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Photography by: Brooklyn D Photography
It’s a huge compliment and honour when people approach me, seeking my experience and knowledge in the areas of beauty and fashion. I take great pride in the work that I do with my clients and appreciate it when people trust in my ability to transform their appearance to enhance and empower the person they are on the inside. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of presenting my “7 Style Sacraments” program to a group of corporate professionals at Keystone Environmental in Burnaby. Here’s how it went…
My assistant for the day was my stylist L’nielle, who is one of our makeup artists at the studio. She, along with our other artist Vanessa, offers one-on-one customized makeup lessons at our studio in Kitsilano.
Not all office dress codes were created equally, so why not add a little personality to your attire? These geometric print, balloon trousers are so fun! And although this cut is not for every body type, they really make a statement! I love the micro-pleating details through the tapered leg and around the waist, and of course the hidden pockets. They are comfortable, work well for all seasons AND they’re a thrift store find! I styled them with this simple black peplum top from Winners. This cut offers structure, femininity and defines the waist line. Also keep in mind that this cut works well when styled with your skirts, wide-leg trousers and/or jeans. I opted for nude shoes to complete the look, as they create a seamless effect and extend the leg line; and I’ll take all the length I can get – haha!
Style Sacrament #1: SASS – Shop According to your Style and Silhouette.
When you know your body type and the style category you identify with, shopping will be a breeze.
Style Sacrament #2: 5 C’s – Casual, Classic, Chic, Charming and Couture.
Determine your style category and create a wardrobe that suits your needs and personality.
Style Sacrament #3: W.O.R.K. Essentials
Create your ideal capsule wardrobe for Weekend, Office, Recreation and “K”night.
Style Sacrament #4: Shape, Ship, Shop:
Wardrobe editing helps you to eliminate the clutter and separate the “Keepers” from the “Creepers”.
Style Sacrament #5: D.L.D.B (Dark, Light, Dull, Bright)
Learn how to pull outfits together that you’ll feel great wearing and that have a balance of contrast, patter, texture and shine.
Style Sacrament #6: Five-in-5
Learn five easy and essential makeup steps that will help you get ready in less than 5 minutes.
#7: Prep, Prime and Polish:
Great hair starts with a customized style. Practice these 3 simple steps that will help you achieve your desired style that suits your hair texture and cut.
Thank you, Keystone Environmental, for hosting us and for allowing me to share my style tips with you.
For more information about my “7 Style Sacrament” program, workshops, personal shopping services and/or makeovers, get in touch: email@example.com or call 604-682-3016.
Trousers: Thrifted | Black Peplum Top: Winners | Shoes: Jimmy Choo
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Photography by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Hey girl — it’s friday and I’m feeling feisty! Then again, being a confident Italian woman, I’m known for my stable yet quirky and enthusiastic personality. I’ve been described as being that “girl next door” type that everyone wants as their best friend because A) I’m always going to be there when you need me; either for a good laugh or when life gets real (ride or die baby!). B) I work hard and play hard, even though my preferred bedtime is 9pm. C) I make a mean tomato sauce and tend to over pour a glass of vino (which means I really like you…haha!) and D) I know a thing or two about style and beauty, and will always offer my honest feedback whether you like it or not. Oh and, don’t be fooled by my blonde hair; I’m almost 41 people and simply trying to minimize the gray – haha! The reality is that I identify as a bold and beautiful brunette; hence the sweatshirt. As you might be able to notice in these photos, I’m in love with BRUNETTE The Label. It makes me feel so happy! Seriously, what a FUN concept! I love the branding, the fit and the overall message that founder and designer, Miriam Alden, is sharing — “We believe the word BABE to be a way of life, and strive to create a community that is inclusive of all babes. Inspiring, elevating, strengthening each other to be the best version of ourselves”. I too truly believe in the idea of community over competition and that no matter what our hair color is or where we’re from, we need to support each other. Because at the end of the day, WE ARE ALL BABES!!
Who says you can’t make activewear look pretty? I’ve chosen to style my “Brunette” sweater with my faux-leather micro-pleated skirt from Winners. I wanted to step out of the box and demonstrate that activewear doesn’t always have to be styled with leggings or distressed jeans and sneakers. Granted, the athleisure look is absolutely adorable too BUT… if you’re looking for alternative styling options, this is a great look. The denim jacket lends a casual element and plays up the color tones in my floral print Manolos. And the overall ensemble offers a balance of contrast, texture and pattern. It’s feminine and fun, and perfect for a Valentine’s Day brunch date with your BFF! Can you imagine…how cute it would be if you and your girl-gang each rocked a different BRUNETTE The Label sweater at brunch? (I die!!)
Here are some of my other favorite styles: Blonde, Boss Babe, Babes Who Brunch, Babes Supporting Babes…the list goes on!).
Happy Friday, Everyone! And in case you didn’t know, we’re having a Valentine’s girls night in at the studio on Feb 14.
Here are all the details:
Event: GAL-ENTINE’S BEAUTY NIGHT!
Date: Wednesday, February 14
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Location: Nadia Albano Style Inc (#4-1874 W. 1st Ave)
Fee: $20 per person
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-682-3016
Bring your best gal-pal on a date to our studio in Kits and experience a night of beauty, bubbly and pampering with our #NAStyleInc. Team! Event includes:
- Your choice of 1 of 3 makeup demos (sultry eyes, red lip or glowy skin
- Your choice of 1 of 3 hairstyles (love knot, french fishtale or curled and tousled)
- A chance to enter our “I Love my Bestie” Grand Prize Giveaway!
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Photography by: Brooklyn D Photography
Last Sunday, we celebrated the debut of the Fleur Wedding Show and Forum. The event was held at the new JW Marriott Hotel in Vancouver and produced by Aly Armstrong Event Planning. While the endless prosecco and yummy hors d’oeuvres were being passed around by the lovely staff at the Parq Vancouver, we engaged with our future brides and caught up with some of our favourite wedding industry friends. Here’s a look at what we experieced…
The Nadia Albano Style Inc. team (L’Nielle, Julie, Vanessa and I) was on-hand for a meet and greet, and to support with the hair and makeup services for the of the VIP speakers, including our dear friend Erin Cebula (our gracious emceed for the day), and our favourite Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe (whom I had the pleasure of beautifying!)
Founder of Fleur Wedding Show and Forum, Aly Armstrong with the panel of speakers
The New York Room designed by Koncept Events
Jewellery Designer Elsa Corsi of Jeweliette Jewellery
The Debut Event Design vendor booth, with the cascading ombre florals, was so fresh and bright; and one of my faves!
Ana Elizabeth Cakes
Flower Wall by Flower Factory
We had SUCH a lovely time at the Fleur Vancouver Wedding Show. HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible and to Debut Event Design , Lele Chan, and Flower Factory for helping us set up our booth – BIG Love!!
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Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photogtaphy
So what do you do when you’re desperate for a little R&R with your hubby but don’t want to deal with the hassle of airports, canceled flights and airport security? You plan a staycation in your own City and check-in to the Opus Hotel Vancouver! That’s right, we “checked out” for the weekend and stayed at this chic and urban getaway, located in the heart of Downtown, Vancouver. The property has been around for almost 20 years and the folks here treat their guests like rockstars! From the moment we arrived, we were immediately greeted by the warm and friendly staff. They showed us to our suite, which had lots of personality and great views of the city. You’ll noticed very quickly, based on the eclectic decor throughout the property, that they like to add a little “flavor” for the guest experience. From the brightly colored “Lifestyle Muse” rooms, to the unique artwork and the mini-bar; the suits are off the hook! Let’s just say it’s definitely not cookie cutter…
We dropped our things off and decided to go for a walk through Yaletown; a super trendy district in Vancouver, if you’ve never been. We felt like tourists in our own City and did lots of exploring (and a little shopping too). We had coffee at Small Victory Bread & Coffee and popped into The Cross Decor and Design for a little home decor inspo. We had dinner at Minami, which is a Japanese restaurant specializing in Aburi style sushi. It’s definitely a worth while experience and the seafood is super fresh! We hit up The Greek by Anatoli, which is a super hip greek restaurant with great music and a fun vibe. They offer all your favorite traditional dishes, which are perfect for sharing.
West Oak, La Pentola, Rodney’s Oyster Bar, Wild Tale
After spending the day perusing the shops in Yaletown, we headed back to the hotel to freshened up for dinner. It’s funny because at home we each have our own bathrooms (well sort of…). He likes our shower in the en-suite and I prefer taking baths in the guest bathroom. Lucky for us, we had the best of both world in our suite! Ironically though, after all that getting ready business, we cancelled our dinner plans and just staying in…
When planning a staycation, breakfast in bed is a must! I always see this in the movies but we NEVER really do this at home. Honestly, it’s so nice to just hang out in your room, with nowhere to be. We pretty much just ordered room service all day, lounged in our robes, laughed a lot and watched movies. It was truly blissful and just what the doctor ordered!
The Opus Bar is a perfect place for a date night. Our work schedules are unpredictable and completely opposite; we’re like two ships passing in the night. Our only day off together is on Sunday (if we’re lucky), so it was a luxury to be able to dress up in our nice threads and enjoy some one-on-one time together. I secretly wanted to re-enact that scene from “Pretty Woman”, where Richard Gere meets Julia Roberts at the hotel bar for the first time after her transformation (Ugh…that movie never gets old!).
I digress, not only are the drinks at the Opus Bar good, the music and overall vibe is super chill and moody and they have Happy Hour daily from 3pm – 6pm! We love people watching and noticed a diverse mix of people. Plus the layout of the bar and lounge makes it really easy to strike up a conversation with others; which is always fun!
We enjoyed a lovely lunch La Pentola; an Italian restaurant located in the Opus Hotel. The menu has lots to offer in both individual orders and family style options. We had the Ricotta Beet Root Salad and the Pasta Bolognese, and Oh. My. Gawd…it was so delicious! In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we made reservations for our friends to join us for brunch on Sunday! We try to plan a gathering with our friends several times per year. Sometimes life gets in the way and it doesn’t work out, but we all make an effort to connect and make memories together. Thanks for coming out everyone!
One of my favorite features on the exterior of the building is the wall mural. Each season it changes and I absolutely love this one! It depicts Vancouver so well; colorful with a chance of showers – haha!
Next time you’re in the area be sure to strike a pose, snap a pic and post it on your Instagram. Use the hashtag #itlovebaby and be sure to tag the artists who designed it @fletcherenglish along with @opushotel.
THANK YOU Opus Hotel Vancouver, for hosting us this weekend – we had a blast! It was truly one of the best weekends we’ve had in a long time. The property is gorgeous, the restaurant and lounge were awesome and the staff were so accommodating and considerate. I love that we were in the center of the City because it gave us so much to do and got us out of our regular routine. Both my hubby and I feel rested and recharged, and believe it or not, we we’re already planning our next staycation! That’s love baby – xo Nadia.
Lifestyle Shoot Produced by: Nadia Albano | Photography: Daniela Ciuffa Photography | Venue: Opus Hotel Vancouver, Opus Bar, La Pentola Restaurant | Opus Hotel Vancouver Brand Director: Katherine Evans | PR Managment: Chella Levesque
Leopard Coat: Vintage | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jeans: Gap (last season) | Top: Winners | Necklace: Jeweliette Jewellery
Green Sequins Dress: Thrifted
Black Floral Dress: Thrifted | Metallic Leather Jacket and Shoes: Zara (last season)
Silk Kimono Jacket: Thrifted | Black Cami: Century 21 NYC | Floral Pallazzo Pants: Winners | Shoes: Valentino
Red Dress: Anthropologie (last season) | Denim Jacket: JBrand | Shoes: Sophia Webster
“Babes Supporting Babes” Sweat Top: Brunette Label
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Photography by: Union Photographers.
Happy New Year’s Eve, Everyone! I’m ending the year off with a beauty BANG! That’s right folks, it’s a two-in-one makeup and hair tutorial to get you inspired for tonights festivities! Follow along to get the look…
After you’ve evened out the complexion with primer, foundation and bronzing powder, you’ll want to sweep the entire eyelid with a gray eye shadow base. I’m using MAC “Shroom”.
Using the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in “Sapphire”, draw a thick line along on the eyelid, along the base of the lashes, then smudge the liner upward toward the crease of the eye, to create a smoky effect.
Using a medium blender eye shadow brush, sweep the crease of the eye with royal-blue eyeshadow to soften and blend out any uneven lines. For this technique, I’m using Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in “Center Stage”
Using the same eyeshadow as previous (Center Stage), rim the lower lash line using an angled liner brush.
Rim the waterline (aka: tight line) with a iridescent waterproof turquoise-blue eye pencil. This creates a slight contrast to the navy blue tones happening on the eyelid and adds an additional layer of color to the look. The pencil I’m using is Make Up For Ever XL – I32
To complete the shadow design, and to play up the turquoise rimmed waterline, dab a hint of turquoise eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eyes. I selected a shade by Makeup Geek called “Pegasus”.
Clean up and brighten under the eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer. I suggest using a shade that is the same color as your complexion or one shade lighter. Next, curl the eyelashes and heavily coat them with black mascara.
Add a hint of peachy-pink blush to the apples of the cheeks using our “NadittudeTM – Love Nadia” Cheek Enhancer Brush.
Complete the look with a hint of peachy-pink blush and a sheer-pink tinted lip balm. I’m wearing Mereadesso Tinted Lip Treat in “Sheer Pink’.
Part 2: Vintage Inspired Hair
Now that your makeup is complete, you’ll want to get started on the hair style for the evening. Here’s how to get a vintage hair style with a modern twist…
To start the style, you’ll want to spray the KMS – ThermaShape 2-in-1 Spray. This primes the hair for heat protection and provided up to 72 hours of hold.
Next, you’ll want to take 2-inch sub-sections, starting from the part side, and wrap the hair around a 1.25” curling wand or curling iron. Be sure to curl the hair in the same direction and away from the face.
Continue curling the rest of the hair until you reach the front piece, which should be the last piece you curl.
Spray the hair with KMS – Makeover Spray (dry shampoo) to cool down and set the curls. This product is also great for thickening limp hair and for absorbing oil.
Brush the hair out using a densely bristled brush to smooth out the curls and create a vintage inspired wave.
Dispense a few pumps of KMS – Texture Crème into your hands and rub your hands together to warm up the product. You’ll notice that this product will smooth out and bundle the hair while providing a touchable hold.
Finish the style with a light mist of KMS – Firm Finish Hairspray for strong hold without residue or flaking.
Hope you enjoy creating this look as much as I did! Best wishes for a prosperous, healthy, beautiful and happy 2018. Thank you for you love and support. Writing this weekly blog for all of you is so rewarding and very special for me. I look forward to bringing you even more helpful and useful tips and content in the new year!
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Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
It was a cool and foggy Winter’s day in Vancouver. Daniella and I were wandering around, location scouting, and in doing so we discovered the most beautiful spot to shoot this week’s holiday inspired style shoot.
“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R.Tolkien
It’s vintage “1920’s/boho-chic” for the win, this holiday season. This outfit is seriously everything right now! It works at any age, for every body type and It’s appropriate for any holiday work function; be it a cocktail party or a New Years Eve bash. The color scheme is rich and neutral, and combines soft, luxurious fabrics with shimmery and sparkly textures. These cropped velvet trousers are from Anthropologie. They’re ideal because they have an elastic waist band, deep side pockets (which is always a bonus!), and simply put, they’er super comfortable. They’re great for travel and can be combined so many different ways, for added value. AND, I got them on sale for only $39, which is always helpful on the budget this time of year!
This vintage butterfly top is one that I’ve had in my collection for several years. It has a flattering V-Neck shape and drapes over the body effortlessly. The colour tones within the sequin pattern play well with the olive green pants and offers a nice blend of practicality with romance and whimsy. And the crystal embellished peep-toe heels (which are from Zara a few seasons ago) and the navy clutch purse really bring the entire look together seamlessly. Overall, this look is elevated, luxe and offers everything you need to be comfortable and stylish during the Christmas festivities.
I hope you enjoyed viewing this style post. Daniella and I had so much fun shooting at this location and I absolutely loved putting this outfit together; I think it’s my new favorite. This ensemble is ideal for that social butterfly who wants to look stylish and glitzy all while being comfortable and practical.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! I hope you get to enjoy some quality time with family and friends — maybe even a little quiet time on your own.
Sequins Butterfly Top: Value Village | Velvet Pants: Anthropologie | Wool Coat: Aritzia | Shoes: Zara
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Photography by: Union Photographers
The holidays are upon us, and in this week’s makeup tutorial, as seen in The Province and The Vancouver Sun Newspaper, I’m showing you how to achieve a classic cat-eye and red lip combo; ideal for any festive occasion!
You’ll want to start by evening out the complexion with foundation and contouring the face with a light dusting of bronzing powder. For get a soft and supple glow on the skin, lightly sweep the cheekbones and peek points of the face with a skin illuminating powder like the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in “Soft and Gentle”.
Prime the eye lid with a cream-based eye shadow base. I’m using MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ocre”. It’s a beige-nude color, which brightens the eyelid and eliminates any red undertones in the skin. It’s a lovely based to use it on it’s own for everyday.
Using a medium blender eye shadow brush, sweep the crease of the eye with “Jetsetter” eye shade from the Tarte “Tartelette in Bloom” shadow palette. This will add depth to the eye and create a soft and neutral contoured effect.
Hold the outer corner of your eye tautly with one hand, then draw line from the center of the eyelid upwards and outward towards the outer corner of the eye. The line should gradually get thicker as you get to the outer corner. I suggest using the Make Up For Ever XL Waterproof Pencil in M10 for it’s soft-gliding and easy application.
Using a firm angled liner brush, gently extend the outer corner of the liner to create a slightly winged-out out effect.
Curl the lashes and apply several coats of black mascara to extend the lashes. Add strip lashes to amp up and enhance the length of your natural lashes
I love the look of a strong red lip, especially when the eyes are lightly dressed. To get this look, I used the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Beso”. It’s a long-wearing lipstick that glides on like a lip gloss and dries like a matte lipstick.
Thanks to all of you for reading my blog and weekly makeover column in The Province and Vancouver Sun. I love sharing my tips and transformations with you with the hope it inspires you to look and feel your best. Your continued support means so much. I hope that my tips make your daily beauty routine easier and excited your upcoming holiday event!
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Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Hello December! Yay — the holiday season is finally here (!!). There’s a lovely feeling in the air and I’m totally obsessed with the gorgeous foliage surrounding our beautiful City. And lucky for me, the holiday plan this year is to be a tourist right here in Vancouver! I want to kick it with my friends and family, just like we used to back in the day, and enjoy great food, nice drinks and good company. I hope to celebrate the festivities in a simple and stress-free way by popping in to see friends at home and going for walks in their various neighbourhoods. I’d really like to enjoy some of the local hidden gems in and around the lower mainland and the Valley; all while looking “casual-chic” in my cozy sweaters and boots!
My December go-to “uniform” will definitely include this new oversized wool cardigan sweater from Zara! It was a recent purchase and it’s been a wardrobe staple. It’s seriously been on repeat and I love the way it looks with this classic black and white ensemble! The black jeans I’m wearing are by J Brand and I got them at Winners on the sale rack for $49. JBrand are a favorite of mine for fit and feel (ie. medium rise, contours the body, and stretch denim fabric). They have many styles and colors to choose from but if you’re looking to elevate your casual holiday look this year, opt for black because it always looks more chic.
I don’t know about you but I own a lot of white shirts in many different styles — tailored, asymmetrical, short-sleeve, long-sleeve etc. White simply adds a crispness and brightness to an outfit, as well as contrast and balance. The “boyfriend” shirt is a casual relaxed fit that floats away from the body and feel super comfy. I accessorized it with my vintage broach, for a little sparkle, and of course my custom “NadittudeTM” hashtag necklace, which I got from our friends at Jeweliette.
This Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene “Eva Clutch” has been in my collection for almost 10 years now. I got it at Holt Renfrew and I absolutely love it. It’s is a classic and timeless piece that works with just about any outfit. It’s extremely versatile and has a long removable, cross-body leather strap; which comes in handy if you want to be hands free. Alternatively, you can wear it without the strap as a simple evening clutch.
And don’t even get me started on these spectacular gold leather Buttero boots (made in Italy!!). They’re another one of my Winners fab finds and are going to make regular appearances this season!
So, what ever it is that you’re doing over the holidays, I hope you enjoy it simply and stylishly with the people you love! And if you happen to be out and about shopping, be sure to pop into Zara and grab this wool cardigan; it’s seriously the coziest!
Have a great weekend, everyone. Get out and enjoy the sunny weather (fingers crossed!)
Black Jeans: JBrand Jeans at Winners | White Shirt: Winners | Wool Cardigan: Zara | Purse: Louis Vuitton | Gold Boots: Buttero, Winners | Accessories: Vintage and Jeweliette Jewellery| Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”
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Photography by: Union Photogtraphers
Here are some easy to follow techniques on how blow dry your hair like a pro, using KMS Hair Product! KMS has an intuitive styling regime which is very simple; START, STYLE, FINISH!
START: Jumpstart your look with the proper cleanser for your hair needs.
STYLE: Bring your look to life with the correct styling product.
FINISH: Define your style statement with the ultimate finishing product!
Start by shampooing your hair with a cleansing product that suits your hair texture and color needs. I used KMS “Color Vitality” Shampoo and Conditioner for Blondes, to maintain the vibrancy and tonality of my blonde.
After shampooing your hair, it’s always a good idea to apply a leave-in conditioner to the ends. This keeps the hair hydrated and helps with detangling. To strengthen the hair and reduce split end damage; start by spraying using KMS “Moist Repair – Anti Breakage” Spray.
Next, to prepare the hair for long lasting style, you’ll want to apply a styling product to give the hair a bit of grip. Dispense an egg size amount of KMS “Add Volume – Style Foam” into your palm and emulsify into the hands. Apply product thoroughly into the hair from root to ends for added volume that lasts for up to 72 hours.
Attached the airflow nozzle to the end of your blow dryer and gently dry the hair until it’s 80% dry. It’s important to use the blow dryer nozzle, as it helps to control the airflow, which prevents frizz and causes less damage to the cuticle.
Use a hair clips to section the hair (nape, back, front and crow) then blowdry each sub section with a round brush. You’ll want to gently smooth out the hair with a slightly beveled end. Start from the lower back of the head and work your way to the front
When you get to the front and sides of the head, place the brush behind each section and blow dry the hair away from the face to create a soft sweeping finish. I’ve gone with a center part, however this technique works beautifully for a long side swept fringe.
For the last section, wrap the hair around the brush and over-direct the hair straight up and forward to create volume and fullness at the crown area.
Finish the style with a light mist of KMS “Hair Stay – Working Spray” for a touchable, movable finish.
Book a one-on-one blow dry session with one of our stylist to perfect your daily blow dry technique. It’s super helpful and a great way to experience the KMS Haircare product!
Read my weekly Sunday Makeover column in The Province Newspaper and The Vancouver Sun, for more tutorials and makeovers. Or click back on the previous post to get inspired!
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Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
October was quite the month! There was a strange turn of events and it felt like I was winging it the entire month just to stay afloat! We experienced many wonderful high moment and some seriously dark lows. We laughed, cried, feared, mourned and definitely reflected. And through reflection we were able to pause for a moment and be enlightened; giving us the strength and courage to rise above the fog (Phew!).
Soooo, this week’s style post couldn’t come at a better time. I spotted this massive 40 x 25 foot “Kits Wings” mural on Burrard Street (at 4th Ave), back in August. It was still in it’s initial design phase at the time and I knew at some point we had to shoot here and share this artwork with all of you! This piece, painted by the talented Sandy Pellat, is extraordinary and I’m awe struck every time I walk by it. It’s such an uplifting, inspiring, motivating and spiritual piece — which pretty much sums up my current headspace. Next time you’re heading into the studio in Kits, be sure to check it out for a fun photo opp! If you’re on Instagram don’t forget to tag #kitswings.
With the cool winter air upon us, I wanted to feature my favorite over-sized metallic coated sweater-dress. I love this piece so much because a) it’s extremely comfy and versatile, b) it feels like I’m wrapped in a cozy cocoon, and c) it’s a thrift-store find!! I styled it with my black Joe Fresh Essentials Long Sleeve Tee underneath, for extra warmth, as well as my black opaque Calvin Klein tights (my fave), which I picked up from Winners. Also from Winners, (last season) are these black leather platformed ankle booties. They really anchor the outfit and are substantial enough to support the overall look. Plus they look so great with my oversized floppy clutch and hat.
For a holiday party look, wear this dress on it’s own with strappy stiletto heels, a Valentino “Rock-Stud” inspired clutch and a leather jacket. Add a killer metallic cuff bracelet and a large cocktail ring, and you’re ready to celebrate!
For a casual urban approach, you could pair this sweater-dress with your distressed jeans, a white collared shirt underneath, topped off with a pretty vintage broach (centered at the top button of the collar). Slip on your white Adidas “Stan Smith” sneakers and an oversized wool coat, like the Aritzia “Wintour” Coat, and instead of a clutch, opt for a large leather tote bag.
I LOOOVE a bold lip; be it bright red, hot pink or a deep burgundy shade like this Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Rubino”. It’s a strong, long wearing, full coverage liquid lipstick that dries matte and seriously lasts all day! I used my “Love Nadia – NadittudeTM ” Lip Brush ($12) to apply a light coat as a base, then layered Burt’s Bees Lip Balm over top to sheer out the color and add extra moisture.
These “Kits Wings”, for me, represent freedom, warmth, love, confidence and acceptance. They remind me to be fearless and simply spread my wings and fly to my highest potential! They remind me to continue to be a positive, supportive and uplifting force for those facing dark times. And to celebrate the beautiful angels we’ve lost over the years (especially over the past few months) and continue to do well by them and make them proud!
In honor of Remembrance Day, I dedicate this post to all of the those who battled and died for our rights and freedoms. I give thanks to the special angels who passed on and are watching over us from above. And I pray for anyone out there, who at times, could use some wings like these to carry them up and over those unexpected and challenging times life presents. – God Bless.
Dress and Black Leather Clutch: Value Village | Black Long Sleeve Top: Joe Fresh | Leggings and Boots: Winners | Necklaces: Jeweliette Shop