Reflect…

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Have you ever had those months where you seem to have fall into a whirlwind of work-overdrive, where you say yes to everything, even when you know you should be saying no.  Where you ignore your burnout signals and forget to slow down, or even breath for a moment, and take care of body and soul.  Next thing you know, exhaustion sets in, you start feeling unbalanced, stressed, unappreciated and quite frankly, a little cray-cray – hahaha!  Well that was me over the past two months.  And let me tell you,  it was not a pretty sight.  My house was a disaster, I didn’t see my husband and my poor eating habits lead to major stomach pains!  After working for 21 days straight without a day off, I knew I had to do something to get me back on track.

Spring time is usually the time of year where I like to pause for a moment to regroup, reflect and re-direct my focus toward new projects and goals. The change in weather, and the excitement of summer fast approaching, gives me a boost of optimistic energy, which fuels my creativity, and sparks a fire in me to want to do everything!  May is the lead-up to my busiest season, on top of my regularly schedule commitments, and as I looked back, I realized that I did not take the time to stop and appreciate the many incredibly diverse and exciting project I’ve been a part of over the past several months.  Sadly, I feel like I have not really stopped to take it all in and enjoy my accomplishments.  Interestingly enough, I’m not alone.  In my daily encounters with people, I hear many of us sharing the same thoughts and emotions as we’re all working hard to get through our “to do” lists and not taking the time to enjoy “the moment”.

I get that we all lead busy lives, but the reality is that we can only be at our best when we take the time to slow down and take a minute to just be still and chill out.  We need to spend time with ourselves, our family and our friends, to unwind and re-charge.  Once I hit my wall, last month, I made a promise to myself to get back on track and decompress by committing to having a little more balance and down time.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Body Chain, Ear Climber, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Lace Blouse, Value Village

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Body Chain, Ear Climber, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Lace Blouse, Value Village

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Lace Blouse, Value Village

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Lace Blouse, Value Village

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Shoes, Manolo Blahnik

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Shoes, Manolo Blahnik

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Rings, Minichello Jewllers, Leah Alexandra

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Rings, Minichello Jewllers, Leah Alexandra

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Here’s what I do to help me slow down and stay grounded.  I’d love to know what works for you.

1.  Reflect and give thanks – I feel so grateful for the life that I’ve been afforded and I give thanks for it everyday.  I believe it’s important to thank the people we encounter throughout the day as it show appreciation and kindness.  And that, in turn, will be reciprocated in many different ways.

2.  Get Centered – Daily meditating or praying are extremely important and crucial for having a clear mind.  I believe that thoughts are things and find that prayer and meditation keeps me focused and humble, and gives me the power to exude peace and love.

3.  Get Grounded – When I get swept up into my work and routines, one way I like to break that routine is to connect with nature and go for a walk.   While I’m walking, I’ll find a spot to sit down and either enjoy a great view, connect with my hubby or friends, or simply people watch (it’s fascinating!).  I met a woman, a few years back, who is a Reiki Therapist and she explained that by literally sitting down on the ground, you will feel rooted and refocused.  And she was right!

4. Delegate Tasks - I’m lucky to have an incredibly supportive team and family who I can depend on to help me get things done.  As a busy stylist and business owner, there are so many things that are happening around me that I could not possibly handle all by myself.  From emails and phone calls, appointments and photo shoots, and of course cleaning and shopping; the list goes on.  It took me a while to pass the tasks along, and I’m glad did.

5.  Relax – When times get really hectic, a spa treatment is my favorite way to treat myself and get pampered.  I love having relaxing body massages at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.   It’s a great way to escape and experience exceptional service, all while being in my own city.  When I need to heal my hands and feet, Joyride is my go-to place for relaxing manicures and pedicures!

Peace and Love, my friends, and hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Eco Fashion Week 2016

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photographed by: Peter Hensen

Eco Fashion Week, presented by Value Village, wrapped yesterday…and I gotta tell you , I’m feeling the withdrawl already!  I spent the past week with some of Vancouver’s most incredibly creative, inspiring, innovative and out-of-the-box thinking designers who have one common goal in mind; creating sustainable, eco-concious fashion that harmonize beauty and the environment.  Myriam Laroche, Eco Fashion Week founder and Presindent, was at the helm of this spectacular event and was gracious, calm and oh so charmining every step of the way.

Myriam Laroche, Eco Fashion Week, Presindent

Myriam Laroche, Eco Fashion Week, Presindent

To kick off the fashion shows, we saw gowns constructed out of recycled linens donated by Fairmont Waterfront Hotel at the “Balmain Chic Sheets”.  Then  Carolyn Bruce Design worked with with glass, semi-precious beads, eco-friendly recycled and re-purposed materials to create gorgeous custome jewellery.  Dahlia Drive inspired us with her gorgouse clothing cunstructed from discarded white curtain sheers and slips, which were silkscreened with Haida art.

Eco Fashion Week, Balmain Chic Sheets, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Balmain Chic Sheets, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Next we met emerging designers of  VCAD (Visual College of Art and Design), as they showcased at the Value Village for the “81 lbs Challenge”. Students recunstructed and repurposed 81 lbs of clothing into a beautiful, wearable, unique and one-of-a-kind collection!  Well done guys! (high fives all around!!)

Eco Fashion Week, 81 Pound Challenge, Value Village, VCAD

Eco Fashion Week, 81 Pound Challenge, Value Village, VCAD

Eco Fashion Week, 81 Pound Challenge, Value Village, VCAD

Eco Fashion Week, 81 Pound Challenge, Value Village, VCAD

The show that was near and dear to my heart was the Value Village’s “Thrift Style Challenge”.   Stylists Natalie Rees, Jason Pillay and I were given the challenge of creating a full 10 look collection using only thrifted items from Value Village.  Each of our collections were completely different from the other and were all very well received by the audience (thank you!).  Erin Cebula, from ET Canada, was on-site covering the entire event and was kind enough to include us in her segment on ET Canada, Thursday evening.  How exciting! Thank you, Erin – xo.  Click HERE to watch.

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Nathalie Rees, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Nathalie Rees, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Jason Pillay, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Jason Pillay, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Nadia Albano, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Nadia Albano, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

And for those of you who missed the show, here’s a full look at the collection that I presented, which was inspired by my 5 favorite cities (Paris, London, Florence, New York and San Francisco).  I wanted my collection to evoke a feeling of depth, maturity and playfulness; world travel, femininity, sexiness and strength.  To me, style is all about #NadittudeTM and being gracefully bold!

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

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Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated in Eco Fashion Week, Value Village and everyone who helped make this event so wonderful!  THANK YOU to Myriam for inviting me to be part of this special and very important event!  Hat’s off to Value Village for partnering with us and inviting me to “take over” your instagram account; that was fun!  Huge gratittude to the everyone at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for being so hospitable and providing such a great experience.  To all the event partners and everyone backstage (ie. dressers, producers, makeup and hair artists, photographers, models, organizers, and caterers), I appreciate your hard work and dedication to helping make this event come to life.  And of course, I’m sure I speak for everone when I say, thank you to everyone for coming out to watch and support us all with our creative journey into sustainable fashion and style!

BIG LOVE and happy weekend!  Ooh… and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Westender to read our Spring Style Fashion “Dos and Don’t’s” feature written by Niki Hope!

xo

Cherry Blossoms…

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo

It’s Cherry Blossom season in Vancouver and I’m loving it!  There are trees in full bloom throughout Vancouver, and everyone is coming out to photograph them and take part in the Annual Cherry Blossom Festive, which runs March 24 – April 17.  Daniella and I have started a new tradition of shooting among the cherry blossoms and this year Daniella scouted the perfect location in Burnaby, under a canopy of what looks like pink snow – so beautiful!

With the weather also turning, I am fully embracing the Spring season.  I’m pulling my lighter and brighter favorites out of the closet, as nothing says Spring quite like the color white; it makes everything look so crisp and fresh!   Everything that I am wearing in this week’s style shoot are from seasons past and because they are classic cuts and neutral in color, I’ve been able to carry them through the years without looking dated.  When I work with my clients on their “Rockin Walk-In” wardrobe session, I always encourage them to work with what they have.  If it works for your style category and body silhouette, and if  the style is timeless, all you need to do is add a few accessories to style the look in a relevant way.  Sometime new isn’t always better, we just need to wear what we love and love what we wear!

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 Outfit Details:

Take for example my white cotton blazer.  I got this at Zara almost 4 years ago, and it’s still going strong!  I slipped it over my silver pleated peplum blouse, which is a real oldie that I picked up almost 10 years ago at Winners on the sales rack for $20 – score!  I can’t even believe it still fits me but I love this piece and can’t seem to let it go.  The peplum cut is great for camouflaging the tummy area and the fabric has a lovely reflective sheen to it and works beautifully for all seasons, casually or dressed up. AND,  I love how it coordinates so nicely with my vintage sparkly clutch from Value Village!

These ankle zip, blush pink pants are Jbrand (my favorite demin brand because they fit me the best!), also from Winners from 3 years ago, are the perfect fit and length.  Being petite it’s challenging to find a hemline that does not require alterations, especially when there’s a zipper detail.   For the most part, I always need a tailor to alter my hemline, and it’s a wise idea to get to know a great taylor in your area!

My shoes are by Sophia Webster (I die!) and I got them at The Bay downtown 3 or 4 years ago.  I absolutely love this designer simply because her shoes have so much personality or, should I say #NadittudeTM! – haha.   The delicate leather floral detail on the front really stand out and every time I wear them, I get so many compliments!  More over, her ornate and colorful shoe designs elevate a simple outfit so beautifully!

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Vintage Clutch, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Vintage Clutch, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, NadittudeTM, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, NadittudeTM, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, NadittudeTM, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, NadittudeTM, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Floral Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Floral Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Spring Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Vancouver, BC, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Cherry Blossoms, Vancouver, BC, Daniella Guzzo Photography

And in case you didn’t know, I’ll be taking over Value Village’s Instagram feed over the next three days so be sure to follow along and join in on the fun!  Click here to learn more… @nadiaalbanostyleinc

Have a fantastic weekend – xo

Eco Fashion Week, Vancouver

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Events, Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Eco Fashion Week, presented by Value Villiage, is just a few weeks away (April 9 – 14) and I’m am SO excited!!  The organizers have planned five days of fashion, education and creativity that will encourage public dialogue aimed at providing information on the challenges, opportunities and innovations facing the sustainability of the garment and textile industry.  It’s a plaform for new designers and stylists to debut their talents and a place for us to celebrate some the experienced veterans in the fashion industry. 

I am honored to be one of the three stylists taking part in the “Thrift Style Challenge” on Sunday April 11 at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver.  Each stylist recived a $500 budget to create an entire runway collection using carefully gathered Value Village pieces.  From mood boards to music, model castings and our cleaver imaginations, we each managed to pull together ten head-to-toe outfits using only thrift items, and I can’t wait to showcase my collection!

I spent some time in Value Village curating my collection (and shooting some content for the show with Shane Morgan) and here’s a little behind the scenes look at my shopping experience…

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

  Find the Find:

Inspired by my 5 favorite Cities (Paris, Florence, New York, London and San Francisco), my collection combines the charm, romance, art, diversity and beauty of each City.  It’s feminine, romantic, eclectic and gypsy-esq.  It’s extremely wearable and relevant to the trends we’re seeing on the runways of our favorite international fashion houses such as Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci.

I spotted this dress below, made from this gorgeously detailed and colorful tapestry fabric.  I immediately feel in love with it I knew I had to somehow incorporate it into my collection.  This piece reminds me of  19th Century French tapestry art, as well as a famous brand of Italian porcelain called Capodimonte .  I don’t want to give too much more away so if you want to see the rest of my finds, you’ll have to make it to the show (Squeeee!… I can`t even contain my entusiasm right now!).

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Well that was fun!  And the best part is that I still have $150 left over – YAY!  On a serious note, I hope this has inspired you to take the thrift store challenge yourself and find some incredible treasures of your own.  The advantage of thrifting is that we can help reduce the amount of waste that goes into our landfills.  Our donations support local and international non profit organizations, by way of community building and provides economic support to developing countries.  It’s a win/win all around and Value Village taking great effort to create an impact!

If you want to learn the do`s and don`ts on thrifting, you should take a minute to read a post I published previously on my blog called “Popping Tags”,  I think you`ll find it very helpful!

To register for any of the Eco Fashion Week events, click HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Shopper’s Beauty Boutique Makeup Tutorial…

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

This week’s makeup tutorial features beauty products from Shopper’s Drug Mart’s Beauty Boutique.   Pur Minerals, Stila, Paul & Joe Beaute and Revlon Cosmetics are a few of my favorites, and here’s how I’m using them to achieve this before and after look…

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Before and After, Arabic Eyes, Red Lips, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Before and After, Arabic Eyes, Red Lips, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Step 1: Start with a freshly cleansed and moisturized face.  If you’re looking for a great skin care line that is  great quality and reasonably priced, I suggest Nuxe.  You can find it in the Dermatology aisle at any Shopper’s Drug Mart location.  I used it for many years and continue to alternate it between a few brands, but Nuxe really makes my skin feel fantastic.  My personal favorite is the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk for normal to dry/sensitive skin because it cleanses my skin AND removes my makeup (even waterproof!)

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Paul and Joe Pore Smoothing Primer,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Paul and Joe Pore Smoothing Primer, Union Photographers

Step 2: Apply Paul and Joe Pore Smoothing Primer to the T-Zone of the face, to mattify the area and to reduce the appearence of large pores.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Foundation,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Foundation, Union Photographers

Step 3:  Even out the complexion with foundations.  This week I’m using the Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Spray on Foundation.  It’s a mineral based foundation and contains Liquid Crystals, which retain moisture and reflect light for a dewy soft finish, and PÜR’s proprietary Ceretin® Complex for a satiny smooth complexion.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Foundation,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Foundation, Union Photographers

Tip:

 *  For best results, spray the foundation directly onto your foundation brush (or on the back of you hand and then dip your foundation brush into it) then apply directly onto the face.  Start from the center of the face and work you way out.  I  find that spraying the product directly on the face is challenging as it has a strong direct spray and it can get a little messy.

* Also, rather than blending it onto the face, stipple or press the foundation in the skin for a more natural airbrushed finish.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Foundation,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Foundation, Union Photographers

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Step 4:  Apply bronzer to warm up the complexion and lightly contour the face.  I’m using Stila Stay All Day Bronzer in medium.  This is one of my favorite bronzers because it has a matte-satin finish, it’s waterproof and it doesn’t oxidize or turn orange.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen, Union Photographers

Step 5:  To create this cool “Arabic” cat eye, I’m using Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen.  It’s long wearing and extremely user friendly.  It’s felt pen tip allows for easy and no mess application.

Start by applying a line on the upper eye lid, extending beyond the outer corner of the eyes.  Next, draw a line along the lower lash line (in the same manner as above) and connect the lines at the outer corner of the eyes.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen, Arabic Eye, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen, Arabic Eye, Union Photographers

Step 6: To define the eyes, I rimmed the water line using an angled liner brush and a matte black eye shadow.  I also pressed this shadow overtop of my liquid liner to set it and darken the color.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Big Look Lengthening Mascara,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Big Look Lengthening Mascara, Union Photographers

Step 7:  Curl the lashes and apply Pur Minerals Big Look Lenghening Mascara.  I like that this mascara contains Argon Oli, which helps to nourish the lashes, and it’s clumb-free!

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Big Look Lengthening Mascara,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Big Look Lengthening Mascara, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Pur Rocks,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Pur Rocks, Union Photographers

Step 8: Pur Minerals makes this really cool rose colored skin illuminator call Pur Rocks.  It provides a perfect hint of color to the cheeks, while creating a soft glow to the skin.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Pur Rocks,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Pur Rocks, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick,  Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Pur Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick, Union Photographers

Step 9:  Last but not least, I applied a bold red lip (you know how much I LOVE me a red lip…) to bring the look together and create a fun “rock and roll chic” look.  This is Pur Minerals Chateau De  Vine Mineral Lipstick, in Starlet, is such a great blue-red colorplus it’s Paraben-free and Gluten-Free.  Cheers to that!

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Before and After, Arabic Eyes, Red Lips, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorital, Before and After, Arabic Eyes, Red Lips, Union Photographers

And here you have it, cool rocker-chic, arabic eyes with a bold red lip.  Perfect for the weekend!

xo,

Animal Instinct…

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 2 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

So this is what thirty-nine feels like, hey?  Ok…I can handle it!  I mean, I could do without some of the aches and pains in my joints, and maybe the gray hairs too, but all in all I’m feeling pretty great!  Turning forty is going to be a breeze – hahaha! (awkward laughter as I grip onto the arms of my office chair in terror…)

I laugh a little when I think back to when I was in my twenties; I thought I had it all figured out back then.  I had a good job, was bombing around in my “new” used car, I had a busy social life…you know, I was living the dream – lol!  Well not quite.  The reality is that I was still a baby.  I was exploring life and just scratching the surface of my potential.

By the time I turned thirty, I morphed into a more mature person and began eliminating the things in my life that were holding me down.  I call these things the “F” words:  Fears, “Friends” and Fantasies.  I started letting go of the fears I had of not being good enough or worthy of success.  I dropped the people in my life that called themselves “friends” and in fact were toxic and negative.  Most importantly, I let go of the expectations and the fantasies that filled my head about where I should be in life compared to where everyone else was.  Instead of comparing myself to others, I began celebrating my amazing accomplishments with others and nurtured my development and growth.  F#@k!, I loved my thirties for that! Oops…didn’t mean to use the “F” word!;)

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

All of these experiences have allowed me to grow wiser and more instinctual.  They’ve help me make clearer decisions and allowed me to enjoy life much more, with a lot less.  And it’s interesting that in the last 20 years or so, three things have always been constant in my life.

  1. My strong intuition and instincts.   I’ve always listened to my intuition and followed my gut instinct on everything.  It’s provided great strength in the desicsions that I’ve made over the years and built up my “intestinal fortitude”.
  2. My sense of humor.  Laughter makes everything better.  At the end of the day, no matter how things turn out, laughter is the best remedy.  It breaks the tension, attracts positive energy, changes your perspective and…burns calories – hahaha!  Bob Marley was quoted in saying, “A smile is the best curve on a woman’s body”.  You bet your bootie, Bob!  And I’ll add that it’s a woman’s most unique accessory.
  3. My love for second-hand  shopping.  Ok, maybe this one’s not as deep as the others but any time I need to escape the world for a while, I go hunting for treasures and it’s always so thrilling and creative for me.   It allows me to decompress, take my mind off of things and get inspired; not to mention add some cool stuff to my wardrobe and home decor, while recycling!  AND…Thrifting is like hunting; it requires patience, a good eye and great instinct – you gotta get it before it’s gone!
Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Value Village and Eco Fashion Week for an incredible fashion event on April 9 – 14.  I’m taking the “Thrift Store Challenge” and pulling together a collection using clothing from Value Village.  I’m excited to share my collection and hope that you can all come out to support the event.

This week’s look combines elements of designer fashions with mainstream and second-hand finds.  The core of my outfit is black, which is always chic and timless, and my statement piece in this entire ensable is this gorgeous faux fur leopard coat.  I got it at Value Villiage, with my friend Claire, for only $69 and it’s to die for!!  My trousers are from Club Monaco (from last years) and I coordinated them with this black mock-neck short sleeved knit sweater from Winner.  I wanted to expose a little skin (and my great pedicure) and chose to do so with these beautiful metalic Manolo Blahnik shoes from Holt Renfrew.

Note: Each of these pieces that I’m wearing are essentials wardrobe “must-haves” as they can be stylized with pretty much everything in my closet, and in many different ways.

Style Tip:

  • Change the look of a great pair of shoes by adding fun shoe clips.  I found these gold bow ties at Value Village and they were the perfect match with these shoes!
  • Incorporate leather into an outfit to up the cool factor.  Don’t be afraid to wear your light weight leather jacket in place of your blazer.
  • Incorporate pattern into your wardrobe to add a little #NadittudeTM to your look.  It keeps things interesting and fun.
  • Have fun mixing hi-end items with mid-range and second-hand pieces.  It’s a great way to maximize your budget.  Plus,  Patricia Field does it all of the time!
Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gold Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gold Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Sunny Ear Jackets, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Sunny Ear Jackets, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Accessories:

I chose simple accessories for this look so not to compete with the the leopard coat.  These lovely Moonstone Sunny Ear Jackets, and my Adjustable Pear Shape Ring are by Leah Alexandra and are the perfect fit!

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Adjustable Pear Ring, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Adjustable Pear Ring, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Accessories, Leah Alexandra, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Faux Leopard Fur Coat, Value Village, Leather Jacket, Winners, Trousers, Club Monaco, Accessories, Leah Alexandra, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Thanks for reading, friends.  I hope this has inspired you to start thrifting.  Remember: shop, reuse and reimagine!

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Joyride

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

I met Claire Riddle when I worked at the Holt Renfrew Salon and Spa several years ago.  From the moment we met, I knew we would become great friends and that she was going to do great things.  Aside from her perfectly porcelain skin, fire red hair and a smile that lights up a room, this girl is clever, extremely witty and has brains.  She’s the real deal!
I’ve had the pleasure of doing Claire’s hair and makeup for almost 7 years now and during this time, I’ve watched her accomplishments many wonderful things.  She graduated from University then decided to go to culinary school and became a chef.  I witnessed her marry her true love, Dave, they bought a house and recently welcomed little Walter to the world.  Claire has been such a loyal friend and supporter of my business, over the years, and when she told me that she was opening a cool new nail shop in Kits (just down the street from my salon),  I know I had to go along for the ride and support her right back!  Boy, am I glad I did.  Welcome to Joyride Vancouver
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

When did you start your business and how did you come up with the concept?
 I started the business plan for Joyride January 2015, signed the lease on 1758 West 4th in April, did some extensive renovations and opened up for business September 8th! I came up with the concept on a drive down from Whistler, just talking to my husband about how I was fed up with the lack of stylish/clean/friendly nail salons in the city.I have always been a bi-weekly mani/pedi girl and I just felt like I wasn’t enjoying any of my experiences – lots of cut cuticles! Anyways, my husband encouraged me to do some research and then one thing led to another.
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

What can clients expect when they come in for a service?
Clients can expect a friendly, beautiful atmosphere as soon as they walk in. I want whatever service they have chosen to be consistent, relaxing and of the highest quality. Nail techs should always be friendly and our clients should leave feeling happy, regenerated and happy!
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

How did you determine which polish brands to carry in your store and what are they?
The polish brands we carry are:
I chose these brands because I know them and love them. OPI and Essie are easily recognized by most, I didn’t want to bring in only new brands that Vancouverites might not recognize. Some people like to stick to what they know and some are more adventurous, I wanted to make sure I had something for both types of people at Joyride.
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Tell us more about the Joyride product line?  What inspired you to create your own line?
The Joyride product line was created out of necessity. I approached many different lines of skin care and bath products and I was turned down every single time. There was either another retailer in too close proximity, or they couldn’t see my branding so I guess they just didn’t trust me. It was one of those “a ha moments” and I was like “okay – time to just create my own line”. I worked with a Canadian manufacturer and came up with the all-natural, organic line and am SO glad I did. I’m really proud of it!
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Who are your style inspirations/icons?
My style inspirations and icons… Olivia Palermo is just so stylish it’s insane. I think bloggers are the new style icons, Julia Engel (galmeetsglam) and Amber Fillerup Clarke (barefootblonde) are my favorites. My Mum is the most stylish woman ever.
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

What are some staple pieces you think every woman should have in her wardobe?
My staple wardrobe pieces:
- white sneakers, that are freaking clean people!
- Chloe susan ankle boots
- black opaque tights
- flattering trousers, baggy ones
- a black and white striped t-shirt/long sleeve
- leopard print coat
- pearl earrings
- a really good (not black) party dress
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

What are 5 beauty products that you can’t live without?
Five beauty products I cannot live without:
- my entire skincare routine, I take my skincare very seriously!
- NARS concealer (new Mum essential item)
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Which do you prefer: New York or LA?  Paris or London? Coffee or Tea? Wine or Champagne?
LA, London, Coffee, Champagne and then wine
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Butter Baked Goods, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Butter Baked Goods, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

What’s your definition of being a confident woman?
Being a confident woman is probably the absolute hardest thing ever. I’m not quite sure I have it all figured out all of the time. I always feel my best when I’m exercising, eating properly and getting enough sleep.
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

How do you balance motherhood and being an entrepreneur ?
My son Walter is only three months old, and I honestly don’t think I have figured out how to balance motherhood and my career. I’m constantly torn. When Wally turned 2 months old I started going into work 1 day per week. I return work emails and phone calls constantly. I won’t lie and say it has been “super great” and “all good” because some days I am overwhelmed and exhausted!
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

What’s nex
Plans for Joyride, more of them! I’m on the look out for the next location… Make sure to follow Joyride on Instagram to see what we are up to! We are pretty festive so there are always fun nail art deals and other cool things happening in the studio.
Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Joyride Vancouver, Nail Shop, Kitsilano, Vancouver, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Nadia Albano

Claire, you’re a class act and you never seize to amaze me!  Thanks to your fabulous staff and nail techs for always taking such great care of me (and my hubs) when I come in for my bi-weekly nail services.  Your team is incredible, your space is beautiful and your taste is unique and very much appreciated!  Continued success, my friend! xo
Joyride is located at 1758 W. 4th Ave, in Vancouver. To book an appointment or private nail parties, please visit www.joyridevancouver.com or call 778-379-7433.  Online booking is also available.

Stila Cosmetics Makeup Tutorial

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

TGIF!  Here’s some weekend makeup inspiration using Stila cosmetics.  This is one of my go-to makeup looks that has never failed me.  It’s quick, its simple and it’s fun!  Follow along…

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Makeover, Before and After, Stila Cosmetics, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Makeover, Before and After, Stila Cosmetics, Union Photographers

 Step 1: I started with clean face and prepared my skin with Mereadesso All-in-One Mositurizer.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Makeover, Before and After, Stila Cosmetics, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Makeover, Before and After, Stila Cosmetics, Union Photographers

 Step 2: I dispensed 2 pumps of the Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation onto the back of my hand then used a foundation brush to stipple it onto my skin, starting from the center of the face, working my way out.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation, Union Photographers

Step 2: Using a medium sized skunk brush, I buffed the foundation into the skin to belnd out any excess product and to create a natural finish.

Note:

This Stila Illuminating Foundation contains mica, which illuminate the skin and creates a glowing complexion.  It’s a great formula to consider if your goal is to achieve a glowing sheen to the skin in one step.  Idealy not the best formula for an oily skin type as sheen is something that you’re probably trying to avoid.  For oily skin, I’d recommend Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer as it’s oil-free and offers a matte finish.

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stay All Day Bronzer, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stay All Day Bronzer, Union Photographers

 Step 4:  Next, using the Stila Stay All Day Bronzer for Face and Body, I contoured my face to define by facial features, then blended a bit onto my forehead and neck to balance out the color.

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stay All Day Bronzer, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stay All Day Bronzer, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Got Inked Cushion Liquid Liner, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Got Inked Cushion Liquid Liner, Union Photographers

Step 5:  I’m testing out Stila’s Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner in “Amethyst Ink” .  This liner is richly pigmented and dispensed through a cushion soaked in color.  Simply dip an angled liner brush or with Stila’s La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush into the sponge and apply directly onto the lash line.

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Got Inked Cushion Liquid Liner, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Got Inked Cushion Liquid Liner, Union Photographers

Tip:

  • Hold the eye taught, then start at the middle and trace backward.  Connect the liner by starting at the inner corner and working your way toward the middle.
  • You may have to apply the product onto the eye a few times to enhance the color.  I find that it had a sheer consistency with one coat alone and was easy to build upon and smooth out in two to three coats.
Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer, Union Photographers

Step 6: Apply Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer to add volume and thicken the lashes

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, Union Photographers

Step 7:  Apply Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara over the primer.  Great thing about this mascara is that it’s long-wearing and smudge-proof.

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil, Union Photographers

Step 8: Frame the eyes by filling in and shaping the eyebrows.  I’m really loving this Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil.  I have this product in my freelance kit and my clients love it!  It’s water-proof, long-wearing and natural looking.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Stila Cosmetics, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Stila Cosmetics, Union Photographers

Have a great weekend, Friends! xo

Dream Lover…

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by Daniella Guzzo Photography

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  It’s hard to believe that my husband and I will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary this year.  We’ve been together for 15 years now and with each day that passes, my love for him grows more and more.

I remember our first encounter was when I was paying rent (how awkward…).  I was a tenant in his parent’s basement and a year had gone by before we actually met in person.  He answered the front door and I remember handing him an envelope with my rent money in it, along with a box of baked goods that I made for his mom and dad (I was really into baking back then).  He seemed like a nice guy and that was that.  To be honest, I had just ended a long term relationship several months prior and needed a break to be alone to gather my thoughts.  Love was the last thing on my mind and I wasn’t even a tiny bit interested in entreating the thought of having a boy in my life!  In fact I decided to date myself for a while.  I was very happy investing time on myself by way of exercising, meditating, re-connecting with friends and writing my dreams and aspirations down in my journal.  I had always been deeply connected with my spirituality but I guess this was a deeper spiritual journey that I was experiencing.  It was an enlightenment of sorts.

It was at this point in my life where I realized that no one could love or believe in me the way I wanted them to until I started loving and believing in myself first.  And that’s when my dream lover and soul mate, presented himself to me.  Almost 8 months after we met at the front door, he knocked on my door and asked me out for a coffee date.  We saw a movie instead and by our third date we both knew that we were going to be together for ever.  Some say it was luck, but  I believe it was serendipity!

Nadia Albano, Dream Lover, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dream Lover, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Necklaces, Jeweliett Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Necklaces, Jeweliett Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Coat and Leggings, Aritzia, Blouse, Joe Fresh, Adidas Superstar, Necklaces and Ear Climber, Jeweliett Jewellery, Red Mini Rocki Bag, Alexander Wang, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Coat and Leggings, Aritzia, Blouse, Joe Fresh, Adidas Superstar, Necklaces and Ear Climber, Jeweliett Jewellery, Red Mini Rocki Bag, Alexander Wang, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

Much like a relationship, a great outfit must make you look and feel confident, effortless, balanced, spontaneous and sexy.

Each of these pieces is an essential item in my wardrobe and I could not live without them.  I practically LOVE and live in my Aritzia Daria Pant.  They’re extremely versatile and very comfortable, AND they pair perfectly with both a heel and my Adidas “Superstar Foundation” sneakers.  We are definitely an Adidas household and if you saw our shoe collection you’d think we were crazy.  We even have “his and hers” Superstars!

Everyone needs a classic camel coat.  I picked this one up at Aritzia over 4 years ago and it’s still holding strong.  It’s called the Cocoon Wool Coat and it’s now on sale for $162.50.  The graphic windowpane blouse by Joe Fresh is a favorite of mine as it looks chic and covers all the right areas.  For a hint of sexy (just in time for Valentine’s Day), I’m wearing my red lace bralette, which peeks through the top of my blouse for a hint of spontaneity and color.  Plus, it works so well with my red Alexander Wang Mini Rockie bag, which has been on repeat since I purchased it last fall.

Tips:

Do: Roll up the sleeves of your outerwear jackets and pull them up.  It creates a casual and unstructured look, especially now that the weather is warming up.

Do: Get into the habit of layering your clothes and accessories.  It makes the outfit look more thoughtfully put togehter and stylish.  And always remember my Style SacramentTM – DLDB: Dark, Light Dull Bright!

Do: Wear your sneakers to work.  Depending on where you work you could get away with wearing them any time if you pair them with the right pieces and style the look in a clever way.

Nadia Albano, Aritzia Daria Pant, Adidas Superstar, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia Daria Pant, Adidas Superstar, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia Daria Pant, Adidas Superstar, Aritzia Cocoon Coat, Alexander Wang Mini Rocki bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia Daria Pant, Adidas Superstar, Aritzia Cocoon Coat, Alexander Wang Mini Rocki bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lipstick, MAC Ruby Woo, Ear Climber, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lipstick, MAC Ruby Woo, Ear Climber, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Tri-Gold Rolling Ring, Minichiello Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Tri-Gold Rolling Ring, Minichiello Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Swarovski Ear Climber, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Swarovski Ear Climber, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The Ear Climber:

I have two custom ear climbers by Elsa Corsi and they too have been on repeat since last November!  Honestly, these sparkly little works of art can instantly elevate an outfit and add a little NadittudeTM to your look.  When you go into Jeweliette Jewellery, ask for the Nadia Ear Climber!  It’s a great Valentine’s Day gift idea, just saying!

Nadia Albano, Coat and Leggings, Aritzia, Blouse, Joe Fresh, Red Mini Rocki Bag, Alexander Wang, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Coat and Leggings, Aritzia, Blouse, Joe Fresh, Red Mini Rocki Bag, Alexander Wang, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Coat and Leggings, Aritzia, Blouse, Joe Fresh, Red Mini Rocki Bag, Alexander Wang, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Coat and Leggings, Aritzia, Blouse, Joe Fresh, Red Mini Rocki Bag, Alexander Wang, Daniella Guzzo Photography

And on that serendipitous note, I’m thrilled and humbled to announce that I’ve been invited back to this year’s “TED2016: DREAM” conferences,  to support them in the hair and makeup department.  I feel very privileged to be working behind the scenes, for the third year in a row, with some of the worlds greatest thinkers, artists and storytellers.  If you have never experienced a TED Talk, I highly recommend watching online or attending the event.  It’s extremely inspiring and compelling, and give you a different perspective on life.  For more information about the event or to join in on the TED2016 experience, click here.

Peace and Love, and Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Leah Alexandra

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Last Fall, I was involved in a pop-up blow-dry event at Eastwood Cycle with AG Hair.  It was an incredible event that helped raise funds for an organization called Women Leading Change.  I met so many wonderful people there, one of them being Vancouver based Jewelry Designer, Leah Alexander. I couldn’t stop noticing all of the beautiful jewelry she was wearing and loved everything about her style.  OK…yes, I’ll admit that it was “girl crush at first sight”.  We hit it off instantly and I had to schedule a photo shoot at her Gastown design studio to learn more about her.  You all should know by now that when I’m obsessed with something, I want to share it with everyone, right?!  I’m sure after you read this post you’ll understand my obsession with this pretty lady!

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

When did you start your business and how did you come up with the concept?

I started my business almost 10 years ago (big anniversary approaching!) and I decided to turn my passion for gemstones into a business!

Vancouver Jewellery Designer, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Vancouver Jewellery Designer, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Tell us about your beautiful studio space and what clients can expect when they shop in your studio?

We’ve been in our Gastown studio for over 2 years now, clients can expect to visit a beautiful historical building with a big open floor plan where you can take a peek at a busy production area and a display of finished jewels.

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Rea Black Garnet Cuff, Grey Moonstone Social Bracelet, Moonstone Gem, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Rea Black Garnet Cuff, Grey Moonstone Social Bracelet, Moonstone Gem, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What inspires you when designing a new collection? Tell us more about your collection this season.

I find so much inspiration from the gemstones themselves, from their shapes and colours. You can expect to see beautiful pastels in the new Spring collection, such as rose quartz, which happens to be Pantone’s colour of the year!

Leah Alexandra, Jewellery Design, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Jewellery Design, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Who are your style inspirations/icons and how would you describe your style?

Jessica Alba and Alexa Chung.  I would describe my style to be Chic.

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What are the staple pieces you think every woman should have in their wardrobe?

Everyone should have a pair of ear climbers in their wardrobe. Icing on the cake, even if that’s just with a white t-shirt!

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

Top five beauty products: Sunday Riley “Good Genes” serum, Environ Vitamin A moisturizer, St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Kosas Lipstick in “Rosewater”

Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Which do you prefer: New York or LA? Paris or London? Coffee or Tea? Wine or Champagne?

New York, Paris, Coffee, Wine.

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Adjustable Pear Ring, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Adjustable Pear Ring, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Sunny Ear Jackets, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Sunny Ear Jackets, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What’s your definition of being a confidence woman?

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely” – Roald Dahl

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What’s the next for Leah Alexandra? Any new projects coming up?

Planning something special for our 10-year anniversary – stay tuned!

Leah Alexandra, Wing Moonstone Ear Climber, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Wing Moonstone Ear Climber, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah’s work has been feature in many international fashion and bridal print publications including, Vouge, Elle, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated and The Knot, to name a few.  Her jewelry is timeless, fresh and versatile, and she uses materials such as sterling silver, 14 karat goldfill, 24 karat gold vermeil, and carefully hand-selected gemstones and freshwater pearls. Her collection is available at select boutiques and department stores across the globe, including Nordstrom.

Thank you, Leah, for having us at your studio!  I’m loving all of the beautiful pieces I picked up — who knew that I would love moonstone so much!  Wishing you continued success and looking forward to seeing the new Spring collection.    Hope to catch you at an Eastwood spin class one of these days soon!  xo