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DIY Work Day Style


Some mornings you just cannot find a wear-to-work outfit that you like; right?! My solution when I am feeling uninspired by my corporate / wear-to-work clothes is to accessorize them in my own way to make a classic corporate outfit feel more fun and fashion forward. That is what I did with this look!

Don't get me wrong, I do love these teal/green pants as a trouser for the office all the time; but, when I put them on with my white button down one morning I just felt the outfit wasn't what I wanted - it didn't have enough flare. So, I got a little crafty and got my DYI on. The polka dot bow you see is actually just a polka dot neck scarf. I tied it around my shirt collar and into a bow and then pinned a gold brooch to the center of the bow. I cannot express enough how much I loved this look- it was an instant mood booster!

I have a couple of silk scarves in various colors and definitely have a habit now of DYI'ing them into temporary bows with brooches to be worn with classic button down shirts. I have a plain black button down that I love to wear with a white and black scarf and this same gold brooch.

If you've got a scarf and a brooch in your closet - try out this DIY and let me know if you like it! I would love to see the results. If you don't have a brooch, there are so many great options out there (I've linked up two similar to the one I am wearing here) but you can even find cute ones at places like Michael's craft store!

One last thing for today - I announced yesterday on instagram that I am finally getting my YouTube channel started! I can't wait to start sharing more content with you on that platform. If there are any videos you would like to see (style tips, hair or makeup tutorials, hauls, etc.) let me know in the comments below!

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Dill Pickle Soup - My Favorite Whole30 Recipe

If you follow me on Instagram, you likely know that I am doing a round of Whole30. I did Whole30 last year and loved the results - I felt healthier and had more energy. Now that I am doing my second Whole30, I feel like an old pro when it comes to organizing/meal prep and having go-to delicious recipes that are Whole30 compliant. My favorite dinner recipe (by far!) is this Dill Pickle Soup. It is so flavorful, filling, and different from the usual Whole30 recipes (...anyone else get SO sick of eggs?!) This recipe is great because "non-dieters" will love it as well and it can easily be made Vegan and Paleo- just note my substitutions below.


 

Ingredients
*makes four servings

  • 3 cups chicken broth (*substitute vegetable broth to make it vegetarian/vegan)
  • 3 small white potatoes, peeled and quartered (*substitute sweet potato to make it Paleo)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped and cut into bite size chunks
  • 3-4 dill pickles, chopped and cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 cup of cauliflower, diced
  • 2 tbsps coconut oil
  • 3 tbsps tapioca flour 
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small pot bring the cauliflower pieces to a boil. Cook for 4-5 minutes once boiling. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine broth, potatoes, carrots and coconut oil. Bring to a boil and cook until 8-10 minutes - until the potatoes are tender. 
  3. Add the chopped dill pickles and continue to boil. 
  4. While the soup is cooking, combine in a food processor (or blender if need be) the cauliflower, coconut oil, tapioca flour and water. Blend until creamy
  5. Slowly pour the creamy mixture into the soup; stirring constantly
  6. Add the pickle juice, salt, pepper and cayenne. Cook 5 more minutes and remove from heat. Serve immediately. Optional garnish with fresh dill and paprika.

Notes

  1. Since you are now allowed potatoes on Whole30, i gladly used potatoes for this recipe. You can however substitute with sweet potatoes, but it definitely changes the flavor profile!
  2. When making the "thickener" feel free to add more cauliflower or tapioca starch until you reach a consistency you are happy with. 
  3. Note: This recipe is a Whole30 / healthy take on the amazing Dill Pickle soup recipe by Noble Pig.

Day to Night Style

 
Work Day Look: Blazer // Royal Blue Top c/o // Belt // Skinny Pants // Similar Boots // Handbag

As any busy working woman knows, your clothes need to be versatile. The less time you need to spend changing for different events or activities in your day the better! For today’s post I wanted to show you 2 looks – a day and a night – that use the same staple pieces.

The royal blue top is the real showstopper of this day to night look. The bold blue color exudes confidence – making it a perfect piece for the office. Worn under a black blazer with a belt it makes a statement while being completely boardroom ready. Seeing as it is the middle of winter, I knew I wanted a work look that featured boots. My calf-height low-heeled boots are ones I love during the winter months. The mid-calf height is work appropriate, and your feet stay warm and dry.

To take the outfit into post-work dinner or drinks I swapped out the boots for sparkly high heels. This has the added bonus of showing off the fun detail on the pants that were hidden in the work look. To complete the nighttime look, I simply removed the blazer & belt, and added a statement necklace & clutch. The one shoulder cut to this shirt really makes an impression, as does the unique hem! 


Night Look: Royal Blue Top c/o // Skinny Pants // Clutch

The royal blue top is from Downtown Chic boutique. This is a female-owned boutique that specializes in carrying pieces that do exactly what this blue top does – takes you from your work day to a night out. While this is my personal favorite item from DTC, they have a number of great pieces, and I highly recommend checking them out! You can get 15% off your order from Downtown Chic with the code LLB15

 The other items I am wearing in this post are linked up in the widget below. As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about sizing, quality, etc. of any items I share here on LLB! Just leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

In other news, I am now 24-hours post-my Los Angeles trip and I am already having LA withdrawals haha. I had the most amazing few days, and can’t wait to head back there again soon. The good news is, I have now discovered how cheap round trip flights from Vancouver to Los Angeles are (under $300!!) and I have a fair bit of blog related work on the horizon in LA; so I am planning on getting back there every 2-3 months!

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 *thank you to Downtown Chic Boutique for sponsoring this post
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