Show Time…

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Nadia Albano

As wedding season slows down, the Style Inc team is gearing things up with fashion show season.  Last week (Sept 14 and 15), we kicked things off with the ABA Hair Show at the Trade and Convention Centre, Downtown, Vancouver.  We were backstage with the KMS California and Goldwell Canadian Artistic Team preparing the models with makeup for their Fall/Winter 2014-15 hair preview.  We worked along side some of Canada leading stylist and colorist including Michael Crispel, Edwin Johnston, Lindie Blackwell and Timothy Switzer (and many more…) as they delivered two days packed with new cutting, coloring and styling techniques; spreading their love for hair design and inspiring us all!

ABA Show, Vancouver, BC, Goldwell

ABA Show, Vancouver, BC, Goldwell

ABA Show, Vancouver, BC, KMS California, Michael Crispell, Edwin Johnston

ABA Show, Vancouver, BC, KMS California, Michael Crispell, Edwin Johnston

ABA Show, Vancouver, BC, KMS California, Goldwell, Fall/Winter Collection, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup

ABA Show, Vancouver, BC, KMS California, Goldwell, Fall/Winter Collection, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup

Next on our schedule was the Full Circle Fashion Event at the AutoForm.  On Tuesday, September 16, Malene Grotrian launched her Fall/Winter 2014-15 “Grace” Collection at the Full Circle Fashion Event, a fundraising event for OVCARE (BC’s Ovarian Cancer Reasearch Team).  My team and I felt honored to collaborate with Malene with the fashion show to raise awareness and funds for such a great cause!  For more information on how you can donate to ovarian cancer research, please visit ovcare.ca !

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, OVECARE, Madeline BrownMakeup Artist

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, OVECARE, Madeline BrownMakeup Artist

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, OVECARE, Vanessa Westerager, Makeup Artist

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, OVECARE, Vanessa Westerager, Makeup Artist

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Stila Makeup, Make Up For Ever

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Stila Makeup, Make Up For Ever

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Annelie Ingvarsson, Hair Stylist

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Annelie Ingvarsson, Hair Stylist

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup

Nadia Albano Style Inc, NadittudeTM, Malene Grotrian, Model

Nadia Albano Style Inc, NadittudeTM, Malene Grotrian, Model

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hair, Makeup, Malene Grotrian, Model

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hair, Makeup, Malene Grotrian, Model

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Model Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Model Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Vanessa Westerager, Model Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Vanessa Westerager, Model Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Models

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Models

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gift Bags

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gift Bags

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Anita Alberto, Show Photographer

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Anita Alberto, Show Photographer

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Anita Alberto, Show Photographer

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Anita Alberto, Show Photographer

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Backstage with Models

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Backstage with Models

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Fashion Show Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Fashion Show Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Fashion Show Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Fashion Show Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Fashion Show Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Fashion Show Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Fashion Show Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Fashion Show Prep

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, AutoForm

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, AutoForm

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Donna Pepin

Full Circle Fashion Event, Malene Grotrian, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Donna Pepin

Donna Pepin, Brand Ambassador with Malene Grotrian, speaks about her experience with the OVCARE team and how she battled and survived ovarian cancer.  You can watch her interview with Go Vancouver here!

Savoury City Catering and Events, Full Circle Fashion Event

Savoury City Catering and Events, Full Circle Fashion Event

Savoury City Catering and Events, Full Circle Fashion Event

Savoury City Catering and Events, Full Circle Fashion Event

Savoury City Catering and Events, Full Circle Fashion Event

Savoury City Catering and Events, Full Circle Fashion Event

Backstage, Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Backstage, Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Backstage, Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Backstage, Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Backstage, Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, The Optical Boutique

Backstage, Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, The Optical Boutique

Backstage, Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Backstage, Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, DJ Leanne

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, DJ Leanne

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, DJ Leanne

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, DJ Leanne

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Lord's Shoes, The Optical Boutique

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Lord’s Shoes, The Optical Boutique

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery, Lord's Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery, Lord’s Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Lord's Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Lord’s Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, The Optical Boutique

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, The Optical Boutique

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, The Optical Boutique, Lord's Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, The Optical Boutique, Lord’s Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, The Optical Boutique

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, The Optical Boutique

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Lord's Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Lord’s Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Lord's Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Lord’s Shoes

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery, Lord's Shoes, The Optical Boutique

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Hastings Hattery, Lord’s Shoes, The Optical Boutique

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Malene Grotrian, Full Circle Fashion Event, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Full Circle Fashion Event, Daniella Guzzo, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Vanessa Westerager

Full Circle Fashion Event, Daniella Guzzo, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Vanessa Westerager

Up next for the Style Inc team is the “Sunday Occasions” Fall/Winter fashion show presented by Pacific Centre.  Hosted by my dear friend Mana Monsour, this is another great event supporting Coast Mental Health —  purchase your tickets here !

xo,

Park Royal!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Lips Graphic Sweater and Coat: Aritzia | White Tuxedo Shirt: Brookes Brothers | White Converse Sneakers: Browns Shoes | Pebbled Tote Bag: Winners | Angora Skull Embellished Cap: Paris

This week’s style series brings us to Park Royal, in West Vancouver.  It’s the second largest shopping centre in Metro Vancouver and is home to so many amazing retailers including Aritzia, Browns Shoes, JCrew, Winners, Sephora and Zara (to name a few), and there are so many more fantastic retailers coming soon!  It’s one of my favorite places to enjoy Sunday brunch with my hubby, do some grocery shopping at Whole Foods , and even get inspired for the home at Urban Barn and Homesense whilst sipping on a David’s Tea!  Plus parking is free, which is always a great bonus!

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, BC, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, BC, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, Aritzia Coat, Joe's Jeans Faux Leather Leggings, Conver Sneakers, Browns Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, Aritzia Coat, Joe’s Jeans Faux Leather Leggings, Conver Sneakers, Browns Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

Ramp up your Autum wardrobe with a cool pair of leather trousers!  Skinny, cropped, moto or baggy; leather pants are a staple and extremely versatile.  Go from a casual leather style, as seen above with my converse sneakers, or dress them up with a killer pair of heels and a tuxedo blazer.  They look oh-so chic while at the same time uber easy!  Try the Wilfred Free “Valade Pant” from Aritzia!

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, Anthropologie, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, Anthropologie, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, Anthropologie, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, Anthropologie, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, Aritzia, #FallForUs, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, West Vancouver, Aritzia, #FallForUs, Daniella Guzzo Photography

#FallForUs:

Artizia has such a fun #FallForUs social media campaign this Fall, which features 90 of the most inspiring people they know (actresses, musicians, models, fashion editors…) to pick one item from their fall collection, take their picture, and ask them some questions (watch the video!).  I fell for this classic and super cosy Wilfred Cocoon Wool Coat.  I picked this up last Fall, and fortunately it’s available again this season in Black, Gray and Cigar.

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, The Village, West Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, The Village, West Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Pebbled Tote Bag, Winners, Angora Cap, Paris, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Pebbled Tote Bag, Winners, Angora Cap, Paris, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Accessories:

This pebbled leather tote bag, which I’ve had for years, is the perfect all purpose / travel bag.  It holds everything from my makeup bag and a quick wardrobe change, to my notebook and electronics!  New to Aritzia is this gorgeous line of handbags by Auxiliary.  They are exquisitely crafted in a soft leather and designed to “make your life easier”.  Check out the Vanderlyn Tote Bag next time you’re in store!

Put a lid on it!  Yup…baseball caps are fashionable!  In fact, they can make quite a statement.  I picked this gorgeous angora and skull adorned cap in Paris last December and wear it with almost everything; tuxedo pant and slip on sneakers, a cocktail dress and leather jacket, or simply with my jeans and graphic T-shirt!

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, The Village, Aritzia, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, The Village, Aritzia, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lips, Aritzia, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lips, Aritzia, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lips, Aritzia, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lips, Aritzia, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Face: Make Up For Ever HD Priner #0, Makeup For Ever HD Foundation #118, Laura Mercier “Secret Camouflage” SC3, Nars Bronzing Powder “Laguna”, Nars “Orgasm” Powder Blush

Eyes: Sephora Eye Shadow “Mistic Matte”, Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream $14, Make Up For Ever “Artist Shadow” in Black D104, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 0L

Lips: Rouge Artist Natural N40

* Products listed above are available at Sephora*

Nadia Albano, Lips, Aritzia, Stud Earrings, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lips, Aritzia, Stud Earrings, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, The Village, West Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park Royal, The Village, West Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Nadia Albano Tipsy Lip Gloss, Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Nadia Albano Tipsy Lip Gloss, Guzzo Photography

Hugs and Kisses!

xo,

 

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Punk!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: BCBG Max Azria Mesh Top and Cargo Vest: Winners| DIY Distressed Jean Shorts: Diesel Jeans | Studded Combat Boots: Mimosa, Browns Shoes | Custom Hashtag Necklace and Studs: Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi Jewellery

I’m at Cypress Mountain this week and the forecast is calling for Punk inspired fashion!  I’m following the catwalk’s lead this Fall/Winter by incorporating leather, plaid, mesh and black to my wardrobe, as well as edgy metal details in my accessories and footwear!

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

With September being a transitional season, I combined my summer cut-off shorts with a few of my new fall/winter threads to coordinate this fun back-to-school style idea for students!  This black lightweight mesh sweater is a fantastic all-season and all-ages piece.  Layer it over a black camisole or tank and incorporate it with classic cropped trouser pants and Sam Edelman “Smithfield” heels  and you’re ready for the office.  For a night out, try wearing this top and vest with leather pants, stiletto heels and a metal detail clutch like this Valentino Rock Stud Flap Clutch.

Nadia Albano, Punk, Mesh Top, BCBG Max Azria, Cargo Vest, Winners, Stud Earrings, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Punk, Mesh Top, BCBG Max Azria, Cargo Vest, Winners, Stud Earrings, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hair:

The sexy and short blunt bob, with soft volume, is one of this seasons hottest cuts.  I’m totally obsessed with and inspired by the bleached out blonde look that Rita Ora is sporting.  If that’s not your style, try incorporating blonde highlights to your ombre to brighten up the face!  I styled my hair using KMS California “Dry Wax”  to create dimensional texture and lived in hair!

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Mesh Sweater, Cargo Vest, Winners, Hashtag Necklace, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Mesh Sweater, Cargo Vest, Winners, Hashtag Necklace, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Makeup:

Bold eyes and oxblood lips are the rage in makeup this season!  Here’s how I got this look…

  1. I started by applying Make Up For Ever HD Primer #0 on my face to prep the skin for foundation.  To even out my complexion, I applied Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #32 (a sheer water-based mineral formula that provides a natural, satin finish) with Mint Brush #10 .  I’m a huge fan of  using makeup to enhance your natural and allowing your skin to show through your foundation, rather than covering it up.  This foundation is one of my must-have makeup essentials!
  2. To warm up my complexion and contour my face, I applied bronzing powder below the cheek bones, jawline and onto my forehead using Mint Brush #16 . I then added MAC Powder Blush in “Fleur Power” to add color to the apples of my cheeks, using Mint Brush #46.
  3. On my eyelids, I blended on MAC Fluidline in “CopperThorn” using my finger,  then  lightly swept MAC Shadow “Amber Lights” and “Mylar” to the inner corner of the eye, to intensify the Fluidline color, and to highlight my brow bone.   Rather than creating the typical “cat eye” on the upper lid, I lined my lower lash line with MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in “Black Swan”.  I used Mint Brush #26 to drag out the line upward at the outer corner of the eye.
  4. For an intense red lip, I applied Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in #42
Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Combat Boots, Mimosa, Browns Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Combat Boots, Mimosa, Browns Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, KMS California Dry Wax,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cypress Mountain, Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, KMS California Dry Wax, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Cypress Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Skyline, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Cypress Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Skyline, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 

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Diner En Blanc, Vancouver…

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Events, Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Embroidered Julie Maxi Dress: Club Monaco | Clutch Purse: Value Village | Shoes: Winners | Accessories: Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Tiffany & Co | Makeup: Aerin Beauty, Estée Lauder,

It was a sea of white as thousands of Vancouverites gathered at David Lamb Park, near Yaletown, to celebrate the 3rd Annual Diner En Blanc!  It was my first year attending the event and I have to say,  it was a wonderful way to spend a Thursday evening!  Media were treated to complimentary refreshments and delicious aperitifs provided by Hawksworth Restaurant (thank you!), while guests attending the massive picnic arrived prepared with their tables, chairs, food and wine, to broke bread together.  Many tables had decorative centerpieces and beautiful desserts and cakes, while some attendees even brought their furry friends including white doves!  If a picnic in the park with 3,500 people wasn’t entertaining enough, live performances, dancers, stilt walker and musicians, adding a magical quality to the evening for all to enjoy.

Diner En Blanc, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Vancouver,Nadia Albano, Club Monaco Dress, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Vancouver,Nadia Albano, Club Monaco Dress, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

 The Diner En Blanc location was top secret, which means media and dinner participants were informed about the exact location one hour before the event kicked off.  Thus, deciding on what to wear was left to the last minute and a tad stressful (I know…first world problems, right?!).  Let’s keep in mind that the event would go on, rain or shine, so it was important for me to wear something that was versatile and comfortable.  I decided on this sweet and delicately embroidered silk maxi dress by Club Monaco; a grecian inspired pieces with two high slits on either side of the legs exposing just the right amount of skin!  For structure, I layered this lovely light weight, wool blazer over top and I loaded on delicate accessories for added personality, and carried this tan leather vintage clutch bag for contrast.  To wear heels, or not to wear heel: that was the other question!  Heels digging into the grass is not my idea of a “haute” look, so I went sans heels and opted for comfy flat sandals instead.

Nadia Albano, Accessories, Stacked Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Vintage Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Accessories, Stacked Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Vintage Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Acessories:

Layered necklaces, staked bracelets and multiple rings on each finger are fun ways to make a statement.  These necklaces made were great conversation starters and an alternative to the traditional statement necklace!  White-on-white Opal and Swarovski Crystal earring, from Jeweliette Jewllery, adorned my ears perfectly to compliment this outfit beautifully!

Nadia Albano, Accessories, Layered Necklaces, Jeweliette Jewellery, Tiffany & Co, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Accessories, Layered Necklaces, Jeweliette Jewellery, Tiffany & Co, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Accessories, Stud Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Accessories, Stud Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, Estee Lauder, Aerin Beauty,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, Estee Lauder, Aerin Beauty, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Estee Lauder is launching loads of fantastic product this Fall/Winter and I wanted to preview a few of them for you all to try.  One of the items I couldn’t wait to play with is the Enlighten E-E (Even Effect) Skin Corrector with SPF 30.  It protects and helps to even out the skin tone for a naturally radiant, more evened out complexion.  It’s a sheer tinted color correcting product that creates a more uniform skin tone and color.  To brighten under my eyes, I dabbed on Estee Lauder “Double Wear Brush- On BB Conealer”, or you can try Lauder’s NEW Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Consealer.

On my eyes, I’m wearing the NEW Pur Color Envy Scuplting Eye Shadow Palette in “Defiant Nude”.  It’s comprised of neutral beiges and brown tones.  I started by applying a wash of the lightest cream colored eye shadow on the entire eye lid.  I then contoured my crease with the taupey-brown shade and used an angled brush to apply a strong shadow liner along the lash line.  After curling my lashes and coated them with Sumptuous Infinite lengthening Mascara.   For a soft and demure finish I’m wearing Aerin Beauty Rose Balm Lipstick in “Lady Beige”.

Makeup, Estee Lauder, Aerin Beauty,

Makeup, Estee Lauder, Aerin Beauty,

Scent:

My new favorite scent is called “Iris Meadow” by Aerin Beauty.  It’s a subtle and light floral that smells like an open filed in the countryside and contains notes of mandarin, black current, iris, and creamy cedarwood and woody musk.  A must try!

Diner En Blanc, CTV's Norma Reid, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, CTV’s Norma Reid, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Arts Umbrella Performers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Arts Umbrella Performers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Love Ball, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Love Ball, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Love Ball, Natasha Frankowski, Greenscape Design & Decor, Bianca Brian, Taking Shape, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Love Ball, Natasha Frankowski, Greenscape Design & Decor, Bianca Brian, Taking Shape, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Kathryn Hellman and Kristie Seddon, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Kathryn Hellman and Kristie Seddon, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Performers, Arts Umbrella, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Performers, Arts Umbrella, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Vancouver, Monti Samuel, Blush Bridal, Lara Holt-Taylor, Coco Events & Weddings, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Vancouver, Monti Samuel, Blush Bridal, Lara Holt-Taylor, Coco Events & Weddings, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Jasmin Hoffman, Stephanie Smith, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Jasmin Hoffman, Stephanie Smith, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Nadia Albano, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, Nadia Albano, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Nadia Albano, Lyndi Barrett, Natasha Novakovic, Randa Salloum, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Nadia Albano, Lyndi Barrett, Natasha Novakovic, Randa Salloum, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Nadia Albano, Jordon Killman, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Diner En Blanc, David Lam Park, Nadia Albano, Jordon Killman, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Merci and congratulations to the Diner En Blanc organizers Tyson Villeneuve & Jordan Kallman for pulling off a lovely event.  It was a memorable evening with friends, fashion, fantasy and fun.  A night in white that I looking forward to next year!

The Full Skirt…

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Plaid Full Skirt and Silver Clutch Purse: Value Village | Denim Vest: Joe’s Jeans | Shoes: Sophia Webster, The Hudon’s Bay | Swarovski Crystal Marquis Bracelete: Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery

It was a perfect day to take a walk in the park, so I did… in my full skirt and stilettos, of course!

Nadia Albano, Walk in the Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Walk in the Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

The classic full skirt was huge on the runways for Spring/Summer 2014 and it looks like it’s here to stay for Fall!  I’ve been seeing this Ladylike silhouette in mini, mid length, and my favorite, knee length (or just below the knee). This black and white plaid skirt caught my eye while I was thrift shopping and had to have it!  I like the way it draws attention to the leanest part of my body( my calfs) and shows off these gorgeous Sophia Webster shoes — I DIE!.  To define my waist and to juxtapose the girlish flair of the skirt, I styled it with this distressed and tailored denim vest by Joe’s Jeans.  I call this look “a little country and a little rock n’ roll”!

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pur Minerals Gel Liner, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes, Elsa Corsi Bracelet, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pur Minerals Gel Liner, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes, Elsa Corsi Bracelet, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

I first started off by evening out my complexion using Make up For ever HD Primer #0 and HD Foundation #118. Next, to create a strong winged cat-eye liner, I started by applying matte nude eye shadow on the entire eyelid (Makeup For Ever #35).  Using a waterproof eye liner (Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 0L), I rimmed the inner corner of my eyes, as if to create a “V” shape,  then rimmed the bottom waterline using the same product. I then added Pur Minerals Pur Intensity black gel liner to the upper lash line using an angled brush, to extend the line up and out.  For added depth and definition, I contoured my eyes using taupe brown eye shadow and created a cut crease. I then finished the look by curling my lash and applying two coats of black mascara. For a hint of color,  I dusted MAC “Buff” blush on the apples of my cheeks. Lastly I applied Make Up For Ever #40 lipstick to my lips for a more demure look and to keep the focus on the eyes.

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Marquis Brecelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Silver Clutch, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Silver Clutch, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Jeweliette Jeweellery Stud Earrings, Lived in Hair, KMS Dry Wax, Make UP For Ever HD Foundation, Pur Minerals Pur Intensity Gel LIner, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Jeweliette Jeweellery Stud Earrings, Lived in Hair, KMS Dry Wax, Make UP For Ever HD Foundation, Pur Minerals Pur Intensity Gel LIner, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hair:

To create this “lived-in” voluminous up style, I back brushed the crown section of my hair, smoothed it over gently and gathered it into a low pony tail. For a matte finish with added texture I sprayed KMS Dry Wax into the hair and voila!

Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Marquis Bracelete, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Marquis Bracelete, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 

Have a lovely weekend, Everyone!

 

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Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”…

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

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing:  Full Length Magenta “Vintage Dress” : Malene Grotrian Design | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Tassel Pendant Necklace | Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery | Sequin Clutch and Crystal Earrings: Vintage | Makeup: Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics

When I think of Art Deco, I envision Hollywood’s golden ages of the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s.  It combines modern yet classic elements such as bold colors, symmetric and geometric shapes and lavish details; much like this Malene Grotrian gown that I’m wearing in this week’s “Red Carpet” inspired style series.  With the Toronto International Film Festival upon us, I was inspired to play the role of a leading lady in what I would say is my ideal outfit for the cinematic occasion!  The thing I love most about Vancouver based designer, Malene Grotrian, is that she creates her collections to ensures the most versatile styling options to allow for the perfect traveling wardrobe.  Her mission is to provide individual expression for her clients from both a casual and evening standpoint.  The fabrics she uses combine light transparent textured knits, silk georgette and stretch suiting, and everything is designed and made in Vancouver!

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian. Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian. Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian "Vintage Dress", Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Sam Edelman Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Sam Edelman Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Outfit Details:

This Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress” fits like a glove!.   The stretch fabric is season-less.  It has a soft weightless feel, it’s washable and packable, and looks great on girls with curves of any size!  It defines the narrowest part of the waist and creates curves for slender body types as well.  I especial love that you can wear this piece with the ‘V’ in the front for a sexier cocktail look or a red carpet event like TIFF.  Alternatively, reverse the dress and belt it for a more dressed down, business appropriate event.  The dress can be accessorize with a leather wrap belt and is available in Jet Black, Magenta, Smoky Charcoal, Royal Blue and Peacock.  It’s important to note that Malene’s collections are produced in limited quantities.

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano wearing Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotian Vintage Dress,  Elsa Corsi Tassel Plunging Necklace, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzzo Photography

Nadia Albano wearing Malene Grotian “Vintage Dress” and Elsa Corsi Tassel Plunging Necklace, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Accessories:

Another Art Deco, “Gatsby”  inspired design is this gorgeous Terry-Alin marquis necklace with a signature Elsa Corsi rhinestone tassel (Available at Jeweliette Jewellery).  A true must-have piece, this necklace will transport ou back in time to the roaring 20′s, while keeping the look modern and chic.  These Vintage earrings are also a perfect complimentary piece to tie the entire look together.

Nadia Albano, Vintage Earring. Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Earring. Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Italian Gardens, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Italian Gardens, Malene Grotrian, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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Makeup:

To create this defined smoky look, I started by applying the Dior Backstage Eye Primer on my entire eye lid.  Using my finger, I smuged  MAC “For Effect” or “Blackground” Pro Longwear Paint Pot  (“For Effect” is a this limited edition shade and is no longer available) on my eye lid and rimmed the lower lash line with the same product using an angled liner brush. In the inner corner of eye lids, I applied MAC “Vex” eye shadow and blended MAC “Sable” eye shadow into my crease,  followed by black eye shadow to deepened the contours.  I tight lined the eyes with MAC “Engraved” PowerPoint Eye  Pencil, curled my lashes and coated them with black mascara.  For a modern twist on the 1920′s classic and bold lip, I’m chose Make Up For Ever’s “Rouge Artist Intese” lipstick in #36, to compliment the magenta dress.

Nadia Albano, Italian Gardens, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Elsa Corsi Jewellery,  Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Italian Gardens, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Sam Edelman Shoes, Itlian Gardens, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Sam Edelman Shoes, Itlian Gardens, Daniella Guzzo Photography

VIntage Clutch, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

VIntage Clutch, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Fine Find:

I picked up this vintage sequin clutch purse at a thrift store several years back and find that it adds a lovely and unique vintage element to any outfit.  It makes for a great conversation piece too!

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens,  Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens,  Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Weather you’re looking for something ready to wear or made to measure ,  Malene Grotrian and Elsa Corsi have got you covered, no matter the occasion!

I leave you with a quote from the late and great Lauren Bacall (Sept 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014)…

“You don’t have to say anything and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow,”  ~ Lauren Bacall as Marie Browning in “To Have and Have Not.”

xo,

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Happy Feet…

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Leather Ridng Boots: Winners | Animal Print Pumps: Zara | Ankle Boots: Lucky Brand Jeans | Black Pumps: Dolce Vita, The Bay | Peep-Toe “Shoet” : Winners | Nude Pump: Stuart Weitzman | Sparkle Pump: Badgley Mischka, The Bay | T-Strap Silver Pump: Nine West | Fringe Bootie: Minnetonka | Smoking Loafer: Kelsi Dagger | Vintage Sling Back | Color Block Heels: LAMB Shoes, Nordstrom | Yellow Kitten Heel: Versace | Converse Sneakers: Urban Outfitters | Hot Pink and Floral Print Pumps: Manolo Blahnik | Silver Sandals: Sixty Seven Shoes | Gold Sandals: Rachel Zoe

I believe that a step in the right direction should always be taken in a great pair of shoes!  This week, I’m reliving some of my favorite shoe moments, captured by Daniella Guzzo, and revealing my footwear essentials.  Come walk with me…

Nadia Albano, Riding Boots, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Riding Boots, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The Ridng Boot

Flat riding boots are an absolute staple in every woman’s Fall and Winter wardrobe.  I picked these black leather pull-up riding boots from Winners several years back and they are still in great condition.  You can wear them with jeans, leggings, dresses or cargo pant, as shown above.

Nadia Albano, Leopard Print, pumps Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Leopard Print, pumps Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Animal Print

Believe it or not, I picked these up over 10 years ago from Zara.  Animal print is a great way to add personality to your outfit and is considered a neutral.  This classic shape keeps them looking timeless and stretches your shopping dollars!.

Nadia Albano, Ankle Boots, Lucky Jeans, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Ankle Boots, Lucky Jeans, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Ankle Boot

 The ankle boot is very versatile.  They can be styled with jeans (as seen above), and with slim cut trousers, leggings and even dresses (maxi or mini).  Great for Spring season, when you want to expose your legs, or in the Fall/ Winter with opaque tights and a sweater dress, for example.

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Classic Black Pump

A must-have staple in ever woman’s wardrobe, a classic black pump will stand the test of time and works all year round.  When shopping for a black heels, stick to an almond toe shape rather than rounded or pointy.  The almond toe never goes out of style, while the other shape fall in and out of fashion.

Nadia Albano, "Shoet", Shoe-Boot, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, “Shoet”, Shoe-Boot, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The “Shoet” (Shoe-Boot)

The “Shoet” is a combination of a shoe and an ankle boot.  They’re super versatile and can work at the office with a pencil skirt and blouse, or for a night out with a sequins mini skirt a simple top and leather vest!

Nadia Albano, Nude Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Nude Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nude

A nude shoe is another staple.  It’s a great neutral and will work with everything in your closet!  It lightens the overall look of an outfit and elongates the leg to create a seamless extended silhouette.

Nadia Albano, Sparkle Pumps, Badgley Mischka, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sparkle Pumps, Badgley Mischka, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Sparkle

When your outfit needs a little pizzazz, just add sparkle! (right, Jeweliette Jewllery?)  Great for formal occasions like weddings and grads, and even cuter with cropped denim and a simple peplum top!  Keep in mind the shape — again, opt for a versatile shape so you can wear them all year round.  I suggest to keep the rest of your outfit toned down, so not to compete with the sparkle!

Nadia Albano, T-Strap Pumps, Nine West, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, T-Strap Pumps, Nine West, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

T-Strap

The t-strap shoes were made popular in the 1920′s when the hem lines went up above the ankles and shoes were being admired by everyone.  This shoe design provides added support to the ankle, especially if you’re on your feet all day or cutting the rug on the dance floor!  They also offers versatility as you can wear them with slacks or dresses.

Nadia Albano,Minnetonka, Fringe Booties, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano,Minnetonka, Fringe Booties, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Fringe

A huge trend in the 20′s, 60′s and the 80′s;  the fringe is back!  It’s a little boho and very flirty!  We’re seeing fringe details on dresses, tops, jackets and bags, so why not the shoes!

Nadia Albano, Color Block, Yellow and Tan, Lamp Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Color Block, Yellow and Tan, Lamp Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Color Block

These multi-color shoes add a hit of color and can work with many outfits and color combinations.   It’s like getting two shoes for the price of one!

Nadia Albano, Animal Print, Smoking Loafers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Animal Print, Smoking Loafers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Smoking Loafers:

No smoking required when wearing these slip-ons!  They’re a great alternative to the ballet flat or sneakers, and look fantastic with slim fit cropped trousers – how 50′s chic!

Nadia Albano, Versace, Yellow, Kitten Heels, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Versace, Yellow, Kitten Heels, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Kitten Heel

The kitten heel is a God-sent, especially for a girl on the go who wants a little height without the soar feet!

Nadia Albano, Converse Sneakers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Converse Sneakers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Converse Sneakers:

I live in my All Star Converse sneakers!  They’re another wardrobe staple and can be styled 50 different ways!  I love how cool and chic they look with a rolled up cuff, shorts and dresses.   I especially love wearing them with my mid calf tube dress and denim vest!

Nadia Albano, Vintage Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Vintage Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Vintage

Vintage shoes are so well made and when you find them in great condition, you want to take extra care of them.  Plus, I love treasure hunting and I’d say these beauties are golden!

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Floral

Floral print is huge for Spring and Summer.  They add the perfect feminine touch to any outfit weather you’re wearing them with a full half calf skirt or with distressed jeans!

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, Vintage Shoe Clip, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, Vintage Shoe Clip, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Shoe Accessories:

Shoe accessories are a cheap and cheerful way of updating and/or transform your shoes into somethine completely different.  If you can’t find them, simply head to a second hand store and look for clip-on earrings; they’ll do the trick!;)

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Hot Pink Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Hot Pink Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sam Edelman, Blue Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sam Edelman, Blue Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Pop of Color

Talk about making a statment!  Bright shoes are so fun and make an outfit come to life.  These shoes give a basic black ensemble a vibrant boost of #NadittudeTM!

Nadia Albano, Sixty Seven Shoes, Silver, Jesus Sandal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sixty Seven Shoes, Silver, Jesus Sandal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The “Ugly” Sandal

“Ugly”, “Jesus” or “Man” sandal; call them what you want, but these bulky shoes are back in a big way.  I have to agreet, they aren’t the prettiest but they sure are comfy and they look so stylish!

Nadia Albano, Rachel Zoe, Gold, Sandals, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Rachel Zoe, Gold, Sandals, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Strappy Flat Sandals

Metallic sandals are perfect for dressing up an outfit without having to wear heels.  Rock these strappy gold sandals with a maxi dress for a garden or destination wedding, or wear them with a romper and fedora hat at a summer music festival!

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Print, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Print, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Coco Chanel once said “A girl with good shoes is never ugly!” — I couldn’t agree with her more.  Stay beautiful my friends!

xo,

Westin Grand #PopUpPatio!

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

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.

Nadia Albano

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

Nadia Albano

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” .

Daniella Guzzo Photograhy

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography

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,