On the eve of The Ladybug Chronicles’ third anniversary, I found myself a bit nostalgic. So I connected my HD and began to sift through photos I’d taken of the Boss Lady. I was filled with warm memories and smiles, remembering the conversations that brought this blog to life and the things we’ve both learned on this journey.
While doing this, I realized I’d done something that my beloved Ladybug has done on several occasions: found photos that were intended to be posted that were left dormant in some lost folder. I’ll share three…
This first outfit has four pieces. First the coat, it was a gift that was presented just because I liked it. We found it at a vintage shop when we visited Milano to search for an apartment. I didn’t get it that day, but all of us in the store agreed it was made for me. I mean, look at those details!!! Inside there’s a stamp signifying it was in service in 1960. It’s a piece from the Orobica division of the Alpina Monterosa which were stationed in South Tyrol west. Later that year I was surprised with it. I wore it all tour last year and sadly lost one of my stars, but it’s still one of my prized pieces.
Then there are these AMAZING vintage frames which I believe were her first gift to me. I love them so much that I only wear them occasionally. Under the coat I’m wearing a sweater with an asymmetrical zipper I picked up at Sisley in Sicily in January 2013. We liked it so much and said, if it fits (because I nearly never find anything that fits me in Italy), I had to buy it. Well, there it is.
The third piece is this Missoni bow tie. And I topped it off with this vintage cap she got me at Humana Vintage in Milano after passing on one that I really wanted, but couldn’t find again. I think all the pieces fit together so well that day. BTW, these photos were taken by The Ladybug.
The second outfit brings in a pair of pants you’ve seen before. I got them when we went to NYC. Here, I put them with a shirt we found in a store in Sorrento that I had to add to my collection of T-Shirts; I love the vintage patch on the sleeve. I added this vintage Dolce & Gabbana denim bag that I picked up at BIVIO in Milano this past winter. And I just noticed that my sunglasses are also D&G. Funny! …Swatch Watch…
Last but certainly not least, I had to take a photo for the 20th anniversary of being a brother in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. My line brothers and I are putting things together to celebrate our crossing the sands on the S.S. Seven Apes of Rage through Theta Alpha Chapter, Fall 1994. For the photo, I pulled a knit tie that I got from my grandfather’s collection after he passed away. I took this one and wore it to his funeral. It was from Montgomery Ward. It means a lot to me.
So there you have it… I hope you enjoyed it.
Happy Early Anniversary, TLC. I love being a part of this great entity.
See you “next” Sunday.