The Ladybug e un improvviso colpo di fulmine: Gauche Caviar a Milano

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Avete presente i colpi di fulmine? Ecco non so se capita anche a voi ma io non li ho solo per le persone (a dire il vero, ne ho sempre meno per le persone!) ma mi capita di avere il cosiddetto colpo di fulmine anche per dei luoghi, soprattutto quando viaggio, delle opere d’arte, degli oggetti (ad esempio le scarpe e i turbanti!), dei libri che mi colpiscono già dalla copertina.

Il colpo di fulmine ce lo ricordiamo sempre, anche a distanza di tempo. Infatti, la sera in cui ho provato l’irresistibile desiderio di entrare in un posto che mi attirava a sé in maniera incredibile me la ricordo bene.

Stavo raggiungendo degli amici a cena un sabato sera e mentre camminavo per strada mi ha colpito un piccolo locale che non avevo mai visto prima in quella zona. Pareti color ottanio piene di foto e poster di icone di stile e dell’arte, sgabelli e divano in velluto a tono, specchi antichi alle pareti, una libreria e strumenti musicali a vista…tutto in quel posto mi chiamava e mi incuriosiva da matti. Mi sentivo come attirata da una calamita. Leggo fuori che il posto si chiama Gauche Caviar e a quel punto, niente può più fermarmi e sono già dentro, nonostante i miei amici siano già ad attendermi al ristorante!

Mi accoglie subito il sorriso della splendida Marta (che indossa un abito meraviglioso!) che insieme al compagno Stefano ha “donato” alla città questo posto stupendo solo qualche mese fa. Le spiego che sono rimasta ipnotizzata dal loro locale e che mi piacerebbe tornarci per scoprirlo e magari farci qualche foto.

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La settimana dopo sono già lì a scoprire questo locale così “cozy” da avere l’idea di essere entrati in casa di qualcuno, e in un certo senso un po’ è così perché sia Marta che Stefano ci hanno messo la loro vita, la loro storia, le loro passioni. Anche il bagno è una vera chicca (vi consiglio di entrarci anche solo per lavarvi le mani!): carta da parati colorata e tantissime foto personali scattate durante viaggi e momenti importanti, c’è un po’ anche la storia di Gauche Caviar, del perché è nato (in una foto della donna che ha ispirato Marta e Stefano).

Gusto, eleganza e raffinatezza retrò sono l’elemento distintivo di questo posto, insieme all’accoglienza delicata e appassionata dei suoi creatori che amano raccontare questo posto che sicuramente non ha eguali in città. E’ il posto perfetto per sorseggiare un bicchiere di vino, un cocktail o una cedrata (io adoro la cedrata!) prima o dopo aver visto un film al cinema, al ritorno dal lavoro prima di andare a casa dopo una dura giornata, anche da soli. Parlando con Marta mi ha colpito molto una sua frase: “Volevo creare un posto dove anche una donna da sola può trovarsi a suo agio”. Sicuramente ci è riuscita, perché l’accoglienza è decisamente uno dei punti forti di Gauche Caviar.

So di avervi incuriosito, quindi vi dico anche dove si trova: in via Vicenza, zona Cinque Giornate a Milano.

Per il primo shooting ho scelto un outfit vintage + handamde: tunica con ricami dorati vintage marocchina scovata al Mercatone dell’Antiquariato sul Naviglio Grande quest’estate, borsetta vintage anni 40 trovata a Lubiana nel bellissimo negozio Divas Vintage, turbante in raso e decorazioni giordane handmade by Madame Ilary, orecchini in bronzo Metalica e sandali ricamati Anniel.

Vi riparlerò di Guache Caviar presto con un nuovo outfit vintage!

Photo Credit: Milena Molinari

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The Ladybug flies high like a butterfly!

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What do you do when you are walking down the streets and you realize that you are dressed exactly with the same colors of your favorite murals that is just in front of you? Also, you are with your friend, also known as the best photographer that you know? Well, your organize a quick photo session just before heading back to the office, right?

I have always loved this mural in the Isola district in Milan but I don’t know why I never thought of taking pictures here until that day that my outfit perfectly matched it! Maybe it was just waiting for me wearing a matchy-matchy outfit! Ha Ha!

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I was particularly colorful that day, wearing my yellow wings, ops! vintage jacket from Humana Vintage in Milan and my green trousers from Massimo Dutti both matching my AMAZING vintage Elzac 50s ceramic brooch inspired by Josephine Baker (another amazing vintage find from the wonderful Valentina from Déjà Vu Vintage!). When I saw it on Internet I immediately fell in love so she brought it in Milan during the Naviglio Grande Antiques market…I couldn’t believe my luck to have such a fantastic vintage piece!

I also wore some handmade rings, two from Francesco Tramontano and one from Ecole d’Anaïs plus a wonderful handmade Senegalese ring that I bought in Senegal years ago.

Black peep-toe ankle boots are from L’Arianna.

Photo Credit: Milena Molinari

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The Ladybug racconta una storia piena di Africa e di tessuti wax: vi presento Anna Sumisura!

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Prima delle vacanze di Natale, ho pubblicato un post sui miei canali social in cui vi mostravo una gonna wax molto particolare, frutto di un progetto per cui mi sono appassionata. Il post ha avuto un gran successo e molte di voi mi hanno chiesto informazioni su come averne una. E’ per questo che ho deciso di dedicare un post sul mio blog (in italiano stavolta!) per raccontarvi qualcosa in più sulla mia Dumela (il nome della gonna che, come altre della collezione, porta un nome africano di donna e che significa “essere felici”…già il nome mi ha fatto innamorare!) e su Cristiana Giani, alias Anna Sumisura.

Quando ho conosciuto Cristiana mi hanno colpita di lei le mille cose che avevamo in comune: l’Africa e i suoi coloratissimi tessuti wax (che lei definisce libri da indossare sulla pelle…non potrei essere più d’accordo!), la sartoria (progetti sostenibili che puntano sulla qualità e sul rispetto di chi crea quei tessuti), la passione per un lavoro che non è il nostro lavoro primario ma che da sempre ci spinge a coltivare con impegno ciò che ci rende felici (entrambe lavoriamo in altri settori ma non abbiamo mai abbandonato le nostre passioni!).

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Da tutto questo nasce Anna Sumisura: come me, Cristiana è una grande appassionata di tessuti wax e questo amore per l’Africa e suoi colori stampati l’ha spinta a studiarli per imparare a conoscerli e ad acquistarne da tutto il mondo. Tutta questa ricerca e questi tessuti erano lì, ma come farli diventare un progetto? Ecco che Cristiana inizia a disegnare dei bozzetti e capisce che vuole realizzare gonne, crearle grazie all’aiuto di favolose sarte in grado di curare i dettagli e le rifiniture, e chiamarle con un nome femminile africano. Il mercato oggi è saturo di “creatrici” di moda wax ma Cristiana vuole qualcosa in più: la qualità; non solo dei tessuti che sceglie personalmente ma anche del lavoro: tutti i suoi pezzi sono rifiniti e curati con una grande attenzione al dettaglio e basta guardare la sua pagina Instagram per capire subito la differenza!

In tutto questo però non vi ho ancora detto chi è Anna! Anna è la madre di Cristiana, che lei stessa definisce una delle donne più eleganti che abbia mai conosciuto, con una grande passione per i tessuti di qualità con cui era solita farsi confezionare abiti sartoriali. L’omaggio di Cristiana alla madre è un bellissimo ringraziamento per averla introdotta sin da piccola nel magico modo dei tessuti e della sartoria!

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Oggi Anna Sumisura è un brand giovane, sostenibile, di qualità. Ogni modello viene realizzato con il tessuto scelto dalla cliente (disponibile tra quelli selezionati da Cristiana) e con le sue misure; bastano tre semplici misure (vita, fianchi, lunghezza), nessun bisogno di prove! Ogni gonna è un pezzo unico, un oggetto che valorizza ogni fisicità realizzato a mano da sarte italiane con tessuti africani meravigliosi. E’ così che non solo Cristiana ha voluto valorizzare il prezioso lavoro artigianale che è la sartoria ma allo stesso tempo ha voluto liberare le donne dalla prigione della taglia. Niente più 40, 42, 44, 48 o peggio ancora S, M, L solo le misure sono giuste per ognuna di noi!

Come non innamorarmi di una donna e di un progetto del genere?

Il sito internet www.annasumisura.com è quasi pronto, nel frattempo potete contattare Cristiana tramite instagram (@anna_sumisura) e watshappp: 339/8237338.

Quella che vedete in queste foto è la mia Dumela: ho scelto un tessuto con colori caldi e avvolgenti e con un pizzico di viola che rimane uno dei miei colori preferiti. Il disegno mi ha colpito molto perché mi ha subito ricordato un tessuto con una stampa simile ma colori diversi che avevo trovato in Senegal anni fa ma che poi non avevo più acquistato (e me ne ero pentita!). E’ una gonna estremamente pratica ed elegante allo stesso tempo: rifinita con cura, cade perfettamente e accompagna le curve, insomma è perfetta! Per non parlare del tessuto che sembra seta per quanto è morbido!

L’ho abbinata con una camicia con fiocco vintage anni 80 viola scuro acquistata da Humana Vintage a Torino e un turbante decorato fatto a mano dalla mia adorata Madame Ilary sui toni del fuxia.

Gli stivali beige (favolosi!) sono di Lola Cruz mentre gli orecchini sono anch’essi fatti a mano dalla favolosa Made in Camper.

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The Ladybug adds vintage stripes to handmade Monstera leaves!

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Mixing colors and pattern, what an addiction! I am never tired of trying new mixes and to surprise myself with new color and pattern mixtures!

This is one of my hardest try of the year…a bit pushed I know, but I really loved how I put together this two beautiful pieces: handmade plant pattern culottes and a colored striped vintage shirt.

The linen culottes with Monstera leaves is one of my favorite pieces from Madame Ilary; I first saw the culottes on her and I asked to have a pair too with the lovely combined headscarf. They were so comfy and stylish that I wore them almost all summer. I say they “were” because, although they are still perfect on these pictures, there is a bad update about them: when I was in Senegal in November I got my hands washed with bleach before eating and I accidentally put my wet hands on my hips and…I destroyed my beautiful culottes! I was so sad but I couldn’t throw them away and I decided to keep them anyway even if they lost color in some parts.

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The vintage shirt has lovely soft colors, from beige to pale blue and pink and I found it at the new Humana Vintage shop in Milan the day of its first opening! (This one is still in good conditions!)

Gladiator sandals are from Clarks while golden hoop earrings are from Gogo Philip.

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The Ladybug on how to wear vintage at the beach

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“What do you wear when you go to the beach?”

This was a question that I received on my Instagram account last summer during my Sicilian holidays. I found it funny at the beginning but then I decided to take a picture just on my way back from the beach to show you basically two things:

  1. I am super low profile when I go to the beach: I prefer free beach to private beach clubs, my favorite beach is just near my family house, I don’t wear fancy clothes or swimwear and definitely no make-up! (Here I have make-up because we were heading to an aperitivo right after the beach!!)
  2. When I go to the beach I wear exactly what I wear in my real life, like in this case, vintage and African wax prints!

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The dress that you are seeing here is a vintage handmade Mexican piece that I found at Humana Vintage in Milan: as I don’t usually wear sleeveless pieces I decided to use it as a long waistcoat over a white tee and a clear jeans but I decided to give it a chance as a dress and wore it for the beach. I love the details and embroideries of this dress and I love its color, I found it for a real bargain price and I couldn’t leave it there!

My big African wax printed bag is the perfect bag for long days at the beach: it is so big and comfy that you can put whatever you need inside and the print is just adorable. I found it from Clementine Vintage on her Instagram account, it is handcrafted and I am super happy that I finally found my perfect beach bag!

Comfy shoes are from Clarks and golden hoop earrings are from Gogo Philip.

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The Ladybug and the wonderful discovery of commemorative wax prints

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I love African wax prints. This is one of the most obvious things that I have ever said as I guess that it is well known worldwide! What you may not know (yet!) is that I found out a way to mix my love for African wax prints and vintage. I realized that in the last few years it is easy to find vintage and second hand wax printed clothing in my favorite vintage shops. But I wondered: where do they come from?

I always ask for the origin of these pieces because I am very curious of their story, especially when it comes to wax prints. My curiosity led me to find out that there is a very special type of African wax print: the commemorative wax. It is a peculiar print on wax created for a special event. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found my first commemorative wax printed dress at Humana Vintage in Milan: I bought it immediately even if it was too small for me (I’m currently finding a way to wear it somehow! You know how creative I can get in such cases!), it was commemorative of an international event in Ivory Coast about at the end of the 90s.

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The second piece of my vintage commemorative wax collection is this amazing orange dress that I found on Depop last summer from the great vintage seller Blondie Girl (lovely Claudia): this beautiful dress celebrates the International Women Day congress in Cameroun in 2007. I was so excited when I saw it that I bought it immediately! I love it at the point that I wore it to celebrate my birthday last summer, when these pictures were taken!

I paired it with my beautiful African crown, handmade for me by Madame Ilary with a wax printed fabric that I was offered in Senegal and with original Indian trimmings that my friend bought for me during her trip in India.

Black sandals are from Clarks, rings are vintage Berber from Morocco, golden hoop earrings from Gogo Philip.

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The Ladybug found the perfect 80s playsuit!

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I love playsuits, I think they are the sexiest thing to wear…if you are tall, slim and young! I die for the charming shapes of 70s playsuits but after buying many of them and re-selling them all, I understood that maybe I needed to reset my standards. I am not tall, I have a little belly and large waist, how to find a playsuit for me?

The idea of switching from the 70s to the 80s came to my mind when I insisted with my friend that she bought a lovely 80s floral jumpsuit in a vintage shop in Brussels. She is definitely taller and thinner than me but the loose shape of the jumpsuit was perfect for her. I wondered if it could be perfect for me too so I started a long search of the perfect 80s playsuit that could fit me until I found this one from Maison Retrò.

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I loved the color (pale blue) and the floral pattern but even more I loved the super cute collar with such an 80s vintage twist. It was online so I asked for the measurement as I was still worried about the fit. When I realized that it could fit I decided to buy it.

I was so happy when I received my package: not only the color and pattern were even better in real life but I adored the way it fitted!

I wore it immediately during my summer holidays in Sicily, for a night out with my family, pairing it with a yellow African wax headband and golden hoop earrings from Gogo Philip. Golden peep-toe ankle boots are from the Italian brand Fiori Francesi.

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The Ladybug and a summer outfit to say “Welcome back to Milan”!

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In my last post I showed my last Milanese outfit before the beginning of my summer holidays; this is my first Milanese outfit when I came back!

The weather was still nice and I wanted to enjoy the last warm days in town with a very summery outfit! The big piece is my new wonderful African wax skirt: the print is definitely one of my favorite African prints that I call the “coq” print (coq in French means rooster); indeed the pattern is made of roosters, hens, little chicks and eggs! I find it super fun and I really wanted this fabric to create something nice with it!

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I found it on Etsy from a French seller and I immediately ordered mine to give it to Madame Ilary to create a nice skirt for me! She created this beautiful A-line midi skirt with side bow that I adore and, with the scraped fabric she made a lovely shopping bag that I will show you soon!

This is already one of my favorite skirts ever: the print is fantastic and so is the flattering shape!

It is a very eye-catching piece, that’s why I wore it with a simple Asos white tee and Jeffrey Campbell beige caged ankle boots.

My rings are Berber vintage from Morocco and from Francesco Tramontano.

Photo Credit: Milena Molinari

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The Ladybug and a summer outfit to say “Goodbye Milan”

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When I look at these pictures it appears so clear to me that they are taken in Milan: the beautiful buildings of the city center (near the Statale University) are so Milanese that the photographs couldn’t be taken anywhere else!

These were my goodbye pictures to Milan, before leaving it for my summer holidays. For this reason I wanted a special outfit, all beautifully handmade by Madame Ilary, from the lovely Madame tee (with an original design made by Ilaria) to the light denim Marlene trousers, with their retro style made with a vintage denim fabric that we found on Etsy as we wanted this exact denim color that is so hard to find nowadays!

Also the turban is a special piece: made with a fabric that reminds me of Spanish islands and Aztec prints at the same time and with an original vintage embroidery to add “time” to the turban, I couldn’t love it more!

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I added two special pieces to the outfit: first of all a pair of thrifted orange Ash patent sandals that were offered to me by the lovely A bag of chips, a lovely Ebay store with incredible thrifted and vintage shoes at very affordable prices often in mint conditions. I loved these shoes and even if I was a bit skeptical concerning the color, I realized that they went with almost everything! They are also super comfortable and I wore them almost all summer!

Second piece, one of my favorite statement earrings ever: a pair of brass hoops handmade from Metalica Creazioni especially made for me! Aren’t they beautiful?

This is another example of completely sustainable outfit: 90% handmade with love in Italy (and yes, I know who made my clothes and jewels, Ilaria and Francesca, two amazing friends and crafters!), 10% thrifted, meaning recycled/reused instead of thrown away! If you try going sustainable with your clothes and with what you wear, you will probably get this feeling of peace and uniqueness: not only you help the planet by recycling clothes, you can also say that no human being was exploited to make your clothes. And your style is absolutely unique, 100% you!

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The Ladybug’s personality in one (vintage) dress!

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I still remember the exact moment when I fell in love with this dress: it was a lazy sunny Sunday morning, I just woke up and I was bed playing with my phone: my last Instagram updates, checking emails, a quick look at my Etsy, Vintag and Depop apps and then I found it! Federica from Maison Retrò (you know already that she is one of my favorite vintage providers online!) just posted it on Depop. It was just perfect: vintage, earth colors, African style…I immediately asked if it would fit me! While I was waiting for her answer Ilaria was sending me a message on Facebook saying that Federica was selling the perfect dress for me…it was the same dress! It was definitely meant for me!

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When I saw it for real I liked it even more and I started wearing it all the time! Friends and colleagues were telling me how perfect it was for me and how it really suited my style. And I must admit that it is true, that’s exactly my style!

Here I wore it on a Saturday morning with Ilaria pairing it with a big brown belt from Mango and one of her amazing turbans handmade with the fabric and trims that I brought from Amman!

Brass earrings are handmade from Metalica Creazioni and flat sandals are from Clarks (probably not the best choice but my feet were hurting that day so I needed a pair of uber comfy shoes!).

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