The Babouche Is the It-Shoe of 2016

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A new trend, yet so old. The traditional Moroccan slippers has taken the runways. So it’s without a doubt that the pointed-toe babouche is the new It-shoe of 2016. Shown in Céline’s Resort 2016 and already in many other Pre-fall 2016 collections, the style comes with an elongated toe and easily slips on.

Worn by the French nobility in the 16th century, as well as by bedouins, this traditional footwear can still be found today in many North African markets in bright colors with ornaments and embellishments. So it might be worth investing in a quick trip to Morocco.

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The must-have version is Céline‘s babouche slipper with a single buckled strap across the neck of the foot. In stores now for CHF 660.00.

Or choose from this amazing selection below:

Babouche

1 Jacno leather slippers by Pierre Hardy
2 Sabine suede and leather slippersicon by Rag & Bone
3 Lynda embellished slippers by Oscar de la Renta
4 Embellished raffia-trimmed leather slippers iconby Toga
Louie leather slippersicon by 3.1 Phillip Lim
6 Horsebit-detailed goat hair slippersicon by Gucci
7 Tian Princetown horsebit-detailed printed coated canvas slippers by Gucci
icon8 Embellished velvet slippers by Dolce & Gabbana
9 Chips embellished satin slippers by Roger Vivier

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Love at First Swipe

New Shoes and Bags

Ladies, it is definitely time to get some new shoes and bags for the summer. This season, it will be hard to choose as the selection is huge.

As a little Valentine’s Day surprise in advance, I have an amazing offer for you, valid for two days (13-14 Feb 2014) only! You can earn a Gift Card up to $700 when you shop SHOES & HANDBAGS at Saks Fifth Avenue icononline. Use code SANDHB14 at checkout.

Spend $250 – $499 and get a $35 Gift Card
Spend $500 – $999 and get a $75 Gift Card
Spend $1,000 – $1,999 and get a $150 Gift Card
Spend $2,000 – $2,999 and get a $450 Gift Card
Spend $3,000+ and get a $700 Gift Card

Bags and shoes S:S2014

Here are some of the most wanted S/S 2014 pieces available to shop or to pre-order:

1 Patent Leather Cat-Print Mary Jane Ballet Flats iconby Miu Miu
Shaggy Deer Pale Blue Camo Backpackicon by Stella McCartney
Embroidered Mesh Ankle Boots iconby Valentino
Makeup Face-Printed Saffiano Tote iconby Prada
Zig Zag Crystal Pumps iconby Nicholas Kirkwood
Louis Woman Studded Leather Wedge Sneakers by Christian Louboutin
Small Striped Sac De Jour Tote iconby Saint Laurent
Leather & Striped Snakeskin Ankle-Strap Sandals iconby Pierre Hardy

LoL, Sandra

Pierre Hardy for Nars

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In a bold new collection for NARS, designer Pierre Hardy brings his fresh color palette to the iconic beauty brand. Inspired by his S/S 2013 shoe collection, Hardy’s offering includes six color-forward nail polish pairings and two richly-hued blushes.

Nail polish duos come housed in a small shoebox with dust bag (a nod to Hardy’s own footwear packaging), while the high voltage blush palettes go graphic with shimmering gold overspray of the designer’s signature cubic print.

nars_pierre_hardy_polishNAIL POLISHES

ETHNO RUN orange, navy
SHARPLINES peach, burgundy
VERTEBRA coral, dusty rose
EASY WALKING rose gold, camel
SHARKS yellow, lavender
VENOMOUS  gunmetal, black (exclusive to NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com)

Nail Polish Pairs CHF 49.00 each

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BLUSHES

ROTONDE tiger lily
BOYS DON’T CRY pink grapefruit

Blush Palettes CHF 68.00 each

The NARS Pierre Hardy collection will be available on May 1, 2013.

There is no denying that this NARS designer collaboration is amazing. Graphic prints and sculptural designs are Pierre Hardy’s forté.

Cuff_Pierre_HardyWouldn’t his iconic rose gold-plated 3D cuff iconcomplement your new manicure perfectly?

TO SHOP PIERRE HARDY SHOES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Nars and Pierre Hardy
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New Year, New You

NewYear,NewYou

New Year, New You! Have you lived up to your new year’s resolution? I am sure that most of you have, after four weeks have passed, already forgotten about their good intentions. But time flies and summer is approaching fast. So better start now getting in shape.

How to get started:

1. Get a stylish outfit to exercise that makes you feel good so that you want to work out.

Two-tone cotton-jersey hooded topmesh-trimmed animal-print stretch tankiconrun mesh-trimmed animal-print stretch leggingsembossed yoga mat, all by Adidas by Stella McCartney and leather wedge sneakers by Pierre Hardy.

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2. Find a sport or a studio that suits your personal needs best.

I try to work out at least 4-5 times a week when I am at home. When I am travelling, I exercise less in general. My favourite places in Zurich:
BALLET: Jeannette Steiner Ballettschule Küsnacht
PILATES: Karolina Schmid Pilates Personal Training
YOGA: Vasili Vlachos Iyengar Yoga Center

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3. For toned thighs and skin, it is best to complement your workout with the right body care: Celluli Eraser by Biotherm.

This slimming gel works efficiently on two levels to visibly reduce cellulite from 14 days and deliver long-lasting results with the help of marine-derived active ingredients, red Coralline algae extract and pure caffeine, providing a double-effect against cellulite and fat formation. The formula’s refreshing frozen film texture gives skin a feeling of fresh vitality. Apply daily in circular movements on targeted areas. Available in Switzerland from February 2013 for CHF 58.00.

Purelosophy_drinks4. It goes without saying that a healthy lifestyle is essential to look your best.

Healthy nutrition helps you to maintain the natural balance and energy flow throughout our physical and mental body. Purelosophy drinks are designed to engage your senses, offering different blends of fresh natural fruit and gentle herbal tastes. A welcome change, a great and healthy treat.

Purelosophy is totally natural. The drinks are not carbonated, which is easier on digestion. Refined sweeteners are avoided that could lead to metabolic (“calorie counting”) and gastrointestinal disturbances. The sweetness comes naturally from fruit juices and fruit sugars. Purelosophy drinks are gently pasteurised to preserve taste and freshness for a long time.

Purelosophy is available online for CHF 3.00 (250 ml) and around the world, including famous places such as Confiserie Sprüngli Zürich, Badrutt’s Palace St.Moritz, Le Byblos St. Tropez, Shangri-La Paris, Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Los Angeles and Mandarin Oriental Singapore, among many others.

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5. Cleanse, purify, detox your body from time to time!

Women want to have a perfect body, and therefore maintain constant pursuit of all kinds of light. Detoxification is always a very effective process to eliminate all the negative effects on our body from the environment, such as industrial chemicals, pesticides, additives in our foods, secondary smoke, pollutants, or heavy metals. Nowadays, internal detoxification should be adopted to keep your body systems in pristine condition.

Christina van der Schaar, founder of Holistic Health in Zurich, helps you find simple ways to eliminate toxins from your body with different sorts of detox programs, short-term or long-term, from 24-hour juice fasting for a radiance boost to long-term nutrition counseling. During the program, she comes home to you and delivers you what you need on a daily basis. I have to admit that I have never done such a detox program but I feel that it is time. Holistic Health has convinced me and once I get started, I will journalize my experiences here.

To a New You and Me!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the brands

More Neon

Most Wanted Neon

With this cold weather outside, I just can’t get enough of spring’s vibrant bold colours. I am absolutely crazy for this neon lace-sleeve wool-blend crepe dress iconby Christopher Kane. It is such a great investment piece that you could wear for many different occasions.

Work the neon trend by adding the studded neon pink leather pumps iconby McQ Alexander McQueen and the contrast leather-trimmed neoprene clutch iconby Pierre Hardy. This is colour blocking par excellence.

Most Wanted

You can achieve a completely new look just by changing the accessories. Here are some ideas how to combine the gorgeous dress:

1 CONCERT IN THE PARK
Frayed tweed shoulder bag iconby Miu Miu and leather and crochet-knit platform sandals iconby Missoni.

2 SUMMER NIGHT 
Leather and woven straw charm bag iconby Lanvin and python pumps by Alexandre Birman.

3 FIRST DATE
Happicolo leather shoulder bag iconby Lanvin and colour-block patent-leather sandals iconby Giuseppe Zanotti.

4 COCKTAIL PARTY
Sweet Charity python and leather shoulder bag iconby Christian Louboutin and Claudia embroidered suede pumps iconby Brian Atwood.

5 LADIES LUNCH
Madeleine patent-leather duffle bag iconby Chloé and Yolanda 100 patent-leather pumps by Christian Louboutin.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandraicon

Trend Alert Resort 2012: Neon

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OMG… it feels like in the 80’s! The crazy colours are back. Resort 2012 is full of neon brights with acid rainbow prints at Christopher Kane to elegant shift dresses at Michael Kors.

From fluorescent pinks to electrifying neon-greens here are the hottest pieces to wear this season. My suggestion: Team neon pieces with neutral hues or classic shades such as camel. Another way to work the trend is to add a bold accessory or some statement neon heels.

LoL, Sandra

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1 Neon-pink stretch wool-crepe dress iconby Michael Kors
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Neon-yellow jersey T-shirt iconby Christopher Kane
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Rainbow cotton and silk-blend dress iconby Christopher Kane

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Poncho-effect cashmere sweater iconby Michael Kors
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Neon-green stretch wool-crepe dress iconby Michael Kors
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Neon wool-blend crepe biker jacket iconby Christopher Kane
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Printed modal and cashmere-blend scarf iconby Christopher Kane
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Neon-green tweed mini skirt iconby Lanvin

Neon 3

1 Neon-clasp python belt iconby Roberto Cavalli
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Neon-orange python box clutch iconby Emilio Pucci
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PS1 neon leather tote iconby Proenza Schouler
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Python-effect neon-yellow leather waist belt iconby Marc by Marc Jacobs
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Neon-pink neoprene and patent-leather sandals iconby Pierre Hardy
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Bob’s Memphis two-tone leather shoulder bag iconby Marc by Marc Jacobs
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Messenger patent-trimmed leather tote iconby Jason Wu
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Alima neon patent-leather pumps iconby Brian Atwood

A Perfect Trio: Silver, White and Blue

Balmain Trio Silver White Blue

I am in love with this outfit. The cropped metallic leather motocross pants by Balmain look so cool with a white tank top iconand the ivory wool tuxedo jacket. Opposite to the French house’s runway look, I would add an eyecatching pair of shoes in blue and match my nails. Make an unforgettable impression with a bold clutch like this appliquéd metallic leather one by Miu Miu.

Get the look by clicking on the links below, happy shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Shoe Special S/S 2011: Wedges & Flatforms

Wedges & Flatforms

Chunky heels and wedges, this is what the summer 2011 is all about . Being more comfortable than high heels (especially if you live like me in a city plastered with cobblestones) and giving you a more casual and effortless look, those shoes will be surely bestsellers.

Enjoy those creations for this summer that are bold, daring and definitely different.

Wedge Resort SS2011

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Flatforms

The footwear innovation for S/S 2011 is the flatform – a ballet flat elevated on a high platform heel, that gives you extra hight. Kind of reminiscent of summer espandrilles, but only higher. Designers are loving them at the moment.
And what about you? Are you a brick-like shoe lover?

LoL, Sandra

Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds

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Feathers are a trend that seems to be always there. For F/W 2010 designers showed that fine feathers make fine birds. From beautiful marabou plumes to ostrich feathers, the creations were versatile. Being dressed in full feathers stands for a certain glamourous allure.
So Ladies, start looking for your feathers of prey:

Feathers Balmain

A marabou jacket or cape is a piece for eternity. It adds the right amount of sophistication to every evening outfit or ball gown. I especially adore the ones from Balmain this season and would opt for a colourful piece.

Feathers Gucci

The Gucci dress from the F/W 2010 runway collection is a smart choice as it comes with a removable feather-trimmed bolero.

Bird Feathers

In case you do not like to ruffle your feathers, I recommend a feather print or just a little detail like the ostrich-trimmed satin bag by Lanvin.

Feathers of Prey

For F/W 2010, the possibilities are numerous. If you turn up your glam factor, you will surely not be shedding feathers.

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And good news is, the feather trend is going to stay for S/S 2011. So those pieces are definitely great investments.

Ladies, it is time to adorn yourselves with borrowed plumes!

LoL, Sandra

A Space Odyssey

Balenciaga

„Cosmonauts and seventies Formica. Packaging and food boxes. Synthetic foam and plywood. And a kind of rigidity“. That was the inspiration behind the F/W 2010 Balenciaga shoes, said designer Nicolas Ghesquière.

Is this the shoe of the season? One thing is for sure, those striking platforms are the coolest new-age footwear ever, a perfect playful fusion between futuristic and retro chic.
Either you like them or not, but the design and creativity involved is definitely worthy the review. The colour-block, geometric heels are a piece of art, designed by Pierre Hardy for his pal Nicolas Ghesquière.

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The F/W 2010 Balenciaga collection was among the most modern ones on the runways with an overall result of an organic carapace and noteworthy colour combinations.
A space Odyssey that would be the perfect “Back-to-School”-look.

Absolutely stunning, a total must, to die for.

LoL, Sandra