LegalLee Blonde

A fashion blog for young professionals

Wednesday Wants

 Sleeveless Bow Dress // D'Orsay Pumps // Blazer (this is my favorite blazer by far - such a classic, perfect fit! I have it in 4 colors) // Kate Spade "Cameron" Bag


Lace Midi Dress  // Wedge Sandals (the "it" shoe among fashion bloggers this spring) // Suede Shoulder Bag // Sunglasses // Crystal Cluster Statement Ring (20% off with code 'LegalLee')

This week is all about dresses. I love how many great options there are for women in the spring - both for work appropriate and casual dresses. I built both of these week's looks off the dress as the statement piece.

The Work Look: 
 This dress is perfect for looking professional but getting to feel comfortable in the spring and summer weather. Paired with my all time favorite blazer and black accessories and this is a polished work day look. I really love the D'Orsay pumps and am debating getting them in either the black or a camel/tan shade.

The Weekend Look:
Lace dresses are, no suprise here, a big hit for spring. I love the mint shade of this H&M one as well as the midi length. Paired with the shoes that bloggers are swooning over (they are apparently as comfortable as they are pretty!) and other neutral accessories and this look gives off that effortless chic vibe.

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Vancouver Fashion Week ( What I Wore & Show Recap )


Last week I had the privilege of attending Vancouver Fashion Week (Fall/Winter 2017). I had a complete blast (if you follow me on instagram, you'll have seen a lot of the behind-the-scenes!) Today I am giving you a recap of sorts; talking about my personal favorite shows and of showing you what I wore! 


First Day:


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 The first day I was able to attend was actually day two of Vancouver Fashion Week; Tuesday March 21. For my look, I decided to go with a French, vamp-y sort of vibe. The bow blouse is a favorite of mine - it is so versatile - and paired with a flared mini it felt very French school girl. I went with tan accessories and a bold red lip to complete the look.
There were a number of great shows on March 21st but my personal favorites were Mahari Collection, KARIMADON & Relentless Lifestyle.

Mahari Collection:
   
The attention to detail in this collection was second to none. I could not get over the intricacies of the beading and stitching as well as the gorgeous accent balls that were featured throughout the collection ( ... there has a got to be a better way to describe them. #BloggerFail haha) Below are some of the looks.



KARIMADON:

I did a livestream of this show on instagram and thank goodness livestreams don't save because I'm quite sure I sounded like an idiot the entire time haha. I was so blown away by the beautiful pieces that my rarely-coherent-and-so-not-helpful narration consisted of me exclaiming "oh. my. gosh. // this is GORGEOUS. holy cow // this piece is stunning // WOW."etc. haha


 
Relentless Lifestyle:

I have seen quite a few runway shows over the years, and I can honestly say this one moved me more than any other. I love the trend in recent years of moving runway shows towards being more artistic performances. Relentless lifestyle began with audio clips about creativity and inspiration. With a great beat and an atmosphere of retrospection and creativity the models then took to the runway. The models were dressed in black full body suits, with each wearing one piece from the Relentless Lifestyle collection. The blank canvas of the full body suits, especially given the atmosphere and music, was just an incredible way to showcase the designs. You really saw each and every item for what it was as an individual piece of art. Pretty cool stuff.




Second Day:





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The second day I was able to attend was Wednesday March 22nd. I was in a completely different mood than the day before, and I wanted my outfit to reflect that. I wanted to wear this matching set because I love the feminine/masculine combination of a matching cropped pants set. I added my new Kate Spade purse and my old pink heels to compliment the grey and provide some print mixing between the floral in the bag and the windowpane of the matching set. My favorite shows from this day were Designed by Beely and KIRSTEN LEY. 

Designed by Beely

What I really liked about this show was the real-world 'wearability' of the collection. The collection had a realluy interesting (and very Pacific North West, in my opinion) combination of professional & eco-friendly. The pieces featured classic lines and office-appropriate structure, but with envionmentally conscious fabrics and earth tone color palettes.




KIRSTEN LEY


This collection was the epitome of fashion meeting art. The 'tops' were essentially cast molds of women's bodies creating the most uniquely beautiful pieces. These were complimented with pieces of flowing silk. The designer has a really interesting backstory, in terms of what lead to the creation of this collection. She was diagnoses with scoloiosis as a child and had to wear a back brace 22 hours a day. She was therefore inspired by the dichotomy of restriction/breaking free and her pieces absolutely reflect that. She is definitely a designer to watch, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with going forward.


Thanks for reading! I hope you feel like you got an inside scoop into VFW. If you have any questions, let me know!

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Day to Night with Downtown Chic Boutique

Jumpsuit c/o // Similar Blazers: (1), (2) // Heels // Necklace c/o - 20% off with code 'LegalLee' // Bracelet - 20% off with code 'LegalLee'

I love any outfit that can go from day to night with only a few minor adjustments. When I saw this jumpsuit I knew that it would be the perfect day-to-night piece for a casual summer work day. 

Paired with a crisp white blazer and nude pumps, it's effortless office chic. For a summer evening, you can add some sparkle (like the gorgeous O&P jewelry I'm wearing here!) and a statement shoe (my black lace up pumps never fail me) to create an outfit that is perfect for after work drinks or a night out with friends.

What I really like about this jumpsuit is the heavy fabric. So many jumpsuits are made of cotton or thin materials that are not exactly workplace friendly (nor do they hold up well as far as wrinkles go!) In contrast, this jumpsuit is made of a heavy polyester and the white tank top portion is lined so you don't have to worry about any see-though moments (score!)

You can find this jumpsuit at Downtown Chic - which is a boutique I recently came across (read: became obsessed with haha) because of their motto to find items that are work day appropriate, but still fashion forward. I love that we are starting to see stores made for #GirlBosses with the understanding that we want to have clothes that exude professionalism in the work place - but are still fashionable and made for our busy lives. 


In other news, I AM OFF TO NEW ORLEANS TODAY! I cannot wait (... just in case the caps lock didn't make that clear, haha). I'll be staying active on instagram so be sure to follow along. And if you're a NOLA local, or if you've travelled there before, I'd love recommendations!

Linking up with: fabulous friday // friday favorites // WW // FFF // friday faves 

Huge thanks to downtown chic for sponsoring today's post!
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