Ce Soir Noir…

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Events, Fashion | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo

Vancouver was buzzing on Tuesday night.  On the West side of the city, folks were dressed to the nines, en blanc, as they wined and dined the night away at Canada Place.  While on the East end of the city, it was all noir, as people of all ages gathered together to break bread and celebrate summer at Crab Park.  It’s interesting, I was invited to both events, and seeing as I had attended the Diner en Blanc event last year, I was very intrigued and curious about Ce Soir Noir…

Downtown, Vanccouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The FaceBook invitation reads:  “This is no chic-picnic. It’s actually not fancy whatsoever. It’s also free. We are here to invite you to a democratic gathering in CRAB Park on Tuesday, the 25th of August. The task at hand is simple – dress head-to-toe in your blackest clothes, grab some friends, some food and beverages, a big blanket and set yourself down for the evening for peaceful resplendence in one of Vancouver’s finest parks”.

I liked what I was reading, and was especially touched when I read: *We ask that you also bring an item of non-perishable food to donate. We have partnered with Backpack Buddies and they will be on site in a clearly marked area accepting food donations. There are some children that go hungry every week that could use some extra help, so why don’t we help?

So I pulled myself together and made my way down to the park to have a look-see and meet with event organizers to learn more about this night black.

Downtown, Vanccouver, Nadia Albano, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, Nadia Albano, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details…

Here’s the the “hi” and “low” of my outfit.  My slip dress is from Value Village.  I love this little number, especially the criss-cross back detail AND because, A) it’s black, and everything looks good in black; B)  it’s so effortless and easy to wear; and C) it was only $10 – SCORE!  My wedge sandals are from Winners.  They’re Steve Madden and I scooped them up for $29 – LOVE!  My bag is Alexander Wang and you’ve seen me wearing this one many time.  It’s a splurge item I purchased 5 years ago and it’s still going strong!

Downtown, Vanccouver, CRAB Park, Nadia Albano, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, CRAB Park, Nadia Albano, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

I had the opportunity to meet Graeme Berglund and George Vergette, the “Men in Black” behind this event, and here’s what they had to say…

How did Ce Soir Noir come to be?

We wanted to do something that was tongue and cheek in response to Diner en Blanc.  We’re both artist and liked this idea of having a instillation of a large gathering of people in the park wearing all black.  In this day and age, it’s as simple as posting a FaceBook page and gaging peoples’ response.  Within 24 hours, it struck a cord, and a nerve, with people and the online response was incredible.  Primarily because it caused a discussion between the interest at both the “white” and the “black” parties.  The reality is that both events can exist together and their are people that like aspects of each event.  We wanted to create an event for those who felt like they were not interested in going to Diner en Blanc.

Downtown, Vanccouver, Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Accessories, Jeweliette Jewellery, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Accessories, Jeweliette Jewellery, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Accessories, Jeweliette Jewellery, Bag, Alexander Wang, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, Nadia Albano, Dress, Value Village, Accessories, Jeweliette Jewellery, Bag, Alexander Wang, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, CRAB Park,  Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, CRAB Park, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Why Crab Park?

It’s our favorite park.  It’s centralized, secluded and in an industrial area with no worries about noise restriction for neighbors.  Very few people know about it but this park has a lot of history behind it.  It was originally named Portside Park in 1986.  In 2004, a neighbourhood park committee known as “Create a Real Available Beach” (CRAB) championed their support behind this recreational area, and officially renamed it Crab Park at Portside.  It’s so accessible because you walk right off of Main Street and over the bridge, and there it is!

Nadia Albano with Ce Soir Noir Organizers, Graeme Berglund, George Vergette, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano with Ce Soir Noir Organizers, Graeme Berglund, George Vergette, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Meet the organizers…

Graeme Berglund (left) and George Vergette (right), are both visual artists and have known each other since 2001.

Downtown, Vanccouver, CRAB Park, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Downtown, Vanccouver, CRAB Park, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 Will their be a Second Annual Ce Soir Noir?

This may be the first ever,  one-off event.  We’ve been contacted by other people in other cities to create an event like this; cities that are hosting Dine en Blanc that want to take on a simlar concept under the same name.  We’ll have to digress to see where we go from here.  There’s definitely room for growth!

Nadia Albano, Downtown, Vanccouver, CRAB Park, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Downtown, Vanccouver, CRAB Park, Ce Soir Noir, Daniella Guzzo Photography

What a lovely evening!  I’m so glad I came out, and I look forward to next year’s event.  Thank you Graeme and George, for taking the time to chat with me.  Congrats on a fantastic community gathering!

xo,

Hammer Time!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Fashion | 1 comment

Photography by: Daniella Guzzo

Do you ever get a hunch about something?  You know, that unexplainable gut feeling… the one where everyone is turning right and your instincts tell you to turn left?   And as scary as it may feel at first, you just trust your gut and it turns out to be the best decision you’ve ever made.  You know that the tingling in your tummy is legitimate. right?  And you need to go with it!  It’s feels risky sometime to go against the grain, but I think that’s the making of a great explorer of life and self; one who takes a less popular or unexpected route toward their destiny.  Sure it may take longer to get there, but why not enjoying the ride.   As MC Hammer once said, “I’m too legit to quit!!”, and I ain’t about to – HA!;)

Nadia Albano, Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Shoes, Minnetonka, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Shoes, Minnetonka, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

This week’s look brings me back to the days of  the Harem Pant: aka “drop-crotch” or “MC Hammer Pants” pants.  It’s a style that many never thought would make a come back, but here they are, in varying cuts.  These days they’re styled a little less over-the-top than on the 90′s (and boy did I bust many a move in these bad boys back in the day!).  I love this cut!  I particularly like these polka-dot print, jersey pants that I picked up at Winners, simply because of the color and print, and obviously the comfort factor.  I coordinated them with a simple white tank top from Club Monaco and denim jacket from American Eagle (…both wardrobe essentials).  The idea here is to let the pants take center stage and stand out on their own, without anything else completing with them.  I chose my pebbled leather Alexander Wang “Diego” bag to carry my belongings, and  slipped on these tan suede Minnetonka moccasins to keep things neutral.   As footwear alternatively, you could wear leather flat sandals or birkenstocks, to show off a cute pedicure, or  rock a cute pare of slip-on sneakers.  Either way, this is a great transitional outfit for the coming weeks, as the weather starts to cool down.  A great outfit for traveling, running errands, or for back to school.

Tips:

-  For a work appropriate look, opt for a tailored cut with a more structured fabric and something with a less exaggerated drop crotch like a relaxed jogger — Zara , French Connection , JCrew , Club Monaco

- Keep the look easy and relaxed.  For a casual “street” look, keep your top loose and baggy and only tuck in the front of your shirt for that laid-back look — H&M , Aritzia , Top Shop

- Try these for a more relaxed athletic look - Lulu Lemon , Adidas , Nike

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Bag, Alexander Wang, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Bag, Alexander Wang, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, Shoes, Minnetonka, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, Shoes, Minnetonka, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Style, Harem Pant, Winners, White Tank, Club Monaco, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 

The Road Not Taken by: Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

xo,

Makeup Tutorial – Fresh Day Look!

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

There’s something to be said about minimal makeup; It’s easy, provides a glowing complexion and makes you look put together in moments.  The goal with this look is to use the right products in all the right places.  Follow along below to get this look using my Style SacramentTM “Five-in-5″.  That’s Five makeup steps in 5 minutes…

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Union Photographers

Cleanse the Skin

Start with a clean face.  This week, I’m using Mèreadesso Face and Neck Cleaner; a non-foaming all-in-one makeup remover, mask, scrub and toner that will even conquer waterproof mascara.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Step 1: Even out the complexion

Next, I then applied Mèreadesso Tinted All-in-One Moisturizer in “Light” to even out my complexion.  I was surprised to see how well this product camouflages my imperfection, because traditional tinted moisturizers do not provide this type of coverage — thumbs up, Mèreadesso!!

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Nars Cosmetics, Laguna Bronzer, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Nars Cosmetics, Laguna Bronzer, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers

 Step 2: Contour the face and warm up the complexion.

Define your bone structure by using bronzer to contour the face.  You’ll want to apply bronzer in the hollow of the cheek (below the cheek bone), on the outer corners of forehead and, along the jaw line and neck (as seen in the diagram above).  I’m using NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna” ($48).  On the apples of the cheeks, you’ll want to apply blush, to create a rosy glow.

Tip:

Blush and bronzer perform differently.  My general rule of thumb is, use bronzer to create that all-over, sun kissed glow.  Use blush to bring out your natural underlying pinkness in the cheek, which provides a healthy coloring in the skin.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Stila Stay All Day Precision Brow,, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Stila Stay All Day Precision Brow,, Union Photographers

Step 3: Fill in the brow

When your makeup is very clean and simple, it’s important to play up other areas of the face to pull the look together.  Seeing as in this look, the eyes are left undressed, you’ll want to frame you eyes by defining the shape of your eyebrows.  Try out the Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil ($21); it’s great for creating a natural line.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso, Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, Union Photographers

 Step 4: Mascara

For this look, I wanted a light-weight mascara, and selected Estee Lauder’s “Little Black Primer”.  This mascara is fantastic as it’s a all-in-one product (…as you can see, I really like multi-use products).  It tints, amplifies and sets the lashes.  The bonus is that it can be used on it’s own and/or layered with mascara to create the look of longer, fuller lashes.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso Tinted LIp Treat, , Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mereadesso Tinted Lip Treat, Union Photographers

Step 5: Pull the look together with lipstick

To finish the look, I chose this Tinted Lip Treat by Mereadesso in “Burgundy”.  This product is made with incredible ingredients such as, evening primrose, grape seed, coconut and sunflower oils – then enhanced with Vitamins C and E.  What’s not to love?!

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Happy Friday, Friends!

The Latest Scoop!

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Fashion, Nadia at Work, Reviews | 2 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Ciuffa Photography

What store is beautiful, filled with tons of super fabulous, on-trend fashions at very reasonable prices, and offers exceptional customer service?  The Latest Scoop on South Granville Street!  I’m so pleased about this week’s business profile featuring Vancouver’s favorite pop-up shop, The Latest Scoop.  From the moment you walk into this space, you feel like a kid in a candy store and don’t know what you want to get your hands on first.  Business owner and founder, Deb Nichols, has brought this little treasure to various locations throughout Vancouver since 2004, and I can happily say that I ALWAYS seem to walk out of her stores with a smile on my face and loot full of great threads.  Here’s what Deb had to share with me…

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

I started the latest scoop in 2004. I had been in retail for years and left it to raise my young son, but, I realized fairly quickly that I was not very domestic so I decided it was time for me to return to my love of retail…but this time I would write my own rules!  At the time, I found stores to be uninspiring, all looking alike without any intrigue or fun factor so I thought of a store that only opened certain months of the year (4 months in the Spring and Summer and again 4 months in the Fall & holiday season).  A store that had no buying rules – if it was on trend, current, beautiful & well priced  then we could buy it!

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

 

2.  What can clients expect when they shop in your store?

Our goal is to inspire our customers and to put the fun back into shopping! It’s one reason I decided to carry such a diverse mix of product (furniture, fashion, accessories, gift and home decor).  During the stores downtime,  we are traveling somewhere wonderful to source new products and ideas.   While we are gone our designers reinvent the look of the shops to give them a fresh new feel.  If it is industrial in feel one season it becomes bold & graphic the next. We do this with great thought to keep our customers inspired.  A lot of time & thought goes into our merchandising, with a wide product mix it’s important to give the store a cohesive look.

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Deb Nichol, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

Myself and my co-buyer, Caroline Forsyth (27 years old)  – we also involve our incredible sales team in some of the buying trips and choices. We bring in anything we love – it has to be current and on-trend (on trend – not trendy!).   Because we sell out 50% of our stock each week we are in Los Angeles or New York every 2 weeks to replenish with new styles and colors. We also understand our customer and her needs, so, in a way, we take each one of our customers with us on a buying trip!

The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Accessories, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Accessories, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Jewellery, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Jewellery, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

4.  Who are your style inspirations/icons?

I wouldn’t want to give any 1 or 2 woman all the  credit!  I, like most women, am influenced by actresses and magazines, but mostly I am inspired by women I see in NY, LA, Paris, Rome, Madrid..cities I visit often.

 

 

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

 

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

Black heels to wear with a sexy dress or denim, denim in blue or black – different legs for different looks.  White shirt, white tees, blazer/jacket that can be worn with multiple looks.  Oversized sweater (love grey for this) but it has to have a great shape to it.  A fun pair of flats (mine are leopard) and the best bag (mine is camel) all pulled in with a scarf (aka paris look!).  I could keep going…a white jean, an easy fitting shirt dress, boots, kimono cardigans …you get the idea :).  I love clothes that are versatile; depending on how you put them together will give you different looks.

The Latest Scoop, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Summer Essentials, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Summer Essentials, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

Lipstick, concealer, Geisha Ink brow liner, body oil and Clinique mascara.  I do try for chemical free as much as possible.

The Latest Scoop, Candles, Home Accessories, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Candles, Home Accessories, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Home Decor, Accessories, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Home Decor, Accessories, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

7.  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)

Casual-Chic.

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

8.  Which do you prefer: New York or LA? Paris or Milan?

ohh…tough one. I love New York but adore Paris.  Then again Rome…sorry, all of them!  But if you are insisting then I say Paris.

Coffee or Tea?  Coffee

Stilettos or flats?   I like flats but am loving the low sexy heels I picked up in Paris…i love that we are now getting more choices in lower heels.

Leather or lace?  Both, depends on my mood!

Sweet or Savory? Savory.

The Latest Scoop, Home Decor, Accessories, I See Noise, Prints, Randa Salloum, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Home Decor, Accessories, I See Noise, Prints, Randa Salloum, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Home Decor, Accessories, I See Noise, Prints, Randa Salloum, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Home Decor, Accessories, I See Noise, Prints, Randa Salloum, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Home Decor, Accessories, I See Noise, Prints, Randa Salloum, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Home Decor, Accessories, I See Noise, Prints, Randa Salloum, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

 

9.  What’s the next for the Latest Scoop? Any new projects coming up?

E-commerce this fall!  Finally!  And a pop up store – for when and where, you need to follow us on social media (Instagram, Twitter) or be on our email list!  And we love it when our customers suggest locations too!

The Latest Scoop, Shopping, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Shopping, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The Latest Scoop, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Now that was one great dose of retail therapy!  Thank you so much, Deb, for your time — I know you’re a busy woman.  I applaud you for the growth and success you’ve seen over the past 10 years.  I’m a huge supporter of female entrepreneurs!  A HUGE thank you to your lovely team and staff for their kindness, warm hospitality and service they provided me.  I look forward to another shopping haul very soon, before everyone scoops everything up!

The Latest Scoop is located at 2928 Granville Street, Vancouver (Between 13th & 14th).  Hours of operation are Mon-Thurs & Sat: 10-7, Fri: 10-8 & Sun: 11-6

xo,

Bike Lane…

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Fashion, Make-up | 1 comment

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo

The last time I hopped on a bike was over 5 years ago, when my husband and I spent a weekend in Whistler, and before that it was when I was 11-ish years old.  I’ve been wanting to buy a bike for years now and never got around to it, until a month ago…

My client, Christina, came in for a hair service and was telling me that her neighbour, (a good friends with Christina’s late mom, Anna), was clearing out her garage and offered to give Christina her daughter’s old bike.  It wasn’t exactly the right fit for Christina but she kept it in hopes to pass it along to someone who could use it.  When Christina heard that I was shopping for a bike, she offered it to me!  I was so excited and eager to take if for a spin, that I picked it up within a few days.  It needed a little TLC, but for a starter bike, it was perfect!  It hadn’t been ridden in years, so I took in to the experts at Reckless Bike Store, in Kits where they pumped my tires, replaced the breaks and adjusted my seat.  Of course I added a basket, because no bike is complete with out a basket – right?!  And then I discovered a blogger named Alison Lucien, who is the owner of Elanor’s Style Stylish Bicycle Accessories for Ladies.  She  actually based out of New York and I LOVE her blog and business idea.  Her bike shop offers a great selection of  bike accessories that are stylish and functional for women, and she shares tips and tricks for looking “french girl chic” not “tour de france” — what’s not to love about this?!

I’ve been really working on having a work/life balance and I try to ride my bike when ever I get the chance.   I love feeling the breeze in my hair and freely cruising around and exploring.  I don’t always know where I’m going but I trust, and follow, my inner compass and it always seems to lead me to great places.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination”, and the journey has been great so far!

Nadia Albano, Bicycle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bicycle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details

I’m loving the denim trend this season.  We’re seeing denim on denim jeans with jacket (aka: “The Canadian Tuxedo”),  denim overalls, denim cutoffs with a boyfriend shirt, and of course, the denim dress.  I saw this sleeveless little number at Winners and thought it was perfect for our gorgeous Vancouver summer.  I love the comfort and ease of dresses because you don’t really have to think about what to wear it with; you just slip it on and off you go!  I styled it with a woven leather belt, to cinch in and define the waist.  For footwear, I slipped on these cute metallic gladiator sandals, which I picked up a few seasons ago from Aldo Shoes, then added  this cute cross-body little purse, to hold my essentials like lipstick, iphone and keys.  This purse is a Value Village find for only $10.   To complete the look, I accessorized with my fave RayBan sunnies and my Jeweliette Jewellery studs and compass necklace.

Nadia Albano, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, San Pellegrino, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, San Pellegrino, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Mereadesso Skin and Beauty, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Mereadesso Skin and Beauty, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup

On my days off, I like to keep my makeup routine very simple.  Here are a few of my makeup essentials for this au naturel look..

Face: Mèreadesso Tinted All-in-one Moistruizer in “Light”| NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”

Eyes: Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara | Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3

Lips: Mèreadesso Tinted Lip Treat in “Sheer Burgundy”

Nadia Albano, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Compass Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Compass Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bicycle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bicycle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

I always say, “I want to die knowing that I lived”, and to me that means enjoying every aspect of your life, especially the simple things; because it’s good for the soul.  I’m dedicating this blog post to Christina’s mom,  Anna, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Anna was a client of mine who had a zest for life.  She was a kind and classy lady who had so much wisdom.  We shared great stories together and she will be missed.  Anna loved being around her friends and family, and adored her children.  I feel fortunate to have been able to know her and her passing reminds me how important it is to live each day as if it’s your last.  God Bless!

Peace and Love my friends!

 

Fresh as Daisy!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Hair, Make-up, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photographed by: Richard Giordano Photography

We feel very lucky to work with so many wonderful brides.  This week I’m sharing images of our lovely client, Daisy; one of the sweetest people I have ever met!  We hosted her and her bridal party at the studio, where she got ready for her big day, and here’s how it went…

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Makeup and Hair

Daisy wanted a clean and classic look for wedding day.  We kept the makeup light and natural and created a low, side-chignon.  To incorporate softness, I twisted pieces from the sides of her hair into her chignon to create texture and for an added touch of romance.  For volume, I backcombed the crown area and finished the look with side sweeping fringe.

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, KMS California, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, KMS California, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Congrats, Daisy and Egidio!  Your 1 year Anniversary is coming up and we wish you many more years of love and happiness!

xo,

Pasta Famiglia!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Nadia at Work, Reviews | 0 comments

Photographed by Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Growing up, I used to always cook along side my mom; which explains my love for food.  The concept of preparing something wholesome and with love, to share with friends and family, is what life is all about.  It’s a way of connecting and sharing that is unlike anything else.   For me, cooking feels liberating and relieves stress, especially while your sipping on a glass of vino.  For me its a free-style art form for my mind, body and spirit.

With my busy schedule, I’ve been feeling a little disconnected in the “art of doing stuff”, like riding my bike, drawing and preparing food from scratch.  So, I spend the afternoon with my friend and fellow Italian, Peter Ciuffa, to jumps start my love for home-made cooking.  Peter is the founder of Pasta Famiglia Artisan Pasta and Italian Cooking Classes.  He is a very charming and funny man with tons of interesting stories and loads of passion!

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Outfit Details:

I wanted to be comfortable yet stylish, during my pasta making session with Peter.  I slipped on my navy-blue palazzo cropped pants from Winners, with this boxy nautical striped t-shirt from Joe Fresh, and for  a little sparkle, I layered on this chunky gold necklace, that I found at Value Village.  Of course, one must always wear an apron while cooking, so I layered this cute green one on to protect my duds.

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano,  Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

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

A. Pasta Famiglia began 3 years ago. As an Italian-Canadian, who’s family has been involved in food & hospitality for over 100 years, my quest was to bring artisan bronze extruded pasta to Vancouverites. My pasta was carried in stores locally and sold at various Farmer’s markets but the biggest demand from my customers were requests to learn how to make their own pasta. The business/obsession has now morphed into me teaching classes, demos and private parties, where my guests learn my family traditions of pasta making.

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia,  Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano,  Pasta Famiglia, Gnocci, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What can clients expect when they take your pasta making classes?

A.  As the worlds only professional pasta making actor, I like to turn my classes into a bit of theatre. I’m lucky to have grown up Italian and learned to cook from the amazing women of my family. I am also lucky that while acting, I have worked in restaurants in NYC, Rome and Vancouver, learning tricks from chefs, which I pass on to you. The classes are small hands-on affairs of 6 to 8 people, taught in non-traditional locations. We cook, we snack and you go home with pasta/gnocchi for two. When you leave my class, you will be able to make traditional pasta or gnocchi for the ones you love.  Plus you’ll have heard a few stories and shared some laughs.  This poem I wrote sums up my philosophy…

Eat with those you Love and you will stay in Love,
Eat with those you Like and you may fall in Love,
Eat with those you hate and you may learn to Tolerate.

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano,  Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  You love singing when you cook, what’s on your current play list?

A.  James Brown, Sam Roberts Band, The Black Keys, The Rat Pack, Whitehorse, Lucio Battisti

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What are your staple cooking tools everyone should have in their kitchen?

A.   A cast iron skillet for searing & frying || stainless steel frying pan for sauteing ||  sharp chefs knife for everything || An enamel cast iron pot for braising || wooden spoon for tasting, stirring and smacking hands that are picking at the food (…tradition) || 2 large pasta/stock pots; one for soups and sauces, and a wide mouth one for boiling pasta!

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What are your 5 ingredients you can’t live without when cooking?

A.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil || Sea/Kosher Salt || Garlic || Lemons || Parsley

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  Who is your style inspiration/ icon, when you’re not working in kitchen?

A.  My biggest style inspirations are: 1)  My Dad. He was born in 1926, had me at 50 and had an old school style. Looking at all his old photos with everyone in beautiful tailored suits, pressed shirts, cuff links and fedoras left it’s mark.  2)  My time living in NYC taught me that trends come and go, but personal style is forever.  3) My time living in Rome taught me that  Italians live for “La Bella Figura”, which literally means “The beautiful figure”, but really means “Keeping up Appearances”.  Whether they’re teenagers in ripped jeans or fathers wearing the latest designers, they take the time to style themselves before they leave the house. PS My Mom never left the house unless she was presentable. Translation, done up to the Nines – lol!

Nadia Albano, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Cermatics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Druta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What do you prefer: New York or LA? Paris or Rome? Coffee or Tea? Wine or Water? Sweet or Savory?

A.  New York || Rome || Espresso || Wine || Savory.

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What’s the next step for you and Pasta Famiglia? Any new projects coming up?

A.  I just finished filming a Hallmark Movie of the Week and returned from a trip to NYC and am I’m playing a bit of catch up. Outside of teaching classes and auditioning, I’m in pre-production for a cooking/comedy web series, and a large Italian dinner event for the winter. Both the series and dinner will bring my two passions of food and acting together into something unique.

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Grazie, Peter!  I had so much fun and I thuroughly enjoyed my gnocci!  I look forward to attending your dinner event this Winter.

In the mean time, to catch all of Peter’s adventures, you can follow him on twitter {@PastaBoyPeter}, instagram {@pastaboypeter}.  To sign up for classes (which would be such a fun idea for birthdays or bridal parties), and find out about events and his show, sign up for his email list at www.pastafamiglia.ca .  Be sure to check out Peter’s  acting career on IMDb

Makeup TruTorialTM – Cut Crease Liner

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

Well hello there, friends!  I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend so far.  In this week’s makeup tutorial, I’m showing you one way to create a cut crease eye makeup design.  It’s very easy to create and I hope you will follow along and give this makeup style a whirl…

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20150616_Trutorial-0003Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation

Starting with a clean face, I  applied Mèreadesso All-in-One Moisturizer on my face and neck.  This product has now made it in on my “I-can’t-live-without” beauty list and acts as a moisturizer, serum and primer.  The great news is that it will be available at Notrdstom,  in Vancouver this Fall, or online at www.mèreadesso.com.

To even out my complexion, I buffed on Make Up For Ever HD Foundation ($50) with a skunk brush (Mint Brush #42)

20150616_Trutorial-0006Step 2: Apply eye shadow base

Apply a wash of satin-ivory shadow onto the entire eyelid and blend up to the brow bone.  I’m using MAC eye shadow in “Shroom” and applying the color with Mint Brush #22

20150616_Trutorial-0007Step 3:  Eye Liner

Holding the outer part of the eye taut, begin drawing on eyeliner, using short strokes and starting from the inner corner of the eyes.  Be sure to get as close to the lash line as possible and work your way toward the outer corner of the eyes.  Extend the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye lid in an upward possession.  In this photo, I’m using a black eye pencil like MAC PowerPoint Pencil in “Engraved”.

Tip:

Use a Eye Kohl Pencil as an alternate product option, as this formula is smoother and easier to blend out.

20150616_Trutorial-0010Step 4:  Extend the Eyeliner

To smooth out the liner, use an angled liner brush (I’m using Mint Brush #26) and lightly feather-out and extend the line at the outer corner of the eye.

20150616_Trutorial-0014Step 5:  Draw liner in the crease

To create a more defined and dramatic contour, use the same eye pencil as above to draw a line into the crease (roughly 3/4 way in).   Be sure to keep the line at the outer corner thicker and taper it as you work your way to the middle of the eye lid.

20150616_Trutorial-0017Step 7: Blend out crease liner

Using a tapered shading brush, smudge out and soften the crease liner.  Be sure to keep the bottom line (along the lash line) crisp and untouched.

20150616_Trutorial-0019Step 8: Define crease liner with eye shadow

Dip the domed shading brush (Mint #24) into a black or charcoal-gray eye shadow , then sweep it into the outer corner of the eye and atop the liner.  This technique will deepen and blend out the hard crease liner.

20150616_Trutorial-0023Step 9: Apply Shadow liner to inner corner of the eye

Next, rim the lower lash line using an angled liner brush and black or charcoal-gray eye shadow.  This will tie into the design of the upper lid, and define the shape of the eye.  I’m using Make Up For Ever M-100.

20150616_Trutorial-0031Step 10:

Dab a frosted eye shadow. such as MAC “Nylon”,  onto the inner corner and middle of the eye to brighten the eyelid to add a little dimension and shimmer.   Apply the same shade to highlight under the brown bone to make make the brows pop.

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20150616_Trutorial-0039Step 11:  Tight line the eyes.

Rim the waterline with black eye pencil.  Waterproof is your best option for longevity.  Also, if you want to create a very bold and opaque looking makeup, try using a waterproof cream liner.  I’m going for a more transparent finish in with this look (eyeshadow and liner) as it’s softer and can be styled for day of evening without looking to heavy.

20150616_Trutorial-0041Step12: Contour and shade the face.

To shape and contour the face, use Mint Brush #16 to shade in the hollow of the cheek bone.  Blend upward toward the ear and hairline until you see a subtle, yet defined shadow.  I like using the Make Up For Ever Skulpting Kit to achieve a perfect contour.  I find it very user friendly and easier to control.

20150616_Trutorial-0045Step 13: Complete the look

To complete the look,  dust on a hint of bronzing powder all over the face to warm up the complexion.  Next, dust on a shimmering highlighter to the peak points of the face (cheek bones, bridge of nose, chin, above brown bone), to give the skin a perfect glow.  Fill in the eyebrows to frame the eyes and opt for a neutral lip color to balance out the intensity of the eyes.  I selected MAC “Snob” with MAC Pro Long Wear “In Anticipation” .  As for blush, I dusted the apples of my cheeks with a pink shade in by MAC called “Pink Swoonl”

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Have a great weekend, everyone!  I hope you get around to trying this look, and when you do, be sure to snap a selfie and tag me on Instagram or Twitter.

Nadia Albano Style Inc. – Summer Soiree

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

It was an evening of sipping, nibbling and celebrating as Nadia Albano Style Inc. entered it’s 18th years in the biz – YAWZA!  You see, in a nutshell, I started my career as an independent, mobile freelance makeup and hair stylist.  Over the years, I  happily worked in various leading hair salons, cosmetic counters and fashion retailers.  I developed my craft in the beauty and fashion industry and worked hard at building a good reputation with my peers in the industry.  I worked with Vancouver Community College, where I founded and taught the Make Up Artist Certificate Program for 5 years.  I took an inspiring trip to Paris with my husband in 2010, then opened my first boutique studio space in Downtown, Vancouver (on Granville at Robson) in 2011.  Shortly after that, I began writing my weekly “Makeover” column in the Province Newspaper and provided my support and expertise in various publications across Canada.  In 2013 I moved the business into the quaint Yorkville area in Kitsalano (just minutes from Downtown), where I now call my home away from home.

I feel extremely proud and grateful for all of the wonderful growth and positive endeavors I have experienced thus far and can honestly say that I wouldn’t be able to do what I love the most without the love, encouragement and support from all of you; my loyal family, friends, staff, colleagues and guests.  To show my gratitude with a little NadittudeTM, and to celebrate how far we’ve come,  I hosted an intimate garden themed summer soiree last week and here’s how it went down…

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Hilary Miles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Hilary Miles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Countdown Events, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Countdown Events, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Countdown Events, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Candy Bar, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Countdown Events, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Candy Bar, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, NadittudeTM Cookies, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, NadittudeTM Cookies, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Prosecco, Fire Fly Wines and Ales, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Prosecco, Fire Fly Wines and Ales, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Andy Chu, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Andy Chu, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Natalie Langston, Andy Chu, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Natalie Langston, Andy Chu, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Roberto and Erin Sousa, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Roberto and Erin Sousa, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Madalena and Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Madalena and Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Sparkle Media, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Sparkle Media, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Samantha, Annelie, Roberto and Vanessa, Summer Soiree, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Samantha, Annelie, Roberto and Vanessa, Summer Soiree, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The Wedding Lady, Jeweliette Jewellery,  Summer Soiree, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The Wedding Lady, Jeweliette Jewellery, Summer Soiree, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Summer Soiree, Jessica Thomas Cooke, Wanderlust Management, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Summer Soiree, Jessica Thomas Cooke, Wanderlust Management, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Wade Chan-Kent, Vincent and Theo Videography, Holly Truchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Wade Chan-Kent, Vincent and Theo Videography, Holly Truchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Hilary Chan-Kent, , Wanderlust Management, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Hilary Chan-Kent, , Wanderlust Management, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Model Valentina, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Model Valentina, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Holly Turchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Holly Turchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Jaleh Fotoohi, Nadia Albano, Gratutude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Jaleh Fotoohi, Nadia Albano, Gratutude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Holly Truchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Holly Truchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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

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

Nice Pops, Popsicles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nice Pops, Popsicles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nice Pops, Popsicles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nice Pops, Popsicles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Kristy Ryan, Blush Wedding Photography, Elsa Corsi Ear Cuff, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Kristy Ryan, Blush Wedding Photography, Elsa Corsi Ear Cuff, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Maurizio Peta, Debut Event Design, Le Gateau Bakery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Maurizio Peta, Debut Event Design, Le Gateau Bakery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Le Gateau Bakery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Le Gateau Bakery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lucas Mattiello, Level Up Living, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lucas Mattiello, Level Up Living, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Joe Sakic, Lucas Mattiello, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Joe Sakic, Lucas Mattiello, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Annelie, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Annelie, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Vanessa,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Vanessa, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Soha Lavin, Coundtown Events, Hilary Chan Kent, Wanderlust Management, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Soha Lavin, Coundtown Events, Hilary Chan Kent, Wanderlust Management, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Daniella Guzzo, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Elsa Corsi, Aubrey Arnason, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Elsa Corsi, Aubrey Arnason, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Lele Chan, Tutu and Fru, Nadia Albano, Kristy Ryan, Blush Wedding Photography, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Lele Chan, Tutu and Fru, Nadia Albano, Kristy Ryan, Blush Wedding Photography, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Roberto, Samantha, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Roberto, Samantha, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Vanessa Westerager, Aubrey Arnason, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Vanessa Westerager, Aubrey Arnason, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Maurizio Peta, Debut Event Design, Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Madelena Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Maurizio Peta, Debut Event Design, Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Madelena Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Chella Levesque, Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Chella Levesque, Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Samantha, Vanessa, Nadia, Annelie, Cathy, Silvia, Roberto, NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Samantha, Vanessa, Nadia, Annelie, Cathy, Silvia, Roberto, NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Stesha Ho, Canada Wide Media, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Stesha Ho, Canada Wide Media, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Holly Turchan, Union Photographers, David Light, Debut Event Design, Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Holly Turchan, Union Photographers, David Light, Debut Event Design, Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Debute Event Design, Jeweliette Jewellery, Erin Cebula, NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Debute Event Design, Jeweliette Jewellery, Erin Cebula, NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

I’d say that was a great event!  Thank you Daniella for capturing every moment, and thank you to everyone who made it out to celebrate with us.  I appreciate everyone’s kindness, support and love!  Special THANK YOU to my amazingly talented and growing team: Vanessa, Annelie, Roberto, Samantha, Cathy, Silvia and Madeline.  It feels so good to know that you have my back, just as I have yours, and that you’re open to accepting new opportunities and experiences.  You are all a wonderfully honest, kind and talented group of individuals and make coming to work so enjoyable!  I love and appreciate you all so very much!

Big thanks to all the sponsors and vendors for your generosity and time, and for helping me bring this event to life.  Soha, Jenny (Countdown Events) and Chella (Chella Lavesque Inc.)…you ladies ROCK!  This event went off without a hitch because of your guidance and expertise! – MERCI!!

Jeweliette Jewellery (Madelena and Elsa),  THANK YOU for always making us ALL sparkle a little brighter, and for supporting and encouraging me through my career over the years.  You ladies are the real deal! xo

An extra special GRAZIE to my dear, dear friends, David and Maurizio of Debut Event Design, for transforming my space into an outdoor garden escape.  You two are truly the best in the business and I’m so grateful that you’ve been in my life for the past 18 years…and counting — LOVE YOU!!

Thanks to my beloved family and friend for always being so encouraging, loving and nurturing.  I’m eternally grateful for you!

To my partner in crime, my right-hand man, my sunshine, my husband “Jozy-Bear” — I am so incredibly in love with you and am glad we’re sharing life’s awesome journey together.  Thanks for  being my rock and my biggest supporter!

Cheers, Everyone!

Special thanks to our event contributors and sponsors:

Countdown Events | Chella Levesque | Debut Event Design | Hilary Miles Flowers | Jeweliette Jewellery | Elsa Corsi |Le Gataue Bake Shop | Salmon’s Rentals | Fire Fly Wines and Ales | Project Skin MDDaniella Guzzo Photography | Union Photographers | Kardz Kouture | Make Up For Ever | KMS California

Lady Bug…

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Polka-Dot Culottes: Value Village | Sleeveless Faux-Leather Top: Winners | Red Sandal, Sam Edelman: The Bay | Sunnglesses: Urban Outfitters | Accessories: Jeweliette Jewellery, Minichello Jewellers

We walked the neighborhood of East Van (where I grew up) and came across this beautiful floral backdrop.  These colorful blooms worked perfectly with this weeks blog vibes which is all about enjoying the little things in life.  After all, it’s the little things make me the happiest!  I enjoy the sunshine that beams through our bedroom window in the morning; waking up to sweet kisses on my face from my hubby as he leaves for work; breathing in the clean fresh Vancouver air…and the list goes on.   I’ve been feeling extremely motivated lately and have been staying super healthy by exercising every morning, eating well and trying to find a work/life balance.  I can’t help but feel incredibly grateful and blessed for each and every day.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot, Culottes, Lady Bug, Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot, Culottes, Lady Bug, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

Marc Jacobs once said, “I don’t think there is ever a wrong time for a polka-dot”, and I couldn’t agree with him more!  There’s something so quirky and playful about this print; it reminds me of a ladybug.  I spotted these cute pleated culottes for only $10, so obviously I scooped them up.  They have an elastic waist band and are very billowy — sooo comfy and great for traveling!  This shape adds a lot of volume so it’s important to define the waist by wearing something structured on top, like this tailored, faux-leather sleeveless top.  On my feet, I’m wearing my red cork wedged sandals, from a few seasons back, for a splash of color and a little height.  I like the look of a flat pointy shoe with this outfit as well, to elongate the leg and for a Euro-chic vibe.

Nadia Albano, Flowers,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot, Suede Red Wedge Sandals, Sam Edelman,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot, Suede Red Wedge Sandals, Sam Edelman, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Short Hair, Balayage, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Short Hair, Balayage, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Jeweliette Jewellery, Minichello Jewellers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Jeweliette Jewellery, Minichello Jewellers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Get this look with these products…

Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118 | Laure Mercier Secret Camouflage #3 | NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”

Eyes: MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in “Engraved” L’Oreal Carbon Black Mascara

Lipstick: MAC “Damn Glamourous”

Nadia Albano, Animal Print Clutch, Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Animal Print Clutch, Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Polka-Dots, Lady But, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Polka-Dots,Lady Bug, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Happy Weekend, Everyone!  Enjoy every minute of it – xo