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Personal Style: The Perfect Travel Outfit

A breakdown of the perfect travel outfit: equal parts cozy, practical, and chic. | Nothing Short Of Chic

The perfect travel outfit to get through security, three airports, and eleven hours of flight time (including one 9-hour over-nighter).

I adore travel, and luckily I've had the opportunity to travel quite a bit, especially in Europe. This means that I am fairly seasoned (or at least I like to think so) when it comes to things like packing and airport security – and, of course, travel outfits. I've been on airplanes (and trains and boats) many times, and have had many chances to hone my recipe for the perfect ensemble. A good airport outfit needs, firstly, to be comfortable. It needs to be simple. It needs to be layered, to account for changing temperatures in various airports and airplane cabins. It needs to be easy to move around in, especially in small spaces. So this is my favorite travel outfit – a combination of all of these elements.


Why Can't Everyone Just Be Nice?

Love trumps hate, and kindness will win out because it takes courage and strength. Stand up against bullying every day, not just February 22. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Today, February 22, is Pink Shirt Day, in support of the movement to stop bullying & of victims of oppression, harassment, and torment.

Everyone runs into bullying in some way, shape, or form in their lives. From name-calling on the playground to subtle insults in the office, it can live anywhere and in many different magnitudes. But is always hurtful (sometimes abusive) and unnecessary. Almost everyone is on the receiving end of bullying at some point or other, even the bullies themselves. So why why why does it even exist?


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.