Nothing Short of Chic


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

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.


Happy Birthday NSOC! 2nd "Blogiversary," Or, Blog Anniversary

A 1920's-inspired outfit to help me celebrate Nothing Short Of Chic's second launch anniversary! | Nothing Short Of Chic

It's Nothing Short Of Chic's birthday!! I can't believe it! I feel so happy, so fortunate, and so overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you, my readers, followers, and supporters, for keeping me going – I love you! Today is the second anniversary of the launch of this blog and its first post! Today, I took some pictures with my wonderful friend Elena to celebrate, and I also have some quotes from some of my lovely readers and friends. Your support and love is so precious to me!


The Black Ruffled Skirt: Day to Night ft Astrid Fiverson

Ever wonder how to take an outfit from day to night? Here's how, featuring a ruffled lace skirt. | Nothing Short Of ChicEver wonder how to take an outfit from day to night? Here's how, featuring a ruffled lace skirt. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Transition from day to night with a chic, unique skirt.

The idea for this post + video came when Astrid Fiverson, the hilarious, unpredictable, Beatles-loving, horse-back-riding actress who also happens to be my best friend and cousin, told me about this skirt she had sitting in the back of her closet, unworn and shunned. "It was for a Hallowe'en costume," she told me, referencing the pirate outfit she sported last year. "I've never worn it since." So I decided to help her out a little and style it two ways – day and night – for her (even though she didn't ask for, and probably didn't want, my advice). Believe it or not, this is an item several of my friends own (and never wear), so hopefully this helps several people. Make sure you head over to NSOC's YouTube channel to view the accompanying video, which includes an interview with Astrid and some lovely background shots of Seattle.


The Beautiful Ones You Always Seem To Lose O(+>

Although his time was cut short, I am so grateful that Prince was able to bestow himself upon us. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Sad as I am for the sudden ending of his reign, I will be forever grateful for Prince.

Prince and his music have always been in my life, for as long as I can remember, and before that. My father has been a huge fan (“friend”) since college, and my mother has listened to his songs for even longer, since the age of 13 or so. As a child, I sang along to “Raspberry Beret” and “Little Red Corvette” – which I actually wanted to sing for my talent show in grade 3, but my father, thankfully, convinced me not to – don’t worry, I legitimately thought the lyrics were written about a car and a hat. I even saw him in concert once, an experience I’d expected would be available to repeat in the future when I had more money (after all, he was only in his early 50s when I saw him). Though I was absolutely thrilled at the time, I am now beyond grateful that I got that chance – the chance to see a musical genius and fireball of raw energy and passion perform his creations live.
I started being a fan in my own right around 11 or 12. My father and I would play “Name That Tune” or quiz each other on lyrics (we still do, as a matter of fact). I could quote lines from Purple Rain and Under The Cherry Moon before watching them. I’ve seen every YouTube-accessible interview, and I enjoy watching tribute bands such as Purple Reign and PrinceSS. When I discovered that the Beautiful One “owns” the color purple – my all-time favourite color, specifically the Prince-beloved eggplant shade – that sealed the deal: The Artist became my favorite artist. It was meant to be.

Then, when I discovered the world of fashion, and fell in love with it, this man – who already represented the ideal for me as a musician and a dancer – began to inspire me in another, well, fashion. His enviable shoe collection, his bedazzled canes, his monochrome satin suits, and his glitter hair secured his position as best-dressed man ever in my mind; but he also made me realize how much fashion (and makeup) is an expression of who we are. This is something that is still really important to me today.

When I learned of the Purple One’s passing, I was in disbelief, then shock, then anger. 57 is much too young to die, and the fact that he looked half his age makes his death all the more unfathomable. I listened to his music on repeat for a full week, breaking down when “The Beautiful Ones” – my favorite – came on while driving home. He touched so many people, and I am so thankful to be one of them.

See you in the Afterworld, sir. Thank you. 


Personal Style: The Street-Style Suit

A vertical-stripe-printed pantsuit with classic heels is the chicest way to make a statement while elongating your frame. | Nothing Short of Chic
This is the type of garment you see and think – that's a street-style piece.

We all know that one of my greatest talents (and hobbies) is thrift/secondhand/vintage shopping. You can find the coolest things at these types of shops, and best of all – you can afford them. Often, the wares are unwearable, and are suitable only for repurposing, but often, they are just in need of some love (and, occasionally, are good-as-new, like these gorgeous patent-leather peep-toes). Trendy, risky, or ridiculous clothing are suddenly an option for those of us with heart-stoppingly small paychecks, and the wear-once-then-donate lifestyle is also a possibility. This striped-all-over pantsuit is not something I would have even considered purchasing outside of the pay-what-you-want boutique I found it in – but I believe my price for this fun two-piece was about $2 (and the $100-new heels were $3 at another shop).