Off to the Races

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Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (last season). Similar: here 
Hat: Marley Lilly. Also love: this 
Shoes: Express (really comfortable!)
Clutch: Kate Spade. Similar (cheaper): here
Bracelet: The Limited
Rings: Aldo
Lipstick: MAC in "pink nouveau"
While LegalLee Blonde is primarily a business casual / "wear to work" inspiration style blog, I do like to show weekend outfits every now and then (like my go-to summer outfit here). I could not resist showing you this weekend look as this may be my favourite dress ever. ever, ever.

I wore this outfit this past weekend to the Deighton Cup; a horse racing event here in Vancouver. It was a really fun event and I felt perfectly southern in this dress & hat combo. If you look closely you can see that the dress pattern is a whole bunch of Mint Julep cups - so perfect for our version of the Kentucky Derby!


I hope you all had a great weekend as well and are ready to take on another work week! Be sure to follow me on instagram to see my work outfit for today - and get some work outfit inspiration on your Monday morning!

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Summer Lovin'








Tee: Target (the comfiest tee & it's under $15!)
Denim Vest:
Old Navy
Shorts:
Old Navy
Sunglasses:
Polette
Pineapple Ring:
Old. Similar: herehere
 Earrings: Old. Similar: here
Clutch: Marley Lilly
Sandals: DIY

An oh-so-comfy, oh-so-summery, outfit seemed perfect for your Friday morning. I have been living in this outfit this summer! The target tee is my new essential basic, and I love these palm print shorts. Paired with my favourite sunnies & favourite sandals, this outfit is just pure summer happiness to me! 

I HAVE to tell you guys about these sandals. So, if you follow my blog you may recall my "travel & fashion" post on Greece. As I mentioned in that post these are custom made sandals from Athens. I have been drooling all summer over the rhinestoned sandal trend but did not want to shell out the +$70 that I kept seeing ones for. So, I got my comfy custom made sandals and super glued on a bunch of rhinestones from Michaels. These instantly became my favourite sandals. 

I get SO many compliments on these gold armed sunglasses of mine! They look so much more expensive than they actually are and the quality is wayyyy better than my usual cheap sunnies.
If you haven't heard of Polette eyewear yet, be sure to check them out! You can see my post on their "e-eyewear" (ie. non-prescription glasses that help with staring at computer screens) here.

Have a great weekend everyone! I am off to the Deighton Cup tomorrow (ie. Vancouver's version of the Kentucky Derby). I can't wait! See you all back here on Monday! 

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Summer Office Wear - Look 2

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Shirt: Banana Republic (old) Similar: here & here
Pants:
Banana Republic
Heels:
Zaful
Purse:
Old. Similar: herehere
Jewelry: Kate Spade Bracelet // Similar Necklace // N&G Earrings
Lipstick: 
YSL Rouge Volupte in "opera rose"
Happy Monday everyone! Last Monday I posted this summer work look and, as promised, here is a summer work look 2. I wanted to show a different way to style the same shirt and the same pants (in a different colour - yes, I have the pants in 4 colours, they are the GREATEST pants of all time). I wanted to show you how versatile your work looks can be even when your base is just dress pants and a basic blouse. I absolutely love this look for work! 
Also, I just bought this YSL lipstick this weekend and my. gosh. it is so awesome. I would say it is now tied with my NARS one I am constantly professing my love for. The colour is pretty but the best part is how silky and moisturizing the lipstick is!

Have a great Monday everyone! If you are looking for a little Monday pick me up, the NSale is still going strong! I bought a couple items on the weekend and can't wait for them to arrive. You can shop my favourite NSale
picks here.

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Summer Stripes & 25% off at The Shopping Bag

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Dress: The Shopping Bag c/o (25% off with code below!)
Necklace: Kendra Scott (in periwinkle)
Flats: Lilly for Target (similar: here)

On summer nights, I love throwing on a simple cotton dress and heading out the door. This striped dress from The Shopping Bag is the perfect dress for that. I like the length of this dress (not too short) and the general fit (not skin tight). Stripes are a classic summer staple for me, so this dress was a no-brainer addition to my wardrobe.

The Shopping Bag is an online boutique that I recently discovered. What I like about them is that while so many small(ish) online boutiques are carrying the same items (at wildly different price points I might add), The Shopping Bag is different, and actually has some unique pieces at great prices! My personal favourite items are this pineapple romper, this super cool ring, this cut-out jumpsuit, and these pineapple jars (which I know I have posted about already but I love them so much!) I am thrilled to tell you that the Shopping Bag is offering you, my kick-ass readers, 25% off your purchase with the coupon code
LEGALLEEBLONDE. Just enter it at check out and you're good to go! 
  
This weekend I am hoping to soak up as much summer as I can - beach volleyball, patio drinks & generally spending time in the sun! I started reading a really interesting new book; The Transcriptionist and I hope to get some relaxation and reading in this weekend. I hope you all have exciting weekend plans, and I will see you back here on Monday!

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Wednesday Wants

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Welcome to this week's edition of Wednesday Wants! This week's picks are a random assortment of goodies I have come across this past week. And I knowwww I've got to kill it with the flaming obsession, but this tee! seriously!? It has flamingos SURFING. Haha it is probably my new favourite! I also need to get my hands on that coral two piece set. Such an effortless summer outfit!

Hope you are all having a great week! I'm having dinner and drinks with a bunch of my girlfriends tonight and I am so excited! With all this moving stress and busyness I haven't had a chance to see them much over the past 2 weeks so I am really looking forward to this mid-week fun night. See you back here on Friday!


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Summer Office Wear - Look 1

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Blouse: Banana Republic (old). Similar: here and here
Pants: Banana Republic (the BEST work pants!)
Heels: Old. Similar: here and here
Necklace: Banana Republic
Purse: Old. Similar: here and here

With the summer heat, creating comfortable, stylish and appropriate work outifts can be tricky! So, I wanted to show you guys two simple, but professional, summer looks. Look one is the above outfit and I will be posting look two next week (Monday)! 

This outfit is SUCH a no-brainer for me. These Banana Republic pants are hands down the best work pants I've found. They sit at the perfect height about an inch under your belly button (so you won't be pulling at them throughout the day), the fit is so flattering/slimming and they hold their shape well (... I admit I totally re-wear these multiple times and they never look wrinkled!)

Work pants paired with a breezy top and a statement necklace are my key look for surviving summer office wear! I also like this combo of navy & grey to change up from the sea of black office wear.

Hope you are all having a great start to your work week! See you back here on Wednesday.

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Hello Hair & Honest Blogger Reviews

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A few months back I heard about Hello Hair. I heard so many great things about their hydrating mask and was dying to try it out myself. When I found out I would be doing a collaboration with them I was ecstatic! I finally had an opportunity this past weekend to try out their hydrating mask: island escape edition. My best friend Maddie and I each tried it and .... we were extremely unimpressed with the results! 

 
The Process:


As you can see from the photos above I used a small palm full of the product, applied it throughout my hair - focusing on the ends, and wrapped my hair in saran wrap (one of the options they suggest to help the oil penetrate). I then left the product on for 30 minutes before shampooing it out with my usual shampoo (Redken, in case anyone is wondering).

My Thoughts:


After trying to blow dry my hair it became immediately apparent that my hair was still completely soaked in the oil. After fully drying it it still looked stringy and greasy! While not pleased with this, it can perhaps be chalked up to my own error / lack of shampooing. I should note that Maddie did not have this problem; but she did tell me that she shampooed her hair THREE times while in the shower because she just couldn't get it out.

After two more showers I finally was able to get all of the product out of my hair. I hoped that, despite the rocky start, my hair would feel/look great after this and thus the shampooing chaos would be worth it.... sadly, this was not the case. I did not notice any change to my hair after using this product. period. Granted, I am very lucky and my hair is relatively healthy (not too dry) to begin with; but still, I hoped to see some difference in the silkiness or smoothness of my hair and was disappointed. Similarly, Maddie told me she likewise did not see or feel any difference at all in her hair.

Things to Consider:


Overall my experience with this product was negative. I would not use it again. However, I do want to ensure a fulsome review and let you know the things I DID like about this product. Here goes:

1) I LOVE that this product is completely cruelty free / vegan. I am a vegetarian (and Maddie is a vegan) and we both love that companies are starting to take notice of our concerns and ensure their products are cruelty free. HUGE props to Hello Hair for being a leader in this regard.

2) The smell is AWESOME. The product has a light (not overpowering) tropical smell that lingered on my hair afterwards. 


3) Different hair types = Different results?
Clearly, this product is loved by many bloggers - including;  my good friend Bree who reviewed the product here as well as another blogger who I absolutely adore, Katrina, and they both loved the product! I definitely believe that it worked really well for both of them. All I can say, therefore, is that perhaps different hair types react differently to this product and thus you should not be discouraged from trying this product just because of me - just be sure to take my advice on the shampooing! 


Honest Blogger Reviews:

Real talk for a moment: It feels WEIRD to say something negative about something that was given to you for free. It feels as though you are letting the company down, and breaking some sort of unwritten rule. I had a hard time writing this post because of that feeling.

Here's the deal though, I also would NEVER write something I didn't believe or endorse a product I didn't actually like, so that left me in quite the pickle! I hope you readers know that every time I have reviewed a product before, what I have said about it has been my honest opinion. I believe (hope!) that the reason I have had the privilege of working with such great companies (Polette Eyewear, for ex.) is because they like the fact that I am actually honest when reviewing things. The way I see it, companies would (should?) rather collaborate with bloggers they know will be honest as their reviews will mean so much more to readers than reviews by bloggers the readers have decided/learned not to trust. 


Anyway, that was a rant & a half, but hopefully you appreciate my honesty and I would love to hear any feedback you may have on this topic! 

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Wednesday Wants

 
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Happy Wednesday! This week's Wednesday Wants are full of some of my favourite things. I purchased the basic tee from target about a month ago and I have been positively living in it. It is BY FAR the best tee I have ever owned! It is the absolute softest material, it is the perfect length/loose cut, and it isn't see through! I put it on this week's Wants because I definitely want to get it in every colour they have it in!

Another "favourite" that made it's way into this week's Wants is the sugar lip treatment. I have been using this product for years and it is my favourite lip product for keeping my lips soft. It is on this week's Wants because I just found out they have a cherry flavor and now I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Hope you are all having a great week so far. The heat wave here in Vancouver is still going strong so I am hoping to get to the beach for a while after work tonight to cool down! 


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Parisian Summer

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Top: Ever New. Similar: here & here
Skirt:
Ever New. Similar: here & here
Shoes:
Le Chateau (old). Similar: here & here
Purse:
Ever New. Similar: here & here
Lipstick:
MAC "pink nouveau"

Happy Monday everyone! This has quickly become one of my favourite summer looks. It's chic, breezy and fun. To me, the striped crop paired with a midi feels very Parisian (hence the post title). I would definitely wear this strolling down the streets of Paris!

I had such an amazing weekend this past weekend. A group of friends and I spent the long weekend at a friend's cabin on Green Lake. Relaxing by the lake, boat rides, and lots of laughs were exactly what I needed to de-stress from moving. I also learned to paddle board which is so much fun! Do any of you paddle board?!

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