Wednesday Wants

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Happy Wednesday readers! This week's wednesday wants, as you can see, are a bit of a smorgasbord** of things. No real theme here, just a bunch of great items I've come across this week. I hope you enjoy them! I think my personal favourites are the Kate Spade dress on sale and the pink statement necklace. This necklace is PERFECT for so many spring outfits!

Have a great day everyone, I'm off to workout! My friends and I have started this crazy new work out plan and i am LOVING it so far. 3x a week of strength training workouts plus 2 walks or low intensity things. Today I've got the "full body" workout so it is gonna be a tough one! Wish me luck!

** Side note: It took me an embarrassingly lo
ng time to spell the word "smorgasbord". I actually tried at least 5 variations before I got the correct one. Ridiculous.

Leopard Print for Spring



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Blazer: Ever New. Very Similar: here.
Similar: here and here
Blouse: Similar: here and here
Pants: H&M
Bag: Michael Kors
Shoes: Old. Similar: here  

Lipstick: NARS "Anita" (by far my favourite lipstick ever)
Nail Polish: Essie "Ballet Slippers" (a great colour for work)


Without fail, leopard print is a trend every fall. Then, it mysteriously disappears from everyone's wardrobe for the next 6 months. This makes no sense to me. Leopard can still be perfect for spring if you pair it with lighter colours- creams, tans, and whites. Today's work outfit hopefully gives you all some inspiration for digging that leopard print out of your closet for spring.

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to take on this week!! If, like me, you're not so much "ready" as you are "entirely ready for sleep instead" try out this ridiculously amazing coffee from my post here. That is definitely what I am going to be doing this morning!! haha.

Linking up today for "Mix it Monday's" here



Anchored

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 Sweater: Old. Similar: here and here
Jeans: Michael Kors
Heels: Express
Clutch: Old. I am in love with this one though. This would also look gorgeous.

Anyone who knows me knows I am anchor OBSESSED. I actually have a teeny tiny anchor tattoo on my wrist (I've posted a pic of it on instagram before if you want to see it!) Did you know that the anchor is the international symbol for hope? I love that!

I love this outfit for those early spring days or late summer days where you want to be outside constantly... but need a light sweater to stay warm.


This Friday could NOT have come soon enough! I am so looking forward to this weekend! It is supposed to be gorgeous weather here in Vancouver (yay!!) so I am so excited to go for my first patio brunch of the season (mimosasssssss!) and to spend time walking along the sea wall. Wherever you are wonderful readers, I hope your weather is finally starting to turn to spring!
  

Wednesday Wants




I am feeling really overwhelmed and pretty exhausted this week (.. to all you other working professionals who also have blogs, I am SO impressed by you, I just don't know how you do it you superhumans you!) but I still wanted to share some Wednesday Wants with you guys. I did some online "window shopping" on the weekend and these are the fruits of that investigation (... did I just say 'fruits of the investigation'?.... ya, I have definitely spent too much time in court this week).

This week's "wants" are all about PRINTS because I am loving the variety of prints out there this season. I literally would never have thought to wear a watermelon top or a flamingo scarf but hot damn do I want them.

My apologies if this post is a bit scattered... time to go grab a (very large) coffee!! Catch y'all back here on Friday!

3 Shades of Grey

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Blazer: Forever 21 
Pants: H&M
Heels: Old. Similar: here and here
Purse: Old. Similar: here and here
Earrings: Old. Similar: here and here
Lipstick: NARS "Anita"

Happy Monday everyone! In honour of what is an insanely busy work week this week (I'm in court every day in multiple courthouses each day); I
thought I'd show another work look. Unlike my post last week I wouldn't wear this outfit to court (have to stick to suits) but this is definitely a go to outfit for when I'm out of court meeting clients, doing research etc. I think this would be a great look for anyone working in a business casual office environment.

One of my go to fashion moves is combining different shades of the same colour. The outfit inevitably looks put together and chic. I wanted to compliment the three shades of grey in this look with pale pink as I am loving pale pink & grey together for spring. If you are ever feeling "stuck" for outfit inspiration definitely try combining shades of one colour and let me know how it goes!

Have a great day everyone! I'll be back, as always, on Wednesday with my Wednesday Wants. Thank you SO much for reading and please follow me on instagram or bloglovin' as well (link button at the bottom of this post)

  LegalLee Blonde

Travel & Fashion: Portland

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Shirt: Express, last season. This season's here
Jeans: Old Navy (my fav jeans- they're such a good fit!) 
Runners: Champion (these are the most comfy runners I've ever had.
They have weird cushioning that feels amazing)

I am so excited to share my recent trip to Portland with you guys! As you know if you read my blog post here, I road tripped down to Portland for 4 days for my birthday last week. It was my first time in Portland and I had such an incredible time. Our first stop as soon as we arrived in town was Powell's. Powell's is the LARGEST BOOKSTORE IN THE WORLD! It is an entire city block in size and they have maps for you when you enter! We spent 3.5 hours here! :O haha

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Hat: Borrowed from a friend (thanks Lauren!) Similar: here
Romper: Forever 21 (in store) Similar: here
Jacket:
Old. Similar: here and love this fitted one here
Monogrammed Purse: Marley Lilly
Flats: Old. Similar: here and here


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Life rule: never leave a criminal lawyer alone in the crime section of a book store. ... I couldn't help getting ALL of these books!!

After working up an appetite book shopping for so long we went to Pok Pok for some amazing Thai food. It was probably the BEST Thai food I have ever had (...and that includes when I was actually in Thailand!) This is definitely a "must do" if you are in Portland!


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Later that first night we went to Hopworks Urban Brewery. One of the "must do's" when in Portland is checking out some of the (many!) breweries and distilleries. Hopworks was my favourite of the ones we went to - I unfortunately can't drink beer (wheat allergy) but Hopworks also had a Cider which I tried and it was SO good. Not to sweet and not too dry. I highly recommend it. My favourite thing about Hopworks though was just how PORTLAND it was. From the hipster staff & clientele, to the atmosphere, it was just really cool. The best part? They have bikes outside that help provide the ELECTRICITY FOR THE PUB! On it's own, that is a wicked cool idea, but it's even better because for every 15 minutes you bike you get $1 off your beer. If you bike for an hour, that's a free beer! If I lived in the neighbourhood I'm afraid I'd come every night after work for an hour workout that I reward myself for doing by getting an ice cold cider haha.


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Next up, we went to Punch Bowl Social which was a ton of fun. If you haven't heard of it before, it is essentially chuckie cheese for grown ups haha. They have a great cocktail menu and a whole slew of fun activities - bowling, karaoke, ski ball and shuffle board (which by the way was SO MUCH FUN. Why is this an old person game?! I want to play this all the time!!) I won at ski ball and shuffle board which is basically the greatest athletic accomplishment I will ever achieve being the completely klutzy, lack-of-any-sport-skill, human that I am sooooo; YAY!

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 Ombre Chambray Shirt: Current/Elliott Similar (and under $30) here
Jeans:
Old Navy
Flats:
Old. Similar: here
Necklace:
Aldo



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The next day in Portland was my birthday (Wooohooo!) and if you follow me on instagram you'll know that I was surprised with a stay at a really cool hotel for my birthday! The hotel was the Hotel Monaco right in downtown Portland. Let me just say that this was the WEIRDEST (in a good way) hotel I have ever been to! Everything from the crazy room decor (bird wall paper, crazy patterned sheets), to the giant Jenga in the lobby, to the zebra and leopard print bath robes, was wonderfully awesome (and again, oh-so-Portland).  

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 *please note the collapsed remnants of a giant Jenga game ... we may or may not have drunkenly partaken in some giant jenga one night...*
 
The hotel also had a bottle of Cava delivered to our room (for free) for my birthday and they even sent a HAND WRITTEN card! It was surprisingly touching (... or I am just a big softie and got overly emotional that the front desk lady actually wrote me a card and signed it!!)

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For my birthday dinner we went to Noble Rot where I had one of the best meals I have ever eaten! This restaurant has some of the best city skyline views in all of Portland as well, so it was a beautiful setting for dinner!

One of my favourite (and unexpected!) things from this trip was stumbling across the Oregon Ballet. I LOVE ballet (trained in R.A.D. ballet for years). I didn't plan on going to the ballet (mainly because travelling with a man, so it didn't seem like the best plan haha) but we stumbled across the building one day and I went just to go see the outside and peek in... and I discovered that they were rehearsing inside and that you could see the rehearsal studio from the lobby! I stood and watched a few minutes of it and it was absolutely breath taking.

Overall, as I'm sure you can tell, I had a great trip and really like Portland. Thanks so much for reading my "travel & fashion series"! I hope you enjoyed it and found it informative on things to do (and wear!) in Portland!


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Wednesday Wants

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Rose Gold Sandals
Tassel Bracelets
Scallop & Layered Dress
Off the Shoulder Dress

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Striped Skirt
Bow Front Blouse

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I am loving all the affordable spring and summer items I am finding right now. The scalloped dress, which I just bought for myself, is only $20!!! I also really like the polka dot shirt for work. It's a great tailored fit (perfect for under suits) and the dots give it a fun touch.

I am getting my hair done today and I am so excited for it. My best friend Maddie is a hair dresser here in Ontario and I just can't bring myself to trust anyone else to do my hair, so I haven't had my hair done in 6 months! I think I'm going to get blonde highlights in my naturally dark blonde hair to brighten it up for summer. Follow me on instagram to see photos of it once it's done.

Thank you all so much for reading!

Navy & Yellow

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Coat: Mod Cloth Dress: Ever New. Similar: here and here Shoes: Old. Similar: here and (under $15!!) here Purse: Forever 21. Similar: here 

Today I wanted to show you one of my favourite early spring looks. The jacket is great for the cant-make-it's-mind-up weather and I love navy and yellow as an outfit combination.

I hope you all had a great weekend and are rested / re-charged for the week ahead. As you know, I am in Ontario visiting my parents this week and it has been great so far. I've spent time with my best friend (laughing our asses off about the stupidest things) spent a morning taking my god daughters to dance, and last night went to my good friend Ryan and Steph's for an really delicious home made dinner. It's been an exhausting trip so far, but I am completely happy with that. 

Thank you all for stopping by. Have a great Monday!

Court Attire (My go to work look)

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Heels: Call it Spring 
Purse: Forever 21
 Necklace: Old. Similar: here and here
Lipstick:
NARS "Anita"

Happy Friday everyone!

It has been a hectic 36 hours - got back form Portland, dealt with a number of cases in court, and now am heading to Ontario for a week long trip this afternoon! Life can be such a whirlwind sometimes.

Given how busy these past two days have been I felt inspired to post my "go to" suit for court. When I don't have time in the mornings this outfit is always what I go with. It's professional and polished, yet the pattern mixing and slim fit pants give it a modern, fashionable feel. Also, these heels are my current FAVOURITE for court. I swear I could run around all day in these with no problem. I highly recommend them if you are someone (like me) who likes to wear heels but has to be on your feet all day.


Have a great weekend everyone! To all you followers who have left my comments on my recent posts, emailed me, etc. during the past week, I am so sorry for my delay in responding to you! I will be spending my time in Ontario catching up on all things blog related!

Wednesday Wants

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Happy Wednesday dearest readers! Today is my last day in Portland and I am so sad to leave! Hope you have all had a great week so far. Enjoy this week's edition of Wednesday Wants (... I am especially drooling over the pink suede pumps!)

29 Things I Know to be True

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Dress: Ralph Lauren Similar: here 
 Heels: Old. Similar: here 

It's my birthday! I can't believe I am turning twenty nine! For me birthdays have always been a time to reflect; a time to celebrate not yourself but all the people in your life that love and support you and help make you who you are. It's a time to reflect upon your accomplishments of the past year, and think about your goals for the next.

In honour of my 29th birthday this year I wanted to write a personal post of 29 things I know to be true. It's been a crazy year but I am happy to be where I am today and can't wait to see what my last year of my twenties has in store!


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                          29 Things I Know to be True

1. Being by the ocean is essential to my mental health   
     - walking by the ocean is the best way for me to clear
      my head and work through any problems I may be
      having. It also helps slow down my over-active mind.

2. Once a dancer, always a dancer.   
     - It doesn't matter if you take an 8 year break from
      dancing (like I did) or if you stop dancing all together 
      after high school, if you were a serious dancer growing
      up it's something that you just are. Dance isn't a hobby,
      it's not even just a passion, it's something that is in
      your blood, your soul, the core of your being.

3. Your family is who you choose it to be  
     - Blood ties aren't the determiner of your family; you
     are. Whether you are adopted, have a step family, or
     are close to friends and not the people you share DNA
     with; the people that you choose to treat as family, are
     your family.

4. Reconnecting with old friends is invaluable   
    - We all have those friends who we knew as children, or
      teenagers, that we have simply grown apart from.
      Re-connecting and re-building some of these
      friendships over the past few years is one of the best
      decisions I have ever made. These people were your
      friends for a reason; and the older I get the more I
      realize that I haven't changed - at least at the core of
      who I am - since I was child. There is something so
      powerful about spending quality time with someone
      who has known you since you were 5. My best friend
      Maddie is the perfect example of this. I know that no
      matter what mood I am in, no matter how I am
      reacting to a situation, it's going to be okay when I'm
      with her. There's nothing she hasn't seen before and
      half the time she seems to know me better than I know
      myself. It's a blessing to have that type of friendship in
      your life.

5. Reading is one of life's simplest, greatest pleasures    
    - I go through periods where I don't read for pleasure for
      months at a time because I'm too busy. I'm done with
      that. Reading and escaping into worlds created by
      someone elses imagination is a true gift in this life.

6. I will never have a 6 pack
  
     - I love trying new workouts, and always want to stay
     somewhat fit for my health (and admittedly vanity
     purposes) but I simply do not have the dedication it
     takes to have a six-pack. Aint gonna happen. I'm ok with
     that.

7. Little kids teach us more than we teach them   
    - Spend any time with a little kid and I guarantee you'll
      walk away with new knowledge. Example: in one 2 hour
      period babysitting my 7 year old niece Gracie last week
      I learned a) that spiders do not have noses but rather
      breathe through slits in their abdomens, b) kangaroos
      are herbivores and c) Gary from her class has 6 old
      ipads (... this last one may have zero life applicability,
      but hey, I thought it was interesting haha)

8. At some point you have to stop blaming your parents

   - Nobody is perfect, and certainly no parent did a perfect
     job. My late twenties has taught me that there are two
     types of people - those who blame their problems in life
     on their parents or the way they were raised, and those
     that accept that whatever their childhood was like,
     things are in THEIR hands now. Don't get me wrong, I am
     certainly not trying to dismiss childhood trauma
     (especially where people truly went through horrible
     events) but I am saying that for many childhood things
     you can choose to let them define your life and your
     choices, or you can take the reigns back accept that if
     you have problems now from those events, these are
     your problems to work on, get help with, etc.

9. You actually DO need to eat your vegetables
   
     - I know a girl who got scurvy. True story. Your parents
      weren't wrong, you actually do need to make a
      concerted effort and ensure you are eating enough
      vegetables.

10. I am a shop-aholic    
      - I seriously am. I am working on budgeting and
       spending less money, but I am totally the type of
       person that gets a high from shopping. I LOVE buying
       clothes and when I see something that reminds me of
       someone I always buy it for them... I have no self
       control to say no. I'm working on it.

11. My dad is right 98% of the time

    - It's really hard to accept, but my dad really is almost
      always right. I need to listen to him more.


12. We need to express our love more 
    - It seems to me that when someone dies the biggest
      regret from others is "they didn't say I love you
      enough". The past year or so I decided I don't care if it's
      weird, I am showing my love to people way more easily
      and frequently. My best friend will tell you that I never
      hang up a phone call without saying "love you!" at the
      end, and my nieces and nephews would probably say
      I constantly smother them with hugs and kisses haha.
      When it comes down to it, we all like feeling loved,
      cared for or appreciated, so why not show it to our
      friends and family way more often.

13. We all need to volunteer
   
       - Everyone is busy, but we live in a world with so much
       need, in so many different areas. I truly believe that
       volunteering our time to causes that we care about
       should be a requirement of being an adult.

14. Criminal law is my jam
   
      - Not a day goes by that I am not thankful that I found
      this career. I freaking love what I do. Being a criminal
      lawyer challenges me academically, works for my ADD
      personality, gives me one-on-one working with people,
      and let's me make a difference in people's lives. It's just
      the greatest.

15. Eventually you just need to make a decision
        

     - As a complete over-thinker I make pro/con lists about
       every decision in my life. I talk to every friend, every
       family member and agonize for hours over what the
       "right" decision is. One thing I now know to be true is
       that while it isn't bad to want to make an educated,
       thought out decision, you are never going to know the
       perfect decision, because you can't see into the future.        Eventually you just need to make a decision.

16. Travel is good for you        

     - Exploring new cultures and learning more about others
       as well as yourself can't help but benefit you and those
       around you.

17. Our societal "value system" of professionals is f***ed
   
- I don't know about you but I am really okay with my
      banker or politician making 50,000 a year. I would
      really like nurses, teachers, and caregivers to make
      more.

18. The smell of sunscreen makes me happy      

      - Sunscreen = warm weather = happiness

20.
My greatest strength & greatest weakness are the
      same thing - my giant heart
    
  - I have embraced the fact that my giant heart is what
        makes me who I am and the same giant heart that
        gets me in trouble when I get too upset over
        something small, is the same giant heart that
       remembers people's favourite ice creams, and that is
       there for people who society has mostly forgotten.


21. The joy of eating cookie dough totally outweighs the
      health risk
    
- Salmonela would suck, sure, but eating raw cookie
       dough is one of the greatest treats there is.

22. Timing is a HUGE part of life (...and it's out of your
       control)
     

     - So many of us have a "plan" (career by x date, married
      by x date, kids by x date) and as much as it's important
      to set goals and hopes for your life, half of life is
      chance based on timing so you really need to just let go
      and go with the flow.

23. Orange juice and toothpaste is the world's worst
      taste combination
    
- self explanatory. yuck!


24. Boys can be pilots too   

     - When I was four years old my oldest sister had just
      become a pilot (she now flies for Air Canada). This was
      the extent of my four year old knowledge of pilots
      when my parents had a dinner party with an attendee
      who was an old, male pilot. My parents introduced me
      to him, telling me he was a pilot just like Cate and
      with complete and utter shock I exclaimed "boys can be
      pilots too?!" I now know it to be true that men can
      indeed also be pilots but, more importantly, I know it
      to be true that we can and should teach our girls that
      they can be any career that they want to be. If all
      little girls thought with the same flawed reasoning as
      myself about the gender division of certain professions,
      sure they'd have some shocked moments of discovery
      when they learned that men could share these
      professions, but damn our girls would be taking on
      some great adventures and getting into fields of work
      that in many places they are taught are not for them.
      Girl power will change the world, of this I am sure.
      (Check out cool companies like Goldiblox and charities
      like The Girl Effect if this is something that interests
      you)


25. I can't wait to be a mom
      

     - I have known since I was a child that one of my biggest
       goals in life is to become a mom. I'm still darn far
       away from this part of my life, but I am so excited for
       when it will eventually happen.

26. There is no good way to get up from making a snow
      angel (there is always a rogue footprint)
       

      - Years of snow playing and I have finally accepted this
       fact.


27. You can't control everything 
     - This is very similar to the timing thing, I know, but it's
      worth being said that half of your life is out of your
      control (and so is everybody elses). As a control freak
      by nature, it is really hard for me to let go and accept
      this fact, but I'm working on it.

28. Friendships take work      

      - Friendships take hard work. We have to nurture those
       friendships we know to be important in our lives by
       carving out time and not letting geography or other
       challenges get in the way. Skype dates, phone calls
       and FaceTime have gone a long way to help nurture
       friendships that span geographic lines (... as someone
       with a best friend on the other side of the country,
       and another on the other side of the world, trust me
       on this one)

29. Everybody needs a mentor (or three)   

     - Mentorship seems to have less of a focus in your 
      twenties and that is a real shame. In a decade where
      you (likely) are figuring out who you are, what you
      want to do, where you want to live, it seems of the
      utmost importance to have some people to guide you
      and help you along the way. These can (and should I
      argue) include people you don't know in real life, but
      who inspire you (Elizabeth Gilbert, Oprah, Sheryl
      Sandberg anyone?) as well as people in your life who
      can provide direct guidance. 


 We are really dorky human beings...

 My friends are the best (and cutest) balloon carriers haha. Love these girls.
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