The Ladybug in black and white (with a little bit of pink!)


I am a huge fan of black and white when it comes to photography, much less when it comes to fashion. I just find it boring!

This is the reason why when I dress in black and white I always try to invent something, like wearing a statement piece or more like I did for this outfit that I wore for work a couple of weeks ago (before it started freezing!).

I remember that I woke up that morning with an uncontrollable desire of wearing my retro jumpsuit from Bloody Edith: I have always loved the 40’s style shape of this piece! I hesitated between a striped tee and a shirt but as I wore it at work I preferred a dotted black and white silk shirt from & Other Stories!




As I needed more color I added my pink flamingoes brooch from Erstwilder that I found in Dublin during my last trip!

Bag is Miu Miu, shoes are vintage t-bars from NYC.

I was pretty happy about the final result: a retro inspired outfit that you can easily wear at work and/or for a drink or a movie date, what do you think? Do you like it?


The Ladybug’s Thursday Riot at Bloody Edith Atelier

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One of my favorite spots for retro inspired clothing and accessories in Milan is the lovely Atelier in via Col di Lana 8 (in a beautiful Milanese court) called Bloody Edith. There are many reasons why I love this place:

  1. The owner and founder of Bloody Edith is one of the most adorable vintage ladies I have ever met;
  2. The retro striped tops and other handmade 50’s inspired pieces are to die-for;
  3. The shop itself looks like a retro paradise with vintage and feminine pieces everywhere;
  4. The atmosphere: more than a shop I would say a vintage boudoir;
  5. The Thursday Riot: about every month this boutique turns into a vintage party venue, with drinks and snacks but, more important, with a “vintage” guest for customers’ pleasure!

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The last Thursday Riot event hosted the lovely Valentina from Déjà Vu Vintagepedia, one of my favorite vintage jewelry seller, with the best vintage European and American pieces and amazing bakelite jewels.

It was great to spend time with the girls (and Madame Ilary who celebrated her birthday there!) and to meet new “vintage ladies” who tried with us almost all the amazing vintage necklaces and earrings from Déjà Vu! Even if I was distracted by vintage jewelry I couldn’t help falling in love with the new trousers and shorts (in perfect 50’s style) from the winter collection, and to keep my love alive for the striped sweaters (I was thinking of starting to collect them!).

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I tried to take some pictures of the event so that you can understand what I mean…and visit this adorable boutique as soon as you can if you haven’t done it yet!

As for me, I can’t wait for the next Thursday Riot at Bloody Edith (and to get my next striped top!)

I wore Sportmax coat, vintage French beret with vintage hatpin from Tricia Leonard in Munich, Muji preppy scarf.

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The Ladybug at the Salon du Vintage in Paris (+ vintage shopping in town!)

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As I told you in my last post I know Paris pretty well: I lived there for a while when I was a student but this last visit in October was my first real “vintage” experience in Paris.

The “excuse” to buy myself a weekend in Paris for my birthday was the Salon du Vintage in Paris: I was so curious about this event as I heard a lot of it during the past few years. It was a one-day event at the Carreau du Temple, in the République area, and the location itself deserves a special mention. It is a covered market built in 1863 re-opened only in 2013 and dedicated to be a public space mostly for fairs and different kind of events. If you are used to Italian or English fairs, let me say that it is quite different! I cannot really explain how and why but the atmosphere is incredibly classy yet grunge at the same time…it is a “first” for me as I have never experienced this before! Half of the Hall is dedicated to vintage clothing and accessories of all eras and for every pocket while the other part is dedicated to handmade artists (especially jewels) and antiques.  Moreover, Olivier Châtenet, one of the biggest Yves Saint Laurent collectors, presented the exhibit LA COLLECTIONITE AIGUE with the evolution of the designer’s iconic bush jackets from 1969 to 1980.

It was possible to find striped shirts, denim shorts and a lot of American vintage for young people to designer coats and accessories mostly for lady but if you are around on the next event (planned for December but in another location) don’t forget to look for Dingue de Lunettes for vintage frames, the vintage pieces by Martine Rigole and Constantine Vintage and Hippy Market Vintage that you can also find in town in different locations. Personally I fell in love with Tilt Vintage coats: I spent there a lot of time trying almost all the faux-fur jackets and coats until I fell in love with a 70’s coat that traveled to Italy the same day (I will show you soon on the blog as the cold season is almost here!)

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I also discovered a lovely French jewel designer who made the loveliest pieces in plated gold and leather, Ciell, from who, after a long decision over many of her pieces, I bought a golden bracelet that you probably saw on my Instagram/Facebook feeds lately!

I was surprised about the number of people visiting the place and leaving with bags full of vintage shopping (which I did too as you can say!) and considering the number of vintage shops that I saw (and visited) in the area of Paris where I spent the weekend – mostly the upper Seine river – let me say that Paris is more into vintage than what I imagined.

If you are in Paris make sure you look for a “friperie”, a sort of vintage store/charity shop where you can find great bargains as they are usually cheaper that the vintage shops. That’s why I want to tell you my favorite vintage stores (or friperies) of my area or at least those I could visit during the short weekend. First of all, if you are visiting the Centre Pompidou, a few meters away you can find Mad Vintage, a lovely shop full of beautiful dresses and skirts.  From there you can head to rue de Rivoli to find Free’P’Star, it is a very tiny shop on two floors that requires a lot of patience because it is often full of people but where you can definitely find some great pieces. If you love kilo sales you can try in the same area and more precisely in rue de la Verrerie, Kilo-Shop Paris le Marais a huge vintage shop where you can find almost everything and buy it based on its weight; if you visit it during the weekends be prepared to fight a lot to see what they sell as it is packed as hell!

I wore a retro inspired handmade jumpsuit from Bloody Edith, Zara white shirt, Max&Co bag and coat, vintage shoes and a yellow handmade turban by Sine Modus.

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The Ladybug at Milan Design Week 2014, pt. 3: Retro Ville by Voodoo de Luxe

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On the same Sunday, last day of the Milan Design Week, I left the Vintage Week event for the Ripamonti area where Voodoo de Luxe organized an event as part of the Fuorisalone, Retro Ville.

It was announced as THE vintage event of the Design Week and, let me tell you… it was!!!

From the moment we walked in we were immediately immersed in an effortlessly cool, relaxed, rockabilly ambiance where we immediately felt at home: we enjoyed the stay, sipping a drink while talking and admiring the most well dressed women and men in Milan! Because this was the place for the real vintage people: those who live vintage and who feel it like a lifestyle and credo, I was transfixed.  I couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful pin ups with perfect hair and make-up (I still wish that one day I’ll be able to do that myself!) and the sexy men in their perfectly tailored 1950’s suits and scented beards!

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But I found out their secret: our friends from Bullfrog Milano were there in a vintage recreation of their beautiful Salon in Milan! It was great to see them and again, I spent a lot of time staring at them shaping beards and giving haircuts!

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Many new stallers and art makers were present (like my lovely friend Laura from Oggetti Smarriti with my favorite frames!) and I was delighted in discovering new retro and vintage dealers that I have never met before!  My winter curves made me postpone buying a bit, but I have a mental list of all the things that I need to pick up on after my Nike+ Training Club concludes!! My first shopping will be at Bloody Edith, but my second will probably be at The Black Pinafore (they make amazing reproductions of 1940’s and 50’s clothing)… not to mention Oldress, a newly established shop in Milan (in “my” area!), that I still need to give a proper visit.

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I also loved the location: it was full of vintage home-ware, furniture and all the Milano Art Makers spaces that I enjoyed so much, and of course, the green area in the middle with a little bar to enjoy the beautiful sunny day!

It was a very cool and interesting Design Week weekend… can’t wait for next year where I’m hoping to enjoy even more vintage events!

PS: if you are in Milan, follow Voodoo de Luxe: they also organize a lovely vintage market every month. We’ll talk about it soon!

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