Nothing Short of Chic


Personal Style: Retro Snow Day

Polka dots and faux fur in the snow – there is nothing more fun than a snowy photoshoot! | Nothing Short Of Chic
Not the best outfit to take on the snow – but awfully cute nonetheless. Also, snow!

I was so happy with my cute, retro-with-a-modern-twist outfit yesterday – until it started to snow. And snow... So I ended up stuck in town with no way of getting home, with my duffel bag of  costumes for the musical, for which rehearsal was cancelled because of the weather. And, of course, an outfit not meant for trudging around in the snow (at least I had my cozy faux-fur coat!). So I did the only logical thing – a photoshoot! (Don't judge me too harshly – snow is a rarity here so I always take advantage of photographing it whenever I can.)


Personal Style: Jeans & Red Accents

How to wear jeans, with polish and elegance and a few pops of color. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Yes, I wore jeans – and here's my secret to incorporating them into an elevated, sophisticated outfit. 

I don't wear jeans. Wait – hear me out. I have nothing against jeans, per se, I just find them uncomfortable, and often too casual for my style, although when I'm styling others I will very often implement them as part of a look. (Side note: the one exception to my no-jeans wardrobe is a pair of high-waist, dark-wash, flared-leg pants that give a kind of sailor-chic look, and a stiff pair for working outside – chopping wood, raking, moving rocks, etc.)

So why did I wear them on this particular day? A week or so ago, a friend of mine asked if I ever wear jeans, after I showed up dressed in a printed skirt, blazer, and heeled boots. And I took that as a challenge. So the next time I knew I'd be seeing him, I borrowed a pair of my mother's jeans and styled them to fit my style. So, here's the look, in a few high-contrast iPhone photos (credits to my little brother for these).


8 Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands That Are Actually Really Chic

8 eco-friendly, wallet-friendly fashion brands that are both sustainable and really, really chic. | Nothing Short Of Chic

I wrote this article a few months ago after an inspiring #FashionUnfold discussion about eco-friendly and sustainable fashion, hoping to get it published on the Huffington Post or something similar. But before I even submitted it, HuffPo went through some changes and was no longer the right fit for me. I never did find another publication to submit it to, and since I couldn't bear to have it completely unpublished, I'm posting it here! Feel free to recommend publications that I can submit to in the future, it would be much appreciated. Click through the slides to see all of the fantastic sustainable, eco-conscious brands I dug up in my research.


Personal Style: Cobalt, Red, & Classic Stripes

Primary colors, bold stripes, and retro accessories make for a chic, classy outfit that's eye-catching, colorful, and fresh. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Primary colors, bold stripes, and retro accessories make for a chic, classy outfit that's eye-catching and fresh. 

I had a realization today: I hadn't posted since last year. Which, technically, was only ten days ago, but even so, the holidays and the start-up of work, etc., means I haven't posted in awhile. So I enlisted the help of my brother to shoot some cool, dynamic, dramatic photographs of this colorful, many-layered outfit, intended to showcase my fabulous new sunglasses. I got them as a Christmas present, and nearly all of my outfits since receiving them have been centred around them. Perhaps I'll post a couple others in the coming weeks – though I'm sure you'll see a lot of these glasses regardless.


'Tis The Season 2016: Formal - The Black-Tie Affair (4/4)

Around the holidays, a black-tie affair is the perfect time to go all-out with jewels, luxe fabrics, and a sumptuous gown. | Nothing Short Of Chic

The most elegant (and glamorous) of all is the black- or white-tie affair, which almost always requires a gown. 

This is the final instalment of this holiday series! I meant to do a full-on, hour-long shoot for this outfit (which is what I wore to celebrate Christmas Eve with my family) with full makeup and everything. Of course, I got consumed by last-minute holiday preparations, gingerbread-making, and lots and lots of cooking (such things happen). Anyway, long story short, it was overcast all day long, and then right at sundown, the clouds broke just at the horizon and we had about ten minutes of golden hour. So I frantically got dressed, not even having time for a comb (let alone any makeup). My dad was kind enough to race after me down to this deck to take some photographs, quickly, as the sun sank. And here they are.


'Tis The Season 2016: Cocktail – The Sophisticated Gathering (3/4)

We're getting into the more sophisticated sector of holiday-party season, with cocktail soirees being quite common. Here's just one outfit that fits the fabulously flexible dress-code. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Cocktail parties are elegant, sophistiquée, and very flexible in terms of expressing personal style.

It's almost Christmas! (For those of you who celebrate the holiday.) The last few Christmas parties are wrapping themselves up, no pun intended (though other holiday parties, including the New Year, are still to come) – in fact, I have one this evening. As we get nearer to the eve of, the gatherings tend to get more sophisticated, with less invitees and closer acquaintances and friends. Such a party is my very favorite kind and requires an ensemble that's a little more upscale. If your invitation lists a "cocktail" dress code, you can really go to town and get into character, whether that's a 50s evening look, a sequined fit-and-flare, or, like me, a late-20's flapper look.


'Tis The Season 2016: Festive - The Girls' Night/The Date Night (2/4)

A foolproof outfit formula for a "festive" dress-code holiday party, whether for a girls' night, date night, or some other "festive" gathering. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Decoding the "festive" dress code – a staple of the holiday season.

Let's set the scene: you're going out with your girlfriends, or your sister(s), or your significant other and a couple other couples. You want something festive and fun, but still glamorous and a little sexy. Here's where that classic combination of gold and black and the luxurious textures of lace, silk, and patent leather are your best friends, because any combination of these elements will be elegant, sophisticated, seasonal, and alluring. Pick silhouettes that flatter your particular body type, and add shoes that are sleek and comfortable, and then finish off the look with gorgeous jewels and bright lipstick – done and done. The best thing about an outfit built around gold-and-black with (faux) fur, lace, silk, and velvet, is that they look elevated yet effortless every time, and with a little shift in the styling, you can also wear the ensemble over and over and nobody will notice.


'Tis The Season 2016: Casual – The Office Party (1/4)

How to dress for the oft-dreaded office holiday party this season. | Nothing Short Of Chic
A few tips to dress for the oft-dreaded office holiday party.

Christmas is ten days away, for those of you who celebrate it, and we are officially in full holiday mode (though, to be honest, some people have been since Hallowe'en ended). This next two weeks is holiday party after holiday party for most people, and each invitation brings with it the new question of what to wear – which, in case you don't know, happens to be my speciality. Perhaps I can't solve world hunger or fix the droughts, but at least I can help you feel more confident.


Lazy Sunday: Sleep Late

Lazing about, reading all day in an adorable PJ set is the ideal Sunday. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Staying cozy and chic in my cute PJ set this lazy Sunday.

I love lazy Sundays. What's better than staying in bed until 11 am, sleepily making yourself coffee and breakfast, and reading in your pajamas all day? Unfortunately, I'm play my symphony's winter concert today, so no sleeping in for me! But I got to just laze about last weekend in this super-cute PJ set, just catching up on my latest books (my most recent read is The Book Of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold, and the one I'm reading in this picture is i-D's In Fashion).