Nothing Short of Chic: 2015


Personal Style: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

An elegant dress-over-pants ensemble worn high above the Danish city of Aarhus in Aros Museum's Rainbow Panorama | Nothing Short Of Chic
Far above the city of Århus, the dress-over-pants look is so chic.

Yes, I do realize that this is my first December post. I sincerely apologize - I have quite a bit of amazing content lined up, and I recently did a collaboration post with Alicia Michelle of, but not much has been going on here for a good two weeks. Please forgive me!


Personal Style: Falling In Love (With Autumn)

Sweet, stylish autumn outfit inspiration for women who want to up their fall style game | Nothing Short Of Chic
The most beautiful season of all - Fall.

Fall is the most beautiful, rich, and complex of the seasons - and perhaps that with the most change, aside from spring. I feel so lucky to be able to experience this season here in Viborg - my home-away-from-home, as we now jokingly call it - where I stayed last spring and summer. I'll actually get to see winter too, though by the locals' point of view, it's maybe not the best time of year to be here (but I'm really excited for holiday season here).


Get The Look: Feeling Witchy

Cheap, chic, and easy witch Hallowe'en costume | Nothing Short Of Chic
This costume is sure to cast a spell on everyone.

Happy early Hallowe'en! Today I'll give you a look inside my fashion-ified Witch costume, which is what I'll actually be sporting (tomorrow night, in fact, at my symphony's Hallowe'en concert, which features pieces such as Danse Macabre and Baba Yaga). Ok, let's go!


Personal Style: Black And Turquoise And Red All Over

Turquoise & Red, Tweed & Silk Office Chic | Nothing Short Of Chic
Tweed, silk, and turquoise is chicer than you might think.

Now that we're in the dark half of the year, I am finding it more and more difficult to inject color into my ensembles (I'm guessing that the fact that 96% of my closet is black, grey, or navy is part of the problem). I do have that amazing pair of high-waisted red flares, which I love and wear as often as possible - but with a piece that memorable, I can't wear them too frequently. I also have a red sweater. That's about it. So, I will often wear a bold scarf, like this beautiful embroidered red silk (which I love and wear quite a bit as well). It's a good way to add life and energy and interest to an outfit, without being too loud.


Reinventing Summer Staples: Sweater & Miniskirt, Part II

Reinventing the Miniskirt for Fall With a Cozy Sweater! | Nothing Short Of Chic
Chic Footwear Option B.

A few days ago, I introduced my brand-new short hair while simultaneously providing some fall outfit inspiration for you (some would say that's killing two birds with one stone, but I'm an advocate against cruelty to animals). That morning, when getting dressed, I had a tough time deciding between my trusty black oxfords or the sheepskin-colored, embroidered boots I ended up wearing. I loved my choice of the boots; I found they balanced out the amount of bare leg nicely, given the sweater, and they also matched the sweater perfectly, but the oxfords were a good choice too so I decided to post those photos as well!


Introducing My New Hair!

Reinventing the Miniskirt for Fall With a Cozy Sweater & Boots! #NothingShortOfChic
A new phase of my life.

Notice anything different? I finally cut my hair (I've been wanting to cut it short for a few months). I'm so happy with the new style. It may sound clichéd or fake, but I feel (and look, or so I've been told) like a different person. It may seem ironic that I made the chop right after putting up my Why I Love My Hair personal essay, but that was actually a good-bye to my long hair, though I didn't state it as such.


Reinventing Summer Staples: Vested Interest

Reinventing a Summer-Only Piece For Fall With A Simple Styling Trick on #NothingShortOfChic
Make the most out of your statement pieces.

I hope you've all been enjoying the week of shows and parties in bustling New York - or, more likely, either watching them all after the fact on the Vogue Runway app or not caring a bit (here's a not-so-secret-secret: I am one of those condescended-upon "wannabe" fashion lovers who watches everything and more – on said Vogue app – hungrily reading every review and fervently refreshing Snapchat for the latest from @theevachen212, @man_repeller, and @chrisellelim). I may be an expert on what NYFW street-style photographers are on the lookout for, but sadly enough, I wasn't available to act upon my own advice this season. But, all complaints and jokes aside, I do have the layering techniques/skills to impress those photographers – and a subtly statement-making outfit incorporating some out-of-the-box styling and layering ideas, so whether you want to make an impression at LFW or at the office, here's my look-of-the-day to inspire you.


Synchronicity Arts Festival 2015: Eco Fashion Show Recap

Synchronicity Arts Festival 2015 #NothingShortOfChic
A journey through fashion's evolution.

This year's Synchronicity Arts Festival was the biggest (and arguably the best) yet. With annual attractions like the Main Stage musical acts and the Pop-Up-Shop as well as new features including the Woodlands Project tent, not to mention the Rainforest Circus, the festival appeals to people of every walk of life. One of the debutantes this year was the Eco Fashion Show, which showcased local textile artists and designers. Organized into four segments, the show included primal designs, natural fibers, man-made fibers, and futuristic designs. Click through the slideshow to see all the designs!


Personal Style: Monochrome Layering

A Fresh Layering Formula Fit For the Office & Beyond on #NothingShortOfChic
A new formula for you to try.

Depending on where you live, the weather is either still very hot (due to thermal lag), very cold (and/or stormy), or can't make up its mind (as is the case here on the Sunshine Coast). Although those with summery weather still can wear summery clothes (in which case you can search for inspiration in the past two months' archives), those with cooler temperatures need the layers to stay comfortable and those with bipolar weather need the options for any surprise thermal switches. But some of the tried-and-true layering formulas can feel stale or overdone, especially after a season of easy-breezy dressing, so to help you get back into that fall season, here's a new look to take inspiration from:


Why I Love My Hair

Why I Love My Curls on #NothingShortOfChic
And you should love yours too.

As far as media-defined beauty goes, I think I got the short straw, with voluminous, frizzy, curly hair, bold and unruly brows (complete with the requisite Frida Kahlo-esque middle hairs), chubby cheeks, incredibly un-perfect teeth (which I have since fixed with years of dental cosmetic appliances, including a palate spreader, twin blocks, braces, and retainers), and terrible skin (my entire body breaks out) as my genetic makeup, which seems rather unfair given that both my parents are on the attractive end of the spectrum. When I was younger, I would long for my friend's stick-straight, glossy, waist-length hair or my cousin's no-need-to-tweeze arches that perfectly framed her face. People talk about the media's influence on young people, specifically tween-to-twenties girls (though it affects everyone), and despite never had body issues like anorexia, I have found myself thinking, "Well, if only I looked like her," while flipping through something as harmless as a street-style book or a comic strip.


Personal Style: Ready Or Not

Bright Red Flares Are Fit For the Office or a Party! #NothingShortOfChic
Fall has begun whether you like it or not.

I have some amazing content coming this week - festival style, fashion show coverage, and a few other undeniably wonderful things - but first up is some outfit inspiration for the tumble into fall (it's the perfect sort of look to kick your work look up a notch). Because of the major drought we've had here in British Columbia since around April, the grass is dry and the leaves are already falling, and the weather is decidedly cooler. After all, September is less than a week away (!!) and thus begins a new season, semester, or chapter of our lives. All credit for the genius perspectives and angles goes to Amy Lu - you can find her on Instagram at @amyy_lu or, or see more of her photos on VSCO.


Personal Style: Golden Haze

A Chic Printed Shirtdress (With A Surprise Cutout!) Is A Great Summer Staple. #NothingShortOfChic
Stay chic (and ventilated) during those long summer nights.

I absolutely love this time of year. The days are bright and full, and the evenings are long and warm. Especially living right on the Pacific ocean, the beaches (both sandy and rocky) are my favorite places to go - something about the water, the mountains, and the sky, all in various iterations of blue, converging on the horizon makes me so peaceful and glad to be alive. Pair that with the sunset, and the city that lights up as it sinks - first catching and reflecting the golden light with its sky-scraping glass, then illuminating on its own, signaling the start of the night.


Personal Style: Something Borrowed, Something Navy

An A-Line Midi Skirt & Chambray Button-Down Are A Classic, Comfy, And Chic Pairing! #NothingShortOfChic
Carry your off-duty comfort into the work week.

Happy long weekend! I trust you've been enjoying it - now be honest. Who spent the time lounging in a tee and denim cutoffs? Or just a swimsuit? That's okay - no judgment here, because those who are happy and comfortable are often the chicest. But if you need some inspiration for maintaining that comfort and upping the elegance, you've come to the right place!


Personal Style: Black In The Summertime

Wearing Black In The Summer IS Acceptable... And Chic! #NothingShortOfChic
No, it's not a fashion crime...

Let me tell you guys something. My closet is basically... not even basic. I have three pairs of shoes; sandals, ill-fitting ballet flats, and running shoes (not a pair I wear anytime except when working out). Also, I don't even have what are considered wardrobe "basics" - the white tee, the black dress, the pencil skirt, the button-down, the tailored trousers, etc. But that doesn't mean I'm not suited to blog about my daily outfits - if nothing else, it gives small-closeted readers some hope and some inspiration, and gives those with a more substantial wardrobe inventory fresh eyes with which to look at their pieces. 


Personal Style: Shades Of Mellifluous

A Gorgeous (And Adorable) Blue Faux-Leather Rose Wallet To Add A Pop Of Color To An Outfit... #NothingShortOfChic
Monochrome colorblocking really works.

Happy weekend, all! I hope you have had an awesome week – and if any of you live in BC/Saskatchewan/Washington/similar area, I doubly hope you haven't been affected by the fires! Our home here on the Sunshine Coast got severely smokey after the wind began to blow from Sechelt, where there's currently a terrible fire. The smoke settled like a blanket over everything, so the island across the water was invisible to us. It was very eerie, because the smoke completely blocked out the (cloudless) sky, so though the sun was shining, the sky appeared overcast. Everything took on a yellow tint, and the sun was orange-red and tiny behind the smoke. This lasted until Wednesday – yesterday was finally almost normal. Today, everything is as usual, so to celebrate the amazing weather, I took pictures!


Personal Style: Graphite And Graphics

Reinventing the classic pencil skirt.

Hey! Greetings!! I know it's been a while since I posted, longer than I meant, but I finally have this new post for you - I've also been posting on NSOC En Route and I'm writing a super cool post for it that covers my entire five weeks of mega travel, so make sure you've liked NSOC's Facebook page and are following me on Instagram so that you know when I've finished that and it's live! Anyway, today I'm showing an easy (and, naturally, chic) way of wearing your pencil skirt off-duty without looking like you came straight from the office!


Personal Style: Mellow Grey, Slate Yellow

Monochrome gets an upgrade.

The power of color is vast and amazing. It instantly brightens anything it comes into contact with, be it a room, a day, or an outfit. I know it's ironic for me to talk about color in an outfit when I'm showing you a look comprised of black and greys, but please bear with me. The reason I bring it up is because of the wall that I used as a backdrop – I've seen many a blog post or campaign and regardless of the foreground of the image – the actual content of the photograph – it will stand out because of the solid, bright color that instantaneously draws the eye. 

However, I'd never employed this (admittedly genius) trick, even though I regularly scope out bright walls for just this purpose – for example, when in Germany two weeks ago, I found a pale yellow wall (which happened to be adjacent to a light pink one) and really wanted to shoot in front of them, but never got a chance as our time in Germany was very limited. But, back to the here and now – this wall is one of four that make up a sweet, ivy-covered one-story house across the street from where we live. It is a breath of fresh air in the red-brick, black-roofed glen of buildings that makes up Viborg. I really love how grey looks with yellow, so, this is my background for today!


Personal Style: The Colors Of Clichy

Street art and street fashion: two of my favorite things, together.

Hello everybody! I'm back in Viborg at last, after four crazy weeks packed to the gills with travel. It was an incredible experience – in the past month, I've been to five different countries, and within them, over eleven cities total (if you want a more detailed account of my trip, plus my recommendations and reviews, make sure to check the travel section of my blog, NSOC En Route). I fell in love with many places along the way, including obvious ones like Paris, and less well-known but equally as incredible places like Kilkenny, Ireland.


Personal Style: A Pep Of Prep

Sweet and flirty, with a little pipkin of preppy style.

Hey guys! As before mentioned, I've been traveling for close to a month and I'm getting pretty tired of the limited clothing options I was able to bring with me. Turning to layering and accessories is pretty much the only way to stave off extreme fashion boredom, so I have yet another layered look today (why have I never thought of layering a button-down under a fit-and-flare before??). To give the outfit more interest, I rolled the sleeves of the button-down and unbuttoned an extra button under the bodice.


Leather & Fur: The Cruel Side Of Fashion?

Why is it that leather is chic but fur a crime?.

Visiting Italy was an incredible experience for me in many ways, and has created two week's worth of memories I'll likely never forget. I stayed mainly in Florence and developed an intimate relationship with the city in only eight days; and knowing how the city worked and its little things made my experience all the richer. As you probably know, Florence is one of the world's biggest leather capitals, which I got to see firsthand. Street merchants selling leather handbags to anyone who would take them; streets lined with handmade leather goods stores including everything from journal covers to bags to shoes; and row upon row of wallets displayed in the outdoor market in San Lorenzo.


Personal Style: Backless With Backbone

Home sweet home, for a little while longer.

This past week has been a busy one. I came back from a two-week trip to Italy, moved, and am in the process of packing for another trip to Europe, this one for three months (get ready for the Instagram jealousy). And with the pack, unpack, repack cycle in full force, I'm pulling out a bunch of clothing I'd set aside for winter and not thought about since, oh, five months ago (or more).


Personal Style: Winter Ade (Goodbye To Winter)

Looks may be deceiving, but it certainly no longer feels like winter.

Today was an incredible day, one of those days that reminds you that summer is only four short months away, and spring is even sooner. Of course, it isn't summer yet - it's kind of a teaser sort of day, making you believe that summer's come a quarter-year too early, then slips into rain and cloud cover, sticking its tongue out at you as it does so. But if you weather a trick enough times, you start to figure it out, which is why our deck furniture is still un-cushioned, the bare skeletons of the tables and chairs lying sideways or stacked under awnings. For now, though, I'll pretend that it's May come too soon and lounge in light-wash boyfriend jeans and a striped breast-pocket tee, with my high-tops by my side.


Personal Style: Furrever Chic

Dressing up for the street-style photographers from the comfort of my home.

While everybody I look up to and follow in the fashion industry is away in busy New York, I'm chilling in my beautiful home of Vancouver, BC. But beautiful as it is, I still dream about being on the other side of the continent, as one of the people with legitimate entry into those venues. But whatever, I don't, so I grabbed my favorite furry (faux) suede pieces and an all-black outfit and found an empty street. I have this dream of being captured by a street-style photographer, okay? This is as close as I'm going to get for a while.