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Striped Collared Dress

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Dress c/o // Similar Coats (1), (2) // Shoes

It is day 9 of Dressember and I am having a blast styling dresses every day! Some days have certainly been more challenging than others (did you see my instagram story about us getting snow on Monday?!) but overall it's going well! 

Of course, choosing to wear a dress every day is made way easier with cute dresses like this one! I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it. From the stripes, to the fit & flare cut, to the jewelled collar, I was hooked! I was also shocked at how cheap this dress was (especially given the quality - which is surprisingly really good)

Red & stripes is such a classic combination that I just had to pair this striped dress with a red trench coat. I love red winter coats as they always make me feel brighter and bolder on a cold or gloomy day. 

I can't believe it is already December 9th. I have been going nuts this week with Christmas events- from holiday get-togethers in support of local charities, to exploring the Vancouver Christmas Maze, to having two friends over to decorate my Christmas tree. It's been an (awesome) holiday whirlwind. I hope to get a little bit of downtime this weekend to wrap presents by the fire and maybe have a rum and eggnog - my perfect "zen" time. How do you de-stress during the holiday season?

linking up with: fabulous friday // flashback fashion friday // friday faves // 

Wednesday Wants



Pink Bow Blouse  // Pink & Burgundy Floral Pumps // Black Wool Pencil Skirt // Pink & Burgundy Jeweled Ear Crawlers




Red & White Plaid Coat // White Turtleneck // Distressed Skinny Jeans // Red Pom Beanie // Black Ankle Boots

Clearly I have a thing for burgundy at the moment. I really love the combination of blush/pink with burgundy -as you can see in the crawler earrings and the floral heels. I also love the classic look of a bow blouse worn with a pencil skirt. Easy, but stylish. 

As  far as this week's weekend look; two words: THAT. COAT. *swoon* haha. Worn with that knit pom beanie and super comfy/soft skinny jeans and you have yourself a weekend outfit win.  

I hope all of you have been having a great week so far. As I mentioned on Monday, my week has been packed with Christmas-y things and I wouldn't have it any other way! Last night I went to the Vancouver Christmas Market and it was just the best. I also did some Christmas shopping and am now done half of my gift buying list! Don't forget to check out my gift guides (there's a page on the far right of my blog header!) for great ideas for Christmas gifts!

Holiday Gift Guide: Coworkers



Desktop Organization Station // Keyboard Accessories (Wrist Rest, Mousepad, Mouse rest) // Pen Holder // Mason Jar Wall Decor // Monogram Mug

I think the most challenging recipients on my Christmas gift buying list each year are my coworkers. It's tempting to go the route of a gifting a bottle of wine, or a starbucks gift card, but those are so generic and un-personalized. I try to find gifts that are more unique - but still in a decent price range. 

The above gifts are all items that are affordable (most are under $20) but they are more personal and allow you to show your coworker you like and appreciate them. Personally, I would love to have all of these items in my office! 

I hope you all had a great weekend. I finally played Christmas tunes for the first time over the weekend and have started getting in to the holiday spirit. Later on this week some of my closest friends are coming over for us to drink Christmas-y drinks, listen to Christmas music, and decorate my Christmas tree. I can't wait! 
 

Dressember - How a Dress Can Change the World







Dress (under $75!) // Blazer (over 50% off!!) // Heels // Earrings c/o // Similar TB Handbag (mine here is last year's version)

I have been patiently waiting for weeks (and weeks, and weeks) for December to hit so that I could share this post with all of you! Today, I am excited to be telling you about a really great campaign called Dressember.


What is Dressember?

Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who've been exploited; women who need our help across the world. It challenges women to wear a dress for all 31 days of December. In doing so, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. 


Why are you participating in Dressember?

For starters, I feel so privileged to be a women in a country, and a family, where I have had every opportunity available to me. Not every girl is afforded these same opportunities and advantages.

Secondly,
prior to law school I did my Master's in international development and spent a lot of time working with non-profits and NGOs trying to advance women's and children's rights. I will therefore always have a soft sport for organizations and campaigns like this. In fact, Dressember was actually created by a fellow alumnae of a non-profit I worked for back in 2008.


Should I participate? How Can I Get Involved?

100% you should participate in this awesome campaign! You can participate by signing up yourself and raising donations here

If you don't want to wear a dress for the next 30 days, you can still participate by donating. (If you'd like to donate to me specifically feel free to leave me a comment or email me and I'll send you my personal page link. I'm not leaving it here because I don't want this to be a plug about donating to me specifically)

Finally, you can get involved by shopping! Dressember has their own line of dresses on the website that you can purchase. They are BEAUTIFUL and are all ethically made.


Where Does the Money Go?

Dressember donations go to two organizations - the International Justice Mission and A21. Both are organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking.


What Does this Mean for LegalLee Blonde?

As you probably figured out, for the rest of this month every outfit post I share on LegalLee Blonde will feature a dress. This is going to be a challenge considering a) it's freaking freezing out and b) I almost always wear pant suits to work. But, I am committed and am excited to come up with a bunch of stylish wear to work winter outfits that feature dresses. I hope you'll join me! 

linking up with: let it shine // style swap

Wednesday Wants






This week's work outfit is all about that gorgeous houndstooth cardigan. The coolest part is that the bottom zips off, so if you want to wear it as a short cardigan you can do so. I've paired it with my favorite skinny work pants - that I literally want in every color- and went with the bold pink suede pumps for a pop of color. 

For this week's weekend look, I wanted to stick with camel & neutral tones. This tunic is the perfect cozy sweater, and I love the look of a bold monogram necklace worn on top of a knit sweater. Paired with those ridiculously awesome ankle boots and you've got a perfect fall/winter weekend outfit. 

I hope you've all been having a great week and are gearing up for the holiday season. I can't wait to start binge watching Christmas movies, but, I've just started the Gilmore Girls season (amazing so far) so I need to finish that first. Lots of movie nights in my future haha.    



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