House of NadittudeTM!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

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!

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#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!

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#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.

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#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!

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#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!!!”

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

#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!

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Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Nadia Albano, Makeup, Hair, Bridal Fashion, Union Photographers

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!

xo,

 

Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Fashion, Hair, News | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Black Cocktail Dress: Value Village | Earrings: Vintage 80′s | Tuxedo Blazer: DKNY, Winners | Shoes: Valentino “Rockstud” Ankle Strap Heels, Holt Renfrew| Braceletes: Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi

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…

Nadia Albano, New Year, Ballon, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, New Year, Balloon, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Cocktail Dress, DKNY Blazer, Winners, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Cocktail Dress, DKNY Blazer, Winners, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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.

Nadia Albano, Black Cocktail Dress, DKNY Blazer, Winners, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Blak Cocktail Dress, Dress, DKNY Blazer, Winners, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Cocktail Dress, Vintage Earrings, DKNY Blazer, Winners, Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Cocktail Dress, Vintage Earrings, DKNY Blazer, Winners, Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

To get this look, try these Make Up For Ever and MAC products…

Face: Face and Body Foundation #32 | MAC Bronzing Powder | Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer #340 | Blush: MAC Blush “Bred for Beauty”

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M530, M806, S906, M100, I514 | MAC Eye Kohl in “Smolder” | MAC “Transparent Pink” Glitter

Lips: Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #16 

Nadia Albano, Black Cocktail Dress, Vintage Earrings, DKNY Blazer, Winners, Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Cocktail Dress, Vintage Earrings, DKNY Blazer, Winners, Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Happy New Year, Glitter, Sparkle, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Happy New Year, Glitter, Sparkle, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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!”

xo,

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Cabin Fever!

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Contest, Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing -  Dress: Malene Grotrian | Red Coat and Fur Stole: Vintage, Lillie Rubin | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Bag: Prada “Saffiano” Tote | Pearl Earrings: Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi

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…)!

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Red Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Red Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bag, Pranda "Soffiano", Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bag, Prada “Soffiano” Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Fur Scarf, Vintage, Red Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Fur Scarf, Vintage, Red Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Face: Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #32 | Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3 | NARS Bronzing Powder “Laguna” | NARS blush “Orgasm”

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Artist  Eye Shadow #S-502 and #M-618 and #M-100 | Make Up For Ever “Aqua Eyes” #0L | Make Up For Ever “Smoky Lash” Black Mascara

Lips: Aerin Lauder Rose Balm Lipstick in “Pretty”

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Fur Scarf, Vintage, Red Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Fur Scarf, Vintage, Red Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Malenea Grotrian, Red Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Malenea Grotrian, Red Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Malene Grotrian, Pearl Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, French Roll, Retro Hair, KMS California, Daniella Guzzo Photograhy

Nadia Albano, Dress, Malene Grotrian, Pearl Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, French Roll, Retro Hair, KMS California, Daniella Guzzo Photograhy

Nadia Albano, Pearl Twin-Set Studs, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pearl Twin-Set Studs, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cabin Fever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cabin Fever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 

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

Rebecca Bree Boutique & Vancouver Candle Co.”Strathcona” Candle – @dilaralit

Kardz Kouture Prints – @kmarsvic

Kiss and Makeup & Rouge Bunny Rouge Fragrance  – @melzzzzzzzz

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!

xo,

12 Days of Christmas – GIVEAWAY!!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Contest | 18 comments

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:

 

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12 Days of Christmas giveaway:
Here’s a recap on how you can get a piece of the action!  You have 3 chances to win a “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway from Nadia Albano Style Inc. and our contributors.

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)

Good Luck! xo

Bella Rus!

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

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Cream Sweater Dress: W118 by Walter Baker | Brown Velvet Coat: Value Village | Boots: Ralph Lauren, Winners | Ushanka Hat: Unknown

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….

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Duster Coat, Ushanka Hat

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Duster Coat, Ushanka Hat

Outfit Details:

 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!

Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ushanka Hat, Brown Velvet Vintage Duster Coat, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ushanka Hat, Brown Velvet Vintage Duster Coat, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Ushanka Hat:

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.

Nadia Albano, Ushanka Hat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ushanka Hat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Sweater Dress, W118 by Walter Baker, Duster Coat, Value Village, Leather Boots, Ralph Lauren, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Sweater Dress, W118 by Walter Baker, Duster Coat, Value Village, Leather Boots, Ralph Lauren, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Nars, L'Oreal, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Nars, L’Oreal, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Face: Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #32 | NARS Bronzing Powder “Laguna”

Cheeks: Nars “Desire”

Eyes: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil  “Engraved” | L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Lips: MAC “Russian Red”

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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!

xo,

Black Friday!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 1 comment

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Faux Leather “Daria Leggings”: Aritzia | Black Long Sleeve Scoop Back Top: Club Monaco | Shoes: Winners | Vest, Lapis: Ross | Bag: Prada “Saffiano” Leather Tote | Necklace and Cuff Bracelet: Second-Hand | Makeup: MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics 

Happy American Thanksgiving Weekend, Everyone!  You know what that means…black Friday is here!!  And Christmas is just around the corner (…happy dance!).  Many people will be out and about, taking advantage of  the great “steals and deals”, and get much of their holiday shopping done.  So in true #NadittudeTM fashion,  I swung into holiday mode by gearing up in shades of onyx, with pops of viola; because “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” (wink)…

Nadia Albano, Park, Swing, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park, Swing, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Leggings, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Leggings, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

My idea of a great holiday look; be it for your office party, family dinner or cocktails with friends, is dressing chic, stylish and comfortable.  You’ll notice that “comfy” is an adjective I often use to describe my style.  Who wants to fuss with ill fitting clothing, especially when food and drink will be consumed.

Today, I’m wearing head to toe black, with my Club Monaco knit top and Aritzia “Daria” faux leather leggings, (both of which happen to be on the black friday sale today!).  I slipped on these peep-toe “Shoets” (shoe boots) to dress up the look and am carrying my oh-so-fabulous Prada “Saffiano” tote — I DIE!  For a twist of the unexpected, and for a hint of color, I layered on this gorgeous lavender colored faux lamb fur vest, which I picked up at Ross for only $18!

Style Tip:  When wearing one color, head to toe, I suggest mixing textures to create contrast.  For example, the sheen from the leather leggings mixed with matte texture of the knit sweater, combines soft and cozy with sleek and smooth.  It makes for an interesting and thoughtfully put together ensemble.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photoraphy

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Leggings, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Leggings, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

MAC Cosmetics has launched a really cool 2015 color campaign called M-A-Cnificent Me!   You may have already heard about it?  Between November 17th and December 12th, they are inviting everyone to share what makes them “M∙A∙Cnificent”, inside and out. When you enter, you could be selected as one of the six faces that will be photographed for  MAC’s Fall 2015 M∙A∙Cnificent Me! campaign, and win a trip to NYC!  Fun, right?   Make your case with a headline, brief essay and photo (selfies encouraged!) at macnificentme.com .  Good Luck!

Here’s what makes me MAC-nificent:

“Being MAC-nificent means having NadittudeTM!  NadittudeTM means being Gracefully Bold; Elegant, Gracious, Fearless and Courageous”

~ Nadia Albano

“I love wearing a bold colored lipstick!  It says so much about my personality without having to say a word!”

~ Nadia Albano

Get this look:

Face: HD Foundation #118 | Nars “Laguna” Bronzing PowderDior “Rosy Glow” Healthy Glow Awaken Blush

Eyes: MAC “Vex” Eye Shadow | MAC Eye Kohl in “Fascinating” | MAC “In Extreme Dimension Lash” Black Mascara

Bow: MAC Eye Brows in “Spiked”

Lips: MAC “Heroine”

Nadia Albano, Aritzia, Daria Leggings, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia, Daria Leggings, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia, Daria Leggings, Club Monaco Top, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia, Daria Leggings, Club Monaco Top, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lavender Vest, Ross, Tri-Color Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lavender Vest, Ross, Tri-Color Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gold Cuff, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gold Cuff, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Prada, Black Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Prada, Black Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Happy Weekend, Everyone, and be well!

xo

 

A Vanity Affair…

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 2 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Kimono Dress: Wasteland, Haight & Ashbury, San Francisco | Cream Silk Romper: Unknown | Grey Thigh-High Stockings: Club Monaco (no longer available) | Shoes: Valentino “Rockstud” Ankle Strap Pumps, Holt Renfrew | Bracelete: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Tri-Color Gold Ring: Minichello Jewllers| Spike Necklace: Winners | Locket Necklace: A Cagey Bee

There’s something very magical and special about a photographer who can capture the essence, personality and mood of a person in a series of photographs.  When you take a look at the most iconic portraits, the subject typically has a calm and neutral demeanor.  They look effortless and often angelic; it’s as though you can see their soul through their eyes.  Many photographers have perfected the art of portraiture including, some of the greats such as  Gertrude Kasebier, Eve Arnold, Cecil Beaton and of course, Annie Leibovitz, who is widely recognized for her impeccable imagery, gracing the pages of Vanity Fair etc.

Here’s is a look at my in-studio portrait session with the lovely and talented photographer, Daniella Guzzo.  I must add that I feel very blessed to be working with Daniella because she is both technically and creatively skilled.  She provides a comfortable and easy-going environment, which makes being in front of the camera a little less stressful.  Thank you Daniella, for always being open to, and for sharing new ideas.  You are always so professional and fun to work with!

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Club Monaco, Valentino Rockstud Angle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Club Monaco, Valentino Rockstud Angle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

On my recent visit to San Francisco, I did a little shopping in the legendary Haight and Ashbury district, which is known for it’s incredible second-hand and vintage shopping; among other things.  One of the pieces that I found was this blush pink and gold sheer kimono dress.  It’s from a store called Wasteland, which offers everything from second-hand, consignment and designer clothing.  For this week’s style series, I was going for a vintage 1920′s boudoir inspired look, so I styled this piece as a cover up for my silk romper (a gift I received at a lingerie party).  I incorporated my charcoal gray thigh-high Club Monaco Stockings to cover my legs and to add a flapper girl flair.  The T-Strap shoe is quintessential of 1920′s and 1930′s fashion, and these Valentino “Rockstud” ankle strap pumps fit the bill perfectly and provide a modern twist on a classic.  They are spectacular, and quite honestly enhance the outfit to a whole other level!

Other ways I like to wear this kimono dress is unbuttoned over a sheer tunic tank top and my Aritzia Daria faux-leather leggings (or my distressed boyfriend jeans), ankle booties and loads of accessories.  It would also look great as belted dress, layered over this long sleeved turtleneck sweater from Club Monaco, opaque tights and either pumps, ankle booties or knee-high boots.

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Club Monaco, Valentino Rockstud Angle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Club Monaco, Valentino Rockstud Angle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Makeup, Estee Lauder, Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Nars, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Makeup, Estee Lauder, Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Nars, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Here’s what I used to get this soft and sultry makeup look…

Face: Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #32 | Nars Bronzing Powder “Laguna” | MAC Powder Blush “Buff” | Highlighter, Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in “Ballet Pink”

Eyes: Estee Lauder Pure Envy Sculpting Eye Shadow 5-Color Palette in “Envious Orchid” MAC “Engraved” Powerpoint Pencil |

Lip Color: MAC Creme Cup

Nadia Albano, Club Monaco, Valentino Rock Stud Ankle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Club Monaco, Valentino Rock Stud Ankle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Tri-Color Gold Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, A Cagey Bee, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Tri-Color Gold Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, A Cagey Bee, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, A Cagey Bee, Valentino Rockstud Ankle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, A Cagey Bee, Valentino Rockstud Ankle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet and Stud Earrings, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet and Stud Earrings, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Earlier this week, I watched a documentary on The Knowledge Network called “Marilyn vs Marilyn”.  It was a look at the more serious side of Marilyn Monroe and her relationship with photographer Milton Greene.  It’s a must-see documentary and an interesting look at the back story of one of the most recognized and photographed women in Hollywood.

xo,

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San Francisco, California…

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Fashion | 1 comment

Photos by: Nadia Albano, Milena Santoro and my mom!

#whatruwearing:  Pants: Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda | Plaid Shirt: Kenneth Cole, Winners | Black Leather Jacket: Winners | White Sneakers: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, Browns Shoes | Sunglasses: Ray Ban “Clubmaster“, Holt Renfrew | Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Tri-Color Gold Rolling Ring: Minichello Jewellers | Stud Earrings: Jeweliette Jewellery | Orange Toque: Kiss and Makeup

My beautiful mamma is celebrting her 65th birthday this Sunday, and to commemorate this milestone occasion, I thought a surprise trip to San Francisco would be perfect to treat my mom, seeing as she had never been to San Fran before!  So I called my big sis, Milena, in Edmonton to tell her about my idea and she was totally on board.  Unbeknownst to my mom, the scheming began, and next thing she knew it, we all boarded a flight heading straight to the Golden City!

Nadia Albano, Mother-Daughter, Mom's 65th Birthday, Girls Weekend Trip, Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Mother-Daugher, Mom’s 65th Birthday, Girls Weekend Trip, Union Square, San Francisco, CA

There is so much to see and so much history in San Francisco aka: “The Paris of the West” (read more here…) !  From the moment we arrived, we hit the pavement and explored the city by foot  (and trolly) — West Beach and Little Italy; Cow Hallow and the Union Street Shops; Haight and Ashbury; Fisherman’s Warf and Lombard Street (The Crookedest Street) ; Union Square and China Town…we did it all!  We crossed the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and spent an afternoon in the quaint boating community of Sausalito. It was honestly such an amazing weekend!  We even got to catch the opening night of “I Love Lucy” at the SHN Curran Theatre , courtesy of my sister (Thanks, Mil!)

Nadia Albano, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Red Door, Kenneth Cole, Maison Scotch, Conver Sneakers, Browns Shoes, Leather Jacket, Winners, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Red Door, Kenneth Cole, Maison Scotch, Conver Sneakers, Browns Shoes, Leather Jacket, Winners, San Francisco, CA

Outfit:

As I mentioned above, San Fran is a walking City; and walk we did!  Their are definitely no shortages of hills in this City and although the weather is quite mild, it can switch from cloudy and foggy, to sunny and warm in an instant.  Therefore, comfy shoes and light weight clothes that can be easily layered, are ideal!  When I packed for this trip, I made sure everything was inter-changeable.  For example, I could live in this red plaid Kenneth Cole shirt (also see here for in my Kiss and Makeup blog post) and these Maison Scotch cotton trousers.  To take this outfit from day to dinner, I simply swapped out of my converse sneakers for my  black suede Aldo “Josseline” ankle booties downsized my tote for my Louis Vuitton “Eva Clutch” and lined my eyes with black Kohl pencil – Voila!  To dress up my plaid shirt, I switched up my pants for my Arizia “Daria Leggings“, added my clutch and black booties and instead of wearing my leather jacket, I slipped into my wool multi-media trench coat.

Lombard Street, Crookedest Street, San Francisco, CA

Lombard Street, Crookedest Street, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Lombard Street, Crookedest Street, Kenneth Cole, Maison Scotch, Leather Jacket, Winners, Neverfull Bag, Louise Vuitton, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Lombard Street, Crookedest Street, Kenneth Cole, Maison Scotch, Leather Jacket, Winners, Neverfull Bag, Louise Vuitton, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Ray Ban "Clubmaster", Damn Glamorous, Mac Lipstick

Nadia Albano, Ray Ban “Clubmaster”, Damn Glamorous, Mac Lipstick

Makeup:

When I’m travelling, especially when it’s with carry-on luggage, I like to keep my makeup routine easy and simple, yet striking!  So I stick to my Style ScaramentTM #6: “Five-in-5″ – that’s five steps in 5 minutes!  (Primer, Foundation, Bronzer, Mascara and Lipstick).  A strong colored lip is a makeup essential for me and while I have a few go-to shades of red, I came across this blazing beauty at MAC called “Damn Glamorous”.  It’s a pink-based shade of red that’s matte in texture, which lends itself to being more opaque, vibrant and wears all day.

What’ in your makeup bag?

Hydrating Primer, Laura Mercier Make Up For Ever, HD Foundation  #118 | Nars, Bronzing Powder in “Laguna” | Nars Blush, “Orgasm” | Mascara, Benefit “BADgal” Lash 

San Francisco, CA, Lombard Street

San Francisco, CA, Lombard Street

Nadia Albano, Gold Tri-Color Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers

Nadia Albano, Gold Tri-Color Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers

Nadia Albano, Ray Ban "Clubmaster", Stud Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Ray Ban “Clubmaster”, Stud Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Orange Toque, Kiss and Makeup, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman's Warf, Alcatraz

Nadia Albano, Orange Toque, Kiss and Makeup, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman’s Warf, Alcatraz

You stole my heart at first sight, 9 years ago, and I seem to fall more in love with you each and every time I visit.  Until next time, Frisco!  In the mean time, GO GIANTS!!

xo,

Ice Caves…

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Royal Blue Silk Jumper: Vintage | Clutch Purse: Vintage | Tan Pumps: Stuart Weitzman | Accessories: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Makeup: Make Up For Ever, MAC, Nars, Laura Mercier

After a two and a half hour drive and a 20 minute hike, photographer Daniella Guzzo and I finally made it to our designation – Big Four Ice Caves in Granite, Washington!  Wow…what a majestic sight!  To be honest, I felt like I was on another planet as we approached the caves, but once we were there, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  It’s amazing to see these large masses of ice towering over us as they were slowly melting.  As we entered the mouth of the cave, it was like walking into the abyss; very dark and cold.  We were extra careful to avoid the odd chunk of ice that would randomly fall from above, and slowly made our way to the back of the cave.  Once we made it in, we encountered a gorgeously sparkling waterfall, which was surrounded by pieces of that looked large glimmering diamonds.

The Big Four Ice Caves Trail is a National Recreation Trail and is popular among hikers in the Mount Baker National Forest.  It’s a must-see spot and I highly recommend that you check it out!

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Clutch, Vintage, Accessories, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Clutch, Vintage, Accessories, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

This silk, cobalt-blue, one-pieces jumpsuit is a vintage number that I picked up a few years back.  The color caught my eye immediately and as I examined it, I could tell it was a special piece straight out of the late 70′s.  Although it’s vintage, this silhouette is something we’re seeing in fashion everywhere these days.  A few key garment details that I wanted to point out are:

  • It’s belted, which is ideal for creating a feminine and defined waist.  Kind of reminiscent of the DVF’s Lori Silk Jumpsuit
  • It has pockets, which in my opinion is always a good idea, and gives it a cool and casual menswear feel.
  • The hem of the pant leg tapers at the ankle, which defines the ankles and shows off some skin while showcasing the shoes beautifully.
  • The button sleeves at the wrists creates a drapey billowy effect through the arms.
  • Over all this look is relaxed and comfortable and appropriate for many occasions.

Like a dress, this pieces is a no brainer.  It’s super comfy and you don’t have to think about what to coordinate it with.  Simply slip it on, add heels and accessories, and voila!  Here’s how model, Chrissy Teigen , is wearing her jumpsuit!

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Big Four Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Big Four Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photgraphy

Nadia Albano, Makeup, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Face:  Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #32, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3 Nars Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”, Nars Powder Blush in “Deep Throat”

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #20,  MAC Kohl Eye Pencil in “Fascinating”Dior It-Lash in Black

Lips: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural #40

Nadia Albano, Elsa Corsi, Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Elsa Corsi, Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Elsa Corsi, Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Elsa Corsi, Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

xo,

NOTABLE AWARDS!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Fashion, News | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Some of you may already know that I have been nominated for a 2014 Notable Award, powered by Ford Fusion.  Being nominated for such an award is quite a unique honor, especially when you are running with a group of individuals from across Canada, who are living and fulfilling their career passions; many of whom inspire me greatly too!  As my dear friend Corwin Heibert puts it, we’re “Living the Dream” .

I’m writing this post to ask for your support in voting for me!  Click HERE and vote early and often.  Polls close on Thursday, November 6, 2014.  The winners will be announced on November 12, 2014.

What are the Notable Awards?

The Notable Awards recognizes young professionals who exhibit the following traits:  Forward-thinking | Hard-working | Driven | Successful | Innovative | Game-changing | Creative | Resourceful…WOW!  Thank you to whom ever it was that nominated me!  It’s humbling to know that someone out there feels that I have these qualieites and put my name forward! xo

Notable Awards, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

Notable Awards, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

 

THANK YOU once again in advance for your support, everyone; it means so much!  Gratitude with #NadittudeTM !

xo,