Photography: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Floral Dress and Necklace: Value Village | Backless Ankle Booties: The Latest Scoop | Public Art Mural: Kristofir Dean

Well kids, it’s official — I’m 40!  The big 4-0… WOW! It’s hard to believe it, let alone say it.  But I don’t feel a day older than 39 – haha!  It’s amazing how time passes, and I have to say that the past ten years of my life have been incredible.  My 30’s were a decade of building dreams and achieving big goals; in business, relationships and/or personal development.  I’ve learned so much, and luckily have experienced more highs than lows.  Over the past 10 years, I’ve become more accepting of myself and my accomplishments and less critical.  I continue to support the people around me though encouragement and by strengthening their confidence.  And instead of getting caught up in negativity, I chose to be optimistic, positive, and seized an opportunity when it was presented to me.

The interesting thing is that many people that I know are (and were) terrified of turning 40.  Yes, it’s a huge milestone, and one that should be celebrated!  “Age ain’t nothing but a number”, and I look forward to what the next decade of my life will teach me.  I will strive to do my best in all facets of my life and hope to exude wisdom, light and love and acceptance toward the things I can and can not control.  I will strive to always look for the rainbow on a cloudy day.  To sparkle and bring the magic, and to celebrate the beautiful and colorful people that I am so fortunate to have in my life!

Thanks to my photographer, Daniella Guzzo‘s incredible eye for location scouting, this gorgeous rainbow backdrop designed by artist, Kristofir Dean, was a MAJOR hit!  It couldn’t be more fitting for the way I feel about my life, beauty, fashion, family and friends at the moment — beautiful, colorful, beaming, inspiring and empowering!

Nadia Albano. Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village Dress, The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Rainbow

Nadia Albano. Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village Dress, The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Rainbow

Outfit Details:

I’m yearning for Spring-time to permanently make an appearance, so that I can finally start wearing my florals and light weight outfits.  I scooped this pretty flowy, chiffon and lace, floral print, two-tiered dress up at Value Village.  I love it so much because I can style it so many different ways and because it’s very much on trend this season.  During the Fall season, I paired it with my black leather platform angle boots, opaque leggings, a leather jacket and floppy hat.  In the summer, I plan to wear it with flat tan sandals or espadrills and a sheer long cardi-sweater.  I suggest wearing a belt to cinch-in and define the waist.

Currently, I’m wearing it with these adorable suede backless angle booties (i die!).  I was perusing The Latest Scoop in Gastown a few weeks back and they caught my eye.  I slipped them on and imagined wearing them with my distress jeans, shorts and dresses over the Sprin/Summer season.  You can’t go wrong with a great tan slide, and these in particular are extremely comfy and versatile!

Nadia Albano. Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village Dress, The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Rainbow

Nadia Albano. Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village Dress, The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Rainbow

Nadia Albano. Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village Dress, The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Rainbow

Nadia Albano. Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village Dress, The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Rainbow

Nadia Albano. Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village Dress, The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Rainbow

Nadia Albano. Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village Dress, The Latest Scoop, Shoes, Rainbow

It’s true what they say that life, “is not always rainbows and butterflies”.  Sometimes we get rocked by things that are out of our control, which can dim our spirits and make us lose sight of the light ahead.  When that happens, I hope we can all find the rainbow, and a little perspective, in our cloudy sky.  At the very least, let’s remember to smile, because the wrinkles will show less – haha!

Happy Weekend, everyone!

xo,