Nothing Short of Chic

25.8.17

A Modern Mermaid With Astrid Fiverson: Bells & Whistles Part II


The first high-definition photographs of a British Columbian Semipuella Marina, or Mermaid, have been captured exclusively by Annika Cleland-Hura for Nothing Short Of Chic.
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
   
 
A glamorous photoshoot on Canada's western coastline with BC's most extraordinary native species.

Although I have yet to see a unicorn, British Columbia, Canada, has many fantastical native species that you won't find anywhere else; take a hike in the woods a bit to the north and you might come across a Spirit Bear (the proper name is Ursus americanus kermodei), or Kermode bear), our provincial mammal. You also could spot the two-headed Rubber Boa (I once found one in my yard) or the Jesus Shrew (Sorex bendirii), though admittedly, they can also be found in the northwestern coast of the US. Another native of the Pacific North West is the excruciatingly stylish Western Skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus), a lounge lizard frequently found in exquisitely tailored pinstriped suits with striking electric blue coattails. But the most breathtaking of all is, of course, the Semipuella marina (direct translation: demi-mademoiselle of the sea) – commonly known as the mermaid.

18.8.17

The Green Dress Duo With Astrid Fiverson: Bells & Whistles Part I


Two friends' different takes on the glam combination of a green gown, black heels, and pearl earrings. | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
   
 
All dolled up in matching gowns and nowhere to go.

"Hello, Anna? Do you happen to have a gala we can attend? See, we have these gorgeous green dresses and... there isn't really any place on the Sunshine Coast for us to wear them!" Remember Astrid Fiverson, aka Jasmin, my cousin-slash-best friend who secretly models and photographs for my blog? She just so happens to wear all my clothing better than I possibly could, which is both endearing and frustrating, and when we're together, she somehow ends up trying on a good portion of my wardrobe. Of course, I then have to dress up too, and here we are. DJ Cleland-Hura was kind enough to photograph for us, which was amazing because we don't have too many posed photos of the two of us together, so mille mercis!!

11.8.17

Estée Lauder x Refinery 29: Rest, Repair, Repeat ft Astrid Fiverson

Estée Lauder x Refinery 29's chic skincare kit is a dream come true for these beauty lover best friends. | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
   
 
Estée x R29 meets Astrid + Annika.

Estée Lauder is the luxury makeup & skincare company. Refinery 29 is an extremely well-known digital women's magazine. And the two of them together? Magic, for a beauty-obsessed fashion blogger in need of an at-home spa day – with my best friend, Astrid, along for the ride. EstéexR29's partnership produced an extremely classy makeup bag (emblazoned with the words "Rest. Repair. Repeat" in bold gold lettering) filled with samples of Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair skincare line. The adorable robin's-egg blue packaging, again lettered in gold, inspired us to pull on our similarly-hued pajamas, bring out the video camera, and pose together.

2.8.17

On Wednesdays We Wear Ethical: Vaçide Erda Zimic

On Wednesdays we wear ethical. Sporting a Vaçide Erda Zimic neckpiece and some doodles. | Nothing Short Of Chic


One of my most treasured pieces: wearable art hand-made in Peru from recycled materials.

I recently discovered the hashtag #OnWednesdaysWeWearEthical, run by @FashionDebates, on Twitter. Today's Wednesday so I was inspired to create a post centred around my favorite ethically-made item: this beautiful neckpiece from Vaçide Erda Zimic. A friend of mine, Aïda del Solar, gave it to me after visiting her native country of Peru, where the company is located. I wanted to craft a photoshoot around it right away, but I didn't have a vision that I felt was strong enough for such a beautiful piece of art. But today, I was simply going to take a few images for Twitter, when the idea to illustrate the images and edit them to be edgy and grainy and desaturated sort of evolved in my head. I thought a more unique form of photography would be more interesting and appropriate, and here are the results.

28.7.17

Personal Style: Black, Brown, & Navy (From The Archives)

Black, brown, and navy combine deliciously to create a fun, preppy, classic-with-a-twist outfit with layers for any occasion. | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
   
 
A layered but breezy look that's both professional and casual.

You can always tell when an outfit post of mine is from the archives – if my hair is long enough to tie back, you know it's an old set of photos. Case in point: this layered outfit, from autumn of 2015, where I had a lob and eyebrows of significantly lower quality. Although it's a triple-layer look, each piece is thin and light (and you could easily remove one or both of the topmost layers if venturing into an extremely warm setting). Also, buildings will often overcompensate for the heat by putting the air conditioning on full blast, freezing its occupants, so if you have a couple extra layers to wear inside you'll probably be grateful.

4.7.17

Amalie Olesen: La Garde-Robe Schizophrène

Amalie Olesen is stylish, unique, and above all, true to herself. | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: VIBORG, DENMARK
   

Meet Amalie Olesen: Champion of juxtaposition and coherent incoherence. 

Upon hearing that I run a fashion blog, Amalie Olesen, already a fixture for her high heels and vinyl skirts in Århus, Denmark, invited me into her bedroom/wardrobe hybrid and proceeded to dazzle me. She has the looks of a grown-up Serena van der Woodsen with fashion It-girl style sensibility à la Pandora Sykes. Her style is hard to pin down, but is made up of an eclectic mix of thrifted treasures, vintage designer goods, and high-street pieces that look expensive but really aren't. I fell in love with her style as soon as I laid eyes upon a cream hat worthy of Kate Middleton, and I knew I had to feature her on NSOC once I spied her thrifted Miu Miu blouses and red patent-leather heels.


1.7.17

What I Wore: Canada Day #150


Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday in style with a chic red-and-white outfit. | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC (CANADA)
   
 
Happy 150th birthday to the world's most beautiful country!

My beautiful Canada celebrates its birthday today, July 1st, 150 years after Confederation in 1867. Everyone, of course, is celebrating – there are many different kinds of celebration here, of course, because of the diversity of cultures. On the Sunshine Coast today we had a parade, with music, celebration of our servicemen and women, and overall rejoice of our incredible nation. And, of course, anyone attending (bar anyone in uniform, such as the Cadets and military) wore the national colors of red and white. Of course, I had to as well! So here's my simple but patriotically chic look I wore to celebrate Canada Day.

15.6.17

Personal Style: Preppy Summer Sweater Vest


A fun summer outfit mixing a preppy top, a flippy skirt, and mod accessories. | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
   
 
A fun summer look (from the archives) playing off the preppiness of a lightweight sweater vest.


I have to be honest, lately, my blog has had to fall to the wayside a little bit to make room for the more pressing matters in my life, which sadly don't include dressing up and taking photos of myself. Oftentimes, I'll take photographs of my outfit of the day and never find the time to post them. Such an example of a post from the archives published much later is one that I put up only a little while ago, when bored with my travel capsule wardrobe and wanting to post a look that inspired me (read it here). Those particular photos are almost a year old at this point (note the longer hair); so are the ones in this post! I'd completely forgotten about these photographs until just recently, so now that the weather is warm again, I hope this preppy-but-modern look can inspire you to have a bit of fun by pairing a flippy skirt with a preppy top and mod sunglasses.

31.5.17

Personal Style: Basic, Chic, & Travel-Friendly


A simple but chic outfit formula perfect for travel that is both super flattering and easy to accessorize. | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: GRONAU, GERMANY
   
 
A comfortable, simple, and easy-to-accessorize outfit perfect for many occasions.

Now that I've been traveling for more than two months out of the same single suitcase, I'm getting to the point (which always comes about on these long trips) where I just about hate everything in my capsule closet. It's not because of bad packing or because the clothing is actually a problem – it's what I'll call wardrobe ennui. When I'm traveling, I bring along the sensible trousers, the grey sweaters, and the black boots that go with everything, but I miss the spiked heels and fuzzy green hats that I have to leave at home.