La Mer Blue Heart 2023

June 8th marks World Oceans Day and LA MER is celebrating this special occasion with the limited-edition Blue Heart Crème de la Mer. It lives the same combination of sea-sourced ingredients that gives every batch of the iconic moisturizer its skin-soothing abilities. With a collectible design imbued with the regenerative energy of Giant Sea Kelp, that power now undulates on the outside, too.

Today, over 90% of LA MER’s sea plants are responsibly sourced. As a brand born from the sea and powered by the self-regenerative properties of kelp, the House is committed to listening closely to its needs. That’s why the LA MER Blue Heart Oceans Fund was launched, a resource that helps to support organizations that share the commitment to protecting the ocean.

Your purchase of this commemorative Blue Heart Crème de la Mer does not impact La Mer’s charitable donations.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Rian Davidson 
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CHANEL S/S 2023 Sunglasses

Boarding the famous Christina O yacht in Nice this week with my new sunnies. Black and gold. These two colours, essential to the CHANEL allure, feature as a monochrome on the sunglasses in the S/S 2023 collection. A square frame and its rectangular version both come in gold or black metal. The graphic frame splits to reveals an openwork version of the letters «CHANEL», offering a contemporary line.

The glasses from the S/S 2023 collection are available exclusively in CHANEL boutiques from now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Rian Davidson #CHANELEyewear #CHANELSunglasses
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Visiting the Acropolis

While being with Themis Z in Athens, I visited the Acropolis. Join me on this photo walk, I’ll give you my thoughts on how to make the most of a visit here.

The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the second half of the fifth century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, as thought and art flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts.

The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike.

Be early … this is NOT crowded! Can you imagine?!

Personal tips:

  • The marble stoned pathways are very slippery. Wear some solid footwear. No high heels are allowed on the hill.
  • Try to come early in the day. There are many tourists visiting and you want to avoid the crowds.
  • Book a guided tour. Your guide will surely show you the best photo spots.
  • Wear a flown dress or skirt – this will help you get a great photo in front of the monument.
  • After you visited the Acropolis, go to the New Acropolis Museum (inaugurated in 2009), in which most of the original sculptural and/or architectural pieces of the monuments are conserved. The architecture of the building itself is worth seeing.

To get your ticket and for more information, visit the Acropolis website here please.

LoL, Sandra

iconPhotos: © Sandra Bauknecht 
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It Takes Two to Tan-Go

It takes two to tango – and shoes should never come alone. VALENTINO‘s iconic Tan-Go shoe has been on every fashionista’s wishlist lately. First launched in 2012 as a more modest version, the new take as skyrocketing platforms are now available in many versatile options, not only super stylish, but also ultra comfortable to dance the nights away.

My collection has become pretty extensive … it takes two to tango, or probably three, four, five …

LoL, Sandra

The classic one: Tan-Go patent leather platform pumps

The lower heel: Tan-Go platform pumps

The pointy one: Tan-Go patent leather platform pump 165mm

The open toe: Tan-Go 155 patent-leather platform sandalsicon

The bootie: Tan-Go leather ankle boots

The embellished version: Tan-Go embellished leather platform pumps

All clear: Tan-Go transparent pumps

The ultra high one: Discobox 180mm platform pumps

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Nadia KrawieckaDavid Biedert Photography
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Welcome to Casa Panerai

Welcome to Casa Panerai, the largest Panerai boutique ever opened its doors in the heart of New York City on Madison Avenue. Home to an extensive collection of watches, both historical and contemporary, the store welcomes clients with elements visible from the sidewalk, an LED screen displaying captivating images that convey the brand’s connection to the marine realm and its spirit of adventure, and a larger-than-life iconic luminous green wall clock. Inside, an immersive timeline spanning nearly 30 feet along an original exposed brick wall highlights significant milestones of the Maison’s history in a multidimensional exhibition with materials including reproductions of original mechanisms, copies of patents and certifications and interactive models.

For female wristwatch lovers, the store includes a dedicated zone centered on the Luminor Due Collection. The space features soft, rounded furnishings and an oceanic influence that pervades the room, with walls covered in artisan-crafted variegated blue resin that evokes the kaleidoscopic hues of the sea. To complete Panerai’s heritage and aesthetic sensibility, the interiors feature furniture from Italian interior designers while a coffee bar sits on the upper level to offer a relaxing break.

To celebrate the opening, Panerai presents the new Radiomir Tourbillon Bronzo as a fitting centerpiece for Madison Avenue, a masterpiece that pays tribute to its legendary history and embodies the essence of the Radiomir. Combining technical feat and historical design, Panerai’s first-ever 45mm tourbillon movement is set in a bronze case that showcases a characteristic vintage look. Through the natural oxidation process, the bronze material evolves according to wear and tear, and its seasoned and retro appearance becomes completely different, adapting to the wearer’s individual surroundings and giving each piece a unique patina.

Furthermore, Panerai launches the Luminor BiTempo New York Edition, a special edition available in 212 pieces, which is set in a 44mm titanium DLC case with a grey matte shaded sandwich dial. DLC, also known as diamond-like carbon coating, is a specific treatment technique applied to the titanium material that combines high performance and aesthetical appeal giving the timepiece an unmistakable sleek black look and high hardness and durability.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Panerai
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Nuxe Paris Hair Prodigieux

Nourishing hair oils help to care for your hair each day. Consisting of a blend of botanical oils, they protect hair and infuse it with their benefits. Hair is repaired, locks stay shiny and soft despite shampooing, blow-drying and straightening.

Nuxe Paris takes the hair oil one step further to absolutely transform your hair with the new Pre-Shampoo Nourishing Mask (CHF 38.00) that intensely nourishes and helps to repair the hair fiber for amazing shine with a silky feel. This oil care infused with the iconic Huile Prodigieuse® fragrance envelops the hair for a truly sensorial ritual. Apply to your dry hair before shampooing and leave on for 10 minutes for shiny hair, leave on for 30 minutes for an intensive reparation.

Rinse well and follow with High Shine Shampoo (CHF 16.00) and High Shine Conditioner (CHF 25.00), both with fermented pink camellia oil. All three products have a vegan formula without any ingredients or derivatives of animal origin and no silicones.

I tried the products and love how my hair is shiny and fluffy, and not at all heavy.
Personal tip: Spray the hair oil on your natural hair brush for a very easy application.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Nuxe Paris
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My Look: Share the Good Life

Share the good life … here is my pastel-colored outfit that I wore to the ASMALLWORLD lunch at Bagatelle Beach Club in St. Tropez. I think this might be my favorite outfit post this year so far. The light, the shades, the sun … everything is just perfect.

My look: Knitted long-sleeved cardi-coat, graphic-print tank top, and matching flared zig-zag trousers, all by Missoni, Dynasty oversized geometric-frame sunglasses by Balenciaga, Rose Céleste necklace, Rose des Vents and Rose Céleste necklace, both by Dior Fine Jewelry, rainbow colored slingback shoes, 2023 Coco top handle bag in soft pink, Pre-collection 2023 long necklace with pendants and 2023 chain choker, all by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra


Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Floral Camouflage

Florals trending in spring will never be novel. However with blossoms in full bloom, you can be camouflaging in this beautiful floral ensemble this season.

My look: Tie-detailed floral-print ramie-voile blouseicon, and belted floral-print ramie-voile wide-leg pantsicon, both by Zimmermann, croc-effect leather slingback pumpsicon by Fendi, classic large Impatiens earrings by Oscar de la RentaChanel 19 bag in raspberry leather by CHANEL, Diorette ring by Dior Haute Joaillerie, and floral sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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Share The Good Life

During our amazing ASMALLWORLD summer weekend in St. Tropez this month, we went for lunch to one of my favorite beach spots, Bagatelle Beach Club.

«Boire, n’est pas pêcher» is written across the wall of the beach club, which means drinking is not a sin. With good conscience, we sipped exotic cocktails and world-class champagne while indulging in a delicious Mediterranean lunch among dear friends at Pampelonne beach. Afterwards we burnt the calories off during Bagatelle’s signature afternoon beach party in the sun.

With our dear friends Elettra Lamborghini and Afrojack.

The gorgeous hats with the slogan «Share the good life» can be bought the boutique inside the beach club. Stay tuned for more and of course all details of my look.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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Albella Privé

When I came back from Athens, I went immediately to Widder Hotel in Zurich where my Valentino girls, Gianfranca and Elisa, had prepared a beautiful surprise birthday dinner for our dear friend Albena Gateva.

Albena loves butterflies and the transformation. Therefore she made the animal her logo.

Albena and I had met at a CHANEL fashion show and have become immediately friends as we both share the same love for fashion. The Bulgarian born bombshell took her passion a step further and launched Albella Privè in the summer of 2020 during the pandemic. Her project was to recreate the human connection that became unstable and uncertain during this difficult historical time.

Her purpose was to create communicative seams, weaves and plots for the most loved ones, her friends. Albena wanted to reinvent a pure and sincere expressive language through her clothes that speak of complicity, friendship, intuition, affection, beauty and being a woman: this is how Albella Privé was born.

For her birthday, her best friend Tula Schuker, who had just been the cover girl in Albella Privè for Glamour Bulgaria, and I wore Albella Privé brocade jackets.

Tula and me in Albella Privé.

At the moment you can find her designs at Blu Boutique in Lugano and on her website.

A beautiful nod to Valentino: The Rockstud birthday cake.

Happy Birthday, Albena! I am sure we will see so much more from you soon…

LoL, Sandra

Albena framed by her best friends: Tula and Cristina Valcuende, who had flown in from Spain.

Bravo Elisa and Gianfranca! You organized the surprise so well!

Tula and Alena Bischofberger with me.

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht 
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