The Lanesborough Hotel London

My avid readers know how much I love London. Personally speaking, a weekend trip to the British metropole is one of my favorite things to do, as the city offers everything you can dream of, culture, shopping, nightlife, and great restaurants.

Happy me at The Lanesborough wearing Mary Katrantzou .

One of my favorite hotels to stay is THE LANESBOROUGH that belongs to the Oetker Collection. Perfectly positioned between Knightsbridge and Mayfair, just a short walk from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and London’s exclusive Sloane Street, this grand mansion overlooking Hyde Park Corner has undergone an inspired renovation by the famed interior designer Alberto Pinto. The hotel is home to 93 luxurious suites and bedrooms, Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant, the vibrant Library Bar and Garden Room and the magnificent Lanesborough Club & Spa.

About the latter I would like to tell you a lot more as this is one of the many reasons to stay at this hotel! It is a true sanctuary of health and relaxation in the city and was crowned the World’s Best New Hotel Spa 2017 at the World Spa Awards™. This private 1600 m² members’ fitness and health clubs and spa with its divine interior, is offering members and hotel guests access to internationally recognised experts in the fields of fitness, beauty and wellness.

The spa’s hydro pool area

A must for all spa lovers: the steam room and sauna.

Beautifully designed: the ladies’ changing room

A sanctuary of relaxation in the city: the private area for spa members

The so-called «Painting Room» serves for manicures and pedicures.

You can enjoy some of the finest spa therapy treatments with products from much-loved spa and beauty brands ila and La Prairie, as well as the expertise of facial and beauty expert Anastasia Achilleos. Good to know is that for non-members, day passes can also be combined with treatment bookings for access to the exceptional facilities.

The restaurant and bar of the Lanesborough Club & Spa

Moreover, The Lanesborough Club & Spa has its own restaurant, offering all-day healthy dining, developed by Michelin-starred Chefs Eric Frechon and Executive Chef Florian Favario in collaboration with Clean & Lean nutritional guidance from Bodyism founder James Duigan. High-protein snacks, smoothies and juices are available throughout the day, and all personal training sessions will finish with a bespoke blended drink to complement each members’ workout.

The hotel’s exquisite rooms and suites, are all uniquely refurbished with stylish, luxurious interiors and responsive technology seamlessly interwoven, including in-room tablets and powerful WiFi. Each room, not only suites, has a round-the-clock, dedicated butler service so that you can be assured that your needs are well served.

The seven-bedroom Royal Suite is a residence fit for a king, queen or head of state.

If you love food, you will enjoy the hotel’s Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant (see photo below) with its richly decorated dining room in light blue and yellow hues, naturally illuminated during the day by a domed glass roof.

Beautiful ambiance at the Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant

Moreover, I recommend the award-winning afternoon tea service, the seductive Library Bar and for the cigar aficionados among you one of London’s best cigar and Cognac loungesThe Garden Room. You see that THE LANESBOROUGH caters to all tastes…

I love having breakfast in the room… the first thing that makes my day…

One of my favorites in London is tea time which is served at the hotel’s «Withdrawing Room».

I am a big fan and hope that you will enjoy your stay at THE LANESBOROUGH as much as I do!

And if you become a fan, I recommend getting this beautiful Globe Trotter The Lanesborough Suitcase, that is only available at Eden Being.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of The Lanesborough Hotel and © Sandra Bauknecht

For Valentine’s Day or Just Because…

Dress up for date night, unwrap luxury or gift someone gorgeous this Valentine’s Day with this beautiful selection of gifts and outfit inspirations. I have even thrown in an idea «for him»…
The heart wants what the heart wants…

LoL, Sandra

1 Confetti Heart knitted sweater by Chinti and Parker
iconicon2 Heart cut-out babydoll dress by Chloé (60% off)
icon3 Embellished merino wool sweater by Oscar de la Renta
icon4icon Sequined silk bustier top by Oscar de la Renta
icon5 Carry Secrets heart clutch by Valentino
iconSicily leather shoulder bag by Dolce & Gabbana

1 Gabby lace-trimmed embroidered tulle underwired braicon and matching thong, both by Agent Provocateur
icon2 Heart-print button-down dress by Alexander McQueen
icon3 Love letter print T-shirt by Gucciicon (FOR HIM)
4 New Wave 196 Loulou heart-shaped silver-tone sunglassesicon by Saint Laurent
5 Pierced-heart straw haticon by Gucci
Crystal-embellished clutch by Gucci

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via Harper’s Bazaar, © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Greetings from Vienna

Greetings from beautiful and very cold Vienna where I spent the last days and attended the famous opera ball. More coming up soon… here you see me strolling through the city in some of my favorite pieces since many seasons on my way to the Sacher hotel for some culinary Austrian treats such as Viennese Schnitzel and the famous Sacher cake.

My look: Belted shearling coatfloral-appliqué striped wool-blend cardiganicon, and scarf, all by Gucci, dress with leather and lace appliquéicon by Saint Laurent, Rockstud leather-trimmed knee boots by Valentinoicon, «Paris Cosmopolite» Pré-fall 2017 Métiers d’Art Gabrielle bag by ChanelT Wire Narrow 18-karat rose gold bracelet by Tiffany & Co, and Tonda 1950 Galaxy by Parmigiani Fleurier.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Cartier Révélation d’une Panthère Watch

Presented at SIHH 2018, the new Révélation d’une Panthère watch is a true piece of art and deserves its own post. The iconic Cartier panther is revealed in an instant in a feat of watchmaking magic that conjures the hourglass, an eternal allegory of the passage of time.

Distort time. Disrupt it. Give it a form, trace its outline, and make it appear and disappear at leisure.
At a flick of the wrist, tiny gold beads map a meticulous trajectory across the surface of the dial, gradually revealing a powerful presence.

The magnificent head of a panther emerges, her golden outline illuminating the dial, her stark, stylised motif arresting the gaze. An ephemeral work of art for art’s sake, this timepiece offers the rare spectacle of light, luminous hours which promise their return.

Available in three versions with a choice of a black, green or red dial, the 37mm watch features a pink gold case, a bezel paved with diamonds, and a winding crown set with a diamond, an emerald or a ruby. The two colored versions in green and red are both limited editions of 100 individually numbered pieces each.

LoL,Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Cartier

Crocs Will Be THE Shoe for S/S 2018

Who would have thought that the ugly shoe trend will be so successful over several seasons that it will be reaching its peak for S/S 2018. While Christopher Kane was the first designer to collaborate with Crocs for S/S 2017 – Balenciaga is taking the ubiquitous gardening shoe to new heights this season.

Christopher Kane S/S 2018

If you have kids, you have been there and surely decorated the iconic rubber shoes with princesses or or other little gadgets. For S/S 2018, Christopher Kane wants to prove his love for Crocs again and re-upped his own commitment by making shoes out of the rubbery material and adorning them with Swarovski crystal embellishments.

Balenciaga S/S 2018

For Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia made a Croc version definitely a standout one with a 10 cm foam platform that is branded with Demna’s newly redesigned Balenciaga logo. But will this design change the world’s problem with Crocs? As he said at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference, “I think it’s very interesting, the definition of ugly. I think it’s also very interesting to find this line where ugly becomes beautiful or where beautiful becomes ugly. That’s a challenge I like. I think that’s a part of what fashion stands for and I like that people think my clothes are ugly; I think it’s a compliment.

Balenciaga S/S 2018 Runway

Do both designers, Kane and Gvasalia, just hate feet? Or did they legit think that glitter and a gigantic platform take the prize. I mean, all of these shoes are probably comfortable to wear, but when it comes to looks, you have to admit they hardly have the refined elegance of a pair of high heels. Anyway, I am sure that I will go for them in the end… or not, we’ll see! If I buy them, I will definitely get a nasty bashing from my daughter who had to convince me over months many years ago to get her a pair of Crocs… haha, and now Mummy is considering them. How twisted it this?

Crystal embellished Crocs by Christopher Kane
iconNew customers get 10% off with this CODE: 10FF18. Enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Balenciaga and Christopher Kane

MAC Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour

I love this holographic shine with iridescent pearls and the mirage of megawatt colour that both come alive on your lips with Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour. It’s magnetic, it’s hypnotic! Swipe on the futuristic sheen and be transfixed by the refreshing cooling sensation that makes lips feel instantly fuller. For a magical look so real, it’s surreal.

Broken HaloSilver with multi-color iridescence. 
Electric RainbowOpalescent pink and multi gold pearl.
FlorescenceElectric yellow with pink iridescence.
Gilded Age Illuminiscent bronze gold. 
Let’s RockCoppered orange with green and yellow iridescence. 
Lunar ModulePale Blue iridescent pearl.
Peace, Love, Unity, RespectGreen with iridescent pearl. 
Pearly GirlCool pink with red and gold iridescence. 
Pink TripBright pink with blue iridescence. 
Queen’s VioletRoyal purple with blue and pink iridecense. 
Rave BunnyBubblegum pink with electric blue iridescence. 
Sensory OverloadBlackened deep purple with shimmering iridescence.
Space BubbleBlackberry Red with red iridescence. 
Twinkle TwinkCoral with gold pearl. 

Available from February 2018 for CHF 32.00 each at all MAC locations, MAC stores and online.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Must-Have: The Baker Boy Cap

It’s the current pièce de résistance for all cool girls, à la Françoise Hardy and Diane Kruger. Whether you refer to it as the newsboy, baker boy, cabbie, or page boy – there’s no denying this topper is taking over. It-girls and supermodels alike have adopted this staple of the early 20th century ‘working class’ and news boys, and turned it into the ultimate cool-girl must have on or off the red carpet.

LoL, Sandra

Elyse marine cap by Eugenia Kim
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Evie cotton-canvas cap by Isabel Marant

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Plaid baker boy hat by Isabel Marant Étoile


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Velvet baker boy hat by Manohki


iconShearling baker boy cap by Miu Miu


iconWool and glass bead baker boy capicon by Ruslan Baginskiy Hats

Photos: J.R. Duran for Bazaar, October 1992, via Zimbio, via Vogue
Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Birthday Fun

Last week was my birthday and I was so happy to be surrounded by my close girlfriends for a lunch break full of laughter, fun and great conversations. Time flew so fast… My girls surprised me with amazing gifts (they read my birthday wish list :-)) and I feel blessed to have such amazing women in my life. Thank you to everyone who made my day so special!

My look: Wool coat with web iconand ruffle trim long sleeve dressicon, both by Gucci, glitter boots and large classic flap bag in caviar leather by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Monopoly Statement Bags

Olympia Le-Tan

Olympia Le-Tan‘s novel-themed felt clutch bags managed to make book lovers out of even non-literary types. Now the Paris-based designer returns with a new series of classics for Pre-fall 2018 to covet: the Monopoly collection.

In collaboration with the iconic board game, everything from the luxe «blue» properties to the «Go to Jail» square (and the requisite «Get out of Jail Free» card) have been transformed into chic, limited edition handbags (each is numbered). Note the update to her 7” square top handle, now with suede edging.

I am in love…

TO PRE-ORDER THE MONOPOLY COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Get Out Of Jail Dizzie Bag

Paris Game Board Box Bag

Train Box Bag

Fanfare Book Clutch With Strap

Photos: Courtesy of Olympia Le-Tan

Gucci Celebrates the Year of the Dog 2018

The next Chinese New Year begins on 16th February 2018, and Gucci will celebrate the year of the dog with a dedicated collection of special items.

Gucci’s dog motifs for this collection were inspired by a pillow that the artist Helen Downie, AKA Unskilled Worker, gave as a gift to Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele, which featured an illustration of his two Boston terriers, Bosco and Orso.

Unskilled Worker’s dogs adorn a wide range of pieces that have been developed for the collection, including items of clothing (women’s and men’s ready-to-wear), shoes, handbags, luggage, small leather goods and accessories.  Women’s brightly coloured knitted sweaters, and denim shorts, feature the images, as do men’s hoodies and bomber jackets. The animals appear large on backpacks and tote bags in the Gucci Supreme material, and on colourful leather clutch bags and wallets. Scarves, trainers and jewellery are also embellished with pictures of these two dogs, while watches display the dog ‘faces’ on their faces.

There are 63 items in total in the collection, and it will be promoted across Gucci’s digital channels (notably on its newly-launched e-commerce channel in China) and in store, with special packaging.

Store windows will also be dedicated to the collection, with tartan walls, floor and matching tartan upholstered mini-bench seats for displaying products, with a giant image of each dog on the rear wall.

For iPhone X users, special interactive content will be available on the Gucci App. One will be bale to bring to life Orso and Bosco with one’s expressions, through special face recognition technology, and record a video that can be shared from the app.

The collection is now available in all markets, both in stores and online.
TO SHOP GUCCI’S CHINESE YEAR COLLECTION ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci / Photos by Petra Collins