The Ladybug can hear the song of the African sea (in a seashell)

The Ladybug Chronicles Cowrie Shell Necklace (2)

Cowrie shells are such a trend right now, but I have always loved them for many reasons: they remind me of the sea which I still miss a lot and they have specific meanings in the African culture, being one of the many traditional symbols.

I was indeed in Africa, more specifically in Senegal on the Yoff beach, when I saw a woman on the beach selling this amazing statement cowrie necklace and I could help buying it even if I immediately imagined how I could wear it. “Wear it when you feel it, darling” – she said – “Don’t care about matching it with your clothes”. I loved her suggestion and I literally followed it when one morning I woke up with the urge of wearing the cowrie necklace!

The Ladybug Chronicles Cowrie Shell Necklace (5)

The Ladybug Chronicles Cowrie Shell Necklace (3)

The Ladybug Chronicles Cowrie Shell Necklace (4)

I wore it with a simple dark grey & Other Stories tee and with a vintage Benetton skirt from the 90s (it resisted for a long time in my wardrobe!).

Shoes are retro inspired sling-back kitten heels from Mango that I bought in Madrid last winter.

No need to say that I received lots of compliments for this wonderful necklace, including people asking in the streets where I got it from. I didn’t say that if they listened inside the shells they could hear the African sea singing a love song…

The Ladybug Chronicles Cowrie Shell Necklace (1)

The Ladybug Chronicles Cowrie Shell Necklace (6)

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