The Ladybug is ready for a very Sicilian Market

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There is something that I do every time that I go back home: I just go to the local market.  There is something in Sicilian markets that I cannot find anywhere else, especially here in Milan: I love wandering and observing people speaking my dialect (a dialect that I think that I forgot but it is not true!), fruits and vegetables that really tastes like fruits and vegetables, colors and smells that are so typical and that remind me of when I was a kid.

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While waiting for my next trip, I am sharing my outfit from last visit to the market during my last summer holidays.

I wore beautiful handmade culottes made by Heka Couture with amazing African wax print paired with Cos white tee.

I also wore two vintage pieces: a beautiful African necklace that I found at Tricia Leonard vintage in Munich and a red straw basket bag, a personal buy from my trip to Guadeloupe in the 90s.

Birkenstocks at my feet…as every day during my summer holidays!

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The Ladybug and the story of an African King (of Fashion)

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My second and last day of Afro Fashion Week in Milan ended with the event that I have been looking forward for a while now: Anggy Haif fashion show.

If you don’t know about him let me just give you a couple of information: Anggy Haif is a super talented designer born in Cameroun where he started his career before moving to France and being recognized as an incredible fashion artist. Africa is still his first source of inspiration and his shows in Paris are always a blossom of colors mixed with raffia, leather and other traditional materials. I love his fashion because it is so incredibly modern and traditional at the same time.

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Anyway, this year I had the great chance to attend his show in Milan and I was utterly excited: in the beautiful framework of the Palazzina Appiani in Milan, his show was as captivating and fascinating as I imagined it! It also great to greet him and tell him how much I loved his work! (A bit groupie right?!)

For the occasion I wore one of my favorite Madame Ilary wax turbans on a total black look (culottes from Dixie and Asos tee) and with a vintage inspired denim jacket from Mango. Afro inspired earrings are Metalica Creazioni.

The velvet sandals are from Ottod’Ame while my mini bag is a vintage find from Divas Vintage in Ljubljana a few years ago.

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The Ladybug and the fierce Messinese poetess

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This is for sure my favorite photoshoot ever.

I love it because it represents me so much and all the things that I love and that make me are there.

First of all it was taken in my hometown, Messina, at a tram stop celebrating with a graffiti a Messinese poetess, Maria Costa just in front of the fairground where I used to go when I was a kid. My roots are there.

Then my big passions: vintage, turbans, earrings and Africa.

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When I saw this vintage dress on Instagram with beautiful tribal prints I had to have it, no matter what. It was sold by a beautiful vintage boutique in Australia, Dear Pearl Vintage. We got in contact via email and I bought this dress: when it arrived I was so happy and immediately fell in love with it, definitely one of the vintage dresses that I love the most in my closet!

I wore it with a special turban handmade by Madame Ilary especially for me and that she offered as a birthday gift…I am currently looking for a new basket to put all my turbans as I am totally addicted and I really cannot count how many I have! Honestly I don’t have space for them but I keep buying them!

I added a pair of my favorite vintage earrings: it is a vintage find from a vintage fair in Italy. I can’t remember the name of the seller but when I saw them I was over excited as I had been looking for 80s vintage earrings like these for ages!

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Africa is not only on my dress but also on my body: my tattoo always reminds me of this place where my heart belongs to.

I am also wearing two of my favorite pieces: a Moroccan round straw bag handmade by Maluan Maroquinerie (Etsy find) and my beloved Swedish Hasbeens sandals bought in London a few years ago.

And then the colours, my smile, the summer, Sicily….everything in this shoot says something about me!

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The Ladybug Afro Fashion Week(end) – Day 1

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Another outfit post, this time from September during my Afro Fashion Week weekend in Milan.

It was a very interesting one, full of colors, music, fashion, designers from my adored African continent: everything happened in Milan right after the Milano Fashion Week in different locations and with many events other than catwalks.

No need to say that I enjoyed it a lot and this is my first day outfit.

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No need to say that I wore African wax! This time it was this amazing handmade wax coat from Heka Couture, one of my favorite pieces ever! I love the bold colors of the pattern and the amazing shape of the coat.

I wore it simple with a white tee and large denim trousers from Zara. Blue velvet boots are from Madame Cosette, the bag is a vintage find from Epiphany Vintage in Frankfurt.

Last African touch, my beautiful Fulani earrings, another Etsy find from Africaialha!

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The Ladybug’s Sicilian Arabesque

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Sicily, again.

I called this set Sicilian Arabesque as one of the things that I still love from my homeland is the Arab influence on everything: on food, on our physical traits, on architecture, on nature, on language…their influence is everywhere.

When I saw this building it made me think of this, although it is probably not an original Arab building, but I just stopped the car and asked my sister to take a few pictures of me!

We were on the way back from the beach so I was wearing a typical beach outfit (but I added lipstick, just for the pictures!!).

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I wore a handmade Heka Couture harem pants (just to stay on topic!) made with African wax fabric and a Ink your travel tee (I love this new brand that makes travel themed clothes and accessories for globetrotters!).

Round Moroccan straw bag (on topic again!) is from Etsy, Birkenstock sandals and Mango African inspired necklace.

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The Ladybug and a pinky Sicilian sunset

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Honestly this year it is harder than usual to get into the winter mood: maybe I was just hit by winter on my way back from Sri Lanka and I still cannot stand the idea of wearing coats and tights but I think that I will keep posting summer outfits for a while!

Also because I have so much still to share from my summer, starting from my wonderful trip to Senegal and some nice views and outfits from my homeland, Sicily.

This set of pictures was taken during my first day at home in Sicily: while enjoying a walk with my sister along the sea we realized that there was a wonderful pink sunset that perfectly matched my off shoulder top from Topshop!

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As usual when I am at home I was super relaxed and my outfit just mirrored the idea; I paired the top with loose jeans from Zara and super cool accessories:  the round straw Moroccan bag was my summer favorite as I wore it almost every day, it is an Etsy find (btw Etsy is my new addiction!); earrings are from Zara (I bought them at the airport on the way back home just to celebrate the new opening of a Zara store in Malpensa airport!) and shoes are Birkenstock’s (another summer favorite: I basically wore these every day in Senegal and in Sicily!).

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The Ladybug and her worst kept secret

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My passion for shoes is probably not my worst kept secret, as it is not a secret at all: while writing this post I am constantly distracted by my new pair of boots from Jil Sander bought earlier today at a private pop-up sale and I am still questioning my flash of joy when I was told at the check-out that the shoes had a further 40% off!

Because ladies, let’s be honest: shoes can give us joy! It is in our nature, we cannot do anything against that, so we better accept it and enjoy that moment of pleasure!

Speaking of moment of pleasure offered by our fellow shoes, let me introduce you to a moment of pure joy of all the senses when I visited Luisa Tratzi temporary shop in Milan during the last Milan Fashion Week, to present SS18 collection. Every time that I head in into their pop-up store, the magic overwhelms me: this time it was the outburst of colors, those summer colors that I love so much: from turquoise to yellow, from tangerine to deep rose, all these colored sandals made me feel blossoming!

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The new sculpted heels, the little buckles, the flat shoes, I realized that if I could choose only one pair of them it would be too hard for me! But in the end also this time I found my perfect match: a pair of turquoise sandals with sculpted heel and little buckles that really made me crack since I put my eyes on them! As usual it was hard to leave them there but while leaving I promised myself that one day I will own a pair (I don’t even want to think of which one as I have a favorite pair for every season!).

Luisa is such a talented designer and I am not surprised that she was considered by the American Footwear News one of the 32 worldwide emerging talents. I am so proud of her and I still remember that I was on the front row of her very first Milan fashion show a few years ago and that I loved her (and her shoes!) at first sight!

(I was wearing a vintage skirt from Sine Modus, Mango sweater, Zara earrings and of course, Luisa Tratzi SS18 sandals).

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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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