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Sweet n’raw’s Xmas Gift Guide: BUNNY

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December is flying by! Only less than ten days till Christmas and if you are still behind with your gift shopping list, it’s time to get moving! This is the fourth part from our annual gift guide and it’s a darn cut one! I’ve always had a little obsession with bunny slippers, always wanted them, never have been able to find them. This year, i wanted to make a gift idea post for all of those bunny lovers out there. It’s all about the furry garments, the fuzzy slippers, sweet perfume and some pretty, pretty, powdery shades. Are you ready?

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SPLURGE

  1. Rabbit gloves, Eugenia Kim
  2. Bunny ears ring, Natasha Zinko
  3. Bunny jumper, Markus Lupfer
  4. Rabbit hat, Maison Michel
  5. Turtleneck sweater, Matthew Williamson
  6. Flowerbomb Fairy perfume, Viktor & Rolf
  7. Plush bunny, Jellycat
  8. Nail polish trio, Tom Ford
  9. Pink evening dress, Lela Rose
  10. Pom pom flats, Nina Ricci
  11. Pom pom heels, Jimmy Choo
  12. Love pillow, Calypso St. Barth
  13. Shoulder bag, Saint Laurent Paris

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STEAL

  1. Bunny jumper, Topshop
  2. Beanie, Oysho
  3. Rabbit sweatshirt, Topshop
  4. Violetta iPhone case, Moschino
  5. Suede flats, Zara
  6. Champagne cocktail dress, Topshop
  7. My Little Chloe perfume, Chloe
  8. Nail polish set, Essie
  9. Ankle-strap heels, Zara
  10. Rabbit moleskin journal, Etsy
  11. Vanity bag, Oysho
  12. Bunny mug, Amazon
  13. Pink shoulder bag, Kate Spade

And that’s it for our bunny guide! I hope you could get some great ideas for your loved ones and we still have time for a couple of more! Stay tuned!

Christmas Eve -7!

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Sweet n’raw’s Xmas Gift Guide: LA GARÇONNE

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December is just getting started and so is the Holiday season. You know what that means right? Lots of parties and gatherings and Christmas preparations: decorating the house, planning the dinner menu and then there’s my favorite part, shopping for presents and making wish lists! If you have been reading me for a while, you already know how I do it. If this is your first year with me, here’s how it goes: I don’t make lists for the boyfriend, the girlfriend, the parents or the best friend. I focus on cliches (I’m a cliche lover and there’s nothing wrong with being one, that’s part of the irony of my work as an artist and illustrator) because everybody, no matter how hard they try to fight it, has a favorite cliche of their own.

For our first part of this gift guide, I went with the one that defines me: the francophile in me. As you already know, I am a lover of all things French and all Parisian stereotypes. So leaving the pastels and macarons aside, here are some present ideas for that sister or friend (or yourself) that has a little garçonne living inside her brain.

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SPLURGE

  1. T-shirt, Moschino
  2. Beret, Eugenia Kim
  3. Striped top, T by Alexander Wang
  4. Pointy flats, Tabitha Simmons
  5. Red dress, Alexander McQueen
  6. No. 5 Perfume, Chanel
  7. Merci thank you notes, Selfridges
  8. Paris Je t’aime cushion, Jules Pansu
  9. Oversize sunnies, Oscar de la Renta
  10. Nail polish trio, YSL La Laque Couture
  11. Pierre le Baer, Nikoki
  12. Two tone pumps, Alexandre Birman
  13. 2.55 vintage bag, Chanel

garconne steal

STEAL

  1. Striped jumper, Topshop
  2. Red beret, ASOS
  3. Double-breasted coat, Zara
  4. Pink ballet flats, Repetto
  5. Red sunnies, Zara
  6. Paris perfume, YSL Beauty
  7. Red dress, DVF (The Outnet)
  8. Two tone pumps, Zara
  9. Paris Street Style book, Urban Outfitters
  10. Eiffel tower mug, Bed Bath and Beyond
  11. Red lip crayon, Tarte
  12. Nail polish trio, Essie
  13. Quilted shoulder bag, Rebecca Minkoff

Already adding items to your Christmas shopping list? I hope this helps you get some fresh and original ideas for yourself or your loved ones. I still have  a lot of gift guide cliches to show you, so keep checking back!

Have a lovely, lovely December day,

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Images: Zara, Net-a-porter, Topshop, Polyvore, Sephora, Selfridges, Essie

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 Woman’s Right to Shoes

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Even though we should be enjoying the last days of Summer (at least here in Mexico), it’s already starting to feel like Fall. But rain showers and chilly weather will not stop me from baring my legs and wearing my naked sandals and denim cut-offs. The jacket/tights/coats/boots season is just around the corner and the warmer one won’t arrive until April 2014. But, even though my body and my tan are refusing to accept the fact that Summer went by in a jiffy, my mind is already getting  A/W ready! Before the Fashion Week mayhem begins, I wanted to start with the trends you need to know for the coming season and like every season, today is all about the shoes! The February runways were filled with some fabulous footwear! From revamped classics to futuristic styles, there’s something for everyone and also, it’s always good to try something new even if you think it’s not really gonna be your thing. I’m not a grunge fan, but ever since those tough, cut-out booties came out, I’ve been dying to get a pair for my collection! Ready for some Fall 2013 shoeporn? Let’s start!

dapperdudep

Blame it on Gatsby, blame it on whoever you want but thank God for brogues, loafers and oxford shoes! Being comfy and dressed-up at the same time? Best combo-in-a-shoe ever!

  1. Tod’s
  2. Zara
  3. Saint Laurent
  4. Givenchy
  5. ASOS
  6. Miu Miu

flats

Remember the Teacher’s Pet trend I posted last week? Casual footwear has gone good! Shiny Mary-Janes, Penny loafers, tassels and laces are in for the season. Think school girl all the way!

  1. Zara
  2. Zara
  3. Zara
  4. Zara
  5. Zara
  6. Saint Laurent

buckles

The Chloé Susanna boots have been around for a couple of seasons and yes, even though buckles have been around for a lifetime, they were the ones that unleashed the “ankle-boot with buckles madness”. They still haunt my dreams and the Zara or Jeffrey Campbell knock-offs just won’t do! Want a little more heel? There are also plenty of buckled styles for you!

  1. Giuseppe Zanotti
  2. Tabitha Simmons
  3. Chloe
  4. Toga Pulla
  5. Altuzarra

jungle

I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while, being an animal print junkie and all! The time has come, the time has come for us to embrace, wear and never take off the colorful, happy and bright animal print pumps! Join the wild and happy army, now!

  1. Brian Atwood
  2. Givenchy
  3. Maison Valentino
  4. Nicholas Kirkwood
  5. Carvela

laces

You know that already (my last post was all about that), bondage is still in and sexier than ever. Personally, I die when I see a sexy heel with laces and this Fall, I think I’m gonna be dying over and over and over!

  1. Zara
  2. Jason Wu
  3. Alexandre Birman
  4. Aquazzurra
  5. Alice + Olivia

toe-caps

Spring 2011, silver toe-caps were major… Fall 2013, any kind of toe-cap is MAJOR and thank God for that. Whether you like a metallic one, a classic black paired up with a little Houndstooth or suede with PVC, possibilities are endless!

  1. Jimmy Choo
  2. Saint Laurent
  3. Paul Andrew
  4. Gianvito Rossi
  5. Gianvito Rossi

meshy

Think cut-outs are sexy? Well, it doesn’t get sexier than mesh in a heel. This season, you can’t possibly survive without a pair of meshy booties or sandals, or pumps, just go out there and buy a pair!

  1. Nicholas Kirkwood
  2. Bionda Castana
  3. Sophia Webster
  4. Sophia Webster
  5. Aquazzurra

cutout

Oh the cut-outs, it’s like an ankle boot with sexiness of a stiletto! It’s powerful and it’s showing a little skin in a season where covering up is almost mandatory. Have you gotten your pair?

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

retro

I just saw The Great Gatsby and fell in love, not only do I want a guy like Mr. Gatsby but I also want Daisy’s wardrobe  and even though I will not get Miuccia Prada’s dresses anytime soon, I can get her shoes and so can you!

  1. Miu Miu
  2. Charlotte Olympia
  3. Nicholas Kirkwood
  4. Bottega Veneta
  5. Max Kibardin

grungy

The famous or infamous Balenciaga cut-out boots are responsible for this and even if I despised everything about Hedi Slimane’s Fall 2013 collection, I do have to thank him for bringing back the grunge into our lives. I have to admit that this normally would not be my cup of tea, being a sugary, pastel princess. But in fashion and in life, it’s all about trying new things!

  1. Zara
  2. Zara
  3. Zara
  4. Zara
  5. Zara

old

One of the biggest trends of the season is “Blast from the past”. It’s all about the retro, the Noir films, the black and white format, the ladylike silhouette. And an old school lady is never really a lady without a pair of old school pumps.

  • Dsquared
  • Zara
  • Zara
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Gucci

CHELSEA

My favorite shoe trend of the season, I’ve been chasing the perfect pair for ages and I’m even trying to convince my brother to get a pair (he is resisting). Have you got your own?

  1. Bottega Veneta
  2. Saint Laurent
  3. Church’s
  4. Kenzo
  5. Burberry Prorsum

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That was the Fall 2013 shoe guide! Start making your list, start shopping and start wearing! Fashion Week is 9 days away, brace yourselves! As always I will be giving you an extensive coverage, looks, trends, calendars, everything you need!

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: 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!

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  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

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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

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BIKINI SEASON 2013: Summer Colors

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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?

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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

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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

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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: The Boho Babe

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Another day, another post, my sweet readers! This is the second part from our long, long Bikini Season 2013 coverage and so far, I’m loving putting these together for you (I hope you are enjoying them as well). The Boho trend is always around when it comes to beachwear! the paisley, the embroidery, the gypsy floral print, the Broderie Anglaise and the always favorite crochet are Summer regulars. Last S/S was all about the crochet mini shorts, this season, it’s all about the ones with the boho print (thanks, Isabel Marant for that). The multi-strap sandals are also another style that comes straight from the runway, it’s all about gladiators, gladiators, gladiators! And when it comes to bikinis: embroideries, bohemian patterns, knit bottoms and more. The ultimate boho piece? A kimono with a cool pattern. Trust me, the kimono is the ultimate beach cover-up: you get to show skin and your bikini instead of enclosing them inside a dress or a playsuit. Here are some fun garments for you to check out, in case the boho babe is your beachwear style!

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  1. Printed kimono, Athena Procopiou
  2. Paisley shorts, Isabel Marant
  3. Lightweight top, Topshop
  4. Round sunnies, J.Crew
  5. Bikini separates, Emamó
  6. Salmon cover-up, Melissa Odabash
  7. Crochet one-piece, JETS
  8. Multi-strap heel, J.Crew
  9. Nail polish trio, Dior Vernis
  10. Tan shoulder bag, Chloé
  11. Falling in love perfume, Philosophy
  12. Gladiator sandals, Aldo

That’s it for today! What’s your favorite beach style? Drop me a line!

Sweet kisses…

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

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BIKINI SEASON 2013: The Jungle Book

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Good morning, my sweet readers! Summer vacations are less than a month away and a bikini and wardrobe renewal is a must before leaving to an exotic destination. As I told you on my previous post, this is not a body type guide, this is a trendy one. It’s all about this season’s trends, themes, vibes, colors and prints. To kick-off our usual “Stocking up for Summer” special, I wanted to start with one of the strongest trends when it comes to beachwear: Jungle prints (that We Are Handsome bikini is everywhere and I can’t wait to get my claws on it). Palm trees, exotic birds, colorful leopard and tropical fruits are all over! Feeling a little adventurous these days? Then this Tarzan girl style is just for you! Here are some jungle garments and accessories you can find online, right now!

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  1. Printed tank top, Stella McCartney
  2. Naughty Nautical nail polish collection, Essie
  3. Parrot detailed sandals, Miu Miu
  4. Fluffy Macaw tee, Marni
  5. Sailor stripes shorts, J.Crew
  6. Jungle bikini, We Are Handsome
  7. Classic aviator sunnies, Ray Ban
  8. Leopard bustier, Topshop
  9. Green croc sandals, T by Alexander Wang
  10. Privet Bloom scent, Hampton Sun
  11. Bucket beach bag, Juicy Couture
  12. Tank striped dress, Acne
  13. Banana leaf shorts, Topshop
  14. Leopard wedge sandals, Stella McCartney

Ready to rock the jungle book look this Summer? I sure hope so! On the next few days I will be posting more bikini trends and Summer specials, stay tuned!

Sweet kisses and happy shopping!

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

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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

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SPRING GROCERIES, part 3

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Good evening, my sweet readers! Today I’m back with the last part of our Spring Groceries series. Since you are probably tired from a long day of work, I’m gonna make this quick. Every season has its staples and for Spring 2013, it’s all about a game between the neutrals and the brights. Ready to play? Here they are!

NEUTRALSNeutrals are major mixers and life savers. When not having a clue on how to pair up that pair of wild printed trousers, throw a neutral solid and you are good to go! This Spring, palate cleansers are one of the strongest trends, but instead of spending on a stylish, seasonal piece, why not buy something that can work with almost anything, and in every season. Here’s a list of items your closet desperately needs:

  1. Barely there heels: Get a black pair, a colorful one if you want but please you can’t leave your wardrobe without a pair of nude, barely there, heeled sandals. Zara (pictured) has quite an assortment, so does Net-a-porter.
  2. The white shorts: This asymmetrical style from Zara has everyone going crazy, but if you are not into the whole wrap-around shorts, any type of white smart shorts will do. Leg flashing is the biggest warm weather perk.
  3. Naked top handle: Ladylike bags are a must this season and buying a neutral colored bag is always worth the splurge.
  4. The minimal clutch: For those evenings out with friends or date nights with the boyfriend, a minimal envelope clutch is a good game changer. This beauty is from Marni.
  5. Basic trainers: Forget about the black high-tops you wore all Winter, this season is all about bright whites. Isabel Marant has a beautiful pair, but so does Zara (pictured). Go get  ‘em!
  6. Short-sleeve sweatshirt: A major basic for Spring! Great with denim shorts, camo skinnies or over a sundress, possibilities are endless! This one is from Zara.
  7. Nude joggers: Maybe is just me, but lately, smart joggers are my new skinny jeans. With a cropped top and a blazer or a lightweight sweater, you can go to work, to a lunch and even happy hour!
  8. LWD: Who cares about black when you can soak up the sun in a little white number. This baby is from McQueen.
  9. The white pump: If you don’t have your pair or haven’t seen them everywhere, yoy really have been missing on a major trend.
  10. Neutral nails: They were on almost every runway last September and YSL’s Beige Leger is the perfect shade to pull it off.
  11. Naked sandals: A single strap in a neutral color? Perfect Spring and Summer off-duty companions.

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For every neutral you get, you should get a bright. The best way to cheer and spice up an ensemble is with a colorful garment. This season, there’s a lot of color, a lot of it!

  1. Bold bralet: Pair up your high-waisted pants with one of this, throw over a blazer. Trust me, it doesn’t get more chic than that. Just remeber, do your crunches, drink your water! Bralet, Tucker
  2. Ethnic mini: The perfect garment for those sunny days, with a denim shirt or a plain tee. Flat sandals? Lace-up heels? Skirt, Thu Thu
  3. The bright pussybow: For work, to spice up your corporate look. To dress up your jeans for a lunch date with friends. With a pair of shorts for an easy breezy evening. It’s classic with a twist.
  4. Emerald trousers: You choose the cut and shape (tapered, joggers, skinny, flared), but since Emerald is the color of the season, this are a must!
  5. Disco sandals: Metallic footwear is the biggest hit of the season (thanks Burberry Prorsum for that). A pair of mirror flat sandals in pink (from ASOS) or blue can make an outfit more fun and daring.
  6. Pink mini shoulder bag: Shoulder bags, little ones, have taken over Spring. We can find them in any color and texture we want, but a pink one? Pink is always resourceful, girly and pretty.
  7. Electric points: Electric blue has been around for a while now (jeans, dresses, bags) and pointy shoes just made a big comeback. Put them together and the result is flawlessly perfect. This sexy pair is from Zara.
  8. Silky shift: Shift dresses are ideal for warm and sunny days. Silk is perhaps the fabric with the most beautiful texture and it clings to the body like no other. Choose the color you prefer, but make it a bright one.
  9. The yellow blazer: When it comes to blazers this Spring, yellow is the new black. This one is affordable and happy, you can find it on Zara.com
  10. Pink hot shorts: Pink will have the leading role when it comes to colors this Fall. Why not start wearing it right now? Shorts, Christopher Kane
  11. Naked & red: I’ve said it a million times, barely there sandals are a must this season. Get them in every color possible, I know I will. Add a touch of spice by buying a red pair. Heels, Zara
  12. Vitamin bodycon bikini: There’s nothing sexier than a bandage bikini in orange or pink? Remember, vitamin color and a tan make a killer combo. Bikini, Herve Leger.

And that’s a wrap for our Spring Groceries series! Now you know what you need, so… Happy shopping!

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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SPRING GROCERIES, part 1

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Spring has definitely Sprung! Trees are growing their leaves, flowers are blooming, my coats and boots are stored in boxes and my feet are pedicure ready for sandals and barely there heels. Prior to Sweet n’raw’s Fashion Week special, we began covering this season’s strongest trends: Emerald, the Beetlejuice stripes, the palate cleansers, the floral prints and more. But there’s one thing about trends, no everyone likes to follow them and they don’t suit everyone who attempts to wear them. That’s why I have made my grocery list (Ok, ok! Shopping list… if only grocery shopping was that fun), packed with all the items that one must own this Spring and Summer and classified into colors, patterns and prints and even occasions. Over the next few days, I will be showing you two parts of the list in one post (I don’t want to bore the socks out of you with endless images and texts that resemble a puberty diary) and then we will be moving on to another section: How to wear our recently purchased “groceries”. So get your note pad and star scribbling, and then the fun part, start crossing out the items you already have or have just bought! Ready?

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Prints and patterns are the best way to give that basic pair of pants the ultimate twist or to spice up an entire ensemble. This Spring, they are getting bolder and more fun than ever. Here’s the items you simply must have in your closet:

  1. The statement wedges: Whether you go for patterns, graphic or fabric prints, a flashy wedge sandal is a must this Spring. Charlotte Olympia and Zara have a great selection, but this Sergio Rossi pair took my breath away.
  2. Volume + stripes: Skirts with some structure always come in handy when creating playful looks, add some stripes (one of the biggest trends this season) and you have a winner. Skirt is from MSGM.
  3. Peplum with a twist: Last Fall, the peplum was everywhere! This Spring, it stuck around but with a new twist: colorful printed and textured. This fierce little number is from Preen.
  4. Tribal clutch: We all know and probably own tribal skirts and mini shorts, but how about some tribal arm candy? Zara has a bunch of options, including the one in the picture.
  5. Bold and flat: Long, pointy and flat is the new ballerina. Don’t discard them until you try them. This printed pair is from Zara.
  6. Head-turning trainers: Isabel Marant set them loose and we have loved and worshipped high-tops ever since then. Leave it to Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to put some silk and prints into the already lovely equation.
  7. Wild jacquard: I have to blame Jenna Lyons for my jacquard pants obsession and thank the rest of the designers who followed. This Spring is not only about printed pants, it’s also about the texture. Pants, Kenzo.
  8. Show-stopping shift: With the digital print revolution, you don’t need to spend $3,000 on a Mary Katrantzou or Peter Pilotto (pictured) dress. A shift with a bold pattern is a life savior when the heat is unbearable: you’ll look cute and put together, but you’ll feel comfy and fresh.
  9. Pattern knits: Fall gave us graphic jumpers, Spring is giving us patterned ones. Ideal for when creating texture and print mash-ups. Jonathan Saunders (pictured) has a great selection.
  10. Shorty and spotty: A major staple and one that I can guarantee you’ll use over and over are a pair of leopard shorts.
  11. Red bright lips: It’s all about a bright, almost orange pucker this Spring.
  12. Colorful crochet: Bold colors and Missoni? What’s not to love?

love notesRomantic pieces are not only pretty but also useful. You can get playful with them, pair them up with unexpected pieces: a biker jacket perhaps, or some hardcore boots on a lacey dress. You can put together a girly and ladylike ensemble. This season you will need the following:

  1. Pastel wedges: Pink, powder blue, minty or lavender, you choose! Stella McCartney is responsible for this darling babies.
  2. Retro sunnies: Think ladies of Mad Men, maybe Jackie O if she is more your style. Stella is also responsible for this pair.
  3. Firty skirt: flouncy with volume and in a pretty color and fabric. It’s not only for dressing up but can also be worn off-duty with a sheer tank or a tee. This pink number is from Miu Miu.
  4. Ruffle top: Chloe did ruffles, so did Gucci and Balenciaga. And since the white Chloe shift is almost unreachable, a romantic ruffled blouse is the perfect substitute. Blouse, Chloe
  5. Vivid bikini: Zimmermann has the best shapes when it comes to swimwear, but also the best prints. They make the most vivid and romantic, almost retro floral prints and you, my friend, need to own one of their bikinis.
  6. Princess flats: I assume you already have your mirrored heels, but you definitely need your glittery and sparkly pair of flats. Perfect fo when you want to add a touch of bling to an off-duty look or when you want to ditch the heels for an evening and still look picture perfect.
  7. Floral pants: Choose your style: harem, tapered, skinny, capri or wide. This come from the extraordinary mind of J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons.
  8. Creamy & lacy: A dress, no matter the length or shape, no matter the sleeves or the neckline, in creamy lace will always come in handy when it comes to sunny weather. This piece of art is from Jesus del Pozo.
  9. The pretty clutch: Pretty colors and heavy embellishment make this kind of bag the perfect companion for an important event or a fancy dinner. Purse, Lanvin
  10. Cutie pie jumper: Last Fall, Graphic knits were all about mad dogs, growling tigers, fierce eagles. This Spring is all about deers, pretty birds, cute cats and darling doggies.
  11. Floral shorts: I don’t need to say anything more, you should know by now that this are a must. Peter Som makes this pink pair.
  12. Afternoon tea heels: I have named them that way for a reason: Think about the kind of shoes you would wear if invited to an afternoon tea party in a garden. Ankle straps, printed fabric, girly details. You can find this pair on Zara.

There you go, from the bold to the lovely. Are this items already inside your closet? If not, start looking! On tomorrow’s post I will give you the on duty and off-duty items, don’t miss it!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Topshop, 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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