When Life Gives you Lemons... Wear 'Em

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Top: Old. Similar: herehere
Shorts: MNG by Mango 
Heels: Zaful. Similar: here
Clutch: J Crew. Similar: here. Also loving all the Jack Rogers cork handbags: here, here, & here  

Since today is the last day of August (ahhh! how did that happen?!) I wanted to show one last summer outfit. This outfit was on major repeat this summer, and I think it is the perfect way to "end" my summer blog posts. Why you ask? Well, as a nearly 30-something woman (ahh!) It's hard to find shorts that fit the way I want them to - short but not too short. These MNG Mango ones are perfect! I also LOVED the lemon print trend this summer (okay, who am I kidding - I loved all the print trends - watermelon, flamingo, etc.) All of the elements of this outfit - the lemon print top, the shorts, and the heels - are items that will still be perfect for next summer so I am leaving my summer posts with that! 

If you are in one of the many cities - like mine - that are in the midst of crazy storms; I hope you stay cozy and dry today! If you didn't see it on Facebook, yesterday I posted an article I wrote a few months back for VanCity Buzz on stylish rainy day apparel. Worth the read if you are looking to stay stylish and dry! 


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summer style linkup 

Spotlight Weekly Link Up - Ankle Boots

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Happy Thursday everyone! Today I am linking up with Elle & Jacqueline to show you one of our favourite fall trends - ankle boots! 

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Hat: Joe Fresh 
 Top: Old. Similar: here & here 
Jeans: Old. Similar: here & here   
Ankle Boots: Joe Fresh  
Handbag: Michael Kors


Ankle boots are probably my favourite fall item. Look for ones with a "v" front (similar to the Joe Fresh ones I am wearing) to elongate your leg. While it is still nice and summery here in Vancouver, I am starting to get excited about fall clothes! Are there certain fall trends you are getting excited for?

If you are stopping by from the linkup - nice to "meet" you! I hope you enjoy our fall "ankle boot" outfits! As a young (... well, young-ish, haha) career woman the focus of LegalLee Blonde is professional outfits - things you can wear to work - that are still fashionable and fun! I hope you stick around and keep coming back to LegalLee Blonde! You can also follow me on instagram or like me on facebook.
 

Since this week's trend is ankle boots I also wanted to show you my favourite ankle boots that are available right now. See the widget below for my picks- and just FYI most are under $100!




LINK-UP GUIDELINES:

1. We kindly ask that you follow the two hosts: Elle from Living in Color Style on Bloglovin', Jacqueline from Stylin' In St. Louis via Bloglovin' and the guest host, Lee of Legallee Blonde on Bloglovin'. (The first three links in the link-up.)



2. Use the button provided on Elle or Jacqueline's side bar or link back to the link-up on your blog.


3. Enjoy reading other blogs and make new blogger friends!
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Wednesday Wants

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 Happy Wednesday! This week I have been on the hunt for comfy fall clothes & accessories. I love the feeling of a loose top with leggings and comfy boots on a fall day. I've also been looking to switch up my makeup routine a bit and definitely want to try out this Anastasia contour kit.

I hope you've all been having a great week so far. I've been pretty much doing nothing but work, but tomorrow night I'm grabbing drinks with some girlfriends on a local patio and could not be more excited to enjoy a relaxing summer night! 

Just a heads up - this week I am changing my schedule up a bit because of a collaboration, so I'll be posting my final post of the week TOMORROW instead of Friday. Excited to show you guys who I'm collaborating with and looking forward to seeing what you think of my first fall outfit post on LLB! 


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Office Wear & Brand New Hair

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 Dress: Ellen Tracy
Heels: Old. Similar: here & here
Handbag: Old. Similar: hereherehere
Watch: Zaful
Bracelets: Nobis & Grey


I posted this dress on instagram a few backs- but I love it so much I wanted to do a blog post with it as well. It's a great work day dress - the cut, colour, and general fit are all office appropriate, while the gold zipper adds a bit of a fashionable twist. Paired with my favourite studded heels - it's an easy outfit win!

As you can see, I changed my hair! If you live in the greater Toronto area you NEED to go visit my hairdresser (and best friend) Maddie at The Body Bar. She is truly an amazing hair dresser who really understands the science behind getting you the perfect color and actually REALLY listens to what you want (so many hair dressers don't!)

You can't see the color difference in this post (I got ash blonde highlights) but the bangs were the big change for me. I'm still getting used to them, but I'm liking them so far! I like how they allow me to do a 2 minute "throw my hair in a bun" hair style that still looks professional! While we're on the topic of hair, did you guys see the article I posted on Facebook yesterday? A bunch of quick and easy hair styles for rushed mornings. I'll probably be stealing a lot of these ideas this week! 


Have a great Monday everyone and I will see you back here on Wednesday!  

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Transitioning Office to Night: Summer Edition

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Office Look: 
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Being able to easily "transition" your office outfit into your evening outfit is so fantastic. The right plan for doing this saves you time (who wants to go home and change?!) and saves you lugging around an entirely new outfit all day. You may remember me doing a transitioning office to night post last winter. I wanted to show you a similar post to help you take your summer office wear seamlessly into your evening.

Below are my tips for summer office to evening styling!

1. Select the right top

I am wearing a tee under my blazer that has enough detailing to make it interesting for the evening. The lace detailing up the sides and the deep-v are perfect for this. In order to make it work appropriate however, I tuck the tee in more at the back (creating a far less deep v, with no cleavage) and the lace sides are covered by the blazer. Tip 1 for seamlessly going office to fun is to pick a top with these characteristics!

2. Shorts
With this outfit all I had to bring to work for my evening outfit was earrings, wedges, and a change of bottoms. The easiest way to make your work look fun for the evening is to change into a pair of simple shorts! 

3. Change of Shoes
Switching from your work heels to a summer wedge keeps things casual and night time appropriate. 

4. Add Some Sparkle!
An easy way to add more fun to your work look (quickly, and without needing to lug around much stuff), is to put on some statement earrings or a statement necklace. The best part is how easy this is to throw in your purse throughout the work day. I had my shorts and earrings with me all day and just had to have a small bag for my wedges. Easy!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you back here on Monday.
If you follow along on instagram you'll know that I cut my hair on last week (eek!) and Monday's post will be my first one that shows my new hair!

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Wednesday Wants

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Happy Wednesday! Today is my first day back at work since my Ontario trip (I arrived back in Vancouver late last night) so it is poised to be a busy, busy day. ... Maybe that's why this week's wants are full of items that would be great for your work day! The anti-shine product, the black midi skirt, both pairs of high heels - all are so perfect for your work day!

I had a great trip back to Ontario - seeing all my little nieces and nephews and goddaughters was so amazing, and I got to hang out with my best friend who I hate living so far away from! I hope you've all had a great weekend/week and are hitting the ground running today! See you all back here on Friday! 


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summer style linkup
#wiwt
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on trend tuesdays 

Home Decor - Walk in Closet

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nude studded pumps - similar: here
yellow studded pumps - similar: here
floral wedges (old) - similar: here
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rhinestone wedges (old) - similar: here

I wanted to do one more home decor post now that I am settled in to my new apartment, and the obvious choice was to show you guys my walk-in closet! A walk-in closet has always been one of my "apartment dreams" and so when I bought this apartment and saw the "flex space" room, I knew exactly what I needed to do with it. Check out the  photos below to see how I designed my closet! I've also linked the different products I used to build my closet (where possible) as well as many of the shoes etc. you see pictured in the photos (just in case you like them too!) 

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Print - Evelyn Henson 
Victoria's Secret Undies (limited edition, purchased in Amsterdam) similar: here 

I do have to keep a filing cabinet inside my walk-in closet (it's the only place I have to keep it) so I decided that if I had to keep it in there, I might as well as make it look pretty by displaying some fun items on it! I love the Evelyn Henson Print & the Coco Chanel Book, and then I decided to display this adorable pair of undies I got while travelling through Amsterdam a few years ago.  

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As this was simply an empty space and not a preexisting walk in closet, I had to create the closet part myself. I went with the ClosetMaid system (available in store at Home Depot) but there are lots of great build your own sets out there. I also really like this system. This is also really cool if you are looking for something more temporary/adjustable.
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My favourite part of my closet is this over the door mirror / jewelry storage unit. In small spaces (like my apartment) multi tasking is key - and being able to hide away all my jewelry while getting a full length mirror is PERFECT. I think every girl should have this is their closet/bedroom!

I hope you all enjoyed this peak inside my closet! For your convenience i have included links to all the products mentioned (as well as others I think would be perfect for a bedroom/closet) in the widget below!

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Seersucker (and a jewelry discount!)

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Dress: Here (no longer available in this striped pattern) Similar striped dresses: here & here
Shoes: Old. Similar: herehere 
Jewelry: Nobis & Grey c/o
Lipstick: MAC in "Pink Nouveau"

Fit-and-flare, as this dress is, is my favorite cut of dress (I find it to be the most flattering on my body type, as well as the most comfortable!) In the summer I love easy outfits that consist of just a dress, wedges and jewelry. As much as I am getting ready for fall (or at least for fall fashion!) we still have a few weeks of summer left so I want to squeeze in a few more summer outfits (both casual and work) for you guys!

This jewelry from Nobis & Grey is so pretty and easy to style. The simple gold bracelets and ear jackets are the perfect compliment to the bold coral necklace. I also just love the color combination of coral & pale blue! Nobis & Grey is offering a 30% discount on ALL of their jewelry to my readers! See the coupon code at the end of this post.

I flew in to Toronto, Ontario last night for a short visit with my family and friends. I am excited to spend some time at my parents place out in the country. As much as I am a city girl now, I still sleep WAY better with the pitch dark of a farm and the loud-as-can-be noises of crickets, frogs and coyotes. Also, I am getting my hair done tomorrow!! Be sure to follow me on instagram to see what change I'm making to my hair! Eek!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you back here on Monday with another post comin' at ya from middle-of-nowhere Ontario! 


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Wednesday Wants & Polette Eyewear Winner!

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Happy Wednesday! There are so many fall items this season that I am swooning over. It seems this fall, more than ever, I am seeing a lot of pieces that would be staples to last you year to year (for example the black faux leather trim cardigan). 

This has been a tough week for me; I've been really overloaded with work and can't seem to find enough hours in the day to get my to do lists done. On the bright side though, I am heading to my parent's place in Ontario tomorrow for a few days and I am definitely looking forward to seeing my family & friends and relaxing by the pool! I hope you all have relaxing weekend plans coming up as well!

Okay, time for me to announce the Polette Giveaway winner! The winner, as drawn from all qualified entrants using rafflecopter, is Tammy. Congratulations Tammy I can't wait to see what glasses/sunglasses you pick! Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

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what i wore
throwback thursday 
summer style 
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Home Decor - Bedroom & Living Room

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I've been spending a lot of time on style for the home since buying my condo last month, and I've realized how much I enjoy it - it really is an extension of personal style. So, as a personal (professional) style blog, I thought you may be interested in seeing some of my "home style" as well! Today I thought I am showing you pictures of my bedroom & living room. Stay tuned next week as I'll be showing home decor "accents" and ...drum roll please... my walk in closet. And yes, my walk-in closet is easily my favorite room in my home haha.

Hope you enjoy my bedroom & living room decor as well as my "decor wants"! And- just a reminder- your chance to win a pair of Polette glasses ends tonight at midnight! Hurry up and enter if you haven't entered yet!

BEDROOM: 


For my bedroom I wanted white & grey as my color scheme. I also wanted to decorate with bright lights as there is no overhead lighting in the room. I went with Marquee letters which serve both as my art work and as a light source. "Upenda", in case you are wondering, is the Swahili word for "Love" (..well, it is one of them). I lived in Tanzania for a while and learned basic Swahili. I loved my time there and wanted to incorporate those memories into my room. As a die-hard romantic (barf, I know) I had to go with the word love.
 

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 Marquee Letters also love these

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 Anchor Bookends: Target (Sold out) Similar: here & here      
Curtains - I also really want these to give a full blackout

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Bedding: Home Sense. Similar: here & here
Pillows: Boutique. Similar: here & here

Bedroom Decor I am swooning over: 


LIVING ROOM: 


For my living room, I wanted to keep the white & grey theme- and add lots of acrylic to keep the small space looking as large as it can be. My coffee table is definitely my favourite piece- I ordered it online and so was worried about what it would really look like, but I am pleased to say it is EXACTLY what I wanted!
 

My friends and family are extremely important to me, so above my desk I decided to create a gallery wall with photos of all the most important people in life. It makes me happy every time I see it!

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Living Room Decor I am swooning over:
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