1Sigma is a British drum & base duo and as I have just come back from London it makes sense that they deliver this week’s tune of the week. I love their song Changing feat UK singer sensation Paloma Faith. Enjoy.

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3-CAM-Overview-Property-02_v-1Need a little time-off? I got something very special for you if you are in desperate need to unwind, relax and leave hectic days behind you.
How about having a retreat in the Swiss mountains? The Chedi Andermatt is exactly what you are looking for. Located in the picturesque village of Andermatt in the Urseren valley, this 5 star luxury hotel has everything you ask for and combines traditions with modernity.

Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy designed the resort and he really worked magic: the hotel blends into the environment of the Swiss Alps (even if it is not a typical Chalet design but rather modern with natural materials like wood and clear structures).
The interior is just as welcoming and warm with fireplaces, leather sofas, floor cushions and a breathtakingly spacious lobby.
Needless to say the hotel offers everything the pampered heart longs for:  a wonderful spa, a huge swimming pool, two first class restaurants where you can enjoy a fusion of Swiss and Asian delicacies and a dedicated and friendly staff.

I didn’t promise too much, did I? Enjoy the images and book your stay…

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slideshow_9Really excellent about winter times in Munich is, that it can get loads of sun during the day. That’s not only good for your health and uplifts your spirit but you can also complete your looks for icy days with the coolest sunglasses out there. At the moment I am an enthusiast for the edgy designs of Termite Eyewear.

The company was founded by two young women, both womenswear fashion students in London. They wanted to create something sustainable yet modern, innovative with a lot of fun. The idea for the brand was born: using different colors and shapes each season on hand-manufactured items with materials sourced from recycled wood organizations.
The eyewear is the latest fashion hype spotted on fashionistas and bloggers around the globe. The two girls are even presenting their latest designs at London Fashion Week.

I love this kind of success stories as much as I love my Termites!

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expo-hubert-de-givenchy-en-museo-thyssenWhen we think of Givenchy, Grace Kelly comes to mind, sophisticated couture evening dresses or Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (whereas nowadays one rather thinks of Ricardo Tisci or Kanye West). Breakfast at Tiffany’s is from 1961 and therefore it is even more surprising that there hasn’t been a major retrospective of Hubert de Givenchy’s 40 year long period of work yet. The time has come and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid is displaying the finest selection of Givenchy’s designs.
The 87 year old couturier who retired mid-nineties chose all the pieces by himself for this tribute; it is a selection of pieces he deeply associates with clients and memories.

The dresses, many borrowed from private collections, testify of more elegant times. The 95 exhibition pieces and art installations therefore also give a great insight into the world of haute couture, which, as Mr Hubert de Givenchy points out, is an art form slowly dying out.

Fashion is all about modernity and progress. But sometimes it can be just as fulfilling and inspiring to take a look back and honor the masters of past times.
And what better way to do that than with visiting this beautifully curated exhibition?

… still running until January 18th, 2015.

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tuneoftheweek_template3Little May – Dust

If you like indie folk pop this band is for you. They are Australian and called Little May. Dust is a very sweet song of this trio. Get in the weekend feeling with my tune for this week.

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Flat-Book-CoverValentino Garavani just published a cookbook. Yes, you read that correctly. Famous couturier and founder of fashion house Valentino is also a dedicated cook and started to collect his most beloved recipes to share them with the world.

It wouldn’t be Valentino if the book was solely about food. It is a lush combination of great meals with extraordinary table settings, all in a very Valentino style: luxurious, almost royal and decadent. You get to experience his way of designing, his love for art and all of that in the most sumptuous surroundings.
Therefore the title of the book ‘At the Emperor’s Table’ is very fitting, based on the documentary about Valentino The last Emperor.
The foreword is written by Vogue’s very own André Leon Talley and the photographs were taken by Oberto Gili.

All in all a book one definitely needs to own… not just for the recipes.

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senatus_AX5YlDTo celebrate the 160th anniversary of the founding of the house of Louis Vuitton, the luxury company came up with a fresh idea: six iconic designers created their own versions of the Louis Vuitton bags. The famous LV monogram is the only similarity between the new designs.

So who are the six designers you ask? Just by looking at the six different creations you can easily find out the signature features.

But I will no longer tease you: Chanel head designer and style icon Karl Lagerfeld, architect Frank Gehry, artist Cindy Sherman, product designer Marc Newson, shoe designer Christian Louboutin and Comme des Garcon’s Rei Kawakubo are the six ‘iconoclasts’.

So which one will you pick?

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tuneoftheweek_templateTaylor Swift – Out of the Woods

No one can stop this girl: she just released her new record 1989 which of course hit the number one stop nearly everywhere and her face is covering all the magazines. Certainly I am talking about Taylor Swift. Her new single Out of the Woods is one of her best tracks so far and therefore my tune of the week.

 

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6a00e54ef96453883401bb07905044970d-800wiStella McCartney designed an all pink lingerie set to raise awareness for breast cancer. The line (including bra and matching briefs) is modelled by Stella’s favorite girl Kate Moss and the images were shot by Mert & Marcus.

A percentage of the profits will be donated to the Linda McCartney Centre in Liverpool, UK. But Stella McCartney also wants to remind women to “to keep on top of their health and visit their doctor regularly” when they put on the set first thing in the morning.
So ladies, do as she says!!!

Never has a good cause looked so sexy.

 

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…and part of good style is an even better scent!

Diana Vreeland is a fashion icon and her legacy in the world of styling and editing is huge. The Vogue editor-in-chief of the 1960s who died in 1989 was not only famous for her dead-aim fashion knowledge but also for her witty comments and utterances (legendary is her column for Harper’s Bazaar called “Why Don’t You?).
Her grandson Alexander Vreeland now created five different scents to pay homage to Mrs Vreeland but also to emphasize her still noticeable influence.

Diane Vreeland always believed that you have to look impeccable at all times, even if you just cross the road to go grocery shopping. And part of that style were perfumes to her. She would always use it throughout the day and refresh herself with her favorite fragrances. She said: “Fragrances fill the senses with the mysterious”

The five different scents that honor Diana Vreeland are named after her five most popular phrases like ‘perfectly marvelous’ or ‘simply divine’. The first class ingredients include sandalwood, tuberose flower or patchouli.

Get the luxurious perfumes at Colette in Paris or Bergdorf Goodman in New York and fill your senses with the mysterious.

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