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Sweet n’Raw’s styling sheets: VFNO

Hello, hello my sweet readers! The day is finally here, NYFW is on and today, in most of the world’s biggest cities we get to celebrate fashion. Vogue Fashion’s Night Out has become one of the highlights of the season. VFNO is a night where the streets become ours and the stores even more (even if that Chanel 2.55 will still be out of my budget tonight), a night where bumping into Anna dell Russo is 99% possible (trust me, that happened to me last year and yes, then I followed her around), a night in which even if fashion is not your thing, you get to join the cult (the coolest cult of them all, if you ask me). So before heading out the door with your 5 inch heels and all your fabulousness, I whipped up an outfit that may or may not inspire your VFNO ensemble. Of course, the Jonathan Saunders t-shirt is the main item. Ready?

This little t-shirt is what almost everyone will be wearing tonight and that, most of the time in fashion, is a true crime (someone wearing the same dress you are wearing at the same party, oh God), but not today. Today we get to wear the same t-shirt because we get to put our on spin on it! It’s a celebration of personal style! Some may wear it underneath a tutu dress, some with a biker jacket and a skirt, some with some fierce, printed jeans Me? I went for sequins and tuxedo! I added some leopard and pink because the outfit was just screaming leopard and pink! Here it is:

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  • Card holder: This baby from Smythson fits perfectly inside your fabulous clutch. Don’t forget your ID, your gonna be needing it for the fabulous party you will be attending after!
  • Camera: sometimes the iPhone is not enough. You outfit, the people you meet, the fabulous thing you’ll see are camera  worth. Even if it doesn’t fit inside the bag, it’s a must!
  • Mints: fresh breath and no chewing, you’ll be needing it after one to many champagne flutes.
  • Note pad and a pen always come in handy! Need to make some notes for a post? Need to remember what you saw? Need to give out your digits to some hunky male model? Thank me later!
  • iPhone with a fab cover: Swash, that’s all we need to say… Oh and Instagram too!
  • Hot pink lips: hey, it’s a night about fun and bright lips are fun!
  • Blush and brush: Keep you cheekbones picture perfect with Nars Orgasm, this baby never leaves my bag
  • Body butter: I’m the ultimate moisturize junkie! If I know I’m gonna be flashing my legs, I like to keep them shiny at all times! Bliss body butter kills it!
  • Black eyeliner: party lips need party eyes!

That’s it! Now we are ready to go! Tomorrow we will be starting the runway coverage so stay tuned!

Sweet kisses and happy Fashion Week…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Gap, Farfetch, Net-a-porter, Essie
 

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The Goodbye Summer/Hello Fall Mash-up: Flowers and lace

Afternoon, my sweet readers! August is almost over and so is my Summer, with the bf back in Italy and only two weeks left with my family, I’m starting to feel the nostalgia. God, time sure flies when you are having a good time. Anyway, back to what concerns us, fashion. As you probably know, we are in the middle of our season transition series, the Goodbye Summer / Hello Fall mash-up. Going from a season to another is much more fun (at least for me) than the start of a new one. Why? Because you get to play with the trends from both Spring and Fall, it’s the best of both worlds! Today I combined two trends that ooze romance and beauty, Spring’s vivid florals and Fall’s lovely lace. To me, the result of mixing them both is just a match made in heaven. And yes, to make things even more beautiful, I threw in a peplum (it was around for Spring and it’s even stronger for Fall). So without further ado, let’s start dissecting so we can later proceed to mash them both up.

  • THE TREND: Vivid Florals
  • Season: Spring 2012
  • As seen in: Preen, Erdem, Docle & Gabbana, Mary Katrantzou, Balmain (pictured)
  • Key wardrobe pieces: Nothing like a blooming dress and a chiffon blouse

Flowers are a constant in fashion but on Spring it was all about the real deal. No, not about making a bra out of real peonies but about the prints, prints so vivid and beautiful that they almost looked alive. And since we are not ready to give up this pretty trend, brace yourself for the Fall florals, the baroque ones (thank you Domenico and Stefano).

The selection: Sneakers, WET SEAL / Blouse, ROMWE / Dress, TED BAKER / Pants, TED BAKER / Boots, JEFFREY CAMPBELL / Bralet, TOPSHOP / Bag, DOLCE & GABBANA

  • THE TREND: Lovely lace
  • The season: Fall 2012
  • As seen in: Colette Dinnigan, Erdem (pictured), Lanvin
  • Key wardrobe pieces: the shorts, the jumper, the pencil skirt and the blouse

Lace is definitely one of my all-time favorite trends, I’m always happy to see it on the runway. I’m even more happy when I see retailers carrying a great variety of garments made with this ladylike and sexy fabric. This coming season won’t be the exception. One of the major trends we got to see on fashion week was the lace blouse with a different collar and the pencil skirt. J’adore!

The selection: Dress, TOPSHOP / Bodysuit, NORMA KAMALI / Blouse, FAITH CONNEXION / Shorts, ROMWE / Clutch, ASOS / Skirt, HAUTE HIPPIE / Shoes, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA / Jumper, ISABEL MARANT

For me, playing around with textures and prints feels like I’m a kid and I just got a new toy. The key: never be afraid to try. You won’t know if you’ll like it until you wear it so start experimenting. I paired up a pair of vivid floral jeans with a blazer. To give it a twist, the hard lace top with the peplum and the pumps to add up some spice. What do you think? Oh, and about that Rebecca Minkoff carved satchel… It’s the ultimate dreamboat!

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

That’s a wrap for today! And remember, Fashion Week is just around the corner!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: STYLE.COM, ASOS, Nasty Gal, River Island, Rebecca Minkoff, Essie
 

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NAIL FILES: Farmer’s Market

Good morning my sweet readers! It’s finally Friday and Friday calls for a fun and simple post. Each month, around the 24th, I publish what has become a regular on Sweet’n’Raw, the Nail Files. If you are new to the site, it’s a themed nail polish compilation that includes the hottest shades of the moment from your favorite brands. Ans since we always give this posts that cute twist (think rainbow, berries, candy and macaron), this time I wanted to go fresh. What’s fresher than fresh produce (pardon the redundancy), right? So here it goes, Sweet’n’Raw’s veggie-inspired, nail enamel selection. Enjoy!

GARDEN CUCUMBERS

  1. Bossy Boots, BUTTER LONDON
  2. Navigate her, ESSIE
  3. Celtic Mix, SCOTCH
  4. Green Flash, MODELS OWN

BABY CARROTS

  1. Coral Blame, TOM FORD
  2. Atomic Orange, OPI
  3. Paisley attention to me, SEPHORA by OPI
  4. Meet me at the sunset, ESSIE

CURLY KALE

  1. Hunter, AMERICAN APPAREL
  2. Beetlejuice, MODELS OWN
  3. I come in peas, SEHORA by OPI
  4. Kink, ILLAMASQUA

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

  1. Holiday, CHANEL
  2. Pom Pom, CIATÉ
  3. Clambake, ESSIE
  4. A roll in the hague, OPI

RED BEETS

  1. Macbeths Dream, SCOTCH
  2. Tentation, CHANEL
  3. Disco Biscuit, BUTTER LONDON
  4. Super Bossa Nova, ESSIE

GLOBE EGGPLANTS

  1. Chelsea, NAILS INC.
  2. Purple Rain, ESTEE LAUDER
  3. Damsel in a dress, ESSIE
  4. Flo Viper, TOM FORD

WHITE ONIONS

  1. Amazing Grace, DEBORAH LIPPMANN
  2. Marshmallow, ESSIE
  3. Highland Mist, SCOTCH
  4. Attraction, CHANEL

Ready for a night out? It’s Friday, time to let our hair down! So, which shade is your favorite one? I think I’m gonna go Red Beets today, you?

Bottoms up and sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: Deborah Lippman, Sephora, Selfridges, Essie, Scotch Minerals, Nails INC.
 

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SUMMER GETAWAYS 2012: The Jet-set Junkie (evening)

Good Thursday, my sweet readers. The weekend is just around the corner and as days keep passing by, Summer’s end is near. This is the last post from our Summer Getaways series, after almost two months of destination and occasion-inspired ensembles. We are closing up with our Jet-set junkie. So if you are still on the chic French coast, if Porto Cervo is on the menu today, if you are happily stranded on an island of the Caribbean and you need the perfect look to party, you’ve come to the right place. As you probably have noticed by now, I rarely use black for my compositions but when I saw the shoes, it was love at first sight. Along came the playsuit and it was a match made in heaven. Let’s see the complete look:

  • Structured playsuits give out both, classy and sexy vibes.
  • If the romper has a plunging neckline and no embellishments or details, add a statement necklace (one that looks like part of the whole thing, not the star of it).
  • Quilted shoulder bags are the perfect complement for this type of outfit.
  • For the nails, add some berry nail polish for a sassy twist. This one is form Essie’s Fall 2012 collection and I think it’s a must-have for the coming season.
  • Pull your hair into a side ponytail to make it clean and primp.

WHAT PEARL WOULD WEAR

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It’s a wrap everyone! From tomorrow on, we’ll be tackling the new season and bidding farewell to the current one. Also, the official countdown for Fashion Week has just begun, so brace yourselves for a September packed with new trends and lots of fashion!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, The Outnet, Modcloth, Essie, Max & Chloe
 

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SUMMER GETAWAYS 2012: The Free Spirit (evening)

Good Monday, my sweet readers! As I am getting ready for my last vacation destination (Acapulco Bay, I’m coming), I’m giving you the fourth post from our Summer Getaways 2012 series, Evening round. I’m gonna make this quick since I have a plane to catch! I’ve told you before about our lovely Free Spirit, Flora. She’s one who loves to chill, who loves exploring unknown destinations, who loves having a good time by the beach, with some friends and some beer. So, if you are the kind of girl who enjoys bonfire nights, if small bars with a twist are your scene, if you are heading out to an unknown paradise and need the perfect dinner ensemble, here’s what I’m offering you:

  • Kimonos have been on the trend spotlight for a while now. The more prints they have, the better they look. And if you dig that boho vibe, it’s a must inside your closet.
  • For bohemian destinations, white, crisp dresses work to perfection. Choose them in different materials: linen, crochet, silk (possibilities are endless)
  • Multi-strapping is a must for the shoes. Braided heels, wedges or flats, I can guarantee you’ll wear them out.
  • Shoulder mini bags are a girl’s best friend when it comes to going out. Rebecca Minkoff has quality and a good price.
  • Go crazy with some earthy arm candy.

WHAT FLORA IS WEARING

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Now I’m of to soak up the sun!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Nasty Gal, Rebecca Minkoff, Heels.com, Essie, Madewell
 

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SUMMER GETAWAYS 2012: The Hopeless Romantic (evening)

And so the end is near, we are entering the Evening round on our Summer Getaways series and 5 posts away from wrapping it all up. To kick this round off, the Hopeless Romantic. As I told you before, this Sweet’n’Raw character is completely inspired by me, my style and my likes (just take a look at today’s outfit). So if you are packing your suitcase for one last Summer escape and you are heading out to the land of wine and romance, if you need the perfect ensemble for a candelit dinner followed by drinks with a view, if Napa Valley is that final destination, if a midnight stroll in Paris is what you’ll be doing in the next few days, then this look is just for you!

  • Pulling off a monochromatic look with a detailed top is more fun and the result is even prettier.
  • Nothing says romance more than a lady in blush
  • Belts are a girl’s best friend when it comes to enhancing the waist
  • Add a touch of color with the shoes. Teal and blush are a match made in heaven
  • Add more sparkle with statement bracelets (just the right amount to make everything fall into place)
  • Dark, berry nails will give the whole ensemble a dramatic twist

WHAT SOPHIE IS WEARING

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That’s a wrap for today! Let me remind you, Sweet’n’Raw just joined Tumblr. It’s not a blog, it’s just a visual summary of what goes on here and on the FB fan page. If you wish to follow and recieve my updates, click HERE.

Tomorrow’s Friday! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Net-a-Porter, Matches fashion, Essie, Forever 21, Topshop
 

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SUMMER GETAWAYS 2012: The Hopeless Romantic (daywear)

Another day, another post, my sweet readers! Summer is halfway through and so is our Daywear round: two more to go and then we are off to evening wear. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite looks, after all, the Sophie character is all about me. The hopeless romantic is definitely a girl who enjoys late night strolls after a candlelit dinner and a bottle of wine (yeah, it may sound like a cliche, but it’s the best cliche ever). The Hopeless Romantic loves small town destinations, lovely views, quiet resorts in the middle of the country and Paris, Paris is always good for romance (if you can escape those tourist traps, and you totally can). So if you are planning a Summer getaways filled with love, books, wine, breathtaking sights and relaxation, this is the perfect outfit if you want to wander around town and get lost in it, followed by a lovely lunch in a terrace and of course, some wine (yeah, wine is really my thing). Let’s start with today’s ensemble:

  • Chiffon blouses are cute, dressy, flattering and light. Also, a girl in floral print will always get some heads turning. Pack a bunch of blouses and shirts, you’ll thank me later.
  • Ivory on Ivory is definitely a winning combo (I’m really into the matchy, matchy trend right now). The flowers just add that cute factor that screams romance.
  • To clash with the flowers, striped sandals are the way to go.
  • For more contrast, polka dots will do the trick
  • If the sun is really hitting hard, you can add a cute, straw hat
  • If you are gonna walk long distances, pack your flats or switch to wedges
  • Last but not least, put together a killer and eclectic arm candy and top it off with a floral ring.

WHAT SOPHIE IS WEARING

Check out all the details on today’s look on FASHIOLISTA

That’s it for the day! Hope you like it and you have this in mind when packing for your romantic escape! Enjoy what’s left of this Summer!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: Romwe, Jessica Simpson, Essie, Modcloth, Forever 21, J.Crew

 

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SUMMER GETAWAYS 2012: The Party Princess (daywear)

Good Monday my sweet, sweet readers! As promised, I am here with a new Summer Getaways post (ok, one that I put together two weeks ago but couldn’t upload it) and we are picking up right where we left off. The swimwear round is done and now it’s daywear time. So if you are taking an August Summer holiday and need a couple outfit ideas, you are going to want to be checking back with us in the next few days. Remember Jaime, our very own party princess? If you have not met her yet, click HERE and HERE to find out more about her style. So if you are packing to go to a party central destination, if Vegas or Miami is in your plans, you are definitely gonna need a killer ensemble to wander around this fun cities during the day.

  • You need to look casual and effortless, but with a cool edge. You never know when the party is gonna start.
  • Sequin shorts and bright, simple cami tops, make perfect pairings. You will be toning down the “evening” vibe of the shorts and still get some heads turning your way.
  • Since the shorts we chose had an ethnic detail, ankle booties with fringes make a great match
  • Look for a shoulder bag or a satchel with a detail to make the outfit even more interesting
  • For the nails, candy colors complement the whole thing. It’s the cute factor

WHAT JAIME IS WEARING

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There you go! Ready to wander around party town with a big-ass margarita in your hand? Need some shopping before dinner and drinks? I definitely hope this helps put together the perfect ensemble! Tomorrow we will continue with our daywear round, while I get ready for my second holiday round at the beach!

Have a great week and keep checking back for more Summer Getaways!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: Nasty Gal, Zara, Essie, Aldo, ASOS, Dorothy Perkins

 

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SUMMER GETAWAYS 2012: The Hopeless Romantic (beachwear)

It’s Tuesday and I’m just five days away from leaving rainy Mexico City for a sunny New York one. We are almost done with our Summer Getaways, beachwear round. And today it’s my turn, the Hopeless Romantic. Girls like Sophie (that’s me, by the way) usually love quiet and visually stunning destinations. We like to pack the same amount of books as we do clothes.  There’s nothing we enjoy more than a Tuscan villa with a pool (surrounded by Lavender, of course). Oh well, there is something we enjoy more, a bottle of wine under the Provence sky. So if your Summer vacation is all about romantic strolls and discovering Parisian hidden gems, if you are up for some major views and some major wine tasting, if you are ready to take all that French Country in, then you’ll need a pool (or beach, if there is one) ensemble worthy of a romantic escape.

The Hopeless Romantic doesn’t compete with the view, she likes to be a part of it. That is why we love all things floral and all things cute. The color palette I used (soft pink, teal, ivory and lilac) will make you look like the ultimate Tuscan garden goddess.

  • Balconette bikini tops always have that air of romance and old school glamour, great for this type of destination.
  • A floral kimono is the ultimate cover-up for a day at the pool and garden.
  • Go for a pair of tan, leather strap sandals
  • Leather shoppers are the perfect companions on a trip, you can take them with you all day: to the beach, to the pool, to lunch, to run errands…
  • For the nails, go with bright but cute colors (pink, teal, lilac, peach, coral)

WHAT SOPHIE IS WEARING

  1. Bikini top, JACK WILLIS
  2. Bikini bottoms, PRISM
  3. Floral kimono, RIVER ISLAND
  4. Tan sandals, ASOS
  5. Leather shopper, ZARA
  6. Sunnies, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
  7. Friendship cuff,  BIBI BIJOUX
  8. Leather bracelet, SELECTED
  9. Green & gold bangle, FOREVER 21
  10. Heart ring, TOPSHOP
  11. Pearl ring, TOPSHOP
  12. Cascade Cool nail polish, ESSIE
  13. Go Overboard nail polish, ESSIE
  14. Playdate nail polish, ESSIE

Four down, one to go! Tomorrow I’ll have the perfect rooftop outfit for all of you city girls. So if you are a New York lover or a London (let’s hope you catch some sun instead of some cruel rain) Summer camper, be sure to check back tomorrow. I am gonna start early with my packing process, in an attempt of making things more organized and efficient (let’s see how that goes). If you want a glimpse of that and of my NYC trip, be sure to follow me on Instagram.

Sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, River Island, Zara, Polyvore, Topshop, Essie
 

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SUMMER GETAWAYS: The Free Spirit (beachwear)

Rise & shine, my sweet readers! Monday, Monday, bloody Monday. A new week is just starting and we are halfway through with our Summer Getaways, beachwear round. Today I have for you the perfect beach outfit for the Free Spirit. So if you are the kind of gal who is all about relaxing on a deserted beach, if you enjoy spiritual cities and vacations are a synonym of finding peace and balance, then this ensemble is just the thing you need. If heading out to India, Thailand or a virgin, Mexican beach, keep on reading baby, keep on reading.

  • Printed bikins are so hot this season, go for bohemian graphic prints and paisley.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match, it always adds that special touch.
  • Ethnic shorts were among the most coveted items, so you won’t have any trouble finding a pair on sale
  • Nothing says “Free Spirit” better than a pair of tan sandals with chunky straps
  • Even if it sounds like the biggest clichè, fringed bags are always a free spirit’s best friend
  • Beach waves and a headband? Hell yeah!

WHAT FLORA IS WEARING

  1. Bikini top, ZIMMERMANN
  2. Bikini bottoms, J. CREW
  3. Cotton twill shorts, MAJE
  4. Sandals, STEVE MADDEN
  5. Bucket suede bag, ZARA
  6. Tortoiseshell sunnies, OLIVER PEOPLES
  7. Leather bracelet, FOSSIL
  8. Red braided bracelet, ETTIKA
  9. Beaded wrap bracelet, M. COHEN
  10. Ring set, ZARA MARTIN
  11. Sand Tropez nail polish, ESSIE
  12. All Tied up nail polish, ESSIE
  13. Bobbing for Baubles nail polish, ESSIE

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

There you go, my sweet readers! Three down, two to go and then we will be stepping into DAYWEAR. My NYC countdown has officially begun so I’m starting to get into an Empire State of Mind.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Net-a-porter, Zara, Polyvore, Endless.com, Essie
 

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