Glamorous with a Touch of Gold

If there’s one night to go all out and turn on the flash, it’s undoubtedly New Year’s Eve. But some of us are challenged throughout the whole festive season with specific dress code for special parties. Personally speaking, I will attend the 8th annual ASW Winter Weekend Mid December at the fabulous Gstaad Palace in Switzerland and for Friday night’s dinner «La Vie en Or» the dress code says asks for «glamorous, with a touch of gold». This is great! I love any reason to wear sparkle, but such an occasion is the perfect time to shine. And gentlemen, you are in this, too!

«Golden Girl» or just a little golden accessory – you decide how much you would like to shine.

From full-on sequin dresses to just the right gold accessory, there isn’t one right way to fulfill the dress code. The golden rule is you have to feel comfortable, in every tailored sense of men’s style, is purchase clothing that fits you properly. Nothing destroys an outfit – whatever the dress code and no matter how expensive the clothes are – like an ill-fitting jacket, shirt or trousers.

In general, gold is the perfect color to lift an all-black or an all-white outfit to something glamorous and fun. Perfect for all festive occasions!

To make your life a little easier, I put together a fun guide for all budgets so that you don’t need to worry about anything and can focus entirely on celebrating the start of the winter season in style!

HIGH END BUGDET – Full Looks

Get his look: Metallic jacquard dinner jacket by Dolce & Gabbana, shirt gold detail shirt by Comme des Garçons, turn-up hem wool-blend tailored trousers by Pradaicon, ruler cufflinks by Paul Smithicon, skull and polka dot tieicon by Alexander McQueen and leather embroidered loafersicon by Gucci.

Get her look: Racko open-back sequined cady mini dress by Rachel Zoe or wondering lace-paneled fil coupé georgette blouse by Temperley London and sequined wool mini skirt by Marc Jacobs, Anya d’Orsay metallic patent-leather pumps by Saint Laurent, Celeste sequined canvas clutch by Jimmy Choo and Roma gold-tone earrings by Annie Costello Brown.

HIGH END BUDGET – Great Accessories

Stand out with a statement headpiece with a touch of gold and be the queen of the night: embellished satin headband by Dolce & Gabbana.

Lifting every basic look to new heights: Candy box by Jimmy Choo.

LOW BUDGET – A touch of Gold

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your outfit, I recommend getting some fabric with golden sequins. Those accessories will have a great effect on your outfit and can be combined with all sorts of colors. Moreover they are less expected than some golden shoes or a handbag. I still love the mixture between gold and black the best.

You don’t need to be an expert in tailoring to do some cuffs or a belt. If you get a stretchy material, you can even glue it together instead of sewing it. In case you are to lazy for some DIY, you can order them directly here:

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The perfect touch of gold for a man: the right colored pocket square.

LOW BUDGET – Taking the Dress Code Literally up a Notch

Zara has some cool pieces in gold. Minimal investment for a maximum effect.

Be the star of the night: golden bomber jacket for men by Zara.

The perfect touch of gold for women and great for dancing: shorts in gold combined with a black top by Zara.

And don’t forget… you want to start the New Year with something new for good luck, it’s a great excuse to add a new piece to your wardrobe.

Happy Shopping! And I am looking forward to seeing some of you in Gstaad…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, Gstaad Palace and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: XOX

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Today’s outfit post comes with hugs and kisses from Gstaad. I wore this gown to the ASW Foundation Gala Dinner last weekend at the Gstaad Palace. It is such a great piece, comfortable and great for dancing, something that can be difficult with a long dress in general.

My look: Ruffled lace-paneled metallic silk-blend gown and Sarabande embellished satin-trimmed lace bra top, both by Alexander McQueen, cutout leather platform pumps by Saint Laurent, vintage baguette bag by Christian Dior and earrings by Prada.

LoL, Sandra

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 Photos: © David Biedert

ASW Winter Weekend in Gstaad

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Last weekend, I was in Gstaad for the seventh edition of the famous ASMALLWORLD Winter Weekend. The three days in the snow (in this year’s case no snow) of the private international travel and social club has become known as one of the most fun events of the year.

Guests from all over the world come to the chic Swiss winter getaway for great fun, parties, dancing, fondue and philanthropy.

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The weekend kicked off with the Chairman’s Apéro in the Gstaad Palace lobby, which is personally speaking the best one in the world. The night continued with a special theme: «La Nuit des Tsars», Russian glamour at its best. Caviar and vodka were served and we partied late at the hotel’s night club GreenGo.

foto_111Beautiful table setting for the «La Nuit des Tsars».

foto_016Beluga noble Russian vodka…

foto_091… pairing yummy Kaviari caviar – a culinary delight.

foto-2-kopieDancing to the fabulous sounds…

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Saturday was all about indulging in the mountain scenery with a lift ride to the Wasserngrat restaurant where we all enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and an après-ski inspired lunch with wine and fondue. A live performance of the Phly Boyzs who already had entertained us the night before made sure we move and would fit in our gowns for the ASW Foundation Gala Dinner at Gstaad Palace’s «Salle Baccarat».

foto_121Fondue lunch at Wasserngrat from above.

foto_056An afternoon full of laughter…

foto_160… and fun!

To raise money for the good cause, guests were eager to buy raffles tickets as the prizes were truly tempting, from limited edition diamond watches by Parmigiani to weekend getaways at some of the most luxurious spots in Switzerland. Later, we partied far into the smallest hours to the sounds of the live band Hot’n’Cold.

foto_090Amazing raffle prizes by Parmigiani for the lucky winners. 

foto_110Having fun at the after party.

The next morning, we all embraced the memories of the weekend during brunch and everyone agreed that this weekend was the best one so far of all editions. Oh my Gstaad! Cannot wait to be back next year…

In the meantime enjoy many more photos below and stay tuned for the outfit posts coming up soon!

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foto_064Gorgeous Ljuba Manz with me

foto_086Maya El Assali and Martin Tobler Parmigiani Switzerland

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foto_066Guests enjoying the Patoro cigars.

foto_073Angela Boffa, Monique and Thomas Hollinger framed by the Phly Boyz.

foto_094The Chairman’s Apéro

foto_153Shazam investor Nenad Marovac in action.

foto_098Derek Tanner and Alexander Manz.

foto_096Remee Jackman with Mathilde Goehler, my humble self and Patrick Liotard-Vogt.

foto_067Dr. Pablo Schneider, Patoro Cigars and Dominique Martin

foto_122CEO Asmallworld Jan Luescher

foto_099Lucy Tallo, Katja Grauwiler with Sabina Hanselmann-Diethelm (editor in chief Style Magazine and Bolero) and her husband David Hanselmann.

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foto_022Designer Luca Rubinacci with his girlfriend on the way to lunch.

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foto_069Love is in the air: Remee Jackman and his gorgeous girlfriend Mathilde Goehler

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foto_032Luca Rubinacci with Patrick Liotard-Vogt

foto_138Noelle Frautschi, Maya El Assali and Sabina Hanselmann-Diethelm

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foto_011Gorgeous couple: Dr. Pablo Schneider with Noelle Frautschi

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foto_042Beautiful ambiance for the ASW Foundation Gala Dinner.

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foto_054Princess Lilly zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

foto_072Ljuba Manz drawing a prize.

foto_019Sarah and Daniel Klein

foto_118Having fun at the after party with Lisa Lotz and Iman Grailsamer.

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What a fun weekend! Bravo ASMALLWORLD!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert

My Look: When In Doubt Wear Red

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There is no color that looks more feminine as red. It is always eyecatching and the perfect hue for the Christmas season. Here you see me wearing it at the ASW party at the Palace Hotel in Gstaad two weeks ago.

My look: Rilla crochet cage stitch gownicon by Hervé Léger, Masai pearl necklace by Dior, Monogramme lipstick printed textured-leather clutch and Janis pumps with studsicon, both by Saint Laurent, Limelight Gala watch and rose diamond ring, both by Piaget, diamond bracelet and ring, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

A Small World Weekend Gstaad 2016The Jimmy Choo installation in the lobby

A Small World Weekend Gstaad 2016With Derek Tanner

A Small World Weekend Gstaad 2016With lovely Hasna Bouchaab

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A Small World Weekend Gstaad 2016With the host of the night Chairman of ASW Patrick Liotard-Vogt

A Small World Weekend Gstaad 2016Murder on the Dancefloor: Deborah Neufeld, Sarah Flückiger and Anne Limbach with me.

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201512122025099620655With Martin Tobler,  GM Switzerland Parmigiani Fleurier SA, Patrick Liotard-Vogt and Mike Baur, Swiss Start Up Factory, in the photo booth.

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Photos: © David Biedert Photography (A huge thank you!) 
and © Sandra Bauknecht

Back to Blogging after a Great Trip

Back to Blogging

First of all, I would love to thank everyone who sent me a message wondering why I have been absent from blogging. The reason was I truly needed some digital detox.

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Those who are following me on Instagram might have seen that I had been traveling extensively over the last two and a half weeks. I flew directly from the shopping spree in Abu Dhabi to New York City, stayed there one night and left via St. Marteen to St. Barths for the Bucket Regatta. After that I went to St. Kitts to explore the newly opened Kittitian Hill resort that focuses immensely on sustainable vacations, followed by a stopover in Miami and a few days in Bermuda.

Now I am back filled with great memories and adventures that I am happy to share with you over the next weeks! Below are some little previews…

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It takes only 15 minutes to fly from St. Marteen to…

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St. Barths. The landing is definitely spectacular due to the view and its famous short runway.

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Enjoying the Bucket Regatta and the ASW boat party at the same time…

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…with the world’s best mojitos by…

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…by Mojitoman Ibiza and Mojitowoman. They will be in Ibiza this summer, don’t miss them!

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Next stop: St. Kitts

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Belle Mont Farm is Kittitian Hill’s first luxury five star hotel. Situated in 400 acres of tropical farmland, you enjoy spectular views, great service and the most amazing food which is prepared only with locally foraged ingredients. Did you know that as a ASW members, you are granted a complimentary 7-night stay in one of the charming guest cottages?!

Salt Plage St Kitts

If you are in St. Kitts, don’t miss one of the island’s hot spots: Salt Plage. The perfect place for a sundowner.

Miami

A stopover for a night in Miami.

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I stayed at the newly opened Villa Bagatelle, which is the first hotel in the wildly successful family of Bagatelle bistros. A great place to party in the heart of South Beach.

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My last destination of my trip was Bermuda which unfortunately was slightly chilly. The water is insane due to an incredible clarity and color.

Now, you might understand why I had been offline. Sometimes, you have to sit back, relax and just enjoy with your eyes…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Who’s the Lady in Lace?

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This was the outfit I wore to the ASMALLWORLD gala dinner in Gstaad Mid December. I still owe you all the photos from this weekend. Please bare with me, they will be coming up shortly.
While being in Bangkok, I am a little too busy exploring the city and finding the best spots to tell you all about.

My look (also perfect for New Year’s Eve…)Lace gownicon by Alessandra Rich (50% off now), bow-embellished patent-leather pumps by Saint Laurent, satin clutch by Prada, earrings by Miu Miu and rose diamond ring by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: A Sunny Day in Gstaad

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Last night, I got back from Gstaad where I attended the Asmallworld Winter Weekend. Those photos were taken before I left the charming Swiss mountain town that was bathed in warm sunshine yesterday.

My look: Roses print boiled wool-blend biker jacket iconand matching shorts, both by Givenchy, fine-knit wool turtleneck sweater iconby Lanvin, Audrey wayfarer sunglasses by Céline, Boy bag with chains by Chanel and fur boots by Prada Sport.

LoL, Sandra

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Givenchy floral shorts

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Prada fur Boots in Snow

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht