1 Easy Trick to Liven Up a Basic Work Blouse

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Blouse // Pants // Similar Flats // Similar Handbag // Similar Earrings (1), (2), (3) // Lipstick- in "pink pearl pop"
 
Do you like my embellished collar shirt? Embellishments are everywhere this season, and are a great way to add some more glamour to a basic work look. Instead of spending money on yet another blouse, you can achieve this look with a little DIY!

This embellished shirt is actually a plain shirt which I have added a pair of stud earrings to. You can attach any pair of stud earrings to your collar (the bigger the better though) to temporarily give yourself an embellished shirt. I love this trick and have done it with so many of my collared shirts.

I purchased the pants you see here from Old Navy online a few weeks back. I used the EBates program I have mentioned to you before. Seriously, it is the easiest way to get a bit of extra cash. You get money back from purchases you'd be making anyway! I've now received two cheques from EBates and I love it! There is no "catch" and no cost to sign up. You can sign up here.

I've been working on updating my apartment for spring this week, and it has been a bit more of an undertaking than I expected! I bought a beautiful piece of art work (you can see it in this post) but the actual wooden frame is crooked and it's driving me crazy! Any brilliant ideas for how to fix it would be much appreciated! Have a great weekend everyone.


Wednesday Wants & March Purchases




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Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all enjoying the short week (did you all have Monday off? Courts were closed on Monday so I had a luxurious day relaxing in the sun!)

There are a ton of great options out right now to update your work wardrobe  for spring. Go for bolder blazers (how great is that floral one?!) and lighter materials to bring your wardrobe into the nicer weather. 

I can't believe March is over (well, tomorrow it is). The month flew by! I've decided at the end of each month to recap my purchases I made that month. I figure it is a great way to keep my own spending/shopping on track and it's great to show you guys the things you'll likely be seeing on LLB (or on my instagram - where I post more of my weekend casual wear) over the next few weeks. So, below is collage of everything i got this month
 

March Purchases:
Sam Edelman Lace Up Heels: $175. I LOVE these heels. They are even more beautiful in person, and are so comfortable. The neutral color and chunky heel is perfect for spring! 

Old Navy White Cotton Dress: $45. I am a sucker for cotton dresses. I practically live in them during the summer. The fit and flare fit is my favorite dress fit so when I saw this (and I had an Old Navy coupon) I had to snag it! 

Converse: $65. These are my new favorite things. I've already worn them to death! 

Flared Denim: $35. I've been wanting to try the 70s trend for spring and these jeans were the perfect color (not too light) and the perfect fit (the little pocket detailing is so chic!)

Bow Midi Skirt: $190. I'm a sucker for midi skirts. I can't wait to wear this one. 

Faux Leather Moto Jacket: $45. I needed a casual spring jacket and this one is beautiful. It's more blush than pure beige and it's quite fitted through the arms (which I love).

Blush Faux Leather Cross Body: $27. I've focused so much on having big structured handbags for work, that I realized I only had one cross body bag! This is a perfect neutral to go with pretty much every spring/summer outfit! 

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Recent Snapshots


Happy Easter Monday everyone! I hope you are all having a great long weekend! For today's post I wanted to share a round up of recent snapshots I've taken. Some of which I have posted to instagram (as you'll see below) others of which have just been sitting around on my phone.

I hope you enjoy this little peek into my life (...or at least my life according to my iPhone haha). Scroll through for more photos and to read about what's been going on with me lately.

First, I have to tell you about the Kate Spade dress pictured above. I found this dress yesterday at Winners! It was the *BEST* find, I couldn't even believe it! This beauty was marked down to $78 (from a full KS price of $428). Such a score, I am still on a shopping high haha.




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How cute is this little nugget?! That yawn is everything... and really captures how I feel right now, haha.

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I posted this photo on my instagram as part of the #KissandMakeupCampaign. This is a campaign that was organized to raise awareness about cyber-bullying. I truly believe that social media can be used for SUCH good things.. but we have to work on that. If you are reading this, take a moment to go spread some cyber-love to someone on social media today! Reach out and tell someone how awesome they are. That is what we should see more of in the world <3.
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One of my favorite Vancouver coffee shops to go to catch up with my blogger girlfriends is called Faubourg. These macarons are delicious; the lavender is a hands down my personal favorite.

I have been going a little nuts with nature photos lately. My city is just so breathtakingly beautiful in the spring! I took this shot yesterday while strolling around Commercial Drive with some friends. 



 
This was a brunch outfit from last week. I love this dress and was majorly swooning over those cream roses.

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A random work week selfie. I took this to remind myself to remember to wear statement necklaces with turtlenecks. Anyone else take fashion selfies to remember thing!? Please tell me I'm not the only one haha.

I posted this bunny photo on instagram yesterday. Check out my instagram post to read something pretty darn ridiculous about it. 


New spring art work in my apartment. I fell in love with this painting the moment I saw it.

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Good Fortune

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 Blazer c/o ($50 off with code LEGALLEEBLONDE50) // Pants // Heels // Necklace c/o // Similar Handbags: (1), (2), (3)

Go all in, forgo the backup plan. That is the fortune I selected to go inside my fortune cookie necklace from Fortune & Frame. I am the kind of person who makes backup plans. Heck, I make back up plans for my back plans. Lately though, I have been working on 'letting go' and relinquishing more control to the universe (... as if I had any control in the first place - such a type A personality over here haha).

In both my professional and personal life for the past few weeks I've been working hard to go all in and give every decision my all without (too much) planning / worrying about the future.

At work, I've been wearing this fortune cookie necklace and gorgeous blazer over and over to as little reminders to go all in. This blazer is definitely the best blazer I own. It is made from double pressed Italian wool and the tailoring is just beautiful. I even had a colleague ask about it earlier this week! She stopped me in the hall to ask where on earth I got such a well made blazer. The material has a touch of sheen to it, (consistent with it being such high quality material), and it just pops!

Between the blazer and the necklace I am forcing myself to go all in in my decisions and plans. Let's hope they keep bringing me good fortune! ...And for some good fortune for YOU; from now until April 8th you can get $50 off all orders from Citizens Mark (use coupon code: LEGALLEEBLONDE50). Do yourself a favour and get your hands on one of these blazers!!


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Wednesday Wants: Spring Dresses & Skirts

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Continuing on my trend of Wednesday Wants being dedicated to spring items, this week I've got my favourite dresses and skirts. I especially love the long sleeve dress. The sleeves will keep you warm while there is still a bit of chill in the spring air! I also really love the loose fit that is a popular trend this spring. It's chic but effortless - always a win in my books!

I have had a ridiculous couple of days. Saturday was so great - I am an assistant choreographer for the BC Summer Games and Saturday we got to teach the beginning bit of choreography to the dancers. It was so much fun and the kids are so talented. Monday though... not so much.

On Monday I somehow managed to hit my eye on my filing cabinet while picking up a sock off the ground, leaving me with a black eye! It was actually the most ridiculous injury - I am such a klutz! And today I am actually shooting my outfit photos for Friday's post.. so stay tuned on Friday to see how well I did at covering up the bruising haha. :S 

Have a great Wednesday! Be sure to follow me on instagram & twitter for even more outfits, home decor, and general work day inspiration!

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5 Creative Ways to Wear a Button-Down Shirt

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Happy Monday readers! For today's post I am doing something a little different. Today i am guest posting over on Lawyer Lookbook- a blog run by my friend Brittany. 

Brittany is a fellow lawyer/fashion blogger that I have had the privilege of getting to know over the course of this blogging journey. Brittany has the BEST style! I am always inspired by her polished and feminine looks.

Head on over to Lawyer Lookbook for 5 creative ways to wear a basic button down shirt. I really enjoyed writing this post - I hope you all feel inspired by the ideas! Have a great day and I will see you back here on Wednesday.

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Borrowed from the Boys

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I am officially in love with bow ties! I have been wanting to branch out and try styling a bow tie for a while now and I am so glad I finally did. 

I decided to counter balance the masculinity of a bow tie by wearing all white and going for a feminine skirt. I got this skirt a couple of weeks ago using EBates. Have you heard of Ebates?! I can't believe it took me this long to get on the Ebates bandwagon. 

Essentially, if you shop online just do so by going through the Ebates website first (get re-directed to the store you want to shop at) and when you make your purchase you get cash back!! I've earned $20 in cash back so far. You NEED to get on this before you shop online. Head on over to EBates to get signed up.

I am so looking forward to this weekend! Tonight I'm catching up with some friends over dinner & tomorrow I'm out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I also want to make a point of getting out and going for a run down by the beach if our weather is nice. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Wednesday Wants: Spring Handbags








I have a lot, and I mean a lot, of black handbags. Doing some spring cleaning this weekend I realized that almost every bag I own is black. I realized, therefore, that this season I really need to get a few good spring and summer handbags. 

There are so many gorgeous options for spring bags- and the above are my favourites. The best part is that all but two of these bags are under $100! I think I'll be getting the Kate Spade ice cream bag and the gold chain cross body. Which bag is your favourite? Any spring handbags you love that I should be adding to this list!?

It may be Wednesday already, but I am still recovering from an insanely busy weekend (I need to catch up on sleep!). I did some shopping this weekend and finally picked up these sandals that I have been swooning over for weeks!

Have a great day everyone. See you back here on Friday for a really unique (and totally fun to shoot) outfit post! 

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Style Inspiration: Amal Clooney

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I'm so excited to be sharing the second post in my "Style Inspiration" series; (you can see the first one here). When it comes to corporate chic, and looking like a fashion goddess while taking the professional world on by storm, there is no one greater than Amal Clooney.  

I have been following Amal's style for a while now, and one of the outfits that always stood out to me was this all white suit she wore last year to meet the Greek Prime Minister. I have always shied away from suit sets that are anything but black or blue. Something about the matching effect always felt very 1980s. This suit inspired me to throw that rule out the window & get myself a cream suit. 

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Similar Suits: 1, 2  // Bracelet c/o (20% off w/ code LegalLee) // Handbag // Heels // Similar Sunglasses: 1, 2

Amal is quite minimalist when it comes to accessories. Inspired by her, I matched her look of black pumps, a black handbag and bold sunglasses. I did however add one simple, gorgeous bracelet to accessorize the look. I love the 'old fashioned' look to this bracelet, and I think Amal would approve haha.

Thanks for checking out today's post and I hope to see you back here on Wednesday!


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Cobalt

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Earrings c/o (20% off w/ code LegalLee) // Similar Blazers: (1), (2) // Pants // Heels // Similar Tops: (1), (2) // Similar Bags: (1), (2) // Lipstick (in "pink nouveau")

How stunning is this cobalt blue blazer?! A great way to shake yourself out of a work style rut is to pick one really bold item and style your outfit around that.


I love how well these statement earrings from Olive & Piper go with this look. The 'mixed media' in the earrings really makes them stand out as an item. The druzy stone, the pearl stone, and the crystal are such an unexpected (and gorgeous!) combo!

If you aren't familiar with O&P yet, you are going to LOVE them. High quality jewelry at affordable prices... it's basically the greatest. Until March 25th you can get 15% off any of their products by entering OliveLegalLee at checkout.

Bring on the last day of the work week! Have a great weekend everyone! Oh, and don't forget to come back on Monday because I've got the second post in my "Style Inspiration" series! I cannot wait to show you which celebrity or movie outfit I am recreating this time. If you missed my first post in the series, check it out here.



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