of nature. She’s saying «bye-bye» to the dated rules of how a woman «should» dress, because she absolutely understands there is no right way to be a woman. Miuccia Prada knows how to set the rules, new rules, to combine the unexpected. This is exactly what I love.

Her looks exude a very confident, powerful energy so intoxicating that it’s palpable. Here I am wearing some cute girly-like pastel colors but if you look closely at my tops, you will stop and think what the hell is this devil doing there and collectively wonder: Who. Is. This. Girl?! She is wearing a bandeau top over a striped shirt and wait… both are inside out.

My look: Printed striped cotton-poplin shirticon, and printed striped cotton-poplin bandeau top, and vintage embellished pink satin clutch, all by Pradalayered tulle midi skirt iconby D&G Dolce & Gabbanaembellished satin pumps and gold glitter sunglasses, both by Miu Miu

A girl who chooses to embrace a fierce style is saying she doesn’t care if you think she’s «cute.» She just is! And most importantly she doesn’t care if people find her «intimidating.» She’s simply going as she feels like. There is nothing in the world sexier than going as yourself.

My summer inspiration? A chill day at the pool, working, embracing my feminine side while kicking some …! We should all dress not for men, nor even for other women, but for ourselves.

WIN A BOTTLE OF PRADA CANDY SUGAR POP EdP 80ml

And the same goes for fragrances. If you like it, wear it. You are the one around it 24/7. This one «Prada Candy Sugar Pop» – 30ml (CHF 87.00) and 50ml (CHF 116.00) – has just come out in spring as part of the playful gourmand collection Prada Candy. Delicate notes of Peach and Vanilla mingle with airy Apple and Mahonial and shiny top notes of Bergamot and Green Citrus, comprising an unexpectedly substantial scent story: a sweet first impression cut with an ironic aside, Prada Candy Sugar Pop leaves the room on a high note.

I really like its sweetness, so contradictious to a fierce look. You just have to know how to do it, that’s all. And this, sweet kittens, is where I come in. Tell me about your summer inspiration (description or photo) and WIN A BOTTLE OF PRADA CANDY SUGAR POP EdP 80ml. To participate, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «MY PRADA SUMMER INSPIRATION» to . All entries must be received until June 30, 2018. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. By entering this contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these official rules. The winner has to have a Swiss address.

LoL, Sandra


Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht – the contest is sponsored!
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Trending: Hybrid Fashion

Aren’t we all about a two-for-one kind of a deal?! That’s why I would like to show you the It-piece of the S/S 2018 seasonthe hybrid piece, that is pretty exciting for me. Spotted on the runways of the likes of Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Sacai to name a few, the designers layer two separate items and are selling them as one. A blouse attached to a cardigan, a crepe dress with another overlay dress, even a cashmere sweater with a lingerie top.

Cotton and pleated checked satin cardigan by Sacai
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Though the idea of letting a brand choose how you should style clothes might sound limiting, all of the pieces below feel surprisingly versatile and entirely stylish. And after all, these designers know a thing or two about how to put together an outfit—why not let them do the work?

Check out my favorite hybrid picks below, and good news is they are all on sale. So you can really try the trend for yourself without feeling guilty! Don’t forget you are getting two for one!

From left to right: Layered lace-trimmed satin and jersey dressicon, Stack Tie tie-front distressed high-rise straight-leg jeansicon, and paneled wool-blend, lace and satin sweatericon, all by Alexander Wang.

From left to right: Cotton-twill and denim coat,  and layered printed crepe de chine and silk midi dress, all by Balenciaga.

From left to right: Printed striped cotton-poplin shirticon, and printed striped cotton-poplin bandeau top, both by Prada.

From left to right: Layered straight jeansicon, and layered oversized jeansicon, both by Natasha Zinko.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Get Your Summer Glow with La Mer

Ladies, finally it is summer, time for us to enjoy the pool or the beach. But we all want to look our best without spending too much time on our daily make-up. Here is my personal super duper tip that will save you lots of hours and earn you many compliments.

My avid readers know I cannot live without this savior:
SOLEIL DE LA MER THE FACE AND BODY GRADUAL TAN
CHF 110.00 (200ml)

I tan pretty fast on my body but not on my face (this is also an advantage… less wrinkles!). I have a pretty pale complexion but since I use this amazing product all year around, I always get compliments for my tan. This refreshing self-tanning lotion absorbs quickly for an even, perfectly natural-looking glow with no streaks (no orange stripes, no bad smell). Infused with the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, it immerses skin in moisture, soothing sensitivities and restoring radiance. With sea-born antioxidant actives, it helps revitalize and recharge for a year-round radiance. It is so easy to apply! You will love it! And I use it on my body twice a week but daily on my face!

And then there are two new limited-edition products that LA MER has launched this summer that I don’t want you to miss.

Up first is the limited-edition SOLEIL DE LA MER BRONZING POWDER
CHF 98.00

Also infused with nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, this silky pressed powder creates the look of a glimmering sun-kissed glow any day of the year. Harmonious and illuminating shades blend perfectly to highlight and define the contours of the face. The skin looks radiant with a sun-warmed, illuminated glow. It is scented with this kind of beachy resort-like fragrance that makes you feel like being on holidays in your own bathroom.

Next there are the two new limited-edition SOLEIL DE LA MER THE LIP AND CHEEK GLOWS (Coral Glow and Pink Sands)
CHF 75.00

This blend of glowing pigments suspended in nourishing oil gives skin a quick hint of healthy color. They are as well infused with the iconic nourishing Miracle Broth™, and add a sheer, buildable flush of color to lips and cheeks as they visibly refresh and renew delicate skin. I especially love to use them on my lips as they nourish them very well and moreover they taste amazing, reminiscent of  a delicious sweet mint.

You can find the LA MER summer collection out now. To see me wearing it, click here for this previous post at the pool. TO SHOP LA MER ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of La Mer and Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht

Fashion Plays Football

Paul Surridge, Creative Director of Roberto Cavalli, designed 11 footballs for the Pitti Immagine Uomo 94 projectFanatic Feelings- Fashion Plays Football“, a broad multimedia presentation that will highlight the pioneering impact football has had on the world of men’s fashion, curated by Marcus Ebner, founder of German fashion magazines Achtung Mode and Sepp Football Fashion and contemporary art critic Francesco Bonami.  These unique “one of a kind” footballs will be sold for charity in the dedicated “Market” pop up store.

Men’s fashion is going through crazy times where the worlds of tailoring, sports, active and street wear are one big melting pot. Football Fashion as an expression of style will be manifesting itself more and more. Why not wear your team’s jersey with a great suit? The show will give weight to this argument” says Markus Ebner who has been one the football fashion trail since 2002.

The 11 footballs by Roberto Cavalli represent the powerful language of graphics in sport, especially in the football world and these prints are part of the S/S 2019 men’s collection. The flamboyant designs are a craft of very graphic and camouflage effects along with the prominent Roberto Cavalli logos.

Paul Surridge’s first collection for Roberto Cavalli Men S/S 2019

The footballs are made out of genuine leather and exotic python skins hand crafted one by one by the Italian artisans within the Roberto Cavalli supply chain. They are aspirational luxury design objects rather than sport gears.

Some of the 11 footballs will be showcased and retailed in top Roberto Cavalli flagship stores such as Milan, Rome, Paris, London and Berlin to celebrate the Soccer World Cup 2018.

The generated revenues will be donated to The Foundation “Together To Go ONLUS”, supporting children with a free of charge rehabilitation program to recover from affects by Central Nervous System lesions in Milan.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Robert Cavalli and Pitti Imagine Uomo

My Look: La Bomba

Jacquemus named his S/S 2018 collection La Bomba that was inspired by French island girls from Corsica, Martinique or from the Caribbean. My favorites on the runway were his oversized straw hats (for a previous post about this trend, click here please) that epitomize summer perfectly. Nothing adds more glamour to your beach look than a gigantic straw hat.

My look: Oversized straw hat «La Bomba» by Jacquemus, Nescea feather bikini top and matching Brasiliana feather slip, both by L’Edonéleather platform sandals by Saint Laurenticon, Ruota Carretto gold-plated tasseled clip earrings and printed basket bag, both by Dolce & Gabbana, gunmetal lurex Caro bracelet and personalized iconblack lurex Caro bracelet, both by Carolina Bucci, and sunglasses by Fendi.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

O∙P∙I Grease

Get ready for some Summer lovin’ with OPI‘s new GREASE collection  introducing 12 limited edition shades in Nail Lacquer, Infinite Shine and GelColor, plus three new special effect nail lacquers. To celebrate the iconic film’s 40th anniversary, it’s time to grab these bright colors and be ready to spark romantic nights ahead.

Top left to right: Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milkshakes / Meet a Boy Cute As Can Be / Summer Lovin’ Having a Blast! / Was It all Just a Dream / Teal Me More Teal Me More / Chills Are Multiplying

Bottom left to right: Frenchie Like To Kiss / Pink Ladies Rule the School / Hopelessly Devoted to OPI / You’re the Shade That I want / Tell Me About It Stud / Danny & Sandy 4Ever!

Available as Infinite Shine (gel-like shine for your home) for CHF 24.90, Nail Lacquer for CHF 19.90 and GelColor (pro only).

Here are my personal favorite shades:

Grease is the Word
To celebrate the iconic film’s 40th anniversary, I am on hand to ensure you’re saying #TellMeAboutItStud.


Leader of the Pack
#PinkLadiesRulesTheSchool, so get ready to be top of the class in pastel shades.

The Nail That I Want
Our #ChillsAreMultiplying for this T-Bird approved icy blue.

You Better Shape Up
I am having a serious Sandy moment. #Danny&Sandy4Ever.

New: Leather Effects
Say hello to 3 additional limited edition shades with a three-dimensional effect and leather-like texture. Unfortunately not available in Switzerland.

New leather effect shades from left to right: Rydell Forever / Electryfyin’ Pink / Grease Is The Word.
Available for $10.50 each. More information here.

Grease Mini Set (Nail Lacquer) 4 Nail Polishes à 3.75ml each
CHF 24.90

Grease Mini Set (Infinite Shine) Primer, 2 Colours and Gloss Infinite Shine à 3.75ml each
CHF 34.90

In stores now for approximately three months.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of OPI #OPIxGrease
Collages: © Sandra Bauknecht

M∙A∙C Aaliyah Haughton Limited Edition

Aaliyah is truly one in a million — an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film continues to inspire us all. For this reason M∙A∙C collaborated with Aaliyah Haughton for an outstanding limited edition make-up collection that includes many products you will surely adore!

LIPSTICK
Try Again: soft muted beige (matte) / Hot Like…: creamy fire-red (amplified)
More Than a Woman: cool deep red (amplified) /Street Thing: pure black with shimmer (frost)
CHF 28.00

LIPGLASS
Brooklyn Born: sheer nude with pearl / Li Li’s Motor City: coral with shimmer
At Your Best You Are…: warm berry / 1 In a Million: deep rich purple
CHF 26.00

AGE AIN’T NOTHING / EYE SHADOW X 9
Creative Copper: metallic gold (lustre) / That Somebody: gold brown with gold shimmer (satin)
Princess of Soul: muted golden brown (matte) / Gingersnap: muted pinky coral (frost)
Deception: cool medium brown (frost) / Dance in the Dark: deep cool brown (matte)
Lovesmoke: sterling silver (veluxe pearl) / Magic Moor: mauve plum with subtle shimmer (veluxe pearl) / Care 4 You: black with silver sparkle (lustre)
CHF 60.00

BRONZING POWDER
Baby Girl: pure golden with soft pearl
CHF 35.00


Available from July 5, 2018 in Switzerland exclusively at M∙A∙C Globus Geneva and M∙A∙C Store Lucerne and Zurich and at www.maccosmetics.ch.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Bottega Veneta Has a New Designer

This week, Kering announced that Tomas Maier, who has been creative director of Bottega Veneta since 2001, is leaving the Italian brand.

Tomas Maier with Lauren Hutton

The reason? Kering has been dissatisfied for quite some time as Bottega Veneta’s sales have struggled and younger consumers are not interested enough in the brand that focuses extremely on craftsmanship. Compared to another label of the luxury conglomerate, Gucci, Bottega Veneta has been all about understated luxury and still lives up to its motto from the 1970s: «When Your Own Initials Are Enough.»

On the S/S 2017 runway: Gigi Hadid arm in arm with Lauren Hutton

Lately, Tomas Maier made headlines with the model casting for his S/S 2017 runway show. He sent out 73-year-old Lauren Hutton together with 21-year-old Gigi Hadid, confirming that beauty has no age. The same year, the brand reissued the iconic intrecciato clutch worn by Hutton in the 1980 film American Gigolo.

Lauren Hutton carries a Bottega Veneta clutch in American Gigolo.

Reissued: Lauren 1980 intrecciato leather clutch by Bottega Veneta
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In a statement, Francois-Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering, thanked Tomas for his work in the past 17 years: «It is largely due to Tomas’ high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the house it is today. He put it back on the luxury scene and made it an undisputed reference. With his creative vision, he magnificently showcased the expertise of the house’s artisansI am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve.»

The new creative director has already been named. It is former Céline director of ready-to-wear, Daniel Lee. Until now, Lee has maintained a low profile at a number of historic design houses. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2011, worked at Maison Margiela and Balenciaga, before heading to Céline under Phoebe Philo.

I think that is an interesting choice. Kering has a track record of hiring lesser-known designers to top houses, which worked amazingly in the case of Alessandro Michele and Gucci.

TO SHOP BOTTEGA VENETA ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta, via Grazia Magazine

Shop the Sale in a Smart Way

The MYTHERESA SALE is here with up to 50% off. But how do you shop in a smart way that you’ll get the most out of your money, buy great clothes and avoid any post-purchase feelings of regret? It all begins with preparation – you need to know your current wardrobe inside out and create a list of what you wear often, what you don’t have but would like, and the items you really don’t need another version of. Look for everything that you can take you into the next season.
Here are some pieces I can highly recommend:

Mini fur-lined cotton parka by Mr & Mrs Italy (30% off)
A great investment for the upcoming winter season!

Tyle suede ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi (40% off)
Nothing beats a pair of eye-catching ankle boots.

Princess Diana Falabella box shoulder bag by Stella McCartney (50% off)
I am in love with this bag – perfect for the next bal season.

Ankle Boots Sinatra 105 by Aquazzura (50% off)
Another pair of ankle boots that is a piece of art.

Highland suede over-the-knee boots by Stuart Weitzman (50% off)
Over-the-knee boots are here to stay – so better get yours now on sale.

Wool sweater by Stella McCartney (40% off)
A classic piece for many seasons to come.

Dusana wool and cashmere poncho by The Row (30% off)
Capes and ponchos are absolutely trending this upcoming F/W 2018 season!

SHOP THE COMPLETE MYTHERESA SALE HERE!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Feel the Rush

Ladies, it is time to get at least one Orgasm, but personally speaking I recommend getting four… For Summer 2018, NARS launches four new Orgasms for lips and cheeks. Swipe on seduction with Afterglow Lip Balm and intensify the look with Orgasm Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer. Give cheeks sensational dimension with Illuminating Loose Powder, and find pleasure in a limited edition, oversized Orgasm Blush. Universally coveted glow. New stimulating textures. Feels so bad it’s good. It’s time to indulge your senses…

ORGASM AFTERGLOW LIP BALM – CHF 38.00
Delivers a sheer wash of the universally-flattering Orgasm shade with a radiant finish. The formula features Monoï Hydrating Complex, for smooth comfort and a blend of antioxidant ingredients to help keep lips protected.

ORGASM FULL VINYL LIP LACQUER (LIMITED EDITION) – CHF 35.30
The innovative formula provides high-shine and a reflective finish, while vivid pigments deliver full coverage color that’s buildable. Features a non-sticky texture that glides on for a comfortable feel and line-free look.

ORGASM ILLUMINATING LOOSE POWDER –  CHF 38.00
This silky, soft-lit powder reflects light off the skin for a naturally glowing look. The shimmery powders create a soft radiance and blur the look of imperfections, blending effortlessly onto skin with a glimmering finish.

ORGASM BLUSH (LIMITED EDITION) –  CHF 52.20
The award-winning blush that includes the perfect blend of peachy pink and golden shimmer, comes in a limited edition oversized compact to achieve naturally flushed cheeks.

In Switzerland available from JUNE 2018 at Jelmoli and Sephora.
TO SHOP NARS ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of NARS, Collages © Sandra Bauknecht
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