John Hardy – Sustainable Luxury

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Today I would like to introduce you to the John Hardy brand. Canadian-born designer John Hardy founded his Bali-based eponymous jewelry line in 1989, working with skilled local artisans to handcraft each of his intricate tribal-inspired designs.

Truly impressive is the company’s environmental conservation activism, that shows particularly through the planting of bamboo to offset its carbon emissions, its use of recycled silver and its support of charities protecting endangered forests and wildlife.
Now under the creative leadership of Guy Bedarida, the company continues to follow Hardy’s strict policy of ‘sustainable luxury’, building on a successful production model without compromising the environment.


Famous model Angela Lindvall, muse and personal friend of Creative Director Guy Bebarida is the face of John Hardy.

I think that it is absolutely fabulous supporting such a brand by buying their products.
My personal favourites are the cuffs, bangles and bracelets (see above).

To shop, click on the banner below. John Hardy offers free shipping until March 31st, 2012. John Hardy is also available at net-à-porter.comicon.

LoL, Sandra

John Hardy

Today’s Look: Back to School


No, just kidding, it wasn’t me who went back to school, it was my daughter. So one of those very stressful mornings with no time to get ready as we had to leave pretty early. I am sure that all mums know what I am talking about.

Therefore I kept my makeup very simple, meaning just a little blush and some lipgloss (no eye makeup!). In case of an emergency, you can hide your eyes with big sunglasses.


My outfit: Blue Blazer and Python Flats by Zara (in stores now), White Shirt by Prada, Shorts by Blumarine, Sunglasses by Marc Jacobs, Python Boston Bag by Céline, Earrings and Ring by H&M, Bangles by Chanel and Bracelet (Souvenir from Istanbul).

Have a nice day!

LoL, Sandra

Zara2White shirt all buttoned-up to the very top (see Trend Alert F/W 2011: Buttoned-up Collars)

IMG_8216Set of ivory and gold bangles by Chanel, Bracelet bought at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

IMG_8219Ring by H&M

Zara5My favourite bag at the moment: The XL Boston Bag in blue python by Céline

IMG_8220Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Today’s Look: Irma Goes Brazil


Today’s look has a little surprise. Let’s see if you spot it.

Printed T-Shirt by IrmasworldJeans by Fè-Sonho Segredo BahiaPython Palais Pumps by Yves Saint Laurent Baroque Sunglasses and Striped Sombrero by PradaNeon Clutch by Christopher Kane Bangles (Souvenir from Dubai).



Let me tell you more about the Art Print Irma Tee: Irma is an internationally known fashion illustration that has fans around the world. In Japan, she graces many covers and her success is unbelievable. There is a real Irma hype. So it is no wonder that ten percent of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross to benefit Japanese relief projects. Sometimes I see myself in the lovely figurine that is drawn by a friend of mine.




The jeans by the new brand Fè-Sonho Segredo Bahia were a gift of LuisaVia Roma (Thank you!) and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first tried them on. Here is the surprise: They have butt padding. First I couldn’t think of someone who would like to have a bigger bottom, but the position of the „outer implants“ is above so that it creates a nice apple shape. I mean those jeans come from Brazil  and this is the home of the perfect silhouette!

What do you think?

LoL, Sandra


IMG_7110Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Total Styling Lab – Marrakesh Moment

Marrakech Moment

For my first look of the LuisaViaRoma Total Styling Lab, I took inspiration from the Marakkesh trend for summer. The Moroccan style head wrap and crochet dress was very appealing to me and cohesive with this trend. A breeze of the `70s finished off the look perfectly.

Crochet Dress: EMILIO PUCCI – Scarf: MARUCELLI – Strappy sandals: GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI – Bangles: DALIA – Bag: ROBERTO CAVALLI

Exclusively through Sandra’s Closet you get a LUISAVIAROMA.COM – FREE SHIPPING to the United States, Canada, and Europe when you place your order. Just click on the link. All items are available there.
Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra






Photos: Baerbel Reinhard, Sabine Gasplmayer

Photos: Baerbel Reinhard, Sabine Gasplmayer

Bottega Veneta’s Scarab Beetles

Scarab Beetle Lucky Charms

Ancient Egyptians considered the scarab beetle to be lucky and obviously Tomas Maier does, too. For his F/W 2010 Bottega Veneta show, he adorned his models with beautiful metallic-green scarab beetle charms.
The lucky animal decorates rings, earrings, necklaces and bangles. My favourite is the multi-strand necklace which is unfortunately also the most expensive one. Those pieces will rock every outfit. Available online, at Bottega Veneta stores and at net-à-porter.

So ladies, start pushing your luck!

LoL, Sandra

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Eva at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival

Eva Cannes Cover

My favourite “Desperate Housewife” Eva Longoria Parker arrived at the Côte d`Azur last Wednesday to celebrate the 63rd Cannes Annual Film Festival in great style. No doubt was she aware of the many photographers awaiting her touchdown at Nice Airport when she tottered on her blue suede “Tribtoo” pumps by Yves Saint Laurent out of the gate, well accessorized with her Hermès bangles and Birkin bag. Her assumingly travel-weary eyes covered with a pair of Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses.

Eva Cannes

At the opening night premiere of “Robin Hood”, Eva caused a stir in a white silk chiffon gown by Emilio Pucci. Her long train added the right amount of red carpet drama. A silver Swarovski clutch and coral jewelry by De Grisogno completed her breathtaking look. Absolutely gorgeous was that she kept the make-up natural and her updo classy-elegant. She looked so radiant without trying too hard.

Eva and her Birkin

The next day, Eva went shopping swarmed by paparazzi and fans. When it is time to pose and show, Eva delivers. The petite actress was very fashion-forward and enhanced her toned small body in a gray Hervé Léger by Max Azria F/W 2010 bandage dress with beautiful details like peplums on the hips and a lace-up neckline. Her Birkin bag and her YSL pumps that she had already worn upon her arrival, along with classic aviator-style shades topped off her look perfectly.

Vavavoom Eva

In the evening, the lovely Mrs. Longoria Parker wowed again at the “On Tour” Premiere at the Palais des Festivals in a nude crystal-encrusted gown by Indian-born designer Naeem Khan. Eva is known to be a huge fan of his ornate, intricately detailed works.


Eva with me

To me, Eva was one of the best dressed actresses at the opening days of the Cannes Film Festival. But not only the stunning outfits made me think that as they would look probably great on others as well. It was more her pose and striking attitude that demonstrated her powerful allure. My Fashion Award goes to little Eva!

LoL, Sandra

Two Trends in One: Strapless & Floral


Floral prints and flower embellishments are big this upcoming summer as are strapless dresses. Here I have a great piece for you for only £45.- combining those two trends. You can order it at Wear it with a statement bag like the Miu Miu one and some sizzling strappy sandals (Proenza Schouler) that will help you avoiding a too girly look. Anchor your feminine appearance with some bangles and blushed cheeks.

Start blooming and feel your best every day!

LoL, Sandra

Black and White


Black and White is always a great combination and was seen a lot on the runways. For winter houndstooth was a must-have. For the upcoming summer 2010, stripes, op-art and graphic prints, some of them with an influence of ethnic ornaments, appeared on the runways.The top by Gareth Pugh is on sale at and a great buy for the next season.

If you are not so into patterns, you can also achieve the look with an accessory like a black belt on a white dress or combine the two colours by wearing a light top and a dark skirt or vice versa.


As I am a big fan of the nautical look, I like the black and white striped tops that you can order at They are cool, not so expensive and will give you an immediate fashion-update. Optional you can go for a black and white bag or shoes.


It is definitely a trend that you will have already in your closet. So start now and enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

Accessory Report S/S 2010: Bracelets

S 2010

What you will definetely need for the summer are bangles or wide cuffs. I love it when those bracelets make that little sound while they dingle-dangle your beautiful sun-tanned arm up and down. This is soooo sexy! The wider versions might not be so loud soundwise, but they are certainly eyecatchers. I am completely in love with those amazing pieces for the next season. And you?

LoL, Sandra

Shoe Special S/S 2010: Summer Boots

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I love Boots therefore I wanted to show you all these stunning pieces for summer. For the hot season there is no need to be practical so it is all about design and probably providing a little air (who likes sweaty feet?!). Cutout details, open toe booties (keep your winter ones), strapped sandal ones- there are so many beautiful details to talk about. It is the shock of contrast that gives it that little special twist I so adore.

I am crazy for the stretch boots with knee pads by Pierre Hardy that I would combine with a beautiful white one-shouldered dress like the one by Tibi. Put some bangles on, a little Grecian style hairpiece and you will truly look like a goddess!

LoL, Sandra