The Ladybug faces her biggest fashion fear

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Let’s have a break from Munich (but not from outfits!) just to celebrate this special Try-Day Friday! This is an outfit post with a story and with some important message for me and for all my beautiful readers.

But let’s start from the beginning: a few months ago, before going on holiday, I spent a lovely Sunday with my friends; we went for a brunch in a beautiful location in Milan (the Fuorimano, amazing place and delicious brunch!) and then we enjoyed a beautiful tour of the colored vintage houses of the Quartiere Arcobaleno in Milan. As the locations were pretty interesting and my favorite photographer was there with his camera, we organized a lovely photo-shoot to share on my blog and social media.

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I didn’t share until today and there is a reason for that: I was facing one of my biggest fashion fears ever…the naked belly! When I woke up that morning I was in a very good mood: I was about to leave for my summer holidays and I felt particularly fashion fearless. I then wore one of my favorite African wax tops from Heka Couture, an amazing couture piece that I usually wear with high-waisted bottoms (as it is quite short and I need to cover my not fabulously toned belly), with a normal waist jeans from Zara. It didn’t feel too bad, until I saw the pictures: they were amazing but I kept focusing on these few centimeters of belly appearing between my top and my jeans, screaming something like: “you are fat”!!!

I decided then to leave these pictures there for a while, until I was maybe feeling better about them. I came back to these photographs a couple of times in the meanwhile but nothing, the scream was still there.

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As I don’t believe in coincidences (everything happens for a reason!), while lazily surfing on Instagram the other day, I found out about Dia&Co Try-Day Friday… Their message is very simple: beauty is not a matter of size or centimeters, you are beautiful no matter what size is written on the tag. They promote the Try-Day Friday attitude, supporting women to wear at least once a week something that scares them and to feel comfortable with it.

There is a lot of talking around body shaming and body positive attitude lately and my personal slogan is “curvy does it better”, but all my positive body ideas, all my talking about beauty coming from the inside and from self-acceptance and self-love just fell down in front of these few centimeters of fat belly.

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I spent a couple of days with this idea in mind: how is it that I am super positive about other people curvy bodies and self-love and I am so critical about myself? After a few days I found the answer, but more importantly I found the action to face and to overcome this stupid fear: it was time to share with the world my naked belly pictures! I am not scared of other people’s opinion about me and maybe, some of you with similar fashion and body fears will find the strength to do the same!

I understood that I am not defined by the amount of fat on my body and that my body is not defined by the models that are everywhere on TV, magazines and Internet. I choose to embrace my fat, my cellulite, my wrinkles because it is me, and I am super proud of myself!

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Photo Credit: Marco Di Terlizzi

Top: Heka Couture

Jeans and shoes: Zara

Vintage bag: Epiphany Vintage Frankfurt

Sunglasses: Hush

Vintage earrings: Bohemian Retro Prague

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The Ladybug’s Friday afternoons in Munich

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Another post,  another outfit from Munich (I have a few left, well more than a few, so prepare to travel to Munich with me through my outfits!).

Fridays afternoons were the best while I was there: the weekday was over and new exciting weekends were going to start, full of friends, trips, shopping and a lot of city wandering!

This was not my first long stay in the Bavarian city but every time I go back I discover new areas and new venues: this year I was in the area of Munchner Freiheit, a real surprise for me; it is full of life, colored buildings, restaurants and bars and loads of people enjoying the summer vibes and the fresh nights out.

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This was taken the first Friday afternoon: relaxed face, messy hair and casual style!

I wore these amazing African wax culottes by Heka Couture (the pattern is just one of my favorites ever as well as the 50’s shape!) with & Other Stories navy tee, Mango 90’s denim jacket and Nike 4 & Other Stories white sneakers.

PS. There adorable vintage golden loop earrings just broke two days ago…I am still sad because I loved them. They were original from the 80’s and I definitely need a new pair! Any suggestion?

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The Ladybug’s Afro beat in Munich

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Good morning lovelies! This is my second outfit post from my stay in Munich in July.

As I told you the weather was lovely and I brought with me a couple of new pieces from the Heka Couture wax collection to wear in the German land!

So let’s start with this skirt that I adore: the African print is one of my favorite ones, as well as the 50’s shape of the circle skirt! Mixing ethnic prints with vintage shapes is just my favorite fashion tip ever!

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During that day a few people stopped me in the street to ask about my skirt or just to say how much they loved it: it was fun to meet all these people and have lovely conversations with strangers starting from something beautiful that I was wearing. German people are incredibly friendly (especially in summer!) and I was really pleased to chat with them and to share my love for African fabrics and vintage clothing!

As the print is quite eye-catching I kept the whole outfit simple: a white tee from Cos, a pair of neutral caged sandal-boots from Jeffrey Campbell (quite old, but still one of my favorite pair of shoes as they go with everything and they are comfortable yet sexy!) and a Malian necklace that I bought during an African market in Milan last year. Sunglasses are from Hush (you can read about them in my previous post!).

A new “German outfit” is on its way soon…stay tuned!

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The Ladybug is pink in Munich!

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As you may have seen on my social networks, I spent three weeks in Munich in July for work so I took advantage of a new location to shoot a couple of new outfits!

I will start with this pinky one, it was one of the first days, incredibly sunny and fresh…a real pleasure to be there and enjoy the German summer while the heat was unbearable in Milan!

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Here I am wearing two of my new online finds: this lovely Mango pink striped top with one frill sleeves (I found it on ASOS during the summer sales!) and these Hush pink 40’s inspired frames that I left in my Hush wishlist for a while before buying them because it was the first time that I bought from their site and I didn’t know that much about them. Now I am totally addicted to this site and the sunglasses are amazing!

I wore them with black Dixie culottes and with my adored (and super old!) Jeffrey Campbell sandal-boots!

I will show you more “German” outfits in the next few weeks, so stay tuned and let me know what you think!

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The Ladybug’s hunt for 90’s denim

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Denim Denin Denim: this is my obsession this year!! Why? Very simple: I sold most of my used denim on Ebay because I lost weight and many of them were too large…to make long story short: I realised I only had two jeans left in my wardrobe, a mom jeans and a skinny one. Not good!

I then made a list of the jeans that I needed:  denim culottes, flare 70’s jeans, cropped jeans, 90’s large jeans and vintage Levi’s. Huh…too much hunting!! I should do a little step at a time!

Let’s start from the first one, that turned out to be a three-pair 90’s large jeans/culottes…more than what I needed actually but the price was too good and I couldn’t resist!!

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I left for Munich on the first day of sales, so the following weekend I decided to go for a sales session in town. I started from Zara of course and I found many interesting jeans 90’s style for less than 15 euros each. I couldn’t find my size so I started my Zara denim’s hunt across all the shops in Munich and Frankfurt but without any positive result. I was so upset that I went online and checked the availability in stores to find out that all of them in my size were available in…Milan!!

When I came back home I first headed to Zara to try them all and they were perfect! 40 euros for all of them was a good price so I got them all! After all, I needed jeans right?

This is my first pair a 90’s shape mixed with culottes….two pieces in one! I also love the side split and the colour. I paired it with a thrifted Twenty8Twelve red tee, a 70’s inspired red little bag from Zara and my new adored New Look floral loafer slippers found on Asos for half the price (20 euros!).

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The Ladybug is a wax princess for a day!

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After being quiet for a few weeks (I was on holiday and I only updated my social channels!) I am back at blogging with an outfit post to show you my new dress!

This dress…it has such a power on me! I feel like a princess every time I wear it! People stop me in the street to tell me how beautiful it is and I really think it is!

I received this wax fabric as a present from a friend and I gave it to Ilaria (owner of Madame Ilary and Heka Couture) and this is what she created with it! I was wearing it while out with a friend in Milan one day before the holidays and when I found this graffiti-door I couldn’t resist to take pictures there!

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I paired it flat Miu Miu sandals, Nepalese vintage necklace and a vintage silver handcuff.

Last touch, my vintage straw bag, a piece that I found in a lovely shop (Vintage Galerija) in Ljubljana a few years ago.

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The Ladybug travels: my first time in Prague

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As many of my travels, my trip to Prague came out of the blue one day while I was on the phone with a friend of mine. She informed me that she wanted to go to Prague two months later and she asked me to join.  I was having a tough moment and I thought that a few days in a new town with good friends could help, and it helped indeed.

It was my first trip to Prague, for some unknown reason it has never been in my wishlist, but it was a mistake as I was completely amazed but this wonderful town. A vintage gal like me not knowing Prague? Nah… Prague is the perfect destination for vintage lovers as Prague is vintage by definition: its wonderful art deco buildings and doors tell the visitors a story of magic moments from the past and it is impossible not to love it.

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We started our visit by wandering with no specific destination, which is the best way to admire Prague. From the Dancing House along the river to the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall we walked in a total awe! Pastel buildings and belle époque doors were everywhere and we couldn’t have enough of this view!

The day after we started our visit from Wenceslas Square and we had our first stop at the Mucha museum: after visiting the exhibition dedicated to this artist in Milan I couldn’t miss this occasion. With a bundle ticket you can also visit the Kafka museum (which we did in the afternoon). 

We reached then Charles Bridge to get to the other side of the river: it was a great occasion to admire a spectacular view of Prague and to make a wish (more than one actually!). From that side of the river we reached the famous John Lennon wall, a wall full of graffiti dedicated to the artist, where street art blossoms under different forms (music, painting).   

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Our Sunday was mostly dedicated to the visit of the Castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral in the morning and to the Jewish District in the afternoon. There was a lot of walking but they were both worth the sacrifice!

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Eating and drinking is very cheap if you choose typical Czech pub: portions are abundant, beer is amazing, they often don’t speak English and vegetarians will have a very small choice but we definitely preferred this type of places because you can really feel “local” there.

By the way, in the city center you will easily find small kiosks selling a typical Czech dessert called “trdlo” o “trdelník”:  I loved it and was totally addicted! I tried it classic, with fruits, ice-cream and all of them together!!!

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The Ladybug’s vintage hunting in Prague

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Look at this art nouveau building in Prague: this is just one of the many examples of art nouveau and liberty style in town. When you arrive there for the first time and your eyes are already full of vintage architecture, you already know that you will love this town and that you will find a lot of vintage around!

Indeed I was totally amazed by the vintage side of Prague: wonderful art deco buildings and doors, beautiful museums, a vibrant nightlife and tons of hidden gems almost everywhere, even outside the typical touristic views. This is indeed one of the good things of vintage hunting abroad: many times the most interesting shops that you found online are not in the city center, then you have the chance to visit new areas of the town that you wouldn’t have visited.

As I didn’t know any vintage shopping address in Prague I made a quick search online and picked a few addresses to visit on Friday or Saturday (on Sundays most of the shops are closed). I had to take a lot of trams and trains to join the destinations but it was worth the effort!

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My favorite shop in town was Bohemian Retro in the Zizkov area (one of the most interesting areas, a bit complicated to reach but absolutely stunning!). I found there a lovely British lady, Becky, who has been living in Prague for more than 20 years! When I asked about her shop (that I really adored, typical English style vintage shop!) she told me that she wanted to create the kind of shop where herself would love to buy and go back again. I think that she definitely succeeded as her tiny shop, full of gems of clothing and accessories is really a not-to-miss in Prague. I really had the feeling of being in Brick Lane in London!

My second favorite shop in town was Boho Vintage, completely different style, more like a concept store with beautiful vintage pieces (especially dresses and bags) and some new interesting handmade pieces. Beautiful location and vintage homeware completed the atmosphere. I knew that they opened a second shop with a café but I couldn’t manage to visit it. The shop is very elegant and classy even if the pieces are totally affordable and good quality.

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Nearer to the city center (not too far from Wenceslas Square) is another tiny little shop, Fifty-Fifty.  There is more stuff than place for walking (if there are more than two people it can be a bit complicated) but it is full of affordable vintage pieces, one of those places where you will definitely find something to buy!

Just one little advice: if you walk in the city you will see a lot of second hand stores; second hand is very popular in Prague but not as interesting as it may be in London. You won’t find anything vintage and after trying a few I just stopped, so if you are tempted by a huge Second Hand sign, don’t waste your time!

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The Ladybug’s last “coup de cœur”: ROSEGAL!

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Pourquoi ? Parce qu’il faut absolument que je vous parle de mon dernier coup de cœur de chez Rosegal.com : leur Plus!

Vu mon style vintage j’ai toujours adoré les robes en dentelle : ça fait tellement classique, élégante, belle époque, un peu coquette et super sexy  au même temps…j’adore !

Le seul truc c’est de trouver la robe parfaite qui dessine bien notre corps sinon : moulante ou style tunique, longue ou au genou, noire ou blanche…bon, le côté positif est que moi qui suis assez difficile sur les robes en dentelle, j’ai trouvé des centaines de modèles sur leur site et j’en ai choisi deux à vous proposer.

Ils sont noir (pour moi la robe en dentelle est noire ou bleue !) et j’adore leur côté vintage un peu romantique et sexy ! Mais comment les porter ?

Je les ai imaginé avec du rose pâle comme ces chaussures pointues au style vintage et ce petit sac bandoulière que j’ai adoré !

Si vous voulez ajouter une dernière touche retro alors allez pour ces boucles d’oreilles super chic que vous pouvez aussi porter avec vos jeans (ainsi que le sac et les chaussures ci-dessus).

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Vous êtes pas encore convaincues ? Voilà quelques photos pour vous donner l’inspiration ! Par example, pourquoi pas la porter avec un gros manteau ou un blouson en cuir ou encore des bottines à talons?

 

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Sur toutes les robes d’été on vous propose une réduction jusqu’à -65% en insérant le code RGFR lors de votre commande ! Profitez-en ! Et montrez-moi vos achats !

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The Ladybug and the hard life of obsessed shoppers!

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A few weeks ago, a long Bank Holiday weekend, three single girls in Milan…we really needed to find a way to have a fun! No way to leave the town for a weekend at the beach, then we decided to find interesting things to do: an evening at the opera, aperitivos, nights out and a full shopping session outside the city center to avoid the crowd of the weekenders in Milan for a shopping session around the Duomo.

We spent the whole evening in a “shop ‘till you drop” mood (although we didn’t buy as much as we expected!) and we also found time to make a mini outfit shooting in the middle of nothing (a white wall was enough!).

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I was wearing my coordinated headband and shopping bag handmade with original African wax fabric by Madame Ilary, as well as the black culottes. A white tee by Cos, a pair of black slippers by Divine Follie and super big earring by Metalica Creazioni and I was ready to hit the shopping malls!

I came back home only with a necklace and some homeware from Maisons du Monde…and with a huge headache! I’m not used anymore to these prolonged sessions or I’m just getting too old for that! Ok, no this is not true, we’re never too old for shopping!!

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