What to Wear to a Professional Interview


One question I get asked over and over is what to wear to a job interview for a corporate / professional setting. Since it is almost graduation season- and many young women are interviewing for their first professional / office job- now seemed like the perfect time to do a post with style tips for dressing for an interview.







Blazer // Heels // Handbag // Watch // Bracelets (20% off with code LegalLee) // Lipstick (shade is "Anita")


What to Wear to a Professional Interview:

1. Suit Separates
 This is pretty straight forward; for a professional interview wear a suit. Find a blazer that you love (these are my favorite affordable blazers) and then get and wear the matching skirt, dress, or pants (whichever you feel most comfortable in). An interview is not the time to be bold, fashion wise, so stick with black, navy or dark gray.

2. Functional Handbag
For an interview you want to be prepared for anything the day may bring at you. I always recommend having a second copy of your resume, a granola bar, gum, band-aids, safety pins (you never know!), a pair of flats if you are commuting or walking around a lot, and a bottle of water. To fit all of this stuff, you need a handbag that is actually functional - no cute little clutches! I highly recommend the York tote because it is spacious, has a laptop compartment with a zip top, (perfect to throw a resume in to keep it safe), and it is simple & classic in it's look.

3. Comfortable Heels
I cannot emphasis enough the importance of comfortable heels. Not only will you be happy and more comfortable but it sends a message that you prioritize functionality such that your 'style' will not detract from the work your future employer needs you to do. As pretty as stilettos are, they don't exude practicality and the ability to run around and get your job done. If you haven't read my guide to the best heels for work be sure to check that out. Last thing- I recommend a pointed toe over a round toe as it gives off an older, more professional vibe. 

4. A Watch
So many of us rely on our cell phones now (.. I am so guilty of that) but for an interview, it looks professional to have a watch on. Plus, if you're phone dies while you're on route to your interview (or interviews) you're covered.

5. Simple Jewelry
Some people will even advise that you should wear no jewelry to an interview. I think that is an outdated recommendation, and that in today's job market it is more than acceptable to wear some simple jewelry - just don't go over board. I would recommend a simple pendant necklace or a bracelet.

Let me know if you have any questions! If you are interviewing for a job this season, good luck!!! I am sending you postive vibes through the interwebs :)

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Instagram Lately (shop my spring outfits)

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Hi all! It's been a while since i did an instagram roundup, so I figured it was high time I did another! Many of the items have gone on sale since I posted them on instagram, so now is the perfect time to shop. 

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 Top (and a cheap dupe version) // Skirt // Handbag // Similar Earrings 

I wore this outfit to Vancouver Fashion Week. If you missed my post on Vancouver Fashion Week check it out here! It was such a great event!



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Top // Necklace 
I wore this top and necklace to the opening night of Vancouver's eco-fashion week. I couldn't get over the drama of the super flared bow-tied sleeves. The outfit felt perfect for the event, and I wear this top so often now!



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This photo was taken during my trip to New Orleans (see my NOLA travel guide & best boutiques in NOLA posts). I wore this dress for Sunday brunch and to check out St. Louis cathedral. It would be a great dress for a wedding or fancy brunch/event! Best part is it is now under $100


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note: both bracelets are 20% off with the code LegalLee

You know those work days where you are ready to have a full on freak out / meltdown?! Yeahhhh, this mug is my cure for that 😂 


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Top // Heels (Valentino dupes for under $40!) 

We had a (rare) warm and sunny day a couple of weekends ago, so I had to wear this ruffled, exposed shoulder gingham shirt - it is one of my spring favorites!



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I can't help it - I have jumped on the cold-shoulder bandwagon. The great thing about this shirt though is it is a button down - so, it looks great worn to work with a blazer or cardigan on top. Then you can wear it out for after work dinner or drinks!



Top Mug // Middle L // Middle R // Bottom L // Bottom Middle (sold out!) // Bottom R

It wouldn't be my instagram if there weren't entertaining coffee mugs haha. I have such a mug addiction. I love all of these way too much, but my current favorite is probably "I don't want feelings, I want tacos"



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 Blazer // Button down (under $15!) // Bracelet (20% off with code LegalLee)

Just getting professional with this classic work look. This is my favorite blazer of all time. I had no idea that investing in high quality blazer would actually make such a difference, but the fit, the feel, everything is just amazing on this blazer. It's an investment piece that is so worth it. 



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Cherry Blossom season in Vancouver is the best! Had to snap this shot with the cherry tree in the background.

Thanks for stopping by today everyone! As always, if you have any questions about any of the items, leave me a comment below and I'll get back to you! 

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Wednesday Wants - Spring Colors


Coral Blazer // Scallop Trim Top // Flared Denim // Drop Earrings // Nude Pumps (i have these in 2 colors and am obsessed!)



The Work Look:

This coral blazer is so gorgeous! I love finding work wear that still expresses the season and is bold. This blazer certainly does that. One of my go to styles for a casual friday or a causal business meeting is flared jeans with a blazer. I love the shape of these jeans and the shade of dark blue. Paired with comfortable nude heels and you've got an easy work look! I love the scalloped hem button down shirt as well and just know I would wear it all spring/summer long. This is the sort of 'updated basic' that I think every woman should have in her closet!

The Weekend Look:

I have been swooning over Eliza J dresses lately (did you catch this instagram post?) so I when I saw this dress it was an immediate want. The quality, the attention to detail, everything about Eliza J dresses is fantastic. I love the lace and flared sleeves of this white dress - perfect for a spring or summer weekend. I, like every blogger, have been wanting these Jeffery Campbell perforated wedges for months - and I love how well they go with this dress! The handbag is just too cute and one I definitely want to add to my collection and take to the beach all summer long! 

10 Quotes To Help You Slay Your Work Day









Off The Shoulder Blouse // Similar Pants (check in store for exact) // Laptop Bag // Choker c/o (20% off with the code LegalLee) // Heels 


10 Quotes to Help You Slay Your Work Day:

1) Hustle until your haters ask if you are hiring

2) Mirror mirror on the wall, I will get up after I fall. Whether I run, or walk, or crawl, I will set my goals and achieve them all. 

3) Attract what you expect. Reflect what you desire. Become what you respect and mirror what you admire.

4) Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will ~ Suzy Kassem
 
5) Goal: make an income while making an impact

6) Toss your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap and handle it

7) Become the CEO your parents always wanted you to marry (then find someone you actually like) 

8) Say yes, and you'll figure it out afterwards ~ Tina Fey 

9) No one is you and that is your power

10) The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me ~ Ayn Rand

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World Book Day (My Favorite Books & What I'm Currently Reading)



Happy World Book Day!! (I bet you didn't know that was a day; did you? haha) I learned last week that today was in fact World Book Day and I wanted to celebrate that since I am huge reader / book nerd. To do so, I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite books of all time as well as the books that I am currently reading / enjoying. 

My Favorite Books:

1. East of Eden - John Steinbeck 
  If you haven't read East of Eden, seriously drop everything and go read it right now. I definitely do not always like books that are considered classics (do not get me started on my hatred of The Great Gatsby) but East of Eden is an absolute masterpiece. It's a slow start setting the scene but stick with it. East of Eden is essentially a story about decisions - and how our lives end up the way they do. It's examination on free will told through a number of family relationships in two families over generations. One of my favorite passages is the following:

“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?”




2. An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty First Century - Dr. James Orbinski


Fair warning: Emotionally, this book is one of the hardest things i have ever read. It's heartbreaking, but so, so important. The author, Dr. Orbinski, is the former head of Doctors Without Borders. An Imperfect Offering is a memoir of Dr. Orbinski's work, primarily while working in Rwanda in the mid-nineties. I repeat, this book is really upsetting in a lot of ways, but it's also incredibly uplifting in his focus on the human spirit and the kindness in the midst of tragedy. It's also a great look read into the world of modern day humanitarian work and where we need to improve vs. what aspects are working. As someone who started out in international development (I actually got my Master's degree in International Relations and worked for a non-profit before going to law school) I found this book fascinating and inspirational. Dr. Orbinski is one of my personal heroes. 



3. Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
I first read this book in high school and was immediately hooked. I've always loved stories surrounding the French Revolution. A Tale of Two Cities is set in both London and Paris in the years preceding and during the French Revolution. It's a great read that deals with a number of big issues all while providing a fast-paced narrative (especially once we get to mid-revolution France).

 
4. Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
 This book was a game-changer for me. In 2008 I got out of an 8 year relationship, and was given this book. It helped me gain perspective and see the forest through the trees (so to speak). If you've seen the movie, but not read the book, it's definitely worth a read. The movie actually does quite a good job of covering her story (in my opinion) but you just get so much more depth with her written work. I think every woman should read this book at least once in their life.





5. The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling

 I had to include this haha. I'm convinced that every child who grew up in the 90's has this on their favorites list. I recently decided to buy the (below) box set just so I could have the whole collection together.




Currently Reading: 

1. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
My mom recommended this to me, and so far it's an incredible read. Author Paul Kalanithi was in his residency on the way to becoming a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The book serves as his memoir and a guide for not taking life for granted and appreciating all that life has to offer. 


2. American War - Omar El Akkad 
  I received this book last month and am only a few chapters in so far. So far though I would give it a 9/10. American War is a fictional futuristic story of, you guessed it, war in America. It's set in the 2070's in the American south - which is in the middle of a civil war with the North over, from what i can tell, a refusal to abide by federal government bans on the use of fossil fuels. I love fiction that is 'other worldly' and this is just the right amount of that with a scary amount of 'holy s**t, this could actually happen'. 

3. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI -David Grann
This is sitting on my desk, but I haven't had the chance to open it yet (I want to get through American War first). From the book jacket though, it looks really interesting and I am excited to start it. The book is based on the true story of a series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered. There deaths are wrapped up in issues of the American hunt for oil as well as the creation of the FBI. Interesting stuff.

 
 4. Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss & Tell - Rob Thomas 
 First things first; if you have never watched the show Veronica Mars you absolutely need to. This is my favorite show of all time. The heroine Veronica, is a bad ass teenage detective who is all kinds of dark and twisty and intelligent. I am obsessed with all things Veronica Mars (I even pledged in money to the Kickstarter that got the feature film made a few years back). I read the first V Mars book by Rob Thomas, but somehow didn't realize that there was a second one! I am trying to savor ever page. If you like strong female leads and mystery / crime solving, this is the book for you. 

Have you read any of these books?? I would love to hear your thoughts if you have! What are your favorite books?


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Fitting Room Review (Saving You Time So You Can Shop Online) - H&M


The response to my last fitting room review was so positive, that I thought I would do another one! This time I am sharing with you my review of some of the spring/summer wear-to-work items currently available at H&M. H&M has long been one of my go-to stores for work wear. The quality is decent, the prices are great, and I love that H&M finds a way to incorporate trends (currently: lace, ruffles, cut outs) into classic work wear.

What I don't always love about H&M is the fit of the clothes. I find the items can be super 'hit or miss'. H&M, I therefore realized, would be the perfect choice for my next fitting room review! Below you'll find pics and reviews for 9 different items that are business casual / perfect for any working woman for this spring/summer. I've linked the items underneath each set of photos, or you can scroll to the bottom of the post for a widget with ALL of the items in today's post. 
  
As always, if you have any questions about fit, quality, styling, etc.; let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to get back to you! Happy shopping!

1. Lace Pencil Skirt / Blouse / Nude Suede Shoes

Lace Trim Button Down Shirt (can't find the exact online; but this one is similar) // Blue Lace Pencil Skirt // Nude Suede Pumps 

Skirt Overall: 5/5
Quality: Excellent. Love the fabric.
Fit: True to size
Thoughts: This is my favorite item of all of H&M's spring pieces. The unlined layer of lace at the bottom adds some drama to an otherwise conservative length skirt. This is a must-have for spring. 

Shirt Overall: 5/5
Quality: Good. I would prefer a less clingy fabric though.
Fit: True to size
Thoughts: This shirt is great for spring because while it is long sleeved it is quite light weight. 

Shoes Overall: 4/5
 Quality: Medium. They aren't very sturdy in the sides.
Fit: A bit tight. I would go a half size up.
Thoughts: I love these for the price, but I think they are more of a 'wear them out' type shoe than a classic piece you can keep from season to season.

2. Ruffle Shoulder Pinstripe Top / Black Pants / Grey Suede Heels





Blouse Overall: 3.5/5
Quality: Medium (I wish it was less see through)
Fit: True to size
Thoughts: I'm obsessed with the shoulder detailing. This is what I mean when I say H&M does an amazing job of making a trend work appropriate - ruffles don't exactly scream business casual, but they have made them work with this shirt! I give this shirt only a 3.5 for two reasons though- the see-throughness (pretend that's a word haha) and the dreaded "button gap" around the chest, which is my #1 clothing pet peeve.

Pants Overall: 4/5
Quality: Good.
Fit: True to size
Thoughts: While I don't love these as much as my staple work pants, they are quite good. I like that they are loose throughout the leg - it's a universally flattering cut!

Shoes Overall: 4/5
 Exact same review as the nude suede heels. I bought these because I have been wanting grey heels for ages (perfect for a navy suit) but I don't anticipate them lasting for too long.

3. Leopard Top / Beige Slim Fit Pants 


Leopard Tee Overall: 5/5
Quality: Medium (good for the price, but feels cheap-ish)
Fit: A bit big - I would size down (I'm wearing a S)
Thoughts: I LOVE leopard print year round, and this tee is a great way to wear it in the spring. I would consider this tee a 'must-have' because you can wear it to work- styled with beige pants- but it is actually tunic length so it is also a perfect comfy weekend top to wear with leggings. Multi-tasking shirt for the win!!

Pants Overall: 5/5
Quality: I am obsessed. The fabric is so soft.
Fit: True to size
Thoughts: The slight sheen to these pants comes from the soft fabric. I can't recommend these enough.

4. Blush Frilly Blouse / Olive Pants



Blouse Overall: 4/5
Quality: Excellent.
Fit: True to size
Thoughts: This blouse is just gorgeous. I can't say enough about the collar and sleeves. Obsessed.

Pants Overall: 2/5
Quality: Bad (way too thin)
Fit: True to size
Thoughts: These are more like leggings than pants. They are side-zip and skin tight - not a flattering look for the office. Hard pass on these bad boys.

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