Byblos by Trudon

Le Byblos St. Tropez is so much more than a hotel, it is a whole way of life. It is one of my favorite spots in the world and I always feel home away from home. What is the Gstaad Palace in winter for me, is the Byblos Saint Tropez in summer.

Finally, I can take some holiday feeling back home with the beautiful Byblos scented candle that is created in collaboration with the oldest candlemaker in the world – the House of Trudon.

The candle is made in a colour exclusive to Byblos and is limited to only 55 numbered pieces, an homage to the 55th anniversary of the Byblos. Each candle is a reflection of extraordinary know-how and is recognisable by the emblems of both houses as well as its highly unusual orange glass. The Cyrnos fragrance, with its lemon, lavender and pine notes, resonates with the joie de vivre that permeates life on the French Riviera. Available as 270g for CHF €130.

To shop the candle, click here please.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Byblos St. Tropez / Sandra Bauknecht
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Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer Purple

Fashionistas around the world agree: bold, bright colours are back this season! Colour blocking is a trend gracing catwalks at the most recent Fashion Week events in the biggest capitals. This fresh, colourful approach has inspired Hublot‘s new «Summer in the City» campaign as well as a new summer edition of the iconic Big Bang Unico, which now has an all-purple look! Its 42-mm case is cut from aluminium, a modern, lightweight material. This anodised, satin-finished and polished case is purple all over. This colour has been made possible using a process which guarantees impeccable durability and offers remarkable protection from scratches and impacts. A technical feat on the part of Hublot’s engineers!

Beating at the heart of the Big Bang Unico Summer is the HUB1280 manufacture calibre, a chronograph movement whose column wheel is visible through the dial. It has a power reserve of 72 hours. The hands and indices are in the same shade of purple, enhanced here and there with touches of luminescent white.


To match its all-purple look, the Big Bang Unico Summer comes with two straps in the same colour. The first takes the form of a velcro strap with matching stitching which is closed with a sports clasp. The second adopts the brand’s signature natural rubber and both bracelets feature the one-click system, an interchangeable clasp system patented by Hublot.

Designed for everyone, the Big Bang Unico Summer Purple watch will be available in a limited edition of 200 pieces for CHF 20’900. From June, this summer’s must-have limited edition will be available on Hublot’s e-Boutique online and in the brand’s 125 Boutiques, located in the most iconic and exclusive cities worldwide.

«This summer, Hublot is celebrating colour with the «Summer in the City» theme. The season is set to be bright and bold! The colourful campaign will culminate in the launch of the Big Bang Unico Summer Purple. This Haute Horlogerie instrument is also the ultimate fashion statement – it makes a great splash! This summer, we are celebrating beauty!». – Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO.

Hublot loves summer! And so do I. I cannot wait to show you how I am wearing this beautiful new watch. Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

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OPI Fall Wonders Collection

Ground yourself in color with the OPI Fall Wonders Collection for Fall 2022. Featuring a down-to-earth palette that harnesses the healing power of nature, this collection of 12 shades in three different formulas channels the calming and colorful hues found in natural wonders around the world.

Earthy mauve, clay and dark brown ground and balance consumers, while warm hues of purple, yellow, rust and red reflect the mineral and ruddy tones found in natural rock formations. Meditative color-scapes in hues of blue, metallic gold, tin and black pearl reflect elements of wellness rituals (think sound vessels, water and stones) and evoke a sense of introspection.

«Nature is imbued with color, and that color has the power to lift your mood and offer balance,» remarks OPI Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. «The energy of the earth is like a balm for our mind and body. With Fall Wonders, consumers can use color as an escape into nature, allowing them to detach from reality and connect with the feelgood world outdoors – from anywhere

«This collection taps into classical elements – water, earth, air, fire,» adds OPI Global Director of Color Collections Jill Bartoshevich. «The idea of using color to ground yourself rests on the intuitive assumption that connecting to the energy of the earth through these elements can soothe, empower or motivate you when needed. Hero shade Midnight Mantra is a dark navy crème that inspires deep serenity and peace. This shade is perfect for day-to-night looks thanks to its timeless style that sets a complementary canvas for other fashion and accessory color trends.»

Fall Wonders Collection shades will be available in GelColor, Infinite Shine and Nail Lacquer formulas, including:


Peace of Mined
An earthy créme mauve that will create a mined shift.
Claydreaming
A neutral brown-purple créme that will make you sedimental.
Medi-take It All In
A balancing purple créme that’s a rich-ual on your nails.
Brown to Earth
Ground yourself in this dark brown créme lacquer.


Ochre the Moon
Lift your mood with this warm créme yellow.
Rust & Relaxation
Take (re)charge with this warm rust créme.
Red-veal Your Truth
A warm red créme that will make you rock steady.
Suzi Takes a Sound Bath
An earth toned blue you’ll feel in your mind, body, and soul.


Midnight Mantra
A dark navy créme that will take you from clay to night.
I Mica Be Dreaming
A shimmery metallic gold lacquer that’s set in stone.
Clean Slate
Get tin your element with this dark metallic gray.
Cave the Way
A black pearl lacquer you’ll cave for.

GelColor provides a professional salon finish with up to three-week wear, while Infinite Shine offers a high- shine finish with gel effect and traditional lacquer application. Nail Lacquer features a highly-pigmented, rich formula for even application without streaking.

The collection will launch in Switzerland on August 22, 2022.
Infinite Shine 15 ml: 24.90 CHF – Nail Lacquer 15 ml: 19.90 CHF

Click here to find out where to get professional OPI nail service.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © OPI #OPISwitzerland
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The Frayme Mylo™ by Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is consciously crafting fashion history by introducing the Frayme Mylo™the world’s first-ever luxury bag crafted from mycelium, a root-like structure of a fungus consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. This pioneering vegan alternative to animal leather is grown in a lab using renewable resources by the House’s long-term partners, Bolt.

This is your chance to own a piece of fashion history, with a limited and numbered run of 100 available globally. Each is handcrafted by Italian artisans from Mylo™ – an innovative and incredibly realistic vegan alternative to animal leather. The Frayme Mylo™ is instantly recognisable as a Stella icon, with an exaggerated chain made from recyclable aluminium.

TO SHOP THE LIMITED EDITION FRAYME MYLO™ BAG, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Stella McCartney and © Sandra Bauknecht
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CHANEL Les Beiges Summer Essentials

Finally I am on vacation, ready for some days of digital detox which doesn’t mean I am not keeping you updated. I indulge in those carefree days at the beach in the South of France and brought my new CHANEL LES BEIGES summer essentials that embark this season on an oversized journey.

The extravagance of head- to-toe makeup and the radiance of a naturally luminous complexion, CHANEL is thinking BIG this summer with XXL product formats, multiple uses, and ultra-sensorial textures for the face, body, and hair.

SIMPLE, SWEEPING, GENEROUS makeup application.
For a FRESH, LUMINOUS, and effortlessly NATURAL look.

The OVERSIZE HEALTHY GLOW SUN-KISSED POWDER warms the skin, giving it the radiance of a summer day spent by the sea. It offers the freedom to wear it on the face, but also on the shoulders, décolleté, and even the arms and legs. This exclusive creation features a rounded square shape —emblematic of the LES BEIGES line—and its pearly, lightly creamy powder formula comes in three ideal summertime shades.
The new OVERSIZE KABUKI BRUSH completes the experience, for flawless application to the face and body.

Available in three shades:
Sunshine LightLight satin shade
Sunkiss MediumMedium satin shade
Sunbath DeepDeep matte shade

LES BEIGES MAXI POUDRE BELLE MINE ENSOLEILLÉE CHF 90.-
MAXI PINCEAU KABUKI CHF 60.-

My absolute favorite is the HUILE ILLUMINATRICE, that envelops the body in soft copper and gold shimmer. This large-sized (250 ml) dry oil is designed for generous application to the face as well as the hair. It subtly enhances the shoulders, legs, and décolleté. Apply liberally, to your heart’s desire. Skin that reflects the sun’s rays is a sign that summer is here. The sheer shade comes with subtle copper shimmer.

LES BEIGES HUILE ILLUMINATRICE Flacon 250 ml CHF 96.-

This limited edition mini collection is available now to celebrate summer in grand style.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © CHANEL #lesbeiges #ChanelMakeup #ChanelBeauty
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Prada Drops Second Timecapsule NFT

Prada announces the release of its second Timecapsule NFT Collection, which is linked to both a gender-neutral physical product and a gifted NFT. This NFT drop follows the launch of the first Timecapsule NFT Collection on June 2nd in collaboration with artist Cassius Hirst.
The Timecapsule NFT Collection debut resulted in an immediate sell-out of the collection. The launch also coincided with the creation of the «Prada Crypted» server on Discord which gained a large following solidifying the brands commitment to building an inclusive Web3 community, but this is just the beginning of the journey.

A key design element of this latest Timecapsule shirt is that the garment is made from upcycled fabrics from the Prada archives. By turning iconic printed textiles into a unique design, these materials are given a new life, perfectly in line with the Brand’s sustainability strategy and approach to circular thinking.

This shirt, which is #31 drop in the Timecapsule Collection, is emblazoned with the calendar month of «July». It features a black color pipeline matched with the Holliday & Brown tulip print on a cotton poplin base. It also features a «Jacquard Animalier» silk brocade and lurex fabric; as well as Jacquard Thrush (flower), a silk fabric produced from an early 20th century French archive. The final details of the design include a «Poplin Loto» printed fabric with deco inspiration.

The Timecapsule is a monthly online event: for 24 hours, on the first Thursday of every month, an exclusive item is made available on prada.com in very limited quantities, in selected markets. Each limited-edition Timecapsule item is associated with a unique serial number and is delivered with custom packaging. By purchasing the Timecapsule, customers will be able to redeem the related NFT which will be available, in a second phase, also for those who bought the Timecapsule dating back to the first launch in December 2019. As such, there is a synergy between the Prada Timecapsule and the scarcity and desirability of NFTs.

The NFT includes the drop serial number and the numbering of each physical item in order to have an exact correspondence. NFT owners are then offered exclusive benefits and experiences as well as access to future drops. Prada Timecapsule NFTs are issued on the Ethereum blockchain, offering a secure and user-friendly experience. The drop is facilitated by leveraging the Aura Blockchain Consortium’s NFT Solution and technology.

The Prada Timecapsule drop is open to customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China Mainland, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong S.A.R., Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States for 24 hours only, starting from July 7, 2022 at 3pm – CEST, limited to 50 items.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Prada
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Dior x Birkenstock and CD 1947 Capsule

Dior presents the CD 1947 capsule

Dior is unveiling an exclusive new men’s capsule, CD 1947, celebrating the infinitely rich dialogue between Kim Jones and the legacy of Monsieur Dior. Inspired by the founding couturier’s love of nature and gardens, the creations are distinguished by their sportswear cuts and technically advanced materials, ideal for the outdoors; thick canvas and polar knits are combined in silhouettes that merge elegance and minimalist spirit.

T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and Bermuda shorts are available in a palette of soft, luminous shades, from light blue to beige, including the Dior Gray, a favorite of the House. Emblazoning this new line, the «Christian Dior» signature and «1947» – the year of Monsieur Dior’s first fashion show – feature on ready-to-wear items and accessories.

A bob, a bandana, a belt or even B27 sneakers, reinvented in the colors of the capsule, are adorned with these essential symbols, also embroidered on the Saddle and Dior Lingot 50 bags. A jewelry series and a carabiner embellished with the initials «CD˚ complete this wardrobe, an invitation to travel and adventure.


The ultimate surprise, a gardening set pays tribute to Christian Dior’s passion for the art of gardening. This limited-edition ensemble is composed of a folding leather seat – evoking the curves of the Saddle – and a leather-clad shovel and rake, specially designed for this capsule with the finest craftsmanship; all objects of desire to be discovered from June 2022.

Dior and Birkenstock present an unprecedented collaboration Dior by Birkenstock

«Thankfully, there are flowers,» said Christian Dior. He was known as a gallery owner, an architecture enthusiast, and a passionate fashion designer, but he also delighted in gardening. It was in Granville, in the rose garden of the family home overlooking the sea, that this fascination with the interweaving of nature and culture blossomed in his childhood.

Alongside his mother, Madeleine, the young christian enriched his knowledge of botany among the roses, wisteria, maritime pines and reseda. «I loved more than anything else to learn by heart the names and descriptions of flowers in the color catalogs published by the Vilmorin-Andrieux house», wrote monsieur Dior in his memoirs.

For the Dior Men’s F/W 2022 collection, the house and Kim Jones pay tribute to this passion, joining forces with Birkenstock for the first time to reinvent two of its iconic models. Standing for function and quality, the German brand creates unique shoes – both in form and function – to support walking as nature intended, drawing from a heritage that can be traced back to 1774, the year when shoemaker brothers Johannes and Johann Adam Birkenstock set out on their orthopedically inspired footwear journey – a commitment to craftsmanship they passed down from one generation to the next.

The Milano, launched in 1965, was designed as an outdoor sandal for active people and nature lovers, whereas the Tokyo model was launched in 1987 as protective footwear for walking and professions requiring a lot of standing. Both of the collaboration’s felt or suede models are dressed in the season’s hues, in addition to essential Dior gray.

Celebrating the art of gardening, they serve up functional style thanks to rubber details and industrial buckles. The result of a unique creative dialogue, Birkenstock’s anatomically shaped orthopedic cork footbed is lined with smooth leather, while the outsole combines the Dior oblique pattern with the German brand’s signature bones graphic.

As a final surprise, an exceptional version of the Tokyo, hand-embroidered with delicate flowers, completes the show’s couture silhouettes, a new symbol of Christian Dior’s love for nature. A contemporary ode to functionality and elegance, reflecting several skills of excellence.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Dior
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Royal Oak Black Ceramic by Carolina Bucci

You know how much I love my Royal Oak Frosted Gold watch that Swiss Haute Horlogerie Manufacturer Audemars Piguet launched in collaboration with Carolina Bucci. 2022 marks a new milestone as Audemars Piguet presents a new limited edition 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding in black ceramic. This timepiece is the fruit of the latest collaboration between the manufacture and Carolina Bucci. In celebration of the Royal Oak’s fiftieth anniversary, the Italian jewellery designer has created a dial endowed with a unique multi-coloured mirror effect paying tribute to the iconic Tapisserie design. Inspired by urban landscapes, the result is as unexpected as it is elegant. This limited edition is designed for both men and women and is available exclusively in Audemars Piguet boutiques and AP Houses.

A SUBTLE AND UNEXPECTED AESTHETIC
For her third collaboration with Audemars Piguet, Carolina Bucci has left behind her hammering technique, known as Frosted Gold, to enrich an all-black ceramic piece with a surprising dial. Always looking to meet new challenges, she decided to focus on contrasts. At first glance, the dial appears black, but on closer inspection it reveals a multi-coloured spectrum that brings the Tapisserie effect to life in the ever-changing light. To reach this result, a sapphire plate adorned with little squares achieved through micro-structuring is added on top of the brass dial plate to create rich rainbow-coloured plays of light. A golden metallisation, specially developed for the occasion, is also applied onto the back of the sapphire plate to create a mirror effect and shines light onto the dial. The pattern of iridescent colours varies from dial to dial, making each design unique. This limited edition comes in a presentation box that has also been designed by Carolina Bucci. For this special occasion, the jewellery designer wanted to use the Tapisserie pattern in relief, going into the finest details, to pay homage to the 1972 classic.

«I wanted to place a rainbow in the most unexpected of places, a little like when you see oil floating on a puddle in a city street… So here you have every colour of the spectrum on a canvas that is completely black, which is itself the absence of colour.»
Carolina Bucci – Jewellery Designer

MATERIALS FULL OF CONTRASTS
The black ceramic case and bracelet are highlighted by hexagonal pink gold screws that secure the bezel and create an elegant contrast of colours. All the components of the case and bracelet are finished with the Manufacture’s signature satin-finishing that is paired with polished chamfers for a maximum play on light. The bracelet has been slightly revised to provide a better visual effect. The pins connecting the links to the studs are no longer visible from the side, but are directly integrated into the studs.

The titanium and sapphire caseback is engraved with the inscription «Limited Edition Carolina Bucci» and reveals the Calibre 5800 beneath, which indicates the hours, minutes, seconds and date. In keeping with the finish on the screws, hour-markers and hands, the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight features elegant microbead-blasted, polished and satin finishes. On the dial, the AP monogram has vanished to leave pride of place to the long-form signature which has been engraved on top of the sapphire plate and filled with white lacquer due to the singularity of the dial imagined by Carolina Bucci.

My beloved Frosted Gold watch.

A COLLABORATION IN CONSTANT EVOLUTION
Carolina Bucci first started working with Audemars Piguet in 2016 for the 40th anniversary of the women’s Royal Oak that was created by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976. It was for this special occasion that the Italian designer was invited to reinterpret the original design by Gérald Genta. Together with the Manufacture’s watchmakers, she brought the ancestral technique of Florentine hammering, or Frosted Gold, to the complex architecture of the Royal Oak.

This technique consists of creating tiny indentations in the gold with a diamond-tipped tool that results in a sparkle that looks like diamond dust. Two models were initially released – the 15454 in 37 mm and the 67652 in 33 mm in a choice of white or pink gold – during an international event with Jacqueline Dimier in attendance. This marked the beginning of Audemars Piguet’s collaboration with Carolina Bucci. Since 2016, the Frosted Gold finish has been applied to numerous watch collections, sizes and complications.

In 2018, the designer signed a limited edition of 300 pieces for Audemars Piguet, entirely crafted in frosted yellow gold with a unique dial. Instead of the model’s trademark Tapisserie design, Carolina Bucci chose a mirrored dial with a flat surface evoking the surface of a lake on a calm day, reflecting the surrounding landscape. Despite its apparent simplicity, the mirrored dial presented a number of technical challenges that the Manufacture’s artisans were able to overcome to perfection.

In 2020, she went on to design the K.I.S.S. collection of gold bracelets – available in two sizes and numerous tones with matching necklaces – that were inspired by her previous projects with the Manufacture. These creations reinterpret the aesthetic codes of a mechanical watch spring, creating a link between Haute Joaillerie and Haute Horlogerie.

«Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world.»

Today, Carolina Bucci pays tribute to the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, with a design in black ceramic contrasted with multi-coloured reflections on the dial, providing the watch with unexpected plays of light. The Royal Oak Selfwinding 34 mm will not only surprise watch lovers with its iridescence, but will also seduce them with its sober and discreet refinement.

Price: CHF 48 500 // Limited Edition of 300 Pieces

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Audemars Piguet, © Sandra Bauknecht
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Queen of Cavalli Chair

I will be off to the Salon del Mobile in Milano this week. As I am in the process of furbishing our new home, this is something very exciting and fun for me. Something that has caught my eye are the 20 limited-edition pieces from Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors, the so-called QUEEN OF CAVALLI CHAIRS, designed by my lovely Fausto Puglisi, the Italian brand’s Creative Director.

Fausto Puglisi with me at the Cavalli Club in Milan a few years ago.

The chair’s neoclassical structure is sculpted out of carved wood with a matt black finish and upholstered in fabrics printed with the artwork, focus on recent collections.

Animal print motifs representt the United States of Cavalli, celebrating the brand’s DNA alongside prints that explode with bright hues of sunshine yellow, fiery red, deep purple, the indispensable black and white, and a striking emerald.

Behind the backrest, a metal plaque with a brushed gold finish carries the name and series number of the chair, marking an extraordinary item that straddles the boundaries between art and design. The limited edition brings the synthesis of classic rigor and irreverence to the finest in Italian furniture, conveying the maximalist yet multifaceted style that disguises the brand collections.

The QUEEN OF CAVALLI CHAIRS will be officially presented as part of the Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors stand at the Milan Salon del Mobile. The limited edition may also be admired at the Roberto Cavalli Boutique in Via Montenapoleone, where it will star sth the centerpiece of a special installation.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Roberto Cavalli, © Sandra Bauknecht
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Manolo Blahnik for BIRKENSTOCK – Part 2

The second instalment to the sell-out collaboration, Manolo Blahnik for BIRKENSTOCK issues a new collection of boundary-pushing icons.

The ultra-modern sensibility of the Arizona and the Boston are once again included in this collection, comprising of four new styles reinterpreted through Manolo Blahnik’s absolute and archetypal flair. The second drop introduces a newly designed style Rodra delivering eye-catching new editions in polka dot and PVC.

Rodra polka dot
The Rodra sandal in all-over polka dot is a new style created for BIRKENSTOCK by Manolo Blahnik, reflecting the playful attitude of the house. An elegant cross between the creativity of both brands, and a nod to the robust function of BIRKENSTOCK’s footbeds, the Rodra elevates the sandal for a new era.

Boston polka dot
Manolo Blahnik makes a bold statement with the polka dot print adorning calf hair Boston styles. This timeless polka dot is a signature of the collaboration and has featured across many of Blahnik’s past collections. The round-toed Boston slide has legendary status now amplified by the all-out ostentation of this new print.

Arizona pvc black & pvc white
The iconic PVC style of celebrated shoemaker Manolo Blahnik harks back to his classic 1970 designs, embodying a lightness in a structural and tactile sense. Now, Manolo Blahnik combines his transparent designs with a see-through spin on the Birkenstock Arizona sandal, arriving in two black and white PVC styles.

Presenting their most striking designs to date, the new styles in the Manolo Blahnik for BIRKENSTOCK collection will be available June 23rd at 1774.com, manoloblahnik.com, all Manolo Blahnik retail locations, as well as selected retailers worldwide.

Prices will range between € 345 and € 395.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Birkenstock / Manolo Blahnik
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