The Ladybug reveals the secret of the “combo” style

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Since I know Ilaria from Madame Ilary I’ve been developing a strange addiction for what I call the “combo style”!  The combo style is the combination of a turban or headwrap with a skirt, culottes, trousers or even a dress of the same fabric and pattern. Usually when Ilaria sews something for me she asks: I have more fabric of this, do you want a turban too? And my answer is always yes!

I can wear the two pieces separately and mix them with other styles but I really have a thing for wearing them together! The only thing that you need to pay attention to when combining the patterns this way is to have a “neutral” piece between them, just not to overload your outfit with different pattern and colors.

In this case I used a beautiful vintage linen white shirt from the 70s that I bought at Humana Vintage for a few euros but it is one of my favorite pieces ever. The fabric is wonderful, candid and fresh and I have been dreaming of a shirt like this for ages! Also the little trimming on the top are adorable but you cannot really see them from these pictures.

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Regarding the combo, this was the first time that everything started from the turban and not the opposite: I got the turban first and even if I saw the culottes and I loved the golden palms pattern I only got the culottes many months later, when I saw them hanging in her show room and thought “Hey, they are perfect for my turban”!

I wore my outfit easy and comfy with flat gladiator sandals from Clarks and amazing jewelry:  brass shield and earrings are handmade from Metalica Creazioni, while the blackamoor brooch is a vintage piece from Déjà-vu Vintage.

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The Ladybug’s best recipe: vintage, handmade and African wax

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There are clothes in my wardrobe for which I have a special love. It happens that when I wear them I feel happy and really myself, but sometimes only by looking at them hanging in my closet they give me the good vibes of the memories that they bring with them.

This beautiful Heka Couture dress handmade with one of my favorite African print (personally picked up in a Dakar market…what a beautiful memory!) is one of these pieces that I love so much: the fabric, the shape (A-line with 3/4 sleeves) the colors, everything is just perfect!

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I wore it on my first Milanese weekend after the summer break (yes, I’m still tanned in these pics!) and I paired it with a beautiful handmade turban by Madame Ilary (one of my favorite turbans from my huge collection!) with a golden palm trees pattern and simple black heels (8 on Yoox).

I added my touch of vintage with my 90s silver hoops and my 60s bamboo bangles (from Ebay!). I completed my arm decoration with a fantastic handcrafted flower bracelet made of shells and raffia that Madame Ilary brought me from her summer holiday in Mallorca.   

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The Ladybug and her little thrifted black dress

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I am showing for the first time one of my favorites thrifted finds ever.

It is a black Topshop dress with small flowers that I found many years ago used on Ebay and that I bought for only two pounds! I loved its vintage inspiration and of course its price! The dress was in perfect conditions but I didn’t realize that the back was completely open, which I really couldn’t afford considering my big breast!

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With my lovely friend Ilaria from Madame Ilary we decided to use the belt of the dress to create some strips to cover the back…and she also added a bow on the front! I loved the result and I can now easily wear this dress that I love also for its versatility.

In this set of pictures I paired it with light blue handmade turban by Madame Ilary, teal and golden t-bar shoes from Lazzari Store and Zara earrings.

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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 puts the roof on fire!

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There are places where I run when I need beauty (this is what I call beauty-therapy!). It used to be the seaside when I lived close to the sea, but in Milan I had to find new places. One of them is the rooftop of the beautiful building 10 Corso Como: I go up there to relax, to chill in the beauty of its design décor, while admiring the old Milanese houses contrasting the new skyline of Piazza Gae Aulenti. I also love taking pictures there, as in a few meters you have many different backdrops and background sets for your pictures! It is an infinite source of inspiration!

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This time I was wearing a 80s vintage dress that I found for a few euros at Humana Vintage in Milan years ago, paired with one of my favorite Madame Ilary turbans ever: a light purple softturban with a crystal decoration that I adore. I was skeptical at the beginning because I didn’t know really how to wear it but I found out that it is easier than I thought!

I added my Jeffrey Campbell mud caged ankle boots and a tiny handmade belt to better shape the waist.

Earrings are vintage while necklaces are from & Other Stories.

Photo Credit: Milena Molinari

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The Ladybug is a 40s vintage diva

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Some of my favorite pieces ever are pictured in these photographs that represent me a lot:

   The turban: my favorite clothing piece, a sign of my personality. I’m not surprised when people recognize me in the street just because I’m wearing a turban!  Vintage inspired piece that makes me feel like a diva (and helps me in my bad-hair days!), this headband is a handmade one by Madame Ilary in a color and style that I adore!

   The matching palazzo pants: same beautiful color and fabric, another 40s inspired piece (handmade by Madame Ilary on an original vintage pattern) that I wear a lot (alternatively you’ll see me wearing culottes!) 

–   The vintage 40s Blackamoor necklace: I told you some time ago about my big passion for vintage Blackamoor jewelry, well this is my favorite piece of all times! It is such a rare piece that only DéJà Vu Vintagepedia could have a wonderful piece like this. Pure vintage love!

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  The perfect white tee: It took ages to find the perfect one to match all my colored prints but when I found it at 7 euros on Asos I bought it in every color and I wear it with almost everything!

  The mud cage ankle boots: I realized that I wear these Jeffrey Campbell open toe caged boots at least 3 or 4 times a week! They are almost broken but I guess that when I won’t be able to wear them anymore I’ll buy a new pair exactly like this!

  The red lipstick: what 40s diva wouldn’t wear a red lipstick? I have tons in every shade of red and from different make-up labels but this very simple (and cheap) one from Kiko is still one of my favorites!

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The Ladybug is still in the shadow but very close to the light…

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One day my friend Ilaria (the artistic mind behind Madame Ilary and Heka Couture brands) called me to say that she created a tee that I would have loved. She didn’t say more and invited me to her showroom to see it in person. When I arrived there I recognized it among many others: the “girl-with-a-turban” black tee was indeed perfect for me!

How to wear it then if not with a turban? Better if from Madame Ilary spring collection in soft navy lurex that matched perfectly my new Zara striped lurex skirt!

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As I wore it on a Saturday morning I made it casual with white sneakers from Nike at & Other Stories, Michael Kors black bucket bag and my afro comb brass necklace from Afrohemien.

PS: I really like the shadow/light effects of this set of pictures, it represented a lot the situation where I found myself when they were taken. Still in the shadow but very close to the light…

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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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