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 + a long bomber jacket: back to the 80’s!


Last December I was in H&M in Milan with a friend of mine: we were just hanging around and having a look before the winter sales to find something interesting to buy at a reduced price. We passed by a navy long bomber jacket and he said: “Wow that’s great! You should try it”. I answered that bomber jackets are not my style, I feel shorter and fatter with them and a long one would just be a nightmare! He insisted that I just tried it, maybe in a smaller size, to see how it looked like and so I did.

I wasn’t convinced at all to spend 70 euros for a long bomber jacket and I just left it there.

When I came back home I started thinking of that jacket again: I have never owned a bomber in my life, the style was having a huge comeback and maybe it could suit my style…so I started being like “Why not?” And it is so 80’s!



The “why not” became a “YES!” when I found it again in January for only 30 euros! 30 euros were enough to convince me to give it a try!

Now I am totally in love with my long bomber jacket and I use it with heels or flats and I still adore the style! It is so warm (it has furry lining) and I feel like when I was 15 and I didn’t wear bombers because I thought I looked fatter and shorter! It’s so liberating!

I wore it here at the countryside with a very sporty look: a knitted grey sweater from Please, Acne Studios skinnies and Zara laced boots. I added a big Manila Grace scarf and handmade brass earrings from Metalica Creazioni.


The Ladybug on Why Running is More Vintage than Aerobics or Roller Skating: My 1st 5K (Energizer Run)

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It all started on a Milanese tram: I was going to work with a colleague and I was complaining about the fact that, although I was working hard to lose weight- it seemed almost impossible. I’d swim, go to the gym, eat properly, but nothing I committed myself to help me get slimmer.

He, a serious marathon runner, candidly said: “you should start running!”

The Ladybug Chronicles - 5K Energizer Run 03I exploded in laughter, because the idea of these two entities, “myself” and “running,” together was really hilarious. I then started the usual list of excuses of non-runners: “I don’t need it,” “I already go to the gym,” “it is boring,” “I could never run for more than three minutes.”

The Ladybug Chronicles - 5K Energizer Run 04He didn’t care about my excuses and proposed a challenge: he told me that he could get me to run 5K by the end of the month and that I could ready to participate in the Energizer Run (a 5K run) that was going to happen mid-June. It was beginning of May. I accepted the challenge, more for pride than personal belief, but I strictly followed his tableau de bord for a month.

I went from dying after 5 minutes of slow running to enjoying the ride a bit more every day. I had set milestones and it was so refreshing and satisfying to reach them.  I gained a lot of motivation and self-esteem and I started losing weight.  Needless to say, running quickly became “my thing.”

The Ladybug Chronicles - 5K Energizer Run 05I know I am a vintage gal and I should have gone for ’80s aerobics or roller skating (which I adore! Roller skating, not aerobics… even if I love the trashy aerobics outfits!); still, in the end what is more vintage than the first movement ever that a man could do?! Of course, I try to make it the most vintage as I can: for example I listen to Rock’n’Roll and ’70s/’80s disco to boost my run. I also wear vintage t-shirts and ’80s shorts and the incredible terrycloth wrist and head bands (Nike has them in many flashy quirky colors and patterns!).

The Ladybug Chronicles - 5K Energizer Run 01One of my milestones was the famous Energizer Run, a charity night run in Milan that donates the participants’ fees to the Unicef: it was a good cause and a good occasion.  After being postponed due to bad weather, I finally participated in the run: I was very scared at the beginning as it was my first one, but when I realized that I was going to run with more than 7000 people- I immediately felt better. And I was very proud of my results: 5K in 30 minutes, a lot of fun, new friends and a new passion… RUNNING!

Go baby, GO RUN!!!


Tutto ebbe inizio su un tram milanese:  mentre andavo al lavoro con un collega, mi lamentavo del fatto che nonostante tutti i miei sforzi per perdere peso l’obiettivo sembrasse praticamente impossibile. Nuoto, palestra, dieta sana, niente di tutto ciò sembrava funzionare.

Il mio collega, un maratoneta di un certo livello, mi ha risposto candidamente: dovresti iniziare a correre!

La prima reazione è stata una fragorosa risata: il solo pensiero di mettere insieme queste due entità, me e la corsa, mi sembrava terribilmente divertente! Solo dopo ho iniziato a snocciolare tutte le tipiche scuse di chi non corre: “Non ne ho bisogno”, “E poi vado già in palestra”, “Correre è noioso” “ E poi non potrei mai correre per più si tre minuti consecutivi”!

Come se non avesse sentito una sola parola mi ha lanciato una sfida:  “Se segui i miei consigli, entro la fine del mese potrai correre per 5 km e partecipare alla Energizer Run che si terrà a metà giugno. Era inizio maggio. Ho accettato la sfida, più per orgoglio che per reale convinzione, ma ho seguito scupolosamente i suoi allenamenti per un mese.  Così sono passata dal “sono senza fiato” dopo appena 5 minuti di corsa lenta al godermi una bella corsa di qualche km dopo pochi giorni. Risultato: più autostima e motivazione e …attenzione attenzione…meno peso! Naturalmente da quel momento ho iniziato a correre.

Lo so che sono una ragazza vintage e avrei dovuto preferire l’aerobica anni 80 o i pattini a rotelle (che adoro…i pattini, non l’aerobica…anche se amavo tanto quei completini colorati supertrash!) ma alla fine mi sono detta: cosa c’è di più vintage del correre….la prima cosa che impariamo dopo camminare? Assolutamente niente!  Certo, ci metto del mio per rendere la mia corsa un po’ vintage: ad esempio ascolto solo musica rock’n’roll anni 50 o disco degli anni 70 e 80 per caricarmi durante la corsa, oppure mi piace indossare t-shirts vintage e pantaloncini anni 80 o quelle orribili fasce da polso o da testa (persino Nike le ha riproposte in colori fluo e disegni improbabili).

Tornando al mio obiettivo, la famosa Energizer Run, si tratta di una corsa non competitiva il cui ricavato viene donato in beneficenza all’Unicef che si tiene ogni anno a Milano. Per me era una buona causa e una buona occasione al tempo stesso. Dopo un primo rinvio causa pioggia, finalmente è arrivato il giorno della gara: ammetto di essere stata molto nervosa all’inizio ma quando mi sono accorta che avrei corso insieme ad altre 7000 persone mi sono sentita subito meglio! E sono stata molto fiera del mio risultato: 5km in 30 minuti, tanto divertimento, nuovi amici e soprattutto una nuova passione:  CORRERE!

Go baby, go run!

The Ladybug and… The ’80s

As announced in my last post, here is the third of my ’80s vintage dresses that I bought at (Sous) Vintage Shop in Milan during my house hunting last June!

As you read (and saw!), I visited this amazing vintage shop in Milan. I am one of those few vintage lovers in love with the ’80s! I can’t say that it is my favorite era, but for sure “boldness” was its (and my!) motto! What about Grace Jones, for example? She was, for me, the perfect representation of fashion (and music) of that decade and I still consider her a source of inspiration.

One of the reasons why I love ’80s fashion is the pop of bold colors like the bright purple of this simple dress that I ADORE! And the color is not the only reason why I love it: it’s just easy and smart and depending on the accessories- it can be adapted to many different events and occasions.

On this sunny summer morning on the Southern Coast, I decided to wear it with a H&M skinny belt, vintage ’70s bangles and vintage suede pink wedges (and nails!).

As for the last bold touched, I’m wearing a deep fuchsia Chanel lipstick. Viva gli ’80s!

[photo credit: KNAGUI]

Ladybug McFly Goes Back to the Future: Shopping and Fun at The (Sous) Vintage Shop in Milan!

In my last two outfit posts, I wore two of the three dresses that I bought in Milan during my house hunting trip last June. You may have noticed that I bought them in this lovely shop called Sous Vintage Shop, also known as The Vintage Shop! And honestly it is “THE” vintage shop!

It was my last day in Milan and KNAGUI, who was also in town, planned to connect before I left for the South. We met near my B&B to go to the San Lorenzo Columns for have brunch. While we walked along the Alzaia Naviglio Pavese, we came to number 52 and got hooked by this amazing vintage shop, so we decided to head in and have a proper look.

In the space of 10 seconds we felt catapulted back to the ’80s and the atmosphere of this fantastic two-floor shop got us immediately: fashion and music… our two biggest passions. It was clear we were at home with kindred spirits- owners, Silvia and Giovanni, who accepted to chat with us and let us take some pictures!

The Vintage Shop is not just a vintage shop, it’s a museum! Not only can you find the best selection of vintage clothing and accessories for men and women that I’ve seen in Italy so far, but also many pieces from my youth that I completely forgot: from the iconic “pianola Bontempi” (who in Italy didn’t have one?) to the roller skates or music players of our era! Music, books, vinyl, home-ware objects, it’s really a total Back To The Future experience.

Those of you who regularly follow my blog may know that I’m not a big fan of Italian vintage, but this time I have to admit that I was completely taken. Maybe the touch of Brit punk that you can sense around, but The Vintage Shop was for sure the best vintage surprise that I had in Milan!

Of course I did some quick shopping (the three vintage dresses mentioned above, and you will see the third one in my next post), but this is not the place to go if you are in a hurry: when I left I promised myself to go back with more time to make an accurate shopping session because every single piece in this huge shop deserves some attention!

The creators of this great shop-experience share the passion for vintage- and if Silvia is more fashion focused, Giovanni (a sound engineer) brings the noise with his big passion for music. Honestly, KNAGUI and I felt as if we were looking into the mirror!

Silvia and Giovanni, weren’t excited about being interviewed in English, but let me tell you that they did a great job! And I’m so happy we had this amazing conversation that day. You can see our video interview here on our channel TLC-TV, and visit them as soon as you are in Milan.  You won’t be disappointed!

I can’t wait to go back and spend some time (and money!) there! Thank you guys!

As for the third dress… Stay tuned!

[photo credit: KNAGUI]

The Ladybug Rode the Gospel Train to Vintage Heaven… and It’s in Brooklyn, NY

It has been 4 months now, but as you can see my heart is still in New York and it has no intention of coming back!

It was such an amazing trip that I find it hard not to still talk about. Indeed, there is still a lot to say. For a vintage and thrift lover, New York is absolutely THE city, but let me say that my heart was completely held by Brooklyn, so expect a few posts about it!

Not only is it, in my opinion, one of the most extraordinary and characteristic places I’ve ever seen- Brooklyn is also a real paradise for vintage lovers! The whole area of Williamsburg is a delirium of bars, people and vintage shops!

One of these  is considered the King or should I say the Queen of Vintage Shops in Brooklyn: Stella Dallas, a huge Japanese store with some of the best vintage pieces in town. Let me tell you that I headed in 30 minutes before the closing hour (which helped limiting the damages!) so that I could spend very little time and I kind of regretted it because it was the kind of shop where you must spend at least a few hours! But 30 minutes was enough to buy these two lovely ’80s shirts that I adore!

The prices are average and mostly fair and this big shop was full of gems! Don’t miss it if you are in the area because it is really worth your time and don’t be afraid of spending both your time and money there… you’re sure to find unique pieces that you will wear forever!

For a late vintage shopping night I also advise you visit Beacon’s Closet, in the same area (10 minute walk) and it is open until 9pm.

Earlier that morning I read about this big shop in a free newspaper at the Brooklyn museum, so I decided to have a look! The shop is very big and always full of people and it is half vintage/half thrift shop (if this is a proper definition!) because you can find vintage pieces and thrifted ones, but the prices are very good and the way they ordered the space by colors is absolutely adorable!

Of course, I found something to buy here too: a pair of electric blue ’80s heels and a vintage enamel hand-painted necklace.

There were a few dress that I would have bought too, but they were too small for my curves!

I just mentioned these two shops but, really… Williamsburg is full of little gems! Take at least a day to walk in the area… you’ll love it like I did (and you’ll spend some good money, I guarantee it!)