Sale Spotlight

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Great news, it is this time of the year: the sale has officially started and you can find amazing pieces that are marked down up to 50%. Below you can find my selection of my favorite 10 with a little explanation why I have chosen them.

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Ruched knitted sweater by J.W.Anderson (40% off)
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Embroidered denim clutch by Marc Jacobs (30% off)
You will be the star at every 4th of July party.
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Bandage mini dress by Hervé Léger (50% off)
A true classic in dark blue.

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Embroidered wool-blend cardigan by Saint Laurent (30% off)
A fun cover-up for those rainy days and later for fall.

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Suede knee boots by Gianvito Rossi (50% off)
Already an investment for the upcoming winter season.

Tom_Ford_Icon_BagiconIcon medium leather tote by Tom Ford (40% off)
If you get a Tom Ford bag on sale, you better do not hesitate.

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iconHenrietta rabbit-fur felt hat by Maison Michel (30% off)
Couture millinery Maison Michel was founded in 1936 and is now owned by Chanel, do I need to explain more?

DOLCE_GABBANA_PUMPSiconEmbellished printed brocade pumps by Dolce & Gabbana (40% off)
With this discount, it feels good to add some color to your wardrobe.

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iconEmbellished bomber jacket by Saint Laurent (40% off)
A treasure from the runway.

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Crystal embellished ring by Gucci (30% off)
Fashion jewelry by Gucci will stay a huge trend next season. This is an amazing opportunity to get it on sale.

I hope that I could inspire you a little… have fun shopping the sale!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Gucci New Timepieces Cruise 2017

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During last Gucci’s Cruise 2017 collection fashion show which took place on June 2, 2016 at the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey in London, UK, models wore the following timepieces that will surely be on every fashionista’s which list next season:

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Le Marché des Merveilles, small 22mm size, carved antique gold colored case with rotating feline head cover, crown with pearl, white mother of pearl dial, carved antique gold colored rigid bangle, with interlocking G logo at both ends, case back with bee motif engraving, quartz movement.

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G-Timeless, medium 38mm version, carved antique gold colored case, silver guilloche dial, antique gold colored indexes with different motifs: tiger, head, bee, star, triangle hear, see through case back with engraved bee on oscillating weight, carved antique gold colored bracelet, automatic movement. GucciCruise2017_CLUP_14_HR

Transparent Plexiglas case with black-grey-black stripe, medium rectangle 40 x 24mm size, yellow gold colored skeleton dial, grey transparent Plexiglas bangle with yellow gold studs and printed gold bee motif, engraved bee motif on the case back, quartz movement.

TO SHOP GUCCI WATCHES, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci

Don’t Forget to Trim Your Scented Candles

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Candles are beautiful and fragrant to burn, but if you don’t trim the candle wick to the right length your candle purchase is going up in smoke. You know, that nasty soot that turns your jar black….

CandlesScented candles by Diptyque.
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As this can be quite annoying, I have finally found the perfect tool to make the trimming easy and that I can leave right next to my favorite candles: Diptyque’s steel trimmer. Engraved with the label’s flagship address, it helps the wax burn more evenly, ensuring a steady stream of beautiful scent. Use the accompanying snuffer to extinguish the flame with ease.

TO SHOP DIPTYQUE’S wick trimmer and candle snuffer set, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Diptyque

Francis Kurkdjian: Paris

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The freshness of an early morning. The sparkle of a grand soiree. I live in the rhythm of this magical, luminous Paris. I love those special moments which have inspired me to create these two perfumes – a fragrance journey into the heart of the City of Lights. ” – Francis Kurkdjian

Accompanying the launch of his two new fragrances dedicated to Paris, Petit Matin and Grand Soir, which will both be available in September 2016, the famous perfumer shared his favorite spots in the French capital with us. (If you are in Zurich, you can find his creations at the newly opened counter at Jelmoli or at Perfumery Osswald. To shop his creations online, click here please.)icon

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Your favourite city?
PARIS, because it is Paris. It is my hometown.

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Your favourite hotel?
HOTEL LA PROVIDENCE in the 10th arrondissement. A charming small boutique hotel with a great restaurant, good food and a lovely bar.
90, Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris, Phone: +33 1 46 34 34 04

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Your favourite restaurant?
LA DAME DE PIC by Anne Sophie Pic, who is one of the best chefs in the world and France’s first woman to win three Michelin stars.
20, Rue du Louvre, 75001 Paris, Phone: +33 1 42 60 40 40

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Your favourite nightclub?
SILENCIO because I love the decor.
142, Rue Montmarte,  75002 Paris, Phone: +33 1 40 13 12 33

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Your favourite sightseeing spot?
The rooftop of the restaurant GEORGES which has the best view over the city.
6th floor, Palais Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou, 75000 Paris, Phone: +33 1 44 78 47 99
The view from the PLACE DU TROCADERO with the Eiffel Tower in the back is spectacular, especially at night as well as the PONT ALEXANDRE III (pictured), the beautiful deck arch bridge that spans the Seine. It is so Parisian.

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Your favourite park?
I adore the PALAIS ROYAL GARDEN, not a real parc, more a garden between my office and my home. Very French but not too touristy like the Tuileries that are just across.
6 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, Phone:+33 1 47 03 92 16

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Your favourite shop?
ATELIER REYNARD
. It is more a secret spot, an atelier. It is the place where I get all my leather goods. The owner is so talented.
3 Place du Palais Bourbon, 75007 Paris, Phone: +33 1 45 51 77 87

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Your must-have accessory?
My SCENTED CARD WALLET that is hand made and that can be exclusively found in my Paris store.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 5, rue d’Alger, 75001 Paris , Phone: +33 1 42 60 07 07

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Your favorite museum?
MUSEUM NISSIM DE CAMONDO. It was owned by a banker, Count de Camondo. I love the spirit of it. It had been a private mansion that was turned into a museum. It houses a spectacular collection of French decorative art from the second half of the 18th century.
63 Rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33 1 53 89 06 50

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Your favourite piece of art?
I like the work of SOPHIE DELAUNAY that you can explore at the Musée d’Art Moderne. Her art is colorful, avantgarde and deconstructed.
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Phone: +33 1 53 67 40 00
ELIAS CRESPIN (pictured) – very contemporary, he does mobiles floating in the air with very centric movements full of electronics. It is to die for.
Galerie Denise René Espace Marais, 22 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris

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The best book to read while being on vacation there?
Poetry by GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE. I love his universe. His poem LE PONT MIRABEAU is my favourite. It is about the Seine.

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The smell of Paris?
The SUBWAY. When you walk through the streets, you can smell the ventilation. For me, this is very French!

Thank you, Francis, for sharing your insider scoop on Paris with us!
My dear readers, if you like to know more about Francis, I have some great news. An amazing interview will be coming up shortly. So stay tuned please!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the locations, © David Lynch, © Sylvain Leurent and © Sandra Bauknecht

Christian Louboutin Unveils Loubilaque

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«Loubilaque is for the bold woman who wants to bring attention to her lips. When she wears Loubilaque, she feels its power through other’s reaction to her.”
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After nail polishes, lipsticks and lip pencils, Christian Louboutin is expanding its beauty range with the launch of a new lipgloss, inspired by the shoe designer’s love of all things lacquer.

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Loubilaque will be available in 8 shades (Rouge Louboutin, Bengali, Bikini, Colibretta, Casanovella, Altressa, Altareva, Akenana) in selected stores and on www.christianlouboutin.com in July.
Price: 80.00 €.

YOU CAN SHOP CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN BEAUTY ONLINE HERE.
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LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

My Look: New York

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Recently, I flew to New York to attend the opening celebrations of HUBLOT‘s new Fifth Avenue flagship store. As you can imagine everything was superlative and I cannot wait to show you all the details. Here you see me on my way to the ribbon cutting ceremony.

My look: Sarai signature essentials dress by Hervé Leger, cutout leather platform pumps by Saint Laurent, boy bag with chains by Chanel and Croco Tail sunglasses by Fendi.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

La Mer Celebrates World Oceans Day

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Since 1992 when it had been first inaugurated, World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every June 8th until its official recognition by the United Nations in 2009. It is an annual observation to honour the world’s oceans, celebrate the products they provide such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value.

To cherish the sea world, LA MER has launched BLUE HEART in 2014 with the commitment to support the protection of ocean habitats for generations to come and to raise awareness of the importance of healthy oceans worldwide.La-Mer-Blue-Heart-packshot

To commemorate World Oceans Day and LA MERicon’s BLUE HEART foundation, a 100ml jar of Crème de la Mer with a limited-edition design will be available from now for CHF 490.00.

LaMerBlueHeartAlways a magic moment for me: When you spot the sea of your holiday destination from the plane and you know you are going to jump in the crystal clear water within a few hours.

The brand also invites you to become an editor-at-sea and to share your story with the hashtag  #LaMerBlueHeart. Have fun!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of La Mer and © Sandra Bauknecht

Atelier Swarovski by Peter Pilotto

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From chokers to colorful hair pins, members of the Swarovski Collective, and 2015 winners of the inaugural Swarovski Collective prize, designers Peter Pilotto and his partner Christopher de Vos turn their hands to the art of jewelry. Signatures first seen on their F/W 2016 catwalk (namely, striking color in geometric arrangements) now make up a kaleidoscopic collection of crystal jewelry in collaboration with Atelier Swarovski.

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Inspired by the architecture of nature, the collection features a range of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and a hairpin, incorporating sparkling Swarovski crystal in vivacious colors with a rhodium finish.

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Great news is that Peter Pilotto’s F/W 2016 ‘Arbol’ collection for Atelier Swarovski is available exclusively for pre-order on MODAOPERANDI.COM iconfrom now before it will arrive in selected Swarovski stores and online from September 2016.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Atelier Swarovski and Peter Pilotto

M∙A∙C Eid

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Today is the start of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer. Eid al-Fitr, the “festival of breaking of the fast” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of this important religious period in the beginning of July. A reason also for M∙A∙C to celebrate with the launch of Smoky Metallic Times Nine, a limited-edition Eyes x 9 Palette created exclusively in honour of Eid, that features a wave of colour-coordinated, smoky metallic hues offering countless combinations. For the ultimate in versatility, the palette offers textures from matte to satin to frost for creating looks for both day and night. What’s more, eyes x 9 is packaged in pocket-sized compacts for easy portability. Now, that’s a gorgeous sight to behold. Statement eyes have never been easier.

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Smoky Metallic Times Nine
Filament platinum silver (lustre)
Simple Sensation pinky mid-tone nude (matte)
Give Me Fire taupe pinky neutral (lustre)
By the Silver Moon frosty neutralized green (veluxe pearl)
Just Twigged light greyish taupe (satin)
Petrol mid-tone charcoal (satin)
Richy-Rich goldish dirty bronze (lustre)
Black Factor deep muted brown-black (matte)
Carbon intense black (matte)
60.00 CHF

Brushes
228 Mini Shader – 34.00 CHF
224 Tapered Blending – 48.00 CHF

In Switzerland only available at the MAC counter at Globus Geneva from July 2016.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

My Look: Leave a Little Sparkle

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Gucci leads the way in fashion’s current retro mood and I have never outgrown my love for pink, ruffles and a little sparkle.

My look: Pussy-bow silk and wool-blend crepe jacket and matching pleated skirtfeline earrings with crystals and Horsebit-detailed suede knee boots, all by Gucci, white blouse with ruffles by PradaSicily medium appliquéd embellished textured-leather tote by Dolce & Gabbana, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery and Tonda 1950 Set Clarity watch by Parmigiani Fleurier.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht