Today, we catch up with Chronicles of Nadia blogger, Nadia Coppolino and chat all things style and beauty...
Nadia, your blog has been up and running since the beginning of this year. What inspired you to take your eye for style online?
Yes it is very exciting times, 'Chronicles of Nadia' has been dream of mine that was born from my time working in the industry and my love for fashion, and events. I have always had an ambition to create and share my passions since I was young, and fashion has always been my love; back when I was a teenager I would make collages from magazine clippings and images that inspired me all over my bedroom walls (to mum's dismay) but now it's great that I can share my loves with a different medium online.
And who do you like to write for? Who do you imagine saving ‘Chronicles of Nadia’ to their bookmarks as a favourite?
I would hope that it would appeal to a range of women from teenagers, to hard working women in their 20’s, and young mums. It’s for the fashion-focussed woman that loves to shop, follow trends and want inside information on how to put it all together as they may not have the time. Ultimately it’s my creative outlet to share my loves and if someone can identify or make a connection with it, that’s even better.
Speaking of style, what’s your top trend pick for Winter fashion?
My top pick for Winter is leather, leather and more leather. It is everywhere this season and I think it is amazing; I love the leather panelling we are seeing on jacket sleeves, jumpers and leggings. Another trend that is big this winter is Monochrome, good old black and white is everywhere and we will see it in different patterns and shapes.
And which wardrobe items can’t you live without right now?
Right now I love my Viktoria + Woods black blazer, particularly as the weather gets cold. Can’t get by without all my plain t-shirts in black and white to go under my jackets and my flat senso boots. I have never been too keen on hats but lately I love them! Kookai have a great felt hat in black and tan that I have brought and giving a whirl this winter.
What are your must visit destinations (in store and online) when accumulating new pieces for your wardrobe?
Ohh this is an easy question I have so many favourite places. I have to admit I do most of my shopping online as I don’t always enjoy the retail experience. If I go in-store I will go too Green With Envy for all my favourite international and Australian designers, American Apparel and Mossman for great affordable basics and Scanlon & Theodore fore beautifully tailored pieces. Online I head too ASOS, Super Muse, The Joy Stores and SSENCE.
How seriously do you take your outfit choices? Are you a throw it on each morning kind of girl, or do you prefer to plan out outfits the night before?
I don’t take it that serious, dressing up should be fun! I’m sure a lot of the times people may look at me and think what the hell is she wearing?! But I like playing around. I never plan the night before, I only leave myself 5 minutes (if that) to pick my outfit right before I have to leave the house so its always a frantic rush and clothes end up everywhere.
With plenty of turns on the red carpet, you must have quite a bit of experience when it comes to prepping for special events! What’s the process of choosing such beautiful dresses? And of all the dresses you’ve ever worn, do you have a favourite?
Yes I have been lucky to attend some great events. It depends what type of event it is, if it’s opening or a fashion show I like wearing Australian Fashion designers so I will go to some of my favourite designers like Manning Cartell, Aje or Dion Lee. If it is a black tie event, I like working with a designer to create something as I like having that hands on role and looking at some of the international trends and mixing it up to suit my bod shape. My favourite dress would be a gun metal beaded number I wore to a brownlow a few years back that Julie Simonelli designed for me, it fitted like a glove.
What does your red-carpet-ready beauty routine look like? Any special tips and tricks you’d like to share?
I have learnt a few little tricks along the way; I have quite oily skin so I always use an illuminising primer from SmashBox under my makeup. I know it sounds simple but it gives my skin a great glow and my makeup stays on all through the night. Another tip is eyebrows, great brows are so important and they can totally change the way your face looks. I like my brows quite thick and I always pencil them in so they are defined. I use Benefit highlighting products on the brow line and under the eye so area is highlighted so your eyes pop down the red-carpet.
This month at bellabox, our theme is ‘Beauty SOS’ – have you ever had a beauty disaster? How did you fix or attempt to hide it!?
Yes unfortunately I have! I don’t get pimples that often but when I do they are those very large under the skin ones that stick out. I tried to pick it (which I know is a big no no) but then I took it a step further also used that green concealer to try to hide the redness but when I looked at photos then next day you it looked like I had a big green growth sitting on my face- shocking!
Who do you trust to keep your beauty look and routine emergency free? Any hair stylists, makeup artists or beauty destinations you love to frequent for your beauty fix (apart from bb of course!)
I pretty fussy with my hair, most of the time I do it myself. There is only one person I like doing it and that is my amazing hair stylist Maria Uva at Rok Ebony in South Melbourne. She is by far the best hairdresser; so skilled! She does an amazing natural wave or beach wave but she also is great a styling hair up.
Thanks for chatting with us Nadia! If you haven't visited Chronicles of Nadia yet, what are you waiting for? Plus, you can check in with Nadia on instagram here too. Why not follow her, and stay tuned for her top bellabox picks! Will they be the same as yours? - Lauren