The Ladybug mixes velvet, leather and lace

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Tights yes or no? This is the awful question that I ask myself every morning when I wake up during this early Spring with summery temperatures and winter wind.

Well, as the last time that I said no to tights I was sick the day after, I decided that for now it is tights yes! Especially when I wear dresses and skirts and not only because I am afraid of getting a cold but also because I’m horrified of showing my pale white legs!! I need a bit of sun before going bare legs and I hate self-tanners so I guess I will need to go to the seaside as soon as possible.

For now, I hide my legs under dark tights and dark clothes (I know, another black outfit….).

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For a Saturday morning brunch in Milan with a friend I decided to finally wear my new H&M black lace dress (so hard to find one that I liked and that didn’t look like I’m wearing granny’s clothes) and I decided to mix a bit the fabrics as I wore it with a very old leather jacket (almost vintage!) and my shoes of the year (just to add a bit of color!), a pair of blue velvet Chelsea boots from the Italian label Madame Cosette.

I am totally in love with these boots: as I saw them for the first time on Instagram I decided that I really wanted them but I decided to wait until winter sales to get myself this special treat! They are handmade in Italy and super comfortable and stylish at the same time.

Brass loop earrings by Metalica Creazioni, black bucket bag by Michael Kors.

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The Ladybug’s Barbarella moment: silver shine!

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I don’t know what’s going on lately but even if I love colors and we finally entered the season to wear them (Milan is also offering unexpected warm sunny days!) during the last weeks I’m dressing head-to-toe in black. Many people made me notice that and I must confess that I’m noticing too. Maybe I’m not ready to blossom? Maybe I’m just a bit bored…I can’t say, but black is being my uniform lately!

Don’t be surprised then If my outfit today is an almost total black, except for my new pair of snake effect silver boots that just got me into my Barbarella moment! I saw these adorable ankle boots in a newly opened shop near my house: I kept looking at them every time that I passed by their window, always tempted to get in and try them. But I was being a good girl, trying to save money, so I never stepped into the shop during the whole winter….until the season’s sales!!!

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When I saw them reduced 50% off I decided that it was time to approach those coveted boots and I found out that there was only one pair left…my size! I couldn’t say no as I did for so many times and for so many months! They are from Divine Follie, an Italian label that I didn’t know before but they’re super comfortable and I wear them so much!

This time I wore them with Zara black sweater and mini skirt and Max&Co grey tomboy coat! I added a black Michael Kors bucket bag and my Malian vintage necklace.

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The Ladybug’s outfit for..queuing!

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As I told you in my last post I spent two days in Bologna with my friends to see the famous David Bowie Is exhibit. I also told you that we went there on Monday and we realized that there was a more-than-three-hour-queue and we decided to leave it there and to enjoy the city while buying a fast-lane ticket for the following day!

But I was wearing my vintage jumpsuit and I thought that it was cool to take some pictures before heading to lunch and some visiting in my adored Bologna, where I spent so much time when I was a student and where I madly fell in love with vintage among the stalls of the Montagnola park.

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I am wearing indeed a vintage black playsuit that I bought at Vintage Dublin when I was in Ireland at the beginning of the year. It was part of a flash-sale at 10 euros and I didn’t even try it! It is a piece from the 80’s and the upper part is made of velvet (even if you cannot really see it from the picture).

I added a vintage leather obi – that you cannot see either – and I wore it with my biker boots from Replay, my military jacket from Twenty8Twelve and my Michael Kors bucket bag.

With all that black I couldn’t help wearing my old Kiko red lipstick, of course!

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The Ladybug explores Japan in a vintage kimono

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Saturday afternoons that I love:  brunch, exhibit and movie with my best friends! I can’t really ask for more!

In preparation of our Deejay run we decided to feed our soul with art (but also with food!) and we dedicated our afternoon to see the beautiful exhibit dedicated to the Japanese artists Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro at Palazzo Reale in Milan.

This journey through the art, nature and culture of Japan was full of amazing moments: the beautiful landscapes of Hokusai (especially the ones dedicated to bridges and to Mount Fuji) made me feel the need of traveling to this amazing country that I’m dying to see.  So did the nature drawn by Hiroshige and the beautiful Japanese women described by Utumaro.

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The Great Wave of Kanagawa is definitely one of the most powerful pieces but it is hard to pick up your favorites among two hundreds “ukiyoe” prints that you can admire there.

As I was in a Japanese mood I thought it was the perfect day to wear my vintage kimono from Episode Vintage in Brussels paired with my new Frida tee by Vanna Vinci and mum jeans from Topshop.

I added my BFF heart chain from Black Heart Creatives , Superga shoes, Celine sunglasses and Michael Kors bucket bag.

If you want to visit the exhibit it will be in Milan until the 29th of January, I am sure that you will love it too !

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The Ladybug and the 70’s Flower Power

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Is there anything that screams summer more than a flowery piece?

Look at the women magazines: every summer issue with the key pieces of the season have a floral trend since I was a young woman and started to be interested in women fashion (let’s say about thirty years ago!). The truth is that the power of a colorful flower piece is undeniable. This is why we called it Flower Power in the 70’s and we still love it!

Last year I remember buying this flowery palazzo pant from Dixie in a rainy afternoon just because I loved the colors and it made me think of summer! Also I knew that the 70’s were doing a comeback and the shape was very figure-flattering!

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I use them quite often and I brought them to Sicily for a simple yet retro inspired outfit, for a casual walk in the city center with friends.

I paired it with simple white vest from Mango, Swedish Hasbeens sandals, Michael Kors bucket bag and Africa wooden earrings from Harlem (courtesy of my dearest friend Simona).

PS: as you can see I’m totally relaxed when I am on holiday: natural hair and no make-up are my summer trademark!

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A Ladybug’s vintage aperitivo in Milan

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I don’t know if it’s just me or if it happens to you too but my weekends always start with a phone call from (or to) a friend saying: What are your plans for today?

Once we realize that we are free and that we have time to spend together we start checking online what’s on in town, trying to find the event that will be perfect for our couple of hours of chatting and – possibly – drinking! It can be a market, an exhibit, a shop opening, a lecture, a concert.

Milan is a town full of events of every kind and it is almost impossible not to find what you are looking for, it is just a bit harder than anywhere else due to the large offer. But when you have a lovely place (Frida bar in the Isola district) organizing a vintage event (Let’s Vintage) with special offers and bargains it is easier to pick up the perfect event that makes everybody happy!

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It was indeed the perfect occasion to drink my favorite ice tea in town (Hanoi!) and to grab vintage bargains for really ridiculous prices.

It was also the perfect occasion to wear my new thrifted palazzo pant from Mary Portas charity shop in Edinburgh (never worn, still with tags, only 4 quid!), my new favorite fringed leather jacket from IL2L at Your Shores, Michael Kors bucket bag, Nike 4 & Other Stories white sneakers and Céline sunglasses.

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The Ladybug’s new experiments at Miró exhibit

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Since the opening of the new Mudec Museum in Milan I must say that I have seen there some of my favorite art exhibits, including “The Force of Matter” dedicated to Juan Miró. Over 100 works of the artists dating from 1931 to 1981 (with the contribution of the Fundació Juan Miró in Barcelona) are exposed chronologically to reconstruct his art trajectory. His pieces are one of the highest contributions to modern art and his constant experimentation with forms and colors has as a result a captivating, joyful and colorful art that I love. The exhibit is very well curated and I enjoyed the visit a lot. I especially loved his simplification of forms (which reminds me a lot of a kind of primitive art) and his incredible mastery of colors.

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For the visit (and a brunch out with a friend in a lovely summery day) I decided to wear my new oversized striped tee from & Other Stories and skinny jeans from Acne Studios. I added silver flats with buckles from Max&Co (a piece from this past winter sales but perfect for spring and summer days!), Michael Kors bucket bag and a pair of Dior vintage frames.

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The Ladybug walks through the history of The Great Mother

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When I came back to Milan after my summer holidays I saw an ad about one of the exhibits held in Palazzo Reale that I was very interested in. The exhibit was La Grande Madre (The Great Mother) and it was produced and created by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi. I waited until the last day to visit it (as usual!) but I am happy that I managed to see it as it was one of the most interesting things I have seen in Milan lately.

It is a huge exhibit that retraces the iconography of motherhood in the art during the last two centuries through the work of more than a hundred international artists. As a result the exhibit also traces the history of women’s empowerment, gender struggles, sexual politics and clashes between tradition and emancipation.

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It was also an occasion to admire artists as Lucio Fontana, Frida Kahlo, Man Ray, Salvador Dalí, Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois (I adored her installations), Robert Gober, Andy Warhol and Maurizio Cattelan, just to name a few.

I wore a casual outfit (Acne Studios jeans, Replay biker boots, Uniqlo cardi, Michael Kors bucket bag) with a vintage touch (my green handmade asymmetric hat by Stondo Firenze).

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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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The Ladybug’s vintage tee for a casual Sunday brunch

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Since I live in Milan, one of the things that I do most is spending Sunday mornings having brunch with my friends.

I often don’t have enough time during the week to have a good talk and an aperitif with them, but a Sunday brunch is perfect to enjoy good food and good company and Milan is full of great places to spend a lovely, lazy Sunday morning and to have a proper brunch!

This time the choice was California Bakery (who can resist its bagels and pancakes? Not me!) but I asked my friend to take a few shots of me as I was wearing a very causal outfit with a vintage piece that I adore!

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The piece is this Rolling Stones concert tee that I got for 3 quid in a charity shop in London a few years ago and that I paired with a 70’s inspired Zara denim buttoned mini skirt.

I added a Michael Kors bucket bag, Nike for & Other Stories white sneakers (I almost live with them on my feet even if it took me ages to buy a pair of white sneakers!!) and Valentino round sunnies.

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