Little Miss Bikini

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It’s that time of the year again… I spend the entire year longing for July! Why? Because of Summer, warm weather, beach getaways, darker skin, fun nights and colorful swimwear. Need I say more? For Sweet n’raw, Summer means one thing, it’s time for our Bikini special. Every July, for three years in a row, I have been putting together different styles, looks and trends for you to try out when hitting the beach or the pool (I’m more of a pool person). This year, even though I’m a little behind on my posting, I’m ready to give you some Summer fashion you will never forget along with some fun, bright and season illustrations. Are you ready?

We love Summer, because in the Summer skin gets darker, hair gets lighter, music gets louder, water gets warmer, nights get longer, life gets better.

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From Runway to Sophie: Rochas Resort 2015

 

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Resort and Pre-fall collections have officially become personal favorites, the clothes are more wearable, the mood is less serious. A season ago (Fall 2014), I decided to stop reviewing shows and start having more fun with the collections. After giving it some thought, I couldn’t think of anything more amusing than dressing my dear little Sophie, my lovely alter ego, with the latest looks from the runway.

So far, the Resort 2015 collections have been smashing! There are lots of looks, garments and styles to choose from. As always, Christopher Bailey killed it for Burberry Prorsum, Dona Karan and her signature street wear for DKNY was as chic as chic can get. But there was this one collection that immediately caught my eye, Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s second one for Rochas.

rochasI’ve been having an affair with the French brand (and the French) for a while now and this presentation did not disappoint. It was a delicate, floral affair. From the colors and fabrics to the shapes and cuts, everything screamed romance and nature. Dell’Acqua relied on the house’s classic codes but gave his garments a touch of modernity. Sophie’s favorite piece? The garden cocoon coat. She couldn’t wait to wear it and of course, show it to you!

Have a lovely afternoon,

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The Off-duty White Dress

off-dutyI have been a big fan of mixing and matching for a  long time. I can’t even remember when it started but I like constructing my looks with many pieces, patterns and prints. I don’t find the thought of wearing a dress as a whole outfit very inspiring, in fact, I haven’t been wearing them for a while (except on weddings, if I could wear dressy shorts to a wedding and not look completely out of place, I would). But when Summer hits town, it’s a different story.  The Summer air makes me want to wear flowy and lightweight (so light they almost look sheer) dresses. The thought of me in a cotton, off-white mini number with a pair of gladiator flats and a camel-colored shoulder bag makes me want to go and wear that right now (even if it’s gray, cold and pouring outside).

The off-duty white dress is not a S/S 2014 trend, it’s a classic, a seasonal must-have, and a lifesaver. It’s a perfect garment when it comes to transforming your outfit from day to night. You can wear it as beach cover-up, as a casual day look for running errands (add some cute sandals, a tote and a pair of sunnies) and with some wedges or lace-up neutral sandals and boho jewelry, you can pull-off the perfect beach soiree or party outfit in a jiffy!

offdutyselThe great thing about this classic? You can find them in every store, in every style, length and fabric. Me? I prefer mine with textures, broderie anglaise, embroidery, lace and even crochet. The more details, the merrier the dress!

Got yours already?

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The B is Back!

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Sweet n’raw has been happening for a while now and this is the first time since I opened the blog, that I have gone without posting this long. Since March 2011, I have been constantly publishing articles about fashion, about style and of course, my greatest passion of them all, illustration. I have tried out different sections, discarded some, came up with new ones. I have changed the layout countless times. I have reviewed fashion shows and illustrated trends. And while I have been doing all this, I have been growing, both personally and professionally.

You know how people talk about the seven year itch when it comes to marriage? I started having the three year itch when it came to blogging.  My posts were starting to lack that “je ne sais quois” I was always so proud about. Everything began to feel a tad repetitive. I didn’t have the same amount of time I had before when it came to putting together elaborate trend guides or my infamous Fashion Week coverage. I found myself struggling to find inspiration, something had taken Sophie’s groove and refused to give it back.

I also started developing a separate project, my second baby (I can’t tell you about my precious just yet), and juggling both things became impossible. I had to make a decision, renovate or die. And naturally, I wasn’t gonna let three years of work go down the drain. I needed to find a way to put a new spin on Sweet n’raw. It took almost two months but I finally managed to come up with a fresh concept and a much simpler one. Yes, I will still be talking about trends, style, fashion and runways, but in a less serious and critical way. And yes, there will still be illustration, the blog would be lost without it.

I am armed and ready with new sections, new posts, new fashion, new colors and new everything! I hope you like this extreme makeover, I kinda like it a lot!

Have a great week,

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LITTLE MISS MARCH

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It’s my day today folks! I was lucky enough to be brought into this world (by the most wonderful woman, my mother, the hero) in a time of Spring. Spring is a season of change, a season of renewal, of light and yes, a season for new plans and new projects (it’s also the time when I can start flashing my ghostly-after-winter legs). This curly-haired, stubborn Arian was born today, a few years ago (we are currently on a Peter Pan phase, so my age is one thing I like to keep to myself) and since then, birthdays have been more about learning, reflecting and appreciating life than celebrating.

This year has been a year of change with a touch of chaos and you know what say about change, right? Change is always good. I start a new year and a new chapter in my life full of hope, with a strong spirit, wiser than ever and stronger than yesterday. I start a new year having all the love in the world, my delightfully chaotic family (life has a purpose thanks to them), my partner in crime, in love and in life, my dreamboat (I’m the luckiest girl in the world), and even though I’m not a “many friends” kind of person, I have the ones I need and the ones I know are true.

So here’s to that extra candle on top of my cake, here’s to a new year, here’s to the future and all the great things I know it’s holding for me.  Here’s to life and to yours truly, Little Miss March!

Happy birthday to me!

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Hello Spring!

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Tomorrow we officially welcome the prettiest seasons of the year (even if thanks to Mexico´s lovely climate, I have been wearing shorts and sandals for about three weeks now), Spring! It’s time to get those heavy coats and boots inside some boxes and start wearing lighter and cheerier clothes. I know, I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do, but there is an explanation, something I will be able to reveal to you soon (hopefully). In the meantime, I’m celebrating the warmer weather and in a week or so, my birthday. Yes, another year, another candle burning (I have to confess that each year I get less excited, Sophie Pan is kind of taking over). Anyway, back to what concerns us today: Spring has sprung and I couldn’t be happier about it! What’s your favorite season of the year? You already know mine!

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The Bag Bucket List: THE GLAM LOCK

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“I like my money where I can see it, hanging on my shoulder.”

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HAPPY 3rd!

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Three years ago, while living in the lovely city of Milan, I decided to take a jump. It was a jump I had been wanting to take for a while but somehow kept putting it off and off and off: opening my own blog. Thirty six months ago, after much thinking, I published my first blog post. 1095 days have gone by and Sweet n’raw is still here and keeps growing and growing. It has been an evolution, not only when it comes to content (I have killed many of the sections I used to do and created new ones) and blog design, my illustration is completely different (it now has a signature of its own), my writing has evolved and I, the author and brains behind Sweet n’raw, have changed a lot.

What hasn’t changed is Sweet n’raw’s philosophy, I’m happy to say that we have stayed true to ourselves, the blog and yours truly. We curate meticulously every detail, every trace, every word. We publish only when we have quality material ready, it’s not only about generating more traffic, it’s about offering our visitors what they are used to getting from us. We cherish every single one of our readers. We celebrate each time we get a new like on the FB fan page (we also think buying likes and followers is extremely sad). We are not interested in going viral if it’s not for the right reasons and we are definitely not sell-outs who settle.

After this obnoxious, self-praising and righteous monologue comes the most important part, the thank yous. And in the form of an award ceremony speech (that was self-absorbed, I just gave myself an imaginary award), I want to thank the people who read me, who like my posts and the ones who take the time to write the most beautiful and encouraging comments (my Aunt Marité especially, my most avid and precious commentator). To the city of Milan, we loved each other without question and even though we knew our affair wouldn’t last forever, but it changed us (the “you can never go back to way things were” kind of change) and we will remember it for the rest of our lives. To the people who inspire me everyday, you know who you are, you are not that many (I’m a little picky when it comes to sharing my love). And to my mom, my greatest blessing and the most skilled to ever walk this Earth, everything I am I owe to you (the good part of me at least).

Happy 3rd B-day Sweet n’raw! Let the cake and the champagne come our way (well, not the cake, we are kind of cutting down on carbs at the moment).

Wishing you a great week,

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A Modern Day Dorothy

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I know, I know, I’m supposed to be covering the frenzy that is Fashion Week right now, but time is not on my side here. I’ll be doing it little by little, in case you are still interested. But now let’s go to today’s image.

The first time I saw the Wizard of Oz when I was a kid, I immediately fell in love with the slippers. Who cared about the lion that talked, or the Good Witch of the North’s sparkly princess gown, or the yellow brick road, I could only focus on the magical and glitzy pair of heels.  Dorothy’s red, glittery slippers quickly became top of the list when it came to Christmas and birthday wish lists. But my mom wasn’t gonna gift her child a pair of red, shiny heels so I used to get Keds instead. Then came the discovery, a pair of silver glittery pumps inside my mother’s closet. Naturally, those became part of my outfits whenever we played pretend. I was about 8 so they obviously didn’t fit but I walked around the house all the time like a waddling duck in my mom’s magical silver slippers. It never was about the color, it was about the glitter, until now. Dorothy’s red slippers and my mom’s silver heels have morphed into a new aspirational item, a pair of pink glitter Miu Miu pumps and trust me on this one, now that I’m old enough to buy them for myself, I will (as soon as I find $650 bucks lying around somewhere).

Wishing you a great week!

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The Bag Bucket List: BIRKIN

thebirkin“The Bikin costs how much? $15,000 for an orange bag? What’s it made of? Gold? You know you can buy a car with that kind of money right? Jesus, I can buy a knock-off for a 100 bucks out of a little Chinese guy’s trunk on Canal St. and nobody could tell the difference. Waiting list? Auction? Why one Earth would I put myself through all of that when I can run to the nearest Macy’s, get a Michael Kors tote and save a lot of time and money?”.

If you have once said the statement written above, we know you were lying. It doesn’t matter if you are fashion savvy, or if you are a collector or if you wear Crocs and shapeless chinos to work, deep inside, you really, really want a damn Birkin bag. To some, it may be about the status. To others, it’s all about collecting works of art (each Birkin is made from the beginning to the end by a single pair of hands, from the cutting of the leather to the last finishing touches). And to most of us, there’s just one simple reason, it’s pretty, it’s top quality and it looks so good. The Birkin is the prince charming of bags, only this French luxury dreamboat actually exists.

Why is it on my bucket list? Becuase when I finally get to purchase it, it will be a clear sign that I’ve made it in this world (yes, a French leather bag lies on top of my success-o-meter). Because it is an investment, it will last forever and you can treat it like an ordinary Old Navy tote. In fact, treating it like a work of art displayed at the museum is tastless. Woman, it’s a bag (ok, a $15,000 bag), not the DaVinci Gioconda. It was made to be worn! And then there’s the color matter, they make the most exquisite shade of pink and green, and blue. Everyone will tell you, if you are to buy one, buy it in black or tan. You will never get tired of a timeless color and you can wear it with almost everything. Me? I would go for the brightest and cheeriest color, the Blue Lagoon, the Rose Jaipur or the Blue Izmir. Happy Birkin, happy Birkin owner, right? Is the Hermes Birkin part of your bag bucket list?

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