Time to Unwind at Villa Stéphanie

With email at my fingertips, nonstop traveling, and around-the-clock social media delights and business events, actually making the time to unwind and shut down at the end of the day sometimes seems to be one of my biggest challenges. Therefore I was very much looking forward to taking some time off at the VILLA STÉPHANIE in Baden Baden and hope that you all want to hear about the best detox experience I have ever had!

There are plenty of different ways that you can give your body the relief that it needs from all of the pressures and stresses of the day. Each of us has to decide what works best for him or her. I had to try different kinds to finally find this haven on earth that offered me what I was looking for in order to regain energy. Probably you are like me and wished there was an easy, quick way to cleanse your body of all those bubbly toxins. Funnily enough, I believe we are all equipped with a natural cleansing system in our bodies, called liver and kidneys. Together, these two toxin-bashing organs act as a superefficient system for filtering out the vast majority of the harmful substances we eat and drink. The only important factor that those work well is a healthy and moderate lifestyle. And this can be hard sometimes.

Personally speaking that is the main reason why I choose to «detox» from time to time but not in this heavy, depriving way of barely eating anything but dry bread rolls. This doesn’t work for me! I get cranky, have no energy to do sports then and the overall effect is frustration and unhappiness. What I need is healthy pampering. And this is what I got at VILLA STÉPHANIE in perfection.

This luxurious and exclusive destination spa, which is part of the iconic Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, is dedicated to beauty, detox & nutrition, emotional balance and medical care. Every aspect of those mentioned is at your disposal. The beautiful and spacious rooms (15 rooms and suites only at VILLA STÉPHANIE) with views overlooking the River Oos have everything you wish for. There is even a button to turn off the electricity and the Wi-Fi connection in a second so that you will sleep better the old fashioned way without any radiation or e-smog disturbing your system.

Upon my arrival, I had a meeting with Kevin, my health coach. Before deciding on my tailor-made program and menus, I had to stand on the InBody 720 machine, which is a premium, medical-grade body composition analyzer that can fully tell your physical composition and water level in a single test. My results were great and I was looking forward to indulge in the House’s vitality-detox cuisine. Deceivingly filling, absolutely satisfying and beautifully presented, I could not believe that the three meals per day weighed in at around 1200 calories only.

What was served? Typically something like a porridge with berries and nuts in the morning and this fabulous green smoothie, a three-course meal for lunch, including even a filet of beef with a baked potato followed by a light desert. In the evening, I always started with a soup, nothing raw, and an entree such as grilled scallops with vegetables.

One evening, I was spoilt by two Michelin star chef Paul Stradner to a 5-course Vital Menu (completely lactose and gluten free as well as light on the carbs) in the Brenners Park Restaurant. Decadent detoxing I would love to call it.

There are plenty of group fitness activities, such as aqua fitness, yoga, jogging and biking for example, but I preferred working out by myself in the well equipped gym or taking a yoga lesson with a private trainer.

To accompany my detox program, I was spoilt to different treatments, such as a lymphatic drainage, clarifying and detoxifying body treatments and a luxury facial, all with products by AQUA ORGANIC, especially created by Munich based dermatologist Dr. Kuhr to support the cleansing effects of the body, to honor and stimulate the multiple talents of our skin. Other brands the experienced and fantastic therapists work with are SISLEY PARIS and SKIN CEUTICALS to offer also a more anti-aging and nurturing approach to their clients.

VILLA STÉPHANIE is dedicated to the world of spa in every aspect. Stretching over five floors and covering over 5000 square metres, it comprises a 500-square-metre sauna, plunge pool, private gym, hamam and a ladies sauna. The inspiringly designed treatment rooms overlooking the gardens offer complete relaxation. I truly felt the whole time so chilled, quiet (my readers who know me in person can assure you that this can be a challenge for me:-)) and just happy. Even digital detox seemed easy.

On the way to the Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, where I enjoyed lunch and dinner, you pass the entrance to the gigantic swimming pool in Roman style. In the gardens, there are multiple possibilities to relax in the sun or just walk around.

VILLA STÉPHANIE is also connected to Haus Julius, a clinic with personalized state-of-the-art medical care from some of Germany’s top experts in fields like aesthetics, gynaecology, holistic medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology and preventive medicine. The medical teams will even visit you in the privacy of your room or suite if you wish.

I also recommend a visit to the Eden Being boutique located in the main building that offers a lot of one of a kind things. Moreover do not miss a stroll around Baden Baden. You will be amazed how many high end designer shops this little German town has to offer. The only challenging part was to pass the perceived millions of ice cream parlors.

In the evenings, I loved to sit in the lounge with its extensive library, enjoy one more green smoothie and play a round of backgammon or two before going to bed. After one week, I did not want to leave, something that I have never experienced before when being at a detox retreat as I was always looking forward to retoxing again:-).

On my last day, I got a final body analysis with my nutrition expert who gave me individual workout tips and a tailor-made menu plan, including recipes, for me to take home.

I left my stay calmer, balanced and more upbeat, regenerated by the surroundings of this picturesque resort in the Black Forest. During my whole stay at this former royal residence with its classic architectural heritage, I have never felt like being on a diet or deprived of anything. Old-school service reigned supreme. The friendly staff and professional executive team added a high touch to my experience. I will be back – that is for sure!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Oktoberfest – Breakfast at Tiffany’s


As most of you know, I love Munich very much and spent many years living there. Every corner of the city carries a memory for me. Therefore I was very excited to go back for the first Oktoberfest weekend mid-September to celebrate Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This iconic event always starts at the store on Perusastrasse followed by a visit to the Schützenzelt at the Wies’n. It is a great celebration as you see many familiar faces, all enjoying beer and of course the most amazing Bavarian treats. The only drop of bitterness was the heavy rain but at least we were protected in style with the help of turquoise Tiffany umbrellas.

My look: Dirndl «St. Moritz» in grey  and dirndl blouse, both by Owloon, purple wool jacket by Happycoat,  Monogramme Kate studded leather shoulder bag by Saint Laurentlight green pumps by Prada and T Smile 18-karat rose gold diamond bracelet by Tiffany & Co..

LoL, Sandra

The rain couldn’t stop us!

tiffany_store_mucBreakfast inside the Tiffany & Co. store in Munich.







img_2049Later we went to the Oktoberfest inside the Schützenzelt.


img_2441One of my oldest friends whom I know since 5th grade.

tiffany_t-smile_braceletThe new T Smile collection is too cute.

With our lovely hostess Gitta Gräfin Lambsdorff.

sandra_bauknecht_owloon_dirndl_2Thank you, Tiffany & Co. for this lovely day!

Photos: © munichpress.de / Guenther Reisp and © Sandra Bauknecht

Please Do Not Disturb – I’m at Lanserhof


Please accept my sincere apologies for the lack of posting. I am currently at the beautiful Lanserhof Tegernsee in Bavaria, Germany for a clean break of everything. I am talking about digital detox as well as physical detox. It is very challenging for me, an overhaul for your body and your soul. Here at Lanserhof I am treated with the most modern and holistic medicine, which means regeneration and prevention on the long run. Once I am back, I will give you a full report of my stay. One thing that is for sure, it has been absolutely worth coming here.

What I truly enjoy is being in comfy clothes with no makeup just embracing my cleansing, resting and medical routine. And having time to look outside the window and to enjoy the snowy landscape surrounding this amazing retreat. It is a great way to rediscover your inner self.

Get the look: Cashmere sweater jacket with «YOU» logo in mink on the back and matching jogging pants both by Max & MoiMB Classic silver reflective fabric and white shearling Moon Boot® by Jimmy Choo and Bamboo Shopper large textured-leather tote by Gucci.

Please don’t disturb!

LoL, Sandra






Lanserhof thoughts


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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Marcell von Berlin: Berlin


Marcell Pustul, the mastermind behind the young label MARCELL VON BERLIN, studied fashion design at the famous Parsons School in New York City and gathered professional experience at Michael Kors and Donna Karan. In 2011, he founded his own label that brings red carpet looks and couture from the capital of cool, BERLIN. Enjoy his tips for the famous German metropole.

Berliner Fernsehturm in der Dämmerung

Your favourite city?
BERLIN – A city that never sleeps. Berlin has its very own style and is a cultural hotspot. It’s a small New York.


Your favourite hotel?
HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ – A beautiful boutique hotel with lovely individually designed rooms in a contemporary style. Always a nice destination to go for a drink at the bar or just have a relaxing spa day.
Steinplatz 4, 10623 Berlin, Phone +49 30 5544440


Your favourite restaurant?
DUDU31 – It’s a new cool, fashionable, trendy place with one of the best sushis in town (photo above).
Bleibtreustrasse 31, 10707 Berlin, Phone+49 30 57795577
DOKMAI – Traditional, puristic, cosy – the best Thai restaurant in Berlin.
Muthesiusstrasse 38, 12163 Berlin, Phone +49 30 70096185


Your favourite bar or nightclub?
THE PEARL – Another hotspot in Berlin and the place to be if you want to party and have a great time with friends and just want to dance (photo above).
Fasanenstrasse 81, 10623 Berlin, Phone +49 30 31518890
BERGHAIN – Everybody who comes to Berlin has once to go to the iconic Berghain. It’s the ultimate place in the city. You will never find something like this anywhere else. A must- experience… a place where you can party 24/7.
Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin, Phone +49 30 29360210


Your favourite sightseeing spot?
HACKESCHER MARKT – Small shops, unique items, young Berlin labels, famous designers, cafés and restaurants, you have everything you need for a fun day at this shopping hotspot.
10178 Berlin


Your favourite park?
TIERGARTEN – The miniature version of Central Park with small lakes. I love walking through this beautiful area with my dog, visiting a biergarten or renting a pedal boot and discover small areas of the park you can’t find by foot.


Your favourite beach?
CAPPUCCINO KU’DAMM BEACH – Berlin doesn’t have a real beach, except for example Wannsee. But the Ku’damm Beach is a great combination of restaurant, bar and beach at Halensee at the end of the Kurfürstendamm.
Koenigsallee 5B, 14193 Berlin, Phone +49 176 74120828


Your favourite shop?
MIENTUS – Great concept store, that sells international labels.
Schlütergasse/Kurfürstendamm 52, 10707 Berlin, Phone +49 30 3239077
SHIZARU – The best place to find extraordinary and rare outfits (photo above).
Meinekestrasse 5, 10719 Berlin, Phone +49 30 65833008


Your must-have accessory?
ROLEX WATCH IN GOLD – A luxurious statement, a true status symbol. A must-have that adds a chic contrast to my tattooed skin. Elegant and cool in one.


The best soundtrack for this destination?
«SKY & SAND» by PAUL & FRITZ KALKBRENNER – The song is from the movie «Berlin Calling» and is a hymn to Berlin and its flair.


The best book to read while being on vacation there?
«NACHT LEBEN BERLIN 1974 BIS HEUTE» by WOLFGANG FARKAS – A great book to get to know the different facets of Berlin’s nightlife. It’s amazing to see how many locations have been trendy over many years.

Thank you, Marcell, for sharing your insider scoop on Berlin with us.

LoL, Sandra


Photos: Courtesy of Marcell von Berlin, the different locations and via MrWallpaper.com

Cinderella for a Day

Mytheresa x Gianvito Rossi Dinner Cover

What else could you wish for? A castle, a princess and a shoe designer. Sometimes dreams come true and you can feel like Cinderella. Only difference? I wouldn’t leave my heels behind.

Sandra_Bauknecht_Alexa_Chung_Elisabeth-Thun_und_TaxisHostess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis framed by Alexa Chung to the right and me to the left.

The occasion was very special. Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Gianvito Rossi and mytheresa.com hosted a private dinner at the Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg, Germany to celebrate their collaboration.
The designer and the luxury e-tailer celebrated their successful on-going relationship which includes special capsule collections created exclusively for the site.

publicpreviewThe Silver Salon

Cocktails were served in the breathtaking Silver Salon followed by dinner in the castle’s magnificent ballroom. Mike Skinner then entertained the crowd with a DJ set in the stunning Yellow Salon.

Sandra_Bauknecht_Gianvito_RossiGianvito Rossi with me in the Yellow Salon

It was truly a night to remember – a princess for one day. And isn’t Cinderella proof that a pair of shoes can change your life?


LoL, Sandra

publicpreview-1The Ballroom

Table Mytheresa Setting

Sandra_Bauknecht_Veronika_Heilbrunner_Justin_OSheaFantastic couple: Justin O’Shea and Veronika Heilbrunner with me

Justin O’Shea and Serge Biasin

Sandra_Bauknecht_Lena_Meyer_LandruthSinger Lena Meyer-Landrut with me

German actress Iris Berben

Sandra_Bauknecht_Daisy_LoweDancing partners: Daisy Lowe with me

Selfie time for Lena Meyer-Landrut and Hannah Herzsprung

If you like my look, click here for the details.

Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis and guests

Dancing MytheresaDancing Time

Mike Sinner with his wife Claire in Balmain

Ceiling Mytheresa Gianvito Rossi

Photos:© Getty / Gisela Schober & Isa Foltin for Mytheresa x Gianvito Rossi
© Sandra Bauknecht and via Bunte Magazine

My Look: We Are World Cup Champions

Brazil World Cup 2014-Germany Won

Last night, a true football thriller took place in Brazil. I watched the game at a friend’s house and couldn’t be more proud of the outcome. A beautifully taken extra-time goal by Mario Götze helped my home country win the 2014 World Cup final 1-0 against Argentina at the Maracanã. With the win, Germany became the first European side to win the World Cup in the Americas and pulled even with Italy for the second-most titles all-time, one behind Brazil’s record five. The team had not lifted the trophy since 1990, when West Germany defeated Argentina in the final.

I flew in from Berlin yesterday afternoon where I got myself the perfect outfit. Check out Wear Your Flag, a fun website with all sorts of items to show your national pride!

World Cup Outfit- Sandra Bauknecht

My look: Strapless dress by Wear Your Flagjeggings by Donna Karanjelewed nappa leather box bag iconby Saint Laurent and biker boots by Chanel.

Nails Germany

On my nails: I created the flag design with “Need Sunglasses” by OPI, “Valentine Red” and “Tuxedo Black“, both by Bobbi Brown. Start with a layer of yellow and then work your way up with red and black as the last step.

LoL, Sandra

Jeweled Box Bag by Saint Laurent - Wear Your Flag

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Liebestier – Doglicious Delicacies and More

Liebestier in Stuttgart

Today, I would like to introduce you to my friend Anna who had a fantastic business idea. Catering to all animal lovers, she opens today her first shop in Stuttgart dedicated to our furry friends: LIEBESTIER (Unter dem Birkenkopf 13-15, 70197 Stuttgart, Germany).

Anna Frahm Liebestier StuttgartAnna Frahm of LIEBESTIER

Similar to Pet Kingdom at Harrods, the store offers everything a canine or feline heart wishes for, but in much more contemporary way, not completely aloof.

Liebestier Stuttgart

Anna showcases the very best pet products in her cute little store reminiscent of a kennel, from dog beds, toys, bowls to the most exclusive and healthy delicacies for cats and dogs. With a permanent gourmet food frontage within the shop, she even sells the finest truffles for dogs.

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Liebestier Stuttgart 7

Speaking of fashion, you can match the collar of your dog to your new leather bracelet. How cool is that? I couldn’t resist and filled my Dorset leather toteicon by Mulberry with the cutest treats for my parent’s dog.

Liebestier Stuttgart - Sandra Bauknecht -Shopping

In the future, Anna is planning to open more stores in other cities. So let’s hope, she will also come to Switzerland one day!

LoL, Sandra

Liebestier Stuttgart 8

Photos: Courtesy of Liebestier and © Sandra Bauknecht

Celebrating 50.000 Facebook Likes at Home


This week was my “German” week. On Tuesday, I went to Hamburg to finalize an amazing project for Sandra’s Closet’s upcoming third birthday and then I drove to Frankfurt, which is my place of origin. I was born and raised in the picturesque Taunus, a part of the Central German Uplands, located at the gates of Frankfurt. I love the Hessian mentality and have to admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time here recently but whenever I am back, I feel at home.


I am staying at the beautiful Schlosshotel Kronberg, a five-star luxury castle hotel, that is owned by the Landgrave and Princes von Hessen. It offers you living history to touch and feel. Exclusive furnishings and an impressive collection of antiques and paintings from the private estate of the mother of the last Kaiser convey the authentic ambience of a castle from imperial times and makes me feel like a little princess.

Sandra Bauknecht_St.Angela Schule

Yesterday, I took a trip down memory lane and showed my daughter the school I went to: St. Angela Schule in Königstein, a private all-girls school, attached to an Ursuline convent. Personally speaking, I loved this mono education and truly enjoyed my time there. Until today, I am close to my five best friends from school. When I saw the pillar we decorated for our graduation, I was so touched that the tears kept rolling down my cheeks.


This morning, another event has touched me deeply: Sandra’s Closet reached over 50.000 likes on Facebook overnight, which means 10.000 likes in 2 months. This is so amazing and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for following my blog that has taken me on such a beautiful adventure. I feel very blessed!
If you haven’t liked Sandra’s Closet on Facebook yet, please do so here.

Below you can enjoy some more photos of my outfit and the castle hotel:

Sandra Bauknecht in Königstein

My look: Fur vest and biker boots by Miu Miu, red wool dress and gold horsebit necklaceicon by Gucci, wool cashmere gauze Rottweiler scarf by Givenchy and Diorette earrings by Dior Haute Joaillerie and tote bag by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra


Givenchy Rottweiler Scarf




Schlosshotel5Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht via Instagram

One Afternoon in Munich with Instagram


This week, I was in Munich for work. I absolutely love the Bavarian city in which I had lived for 8 years. The most important events of my life took place there: My studies, my engagement and wedding, the birth of my daughter, my first job as an editor for Marie Claire magazine and so on. Therefore great memories are around every corner.

As I haven’t been very active on instagram so far, I thought it would be a great way to get started by sharing some of my favourite places with you.

Follow me on instagram: @sandrascloset


Rhubarb tart at my favourite place for lunch: Schumann’s Tagesbar

Lodenfrey Munich 4

Lodenfrey is prepared for the upcoming Oktoberfest season with beautifully decorated windows and the new Wiesndirndl 2012.

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Munich Lodenfrey2

Lodenfrey Munich

Theresa Munich

Spotted at Theresa: My beloved Irma (Do you remember my fabulous T-shirt? )
You can shop all of the shop’s treasures online at mytheresa.com.



Marion Heinrich Munich

Marion Heinrich‘s new shopping temple carrying Tom Ford, Chloé and Céline among others.

Munich Opera

Munich Opera

Munich Look

Can you guess what I was wearing? 
Dress and jacket by Stella McCartney (I sported that look for the event with Kaufmanfranco in London. Click here for the outfit post.), python Boston bag by Céline (Close-ups here) and my new Rockstud ankle boots by Valentino (Fall’s It-booties).


My Diorette ring by Dior Joaillerie. On my nails: 563 Vertigo by Chanel.

Munich Kusama

Kusama windows at Louis Vuitton

LV Bag Munich

In stores now: Louis Vuitton‘s amazing F/W 2012 runway bags. My personal must-have: The sequined North South bag in Monogram Sunshine Express (see photo).

Munich Police

Very funny, this is how Munich policemen are giving parking tickets. Real horse power!

Munich Michael Jackson

The Michael Jackson Memorial is still in front of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, where the famous scene took place when the King of Pop held his son out of the window.

I hope that you have enjoyed those little moments via instagram.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Hello Native Germany!

Elmau 2

Hello native Germany! I spent the last week at Schloss Elmau in Southern Bavaria. Unfortunately, the hotel is definitely not worth talking about it. The luxurious standard that they advertise on their website along with the photos don’t hold their promise.

The only beautiful part has been the spa house and the treatments where I could really take a break from everyday life. The view, the nature, and going hiking was also wonderful and reminded me of my childhood.

My comfy outfit on the day of arrival: Wide pants by Stella McCartney, nautical top and long scarf by Chanel, ballerinas by Prada and my new beautiful XL-Boston bag in bright blue python leather by Céline (Pré-fall 2011).

My makeup is done with products of the 29, St. Honoré Collection by Lancôme.

Unfortunately, I got really sick and am on antibiotics now with a middle ear inflammation and tonsillitis. No fun!

LoL, Sandra


Elmau4Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht