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Paralegal Career Dressing: Lively after Lunch Ethics Speaker

Paralegal Career Dressing: Lively after Lunch Ethics Speaker

Today, I drove to the North Carolina Bar Association Center in Cary to present the one hour of ethics credit after lunch. This is the third year in a row that the Paralegal Division’s Intellectual Property Institute has invited me to present, and as always, they had a great turnout and fun attendees (meaning they laughed at the right places πŸ™‚

The title of my presentation? “Navigating the Ethical Waters of Social Media.” We did have some fun, since there’s never a shortage of Social Media Gone Bad stories about parties in civil and criminal cases, jurors, and of course, lawyers.

Since I was a speaker, I wanted to wear a suit, but I didn’t want to go the traditional blue pin-stripe route. (Thanks to style-blogging, I’m no longer worried if the top and bottom parts of a suit match.) I was also thankful for my lacy Loft tights, as the promised 70 degree day didn’t materialize.

What did materialize was one hell of a thunderstorm. Dear Hubby says there was also one in the wee hours of this morning, sparking another performance of The Cairn’s Thunder Dog act in our actual bed, and he (the dog) barked like crazy and even jumped on me repeatedly, but I never woke up. I am that tired after the long week in the hospital.

If you wear sequins to a daytime legal professional gathering, you will liven up your presentation considerably. Loft jacket (Outlet); Loft skirt (Outlet); Andrea Jovine Studio blouse (Ross last year); Yoki pumps (Hamricks); Accessories (see below)

Uh, too late, wet bench. Tights are pretty floral in person.

Leather snap bracelet (Charleston Market vendor); Earrings (from a Jada’s Jewel’s necklace set); Bangle watch (Jewel Box); Glass ring (Family heirloom)

I think I need a sequined top for work. Do you have a sequined top for the office?

12 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Lively after Lunch Ethics Speaker

  1. I am dying over that top – the sequin detail is so pretty. And that leather bracelet too – a stunner. It rained miserably here last night – super-windy (we're about three hours from Cary; my Aunt and Uncle live there!).

    I own exactly ONE sequin top – that I haven't even worn yet. I picked it up for about $12 on an additional-% off markdown rack at Banana Republic. I think I will be able to wear it to work – when I have a work again. It's elbow-sleeve, dark grey, scoopneck, and the sequins are sporadically patterned over the whole top, front and back. I love it! I need to wear it. πŸ™‚

  2. WOW! This is an incredible outfit. I love the colors, the sequins, the leather cuff, the incredible shoes.

    The cats like to walk on me when I'm at my Mom's. I often wake up to little whiskers and wet noses in my face. Thankfully, they all snooze right through storms.

    My experience with sequins has not be incredibly positive. They like to eat my hair and scratch my skin.. however I love the look of light/blush colored sequin tops/sweaters. They're a little more subtle than full on silver-sequins

  3. You look so very lovely for the luncheon and congrats on speaking! I would be so scared! I have been to a paralegal luncheon on this issue however as it relates to family law (the law I'm employed with) and it was fascinating! I never knew all these sites even existed before it! I love your pretty skirt and tights Lynne!

  4. I love the skirt and the jacket is so unusual. I'm very interested in the subject matter of your talk. I read about a "plagiarism" brouha at Grit and Glamor and Beautifully Invisible…and is there ever drama around it.

  5. I don't really own many sequins at all.. Just a few tanks that have sequin accents. I love the detail on your top! You look lovely!!

  6. you look really professional and smart chic, I like the shimmer accents, the talk sounds pretty interesting. I would love to attend you talk πŸ™‚


  7. @Taylor ~ The funny thing is I'd never have bought that jacket on my own. I got styled at the Loft Outlet!

    @Megan Mae ~ Thanks! I agree about the light/blush colored sequins, I'm thinking pale gold would work with my wardrobe.

    @Lisa ~ I did get a haircut, a little edgier angle back to front than before.

    @WendyB ~ I don't think you need an office to rock a sequin top and skinny jeans πŸ™‚

    @Rebecca ~ Thanks! Gotta get a sequined top, thrifted or clearance preferably.

    @Robin ~ I'm always so scared, but somehow it gets done, some speeches better than others :p

    @Terri ~ I'll probably break my CLE manuscript into some smaller related posts in the future.

    @Ally ~ You made me laugh. Maybe a sequined tie?

    @Tiffany ~ Thanks. I only have one other cardi that has sequined accents, but I've longed for a pale sequined top suitable for, well, suits πŸ™‚

    @Mongs ~ Thanks, and I'd love to see you work some of your upcycling magic on your thrifted finds πŸ™‚

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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.

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