The Ladybug’s vintage friendly weekend in Frankfurt

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While I was in Munich for work this summer I had the chance to spend a little lovely weekend in Frankfurt to see two of my beautiful friends living there. As usual, every time that I go visit them, our weekends are full of food, shopping and amazing walks and sightseeing in this beautiful German town that I visited four times and that I saw changing a lot in the last 15 years. Frankfurt is today one of the most interesting and sparkling cities in Germany where you can also have great vintage shopping sessions! Let me be honest: it is not full of vintage spots but if you know where to go you can see (and buy) amazing stuff for very good prices.

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This time I visited again two of my favorite spots in town:

1.       Epiphany on the Zeil (Frankfurt main shopping street), basically a thrift store full of amazing designer and high street second hand pieces from clothes to (amazing) shoes and bags where you can also find beautiful vintage pieces. (I bought there the 70’s vintage bag that I am wearing in these pictures);

2.       The Antiques and Vintage market along the river Main that you can visit every Saturday morning: it is a lovely market full of bargains for your wardrobe and home and at the same time it offers amazing views on the city’s skyline!

Anyway we also walked and ate a lot during that weekend! The sightseeing in Frankfurt is still a great experience: from the beautiful Romer Platz to the Alte Oper the contrast of the old city with the new futuristic one is still incredibly interesting.  One of my favorite spots in Frankfurt is the Goethe House, with a museum dedicated to the German romantic writer.

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On the eating side, the best part of Frankfurt is the brunch! Many restaurants and bars offer cheap brunch with amazing food: it is the perfect place to eat, meet people and spend a few hours observing the local habits and tastes! Our favorite brunch was definitely at Nordlicht near the lovely Berger Strasse.

If you want to eat amazing African food, try the delicious Ethiopian restaurant African Queen near the train station: the area is not great but the delicious food will make you forget about it!

PS. When in Frankfurt I received a beautiful vintage present: a long suede skirt that my friend found during a swap party! I loved it so much that I wore it immediately with my new vintage bag from Epiphany!

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The Ladybug says Goodbye to Munich

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I really hate this last set of pictures of Munich just because they are the last ones of an incredibly amazing three weeks spent in Germany!

I must confess that when I left I really needed a sort of detox from Milan: it was not Milan itself it was just some situations that I couldn’t stand anymore and from which I needed to stay away for a while. And this unplanned work trip to Munich was exactly what I needed: I loved the project, the company of one of my best friends and colleagues, the city that I was exploring for the first time in summer, which was a real  surprise for me. It was so vibrant and full of life, we met a lot of old friends and we made new ones: it was exactly what I needed to reboot my whole body/mind system.

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It was so painful to leave but I was leaving to Sicily just a few weeks after so I convinced myself that it was time to go home, but not before a last day shooting!

The spot was as usual a new corner of Munchner Freiheit, our favorite area of Munich this time! It was a beautiful warm and sunny day and I remember that we made friends with a lovely woman while shooting who was incredibly curious about who I was and where I was from!

For the last day I wore my new African printed pompom top, another handmade creation from Heka Couture with Ankara fabrics that I love (do you remember the circle skirt made with the same colors that I wore in Munich a couple of weeks before?).

I paired with black culottes from Dixie and loafer mules from New Look at Asos.

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The Ladybug’s graffiti wall in Munich

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During my three weeks in Munich, we passed every morning by an underground passage in Munchner Freiheit that we never used. We used to say: tomorrow we’ll take that one to go faster but we always forgot until a few days before leaving!

What we discovered there was a world full of graffiti and we couldn’t help stopping to take a few pictures also because the graffiti matched my African print shirt!

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This Ankara fabric is one of my favorite ones: I bought it online on Ebay and used it for a lot of things: two pillows, a turban and this lovely handmade shirt! Considering the bold colors I wore it that day with black denim jeans from Acne Studios, Mango oversized denim jacket and New Look flowery loafer mules from Asos.

Anyway I couldn’t help adding big handmade silver statement earring from Metalica Creazioni (Francesca has been my favorite earrings provider since we met a couple of years ago!).

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The Ladybug goes green in Munich (part 2)

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As I wrote in my last post, I loved wearing green in Munich: green is one of my favorite colors but I don’t wear it as much as I should.

It is also the color of hope, of spring, of re-birth: this may explain why I was so keen on it while I was there! I didn’t wear it only for sightseeing in Munich but I also wore it for work, just with a different choice of pieces.

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This time it was this beautiful long skirt’s turn: it is handmade by Heka Couture with a wonderful African wax print that she used also for an amazing top (yes, the famous short one!).

I wore it with a simple handmade white shirt and Jeffrey Campbell caged boots and handmade Metalica Creazioni earrings.

…and the green “backdrop” was perfect for the mood!

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The Ladybug goes green in Munich (part 1)

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I am really sorry, I know it’s fall, I know I should wear tights, I know I should post fall outfits but No, I can’t do it! First of all because I still have loads of outfits from this summer to show you; second it is still quite warm in Milan and I want to enjoy “tightless” days as much as I can; third I am not accepting winter this year, so you will see colorful and summer outfits for a while before I surrender to the cold temperatures!

So let’s go back to Germany and Munich, where (I realized it later) I worn a lot of green.

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I wore these green wax trousers from Heka Couture on my first Saturday off in town: it was a beautiful day and we enjoyed a typical Bavarian lunch in the city center, we visited again the city center as tourists would do and we did a little shopping in town (it was still summer sales season!) before heading to Mädels-Flohmarkt, a garage sale where private sellers could sell their stuff while enjoying music and beer. It was the perfect place to find a good bargain (as my sales session was quite disappointing!): indeed I found an amazing vintage leather biker jacket for just 17 euros!

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I found the event on Facebook while I was there, this is why I always suggest to have a look online before traveling somewhere, you never know if a cool event is in town when you are there!

I paired my wax trousers with Asos short frilled striped top (yes, naked belly again!) and Nike 4 & Other stories white sneakers (perfect for my long walks!).

Photo Credit: Marco di Terlizzi

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The Ladybug’s summer favorite: wax bomber jacket and mules!

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This is one of my favorite outfits ever! It is not the outfit itself but this jacket is just one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe!

It took so long before I could get my hands on it, maybe this is another reason why I love it so much…I bought it on Etsy from a shop called Protect Talibés: all the products are handmade with African wax in Senegal and when I saw this bomber jacket with the fans I just died! I bought it immediately but I received it months later due to the fact that the postal service was incredibly slow and on top of that it was made for me which took a couple of weeks before sending it.

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When it arrived I was all excited: beautiful fit and wonderful fabric, I just couldn’t wait to wear it, even if in Milan there were more than 30 degrees! Fortunately in Munich it was fresh enough to wear it in July so, here I am, just after a long workday (my tired face says it all!!) but just before a good dinner in Munchner Freiheit and of course a good Bavarian beer!

I wore this amazing piece with black tee from Asos and black culottes from Dixie. I added my favorite black mules of this summer from & Other Stories and my African handmade necklace.

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The Ladybug speaks Chinese in Munich!

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Although I visited Munich many times, mostly for work, I never visited the Englischer Garten until last summer. A couple of times I missed it because I didn’t have enough time and when I visited in 2015 I spent a lot of time visiting art galleries and the old city center that I didn’t make time for a visit of this beautiful garden in the city center. During that weekend in Munich we decided that it was time to fill this gap and we enjoyed a beautiful stroll in the park: the weather was amazing and the park was full of life, which made it even better.

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We also managed to see the famous Chinese Tower inside the Garden (Chinesischer Turm) and we took a couple of pictures of this beautiful area of Munich. We also joined the many Germans and tourists drinking beer in the park, even if we were supposed to head to Georgenhof, a famous Bavarian restaurant where we ate (personally for the second time there!) the best kaiserschmarren ever!  It is a typical Austrian-Bavarian, a sort of shredded pancake with apple sauce, nuts, cherries, plums, caramelized raisins and almonds…it wasn’t a good day to stay on diet!

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It has to be said that before the English Garden we spent the morning at the amazing Peter Lindbergh exhibition at the Kunsthalle, so we definitely needed some sugar after our busy Sunday morning around Munich!

I wore Joanie Clothing retro tee, Dixie black culottes and two of my favorite African wax accessories: a beautiful handmade turban by my super talented  friend Madame Ilary and my new favorite wax tote from Wax Is The New Black that I found on Afrikrea marketplace. White sneakers Nike 4 & Other Stories.

(Photo Credit: Marco Di Terlizzi)

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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

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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