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Paralegal Career Dressing: Flamingos & Other Birds

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?

6 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Flamingos & Other Birds

  1. I have a Kate Spade I bought off of Ebay several years ago. As soon as it came in the mail my dog (who was a puppy at the time) thought my beautiful NWT Kate Spade was a chew toy. So before I even got to use it, it has a tear on the very top from my beloved puppy. Honestly though I am still using it. It has "character" and is sitting beside me right now!

  2. Lynne,

    I can so identify with this statement: "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)." It's very relatable for many people, myself included. I think it's great that your willing to share that part of yourself. In one of the first posts I ever read of yours, you were talking about how you were scheduled to speak that day and how your knees were knocking with nervousness as you made your way into the building. I found that so refreshing. Most people act confident and feel the same as you, but are too scared or proud to admit it. I really admire your willingness to share of your authentic self for the benefit of others. You are a tremendous asset to the paralegal profession and a breath of fresh air.
    ~ Jamie C.

  3. I'm so glad you decided to fashion blog! I love your approachable, clean style and that you find such nice pieces at stores like JCPenney, Ross and Marshalls.

    I tend to be a one-bag gal, and the one I'm carrying right now is so soft and supple that I just love it! I found it on clearance at the Nordstrom Rack, and it's a brand I had never heard of but turns out to be one of those la-di-da expensive ones: B Makowsky. Unfortunately, it is a very light, summery blue and not quite right for winter. If I could find it in a dark shade, I'd be in heaven.

    In the meantime, I'm looking for another bag in gray, navy, or maybe a subdued metallic like bronze or pewter. The hunt for the perfect bag is part of the fun, I think.

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Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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