A Life & Style Blog By ItaLiana à La Mode

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Welcome to Red Lips and Pinot :)

My name is Italiana. I'm a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. When I see a fresh and stylish outfit, my eyes LIGHT up! It makes me feel good, and it brings me joy to see others look and feel good, too. I'm often asked about my outfits, "Where did you get that it comfortable...was there a good deal?". This is a platform of answers for you. My goal is to inspire you to look and feel your best. This is a stage of inspiration for you to imagine, create and impress.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

Where are you from?

USA! I'm normally in either New York or New Jersey. I appreciate having a mix of fast-paced city life and quiet/cozy suburbs. It's the best of both worlds.

What made you start a blog?

I had a passion for fashion since I was a little girl. Before I knew what the industry was about. I used to dress up with a purse, bright 90's outfit, and stroll down the neighborhood sidewalk with my baby doll carriage. I'd dress my American Girl dolls in different outfits each day so they looked stylish. As I grew up, my desire to do something with fashion continued, but I never could pin point the "how" and "what". I doubted myself on a daily basis without being aware and had a shopping addiction. One day, I had one of those "Ah-ha!" moments. I finally said to myself that I could do it, and believed it. I let go of the worry about what others would say or how I would be perceived. I know who I am and at the end of the day, that's all that matters.

Why Italiana à La Mode? I thought  "à La Mode" only meant ice cream?

This one makes me a laugh! À La Mode does mean “served with ice cream” in North American terms. However, its main definition is “in Fashion”. There is a part in the movie, Little Miss Sunshine, where one of the characters mentions it. When I was brainstorming ideas, I didn't know about that part of the movie. My boyfriend Joe (frequent movie quoter) pointed it out. HERE is a clip.

As for Italiana, this name combines two important parts about me together. My name and my Italian roots! I am proud of both. It's different and has my personality written all over it... Italiana à La Mode, Italiana in Fashion. As you follow along, you will see I'm always in fashion and about fashion.

What camera do you use for your photos?

iPhone 8+

Who takes your photos?

Joe takes some of them. He was not an expert photographer at first, but does a great job (and he learned to have patience with me haha). My mom also takes photos. She is really cute about it, she talks to me while taking each photo. "Here put your arm down, yeah stand like that, okay put your hair forward". She has a good eye and her cuteness makes me smile.

What is your fitness routine?

I started out as a cardio lover in college, then was introduced to weight lifting and yoga. These days, I barely do cardio. I lift weights 3x a week and aim to do yoga 2x a week. Sometimes, there is so much going on and I feel stressed. Yoga really helps with my mental clarity and awareness, not just physical balance and flexibility.

What is your eating routine?

Until mid-end of college, I ate without thinking about it too much. Cookies, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, loads of macaroni, chocolate teddy grams with milk, and I even dipped fries into my chocolate Frostie (haha it's weird, I know). Then, one day, my body said, “No, no...honey” to those foods. Long story short, I figured out it was a gluten issue and I’ve been GF since 2013. This happening in my life led to an interest in nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

Joe and I went vegan together after we watched a documentary called, "What the Health?" in August 2017. We were intrigued by the movie and figured we could give it a try. Well, that try lasted ever since! I don’t count macros or calories, don't do flavor of the day diets or go by what the scale says too much. I simply eat and exercise according to how my body feels. Eating plant based opened up a new world for me. I realized colorful, nutrient rich foods are what fuel my body. I feel good eating this way and will continue. Let me know if you want hear more about my GF/vegan journey or daily food routine in a post.

Thank you for the continued support and encouragement! I learn new things everyday. I look forward to continue to grow Red Lips & Pinot, and share inspiration along the way. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments or just want to say hi!

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