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SWEET FEBRUARY

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January, one of the coldest and saddest months of the year (you know, the holiday season aftermath, when your bank statement is just sitting on the counter, unopened, waiting to choke you with debt), is finally over! And we are welcoming one of the loveliest months of the year, February. To be honest, my favorite month of the year has to be March. In March, we say hello to Spring and yours truly was born. A second favorite is definitely July. Why? Summer! Need I say more? And third in my list is February. Why? Because of my Rana’s birthday (my beautiful Schnauzer who makes life better, who can brighten up even the darkest day), Fashion Month (why of course), Valentine’s Day (not that I am a fan of this sappy holiday or that I really celebrate it, but it’s an excuse for stores to sell all kinds of pink and pretty things and an excuse for me to purchase them) and last but definitely not least, this baby’s third birthday. Yes, Sweet n’raw will be turning three years old on February 24th and I am truly proud and happy of what I’ve created so far. This three years have been a beautiful reminder of why I decided to start a blog and how much love I have for what I do.

So welcome February, I know you will be a good one!

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Oh Paris!

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I’m an “obsession du jour” kind of girl, new day, new obsession. But there are three constants in my life, the color blush, the pastel palette and Paris. I know, I know, I’m a walking cliche and you know what? I also have a thing for cliches. Lately, I have been transforming my doodles into prints and patterns. You’ll never get digital, vivid or abstract from me, I’m old school, I’m hand-drawn and I like ironic and fun. So I whipped up this little Paris poster, because Paris (in real life, in a dream, in a drawing, in a picture, or in a dress) is always such a good idea!

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DREAM A LITTLE DREAM: Little house in Provence

provence96.1Sophie (the paper version of myself) has many dreams. Some (or most) of her dreams have something to do with France: The Paris apartment, the 2.55 (and the Birkin, and the Antigona, and the YSL Cabas), freshly baked baguettes (who needs Croissant when you can have a whole thin loaf of French bread… every day),  a life of market hopping, cafe hopping and wine bar hopping and the list goes on. In that francophile bucket list, there is one dream in particular. One dream Sophie (and me) have been feeding with movies and books about ex-pats in France (We have read almost every memoir available on Amazon) for a long time: A Summer (or every Summer) in Provence. The quiet life seems so appealing when you live in one of the most hectic (but always charming) cities in the world. The plan?

Pack a bag with sundresses, shorts, books, paper and art supply.

Grab the dog and leave for a month, maybe more.

Rent a car (even tough we don’t do highway driving) and a little house (with Wi-fi).

Do some gardening (even though we are terrified of insects).

Buy countless cases of wine and fresh bread.

Drink the wine (we are really good at that).

Eat the bread (while it’s hot).

Enjoy the view, enjoy ourselves.

This, my friends, tops our bucket list. What tops yours?

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

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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SHALLOW SOPH: Everyone comes with baggage…

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For those of you who haven’t met Sophie, let me introduce her to you. She’s a more irreverent, cynical, shallow and blatant paper version of me. You’ve seen her before, all dressed in pink and flowers, lace and pastels, with her pretty lips and her perfect hair. But don’t get fooled by that sweet and sugary packaging, the inside is more complex and raw than it could possibly be (hence the name of the blog). That’s why I wanted to devote a section to one of the many sides of Sophie, the shallow one. How it works? I take a beautiful and inspirational quote and let Sophie twist it and turn into her own trivial masterpiece, a frivolous but always stylish statement. Materialistic and almost profane? Yes, that’s what makes it fun (Shallow Soph takes over the keyboard sometimes).

“Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack”.

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“Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to build you a big-ass walk-in closet”.

I’d rather have the closet! Who needs help unpacking when you can organize, fold and store all your belongings inside those shiny and new drawers?

From Shallow Soph, with love…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

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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SHALLOW SOPH: Do more of what makes you happy.

happy96 copyIf you have been following my FB Page, you already know that I am a “one quote a day” kind of gal. I’m pretty picky when it comes to the words (and images) I choose for inspiration. I always stay away from the sappy love phrases, the ones with the tacky plastic rose background, the “Keep calm” stuff, the cheesy, optimistic, cliché sayings and the ones with a bad font (Comic Sans and Lucida Handdwriting come to mind). But as picky as I usually am, I also like to look at the fun and cheery side of things (with that touch of sarcasm that always comes in handy). That’s how I came up with my new series of illustrations, Shallow Soph, a vain but funny way to twist someone else’s words with a very pink and pretty sketch.

“Do more of what makes you happy”.

I’m sure the author of this quote meant something like this: Laugh a lot! Be with the one who makes you smile. Love, live and breathe. Enjoy the little things. Sunsets, hugs and long walks. I could go on forever, but then I’d get bored. Ok, Sensitive Sophie would enjoy that, but Shallow Soph, she has a different idea. What makes Shallow Soph happy? A new wardrobe, Hermes and Chanel. Productive but guilt-free shopping trips. Cocktail dresses and sparkly shoes. A comfy bed in a pink room, a glass of Champagne (ok, the whole bottle) and some fudge (lots of fudge, Mr. Stanley’s Luxury All Butter fudge).

Love, live and breathe? More like shop, eat and drink!

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis

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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NEW BEGINNINGS

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My sweet readers, I’m finally back! Before you start growling at me and complaining (and you are completely entitled to it after my two week absence), allow me to explain myself. After a four year and a half stay in my beloved Milano, I decided to move back to my also beloved Mexico City. After finishing my studies and pondering about my future, I made the toughest decision of my life: leave Milano and move back home. The packing process was a complete bitch (try fitting almost 5 years of your life into boxes), the complicated wave of emotions and feelings was worse than that packing process bitch but in the end, it’s all part of a plan, God’s plan and mine.

Now I am back in the mothership, ready to start new projects and the next chapter of my life. So expect the unexpected because many new things are coming!

To my beautiful Milano, you gave me so much and it’s not the last you’ll see of me. A presto, bella!

From Mexico City, sweet kisses…

PS: I have not been slacking off, I already have lined up a bunch of posts to make it up to you!

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis

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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Spring 2013 Trends: LADY MELLOW

LADY MELLOW COVERGood morning, my sweet readers! We are just three days away from the start of what will be a glorious fashion month. I’m already whipping up some posts and getting all prepped and ready for Sweet n’Raw’s coverage. In the meantime, I still have a bunch of Spring trends in the oven, sitting there, waiting to be published. While we wait for the Fall collections to walk the runways, we can start lusting after the Spring items that will be joining our closets.

Today I have for you an all-time favorite trend: LADY MELLOW. My affair with pastel colors began after my punk and goth teenage years. I went from being a girl with Che Guevara t-shirts and neck piercings, to being the queen of lace (no, not black and vampy, but sugary and pretty) with a powdery shades obsession. That’s why every time my beloved mint and my baby pink appear on the runway, I get high as a kite. This season, pastels are not the strongest trend but thankfully, they are still around. But the Lady Mellow trend is not only about pastels, it’s about powdery garments, with a ladylike vibe, lots of lace, crepe de chine, volume skirts, picture perfect handbags, sheer and jacquard, and lovey dovey knitwear. Think Betty Draper, when she was more sweet than sour.

WHO DID IT:

  • Peter Som / Rochas / Erdem
  • Christopher Kane / Carolina Herrera / Oscar de la Renta

MUST-HAVE ITEMS: A pretty yellow dress for sunny days. A pair of pastel, tapered shorts. A pink, flirty skirt. A pastel bikini (a girl always has Summer in her  mind) and a bunch of powdery button-downs.

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  1. Printed blouse, Equipment
  2. Tailored shorts, Moschino
  3. Diamond jumper, Carven
  4. Embellished slippers, Dolce & Gabbana
  5. Yellow dress, Rochas
  6. Green sunnies, Stella McCartney
  7. Mint coat, Moschino
  8. Structured bag, Miu Miu
  9. Blush skirt, Alexander McQueen
  10. Lace-up heels, Moschino

LMELLOW STEAL

  1. Pussybow blouse, Topshop
  2. Mint bikini set, Carine Gilson
  3. Texture jumper, Chicnova
  4. Detailed flats, Zara
  5. Jacquard dress, Topshop
  6. Jacquard pants, J. Crew
  7. Vintage sunnies, Leonard Vintage
  8. Heart print skirt, River Island
  9. Shoulder bag, River Island
  10. Toe-cap pumps, ASOS

That’s it of the day! I still have a couple of trends before we unleash the Fashion Week madness, stay tuned!

Sweet kisses…

PS: Sweet n’raw is almost two years old!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Style.com, Topshop, Polyvore, Farfetch, River Island, Target

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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