The Ladybug travels: my first time in Prague

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As many of my travels, my trip to Prague came out of the blue one day while I was on the phone with a friend of mine. She informed me that she wanted to go to Prague two months later and she asked me to join.  I was having a tough moment and I thought that a few days in a new town with good friends could help, and it helped indeed.

It was my first trip to Prague, for some unknown reason it has never been in my wishlist, but it was a mistake as I was completely amazed but this wonderful town. A vintage gal like me not knowing Prague? Nah… Prague is the perfect destination for vintage lovers as Prague is vintage by definition: its wonderful art deco buildings and doors tell the visitors a story of magic moments from the past and it is impossible not to love it.

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We started our visit by wandering with no specific destination, which is the best way to admire Prague. From the Dancing House along the river to the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall we walked in a total awe! Pastel buildings and belle époque doors were everywhere and we couldn’t have enough of this view!

The day after we started our visit from Wenceslas Square and we had our first stop at the Mucha museum: after visiting the exhibition dedicated to this artist in Milan I couldn’t miss this occasion. With a bundle ticket you can also visit the Kafka museum (which we did in the afternoon). 

We reached then Charles Bridge to get to the other side of the river: it was a great occasion to admire a spectacular view of Prague and to make a wish (more than one actually!). From that side of the river we reached the famous John Lennon wall, a wall full of graffiti dedicated to the artist, where street art blossoms under different forms (music, painting).   

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Our Sunday was mostly dedicated to the visit of the Castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral in the morning and to the Jewish District in the afternoon. There was a lot of walking but they were both worth the sacrifice!

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Eating and drinking is very cheap if you choose typical Czech pub: portions are abundant, beer is amazing, they often don’t speak English and vegetarians will have a very small choice but we definitely preferred this type of places because you can really feel “local” there.

By the way, in the city center you will easily find small kiosks selling a typical Czech dessert called “trdlo” o “trdelník”:  I loved it and was totally addicted! I tried it classic, with fruits, ice-cream and all of them together!!!

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The Ladybug’s vintage hunting in Prague

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Look at this art nouveau building in Prague: this is just one of the many examples of art nouveau and liberty style in town. When you arrive there for the first time and your eyes are already full of vintage architecture, you already know that you will love this town and that you will find a lot of vintage around!

Indeed I was totally amazed by the vintage side of Prague: wonderful art deco buildings and doors, beautiful museums, a vibrant nightlife and tons of hidden gems almost everywhere, even outside the typical touristic views. This is indeed one of the good things of vintage hunting abroad: many times the most interesting shops that you found online are not in the city center, then you have the chance to visit new areas of the town that you wouldn’t have visited.

As I didn’t know any vintage shopping address in Prague I made a quick search online and picked a few addresses to visit on Friday or Saturday (on Sundays most of the shops are closed). I had to take a lot of trams and trains to join the destinations but it was worth the effort!

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My favorite shop in town was Bohemian Retro in the Zizkov area (one of the most interesting areas, a bit complicated to reach but absolutely stunning!). I found there a lovely British lady, Becky, who has been living in Prague for more than 20 years! When I asked about her shop (that I really adored, typical English style vintage shop!) she told me that she wanted to create the kind of shop where herself would love to buy and go back again. I think that she definitely succeeded as her tiny shop, full of gems of clothing and accessories is really a not-to-miss in Prague. I really had the feeling of being in Brick Lane in London!

My second favorite shop in town was Boho Vintage, completely different style, more like a concept store with beautiful vintage pieces (especially dresses and bags) and some new interesting handmade pieces. Beautiful location and vintage homeware completed the atmosphere. I knew that they opened a second shop with a café but I couldn’t manage to visit it. The shop is very elegant and classy even if the pieces are totally affordable and good quality.

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Nearer to the city center (not too far from Wenceslas Square) is another tiny little shop, Fifty-Fifty.  There is more stuff than place for walking (if there are more than two people it can be a bit complicated) but it is full of affordable vintage pieces, one of those places where you will definitely find something to buy!

Just one little advice: if you walk in the city you will see a lot of second hand stores; second hand is very popular in Prague but not as interesting as it may be in London. You won’t find anything vintage and after trying a few I just stopped, so if you are tempted by a huge Second Hand sign, don’t waste your time!

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The Ladybug’s last “coup de cœur”: ROSEGAL!

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Pourquoi ? Parce qu’il faut absolument que je vous parle de mon dernier coup de cœur de chez Rosegal.com : leur Plus!

Vu mon style vintage j’ai toujours adoré les robes en dentelle : ça fait tellement classique, élégante, belle époque, un peu coquette et super sexy  au même temps…j’adore !

Le seul truc c’est de trouver la robe parfaite qui dessine bien notre corps sinon : moulante ou style tunique, longue ou au genou, noire ou blanche…bon, le côté positif est que moi qui suis assez difficile sur les robes en dentelle, j’ai trouvé des centaines de modèles sur leur site et j’en ai choisi deux à vous proposer.

Ils sont noir (pour moi la robe en dentelle est noire ou bleue !) et j’adore leur côté vintage un peu romantique et sexy ! Mais comment les porter ?

Je les ai imaginé avec du rose pâle comme ces chaussures pointues au style vintage et ce petit sac bandoulière que j’ai adoré !

Si vous voulez ajouter une dernière touche retro alors allez pour ces boucles d’oreilles super chic que vous pouvez aussi porter avec vos jeans (ainsi que le sac et les chaussures ci-dessus).

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Vous êtes pas encore convaincues ? Voilà quelques photos pour vous donner l’inspiration ! Par example, pourquoi pas la porter avec un gros manteau ou un blouson en cuir ou encore des bottines à talons?

 

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Sur toutes les robes d’été on vous propose une réduction jusqu’à -65% en insérant le code RGFR lors de votre commande ! Profitez-en ! Et montrez-moi vos achats !

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The Ladybug and the hard life of obsessed shoppers!

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A few weeks ago, a long Bank Holiday weekend, three single girls in Milan…we really needed to find a way to have a fun! No way to leave the town for a weekend at the beach, then we decided to find interesting things to do: an evening at the opera, aperitivos, nights out and a full shopping session outside the city center to avoid the crowd of the weekenders in Milan for a shopping session around the Duomo.

We spent the whole evening in a “shop ‘till you drop” mood (although we didn’t buy as much as we expected!) and we also found time to make a mini outfit shooting in the middle of nothing (a white wall was enough!).

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I was wearing my coordinated headband and shopping bag handmade with original African wax fabric by Madame Ilary, as well as the black culottes. A white tee by Cos, a pair of black slippers by Divine Follie and super big earring by Metalica Creazioni and I was ready to hit the shopping malls!

I came back home only with a necklace and some homeware from Maisons du Monde…and with a huge headache! I’m not used anymore to these prolonged sessions or I’m just getting too old for that! Ok, no this is not true, we’re never too old for shopping!!

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The Ladybug is a charity runner for Lierac

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A few weeks ago I finally run 10K at the Lierac Beauty Run in Milan.

I say finally because last year I missed the first edition because my legs were too sore for running. I was so disappointed because the event is really great and it is for a very good cause as you can donate part of the cost of the run to the Umberto Veronesi foundation for the research against breast cancer.

“Pink is good “ is the slogan of the run, and indeed Milan was all pink that Saturday night! A real party and a great event completely dedicated to women.

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Pink tees, pink bags (full of amazing Lierac beauty products…maybe one of the best race kits ever!), pink everything! At the event before the race you can have your tee customized with your name or you can get your hair done (like I did!) everything for free!

I was not really trained to run 10K this time and it was very hard (I think I did my worst time ever!!).  It was not too hot but my lack of training was crucial!

But what is really important during these events is that you totally enjoy yourself: I was there with some friends and colleagues and we really had a great time together in a pink-colored Milan summer night!

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The Ladybug’s second “Star Wax” episode

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Last week I told you the story of my “Star Wax saga” (you can read it if you missed it in my last post, first “Star Wax” episode) and as I anticipated we used this beautiful African print fabric for a few pieces.

Among them a beautiful blazer that I wore for the rehearsal of La Boheme at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan a few weeks ago, handmade with love by Madame Ilary.

I was feeling incredibly 80s when I first wore it to try it, so I decided to create an 80s inspired look with genuine vintage accessories of the era.

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First of all I customized the blazer with an elasticated belt with a golden ribbon as a buckle, a vintage find from my Singapore trip a few years ago. Then I added original 80s golden clip earrings from an antiques fair in Sorrento many years ago.

I kept all the other pieces black and high street: Dixie culottes and Zara pointed ballet flats.

PS: there was also a very 80s inspired black bucket bag but I don’t know why I’m not wearing it in the pictures!!

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The Ladybug’s first “Star Wax” episode!

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If you are wondering what is the “Star Wax” saga, well let me tell you that this is just a joke with my friend Ilaria, founder of Heka Couture and Madame Ilary, the person who created the wax trousers and turban that I am wearing in this post.

As we bought this 6 yards of yellow African print wax fabric, we were deciding what to do with it and we started calling it the “star wax” because of the white stars on the fabric. We imagined to create a pair of trousers, a jacket and a turban, and we called this mini collection the “star wax saga” as a joke!

I was thinking of this joke while writing this post to show the first episode of the saga: these trousers and turban handmade by Ilaria, mixed with vintage pieces and high street.

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We were together when I first wore those two pieces: as it was a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon and we were heading to a garage market I decided to dare a mix of African print and stripes (top is from an old Zara collection).

As if it was not enough, I added vintage pieces to the outfit: a lovely vintage doctor bag that I bought during a special vintage event for buyers years ago here in Milan and a Nepalese statement necklace.

Final touch, my Casta and Dolly clogs from Arkivio Vintage!

PS: next episode of the Star Wax saga will be up on the blog soon!!

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The Ladybug is retro or vintage?

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Vintage or retro? What is the difference?

A vintage piece is an original piece from the past, a piece that had a life before ending in your hands, that resisted time and use, that traveled the world before finding place in your wardrobe.

A retro piece is totally new, made with new materials but reminding old styles for its shape or pattern.

I personally prefer original vintage but many of the “new” pieces of clothing that I have in my wardrobe are retro. Sometimes I just like to mix them up, just to give a vintage twist without wearing head-to-toe vintage.

That’s what I did a couple of weeks ago (before the heat invading Milan!) where I put together three retro pieces with a vintage one.

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Retro pieces:

          Although it looks absolutely vintage (the shape is based on a 40’s original pattern) the navy high waisted trousers with golden buttons are absolutely new. It is an handmade piece by Madame Ilary and definitely one of my favorite retro pieces!

          The pale pink shirt with fireflies is also new: it comes from Diffusione Tessile but its pattern and shape is absolutely retro inspired!

          Ankle boots: squared toe, moccasin ankle boots with golden chain…this pair of Marella boots are definitely inspired by the 60s, no doubt!

Vintage piece:

          Burberry original trench is one of my favorite vintage finds of the last few months! I was looking for one like this: men style but for women. I found it in a lovely vintage shop in Milan called Napoleone;

          Myself….an original piece from the 70s!!!

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The Ladybug is a White Hunter: finding Africa in Milan

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A few weeks ago I visited a great exhibit at FM Contemporary Art Center in Milan. I didn’t know about this very interesting space until I saw the flier of this event called “The White Hunter. African memories and representations” and I decided to have a look on a Saturday afternoon.

The exhibit started end of March during the Milan Art Week and it presented more than 150 works of contemporary artists (including my favorite African photographers Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibé) as well as pieces from anonymous traditional artists. The main topic is Africa just seen by different eyes and represented in many different ways. Maybe this is the reason why I couldn’t love it more!

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The black building hosting the exhibit and the calm space outside was perfect also for a short outfit shooting!

It was indeed the perfect occasion to wear my Madame Ilary African wax turban that I added to a very simple outfit: old boyfriend jeans from Topshop, frilled white shirt from Alexa Chung Archive Collection for M&S, simple Benetton black trench coat and Nike 4 & Other Stories white sneakers.

I also wore my new folk clutch bought at Archivio Vintage event a couple of days before!

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The Ladybug in Baby Blue and Baby Pink

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Every night before going to sleep I try to decide what I am going to wear the next day. Basically I do it, I don’t try. But when I wake up in the morning, most of the times I change my mind. And mostly these changes depend on the weather (and on how much I could sleep at  night!). I see grey (outside and inside!): I dress in black. I see the sun: I take out all the colors of my closet and I mix them with no fear!

That day I felt the sun; more inside than outside actually, but before leaving the house I decided to switch my Burberry beige trench with this colored pink coat from Zara and I am pretty happy that I did it because the colorful outfit put me in a great mood (it was Monday, don’t forget!).

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I started the outfit with this new & Other Stories denim dress that I bought online last month and I decided that I wanted to pair it with my adored Madame Cosette velvet boots (by the way, did I tell you that I decided to wear velvet shoes this summer? I love velvet too much to use it only in winter!). 

Tights were necessary that day…not only because it was quite fresh but also because my white legs are really awful so I won’t show them until I get a good tan or my new Collistar bb cream for legs!!

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