Grand Hotel Globus

Happy 1st Advent! I love this time of the year when it is cold outside and you enjoy the coziness of your home. Decorating for Christmas is somethings I truly adore. In Zurich, I love passing by Globus to look for new baubles and gift ideas. Each year, they celebrate a new motto, now it is time to welcome the «Grand Hotel Globus»! Get inside the 5-star Christmas world…

Christmas world at Globus Bellevue in Zurich

My favorite: Lobster Bauble, CHF 24.90

So fun: Champagne Bucket Bauble, CHF 19.90

Great gift ideas…


THE HOTEL BAR.
N°01 Pineapple Mug / Shot Glass, CHF 29.90/12.90 / Shaker, CHF 54.90 / Bowl, CHF 6.90
N°02 Cigar Box with Cutter, CHF 299.00
N°03 Bottle Opener Anker, CHF 14.90
N°04 Whisky Glass, CHF 7.90
N°05 Le Tribute Gin with Tonic, CHF 119.00
N°06 Bar Spoon, CHF 15.90
N° 07 Backgammon, CHF 19.90
N°08 Tray, CHF 139.90
N°09 Strainer, CHF 22.90
N°10 Jigger, CHF 20.90
N°11 Cocktail Shaker, CHF 75.90

THE AFTERNOON-TEA.
N°01 Teapot, CHF 29.90
N°02 Bell Jar, CHF 39.90
N°03 Pastry Tong, CHF 29.90
N°04 Tea-Light Holder, CHF 12.90
N° 05 Champagne Bowl, CHF 19.90
N° 06 Champagne Truffes, CHF 6.60
N° 07 Seat of 4 Teaspoons, CHF 24.90
N° 08 Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut Limited Edition, CHF 99.90
N° 09 Grand Hotel Napkins, CHF 6.90
N° 10 Mules by Emanuela Caruso, CHF 299.00

From now on you can take the afternoon tea literally at Globus Bellevue‘s newly opened restaurant «tartar» on the first floor. Top chef Nenad Mlinarevic offers all sorts of culinary treats including the signature dish tartar in all sorts of interpretations.

«tartar» restaurant lead by top chef Nenad Mlinarevic

Moreover, besides Kiehl’s, Acqua di Parma, Aerin Lauder and Molton Brown, Globus Bellevue has expanded its product range. Tom Ford, Jo Malone London and Le Labo are now all available there. For the latter it is the first point of sale in Switzerland.

Have fun strolling through this beautiful Christmas world – for my foreign readers, I hope you could seek a little inspiration for your home as well.

Happy Sunday!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Globus and © Sandra Bauknecht

Viva Coco Cuba Libre for Christmas

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Last May, I attended the amazing CHANEL Cuba Cruise 2017 show in Havana, and the one piece I predicted to be the absolute bestseller was the colourful printed T-shirt «Viva Coco Cuba Libre». Of course, I wanted to get my hands on it as well as I knew this one will fly off the shelves. Well, dreams do come true, and sometimes even double!

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When I unwrapped my Christmas present from CHANEL wearing the tee, I couldn’t believe my eyes, I got another one in a more pastel color combination. Thank you, CHANEL, this was the perfect gift for me! Merry Christmas to all of you… enjoy your holiday season!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Chanel and © Sandra Bauknecht

Merry Perry

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It is a Monday evening and I am at home when my phone rings. It is Katy Perry from Rio de Janeiro where she is currently on her Prismatic World Tour 2015. A lovely chat about fashion, style and her collaboration with H&M for Christmas!

Katy Perry is one of the highest paid celebrities in the world and was the first artist to surpass 75 million digital downloads, and the only female singer to have five Billboards no1s from the same album (California Gurls, Teenage Dream, Firework, E.T. and Last Friday Night). The 31-year-old has the most Twitter followers as a single person with over 78 million and 33 million Instagram fans. This holiday season, the pop sensation, who writes most of her songs herself, has teamed up with H&M for a collection that offers all you can dream of for the Christmas season.

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How were you involved in the creative process of the collaboration with H&M?
Cozy and cool are the key words. H&M approached me to be the face and represent the holidays for them. I wasn’t involved in the design process but I put the actual looks together.
For me it was an easy decision as I am so into all of the fall holidays, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

It felt also very authentic to me because at the age of 13/14/15 I was starting my own style and I was always mixing H&M with my vintage clothes.

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What is your favourite piece of the collection and why?
I actually have three. First I love the «elfie selfie» sweater, it is a funny, great piece with lots of embellishments and shows the outline of an elf.
Then there is a beautiful well-fitted black suit jacket that has sleeves like a kimono and the red dress that I wore for one of the shots with black dangling earrings. I have this latin flair in the photo which I like.

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You are definitely no wallflower when it comes to fashion and trends. It seems like you truly enjoy dressing up. You are always catching eyes. Was your style always that eccentric? How did it evolve?
For me it is either dressing all the way up or a black and white tracksuit. It is never inbetween. It is a hundred percent or zero percent. In my teenage years or even in my twenties, I had always been very colourful and looked like in a cartoon. I never wore black as this is very boring to me. Lately, I started to wear a little black like black leather pants.

How do you dress when you are at home?
At home, I like being casual. I wear a tracksuit or my Calvin Klein top and bottom. But I always wear a lot of different stuff when I go out. I take a lot of chances not to be nominated for the best dressed lists but I like to have fun.

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What does fashion mean to you?
It is just another way to express my creativity and how I feel about myself. So many times, I am out in public to do something but I don’t get to meet people. I don’t get to shake everybody’s hand, but fashion is a way to present myself. What I wear gives everyone a feeling of how I feel that day. Sometimes it is fun, sometimes it is flirty but ninety percent of the time my outfit has a sense of humour.

What is favourite piece of clothing in your closet and why?
Not a favourite piece but I find that really nice jewellery never goes out of style. I have a big wardrobe and I go through it maybe twice a year and pull out all the stuff that doesn’t make sense to me anymore but I my jewellery tends to stand the test of time.

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Three pieces of clothes or accessories every woman should own?
A nice pair of diamond earrings and they don’t have to be real. A little sparkle close to your face always highlights your face. A nice corset underwear. One of those pieces with a bra and undies that shapes your waist and a timeless black jacket that can go on for ten years.

Do you have a style icon? Somebody whom you admire for her or his looks? If yes, who and why.
Yes, I do. Two people come to my mind. I like Chloë Sevigny, the American actress, she can go in between, very chic and very hipster. Grunge, a little bit of 70s, she tries a lot of different things.
And my friend Rihanna. It is so fun to see her walk out of her hotel room in something that you never thought it could be wearable and she pulls it of so well without trying too hard.

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You have changed your hair colour so many times. How do you keep your hair looking healthy despite all the colour treatments?
Whenever I die it, I will take a long time to get to the new colour. I would never go overnight! I play with a lot of a wigs that make it look like I am dying my hair all the time. I also trim my hair a lot along the way and luckily I am able to work a lot with super professionals.

Do you have a personal stylist? If yes, how do you work together. If not, how do you choose and get your looks?
I work with a couple different stylists for different themes. For the H&M campaign for example together with B. Åkerlund, Jonas Åkerlund’s wife, who shot the commercial. They are a team. She helped style it and was extremely creative. She is very costumy and knows how to put an outfit together. She is larger than life and works with the likes of Beyoncé and Madonna.

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How would you describe your personal style?
It is all about having fun and expressing myself, not about playing a political fashion game. I don’t play by the rules, I don’t care if I make it to the best dressed list. If I feel my best, that is the list I want to make!

Thank you, Katy, for this very refreshing interview!

I still cannot believe that Katy Perry called me at home on a Monday night… this is just too cool!
The Katy Perry x H&M Christmas collection is in stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of H&M
This interview is now also available in German and French in the recent L’Officiel Switzerland issues!

My Look: Clash of the Tartans

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Tartans are everywhere this winter, and this Christmas I had fun playing around with the traditional pattern. The classic skirt got a style makeover with sparkling sequins and in combination with this tartan sweater, it feels fresh and fun.

My look: Leather biker jacketsequined tartan mohair-blend sweater and plaid sequined pleated mini skirt, all by Saint Laurent, red boots by Prada, Kelly So Black bag by Hermès, Diorette ring by Dior Haute Joaillerie, cherry earrings by Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany T bracelet in rose gold by Tiffany & Co. and Lady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuis.

Mix and clash! Isn’t this look well plaid?

LoL, Sandra

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Kelly So Black Bag Hermès Christmas 14

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Tartan Sweater Saint Laurent

Roger Dubuis Watch, Tiffany T Bracelet

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Kelly Bag so black

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Red Boot by Prada

Sandra Bauknecht in Saint Laurent Sequined Skirt and Leather Jacket

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Contest: Merry X-mas with Covergirl

Covergirl Contest 2014

It’s Christmas – time for presents, also here on Sandra’s Closet. Three of my Swiss readers have the chance to win a COVERGIRL beauty kit (42.60 CHF per set) for the perfect holiday styling.

Whether you need a natural nude look for the Christmas festivities with your family or dramatic smokey eyes for the New Year Eve’s party, the COVERGIRL beauty kit provides you with the must-have products for both options.

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The new Eye Enhancer 4-Kits „Natural Nudes offers four perfectly matching eye shadow colours for the trendy nude look of this season. In combination with the new Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara and the Flamed Out Pencil Eyeliner it gives your eyes more expression and intensity. The new beautiful light pink Colourlicios Lip Gloss brings colour to the dark season. With its moisturizing formula and non-stickiness, it offers everything a girl needs for a romantic kiss when the New Year begins.

To participate in the contest, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header “X-mas with Covergirl” to . All entries must be received until December 29, 2014. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. By entering this contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these official rules. The winner has to have a Swiss address.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Covergirl

Happy Holidays

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My dear readers, Happy Holidays, everyone! May all the sweet magic of Christmas conspire to gladden your heart and fill every desire. As you relish the goodies, decorate every nook and corner of your home and enjoy the get-togethers… may the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

LoL, Sandra

The Most Fashionable Christmas Stocking

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Ensure Santa gets a stylish welcome this year with Charlotte Olympias playful Christmas stocking. Finished with a soft red faux suede and gold patent-leather version of the designer’s signature pump, this lace and satin design offers plenty of space to stash small gifts.

Don’t you love the attention to detail, from the crystal-embellished spider right down to the iconic web plaque at the sole?! TO SHOP, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

The Cutest Baubles

The Cutest Baubles

Though we may spend quite some time devising our Halloween decorations, the holiday is gone in a flash and we are left with the next one to come. Each year, I love to dress my Christmas tree in a different color theme. Therefore I am always looking for some new inspirations.

Net-à-porter offers for the first time limited edition glass bauble sets by Bombki. Michael Peterson, the English brand’s head designer, has been commissioned by everyone from Sir Paul Smith to London’s Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Since 2001, he has been creating the most stunning Christmas decorations you can imagine. See for yourself:

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London Baubles

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Russia Baubles

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NYC Baubles

Little New York set of five glass baubles by Bombki

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Also amazing are Lanvin’s baubles. Imagine a tree filled with these ones topped with a red grosgrain bow and printed with unique and colorful sketches by Alber Elbaz. They also make a great and stylish gift.

LoL, Sandra

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Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

Santa Closet

Santa Closet

Many great pieces have found their way into my closet this Christmas! Dear Santa, a huge thank you! Here is a sneak preview of what I will be wearing soon. Some of my gorgeous new clothes might be a little to wintery for my next destination. While you are reading this, I am on my way to Bangkok. Stay tuned for my new adventure and in the meantime enjoy some shopping!

Santa Closet Items

1 Studded leather shift dress by Saint Laurent
Ruffled-collar top iconby Alexander McQueen
Gloria resin, Swarovski Pearl and crystal necklace iconby Lanvin
Wild Flower gunmetal-tone Swarovski crystal ear cuffs iconby Roberto Cavalli
Miranda wool and lace dress iconby Stella McCartney
Cool gold-tone ring iconby Lanvin
Ruffled leopard-print silk-chiffon blouse iconby Saint Laurent
Classic Plonge leather shorts iconby Saint Laurent
9 Black chiffon skirticon by Saint Laurent
10 Patch-appliquéd skinny jeans iconby 3.1 Phillip Lim
11 Leather bra top iconby Saint Laurent
12 Zebra print top by Saint Laurent

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Sandra Claus

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Merry X-mas to all of you. Christmas Eve was absolutely fantastic being surrounded by my loved ones in the comfort of my own home. In the morning after my last minute shopping tour, my daughter and I decorated our Christmas tree that turned out to be very girly in pink, white and silver with a touch of black. A few years ago, I decided to get an artificial tree. I always felt bad to cut one for only those few days and hated the cleaning up after the season was over. With the fake snow, I really love its look and to achieve this iconic pine smell, I use a little trick (Please click here for last year’s post). Each season, I also opt for another color scheme.

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In the evening, we ate great food and dressed up just enough to feel special, but still be comfy. We always end up playing fun games and talk until late. After dinner, we exchanged gifts – the little extra magic and sparkle of a Christmas Eve. Being a mum, I felt like Sandra Claus seeing my daughter’s eyes filled with joy and happiness. It is one of those magical moments you treasure forever. My hubby really surprised me in a fun way. He had “bribed” my personal shopper at net-à-porter iconand got me some of my favorite items from my wish list. My personal shopper told me she had to take them out of my basket as they were defect and I had been so disappointed… great idea, I have to say! I cannot wait to show you my new pieces.

Saint Laurent Dress Pink Open Back Cruise 2014

My look for Christmas Eve matching my tree: Pink cowl-back silk-sateen dress (from the new Resort 2014 collection, also available in black) and pointed leather Mary-Jane pumps, both by Saint Laurent, art deco earrings by Prada, cuff by Chanel, Limelight Gala watch and rose diamond ring, both by Piaget, Twenties stay-up by Wolford.

LoL, Sandra

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Saint Laurent Mary Janes

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht