BO-HO-HO…MEEEERY CHRISTMAS!! It`s December and we are celebrating the holiday season with a GIVEAWAY!! (can I get a “whoot-whoot”!) That`s right my friends, when you book an appointment with us (cut, color, makeup, special occasion style and/or a personal shopping session), you will be entered into our draw to win a gift package full of product and tools, valued at over $600.
Seeing as December is a party month for many of us, we want to get you all dolled up with “Boho Chic” inspired hair and makeup. Our inspiration comes from the CW Network television series called, “Reign “, where the hair styles are very bohemian looking and incorporate various textures like curls, waves and crimped hair. Braids and pretty hair accessories adorn the hair, which creates a very ornate and romantic look. The makeup is neutral and feminine with blush-pink cheeks and berry-stained lips; the perfect look for any holiday outfit, elaborate or simple. Of course, if you’re looking for something with a little more #NADITTUDE , we’ve got you covered!
#1. BOOK a hair and/or makeup appointment with Vanessa, Laine or Nadia during the month of December, 2013.
#2. JOIN our Facebook Fan Page (Nadia Albano Style Inc) and post this link to your Facebook Profile (1 entry)
#3. FOLLOW us on Instagram ( @nadiaalbanostyleinc ) and post a photo of your fave boho look (1 entry) with #nadiaalbanostyleinc #bohoho #giveaway
#4. FOLLOW us on Twitter ( @nadiaalbano ) and post this link (1 entry) with #nadiaalbanostyleinc #bohoho #giveaway
* contest ends on December 31, 2013.
Good luck, and have a dashing December!
I can’t believe that only 2 months ago we were traveling throughout Italy; taking in the gorgeous sights, sipping espresso at the local coffee bars and indulging in delicious cuisine and wine, like kings and queens. Dean Martin said it right when he sang “That’s Amore“, a song that has been on repeat in my head since we’ve been back! Here’s a little breakdown of our Italian Holiday. Big thanks to Michele Cohen of Renshaw Travel, for booking our trip!
Our journey started in Rome, which was overwhelmingly amazing! It’s such a bustling city with so much to see. In fact, just when we thought you saw it all, we discovered yet another cute little area of the city where we would sit, drink coffee and people watch. Our hotel was super central, thanks to our travel agent Sonya Orr, who did a great job arranging our accommodations and connecting trips throughout Italy. Our main mode of transportation was the Hop-on-Hop-off Red Bus and of course, by foot. Thank goodness for comfy sneakers!
Our first stop was Piazza di Spagna, where both tourist and locals flocked. These grand steps were full day and night and at one point, a group of young students busted out singing Alicia Keys’ “Falling”, flash mob style — so fun!
Next was the “Fontana di Trevi” which, quite honestly, looked much smaller than what it appears in photos. Regardless of it’s size, I was awe struck by it’s beauty and the detail that went into creating this masterpiece. This was another area that was constantly packed with tourists wanting to be photographed near it. There were some really fantastic restaurants in this area, which we tried out, and at the end of each evening, after dinner, we walked to this old little coffee shop for a glass of grappa and espresso while we sat and gazed at the spectacular “Piazza Venezia”. We sat for hours talking about life, chatting with locals and sharing a few laughs.
A few other must-see places we visited were the Coliseum and the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill. It’s hard to imagine that these ruins were built over 2000 years ago! I can’t even begin to describe the emotion and bewilderment I felt when I stepped foot in these grounds. To think that The Coliseum was built to hold 50,000 spectators for elaborate shows such as Gladiator fights – mamma mia! The Roman Forum is a historical plaza that was the original market place and home to various government buildings. We spent three hours walking the grounds and were up close and personal with all of the ancient ruins, botanical gardens and basilicas.
One of my favorite stops was the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Talk about breath taking! I was in a constant state of amazement as I looked at that art and sculptures surrounding us. The genius that is Michelangelo is beyond words. We spent some time in St. Peter’s Basilica, where I felt a sense of peace and calm, while at the same time overcome by it’s grandeur. I became quite emotional as I took a moment to reflect and give thanks for my very full life, loving family and friends, and all of the wonderful opportunities I have been afforded in life.
We said “Arrivederci Roma” and headed off to the train station to our next stop, Firenze! Now Florence, and the entire Tuscany region, is a place I would gladly visit again and again. There’s something so sophisticated and beautiful about this city that is unexplainable. It’s the home of renowned artists, philosophers, and poets such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Dante Aligieari.
Our day trip to Florence was so fabulous. We were greeted by more beautiful structures such as Il Duomo, The Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci and the Uffizi Gallery. Since we only had one day in the city, we avoided the long cues and instead checked out the famous “Ponte Vecchio” which is the oldest bridge in Florence. This lovely area offers up some of the world’s finest gold and jewellery. It was littered with artists, coffee shops and glorious views of the river. Of course, we checked out the “Mercato” and you know me…did some leather goods shopping!!
Most of our trip was spent with family in a town called Borgo San Lorenzo, 45 minutes outside of Florence. My Zio. Domenico and his family hosted us and truly showed us a great time – Grazie mille!
Next stop, Calabria! There’s nothing like reconnecting with my crazy family, especially when you get to hang out with twenty-five cousins and eat home-made meals morning, noon and night! My mother is the eldest of nine siblings, one of which is my Zio Giuseppe, who I ADORE! He and my Zia Rosanna greeted us at the airport and took such good care of us the entire time. They made us feel like we were right at home, and despite the fact that my hubby doesn’t speak Italian, they managed to understand one another — Amen for hand gestures!
We visited so many cool places including the house that my mother was born in, my grandparent’s old house, (where I found tons of old family photos) and of course the church where my parents got married in. The weather was perfect; clear skies and 25 degree temperatures! We managed to hit the beach town of Pizzo, where tourists basked in the sun, while we indulged ourselves to more gelato — chocolate and lemon flavor of course! On our last night, we all headed to this amazing seafood restaurant, where we ate non-stop, drank vino and celebrated life and our time together!
Our last stop…Venice! Gondola rides through the canals, walks along the pier, dinner under the Rialto Bridge, spritzers with friends in the afternoon, a visit to Murano and gelato in St. Mark’s Square. What can I say, it was all simply exquisite! Although the rain did put a little damper on things, Venice was the perfect end to our eighteen day trip.
A whirlwind trip like this requires a wardrobe that is multifunctional and easy to care for. I wanted to be comfortable and stylish, and kept my color palette neutral. My tip for anyone who is traveling is: ensure that everything you bring is versatile and can be style at least two or three different ways. For example, the black maxi dress below double as a casual outfit with converse sneakers and a denim vest, or style with my red cork sandals and a clutch for dinner and a stroll.
Here are a few of the essential pieces I could not live without…
Denim Jacket – American Eagle
Black Maxi Dress – H&M
Ivory Lace Jacket – Winners
Black leggings – Aritzia
Python leggings – Winners
Black leather sandals – Aldo Shoes
Black and white striped dress – French Connection
Denim vest – Joe’s Jeans
White v-neck t-shirt – Club Monaco
Cargo jacket – Aritzia
Never Full bag – Louise Vuitton
Eyelete shorts – Winners
Red cork Sandals – Sam Edleman at The Bay
Distressed jeans – Rag n’ Bone Jeans
Brown leather belt – Club Monaco
Gray Converse sneakers – Urban Outfitters
With the Holiday Season fast approaching, we reflect and feel grateful to have been able to see and spend time with our friends and family in Italy. We had a blast and hope to see you all again very soon!
I recently contributed to a story on winter coats, for the Toronto Sun and Vancouver 24 Hours newspapers. While I was researching and scouting for the perfect coat, I came across this FABULOUSLY fun cheetah print, double breasted pea coat by Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren at The Bay. There’s something about animal print that really jazzes up an outfit and adds personality; which inspired me to create this blog post.
Two of my “7 Style Sacraments TM” that I’m highlighting in this post are : #1) DLDB – Dark, Light, Dull, Bright and #2) 5C’s – Casual, Classic, Chic, Charming and Couture. These are really helpful style tips to remember when pulling an outfit together.
Firstly, I believe that the perfect, most cohesive and balanced outfit incorporates something dark, light, dull and bright. Secondly, it’s important to know what style category you relate to, based on you personal and professional goals, and lifestyle. Most of the time we are dominate in one style category with an influence of a secondary style category. For example, the outfit below is a combination of Casual and Chic.
Style Category: Casual/Chic – Comfortable and easy with sophistication and drama.
Light – Adding white to an outfit adds crispness and freshness, especially if you like layering. I love the way this Aritzia “Talula” boyfriend shirt adds a polished feel when styled with distressed jeans.
Dull – Think of pattern and texture. This animal print pea coat, Joe Fresh belt and Aldo suede ankle boots adds soft texture and dimension to a basic outfit. Prints and patterns such as floral, animal or plaid, provides interest and personality to the outfit.
Bright – Bright can mean a pop of color or a touch of sparkle. I added both color and sparkle by incorporating this dramatic statement necklace by JCrew and my favorite orange Louis Vuitton NOE bag. So fun!
I hope my style tips help and encourage you to have fun with fashion and add a little #NADITTUDE to your life! Fashions featured in this post are available at Pacific Centre, Vancouver, Downtown.
Follow me on Instagram #nadittudetm #nadiaalbanostyleinc #whatruwearing , to catch my outfits of the day.
Roar, baby! xo
Due to the nature of my work, it often gets so busy for me that I don’t always have time to head to a nail bar and get a manicure. Between working at the studio, my bridal and personal shopping clients, writing my newspaper columns and my blog, it leaves just enough time to spend with my family and friends. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE treating myself to a day at the spa, but sometimes I need to do quick polish change myself. In fact, it’s usually when I’m visiting with my mom. After dinner, she puts on the coffee and we do our nails together, just like we did when I was little.
I recently received a few makeup goodies from my friends at Joe Fresh (Merci!) and I have to say that I am very impressed with everything I’ve tested out so far. I’m really enjoying their mascaras (especially the Cobalt Blue Lash Plump Voluming Mascara — so fun!), lip glosses and eye shadows. This sparked my curiosity so I thought I’d try my hand at their nail polish…and guess what? I love!
Joe Fresh nail polish – $4 each or 3 for $10.
After applying one coat, the pigment looked great. With a second coat, my nails looked fan-fricken-tastic — aka: nails with #Nadittude! So I decided to pick up a couple of colors (stocking stuffers anyone?…). And seeing as gold is one of my FAVE colors, not to mention it’s totally on-trend this season, I thought I’d feature these golden beauties for your viewing pleasure.
Joe Fresh fresh cosmetics are available at Joe Fresh stores and Superstore nation wide.
For those of you who may not know, I am a collector of Sid Dickens Memory Blocks. My sister introduced me to them years ago and soon after, I was hooked! There’s something so special and sentimental about these beautiful little masterpieces; they remind me of the ancient Roman ruins which are timeless works of art. They are the perfect gift and fit perfectly in any home. Here are a few of my favorites…
Each Sid Dickens Memory Block is beautifully titled with a poetic phrase on the back; which has a meaning that is different and special for everyone that reads it. For me, EVERYTHING I surround myself with must have meaning. For example, the blocks above are not only beautiful to look at, they also appeal to me because of what they represent.
White Horse – ”The white horse, shining spirit of majesty. Faithful steed. Linked by fable’s golden bridle, to all humankind.”
- This white horse represents my husband. He is my loyal life-long companion with a shining spirit who faithfully guides and protects us.
Ace of Hearts – “One rich in love is forever victorious.”
- I feel grateful and victorious every day because of the overwhelming love and passion that I have for my wonderful life, my spirit guide, our family and friends, and my craft.
Ha – “Nothing in life is better than a good laugh.”
- I couldn’t agree with this more. Laughter is what keeps us healthy and young. It feeds our spirit and allows us to just let go!
Sid Dickens Memory Blocks have been made in Canada since 1995. Each block is carefully designed and hand crafted right here in Vancouver, BC, using traditional raw and organic-based materials with a variety of traditional artistic techniques.
“A short stint at Vancouver’s Emily Carr College of Art and Design literally set my blood on fire”. -Sid
Sid Dickens was born in Prince Rupert, BC. He found a connection in art and literature at a young age and pursued his passion.
“Six months backpacking through Europe turned out to be the key that unlocked a door I hadn’t even known existed-Suddenly I found myself working with ancient imagery, ancient documents and feeling a sense of connection to it all, even though I was a fisherman from Prince Rupert.” -Sid
His latest collection is a homage to some of his first works of art in his original Eastside, Vancouver studio circa 1990′s; well before Memory Blocks were formerly established and collected worldwide. Sid Dickens Memory Blocks are available online and at Chintz & Company, Bernstein & Gold, Gigi B on Granville Island, Parliament and OMG! It’s Small by Ginger Jar.
“The mosaic playground of the Gameboard’s elaborate and multi-faceted surface is rich with graphic images and text, evocative yet enigmatic. This format was loosely based on that of traditional gameboards, with an added level of meaning and playful mystery. Sid aims to tell a story through the interaction between the images he juxtaposes. Likewise, the viewer is invited to personally decode these age-old symbols and their infinite complexities. This early process foretells the eventual evolution of Memory Blocks.”
“These fresh and elegant portrayals of natural forms express Sid’s passion for nature and a desire to explore an evolution of his work. In Tablets, fossil-like remnants of the natural world are set against graphic elements and old-world text. Three-dimensional surfaces capture light and shadow, illuminating these specimens of flora in a dynamic and modern collage.”
This block below, which I recently received as a gift from my friends at Sid Dickens (THANK YOU!!) , is titled “The Promise” meaning “This too shall pass”. This piece is from his 2011 “Reflection” collection. To me it signifies that in life, we will be faced with pain and suffering, difficulties and even a broken heart. With time, our hearts and spirits will mend. We will learn from our experiences and become whole again. I’d like to dedicate this piece to all of the brave men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, for our freedom. I dedicate this to all of us who have lost loved ones and have overcome challenging obstacles. Let us reflect, lest we forget!
The Nadia Albano Style Inc. famiglia is expanding! We recently moved into a new, open-concept studio space in Kits and we are looking to grow our team and bring on new, creative, stylish and super talented artists on board!
Are you CREATIVE? Do you LOVE HAIR? Are you a TREND-SETTER, GO-GETTER and love LEARNING new things? That’s how we roll. If you think you’d fit right in, we’d love to meet you!
It’s the 4th Annual Bling Boutique Bridal Show, this Sunday at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, and we’re giving away a Bridal Makeover!! That’s right, one lucky winner will receive a Special Occasion Hair Style and Makeup Application valued at $200!
To Qualify, you must complete all the following:
1. Follow us on twitter by posting “I’m getting married and need a little #Nadittude by @nadiaalbano ! #styleinc #giveaway #givemeNadittude #blingme
2. Like ourFacebook Fan Page and share this link to your page
3. Comment on this post below as to why you need a bridal makeover by Nadia Albano.
The winner will be photographed and documented for blog purposes! Entry time expires on Saturday, Oct 12, 2013. A winner will be announced on Sunday, October 13, 2013 on our Facebook fan page, so keep your eyes peeled!
Good Luck and BIG love!!
Have you ever found yourself being in the perfect place at the perfect time? Where things fall into place effortlessly and the events that are occurring feel like they are meant to be? I am a strong believer of putting your thoughts and idea to paper and working hard to plan for your future and making thing happen. Sometimes, though, life takes you on a path that you would least expect, and leads you to a place, person or event that brings you to a full circle moment and you think, “Wow, is this really happening?”. I believe that thoughts are things and you attract that you most think about.
Meet Malene Grotrian, a Vancouver based fashion designer, with a zest for life, a flair for fashion and a philanthropic philosophy. Malene and I met three years ago on the set of her ad campaign where I was the makeup artist. I was instantly attracted to Malene’s drive, positive energy and creative vision and thus, a connection was made. That was the beginning of a great relationship and I have had the pleasure of participating with Malene, and her amazing team, on several fashion events, including “A Modern Classic”, Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Event, “Baubles for Banting” Cocktail Gala,”NEW HEIGHTS”, the Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion Event”, ”2012 Luxury Supercar Weekend”, and now ”Full Circle” Fashion Event – Fundraising Fashion Event supporting OVCARE launching the Malene Grotrian Design Fall/Winter 2013 Collection: “Collage”
Over the past several years, I have encounter so many women who have been affected by various types of cancer. My grandmother, for example, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and unfortunately lost her battle in 1998. When Malene approached me about this event, I immediately said YES! Being part of an event like this makes it a full circle moment for me. Malena has the ability of bringing people together and inspiring them to do great things. I am a huge fan and for this, I strongly encourage you to come out and support this event!
Here are some details about the event…
Who: Malene Grotrian Design and OVCARE (BC’s Ovarian Cancer Research Team)
What: “Full Circle” Fashion Event – Fundraising Fashion Event supporting OVCARE launching the Malene Grotrian Design Fall/Winter 2013 Collection: “Collage”
Where: Montauk Gallery, 228 Abbott Street (Gastown) Vancouver BC
When: Tuesday September 24th, 2013, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
How: Tickets available at www.malenegrotrian.com
(Tax Receipt available)
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Purchase your tickets today and enjoy a night of great fashion, new friends and tons of fun!
We did it! We finally moved into our new space in Kits and we are LOVING it here! It took a full Sunday to move everything over, thanks to the help of a couple of strong men (my hubby and our friend!). Once we got everything in, my associate Laine and I, along with our AWESOME moms, unpacked, dusted and set everything up…and viola, we were all ready to go by Monday! Phew…what a whirlwind!
Here’s a little sneak peek of our new home. It still needs a little work and updates will occur slowly. We’ll be sure to share the details with you all as we settle in. In the mean time, we welcome you to book a NADITTUDE adjustment (ie. color, cut, highlights, makeup etc…) by calling the studio or via our online booking system!
BIG love my dear friends and hope to see you soon:)
1st Avenue West is about to get a little NADITTUDE! That’ right friends, Style Inc. is RELOCATING and we couldn’t be more excited! We have been at Granville and Robson now for two years and have seen so much growth and success in a short period of time. And although we LOVE our current location in the heart of downtown, Vancouver, we have outgrown it! Thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication, and to all of you, our friends, family and fans, for your love a support; we are ready to expand our business! Our team is also be growing and will consist of highly skilled and talented makeup artists and hair stylists!
We are currently adding a little NADITTUDE to our new home, which is a stone’s throw away from Downtown, Vancouver (W. 1st Ave, between Burrard and Cypress), and our doors will be officially open in Fall 2013. On that note, we are hoping to slowly move in by the end of August and are still accepting clients at our Granville Street location. Please keep you’re eyes on our Website, Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for catch sneak peeks and updates of our move.
Thank you so much — we look forward to seeing you all soon!