Black Friday!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Faux Leather “Daria Leggings”: Aritzia | Black Long Sleeve Scoop Back Top: Club Monaco | Shoes: Winners | Vest, Lapis: Ross | Bag: Prada “Saffiano” Leather Tote | Necklace and Cuff Bracelet: Second-Hand | Makeup: MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics 

Happy American Thanksgiving Weekend, Everyone!  You know what that means…black Friday is here!!  And Christmas is just around the corner (…happy dance!).  Many people will be out and about, taking advantage of  the great “steals and deals”, and get much of their holiday shopping done.  So in true #NadittudeTM fashion,  I swung into holiday mode by gearing up in shades of onyx, with pops of viola; because “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” (wink)…

Nadia Albano, Park, Swing, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Park, Swing, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Leggings, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Leggings, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

My idea of a great holiday look; be it for your office party, family dinner or cocktails with friends, is dressing chic, stylish and comfortable.  You’ll notice that “comfy” is an adjective I often use to describe my style.  Who wants to fuss with ill fitting clothing, especially when food and drink will be consumed.

Today, I’m wearing head to toe black, with my Club Monaco knit top and Aritzia “Daria” faux leather leggings, (both of which happen to be on the black friday sale today!).  I slipped on these peep-toe “Shoets” (shoe boots) to dress up the look and am carrying my oh-so-fabulous Prada “Saffiano” tote — I DIE!  For a twist of the unexpected, and for a hint of color, I layered on this gorgeous lavender colored faux lamb fur vest, which I picked up at Ross for only $18!

Style Tip:  When wearing one color, head to toe, I suggest mixing textures to create contrast.  For example, the sheen from the leather leggings mixed with matte texture of the knit sweater, combines soft and cozy with sleek and smooth.  It makes for an interesting and thoughtfully put together ensemble.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photoraphy

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Leggings, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Friday, Leggings, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Bag, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

MAC Cosmetics has launched a really cool 2015 color campaign called M-A-Cnificent Me!   You may have already heard about it?  Between November 17th and December 12th, they are inviting everyone to share what makes them “M∙A∙Cnificent”, inside and out. When you enter, you could be selected as one of the six faces that will be photographed for  MAC’s Fall 2015 M∙A∙Cnificent Me! campaign, and win a trip to NYC!  Fun, right?   Make your case with a headline, brief essay and photo (selfies encouraged!) at macnificentme.com .  Good Luck!

Here’s what makes me MAC-nificent:

“Being MAC-nificent means having NadittudeTM!  NadittudeTM means being Gracefully Bold; Elegant, Gracious, Fearless and Courageous”

~ Nadia Albano

“I love wearing a bold colored lipstick!  It says so much about my personality without having to say a word!”

~ Nadia Albano

Get this look:

Face: HD Foundation #118 | Nars “Laguna” Bronzing PowderDior “Rosy Glow” Healthy Glow Awaken Blush

Eyes: MAC “Vex” Eye Shadow | MAC Eye Kohl in “Fascinating” | MAC “In Extreme Dimension Lash” Black Mascara

Bow: MAC Eye Brows in “Spiked”

Lips: MAC “Heroine”

Nadia Albano, Aritzia, Daria Leggings, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia, Daria Leggings, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia, Daria Leggings, Club Monaco Top, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Aritzia, Daria Leggings, Club Monaco Top, Prada, Saffiano Tote, Shoes, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lavender Vest, Ross, Tri-Color Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lavender Vest, Ross, Tri-Color Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gold Cuff, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gold Cuff, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Prada, Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Prada, Black Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Prada, Black Saffiano Tote, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Happy Weekend, Everyone, and be well!

xo

 

A Vanity Affair…

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 1 comment

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Kimono Dress: Wasteland, Haight & Ashbury, San Francisco | Cream Silk Romper: Unknown | Grey Thigh-High Stockings: Club Monaco (no longer available) | Shoes: Valentino “Rockstud” Ankle Strap Pumps, Holt Renfrew | Bracelete: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Tri-Color Gold Ring: Minichello Jewllers| Spike Necklace: Winners | Locket Necklace: A Cagey Bee

There’s something very magical and special about a photographer who can capture the essence, personality and mood of a person in a series of photographs.  When you take a look at the most iconic portraits, the subject typically has a calm and neutral demeanor.  They look effortless and often angelic; it’s as though you can see their soul through their eyes.  Many photographers have perfected the art of portraiture including, some of the greats such as  Gertrude Kasebier, Eve Arnold, Cecil Beaton and of course, Annie Leibovitz, who is widely recognized for her impeccable imagery, gracing the pages of Vanity Fair etc.

Here’s is a look at my in-studio portrait session with the lovely and talented photographer, Daniella Guzzo.  I must add that I feel very blessed to be working with Daniella because she is both technically and creatively skilled.  She provides a comfortable and easy-going environment, which makes being in front of the camera a little less stressful.  Thank you Daniella, for always being open to, and for sharing new ideas.  You are always so professional and fun to work with!

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Club Monaco, Valentino Rockstud Angle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Club Monaco, Valentino Rockstud Angle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

On my recent visit to San Francisco, I did a little shopping in the legendary Haight and Ashbury district, which is known for it’s incredible second-hand and vintage shopping; among other things.  One of the pieces that I found was this blush pink and gold sheer kimono dress.  It’s from a store called Wasteland, which offers everything from second-hand, consignment and designer clothing.  For this week’s style series, I was going for a vintage 1920′s boudoir inspired look, so I styled this piece as a cover up for my silk romper (a gift I received at a lingerie party).  I incorporated my charcoal gray thigh-high Club Monaco Stockings to cover my legs and to add a flapper girl flair.  The T-Strap shoe is quintessential of 1920′s and 1930′s fashion, and these Valentino “Rockstud” ankle strap pumps fit the bill perfectly and provide a modern twist on a classic.  They are spectacular, and quite honestly enhance the outfit to a whole other level!

Other ways I like to wear this kimono dress is unbuttoned over a sheer tunic tank top and my Aritzia Daria faux-leather leggings (or my distressed boyfriend jeans), ankle booties and loads of accessories.  It would also look great as belted dress, layered over this long sleeved turtleneck sweater from Club Monaco, opaque tights and either pumps, ankle booties or knee-high boots.

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Club Monaco, Valentino Rockstud Angle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Club Monaco, Valentino Rockstud Angle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Makeup, Estee Lauder, Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Nars, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Portrait, Makeup, Estee Lauder, Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Nars, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Here’s what I used to get this soft and sultry makeup look…

Face: Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #32 | Nars Bronzing Powder “Laguna” | MAC Powder Blush “Buff” | Highlighter, Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in “Ballet Pink”

Eyes: Estee Lauder Pure Envy Sculpting Eye Shadow 5-Color Palette in “Envious Orchid” MAC “Engraved” Powerpoint Pencil |

Lip Color: MAC Creme Cup

Nadia Albano, Club Monaco, Valentino Rock Stud Ankle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Club Monaco, Valentino Rock Stud Ankle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Tri-Color Gold Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, A Cagey Bee, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Tri-Color Gold Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, A Cagey Bee, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, A Cagey Bee, Valentino Rockstud Ankle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, A Cagey Bee, Valentino Rockstud Ankle Strap Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet and Stud Earrings, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bracelet and Stud Earrings, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Stud Necklace, Winners, Locket Necklace, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Earlier this week, I watched a documentary on The Knowledge Network called “Marilyn vs Marilyn”.  It was a look at the more serious side of Marilyn Monroe and her relationship with photographer Milton Greene.  It’s a must-see documentary and an interesting look at the back story of one of the most recognized and photographed women in Hollywood.

xo,

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San Francisco, California…

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Fashion | 1 comment

Photos by: Nadia Albano, Milena Santoro and my mom!

#whatruwearing:  Pants: Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda | Plaid Shirt: Kenneth Cole, Winners | Black Leather Jacket: Winners | White Sneakers: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, Browns Shoes | Sunglasses: Ray Ban “Clubmaster“, Holt Renfrew | Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Tri-Color Gold Rolling Ring: Minichello Jewellers | Stud Earrings: Jeweliette Jewellery | Orange Toque: Kiss and Makeup

My beautiful mamma is celebrting her 65th birthday this Sunday, and to commemorate this milestone occasion, I thought a surprise trip to San Francisco would be perfect to treat my mom, seeing as she had never been to San Fran before!  So I called my big sis, Milena, in Edmonton to tell her about my idea and she was totally on board.  Unbeknownst to my mom, the scheming began, and next thing she knew it, we all boarded a flight heading straight to the Golden City!

Nadia Albano, Mother-Daughter, Mom's 65th Birthday, Girls Weekend Trip, Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Mother-Daugher, Mom’s 65th Birthday, Girls Weekend Trip, Union Square, San Francisco, CA

There is so much to see and so much history in San Francisco aka: “The Paris of the West” (read more here…) !  From the moment we arrived, we hit the pavement and explored the city by foot  (and trolly) — West Beach and Little Italy; Cow Hallow and the Union Street Shops; Haight and Ashbury; Fisherman’s Warf and Lombard Street (The Crookedest Street) ; Union Square and China Town…we did it all!  We crossed the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and spent an afternoon in the quaint boating community of Sausalito. It was honestly such an amazing weekend!  We even got to catch the opening night of “I Love Lucy” at the SHN Curran Theatre , courtesy of my sister (Thanks, Mil!)

Nadia Albano, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Red Door, Kenneth Cole, Maison Scotch, Conver Sneakers, Browns Shoes, Leather Jacket, Winners, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Red Door, Kenneth Cole, Maison Scotch, Conver Sneakers, Browns Shoes, Leather Jacket, Winners, San Francisco, CA

Outfit:

As I mentioned above, San Fran is a walking City; and walk we did!  Their are definitely no shortages of hills in this City and although the weather is quite mild, it can switch from cloudy and foggy, to sunny and warm in an instant.  Therefore, comfy shoes and light weight clothes that can be easily layered, are ideal!  When I packed for this trip, I made sure everything was inter-changeable.  For example, I could live in this red plaid Kenneth Cole shirt (also see here for in my Kiss and Makeup blog post) and these Maison Scotch cotton trousers.  To take this outfit from day to dinner, I simply swapped out of my converse sneakers for my  black suede Aldo “Josseline” ankle booties downsized my tote for my Louis Vuitton “Eva Clutch” and lined my eyes with black Kohl pencil – Voila!  To dress up my plaid shirt, I switched up my pants for my Arizia “Daria Leggings“, added my clutch and black booties and instead of wearing my leather jacket, I slipped into my wool multi-media trench coat.

Lombard Street, Crookedest Street, San Francisco, CA

Lombard Street, Crookedest Street, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Lombard Street, Crookedest Street, Kenneth Cole, Maison Scotch, Leather Jacket, Winners, Neverfull Bag, Louise Vuitton, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Lombard Street, Crookedest Street, Kenneth Cole, Maison Scotch, Leather Jacket, Winners, Neverfull Bag, Louise Vuitton, San Francisco, CA

Nadia Albano, Ray Ban "Clubmaster", Damn Glamorous, Mac Lipstick

Nadia Albano, Ray Ban “Clubmaster”, Damn Glamorous, Mac Lipstick

Makeup:

When I’m travelling, especially when it’s with carry-on luggage, I like to keep my makeup routine easy and simple, yet striking!  So I stick to my Style ScaramentTM #6: “Five-in-5″ – that’s five steps in 5 minutes!  (Primer, Foundation, Bronzer, Mascara and Lipstick).  A strong colored lip is a makeup essential for me and while I have a few go-to shades of red, I came across this blazing beauty at MAC called “Damn Glamorous”.  It’s a pink-based shade of red that’s matte in texture, which lends itself to being more opaque, vibrant and wears all day.

What’ in your makeup bag?

Hydrating Primer, Laura Mercier Make Up For Ever, HD Foundation  #118 | Nars, Bronzing Powder in “Laguna” | Nars Blush, “Orgasm” | Mascara, Benefit “BADgal” Lash 

San Francisco, CA, Lombard Street

San Francisco, CA, Lombard Street

Nadia Albano, Gold Tri-Color Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers

Nadia Albano, Gold Tri-Color Rolling Ring, Minichello Jewellers

Nadia Albano, Ray Ban "Clubmaster", Stud Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Ray Ban “Clubmaster”, Stud Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Orange Toque, Kiss and Makeup, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman's Warf, Alcatraz

Nadia Albano, Orange Toque, Kiss and Makeup, San Francisco, CA, Fisherman’s Warf, Alcatraz

You stole my heart at first sight, 9 years ago, and I seem to fall more in love with you each and every time I visit.  Until next time, Frisco!  In the mean time, GO GIANTS!!

xo,

Ice Caves…

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Royal Blue Silk Jumper: Vintage | Clutch Purse: Vintage | Tan Pumps: Stuart Weitzman | Accessories: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Makeup: Make Up For Ever, MAC, Nars, Laura Mercier

After a two and a half hour drive and a 20 minute hike, photographer Daniella Guzzo and I finally made it to our designation – Big Four Ice Caves in Granite, Washington!  Wow…what a majestic sight!  To be honest, I felt like I was on another planet as we approached the caves, but once we were there, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  It’s amazing to see these large masses of ice towering over us as they were slowly melting.  As we entered the mouth of the cave, it was like walking into the abyss; very dark and cold.  We were extra careful to avoid the odd chunk of ice that would randomly fall from above, and slowly made our way to the back of the cave.  Once we made it in, we encountered a gorgeously sparkling waterfall, which was surrounded by pieces of that looked large glimmering diamonds.

The Big Four Ice Caves Trail is a National Recreation Trail and is popular among hikers in the Mount Baker National Forest.  It’s a must-see spot and I highly recommend that you check it out!

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Clutch, Vintage, Accessories, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Clutch, Vintage, Accessories, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

This silk, cobalt-blue, one-pieces jumpsuit is a vintage number that I picked up a few years back.  The color caught my eye immediately and as I examined it, I could tell it was a special piece straight out of the late 70′s.  Although it’s vintage, this silhouette is something we’re seeing in fashion everywhere these days.  A few key garment details that I wanted to point out are:

  • It’s belted, which is ideal for creating a feminine and defined waist.  Kind of reminiscent of the DVF’s Lori Silk Jumpsuit
  • It has pockets, which in my opinion is always a good idea, and gives it a cool and casual menswear feel.
  • The hem of the pant leg tapers at the ankle, which defines the ankles and shows off some skin while showcasing the shoes beautifully.
  • The button sleeves at the wrists creates a drapey billowy effect through the arms.
  • Over all this look is relaxed and comfortable and appropriate for many occasions.

Like a dress, this pieces is a no brainer.  It’s super comfy and you don’t have to think about what to coordinate it with.  Simply slip it on, add heels and accessories, and voila!  Here’s how model, Chrissy Teigen , is wearing her jumpsuit!

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Blue Vintage Jumper, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Big Four Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Big Four Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photgraphy

Nadia Albano, Makeup, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, Make Up For Ever, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Face:  Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #32, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3 Nars Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”, Nars Powder Blush in “Deep Throat”

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #20,  MAC Kohl Eye Pencil in “Fascinating”Dior It-Lash in Black

Lips: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural #40

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

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

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

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

Nadia Albano, Vintage Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Vintage Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Ice Cave, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

xo,

NOTABLE AWARDS!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Fashion, News | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Some of you may already know that I have been nominated for a 2014 Notable Award, powered by Ford Fusion.  Being nominated for such an award is quite a unique honor, especially when you are running with a group of individuals from across Canada, who are living and fulfilling their career passions; many of whom inspire me greatly too!  As my dear friend Corwin Heibert puts it, we’re “Living the Dream” .

I’m writing this post to ask for your support in voting for me!  Click HERE and vote early and often.  Polls close on Thursday, November 6, 2014.  The winners will be announced on November 12, 2014.

What are the Notable Awards?

The Notable Awards recognizes young professionals who exhibit the following traits:  Forward-thinking | Hard-working | Driven | Successful | Innovative | Game-changing | Creative | Resourceful…WOW!  Thank you to whom ever it was that nominated me!  It’s humbling to know that someone out there feels that I have these qualieites and put my name forward! xo

Notable Awards, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

Notable Awards, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo

 

THANK YOU once again in advance for your support, everyone; it means so much!  Gratitude with #NadittudeTM !

xo,

Bisou Bridal…

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Bridal, Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo

#whatruwearing:  Pleated Immitation Leather Skirt: Anne Klein | Top: JLo, Winners | Floral Pump: Manolo Blahnik, Holt Renfrew | Custom Statement Necklace: Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery

We’re gearing up for the Creme de la Creme Grand Wedding Showcase, happening this Sunday, November 2 at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Vancouver.  This week I’m meeting with Coleen Karavidas, Owner of Bisou Bridal, to create the hair and makeup concept for Sunday’s fashion show.

Being surrounded by so many beautiful gowns reminds me of how much I love being married to my husband!  To be honest, if I could, I would walk down the aisle a million times over with him, each time in a different dress!  Can you imagine…

Bisou Bridal, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Bisou Bridal, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

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

I opened the store in 2004.  The overall concept was to be a high- end bridal boutique, only providing the most beautiful gowns available to bride, and to match that with the best service possible.

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

 Outfit Details:

There’s something so chic about wearing all black.  No matter the occasion, black looks dramatic, it striking and works for every season. I feel so good in this fun and flirty pleated, imitation leather skirt.  It’s so feminine and shows off the perfect amount of leg, while enhancing the narrowest part of my body, my waist.  Accordion pleats are sometime hit and miss, as the pleats can pull open and make the body appear wider.  This skirt, however, seems to fit perfectly and looks fantastic with this cropped scuba-inspired black tank.  I accessorized this outfit with one of my favorite custom Elsa Corsi statement necklace and my floral print Manolo pump!  This look is striking, feminine and classy; just the way I like it!

Try wearing this skirt with a demin collared shirt, plaid blazer and ankle booties for the office.  And for a casual look, style it with a graphic sweater, converse sneakers, a multi-media denim jacket and a toque!

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Creme de la Creme, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Creme de la Creme, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Creme de la Creme, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Creme de la Creme, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

What can customers expect when they shop in your store?

Bride will be greeted with enthusiasm, expertise and the very best selection of gowns.

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Bridal Gowns, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Bridal Gowns, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal,Bridal Gowns, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Bridal Gowns, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Who is your style inspiration/ icon and why?

Such a difficult question… I have been influenced and inspired by so many.  One that comes to mind immediately is Oscar De La Renta.  We were so saddened by his recent passing but fortunately, Natalie and I had the privilege of briefly meeting him in New York and he was so gracious to take the time to say hello.

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Coleen Karavidas, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Coleen Bisou Bridal, Coleen Karavidas, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Manolo Blahnik, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

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

Five Beauty Products that I can’t live with out: Image SkinCare Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum , Lancome Mascara, Dior Hydra Life Tinted Moisturizer, Mac Lip Gloss and Kerastase Nutritive Oleo Relax Anti-Frizz Serum.

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

What are your tips for womens who are shopping for the perfect dress?

  • Start Early: This is one of the things that surprises everyone. You really need at least six to eight months to get your gown, and that’s if you’re really decisive.
  • Research and have a price in mInd: Figure out what you like and narrow down a realistic price point. Then go for it!! Allow bridal stylists to help you; they may pick a different silhouettes and fabrics that you had in mind but you may be surprised.  Have an open mind and have fun!! .
  • Trust Your Instincts: If you picture yourself walking down the aisle in it, and you absolutely love it, you probably have found the right dress! Have some tissues handy; it will be an emotional moment!
  • Travel with a small group (1 or 2 individuals).  Bring a trusted friend or a family member!
  • And a special tip/ reminder: This is the moment in life when it really is all about YOU! Enjoy this special time and have fun!
Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Lazaro, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Lazaro, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Lazaro, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Lazaro, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

How do you determine what brands to carry in your store?

First and foremost, we listen to our customers!  I am so fortunate to have a great team at Bisou; we work together to constantly reflect and review our styles and current inventory.  We make sure it new and fresh because as we all know, it is all about the dress!

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Jenny Packham, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Jenny Packham, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Jenny Packham, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Jenny Packham, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

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

New York/ Paris/ Tea / Stillettos and Flats/ Leather/ Sweet

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

If you had to describe yourself in 2 words, what would they be? 

Kind and Confident

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Nadia Albano, Bisou Bridal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrpahy

Thank you, Coleen and Natalie, for turning our business meeting into a personalized dress up party!  I admire beautiful and intelligent women with strong work ethic, who keep things real and get things done!  You are kind and passionate.  Your experience in the bridal business is very apparent, it’s no wonder your brides-to-be love you!

Bisou! xoxo

Kiss and Makeup…

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Plaid Shirt: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners | Coated Skinny Mid-Rise Jeans: J Brand, Holt Renfrew| Leopard Print Booties: Winners | Red Lipstick: Ilia Beauty 

It’s so empowering for me when I meet successful, intelligent, confident, outgoing and like-minded women!  It makes me feel like going to the highest mountain top and shouting their name in praises for all to hear!  And that’s exactly what I’m doing this week, after having visited Heather Huntingford of Kiss and Makeup; a North Vancouver Apothecary and Apparel Boutique located on Upper Lonsdale.  Although I’ve met Heather only a few times before, I feel like I’ve known her all of my life.  She is a breath of fresh air and truly delightful to spend time and connect with.  Oh…and her two loving and super affectionate fury friends Mink & Pods — ADORBS!

Kiss and Makeup, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

North Vancouver has such a casual vibe, and being surrounded by towering trees and mountainous air, I felt that a lumberjack inspired, plaid shirt was in order!  Plaid looks like it’s here to stay and that’s totally fine by me.  It’s one of those patterns that can be styled in a cool and laid-back 90′s grunge/punk way, or extremely classic and smart al-la English Countryside/Burberry-esque fashion.  The point is that everyone can wear it.  In saying that, I do like mixing patterns together (floral, plaid, animal, geodetic etc.), such as I did with leopard print boots and red gingham shirt.  It adds texture, dimension and personality to an outfit.  It’s a good idea, though, to stick to the general “3 pattern only” rule when mixing and matching, otherwise it can look like a hot mess!  This is why I chose to wear my dark green skinny wax-coated jeans.  Keeping my bottom half a solid color block anchors the outfit and doesn’t compete with the other patterns I’m wearing.   Plus, the complimentary color to red is green, so these jeans were a perfect fit!

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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

I opened the original Kiss and Makeup in the Village at Park Royal in 2004, after completing BCIT’s Intense Venture Program. I wanted to create a beauty boutique that demystified cosmetics and was completely anti-intimidating. Someplace fun and full of discovery. I have super-sensitive skin, so all the skin care and cosmetics that make it onto our shelves have to pass the Heather test first. In 2010 we moved into a larger space within the Village so that we could expand our clothing, footwear and accessories lines. Change rooms were nice! This October we became early adopters of the Lonsdale neighbourhood and are excited about the growth and development that’s to come.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Daniella Guzzo Photography

What can customers expect when they shop in your store?

Kiss and Makeup is really an extension of my lifestyle. So if you like to live conscientiously, laugh, drink prosecco and be surrounded by useful, beautiful things, I think we’ll get along just fine. My managing/buying partner Trish Cox and I travel extensively to curate fashion, beauty and lifestyle collections for the store that our clients crave. We carry everything from Mackage outerwear to Anne Sportun Fine Jewelry, Routine natural deodorant to aromatherapy candles, the latest Ilia lipstick and Sjal eye creme, to dog collars and Pendleton blankets. The setting is pure rustic chic mash, and most of our staff have been with us for several years. I’m really proud of the expertise of our makeup artists, everyone’s product knowledge, and of course we all have our own personal sense of style to bring to the mix.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Anne Sportun, Brixton Hats, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Anne Sportun, Brixton Hats, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Who is your style inspiration/ icon and why?

I don’t have one in particular. I’m a Pisces – I like too many things and styles. Being the last sign in the zodiac I pull inspiration from everyone.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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

For Vancouver at this time of year, when it’s getting damp, dark and dreary: a vest, faux fur or otherwise. I am presently wearing mine with my pj’s, but it also works to add a layer of warmth and cool factor to your leather jacket, or under your rain coat, around the house or at work. Versatility, is what we require for something to be deemed a staple.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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

Sunscreen, always. Everyday. Soleil Toujours, is a mineral spf 45 spray that I apply to my face, hands, neck everyday. No exceptions.
Routine de-odor-cream. A natural beeswax based deodorant (that actually works). Totally not sexy to talk about I know, but it’s a highly under-rated every day item

Sjal serum 1. Liquid vitamin lift in a bottle. We’ve been together for 10 years now. I’m in love.

Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation Pen, more like skincare with colour than a foundation.

RMS Lip2Cheek in Demur. Mineral and organic colour for lips and cheeks, perfect to throw in your bag and go.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Ilia Beauty, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Ilia Beauty, Daniella Guzzo Photography

How do you determine what brands to carry in your store?

For skincare and beauty, they almost have to get voted onto the island by our team. We all have such different skin types from acne, allergies, psoriasis, dry skin etc. so they get rigorously tried, tested and vetted. Conscientious ingredients are key as is filling a void in the product mix in the store we may not have covered.

For clothing it’s what we need in our lives. We try to style for those who are busy and need simplicity. Things that can be worn many, many times just in different ways. Also, we’ve been at this for over 10 years now. We’ve have several brands that have been with us since day one – Ren, Sjal and Principessa, for example. We like to work with suppliers that are a pleasure to deal with. That goes a long way in my book.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Heather’s Picks:

Log Cabin Sweater, Cynthia Vincent $450
Apres Ski, sol angeles t-shirt $65
Rails Britt plaid shirt, $150
Fedora, Brixton $85
Shereen de Rousso black onyx and sterling necklace $400
Anne Sportun Labradorite and Moonstone wrap bracelet $450
Gypsalove clear quartz ring $90.

vs.

Nadia’s Picks:

Fur vest, June $495
Floral blouse, Haute Hippie $285
Fedora, Brixton $80
Jewelry, Anne Sportun Ruby Wrap Bracelet $2530
Ring, Gypsalove green amethyst $80
Ring, skull gypsalove $50

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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

Casual Chic meets Country. Am all about sweatpants, diamonds, lipgloss, and denim shirts.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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

LA. West Coast girl, though I do love a good trip to NYC. Paris, je t’aime | Coffee, preferably 3. Remember I’m a Pisces, don’t make me choose | Stilettos or Flats – neither…. Cowboy boots | Leather or Lace, both, preferably together | Savory. Olives, cheese, pickles, antipasto and Wine. Heaven.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

What’s the next step for Kiss and Makeup? Any new projects coming up?

Word on the street is a new space in Vancouver – coming soon!

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

If you had to describe yourself in 2 words, what would they be?

Creative doer.

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Kiss and Makeup, Heather Huntingord, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Thank you, Heather, for being so kind and inviting us into your beautiful and very down-to-earth store.  Your generosity and kindness beams through and through and I can’t wait to come back for another shopping sesh soon;)  I know Daniella has also fallen in love!  Continued success, my Piscean sister!

xo,

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RiverRock!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Tree Print Sweatpants: All Things Fabulous, Kiss and Makeup |  Denim Jacket: American Eagle | Leather Jacket: Winners | Rain Boots: Michael Kors | Orange Cashmere Fishermans Ribbed Toque: Kiss and Makeup

Last week was Canadian Thanksgiving, and Daniella and I decided to go on road trip to shoot a few outfits in various locations down in the US of A!  We had such a blast and managed to make it back in time for dinner with our families.  Here’s a look at one of our “on-location” looks…

Nadia Albano, River Rock, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, River Rock, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

Layering is an ideal way of dressing for Fall, if you live in Vancouver, because the weather can turn from cold and rainy to warm and sunny at any given moment.  This is an example of  how I would dress on a casual Sunday or if I’m heading to Whistler or the States for the weekend; comfortable, casual and coordinated.  Let’s start with my pants.  I spotted these adorable tree-print sweatpants by All Things Fabulous at Kiss and Makeup in North Vancouver, and had to have them!    I don’t do sweatpants often because they have a tendency to make me look frumpy.  My solution to his is to add structure on the top; hence my leather jacket.  Leather instantly elevates the look and makes you look über cool, so I layered it over a denim jacket, for added texture and dimension.  Another tip is to add something metallic or shimmery to the outfit for a hint of glam.  I found this crushed-copper sweater in my closet, and to be honest, I don’t recall where I got it from, but adds just the right amount of shine and complements the colors in the pants. ( TREND ALERT: Check out this Pacific Centre Sunday Occasion Blog post, from a few weeks back, to spot the metallic sweater trend we saw on the runway…)

On my feet, I slipped on these crock-print rain boots, by Michael Kors (…a rain city staple)  to complete the look.  My alternate shoe, for a non-rainy day, would be my Converse sneakers (…if you’re running errands in the city) or cozy Ugg boots (…après-ski).  My pièce de résistance is this orange cashmere toque, by New Scotland, which I also purchased from Kiss and Makeup.  I was instantly drawn to it’s fun and vibrant color and had to add it to my hat collection!

Nadia Albano, River Rock, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, River Rock, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants,  Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

River Rock, Daniella Guzzo Photography

River Rock, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Revlon, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Revlon, Daniella Guzzo Photography


Makeup:

Metallic tones are a hot trend in makeup this season.  It creates a soft glow and is appropriate for day or evening.  Here is what I’m wearing:

Face: Make Up For Ever HD Primer #0, HD Foundation #118 Mac “Buff” Powder Blush

Eyes: Mac “Amber Lights”, Make Up For Ever S632,  Mac Eye Khol “Teddy” Laura Mercier “Secret Camouflage Concealer” #3

Brow: Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown

Lips: Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil “Nice n’ Spicy”, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural “N40″ 

Nadia Albano, Pants,  Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants,  Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants,  Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants,  Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Denim Jacket, American Eagle, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants,  Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pants, Kiss and Makeup, All Things Fabulous, Leather Jacket, Winners, Rain Boots, Michael Kors, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Rock on, my friends!

xo,

 

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The Cat in the Hat…

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Black Trousers: Club Monaco (N/A) | Black Floral Print Blouse: Value Village | Leather Jacket: Winners | Studded Shoes: Italy | Purse: Louis Vuitton “Alma BB” | Brimmed Hat: Second-hand | Lipstick: Joe Fresh “Fuschia”

Put a lid on it!  No really, give a knit toque, baseball cap, fedora, classic brimmed hat or a Russian ushanka a try and you may find that it will instantly elevate your look!  As long as it works with your outfit, the occasion and fits your noggin, I totally approve!  Hats were all over the catwalks and they’re the perfect Fall/Winter accessory.  I pulled out my hat box and found this little gem; here’s how I styled it…

Nadia Albano, Brim Hat, Leather Jacket, Winners, Floral Top, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Brim Hat, Leather Jacket, Winners, Floral Top, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Brim Hat, Leather Jacket, Winners, Floral Blouse, Value Village, Black Trousers, Club Monaco, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Brim Hat, Leather Jacket, Winners, Floral Blouse, Value Village, Black Trousers, Club Monaco, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

When in doubt, whear all black and you’ll always look chic!  Then shake things up by adding a dash of color, a touch of leather and something studded, to add a little #NadittudeTM to your outfit!

I’m sure you’ve noticed a pattern in my style.  I most often mix hi/low pieces together with a sprinkle of vintage and second-hand pieces.  I like to be savvy so that I can save for timless investment pieces like this exquisite Louis Vuitton Alma BB handbag (..talk about arm candy!)  This week, I pulled out my favorite black trousers, which I picked up several years ago at Club Monaco.  These were an investment purchase at the time and they are still going strong years later.  My pretty and feminine silk floral blouse is a little number I picked up at Value Village for $12 — what a steel!!  The thing that I love most about this blouse is that it looks expensive.  It looks like a “designer lable” and kind of reminds me of  Tocca, Etro or Dolce and Gabbana.  It’s a classic silhouette injected with vibrant colors, which gives it some personality.  Rather than wearing a classic blazer with this, which would be a great alternative in a professional setting, I slipped on this black leather jacket for a cool “street style” vibe.  On my feet, I slid on these spectacular studded shoes, which I picked up in Italy (…Italians make the best shoes!) and topped it  all off with this fab brimmed hat.

Nadia Albano, Joe Fresh Lipstick, Fucsia, Spike Necklace, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Joe Fresh Lipstick, Fucsia, Spike Necklace, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Brimmed Hat, Floral Blouse, Leather Jacket, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Brimmed Hat, Floral Blouse, Leather Jacket, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Studded Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Studded Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Railtown, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Railtown, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Louis Vuitton, Alma BB, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Louis Vuitton, Alma BB, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Hat, Blonde Blunt Bob, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Black Hat, Blonde Blunt Bob, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, Joe Fresh, Nars Cosmetics, Mac Cosemetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, Joe Fresh, Nars Cosmetics, Mac Cosemetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

One of my favorite makeup looks is a bold colored, mat lip!  I have 4 go-to signature colors that I switch up regularly and one of them is this gorgeous fuschia lipstick from Joe Fresh.  It’s only $8 bucks and every time I wear this color I get tons of compliments, plus it’s the perfect pick-me-up!  Here’s is a list of product I used to achieve this look…

Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118, NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”, NARS Blush in “New Additude” (limited edition) – try “Desire

Eyes:  Joe Fresh Eye Shadow in “Silk” and “Pale Pink” and “Espresso”, MAC Powerpoint Eyeliner in “Engraved”, L’oreal Volumious Mascara in Black

Lips:  Joe Fresh Lipstick in “Fuschia”

Nadia Albano, Makeup, Joe Fresh, Fuschia Lipstick, Black Hat,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup, Joe Fresh, Fuschia Lipstick, Black Hat, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Hats Off, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Hats Off, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hats off to a fantastic weekend, Everyone!

xo,

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Mackage Leather Shorts…

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Fashion, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Leather Shorts: Mackage, Winners | Lace Top: H&M | Metallic Pumps: Mimosa, Browns Shoes | Eva Clutch: Louis Vuitton | Makeup: Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Nars, Dior

Happy October, Everyone!  I can’t believe how quickly September snuck away from us and that Halloween is just around the corner – YAWZA!!  I’m hanging on to the last glimpses of sunshine for as long as possible because as soon as we know it, the rainy days of November will be upon us!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Fall season, but I know that I’ll be yearning for the sun in no time.  So I coped a squat near a ravine, to reflect and give thanks for my accomplishments thus far, and to envision the wonderful things that are before me!  Here’s what that looked like…

Nadia Albano, Mackage, Shorts, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Mackage, Shorts, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

As mentioned in my previous posts, I enjoy the look of leather, and this week I’m working with my leather shorts.   These pleated, chocolate-brown leather shorts, by Mackage S/S 2013 collection, are exquisite!  They are a fantastic transitional piece to have in the wardrobe because they work beautifully for all seasons, expecially if you live in Vancouver where the temperature is fairly mild!  The color is neutral which can be easily styled for Fall and Winter by incorporating an opaque stockings, heels or knee high boots, a knit turtleneck and a cute hat.  Rewind back to Spring and Summer season and simply wear them bare legged with flats or wedges, a racer-back tank and a load of accessories!  For this week’s style series, I decided to coordinate them with this pretty and feminine lace top, to add texture and contrast, a metallic heel (which I could easily swap with my tan colored “Josseline” ankle booted from Aldo for casual style) , and my gorgeous Louis Vuitton “Eva Clutch”.

I believe it’s very important to curate a well rounded wardrobe that will work for all seasons and occasions.  I like to select garments that look expensive, will stand the test of time, and keep me on budget!

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nature, Ravine

Daniella Guzzo Photography, Nature, Ravine

Nadia Albano, Mackage, Shorts, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Mackage, Shorts, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lace Top, H&M, Eva Clutch, Louis Vuitton, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lace Top, H&M, Eva Clutch, Louis Vuitton, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Nature, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Nature, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Tree, Roots, Nature, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Tree, Roots, Nature, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lace Top, H&M, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Nars Cosmetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lace Top, H&M, Make Up For Ever, MAC Cosmetics, Nars Cosmetics, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

In keeping with the natural theme of this post, I kept my makeup style is pretty basic.  I like to keep my skin looking even and warm, my lips soft and neutral, and my eye clean and simple.  Everything else is bonus!

Face: Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #32, Nars Bronzing Powder “Laguna”, MAC “Buff” Powder Blush

Eyes: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in “Engraved”, Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara in black

Lips: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural #N40

Nadia Albano, Rolling Ring, Jeweliette Jewellery, Lace Top, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Rolling Ring, Jeweliette Jewellery, Lace Top, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Rolling Ring, Stud Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery, Lace Top, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Rolling Ring, Stud Earrings, Jeweliette Jewellery, Lace Top, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leather Shorts, Mackage, Lace Top, H&M, Mimosa Heels, Browns Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leather Shorts, Mackage, Lace Top, H&M, Mimosa Heels, Browns Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Louis Vuitton, Eva Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Louis Vuitton, Eva Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leather Shorts, Mackage, Lace Top, H&M, Louis Vuitton, Eva Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leather Shorts, Mackage, Lace Top, H&M, Louis Vuitton, Eva Clutch, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Tree Bark, Nature, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Tree Bark, Nature, Daniella Guzzo Photography

I love the parallel of fashion and nature.  To me, this tree bark resemble the pleating details in the shorts, as does the color – so beautiful!

Nadia Albano, Leather Shorts, Mackage, Lace Top, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Leather Shorts, Mackage, Lace Top, H&M, Daniella Guzzo Photography

xo,