A Very Special Trip to Courmayeur

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This summer was very special for me. I tried different things outside of my comfort zone. With my new job as editor-in-chief of L’Officiel Switzerland, I am challenged every day and I am loving it. To be able to always come up with new ideas for the magazine and my blog, it is indispensable for me to to feed myself regularly with new experiences!

Here you see me in the Italian Alps at Courmayeur hiking and conquering the Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest and most challenging mountain. It was a wonderful trip that I will treasure forever.

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Sometimes, it is good to go out of your comfort zone to let the magic happen in your life. Eat food for example you have never tried before, shop a piece of clothes that looks exotic in your closet, go on holidays alone (just got back from 10 magical days by myself in Ibiza), meet new people, watch a show or read a book you would never want to watch or read normally. It will enrich your life and enlighten you. If you don’t seek new challenges, how will you ever know what you are truly capable of?

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake or to get hurt. It will happen but no true story develops from reading and re-reading the same chapter over and over again. Sometimes not being in control is the most beautiful thing in the world. Afterwards you might be able to see things clearly again…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Meet Monique Péan and Her Amazing Jewels

Monique Péan

Today I would like to introduce you to the New York based premier environmentally friendly fine jewelry line MONIQUE PÉAN iconthat is known for its one-of-a-kind designs, avant-garde style and unique materials, including sustainable fossilized woolly mammoth and walrus ivory as well as dinosaur bones.

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Partnering with artisans around the world to support traditional craftsmanship and cultural heritage, MONIQUE PÉANicon, founded in 2006, strives to raise awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues through design. Proceeds from the sales contribute to global philanthropic organizations such as charity: water, which provides clean drinking water and basic sanitation to people in developing nations.

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In 2009, Péan was one of the recipients of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Accessories that same year. Péan was raised in the Washington D.C. area and holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics.

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Now, you have the chance to pre-order her exclusive Resort 2015 line until August 26, 2014 for which she embarks on an archeological expedition with these most rare gems featuring prehistoric fossils. Conflict-free diamonds shine bright in the sleek settings that bring new meaning to modern relicts.

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To pre-order, just click on the highlighted text below the photos to be transferred directly. Enjoy those rare treasures!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Monique Péan

Journey by Amouage

Amouage Journey

Personally speaking, I adore Amouage, the scents are so extremely rich and sensual. Therefore, I had been eager to explore the house’s latest duo – Journey Man and Journey Woman. The two new creations are based upon the man behind the fragrances, Creative Director Christopher Chong. His love for Shanghai Deco and Chinese Film Noir, are the inspirations for the new Journey scents, in which he pays homage to his heritage.

Journey Woman

Journey for Woman, expressive with enigmatic undertones of radiance this floral, fruity and leather fragrance illustrates an enchanting journey.

Top Notes: Apricot and Jasmine Tea
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Sambac, Mimosa, Honey and Cedarwood
Base Notes: Pipe Tobacco, Saffron, Vanilla, Cypriol and Musk
Available as Eau de Parfum 50ml (CHF 375.00) and 100ml (CHF 435.00)

Journey Men

Journey for Man, portraying a journey of metamorphoses, this spicy and woody fragrance reveals a chiaroscuro of luminosity with a twist of intrigue.

Top Notes: Sichuan Pepper, Bergamot, Cardamom, Neroli and Bigarade
Middle Notes: Juniper Berries, Incense, Pure Geraniol and Tobacco Leaves
Base Notes: Tonka Beans, Cypriol, Leather and Ambrox
Available as Eau de Parfum 50ml (CHF 330.00) and 100ml (CHF 405.00)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Amouage

The Burberry Prorsum Blanket Poncho

Burberry Prorsum Blanket Poncho

Burberry Prorsum were key in setting the blanket poncho trend for F/W 2014 and have left us spoilt for choice. I think these are a great alternative to a full-on coat. Wear yours thrown over the shoulder, as a coat or belted at the waist. These super-luxurious pieces are effortlessly chic and just perfect for when you need an impromptu cover-up should the weather suddenly become chilly in the evenings. The body-wrap rugs are designed with modern art references and are crafted in Scotland from lambswool and cashmere.

TO SHOP THE MUST-HAVE BURBERRY PRORSUM CAPES, PLEASE CLICK HERE. icon

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Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn Winter 2014 Collection

Cara Delevingne wore this checked wool and cashmere-blend cape as the closing look of Burberry Prorsum’s F/W 2014 runway – it cemented the global-luxe mood of the show. (The personalized version that has been spotted on many celebrities was only available right after the show until the beginning of March 2014 from the Burberry website.)

Don’t miss one of the hottest must-haves of the season!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Burberry Prorsum and Alex Huckle/FilmMagic

MAC Sharon & Kelly Osbourne Collection

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The most fabulous mother-daughter duo of Sharon and Kelly Osbourne come to M∙A∙C with a two-part collection of statement-making hues for eyes, lips and face.

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Sharon Osbourne (61) brings her unmistakable warmth and wit to the mother of all colour collaborations, featuring feminine shades and must-have beauty tools.

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Sharons Must-Haves: DUCHESS QUAD (Eye Shadow x 4 in golden nudes and fiery browns, CHF 66.00) complement a soft palette of LIPGLASS (CHF 28.00) and PATENTPOLISH LIP PENCIL (Ruby, a mid-tone rose, CHF 30.00) in caramel and rose. Peachy cheeks with a hint of rose (POWDER BLUSH in Peaches & Cream, CHF 39.00) give skin a subtle satin finish. The Face Blender BRUSH (CHF 54.00) is a must for all beauty lovers. Limited-edition packaging in Sharon’s trademark red with lavender signature.

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Kelly Osbourne (29) collaborates on a collection of fearlessly vibrant hues that work perfectly for day and night.

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Kelly’s Must-Haves: BLOODY BRILLIANT QUAD (Eye Shadow x 4 in pale lilac and blackened plum, CHF 66.00) complement LIPSTICK in bright pink, orange and light lavender (pictured: Strip Poker, a matte light nude, CHF 31.00). Cool beige and soft pink MINERALIZE SKINFINISH DUO (CHF 45.00) highlights skin in a luxurious, mineral-rich formula for a polished perfect finish. Try to apply it with Kelly’s Flat Buffer BRUSH (CHF 69.00). Limited-edition packaging in Kelly’s iconic light violet with signature in red.

Love Kelly and Sharon’s beauty musts for MAC as much as I do? You don’t need to wait much longer… the collection is in stores now. (In Switzerland exclusively at Manor or online at www.maccosmetics.ch).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Sandra’s Closet Is Finally Back Online

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My dearest readers, first of all thanks so much for all your lovely messages telling me that my blog went offline. I am very happy that Sandra’s Closet is finally back online.

One week ago, while I was working on a post, all of a sudden my screen turned white and I had no access any longer. First I thought that I encountered a technical problem but unfortunately somebody hacked my blog.

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Since almost five years, I had been blogging on a daily basis. You have no idea how helpless I felt but as I was leaving to Ibiza the next day, I saw it as a chance to relax, to really go on holidays. Here on this magical island, many things have happened and I have to say sometimes you need this little wake-up call to finally see things clear again.

Now, all the issues are solved and I am back on track to share with you my favorite trends, stories and special moments in my life.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
Givenchy Fox Cape available at Trois Pommes The Store

The New Denim

The New Denim F:W2014

Durable, up-to-date and irresistibly stylish, new season denim gives a nod to the past and a sharp look into the future. High waisted or ripped and ragged like Saint Laurent or all patched up like Dsquared, pair your picks with Lucchese boots and a Pucci belt or a fringed leather bag by Antik Batik and a Michael Kors watch for just the right mix of uptown charm and new season western-style allure.

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3 Pat super patch watch cotton denim jeansicon by Dsquared2
4 Lucchese Romia suede western bootsicon by Lucchese
5 Embellished suede belt by Emilio Pucci
6 Bertil fringed suede drawstring bagicon by Antik Batik
7 Lexington rose gold-tone stainless steel chronograph watchicon by Michael Kors

LoL, Sandra

A Smile Is the Best Make Up a Girl Can Wear

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One thing is for sure: a beautiful smile comes with beautiful lips because they accentuate healthy teeth even more. Therefore swiss smile has raised the bar with the addition of the new day gloss nude and the night care lip balm to its premium smile-enhancing products.

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swiss smile day gloss nude gives lips an alluring shine and its tingling instant boosting effect makes lips look full and sensual directly after application of the product; lines and wrinkles appear reduced. And how does it feel on your lips? Extremely pleasant.
CHF 24.00

swiss smile night care lip balm helps lips to fully recover by treating them overnight. It has been formulated using moisturising and healing ingredients that meet the highest standards.
CHF 24.00

Don’t forget a smile isn’t just to do with great teeth, it’s also emphasized by healthy, moisturised lips! To shop the new products, please click HERE.

LoL, Sandra

My Look: Believe in Love

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Believe in love, even if it is just the love for your new handbag and high heels… I am so thankful that I can follow my passion for fashion on a daily basis through my job, experience great moments and meet interesting new people on all my travels.

Here you see me leaving the Adlon hotel in Berlin during Fashion Week to attend the launch of the new coffee table book “Fashion Germany” in which I am also mentioned! All photos from the event will be coming up shortly…

My look: Tuxedo jacket by Balmaintwist-front silk-blend jacquard topicon by Chloéleather and jersey leggings iconby GivenchyParis leopard-print leather pumps and Classic Monogramme printed leather clutch, both by Saint Laurent, hinged cuff by Balenciaga, earrings by Chanel and Diorette ring by Dior Haute Joaillerie.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Sheer Brights Eye Shadows by Bobbi Brown

Sheer Brights by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown got inspired by all the bright eye shadow looks spotted on the F/W 2014 runways. She transformed the trend into a new upcoming line of 15 limited editions shades that give your eyelid soft but bright color.

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Eye Shadow
Burnt Rose – Sea Glass – Peach Cloud – Sunrise Pink – Cornflower – Sweet Pink – Pistachio
CHF 37.00 each

Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
French Blue – Berry Sorbet – Pink Slip – Golden Amber
CHF 37.00 each

Metallic Eye Shadow
Hazy Lilac – Aegean Blue – Bubbly – Linen
CHF 37.00 each

Long-Wear Eye base by Bobbi Brown

To make sure that your new eye shadows last, Bobbi Brown is also launching the Long-Wear Eye Base. The primer keeps with its a non-drying, non-greasy formula your eye shadow crease-free and colour-true. It extends the wear of any eye shadow by 8 hours. (So, if your current shadow has 8 hours of wear, this prolongs your eye shadow for up to 16 hours total.)
Available for CHF 41.00 in three shades: Light, Medium and Medium to Dark.

In stores in Switzerland starting September 4, 2014.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown