The Ladybug’s new printed tee and jap culottes!

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Back to Milan and to my adored Piazza Gae Aulenti: its architecture is still an inspiration for my outfit posts!

Today I’m wearing some of my new favorite pieces, starting from this beautiful printed tee by Heka Couture: I’ve always loved her drawings and she finally decided to print them for a new beautiful collection of tees. No need to say that I was on the waiting list! (I also have a black one, I will show it soon!).

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During the summer sales I also fell in love with these Mango Japanese inspired embroidered culottes: they were in awful conditions, that’s why I needed to fix them but it was the only size left for 19 euros, how could I resist?

I paired them with my vintage biker jacket, a beautiful leather piece that I found as a bargain (17 euros!) in Munich at a lovely garage sale last July.

My shoes are from 8 on Yoox and my brass earrings are handmade by Metalica.

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The Ladybug’s less obvious reason to hate winter

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I hate winter, really. For a thousand of reasons that may be more or less obvious (the cold, the rain, the grey weather etc. etc.) but there is one that is a bit less obvious: I hate it because I cannot wear my adored wax fabrics! Every now and then when it is not too cold I still wear some headwrap or turban but I miss my colored dresses, skirts, culottes…I just need these bold colors in my life!

These pictures were taken in October, the weather was still good in Milan and I was enjoying a stroll in Parco Sempione with my friend when we decided that the sun and the nature were offering a perfect frame for a quick shooting session!

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I was wearing my wide leg trousers handmade by Heka Couture: the African fabric we bought online because we loved the print so much (we also got it in yellow!). I wore them with a white tee from Asos and a 90s inspired Mango denim jacket (I loved the vintage vibe when I saw it in the shop at the train station in Naples!).

On my jacket I added some of my favorite pins at the moment: some African inspired pins from My Filibo that I found on Afrikrea marketplace and the lovely body positive pins “Love your cellulite” from The Triangular Prism on Etsy.

I also wore my Fulani earrings from Africaialha on Etsy and wooden clogs from Casta & Dolly at Archivio Vintage in Milan.

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The Ladybug’s graffiti wall in Munich

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During my three weeks in Munich, we passed every morning by an underground passage in Munchner Freiheit that we never used. We used to say: tomorrow we’ll take that one to go faster but we always forgot until a few days before leaving!

What we discovered there was a world full of graffiti and we couldn’t help stopping to take a few pictures also because the graffiti matched my African print shirt!

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This Ankara fabric is one of my favorite ones: I bought it online on Ebay and used it for a lot of things: two pillows, a turban and this lovely handmade shirt! Considering the bold colors I wore it that day with black denim jeans from Acne Studios, Mango oversized denim jacket and New Look flowery loafer mules from Asos.

Anyway I couldn’t help adding big handmade silver statement earring from Metalica Creazioni (Francesca has been my favorite earrings provider since we met a couple of years ago!).

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The Ladybug’s Friday afternoons in Munich

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Another post,  another outfit from Munich (I have a few left, well more than a few, so prepare to travel to Munich with me through my outfits!).

Fridays afternoons were the best while I was there: the weekday was over and new exciting weekends were going to start, full of friends, trips, shopping and a lot of city wandering!

This was not my first long stay in the Bavarian city but every time I go back I discover new areas and new venues: this year I was in the area of Munchner Freiheit, a real surprise for me; it is full of life, colored buildings, restaurants and bars and loads of people enjoying the summer vibes and the fresh nights out.

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This was taken the first Friday afternoon: relaxed face, messy hair and casual style!

I wore these amazing African wax culottes by Heka Couture (the pattern is just one of my favorites ever as well as the 50’s shape!) with & Other Stories navy tee, Mango 90’s denim jacket and Nike 4 & Other Stories white sneakers.

PS. There adorable vintage golden loop earrings just broke two days ago…I am still sad because I loved them. They were original from the 80’s and I definitely need a new pair! Any suggestion?

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The Ladybug is pink in Munich!

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As you may have seen on my social networks, I spent three weeks in Munich in July for work so I took advantage of a new location to shoot a couple of new outfits!

I will start with this pinky one, it was one of the first days, incredibly sunny and fresh…a real pleasure to be there and enjoy the German summer while the heat was unbearable in Milan!

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Here I am wearing two of my new online finds: this lovely Mango pink striped top with one frill sleeves (I found it on ASOS during the summer sales!) and these Hush pink 40’s inspired frames that I left in my Hush wishlist for a while before buying them because it was the first time that I bought from their site and I didn’t know that much about them. Now I am totally addicted to this site and the sunglasses are amazing!

I wore them with black Dixie culottes and with my adored (and super old!) Jeffrey Campbell sandal-boots!

I will show you more “German” outfits in the next few weeks, so stay tuned and let me know what you think!

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The Ladybug’s Completely Effortless Holiday Outfits #2

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This is the second effortless outfit that I wore during my holiday in Corsica, in particular during a night trip to Bonifacio, one of the most amazing places that I’ve ever visited.

I took a boat trip there during the day and I decided to go back for a night to visit this beautiful town and have a perfect Corsican dinner at A Cantina Doria.

I wore a red and white Mango striped sweater and Topshop black harem pants.

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As you can see, I didn’t even bring a bag with me: I only had my Marc by Marc Jacobs straw bag for the beach and my Vivienne Westwood navy canvas bag (which was Nike goodie bag for the last We Own the Night in Milan).

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Again, I added my favorite Birkenstock Ibiza, my first buy once I landed in Bastia (I arrived early in the morning so I had to wait until the other shops opened!).  By the way… don’t pay attention to my white creamy feet: they got sunburned during the day and I had to put loads of calendula cream on them!!

I am also wearing again my coral lipstick is from Marc by Marc Jacobs make-up.

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The Ladybug’s a Furry Cat on the Prowl in Milan


Winters are cold in Milan, but it is never too cold for a Saturday of shopping!

I’m trying to stay warm in this amazing vintage fur… one of my best deals ever! I got it for 25 euros at the little charity church market in Milan during the Antiques’ Market. I still can’t believe how lucky I was! I was going to skip that little market, but my friend Sara insisted for us to go… good call!



I am wearing all black with a Mango rolled neck sweater and pair of Zara skinny jeans, but I’m adding some color with my new green Chelsea boots from Les Lolitas, and here again I need to thank KNAGUI’s good eye: we were together when I got those and I showed them to him, saying that I was looking for something similar in black. His answer was so funny that I got convinced quite easily to get them in green. He said: “But Honey… green is the new black!” He wasn’t wrong indeed as I’m using them so much and they go with almost everything!



I added my Luella Bartley studded bag (a great Ebay find!) and an AMAZING pair of Dior vintage cat frames picked up at my friend Lilli’s wonderful shop, Maison Studio, this Christmas in Sicily!

[Photo Credit: KNAGUI]



The Ladybug’s winter song…”Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”


My first winter is Milan seems to be harder than expected….not only, after ten years of warm South, I wasn’t used to very cold temperatures, but also my first approach to snow wasn’t as easy as expected!

Snow boots, wool hats, gloves….how can we stay warm, wear vintage and still look sexy?

Very difficult to say but I guess this is going to be my mission for the next few months!



Let’s start with this “first-snow outfit”: I’m wearing a Mango sweater and Topshop leather black hot pants.

Instead of snow boots I went for a pair of studded biker boots (a great bargain from Les Lolitas!) and I decided to wear a warm camel coat from Stefanel instead of my “hated” down feather and a black snood instead of the usual scarf.

I added a quilted bag with gold chain from Zara and some vintage accessories like my Chanel long necklace (amazing vintage find from Florence) and this great vintage real fur hat that I found in a very strange situation: I was at my dry-cleaner when she and I started talking vintage and she told me about how many things she keeps in her shop from people who forgot them or just never came to get their clothes back. In many years of activity she has a lot of stuff and some lovely pieces!

Of course I asked her to show me some of them and this is where I found this vintage beauty! Since then I’m wearing it a lot and snow or cold is just a new excuse to wear it all the time!

(Photo Credit: Sara M)



The Ladybug’s Peplum Skirts pt. 1: A Rose By Any Other Name!

This is how I am… when I like something I get obsessed! If I like one handbag I want it in more colors or different shapes; if I like a pair of earrings I want all the colors available and so on!

Earlier this morning I was thinking of selling some of my brogues because when I started my brogues obsession, I bought them in many different colors: now I have a white pair, a black one, a jelly one (from Melissa!) and a tan one- but guess what? I only use the last one!

This is what happened with the peplum skirt this year! I know this kind of skirt may not fit my body perfectly because it accentuates my… curves, but I try to dress it down with t-shirts or biker boots to avoid the “J-Lo effect!”

During my Spring tour in Zara I got two of them (a floral one and a cobalt one) and I decided to wear them in two completely different ways that I’m going to show you this week.

Let’s start with the floral peplum skirt that I took with me to New York this year. As you already know, I was walking a lot- so I decided to create a very easy look:

I paired it with a grey t-shirt from Mango, a simple black cardigan from Benetton and black tights.

I’m using my suede biker boots from Max & Co (let’s call them my New York Walkers) and the Shoegasm canvas bag as a handbag!

The Ladybug’s Winter 2011/12 Smart Shopping Find #1: The Mango Fur Parka

As usual; I’m a bit late in sharing my finds, but even if sales are over- winter isn’t. And according to Punxsutawney Phil, it’s going to stick around for a few extra weeks, so be careful!
While having a quick tour at the Mango store last January, I found this adorable coat!
It’s a waxed green warm parka with fur… I’d been looking for one like this for ages! And I got it on sale… lucky girl!
Today I wore it with Topshop skinnies, my sand Jeffrey Campbell’s suede Litas, a vintage clutch from Lady Jane Vintage and a vintage aran sweater found on Ebay!