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MFW COVERAGE: Closing Time

After four posts, we are done with Milano! This is the last one from MFW, for you today: Ferré, Cavalli, Versace and Armani. Shall we?

GIANFRANCO FERRÉ

Talk about refreshing and beautiful. This collection was definitely a pleasant surprise and an unexpected move from designer duo, Stefano Citron and Federico Piaggi. With a dark color palette that included, bottle green, deep blue and black, they payed particular attention to construction. Shapes were architectural and beautiful and textures mixed with each other creating a harmonic clash. Ensembles were mostly monochromatic and volumes played a really important part. I think it’s safe to say this has been one of my favorite MFW collections, simply stellar!

ROBERTO CAVALLI

A wild, wild mash-up from Roberto Cavalli and we are not surprised. The designer, well- known for his more is more philosophy, managed to make crocodile skin sparkly and shiny and brocade fun and bright. Cavalli took his silhouettes from one extreme to another, mini was everywhere, but so was maxi. Each look was unique and charged with details and textures but the show always had continuity and that free-spirited air.

Being the legend that he has worked to become, his model line-up was decisively strong (you know you are big when Naomi closes the show for you). His flowing gowns with wild prints were present, his gold ensembles were also there. Models sported long and straight tresses and dark, sexy eyes. What I enjoyed the most: that bohemian vibe and the way he managed to wild print on fur.

GIORGIO ARMANI

Armani has never been my cup of tea, but since he gave us some punchy colors for the season, to hell with it, I’ll review him. With the fedora as the main accessory on the runway, Giorgio Armani sent out his classic, tailored pieces paired up with bright colored fur, abstract prints and some knits. The shapes were sharp, the tailoring precise and the vibe was cool enough. A little out of his comfort zone but it does seem to work.

VERSACE

I think I’ll just keep my personal opinions to myself on this one. Let’s just state some facts: the mood was dark and gothic, colors went from power black to punchy shades of tangerine and lemon. Models wore cropped bangs. Lindsay Wixson (the model that stumbled on Donatella’s stellar Spring 2012 show) was the show closer.

Garments were embellished and embroidered.  As always, the final part of the show had some red carpet looks. The only thing I swooned for, the fishnet boots. I’ll try to keep the mermaids on the Spring collection in mind and forget about this one. Hey, there’s always next season.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Since Cavalli was part of today’s MFW line-up, how about some animal print. For this look I went with a pair of skin-tight, python leggings from Just Cavalli. For the top, a nude, asymmetrical top from Nasty Gal . Over it, a leather biker jacket in tan from ASOS. For the shoes, a Spring effect thanks to a pair of nude wedges from one of my current favorites, Bionda Castana.

For the bag, to keep it cool and laid-back, Marc Jacobs Cement messenger. For jewelry, a baroque pendant from Bijoux Heart, a ring trio from ASOS and a snake ring from. For the final touch, from the Daphne Guiness collection for MAC, Blueblood for your nails.

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

It’s a wrap for MFW, tomorrow we start with Paris! Be sure to check back! Oh and very soon, giveaway announcement!!!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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NAIL FILES: Berrylicious baby!

With only one post waiting in the oven about PFW, a non-runway one is just what the doctor ordered! It’s been a while since I gave you some nail files, I hope it is as fun to read for you as it is for me to prepare it. Since my color obsession du jour is red (all shades of red) and those “Frutti di Bosco” hues look smashing with all fall clothes and tonalities, it’s all about the berry nail polishes. 5 wild fruit inspired categories, one crust inspired one (when thinking about berries you can’t help but think about pastry) and 24 different nail polish shades from the top nail companies: Deborah Lippmann, Essie, OPI, Nails INC and more! Let’s start!

RASPBERRY SCONES

  • Rouge Carat (Winter Collection), Chanel
  • Do you think I’m texy, OPI
  • Sweet Pea, Estee Lauder’s Pure Color
  • Size Matters, Essie

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

  • Animal-istic (Muppets Collection), OPI
  • 5th Avenue, Essie
  • Timeless Parisian Red, Deborah Lippmann
  • Ruthless, Illamasqua

SWEET CHERRY PIE

  • Wocka Wocka (Muppets Collection), OPI
  • Aspen, Nails INC
  • Lady is a Tramp, Deborah Lippmann
  • A-list, Essie

BLACKBERRY MUFFIN

  • Good Girl Gone Bad, Deborah Lippmann
  • Carry-on, Essie
  • Lincoln Park Minight, OPI
  • Endless Night, NARS

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

  • Bobbing for Baubles, ESSIE
  • Blue Denim, Dior Vernis
  • 44 La Laque, YSL
  • I know what boys like, Deborah Lippmann

CRUNCHY CRUST

  • Quiet Time, MAC
  • Satin Doll, Deborah Lippmann
  • Case Study, Essie
  • Cadogan Square, Nails INC
Are your nails hungry for berries? Mine certainly are! Time for some very, berry delicious paws!
Tomorrow’s post, the last from PFW and then Sweet’n’Raw has in store a big Halloween surprise! Check back with us!
Sweet kisses…
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: Internet
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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NAIL FILES: It’s Getting Hot in Here…

Summer is on and hotter than ever. The beach is the place to be right now. Picture yourself in a stunning and flashy bikini, your best sandals, a sheer and chic coverup, your classic Ray Ban aviators, holding a giant Mojito. What could be missing in this fabulous equation? The perfect mani-pedi. And since Summer is a synonym for fun, let your paws look like a beach ball! Bright colors and a killer tan are a match made in heaven. Wearing a hot pink tank top over your perfectly roasted skin (alway wear sunscreen) will always make you pop, and will make a lot of heads turn. So with your nails, same effect. Plus, bright hues are always much more fun and happy than a classic beige (leave that for a wedding) or the too serious crimson (leave that for a work meeting). Here at Sweet’n’Raw, we took the task upon ourselves to find the best nail colors of the Summer. So here they are:

WANNA BE MY FLAMINGO?

  • Come to Poppy, OPI
  • Collide, Ilamasqua
  • Super Bossa Nova, Essie
  • Steamy, MAC
TEQUILA SUNRISE
  • Rare, Ilamasqua
  • Lightening, Sally Hansen
  • Yellow Brick Road, Deborah Lippman
  • La Laque Surreal Yellow, YSL
ORANGE CRUSH
  • Braziliant, Essie
  • A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find, OPI
  • Gamma, Ilamasqua
  • Lara’s Theme, Deborah Lippman (with Lara Stone)
ELECTRIC WAVE
  • La Laque in Utopian Turquoise, YSL
  • Sephora by OPI
  • Bermuda, Forever 21
  • Neon Blue, American Apparel
COLOR ME GREEN
  • Lickety-split Lime, Sally Hansen
  • Radium, Ilamasqua
  • Gargantuan Green Grape, OPI
  • Neon Green, American Apparel
Sexy, fun and flirty fingers & toes, for a sexy, fun and flirty kind of girl!
From the lovely beach and hoping you are having a Summer blast,
Sweet kisses…
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IN YOUR BAG: Come fly with me

Traveling has become quite an art for me, especially when it comes to 12 hour flights. From every airport experience I have learned at least one thing. But a rule I live and swear by is to never forget your essentials. After walking around endless terminals with the wrong carry-on (I wanted to show-off my Old School suitcase so I decided against my other one with wheels and ended up almost losing my arm blood flow), chosing the least practical handbag, walking around in heels with my feet almost bleeding and then having to go barefoot for security controls because I decided to travel sans socks, I now have a checklist. Yes, an actual checklist, there you can find the items that need to ALWAYS accompany me on a plane ride. You can’t pull a Mary Poppins on your bag, but you sure can make most of the space you have inside it. And since the regulations say one cannot travel with bottles that have more than 100ml, that’s a bit of a helper.

Choosing your bag is the first important thing to do. Stay away from totes or anything without a zipper. The more difficult the access, the least someone will want to get near your stuff while you are sleeping (trust me, I’ve heard stories about people getting robbed up in the air). It’s also essential to pick one with lots of compartments and inside pockets, that way you can have everything organized and find whatever you are looking for in a jiffy (I sometimes am the kind of person who kneels down, places the bag on the floor and starts the quest for the lost object). A shoulder bag, a cross-body, a hobo, anything that can hang from your shoulder, that way you can handle better your carry-on, the 8 magazines and candy you bought, your Starbucks latte and your jacket, oh and your duty free purchases (I’m such a female traveler cliché). But now let’s get to the point, what has to be inside that practical bag of yours?

CLEAN & CLEAR

As a woman, I wish we girls could travel with our entire bathroom cabinet, to hell with it, I wish I had a private jet with a bath tub in it! But since that’s not a possibility, we have to make the most out of those little 100ml bottles in order to survive our flights. Always carry a pocket sized body splash, after those long hours of sleeping in the same tupperware we like to call plane, you and your clothes are definitley in need of fresh fragrance. H&M sells this little cute 4 bottle packs, perfect for our purses. MOISTURIZE, that’s the key to a long flight. Always keep with you a small tube of hand cream and your sunblock, I recommend always Anthelios AE from La Roche Posay. Antibacterial gel is a must inside your bag, airports and planes are always infested with germs. Mineral water spray (Avene or Evian) is a great traveling companion, helps you refresh your face and keeps it hydrated. And last but definitely not least, a pocket toothbrush kit. Seriously people, chewing gum is not an alternative to teeth brushing, even if it says so in the gum package.

THE BEAUTY BAR

Every girl needs to always look polished. It doesn’t matter if we have just endured a 15 hour flight and have one gigantic butt cheek instead of two smaller ones, a girl is always a girl. I’m not telling you to put on dark eyeliner, bronzer and rouge lipstick (actually I’m advising you against the whole tranny hooker-morning after look), but to pack on those 6 or 7 products that will make your face look natural and fresh even after 6 beers and air pressure. In a very cute cosmetic bag you should always have the following:

  • Concealer: no raccoon eyes, no bags, no swollen eyes. You can have all that with this simple miracle worker. I like to use Benefit’s Erase Paste
  • Powder and pocket brush: To give your face a little color, a little life after the flight, always carry your compact. If it has a mirror, even better. If not, get a pocket mirror. I like MAC’s Skinfinish Natural Powder
  • Benetint: This is a must in every girl’s makeup bag. You can color your cheeks naturally, you can tint your lips in a gorgeous shade of cherry and manage to look fresh and never over the top
  • White metallic eyeliner: For the inside corner of your eyes, it will make you appear more awake and aware than you are without a caffeine high.
  • Brow gel: Keep your wild ones tame with a brush gel for your eye brows. Natural, without coloring, Benefit’s Speed Brow is a must-have.
  • Pocket eyelash curler and mascara: We females cannot live without mascara, our lashes are like souls to our faces. Japonesque makes great curlers and in very cute colors (pastels are my favorite) and for mascara, Maybelline’s Falsies is a great buy. Never waterproof for traveling, it’s worse for you eyes.
  • Lipgloss: Go with one that has moisturizer, a cute shade of rasperry to get your lips more lively looking. I like Philosophy’s Raspberry Sorbet.
THE COMFORT ZONE
Some airlines are kind enough to give you a travel kit, others give you just a cheap pillow and a blanket. That’s why one has to be prepared for the worst. Ever end up making a pillow out of your jacket? Or have you ever ended up sleeping on the shoulder of the strange guy sitting nex to you? That’s why you should always carry with you a travel pillow. Great for your neck, great for support and it actually allows you to sleep decently while you are on your very stiff and uncomfortable seat. Go for the inflatable ones, you can stick them into your purse and still have a lot of room for your other stuff. Wether it’s the annoying man who won’t shut his window or the lady that likes to read with the light on your face, an eye mask helps against this kind of hostility. Nowadays you can find them with aloe vera or aromatherapy to relax your body. And then there is the socks, a pair of thick, comfy and warm pair of socks. Avoid cold feet, and also avoid that dreadful moment where the police officer makes you take of your shoes and walk barefoot at the security checkpoint.
GADGETS & EXTRAS
Time will always fly by quicker when you have some entertainment. I confess I spend a lot in cheap magazines that only last me for the first hour of my flight. And if you are not that lucky and are traveling with an airline that doesn’t have a personal screen with a movie menu and has only 4 televisions for the whole coach area (hello Delta Airlines!), you better be armed with some gadgets to ease your suffering. A notebook or sketchbook, great ideas always come to mind in situations like this, also the pen will be useful when filling out forms. My beloved Nook, you can carry tons of books wihout the load. And if you are into real tearjerkers, be sure to download Sisterhood Everlasting by Anne Brashares. The odd stares of my fellow passengers after shedding some tears was totally worth it, I nearly finished the book in 8 hours. The Ipod is a must in my life, and on a plane I need it more than I need breathing. Finally some tissues (never know when you are going to cry with a book) and a document envelope, whick I also use as a case for my nook!
Before I go, a quick word of advice:
Dress comfy, but never loose your style. And never, ever wear a velour tracksuit, I don’t care if it’s Juicy Couture or if it was hand made by Yves Saint Laurent himself (he would’ve never made one anyway), it’s just cheap…. and tacky!
So to all of those like me, who are getting ready to fly, pack wisely and Bon Voyage!
Sweet kisses…

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