Lulu Clogs

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Today, I would like you to meet a young and beautiful woman with an amazing shoe collection: Lulu Clogs by Luisa Lange.

After a previous foray into the fashion market with several creations of unique jackets, dresses and necklaces, Luisa has started to design something that she truly loves and wears with passion: clogs. Her fascination for them shows in every single detail of her designs, from rivets, glass grinded pearls to zebra prints and feathers, all with the focus on precision handcraft and the highest quality materials. Her creations are true pieces of art, all made and produced in Germany. The prices are approximately between €240.- – €360.-.

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As you know, this summer the clogs have celebrated their big revival and are back in vogue.
I put an outfit together to show you how cool those shoes can be in combination. And the best is they are ultra-comfortable. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact Lulu Clogs or visit the online shop. Worldwide shipping is available.


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I already ordered mine and totally adore them. I took some photos to show you how fabulous also the packaging is. It is a true pleasure to receive a pair of Lulu Clogs.

LoL, Sandra


Me wearing my zebra-print LULU CLOGS together with a pair of distressed jeans by D&G, a lace top by STELLA MCCARTNEY and a suede jacket by GUCCI.

Me wearing my zebra-print LULU CLOGS together with a pair of distressed jeans by D&G, a lace top by STELLA MCCARTNEY and a suede jacket by GUCCI.

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Painted Ladies

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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

Kids and the City

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Bracelets, preferably many different ones worn together, are absolute must-haves. Celebs like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Ritchie do not leave the house without being heavily armed. If you dream of stacking it like the stars, visit Nina and her Kids and the City shop. The charming mother of two sells a huge variety of those It-pieces.

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Bracelet "Biscuit" CHF 79.-

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Kids CHF 69.-

Charm Bracelets, CHF 79.-

Charm Bracelets, CHF 79.-



Elastic Bracelets, CHF 79.- each

Elastic Bracelets, CHF 79.- each









Sautoir "Biscuit" CHF 235.-

Sautoir "Biscuit" CHF 235.-


Sautoir "Medailles", from CHF 400.-

Sautoir "Medailles", from CHF 400.-







If you are looking for the perfect little special gift, Kids and the City is definitely the place to go. Most pieces can be personalized like the engraved medals “sautoirs” , passport covers or hand painted Swedish clogs for Mums and their little ones. I love to order my gifts for newborn babies at Nina`s.


Clogs

Clogs, CHF 115.-/160.-

Personalized Bags

Personalized Bags, CHF 59.-









Necklace, CHF 95.- per engraved pendant

Necklace, CHF 95.- per engraved pendant

Bows, small CHF 8.-, big CHF 10.-, Headpiece CHF 10.-

Bows, CHF 8.-/10.-, Hairpieces CHF 10.-









Scarfs by TANK, CHF 510.-

Scarfs by TANK, CHF 510.-

Personalized Baby Cushions

Personalized Baby Cushions, CHF 75.-









Passport Covers, CHF 54.-

Passport Covers, CHF 54.-

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact Nina at or +41 79 7683723. In case you are living in the Zurich area, you are more than welcome to visit her next week on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th of May from 10am – 6pm (or by appointment) as she is having a special “May Shopping Spree” on those days. Her address is Breitackerstr. 4, 8702 Zollikon. See you there!

LoL, Sandra

Photos:© Sandra Bauknecht


Chanel’s Iconic 2.55 and 5 O`Clogs

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After my last Tuesday post, I have received so many e-mails from you asking me about my XXL Chanel bag that I wore on one of the photos.

XXL2-55The very large version of Chanel`s iconic 2.55 bag was presented last F/W 2009/10 for the first time in black vernis leather and was spotted immediately on stylist Rachel Zoe. For S/S 2010 the oversized model has appeared once more in grey denim but only a very limited number was produced. I am totally in love with this bag. It gives me a this “Alice in Wonderland” feeling being so big compared to my stature.

The story behind the legendary bag that has always been en vogue is magical. The 2.55 takes its name from the month and year when it was launched by Coco Chanel: February 1955. Her idea was to create a shoulder bag to free up her hands. The traditional hand-held bags were simply no longer practical. Therefore her introduction of the chain strap revolutionized fashion of its time.

In 2005, in celebration of the 2.55`s 50th anniversary,  Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel`s designer since 1983) revived the bag exactly as Coco Chanel had made it and launched the Reissue. As a new member of the traditional Chanel 2.55 family, the updated version has got a turn clasp (Chanel term: Mademoiselle Lock) instead of the classic interlocking CC closure introduced in the `80s (Chanel term: Classic Flap) and a chain strap without the interwoven leather accent. Both variations are available each season in many different ways.

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2.55 with Classic Flap

 

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CIMG5090Interesting to know is that the bag arrives folded into the stores and can be packed like this for travelling which makes it very convenient (see photo to the left). It is said that Karl Lagerfeld found one of Coco`s previous 2.55 models on a shelf, squeezed together between some books. As the shape of the bag was still in perfect condition, he has adopted that idea for his relaunch.

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In case those bags are appealing to you, go to the nearest Chanel store and have a look. If you are there, please do not miss out this summer`s It- shoes:
Chanel`s “5 O`clogs” (love that name) are the hottest ones of all.

To me, Coco Chanel deserves the Nobel Prize post mortem. We owe her the LBD (Little Black Dress), stretch materials, pants and the chain strap. By banishing the corsets, she has been the pioneer of modern wearable womenswear. Thanks, Coco!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and via missylovely

Miu Miu`s S/S 2010 Advertising Campaign

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Have a look at Miu Miu`s new S/S 2010 advertising campaign shot in London by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. I love this fine line between the childlike and the womanly that is also evoked by the collection itself.

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On the one hand sheer, body-conscious, even naked looks and on the other hand romantic, young aspects created by crystal embroideries and graphic prints with little dogs, cats, swallows and flowers. The accessories are extremely beautiful, to me the platform shoes in particular.

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The American model Lindsey Wixon was the perfect choice for the advertising campaign. She has that perfect combination of power and vulnerability. The sixteen-year-old was rejected by several casting directors before signing the contract with Marilyn. The agency had a good eye. After the opening slot at the Prada show in Milan and the presentation of the last look on the Miu Miu runway in Paris, she has become the new shooting star. Her signature feature is her sweet very tiny mouth with incredibly full lips. We will see her in a lot of editorials in the near future.

For my Swiss readers, I recommend a visit to the new Miu Miu shops in Zurich and St. Moritz. Have fun exploring this beautiful collection!

LoL, Sandra

Accessory Report S/S 2010: Around the Clog

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Another trend originally imposed by Hippies in the 70s celebrates its come back in a very chic way: Clogs! So many different luxury versions were seen, in linen, printed canvas (Miu Miu) or more sophisticated in suede (Louis Vuitton), some even with a Japanese attitude in studded leather (Céline).

Karl Lagerfeld`s sample for Chanel with wooden high heels is an amazing modern take on the Dutch classics and my favourite as I adore the touch of Bavarian folly very much! I cannot wait to hear the sound of clogs tapping on the asphalt of the streets waking up early summer.

LoL, Sandra

A Barnyard Spectacle: Chanel S/S 2010

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A modern take on Marie Antoinette in Versailles and a tribute to the milkmaids in the Alpine countries, that is how I would like to describe Karl Lagerfeld`s Chanel runway show for S/S 2010. A harvest of everything, dirndl meets Chanel tweeds– only Lagerfeld can manage to take you elegantly to the country, inventing a new and younger style for the fashion house.

The collection has been amazingly balanced between classic elements like those signature chains plus Chanel-famous little jackets with contrasting edges and current season tendencies like rough textures, transparency, lace and wodden clogs. The look is fresher than ever and Lily Allen performing on a hoedown platform was the perfect addition to the barnyard spectacle.

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Stay tuned and find out more in the next days about all the different trends at Chanel!

LoL, Sandra