Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2014

Chicago is, hands down, the best place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, outside of Ireland. As most of you know, I had lived in the Windy City for two years before I moved to Zurich and always loved seeing the Chicago River dyed in a brilliant shade of green (a tradition that dates back to 1962). A great inspiration for today’s post.

Are you in the mood to leave all others green with envy? Here you go, indulge in this great outfit in the must-have hues for St. Paddy’s Day.

Get the look: Emerald green one-shoulder ruffled crepe gown by LanvinAmazon cutout suede sandals iconby Aquazzuracrystal-embellished satin shoulder bagicon by Burberry and gold-plated, crystal and resin clip earrings iconby Kenneth Jay Lane.

Looking at the photos below from yesterday’s dyeing festivities makes me really miss Chicago and my friends there…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

F/W 2013: Asian Exoticism

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The influence of Asian exoticism has inspired fashion designers over decades. This season is no different from previous ones. For F/W 2013, the combination of oriental prints and modern outfits has been spotted on the runways. Below are some of my favourite pieces available now. The background photos were taken during my recent trip through China in Guilin.

Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace Asia FW 2013

Beaded resin and gold-plated necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane

Mary Katrantzou FW 2013 Asia

Fawi wandering river strapless dressicon by Mary Katrantzou

Balmain Top FW2013 Asia

Embellished tank top with Asian garden print iconby Balmain

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via style.com and © Sandra Bauknecht

Rest in Peace Margaret Thatcher

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Sorry for bringing you bad news twice today, first we have heard that Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau’s passed away at 81 yesterday and it has been announced that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died this morning peacefully following a stroke. She was 87 years old.

The Iron Lady was not only an outstanding politician, but also a fashion icon. On both sides of the Atlantic, Maggie Thatcher is being considered as the originator of the power look for women. She opted for tailored skirt suits and pussycat bows. One of her clever tricks to show power was funnily enough that she never wore pants. Her signature pearls, shoulder pads (to stand literally “shoulder to shoulder” with men), handbags, and royal blue hues were a sign of control. Throughout her career, she turned her looks into POWER DRESSING!

Let’s honour her with this look inspired by her: Iris wool-twill blazer and matching Alyssa pencil skirt, both by Stella McCartney, polka-dot silk-twill pussy-bow blouse iconby Saint LaurentAmelia patent-leather pumpsicon by Jimmy Choo, croc-effect and textured-leather bag by Lanvin and multi-strand pearl necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane.

R.I.P. Maggie Thatcher!

LoL, Sandra

S/S 2012: Vintage Inspired Accessories

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A great way to work the ’20s trend is to add some vintage inspired accessories
Here are some of the hottest ones available at the moment:

Satin-lined perforated box clutch iconby Stella McCartney
Beachbreak gold and silver-plated diamanté earrings iconby Lulu Frost
Feather bolero iconby Ralph Lauren Collection
Silver-plated crystal cufficon by Kenneth Jay Lane
5 Silver-plated crystal earrings iconby Kenneth Jay Lane
Swarovski crystal suede belt iconby Gucci
7 Koko metallic leather and suede sandals by Jimmy Choo
Constance leather clutch by Jason Wu

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

What to Wear on New Year’s Eve 2012

What to Wear for New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve calls for a fabulous outfit and you still have some days left to shop! 
The sparkling shade of gold has party splendour. It is a flattering hue for every skin tone. Add embellishments, big-cat printsvivid bold colours and statement accessories – and let glamour be your talisman!

Here are some shopping suggestions:

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This look works best for a fun beach party or a night at a fancy club!

Metallic gold ruched bandeau beach dress by LanvinDolly metallic leather slingback pumps by Charlotte Olympialeopard-print calf hair clutch by Valentino and lace 18-karat gold-vermeil earrings by Monica Vinader.

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Looking stylish for a New Year’s Eve dinner party at a friend’s house or a fancy restaurant!

Darya hammered-silk wrap-effect dress by Tory Burch, Harper suede platform pumps by Rupert Sanderson, Marano glitter clutch by Anya Hindmarch, oversized beaded clip earrings iconand Swarovski crystal cocktail ring, both by Kenneth Jay Lane.

Kiss Me at MidnightAnd last but not least, the perfect outfit for a romantic New Year’s Eve celebration!

Asymmetric lace dress iconby Stella McCartney,Vamp glitter platform sandals and Cayla glitter-finish clutch, both iconby Jimmy ChooGold-plated and leather cuff by Gucci.

LoL, Sandra

Lots of Love on Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear readers!  Today is the perfect day to express your love. And what a lovely way to show your affection with an outfit that says: „I love you and want to look beautiful for you!“

Sweater (photo left) by Wildfox, red dress and coat, both by Giambattista Valli, stingray-heel Tribute sandals by Yves Saint Laurent, bag by Valentino, bracelet by Louis Vuitton and ring by Max and Chloé.

LoL, Sandra

My Dream Advent Calendar

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If I wished for an advent calendar, I would dream of one filled with beautiful fashion jewelry (I don’t want to seem too demanding, so fantasy pieces are fine).
Dear Santa and dearest Hubby, please find below my list for the fillings, all available at net-à-porter (just click on the designer):

1 Lizard and python cuff by Lanvin
2 Gold-plated cuff by Philippe Audibert
3 Silver-plated feather brooch by Erickson Beamon
4 Leather and brass-studded cuff by Burberry Prorsum
5 Swarovski crystal earrings by Erickson Beamon
6 Cage 22-karat rose gold-plated ring by Dominic Jones
7 22-karat gold beaded earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane
8 Arty enamel ring by Yves Saint Laurent
9 Crystal ring by Lanvin
10 Set of two gold-tone bird rings by Marc by Marc Jacobs
11 22-karat gold-plated coral-inspired necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane
12 Lips lacquered sterling silver ring by Solange Azagury-Partridge
13 22-karat gold-plated leaf hoop earrings by Alex Monroe
14 Chest plate by Falconiere
15 Midnight lace Swarovski crystal bracelet by Erickson Beamon
16 Bow-embellished chain necklace by Marc by Marc Jacobs
17 Star-embellished leather bracelet by Oscar de la Renta
18 Pink faux-petal pompoms earrings by Marni
19 Pink chronograph watch by Michael Kors
20 Swarovski crystal brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane
21 Duchess of Fabulous Swarovski crystal ring by Erickson Beamon
22 Turquoise and coral crystal brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane
23 Deco Blanc 24-karat gold-plated necklace by Bijoux Heart
24 Mother-of-pearl charm bracelet by Aurélie Bidermann

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To keep all my treasures safe, I would wish for the gorgeous leather jewelry box by Smythson in hot pink. With a removable drawer and multiple compartments, this love-forever piece would make a beautiful addition to my dressing table.

Fellow fashionistas, let’s start dreaming…

LoL, Sandra

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