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Photography by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography
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
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It’s been almost a month since I collaborated with our friends at Lougheed Town Centre to provide a complete head-to-toe Spring style refresh to three beautiful and deserving winners. Lesley, Cherene and Jinnell each entered to win a Lougheed Look and won, and over the next three weeks I am going to share each of their stories with you, right here on my blog. I’m so excited to finally share some images and behind the scenes footage from the experience; I hope it inspires you!
Meet 35 year old, Lesley Santillan. She is a new mom to 5 month old Chloe, and decided to nominated herself for a makeover to lift her spirits after suffering from postpartum depression. She works in a hospital and is required to wear scrubs as a daily uniform. When she’s not working, her go-to look is a top bun hairstyle, oversized tops and little to no makeup. Her area of concern, since having a baby, is her tummy and mid-section. She needed help finding a pair of jeans to fit her body type and that could transition easily from day-to-night. In our initial consultation, she wanted her overall style to be fun, casual and comfortable, yet polished and feminine.
Reitmans was our first stop, as I knew we would be able to find the perfect jeans for her. They have an incredible selection of styles and sizes to choose from that work for all body types. Next we headed to H&M to search for some pieces to compliment the jeans. H&M is a great retailer as it offers budget friendly, fashion forward clothing that are on-trend. Lucky for us, we found everything we needed here, including accessories and a pair of casual flat espadrille shoes!
With the help of our friends at Chatter’s Salon, Togehter with one of the salon stylists, we consult with Lesley on a style that would best suit her hair texture and liftstyle. In the end, Lesley received a lovely full-bodied, long layered hair cut; which was exactly what she was hoping for.
While she was getting her hair done, I dropped into Aldo Shoes and found the most adorable floral print sandals that I knew Lesley would absolutely love. And when she came in to try them on, she totally fell in love with them! As the saying goes “good shoes take you good places!”
The Hudson’s Bay was so kind to let us take over their cosmetic department and the staff was so helpful. I used Clinique Cosmetics to created a soft smokey look on Lesley; which would work for both day time and/or a night out!
We started with these gorgeous mid-rise body contouring Slim Sculpting Jeans from Reitmans . These jeans fit like a glove and really define to toosh as well! I chose this peplum cut sleeveless blouse from H&M as it floats away from the body and helps to camouflage the tummy area. The ruffled peplum detail defines the waistline while the keyhole neckline exposes her some skin and brings attention to her beautiful face. For additional coverage and structure, I chose to layer on this lovely light-weight fitted blazer (also from H&M), for a smart and polished feel. I accessorized the outfit with this simple blush-pink clutch purse (which also has a shoulder strap for versatility) and added a little NadittudeTM to the outfit with these colorful and floral print canvass “Miyaa” sandals from Aldo!
Not bad for a day’s work! Lesley looks fantastic and her gratitude for the entire process was overwhelming and well deserved. Click HERE to view Lesley’s behind the scenes highlight reel!
Stay tuned next week as I reveal Cherene’s Lougheed Look Makeover. In the mean time, Happy Weekend, Everyone and happy shopping! – xo
Wardrobe: Lougheed Town Center, H&M, Aldo Shoes, Reitmans | Hair: Chatters Salon, KMS Hair | Makeup: Clinique, Hudson’s Bay | Fashion Consulting, Hair and Makeup: Nadia Albano Style Inc.| Photography: Daniela Ciuffa Photography
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Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
We’re up to our usual shenanigans for our 4th annual Mother’s Day photo shoot, Italiano style! This year we got a little creative and channeled inner Sofia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida for a 1960’s inspired shoot. We love this decade as it was a time, in Italy, known for it’s great music, timeless fashion, zest for life and innocent love. So, mom and I donned our NadittudeTM Label T-shirts and hit our favorite gelato shop, La Casa Gelato, for some good old fashion mother-daughter fun!
The pencil skirt and full dresses were an iconic fashion trend in the fifties and sixties, and they still are to this day. Looking back at old family photos, all the women looked so fabulous and chic! They made everything look so effortless and beautiful, including their feminine curves!
We shopped our own closets and worked with what we already had for week’s shoot. I chose to wear my coral pencil skirt (H&M) with my “Buongiorno Baby” NadittudeTM Label Tee and styled it with my favourite floral-print Manolo Blahnik pumps. I added my black leather jacket to up the cool factor and accessorized with my polka-dot sunnies. Mom, pulled this cute and colourful circle skirt from her closet and coordinated it with her “Dolce Mama” T-shirt. She layered it with her black blazer and finished with these patten leather almond-toe pumps.
Pencil skirts are ideal for defining an hourglass figure. If you’re a Pear Shape, opt for a Full or A-line cut as these floats away from the body and camouflage the hips and bottom. Full skirts are also a great option if you want to add curves to an otherwise Straight and slender body type.
My mom is so adorable. Every time she tells me stories of her days growing up in Italy, I can totally imagine her cute little self bopping around town (like the social butterfly that she is…) with her siblings and pals. She often recounts the times they would gather at my nonna’s house to eat pizza, which would often end in an impromptu dance party. If someone didn’t bring an accordion or guitar, they’d listen to their favourite pop artist such as Gianni Morandi, Pupo, Adriano Celentano, Rita Pavone and of course Elvis, to name a few! They spent endless summer days hanging out at the beach or picnicking in the mountains, while boys cruised around on their Vespas to flirt with the girls. Those days were very special and everyone helped each other out. They shared everything like clothes and shoes and genuinely loved each other. Although they all grew up very modestly, they made up for the lack of material things with their richness in spirit, family love, food and community! Back then, going for ice-cream was a big treat, and continues to be so in our family. It meant having a few laughs in the main square with friends and possibly running into that special someone you had a crush on. Times were simple and it seemed to be filled with so much optimism and joy!
The classic french twist up-style is one of my faves and a quintessential hairstyles of the sixties!! It looks so elegant and every time I style my hair like this I feel so chic and get tons of compliments; you should try it!
Get the look:
Start by curling the hair with curling the hair with an curling wand then spray hair with KMS Makeover Spray Dry Shampoo for added texture.
Back brush the hair at the crown and sides to create a little volume.
Smooth out the top surface and gather the hair into a loose ponytail. Be sure to leave out some hair around the face to create effortless softness.
Twist the ponytail and as you twist, gently tuck the ends of the hair into a roll.
Secure with bobby-pins and finish the look with KMS Hair Stay Firm Hold Hair Spray or KMS Hair Play – Dry Wax
I can tell you that there’s never a dull moment when hanging out with my mom. She’s always got a crazy story to tell, which often ends in an explosion of laughter on my part! Thanks. Ma, for always brightening up our days and making us laugh. For sharing your love of food, life and music with us and for making such simple an mundane things feel so special. You’ve been through many ups and downs and even when we drive you crazy, you still manage to have an incredible sense of humor through it all! You never cease to amaze me and you’re truly one of a kind! Auguri to the most dolce mama in the world. I love you to the moon and back!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there, near, far and looking over us in heaven! xo
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Dress: Value Village | Shoes: Sophia Webster , Hudson’s Bay | Pearl Earrings and Custom Hashtag Necklace: Jeweliette Jewellery | Clutch Purse: Croatia
It’s been a very eventful month! To start, we successfully launched our Lougheed Town Centre “Lougheed Look” Campaign. Hundreds of you submitted your nominations (thank you!) and we’ve selected our three deserving winners! Lesley, Cherene and Jinnell, we can’t wait to meet you and get started on your Spring style refresh!
Next up was Eco Fashion Week. I attended the Value Village 81lbs challenge preview at the Museum of Vancouver. I was so impressed and thrilled to meet and chat with so many innovative designers and artists. I feel so lucky and proud to be part of this incredible community and hope you can take some time to read about the event and support this fashion movement.
Last week I traveled to Regina to present at the KMS “Welcome Session” Hair Show. KMS has launched it’s new Style Matters campaign and I’m loving everything about the new look and feel of the line. It’s incredibly fun and exciting to be part of the National Art Team with so many other talented arts (internationally and globally) and I look forward to traveling to a City near you to share more of this gorgeous campaign with you; because style DOES matters!
Up next for me is the TED Talks “Future You” Conference. The event runs from April 23 -April 28 in Vancouver, and I am so excited to be working with and meet so many incredible speakers, innovators and artist. I’ve been a part the TED Family for four years now, in the makeup and hair department, and it’s one of my absolute favorite events of the year! I’m eager to learn, grow and be inspired.
I honestly feel like I’m floating on air lately. Of course, all these wonderful and sweet opportunities and accomplishments are sometimes faced with challenging moments and negative critics. But rather than letting them bring me down, I choose to rise up. Reality Check!!: we are ALL destined to do great things, whether big or small, and we can’t let negativity block our path. As I’ve stated many times before, success means different things to different people and it’s all in the way we choose to navigate our passions and interests. Perception is reality; if you believe it (positively or negatively), you will become it! My personal secret to success is: work hard and be gratful, support, respect and be kind to others, have fun, and be ethical. Most importantly, let go and let God! Timing is everything, and I want to (at least try to) make every moment count! We may not get what we want when we want, but eventually everything falls into place.
Eco Fashion week reminds us that great fashion doesn’t have to come at a high price. KMS Hair reminds us that Style Matter. And this pretty little gingham plaid dress reminds me of the classic silouettes from the 1950’s. I can picture Sophia Lauren and Audrey Hepburn wearing something like this! This delicate plaid print was all over the Spring/Summer 2017 runways, and I’m seeing it in so many of my favorite stores like Zara , H&M, Hudson’s Bay and local Vancouver boutique Rebecca Bree . I was so excited when I found this piece during one of my thrifting hauls, and it was only $15.99. This dress is going to be an absolute wardrobe staple this season for upcoming weddings, vacations and just because. It’s classic fit and flair shape, which defines the waist line. The top half is billowy and the longer sleeves are great if you don’t want to expose the arms. The skirt is pleated and floats away from the body and is cut right above the knee to expose the legs. Plus, this print is timeless and works in pretty much all of our Vancouver seasons! It styles well with tennis sneakers (for a casual look), flat sandals (for the summer) and/or heels, like these fabulous Sophia Webster pumps (which are no longer available).
Pearls offer a classic feel to an outfit. These twin pearl earrings from Jeweliette Jewellery are off the hook and major must-have! Pop into the shop to try a pair on for yourself!
As the saying goes, “check yourself before you wreck yourself!”, haha! Thank you all for your support, for reading my blog and for letting me share my life and personal style with you. Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter weekend.
PS. Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement pertaining to my NadittudeTM label, coming up in a few weeks!!
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Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography
Pink Jacket: Suzy Sheer | White Eyelete Blouse: H&M | Distressed Jeans: Reitmans | Sandals: Aldo Shoes | Floral Blouse and Pleated Skirt: H&M
Who’s ready for a Spring Style refresh? Well…we’ve been working on this for a few months now and I am so excited to announce that, together with our friends at Lougheed Town Centre, we’re giving away a head-to-toe makeover! That’s right, simply nominate yourself or a deserving person in your life and enter to win a head-to-toe Lougheed Look!
The lucky winner will receive a 3-hour personalized one-on-one wardrobe, beauty and style consultation with me, using my “7 Style Sacraments” wardrobe guide. Then, together with our partners, the contest package (valued at approx. $1600) will include:
To submit your nomination, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line WIN A LOUGHEED LOOK, and tell us why you or someone special in your life deserves a new look for spring along with a photo of your nominee.
Entries may also be submitted on our Facebook and Instagram contest posts. Contest closes April 9, 2017. Click HERE for more contest details! Contest runs from March 29 and closes on April 9!
My inspiration behind this casual Spring look started with these distressed cropped jeans from Reitmans. Being a West Coast gal, I live in my jeans, but it doesn’t mean they can’t look chic. Good fitting jeans are a wardrobe essential and Reitmans has a huge selection of styles. Jeans are functional, versatile and can be styled many different ways. I coordinated them with this delicate long-sleeved eyelet blouse from H&M, to add a little femininity. We’re going to be seeing a lot of eyelet-lace this season so be sure to add something like this to your wardrobe! I layered on this blush-pink bomber jacket from Suzy Sheer, which is light-weight and perfect for the crisp Spring air. To elevate the look, I opted for these cute forest-green brick-heel sandal from Aldo. They are so comfy; perfect for shopping around the mall in (and show off my fresh pedicure!). This would be a great outfit for date night or dinner with friends.
Swap out the sandals for a pair of white Converse Chuck Taylor or Adidas Superstar sneakers (both available at Footlocker) to create an easy weekend ensemble. This is a super functional and stylish outfit for running errands or an outing with the kids.
For a flirty and more feminine look, I styled this playful pleated skirt with this pretty floral print blouse (both from H&M). The micro-pleat is also a big trend right now and this skirt is a great cut for a pear-shaped body type, as it floats away from the hips and softens the curves. For an cool “street” vibe, I styled this look with my black leather boots. However, for versatility and/or a more formal occasion, you can slip on a strappy sandle (like the ones pictured above) to dress up the outfit.
The idea behind both looks is that all pieces can be interchanged and coordinated to maximize your wardrobe. When shopping, be sure you can style each piece that you purchase at least 3 different ways, for: Weekend, Work and Night.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be partnering with Lougheed Town Centre on this incredible project! I’m eager to showcase the great style, services and selection Lougheed has to offer. Follow us: @nadiaalbanostyleinc and @lougheedtc on Instagram to join in the fun and to submit your nomination. And don’t forget to tell your deserving friends to enter the contest! I can’t wait to get started and to share the before-and-after reveal with you all; stay tuned!
To submit your nomination, email email@example.com with subject line WIN A LOUGHEED LOOK, and tell us why you or someone special in your life deserves a new look for spring along with a photo of your nominee.
Entries may also be submitted on our Facebook and Instagram contest posts. Contest closes April 9, 2017.
Happy Weekend, everyone! xo
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Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Distressed Jeans: Gap | “Dolce Mama” T-Shirt: NadittudeTM Label | Sandals: Zara | Leopard Belt: Winners | Clutch and Cardigan: Value Village
Karameller Vancouver brings “Take me to the candy shop” to a whole new level! Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood, this Swedish born sweet spot is a must-try for adults and kids alike. I mean seriously, the candy is imported from Scandinavia and made from high-quality ingredients, free of GMOs, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup. I mean, it’s practically a health food store, right?! The space is small but it’s packed with all kinds of yummy treats that will tempt your tastebuds and satisfy a sweet tooth!
Strolling through Yaletown requires a few “casual-chic” wardrobe essentials. First off, you’ll want to invest in a pair of distressed jeans like these Gap Washwell mid-rise destructed Girlfriend Jeans. Mine are from last season and I purchased them a few sizes larger than I normally wear because I like the option of wearing them slung lower on my hips and/or belted and relaxed fitting through the legs. They’re perfectly distressed and truly feel extremely comfy. Next is my “Dolce Mama” NadittudeTM Label t-shirt. Dolce Mama is Italian for “Sweet Mama”. Initially, I designed this tee for our “mom-to-be” clients. But then I fell in love with it for myself and decided to market it for EVERY sweet little woman out there; no matter your age or maternal stage! My t-shirts are 100% cotton, relaxed fit, and custom designed and printed right here in Vancouver! They are versatile and look great styled with a full skirt and with jeans or leggings. They retail on our online store for only $45.
To accessorize, I layered this cute mint-green cardigan sweater over top for a hit of texture, along with this fabulous leopard print belt for contrast and a little personality. And what’s an outfit without a little bling? I added this statement necklace to the mix and completed the look these fabulous silver sandals with spike details for a little hit a NadittudeTM!
The candy variety abounds here at Karameller! From sweet and sour to chocolate and licorice, there is so much to choose from; ya-know-what-I-mean jellybean!? Click HERE to see for your self!
Thanks for the sugar rush, Karameller; it was worth every little bite! Follow @karamellercandy on Instagram and show them some sweet love!
Wishing you all have a “dolce” weekend and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! xo
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Photographed by: Union Photographers
It was a night of crazy shenanigans and laughs, as my closest friends and family gathered together at L’Abattoir in Gastown, to celebrate my 40th birthday. I wanted to create a casual, yet elegant experience for all of my 45 guests and was thrilled with my decision to host my event in the private dining room at L’Abattoir. The space is completely separate from the actual restaurant itself, and the Private Dining Manager, Nathan Collins, was a delight to work with and handled everything with great care. The staff, service and attention to detail that went into making my soiree run smoothly exceeded my expectations. I worked directly with Sales and Events Manager, Kimberly Fok, to select the most tasteful and beautifully presented family style menu. I chose Dalana of The Cake and The Giraffe to create my adorable cakes, and enlisted the help of Flower Factory to design my flowers that decorated the already gorgeous space. The inspiration behind my event began with a gorgeous fashion illustration designed by, Michelle Yu. That illustration turned out to be my invitation, which was designed by Lele Chan, and once my publicist and dear friend, Chella Levesque, sent out the e-vites, the rest was history!
Here’s a little peek at the action, captured perfectly and candidly by my dear friends of Union Photography…
I had a hard time deciding on one cake, so I went with ten adorable miniature ones! These semi-naked drippy cakes, adorned with mini donuts and flowers, were so fun! Dalana of The Cake and The Giraffe made a variety of flavors, including Carrot Cake, Vanilla Strawberry with Coconut, and Double Chocolate! Placed as center pieces down the long table, they were the perfect size to share among a group of 4 guests.
And can we talk about my custom “Holy Chic Nad’s Forty” cake topper for a minute!? (…I DIE!!). I ordered it from my friend, Jenny DeJong, co-founder of Shop Tineke. Everything is locally designed and you can choose from a variety of pre-made (or custom) styles on there Etsy page. You can also check them out on Instagram @Shop Tineke !
As part of the entertainment for the evening, I hired my friend and incredibly talented illustrator, Michelle Yu, of When I’m an Old Man to live-sketch my guest. Lele Chan created custom 8×10 sketching sheets which read, “Holy Chic, Nad’s 40” along the top, with my party hashtag #holychicnads40 as a footer. These were great keepsakes and definitely a huge hit! I can’t wait to frame mine and hang it in my home office!
Team NadittudeTM in the house!! xoxo
Meet the talented women who make my blog and real life look so beautiful in photography! From left to right: Holly Truchan, Daniela Ciuffa and Daniella Guzzo. I couldn’t ask for a more talented, smart, beautiful, kind, generous and fun group of women to be creative with and hang out with on a weekly basis! I adore you girls- xo
Signature “Nadittude” drinks were served to each guest as they arrived. The head bartender at L’Abattoir mixed these refreshingly sweet drinks with Havana 3 year old rum, Aperol, lemon and mint. They were topped with cava and served in a flute, with a lemon string. So delicious!
To set the tone for the evening, my stylist (and official music curator) Roberto and I created a public play list on Google Play called “NADITUNES”. It contains roughly 16 hours of my favorite music hits from the 70’s all the way to now, ie. George Micheal, Janet Jackson, Salt N’ Pepa, Sofi Tukker, Drake, DMX and more! Let’s just say, it’ll make you want to get up and dance! Check it out HERE!
A milestone event would not have been complete without a surprise. And boy was I surprised to see that my big sister, Milena, who flew in from Edmonton especially for me! My entire family was in on the secret, and I had absolutely no clue she was going to be there. I was seriously beyond thrilled that she was able to make it! xo
Thank you, Holly (Union Photographers), for capturing all the behind the scenes action at my party. These photos are EXACTLY what I was hoping for; fun, candid and full of life!
It was also a huge honor to have my Aunt and Uncle here from Italy to celebrate with us. This was there first time to ever travel to Canada and it’s still hard to believe they were really here!! They definitely put the “Crazy” in the term Crazy Calabrese; despite the language barrier. Good thing we Italians like to talk with our hands – Haha! Grazie, Zii – xoxo
THANK YOU everyone for making this’ol lioness feel so loved! You are my tribe and my life-long companions. I value and appreciate each and every one of you unconditionally and with an open heart! This milestone event wouldn’t have been the same without you! Big love and adoration to those of you who were unable to make it out; you were deeply and regrettably missed! The good news is that I plan on celebrating my 40th every month, for the rest of the year, so we have plenty of opportunities to make more memories together. I say, there’s always an excuse to celebrate life, right?
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Photography: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Floral Dress and Necklace: Value Village | Backless Ankle Booties: The Latest Scoop | Public Art Mural: Kristofir Dean
Well kids, it’s official — I’m 40! The big 4-0… WOW! It’s hard to believe it, let alone say it. But I don’t feel a day older than 39 – haha! It’s amazing how time passes, and I have to say that the past ten years of my life have been incredible. My 30’s were a decade of building dreams and achieving big goals; in business, relationships and/or personal development. I’ve learned so much, and luckily have experienced more highs than lows. Over the past 10 years, I’ve become more accepting of myself and my accomplishments and less critical. I continue to support the people around me though encouragement and by strengthening their confidence. And instead of getting caught up in negativity, I chose to be optimistic, positive, and seized an opportunity when it was presented to me.
The interesting thing is that many people that I know are (and were) terrified of turning 40. Yes, it’s a huge milestone, and one that should be celebrated! “Age ain’t nothing but a number”, and I look forward to what the next decade of my life will teach me. I will strive to do my best in all facets of my life and hope to exude wisdom, light and love and acceptance toward the things I can and can not control. I will strive to always look for the rainbow on a cloudy day. To sparkle and bring the magic, and to celebrate the beautiful and colorful people that I am so fortunate to have in my life!
Thanks to my photographer, Daniella Guzzo‘s incredible eye for location scouting, this gorgeous rainbow backdrop designed by artist, Kristofir Dean, was a MAJOR hit! It couldn’t be more fitting for the way I feel about my life, beauty, fashion, family and friends at the moment — beautiful, colorful, beaming, inspiring and empowering!
I’m yearning for Spring-time to permanently make an appearance, so that I can finally start wearing my florals and light weight outfits. I scooped this pretty flowy, chiffon and lace, floral print, two-tiered dress up at Value Village. I love it so much because I can style it so many different ways and because it’s very much on trend this season. During the Fall season, I paired it with my black leather platform angle boots, opaque leggings, a leather jacket and floppy hat. In the summer, I plan to wear it with flat tan sandals or espadrills and a sheer long cardi-sweater. I suggest wearing a belt to cinch-in and define the waist.
Currently, I’m wearing it with these adorable suede backless angle booties (i die!). I was perusing The Latest Scoop in Gastown a few weeks back and they caught my eye. I slipped them on and imagined wearing them with my distress jeans, shorts and dresses over the Sprin/Summer season. You can’t go wrong with a great tan slide, and these in particular are extremely comfy and versatile!
It’s true what they say that life, “is not always rainbows and butterflies”. Sometimes we get rocked by things that are out of our control, which can dim our spirits and make us lose sight of the light ahead. When that happens, I hope we can all find the rainbow, and a little perspective, in our cloudy sky. At the very least, let’s remember to smile, because the wrinkles will show less – haha!
Happy Weekend, everyone!
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Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Plaid Shirt: Value Village | Distressed Jeans: JBrand at Winners | Platform Oxford Shoes: The Wishbone Collection at Brown’s Shoes | Hashtag Necklece: Jeweliette Jewellery
I’m a sucker for love. I mean seriously, I can fall hard for a pair of shoes, a pretty piece of wall paper, and even a good piece of cheesecake! And once I fall in love with something/someone, it’s like… FOREVER!
The cycle of love is funny. At first it catches you off guard (from the corner of your eye), and when you least expect it, it reveals itself. You then turn and gaze in it’s direction with intrigue and infatuation and you get lost in a daze. You can’t stop thinking about it and become obsessed; you even loose sleep over it! You try to act coy, even try ignore the feelings and walk away, but then you realize that you’re falling in love and can’t be without! Your palms sweat, your mouth dries-up and your heart bursts with overwhelming emotion. You take the leap of faith anyway, make the commitment and go for it. And then when it’s yours, you jump for joy and your heart is filled with glee!
And that my friends, is exactly how I felt when I met my hubby…and pretty much how I feel every time I walk into a shoe store, a cosmetic department and a bakery! Yep…it’s true love indeed!
This West-Coast girl is mad for plaid! And lucky for us it was, and still is, a big trend in fashion and interiors design this FW/2017. This pattern has a super casual yet elegant and classic feel to it, and it happens set the tone for my Valentine’s Day post this week. I adore this peplum shirt-dress I found at Value Village, because of it’s shape, structure and personality. This cut defines the waist and flairs away from the body, camouflaging the hips and tummy area.
I like that it can be styled with a great pair of cropped dress pant and heels. leggings and ankle boots or as I’ve styled here with my distressed JBrand jeans (Winners) and platform oxford shoes by The Wishbone at Brown’s Shoes. To dress up this look, you could add a chunky statement neckless and a cool pump. I like wearing my rose gold leather jacket that I got from Zara (see last week’s “Heavy Metal” post) to add an element of shine.
Live-in hair is so sexy and very easy to achieve. And to be honest, the days of perfectly curled hair are gone! Street style is more about creating texture, a slight bend and even a kink in the hair. To get this look I KMS “Free Shape – 2-in-1 Styling Spray” for heat activated dry styling. Staring at the mid-length of the hair, I wrapped random 1-inch bundles of hair (roughly 8 section in total) around a curling wand, leaving the ends out. I sprayed KMS “Hair Play – Makeover Spray” a dry shampoo, to cool the curls and for added texture, then finished by spraying KMS “Hair Play – Dry Wax” to create this lived-in diminutional texture.
Love has got me jumping for joy! And so does the launch of our our online store!! Today is the official launch day (…just in time for Valentine’s Day!) so please pop over to our home page and click on SHOP to peruse our NadittudeTM Label. The label was designed with love by me for you, and I hope you love it right back!
Happy Weekend, Everyone!
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Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Rosegold Leather Jacket: Zara | “All is Calm” Shirt: Sugar Plum Sisters | Adidas Original Stan Smith Sneakers: Foot Locker | Jeans: Winners | Accessories: Jeweliette Jewellery | Clutch Purse: Croatia | Chrome Manicure: Joyride Vancouver
Kung Hei Fat Choi, Everyone! According to the Chinese Lunar Calander, 2017 is the year of the Rooster. And in Chinese astrology, each zodiac is not only associated with an animal sign, but also with an element, ie: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. This year happens to be a Fire-Rooster year, which has got me singing, “This girl is on fire!”. But as much as I looove me a good Alicia Keys sing-along, and the warm embers of a burning flame, I’m quite easily distracted by pretty and shiny metalic things; particulary of the Rosegold variety…
I’m chanelling my inner Run DMC styles of the eighties (<– check out this article) and layering on a few of my favorite chains. I started by converting my gold plated “pulse” necklace into a trendy chocker, which looks fabulous with my custom “NadittudeTM” hashtag necklace; both from Jeweliette Jewellery. I was going for a graduated effect so I incorporated this long and chunkie chain necklace, which adds the perfect amount of texture and length. Talk about heavy metal!
I worked my outfit around this incredibly amazing rosegold leather jacket that I picked up at Zara. I mean, seriously people! Is this not a great statement piece or what?! AND, it’s on sale. I’m obsessed with it. Not only because it happens to match my new white and rosegold Adidas kicks, but it’s also a brighter alternative to the classic black. It’s a great piece to carry into the Spring season.
This is a typical outfit I’d wear on my days off and for runner errands. Comfort is key, as is looking stylish and cute.
Speaking of cute, what do you think of my “All is Calm” sleep shirt? Yes, that’s right, it’s a sleep shirt and I’m wearing it as a regular t-shirt; don’t judge! (lol). And let me tell you, it feels just as good under the covers as it does out of them! My friends Laurel and Pam, also known as the Sugar Plum Sisters designed this sleep shirt for the holiday season, but I think they work great as styled here, of kicking around the house on the weekends; yoga class or even as a swim suit cover for an up=coming sunny vacay! They’re made from 95% Bamboo and 5% Spandex, and retail for $60 online.
Have a fantastic weekend, Everyone. Sending you all best wishes and good fortune for a wonderful Lunar New Year! – xo