Monthly Archives: April 2012

SPRING LEATHER: THE JACKET

This week is only starting and what better way to kick it off than with a new trend series. Leather is not only for Fall and Winter anymore, you can have lots of fun styling it with this season’s trendiest and loveliest garments. Today we are going to concentrate on the one piece that you absolutely have to have inside your closet: the leather jacket. Leather jackets are the most resourceful ally for a girl, whether you throw it over some cut-offs and a tank or over a girly, girly dress, it will always look great. Here for you, a selection of colorful and seasonal jackets that you can find online:

SELECTION

TOP: Versace / Eikhoff / Forzieri

MIDDLE: Mango / Acne / Topshop

BOTTOM: Versace / Topshop / DAY Birger et Mikkelsen

LOOK OF THE DAY

A romantic look with the studded biker as a twist.

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • Plumberry nail polish, ESSIE

For all the details on today’s list, go to FASHIOLISTA

What do you think of Spring leather? Are you gonna try this trend out? I must confess I’m a sucker for leather and when it comes in different and lively colors, hello I’m in love!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

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SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol. 3

It’s Saturday, waking up late and catching up with your reading with a much needed cup of coffee is just the thing to do. So if you missed Sweet’n’Raw’s article for Chictopia, now’s the time to read away. I’ve been wanting to do a series on Short Suits, a trend that I really adore, my Chictopia weekly piece seemed to be the perfect opportunity. Without further ado, here it is:

3 Ways To Wear The Must-Have Shorts Suit Trend

The beauty about fashion is how unexpected it is: styles are always returning, garments are constantly reinvented and what you reputed as unwearable all of a sudden becomes in trend. The pantsuit officially made its comeback a couple seasons ago, and this spring we get to sport the fresh and leggy version of it: the short suit and blazer combo.

Whether you go with prints, color-blocking or a texture mash-up, the short suit is always fun to style in a dressy way. Now it’s no longer about a matching top and bottom— you can play with different fabrics and hues which allows you to incorporate different trends at the same time.

Possibilities are endless for the suit style. You can take it to work by adding a knitted vest and a button-down, for some drinks with a sequin top underneath and even for running errands with a crisp white tee and a pair of trainers.

CREAM LOOK

· Tweed jackets are your best friend when wanting to sport this trend. Plus, they are as cute as a button, resourceful and timeless. If Mademoiselle Coco Chanel made them a fashion icon, they must be inside your closet (thank god there’s Zara to save us from the splurge). Be sure to take advantage of this season’s candy hues. A tweed jacket in a powdery shade is definitely knee-weakening material!

· Monochromatic looks are in trend right now but they have its risks: the boring factor and the ridicule one (you don’t want to look like a celery stick or any other piece of colorful produce). You need to choose your shapes and textures right and play with different shades of the same hue to make the whole ensemble more interesting and to avoid the “paint bucket shower” look.

YELLOW LOOK

· Tailored shorts are the key to pulling off this style, after all, we are talking about short suits. You can go wild and free with the textures, length, cut and shape, but while sticking to tailored shorts with a little bit of a high waist.

Short suits are definitely a way to have fun by mixing and matching. Now that the flowers are blooming and the sun is out, it’s time to take our legs out to play. Smart dressing has never been more fun, don’t you agree?

CREAM LOOK
Cream bouclé jacket, ZARA / Blouse with cut-out detail, ZARA / Cream crochet shorts, ZARA / Double strap heeled sandals, ZARA / Quilted shoulder bag, ROMEO / Pearl & gold earrings, ACCESSORIZE / Black strap watch, ASOS / Rhinestone bracelet, FOREVER 21 / Chain and leather bracelet, ASOS / Beaded and skull bracelet, ASOS / NAKED nail polish, TOM FORD

MINT LOOK

YELLOW LOOK
Blazer with zip, ZARA / Draped sleeveless top, TOPSHOP / Scalloped shorts, NASTY GAL / Denim pumps, ASOS / Tan shoulder bag, MODCLOTH / Sunglasses, PRADA / Pink bracelet, FOREVER 21 / Watch, ASOS / Salmon embellished bangle, FOREVER 21 / Rhinestone bangle, FOREVER 21 / Multi-coloured ring trio, TOPSHOP / ROSE nail polish, DOLCE & GABBANA

GREEN LOOK
Mint frayed jacket, TRF ZARA / Mint solid top, ASOS / Glitter shorts, TOPSHOP / Tan strappy sandals, ZARA / Green frame clutch, ASOS / Silver ring trio, ASOS / Chain cuff, FOREVER 21 / Skull necklace, ASOS / Attraction nail polish, CHANEL

What do you think about this trend? Will you be trying it out? If so, be sure to do it before the soft Spring sun turn into an agressive, brazing one. Have a beautiful Saturday, my sweet readers!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

 

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NAIL FILES: Flowers are pretty…

Finally Friday, my sweet readers! Since the weekend relaxation is just starting, I wanted to whip up a cute and relaxing post. It’s that time of the month, Nail Files time! Spring has finally sprung on us, that is why flowers are the perfect inspiration for today’s nail polish session. Are you ready to color your nails with some floral inspiration? Let’s begin!

ROSES ARE RED

  • Scarlet Chinois, TOM FORD
  • Red Alert, MODELS OWN
  • Rouge Pop Art, YSL
  • So hot it berns, OPI

PEONIES ARE PINK

  • Lights, ESSIE
  • Elephantastic Pink, OPI
  • Walton Place, NAILS INC
  • Anardana, THAKOON FOR NARS

LISIANTHUS ARE PURPLE

  • Talent Scout, CIATÉ
  • Call me irresponsible, DEBORAH LIPPMANN
  • Sexy Divide, ESSIE
  • Black Purple, YSL

SUNFLOWERS ARE YELLOW

  • Rare, ILLAMASQUA
  • Anchoor, THAKOON FOR NARS
  • Yellow Brick Road, DEBORAH LIPPMANN
  • Cheeky Chops, BUTTER LONDON

MAGNOLIAS ARE WHITE

  • Alpine Snow, OPI
  • Blanc Symboliste, YSL
  • Scorch, ILLAMASQUA
  • T-shirt, AMERICAN APPAREL

HYDRANGEAS ARE BLUE

  • Cameo Blue, AMERICAN APPAREL
  • Lapis of Luxury, ESSIE
  • I don’t give a Rotterdam, OPI
  • Regatta, CIATÉ

FOLIAGE IS GREEN

  • British Racing Green, BUTTER LONDON
  • Kink, ILLAMASQUA
  • Hunter, AMERICAN APPAREL
  • Wild Green, DOLCE & GABBANA

Which floral color is your favorite? I am definitely a Peony and Magnolia girl.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

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THE GARDEN GODDESS: THE SKIRT

Good Thursday, my sweet readers! The Garden Goddess series has come to an end and we end it with the girliest item of them all: the skirt. Floral skirts definitely add the cute factor to any outfit. Whether you like an A-line shape, a bodycon, a midi, a maxi or a skater (a personal favorite), you must have at least one inside your closet. You won’t be having a problem finding the one that suits you best, this season, floral skirts are to retailers, what bread is to a bakery. Here’s a selection of cute and flirty skirts that you can find online, they are just one click away!

SELECTION

TOP: Alice + Olivia / Dolce & Gabbana / Mary Katrantzou

MIDDLE: Erdem / Topshop / H&M

BOTTOM: Vera Wang / Mango / Band of Outsiders GIRL

LOOK OF THE DAY

Since the rain can surprise us anytime, I wanted to create a cute look around this beautiful Alice + Olivia skirt and the gorgeous Zara trench coat. Days are really starting to heat up and pretty soon waring jackets will be almost suicidal. That’s why we need to take our bikers, bombers and trench coats out to play, now, while we still can…

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • Camera nail polish, ESSIE

For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA

That’s a wrap everyone! Now it’s time for you to try this fresh and pretty trend out. I am about to start baking tomorrow’s post: the infamous  NAIL FILES, so if you are as crazy for nail polish as I am, be sure to check back!

Sweet kisses…

PS: To all of you, for all the support and feedback, for reading my crazy Chictopia articles and for taking the time to visit my humble blog, thank you… You make it worth it, you make me happy!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

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THE GARDEN GODDESS: THE DRESS

Hello, hello my sweet readers! Spring is in full bloom, finally! No more rainy days, only warm and pretty sunny ones (here’s hoping). Today I have for you the fifth part of our Garden Goddess series, the series that just snagged Sweet’n’Raw a feature on the Fashiolista Facebook page. Today I have put together for you one of Sweet’n’Raw’s all time favorite looks (definitely on my top 5), it’s all about the dress. A floral dress is the most resourceful piece inside our Spring/Summer wardrobe, it’s effortlessly cute and pretty and it can be paired up with almost anything. Want to go to a music festival? Pair it with some biker boots or a crochet vest. Want a use it as a killer beach cover-up? Add some embellished sandals and a cute tote. Want to take it out for drinks? A blazer and some sky-high heels are the perfect complements. Here’s a selection of pretty and flowery dresses that you can find online.

SELECTION

TOP: River Island / TOPSHOP/TOPSHOP

BOTTOM: Dorothy Perkins / Dorothy Perkins / TOPSHOP

LOOK OF THE DAY

Cute, textured, mashed-up, dressed-up, you name it. This look has it all and we are so loving it! A combination of textures, shapes and prints is what makes it so special. What do you think?

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • A crewed interest nail polish, ESSIE

For all the details on today’s list, go to FASHIOLISTA

I hope you liked it as much as I did, feel free to comment! It’s a long weekend here in Italy, I am off to visit le boyfriend in Modena. I’ll be on a sort of mini holiday but I have my posts armed and ready for you!

Sweet kisses…

 

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

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THE GARDEN GODDESS: THE PANTS

Good morning my sweet readers! Why not start the day with a fresh and floral post? The Garden Goddess series are back and better than ever. On a rainy day like this one, all we need is color. Today’s post is devoted to one of the season’s strongest trends: the flower printed pants. Versatile and resourceful, a pair of floral beauties are a must-have item in your closet. First of all, here’s an adorable selection of trousers you can find online.

SELECTION

TOP: Dolce & Gabbana / TOPSHOP / Dolce & Gabbana

BOTTOM: Current/Elliot / Dolce & Gabbana / River Island


LOOK OF THE DAY

Today’s look is all about cute and casual. Mixing floral pants with a peplum and some trainers would seem rather unusual, but when paired up together, they seem to fall right into place. I rarely use tennis shoes on my looks, let alone Converse, but I am really starting to dig them! What about you?

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY

For all the details on today’s look, click HERE!

We are almost done with our Garden Goddess series and then it’s that time of the month, NAIL FILES time! Keep checking back if you want the low down on the season’s newest polish trends.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

 

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SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol 2.

Happy and relaxing Sunday, my sweet readers! The Garden Goddess series is officially on hold, only because today I wanted to show you Sweet’n’Raw’s latest article for Chictopia. As I told you before,  I am contributing with a weekly article for the site, each Monday you can read some new lines, by me. For this article, I wanted to do something different from my usual styling illustrations, I wanted to pay homage to the season’s most wanted, designer garments. So here they are, the coveted.

5 Spring 2012 “IT” Girl Styles That We Love

Not too many seasons ago, it was all about the girl on the cover. Nowadays, it’s more about what the girl on the cover is wearing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it all started with the S/S 2011 Prada dress, the one with the stripes, the ruffled hem and the Vitamin-colored hues. Signora Miuccia’s colorful creation snagged more covers and editorials than Kate and Naomi together.

After the Prada moment, it has been a seasonal race among designers and their creations. Spring is halfway through and some of the season’s “IT” garments have already been determined. Who will take
the crown? Gucci’s flappers? Prada’s retro engines? Ralph Lauren’s Gatsby girls? Keep on reading and you shall find out.

PRADA’S DANGEROUS BODYSUIT

It’s a fact: covers are to Miuccia Prada what MVP awards were to Michael Jordan. Win them big and win them all. First the bananas, then the sequin scales and now it’s time for her hot wheels to take over the editorial world. There is not one magazine issue that doesn’t feature the green leather skirt with the automotive print, the pastel, micro-pleated dress, the crochet coat or the bandeau top. However, in addition to all of this there’s one piece that really stole the show. The textured bodysuit with the bejeweled belt and the dangerous curves has made Prada, once again, queen of the covers.

DOLCE & GABBANA’S VEGGIE COMBO


These are some seriously fashionable and proud italians. Every season, they pay their signature homage to their beloved Sicilian siren. This Spring, inspired by Sophia Loren, the bombshell par excellence, Italian cuisine got sexy on the runway to the sounds of Mambo Italiano.

Before Dolce & Gabbana, wearing garlics and onion would have been for vampire slayers only and a chili pepper print could easily get you mistaken for a jalapeño bag of chips. To Domenico & Stefano, the vegetable garden is not only wearable, but fabulous. If in doubt, grab a magazine, flick through it and there you’ll find it: the onion combo,cropped jacket, bralette and high waisted shorts.

GIVENCHY’S SHINY DISCO RUFFLES


Riccardo Tisci has consistently delivered great fashion and art on behalf of Givenchy. This year was no exception for the Italian designer. Glossy magazine pages have been invaded by his perfectly tailored ruffles, and since fashion beings tend to love all things shiny, Tisci’s sequin suits have taken the spotlight. A French, human disco ball? We’ll take it!

MIU MIU’S WALLPAPER PRINTS


Wonder Miuccia can do it all: whip up two stellar collections each season, put together the best ad campaigns and of course, snag more features, covers and editorials than everyone else. Mrs. Prada is clearly on a mission, she wants to conquer the world (move over Karl, the time has come for a Fashion Kaiserin). Miu Miu’s Spring collection reminded us why we love the brand so much. It’s only natural that the off-shoulder capes, the cropped tops with the a-line skirts and the mismatched micro prints earned a big spot inside our monthly fashion bibles.

LOUIS VUITTON’S COTTON CANDY DRESS


As if the magical carousel set wasn’t enough, the showman, Marc Jacobs put together a collection that brought us all a sugar high (in a good way). Everything about it from the powdery color palette and the feminine shapes, to the meticulous and beautiful eyelet work, screamed magazine material. Said and done, Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, “The New Body” Kloss and many more have been immortalized by many world-renowned lenses wearing Louis Vuitton’s candy coated creations.

The season is still young and we are bound to see more cover-worthy fashion. Prada took the first leg. Will Proenza or Prabal take the next?

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article, I have a feeling you are really gonna dig it! Now I’m off to bed, big & busy day tomorrow. My overloaded brain needs to shut down and my freshly washed & moisturized face needs its beauty sleep. Have a good one y’all…

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.
 

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THE GARDEN GODDESS: THE SHORTS

It’s finally Friday and Milan seems to be happy about it too, the sun is out and the day is warm. Dear rain, I signed up for Spring, if I wanted to see you contsantly I would’ve moved to London. We are halfway through with our Garden Goddess series and today I have prepared a colorful and relaxed look using floral shorts. Shorts are the ultimate weapon a girl has inside her closet, you can use them for almost any occasion and you get to flash and tempt the lads with your killer, lower limbs (I really need to get my legs Spring ready. A little Snookification wouldn’t hurt on this raw pastry-colored pair of pins of mine). Without further ado, I’ve put together a selection of flowery shorts that you can find online.

SELECTION

TOP: Dolce & Gabbana / TOPSHOP / H&M

MIDDLE: Jack Wills / Jason Wu / Marni

BOTTOM: Attic and Barn / TOPSHOP / Delia’s

LOOK OF THE DAY

Using the pair of shorts almost every girl has in her closet, the Zara high waisted ones, I have put together a casual look. It’s marvelous how the pastel ombre sweater works with the floral print. You can definitely take this to Coachella this weekend, just switch the wedges for some flats and a mini crossbody to complete the ensemble.

ACCESSORIES

BEAUTY

  • Rose nail polish, Dolce & Gabbana Bouquet

For all the details on today’s outfit, go to FASHIOLISTA

It’s a wrap for today! For the next post I am going to be taking on floral pants, a favorite among the crowd this season. Feel free to leave me a piece or your mind, I love to see what you, my lovely readers, have to say about it all!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

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THE GARDEN GODDESS: THE JACKET

 

Little Friday, my sweet readers! Ready for the weekend (hopefully, a weekend with no rain)? In case you want a fresh and pretty ensemble for a Saturday afternoon, I’m giving you the best from my flower garden (a rather fashionable and wearable garden). This is the second post from the Garden Goddess series, and judging by the response, you seem to be really enjoying this. Today’s garment is the jacket. A floral jacket is a key piece inside your closet: you can dress it down with some cut-offs and a tank, dress it up for a night out with a sequin or metallic mash-up, or simply wear it with a pair of trousers or some tailored shorts for a smart look. Your closet, your choice, I’m just a hopeful inspirator. Here’s a selection of jackets you can find online, for every pocket there’s an alternative.

SELECTION

TOP: Ted Baker / River Island / River Island

MIDDLE: Dolce & Gabbana / Elizabeth & James / Mary Katrantzou

BOTTOM: Dolce & Gabbana / Manoush / Vera Wang

LOOK OF THE DAY

Lace and floral print have always been a match made in heaven. For this look, I wanted to play with separates instead of a dress. I chose this lace top and tucked it inside a high waisted skirt, leaving outside the tank’s tiny peplum. You likey?

ACCESSORIES

BEAUTY

  • Size matters nail polish, ESSIE

For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA.

I have more garden posts in the oven for you! In the meantime, cheer up and wear some flowers this weekend.

Sweet kisses…

PS: Many exciting things are coming up so keep on visiting!

lustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

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THE GARDEN GODDESS: THE TOP

It’s still rainy and gray here in Milan, my sweet readers. I am hoping you have some warm sun over there, so you can take you killer pins and those wedges out to play. Meanwhile, to cheer me up (and those of you also in the middle of an enraged thunderstorm), the first look from our Garden Goddess series. Forget about the water and let’s concentrate on one garment, the floral embellished top. Sure, we all have that sheer, flower printed blouse inside our closets, but this season it’s time to take it one step further. Whether you go with a sequined tank or an embroidered shirt, this piece has the power of pumping up and twisting on any ensemble. Day or night, a floral, embellished top is a girl’s best friend.

SELECTION 

TOP: TOPSHOP / River Island /Miss Selfridge

MIDDLE: Stone / DVF / Semi Couture

BOTTOM: Alice + Olivia / TOPSHOP / Valentino

LOOK OF THE DAY

A dressy outfit than can work for both, a lunch or a cute dinner. Mixing up textures is definitely one of Sweet’n’Raw’s favorite activities and when it involves some sequins, even more so.

CLOTHING:

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

For all the details on today’s look, head over to FASHIOLISTA.

Fresh and pretty, just like a fashionable, flower garden. I hope you liked it as much as I did! Coming up tomorrow, THE GARDEN GODDESS: THE JACKET. Stay tuned!

Sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

 

 

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