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Somebody has answered my prayers: meet Paul & Lulu, an online shopping destination that delivers amazing dishes directly to your table and the only thing you will need to do is to add some finishing touches. But I am not talking about fast food! Embracing the next generation of modern gastronomy, Franzoli’s Catering have brought their mission to a new level  by producing honest, high-quality convenience food, delivered quickly and easily from their kitchen to yours. Based on their passion for perfection, the dishes are handmade with market-fresh ingredients, carefully selected from their tried-and-trusted suppliers, then arranged and prepared in a way that gives you more time to enjoy your meal.

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The minute I looked at the website, I was sold. The pictures are beautiful, showing all the ingredients. Especially if you are following a certain diet, you will appreciate the vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, nut-free, lactose-free, halal descriptions.

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Paul & Lulu will deliver the best that their pots, pans and experience have to offer straight to your kitchen – quickly and at short notice.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Paul & Lulu

The Best Winter Shoes for Bad Weather

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During a dinner conversation last weekend, a friend of mine asked me for advice to find a great pair of winter shoes that is suitable for bad weather conditions.

Here is a selection of footwear designed with a gripped rubber sole for maximum traction, even in wet or icy conditions. Constructed with a sturdy block heel or a wedge, they are ideal for day-long wear or a winter’s night out. Now it’s the time to stock up on some sturdy and stylish footwear for the new season. Have fun!

Lace-up patent-leather pumps iconby Valentino
Two-tone leather platform pumps iconby Marc by Marc Jacobs
Safety pin-embellished leather pumps iconby Tod’s
Lizzie shearling-lined suede wedge bootsicon by Michael Michael Kors
Shearling-lined textured-leather wedge ankle boots by Burberry
Barbara goat hair-lined suede boots iconby Pedro Garcia
Verna shell and faux fur boots iconby DKNY
Shearling-lined suede platform ankle boots iconby Alexander McQueen
Shearling-lined suede and leather knee boots by Emilio Pucci

My personal favorites are those three pairs below:

Charlotte Olympia Wedges

Those rubber sole wedges are ideal to walk during a cold winter night: 
Creeping Tessa embroidered velvet wedge pumps by Charlotte Olympia

Alexander McQueen Fall Boots

Cute and edgy at the same time, those shoes look great with a mini dress:
Textured patent-leather ankle boots iconby Alexander McQueen

Jimmy Choo Biker Boots

Wear them with a skirt or loosen the buckled tabs to tuck in your jeans:
Dart buckled leather biker boots iconby Jimmy Choo

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Cool Party

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This was my outfit I wore to the launch event of L’OFFICIEL VOYAGE. Before the party started, I attended the Bvlgari cocktail to celebrate the brand’s newest watch collection LVCEA.

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My look: Suzani peasant top and Suzani drawstring trousers, both by Emilio Pucciiconpadlock mini studded leather shoulder bag by Alexander McQueen and Alice T-strap studded sandals (on sale for almost 60% off) by Saint Laurent, Limelight Gala watch by Piaget and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © David Biedert Photography and © Sandra Bauknecht

L’Officiel Voyage Switzerland Launch Party

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Last month, another baby was born: we celebrated the launch of L’OFFICIEL VOYAGE SWITZERLAND at the home of R Selection, the luxurious travel agency in Zurich.

The first issue of our new travel dedicated supplement which is published in German and French is still on newsstands nationwide, along with the October issue gracing Charlize Theron. Some of you might remember when I flew to Paris to interview the blonde actress. If you are interested, you have to hurry. There is not so much time left until our next L’OFFICIEL SWITZERLAND issue will arrive.

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By the way, if you subscribe to L’OFFICIEL SWITZERLAND, you will get it a day earlier than the newsstands! The travel supplement will come for free with it twice a year.

Enjoy some of the impressions of our launch party below. I have to say that I am a very proud editor in chief and I truly love my job!

LoL, Sandra

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Manuela Weber (Cinnamon Circle) with me

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Framed by Roman Sägesser (R Selection) to the left and Stefan Hottinger-Behmer (L’Officiel Switzerland) to the right.

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Supermodel Patricia Schmid who graced our launch issue came from Paris for the party, here she is with Werner Dirks (La Prairie Switzerland) and my humble self.

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L'Officiel Voyage Launch Party

Two reasons to celebrate: the lovely Park Hyatt Zurich team, Malte Budde and Laura Amanzi, toast to the launch of L’Officiel Voyage and their own 10 year anniversary.

Photos: Courtesy of L’Officiel Switzerland and © Sandra Bauknecht

The Most Extravagant Halloween Accessory

Crazy Skull by De Grisogono

I started with 16,000 Swiss francs, 20 years ago, and the success of de Grisogono is a miracle, in every sense” says Fawaz Gruosi. “I simply saw another way of doing things in the jewellery world. I was lucky, a little crazy, I worked like a madman and still do.

You have to meet Fawaz Gruosi to understand his power over women, he might be the most charming man on earth. He knows what women want, especially when it comes to jewelry design. The president, owner and founder of de Grisogono likes to push the limits and break the rules to come up with the most amazing pieces.

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Last week, de Grisogono celebrated the launch of its new Crazy Scull watch at Hotel Costes in Paris which shows the most outstanding artisan jewelry and horology. It took over one year of research to create this one of a kind timepiece.

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Being entirely hand-set with white diamonds, pink sapphires, rubies and also the black diamonds, the stones the Geneva based jeweler is famous for, this dual time watch comes on a galuchat strap.

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I am a huge fan of jewelry that offers a certain twist, that is provocative and different. How much fun are those baguette-cut diamond teeth and the ornate gemstone tongue?!

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The Crazy Skull is available from around €500.000 depending on the stones you choose at de Grisogono boutiques.

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And I couldn’t agree more with Karlie Kloss who said at last week’s party, it is “the most extravagant Halloween accessory” you have ever seen.
Speaking of which, happy trick or treating!

LoL, Sandra

Karlie Kloss wearing de Grisogono jewellery

Photos: Courtesy of de Grisogono and © Sandra Bauknecht

No More Basic Lip Balm! Baby Lips Electro

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MAYBELLINE has launched an extremely cool line of Baby Lips Electro Lip Balms in six new tinted shades with actress Emily DiDonato being the face of the campaign.

Are you on board to rock some sheer neon 80’s shades? Great news is that they don’t only look good but visibly renew lips in just one week. Smoother, less dry, more supple and better looking lips while enjoying electric color pigments in this exclusive formula.

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The six new shades are Pink Shock, Minty Sheer, Strike a Rose, Berry Bomb, Fierce n Tangy and Oh Orange.

Apply in the center of your upper lip to the outer edges, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip. Can be worn under lip color. CHF 4.90 each.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Maybelline and © Sandra Bauknecht

A Spooky Makeover

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Are you looking for a last minute F/W 2014 spooky makeover? One thing is for sure, stylish wicked witches and storybook princesses are hitting the streets in Lanvin, Jimmy Choo and Olympia Le Tan. Channel your favorite alter-ego in this selection of must-have pieces!

First I recommend getting an orange colored gown like this asymmetric silk-crepe dress iconby Haney (1) as a base. Then look for some fun accessories to spice up your look:

2 Devil patent-leather and point d’esprit headband by Eugenia Kim
3 Feather-trimmed rabbit-felt hat iconby Lanvin
Swarovski crystal-embellished mask by Jennifer Behr
Leather book clutch by Olympia Le Tan
6 Glitter suede sandals iconby Jimmy Choo
Latex lace mask iconby Atsuko Kudo

LoL, Sandra

My Look: Into the Wild

Into the Wild- Sandra Bauknecht

This was my outfit that I wore to the Tiffany T collection launch party and the Louis’ restaurant opening last Thursday in Zurich. Brocade fabric mixed with animal print – when it comes to making a statement this season, nature is answering the call. If you are a risk taker, you will definitely take a walk into the wild in those glitter boots.

My look: Leopard print marmot fur coatbrocade dress and gold glitter leather boots, all by Saint Laurent, envelope leather bag with pink calf hair detail by Céline, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery and earrings by Louis Vuitton.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Tiffany T Collection Launch Party in Zurich

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Last Thursday, Tiffany & Co. celebrated the launch of the brand’s newest collection TIFFANY T in Zurich at the Museum Bellerive. It marks design director Francesca Amfitheatrof’s first line for the iconic house. “The letter T is sculptural and bold and very closely linked to the architecture of New York City,” she explains. The trained jeweler and silversmith reimagined the letter T as a piece of engineering, which you can see in the mechanisms for these cuffs.

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The Museum Bellerive was bathed in pink light. Guests enjoyed yummy food and champagne while exploring the new jewelry pieces.

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Here I am wearing two Tiffany T bracelets, one in 18k white gold and one in 18k rose gold, both with round brilliant diamonds.

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Sport commentator Marcel Reif framed by Gitta Gräfin Lambsdorff, Managing Director Tiffany & Co. to the right and me to the left.

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The collection is in stores now and available in different shapes in silver or gold. Personally speaking, I truly love the design, especially many bracelets worn together look really cool.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Tiffany & Co. and © Sandra Bauknecht

Charming Jewelry and a Message

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Meet jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire iconwho’s passion for jewelry design began at the young age of six, when her grandmother taught her the art of creating enamel jewelry. Though she loved watching and learning the craft, she didn’t realize at the time that she would one day follow in her grandmother’s footsteps. As an adult, Jennifer entered the fashion industry working in the public relations department for two of the world’s leading fashion houses – Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. Witnessing these icons work through their design process inspired Jennifer to explore the creative side of the business, and in 2005 she launched her eponymous label, Jennifer Meyer Jewelryicon.

JMJ_0011Though Meyer has extensive Hollywood connections—her father is Universal Studios President Ron Meyer; her husband and father of her two kids is actor Tobey Maguire—her jewelry made its national debut when a stylist picked out one of Meyer’s leaf pendants for Jennifer Aniston to wear in ‘The Break-Up’ (see picture below).

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Based in Los Angeles, she designs for the everyday woman. “Ask any woman where they received or bought a certain piece of jewelry and they will tell you a story,” explains Jennifer, pointing out the significance most women place on jewelry. Made by hand and with love, Jennifer’s jewelry is the perfect balance of understated elegance and unparalleled quality.

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One of my favorite pieces is Jennifer Meyer’s charming Mommy 18-karat gold necklaceicon which is handset with diamonds and made in the designer’s LA studio. This delicate piece will make a precious gift.

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Speaking of which, happy birthday to my beloved mommy, whom I admire and love so much. Even when I don’t see you, the thought of you makes me feel loved and protected. Often, I catch myself doing something in a special way and realize that it was you who taught me to do it. I owe so much to you, I’m luckier than the luckiest lottery winner to have you as my mother. Mommy, thanks for everything. You gave me life and you’ve made my life full of hope, happiness and love…just by loving me! Enjoy your day!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jennifer Meyer and © Sandra Bauknecht