Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo
When in doubt, wear black! Well, that’s usually my motto, but this season I’m saying yes to hues of grey! Although we Vancovuerites will be seeing plenty of grey skys in our forecast, I’m embracing this shade to keep things cool and break up my common colour palette of black-on-black-on-black. Sometimes black can feel a little intense – even unaproachable. So to lighten things up, I’m showing you a few of my favorite staple pieces that you might want to incoporate in your wardrobe this season.
There’s something about a leather jackets that make me feel strong and uber cool, and this beautiful piece is no exception! I scooped this up at Winners this summer $250. The brand is called Selected Femme ; a Danish based company. Their design esthetic is very clean, modern and chic. I will admit that when I saw durable, pebbled leather shell, I almost hesitated to buy it! We were having such gorgeous weather at the time and shopping for Fall outerwear was the last thing on my mind. I’m glad I came to my senses and purchased it because this is probably one of the best investments I’ve made. It’s a timeless staple piece that will carry it’s weight for years to come. My long sleeve top is from one of my favorite stores on the planet, Club Monaco. This staple can be coordinated with both a casual and workwear enables, and is an ideal piece for layering. Last but not least, my slim fit jeans by JBrand. I find that JBrand is a great fit for my curvy body. The “Maria” cut features a skinny leg with a high-rise waist (Thank you!) and a slimming silhouette, through hips and legs, that holds its shape.
Don’t forget your mani!
I’m a regular at the new Joyride Nail Salon, on W. 4th and Burrard, in Vancouver. If you haven’t had a chance to experience it, you must! It’s steps away from our Nadia Albano Style Inc headquarters, and Sadhbh (pronounced Sive) is my go-to gal for a great mani/pedi! She’s been doing my nails since day one, and the entire team is lovely and extremely professional. For this week’s post, I chose a two-tone grey combination; mostly because I liked both shades of grey and couldn’t decide on just one.
Have a fantastic weekend, Everyone! Wishing you and yours a lovely Canadian Thanksgiving! xo
Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography
Last week I was at the opening of the new Nordstrom flagship store, in Downtown Vancouver, to meet with Patricia Bensimo; the National Trainer for Burberry Cosmetics. Patricia walked us through the new Burberry installation to show us all the wonderful beauty product Burberry has to offer! The store looked incredible and the counter was buzzing with customers getting their makeup done.
Bensimo explained that Burberry beauty is effortless, timeless and runway-inspired. The products are easy to apply and are often multi-use. It evokes the quintessential “British” look of a natural glowing skin, which stands at the heart of Burberry philosophy. It’s inspired by the brand’s “British” heritage and outdoor roots and that the line was developed by Wendy Rowe (Burberry’s Makeup Artistic Consultant) and Christopher Bailey (Burberry’s Cheif Creative and Executive Officer).
I’m a sucker for bold colored, matte lipstick and the Burberry Lip Velvet series has no shortage of fabulous shade! The best thing about this formula is that it’s highly pigmented, non-drying and leaves a creamy and soft-matte finish. My favorite shades are “Military Red” and “Ox Blood” – LOVE!
Burberry Cashmere Foundation
New to the Burberry range is the Cashmere – Flawless Soft-Matte Foundation which offers a soft-matte finish and cashmere-like comfort. It provides a light-weight texture and breathable, long-wear durability. It also contains SPF 20 in the lighter shades and SPF 15 in the darker shades, to protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays. I tested out the new Cashmere Concealer, which has a fabric tip applicator and allows for easy application and long-wear finish.
Tip: Patricia suggested using Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, prior to applying foundation, to create a light fluid illuminating complexion.
I’m a fragrance junkie and I absolutely fell in love with the My Burberry fragrance, which encapsulates the essence of a spring garden. The design details of this glass bottle reflects iconic details of the Burberry trench coat. The ribbon is made in a stone-colored gabardine fabric, while the lid resembles the button on the Burberry trench. Very clever, Burberry!
Patricia, THANK YOU for taking the time to see me on such a busy opening week! Congratulations to you and your incredibly hard working team on the re-launch of Burberry Cosmetics. It’s always a pleasure to connect with you and catch up and I look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Vancouver! - Bisous xo
Photography by: Daniela Ciuffa
I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Eastwood Cycle and AG Hair to launch several pop-up blow dry bars this fall titled “Spin Hair We Care”. Here’s how it works: If you’re a Vancouverite looking for a heart-racing workout, followed by a primping session with a little NadittudeTM, you can attend one of Eastwood Cycle’s classes, then sit back and enjoy a relaxing blowout courtesy of Nadia Albano Style Inc. The blowout menu will feature four styles: Après Spin, Beachy Waves, Cycler off Duty, Spin it Straight, and for non cyclists – a No Spin Street Style. Each blowout is offered at a cost of $25 each. The best part about this event is that proceeds go directly to the Women Leading Change foundation. Founded by AG Hair, this charitable organization builds schools to educate young girls in some of Africa’s most impoverished regions.
Eastwood’s classes are held throughout the day, with Friday’s first session starting at 6:15 a.m. and the final class ending at 5:30 p.m. Cycling enthusiasts (and blowout fans alike) can get in on one of these special events by signing up for one of the following pop-up dates: the launch on Friday, Sept. 25; Friday, Oct. 23; or Friday, Nov. 27. All blowout #SpinHairWeCare sessions will be hosted in Eastwood Cycle’s headquarters located at 154 West Hastings St. in the heart of the historic Gastown neighbourhood.
About Eastwood Cycle
A place to start your cycling journey and a community to foster those who have already begun. Eastwood Cycle is on a mission to transform bodies, ignite passions, explore music and inspire others. Opened in September 2014, Eastwood is empowering others by helping them build inner and outer strength, all in their indoor cycling sanctuary in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood.
About AG Hair
Inspired by the world of fashion, hair and culture, AG creates a new standard of beauty through products that are handcrafted to deliver on their promise. Since 1989, AG Hair has become a name synonymous with integrity and a brand whose devotees can’t help but Use. Love. Repeat. A portion of every bottle sold goes to AG’s Women Leading Change Foundation, building schools for underprivileged girls in Africa
About Women Leading Change
Women Leading Change was originally founded by AG Hair CEO Lotte Davis, as a way to educate and empower women. Since 2008, the organization has raised more than $1.8 million and has helped build a total of five schools.
Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause. We look forward to seeing you there!
Photographed by: Union Photographers
In my last makeup tutorial, I showed you how to create a flawless day makeup that takes only five steps and 5 minute to apply. This week, I’m showing you how to transition that clean day makeup into a quick and easy to achieve evening look, using only a few additional products. The idea behind this makeup style was inspired by the 80′s and is my toned-down version of Beyonce”s makeup design at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Now, let’s keep in mind that we’re still in our summer season and I didn’t want to go too over-the-top with a dramatic blacked out smoky eye. I still wanted to maintain an effortless vibe with this makeup; something I could create while on vacation or going from work to dinner out with friends. I also wanted to showcase that you don’t always have to wear eyeliner on you upper lid (like a traditional cat-eye). Wearing liner on the lower lash line creates a more edgy look that can compliment both a nude and/or bold lip color.
Here’s a recap of how I achieved this day makeup look. I kept it simple and used Mereadesso’s Tinted All-in-One Moisturizer in “Light” to even out my complexion. I then added NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna” to contour my face and to create a soft sun-kissed glow. To enhance my eyes, I framed them by filling in my eyebrows with Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil, and simply coated my lashes with Estee Lauder’s “Little Black Primer” mascara. And finally on my lips, I layered on my Mereadesso Tinted Lip Treat in “Burgundy”.
Step 1: Apply eye shadow
Step 2: Apply eye shadow on the lower lash line
Next, sweep the same color as shown above onto the lower lash line, this time using a tapered domed shadow brush like Mint Brush #24.
Step 3: Brighten under the eyes with concealer
To brighten and clean up under the eye, I’m using Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer #325. If you’ve never tried this concealer, you’ll love that it reduces the appearence of fine lines and creates a very natural radiant finish. It’s also oil-free and provides medium coverage.
Step 4: Illuminate the brown bone
Apply a frost or satin eye shadow to the brow bone to highlight the eyes and to create softness. I’m using “Hey” from the MAC Warm Neutral Eye Shadow Palette. I have to add that I’m in LOVE with this shadow kit! The colors in this palette are extremely versatile and work beautifully for creating a soft day look or a full-on smoky look. It’s definitely an investment that is worth every penny!
Step 5: Rim the lower lash line.
Rim the lower lash line with a liner color of your choice. To try something other than the typical black or brown, I’m using MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in “Undercurrent” , an aqua blue-black liner with sparkle and shimmer. Use an angled liner brush to smudge out the liner, as this will create a softer line.
Step 6: Define the lips with lip pencil
I already applied the Mereadesso Lip Tint in Burgandy, so to define the mouth shape and deepen the color, I lined filled in my lips with with MAC Lip Pencil in “Burgundy”
Step 7: Illuminate the skin
To highlight and illuminate the skin, I dusted on Make Up For Ever’s Pro Sculpting Duo on my cheekbones and peak points of the face, to create a strobing effect on the skin.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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!
Meet the organizers…
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!
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!
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!;)
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.
- 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
The Road Not Taken by: Robert Frost
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…
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
Happy Friday, Friends!
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
6. What are 5 beauty products that you can’t live without?
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)
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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..
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!
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…
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.
Congrats, Daisy and Egidio! Your 1 year Anniversary is coming up and we wish you many more years of love and happiness!