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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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SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol. 7

Hello, hello my sweet readers! I’m bringing to you my 7th article for Chictopia’s blog, Everybody is Ugly. This piece really reflects my personal style, y’all know I’m a pastel junkie, but my real obsession has always been nude. It was 6 years ago, when in a trip to San Diego with friends, I went back home penniless and with two suitcases packed with ivory, cream, blush, french gray and light coral garments. Since then, the obsession, like all obsessions has grown considerably (up to the point that I now refuse to wear black). I have also been a fan of color-blocking since the Jil Sander milestone, that’s why I wanted to mix both this trends. Color-blocking neutral style? Yeah baby! Read away and tell me what you think!

Style Tip: Neutral Color Blocking

It was in Spring 2011 when a certain Jil Sander collection changed it all. Bananas of Prada were not the only ones to steal the spotlight that season. Raf Simons’ bright and colorful silhouettes also took over the fashion world. From his game of proportions, volume, and length, to his couture shapes paired up with simple, white t-shirts, it was a delightful fashion display. But there was one particular trend from the show that really stood out: color blocking.

SKINNY JEANS

Color blocking can be defined as the art of mixing and contrasting different chunks of color in one ensemble. That September, bold color blocking was embraced by many designers such as Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Prabal Gurung to name a few. It obviously became the trend that defined the season. Soon enough, retail followed. We are sure that if we took a peek inside your closets, we would still find that green lantern skirt or the hot pink, jersey blazer, both from Zara. We all did it that season and we kept on doing it the next. And since fashionistas around the globe can’t seem to get enough of it, color blocking is not going anywhere just yet!

SMART SHORTS

In fashion, all things tend to get renewed, refreshed, and reinvented. Christophe Decarnin transformed Joan Collins’ ghastly shoulder pads and inserted them in those pricey-but-oh-so-worth-it Balmain jackets. The infamous harem pants of MC Hammer were brought back from the dead (a much better version of them) in 2009 by Chloé and friends. And last season’s print mash-up morphed into a textured one. With neon and pastel colors taking over Spring 2012, it was only a matter of time for color blocking to get its revamp. Sugarcoated or electrified, this style is still a favorite among the fashion crowd.

SCALLOPED SKIRT

Since color blocking went from bold hues to pastel ones, why not take it to neutral territory? Neutrals are a constant in fashion, even if tangerine or hot pink are in trend, you’ll always need them to compliment them. Instead of mixing them up with other hues, why not pair French Gray and blush with ivory or white? The result? Sleek color-blocking, always clean, always sophisticated.

We’ve come up with three different ways to style the neutral color blocking trend! It’s time to put your color blocking skills to the test with subtle colors. We know you can do it Chictopians. Get the style tips from the illustrations!

SKINNY JEANS
Jeans, FRENCH CONNECTION
Knit top, ZARA
Biker vest, ZARA
Shoes, ZARA
Bag, BALENCIAGA
Sunglasses, STELLA McCARTNEY
Thread bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
Spike bracelet, ASOS
Buckle bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
White bangle, TED ROSSI
Love ring, ARIELLA COLLECTION
Gris Deco nail polish, YSL

SMART SHORTS
Color-blocked top, TOPSHOP
Layered shorts, ROMWE
Snakeskin sandals, STEVE MADDEN
Tan clutch, ROCHAS
Leopard bangle, KATE SPADE
Cuff watch, LA MER
Bangle set, FOREVER 21
Earrings, FOREVER 21
Beige Leger nail polish, YSL

SCALLOPED SKIRT
Blush blouse, ASOS
Scalloped skirt, ASOS
Dynemite heels, STEVE MADDEN
Shoulder bag, ALDO
Lace white bangle, LK DESIGNS
Lace pink bangle, LK DESIGNS
White enamel bangle, KATE SPADE
Braided bracelet, ETTIKA
Buckle bracelet, MICHAEL KORS
Pearl studs, ASOS
Rose Abstait nail polish, YSL

Finally Thursday! Only one more day for the weekend to begin! Happy times!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Zara, Mango, River Island, Harrods, Topshop
 

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 COMPILATION

Finally Friday, my sweet readers! Temperatures and raising and weekends are the perfect opportunity to escape the city and get some sun. So if you are going on a weekend getaway and want to try a particular style, this is the post you should be reading. If you LIKE Sweet’n’Raw on Facebook, you have probably seen this sets I began publishing on May. If you don’t follow me on Facebook (you can start by doing it, just click LIKE here), here for you, a bunch of themed bikini sets. Whether you are more of a flirty Lolita, or a Boho babe, I’m sure can find some great ideas. All you have to do is scroll down (yeah, the collage cover looks like a tacky Summer CD compilation and it was totally on purpose)!

THE GLAMOUR MERMAID

  1. Top, TOPSHOP
  2. Bikini top, H&M
  3. Bikini bottom, H&M
  4. Beach crossbody, CALYPSO St. Barth
  5. Shorts, RIVER ISLAND
  6. Sunnies, MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
  7. Ring, RIVER ISLAND
  8. Nail polish, TOM FORD
  9. Wedges, ZARA
  10. Bracelet, RIVER ISLAND
  11. Sandals, ASOS

THE TROPICAL KID

  1. Sunnies, SUNPOCKET
  2. Bikini top, MISSONI
  3. Bikini bottomos, H&M
  4. Octopus ring, MODCLOTH
  5. Starfish ring, H&M
  6. Necklace, H&M
  7. Playsuit, RIVER ISLAND
  8. Straw tote, JADES
  9. Nail polish, DEBORAH LIPPMANN
  10. Beach sandals, ASOS
  11. Enamel bangles, H&M
  12. Friendship bracelet, RIVER ISLAND

THE BEACH LOLITA

  1. Cropped shirt, TOPSHOP
  2. Polka dot bikini top, PAUL & JOE
  3. Bikini bottoms. MELISSA ODABASH
  4. Enamel bangle, ASOS
  5. Polka dot sandals, FAITH
  6. Strawberry shorts, PRET-A-SURF
  7. Anchor ring, MODCLOTH
  8. Heart sunnies, A-MORIR
  9. Meredith wedges, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA
  10. Nail polish, AMERICAN APPAREL
  11. Straw crossbody, ACCESSORIZE

THE BEACH GARDEN

  1. Sandals, ASOS
  2. Rose bikini top, RIVER ISLAND
  3. Green bikini bottom, MELISSA ODABASH
  4. Rose tunic, RIVER ISLAND
  5. Nail polish, DOLCE & GABBANA
  6. Flamingo pendant, FOREVER 21
  7. Floral charm bracelet, ASOS
  8. Green bangle, FOREVER 21
  9. Rhinestone bracelet, H&M
  10. Wedges, ZARA
  11. Sunnies, MISSONI
  12. Bag, DOROTHY PERKINS

THE FREE SPIRIT

  1. Sunnies, LINDA FARROW
  2. Cloud bikini top, EMAMÓ
  3. Printed bikini bottom, WE ARE HANDSOME
  4. Feather tee, DOROTHY PERKINS
  5. Cuff, TOPSHOP
  6.  Buddha bracelet, TOPSHOP
  7. Mint shorts, RIVER ISLAND
  8. Anise nail polish, DOLCE & GABBANA
  9. Jelly flats, ZARA
  10. Ivory necklace, FOREVER 21
  11. Fringe bag, ZARA

CANDY BEACH

  1. Top, H&M
  2. Bikini top, KARLA COLLETTO
  3. Bikini bottoms, CHLOE
  4. Nail polish, MODELS OWN
  5. Denim shorts, TOPSHOP
  6. Vanilla sunnies, SUNPOCKET
  7. Chain bracelet LK DESIGNS / Enamel bangle, DEBENHAMS / Skull bracelet, TOPSHOP / Plate bracelet, MAX & CHLOE
  8. Satchel, CAMBDRIGE SATCHEL CO.
  9. Fish ring, ACCESSORIZE
  10. Pink stone ring, FOREVER 21
  11. Sandals, DOLCE VITA

THE MEXICAN HOLIDAY

  1. Sandals, ASOS
  2. Bandeau bikini top, EMAMÓ
  3. Bikini bottoms, TARA MATTHEWS
  4. Stretch bracelet, TOPSHOP
  5. Glitter bangle, FOREVER 21
  6. Nail polish, ESSIE
  7. Tote, TOTEM SALVAGED
  8. Espadrilles, MICHAEL KORS
  9. Dress, TOPSHOP
  10. Aviator sunnies, RAY-BAN
  11. Ring, WHISTLES

ELECTRIC BEACH

  1. Dress, DVF
  2. Nail polish, ESSIE
  3. Sandals, ZARA
  4. Sunnies, MISSONI
  5. Bikini top, NORMA KAMALI
  6. Bikini bottoms, JETS
  7. Cuff, FOREVER 21
  8. Wedges,  ZARA
  9. Ring, KURT GEIGER
  10. Rucksack, BAGGU

NAKED BEACH

  1. Bikini top, TARA MATTHEWS
  2. Bikini bottoms, EMAMÓ
  3. Sandals, ZARA
  4. Sunnies, VICTORIA BECKHAM
  5. Nail polish, TOM FORD
  6. Bangle, MARNI
  7. Earrings, OSCAR DE LA RENTA
  8. Bag, ZARA
  9. Dress, TOPSHOP

THE SOUTHERN BELLE

  1. Sunnies, PRISM
  2. Ring, TOPSHOP
  3. Shorts, H&M
  4. Woven bracelets, RIVER ISLAND
  5. Leather bracelet, FOSSIL
  6. Bikini top, KRISTINA TII
  7. Bikini bottoms, ISABEL MARANT
  8. Straw hat, ASOS
  9. Denim shirt, H&M
  10. Nail polish, YSL
  11. Cream sandals, ASOS
  12. Woven crossbody, RALPH LAUREN

ROMANTIC GLAMOUR

  1. Sandals, ZARA
  2. Bracelets, FOREVER 21, DOROTHY PERKINS
  3. Rings, RIVER ISLAND
  4. Bikini top, ZIMMERMANN
  5. Bikini bottoms, LOVER
  6. Playsuit, TOPSHOP
  7. Sunnies, VICTORIA BECKHAM
  8. Tote, MANGO
  9. Headband, ASOS
  10. Nail polish, ESSIE

BOHO BEACH!

  1. Playsuit, RIVER ISLAND
  2. Nail polish, DIOR VERNIS
  3. Sandals, ZARA
  4. Sunnies, RAY-BAN
  5. Bikini top, ZIMMERMANN
  6. Bikini botoms, J CREW
  7. Cuff, FOREVER 21
  8. Wedges, TOPSHOP
  9. Ring, DOROTHY PERKINS
  10. Bag, TRF ZARA

WHITE, WHITE SUMMER

  1. Alpine Snow nail polish, OPI
  2. Scorch nail polish, ILLAMASQUA
  3. Woven tote, ERMANNO SCERVINO
  4. Coverup, EMAMÓ
  5. Bikini top, VIX
  6. Bikini bottoms, TORI PRAVER
  7. Scarf, RIVER ISLAND
  8. Sunnies, LUELLA
  9. Snake ring, GUESS
  10. Wedges, MICHAEL KORS
  11. Bracelets: FOREVER 21, H&M, ASOS
  12. Sandals, ACNE

RETRO BEACH

  1. Sunnies, LINDA FARROW
  2. Bag, ASOS
  3. Sandals, ASOS
  4. Bustier and shorts, H&M
  5. Bikini, NOELLE
  6. Hat, EUGENIA KIM
  7. Wedges, DVF
  8. Bracelets, FOREVER 21
  9. Ring, RIVER ISLAND
  10. Nail polish, TOM FORD

Retro, neutral, boho or bright? What’s your beach style? I sure hope this helped you on your quest for the perfect Summer wardrobe. Coming up next, the Style Sheets and more pajamas. Party hard!

Sweet kisses…

PS: I love it when people like my images or collages enough to put them on posts of their own. It’s really flattering, just don’t forget to credit your sources. In my images and compostitions there’s a lot of work and time behind.

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 does Chictopia, vol. 4

Happy Monday, my sweet readers (if that’s even possible). A bright and punchy post to start up your morning! As you probably know by now (because I’ve repeated it over and over and just won’t get tired of it), I am contributing as a Fashion News Editor (God I love saying EDITOR) for Chictopia’s very chic and trendy blog, Everybody is Ugly. This was my fifth piece for them, and I decided to take on the very popular and lovely Tangerine Tango trend. In case you haven’t read my fashionable prose, here it is!

It Takes Three To Tango: 3 Chic Ways To Wear Tangerine

It is considered THE color of the season. It’s fun, it’s bright and it’s sexy, it’s Tangerine Tango! In a season where pastels have officially taken over, this non-powdery and lively shade has taken the throne

Last September, designers colored the runways tangerine: Derek Lam made it minimal and Haider Ackermann used it as the perfect complement to match his beautiful and architectural shapes. It was digital and printed for Peter Pilotto and Proenza Schouler went in for the kill and colored their leather tangerine.

Now that we’ve covered the catwalk, making the transition to high street has never been easier. Retailers seem to have the same style craving, after a sugar and pastel overload, a taste of sour citrus is just what we need.

Since it’s a strong color, it may seem overpowering at first glance. The trick? Don’t be afraid to grab tangerine by the horns— that means nail polish or a clutch is not enough anymore! The color itself is all about fun, but it gets even better when styling it and mixing it up in overpowering ways! We all like to see heads turning our way, and tangerine is just the shade to make that happen!

LOOK 1: BEJEWELED TANGERINE
Color blocking meets my jewelry box. More interesting than doing it with brights, more flashy than doing it with pastels.

Teal top, NASTY GAL
Tangerine pants, ZARA
Studded pumps, ZARA
Teal clutch, BERSHKA
Pendant, SHOUROUK
Viper nail polish, TOM FORD

LOOK 2: WILD TANGERINE
Tangerine is great mash-up material. If mix it with hot pink, it’s a match made in Vitamin heaven. Add a touch of leopard, now that’s what I call spicing things up.

Chiffon tangerine blouse, NASTY GAL
Pink Bouclé shorts, ZARA
Leopard long cardigan, NASTY GAL
Color-blocked sandal, ZARA
Vintage bag, CHANEL
Sunglasses, CHLOE
Black and gold bracelet, MADE
Cuff bracelet, JUST ACCESS
Tangerine bracelet, ORELIA
Owl bracelet, RIVER ISLAND
Stone ring, RIVER ISLAND
Bazooka nail polish, ESSIE

LOOK 3: CREAMY TANGERINE
Mixing it with neutrals is a great way to make this color pop. It doesn’t get sexier than a bodycon skirt, tone it down with some flowy and soft garments.

Chiffon waistcoat, ZARA
Blush top, ZARA
Tangerine bodycon skirt, NASTY GAL
Metallic sandals, ZARA
Mirror clutch, DOROTHY PERKINS
Spiked bracelet, DOROTHY PERKINS
Cross bracelet, DOROTHY PERKINS
Ribbon bangle set, FOREVER21
Stretch silver bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
Snake ring, LULUS
Pure Narcisse nail polish, LANCOME

Creamy, wild, or bejeweled? What’s your tangerine style?

What do you think? I am looking for this week’s theme, if you have any suggestions, I will really appreciate it!

Have a great week! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations by Ana Sofia
Image Sources
River Island
ZARA
Nasty Gal
Harrods
ASOS
FOREVER 21

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