Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
#whatruwearing – Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Leopard Print Top: Zara (no longer available) | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Holt Renfrew | Plaid Coat: Value Village | Scarf: Aritzia | Ear Cuff: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Bag: Prada “Saffiano Tote”
Vancouver is so beautiful, especially on a crisp and sunny winter day! We took a stroll around the iconic Brockton Point Lighthouse in Stanley Park and the view of the water and the Lion’s Gate Bridge connecting to the North Shore mountains is so gorgeous and calming. It kind of reminds me of San Francisco!
My look today is once again quite casual, which is fitting considering our location. I’d say this is a great lunch or coffee date look, which can easily be transitioned for cocktails with friends. Simply swap the coat for a leather jacket or trench coat and down size the bag with a clutch.
As you know I love mixing designer brands with “high-street” fashions and thrift store find. I also like to mix prints; it’s my way of injecting #NadittudeTM to an outfit! Let’s start with my exquisite Manolo Blahnik patent leather burgundy pumps – YES! I picked them up at Holt Renfrew while I was in Toronto and when I saw the color, I knew I had to have them. Marsala is the Pantone color of the year and these babies are definitely in the color range to update my wardrobe perfectly and keep me on trend. Plus, this color and style will work with almost everything! I coordinated them with my distressed jeans and leopard print top, then added my plaid print coat, which I pulled during one of my thrift store hauls. It was only $15 and the fit was spot on! I like the idea of layering, and on a colder day, I love wraping myself up in a blanket skarf, (like the one I’m wearing from Aritzia). Option B. would be to layer the plaid coat over my black leather jacket to create a multimedia effect.
A great way to update thrift store or vintage outerwear (in this case my coat), is to replace the buttons with new or vintage ones. You could choose brown or black color, or try metallics like gold, for a little shine.
When mixing prints, remember to stay in the same color family and try to keep the colors neutral. Also, mix no more than three different prints in one outfit so it’s not too overwhelming.
“The Ear Climber”
This ear climber earring, designed by Elsa Corsi, is one of my all time favorite accessory. It’s cool and glamorous all at the same time and adds the perfect amount of sparkle to any outfit. Available in a variety styles and sizes at Jeweliette Jewellery.
Hair and Makeup Details:
We’re seeing a lot of ponytails on the catwalk this Spring 2015, and the sleek ponytails and buns are on fleek! I created mine with a side parting and styled it using KMS “Hair Stay – Styling Gel” for firm hold without flaking.
For makeup, here are the product I used to get this look.
Face: Foundation, Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation ($42) | Bronzing Powder, MAC Matte Bronze ($30) | Concealer, MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter ($31)
Lips: Vasani “Drunk in Love” ($19)
Until next time, Friends!
In case you missed it, here are a few images of my appearance on the CBC Steven and Chris Show from earlier this week. I love these guys and have been a HUGE fan since their early days as the Designer Guys!! It was an incredible honor to be on their show and of course I had such a blast being on set with the historically funny and dashingly handsome, Chris Hyndmen. We talked Red Carpet beauty while I shared some of my favorite celebrity inspired looks. Watch full episode HERE!
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Lips: Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector #02
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Face: Benefit POREfessional Primer, $37 | Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation, $42 | NARS Bronzing Powder
Huge THANK YOU to Producer extraordinaire, Mana Mansour, for inviting me to be on the show and for producing a fun beauty segment with me. I love collaborating with this woman and admire her talent and dedication to her work. Catch Mana’s fashion segments weekly, on the Steven and Chris Show! She’s got impeccable style and great fashion tips! You can also follow her on Instagram ( @manamansour ) BIG LOVE, darling!
Stay tuned for my next beauty segment with Steven and Chris on March 11, 2015 – Mark your calendars!
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
#whatruwearing – Pink Heart T-Shirt: Winners | Jeans: Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans | Blazer: Value Village | Statement Necklace “Nadia”: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Shoes: Zara, 2013 | Puppies: Babette and Chester
Love comes to us in so many different ways. You can find love with friends and family, a life partner and lover, through nature, art and travel, and a of course in a pet. I’ve been pondering the idea of adopting a puppy, and although it all sounds fun to snuggle up with a furry friend, it is also a huge responsibility. Many say it’s a full-time job; almost like raising a child. Like all relationships, caring for a pet requires commitment, compassion and time; a healthy, loving and nurturing environment; acceptance and patience, and most of all unconditional love (…check, check and check!). As much as I would LOVE to adopt a puppy, I’m not sure that my busy schedule will make me a good candidate.
I’ve done a little research on how to go about adopting a pet and started by checking out the SPCA‘s website for some information. I was then referred to Big and Small Rescue and Thank Dog I’m Out rescue shelters by some of my clients and friends, who have had first hand experience with these wonderful organizations, and speak highly about their experience with them. Every reputable rescue organization will requires adoption candidates to fill out an application form, followed by an in person interview and a home inspection. In the mean time, before I embark on the adoption process, I thought I’d get my toes wet and set up a little play date with two very cute little four legged friends (…look at these cute little faces, muah, muah, muah!) I couldn’t help but fall in love with these sweeties immediately! and they truly brightened my day…
Meet Chester (1.5 years old) and Babette (4 years old). These two buggers met last November in Whistler, BC and have been in love with each other since they locked eyes — they’re best buds! They are inseparable and love playing together! They are both adorable, extremely friendly and curious, and bring so much joy to their families.
My look this week is menswear inspired; easy, casual and super approachable. I started with this adorable Pink Heart t-shirt from Winners. Aside from the obvious cuteness and color of the graphic heart design on the front, I really love it’s trapeze shape. It floats away from the body, which camouflages the midriff, while fitting perfectly in the shoulders, sleeves and bust. I paired it with these oversized 1969 Authentic Boyfriend Jeans from The Gap; a trend we often see celebrities like Nicole Richie and Gwen Stefani wearing often (…two of my FAVE style mavens of all time!). I love these particular jeans because the color of the wash is just right and they’re not overly distressed. Be sure to go two sizes larger than your normal size, for a looser more baggy fit, and don’t forget to wear a belt!
NOTE: Avoid washes with too much “whiskering” or pre-fabricated creases around the crotch that make the jeans look worn in, and avoid jeans with too much fading through the thigh area, as you do not want to draw attention to these area.
For structure, I layered this perfectly tailored windowpane/houndstooth plaid patterned blazer; which I found at Value Village for $12!! It was in mint condition AND has flawless pink lining on the inside! Also, if you look closely at the color palette, it has a light pink accent color in the print, which adds a pretty, feminine touch to an otherwise masculine cut. To elevate the look, I slipped on these sexy sparkly T-Strap pointed heels from Zara (F/W ’13) and added this exquisite pearl and Swarovski crystal statement necklace, by Elsa Corsi, AKA: the “Nadia” necklace (…the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that someone special — just saying!)
The great thing about this outfit is that is’s very versatile. To turn this into a “casual weekend” or “stroll in the city with your pup, whilst holding a Venti latte” look, I suggest replacing the black heels with a pair of white converse sneakers and maybe a cute baseball cap!
Chester the “Cairn Terrier”
In my research, this breed of dogs is known as “the working dog”; designed for hunting and chasing. They sheds very little and require lots of exercise. They are known to be very healthy and live an average of 12 to 17 years.
To create this look, I used the following product:
Lips: Vasanti Matte Bright Lipstick in “Puppy Love” ($19)
Babette the “French Bulldog”
Also known as “Frenchies” , these dogs are very affectionate and are the perfect companion. They are fairly low maintenance but they crave attention and like acting silly. They don’t bark loudly unless they want attention but tend to drool, and may be difficult to house train. The average lifespan for this breed is 11 to 14 years.
That was so much fun! I’m excited to do a little more research to find the perfect pup to fit my lifestyle. Or perhaps I’ll just have to volunteer at a dog shelter from now on, to get my K9 fix!
A HUGE thank you to friends Claire and Rosa, for bringing Babs and Chester on set to shoot with me! Daniella Guzzo — as per usual, I loved working with you! I know you’re a major animal lover enjoyed this session as much as I did. I especially loved our waffle lunch break at Scandilicious, post photo shoot!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone! Spread the LOVE – xo
Photographed by: Nadia Albano
I’m standing in the elevator heading up to the MAC Pro Loft in New York, and I can’t help but feel giddy as I am about to meet some very talented Pro Artist, and one of them is going to do my makeup! Let’s be real here, I’m usually the one doing everyone else’s makeup, so of course I’m super excited that the rolls are being reversed and that I get to be pampered this time! As the elevator doors open, I step into the main entrance and am amazed at how beautifully designed this space is. I feel like I’ve died and gone to MAC heaven! I mean this place huge and is fully set up with it’s reference library and a photography studio, where some of the campaigns are photographed! After taking a look around, I was introduced to MAC Pro Artist, Marissa Jade Willinsky, who set me up a the makeup station and began my makeup consultation. What a doll! Marissa has been with MAC on-and-off for 12 years and has quite an extensive resume. She was part of the glam squad for Lady Gaga, Brittany Spears during their world tours, and has assisted backstage at several New York Fashion Week events. She oozes talent and it’s clear that she LOVES her career! You MUST check her out on Instagram (@therealmarissajade). My before-and-after reveal of the makeup she created for me is at the end of this post – LOVESKY!
In the mean time, I’m feel extremely privileged to have been able to interview MAC Senior Artist, John Stapleton; a veteran at MAC for 19 years. Stapleton is a makeup artist, writer and filmaker from Brooklyn, New York and now calls LA home. He’s worked on countless celebrities including Kelly Osbourn, Margaret Cho and Sienna Miller, to name a few. His artistry has graced the pages of some of the top magazine publications, on screen and of course backstage at some of the most prestigeous fashion catwalks. You are going to get a kick out of him; he’s handsome, charming, witty and extremely well versed in the world of MAC. Here’s what he shared with me…
What are some makeup essentials that every girl traveling to New York must have?
Pepper Spray. An umbrella. A pair of good walking shoes. All kidding aside, a great mascara and a good lipstick can take you very far.
When did M∙A∙C Pro open its doors?
M∙A∙C Pro opened in 1998 at 139 Fifth Avenue in New York City.
What makes M∙A∙C Pro unique? Can anyone work there and/or shop there?
Anyone can shop (or potentially work) at M∙A∙C Pro – though I dare say we hire the best of the bunch when it comes to staffing. We have an amazing client base – Oscar winners, Emmy winners, all of the industry’s best – who come to shop and who expect knowledgeable service and answers when it comes to the particulars of their production. M∙A∙C Pro is unique because we carry one hundred percent of the line there including accessories, body-painting supplies, airbrush products and all of our professionally geared products.
MAC is loved and recognized all around the world. What has made this brand so successful?
All the wonderful products wouldn’t add up to anything if we didn’t actually enjoy each other and enjoy what we do. We love makeup, we love to be creative, and we love a party and celebrating the individual. It’s like being invited to a great party that you never want to leave. Isn’t it always about the people? The people make this brand great.
How can brides achieve flawless skin on their wedding day?
Drink lots of water the entire week before – it will have huge results. Moisturize skin day and night, and condition lips at night the entire week before. Exfoliate often. Use a primer and your favorite foundation day of. Choose the most flattering Instagram filters!
I work with many local and destination brides. What are your tips for achieving the best, long lasting bridal makeup look?
Primer! It helps control oil and apply makeup evenly. Carry blot film, too. I prefer these over powdering because they remove the oil instead of adding another layer of powder and oil. Try a foundation with a long-wearing claim; M∙A∙C’s Pro Longwear series is incredible for lasting results.
You’ve worked backstage at a New York Fashion week. What were some runway trends that stood out to you?
Yes, I have. I was really happy to see the return of blush. There were a lot of flushes of coral and pink on the cheeks during SS15. I’m hoping we walk away from the stony contour colors and embrace a glowing apple of the cheek.
What are you tips for aspiring makeup artist trying to break into the industry?
Starting at a makeup counter is a great place to get your career off the ground. It’s a revolving door of ages, faces, and races. You can learn a lot about dealing with people and their needs at a cosmetic counter.
What’s on your M∙A∙C makeup top 10 list?
1. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Studio Face and Body Foundation: It looks like real skin and feels great to wear. Best kept Hollywood secret!
2. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Soft Brown: The perfect backdrop to any eye makeup. It’s a warm-toned shadow for all skin types and works great in a crease or on a lid.
3. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum: Putting this on Kelly Osbourne changed the lipstick game. It’s the greatest hot pink on the market.
4. M∙A∙C Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension Lash: Thick, black, gel-like mascara that adds tons of volume and drama.
5. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle: This can be worn on cheeks, lips and eyes. I’m a huge fan of coral!
6. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Strobe Cream: A facial in a bottle. This glow-y moisturizer takes years off the face when applied to the apples of the cheeks.
7. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Brows in Lingering: A soft taupe to fill in brows. This is one of the most used colors backstage.
8. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Prolongwear Concealer: This concealer means business. Serious coverage. Mixing with the Studio Face and Body Foundation will thin it out for when you need less coverage.
9. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Kohl in Teddy Eye Kohl: Gorgeous frosted brown, perfect for every eye. Smoldering and warm.
10. M∙A∙C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+: The perfect hydrating spray to help makeup adhere- finish off with it after powdering to make skin creamy.
How long have you been working with M∙A∙C Cosmetics?
I’ve been with M∙A∙C 19 years this January – and we’ve never had a fight!
Who are your style inspirations?
I love the work of Way Bandy, who was an incredible makeup artist who made his mark in the seventies.
With Oscars just around the corner, who made your top 3 best makeup list at the Golden Globes this year?
Kelly Osbourne and I have had a long-standing relationship (I’ve worked with her for twelve years), and she has been working with a good friend of mine, Denika Bedrossian, who really knows how to make Kelly look incredible. I think she looked amazing at the Globes.
Thank you, John, for taking the the time out of your busy schedule for this interview; it was fun! You are a superstar; I love following your life, art and work on social media (Instagram: @johnstapleton and Twotter: @MAC_JON_S) and I hope everyone reading this has the opportunity get to know you better!
And now for the big before-and-after makeup reveal created by MAC Artist, Marissa Willinsky (drrrrum roll please…)
AFTER: DAY LOOK
AFTER: EVENING LOOK
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What an incredible experience! Thank you to EVERYONE at the MAC organization, both in Canada and US. This New York visit with you was the icing on the cake and I really look forward to our next trip!
Photographed by: Nadia Albano
“CREATE, EDUCATE, ELEVATE” is the philosophy behind the Makeup For Ever Academy in New York and Paris. I recently was invited to tour the academy and had the pleasure of meeting Margaritta Topielski, VP, of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy New York, as well as Academy Coordinator, Jenna Frankel. I was received with a warm smiles and kind hospitality from everyone, and if that wasn’t enough, I also had the pleasure of interviewing one of their tremendously talented educators, Jennifer Evans. Here’s is how it went…
When did the Make Up For Ever Academy open in New York?
The MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy New York opened in January of 2012.
Is there an admission requirement and how long is the program?
There is an admission requirement and process for the Master program and for some of the Intensive programs. The Master program is six months long, while the Intensive programs range from one week to eight weeks. Click HERE to view the programs offered at the academy.
Why New York? With LA and Canada (Vancouver) being a large film & TV market, are there any plans to open an Academy in LA, or Canada?
New York is a creative mecca that fosters all realms of the industry (Beauty, Fashion, Film, Television, Theater and Artistic). The combination of arts in the city provides an incredible amount of opportunities and avenues for our Students and Alum to explore locally. The mix of creativity is unique and unlike anywhere else. Being a leap away from Europe also broadens the spectrum and reach of opportunities. There is growth in the future of the Academy; LA and Canada are strong prospects.
Like the MUFE in Paris, do you get involved with designing makeup looks for Broadway Musicals?
We work with some of the Head Makeup and Key Artists of the shows and host them at the Academy to share their experience and expertise with our students.
What are the makeup essentials for a NYC girl?
Besides hydrating skincare and lip balm, NYC girls are on the go and usually keep it simple with a natural looking complexion and a pop of color. Creating flawless skin is easy with a foundation flexible in coverage like Face & Body or HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Pair those with the HD Invisible Cover Concealer for areas that may need a little extra coverage and radiance. Applying a wash of color on the cheeks with the HD Crème Blush adds a youthful touch. Super Mat Loose is a lightweight, natural powder for those who tend to have oily skin, or like to set their foundation. The new Artist Shadows or the Aqua Shadow make creating an eye look quick and easy. Add eyeliner to the top lid with Aqua Black or in the water line with any Aqua Eyes pencil, both are waterproof and stay in place. For days when the struggle is real, add a bit of the Concealer Pencil in the waterline to appear fresh and awake. Smoky Stretch Mascara delivers maximum results with a few gentle swipes. If deciding to forgo the eyes, a pop of color on the lip is a perfect finish to the look. Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick comes in an array of colors and textures, ranging from natural to bold and deep. One of my faves is Rouge Artist Intense 43. (…that’s one of my faves too, Jennifer!)
Seeing as I spent New Years in the Big Apple, what are your tips for achieving a perfect NYE or “party” makeup look?
I’m a big fan of shiny eyes for New Years, and other events like that. Add a bit of Diamond Powder on top of your eye lid and in the inner corner of the eye for a perfect amount of shine. If wearing a light to natural eye, pair with a bold lip. If wearing a dark or smoky eye, pair with a more natural lip color.
I work with many local and destination brides. What are your tips for achieving the best bridal makeup looks?
Selecting waterproof products will ensure the makeup stays in place at any location. Setting the makeup with powder will help prolong the wear of the look as well. Depending on the Bride’s preferences, I like to offer a lash that is appropriate for their eye shape and assists in lifting the outer edge of their eyes. Using a long wearing lip color or setting the lipstick with a colorless powder will prevent the lip color from transferring. If the Bride enjoys a radiant glow to her skin, applying a bit of sheen to the cheekbones and temples adds a natural, hydrated finish.
What are your personal top 10 products for bridal makeup?
MAKE UP FOR EVER Skin Equalizers under Face & Body Foundation, HD Invisible Cover Concealer, Super Mat Loose Powder, Aqua Brow, Aqua Eyes or Aqua Black liner, Aqua Rouge paired with Aqua Lip, HD Elixir pressed into the cheekbones and temples for a natural glow, set with a spritz of Mist & Fix. If a Bride has a bit of texture to her skin, use a very light dusting of HD Powder to finish the look.
What are a few bridal makeup essentials brides should bring with them on their destination weddings for touch ups?
Concealer, lip color and setting powder. I love Face & Body Foundation with HD Blush pressed into the cheeks and lips, finished with a bit of Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara for a fresh look at their destination, after the wedding day.
Who are your style icons
A combination of Designers and those who wore the threads well… Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, YSL, Givency, Philip Treacy, Michael Jackson, Brigitte Bardot, Angelina Jolie, Balmain and Ann Demeulemeester, and my Mom.
Any new product launches for 2015?
We recently launched our new Skin Equalizers and the Fifty Shades of Grey collection. This spring we look forward to the launch of our Pro Sculpting Duo, which refines the application of highlight and contour in a current and wearable way. We will also be launching Artist Plexi Gloss (comfortable, long wearing lip gloss).
Wow…there’s so much to look forward to. I can’t wait to get my hands on these new products! Thanks so much, Margaritta, Jenna and Jennifer, and everyone at the Make Up For Ever Academy in New York, for inviting me into your studio and making my trip to NYC so special! I’m a HUGE fan of your products and am excited to visit you again soon; next time as a student!
Feeling inspired? Don’t miss out on the upcoming Valentine’s Day Workshop starting February 7th and 28th, 2015 !
Photographed by: Union Photographers
It’s so great to be home after almost a month of traveling to the East Coast (Burrr…it’s cold back there!) Both trips to New York and Toronto proved to be very fruitful and reminded me that I truly LOVE what I do!
While I was away, I had the pleasure of meeting writer, producer and motivational speaker, Stuart Knight. He is the author of “You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation” and “The Madness of My Mind” and has been seen and heard on some of Canada’s biggest TV and Radio stations.
With incredible energy and enthusiasm, he delivered a talk entitled “5 Decisions All Winners Make”. Each point that he made in his presentation really resonated with me. So much so, that I had to blog about it! You see, over the past 17 years I have been working steadily to create the life that I currently live and love today. I get to do what I love, while being surrounded by the people that mean the most to me. Not to get all “Oprah Winfrey” on you (FYI… I do love that woman!), throughout my journey of authenticity I’ve had to make many decisions, both personally and professionally. Many decisions were great, while others were not so great…in fact quite difficult. Admittedly, some choices defeated me but in the end the all of my choices have helped me to become a winner in life. Here are some points Stuart had to share, which I hope inspire you to reflect on your special qualities, and make YOU the winner that you were born to be!
#1. Choose to dilberately take pride in who you are and what you do before becoming successful.
I have always been a very visual person; a daydreamer, if you will. Since a young age, I imagined how my life would unfold; what my career would look like, the environment in which I work and live, and whom I choose to surrounded myself with. I believe thoughts are things and that anything can be manifested, when you put pen to paper and put your mind to it. For example, before moving into my studio space on West 1st Ave, I used to walk through neighborhood (back in 1998-ish) imagining my business being here. I even wrote about it in my journal. Although it didn’t happen immediately, I believed it would. I focused on taking pride in who I aspired to be and in the work that I did, and here we are today!
#2. Choose to control fear rather than letting fear control you.
To me, fear is that nauseating feeling you get in your gut when you have to make a critical decision. I believe that fear is not always a bad thing. It keeps me on my toes and helps me take calculated risks. My good friend, Lucas Matiello, founder of Level Up Living, is a motivational speaker and life coach. He encourages people to look fear straight in the eye and beat it. Often times we let fear get in our heads, which can be paralyzing. I learned to get out of my own head, and rather than letting my fears guide me through life, I choose to work through it and experience the opportunities that fear brings.
#3. Tap into your creative genius.
We are all born to do great things. I fortunately discovered my creative genius at a young age. I always wanted to work with the public and make people feel good about themselves. I loved playing dress up and hair dresser and eventually figured out a way to do this for a living, cause it was simply fun! My philosophy is, do things that you love and that you’re passionate about, even if it’s a part-time thing, and you will feel fulfilled. Success will follow!
#4. Choose to have thicker skin and embrace the pain.
I learned early in life, especially in my line of business, that I can’t please everyone. As much as I wish I could and would love to please everyone, the reality is that not everyone clicks. Rather than focusing on how awkward or painful a situation was and get down on myself for it, I learned to absorb it, reflect on it and celebrate the positive moments instead. I guess this is where the term “growing pains” comes from. Yes, it sucks for a moment but then you get over it. Here is what some of you had to say about your experiences with our team at Nadia Albano Style Inc. We appreciate your kind words and encouragement!
“What a wonderful experience with Annelie today!!!!…….after a consultation, she reshaped my hair……wonderful personality, great creativity and flair……with genuine caring…!!! Very skilled at her craft. I would definitely recommend this salon and particular Stylist. I will return when I need a cut next time. Great location, and beautiful salon as well!!
“Highly recommend Nadia Albano Style Inc., and a very talented and refreshingly creative associate artist, Roberto.”
“Roberto was fantastic!”
“Annelie was awesome very competent, detailed and takes pride in her work Vanessa offered courteous service and helpful in offering information about products Clean tastefully decorated salon”
“Leave enough time to get to your event or you’ll be cutting it close. Vanessa is a true expert in her field of work with lots of beautiful creations.”
“I’ve been a client of Nadia’s for over 3 years and can’t say enough great things about her. I randomly stumbled upon her a few years ago and decided to make an appointment. From then on, I was hooked. She welcomed me like I was family and truly listened to what I wanted and any concerns I had. I must say I am very particular and hard to please but she has always exceeded my expectations. She’s not only a talented hairstylist but an amazing make-up artist/fashion consultant/the list goes on. If you want the complete package, go see her!!!”
#5. Reach for the unreachable.
I always strive to do and be better in every aspect of my life. I’ve accomplished so many wonderful things in life thus far, and often find myself saying ” Wow, I can’t believe I made that happen!” I like to think of myself as being a “do-er”. When I remain humble and focused, I know that I have the power to achieve anything I wish!
For all of you reading this today, THANK YOU for allowing me into your lives and for trusting me with your style needs. Thank you for your years of loyalty and support; it’s a pleasure serving you and learning from you! On behalf of our entire team, we welcome you into our home and hope to make your future visits positive, entertaining and full of #NadittudeTM!
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Happy New Year, Everyone — Woo-hoo! Wow, when I look back at my life in 2014, I feel pretty darn blessed and grateful for all the fabulous opportunities and experiences I was afforded. I met some very fascinating people, travel a ton, made meaningful memories with friends and family (near and far), and created long lasting relationships both personally and professionally. What more could a girl ask for? And quite honestly, I am so excsited to see what kind of surprises 2015 has in store. I feel like the best is yet to come…
My hubby and I spent the last week of December in “The Big Apple”, where we rang in the new year (…now that was a party!). No, we didn’t hang out in Time Square, but we did spend quite alot of time exploring Soho, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and of course Little Italy. I love the engery in New York; the people, the hustle and bustle, the grittiness and of course the art and history. New Yorkers are resilient and ooze spunk and style! Simply put, they are cool! I’m feeling extremely inspired and motivated, and am super pumped to share some of my “Nu Yoak” experiences with you on my up coming blog posts. I’m especially giddy about sharing my time spent with my friends at Make Up For Ever and MAC Cosmetics while I was there, so stay tuned.
In the mean time, I’m gearing up and packing my bags again for a business trip to Toronto. I’ve been invited to join the KMS California, Canadian Artistic Team and I can not express how honored I feel to be joining such an elite group of creative individuals and hair professionals. I’m eager to learn and grown with my fellow KMS California artists and am absolutely THRILLED to be contributing my creative ideas with everyone, to support and enhance an already fantastic company and product line.
To get this look, try these Make Up For Ever and MAC products…
Let’s make 2015 the best year we can, for ourselves and everyone around us! Sending you all love, light and best wishes. And with that, I leave you with my affirmation of the year…
“I live life with courage, purpose and confidence!”
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Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Happy Holidays, my friends! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the love and support you have showed me over this past year. It’s hard to believe that we’re one week away from 2015 and I am extremely grateful for all of the amazing experiences and opportunities that 2014 has afforded me. I’m also very excited to be ending the year with a little gratitude with #NadittudeTM, by announcing the winners of my “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway! Thank you to all of you who participated in this Instagram and Facebook contest and a extra special THANKS to all of the contributors for your generosity and support; these gifts are SPECTACULAR! Congratulations to the 12 winners (see below) — enjoy your gifts!
This week’s style series was inspired by my love for vintage fashion and my favorite pastime of looking through old family photo. Every Christmas, usually after dinner, the family photos come out. As we sift through them, we reminise of the old days, while our parents share stories of their modest upbringing, back in Italy (and Croatia). You know, the stories “I used to walk to school up hill, both ways, in snow…” or, “12 of us lived in this little house with no running water or heat…” It’s amazes me that although they had very little, somehow they all looked like movie stars in every photo! I call it “Effortlessly Chic”;) We discect these photos and determine who we look like most and which family member’s personality we inherited. We reflect on the family and friends that are no longer with us and we eat and drink as though it will be our last meal. I’d like to dedicate this post to a few strong, funny, classy, passionate, loving and caring women in my life (past and present) – Nonna Beretta, my beautiful mamma, my late mother-in-law (Daga), Zia Rosetta and Strina Maria. Thanks for always making Christmas so special for all of us and for teaching us how to always look and be classy (and a little sassy…)!
And the Instagram winners of my “12 Days of Christmas” Giveaway are…
Daniella Guzzo Art Coasters – @pjbyron
Jeweliette Jewellery Twin-set Pear Stud Earrings – @radicalrad
Kardz Kouture Prints – @kmarsvic
Make Up For Ever Makeup Package - @satansd0ll (Jeany)
KMS California Styling Products Basket – @saucywoman
Mint Makeup Brushes - @misstsak
Stilla Cosmetics Care Package – @goodlifevan
Paul and Joe Care Package - @christinadragan
Anna Sui, Sui Dreams Fregrance – @kitkatcrackerjack
Nadia Albano, Make Over – @shaunap15
Merry Christmas, Everyone! Wishing you health, happiness and lots of love!
Christmas is only 12 days away, and to spread some love and Holiday cheer, with a little #NadittudeTM, I’ve partnered with some pretty incredible local and international brands to present a “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway contest!
Each day, starting on December 12, I am going to post a photo on Instagram, featuring a daily giveaway. To be elegiable for the draw, you must “LIKE” the photo, “FOLLOW” both @nadiaalbanostyleinc and the prize contributor’s Instagram and Facebook pages (see contributors below), and include the daily hashtags. Also, leave a comment as to why you deserve to win, and “SHARE” this post on your Facebook page. Winners will be announced on December 25, 2014.
Here is a list of prize contributors:
- Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy – Instagram: @daniellaguzzo | Facebook: Daniella Guzzo Photography #nadlovesguzzo
- Jeweliette Jewellery and Elsa Corsi Jewellery – Instagram @SHOPJeweliette | Facebook: Jeweliette Jewellery #nadlovesjewliette
- Kardz Kouture – Instagram: @kardzkouture | Facebook: Kardz Kouture Stationary by Jessica Boffo #nadloveskardz
- Make Up For Ever Canada – Instagram: @makeupforeverofficial | Facebook: Make Up For Ever Canada #nadlovesmufe
- Nadia Albano Style Inc. – Instagram: @nadiaalbanostyleinc | Facebook: Nadia Albano Style Inc #nadlovesgiveaways
To qualify for this give away, you must complete the following steps:
1. Following us on Instagram and post (1 entry) why you deserve to win a gift. Be sure to follow the contribtor’s Instagram page (as seen above) and include the daily hashtag (as seen above) !
2. Joining my Facebook Fan Page and posting this link to your Facebook Profile (1 entry)
3. Commenting on this blog post with why you deserve to win a gift from Nadia Albano Style Inc. and Friends (1 entry)
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
There’s something about pulling on a big cozy knit and a great pair of boots that makes Winter feel more like Winter! I mean, who doesn’t like a good cozy sweater? Especially when the cold starts setting in….
Knits, fur and luxurious fabrics like velvet, were all over the runways for Fall/Winter 2014/15. For this week’s look, I pulled on this wax coated, sweater dress from W118 by Walter Baker. What I like about it is that it can be styled with leggings, or as I’ve styled it here, with black above-the-knee, leather boots. We’re pretty fortunate with our Winter months here in Vancouver; they’re fairly mild and we can get away with wearing dresses without Jack Frost nipping at our tush.
To keep my legs a little warmer, I layered on this STUNNING floor length, vintage, brown velvet coat, which I scored at Value Village 3 years ago — TREND ALERT!! (get inspired on Pintrest) I mean, honestly…how dramatic! I feel so powerful when I wear this piece and especially love the gold button details and high collar; it’s very military looking. And to top it all off, I’m wearing this spectacular ushanka hat; which comes in handy for those cold days where you want to keep your ears warm. It’s so chic and makes me feel like a Russian Princess, even though I’m Italian!
The Ushanka hat is the quintisential winter hat! It’s a traditional, and very stylish, Russian winter hat with ear flaps. The ear flaps can be tied at the top of the hat, or to at the chin to protect the face and chin from the cold elements. The word “ushanka” means “with ears” in Russian.
Cheeks: Nars “Desire”
Eyes: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil “Engraved” | L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Lips: MAC “Russian Red”
As the band Cake sang it back in 2001, “I like a girl with a short skirt and looooooong jacket!”. In fact, this song, along with my gorgeous coat and hat, was the inspiration for this week’s style post! On a side note, you should check out Side One. They do a killer rendition of this song!