The Ladybug (the Woman and the Sun) Vs. Van Gogh (The Man and the Earth)

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About a month ago I visited one of the most crowded exhibits ever held at Palazzo Reale in Milano, the Van Gogh expo “L’uomo e la terra” (The Man and the Earth). The exhibit focuses on the importance of the simple life, the life of the farmers, of the villagers and the attachment to the earth (intended as mother of life) in Van Gogh’s art. This wasn’t the best Van Gogh expo, I must admit. Especially because this part of his artistic career is very often underestimated and not particularly famous, except for some pieces like The Postman.

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To be perfectly honest, I was a bit disappointed… maybe because it was quite small (compared to the Marc Chagall exhibit for example) or simply because it wasn’t my favorite of Van Gogh’s artistic eras!

But it was a wonderful sunny day, maybe the first real spring forward day, and I was in wonderful company so I decided to take some pictures around Palazzo Reale and just enjoy the blessings of the day!

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I wore a Please burgundy sweater, Acne Studios black jeans, Max and Co coat, Replay biker boots. My folk clutch is from La Maison Momonì, sunglasses are Céline. I added a lovely brooch from Hidden Forest Market in Verona and vintage red leather gloves from Sofia Vintage in Como.

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The Ladybug Has Fun, “The Italian Way!”

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Here’s a fun and lighthearted shoot for you!

I was running errands with KNAGUI and a friend of ours when he decided that this place was perfect for shooting! We didn’t care too much about what I was wearing; we just decided to enjoy the moment, and we did (as you can see from the pictures, I can’t stop laughing!).

We were walking by and reading the Vogue Italia installation of photographs representing “The Italian Way” and “A Tribute to Italian Beauty” (amazing pictures can be found throughout this outdoor exhibit, by the way!) in Milan and decided to make mention of it on the blog.

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While there I imitated Sophia Loren’s poses, jumped and twirled around, laughed and played.  It was a welcome break for my spirit after such a serious day. We loved the results and hope you appreciate our sharing them with you!

I am wearing Max & Co blouse, Zara trousers and patent flats, Massimo Rebecchi handbag (acquired by our assistant of the day – LOL) and my special handmade earrings from my beautiful and talented auntie!

(Photo credit: KNAGUI)

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The Ladybug’s Milan Fashion Week, pt 1: Luisa Tratzi Fashion Show

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This is something that I will probably never forget… the first show of my first Fashion Week. Those who follow my blog may already know that I’m not a big fan of the glittering luxurious world of the World’s Fashion Weeks, but hey, let’s be honest, this is every girl’s dream and I must confess that it was mine too! I am not ashamed to tell you that it was the first time I’d received some invitations to attend fashion shows in Milan during the Milan Fashion Week… I am just sorry that, because of work, I couldn’t attend all of them; still I’m very happy to have a special memory of my first catwalk because I really loved it.

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Another reason why I loved my first show was because of the show itself: Luisa Tratzi’s “Blossom Street” SS15 shoe show. If you don’t know about the brand, let me tell you that she’s considered to be the new emerging brand of Italian handmade luxury shoe designers. Last year she was selected by the Camera della Moda as one of the most talented emerging Italian brands and it was her first appearance of Milan’s Fashion Week. The event was not just about fashion: it mixed fashion with food with a special post catwalk brunch prepared by the famous chef Marco Rossi and beverages chosen by Elisa Campa, the sommelier from La Mugnaia in Ivrea.  Also, the location deserves a special mention: it happened at the Palazzo Grifoni, the Milanese store of Mauro Grifoni, an elegant historical venue were the designer’s pieces were sold with the artsy shoes pieces of Luisa Tratzi.

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But let’s talk about the shoes and the Blossom Street Collection: the blossoming flowers of the collection are the wonderful handmade pieces of art of Luisa Tratzi, not just shoes but elegant and sensual pieces that reminded me of beautiful flowers because of their intricate details. I would call them sculptures, created by soft leather and other refined materials which were not just worn but beautiful models dressed in white and flowers collars, but brought to the public on mirror plates to create a game of lights- giving proper importance to the art of the shoes. The color tones went from lilac to light blue and every possible declination of pastels mixed with metallic details.

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And, let me say, a beautiful way of mixing modernity (with sculpted and geometric forms) with vintage was the attention to the details that called on the eloquence of the past (the use of coil heels or of multiple straps).

Obviously, you can find some of my shots and favorite pieces in this blog post. But you can visit Luisa Tratzi’s site www.luisatratzi.it for more photos and information.

I attended the show wearing an “almost vintage” Max & Co ethnic skirt and Zara white shirt. I paired them with Ash peep-toe ankle boots, Miu Miu clutch and a vintage pair of cat-eye frames from Punti di Vista.

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The Ladybug’s #FBF of the Final Days of Summer: Farewell My Summer Loves

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It seems that it was months and months ago when I took these pictures, but no… it was just a few weeks ago, still tanned and happy under a sunny and warm Milanese sky!

On this day I decided to bring one of my best memories from this past summer, my new canvas bag from one of my favorite restaurants in Corsica, A Cantina di l’Orriu in Porto Vecchio. To me, this bag means: summer, holidays, beautiful beaches and amazing sea and of course- great food!

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It was too early to put all of these things away in my wardrobe, so I decided to give it the opportunity to go around in city center Milan.

I wore it with other summer memories: my Summer Jamboree t-shirt and one of my new statement necklaces from a little craft market in Singapore. I added a Max & Co, almost vintage, ethnic skirt and a pair of Bagatt flats from two seasons ago.

Vintage touch: my vintage frames from Punti di Vista, my last buy at Voglia di Vintage in Mantova (more about my day in Mantova soon!)

[photo credit: KNAGUI]

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The Ladybug Hears the Whisper of Beachfront Property in Milan: The Opening of Bisbigli’s Flagship Store

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I have a broken finger, I am working like a redheaded step-child and I have been the most tired girl in the world over the last two weeks (could I get my hour back from the Spring time change?), so believe me… I am not in the mood for shopping, parties and events. BUT when I was invited to the opening of the first Bisbigli flagship store in Milan on the beautiful corso Venezia (53), I felt that I couldn’t miss it!

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If you know Bisbigli you’ll probably know why I am saying that, but if you don’t let me tell you a bit more about this brand: the brand is part of the Linclalor Group, internationally known since the ’60s for their quality collections of lingerie, nightwear and beachwear. The Bisbigli collections are an explosion of colors and flowers with a retro flavor of polka-dots, seventies accents and paisley patterns for men and women.

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The strategic opening in Milan, on one of the most fashionable streets of the town, is not a coincidence: the brand is gaining more and more success due to their elevated quality at affordable prices and for their fantasy and originality!

The beachwear is to-die-for.  The aqua and orange lines are definitely my favorites!

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Bisbigli presented four different lines for SS 2014: “Miss Bisbigli” (my favorite one!), with tons of colors, flowers, hearts, peace symbols, a kind of romantic and retro style that I appreciated a lot; “Bisbigli Lounge,” a knitwear collection for women to use 24/24h from work wear to casual wear; “H.J.T. Underwear Donna,” a pastel toned lingerie line inspired by the shades of Tiffany & Co. color; “Bisbigli nella Notte,” a glamorous nightwear collection perfect for the daytime; and the easy to wear “H.J.T. Underwear Man” mens collection.

I also enjoyed the simple yet cheeky ambiance with DJ live set, models wearing the collections along with the classy and colorful shop-ware.

For more information on the collections or for the store locator you can visit the site www.bisbigli.com

For the occasion I wore a Max & Co blue cape coat, Topshop butterflies shirt, Zara midi skirt, Moschino booties, the funny handmade ball of wool fascinator by Federica Ricciardi and of course my denim bag from Bisbigli!

Photo Credit: Elena Pittitto from The Little Dreamer (my partner for the party!)

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The Ladybug goes green for the last days of winter!

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It’s April and, even if a little late, spring has come to Milan too!

So…here is my last outfit post for this winter! I planned this post some time ago, because I bought on sale this beautiful Max & Co emerald green coat with Mongolian fur and I realized how difficult it was to create outfits with it.

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I decided then to play a bit with it, dressed up and dressed down, and I understood that there are not impossible things to wear as long as you feel comfortable in them! My feeling is that the coat and I just needed some time to feel confident with each other!

I am sharing here two different outfits with the same coat: in the first one I decided to play it ladylike by matching it with a black Zara dress and Topshop sandals. I added a vintage touch with my patent clutch from Dappa Boutique, one of my favorite vintage shops in London.

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In the second one I tried the green coat with denim for a dressed down look: I am wearing Met dark jeans, Benetton brown riding boots, H&M fedora hat and again a vintage bag from the 70’s that I purchased from Cavalli & Nastri here in Milan.

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Which one do you prefer?

(Photo Credit: KNAGUI)

The Ladybug Takes London…Again pt. 1: Peregrinating The Pop Up Vintage Fair at Old Spitalfields Market

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It has been a bit more than a year since one of my best blogger experiences: the Pop Up Vintage Fair in Hampstead, London, happened.

When I say best blogger experience, I don’t only mean the fact that I loved being there- the stallers, the finds, the whole vintage fair thing, but mostly I’m referring to the personal part of it. I met wonderful people who are now my vintage BFFs and who are a beautiful part of my real life: I met Maxine, Daisy and Salina there for the first time last year and our friendship has been growing since then!

Daisy and Salina came to Milan in September and we keep sharing not only our love for vintage (and cakes!) but also our personal life events and feelings.

We decided that it was time for another London reunion and we took the occasion of another amazing Pop Up Vintage Fairs to make it happen. We picked up the Saturday fair at Old Spitalfields, one of my favorite markets from my London years, and one of the most iconic London markets ever, the weekend before last.

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I flew to London on a Friday night and on Saturday morning we were ready for the big event! After a bit of shopping with Daisy at Traffic People in the market area (good excuse to dry off from the rain while waiting for Salina!… Btw; aren’t those flats and headscarf lovely?? And on sale!!) and a quick brunch at the Giraffe in Old Spitalfields, we were ready to start the shopping and to meet Maxine!

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The reunion was amazing and nearly everyone in the market felt the energy from the excitement that we shared! It was time for laughing, shopping, cakes (not only Salina brought her amazing freshly baked red velvet ones, but we stood at the Flavourtown stall for a while, trying all their amazing cupcakes! This Guinness and Bailey’s St. Paddy’s edition was to die for!), a lot of fun and pictures!

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I liked a lot the idea of mixing the typical Old Spitalfileds’ market stalls with the vintage stalls from the Pop Vintage Fairs: it was an occasion to cross-pollinate the beautiful buyers and sellers of mainstream and handcraft designers markets with the amazing world of vintage.

We did a lot of shopping and I found some new interesting “faces:” I bought a lovely ring from Leyla Cemal (www.leylacemal.com) and I am still upset that I haven’t bought some more handmade jewels from her (for example a lovely skull necklace that I’ll try to get from her site soon!) because her creations were really lovely.

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Also, as I often do when I go to London- especially at the Pop Up Vintage Fairs, I decided to offer my hair a vintage treat by getting some awesome victory rolls from Candypout! Roxana did a great job with my hair and I really decided that I have to try making victory rolls myself!

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When the fair closed we were still hungry for shopping, so we decided to head to Collectif in the market area. If you’ve never heard about it, you should definitely have a look because its ’50s inspired pin up clothing is really lovely! Salina tried on half of the shop (the other half was modeled by Daisy and I!). I left with this lovely Pan Am inspired red hat that I’m sure my SoS will love!

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Still thirsty for shopping; we moved to the near Brick Lane, one of the best vintage areas in London, where the shops were closing and leaving space to thousands of Indian restaurants!

We still managed to find Rokit open and I bought this lovely red daisy dress!

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On the way home, Daisy and I stopped for our usual fish and chips dinner- even if we were tempted to have a sadity meal with Salina at Poppies in Hanbury Street… a retro-American inspired fish and chips restaurant with a real vintage jukebox and 1950s styled waitress uniforms!

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For the day I wore a pencil skirt and white shirt from Zara, with my vintage fur, my brogues from Shoegasm in NYC, Max & Co messenger bag and a the funniest handmade bow tie from Bizzaria (www.bizzaria.com).

If you want to attend one of Maxine’s wonderful Pop Up Vintage Fairs in London, visit (and like!) their facebook page: www.facebook.com/popupvintagefairs and get all the information you need.

The Ladybug Jilts Milan Fashion Week to Play the Field in Rome pt. 3: Roman the Ruins

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A bit hangover from the beer and still quite wet from the rain of the day before, I woke up early Sunday morning to take a long ride alone while the others went to see the Pope in Piazza San Pietro! (Please don’t scold me for this… my mum already did!)

I indeed preferred to follow Marco’s advice to have a look at the Borghetto Flaminio, a typical junk dealers market in Piazza Marina where I could find some good vintage and thrift bargains! I had already heard about it before so it was time for me to have a look.

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There is a bit of everything: from thrift finds for men and women to real vintage gems, everything at very affordable prices! The atmosphere is very nice and most of the stallers were extremely friendly and funny. For the entry price of 1,60 euros, I must say it was a nice experience! It is not very big and not crowded at all. And in the center of it all, there’s a nice bar with tables where you can stop for a nice pause and take in the sun (yes, it came out on Sunday!) during a shopping session!

I was dying for a Fendi vintage coat and a Gucci handbag, but in the end I only left with this lovely red dotted sweater with a silk bow from Blumarine in mint condition for only 35 euros!

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While waiting for the others to meet me, I walked around Piazza del Popolo and Villa Borghese and took some pictures of the sights… I also found a nice small handcrafts market with some great American vintage pieces (mostly jewels), but I managed not to buy anything!

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Once we were all together, we headed to Piazza di Spagna for a typical tourist photo session: I am wearing an old Kate Moss for Topshop dress, Patrizia Pepe coat and a thrift snood and French hat with my lovely Opella brooch! I added my new Max & Co. messenger bag and riding boots.

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The Ladybug’s Inner Goddess of Style Speaks To Milan’s Grey Sky: “Let There Be Color!”

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In the last few days all that Milan has to offer, in regard to weather, is a grey sky and a cold air.  That’s why I decided to pop-out some color today!

I’m wearing two of my favorite bold-colored vintage finds today: this frill fuchsia blouse from Humana Vintage and this blue ’80s jacket from the Salvation Army in New York.

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Since I knew it was going to a big choc of colors, I decided to wear black for the rest of the outfit: Topshop velvet shorts, Max & Co. riding boots and messenger bag (both a result of my last winter sales!)

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I’m also wearing this amazing hat from Pippi the milliner, a wonderful retro inspired handmade piece that I bought at the fair L’artigiano in Fiera here in Milan.

(Photo Credit: KNAGUI)

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The Ladybug’s Secret Recipe to Spice Up Work Wear: Kentucky Fried Vintage

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How many of you work in an office all day? And when I say office, I mean a corporate office where we all must look the same?

Those of you who do may know how hard it is to have your own style in a place where we are supposed to wear uniforms: dark tones suits rule these offices where standing out is quite a sin!

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I’m not going to wear sneakers or ripped jeans- not even on casual Fridays, but I always try to have a little something that says something about me everyday: a colored vintage pussybow shirt for example, or a statement jewel or accessory.

I decided to share my “uniform” today by taking pictures during my lunch break, just to show you how I revived my black suit and white shirt: I decided to add something vintage, something funny and of course, something red!

Something vintage: hats are my passion (and a need!) in winter, so I use them a lot… this original vintage bowler hat comes from Portobello’s Market in London and it adds a rock/retro touch that I adore!

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Something funny: you must know that I love bow-ties right? I have tons and I use them very often: their retro/funny look represents me so well! I got this Kentucky Colonel Bow-tie from Swagger & Swoon, one of my favorite online bow-ties sellers! They’re all vintage inspired and their patterns are to die-for!

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Something red: Red lips, what else?! This Kiko red lipstick is one of my favorite shades and it perfectly suit my ’70s inspired Patrizia Pepe red coat!

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Blazer and shirt: Zara

Trousers: Max & Co

Coat: Patrizia Pepe

Bowler Hat: Vintage

Bow-tie: Swagger & Swoon

Boots: Rag & Bone

Bag: Balenciaga

Rings: Vintage + Eye ring Crazy Pig Designs London

[photo credit: KNAGUI]