The Ladybug feels a bit nostalgic of the 90s (just a little bit!)

Don’t you feel sometimes this desire of a flower 90s dress like those worn by Brenda and Kelly in Beverly Hills 90210? I have to be honest, I was born in the 70s, enjoyed the 80s as a kid and I was a teen in the 90s but that decade, fashion-wise, was not my favorite at all. The only thing that I keep loving about that era are the lovely flower dress, often worn on a simple white shirt! Kelly in particular was my style icon (way before SJP in Sex & The City and – I must confess – still today!).

In the last few years, as the 90s made their comeback, I started buying a couple of vintage pieces that reminded me of my youth, especially that Kelly/Brenda style that I enjoyed so much at the time. One of them is this cute long flower black dress completely buttoned that made these two girls pop into my mind as soon as I saw it! It was during a Vinokilo sale in Milan and it was hanging alone among men denim jackets (probably out of place!): it felt like it was waiting there to recall my memories!

But you know that I love matching different styles then I added only another 90s inspired piece (a pair of black Cult studded wedges – btw, do you remember this iconic shoe brand from the 90s? I found out that they still produces shoes with the same vibe) and I paired this 90s style with a touch of African flavor!

African wax headband is an handmade gift from Madame Ilary (I love the green and tangerine print) while the Fulani earrings are handmade in Africa.

This match will definitely remove a bit of the 90s vibe but it is still there and I liked it. Also, I was going to meet Marica and Faburama, founders and creators of Kanö – Sartoria Sociale in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (near my hometown) and I really wanted to wear some African pieces to honor them!

What do you think of this very personal match? Yay or nay?

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The Ladybug in a vintage daisy field!

When I saw this little vintage silk dress full of colored daisies on Vinted I madly fell in love. The pattern and the shape were so cute and unusual that I didn’t think twice: I made an offer to buy it. The transaction itself was very pleasant: the French girl who sold it was having a huge clear out with her sisters and she told me the story of this dress that was coming from their grandma’s closet in Normandy. When I received it, it was even nicer than in pictures and the silk was fantastic, I couldn’t be prouder of my vintage find!

It was so easy to style it, because the print made it all: I love when dresses can be so easy because they really go with everything and for every occasion: I wore it for the first time at the office, then I wore it for an aperitivo with my friends and now I am wearing it for a second hand shopping session in Milan on a Saturday morning.

I wanted to re-create a vintage 50s style, even if the dress is a late 70s piece. This is a clear example of the fact that you don’t need to wear clothes of the 50s to create a 50s style: not only the dress is from another era, but also the other pieces that I am wearing here are not pieces from the 50s:

  • The golden chain belt is a vintage piece from the 80s that I found at Bottega Rossa in Milan;
  • The daisy earrings are deadstock pieces from the late 60s that I found at Sabrina Manin Vintage in Milan
  • The Yves Saint Laurent golden sandals are a vintage piece from the late 80s found at Bivio in Milan
  • The green rattan bag is a vintage piece from the 70s found at A rebours Vintage in Milan
  • The handmade turban is a modern handmade piece from Madame Ilary

Could you tell?

Imagination is the only criteria to create the perfect vintage style of your dreams!

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The Ladybug on best fashion investments: the handmade coat

When I model for Madame Ilary I really feel special because I know the idea she has of the woman who would wear her clothes: a normal woman in size and shape but with great personality!

She asked me and my friend Simona (very different from me in size, shape and colors!) to model for her new spring campaign last year wearing her amazing new spring coats.

During this campaign I madly fell in love with the silver coat that I was wearing and I decided to buy it even if it was a bit pricey. I was a little doubtful at the time but I know now that it was one of my best fashion investments ever!

Let me tell you why:

  • Although it may seem quite difficult to use the brocade coat, it is very versatile: you can make it elegant with a cocktail dress or with a sophisticated outfit, but you can easily wear it with denim and sneakers for a more casual wear. It’s a wonderful piece that you can wear more often than you can imagine (fashion prejudice, anyone?)
  • The shape is so retro, a bit renaissance style, that it never goes out of style! I am pretty sure that I will wear it again in 5 or 10 years (if I keep my size! Haha!)
  • It was done for me and on me: even if the model was created for the campaign, Ilaria made a new piece for me to fit my size in every detail. However, in the very rare case I really get tired of it, I am sure that I can resell it very fast because it is a very special piece.
  • It is handmade with love and attention to detail: the brocade is soft and rich, the buttons are vintage, the shape is timeless: where would I find another piece like this?

In the end, we can say that we never go wrong with a handmade piece: we know who made our clothes, we know that they were made with love and care to every single detail, they fit our silhouette perfectly, they are a choice of quality over quantity.

For this reason, when you recognize that a piece has these characteristics, don’t think twice, even if it’s a bit pricey. Let’s make it a way of aware consuming, preferring quality over quantity, choosing the handcrafted over the mass production. Not only we will start a new trend but we will also help our poor planet.

Maybe we will buy less but isn’t it a good choice?

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The Ladybug is shining in her favorite color (and vintage!)

Not longtime ago I shared here my favorite colors and I put on top of my list yellow!

Since I was a kid yellow is my favorite color: its representation of sun and light has always inspired me and I feel really like myself when I wear it!

I have many yellow clothes and accessories, not only in summer: dresses, shoes, sweaters…I really can’t resist a good yellow piece, better if vintage!

Like this lovely dress a real 80s piece that I got from Humana Vintage in Milan, in the shop of via De Amicis during their inauguration party! It is like a long jacket with short sleeves and I always wear it with a belt (this one is from Mango) to give more focus on the waist!

I paired it with an amazing tapestry bag that I got in Budapest in a lovely vintage shop called Lovebug Vintage.

All my jewelry is vintage too (except rings that are handmade): 80s hoop earrings from Viola Vintage (I got them during a vintage fair here in Italy, probably Valeggio Veste il Vintage) and golden vintage JJ brooch from A rebours Vintage in Milan. Rings are handmade from Afrohemien (cowrie ring) and Francesco Tramontano, except the tiny yellow ring that is vintage found in a little vintage shop in Osaka, Japan.

The shoes are very old caged boots from Jeffrey Campbell.

More women dresses here.

The Ladybug’s strange relationship with brown color

I must admit that I am a color lover: it is very hard to see me dressed in black or blue for example, and even if I do it I feel the need to add some strong colors in my accessories because the total black or total blue is totally unwearable to me! Of course I have favorite colors: yellow is my favorite ever but I also love purple, green, orange and turquoise; I am starting loving red even if I cannot consider it as one of my favorite and I try sometimes pink, which is still a very difficult color for me to wear. But the color that always makes me feel strange about it is brown. I deeply love it, especially in summer on tanned skin, and I totally love its rust shade in winter but for some reason I mostly don’t buy brown. And I really don’t know why! It’s still a fact that I have two brown pieces in my wardrobe: a pair of denim trousers and this dress.

When I saw this vintage dress from my lovely friend Federica (owner of Maison Retrò Vintage) I really wanted it mostly because of its checkered pattern and…of its color! But I was blocked for a while before buying it because for some reason I was not convinced by the color. Truth is that I love this vintage piece probably from the end of the 80s, in fresh linen with a coordinated belt! (Even if I prefer to wear it when I am well-tanned – and I was not at all in these pictures!).  

But there is something that I know and that I can say about brown: it has to be worn with golden accessories! There’s nothing that enhances this color more than gold (and tan!).

In absence of tan I opted for golden accessories: maxi hoop earrings from Gogo Philip and sculpture handmade ring from Metalica Creazioni.

My very old (almost vintage) shoes are from Vic Matié and I think that they are from at least 15 years ago…when they say that you should wear your clothes until they have no more life to save the planet, I think that this is what they mean!

But tell me about you: what are your favorite colors? And which one you have weird relationships with?

The Ladybug slowly returns to normal vintage blogging

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I am realizing now that I didn’t even publish a blog post for a month now…May has been a very hard month: I was more concentrated on the changes happening during the month with the end of the lockdown and the progressive re-opening of the activities. Changing my mind from isolation to “ok, it’s time to get back to the world!” was not easy. I am still working from home and my come back to reality is happening very slowly. Also, I was so much more concentrated on my Instagram channel that I quite forgot the rest!

Nevertheless I have so much content to share that I decided to be back with a quite old outfit post, that I wore during my first visit to Viganò, one of the most iconic historical shops of Milan. That same day I was going to discover all the secrets of this place, through a guided tour inside the history of this place and family. I was impressed by the beauty and the memories that are still there: you can imagine the Milan of the 20s, 30s and so on and the classy ladies buying sequins and pearls, the opera divas and the rich ladies of the era, only looking for the best quality around. But Viganò is not just a sewing shop!

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We discovered for example, an amazing jewelry collection from the best jewel designers, including YSL, Dior and many other famous designers dating from the 40s and passing by the different eras with different styles. This place is like a little museum that every Milanese must know, but also every vintage lover around!

That day I wore a total vintage outfit from Maison Retrò (mustard 80s shirt and grey midi skirt) paired with a 70s rattan bag from My Italian Bazaar. To complete the sustainable outfit I added a handmade turban from Madame Ilary and handmade clogs from Casta e Dolly at Arkivio Vintage.

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The Ladybugs returns where she left off (aka the Blue outfit)

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When I checked my photo albums I realized that this was the last shooting that I did with Madame Ilary before the pandemic wave started. One week after this shooting we were highly recommended to stay at home and to work from home before the big lockdown. It was almost two months ago. It was still cold in Milan but sunny enough to warm our hearts and souls, ready for the spring to come.

Now spring is here and we cannot even enjoy it.

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I called it the blue outfit because that day I mixed some of my favorite pieces in different shades of blue:

  • Dark navy for my beautiful pompom sweater, a piece from Sézane archives that I grabbed just a few weeks before the Covid-19 emergency;
  • Classic blue for a very special vintage 60s coat that I bought during my first Vinokilo event in Milan, in December last year. When I put it on me it looked like it was just made for me and I got it for less than 30 euros!
  • Metallic blue for this pair of AMAZING Frida boots from Miss L Fire: I have been chasing them for a while because I loved the color and the vintage style…I still cannot believe that I put my hands on these wonderful boots!
  • Velvet navy for this old Madame Ilary handmade turban made of soft velvet with a plexi button, that she created for me years ago. I still remember that she gave it to me before a night at the theatre and I wore it immediately!
  • Navy denim for these lovely culottes-jeans, from an old Massimo Dutti collection;
  • Vintage navy for this cute vintage cross-body bag that I got during a super sale weekend in Turin at Humana Vintage.

Golden earrings are handmade from Metalica Creazioni.

This is where I left my life before Covid-19, I wish I can reboot from here, hopefully soon, with a new blue outfit. Prayers.

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The Ladybug love declaration to Catania (and to her granny)

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Wearing green means wearing hope. I couldn’t find a better outfit to explain how hope is living inside of me these days: hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel; hope of living healthy and full lives; hope of enjoying the world again; hope of ending soon this war against the virus.

When I wore this outfit I couldn’t even imagine what was about to happen in a few weeks. I was enjoying some time at home with my family and celebrating my sister’s graduation in one of the most beautiful cities of the world: my beautiful vintage Catania.

I cannot explain the beauty of this city, the richness of its decadent buildings, the history, the cultural vibes…it is one of my favorite cities in the world. I have memories of Catania since I was a kid and I used to take the bus to Catania to spend time with my grandmother there: her world was so amazing to me. African prints, vintage pieces, homeware from the east of the world, she introduced me to a world that now is exactly mine.

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I think of her a lot when I am in town and I miss her so much but she still lives in me, in my way of dressing, in my African prints and in my many vintage pieces and homeware that I find during my travels.

That day I went for a total green outfit to share my hope with my sister, the hope that she will start a new life after her graduation, and that she will feel proud of what she did.

The beautiful green 50s coat is one of my best finds ever from London Vintage at the Pop up vintage fair in London almost one year and a half ago. I paired it with a more recent find: a velvet long dress that I found at the Vinokilo event in Milan in February.

Snake-print shoes are from Carmens (one of my best winter finds this year!) and the cute 50s velvet black bag with the golden chain is a vintage find from A Rebours Vintage in Milan. Golden bamboo and snake earrings are from Giovanni Raspini.

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The Ladybug and the Little Prince “coincidence”

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“Things always happen for a reason”. “Coincidences don’t exist”. How many times did we hear that? Sometimes we believe it is true, sometimes we don’t (depending basically on our mood) but I basically think that things really always happen for a reason.

This is a stupid but fitting example:

Lunch time with my photographer friend, in the Isola Design district in Milan, I am wearing one of my favorite vintage pieces that I found in Budapest last year in a lovely vintage shop called Szputnyik, and I feel super cute! When we head back to the office we see it: this amazing Little Prince mural that left us wide-mouthed! We didn’t know about it and we started taking pictures of this street art when my friend asked: “do you feel cute enough for me to take some pictures of you here?”.

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“Coincidence” or whatever it is made me feel super cute with my vintage dress (it has some Egyptian style pattern, with pyramids and palms + this sand color that made me crack!), my dark green 70s inspired Strategia platforms and my handmade brass earrings (80s inspired) by Metalica Creazioni.

Also my hair was pretty decent…was there a better moment to shoot there? Probably not…

That night when I came back home I looked for my Little Prince book (I have it French) because I thought it was a sign (not a coincidence…) and I opened it on this page:

C’est une folie de haïr toutes les roses parce que une épine vous a piqué, d’abandonner tous les rêves parce que l’un d’entre eux ne s’est pas réalisé, de renoncer à toutes les tentatives parce qu’on a échoué…c’est une folie de condamner toutes les amitiés parce qu’une d’elles vous a trahi, de ne croire plus en l’amour juste parce qu’un d’entre eux a été infidèle, de jeter toutes les chances d’être heureux juste parce que quelque chose n’est pas allée dans la bonne direction. Il y aura toujours une autre occasion, un autre ami, un autre amour, une force nouvelle. Pour chaque fin il y a toujours un nouvel départ.

So no, coincidence doesn’t exist. It was exactly what I needed to read.

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The Ladybug dreaming of a vintage outfit during the Quarantine

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This is the first post that I write during the quarantine. The Covid-19 is spreading around the world and my country was one of the first ones to start the fight against the virus, the first one in Europe. In a few weeks we lost our normal lives and we had to start a forced quarantine to stop the virus from spreading more.

It was a shock for all of us: no friends, no work, no parties, no concerts, no yoga, no dance etc. etc. We are allowed to go out only for urgent and primary matters, like pharmacy and food. Bars, restaurants, shops, gym clubs, everything is closed.

It is a sacrifice but I am sure that if we keep doing it all together we will win and go back to our normal lives soon. For me it meant that I had to renounce to many things but as I am always a positive person, I decided to make the most of this new spare time that I have at home by doing many things that I usually have no time to do: cooking (a lot!), continue my dance and yoga classes online, meditate with my group every day for 30 minutes, reading, watching movies and TV series that were on my list for such a long time! We always complain that we have no time to do this or to do that, we don’t have time to enjoy time with ourselves: now that we have it I guess that we should take advantage of it!

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It is also a good moment for me to write and update my blog with some new posts, also to give you something to read in your spare time! I decided to share this set for two reasons:

  1. The “Blessing for all mural”: I really felt it! We all need blessings in our lives but now more than ever I wanted to dedicate a special warm blessing to my country and to my people. We are strong, we can make it! We will be ok!
  2. The wonderful 80s vintage dress that I am wearing here was bought in Spain, in Bilbao exactly, at the Flamingo Kilo Shop, a famous franchising with many shops in Spain that sells most of their vintage clothes by kilo. I paid it around 9 euros and it always makes me think of this lovely weekend that I spent in Bilbao with one of my best friends last year. Well, we had another great weekend planned in Spain last week but we had to postpone it for now because of this situation. This is another blessing for ourselves: hoping that we will go back to our wanderlust adventures soon!

Vintage doctor bag is from Sculture da Indossare Vintage, blue ankle boots are from Ouigal.

PS: As Italian I know that we are a great country and great people in hard times, so I am sure that all this will end soon and we will be back to our normal but beautiful lives. Don’t take life for granted: be grateful for everything we have, every single day, also after the quarantine! Let’s make it another life lesson!

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