My Look: Always a Bridesmaid

Being a bridesmaid is a huge honor as you are asked to play an important role in your friend’s special day. Two years ago, one of my closest sweethearts asked me to be her bridesmaid. She was dreaming of this celebration for a long time and had a clear vision as she wanted all of us to wear a different pastel shade.

A rainbow of colors

So first, we divided the different hues among us bridesmaids and each of us got her own dress (fabulous idea – I hate these typical bridesmaid dresses in polyester that force you to wear something you would never ever touch otherwise). The only promise we had to give was to look for a flowing fabric like chiffon.

My look: Embellished pleated silk-chiffon gown by Matthew Williamsonlaser-cut leather and suede platform sandals by Alaïa, diamond necklace and ring, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

A true friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words and who carries you back to dinner when your Alaïa heels would be ruined otherwise… and I will always be a bridesmaid for her in my heart!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Jan Geerk/Kantlicht.ch

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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Tie the Knot in a Special Way

Tie the Knot in a special way

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has created a seductive range of partners’ watches to grace its Portofino collection. The Portofino Automatic and the smaller Portofino Automatic 37 have formed a bond and together set off their respective attractions to their best advantage. Couples who wish to celebrate their union with a symbol on their wrists can
choose from eight combinations. Whether purist or lavishly set with diamonds, the timeless beauty
of the Portofino For Two models underscores the decision by two individuals to spend their time and build their future together.

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Ref. 4581 (37 mm): Stainless-steel case set with 66 diamonds, slate-coloured dial,
black alligator leather strap by Santoni with pin buckle
Ref. 3565 (40 mm): Stainless-steel case, black dial, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle

Couple No. 2
Ref. 4581 (37 mm): Stainless-steel case, slate-coloured dial set with 12 diamonds,
black alligator leather strap by Santoni with pin buckle
Ref. 3565 (40 mm): Stainless-steel case, black dial, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle

Speaking of love and romance, I am on my way to Florence for one of my best friend’s wedding. I am honored to be a bridesmaid and cannot wait to celebrate those two… stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of IWC/PHOTOPRESS

Mirror Play

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This summer, a dear friend of mine is getting married and she has wished for us bridesmaids to be dressed in pastel colors, every girl in a different shade, from rose to lavender, from light blue to soft yellow. My assigned hue is mint green and so I have been looking for the perfect gown. I came across those two beautiful dresses that might look pretty much the same but if you check their price tag, you might be extremely surprised…

SPLURGE: Pleated silk-chiffon gown by Elie Saab
STEAL: Cross front plissé-chiffon gown iconby Halston Heritage

LoL, Sandra

Beautiful Bride Angelina Jolie

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On August 23rd 2014, Angelina Jolie married Brad Pitt in a secret ceremony in the South of France wearing a stunning Atelier Versace creation designed by Donatella Versace. The first photos are out and here is even the sketch of the amazing gown.

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The white silk-satin gown was gathered at the bust with an elongated train, detailed with the embroidered drawings of her children that got reproduced also on the silk veil. Donatella Versace accessorised her creation with a pair of white Versace silk satin pumps. “Beauty, class and brain. That’s you Angelina. I wish all the best and happiness to you and your wonderful family. Love, DV

To the newly weds, all the best! They are really an amazing couple and it was a true pleasure meeting them. Enjoy some of their best moments below…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Via Hello Magazine, Bunte, People Magazine, US
© Sandra Bauknecht, Sketch: Courtesy of Versace

Hats Are About Emotion

Philip Treacy

“A person carries off the hat. Hats are about emotion. It is all about how it makes you feel.”
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Perfect for weddings or a day at the races, Philip Treacy‘s outlandish headpieces are entirely handmade by his small team in London. He believes wearing a hat should make you feel empowered. The Irish-born milliner received his first headdress commission from Isabella Blow when he was studying at the Royal College of Art. Since then, his extravagant designs have been spotted on the most famous heads in the world.

TO SHOP PHILIP TREACY ONLINE, PLEASE CLICK HEREicon.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Philip Treacy, © Andrew Crowley

My Look: A Lovely Wedding

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This weekend close friends of mine got married. It was a very romantic and beautiful private wedding celebration with lots of tears of joy and laughter. The bride looked breathtakingly stunning and so thought the handsome groom. One detail that I truly loved was that each guest had a little heart with his name on the table filled with a personalized quote.

My look: Stretch-cady peplum-hem gown by Alessandra Richbow-embellished patent-leather pumps by Saint Laurent, satin clutch bag by Prada, statement necklace by Lanvin and diamond rose ring by Piaget.

I am wishing the newlyweds a happy married life full of love and magic moments!

LoL, Sandra

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Just Married: Princess Madeleine of Sweden

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Yesterday, Princess Madeleine of Sweden married her American love Chris O’Neill in a beautiful and moving wedding ceremony at the glorious Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The bride was breathtakingly stunning in a pleated silk organza gown with ivory-coloured Chantilly lace detailing created by Mr. Valentino himself.

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The waist was emphasized by small vertical pleats that opened and spread out on the full skirt with a 4-meter long train. The six metre long silk organdie veil was edged with tulle “point d’exprit” with an application of Chantilly lace flowers. The royal tiara was decorated with fresh orange blossoms.

“Working with Princess Madeleine has just been so easy,” said Mr. Valentino. “She is very lovely girl. She is modern, fun, full of energy and enthusiasm, and she is so beautiful! It has been a pleasure and an honor.”

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Mr. Valentino, a master couturier, officially retired from fashion in 2008, though most recently, in 2012 he created the wedding dress for Anne Hathaway. Throughout his career he has created wedding dresses for aristocrats and royals, most notably including Jacqueline Onasiss, Queen Maxima of Holland and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece’s gown.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via kungahuset.se, Getty

The Bvlgari Bali Wedding Experience

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It’s that time of year… after those horrible rainy and grey days, we are thinking of our summer holidays and some of us might even plan something bigger, a wedding. Are you looking for the perfect paradise that will leave you speechless with magnificent, sun-filled memories?

I have something for you: Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali, offers the special setting for your exclusive ceremony. You have four different wedding experiences and of course a large selection of rings to choose from the house of Bvlgari:

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The Water Wedding

The altar is set upon a transparent carpet gently floating on the surface of the Water Pond. A truly unique experience, for a wedding ceremony held in front of the infinity of the Indian Ocean.

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The Beach Wedding

An exclusive experience for those who choose to celebrate their ceremony on a secluded, white sand beach in front of a brilliant blue lagoon with wild Indian Ocean crashing on the reef.

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The Pavilion Wedding

A romantic wedding experience for unions held in the formal surroundings of this intimate space decorated with garlands of fragrant flowers. A solemn ceremony starting with the bride-to-be moving towards the altar along an aisle deeply carpeted with blossoms.

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The Bale Wedding

A romantic venue modelled on the traditional Bale Bengong pavilion and sited more than 160 metres above the beach below, with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean. This exclusive setting is decorated with 5,000 blossoms.

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Each Bvlgari wedding proposal includes flowers and decorations by a world-renowned floral designer, traditional Balinese performance, champagne for the toast and an exclusive Bvlgari wedding certificate holder. A wedding planner takes care of any special request in order to create a unique and unforgettable experience.

The legal validity of religious and civil ceremonies varies from country to country. To confirm the validity of the ceremony guests are planning in Bali, guests must consult all authorities (local and country of origin) involved. To help with all plans the staff at the Bvlgari Resort is pleased to provide all necessary information for definitive clarification of all issues beyond our area of expertise. Please contact Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Bali, Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, Phone: +62.361.847.1000.

I can only recommend Bali as I went there for my honeymoon, such a beautiful island.

LoL, Sandra

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Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

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Personally speaking my favourite Hawaiian resort to stay at is the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, located at the Wailea Beach.

The beach in front of the hotel is wider than most of the others on the island with wonderful golden sand. This is where I started each morning with a yoga session. Listening to the sound of the waves, embraced by the softness of the sand was just amazing. Of course, this hotel is the perfect place to get married and during my stay, I witnessed many wedding celebrations.

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The five-star hotel is home to four restaurants and bars, including an outpost of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s famous Spago. During your stay, you can treat yourself to some fine food. And of course, upon your arrival at the resort, you will be presented with the obligatory lei greeting.

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The pool area is great but if you travel with kids not comparable to the Grand Wailea Resort which is next door, reminiscent of an amusement park, with fountains, tarzan’s swing, slides, caves, a bar in the pool and many other attractions. One of them while I was there: Britney Spears with her sons.
But be careful, all Grand Wailea Resort guests have to wear silver bracelets in the pool because it seems that Four Seasons guests tend to go over there from time to time.

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If you travel without kids, you will have the best experience at the Four Seasons with a special pool area for adults only. Fashionistas will love the Missoni cabanas, furnished with the Italian brands fabrics and towels, but they cost an additional $495.- a day which I find absolutely crazy. I would prefer spending that money in the hotel’s boutique Knots 22 that carry the latest fashion from top designers, such as Missoni, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and many more.

As you see in the collage above, I love to pack Missoni when travelling. Those amazing knitwear pieces don’t wrinkle and are airy to wear in warm weather. To shop Missoni, please click hereicon.

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You can explore Missoni Home by clicking here iconfor a great selection of cushions, towels and throws. Have fun decorating your world with the iconic zigzag pattern.

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There are many sport activities offered at the resort, from yoga to hula dancing, from surfing to probably the most exciting one scuba diving. The hotel has also a well-equipped gym. If you like, you can book private lessons in tennis, pilates and gyrotronics® among others to keep yourself fit and busy.

I had a wonderful time at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much) and a hui hou (Goodbye)!

LoL, Sandra

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