The Ladybug’s summer favorite: wax bomber jacket and mules!

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This is one of my favorite outfits ever! It is not the outfit itself but this jacket is just one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe!

It took so long before I could get my hands on it, maybe this is another reason why I love it so much…I bought it on Etsy from a shop called Protect Talibés: all the products are handmade with African wax in Senegal and when I saw this bomber jacket with the fans I just died! I bought it immediately but I received it months later due to the fact that the postal service was incredibly slow and on top of that it was made for me which took a couple of weeks before sending it.

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When it arrived I was all excited: beautiful fit and wonderful fabric, I just couldn’t wait to wear it, even if in Milan there were more than 30 degrees! Fortunately in Munich it was fresh enough to wear it in July so, here I am, just after a long workday (my tired face says it all!!) but just before a good dinner in Munchner Freiheit and of course a good Bavarian beer!

I wore this amazing piece with black tee from Asos and black culottes from Dixie. I added my favorite black mules of this summer from & Other Stories and my African handmade necklace.

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The Ladybug speaks Chinese in Munich!

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Although I visited Munich many times, mostly for work, I never visited the Englischer Garten until last summer. A couple of times I missed it because I didn’t have enough time and when I visited in 2015 I spent a lot of time visiting art galleries and the old city center that I didn’t make time for a visit of this beautiful garden in the city center. During that weekend in Munich we decided that it was time to fill this gap and we enjoyed a beautiful stroll in the park: the weather was amazing and the park was full of life, which made it even better.

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We also managed to see the famous Chinese Tower inside the Garden (Chinesischer Turm) and we took a couple of pictures of this beautiful area of Munich. We also joined the many Germans and tourists drinking beer in the park, even if we were supposed to head to Georgenhof, a famous Bavarian restaurant where we ate (personally for the second time there!) the best kaiserschmarren ever!  It is a typical Austrian-Bavarian, a sort of shredded pancake with apple sauce, nuts, cherries, plums, caramelized raisins and almonds…it wasn’t a good day to stay on diet!

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It has to be said that before the English Garden we spent the morning at the amazing Peter Lindbergh exhibition at the Kunsthalle, so we definitely needed some sugar after our busy Sunday morning around Munich!

I wore Joanie Clothing retro tee, Dixie black culottes and two of my favorite African wax accessories: a beautiful handmade turban by my super talented  friend Madame Ilary and my new favorite wax tote from Wax Is The New Black that I found on Afrikrea marketplace. White sneakers Nike 4 & Other Stories.

(Photo Credit: Marco Di Terlizzi)

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The Ladybug faces her biggest fashion fear

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Let’s have a break from Munich (but not from outfits!) just to celebrate this special Try-Day Friday! This is an outfit post with a story and with some important message for me and for all my beautiful readers.

But let’s start from the beginning: a few months ago, before going on holiday, I spent a lovely Sunday with my friends; we went for a brunch in a beautiful location in Milan (the Fuorimano, amazing place and delicious brunch!) and then we enjoyed a beautiful tour of the colored vintage houses of the Quartiere Arcobaleno in Milan. As the locations were pretty interesting and my favorite photographer was there with his camera, we organized a lovely photo-shoot to share on my blog and social media.

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I didn’t share until today and there is a reason for that: I was facing one of my biggest fashion fears ever…the naked belly! When I woke up that morning I was in a very good mood: I was about to leave for my summer holidays and I felt particularly fashion fearless. I then wore one of my favorite African wax tops from Heka Couture, an amazing couture piece that I usually wear with high-waisted bottoms (as it is quite short and I need to cover my not fabulously toned belly), with a normal waist jeans from Zara. It didn’t feel too bad, until I saw the pictures: they were amazing but I kept focusing on these few centimeters of belly appearing between my top and my jeans, screaming something like: “you are fat”!!!

I decided then to leave these pictures there for a while, until I was maybe feeling better about them. I came back to these photographs a couple of times in the meanwhile but nothing, the scream was still there.

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As I don’t believe in coincidences (everything happens for a reason!), while lazily surfing on Instagram the other day, I found out about Dia&Co Try-Day Friday… Their message is very simple: beauty is not a matter of size or centimeters, you are beautiful no matter what size is written on the tag. They promote the Try-Day Friday attitude, supporting women to wear at least once a week something that scares them and to feel comfortable with it.

There is a lot of talking around body shaming and body positive attitude lately and my personal slogan is “curvy does it better”, but all my positive body ideas, all my talking about beauty coming from the inside and from self-acceptance and self-love just fell down in front of these few centimeters of fat belly.

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I spent a couple of days with this idea in mind: how is it that I am super positive about other people curvy bodies and self-love and I am so critical about myself? After a few days I found the answer, but more importantly I found the action to face and to overcome this stupid fear: it was time to share with the world my naked belly pictures! I am not scared of other people’s opinion about me and maybe, some of you with similar fashion and body fears will find the strength to do the same!

I understood that I am not defined by the amount of fat on my body and that my body is not defined by the models that are everywhere on TV, magazines and Internet. I choose to embrace my fat, my cellulite, my wrinkles because it is me, and I am super proud of myself!

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Photo Credit: Marco Di Terlizzi

Top: Heka Couture

Jeans and shoes: Zara

Vintage bag: Epiphany Vintage Frankfurt

Sunglasses: Hush

Vintage earrings: Bohemian Retro Prague

The Ladybug’s Friday afternoons in Munich

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Another post,  another outfit from Munich (I have a few left, well more than a few, so prepare to travel to Munich with me through my outfits!).

Fridays afternoons were the best while I was there: the weekday was over and new exciting weekends were going to start, full of friends, trips, shopping and a lot of city wandering!

This was not my first long stay in the Bavarian city but every time I go back I discover new areas and new venues: this year I was in the area of Munchner Freiheit, a real surprise for me; it is full of life, colored buildings, restaurants and bars and loads of people enjoying the summer vibes and the fresh nights out.

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This was taken the first Friday afternoon: relaxed face, messy hair and casual style!

I wore these amazing African wax culottes by Heka Couture (the pattern is just one of my favorites ever as well as the 50’s shape!) with & Other Stories navy tee, Mango 90’s denim jacket and Nike 4 & Other Stories white sneakers.

PS. There adorable vintage golden loop earrings just broke two days ago…I am still sad because I loved them. They were original from the 80’s and I definitely need a new pair! Any suggestion?

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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 last “coup de cœur”: ROSEGAL!

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Pourquoi ? Parce qu’il faut absolument que je vous parle de mon dernier coup de cœur de chez Rosegal.com : leur Plus!

Vu mon style vintage j’ai toujours adoré les robes en dentelle : ça fait tellement classique, élégante, belle époque, un peu coquette et super sexy  au même temps…j’adore !

Le seul truc c’est de trouver la robe parfaite qui dessine bien notre corps sinon : moulante ou style tunique, longue ou au genou, noire ou blanche…bon, le côté positif est que moi qui suis assez difficile sur les robes en dentelle, j’ai trouvé des centaines de modèles sur leur site et j’en ai choisi deux à vous proposer.

Ils sont noir (pour moi la robe en dentelle est noire ou bleue !) et j’adore leur côté vintage un peu romantique et sexy ! Mais comment les porter ?

Je les ai imaginé avec du rose pâle comme ces chaussures pointues au style vintage et ce petit sac bandoulière que j’ai adoré !

Si vous voulez ajouter une dernière touche retro alors allez pour ces boucles d’oreilles super chic que vous pouvez aussi porter avec vos jeans (ainsi que le sac et les chaussures ci-dessus).

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Vous êtes pas encore convaincues ? Voilà quelques photos pour vous donner l’inspiration ! Par example, pourquoi pas la porter avec un gros manteau ou un blouson en cuir ou encore des bottines à talons?

 

Comme on y est je vous fais aussi un petit cadeau….

Sur toutes les robes d’été on vous propose une réduction jusqu’à -65% en insérant le code RGFR lors de votre commande ! Profitez-en ! Et montrez-moi vos achats !

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The Ladybug wakes up after a sweet dream of shoes, Luisa Tratzi shoes!

 

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I’ve been a bit quiet lately: too much work, too many things to do and as usual when spring is coming I feel incredibly tired and I need to sleep a lot! For this reason I guess you won’t be surprised if I come back with a post talking about my favorite spot during the…Milan Fashion Week! I know it was a month ago but I needed time to tell you everything about the amazing Luisa Tratzi AW2017 shoe collection!

 

I needed time because it totally surprised me as it was a huge change. I’ve been following Luisa since her beginnings and every collection was a little surprise for me because she managed to give me always a new different idea of what beauty is when it comes to shoes. But this time I saw a more mature Luisa, daring with her creativity and making the most of every detail.

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First of all, shapes: I was amazed to see a lot of ankle boots in her new collection; it is my favorite piece and hers are just incredible; cut-outs, Plexiglas details, new shapes and length of the heels, bows, buckles…the collection is so creative and strong, so much more feminine if I can say so!

 

Second thing, materials: soft leather is a label mark as well as shiny patent but the new pieces in soft suede added something more to the collection! My favorite piece was indeed the navy suede ankle boot that I held in my hand…it was just perfection!

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Last but not least, colors: AW collections are sometimes more boring than SS because it usually turns around a few main colors (basically black and brown) but Luisa dared color-blocking (orange and purple) and pale pink also in winter plus all shades of blue, red and burgundy.

 

I really adored this collection, it was so powerful that her temporary shop in via Solferino during the Milan Fashion Week was absolutely glowing!

 

For more information you can visit her site http://www.luisatratzi.it

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The Ladybug enters the enchanted world of Antonio Marras (Nulla Dies Sine Linea)

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I started 2017 with great “firsts”: the first movie of the year (Collateral Beauty), the first book of the year (Rodolfo Walsh stories), the first shopping of the year (a beautiful and warm jacket for half of its price). So was my first exhibit of the year: Antonio Marras’ Nulla Dies Sine Linea at the Triennale in Milan.

I visited the exhibit at the beginning of January, on a cold Saturday afternoon and I loved it since I came in, passing through a series of hanged white shirts and black jackets with attached bells  as so wanted the artist.

The artist is Antonio Marras, one of my favorite designers ever, whose fashion showroom and artistic space (Spazio Marras) is one of my favorite corners in Milan (I visited it recently for the wonderful Malick Sidibé photography exhibition). I have always loved his fashion and I have always considered him as one of the most innovative and creative talents in Italy. I have been following him since he was an “emerging designer” because I was stunned by his fashion art and I have been loving him since then.

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I wasn’t surprised to find out that he was also an incredible artist. Nulla Dies sine Linea is a tribute to his life and career but also to the artist more than the designer. Fashion is everywhere but the exhibit is a totalizing journey into his world. From paintings to sculptures and installations, the atmosphere is relaxed, the lights are soft, the music delicately brings the visitor inside Marras’ world. There is no filter and the personal reaction is crucial. There is life and death, light and mystery, sex and fashion. Old doors and furniture often surround the installations and when you cross them you have the incredible feeling of entering something private, enveloping and fascinating, involving all of your senses.

I adored this touching journey and I fell in love with Antonio Marras even more as I discovered a lot more about his art and I was captivated by its amazingness.

I wore a Blauer green parka, Acne Studios black skinny jeans and Replay biker boots.

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The Ladybug and the fitting slipper: I found my perfect shoes at Luisa Tratzi AW2016 presentation

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I came back to Milan just in time for the presentation of Luisa Tratzi AW2016 collection during the Fashion Week. This happened in a new location in the lovely area of Brera, near via Solferino and via Castelfidardo, a lovely corner of Milan that I was seeing for the first time (and that I used for a quick photoshoot!) in a beautiful sunny day; in this warm and welcoming space that I would define like in the middle between a shop and a showroom, Luisa’s shoes from new collection AW2016 and current SS2016 were everywhere, leaning on mirrors, with their incredible colors and shapes.

A tribute to the power of the perfect heels on a perfect day!

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When I received Luisa Tratzi’s invitation I immediately asked myself: what did she invent this time? I am a huge fan of her talent and creativity!

Well, here is the answer…and the truth is that she manages to surprise me all the time!

This time she invented the sexiest cut-outs ever for sandals and ankle boots, the most feminine heels ever, the softest suede, the warmest and brightest colors; the perfect powder pink ankle boots; the amazing drops’ effect on black leather, the best Italian quality and, as if this was not enough, she killed me with the best shoes ever: a pair of Magenta heeled cut-out pointy shoes (also available in black patent…pure ecstasy!).

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How do you know that a pair of shoes is your feet soul mate? Easy: my head and my feet never left them and kept thinking of them all the time even after more than 10 days; I received messages from readers asking about those amazing pair of shoes when I posted them on social medias; all my female friends-colleagues asked about them; even male friends and colleagues (usually not very interested in these topics) admitted that those shoes, hey!, they were freaking sexy; they were incredibly sexy and absolutely comfortable at the same time…what else do we need to know that this is real shoe-love?!!

My lovely Cinderellas, you can find a selection of my favorite pieces here and if you are too tempted you can still visit www.luisatratzi.it of find Luisa Tratzi con Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

I wore Zara silver sweater, Imperial blue trousers and, of course, Luisa Tratzi shoes.

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The Ladybug and the White Shirt, the story continues: discovering Balossa SS2016 collection at White Trade Show

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During the Milan Fashion Week one of my favorite stop-overs is the White Trade Show: I love this place not only because it gives you a forward-looking idea of what will be on next year but mostly because you discover many new interesting brands. In fact when I get back home I have my bag full of business cards and I spend a lot of time online to visit sites, Facebook and Instagram pages!

​But it is also an occasion to visit some of my favorite brands and to see which surprise they prepared for my little happy eyes! It was the case of my adored Balossa White Shirt, one of my favorite brands ever (especially because they have wonderful handmade shirts, that I adore, but this you already know!) founded by the talented designer Indra Kaffemanaite, who presented the new SS2016 collection a few weeks ago at White Trade Show in Milan.

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As usual it was a pleasure to meet Indra because she is such a sweetheart and she takes a lot of time explaining every single piece with such a passion that you feel like falling in love every time she takes a new shirt from the hanger. But I have to say that the 2016 Spring Summer collection managed to amaze me maybe even more than the last one, when I first met her. The beautiful shirts of this collection reach a new level of deconstruction leading to new experiments and breaking the rules in a totally unexpected way. Balossa plays with volumes and lines creating real art sculptures with surprising details: cut-outs, draperies, asymmetries and the most original detail, sleeves and collars everywhere except where you expect to find them! You can find sleeves as belts or pussy bows, collars as pockets (or inside pockets) or as details all along the shirt, shirts as dresses or jackets: the freedom of creativity is strong and refreshing. Eccentricity becomes sensual and bold at the same time.

Every Balossa shirt is a statement piece!

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The shirts of this collection are made with selected Italian cotton, so that they are soft and fresh (a real pleasure to wear) with a touch of sheer every now and then. White is the main color but the new shades of blue and pale pink are perfect for summer (I am really in love with the blue shade, very hard to find and extremely sexy).

I am not surprised that during the White Trade Show, Balossa received the Inside White award from Izumi Ogino, designer of the maison Anteprima. She chose Balossa because of their shapes, cuts and volumes that represent a perfect mix of Italian and Japanese styles. I can’t agree more with her!

I try to show you some of my favorite pieces here but believe me, it was very hard to pick up only a few of them!

For the day I wore a Balossa asymmetric white shirt, of course!, with Acne Studios skinny jeans, vintage Escada yellow shoes from Epiphany vintage and thrift store in Frankfurt, handmade African earrings and Balenciaga bag.

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