The Ladybug mixes velvet, leather and lace

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Tights yes or no? This is the awful question that I ask myself every morning when I wake up during this early Spring with summery temperatures and winter wind.

Well, as the last time that I said no to tights I was sick the day after, I decided that for now it is tights yes! Especially when I wear dresses and skirts and not only because I am afraid of getting a cold but also because I’m horrified of showing my pale white legs!! I need a bit of sun before going bare legs and I hate self-tanners so I guess I will need to go to the seaside as soon as possible.

For now, I hide my legs under dark tights and dark clothes (I know, another black outfit….).

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For a Saturday morning brunch in Milan with a friend I decided to finally wear my new H&M black lace dress (so hard to find one that I liked and that didn’t look like I’m wearing granny’s clothes) and I decided to mix a bit the fabrics as I wore it with a very old leather jacket (almost vintage!) and my shoes of the year (just to add a bit of color!), a pair of blue velvet Chelsea boots from the Italian label Madame Cosette.

I am totally in love with these boots: as I saw them for the first time on Instagram I decided that I really wanted them but I decided to wait until winter sales to get myself this special treat! They are handmade in Italy and super comfortable and stylish at the same time.

Brass loop earrings by Metalica Creazioni, black bucket bag by Michael Kors.

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The Ladybug’s Hell Design Week

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For those of you who have been following my blog for while it is now a fact that the Design Week in Milan is my favorite event/time of the year!

I love the international atmosphere and even if the installations in town are not always at their best, I can’t help loving the people and the mood of these days.

But this year it was the worst Design Week since I live in Milan: I was sick during the whole week and I could only get out quickly on Sunday to have a look around in some of my favorite spots but I was a bit disappointed. So I’m just sharing a few pictures of my “Design Day”.

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As it was a sunny day I first headed to the Blue Velvet market in Sant’Ambrogio where my friend Madame Ilary was selling her turbans.

We enjoyed the sun and the swing dancers, then I moved to Rossana Orlandi showroom in the same area, probably the best thing that I saw during the Design Week, especially in the beautiful area outside.

From there I headed to Marni showroom as last year I was in love with their installations for the event. I cannot say the same this year: the theme to present their outdoor design pieces made in Colombia was the Playland. Colored sand and playful children were everywhere and it was a bit of a mess although the overall idea was pretty cool.

I wore Acne Studios black jeans, Primark striped tee and my new vintage Burberry’s trench from Napoleone Vintage. I added white sneakers by & Other Stories, vintage bag from Cavalli e Nastri, Madame Ilary crochet headband, Metalica Creazioni brass loops and Valentino sunglasses.

I finished the day with the worst thing a girl can see in the street while peacefully enjoying the day and the sun: her ex with his new girl.

Design week over.

Sick again.

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The Ladybug’s “Blue velveteen”

 

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I don’t know what’s wrong with me but every time that I wear velvet I start singing Lenny Kravitz’s “Black Velveteen”, so I thought it was the perfect title for this blog post (with some changes of course!)

 

I love velvet, no matter the season, I could also wear it in summer if it didn’t look too weird (and I’m still not sure that I’m not going to wear my velvet sandals in summer!)…Anyway it’s Spring so I guess that it is still allowed! I also love jumpsuits (again, whatever the season is but with jumpsuits it doesn’t matter the season!)  which may explain why I madly fell in love with this handmade navy velvet jumpsuit from Heka Couture!

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I totally love it! the fabric is so soft and the shape is amazing….I can’t stop wearing it night and day! It’s such a versatile piece you can wear it in the office, for a night out or just during the weekend depending on how you accessorize it.

 

This time I wore it for a drink out on a Saturday afternoon with a retro printed shirt from Zara.

 

I added my 60’s inspired Marella ankle boots and big earrings from Lora Nikolova Bijoux.

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The Ladybug’s Barbarella moment: silver shine!

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I don’t know what’s going on lately but even if I love colors and we finally entered the season to wear them (Milan is also offering unexpected warm sunny days!) during the last weeks I’m dressing head-to-toe in black. Many people made me notice that and I must confess that I’m noticing too. Maybe I’m not ready to blossom? Maybe I’m just a bit bored…I can’t say, but black is being my uniform lately!

Don’t be surprised then If my outfit today is an almost total black, except for my new pair of snake effect silver boots that just got me into my Barbarella moment! I saw these adorable ankle boots in a newly opened shop near my house: I kept looking at them every time that I passed by their window, always tempted to get in and try them. But I was being a good girl, trying to save money, so I never stepped into the shop during the whole winter….until the season’s sales!!!

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When I saw them reduced 50% off I decided that it was time to approach those coveted boots and I found out that there was only one pair left…my size! I couldn’t say no as I did for so many times and for so many months! They are from Divine Follie, an Italian label that I didn’t know before but they’re super comfortable and I wear them so much!

This time I wore them with Zara black sweater and mini skirt and Max&Co grey tomboy coat! I added a black Michael Kors bucket bag and my Malian vintage necklace.

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The Ladybug wakes up after a sweet dream of shoes, Luisa Tratzi shoes!

 

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I’ve been a bit quiet lately: too much work, too many things to do and as usual when spring is coming I feel incredibly tired and I need to sleep a lot! For this reason I guess you won’t be surprised if I come back with a post talking about my favorite spot during the…Milan Fashion Week! I know it was a month ago but I needed time to tell you everything about the amazing Luisa Tratzi AW2017 shoe collection!

 

I needed time because it totally surprised me as it was a huge change. I’ve been following Luisa since her beginnings and every collection was a little surprise for me because she managed to give me always a new different idea of what beauty is when it comes to shoes. But this time I saw a more mature Luisa, daring with her creativity and making the most of every detail.

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First of all, shapes: I was amazed to see a lot of ankle boots in her new collection; it is my favorite piece and hers are just incredible; cut-outs, Plexiglas details, new shapes and length of the heels, bows, buckles…the collection is so creative and strong, so much more feminine if I can say so!

 

Second thing, materials: soft leather is a label mark as well as shiny patent but the new pieces in soft suede added something more to the collection! My favorite piece was indeed the navy suede ankle boot that I held in my hand…it was just perfection!

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Last but not least, colors: AW collections are sometimes more boring than SS because it usually turns around a few main colors (basically black and brown) but Luisa dared color-blocking (orange and purple) and pale pink also in winter plus all shades of blue, red and burgundy.

 

I really adored this collection, it was so powerful that her temporary shop in via Solferino during the Milan Fashion Week was absolutely glowing!

 

For more information you can visit her site http://www.luisatratzi.it

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The Ladybug, a new haircut and a new biker jacket

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Many people asked me about my new haircut: why did I cut so short?

Honestly sometimes you just need to make up your mind, refresh it with new thoughts or just re-style yourself and look at your own face in a different way! I just don’t mind about my hair being short, it’s not the first time (actually I cut it short quite often) and I know they it grows so fast that in a few weeks it will be long again!

I just take the good side of it at the moment: I can play with my makeup, I can wear big earrings and I can try it with very feminine looks or some tomboy style!

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Here I was in this tomboy mood but I was proudly wearing my new faux-fur Zara black biker jacket that I coveted for so long before finally finding it online! I really love the texture as it looks like leather and it has an 80’s feel that I adore: I have been looking for a vintage one like this but I couldn’t find anything that I really liked so I decided to go for this high street one! The only thing that I don’t like is that I see it quite often worn by other people in the streets, but hey! this is the downside of high street!

I paired it with Acne Studios black denim and H&M denim shirt. I added my new 60’s inspired Marella ankle boots (one of my favorite picks during the winter sales!) and my Miu Miu bag.

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The Ladybug’s addiction: Manolo Blahnik – The Art of Shoes

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It was announced as the event of the year and I must say that Manolo Blahnik exhibit “The Art of Shoes” at Palazzo Morando in Milan was really “the event” of these first months of 2017.

It is the first big exhibition in Italy dedicated to the iconic shoe designer, a real not-to-miss event not only for shoe lovers but for all fashion and art addicts. I say art because I cannot “reduce” Manolo Blahnik to a shoe designer. He is a true artist as his shoes are real pieces of art and this exhibit just recognize his talent as a “shoe artist”. No surprise that the exhibit will move next to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg!

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But while it is here in Milan (until the 9th of April) don’t miss the opportunity to visit The Art of Shoes where 212 shoes covering 45 years of Blahnik career are exposed along with 80 drawings. This is not only a celebration of shoes and fashion but also a celebration of Italian influence on Blahnik’s creations: classical sculpture, baroque age, Visconti movies, the corals of Sicily and much more.

You can find here vintage iconic shoes with more modern iconic pieces like the shoes created for Marie Antoinette movie directed by Sofia Coppola, the shoes worn by Carrie in Sex & The City and more iconic pieces celebrating the world (from Africa to Scotland, from Spain to the Far East), nature and plastic arts.

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The location Palazzo Morando is just perfect: art surrounding art, with the incredible permanent collection of the museum and the chance to visit with the same ticket a very interesting exhibit on the history of sequins “Ricami di Luce”.

I must be honest, I took hundreds of pictures during the exhibit and it was hard to choose my favorite pieces but I tried my best!

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The Ladybug and the (flower) power of a 70’s inspired dress

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There is a joy that only women can understand. This joy is called “finding your favorite dress at a ridiculous price during the sales”!

This is exactly the kind of joy that I felt at the beginning of the winter sales when I stepped into H&M and not only I found the long bomber that I told you about last week but also this beautiful flower dress: only one, my size, 7 euros! Can you understand the joy?

I first saw this adorable 70’s inspired long dress in beautiful autumn colors and with lovely frills on the shoulders on Internet and I decided to look for it in town. At the third H&M that I visited without finding it a lovely salesgirl told me “Listen, you will never find it again. It totally flied off the shelves in a few days”.

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I came back home very sad and I started to look for it on Ebay but, as usual when something  is very coveted, the prices went crazy! I gave up my search and I forgot about it until that day: I literally grabbed it and I left the shop with this wonder and my long bomber for 37 euros both…I couldn’t start my winter sales better than that!

To complete the hippy look I wore it with Carmens 70’s inspired camel ankle boots.

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The Ladybug, her mum’s pictures and the long vest

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I could never get tired of watching my mum’s pictures from the 60’s and the 70’s: she was so stylish and fashionable that I keep looking at them and wonder “where are now all these amazing clothes?”

I can name all the pieces that she wore in her pictures that I wanted so badly: colored mini dresses, platform boots, denim flares, big sunglasses, optical dresses etc. I asked her about them many times and her painful answer is always the same: “I threw them away”! I comfort myself thinking that she was so tiny at the time that probably they wouldn’t fit me even if she would have kept them but I still daydream of some of her best pieces.

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One of these was a long orange leather vest from the 70’s: since I first saw it I started looking for a long vest in vintage shops and markets but it’s still really hard to find.

Last year I surrendered to a new high street long vest just because I really wanted one. This one is from Dixie, in grey tweed but it was longer and I decided to cut it a bit to better fit my figure.

I paired it with wool black culottes from Cos, Prada black turtleneck (outlet find!)  and Liu-Jo grey heeled boots.

Still, I keep looking for a vintage leather long vest so, in case you find it, just give me a hint!

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The Ladybug vintage shopping in Ljubljana

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What do you know about Ljubljana?

Personally I could barely point it on a map when I was invited by a friend to spend a weekend there with her! She told me that the city center was lovely and that the view from the Castle on top of the hill was worth the trip and then she told me that I would love it because of the tons of beautiful vintage shops .

Vintage shops? In Ljubljana? I was speechless!

I was even more speechless when I arrived there: the town was lovely and the visit to the Castle was worth the trip (especially the tasty lunch at the Castle restaurant on top of the hill!). Even if it was snowy and cold, the lovely bars and shops along the river and the atmosphere of the little streets in the city center were awesome and I was seriously amazed about the amount of interesting vintage addresses in town!

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I made a quick research before traveling there and my friend was absolutely right! So if you are planning a trip to Ljubljana (better in summer but winter is ok too!) here is my list of vintage shops to visit (and the prices are incredibly affordable):

–          Vintage Divas: definitely my favorite vintage shop in Ljubljana! The shop itself is beautiful and the antiques furniture makes it look like a castle interior. I found there the best selection of vintage clothing and accessories in town, but I can definitely put it in my top ten list of vintage shops in Europe! There is a lot of research and taste and the pieces are incredibly rare although they’re not pricy at all. I spent a couple of hours looking for rare gems and I got lost in their huge collection of vintage clothing and accessories!

–          Moje Tvoje: it is a vintage and thrift/second hand store in the main street of Ljubljana and you can find there thrifted and vintage clothes for very good prices. Look for their 80’s dresses: they have a huge amount of incredible dresses from that decade! When I was there I found a special “50% off discount” and it was possible to buy a dress for 10 euros!

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–          Vintage Galerija: definitely one of the top vintage shops of Lubljana! It is situated in a small street of the old city in a lovely location and it is quite small but full of vintage gems (especially from the 40’s and the 50’s). Clothes, bags and jewelry form my favorite eras…I couldn’t help spending hours inside this tiny shop to find my perfect match: a beautiful 50’s raffia bag that is still one of my favorite vintage objects ever!

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–          Gvant: if you are not scared of getting out of the city center for a trip to this second hand store you won’t be disappointed! Not only you will discover new areas were only locals go (the area is not interesting at all, but it’s still an experience!) but you will be surprised to find this huge second hand shop with a special corner for vintage items (especially 80’s dresses and huge jumpers) for less than 10 euros. It will be impossible to go back home without a bag full of vintage and second hand bargains!

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