Minaudière – Beauty At Hand

Minaudière

A minaudière is a a great substitute for an evening bag, generally considered a jewelry piece. It’s an easy way to look chic and glamorous and to vamp up a cocktail dress.

Here are the most head-turning clutches to spice up your look:

Jean Watermelon pearl-effect box clutch by Edie Parker
Let It Shine Pandora embellished glittered Perspex clutch iconby Charlotte Olympia
Lily embellished mesh box clutch iconby Marchesa
Love Swarovski crystal-embellished box clutch iconby Sylvia Toledano
Morley patterned raffia box clutchicon by Kotur
Diagonal Minaudière leather clutch iconby Saint Laurent

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the brands

Written in the Stars

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Can you tell a woman’s star sign by her shoes or bag? The answer is yes with Charlotte Olympia’s cosmic collection. Find your soul mate in those uber-cute zodiac charms.

TO SHOP CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA’S COSMIC COLLECTION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
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If you sign hasn’t arrived yet, check back in a few days. In case that you are interested in fashion astrology, have a look at this previous post. For an interview with the amazing designer, click here.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

Want to Walk in Her Shoes & Carry Her Bags

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Cordwainers graduate Charlotte Dellal launched her footwear label Charlotte Olympia, in 2006. Since then the quirky-cool collections have proved to be a must-have for style-setters worldwide. Look for high-voltage hues, texture-rich finishes and towering platforms. I just want to walk in her shoes and carry her bags! Personally speaking, there is nothing more beautiful on the market at the moment for me. If you are interested to get to know Charlotte more, click here for a previous interview I did with her.

SHOP CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA AT NET-À-PORTER, MYTHERESA AND MATCHES.

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My favorites are those Dolly platform pumps with detachable ruffled anklets

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and those Luna suede and metallic trimmed pumps.

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And these Bruce crepe-covered leather sandalsicon are definitely on my wish list, too!

LoL, Sandra

Diego Dolcini S/S 2012

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Needing little introduction, Diego Dolcini is a purveyor and creator of some of the finest shoes in the world. Having worked with Emilio Pucci, Bulgari, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana to name just a few, Dolcini knows the beauty of high-quality, high-fashion shoes.

Launched in 1994, the company currently operates out of Italy and references art, cinema and architecture as design influences. The end result no matter what, is always strikingly beautiful.

To shop Diego Dolcini’s beautiful S/S 2012 collection, click here.

LoL, Sandra

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Enjoy some of Diego Dolcinci’s best S/S 2012 pieces below:

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Photos: Courtesy of Diego Dolcini and © Sandra Bauknecht

Blake Lively on the Set of Gossip Girl

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When I came across those photos of Blake Lively last week on the set of Gossip Girl, I fell immediately in love with the colour combination of her aqua blue clutch by Emily Cho, the yellow of her bi-colour trenchoaticon by Reed Krakoff (S/S 2012 collection) and the pale pink of her pumps by Rupert Sanderson.

Bag Fight

What do you think? Isn’t the Emily Cho clutch a little too similiar to the iconic folded-over style of the one made by Alexander McQueenicon?! And the prices are pretty much the same.
Which one would you buy? I would definitely go for De Manta clutch by McQueen…

LoL, Sandra

Photos of Blake Lively via Zimbio

My Best Friend’s Wedding

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A dear subscriber of Sandra`s Closet asked for help. She is going to a wedding which will take place in a beautiful garden of a winery in Napa, California and wants to look stunning. Her request was that the outfit should be around $1000.- max.

I put some gorgeous styles together in different colour combinations. Let’s start with something classy in beige and gold for approximately $800.-. Contrast the polished look with a pair of cut-out booties and a hat for an über-stylish statement. (Dress by Karen Millen).

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Soft pink is an exquisite colour to wear for a wedding party. The shift dress by D&G Dolce & Gabbana is a fabulously feminine choice. Complement the delicate pastel tone with suede pumps and a golden clutch.
The pochette by Anya Hindmarch is a little pricey at 525.- but an investment piece for many occassions to come.
I totally adore the hat clip for only $10.-. This modern and stylish take on the traditional wedding accessory will make you stand out of the crowd.

Wedding 2

A contemporary choice for day and night is this purple halterneck dress for $355.- by Halston Heritage. The brand carries a lot of gorgeous dresses for less money.
Cinch this sculpted style at the waist with the self-tie belt and wear it with understated jewelry and strappy sandals for first class cocktail chic. A feather hair clip for only $27.- could give you that Blair Waldorf attitude. The whole outfit is $745.-. You can add a stylish leopard cardigan for $350.- if it gets chilly.

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I love this vibrant asymmetric dress by Halston Heritage. The bright hue will look awesome on brunettes and dark haired ladies. Sharpen the playful rose detail with stunning lace booties and a beaded clutch. Bangles are always a fabulous finish. The complete look is without the jewelry around $850.-.

But careful, it is hard not to steal the show in those gorgeous outfits.
To a great wedding party!

LoL, Sandra

The Most Fashionable Book Club Ever

pKSLCI1-7956585_kspr03_enh-z6Welcome to the most fashionable book-of-the-month club ever! Coming out this August, Kate Spade puts a new spin on the book club idea by turning vintage book covers into adorable clutch bags. Retailing for $325.-, one “new” book will debut every month including The Great Gatsby, Emma, The Importance of Being Earnest, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.

Very sophisticated, very collectible and very brunch, these clutches will make you look so intellectual and they are also perfect for interior decoration.

Required reading for fashionistas!

LoL, Sandra

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Coccinelle Kostas Murkudis


Coccinelle is involved in an interesting new collaboration with Berlin based designer Kostas Murkudis, who is interpreting the brand anew with his uncompromising urban style.

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In three themes that evolved Murkudis, who had worked with Helmut Lang for seven years, thoroughly explores the full potential of leather. He drew inspiration from wrapped Japanese boxes, motorcycling clothing and by riveting the material with studs, he refers to aviation. Of all ten creations that are in the price range between €200– €600, my absolute favourites are the clutches:

 

Heathrow in green

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Heathrow in brown

Heathrow in brown

 

Kyoto in black

Kyoto in black

 

Kyoto in gold

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The bags will be in stores end of July and can be ordered online at www.coccinelle.com and at www.andreasmurkudis.net, the amazing concept store of the designer`s brother. I truly recommend having a look at it.

LoL, Sandra