The Ladybug 70s afro street style!

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I can call this set of photographs “the lazy ladybug” as I was so tired and it was so hot (it was one of the hottest days in Milan) that I didn’t even stand up to take the pictures!

A coffee after lunch at the Feltrinelli Foundation and five minutes of well-deserved shadow before heading back to work. While I was seating near the Foundation graffiti my friend took some pictures of a lazy me because she loved the afro style, she said!

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There is a bit of afro indeed: my afro inspired turban handmade by Madame Ilary, my Senegalese necklaces from Seyeyaram African Handmade and my many African jewels.

But I also added a 70s touch with my Massimo Dutti dark denim culottes and even more with my new amazing green shoes by Strategia bought during an incredible sample sale at their shop in Milan. Simple white tee ASOS.

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The Ladybug can hear the song of the African sea (in a seashell)

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Cowrie shells are such a trend right now, but I have always loved them for many reasons: they remind me of the sea which I still miss a lot and they have specific meanings in the African culture, being one of the many traditional symbols.

I was indeed in Africa, more specifically in Senegal on the Yoff beach, when I saw a woman on the beach selling this amazing statement cowrie necklace and I could help buying it even if I immediately imagined how I could wear it. “Wear it when you feel it, darling” – she said – “Don’t care about matching it with your clothes”. I loved her suggestion and I literally followed it when one morning I woke up with the urge of wearing the cowrie necklace!

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I wore it with a simple dark grey & Other Stories tee and with a vintage Benetton skirt from the 90s (it resisted for a long time in my wardrobe!).

Shoes are retro inspired sling-back kitten heels from Mango that I bought in Madrid last winter.

No need to say that I received lots of compliments for this wonderful necklace, including people asking in the streets where I got it from. I didn’t say that if they listened inside the shells they could hear the African sea singing a love song…

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The Ladybug from the 40s diva to the 50s pin-up

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Lately I showed you my vintage marine dress bought in Barcelona last spring but, as you may easily imagine, it was not my only vintage find in Barcelona!

When I arrived there, on the first day, I found one of my favorite vintage shops in town called Lullaby: just for you to understand how great this place was, I had to come back a second time to decide what to buy because I loved too many things and I decided that I would better think twice and choose only a few!

When I went back I bought, among other things (a leather 70s bag and a pair of 80s statement earrings!), also this beautiful vintage 50s dress that I loved from the first day: the pattern, the buttons and its pin-up shape!  

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I paired it with a wonderful pair of blackamoor 40s earrings from Déjà Vu (yes, she is my blackamoor jewelry provider!)…aren’t they adorable?

I also added a pair of military green ankle boots that I got a couple of weeks ago from a shoes sample sale (one of the hardest things to resist!) of the brand Strategia, here in Milan. They are not vintage but I think that they were nice with the outfit and I wanted to avoid the total vintage look!

PS: I know I was on my bad-hair day but I forgot to bring a turban! 

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The Ladybug’s outfit celebrates a vintage shopping session in Barcelona!

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I love wearing vintage summer dresses, especially when they bring memories of my trips!

This vintage marine dress was definitely one of my best finds abroad: it comes from a vintage shop in Barcelona called Flamingo Vintage Kilo, selling mostly American vintage pieces with the kilo formula. It was a very nice shop, full of incredible gems at bargain prices. I fell in love with this one because of its very flattering shape and because I am a fan of marine dresses! I got it for only 10 euros and I was so happy about it that I couldn’t wear for summer to finally wear it! It is an original 50s piece from the States and I couldn’t be happier with it!

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As I was celebrating my beautiful first trip to Barcelona I decided to wear it with a pair of 80s vintage earrings that I found in another beautiful shop in this town: it is called Love Vintage and I found there many interesting pieces at great prices (I also got a pair of vintage Levi’s 501 and a stunning pair of Balenciaga 80s pumps for 20 euros each).

Only shoes are not vintage, they are mud caged ankle boots from Jeffrey Campbell (I think that they are the shoes that I wear most as I almost destroyed them!).

PS: I wore this outfit for work, would you wear it to your office or is it “too much vintage”?

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The Ladybug and her struggle with romanticism

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I’m not a romantic person. Better said, I’m not anymore a romantic person. Maybe my past love experiences turned me into a cynic lady but when someone starts talking love to me I immediately feel suspicious. You know, after years of disappointing guys of every type, style, race and nationality I decided that the only person I sincerely trust is myself!

That said, sometimes (quite rarely) I truly enjoy romantic reads or romantic outfits.

All started with a romantic cream blouse that I bought at Oysho this winter but I’ve never worn it until a few weeks ago! When I bought it I loved the vintage style with the little crochet and frill but I realized that I’m not good at wearing this style!

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I decided then to pair it with my military green Zara chinos (I’ve been looking for a cute military green pants for ages but finally this season Zara made one for me!) and my “Zara meets Chanel” shoes. Just a short mention for this amazing shoes from Zara: I saw them online on a Friday afternoon and I really loved them because they made me think of a Chanel model that I definitely cannot afford. They were just listed and I decided to buy them by the next day. One day after all the sizes were sold-out! As I understood that if I really wanted them I had to speed up I immediately used the store locator to find a pair in my size in Milan where I finally found them (after some struggling though). Statement earrings are also from Zara, during a little shopping session in Sofia!

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The Ladybug’s last addiction: the 50s straw bag

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When I received this wonderful 50s vintage straw bag, bought from Frida Vintage on Vintag, I couldn’t wait to wear it! The first occasion was a Saturday lunch with my friends in Milan where I showed off my new amazing bag with a certain pride! It is really an amazing piece!

During our lunch and shopping session in Porta Venezia area I received so many compliments and people asking for it (and for my Madame Ilary turban) that I spent most of my time telling people where I found the bag and the turban, what is Vintag and where my friend has her show room in Milan!

A part from that, we tried an Eritrean restaurant called Warsà (honestly one of the best Eritrean restaurants I’ve ever tried and you know that I tried a lot around the world!) followed by a shopping session at the Bivio (second hand store) and at I love Vintage in the best company ever: could I ask for more?

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For my relaxing Saturday I wore a thrifted Sonic Youth tee from a London charity shop (I can’t remember which one), Fontana Design black culottes at Archivio Vintage, as well as my Casta & Dolly wooden clogsand one of the vintage denim jackets from my collection with Madame Ilary.

As you know my vintage beloved bag is from Frida Vintage on Vintag and my beautiful turban is from Madame Ilary. Loop earrings are from Mango.

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The Ladybug goes for the bronze medal

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Bronze, gold, silver…how hard it is to wear these colors? I love them and I often wear golden or silver boots and other accessories but when it comes to clothing the story becomes quite hard.

Not that I use to move back from fashion challenges, I totally love to push it a bit when I can but this often means facing people comments or strange glances in the street! I’m quite used to that but every now and then it just gets on my nerves!

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I knew all this when I decided to buy and wear this amazing culottes and turban bronze combo from Heka Couture but I tested it for the first time in Paris where people were absolutely loving it! But Paris is Paris and Milan is Milan…but you know what? Who cares? “Let people stare at you and keep being fabulous”: this is what I say to myself when a glimpse of doubt crosses my mind!

So I wore my combo for work and then a movie date with a friend, matching it with Topshop pale blue shirt and Mango leather biker jacket.  I added killer black heels from 8 at Yoox, cameo ring from Alcozer & Co. and handmade earrings by Metalica Creazioni.

So what do you think? Fashion yay or nay?

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The Ladybug is a vintage lady in the streets of Milan

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Sometimes I really like dressing like a vintage lady: the way people look at me in the streets makes me laugh especially when I pair my vintage pieces with 40s inspired diva turbans. At that point they start staring at me. Honestly this type of reaction is typically Italian. When I used to live in Southern Italy it was even worse but I didn’t expect this also in Milan that is supposed to be the most open minded city in Italy.

When I travel abroad I use to wear my turbans and nobody seems disturbed or intrigued about that…so why should people care so much about what anyone is wearing?

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Anyway, I couldn’t care less, so I decided to wear my new 70s vintage dress from A rebours Vintage in Milan with my new handmade turban from Madame Ilary, vintage earrings and 60’s inspired Zara patent boots. I loved this mixed outfit and it made me feel like a real lady from another era walking by mistake in the crowded streets of “modern” Milan!

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The Ladybug and her love story with a Blackamoor special one!

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I must confess that I have had a very strange and complicated relationship with vintage jewelry. Even when I started dressing with vintage clothes and accessories I was not very keen on vintage jewels because they looked too old style for me. I felt old when I tried to wear them.

A few years ago, when I got a lot of weight and I didn’t want to buy clothes anymore because I didn’t like them on me, I started buying a lot of vintage accessories, from shoes to bags and…jewels! Thanks to a couple of my now favorite vintage jewelry providers (first of all my friend Valentina from Déjà Vu Vintage) I am now passionate about antiques and vintage pieces, especially brooches. During my first times of vintage jewelry passion I also discovered that I am madly deeply in love with what is called Blackamoor, referring to vintage pieces usually representing African topics and people. Although this type of jewelry is often considered having racist connotations because it is associated with colonialism and slavery, I personally appreciate the representation itself without this type of association with which I totally disagree, and I love wearing and collecting Blackamoor brooches and other type of sculpture or jewelry.

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Like a few weeks ago, when I wore my newly added vintage brooch from Déjà Vu Vintage to my daily outfit and paired it with silver African inspired handmade earrings from Metalica Creazioni. When I saw this piece on Valentina’s Instagram I totally fell in love and I waited for her to come to Milan to finally make it mine!

When I travel abroad or visit vintage and antiques markets I always look for Blackamoor pieces and I do the same online (on Ebay for example) where I can find amazing pieces especially from American sellers.

I wore a 70s inspired double-breasted jacket from Zara with large burgundy culottes from Please and black silk shirt from & Other Stories. Black leather bag is from Coccinelle and vintage inspired ankle boots are from The Shoes of Pretty Box.

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The Ladybug adding curves to a Zara outfit

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“You look like a Zara dummy, but with curves!”. This was a comment from a friend when he saw me dressed like this. I guess that for some reason he saw the dummy in the Zara shop, dressed exactly like this (honestly this is where I took  my inspiration for buying these two pieces and then wear them together!) and he realized when he saw me! But adding curves to an outfit was such a compliment for me!

After many years, not only I accept my curvy body but I definitely love it the way it is. I honestly prefer this outfit on me than on the Zara dummy, and so did my friend! This simple thing made me think about my complicated relationship with my body over the years: I still have my downs, there are still parts of my body that I don’t like every now and then, but it’s me, it’s the body that I have and that I have to take care of. How can I think that people will like it if I don’t do it first? It takes time and self-awareness but I’m glad that I am at this stage!

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One of the things that I hate most is when people try to tell me that I should dress in a way that suits my body: I shouldn’t wear long skirts as I’m not tall, I shouldn’t show my legs as they’re not thin and long, I shouldn’t do this or I shouldn’t do that. We often limit our creativity because of other people’s reactions. I am someone who takes things personally and it took a lot of time and strength not to take this kind of remarks on myself but now I often answer “So what?” or “Please keep these limitations for yourself” or I just laugh and turn my head on the other side. Most of times criticism comes from not acceptance of ourselves, so just leave this feeling to other people if they want to live with it!

Ah…the Zara dummy only wore this checked skirt and blouse together but I added matching Zara patent ankle boots and vintage earrings + Senegalese bracelets!

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