My Look: At The Alpina Gstaad

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This week, I spent some amazing days in Gstaad at THE ALPINA GSTAAD (for more information about the hotel, please click here for a previous post) in their new Kiki de Montparnasse Love Suite that I am eager to tell you more about soon. One evening, I enjoyed an amazing dinner at the hotel’s Sommet restaurant that has one Michelin star and 18/20 Gault Millau points. Renowned chef Marcus G. Lindner knows how to spoil your senses. Here you see me right before dinner.

My look: Wool twill jacketanimal-print calf hair mini skirt, embroidered cotton-blend mesh and silk shirticonJanis pumps with studsicon and Cassandre small suede shoulder bag, all by Saint Laurent, Chiki stretch-lace plunge bra and Chiki stretch-lace briefs, both by Agent Provocateur and Satin Touch 20 denier stockings by Wolford.
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My Look: Zuoz

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The last days I travelled quite a lot through Switzerland, from Zurich to Zuoz, from St. Moritz to Gstaad, always amazed by the beauty of the country I am living in.

Today is Swiss National Day and I am so happy to celebrate this holiday with friends and fireworks. August 1st is to the Swiss what July 4th is to Americans, or July 14th to the French. This day was chosen because August 1st 1291 was the date on which three Alpine cantons swore the oath of confederation, an act which later came to be regarded as the foundation of Switzerland.

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Here you see me in the picturesque town of Zuoz in the upper Engadin last Saturday.
My look: Tweed jacket and shoulder bag, both from the Paris – Dallas collection, sneakers and «Blow in Case of Fashion Emergency» necklace, all by Chanel, distressed grey jeans by Dolce & Gabbana, cotton-jersey T-shirt by Saint Laurent and aviator-style metal sunglasses by Gucci.
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To all my Swiss readers wishing you a Happy Swiss National Day and a great weekend!

LoL, Sandra

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M∙A∙C – The Matte Lip

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For those who prefer timeless glamour rather than all-out flash, the sophisticated allure of matte reigns supreme. Now, M∙A∙C expands its offering of this classic suede-like finish with 12 new shades of Matte and Retro Matte Lipstick. These lipsticks promise a pop of colour that will linger on your lips with impressive staying power. Sophisticated and stylish!

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To explore all new shades, please click here. My favorite at the moment is «D for Danger», a beautiful matte brick red (see photo above).

The collection will hit the shelves in Switzerland on August 13, 2015. Available at all M∙A∙C counters and online for CHF 28.00 each.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of M∙A∙C and © Sandra Bauknecht 

Bag Crush – The New Gucci Dionysus

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It was big news when GUCCIicon revealed their new Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, in January this year (for the previous post, please click here). One thing is for sure. The fashion industry loves debuts and indeed, Michele’s approach feels very different from what we had been knowing from Giannini’s collections. The new man at the helm of Gucci has a decidedly more romantic outlook, differing from the former sexy designs.

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For his first season, Alessandro Michele created the DIONYSUS BAG, which will be the It-Bag of the season! With the horseshoe-shaped double Tiger-head closure as its distinctive feature, the Dionysus was named after the eponymous Greek god of wine, who crossed the river Tigris with the aid of his father, Zeus, who sent a tiger to carry Dionysus across.

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The new Dionysus bag is available in various materials including exotic skins like python and crocodile, and even with embroidered embellishments such as a bee, snake or eagle, created using strips of brass whipped in silk thread.

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My favorite model is this hand-painted floral motif as also seen in the F/W2015 ad campaign.

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Design of the gods. A bag you’ll surely love to carry around this season and many more to come!
TO SHOP THE NEW DIONYSUS BAG BY GUCCI, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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Alexander Wang Steps Down from Balenciaga

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In the beginning of July, rumor had it that Kering, the parent company of BALENCIAGAicon, will not confirm Alexander Wang’s position as the House’s Creative Director. The designer took over the Balenciaga design department in December 2012 to replace Nicolas Ghesquière that had been hired by Louis Vuitton. Today, it has become official. Alexander Wang will step down after less than three years in the role.

The reason for the split can just be guessed, as it might be hard to grow two labels, Balenciaga and Wang’s successful namesake New York based brand at the same time. It is said that the S/S 2016 collection which will be presented this October during Paris Fashion Week will already be Wang’s last one for Balenciaga.

Rumor has it that Kering is looking for a lesser known designer to replace Wang, having seen the success of Alessandro Michele at Gucci.

TO SHOP BALENCIAGA (see products above), PLEASE CLICK HERE.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: Courtesy of Balenciaga

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My Look: Hiking in Gstaad

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Right now I am in Gstaad, situated in the Berner Oberland. Long known for its walking and hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, the mountain air and ambiance is just lovely, especially when the sun is shining. Today I went for a hike around Lake Lauenen, which is the epitome of a perfect mountain idyll as you can see.

My look: Black cotton parka by Balmainstretch-jersey leggings by Splendidwashed-silk camisoleicon by Equipment, long grey belted cotton shirt by Prada, zebra-print calfskin hiking boots by Prada Sport, Twilly silk scarf by Hermès, sunglasses «Sidereal 2» in pink by Dior and rose diamond necklace by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

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Gal Gadot: Tel Aviv

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Israeli actress and model GAL GADOT is the face of GUCCI‘s newest fragrance BAMBOO. In 2004, she won the Miss Israel title and is known for her role as Gisele in The Fast and the Furious film series. She also stars as Wonder Woman in the upcoming movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I met her in NYC for the launch of the Gucci Bamboo campaign. During the interview, the stunning, tall brunette was so lovely to give us some amazing tips for her hometown.

Your favourite city?
TEL AVIV – It is just non stop. You can walk everywhere, we hardly use our car when we are there, we just take the bike. There are so many cafés, you have the beach, it is so lively. It’s like the Marais in Paris meets Miami meets NYC.

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Your favourite hotel?
VARSANO HOTEL (photo) – It used to be my husband’s hotel.
Shabazi St 11, 65150, Israel, Phone +972 77-554-5500
(Editor’s note: In April 2015, the Varsano was bought by Roman Abramovich for 100million Israeli shekels (£17.1m). It is said that he will turn it into a private residence so that it is no longer functioning as a hotel.)
NORMAN HOTEL and MONTEFIORE HOTEL – They have both great restaurants, beautiful rooms and are located in good spots in Tel Aviv.
Norman Hotel, Nachmani Street 23-25, 6579441, Israel, Phone +972 3-543-5555
Montefiore Hotel, 36 Montefiore Street, 65201, Israel, Phone +972 3-564-6100

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Your favourite restaurant?
PRONTO – Superb Italian food.
Herzl St 4, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6688215, Israel, Phone +972 3-566-0915
MANTA RAY (photo)– Great seafood, it is at the ocean and just gorgeous.
Alma Beach, near the Dolphinarium, Tel Aviv, 68012, Israel, Phone +972 3-517-4773

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Your favourite dish?
HUMMUS, you can find it the best at ABU HASSAN in Jaffa.
HaBarzel St 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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Your favourite bar or nightclub?
SURAMARE – On a rooftop, beautiful, casual, nice food and great music, my favorite in spring time.
Se’Adya Ga’on 24, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Your favourite sightseeing spot?
The PORT IN JAFFA – It is walkable, very old, it looks like it was painted. Absolutely romantic.

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Your favourite beach?
ALMA BEACH (This is where the Manta Ray restaurant is located) – It has the best sunsets.

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Your favourite shop?
KEREN WOLF JEWELRY in Neve Tzedek – She is a friend of mine and makes handmade jewelry. Very romantic pieces, you feel like you have entered a Parisian store.
1 Shabazi Neve Tsedek, 18 He Be’lyar Kikar Medina, Tel Aviv, Phone +972 3-516-1222

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Your must-have accessory?
SUNSCREENSUNGLASSES and BATHING SUIT – The sun is always shining.

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The best soundtrack for this destination?
ZERO 7 – Whenever I travel back to Israel, I listen to them, it reminds me of home.

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The smell of Tel Aviv?
It smells like the OCEAN.

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Thank you, Gal, for sharing your insider scoop on Tel Aviv with us.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Locations and Gal Gadot

My Look: St. Barths

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Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favorite Caribbean islands: St. Barths. It offers everything, from peaceful moments to glamorous times,from fantastic restaurants to great beaches and amazing water. Not to forget the landing. Arriving on the island in one of those small planes is truly legendary as Gustaf III airport on St. Barths is one of the most dangerous airports in the world.

Here you see me leaving from my boutique hotel, the Manapany (Uma Thurman stayed there at the same time), to the Cheval Blanc (which is owned by the LVMH group) for lunch.

My look: Colourful bikiniicon, matching pareoicon and clutch, all by Emilio Pucci, suede and wooden clogs by Miu Miu, cuff by Stella McCartney, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellerypearl embellished sunglassesnecklace and earrings, both by Chanel.
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Wonder Worker

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My dear readers! You will thank me forever after having tried this new product: SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR WONDER WORKER! A rendez-vouz between haircare and styling, this multi-tasking primer effortlessly perfects the hair’s surface to enhance the performance of styling products. Ideal for air-drying, blow-drying, and refreshing second-day hair, its 7 instant benefits work to hydrate, detangle, smooth, condition, boost radiance, tame frizz, and add silkiness thanks to Moringa extracts (see photo below). Safe on color-treated hair.

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HOW TO USE:
1. Apply on towel-dried hair.
2. Spray throughout mid-lengths to ends.
3. Comb through to spread evenly.
4. Air dry or blow dry to style as desired.

HAIR TYPE: For all hair types.

Available for CHF 50.00 (150ml) at all Shu Uemura salons.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

My Look: A Form of Politeness

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«Being well dressed is a beautiful form of politeness», I couldn’t agree more with this quote. So this was my outfit that I wore to the Art in Park XIII event Mid June to honor the work of British Pop Artist Allen Jones.

My look: Degradé stretch-lace dress icon(on sale, 30% off) by Burberry Prorsum, candy crystal-embellished leather platform sandals (on sale, 40% off)iconand Cassandre small suede shoulder bag, both by Saint Laurentcrystal-embellished cat-eye acetate sunglasses by Fendi, pearl earrings by Chanel, Limelight Gala watch by Piaget and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

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