Ruinart Jaume Plensa Launch Event in Paris

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Two weeks ago, I flew to Paris to attend the exclusive launch event of Ruinart’s new artist for 2017: Jaume Plensa, the renowned Spanish artist who is known for his monumental sculptures in steel, glass, marble, polyester resin, concrete and bronze.

He is recognized for his silhouettes of human bodies seated or kneeling who seem to scrutinize the horizon in a meditative manner, like the contemporary thinkers. His sculptures, which play with the relationship between words, signs and the human body, have today become his signature. They are recognisable amongst all the works of art throughout the world and have turned Jaume Plensa into one of the most important players of the contemporary artistic scene.

Jaume_Plensa_Artwork_RuinartPlensa’s amazing art work for Ruinart

Each year, Ruinart invites an artist to create a special artwork for the oldest Champagne house of the world. With Plensa, Ruinart has chosen an artist who has been able to express language, but more importantly the alphabets, the cultures of the world, their spiritualities, their transmissions and the visionary and erudite spirit of dom Thierry Ruinart, a key personality in the history of Ruinart at the confluence of philosophy and the art, merging the heritage with the future.

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The event took place at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris where Plensa also gives lectures. First we had the possibility to explore historic documents while enjoying my favourite champagne, Ruinart‘s Blanc de Blancs. Later, we were asked to move into the next room where the stunning installation by Jaume Plensa was revealed in his presence that will later tour the world.

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The sculpture takes up the shape of characters that he has already created, but there is never any repetition in his work. Every piece is unique. Every letter, assembled by hand, creates a second skin for the form, which is always reborn in a different manner. In the base of the sculpture he has engraved two dates: 1729 and 2016. They are like a secret code, an encrypted message, linking the history between the foundation of Maison Ruinart and the creation of the work of art.

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The next morning, I had the chance to interview Jaume Plensa who is a very witty, charming and interesting gentleman. I loved his answers, the most significant quotes are in bold. Enjoy!

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What are the basics of creating for you? With what do you start?

That is a very interesting question as this is something I am asking myself every day in the studio. I guess the main subject in my work is that I try to create something that people could touch and be touched by. I work a lot in public spaces. Mainly my work is based to identify yourself in the myth of others. We have to break borders and the walls we have been permanently creating throughout history. When I am working with alphabets or portraits of people from different cultures, it is interesting to recognize that we are all so similar. It is just the little things that differ.

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You use a lot of letters in your work. Do you have a favorite letter or alphabet?

You cannot compare one alphabet with another. When you see Hebrew for example which is very rigid and you compare it with Chinese, that seems to be fireworks. Hindi is so beautiful always with a line on top which makes it so rich to look at.

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How long was the process to create for Ruinart and did you have immediately something in mind when you were approached?

In general the way I work is that an idea is born with the shape, the material and the specific scale. Obviously depending if it is for a show, a gallery or for a public space, my attitude can be changing.

It took me around 6 months to create the piece that had been revealed last night. I never understood art as a direction. My obsession was to grow up as a person, art was just the consequence of my life. I have never been interested in being in artist, but I enjoy it very much to express my emotions with visual art. The main material is life.

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When I listen to you, I don’t get the impression that you will ever loose inspiration. Do you ever feel pressure to not being inspired?

Not at all. Creation is a way to breathe. I love when I am flying and the flight attendant is saying «If the pressure is low, please pull the oxygen mask, press it firmly on your mouth and breathe normally.» There are many moments when life asks us to breathe normally, I think it is something we must honor, it takes a little while but the most beautiful experience is when you understand that you are breathing normally.

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Do you ever get frustrated when you are creating because something is not working out the way you have planned it?

Of course. My assistants are happy when I am not there. I have a lot of temperament. Creation is a dialogue with you and yourself. You could be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. That is one of the most beautiful experiences in creation when you must understand yourself, when you must accept yourself and this gives always a lot of frictions.

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The best about Jaume Plensa?

I have the privilege to be an artist, so I have the capacity and ability to observe the world. That is an amazing situation.

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Only 20 bottles of the special edition signed by Jaume Plensa will be available worldwide for €3500 worldwide.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Ruinart, © Sandra Bauknecht

M∙A∙C Work It Out

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Stimulate your senses with a collection where high-performance color meets the art of fitness.

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LIPSTICK – CHF 28.00
Bi-ceptual nude beige (lustre)
Relentlessly Red bright pinkish coral matte (retro matte)
Muscu-linity soft brown (lustre)
Testosterone mid-tone rose (lustre)

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 CRYSTAL GLAZE GLOSS – CHF 36.00
Oh My Lunge! sheer cool baby pink
Nice Cheeks soft peach
Sixxx Pack bubble gum pink
Love Your Body coral pink
Ripped red cherry
Flex Appeal deep violet

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M·A·C STUDIO QUIKTRIK STICK  – CHF 46.00
Soft Side / A Latte Sheen coral/gold
Whiff Of Pink / Softly Does It pink/silver
Here You Go / All Aflush berry / rose with copper sparklespring-2017_mac-work-it-out_003_promoCHROMAGRAPHIC PENCILS – CHF 24.00
Primary Yellow bright, clean yellow
Genuine Orange bright orange
Process Magenta matte magenta
Rich Purple dense purple
Marine Ultra bright naval blue
Landscape Green lush, bright green

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IN EXTREME DIMENSION LASH – CHF 31.00
In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash black
Squat It, Sugar rich cool brown
Well-Toned rich plum purple
Gym Dandy rich denim blue
Hold For 10 bright cobalt blue
Spin & Twist forest green
Sweaty Betty bluish-green
No Pain, No Gain green with slight blue undertone
Cool Down bright violet purple
Feel My Pulse blackened blue-red
Heart Rate’s Rising rich red
Abs Of Steel fuchsia pink
Warm Up orange with reddish undertone
Energized bright yellow
Hottie With A Body bright lime green
Sky Is The Limit pastel bright sky blue
Muscle Tee pure white

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PREP+PRIME FIX+/SIZED TO GO – CHF 14.00
Coconut Rose Lavender

This vibrant and colorful limited edition is available now at all M∙A∙C locations, M∙A∙C Stores and online.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of M∙A∙C Cosmetics

Seamaster Planet Ocean «PyeongChang 2018»

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One year to go for the Olympic Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang, with OMEGA Watches as the official timekeeper again. Do you remember the great time I had last year in Rio de Janeiro with the Swiss watch manufacturer (for a previous post, click here)…

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Created to mark the countdown OMEGA Watches launches the Seamaster Planet Ocean «PyeongChang 2018» that is guaranteed to perform with world-class precision long after that great event has come and gone.

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Limited to 2018 pieces, it is not only an aesthetically striking timepiece in bold blue and red, (the colours of the Korean flag) it is also a technological marvel. The beating heart of the timepiece is the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8900.

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The watch is presented on a blue structured rubber strap with blue-red rubber lining and delivered in a special presentation box, which includes an extra stainless steel bracelet. The strap tool, also included in the box, allows the wearer to change the look of the watch quickly and easily. The ultimate collector’s watch, the Seamaster Planet Ocean «PyeongChang 2018» commemorates a great global event in true OMEGA style.

Limited Edition 2018
CHF 6’900.00

I love this watch, it looks so cool and has a great price point! Bravo Omega!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of OMEGA Watches

New Limited Beauty Must-Haves by Chanel

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Good news for all beauty lovers in Switzerland. CHANEL launches two limited edition beauty products that are exclusively available in the the House’s freshly opened beauty heaven in Geneva.

CHANEL FRAGRANCE & BEAUTY BOUTIQUE
BONGENIE – 34, RUE DU MARCHE – 1204 GENEVE – SWITZERLAND
PHONE +41 22 316 11 70
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Originally launched in Kyoto for the holiday season, those two products are truly collector’s pieces.

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Inspired by the precious materials and exquisite craftsmanship that goes into each Chanel jacket, this new limited edition eye palette is a must-have for all beauty lovers. With the craftsmanship of a goldsmith, the OMBRES LAMÉES DE CHANEL eye palette features a harmony of four eyeshadow shades (light brown, medium brown, dark brown and gold). The embossed patterns form a raised surface of precious fabrics, strewn with golden pearly particles.

Ombres Lamées de CHANEL CHF 130.-
(Also available at Jelmoli in Zurich).

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An exclusive blush harmony inspired by the autumn leaves of Japan, LUMIÈRES DE KYOTO reveals three tones to highlight, enhance and boost radiance for a luminous look. Accompanied by a half-moon brush for easy, optimal application.

Lumière de Kyoto CHF 82.-

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Chanel

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

Dolce & Gabbana Loves St. Barth

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We wanted the Saint Barth store to have a relaxing atmosphere, that it be a meeting place to enjoy a moment of tranquillity at the water’s edge”.
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There is a new treasure chest in the Caribbean as Dolce & Gabbana inaugurates its first boutique on Saint Barthélemy, adding a precious tile with a distinctly paradise flavour to the mosaic of new shops around the world. As I am on the island at the moment, I couldn’t wait to discover the exclusive colorful special collection designed for St. Barth that is only available here.

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My favourites? The beautifully embellished sun hats and beach bags. To make the gentlemen happy while you are shopping there is in the tropical garden surrounded by palm trees on the ground floor, the Dolce & Gabbana Martini Bar.

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Below you can enjoy the photos shot by the Morelli Brothers and styled by Anna Dello Russo that highlight the special capsule collection with prints from the island.

Kiss kiss from St. Barth!
#DGLovesStBarth

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana, © MorelliBrothers, © Massimo Listri and © Sandra Bauknecht

Jo Malone – Michael Angove Soaps

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The packaging of five of Jo Malone‘s most beloved soaps will be redesign by British artist Michael Angove in the beginning of 2017.

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Exhaling pure cuteness, those beauty must-haves make the perfect hostess gift when you are invited for a dinner.

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Lime Basil Mandarin 100g
English Pear & Freesia 100g
Blackberry & Bay 100g
Red Roses 100g
Pomegranate Noir 100g

The limited edition soaps will be available from February 2017 for CHF 23.00 each. In Switzerland at Globus Geneva, Globus Lucerne and Jelmoli Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jo Malone

Nespresso Festive Collection 2016

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Nespresso‘s limited edition festive collection for 2016 is absolutely divine, sending me as a caffeine addict into a coffee shopping frenzy. It is a sweet treat with no calories!

Each flavoured espresso results from the sweet marriage of Livanto’s balance and roundness with different ingredients that are all inspired the rich coffee house traditions and elegance of Vienna, each with a comforting and indulgent aroma that is set to delight the coffee lover in your life.

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Variations SachertorteAustrian Sachertorte, a glazed chocolate cake containing a thin layer of sweet apricot jam.

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Variations ApfelstrudelVariations Apfelstrudel is inspired by the classic layered puff pastry dessert which contains a sweet apple filling delicately spiced with cinnamon.

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Variations Linzer TorteNespresso pays homage to the popular Austrian Linzer Torte: a tasty redcurrant tart topped with a recognizable lattice design.

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All three Variations coffees have an intensity level of six (on a scale up to 12) and will be available for a limited period during the festive season in a box of 10 capsules for CHF 5.70.

3344688If you are still looking for the perfect coffee cup to enjoy this sophisticated treat of caffeine, I recommend this beautiful Lustre set.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Nespresso

Mariah Carey x M·A·C Returns for Christmas

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Mariah Carey, «songbird supreme», has once again teamed up with M·A·C Cosmetics for a second holiday-themed makeup collection. The singer has dazzled us with her songs and timeless contributions to music for decades and now brings her extraordinary glamour for the second time to an iconic makeup collection with M·A·C that’s all you’ll ever want. After a successful 2015 partnership, Carey and M·A·C are ready for round two and we are, too.

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Needless to say, there is plenty of glitter incorporated into the collection itself, which includes many beautiful sparkeling products that I can absolutely recommend for the festive season. I am anyway a «smokey eyes – nude lips» type of girl and Mariah Carey x M·A·C offers everything I adore.

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#MACMariahCarey is available now. Have a look at all the products below and happy weekend shopping:

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LIPSTICK – CHF 31.00
All I Want – champagne shimmer (Frost)
Bit of Bubbly – soft pinky nude (Cremesheen)
Dahhlinggg! – pinky peach (Cremesheen)
MCizzle – cool peach (Cremesheen)
I Get So OOC – shimmering brown (Frost)

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LIPGLASS – CHF 29.00
It’s Just Like Honey – tan shimmer
Rainbow Interlude – soft white shimmer
Little Miss Monroe – true gold shimmer
Dreamlover – dirty pink shimmer
Butterfly Bling – pink bronze shimmer (Online Exclusive)

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PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL – CHF 33.00
So Dramatique – deep brown
New Ombre – cool peach

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I’M THAT CHICK YOU LIKE EYESHADOW X 4 – CHF 60.00
Whenever You Call – yellow gold (Veluxe Pearl)
Can’t Escape Me – dirty mocha with gold pearl (Satin)
Golden Petals Scattering – cool brown shimmer (Frost)
How You Thrill Me – rich dark brown (Satin)

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IT’S EVERYTHING EYESHADOW X 4 – CHF 60.00
Diamond Butterfly – silver white shimmer (Frost)
I’d Give My All – muted mid-tone grey (Lustre)
Images of Rapture – muted black with red shimmer (Velvet)
Twinks – deep plum with pearl (Veluxe Pearl)

LIQUID EYE LINER – CHF 31.00
This is My Night – rich brown-black

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POWDER BLUSH – CHF 36.00
You’ve Got Me Feeling – light candy pink
Sweet Sweet Fantasy – deep coral

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LOOSE POWDER – CHF 49.00
Touch My Body – radiant gold shimmer

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EXTRA DIMENSION SKINFINISH – CHF 56.00
My Mimi – warm gold shimmer

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BRUSHES
183 Buffer – CHF 69.00
239 Eye Shader – CHF 40.00

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LASHES – CHF 19.00
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On my shopping list:
Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Buffer Brush, Lipstick in Dahhlinggg! and Lipgloss in Dreamlover.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics and © Sandra Bauknecht

M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet and Holiday Kits

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Recently I was invited to preview M·A·C‘s beautiful Christmas collection «Nutcracker Sweet» and the holiday kits at the brand’s store at Bellevue in Zurich (Rämistrasse 2, 8001 Zürich). It was a very sweet event with a ballerina and tons of fun make-up products to try.

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Leap into a magical land that’s a bit nutty, a little naughty, bursting with whimsy. Lose yourself in an eccentric kingdom of oversized treats and rosy-cheeked nutcrackers.
Twist, turn and tumble deeper into the land of dolls. Our story has only begun…

Who knows what thrilling adventures are in store? A collection of kits invite the unexpected, with fabulous hues leading the way for an imaginative evening.

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LIPSTICK – CHF 31.00
Kingdom of Sweets soft, milky pink (cremesheen)
Flamboyish hot deep pink (matte)
Saucy Little Darling deep coral red (amplified crème)
So Good For You Furiously Festive intense cool red (matte)
Leap of Delight deep plum purple (matte)

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MAGIC DUST EYE SHADOW – CHF 31.00
Dance Flowers Dance light pink
Pretty Dainty pink coral shimmer
Rabblerouser bright intense pink
Forward March peachy gold shimmer
Dark Lullaby midnight purple
Mustache black with gold sparkle

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MAGIC DUST POWDER – CHF 45.00
Yum Yum Yum soft pink with gold pearl
Sweet Vision pinky peach with gold pearl

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PIGMENT – CHF 35.00
Rose rose with copper sparkle
Process Magenta bright magenta

KOHL POWER EYE PENCIL – CHF 24.00
Powersurge bronzed brown with golden shimmer
Prunella purple
Feline black

Don’t miss the holiday kits that make a great gift for your mum, a beloved friend or yourself. Here are some of my favorites. You can explore more in stores.

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NUTCRACKER SWEET RED LIP BAG – CHF 68.00
Vamplify in Suggestive intense blue-red
Lipstick in Candy Cane intense blue-red
Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Trust In Red bright cool red cream

NUTCRACKER SWEET NUDE LIP BAG – CHF 68.00
Vamplify in Tuned In mid-tone rosy nude
Lipstick in Magic Spell mid-tone mauve nude
Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control brown mauve

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NUTCRACKER SWEET COOL EYE COMPACT – CHF 64.00
Enchanted Beauty pale pink shimmer (lustre)
Absurdly Pretty matte raspberry (matte)
Plum Darling metallic charcoal plum (lustre)
Performance Art mauve with silver pearl (lustre)
Nutcracker deep blackened purple (satin)
The Wrong Man pale cool pink (satin)
Sugar Plum dirty grape (matte)
Marzipan muted plummy taupe (matte)
Quite Spoiled muted mid-tone lilac (satin)
214/213 Dual-Ended Brush

The collection is now available at all M·A·C counters, M·A·C Stores and www.maccosmetics.ch.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics and © Sandra Bauknecht