Christian Dior Parfums La Colle Noire

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La Colle Noire is the newest addition to the Collection Privée de Christian Dior. A mysterious name for a place dear to the House of Dior.

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The new sunny composition is in homage to the land of Grasse, which plays a vital role in the history of Dior fragrances, and to its flower queen, Rose de Mai. Located not far from Grasse, the Château de La Colle Noire was purchased by Christian Dior in 1951. It was, for him, a genuine haven of peace lovingly shaped by his own hand, where he grew his beloved flowers that had already become the signature of Dior fragrances.

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François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, drew inspiration from this bountiful place to build his fragrance around an intense, expressive and dense Absolute of Centifolia Rose. La Colle Noire is an incisive multi-faceted floral fragrance.

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«La Colle Noire celebrates Rose de Mai melded with spices, woods, amber and musks. The Grasse Rose is unique, spicy and powerful.
It is not overly sweet, it conveys all the raw and sun-drenched beauty of this region in the south of France
François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator

La Colle Noire

Top Note: Rose de Mai Absolute
Middle Note: Sri Lankan Sandalwood
Base Note: White Musks

Available now for CHF 335.00 (125ml), CHF 480.00 (250ml) and CHF 675.00 (450ml).

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Christian Dior Parfums

My Look: Hemingway in Cuba

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During my trip to Cuba with CHANEL, I went on a Hemingway tour, following the footsteps of one of the worlds greatest writers.

My look: Denim top and matching culottes, both by Stella McCartney, Tian slip-on sneakersicon and Soho mini textured-leather shoulder bagicon, both by Gucci, sunglasses by ChanelPortofino Midsize Automatic watch with diamonds and grey alligator bracelet by IWC Schaffhausen and Double C diamond black lacquer white gold ring by Cartier.

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First stop was Finca Vigía, the only «real home» the author had in his lifetime. The house is located in a small, modest suburb of Havana named San Francisco de Paula, not too far from the capital city. Today it is a museum. You can only see the rooms from the outside looking inside the windows. It is very impressive to see the place where many masterpieces were written. In the garden there is even a small cemetery where Hemingway had buried his favorite dogs.

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Second stop was the charming fishing village Cojímar that was the background for one of Hemingway’s most important works «The Old Man and the Sea» that is based on a real character living in town. The writer came here often by boat and had drinks at the local bar La Terraza. Today, one table with a stunning view from the seaside dining room is still reserved honoring Hemingway. For true literature aficionados, it’s a must see visit.

«But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.»
– Ernest Hemingway

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Last stop of my Hemingway Cuba tour was El Floridita, a lovely bar in the center of Havana where the writer enjoyed many of the world’s famous daiquiris. Right to the left when you enter, you will find a life-sized bronze statue of Hemingway leaning his elbow on the mahogany countertop remembering their well-known guest.

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On my Hemingway tour Cuba I have learned al lot about the writer’s past and his relationship with the Caribbean country and I can only recommend it! I feel blessed to have experienced the country before it will loose its old-world charm.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Aluminium-Free Herbal Deodorant by Aesop

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«Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.»
– Lucy Maud Montgomery

Taking about body odor is not a pleasant topic, but it can’t be ignored. But the idea that ingredients in deodorants, namely aluminum, can cause breast cancer has been scaring me for a while. I mean, it makes sense, applying something so chemical-heavy near that part of our body certainly does give me chills. Therefore I had been looking for an aluminium-free deodorant that really keeps me stink free for some time now.
And finally I have found one that I like: the Herbal Deodorant by AESOP, a botanically based product created for everyday use, which is suitable for men and women alike.

Its formulation contains zinc ricinoleate to help address compounds associated with coryneform bacteria – the main contributor to strong body odour – and a considered blend of essential oils, including rosemary, sage and eucalyptus. These ingredients also impart a refreshing residual aroma that complements our cleansing and hydrating preparations for the body.

Herbal Deodorant is available at signature stores, counters in select department stores, and at Aesop online for CHF 35.00 (50ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht

Penhaligon’s Equinox Bloom

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Penhaligon’s has unveiled their very first gourmand fragrance, EQUINOX BLOOM, inspired by the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea, and the transitional moment when day turns to evening and when cold winter yields to spring.

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Created by Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp, Equinox Bloom plays with an olfactory palette inspired by the delights of high tea, accompanied by the heady bouquet of the first sweet spring flowers.

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During one of my recent visits to London, I enjoyed an incredible brunch in a smart, refined place, where the magnificent atmosphere of the rooms, furnished with opulent floral compositions, ensnared my senses almost at once. While admiring the floral scenery, my brunch included delightful toasts topped with honey and marmalade and these gourmand facets inspired me to bring to Equinox Bloom a trendy, modern inflexion to the generous floral bouquet. To me, this luxurious and abundant refinement reflects Penhaligon´s generosity in fragrances in a perfect way.” – Olivier Cresp, Perfumer.

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A subtle, sweet treat from Penhaligon’s, Equinox Bloom plays on the country’s favourite traditions and pleasing transitions – day to night, winter to spring – offering up a delicious and distinctive blend of gourmand and floral infusions to truly delight the senses.

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Top Notes: Neroli Bigarade Essence, Violet Leaves Absolute, Chantilly Accord
Middle Notes: Frangipani, Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmine Sambac Absolute
Base Notes: Ambrox, Benzoin Siam Absolute, Brown Sugar Accord

Equinox Bloom is available now as Eau de Parfum 50ml (€ 139.00) and 100ml (€ 189.00).

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And if you are happen to be in Hong Kong, please enjoy Penhaligon’s special afternoon tea at The Four Seasons Hotel.

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The hotel’s pastry chef Ringo Chan designed a new selection of treats inspired by the new scent Equinox Bloom, among them jasmine lemon cake pops, rose and pink praline éclair, and aqua sphere and white peach verrine, as well as a selection of afternoon tea buffet items.

The Lounge, G/F, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central; +852 3196-8820

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Four Seasons, © Penhaligon’s and © Conor Beary 2016

My Look: Lace Dress

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I am so in love with the new Gucci collections created by Alessandro Michele. Playful, feminine and in keeping with the motto «more is more», those pieces are absolute eyecatchers.

My look: Cotton-blend green lace dressLinea G 2 leather-trimmed canvas shoulder bagicon, embellished leather mid-heel loafersgold-tone crystal bracelet, double wrap ring with tiger headsTiger head ring with black enamelwide band in metal and drop flower earrings with green crystalsicon, all by GucciiconTank Américaine in yellow gold with diamonds by Cartier, and «Dior Split» sunglasses by Dior.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Favorite Hand Cream as Limited Edition

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Clarins_Jeunesse_des_MainsCLARINS has always cared for the hands, which are constantly exposed to harsh environmental factors and ageing, to keep them youthful, beautiful and comfortable. A cult beauty product for over 30 years, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is a highly effective, complete skin care which nourishes, smoothes, regenerates and beautifies the extremities we use so much. It has been my favorite product to care for my hands since ages.

Today, the famous beauty brand celebrates this success and launches a collection of 3 limited editions, adding three subtle fragrances to the legendary formula of Hand and Nail Treatment Cream: orange leaf, white tea leaf and fig leaf.

The three new scented versions of the original legendary formula offer the irresistible combination of three subtle fragrances with a unique beauty care, to keep hands looking youthful and beautiful all the way to the fingertips like invisible, scented beauty gloves. Fine, smooth and non-oily, Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Creams do not leave hands feeling greasy and do not stain. They are easy to apply and quickly absorbed.

Discover their new small tubes! Handy and easy to use, great for travelling, the new 30ml tubes, with their pretty leaf prints, make this essential daily skin care step nothing less than a daily beauty experience.

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Called the “golden apple” in Greek mythology, the orange is a symbol of wealth and fertility. The deliciously sweet fragrance of orange leaf is known for its relaxing properties.

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Fig leaf
Evocative of the Mediterranean sun, fig leaf is a pure expression of the tree in full leaf at the height of summer. Its sunny, vibrant fragrance is also reminiscent of cool, woody shade.

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White tea leaf
Gentle, exquisite white tea leaf is of a rare purity. Its fragrance gives a fresh, delicate quality to the cream.

All good reasons to take care of your hands even more often, to leave them looking and feeling softer and more beautiful, day after day!

Available from June 6, 2016 for CHF 15.00 (30ml) each.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Clarins and © Sandra Bauknecht

Opening Night of the Cannes Film Festival

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The 69th Cannes Film Festival is officially underway and I haven’t even posted all my memories from last year. American director Woody Allen‘s film «Café Society» has been selected to open the famous event. It is a quintessential romance Hollywood story—in the 1930s,  a young man named Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg), who falls in love with Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) and then Veronica (Blake Lively).

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As I just got back from Cuba, I had to shorten my trip to Cannes and will be leaving on Monday. Here are some photos of last year when I attended as guest of Swarovski the opening ceremony and premiere of «La Tete Haute (Standing Tall)» in a beautiful Chanel gown.

See you in Cannes!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Pascal Le Segretain for Getty Images, © Vogue, © Zimbio, © Sandra Bauknecht and Courtesy of Swarovski

Obra en Proceso Exhibition in Cuba

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As part of the month of the French culture in Cuba, the House of CHANEL presents the exhibition “Obra en Proceso / Work in Progress” by Karl Lagerfeld at the Factoría Habana art gallery. To celebrate its inauguration two days before the Cruise 2017 show, guests were able to discover more than 200 photographs by the famous designer.

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The exhibition is divided into three sections representing Karl Lagerfeld’s main interests – fashion, architecture and landscapes. It explores the great diversity of subjects, approaches and techniques that define the very personal and subtle interpretation that makes his photography. For him, a photo is not just an image but also a unique visual object. It is open until tomorrow and the admission is free.

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Calle O’Reilly No.°308, e/ Habana y Aguiar
La Habana Vieja
La Habana, Cuba

Enjoy my personal moments of the opening celebration:

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On our way to the exhibition through the streets of the old town of Havana…

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… we were guided by beautiful Cuban models.

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Karl Lagerfeld arriving at the opening celebration.

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With lovely Stella Tennant in front of Karl Lagerfeld’s photos of her.

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I fell in love with Lagerfeld’s photos of his muse Baptiste Giabiconi

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… that show the model in a different way.

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More to come from Cuba! Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Chanel / © Olivier Saillant / © Anne Combaz and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Happy Mother’s Day

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I had come back from Havana right on time for Mother’s Day. My daughter really spoilt me on Sunday and I am so proud to be her mum. To celebrate the occasion, I chose this outfit as Dolce & Gabbana’s collections are often celebrating the Italian famiglia and the print on my skirt is based on drawings by the designers’ nieces and nephews.

My look: Neon pink silk top by Balenciagaprinted silk-satin midi skirt and Sicily medium appliquéd embellished textured-leather tote, both by Dolce & Gabbanafeather-winged suede sandals by Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo, feline earrings with crystals by Gucci, bangles by ChanelTank Américaine in yellow gold with diamonds by Cartierring «Mitza» by Dior Haute Joaillerie and Croco Tail sunglasses by Fendi.

LoL, Sandra

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My Look: Cuban Colors

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One week offline… internet in Cuba is characterized by a low connections, limited bandwidth, censorship, and high cost. But now I am back from Havana and filled with amazing memories that I cannot wait to share with you. The city is full of beautiful colors and the vibrant walls were the perfect background to shoot this beautiful Temperley London dress that was inspired by Cuba.

My look: Arabelle wrap-effect embroidered cotton dress by Temperley London, fringed tweed bag, candy necklace and bracelet, all by Chanel, cutout leather platform pumps by Saint Laurent, Portofino Midsize Automatic watch with diamonds and grey alligator bracelet by IWC SchaffhausenDouble C diamond black lacquer white gold ring by Cartier.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht