Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Pink Heart T-Shirt: Winners | Jeans: Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans | Blazer: Value Village | Statement Necklace “Nadia”: Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery | Shoes: Zara, 2013 | Puppies: Babette and Chester

Love comes to us in so many different ways.  You can find love with friends and family, a life partner and lover, through nature, art and travel, and a of course in a pet.  I’ve been pondering the idea of adopting a puppy, and although it all sounds fun to snuggle up with a furry friend, it is also a huge responsibility.  Many say it’s a full-time job; almost like raising a child.  Like all relationships, caring for a pet requires commitment, compassion and time; a healthy, loving and nurturing environment; acceptance and patience, and most of all unconditional love (…check, check and check!).  As much as I would LOVE to adopt a puppy, I’m not sure that my busy schedule will make me a good candidate.

I’ve done a little research on how to go about adopting a pet and started by checking out the SPCA‘s website for some information.  I was then referred to Big and Small Rescue and Thank Dog I’m Out rescue shelters by some of my clients and friends, who have had first hand experience with these wonderful organizations, and speak highly about their experience with them.  Every reputable rescue organization will requires adoption candidates to fill out an application form, followed by an in person interview and a home inspection.  In the mean time, before I embark on the adoption process, I thought I’d get my toes wet and set up a little play date with two very cute little four legged friends (…look at these cute little faces, muah, muah, muah!)  I couldn’t help but fall in love with these sweeties immediately! and they truly brightened my day…

Nadia Albano, Babette, Chester, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Babette, Chester, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Meet Chester (1.5 years old) and Babette (4 years old).  These two buggers met last November in Whistler, BC and have been in love with each other since they locked eyes — they’re best buds!  They are inseparable and love playing together!  They are both adorable, extremely friendly and curious, and bring so much joy to their families.

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Shoes, Zara, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Shoes, Zara, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

 My look this week is menswear inspired; easy, casual and super approachable.  I started with this adorable Pink Heart t-shirt from Winners.  Aside from the obvious cuteness and color of the graphic heart design on the front, I really love it’s trapeze shape.  It floats away from the body, which camouflages the midriff, while fitting perfectly in the shoulders, sleeves and bust.  I paired it with these oversized 1969 Authentic Boyfriend Jeans from The Gap; a trend we often see celebrities like Nicole Richie and Gwen Stefani wearing often (…two of my FAVE style mavens of all time!).  I love these particular jeans because the color of the wash is just right and they’re not overly distressed.  Be sure to go two sizes larger than your normal size, for a looser more baggy fit, and don’t forget to wear a belt!

NOTE:  Avoid washes with too much “whiskering” or pre-fabricated creases around the crotch that make the jeans look worn in, and  avoid jeans with too much fading through the thigh area, as you do not want to draw attention to these area.

For structure, I layered this perfectly tailored windowpane/houndstooth plaid patterned blazer; which I found at Value Village for $12!!  It was in mint condition AND has flawless pink lining on the inside!  Also,  if you look closely at the color palette, it has a light pink accent color in the print, which adds a pretty, feminine touch to an otherwise masculine cut.  To elevate the look, I slipped on these sexy sparkly T-Strap pointed heels from Zara (F/W ’13) and added this exquisite pearl and Swarovski crystal statement necklace, by Elsa Corsi, AKA: the “Nadia” necklace (
the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that someone special — just saying!)

The great thing about this outfit is that is’s very versatile.  To turn this into a “casual weekend” or “stroll in the city with your pup, whilst holding a Venti latte” look, I suggest replacing the black heels with a pair of white converse sneakers and maybe a cute baseball cap!

Chester, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Chester, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Chester the “Cairn Terrier”

In my research, this breed of dogs is known as “the working dog”; designed for hunting and chasing.  They sheds very little and require lots of exercise.  They are known to be very healthy and live an average of 12 to 17 years.

Nadia Albano, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stila, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Marcelle, Vasanti, NARS, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stila, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Marcelle, Vasanti, NARS, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

To create this look, I used the following product:

Face: Stila Illuminating Foundation ($50)| MAC Bronzing Powder ($30) | NARS Blush “Gaiety” ($35)

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #4 ($28)| Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M558  & M100 ($24) | MAC Eye Kohl “Fascinating” ($19) | Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara ($12)| Revlon Brow Fantasy ($12)

Lips: Vasanti Matte Bright Lipstick in “Puppy Love” ($19)

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Shoes, Zara, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Pink Heart T-shirt, Winners, Blazer, Value Village, Shoes, Zara, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Shoes, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, Shoes, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Babette, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Babette, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Babette the “French Bulldog”

Also known as “Frenchies” , these dogs are very affectionate and are the perfect companion.  They are fairly low maintenance but they crave attention and like acting silly.  They don’t bark loudly unless they want attention but tend to drool, and may be difficult to house train.  The average lifespan for this breed is 11 to 14 years.

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Blazer, Value Village, Lipstick, Vasanti "Puppy Love", Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Blazer, Value Village, Lipstick, Vasanti “Puppy Love”, Daniella Guzzo Photography

 

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, T-Shirt, Winners, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Blazer, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeans, The Gap, T-Shirt, Winners, Statement Necklace, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Blazer, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Puppy Love, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Puppy Love, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Puppy Love, Babette, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Puppy Love, Babette, Daniella Guzzo Photography

That was so much fun!  I’m excited to do a little more research to find the perfect pup to fit my lifestyle.  Or perhaps I’ll just have to volunteer at a dog shelter from now on, to get my K9 fix!

A HUGE thank you to friends Claire and Rosa, for bringing Babs and Chester on set to shoot with me!  Daniella Guzzo — as per usual, I loved working with you!  I know you’re a major animal lover enjoyed this session as much as I did. I especially loved our waffle lunch break at Scandilicious, post photo shoot! 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!  Spread the LOVE – xo

xo,