My Look: Soul Street

Welcome to Soul Street at FIVE Zurich! Carefully crafted street food delights, artistic masterpieces, on the heartbeat of experiential dining and the best parties in town – one thing is for sure, you are set to have a good time. Before the official opening I shot one of my favorite summer looks there. CHANEL S/S 2022 is an ode to the 1990s – the time when I fell in love with the brand. I was at the show last October and knew immediately which looks to order such as this gorgeous ensemble. More to come from this collection. Stay tuned!

My look: Black and white bra top, striped long skirt (both pieces from Look 22 S/S 2022), black cardiganheart shape bag , logo printed sandals with 100mm heel, small black leather belt with chain, metal and glass pearl belt, and long pearl earrings, all by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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Trending S/S 2022: Heart Shape Bags

I am spreading the love with my curation of heart shape bags you will want to have and to hold. If you’re looking out for a quite literal take on a romantic gift for the one or a little treat for yourself, brands are rolling out something for you in their S/S 2022 collections. Heart shape bags are a must this summer with CHANEL leading the trend as they already did over 25 years ago… You will be astonished for how much the vintage heart shape edition is selling on Farfetch. Just scroll to the end to explore it… I am keeping mine for sure. I have always known it is a great investment piece.

LoL, Sandra

Heart shape wicker bag by Dolce & Gabbana

Heart shape design tote bag by Kate Spade

Heart shape mini bag by MSGM

Heart shoulder bag by Gucci

Le Coeur leather shoulder bag by Alaïa
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Heart shape biker-style leather tote bag by Moschino

Heart shape bag by CHANEL

S/S 1995 vintage CC heart shaped vanity bag by CHANEL Pre-Owned

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Balmain Barbie

Stop press! I have breaking news, there is not much time left until Switzerland’s new hot spot, FIVE ZURICH, is going to open its doors to the public on June 30, 2022. I was one of the first ones to explore the new hotel and its restaurants before anybody else. The interior design is outstanding. Everywhere you will find the most instagrammable backgrounds in vibrant colors, with fun slogans or gadgets. Of course, I took the opportunity to shoot several outfits complementing the design of the different areas of the hotel.

Let’s get started with «Balmain Barbie» photographed at the entrance and inside the immersive Soul St. restaurant, where soul food meets street art.

My look: Printed cotton T-shirt, embroidered baseball cap, B-Buzz 23 leather shoulder bag, and appliquéd organic cotton-blend velour wide-leg track pantsicon, all by Balmain x Barbie ®, and pink high-heel platform mules by Versace, chain earrings by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Anouk Bauknecht / Sandra Bauknecht
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CHANEL Les Beiges Complexion

This post is not sponsored, however I got the products to try and I am completely in love. The perfect products for summer to achieve a healthy, lightweight glow. Let me give you some detailed information.

LES BEIGES COMPLEXION
THE NATURAL AND EFFORTLESS HEALTHY GLOW
LES BEIGES makeup line has made natural a style in its own right. In a way that no other line does, it recalls Mademoiselle Chanel’s free spirit and breaks with tradition to reveal a fresh, luminous complexion, pure and simple. Makeup is made easy, intuitive. Skin is as radiant as if you had spent a day in the great outdoors. Beauty is universal and effortless.
By means of lightweight, extremely buildable formulas, LES BEIGES has redefined both the texture of face makeup and how we apply it. A promise of authentic elegance. A promise to get back to basics.

RETHINKING FACE MAKEUP
In 2019, WATER-FRESH TINT upended women’s face makeup rituals. For the very first time, a fresh, water-based formula containing micro-droplet pigments was developed. Micro-droplets melt on contact with skin, evening out the complexion with a sheer finish. With this innovation, microfluidic technology has opened up a host of possibilities for cosmetics; it has led to an entirely new generation of face makeup products featuring lightweight formulas, freed of all non-essential ingredients.
The microfluidic technology revolution continues into 2022, with two new products. To supplement LES BEIGES face makeup ritual, CHANEL created two products complete with unique application techniques: WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH, a multi-use concealer that delivers natural- looking results, and WATER-FRESH BLUSH, a «blush 2.0» for rosy cheeks.

WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH A TAILOR-MADE COMPLEXION
This product can be applied like a concealer, for targeted correction as needed, or like a foundation, over the entire face. The joy of a fresh, luminous complexion; a bare-skin effect for natural-looking makeup.
WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH is composed of an aqueous phase, enriched in hydrating and protective naturally derived active ingredients and ultra-lightweight micro-droplet pigments. It diminishes the appearance of imperfections without compromising on comfort. Halfway between a foundation and a concealer, WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH visibly improves the look of skin thanks to a high concentration of pigment. It delivers a supremely weightless fresh feeling to the skin.


To melt the micro-droplets and release their pigment, simply blend the formula on the back of the hand for several seconds before applying. Immediately after application, the skin looks more even and smooth. It is more luminous, and appears refreshed. Visible imperfections such as pores, redness, and dark circles are reduced v visibly. After 8 hours, the skin appears more comfortable and plump. WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH has antioxidant and anti-pollution properties, to enhance the skin as well as protect it.

WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH is available in a range of 8 shades.
B10, B20, B30, B40, B50, B60, B80, BD121.
CHF 78.00

WATER-FRESH BLUSH
CHEEKS AS ROSY AS IF YOU HAD SPENT A DAY IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The micro-droplet pigments in this lightweight gel blush blend seamlessly with the skin for a delicately rosy glow, a flushed cheek look, and immediate comfort. The new blush by CHANEL imparts subtle color to the cheeks without drying out the skin. Its water-based texture delivers a healthy glow effect that lasts all day. After applying WATER- FRESH TINT and WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH, WATER-FRESH BLUSH enhances the look with an instantaneous healthy glow. It is quick and intuitive to apply with either your fingers or a brush. Within seconds, the formula melts into the skin, so pleasant and weightless that you may forget you are wearing makeup at all.
WATER-FRESH BLUSH is enriched with tamarind seed extract, a naturally derived active ingredient that helps regulate the skin’s moisture balance for a healthy glow. The complexion is instantly more radiant and appears immediately refreshed.

THREE INTUITIVE MAKEUP STEPS FOR A NATURAL, FRESH, AND LUMINOUS LOOK
LES BEIGES face makeup ritual now comprises three products that were inspired by microfluidic technology and designed as perfect complements. First, WATER-FRESH TINT sits delicately on the face like a skin tone-evening veil, for a radiant, refreshed appearance. Next, WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH provides additional coverage wherever it is needed, creating a flawless complexion without weighing down the skin. The final touch, WATER-FRESH BLUSH, gives cheeks a rosy flush —a guaranteed healthy glow.

WATER-FRESH BLUSH is available in 6 shades, designed to suit every skin tone.
LIGHT PEACH a rosy peach
WARM PINK a beige pink
LIGHT PINK a light, fresh pink
INTENSE CORAL an intense coral red
DEEP APRICOT an intense apricot
DEEP BRONZE a terracotta brown
CHF 62.-

Both products are available now and I can highly recommend them.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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My Look: Little Princess

I just love this look, it makes me feel like a little princess, but in a very modern way. Comfortable, yet head turning, this pink ensemble combined with patent-leather sneakers captures an ethereal mood. I felt so good in it, that while I was wearing it for a lunch appointment in Zurich, I decided to fly spontaneously to London without anything… stay tuned for my full report!

My look: Sweater with logo embroidery and silk faille sleeves, gathered faille midi skirticon, pink patent leather sneakers, all by Alexander McQueenDionysus small two-tone leather shoulder bag by Gucci,  floral pearl drop earrings by Simone RochaLady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuisbow and crystal-embellished wrap braceleticon by Miu Miu, and crystal-embellished sunglasses by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Not Today

Do you know this feeling? You have planned your day and the weather is ruining it. You think… please not today! This happened to me recently in New York City when we wanted to photograph this beautiful look from CHANEL’s Métiers d’Art Pre-fall 2021 Collection that took place at and was inspired by the Château des Dames. I am feeling like the queen of my castle in this unexpected combination. In general, I don’t wear head to toe looks from the runway but this one was just too perfect.

My look: Intarsia cashmere sweater, gold crochet skirt with built-in shorts, royal blue leggings, royal blue silk shoes, rhinestone Coco handle gunmetal bag, pearl necklace with chain and AirPods case, (all from Look 26 Métiers d’Art 2021 Château des Dames), layered pearl necklace with bows, (from Look 34 Métiers d’Art 2020 Paris – 31 Rue Cambon), and vintage blue sapphire earrings, all by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Lacuna Photography
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My Look: Roma

Rome or Roma as the locals call their home, the Eternal City, with its unique and fascinating history, its thousand churches, palaces and fountains; Rome, where behind every corner and building lies a secret to be discovered, a legend to be told, history to be revealed, is also home to many famous fashion brands.

The country’s contribution to fashion is vast and its capital is no exception. Many designers come from Rome, such as Elsa Schiapparelli who was born there in 1890, Giambattista Valli, and of course the famous houses of Fendi and Valentino, along the jewelry brand Bulgari. Valentino will present his next F/W 2022 Couture show on July 8 in Piazza Mignanelli, home to the company’s storied headquarters, and a stone’s throw away from the Spanish Steps.

The Italian obsession with looking good is nothing new. It is contagious. So I photographed this fun summer look from the Versace S/S 2021 runway in front of the famous Colosseum, the largest standing amphitheatre in the world, that began to be built under between 72 and 80 AD.

My look: Ruffled embellished cady and plissé mini dress, padded-shoulder denim jacket in blue,icon Trésor de la Mer gold-tone crystal chokericon, Trésor de la Mer gold-tone crystal braceleticon, and Trésor de la Mer gold-tone crystal earrings, all by Versace, black calf leather lace up Janis pumps by Saint LaurentRoyal Oak 37mm 18-karat frosted rose gold watch by Audemars Piguet, and waist bag with chains and pearls, all by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Daydream Studio
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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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My Look: Hope

Until Easter Monday, you can enjoy in Zurich those rose filled fountains, an initiative of the city’s Altstadtkirchen. Originally presented for the first time last year, when the pandemic was in full swing, it is a message of hope with the slogan «without thorns there is no rose». This year, with the war in Ukraine taking place, we need a message of hope more than ever.

For me, dressing up during those sad times, always gives me hope and joy. I am a huge fan of Zimmermann, the designs are feminine, comfortable and romantic.

My look: Pink Botanica Butterfly gown by ZimmermannCHANEL No.5 parfum box evening bag, and bi-color tweed ballerinas, both by CHANEL (S/S 2021 Collection Act 2), floral sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana4810 hoop earrings in pink gold with diamonds by Montblanc, and Carrera Automatic Chronograph by TAG Heuer.

Let’s hope, everything is coming up roses! Happy Easter!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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Les Eaux de CHANEL Paris – Paris

Inspired by the places that were significant to Gabrielle Chanel during her lifetime, LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection features six fresh fragrances that offer an escape and invite you on a journey.

«I was inspired by the destinations that have a strong connection to CHANEL. Each of them has left its mark on one of these fragrances» explains Olivier Polge, CHANEL’s In-House Perfumer-Creator.

Seemingly simple at first, LES EAUX DE CHANEL leaves a fragrance trail that gradually reveals their extraordinary complexity. Each composition is part of the same olfactory score that has resonated through every CHANEL fragrance since the creation of N°5 in 1921.
Having followed the paths of PARIS-BIARRITZ, PARIS-DEAUVILLE and PARIS-VENISE in 2018, enjoyed a sunny getaway with PARIS-RIVIERA in 2019, and set off on an adventure to the Scottish moors with PARIS-ÉDIMBOURG in 2021, CHANEL has dreamed up a new journey in 2022: PARIS-PARIS.

Some trips we take in real life, others we dream about. Those offered by LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection allow us to do both: they take place in our imaginations, as a stationary form of travel.

PARIS-BIARRITZ
An active, revitalizing getaway in Southwest France, with an ocean view. A burst of grapefruit and mandarin, drenched with an aquatic note and a lily-of-the-valley accord and escorted by vetiver, all of which lend the fragrance an invigorating quality.

PARIS-DEAUVILLE
A stroll along the coast of Normandy, surrounded by the sharp green of the tall grass. Invigorating orange peel and basil give way to a softer accord of rose and jasmine and a patchouli base.

PARIS-VENISE
An evocation of both the baroque city and the Orient Express route, cushioned in comfort. Berry, iris, and geranium notes are warmed up by the softness of cedar, leaving a warm, enveloping fragrance trail.

PARIS-RIVIERA
A radiant, floral fragrance par excellence. A sunny escape to the Côte d’Azur. Mediterranean jasmine and neroli, as brilliant as a ray of sunlight, are infused with the freshness of orange peel and petitgrain before giving way to a subtle sandalwood and benzoin base.

PARIS-ÉDIMBOURG
A woody, aromatic fragrance. An immersive ramble through the rugged Scottish countryside that is vividly fresh. Crisp, intense, aromatic notes of juniper berry and cypress are paired with warm tones including cedar and vetiver, which impart their smoky, slightly peaty qualities.

Photo François Kollar © Ministry of Culture – Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN

PARIS-PARIS
A vibrant olfactory journey imbued with freshness and lightness.
To experience PARIS-PARIS is to find oneself in Gabrielle Chanel’s Paris, a timeless city full of life, authentic character, and modern spirit. It is the Paris of our dreams, one that has been idealized through fleeting images. The allure and inimitable style of the Parisian women. A leisurely morning spent at the terrace of a Parisian café. A fresh, spicy rose with natural, elegant charm.

«With PARIS-PARIS, I created a sparkling floral composition inspired by the effortless elegance of Parisian womenOlivier Polge

To embody the essence of this new destination, Olivier Polge chose to use Damascena rose, a rose full of character that reveals a multitude of facets, which are bolstered by fresh citrus accents and heightened by the sharpness of pink peppercorn extract and an elegant patchouli base.

PARIS-PARIS is housed in the same refined, curved bottle as the other fragrances in LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection. While quite sophisticated in composition, it simultaneously echoes the lightness of the fragrances created by Olivier Polge. It is crafted from high-quality materials that are used in their simplest form. The thin, lightweight glass bottle reveals a rose-colored fragrance inspired by the glistening stone facades of Parisian buildings in the early morning sun. It is topped with a black bio-based cap engraved with a double C. The corrugated cardboard packaging, which is usually not visible, has been transformed into a pared-back sleeve that lacks a laminated or gloss finish, making it easier to recycle.

PARIS-PARIS is available as an enveloping mist that offers lavish, generous fragrance application, which makes using fragrance throughout the day even more enjoyable.

LES EAUX DE CHANEL PARIS-PARIS Eau de Toilette Vaporisateur 125 ml CHF 160.-
LES EAUX DE CHANEL PARIS-PARIS Lait pour le Corps Flacon 200 ml CHF 68.-

Available starting in the beginning of May 2022.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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