The Ladybug and the Sicilian shade of blue

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Blue: the color of my beautiful Sicily.

I loved this street art at a tram stop along the sea in my hometown Messina, because it just reminded me of the color of my native sea.

I wore this almost total vintage outfit during my winter holidays, it was a warm and sunny day for December and I was just enjoying a long walk with my sister when we stopped to take some pictures.

I was wearing my new vintage culottes from Maison Retrò, an online shop from the lovely Federica who mostly sells on social networks. It was the first time that I bought something that I just saw on Facebook but thanks to Federica it was a lovely experience and the plaid culottes were just perfect!

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I paired it with a Benetton jumper and another vintage find from Damsels in Distress: these adorable pair of shoes that looked like a pair that my granny used to wear when I was a kid.

The beautiful knotted turban, handmade with vintage lace and golden trims, is from Madame Ilary, golden loops earrings are a vintage find from Sugar Mama Vintage and the beautiful Senegalese orange necklace comes from the lovely Mara of Seyeyaram that I met during the Popcorn Garage Market: we share the same love and passion for Senegal that’s why we recognized each other in the middle of a crowded market!

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The Ladybug’s new shoe crush: preview of Luisa Tratzi AI18/19 collection

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When Luisa Tratzi comes to town, at least twice a year during the Milan Fashion week crowd, I know that I will fall in love again. I must confess that I can’t resist the beauty of her shoes! They are not just beautiful, they have strong personality, they are charming and shoe lovers know what I mean. They are not just shoes!

Last February Luisa Tratzi opened her temporary shop during the Milan Fashion Week event in the Brera area to present the AW18/19 collection: it didn’t take long, I just spent maybe 20 minutes in her space and hop! Fallen for a new pair! It happens all the times but I have to confess that lately she is going too far!

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70s suede and shapes just got me addicted: rust, yellow, teal, powder blue, soft grey…I couldn’t resist my favorite winter colors! Funny thing is that this time my favorite piece of the collection was also hers, then we decided to both wear it in two different shades: she went for bold golden leather and I chose a light blue suede. The piece itself was amazing: stiletto heels, pointed toe, a beautiful twist of small straps with buckles, soft and brave at the same time! Awesome!

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This AW18/19 collection was full of incredibly well managed contrasts: patent and suede for example, cut-outs and mid-heels, transparent and color-block. Mid heels are also a new trend, near the iconic (and super comfortable) stilettos .

I tried to take some pictures for you to have a sneak peek of this new amazing collection presented in Milan. Feel free to visit www.luistratzi.it to find out more about the brand and to add your favorite shoes to your shopping basket!

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The Ladybug’s mixed color palette

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Another winter outfit with the colors of autumn…am I completely inverting seasons or is it just the weather confusing our minds?

Sometimes I like to push a bit my style, matching different colors and playing with apparently unlinked color palettes like a few weeks ago, when I paired caramel, camel, teal and pale blue in a funny outfit that attracted all eyes on me (I know, people are shocked quite easily lately…where is your imagination guys?!)

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It all started with this new caramel corduroy culottes from Zara that I wanted so much because I loved the color and the 70s style. I had to buy them online because I couldn’t find them in shop and I immediately wore them with my caramel wool headband from Dixie that matched them perfectly!

In the middle I added a touch of pale blue with this Cos sweater (with a huge bow in the back) and my long camel coat from Diffusione Tessile.

As it didn’t seem enough I decided to add teal tights (I always buy colored tights but I barely use them!), 60s inspired brown boots from Marella, vintage silver loop earrings and of course brown lipstick!

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The Ladybug’s doubts on a vintage faux-fur coat (advice needed!)

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It is already April but spring seems so far away from here!

Am I really wearing a faux-fur coat in April? Well, this was from a couple of weeks ago but I’m looking forward for the nice weather as it is raining again today…

Wearing faux-fur coats (I don’t wear real ones anymore as I am selling all my vintage pieces) is for me a pleasure and a nightmare at the same time. I love faux-furs, especially vintage ones, but it is so hard for me to find a nice piece that looks good on me. I always feel too fat or too short, this is why I keep buying them and selling them after a few times that I wore them.

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This one is a vintage find from the famous El Rastro market in Madrid during my last trip: I loved the style and it was a real bargain (even if it was hard to put it in my small suitcase, full of vintage pieces that I bought during my 3-day staying in this beautiful town) so I couldn’t help buying it; but now I’m wondering already if I want to keep it or not…what do you think?

I paired it with Zara checked culottes and turtleneck and with my new bronze fringed shoes from Francesco Milano that I found in a lovely shop called Merry Go Round in Porta Genova (they have another one in via Larga, both beautiful!).

I added some glow to the grey day with a beautiful handmade headband from Madame Ilary with golden trimmings that paired my Mango earrings!

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The Ladybug Chronicles: come arredare la casa in stile vintage su Vintag!

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IT: Vivo a Milano da quasi sei anni, in un appartamento che ho amato sin dal primo istante e che sento sempre più mio, nonostante non lo sia. E’ normale che con il tempo ci si crei uno spazio che ci somigli il più possibile e, pezzo dopo pezzo, sta prendendo uno stile tra il vintage e l’etnico per cui è sempre più evidente che sia casa mia!

Mi piace sempre molto scovare nuovi pezzi durante i miei viaggi o nei mercatini vintage da portare con me per posizionarli strategicamente in casa in modo che possano portarmi alla mente un ricordo felice del passato. Questa continua decorazione del mio appartamento in pratica non finisce mai e da quando ho scoperto la sezione Antiquariato e Modernariato sull’app Vintag tende ad essere particolarmente intensa!

Mi piace lo stile moderno ma i pezzi di arredamento vintage non possono mancare, anzi nella mia casa ideale (che immagino molto più grande di quella che ho adesso!) ce ne sono almeno dieci che reputo assolutamente imprescindibili! Che si tratti di mobili o oggetti decorativi vi presento i miei top ten e vi dico anche da quali venditori trovarli su Vintag!

1.       Il separé vintage in stile orientale: sarà che mi ricorda tanto la casa della nonna dove ce n’era uno molto simile nella sua camera da letto per togliersi i vestiti e infilarsi pudicamente la camicia da notte prima di andare a dormire, ma il separé è in cima alla mia lista dei desideri. Quando poi ho visto quello anni 70 venduto da roaaaar su Vintag, praticamente identico a quello della nonna me ne sono innamorata perdutamente! Purtroppo quello della nonna si è rovinato con il tempo e non siamo riusciti a “salvarlo” ma trovarne uno uguale è stata comunque una forte emozione!

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2.       La sedia etnica: sebbene sogni una di quelle meravigliose sedie in legno basse del Mali che tanto ho visto nei mercatini di Dakar la scorsa estate, su Vintag ho trovato un pezzo bellissimo che voglio condividere con voi: si tratta di questa fantastica sedia bassa indiana in vendita da ManuLove per cui ho perso la testa qualche settimana fa quando l’ho vista apparire nelle mie ricerche…non è stupenda?

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3.       La macchina da cucire: un altro pezzo che mi ricorda la nonna! Quando vedo macchine da cucire vintage, soprattutto le classiche Singer, io perdo totalmente la testa anche se non so minimamente usarle! Stavolta quella della nonna è ancora in casa dei miei, in attesa che io abbia abbastanza spazio per poterla mettere in quella mia grande casa ideale! Su Vintag mi sono innamorata di questa classica di Anastasia, quindi che siate sarte o meno, questo pezzo è top (e anche il prezzo!)

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4.       Il telefono vintage: niente, passione totale per questo Bobo Telcer rosso venduto da Bogys50s, un must-have! E poi siamo sinceri, chi di noi non ha nel cuore il telefono fisso di casa degli anni 80 di quando eravamo bambini?

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5.       Lo specchio: specchio, specchio delle mie brame…ogni donna ha un rapporto speciale con il proprio specchio, per questo deve essere perfetto e deve rispondere perfettamente alle nostre esigenze. Insomma per noi è uno dei pezzi più difficili da acquistare, se non ci rimanda l’immagine che vogliamo vedere riflessa non fa per noi! Quando ho visto questo celeste, francese, dei primi del 900 venduto da ohmylab ho desiderato specchiarmici con tutta me stessa…colpo di fulmine!

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6.       La toletta: dal celeste al rosa, un tocco di toni pastello in casa (senza esagerare) mi piace sempre tanto e questa tolettina vintage di Hallofvintage mi ha fatto proprio innamorare: i toni del rosa e del ciclamino, il pomello fiorato, mi hanno ricordato immagini della mia infanzia a cui non ho saputo resistere!

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7.       La cappelliera: un pezzo indispensabile, perché oltre a conservare i nostri bellissimi cappelli vintage è un pezzo d’arredamento fantastico e bellissimo da vedere! Io ne ho due, recuperate in due diversi mercatini vintage (uno a Milano, l’altro in America…vi evito i drammi del riportarmelo a casa!), uno in pelle e uno in cartone. Su Vintag mi è piaciuta molto questa versione in pelle marrone di Luisavintage con questa bellissima chiusura a effetto…una meraviglia!

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8.       La valigia/baule: anche questo un pezzo che non può mancare perché super comodo per “archiviare” coperte, cuscini e tutto ciò che vogliamo togliere dagli armadi e super bello da vedere! Poi quelli di L’ho_Sgabello sono MERAVIGLIOSI tanto che tra i due non sono stata in grado di scegliere quale mi piacesse di più! Un’idea che mi piace molto è quella di immaginarli come contenitori per le piante grandi da appartamento, credo di averli visti da qualche parte durante i miei viaggi e questa cosa mi è rimasta sempre in mente come un’idea super carina!

9.       La fonovaligia: un salto nel passato che è anche un must per gli amanti del vinile. Pezzo d’arredamento e giradischi allo stesso tempo, dal sapore vintage come pochi altri oggetti, questa di MusicManiac mi ha fatto venire una tenerezza e una malinconia delle fonovaligie che non sapevo nemmeno di avere.

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10.   Latta che passione! Scatole, scatoline, portaoggetti, temperamatite, bicchieri…Vintag è pieno di oggetti in latta che scatenano tutti i nostri ricordi del passato: dai biscotti Plasmon a quelli Saiwa, dal Borotalco a marchi ormai dimenticati o spariti, riempire la casa di oggetti in latta è doveroso!

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Fuori dalla mia top ten ma troppo bello per non essere citato per chi può permettersi lo spazio necessario: questo bellissimo set di tavolo e sedie color menta di L’ho_Sgabello è a mio avviso una delle cose più belle che ci sia su Vintag al momento, quindi non potevo non segnalarvelo!

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EN: I have been living in Milan for six years now, in a flat that I loved at first sight and that I feel more and more as “mine” even if it’s not. It is normal that with the time that place we live in looks like us and, piece after piece, it has now a style in the middle between vintage and ethnic so that it is clear that it is the place where I live!

I love finding new pieces during my travels or in the vintage markets that I visit; I bring them with me and I place them strategically at home so that when I see them they recall me a happy moment of the past. This decoration of my flat is never ending and since I discovered the Antiques section of the Vintag app is definitely intensifying!

I generally prefer the modern style but vintage homeware is a must: in my dream house (that I imagine bigger than mine!)  there are at least ten pieces that I consider essential! They can be furniture or decorative objects, here is my top ten and where to find them on Vintag

1.       The vintage screen, oriental style: it’s maybe because it reminds me of my granny’s house (she had a very similar one to hide while taking off her clothes and put her nightgown on) but the vintage screen is on top of my list! Since I saw the 70s one sold by roaaaar on Vintag, exactly the same of my granny’s, I madly fell in love with it! Unfortunately my granny’s one got too used and we couldn’t “save” it but I almost fainted when I saw one exactly like hers!

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2.       The ethnic chair: although I dream of one of these amazing Malian chairs that I saw in many markets in Dakar last summer, I found on Vintag a beautiful piece that I want to share with you: a wonderful Indian chair sold by ManuLove for which I completely lost my mind a few weeks ago when I saw it in my search page…isn’t it amazing?

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3.       The sewing machine: another piece that reminds me of my granny! When I see vintage sewing machines, especially the classic model from Singer, I completely lose my mind even if I don’t even know how to use them! This time my granny’s one is still in my parents’ house, waiting that one day I’ll have enough space to place it in my dream house! On Vintag I fell in love with this classic piece from Anastasia, then if you are a sewer or not, this piece is top (and the price too!)

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4.       The vintage phone: total love for this red Bobo Telcer sold by Bogys50s, a real must-have! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t have in his/her heart the fixed phone that we had at home in the 80s when we were kids?

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5.       The mirror: mirror, mirror…every woman has a special relationship with her mirror, this is why it must be perfect and it must fulfill exactly our expectations. For us it is one of the hardest pieces to buy if it doesn’t reflect the image of us that we want to see. When I saw this one, pale blue, French, from the beginning of the 20th century sold by ohmylab I wished I could look at myself in that mirror…love at first sight!

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6.       The vanity table: from pale blue to pale pink, I always like a touch of pastel colors in my house (not too much though) and this small vintage vanity table from Hallofvintage made me fall in love: I love the pink and lilac tones, the flowery knob, they just reminded me the colors of my childhood and I couldn’t resist!

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7.       The hatbox: an essential piece not only because we can easily put there our beautiful vintage hats but also because it is an amazing decoration object! I have two, I bought them in two different vintage markets (one in Milan, the other one in the States…don’t ask me how I did to bring it home!), a leather one and a paper one. On Vintag I really loved this brown leather one from Luisavintage with this beautiful fastening…wonderful!

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8.       The suitcase/trunk: this is another essential piece because it helps us “archiving” blankets, pillows, and all these things that take so much space in our wardrobe and it is so beautiful to see! Those from L’ho_Sgabello are AMAZING at the point that I couldn’t choose between these two which one I loved most. I also imagine them as huge containers for our big plants in the house, I think I saw something similar during one of my trips and I still keep it as a lovely idea to re-create!

9.       The portable record player: A jump in the past but also a must-have for vinyl lovers. Decoration piece and record player at the same time, few objects have the same vintage flavor! This one from MusicManiac made me feel so nostalgic!

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10.   Tin passion: cans, boxes, pencil sharpeners…Vintag is full of tin objects that unchain our best memories from the past: from Plasmon biscuits to Saiwa ones, from Borotalco to other disappeared or forgotten labels. Filling the house with tin objects is mandatory!

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There is another piece that I left out of my top ten list just because it requires some space, but I had to recommend it anyway because it was too good to leave it unmentioned. I am talking about this wonderful mint table and chairs set from L’ho_Sgabello that is – in my opinion – one of the most beautiful homeware pieces that you can find on Vintag right now!

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The Ladybug Srilankan Chronicles – pt. 2

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The second part of my Srilankan journey started from the “cultural capital” of Sri Lanka, Kandy, where traditional, colonial and modern are incredibly mixed. We admired the view of the lake from the top of the hill (that we reached with a tuc tuc…what an experience!) and we walked through the streets of Kandy full of life and little shops. We visited a local tea factory and we got immerged in the Buddhist prayers of the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Buddha, one of the most beautiful and fascinating temples I have ever visited.

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But as far as we left Kandy by bus we were amazed by the luxurious tropical nature: from there to the mountain in Nuwara Eliya, passing by the Ramboda Falls, nature was the only main character. The tea plantations were everywhere but I didn’t know that it was nothing compared to what I was going to see the day later.

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After spending the night on the mountain in Nuwara Eliya (where we took a break from the muggy weather and finally enjoyed a fresh night!) we headed to the small train station of Nanu Oya where we took a local train to go down the mountain. It was probably the most intense experience of the trip: if you ever decide to visit Sri Lanka this train experience must be on top of your list for many reasons: the local trains are very old and all the doors are open, so if you seat near a door you can admire the most incredible nature ever, especially tea plantations as far as the eye can see; you can buy amazing food from locals on the trains and have pleasant conversations with the other passengers who looks at your excitement with a nice and understanding smile; you will have a strong feeling of being in another era of the past.

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After the train ride and a restoring food stop in a local farm, we finally headed back to the sea where we spent two relaxing days on the Indian Ocean in Waskaduwa: the dark yellow sand, the blue sky and sea, the palms, everything was just perfect to keep inside us the beauty of the last days, to meditate and practice yoga, to relax and just enjoy the moment and the place.

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Before heading back to Italy we decided to have a short trip to Galle, a lovely colonial fishermen village where we enjoyed a pleasant visit of the old town just in front of the beautiful Indian Ocean.

It was hard to leave the country because – a part for the heat – everything was just magic: people, food, traditions, views. To be honest I didn’t expect to find all this beauty in such a small island.

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The Ladybug Srilankan Chronicles – pt. 1

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It is always a bit hardfor me to write about my travels. I know it sounds weird from someone who is supposed to be a blogger, then someone who is quite at ease with words, but when it comes to travels I still find it hard, which may explain why it takes so long for me to write travel blog posts and they are often published many months after the trip itself.

It is the case again for my trip to Sri Lanka which happened in November last year. I think that I still find it difficult to put into words the feelings, the atmosphere, the noises, the smells, the people, the food that I “recorded ” with my senses while traveling.

2017 has been quite a tough year for me, this is why my friend decided that I needed a huge holiday to do together faraway from here. When she proposed Sri Lanka in November I immediately said yes. I have been studying about a trip to Sri Lanka years ago because it was on my wish-list and I was pretty excited about the idea of traveling there with one of my best friends just to celebrate the end of some bad things in my life!

As there are many things to say I decided to split the chronicles in two parts: the first part starts with our arrival in Colombo and it stops on the way to the mountains while the second part begins with the long ride to the sea and the end of our beautiful Srilankan adventure.

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Flying to Colombo from Milan was a bit long and we arrived in the capital quite destroyed but as it was early afternoon we didn’t care about the stress and the fatigue and we started the visit of this beautiful colonial city where you can find a (pink) mosque near a (turquoise) Hindu temple and in front of a (golden) Buddhist temple, next door to a catholic church. I was totally fascinated by the pacific mixture of religions in Sri Lanka since the first day. The colors and smells of Colombo are incredible and totally captivating and the vintage style of the colonial buildings has a timeless appeal. The Indian Ocean completes the beautiful atmosphere while the noisy tuk tuks move quickly and everywhere! We got caught in a quick storm while visiting but at the end of the holiday we were so used to that, that we knew exactly when a new one was coming, how long it would last and how to handle with it!

We left early the day after because of the long bus ride to Dambulla, and we traveled along the Sabaragamuwa region to stop watching the baby elephants showering in the river and being fed with giant baby bottles at the Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala. We traveled in the middle of amazing tropical nature but it was just the beginning because the powerful nature was the most important part of all the journey (as well as the amazing Srilankan food!).

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On our third day we visited the magnificent Sigriya rock fortress (the Lion Rock): 1200 steps, 370 meters high, cliff-side, under the hot sun and with the highest humidity ever…it was hard but we made it and it was worth the effort not only for the archeological site but also for the incredible views.

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On that same day (after many bottles of fresh water and a delicious meal!) we headed to Polonnaruwa also known as one of the most ancient Srilankan kingdoms and a World Heritage site (btw did you know that some scenes of the Duran Duran video “Save a Prayer” from 1982 were filmed here?).  The archeological site and the ancient Buddha temples were such a mystic experience, especially under the rain!

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I have to say that I saw some of the most magnificent Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka: on day 4 we headed to Dambulla to visit the famous Golden Temple containing more than 150 statues of Buddha in its caves decorated with secular paintings, one of the most incredible sites that I’ve ever seen and it is also part of the World Heritage.

From day 5 starts the second part of the journey and of my Srilankan chronicles: you will find it in my next post in a few days, so if you liked what you have seen so far stay tuned, more Srilankan adventures are on the way!

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The Ladybug goes green, finally!

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Do you know when you get obsessed with something and you cannot find it and you get more and more stressed about it until you finally find it?

Well, this is what happened with my 2016 winter obsession with green pants. I decided that I wanted a pair of green trousers or culottes but I couldn’t find a pair that I liked until this winter, at Zara!

I was actually looking for corduroy culottes when I found these online and I thought that the color was so nice that I wanted to try them: they are in the middle between trousers and culottes and when I received them I realized that they were exactly what I wanted!

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I wore them immediately with a Benetton black jumper and a black coat from Sportmax at Diffusione Tessile (where I almost buy all my non-vintage coats!). I added a touch of green with this Stondo asymmetric hat and golden loops from Sugar Mama Vintage.

But the biggest highlight of this post is this pair of amazing leather ankle boots with pearl buttons from Marella! I fell in love with them at the beginning of the season but I had to wait until the winter sales session to get a pair that I dreamed of for about 4 months!! Now they are at my feet almost daily (as they are also super comfortable!).

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The Ladybug is a modern 80s child

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I don’t buy only vintage. I’d love to but I find it too complicated and every now and then I am tempted by fast fashion and high street labels as well as designer.

Nevertheless I realize that even when I don’t buy vintage I always buy vintage inspired pieces that I love to mix with original ones to create my own personal vintage mixed outfits!

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It was the case when I bought this maxi camel jumper from H&M:I loved so much the 80s oversized flare that I bought it two sizes bigger just to exaggerate it!

I paired it with a black pencil skirt from Zara and original 90s slouchy boots from Max&Co. To complete the 80s look I added a pair of handmade “3/4 moon” brass earrings from my adored Metalica Creazioni.

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The Ladybug stays warm and cozy

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As the temperatures get lower it is time to stay warm and cozy in our favorite winter pieces.

Soft and warm scarves and sweaters are on top of my list especially since I live in Milan! I can get out without gloves or hats in winter but I cannot make it without a scarf!

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The checked one I am wearing here is from Momonì and it is possibly one of my favorite winter scarves as it is incredibly warm and soft. I wore it on a navy jumper from & Other Stories and denim culottes from Massimo Dutti.

Camel ankle boots are from Carmens and handmade brass earrings are from Metalica Creazioni.

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