The Ladybug’s #FBF of the Final Days of Summer: Farewell My Summer Loves

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It seems that it was months and months ago when I took these pictures, but no… it was just a few weeks ago, still tanned and happy under a sunny and warm Milanese sky!

On this day I decided to bring one of my best memories from this past summer, my new canvas bag from one of my favorite restaurants in Corsica, A Cantina di l’Orriu in Porto Vecchio. To me, this bag means: summer, holidays, beautiful beaches and amazing sea and of course- great food!

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It was too early to put all of these things away in my wardrobe, so I decided to give it the opportunity to go around in city center Milan.

I wore it with other summer memories: my Summer Jamboree t-shirt and one of my new statement necklaces from a little craft market in Singapore. I added a Max & Co, almost vintage, ethnic skirt and a pair of Bagatt flats from two seasons ago.

Vintage touch: my vintage frames from Punti di Vista, my last buy at Voglia di Vintage in Mantova (more about my day in Mantova soon!)

[photo credit: KNAGUI]

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The Ladybug’s Completely Effortless Holiday Outfit #1

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Even while on holiday I have a few rules: no heels (well, almost), no watch, as little of phone as possible and absolutely comfortable outfits.

I need to feel free, to not care about what I wear or do and this last holiday in Corsica represented it perfectly: we walked around in flip-flops, no make-up during the entire day and we also absolutely went for effortless outfits during the night.

I decided to show you two of them.

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The first one I wore during a night out in Porto Vecchio (where I had an Amazing Corsican dinner at A Cantina di l’Orriu). I wore my Acne Studio green jumper (sweater for my American readers) because the nights were still a little chilly and a beautiful multi-colored vintage long skirt (probably from the late ’60s early ’70s) that I bought in a small but lovely shop in Milan in the Motoquartiere (Live in Vintage).

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I added a brown pouch from The Beauty Shop (yes, this is how effortless I am on holiday) and the most controverted shoes of this summer, a pair of Birkenstock (the model is Ibiza) that I bought when landed in Bastia at their shop.  This is my second pair of Birkenstocks and, hate it or love it, they are the BEST shoes for walking a lot (they’ve saved my life more than once!).

The beautiful coral lipstick is Marc by Marc Jacobs make-up.

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The Ladybug Leaves Her Heels to Visit Her Indivisible Land of Oz Again: Love, Corsica

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Last summer, while I needed to decide quickly with my friends where to go on holiday for the mid-August festive days, we decided to try Corsica- because none of us had ever visited. As you may remember we fell in love with it very quickly and we promised to return this year. Well, that promise was kept a couple of weeks ago.

This time we decided to go south-east and to visit the area of Porto Vecchio: I can’t describe the perfection of this wonderful week spent there. Where should I start? Maybe from the most amazing beaches and sea that I’ve seen there: every day was such a great experience and when we thought we couldn’t find a better beach the day after was even more amazing than the day before. I should also mention that the weather was amazing, the beaches were almost desert, the prices were great as we were in low-season and snorkeling was on the daily list. We switched the nightlife for a good run after a whole day at the sea and a handmade dinner, sometimes for a tasty Corsican dinner.

I tried to make a recap of the beautiful beaches that I visited by taking a picture in each of them!

Day One: at Saint Cyprien beach (wearing a vintage Mexican embroidered shirt, Zara sweatpants, Marc by Marc Jacobs straw bag, Roxy flip-flops)

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Day Two: at Santa Ghjulia beach (wearing Topshop Hawaiian shirt, Freddy sweatpants, Roxy flip-flops, Tom Ford sunglasses)

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Day Three: amazing boat tour of Bonifacio and the wonderful natural reserve of the Lavezzi Island (wearing Topshop red dress)

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Day Four: at Palombaggia beach (wearing Kor a Kor shirt, Zara trousers, Roxy flip-flops, Marc by Marc Jacobs straw bag, Tom Ford sunglasses)

The Ladybug Chronicles - Corsica II 06 Day Five: at Rondinara beach (wearing Zara tee and trousers, Roxy flip-flops, Marc by Marc Jacobs straw bag, Tom Ford sunglasses)

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Day Six: at Cala Rossa beach (wearing Zara tee, Topshop trousers, Tom Ford sunglasses)

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Day Seven: at Pinarello beach (wearing Topshop dress and Tom Ford sunglasses again)

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Here’s a tip: if you want to visit the Island and you are a vintage lover: in Porto Vecchio every Sunday morning there are lovely car boot sales and small vintage markets all around the town: ask the locals for more information (and great fun)!

Do you understand now why I love this island so much? Plus, it feels like home and I love speaking French all day… I’m already in need of a swift return! Corsica rules!

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The Ladybug On How To Fall In Love In 5 Days: Corsica Day #1

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After spending some time at home with my family and a lovely weekend in Senigallia for the Summer Jamboree I could finally go on holiday! And when I say “going on holiday” I really mean it: no phone, no computer, only sea, books and eating!

My friends and I decided to take advantage of the Mid-August standard office holidays to spend 5 days somewhere near the sea-side: not knowing where to go, we finally decided to head to Corsica because none of us had been there before.

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Well… this was the beginning of my love story with this island with which I fell in love in only 5 days!

I expected for it to be like Sardinia, which I visited and loved some years ago, but what I found in Corsica- I’ve never found anywhere else… and I only visited a small part of it in a few days!

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I’ll share some of the outfits I wore while there, and a few little pics of my favorite places…

When we arrived in the morning, we immediately threw ourselves onto the lovely beach of Saint Florent. After a restoring swim we headed to the wonderful (yet hard to reach!) beach of Saleccia, where we enjoyed the best sea ever! We then spent the rest of the night in a beautiful village called Pigna… which is considered the most beautiful village in Corsica. The atmosphere is unbelievable… and the view from the top of the rock is to die-for!

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I wore a JCPenney golden lace top with black collar (that KNAGUI found for me in the States!), a pair of ripped Zara jeans and flat sandals from Bagatt.

Very simple, no vintage (even if the JCP top has a retro-inspired flavor!)… with my natural curly hair and a touch of red lipstick from Kiko!

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The Ladybug Brings Hawaiian Style to Beautiful Conero Beach: “Buon Aloha”

Definitely, one of the smartest decisions I made this summer was to take multiple short holidays. This had two great advantages: I traveled a lot and I felt as if I were always on vacation even during my “work breaks!” We’ll talk in more detail next week about the Summer Jamboree that I attended a few weeks ago in Senigallia, but for now let me just say that this was a great occasion to become aquainted with a region of Italy that I wasn’t very aware of: Marche.

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During the day my friend and I decided to visit the famous area of Conero. With its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise sea, it was a drastic contrast from the Northern Adriatic Sea that I knew of from my University years (I was an aficionado of the noisy Riviera Romagnola!).

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I took inspiration from the Hawaiian inspired parties of the Summer Jamboree for this beach outfit. I’m wearing a hibiscus printed dress (from an old Kate Moss for Topshop collection), my Ipanema flip-flops and a white hibiscus in my hair! I completed the look with a one of the finds from last month’s Serravalle Outlet shopping marathon: a pair of ’50s inspired Prada sunglasses from last year’s collection! I hope that you like the simple yet funny beach outfit and the amazing landscape!

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