My Look: Beach Bum

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No, I am definitely not a beach bum. Once my feet touch the sand I feel fully energized. The salty air and the sunny weather seem to produce specific endorphins in my body that make me want to dance, leap and jump in the sea. Ballet, yoga, running, everything I like to do is incorporated in my daily beach routine. Forte Village‘s coast offers the perfect scenery with its crystal clear water.

My look: Colourful tunic and leopard print bikini, both by Lazul, Rome Sports chronograph in lilac by Jacques Lemans, necklace by Rejane Rosenberger and sunglasses by Warby Parker. All other jewelry pieces are souvenirs from Ibiza.

LAZUL is a London based luxury swim and resort wear brand that launched exclusively with Harrods in 2012. I truly love their expressive prints and vibrant colors, perfect for the beach!

LoL, Sandra

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My Look: Villa del Parco

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As you already know, I am on vacation in Sardinia, staying at the beautiful Forte Village resort in the Villa del Parco hotel which is surrounded by lush gardens and a magic forest. Curly hair, only a little lipgloss, then you know, I am on holidays…

When it comes to travelling, I love to pack Missoniicon and Hervé Léger because both brands make clothes that are timeless, don’t wrinkle and are easy to stuff in a suitcase. Can you imagine that I bought this dress around 12 years ago?!

My look: Multicolored dress by Missoni, gold-plated multi-stone necklaceicon by Etro, Anita fringed suede shoulder bag and iconbeaded leather sandals, both by Saint Laurent, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery and Limelight Gala watch by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

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Beach Vacation the Olfactory Way

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After a long hot day at the beach, you come back to your luxurious hotel room and get ready for the night. You get prepared for a romantic and elegant dinner during sunset. You skin is still warm and slightly tanned. You hear the sound of the ocean from far and smell the salt in the air.

Parfums M.Micallef and Perfumery Osswald have joined forces to create two exclusive fragrances, one for women and one for men, that are inspired by those precious holiday moments. A scent that delivers sun, elegance and relaxation at once.

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About Parfums M.Micallef

Parfums M.Micallef was founded in 1996 in Grasse by perfumer Geoffrey Nejman and Martine Micallef who is in charge for the extraordinary flacons. It has become one of the most renown niche perfume brands of the world.

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AZURE CRYSTAL WOMAN (100ml, Eau de Parfum, CHF 289.00)
Top notes: Neroli, bergamot, mandarine
Middle notes: Plum, jasmine, monoï, coconut
Base notes: White musk, amber, vanilla

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AZURE CRYSTAL MAN: (100ml, Eau de Parfum, CHF 289.00)
Top notes: Neroli, bergamot, red berries, lemon
Middle notes: Cinnamon, jasmine, tonka bean
Base notes: White musk, amber, vanilla, ceder, cashmere

Those two fragrances are only available at Perfumery Osswald. I took AZURE CRYSTAL WOMAN with me to Sardegna (for my first vacation post, click here please) and it is a true pleasure to apply it in the evening. It smells so incredibly good that I cannot get enough of it.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Beach Vacation Has Started

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This morning, I flew to Sardegna. I am staying for the first time at Forte Village, a truly amazing place in Santa Margherita di Pula in the South: 5 star Hotels, luxury waterfront villas and suites, a wellness centre with thalassotherapy and spa, a gym you can only dream of, luxurious boutiques, a perfect beach, the most delicious restaurants and entertainment for the kids at its best, all combined in one resort.

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It is really hard to choose where to stay. I went for the Villa del Parco & Spa, that belongs to the Leading Hotels of the World, an intimate small paradise with direct access to the famous Thalassso Spa and the gym. My bungalow is in the middle of a magic forest.

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If you are living in Switzerland and would like to book your perfect holidays on this beautiful Mediterranean island, I suggest to contact Smeraldo Tours, a travel agent specialized in Italian destinations.

More to come soon… time to chill!

LoL, Sandra

Collage Courtesy of Forte Village (Photo: © Andrea Monica Hug), Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for Dry Hair

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shu-shampooIn 1967, the famous make-up artist Shu Uemura made history by introducing the first oil-based cleanser to Japan. The cleansing oil’s exceptional reputation and gentle effectiveness quickly convinced the public of its skincare benefits and is now an emblematic product of the Shu Uemura brand. In 2012, he brought this myth to his hair care products with the launch of the Original Cleansing Oil Shampoo. This year, he has added the CLEANSING OIL SHAMPOO MOISTURE BALANCING CLEANSER FOR DRY SCALP AND HAIR to his line.

This emollient cleanser deeply purifies and rejuvenates dry hair and the scalp with the precise dose of moisture, leaving hair supple and cashmere soft.

Extracted from the Bitter Orange Tree, the Neroli Essential Oil is an emollient known to balance and maintain the right moisture and oil balance in the skin and hair. The anti-oxidant properties of this concentrated oil encourage healthy cell growth, which boost and revitalize dry, dull-looking hair.

Available for CHF 61.00 (400ml) in selected hair salons. For the store finder, visit www.shuuemuraartofhair.com.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Shu Uemura, Photographer: Koichiro Doï @ Julian Meijer Agency. Hair Stylist: Gregory Kaoua

With Ferragamo in Florence

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In the beginning of the week, I flew to Florence for two amazing days with Salvatore Ferragamo. To celebrate the Italian house’s Signorina fragrance collection, an installation designed by designer Patricia Urquiola welcomed us in the Orto Botanico Giardino Dei Semplici Firenze on the occasion of Pitti Immagine Uomo.

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The exhibition, a real garden of wonders, recreates a bucolic and romantic situation through three performances of SignorinaEau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette and Signorina Eleganza –, which refresh visitors with delicate sprays of water reminiscent of the beautiful sensation of a perfume.

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The cutest details are the endings on the metal rods, that are inspired by the Vara bow, a Ferragamo icon. I felt like a little Tuscany princess wondering around.

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Il Giardino dei Semplici is Europe’s third oldest garden and was established by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo de ‘Medici in 1545, who wanted an academic garden with the prime interest in medicinal plants. Today, the botanical garden is a sanctuary for rare plants, symbolic for the world of fragrances.

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Being Ferragamo’s guest, I was spoilt to a very yummy lunch on the lawn. Italian delicacies were served among a flower decoration that was outstanding, peonies, roses and many more, that can also be found in the Signorina fragrances. The ingredients were shown in the most romantic way.

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SIGNORINA Eau de Parfum
FLORAL FRUITY
Top notes: Red currant and pink pepper
Middle notes: Jasmine, rose and peony
Base notes: Patchouli, panna cotta and musk

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SIGNORINA Eau de Toilette
FLORAL FRUITY
Top notes: Grapefruit and litchi
Middle notes: Rose and rice
Base notes: Cashmeran and milk mousse

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SIGNORINA ELEGANZA Eau de Parfum
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Top notes: Pear and grapefruit
Middle notes: Osmanthus absolute and almond
Base notes: Patchouli and white leather accord

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With my lovely blogger colleague Tamu McPherson at the lunch.
Stay tuned for more photos of my look coming up soon…

Happy Weekend to all of you!

LoL, Sandra

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Bex Manners: Istanbul

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Born and raised on Spain’s Balearic Islands, BEX MANNERS started her fashion career as a stylist’s assistant in New York. During that time, she taught herself to make jewelry because she couldn’t find certain pieces in the market. After her move back to London, she started her line BEX ROX in 2009. Located in the heart of Notting Hill, she is renowned for her luxurious custom jewelry and her  innovative designs. Bex draws inspiration from across the globe, and epitomises the essence of cultures, travel and nature. As a world traveller, she gave us her tips for one of the most fascinating cities on earth.

Your favourite city?
ISTANBUL – it touches on every sense.

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Your favourite hotel?
GEORGES HOTEL GALATA – A boutique hotel in Galata, chic and cosy with a perfect rooftop for a sunset aperitif.
Müeyyedzade Mh., Serdar-ı Ekrem Cd. No:24
Phone: +90 212 244 2423

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Your favourite restaurant?
DUBLE MEZE restaurant on the top of the Pera hotel, vibrant, mouthwatering food and the best views in the city.
Asmalı Mescit Mah. Meşrutiyet Cad. Palazzo Donizetti Hotel Üstü Kat:7 No:85, 34420 İstanbul Phone: +90 212 244 0188

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Your favourite bar or nightclub?
MINI BAR 17, a tiny little bar with great DJ’s when you feel like a little dance.
Nişantaşı › Harbiye Mahallesi, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi, No 17, Şişli, İstanbul

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Your favourite sightseeing spot?
You can’t leave istanbul without going to see the HAGIA SOPHIA MUSEUM, it used to be a church then later a mosque, stunning and soulful.
Sultanahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı, İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 522 1750

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Your favourite park?
The TOPKAPI PALACE GARDENS are breathtaking, full of every kind of flower you can possibly image, if only it was my back garden!
Sultanahmet, Fatih, İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 512 04 80

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Your favourite shop?
For a real local flavour the BAZAAR is a must but go with lots of energy and patience, there are some hidden gems to buy some stunning old jewellery and fabrics.
Beyazit, İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 519 1248

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Your must-have accessory?
A touch of the turkish with my HORN LARGE FRINGE CUFFS, perfect for a little turkish dancing with the flick of your wrists and super chic.

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The best soundtrack for this destination?
A remix by ACID PAULIJamie Wards “Almost there” and Selda mixing a little bit of the Ottoman to get you going.

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The best book to read while being on vacation there?
THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL by Elif Shafak. She is one of Turkeys most popular writers, this book is magical, informative and heart-breaking as it brings together the turbulent past and the complex present!

Thank you, Bex, for sharing your insider scoop on Istanbul with us!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bex Rox and the different locations

My Look: Votez Coco

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Just recently I visited one of my favorite lunch spots on earth, the famous Château de la Chèvre D’Or. It is located at the heart of Eze, a picturesque little village between Nice and Monaco, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The delightful setting and the amazing gardens surrounding the 5-star hotel are already worth the drive. If you haven’t been there, it is really one of those places you must see in your life.

My look: Golden leather jacket with the slogan «Votez Coco», fringed macrame bag, earrings and necklace from the Dubai collection, all by Chanel, backless denim wide-leg overalls by Sonia Rykielwoven straw visor by Stella McCartneyprinted leather, raffia and canvas wedge sandals by Valentino.

LoL, Sandra

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A huge thank you to my friend Nadine Arton of GlamOnYou for taking them!

The Sale Is On

The Sale Is On

Great news, it is this time of the year: NET-A-PORTER.COM start their big sale today. Now, you have the chance to get the most amazing pieces marked down up to 50%.

Especially for you, I put together this outfit that would be perfect for a night out. To shop, just click on the highlighted text.

Get the look: Godet Dance embellished stretch-tulle mini dress by Topshop Unique (50% off), Lelie snake-effect leather sandals by Isabel Marant (40% off), Valorie glitter-finished canvas clutch by Anya Hindmarch (50% off) and Soho gold-plated snake earringsicon by Aurélie Bidermann (30% off).

TO ENJOY THE FULL SALE SELECTION CLICK HERE.
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LoL, Sandra

My Look: Girl Gang in Ascona

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Recently on my way to St. Tropez, I spent one night at the beautiful Hotel Giardino in Ascona. The sun was shining and I truly enjoyed this short stay while sporting my new Chanel Girl bag for the first time.

My look: Smocked cotton-poplin dress iconby Givenchy, printed leather, raffia and canvas wedge sandals by Valentino, Girl bag in multicolored tweed and necklace «Blow in case of fashion emergency», both by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

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