Polka Dot It

Polka Dot It Trend SS2014 Cover

Feminine, sophisticated and reminiscent of 1950s elegance, for the new season polka dots returned to the S/S 2014 runway. At Burberry Prorsum they came in a modernized and bold way, while at Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino they appeared smaller in black and white or red – all aptly retro-inspired, especially given Moschino’s special anniversary show.

3.1 Phillip Lim Dotted Pashli ToteSo cute, a real must-have! Polka dot ‘Pashli’ satchel iconby 3.1 Phillip Lim

Polka Dot It Products SS2014

Shop the trendy look and get one of those amazing pieces:

1 Polka-dot cotton and lace shirt by No. 21
Febe stretch-mesh balconette bra by L’Agent by Agent Provocateur
3 Polka dot-print stretch-silk dress iconby Dolce & Gabbana
Leather-trimmed polka-dot canvas slip-on sneakers iconby Katie Grand Loves Hogan
Polka-dot linen shirt iconby Burberry Prorsum
Polka-dot cotton dress by Marni icon
Polka-dot silk bow tie by Saint Laurenticon
Chuck Taylor All Star polka-dot suede sneakers iconby Converse
9  Polka-dot cashmere and silk-blend scarf iconby Burberry Prorsum
10 Lilico flower-embellished leather sandals iconby Sophia Webster

Guerlain Insolence Crazy Touch

There is also a scent dressed in dots living up to the trend. Insolence, one of Guerlain’s iconic fragrances, is adopting a whirlwind of neon pink polka dots. A true collector’s item for lovers of the fruity floral scent or a great way to rediscover it.

Top notesRaspberry, red berries, lemon and bergamot
Middle notesViolet, orange blossom and rose
Base notes: Orris, sandalwood, tonka bean and musk

InsolenceLimited Edition Crazy Touch – Eau de Toilette 50ml bottle, CHF 110.00.
Available from March 1, 2014 on all Guerlain’s authorized points of sale.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the brands

Santa Closet

Santa Closet

Many great pieces have found their way into my closet this Christmas! Dear Santa, a huge thank you! Here is a sneak preview of what I will be wearing soon. Some of my gorgeous new clothes might be a little to wintery for my next destination. While you are reading this, I am on my way to Bangkok. Stay tuned for my new adventure and in the meantime enjoy some shopping!

Santa Closet Items

1 Studded leather shift dress by Saint Laurent
Ruffled-collar top iconby Alexander McQueen
Gloria resin, Swarovski Pearl and crystal necklace iconby Lanvin
Wild Flower gunmetal-tone Swarovski crystal ear cuffs iconby Roberto Cavalli
Miranda wool and lace dress iconby Stella McCartney
Cool gold-tone ring iconby Lanvin
Ruffled leopard-print silk-chiffon blouse iconby Saint Laurent
Classic Plonge leather shorts iconby Saint Laurent
9 Black chiffon skirticon by Saint Laurent
10 Patch-appliquéd skinny jeans iconby 3.1 Phillip Lim
11 Leather bra top iconby Saint Laurent
12 Zebra print top by Saint Laurent

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Perfect Wardrobe on Sale

Sale Wish List 2013

It is not Christmas yet but today it feels already like it… NET-A-PORTER‘s semi-annual international sale has gone live! Save up to 50% on designers like Gucci, Stella McCartney, Chloé and many more! I always recommend to get some basic pieces as you don’t want to invest at the end of the season into something too trendy and fancy.

I put together a wish list of basic items, classics that should be in your wardrobe and that could be mixed and matched:

1 Leather over-the-knee boots iconby 3.1 Phillip Lim
2 Ester cutout suede ankle boots iconby Giuseppe Zanotti
3 Wool-felt wide-brimmed hat iconby Gucci
4 Wool-blend blazer by Gucci
5 Wool and cashmere-blend sweater iconby Chloé
6 Silk and lace dress by Nina Ricci
7 Motocross-style low-rise skinny jeans by Balmain
8 Silk-blend chiffon pussy-bow blouseicon by Dolce & Gabbana
9 The Falabella crystal-embellished faux leather clutch iconby Stella McCartney
10 The Pashli medium two-tone shark-effect leather trapeze bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim
11 Geometrie hammered gold-plated cuff iconby Hervé Van der Straeten

Have fun shopping!

LoL, Sandra

My Look: Kicking Off Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week Sandra Bauknecht Kicking off

Sunday, I flew to Paris for Fashion Week and went straight to the Akris S/S 2014 show. A huge highlight of the evening was the cocktail reception at the Swiss brand’s beautiful showrooms in the presence of H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco, who was extremely lovely and charming to talk to. A truly amazing woman!

Sandra Bauknecht and H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco

Sandra Bauknecht in Balenciaga

My look: White sculptural fitted crepe blouse, black waistcoat and buttoned skirt, all by Balenciaga (I am in love with Alexander Wang‘s designs and think that he is a great choice for the French brand), lace sleeves by Chanel, pointed leather Mary-Jane pumps by Saint LaurentPashli mini satchel iconby 3.1 Phillip Lim and rose ring by Piaget.

Below are some impressions of the night! Enjoy and stay tuned for many updates from PFW!

LoL, Sandra

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Sandra Bauknecht - Charles Aellen

Me with my beloved hair stylist Charles Aellen who creates Charlène’s look.

Close Outfit Balenciaga Sandra Bauknecht

Foie Gras Paris

Sandra Bauknecht Outfit Akris

Kim Dang Sandra Bauknecht Charles Aellen Mischa

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht (Thank you, Mischa, for taking them!)

My Look: Never Forget – Love NYC

Sandra Bauknecht NYFW 31 Phillip Lim

Yesterday morning, I left my hotel very early to go backstage before the Michael Kors S/S 2014 show and I was in the mood to show my love for NYC!

My look: Dirty ’50s stretch-denim jacket iconby Saint LaurentI Heart Nueva York cotton-jersey tankprinted silk skirt with trompe d’oeil shirt sleeves tied around the waist, both by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Susanna studded leather ankle boots iconby Chloé, Bamboo leather shopper tote iconby GucciLimelight Gala watch and rose diamond ring, both by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht Outfit NYFB

Gucci Bag Bamboo

Limelight Gala Watch Piaget

Saint Laurent Denim Jacket Button

I Heart Nueva York I Love NYC

Rose Ring Piaget2

CHLOE SUSANNA BOOTS

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Moto Jackets – F/W 2013 Must-Have Items

Trend F:W 2013 Moto Jackets

The Moto Jacket (aka fall’s must-have itemshould be in your closet right now.

Just when I thought it had gone to biker heaven, this topper pops up on most of the major F/W 2013 runways in every way possible, floral at Givenchy, classic at Saint Laurent and sexy at Jason Wu. The biker jacket is a super-easy way to work this season’s grunge trend and to add some edge to any outfit. Try one of these amazing ones below:

Moto Jackets FW 2013

Leather biker jacket iconby Balmain
Cracked-leather biker jacket by Proenza Schoulericon
3 Two-tone textured-leather biker jacket by Faith Connexion
Hyde paneled leather biker jacket iconby IRO
Jovanna neon stretch-denim biker jacket iconby Karl Lagerfeld
Herringbone wool-blend biker jacket iconby Junya Watanabe
Karle leather biker jacket iconby J Brand
Leopard-print ribbed leather jacket by 3.1 Phillip Limicon
9 Trompe l’oeil leather biker jacket by Alexander Wang

Sandra Bauknecht-Moto Jacket-Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Biker JacketClassic leather biker jacket by Saint Laurent (my favourite one as you can see above)

McQueen Biker JacketRoyal blue nubuck biker jacket iconby Alexander McQueen (now on my wish list)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via style.com, © Sandra Bauknecht

Breaking News for All Directioners

One Direction Make up

If you think, isn’t she a little too old for being a Directioner?! Point taken! Yes, I am but my daughter is one and this is how I learnt about the boys of One Direction: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. In May, I even went to their concert in Zurich.

My look at the concert: Denim and wool jacket by Givenchy, leather and cotton-jersey sweater iconand chain-trimmed leather mini skirt, both by Saint Laurent, boots by Chanel and Pashli two-tone mini shark embossed leather satchel by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

nail polish

Here are the breaking news for all Directioners: The boys created a line of beauty products with London-based makeup company MUA Cosmetics. They may sing about natural beauty in the song “What Makes You Beautiful,” but that’s not holding them back to come up with this very smart marketing strategy. So girls, forget the natural look because it’s the LITTLE THINGS, which is the name of their 15-piece lip, nail and cheek colour collection that make all the difference now.

1D-Lipsticks

Each band member has chosen their favourite color and signed their own ‘Kiss You’ lip shade: Harry loves Strawberry, Zayn loves Watermelon, Louis loves Vanilla, Niall loves Cherry, Liam loves Blueberry – which one will you choose?!

Kiss you shades

Cheek tint One D

Available on www.muastore.co.uk, www.superdrug.com and in select Superdrug stores starting from July 29, 2013.

Fragrance One D Our Moment

This is their moment. One Direction are about to take over the fragrance world, too. The new very sweet OUR MOMENT fragrance will go on sale in Harrods on August 25, nationwide in the UK from September 9, 2013.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Mua Cosmetics and Harrods

My Look: The Shorts Story Hong Kong

Sandra Bauknecht - The Shorts Story

The last stop of my trip through China was one of my favourite cities in the world: HONG KONG. This cultural melting pot offers a little of everything, from beaches to the best restaurants and nightlife, from culture to art and entertainment. As I know the metropole very well, I refrained from sightseeing and went on a shopping spree.

My look: Printed tee and sunglasses, both by Dolce & Gabbana, iconmid-rise cut-off denim shorts iconby Saint Laurent,coral Pashli medium leather bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim, criss-cross ankle strap sandals by Miu Miu and earrings iconby Gucci.

Sandra Bauknecht HK 10

Mall HK1

Shorts Saint Laurent

Mandarin Oriental HK

I stayed at the iconic Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Built in 1963, as the famous chain’s first opening, this is one of the few hotels in this futuristic city with a history. Located in the heart of Central’s most fashionable shopping district, The Landmark, Harvey Nichols and many other luxury brands are just within walking distance. An absolute prime location with great service!

Sandra Bauknecht HK6

Ferry Hong Kong - View on Skyline

In the afternoon, I took the ferry to Kowloon, which is also quite the place for shopping lovers. Next to the Star Ferry pier is Harbour City, a gigantic mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. In the tiny side roads, you can also experience fascinating local shops and markets, such as the Ladies’ Market.

Sandra Bauknecht HK3

Ferries Hong Kong2

3.1.PhillipLim Bag HK

Hong Kong 2

Gucci Earrings HK

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

In the evening, I partied at the highest bar in the worldOzone at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. The stunning rooftop location provides a stylish venue for a glass of bubbly complimented by a picturesque bird’s eye view of Hong Kong. My absolute favourite spot!

Hong Kong 7

My trip to China has come to an end. I arrived back in Zurich yesterday morning, filled with amazing memories. It was such a great experience but also quite exhausting. But I never stop… next week, I will be off to Iceland. Might not be the place to wear my shorts again though…

LoL, Sandra

Hong Kong 4

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Shanghai Bund

Sandra Bauknecht - My Look - Shanghai Bund

Yesterday, I had a day filled with interesting meetings. In between, I found the time to visit the iconic Bund, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. The waterfront area, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. Facing Pudong, I was overwhelmed by the stunning views of the skyline. The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, the city’s distinctive landmark, is just breathtaking.

My look: Eyespy cut out printed dress by Tibi,coral Pashli medium leather bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim, criss-cross ankle strap sandals by Miu Miu, Apophis cuff by Saint Laurent and floral sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.

Happy 4th of July to my American readers. I still remember how much fun I had last year in Maui celebrating that special day…

LoL, Sandra

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Sandra Bauknecht - Bund 8

Sunglasses Shanghai Dolce & Gabbana

Skyline Shanghai 3

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Pashli Bag Shanghai

Sandra Bauknecht _ Bund 6

Shanghai Skyline 4

Sandra Bauknecht _ Bund 9

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Off to Florence

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Today, I flew to Florence for the 7th edition of Firenze4Ever with LUISAVIAROMAicon. I love travelling in comfortable clothes that still look stylish. Here you can see me at the Zurich airport before heading off to Bella Italia.

My look: Black leather biker jacket iconby Saint Laurent, floral ptint topicon, oversized silk tapered pants iconand matching clutch bagicon, all by 3.1 Phillip Lim, flats with pale pink bow by Prada, ring by Roberto Cavalli and necklace with movable teddy bear by Dior.

If you are interested in live updates from Firenze4Ever, follow me on twitter or instagram (@sandrascloset).

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht