Prada Inside Bag

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This fall, PRADA launches its new It-Bag, the INSIDE BAG, which is part of the F/W 2015 collection. It comes with a twin bag element, which combines two bags in one.

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It is available in three different sizes, different materials, such as crocodile, calf and ostrich leather and many color combinations.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SHOP THE PRADA INSIDE BAG ONLINE.
I love it! Definitely on my shopping list…
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Photos: Courtesy of Prada

Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme

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It was love at first sight: Tom Ford‘s newest scent for women, TOM FORD NOIR POUR FEMME. Sensual and extravagant, this oriental-floral fragrance is absolutely divine. Inspired by the theme of duality, it evokes the twin facets of the modern woman, capturing the feminine play of exposure as well as the masculine strength of seduction.

The face of the advertising campaign shot by fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin is no other than supermodel Lara Stone.

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TOM FORD NOIR POUR FEMME
Top notesMandarin Oil, Bitter Orange Oil, Ginger Extract
Middle notesRose Absolute, Jasmine Accord, Orange Flower, Indian Kulfi Accord
Base notesVanilla Madagascar, Amber, Australian Sandal Wood

Available now as Eau de Parfum 30ml (CHF 90.00), 50ml (CHF 132.00) and 100ml (CHF 200.00) and Hydrating Emulsion 150ml (CHF 75.00) at all Tom Ford counters.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Tom Ford

My Look: Just Look

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It was a busy day in Paris when I was shooting the social media campaign for the new Piaget Possession collection right along Jessica Chastain. I stayed at the beautiful Le Meurice hotel where we took some of the photos before leaving for the cocktail reception at the Piaget boutique at Place Vendôme, followed by an amazing dinner at Le Jules Verne restaurant on the 2nd level of the famed Tour Eiffel which I can only recommend. You enjoy the best of contemporary French cuisine along with the most spectacular view of the City of Lights, scintillating beneath your feet.

My look: Jacquard mini dress with pleated skirt and lace-up stretch-jersey bodysuit in black, both by Givenchymulticolored patchwork bag and pearl embellished sunglasses, both by Chanelcollege coat and Janis suede platform pumps, both by Saint Laurent, Limelight Gala watch and Possession ring, both by Piaget, Hapi leather bracelet by Hermès.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Interview with Jessica Chastain

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During the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, I had the chance to interview one of my favorite actresses, Jessica Chastain, who is the new face of Piaget. The beautiful «redhead» has established herself as one of the finest film actresses of her generation, earning numerous award nominations. In 2012, Time magazine featured her as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World“.

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Trained at the Julliard School in New York City, she made her feature film debut in Dan Ireland‘s «Jolene» in 2008. Since then, she has earned critical acclaim for her leading roles in many major movies including among many others Kathryn Bigelow‘s «Zero Dark 30», for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama and received her 2nd Academy Award nomination.

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Her most recent box office success came from her role in JC Chandor‘s «A Most Violent Year», for which she was honored with a Golden Globe nomination. She will next be seen in Guillermo Del Toro’ latest movie «Crimson Peak» and Ridley Scott’s «The Martian», both set for release Fall 2015.

«I am not so interested in being like everyone else.»

 

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Two years ago, I met you at the amfAR gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes and was impressed by your kindness and great aura. What helps you to be that grounded?
Tough thing to answer. I feel so grateful, my whole life I wanted to be an actor and to be part of the magic of what making movies are and I get to do it. There is not one day that I forget how special that is.

Which character would you love to play that you haven’t played yet?
I can tell you for theatre. I would love to play Roselynne in «As You Like It» because it is my favourite Shakespeare character but for film, I don’t know because maybe the role isn’t written yet. When I look back on films that I love from the 30s and 40s, the amazing performances, like Rita Hayworth, it’s I wouldn’t want to make a remake of those roles because it kind of looses what was so special about the original. I am gonna answer perhaps it is not written yet.

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You have the most beautiful hair. Do you think that being a «redhead» has influenced you, your career? How was it in your childhood? Blessing or curse?
If there is something about you that is unique and different, you have to celebrate it. That is what you have to love and this is what you makes you special as you get older. I am not so interested in being like everyone else. I like to meet people that are different, that are strange, that have different point of views and challenge my own way of thinking. When you are in a group, it is so much more interesting when there is so much individuality that becomes the group. So that’s what I think about the red hair.

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You have been also the ambassador of the YSL fragrance, «Manifesto», and now you are the face of Piaget. How do you choose the right brands to collaborate with?
The reason why I love Piaget is first of all their engagement towards the Independent Film Spirit Awards. They have been the main sponsors for eight years. I love independent cinema, this is where my heart lies. Independent cinema celebrates diversity and creativity and for a brand like Piaget to sponsor it, means that it goes along with their believes, with their designs, the artwork is truly important to me, so working with Piaget was a no-brainer.

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What is your first memory of Piaget?
I think the watches are so incredible. Think about Jackie Kennedy with her most exquisite watch. I have worn Piaget for the first time at the Golden Globes, an amazing bracelet that was all diamonds but is was actually a watch. I have never seen such precision, beauty and art. This is the strongest memory I have of wearing their jewelry.

What was your first piece of jewelry? And can you tell us the story how you got it?
Probably a piece of jewelry that I got from my grandmother. It is not something you could wear. I don’t even know how to call it. It is covered in jewels and you can pull out one section for perfume and in the other section you can put your lipstick in. It is so special and beautiful. It means so much to me because it is from my grandmother that is very close to me.

Would you buy a piece of high jewelry yourself? Or does it always have to be a gift?
Of course, I like jewelry as a gift, jewelry is very sentimental, very emotional. But I have bought jewelry for myself. It makes me feel very independent, very powerful to be able to buy my own jewlery. I don’t require that it is always bought for me.

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What is your favourite piece of jewelry? And why?
I wear earrings right now that I am obsessed with but I don’t own them. For daily life, I have a pair of diamond rose earrings from Piaget which are my favourites at the moment.

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Do you like roses, flowers? What do they mean to you?
Flowers are so beautiful to me. Look at the connection between flowers and art. The sensuality what a flower is. A flower is life. It is life and art together and romance. That is probably why I love the earrings so much.

What is the most beautiful jewelry a woman can wear?
Her smile.

A secret about you that we don’t know yet.
(Laughs). I have a lot of secrets but I cannot think of any that I want to tell to the world.

Jessica Chastain in three words.
I have to give you more than three. I am loyal, very very loyal. I am a hard worker, I work so much and I am passionate.

Thank you, Jessica!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Steve Granitz/WireImage, Courtesy of Piaget and © Sandra Bauknecht
This interview was also featured in L’Officiel Switzerland.

Miu Miu – The Fragrance

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Long expected! This fall, MIU MIU begins the sales of their first perfume Miu Miu. Miuccia Prada is a master of the counterintuitive, she mixes the common and the ultra-refined to create something surprising and knowing yet never contrived. Drawing on Prada’s inspiration, perfumer Daniela Andrier creates a study in contrasts. The focus is on lily of the valley flowers supported with floral notes of jasmine, rose absolute and synthetic green notes, as well as a special ingredient created by Givaudan, akigalawood, which develops the scent of patchouli, notes of pepper and woody aromas of oud. Unique, youthful and sophisticated, the new scent will surely be a bestseller.

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iconThe flacon of the first Miu Miu fragrance is inspired by the special material characteristic of the brand’s iconic matelassé leather bags.

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The face of the advertising campaign, shot by Steven Meisel, is actress Stacy Martin.

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Miu Miu Fragrance Collection
Eau de Parfum 30 ml CHF 84,00
Eau de Parfum 50 ml CHF 110,00
Eau de Parfum 100 ml CHF 150,00
Available in Switzerland at Marionnaud from September 14, 2015.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Miu Miu

You Are What You Eat

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No single food can supply all nutrients in the amounts you need. Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look. Supplements are a great way to deliver the right health and beauty benefits. FOUNTAINicon creates water-soluble formulas that rather than being applied topically to the skin, include key ingredients – including hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and youth-boosting Resveratrol – that are bio-available and therefore easier for the body to absorb. Suitable for both men and women. My three favorites are the following:

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The Energy Molecule, 240ml by FOUNTAIN
iconIf your daily schedule is running you ragged, this super supplement will offer the energy boost you need. It’s a potent blend of Creatine – an organic acid that delivers fuel to your cells – and invigorating Vitamin B12. Mix two teaspoons into your favorite pick-me-up when you need it most.

586783_in_xl-1The Glow Molecule, 240ml by FOUNTAIN
iconBoost your skin’s natural radiance with this supplement. A concentrated form of reactive Glutathione, this acai-flavored liquid works to counteract aging cellular oxidization caused by harmful free radicals and peroxides. Two teaspoons a day will bring out a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion within just a week.

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The Hyaluronic Molecule, 240ml by FOUNTAIN
iconHelp your skin stay soft, supple and smooth with this supplement. This unisex formula is packed with Hyaluronic Acid that holds 1000 times its weight in water to plump your complexion and keep eyes and joints lubricated. The body’s natural reserve of the molecule decreases with age, but this liquid Ginger supplement will be easily absorbed within the body when taken daily.

YOU CAN SHOP THE COMPLETE FOUNTAIN RANGE ONLINE HERE.

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of Fountain
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My Look: Rive Gauche Summer Party 2015

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Last Friday, I went to the Rive Gauche Summer Party at the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich. The iconic event celebrated its 10th anniversary. With great friends and lots of champagne, it is always fun as the first social event after the summer break when everybody in the city enjoys the “to see and to be seen” part a lot – a great night in full swing!

My look: Asymmetric cherry print dressicon, python leather buckle beltsilver-tone arm cuffcandy crystal-embellished leather platform sandals iconand Cassandre small suede shoulder bag, all by Saint Laurent, rose diamond ring by Piaget and earrings by Dior.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Baur au Lac, © David Biedert and © Sandra Bauknecht

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer

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There’s something really beautiful about a powerful lip color. This season, it is time to wear a statement lip shade. A new product that has caught my attention immediately is the new Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer. Its formula is moisturizing and hydrating like a lip balm while delivering an intense color and a shiny finish, available in two different versions (metallic and varnish). Promising to last over 8 hours, its non-sticky formula is surely hard to resist to. I love the dark reds and purples so my wishlist is getting bigger and bigger…

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200 Night Berry (metallic effect)
201 Leather (varnish effect)
300 Tangerine (varnish effect)
302 Amber (metallic effect)
400 Four Hundred (varnish effect)
401 Red Chrome (varnish effect)
402 Red-To-Go (lacquer effect)
500 Vintage (metallic effect)
501 Uptown (varnish effect)
502 Boudoir (metallic effect)
503 Fatale (metallic effect)
504 Pink-Out (metallic effect)
505 Crescendo (varnish effect)
506 Maharajah (metallic effect)
600 Adrénaline (metallic effect)
601 Plum Vinyl (varnish effect)
602 Vertigo (varnish effect)
603 Night Viper (varnish effect)

In stores now. Available for CHF 48.00 each.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty

My Look: Perfect Dinner

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Thank you so much for your positive feedback about yesterday’s post talking about the perfect dinner. As I said, the way the table is set contributes to the ambiance of a meal as much as the food and wine. To take your invite to the next level, you can also match your outfit to the party’s theme.

My look: Kite Runner dress by Mary KatrantzouTribute Two textured-leather pumps
iconby Saint Laurent, cuff by Stella McCartney, Diorette ring by Dior Haute Joaillerie and Lady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuis.

Don’t forget, you eat with your eyes first!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Agi Simoes for SI Style Magazine

Perfect Dinner

PerfectDinner_SISTYLE-SandraBauknechtWith the fall season right around the corner, it is the perfect time of the year for entertaining. I love throwing a theme soiree in an intimate gathering. I am not the most dedicated chef, but I absolutely adore table settings and decorations. For this photo shoot (for SI Style Magazine), I went for an Asian inspired theme (most pieces available at Jelmoli).

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How to get started? First, of course, with your invites. Having an accurate guest count is essential for a dinner party, especially if you are planning on having some special surprises like personalized napkins for your friends to take home (available for order at Kids and the City). I like to tie ribbons around them to match the color theme of the night.

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Personally speaking, a beautiful table setting is like the canvas for a perfect meal. On the morning before the event, I love going to the flower market and getting fresh blooms. I usually place them in the center as well as in small pots and vases everywhere in the room. My rule is to keep all flowers and candle low enough that guests can have great conversations over them. Very important is that you stay with non-scented candles since you don’t want to interfere with the tastes and smells of your food.

Once your guests have arrived, relax and enjoy the good company, delightful ambiance, and delicious food you put so much work into. It’s time for the hostess to enjoy, too!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Agi Simoes for SI Style Magazine