The Ladybug’s favorite Island #3: a long non-vintage weekend in Sardinia

Mari Pintau

Mari Pintau

How good are those unplanned holidays that start with a call from a friend saying: “Hi, do you have a couple of days off in September for a long weekend in Sardinia?”

You can’t say no because you are already over excited thinking that when your summer holidays end and you have to go back to work, you still have a long weekend of peace and sea with your adorable friend doing nothing but swimming, tanning, reading and eating in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

Sardinia in September is just perfect: it is still warm and sunny (we were very lucky indeed!) but it is not crowded as it may be in August and it is so relaxed and peaceful.

It wasn’t my first time in Sardinia, I went there many years ago in the same area that I visited this year (Villasimius) and it was a pleasure to see again the people and places I loved years ago.

Mari Pintau. Bloody Edith striped tee, Please trousers, New Balance sneakers

Mari Pintau. Bloody Edith striped tee, Please trousers, New Balance sneakers

Punta Molentis (Bikini Miss Bikini)

Punta Molentis (Bikini Miss Bikini)

No need to tell you about the incredible turquoise color of the sea, the softness of the sand and the breathtaking sights as Sardinia is already famous all over the world for these things. We ate the best fish and cakes and we enjoyed full days at the beach eating Sardinian cheese and bread, reading, swimming and snorkeling. I couldn’t be happier than that!

Unfortunately this was my very final summer holiday but I came back super relaxed, happy, tanned and of course fatter…but you can’t refuse all the great things that this amazing island has to offer!

More posts from Sardinia next week! Stay tuned!

Sinequanone dress, Zara bag, Fiori Francesi ankle boots

Sinequanone dress, Zara bag, Fiori Francesi ankle boots

Mari Pintau

Mari Pintau

The Ladybug and the joy of wearing a vintage dress

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One of the things that I often ask to other vintage lovers is the way they feel when they wear a vintage piece. I am one of those people thinking that a piece of clothing or accessory has energy and that we can feel and live that energy when we wear it. If this theory is valuable for every dress, shoes or hat that we wear it is amplified when it comes to vintage pieces.

The same fact that the same piece lived before me with one or maybe more people through the decades gets me excited. In time I realized that when I wear one of these vintage pieces and look at myself at the mirror, I smile. As this happens on a regular basis I can conclude that wearing a vintage piece makes me happy. This may be one of the explanations for my unconditional love for vintage!

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Whatever the explanation is, I love this shirt dress very much: I bought it during my last weekend in Bruxelles a few months ago, at Episode Vintage one of my favorite vintage venues in town. I thought it was too small for me so I gave it to my friend who is thinner and taller so that she could try it. She was too tall for the dress and she insisted that I tried it because it was too good to leave it there!

When I put it on me it was just perfect and I smiled a lot: my friend was right, I couldn’t leave without it!

Today I used it for work, pairing it with Topshop skinny belt, retro inspired t-bar shoes from New York and Miu Miu bag.

Of course, I also paired it with a huge and sincere smile!

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The Ladybug and the uncomfortable question: are you a style stealer?

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Let me ask you a question that I am often asked from (and often ask to) my girlfriends: do you mind if someone else buys something that she saw from you? Is it a problem if there is someone else with the exact dress or shoes that you are wearing in the same room as you?

Being “copied” is a sign of admiration: if I buy the same dress that you are wearing it implicitly means that I like the way you are dressed (at least that day!) or that your style is compatible with mine. Nevertheless I can name tons of people that are horrified if they see someone wearing something that they are wearing at the same time. And you? Are you a style stealer or you always strive for exclusivity?

Based on the assumption that the same dress (or shoes or any other piece) can be worn by two different women in a totally different way, I have the feeling that styling a piece is something very personal, as it is wearing a piece because you are the owner of the body and of the personality rocking it or killing it. At the same time, one of the reasons why I love wearing vintage and handmade is the same fact that I know that I will probably be the only one wearing that piece in the world!

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As I have the chance to have many stylish and well-dressed friends (I guess this may be one of my criteria to choose my friends! ), it happens very often that we buy the same things, especially with my work colleagues with the elevated risk of arriving at work and see your colleague wearing the same thing as you! We all feel comfortable with what we wear and this may be the reason why we don’t care that much about that but we always ask each other the same question: do you mind if I buy the same?

I am talking about that because I “stole” today’s outfit dress from a friend of mine working with me who bought it online. I didn’t steal it for real, I just fell in love with it and with the retro shape at the point that I needed one too! I asked the usual question and I received the usual answer, so I felt free to go on Yoox and buy this 8 dress from the Kisua for Africa collection. (I still send her a little text the night before to let her know that I am going to wear it the day after!).

But this is not the only piece that I “stole”! I also stole the idea of the silver peep-toe ankle boots from a pair that I saw on my friend-colleague, but we have so many common pieces (especially shoes, on which we have the very same style and passion) that we decided not to ask each other the usual question because we already know the answer! These adorable ankle boots are from Fiori Francesi and I got them during the summer sales.

I paired everything with my diva Celine cat sunglasses (my own!!).

Apparently I am definitely a style stealer….and you?

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The Ladybug on her first day back in Milan (summer holidays are nearly over)

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It is too hard to be back after summer holidays: I love being back in town but getting back to old life is just too much for me right now! Leaving the bed in the morning only to go to the beach is already an old memory and it is hard to get back to the ordinary life, but the good news is that the weather is still good, sometimes even warm and my holidays are not totally over, actually they WERE not totally over when I stepped out in this new summery outfit for my first Saturday morning in Milan!

I must confess that maybe my outfit was too summery for that Saturday morning on my way to the market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, because I got ill two days later – but I guess you don’t really care about that!!

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Anyway, not afraid of the fresh air and totally feeling like in my warm Sicily, I decided to wear this new dress from Please that I bought during the summer holidays. I have been looking for a fresh, colored festival dress for a while now but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, which is a colored long dress, not too open on the front or with thin straps because I never really feel at ease with that in town (don’t ask me why, I just don’t feel it!) and with a hint of 70’s inspiration.

When I found this dress it just felt perfect for me: I loved the warm colors, the deep V on the back and the ethnic and 70’s vibes; it was also on sale so I got it for a little price…could I ask for more?! I don’t think so!

I wore it with my Nike 4 & Other Stories white sneakers (my second feet!) , Miu Miu handbag and handmade beaded earrings from my auntie’s shop Soleiado in Lampedusa.

PS: Yes, my hair is shorter and curlier now! :)

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The Ladybug’s outfit for a shopping day (the only one!) in Sicily

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I must confess that when I am on holiday in Sicily I bring with me super light suitcase: only swimsuits, flip flops, sun creams, sundresses, running shoes and clothes and maybe a dress or two in case I decide to do something different that going to the beach, running or relaxing at home. This is my real way to relax: I go out and do things eleven months a year and when I am on holiday I go in a total relax mood that doesn’t need any makeup or heeled shoes and dressing up.

There are just two occasions when I need to get dressed properly during my summer holidays: my birthday party and a last summer sales session at home usually with my sister in our favorite shops in town.

This is when we made this little shooting during a little break in our shopping session!

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I wore a Mango dark orange tunic dress with an handmade African knotted headband handmade by Madame Ilary with an old African fabric that I had at home (it was an envelope bag for an Asos Africa dress that I bought many years ago!), Nike for & Other Stories white sneakers (the only pair of shoes that I brought with me!), Valentino round frames and Miu Miu bag.

I’ve been told by a girl in a shop that I looked like a 60’s girl…best compliment of the day!

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The Ladybug in the sunflowers’ field

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Every time that I go to Senigallia for the Summer Jamboree Festival I can’t resist the temptation to take some pictures in the immense sunflower fields in the area. I did it two years ago and I did it again this summer, the morning I left Senigallia to go back home.

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I was wearing my new H&M printed jumpsuit that I bought during the summer sales even if it wasn’t on sale just because a) I am a huge fan of 80’s inspired jumpsuits b) I couldn’t resist the animal print in a colored green and pink version c) I was sure that this wouldn’t fit properly but it did and I was too happy to let it go!

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I made it sporty by wearing Nike for & Other Stories white sneakers and I made it vintage (although it has already a vintage twist!) by adding vintage sunglasses by Punti di Vista and my beloved vintage bag from Vintage Galerija in Ljubljana.

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The Ladybug and the forbidden apple in Milan

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Most of my outfit posts starts exactly like this: during a walk, an aperitif, a dinner or any other event, if I see something that I like or a nice place for a little shooting, I ask poor people who are with me to take pictures of me. I don’t prepare them in advance, because I like for them to be spontaneous and to reveal the real way I wear my daily outfits.

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This is what happened for this one too. It was an hot Sunday afternoon in Milan and I was enjoying a walk and a cold beer with a friend in Parco Sempione when I saw – again – the famous Apple created by Michelangelo Pistoletto especially for Expo 2015. The 8-meter apple completely covered by grass and reintegrated with the famous missing piece with a metallic stitch, represents the possible connection between nature and artifice and was already exposed in Piazza Duomo in May. I was surprised to see it here again and it inspired me an outfit post!

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That day I wore suede shorts from Topshop (from a few seasons ago) and a simple white tee from Cos. I added my animal print espadrilles from Dune London, an handmade necklace that I bought last summer in a Singapore market and a vintage 70’s leather bag with metal handle from Cavalli e Nastri in Milan.

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The Ladybug and a vintage-without-vintage outfit challenge

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This is one of my favorite outfits of this summer because it is a very good example of how to create a retro inspired look by using only new pieces. Even if I prefer to add always a little real vintage here and there this time I decided to challenge myself and try to look retro without using anything vintage.

All started with this lovely white silk top that I received as I birthday present from my colleagues at the office from one of my favorite shops in Milan, La Maison Momonì. I saw it while hanging around with some of my work colleagues and we made a joke about it because of the quote on the blouse and how it could apply on me and they decided that it was the perfect gift for my birthday (it was indeed!).

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I decided to wear it with this pale pink circle skirt (bought from H&M during the summer sales for ten euros!) that I loved immediately for its retro inspiration (and for its price, of course!) and with another retro inspired piece, these pink and burgundy platform sandals from L’autre Chose that look like coming straight from the 50’s with the lovely peep-toes and ankle strap bought on Yoox.

I finished the retro outfit with my round Valentino sunglasses and Miu Miu bag.

What do you think? Did I win my challenge?

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The Ladybug and her journey through African art in Milan

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I remember that I was waiting for the train in the subway in Milan when I saw the poster of the newly opened MUDEC museum (Museum of Cultures) and of their opening exhibition “Africa, la terra degli spiriti”. My love for African culture and my curiosity for the new museum got immediately my attention even if it took me a while before finding the time to enjoy this experience, which happened about a month ago. I should have posted this earlier because the exhibition ended the 30th of August but for those of you who missed it I can tell you that it was really a shame because the exhibit was totally amazing!

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270 pieces of African plastic art were exposed, exploring the peculiar connection between humans and spirits in African art. The atmosphere of the place was magic, the sound and the music incredible which made this visit feel more like an exotic fairytale than just an exhibition visit.

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For the occasion I couldn’t help wearing my beautiful handmade African skirt made by Madame Ilary with original African fabric mixed with the retro style of a circle skirt! I love this skirt so much because I think it says a lot about me and what I love. I wanted for it to be “the statement piece” of this outfit and this is the reason why I paired it with total black: a simple t-shirt from Cos and a pair of décolleté from 8 (that I replaced with Lolita Milano flats when my feet couldn’t walk anymore!!).

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The Ladybug and a daisy fragrance…

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This wasn’t meant to be an outfit post but it happened that during a special party for the launch of the new Marc Jacobs fragrance “Daisy” at Sephora, they offered us real daisies.

After the party, my friend and I were going to an aperitif with some friends, and in the beautiful frame of the Porta Nuova area she said: “I like the way you are dressed, the flower and the area, can I take some pictures of you here?” The vain ladybug that I am accepted the idea (the truth is that I was wearing my new shoes and I loved them too much to deprive them of some good shots!) so, here it is, a short outfit post to start this hard week (I am just back to work after my summer holidays!).

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There is nothing vintage this time, except for my vintage silver bracelet (an old memory from an old holiday) and my retro inspired new shoes, a pair of black fringed sandals from Marella that I bought on sale on the way back home from the supermarket this summer. I just saw them in the shop window, they were 40% off and I fell immediately in love. I just asked my size and guess what? It was the last one! I surrendered immediately!

This day was their first day out! I paired them with old Pinko trousers (not old enough to be vintage though!) and a & Other Stories top (another find during the sales session) and my Miu Miu bag.

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