The Ladybug and the hard life of obsessed shoppers!

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A few weeks ago, a long Bank Holiday weekend, three single girls in Milan…we really needed to find a way to have a fun! No way to leave the town for a weekend at the beach, then we decided to find interesting things to do: an evening at the opera, aperitivos, nights out and a full shopping session outside the city center to avoid the crowd of the weekenders in Milan for a shopping session around the Duomo.

We spent the whole evening in a “shop ‘till you drop” mood (although we didn’t buy as much as we expected!) and we also found time to make a mini outfit shooting in the middle of nothing (a white wall was enough!).

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I was wearing my coordinated headband and shopping bag handmade with original African wax fabric by Madame Ilary, as well as the black culottes. A white tee by Cos, a pair of black slippers by Divine Follie and super big earring by Metalica Creazioni and I was ready to hit the shopping malls!

I came back home only with a necklace and some homeware from Maisons du Monde…and with a huge headache! I’m not used anymore to these prolonged sessions or I’m just getting too old for that! Ok, no this is not true, we’re never too old for shopping!!

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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 is retro or vintage?

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Vintage or retro? What is the difference?

A vintage piece is an original piece from the past, a piece that had a life before ending in your hands, that resisted time and use, that traveled the world before finding place in your wardrobe.

A retro piece is totally new, made with new materials but reminding old styles for its shape or pattern.

I personally prefer original vintage but many of the “new” pieces of clothing that I have in my wardrobe are retro. Sometimes I just like to mix them up, just to give a vintage twist without wearing head-to-toe vintage.

That’s what I did a couple of weeks ago (before the heat invading Milan!) where I put together three retro pieces with a vintage one.

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Retro pieces:

          Although it looks absolutely vintage (the shape is based on a 40’s original pattern) the navy high waisted trousers with golden buttons are absolutely new. It is an handmade piece by Madame Ilary and definitely one of my favorite retro pieces!

          The pale pink shirt with fireflies is also new: it comes from Diffusione Tessile but its pattern and shape is absolutely retro inspired!

          Ankle boots: squared toe, moccasin ankle boots with golden chain…this pair of Marella boots are definitely inspired by the 60s, no doubt!

Vintage piece:

          Burberry original trench is one of my favorite vintage finds of the last few months! I was looking for one like this: men style but for women. I found it in a lovely vintage shop in Milan called Napoleone;

          Myself….an original piece from the 70s!!!

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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 Hell Design Week

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For those of you who have been following my blog for while it is now a fact that the Design Week in Milan is my favorite event/time of the year!

I love the international atmosphere and even if the installations in town are not always at their best, I can’t help loving the people and the mood of these days.

But this year it was the worst Design Week since I live in Milan: I was sick during the whole week and I could only get out quickly on Sunday to have a look around in some of my favorite spots but I was a bit disappointed. So I’m just sharing a few pictures of my “Design Day”.

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As it was a sunny day I first headed to the Blue Velvet market in Sant’Ambrogio where my friend Madame Ilary was selling her turbans.

We enjoyed the sun and the swing dancers, then I moved to Rossana Orlandi showroom in the same area, probably the best thing that I saw during the Design Week, especially in the beautiful area outside.

From there I headed to Marni showroom as last year I was in love with their installations for the event. I cannot say the same this year: the theme to present their outdoor design pieces made in Colombia was the Playland. Colored sand and playful children were everywhere and it was a bit of a mess although the overall idea was pretty cool.

I wore Acne Studios black jeans, Primark striped tee and my new vintage Burberry’s trench from Napoleone Vintage. I added white sneakers by & Other Stories, vintage bag from Cavalli e Nastri, Madame Ilary crochet headband, Metalica Creazioni brass loops and Valentino sunglasses.

I finished the day with the worst thing a girl can see in the street while peacefully enjoying the day and the sun: her ex with his new girl.

Design week over.

Sick again.

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The Ladybug goes 40’s for NYE

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Hello there! I was wondering how many of you just came back home from your first day at work after the long Christmas holidays?

Well, I did and I thought that I needed a last glimpse of Christmas before dismissing the idea of lovely winter holidays with family and friends until next year! So please forgive me if you can see Christmas trees and holiday outfits…I promise that this is my last one!

I love spending New Year’s Eve at home with my family and my closest friends, that’s why I decided for a festive outfit that I can still wear for a night out in Milan with a retro touch!

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I wore for the first time this beautiful retro inspired thrifted black overall from Max&Co with large trousers and deep V-neck with a wonderful 40’s inspired velvet turban by Madame Ilary. I really couldn’t resist to pair them for this outfit as I thought that they were just perfect together!

Shoes are grey heeled ankle boots from Liu-Jo (oldies), lipstick is my favorite NARS’ Mysterious Red!

What do you think?

Happy Monday girls…and stay retro, always!

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The Ladybug’s best discovery of 2015: Heka Couture!

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You know I love collaborations because they always mean double talent (when there is talent on both sides!) or at least double creativity and double effort. If you think about that many successful brands are created by couples: Dolce & Gabbana, Viktor and Rolf, Marchesa, Peter Pilotto, Proenza Schouler, DSquared2 and many others.

I don’t want to fly too high but some time ago I was introduced by my friend Ilaria, founder of Madame Ilary, to Gemma Vernò, founder of Gemma Vernò Hats, one of the greatest milliners that I have met so far.

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I love their work and I am a huge fan of their incredible handmade pieces, so you can imagine my joy when Ilaria told me that they were about to launch a new brand together with only handmade pieces and the best Italian quality regarding fabrics and cuts. The new brand is called Heka Couture and it was launched during the Milan Fashion Week at the Eivissa store in Milan with a lovely party where, together with Gemma and Ilaria, Eivissa’s owner Laura and my friend Simona we played the models wearing our favorite pieces from Heka Couture.

I try to show you as much pieces as possible but the collection includes hats, turbans, jabots, collars, culottes, waistcoats, dresses, jackets, skirts and trousers to die for! The shades are basically grey and black with some white every now and there, just to face the upcoming winter season in perfect style.

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The cuts are vintage inspired (one of the reasons why I loved them so much!) but the shapes are always essential; the use of top quality fabrics like lace and velvet add a sophisticated touch.

We tried to style some of our favorite pieces like the lace collar, the long waistcoat and the incredible hats and turbans, the coordinated tops and downs and the wonderful long dress worn by Laura.

Simona and I also wore a skirt and a bow jabot from Madame Ilary; I added Dixie black culottes, 8 brogues and Zara white shirt.

You can find Heka Couture on Facebook (you can contact Gemma and Ilaria privately) or at some pop-up events in Milan that I will definitely mention on my Facebook page! So follow us both there 😉

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The Ladybug’s outfit for a shopping day (the only one!) in Sicily

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I must confess that when I am on holiday in Sicily I bring with me super light suitcase: only swimsuits, flip flops, sun creams, sundresses, running shoes and clothes and maybe a dress or two in case I decide to do something different that going to the beach, running or relaxing at home. This is my real way to relax: I go out and do things eleven months a year and when I am on holiday I go in a total relax mood that doesn’t need any makeup or heeled shoes and dressing up.

There are just two occasions when I need to get dressed properly during my summer holidays: my birthday party and a last summer sales session at home usually with my sister in our favorite shops in town.

This is when we made this little shooting during a little break in our shopping session!

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I wore a Mango dark orange tunic dress with an handmade African knotted headband handmade by Madame Ilary with an old African fabric that I had at home (it was an envelope bag for an Asos Africa dress that I bought many years ago!), Nike for & Other Stories white sneakers (the only pair of shoes that I brought with me!), Valentino round frames and Miu Miu bag.

I’ve been told by a girl in a shop that I looked like a 60’s girl…best compliment of the day!

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The Ladybug and her journey through African art in Milan

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I remember that I was waiting for the train in the subway in Milan when I saw the poster of the newly opened MUDEC museum (Museum of Cultures) and of their opening exhibition “Africa, la terra degli spiriti”. My love for African culture and my curiosity for the new museum got immediately my attention even if it took me a while before finding the time to enjoy this experience, which happened about a month ago. I should have posted this earlier because the exhibition ended the 30th of August but for those of you who missed it I can tell you that it was really a shame because the exhibit was totally amazing!

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270 pieces of African plastic art were exposed, exploring the peculiar connection between humans and spirits in African art. The atmosphere of the place was magic, the sound and the music incredible which made this visit feel more like an exotic fairytale than just an exhibition visit.

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For the occasion I couldn’t help wearing my beautiful handmade African skirt made by Madame Ilary with original African fabric mixed with the retro style of a circle skirt! I love this skirt so much because I think it says a lot about me and what I love. I wanted for it to be “the statement piece” of this outfit and this is the reason why I paired it with total black: a simple t-shirt from Cos and a pair of décolleté from 8 (that I replaced with Lolita Milano flats when my feet couldn’t walk anymore!!).

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The Ladybug’s tips if you cannot (always) wear vintage at work!

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When you are a vintage addicted but you work in a corporate office it is not easy to wear vintage every day. I do my best by adding a vintage accessory or piece mixed with designer or high street pieces, but lately I am rediscovering the sweet taste of handmade pieces with a retro touch.

I might start to share more outfits of this kind with retro inspired pieces usable for your 9 to 5 work just to add some ideas to solve your vintage everyday dilemma in front of the mirror with a wardrobe full of vintage pieces but none of them is suitable for work! I know we are mostly on holiday right now but that dilemma is there, waiting for us the same exact day we will need to go back to work!

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Because my question is: why should we delete our own personality during the day, five days a week? I am a vintage gal but I respect my job, so here is the first of my retro inspired pieces that you can use at work.

The handmade skirt with big pleat in the middle is a perfect example: it is a piece that we can easily find in the late 60’s but that had its greatest moments in the 70’s and again in the 80’s. I loved the way it fitted the curvy bodies because it caresses the curves but the big pleat gives a kind of feeling of elevation and slenderness.

I picked up this handmade grey model created by Madame Ilary and I paired it with a simple with shirt by Cos (white, black grey and navy simple shirts are a must in the wardrobe to pair with statement vintage and retro pieces!), a pair of beige pointy heeled shoes by Les Lolitas Milano (just to add some more slenderness!) and a colorful beaded African necklace by Moschino to give an ethnic colored summer touch.

The black 80’s inspired bucket bag is Michael Kors and the diva black sunglasses are Celine.

More ideas soon on the blog in the meanwhile let me know what you think!

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