Rise & shine, my sweet readers! Summer has definitely arrived to the city (if New York has Hell’s Kitchen, Milan has Hell’s Oven), tempertaures are over the top, legs are on display and for me, well, the final countdown has begun. My holidays are just three days away and I couldn’t be happier. And since I assume most of you are also packing your bags or deciding on a gorgeous destination to do some roasting (always with sunscreen) and sip sinfully caloric, umbrella cocktails, it’s time to bring them back: THE SUMMER GETAWAYS. If you have been a faithful reader for a year, you probably remember them. If you are the new kid on the block, click HERE to find out what it’s all about and what to expect. This year, I’m making things bigger: five different styles, five different destinations, three looks for each destination: beachwear, daywear and eveningwear. Now that you know the dynamics, it’s time for me to introduce (or re-introduce) the five ladies that will be accompanying us through this July journey. Without further ado, meet Sweet’n’Raw’s holiday babes.
THE PARTY PRINCESS
- Name: Jaime
- Destination style: Party central
- Favorite places: Ibiza, Miami, Mykonos
- 2012 holiday spot of choice: LAS VEGAS
You’ve met her before, and a year later, she hasn’t slowed the pace one bit. “Party Animal” falls short for our little Jaime, she is more like the ultimate “Party Monster”, but a classy one. Party Princesses never loose their cool (leave the dry-humping, dancing-on-top-of-the-bar-without-knickers to those Cancun visitors that enjoy foam parties). So if you are the kind of gal that starts the day with a big, greasy breakfast (hey, when drinking, carbs are needed), followed by a some mimosas when in Vegas. If you then proceed to put on your best bikini and head out to Marquee to party all afternoon. If you have a little power nap before heading out to dinner, then drinks, the a little XS. If you wake up the next day and do it all over again, this is your holiday style. So get that suitcase party ready! If you are a Party Princess and want some pointers on what to pack or wear to your upcoming Vegas trip (or any other party central destination), be sure to check back!
THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC
- Name: Sophie
- Destination style: Dreamy delights
- Favorite places: Amalfi coast, Napa Valley, Tuscany
- 2012 holiday spot of choice: PARIS & PROVENCE
Oh, l’amour… Sweet Sophie has always had a soft spot for movies that take place in foreign lands. But not just any foreign land, just those where you can wine, fine dine and fall in love. So if you are the kind of girl who has watched Under the Tuscan Sun a million times and dreams about purchasing, like Frances a villa in Tuscany. If your book shelf is filled with chick lit about Paris and Rome. If you’d rather have late night walks and a bottle of wine in a veranda, on a breezy afternoon than drinks at a New York hot spot. If you think that Paris is the perfect setting for the perfectly imperfect, once in a lifetime love affair. If you said yes to one or more, you are like me, a hopeless romantic. Over the next few days I’ll be presenting you with three looks for a romantic destination.
THE JET-SET JUNKIE
- Name: Pearl
- Destination style: Glamour beach
- Favorite places: Porto Cervo, St. Tropez, Cannes, Dubai
- 2012 holiday spot of choice: ST. BARTS
If every Summer you spend more time on a yacht than on dry land, you are like Pearl, the ultimate jet-set junkie. Three, four or five destinations in one month, one after the other? Non-stop flying and non-stop partying? Champagne buckets, keep’em coming? So if you are going to spend all day on a private beach club, sipping some bubbly, you’ll need the perfect beach outfit range. If you are going to spend the afternoon shopping and chilling, you’ll need day wear ensemble ideas. If you’ll dine at the island’s top restaurant followed by partying next to Jay-z’s table, you’ll need to look the part! Son if you are into the whole jet-set thing, this is definitely gonna be helpful when packing your suitcase.
THE CITY BLONDE
- Name: Anita
- Destination style: Asphalt jungles
- Favorite places: New York City,
- 2012 holiday spot of choice: LONDON
City Blondes make the perfect holiday mix. To them is not only about the party, it’s no only about the tanning, it’s not only about the dining. City Blondes make an experience out of each city and place they visit. They like to breathe in the essence of the place, you’ll never find this breed in turistic sites. They tend to explore and discover hidden treasures and gems. That doesn’t mean they are not interested in the nightlife or the pool, they just like to do and see everything they can. They prefer the big ass cities, the concrete jungles. So if you need an outfit for a roof top pool morning, an outfit for an art gallery afternoon or for evening drinks in good company, this is the place!
THE FREE SPIRIT
- Name: Flora
- Destination style: Peace temples
- Favorite places: Road trips, Goa, San Francisco
- 2012 holiday spot of choice: THAILAND
For our little free spirit is all about a journey, a journey with the mind, with the senses. It’s about finding the balance, the peace. Is about taking it all in, the sights, the smells, the colors, the textures. Surely a photography fanatic, she’ll try to capture every moment and every bit of the place. It’s about leaving the worries aside and chill, with a beer, on the beach (preferably on hamaca), with the buddies. So if you are planning a road trip with friends, or if Thailand is waiting for you, I have some casual and laid-back looks ready for you (of course, Sweet’n’Raw style/a touch of sugar).
Well, now that you’ve met the ladies, it’s time to start styling! Remember, five styles, five destinations, three rounds: BEACHWEAR, DAY WEAR, EVENING WEAR. Naturally, we’ll start with the beachy looks! Stay tuned!
México lindo y querido, -3
lllustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis (minus the post stamps zazzle.com)
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