Westin Grand #PopUpPatio!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: One-Piece Cutout Swimsuit: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners | Tassle Swimsuit Cover: BCBG Max Azria, 2010| Rosegold Hoop Earrings and Swarovski Crystal and Leather Bracelete: Jeweliette Jewellery | Bracelets: Winners, Chapters | Sunglasses: Tiffany “Victoria”

I recently watched an episode of “I Love Lucy” starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez (…I used to always watch re-runs of this show as a kid!).  I was reminded of how naturally gorgeous and comedically talented Lucille Ball was in her prime and more importantly, what a pioneer she was for many women in the entertainment industry!  I love that she always put herself out there, had fun and could laugh at herself and not take herself too seriously!  I recall in  many episodes, Lucy & Ethel would often wear a head scarf, similar to “Rosie the Riveter”; a 1940′s war-time propaganda cartoon, which soon after represented equality for women in the workforce.  This week’s style series brings us to the Westin Grand Hotel’s rooftop pool and #PopUpPatio; the perfect location to pay homage to one of my favorite Hollywood actresses of all time…

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The #PopUpPatio at The Westin Grand is back for another summer, and we got to spend the day there to experience it first-hand!  This temporary rooftop urban oasis is located above the bustling intersection of Homer and Robson Streets, on the 3rd floor of the The Westin Grand Hotel.  This über cool lounge is open Thursday and Friday evenings, where guests can unwind and refresh after a hard day of work in this relaxed atmosphere with soft seating, green gardens and live DJ music.

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, BCBG Max Azria Tassel Poncho Top, Tiffany "Victoria" Sunglasses, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, BCBG Max Azria Tassel Poncho Top, Tiffany “Victoria” Sunglasses, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

  To recreate the essence of Lucille Ball, (or of a curvy 1940′s pin up model) and to compliment my lovely pool and patio setting, I went with a full piece, Kenneth Cole, cutout swimsuit in a classic retro silhouette.  I used this beautiful black, white and green silk scarf to wrap around my head (which I recieved as a gift over 10 years ago), to protect my head and hair from heat and UV rays.  I picked up this BCBG Max Azria poncho top several years back and love the tassel fringe detail; it kind of reminds me of the 1920′s flapper era.  I like to maximize my wardrobe and when I purchase anything, I need to be able to wear it at least three different ways.  I usually wear this piece as a top and love the way it doubles as a swimsuit coverup.  Of course, every glamours woman requires a perfect pair of oversized, dark rimmed sunglasses and these Tiffany “Victoria” sunnies were the perfect fit- très chic!

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

A refreshing arrey of cocktails are available at the Westin’s #PopUpPatio, including classics like the Negroni and Sazerac, and new creations like the “Pop Up Standard” (vodka, Ginger of the Indies, and lemongrass simple syrup). New this year are spiked snow cones, $1.00 Jell-O shots, and a full pitcher menu. A vaierty of wines by the glass, draft, and bottled beer are also available. View the full food and drink menu here.

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Vancouver Public Library, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Vancouver Public Library, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The AAA Four Diamond-rated Westin Grand, Vancouver is a residentially designed all-suite boutique style hotel.  It’s centrally located in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district with world-class shopping, dining and activities within walking distance. The Westin Grand, Vancouver is an O’Neill Hotels & Resorts managed property, a Vancouver-based company also managing The Resort & Spa, Whistler and the Coast Blackcomb Suites in Whistler.  For more information, please visit http://www.westingrandvancouver.com.

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stacked Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Chapters, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stacked Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Chapters, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Accessories:

An arm stacked with an assortment of bracelets can make quite a statment!  The spiked metal piece is from Winners, the middle swarovski crystal and leather snap bracelets is one that I picked up from Jeweliette Jewellery, and the gold and cream studded bangle is from Chapters.  Another staple accessory are these rosegold hoop earrings, also from Jeweliette Jewllery.  They are the perfect weight and size to adorn the ears when styling your hair up and away from the face.

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner and Aqua Rouge, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner and Aqua Rouge, Daniella Guzzo Photography

To create this modern summery version of 1940′s/50′s makeup, and to ensure that my makeup would last all day while lounging at the pool, I started by evening out my complexion with Make Up For Ever “Face and Body Foundation” #32 with “Full Cover Concealer”.  I applied this mix to conceal under my eyes and any other imperfections on my face.  I created a soft cat-eye liner using Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner, in Matte Black, curled my lashes and coated them with “Smoky Aqua Waterproof Mascara”.  For the lips, I started with a wax based Bert’s Bees Lip Balm, with SPF 8, and filled in my lips with Make Up For Ever “Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner” in 17C, for a matte long lasting finish.  Make Up For Ever products are available at Sephora stores world wide.

Make Up For Ever "Aqua" Waterproof Makeup, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Make Up For Ever “Aqua” Waterproof Makeup, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Vancouver, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Vancouver, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The #PopUpPatio is open for the duration of the summer every Thursday and Friday (weather dependent) from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Due to high demand, reservations are not accepted. For more information call 604.602.1999 or click here.

Happy BC Day and Pride Weekend, Everyone!  Have fun and stay safe.

xo,

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Rebecca Bree Boutique…

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Fashion | 1 comment

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Jeans: 7 For All Mandkind | T-Shirt: Club Monaco | Manderin Collar Eyelet Coat: Value Village | Floral Pumps: Manolo Blahnik , Holt Renfrew | Bag: Alexander Wang, Holt Renfrew | Pearl Earrings: Jeweliette Jewellery | Makeup: MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam “Nicki” Lipstick,  NARS  “Laguna” Bronzer and “New Attitude” Blush,  Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118, Laura Mercier Concealer SC3

This week’s style series brings us to one of the prettiest, most stylish fashion boutiques in Vancouver; Rebecca Bree.  Owner, Rebecca Rawlison, and I met several years back at a Holt Renfrew store event.  We were in the ladies room powdering our noses when I saw her gorgeous blonde locks and infectious smile.  She was touching up her lipstick and I loved the color (YSL Pink #22) and at that moment, I had a girl crush!  Years later, I still admire this beautiful woman and respect her brilliant and courageous decision to pursue her dream of being a business owner.  I’m telling you, this gal is spectacular and you MUST visit her beautiful store!

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

I couldn’t shoot a style series at Rebecca’s Boutique and not wear something floral; that would be sacrilegious! Hence, my favorite floral-print Manolo Blahnik pumps.  They’re the Yin to this outfits’ Yang (i.e.: distressed jeans and a basic white t-shirt).  I love the contrast of masculine and feminine, and I especially enjoy wearing my “splurge” and “save” items together.  To dress up this otherwise über casual ensemble, and to give it a feminine flair, I layered it with this beautiful and dainty vintage mandarin collared eyelet coat.  I picked this up at Value Village and it’s one of my all-time favorite vintage scores!!  I’d say this is the perfect outfit to wear to Sunday brunch, date night and yes… even shopping at RB!

Nadia Albano

When did you open your boutique and how did you come up with the design concept?

I opened the store in September of 2012, which was a dream come true. It was truly a labour of love as my fiancé built everything from scratch. I wanted to create a feminine space filled with all of my favourite things – French provincial chairs, flowers and vintage-inspired décor. The wonderful designers at The Cross really helped me when it came time to pick fabrics and wallpaper.

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

What can customers expect when they shop in your store?

Down to earth staff, attention to detail, exceptional service, exclusive brands and a really comfortable shopping experience that makes you feel good.

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Who is your style inspiration/ icon?

This changes all the time, but right now I am inspired by Emmanuelle Alt, Maja Wyh, Tash Sefton and Nicole Richie.

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

What is a staple piece that every woman should have in her wardrobe?

A great tuxedo blazer that can easily go from day to night.

Nadia Albano

What are your 5 beauty products you can’t live without? 

Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in beige, Laura Mercier concealer, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, NARS blush in madly (I use it as my bronzer) and NARS blush in orgasm.

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

Accessories:

Every girl needs to own a pair of pearl earrings!  These twin set, double-sided pearl studs, from Jeweliette Jewellery, are classic and quite unique.  I love the unexpected peek-a-boo pearl detail behind the ear lobe.  Plus they work double duty as an ever day earring or for an elegantly understated evening look.

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

You have such exquisite taste for fashion.  How do you determine what brands to carry in your store?

When Christina and I see a collection it’s really about how it speaks to us. If we feel something spark, we bring it in. We will always have our favourite recognizable labels in the store, but love bringing in brands that no one else has to help our customers discover something new. It has to be a brand that we believe in, that has good quality and a good hand, and has to feel amazing on the body.

Nadia Albano

Based on my 7 Style Sacraments, what would you say your Style Category is — Casual, Classic, Charming, Chic, or Couture?

Chic – Edgy and cool

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Priceless:

The look on my face when I realized that I couldn’t leave the store without purchasing this stellar outfit!  Daniella, you captured this so perfectly!

Nadia Albano

Rebecca’s Picks:

IRO leather jacket $1950
10 Crosby pink silk tank $375
R13 jeans $395
Rocaille necklace $325
vs.

Nadia’s Picks:

IRO navy leather jacket $1350
Tres Bier tshirt by CHRLDR $55
Tibi mint jacquard skirt $450
Lulu Frost necklace $525

Nadia Albano

What do you prefer: New York or LA?  Paris or Milan?  Coffee or Tea?  Stilettos or Flats?  Leather or Lace? Sweet or Savory?

New York | Paris | Coffee | Stilettos |Leather | Sweet

Nadia Albano

What’s the next step for Rebecca Bree?  Any new projects coming up?

We’re really excited to be launching our online shop this fall. Stay tuned!

Nadia Albano

Thank you Rebecca, for spending a Sunday morning with us!  We love your store and are so proud of your success.  Looking forward to a visit with you very soon!

xo,

 

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Enchanted Forest!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Green Crepe Maxi Dress: JCrew | Tan and Gold “Gerogie”Sandals: Rachel Zoe, Winners | Quilted Clutch: Value Village | Stacked Braceletes and Stud Earrings: Jeweliette Jewllery | White and Gold Bangle: Chapters | Makeup: Christian Dior, The Hudson’s Bay | Hair: KMS California “Hair Stay” Max Gel

There’s something so magical and enchanted about a forest!  The never ending hues of green and the gorgeous textures of leaves and branches makes it feel like I’m in a lush wonderland.  In Greek mythology, it is believed that creatures known as “Nymphs” lived in the forest.  They were not Godesses, rather “divine creatures who animated nature and usually depicted as nubile maidens who loved to dance and sing” .  They were knowm to live near rivers and springs, or in the trees or cool grottoes.  My favorite part is that they would never die of old age or illness (…I wish that were true in real life!).  This week’s style series is also a nod to the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013, Emerald; one of my favorite colors!

Confederation Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

I’ve noticed that so many couples are bringing nature into their wedding details.  In decor and florals, we’re seeing natural green center pieces, hand held bouquets and vertical garden backdrops.  In bridal style, we’re seeing floor length etherial gowns, romantic and twisted up styles with dreamy soft makeup.  If you’re attending a wedding this summer and aren’t sure what to wear, try something like this Crepe Maxidress by  JCrew.  It’s the perfect piece to wear to a destination or summer garden wedding.   This relaxed and minimal silhouette, combined with this stunning shade of emerald, makes this dress both eye catching and understated!

Daniella Guzzo Photography

JCrew Crepe Maxi Dress, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

Makeup Details:

To ensure long lasting eye makeup, I applied “Dior Backstage Eye Primer” on my eye lids.  I contoured and defined my eyes with Dior Show Mono Eye Shadow in “It-Purple” and “It-Yellow”, and lined my eye lid  with Dior Addict “It-Line” in purple.  After curling my lashes, I coated them with Dior Addict “It-Lash” in purple and black.  On my cheek I’m wearing Dior “Rosy Glow – Healthy Glow Awakening Blush” and on my lips I’m wearing “Dior Addict Lip Maximizer” .

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Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

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Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography

 May we live and dream like we’re forever young and remain happy and healthy, always!

xo,

 

Ugly is the New Pretty!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Sam Edelman, Aldo Shoes, Birkenstock, Sixty Seven, Browns Shoes, Ash Shoes

Ugly is the new pretty this season! Natural shoes aka: “Jesus Shoes” or “Ugly Shoes“, have made a comback in mainstream fashion and these are my top picks to help you stay on-trend (and comfortable) this summer…

Sam Edelman “Adora” Sandal - $110 ( Available at The Hudson’s Bay)

Aldo “Jili” Sandal – $70

SixtySeven Platform Metallic Sandal - $89 (Available at Nordstroms and select Winners locations

Birkenstock “Madrid” Sandal -  $77.60 (on sale)

Browns Snake Skin Sandals – $49 (on sale)

Ash Kab Womens White Roccia Platform Sandals – $150

Here’s how I’m wearing the trend…

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summer dress with straw bag and birkenstock sandals

Super, Natural!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Blouse: Thrift Store | Denim Shorts: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners | Silver Sandals: SixtySeven Shoes, Nordstroms and Winners | Hat: Robson Street Vendor | Bag:  Louis Vuitton “Noé” | Custom “NADITTUDETM” Necklace: Jeweliette Jewellery | Nail Color: Essie “Roarrrrange” | Makeup: Tom Ford Beauty Make Up For Ever and Nars

I feel so refreshed after having spent the past week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,  for a client’s wedding.  I feel grateful to be able to travel anywhere for my job and do what I love.  What a awesome start to the summer; I’m still on vacation mode!  To be honest, I feel extremely fortunate to come home to my beautiful city of Vancouver, where nature abounds!   The green grass, shimmering beaches, coral sunsets and majestic mountains; all of which offer great inspiration to draw from, especially for fashion and style….

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

It’s funny how the colors in my outfit parallel the colors that surround my seaside setting in this week’s style series (green, cream, blue and orange and silver).  If you look at the color wheel, blue and green are next to each other on the cool side (tertiary colors), while orange opposes them on the warm side, thus making them complimentary to one another.  Colors that are contrasting or “complimentary” will always go together and when you mix in a third color (either cool or warm) with a neutral metallic accent,  your outfit will look complete! (Style Sacrament #3 – DLDB: Dark, Light, Dull, Bright)

Kits Beach

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

Trend Spotting:

I’m loving this seasons new “Ugly” sandals (…ugly is the new pretty!).  These were so in style when I was in high school (almost 20 years ago – YIKES!).  My parents used to call them “Jesus shoes”.  Well they weren’t wrong, as it feels like I’m walking on water when I’m wearing them!  Plus, they seem to work with so many things in my wardrobe!

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

 Makeup:

I went natural and glowy this week.  I’m wearing Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #34 mixed with Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in “Fire Lust”.  I dusted on NARS “Laguna” bronzing powder and on my lips is the Tom Ford Lip Shimmer in “Solar Gold”.

Enjoy the sunshine, friends!

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Tom Ford Beauty…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Make-up, Reviews | 0 comments

It goes without saying that Tom Ford is a creative genius; fashion designer, artist and film director, among many things.  A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to be invinted to the new Tom Ford counter at Holt Renfrew, Vancouver, to experience Tom Ford Beauty first-hand. Upon arrival, I met with Katherine Holmes, Executive Director of Global Communications for Tom Ford Beauty.  We took a walk through the pristine counter and played with the luxurious product line.  I was extremely impressed, at the same time, not one bit surprised by the attention to detail that Ford put into his exquisit packaging and branding.  I especially love the TF logo embossed onto every product.

I sat down with Tom Ford Beauty Manager, Cise, for a customized makeup application.  She used a few things that caught my eye during my walkthrough with Katherine, and incorporated a few of her own favorites to the mix.  Thank you, Cisa, for making me feel like a superstar!

Here are a few Tom Ford products that I’m absolutley obsessed with…

Top Row:  Eye Defining Pencil, Espresso – $36 | Brow Sculptor, Chestnut – $44 | Eye Color Quad, Cognac Sable – $79 | Illuminating Primer – $74

Bottom Row:  Bronzing Powder, Gold Dust – $95 | Lipstick, Nude Vanilla – $50 | Cheek Color, Love Lust – $57

Tom Ford Beauty is available exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada at the Toronto Bloor Street and Vancouver locations.

xo,

Gratitude with NadittudeTM!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

Event Details:

 Floral Design by: Blumen Floral Boutique | Decor by: Debut Event Design | Desserts by: Le Gateau Bake Shop | Rentals by: Salmons Rentals and A&B Party Rentals | Event Planning by: Countdown Events | Public Relations and Social Media: Mitchell Fawcett of Motive Communications

Swag Bags Sponsors:

Elsa Corsi Couture Jewellery and Jeweliette Jewellery | Jessica Boffo of Kards Kouture | KMS California and Goldwell | Malene Grotrian Design | Make Up For Ever Canada | Perfect Wedding Magazine | Real Weddings Magazine

It’s hard to believe that it’s been one year since we relocated to our new studio space on W. 1st Ave in Kitsilano.  More over, I’m thrilled to be celebrating three years of being in business!  My how time flies!  I feel very humbled and extremely blessed for the success my team and I have had over the last 3 years.  The outpouring of support from everyone around us has been overwhelming.  From our loyal clients to our industry friends, and of course our family – THANK YOU!

The idea of a one-stop beauty and style studio was a dream of mine for many years.  In fact it was conceived back in 1997; I still have my notes, journals and sketches of what I wanted to achieve in my career.  It has been a long journey of learning, growing, falling down and getting back up etc., and in the end, I managed to manifest my dreams into the reality that I live today.  It’s remarkable what you can achieve when you stay focused, have a tenatious spirit, work hard, and love and respect the people around you!

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Thank you to everyone who made it to my “Gratitude with NadittudeTM” soiree; I’m always so impressed with everyone’s kindness, support and love!  Special THANK YOU to my amazingly talented team (Vanessa, Annelie, Julie, Roberto, Laine, Cathy, Jason, Madeline and Rebecca).  You are always open to accepting new opportunities and working together in such a positive way!  It truly is a pleasure to work with each and ever one of you!

Thanks, Angel Casanova, for doing such a beautiful job on all of the salon upgrades and renovations!  You nailed it, my friend!

Merci to all the sponsors and vendors (mentioned above) for your generosity, time and for helping me bring this event to life!  Holly, these photos capture the vibe of the evening so vividly!

To my friends and family, especially my mom — Thanks you for always being so encouraging, loving and nurturing.  You have been my sounding board, cheerleaders and fans since day one; GRAZIE!

Of course, to my partner in crime, my right hand man, my husband; who I am so incredibly in love with — thank you for putting up with me and my crazy ideas and late nights.  You are my rock and I would not have achieved my goals without your love and blessings!

Salute, Everyone!

xo,

Gastown Chic!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing –  Top and Skirt: The Latest Scoop | Leather Jacket: Winners | Blue Suede Shoes: Sam Edelman | Spike Necklace: Sears | Cuff: Thrift Store | Lipstick: Kat Von D “A-Go-Go”

Questions:  If you had to use only two words to describe yourself, what would they be…?

Back in 2004, my sister bought me a book called “Wildly Sophisticated – A Bold New Attitude for Career Success” by Nicole Williams.  In it she explains that on her last day of high school her teacher circled the classroom and chose adjectives to describe each of his students.  When he got to Nicole he said, “Nicole, while this seems a contradiction in terms, you are what I would describe as wildly sophisticated.  There are no better words to describe your combination of passion and refinement, engery and contemplation”.

This concept intrigued and inspired me.  I struggled for years on the two adjectives to describe who I think I am, and finally, with the help from my friends and colleagues (you know who you are…), “Gracefully Bold” fit my description.  I feel these words express my careful composure and courageous enthusiasm perfectly!  Big thanks to my sister for sharing this book with me, and of course, Nicole Williams, for encouraging woman to follow their dreams and earn what they’re worth!

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

When Daniella and I decided to shoot in a Gastown alley for this week’s style series, I wanted to wear something chic and cool, with a hint of the unexpected; kind of like the vibe I get when I’m in this hip part of town!   I have to admit, I’m normally not one who likes to expose my tummy, as it’s the one part of my body that I feel most self conscious of.  Yet the latest exposed midriff fashion trend really appeals to me.  I was having a positive body image day, and this outfit made feel confident and sexy, which gave me the courage to step outside of my shell.  I believe that women should A) shop according to their style and silhouette (S.A.S.S ™), B) dress to fit their mood, environment and the occasion and C) invest in Spanxs!;)  Now that’s being “Gracefully Bold”!

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 xo,

Sunset in the City!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing:  One-Sleeve Blouse: Zara | Shorts: W118 by Walter Baker| Clutch: Elie Tahari | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Holt Renfrew | Gold Cuff: Thrift Store | Lipstick: YSL Pur Lipstick #22, Holt Renfrew

Do you remeber Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” music video from 2003?  Ok, well I have to tell you that one of my favorite scenes in that video is about 45 seconds in, when she’s on a rooftop.  The is sun setting on the city scape behind her as she’s busting a move with the wind blowing in her hair, looking F.I.N.E. – Fine!  Can you feel me on this?  Although I have nothing on Queen B, I sure did have fun shooting this style series with Daniella Guzzo.  So thanks for the inspiration, B!  Your stuff just never gets old!

The Outfit:

When coordinating this ensemble, I wanted the shorts to be the main feature, as they are superb!  I paired them with this simple, one-sleeve white blouse, for balance and contrast.  I incorporated these gorgeous fuchsia suede Manolos, to brings out the pink floral detail in the shorts and for a pop of color.  For accessories, I chose this simple gold cuff, for a little sparkle, and this metallic woven clutch, for texture.  And there you have my Style SacramentTM #3 – DLDB, “Dark, Light, Dull, Bright”

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I LOVE these colorful, W118 by Walter Baker, silk trouser shorts.  In fact, I love everything about Walter Baker’s designs!  I find that his clothing fits extremely well on women, which is probably why I have so many of his piece in my wardrobe!  I seem to gravitate toward his modern and fashion forward designs, not to mention his selection of fun yet edgy fabrics.  HIs line also happens to be very reasonably priced, which is always a plus in my books!

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Happy Friday, Friends!

xo,

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Take Cover this Summer!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

The sun in shining in Vancouver, which means everyone is out enjoying every minute of it and soaking in some much needed Vitamin D!  That said, it’s important to take precausionary measure when exposing ourselves to the sun.  Here are a few suggestions that will keep you covered, and protect you from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB ray.

1.  Apply sunscreen!  It’s best to use different products for the face, lips and body, as the skin on our face is more delicate and requires different coverage from the skin on our body.  Look for products that are light weight, oil-free and paraban free.

2.  Swap your bikini for a full piece!  Opt for a full piece swim suit with fun cut outs, rather than a revealing bikini, to cover your body from exposure to the sun.

3.  Cover up!  Slip on a beach cover wrap, sheer dress or kimono for additional protact from the sun.  Add a wedge sandle and you’ll look uber chic while at the pool.

4.  Treat your hair like your skin!  Sun exposure , as well as chlorine and sea salt, can stress and dry out the hair , not to mention shift the color.   Remeber to use pre and post-sun hair products to maintain the integrety of your hair.

5.  Stay shaded! Sunnys and big hats are summer-time essentials.  Whether you’re gardening or lounging at the pool, shade your face and protect your eyes.

Products to try:

La Roche Posay Anthilios Dry Touch Spray SPF 45 – Available at Shopper’s Drug Mart

Clarins UV Plus HP – Available at The Bay

Bert’s Bees Lip Balm with SPF 8 – Available at Shopper’s Drug Mart

H&M One Shoulder Swimsuit  - $29.95

H&M Fringed Kimono – $39.95

Browns Wedge Sandal – $119.98

Goldwell Dualsenses Sun Reflacts – Available at select hair salons

Tom Ford “Milena” sunglasses – Available at Holt Renfrew

La Vie En Rose Straw Hat - $16.95

 xo,