Monthly Archives: December 2011

ABOUT ME: Sweet’n’Western

Good day my sweet readers! We are reaching the end of 2011 and as we approach 2012, Sweet’n’Raw is also two months away from its first anniversary! As we speak, I am still in a state of complete relaxation with my family at my beloved Acapulco. And while I am baking some New Year’s Eve posts in my sweet, sweet oven, I thought I’d give you something simple, a little bit more about me.

Call me “THE LADY”

To anyone that’s familiar with the whole Western genre, you will have no problem understanding what my nickname is all about. It’s been a long, long time since my affair with the Old American West started. I can’t even remeber how long it has been, all I can remember is I was still young enough to play dress-up.

It all began with one film, The Quick and the Death. Remeber Sharon Stone as the cool, cowgirl outlaw looking to avenge the death of her father? Remeber Leonardo DiCaprio as the cute, flirty and neglected son of the evil town mayor, John Herod, played by movie legend Gene Hackman? How about Rusell Crowe’s preacher? Well people, I used to play that movie over and over, first with my VHS cassette, then I managed to purchase the DVD. About the dress-up part, I pretended I was Ellen “The Lady” (Sharon Stone’s character), I even dressed the part with a pair of my dad’s cowboy boots and a suede jacket, I borrowed the plastic gun from my little brother’s toy drawer.

Then came the TV rerun marathon. It was a five hour extravaganza starting with Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss and hunk-a-licious Joe (at the time I used to watch that show he was probably older than my father but in the show he was cute as a button) in Bonanza, followed by Michael Ingalls drama fueled series, Little House on the Prairie, then Dr. Quinn the Medicine Woman (I hated Sully, I loved Matt), Paradise and last but not least, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

I could go on like this for hours, but it wouldn’t be fair nor interesting for me to describe to you how I found love when I found Lonsome Dove or how pissed off I was when I learned that Deadwood would not have a thrid season. I still have a soft spot for Western, what can I say, it-s one of my life’s guilty pleasures.

And this is the story on how Sweet Sophie has always had a cowgirl inside her. After all, boots were made for walking…

Sweet kisses…

Illustration by Ana Sofia Alanis

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool




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Sweet, Sweet Christmas!

Dear and sweet, sweet reader,

I hope you find that PS1 large leather satchel under the tree.

I hope those Christmas dinner calories disappear into thin air

I hope that eggnog hangover never gets to you.

I hope you get that kiss under the mistletoe

But above all, I hope all your wishes come true…

And of course, a Merry, Merry Christmas!

Sweet kisses…

Sweet ‘n’ Raw

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WANNA POLKA? The Sweater

I know, I know, it’s been a few days since my last post. Holidays are a difficult time to keep up, but us fashion bloggers know that no excuse is good enough to leave our loyal and sweet readers without reading material. Remember the Wanna Polka series (click HERE and HERE for the previous posts)? This time I’m back with the sweater, a garment that always comes in handy, specially when it’s cold outside. I have to confess that I am a sucker for knitwear, two big ass drawers are devoted to this beloved piece of clothing in my closet. So when one of my favorite trends, polka dots, meets one of my favorite items, it’s definitely worth of posting. So here for you, everything you need to know about how to rock the spotted jumper, or cardigan, whichever you prefer!

Top row: Big spotted jumper, TOPSHOP / Camel & navy sweater, Dorothy Perkins / Mini polka jumper, TOPSHOP

Bottom row: Stripes & spots, Sonia Rykiel / Pastel polka, Marc Jacobs / Navy, Chinti & Parker


I love Winter drama, and that’s exactly what I tried to do with today’s outfit. Making a simple jumper part of a sophisticated look is an easy task if you have all the right elements for it. First of all, let’s start off with the jumper. I chose this comfy and figure flattering one from ASOS. It’s black with tan spots, which allows us to play a little game I like to call matchy, matchy. I usually go for multi-colored ensembles, but every once in a while I like the whole matching colors result. I paired it up with a pair of dark and fitted jeans from Zara (you also have noticed by now that jeans are not regulars on my blog, but hey, that doesn’t mean I don’t like’em). I tucked them inside the most beautiful boots this Spanish retail giant has ever made, two tone, knee-high babies that are definitely dead-ringers for Chanel but on the cheaper side. I wrapped around a bicolor scarf, also from Zara, in tan and black. I want to keep on matching baby, keep on matching.

For the bag, classic Prada. The Saffiano tote is definitely worth the splurge. You do not want to overdo it with the accessories, since I added a touch of head. Yes, a beautiful floppy hat, also in black, from ASOS. For your hands, just one ring, this gorgeous square one you can find also on ASOS and a creamy shade from Essie’s latest collection, Brooch the Subject, for your nails.

Are you ready to take out your polka knits for a stroll? I will when I get back to that cold and windy weather. Tomorrow’s Christmas Eve, my sweet readers! Have you been naughty or nice?

Sweet kisses…

PS: Big surprise for all my sweet spanish-speaking readers coming up later!

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

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

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The Jet-set Junkie presents… THE GIFT GUIDE

Good Monday my sweet readers! As I told you before, I am writing from Mexico City as I am preparing to leave for my much needed beach holiday tomorrow. The reason I’ve been MIA this days: Friends and Family. With all the dinners, lunches, brunches with my loved ones, I have had a little time for myself. But I am back! This time with a double dose of X-mas gift ideas. This is the las post from our X-mas gift special an I’ve been saving the best for last: the Jet-set Junkie. Rember him from our Summer Getaways series? If you want to meet him just click HERE. He is a St. Barts regular, the créme de la créme, that is why here at Sweet’n’Raw we prepared a list worthy of his fabulousness. This is also the first time we get acquainted with the men’s department. So to all the fellas out there, I hope you really like it… To the ladies, here are some great ideas that can help you pick that perfect something for your boyfriends! Let’s start, shall we?


  1. Tom Ford Extreme: Tom Ford is just the man to provide the perfect fragrance for a man like our Jet-set junkie. Strong, delicate and sophisitcated, only for a sophisticated and delicate palate like his own.
  2. Hartford floral swim trunks: There’s nothing I love more than men in floral swimsuits, pair it with a slightly unbuttoned linen shirt and hellooo sexy!
  3. Rag & Bone fedora: Hats and men can be either a hit or a miss. When played right, it can be a major success. This Rag & Bone fedora is just that kind of hit.
  4. Want les Essentiels de la Vie Camel iPad case: Like the brand says, this is an essential in life. A man that travels that much, that trotes around the globe, needs the perfect suit for his iPad. A camel sleeve with a zip is just the thing he needs.
  5. Understand Rap by William Buckholz: There’s nothing a man with a sharp and witty sense of humor appreciates more than a funny book. You can find a great selection at Urban Outfitters or go to for more options!
  6. Band of Outsiders striped sweater: I fell in love with this brand since the moment I saw the first collections. It’s for a man who has that cool and laid-back attitude but that always looks effortlessly classy. This jumper is just the perfect item for a late sunset lunch at the beach.
  7. Riviera navy canvas shoes: You want the perfect pairing for you Band of Outsiders sweater? This Riviera canvas shoes are just the thing. Always affordable, comfortable and stylish, they are the perfect gift.
  8. Urban Outfitters party mustache: The mustache trend is everywhere! Yes it is! Why not give your man his own party prop, a mustache that can be twisted and combed as desired.
  9. Paul Smith pin-up cufflinks: Paul Smith can never loose his cool, and this pin-up cufflinks are proof of that! Original and funny, it’s when cool meets kitsch.
  10. Raf Simons tortoise shell sunnies: Season after season, with every Jil Sander collection Raf Simmons sends down the runway, my love for him grows more and more. After browsing through his eyewear line, it’s just impossible to love him even more. Tortoise shell sunnies, to die for!
  11. Want les Essentiels de la Vie wash bag: Another must-have for the travelling man. With a simple but classic design, this wash bag is bound to be a very, very successful gift!


  1. YSL La Laque trio (44, 33, 43): Jewel tones in a nail polish bottle? What else could a girl want for Christmas this year?
  2. Dorothy Perkins jade clutch: The perfect companion for all those nights out partying. Flashy, stylish and very, very affordable, this jade green clutch is really something special.
  3. Tom Ford Violet Fatale lipstick: A dark, sexy and mysterious pout is just that perfect beauty detail that can absolutely enhance your whole look. And who can do dark, sexy and mysterious? The man of the hour himself, Mr. Tom Ford.
  4. K. Jacques pour OC sandals: Escaping the cold, harsh winter and going to a sunny and beachy destination seems to be a very popular thing right now (I’m leaving for the beach in a few hours), and taking the perfect sandals is absolutely necessary.
  5. Fuschia suede iPad cover:  An iPad alone is cute, but an iPad with a great dress (cover) is just pure perfection. And for all of us, pink junkies, this fuchsia, suede sleeve is the best gift a girl can have.
  6. Jasmine Rouge perfume by Tom Ford: I know, you are probably asking yourselves, again with the Tom Ford thing? And yes, his products are probably a little pricier than the rest but with the quality, originality and genius he puts into each and every on of them, it’s totally worth it.
  7. Rabito iPhone case: You have a cute dress for your iPad, you can also have the prettiest costume for your iPhone. Robito cases are a huge thing in Japan, and you can have yours at a very, very low price and in every color you can possibly imagine.
  8. Topshop skull enamel ring:Cheap and pretty, two words we love to hear in a combo. This fashionable ring in purple or blue from TOPSHOP can be the perfect ornament for our manicured hands.
  9. YSL Lapis ring: As I said before, if you don’t own your own YSL ring yet, this Christmas seems like the perfect time to get it!
  10. Steve Madden Dynemite platform sandals: Sky-high heel, bright and flashy color, comfort and style. What more could we ask for in a shoe? You can find this beauties in four different colors and at a very reasonable price.
  11. Stila eye shadow palette: After purchasing this baby, you might want to get rid of your old eye shadows. All the hues you need in a palette, you can find inside. When we buy a shadow palette there is always that hideous green or blue you never use, with Stila’s one, that won’t be a problem!
  12. Printed TIBI dress: In New Year’s Eve you will want to get heads turning and this colorful, printed dress for TIBI is at sale at the Outnet. What are you wating for?

There you go! The last of the gift guide special. Happy shopping! I’m off to the beach, I will be back tomorrow with more polka!

Christmas is 7 days away!

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos, wallpaper and frames: google

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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The City Blonde presents… THE GIFT GUIDE

Well hello, hello my sweet readers! As I am getting ready for my winter escape to my beloved mexican beaches and our lovely Charlotte won Sweet’n’Raw’s first giveaway, I am delivering to you the third gift guide for this holiday season. This time is all about what our gorgeous city blonde wants and desires. Remeber her? If you don’t CLICK HERE to meet this sophisticated, concrete jungle diva.

The City Blonde, otherwise known as Countess Winston, is more versatile than a jukebox. She’s into books but she’s also into parties. She actually understands and loves poetry (most of us mortals don’t) but she is also part of the Brunch Mimosa Abuse programme. So let’s see what this New Yorker in the making wrote on her letter to Santa!

  1. Deborah Lippmann’s Billionaire, Call me irresponsible, Satin Doll and Just walk away Renee: The perfect hues for the perfect city girl! Talk about making a statement with your nails!
  2. Michael Kors neoprene laptop case: Why not add some chic and color to your laptop cover, courtesy of Mr. Kors
  3. Cambridge Satchel Company blue satchel: A satchel is perfect for running around the city, choose one in a flashy color!
  4. Chanel Nº19 perfume: A powerful perfume for a powerful city lady!
  5. YSL Arty ring: Do you have yours? If not, now’s the time.
  6. Steve Madden MADEE leopard slippers: Slipper and leopard, two words that together make the perfect combo! Comfortable yet stylish! So New York.
  7. Nars “Funny Face” lipstick: Brighten your pucker and brighten your day with this exquisite and creamy lip color by the makeup master, François Nars
  8. Paris vs. New York by Vahram Muratyan: Now there’s one book that has to be in every New Yorker’s coffee table.
  9. Steve Madden SHASHAYY bootie in Taupe Nubuck: Cruisin’ the street with style!
  10. Benefit Cha Cha tint:get blushy, get happy!
  11. Sequin black mini dress: Get spotted and turn some heads over on New Year’s Eve with this flashy and plunging neckline dress. Now that’s what I call cleavage.

Three down, one more to go! Tomorrow I shal give you the Jet-set Junkie and for all you guys out there (in case you stumble into this fashion blog with a pastel substance abuse), I will be posting something for the lads as well!

13 days till X-mas

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos, wallpaper and frame: Google

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

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The Hopeless Romantic presents… THE GIFT GUIDE

Good Sunday my sweet readers! Hoping you liked my Party Princess Gift Guide (click here to read it), I’m here with another one! This time is the turn of The Hopeless Romantic to show us her gift picks for this holiday season. Rember her (me)? If not click here to read a bit about her. So if you have a friend that enjoys romance, old movies and Paris and that falls head over heels for all things cute then this is the list that can help you choose the perfect gift for her! If you find this guide as appealing as I do, you can write some of this items on your letter to Santa to get them for yourself! Enjoy!

  1. Essie’s Cocktail Bling, Brooch the Subject, Bobbing for Baubles and Size Matters: It’s the game between neutrals and bright ones. This lovely collection is a must-have for all us romantic girls out there.
  2. French Connection bow bag: Can a clutch get cuter than this? No, it can’t!
  3. Tom Ford “Lost Cherry” lip gloss: Red lips scream romance, and when done by the one and only, Mr. Sexy Pants, Tom Ford, you can never go wrong.
  4. Modcloth Paris ring: It’s Paris in a ring! Cute, cute as a button!
  5. Miss KG polka dot flats: The key to make even the simplest item beautiful is definitely adding some polka! If you are a hopeless romantic, this Kurt Geiger flats need to be inside your closet.
  6. Swash for Conchinechine iPhone case:  Fabergé inspired iPhone case, need I say more?
  7. Vivienne Westwood’s Cheeky Alice: I am a big fan of Vivienne Westwood’s fragrance line. In fact, Naughty Alice has been my favorite perfume for a while now. The perfet gift for me this Christmas? Cheeky Alice!
  8. Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange: In the history of books, there is not one as cute as this one. Everything from the illustrations to the writing is beautiful and handy! It’s a little treasure box in the form of a book.
  9. Charlotte Olympia Tessa wedges: The fashion world went crazy for the flats, my knees always go weak with the wedges. Charlotte Olympia is without doubt one of the best shoe designers of the moment and by looking at this pair of beauties I know you will agree with me.
  10. Tarte Amazonian Clay blush: When talking about cosmetics, Tarte is all about cute and pretty. And us romantics love, love, love cute and pretty.
  11. Carven cocktail dress: Need a gorgeous New Year’s Eve dress? Courtesy of Carven (one of my favorite brands in the whole, wide world) and with an unbelievable price, thanks to The Outnet, this gray taffetta cocktail beauty is just waiting to be yours!

Christmas is getting closer and closer, and we still have more gift guides coming your way! So keep checking back!

Sweet kisses…

PS: The winner of our giveaway will be announced tomorrow morning! Good luck to all of you who participated!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos, frame and wallpaper: Google

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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The Party Princess presents… THE GIFT GUIDE

Friday, Friday my sweet readers! Christmas is just two weeks away, have you bought your gifts? If you haven’t, here’s one of four posts that can give you one or two ideas! Rember a few months ago when I introduced you to my sisters and brother (if you don’t, CLICK HERE to meet them)? Well they are back and this time with gift suggestions based on their personalities. And since it’s Friday and we are ready to have fun, why not start with the one and only Party Princess. 

She’s the life of the party and she’s the one that knows how to really have fun! Based on that Sweet’n’Raw made a gift selection that could fulfill little Jaime’s needs and desires! So without further ado, here it is:

  1. Chanel Le Vernis metallic trio: If she’s ready for the party, her nails have to be ready as well! What better way to get on the party mood than with this glittery and shiny trio! You can actually win this three babies if you sign up for our giveaway (CLICK HERE), last day is tomorrow!
  2. Zara silver envelope clutch: A wild party spirit needs the ideal companion for clubbing adventures and this Zara beauty is not only perfect for that but also affordable as well!
  3. Zara Kids glittery oxford flats: The biggest size fits me and I’m a 40, so if your friend or sister has feet like mine or smaller, they can be yours! TIP: raiding the kids department every once in a while can lead you to find some amazing stuff you can buy for yourself.
  4. Jimmy Choo glittery iPad case: if you wish to splurge and pamper or ask for this case yourself as a X-mas present, do so! You need shoes, your iPad does too, at least Jimmy Choo seems to think so!
  5. Lady Million by Paco Rabanne: Party girl needs party perfume, and Paco’s Lady Million is just that! From the bottle to the scent, everything about it screams P-A-R-T-Y!
  6. Bobbi Brown Party shimmer brick: Shiny cheeks, happy cheeks!
  7. ASOS peacock platform sandals: All the glitz, glamour and comfort one can get from a shoe.
  8. Glitter collar from ABATABA: What a better way to pump up an outfit than with a glitter collar, the perfect accessory makes the perfect gift for the season.
  9. YSL Golden Amber gloss: Lighten up you pucker with this fabulous french gloss in shade of gold!
  10. ASOS knuckle ring: Pair it with one of the Chanel Le Vernis metallic trio and you’ve got a killer combo.
  11. Topshop Party dress: We all need a New Year’s Eve dress, it’s a day to party hard and shine even harder and this fab dress just does the trick!

So if you have a friend that loves to party, if she loves all that resembles a shiny disco ball, or if you are a Party Princess yourself, I hope this guide can help you choose that perfect gift for this Christmas. And if you need more gift ideas, on the next few days we’ll have more recommendations from the Jet-set Junkie, the City Blonde and the Hopeless Romantic.

Shop away!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Headpiece and frame: Google Images

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool


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Hello, hello from Modena my sweet readers! As I promised yesterday, this is the first of six posts on polka dots, one of my favorite trends of the season and an all-time obsession of mine. For the first one I chose the blouse, one of the most resourceful garments a girl can have. Blouses and shirts have the power of twisting any outfit, they always add a chic and classy effect to an ensemble. As an avid blouse collector (I have a closet that’s bursting with tons of these babies, my favorite are the ones in chiffon with a little bit of sheer), I am always looking for that special one that makes it stand out from the others. And when polka meet blouses, it’s a match made in fabric heaven. That is why I made a little selection of the ones you can find online and at rather affordable prices and of course, I have the look of the day! Keep reading, it’s getting kind of spotty in here, and I kind of love it!

Top row: Laid-back top, TOPSHOP / Bow blouse, Oasis / Pussybow top, Sonia Rykiel

Middle row: Red and navy, TOPSHOP / Mustard sleeveless, Dorothy Perkins / Pussybow navy, Alexon Black

Last row: Peter pan collar top; TOPSHOP / Peter pan collar long sleeve, TOPSHOP / Burgundy tee, TOPSHOP


It was all inspired by this beautiful and cute as a button cropped blouse from Nasty Gal. I paired it up with a high-waisted burgundy skirt from asos. I love the whole burgundy-pink combo. I added a heavy coat Oaxfor coat made out of wool, you can find it over at Nasty Gal. Since a little of leg flashing is always in order (if it’s to coold try out nude tights, but please, and may I say pretty please, chose a natural color, if you choose the “tanned” ones you might end up looking like an ice skater or a hooters waitress). I placed some over the knee socks, also from ASOS. For the shoes, it’s all about the platform booties. This ones in tan are also from ASOS (seriously, what did us girls do before ASOS?). The heel is pretty high, the platform makes them very comfortable and the price makes them even more beautiful.

For accessories, we have already thrown burgundy, cream, pastel pink and grey into the mix, why not add some beautiful green. This stunning piece of leather arm candy is from Chloe and can be found over at  Since I think an updo is perfect for this ensemble, a pair of tiny pearls are perfect! For the hands? Two rings, a deer skeleton one and a green stone one from Max & Chole. Since it’s X-mas time, Essie’s Scarlett o’Hara for your nails!

That’s it for today! You likey? I do and can’t wait to get all spotty! See you tomorrow for more polka action, shorts anyone?

Sweet kisses…



Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis (if you wish to use one of my illustrations, it should be rightfully credited and link back to this site)

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Well, hello my sweet readers! Me posting about this trend was absolutely inevitable. It’s been a while since polka dots and I began our love affair (I have a ridiculously large collection of high-waisted shorts with spots and trust me, it wasn’t on purpose). Spotted is often synonym of girly, unless you go all Dalmatian on me, then it’s Cruella de Vil all over. The reason why I love this trend is because it always has a certain retro feeling to it. It’s also always flirty and on the sexy Lolita side. This fall retailers are carrying all kinds of polka: soft colored, leather, burgundy, chiffon, you can even find it on coats. That is why, over the next couple of days I will be presenting to you six looks, all of them trendy and of course, all of them spotted.


  • Shiny schoolgirl, Yves Saint Laurent PFW F/W 2011
  • Remarkably retro, Marc Jacobs FWNY F/W 2011
  • Sexy and sheer, Stella McCartney PFW F/W 2011
  • City chic, Diane von Furstenberg FWNY F/W 2011

Are you excited? Now you have a reason to come back and check us out! Six polka looks await you!

Sweet kisses and spot on!


Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis (if you wish to use one of my illustrations, it should be rightfully credited and link back to this site)

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NAIL FILES: It’s Xmas time in the city!

Since Mondays are always a drag, I have for you today, my sweet readers, a fun post! It’s the Nail Files! Christmas is just days away and the shopping madness had officially been unleashed. Two or three nail polishes make perfect gifts for girlfriends, cousins, sisters and even for your office’s Secret Santa (if you have an enamel obsessd sister like mine, the one and only Party Princess, you need to dig deeper into your pockets and buy almost the whole OPI nail polish rack.). I’ve put together for you a holiday inspired selection, some are actually special holiday editions, others just felt Christmassy as well. So if you need seasonal gift idea or you just want to dress up your nails, Xmas style, here they are:


  • Gettin’ Miss Piggy with It, OPI Muppets Collection
  • Do ya think I’m sexy, Deborah Lippmann
  • Jag-u-are, Essie
  • Knees up, Butter London


  • Deep Sea, MAC
  • Don’t Tell Mama, Deborah Lippmann
  • Superficial, Ciaté
  • Viridian, Illamasqua


  • Stairway to Heaven, Deborah Lippmann
  • Prism, Illamasqua
  • Oui Madame, Essie
  • Unconditionally Fabulous, MAC


  • Immortal Gold, MAC
  • Ladylike Luxe, Ciaté
  • Peridot, Chanel Le Vernis
  • Boom Boom Pow, Deborah Lippmann


  • Diamond Geezer, Butter London
  • Graphite, Chanel Le Vernis
  • Harsh, Illamasqua
  • Marquee Moon, Deborah Lippmann

Silver bells? Santa’s girl? Sweet snowflakes? What’s your favorite shade? I’m all about the Mistletoe!

20 days till Christmas :)

Sweet kisses…


Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool (plus I often use Copyscape)

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