The Ladybug’s Trip Through Vintage Munich: The Best Vintage Shops in Town!

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As you may have seen from my Facebook page, I spent a few weeks in Munich this past January doing a lot of work, but with the weekends came freedom and with freedom came time to spend hunting vintage treasuries in Deutschland!

There’s a lot to say about Munich and about what to do, eat and see while there. But we’ll discuss these things in the next posts as I decided that I would start with… vintage!

We all know Berlin as the “vintagiest” town in Germany, but you will be surprised to find out how many (great) vintage shops I found in cold snowy Munich.

As you can imagine, I did some research before hitting the road and some other shops appeared during the journey, but let me tell you about my favorite so you too can put them on your “must stop” list while visiting this extraordinary city!

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Tricia Leonard was the first on my list. It was the first place I visited and the shop where I left my heart (for many reasons). First, because of Tricia herself: a beautiful jazz singer with a history that taps into Milan. We started talking as if we were old friends (yes, that’s the power of vintage!). She is such a lovely woman with great style, taste and an incredible story, and her shop is a direct reflection of her person. You won’t find a lot of clothing, but tons of amazing accessories and jewelery dating back to the ’20s. You won’t believe your eyes! Her collection of brooches really left me open-mouthed, but more than that- I fell in love with her fantastic collection of hatpins. Hatpins are one of my favorite vintage accessory ever! It’s very hard to find good ones, but in Tricia’s shop- I couldn’t decide which one to pick (I picked three indeed!).  I’m telling you, this shop is to-die-for!

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Next door to Tricia is another lovely vintage shop, very different style, more eccentric and maybe more the style of shops that I expect to find in Berlin… I would call it a postmodernist shop! The name is Cat with a Hat (adorable!)… and as I love both (cats and hats) I couldn’t help stepping in to take a look! Very colorful and funny shop with some statement pieces that are really worth your time!

Walking in the same area (the so-called vintage area of Munich) we found another crazy vintage shop… I would say more surreal: Alexas. There you’ll find amazing statement pieces from the late ’70s and ’80s, but stay away if you don’t like buying items that demand the spot light because Alexas’ inventory is notorious for capturing the eye! I bought a lovely velvet 1980s does the ’20s hat (you can see it in the last picture with my new hatpins!).

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Last but not least: Vintage Love… a real paradise for vintage lovers! If I was richer, I would have left with half of the shop, but I tried on tons of clothes and shoes (and bags) even if nothing really fit me well (good news for my credit card!). In Vintage Love you can find almost everything and of very good quality.  Now, in glorious vintage custom, you’ll have to take your time and search, but you can find whatever your heart desires: from wonderful designer gowns to more casual clothes, shoes and very rare handbags and jewels. It is a bit more pricey, of course, but the pieces are well priced without much exaggeration (you know I am an expert on vintage pricing!). The shop is very spacious and you will probably have that feeling of “Where should I begin?” But once you’ve found your way, you can get completely lost in this wonderful shop that is really worth a visit.

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The Ladybug’s Sofia-sticated Vintage Photoshoot #5: I Disagree Kermit, It Is Easy Being Green!

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I can’t really call this one part of the photoshoot. Let’s say that after shooting some vintage outfits for Sofia Vintage in Como, my eyes landed on this beautiful green dress and I totally fell in love with it!

I tried it on (with a dark green vintage hat) and paired it with my Replay biker boots just to see how it looked on me… BOUGHT IT! I loved the feminine shape and the color so much… you will definitely see it on me again!

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Here are some pictures to share with you of “that moment” when you try something on and you really have the feeling that it must be yours (can’t you see it on my face?!).

In my defense, it’s kinda hard to leave Sofia Vintage empty handed!

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The Ladybug’s Sofia-sticated Vintage Photoshoot #4: The Vintage Bon-Tonian

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This time we tried to imagine a perfect vintage look for traveling in Bon-Ton style!

Another perfect vintage outfit that the wonderful Roberta Ciceri, owner and founder of Sofia Vintage, rocked the styling of The Ladybug in, with great vintage clothes and accessories (suitcase included!)- all from her beautiful vintage shop on via Vitani, Como.

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The shoes come from my personal wardrobe… beautiful ankle boots from Sergio Rossi in perfect retro style!

What do you think?

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The Ladybug is Spellbound at Marc Chagall’s Expo in Milan

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It may be a coincidence, but all of the expos that I see at the beginning of the year at Palazzo Reale in Milan become my favorite expo of the year!

I can’t say if this one will be the best of 2015, but those to come have a high bar of expectation.  So, if you missed it, trust me, you missed something special.

As usual, I went during the final days (but not the last one… this time!). The expo started in September last year and I still had to wait almost an hour and a half to get in but: a) one hour and a half was nothing compared to those who waited almost three hours; and b) it was totally worth the long queue!

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I can’t explain the charm of this painter, who is still one of my favorites of all times. His colors and his representation of love (The Birthday and The Walk were my favorite of the expo!) give joy to the soul and quiet the mind.

The expo was very rich with a lot of paintings representing different stages in the life of the artist and different historical moments: the way his work changed passing from one room to another was awesome. The curating and design of the expo was amazing! Many of his most important pieces were there (more than what I remember seeing at the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg), and even his costumes and sketches for the theatre were exposed.

I hope that the next expos held at Palazzo Reale will worth the visit (and the queue!) …again!

(Turban with brooch: Shabby Chic with a night view of the Duomo!)

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The Ladybug’s Sofia-sticated Vintage Photoshoot #3: The ’70s in Red

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Another from my photoshoot visit at Sofia Vintage in Como last December.

The theme of this outfit was [singing] “the lady in red from 19-70s…” lol. Yes, I jest, but once again Roberta Ciceri, the owner and founder of Sofia Vintage, knocked this styling out of the park with head-to-toe vintage clothes and accessories come from the ’70s.

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To find some of the greatest pieces I’ve ever seen or to humbly subscribe to her personal shopping tips, visit her wonderful vintage shop on via Vitani in Como.

The dress is to-die-for and so are the gloves… and the bag… and the hat… and the boots… and the shop… and the owner… and, and, and…!

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The Ladybug’s Great Accessories in Munich – October 2014

The Ladybug Chronicles - Munich 04I am in Munich while I’m writing this post which caused me to remember… I had some old pics from last autumn that I’ve never shared with you (classic).

Munich is a place that I’ve always loved; eventhough there were only a few days to enjoy some nice events with some of my lovely friends.

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So I thought, before telling you about my long visit- I’d better share my previous one first!

I had time to visit the city center, even if the period was brief, I had the opportunity to take some pictures at the beautiful Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz.  And while out, I couldn’t help trying on a typical Bavarian hat (yes, I also tasted the amazing Bavarian beer!).

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We also had the chance to visit the BMW museum and have a tasty and classy dinner in the lovely BMW Velt Restaurant (where I wore my red vintage dress from New York, my new Sergio Rossi patent heels and my Miu Miu clutch both from the outlets that I mentioned here not long ago).

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The big ethnic handmade earrings that you see in my other pics come from my auntie’s shop in Lampedusa!

But my best accessories are my beautiful friends… don’t you think?

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The Ladybug’s Sofia-sticated Vintage Photoshoot #2: Black and White

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As promised here is the second outfit from my photoshoot visit at Sofia Vintage in Como last December.

The theme of the shoot was black and white and it is completely styled by Roberta Ciceri, the owner and founder of Sofia Vintage. Head-to-toe vintage clothes and accessories come from her wonderful vintage shop on via Vitani in Como.

As for me, I am in love with everything I wore, but the hat… is utter perfection!

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The Ladybug in Outlet-land: Good Shopping Tips for Shoe Lovers!

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I know that this post comes a bit late, but it’s never too late for some good tips on how to find beautiful designer accessories (especially shoes!) at very good price when you are on holiday on the Riviera Romagnola or maybe swinging at Summer Jumboree like I did last summer!

I announced this post last August (that’s why I am late), but the good outlets haven’t moved so you can easily find them if you go check them out.

When I was traveling to Summer Jamboree from Milan, I saw a billboard on the highway advertising the Sergio Rossi Factory Outlet in the area around Rimini: it was late, but I immediately went online to check when it was open. While surfing the web, I realized that the area between Emilia Romagna and Marche was full of great outlets, and it took a while to select those worth visiting while I was there.

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Sergio Rossi, for me, is the best: the prices were almost good and it was easy to find- not only some killer heels, but also regular black & brown shoes to use everyday for the office. It was a bit hard to find my size, but I managed to buy these lovely patent heels that are super comfortable and great quality for a very good price.

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If you are a fan of Giuseppe Zanotti and Pollini these two outlets are also worth a visit: Zanotti is maybe more a risqué style and also a bit more expensive, but if you prefer a classical style you can find Pollini (and Moschino) a few kilometers away! I was tempted by some over the knee stiletto heels at Zanotti, but I went for patent cream platform heels at Pollini (I know I was patent obsessed during these days!).

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If you go South in Marche you can find more interesting outlets like Prada-Miu Miu and Tods-Hogan. I am not a fan of the latter (too classical for me!), but Prada and Miu Miu are quite interesting- especially for accessories. I gave myself the gift of a black Miu Miu clutch for my birthday… And I was dying for more bags, shoes and sunglasses, but my limited budget stopped me!!

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If you check online you will easily find all the addresses with the days/time that they are open. But believe me, if you are in the area, and the weather is not excellent (not that you really need an excuse… though it was mine), and you like designer pieces, and you cannot afford exaggerated prices… this area is like a paradise for fashion lovers!

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Soul Sunday with KNAGUI: I’ll Be Thinking of You, Andraé…

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The Ladybug Chronicles - SSwK Andrae CrouchIt was a fall night, my Aunt Marsha decided to take me with her to the Park City Mall in Lancaster, PA. She had a baby blue Pontiac Firebird with an 8-Track cassette player… sweet system!

The Ladybug Chronicles - Andrae Crouch My Tribute 02We arrived at the mall, she did some shopping and before we left, bought me a Rocky Road cone from the ice cream shop. I was in heaven! I wouldn’t eat Rocky Road today, but then it was my favorite. It was all about the marshmallows!!!

The Ladybug Chronicles - Andrae Crouch My Tribute 06Moving from the parking lot she changed the music, a song was in play and in a few minutes faded. Upon hitting 30 to go back to York, it started… DUNT, DUNT…Duh, Duh, Duh…DUNT, DUNT…Duh, Duh, Duh… She turned it up!!! I was in full groove! “Damon, don’t you drop none of that in my car,” she said, never breaking the feel. “I’ve got the best! duh, duh…

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The Ladybug Follows the Star to a Dream Deferred: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Musical!

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When I was at college, I remember that my English teacher (who’d just come back from the summer holidays) told us a story about her going to London and having the chance to see the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. I remember how delighted and happy she was about it. She told us the story of the 1973 film and what it represented at the time. Since then I had the dream of seeing the musical one day.

A long time had passed before the occasion came my way, but a couple of months ago on my way back from my summer holidays the time had finally arrived! I saw a big billboard in Milan announcing the show coming to town in October!

The first thing I did was call my friend and asking her if she was interested in going with me… in less than a day we had our tickets for the show! I can’t explain how excited I was about it (in our ticket-mania we also decided to get a ticket for Lenny Kravitz concert a few weeks later!) and I counted the days until the date!

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The show was even better than I expected: the Italian version of the musical was directed by Massimo Piparo and it had a very special cast. Ted Neeley, the original Jesus from the movie, played Jesus in the musical along with Yvonne Elliman and Barry Dennen (both from the film as well). The fresh and surprising face of Judah was played by Feysal Bonciani, a young Italian artist whose role I found deeply interesting and moving. Actually; the whole show was deep and emotional, and it expressed intensely a whole lot of feelings going from joy to desperation in an amazing way that touched the audience very directly and currently.

Indeed we were completely blown away by the show and I was so happy that a dream of mine came true in such a beautiful way! We also had the chance to meet Yvonne Elliman, Ted Neeley and Feysal Bonciani to have a quick talk and to take some pictures with them!

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