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Personal Style: Candy Corn – Post #100

In honour of 100 posts' worth of NSOC, here's some more outfit inspiration for you! | Nothing Short Of Chic
Thank you so much for supporting me through all 100 posts (and everything else we've been through together).

Guten Tag, alles! This is (drum roll please) my 100th post on Nothing Short Of Chic! I figured that, since this is, after all, a personal style blog, I'd post an outfit for you to get inspired by in honour of 2 years, 7 months, a handful of videos, and 100 posts' worth of NSOC.

It's really, truly winter, and it's kind of acceptable to even kick off the holiday season now that American Thanksgiving is over. Which means thick boots, heavy coats, and warm gloves. Unless you're me, and you don't even bother going outside, in which case you can wear whatever you want. Case in point: this cute, candy corn-inspired outfit. If your weather is still autumnal, take a cue from yours truly and wear orange, black, and brown for a fun, seasonal look.


What I Wore: Pumpkin Spice – Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is coming up and you probably have something to wear but so do I so if you need help I've got it. | Nothing Short Of Chic
What to wear to Thanksgiving to be modest, non-"depressing", stylish, classy, and stain-concealing all at once.

Happy almost-Thanksgiving to my American friends. Happy month-and-a-half-after-Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. And... happy winter to everyone else. With four days to go, perhaps you need an outfit for your dinner with your friends or your family (wishing luck to those in need), in which case you've come to the right place. Here's a simple yet seasonally appropriate outfit that includes no hint of black but yet does not have the struggles of color-matching. This is what I wore for my Thanksgiving celebration, which happened back at the beginning of October but is still relevant for those of you that either live in a temperate climate or celebrate indoors (I imagine those criteria cover most of you). If necessary, add some thick black tights and a large knee-length black coat (and sunglasses, of course) and you can keep the fabulous look and the feeling in your extremities. Don't forget the matching orange smokey-ish eye.


Some Thoughts On Importance And Mattering

Some thoughts, questions, and answers following an emotional, eye-opening week. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Original digital collage by Annika Cleland-Hura

The last week has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me, for a myriad of reasons. I've gotten frustrated at people I've never met on social media for posting pictures of their lunch or their shoes when there are much more important issues in the world, and I've wanted to indulge in entertainment and imagery as a way of escape – both of these simultaneously (I love that word). Mostly, though, I've been taking a break from social media because it does not feel worth it. It's not real. I post a photograph of my outfit on Instagram – but to what end? There are people literally starving in this world and I think that my ensemble du jour is worth something?


What I Wore: Arachne – #ChicHalloween 2016

For those of you who want to get into the Hallowe'en spirit but don't care for costumes, this outfit is for you. | Nothing Short Of Chic
What I wore on Hallowe'en – a versatile and easy-to-customize outfit and dramatic makeup.

Hello everyone! How was your Hallowe'en? I refrained from the type of costume posts that I did last year because, being in Viborg (and living out of a suitcase) I simply didn't have the resources. I did, however, get the chance to attend a fabulous party, so I had to cobble together a look from what I had in my travel closet. This look is actually a great party look in general, with slightly different makeup and accessories, which is why I thought I'd share it. I apologize for the low-quality photos; I worked with what I had in terms of lighting.


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.