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FALL 2013: Baby Loves Bondage

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The Bondage/S&M/Tough Love trend took the S/S 2013 runways by storm. Harnesses, leather, lingerie styles were all over the place and designers loved it so much, that they decided to keep it for Fall 2013. No, they are not suggesting you to put on a latex jumpsuit and tranny boots, it’s a more subtle and sensual approach. This season is all about plaid, candy coats, men’s silhouettes, the return or Noir and boyish shoes so it’s only fair that they threw a little “sexy” our way. Don’t have that cropped top already? Go with one with a game of straps or cut-outs (I’ve been crunching myself to death in order to rock that trend right). Need a new biker jacket? Forget about plain styles, go for the ones with lots of zippers, belts or clips. LBD? Mini, mini with long sleeves! And shoes, well it’s all about pointy with a stiletto heel, a bunch of straps, patent leather and lace. Last but not least, there’s nothing sexier and more useful than silk camisoles, not only for this style but for everything else as well! Ready to join the chic bondage party? Keep on reading!

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First let’s start with a garment selection:

  1. Biker jacket, Altuzarra
  2. Thin strap bralet, Tophop
  3. Lace sleeved jumper, Pucci
  4. Suede baseball cap, Eugenia Kim
  5. Mini dress with sleeves, Balmain
  6. Textured mini skirt, Maiyet
  7. Quilted belt, Jimmy Choo
  8. Silk and lace camisole, Mason by Michelle Mason
  9. Ankle strap pumps, Reed Krakoff
  10. Belted skort, Miu Miu
  11. Agent Provocateur perfume, Agent Provocateur
  12. Cut-out booties, Gianvito Rossi

And now an item-by-item shopping guide, all you’ll need to rock the bondage style!

silk skin

  1. By Malene Birger
  2. Mason by Michelle Mason
  3. Elizabeth & James
  4. Tibi
  5. Lipsy
  6. Topshop

DRESS

  1. Topshop
  2. Michael Kors
  3. Junya Watanabe
  4. Balmain

bustier

  1. Alexander Wang
  2. Topshop
  3. River Island
  4. Ender Legard
  5. Topshop

racy

  1. Roberto Cavalli
  2. Maiyet
  3. Saint Laurent
  4. Alexander Wang
  5. Helmut Lang

sexy knits

  1. R13
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Raquel Allegra
  4. Topshop

toughlove

  1. Alexander McQueen
  2. R13
  3. Acne
  4. Topshop
  5. River Island
  6. Theory

pointy

  1. Saint Laurent
  2. Michael Kors
  3. Reed Krakoff
  4. Jimmy Choo
  5. Oscar de la Renta

booties

  1. Sophia Webster
  2. Gianvito Rossi
  3. Oscar de la Renta
  4. Valentino
  5. Giuseppe Zanotti

provocative

  1. Jimmy Choo
  2. Bottega Veneta
  3. Eugenia Kim
  4. KARL
  5. Zara
  6. Eugenia Kim

sexychart

That’s a wrap for today! How are you liking the Fall 2013 season so far? I’m loving it and can’t wait for Autumn to arrive!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  My Theresa, Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara, Topshop, J.Crew

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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FALL 2013: A Pink Season

LOVEPINK

It was about time! Mint had its season, Tangerine and Emerald most certainly did and I had been waiting too long for my beloved pink to finally have its moment! Sure, we saw pastel pink two seasons ago. We also had hot pink on Spring 2011 but this Fall, any shade of pink is on trend and pink is the strongest color (I’m doing a victory dance as we speak) for A/W 2013. Some may say that pink is better with warm weather, if you think like them, you haven’t seen the candy coats that some designers sent down the runway last February! Pink for Fall and Winter (I’ve written “PINK” like a million times in one paragraph, but that word is just music to my ears) is pure bliss and since any shade is part of the trend list, you can pick as many rosy garments as you like! Not into pastels? There’s always magenta, raspberry and barbie pink. Not into brights? Vintage rose, perhaps? Remember, we take what we like from the trends and make them our own! That’s why fashion is the most beautiful industry in the whole wide world!

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For today, I prepared a little “Shades of Pink” shopping guide (don’t you dare think I took the title from the infamous books). No, that’s not the name Pantone gave this colors and yes, I gave them the color that first spoke to me when I put the collages together. Ready for this blushing season? I can’t wait to paint my closet (and my room, and my nails, I would even have a pink car if I could) pink! Let’s start!

1BLUSH

  1. Peter Pan collar shirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs
  2. Zodiac slippers, Charlotte Olympia
  3. Leather biker jacket, Mango
  4. Powdery shoulder bag, Mulberry
  5. Ankle-strap pumps, Topshop
  6. Frisson nail polish, Chanel
  7. Lace sleeve dress, Emilio Pucci
  8. Pink frame sunglasses, Stella McCartney
  9. Pink jumper, Topshop

2TUTU

  1. Pink ruffle jumper, CLU
  2. Powder pink skort, Maison Martin Margiela
  3. Dressy button-down, Simone Rocha
  4. Pink leather handbag, Miu Miu
  5. Crystal embellished heels, Gucci
  6. Sleeveless dress, Nina Ricci
  7. Batman t-shirt, Zoe Karssen
  8. Ballet flats, Repetto

3peony pink

  1. Lace dress, Maison Valentino
  2. Bow smart shorts, Topshop
  3. Loose jumper, Topshop
  4. Pink wool hat, River Island
  5. Powder pink satchel, Cambridge Satchel Company
  6. Cocoon pink coat, Rochas
  7. Bow clutch, Maison Valentino
  8. Studded Pigalle pumps, Christian Louboutin

4vintage

  1. Flower skirt, RED Valentino
  2. Miss Sicily rose bag, Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Rose cardigan, Jardin des Oranges
  4. Rose short-sleeve shirt, Marc Jacobs
  5. Two-tone pumps, Oscar de la Renta
  6. Flirty sleeveless dress, Valentino
  7. Pink embellished baguette, Fendi
  8. Rose suede pumps, Alberto Moretti

5salmon

  1. Cropped shirt, Topshop
  2. Salmon PS1 bag, Proenza Schouler
  3. V-neck jumper, Miu Miu
  4. Wool skirt, J.Crew
  5. Suede ballerina flats, Repetto
  6. Salmon coat, Simone Rocha
  7. Denim shorts, Topshop
  8. Salmon pumps, Rupert Sanderson

6hot

  1. Feline sweatshirt, Brian Lichtenberg
  2. 2Jours bag, Fendi
  3. Draped blouse, Balmain
  4. Pink pumps, Manolo Blahnik
  5. Antigona bag, Givenchy
  6. Slip dress, tOPSHOP
  7. Draped high-waist skirt, Balmain
  8. Rockstud pumps, Valentino

7BARBIE PINK

  1. Wool trousers, Michael Kors
  2. Pink skirt, Moschino Cheap & Chic
  3. Silk blouse, Equipement
  4. Bayswater bag, Mulberry
  5. Pink wool coat, DKNY
  6. Pink shoulder bag, Proenza Schouler
  7. Suede pumps, Topshop

8bloody

  1. Magenta handbag, Asprey
  2. Color-block jumper, Stella McCartney
  3. Pussybow blouse, Fendi
  4. Two-tone pumps, Manolo Blahnik
  5. Peplum dress, Topshop
  6. Shoulder bag, Burberry Prorsum
  7. Ankle strap pumps, Proenza Schouler

I also made a chart in case you wanna look at all this shades together, don’t they look pretty and delightful? And remember, if you are not into pink, you just have to give it a shot! I used to like black, Korn and dog spikes, look what I’ve turned into!

pink chart

That’s a wrap for today! And remember to keep checking back because anything you wanna now about the coming season, you’ll find here! Have a lovely day, my sweet readers!

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  My Theresa, Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara, Topshop, J.Crew

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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SEXY DOODLES

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Today is one of those days, those days when you kinda wanna forget about trends and styles and focus on pure creativity. It’s been a while since I began with my doodle/wallpaper series and I love, looove putting them together (I have a thing for theme and cute patterns). As I told you before, I’m putting together a print shop on Etsy, it’s taking a while but the thing will be up in the next few days. I’ll definitely keep you posted!

Today’s theme is an obvious one, lingerie, Parisian style (you know me, the ultimate Francophile). It’s all about lace in all the right places, the classic pink and cream background, the whole Agent Provocateur kind of vibe (I’m also obsessed with the brand, my favorite perfume would be their retro luxe, golden bottle of Maitresse), the chemise, the racy corset, the retro basque and the lolita panties with the balconette bra. J’adore!

Are you lingerie obsessed like me?

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: 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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BIKINI SEASON 2013: Summer Colors

summer colors

Oh, time really flies by so quickly, my sweet readers. It’s seems like yesterday when our Summer Special started and today, it’s coming to an end! We are saying bye-bye to our Bikini Season series with a very colorful and bright post: a swimsuit guide to color combos and schemes. I’ve already given you prints and shapes galore, now it’s time to focus on the solids, Remember, solids are a great way to mix & match. Color combinations are fun and unexpected, but they also look better when done right. That’s why I have categorized my selection in different shades and trends, from the always lovely pastel range to the classic of classics, the little black bikini. Ready to start?

candy coated

Ah, a very cute and personal favorite, I bet you can tell by just looking at the layout of my website. Pastel bikinis look beautiful against a great tan, they really, really make you glow. You can wear a one color set, you can combine shades (vanilla and lilac look really pretty together, the pink and mint combo is a match made in heaven).

  • Yellow tie-fron bandeau, Lisa Marie Fernandez
  • Mint underwired bikini, Zimmermann
  • Lavender knot two-piece, Tara Matthews
  • Pink bandeau bikini, Melissa Odabash

SORBET

Sorbet shades are the transition between pastels and vivid hues. They are sugary, but not too sugary. They are bright, but not too bright. Salmon and peach go great with sunkissed skin.

  1. Draped salmon bikini, Norma Kamali
  2. Ruffle blue two-piece, Zimmermann
  3. Lime triangle bikini, NewLook
  4. Scalloped pink number, Topshop

vitamin

Remember how three Springs ago it was all about vitamin color-blocking? Well, that combo never gets old! Wanna turn some heads at the beach? Mix a bright shade of tangerine with some hot pink, you will be getting a lot of attention!

  • Orange halter bikini, Topshop
  • Hot pink bandeau two-piece, Melissa Odabash
  • Hot pink string bikini, NewLook
  • Clean orange swimswuit, Orlebar Brown

bejeweled

There’s nothing more flattering for your Summer skin than a silky dress in a jewel tone. That’s why you must own a jewel tone bikini or two or three. Teal and emerald are great for all skin tones! My advice? Pick a shiny texture!

  • Bow triangle bikini, Topshop
  • Mermaid teal two-piece, Vix
  • Molded emerald bikini, Carine Gilson
  • Shiny blue bikini, Vix

ELECTRIC BEACH

I’ve never been a fan of the neons and the electrics, but I have to admit that when it comes to bikinis, the brighter the better for your tan! Go for string bikinis, they look the coolest in this kind of shades.

  • Blue appliqué bikini, Miu Miu
  • Tie-side bikini, Heidi Klein
  • Neon lime two-piece, Topshop
  • Fringe pink bikini, NewLook

AMERICANA

Navy, red and white bikinis are staples in every girl’s wardrobe. Red is pure glamour, Navy is sailor chic and white, well white is a classic! Do you have all three colors inside your bikini drawer?

  • Classic halter red bikini, Orlebar Brown
  • Navy halter two-piece, Melissa Odabash
  • Halter cream bandeau, Topshop
  • Ruffle red bikini, Zimmermann

lbb

Even though I am not a fan of black, I know the power a black bikini has. It’s sexy and it’s classic! Choose an underwired bra for a retro touch, a muti-strap one for the sexy vibe and some texture for a fun twist!

  • Black triangle bikini, Dolce & Gabbana
  • Wrap black bikini, Shimmi
  • Retro underwired top bikini, Beth Richards
  • Snakeskin texture two-piece, Zimmermann

white

Well, I guess I don’t have to explain a lot about this one. Nothing says bombshell like a white little number. Just a word of advice: don’t test it while you are in a crowded pool, test it before. You don’t wanto to be taking the plunge and emerging from the water with the “wet t-shirt contest” effect going on!

  • Retro top bikini, H&M
  • Leather detail two-piece, Vix
  • Bombshell bikini, Orlebar Brown
  • Ruffle top two-piece, Zimmermann

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I wanted to whip up a little color chart, just in case you wanna look at them together! That’s a wrap for our Summer Season coverage, we are moving towards Fall, the coming season (and a fabulous one). Ready for new trends and styles?

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara, Topshop, J.Crew

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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BIKINI SEASON 2013: Hola México

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No, this is not the “embrace the sarape and sombrero” kind of post, nor the “dos cervezas por favor” one. There’s much more to México than those things, there’s a lot of heritage, a lot of traditions and yes, we are a damn colorful culture (and we love it). From the meticulous embroideries, to the ethnic patterns and spot on craftsmanship, we really, really have  lot to offer.  And this season, when it comes to beachwear, aztec prints and folk florals are killing it! House of Holland adopted the sarape stripes last season, it was about time the rest of the world followed. So here’s a very colorful and very Mexican beachwear post, far, far away from the usual clichés.

mexican mix

Folk florals: You might be wondering what the heck are these, what’s the difference between them and the normal floral print. The answer? They usually are more colorful, they have a boho vibe and sometimes, mixed-in patterns. Pair your eye-catching bottoms with  a strapless, tie-front top, the brighter the better!

  • John Lewis
  • Zimmermann
  • John Lewis
  • Camilla

Aztec prints: Aztec, I really, really don’t need to say more.

  • Mara Hoffman
  • NewLook
  • Emamó
  • Mara Hoffman

Cute crochet: Same as the Boho Babe style, crochet gives the Mexican trends that rural touch. I like mixing it up with prints, but you can go with the set if you like that better.

  • Lisa Maree
  • Lisa Maree
  • Lisa Maree
  • Emamó

Embroidery: One of the things us Mexicans really feel proud of is embroidery. If you go to small cities or towns, you can find incredible work, made by hand, and at prices you never would’ve imagined. Swimwear with embroidered details is always prettier than any print, pattern or color you could ever wear.

  • Margherita Mazzei
  • H&M
  • Bababjan Tamara
  • Tara Matthews

mexico sel

Wanna complement your Mexican style bikini? Here are some ideas!

  • Emboridered kaftan, Melissa Odabash
  • Gladiator sandals, Zara
  • Tortoise shell sunnies, ASOS
  • Ruched bikini top, River Island
  • Pattern bikini bottom, John Lewis
  • Laser-cut bikini top, River Island
  • Floral bikini bottoms, John Lewis
  • Cannabis Santal scent, Fresh
  • Cream dress, Topshop
  • Embroidered cropped top, Topshop
  • Stripe shorts, Topshop
  • Tan wedges, Ralph Lauren
  • Dj, play that song collection, Essie
  • Embroidered beach tote, Anya Hindmarch

That’s it for the day! If you missed any of the Resort 2014 runways, we will have a recap on the next post! Check back and have a great day!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara, Topshop, J.Crew

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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BIKINI SEASON 2013: The Garden Goddess

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It’s July already, my sweet readers! Time sure flies by, so quickly I didn’t even see it coming. Today I have the 6th part of our Bikini Season 2013 special. And hoping you already have booked your little (or big) Summer getaway, I have a style that is a favorite of mine and will always be. Flowers are a basic when it comes to swimwear, but lately, the prints and patters have become so elaborate, so beautiful and so different from what we are used to seeing. Zimmermann, my favorite swimwear brand in the entire world, has a selection with a retro feel to it, the kind of flowers you could find on a vintage botanical print. We can also find florals so lively that you can almost smell them, those are perfect for the whole garden, picnic, day outside kind of look. I have put together our usual chart, this time it’s all about the garden trend. Are you ready for it?

GARDEN MIX

Gingham: Nothing says picnic like gingham And while someone may make the stupid “did you borrow from an Olive Garden table?” joke, a gingham top, sundress or bikini are as cute as cute can get.

  • Lauren Dolige
  • NewLook
  • Topshop
  • Zimmermann

Vintage rose: I’m a sucker for floral prints, the kind of prints that are as real as a flower can get. Dolce & Gabbana has been doing them for so long, and when it comes to swimwear, Zimmermann is definitely the way to go.

  • Zimmermann
  • Ted Baker
  • Zimmermann
  • Zimmermann

Micro florals: The smaller the print, the cuter it looks. Think Band of Outsiders, think a less tacky version of Sookie Stackhouse tanning in the backyard.

  • New Look
  • Zimmermann
  • J.Crew
  • J.Crew

Fresh Greens: We are talking about the garden style, right? That’s why solid green bikinis are a must, you can mix and match them with a vintage floral print top or a wear the whole green thing with a flowery kaftan or silk robe.

  • J.Crew
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • H&M
  • J.Crew

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Last but not least, the garment and accessory selection to complete The Garden Goddess style:

  1. Cropped top, Topshop
  2. Green sandals, ASOS
  3. Short-sleeve top, Dolce & Gabbana
  4. Floral bikini, Zimmermann
  5. Woven wedges, Dolce & Gabbana
  6. Vert, vert scent, Balmain
  7. Embroidered dress, Pull & Bear
  8. Texture shorts, Roxy
  9. Floral sunnies, ASOS
  10. Bucket bag, Ermanno Scervino
  11. Naughty Nautical nail polish, Essie
  12. Bikini top, H&M
  13. Bikini bottom, Ted Baker

Are you ready to pack your bags and leave this city? Are you ready for some sand and sun? I can’t wait to get out of here, I’ve got a tan to care of!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara, Topshop, J.Crew

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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BIKINI SEASON 2013: Hello, Sailor!

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Hell, hello my sweet readers! Summer has just started (Mexico City did not get that memo, rainy season in London seems nothing compared to this) and I can’t wait to pack my bikinis and leave again to a sunny destination! This is the fifth post from our Bikini Season special. Today’s style is not the newest of trends but a classic one: a sailor bikini is a must in every girl’s Summer closet. This beachwear trend lets you play the mix & match game (stripes with polka dots, anchors with solids and so on), it gives that old school, retro vibe we all love and it looks great with a tan and a skipper hat (you may laugh, but skipper caps are more fun than a straw or Panama hat). To start with today’s post, I made a Sailor Cheat Sheet, everything you’ll need to put together the “Ahoy, mate” look! Let’s start:

sailor chart

The balconette bra: It’s flattering for any boob style (padded for those who have less, with good coverage and underwire for those who have more) and it looks great with any bikini bottom. Look for a navy one with prints or with draping details for a retro vibe.

  • Topshop
  • J.Crew
  • Topshop
  • River Island
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Heidi Klein

The stripes: Nothing says sailor like a stripe bikini. Buy a two piece so you can mix the top or the bottom with other prints or solid pieces. A stripe one-piece? It’s a risk but one you must not be afraid of! Try it!

  • J.Crew
  • Vix
  • By Malene Birger
  • Dorothy Perkins

Polka dots: Also a classic, always a classic when it comes to swimwear. Polka dots have a great retro vibe and a touch of Lolita. Don’t be afraid to mix up the colors, the size of the dots and the prints. Have fun!

  • Seafolly
  • NewLook
  • J.Crew
  • Rosamosario

Solid bottoms: Like the lovely France flag, get one blue, one white and one navy. Solids are the best way to reinvent your bikinis. And when it comes to the sailor style, this three colors will go with every stripe, every dot and every nautical motif.

  • Heidi Klein
  • Violet Lake
  • La Perla
  • Orlebar Brown
  • River Island
  • J. Crew

sailor

Now I have a garment and accessory selection so you can rock on the sailor style this Summer:

  1. White bikini top, Heidi Klein
  2. Anchor bikini bottom, J.Crew
  3. Striped slippers, Zara
  4. Anchor tee, By Malene Birger
  5. Drawstring shorts, Eberjey
  6. Straw hat, Eugenia Kim
  7. Nail polish selection, Dior
  8. Stripe dress, SEA
  9. Cherry in the Air perfume, Escada
  10. Navy sunnies, Balenciaga
  11. Red rope sandals, RED Valentino
  12. Quilted bag, Moschino
  13. Striped bikini top, Topshop
  14. Stripes bikini bottom, EJE

That’s a wrap! Hope you like this style as much as I like it! Soon, new surprises, more illustrations and of course, more Summer fashion! Don’t miss it!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara, Topshop, J.Crew

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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BIKINI SEASON 2013: The Free Spirit

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Good morning, my sweet readers! This is the fourth post from our Bikini Season series and on that I have learned to love and wear. I’ve never been a music festival kind of chick and I am not fond of tye-dye. But when it comes to beachwear, the Free Spirit style is as chic and effortless as it can get! It’s all about mixing and matching unexpected bikini prints, adding feathers or fringes for that bohemian touch, taking animal prints to the next level (no patterns, the digital face of that animal in all its glory), wearing cropped tops (think embroidery, think crochet, think ethnic tees) with short, short, distressed, denim cut-offs (details like studs, lace or threads make the look even more interesting). Even if you the Free Spirit trend is not your cup of tea, don’t neglect it until you try it! But first, the selection of bikinis and one-pieces you’ll need to start putting together your look. Ready?

mix match

Tie-dye: A tie-dye bikini set is definitely a must inside your closet. Both top and bottom are perfect for mixing and matching duties. Wear one or the other with a floral top or a paisley bottom.

  • River Island
  • VIX
  • Raquel Allegra
  • Khol’s

Paisley Princess: Paisley has been around always when it comes to beachwear, that’s why the perfect piece must belong in that bikini drawer of yours. Paisley looks good with solids but it also looks great with more prints and why not? With another paisley pattern!

  • Zimmermann
  • ETRO
  • Zimmermann
  • Dolce & Gabbana

Digital Print: It was a matter of time, digital prints took over the pret-a-porter world seasons ago. It was only natural that swimwear followed. Whether you go for a retro beach setting or a wild lion’s face, this style is a fun twist to your usual flower bikini.

  • Topshop
  • New Look
  • We Are Handsome
  • We Are Handsome

Top with a fringe: I’ve been skeptical about this style and the truth is, it’s everywhere! I have big boobs so the fear of the frill, ruffle or fringe has always been there, staring at my face. My advice for big chested girls like me? Triangle with a little fringe. If you have less boobs, wear ‘em all!

  • H&M
  • Nelly’s
  • Tilly’s
  • New Look
  • Nelly’s
  • Charlotte Russe

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What will you need to pair up with your Free Spirit bikini of choice? Here’s a selection:

  1. Saddle bag, OrYANI
  2. Gladiators, Zara
  3. Wayfarers, Ray-Ban
  4. Crochet top, Topshop
  5. Knit shorts, Haute Hippie
  6. Tiger one-piece, We Are Handsome
  7. Scarf playsuit, Fashion Union
  8. Caged wedges, River Island
  9. Gem necklace, ASOS
  10. Nail polish duo, Chanel Le Vernis
  11. Head chain, River Island
  12. Classique Summer scent, Jean Paul Gaultier
  13. Fringe bikini top, H&M
  14. Leopard bikini bottom, River Island

And we are done for the day! I’m taking a few days off to go to my lil’ piece of beach heaven so I’ll be blogging from there!

Lots of love and sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara

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BIKINI SEASON 2013: Hey, sexy lady!

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Often, human beings confuse the term trashy with sexy. No, you don’t have to put on perspex platforms and string, Ice-T’s Coco bikinis to look sexy enough by the pool and no, you don’t need to wear garments that risk exposing your lady parts. You can look the part by wearing swimwear that covers and bares in all the right places and pair that bikini up with clothing and accessories with just the right amount of vixen. Club sequins, peep-toe pumps (yes, I’ve seen swimming pool goers wearing them, wishing they would slip so they would learn that those shoes are not meant for beach cruisin’) and underwear (we know Beach Bunny does the whole lingerie bikini look, they actually look like bikinis, your Agent Provocateur padded bra is gorgeous but for your bf’s eyes only) are banned from any pool or beach, so is heavy makeup and false eyelashes. You can be sexy with just a bikini and a nice cover-up! Here’s a list of shapes that will definitely give you that sensual siren look.

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Hello tan lines! It’s risky and yes, you will get marks of straps all over your torso. Is it sexy without being trashy? Hell, yeah! Whether you go for a one-piece with cut-outs or for a bikini with mutli-strap details, this is one of the best ways to get that sexy lady look.

  • Herve Leger
  • River Island
  • Herve Leger
  • Topshop

Second skin: One of my all-time favorites! The nude bikini is great when you are sporting a great tan (keep it inside your luggage if you are still corpse white), neutrals clash beautifully with sun-kissed skin. Remember that Bo Derek one-piece, beach moment? She was wearing a nude swimsuit.

  • River Island
  • New Look
  • Miu Miu
  • H&M

Itsy Bitsy: Some may say it’s for athletic bodies only, for small breasted girls. Well, guess what? You’ll never know until you try it! I’m a big fan or this shape and I happen to have a full chest, a natural one. What the triangle shape does for me? It lifts them up, some people have even asked me if they are fake.

  • Melissa Odabash
  • Isabel Marant
  • Missoni
  • Gucci

Take the plunge! If you are not sure about the cut-outs, if you want to show some skin in a one-piece, the plunging swimsuit is just the right thing for you! If you are afraid of a nip slip, try one with back-tie for more support!

  • Charlie by Matthew Zink
  • Melissa Odabash
  • Millie
  • Melissa Odabash

 

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And now, a selection of garments and accessories to pair uo with your already sexy bikini. As you can see, everything is very subtle, not really over-the top.

  • Neutral nail polish selection, Lancome
  • Jewel flat sandals, Zara
  • Cat-eye sunnies, ASOS
  • Bralet, Nelly’s
  • Bandage one-piece, Herve Leger
  • Leopard playsuit, Mimi Holliday
  • Silk shorts, New Look
  • L’Agent perfume, Agent Provocateur
  • Snakeskin wedges, Sergio Rossi
  • Leopard tote, Roberto Cavalli
  • Bikini top, Isabel Marant
  • Bikini bottom, Zimmermann

That’s a wrap for tofay’s bikini selection! Is the sexy lady you beach style? I sure like it a lot!

Wishing you a great week, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara

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 Summer Prep: BIKINI SEASON

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This is the beginning of a long series of beachwear posts and since it’s one of my favorite seasons, I’m really, really enjoying it! Ever since I started blogging, I have always payed special attention to Summer. Wanna know why? Because it’s a happy season, it’s colorful and you can go out there wearing almost nothing and it’s socially acceptable.

This is not your classic magazine, body type, bikini guide. This is not the always annoying “If you are big breasted, wear tops with more coverage” guide. Honey, I have big, natural boobs and your “more coverage” tops happen to make me look like a quarterback. This is not the “if you are curvy or pear shaped stay away of the string bikini” kind of guide. Or the infamous “If you have a muffin top, wear a tankini”. A tankini? Seriously? No one should be allowed to wear tankinis! EVER! Those guides suck, because a girl should always know what looks good on her and she should be able to wear what she wants if she likes how she looks in it.

Every body is different, that’s why I don’t believe in shape stereotypes and that’s why my guide is all about trends, textures, styles, colors and attitudes. For this first post, I’ve made a bikini chart and from tomorrow we will start learning about each and every one of the styles you can see on my chart. Ready?

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  • Free spirit: Mixing fringes with tie-dye and leopard print? That’s the kind of risks the Free Spirit takes when it comes to swimwear and everything else. She is the master of mixing and matching. TOP: H&M BOTTOM: River Island
  • Jungle book: Prints have always been a must when it comes to bikini sets, but this season, it’s all about the jungle: plants, tropical birds, wild cats and more! BIKINI: We Are Handsome
  • Vintage rose: I’m a sucker for floral print, but when floral print gets the vintage treatment, it’s whole new level of awesomness. BIKINI: Zimmermann
  • Glam gal: We are talking Pucci and Versace, old school Versace, kind of prints, mixed with metallic and textures. TOP: Pucci BOTTOM: Versace
  • Bombshell: What would Marilyn wear nowadays for a beach day? What would a bond girl wear? Skimpy and belted pieces, for sure! BIKINI: Emilio Pucci
  • Thrill of the frill: Frills and ruffles were among the strongest trends this Spring, it’s only natural that they transitioned beautifully into bikini sets. BIKINI: Norma Kamali
  • Retro chic: You can be afraid of the high-waisted bottoms, but don’t hate them till you try them. Always pair them up with tie front tops for an even more retro air. TOP: River Island BOTTOM: Tori Praver
  • Boho babe: Mix ethnic prints, with crochet, with embroideries and you’ll always get it right. TOP: Emamó BOTTOM: Emamó
  • Charming belle: Micro florals, Lemon Vreeland, Sookie Stackhouse and grandma’s curtains, all of that in a swimsuit! TOP: NewLook BOTTOM: Zimmermann
  • Lolita: Bows, polka dots, balconette tops, boy short bottoms and of course, a pair of red heart shaped glasses. TOP: J. Crew BOTTOM: NewLook
  • Pastel pretty: I’m a sucker for powdery shades but hear me out, pastel shades against a perfect tan is a killer look. TOP: Carine Gilson BOTTOM: J.Crew
  • The mermaid: You need a teal bottom with a shimmery finish and a structured, blush, scalloped bra. Very Ariel from The Little Mermaid and perfect for a poolside. TOP: Topshop BOTTOM: Vix
  • Vitamin: Barbie pink and bright orange are great for swimwear, they look amazing with a tan and they are bound to get some heads turning your way! TOP: Herve Leger BOTTOM: Melissa Odabash
  • Bejeweled: Think sapphires, emeralds, amethysts, all in a shimmery and silky finish! TOP: Vix BOTTOM: Olga Olsson
  • Hello tan lines: Straps across the tummy or multi-string bottoms, they are a gamble but they sure look great! BIKINI: Agent Provocateur
  • Mexican delight: To my delight (I am a proud Mexican) Aztec and folk prints and textures are all over for Summer 2013. Embrace the sarape stripes! TOP & BOTTOM: River Island
  • Wild thing: Choose your poison: leopard, cheetah, tiger, python and wear those two little pieces of clothing with pride and attitude. Wanna make it bolder? Mix the prints! TOP: Carlotta Vulcano BOTTOM: Melissa Odabash
  • Sporty: Another one of the season’s biggest trends gets the beachwear treatment. BIKINI: Lisa Marie Fernandez
  • In the navy: Sailor stripes? A classic that never gets boring! BIKINI: J.Crew
  • Dark & Dangerous: A little black bikini is like the little black dress, a must in your closet! BIKINI: River Island.

That’s a wrap for today! Tomorrow we are starting with the first of the styles, so stay tuned!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara

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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