The Spanish Influence in Sicily

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The Spanish influence on the Sicilian traditions and colors is the inspiration for the images of DOLCE & GABBANA’s beautiful S/S 2015 advertising campaign. Traditional elements deriving from both countries combine together to give the pictures a touch of Mediterranean sensuality. Domenico Dolce photographed the campaign under the artistic direction of Stefano Gabbana.

Both, the women and the men campaign, feature José Maria Manzanares, a 28 years old Spanish bullfighter. At the age of 12 he faced his first bull. He inherited his skills from his father and grandfather and made his debut on the arena before the age 20. Today he’s one of the most talented bullfighters in the world. I have to admit that I am totally against bullfighting but the costumes look amazing.

Female models: Bianca Balti, Vittoria Ceretti, Irina Sharipova and Blanca Padilla
Male models: Travis Cannata, Xavier Serrano and Misa Patinsky
Hair: Oribe Canales
Makeup: Pat McGrath

YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THE DOLCE & GABBANA S/S 2015 COLLECTION HERE. icon

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Meet the ImmacolataConcetta and Addolorata Ceramic Dolls that walked the Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2015 runway. Such cute collector pieces.

I love this Dolce & Gabbana collection. And now enjoy the photos below, the men’s campaign is a true eye candy.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

My Look: Clash of the Tartans

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Tartans are everywhere this winter, and this Christmas I had fun playing around with the traditional pattern. The classic skirt got a style makeover with sparkling sequins and in combination with this tartan sweater, it feels fresh and fun.

My look: Leather biker jacketsequined tartan mohair-blend sweater and plaid sequined pleated mini skirt, all by Saint Laurent, red boots by Prada, Kelly So Black bag by Hermès, Diorette ring by Dior Haute Joaillerie, cherry earrings by Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany T bracelet in rose gold by Tiffany & Co. and Lady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuis.

Mix and clash! Isn’t this look well plaid?

LoL, Sandra

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Roger Dubuis Watch, Tiffany T Bracelet

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Kelly Bag so black

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Red Boot by Prada

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Holiday Style

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You know what I love most about Christmas is that I get some moments in between the festivities where I can be lazy in bed, reading, dreaming or even working without being disturbed.

To look fabulous on those comfy days, Australian underwear brand Jockey launched its first women’s loungewear collection this fall. The feminine range is in-keeping with the label’s iconic all-American style, but uses ‘aspen lodge-inspired’ details and colours such as navy, frost white, red and plum. The super cozy fabrics are sure to make your lounge time relaxing.

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Look 1: Red lounge chemise with white lace details by Jockey.

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Look 2: Bolerocamisole and flannel shorts, all by Jockey.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Contest: Merry X-mas with Covergirl

Covergirl Contest 2014

It’s Christmas – time for presents, also here on Sandra’s Closet. Three of my Swiss readers have the chance to win a COVERGIRL beauty kit (42.60 CHF per set) for the perfect holiday styling.

Whether you need a natural nude look for the Christmas festivities with your family or dramatic smokey eyes for the New Year Eve’s party, the COVERGIRL beauty kit provides you with the must-have products for both options.

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The new Eye Enhancer 4-Kits „Natural Nudes offers four perfectly matching eye shadow colours for the trendy nude look of this season. In combination with the new Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara and the Flamed Out Pencil Eyeliner it gives your eyes more expression and intensity. The new beautiful light pink Colourlicios Lip Gloss brings colour to the dark season. With its moisturizing formula and non-stickiness, it offers everything a girl needs for a romantic kiss when the New Year begins.

To participate in the contest, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header “X-mas with Covergirl” to . All entries must be received until December 29, 2014. 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: Courtesy of Covergirl

Happy Holidays

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My dear readers, Happy Holidays, everyone! May all the sweet magic of Christmas conspire to gladden your heart and fill every desire. As you relish the goodies, decorate every nook and corner of your home and enjoy the get-togethers… may the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

LoL, Sandra

Early Christmas Gift

Sale NAP 2014

Dear readers, great news, here is an early Christmas gift. NET-A-PORTER.COM’s international sale starts today and I pre-selected some fab pieces that are marked off 50%!

Get the look: Embellished belted wool-crepe coat iconby Carven, jacquard-knit mini dress by Alexander McQueenDaisie leather shoulder bagicon by See by Chloésuede and ostrich thigh bootsicon by Emilio Pucci and rose gold-plated cuff by Arme de L’Amour.

Have fun shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Miley Cyrus for M∙A∙C Viva Glam

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Miley Cyrus is the new face of M∙A∙C’s Viva Glam campaign. Every cent of the selling of the two products below goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information click here please.

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Hot Pink (Amplified)
CHF 28.00

Miley Cyrus Lipglass MAC

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Hot Pink with Sparkling Pearl
CHF 26.00

In Switzerland available from February 2015 at all M∙A∙C counters and online at www.maccosmetics.ch.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of M∙A∙C Cosmetics

Contest: Win a Braun Face Device

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Braun Face Epilierer

Another great contest for my Swiss readers! Here is your chance to win one of three BRAUN FACE devices (CHF 85.00 per piece (RRP)). The new beauty must-have combines two treatments in one tool, making it the world’s first facial epilator and cleansing brush at the same time. Smooth and radiant skin is a must for a perfect makeup. Here is your effective and fast solution!

The face epilator captures even the shortest and finest hairs for up to four weeks of smooth skin. The cleansing brush removes makeup and impurities pore deep by gently oscillating for six times better cleansing than manual. Help your skin to get in the right shape for a glamorous Christmas makeup!

To participate in the contest, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header “Braun Face Device” to . All entries must be received until December 24, 2014. 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

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In the Blink of an Eye

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Dear beauty lovers! It is this time of the year when I am looking for the best eye makeup palettes as most beauty brands are launching amazing limited edition products for the holiday season. In winter time, eyes should sparkle and shine in deep hues. I have always been a huge fan of smokey eyes and for this post I tried many palettes to present you my favorites. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it…:-). Here we go!

YSL Eye Palette Noel 2014

My favorite: YSL Palette Collector – Wild Edition – CHF 111.00

This is your little black book! The packaging of this palette is absolutely amazing. Including everything you need for eyes, lips and cheeks, you can carry it like a little clutch. The super chic satin tassel which is inspired by Saint Laurent’s passion for oriental styling gives it the ultimate touch.

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DIOR 5 Coleurs in 046 Golden Reflections - CHF 90.00

Perfect for every day: when golden hues and metallic effects collide, they create a chic look. This palette is a token of femininity and a modern classic you can easily play around with.

Chanel Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2014

CHANEL Les 5 Ombres de Chanel in Oiseaux de Nuit - CHF 80.00

For all night owls: the Chanel holiday eyeshadow palette with the eponymous name features five pretty shades: icy white, pale lavender grey, deep purple grey, black and antique gold. The texture is amazing and easy to apply.

Augen Lancôme Holiday 2014

LANCÔME Hynôse Palette Drama Eyes in Parisian Lights – CHF 79.00

Get ready for the party season with this limited edition Hypnôse eye palette from Lancôme. Play with dark, smoky shades and golden tones to create your dramatic look for the holidays, a spectacular eye made easy. The advantage of this palette is that you can use it wet and dry.

Guerlain in 10 Cygne Noir

GUERLAIN Écrin 2 Couleurs in 10 Cygne Noir – CHF 62.00

For a magical mysterious eyes. Glistening black and copper-colored plum combine for a sophisticated finish. The perfect companion for the handbag because of its size.

Happy Self-Decorating!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, Adriana Tripa and © Sandra Bauknecht

Nicki Minaj Stars in Roberto Cavalli’s Ad

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Famous for her provocations and rebellious flare, just like Roberto Cavalli, Nicki Minaj has a nonconformist spirit which she uses to inspire and amaze her audience. It is no coincidence that one of the most successful singles of the singer is titled «Anaconda», and the snake is one of the iconic symbols of Cavalli.

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I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength“, states Roberto Cavalli.

The campaign was shot in Los Angeles by photographer Francesco Carrozzini. Personally speaking, this is what I would call a perfect match.

TO SHOP ROBERTO CAVALLI, PLEASE CLICK HERE. icon

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Photographer: Francesco Carrozzini, Hair Stylist: Brent Lawler @ Streeters, Make-up Artist: Mylah Morales @ Tracey Mattingly, Location: Siren Orange Studio – Los Angeles