The Ladybug & Madame Ilary (finalmente insieme!) su Vintag!

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IT: Cosa c’è di nuovo su Vintag questo mese? Io e Madame Ilary! Beh da sole ci siamo da un po’ ormai, io con il mio spazio vintage theladybugchronicles, Madame Ilary con i suoi turbanti in stile vintage ispirati alle dive degli anni 30 e 40 (user: madameilary). La vera novità è che ci siamo insieme!

Qualche mese fa, chiacchierando nel suo showroom a Milano abbiamo avuto l’idea di creare qualcosa insieme, qualcosa che mettesse insieme le nostre passioni: il vintage, la moda, i viaggi, la sartoria, i tessuti wax africani e le decorazioni etniche e vintage. Davanti a un bicchiere di vino e a un pacchetto di taralli pugliesi è nata la nostra nuova collezione (sì, lo so, non è molto romantico ma è la verità!): una capsule collection di giubbini e gilet rigorosamente vintage (che siamo andate a scovare personalmente!) dal taglio un po’ oversize con modelli della fine degli anni 70  e degli anni 80 che abbiamo voluto decorare a mano con tessuti wax africani (alcuni recuperati personalmente in Senegal durante il mio ultimo viaggio la scorsa estate) e con passamanerie etniche e vintage (scelte da Madame Ilary o recuperate dal suo vastissimo repertorio personale ricco di meraviglie d’altri tempi!).

Il denim ricamato è ormai un classico ma volevamo dargli un appeal diverso, che ci rappresentasse e al tempo stesso portasse una ventata di novità. Accostare decorazioni e passamanerie vintage ai coloratissimi wax africani è stata sicuramente la nostra idea più azzardata ma riuscitissima!

Eravamo un po’ titubanti all’inizio: certo l’investimento non era esorbitante (un po’ di più in termini di tempo ed energie) e siamo partite con sei pezzi (quattro giubbini e due gilet) per vedere che effetto facessero.  Abbiamo presentato la nostra collezione durante il Fuorisalone milanese nello showroom di Madame Ilary a Milano e abbiamo messo i pezzi in vendita su Vintag, pubblicizzandoli un po’ anche sui nostri canali social. Vorrei farveli “conoscere” uno ad uno, perché ognuno di loro porta con sé un pezzo di storia, di un viaggio, di un ricordo.

Il primo pezzo che abbiamo creato è stato questo bellissimo gilet in denim scuro fine anni 70 (già di per sé ormai abbastanza difficile da trovare) che abbiamo decorato con un tessuto wax acquistato in Senegal e con passamanerie dorate che potete trovare anche su alcuni turbanti di Madame Ilary. Qui è indossato con turbante di paillettes (in vendita su Vintag) e gonna in shantung di seta sempre creati da Ilaria.

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Il secondo pezzo è invece un giubbino di jeans vintage anni 80 decorato con passamanerie dorate (tanto care a Ilaria!) e con un tessuto wax colorato che mi è stato regalato in Senegal e con cui Ilaria ha creato anche un bellissimo turbante che praticamente ho tenuto in testa per tre giorni consecutivi mentre ero a Barcellona. Con questo stesso tessuto abbiamo anche creato il giubbino che vedete nella foto sotto, in questo caso mixando il wax africano con le passamanerie indiane (regalatami da un’amica dopo un bellissimo viaggio in India e anche queste utilizzate per il bellissimo turbante di cui sopra!), sempre su un giubbino vintage originale degli anni 80. Anche in queste foto indosso gonna-pantalone, gonna lunga e turbanti creati da Madame Ilary.

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Rimanendo in tema di passamanerie indiane, anch’esse cortesemente offerte da Federica che le ha comprate per me in India qualche mese fa, abbiamo realizzato un secondo gilet vintage (fine anni 70, inizi anni 80) con coloratissimi pon pon dal gusto etnico (pantaloni culottes e maxi turbante Madame Ilary).

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Un po’ meno oversize, bellissimo lavaggio e sempre rigorosamente vintage è questo pezzo della collezione che abbiamo decorato con un tessuto wax africano che adoro (anche questo acquistato in Senegal con le mie manine!) abbinandolo con borchiette argentate e una passamaneria sfrangiata che ci è sembrata perfetta per questo modello!

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Infine, abbiamo deciso di aggiungere un pezzo in denim vintage bianco, un po’ più difficile da trovare ma sicuramente d’effetto poiché ci abbiamo cucito sopra un wax africano fuxia e giallo (una bomba, regalatomi da amici senegalesi di ritorno da un loro viaggio a casa) e delle passamanerie in legno colorate in tinta così come i nostri adorati pon pon.

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Con nostra grande soddisfazione questi pezzi hanno avuto un grande successo tanto che ne rimangono in vendita solo due (li trovate sul mio spazio theladybugchronicles su Vintag) e abbiamo ricevuto diverse richieste per crearne ulteriori su misura con colori e fantasie personalizzate per cui…continuate a seguirci su Vintag o contattateci tramite i messaggi privati dell’app se anche voi ne volete uno su misura!

 

EN: What’s new on Vintag this month? Madame Ilary and I! I mean, we have been there for a while now, personally with my vintage space theladybugchronicles, Madame Ilary with her beautiful turbans inspired by the 30s and 40s divas (user: madameilary). The big news is that we are there together!

A few months ago, we were chatting in her showroom in Milan and we had the idea of creating something together, something that would put together our biggest passions: vintage, fashion, travels, couture, African wax and vintage and ethnic decorations. This is how our collection was born, while drinking wine and eating biscuits (I know, it’s not very romantic but it’s how it really happened!): a capsule collection of vintage denim jackets and vests (that we selected personally) with a kind of oversized flare, from the end of the 70s and the 80s, that we decorated by hand with African wax fabrics (mostly bought during my trip to Senegal last summer) and with ethnic and vintage trimmings (selected by Madame Ilary or found in her huge personal archive full of timeless wonders!).

Decorated denim is now a classic but we wanted to give it a different twist, that would represent us but that could bring something new to the table. Mixing vintage trimmings and super colored African fabrics was a bit risky but it was a success!

We were a bit reluctant at the beginning: the investment was not too big (maybe a bit in terms of time and energy) and we decided to start with six pieces (four jackets and two vests) to see how it could go. We presented our first collection during the Design Week events in Milan in Madame Ilary showroom and we put our pieces on sale on Vintag, sharing them also on our social media. I would love to introduce each one of them to you because they all have a story, a memory, a travel to tell.

The first piece that we created is this beautiful dark denim vest from the end of the 70s (quite hard to find) that we decorated with a wax fabric that I personally bought in Senegal and with golden trimmings that you can also find on some Madame Ilary turbans. Here I wore it with sequined turban (on sale on Vintag) and silk skirt created by Ilaria.

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The second piece is a vintage 80s denim jacket decorated with golden trims (so loved by Ilaria!) and a colored wax fabric that I received as a present in Senegal. With this same fabric Ilaria created a wonderful turban that I wore basically everyday while on holiday in Barcelona! With this same wax fabric we created also the denim jacket in the picture below, but in this case we mixed African wax and Indian trims (a present from a friend of mine on holiday in India that we also use for the above-mentioned turban!) on a vintage 80s jacket. In these pictures I wear culottes, long skirt and turbans from Madame Ilary.

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Speaking of Indian trims (courtesy of Federica who bought them for me in India a few months ago!) we created another vintage vest – end of the 70s, beginning of the 80s – with colored pompom with an ethnic feel (culottes and maxi turban Madame Ilary).

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A bit less oversize, with a beautiful wash and rigorously vintage, this piece was decorated with an African wax fabric that I love (personally bought in Senegal!) and paired with little silver studs and fringes that we found perfect for this mix!

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Last but not least we decided to add a vintage white denim piece, a bit hard to find but with a great effect because we decorated it with an African fuchsia and yellow wax (a great fabric, a present from Senegalese friends) and wooden colored pearls and pompoms.

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With our greatest satisfaction this collection was a success and only two pieces are still on sale (you can find them on Vintag in my space theladybugchronicles) and we received a lot of requests for creating customized ones with specific colors and decorations so…keep following us on Vintag or contact us through private message on the app if you want your tailored one!

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The Ladybug’s message to the world: “More Love, please!”

 

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One day I was walking with my friend in Milan and we were talking men…basically complaining about them! We both didn’t feel loved, for different reasons and of course by different men! While expressing our need to be loved we stopped in front of a clothes shop for the same reason: we saw this sweater screaming “More Love” from the shop window and we started laughing because of this strange coincidence…but coincidence doesn’t exist so we decided that we had to have that sweater!

15 minutes later we had both a version of it: pale blue for her, military green for me!

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I brought it home for my Christmas holidays and I wore it on the 1st of January (just to wish more love for myself – and to myself – in 2018!); so now two things: you can say from my face that I haven’t slept at all that night…I was totally asleep and I think I had my eyes shut in all the pictures that we took that day! I’ m sorry but I hope you understand! Second thing: it may seem strange that on the 1st of January it was that sunny and warm that I didn’t need to wear a coat, but hey…it was in Sicily!

While waiting for sun and warmness here in Milan, I decided to post this old outfit wearing my favorite “More Love” sweater, my new Mango cropped jeans and Zara patent eggplant ankle boots (very 60s style!). I am also wearing my handmade pink flamingo earring…a Christmas present from the same lovely friend who has the same “More Love” sweater…another coincidence?!

PS: When you don’t feel loved, try to love yourself…who can love you better and more than that?!

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The Ladybug’s vintage hunt in Madrid

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One of my main new year resolutions was to visit places that I have never visited before, or that I visited for a very short time. Most of the places that I had in mind were in Europe (then easy to reach for a weekend break) and more specifically in Spain. Even if it is a few hours away by plane I can say that I barely know this country and that I want to know it better.
That’s why the first trip of the year was in its capital, Madrid, that I visited only for a few hours many years ago while traveling to Cuba. I was totally impressed by this beautiful, dynamic, happy and elegant city. I probably had low expectations and I was amazed by the life and energy that you can breathe in Madrid, especially when you get out of the usual touristic tours and views.

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I arrived early on a Friday afternoon and I immediately headed to Malasaña area where, based on my online research, I could find the best vintage shops in town. Well, I was completely overwhelmed by the number of great vintage shops in the space of a couple of streets; most of them were next door to the other and I completely immerged myself in a vintage tour of the area until I realized it was already time for dinner: Retro City, La Mona Checa, Williamsburg, El Rincón de Tía Jo, Biba, Magpie, Flamingo Vintage Kilo, Aramayo Vintage, Le Freak Olé just to name a few of my favorite ones. They have quite different styles from each other but they are all worth a visit because I found lovely stuff at great prices in each of them. Being also sales time in February I can say I got some (ok, many!) vintage bargains there: from dresses to coats and shirts, the first vintage afternoon in Madrid was pretty good and the area is really nice.
After my dose of vintage shopping I was ready to seriously tour the city, starting from the beautiful Palacio Real (the Royal Palace), personally one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen, Plaza Mayor, la Gran Vía (the biggest shopping street in Madrid, where I also found out that Mango is less expensive there than in Italy…you know what was the consequence of this discovery, right?), San Miguel market (where I ate the most delicious “croquetas de bacalao”, codfish croquettes), Plaza de Colón and the amazing Madrid museums: El Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and my favorite one, the Reina Sofia (where I also found a beautiful exhibit dedicated to Fernando Pessoa).

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On Sunday morning I woke up early to visit the famous Rastro Market, a flea market where you can find a lot of souvenirs and gadgets but with a very nice antiques and vintage area that is worth the visit. From there I walked all along the lovely Calle Embajadores to get to the popular area of Lavapiés, with its little coffee shops, little markets and colored walls where you can breathe a different and more real Madrid, like in Malasaña.
I have to say that I ate like a pig in Madrid…tapas, croquettes, tortillas, hot chocolate and churros (perfect against the cold weather!) but my favorite place for tapas and for a tasty potato tortilla with caramelized onions was Juana la Loca in the La Latina area (very nice area too!). Make sure you get one of these and their amazing tapas are to die for!
Although the weather was pretty cold (that’s why I am wearing my adored vintage shearling coat from I Love Vintage in Milan and my Madame Ilary lurex turbans) the sky was always clear and the sun was at least warming our hearts! Like this city that I didn’t want to leave because I enjoyed everything there: people, food, atmosphere, shops, museums and all these little areas outside the tourists’ path, that are probably the best areas of Madrid. Oh…and the vintage! Definitely one of the most interesting vintage cities in Europe (it was hard to put all my vintage bargains in my small suitcase but I won!).

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The Ladybug and the Sicilian shade of blue

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Blue: the color of my beautiful Sicily.

I loved this street art at a tram stop along the sea in my hometown Messina, because it just reminded me of the color of my native sea.

I wore this almost total vintage outfit during my winter holidays, it was a warm and sunny day for December and I was just enjoying a long walk with my sister when we stopped to take some pictures.

I was wearing my new vintage culottes from Maison Retrò, an online shop from the lovely Federica who mostly sells on social networks. It was the first time that I bought something that I just saw on Facebook but thanks to Federica it was a lovely experience and the plaid culottes were just perfect!

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I paired it with a Benetton jumper and another vintage find from Damsels in Distress: these adorable pair of shoes that looked like a pair that my granny used to wear when I was a kid.

The beautiful knotted turban, handmade with vintage lace and golden trims, is from Madame Ilary, golden loops earrings are a vintage find from Sugar Mama Vintage and the beautiful Senegalese orange necklace comes from the lovely Mara of Seyeyaram that I met during the Popcorn Garage Market: we share the same love and passion for Senegal that’s why we recognized each other in the middle of a crowded market!

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The Ladybug’s new shoe crush: preview of Luisa Tratzi AI18/19 collection

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When Luisa Tratzi comes to town, at least twice a year during the Milan Fashion week crowd, I know that I will fall in love again. I must confess that I can’t resist the beauty of her shoes! They are not just beautiful, they have strong personality, they are charming and shoe lovers know what I mean. They are not just shoes!

Last February Luisa Tratzi opened her temporary shop during the Milan Fashion Week event in the Brera area to present the AW18/19 collection: it didn’t take long, I just spent maybe 20 minutes in her space and hop! Fallen for a new pair! It happens all the times but I have to confess that lately she is going too far!

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70s suede and shapes just got me addicted: rust, yellow, teal, powder blue, soft grey…I couldn’t resist my favorite winter colors! Funny thing is that this time my favorite piece of the collection was also hers, then we decided to both wear it in two different shades: she went for bold golden leather and I chose a light blue suede. The piece itself was amazing: stiletto heels, pointed toe, a beautiful twist of small straps with buckles, soft and brave at the same time! Awesome!

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This AW18/19 collection was full of incredibly well managed contrasts: patent and suede for example, cut-outs and mid-heels, transparent and color-block. Mid heels are also a new trend, near the iconic (and super comfortable) stilettos .

I tried to take some pictures for you to have a sneak peek of this new amazing collection presented in Milan. Feel free to visit www.luistratzi.it to find out more about the brand and to add your favorite shoes to your shopping basket!

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The Ladybug’s mixed color palette

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Another winter outfit with the colors of autumn…am I completely inverting seasons or is it just the weather confusing our minds?

Sometimes I like to push a bit my style, matching different colors and playing with apparently unlinked color palettes like a few weeks ago, when I paired caramel, camel, teal and pale blue in a funny outfit that attracted all eyes on me (I know, people are shocked quite easily lately…where is your imagination guys?!)

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It all started with this new caramel corduroy culottes from Zara that I wanted so much because I loved the color and the 70s style. I had to buy them online because I couldn’t find them in shop and I immediately wore them with my caramel wool headband from Dixie that matched them perfectly!

In the middle I added a touch of pale blue with this Cos sweater (with a huge bow in the back) and my long camel coat from Diffusione Tessile.

As it didn’t seem enough I decided to add teal tights (I always buy colored tights but I barely use them!), 60s inspired brown boots from Marella, vintage silver loop earrings and of course brown lipstick!

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The Ladybug’s doubts on a vintage faux-fur coat (advice needed!)

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It is already April but spring seems so far away from here!

Am I really wearing a faux-fur coat in April? Well, this was from a couple of weeks ago but I’m looking forward for the nice weather as it is raining again today…

Wearing faux-fur coats (I don’t wear real ones anymore as I am selling all my vintage pieces) is for me a pleasure and a nightmare at the same time. I love faux-furs, especially vintage ones, but it is so hard for me to find a nice piece that looks good on me. I always feel too fat or too short, this is why I keep buying them and selling them after a few times that I wore them.

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This one is a vintage find from the famous El Rastro market in Madrid during my last trip: I loved the style and it was a real bargain (even if it was hard to put it in my small suitcase, full of vintage pieces that I bought during my 3-day staying in this beautiful town) so I couldn’t help buying it; but now I’m wondering already if I want to keep it or not…what do you think?

I paired it with Zara checked culottes and turtleneck and with my new bronze fringed shoes from Francesco Milano that I found in a lovely shop called Merry Go Round in Porta Genova (they have another one in via Larga, both beautiful!).

I added some glow to the grey day with a beautiful handmade headband from Madame Ilary with golden trimmings that paired my Mango earrings!

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The Ladybug Chronicles: come arredare la casa in stile vintage su Vintag!

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IT: Vivo a Milano da quasi sei anni, in un appartamento che ho amato sin dal primo istante e che sento sempre più mio, nonostante non lo sia. E’ normale che con il tempo ci si crei uno spazio che ci somigli il più possibile e, pezzo dopo pezzo, sta prendendo uno stile tra il vintage e l’etnico per cui è sempre più evidente che sia casa mia!

Mi piace sempre molto scovare nuovi pezzi durante i miei viaggi o nei mercatini vintage da portare con me per posizionarli strategicamente in casa in modo che possano portarmi alla mente un ricordo felice del passato. Questa continua decorazione del mio appartamento in pratica non finisce mai e da quando ho scoperto la sezione Antiquariato e Modernariato sull’app Vintag tende ad essere particolarmente intensa!

Mi piace lo stile moderno ma i pezzi di arredamento vintage non possono mancare, anzi nella mia casa ideale (che immagino molto più grande di quella che ho adesso!) ce ne sono almeno dieci che reputo assolutamente imprescindibili! Che si tratti di mobili o oggetti decorativi vi presento i miei top ten e vi dico anche da quali venditori trovarli su Vintag!

1.       Il separé vintage in stile orientale: sarà che mi ricorda tanto la casa della nonna dove ce n’era uno molto simile nella sua camera da letto per togliersi i vestiti e infilarsi pudicamente la camicia da notte prima di andare a dormire, ma il separé è in cima alla mia lista dei desideri. Quando poi ho visto quello anni 70 venduto da roaaaar su Vintag, praticamente identico a quello della nonna me ne sono innamorata perdutamente! Purtroppo quello della nonna si è rovinato con il tempo e non siamo riusciti a “salvarlo” ma trovarne uno uguale è stata comunque una forte emozione!

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2.       La sedia etnica: sebbene sogni una di quelle meravigliose sedie in legno basse del Mali che tanto ho visto nei mercatini di Dakar la scorsa estate, su Vintag ho trovato un pezzo bellissimo che voglio condividere con voi: si tratta di questa fantastica sedia bassa indiana in vendita da ManuLove per cui ho perso la testa qualche settimana fa quando l’ho vista apparire nelle mie ricerche…non è stupenda?

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3.       La macchina da cucire: un altro pezzo che mi ricorda la nonna! Quando vedo macchine da cucire vintage, soprattutto le classiche Singer, io perdo totalmente la testa anche se non so minimamente usarle! Stavolta quella della nonna è ancora in casa dei miei, in attesa che io abbia abbastanza spazio per poterla mettere in quella mia grande casa ideale! Su Vintag mi sono innamorata di questa classica di Anastasia, quindi che siate sarte o meno, questo pezzo è top (e anche il prezzo!)

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4.       Il telefono vintage: niente, passione totale per questo Bobo Telcer rosso venduto da Bogys50s, un must-have! E poi siamo sinceri, chi di noi non ha nel cuore il telefono fisso di casa degli anni 80 di quando eravamo bambini?

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5.       Lo specchio: specchio, specchio delle mie brame…ogni donna ha un rapporto speciale con il proprio specchio, per questo deve essere perfetto e deve rispondere perfettamente alle nostre esigenze. Insomma per noi è uno dei pezzi più difficili da acquistare, se non ci rimanda l’immagine che vogliamo vedere riflessa non fa per noi! Quando ho visto questo celeste, francese, dei primi del 900 venduto da ohmylab ho desiderato specchiarmici con tutta me stessa…colpo di fulmine!

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6.       La toletta: dal celeste al rosa, un tocco di toni pastello in casa (senza esagerare) mi piace sempre tanto e questa tolettina vintage di Hallofvintage mi ha fatto proprio innamorare: i toni del rosa e del ciclamino, il pomello fiorato, mi hanno ricordato immagini della mia infanzia a cui non ho saputo resistere!

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7.       La cappelliera: un pezzo indispensabile, perché oltre a conservare i nostri bellissimi cappelli vintage è un pezzo d’arredamento fantastico e bellissimo da vedere! Io ne ho due, recuperate in due diversi mercatini vintage (uno a Milano, l’altro in America…vi evito i drammi del riportarmelo a casa!), uno in pelle e uno in cartone. Su Vintag mi è piaciuta molto questa versione in pelle marrone di Luisavintage con questa bellissima chiusura a effetto…una meraviglia!

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8.       La valigia/baule: anche questo un pezzo che non può mancare perché super comodo per “archiviare” coperte, cuscini e tutto ciò che vogliamo togliere dagli armadi e super bello da vedere! Poi quelli di L’ho_Sgabello sono MERAVIGLIOSI tanto che tra i due non sono stata in grado di scegliere quale mi piacesse di più! Un’idea che mi piace molto è quella di immaginarli come contenitori per le piante grandi da appartamento, credo di averli visti da qualche parte durante i miei viaggi e questa cosa mi è rimasta sempre in mente come un’idea super carina!

9.       La fonovaligia: un salto nel passato che è anche un must per gli amanti del vinile. Pezzo d’arredamento e giradischi allo stesso tempo, dal sapore vintage come pochi altri oggetti, questa di MusicManiac mi ha fatto venire una tenerezza e una malinconia delle fonovaligie che non sapevo nemmeno di avere.

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10.   Latta che passione! Scatole, scatoline, portaoggetti, temperamatite, bicchieri…Vintag è pieno di oggetti in latta che scatenano tutti i nostri ricordi del passato: dai biscotti Plasmon a quelli Saiwa, dal Borotalco a marchi ormai dimenticati o spariti, riempire la casa di oggetti in latta è doveroso!

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Fuori dalla mia top ten ma troppo bello per non essere citato per chi può permettersi lo spazio necessario: questo bellissimo set di tavolo e sedie color menta di L’ho_Sgabello è a mio avviso una delle cose più belle che ci sia su Vintag al momento, quindi non potevo non segnalarvelo!

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EN: I have been living in Milan for six years now, in a flat that I loved at first sight and that I feel more and more as “mine” even if it’s not. It is normal that with the time that place we live in looks like us and, piece after piece, it has now a style in the middle between vintage and ethnic so that it is clear that it is the place where I live!

I love finding new pieces during my travels or in the vintage markets that I visit; I bring them with me and I place them strategically at home so that when I see them they recall me a happy moment of the past. This decoration of my flat is never ending and since I discovered the Antiques section of the Vintag app is definitely intensifying!

I generally prefer the modern style but vintage homeware is a must: in my dream house (that I imagine bigger than mine!)  there are at least ten pieces that I consider essential! They can be furniture or decorative objects, here is my top ten and where to find them on Vintag

1.       The vintage screen, oriental style: it’s maybe because it reminds me of my granny’s house (she had a very similar one to hide while taking off her clothes and put her nightgown on) but the vintage screen is on top of my list! Since I saw the 70s one sold by roaaaar on Vintag, exactly the same of my granny’s, I madly fell in love with it! Unfortunately my granny’s one got too used and we couldn’t “save” it but I almost fainted when I saw one exactly like hers!

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2.       The ethnic chair: although I dream of one of these amazing Malian chairs that I saw in many markets in Dakar last summer, I found on Vintag a beautiful piece that I want to share with you: a wonderful Indian chair sold by ManuLove for which I completely lost my mind a few weeks ago when I saw it in my search page…isn’t it amazing?

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3.       The sewing machine: another piece that reminds me of my granny! When I see vintage sewing machines, especially the classic model from Singer, I completely lose my mind even if I don’t even know how to use them! This time my granny’s one is still in my parents’ house, waiting that one day I’ll have enough space to place it in my dream house! On Vintag I fell in love with this classic piece from Anastasia, then if you are a sewer or not, this piece is top (and the price too!)

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4.       The vintage phone: total love for this red Bobo Telcer sold by Bogys50s, a real must-have! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t have in his/her heart the fixed phone that we had at home in the 80s when we were kids?

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5.       The mirror: mirror, mirror…every woman has a special relationship with her mirror, this is why it must be perfect and it must fulfill exactly our expectations. For us it is one of the hardest pieces to buy if it doesn’t reflect the image of us that we want to see. When I saw this one, pale blue, French, from the beginning of the 20th century sold by ohmylab I wished I could look at myself in that mirror…love at first sight!

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6.       The vanity table: from pale blue to pale pink, I always like a touch of pastel colors in my house (not too much though) and this small vintage vanity table from Hallofvintage made me fall in love: I love the pink and lilac tones, the flowery knob, they just reminded me the colors of my childhood and I couldn’t resist!

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7.       The hatbox: an essential piece not only because we can easily put there our beautiful vintage hats but also because it is an amazing decoration object! I have two, I bought them in two different vintage markets (one in Milan, the other one in the States…don’t ask me how I did to bring it home!), a leather one and a paper one. On Vintag I really loved this brown leather one from Luisavintage with this beautiful fastening…wonderful!

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8.       The suitcase/trunk: this is another essential piece because it helps us “archiving” blankets, pillows, and all these things that take so much space in our wardrobe and it is so beautiful to see! Those from L’ho_Sgabello are AMAZING at the point that I couldn’t choose between these two which one I loved most. I also imagine them as huge containers for our big plants in the house, I think I saw something similar during one of my trips and I still keep it as a lovely idea to re-create!

9.       The portable record player: A jump in the past but also a must-have for vinyl lovers. Decoration piece and record player at the same time, few objects have the same vintage flavor! This one from MusicManiac made me feel so nostalgic!

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10.   Tin passion: cans, boxes, pencil sharpeners…Vintag is full of tin objects that unchain our best memories from the past: from Plasmon biscuits to Saiwa ones, from Borotalco to other disappeared or forgotten labels. Filling the house with tin objects is mandatory!

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There is another piece that I left out of my top ten list just because it requires some space, but I had to recommend it anyway because it was too good to leave it unmentioned. I am talking about this wonderful mint table and chairs set from L’ho_Sgabello that is – in my opinion – one of the most beautiful homeware pieces that you can find on Vintag right now!

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The Ladybug Srilankan Chronicles – pt. 2

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The second part of my Srilankan journey started from the “cultural capital” of Sri Lanka, Kandy, where traditional, colonial and modern are incredibly mixed. We admired the view of the lake from the top of the hill (that we reached with a tuc tuc…what an experience!) and we walked through the streets of Kandy full of life and little shops. We visited a local tea factory and we got immerged in the Buddhist prayers of the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Buddha, one of the most beautiful and fascinating temples I have ever visited.

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But as far as we left Kandy by bus we were amazed by the luxurious tropical nature: from there to the mountain in Nuwara Eliya, passing by the Ramboda Falls, nature was the only main character. The tea plantations were everywhere but I didn’t know that it was nothing compared to what I was going to see the day later.

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After spending the night on the mountain in Nuwara Eliya (where we took a break from the muggy weather and finally enjoyed a fresh night!) we headed to the small train station of Nanu Oya where we took a local train to go down the mountain. It was probably the most intense experience of the trip: if you ever decide to visit Sri Lanka this train experience must be on top of your list for many reasons: the local trains are very old and all the doors are open, so if you seat near a door you can admire the most incredible nature ever, especially tea plantations as far as the eye can see; you can buy amazing food from locals on the trains and have pleasant conversations with the other passengers who looks at your excitement with a nice and understanding smile; you will have a strong feeling of being in another era of the past.

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After the train ride and a restoring food stop in a local farm, we finally headed back to the sea where we spent two relaxing days on the Indian Ocean in Waskaduwa: the dark yellow sand, the blue sky and sea, the palms, everything was just perfect to keep inside us the beauty of the last days, to meditate and practice yoga, to relax and just enjoy the moment and the place.

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Before heading back to Italy we decided to have a short trip to Galle, a lovely colonial fishermen village where we enjoyed a pleasant visit of the old town just in front of the beautiful Indian Ocean.

It was hard to leave the country because – a part for the heat – everything was just magic: people, food, traditions, views. To be honest I didn’t expect to find all this beauty in such a small island.

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The Ladybug Srilankan Chronicles – pt. 1

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It is always a bit hardfor me to write about my travels. I know it sounds weird from someone who is supposed to be a blogger, then someone who is quite at ease with words, but when it comes to travels I still find it hard, which may explain why it takes so long for me to write travel blog posts and they are often published many months after the trip itself.

It is the case again for my trip to Sri Lanka which happened in November last year. I think that I still find it difficult to put into words the feelings, the atmosphere, the noises, the smells, the people, the food that I “recorded ” with my senses while traveling.

2017 has been quite a tough year for me, this is why my friend decided that I needed a huge holiday to do together faraway from here. When she proposed Sri Lanka in November I immediately said yes. I have been studying about a trip to Sri Lanka years ago because it was on my wish-list and I was pretty excited about the idea of traveling there with one of my best friends just to celebrate the end of some bad things in my life!

As there are many things to say I decided to split the chronicles in two parts: the first part starts with our arrival in Colombo and it stops on the way to the mountains while the second part begins with the long ride to the sea and the end of our beautiful Srilankan adventure.

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Flying to Colombo from Milan was a bit long and we arrived in the capital quite destroyed but as it was early afternoon we didn’t care about the stress and the fatigue and we started the visit of this beautiful colonial city where you can find a (pink) mosque near a (turquoise) Hindu temple and in front of a (golden) Buddhist temple, next door to a catholic church. I was totally fascinated by the pacific mixture of religions in Sri Lanka since the first day. The colors and smells of Colombo are incredible and totally captivating and the vintage style of the colonial buildings has a timeless appeal. The Indian Ocean completes the beautiful atmosphere while the noisy tuk tuks move quickly and everywhere! We got caught in a quick storm while visiting but at the end of the holiday we were so used to that, that we knew exactly when a new one was coming, how long it would last and how to handle with it!

We left early the day after because of the long bus ride to Dambulla, and we traveled along the Sabaragamuwa region to stop watching the baby elephants showering in the river and being fed with giant baby bottles at the Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala. We traveled in the middle of amazing tropical nature but it was just the beginning because the powerful nature was the most important part of all the journey (as well as the amazing Srilankan food!).

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On our third day we visited the magnificent Sigriya rock fortress (the Lion Rock): 1200 steps, 370 meters high, cliff-side, under the hot sun and with the highest humidity ever…it was hard but we made it and it was worth the effort not only for the archeological site but also for the incredible views.

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On that same day (after many bottles of fresh water and a delicious meal!) we headed to Polonnaruwa also known as one of the most ancient Srilankan kingdoms and a World Heritage site (btw did you know that some scenes of the Duran Duran video “Save a Prayer” from 1982 were filmed here?).  The archeological site and the ancient Buddha temples were such a mystic experience, especially under the rain!

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I have to say that I saw some of the most magnificent Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka: on day 4 we headed to Dambulla to visit the famous Golden Temple containing more than 150 statues of Buddha in its caves decorated with secular paintings, one of the most incredible sites that I’ve ever seen and it is also part of the World Heritage.

From day 5 starts the second part of the journey and of my Srilankan chronicles: you will find it in my next post in a few days, so if you liked what you have seen so far stay tuned, more Srilankan adventures are on the way!

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