Shades of Summer

Retro and round, modern and colorful, sparkling and square, sharpen your personal style this summer with a standout pair of Gucci shades.

Here are my favorites of the season:

Square-frame glittered acetate sunglasses


Round-frame acetate and gold-tone sunglasses

Oversized embellished acetate sunglasses
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iconCrystal-embellished square-frame gold-tone sunglasses


iconOversized square sunglasses

Oversized round-frame actate sunglasses
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Embellished cat-eye acetate sunglasses

D-Frame crystal-embellished acetate sunglasses
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Tri-colour round-frame acetate sunglasses
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iconOversized square-frame acetate sunglasses

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci

I Adore J’Adior

Last March upon writing today’s post, I knew already that the DiorJ’ADIORslingbacks will be undoubtedly the most sought after shoes of the season. Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is the first female designer to head up the house of Dior in it’s 70 year history, rocked her runway debut with slogan tees, tutu skirts and a shoe that has reached a cult status in an instant.

But ladies, it is not only the clothes and accessories, that make a woman beautiful. We also need to work on our radiance when nobody is watching us. Therefore I would like to recommend to you today Dior Prestige La Lotion Essence de Rose.

Combining the power of a fresh essence with the comfort of a milky lotion, this first step of your daily beauty routine in the morning (and at night) is drenched in hydrating agents to deeply moisturize the skin and to wrap it in a protective veil all day long. It doubles the age-defying effectiveness of your other products to reveal a fresher, more luminous complexion.

How It Works:
Through a unique process, Dior Science releases the vital essence concentrated at the heart of Rose de Granville cells and creates the patented Micro-Reviving Rose Water™. La Lotion Essence de Rose reinvigorates circulation and flow between skin cells. Full of life, the skin is infused with a natural rosy radiance again.

Personal experience:
My skin feels after only 4 weeks of use perfectly invigorated. It is softer, more supple and revitalized. Even after not sleeping a lot, my complexion is less dull and wrinkles seem diminish.

TO SHOP DIOR PRESTIGE LA LOTION ESSENCE DE ROSE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Dior and © Sandra Bauknecht

Reese Witherspoon’s Fashion Label

You don’t have to be one thing your whole life!” – Reese Witherspoon

The topic of whether women are given enough respect by Hollywood studios is a hot talking point right now. But Reese Witherspoon isn’t just a talker – she’s a doer. Five years ago, she set up a production company to create more diverse female roles, and she’s succeeding: Big Little Lies, Gone Girl, Wild… Witherspoon was a driving force behind all of them, with over 20 more in the pipeline. That’s alongside an Oscar-winning career, her fashion line DRAPER JAMESicon, three kids and her work for the Children’s Defense Fund. So, if a situation frustrates you, something that can and should be changed, do something about it – that’s what Reese would do.

Cold-shoulder gingham cotton and silk-blend top
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Crediting her grandparents as the greatest influences in her life and the inspiration behind her lifestyle label Draper James, Reese Witherspoon is celebrating the charm and grace of the American South, the collections blend timeless style with a contemporary twist. Don’t miss this exclusive capsule collection of floral, gingham and lace dresses in ‘50s silhouettes available HEREicon.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Reese Witherspoon/Draper James

My Look: Masquerade Ball in Venice

Recently, I was invited to a beautiful masquerade ball in Venice to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of my friends, Kristina and Piero, at exactly the same location they had tied the knot a decade ago. The dresscode was black and red with headdress. Wearing a Venetian mask with feathers makes you feel truly mysterious. What a fantastic night, thank you!

My look: Rilla crochet cage stitch gownicon by Hervé Léger,  Monogramme Kate studded leather shoulder bag iconand cutout leather platform pumps, both by Saint Laurent, cashmere scarf in black and white by Chanel, earrings and choker both by Dior, diamond rose ring by Piagetdiamond bracelet and diamond ring, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Gaston-Louis Vuitton – Cabinet of Wonders

Cabinet of Wonders
The Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collection

Edited by Patrick Mauriès With texts by John Banville, Stephen Bayley, Alberto Manguel, Delphine Saurat, Pierre Senges

Such a wonderful coffee table book – a perfect gift for somebody who likes traveling and vintage collector’s items. Over his lifetime, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of the founder of the House, collected trunks and every kind of article related to travel, invention, craftsmanship and bibliophilia. With more than one thousand objects and documents, this volume pays homage to an ‘unrepentant collector’, his wide interests and voracious curiosity.

In Louis Vuitton stores worldwide July 2017
In bookstores September 2017

Below you can enjoy some of the different sections of the new tome to get an idea of what the book is about. Enjoy and happy weekend! I am off to London…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton

La Mer World Oceans Day

June 8th marks World Oceans Day which is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s overall theme is «Our Oceans, Our Future», with the focus on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier sea life.

Shades of blue: GG Marmont matelassé mini bag by Gucci and the limited edition Crème de la Mer Blue Heart.

iconTo commemorate World Oceans Day, La Mer has created as in previous years a special collector’s edition of its much coveted miracle cream «Crème de la Mer Blue Heart» which will be available from now for CHF 490.00 (100ml). The ultra-luxury skincare brand has long been a committed guardian in assisting with the protection of sea habitats. Inspired by its healing power and the natural regenerating properties of plants, the Crème de La Mer creator and aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber looked to the sea to transform the look of his skin.

THE MISSION

The La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund launches with a focus on protecting ocean habitats by expanding Marine Protected Areas and empowering ongoing ocean conservation projects around the globe.

This year, La Mer is taking its mission a step further through a New York City-based art walk and auction in collaboration with ocean conservation organization Project 0 and the storied auction house Sotheby’s.

Here is a glimpse of the extraordinary sea-inspired sculptures on display in New York City through the end of June.

THE LA MER
WAVE WALK

Partnering with La Mer, Project 0 brought together some of the world’s most influential artists, designers and culture-makers to create their own wave-inspired, charitable works of art.

On display in New York City during the months around World Oceans Day, the artworks will be auctioned off with all net proceeds going to ocean protection efforts. The online auction will be live until June 23rd, 2017. Sotheby’s will auction off select wave sculptures in an exclusive, live charity event on June 21st in NYC.

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of La Mer and © Sandra Bauknecht
#LaMerBlueHeart – #LaMerWaveWalk

My Look: Hello New York

Hello New York! You never fail to amaze me, you always impress me with your magnitude. Running through the concrete jungle, I like the vibrating, humming energy.

My look: Melissa satin-trimmed wool tuxedo jacket by Stella McCartney, tropical print silk cape shirticon, tropical print pajama pants, fringed cracked-leather pumps and drop flower earrings with green crystalsicon, all by GucciTribale small fringed python shoulder bag iconby Lanvin, Linda sunglasses by Tom Ford.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Strolling Through Venice

Strolling through beautiful Venice, which is the most unique city in the world for me. Those little canals are so romantic and thanks to its many historical spots, this town is recognized for its cultural richness. Every corner offers a unique photo opportunity.

My look: Embroidered-cuff cold-shoulder top and asymmetric cotton-poplin skirticon, both by Peter Pilotto, printed leather, raffia and canvas wedge sandals by Valentino, Kan I Mini studded leather chain shoulder bag by Fendi and purple mirrored round sunglasses by Chanel.

And if you want to enjoy some amazing impressions of Venice, watch the movie «The Tourist» with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. A very good one!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Denim Stars

I love denim and adore this season’s hype of star prints or applications that are officially everywhere on our blue favorites. Tracking the trend, click here to see how I wear my star print jeans…

The Skinny printed boyfriend jeansicon by Stella McCartney
2 Printed mid-rise straight-leg jeansicon by Stella McCartney
3 Printed low-rise skinny jeans by Givenchyicon
4 Denim shirt by Givenchy
icon5 Printed denim shirt by Saint Laurent
iconEmbroidered cutout denim dress by SJYP Steve J & Yoni P
icon7 Court Classic leather-appliquéd denim sneakers by Saint Laurent

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And here is the master piece that works with many looks: the to-die-for two-tone appliquéd denim coat by Roberto Cavalli.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Beauty Trend Alert Yellow

Today we get a quick chat with MAC Executive Director of Makeup Artistry, Lyne Desnoyers (@lyne_desnoyers), a nomadic polymath for whom makeup is an act of storytelling. Memories – from her time living in Canada and more recently in Paris – inform the spellbinding and ethereal looks that she creates for shows and editorials. These days, an even wider array of experiences gathered while travelling for her global role add to her inspiration, but Lyne credits her time as a dancer with originally fuelling her lifelong love of makeup. Though a master of her craft, she doesn’t believe it has to be complicated. With a few key products, a healthy glow and enough energy, she explains us today the yellow beauty trend and that there is no need to be afraid of this vibrant colour which seems rather tricky to apply.

MAC Executive Director of Makeup Artistry Lyne Desnoyers 

Please explain us why yellow is  such a free-energized expressionist and why it is trending now?

I really loved how SS17 celebrated modern ways of making colour flattering! This was done through beauty details worn in classic placements but using free form techniques. Sometimes worn as an adornement, sometimes as a bold statement or as a simple gesture, these colour accents energize the face, they give freshness to a look in an unexpected way. Yellow is probably the most dynamic of all: solar and luminous, this colour brings almost a super highlight to eye makeup and has had many interpretations this season.

Haider Ackermann S/S 2017

How & where do you apply it best so that it will look elegant and is easy to do for consumers (a little artistry take on yellow)?

I personally find that the easiest way to wear yellow is to pair it with a neutral. For example as an eyeliner: first line your eyes as you would normally do with a dark brown or a black. Then you apply the yellow in a thin line right above it. It creates a very lovely 2 toned eyeliner with which you do not have to put any other eyeshadows since the yellow really brings out the lid.

Photo via @TicoXPassion

Another way I think works well also is to apply the yellow all over the mobile lid and then continue your makeup with warm browns in the crease, as eyeliner etc. What I like about this is that it is quite classic in the way it is executed, but the pop of yellow really makes it different and flattering. You can apply the yellow either as a transparent wash or in a more opaque “colour block” way. Both options work very well…it all depends how much impact you want! The secret in all cases, is to do a very transparent and soft focus skin…it is that contrast that makes the colour fresh looking and totally wearable.  

Products to have:

MAC PAINT STICK in Primary Yellow
MAC EYE SHADOW in Chrome Yellow
MAC CHROMALINE in Primary Yellow
MAC CHROMAGRAPHIC PENCIL in Primary Yellow
MAC LIPSTICK in Yellow You Dare

Have fun experimenting!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics and via Pinterest; Harper’s Bazaar Mexico