The Sale Is On

The Sale Is On

Great news, it is this time of the year: NET-A-PORTER.COM start their big sale today. Now, you have the chance to get the most amazing pieces marked down up to 50%.

Especially for you, I put together this outfit that would be perfect for a night out. To shop, just click on the highlighted text.

Get the look: Godet Dance embellished stretch-tulle mini dress by Topshop Unique (50% off), Lelie snake-effect leather sandals by Isabel Marant (40% off), Valorie glitter-finished canvas clutch by Anya Hindmarch (50% off) and Soho gold-plated snake earringsicon by Aurélie Bidermann (30% off).

TO ENJOY THE FULL SALE SELECTION CLICK HERE.
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LoL, Sandra

Save Japan

It is just so extremely saddening what  is currently happening in Japan. In this difficult situation, there are many possibilties to help the victims of the catastrophe.

French concept store Colette for example says: „We love Japan“ and helps to raise funds for the country’s disaster relief.
Several designers have contributed: Kuntzel+Deygas buttons, an original drawing by Fafi, bracelets by Aurélie Biderman, Cool Cats T-shirts , a “Rescue Jacket” by Kitsuné, teddy bears by Vika Gazinskaya, Case Scenario x Keith Haring iphone cases, Olympia Le Tan brooches, Eiko Maekawa rabbits and many more to come.
100 percent of the proceeds of the sales of these products will be directly donated to the JAPANESE RED CROSS SOCIETY.

I am working since many years with the SWISS RED CROSS and this amazing organisation is always one of the first ones to help. Your contribution will truly make a difference.

 

That is us: The ladies of the Swiss Red Cross ball committee.

That is us: The ladies of the Swiss Red Cross ball committee.

For other organisations that are collecting funds, please click here.
My heart is with Japan and the Japanese people.

LoL, Sandra

S/S 2011: Bright at Night

What to wear at night

Searching for a gorgeous gown to attend a black tie gala this summer? Consider fashion’s recent colour vibe, characterized by vibrant eye-popping shades, edgy neons and Crayola brights from head to toe.

Stripping away all darkness might be your ticket to brighten up your mood. Play with the hues and combine them, colour-blocking is a must. This is your chance to enlighten every party.

LoL, Sandra

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My Dream Advent Calendar

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If I wished for an advent calendar, I would dream of one filled with beautiful fashion jewelry (I don’t want to seem too demanding, so fantasy pieces are fine).
Dear Santa and dearest Hubby, please find below my list for the fillings, all available at net-à-porter (just click on the designer):

1 Lizard and python cuff by Lanvin
2 Gold-plated cuff by Philippe Audibert
3 Silver-plated feather brooch by Erickson Beamon
4 Leather and brass-studded cuff by Burberry Prorsum
5 Swarovski crystal earrings by Erickson Beamon
6 Cage 22-karat rose gold-plated ring by Dominic Jones
7 22-karat gold beaded earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane
8 Arty enamel ring by Yves Saint Laurent
9 Crystal ring by Lanvin
10 Set of two gold-tone bird rings by Marc by Marc Jacobs
11 22-karat gold-plated coral-inspired necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane
12 Lips lacquered sterling silver ring by Solange Azagury-Partridge
13 22-karat gold-plated leaf hoop earrings by Alex Monroe
14 Chest plate by Falconiere
15 Midnight lace Swarovski crystal bracelet by Erickson Beamon
16 Bow-embellished chain necklace by Marc by Marc Jacobs
17 Star-embellished leather bracelet by Oscar de la Renta
18 Pink faux-petal pompoms earrings by Marni
19 Pink chronograph watch by Michael Kors
20 Swarovski crystal brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane
21 Duchess of Fabulous Swarovski crystal ring by Erickson Beamon
22 Turquoise and coral crystal brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane
23 Deco Blanc 24-karat gold-plated necklace by Bijoux Heart
24 Mother-of-pearl charm bracelet by Aurélie Bidermann

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To keep all my treasures safe, I would wish for the gorgeous leather jewelry box by Smythson in hot pink. With a removable drawer and multiple compartments, this love-forever piece would make a beautiful addition to my dressing table.

Fellow fashionistas, let’s start dreaming…

LoL, Sandra

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Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds

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Feathers are a trend that seems to be always there. For F/W 2010 designers showed that fine feathers make fine birds. From beautiful marabou plumes to ostrich feathers, the creations were versatile. Being dressed in full feathers stands for a certain glamourous allure.
So Ladies, start looking for your feathers of prey:

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A marabou jacket or cape is a piece for eternity. It adds the right amount of sophistication to every evening outfit or ball gown. I especially adore the ones from Balmain this season and would opt for a colourful piece.

Feathers Gucci

The Gucci dress from the F/W 2010 runway collection is a smart choice as it comes with a removable feather-trimmed bolero.

Bird Feathers

In case you do not like to ruffle your feathers, I recommend a feather print or just a little detail like the ostrich-trimmed satin bag by Lanvin.

Feathers of Prey

For F/W 2010, the possibilities are numerous. If you turn up your glam factor, you will surely not be shedding feathers.

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And good news is, the feather trend is going to stay for S/S 2011. So those pieces are definitely great investments.

Ladies, it is time to adorn yourselves with borrowed plumes!

LoL, Sandra

Delicate Lace

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Thanks to the remaining lingerie trend, lace is the connecting thread from boudoir to the office to the dance floor. The most oustanding lace designs were seen on the F/W 2010 runways with black being the dominant colour. The return of womanhood is one of the biggest themes this season and the delicate, sensual fabric is the perfect addition. It makes women feel and look very ladylike and sexy.

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No worries, it does not mean that you need to go half-naked. Inject new season`s attitude into your wardrobe with just one ultra-feminine piece. A lace blazer like the D&G one for example makes a fabulous addition to your basics collection. Combine it with a pair of jeans for instant cool chic.

Lace 3

Those lace dresses are cut to create a defined silhouette and will make heads turn after you. These elegant cocktail and black tie pieces are an investment in timeless style. Wear one thing lace and accessorize minimally.

Lace 4

Accessories are always a great way to make a fashion statement. But just one or two at a time, do not overdo the lace addition. Too much is too much!
Stockings, leggings or gloves in the trend material are super hot. I am crazy for the handmade cuffs by Aurélie Biderman. They are made of vintage lace dipped in blackened silver or gold. So beautiful!

LoL, Sandra

Painted Ladies

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San Fran

Me in the Haight area wearing black leggings by BLUMARINE, military shirt by BALMAIN, top and pink-khaki scarf by LOUIS VUITTON and suede clogs by MIU MIU

Last week, I spent a few days in San Francisco. Haight Ashbury is the famous intersection in the area that gets its notoriety from the “psychedelic” culture and the 1968 “Summer of Love”. Today, you can still feel the hippie vibe with its fragments of flower-power.

When I was walking around the district, I got so inspired by the gorgeous bright coloured houses, so-called Painted Ladies. The term refers to Victorian and Edwardian buildings painted in three or more colours that embellish their architectural features.

Adopting that idea and transferring it to fashion, I styled some beautiful outfits in different colour combinations. You will see how stunning some shades can look together. Most people tend to wear a more neutral palette along with black. There is nothing against this. But today, I want to challenge you a bit and demonstrate how wonderful a little mix with some bolder tones can appear without looking like a clown.

It is again all about that special twist. Carrie in Sex and the City might be the perfect example: Patricia Field, the show`s stylist, opts very often for something that looks kind of strange in the beginning, but then so surprising and interesting that you cannot take your eyes of it.

Experiment with your own style! That is the thing that is so hard to copy and will earn you lots of admiring glances.

Spare for a little hug?

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Statement Necklaces

Statement necklaces have been seen in abundance on the F/W 2010 runways and believe me those pieces make a great addition to your wardrobe as they can definitely turn on the wow factor. Wear a simple outfit and let your statement necklace do its job. It is supposed to make a statement! Do not be afraid to push fashion boundaries, there are so many different options to choose from. From ethnic inspired to boho chic, from chunky and bright to multi-strand pieces, all of them have serious longevity.

Stephanie Thonet

Stephanie Thonet

To find one that suits you should not be difficult, especially if you have a look at www.thonetjewelry.com.
Stephanie Thonet creates amazing statement necklaces that will put you immediately in the style spotlight. She achieves unusual designs and colour combinations by artfully mixing a large variety of beads and stones as nature provides; such as coral, wood, shells and freshwater pearls with semi-precious stones.
I am totally in love with her works that are still budget-friendly. Which of those stunning statement necklaces that will not diminsh your bank statement will be dangling down your sternum?

Have a look below at my favourites from her collection that also includes earrings, bracelets and elegant objects d`art. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Thonet.

LoL, Sandra

 

Necklaces between € 215.- - € 325.-

Necklaces between € 215.- and € 325.-

 

Red and white necklaces between € 75.- and € 165.-, coral necklace € 245.-

Red and white necklaces between € 75.- and € 165.-, coral necklace € 245.-

 

 

Moonstone necklace € 235.-

Moonstone necklace € 235.-

 

Faux-pearls and brooch necklace € 235.-

Faux-pearls necklace with brooch € 235.-

 

Mother of pearl, shell and flower necklace € 255.-

Mother of pearl, shells and flowers € 255.-

 

Necklace € 155.-

Necklace € 155.-

Trend F/W 2010: Cuff Me

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Remember that I told you last year to get some cuffs and wide bracelets for this summer. If you followed my advice, it was definitely a good investment. The hype is not over yet and those pieces are going to remain absolute must-haves for the next season.

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If you still need some or just cannot get enough, have a look at those gorgeous upcoming versions. I also spotted a lot of sleeveless tops and dresses on the runways.
Just perfect because like that your arm embellishments have a enough space to show.
My motto this winter: Cuff me!

LoL, Sandra

Accessory Report S/S 2010: Ethnic Influence

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The ethnic influence is undeniable this spring/summer. Numerous were the sources of inspirations that designers used for their creations. Embroideries, coloured beads, leather thongs and pompoms appeared everywhere. Embellishment is not the only important factor, to my eye the shape is essential, too. A lot of “gym bags” combined with add-on charms and tassels were seen on the runways. A leader of the trend is Marc Jacobs with his collection for Louis Vuitton.  You should definitely get your hands on one of those bags. Good luck!

LoL, Sandra