I’ve been writing this blog since September 2013, at some point in January 2014 I decided to start “marketing” and I’m happy to say that I actually have readers!
THANK YOU to the over 7,000 individuals that visit monthly and to the people who follow me on social media.
You make this passion of mine worth the effort, so I sincerely thank you again!
I love hearing from you, so please feel free to email me your questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on the blog.
For media and collaborations inquiries please visit the WORK WITH ME page.
And finally, I think I owe you all a real introduction…….
Hi I’m Angie!
My parents are both Italians who immigrated to Canada, fell in love, got married and had 4 kids. None of us learned “real” Italian, but a strange English- Sicilian dialect!
I turn 36 in August, am 4’ 10” and recently learned to drive manual transmission and pass my Italian driving test, which is probably one of my biggest life accomplishments!
I have a degree from the University of Toronto in Arts + Management, so I studied marketing and economics and also visual and performing arts. I love budgets as much as I love Van Gogh!
I grew up in Ontario, Canada and moved to Italy just before Christmas in 2007 when I decided to learn Italian and dance the tarantella – consider it my quarter life crisis!
I’m married to an Italian artisan and together we work for his exotic leather belt company – TES! I met this man dancing the tarantella, but it was thanks to a stranger in Milan that we stayed together. I’ve blogged a bit about our wedding here.
I had his baby, who is a super cute, feisty red head, and for about two years this blog was dedicated to the reasons I found to dress while staying at home with him! Modena is a SAHM’s paradise and you can find a lot of articles on the blog dedicated to raising a bilingual kid, mom street style and kid-friendly vacation ideas, events and hotel suggestions.
How I Make a Living
In Canada I did a variety of things for ten or so years including Loyalty Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, Event Planning and Public Relations. In almost all of these positions I was working in an office and *suffering* (in a first world sort of way). At some point I sold my car, rented my house, packed 10 boxes and moved to Milan,Italy.
I now work for my husband’s leather accessories company and together we create affordable luxury items. In 2016 we’ll be launching a women’s line and a men’s line and in the meantime we produce for some of the world’s most important designer brands, specializing in exotic leather accessories in crocodile, alligator, python and lizard.
You can read a bit about my husband and his family in this post and keep your eyes open for our Kickstarter Campaign where we will sell the exact same designer quality items that you’re used to seeing from big brands at 1/6th the cost! I’m documenting the building of a new brand step by step and sharing all of my sample collection designs as I finish them.
I have been working in the luxury leather accessories business for the past decade or so, representing brands at the Pitti Men’s Fashion Fair in Florence, the WHITE Showroom in Milan and the TRANOI fashion expo in Paris as well as an array of designer Showroom collaborations. I currently collaborate with Italy’s CNA, the Italian Association of Artisans and Businesses to train up and coming leather artisans in English leather terminology and leather quality recognition.
I am a also a freelance journalist and contribute monthly to one of America’s most important publications for Italian culture, the 100-year old Italo Americano Newspaper based out of California. I regularly contribute to the Independent Fashion Bloggers Community, the biggest online community of fashion bloggers with over 68,000 members. You can read my first article here “A Guide to Milan Fashion Week for Beginner Bloggers“.
I am a woman of many passions but on the blog and in the RTD Magazine I focus on fashion, styling tips, street style , trend analysis and of course TRAVEL because what good are clothes if you have no where to go!
THE RTD MAGAZINE
New in 2016 a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to Lifestyle Articles including in-depth fashion reviews, travel articles, fashion blogger interviews and trends.
Sign up to be the first to see the content and let me know if you would like to contribute or if you have any ideas. Every two month there will be a new issue and old issues are archived on the blog!
The #REASONSTODRESS Dress to Impress Linkup
Any reason is a good reason to look your best and you don’t need to be a fashion blogger to show off what you wore! Every week on Tuesdays I host the #REASONSTODRESS Dress to Impress linkup where you can share an Instagram photo of your outfit or a link to your blog post.
I feature bloggers regularly as co-hosts and would love to have you involved!
I would love to have you as a reader, and if you’d like to follow along you can find me sharing my posts on Facebook, tweeting out articles from my blogging friends on twitter, sharing real life moments on Instagram, pinning future fashion trends and travel destinations on Pinterest and joining in on communities on Google + !
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