Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Gentle Oil

This November, CHANEL is expanding LES EXCLUSIFS collection with the GENTLE OIL (Huile Douce), a delicate and sensorial oil for the hair and body that you shouldn’t miss and I will tell you why. In the cold season, our skin and hair are both suffering from the dry and freezing temperatures. Oil seals in moisture and adds extra nourishment.

With an elegant and sensual touch, the GENTLE OIL is pure luxury and embellishes the skin and hair while leaving a discreet, fresh and citrusy trail with floral notes of jasmine against a backdrop of white musks, making itself discreet and gives a voice to the fragrance of your choice in perfect harmony. It moisturizes the skin, thus prolonging and intensifying the scent of each LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL creation, or needless to say any other perfume you love wearing, while remaining true to the fragrance.

The light, caressing texture of the GENTLE OIL envelops the skin in a silky satiny veil. Its formula boasting 80% ingredients of natural origin is extremely compatible with the skin, instantly absorbing upon application without leaving an oily film. To heighten the pleasure, I recommend mixing a few drops into your favorite body cream, in my case the FRESH BODY CREAM by CHANEL. The GENTLE OIL can also be applied on hair (down the length of the hair before shampooing or on dry ends as a finishing touch) leaving it softer, shinier and suppler. The bottle is iconic and beautiful, decorating every bathroom shelf by itself.

LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL GENTLE OIL Body & Hair will be available as 250ml bottle for CHF 190.00 from beginning of November 2019.

In Switzerland at the CHANEL Boutiques in Zurich and Geneva, at  CHANEL Parfums & Beauté at Bongénie in Geneva and CHANEL Space Parfums at Jelmoli in Zurich and Manor in Geneva.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL and © Sandra Bauknecht 

Prada Linea Rossa: A Line Through

Streamlined, innovative, technical, real – Prada Linea Rossa is engineered to modern living.
Exploring the metropolitan and urban roots of Linea Rossa – the fusion of overground and underground, of different lives and experiences – on 7 October 2019, Prada Linea Rossa collaborated with the musician and artist Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, to stage a performance moment. This unprecedented live, raw and spontaneous set staged at a station along the Central Line on London’s Tube, the ‘Linea Rossa’ running through the capital, brought the F/W 2019 Linea Rossa line to life.

This act was designed to make an everyday commute into an extraordinary experience. Completely unannounced to the audience, impossible to plan for, yet documented real-time and instantly shared, this moment was a celebration of the transient nature of our real life experiences, the spontaneous beauty of chance: the performance of our everyday.

In today’s urban world, a ‘Linea Rossa’ – a red line – is universal, a uniting emblem, simple yet complex, coded and deep. Irrespective of nationality, designed to function beyond language, it can be immediately recognized in the context of our major cities – a line through all of them, each ‘Linea Rossa’ represents travel, speed, dynamic energy. These ‘Linea Rossa’ draw individuals together, build communities – the inspiration behind the Willow Smith Linea Rossa performance.

Prada Linea Rossa has always been inspired by reality, by the demands of modern living – bodies and movement, urban reality, metropolitan clothing. Linea Rossa reflects that in clothes engineered for bodies and lives, technologically advanced, active wear designed for outstanding performance, everyday.

Such a cool marketing idea!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Prada and via Instagram

Marni Pop Folk Market

The colourful world of Pop Folk Market arrives on marni.com, with a series of fun furnishings, design and lifestyle objects available online from 8 October, for a limited time only.

Interpreting the spirit of the brand through a design that finds inspiration in the multifaceted identity of the collections, unconventional materials and unexpected colours, the Marni Pop Folk Market products are unique and eclectic, and creatively adapt to any space.

Marni’s new online Market features a line of bags in exclusive colour combinations, like the retro Crochet Bag in cotton and wool, the Hammock Bag, and the iconic Striped Bag. This edition of Marni Market also sees the introduction of a Fish Bag in a fluorescent-shade knit, and an original reworking of the Basket Bag in PVC, characterised by the POP FOLK inlay.

The marketplace also hosts metal sculptural pieces in the shape of giraffes, as well as mushrooms, robots, magazine holders, miniatures and coffee tables in woven PVC.

Every Market creation is unique, handmade by Columbian artisans, who have collaborated with the brand for many years. With respect for local traditions, each product is made according to meticulous artisanal processes that require close attention to detail.

Marni explores the main products of Pop Folk Market through a series of images and video clips narrating a road trip, during which the southern sun highlights ironic snapshots of daily life.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Marni
#MarniPopFolkMarket #MarniMarket

Bobbi Brown Luxe Shine Intense Lipstick

Bobbi Brown‘s newest addition to the Luxe Lip Collection delivers shine-amplified color with the brand’s iconic dimensional shine magnifier complex and a sculpted, voluptuous look. With hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, this emollient-rich lipstick glides luxuriously onto lips and hydrates instantly and over time.

Available in those beautiful shades below:
Bare Truth/ Soft pink mauve
Bold Honey/ Mid-tone brown nude
Trailblazer/ A neutral pink brown
Claret/ A burnt red
Passion Flower/ A mid-tone berry
Power Lily/ A pink lilac
Paris Pink/ A yellow pink
Red Stiletto/ A bright blue red
Supernova/ A burnt orange red
Wild Poppy/ A coral orange
Showstopper/ A pink nectar
Desert Sun/ A neutral coral
Night Spell/ A rich purple plum

In stores now for CHF 50.00 each.
TO SHOP BOBBI BROWN ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown
@BobbiBrown #BobbiBrownCH #luxeshineintense

The Game Changer: The Cape

Capes appeared on the fashion radar last year in full force, when an array of designers put their high-fashion spin on this classic cover-up. Personally speaking, I have been a fan of capes since forever because they are the perfect pieces to wear over voluminous shoulders, big sleeves or embellishments. The trend is thankfully still going strong and giving us good incentive to go hands-free when we wrap up this season. My advice, opt for a statement piece that will make heads turn. It can be inspired by the current ’70s bourgeoisie trend, come with a military vibe, be vibrant or knitted. Here are my favorite ones available with the power to elevate even the plainest of outfits.

LoL, Sandra

Eureka double-breasted camel hair cape by Max Mara
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Pleated cashmere cape by Loewe

Asymmetric leather cape by Saint Laurent
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Two-tone wool-blend cape by Chloé


iconButton-embellished double-breasted wool and cashmere-blend cape by Balmain

iconReversible wool and silk-blend cape by Gucci


iconDouble-breasted scalloped houndstooth wool-blend bouclé cape by REDValentino


iconLong single-breasted wool cape by Prada
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Leather-trimmed wool-blend cape by Burberry

Organza-trimmed wool and silk-blend crepe cape by Valentino

Wool-blend cape by Valentino
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iconEmbellished silk-crepe capeicon by Givenchy

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Karl Lagerfeld x L’Oréal Paris

The two iconic Parisian brands are joining forces to introduce a makeup collection like no other. KARL LAGERFELD and L’Oreal Paris are pleased to announce an unprecedented collection of beauty products, featuring feminine shades with a sophisticated, rock-chic touch. It is one of the last projects of Karl Lagerfeld‘s life as the makeup collection was initiated by him before his passing on February 19.

Another homage to the couturier and connected by their Parisian heritage, both KARL LAGERFELD and L’Oreal Paris share a vision based on elegance, style and relentless innovation. As Karl once said, «Tomorrow I could be the opposite of what I am today» — which is also the idea this collaboration invites women to explore.

The striking campaign was inspired by Karl’s most iconic quotes. It features the inimitable Helen Mirren, Doutzen Kroes, Liya Kedebe, Ming Xi, Luma Grothe, Louise Bourgoin and Soo Joo Park.

Eyeshadow Palette – CHF 23.90
Eyeliner Matte Signature – CHF 20.90
Mascara – CHF 23.90
Highlighter Duo Compact – CHF 23.90
Colour Riche Lipsticks – CHF 21.90

In Switzerland, the limited edition Karl Lagerfeld x L’Oréal Paris collection will be in stores end of October 2019, exclusively at Manor.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © L’Oréal

My Look: La Vie Bohème

Free- spirited, 70’s inspired and romantic are all words to describe the bohemian fashion style that I truly adore. When it comes to conquering this kind of look, it can be quite a daunting task. Think flowing dresses, paisley prints, combined with some fancy accessories so that you don’t look like you just got back from a music festival.

My look: Amari tiered cotton-blend cropped topicon, and matching Amari high-rise tiered cotton-blend maxi skirt, both by Zimmermannwaist bag with chains and pearls by Chaneliconred leather sandalsicon by Bottega Venetagold-tone crystal earrings and gold-tone crystal cufficon, both by Etro.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Is Back Forever

There is one thing I truly dislike about limited edition fragrances, if you end up loving it, you’re doomed to never have it again. But sometimes you get lucky as a brand hears what the customers wish for and brings back an in-demand product.

It’s happened with other fragrance houses before, and now, with Jo Malone London, it’s happening again. In 2018, the brand released the English Fields collection, for the previous post click here please, which had five limited edition colognes that used cereals and grains as the main focus. Part of the collection was Poppy & Barley, a soft, cheerful and inviting floral scent, that was the most well-received. It captures the scent of succulent cereal fields, where fresh flowers grow alongside golden harvest grains. Opening with vibrant poppies, this fragrance is topped with juicy blackcurrants and balanced with a hint of rose. It’s grounded with a woody barley base, evoking an English meadow.

By popular demand, Poppy & Barley will now be part of the brand’s permanent collection as both a cologne and a body and hand wash. And whether you’re already a fan of the fragrance or want to know what the fuss is about, it is available in Switzerland now at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Zurich, Globus Glatt, Globus Bellevue, Globus Lucerne, Globus Geneva, Globus Lausanne und at Hyazinth in Basel.

30ml Cologne 30ml / CHF 72.00 – 100ml / CHF 135.- CHF 250ml
Body & Hand Wash 250ml / CHF 47.00

Fragrance Combining™
Poppy & Barley with Honeysuckle & Davana  – vivid and floral
Poppy & Barley with Wood Sage & Sea Salt – for a mineral freshness
Poppy & Barley with Myrrhe & Tonka – warm, gourmand and opulent (my favorite)

TO SHOP POPPY & BARLEY ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: @JoMaloneLondon #PoppyAndBarley
(The fragrance was sent to me as a press sample).

A Contest to Win the Next (Re)Generation

Ladies and gentlemen, the next (re)generation is here and this is your chance to win youth in a bottle for three months!

Personally speaking, my beauty secret has always been the use of serums. I swear on them as they target the skin’s natural metabolism and strengthen every treatment. As I am constantly travelling and deprived of sleep, chronic inflammation – caused by outside stressors, such as pollution, UV light, and others – can be one of the reasons skin prematurely shows the typical signs of aging. As the LA MER research department discovered, through decreasing inflammation, you can effectively preserve the pre-existing collagen and elastin already found in your skin.

Therefore a decade after the launch of the beloved Regenerating Serum and inspired by breakthrough discoveries, LA MER re-engineers its cult-favorite with advanced science, new sea-sourced actives, and an added dose of Miracle Broth™ to accelerate skin’s natural renewal process. The new Regenerating Serum is formulated with plant stem cells, lightweight and quick-absorbing. With a new Metabolic Ferment, it helps skin activate collagen and boost the elastin production while reducing the appearance of evident fine lines, wrinkles and pores. This super-charged serum is free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

Like the rest of LA MER’s skincare line, the new Regenerating Serum is incredibly easy to use, too. To release key ingredients, shake gently and sweep 1 to 2 pumps over face and neck morning and evening. Follow with your LA MER moisturizer.

In stores now for CHF 390.00 (30ml).

While not exactly a budget buy, the new formula offers up cutting-edge ingredients from LA MER and it is absolutely worth the try. Great news is that five lucky readers get the chance to try the new Regenerating Serum for three months!

To participate, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «LA MER NEW REGENERATING SERUM» to . All entries must be received until October 6, 2019. 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. Good luck!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © LA MER and © Sandra Bauknecht
@LaMer #LoveLaMer

My Look: Boss Outletcity Metzingen

Last Thursday, I went to Metzingen in Germany, a picturesque town close to the city of Stuttgart, that is dedicated to shopping. Once you arrive, you will think, that you made it to a gigantic American shopping mall – OUTLETCITY METZINGEN, where you can find high-end designer stores, such as Gucci, Prada, Burberry and many more with discounts of up to 70% all year round. The reason for my visit was the opening of the newly built BOSS Flagship Outlet that offers the complete product range on a sales area of over 5,000 square meters and that is the largest store of the HUGO BOSS Group worldwide.

To celebrate the occasion, over 600 guests, among them brand ambassadors, German supermodel Eva Padberg and actress Bettina Zimmermann, were invited to indulge in special treats, such as being sketched by an illustrator, or getting their new sweaters or T-shirts personalized. Eva told us that her favorite fashion trend for the upcoming season is pink, no wonder she wore a pink BOSS sweater and looked stunning in it.

My look: Dark blue leather biker jacket, long belted palm-leaf printed silk dress, white booties, and Taylor crossbody bag in black, all by Hugo Boss.

All pieces that I am wearing in this post are available now at the BOSS outlet store. OUTLETCITY METZINGEN is absolutely worth the visit and something special is coming up. On October 11 and 12, 2019, the shopping destination is celebrating in a big way with the FASHION CITY EVENT, that offers special performances, great promotions, shopping on friday until midnight and the start of an own CLUB for customers.

Stay tuned, as I will tell you more about it next week.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Hanna Ruff (Instagram @blubbhanna @hr_photodesign)
Photos during the event: © Sandra Bauknecht