The Ladybug says Goodbye to Munich

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I really hate this last set of pictures of Munich just because they are the last ones of an incredibly amazing three weeks spent in Germany!

I must confess that when I left I really needed a sort of detox from Milan: it was not Milan itself it was just some situations that I couldn’t stand anymore and from which I needed to stay away for a while. And this unplanned work trip to Munich was exactly what I needed: I loved the project, the company of one of my best friends and colleagues, the city that I was exploring for the first time in summer, which was a real  surprise for me. It was so vibrant and full of life, we met a lot of old friends and we made new ones: it was exactly what I needed to reboot my whole body/mind system.

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It was so painful to leave but I was leaving to Sicily just a few weeks after so I convinced myself that it was time to go home, but not before a last day shooting!

The spot was as usual a new corner of Munchner Freiheit, our favorite area of Munich this time! It was a beautiful warm and sunny day and I remember that we made friends with a lovely woman while shooting who was incredibly curious about who I was and where I was from!

For the last day I wore my new African printed pompom top, another handmade creation from Heka Couture with Ankara fabrics that I love (do you remember the circle skirt made with the same colors that I wore in Munich a couple of weeks before?).

I paired with black culottes from Dixie and loafer mules from New Look at Asos.

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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 hunt for 90’s denim

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Denim Denin Denim: this is my obsession this year!! Why? Very simple: I sold most of my used denim on Ebay because I lost weight and many of them were too large…to make long story short: I realised I only had two jeans left in my wardrobe, a mom jeans and a skinny one. Not good!

I then made a list of the jeans that I needed:  denim culottes, flare 70’s jeans, cropped jeans, 90’s large jeans and vintage Levi’s. Huh…too much hunting!! I should do a little step at a time!

Let’s start from the first one, that turned out to be a three-pair 90’s large jeans/culottes…more than what I needed actually but the price was too good and I couldn’t resist!!

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I left for Munich on the first day of sales, so the following weekend I decided to go for a sales session in town. I started from Zara of course and I found many interesting jeans 90’s style for less than 15 euros each. I couldn’t find my size so I started my Zara denim’s hunt across all the shops in Munich and Frankfurt but without any positive result. I was so upset that I went online and checked the availability in stores to find out that all of them in my size were available in…Milan!!

When I came back home I first headed to Zara to try them all and they were perfect! 40 euros for all of them was a good price so I got them all! After all, I needed jeans right?

This is my first pair a 90’s shape mixed with culottes….two pieces in one! I also love the side split and the colour. I paired it with a thrifted Twenty8Twelve red tee, a 70’s inspired red little bag from Zara and my new adored New Look floral loafer slippers found on Asos for half the price (20 euros!).

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The Ladybug Thinks It’s About Time to Talk About Rachel McAdams’ Modern Vintage

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A couple of weeks ago I went to see one of the loveliest movies I have seen this year: About Time.

They call it a romantic comedy, but About Time is a bit more than that… and very well so since I usually hate romantic comedies!

This one was really special: the plot, the moral, the actors and of course, Mary’s (Rachel McAdams) beautiful retro inspired wardrobe! Was it a coincidence that when Tim takes her home on their first date, she lives above a vintage shop??!! Yes and no!

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I was convinced during the whole movie that she was wearing vintage pieces, but guess what? I was mostly wrong! I couldn’t help looking for her looks on Internet when I got home, and what I found out was incredibly surprising! I indeed read an interview with Verity Hawkes, the costume designer of the movie, where she explained the details of Mary’s closet. She said: “We wanted Mary’s look to be eclectic; a combination of vintage and modern that would give her an original quirky cute look. At the time, we used references like Kate Moss, one because Mary’s character admires her and because she is a perfect style icon. Although, we had to tone the “Kate style” down for Mary as her character is much less confident and stylish. I also referenced Annie Hall or her kookiness. But, as always, you start from a reference point and then the character takes on their own identity throughout the fitting process until hopefully you have a totally original unique character.”

What is crazy about it, is that most of her pieces comes from economic high street labels. For example, the blue dress that she is wearing when she meets Tim for the first time is the Henry Holland for Debenhams Navy Eiffel Tower and Poodle Print Dress.

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The red cardigan from their first date(s) night is from New Look and it came from Verity Hawkes’s closet.

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Some of the dresses and the handbags that she often wears come from Zara- like the yellow Guipure Combination Dress or the tan handbag.

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Other lovely pieces are from Asos, like the neon yellow elephant-print shirt or the Floral Embroidered Shirt Dress

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Even the famous red wedding dress was a vintage ’50s piece from Angels, a UK based costume shop, that was altered to create the final piece. Miss Hawkes said, “I wanted the dress to look like Mary had found it in a vintage shop and fell in love with it, I didn’t want her to look like she spent any time in wedding dress fittings.”

Isn’t it an amazing idea to create retro inspired outfits mixing vintage pieces with high street and designer? This was an amazing choice in my opinion and her wardrobe gave Mary’s something more to like her for!