The Ladybug goes green in Munich (part 1)

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I am really sorry, I know it’s fall, I know I should wear tights, I know I should post fall outfits but No, I can’t do it! First of all because I still have loads of outfits from this summer to show you; second it is still quite warm in Milan and I want to enjoy “tightless” days as much as I can; third I am not accepting winter this year, so you will see colorful and summer outfits for a while before I surrender to the cold temperatures!

So let’s go back to Germany and Munich, where (I realized it later) I worn a lot of green.

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I wore these green wax trousers from Heka Couture on my first Saturday off in town: it was a beautiful day and we enjoyed a typical Bavarian lunch in the city center, we visited again the city center as tourists would do and we did a little shopping in town (it was still summer sales season!) before heading to Mädels-Flohmarkt, a garage sale where private sellers could sell their stuff while enjoying music and beer. It was the perfect place to find a good bargain (as my sales session was quite disappointing!): indeed I found an amazing vintage leather biker jacket for just 17 euros!

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I found the event on Facebook while I was there, this is why I always suggest to have a look online before traveling somewhere, you never know if a cool event is in town when you are there!

I paired my wax trousers with Asos short frilled striped top (yes, naked belly again!) and Nike 4 & Other stories white sneakers (perfect for my long walks!).

Photo Credit: Marco di Terlizzi

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The Ladybug is pink in Munich!

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As you may have seen on my social networks, I spent three weeks in Munich in July for work so I took advantage of a new location to shoot a couple of new outfits!

I will start with this pinky one, it was one of the first days, incredibly sunny and fresh…a real pleasure to be there and enjoy the German summer while the heat was unbearable in Milan!

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Here I am wearing two of my new online finds: this lovely Mango pink striped top with one frill sleeves (I found it on ASOS during the summer sales!) and these Hush pink 40’s inspired frames that I left in my Hush wishlist for a while before buying them because it was the first time that I bought from their site and I didn’t know that much about them. Now I am totally addicted to this site and the sunglasses are amazing!

I wore them with black Dixie culottes and with my adored (and super old!) Jeffrey Campbell sandal-boots!

I will show you more “German” outfits in the next few weeks, so stay tuned and let me know what you think!

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The Ladybug’s hunt for 90’s denim

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Denim Denin Denim: this is my obsession this year!! Why? Very simple: I sold most of my used denim on Ebay because I lost weight and many of them were too large…to make long story short: I realised I only had two jeans left in my wardrobe, a mom jeans and a skinny one. Not good!

I then made a list of the jeans that I needed:  denim culottes, flare 70’s jeans, cropped jeans, 90’s large jeans and vintage Levi’s. Huh…too much hunting!! I should do a little step at a time!

Let’s start from the first one, that turned out to be a three-pair 90’s large jeans/culottes…more than what I needed actually but the price was too good and I couldn’t resist!!

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I left for Munich on the first day of sales, so the following weekend I decided to go for a sales session in town. I started from Zara of course and I found many interesting jeans 90’s style for less than 15 euros each. I couldn’t find my size so I started my Zara denim’s hunt across all the shops in Munich and Frankfurt but without any positive result. I was so upset that I went online and checked the availability in stores to find out that all of them in my size were available in…Milan!!

When I came back home I first headed to Zara to try them all and they were perfect! 40 euros for all of them was a good price so I got them all! After all, I needed jeans right?

This is my first pair a 90’s shape mixed with culottes….two pieces in one! I also love the side split and the colour. I paired it with a thrifted Twenty8Twelve red tee, a 70’s inspired red little bag from Zara and my new adored New Look floral loafer slippers found on Asos for half the price (20 euros!).

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The Ladybug About Keith Haring Art

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When I saw the advert of the upcoming Keith Haring exhibit in Milan I couldn’t help thinking of my last (and first) Keith Haring exhibit. I was in New York in 2012 and I was staying in Brooklyn in a B&B. I found there the flyer of Keith Haring exhibition at Brooklyn Museum and I felt so happy and grateful to have the chance to see his art for the first time in New York! I enjoyed that exhibit so much that I could never forget it! It’s definitely in “my best memories ever” archive!

The good feelings came to my mind immediately and I wasn’t sure if going or not as I didn’t want to ruin my Brooklyn memories. I decided to have a look anyway and it was a great decision! The exhibit that I saw in 2012 was more focused on Keith Haring adverts and drawings in New York subway stations and even if I found a few here in Milan the exhibit was basically different.

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110 of Keith Haring works were exposed, from public and private collections from all over the world. Some of them were shown in Italy for the very first time. The exhibition tries to create a link between Keith Haring works and their source of inspiration: from classical art to pre-Columbian art, from American Indian and Pacific masks to his favorite artists, such as Pollock and Klee.

His colorful pieces are a joy for the eye but very often pain and frustration for the world lie behind them. I have always loved his art and I was happy to discover that some of my favorite pieces of him were exposed there.

The exhibit will be in Milan at Palazzo Reale until 18th of June 2017, so don’t miss your chance to discover (or re-discover, as it was my case!) this incredibly talented artist-activist. 

For the exhibit I wore ASOS black dungaree, Topshop palm shirt and an almost vintage leather jacket! I paired with Madame Cosette velvet ankle boots and Michael Kors Bucket bag.

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The Ladybug Feels at Home at Sofia Vintage in Como

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Two weeks ago I told you about the party for the Gloook opening in Como and guess what? It opened just a few steps from my adored vintage shop Sofia Vintage, so as you can imagine I couldn’t help heading in to see what’s new and say hi to Roberta and her crew!

It is amazing how incredibly at home I feel in this place: it’s an atmosphere that you can breathe, feel and bask in because it looks more like a home than a shop. There are books, sofas, a sewing machine, a wardrobe and all the things that you usually find in a house- plus there is always something to drink or eat like in the home of any perfect host.

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But this feeling doesn’t come just from the furniture and location, it originates mostly from the warmth of those who “live” there, beginning with Roberta, the owner and founder of Sofia Vintage, who also serves as “the host” of this beautiful house!

Many new arrivals from Roberta’s trips around the world were there, and I couldn’t help having a look and buying some new vintage stuff… like this lovely ’40s white hat that I can’t wait to wear!

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It’s also always nice to hear her stories about her trips to the States (where most of her pieces come) and to get some tips from her on vintage hunting especially in New York!

Outfit: Anymoore jacket, H&M faux leather midi skirt, ASOS blouse, Marni sandals, Sofia Vintage bag

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The Ladybug is All About Eco-friendly Design: The Opening of Gloook in Como

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A few weeks ago I was invited to the opening of a very special concept store in Como. I already knew of the brand because it was already one of my favorite shops in town, but when I heard about a new concept store opening in the lovely historic via Vitani- I got all excited and curious to see what it was all about.

The brand I’m referring to is Gloook, the Italian brand of eco-friendly design that proposes a new way to decorate our homes in a very sustainable way: you can find objects and home-ware mostly created in paper, all handmade in Italy, with great attention to detail and creativity.

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In addition to their displayed offerings, you can also choose to get a customized object or piece. Because Gloook works with Italian and international designers and architects at their disposal, they can make you happy with what you need to decorate your house- giving special attention to your environment. The keyword is recycling and creating with sustainable materials!

I love that more and more people are choosing a more natural lifestyle; moreover, I love that they don’t need to renounce creativity, functionality and innovation to achieve their personal perfection.

No need to tell you that I would have bought half of the shop. I already imagined many pieces in my house (you can see many of them my pictures here)!

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New Eventi Como, which organized the opening, put on quite the block party on via Vitani. It felt very much like the LA scene complete with paparazzi.  And of course, I was just a few steps from Sofia Vintage, so I couldn’t help heading in… but I will tell you more about that next week!

For the occasion I wore Anymoore jacket, H&M faux leather skirt, ASOS blouse and my adored Marni wooden platform sandals (which almost caused an incident on the small stones of via Vitani… in other words, I nearly took a loss in the middle of the shop!). I accessorized the outfit with my vintage bag from Sofia Vintage, a lovely gift from Roberta for her store opening in September.

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The Ladybug Thinks It’s About Time to Talk About Rachel McAdams’ Modern Vintage

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A couple of weeks ago I went to see one of the loveliest movies I have seen this year: About Time.

They call it a romantic comedy, but About Time is a bit more than that… and very well so since I usually hate romantic comedies!

This one was really special: the plot, the moral, the actors and of course, Mary’s (Rachel McAdams) beautiful retro inspired wardrobe! Was it a coincidence that when Tim takes her home on their first date, she lives above a vintage shop??!! Yes and no!

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I was convinced during the whole movie that she was wearing vintage pieces, but guess what? I was mostly wrong! I couldn’t help looking for her looks on Internet when I got home, and what I found out was incredibly surprising! I indeed read an interview with Verity Hawkes, the costume designer of the movie, where she explained the details of Mary’s closet. She said: “We wanted Mary’s look to be eclectic; a combination of vintage and modern that would give her an original quirky cute look. At the time, we used references like Kate Moss, one because Mary’s character admires her and because she is a perfect style icon. Although, we had to tone the “Kate style” down for Mary as her character is much less confident and stylish. I also referenced Annie Hall or her kookiness. But, as always, you start from a reference point and then the character takes on their own identity throughout the fitting process until hopefully you have a totally original unique character.”

What is crazy about it, is that most of her pieces comes from economic high street labels. For example, the blue dress that she is wearing when she meets Tim for the first time is the Henry Holland for Debenhams Navy Eiffel Tower and Poodle Print Dress.

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The red cardigan from their first date(s) night is from New Look and it came from Verity Hawkes’s closet.

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Some of the dresses and the handbags that she often wears come from Zara- like the yellow Guipure Combination Dress or the tan handbag.

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Other lovely pieces are from Asos, like the neon yellow elephant-print shirt or the Floral Embroidered Shirt Dress

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Even the famous red wedding dress was a vintage ’50s piece from Angels, a UK based costume shop, that was altered to create the final piece. Miss Hawkes said, “I wanted the dress to look like Mary had found it in a vintage shop and fell in love with it, I didn’t want her to look like she spent any time in wedding dress fittings.”

Isn’t it an amazing idea to create retro inspired outfits mixing vintage pieces with high street and designer? This was an amazing choice in my opinion and her wardrobe gave Mary’s something more to like her for!

The Ladybug Visit’s Her First Padova Vintage Festival

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This year has been full of vintage firsts for me. A few weeks ago I visited the Padova Vintage Festival for the first time and much like the Summer Jamboree in Senigallia, it was full of vintage lovers and people with lots of knowledge of vintage. It was so refreshing and surprising at the same time.

I mean, it’s understandable that you meet people at the Jamboree who are deep seeded vintage aficionados because of it’s long and successful history, but I’m a bit ashamed to say that I prepared to go to Padova Vintage Festival, which began in 2010, with a bit of prejudice. But in two short years it’s amazing how profound and successful it’s become.

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Padua is a wonderful town (I had time to have a look around in the city center and I really liked it!), and the location of the Festival makes it absolutely comfortable to reach. But the location itself is absolutely lovely: the agora, which sits in the center of it all, is surrounded by arches and the upper level has a lot of space and a lovely view of what’s happening in the “market’s area of the village.”

With that said, I had the chance to meet some of my favorite stallers (and to buy from them, of course!) and some new entries that I was pleased to meet. Coming into contact with familiar people and familiar items made me understand the key of their success, and it is this: their staff and their attention to marketing and details. Going to the Padova Vintage Festival was a different experience, even if the actors of the movie were the same… because of all the Chantilly cream, everything looked much more fresh. There were models dressed in vintage, a fashionable public, every genre of vintage was represented, some alternative celebrities, a beautifully well decorated location and, of course, a queue outside the doors!  It was “the place to be.”

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And it worked! There was a lot of marketing and maybe a bit less spontaneity, but the result was interesting.  As for the prices I won’t complain: some exaggerations of course – as usual – but the average pricing was cool.

I was really curious about going there especially since I couldn’t go last year and, although it was a bit more commercial than my tastes usually go for, I really enjoyed my day there and my shopping of course!!

A.N.G.E.L.O, Shabby Chic, Dorotea Vintage, Oggetti Smarriti, Magnifica Preda, Stondo, Lamù Vintage and many other old “vintage friends” were there, but it was also time to meet new friends like the vintage collector Lorenzo Chiti from Deuda Vintage (from whom I bought this lovely vintage cardigan!)

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If the market owned the agora, the upper level was almost completely dedicated to vintage through another wonderful expo. A.N.G.E.L.O brought his vintage Missoni collection, but there were also amazing antique suitcases and travel bags from Arte Viaggi or a real vintage barber shop (there will be a nice surprise about it soon on the blog!).

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For the occasion I was almost completely dressed in vintage: vintage green silk dress from Humana Vintage, ASOS cardi and socks, lovely brogues from Shoegasm in NYC, H&M skinny belt, vintage leather bag from the Vintage Workshop in Milan the week before and a lovely fascinator from Camomilla in Milan.

Other finds of the day:  gorgeous French vintage glasses from Oggetti Smarriti

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Amazing orange “witch-hat” from Stondo Firenze

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And… of course… a logoed Vintage Festival canvas tote to put all my new finds in it!

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The Ladybug’s Favorite Wedges Can Set an Outfit on Serpentine Fire!

I decided to take a break from sharing my NY experience because I want to post one of my latest outfits.

I wrapped this ensemble around the shoes: a wonderful pair of Terry de Havilland wedges! I hadn’t worn these beauties yet this year and when I saw them in my wardrobe- I really wanted to put them on and let them have a nice tour around my new surroundings!

Since I first saw them on Kate Moss’ and Sienna Miller’s feet a few years ago, I literally fell in love with them: I wanted the exact same pewter python shoes! But they were very expensive for my pocket and really hard to find online. I saw them on ASOS, but while I was waiting for them to go on sale (I was waiting for them to hit 50% off), they went out of stock!

It took years to find this exact same model, my size on Ebay and for 200 Gbp and practically new! Perseverance is the key!!!

I wore them with a ZARA blue printed trousers and this adorable grey vintage shirt from Stella Dallas in Brooklyn! The ruched shirt is one of my favorite finds in NY (I thought I was taking a break from talking about NY…): I imagined some more classy outfits with it, but this time I just wanted to make it fun and easy by matching it with the “pajama” pants! Rings: Eye ring – Crazy Pig Designs London; Silver ring: Vintage

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The Ladybug’s outfits from Milan Fashion Week

Here are my outfits from Milan during the Fashion Week!

Day #1

Trousers: Vintage, Platform shoes: X-Caret, Vest: Mango, Animal print scarf: from a korean market in London, Handbag: Asos, Gold cuff: vintage

Head-piece: Vintage, Jacket: Anymoore , T-shirt: Mango

Day #2

Shirt: Vintage, Trousers: Zara, Shoes: X-Caret, Handbag: Asos, Skinny belt: Topshop, Head-piece/Bangles: vintage