Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sweet’n’Raw’s GIVEAWAY: Chanel Le Vernis

It’s that time of the day my sweet, sweet readers! Our first giveaway has officially kicked off and you can now subscribe to participate to be the one lucky winner of four bottles of beautiful french nail polish. Are you ready?

What will you be winning?

One lucky reader will be taking home a Chanel Le Vernis kit with four different shades:

  • Black Satin
  • Quartz
  • Graphite
  • Peridot

You see the illustration below? This gal’s missing her shoes and a bag to go with the whole outfit. According to your personal style, which pair of accessories are perfect for the ensemble?

To become elegible to win the prize here’s what you have to do, two simple steps and volià, you wil be in it to win it!

  1. Like Sweet’n’Raw’s fan page on Facebook (CLICK HERE)
  2. Leave a comment below (on this post!) with your name and email. Add one link, for the shoes or for a purse you think goes perfect with this look! (Just one, bag or shoes per entry)

The giveaway will end on December 10th and the winner will be announced shortly after with the complete illustration and look including the chosen items !

Are you excited? I know I am!

Best of luck to all!

Sweet kisses…

PS: she is wearing a dress from Nasty Gal, a creme jumper from ASOS, toggle coat also from ASOS, tights from Misselfridge and fedora by ASOS.

(If two or more entries have the same items, only the first will be considered, so be bold and original!)

CONTEST GUIDELINES: Giveaway start date, Nov 29, 2011 Giveaway will be open until December 9th, 2011. Only one entry per person. Only one item per entry. Winner will be chosen based on the item that best suits the look. Winner will be contacted directly by  me.  (sweetnrawme@gmail.com)

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Sweet’n’Raw: THE GIVEAWAY

I promised you a giveaway, I am giving you a giveaway. After thinking, thinking, thinking about the perfect gift for you, my sweet readers, I finally decided on Chanel Le Vernis. Who doesn’t love Chanel? Who doesn’t love nail polish (here at Sweet’n’Raw we are obsessed)? So for you, and only for you, happiness in four little french bottles!

The winner of the giveaway will be recieving the following:

  • Black Satin (the must-have)
  • Quartz (the soft glam)
  • Peridot (the coveted)
  • Graphite (the funky)

The contest will open tomorrow and also on tomorrow’s post I will be giving you all the details on how to participate. Be sure to check back, you could be the lucky winner!

Sweet kisses…

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COMING SOON…

It’s been almost 10 months since my baby (I’m obviously talking about the blog) was born. A 100 posts ago this adventure started and I have never been more satisfied with myself  and more in love with my professional path of choice.  Today is the perfect occasion to give you a little bite of what’s coming next for me and for Sweet’n’Raw. It’s just a teaser, the big reveal will be when everything is ready and perfect! In the meantime, can you guess what Sweet Tooth by Sweet’n’Raw will be about?

Sweet kisses…

PS: Remeber what I told you a few days ago? 100th post = big surprise for all my lovely readers? Well, we are having our first giveaway! Want to win it? You will have to check back tomorrow to find out all about it!

 

 

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ABOUT ME: The Crowded Bed

Well hello, hello my sweet readers! Remember how I told you you will be finding more about the mind behind Sweet’n’Raw (for the 1st post of the series CLICK HERE)? I have already confessed to you that the sugary and pastel obsessed fashionista I get to see everyday in the mirror has her dark and punk/rock past. Now it’s time for me to spill the beans on other present and rather strange activities I perform on a daily basis. Today I will talk about my always crowded bed. I do not sleep alone, I sleep in company (hold your horses people, it’s not human company). Living alone has made me develop certain behaviours that may seem odd to others, but to me, to me they are part of my comfort zone. I do not know loneliness, I know solitude and we have a wonderful relationship. That is why, here it is, my off to bed ritual:

  • I need at least three blankets, I need some weight over me to sleep through the night.
  • My bed is the ultimate pillow temple: I need one to support my head, four (two on the left and two on the right) to support that one pillow that is supporting my head and two on each side so I have something to hug.
  • The nightstand is never enough: both Blackberry and iPhone must be beside me at all times.
  • Sleeping aid: after downloading the aSLEEP app for Ipad, this gorgeous device has become a regular on the premises.
  • My TV (my laptop): I won’t sleep is there is no Sex and the City on streaming
  • The plush factor: Meet Flora, one of Sleeping Beauty’s fairies. My younger sister gave it to me that Christmas we spent alone without the rest of our family and I have been holding on to that plush body every day since then. You might wonder why Flora?  We are three sisters:
  1. The sensitive one, just like Fauna (she’s the City Blonde, remeber?)
  2. The one with an attitude, just lile Merryweather (she’s the Party Princess)
  3. And me, good old Flora, practically perfect in every single way (hey. it’s my blog, I can call me perfect if I want to).

There you go, another fun fact you can absolutely hold against me! This is our 99th post, and when we hit a hundred there will be a lovely surprise for you, my lovely and faithful readers!

Party hard this Saturday for me!

Sweet kisses…

PS: Wanna polka? Check back soon!

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis ( the devices were taken from Google)
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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Flashy Fancy Pants: COBALT

Finally Friday fun my sweet readers (not so much for me, I’m stuck at home in bee mode)! After seven colorful posts, we have reached the end of our Flashy Fancy Pants series. Without further ado and last but definitely not least (this was among one of the most used colors on the Fall 2011 runways), I give you the always electric, show-stopping and head-turning Cobalt blue.

AS SEEN IN: Yigal Azrouel, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Thakoon, Karen Walker

THE LOOK

A flashy color like Cobalt calls for some fireceness and that’s exactly what I tried to achieve with this outfit! You are the judge, did I pull it off? My bottom of choice were this skinny trousers from ASOS, I love the fit and also the fact that they are perfect to show off a killer shoe. I have to be honest about the top, it was the inspiration for the whole ensemble. This tiger sweatshirt from Nasty Gal is as cool as a sweatshirt can get. No need to tuck it in, it just falls perfectly on top of the pants. For the shoes and to finish off that GRRR factor, Aldo leopard, pointy pumps which can be found at ASOS.

For the bag, let our jaws drop together and let’s drool all over our keyboards with another one of Mr. Alexander Wang’s masterpieces, the Rocco, now in Yellow Citrus (the Gollum inside me is desperate to hold it and scream “MY PRECIOUS!”). For accessories, one of my favorite watches (watches to me are like bracelets, that’s why the cheaper the better), Casio’s Gold pleated one. It’s retro, it’s fun and it’s gold! Ok, I am starting to feel possessed by Gollum. I added a knuckleduster spiked ring from Bling Deenie to keep on having fun with the whole ensemble. You can find the ring at Farfetch.com. And for the dark twist, Butter London’s Union Black Jack nail polish.

For the deets on the look, CLICK HERE!

You likey? I kind of love it!

That’s a wrap everyone! We are dunzo with the bright pants! Now it’s time to practice!

I wish you a lovely weekend!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations by Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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Flashy Fancy Pants: JADE

The weekend is almost here and we are almost done with our Flashy Fancy Pants series, 5 down and one to go after this post. Milan’s getting colder and colder by the second but the great thing is we still get to wear bold, bright colors thanks to this season’s trends! I have prepared for you a look in Jade, this color is not only beautiful but also flattering, the effect against the skin is amazing (I’m so pale right now that maybe some Jade can save me from being mistaken for a corpse).

AS SEEN IN:  3.1 Phillip Lim, Yigal Azrouël, Vanessa Bruno, Hermes

THE LOOK

Cheery and cozy, two words that are constantly on my mind when Fall’s cruelest wind and cold hit my lovely bones. I think this ouftit reflects just my state of mind, don’t you? For this jaded look I chose a pair of skinny pants with low rise from Nasty Gal. Since the temperature has seriously dropped, a playful jumper is in order. This is one of the cutest sweaters ever and you can also find it over at Nasty Gal, God how I love this store! Over this lovely garment, we need some hair. And yes, I am now obsessed with hairy coats (as you can see, I acquire new obsessions daily) so this beauty from River Island is just the thing! I know that this is a laid back ensemble, but to make it more chic we need some heels and this belted booties in tan from Modcloth.com seem both comfy and cute.

For the bag, there is only one purse in my world that can offer that effortless chic vibe when sporting casual ensembles, the Balenciaga City in this gorgeous shade of bright powder blue. For the accessories, this beautiful deer skull pendant and a double knuckle ring in Teal, both from Modcloth.com. For the final touch, give your nails a hype with MAC’s Hot’n’steamy Pink nail polish! J’adore!

For the details on this look, CLICK HERE!

To all those Americans reading, Happy Thanksgiving and to the rest of us, why not give thanks too for all the blessings we get to have!

Sweet kisses…

PS: The 100th post giveaway is coming! Check back for the last post of the series and some more ABOUT ME posts!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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The Daily Fashion Bread: November 22, 2011

Hello, hello my sweet readers! You know what time of the week it is? Time for your Daily Fashion Bread! You might ask yourselves what’s with the summery illustration? Well this chilly, windy days make me long for those Summer ones more than ever. This week is starting off with very, very important and exciting news for us fashion lovers. So let’s start with our round up!

Marry me, Sir Phillip Green! Oh how many times have I wanted to get down on one knee and propose to this man and after today’s news I am so desperate I would take a position as a rug in his London home. If you are not feeling this way about TOPSHOP’s mogul, after this you will. Print master and fabulous designer Mary Katrantzou has just signed a deal to design a collection for the british retailer. Yes, you heard me! This spring, us mortals could be among the lucky ones to snag one of Miss Katrantzou’s pieces and after today’s preview, making endless lines and camping outside it’s gonna be totally worth it!

Stella goes back home. She has been showing in Paris for about ten years now, and this next Fashion Week, Stella is going back to London. Yes, she will still be showing on the Paris runways, but she will be making a special presentation for her World of Stella exhibition over at Selfridges and the release of her new fragrance. Also, all eyes will be set on her due to her collaboration as designer of the Olympic Games British team uniforms. There is no doubt that on February, Stella McCartney will be one very busy lady and possibly LFW’s woman of the hour.

Versace, second time’s a charm. It was probably one of the most expected collaborations, it sold out in many countries in a matter of hours and this Spring Donatella’s back for more! Versace is getting ready to release next year, February to be precise, what will be their second line for the Swedish brand. A collection where bikinis, bright colors and happy prints will be the main components. Will you be buying?

Iris Apfel to design sunnies? Yes she is, and I can’t even begin to say how much I will want a pair of those. Over the years she has made of her image something iconic, and part of that has always been her trademark glasses.  She will be designing a line of eyewear for Eyebots and they will be rather affordable! By the way, check out her jewelry line, it’s bold and adorable, just like the maker.

Oops, Franca did it again… Vogue Italia’s ballsy editor in chief always finds herself in the middle of controversy. She is never afraid to speak her mind on that fabulous blog of hers, this time it was all about the Pope. After the his visit to Africa, Sozzani questioned the Catholic Church about not giving away enough money to African charities and their policy against condom usage to prevent AIDS. Franca Sozzani is well-known for her strong opinions but she is always kind of right, and I love her for that.

RUMOR MILL: Is Tom Ford the next in line for and H&M collaboration? We can’t help but hope!

Sweet kisses…

PHOTOS: Grazia, Vogue.it, Vogue.com, Bruce Webber
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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Flashy Fancy Pants: METALLIC

It’s Monday, dreadful Monday my sweet readers, and it’s freezing cold! Here for you, the fourth look on my Flashy Fancy Pants series. It’s all about the bling, it’s all about the glitz, it’s all about metallic trousers! It doesn’t get better than this, I’m a self-proclaimed shiny shit junkie. Metallic is not a synonym for clubwear as many people think, you can wear metallics even for breakfast if you wish if the styling is proper (never wear metallic head to toe, they might confuse you with the club’s shiny disco ball). So here’s an idea, since this week has just begun, why not start plannig a chic & chic outfit for this weekend’s fun night out!

AS SEEN IN: Moschino, ETRO, Marc Jacobs, Balmain

THE LOOK

Fancy dinner? Drinks with friends? This look is just the perfect thing for that! Playing down metallics with neutrals is definitely a big success. That is why with this outfit I went with soft colors for the garments and bold accessories. For the pants, I chose gold instead of silver because I wanted a warmer result. This amazing pair of trousers are from ZARA. For the top part, an oversized jumper in blush from ASOS for a casual/cool kind of vibe. I threw over a tailored, tux blazer (the tux trend is very IN right now) in cream from MANGO. For the shoes, I wanted some color impact and this bottle green platform pumps from Laurence Dacade were the answer to my prayers.

For the wild factor, this frame leopard clutch from French Connection can be found over at ASOS.com. Jewelry? Two gold bracelets, both from ASOS: one with spikes and the other with a heart charm. One ring: the classic ARTY from YSL.

For beauty, a simple updo will do and for your nails: Deborah Lippmann’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Want all the juiciy details on today’s look, click HERE and check them out!

You likey? Feel free to comment! I still have two more flashy pants posts in store for ya! Come back to check them out!

Sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool (plus I use Copyscape quite often so don’t even try it)

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Flashy Fancy Pants: MUSTARD

Good Sunday my sweet readers! With chilly days like this one, going out is not an option. Coffee, bed and a series marathon (it was BBC’s Merlin’s turn today) sound like a perfect plan. One of the perks of being a blogger is that it is absolutely possible to work under a bunch of blankets (only if the drawing part is ready to be edited, thank God I had my dummies for today’s post done). So I have not been slacking off, it has been a rather productive day working from my comfortable bed. As I told you before, we are in the middle of our Flashy Fancy Pants series of posts. Today is all about Mustard! Mustard was one of the strongest color trends we got to see on the runways on February and although it’s supposed to be a color that flatters only certain complexions, if styled in a smart way, it can be for everyone. Dressing head to toe in mustard in definitely not an option for any complexion at all, you can seriously be mistaken for a jar of Dijon, but wearing an element or two can be fun and really interesting. Here is what I prepared for you today:

AS SEEN IN: Cynthia Rowley, ACNE, Hermes, The Row

THE LOOK

When thinking about styling this mustard pants look, I immediately knew I wanted to do something Navajo casual but always chic. Let’s see if I pulled it off. I chose a pair of mustard skinny zip trousers from TOPSHOP. I paired it with what seemed the perfect element, a denim button.down shirt with a loose and classic fit from Urban Outfitters. The navajo element had to come from the jacket, for this cold Fall days, this cozy, woven one with sherpa lining from Urban Outfitters is just what we needed. For the shoes, navy platform booties was all I could think about, they can be found over at Urban Outfitters.

For the bag, if we are going for a cool and laid back kind of vibe, the Caramel PS1 from Proenza Schouler in suede is just that and more. For accessories, a funky ring mix: a green stone one from ASOS, the crimson skull one from TOPSHOP and a House of Harlow number with an ethnic print. For the nails, a lovely shade of dark red. It’s all about Essie’s Brownie Points.

For all the details on this look, go to the Flashy Fancy Pants: MUSTARD list by clicking HERE.

That’s it for today folks! Three down, three more to go!

Wishing you a cozy and relaxing Sunday,

Sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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Flashy Fancy Pants: FIRE RED

Happy Friday my sweet, sweet readers. As promised, here is look number two from the bright pants trend series. If you haven’t checked out the first two posts click HERE and HERE to read them. Today is all about fire red, a powerful and show stopping color not many people dare to wear. The success depends on how you style it, so let’s see if you like the way I did it!

AS SEEN IN: Monique Lhuillier, DKNY, Gucci and Michael Kors

THE LOOK

Since red pants are already a flashy and daring garment, I did not want to go with the whole rocker/biker chick kind of vibe. The red pants I chose are this fitted ones with side zipper pockets from ASOS. To tone down a bit the intensity of the color, I paired it up with the cutest jumper, also from ASOS, the cream Bonjour angora one. Underneath, for a more classic look, a black, basic button-down shirt from River Island. It is important to pick one with long sleeves so you have them peeking out from under the sweater (pick a slim fit so it doesn’t bulge underneath). To add some cuteness and since collars are very trendy right now, this ASOS chiffon bow tie is the cherry in top of our ensemble. For the shoes, I wanted some edge and if you want edge all you need is leopard in a bootie. This Mercer wedges can be found at Nasty Gal, one of my favorite online shops!

For the bag, I discovered this little treasure at Colette.fr, which is probably the best French concept store there is on earth. It’s a black grained clutch with stripes from Thom Browne. For accessories, quite simple: Chanel’s Blue Satin nail polish and Topshop’s  carved face ring.

For all the deets on today’s look, go to Fashiolista!

There you go, another day another bright look for you before the weekend begins! And remeber, we still have four more to go!

Sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

 

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