The Most Stylish Beach Towels

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Are you ready for your next seaside adventure? Life is better at the beach – we all know that. Get ready for your next trip to the sun with a stylish towel and probably a harness to carry it.

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Harness leather towel carrier by The Beach People

Secured with silver buckles, it can be worn cross-body – leaving you free to carry beachside essentials. It’s perfect for stowing yoga mats too.

And here are some of my favorite beach towels at the moment:

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The Caribbean round cotton-terry towel by The Beach People

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Pineapple printed cotton-terry towel by Dolce & Gabbana

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iconPrinted floral cotton-terry towel by Dolce & Gabbana

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Set of two striped woven cotton towels by Hammamas

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The Lorne round cotton-terry towel with cushion by The Beach People
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Surf’s Up

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Fashionable women in action sports, such as surfing or swimming, need functional and stylish clothing  in one. This post is dedicated to some fun pieces for the water as well as some beauty products that especially protect your hair. Be sure to pack those must-haves on your next vacation!

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Citrus Sunshine Swimcap Cream, 75mlicon by Philip Kingsley
This product is absolutely amazing.  It was originally developed for the first US Olympic synchronized swimming team to protect their hair from dehydrating chlorine and salt water. This intensely hydrating formula is for use on wet hair and suitable for sensitive scalps, overly processed and damaged hair.

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Vanishing Point Yosemite swim cap by Eres
Another way to protect your hair in the water, is a traditional swim cap. This Italian-made piece is crafted from the label’s signature shape-retaining peau douce fabric – it won’t move or slip when wet. Moreover it won’t pull your hair like many swim caps do.

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Surf Infusion, 100ml by Bumble and Bumble
I adore creates soft beach waves. Enriched with sea salt and nourishing oils, this formula instantly adds texture, body and shine. UV inhibitors ensure tresses are protected from the drying effects of the sun.

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Printed cotton-jersey T-shirt by Mikoh
The brand’s founding duo – Californian sisters and designers Oleema and Kalani Miller – are keen surfers who grew up on the sun-kissed beaches of Orange County. This classic crew-neck T-shirt is cut for a relaxed fit from soft cotton-jersey. Slip on this piece at the beach or team it with summery pants when you’re in the city.

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Printed neoprene rashsuiticon by Perfect Moment
This rashsuit is cut from insulating 1.8mm neoprene that’s UV-protective and stretch-resistant so it holds its shape in water. This streamlined style has flatlocked seams to reduce irritation and feels super lightweight and flexible. The striped monochrome panels contour and flatter your figure.

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St Tropez striped perforated neoprene backpack by Duskii
iconStore your beach essentials or a change of clothes in the roomy interior, adjusting the rope straps for comfort.

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Saint Tropez striped neoprene swimsuiticon by Duskii
Matching your beach backpack, this swimsuit is crafted from sculpting neoprene, this comfortable style molds to the body for a flexible fit.

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Surfboard by Chanel
And last but not least, you need a stylish surfboard and why not opt for one by Chanel. In 2010, the fashion house created luxury surfboards in the original Chanel classic aesthetic. I am sure you can still find them somewhere or ask for a special order in stores.

Who said surfing wasn’t chic?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Crochet Bikinis

Crochet Bikinis

Crochet bikinis are one of the biggest trends at the beach. Those new summertime must-haves lend a certain boho vibe to your look, they are the new neon and are taking over the beach, especially here in St. Barths.

Get the look: Crocheted cotton dress and crocheted cotton printed triangle bikini, both by Emilio Pucci.
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The brand that has caused the hype is KIINI. Designed by Turkish-born Ipek Irgit, the label is loved for its bohemian aesthetic and vibrant, playful pieces. Each bikini is inspired by the designer’s global travels and is hand-crocheted for the most flattering, comfortable fit.

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Tuesday crocheted cotton and neoprene triangle bikini

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Ro crocheted cotton and neoprene triangle bikini
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Happy Shopping and greetings from St.Barths!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of KIINI and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Beach Bum

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No, I am definitely not a beach bum. Once my feet touch the sand I feel fully energized. The salty air and the sunny weather seem to produce specific endorphins in my body that make me want to dance, leap and jump in the sea. Ballet, yoga, running, everything I like to do is incorporated in my daily beach routine. Forte Village‘s coast offers the perfect scenery with its crystal clear water.

My look: Colourful tunic and leopard print bikini, both by Lazul, Rome Sports chronograph in lilac by Jacques Lemans, necklace by Rejane Rosenberger and sunglasses by Warby Parker. All other jewelry pieces are souvenirs from Ibiza.

LAZUL is a London based luxury swim and resort wear brand that launched exclusively with Harrods in 2012. I truly love their expressive prints and vibrant colors, perfect for the beach!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Best Beach Towel Ever

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How fun is this Maslin & Co reversible leopard-print brushed-cotton beach towel?!  Cut in the shape of an animal hide and made in Portugal, it’s crafted from brushed-cotton with a soft and absorbent terry reverse. It comes with handy black leather holster, too – perfect for carrying along the beach.
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TO SHOP, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

LoL, Sandra

Beach Bum

Beach Bum

This summer, you should take inspiration from sportswear for your beach attire and spice it up with some tribal details. Just make sure that your approach is completely luxurious. I recommend straps wrapped around your waist and vibrant prints. Accessories such as sunglasses, hats or embellished hair slides take your day in the sand to the next level of style. Use some bronzer for a sun kissed glow and add texture to your beach waves. Below is your shopping list:

Wings printed jersey maxi dress by Matthew Williamson icon
Leopard-print bandeau bikini by Matthew Williamson
Cat eye filigree gold-tone sunglasses iconby Dolce & Gabbana
Surf Bomb sea salt sprayicon by Original & Mineral
Printed flip flops by Givenchyicon
Mesh bra top iconby Gucci
Gold-tone and tortoiseshell-effect hair slide iconby Dolce & Gabbana
Shell Shocked gold-tone clutch by Charlotte Olympia
Mesh-trimmed silk crepe de chine dress by Gucci icon
10 Spotlight Groupie macramé-trimmed swimsuit by Eresicon
11 Number 7 cotton-terry beach towel iconby Karl Lagerfeld
12 Straw hat iconby Mulberry
13 Matte Radiance Baked Powdericon by Laura Mercier

LoL, Sandra

Melissa Odabash X Julien Macdonald

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What an exciting collaboration.
Melissa Odabash‘s signature flattering cuts combined with a touch of Julien Macdonald‘s high-octane glamour, what else could we have asked for?! In search of the perfect bikini, former model Melissa Odabash decided to launch her own line. Her exotic swimsuits, and embellished kaftans are a hit with the A-list, and as fit is just as important as design, the beautiful blonde teamed up with her friend Julien Macdonald to ensure all her creations look and feel fabulous.

418340_in_xlMy favorite piece is this Hilary embellished silk-georgette kaftan.
Beautiful getaways in mind, you can shop this amazing collection exclusively HERE.

Yesterday I flew to Dubai and today, I will be off to Oman. The sun is shining and I wished, those amazing pieces would be in my little suitcase…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Melissa Odabash, © Sandra Bauknecht

Around the World in 24 Bloggers

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Since the 1st of December, ORLEBAR BROWN has been travelling around the world with 24 bloggers counting down the holiday season. I was also invited to create my own gift guide choosing 3 items from the new Cruise 2014 collection dedicated to different recipients: 
‘For him, for her and for you’.

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GIFT FOR HIM – BULLDOG for my husband
The print is absolutely divine and I am sure that he will love those shorts. Personally speaking, I am having an agenda – I would like to borrow them from time to time.

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GIFT FOR HER – HAMPTON for my sister
She is leaving to the Maledives with her boyfriend. I am sure after seeing her in this gorgeous red bikini, he will finally propose to her.

SanremoGIFT FOR ME – SANREMO for me
This is the perfect stylish cover-up for the beach that you can also wear with high heels at night.

ABOUT ORLEBAR BROWN
Founded by photographer Adam Brown in 2007, London-based label Orlebar Brown has become the go-to brand for smart tailored shorts in a variety of bold colours and graphic patterns for men and the welcome addition to the female swimwear closet.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SHOP ORLEBAR BROWN FOR WOMEN iconand MEN.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Orlebar Brown

Happy Fourth of July from Maui

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To all my American readers, Happy Fourth of July from Maui! I will show off my American allegiance with this stars and stripe bikini from Ralph Lauren Blue Label at the beach.

Ricky American-flag bikini top and matching self-tie bottom.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht

Guide to Your New Season Wardrobe

Hello BeachSummer is on its way and it’s set to be the most sensational yet. Today, I would like to spotlight the definitive trends, hot new designers and must-have pieces for your new season wardrobe.

Day to NightKick-start with a high-voltage dress by Diane von Furstenberg. Maxi lengths are a laid-back way to work shimmering sequins for day – finish with Musa‘s decorative sandals. After dark, look to master craftsman Vineet Bahl, the upcoming Indian designer. His beautifully embellished gowns are perfect for sultry nights.

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Next up, Diane von Furstenberg‘s icongraphic summer collection ticks two trends in one – power prints and ladylike cuts. Whether you go for a demure knee-length dress or pair up your prints in a contrasting top and skirt, channel the runway girls and keep hair and makeup fuss free.

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When it comes to accessories, have fun and experiment. Do the bold shoulder with Christian Louboutin’s Artemis bag icon– the editors’ favorite and this year’s must-have.

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Victoria Beckham

And don’t forget to update your sunglasses. Victoria Beckhamicon‘s oversized frames will lend a fashion-forward edge to any outfit.

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This season’s style rule for jewelry? More is more. Hervé van der Straetenicon is the new need-to-know name. The Parisian jeweler’s sculptural gold cuffs are the perfect partner to neutral tailoring. Semi-precious stones also take a starring role: Rosantica’s lapis lazuli collar necklace iconor Erickson Beamon’s colour-pop pieces iconwill instantly dress up a simple tee and blazer.

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Dive into swimwear in the latest ready-to-wear one-piece – it’s not just for the beach! Be inspired by the Peter Pilotto runway and choose a sporty style for day, finished with a dramatic full skirt iconand heels.

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Or perfect your poolside pose in bloom-adorned swimsuit iconby Australian label Zimmermann.

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Tara Matthews

As the sun sets, switch effortlessly from pool to bar in Tara Matthews’ stylish cover-up, exclusive to NET-A-PORTER.

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Complete the look with candy-striped wedges by Spanish shoe label Paloma Barcelò.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra