Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Paralegal's Christmas Eve


This is my first attempt at cartooning via iPad. This would not have been possible without input from my 15-year old and Dear Hubby.

Happy Holidaze, one and all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: A Paralegal Does Elf

I felt like I let The Teen down last week when I didn't have an ugly holiday sweater to loan her for Ugly Holiday Sweater Day at school.

I honestly don't own any Christmas-themed apparel or jewelry. I told you I'm boring.

So I decided I could at least try wearing Christmas colors this week, also a challenge for me because I don't have that much color in my closet.

But I do have my trippy green Banana Republic thrifted skirt, a purchase I would have never made before I started following style bloggers.

Banana Republic skirt (thrifted); Sweater (for cheap off some junior clearance rack - it's a large); Booties (Charlotte Russe); Earrings (Steinmart); Bangle watch (Jewel Box)
At almost 50 years of age, why was I even in Charlotte Russe? I needed shoes for a Ke$sha concert. Yep, I took The Teen for her 15th birthday, and nope, I was not the oldest person there.

I like to wear rocks. No, not diamonds. Just rocks.
How far are you willing to take your work wardrobe to show your Christmas spirit?

Paralegals, Would You Be Insulted by a Spa Gift Certificate?

I'm breaking my self-imposed moratorium on blogging this week (everybody needs a digital break) to weigh in on the green - both the wearing of it and the receiving of it.

First, it's bonus time. Well, maybe not for everybody. After all, there's no rule that says legal staffers get bonuses at Christmas. (Second, see my next post where I make like an elf.)

I'm also pretty sure there's no rule that legal staffers get cash for Christmas, although Above the Law says bonus etiquette requires attorneys to pay their staffers in the same currency they expect to receive.

Friday, December 16, 2011

TGIF: A Marshmallow World

For my many dog-loving readers (and especially you fellow pet humans owned by Corgis), this video is just to make you smile on a Friday morning.




Hope the world is your snow ball this weekend :)

P.S. Thanks for the link, Wendy!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: I Have Little Legs and a Big Head

I love it when the T-Rex says, "I have little arms and a big head!" in Meet The Robinsons, because I can relate. Except I have long arms and little legs. Sometimes when I try on clothes in stores, I catch sight of a skinny little lady with wild fuzzy hair in the three-way mirror, and am so surprised to realize it's me.

Which is why I like to wear dark wash trouser jeans with at least little heels to create the appearance of longer legs, but I was still limited to flats this morning due to my traitorous back. I also wanted to wear these jeans because they have a sash like the AB Studio trousers I posted earlier this week, but the sash turned out to be traitorous, too. It just wouldn't stay put.

Kenar trouser jeans (Marshalls); Cloud Nine t-shirt (Marshalls); Loft cardigan (clearance); Mad Men pearls (Banana Republic); Sak 5th Avenue flats (Saks outlet)
I always have to have at least one "dressy" white t-shirt in my wardrobe. Do you have a go-to t-shirt for work in your closet?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: Thrifted Business Suits Under $50

While I was in Cary, NC last week for business, I made a point to scout out a local consignment store, Classic Clothiers, that had good online reviews (no website that I could find). The store has been in business for over 20 years, and the staff was very helpful.

124 SW Maynard Road, #A, Cary, NC
I had a wonderful time, purchasing a Christmas present for a bestie, and an $8 sweater for me, inspired by Loft's recent cable sweater offerings (that cost a lot more).

But what really impressed me was the nice selection of women's business suits and slacks (there's a consignment store for the guys right next door). For paralegals within driving distance, this is definitely a thrift store to check in with regularly. I'm picky about fabric, construction, and lining, but I saw several gray suits I would have loved if they had been in my size - all under $50.

I know my readers are legal-types and like proof, so here are some iPhone pics (the racks were close together and the lighting wasn't great for photos, so please forgive the quality):

Paralegal Career Dressing: Styling Walmart Again

I've decided to call all the style bloggers under 40 "those young whippersnapper bloggers," partly because you never see them write about having to wear flat shoes instead of high heels due to a bad back.

I found this George sweater in Walmart when I was supposed to be buying eggs or something I likely forgot to buy when I got sidetracked by sweaters. This is as Christmasy as it gets for me. (The Teen asked me last weekend if I own a Christmas sweater. Duh. No. Then just to make sure she asked me if I owned an ugly Christmas sweater. Right. Why so persistent? She needed one for ugly holiday sweater day at school.)

By the way, this is my first experience wearing tights from We Love Colors, http://www.welovecolors.com/. They are so soft, and I felt berry very happy wearing them.

I know there's not enough light in this pic, but it was COLD outside. George sweater (Walmart); Loft skirt (thrifted); Bubbling with Fun necklace (Jada's Jewels); Saks 5th Avenue flats (Saks outlet); Tights (We Love Colors); Belt (swiped from Teens' GoodWill bag)
Do you wear Walmart to the office?

Paralegal Career Dressing: Wednesday's Deal Is Ribbed at JCPenney

JCPenney is having a killer sale right now, including offering jcpcash in-store and online at jcp.com (good thru December 14). This is a fantastic time to stock up on some winter sweaters for the office. You can do a lot with an inexpensive basic turtleneck sweater in a flattering color.

Liz Claiborne Ribbed Turtleneck, Marled ~ $19.99 (JCPenney)
You could throw on a classic scarf for extra warmth...

Women's Paisley Scarf ~ $14.99 (JCPenney)
...or add an antique-inspired pendant a little reminiscent of a holiday snowflake:

Liz Claiborne Jewerley Set, Marcasite ~ $12.99 (JCPenney)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's Could Cost Paralegal Prison Time

Was it worth it, guys?
So what do a creative California paralegal and a sweet elementary school teacher do when they're not pursuing justice or teaching our kids?

Allegedly swipe a couple hundred thousand bucks by doctoring a check payable to the paralegal's employer and then charter a private jet to New York City for an out-of-control spending spree.

Oh, and also put a down payment on a $3.7 million dollar house, according to The Los Angeles Times. 'Cause that's the kind of house real rich peeps buy.

This story is all over the national news, which is of course a great day for the rest of us hard-working paralegal schmucks who've never been to New York City and can only afford staycations.

The headlines alone will have you giggling:

Paralegal Career Dressing: What I Looked Like Before the Coffee Spill

Last Friday,  I attended a live CLE program at the North Carolina Bar Association, OMG! :-O Technology, Social Media & Professionalism. I drove up the day before for a Paralegal Division Council meeting, and it's a good thing I had the extra set of clothes, even if already worn, and everything mixed and matched.

I didn't have anyone to take outfit pictures, and probably wouldn't have even shared these taken with my iPhone, except that on the way to the CLE, I stopped at Starbucks to get a vanilla latte, extra shot of espresso please, and someone opened a car door on me, causing my latte (even with the lid and stopper) to splash all over my pea coat and onto my favorite sleeveless white bow-tie blouse. I would have had to wear coffee shirt all day long, at a packed seminar with hundreds of people, if I hadn't thought of substituting my black draped neck tank from the day before. 

So I'm sharing these pics to show the importance of making sure your travel professional wear mixes and matches :)  The only full length mirror in my hotel room was in the bathroom. My outfit was grey and white, hence the B&W pics.

Loft skirt (thrifted - never worn!); Luxe sweater (thrifted); Bow tie blouse (Steinmart clearance); Tights (Ross); Yoki heels (Hamricks or as my friends call it, "the little old ladies store"); Pearl earring (Jada's Jewels)

Crisp and white, ripe for a coffee disaster.

I liked the outfit with the black tank so much that I'll probably wear it in the next week or two, and get a picture for you.

What's the worst clothing disaster you've had at a professional event - and how did you handle it?

Paralegal Career Dressing: Tuesday's Deal Is Slubbed & Sashed at Kohl's

Slacks for conservative offices can be a little boring, but I like AB Studio's brown slubbed wide-leg pants with coordinating sash for a little break from the routine uniform. The Kohl's copy writer suggests adding a floral blouse, which is a great suggestion for relieving office work wear of the winter blahs.

AB Studio Slubbed Wide-Leg Pants ~ $28.80 (Kohl's)
Kohl's usually offers great weekly coupons, which could add to your savings.

With these versatile slacks I'm visualizing a beautiful long-sleeved floral blouse in purples, reds, blues, and/or golds, but couldn't find one at Kohl's. I did find this insanely gorgeous $750 Versace Mixed Print Balloon-Sleeve Blouse for inspiration the next time you're in your local discount retail or thrift store. As far as my legal staffer salary goes, this blouse might as well be the Mona Lisa, but a girl can still look.

Versace Mixed Print Balloon-Sleeve Blouse (Neiman Marcus)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: Finally, My Pants Fit

After looking back on a few weeks of outfit pics, I promised myself I'd try to wear clothes that fit. Darn, that meant another trip to the thrift store to score these size 2 Banana Republic slacks. I was on my way to two days of business at the North Carolina Bar Association in Cary, NC, including a Paralegal Division Council meeting on Thursday and a technology CLE on Friday.

Cardigan (Target); Tank (Ross); Booties (Ross); Banana Republic slacks (thifted); Necklace (Jada's Jewels)
This necklace set is probably my favorite jewelry to date from Jada's Jewels, because I wear a lot of browns, golds, and creams. I am thrilled with the unusual and delicate construction.

Goldtone Freshwater Pearls ~ $17 (Jada's Jewels)
If you're not yet on Jada's mailing list for daily jewelry deals, it's usually the most fun email of my day. You can register for your free account here.

What's your take on pearl necklaces? Love 'em or hate 'em?

Send Large Files Via File Transfer and Sharing Services

If you're still emailing large files by tediously separating them into smaller-sized files labeled, "Part 1," "Part 2," "Part 3," etc., there's a better and faster way to securely send them, using online file transfer and sharing services. Some offer free trial periods and/or storage, and most offer very economical monthly subscription plans.

There are plenty of reputable file transfer and sharing services to choose from, but here are five that are commonly used and frequently recommended by technology and legal professionals:

  1. YouSendIt, https://www.yousendit.com ($9.99 per month or $49.99 per year)
  2. SendThisFile, http://www.sendthisfile.com/ (free 15-day trial, $9.95 per month Pro plan)
  3. Box, http://www.box.com/ (free trial, 50 GB free file sharing, $15 per month business users)
  4. Dropbox, https://www.dropbox.com/ (free basic 2 GB, $9.99 for Pro 50 GB plan)
  5. SugarSync, https://www.sugarsync.com/ (free 30-day trial, 5 GB plan free, $9.99 60 GB plan)
Surely you've got better things to do than repeatedly break large files into lots of little files in order to email them?

Practical Paralegalism's Recommended Reading this Week

One of the many reasons I blog for paralegals and legal professionals by any other name is to share information they may find helpful for professional development, or simply entertaining during a fast-paced week. Once a week (or less when Life happens - expect less with the upcoming holidaze :) I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on law practice and technology, professionalism, career dressing, legal news, and hopefully, a good laugh or two.

I also share the daily minutia of a paralegal and working mom at Practical Paralegalism's Facebook page and via my Twitter Feed, @ExpertParalegal

I wanted the hashtag to be #NCBAOMG 'cause I kept getting the TSMP letters mixed up :P
Here are this week's links:

Paralegal Career Dressing: Monday's Deal is Colorblocked at Macy's

'Tis the season for holiday parties, and I'm lovin' this classic color block dress, perfect for a day or evening office party:

Elementz Dress, Sleeveless Colorblock Belted Sheath ~ $32.99 (Macy's)
A reader recently commented at a career dressing post that there is a Macy's right across the street from her office. I might not be able to survive the daily temptation.

This is the only pic of me, with Teens, wearing my Banana Republic faux wrap dress & rhinestone dangle earrings (from my wedding two years ago) to the firm's holiday party. I matched the awesome pomegranate martinis.



Friday, December 9, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: Flamingos & Other Birds

I am really extremely shy, although most people don't know that, because I can do outgoing personality for professional purposes (and also because it beats being paralyzed with fear). I also never liked having my picture taken, to the point I've likely alienated some well-intentioned friends and family over the years. But I felt like if I was going to continue to talk about career dressing for the legal world on a budget, that some style blogging was the logical next step.

I also wanted to see more style bloggers in their 40s, 50s, and older, because people of all ages have wonderful style and creativity. I'd love to see more people, including those that have been working for decades, styling work wear for conservative environments, like many law office and legal departments.

So that's what I'm doing, and why I'm still struggling with the dread photo shoot. Right now, I'm starting to figure out a tripod and self-timer, and my first attempt ended up, well, not only at the wrong time of day but one-legged (but I think the shadow of the camera and tripod in the pic is kinda cool). This is definitely a Casual-Friday-my-big-boss-is-out-of-the-office outfit.

Anne Klein shirt (thrifted); Forever 21 jeans (rescued from Teens' GoodWill pile); Heritage cardigan (Marshalls); Rhinestone brooch (flea market while in college); Pesaro Oxford heels (Rack Room); Sak Artist Circle Peace Tote (Ross)
This is my favorite purse I've ever bought in my life.
The back is even better than the front.
I didn't pay anywhere near full price for the Sak, and it was so intensely admired last week, while I waited in a check out line, that I wasn't sure I wouldn't be mugged for it before leaving the store.

What's the best purse you ever bought in your entire life - and do you still use it?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: "Sewing" with Fasheners

I own three Fasheners, http://fasheners.com/, two pin and one magnetic, and I managed to use them all today, although not intentionally. It started when I noticed my skirt was too big and too long. So I folded the waistband over twice, and then had the brainstorm to pin the fold with Fasheners.Yep, it held all day.

Then I used my magnetic Fashener to keep my scarf casually looped - without tying it. The magnetic Fashener is incredibly strong, doesn't damage delicate fabrics, and is great for scarf-styling. I have to admit my scarf-styling got better when I got to work and adjusted it a bit.

Yup, I should have ironed it and added a slip. I learn a lot from these pics. Anthropologie t-shirt (clearance - one of only two A. items I own); Liz Claiborne skirt (thrifted); Scarf (Walmart - $5); Etienne Aigner pumps (Ross); Anne Klein black patterned tights
Ruby slippers. I plan to wear them every day until I get my galoshes.
Scarf looks better but I still got the crazy eyes and reading glasses.
What's your favorite emergency clothing fix? Staples? Tape? Safety Pins? Sewing kit in desk (go, you!)? Um, gum?

Paralegal Career Dressing: Thursday's Deal is Green Grommets at Target

Ignore this post, dear readers, this is really for Dear Hubby. Also, the last time I posted a daily deal at Target, I went back to buy it for myself, and it was no longer available online. Like, the next day. If this sweater disappears from my two-item Christmas list because it is no longer available, I am pretty sure I'll know who to blame.

I love grommets.

Merona Women's Artist Crewneck Cardigan - Green ~ $17.49 on sale (Target)

Paralegal Student Profile: Emily Curtis

Emily Curtis
Paralegal Program: I am currently enrolled in a paralegal program with Everest University for my bachelor’s degree, and plan to test for my certification at OSU.  I work full time while going to school full time with two very lively little girls, so it is definitely a balancing act.  I am just beginning my second year and will be graduating in 2014. It seems like it is never going to end, but the first year has just flown by.

Academic Highlight: I was pretty excited to find that I made both the Dean’s and President’s list my first year.  I wasn’t sure what to expect my first year of school, especially as a paralegal.

Future Professional Goal: I want to get my certification and work in a family law firm. There’s something about the idea of helping children and families put the pieces of their lives back together that really appeals to me.

Paralegal Student Tip: I don’t have a lot of tips other than to read, read, read.  I knew nothing about law or being a paralegal before I was thrust into a legal situation with a less than helpful attorney/paralegal duo.  I began reading everything I could on the subject and found I could do most of the legwork myself to speed the process up a bit.  It was empowering and gave me the confidence to go back to school to get my paralegal degree.  Since then I read as much as I can and have learned more than I ever thought I would.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Former Paralegal Supervisor Indicted with Ex-Husband for Payroll Fraud

Karen Parker may have divorced her husband in 2009, but she was still indicted with him last week - by a federal grand jury - for payroll fraud charges that allegedly occurred before, during, and after the marriage.

Practical Paralegalism mulled over this burgeoning New Orleans parish brouhaha back in January 2010, when Parker's qualifications to be a paralegal supervisor were being questioned by local media outlets. She was allegedly being paid $64,000 a year to do clerical work and take pictures of new employees, in a position that had been created by her then husband and former parish president, Aaron Broussard.

NOLA.com reported that Parker, along with her ex-husband and the former parish attorney, have been charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and stealing money from an agency receiving federal money.

The 25-page indictment is interesting reading. According to the indictment, Parker started working as an administrative assistant for Jefferson Parish Council in 1992. In July 2003, she resigned from her job of over 10 years, working for Broussard at the time, to go work for Broussard. I know, it initially confused me, too, but she was working for Councilman Broussard and quit to work for Broussard's campaign for Parish President. Broussard was elected Parish President later that year.

Paralegal Career Dressing: This Paralegal Needs Galoshes

I'm lookin' at 50 really, really closely, and never once in my almost half a century on this planet have I ever thought I needed galoshes. I mean, ugh, who needs a pair of waterproof rubber boots, when the world is full of cute shoes?

I do.

It seems like it has rained and rained and rained this year, and then rained some more. Sometimes my co-workers and I stare out of my big office windows overlooking the usually barely babbling brook, and watch the creek rising (remember this is the South). (We also watched groundhog babies in the spring, or maybe muskrat babies. There was some spirited debate as to whether they were cute rodents or city rats.)
 
I'm tired of wet feet. I don't mind looking like my grandma in her Wellies anymore, because if anything, all these daily pictures have shown me, I look exactly like my grandma. The solid Irish one descended from potato farmers, not the delicately beautiful Scottish one.

So on my Christmas list of exactly two things, I have added a pair of galoshes:

Retro Birdie Rain Boots - $32.99 (Target)
This paralegal needs galoshes.

Do you own galoshes?

The Four Paralegal Food Groups

Mmmmm, lunch.

My tweet was inspired by Elf of course, and a tweet from Camille Stell, the Director of Client Services at Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance in North Carolina, saying that she keeps Pop Tarts in her desk for meals or snacks. I've been guilty of the same.

Patti Clapper, a North Carolina paralegal and blogger at Patti's Paralegal Page, helpfully added at Practical Paralegalism's Facebook page that her specific preferences are "Smores pop tarts, kettle corn (single size serving of course), orange peanut butter crackers, and peanut butter M&Ms (and diet lime Pepsi)."

Patti lost me at diet lime Pepsi.

What are your four paralegal food groups?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: Blue Tuesday and Rain

It's been raining for two days. Getting out of the house is a big deal, much less getting dressed. Today, I took part of the day off to run errands (which really means wander around aimlessly, wondering what to get loved ones for Christmas, and then selecting the universal gift, socks).

I also walked off the street, on the spur of the moment, into one of those budget hair cut stores, and got the back of my weirdly growing out haircut lopped off. This is how experienced my stylist is: she whacked me in the head with the blow dryer.

The things we do to get our hair did.

I look at this picture, and think, so rainy, so blue, but darn, I'm still madly in love with those Banana Republic Mad Men pearls. I also like that I can see my daughter reflected in the door. Yeah, I pay her for pics. Kid needs apps and ebooks. We call her account the Bank of Mom, or BOM.

Eddie Bauer jacket (clearance sale); Anne Klein shirt (thrifted); Merona jeans (Target); Nine West heels (Ross); Mad Men Pearls (Banana Republic); Belt (really old)
Have you ever walked off the street and let a total stranger cut your hair? How did it turn out?

Paralegal Career Dressing: Wednesday's Deal Is Black & Cream at Overstock.com

A paralegal who goes to court, and attends court-related activities, such as depositions and mediations, needs more than one good suit. You want to look polished and professional, but not distracting, at any court-related activity.

Acquiring several suits can be pricey, especially when your budget is tight and court-related activities are going to last for weeks. But you can find good deals on beautiful designer suits under $100, if you keep an eye on local and online sales. Haunt your local thrift and consignment shops regularly as well.

I'm still liking the minimalist look of the one-button jacket:

Calvin Klein Women's Black/Cream 2-piece Pant Suit ~ $89.99 (Overstock.com)

Paralegals and Geese - More In Common Than You Might Think

Jamie Collins
By Jamie Collins and Lynne DeVenny
Paralegals can learn a thing or two from those mean-spirited, long-necked, white critters that arrogantly stride across the roadway at a leisurely pace, honking and plodding, as they stare back at us with those beady eyes and sharp beaks, not at all bothered by our repeated honking and cursing at them…as though it will help to motivate their swift journey to the other side of the street.  You know what annoying critters we’re talking about, right?  Geese. Paralegals can definitely learn a lot from geese.  Why, you ask?  Consider this an informal education on both, geese and paralegals. 

When geese fly together in a V formation, the flock’s flying range is 71% greater than that of any bird flying alone. When paralegals fly together, or share a common direction and sense of community, we can get where we are going more quickly and easily because we are traveling with the assistance of each other’s energy.  We can fly together in person and/or virtually, thanks to the wonders of technology.



U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Testing Paperless System

You know when Madonna sings about being a Material Girl in a Material World? I sing along but change the words to, "I am a Paperless Girl in a Paperless World". So reading that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is testing "a new system that will transform our paper-based agency into an electronic, online organization" is almost as exciting to me as scoring a ticket to an Adele concert. If she ever reschedules her U.S. tour.

USCIS is seriously paper-bound, as I discovered one recent Friday afternoon when I unsuccessfully tried to put page numbers on an already assembled immigration filing, complete with tabs and original signed colored paper forms, using an old Bates-stamp machine (which everyone in the office except me and my supervising attorney knew was broken. Thanks, guys, I spent the entire weekend thinking *I* broke it.). 

Here's a video about the new system (called ELIS, very nice hipster name):


Here's to living in a paperless world.

Source:  The Beacon, The Official Blog of USCIS

Paralegal Career Dressing: Tuesday's Deal Is Loft's $25 Sale

There's usually not much you can buy at Loft for only $25, but you can squeeze in under that budget if you shop the current $25 and under event (available only for a limited time). It's a good time to snag a great value on an essential cardigan for the office, with plenty of sizes still available (at least as of the time of this post).

Stripe Saddle Shoulder Cardigan $25 (Loft)
Or a nice warm sweater.

3/4 Sleeve Cable Sweater (Pearl Grey) ~ $25 (Loft)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Practical Paralegalism's Recommended Reading this Week

One of the many reasons I blog for paralegals and legal professionals by any other name is to share information they may find helpful for professional development, or simply entertaining during a fast-paced week. Once a week (or less when Life happens) I share links to a half dozen or so articles focusing on law practice and technology, professionalism, career dressing, legal news, and hopefully, a good laugh or two.

I also share the daily minutia of a paralegal and working mom at Practical Paralegalism's Facebook page and via my Twitter feed, @ExpertParalegal.

Here are this week's links:

A Sweet App for Paralegals: FedEx Mobile

http://www.fedex.com/us/mobile/
Call me insubordinate if you want to, but when one of my supervising attorneys asked me to call around and find out the latest evening (as in last) pick-up times for area FedEx drop boxes, I immediately went to the FedEx website to look up the information.

Then I pondered my current life philosophy, "There's got to be an app for this," and discovered that yes, indeed, there is a free FedEx app for iPhone and iPad, FedEx Mobile (as well as Android and Blackberry users). I downloaded it, and verified that I could get the information my boss needed via my iPhone - and she could get it via hers, too. Since this is information every legal professional will need sooner rather than later, I emailed the link to everyone in the office.

Especially the attorneys, in case they find themselves alone in the office on a dark and panicky evening, wondering when the last evening FedEx pick-up is in town.

Paralegal Career Dressing: Bubbling with Fun at the Office Again

I know some of you are doing not fun very things today (summarizing depositions, woo hoo!), but that shouldn't prevent you from looking fun, right? I really enjoy wearing this Bubbling with Fun necklace from Jada's Jewels - and comfy sweaters that feel like bathrobes.

Pleione sweater (Nordstrom Rack clearance); No-name pin-striped pants (grabbed off rack at Marshalls in desperation to have pants for work that fit); Burgundy camisole (@$3 Rugged Wearhouse); Anne Klein heels (I'm pretty sure the Graduate Student left them at my house because they're so bloody uncomfortable); Necklace (Jada's Jewels)
I never thought I'd be one of those people that had wardrobes for several different sizes. About three years ago, I gained a lot of weight, decided to be satisfied with middle-aged super-spread because I looked just like my grandmother, and purged my wardrobe of everything size 4 and under - many classic pieces that I'd collected and taken good care of over the years. (I only have one closet, so keeping them wasn't really an option.)

Dumb, dumb, dumb. Now I need those tiny vintage skirts! The weight loss thing is killing my wardrobe. I am eating, just not gaining. But I can't purge my wardrobe of everything the next size up, and I don't want to invest much money in clothes that may be too small in a couple of months.

Do you have wardrobes for several different sizes?

Paralegal Career Dressing: Monday's Deal is Cream & Topaz at Jada's Jewels

I confess to looking forward to my daily email from Jada's Jewels, www.jadasjewels.com, with her current jewelry sales. A wide variety of beautiful jewelry is offered at great prices, and shipping is free. You can sign up to receive Jada's daily deals here. She's running lots of holiday specials.

This is a great trio of earrings for the office, especially for those days (court) when you need to keep the bling to a minimum:


Cream & Topaz in Goldtone Studs Hoops Earring Trio ~ $15 (Jada's Jewels)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: Today's Deal is 40% off $100+ Purchase at Loft

I love Loft. Coincidentally, Dear Hubby asked me to make a small Christmas list. This Loft sale looks like a darn good place to start, especially with free shipping on orders of $125 or more. With a 40% discount on purchases of $100 or more (Promo Code STYLE40), a budget conscious career gal looking for some classic basics can get a lotta Loft. (But hurry, sizes seem to be limited.)

Practical Paralegalism's Window Shopping:

Drape Neck Long Sleeve Sweater (Ultra Plum)

Austyn Plaid Pencil Skirt (I wear my skirts shorter in the winter with tights)

Wendy Suede Round Toe Wedge
Long Sleeve V-Neck Top

Total order before applying the Promo Code = $208.49. After the Promo Code - and with free shipping - $125.09. Not bad when you consider the wedges were originally $89.50, and that I've been on a so far fruitless mission to buy reasonably priced heels for winter that aren't black.

Hello, Santa.

Are you eyeing any career wear for your Christmas list? Do you send links and sizes to Santa - or just ask for gift cards to your favorite stores?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: Yes, I Wore Skinny Jeans to Work

Career Dressing Disclaimer: The law office where I work is a little more relaxed than most. Except for court-related and/or special activities, which require traditional conservative corporate attire.

Career Dressing Disclaimer Two: Not everyone in the office is a fan of jeans for work, and by everyone, I mean at least one of the peeps that signs our checks.

Career Dressing Disclaimer Three:  I rarely wear skinny jeans to work, and usually aim for the days right before holidays and long weekends when I know all my smarter co-workers took vacation days, and the office is closing at noon.

Having disclaimed this entire post, all I want to add is that this outfit was inspired by a long cardi and wide belt Idina Menzel wore in the last episode of Glee. Actually, she wore a pencil skirt, and not skinny jeans, so she looked way more conservative law office appropriate than I do.

Cardi (Overstock I think); Tank (Marshalls clearance); Forever 21 jeans ($2.50 thrifted); Saks Fifth  Avenue  flats (Saks outlet store); Belt (Steinmart clearance); Earrings (Walmart)
Taking pictures of yourself to put your clothes where your career dressing mouth is....Is. Much. Harder. Than. It. Looks.

Teen, I will get you for this.
Over-compensating for above pic ;P
Can you wear skinny jeans to work? Ever? Even on moving day?

TGIF: Got Paralegal Stress?

As soon as I saw this item on "Funny Gifts For Christmas," I knew it was the perfect present for my paralegal home girls and boys.

I don't tell everybody this (well, at least I didn't used to) but I love to tenderize meat. BAM! Whew, I feel better! Same with that Whack-a-Mole game at Chuck E Cheese. Add a beer, or maybe two, and I'm totally stress free after about 17 games.

So this, this is perfect:

Knuckle Meat Pounder ~ $8.99 (FunSlurp.com)

I always wanted to be a culinary badass.

Not really.

Hope y'all get to relieve some tension this weekend :D

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Paralegal Career Dressing: Thursday's Deal is Blue Steel at Target

Since I'm wearing a Merona cardigan in today's outfit post, I thought I'd feature one I'd love Santa to bring me for Christmas. XS, please. I like to buy cardigans a size smaller than I wear, for a closer fit, since I rarely wear them buttoned.

Merona Women's Artist Crewneck Cardigan ~ $24.99 (Target)