The Ladybug and her little thrifted black dress

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I am showing for the first time one of my favorites thrifted finds ever.

It is a black Topshop dress with small flowers that I found many years ago used on Ebay and that I bought for only two pounds! I loved its vintage inspiration and of course its price! The dress was in perfect conditions but I didn’t realize that the back was completely open, which I really couldn’t afford considering my big breast!

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With my lovely friend Ilaria from Madame Ilary we decided to use the belt of the dress to create some strips to cover the back…and she also added a bow on the front! I loved the result and I can now easily wear this dress that I love also for its versatility.

In this set of pictures I paired it with light blue handmade turban by Madame Ilary, teal and golden t-bar shoes from Lazzari Store and Zara earrings.

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The Ladybug wears turbans on a vintage skirt!

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Who said that turbans can only be worn on your head?

My love for turbans (and hats and headbands and whatever you can wear on your head!) is pretty much known, so you can understand why I totally fell in love with this vintage pleated skirt from Sine Modus when I saw it in their lovely shop near Porta Venezia in  Milan!

The pattern, model and color just got my heart and I couldn’t help buying it…it was “so me”!!

By the way, I totally loved Sine Modus vintage shop in via Sirtori: you can find there beautiful handmade turbans and headbands but also original and rare vintage pieces (clothing and accessories) carefully chosen by the beautiful Chiara, Manuela and Elena…and believe me, they are three of the ladies with the greatest style and taste in Milan!

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I wore the skirt for work just a few days before summer holidays and I paired it with a simple white shirt (Cos) and a pair of retro inspired sandals from Lazzari.

I added my handmade Nepalese silver necklace and Miu Miu bag.

PS: Now you can find Sine Modus vintage also in Isola district, in via Thaon de Revel, don’t miss their amazing vintage pieces if you are in town!

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The Ladybug’s memories from Paris

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It feels a bit strange to write about Paris right now, about a week after the sad events of the 13th of November. But I don’t want to keep these sad memories and I want to remember my Paris, the city I probably love most in the world due to my past experience, through the same eyes I had when I visited for a weekend a couple of weeks ago.

If there is a city in the world that I still would move to immediately this city is Paris. I spent there part of my youth during many long stays mostly for study and my first travel ever alone was there. I can say that I know the city pretty well and that I left a piece of my heart there. This is one of the reasons why I don’t go there too often, because I feel so sad when I have to leave! My last visit was about ten years ago. At the beginning of the year I decided that 2015 was the year for my “homecoming” and I picked up the best vintage event in town to have the perfect excuse to go and visit my friends in Paris: the Salon du Vintage.

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We will talk about this event in my next post but for now I just want to tell you about my Saturday around Paris. I didn’t feel like visiting as a tourist so I decided to pick up some interesting exhibits to visit during the day and just walked around enjoying the atmosphere and the life as a real Parisian (which meant also eating in lovely French bistrots and cafés). I started the visit with the Andy Warhol exhibition, Warhol Unlimited, at the MAM – Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. It was a great exhibit maybe my third or fourth of Mr. Warhol but I could see some of his pieces I’ve never seen before, including short videos of the Factory icons and Jackie Kennedy paintings. It was also the occasion to walk around the Palais de Tokyo with one of my favorite views of the Eiffel Tower!

Second stop was one of my favorite places in the world, the Centre Pompidou, where I could finally visit Cuban artist Wifredo Lam exhibit and walk around one of my favorite areas in Paris also full of vintage shops where I spent part of my afternoon (I will tell you more in my next post!), before heading to the Pinacothèque de Paris to visit Karl Lagerfeld amazing photography exhibit A visual journey.

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I couldn’t help heading to the FNAC to buy French books and walking to the Ile de la Cité to visit (again!) Notre Dame Cathedral. From there I walked to Saint-Germain-des-Prés to remember the area of French artists and intellectuals of the 40’s and 50’s (no wonder I had Simone de Beauvoir books in my bag!) and one of my favorite areas in town.

It was a quite full day of exploring and re-visit places that really mean something to me and I realized that nothing has really changed even if things have changed on both sides (Paris and mine!): this is the city that I married years ago and that I’m still madly in love with!

More about “Vintage Paris” in my next post!

I wore Whistles dotted dress, Max & Co coat and bag, Lazzari shoes and Maison Momoni scarf.

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