The Ladybug goes green in Munich (part 2)

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As I wrote in my last post, I loved wearing green in Munich: green is one of my favorite colors but I don’t wear it as much as I should.

It is also the color of hope, of spring, of re-birth: this may explain why I was so keen on it while I was there! I didn’t wear it only for sightseeing in Munich but I also wore it for work, just with a different choice of pieces.

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This time it was this beautiful long skirt’s turn: it is handmade by Heka Couture with a wonderful African wax print that she used also for an amazing top (yes, the famous short one!).

I wore it with a simple handmade white shirt and Jeffrey Campbell caged boots and handmade Metalica Creazioni earrings.

…and the green “backdrop” was perfect for the mood!

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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’s Afro beat in Munich

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Good morning lovelies! This is my second outfit post from my stay in Munich in July.

As I told you the weather was lovely and I brought with me a couple of new pieces from the Heka Couture wax collection to wear in the German land!

So let’s start with this skirt that I adore: the African print is one of my favorite ones, as well as the 50’s shape of the circle skirt! Mixing ethnic prints with vintage shapes is just my favorite fashion tip ever!

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During that day a few people stopped me in the street to ask about my skirt or just to say how much they loved it: it was fun to meet all these people and have lovely conversations with strangers starting from something beautiful that I was wearing. German people are incredibly friendly (especially in summer!) and I was really pleased to chat with them and to share my love for African fabrics and vintage clothing!

As the print is quite eye-catching I kept the whole outfit simple: a white tee from Cos, a pair of neutral caged sandal-boots from Jeffrey Campbell (quite old, but still one of my favorite pair of shoes as they go with everything and they are comfortable yet sexy!) and a Malian necklace that I bought during an African market in Milan last year. Sunglasses are from Hush (you can read about them in my previous post!).

A new “German outfit” is on its way soon…stay tuned!

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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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