Halloween Pieces for the Lazy Girl in Us

Don’t want to go the whole Halloween costume hog? To be honest, I hate real costumes, it is a waste of money for me. I am not in the mood of applying fake blood and spending five hours getting all costume-ready. I always try to create something out of my closet. Pieces that are fun, honor the ocassion and can be worn all year around. So if you are like me, don’t panic about Halloween, these pieces are all you need… perfect for the lazy girl in all of us!

To shop, just click on the highlighted text. And don’t forget to scroll until the end of this post. The probably most expensive designer look inspired by Halloween is waiting for you…

Halloween-print silk scarf by Vetements

iconCaterina embellished wool-felt hat by Eugenia Kim
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Cashmere skeleton gloves by Saint Laurent


Jacquard knit skeleton sweater by Saint Laurent
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GucciGhost G-Timeless watch by Gucci
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Montana Pony clutch by Mara & Mine

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Lou crystal-embellished velvet mask by Maison Michel

Kitty leather-trimmed velvet slippers by Charlotte Olympia
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iconNight Fairy embroidered wool-blend scarf by Alexander McQueen

Queen and King skeleton earrings by Alexander McQueen
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Fringed printed silk-blend jacquard scarf by Alexander McQueen
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Reverse opening cardigan jacket in crystal skeleton embroidery by Thom Browneicon

Trouser length cardigan skirt in crystal skeleton embroidery by Thom Browne
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Perspex and crystal clip earrings by Miu Miu

Happy Halloween 2018!

LoL, Sandra

Photos/Stills: Courtesy of the Brands
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Caran d’Ache x Mizensir – Scented Pencils

In partnership with Mizensir, the Geneva-based specialists in candles and ambient fragrances, Caran d’Ache unveils its new edition of pencils made from fine woods and scented with the «Mémoire d’Ecolier» fragrance.

Interesting to know is that behind Mizensir, there is no other than master perfumer Alberto Morillas, who started along with his wife the family business in Geneva in 1999. The two initially set up a scented candle workshop and combined their skills to turn fragrances into wax. Today, the brand boasts more than one hundred different products, including a collection of perfumes, each creating a specific ambient message.

Alberto Morillas favours the very finest raw materials, paying homage to his Andalusian origins, his family and the numerous journeys and encounters that have marked his life. Now he has joined forces with another Swiss company for which craftsmanship plays also an important role: Caran d’Ache, the master craftsmen of drawing and writing.

Driven by a shared passion for creativity, excellence and Swiss Made ideals, the two family businesses have combined their unique know-how to create a new scented edition of four graphite Caran d’Ache pencils, that are delightfully scented with the retro fragrance «Mémoire d’Ecolier», whisking you back to a time when you were still sitting in school.

Me on my first day of school holding a Caran d’Ache pencil.

Bringing back childhood memories, this scent reveals notes and essences of Virginian cedar and Atlas cedar, underpinned by the sweetness of liquorice, rosewood and the freshness of birch. This unique scent of freshly sharpened pencils combined with sweet notes of candy hidden in school bags or desks offers aficionados of rare pencils the chance to recall their carefree childhood days.

The Caran d’Ache pencils edition no.8 set will be available for CHF 29.00 from mid-October from all Caran d’Ache boutiques and points of sale, as well as from the eBoutique.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Caran d’Ache and © Sandra Bauknecht

Shhhowercap

SHHHOWERCAP is nothing like the ones you remember your grandma wearing. Founder Jacquelyn De Jesu has transformed the outdated shower cap into a functional and fashionable way to protect perfectly styled locks and calls them «waterproof turbans». The antibacterial fabric repels water, dries quickly and lets moisture out on a molecular level.

Unlike traditional plastic versions that create humidity and frizz, it’s breathable so hair retains its volume and smoothness. The thicker, high-quality elastic is built to last and won’t leave the characteristic indent on your foreheadOprah and Kim Kardashian are fans and so am I!

Wear it to the pool, spa, with hair masques or to protect your blow-dry in the rain.

TO SHOP SHHHOWERCAP ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Shhhowercapicon

My Look: It’s Getting Hot in Here

Those past weeks have been so hot… it has been such a fantastic summer but my bedroom feels like a sauna. Therefore I was eager to get  the DYSON PURE COOL to finally get some fresh air for a better sleep. But important to know is that it is not an air conditioner, it is an air cleaner (great for someone who suffers from allergies) with a fan that circulates clean air throughout the entire room, no matter where you put it. DYSON was founded in 1993 and the company has traditionally put a big emphasis on the design and engineering of their products, being well known for its cordless vacuum cleaners and hair dryers.

Love to turn it on and off with the app while checking the pollution levels.

The DYSON PURE COOL features 10 different speed settings and an auto mode to adjust the speed of the airflow. In addition, it comes with a night mode, which reacts to pollution levels the unit detects. In general, the tower oscillates so that purified air is circulated in the room quickly and to achieve the best cooling effect. I love to use it while working out or posting from the comfort of my bed. With the Dyson app, I can also easily set up the timer.

Important! The Dyson Pure Cool is not a stretching device even that it is quite tempting:-)!

My look: Shooting Star point d’esprit tulle jacket by Anna Sui, gold-tone crystal earrings and gold-tone crystal cufficon, both by Etro, Janis suede platform pumps by Saint Laurent and Jeff Koons Masters Collection «Da Vinci» laptop case by Louis Vuitton.

Leopard print bedding by Ralph Lauren Home and black age delay pillow by Nurse Jamie.icon

I hope you like my sense of humor to make this sponsored post a little fun…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Desperate Housewife

Times are over that I am a desperate housewife thanks to the DYSON Cyclon V10 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner – the investment to purchase the best in vacuum technology to date. With the V8, you’re getting everything that any elite carpet or hardwood vacuum can and should offer. With no cords, HEPA allergy filtration, the ability to clean all flooring types, and a lightweight body, this vacuum is a cleaning lover’s dream. With the exclusive soft roller cleaning head designed to pick up large and small debris, the V10 is not only going to replace your vacuum, but your broom, too.

My look: Silk floral apron wrap dress by Natasha Zinkoicon, floral-print silk-satin headband by Dolce & GabbanaGG Marmont leather belt bag and leather platform pumps, both by Gucci, Horsebit blue topaz diamond white gold ringicon by Gucci Fine Jewellery and earrings by Chanel.

Happy week – time to clean my shoe closet now!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Beautiful Invitations by Mary Katrantzou

My avid readers know how much I love MARY KATRANTZOU and that I have collected her designs starting from her first season. This summer, she has joined forces with PAPERLESS POST to create some beautiful invitations that are matching many dresses I have.

Cowboys and Princesses Invitation

Her clothes use intricate digital prints as transformative elements of style—and her eye for pattern is a natural fit for elegant party invitations that transcend the envelope.

Click HERE to see the full selection that is available at PAPERLESS POST. Inviting your friends has never been so much fun…

Left: Powder Gun Dress (with Mary Katrantzou) – Right: Sprinter Fritz Invitation

Left: Powdy Dress – Right: Powdy Invitation

Left: Rodizio Clutch – Right: Rodizio Invitation

Left: Expandit Dress – Right: Expandit Invitation

Left: Showmanship Dark Rush Dress – Right: Star Heart Invitation

Left: Harp Hazard Dress – Right: Strip Valley Invitation

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and via Paperless Post

Haute Couture or Hate Couture?

Yesterday, Italian fashion entrepreneur, also called the «Jeans Genius», Renzo Rosso, was spotted during Paris Haute Couture Week wearing a T-shirt with cryptic wording on it. A mistake, or a purposeful provocation? It was both—a mistake on purpose.

Me with Renzo Rosso at Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbombastic Party during Paris Couture Week.

DIESEL founder Rosso definitely doesn’t make a mistake. This move is a marketing strategy par excellence. The President of OTB Group, the parent company of Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Paula Cademartori, Viktor & Rolf, Staff International (manufacturer and distributor of DSquared², Just Cavalli, Maison Margiela, Marni and Vivienne Westwood), and Brave Kid (manufacturer and distributor of Diesel Kid, Dsquared², John Galliano Kids, Marni and Trussardi Junior) knows how to get attention and make a statement in the right way.

His message?
Anything you do online, whether you are famous or not, will get judged. Hate brews on the internet; angry, bitter people are able to hide behind the anonymity of their screens. At one point or another, everybody receives hate on social media. He wanted to provoke his audience with an intentional misspelling in public and on Instagram. As expected, tons of comments appeared in his feed over the next few hours, giving more proof that conflict and hate are inescapable online.

DIESEL once again taps into current social issues in a very personal way, starting with self-mocking. The brand’s Haute Couture will be a bold message towards haters worldwide—and an invitation for everyone to step up, face and own the negative messages we receive every day.
The complete reveal of this new communication ‘adventure’ will occur at the end of summer—so, now more than ever, stay tuned. Bravo!

In the meantime, I will be on vacation wearing this shirt :-).
Swarovski crystal-embellished cotton-jersey top by Ashish
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Diesel and © Sandra Bauknecht

Fashion Plays Football

Paul Surridge, Creative Director of Roberto Cavalli, designed 11 footballs for the Pitti Immagine Uomo 94 projectFanatic Feelings- Fashion Plays Football“, a broad multimedia presentation that will highlight the pioneering impact football has had on the world of men’s fashion, curated by Marcus Ebner, founder of German fashion magazines Achtung Mode and Sepp Football Fashion and contemporary art critic Francesco Bonami.  These unique “one of a kind” footballs will be sold for charity in the dedicated “Market” pop up store.

Men’s fashion is going through crazy times where the worlds of tailoring, sports, active and street wear are one big melting pot. Football Fashion as an expression of style will be manifesting itself more and more. Why not wear your team’s jersey with a great suit? The show will give weight to this argument” says Markus Ebner who has been one the football fashion trail since 2002.

The 11 footballs by Roberto Cavalli represent the powerful language of graphics in sport, especially in the football world and these prints are part of the S/S 2019 men’s collection. The flamboyant designs are a craft of very graphic and camouflage effects along with the prominent Roberto Cavalli logos.

Paul Surridge’s first collection for Roberto Cavalli Men S/S 2019

The footballs are made out of genuine leather and exotic python skins hand crafted one by one by the Italian artisans within the Roberto Cavalli supply chain. They are aspirational luxury design objects rather than sport gears.

Some of the 11 footballs will be showcased and retailed in top Roberto Cavalli flagship stores such as Milan, Rome, Paris, London and Berlin to celebrate the Soccer World Cup 2018.

The generated revenues will be donated to The Foundation “Together To Go ONLUS”, supporting children with a free of charge rehabilitation program to recover from affects by Central Nervous System lesions in Milan.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Robert Cavalli and Pitti Imagine Uomo

Caran d’Ache Treasure Chest

«Creativity takes courage.» – Henri Matisse

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the emblematic Supracolor® Soft pencil, Caran d’Ache is celebrating its devotion to boundless creativity with an absolute treasure chest. This selection comprises more 422 colour pencils taken from the brand’s different yet complementary ranges, including Luminance 6901®, Museum Aquarelle, Supracolor® Soft, Pablo® and Prismalo® Aquarelle. It is one of the largest collection of artistic pencils in the world.

This prestigious limited edition of 100 numbered cases contains all the expertise and creativity tirelessly developed in the Geneva-based workshops since 1915, presented in an elegant, ebony-coloured wooden box. As the lid is lifted, the eyes are greeted with an explosion of colours and materials, a unique opportunity for artists to express their creativity using a whole host of different techniques.


During my own fashion design studies, I loved to work with Caran d’Ache pencils, especially using the iconic Supracolor® Soft, of which 30 new limited-edition shades are included in this box. Their quality lies in particular in the brightness of the colours and their unique covering power.

The weight of the filled box, that is available for CHF 4200, is approximately 17kg. Would love to have one…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Caran d’Ache and © Sandra Bauknecht

The Laundress

One question, I am constantly asked is, how I clean my clothes as I tend to wash things that are not supposed to be washed despite the care instruction label. Two ladies sharing the mutual idea, Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd, founded therefore THE LAUNDRESS. Let me tell you a little more about this concept of amazing laundry detergents and more:

The Laundress founders Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd at their Soho store in NYC.

After discovering that 90% of the ‘dry clean only’ items in their wardrobe were actually washable, the duo set out to develop a range of detergents that not only clean clothes, but care for them too. Their toxin-free products tackle tough stains without fading colors and are gentle enough to be used on even the most precious cashmere.

The Laundress products are organized by fabric types.

HERE ARE MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS BY THE LAUNDRESS –
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No. 10 Bundle
iconNo. 10 is a provocative, original scent developed to meet the standards of a luxury fine fragrance, yet designed with clothing care in mind. This rich and sophisticated scent blends sultry spice and fresh powder notes with warm musk to round out its elegant accord. The all-purpose laundering formula is available in three different versions:
– Spritz the powdery light fragrance of ‘No.10 Fabric Fresh’ on car interiors, drapery, carpets and bedding
– ‘No.10 Fabric Conditioner’ reduces dry time, wrinkles and static cling
– The brand’s signature ‘No.10 Laundry Detergent’ is highly concentrated and works for up to 32 washes

Silk and Delicate Care Set
iconCreated to reduce the need for frequent dry cleaning of your lingerie and silk pieces. Made with natural ingredients, the specially formulated wash removes stains and odors while preserving the condition of the fabrics. Use the spray to keep items fresh between wears. Scented in Lady, an herbal and citrus blend of rich amber, bergamot, lavender, and musk.

Wool and Cashmere Care Set
Keeping your clothes in pristine condition: The eco-friendly shampoo combines cedar extract and is sulfate-free to preserve the natural components of your clothing’s yarns. The portable spray removes odors and freshens fabrics, plus it contains moth-repellent.

Denim Care Set
iconTreat your designer denim to the care it deserves with this specialist set. The allergen-free detergent doesn’t contain fabric-damaging chemicals, so color and softness are preserved. Use the cleanly scented spray to freshen your jeans between washes.

Sport Care Set
This kit ensures that laundry isn’t excuse for skipping a workout. The detergent makes it easy to take care of your active and swimwear by removing odors and stains from a variety of fabrics. The non-toxic spray has antibacterial properties to freshen clothes, gym bags, helmets, sneakers and more. Lightly scented with a blend of leafy greens, eucalyptus and musk.

Whites & Darks Fabric Care Set
This set of sweet-smelling, biodegradable detergents contains ‘Classic Darks Detergent’ and ‘Classic Whites Detergent’, which are both housed in beautiful bottles. The dermatologist-recommended formula contains stain-fighting enzymes, color guard and is concentrated to ensure a little goes a long way.

Travel Pack fabric care set
iconLOVE THIS!!! I have it always with me when I traveling for longer periods. This compact travel pack comprises a miniature stain-remover, crease-remover and static-solver as well as a clothing freshener scented with essential oils.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of The Laundress