Nothing Short of Chic: December 2016


'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.


Personal Style: Layered Textures – (Faux) Suede & Velvet

Baby, it's cold outside – wrap yourself up in luxe fabrics and chic layers to keep yourself warm and stylish this season. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Let it snow, and while it does, drape yourself in luxe layers to stay warm.

It is, officially, the chilly season. I came home on Saturday to promises of snow up here in the Vancouver area, which is a rare occurrence for us, and lo and behold, those vows were kept. Snow is so gorgeous – and it provides a welcome change in background options. So we've all been piling on the layers. But layers doesn't have to mean shapeless and bland – actually, layering is great because it gives you the opportunity to wear two or three outfits at once. When shooting this, my photographer DJ Cleland-Hura joked that it felt like the setting (and clothing) for a Ralph Lauren ad. Ours is a little less glossy and a little more NSOC (which is the point!) but I'm super happy with the results – so many thanks to DJ, and to the nimbostratus clouds for granting us this beautiful snow to pose in.