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Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. It’s been a while since I posted a makeup tutorial on my blog. You may have noticed that we’ve been incorporating makeup tutorials in my weekly Makeover Column in The Province and The Vancouver Sun Newspapers and I hope you find them helpful.
Everyday beauty is all about simplicity and minimalism and doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Soooo, I wanted to show you a step-by-step tutorial on how to create an even and natural look using drug store products. To get started, I applied a Maybelline Facestudio Master Primer on clean and moisturized skin.
Use a slightly damp foundation brush, like this synthetic domed NadittudeTM brush, to apply Cover Girl Vitalist Elixir Foundation. Stipple the product onto the face for a natural finish and to even out the complexion.
This product offers an SPF 20 and leaves the skin looking beautifully radiant.
Use a small to medium sized skunk brush to apply a Maybelline Facestudio Master Stroning Liquid Illuminating Highlighter in Light Iridescent onto the high peeks of the face (cheek bone, bridge of nose, brow bone). This technique is called “Strobbing” creates an illuminated and glowy finish.
Mix a drop of this liquid illuninating highlighter into your foundation or tinted moisturizer for an all-over glow.
Contour the face using a matte bronzing powder with our cheek enhancer brush. The trick is to apply the contour below the cheek bone, on the forehead and jawline. This created depth, contrast and definition to the face. I’m using the Joe Fresh Bronzing Powder
Did you know…?
Our NadittudeTM cheek enhancer brush was featured in the BC Living’s Simply Beautiful Editor Box. It’s shaped with an angle to hug the cheek bones for a perfect sculpted effect. And it doubles as the blush brush. Click on the SHOP tab to view our assortment of professional makeup brushes and other NadittudeTM products..
To prime the eyes and to ensure longevity of your eye makeup, try using the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base. This smoothes out the skin and eliminates any discoloration. You can use the applicator directly on the eyelid, but I prefer to dab it on with my finger, so not to over apply the product.
Define the eyes by lightly contouring them with a neutral taupey-brown colored eyeshadow (second color on the top row) from the Maybelline Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
To brighten up under the eyes and to conceal imperfections around the face, try using CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Soft Touch Concealer. It’s creamy, smooth and natural looking. We’ve been playing with this product on our clients at the studio and we’re in love with the lightweight finish this product offers!
Filling in the eyebrows is a very important step in creating this look, as the brows frame and draw attention to the eyes. Using the NYC Micro Brow Pencil, lightly feather on and fill-in the brows. I suggest using a color that is the same or one shade lighter than your natural color for a more blended effect.
Curl your lashes and coat them with mascara. I’m using L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. I’ve used this since high school and it’s still a favorite!
Apply NYX High Definition Blush in “Soft Spoken” onto the apples of the cheeks for a hint of color. The general rule of thumb is to apply blush approximately two finger away from the nostril, then sweep the brush up toward the temple area.
Opt for a neutral, long wearing lip color for a more casual understated look. I’m wearing NYX Lip Lingerie in “Silk Indulgence”
Here’s the finished look. You can spend more on your makeup but when you know which drug store products to try, and how to use them, you can look great no matter the price! At the end of the day, I always like to stick to my motto of, “less is always more”.
I’ll be creating a lot more beauty content during Fall and Winter seasons and would love to know what you’d like to see.
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When I was planning a seaside vacation to Croatia, I knew I needed to bring a great summer dress. And when I found this little treasure, I naturally had to share all the juicy details with you!
I was scanning the sale rack at Winners and spotted this navy, cold-shoulder dress. It was only $22 and it had all the makings of the ideal “LBD” (little blue dress) for keeping cool on a seaside vacation in Europe. This cotton number is perfect for dinner and an evening stroll along the marina, a boat trip to the local Islands, or even a day of exploring the City sights. The lovely eyelet trim detail and the criss-cross straps on the back add an element of femininity and airiness. I coordinated the dress with my gold wedge espadrilles, but you can also style this with a pair of flat sandals, sneakers or even a pair of tan ankle boots and an oversized cardigan for Fall.
You could also wear this as a swimsuit cover for a day at the beach. And bring a handy beach bag for carrying your essentials such as a towel, sunnies and sunscreen.
My go-to vacation beauty essential are false eyelash extensions – they are the best for defining your eyes and are so convenient! Our lash technician, Julie, applied a set of the “Ciao Bella” Classis Mink Lashes on me just before I left and I don’t even have to thinks about makeup while I’m away. They last for up to weeks and all I have to bring with me is lipstick; that’s it!
So while we were trying to keep warm in London with the latest in Fall fashions, we’re now ready to chill out in the sun with a little cold-shoulder action! Follow our vacation adventures over on Instagram @nadiaalbanostyleinc.
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Well kids…it seems that Summer has come to an end. Our peak wedding season is winding down, the tan lines are slowly disappearing, and the memories of the iconic PNE are a thing of the past. But, while many of you are gearing up for back to school and cooler Fall weather, I’m going to be stretching out the Summer vibes as long as possible; at least until October! That’s right, Summer is only getting started for me and Europe is calling! In two weeks, my hubby and I are packing our bags and heading to London and Croatia for much needed one-on-one time in the sun! I’ve got less than 10 days to plan my outfits and this week I’m taking my DIY distressed denim skirt out for a strut. I think this beauty is coming with me…
If you follow along on my IG Stories, you’ll remember this pencil skirt and top from a thrift store shopping haul I did last month. The skirt is by Gap, which I purchased for $12. It’s perfectly sun bleached and although it’s a few sizes larger than I would normally wear, I actually prefer a relaxed fit. You’ll notice that I cut the hem to knee length and frayed the edges with a crochet needle. It’s super easy but requires a little patience. In fact, I ended up distressing the back pockets and hem a little more and really love the results!
I paired the skirt with this light-weight woven cap sleeve top. The horizontal white stripe detailing is lovely and adds a little texture and a nautical feel. I especially love the open back with the ribbons tie! It’s super adorable and as the weather cools down, it can be layered with t-shirt or tank.
Let’s just talk about my straw clutch for a minute…I mean, com’on, it’s everything, right?! Another thrift store score for only $7.99. The blue stitching adds a pop of color while the cute yellow and cream pom-pom tassels gives it personality and match my Alexander Wang shoes spot on!
White Fleur de Lis Bracelet: Jeweliette Jewelry | Blue Woven Anchor Bracelet: Paul Hewitt | Gold and Aqua Cuff: Leah Alexandra
I’m going to give this outfit an A+ for it’s comfort and versatile factor. My skirt will transition into the Fall season perfectly (imaging wearing it with a chunky sweater, black tights, ankle booties and a leather jacket!), AND the entire ensemble was under $100 (excluding the accessories!). Also, for those of you who think that being fashionable means breaking the budget, keep an open mind and try thrifting. I’m all about affordable luxury; in other words mixing hi-end pieces with low-cost thrifted items. Remember, the trick to great style is knowing what’s trending and shopping for what works for your personal style and silhouette. I mostly love thrifting because it give me creative freedom with my wardrobe and adds a unique, one-of-a-kind twist! Can’t wait to see what I find in London…
If you’d like to book a thrift store shopping session with me, drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last night was Vancouver’s 7th annual Diner en Blanc event, and together with our wedding industry friends, we celebrated ‘al fresco’ in true style! The event was held in two different locations this year; Harbour Green Park and Devonian Harbour Park; both near Georgia Street, at the mouth of Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Our table was beautifully designed and decorated with large white sun umbrellas and green and white florals, which enhanced our lovely setting for a perfect outdoor dining experience. Here’s a peek into how we celebrated…
Our friend and Designer, Lele Chan, of Debut Event Design was our table leader and the beauty responsible for organizing our set up. Thank you, Lele, you did a fantastic job! xo
I chose to go a little more casual this year and opted for this simple shirt dress from Winners ($29). I love pockets, and I also love the high collar and cold shoulder cutout details on the shoulders! I styled the dress with my incredible pearl platform oxfords by a designer label called Pertini, (also from Winners ($150) and accessories with my twin pearl studs by Jeweliette Jewelry . I think I’ll take this outfit with me to London and Croatia in a few weeks!
Gloria of Flower Factory with Alicia Keats and Angela of Photobooth Vancouver
Gloria Henry of The Flower Factory on Main Street, designed the floral for our table. As per usual, Gloria and her team created lovely florals to enhance our experience and bring the table setting to life.
Boy with a Knife provided the catering for our table, and what a spread indeed! We were all very impressed with the menu and the flavor of the food. I highly recommend hiring them for your next event. Well done, gentlemen!
My hubby and I…
Vasia, of Vasia Photography with Shirley of Filosophi Events.
Angela of Photobooth Vancouver
My sister, Milena Santoro of MS Productions
Jordan and Devon of Smitten Events
Melissa Dubienski, of Cahoots Creative Happenings, added her designer touch to our table. She dressed it with candles, seashells and lovely decorative elements which creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Head over to her website to view her lovely portfolio of work!
BIG thanks to my team of stylists, LJ, Vanessa and Jasmine, for beautifying our friends and guests at the table. Everyone looked and felt fantastic because of you. You ladies are true rockstars!
To end things off on a sweet note, The Cake and the Giraffe and Letterpress Bakery, provided delicious tarts and popsicles, which hit the spot!
Want a lovely way to kick off the weekend! Thank you to everyone who came together last night to make this event possible. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say this; I feel very lucky and grateful to be part of this wedding industry community. You are all wonderful in all the\at you do and I’m so happy to call you friends. BIG love and until next year!
Table Leader and Producer: Lele Chan | Florals: The Flower Factory | Decor: Cahoot Creative | Rentals: A&B Party Rentals | Catering: Boy with A Knife | Desert: The Cake and the Giraffe and Letterpress Bakery | Hair and Makeup: Nadia Albano Style Inc.
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White Linen Dress: Winners | Leopard Sandals: Gaimo, Winners | Black Shoulder Bag: Alexander Wang , Holt Renfrew (no longer available) | Necklaces: Jeweliette Jewelry
Summer white is so my jam these days! And this lovely linen number is definitely going to be on repeat this season, especially with Diner en Blanc AND my Euro trip coming up…
I purchased this dress from Winners in late July, and not only do I love the light-weight linen fabric, I also fell in love with the loose and easy shape of the cut and how it floats away from the body. It packs light, it’s great for traveling and I like how it camouflages the midriff area (so that I can indulge in as much food as I wish whilst hiding my food belly!) To contrast the soft texture of the dress, I paired it with these cool leopard wedge sandals for Winners. The brand is called Gaimo, and all of their shoes are hand-made in Spain with high quality leather and natural materials. These are hands-down the most comfortable shoes I have ever purchased and I love the mix of the jute espadrille sole with the leopard print and zipper front. To complete the look, I chose to wear my black Alexander Wang “Diego” shoulder bag, which I invested years ago at Holt Renfrew. The pebbled leather and metal grommets compliment the shoes perfectly!
If you haven’t already decided on what to wear at Diner en Blanc, check out a Winners store near you to pull together the perfect head-to-toe, white-on-white outfit that will be sure to turn heads! As the ad says; “Find Fabulous for Less!” (Hahah!).
Special thanks to my friend Christine of Christine Williams Photography, for making me look so fabulous in this week’s style shoot. She’s an incredible photographer, super down to earth, and specializes in natural light photography. Check her out and follow her on Instagram @christinewphotography , you’re gonna love her!
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! xo
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July 2017 marked 20 years in the beauty, bridal and fashion industry. Here’s a look at how we celebrated with some of our nearest and dearest…
I can’t have a party without a sweet table and candy bar. These customized cookies and treats made by our friends at Cake and Giraffe and The Uncommon Cake were adorable! And the candy from Karamaller Candy Shop in Yaletown was a hit!
We can always depend on our friends at The Flower Factory for creating the most spectacular florals. They really played on the Italian Garden theme and incorporated all of my favorite flowers into each arrangement. I especially loved my floral arch around the front door to greet our guests. I wish this was a permanent fixture!
In keeping with tradition, the lovely ladies at Jeweliette Jewelry provided an assortment of sparkly Swarovski stud earrings for our complimentary gift bags.
BIG love to my friend, and graphic designer, Lele Chan. She helped me organize this event and is the talent behind the beautiful hand written quotes written throught our salon and on our champagne glasses. She’s a true gem and creative force!
Me and my dolce Mama!
Huge thank you to David and Maurizio of Debut Event Design (pictured here with Jenny De Jong of Countdown Events) for draping and decorating the space so perfectly!
A champagne party is not a party without balloons! Big thanks to Balloon Studio for helping us create our photo wall.
My love and partner in crime for life!
Well…what can I say?! I am the happiest person on earth when I’m around this amazingly talented and loving group! My team is my everything and I’m so proud of each and every one of them. I am proud of my long-time friends in the beauty and wedding industries, who have made theses past 20 years of my career an absolute dream come true. I am proud of the hard work, care and dedication we have all put into our craft and our clients; which without, we would not be where we are today. I am proud that I stayed focused over the years, to carry out my vision for the life I’ve always dreamed of; surround by incredibly beautiful and diverse friends, family, colleagues and clients. I love you all and thank you from the core of my heart for your love, loyalty and support over the years! Thanks for celebrating with us.
Have a fantastic long weekend and Happy PRIDE!
BIG THANK YOU TO…
Event Organizers: Lele Chan Design and Chella Levesque| Decor: Debut Event Design | Flowers: The Flower Factory | Earrings: Jeweliette Jewelry | Sweet Treats: The Uncommon Cake , The Cake and Giraffe and Karameller Candy Shop | Baloons: Ballon Studio | Rentals: A & B Party Rentals | Photography: Daniela Ciuffa Photography | Videography: Skoden Pictures
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Photography by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Jeans: Girlfriend Jeans Gap | Black Ruffle Blouse: Value Village | Suede Fuchsia Heels: Manolo Blahnik | Embroidered Clutch and Ceramic Rose Earrings: Value Village
I’m baaaack!! It was a whirlwind trip to the East Coast (Toronto and New York City) and boy was it fun! I kicked things off in Toronto, where I made a guest appearance on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show as a beauty expert. It was an incredibly great honor to share a few moments with Canadian radio and television legend, Marilyn Denis. What an inspiring woman; truly lovely and kind. We taped a beauty segment together where I demonstrated how to get three celebrity looks using drug store products. The show airs today (Friday, July 21) and I hope you can tune in!
I’m not going to lie, I’m feeling both excited and nervous. I have not seen the show yet and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I did a decent job. I mean seriously…this is NATIONAL TELEVISION!!! (Whaaaaa?!?). This is truly an amazing experience and opportunity that wouldn’t have been possible without the love, support and encouragement of my dear friend Mana Mansour. I’m sure you recognize her name as she’s an incredibly talented producer and on-air personality. She has made a name for herself in the media and fashion world both here in Vancouver (CTV, Global News, Shaw TV etc.) as well as in Toronto (CBC’s Steven and Chris Show, ETalk and Marilyn Denis Show). When she invited me to be on the show, I was thrilled because I admire her very much and value the fact that she trusts and believes in me and my talents enough to produce a segment for me. We’ve worked together on several occasions in the past 6 years and I love her tenacity and drive! Thank you, Mana – xo
Now of course it couldn’t be all work and now play…so we booked a flight to New York City for a much needed girls weekend trip – YAY!! We explored Manhattan and did as much as we could in 3 days. Some of my favorite moments were visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, shopping at Century 21 and the Soho District, exploring ALL of the neighborhoods including Chealsea, Meatpacking District, Noho and Upper East Side. And of course being audience members on the Wendy Williams Show is never a bad idea; it was seriously an INSANE fun time!! I have always wanted to go to Brooklyn and we enjoyed a lovely evening in the oh-so cool Williamsburg District . We ate dinner at the Leuca Restaurant in the Vale Hotel and enjoyed a few cocktails and gorgeous views from a few rooftop patios; which were spectacular! We met new people, and I even bumped into my friend, Author and TED Fellow Speaker, Michele Jackson, whom I met and worked with at TED2016; what are the chances of that in New York?!
New York (aka: Concrete Jungle) is such a bustling, diverse and exciting city! There was so much to see and so little time. It offers old world architecture with intense vibrancy. It’s worn-in and well loved; chic, colorful, avant-garde and unique. Anything goes, and for this week’s style profile, I pulled an outfit together that I feel is all of the above!
Daniella and I took these photos a few weeks back and when I spotted this mound of concrete and rubble, I absolutely fell in love and had to shoot there! It reminds me that beauty and nature will always surface amidst the destruction; it’s all in the way you choose to perceive it! Here I’m wearing my distressed relaxed fit “Girlfriend” Gap Jeans with this feminine and sheer black vintage 80’s organza blouse. Sheer fabric is so en vogue right now and a major trend alert this season! The ruffle detail on the back are EVERYTHING! They feel like my butterfly wings! For a hit of color, I styled this outfit with my suede fuchsia Manolo Blahnik heels, which I invested in a few year back at Holt Renfrew. I accessorized with my new favorite embroidered clutch purse, which is artful, unique and a true conversation starter. I added my lovely ceramic rose-bud earrings, which compliment the colors in the clutch and voila!
To dress up this look, simply swap out the jeans with a black palazzo pant jumpsuit and tie up the front of the blouse to create a cropped bolero jacket look.
The detailed embroidery on this clutch purse is incredible. I can’t believe I found this at Value Village for only $4.99. And it’s in mint condition! Not to mention these ceramic blue rose-bud earrings, also from Value Village, only $1.99. It’s incredible what you can find in unexpected places; gems in the rough!
It’s been an unforgettable week and I’m so blessed to have been able to experience it with my friend, Mana! If you’ve never been to New York, it’s a must see City. Be prepared to do a ton of walking and be inspired by the amazing street style. The diversity and history of the City is unlike anywhere else.
And if you want to watch my Marilyn Denis segment, be sure to tune in today (July 21, 2017) on CTV. Check your local listings!
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Who’s ready to celebrate Canada’s big 1 -5- 0? I sure am; and I’m wearing pink to the party – haha!
Not only does 2017 mark Canada’s 150th birthday, it’s also a significant year for me because I’m celebrating my 20th year in the beauty and fashion business! It was July of 1997 when I officially became a certified makeup and hair artist and booked my first significant wedding gig! That year, I also landed a job at the Club Monaco Cosmetics makeup counter on Robson Street, which then lead to a store manager and trainer role for 6 years. That experienced launched my career as a fashion consultant. I eventually completed my hairdressing diploma and joined the team at a high-end hair salon, in Holt Renfrew, where I worked and became friends with so many inspiring and talented people. I dabbled in reality TV (W Network), opened my own studio and became a makeover columnist in The Province/ Vancouver Sun Newspaper! And now, 20 years later, I’m still running a successful Makeup, Hair and Lifestyle business (Style Inc turns 6 this year!), I’ve surrounded myself with an incredible team of artists and industry professionals nation wide. I’ve created a lifestyle brand/label, NadittudeTM, that I am extremely proud of. And as a bonus, I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful on-air and media opportunities! All of this was achieved with steady hard work, respect and dedication, and a passion that runs deeper than you can imagine. Most importantly, I was supported by the love and loyalty of my friends, clients and colleges, like you; who fuel me with encouragement during the highs and the lows. There have been lessons learned over the last 2 decades and so many more exciting “aha” moments to come, and for that I humbled and grateful. Here’s to another incredible 20 years!
As much as I like the color red, I have very little of it in my wardrobe and I much prefer wearing various shades of pink. And this coral pink, linen tunic dress is going to be on repeat this summer! It’s a gorgeous statement piece with loads of personality. The intricate floral appliqué on the front really gives this piece a high-end and expensive feel, while the built-in pockets add an element of comfort and convenient. Plus, who doesn’t love dresses with pockets?! I really like that this dress offers versatility and can work for a multitude of summer events and occasions. It’s lightweight and perfect for traveling, AND it’s a thrift store find (only $12) ! I mean, what more could a girl ask for, right? I’ve styled here with my favorite Sophia Webster “Flamigo Frill” leather stilettos (last season), which are so fun and quirky!
To switch it up!
For a more casual weekend vibe, I’d opt for either my classic white Converse sneakers or my white Madrid Essentials Birkenstocks. For a classic “Sunday Best” feel, I’d slip on a pair medium height espadrille.
Happy Canada Day Weekend, Everyone! I’m so proud to be Canadian-Italian and am forever thankful to my Dad for deciding to immigrate to this great, strong and diverse country! I am truly blessed to be living my Canadian dream with a little NadittudeTM!
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Here are some images and behind the scenes footage of our third and final head-to-toe Spring style refresh that I worked on with our partners at Lougheed Town Centre. Hope this inspires you as much as it did me…
Jinnell is 30 years old and nominated herself for a makeover. She lost over 50 pounds in the last year and wanted a style change to suit her new body. She was curious to see how someone else would dress her and hopes to create a great wardrobe for when she’s out at social events friends. She describes her style to be casual and loves the color blue. Her usual work attire generally consists of t-shirts, jeans and athletic wear. In our consultation, she expressed an interest in finding new pair of jeans, but otherwise left the rest up to me.
We headed straight to Reitmans and found her a great pair of bootcut jeans. Instead of opting for a typical skinny leg, I suggested a Boot Cut to lean-out and elongate her legs to compliment her beautiful curves. I wanted to incorporate a little pattern and texture on top so we stopped into Suzy Shier and found a pretty floral print cold-shoulder, empire waist blouse. An empire silhouette defines the waist and floats away from the body, camouflaging the tummy area. While the cold-shoulder cut covers the arms and shows off little skin in just the right places.
In consulting with Jinnell, I recommended a shorter length to better suite her face shape. Together with a stylist from Chatter’s Salon, we create this soft, one-length textured bob. Her hair is naturally quite fine and this style offers a modern, versatile and fun change; while making the hair appear thicker and fuller. She loved it and especially enjoyed the soft curls!
We went to the cosmetic department at the Hudson’s Bay to pull together some great Dior Makeup. Being that Jinnell’s day- to-day makeup routine is little to none, I wanted to glam her up a bit with a neutral smokey look. She has porcelain skin and beautiful blue eyes, so I chose a color palette of warm browns, gold and peachy tones to compliment her overall complexion.
There’s nothing better than knowing you can stretch out your budget to allow two outfits; and that’s exactly what we were able to do for Jinnell! For her first look, we opted for boot cut jeans in a dark wash, to elevate the overall look and feel of the outfit. We paired them with this lovely floral print empire waist, cold-shoulder blouse; which adds a little texture and color to the outfit. To define her waist, I added a brown woven belt, which match her lovely “Muriele” sandals from Aldo Shoes.
For her second look, we went with this summery printed frill dress from H&M. The ruffle detail around the front balances her upper and lower body proportions, and adding the brow woven belt really defines waist. The lovely ruffled, key-hole neckline draws attention up to her beautiful face and shows off her new haircut and makeup.
It was such a treat to work with Jinnell and I think her transformation is stunning! I am so impressed and inspired by her dedication to leading a healthy and happy lifestyle. I expeciall love her positive and open atittude and hope you enjoyed reading her makeover story! Click HERE to view Jinnell’s behind the scenes highlight reel! – xo
Wardrobe: Lougheed Town Centre, Suzy Shier, Reitmans, Aldo Shoes | Hair Cut: Chatters Salon, KMS Hair | Makeup: Dior, Hudson’s Bay | Fashion Consulting, Hair and Makeup: Nadia Albano Style Inc. | Photography: Daniela Ciuffa Photography
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I’m so excited to share the second head-to-toe Spring style refresh I worked on with our partners at Lougheed Town Centre. Here are some images and behind the scenes footage from the Cherene’s experience, which I hope inspires you.
Cherene is a hardworking mom who always puts her family before herself. She was thrilled when she found out that her daughter had nominated her for a makeover, as she has been going through tough times with her husbands health and needed a little TLC. She wanted to get out of her rut and feels like she is getting older and ready for a change.
Cherene works as a security guard and wears a uniform to work. On her days off, she lives in her jeans and flip-flops, and wears little to no makeup. Her area of concern is her mid-section and bottom. She has difficulty finding shoes and prefers wearing open sandals for comfort. During our consultation, she explained how she likes a casual and classic style with a bohemian twist. She was also hoping to add a bit of color to her wardrobe, which is always a good idea, as color can really positively effect your mood and emotions.
We hit up a few stores in the mall to look for dresses and found the perfect one at Hudson’s Bay. I chose a wrap dress with beautiful pink, blue and white floral hues to compliment her complexion. It has a “V” neckline, which elongates the neck and offers a leaner longer silhouette. The wrap style works for every body type and is particularly ideal for defining waste. We layered a plain white tank top underneath for extra coverage, however, a lace camisole would work if you wanted to create a sexier evening look. We popped into Reitmans to look for a denim jacket, as I wanted to create a more casual vibe for Cherene. Plus, I knew she would be able to combine this piece with her existing wardrobe. For shoes, we opted for rose-gold colored embellished sandals from Aldo Shoes.
I created what’s called my “7 Style SacramentsTM”. It’s a series of style rules and guidelines to help women develop a great sense of personal style. When pulling an outfit together, you want to remember “DLDB” rule, as in Dark, Light, Dull and Bright. A perfect and cohesive outfit should have a balance of something Dark and Light (for contrast), and something Dull and Bright (for texture, pattern and shine). These elements help to create an interested, thoughtful and multi-dimensional outfit that looks and feels good no matter the occasion!
We went to the cosmetic department at the Hudson’s Bay to pull together some great makeup products to suit Cherene’s beauty needs. For her sensitive skin I used a combination of Clinique and Clarins makeup to create this pretty, soft and neutral makeup look.
Another one of my “7 Style SacramentsTM” is the “Five-in-5” makeup rule. Tha’s Five makeup steps in 5 minutes (not including skincare). In Charene’s case, we used the following product to get the this look:
Moisturizer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Tinted Moisturizer: Clinique CC Cream in Light/Medium
Concealer: Clinique All About Eyes “Light Petal”
Bronzing Powder: Clarins Bronzing Duo SPF 15
Mascara: Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara
Lipstick: Clinique Chubby Stick
Togehter with the stylists at Chatters Salon, we consulted with Charene to create this beautifully textured, short, asymmetrical haircut to suit her face shape. I was exactly what she was hoping for and the best part is that this is the salon where she usually get’s her hair cut; it’s a win all around!
We started with this beautiful and colorful maxi dress from Hudson’s Bay. The cut, length and pattern, combined, created a lovely and slimming silhouette. The white tank provided extra coverage and added a nice pop of crisp white to brighten the face. We layered these simple rose-gold necklaces for a hit a sparkle, which tied in perfectly with her new rose-gold embellished sandals (both from Aldo Shoes). We completed the look with this dark denim jacket from Reitmans; which is a wardrobe staple and can be coordinated multiple ways. And there you have it; a little bit of DLDB (Dark, Light, Dull and Bright) and a whole lot of NadittudeTM!
Congratulations, Cherene! You look absoulutely stunning; I hope you enjoy your new look! Click HERE to view the behind the scenes highlight reel! – xo
Wardrobe: Lougheed Town Centre, Hudson’s Bay, Reitmans, Aldo Shoes | Hair Cut: Chatters Salon, KMS Hair | Makeup: Clinique and Clarins, Hudson’s Bay | Fashion Consulting, Hair and Makeup: Nadia Albano Style Inc. | Photography: Daniela Ciuffa Photography