Valentino Takes New York City

Valentino Takes New York

Today, I would like to share with you VALENTINO’s very special New York capsule collection designed by Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. The collection shows the love and passion they have for the city that never sleeps.

Valentino Garavani Capsule Collection (2)It includes men’s and women’s ready to wear and accessories and is available only in NYC in the new 20,000 square feet store, situated at 693 Fifth Avenue.


Right in time for the holiday season, the collection will also include a Christmas ornament decorated with a red heart, which will also come in white camouflage.

Christmas ornament

Valentino’s Fifth Avenue store opened its doors in August 2014 and marks an important step in the development of the brand’s worldwide retail network expansion. The store concept combines old and new in order to generate a Palazzo atmosphere, steering away from the pure showroom and promoting a new architectural format in place of a more traditional retail boutique structure.


Valentino Bag NYC Capsule



Tomorrow another unique event is happening in New York: a very special Haute Couture show that you can watch live here on Sandra’s Closet at 8pm EST. It is the first time an Haute Couture gets live streamed, so it is very exciting, and believe me, you will not be disappointed.

LoL, Sandra

Photos, Video: Courtesy of Valentino

Contest: Happy Advent Season with Olaz

Olaz Set Luminous

Today is your lucky day, dear Swiss readers! You can win 3 sets by OLAZ with amazing products that help you to get a perfect luminous skin. Each package includes the new Olaz Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Day Cream, the Anti-Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment and the Olaz 3 Zone Cleaning System with cleansing cream for a value of 130.50 CHF per set (RRP). (If you don’t live in Switzerland, no worries, those products are available worldwide, in most countries the brand name is Olay. Have a look at their website for further information.)

Especially during the Christmas season when we eat lots of sweats, drink wine and celebrate, an even and glowing complexion is hard to achieve but in the same time also important for an ultra-glamorous style.

Olaz Regenerist Luminous Hautton Perfektionierende Creme mit Verpackung

Just at the right time Olaz presents the new Olaz Regenerist Luminous products, including the Olaz Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Day Cream and the Olaz Regenerist Luminous Anti-Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment. An even skin tone is a secret of anti-aging and for many women as important as the battle against wrinkles. The new products come with an unique combination of ingredients that are counteracting the over-production of melanin and therefore prevent hyper pigmentation while reducing the appearance of dark spots.

Olaz Regenerist Luminous Augenringe Reduzierer mit Verpackung

After a short night sleep following New Year’s Eve, Olaz Regenerist Luminous Anti-Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment offers an instant and permanent improvement of the skin around your eyes. With the help of highly active ingredients dark circles are softened under the eyes. With polychrome „like pearls“ pigments, the 2-phase gel and cream combination offers an instant glowing and a fresh gaze while moisturizing the skin.


Especially after a night full of partying, a deep cleansing of the face is the basic for beautiful skin and as we all know also really no fun. It’s important to release the skin from skin scales and makeup, as it needs time to regenerate. The latest addition to the market is the innovative Olaz Regenerist 3 Zone Cleaning System along with the Olaz Regenerist cleansing cream – which should be a permanent component in everyone’s bathroom. The rotary brush is a perfect all-in-one product as it cleanses (four times more thoroughly than a manual face cleansing), massages and really conveys the blood circulation of the skin.

To participate in the contest, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header “Advent Season with Olaz” to . All entries must be received until December 12, 2014. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. By entering this contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these official rules. The winner has to have a Swiss address.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Olaz

My Look: Wear It Well

Sandra Bauknecht in Valentino FW2014 Dots Cover

Here you see an outfit post combining different F/W 2014 trends. Feathers have been everywhere this winter season, they are the perfect way to give your dressing a voluminous effect. Maybe every season polka dots are considered a trend, but they are definitely one of the must-haves for the upcoming S/S 2015 season. So Valentino’s overly cute and stylish version is a great investment to be carried into the next summer. Wear it well!

My look: Striped tiered feather jacketicon by Givenchyribbed black turtleneck sweater iconby Guccipatterned wool and silk-blend midi skirticonCarmen appliquéd leather pumps and Carmen appliquéd leather shoulder bag, all by Valentino, Limelight Gala watch by Piaget, earrings by Dior, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra bauknecht in Valentino FW2014-2

Valentino Bag FW2014

Sandra Bauknecht in Valentino 9

Valentino Shoes FW2014 Dots

Sandra Bauknecht in Valentino FW2014-6

Valentino Skirt and Bag FW2014 1

Sandra Bauknecht in Valentino FW 2014-8

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Oh Deer!

Sandra Bauknecht - Alpine Chic - Oh Deer

Last Friday, my friend’s extremely fun birthday party took place in Zurich. The invite said: Oh Deer! Just another birthday… and the theme was «Alpine Chic». As I was already thanks to the Chanel Métiers d’Art show in Salzburg (detailed post coming up soon) in a mountain style mood, I went for this outfit.

My look: Fair isle belted cardigan (F/W 2010) and  bustier (F/W 2002) both by D&G Dolce & Gabbanaleather and jersey leggings iconby Givenchy, fur boots by Roberto Cavalli, Hapi leather bracelet by Hermès, necklace with pocket watch and earrings, both by Dolce & GabbanaLady Excalibur watch in rose gold with diamonds by Roger Dubuis and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht - Alpine Chic - Part 3

Sandra Bauknecht - Alpine Chic -Oh Deer-Part 2

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Ramón Béjar – The Art of Perfumery

Osswald_RamonBejar_COLLECTION VIEW

ramonRamón Béjar is definitely one of the best perfumers in the world and creator of internationally acclaimed niche fragrances that raised him as the main conciliator between Eastern and Western perfumery. Since he discovered his passion for perfume under the wing of an oriental master who taught him the secrets of this tradition, he has been dedicated to the art of perfumery, leaving in his wake the creation of some fragrances that transcend the boundaries of history for their delicacy.

My Swiss readers can discover his finest selection of perfumes, extreme and exclusive, extracted from the noblest natural materials in the world now at Perfumery Osswald in Zurich.

Eight fragrances are available at the moment: Celestial Rose, Deep Amber, Magnum Iris, Elvish Musk, Secret Sandalwood, Wild Oud, Sanctum Perfume and Jasmine Maat, the latter of which is my personal favorite.



The experience of a sunset in a jasmine garden on the banks of the Nile. All the mystery and mysticism of natural with secret hints of perfume.

Top Notes: Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant, Camomile Oil.
Heart Notes: Jasmine Egypt Absolute, Jasmine Sambac Absolute, Rose.
Base Notes: Tiare absolute, Vanilla, Musk.

Available as Eau de Parfum for CHF 398.00 (75ml) at Perfumery Osswald in Switzerland.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Ramón Béjar

Giambattista Valli x M∙A∙C


Now, that we just got our fingers on the highly anticipated Prabal Gurung collection for MAC Cosmetics, we have something else to look forward to: Giambattista Valli is the next designer to collaborate with the beauty brand. To celebrate the French fashion house’s 10th anniversary, Valli is bringing his signature florals to a limited edition lipstick collection.

Lipsticks MAC Giambattista Valli

The lineup features five shades, that are done with a matte finish and encased in a colourful version of MAC’s traditional black bullet tube. The collection will launch in stores worldwide in Summer 2015. OMG!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

My Look: Wherever You Go

Sandra Bauknecht - Zurich-Saint laurent Look with Mulberry Bag

This is my daily mantra: I try to go with all my heart wherever I go. Putting effort and passion into my daily work is absolutely rewarding for me. Here you see me recently in a jovial mood on my way to interview Tommy Hilfiger who was in town for the Zurich Film Festival. He adored my cape (one of the biggest F/W 2014 trends) and looked at it with an expert eye. Stay tuned for some amazing travel tips on Capri he shared with me.

My look: Hooded crocheted wool-blend cape, sequin-embellished metallic tweed mini dress and ‘Babies’ mid-calf boots in silver, all by Saint LaurentCara Delevingne studded leather backpack iconby Mulberry, (for more infos on the Cara Delevingne x Mulberry bag collection, please click here), diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht and Tommy HilfigerTommy Hilfiger with me

Cara Bag Mulberry Close

Sandra Bauknecht in Saint Laurent in Zurich

Close Bow SL Cape

Sandra Bauknecht with Cara Mulberry Bag and Saint laurent Cape

Buttom of Cara Bag by Mulberry

Zurich in Winter-Sandra bauknecht-Saint laurent

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Mads Kornerup: Copenhagen

Mads Kornerup-Copenhagen

Mads Kornerup is the mastermind behind Shamballa Jewels. The Creative Director of the Danish brand creates jewelry that encourages you to find your inner Shamballa – the mythical Himalayan kingdom of wisdom and compassion. Worn by celebrities such as Karl Lagerfeld, Jennifer Aniston and Leonardo di Caprio, those exclusive pieces are reminiscent of places near and far, of spiritual stories ancient and new, Shamballa jewels are designed to trigger curiosity and inspire conversation. I met Mads last week in Zurich for the opening celebration of his first store in Switzerland on Bahnhoftstrasse 25 in collaboration with La Serlas.
(Shamballa Jewels are also available at TROIS POMMES Store, VIA SERLAS 29, 7500 St. Moritz and Palacestrasse 1, 7800 Gstaad.)

Your favourite city?
COPENHAGEN. I live here. It has all the comfort of a big city and also the charm of a small village with beautiful lakes and buildings. It is a very safe city to raise my children in.

Your favourite hotel?
D’ANGLETERRE HOTEL in the center of Copenhagen. It has is a beautiful building with a great deal of history. It is the oldest and finest grand hotel in Copenhagen.
34, Kongens Nytorv, 1050 København K, +45 33 12 00 95

Mads and Mikkels favourite coffee cart.

Your favourite restaurant?
CAFE VICTOR – one of Copenhagen’s oldest cafes. I eat lunch there twice a week, great vibe and great meeting point for all copenhageners. RESTAURANT GEIST for fine food when you can’t get a reservation at NOMA. RESTAURANT PLUTO for casual meals. They have a cosy concept of small plates that can be shared by the whole table.
Café Victor, Ny Østergade 8, 1101 København K, +45 33 13 36 13
Restaurant Geist, Kongens Nytorv 8, 1050 København, +45 33 13 37 13
Restaurant Noma, Strandgade 93, 1401 København K, +45 32 96 32 97
Restaurant Pluto, Borgergade 16, 1300 København K, +45 3316 0016

Your favourite bar or nightclub?
RUBY COCKTAIL BAR on Nybrogade. They have the best cocktails in Copenhagen.
Nybrogade 10, 1203 København K, +45 33 93 12 03

Mads Kornerup

Your favourite sightseeing spot?
The PARLIAMENT (FOLKETINGET). It houses the Royal Stables as well.
Rigsdagsgården, 1240 København K, +45 33 37 55 00

Your favourite park?
KING’S GARDEN. It is a beautifully planned park with an view of the imposing Rosemborg castle. I love walking there and cycle through the park on my way to work .
Øster Voldgade 4 1350 København K, ++45 33 92 63 00

Mads' summer house in Tisvilde beach.

Your favourite beach?
TISVILDE BEACH in North Copenhagen. We have our summer house there and spend lots of time on the beach. The beaches are clean and not too many tourists.

Shamballa Jewels Store in Copenhagen

Your favourite shop?
SHAMBALLA JEWELS! But of course. The flagship store has been a long dream and we have an amazing space unlike any other jewellery store.
Ny Østergade 7, 1101 København, +45 33 36 59 59

Shamballa Jewels Bracelet

Your must-have accessory?
The SHAMBALLA BRACELET. One of the most iconic designs to have come out of Denmark.

The best soundtrack for this destination?
Any music by LUKAS GRAHAM. He captures the young, new soul of Copenhagen perfectly.

The best book to read while being on vacation there?
SHAMBHALA – THE SACRED PATH OF THE WARRIOR by Chogyam Thrungpa. Copenhagen is an idyllic city that offers space for reflection and this book is a beautiful study in the search for inner and outer peace.

Thank you, Mads, for sharing your insider scoop on Copenhagen with us!

LoL, Sandra

Mads, Mikkel at the Shamballa Jewels Courtyard

Photos: Courtesy of Mads Kornerup, Shamballa Jewels, © Morton Bjarnhof and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Howdy

Sandra Bauknecht - Howdy

One of my favorite designers is Alessandra Rich. Her take on evening wear is exceptional. This season, she launched a limited edition capsule collection with Net-à-porter iconof western style dresses. Those 70’s-inspired pieces are the perfect contemporary approach to the next season’s trend. Howdy!

My look: Chambray and lace maxi dress by Alessandra RichJanis leather platform pumps with chains and Betty chain red leather shoulder bag, both by Saint Laurent, western necklace by Chanel (Paris-Dallas collection), diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht in Alessandra Rich Cowboy 1

Alessandra Rich Cowboy Dress Belt

Sandra Bauknecht in Alessandra Rich 7

Saint Laurent Janis Pumps with Chains

Sandra Bauknecht in Alessandra Rich 10

Chanel Necklace Paris-Dallas

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Win an Evian + Kenzo Collector’s Bottle

Kenzo Evian

Each year EVIAN releases a new collectible water bottle in time for the holiday season and this time the famous brand has teamed up with no other than the house of KENZO to create a one-of-a kind design.

Evian Bottles 2008-15Previous collaborations (from right to left): Christian Lacroix (2008), Jean Paul Gaultier (2009), Paul Smith (2010), Issey Miyake (2011), Courrèges (2012), Diane von Furstenberg (2013), Elie Saab (2014) and now Kenzo (2015).

Kenzo Campaign FW2014Kenzo F/W 2014 ad campaign

Kenzo Evian Bottle LEKENZO’s Creative Directors, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, were influenced for their F/W 2014 collection for both men and women by the work of artist and director David Lynch and it is in this vein that the bottle’s motif features a broken floor pattern, toying with the idea of shifting the elements. Offering a magnifying glass effect when full, the bottle’s purple fragmented pattern is penetrated by a sole lime zig-zag, giving the holder a distorted and skewed view of its ultra-pure contents.

The Evian + Kenzo Limited Edition Collector’s Bottle is available for CHF 3.50 at Globus and Manor in Switzerland while supplies last. Great news is that five of my Swiss readers can win such a collector’s bottle.

To participate in the contest, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header “Evian + Kenzo” to . All entries must be received until December 5, 2014. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. By entering this contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these official rules. The winner has to have a Swiss address.

Stay tuned for many more raffles to follow during the next 24 days until X-mas.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Evian and Kenzo