The Ladybug’s first “Star Wax” episode!

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If you are wondering what is the “Star Wax” saga, well let me tell you that this is just a joke with my friend Ilaria, founder of Heka Couture and Madame Ilary, the person who created the wax trousers and turban that I am wearing in this post.

As we bought this 6 yards of yellow African print wax fabric, we were deciding what to do with it and we started calling it the “star wax” because of the white stars on the fabric. We imagined to create a pair of trousers, a jacket and a turban, and we called this mini collection the “star wax saga” as a joke!

I was thinking of this joke while writing this post to show the first episode of the saga: these trousers and turban handmade by Ilaria, mixed with vintage pieces and high street.

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We were together when I first wore those two pieces: as it was a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon and we were heading to a garage market I decided to dare a mix of African print and stripes (top is from an old Zara collection).

As if it was not enough, I added vintage pieces to the outfit: a lovely vintage doctor bag that I bought during a special vintage event for buyers years ago here in Milan and a Nepalese statement necklace.

Final touch, my Casta and Dolly clogs from Arkivio Vintage!

PS: next episode of the Star Wax saga will be up on the blog soon!!

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The Ladybug found many treasures in the vintage archives: Arkivio Vintage Showroom in Milan, the second round!

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Dear fellow vintage lovers, you may have seen on my Instagram that last week I went again to the Arkivio Vintage event where my friend Ilaria (founder of Madame Ilary and Heka Couture) was presenting her new 2017SS collection. I am always happy when she is selling at this event because it is one of my favorite events in town for two very important reasons.

First one, the atmosphere: it always feels like going to Susan’s (the founder of Arkivio Vintage) house with your friends! The hospitality is top and you always meet a lot of people and start chatting with everyone (sellers and customers) while sipping wine and eating biscuits as if you were at a party with your friends. We try things, take pictures, make a lot of noise and – major bonus – buy a lot of beautiful things!

And here we go to the second reason why I love Arkivio Vintage events: you can find so many great things, not only handmade pieces (which you know that I love a lot because I adore the “unique” pieces made with love by handcrafters) but also real gems from really interesting emerging brands.

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Last time I told you about the Bonne Maison socks for example and the beautiful wooden clogs by Casta e Dolly, this time I discovered Fleurs Coquines and Isole e Vulcani swimwear as well as the beautiful bags by Daf Design. I am still in love with Arkivio Vintage own bags and I think that sooner or later I will get myself one!

This time I got this beautiful folk clutch that I adore (the book is a present from Ilaria and I can’t wait to start reading Elsa Schiaparelli biography!) and I am waiting for the next event to find more wonderful pieces in this adorable showroom in via Morosini 27 in Milan.

If you want to go to the next events (and maybe find me there!) you can check Arkivio Showroom Facebook page. See you there! PS: I was wearing a vintage preppy blazer, Zara culottes, Madame Ilary turban, Madame Cosette velvet boots and African necklaces.

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The Ladybug’s “Blue velveteen”

 

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I don’t know what’s wrong with me but every time that I wear velvet I start singing Lenny Kravitz’s “Black Velveteen”, so I thought it was the perfect title for this blog post (with some changes of course!)

 

I love velvet, no matter the season, I could also wear it in summer if it didn’t look too weird (and I’m still not sure that I’m not going to wear my velvet sandals in summer!)…Anyway it’s Spring so I guess that it is still allowed! I also love jumpsuits (again, whatever the season is but with jumpsuits it doesn’t matter the season!)  which may explain why I madly fell in love with this handmade navy velvet jumpsuit from Heka Couture!

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I totally love it! the fabric is so soft and the shape is amazing….I can’t stop wearing it night and day! It’s such a versatile piece you can wear it in the office, for a night out or just during the weekend depending on how you accessorize it.

 

This time I wore it for a drink out on a Saturday afternoon with a retro printed shirt from Zara.

 

I added my 60’s inspired Marella ankle boots and big earrings from Lora Nikolova Bijoux.

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The Ladybug’s retro fun at Archivio Vintage

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Christmas is coming and the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift has already started: this is the time of the year when I start looking for markets, fairs and events to find something original possibly handmade to offer to my friends and family. I must say that Milan is the perfect city for that: during the weekends you can find all sort of event but I am always surprised when I find something new that I didn’t know about.

It is the case of Archivio Vintage at Arkivio Showroom: my friend Ilaria, who is also a seller at this kind of events always has a good eye to find the greatest ones. This is one of the reasons why I went to see her exposing at this event and once again she wasn’t wrong! I was so happy about my find that I wanted to share it with you!

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Archivio Vintage was born as a seller of handmade pouches with vintage and modern fabrics. Now you can find there beautiful handmade bags and clogs and original vintage pieces (especially bags) along with pieces like French Bonne Maison socks (my favorite ones!). Susan, the creator of Archivio Vintage, also organizes lovely events at the Arkivio Showroom, putting together some of the best handcrafters: clothes, shoes, jewels and accessories all completely handmade! It is the perfect place to support local business and handcrafters while getting very rare pieces for yourself and your loved ones!

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Of course it was also the occasion to see live Heka Couture 2016-2017 winter collection, one of the best so far: velvet pieces and turbans, big bows and volumes…we couldn’t help trying our favorite pieces like the navy velvet jumpsuit (my favorite piece) or the animal print top and skirt with matching suspenders; the big 50’s circle skirt and of course, the greatest turbans!

No need to say we didn’t leave with empty hands!  

If you want to know more about Archivio Vintage events you can follow them on Facebook (archiviovintage) or on their website http://www.archiviovintage.it

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The Ladybug’s brings the 50’s to Sicily!

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For the first time after a few years I skipped the Summer Jamboree Festival in Senigallia this year. I still love this event a lot but after three consecutive years I needed a break and probably I needed more relaxing holidays at home with my family, going to the beach, reading books and just enjoying my beloved ones’ company.

Still, when I looked at pictures from the Summer Jamboree I couldn’t help feeling a bit nostalgic then I decided to try a 50’s inspired outfit for an aperitif during my summer holidays in Sicily, putting together what I had in my holidays suitcase!

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I wore an handmade 50’s inspired white circle skirt by Heka Couture and I paired it with a polka dot turban by Madame Ilary handmade with an old unused Zara shirt that I decided to recycle and vintage decorative button.

I completed my navy and white outfit with navy Swedish Hasbeens sandals and Mango top.

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The Ladybug finds relief in Escher’s geometries

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Milan is too hot to do anything these days. It is hard to go out running or walking and when I cannot reach the beach I need to find a way to reduce my pain caused by the awful heat.

The only way to do it is finding a nice place with air conditioning, like a museum! Thanks God there’s always a good exhibition to visit (there are a few actually!) then I called my friend to reach me for what became more than a simple visit, but a real interactive experience: the Escher exhibit at Palazzo Reale.

I have always loved this artist, especially how his art was involved in fashion and music industry (one of my favorite pieces ever is the so-called Escher dress by British designer Matthew Williamson for example!) but it was the first time that I visited an exhibit dedicated to his work.

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More than 200 works were exposed in six different sections going from his roots to his love for Italy (especially Southern Italy!) and the discovery of geometric art in Spain. What I love more about his art is that it challenges the viewer and his ability to “read” his work, to find new images in images, to discover new paths from the visible paths. A large part of the exhibit was also dedicated to his huge influence on comics, advertising, music and films during the 20th century…but I couldn’t see the Matthew Williamson dress!

You can visit the exhibit until the 22nd of January 2017.

I wore Topshop mom jeans, Please golden tee, Zara laced shoes and vintage 70’s bag from Foxy Brown Vintage. I added my new handmade turban from Heka Couture and handmade silver Nepalese double necklace. ..I was totally in my “Princess of Persia mood”!

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The Ladybug supports handmade designers at the Blue Velvet Atelier

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During the frenzy of Christmas period, among markets and crazy shopping, I was invited to a very special event in the heart of Milan, the Blue Velvet Atelier in Corso Como. Two days in a beautiful space where art, fashion, handmade and design meet together for a different kind of event. Not a market but a temporary shop that looks more like a boudoir with some of the best handmade designers around. Plus: free delicious cakes, Dammann Frères tea, street food trunk and a special corner for hair and makeup!

I went to see my beautiful friends Ilaria and Gemma from Heka Couture exposing there their beautiful creations: I loved their hats, turbans, headbands and clothing as usual and I bought from them some of my Christmas presents for my beloved ones (yes, I’m trying to make more turban-addicts!!) and of course for myself! By the way, what do you think of my new check headband? 🙂

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I also found some new handmade designers like Lora Nikolova Bijoux & Art, an amazing jewels designer (I fell in love with her necklaces and I bought a lovely pair of earrings and a beautiful tree-brooch) and Riminimade who makes beautiful handmade shoes that you can “create” yourself with the color and fabrics that you prefer (I didn’t buy a pair but I definitely will, I’ve already created my favorite pair!!).

For the event I wore my new blue coat from Diffusione Tessile in perfect “dressing-gown style”, Acne Studios jeans, Please sweater, New Balance sneakers, Miu Miu bag and my new Heka Couture headband!

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The Ladybug’s “Nice” weekend!

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A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to spend a beautiful weekend in Provence, France. More precisely in Juan-les-Pins and Nice. It was totally unplanned and unexpected and maybe this is the reason why I enjoyed it so much. The weather was incredibly warm and I felt really envious of people living there because they can see the sea every day and in the middle of November they could eat outside in the sun without wearing tights or coats. I felt a bit out of place with my black tights and my heavy coat.

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It was a total-relax weekend: little lunches and dinners outside, meeting old friends, walking around and shopping a little bit. Speaking of which, if it happens that you are in Nice don’t miss the lovely Caprice Vintage Shop, not far from the beautiful and crowded Place Masséna: it is one of the best vintage shops in town and the vintage selection is amazing! It is defnitely worth a visit!

Let me just share here some of my pictures from my day in Nice, on the famous Promenade des Anglais: I am wearing Zara 60’s inspired black dress, vintage laced ankle boots from Foxhole Vintage in Brussels, Miu Miu bag and handmade headband by Heka Couture.

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The Ladybug’s vintage riddle of the day!

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November has just ended and I have a little riddle for you: which amazing vintage event takes place twice a year in Milan, in April and November? I know, this is easy and as I guess that you are a vintage lover it is even easier! It is the Milano Vintage Week! The thing is that, if you are a vintage lover in Milan there are for sure a few shops and markets where you can go for vintage shopping but many of them are way too expensive, so all that you can do is wait for your favorite vintage event in town where you can still find good pieces at affordable and fair prices and where you can breathe (and shop) vintage for a couple of hours!

This year I brought one of my non-vintage-lover friend who ended up buying vintage inspired pieces, which is the first step to move into vintage fanatics world! I did the same of course, but this is no news!

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As always my little vintage paradise in Milan was full of great stalls and pieces and I could see my “vintage friends” (Opherty & Ciocci, Shabby Chic, Magnifica Preda, A.N.G.E.L.O.), meet new dealers and crafters and be part of some of the many events and activities that at every edition make this Vintage Week fun and pleasant (workshops, presentations, beauty and hair tutorials, retro inspired photoshoots).

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I also visited the lovely exhibit (in collaboration with A.N.G.E.L.O.) dedicated to Valentino with some of his beautiful pieces from the 70’s and 80’s. The two rooms dedicated to the designer were a real paradise for those who love vintage, but also for those who appreciate a good piece of fashion. I spent a lot of time admiring the decorations and the wonderful work on these pieces, and I was really amazed to find a kind of creativity that doesn’t exist anymore. It was a way of reminding me why I love vintage fashion so much!

I wore Heka Couture lace jabot, Dixie black culottes, Max&Co black coat, Maison Momonì folk clutch, 8 pointed brogues and & Other Stories glitter socks.

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The Ladybug and her hat addiction at Studio Zeta (with Heka Couture)

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One of the many things that I love about Milan are the little markets that you can find almost every weekend: from food to flowers, to clothes and accessories, especially the vintage and handmade markets. A few weeks ago I was invited to the Studio Zeta showroom event, not really a market but a sort of exhibition of creatives in this beautiful fashion showroom that every now and then opens its doors to different kind of crafters and designers for a weekend.

The location is lovely and the selection of sellers and exposers is always accurate: it is definitely a place to spend a Saturday afternoon with your girlfriends knowing that you will for sure buy something!

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I was invited by Gemma and Ilaria, founders of Heka Couture, as it was their first time there, exposing their new collection of hats, turbans and many other beautiful things: coats, jackets, skirts, dresses, trousers, culottes, jabots, collars, everything absolutely handcrafted and with incredible choice of patterns and materials. I was madly in love with their new turbans, hats and headbands (I bought one, of course, but I could have done worse!) and it was hard to leave all those pieces there because most of them were incredibly awesome! The 30’s inspired berets or the golden turban, the maxi bow collar or the striped turban with bow were among my favorite pieces. I also loved the golden waistcoat and skirt, the fancy hooded coat and a beautiful dress that made me think of Erdem or the old Matthew Williamson for the wonderful sketched pattern.

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But Studio Zeta event was also about vintage: my friend Laura from Italian Vintage Suite was there with her beautiful vintage pieces and a special corner was dedicated to get free vintage hairstyling. Plus, lot of jewels and fashion designers, live performance and a special area for kids’ fun and wine tasting!

I wore Heka Couture lace jabot, Dixie black culottes, Max & Co black coat, Maison Momonì folk clutch, 8 pointed brogues and & Other Stories glitter socks. Of course I also tried all my favorite headpieces exposed!!

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