My Look: Mystical NYC

Mystical New York City… I was three times in the American metropole last month and every time I experienced different weather, from sunny blue skies to freezing temperatures to lots of rain. However, the latter didn’t stop me to photograph my outfits. Surprisingly, the rainy backdrop added an interesting touch to the photos. I love how the transparency of the dress blends in with the concrete of the city. And I finally got to wear my new boots from the Jimmy Choo x Mugler collaboration.

My look: Black organza fil coupé dégradé coat by Alexander McQueen, pleated ribbed-knit midi dressicon by AlaïaMugler sock ankle boots by Jimmy Choo, Dr Bored Paloma clutch mini by Christian Louboutinsilver-tone crystal clip earringsicon by Alessandra Richgrosgrain-trimmed wool-blend felt cap by Saint Laurent, and logo brooch by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Lacuna Photography
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Jean Paul Gaultier x Lotta Volkova

Renowned French Haute Couture label Jean Paul Gaultier (JPG) and stylist of the moment Lotta Volkova have collaborated on a ready-to-wear capsule consisting of bra dresses, corset tops and soft tailoring. As the in-house stylist for Vetements and Balenciaga, Volkova has been integral to the creative vision of both houses. In this capsule you will see her style fuse beautifully with the signature aesthetic JPG is known for.

There is a very limited distribution with this capsule collection, so please be fast… my favorites are the following from left to right:

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER + Lotta Volkova lace-up crepe and satin leggings
 JEAN PAUL GAULTIER + Lotta Volkova lace-up satin bralette
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER + Lotta Volkova lace-up ruched velvet bralette

iconJean Paul Gaultier’s conical bra is iconic – when Madonna wore one on stage during her 1990 ‘Blonde Ambition‘ tour, it went down as one of the most iconic moments in music and fashion history. From the brand’s latest collaboration with Lotta Volkova, there are several remakes, one made from plush velvet that’s ruched and corseted and has those iconic spiral cups and another one made from topstitched satin with matching leggings.

TO SHOP THE COLLABORATION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Lotta Volkova

Photos: © Johnny Dufort for JPG
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Contest: Happy Mother’s Day with LA MER

Happy Mother’s Day! Today, 10 readers have the chance to win a LA MER «The Lip Volumizer».  Just like the brand’s premium concentrates and creams, it is enriched with the label’s legendary patented Miracle Broth™ elixir made from a blend of minerals, vitamins and Sea Kelp. Formulated to hydrate and nourish, this serum-inspired treatment coats your pout in an iridescent sheen and is designed to soften lines and plump at the same time. Great news is that it is free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

To participate, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «LA MER» to . All entries must be received until May 12, 2022. 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 and Happy Mother’s Day!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Loubi Love

This post might be a little bit more daring than others but those Louboutin pieces deserve attention and with my blog being down, I had time to come up with some unusual ideas. It was raining cats and dogs outside, when I took the photos by myself with a tripod and the timer in my beautiful suite at the Ritz-Carlton New York located at Central Park. If you would like to know more about this collaboration with artist Doctor Bored, click here please.

My look: Macramé lace-trimmed silk-satin chemise andicon macramé silk robe in fire red, both by La PerlaiconDr Bored Paloma clutch mini and Pinupina 130 limited edition pumps, both by Christian Louboutin, and Satin Touch 20 denier stay-up stockings by Wolford.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Sandra’s Closet Is Back

The past weeks my world was upside down…. my dear readers, please accept my sincere apologies for not posting during the past weeks. Instead of publishing daily, you haven’t received a newsletter since Easter Sunday. This has never happened in 12.5 years I am doing this job.

The reason for it was that my web host got hacked. The attack was not specifically concerning my blog, it was the host itself. Unfortunately, during the recovery process, we realized that posts had disappeared and it took quite some time to recover the work I have established since 2009. Now, everything is back, I apologize if you received some newsletters double due to the recovery process.

Those who are following me on Instagram, have seen that I have been traveling a lot the past days. I had an amazing time in New York City and Puerto Rico that I am so eager to show you. Sometimes, it also feels nice to take some time off.

I would like to take this opportunity and thank you for the wonderful messages I have received during the past days. Some of you were so sweet to wonder what was going on with Sandra’s Closet. It made me realize how much I have missed blogging.

Back on track from now… you will see a lot of posts, already published and coming up, stay tuned! Don’t get confused with the dates of the posts, I dated them back as I don’t want to loose my streak of daily posting and they had been planned for those days …

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, First Photo: Daydream Studio @daydream_communication
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Miu Wander – The Miu Miu Bag Campaign

Wander – to roam, to explore, indulge curiosity. To discover. Those instincts inspire the Miu Wander handbag by Miuccia Prada, that I showed you for the first time in January (click here for the previous post), a rediscovery and re-exploration of the identity of Miu Miu, through a new perspective.

The Miu Wander delineates the codes of Miu Miu with a fresh attitude. Executed in the tactile Matelassé leather, simultaneously playful and sophisticated, that has become a Miu Miu hallmark, the curved lines of the Wander underscore an omnipresent femininity. The pillowy surface invites touch, yet the easy handle – punched through the body of the bag itself – offers innate practicality, fusing pragmatism with decoration. It gives you the freedom to wander at will.

In the same spirit, the actor Sydney Sweeney – of Euphoria and The White Lotus – stars as the face of the Miu Wander, within a campaign photographed by Tyrone Lebon. The spirit of rebellion embodied by Sydney’s characters mirrors the ethos of Miu Miu, a twisted luxury energised by youthful rule-breaking – the hallmark of the Miu Miu girl, here embodied anew.

Across the campaign, Sydney is reframed within her craft, captured in imagery that recalls classic film stills. These portraits seem like fragments of a wider narrative, enigmatic and elusive – switching between different contexts, different moods and feelings, they encourage the viewer to imagine scenarios, devise plots. They inspire the mind to wander.

TO SHOP THE MIU WANDER BAG ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Miu Miu  – Talent: Sydney Sweeney – Photographer: Tyrone Lebon – Stylist: Lotta Volkova – Creative direction: Lina Kutsovskaya (BeGood Studios)
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OPI Power of Hue

Joyfully embrace vibrant color with OPI’s Power of Hue Collection for Summer 2022! Featuring 12 limited edition shimmer shades in three different formulas, Power of Hue includes a palette of mood boosting, warm colors to activate and energize the mind and body, balanced by cooler, more therapeutic soothing hues.

Bold, bright pops of fuchsia, electric turquoise, and violet uplift spirits while candy-colored pink, lilac, and sky blue evoke euphoric feelings akin to a sugar rush. Versatile, adaptable rich rose and neutral shimmering hues balance feel-good shades of citrusy orange, vivid yellow, lime green, and hot pink that will animate any look.

«The global crisis that has overwhelmed our lives for the past two years gives way to a color direction that’s alive with energy,» remarks OPI Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. «Invigorating aesthetics, therapeutic textures, and vibrating color combinations are at the heart of Summer 2022’s color story. This collection’s hyper-colored shades bring a sense of euphoria and escapism with mood-boosting effects.»

Sun-rise Up
Lead the way in this shimmery coral pink.
Sugar Crush It
Make cotton candy waves in this soft pink shimmer.
Exercise Your Brights
An electric hot pink that will crank up your volume.
Pink Big
Do BIG things in this shimmery fuschia.
Go to Grape Lengths
A daring shimmery purple that stops at nothing.
Don’t Wait. Create.
Make things happen in this bright shimmery lilac.
Sky True to Yourself
Beam your true colors in this shimmery sky blue.
Feel Bluetiful
An electric sparkly blue that will put you on cloud fine.
Make Rainbows
An iridescent lime green that spreads major joy.
Bee Unapologetic
Dare to be different in this vivid shimmery yellow.
Mango for It
A zesty orange shimmer that doesn’t hold back.
The Future is You
Take on the world in this shimmery golden tan.

Infinite Shine (CHF 24.90) offers a high-shine finish and traditional lacquer application, Nail Lacquer (CHF 19.90) features a highly-pigmented, rich formula for even application without streaking, while applications with GelColor, available at OPI professional service partners, provide a salon-perfect finish with up to three-week wear.


In addition to this vibrant collection, OPI is partnering with and donating $25k to the Trevor Project whose mission is to provide LGBTQ youth with free, 24/7 crisis counseling. Together, the goal is to support and amplify the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community and help build a more colorful future.

The launch date in Switzerland will be the 16th of May.
Be Bold. Be Colorful. Be Hue.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © OPI #OPIPowerOfHue
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Rituals Cosmetics and Earth Day

Today, Rituals Cosmetics announces its biggest investment yet to support the wellbeing of the planet by planting, protecting or restoring a tree for every refill sold. In collaboration with its partners, the brand aims to grow 5 million trees globally by the end of 2022. The initiative is part of Rituals’ bigger Clean, Conscious & Caring Strategy in which Rituals commits to reduce its environmental footprint. Rituals became a Certified B CorporationTM earlier this year, and this commitment marks another important step in Rituals’ continuous journey to sustainable wellbeing.

WITHOUT TREES, THE PLANET CANNOT SURVIVE
The United Nations defines trees to be key in reaching sustainable development goals. From cleaning the air that people breathe and promoting biodiversity to preventing soil erosion, there are numerous reasons why trees are fundamental to the planet’s existence. Moreover, forests are one of the largest carbon sinks in the world, as trees capture CO2 from the air, which makes them crucial in combating the climate crisis. Over the next year, Rituals will support multiple reforestation initiatives to help prevent climate change and mitigate its effects.

USING BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD
Supporting carbon capture via reforestation initiatives is part of the wider Clean, Conscious & Caring Strategy in which Rituals commits to reduce its environmental footprint. The wellbeing company has pledged to transition its personal care range to 90% natural origin ingredients by 2023, shift all of its packaging to 100% recyclable/refillable or made with recycled materials by 2025. In addition, Rituals aims to reduce its carbon footprint in line with the scale of reductions required by the Paris Climate Agreement. To accelerate its impact, Rituals now commits to growing 5 million trees.

JOIN THE REFILL MOVEMENT
Rituals aims to balance pampering its customers and help them take care of their wellbeing, while acting responsibly at the same time. The brand’s Refill Collections operate on that exact intersection by allowing customers to keep using beautiful, luxury products at home while being mindful of the planet too.

«Rituals is all about wellbeing – we value people’s personal wellbeing as much as the environmental wellbeing. With our refill movement we help our customers to make conscious decisions. In 2021 alone, we saved 434.138 kg in materials, thanks to our loyal customers choosing our wide range of eco-chic refills», explains Director of Innovation & Sustainability Niki Schilling. «Understanding the crucial role that trees play in the future of our planet, we introduced the Buy One Refill, Grow One Tree Program, to trigger proactive changes that support our environment

Throughout this year, Rituals will plant, protect or restore a tree for every refill sold. To encourage customers to join this refill movement, the beauty brand is offering customers a discount on any refill they buy throughout Earth Week.

GROWING MANGROVES IN INDIA AND IN KENYA
To realize its commitment to growing 5 million trees by the end of 2022, Rituals will partner up with EARTHDAY.ORG and ClimatePartner and focus on planting, protecting and restoring mangroves in India and Kenya. Not only are mangroves one of the most important natural carbon sinks on the planet, but they are also a haven for diverse flora and fauna and the first line of defence for coastal areas from both ocean tides and cyclones that often impact these regions. The collective projects are supporting local communities and their livelihoods by building back the loss of tree cover from deforestation and protecting nearby forest reserves and natural preserves. Throughout the year, Rituals will be partnering up with additional organizations to support its reforestation initiatives.

Great initiative, shopping for a good cause.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Rituals Cosmetics
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Dolce & Gabbana Furniture

Last fall, Dolce & Gabbana presented their first line for furniture and needless to say, it was an immediate success. The Italian fashion house that is well known for its vivid colors and vibrant prints, presented over 300 pieces, from tables to sofas, with colorful Sicilian cart motifs and animalier lovebeds.

You can now discover the exquisite Carretto, Blu Mediterraneo, Leo and Zebra collections at the new Dolce & Gabbana Casa boutique dedicated to furniture in via Durini 23, Milan.

I am totally in love with this new line. As I am dedicating every room in our new house to a fashion designer, I have just realized that I will also need a Dolce & Gabbana room.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Dolce & Gabbana
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LV Driver

Created by Virgil Abloh and part of his Pre-Fall 2022 collection silhouette, this male wardrobe essential has been refreshed for Louis Vuitton. Available in two versions, the aptly-named LV Driver is the most contemporary driving moccasin yet.

Two material combinations are offered. The first model boasts Monogram grained calfskin, creating a play on contrasts between the Maison’s traditional motif and the bright colour of the sole, which matches the LV branded lace tips (white, orange, green, Ébène or Éclipse). A second design is available in suede embossed with the Monogram, in either navy blue or mocha. On the rubber sole, traditional nubs have been transformed by pads. While based on the Monogram flowers, their design was also inspired by the unique harmony found in French gardens.

As the very first driving moccasin by Virgil Abloh, the LV Driver is the perfect embodiment of Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire. On each pair, no less than one hour is required for the stitching of the vamps, done entirely by hand. The shoe’s tubular design, ultra-flexible rubber outsole and lack of insole guarantee unparalleled comfort. With a hint of Italian elegance, the LV Driver is above all the epitome of urban modern fashion.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton
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