Photographed by: Union Photography
Who’s ready for the long weekend?? I know I am! And to get things started, here’s a fun and colorful makeup tutorial you might like to try. This look is inspired by a recent editorial shoot I worked on with Perfect Wedding Magazine called “Rosegold”. This is a much more tamed down version of the look I created for the shoot, using Paul and Joe Beaute!
When I was first introduced to this product line, I wasn’t convinced it was going to be a product I would use. The packaging was very artistic and fun and it seemed like a cute novelty product. I finally decided to test things out and was so impressed, I knew I had to feature it in my tutorial. And I have to tell you…these products are awesome!
This look is very soft and can be played up by adding eyeliner, false lashes and brighter lip.
Step 1: Start with a clean and moisturized face.
I started with a clean face and Mereadesso All-in-One Moisturizer.
Step 2: Apply Primer.
To help minimize the appearance of pores and prepare the skin for foundation, I used the Paul and Joe Pore Smoothing Primer. I applied this to the “T-zone” are and into the center of my face.
Step 3: Even out the complexion.
Dispense a pump of the Paul and Joe Perfecting Makeup Primer onto the back of your hand. Starting from the center of your face, blend the product out into the skin with a foundation brush. You’ll notice that this light coverage, all-in-one makeup primes the skin and acts as a moisturing serum. It comes in two shades and can be used underneath foundation or on it’s own.
I really love using it on it’s own and every time I wear it, people always comment on how radiant my skin looks! This makeup primer has now become my absolute must-have beauty product ever! I use it daily and the packaging is ideal for travelling!
Step 3: Apply eye shadow.
Paul and Joe creates these limited edition compacts with really fun and playful packaging. I mean seriously, this packaging looks like origami! This one pictured is Paul and Joe Face & Eye Color CS 101.
Using medium fluffy blending brush, I applied the pink eye shadow color onto my entire eyelid to play up my eye color. I am pleasently surprised at how highly pigmented this palette is and how nicely it blends. It is a shimmery textured shadow and reflects beautifully!
Step 5: Contour the eyes.
Next, blend the bronzy-gold eyeshadow from the palette, into the outer corner of the eyes to create depth and dimension. Softly blend the brush back and forth into the eyeball socket, just slightly beyond the brow bone, to create soft transitional shading.
Step 6: Curl lashes and apply mascara.
At this point, you can curl the eye lashes and apply Stila – Mile High Lashes Mascara to amplify and define the lashes.
Step 7: Shade in the lower lash line
To add a little more dimension and definition to the eye, I apply the pink eye shadow along the lower lash line to tie into the the shadow on the upper lid.
Step 8: Play up the eyes with a brighter pop of color.
For an extra kick of color, I dipped my small presicion brush into the matte red shadow (which can also double as a blush, believe it or not!) and applied it into the outside corner of the eye to deepen the pink and create a fuchsia shade. Remember, less is more. The trick is to add the red eye shadow in small doses and build upon the color until you achieve your desired tone.
Repeat this along the lower lash line…
As I mentioned at the top of this post, there are so many directions you could go with this look by adding liner and lashes. Try any of the following…
a) Apply a black or brown eyeliner to the waterline to create a bottom heavy smokey look,
b) You could apply a plum or fuchsia pink liner to the waterline to play up the pink and color factor,
c) You could apply a black “cat-eye” liner to lengthen and make the eyes appear larger and more dramatic.
Step 9: Apply Blush
Lightly dust on the Paul and Joe Powder Blush. I’m using this limited edition shade in cool-pink and applied it on my cheeks, two fingers a was from the nostril.
Step 10: Apply lipstick.
I went with a light pink shade and am using Pur Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick in “Shopaholic” . Try a bold red lip with these eyes, or, amp up the eyes with lashes and liner and opt for a nude beige lip color!
You can see how this look is very soft and subtle. It’s a great foundation to build on and there is definitely room to expand on this look. I hope you have fun with it and maybe try this look over the weekend! – xo
Photographed by Daniela Ciuffa Photography
Who remembers how awesome Carrie’s closet was in HBO’s “Sex in the City”? I mean, seriously! As an adult woman with a pretty decent wardrobe and closet setup, I still think about how happy Carrie’s closets made me feel to this day (over 12 years later!). Every single piece in her closet was so carfully selected to suit her one-of-a-kind style sensibility. She had the most amazing mix of designer, main-stream and vintage pieces, her shoe collection was jaw dropping and the way her outfits were pulled together in such a thoughtful, creative way is what made her (Sarah Jessica Parker) one of the most iconic and sought after style mavens in fashion and television history.
So if you looked into your closet today, what would your clothing say about you? Would it say that you’re casual, chic or eclectic? Is your style relevant and authentic to the lifestyle you are currently living or aspire to have? Is your look making a positive first impression on other? Let’s face it, an organized closet that is filled with piece that you love, fit your body and work with your personal style is going to save you time and most importantly money. Not to mention, your confidence and performance levels will soar through the roof and you will be unstoppable.
I made a house call last month to help my client, Angela, with a “”Rockin’ Walk-in” session. This involves me coming to your home, dissecting, editing and sprucing up your wardrobe while giving you the tools you need to maintain a style that reflects your personal and professional goals. In using the 7 step program I created called “7 Style SacramentsTM” , I help women identify their personal style and teach them how to create a wardrobe that works for their body type and performance needs; in turn making them look and feel there best. These 7 Style SacramementsTM are an easy-to-follow guide to help women build a wardrobe and personal style that is on budget and full of #NadittudeTM.
My styling session starts off with a questionnaire that we fill out together, which allows us to determine your style goals and needs, and helps me to create a blueprint for a successful session. This is a crucial part of the wardrobe session because it allows the client to be honest with themselves about what their goals are and truly helps to determine what their authentic style esthetic really is.
Next we go though basic color theory and discuss how color can positively or negatively impact the way you look and feel. I teach the importance of color balance, how to coordinate an outfit based on color and we determine which color scheme works best for the style category(s) you gravitate to most.
To get inspired, and to open up the style dialogue, we flip through a few fashion magazines, where clients will tag images of what they find appealing and desirable. This process allows me to look at style through your eyes and provides me more insight in developing your style blueprint. Once I’ve gather all of this information, the “Rockin’ Walk-In” session begins…
Style Sacrament #1: SASS: Shop According to your Style and Silhouette
To kick things off, I take your full body measurements to determine you body type, and actual size. I find that so many women are dressing themselves for a different body type. They either wear garments that are too large for their frame and shape, making them appear larger than they actually are. Or they are hanging on to garments that used to fit them when they were a few sizes smaller than they are now, and get down on themselves for not having lost the weight.
Body image seems to be a constant struggle for women, and society’s perception of the ideal body can be a little distorted. We seem feel the need to compare ourselves to others, rather than celebrating our own beauty and owning what our mama gave us (..if ya know what I mean!). I always encourage my clients to dress for the body they have NOW, because in the long run, you will look and feel better. Secondly, their are so many ways to camouflage or enhance the body. Knowing which cuts, fabrics, patterns and colors to wear will aid you and not work against you. The goal is to draw attention to your assets rather than your imperfections.
Style Sacrament #2: “Ship, Shape and Shop”
This is what I like to call, separating the “Keepers from the Kreepers”; where we dive deep intro your closet, try everything on to ensure everything fits correctly, and eliminate anything that does not work for your style or body type. We determine which items will be donated, what will be kept and reintegrated and then create a shopping list of what is missing. This part is very hands on and labor intensive for both of us. In fact, it’s somewhat of a work out and I ask my clients to wear comfortable clothing that is easy to slip on and off. Also a good idea to have 3 baskets to help us stay organized.
Shape: This basket is for all of the items that fit well and work with your style. We are essentially shopping your own closet with fresh eyes and reintegrating these items back into your closet.
Shop: As we work through your closet, we are making a list of the core essentials pieces that you are missing and need to shop for in order to build a solid wardrobe. This list will also include organizational tool to purchase, such as hangers, storage boxes etc., to keep your closet pristine and tidy.
Style Sacrament #3: W.O.R.K Essentials (Weekend, Office, Recreation and (K)night)
Now that we’ve “demolished” your closet, so to speak, we are now ready to use your style blueprint to build you a wardrobe foundation filled with the core essentials that every woman can’t live without. I created a master list called W.O.R.K Essentials, which stands for: Weekend, Office, Recreation and (K)night. Each of these areas have their own elements of style and essential garments, which can be combined to maximize your wardrobe, or kept completely separate from the other, depending on your lifestyle.
Style Sacrament #4: 5 C’s – Casual, Classic, Chic, Charming Couture
Determine your style category. I believe that we are generally dominant in one style category and are influenced by a second or third category. For example, we determined that my client, Angela, is a “Classic-Chic”. Her work attire is business casual but sometimes corporate. Her core wardrobe is traditional and smart, yet she likes the idea of injecting a hit of the unexpected and edge, i.e.: leather, graphic print and stitch detail. Once you know what you tend to gravitate to, you’ll have an easier time shopping for clothing. This will also indicate the types of store you can successfully shop and find everything you need. For example, a “Classic-Chic” might find success shopping at Banana Republic (Classic) and Club Monaco (Chic).
Which style category do you think you belong in?
Casual: Comfortable, easy and earthy
Classic: Timeless, traditional and smart
Chic: Minimal, edgy and cool
Charming: Pretty, feminine and colorful.
Couture: Unpredictable, original and one-on-a-kind
Now, before we can move any further, we’ll need to “Shop, Drop, and Roll!”. Yes, it’s time to hit the mall, drop some cash and roll on out so we can pull together your new and improved outfits! Some of you may choose to do this on your own, while others prefer to have me on-hand for support. Remember, we want to maximize our wardrobe, and when shopping I have one major rule: only purchase items that can be styled at least three ways with the items you already have in your wardrobe.
On the other hand, if you have a good core wardrobe, like Angela did, you may find that a fresh pair of eyes can really maximize what you already have, and your list will be very minimal!
Style Sacrament #5: DLDB: Dark, Light, Dull Bright.
This is my favorite part of the entire Rockin’ Walk-In session – pulling the looks together! This is where we coordinate outfits, photograph each look and create your very own style catalog. When pulling an outfit together we want to incorporate something Dark, Light, Dull and Bight. It’s all about balance, cohesion, contrast and texture. We want to be thoughtful about how we coordinate our look so that it looks interesting yet effortless. We want to dress for the occasion so that our outfit is suitable for the audience and our performance needs. And we want to be able to easily transition our look from day-to-evening with a simple change of the shoes or accessories.
Here are examples of how we styled 1 shirt 4 ways…
At the end of Angela’s session, we created roughly 30 looks from what she had in her own closet. That means a totally different look for each day of the month. A by the time she shops for the missing core items, she’ll have 60+ looks to choose from! That’s pretty incredible, would you say?
Style Sacrament #6: Five-in-5 Beauty
To tie the entire look together, it’s important to maintain a simple makeup and hair grooming routine. Here are a few makeup essential that every woman should have in their makeup bag: Foundation/concealer, bronzer, mascara, brow corrector and lip gloss. Anything else is bonus! If you are not very familiar with makeup or are stuck in a rut, I highly recommend booking a personalized makeup lesson with a professional. We offer them at the studio as one-on-one or group sessions and they’re super fun and informative!
Style Sacrament #7: 3P’s: Prep, Prime and Polish
We all know how a bad hair day can throw us off, which is why a great hair style is so important to have. But great hair only comes with a great stylist (wink, wink!), products and easy styling techniques.
Prep: Always start your style with a great shampoo and conditioner suited for your hair type and color needs.
Prime: In order to achieve a certain style, you’ll need some styling products. Ask your hairstylist which products you should use to achieve the look you want. If you want to try a new blow-dry or curling technique, ask your stylist to teach you so that you can recreate it at home on your own.
Polish: Seal the style with the right finishing products to maximize your look and maintain the style all day.
I hope you found this post helpful and inspiring. My goal is to align every woman’s image with their personal and professional goals and to help them look like a million bucks for a fraction of the cost. At the end of the day, style doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, au contraire mon frère! Style is all about #NadittudeTM; that is being proud of the person your are, having fun and being gracefully bold!
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and to celebrate my mom, I asked the lovely and talented, Daniella Guzzo, to photograph a portrait session for us. As tradition has it, we’ve been doing these styled photo shoots for the past three years and they are so much fun; I highly recommend! It gives us a great excuse to get dolled up, spend time together and create memories. My mom is quite the character. She’s always cracking jokes and seems to find humor in everything! She seriously has the best one-liners ever, even when they don’t always make sense in her cute little Italian accent. Seriously though, I cherish our time spent together and feel extremely fortunate to have such a beautiful, strong, vibrant, enthusiastic and uber stylish woman to look up to everyday.
You never cease to amaze me in all that you do; you are the best and I love you so much mama!
We decided on a black and white color theme for this year’s shoot and shopped our own closets. We pulled together two very cute ensembles, which are perfectly suited for an afternoon with mom.
- Mom’s Outfit – Mom is wearing this adorable, light-weight polka-dot sheath dress that she purchased in Italy several years ago. A polka-dot print is super playful and this sheath cut fits her perfectly. In fact, this cut is flattering on every body type! She added a patten leather belt to cinch in and define her waist, and coordinated the look with these fabulous black and white cross-strap pumps, also from Italy.
- My Outfit – I love the look of horizontal black and white stripes. It’s chic, always in style and contrasts mom’s polka-dot print perfectly. My top is from a cute little boutique in New York, (which I featured in a previous style post called “Momiji Gardens“) . I wanted to show a little skin and opted for these fabulous black shorts by DKNY from Winners. I layered on this structured white blazer vest, also from Winners, to incorporate a light and bright airy feeling. When trying this look, be sure that the length of the blazer sits at least one inch above a shorter hemline to maintain balanced and proportion. My shoes are by Chelsea Paris from Wardrobe Apparel in Gastown. These sandals are so fun and were definitely a great investment as they work with pretty much everything in my closet!
Thank you Daniella, for taking these beautiful photos. My mom is going to LOVE them!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there! – xo
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
Have you ever had those months where you seem to have fall into a whirlwind of work-overdrive, where you say yes to everything, even when you know you should be saying no. Where you ignore your burnout signals and forget to slow down, or even breath for a moment, and take care of body and soul. Next thing you know, exhaustion sets in, you start feeling unbalanced, stressed, unappreciated and quite frankly, a little cray-cray – hahaha! Well that was me over the past two months. And let me tell you, it was not a pretty sight. My house was a disaster, I didn’t see my husband and my poor eating habits lead to major stomach pains! After working for 21 days straight without a day off, I knew I had to do something to get me back on track.
Spring time is usually the time of year where I like to pause for a moment to regroup, reflect and re-direct my focus toward new projects and goals. The change in weather, and the excitement of summer fast approaching, gives me a boost of optimistic energy, which fuels my creativity, and sparks a fire in me to want to do everything! May is the lead-up to my busiest season, on top of my regularly schedule commitments, and as I looked back, I realized that I did not take the time to stop and appreciate the many incredibly diverse and exciting project I’ve been a part of over the past several months. Sadly, I feel like I have not really stopped to take it all in and enjoy my accomplishments. Interestingly enough, I’m not alone. In my daily encounters with people, I hear many of us sharing the same thoughts and emotions as we’re all working hard to get through our “to do” lists and not taking the time to enjoy “the moment”.
I get that we all lead busy lives, but the reality is that we can only be at our best when we take the time to slow down and take a minute to just be still and chill out. We need to spend time with ourselves, our family and our friends, to unwind and re-charge. Once I hit my wall, last month, I made a promise to myself to get back on track and decompress by committing to having a little more balance and down time.
Here’s what I do to help me slow down and stay grounded. I’d love to know what works for you.
1. Reflect and give thanks – I feel so grateful for the life that I’ve been afforded and I give thanks for it everyday. I believe it’s important to thank the people we encounter throughout the day as it show appreciation and kindness. And that, in turn, will be reciprocated in many different ways.
2. Get Centered – Daily meditating or praying are extremely important and crucial for having a clear mind. I believe that thoughts are things and find that prayer and meditation keeps me focused and humble, and gives me the power to exude peace and love.
3. Get Grounded – When I get swept up into my work and routines, one way I like to break that routine is to connect with nature and go for a walk. While I’m walking, I’ll find a spot to sit down and either enjoy a great view, connect with my hubby or friends, or simply people watch (it’s fascinating!). I met a woman, a few years back, who is a Reiki Therapist and she explained that by literally sitting down on the ground, you will feel rooted and refocused. And she was right!
4. Delegate Tasks - I’m lucky to have an incredibly supportive team and family who I can depend on to help me get things done. As a busy stylist and business owner, there are so many things that are happening around me that I could not possibly handle all by myself. From emails and phone calls, appointments and photo shoots, and of course cleaning and shopping; the list goes on. It took me a while to pass the tasks along, and I’m glad did.
5. Relax – When times get really hectic, a spa treatment is my favorite way to treat myself and get pampered. I love having relaxing body massages at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. It’s a great way to escape and experience exceptional service, all while being in my own city. When I need to heal my hands and feet, Joyride is my go-to place for relaxing manicures and pedicures!
Peace and Love, my friends, and hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Photographed by: Peter Hensen
Eco Fashion Week, presented by Value Village, wrapped yesterday…and I gotta tell you , I’m feeling the withdrawl already! I spent the past week with some of Vancouver’s most incredibly creative, inspiring, innovative and out-of-the-box thinking designers who have one common goal in mind; creating sustainable, eco-concious fashion that harmonize beauty and the environment. Myriam Laroche, Eco Fashion Week founder and Presindent, was at the helm of this spectacular event and was gracious, calm and oh so charmining every step of the way.
To kick off the fashion shows, we saw gowns constructed out of recycled linens donated by Fairmont Waterfront Hotel at the “Balmain Chic Sheets”. Then Carolyn Bruce Design worked with with glass, semi-precious beads, eco-friendly recycled and re-purposed materials to create gorgeous custome jewellery. Dahlia Drive inspired us with her gorgouse clothing cunstructed from discarded white curtain sheers and slips, which were silkscreened with Haida art.
Next we met emerging designers of VCAD (Visual College of Art and Design), as they showcased at the Value Village for the “81 lbs Challenge”. Students recunstructed and repurposed 81 lbs of clothing into a beautiful, wearable, unique and one-of-a-kind collection! Well done guys! (high fives all around!!)
The show that was near and dear to my heart was the Value Village’s “Thrift Style Challenge”. Stylists Natalie Rees, Jason Pillay and I were given the challenge of creating a full 10 look collection using only thrifted items from Value Village. Each of our collections were completely different from the other and were all very well received by the audience (thank you!). Erin Cebula, from ET Canada, was on-site covering the entire event and was kind enough to include us in her segment on ET Canada, Thursday evening. How exciting! Thank you, Erin – xo. Click HERE to watch.
And for those of you who missed the show, here’s a full look at the collection that I presented, which was inspired by my 5 favorite cities (Paris, London, Florence, New York and San Francisco). I wanted my collection to evoke a feeling of depth, maturity and playfulness; world travel, femininity, sexiness and strength. To me, style is all about #NadittudeTM and being gracefully bold!
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated in Eco Fashion Week, Value Village and everyone who helped make this event so wonderful! THANK YOU to Myriam for inviting me to be part of this special and very important event! Hat’s off to Value Village for partnering with us and inviting me to “take over” your instagram account; that was fun! Huge gratittude to the everyone at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for being so hospitable and providing such a great experience. To all the event partners and everyone backstage (ie. dressers, producers, makeup and hair artists, photographers, models, organizers, and caterers), I appreciate your hard work and dedication to helping make this event come to life. And of course, I’m sure I speak for everone when I say, thank you to everyone for coming out to watch and support us all with our creative journey into sustainable fashion and style!
BIG LOVE and happy weekend! Ooh… and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Westender to read our Spring Style Fashion “Dos and Don’t’s” feature written by Niki Hope!
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo
It’s Cherry Blossom season in Vancouver and I’m loving it! There are trees in full bloom throughout Vancouver, and everyone is coming out to photograph them and take part in the Annual Cherry Blossom Festive, which runs March 24 – April 17. Daniella and I have started a new tradition of shooting among the cherry blossoms and this year Daniella scouted the perfect location in Burnaby, under a canopy of what looks like pink snow – so beautiful!
With the weather also turning, I am fully embracing the Spring season. I’m pulling my lighter and brighter favorites out of the closet, as nothing says Spring quite like the color white; it makes everything look so crisp and fresh! Everything that I am wearing in this week’s style shoot are from seasons past and because they are classic cuts and neutral in color, I’ve been able to carry them through the years without looking dated. When I work with my clients on their “Rockin Walk-In” wardrobe session, I always encourage them to work with what they have. If it works for your style category and body silhouette, and if the style is timeless, all you need to do is add a few accessories to style the look in a relevant way. Sometime new isn’t always better, we just need to wear what we love and love what we wear!
Take for example my white cotton blazer. I got this at Zara almost 4 years ago, and it’s still going strong! I slipped it over my silver pleated peplum blouse, which is a real oldie that I picked up almost 10 years ago at Winners on the sales rack for $20 – score! I can’t even believe it still fits me but I love this piece and can’t seem to let it go. The peplum cut is great for camouflaging the tummy area and the fabric has a lovely reflective sheen to it and works beautifully for all seasons, casually or dressed up. AND, I love how it coordinates so nicely with my vintage sparkly clutch from Value Village!
These ankle zip, blush pink pants are Jbrand (my favorite demin brand because they fit me the best!), also from Winners from 3 years ago, are the perfect fit and length. Being petite it’s challenging to find a hemline that does not require alterations, especially when there’s a zipper detail. For the most part, I always need a tailor to alter my hemline, and it’s a wise idea to get to know a great taylor in your area!
My shoes are by Sophia Webster (I die!) and I got them at The Bay downtown 3 or 4 years ago. I absolutely love this designer simply because her shoes have so much personality or, should I say #NadittudeTM! – haha. The delicate leather floral detail on the front really stand out and every time I wear them, I get so many compliments! More over, her ornate and colorful shoe designs elevate a simple outfit so beautifully!
And in case you didn’t know, I’ll be taking over Value Village’s Instagram feed over the next three days so be sure to follow along and join in on the fun! Click here to learn more… @nadiaalbanostyleinc
Have a fantastic weekend – xo
Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography
Eco Fashion Week, presented by Value Villiage, is just a few weeks away (April 9 – 14) and I’m am SO excited!! The organizers have planned five days of fashion, education and creativity that will encourage public dialogue aimed at providing information on the challenges, opportunities and innovations facing the sustainability of the garment and textile industry. It’s a plaform for new designers and stylists to debut their talents and a place for us to celebrate some the experienced veterans in the fashion industry.
I am honored to be one of the three stylists taking part in the “Thrift Style Challenge” on Sunday April 11 at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver. Each stylist recived a $500 budget to create an entire runway collection using carefully gathered Value Village pieces. From mood boards to music, model castings and our cleaver imaginations, we each managed to pull together ten head-to-toe outfits using only thrift items, and I can’t wait to showcase my collection!
I spent some time in Value Village curating my collection (and shooting some content for the show with Shane Morgan) and here’s a little behind the scenes look at my shopping experience…
Find the Find:
Inspired by my 5 favorite Cities (Paris, Florence, New York, London and San Francisco), my collection combines the charm, romance, art, diversity and beauty of each City. It’s feminine, romantic, eclectic and gypsy-esq. It’s extremely wearable and relevant to the trends we’re seeing on the runways of our favorite international fashion houses such as Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci.
I spotted this dress below, made from this gorgeously detailed and colorful tapestry fabric. I immediately feel in love with it I knew I had to somehow incorporate it into my collection. This piece reminds me of 19th Century French tapestry art, as well as a famous brand of Italian porcelain called Capodimonte . I don’t want to give too much more away so if you want to see the rest of my finds, you’ll have to make it to the show (Squeeee!… I can`t even contain my entusiasm right now!).
Well that was fun! And the best part is that I still have $150 left over – YAY! On a serious note, I hope this has inspired you to take the thrift store challenge yourself and find some incredible treasures of your own. The advantage of thrifting is that we can help reduce the amount of waste that goes into our landfills. Our donations support local and international non profit organizations, by way of community building and provides economic support to developing countries. It’s a win/win all around and Value Village taking great effort to create an impact!
If you want to learn the do`s and don`ts on thrifting, you should take a minute to read a post I published previously on my blog called “Popping Tags”, I think you`ll find it very helpful!
To register for any of the Eco Fashion Week events, click HERE.
Have a great weekend!
Photographed by: Union Photographers
This week’s makeup tutorial features beauty products from Shopper’s Drug Mart’s Beauty Boutique. Pur Minerals, Stila, Paul & Joe Beaute and Revlon Cosmetics are a few of my favorites, and here’s how I’m using them to achieve this before and after look…
Step 1: Start with a freshly cleansed and moisturized face. If you’re looking for a great skin care line that is great quality and reasonably priced, I suggest Nuxe. You can find it in the Dermatology aisle at any Shopper’s Drug Mart location. I used it for many years and continue to alternate it between a few brands, but Nuxe really makes my skin feel fantastic. My personal favorite is the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk for normal to dry/sensitive skin because it cleanses my skin AND removes my makeup (even waterproof!)
Step 2: Apply Paul and Joe Pore Smoothing Primer to the T-Zone of the face, to mattify the area and to reduce the appearence of large pores.
Step 3: Even out the complexion with foundations. This week I’m using the Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Spray on Foundation. It’s a mineral based foundation and contains Liquid Crystals, which retain moisture and reflect light for a dewy soft finish, and PÜR’s proprietary Ceretin® Complex for a satiny smooth complexion.
* For best results, spray the foundation directly onto your foundation brush (or on the back of you hand and then dip your foundation brush into it) then apply directly onto the face. Start from the center of the face and work you way out. I find that spraying the product directly on the face is challenging as it has a strong direct spray and it can get a little messy.
* Also, rather than blending it onto the face, stipple or press the foundation in the skin for a more natural airbrushed finish.
Step 4: Apply bronzer to warm up the complexion and lightly contour the face. I’m using Stila Stay All Day Bronzer in medium. This is one of my favorite bronzers because it has a matte-satin finish, it’s waterproof and it doesn’t oxidize or turn orange.
Step 5: To create this cool “Arabic” cat eye, I’m using Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen. It’s long wearing and extremely user friendly. It’s felt pen tip allows for easy and no mess application.
Start by applying a line on the upper eye lid, extending beyond the outer corner of the eyes. Next, draw a line along the lower lash line (in the same manner as above) and connect the lines at the outer corner of the eyes.
Step 6: To define the eyes, I rimmed the water line using an angled liner brush and a matte black eye shadow. I also pressed this shadow overtop of my liquid liner to set it and darken the color.
Step 7: Curl the lashes and apply Pur Minerals Big Look Lenghening Mascara. I like that this mascara contains Argon Oli, which helps to nourish the lashes, and it’s clumb-free!
Step 8: Pur Minerals makes this really cool rose colored skin illuminator call Pur Rocks. It provides a perfect hint of color to the cheeks, while creating a soft glow to the skin.
Step 9: Last but not least, I applied a bold red lip (you know how much I LOVE me a red lip…) to bring the look together and create a fun “rock and roll chic” look. This is Pur Minerals Chateau De Vine Mineral Lipstick, in Starlet, is such a great blue-red color, plus it’s Paraben-free and Gluten-Free. Cheers to that!
And here you have it, cool rocker-chic, arabic eyes with a bold red lip. Perfect for the weekend!
Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
So this is what thirty-nine feels like, hey? Ok…I can handle it! I mean, I could do without some of the aches and pains in my joints, and maybe the gray hairs too, but all in all I’m feeling pretty great! Turning forty is going to be a breeze – hahaha! (awkward laughter as I grip onto the arms of my office chair in terror…)
I laugh a little when I think back to when I was in my twenties; I thought I had it all figured out back then. I had a good job, was bombing around in my “new” used car, I had a busy social life…you know, I was living the dream – lol! Well not quite. The reality is that I was still a baby. I was exploring life and just scratching the surface of my potential.
By the time I turned thirty, I morphed into a more mature person and began eliminating the things in my life that were holding me down. I call these things the “F” words: Fears, “Friends” and Fantasies. I started letting go of the fears I had of not being good enough or worthy of success. I dropped the people in my life that called themselves “friends” and in fact were toxic and negative. Most importantly, I let go of the expectations and the fantasies that filled my head about where I should be in life compared to where everyone else was. Instead of comparing myself to others, I began celebrating my amazing accomplishments with others and nurtured my development and growth. F#@k!, I loved my thirties for that! Oops…didn’t mean to use the “F” word!;)
All of these experiences have allowed me to grow wiser and more instinctual. They’ve help me make clearer decisions and allowed me to enjoy life much more, with a lot less. And it’s interesting that in the last 20 years or so, three things have always been constant in my life.
- My strong intuition and instincts. I’ve always listened to my intuition and followed my gut instinct on everything. It’s provided great strength in the desicsions that I’ve made over the years and built up my “intestinal fortitude”.
- My sense of humor. Laughter makes everything better. At the end of the day, no matter how things turn out, laughter is the best remedy. It breaks the tension, attracts positive energy, changes your perspective and…burns calories – hahaha! Bob Marley was quoted in saying, “A smile is the best curve on a woman’s body”. You bet your bootie, Bob! And I’ll add that it’s a woman’s most unique accessory.
- My love for second-hand shopping. Ok, maybe this one’s not as deep as the others but any time I need to escape the world for a while, I go hunting for treasures and it’s always so thrilling and creative for me. It allows me to decompress, take my mind off of things and get inspired; not to mention add some cool stuff to my wardrobe and home decor, while recycling! AND…Thrifting is like hunting; it requires patience, a good eye and great instinct – you gotta get it before it’s gone!
I’m thrilled to be partnering with Value Village and Eco Fashion Week for an incredible fashion event on April 9 – 14. I’m taking the “Thrift Store Challenge” and pulling together a collection using clothing from Value Village. I’m excited to share my collection and hope that you can all come out to support the event.
This week’s look combines elements of designer fashions with mainstream and second-hand finds. The core of my outfit is black, which is always chic and timless, and my statement piece in this entire ensable is this gorgeous faux fur leopard coat. I got it at Value Villiage, with my friend Claire, for only $69 and it’s to die for!! My trousers are from Club Monaco (from last years) and I coordinated them with this black mock-neck short sleeved knit sweater from Winner. I wanted to expose a little skin (and my great pedicure) and chose to do so with these beautiful metalic Manolo Blahnik shoes from Holt Renfrew.
Note: Each of these pieces that I’m wearing are essentials wardrobe “must-haves” as they can be stylized with pretty much everything in my closet, and in many different ways.
- Change the look of a great pair of shoes by adding fun shoe clips. I found these gold bow ties at Value Village and they were the perfect match with these shoes!
- Incorporate leather into an outfit to up the cool factor. Don’t be afraid to wear your light weight leather jacket in place of your blazer.
- Incorporate pattern into your wardrobe to add a little #NadittudeTM to your look. It keeps things interesting and fun.
- Have fun mixing hi-end items with mid-range and second-hand pieces. It’s a great way to maximize your budget. Plus, Patricia Field does it all of the time!
I chose simple accessories for this look so not to compete with the the leopard coat. These lovely Moonstone Sunny Ear Jackets, and my Adjustable Pear Shape Ring are by Leah Alexandra and are the perfect fit!
Thanks for reading, friends. I hope this has inspired you to start thrifting. Remember: shop, reuse and reimagine!
Happy Weekend, Everyone!