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 plays matchy matchy in Sicily

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The “Giardino Corallo” is one of the historical places in town with a long and complicated story: music, theatre, cinema, artistic center, it represents a bit of my hometown history and I really wanted to take some pictures outside this place because I like the “vintage” feeling.

I didn’t know that just around the corner a piece of street art was also waiting to be photographed!

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It was one of hottest winter days of my Sicilian holiday (I didn’t need to wear a coat) and I wore a beautiful handmade coordinated culottes and turban by Heka Couture with a simple turtleneck Zara jumper.

Pointy ankle boots are from Francesco Milano at Merry Go Round in Milan, silver loop earrings are vintage and my new red lipstick is from Wycon Cosmetics!

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The Ladybug’s hardest “goodbye” to Sicily

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Of all the street art in my hometown (Messina in Sicily) this is definitely my second favorite. For this reason I wanted to take some pictures here before leaving Sicily after my winter holidays.

Every time that I go home there is this hardest moment, when I have to say goodbye, knowing that I won’t be back for many months. Even if I try to smile and be happy there’s clear melancholy in my eyes and when I am writing this post I can catch that feeling perfectly. The good news is that now it’s less time compared to January!

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For my last Sicilian day of winter I wore a Zara maxi sweater (that I bought at the airport in Milan before leaving…since they opened a Zara store there I can’t help buying something before leaving!) with my new AMAZING Levi’s grey denim jeans. I am in love with this high-waist denim, the color and the shape. It looks like a vintage one but I bought it a few weekend before Christmas in Milan and I wear it all the time! One of the greatest buy of 2017!

Pointy black ankle boots are from Francesco Milano at merry Go Round in Milan and sparkling electric blue and golden headband is from Madame Ilary. Golden loop earrings are from Mango.

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The Ladybug & Madame Ilary (finalmente insieme!) su Vintag!

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IT: Cosa c’è di nuovo su Vintag questo mese? Io e Madame Ilary! Beh da sole ci siamo da un po’ ormai, io con il mio spazio vintage theladybugchronicles, Madame Ilary con i suoi turbanti in stile vintage ispirati alle dive degli anni 30 e 40 (user: madameilary). La vera novità è che ci siamo insieme!

Qualche mese fa, chiacchierando nel suo showroom a Milano abbiamo avuto l’idea di creare qualcosa insieme, qualcosa che mettesse insieme le nostre passioni: il vintage, la moda, i viaggi, la sartoria, i tessuti wax africani e le decorazioni etniche e vintage. Davanti a un bicchiere di vino e a un pacchetto di taralli pugliesi è nata la nostra nuova collezione (sì, lo so, non è molto romantico ma è la verità!): una capsule collection di giubbini e gilet rigorosamente vintage (che siamo andate a scovare personalmente!) dal taglio un po’ oversize con modelli della fine degli anni 70  e degli anni 80 che abbiamo voluto decorare a mano con tessuti wax africani (alcuni recuperati personalmente in Senegal durante il mio ultimo viaggio la scorsa estate) e con passamanerie etniche e vintage (scelte da Madame Ilary o recuperate dal suo vastissimo repertorio personale ricco di meraviglie d’altri tempi!).

Il denim ricamato è ormai un classico ma volevamo dargli un appeal diverso, che ci rappresentasse e al tempo stesso portasse una ventata di novità. Accostare decorazioni e passamanerie vintage ai coloratissimi wax africani è stata sicuramente la nostra idea più azzardata ma riuscitissima!

Eravamo un po’ titubanti all’inizio: certo l’investimento non era esorbitante (un po’ di più in termini di tempo ed energie) e siamo partite con sei pezzi (quattro giubbini e due gilet) per vedere che effetto facessero.  Abbiamo presentato la nostra collezione durante il Fuorisalone milanese nello showroom di Madame Ilary a Milano e abbiamo messo i pezzi in vendita su Vintag, pubblicizzandoli un po’ anche sui nostri canali social. Vorrei farveli “conoscere” uno ad uno, perché ognuno di loro porta con sé un pezzo di storia, di un viaggio, di un ricordo.

Il primo pezzo che abbiamo creato è stato questo bellissimo gilet in denim scuro fine anni 70 (già di per sé ormai abbastanza difficile da trovare) che abbiamo decorato con un tessuto wax acquistato in Senegal e con passamanerie dorate che potete trovare anche su alcuni turbanti di Madame Ilary. Qui è indossato con turbante di paillettes (in vendita su Vintag) e gonna in shantung di seta sempre creati da Ilaria.

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Il secondo pezzo è invece un giubbino di jeans vintage anni 80 decorato con passamanerie dorate (tanto care a Ilaria!) e con un tessuto wax colorato che mi è stato regalato in Senegal e con cui Ilaria ha creato anche un bellissimo turbante che praticamente ho tenuto in testa per tre giorni consecutivi mentre ero a Barcellona. Con questo stesso tessuto abbiamo anche creato il giubbino che vedete nella foto sotto, in questo caso mixando il wax africano con le passamanerie indiane (regalatami da un’amica dopo un bellissimo viaggio in India e anche queste utilizzate per il bellissimo turbante di cui sopra!), sempre su un giubbino vintage originale degli anni 80. Anche in queste foto indosso gonna-pantalone, gonna lunga e turbanti creati da Madame Ilary.

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Rimanendo in tema di passamanerie indiane, anch’esse cortesemente offerte da Federica che le ha comprate per me in India qualche mese fa, abbiamo realizzato un secondo gilet vintage (fine anni 70, inizi anni 80) con coloratissimi pon pon dal gusto etnico (pantaloni culottes e maxi turbante Madame Ilary).

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Un po’ meno oversize, bellissimo lavaggio e sempre rigorosamente vintage è questo pezzo della collezione che abbiamo decorato con un tessuto wax africano che adoro (anche questo acquistato in Senegal con le mie manine!) abbinandolo con borchiette argentate e una passamaneria sfrangiata che ci è sembrata perfetta per questo modello!

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Infine, abbiamo deciso di aggiungere un pezzo in denim vintage bianco, un po’ più difficile da trovare ma sicuramente d’effetto poiché ci abbiamo cucito sopra un wax africano fuxia e giallo (una bomba, regalatomi da amici senegalesi di ritorno da un loro viaggio a casa) e delle passamanerie in legno colorate in tinta così come i nostri adorati pon pon.

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Con nostra grande soddisfazione questi pezzi hanno avuto un grande successo tanto che ne rimangono in vendita solo due (li trovate sul mio spazio theladybugchronicles su Vintag) e abbiamo ricevuto diverse richieste per crearne ulteriori su misura con colori e fantasie personalizzate per cui…continuate a seguirci su Vintag o contattateci tramite i messaggi privati dell’app se anche voi ne volete uno su misura!

 

EN: What’s new on Vintag this month? Madame Ilary and I! I mean, we have been there for a while now, personally with my vintage space theladybugchronicles, Madame Ilary with her beautiful turbans inspired by the 30s and 40s divas (user: madameilary). The big news is that we are there together!

A few months ago, we were chatting in her showroom in Milan and we had the idea of creating something together, something that would put together our biggest passions: vintage, fashion, travels, couture, African wax and vintage and ethnic decorations. This is how our collection was born, while drinking wine and eating biscuits (I know, it’s not very romantic but it’s how it really happened!): a capsule collection of vintage denim jackets and vests (that we selected personally) with a kind of oversized flare, from the end of the 70s and the 80s, that we decorated by hand with African wax fabrics (mostly bought during my trip to Senegal last summer) and with ethnic and vintage trimmings (selected by Madame Ilary or found in her huge personal archive full of timeless wonders!).

Decorated denim is now a classic but we wanted to give it a different twist, that would represent us but that could bring something new to the table. Mixing vintage trimmings and super colored African fabrics was a bit risky but it was a success!

We were a bit reluctant at the beginning: the investment was not too big (maybe a bit in terms of time and energy) and we decided to start with six pieces (four jackets and two vests) to see how it could go. We presented our first collection during the Design Week events in Milan in Madame Ilary showroom and we put our pieces on sale on Vintag, sharing them also on our social media. I would love to introduce each one of them to you because they all have a story, a memory, a travel to tell.

The first piece that we created is this beautiful dark denim vest from the end of the 70s (quite hard to find) that we decorated with a wax fabric that I personally bought in Senegal and with golden trimmings that you can also find on some Madame Ilary turbans. Here I wore it with sequined turban (on sale on Vintag) and silk skirt created by Ilaria.

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The second piece is a vintage 80s denim jacket decorated with golden trims (so loved by Ilaria!) and a colored wax fabric that I received as a present in Senegal. With this same fabric Ilaria created a wonderful turban that I wore basically everyday while on holiday in Barcelona! With this same wax fabric we created also the denim jacket in the picture below, but in this case we mixed African wax and Indian trims (a present from a friend of mine on holiday in India that we also use for the above-mentioned turban!) on a vintage 80s jacket. In these pictures I wear culottes, long skirt and turbans from Madame Ilary.

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Speaking of Indian trims (courtesy of Federica who bought them for me in India a few months ago!) we created another vintage vest – end of the 70s, beginning of the 80s – with colored pompom with an ethnic feel (culottes and maxi turban Madame Ilary).

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A bit less oversize, with a beautiful wash and rigorously vintage, this piece was decorated with an African wax fabric that I love (personally bought in Senegal!) and paired with little silver studs and fringes that we found perfect for this mix!

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Last but not least we decided to add a vintage white denim piece, a bit hard to find but with a great effect because we decorated it with an African fuchsia and yellow wax (a great fabric, a present from Senegalese friends) and wooden colored pearls and pompoms.

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With our greatest satisfaction this collection was a success and only two pieces are still on sale (you can find them on Vintag in my space theladybugchronicles) and we received a lot of requests for creating customized ones with specific colors and decorations so…keep following us on Vintag or contact us through private message on the app if you want your tailored one!

The Ladybug and the Sicilian shade of blue

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Blue: the color of my beautiful Sicily.

I loved this street art at a tram stop along the sea in my hometown Messina, because it just reminded me of the color of my native sea.

I wore this almost total vintage outfit during my winter holidays, it was a warm and sunny day for December and I was just enjoying a long walk with my sister when we stopped to take some pictures.

I was wearing my new vintage culottes from Maison Retrò, an online shop from the lovely Federica who mostly sells on social networks. It was the first time that I bought something that I just saw on Facebook but thanks to Federica it was a lovely experience and the plaid culottes were just perfect!

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I paired it with a Benetton jumper and another vintage find from Damsels in Distress: these adorable pair of shoes that looked like a pair that my granny used to wear when I was a kid.

The beautiful knotted turban, handmade with vintage lace and golden trims, is from Madame Ilary, golden loops earrings are a vintage find from Sugar Mama Vintage and the beautiful Senegalese orange necklace comes from the lovely Mara of Seyeyaram that I met during the Popcorn Garage Market: we share the same love and passion for Senegal that’s why we recognized each other in the middle of a crowded market!

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The Ladybug’s doubts on a vintage faux-fur coat (advice needed!)

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It is already April but spring seems so far away from here!

Am I really wearing a faux-fur coat in April? Well, this was from a couple of weeks ago but I’m looking forward for the nice weather as it is raining again today…

Wearing faux-fur coats (I don’t wear real ones anymore as I am selling all my vintage pieces) is for me a pleasure and a nightmare at the same time. I love faux-furs, especially vintage ones, but it is so hard for me to find a nice piece that looks good on me. I always feel too fat or too short, this is why I keep buying them and selling them after a few times that I wore them.

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This one is a vintage find from the famous El Rastro market in Madrid during my last trip: I loved the style and it was a real bargain (even if it was hard to put it in my small suitcase, full of vintage pieces that I bought during my 3-day staying in this beautiful town) so I couldn’t help buying it; but now I’m wondering already if I want to keep it or not…what do you think?

I paired it with Zara checked culottes and turtleneck and with my new bronze fringed shoes from Francesco Milano that I found in a lovely shop called Merry Go Round in Porta Genova (they have another one in via Larga, both beautiful!).

I added some glow to the grey day with a beautiful handmade headband from Madame Ilary with golden trimmings that paired my Mango earrings!

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The Ladybug is a Nubian Queen

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Nubian Queen, that’s how I called this set of pictures and for many reasons:

1.       Nubian is the off-the-shoulder dress that I am wearing (from Nubian Collection);

2.       I am also wearing what I call “my crown”, one of my beautiful turbans; this is handmade from Madame Ilary (as most of my turbans!);

3.       I still have my statement golden loops;

4.       I am in my beautiful hometown, Messina; But…most important reason is number 5

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5.       This set of pictures is very important to me because it reminds me of a very sh*tty day that turned into a very positive one with a super powerful message.

Here is the story: very sad and toxic phone call (the last one with an awful man), I am feeling frustrated as usual but I know that I cannot do it anymore. I decide that I need beautiful things to make up my mind and I start looking for my Senegal pictures on my phone but I found these. I looked at them and really felt like a queen. I just said to myself “Angela, look at you, you are stunning”! That self-love expression gave me everything that I needed: the force to mentally kill the awful man…in fact, that was the last call!

So proud of me, Queen!

(Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens; Moroccan straw bag: Maluan Maroquinerie on Etsy)

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The Ladybug and the importance of knowing Ulysses!

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This was one of the funniest photo sessions ever!

I like when we take pictures and people just stare at you trying to understand why you are such a poser, sometimes people just ask or make comments (usually nice ones!) and it is lovely to take some time to talk to them and share opinions on the backdrop or best pose; but this time we laughed as mad when we realized what was happening!

My sister and I were in Messina, my hometown, and I liked that door so much that I wanted to take my pictures there: the area is very popular during summer because it is quite crowded of people going to the beach but basically it is an old fishermenarea with a lot of small houses just near the sea where people still enjoy playing cards or having a chat sitting outside their houses.

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At some point during the shooting we realized that many people were almost surrounding us basically trying to understand who I was (maybe a famous TV starlet!?). My sister was a bit worried, like “Why are they all staring at us?” so I decided to reassure everyone saying that I was nobody (like Ulysses!) , just a little poser!

This seemed to calm everybody down but when we left we started laughing as hell!

I was wearing my beautiful handmade African wax top by Heka Couture and a vintage inspired jeans that I got from Zara during the summer sales. The striped turban is from Madame Ilary.

Moroccan round straw bag from Maluan Maroquinerie on Etsy, vintage loops and Birkenstock sandals, as usual!

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The Ladybug goes back to the fairground

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Another outfit from my Sicilian summer, I can’t get enough of going through these summery outfits with the beautiful colors of my Sicily!

This time it was near another fairground in town, just along the sea in my hometown, Messina while enjoying an afternoon stroll.

I wore what I call my Carmen Miranda shirt, because of the prints on it: I bought in Frankfurt at Zara while I was there for a weekend in July.

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I paired it with my black handmade culottes by Heka Couture and my thrifted Topshop afro flats!

As I cannot go out without a turban I wore this beautiful handmade piece by Madame Ilary with an African print that I adore (as well as the shape of the turban, pretty African inspired too!).

My golden loops are – well, were as I lost one – vintage and my round Moroccan straw bag is still my favorite one from Maluan Maroquinerie on Etsy.

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The Ladybug has the earth colors of Sicily

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Sicily is my earth. Sicily is my heart.

I left this wonderful land many years ago (exactly 23) to travel the world and to find a better life up north but this beautiful island is still in my heart and it is still my earth.

I love this set of pics because it has some of the beautiful colors of my Sicily, I call them the colors of my earth. It also has the colors of my second earth, Africa. But they are not so different in the end!

On my way to the beach this summer I stopped by this dark red building to take some pictures because I thought it really suited my whole beach outfit!

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I was wearing a Zara large sand playsuit (I bought it on sale last summer, without even trying it just because I loved it and it was so cheap!) and a Madame Ilary handmade turban made with one of my favorite African wax fabrics.

I also wore my adored African necklace from Afrohemien and a beautiful leather necklace from Diffusione Tessile that makes me think of the beautiful colors of my “roots”.

As usual I wore my Birkenstock sandals and my Moroccan round straw bag from Maluan on Etsy.

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