The Ladybug brainstorming moments with Madame Ilary

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This is the easiest blog post ever: everything I wear is handmade with love by Madame Ilary, from head to toe! The embellished black turban, the silky black pants with belt and the amazing green top with silver Chinese decoration and embellished collar.

Almost every weekend I meet Ilaria for lunch and for a brainstorming session in her showroom in Milan: we talk about the ideas that we had during the week and how to make them come true, we share ideas on our jobs, we discuss fashion, fabrics, vintage and travels, we make new project and we take a lot of pictures!

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I love to wear her new pieces just to see how they look like on me and sometimes I even buy them like I did for these black trousers that I love and I wear very often because I find them stylish and super comfortable at the same time!

I like the like-minded connection that we have and I love everything she does so I also share our outfits on my social media and blog!

As for my earrings they are handmade with love too but by Metalica Creazioni, from the magical hands of Francesca!

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The Ladybug is a (curvy) model for a day!

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One of the advantages of having a creative mind as a friend is that you can always see, get inspiration and in this case also modeling for her!

I often go to visit Ilaria in her Madame Ilary atelier in Milan, just to watch her working or getting inspired by her new pieces. I love to watch “the process of creation” that is behind every single piece and to appreciate then the unicity of each turban or clothes that she makes.

She believes in real women and she wants to dress them, that’s why she says that her friends and customers are better than a model because they show how the pieces are on a real woman and sometimes I model for her, especially when she has brand new creations.

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It was the case of this wonderful brocade blue coat, a vintage inspired piece with amazing vintage trimmings. I have a thing for all her brocade coats because they have this “Renaissance” feeling that I cannot explain with other words!

We paired the coat with a new piece from her collection, the black jumpsuit with embroidered sartorial big pockets on the front. I love the shape of the pockets, they add an incredible touch to a simple yet elegant piece.

Of course we decided to add one of her turbans to the outfit and we went for this amazing structured fuchsia piece that I adore!

Total Outfit: Heka Couture

Earrings: Metalica

Curvy model: Me!

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The Ladybug is as vain as…a peacock!

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You know what people tell me all the time? That I am vain! I am always very surprised when they say so because I don’t think that I am vain at all. I consider myself quite insecure and sometimes I am also my worst enemy. So I always ask to those who tell me that I am vain why they think that I am? What type of attitude that I have make them think that I am vain? And they say: because you are a blogger!  

Maybe being a blogger makes people think that you are vain but I am not that kind of blogger: I don’t post sexy pictures half naked or I don’t look at the camera with sensual eyes (usually I don’t look at the camera at all!). Still, exposing yourself is often perceived as a sign of vanity.

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Well, if people think so I don’t care but I wanted to joke about that with my usual irony: when Ilaria from Heka Couture showed me the new amazing peacock print that she got in different shades, I asked her a midi circle skirt with that print! Peacock is the vain animal and the print was just fantastic!

So here I am wearing my vanity skirt (it is also a huge skirt that really feels like the peacock feathers!) and making it turn as if I was a kid! As the skirt itself is quite “important” I wore it with simple black turtleneck sweater from Zara but I added a bit of color with my adored Ouigal blue ankle boots!

Last but not least I added my new handmade ginkgo earrings by Made in Camper, one of my last amazing discoveries from the Wunder Mrkt in Milan: I loved her handmade brass jewelry but I really had a crush on these earrings, also because I love ginkgo and in Japan I appreciated a lot its story and what it represents, a symbol of strength and rebirth.

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The Ladybug and the joys of the “total outfit”

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I still remember that I was in Japan when I saw that Madame Ilary posted on Instagram a picture in her new Marlene trousers. I liked them so much that when I came back to Milan I asked her to try the new trousers in the different patterns that she made.

When I saw the black pair with the white roses (a very vintage inspiration!) I realized that these were the pants that I wanted: the shape is incredible and fits so well and the pattern…well I just loved it! “I also made a 30s inspired turban with the same fabric” – she said. “Do you want it?”. What you can answer if not “Definitely yes”!

The trousers are super easy to wear with shirts, tees and even thin sweaters and so is the turban, even if the elegance of its inspiration (30s decorations and shape) makes it look a bit more “engaging” (which is not: like every turban it goes absolutely with EVERYTHING from denim to velvet to sequins, you just need to use your imagination!).

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BUT, the perfect match for this two-piece combo was the elegant and super chic organza black shirt from Madame Ilary (actually this is part of her HEKA Couture collection). I loved this shirt since it was still in progress: it is so classically chic that I couldn’t help loving it and making it mine!

Of course this is not an outfit for the day but it is perfect for a dinner or a party, although the pieces can be used separately and mixed with other styles. I must admit that this was for me the perfect combination, at the point that Ilaria herself used this trio for her last shooting campaign.

PS: for those in Milan, these pictures were taken at the incredible vicolo Santa Caterina, near the Università Statale. The graffiti were so cool, it was the first time that I checked the area even if it is very close to the University where we often shoot (also near Ilaria show room!).

(Big hoop earrings are from Gogo Philip, black ankle boots from Francesco Milano at Merry Go Round).

What do you think of this outfit? Would you wear it for a night out? Maybe a vintage themed one?

Photo Credit: Milena Molinari

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The Ladybug and the instant princess feeling!

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Sometimes it happens that you don’t need to think too much about what to wear and how to combine pieces. This usually happens when you wear a statement piece that says it all and the rest of your outfit almost doesn’t matter.

When you wear a piece like this you feel different, no matter what. I truly believe in the power of fashion. Someone one day said: “You can have it all if you dress for it!”. Or it was “You can have it all. Go dress for it”. Well, it doesn’t matter now, what matters is that getting dressed in a certain way, in line with who you are and who you want to be gives you a special and powerful energy.

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This amazing long skirt handmade by Ilaria (Heka Couture) is one of my powerful pieces. In soft Prince of Wales patterned wool, super long and perfectly fitting with its large pleats, this skirt is a dream and it can give the instant “princess feeling”!

I wore it for work with super simple black Benetton sweater (but I can also imagine it with a simple white shirt) but I added a bit of color with the aqua Ouigal ankle boots and a bit of vintage with the amazing IZ Vintage blackamoor golden earrings.

I don’t know if it was a coincidence but that day was a really wonderful day!

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The Ladybug’s best recipe: vintage, handmade and African wax

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There are clothes in my wardrobe for which I have a special love. It happens that when I wear them I feel happy and really myself, but sometimes only by looking at them hanging in my closet they give me the good vibes of the memories that they bring with them.

This beautiful Heka Couture dress handmade with one of my favorite African print (personally picked up in a Dakar market…what a beautiful memory!) is one of these pieces that I love so much: the fabric, the shape (A-line with 3/4 sleeves) the colors, everything is just perfect!

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I wore it on my first Milanese weekend after the summer break (yes, I’m still tanned in these pics!) and I paired it with a beautiful handmade turban by Madame Ilary (one of my favorite turbans from my huge collection!) with a golden palm trees pattern and simple black heels (8 on Yoox).

I added my touch of vintage with my 90s silver hoops and my 60s bamboo bangles (from Ebay!). I completed my arm decoration with a fantastic handcrafted flower bracelet made of shells and raffia that Madame Ilary brought me from her summer holiday in Mallorca.   

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The Ladybug goes for the bronze medal

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Bronze, gold, silver…how hard it is to wear these colors? I love them and I often wear golden or silver boots and other accessories but when it comes to clothing the story becomes quite hard.

Not that I use to move back from fashion challenges, I totally love to push it a bit when I can but this often means facing people comments or strange glances in the street! I’m quite used to that but every now and then it just gets on my nerves!

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I knew all this when I decided to buy and wear this amazing culottes and turban bronze combo from Heka Couture but I tested it for the first time in Paris where people were absolutely loving it! But Paris is Paris and Milan is Milan…but you know what? Who cares? “Let people stare at you and keep being fabulous”: this is what I say to myself when a glimpse of doubt crosses my mind!

So I wore my combo for work and then a movie date with a friend, matching it with Topshop pale blue shirt and Mango leather biker jacket.  I added killer black heels from 8 at Yoox, cameo ring from Alcozer & Co. and handmade earrings by Metalica Creazioni.

So what do you think? Fashion yay or nay?

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The Ladybug plays matchy matchy in Sicily

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The “Giardino Corallo” is one of the historical places in town with a long and complicated story: music, theatre, cinema, artistic center, it represents a bit of my hometown history and I really wanted to take some pictures outside this place because I like the “vintage” feeling.

I didn’t know that just around the corner a piece of street art was also waiting to be photographed!

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It was one of hottest winter days of my Sicilian holiday (I didn’t need to wear a coat) and I wore a beautiful handmade coordinated culottes and turban by Heka Couture with a simple turtleneck Zara jumper.

Pointy ankle boots are from Francesco Milano at Merry Go Round in Milan, silver loop earrings are vintage and my new red lipstick is from Wycon Cosmetics!

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The Ladybug’s new printed tee and jap culottes!

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Back to Milan and to my adored Piazza Gae Aulenti: its architecture is still an inspiration for my outfit posts!

Today I’m wearing some of my new favorite pieces, starting from this beautiful printed tee by Heka Couture: I’ve always loved her drawings and she finally decided to print them for a new beautiful collection of tees. No need to say that I was on the waiting list! (I also have a black one, I will show it soon!).

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During the summer sales I also fell in love with these Mango Japanese inspired embroidered culottes: they were in awful conditions, that’s why I needed to fix them but it was the only size left for 19 euros, how could I resist?

I paired them with my vintage biker jacket, a beautiful leather piece that I found as a bargain (17 euros!) in Munich at a lovely garage sale last July.

My shoes are from 8 on Yoox and my brass earrings are handmade by Metalica.

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The Ladybug and the importance of knowing Ulysses!

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This was one of the funniest photo sessions ever!

I like when we take pictures and people just stare at you trying to understand why you are such a poser, sometimes people just ask or make comments (usually nice ones!) and it is lovely to take some time to talk to them and share opinions on the backdrop or best pose; but this time we laughed as mad when we realized what was happening!

My sister and I were in Messina, my hometown, and I liked that door so much that I wanted to take my pictures there: the area is very popular during summer because it is quite crowded of people going to the beach but basically it is an old fishermenarea with a lot of small houses just near the sea where people still enjoy playing cards or having a chat sitting outside their houses.

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At some point during the shooting we realized that many people were almost surrounding us basically trying to understand who I was (maybe a famous TV starlet!?). My sister was a bit worried, like “Why are they all staring at us?” so I decided to reassure everyone saying that I was nobody (like Ulysses!) , just a little poser!

This seemed to calm everybody down but when we left we started laughing as hell!

I was wearing my beautiful handmade African wax top by Heka Couture and a vintage inspired jeans that I got from Zara during the summer sales. The striped turban is from Madame Ilary.

Moroccan round straw bag from Maluan Maroquinerie on Etsy, vintage loops and Birkenstock sandals, as usual!

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