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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 14

Another week, another article for Everybody is Ugly. As a Fashion News Editor for Chictopia, I am given four themes a month. It’s always exciting to find out what I’m going to be writing about, I love doing my research, my illustrations and preparing my images. The best part of it all? Seeing my article published on their site and recieving all the marvelous feedback from the lovely readers. Most of the time, comments are positive, people share the pieces on Facebook and Twitter. What’s hard to stomach at first is the negativity, not because one can’t take a critique but because people are usually vicious and mean when commenting. I’m all about freedom of speech but I’m also about respecting other people’s work. Anyway, before I embark in a “love and respect” manifesto, here it is, this week’s article:

Neon: 5 NEW Ways To Wear The Bright Color Trend

Raise your hands if you got so excited by neon that you ended up buying a little too many electric hued garments. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. When the fashion world falls in love with a trend, they end up bombarding us with it until the next season arrives. Remember how you used to love Prada’s stripes from Spring 2011? Remember how you didn’t love them as much once they had been photographed a zillion times? That’s kind of what happened with neon. But before you press the panic button and throw all your neon pieces away (only Anna dello Russo could throw clothes away, and she doesn’t—she collects them!) or store it until the summer sun gets to shine again, there’s always a seasonal solution.

Neon was one of the strongest trends last spring, along with florals and pastel shades. From blazers and skirts to statement necklaces and heels, florescent colors dominated the season. Maybe that’s why every time we open our closets, we feel like we’ve been blinded by bright neon lights.

That hot pink satchel won’t have to wait until spring to be worn again, that Acne sweater that’s tired of being worn can easily be adapted to fall and even those platform sandals can have a wintery future. All you need is a little creativity and an open mind! Here are ideas on how to inject neon in that cold weather wardrobe of yours…of course, without looking like you are a season too late!

With Knits
As seen at: Kenzo Spring 2013

Forget about neon color-blocking, forget about neon with black (a little 80’s, if you ask us). This season, neon has taken the “matchy matchy” route. Now, we don’t want you looking like a giant popsicle. It’s all about blending some colorful bottoms with one of this season’s strongest trends: graphic knitwear. The trick? Choosing a jumper with a fun and interesting pattern but on color similar to the trousers. It’s an original and eye-catching idea that will also cheer up your mood on a grey, cold, rainy and gloomy day. It’s bright, it’s comfortable, it’s warm and it’s dressy. It doesn’t get better than that!

The selection:
1. Pink pants, Preen
Rose jumper, Romwe
2. Cropped jumper, Stella McCartney
Blue pants, Mango
3. Structured shorts, Harvey Nichols
Leaf sweater, Preen

You Can Still Wear Neon Jewelry
As seen at: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 street style

It may not be new and yes, it has been done. But also, you can’t deny how good it looks. The statement necklace over a printed blouse is a perfect way to change up an outfit and give the top a different twist: from “casual office day” to “happy hour ready” in seconds. Don’t stash away that neon, chunky necklace from Zara just yet. Don’t throw that chiffon, floral blouse inside your “open until Spring” drawer. Pair them up with a fluffy cashmere jumper and throw your favorite coat over. Want a challenge? Layer the necklace over a print and then, over another print. Fall and Winter don’t have to be all dark and somber!

The selection:
1. Leopard blouse, Malene Birger
Necklace, New Look
2. Baroque blouse, Stella McCartney
Necklace, Sass & Bide
3. Scarf print blouse, Versace
Necklace, Topshop
4. Leaf print blouse, Aminaka Wilmont
Necklace, Sheinside

With Neutrals:
As seen at: Roksanda Ilincic

Neons are strong colors, bound to get some heads turning your way. But when feeling not so flashy, a bunch or neutrals is all we need. When pairing neutral colors together, the result is always chic and somewhat ethereal. But a killer look is not a killer look without a fun twist and a pop of color always does the trick. Pick your flashy garment, we like pink, but yellow also looks surprisingly good with neutrals. For the rest, you can go monochromatic or color-block with shades like tan, peach, blush, cream or white. The more layering you do, the cooler it will look.

The selection:
1. Trench coat, Sheinside
2. Silk shirt, Equipment
3. Pink jumper, J. Crew
4. Ankle boots, Acne
5. Jeans, Rag & Bone

The Flashy Coat
As seen on: Viviana Volpicella PFW Spring 2013

Over the years, Winter coats have suffered all kinds of transformations: prints, ruffles, pastel colors, lace, jacquard and more. After a neon-crazy Spring, designers just couldn’t close the door on the brights. That’s why the gave us the neon coat. What better way to pump up your look than with flashy and colorful outerwear (even more when you know your fabulous look is kept under wraps because of the cold). Whether you go for a wool and boxy coat, the classic, two-button alternative or a hot pink parka, don’t miss out on this colorful Winter.

The selection:
1. Blue coat, Stella McCartney
2. Pink coat, Balenciaga
3. Yellow coat, MSGM

Accents

Accessories are always a constant and that neon clutch has definitely become a staple inside every woman’s wardrobe. The hot pink satchel? A great way to color a casual ensemble. The electric jewelry? We just can’t live without it and can’t stop wearing it. The tip? When you want to add a touch of edge or a pinch of happiness to your looks, think neon (pastel will also do the trick).

The selection:
1. Clutch, Acne
2. High-tops, Asos
3. Bracelet, Dannijo
4. Satchel, Modcloth
5. Earrings, Shourouk
6. Boots, Casadei

Trends are mere options that designers offer to us each season. It’s not about following, it’s about taking what you like and making it your own. It’s about being able to mix past trends with current ones, the old with the new, the colorful with the mute. But above all, it’s about having fun with it. Winter-up your neons!

Image sources:
Net-a-porter.com
ASOS
Style
Topshop
Polyvore

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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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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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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…
Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis Background: unknown

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