Hello, hello my sweet readers! I’m bringing to you my 7th article for Chictopia’s blog, Everybody is Ugly. This piece really reflects my personal style, y’all know I’m a pastel junkie, but my real obsession has always been nude. It was 6 years ago, when in a trip to San Diego with friends, I went back home penniless and with two suitcases packed with ivory, cream, blush, french gray and light coral garments. Since then, the obsession, like all obsessions has grown considerably (up to the point that I now refuse to wear black). I have also been a fan of color-blocking since the Jil Sander milestone, that’s why I wanted to mix both this trends. Color-blocking neutral style? Yeah baby! Read away and tell me what you think!

Style Tip: Neutral Color Blocking

It was in Spring 2011 when a certain Jil Sander collection changed it all. Bananas of Prada were not the only ones to steal the spotlight that season. Raf Simons’ bright and colorful silhouettes also took over the fashion world. From his game of proportions, volume, and length, to his couture shapes paired up with simple, white t-shirts, it was a delightful fashion display. But there was one particular trend from the show that really stood out: color blocking.


Color blocking can be defined as the art of mixing and contrasting different chunks of color in one ensemble. That September, bold color blocking was embraced by many designers such as Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Prabal Gurung to name a few. It obviously became the trend that defined the season. Soon enough, retail followed. We are sure that if we took a peek inside your closets, we would still find that green lantern skirt or the hot pink, jersey blazer, both from Zara. We all did it that season and we kept on doing it the next. And since fashionistas around the globe can’t seem to get enough of it, color blocking is not going anywhere just yet!


In fashion, all things tend to get renewed, refreshed, and reinvented. Christophe Decarnin transformed Joan Collins’ ghastly shoulder pads and inserted them in those pricey-but-oh-so-worth-it Balmain jackets. The infamous harem pants of MC Hammer were brought back from the dead (a much better version of them) in 2009 by Chloé and friends. And last season’s print mash-up morphed into a textured one. With neon and pastel colors taking over Spring 2012, it was only a matter of time for color blocking to get its revamp. Sugarcoated or electrified, this style is still a favorite among the fashion crowd.


Since color blocking went from bold hues to pastel ones, why not take it to neutral territory? Neutrals are a constant in fashion, even if tangerine or hot pink are in trend, you’ll always need them to compliment them. Instead of mixing them up with other hues, why not pair French Gray and blush with ivory or white? The result? Sleek color-blocking, always clean, always sophisticated.

We’ve come up with three different ways to style the neutral color blocking trend! It’s time to put your color blocking skills to the test with subtle colors. We know you can do it Chictopians. Get the style tips from the illustrations!

Knit top, ZARA
Biker vest, ZARA
Shoes, ZARA
Thread bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
Spike bracelet, ASOS
Buckle bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
White bangle, TED ROSSI
Gris Deco nail polish, YSL

Color-blocked top, TOPSHOP
Layered shorts, ROMWE
Snakeskin sandals, STEVE MADDEN
Tan clutch, ROCHAS
Leopard bangle, KATE SPADE
Cuff watch, LA MER
Bangle set, FOREVER 21
Earrings, FOREVER 21
Beige Leger nail polish, YSL

Blush blouse, ASOS
Scalloped skirt, ASOS
Dynemite heels, STEVE MADDEN
Shoulder bag, ALDO
Lace white bangle, LK DESIGNS
Lace pink bangle, LK DESIGNS
White enamel bangle, KATE SPADE
Braided bracelet, ETTIKA
Buckle bracelet, MICHAEL KORS
Pearl studs, ASOS
Rose Abstait nail polish, YSL

Finally Thursday! Only one more day for the weekend to begin! Happy times!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Zara, Mango, River Island, Harrods, Topshop

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Sweet’n’Raw’s Styling Sheets: BRUNCH

Good Tuesday, my sweet readers! The new season is here (almost) and so is a new section. For a while we’ve been focusing on trends and how to wear them. I wanted to tackle one of the issues most women face each day, what to wear and where to wear it. Raise your hand if before an event you have called your mates asking one of the following questions:

  • Are you wearing pants or a skirt?
  • Do you think I can wear a short dress to the wedding reception?
  • Are we gonna walk a lot? Should I wear flats or heels?
  • Is there a coat check? I really don’t want to carry my jacket around.

This is what this section is all about, dressing according to occasions, then adding the trends into mix. From dates and dinner parties, to running errands and going to the gym, from this day on, I’ll give you some ideas on what to wear for a  specific event. To start today, one of my ultimate favorite activities: THE BRUNCH

Sunday brunch is to New Yorkers what Sunday mass is to Catholics (if you are both, you can do Church first, them mimosas). This activity is not only about getting your daily share of carbs and having an excuse to drink before 2 pm, it’s about quality time with you buddies or family. And since Sunday’s are supposed to be relaxed, dressing up can be a tad confusing. You can’t take the comfort road with a tracksuit (you only wear tracksuits in the privacy of your home) or gym gear, but neither the overdressed highway. What can we do? Look for that grey area, the middle, the best of both the frumpy world and the dressy one.

Dressing up for Brunch depends on the place and the company. With the girls is one story, with a date is a completely different one. For today’s styling sheet I decided to go with Brunch with the girls. Here’s what I chose:


I dressed it up with a tuxedo waistcoat, I toned it down with some denim cut-offs. To keep it fresh and crisp, I color-blocked, neutral style. White shoes can be risky, but when done right the result is great. The accessories, even if they have the same shades as the garments, manage to give the ensemble a cool twist. Each of them are so different (spiked, embellished, with chains), but together they merge beautifully. For the purse, a nude handbag to make it a bit more casual.

  1. Champagne silk top, ASOS
  2. Tuxedo waistcoat, ZARA
  3. Blush cut-off shorts, TOPSHOP
  4. Chain detail belt, ASOS
  5. T-strap sandals, ZARA
  6. Antigona bag, GIVENCHY
  7. Embellished bangle, FOREVER 21
  8. Spiked bracelet, ASOS
  9. Rope bracelet, ASOS
  10. Love ring, ASOS
  11. Gris Deco nail polish, YSL

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


Splurge: ANTIGONA GIVENCHY / Alternatives: MANGO, ZARA

I also wanted to add this to the section. How many times do we carry crap we never use in our bags? Our backs and arms are the ones to suffer the consequences. Also, our pretty, pretty bags need to be taken care of and don’t like to carry so much weight. How many times do you find yourself looking for something in your bag and saying: “Why the hell didn’t I pack some gum, or some hair pins? This part of the Style Sheet posts will help you to never forget your essentials, depending on the event, type of bag and time of the day!

Since the bag is quite spacious, it allows us to take a lot of goodies inside! But let’s not get excited and stick to what we really need! Here are the items that I consider essential when going out to Sunday brunch.

  1. MAKE ME PRETTY: Inside your make-up bag (Cath Kidston): Figs & Rouge lip balm to moisturize the lips / Dolce & Gabbana’s Natural Monica lipstick to add some color to them / Stila Cover up Stick, after one to many mimosas you’ll need it / Nars Orgasm blush and brush, this two are like extended limbs, they need to always be with you / Benefit’s Speed Brow, brows always need some touch-ups /Benefit BADgal brown eyeliner / Portable perfume bottle, the best invention ever made
  2. CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Since it’s sunny, sunny out there and there’s nothing like brunch in a terrace or the sidewalk, Stella McCartney Aviator sunnies / Michael Kors python wallet, someone has to pay for the mimosas right? / Your keys, duh / iPhone, not only for calling and texting… There’s nothing like Instagramming our eggs Benedict
  3. KEEP-IT-TOGETHERS: Sunscreen must be with you at all times, seriously! / Altoids, Champagne and Lox tend to leave their trail / Olive Body Butter; I am obsessed with moisturizing and shiny legs, even more when wearing shorts or skirts / Hand Cream; same moisturizing story / Anti-bacterial gel, because we should all have a little Howard Hughes inside us.

Are you ladies ready to brunch? Let me know what are your thoughts on this new section. If you would like to see outfits for a particular event, leave me your comments! We are reinventing Sweet’n’Raw, Summer style, so expect more surprises and fresh, new sections!

Sweet kisses…

lllustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Farfetch, Bodyshop, Net-a-porter, Zara, Bath & Body Works, Polyvore

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized