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 puts the roof on fire!

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There are places where I run when I need beauty (this is what I call beauty-therapy!). It used to be the seaside when I lived close to the sea, but in Milan I had to find new places. One of them is the rooftop of the beautiful building 10 Corso Como: I go up there to relax, to chill in the beauty of its design décor, while admiring the old Milanese houses contrasting the new skyline of Piazza Gae Aulenti. I also love taking pictures there, as in a few meters you have many different backdrops and background sets for your pictures! It is an infinite source of inspiration!

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This time I was wearing a 80s vintage dress that I found for a few euros at Humana Vintage in Milan years ago, paired with one of my favorite Madame Ilary turbans ever: a light purple softturban with a crystal decoration that I adore. I was skeptical at the beginning because I didn’t know really how to wear it but I found out that it is easier than I thought!

I added my Jeffrey Campbell mud caged ankle boots and a tiny handmade belt to better shape the waist.

Earrings are vintage while necklaces are from & Other Stories.

Photo Credit: Milena Molinari

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The Ladybug is a 40s vintage diva

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Some of my favorite pieces ever are pictured in these photographs that represent me a lot:

   The turban: my favorite clothing piece, a sign of my personality. I’m not surprised when people recognize me in the street just because I’m wearing a turban!  Vintage inspired piece that makes me feel like a diva (and helps me in my bad-hair days!), this headband is a handmade one by Madame Ilary in a color and style that I adore!

   The matching palazzo pants: same beautiful color and fabric, another 40s inspired piece (handmade by Madame Ilary on an original vintage pattern) that I wear a lot (alternatively you’ll see me wearing culottes!) 

–   The vintage 40s Blackamoor necklace: I told you some time ago about my big passion for vintage Blackamoor jewelry, well this is my favorite piece of all times! It is such a rare piece that only DéJà Vu Vintagepedia could have a wonderful piece like this. Pure vintage love!

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  The perfect white tee: It took ages to find the perfect one to match all my colored prints but when I found it at 7 euros on Asos I bought it in every color and I wear it with almost everything!

  The mud cage ankle boots: I realized that I wear these Jeffrey Campbell open toe caged boots at least 3 or 4 times a week! They are almost broken but I guess that when I won’t be able to wear them anymore I’ll buy a new pair exactly like this!

  The red lipstick: what 40s diva wouldn’t wear a red lipstick? I have tons in every shade of red and from different make-up labels but this very simple (and cheap) one from Kiko is still one of my favorites!

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The Ladybug is still in the shadow but very close to the light…

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One day my friend Ilaria (the artistic mind behind Madame Ilary and Heka Couture brands) called me to say that she created a tee that I would have loved. She didn’t say more and invited me to her showroom to see it in person. When I arrived there I recognized it among many others: the “girl-with-a-turban” black tee was indeed perfect for me!

How to wear it then if not with a turban? Better if from Madame Ilary spring collection in soft navy lurex that matched perfectly my new Zara striped lurex skirt!

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As I wore it on a Saturday morning I made it casual with white sneakers from Nike at & Other Stories, Michael Kors black bucket bag and my afro comb brass necklace from Afrohemien.

PS: I really like the shadow/light effects of this set of pictures, it represented a lot the situation where I found myself when they were taken. Still in the shadow but very close to the light…

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The Ladybug is a vintage lady in the streets of Milan

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Sometimes I really like dressing like a vintage lady: the way people look at me in the streets makes me laugh especially when I pair my vintage pieces with 40s inspired diva turbans. At that point they start staring at me. Honestly this type of reaction is typically Italian. When I used to live in Southern Italy it was even worse but I didn’t expect this also in Milan that is supposed to be the most open minded city in Italy.

When I travel abroad I use to wear my turbans and nobody seems disturbed or intrigued about that…so why should people care so much about what anyone is wearing?

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Anyway, I couldn’t care less, so I decided to wear my new 70s vintage dress from A rebours Vintage in Milan with my new handmade turban from Madame Ilary, vintage earrings and 60’s inspired Zara patent boots. I loved this mixed outfit and it made me feel like a real lady from another era walking by mistake in the crowded streets of “modern” Milan!

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The Ladybug’s “Sweet Velveteen”

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That I am a huge fan of velvet is not big news right?

I can’t resist the charm of this soft fabric with such a vintage, glam and sophisticated feel. I have a few velvet pieces in my wardrobe but I couldn’t resist these two pictured here:

  • the first one is this beautiful velvet shirt, a vintage piece from Atos Lombardini that I found at Humana Vintage in Milan for a few euros during a sales session (I was super proud and happy for my bargain that day!);

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  • the second is this amazing handmade decorated headband from Madame Ilary: I still remember that I was in bed scrolling down my Instagram feeds when I saw it and immediately sent her a message telling her to consider it sold…to me! The color is so beautiful, and so are the soft fabric and the silver decorations!

I paired my “sweet velveteen” combo with checked culottes and patent ankle boots from Zara and vintage silver loop earrings.

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The Ladybug’s hardest “goodbye” to Sicily

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Of all the street art in my hometown (Messina in Sicily) this is definitely my second favorite. For this reason I wanted to take some pictures here before leaving Sicily after my winter holidays.

Every time that I go home there is this hardest moment, when I have to say goodbye, knowing that I won’t be back for many months. Even if I try to smile and be happy there’s clear melancholy in my eyes and when I am writing this post I can catch that feeling perfectly. The good news is that now it’s less time compared to January!

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For my last Sicilian day of winter I wore a Zara maxi sweater (that I bought at the airport in Milan before leaving…since they opened a Zara store there I can’t help buying something before leaving!) with my new AMAZING Levi’s grey denim jeans. I am in love with this high-waist denim, the color and the shape. It looks like a vintage one but I bought it a few weekend before Christmas in Milan and I wear it all the time! One of the greatest buy of 2017!

Pointy black ankle boots are from Francesco Milano at merry Go Round in Milan and sparkling electric blue and golden headband is from Madame Ilary. Golden loop earrings are from Mango.

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The Ladybug & Madame Ilary (finalmente insieme!) su Vintag!

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IT: Cosa c’è di nuovo su Vintag questo mese? Io e Madame Ilary! Beh da sole ci siamo da un po’ ormai, io con il mio spazio vintage theladybugchronicles, Madame Ilary con i suoi turbanti in stile vintage ispirati alle dive degli anni 30 e 40 (user: madameilary). La vera novità è che ci siamo insieme!

Qualche mese fa, chiacchierando nel suo showroom a Milano abbiamo avuto l’idea di creare qualcosa insieme, qualcosa che mettesse insieme le nostre passioni: il vintage, la moda, i viaggi, la sartoria, i tessuti wax africani e le decorazioni etniche e vintage. Davanti a un bicchiere di vino e a un pacchetto di taralli pugliesi è nata la nostra nuova collezione (sì, lo so, non è molto romantico ma è la verità!): una capsule collection di giubbini e gilet rigorosamente vintage (che siamo andate a scovare personalmente!) dal taglio un po’ oversize con modelli della fine degli anni 70  e degli anni 80 che abbiamo voluto decorare a mano con tessuti wax africani (alcuni recuperati personalmente in Senegal durante il mio ultimo viaggio la scorsa estate) e con passamanerie etniche e vintage (scelte da Madame Ilary o recuperate dal suo vastissimo repertorio personale ricco di meraviglie d’altri tempi!).

Il denim ricamato è ormai un classico ma volevamo dargli un appeal diverso, che ci rappresentasse e al tempo stesso portasse una ventata di novità. Accostare decorazioni e passamanerie vintage ai coloratissimi wax africani è stata sicuramente la nostra idea più azzardata ma riuscitissima!

Eravamo un po’ titubanti all’inizio: certo l’investimento non era esorbitante (un po’ di più in termini di tempo ed energie) e siamo partite con sei pezzi (quattro giubbini e due gilet) per vedere che effetto facessero.  Abbiamo presentato la nostra collezione durante il Fuorisalone milanese nello showroom di Madame Ilary a Milano e abbiamo messo i pezzi in vendita su Vintag, pubblicizzandoli un po’ anche sui nostri canali social. Vorrei farveli “conoscere” uno ad uno, perché ognuno di loro porta con sé un pezzo di storia, di un viaggio, di un ricordo.

Il primo pezzo che abbiamo creato è stato questo bellissimo gilet in denim scuro fine anni 70 (già di per sé ormai abbastanza difficile da trovare) che abbiamo decorato con un tessuto wax acquistato in Senegal e con passamanerie dorate che potete trovare anche su alcuni turbanti di Madame Ilary. Qui è indossato con turbante di paillettes (in vendita su Vintag) e gonna in shantung di seta sempre creati da Ilaria.

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Il secondo pezzo è invece un giubbino di jeans vintage anni 80 decorato con passamanerie dorate (tanto care a Ilaria!) e con un tessuto wax colorato che mi è stato regalato in Senegal e con cui Ilaria ha creato anche un bellissimo turbante che praticamente ho tenuto in testa per tre giorni consecutivi mentre ero a Barcellona. Con questo stesso tessuto abbiamo anche creato il giubbino che vedete nella foto sotto, in questo caso mixando il wax africano con le passamanerie indiane (regalatami da un’amica dopo un bellissimo viaggio in India e anche queste utilizzate per il bellissimo turbante di cui sopra!), sempre su un giubbino vintage originale degli anni 80. Anche in queste foto indosso gonna-pantalone, gonna lunga e turbanti creati da Madame Ilary.

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Rimanendo in tema di passamanerie indiane, anch’esse cortesemente offerte da Federica che le ha comprate per me in India qualche mese fa, abbiamo realizzato un secondo gilet vintage (fine anni 70, inizi anni 80) con coloratissimi pon pon dal gusto etnico (pantaloni culottes e maxi turbante Madame Ilary).

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Un po’ meno oversize, bellissimo lavaggio e sempre rigorosamente vintage è questo pezzo della collezione che abbiamo decorato con un tessuto wax africano che adoro (anche questo acquistato in Senegal con le mie manine!) abbinandolo con borchiette argentate e una passamaneria sfrangiata che ci è sembrata perfetta per questo modello!

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Infine, abbiamo deciso di aggiungere un pezzo in denim vintage bianco, un po’ più difficile da trovare ma sicuramente d’effetto poiché ci abbiamo cucito sopra un wax africano fuxia e giallo (una bomba, regalatomi da amici senegalesi di ritorno da un loro viaggio a casa) e delle passamanerie in legno colorate in tinta così come i nostri adorati pon pon.

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Con nostra grande soddisfazione questi pezzi hanno avuto un grande successo tanto che ne rimangono in vendita solo due (li trovate sul mio spazio theladybugchronicles su Vintag) e abbiamo ricevuto diverse richieste per crearne ulteriori su misura con colori e fantasie personalizzate per cui…continuate a seguirci su Vintag o contattateci tramite i messaggi privati dell’app se anche voi ne volete uno su misura!

 

EN: What’s new on Vintag this month? Madame Ilary and I! I mean, we have been there for a while now, personally with my vintage space theladybugchronicles, Madame Ilary with her beautiful turbans inspired by the 30s and 40s divas (user: madameilary). The big news is that we are there together!

A few months ago, we were chatting in her showroom in Milan and we had the idea of creating something together, something that would put together our biggest passions: vintage, fashion, travels, couture, African wax and vintage and ethnic decorations. This is how our collection was born, while drinking wine and eating biscuits (I know, it’s not very romantic but it’s how it really happened!): a capsule collection of vintage denim jackets and vests (that we selected personally) with a kind of oversized flare, from the end of the 70s and the 80s, that we decorated by hand with African wax fabrics (mostly bought during my trip to Senegal last summer) and with ethnic and vintage trimmings (selected by Madame Ilary or found in her huge personal archive full of timeless wonders!).

Decorated denim is now a classic but we wanted to give it a different twist, that would represent us but that could bring something new to the table. Mixing vintage trimmings and super colored African fabrics was a bit risky but it was a success!

We were a bit reluctant at the beginning: the investment was not too big (maybe a bit in terms of time and energy) and we decided to start with six pieces (four jackets and two vests) to see how it could go. We presented our first collection during the Design Week events in Milan in Madame Ilary showroom and we put our pieces on sale on Vintag, sharing them also on our social media. I would love to introduce each one of them to you because they all have a story, a memory, a travel to tell.

The first piece that we created is this beautiful dark denim vest from the end of the 70s (quite hard to find) that we decorated with a wax fabric that I personally bought in Senegal and with golden trimmings that you can also find on some Madame Ilary turbans. Here I wore it with sequined turban (on sale on Vintag) and silk skirt created by Ilaria.

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The second piece is a vintage 80s denim jacket decorated with golden trims (so loved by Ilaria!) and a colored wax fabric that I received as a present in Senegal. With this same fabric Ilaria created a wonderful turban that I wore basically everyday while on holiday in Barcelona! With this same wax fabric we created also the denim jacket in the picture below, but in this case we mixed African wax and Indian trims (a present from a friend of mine on holiday in India that we also use for the above-mentioned turban!) on a vintage 80s jacket. In these pictures I wear culottes, long skirt and turbans from Madame Ilary.

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Speaking of Indian trims (courtesy of Federica who bought them for me in India a few months ago!) we created another vintage vest – end of the 70s, beginning of the 80s – with colored pompom with an ethnic feel (culottes and maxi turban Madame Ilary).

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A bit less oversize, with a beautiful wash and rigorously vintage, this piece was decorated with an African wax fabric that I love (personally bought in Senegal!) and paired with little silver studs and fringes that we found perfect for this mix!

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Last but not least we decided to add a vintage white denim piece, a bit hard to find but with a great effect because we decorated it with an African fuchsia and yellow wax (a great fabric, a present from Senegalese friends) and wooden colored pearls and pompoms.

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With our greatest satisfaction this collection was a success and only two pieces are still on sale (you can find them on Vintag in my space theladybugchronicles) and we received a lot of requests for creating customized ones with specific colors and decorations so…keep following us on Vintag or contact us through private message on the app if you want your tailored one!

The Ladybug and the Sicilian shade of blue

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Blue: the color of my beautiful Sicily.

I loved this street art at a tram stop along the sea in my hometown Messina, because it just reminded me of the color of my native sea.

I wore this almost total vintage outfit during my winter holidays, it was a warm and sunny day for December and I was just enjoying a long walk with my sister when we stopped to take some pictures.

I was wearing my new vintage culottes from Maison Retrò, an online shop from the lovely Federica who mostly sells on social networks. It was the first time that I bought something that I just saw on Facebook but thanks to Federica it was a lovely experience and the plaid culottes were just perfect!

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I paired it with a Benetton jumper and another vintage find from Damsels in Distress: these adorable pair of shoes that looked like a pair that my granny used to wear when I was a kid.

The beautiful knotted turban, handmade with vintage lace and golden trims, is from Madame Ilary, golden loops earrings are a vintage find from Sugar Mama Vintage and the beautiful Senegalese orange necklace comes from the lovely Mara of Seyeyaram that I met during the Popcorn Garage Market: we share the same love and passion for Senegal that’s why we recognized each other in the middle of a crowded market!

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The Ladybug’s doubts on a vintage faux-fur coat (advice needed!)

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It is already April but spring seems so far away from here!

Am I really wearing a faux-fur coat in April? Well, this was from a couple of weeks ago but I’m looking forward for the nice weather as it is raining again today…

Wearing faux-fur coats (I don’t wear real ones anymore as I am selling all my vintage pieces) is for me a pleasure and a nightmare at the same time. I love faux-furs, especially vintage ones, but it is so hard for me to find a nice piece that looks good on me. I always feel too fat or too short, this is why I keep buying them and selling them after a few times that I wore them.

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This one is a vintage find from the famous El Rastro market in Madrid during my last trip: I loved the style and it was a real bargain (even if it was hard to put it in my small suitcase, full of vintage pieces that I bought during my 3-day staying in this beautiful town) so I couldn’t help buying it; but now I’m wondering already if I want to keep it or not…what do you think?

I paired it with Zara checked culottes and turtleneck and with my new bronze fringed shoes from Francesco Milano that I found in a lovely shop called Merry Go Round in Porta Genova (they have another one in via Larga, both beautiful!).

I added some glow to the grey day with a beautiful handmade headband from Madame Ilary with golden trimmings that paired my Mango earrings!

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