My Look: New York Central Park

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Two weeks ago, I flew to New York for the 110th anniversary celebration of Montblanc. It was freezing cold when I landed. I stayed at the PIERRE hotel on the Upper East Side, a perfect location, very close to the Central Park, where those photos were taken.

My look: Wool toggle coat by Gucci,icon key embroidered cardigan, matching sweater and scarf, all by Dolce & Gabbanaicon, Maria high-rise skinny jeansicon by J Brandbiker boots by Miu MiuThe Falabella medium faux brushed-leather shoulder bag by Stella McCartney and sunglasses by Chanel.

Now, two weeks later I am back in the Big Apple for the opening party of Hublot‘s gigantic Fifth Avenue store. The sun is shining and it feels like summer. I am staying again at the PIERRE hotel and enjoy a spectacular view over the city.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Magic of Tea

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A bridge between East and West, a bridge between the past and the present – something that perfume and tea share.

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How can we overcome the transience of the body? How can we cross the boundaries between time and space? At Shui Tang in Zurich’s Niederdorf I learn more. The place has something magical, just like the owner Ms. Meng-Lin Chou, who transports me into her world with a wonderful ceremony of the traditional infusion beverage. The painstaking preparation is enough to make my to-go cup of morning coffee feel Philistine.

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Creating rare moments for sharing and pleasure, tea is considered an alchemical and Taoist bridge. Life is a river with two banks, yin and yang, one side is male, the other female, one reflects the material, the other the spiritual world. Both are polar opposites to each other, yet related forces that form a whole perpetual cycle. Tea is like a ship that helps you float from bank to bank. While doing so, you can forget the time.

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That’s what I’m doing at Ms. Chou. I am glued to her lips while I sip a delicious infusion. «The more cultivated a Chinese household is, the smaller the cup,» she says. «Many customers have claimed that sitting at the antique Chinese table, sipping the traditional Chinese Gongfu Tea is enough to infuse a magical power.» As I watch her when she prepares the tea, I believe that too, because time seems to stand still. Rare and precious moments that we easily forget in our fast-paced world.

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Perfume used to be like tea a sacrificial offering in the past in order to manipulate the gods. Fragrance reflects the alchemy of the exterior, tea the interior. In Bulgari‘s latest creation, they become one.

In the most hidden corners of the province of Yunnan at an altitude of 3000m, the rare black tea, that is used for the fragrance, is harvested between 2000-year old trees. Just like in the 11th century it is produced without electricity from the village farmers. Hand-harvested at precipitous elevations and carefully dried in the sun, those tea leaves can fetch more money per ounce than gold.

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Today, tea is a product in our affluent society, which stimulates thinking. 3000 years ago, it was used exclusively as medicine.
During the early ’90s, nobody would have thought that the traditional infusion could also be a perfume. But Bulgari has never followed current trends and launched in 1992 «Eau Parfumée au thé vert», inspired by the idea of ​​hospitality. First, the novelty was intended not as a traditional fragrance, but as refreshing ceremony for customers in the Bulgari shops.

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The unisex revolution was a huge success and can now be found in many hotel rooms as amenities. Other tea inspired scents have followed (see the complete collection above). The new «Eau Parfumée au thé noir», a powerful interpretation of the exclusive type of tea from Yunnan, enriches the collection with a different olfactory territory and promises to become another bestseller.

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Inspired by millennial Chinese black tea, it is an intense luxury fragrance for men and women that imprints itself indelibly on the skin with its floral and woody notes. The top notes are as palpable as those of a rose. The fluid and woody notes of black tea accord and patchouli strongly interact with the sensual and captivating harmonies of oud. Like yin and yang, an interplay, sensual and captivating.

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EAU PARFUMÉE AU THÉ NOIR

WOODY – FLORAL
Top Notes: Rose Absolute – Bergamot Essence
Middle Notes: Black Tea Accord – Magnolia Essence
Base Notes: Oud Wood – Patchouli

Eau de Cologne Intense Spray
75ml (CHF 104.00) and 150ml (CHF 169.00)

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Home & Bath Collection
200ml Body Lotion (CHF 63.00), 200 ml Shampoo & Shower Gel (CHF 52.00), 3 x 150g Soap Set (CHF 69.00), 15 x 12 gr Refreshing Towels (CHF 50.00), 325g Candle (CHF 99.00) and 600g Candle (CHF 168.00)

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75ml EdC + 75ml Shampoo + 75ml Shampoo & Shower Gel + 75ml Hair Conditioner + 75ml Body Lotion + 75g Soap + 12g x 2 Oshibori (CHF 128.00)

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Bulgari and © Sandra Bauknecht

The Most Important Pre-Fall 2016 Trends

Pre-Fall2016_Cover_Trends Leopard, tiered skirts, shearling, and more – the new pre-fall 2016 collections are starting to hit the shelves. Most summer trends are here to stay, look for lingerie dresses, lace and fabulous pleated skirts to update your wardrobe. Have fun!

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Pre-Fall 2016 TREND 1: LEOPARD
Giambattista Valli – Stella McCartney – Alexander Wang

Leopard is never truly out, but this season it comes roaring back like crazy.

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Get the trend now: Leopard-matelassé coat by Lanvin

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iconPre-Fall 2016 TREND 2: SHEARLING
Burberry – Carven – Paco Rabanne

The cozy outerwear continues its dominance in trim and is a must for this fall.

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Get the trend now: Shearling vest by Donna Karan New York

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Pre-Fall 2016 TREND 3: MODERN FUR
Fendi – Valentino – Lanvin

Dream pieces that are to die for. Look for flora and fauna motifs on fur coats and jackets to get the ultimate style upgrade.

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Get the look now: Bambi floral-print faux fur jacket by Shrimps

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Tibi – Prabal Gurung – Bottega Veneta

Let’s take it from the boys. Pantsuits come in all varieties, better then ever.

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Get the trend now: Silk-trimmed wool-twill blazer iconand pants iconby Gucci

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iconPre-Fall 2016 TREND 5: KELLY GREEN
Sally LaPointe – Delpozo – Emporio Armani

This eye-catching hue is defintely nothing for the shy, but Kermit would surely love it.

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Get the look now: Floral-lace mini dress by Dolce & Gabbana

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Pre-Fall 2016 TREND 6: PLEATED SKIRT
Gucci – 3.1 Phillip Lim – Max Mara

The right choice for this season’s party dressing: the pleated skirt stays in full force.

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Get the look now: Pleated silk-blend jacquard midi skirt by Gucci

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Pre-Fall 2016 TREND 7: BLACK LACE
Michael Kors Collection – Chanel – Elie Saab

Feminine, sophisticated, well-placed lace is taking center stage this pre-fall among fashion lovers.

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Get the look now: Lace-paneled crepe top by Elie Saab

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Pre-Fall 2016 TREND 8: SLIP DRESS
Sonia Rykiel – Givenchy – Altuzarra

The slip dress has made its appearance on the streets this summer and will stay for the next months enjoying its full potential outside of the bedroom.

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Get the trend now: Lace-trimmed silk-georgette dressicon by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

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Pre-Fall 2016 TREND 10: TIERED DRESSES
Giorgio Armani – Gucci – Oscar de la Renta

The multi-layered dress that has been introduced this summer is about to become a mainstay in our closets.

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Get the trend now: Cutout tiered jersey midi dress by Proenza Schoulericon

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

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Ba&Sh: Ibiza

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Childhood friends Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief have always shared a passion for fashion and travels. In 2003, they started to implement their vision into developing their own brand: Ba&Sh (the letters of their first names). Their collection is inspired by hippie chic and rock influences and revolves around the idea of the everyday ‘ideal closet’. Their favorite vacation destination? Of course Ibiza – it is known for its bohemian vibe, a way of life that Barbara and Sharon absolutely exude.

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Your favourite place on earth?
Barbara & Sharon: IBIZA! For its freedom, its nature and its perfect time. Each location is associated with a memory. For us, Ibiza is happiness!

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Your favourite hotel?
Barbara & Sharon: Definitely, the ATZARO hotel!
Why? It’s simple, go to their website. You’ll understand why. Quiet and sublime!
Carretera Sant Joan, km 15, 07800 Santa Eularia des Riu, Eivissa, Phone: +34 971 33 88 38

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Your favourite restaurant?
Sharon: Truly, we really have same tastes with Barbara. For both of us, it’s CIPRIANI.
Barbara: This is an italian restaurant with great music and good fresh products. Very hype!
Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Eivissa, Phone: +34 971 59 90 50

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Your favourite bar or nightclub?
Barbara & Sharon: PACHA IBIZA! Lots of memories there. It’s a classic but once you listen to electro music, enjoy the good atmosphere, you will dance all night long!
Av. 8 d’Agost, 07800 Ibiza, Phone: +34 971 31 36 12

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Your favourite sightseeing spot?
Barbara & Sharon: The EXPERIMENTAL BEACH! Crazy sunset there!
Playa des Codolar Salinas, s/n, 07817 Ibiza, Phone: +34 664 33 12 69
Is this your favourite beach?
Barbara: All the beaches are our favorites in Ibiza!
Sharon: Especially with music!

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Your favourite shop?
Barbara & Sharon: We often go to SLUIZ for local products. SHANTY within the BLUE MARLIN (see photo above) is the perfect spot for after beach buying. The selection is perfect with many ideas of decoration, clothes, etc…
Sluiz, PM-804, s/n, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Phone: +34 971 93 12 06
Shanty at Blue Marlin, Cala Jondal, s/n, 07800 Eivissa, Phone: +34 971 07 00 15

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Your must-have accessory?
Barbara: My iPAD! Too practical.
Sharon: My iPHONE! There is everything on it!

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The best soundtrack for this destination?
Sharon: For sure, SOLOMUN. I love his energy!
Barbara: MARVIN GAYE for me! He really has an incredible voice and a crazy soul.

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The best book to read while being on vacation there?
Barbara: BELLE DU SEIGNEUR by Albert Cohen
Sharon: No reading, just partying!

Thank you, Barbara and Sharon, for sharing your insider scoop on Ibiza with us!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Locations and © Sandra Bauknecht

A Modern Take on Lipstick

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Meet Bobbi Brown‘s new modern take on lipstick: the new NOURISHING LIP COLOUR OIL-INFUSED SHINE, which is available in 16 shades.

What is it: Everything you want for lips and more. Combines deeply emollient natural oils with an incredibly lush, comfortable texture and luminous shine.

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Who is it for: Anyone who wants a nourishing lip color that moisturizes and leaves lips with a luminous shine.

Why is it different: A nourishing wash of color for lips that’s infused with a luxurious blend of Avocado, Babassu and Jojoba Oils, plus Olive Oil Complex, Cocoa Seed Butter and Vitamins C and E together, they treat lips with deep hydration while creating a barrier that locks in moisture. The potent formula conditions instantly and over time, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for smooth, supple lips. Rich color pigments are suspended in a lightweight, clear base for pure, crisp color with a brilliant, even finish.

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Favourite shadeALMOST PINK – A pale neutral pink. It is not as dark as the picture but gives your lips a very nice, natural shade.

Available now. Don’t forget to enter the code BBSANDRA at checkout to receive a free full-size lipgloss (while stock lasts). This offer expires on April 16, 2016! Only one day left!
Click HERE to enter the online shop!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

My Look: Generation White

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My favorite season is spring, I love when nature is awakening, the air is smelling sweet and you can finally be outside enjoying the sunshine. It is also the time when I love to wear white. Isn’t this dress I got at FASHIONVESTIS just beautiful? It is airy, light and has this certain bohemian vibe that I adore so much…

My look: Broderie anglaise dress with corset belt by Philosophy di Lorenzo SerafiniAnita fringed suede shoulder bag and ankle suede boots, both by Saint Laurent, cocktail ring by Chanel, suede hat by Balenciaga iconand Carlina round-frame gold-tone sunglasses by Chloé.

LoL, Sandra

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Fashion Vestis

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If you have read the February issue of L’OFFICIEL Switzerland, you might remember Monika Wildi and her fabulous Zurich based online shop FASHIONVESTIS. Three years ago she started this fashion adventure. Today she carries a great selection of young brands and upcoming designers.

Get the look: Blue sweater by Paul & Joeraffia shopper by Vanessa Bruno, white shirt, embroidered shorts and cowboy boots, all three by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.

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Great news is that you can find the beautiful collection of Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini at FASHION VESTIS. The former Dolce & Gabbana womenswear designer was appointed in October 2014 as Creative Director of the brand that was founded in 1984 by Alberta Ferretti.
His second runway collection for Philosophy showcases beautiful dresses lush with painterly florals and Victorian embellishments, spicing it up with a hint of the undone prairie girl.

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I couldn’t resist those two looks, stay tuned for the outfit posts coming up soon…

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Runway S/S 2016 Look 1: Floral printed chiffon dress with ruffles

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Runway S/S 2016 Look 13: White broderie anglaise dress with corset belt

LoL, Sandra

Photos via L’OFFICIEL Switzerland and FashionVestis
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A Free Gift from Bobbi Brown

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Last week, the online launch of Bobbi Brown Switzerland was celebrated in Zurich with a special beauty event at Loft Five. Finally, you can shop your favorite beauty products from home. Have a look at the website, it is totally fun, especially the makeup tutorials are a great way to learn more about the perfect application.

Advantages of online shopping at bobbibrown.ch:
– Free shipping if you spend more than CHF 100.-
– Free shipping and returns on all foundations, correctors, concealers and powders!
– A free deluxe miniature of your choice

To celebrate the occasion, Bobbi Brown has a special surprise for you, my dear Sandra’s Closet readers.
If you shop until April 16, 2016, you will receive a free full-size lipgloss (while stock lasts). Just enter the code BBSANDRA at checkout.
Click HERE to enter the online shop!

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… here are my favorite Bobbi Brown products I cannot live without!
Nude on Nude Eye Palette
Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Bone
Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Saddle
Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow
All of her Make-up Brushes
High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Tulle

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown Switzerland and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Business Attire

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Many of my readers have been asking me about a business look with a certain twist. As one of the big summer trends is incorporating lingerie in your daily wardrobe, I exchanged the stereotype white shirt into a feminine lace top which looks sophisticated and elegant under a blazer. A great selection of such camisoles can be found at ZIMMERLI. The one I am wearing in this post has some small pieces of art hidden within the airy embellished ribs. The light and breathable fabric is soft as silk and pliant as cashmere.

My look: Tuxedo jacket by Stella McCartneyicon, lace top by Zimmerli, cropped wool-crepe pantsicon by Alexander McQueen, Croco Tail sunglasses by FendiChristy leather point-toe flatsicon by Aquazzuratote bag by Karl Lagerfeld, pearl earrings by Chanel, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery and Tonda 1950 Clarity watch by Parmigiani Fleurier.

LoL, Sandra

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Jo Malone Nashi Blossom

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Every year, Jo Malone launches a limited edition blossom based fragrance for the summer months. So let me introduce you to the new Nashi Blossom Cologne. First of all, before virtually smelling it, how fun is the polka-dot adorned glass bottle and the flash of green bottle cap.

What is nashi blossom?
It is the fruit of a pear tree. Traditionally in East Asia the tree’s flowers are a popular symbol of early spring, and it is a common sight in gardens and the countryside. It is also called «Chinese pear».

How does the new fragrance smell?
The fragrance created by Fabrice Pellegrin is extremely yummy with a fresh citrusy opening, followed by a trail of pear, apple, nashi blossom and rose, all intermingled with a creamy musk base.

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Top Notes: Lemon
Middle Notes: Nashi Blossom
Base Notes: White Musk

Fragrance Combining™
Nashi Blossom works best in combination with Nectarine Blossom & Honey for a fruity-floral mixture and with Dark Amber & Ginger Lily for a more sensual but light creation.

This limited edition will be available in Switzerland from May 2, 2016 as Cologne 30ml (CHF 72.00) and 100ml (CHF 136.00) at Globus Geneva, Globus Lucerne and Jelmoli Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jo Malone