MAC Fruity Juicy

After yesterday’s post about Carmen Miranda’s legacy inspiring the fashion world, I have some more tropical moments this weekend.

Shake up the summer with a frootilicious collection of sun-kissed succulence by MAC Cosmetics. Take a sweet vacation of vibrant colour for lips and eyes with a stunning special packaging throughout! Love at first bite thanks to  the FRUITY JUICY pattern of papayas, pineapples, bananas and hibiscus flowers, that are also printed on the cap and the body of the products.

LIPSTICK – CHF 28.00

• Calm Heat – mid-tone nude (matte)
• Shy Girl – creamy neutral coral beige (cremesheen)
• Love At First Bite – bright fuchsia (amplified) – (I love!)
• Sí, Sí, Me! – deep violet (satin)

CREMESHEEN GLOSS – CHF 32.00

• Cha-Cha-Cha – warm peachy pink
• Shake, Shake, Shake! – bright apricot orange
• La Salsa – soft purple
• Summer Succulence – cool beige

EYE SHADOW x6 Fruit à la la – CHF 60.00

• Glamour Light – warm beige (satin)
• Soleil, So Lovely – dirty grey nude (matte)
• ¡Arriba! – frosty rose (frost)
• Carnal Charm – bright burnt orange red (matte)
• Fuchsia Fury – bright blue pink (satin)
• Cocktail Black – deep brown grey with pearl (satin)

EYE SHADOW x6 Love in the Glades – CHF 60.00

• Greystroke – tinted white grey (satin)
• Cumulus – mid-tone frosty grey (frost)
• Bye Bye Bahamas – soft chocolate with pearl (frost)
• Palm Leaves – soft grey green (satin)
• Neoprene Green – bright frosty emerald (veluxe pearl)
• Russian Blue – dark blackened blue grey (matte)

EYE SHADOW x6 Oh My Banana – CHF 60.00

• Retrospeck – beached blonde (lustre)
• Big Kahuna – true gold (frost)
• Soft Brown – soft golden peachy-brown (matte)
• Electric Mandarin – champagne orange (satin)
• All’s Rosy – deep pink rose (matte)
• Land of Delights – mid-tone cranberry

BRONZING POWDER – CHF 35.00

• Refined Golden – finely spun golden with soft pearl
• Banana Bronze – medium-deep toned neutral matte bronze

MAC STUDIO SCULPT BRONZING POWDER – CHF 41.00

• Delicates – neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer
• Delphic – coppery bronze with gold sparkles

PEARL MATTE FACE POWDER – CHF 41.00 (I love!)

• Oh My, Passion! – shimmery tan / light soft yellow /bluish pink / bright coral

LUSTRE DROPS – CHF 32.00

• Bronze Hero – rich deep bronze
• Sun Rush – peachy bronze with gold pearl

PREP+PRIME FIX+ – CHF 26.0 with coconut scent

BRUSH 

• 125 Split Fibre Dense Face Brush – CHF 54.00
• 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush – CHF 67.00

MAKEUP BAG – CHF 38.00

In stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Carmen Miranda Reloaded

I never followed what people said was in fashion. I think that women should wear what suits them. So I created a style that fitted my type and my artistic genre.”
Carmen Miranda

The Portuguese-Brazilian actor and samba singer – and one of the first celebrity fashion designers – died over 60 years ago today. But her legacy remains …

Carmen Miranda’s name has become synonymous with frilly blouses, plastic fruit accessories and extravagant headpieces, items that were always essential to her larger-than-life look. Her influence on fashion had broader consequences too: the colourful aesthetic that made her a hit in Hollywood was controversial back home in Brazil.

Known for her tutti-frutti turban, A Pequena Notável, as she was known in her home country Brazil, or The Brazilian Bombshell, as they called her in the USA, did not just sing and dance. She also created the costumes for her Broadway shows and Hollywood musicals in the 40s and 50s, a period when she was the highest paid studio actress.

Born in Portugal, she moved to Brazil with her family when she was still a child. In 1925, as a sixteen year old in Rio de Janeiro, she discovered she had a talent for making hats and dresses while working in a clothing shop. She began to design and sew her own costumes when in 1930 she started singing professionally. As she was just five foot tall, she was also known for wearing platforms and making them very popular.

Many designers have been inspired by her tropical image over the last years but I truly adore what Dolce & Gabbana has come up with for the S/S 2017 collection:

Appliquéd polka-dot stretch-silk turban by Dolce & Gabbana
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This playful turban combines the label’s ‘Mambo‘ and polka-dot inspirations. Modeled after dancer Carmen Miranda’s iconic headpiece, this structured style is made from patterned stretch-silk and topped with flowers and colorful fruit appliqués. The internal brim is lined with a grosgrain ribbon to keep it comfortably in place.

By the way, Carmen Miranda’s original costumes were brought together by her sister in the Museu Carmen Miranda in Rio de Janeiro. A museum that is worth the visit if you love fashion as much as I do. Therefore I adore how Dolce & Gabbana also reinterpreted beautifully the singer’s iconic bow turbans:


iconFloral-print silk-satin headband by Dolce & Gabbana

This headband iconis twisted at the front and patterned with pretty pink roses, blue butterflies and the label’s signature. Isn’t it so pretty?

To a tropical weekend…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana, Bettmann/CORBIS and via Vogue Brazil

My Look: Block Heels

Block heels are one of the best investments you can make this year if you want to stay on top of the fashion charts and comfy at the same time. I have been going crazy for those embellished ones teamed with this beautifully feminine blouse and skirt for instant style status.

The photos were taken at the Rote Fabrik in Zurich where Juergen Teller shot the S/S 2013 ad campaign for Marc by Marc Jacobs. A perfect match and a little trip down memory lane… !

My look: Ruffled tulle blousetulle wrap skirt and Adriana leopard-print calf hair and snake-effect leather platform sandalsicon, all by Marc Jacobs, gold bar clutch by Chanel and cocktail ring by Robert Cavalli.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Alexa Factor

Today marks the launch of Alexa Chung‘s debut collection ALEXACHUNG. Drawing on the model, muse and journalist’s own idiosyncratic sense of style, her beautiful collection applies over a decade of experience in the fashion industry and is packed with personality and humour. “Music has had a huge influence on my work as have my friends,” she explains, citing icons Jane Birkin, Brian Jones, David Hockney and David Bowie as inspiration. I especially love her fun slogan tops and the gorgeous denim overall.

To celebrate the new line, luxury online retailer MYTHERESA has joined forces with musician Mike Skinner to produce the second instalment of mytheresa.com tunes.

In 2004 English musician, The Street’s Mike Skinner booked a then unknown model, Alexa Chung, to star in the music film clip of “I could well be in”. They met again for the first time in twelve years at a mytheresa.com intimate dinner in Germany and an idea ensued. To celebrate the launch of Alexa’s collection, mytheresa.com re-united them for the mytheresa.com tunes series. The song “In my head – the darker the shadow the brighter the light”, is classic Mike Skinner prose and features Alexa Chung narrating her way through Ireland, from the iconic Lismore Castle to the dive bars of Cork, in selected looks from her debut collection.

Being the first mytheresa.com woman in a series of inspiring women, there is a special bonding between mytheresa.com and Alexa Chung since 2013 when the first joint project launched. Since then Alexa Chung has attended several mytheresa.com events (click here please for a previous post), but was also the main character of the very first mytheresa.com tunes instalment for the launch of AC by AG jeans, singing a cover of “Blue Denim” by Stevie Nicks.

TO SHOP ALEXACHUNG ONLINE AT MYTHERESA, CLICK HERE PLEASE. Alternatively, the collection is also available at NET-A-PORTER.

LoL, Sandra

Photos and Video: Courtesy of Mytheresa.com and via Vogue UK

Even Cinderella Would Be Jealous

Even Cinderella would be jealous of the shoe of 2017, mules of all shapes and sizes have been spotted allover. My new favorite? A version that’s been reinvented with a vintage Barbie feel in gorgeous nude hues. The stiletto mule can be styled for both casual and dressy moments, worn from brunch to dinner and everything in between.

Myla satin mules by Jimmy Choo
2 Birdie cutout metallic leather mules by Sophia Webster
iconEmbellished knotted satin mules by No. 21
icon4 Andrea patent-leather mules by Giuseppe Zanetti
iconEmbellished satin mules by Miu Miu
iconKeely knotted satin mules by Jimmy Choo
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Or shop the modern transparent Cinderella mules (that still look completely nostalgic) here:
Transparent mules (SEASON 4) by Yeezy

Happy Shopping! Don’t forget…
Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Spring Into Summer

Back in St. Tropez at the beautiful Château de la Messadière enjoying the beginning of the summer season…

My look: Cutout bandage swimsuit and Gabriella mesh pointless dress, both by Hervé LégerMare fringed stretch crochet-knit pareo by Missonitasseled gold-plated, lapis and crystal necklace and multi layered necklace, both by Etrostudded leather bracelet and matching iconCandy heels, both by Saint Laurent, Plage Beach woven-hessian tote by Lanvin, and pearl embellished sunglasses by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Jo Malone New Exfoliating Shower Gel

 Jo Malone is extending its Bath & Body line with the launch of three new exfoliating shower gels that cleanse and polishe skin in one easy step. With just the right balance of exfoliating ingredients, it is perfect for an effortless and pampering daily routine.

Soft jojoba beads, finely crushed walnut shells and bamboo stem work together to delicately smooth away dryness and impurities. Your skin is left feeling soft, reinvigorated and primed to receive the benefits of your body cream.

Geranium & Walnut Exfoliating Shower Gel
Developed to complement every Jo Malone fragrance, this shower gel layers crisp, vibrant geranium with the warmth of walnut.

Pomegranate Noir Exfoliating Shower Gel
Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods.

Lime Basil & Mandarin Exfoliating Shower Gel
It revives your body with Jo Malone’s signature fragrance Lime Basil & Mandarin. Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean beach.

Available in Switzerland from June 5th, 2017 for CHF 47.00 exclusively at Globus Geneva, Globus Glattzentrum and Jelmoli Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jo Malone London and © Sandra Bauknecht

30 Years of Guerlain Météorites Pearls

This year, Guerlain celebrates the 30th birthday of its iconic Météorites Pearls and launches a special and limited edition of these famous, luminous spheres in a light pink packaging for S/S 2017, called Météorites Happy Glow. The famous light-catching pearls were created in 1987 by Dominique Szabo, Creative Director of Guerlain Makeup at the time, who wanted to offer women pure radiance with these little helpers that act as a concentrate of optical technologies.

Needless to say that over the last 30 years, they have managed to evolve into a product that keeps on offering more and more. Pioneers of color correction and glow sublimated by optics, Météorites pearls have been enriched with “Rainbow” and “Star Dust” technologies to make the invisible visible and to reveal more light on the skin.

Characteristics:

  •  Three color harmonies are created to meet the needs of color correction and brightness of light, medium and dark skin
  • Each of the harmonies contain 6 shades of powdered pearls compacted with a specific benefit and effect.
  • Under the hairs of the brush, these 6 shades of pearls mix perfectly for a smart multi-benefit color correction with a natural finish and a “supernatural” appearance.

In 2017, Météorites celebrate their 30th anniversary. On this occasion, they reinvented themselves with the collector products that promise a very desirable “rosy glow” and continue to diffuse the scent of violets signature to the Météorites Guerlain line. The limited edition collection that says “Happy Birthday” offers 4 new products that pay homage to the mildness of the spring:

Météorites Happy Glow PearlsLight Revealing Powder Pearls – CHF 87.00

The new limited edition pearls offer a new color harmony with a combination of corrective and brightening pearls to erase the signs of fatigue and restore the natural glow f the skin. The largest “Rainbow Glow” pearls amplify light with multicolored pearl particles, while the 3 other colors each provide a special benefit: Champagne to reflect the light, Purple to neutralize yellow and attract the light and Pink for the refreshing effect against a dull complexion.

Météorites Happy Glow Blush– Light-Sculpting Compacted Pearls of Powder – CHF 63.00

Inspired by the the Météorites Voyage and their micro-pearls of powder compacted in a travel case, this 2-in-1 product  is both blush and highlighter, ideal for a quick boost of radiance. Rainbow Glow pearls bring a boost of light thanks to the multi-colored pearl particles, Pink pearls are there for a refreshing anti-dull effect and Fuchsia pearls revive the skin’s radiance and give a fresh boost to the complexion.

KissKiss Lipstick (Le Rouge Crème Galbant) – CHF 54.00

The two new Météorites collector products are accompanied by two new colors of the KissKiss lipstick in limited edition. Two new colors have a rosy finish: Blossom Glow, a bold pinkish red, and Pearly Pink, a more tender and glossy pink.

Météorites The Brush – CHF 51.00

Guerlain also launches a new version of the Météorites Brush with improved and highly practical design. It is even softer and stronger at the same time, still as easy to use and makes the emblematic G* gesture of the Météorites a piece of cake.

*G gesture – From the center of the forehead to the cheekbones through the temples, then continue down the face and neck. On each side of the face.

In stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Guerlain

The New Prada Cinéma Eyewear Collection

The new Prada Cinéma S/S 2017 eyewear collection stands out with its stylistic blend of sophisticated elegance and contemporary details.
The new sunglasses draw inspiration from the 1960s, reinterpreting the classic rounded shape with a modern twist. The oversized acetate front features thick lines enhanced by the shiny metal upper front profile. They are sophisticated while being extremely wearable.


The iconic flat metal temples – a key theme of the Prada Cinéma collection – are creatively matched with the acetate tips.

The palette includes a wide range of colour combinations, from classic Black and different shades of TortoiseClassic, Medium, Orchid, Talc – to the new fresh upcoming delicate nuances of Crystal Nude, Crystal Aqua and Crystal Blue.

The collection is available at prada.com, Prada stores and selected retailers worldwide.

The launch is accompanied by a digital film starring model Giedre Dukauskaite – a playful homage to the cinematic escape in which the transformational fantasies of film take center stage. A deceptively simple story of a day at the movies, but what apparently seems an ordinary escape gives way to an unexpected plot.

If you are like me a big fan of the Prada feather top, you can click here to shop it.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos and Short Film: Courtesy of Prada

Midnight Magic for Your Skin

I am travelling quite a lot at the moment which can be extremely stressful for the skin. Therefore I love to take GLAMGLOW‘s DREAMDUO Overnight Transforming Treatment with me.

Its promise to wake up makeup ready with an instant sexy Hollywood glow is true. DREAMDUO will give you plump, hydrated skin in one night in only two steps:

Step 1 (Pearl): DREAMSERUM is an overnight melt-in serum
Step 2 (Gray): DREAMSEAL is a nourishing moisture boost

Plumping isn’t just for lips anymore, DREAMDUO is midnight magic for your skin.
In stores for approximately CHF 60.00 (40g), for example at Marionnaud.

Stay sexy! I am off from Cannes to Venice for a masquerade ball.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht