Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Dress: Croatia | Fur Stole: Value Village | Hat: H&M | Boots: Winners | Accessories: Elsa Corsi and Jeweliette Jewellery | Lipstick: Burberry Kisses “Ox Blood”

Well, we’re a few days away from Christmas!!  The house is ready, the gifts (very small and few) are wrapped and we are ready to celebrate the season with our nearest and dearest.  It feels a little unusual for my hubby and I to be home for the holidays because going away during this time has become our new Christmas tradition.  My family is dispersed all over the country, both of my husbands parents have passed on and we don’t have kids; so going away makes sense for us!  Over the past five years we’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled to places like Paris, Hawaii, Mexico and New York.  We both work a lot and these one-week getaways during the festive season are a great way of us to be together and decompress.  This year we’ve decided to stick around and spend quality time together with family and friends, and I’m really looking forward to it!

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Outfit Details:

This week, in the Westender Newspaper, I contributed to a article called, “Avoid the Obvious with your Holiday Style”, written by Aileen Lalor.  I presented some not-so-typlical,  fashion-forward alternatives of dressing for the holidays regardless of your shape and size.  This week’s style post is a great example of that…

When we were in Croatia this past Fall, I found that the shopping in Split was really great.  I got this super versatile hi/low maxi dress from a cute little boutique called Frida.  The color is exquisite and the micro-pleating creates a lovely texture to an otherwise very sheer and delicate fabric.  I also love that it has a built-in draw string which can be cinched in tightly to define waistline, or tied up loosely to hug the hips for more of a relaxed and flowy fit.

To create a warm and festive feel, I layered my vintage fur stole over my dress for a little texture.  I thrifted this piece, which is in mint condition, at Value Village several years ago and I seriously layer it over everything; leather jacket, denim jacket, blazers etc.  I especially love the front little pocket detail for keeping my hands warm!

Inspired by the 1970’s style sensibility (…which I’ve been really into lately), I added this season’s must-have accessories, my large brimmed hat!  To anchor the look, I opted for a black rugged platform leather ankle boot (designer), which I purchased from Winners.  These have been on repeat over the past few months because they are A) extremely versatile, B) make me look taller and C) they’re comfortable and easy to walk in; which is always a bonus!

Tip:

Transform this day look into an sophisticated evening look, say for a formal wedding, by simply removing the hat and swapping out the ankle boots with a sexy strappy sandal.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

Finer Details:

For a touch of holiday sparkle, I layered my favorite “NadittudeTM” Hashtag and Angel Wings necklaces, from Jeweliette Jewellery, with my crystal tassel pendent necklace made by Vancouver Jewellery Designer, Elsa Corsi.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Value Village, Winners, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery

I give thanks everything and everyone in my life and take nothing for granted!  It’s very important for me to support my “tribe” and my community in the best way that I can and in all facets of my life.  Over the past few months, my team and I have been working away to help support causes that are near to our hearts.  This year, with your kindness and generosity, along with the help from Barre Fitness and Opus Hotel, we raised $200 for the Dr. Peter’s Aids Foundation at our Opus Bar Pop-Up Event.  We volunteer our skills to the DTES Woman’s Portrait Project, and together with our friends at Murale and Escents Aromatherapy, we donated 40 care packages to the women of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center; which they very much appreciated!   Lastly, partial proceeds of our new NadittudeTM label sales went to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and we couldn’t be happier to donate!  Our hearts a full and our gratitude to everyone who helped make these donations possible – Thank you!

Merry Christmas!  Happy holidays and many wonderful wishes for a uplifting, stylish and positive 2017!