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

The Game Changer: The Cape

Capes appeared on the fashion radar last year in full force, when an array of designers put their high-fashion spin on this classic cover-up. Personally speaking, I have been a fan of capes since forever because they are the perfect pieces to wear over voluminous shoulders, big sleeves or embellishments. The trend is thankfully still going strong and giving us good incentive to go hands-free when we wrap up this season. My advice, opt for a statement piece that will make heads turn. It can be inspired by the current ’70s bourgeoisie trend, come with a military vibe, be vibrant or knitted. Here are my favorite ones available with the power to elevate even the plainest of outfits.

LoL, Sandra

Eureka double-breasted camel hair cape by Max Mara
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Pleated cashmere cape by Loewe

Asymmetric leather cape by Saint Laurent
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Two-tone wool-blend cape by Chloé


iconButton-embellished double-breasted wool and cashmere-blend cape by Balmain

iconReversible wool and silk-blend cape by Gucci


iconDouble-breasted scalloped houndstooth wool-blend bouclé cape by REDValentino


iconLong single-breasted wool cape by Prada
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Leather-trimmed wool-blend cape by Burberry

Organza-trimmed wool and silk-blend crepe cape by Valentino

Wool-blend cape by Valentino
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iconEmbellished silk-crepe capeicon by Givenchy

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Animalistic

Balmain‘s Pre-Fall 2019 or David Koma‘s F/W 2019 collection are both boasting the animalistic trend with beaded ornates that curve from the hip up towards a single padded shoulder. Dragons or serpents, both are stunning examples of an opulent yet unfussy approach to design. Wear them with smoky eyes and your hair pinned into a bun to highlight the shoulder cutout or opt for the skirt with a turtleneck during the day.


One-sleeve crystal-embellished stretch-jersey mini dress by Balmain


Embellished cutout stretch-cotton velvet mini dress by David Koma

Embellished cutout stretch-cotton velvet mini skirt by David Koma

And as usual, here is a little tip to channel the season’s dramatic sense of glamour on sale:

iconLeft: Snake-embroidered beaded velvet mini dress by Valentino (60% off)
Right: Snake-embellished tulle gown by Valentino (60% off)

Time to unleash your inner snake in the Garden of Eden and to transform into a fierce, yet seductive woman.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: French Riviera

Greetings from Saint Tropez at the French Riviera. I love this contradictory place with its jet setter elegance and quaint old town French style. One of my favorite brands at the moment is Zimmermann. Their luxe bohemian clothing is sure to evoke wanderlust and all of their offerings for the perfect beach wardrobe.

My look: Verity floral-print linen maxi dressicon and floral-print cotton headband, both by Zimmermannicon, Saffiano double handle mini satchelicon by Prada, round sunglasses with triple chain by ChanelThe Rockstud 105 leather sandals by Valentino and rose diamond necklaceicon by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Summer Classics: Espadrilles

Espadrilles are a summer classic, a comfortable choice for exploring local markets on vacation or when you’re running errands back in the city. Today’s post is dedicated to the most sophisticated designer versions for the ultimate luxury.

Happy weekend!

LoL, Sandra

Red and black leather espadrilles by Chanel


iconLogo-embossed metallic leather espadrilles by Saint Laurent


iconMetallic intrecciato leather espadrilles by Bottega Veneta

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Leather-trimmed floral-print canvas espadrilles by Gucci

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Lauren scalloped suede espadrilles by Chloé

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Kenda crochet-knit espadrilles by Castañer + Missoni

Tabitha leather-trimmed logo-detailed canvas espadrilles by Burberry


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Canaee leather-trimmed denim espadrilles by Isabel Marant


iconGrosgrain-trimmed textured-leather espadrilles by Brunello Cucinelli
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The Rockstud Double textured-leather collapsible-heel espadrilles by Valentino

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Awesome Sequins

Yesterday, I introduced you to Dundas‘ high-octane glamour. Here you see me wearing one of his S/S 2019 runway dresses that opened the runway show in Paris in Saint-Tropez for a fun night out at L’Opéra. It’s cut from naturally stretchy tulle embellished with awesome sequins in a camouflage pattern to channel the designer’s «urban jungle chic» vision. It’s spliced with an embellished leopard-effect lace sleeve and has flattering ruching along one side.

My look: Ruched sequined tulle and lace mini dressicon by Dundas, camouflage fold over clutch iconby Valentino, metallic and matte leather pumps by Saint Laurentbead and acetate clip earrings by Oscar de la Renta and Satin Touch 20 denier stay-up stockings by Wolford.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography

My Look: Cyprus Nights

Last night, I attended the gala dinner of the Creative Women Conference, held at the newly opened Parklane Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Limassol. My last days were filled with amazing conversations and encounters for which I am truly thankful. Before I will tell you more about this international conference for entrepreneurial women, I wanted to share my first outfit post from Cyprus. Lilac head-to-toe is a big trends for F/W 2019.

My look: Garcelle ruffled cotton-blend lace gown by ErdemiconAmore bow belt
icon by Dolce & Gabbana, vintage lilac sandals and matching bag with butterfly clasp, both by Valentinocrystal embellished butterfly earrings by Miu Miu, and cuff by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Swiss Girl

It is official! I am a Swiss Girl. I couldn’t be happier to finally have received my Swiss passport and to be a double citizen of Germany, my birth place, and Switzerland, my home base.

Today marks Sechseläuten which I will be celebrating among dear friends for the first time as a citizen of Zurich. Following the parade of the “Zünfte” (guilds), the culmination of this popular tradition is the burning of winter in effigy, in the form of the “Böögg” (cognate to bogey), a figure of a snowman prepared with explosives.

My look: Oversized tuxedo blazer and green cloche hat, both by Stella McCartneyWindward logo-intarsia merino sweater and printed cotton and linen-blend mini skirticon, both by Burberry, T printed textured-leather pouchicon by Loewered leather Rockstud boots by Valentino, Limelight Gala watch and rose diamond ring, both by Piaget.
Twenties fishnet tights by Wolford.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: It’s All in the Attitude

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. It’s about making the mental shift that will allow you to power through whatever life throws at you. Start each day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed and try to stay motivated throughout the day, regardless of circumstances. Put on a look that you feel confident in and defy the odds against you. I love my new Dior pieces that make me feel extremely good and the coat adds the right amount of color to cheer up the day.

My look: Green oversized cashmere trench coat by Loewe, cream white cashmere sweater with bee embroidery,icon printed voile cotton skirt , Saddle calfskin belt, Oblique Saddle bag, shoulder strap, and J’adior earrings, all by Dior, Rockstud cut out leather combat boots by Valentino. Diamond heart necklace in yellow gold and Amulette necklace, both by Cartier, Jardin de Milly La Forêt daisy necklace and Mitzah ring, both by Dior Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

iconPhotos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Trending: ’90s-Inspired Hair Accessories

’90s-inspired hair accessories have been everywhere recently, and those pieces below will add just the right amount of retro style to any outfit. From scrunchies to hair clips, and hair bows, all  look equally as good with a high bun as they do with a messy low ponytail. Here is your chance to satisfy your inner tween without letting her take over completely.

LoL, Sandra

Vintage logo hair barrette by Chanel
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iconCrystal-embellished silver-plated hair clip by Dolce & Gabbana


iconVara hair clip by Salvatore Ferragamo
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Vintage CC hair barrette by Chanel
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Kennedy bow-shaped cotton-faille hair clip by Emilia Wickstead


iconVelvet hair bow by Jennifer Behr
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Set of two Kelly glittered resin hair clips by Valet
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Pearl logo hair tie by Chanel

Mallory floral-print silk-twill hair crunchie by Eugenia Kim


Rockstud leather hairclipicon by Valentino

Charron check scrunchie by Ganni
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Velvet hair scrunchie by Jennifer Behr
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Satin headband by Prada

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands