Nothing Short of Chic


Personal Style: Tweed, Stripes, & Patent Leather

Mixing prints, textures, and modern and vintage elements for a sophisticated yet edgy look. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Modern and vintage elements are combined to create a sophisticated-yet-edgy, easy-to-copy look.

Have you ever found a piece that you feel just completely sums up your style and/or personality? That's how I feel about this jacket. Made of soft, lightweight tweed, subtly printed, with a fun fringe trim, it's very Chanel and also very versatile. These boots are another favorite of mine, because they add a bit of polished edge to any outfit, as well as a bit of height, and they're also very comfortable. Upon seeing this outfit, complete with the wide-brimmed hat and wrist gloves, my dad informed me that I look like I'm going to the derby – which I'm rather pleased with, actually. It would be easy to modernize this look a bit more if the vintage aesthetic isn't your thing, and it would also only require a switch of footwear (and maybe some pearls) to make this a completely classic outfit.


Fashion Matters: The Necessity Of Personal Expression Through Style

Personal style is important and necessary for self-confidence and self-discovery, as well as, of course, self-expression. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Fashion is often written off as "frivolous" or "unnecessary," but it truly is essential to personal expression.

For many people, personal style is a way of expression and an outlet for creativity that they can’t find elsewhere. My sister used to wear four layers of clothing and change outfits at least four times per day – and out-of-the-box layering is now one of her signature “looks”. A good friend of mine wears Robert Smith-inspired makeup and studded flannel almost daily. My mother has a penchant for stripes and includes some form of the pattern in almost every outfit, most often in the form of socks, either peeking out from a pair of slitted flared jeans, or topping off a cool pair of Fluevog boots. As for me? My own personal style is such a vital component of my personality that without it, I feel as though I’m missing a crucial part of myself.


Personal Style: Wardrobe Basics (Business Casual)

THIS is how you actually build a solid, stylish outfit around those "wardrobe basics" everyone's always telling you to "invest" in (hint: you don't have to splurge). | Nothing Short Of Chic
Wardrobe "basics" are all you need to craft a simple but sophisticated outfit.

Every single fashion magazine, blog, or website ever has sung the virtues of building your wardrobe upon a strong foundation of high-quality basics. But they don't ever properly explain why it's important. Here's the thing: these closet essentials can form a base for every outfit from a simple weekend look to a special date night – and in a pinch, they can be put together in so many different arrangements to form a simple and reliable yet chic look very quickly. This look is what I wore yesterday and it was really because I had a busy day and didn't want to spend a lot of time styling myself. Here I'm wearing an outfit made up entirely of items I wear on a weekly basis. Quick tip – a silk neckscarf and some good sunglasses can instantly add polish to your outfit and make it seem like you put way more effort in than you actually did.


A Seasonal Change: Crazy Sunglasses & A Bit Of A Haircut

The turnover of seasons and a personal shift meant I needed to change something up – so I decided to shave my hair off. | Nothing Short Of Chic
A shift in seasons calls for a bit of a change, courtesy of a little trim...

There is, in the world, a girl or boy, 12 or 13 – just entering the phase of image and self-confidence issues – who has been diagnosed with cancer and has just lost their hair. I shaved off nearly ten inches of my own hair, which will go to Pantene to make a wig for this child. My hair will grow back. Theirs may not. But at least they'll have the wig.

*THIS COAT IS FAUX FUR. I am a vegan and DO NOT support cruelty of animals, especially not for the sake of fashion*


Personal Style: The Shirtdress, Cool-Girl Style

The shirtdress is a versatile and extremely flattering year-round piece; here's how to style it for summer, with a bit of French-girl influence. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Simple and chic and elegant and sophisticated: meet the shirtdress.

Good evening everyone! Sorry for the late posting hour... I wanted to capture this beautiful golden light, and I couldn't wait for tomorrow (surprise: I'm leaving for Blaine in the morning to hang out in a beach house and run a half-marathon). I am so in love with this off-white shirtdress – it shows off even the palest tan, and the waist tie means it's flattering on exactly every single body type. And it has pockets. I especially love the combination of white and gold for summer, so the buttons on this dress are so fresh and make me feel white-hot for August.


The Hate Experience

Why do people feel the need to be negative online? As a blogger and digitally active person, I receive a lot of unnecessary, unsolicited hate. Why? | Nothing Short Of Chic

Good morning/afternoon, everyone. Today I'm telling a story.

Yesterday was quite the experience. I had my first real run-in with Internet haters (on Instagram, too – I find that they're the most vicious on IG and YouTube) when, a forum for fashion lovers with 1 million Instagram followers, shared my Modern Flapper look on their page (you can see that post here – it got over 5.5K likes, which is amazing). The initial discovery left me elated, then after reading the comments (a bad idea – a lesson well learned), that elation was deflated a little. I will admit that this negativity stung. Despite having blogged for over two years, I've never had to deal with more that a few trolls here and there, so this outpouring of hate, which consisted of more than twenty horrid jabs, is new to me. This is because I've worked hard to build a community of readers (that's you) who are fantastic, respectful, smart people, and the LookBook feature exposed me to a new audience who don't necessarily have this same decency – although the LB community is usually very positive. Comments included "awful," "worst," "are you serious?," "wtf," and a decent amount of thumbs-down, laughing, and horrified emoticons, among other things (the weirdest one was "I can see a face on your knee," which I now can't unsee).


Personal Style: Modern Flapper, Roaring 20(10)s

Reference the Jazz Age with a chic flapper-inspired shift dress, ankle-strap pumps, and a healthy dose of attitude! | Nothing Short Of Chic
The youthful elegance and coy mystery of the Jazz Age is still relevant today – albeit in a slightly 
jazzed-up fashion.

The Flapper lifestyle of the late 1920s is one of the most well-known eras in history, especially in fashion. Although the movement only spanned a few years (because of the Great Depression, it had a rather sudden end), the fringe-embellished dancing dresses, drop-waist shifts, ankle strap heels, and finger-waved bobs adorned with headbands are iconic and referenced often. Personally, the style of that time period means a lot to me and I find myself going back to Art Deco details and flapper elements quite often. This dress, which I found at a thrift store in Vancouver for only about $7, spoke to me instantly and it makes me so happy to wear it. In fact, when I modelled it for my mother, she told me, "It's so you!" – a comment with which I wholeheartedly agree.


Personal Style: Shifty Eyes

Summer style is just a breeze with a chic printed shift dress! | Nothing Short Of Chic
A printed shift keeps you cool and looking elegant in any situation.


It's summer! And I'm taking full advantage, because how could I not. I just got back home from two months of travel in Europe yesterday afternoon, and despite having not really slept in about 22 or so hours, the first thing I did was go for a swim in the ocean. It was so cold, and so nice. Now, I am sure you're now scratching your heads, because the location tag says that I'm in Germany. I took these photographs in Germany, and then never found the time to post them. But I'm home now!


Personal Style: Yellow Pants ft. Elena Alexa

Bright yellow pants, flat sandals, and a white top make a great summer outfit!
Welcome the summer season with bright colors and great sunglasses.

My gorgeous friend Elena, production manager and amateur photographer extraordinaire, also happens to have great style. Case in point: these amazing yellow pants. They are so summery and bold and adorable. When we shot the photos for my blog anniversary post, I asked her to wear these pants so I could feature them in a post, and here they are! This outfit is so perfect for a sunny but cool summer day, but swap the tee for a flowy white tank, and you've got yourself an excellent warm-weather look for basically any situation. These pants are so transitional too – if you add a slinky top, heels, and a statement necklace, you've got yourself a chic night-out ensemble.