The Most Beautiful Backgammon Boards

It is Sunday, time to play with your loved ones. Personally speaking, I love card and board games and this is one of my favorite things to do with my family on a lazy weekend. A feast for the eyes are the backgammon boards and custom-made games tables designed by Alexandra Llewellyn which I found over the EDEN BEING website.

The London based British designer stocks a collection of in-house designs, all made in the UK, that can be available immediately or personalised with engraved or painted messages, initials, and dates. They can also be commissioned with exquisite semi-precious stone and brass playing pieces.

Alexandra also takes one-off commissions for games tables and games boards, creating a truly original way to commemorate memories and life achievements. Every detail is created in close conversation with the client. What a lovely gift for a loved one!

Alexandra Llewellyn

Since her childhood, which she spent in Cairo, Alexandra has played backgammon. The rattle of dice on large wooden crate-boards signaled the game in play, as she strolled through the streets with her Egyptian step-grandfather. As she travelled more her interest in backgammon evolved, over countless games. She became enthralled by the idea that board games operate as an independent vocabulary requiring neither common language nor culture, and the idea that games bring people together.

Alexandra collaborated with legendary photographer Terry O’Neill, whose images defined the Swinging Sixties and the Seventies.

Launched in December 2010, Alexandra Llewellyn Designs embody an exquisitely unique vision of the oldest recorded board game in the world. Alexandra’s designs are owned by client’s such as Sir Richard Branson, Elle Macpherson, Jacquetta Wheeler, Sony Music, Eden Rock, Mark Ronson and Paloma Faith. I love!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Alexandra Llewellyn Design Ltd. 2016, some taken at Chilham Castle, Kent

Aerin D’Or Collection

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This spring, Aerin Lauder takes her favorite three fragrances to new heights with the launch of the AERIN d’Or collection. All three existing scents are newly interpreted with the addition of very luxurious ingredients such as fine woods, like oud and patchouli, along with musk and amber.

The golden packaging is beautiful and will look gorgeous on your bathroom shelf. What a great gift for Mother’s Day!

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TANGIER VANILLE D’OR
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Tangier Vanille turns to gold, taking you more deeply into the mystery and splendor of Morocco, leaving a trail of scent that is shimmering like gold in the air.

Top notes: Bergamot, plum and Bulgarian rose
Middle notes: Madagascar vanilla, saffron and myrhh
Base notes: Cashmere wood, crystallized amber, tonka bean and sandalwood

CHF 240.00 (100ml)

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EVENING ROSE D’OR
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The allure of night in the city that is what Evening Rose is about when it turns to gold.

Top notes: Blackberry, litchi and pink pepper
Middle notes: May rose, Bulgarian rose and honey
Base notesIncense, patchouli, amber and leather

CHF 240.00 (100ml)

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AMBER MUSK D’OR
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Amber Musk turns to gold, enveloping your senses in its soft, inviting world.

Top notesMagnolia and coconut water
Middle notes: Lily-of-the-valley and May rose
Base notes: Oud accord, ambroxan, amber, praline, musk, benzoin and incense.

CHF 240.00 (100ml)

In Switzerland available from Mid March 2017 exclusively at Globus or in the Swiss webshop.
TO SHOP AERIN BEAUTY ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of Estée Lauder
Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht

Miu Miu Valentine’s Day 2017

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Attention lovers! Also in 2017, MIU MIUicon introduces a capsule collection especially for Valentine’s Day. Pink and red, sparkling details, the offering draws on the playful juxtaposition of different elements. This quintessentially feminine collection will make the perfect gift!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Miu Miu

Birthday Girl

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Today is my birthday and it is a fact, I love birthdays and I adore being an aquarius. Speaking of which, I would like to introduce you to the zodiac medallions by Venyx. Those in search of a modern talisman need look no further than the necklaces found within Eugenie Niarchos‘ new zodiac collection. Each gold coin pendant features one of the twelve zodiac constellations inlaid with diamonds and birthstones signature to the corresponding calendar month.

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Make yours even more personal by engraving anything from your name to your favorite saying.large_venyx-purple-bespoke-aquarius-coin-pendant-and-chain-1Bespoke Aquarius Coin Pendant And Chain
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TO SHOP AND PERSONALIZE THE VENYX ZODIAC MEDALLIONS, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Venyx

Make Every Day Valentine’s Day

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Looking for new and creative ways to show your loved one how much you care? You don’t have to save romance just for February 14, why not make every day Valentine’s Day! Saying «I love you» has never been easier, especially for those finding it hard to express their feelings directly. Gentlemen, here we go, I have the perfect gift.

Dolce & Gabbana‘s printed metallic leather box clutch is crafted from laser-cut metallic leather and printed with a playful message designed to look like lipstick. This Italian-made accessory has a handy internal mirror and the label’s signature flower-embellished padlock. Attach the strap to carry it over your shoulder.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Love Is in the Air at Hermès

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Love is in the air at Hermès as one of the French House’s most iconic scarf prints «Brides de Gala» has just received a little «affaire de coeur». Designed by the brand’s famous artist Hugo Grygkar, this limited edition is printed with the signature equestrian motif combined with blue and orange hearts. The best is yet to come as the special packaging for Valentine’s Day is an exclusive heart-shaped orange box.

I am truly in love with this…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Hermès

Happy New Year 2017

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12 months happiness, 52 weeks fun,
365 days laughter, 8760 hours good luck,
525600 minutes joy, 31536000 seconds success,
Happy New Year to you!

May all the expectations and goals for each day be fulfilled on the day itself! Why not starting the year treating yourself with a shopping spree or gifting somebody you love. Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, doesn’t know where to shop as you see in this post…

1 Be Happy embellished merino wool sweatericon by Mira Mikati
2 Smile 18-karat gold necklace by Jennifer Meyer
3 The Happy Molecule, 240mlicon by Fountain
4 Happiness scented candle, 420gicon by Neom Organics
5 Happiness Pill glitter Perspex clutch by Sarah’s Bag
6 Happy braceleticon by Chloé

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

StudioSarah – Luxury Stationery

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«Stationery should be a luxurious treat,» says Sarah Silver, founder of luxury British brand StudioSarahicon, that she launched in 2013. Inspired by her background in fine jewelry and editorial, these notebooks, pads and sets take their cue from modern and graceful design across fashion, interiors and art. Touches of gold are her signature, all leaving a personal and lasting impression.

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«I love sending and receiving letters and there is nothing quite as special as receiving a personalised package in the post. Stationery should be a luxurious treat, and about the feeling you get when you open it, and so I always keep that in mind.» – Sarah Silver

icon icon Luxury stationery is beautiful to give and to get. Below are some of my favorites, so feminine and sophisticated in those pastels shades of white and pink!

LoL, Sandra

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Rosantica’s Boudoir

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«I like any material that is natural, but in particular pearls.» – Michela Panero

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Fusing traditional Roman-inspired designs with directional shapes and rare gems, Michela Panero creates individual and timelessly elegant pieces, from the iconic multi-layered necklaces to charm bracelets and ethereal headbands for her beautiful jewelry brand ROSANTICA. Not only the chicest choice for bohemian brides but also a great gift idea for a loved one, those accessories elevate each outfit to a new level of style. Have a look at those boudoir-inspired favorites:

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Bianca feather and pearl hair tie

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Seta palladium-tone, pearl and silk anklet

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Eleonora convertible gold-tone pearl necklace

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Giovanna palladium-tone, pearl and feather glove 

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Svevo gold-tone mother-of-pearl body chain

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Aurora pearl, feather and gold-tone bracelet

Enjoy your Sunday!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Rosantica
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Net-à-Porter’s Gift Kits Are the Best

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Clueless about your upcoming Christmas gift list and no time to rush through the crowded city. I have an idea for you: these exclusive kits each include an expertly curated selection of products we all love – all presented in an elegant black packaging. Alongside essentials for a variety of occasions, there are also unique sets for working out and pampering. You just have to click add to basket and you are all set.

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I am wishing you a relaxing and fun weekend!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Net-à-porter
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