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 says Goodbye to Munich

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I really hate this last set of pictures of Munich just because they are the last ones of an incredibly amazing three weeks spent in Germany!

I must confess that when I left I really needed a sort of detox from Milan: it was not Milan itself it was just some situations that I couldn’t stand anymore and from which I needed to stay away for a while. And this unplanned work trip to Munich was exactly what I needed: I loved the project, the company of one of my best friends and colleagues, the city that I was exploring for the first time in summer, which was a real  surprise for me. It was so vibrant and full of life, we met a lot of old friends and we made new ones: it was exactly what I needed to reboot my whole body/mind system.

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It was so painful to leave but I was leaving to Sicily just a few weeks after so I convinced myself that it was time to go home, but not before a last day shooting!

The spot was as usual a new corner of Munchner Freiheit, our favorite area of Munich this time! It was a beautiful warm and sunny day and I remember that we made friends with a lovely woman while shooting who was incredibly curious about who I was and where I was from!

For the last day I wore my new African printed pompom top, another handmade creation from Heka Couture with Ankara fabrics that I love (do you remember the circle skirt made with the same colors that I wore in Munich a couple of weeks before?).

I paired with black culottes from Dixie and loafer mules from New Look at Asos.

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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 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, her mum’s pictures and the long vest


I could never get tired of watching my mum’s pictures from the 60’s and the 70’s: she was so stylish and fashionable that I keep looking at them and wonder “where are now all these amazing clothes?”

I can name all the pieces that she wore in her pictures that I wanted so badly: colored mini dresses, platform boots, denim flares, big sunglasses, optical dresses etc. I asked her about them many times and her painful answer is always the same: “I threw them away”! I comfort myself thinking that she was so tiny at the time that probably they wouldn’t fit me even if she would have kept them but I still daydream of some of her best pieces.



One of these was a long orange leather vest from the 70’s: since I first saw it I started looking for a long vest in vintage shops and markets but it’s still really hard to find.

Last year I surrendered to a new high street long vest just because I really wanted one. This one is from Dixie, in grey tweed but it was longer and I decided to cut it a bit to better fit my figure.

I paired it with wool black culottes from Cos, Prada black turtleneck (outlet find!)  and Liu-Jo grey heeled boots.

Still, I keep looking for a vintage leather long vest so, in case you find it, just give me a hint!


The Ladybug and the 70’s Flower Power

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Is there anything that screams summer more than a flowery piece?

Look at the women magazines: every summer issue with the key pieces of the season have a floral trend since I was a young woman and started to be interested in women fashion (let’s say about thirty years ago!). The truth is that the power of a colorful flower piece is undeniable. This is why we called it Flower Power in the 70’s and we still love it!

Last year I remember buying this flowery palazzo pant from Dixie in a rainy afternoon just because I loved the colors and it made me think of summer! Also I knew that the 70’s were doing a comeback and the shape was very figure-flattering!

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I use them quite often and I brought them to Sicily for a simple yet retro inspired outfit, for a casual walk in the city center with friends.

I paired it with simple white vest from Mango, Swedish Hasbeens sandals, Michael Kors bucket bag and Africa wooden earrings from Harlem (courtesy of my dearest friend Simona).

PS: as you can see I’m totally relaxed when I am on holiday: natural hair and no make-up are my summer trademark!

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The Ladybug goes French for the opera!

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What if you receive a last minute invitation from your friend to go to the opera at the Teatro alla Scala to see the rehearsal of “Rigoletto” and you didn’t have enough time to plan your outfit?

You just go French, because no matter what, how and when but French style is always chic, elegant and has that retro touch that we all need in our lives!

I must confess that I read books and posts promising to tell you how to be a perfect French stylish girl in every situation but unfortunately I guess it is something very hard to get, unless you were born in France!

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Any attempt is still welcome so I created my opera outfit starting from a vintage French beret hat that I found on ebay many years ago. I decided to add a statement vintage hatpin from Tricia Leonard Vintage shop in Munich. I mixed all this vintage with high street and designer pieces: a black coat from Sportmax, a black sweater from Dixie, grey culottes from Imperial. To complete the outfit: Marc Jacobs thrifted grey ankle boots from Epiphany Vintage in Frankfurt and Miu Miu handbag.

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The Ladybug visits the Fondazione Prada in Milan

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Before going on holiday, during one of those Milanese hottest July weekends I decided to get some good air-conditioning with my friend Ilaria in one of the most interesting new spaces in town, the Fondazione Prada new permanent venue in Milan. This institution, started in the ‘90s is completely dedicated to contemporary art and culture and inaugurated its new venue in Milan in May 2015.

We had enough time to visit all the permanent and temporary exhibitions and we were totally in a awe. The same architectural space is incredible: it combines seven existing buildings with three new structures (Podium, Cinema and Torre) and it is the result of the transformation of a distillery dating back to the 1910’s.

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The Haunted House hosts two of the most interesting permanent installations conceived by Robert Gober and two works by Louise Bourgeois. Processo Grottesco is another permanent installation by Thomas Demand.

Other temporary projects were: Serial Classic, focused on classical sculpture; the amazing An Introduction, a collection of modern art that apparently led to the opening of the Fondazione in the Galleria Sud until the Deposito area; Trittico defined as a “dynamic display strategy” in the Cisterna area and In Part, one of my favorite collections curated by Nicholas Cullinan and situated in the Galleria Nord.

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A separate mention has to be done for the most incredible area of the Fondazione Prada, the Bar Luce, accessible also from outside, designed by film director Wes Anderson and recreating the atmosphere of a typical Milanese café of the 50’s/60’s with patterned décor, pastel colors and a lovely pink juke-box!

We took some pictures around so that you can see what it looks like and visit it for real as the place is really worth a visit!

I wore a denim dungaree by & Other Stories, Dixie striped shirt, Miu Miu golden flats, Peter Pilotto for Target round frames and a canvas bag from The Vintage Festival in Padua.

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The Ladybug’s first “marketing” experience: East Market Milano with Madame Ilary

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In the last two years I have been asked tons of times why I didn’t start selling “for real” instead of only selling my vintage and thrifted goods online. I have been asked if I wanted to open a shop or if I thought of selling during vintage markets and events. My answer is yes! I still dream of having a vintage shop or of having enough space in my house to keep all my vintage and thrifted collection in a storage room and to bring it around during the weekends and selling it at funny markets all around Italy.

Still, as I’m not working on it for the next future, I am keeping open my Ebay shop (btw feel free to have a look at it whenever you want – you can find the direct link in the Contact page) and I am enjoying the online selling which allows you sometimes to start new virtual friendships all over the world!

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At the same time, when my friend Ilaria from Madame Ilary asked me to share a stall with her at the East Market in Milan I couldn’t say no, for many different reason: first of all it was a “first” for both and I really wanted to make this experience with her as we often talked about that; it was a way to test our business and see how it worked “in the street”; secondly the place was really perfect: the area of Lambrate where the market takes place is vibrant and full of life lately and I thought it was perfect for our “launch”; last but not least, the East Market is for sure one of my favorite markets in Milan: full of interesting people, street food, flower market and a beautiful area outside to eat, drink and chat.

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I wasn’t wrong as we enjoyed the experience pretty much and we had a lot of fun even if we felt like the beginners of the market as most of stallers were way more experienced than us! Still it was the occasion to meet new people, to find old friends (like my beloved Francesca from Metalica who had a stall not far from us!) and to sell some vintage accessories and the wonderful handmade turbans made by Ilaria. The atmosphere was really interesting, a lot of people of different age, interests and style, a kind of potpourri that I appreciated a lot, definitely a great experience!

This means that you better watch out as you will probably see me around again in a market near you…in the meanwhile keep having a look at my Ebay shop!

I wore Dixie black culottes, Topshop white shirt, vintage bag by Frendo Vintage, New Balance sneakers, Nepalese silver necklace and handmade African turban by Madame Ilary.

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The Ladybug Makes Good Excuses: Besciamella at Sofia Vintage

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In my last post I talked about my excuses to go to Rome, but excuses to travel to Rome aren’t the only excuses that I make.

Recently I made my usual excuse to visit Roberta at her lovely renovated Sofia Vintage shop in Como, but this time I added a tasty event hosted by Besciamella Eventi on how to decorate fashionable cookies! As I am not good at anything related to cooking and baking, you may easily understand that this excuse was a bit of a stretch!

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Still I enjoyed watching the lovely ladies making colorful decorations on shoe and dress shaped cookies, sipping champagne and eating strawberries while meeting new and old friends on a sunny Spring day in Como!

Apparently, anything can happen in a vintage shop, especially when it looks like a home!

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And here comes my true excuse: it was also the occasion to have a look at the new summer collection, along with the new pieces from Madame Ilary… plus the new amazing swimwear from Frida Querida!

For the occasion I decided to create a vintage inspired outfit using only one vintage piece, this beautiful ’40s handbag from Vintage Galerija in Ljubljana. I wore a striped t-shirt and culottes from Dixie, Camper flats and a handmade striped turban from Madame Ilary.

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