Happy Belated Mother’s Day

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 You might wonder why I post wishes for Mother’s Day two days after the actual celebration. The reason is that I would like to remind everyone that we should worship our mums every single day. I read this amazing quote recently: “Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.” It’s so true!

Surprise her! Personally speaking, I was over the moon when those CHANEL must-haves found their way into my closet this weekend.

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Protest-inspired, with slogans like ‘Make Fashion Not War‘ and ‘Feministe Mais Feminine,’ the S/S 2015 bags and accessories make a huge statement and every women’s heart leap with joy.
In CHANEL stores now.

LoL, Sandra

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 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Happy Mother’s Day 2014

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Of all the special joys in life, the big ones and the small,
a mother’s love and tenderness is the greatest of them all.

Happy Mother’s Day 2014 to all the caring and courageous mums out there! While appreciation for any parent should be every day of the year, I still love to extra appreciate my mom on this special occasion. Dear Mama, I feel blessed to have you in my life, a true inspiration, my best friend, you’re my mother, I would have no other! I love you!

Sandra with Mum

Touch your mum’s heart with a sentimental poem or gift her with a little surprise (If you have forgotten about Mother’s Day, get her a little gift online and hand her a voucher). Your mother will surely appreciate the heartfelt emotions and treasure them forever.

From left to right:
Heart-intarsia cashmere sweater iconby Chinti and Parker
Heart-print cotton-voile shirt iconby Chinti and Parker
Heart-print cutout-back bandeau swimsuit iconby Stella McCartney
Rose, geranium and jasmine pebble soap set by Bamford

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: net-à-porter

Contest: Mother’s Day with Olaz

Mother's Day Olaz Contest

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, the 11th of May and I have the perfect gift idea for you: a self-designed Mother’s Day beauty basket. There are no limits to your creativity. Amongst some amazing beauty products, you can place finest pralines, macarons and chocolate truffles, a CD with chill-out music and a bottle of champagne. A great way for daughters to give their moms a relaxing little break from everyday life including an extra portion of beauty care.

Great news is that I have already a finished basket for you to win with some beautiful products from the house of Olaz, including the ultra famous Olaz Beauty Fluid has been around since 1952. Being bestseller for 60 years, its texture has thrilled women around the globe. It provides the skin with moisture and lends immediately an incredibly fresh appearance. Furthermore the fluid is a true multitasker: Placed in the fridge, it becomes a perfect cooling lotion during summertime. When applied to the hands, it makes them soft and smooth and with some glitter powder mixed, the fluid leaves the skin with a beautiful shimmering glamour effect.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Olaz releases a limited edition in a special packaging design of its iconic product.

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Olaz Beauty Set for a self-designed Mother’s Day gift basket:
Olaz Beauty Fluid Limited Edition (CHF 9.45) provides the skin with moisture.
Olaz Regenerist 3 Point Cleansing System (CHF 52.20) for a cleansing massage.
Olaz Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser (CHF 15.50) for effective skin cleansing.
Olaz Total Effects CC Cream (CHF 39.90) for an instantly improved skin tone.
Olaz Total Effects Night Firming Treatment (CHF 26.90) fights the signs of aging.

The package has a total value of CHF 143.35 and one lucky lady can win it.

To participate in the contest, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header “Mother’s Day with Olaz” to . All entries must be received until May 1st, 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 Olaz

My Very Own Lovely Mother’s Day

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Today’s post is dedicated to my very own little family. Thank you so much for the lovely Mother’s Day I had! You truly have spoilt me. First of all, I woke up with my daughter’s arms around my neck to a bouquet of my favourite flowers, peonies, as you can see in my collage above. I am so proud of her as she came up with the most creative idea ever. She gave me a wall clock that she had embellished with photos of us. How cool is that?!

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Then, she had convinced her Daddy to get me this gorgeous ‘Diorette Marguerite‘ ring, the miniature version of my beloved ‘Diorette‘ ring. She handed it to me while telling me how much she loves me. Being a mum is the best job ever, since the payment is pure love…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Mamma Mia – Kalinka Malinka

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Swatch has created a beautiful Mother’s Day gift set that consists of five Matryoshka dolls and three Swatch watches hidden within. These famous Russian dolls tell the story of three generations; mother, daughter & grand-daughter. Look inside to find three brightly coloured, floral watch designs (New Gent, Gent and Lady) wrapped around the ladies waists.
The set is available for CHF 200.00.

Happy Mother’s Day means more than flowers and gifts. It means saying thank you. But in case you are in need of a last minute surprise, CLICK HERE TO SHOP A NET-A-PORTER VIRTUAL GIFT CARD that will be delivered directly one second later to your mom’s inbox.

Happy Mother’s Day to my fabulous Mom. I love you very much!!!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Swatch

Fragrance Trend: The Softness of a Rose

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Here in Zurich, we have been anxiously awaiting for the flowers to bloom and the sun to shine. Finally, spring is here and you might be in the mood to look for a new scent. Roses are offering a modern twist on tradition and floral motifs have served as the main themes for some of the new fragrance launches .

Here are my three favourites highlighting the light and soft aspect of a rose, enhanced by feminine fruity notes. I hope that you will enjoy my mini-reviews for you.

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EAU DE CARTIER Goutte de Rose

For Spring 2013, Cartier has launched a flanker to their best-selling Eau de Cartier from 2001, with the beautiful name Goutte de Rose. It is a bright and joyful fragrance, infused with the delicacy of a freshly picked garden rose, created by the French Maison’s in-house perfumer, Mathilde Laurent.

FLORAL
Top notes: Rose and yuzu
Middle notes: Violet, mulberry and litchi
Base notes: Cedarwood and lemon

Available as Eau de Toilette for CHF 65.00 (50ml), CHF 97.00 (100ml) and CHF 127.00 (200ml).

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BALENCIAGA L’Eau Rose

The French fashion house’s newest flanker retains the iconic chypre character and violet accord of the original Balenciaga fragrance rom 2010. By adding luminous floral and fruity accords, the fragrance goes in a beautiful refreshing direction.

CHYPRE FLORAL
Top notes: Blackberry
Middle notes: Patchouli, rose and violet
Base notes: Musk, cedar and cypress

Available as Eau de Toilette for CHF 115.00 (50ml) and CHF 139.00 (100ml).
In Switzerland exclusively at Marionnaud.

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pureDKNY A Drop of Rose

I have been enjoying the third fragrance in the pureDKNY series, quite much. The emphasis is on including roses that have been grown and harvested with care in the Turkish Isparta Valley by supporting CARE, an organisation helping lift women around the world out of poverty. The bottle is 100% recycable and the packaging is biodegradable as well. This scent is more than a fragrance – a state of mind, a way of being.

FLORAL
Top notes: Blackcurrant and Turkish rose
Middle notes: Magnolia and verbena
Base notes: Cedar and vanilla

Available as Eau de Parfum for CHF 59.00 (30ml), CHF 89.00 (50ml) and CHF 123.00 (100ml).
Body Butter CHF 57.00 (200ml) and Body Wash CHF 45.00 (200ml).

Wouldn’t one of this fragrances be a lovely surprise for Mother’s Day?! For more rosy gift ideas, have a look at this post.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

Bestsmellers for Mother’s Day – Part 2

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Don’t forget, on Sunday we are having a (MOM)ent. Here are some more ideas for a lovely gift for Mother’s Day.

Your mother is your first (and best) friend. Make her day all over again with something she adores like one of those recently launched fragrances.

LoL, Sandra

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JOHN RICHMOND – VIVA ROCK
Eau de Toilette, CHF 46.- (30ml), CHF 84.- (50ml) and CHF 112.-(100ml)

Floral Aldehydic
Sophisticated and young, the perfect scent for a woman who loves life.

Top notes: Sicilian mandarin, carambola and cactus
Heart notes: Damascena rose, jasmine and cherry blossom
Base notes: Musk, iris and amber

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KENZO FLOWERTAG
Eau de Parfum, CHF 81.- (30ml) and CHF 110.70 (50ml)

Floral Fruity Gourmand
Inspired by the urban art of graffiti, this intense version is all about sensuality.

Top notes: Grapefruit, black currant and rhubarb
Heart notes: Gardenia, jasmine and peony
Base notes: Praline, vanilla, patchouli and musk

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NARCISO RODRIGUEZ – FOR HER EAU DE PARFUM DELICATE
Eau de Parfum, CHF 147.- (125ml)

Oriental Woody
A limited edition fragrance – an expression of femininity and gracefulness.

Top notes: Rose and peach
Heart notes: Musk and amber
Base notes: Oud, patchouli and sandalwood

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HERMES – VOYAGE D’HERMES PARFUM
Perfume, CHF 105.- (35ml), CHF 151.- (100ml) and CHF 146.- (125ml Refill Bottle)

Woody Floral Musk
Classy, stylish and  rich – for the independent woman.

Top notes: Cardamom, lemon and spices
Heart notes: Hedione, floral notes with accentuated rose, green and tea notes
Base notes: Amber and musk

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: Courtesy of the brands

Happy Mother’s Day!

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While I think that mothers should be celebrated every day, it’s nice to have a day to be showered with love, affection and presents.

To all the fabulous fashionable moms around the globe, Happy Mother’s Day!

Outfit: Floral gown by Ralph Lauren Collection, embellished pumps by Valentino and embossed leather handbag by Chloé.

LoL, Sandra

Summer Fragrances 2011 for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is right in front of us and probably you are still looking for a little surprise accompanying your hand-written poem. Why not getting her one of those new summer fragrances? I am sure that your mom would love it.
Odoriferous ideas destined to make her day.

LoL, Sandra

Peach Blossom

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Peach Blossom by Tommy Hilfiger is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women.

Top notes: Bergamot, peach, blackberry and cassis
Middle notes: Iris and mimose
Base notes: Musk, tonka bean and coconut.

ELThe Radiant Beauty

Bronze Goddess Soleil by Estée Lauder is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance that provides sparkling dewy freshness, clean as cloudless summer skies and attractive as exotic tropical beaches, with its carefree citruses and solar floral notes.

Top notes: Sicilian lemon, bergamot, sweet tangerine, lavender and petit grain
Middle notes: Pittosporum, neroli, jasmine, orange blossom, grapefruit and pink lily nectar
Base notes: Blonde woods, iris, ambrette seeds and musk.

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O de L`Orangerie by Lancôme is a Floral fragrance; an homage to orange blossom and creates the fragrant experience of a walk in a French garden in spring. As in the previous advertising campaign, the new perfume is advertised by Daria Werbowy.

Top notes: Orange blossom and citrusy zests
Middle note : White jasmine
Base notes are cedar and benzoin.

Aura

The Eccentric

Aura by Swarovski is the much anticipated debut fragrance of the crystal brand and belongs to the Oriental Floral fragrances.

Inspired by radiance and light, the fragrance brief was to create both a visual and olfactive glow, to replicate the luminosity of a Swarovski crystal.

Top notes are rose and litchi
Middle note: Tuberose
Base notes: Pink pepper, amber, benzoin and white musk.

LaPrairie

The Lady

Life Threads Ruby Sheer by La Prairie is an Oriental Floral fragrance for women. And a lighter variation of the original fragrance.

Top notes: Orange flower, bergamot and lily-of-the-valley
Middle notes: Jasmine, ylang-ylang, saffron and rose
Base notes: Vetiver, musk, sandalwood and vanille.

Last Minute Gifts for Mother`s Day

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If you still need a little gift for Mother`s Day, I will recommend having a look at www.net-à-porter.com, www.mytheresa.com or www.colette.fr. There you can find lovely fashionable presents to thank your Mums. Just one comfortable click from your desk plus express shipping and you will have a wonderful surprise for Sunday. My favourites are the Lanvin earrings, the Smythson jewelry box and above all a handwritten card or poem. The best comes from the heart and is in general priceless…

LoL, Sandra