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Summer Getaways: THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC

Dear sweet readers, time flies and summer is almost over! This is the last one of my Summer Getaway Series. You have already visited New York with Anita, the City Blonde. You have partied in Vegas with Jaime, the Party Princess. You also have seen the good St. Tropez life with Army, the Jet-set Junkie. Now it’s time for me, Sophie, Sweet’n’Raw’s creator and also a hopeless romantic. I was born mexican but I consider myself a little italian by choice. And since I have been living in that beautiful country for three years now and my soft spot for it keeps growing and growing, my choice for favorite vacation spot had to be the gorgeous Tuscany. So if you enjoy a glass (or bottle) of Prosecco and breathtaking views, candlelit dinners and romantic strolls, you are reading the right lines! Italy definitely has its charm, but Tuscany has the magic. So if you are planning one last summer escape surrounded by beautiful views, gelato and piazzas, Tuscany is the right place for you!

Live your tuscan experience in these two amazing outfits I have prepared for you today!

DAY LOOK

Spending some August days under the Tuscan sun calls for some beautiful and summery outfits. Flowy sundresses, flirty skirts, cute shorts and sunny tops should definitely be on the top of your packing list. A girl’s gotta beat the heat, but always in style. I chose a pair of tailored shorts in navy blue and polka dots. High waisted and very flattering for your shape, the shorts can be paired up with a cropped and silky top for a flirty and PG rated Lolita look. Green and navy is always a very powerful combo when it comes to matching colors. For the shoes, to keep on with Mr. Nabokov’s girl, a pair of vintage looking, bicolor Keds in cream and blush. You’ll need some comfortable shoes for all that walking, and sneakers do not get cuter than this!

For accessories, I chose the Mulberry Alexa Oversized bag, which will be very resourceful for your trip. Since it’s a bit far, you might want to take just one day handbag that works with all of your outfits. Tan goes with just about everything (I have an obsession with that color). A simple bangle, like this one from House of Harlow and this amazing sunglasses I fount at net-a-porter from Oliver Peoples (I just came back from a shopping trip, but I am already thinking about placing an order to get a pair of this babies).

For beauty, wear lipgloss with SPF, like this one from Philosophy. And remeber,always wear sunscreen!

NIGHT LOOK

Definitely one of my favorite looks so far. This perfectly represents my personal style. It’s sweet and perfect for a dinner date in a beautiful city in Tuscany. I paired up a short, tulle mini skirt in bright pink from TOPSHOP with a sheer, pastel coral top with a waist ruffle (big trend for fall) from ASOS. The front has beautiful baroque embroidery in white so be sure to wear a nude bra underneath so you don’t take away the attention from the top’s details. Cinch it with a metallic and detailed golden belt. Make sure it is very thin, you want to enhace your waistline, not create a distraction. For the shoes, I fell in love when I saw them online, and they are perfect for this ensemble. From modcloth.com, this precious pair of teal and gold platform heels are just the cherry on the cake.

For accessories, a coral pink shoulder bag with a golden chain and two YSL rings, the coveted ARTY ring and the FAKE CHIC crystal ring.

For beauty, an updo is the way to go. And give your nails some pink as well! This gorgeous shade is ESSIE’s Mob Square.

There you have it! Two looks to wander around la mia bellissima Italia!

Sweet kisses…

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Summer Getaways: Destination EVERYWHERE

Hello my sweet readers, after a few days without posts I’m finally back! July is almost over and Summer is halfway through. But we still have the August sun. That means more Summer getaways. And if you still haven’t planned out yours, you are just in time to do so. As for me, Los Angeles and Vegas await next week, I’m so excited. So since we are in the middle of the best season of the year, it seems just about right to write about chic and cool holiday destinations and what to wear when on vacation. This is the first post of a series of 5, so be sure to keep checking back everyday for your daily dose.

Let me introduce you to my characters, meet my two sisters and my brother. I chose them because it was about time to introduce them to you, but also because we are so not alike, that each and everyone of us falls into a totally different destination category. So without further ado, here they are:

ANITA “The City Blonde”

Destination style: Asphalt Jungles (NYC, London, Chicago)

Favorite spot: NYC

She’s the ultimate city explorer, she turns big metropolis into her own asphalt jungles. She’ll never go where the tourists go. Instead she is into discovering those hidden jewels, breathing the city and taking it all in. She will want to eat the Big Apple in small bites, savor each bite, slowly…  So for Anita’s guide to NYC, check back tomorrow!

SOPHIE “The Hopeless Romantic”

Destination style: Sweet Settings (Tuscany, French Countryside, Amalfi Coast, Napa Valley)

Favorite spot: Tuscany

That’s me kids. You should all know by now that this blog’s name is how I see my personality. I’m part sweet, I’m part raw. And this definitely belongs to my sugary side. I’m the one who favors a night with wine and a view over partying in a club. It’s the small towns with a story to tell that drive me nuts. Strolling the streets of an ancient city, a colonial villa, a candelight dinner, and always a great bottle of wine, or two, or three. Hey, a girl can be corny every once in a while.

ARMY “The Jet-set Junkie”

Destination style: Glamour beaches (St. Tropez, St. Barths, The Hamptons, Porto Cervo)

Favorite spot: St. Tropez

Meet my little brother. Born sybarite, turned playboy and definitely an epicurean expert. He loves the glitz and glamour, he loves fine dining and he parties with style. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, don’t be surprised if he anwers he wants to be Flavio Briatore. So for Army’s advice on the always lavish St. Tropez, check back soon!

JAIME “The Party Princess”

Destination style: Party central (Las Vegas, Ibiza, Miami, Formentera)

Favorite spot: Las Vegas

Where there’s party, there’s Jaime. My little sister is all about the club. She loves bar-hopping, she loves the hot spots. She’s that girl in the club, the hot and fabulous one surrounded by her also fabulous and hot friends. She’s also that girl that when you see her, you can’t help but say: “I want to have as much fun as she is having”. So if you are planning a partying frenzy for your holiday vacation, she’s the one to turn to when it comes to Vegas.

So there you have it, four siblings, four different destinations for you to check out! Over the week, I will be posting one destination per day, with outfit suggestions, hot spots and places you definitely have to see. So if you are preparing yourself for a romantic holiday, a glamour beach, a party city or a metropolis, you are in the right place!

Sweet kisses….

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis Background photos: Source unknown

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