Bobbi Brown City Collection

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Congrats to Bobbi Brown! She celebrates the 25th anniversary of her amazing beauty brand this year! It all started with a simple philosophy: natural complexion and a lipstick, that suits the natural tone of your lips. «Be who you are» is her motto!

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To honor the occasion, Bobbi has collaborated with illustrator Richard Haines to create some amazing products that are inspired by the iconic cities, New York, London and Paris. A must for every beautista!

CITY PALETTES (Limited Edition) – CHF 96.00

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Available in three different variations:

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New York Palette
Cream Eye Shadow, Champagne Quartz Metallic Eye Shadow, Birch Eye Shadow, Espresso Eye Shadow, Blush

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London Palette
Pale Cream Eye Shadow, Nude Peach Eye Shadow, Nude Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Rich Navy Eye Shadow, Nectar Blush

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Paris Palette
Ivory Eye Shadow, Stormy Grey Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Brushed Granite Metallic Eye Shadow, Eclipse Eye Shadow, French Pink Blush

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LONG-WEAR EYELINER (Limited Edition) – CHF 34.00

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Dark Chocolate Ink (New York)
Union Jack (London)
Gunmetal Ink (Paris)

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LUXE LIP COLOR – CHF 47.00

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CHF 47.00

Available from the 1st of September, 2016.

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

The New Logo Bags

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Forget about your own initials, if you want to be in style, you will carry the ones of your favorite designers. Punctuated with a gleaming logo plaque, those bags look best in black. But take note please that most of them are available in many different colors.

1 Textured-leather shoulder bag by J.W.Anderson
2 Insignia textured-leather satchel by Alexander McQueen
3 GG Marmont leather cross-body bag by Gucci
4 Dylan leather cross-body bagicon by Saint Laurent

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

Christian Dior Milky Dots Manicure Kit

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Christian Dior himself praised the timeless aura of polka dots: “they offer charm, elegance, relaxation and are always casual.

Joyous, elegant and timeless, polka dots are at the heart of DIOR‘s summer make-up collection with  confetti-strewn nails that are an invitation to dive into a fantasy-filled world.

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APPLICATION TIPS
Step 1: apply a coat of polish
Step 2: dip the Dotting Tool into the second polish in the set
Step 3: dab polka dots onto the base coat

SHADES

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Pastilles: an azure blue punctuated with nude beige

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Confettis: a bold melon heightened with cherry red

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Plumetis: a petal pink dotted with lavender mauve

DIOR Vernis with «dotting tool» (one shot) is available now for CHF 44.50.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dior

Guitar Straps Are the New It-Charm

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Guitar straps for handbags are the new It-charm according to Fendi and Valentino. Personally speaking, I find it a great way to customize and to add a rock ‘n’ roll edge to any bag for a personalized look.

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Left: ‘Enchanted Wonderland’ embroidered guitar strap and right: ‘Animalia’ embroidered guitar strap, both by Valentino

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‘Strap You’ shearling stripe shoulder strap by Fendi

There are many different patterns to choose from, but they are selling out fast. So hurry and secure yours!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via Bagbliss

I Was a Blogger Before I Knew It

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Last weekend, when I was looking for a picture with me wearing my Vela backpack by Prada in the ’90s (see yesterday’s post here), I came across so many old pictures and of course I couldn’t stop going through them. One thing that made me really laugh out loud was that I took outfit post photos more than 10 years before becoming a blogger. Call me a visionary…

Those ones were taken in a hotel room in South Africa before heading to dinner. I wore a jumpsuit by Escada with a little cardigan by Ralph Lauren, sandals by Prada, sunglasses by Gucci and a little charm necklace by Tiffany & Co. Something I would still wear but I have to admit that I am not so sure about my blonde hair and my facial expression is priceless, OMG! Isn’t it a good thing that I like myself so much better today…?!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Prada’s Iconic Vela Backpack Is Back

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My first Prada moment was in my French class in school when I spotted my teacher with an interesting bag in nylon (how I looked at that time you can see above, blonde as hell…). It must have been in 1989 or 1990. The Italian fashion house had just launched its first women’s ready-to-wear collection and was on its way due to its originality to become one of the most influential fashion houses and a premium status symbol of the ’90s. The designs came to be known for their dropped waistlines and narrow belts as well as the use of unusual fabrics. Prada has always been an emotional brand for me. Probably because I started to collect it from the first season. Most men don’t understand Miuccia’s style and I had many funny discussions about it as I was always drawn to it. It made me feel independent and strong while of course feeling extremely fashionable.

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One of my first Prada pieces I got was the famous «Vela» nylon backpack in black that accompanied me through my high school years (see photo above). For being over 20 years old, it looks pretty fantastic! Launched in 1984 in an “industrial-weight nylon used for army tents,” according to Vogue, the utile house classic evolved into its best-known form in 1987.

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Now the label’s signature backpack is back on the streets and on its way to become again a must-have. Just as coveted as in the early ‘90s, this sporty-chic style will take you through off-duty dressing on a decidedly chic note. The Vela is just roomy enough to hold all your essentials safe, while keeping you supremely stylish and the nylon material is great when you hit the rain.

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Great news is that Prada finally made it into the world of online shopping and is exclusively available at Net-à-Portericon and Mytheresa.com.

This post inspired me to show you in the near future a Prada look of each season that I collected over the years. Going down memory lane can be quite emotional, especially as I link events to outfits and scents. I may not remember your name but I will never forget what you wore when we met… it is just the way my brain is structured, embracing a deep love of fashion that I hopefully spread with this blog!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Prada, © Vogue/Hans Feurer and © Sandra Bauknecht

Shoe Trend F/W 2016: V-Cut Pumps

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Timeless and elegant, V-cut pumps sit high on your foot for a glove-like silhouette that subtly gives the illusion of longer legs. This winter they are a must. Highlight their beautiful silhouette with cropped pants or pleated midi skirts.

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Leather-trimmed guipure lace pumps by Valentino

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Low-cut suede pumpsicon by Lanvin

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Crochet Top

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Hello from NYC! I arrived Wednesday and had to go straight to my first meeting with Piaget. After a quick change at my hotel, the Park Hyatt, I took those photos in two minutes as it started drizzling. It was extemely hot and humid but I couldn’t wait to put on my new crochet-like cardigan. I adore its logo-embossed faux pearl buttons and lace Peter Pan collar that both add to its heritage feel.

My look: Metallic lace-trimmed cotton-blend cardigan and blue knitted dress, both by Guccidark blue suede strappy sandals by Miu Miu, metallic patchwork camera bag by Saint Laurenticon, Limelight Gala watch and rose diamond ring, both by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Hermessence Muguet Porcelaine

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One word says it all. Sense. Essence. Essential. The essence of Hermès and the soul of fragrance. The Hermessence collection is emblematic of the signature of a house, of creative freedom, and of unique poetry for both women and men.

Hermessence collection (see photo above) – Rose Ikebana, Osmanthe Yunnan, Iris Ukiyoé, Muguet Porcelaine, Vanille Galante, Brin de Réglisse, Épice Marine, Vétiver Tonka, Santal Massoïa, Poivre Samarcande, Paprika Brasil, Cuir d’Ange and Ambre Narguilé.

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To create each olfactory poem in the Hermessence collection, Hermès ventures forth with Jean-Claude Ellena in the pursuit of beauty. Their quest is shaped by encounters with materials, people and cultures. For Muguet Porcelaine, the thirteenth fragrance in the collection, Jean-Claude Ellena sought to capture a flower that moves him profoundly, a rebel whose innocent delicacy conceals strength and mystery.

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The history of perfumery is strewn with lily of the valley. Yet experts label it “the mute flower” as its fragrance evades all attempts at capture. To reproduce its essence, the perfumer must use his creative palette, his associations of ideas and his imagination. In the hands of Jean-Claude Ellena, this silent, diaphanous flower becomes eloquent and radiant.

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From nature transformed to nature idealised, my craft as a perfumer could be likened to a game of hopscotch. Arriving at the ‘summit’ at a hop, after multiple attempts, is joyful, celebratory. There is so much subtlety in lily of the valley that I imagined it exalted,” explains Jean-Claude Ellena. “I immersed myself in its perfume, abandoning my other senses, in order to recreate the beauty and the supple exquisiteness of this flower of porcelain fragility.

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Because Muguet Porcelaine is the story of a flower conquered by the mind, this fragrance is lily of the valley, it is the scent, wholly and exclusively, of its burgeoning bells and its protective foliage.

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And as if traversed by an air of spring, the transparency of the bottle is energised by a vibrant green. In tribute to the hues of the flower, the bamboo-coloured case in Swift calfskin envelops its white Mysore goatskin interior in a perennial green.

Available in Hermès stores, Bon Génie Geneva and online for CHF 385.00 (200ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Hermès, © Richard Dumas

Stylish Beach Bags

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Who needs a beach to carry the bag? These woven totes will look great both on and off the sand. Hurry up as they will sell out fast…

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Sicilian embellished straw basket by Muzungu Sisters

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Painted woven straw tote by La Ligne

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Frayed woven toquilla straw tote by Sensi Studio
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Leather-trimmed embellished woven straw tote by Dolce & Gabbana

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iconSicilian pompom straw tote by Muzungu Sisters

Don’t forget… sometimes life is a beach!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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