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The Bag Bucket List: THE GLAM LOCK

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“I like my money where I can see it, hanging on my shoulder.”

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The Bag Bucket List: BIRKIN

thebirkin“The Bikin costs how much? $15,000 for an orange bag? What’s it made of? Gold? You know you can buy a car with that kind of money right? Jesus, I can buy a knock-off for a 100 bucks out of a little Chinese guy’s trunk on Canal St. and nobody could tell the difference. Waiting list? Auction? Why one Earth would I put myself through all of that when I can run to the nearest Macy’s, get a Michael Kors tote and save a lot of time and money?”.

If you have once said the statement written above, we know you were lying. It doesn’t matter if you are fashion savvy, or if you are a collector or if you wear Crocs and shapeless chinos to work, deep inside, you really, really want a damn Birkin bag. To some, it may be about the status. To others, it’s all about collecting works of art (each Birkin is made from the beginning to the end by a single pair of hands, from the cutting of the leather to the last finishing touches). And to most of us, there’s just one simple reason, it’s pretty, it’s top quality and it looks so good. The Birkin is the prince charming of bags, only this French luxury dreamboat actually exists.

Why is it on my bucket list? Becuase when I finally get to purchase it, it will be a clear sign that I’ve made it in this world (yes, a French leather bag lies on top of my success-o-meter). Because it is an investment, it will last forever and you can treat it like an ordinary Old Navy tote. In fact, treating it like a work of art displayed at the museum is tastless. Woman, it’s a bag (ok, a $15,000 bag), not the DaVinci Gioconda. It was made to be worn! And then there’s the color matter, they make the most exquisite shade of pink and green, and blue. Everyone will tell you, if you are to buy one, buy it in black or tan. You will never get tired of a timeless color and you can wear it with almost everything. Me? I would go for the brightest and cheeriest color, the Blue Lagoon, the Rose Jaipur or the Blue Izmir. Happy Birkin, happy Birkin owner, right? Is the Hermes Birkin part of your bag bucket list?

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THE SOPHIE DOODLES

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I’ve been doing the character doodle thing for a while know, I’ve done Coco Chanel, Marie Antoinette, Holly Golightly and many more. And then it dawned on me, if I’m a character (a very complex character), why not do a doodle print about little Sophie?

So first I drew myself, my “after the curling iron” self. My “after the shower” hair is messier, curlier and a little bit hectic (but the rack is real, I do have those boobs). I chose the color palette, now that was a no-brainer: powder pink & blush pink forever. About my choice of accessories, I have a thing for toe-caps, pointy pumps with NO PLATFORM, all kinds of shoes (with no platform) as long as there’s animal print involved and shoulder bags in neutral tones. I love pink lips (not flashy and hot but pastel and natural), Agent Provocateur and white wine. I would say macarons are my third favorite dessert, cookie dough is my first but it’s not that pretty to draw or look at. Last but not least, I have a serious obsession, bunny slippers. I’ve never owned a pair, I’ve never found a pair, but as soon as I do, I’m not planning on taking those off.

So there you go, Sophie’s doodles, Sophie’s all-time favorite shit, Sophie’s very pink and powdery world. You likey?

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Sketchbook Summer

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The magazines are putting flowery dresses and pastel pinks on their covers, the Fall collections have already gone on sale, the clothing racks are starting to get packed with lightweight garments, short hemlines and barely there sandals but that doesn’t mean Winter is almost over (we are only halfway through). The cold weather is gonna be here for a while and unlike Summer, my skin is getting lighter, organic chicken cutlet lighter, my hair is getting darker (and dryer), my days are getting longer and my drinks, well I always like my drinks chilled.

Summer is far, far away, but when the coming season is filled with pastel colors and pretty trends, I have been getting all worked-up about it. Here’s hoping Winter will go away in the blink of an eye. In the meantime, all I have is to dream about my 30 days of Summer (I plan on spending a month at the beach drawing, reading, tanning and sleeping), a bikini shopping spree (30 days of Summer call for 30 different bikins), my Valentino Garavani meets Snooki self-tanning lotion and my sketchkbook. It’s my sketchbook and in my sketchbook it’s always Summer.

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HAUTE DOODLES: The Stella Dress

stelladoodleIt all came out as it usually does with my illustrations. What was supposed to be part of something, became the star of a post and the beginning of a new series of them, the Haute Doodles. As you already know, I am a fashion freak. I know my trends and I know my designers. I get really excited when Net-a-porter and Mytheresa.com add new items to their  What’s new categories. I make wish lists about the garments or accessories I would love to own but can’t really afford to buy right now. And I do find extreme pleasure in drawing and coloring those items as well. Hey, if you can’t afford it, you might as well sketch it, print it and plaster it on the wall (for motivational purposes or decorative ones, your choice).

I’ve always been a Spring kind of gal, but this year, Resort became my new personal favorite. Resort has the best of the two worlds, Summery clothes, cheery Spring ones and a little bit of outerwear and knits, heavier garments. The clothes are more wearable, the have a seasonless feeling about them (great investment for your closet) and the collections have perfect timing: they have what you need, when you need it, temperature wise.

Resort 2014 was fabulous, the colors, the prints, the trends were absolutely beautiful and very much my style. One of the strongest collections out there, as always, was Miss Stella McCartney’s. And as always, there was that one dress everyone (or almost everyone) would love to own. You know which one, the shift with the lips, and the hearts and the matches, and the jewels. If I can’t have it, I’ll settle for the sweatshirt, or the Falabella clutch…

Have a lovely week…

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The Coat Check, A/W 2013

rochascoat96I have been fantasizing about that pink, wool-blend Rochas number for a while now. Planning this season’s coat edit, I already knew I wanted it to be the star of the cover and I made it happen (if only I could make that damn coat magically appear inside my closet) . If you have been reading me for a while now, you have probably noticed I have been making some changes when it comes to the content of this blog. I am now mainly focusing on trends, illustration and runway. After our Fashion Week coverage (it took me ages and I know, I still owe you the finest from Paris but I need some detox), it’s time to go back to this season’s trends and styles.

There was a time when one coats or two was all we needed, nowadays, they are never enough. Yes, everybody needs to have the two classics: camel and black. But why stick to the basics when you can have prints, pink, red and more? I have selected twelve trend coats for this Winter. You probably have seen them around so now it’s your turn to buy them!

checked

  1. Zara
  2. Zara
  3. Burberry Brit
  4. Marni

shearling

  1. Emilio Pucci
  2. Karl Donoghue
  3. Salvatore Ferragamo
  4. Zara

cape

  1. Zara
  2. Chloe
  3. Kaufmanfranco
  4. Glam-net

leopard

  1. Burberry Prorsum
  2. Topshop
  3. By Malene Birger
  4. TRF Zara

pink

  1. Rochas
  2. Zara
  3. Topshop
  4. Mulberry

boy

  1. Acne
  2. Zara
  3. Stella McCartney
  4. Neil Barrett

neutrals

  1. Zara
  2. Stella McCartney
  3. Loro Piana
  4. Bottega Veneta

print

  1. J.Crew
  2. Kenzo
  3. Etro
  4. Nina Ricci

doubleb

  1. Zara
  2. Isabel Marant
  3. Maje
  4. Zara

white

  1. Giambattista Valli
  2. Isabel Marant
  3. Proenza Schouler
  4. Nina Ricci

RED

  1. Giambattista Valli
  2. Zara
  3. Moschino
  4. Zara

lady

  1. Moschino
  2. Marc Jacobs
  3. Alexander McQueen
  4. RED Valentino

COATCHART

And your coat chart to wrap it up! Which one is your favorite? Which one is already a part of your Winter wardrobe? Drop me a line!

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

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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PFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

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PFW ended three weeks ago and my coverage is still incomplete. With all the illustration and changes I’ve been doing to the blog, I considered leaving the Paris part of the fashion month out. But come on, Paris? With that line-up? The big finale? I just couldn’t ignore it and so here it is, better late than ever, my PFW trend report. This season was a game changer for me when it comes to the French fashion capital, I just wasn’t expecting what we saw. From Marc Jacobs and his final bow at Vuitton and Valentino’s ethnic romance to Balmain’s icing shades, it was all so very different and unique. Here they are, my top trends from the Paris shows.

showgirl

Sequins, feathers and bodysuits! The Paris designers are thinking Vegas showgirl for Spring 2014.

  1. Louis Vuitton
  2. Maison Martin Margiela
  3. Miu Miu
  4. Balmain

air

London was very fond of this very same trend, sheer as sheer can get!

  1. Nina Ricci
  2. Stella McCartney
  3. Valentino
  4. Chalayan

flowers

Think of the flowers in Provence, lively, pretty and lovely. From Miu Miu’s Spring coats to Giambattista Valli’s textured florals, let them bloom!

  1. Elie Saab
  2. Giambattista Valli
  3. Nina Ricci
  4. Miu Miu

shimmy

Not your usual metallics, next season will be all about the shimmer: Golden shimmer, pastel shimmer, bright shimmer

  1. Balmain
  2. Dries Van Noten
  3. Lanvin
  4. Rochas

romance

Ruffles are back and this time with the most romantic touch ever!

  1. Chalayan
  2. Isabel Marant
  3. Balenciaga
  4. Balmain

brush

The designers had an interesting inspiration when it comes to prints: the artistic brush stroke

  1. ACNE Studios
  2. Chanel
  3. Christian Dior
  4. Celine

stripes

The new stripes are not your regular kind of stripes, with leather, with mesh, with sequins and more!

  1. Balenciaga
  2. Christian Dior
  3. Givenchy
  4. Roland Mouret

bombers

Bombers will get the luxe treatment: embroidery, fur, oversize, textured and more!

  1. Balmain
  2. Rochas
  3. Stella McCartney
  4. Vionnet

highwaist

We’ve seen this before but we can’t get enough of it!

  1. Balenciaga
  2. Giambattista Valli
  3. Maiyet
  4. Saint Laurent Paris

meshy

Mesh was amog the most used materials this season. We are loving Marant and Celine

  1. Alexander McQueen
  2. Celine
  3. Isabel Marant
  4. Jay Ahr

sprinkles

A little bit here and a little bit there, garments with sprinkles are a must this Fall and will be a must next Spring.

  1. ACNE Studios
  2. Viktor & Rolf
  3. Chloe
  4. Anthony Vaccarello

bleu

Purple in Milan, Blue in Paris. Bold colors for the next season.

  1. Chloe
  2. Kenzo
  3. Nina Ricci
  4. Stella McCartney

oversize

The oversize garments are very resourceful when it comes to the colder seasons, this Spring, they will be all over!

  1. Carven
  2. Celine
  3. Hermes
  4. Rochas

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Lightweight garments with lots of movement? Count me in!

  1. Chloe
  2. Kenzo
  3. Vionnet
  4. Stella McCartney

fringe

Perhaps the most unexpected trend of them all, we just didn’t see that coming in Paris.

  1. Alexander McQueen
  2. Miu Miu
  3. Miu Miu
  4. Valentino

And we are done with the trends now on to our favorite shows! I promise, by the end of this month I will have finished my coverage.

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MFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

mfw trendsFashion Month is officially over. Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Miu Miu closed the season with three fabulous and emotional (Marc Jacobs presented his last collection for LV yesterday), but we still have to go over what happened in my beloved Milano (God, I miss it so much). MFW’s line-up is noticeably shorter than the rest of the fashion capitals. The names you see on the schedule are historic fashion houses, there’s a little room for newcomers and rookies. Nevertheless, we still enjoy the allure, the glamour and lavishness we get from those picky Italians (I really, really miss my picky Italians). Ready for some “Made in Italy” trends? Keep on reading!

air

Sheer is not enough, it’s all about lightweight fabrics, movement and that ethereal vibe that’s really, really suitable for the warm seasons.

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Francesco Scognamiglio
  4. Antonio Marras

sport

Remember when Alexander Wang did the sporty chic thing? Well, Italians just took athletic wear to a new level: a luxurious and lavish one.

  1. Antonio Marras
  2. Gucci
  3. Prada
  4. Max Mara

inbloom

Forget about the floral print! Next season, you are going to want to be wearing 3D florals. You can touch them and you can almost smell them!

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Blumarine
  4. MSGM

cropped

You already know cropped tops will continue to be in trend for Spring 2014. What’s the Italian twist? Different shapes, sheer panels, texture, embroidery and more!

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Emilio Pucci
  3. Jil Sander
  4. Marni

purple

Pastels from NYC, pink from London and bold purple for Milan. Those are the strongest color trends of the season.

  1. Aquilano.Rimondi
  2. Blumarine
  3. Giorgio Armani
  4. Dsquared

stripes

Remember that Prada collection with the bananas and the bright stripes? Well, that’s the kind of stripes Milan has in store for the coming season.

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Missoni
  3. Aquilano.Rimondi
  4. Luisa Beccaria

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Whoever said Italians were behind when it comes to prints was absolutely wrong. For Spring 2014, the designers are taking us to the museum.

  • Aquilano.Rimondi
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Missoni
  • Prada

pale

Pale is in and it’s here to stay! Monochromatic outfits in powdery shades will be a must-have next spring.

  1. Costume National
  2. Francesco Scognamiglio
  3. Gianfranco Ferre
  4. Jil Sander

rock

Italians just got tough! But not your ordinary kind of tough, the glam version of course.

  1. Blumarine
  2. Moschino
  3. Fausto Pugilisi
  4. Emilio Pucci

bejeweled

Jewelry makes everything prettier and for Spring 2014, everything will look shiny and pretty!

  1. Francesco Scognamiglio
  2. Blumarine
  3. Bottega Veneta
  4. Fausto Pugilisi

tropicana

Palm trees and Hawaiian florals? Yes, please!

  1. Aquilano.Rimondi
  2. Etro
  3. Fausto Pugilisi
  4. Just Cavalli

b&w

The B&W combo is a classic and for Spring 2014, it will be everywhere!

  1. Moschino
  2. Antonio Marras
  3. Marni
  4. Jil Sander

shorty

So you thought mini skirts were too short? Italians are taking leg flashing to a whole new level and I couldn’t be happier!

  1. Moschino
  2. Just Cavalli
  3. Dsquared
  4. Dolce & Gabbana

shine

Whether you favor gold, silver or bronze, this Spring is all about that metallic shine. I’m a gold kind of gal.

  1. Dolce & Gabbana
  2. Roberto Cavalli
  3. Salvatore Ferragamo
  4. Versace

Liking the trends from Milan? Tomorrow I will have for you my top 5 shows!

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com

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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London’s Finest Spring 2014, part 2

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Yeah, I know, I’m a bit behind schedule when it comes to my Fashion Week coverage since PFW is almost coming to an end and I have yet to review the last from London, Milan and Paris. But better late than ever, right? I already gave you the trends and spots 10-6 from LFW, now it’ time for the big reveal: Sweet n’raw’s top 5 colllections. I hope you liked them as much as I did and I hope you agree with the ones I chose. Ready?

J.Saunders

The clothes and the details were complex. The result was easy relaxed and easygoing. With a rich color palette and meticulous embroidery, Jonathan Saunders managed to make dressy garments for the free-spirited. His blooming bombers with a perfect fit were paired up with slouchy trousers and sheer bottoms. Degraded fabrics played a really important role in the collection, not only because of the visual impact but also because the color combinations used were really unexpected. The somewhat boyish pieces (boy shorts and track pants) were beautifully paired up with more feminine tops (sheer embellished cardigans and button-downs). It was fun, it was psychedelic and wearable. I have to get me one of those satin bombers next Spring.

antonioberardi

Pink will still be in next season! Antonio Berardi seems to think so and I thank him for that! For Spring 2014, the designer did two different things: he twisted some classics (pastel leopard jacquard, pretty bikers, pretty sweatshirts with sheer panels and embroidery) and he gave an urban edge to his always ladylike woman. The result was wearable enough and breathtaking. His oversize sleeves and tailored trousers had the right amount of sheer, his mullet dresses and multi-strap heels had just the right amount of sexy.

peterpilotto

If Mary Katrantzou is queen of prints, the designer duo behind Peter Pilotto are kings. For their Spring 2014 colellection, they whipped up interesting looks where the shapes and volume were as important as their patterns. Layering had a major role (it made everything more beautiful and complex), so did those full skirts with longer back hemlines. There were fuller skirts, there were pencil skirts but each and every one of the looks were beautifully constructed and the separates came together perfectly for an even more perfect result.

burberry

Christopher Bailey has made Burberry Prorsum the must-see show of LFW and I bet his Spring 2014 show didn’t disappoint. His color palette was packed with powdery and sugary shades (they make me weak in the knees). Nottingham lace and beautiful cashmere were all over Bailey’s collection. Lightweight coats and cute cardigans were placed over his midi pencil skirts. The shoes were as delightful as the clothes. And I really, really have to mention that mint, embellished trench coat, the dreamboat of all trench coats!

C.Kane

 

This was a no-brainer, Christopher Kane came in first because he can do no wrong! It was a botanical delight, flowers like you’ve never seen them before and that makes him even more genius than he already was. The sweatshirts with the Biology textbook prints paired up with midi skirts with lively petals were the highlight of the show. He experimented with new fibers and textures (metallics and plastic immediately come to mind), he also used more familiar ones like satin and organza. Who knew photosynthesis could be so fashionable? Apparently, Mr. Kane did and he killed it!

We are done with LFW (finally) now moving on to MFW, trends and best runway shows. Fashion Month is almost over, so is September!

Have a great week!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com

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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LFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

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Good morning, my sweet readers! It’s PFW day one but for us, for us is LFW Trend Report day! After this LFW edition, I can finally confirm that London is my favorite fashion capital. New York’s swag, Milan’s glamour and the drama in Paris don’t hold a candle to the excitement, innovation and surprise that always happens in the English capital. There’s always new talent, trends and styles get revamped, renewed and reinvented every season. I’m not getting overexcited here, I’m just writing it as I saw it. As I was working on the spring 2014 trends, I couldn’t help but feel giddy and happy. Pastels? Sweatshirts? Flowers? Bombers? Pink? Those really are among my favorite things in the whole wide world. Are you ready for 14 fabulous trends from the always exquisite London? Let’s start!

pink

Pink is the stongest color this season and for the coming one, the London designers decided to make it stick around. But it’s not your ordinary pink, it’s perky, it’s pretty, sweet and above all, cute!

  1. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  2. Giles
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Burberry Prorsum

flowersFlowers are to Spring what leather is to Winter. But for Spring 2014, the florals are getting the texture and graphic treatment. Love them already? I do!

  1. Mary Katrantzou
  2. Matthew Williamson
  3. Christopher Kane
  4. Jonathan Saunders

candyjPastels are not to be confused with candy hues. Candy hues are slightly brighter, a little more alive! LFW was all about this sugary colors, I can’t wait to see what Zara will come up with next season.

  1. Burberry Prorsum
  2. Fashion East
  3. David Koma
  4. Emilia Wickstead

sheer

Forget about mesh panels and subtle translucence. Sheer for Spring means business! With the right coverage underneath, you will be able to show everyone your legs under a completely sheer skirt or dress.

  1. Burberry Prorsum
  2. Simone Rocha
  3. J.W. Anderson
  4. Mulberry

matchy

They are really making it easier for us to dress each morning. A pair of embroidered shorts with a matching top? Pajama trousers with pajama shirt in the same print? That will be a big trend this Spring!

  1. Eudon Choi
  2. Mulberry
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Pringle of Scotland

sweats

Dressy sweatshirts have been around for a couple of seasons now (thank you Nicolas Ghesquiere for that). But leave it to the LFW designers to make it even prettier and even dressier!

  1. Christopher Kane
  2. Antonio Berardi
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Erdem

green

Mint was huge a couple of seasons ago, now it’s time for a less blueish and more yellowish shade of pastel green.

  1. Emilia Wickstead
  2. Peter Pilotto
  3. Temperley London
  4. Matthew Williamson

glossy

Yeah baby, PVC wear is back in the form of trench coats, skirts and even shift dresses. Thought you were daring by wearing a pair of clear heels? I dare you to wear a plastic dress next Spring, I will!

  1. Felder Felder
  2. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  3. Fashion East
  4. Burberry Prorsum

bikers

This is the perfect trend for someon like me, someone who loathes black but loves the shape of biker jackets. Next season we will be able to find them in floral prints, pastel leopard jacquard, lightweight white fabrics and more.

  1. Antonio Berardi
  2. House of Holland
  3. Richard Nicoll
  4. Eudon Choi

patches

The more patches, the more interesting the look. The runways were filled with elaborate constructions, beautifully made and beautiful to look at.

  1. Preen by Thorton Bregazzi
  2. Michael Van Der Ham
  3. Jean- Pierre Braganza
  4. Jonathan Saunders

bad girl

Not to be mistaken to this Fall’s trend, grunge. This is more transgressive, it’s about sexing it up a notch and darkening it a whole lot more but always staying chic and fabulous.

  1. Felder Felder
  2. Tom Ford
  3. KTZ
  4. Mark Fast

bombers

And this is where I clap and jump around! My favorite piece of outerwear has always been the bomber and for Spring 2014, us bomber lovers will have a wide selection to choose from!

  1. Richard Nicoll
  2. Jonathan Saunders
  3. Sister by Sibling
  4. Pringle of Scotland

mullet

If the mullet hairstyle has become fashionably acceptable (the better version of it), the dress had to have its moment too. As you can see in the Peter Pilotto image, the mullet dress doesn’t have to hit the floor from behind. The back can be slightly longer than the front hem.

  1. Antonio Berardi
  2. Jean-Pierre Braganza
  3. Peter Pilotto
  4. Julien McDonald

fluffy

Usually a popular style for the colder seasons, but think Spring in a fluffy, pink skirt or a nude dress with a feathery hem! J’adore!

  1. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  2. Sister by Sibling
  3. Giles
  4. Fashion East

What was you favorite trend of the bunch? I’m all about the candy shades, the bombers, the pink, the pretty bikers and pretty much everything I just wrote about today. I LOVE LFW!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com

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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