Rosantica’s Boudoir

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«I like any material that is natural, but in particular pearls.» – Michela Panero

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Fusing traditional Roman-inspired designs with directional shapes and rare gems, Michela Panero creates individual and timelessly elegant pieces, from the iconic multi-layered necklaces to charm bracelets and ethereal headbands for her beautiful jewelry brand ROSANTICA. Not only the chicest choice for bohemian brides but also a great gift idea for a loved one, those accessories elevate each outfit to a new level of style. Have a look at those boudoir-inspired favorites:

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Bianca feather and pearl hair tie

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Seta palladium-tone, pearl and silk anklet

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Eleonora convertible gold-tone pearl necklace

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Giovanna palladium-tone, pearl and feather glove 

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Svevo gold-tone mother-of-pearl body chain

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Aurora pearl, feather and gold-tone bracelet

Enjoy your Sunday!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Rosantica
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Meet the New Boys

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«I love seeing a woman in a man’s suit. Why not have a lipstick named after a man?» – Tom Ford

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My dearest ladies, it is time for you to meet the new boys. Tom Ford has it all worked out for us, lipsticks and the stronger sex, what else do we need. LIPS & BOYS is a 50-piece lipstick lineup that unveils now 25 new shades, literally 25 new boys, including for the first time, 10 modern matte shades, all available now for CHF 39.00 (2g) each.

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From nuanced nudes like Bradleyicon and Alexandericon to the unabashed bold reds of Nicholas iconand Dominicicon, all lipsticks come with specially-treated pigments that deliver pure color to suit our every mood. What I love most about them is the small size as they fit perfectly in my evening clutches.

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My favourite shades? Patrickicon, a fresh and vibrant coral and Ashtonicon, a rosy berry.

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If you are living in Zurich, come and visit Jelmoli this weekend. You are invited to experience the new lipstick collection in the presence of some handsome male models – each of them representing another type of boy. And of course your favorite one will pose with you for a cute selfie that you can share on instagram with the hashtag #TFLIPSANDBOYS.

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For all living abroad, the new shades are also available online HERE.
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LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Johannes Diboky and Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Mariah Carey x M·A·C Returns for Christmas

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Mariah Carey, «songbird supreme», has once again teamed up with M·A·C Cosmetics for a second holiday-themed makeup collection. The singer has dazzled us with her songs and timeless contributions to music for decades and now brings her extraordinary glamour for the second time to an iconic makeup collection with M·A·C that’s all you’ll ever want. After a successful 2015 partnership, Carey and M·A·C are ready for round two and we are, too.

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Needless to say, there is plenty of glitter incorporated into the collection itself, which includes many beautiful sparkeling products that I can absolutely recommend for the festive season. I am anyway a «smokey eyes – nude lips» type of girl and Mariah Carey x M·A·C offers everything I adore.

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#MACMariahCarey is available now. Have a look at all the products below and happy weekend shopping:

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LIPSTICK – CHF 31.00
All I Want – champagne shimmer (Frost)
Bit of Bubbly – soft pinky nude (Cremesheen)
Dahhlinggg! – pinky peach (Cremesheen)
MCizzle – cool peach (Cremesheen)
I Get So OOC – shimmering brown (Frost)

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LIPGLASS – CHF 29.00
It’s Just Like Honey – tan shimmer
Rainbow Interlude – soft white shimmer
Little Miss Monroe – true gold shimmer
Dreamlover – dirty pink shimmer
Butterfly Bling – pink bronze shimmer (Online Exclusive)

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PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL – CHF 33.00
So Dramatique – deep brown
New Ombre – cool peach

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I’M THAT CHICK YOU LIKE EYESHADOW X 4 – CHF 60.00
Whenever You Call – yellow gold (Veluxe Pearl)
Can’t Escape Me – dirty mocha with gold pearl (Satin)
Golden Petals Scattering – cool brown shimmer (Frost)
How You Thrill Me – rich dark brown (Satin)

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IT’S EVERYTHING EYESHADOW X 4 – CHF 60.00
Diamond Butterfly – silver white shimmer (Frost)
I’d Give My All – muted mid-tone grey (Lustre)
Images of Rapture – muted black with red shimmer (Velvet)
Twinks – deep plum with pearl (Veluxe Pearl)

LIQUID EYE LINER – CHF 31.00
This is My Night – rich brown-black

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POWDER BLUSH – CHF 36.00
You’ve Got Me Feeling – light candy pink
Sweet Sweet Fantasy – deep coral

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LOOSE POWDER – CHF 49.00
Touch My Body – radiant gold shimmer

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EXTRA DIMENSION SKINFINISH – CHF 56.00
My Mimi – warm gold shimmer

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BRUSHES
183 Buffer – CHF 69.00
239 Eye Shader – CHF 40.00

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LASHES – CHF 19.00
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On my shopping list:
Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Buffer Brush, Lipstick in Dahhlinggg! and Lipgloss in Dreamlover.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Blue Velvet

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Velvet is the trend fabric this F/W 2016 season. I have always loved it for the holiday season as it is such a festive material. Since last summer, I have been crazy for the designs that Lorenzo Serafini creates for Philosophy. They are stylish and have a great price point.

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This blue velvet dress has become my first disappointment because after wearing it only one day, all seams around the sleeves tore. Unfortunately, I had to give it back – a service that I like about online shopping, no discussion, just a refund to your credit card.

My look: Quilted nylon coat with mink by Gucci, embellished lace-trimmed blue velvet mini dress by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafiniiconblue velvet ankle boots by Miu Miu and 2.55 quilted bag with attached hanger by Chanel (Front Row Only F/W 2016 collection).

LoL, Sandra

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Clarins Boutique & Skin Spa

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This summer, Clarins has opened the doors of a new beauty temple in Zurich. Hard to believe, this new concept marks the first of its kind for the French brand in Europe.

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Located in the city center at Gebergasse 6, just around the corner of the prestigious Bahnhofstrasse and very close to the Jelmoli parking, the new Clarins Boutique & Skin Spa houses the complete range of products, from fine scents to high performance skin care on the ground floor.

One level up, the skin spa welcomes its customers for the most exclusive skin treatments. The second floor is reserved for the in-house training center. Altogether, the shop has a size of more than 280 square meters.

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I truly recommend a visit to indulge into the world of Clarins. In 1954, Jacques Courtin-Clarins had a pioneering vision when he opened his first Clarins institute in Paris. Still today, the house is known for creating luxury products based exclusively on plants as the eternal source of inspiration and innovation.

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During the hectic holiday season, let time stand still while you enjoy a treatment, and some time for yourself. Or find a little gift for a loved one as this very cute advent calendar that I got for myself.

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24 days filled with little surprises, beauty products in small sizes that I love to take with me when travelling. Available for CHF 99.00.

LoL, Sandra

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Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense

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Jo Malone will launch Myrrh & Tonka, a new unisex fragrance in the Cologne Intense Collection, in January that follows 2015’s Orris & Sandalwood.

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This amazing addictive scent uses the potent sap of the Namibian myrrh tree and blends it with a little dose of warm almond and lush vanilla from the tonka bean. It was developed by perfumer Mathilde Bijaoui.

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What was the inspiration behind the fragrance?

The idea of Namibia, with its sand dunes and warm desert colours, conjured up the romance and emotion of faraway lands. Myrrh felt like the perfect note to use for a new and innovative Cologne Intense. Once enriched with the note of tonka, the fragrance gives a real sense of richness, travel and escape.

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The Cologne Intense collection works with rare, ritualistic ingredients; what makes Myrrh & Tonka an ideal addition to this collection?

Both the myrrh and the tonka have a decadent and addictive quality that chimes with the Cologne Intense concept of rarity and opulence. I felt that the collection was missing a fully warm, sensual and rounded Oriental feel. We do already have a resinous incense note elsewhere in the collection, in Incense and Cedrat, but it’s cut through with a citrus that amplifies the fresh nature of the Incense. However for Myrrh & Tonka, we headed in the opposite direction and reinforced the richness of the resin rather than trying to contrast it. Even though the final fragrance is deep, it stays true to our philosophy of simplicity and clarity; that’s because it’s a short formula with very few extra ingredients, making it easy to layer with our existing fragrances through our Fragrance CombiningTM ritual.

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How was the Myrrh harvested?

We wanted to go to the source of the myrrh and I had the privilege of travelling to Namibia to be part of the harvesting process. It’s a long, long journey and, once there, it feels like a very distant land. Once we landed in the country, it was another eight hours travelling into the mountains to get to our destination.
The trees they collect the myrrh from are called Omumbiri trees – they seem almost dead when you look at them as they grow in the dryness of the desert. But a few times a year the trees produce a sap that comes out like a resin; it’s a mechanism that the tree harnesses to fight potential bacteria, and the myrrh has a wonderful purity to it because of the altitude and climate.
Accumulating the resin is a ritualistic process in itself. The sap is very gluey so traditionally they would cut the tree trunks to get it. But in this region, to preserve the tree, they don’t touch it at all: they wait until it’s become dry and either scrape it from the tree or they wait until it falls off. With their method there’s no waste, the trees aren’t damaged and the whole experience is very simple and clean. And because of the nature of the crystals you can keep them for a week or two, unlike flowers that you have to work with immediately as they’re so fragile. I’ve never seen something so beautifully uncomplicated.

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How would you describe Myrrh & Tonka as it warms and develops on the skin?

Right at the top there is a hint of lavender and a little floral to make the opening effect comforting and voluptuous. The big, rich heart and base note of myrrh is sensual and balsamic, with hints of amber and licorice. And the tonka brings generosity. There is also a touch of vanilla, cypriol and gaiac wood, which together deliver a smoky tobacco note to the perfume.
It’s a fragrance that’s quite linear: that means that from the top to the bottom it more or less stays the same. It’s very stable in its evolution, and that’s something quite rare in perfumery.
It’s sensual and addictive, captivating and mesmerising.

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Middle Note: Omumbiri Myrrh
Base Note: Tonka Bean

Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka will be available as 100 ml Cologne Intense for CHF 165.00 from January 2, 2017. In Switzerland at Globus Geneva, Globus Lucerne and Jelmoli Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Jo Malone

Net-à-Porter’s Gift Kits Are the Best

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Clueless about your upcoming Christmas gift list and no time to rush through the crowded city. I have an idea for you: these exclusive kits each include an expertly curated selection of products we all love – all presented in an elegant black packaging. Alongside essentials for a variety of occasions, there are also unique sets for working out and pampering. You just have to click add to basket and you are all set.

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I am wishing you a relaxing and fun weekend!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Net-à-porter
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Louis XIII Fetches Record Price

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Last April, I wrote a post about the amazing project that LOUIS XIII did in collaboration with HERMÈS, SAINT-LOUIS, and PUIFORCAT.

L'ODYSSÉE D'UN ROI: An Ode to AdventureFour French luxury houses joined forces to create something very special.

Personally speaking, I still find it very impressive that each decanter of LOUIS XIII takes four generations of cellar masters over 100 years to craft. It is a unique blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie, the youngest of which is at least 40 years old.

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A veritable journey through time, it has been present at every milestone in the history of luxury travel. In tribute to this odyssey, the four French luxury houses joined forces to create three unique masterpieces. To crown their rarity, the LOUIS XIII cognac they house is a tailor-made coupe enriched with a selection of one of the oldest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, set aside over the decades by the Cellar Masters.

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Inspired by the iconic LOUIS XIII journeys, these objets-d’art have toured the globe, exhibiting their history and savoir-faire at Hermès boutiques, prestige museums and select venues in cultural capitals: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, Singapore, Paris and London… For one year, LOUIS XIII shared its ode to adventure with the world.

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To close this exciting tour, each decanter has been auctioned by Sotheby’s. In New York, the Americas edition topped the record for sale of a LOUIS XIII decanter; in Hong Kong in October, the Asia decanter surpassed that total; and at the final sale in London on November 16, the Europe decanter fetched US$ 235,000, bringing the full total to US$ 558,000.

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LOUIS XIII and The Film Foundation are both committed to preserving a cultural legacy, honoring the past while ensuring that films survive into the future. The work of the foundation has helped to restore over 700 films, from the 1880s onward, encompassing well over 100 years of this extraordinary art form. We are grateful for our partnership with LOUIS XIII, and its generous and continuous support for the foundation’s mission,” said Martin Scorsese.

The proceeds will benefit The Film Foundation, created by Martin Scorsese in 1990 to restore and preserve cinematic heritage. A great project with a lot of success – bravo!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of LOUIS XIII

My Look: Off-Duty Style

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Mastering the two Cs: comfort and cool, an effortless off-duty look is something I like to think of when the weekend lays ahead of me. I could literally live in those velvet pants that have become a fix staple in my wardrobe.

My look: Little black jacket (Paris – Seoul Cruise 2016), brooches and earrings (Front Row Only F/W 2016 collection), all by Chanelpussy-bow leopard-print silk-georgette shirt by Saint Laurentdrawstring velvet track pantsicon by Chloé, sunglasses by Fendistarstudded leather ankle boots and guitar-strap Rockstud rolling tie-dye cross body bag, both by Valentino.
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LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Part of Montblanc’s Urban Spirit Campaign

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In 2012, my relationship as MONTBLANC ambassador started with the launch of my very own ink Sandra Berry, a fuchsia hue, that was limited to 100 pieces.

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Now, in 2016, I was honored to be part of their new social media campaign that focuses on the Urban Spirit collection, a brand new leather line defined by its innovative functionality – the ultimate companion for the independent traveller’s daily needs.

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montblancBeing featured on Montblanc’s Facebook page along with brand ambassador Hugh Jackman, how cool is this?!

For the campaign I had to answer some questions about myself and the city of Zurich:

Favorite place in your city and why ?
I love the area around the Stadthausquai and the Münsterbrücke as it makes me feel like being in Paris. It shows the beauty of Zurich in perfection.

What does Urban Spirit in your city inspires you?
The urban spirit of Zurich is very cosmopolitan, combining Swiss traditions with cultural influences from all over the world. It is a melting pot that inspires me every day just by hearing different languages. Zurich is a metropole and a small little village at the same time, a place where you can do business and feel like being on holidays with its beautiful mountains and stunning lake.

And here are the social media campaign photos shot by lovely Andrea Monica Hug:

Stay tuned for all the details of the look coming up soon!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Montblanc