The Ladybug and the story of an African King (of Fashion)

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My second and last day of Afro Fashion Week in Milan ended with the event that I have been looking forward for a while now: Anggy Haif fashion show.

If you don’t know about him let me just give you a couple of information: Anggy Haif is a super talented designer born in Cameroun where he started his career before moving to France and being recognized as an incredible fashion artist. Africa is still his first source of inspiration and his shows in Paris are always a blossom of colors mixed with raffia, leather and other traditional materials. I love his fashion because it is so incredibly modern and traditional at the same time.

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Anyway, this year I had the great chance to attend his show in Milan and I was utterly excited: in the beautiful framework of the Palazzina Appiani in Milan, his show was as captivating and fascinating as I imagined it! It also great to greet him and tell him how much I loved his work! (A bit groupie right?!)

For the occasion I wore one of my favorite Madame Ilary wax turbans on a total black look (culottes from Dixie and Asos tee) and with a vintage inspired denim jacket from Mango. Afro inspired earrings are Metalica Creazioni.

The velvet sandals are from Ottod’Ame while my mini bag is a vintage find from Divas Vintage in Ljubljana a few years ago.

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The Ladybug and the fierce Messinese poetess

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This is for sure my favorite photoshoot ever.

I love it because it represents me so much and all the things that I love and that make me are there.

First of all it was taken in my hometown, Messina, at a tram stop celebrating with a graffiti a Messinese poetess, Maria Costa just in front of the fairground where I used to go when I was a kid. My roots are there.

Then my big passions: vintage, turbans, earrings and Africa.

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When I saw this vintage dress on Instagram with beautiful tribal prints I had to have it, no matter what. It was sold by a beautiful vintage boutique in Australia, Dear Pearl Vintage. We got in contact via email and I bought this dress: when it arrived I was so happy and immediately fell in love with it, definitely one of the vintage dresses that I love the most in my closet!

I wore it with a special turban handmade by Madame Ilary especially for me and that she offered as a birthday gift…I am currently looking for a new basket to put all my turbans as I am totally addicted and I really cannot count how many I have! Honestly I don’t have space for them but I keep buying them!

I added a pair of my favorite vintage earrings: it is a vintage find from a vintage fair in Italy. I can’t remember the name of the seller but when I saw them I was over excited as I had been looking for 80s vintage earrings like these for ages!

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Africa is not only on my dress but also on my body: my tattoo always reminds me of this place where my heart belongs to.

I am also wearing two of my favorite pieces: a Moroccan round straw bag handmade by Maluan Maroquinerie (Etsy find) and my beloved Swedish Hasbeens sandals bought in London a few years ago.

And then the colours, my smile, the summer, Sicily….everything in this shoot says something about me!

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The Ladybug speaks Chinese in Munich!

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Although I visited Munich many times, mostly for work, I never visited the Englischer Garten until last summer. A couple of times I missed it because I didn’t have enough time and when I visited in 2015 I spent a lot of time visiting art galleries and the old city center that I didn’t make time for a visit of this beautiful garden in the city center. During that weekend in Munich we decided that it was time to fill this gap and we enjoyed a beautiful stroll in the park: the weather was amazing and the park was full of life, which made it even better.

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We also managed to see the famous Chinese Tower inside the Garden (Chinesischer Turm) and we took a couple of pictures of this beautiful area of Munich. We also joined the many Germans and tourists drinking beer in the park, even if we were supposed to head to Georgenhof, a famous Bavarian restaurant where we ate (personally for the second time there!) the best kaiserschmarren ever!  It is a typical Austrian-Bavarian, a sort of shredded pancake with apple sauce, nuts, cherries, plums, caramelized raisins and almonds…it wasn’t a good day to stay on diet!

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It has to be said that before the English Garden we spent the morning at the amazing Peter Lindbergh exhibition at the Kunsthalle, so we definitely needed some sugar after our busy Sunday morning around Munich!

I wore Joanie Clothing retro tee, Dixie black culottes and two of my favorite African wax accessories: a beautiful handmade turban by my super talented  friend Madame Ilary and my new favorite wax tote from Wax Is The New Black that I found on Afrikrea marketplace. White sneakers Nike 4 & Other Stories.

(Photo Credit: Marco Di Terlizzi)

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The Ladybug is a wax princess for a day!

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After being quiet for a few weeks (I was on holiday and I only updated my social channels!) I am back at blogging with an outfit post to show you my new dress!

This dress…it has such a power on me! I feel like a princess every time I wear it! People stop me in the street to tell me how beautiful it is and I really think it is!

I received this wax fabric as a present from a friend and I gave it to Ilaria (owner of Madame Ilary and Heka Couture) and this is what she created with it! I was wearing it while out with a friend in Milan one day before the holidays and when I found this graffiti-door I couldn’t resist to take pictures there!

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I paired it flat Miu Miu sandals, Nepalese vintage necklace and a vintage silver handcuff.

Last touch, my vintage straw bag, a piece that I found in a lovely shop (Vintage Galerija) in Ljubljana a few years ago.

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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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