The Full Skirt…

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Plaid Full Skirt and Silver Clutch Purse: Value Village | Denim Vest: Joe’s Jeans | Shoes: Sophia Webster, The Hudon’s Bay | Swarovski Crystal Marquis Bracelete: Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery

It was a perfect day to take a walk in the park, so I did… in my full skirt and stilettos, of course!

Nadia Albano, Walk in the Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Walk in the Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

The classic full skirt was huge on the runways for Spring/Summer 2014 and it looks like it’s here to stay for Fall!  I’ve been seeing this Ladylike silhouette in mini, mid length, and my favorite, knee length (or just below the knee). This black and white plaid skirt caught my eye while I was thrift shopping and had to have it!  I like the way it draws attention to the leanest part of my body( my calfs) and shows off these gorgeous Sophia Webster shoes — I DIE!.  To define my waist and to juxtapose the girlish flair of the skirt, I styled it with this distressed and tailored denim vest by Joe’s Jeans.  I call this look “a little country and a little rock n’ roll”!

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Shoes, Sophia Webster, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pur Minerals Gel Liner, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes, Elsa Corsi Bracelet, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pur Minerals Gel Liner, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes, Elsa Corsi Bracelet, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

I first started off by evening out my complexion using Make up For ever HD Primer #0 and HD Foundation #118. Next, to create a strong winged cat-eye liner, I started by applying matte nude eye shadow on the entire eyelid (Makeup For Ever #35).  Using a waterproof eye liner (Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 0L), I rimmed the inner corner of my eyes, as if to create a “V” shape,  then rimmed the bottom waterline using the same product. I then added Pur Minerals Pur Intensity black gel liner to the upper lash line using an angled brush, to extend the line up and out.  For added depth and definition, I contoured my eyes using taupe brown eye shadow and created a cut crease. I then finished the look by curling my lash and applying two coats of black mascara. For a hint of color,  I dusted MAC “Buff” blush on the apples of my cheeks. Lastly I applied Make Up For Ever #40 lipstick to my lips for a more demure look and to keep the focus on the eyes.

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Marquis Brecelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Silver Clutch, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe's Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Plaid Skirt, Silver Clutch, Value Village, Denim Vest, Joe’s Jeans, Marquis Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Jeweliette Jeweellery Stud Earrings, Lived in Hair, KMS Dry Wax, Make UP For Ever HD Foundation, Pur Minerals Pur Intensity Gel LIner, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Jeweliette Jeweellery Stud Earrings, Lived in Hair, KMS Dry Wax, Make UP For Ever HD Foundation, Pur Minerals Pur Intensity Gel LIner, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hair:

To create this “lived-in” voluminous up style, I back brushed the crown section of my hair, smoothed it over gently and gathered it into a low pony tail. For a matte finish with added texture I sprayed KMS Dry Wax into the hair and voila!

Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Marquis Bracelete, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Plaid Skirt, Value Village, Marquis Bracelete, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 

Have a lovely weekend, Everyone!

 

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Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”…

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing:  Full Length Magenta “Vintage Dress” : Malene Grotrian Design | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Tassel Pendant Necklace | Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery | Sequin Clutch and Crystal Earrings: Vintage | Makeup: Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics

When I think of Art Deco, I envision Hollywood’s golden ages of the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s.  It combines modern yet classic elements such as bold colors, symmetric and geometric shapes and lavish details; much like this Malene Grotrian gown that I’m wearing in this week’s “Red Carpet” inspired style series.  With the Toronto International Film Festival upon us, I was inspired to play the role of a leading lady in what I would say is my ideal outfit for the cinematic occasion!  The thing I love most about Vancouver based designer, Malene Grotrian, is that she creates her collections to ensures the most versatile styling options to allow for the perfect traveling wardrobe.  Her mission is to provide individual expression for her clients from both a casual and evening standpoint.  The fabrics she uses combine light transparent textured knits, silk georgette and stretch suiting, and everything is designed and made in Vancouver!

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian. Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian. Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian "Vintage Dress", Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Sam Edelman Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Sam Edelman Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Outfit Details:

This Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress” fits like a glove!.   The stretch fabric is season-less.  It has a soft weightless feel, it’s washable and packable, and looks great on girls with curves of any size!  It defines the narrowest part of the waist and creates curves for slender body types as well.  I especial love that you can wear this piece with the ‘V’ in the front for a sexier cocktail look or a red carpet event like TIFF.  Alternatively, reverse the dress and belt it for a more dressed down, business appropriate event.  The dress can be accessorize with a leather wrap belt and is available in Jet Black, Magenta, Smoky Charcoal, Royal Blue and Peacock.  It’s important to note that Malene’s collections are produced in limited quantities.

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano wearing Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photograpy

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotian Vintage Dress,  Elsa Corsi Tassel Plunging Necklace, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzzo Photography

Nadia Albano wearing Malene Grotian “Vintage Dress” and Elsa Corsi Tassel Plunging Necklace, Jewelliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Accessories:

Another Art Deco, “Gatsby”  inspired design is this gorgeous Terry-Alin marquis necklace with a signature Elsa Corsi rhinestone tassel (Available at Jeweliette Jewellery).  A true must-have piece, this necklace will transport ou back in time to the roaring 20′s, while keeping the look modern and chic.  These Vintage earrings are also a perfect complimentary piece to tie the entire look together.

Nadia Albano, Vintage Earring. Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Earring. Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Italian Gardens, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Italian Gardens, Malene Grotrian, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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Makeup:

To create this defined smoky look, I started by applying the Dior Backstage Eye Primer on my entire eye lid.  Using my finger, I smuged  MAC “For Effect” or “Blackground” Pro Longwear Paint Pot  (“For Effect” is a this limited edition shade and is no longer available) on my eye lid and rimmed the lower lash line with the same product using an angled liner brush. In the inner corner of eye lids, I applied MAC “Vex” eye shadow and blended MAC “Sable” eye shadow into my crease,  followed by black eye shadow to deepened the contours.  I tight lined the eyes with MAC “Engraved” PowerPoint Eye  Pencil, curled my lashes and coated them with black mascara.  For a modern twist on the 1920′s classic and bold lip, I’m chose Make Up For Ever’s “Rouge Artist Intese” lipstick in #36, to compliment the magenta dress.

Nadia Albano, Italian Gardens, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Elsa Corsi Jewellery,  Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Italian Gardens, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Sam Edelman Shoes, Itlian Gardens, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Sam Edelman Shoes, Itlian Gardens, Daniella Guzzo Photography

VIntage Clutch, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

VIntage Clutch, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Fine Find:

I picked up this vintage sequin clutch purse at a thrift store several years back and find that it adds a lovely and unique vintage element to any outfit.  It makes for a great conversation piece too!

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens,  Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress, Italian Gardens,  Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Malene Grotrian Vintage Dress”, Italian Gardens, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewllery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Weather you’re looking for something ready to wear or made to measure ,  Malene Grotrian and Elsa Corsi have got you covered, no matter the occasion!

I leave you with a quote from the late and great Lauren Bacall (Sept 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014)…

“You don’t have to say anything and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow,”  ~ Lauren Bacall as Marie Browning in “To Have and Have Not.”

xo,

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Happy Feet…

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Leather Ridng Boots: Winners | Animal Print Pumps: Zara | Ankle Boots: Lucky Brand Jeans | Black Pumps: Dolce Vita, The Bay | Peep-Toe “Shoet” : Winners | Nude Pump: Stuart Weitzman | Sparkle Pump: Badgley Mischka, The Bay | T-Strap Silver Pump: Nine West | Fringe Bootie: Minnetonka | Smoking Loafer: Kelsi Dagger | Vintage Sling Back | Color Block Heels: LAMB Shoes, Nordstrom | Yellow Kitten Heel: Versace | Converse Sneakers: Urban Outfitters | Hot Pink and Floral Print Pumps: Manolo Blahnik | Silver Sandals: Sixty Seven Shoes | Gold Sandals: Rachel Zoe

I believe that a step in the right direction should always be taken in a great pair of shoes!  This week, I’m reliving some of my favorite shoe moments, captured by Daniella Guzzo, and revealing my footwear essentials.  Come walk with me…

Nadia Albano, Riding Boots, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Riding Boots, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The Ridng Boot

Flat riding boots are an absolute staple in every woman’s Fall and Winter wardrobe.  I picked these black leather pull-up riding boots from Winners several years back and they are still in great condition.  You can wear them with jeans, leggings, dresses or cargo pant, as shown above.

Nadia Albano, Leopard Print, pumps Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Leopard Print, pumps Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Animal Print

Believe it or not, I picked these up over 10 years ago from Zara.  Animal print is a great way to add personality to your outfit and is considered a neutral.  This classic shape keeps them looking timeless and stretches your shopping dollars!.

Nadia Albano, Ankle Boots, Lucky Jeans, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Ankle Boots, Lucky Jeans, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Ankle Boot

 The ankle boot is very versatile.  They can be styled with jeans (as seen above), and with slim cut trousers, leggings and even dresses (maxi or mini).  Great for Spring season, when you want to expose your legs, or in the Fall/ Winter with opaque tights and a sweater dress, for example.

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Classic Black Pump

A must-have staple in ever woman’s wardrobe, a classic black pump will stand the test of time and works all year round.  When shopping for a black heels, stick to an almond toe shape rather than rounded or pointy.  The almond toe never goes out of style, while the other shape fall in and out of fashion.

Nadia Albano, "Shoet", Shoe-Boot, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, “Shoet”, Shoe-Boot, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The “Shoet” (Shoe-Boot)

The “Shoet” is a combination of a shoe and an ankle boot.  They’re super versatile and can work at the office with a pencil skirt and blouse, or for a night out with a sequins mini skirt a simple top and leather vest!

Nadia Albano, Nude Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Nude Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nude

A nude shoe is another staple.  It’s a great neutral and will work with everything in your closet!  It lightens the overall look of an outfit and elongates the leg to create a seamless extended silhouette.

Nadia Albano, Sparkle Pumps, Badgley Mischka, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sparkle Pumps, Badgley Mischka, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Sparkle

When your outfit needs a little pizzazz, just add sparkle! (right, Jeweliette Jewllery?)  Great for formal occasions like weddings and grads, and even cuter with cropped denim and a simple peplum top!  Keep in mind the shape — again, opt for a versatile shape so you can wear them all year round.  I suggest to keep the rest of your outfit toned down, so not to compete with the sparkle!

Nadia Albano, T-Strap Pumps, Nine West, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, T-Strap Pumps, Nine West, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

T-Strap

The t-strap shoes were made popular in the 1920′s when the hem lines went up above the ankles and shoes were being admired by everyone.  This shoe design provides added support to the ankle, especially if you’re on your feet all day or cutting the rug on the dance floor!  They also offers versatility as you can wear them with slacks or dresses.

Nadia Albano,Minnetonka, Fringe Booties, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano,Minnetonka, Fringe Booties, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Fringe

A huge trend in the 20′s, 60′s and the 80′s;  the fringe is back!  It’s a little boho and very flirty!  We’re seeing fringe details on dresses, tops, jackets and bags, so why not the shoes!

Nadia Albano, Color Block, Yellow and Tan, Lamp Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Color Block, Yellow and Tan, Lamp Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Color Block

These multi-color shoes add a hit of color and can work with many outfits and color combinations.   It’s like getting two shoes for the price of one!

Nadia Albano, Animal Print, Smoking Loafers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Animal Print, Smoking Loafers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Smoking Loafers:

No smoking required when wearing these slip-ons!  They’re a great alternative to the ballet flat or sneakers, and look fantastic with slim fit cropped trousers – how 50′s chic!

Nadia Albano, Versace, Yellow, Kitten Heels, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Versace, Yellow, Kitten Heels, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Kitten Heel

The kitten heel is a God-sent, especially for a girl on the go who wants a little height without the soar feet!

Nadia Albano, Converse Sneakers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Converse Sneakers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Converse Sneakers:

I live in my All Star Converse sneakers!  They’re another wardrobe staple and can be styled 50 different ways!  I love how cool and chic they look with a rolled up cuff, shorts and dresses.   I especially love wearing them with my mid calf tube dress and denim vest!

Nadia Albano, Vintage Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Vintage Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Vintage

Vintage shoes are so well made and when you find them in great condition, you want to take extra care of them.  Plus, I love treasure hunting and I’d say these beauties are golden!

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Floral

Floral print is huge for Spring and Summer.  They add the perfect feminine touch to any outfit weather you’re wearing them with a full half calf skirt or with distressed jeans!

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, Vintage Shoe Clip, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, Vintage Shoe Clip, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Shoe Accessories:

Shoe accessories are a cheap and cheerful way of updating and/or transform your shoes into somethine completely different.  If you can’t find them, simply head to a second hand store and look for clip-on earrings; they’ll do the trick!;)

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Hot Pink Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Hot Pink Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sam Edelman, Blue Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sam Edelman, Blue Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Pop of Color

Talk about making a statment!  Bright shoes are so fun and make an outfit come to life.  These shoes give a basic black ensemble a vibrant boost of #NadittudeTM!

Nadia Albano, Sixty Seven Shoes, Silver, Jesus Sandal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sixty Seven Shoes, Silver, Jesus Sandal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The “Ugly” Sandal

“Ugly”, “Jesus” or “Man” sandal; call them what you want, but these bulky shoes are back in a big way.  I have to agreet, they aren’t the prettiest but they sure are comfy and they look so stylish!

Nadia Albano, Rachel Zoe, Gold, Sandals, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Rachel Zoe, Gold, Sandals, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Strappy Flat Sandals

Metallic sandals are perfect for dressing up an outfit without having to wear heels.  Rock these strappy gold sandals with a maxi dress for a garden or destination wedding, or wear them with a romper and fedora hat at a summer music festival!

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Print, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Print, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Coco Chanel once said “A girl with good shoes is never ugly!” — I couldn’t agree with her more.  Stay beautiful my friends!

xo,

Westin Grand #PopUpPatio!

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

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: One-Piece Cutout Swimsuit: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners | Tassle Swimsuit Cover: BCBG Max Azria, 2010| Rosegold Hoop Earrings and Swarovski Crystal and Leather Bracelete: Jeweliette Jewellery | Bracelets: Winners, Chapters | Sunglasses: Tiffany “Victoria”

I recently watched an episode of “I Love Lucy” starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez (…I used to always watch re-runs of this show as a kid!).  I was reminded of how naturally gorgeous and comedically talented Lucille Ball was in her prime and more importantly, what a pioneer she was for many women in the entertainment industry!  I love that she always put herself out there, had fun and could laugh at herself and not take herself too seriously!  I recall in  many episodes, Lucy & Ethel would often wear a head scarf, similar to “Rosie the Riveter”; a 1940′s war-time propaganda cartoon, which soon after represented equality for women in the workforce.  This week’s style series brings us to the Westin Grand Hotel’s rooftop pool and #PopUpPatio; the perfect location to pay homage to one of my favorite Hollywood actresses of all time…

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The #PopUpPatio at The Westin Grand is back for another summer, and we got to spend the day there to experience it first-hand!  This temporary rooftop urban oasis is located above the bustling intersection of Homer and Robson Streets, on the 3rd floor of the The Westin Grand Hotel.  This über cool lounge is open Thursday and Friday evenings, where guests can unwind and refresh after a hard day of work in this relaxed atmosphere with soft seating, green gardens and live DJ music.

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, BCBG Max Azria Tassel Poncho Top, Tiffany "Victoria" Sunglasses, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, BCBG Max Azria Tassel Poncho Top, Tiffany “Victoria” Sunglasses, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

  To recreate the essence of Lucille Ball, (or of a curvy 1940′s pin up model) and to compliment my lovely pool and patio setting, I went with a full piece, Kenneth Cole, cutout swimsuit in a classic retro silhouette.  I used this beautiful black, white and green silk scarf to wrap around my head (which I recieved as a gift over 10 years ago), to protect my head and hair from heat and UV rays.  I picked up this BCBG Max Azria poncho top several years back and love the tassel fringe detail; it kind of reminds me of the 1920′s flapper era.  I like to maximize my wardrobe and when I purchase anything, I need to be able to wear it at least three different ways.  I usually wear this piece as a top and love the way it doubles as a swimsuit coverup.  Of course, every glamours woman requires a perfect pair of oversized, dark rimmed sunglasses and these Tiffany “Victoria” sunnies were the perfect fit- très chic!

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

A refreshing arrey of cocktails are available at the Westin’s #PopUpPatio, including classics like the Negroni and Sazerac, and new creations like the “Pop Up Standard” (vodka, Ginger of the Indies, and lemongrass simple syrup). New this year are spiked snow cones, $1.00 Jell-O shots, and a full pitcher menu. A vaierty of wines by the glass, draft, and bottled beer are also available. View the full food and drink menu here.

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Vancouver Public Library, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Vancouver Public Library, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The AAA Four Diamond-rated Westin Grand, Vancouver is a residentially designed all-suite boutique style hotel.  It’s centrally located in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district with world-class shopping, dining and activities within walking distance. The Westin Grand, Vancouver is an O’Neill Hotels & Resorts managed property, a Vancouver-based company also managing The Resort & Spa, Whistler and the Coast Blackcomb Suites in Whistler.  For more information, please visit http://www.westingrandvancouver.com.

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, #PopUpPatio, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stacked Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Chapters, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stacked Braceletes, Jeweliette Jewellery, Chapters, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Accessories:

An arm stacked with an assortment of bracelets can make quite a statment!  The spiked metal piece is from Winners, the middle swarovski crystal and leather snap bracelets is one that I picked up from Jeweliette Jewellery, and the gold and cream studded bangle is from Chapters.  Another staple accessory are these rosegold hoop earrings, also from Jeweliette Jewllery.  They are the perfect weight and size to adorn the ears when styling your hair up and away from the face.

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner and Aqua Rouge, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner and Aqua Rouge, Daniella Guzzo Photography

To create this modern summery version of 1940′s/50′s makeup, and to ensure that my makeup would last all day while lounging at the pool, I started by evening out my complexion with Make Up For Ever “Face and Body Foundation” #32 with “Full Cover Concealer”.  I applied this mix to conceal under my eyes and any other imperfections on my face.  I created a soft cat-eye liner using Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner, in Matte Black, curled my lashes and coated them with “Smoky Aqua Waterproof Mascara”.  For the lips, I started with a wax based Bert’s Bees Lip Balm, with SPF 8, and filled in my lips with Make Up For Ever “Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner” in 17C, for a matte long lasting finish.  Make Up For Ever products are available at Sephora stores world wide.

Make Up For Ever "Aqua" Waterproof Makeup, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Make Up For Ever “Aqua” Waterproof Makeup, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Vancouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Vancouver, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Westin Grand Hotel, Vancouver, Kenneth Cole Cutout Swimsuit, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The #PopUpPatio is open for the duration of the summer every Thursday and Friday (weather dependent) from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Due to high demand, reservations are not accepted. For more information call 604.602.1999 or click here.

Happy BC Day and Pride Weekend, Everyone!  Have fun and stay safe.

xo,

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Rebecca Bree Boutique…

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Fashion | 1 comment

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Jeans: 7 For All Mandkind | T-Shirt: Club Monaco | Manderin Collar Eyelet Coat: Value Village | Floral Pumps: Manolo Blahnik , Holt Renfrew | Bag: Alexander Wang, Holt Renfrew | Pearl Earrings: Jeweliette Jewellery | Makeup: MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam “Nicki” Lipstick,  NARS  “Laguna” Bronzer and “New Attitude” Blush,  Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118, Laura Mercier Concealer SC3

This week’s style series brings us to one of the prettiest, most stylish fashion boutiques in Vancouver; Rebecca Bree.  Owner, Rebecca Rawlison, and I met several years back at a Holt Renfrew store event.  We were in the ladies room powdering our noses when I saw her gorgeous blonde locks and infectious smile.  She was touching up her lipstick and I loved the color (YSL Pink #22) and at that moment, I had a girl crush!  Years later, I still admire this beautiful woman and respect her brilliant and courageous decision to pursue her dream of being a business owner.  I’m telling you, this gal is spectacular and you MUST visit her beautiful store!

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

I couldn’t shoot a style series at Rebecca’s Boutique and not wear something floral; that would be sacrilegious! Hence, my favorite floral-print Manolo Blahnik pumps.  They’re the Yin to this outfits’ Yang (i.e.: distressed jeans and a basic white t-shirt).  I love the contrast of masculine and feminine, and I especially enjoy wearing my “splurge” and “save” items together.  To dress up this otherwise über casual ensemble, and to give it a feminine flair, I layered it with this beautiful and dainty vintage mandarin collared eyelet coat.  I picked this up at Value Village and it’s one of my all-time favorite vintage scores!!  I’d say this is the perfect outfit to wear to Sunday brunch, date night and yes… even shopping at RB!

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When did you open your boutique and how did you come up with the design concept?

I opened the store in September of 2012, which was a dream come true. It was truly a labour of love as my fiancé built everything from scratch. I wanted to create a feminine space filled with all of my favourite things – French provincial chairs, flowers and vintage-inspired décor. The wonderful designers at The Cross really helped me when it came time to pick fabrics and wallpaper.

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

What can customers expect when they shop in your store?

Down to earth staff, attention to detail, exceptional service, exclusive brands and a really comfortable shopping experience that makes you feel good.

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Who is your style inspiration/ icon?

This changes all the time, but right now I am inspired by Emmanuelle Alt, Maja Wyh, Tash Sefton and Nicole Richie.

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

What is a staple piece that every woman should have in her wardrobe?

A great tuxedo blazer that can easily go from day to night.

Nadia Albano

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

Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in beige, Laura Mercier concealer, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, NARS blush in madly (I use it as my bronzer) and NARS blush in orgasm.

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

Accessories:

Every girl needs to own a pair of pearl earrings!  These twin set, double-sided pearl studs, from Jeweliette Jewellery, are classic and quite unique.  I love the unexpected peek-a-boo pearl detail behind the ear lobe.  Plus they work double duty as an ever day earring or for an elegantly understated evening look.

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano

You have such exquisite taste for fashion.  How do you determine what brands to carry in your store?

When Christina and I see a collection it’s really about how it speaks to us. If we feel something spark, we bring it in. We will always have our favourite recognizable labels in the store, but love bringing in brands that no one else has to help our customers discover something new. It has to be a brand that we believe in, that has good quality and a good hand, and has to feel amazing on the body.

Nadia Albano

Based on my 7 Style Sacraments, what would you say your Style Category is — Casual, Classic, Charming, Chic, or Couture?

Chic – Edgy and cool

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Priceless:

The look on my face when I realized that I couldn’t leave the store without purchasing this stellar outfit!  Daniella, you captured this so perfectly!

Nadia Albano

Rebecca’s Picks:

IRO leather jacket $1950
10 Crosby pink silk tank $375
R13 jeans $395
Rocaille necklace $325
vs.

Nadia’s Picks:

IRO navy leather jacket $1350
Tres Bier tshirt by CHRLDR $55
Tibi mint jacquard skirt $450
Lulu Frost necklace $525

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What do you prefer: New York or LA?  Paris or Milan?  Coffee or Tea?  Stilettos or Flats?  Leather or Lace? Sweet or Savory?

New York | Paris | Coffee | Stilettos |Leather | Sweet

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What’s the next step for Rebecca Bree?  Any new projects coming up?

We’re really excited to be launching our online shop this fall. Stay tuned!

Nadia Albano

Thank you Rebecca, for spending a Sunday morning with us!  We love your store and are so proud of your success.  Looking forward to a visit with you very soon!

xo,

 

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Enchanted Forest!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Green Crepe Maxi Dress: JCrew | Tan and Gold “Gerogie”Sandals: Rachel Zoe, Winners | Quilted Clutch: Value Village | Stacked Braceletes and Stud Earrings: Jeweliette Jewllery | White and Gold Bangle: Chapters | Makeup: Christian Dior, The Hudson’s Bay | Hair: KMS California “Hair Stay” Max Gel

There’s something so magical and enchanted about a forest!  The never ending hues of green and the gorgeous textures of leaves and branches makes it feel like I’m in a lush wonderland.  In Greek mythology, it is believed that creatures known as “Nymphs” lived in the forest.  They were not Godesses, rather “divine creatures who animated nature and usually depicted as nubile maidens who loved to dance and sing” .  They were knowm to live near rivers and springs, or in the trees or cool grottoes.  My favorite part is that they would never die of old age or illness (…I wish that were true in real life!).  This week’s style series is also a nod to the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013, Emerald; one of my favorite colors!

Confederation Park, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

I’ve noticed that so many couples are bringing nature into their wedding details.  In decor and florals, we’re seeing natural green center pieces, hand held bouquets and vertical garden backdrops.  In bridal style, we’re seeing floor length etherial gowns, romantic and twisted up styles with dreamy soft makeup.  If you’re attending a wedding this summer and aren’t sure what to wear, try something like this Crepe Maxidress by  JCrew.  It’s the perfect piece to wear to a destination or summer garden wedding.   This relaxed and minimal silhouette, combined with this stunning shade of emerald, makes this dress both eye catching and understated!

Daniella Guzzo Photography

JCrew Crepe Maxi Dress, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

Makeup Details:

To ensure long lasting eye makeup, I applied “Dior Backstage Eye Primer” on my eye lids.  I contoured and defined my eyes with Dior Show Mono Eye Shadow in “It-Purple” and “It-Yellow”, and lined my eye lid  with Dior Addict “It-Line” in purple.  After curling my lashes, I coated them with Dior Addict “It-Lash” in purple and black.  On my cheek I’m wearing Dior “Rosy Glow – Healthy Glow Awakening Blush” and on my lips I’m wearing “Dior Addict Lip Maximizer” .

Daniella Guzzo Photograhy

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

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Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography

 May we live and dream like we’re forever young and remain happy and healthy, always!

xo,

 

Ugly is the New Pretty!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Sam Edelman, Aldo Shoes, Birkenstock, Sixty Seven, Browns Shoes, Ash Shoes

Ugly is the new pretty this season! Natural shoes aka: “Jesus Shoes” or “Ugly Shoes“, have made a comback in mainstream fashion and these are my top picks to help you stay on-trend (and comfortable) this summer…

Sam Edelman “Adora” Sandal - $110 ( Available at The Hudson’s Bay)

Aldo “Jili” Sandal – $70

SixtySeven Platform Metallic Sandal - $89 (Available at Nordstroms and select Winners locations

Birkenstock “Madrid” Sandal -  $77.60 (on sale)

Browns Snake Skin Sandals – $49 (on sale)

Ash Kab Womens White Roccia Platform Sandals – $150

Here’s how I’m wearing the trend…

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summer dress with straw bag and birkenstock sandals

Super, Natural!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Blouse: Thrift Store | Denim Shorts: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners | Silver Sandals: SixtySeven Shoes, Nordstroms and Winners | Hat: Robson Street Vendor | Bag:  Louis Vuitton “Noé” | Custom “NADITTUDETM” Necklace: Jeweliette Jewellery | Nail Color: Essie “Roarrrrange” | Makeup: Tom Ford Beauty Make Up For Ever and Nars

I feel so refreshed after having spent the past week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,  for a client’s wedding.  I feel grateful to be able to travel anywhere for my job and do what I love.  What a awesome start to the summer; I’m still on vacation mode!  To be honest, I feel extremely fortunate to come home to my beautiful city of Vancouver, where nature abounds!   The green grass, shimmering beaches, coral sunsets and majestic mountains; all of which offer great inspiration to draw from, especially for fashion and style….

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

It’s funny how the colors in my outfit parallel the colors that surround my seaside setting in this week’s style series (green, cream, blue and orange and silver).  If you look at the color wheel, blue and green are next to each other on the cool side (tertiary colors), while orange opposes them on the warm side, thus making them complimentary to one another.  Colors that are contrasting or “complimentary” will always go together and when you mix in a third color (either cool or warm) with a neutral metallic accent,  your outfit will look complete! (Style Sacrament #3 – DLDB: Dark, Light, Dull, Bright)

Kits Beach

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

Trend Spotting:

I’m loving this seasons new “Ugly” sandals (…ugly is the new pretty!).  These were so in style when I was in high school (almost 20 years ago – YIKES!).  My parents used to call them “Jesus shoes”.  Well they weren’t wrong, as it feels like I’m walking on water when I’m wearing them!  Plus, they seem to work with so many things in my wardrobe!

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nadia Albano

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

 Makeup:

I went natural and glowy this week.  I’m wearing Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #34 mixed with Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in “Fire Lust”.  I dusted on NARS “Laguna” bronzing powder and on my lips is the Tom Ford Lip Shimmer in “Solar Gold”.

Enjoy the sunshine, friends!

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Tom Ford Beauty…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Make-up, Reviews | 0 comments

It goes without saying that Tom Ford is a creative genius; fashion designer, artist and film director, among many things.  A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to be invinted to the new Tom Ford counter at Holt Renfrew, Vancouver, to experience Tom Ford Beauty first-hand. Upon arrival, I met with Katherine Holmes, Executive Director of Global Communications for Tom Ford Beauty.  We took a walk through the pristine counter and played with the luxurious product line.  I was extremely impressed, at the same time, not one bit surprised by the attention to detail that Ford put into his exquisit packaging and branding.  I especially love the TF logo embossed onto every product.

I sat down with Tom Ford Beauty Manager, Cise, for a customized makeup application.  She used a few things that caught my eye during my walkthrough with Katherine, and incorporated a few of her own favorites to the mix.  Thank you, Cisa, for making me feel like a superstar!

Here are a few Tom Ford products that I’m absolutley obsessed with…

Top Row:  Eye Defining Pencil, Espresso – $36 | Brow Sculptor, Chestnut – $44 | Eye Color Quad, Cognac Sable – $79 | Illuminating Primer – $74

Bottom Row:  Bronzing Powder, Gold Dust – $95 | Lipstick, Nude Vanilla – $50 | Cheek Color, Love Lust – $57

Tom Ford Beauty is available exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada at the Toronto Bloor Street and Vancouver locations.

xo,

Gratitude with NadittudeTM!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

Event Details:

 Floral Design by: Blumen Floral Boutique | Decor by: Debut Event Design | Desserts by: Le Gateau Bake Shop | Rentals by: Salmons Rentals and A&B Party Rentals | Event Planning by: Countdown Events | Public Relations and Social Media: Mitchell Fawcett of Motive Communications

Swag Bags Sponsors:

Elsa Corsi Couture Jewellery and Jeweliette Jewellery | Jessica Boffo of Kards Kouture | KMS California and Goldwell | Malene Grotrian Design | Make Up For Ever Canada | Perfect Wedding Magazine | Real Weddings Magazine

It’s hard to believe that it’s been one year since we relocated to our new studio space on W. 1st Ave in Kitsilano.  More over, I’m thrilled to be celebrating three years of being in business!  My how time flies!  I feel very humbled and extremely blessed for the success my team and I have had over the last 3 years.  The outpouring of support from everyone around us has been overwhelming.  From our loyal clients to our industry friends, and of course our family – THANK YOU!

The idea of a one-stop beauty and style studio was a dream of mine for many years.  In fact it was conceived back in 1997; I still have my notes, journals and sketches of what I wanted to achieve in my career.  It has been a long journey of learning, growing, falling down and getting back up etc., and in the end, I managed to manifest my dreams into the reality that I live today.  It’s remarkable what you can achieve when you stay focused, have a tenatious spirit, work hard, and love and respect the people around you!

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Thank you to everyone who made it to my “Gratitude with NadittudeTM” soiree; I’m always so impressed with everyone’s kindness, support and love!  Special THANK YOU to my amazingly talented team (Vanessa, Annelie, Julie, Roberto, Laine, Cathy, Jason, Madeline and Rebecca).  You are always open to accepting new opportunities and working together in such a positive way!  It truly is a pleasure to work with each and ever one of you!

Thanks, Angel Casanova, for doing such a beautiful job on all of the salon upgrades and renovations!  You nailed it, my friend!

Merci to all the sponsors and vendors (mentioned above) for your generosity, time and for helping me bring this event to life!  Holly, these photos capture the vibe of the evening so vividly!

To my friends and family, especially my mom — Thanks you for always being so encouraging, loving and nurturing.  You have been my sounding board, cheerleaders and fans since day one; GRAZIE!

Of course, to my partner in crime, my right hand man, my husband; who I am so incredibly in love with — thank you for putting up with me and my crazy ideas and late nights.  You are my rock and I would not have achieved my goals without your love and blessings!

Salute, Everyone!

xo,