Happy 7th Birthday, Sandra’s Closet!

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7 years –  as crazy as it sounds but I have been blogging now for 84 months, which is around 2555 days, and this is my 3098th posts which means I wrote more than one per day. I am thankful, Sandra’s Closet has taken me on the craziest, busiest but most amazing ride in my life.

Blogging is what I love to do most. I am independent, I can write whatever or wherever I am. It gives me so much freedom and joy. I love to do my collages and it has never ever been something I had to force myself to do.

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To honour the occasion, I gifted myself with this new Chanel 2.55 bag from the «Front Row Only» collection. I think the attached hanger and the built-in hidden mirror on the back is too cute and it couldn’t be a better match to celebrate my closet.

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As everything wouldn’t be possible without you, my dear readers, who have supported me over the last years, I have a gift for you, too. Please enjoy this special early access code BFLSU30 with 30% off on full priced orders over £300/€300 at LUISAVIAROMA.

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Thank you from all my heart for your comments, your mails. With some of you I have even developed a relationship over the past years. I will continue to entertain you with your daily dose of fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

Recently, I have been thinking about doing a relaunch of my blog, a new layout for example but on the other side, I am loving my design, it looks different from others and I find it easy to navigate. Please shoot me an e-mail what you would change or if you prefer it the way it is to .

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

A Little Gift for International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day! It’s time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of us women. Yet let’s also be aware that this tremendous progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.

«Here is to good women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.»

In honor of International Women’s Day, LUISAVIAROMAicon provides you with this special promotion code: MDLSUK. Spend more and save more: 10% OFF $500, or 15% OFF $1000.
Applies to select full price products only. Excludes fine jewelry and items tagged ‘permanent‘ and ‘essential‘. This code is valid from now until March 16, 2016 (23:59 CET).

Get the look with 15% off: Pink dress with ruffles by Guccibook clutchicon by Olympia Le Tan, pumpsicon by Gianvito Rossi and leather bracelet by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Keep your dreams big and your aspirations high… Happy International Women’s Day!

LoL, Sandra

Vogue Italia: Spotted Sandra’s Closet

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Vogue Italia interviewed some of us bloggers during Luisaviaroma‘s Firenze4Ever last month. And I feel very honoured to have been part of it.

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Moreover, the Italian fashion bible featured my style labs. Thank you very much!
Enjoy your weekend!

LoL, Sandra

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Luisaviaroma Style Lab – Grunge Flair

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Here is my last look from Luisaviaroma‘s Firenze4Ever style lab shot at the bar of the Helvetia Bristol hotel in Florence. I am completely in love with Givenchy’s F/W 2013 collection (think about that gorgeous Bambi sweater…), a little punk, a little grunge all with a certain flair.

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My look: Wool grain de poudre coat with golden details iconand sequined printed cotton fleece long sweatshirt, both by GivenchySo Nice earrings by Reminiscence, calfskin metal plaque booties iconby Giuseppe Zanotti and studded backpack iconby MCM.

LoL, Sandra

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Luisaviaroma Style Lab: Style & Grace

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Here is the second look from my Firenze4Ever style lab with Luisaviaroma, shot at the Helvetia Bristol hotel in Florence. This one is actually my favourite outfit. I adore this amazing custom-made gown by Fausto Puglisi. The thigh-high slit is so sexy, revealing a lot of leg and combined with the headpiece, that you have to carry gracefully, it is all about drama.

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My look: Embroidered tartan and wool crepe gown by Fausto Puglisi, ultra high suede platform pumps iconand red jeweled nappa leather clutch, both by Giuseppe Zanottimask with feathers by Idriss Guelai Atelier.

LoL, Sandra

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Luisaviaroma Style Lab – Sophisticated

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After all those posts from China in my sneakers, I thought that it is time again for some sophistication. Here is the first post about my Firenze4Ever Style Lab for F/W 2013 with Luisaviaroma. Since one of my favourite designers, Fausto Puglisi (click here for a previous post), has taken up the reigns at Emanuel Ungaro last year, I am in love with the collection.

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My look: Printed cady single button jacket and matching polka dot draped skirt, both by Emanuel Ungarowaxed heavy lycra sweatshirt iconby MSGMRockstud black nappa leather bag iconby Valentino and star studded suede cage sandals iconby Giuseppe Zanotti.

LoL, Sandra

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Luisa Via Roma – Firenze4Ever Backstage

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LUISAVIAROMA‘s Firenze4Ever was once again an outstanding experience. The sun was shining, blue sky over Florence and I enjoyed every single minute of it. Below are some backstage impressions and a little teaser of my photo shoot with Tommaso Fontanella.

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A goody bag filled with amazing products from the likes of MCM and Sisley (my favourite mascara) among others waited for me.

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Being interviewed by the lovely Kelly for Glamour and Vogue Italia.

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My F/W 2013 selection: Fausto Puglisi, Emanuel Ungaro and Givenchy

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Tommaso showing me the first pics.

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Very happy with the result of the shoot: Tom, Anna and me.
Stay tuned for the style labs coming up soon! Missing Florence already…

LoL, Sandra

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Firenze4Ever Closing Night

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The closing night of LUISAVIAROMA‘s Firenze4Ever took place at the stunning Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli), a park behind the Pitti Palace in Florence, that is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities. It is amazing how LUISAVIAROMA always surprises us with another outstanding location.

Seated around the fountain in the Island Bassin (Vasca dell’Isola), we enjoyed a wonderful Tuscan dinner, a dance show, the amazing scenery followed by the after party with a private rock concert. The motto of the night was “Grunge Glam” and I went through my closet to find the most “punk-style” pieces that were in there.

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My look: Cut-out knit dress, matching leggings and leather glove clutch, all by Alexander McQueen, choker by Louis Vuitton, bracelets by Miu Miu and Hermès, strappy sandals by Gucci and statement rings by Roberto Cavalli. All pieces are from previous seasons.

Below you can enjoy all my impressions of the night.

LoL, Sandra

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Familiar faces: Sung-Joo Kim (looking a little different than at the MCM Grand Opening in Zurich last month) and the MCM team came to present their newest collaboration: they teamed up with illustrators, Craig & Karl, for a limited edition collection of summer accessories.

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Adrian J. Margelist, Chief Creative Officer MCM, with me

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My Look: Firenze4Ever Summer Festival

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LUISAVIAROMA‘s Firenze4Ever always feels like a summer festival, the days and nights are filled with amazing events and beautiful experiences. You get to meet famous designers, mingle with your fellow blogger colleagues and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, Florence. Here you see me on the way to the store. More impressions coming up soon…

My look: Sheer plissé dress (50% off now) and cuff, both iconby Stella McCartney, Inga strappy sandals by Gucci and vine green Donna hobo bag by Alexander Wang.

LoL, Sandra

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Dinner at Museo del Costume – Palazzo Pitti

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Firenze4Ever is always an amazing experience. LUISAVIAROMA iconinvites us to spaces that you usually don’t get to see like that. On Sunday night, we went to the beautiful Museo del Costume at Palazzo Pitti. The walk up the hill to the entrance offered some stunning views on Florence with the Duomo within one’s reach.

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My look: Chunky-knit cotton-blend cropped sweater by Chloéiconappliquéd leather and lace skirt iconby Jason Wuwhite ‘Duffle 6’ bag and Janis leather pumps, both by Saint Laurent and cuff by Stella McCartney.

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Robert Cavalli, the youngest son of Roberto, framed by Tina (Bagsnob), Hilary (Lyst) and me.

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Inside the museum, we had a fabulous dinner.

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Thank you, LUISAVIAROMA , for another amazing event!

LoL, Sandra

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