Monthly Archives: May 2012

SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol. 6

Last day of May and you know what that means, right? Summer is finally hitting town! And while we get our gear ready to embrace the sun (and some color on our skin), I have for you my sixth piece for Chictopia’s blog, Everybody is Ugly. So far, being a Fashion News Editor for the site has been a great experience. Choosing my theme, preparing my illustrations and writing the article has become a weekly ritual for me (one that I really, really enjoy). But my week’s climax comes when it’s published, receiving all that positive feedback from you and welcoming new readers really makes me happy. For this week’s piece I wanted to do something that really represented my style and personality, of course I had to go with flowers and lace. In case you haven’t read it yet, here it is!

The Style Mash-Up: Three Ladylike Lace and Floral Print Outfits To Try

Fashion never ceases to amaze, it never stops changing, and it always manages to surprise. Long gone are the days when matching your belt to your purse and shoes is the golden rule and bold choices were always part of the “don’t” department. Nowadays, it’s all about fun and self-expression. It doesn’t matter if it’s dressy, messy or daring, as long as you can make it work. Trends are not to be followed in a text book kind of way and there are no step by step recipes for style. You take what you like, and you make it your own, which brings us to our main concept: The Mash-Up.

In music, a mash-up is the blend of one or more pre-recorded songs, in other words, a sound collage. Mash-ups have become really popular lately, hence the Rihanna and Adele composition overload that has taken over the Internet. And since fashion always keeps up with what’s current and never gets left behind, designers came up with the garment version of it. The fashion mash-up is all about mixing and matching different trends, textures, patterns, and prints.

Last September, the Spring 2012 runways were flooded with beautiful and complex ensembles (keeping the collage trend from Fall 2011 alive). Jonathan Saunders presented a collection in which colorful knits, paisley, graphic prints, and delicate appliqué swirls merged into pure fashion poetry. Signora Miuccia showcased her take on mash-ups in both Prada (crochet, cars, jewels and leather, need I say more) and Miu Miu (the A-line lace coats, the micro prints and the ornate cowboy boots still haunt my dreams) and last but not least, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana paired up to perfection their fresh produce prints to their always exquisite lace. They even threw in a pinch of crochet and jacquard.

Dressing up mash-up style is all about using our imagination to create a stylistic and beautiful chaos. Before trying out this trend, here are some tips to take into consideration:

The Garden Mash-up

1. Lose the fear, it’ll only make you match your purse to your shoes and your belt.
2. Have fun and don’t take it all too seriously. That’s the point of this game and you’ll get a better result.
3. It might not look good in your mind, but you’ll never know unless you try it on.
4. Detailed garments are mash-up material, bright solids are not (that’s color-blocking).
5. Mash-up is not a synonym for costume. Think feather skirt, not feather boa.
6. Use evening pieces to pump up day ones.
7. Use day pieces to down play evening ones.
8. When it comes to mash-ups, more is more. Layering, statement jewelry and metallic pieces can help you get the look.
9. Go for textured shoes to add another twist to your ensemble: mirror wedges, embellished pumps, woven sandals.
10. Mashed-up is not the same thing as messed-up. Yes Snooki, we’re talking to you.
11. Floral prints are a girl’s best friend, which brings us to the next argument…

The Pastel Mash-up

THE MASH-UP CHALLENGE: One style, two trends, three ways
THE STYLE: Ladylike
THE TRENDS: Lace and floral print
THE RESULT: THE LADYLIKE MASH UP

GARDEN MASH UP: If the party is in the garden, why not play the flower part?

Lace blazer, ZARA
Blush dress, TOPSHOP
Skinny belt, LIBERTY UK
Embellished sandals, ZARA
Chain purse, MICHAEL KORS
Cream Earrings, ASOS
Arty ring, YSL
Carry On nail polish, ESSIE

PASTEL MASH UP: Mixing in textures and prints but sticking with a soft color palette.

The Peplum Mash-up

Lace coat, ZARA
Polka dot shirt, RIVER ISLAND
Lampshade floral skirt, ASOS
Raffia wedges, LULU’s
Yellow shopper bag, ASOS
Sunglasses, CHLOE
Owl ring, RIVER ISLAND
Heart ring, WHISTLES
Cascade Cool nail polish, ESSIE

PEPLUM MASH-UP: Adding apeplum into this mix? It doesn’t get more ladylike than this!

Peplum top, RIVER ISLAND
Crochet shorts, RIVER ISLAND
Metallic belt, WAREHOUSE
Shiny wedges, ZARA
Bag, MARC by MARC JACOBS
Flower bracelet, FOREVER 21
Pearl bracelet, RIVER ISLAND
Engraved bangle, RIVER ISLAND
Miami Nice nail polish, ESSIE

What’s your verdict? Are you gonna try the Ladylike Mash-up anytime soon? I sure hope so!

Sweet kisses…

lllustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

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

Image Sources:
River Island
Zara
Essie
Asos
Topshop
Net-a-porter

 

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Sweet’n’Raw’s NEON NATION: The Dress

The city is officially on fire!  Summer is about to hit us hard and I am armed an ready to welcome it (I sure hope you are too). This is our last post from the NEON NATION series. Don’t get me wrong, I love neon but I think after this electric fashion overload, I’m gonna be doing a neutral palette series. Anyway, back to today’s theme. I’ve already given you the jacket, the top, the skirt and the shorts, someone’s missing… THE DRESS. Neon dresses are the ultimate show-stopping weapon for a girl, you get to show the legs, enhance the tan and if it’s a tight little number, also your figure. But there’s a risk, tacky girls tend to love neon, before buying a dress ask yourself this question: “Is it something Snooki or Ice T’s Coco would wear?”. If the answer is yes, stay away! Here’s a non-tacky selection of dresses you can find online.

DRESS SELECTION

TOP: Topshop / Topshop / Alexander McQueen / River Island

BOTTOM: Michael Kors / Lipsy / Ilaria Nistri / Lipsy

LOOK OF THE DAY

Since I really, really dislike the neon and black combo, I wanted to do the opposite: neon and white together is my ultimate delight. I threw a statement necklace to make it more interesting and since the color is the same, it almost looks as part of the dress Add some neutral accessories and a colored clutch for some pop.

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • Sand Tropez nail polish, ESSIE

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

I hope you really enjoyed the NEON NATION posts as much as I did preparing them. I’m still deciding the trend for the next series so if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears!

It’s almost Friday, it’s almost Summer, what’s not to love?

Sweet kisses…

lllustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

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

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Sweet’n’Raw’s NEON NATION: THE JEANS

Another week and we are getting closer to Summer (and I’m getting closer to my beloved Mexico). Days are seriously heating up and skin flashing is so trending right now. What better way to stand out from the crowd than with a pair of neon jeans. Today’s post is all about those skinny, show-stopping, head-turning, pair of pants. Our Neon Nation series is almost over and since Spring is still here, let’s take them out to play while we still can (before the burning sun constrains us to a life of shorts, dresses and flirty skirts, OH HOW I LOVE SUMMER DAYS). Here for you, an electric denim selection.

JEANS SELECTION

TOP: Moto / Current Elliot / J Brand

MIDDLE: Current Elliot / 7 for all Mankind / River Island

BOTTOM: J Crew / River Island / J Brand

LOOK OF THE DAY

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

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

What kind of neon girl are you? Is fluorescent yellow your thing or are you more of a hot pink gal? Let me know! We are only one post away from closing the Neon Nation, coming up next: the dress

Stay tuned, sweet kisses…

lllustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

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

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Sweet’n’Raw’s NEON NATION: THE SHORTS

Finally Friday my sweet readers! Time to party, have fun and relax. Before I prepare myself to do so, I wanted to leave you with another post from our NEON NATION series. I trust by now that your legs are armed and ready to be showcased (even if it involves a thousand layer of self-tanning lotion) in a fabulous pair of shorts. Well, I have for you a mash-up styling idea involving a pair of neon cut-offs. Let’s start with a bright selection that can be found online.

NEON SELECTION

TOP:  River Island / Topshop / J Brand

MIDDLE: H&M / Topshop / Elizabeth & James

BOTTOM: Current Elliot / Topshop / Topshop

LOOK OF THE DAY

Since Summer is just around the corner, here’s a look where colors, textures and neon are the main stars.

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • Off the Shoulder nail polish, ESSIE

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

Ready for some Friday fun? Party hard!

Sweet kisses…

 

 llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

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

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NAIL FILES: Happy Hour!

Hello, hello my sweet readers! It’s Thursday, which means that most of the week has gone by and Friday is just one day away. For you today, it’s that time of the month, NAIL FILES TIME! And since we are feeling a little bit thirsty here (sunny, warm days call for cute and icy cocktails), I was completely inspired by booze. On Spring or Summer, sipping drinks with friends on a terrace is my all-time favorite activity. I’m definitely a Mojito kind of gal, but since calorie counting is my curse, I usually settle for Vodka Soda (I must confess I had my Dry Martini phase… It ended one night, after four of those babies, when I spilled my fifth all over my cleavage thinking I was actually drinking it). Anyway, no more embarassing stories for now.  Here is my monthly nail polish selection, cocktail edition! At the end you can find my Top Coat selection, all four of them are highly recommended.

CREAMY BRANDY ALEXANDER

  1. Perfection, Dolce & Gabbana
  2. Sand Tropez, Essie
  3. Beige, Chanel Le Vernis
  4. Jolis Matins, Lancome Vernis in Love

SWEET APPLETINI

  1. Navigate her, Essie
  2. Is it payday yet?, Sephora by OPI
  3. Green Almond, Lancome
  4. Apple and Custard, Ciaté

SASSY COSMOPOLITAN

  1. Touville, NARS
  2. Nude Attitude, Estee Lauder
  3. Pink Boa, Dior Vernis
  4. P.Y.T, Deborah Lippmann

SPICY BLOODY MARY

  1. Geranium, Essie
  2. Kid Orange, MAC
  3. Whack, Illamasqua
  4. Red Royalty, Dior Vernis

BUBBLY BELLINI

  • Gold Haze, Tom Ford
  • Glitzerland, OPI
  • Nefertiti, Deborah Lippmann
  • Adelita, NARS

CUBA LIBRE

  1. Bitter Bitch, Tom Ford
  2. Decadent Dish, Essie
  3. Chocolate, Dolce & Gabbana
  4. Molten Lava, Estee Lauder

DRY MARTINI… SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED

  1. Good to go, Essie
  2. Top Coat, Rescue Beauty Lounge
  3. Top Coat, Dior Vernis
  4. Top Coat, Seche a Vite

What’s your favorite Happy Hour drink? And your favorite cocktail inspired nail polish shade?

Sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
Nail polish bottles: Illamasqua, Harrods, Selfridges, Chanel, Essie
Collage items from Google

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

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Sweet’n’Raw’s NEON NATION: THE JACKET

How do you like your coffee, my sweet readers? Milk, one of sugar and a pinch of neon? Let’s start this day with a bright and electric post. This is the second one from our Neon Nation series and it’s the jacket’s turn. This Spring has been so bizarre that with the rain, wind and temperature swings, jackets always come in handy. Here’s a selection you can find online!

NEON SELECTION

TOP: Topshop / Christopher Kane / Christopher Kane

BOTTOM: Topshop / Christopher Kane / J Brand

LOOK OF THE DAY

Beach prints are also a huge trend this season, by mixing this two up you get an even trendier look. To enhance both garments, I added neutral accessories. What do you think? Do you like the result?

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

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

Have a great day, my sweet readers!

Sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

Photos: Style.com

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

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Sweet’n’Raw’s NEON NATION: THE TOP

Hello, hello my sweet readers! As promised, I am back with a new post and it’s all about neon. Neon is definitely everywhere this season, from nail polish and accessories to dresses and suits. Today we are going to work with the top, whether you go for a cropped one, a sleeveless blouse or a sheer knit, you must have a fluorescent piece inside your wardrobe. Another thing about this trend, neon hues definitely compliments the skin (even more so when it’s tanned). Don’t be afraid to shine with this trend, you’ll definitely get some heads turning! Let’s start with a selection of tops available online.

NEON SELECTION

NEON YELLOW: Christopher Kane / Theyskens’ Theory / SuperTrash

NEON PINK: Topshop / Michael Kors / J Crew

NEON ORANGE: Alexander Wang / Topshop / Jil Sander

NEON LOOK OF THE DAY

Pairing neon with pastels is definitely a way of giving your looks a special twist. I prepared the outfit around this silky, sleeveless shirt from TOPSHOP. Jewel tones make the whole thing more special, try it out!

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • Violet Baroque nail polish, YSL

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

What do you think about the neon/pastel/jewel combo? I think it really works! Let me know what you thing about it.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

Photos: Style.com

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

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Sweet’n’Raw’s NEON NATION

It’s a rainy Monday here in Milan (seriously Spring, where the hell are you?), and what better way to start the week and cheer us up than with a new and bright trend series. I’ve been giving a lot of blog space to my beloved pastels and florals, I must admit that I have definitely been neglecting another strong trend this season: NEON. It’s not that I don’t like it, I was just waiting for the right moment and since Summer is just around the corner, the neon time has come. During the next days, I will be showing you Sweet’n’Raw’s take on this colorful trend. What to expect? Neon with floral prints, neon with neutrals, neon with neon and as always, a total absence of black. Let’s open the series with some looks that painted  the S/S 2012 runways fluorescent.

NEON RUNWAY

TOP: Nanette Lepore / Proenza Schouler / Versace / Peter Som

BOTTOM: Reed Krakoff / Jason Wu / Salvatore Ferragamo / Doo.Ri

NEON SELECTION

A few gorgeous and eye-catching items you can find online:

  1. Bikini top, H&M
  2. Bikini bottoms, MATTHEW ZINK
  3. Box clutch, ZARA
  4. Biker jacket, CHRISTOPHER KANE
  5. Statement necklace, ZARA
  6. Fluo watch, ASOS
  7. Yellow top, THEYSKENS’ THEORY
  8. Skater dress, TOPSHOP
  9. Skinny jeans, J BRAND
  10. Skirt, CHRISTOPHER KANE
  11. Smart shorts, ELIZABETH & JAMES
  12. T-strap sandals, ZARA
  13. Orange satchel, MODCLOTH
  14. Jaipur bracelet, NOIR JEWELRY
  15. Crystal ring, LK DESIGNS
  16. Neon nail polish set, MODELS OWN

Sweet’n’Raw is heating up for Summer and you should start doing it too. Ready to light up your looks with some neon? Tomorrow we will start so be sure to check back!

Wishing you a fabulous week, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

Photos: Style.com

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

 

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THE PEPLUM SERIES: THE DRESS

Rise & shine my sweet readers! I’ve managed to have my post ready so you can enjoy it with your morning coffee! This is the third post from our Peplum Series. Since I’ve already given you the top and the skirt, it’s only fair I give you the dress today. Peplum dresses are the perfect cocktail or wedding companions (assuming no evening gown is required for the wedding), they are cute, dressy and appropriate. But since here at Sweet’n’Raw we like to do things the other way, I wanted to dress it down. Before we start with the look, I leave you with a selection of dresses that can be yours with just one click!

SELECTION

NEUTRAL: Topshop / Project D / Topshop

FLORAL: River Island / River Island / AX Paris

BRIGHT: Alice + Olivia / AX Paris / Miss Selfridge

LOOK OF THE DAY

Relaxed but dressy at the same time, this look is perfect for a sunny day. I’ve been wanting to use a rucksack for a long time and this outfit was just perfect for it. I like how the leopard touch gives it a special twist but also blends in perfectly with the rest of the items.

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • All Tied Up nail polish, ESSIE

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

Thoughts? We are almost done with the peplum, only one post left. If there is any trend you would like to see on the blog, let me know! I’m still deciding on the theme for our next series. Only one day till Friday, hang in there fellas! Off I go with the rest of my day!

Sweet kisses…

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

Illustrations by Ana Sofia

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SWEET’n’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol. 5

It’s Wednesday already, only two more days till Friday! As you already know and I have already told you a million times, I am contributing as a Fashion Editor for Chictopia’s blog, Everybody is Ugly. I always have a blast getting this babies ready for you to read and it really makes me happy to receive all your lovely comments, likes and shares.

For this week’s article, I really wanted to address a trend that I love so much: the scarf trend. I had never been a D&G fan until now (too bad is was the last runway for Dolce & Gabbana’s second line), but that scarf collection was among my S/S 2012 top five. Those picky and fabulous Italians sure know how to work the foulard. So without further ado, here it is:

3 Ways To Wear Scarf Print

It was many years ago in Milan when Designer Gianni Versace made the scarf his signature style. Those late 1980’s ads with Linda and Naomi, all covered in extravagant printed silk, tight bustiers and lavish safety pins became milestones in the history of fashion. Then, his golden years became his legacy to the brand. The golden Medusa, the chains and the baroque shirts gave the Italian house a strong character and a unique identity.

Somewhere along the way, the trend’s glory days were gone and a drug lord and his mistress picked them them up. Yes, the scarf shirt along with the chunky Rolex, the heavy gold chain and matching gun became the ultimate “narco bling”. When a trend goes criminal (or guido) a comeback is highly unlikely, but like the phoenix or the shoulder pads, it has now risen from its ashes.

Thanks to Donatella going back to her family’s roots with the Versace for H&M collection and Dolce & Gabbana’s last D&G runway, scarf print is back and better than ever. The last show for the Italian duo’s second line marked the end of an era, and they decided to bid farewell with an overwhelmingly beautiful and colorful homage to the foulard. Not only was their collection memorable, but proof that with scarves, possibilities are endless.

Whether you go for a bohemian approach, a 70’s vibe or a dressy style, we should all try it at least once. Here are three different ways to style the scarf print trend!

DENIM DIARIES
When different trends (crochet, scarf, cropped top, boyfriend shirt, tangerine) unite for a Bohemian result.

Silk shorts, KOOKAI
Crochet bralet, TOPSHOP
Boyfriend denim shirt, ASOS
Buckle wedges, ZARA
Messenger bag, ZARA
Bangle set, FOREVER 21
Wire bracelet, TOPSHOP
Buddha bracelet, TOPSHOP
Arty ring, YSL
Bazooka nail polish, ESSIE

TRENDY TWEED
A soft colored jacket can definitely make a scarf print pop. It doesn’t get cuter than a pink, blue and cream color combo.

Scarf tunic, RIVER ISLAND
Skinny jeans, ZARA
Jacquard jacket, ZARA
Nude belt, ZARA
Delta pumps, NASTY GAL
Quilted bag, MARC JACOBS
Rhinestone friendship bracelet, DOROTHY PERKINS
Circle chain bracelet, WHISTLES
Love bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
Ring, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
Rose Abstrait nail polish, YSL

MONOCHROMATIC MADNESS
Monochromatic is one of the biggest trends of the season, why not mix it in with the scarf style?

Retro print dress, ROMWE
Chiffon blazer, NASTY GAL
Hot pink sandals, ZARA
Yellow frame clutch, ZARA
Chain bracelet, MADE
Beaded bracelet, TOPSHOP
Lion bangle, ASOS
Ring, ZOE & MORGAN
Pink statement necklace, FOREVER 21
Indian Pink nail polish, TOM FORD

Works for Spring, works for Summer… Let’s get scarf’d!

What did you think? Are you going to try this trend anytime soon? Speak up, I’m here to listen (or read).

Sweet kisses…

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

Illustrations by Ana Sofia

Image sources:
ZARA
ASOS
ACCESSORIZE
FOREVER 21
ROMWE
HARRODS
ESSIE
TOPSHOP
NASTY GAL
RIVER ISLAND

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