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 you 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

 

Lush Cosmetics…

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Nadia at Work, Reviews | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography

It’s time to fight off those winter blues and indulge your senses with a LUSH experience!  I recently visited their store on W. 4th Ave, in Vancouver, and was taken away by all that they have to offer.  I’m sure you’ve walked by their store, a time or two, and stopped in your tracks from the hypnotizing fragrant scent flowing out of their shop doors.  Everything you smell is organic and natural.  All of their products contain natural ingredients which are purchased in an ethical way and made by hand.  They are fruit and vegetable based and are developed without the use of no animal testing.  Plus, they make some really incredible product for the men in your life, so it’s not all just for us ladies!  I love that they believe in “long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again” — sounds AMAZING!!  My niece, Sofia, is a huge fan of LUSH products.  She, being a vegetarian, hopes to one day work for the company and help make a difference in the world through product development and sharing their positive message.

I caught up with the folks at LUSH Cosmetics and here’s what Laura Grafton, LUSH Social Media Specialist, shared with me…

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Who are the founders of LUSH and when did they start the business?

 Mark & Mo Constantine along with and Liz Wier, Helen Ambrosen, Rowena Bird and Paul Greaves in 1995.

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

How did they come up with the concept?

Our founders were working in the traditional cosmetics industry, and decided to start their own business. Using the fresh fruits and vegetables available at the local market, they began creating unique cosmetics by hand, upholding a strict non-animal testing policy from the very beginning.

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Who develops and makes the products and formulations?

The original founders are still involved however they are now joined by the next generation of inventors in the UK.

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What’s your definition of being a confidence woman?

Being true to yourself and feeling comfortable in your skin.

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What can clients expect when they shop in your store?

Visitors to our shops can expect a fantastic customer service experience.  We focus on having genuine conversations with our customers to determine their needs, and provide hands-on product demonstrations and expert first-hand advice to help them find the perfect product. They’re also likely to encounter something new and innovative every time they visit: between seasonal launches and new year-round inventions, we’re always cooking up something fresh.

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, New Charity Pot, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Ne Charity Pot, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Charity Pot

In 2007, LUSH invented a beautiful hand and body lotion called Charity Pot.  100% of the purchase price (that means every single penny minus the taxes) goes towards supporting humanitarian, environmental and animal rights causes locally and around the world.  Since its launch, Charity Pot has donated more than $10,000,000 to 850+ grassroots charities in 42 countries – and there are no signs of stopping!

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Shop W. 4th Ave, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, BIG Sea Salt Shampoo, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, BIG Sea Salt Shampoo, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What are some staple LUSH products you think everyone should have?

Ocean Salt -  Washing with Ocean Salt is like taking your face on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water. The minerals in sea salt soften as it scrubs away dirt, dead skin and blockages for a bright, fresh face. We mix in fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, leaving it balanced and soft. The cleansing effects of lime and vodka are ideal for blocked pores, blackheads or blemishes and leave skin visibly brightened. It’s no wonder Ocean Salt is so enormously popular!

Dream Cream -  One of our proudest product achievements ever, we love this body lotion because it makes people happy. The calming blend of oat milk, lavender and chamomile goes to work soothing sensitive skin. Olive oil and cocoa butter are perfectly suited and incredibly effective for dry or chapped skin, and are especially gentle for even the most sensitive types.

Bath Bombs – All of our bath bombs are huge fan favourites but for me personally I adore the Twilight Bath Bomb.  It fills your bath tub with clouds of lavender and tonka absolute to help combat insomnia and soothe your stressed out body and mind.

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

Lush Veganese Conditioner – its light so it doesn’t weigh my hair down and gives maximum conditioning.

Lush Eau Roma Toner – I have been using this Lush product since I was 18! It’s simple, gentle and it leaves my skin feeling clean, soft and hydrated.

Ocean Salt Self Preserving – This version is vegan therefore it fits into my personal lifestyle. I find that the minerals in sea salt are great at scrubbing away dead skin and leaves me with a bright fresh complexion.

Tart BB Cream – Because it cruelty and gives me light covered and also evens out my skin tone.

Blink Mascara – It is cruelty free and it doesn’t run when you cry.

LUSH Cosmetics, Cup O Coffe Face and Body Mask, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Cup O Coffe Face and Body Mask, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What’s next for LUSH? Any new projects coming up?

It’s our 20 year anniversary here in North America! It’s an exciting time for us as will be launching new product ranges, opening new stores and celebrating the Lush Life.

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

LUSH Cosmetics, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What a wonderful experience!  Thank you to everyone at LUSH Cosmetics on W. 4th Ave, and head office, for sharing your time and knowledge with us and for taking such great care of us during our visit.  Lucky for us, you’re in the neighborhood so we can get our LUSH fix.  Not gonna lie, I could go for another one of those relaxing hand massages!

xo,

Tarte Cosmetics – Makeup Tutorial…

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

Happy New Year, Everyone!  Wow… it’s hard to believe how quickly last year went by and that February is already around the corner! (Whaaa!?…)  I’m feeling extremely proud and blessed for all of the accomplishments my team and I have worked hard to achieve last year and I am super excited for 2016.  We have so many exciting things lined up that we can’t wait to share them with you, so I invite you to stay in the loop by following us on Instagram and continuing to read the blog.  I’ve got tons of new makeup tutorials and style tip coming up, as well as some great interviews with many of our favorite local businesses.  Of course we’ll be featuring our gorgeous brides that we’ve had the pleasure of working with last year and much more so be sure to stay tuned.

After 6 days of much needed R&R in Mexico with my hubby, followed by 7 days of KMS California Guest Artist training in Toronto, I’m feeling grounded, reenergized and focused.  With that in mind, I decided to kick off the year new with a fresh faced makeup tutorial featuring Tarte Cosmetics.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the line, Tarte cosmetics produces healthy, eco-chic beauty, offering cruelty-free cosmetics infused with “skinvigorating™ ingredients like superfruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients”.  All Tarte products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Before and After, Tarte Cosmetics, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Before and After, Tarte Cosmetics, Union Photographers

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Union Photography

Step 1: Start with moisturizer then even out the skin with foundation:

Start with clean and moisturized skin. Starting at the center of the face, apply a dime sized amount of Tart Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation ($51) with the Buffer foundation brush using light circular motions.  This formula is dermatilogy tested, oil-free and vegan friendly and provides a lovely and natural full finish.

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Union Photography

Step 2: Warm up the complexion with Bronzer

Next, dust Amazonian Clay Matte Waterprof Bronzer ($36) onto the face (cheeks, forehead, neck and decollete) to create a naturally glowing complexion.

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Step 3: Contour the eyes using eyeshadow

On the eyes, I used the Tartelette in Bloom Clay Palette ($54).  I started with the lightest colour, “Chamber”, as a wash all over the entire eye lid, for brightening.  I really like these neutral tones and textures (9 mattes and 3 lusters) as you can create both a natural and smoldery look with ease.  The shadows deposit a nice pigment and layer well over cream shadow.

Note:

My eyes have grown sensitive in the last 3 years and am having difficulty wearing eye shadow without my eyes watering and feeling itchy.   In testing this palette out, I have found that my eyes did not water or feel irritated, which is always a good thing!

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Step 4: Contour the Eyes

I contoured the eyes by applying “Firecrackerl” into the outer corner of the eyeball sockets.  Using the same eyeshadow shade, I rimmed the lower lash line to mirror the eyelid.  If you prefer a matte finish, “Rebel” is a great option and both colours are also great for enhancing the color of blue, green and hazle eyes.

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Nadia Albano, Tarte Cosmetics, Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Palette, Union Photography

Step 5: Contour the Eyes

To build up the depth in the contoured I blended “Activist”, a dark-brown shade, into the outer corner of the eyelid using small circular motions.

Tarte Cosmetics, Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Liner, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Liner, Union Photography

Step 4: Apply liquid eyeliner

Liquid eye liner is an iconic way to define and extend the shape of the eyes.  Using Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Eyeliner, hold the outer part of the eye taut.  Begin drawing the liner using  short strokes starting from the middle of the eye lid.  Make sure to get as close to the lash line as possible and work your way toward the outer corner of the eyes.  Apply the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye lid in an upward possession.

Tarte Cosmetics, Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, Union Photography

Step 5: Curl eye lashes and apply mascara

Curl the lashes with an eyelash curler, then coat them with Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in 1 Mascara.  This mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions the lashes and is infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect them as well.

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush. Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush. Union Photography

Step 6:  Apply blush

Dust Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in “Peachful” onto the apples of the cheeks for a pop of color.  If you’re looking for a perfect shade of blush, I find that peachy-pink tones work best all almost every complexion and this shade is pretty spot on!

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush, Peachful, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush, Peachful, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Union Photography

Step 7: Fill in the eyebrows and apply lipstick

To complete the look, I filled in the sparce areas of the eyebrows by mixing “Smokeshow” and “Activist” eye shadow together.  I then tied the entire look together by coating my lips with Tarte Lip Surgence Lip Gloss in “Natural Beauty”.

Tarte Cosmetics,  Lip Surgence Lip Gloss, Natural Beauty, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics, Lip Surgence Lip Gloss, Natural Beauty, Union Photography

Tarte Cosmetics are available online or at a Sephora store near you.  If you have any questions about this makeup tutorial, or would like to book a one-on-one makeup lesson with one of our makeup artists,  feel free to contact us via email at: info@nadiaalbano.com or by calling us directly at the studio.  Happy Friday, Everyone!

Celebrate in Style…

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Events, Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa

The holiday season is in full swing and my team and I are getting into the holiday mood with a little NadittudeTM!  In honor of our “12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide” giveaway contest on Instagram as see in BC Living Magazine and Perfect Wedding Magazine, we called upon our industry friends to help us transform our space into a holiday haven of style!  Like magic, they combined their creative talents, waved of their sparkly wands and turned my vision into a reality!  There were plenty of laughs and silly shenanigans during our yuletide festivities as we celebrated with a few of our favorite things.  As the saying goes, “eat, drink and be merry”, and so we did…

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM, Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM, Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM, Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM, Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM, Flower Factory, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Beautulleful, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, NadittudeTM, Flower Factory, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Beautulleful, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

I See Noise, Flower Factory, 12 Days of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

I See Noise, Flower Factory, 12 Days of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Flower Factory, 12 Days of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Flower Factory, 12 Days of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Brooch, Elsa Corsi Jewelllery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Brooch, Elsa Corsi Jewelllery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photogrpahy

Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photogrpahy

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Flower Factory, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Joyride, 12 Days of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Joyride, 12 Days of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Bottega, 12 Day of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Bottega, 12 Day of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Botegga, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Botegga, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Exhibit B Ties, Manuel Mendoza, 12 Days of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Exhibit B Ties, Manuel Mendoza, 12 Days of Christmas, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Beautulleful, Bisou Bridal, Exhibit B Ties, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

From our family to yours; Happy Holidays!  We wish you peace, love and many blessings.

Details:

BIG thank you to everyone who helped bring my vision to life.  You are ALL truly amazing and such a pleasure to work with – xoxo

Produced by: Nadia Albano // Photographer: Daniela Ciuffa Photography // Product Styling: Ellie Fife // Florals: Flower Factory // Draping: Debut Event Design // Cake and Holiday Cookies: Le Gateau Bake Shop //Wardrobe: Bisou Bridal, Beautulleful Inc., Exhibit B Ties, Vintage // Accessories: Jeweliette Jewellery and Elsa Corsi // Eiffel Tower Print: I See Noise // Candle and Polish: Joyride  // Wardrobe Styling: Nadia Albano // Hair and Makeup: Nadia Albano Style Inc.

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – 2015

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Contest | 0 comments

Well friends, it’s that time of year again… the bells are ringing, the children are singing, and we’re in the mood for giving!  I’m thrilled to have partnered with some of my absolute favorite brands to curate a incredible “12 Days of Christmas” gift giveaway on Instagram!

Nadia Albano, 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

In no particular order, here are our “12 Days of Christmas” partners:

Stila Cosmetics

ISeeNoise

Joyride

Leah Alexandra

KMS California

Wardrobe Apparel

LUSH Cosmetics

Project Skin MD

Elsa Corsi Jewellery

BluBird

Exhibit B Ties

Every day, starting Sunday, December 13, I will be posting a giveaway on Instagram from one of the above brands. On December 25, 2015, I will announce the 12 lucky winners (prizes based on the day you entered)!  It’s our way of paying it forward and thanking you for all your love and support you’ve showed us this year.

Here’s how you can enter our draw:

  1. “Follow” us on Instagram (@nadiaalbanostyleinc)
  2. “Like” our posts featuring the above partners
  3.  Tag a friend and leave a comment letting us know if they’ve been naughty or nice!

 

Brooches…

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo

It’s time to raid Nonna’s jewellery case…the brooch is back and with a vengeance!  Designers like Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and Balenciaga displayed this trend all over the runway for Fall/Winter 2015 and I couldn’t be happier!  It’s time to put our statement necklaces aside (…well maybe just for a while) and replace them with a lovely collection of pins and brooches! There’s something about these pretty pieces of art that I’m drawn to.  I’ve been collecting them for years because they look gorgeous pinned onto a toque, in an up styles or even to replace a lost bottom on a coat.  Plus with all the capes and oversized scarves we’re so enjoying this time of year, a cluster of brooches can fasten thing up and look sparkling.  AAAND…they’re a great holiday gift idea!  Multi-purpose, functional and beautiful — that’s what I call NadittudeTM!

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot Sweater, Winners, Brooches, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot Sweater, Winners, Brooches, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Punk, Grunge, Alexander Wang, Winners, Aritzia, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Punk, Grunge, Alexander Wang, Winners, Aritzia, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 Outfit Details:

I call this look “Pretty Punk”.   I love elements of punk/grunge fashion such as black leather, plaid and grommets.  It a style that has influenced fashion for decades.  Punk/grunge is rebellious, unorthodox and rock n’roll.    It can feel a little harsh worn head-to-toe for most people, so this week I’m showing you how you can inject it in subtle ways.

To create this “Punk” inspired outfit, I pulled 4 key pieces from my wardrobe:  my black leather jacket, these super cute pleated windowpane trousers, my metallic platform loafers and my red Alexander Wang bag.  To “pretty” things up, I layered this soft cashmere polka-dot print sweater atop my denim blouse.  I then added a cluster of dainty brooches to make an impactful and unorthodox statement.

The great thing about these pieces is that they work beautifully individually and can be coordinated so many different ways.  I also love that punk/grunge styling can work for both street and office style!

Nadia Albano, Punk, Grunge, Alexander Wang, Winners, Aritzia, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Punk, Grunge, Alexander Wang, Winners, Aritzia, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Punk, Grunge, Alexander Wang, Winners, Aritzia, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Punk, Grunge, Alexander Wang, Winners, Aritzia, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Metallic, Loafer, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Metallic, Loafer, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Brooches, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Brooches, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Happy Friday! xo

Makeup Tutorial – Estee Lauder New Dimension

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Make-up, Reviews, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

I’m playing with Estee Lauder Cosmetics this week and I’m excited to test out their New Dimension series.  These user friendly products provide the facial contours a tighter and more sculpted look.  It’s contouring made easy and that looks natural.

Nadia Albano. Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder

Nadia Albano. Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder

Nadia Albano, Estee Lauder, New Dimension  Expert Liquid Tape, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Expert Liquid Tape, Union Photographers

Step 1: Prepare the skin

I started with a clean skin,  I tested out Estee Lauder’s “New” New Dimension Expert Liquid Tape ($78).  This treatment contains fast-acting polymers that help firm, tone and give a more sculpted, lifted look around your eyes and contours of the face.

Tip:

-  Apply a thin film on clean, dry skin.

-  Don’t apply over skincare or makeup. It should be the very first step in your regimen after cleansing.

-  Do let it dry completely before applying any other formulas.

-  Do gently pat or tap on any following formulas so you don’t “break” the Liquid Tape.

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Double Wear Makeup to Go, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Double Wear Makeup to Go, Union Photographers

Step 2: Even out the complexion with foundation

Estee Lauder’s has deisgned this new Double Wear “Makeup to  Go” Liquid Foundation ($50).  This innovative compact keeps liquid foundation spill-proof and convenient to travel with.   To apply, simply press the button to release the foundation and apply with fingers or a sponge.  Press once for light touch up and twice for more coverage.  I think this is genius packaging!  It’s perfect for traveling with and it provides 8 hour wear.

Note:

This Double wear foundation is a little different from the original formula.  This contains tri-moisture complex that leaves skin looking smooth and natural.

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Double Wear Makeup to Go. Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Double Wear Makeup to Go. Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

 Step 3: Contour and Highlight the face.

To accentuate my face in a natural and sculpted way, I used Estee Lauder’s New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit ($55).  This is a cream based contour palette  comes with a light shade to accentuate and bring light to your features, and a dark shade to contour the face.

Application Tips:

(follow instructions and photos below…)

-  Start by dipping the outer part of your thumb into the darkest shade of the scuplting kit, then press your thumbs together to transfer the color onto the other thumb.

-  Next, with the palms of your hands facing up, place your thumbs below your cheekbones and pressed them into my face to mark a shadow line.

-  Lastly, using the angled sponge applicator or a foundation brush, blend out the shadow line using diagonal back strokes toward the ear until the line is blended.

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Step 4: Highlight the high points of the face

Dip your foundation brush into the lightest shade of the contour palette then lightly blend on the high points of the face (ie: cheek bones, bridge of nose, brow bone…), to enhance and sculpt the face.

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, New Dimension Shape + Sculpting Kit, Union Photographers

Step 5: Apply Concealer

Brighten under the eyes by applying the light shade of the contour kit

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Brow Now, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Brow Now, Union Photographers

Step 6:  Fill and Shape Eye Brows

Estee Lauder launched their “New” Brow Now brow defining pencil.  This gel pencil creates a natural or fuller-looking brow and glides on easily for long-wearing, buildable, water-resistant color.  It lasts up to 12 hours and has a built in spooled brush on the end.  I really enjoy using this brow pencil and it has become my new favorite!

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Brow Now, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Brow Now, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Shadow, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Shadow, Union Photographers

Step 6:  Apply Eye Shadow

To dress the eyes, I’m using Estee Lauder’s “New” Pure Color Envy Defining Eyeshadow in “Strong Current”.  This new formula provides color purity and can be applied dry, for a softer more translucent finish, or wet, for more intensity and depth.  It’s crease-resistant, non-flaking and talc-free.

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Shadow, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Shadow, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer, Union Photographers

Step 8:  Apply Lipgloss

To complete the look, I’m using Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer ($32).  This product plumps, hydrates and smoothes the lips.  It goes on clear, then turns to a rosy glow that revives the lip tone.

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Union Photographers

Nadia Alano, Makeup Tutorial, Estee Lauder, Union Photographers

For more information about the products used in this tutorial, please visit www.estelauder.ca.  Estee Lauder products are available at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques.  

Wardrobe Apparel…

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Fashion, Reviews | 1 comment

Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa

I met Alexandra Thompson a few year ago at an art exhibit that our mutual friend and fashion designer, Malena Grotrian, was hosting. She had an incredible style sensibility and  I was immediately drawn to her warm and friendly personality.   I remember it vividly; Alex was heading off to London the next day, on business.  She was wearing black leather pants, blue suede strappy heels, a cute fur toque and…oh yeah, she smelled AMAZING!!  I’m serious, I fell in love with her scent and couldn’t stop sniffing her.  In fact, she smelled so good that when I travelled to Paris, a few months later, I purchased a bottle of that Chanel Coco Noir and wear it to this day!  So you see, it’s no surprise that a woman as stylish as she, would end up opening her own boutique.  Welcome to Wardrobe Apparel

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Wardrobe Apparel, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Wardrobe Apparel, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

The idea struck me when I was hiking in Nepal after completing my MBA. I had spent years curating my own wardrobe while travelling and realized 90% of it wasn’t from the city of Vancouver. Every piece had a very specific role in my closet, like the perfect cocktail dress or tuxedo jacket.
Since then, it’s been 18 months of building this concept of helping women to engage and curate their own personal wardrobes.

Wardrobe Apparel, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Wardrobe Apparel, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What can clients expect when they shop in your store?

We’re reintroducing the concept of timeless, investment pieces, but we also carry fabulous seasonal pieces, most of which you can’t shop anywhere else in Canada. We also carry limited quantities so our customer knows they’re only getting the best and most unique

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, J JS Lee Dress, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, J JS Lee Dress, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Who does the buying and how do you determine what to bring into your store?

For now, my Creative Partner and I are doing all the buying to ensure the vision is consistent and strong during the beginning of our journey.  A lot of what gets chosen has to fit within our criteria.  We choose designers that have a consistent aesthetic, beautiful tailoring and overall excellent quality.  We want you to walk away with a forever piece.

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Fyodor Golan, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Fyodor Golan, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What’s your definition of being a confident woman?

Owning yourself, your actions and caring deeply for those that support you. Owning your own behaviour and evaluating it regularly will give you a deep respect for who you are in that moment and give you some indication of who you can be.

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Finley & Co Sunglasses, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Finley & Co Sunglasses, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

Chanel Coco Noir, Chanel Sublimage face wash, my colourist, gel nails, and sleep!

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Imogen Belfield Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Imogen Belfield Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

You’ll either find me drinking tea (always) and reading the Economist in London or soaking up the arts with a glass of wine in Paris. Overall, Tea is my anchor and champagne is the occasional thrill.

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Havva Boots, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Havva Boots, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

Little black dress, fitted blazer, slacks and a killer pair of heels. I also think there has to be a Gown. You need that piece that makes you feel impeccable and that you can pull out at the drop of a hat.

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Greta Constantine Dress, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Greta Constantine Dress, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Based on my 7 Style Sacraments, what would you say that your style category is – Causal, Classic , Chic, Charming or Couture?

We do have casual pieces, but overall everything is a mix of classic, chic and couture. My personal styles trends along a modern contradiction, so the store works well into my closet.

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Greta Constantine Dress, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Greta Constantine Dress, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Who are your style inspirations/icons?

It’s always been a combination of Monica Bellucci, a rodeo queen and anything from John Galliano’s days at Christian Dior. Odd mix for some, but when you come in to the store it shows.

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, J JS Lee Dress,  Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, J JS Lee Dress, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

We’re always planning the next big move and developing how Wardrobe Apparel fits into the city.  Coming up, we’ll be at Crème de la Crème offering custom Greta Constantine dress options for wedding parties, a relationship we’re proud to share, and lately our focus has been on expanding our online store with the goal to offer shoppers (locally and throughout Canada) access to our designers.  Our store is a wonderful hub of energy and collaboration. Come say Hi! You never know where a conversation with us might lead!

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Wardrobe Apparel, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Thanks, Alex, for inviting us into your store and letting us play dress up!  I’m so looking forward to wearing my new Chelsea Paris shoes at Creme de la Creme on Sunday.

PS.That Jane Carr sweatshirt I picked up…LOVE!

Ladies, if you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind garments to add to your wardrobe, you must stop into Wardrobe Apparel in Gastown and take a gander.  No matter the occasion, Alex and her team have you covered!

xo,

Red…

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Accessories, Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo

Red.  A color known for it’s energizing qualities, it excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.  It’s warm and positive, masculine and strong, and in Eastern cultures it’s a color of good look.  These, and the fact that this gorgeous Alexnder Wang “Mini Rockie” bag caught my eye at Holt Renfrew, gave me every reason to invested in it.  I don’t have a lot of red in my wardrobe (unless you count my signature red lipstick as part of my wardrobe) but I do  love incorporating a bit of an unexpected hit of color for a little personality.

Nadia Albano. Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Bag, Holt Renfrew, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Bag, Holt Renfrew, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

When pulling an outfit together, I always suggest my Style Sacrament “DLDB ™” - Dark, Light, Dull Bright.  I believe that a balanced and cohesive outfit consists of contrast, color and texture – aka: something dark, light, dull and bright.

This week I styled my black Club Monaco “Karter Culottes” with this over sized windowpane print vent blouse from Winners.  The black bottoms and cream top are contrasting and balance each other (Dark and Light).  The windowpane print in the blouse, the pebbled texture of the leather purse and the black suede pumps each add an element of texture and dimension to the ensemble (Dull).  Finally, the silver hardware on the base of my bag, along with my arm cuff, add the shine factor, and when you look at the overall outfit, the purse plays the leading roll (Bright).

Nadia Albano. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Lipstick:

I looove me a red lip!  I alternate between three or four different brands and shade.  This week I’m wearing MAC “Ruby Woo”, which is a very matte and vivid blue-red.

Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Bag, Holt Renfrew, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Bag, Holt Renfrew, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. Vent Blouse, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. Vent Blouse, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. Vent Blouse, Winners, Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano. Vent Blouse, Winners, Alexander Wang Mini Rockie Bag, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!  Come join me on Instagram for a peek into my world.  See what inspires me and hopefully it will inspire you too!

xo,

Jeweliette Shop…

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Bridal, Nadia at Work, Reviews | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa

What glitters isn’t always gold.  Eu contraire mon freer!  What glitters is, in fact, Jeweliette Jewellery — home of Vancouver’s favorite sparkle duo, Elsa and Madalena Corsi.  This dynamic and award winning mother-daughter team have been sprinkling their sparkly goodness at countless weddings, runways and special events.  They’ve been featured in hundreds of publications across Canada and internationally, and will be showcasing their beautiful jewellery at the Creme de la Creme Grand Wedding Showcase on Sunday, November 8, 2015.

I caught up with these lovelies last week and lucky for me, I picked up a few new custom pieces!  One of which was named after me!! (I’m blushing!)

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

Our shop was born in 1991 on a cart in Lougheed Mall. Back then our “thing” was hand painted leather jewelry!  Since then we’ve evolved our collection, changed locations twice and our store name once.  (our long-time clients will remember that before we were Jeweliette, we were known as Sharp and Friends).

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What can clients expect when they shop in your store?

A different shopping experience! What you see is not always what you get in our shop. Although we have some beautiful ready to wear pieces for sale, it’s also a place where inspirations and ideas evolve and unfold into custom pieces and special projects!

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Nadia Body Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Nadia Body Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Where else is Elsa Corsi jewellery sold?  

At our appointment only Trunk Shows in Toronto at Valencienne Bridal, and in Calgary at The Bridal Boutique.

 Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Who does the buying and how do you determine what to bring into your store?

In the shop we highlight the Elsa Corsi collection.  The other collections that we bring in are chosen collectively, mostly by Madalena, based on their beauty design and value!

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

A good black dress and heels! With the right accessory changes, you can go very far with this!

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Based on my 7 Style Sacraments, what would you say that your style category is – Causal, Classic , Chic, Charming or Couture? (you can choose more than one)

Elsa:  Classic — I’m not much of a shopper so I try to choose things that I can really go the distance with and re-accessorize!

Madalena:  Casual —  Casual but sparkly! She loves jeans and tee shirts with a pile of necklaces!
Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What are 5 beauty products that you can’t live without?
Our array of Nadia Albano lip glosses, obviously! Also on our hot list right now is anything Skincuticles from Project Skin MD.
Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

New York/ Paris / Coffee/ Champagne

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What’s next for Jeweliette Jewellery? Any new projects coming up?

We’ve recently re-launched our Elsa Corsi website.  It features all of our upcoming trunk shows and online shop.  We even have a “sample sale shop” where you can purchase sample item that are deeply discounted, one-of’s and some fond farewells.

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Elsa Corsi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

That was such a fun afternoon – thank you, Ladies!  If you are a bride-to-be or know a friend that is getting married, I encourage you to stop into Jeweliette Jewellery to explore your options.  It’s truly one of Vancouver’s local gems (…no pun intended) and offers everything from big and sparkly to sweet and simple!  And be sure to check them out on Instagram (@JewelietteShop) too!

xo