Splurge vs. Steal: Party Dresses

Holiday season is over but we all want the party never to stop. Depending on your budget, here are really amazing pieces to include some iconic classics as well as some new trends into your wardrobe. Decide for yourself if you want to go splurge or steal.

LoL, Sandra

Inject your wardrobe with this season’s must-have hue and shop one these cocktail dresses, both with a deep V-neck, front closure and in a deep emerald hue.

Splurge (left): Iconic Karolina crystal velvet mini dress by The Attico (my favorite! – the cut and the embellishments are divine, good news is that it is marked 40% off)
Steal (right): Isabella floral-jacquard mini dress by Rat & Boa

The perfect artsy dress for your next art gallery opening or museum reception, sophisticated and stylish in one.

Splurge (left): Lovers-print silk-georgette dress by Valentino (marked off 40%)
iconSteal (right): Statue-print dress by Zara (marked off 65%)
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Polka-dot prints were making waves on the S/S 2020 runways. Get ahead of the style game and order your gown for your next black tie gala.

Splurge (left): Tiered polka-dot organza gown by Carolina Herrera
iconSteal (right): Antonia polka-dot off-the-shoulder dress by Rat & Boa

Animal prints have become a fix wardrobe staple with leopard leading the way. Go for the iconic Dolce print if your budget allows it.

Splurge (left): Leopard-print silk-blend midi dress by Dolce & Gabbana (the original one is now marked down 40%)
iconSteal (right): Ruched leopard-print stretch-mesh mini dress by Ganni

The LBD is always a great alternative for party dressing. Trending now are cuts that play off the traditional elements of a tailored blazer such as pockets and embellished buttons.

Splurge (left): Double-breasted wool blazer dress by Balmain
iconSteal (right): Dress with jewel buttons by Zara (marked off 40%)
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Stills: Courtesy of the Brands, Collages: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Happy New Year

Happy 2020 to everyone! I hope that the new year will be the best year of your life. May all your dreams come true and all your hopes be fulfilled! For me, 2020 has started fantastically as I got engaged at midnight at the Gstaad Palace. A new decade has begun … may it be as amazing as it started.

My look: Red sequined long dressicon, rhinestone-embellished faux-pearl necklaceicon, and white fox fur stoleicon, all by Dolce & Gabbana, champagne cross-body bagicon by Moschino, and laser-cut leather and suede platform sandalsicon by Alaïa.

LoL, Sandra


Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: #IMACHRISTMASTREE

Leave a little sparkle wherever you go. I love the festive season and cannot get enough of my Christmassy outfits. Much love to everyone!

My look: Red and white cashmere cardigan and Chanel 19 waist bag, both by CHANEL, printed Christmas T-shirt, Christmas ornament sandals and Christmas tree earrings, all by Dolce & Gabbana, and Jumpy ruffled leather skinny pants by Isabel Marant.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
Thank you to The Dolder Grand for the hospitality.

My Look: Merry Dolce Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you – may pace, love and laughter surround you all this holiday season. Needless to say, I wish you the most fashionable festivity ever. I am wearing a head to toe Dolce & Gabbana look because Christmas is too sparkly, said no one ever.

My look: Tulle bustier top, flounce skirt in tulle, Christmas ornament sandals, Christmas tree earrings, all by Dolce & Gabbana and vintage bow clutch with red sequins by Valentino.

The photos were taken at the beautiful The Dolder Grand in Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
#doldermoments

Shopping Paradise: Outletcity Metzingen

In the end of last month, when I attended the opening of the BOSS flagship outlet (for the previous post, please click here), I told you already a little bit about the OUTLETCITY METZINGEN in Germany, located close to the city of Stuttgart. High end brands such as BreitlingBurberry, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Valentino, Missoni and soon also Moschino and Alberta Ferretti can be found here alongside many others for a great price. Personally speaking, some of the stores look better and are bigger than in Zurich…

Just opened on September 26, 2019: Fendi at OULETCITY METZINGEN.

Superlative is the magic word when you want to talk about this shopping village that stands for one thing above all else: the exciting combination of supposed contrasts. If you appreciate unusual and exclusive shopping experiences for a great budget, this will be your new shopping destination. At OUTLETCITY METZINGEN, you can immerse yourself in a world of exclusive brands in an authentic inner-city atmosphere within award-winning architecture and take advantage of discounts of up to 70% all year round. Whether you want high fashion or outdoor clothing, exclusive It-pieces or just the thing for the whole family, the outlet’s wide range of premium and luxury brands makes it easy for you to find exactly what you need.

Award-winning architecture at OULETCITY METZINGEN makes you feel visiting an amazing US mall.

This weekend would be a great opportunity to visit one of Europe’s most popular outlets as OUTLETCITY METZINGEN is celebrating in a big way on October 11 and 12, 2019. The so-called FASHION CITY EVENT offers special highlights, great promotions, shopping on Friday until midnight and the start of the outlet’s own club for customers. The different celebrations seek inspiration from shopping metropoles such New York, Paris, Milan or Shanghai. Sightseeing from a new perspective – all dedicated to fashion – and for a great budget! Enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

Inside the Gucci outlet store.

Inside the new Valentino outlet store.

Don’t miss the gigantic Prada outlet store on two levels.

Welcome to Jimmy Choo at OULETCITY METZINGEN.

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Sandals That Are Definitely Not For The Shy

I am such a summer girl and I am always sad when the cold season is knocking at the door. Especially as I love wearing sandals. The dainty, super statement sandal has reigned as one of the most popular shoes of the summer, as seen on celebrities and street style stars who embraced the eye-catching look. Great news is that this fall the transition is easy and it’s not time yet to leave your high heel sandals behind as there are so many beautiful options to get you through fall.

LoL, Sandra

Metallic textured leather-trimmed suede sandals by Prada

iconEve crystal-embellished metallic lizard-effect leather sandalsicon by Attico

Crystal-embellished mesh and suede sandals by René Caovilla

Floral-appliquéd metallic leather sandals by Dolce & Gabbana
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Swarovski crystal-embellished leather sandals by Prada
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100 crystal-embellished metallic leather sandalsicon by Gianvito Rossi

Marie Edwina 100 feather-trimmed satin and PVC sandalsicon by Christian Louboutin

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

The Ruched Belt


It’s the ruching on those leather belts that gives them a vintage charm without losing sight of the respective brand’s leatherworking history. The finishing touch on so many of the latest runway pieces, it is the perfect way to temper a billowing dress or oversized blazer. Use it to define the waist for a smart occasion, the choice of the buckle is all yours…

LoL, Sandra

Green ruched leather belt by Gucci


iconBlack ruched leather belt by Gucci


iconWhite ruched leather belt by Bottega Veneta


iconBlack ruched leather belt by Bottega Veneta

White ruched leather belt by CHANEL


Gold ruched leather belt by CHANEL

Black ruched leather belt by CHANEL

Black ruched leather belt by CHANEL

Black ruched leather belt by Dolce & Gabbana

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands
Photo in the collage: © David Biedert Photography 
(For the complete outfit post, click here please).
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My Look: Orchid Print

Summer florals are nothing new in fashion, but this year one particular flower is taking over: the orchid. I have fallen in love with Zimmermann‘s flourishing, vibrant interpretation.
Enjoy this trend in full bloom.

My look: Corsage orchid-print linen-blend midi dressicon by Zimmermann, embellished lace-up suede pumps by Dolce & Gabbana, Nina leather tote in cognac by Gabriela Hearst, large butterfly sunglasses by Pradabracelets by ChanelTortue 18-karat rose gold, alligator and diamond watch by Cartier, Diorette ring and earrings, both by Dior Haute Joaillerie.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Dolce & Gabbana Dolls

Little masterpieces, wearing miniature versions from the children’s collection, designed with passion and devotion, these four new DOLCE & GABBANA dolls become the perfect mini me!

Acting as an inspiration to make the little ones dream and play, the charm of these little dolls will involve even mothers in their magical appeal.

Available to pre-order online or in selected DOLCE & GABBANA boutiques: New York Madison Avenue, Milan Corso Venezia 7, London Harrods, Hong Kong Terminal, Monte Carlo, Marbella Puerto Banus, Paris Les Galeries Lafayette.

Which one is your favorite? I adore them all…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Dolce & Gabbana #DGDolls

My Look: The Weekend Read

Here is your weekend read straight from the pool where I am enjoying the beautiful weather wearing those new and beautiful pieces.

My look: Paisley-print cotton-terry toweliconprinted canvas turbanicon, gold-tone crystal earrings and gold-tone crystal cufficon, all by Etro, leopard-print wrap bikini top and matching leopard-print bikini briefs, both by Stella McCartneygold-tone body chainicon by ChloéPompom-embellished leather flat sandals by Dolce & Gabbana, sunglasses by Chanel, and woven basket bag «Cannes» edition by Miu Miu.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht