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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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SPRING 2013 TRENDS: A Girl’s Guide to Shoes

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Shoes are the most important part of a girl’s closet, correct me if I’m wrong. We treat our heels and sandals as if they were important pieces in our personal museum (if you don’t, you should). That’s why when we start thinking of a new season, it’s always important to know what to buy and where to buy it. I’ve put together, as part of our Spring 2013 Trend Report, a rather extensive guide of heels, sandals, slippers and wedges you will be needing inside you closet! Are you ready to rumble? Let’s start!

BLACK & BLUSH

It’s monochromatic with a spin, a damn cute spin! One of the strongest trends of the season is definitely the black and white combo. But if you are on the softer side, like me, you can always go for the black and blush version!

SELECTION:

  • T-bar heels, Zara
  • Leather loafers, Reed Krakoff
  • Naked heels, Alexander McQueen
  • Ankle strap sandals, Chloé
  • Ankle booties, Reed Krakoff

mirror, mirror

Metallics are all over for Spring 2013 and what better way to put a glam spin on our ensembles than with a pair of mirrored shoes. And since we are not in the 1950’s anymore, where fashion had its rules and guidelines, why not sport a pair of flashy sandals with your work ensemble?

  • Strappy sandals, Jimmy Choo
  • Mary-jane flats, Miu Miu
  • Gold and mesh sandals, Robert Clergerie
  • Two-tone mid heels, Marni
  • T-strap wedges, ASOS

disco

Thank you Christopher Bailey for unleashing the colorful sheen trend! What we’d give to sport a fabulous, glossy, purple Burberry Prorsum trench coat! But since that’s a little out of our budget (at least mine), we will be embracing this trend with our feet!

  • Naked sandals, ASOS
  • Mirror slippers, Nicholas Kirkwood
  • Snakeskin heels. Stella McCartney
  • Flat sandals, Jimmy Choo
  • Snakeskin pumps, Jimmy Choo

B&W

Of course we had to showcase this trend! And while I’m still not embracing the black and white stripes garments (I’m sure I’ll grow to love them, just not yet), when it comes to shoes, monochromatic sure is my cup of tea! A pair of pumps is the safest way to go, but brogues? Now brogues, brogues are the ultimate dapper twist, the cherry on top the cake!

  • Lace-up pumps, Jason Wu
  • Creepers, Alexander McQueen
  • Ankle strap sandals, Nicholas Kirkwood
  • Oxford shoes, Reed Krakoff
  • Two-tone pumps, 3.1 Phillip Lim

MINI-HEEL

The sandal with the barely there heel might have been a geek thing years ago, this season, it’s the new black! You can go for the mini wedge or the square heel, or both! The more the merrier!

  • Scalloped sandals, Lanvin
  • Red sandals, Maison Martin Margiela
  • Two-tone wedges, Pierre Hardy
  • Golden heel sandals, Marni
  • Bow wedges, Valentino

pastel pump

Sadly for me (and all those powdery lovers out there), pastels are not as big as they were last Spring when it comes to the clothing department. Thankfully, when it comes to accessories, specially shoes, they are a must-have! The staple? A pretty and perfect pair of pastel pumps!

  • Apple pumps, Rupert Sanderson
  • Baby pink heels, Miu Miu
  • Studded heels, Valentino
  • Bow pumps, Bottega Veneta
  • Two tone Pigalle, Christian Louboutin

cutouts

Bondage is really happening this Spring (and no, it’s got nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Shit) and in an S&M sea of leather, slits and harnesses, we can also find the cutout heels. No, I’m not talking about latex, lace-up, tranny boots, but chic and somewhat racy heeled sandals.

  • Black wedges, Christian Louboutin
  • Nude cutouts, Alaia
  • Two-tone sandals, Tory Burch
  • White heels, Oscar de la Renta
  • Black sandals, Zara

SPOTTY

Leopard print is not considered a trend anymore, it’s a regular. It’s funny how I’m always drawn to it every time I’m shoe shopping! I’m sure I’m not the only one out the with the animal print syndrome. For this Spring, lace-up sandals are the way to go and kitten heels (kitten heels just keep getting better and better).

  • Pumps, Mulberry
  • Kitty flats, Charlotte Olympia
  • Lace-up sandals, Zara
  • Slingbacks, Zara
  • Leopard espadrilles, Brian Atwood

PRINCESSY

Ah, the beauty of embellishments! This season, screw Cinderella! Score a pair of bejeweled and sparkly shoes to feel like the princess you truly are. My advice? Match them to prints and textures for a fun twist. Remember, more is more!

  • Blue sandals, Gucci
  • Sparkly pumps, Zara
  • Rhinestone pumps, Moschino
  • T-bar pumps, Mulberry
  • Platform sandals, Lanvin

gatsby

We have been patiently waiting for Baz Lhurmann’s The Great Gatsby. Our anxiety grows and grows with all those Miuccia Prada sketches, the trailers and the teasers, and of course, the fashion. This will be a movie that will unleash a bunch of trends, and shoes are one of them.

  • T-bar heels, Robert Clergerie
  • Deco sandals, Jimmy Choo
  • Stripe sandals, Saint Laurent
  • Gold heel sandals, Zara
  • T-bar nude pumps, Asos

crystal

Leave it to fashion to turn clear PVC into a must-have! Clear heels used to be for those girls who work the pole at Uncle Jim’s Boobie Bungalow, but not anymore! If you are not keen on the plastic shoe, but you still wanna embrace the trend, get a pair of shoes with an acrylic heel.

  • Happy pumps, Sophia Webster
  • Red pumps, Gianvito Rossi
  • Bow sandals, Nicholas Kirkwood
  • White ankle straps, Manolo Blahnik
  • Acrylic heels, ASOS

gladiator

Last but not least, the sexiest and boldest trend of the bunch (and a personal favorite): the new gladiators! High heeled, flat, with laces, your choice! The key? Go as tall as tall can get. Your thigh is the limit!

  • Black, Jimmy Choo
  • Two-tone, Bionda Castana
  • Flat, Grey Mer
  • Lace-up, Aquazzura

Ready to go shoe shopping for the coming season? Now you know what to get! Ready for Fashion Week? I’m already working on it!

Sweet kisses…

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

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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SUMMER GETWAYS 2012: The Party Princess (evening)

Finally Friday, my sweet readers! And Friday definitely calls for the perfect party outfit! That’s why today I wanted to give you a club ready ensemble, from the one and only Party Princess, our dear Jaime. This is the second post from the Summer Getaways series, evening round. So if you are at the gate, waiting for your Vegas flight while you are reading this, if Miami is what’s on the menu this weekend, if you intend to party till you drop, then you’ll need a killer look to get some serious heads turning your way. Colorful, shiny, bright and sexy, that’s all you need! Here’s what I came up with:

  • Sequin shorts are definitely a party girl’s best ally. Whether you go colored, silver or with embroidered details, it’s the best choice.
  • If you have a larger bottom, look for shorts with more coverage. Nude cheeks hanging out in the open are for Rap guys girlfriends.
  • I like to pair detailed garments with simple ones, to give them the attention they deserve. Go with a basic, sleeveless top. Avoid the necklace, you want all the attention on your legs and cheeks (lower cheeks).
  • There was a time when matching your purse to your shoes was a rule, my newest obsession is matching my purse to my top.
  • For jewelery, golden arm candy and a thin ring
  • For your nails, a sweet shade of pink to keep on with the colorful vibe

WHAT JAIME IS WEARING

For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA

There you go! Now you are ready to party, Vegas style!

Happy Friday! Sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Topshop, Selfridges, Lulu’s, Givenchy, Mango
 

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Harper’s Bazaar’s new IT girl?

Move over Karlie Kloss, suck it Arizona Muse. There’s a new model in town. And no, it’s not this month’s covergirl Anne Hathaway. Featured inside the magazine sporting next season’s most coveted accessories, she’s fabulous, she’s fierce and she’s also blue. Hello Smurfette! With her movie coming out this summer, is her turn for the spotlight. Harper’s Bazaar dedicated a 4 page spread to the blueish blonde. Wearing Marc, Vuitton, Dolce and Lanvin, she is a sight for sore eyes.Marvelous in Marc: Looking cute and sassy in polka dots, thanks to the man himself, Marc Jacobs.

Luscious in LV: If looks could kill, they would probably be wearing this Louis Vuitton boots.

Lady wears Lanvin: She owns the hat, she owns the gloves, she owns the whole look!

Dolce Delight: Somewhere around the globe, there is one jealous Anna dello Russo.

Like the teaser said, the world’s about to get Smurf’d. Don’t be surprised if Smurf Papa is next on GQ or Gragamel in well…. Gothic Magazine?

I promise a big post tomorrow, with all the packing frenzy (I’m leaving in two days for my beloved Mexico) I haven’t had much time!

Sweet kisses…

Photos: Harper’s Bazaar

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