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Happy (Hour) Friday – Champagne and Strawberry Cocktails


Champagne & Strawberry

 

For those of you who have not been paying attention to my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages, you may not be aware that I have been on vacation this week.  Well, also the fact that posts have been very few and far between both on The Paralegal and The Vegan Paralegal.

Yesterday my husband surprised me and we went out to dinner down the shore.  Yes, I’m from Jersey so, “down the shore” is actually a place.  It’s the beach.  The boardwalk…… a place where shopping, eating and enjoying the salty air go hand in hand.  Where Ying meets Yang.  We ate at the Avenue, while we sat outside and enjoyed how it appeared that time slowed down to almost a crawl.  These are the things Summers are made of.

Champagne and strawberries go so well together.  Give it a try…… Even if you don’t have an ocean to look at.  Close your eyes and imagine.

Let me know how it goes.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
4 shots orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
4 teaspoons honey (No honey for me thank you)
4 fresh strawberries, tops trimmed
1 bottle Champagne, well chilled
Special equipment: 4 chilled Champagne flutes
Directions
Add the orange-flavored liqueur, honey and strawberries to a food processor and process until smooth. Fill the chilled glasses halfway with the strawberry mixture and then fill the rest of the glass with Champagne.

 

Recipe from the Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/grand-champagne-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Photo from: dailyscocktails.com

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Fun/Misc.

 

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Sale Wednesday – Check out these great items on sale this week


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Sometimes I’m happy to just surf the net and find great deals on work clothes.  I don’t necessarily need anything but you might and if I can help you I’m going to totally try.  Here are some things I found which will help you look like the professional you are and still allow you to enjoy that great much deserved vacation you have been dreaming and planing on.

This Honor Floral-print organza skirt is so pretty and feminine.  Originally the price of this skirt was $795 but this week it’s been marked down to $398.  I know it’s a steep price but that quite the markdown don’t you think?  I think if you pair this skirt with a simple white blouse or a sweater set (make sure it’s a Summer weight set) you can get a lot of mileage from it.  Wear it with some nice casual sandals for an afternoon out with the girls or with a nice pair of pumps (nude would be best) for the office.  Who said feminine has no place in the office?  They lied……. go for it.

Jackets can turn a casual outfit into a work outfit.  Sometimes they can turn a very classic work appropriate outfit into a going out outfit.  We all need these.  Remember that night you were supposed to meet your girlfriends for a drink after work?  You wore a nice pair of slacks or that great black pencil skirt that is not too sexy but not so matron either.  You had on the perfect pair of red (not too red) heels.  It’s 6:30 and you are ready for that drink……. what do you wear?  how about this Diane von Furstenberg Vint jacket.  This jacket can make any casual outfit have that something extra that will take it from office to evening out.  Honestly, I think this jacket could also go well with a pair of jeans and a great pair of sandals (heels or flats).

I know, I know it’s really hot now but we all know that sooner or later we will be wishing we had as many layers between us and the snow as possible.  In the midst of my summer crazed shopping I came across this AllSaints Klein Shearling Parka, the discount is tremendous and and you can get an even bigger discount if you use Coupon Code SUMMER.

And what about in the Fall when it feels like it’s going to just keep raining and we will need to somehow build out own arc in order to stay afloat.  Being a commuter I swear by my rain boots.  I like my hunters but I have been eyeing these Burberry Clemence Check Canvas Rain Boots.  There is nothing more classy than the fabric of anything Burberry.  Although not on sale the shipping is free with the Coupon Code FREESHIP.

Speaking on Hunters…. remember how I said I loved my hunters …. up there…. remember?  Well, guess what I found?  Here Hunter Back Adjustable Rain Boots I can promise you that these are going to last you a lifetime.  You will be trying to ruin them so you can justify getting a new pair in a few years.  I have a pair in green and have been eyeing the black (goes with more stuff).  They are also not on sale but the shipping is free with Coupon Code  FREESHIP.

Back to Summer.  I really enjoy the way red makes me feel.  Every time I wear red I feel like I can take on the world.  This dress combines the strength of the color and the softness of being a woman…… You can wow them with your smarts when they least expect you to.  J.Crew Crepe short-sleeve dress.  The dress is already on sale but you will get an additional 40% off if you use the Coupon Code SHOPMORE.

Last but not least, how about a dress with a punch.  A very different color.  I happen to like green and when I have a tan for some reason the light greens or some people would call them lime greens bring out the tan.  I want to accentuate the great color I have been able to get without frying out in the sun.  I have to tell you that I always wear SPF 30 or above and don’t sit out in the sun for more than 30 minutes at a time.  Anyway, let’s talk dresses…… Lauren Ralph Lauren Belted Dress this is a great color.  On those days when you want to look more conservative, put on a blazer and you’re good to go.  This dress is already on sale from $149.00 to $44.70…. Not too bad right?

I hope you enjoy the sales and I promise to keep my eyes opened for more if they come across my inbox.  I will totally let you know.

See you all soon.

Ana

 

Art from www.trooloo.com

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Fashion

 

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An Interview – The Paralegal and Lawcrossing.com


I am so excited, I could not wait until tomorrow to come here and tell you all about this.  This is such an honor.  Thank you to Lawcrossing so much for taking the time to write this article and thank you to Vicki Voisin for being a great mentor to me.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Lawcrossing.com about making myself available for an interview.  I don’t know how many of you know about the website/company Lawcrossing.com, but they are one of the largest sites of legal jobs.  They deal with all sizes of firms from big law to small law and every where in between.  Go take a look…. I’ll wait here.

Well… hello again.  So I’m excited to say that I agreed to the interview and I am so excited I did.  I got to meet one of the nicest reporters I have ever met.  Nabeal was so respectful of what I was comfortable putting in print and made sure I was comfortable with all his writing.  Even sending me a few of his previous articles.  The process took an afternoon of answering a set of questions that Nabeal sent me and a few phone calls back and forth to each other.  The end product is finally here and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you.

Reflecting on a Long and Rewarding Career

It’s stuff like this that make me so happy to be a part of such a great community.  It’s an honor to serve you all.

Ana

 

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Fun/Misc., paralegals

 

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How to Get a Paralegal Job – True Story


I am often asked about getting a paralegal job or breaking in to the paralegal field.  It’s no secret that the economy has made fading a job, be it as a paralegal or as anything else, very difficult, to say the least.  These days a resume must stand out or it will just be viewed as one of the many.  Credentials are important (where you went to school, GPA, Extra curricular activities, etc.) however, you are one of a million candidates who will have the same type of credentials, if not better than, the ones you bring to the table.

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This is where networking becomes your secret weapon.  Don’t discard that friend who may be working at Starbucks or a clothing store.  They deal with the public on a daily basis and, what do you know…. sometimes the public happens to be an attorney who needs a paralegal for a special project.  If you discard that friend you will never know that.

As most of you know I have been working in the compliance world. I have been itching to get into the legal department again.  I really miss being in the midst of the legal world.  I wasn’t looking for a new position but, as I always advise my friends, you don’t have to be looking for a new job to keep your eyes opened.  Sometimes opportunities come your way and the only way you will be ready to take them is if you have your eyes opened and cease the opportunity as if you were actually chasing it.

A few months ago, a friend of mine was speaking with an attorney who was thinking of posting a position for a paralegal with the exact same qualifications I have.  My friend immediately mentioned my name and made the introductions.  I me with the attorney even before the position was completely available and before anyone else knew about it.

I still don’t have the position.  It just recently posted (was advertised) but I am almost certain that I will get it.  Had I not developed a good network of friends I would have never heard of this job.

Networking is not something you do when you are looking for a job.

Photo from personaltrainerbusinesssystems.com 

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Networking

 

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The Vegan Paralegal


This weekend I decided to start a new blog.  Originally I thought about incorporating it into this one but then I decided that some of you may not be interested in seeing anything non-pralegal related.  Wordpress makes it really easy to start a new site so I decided to split the two.  The Vegan Paralegal is a diary of my discovery of a vegan and healthy world.

The Paralegal is not going anywhere, I’ll still be posting here and hopefully on more of a regular basis (I’m working on a schedule).  The new blog, The Vegan Paralegal, is here on WordPress (I just love WordPress) will feature articles about eating as a vegan, taking steps to become more eco-friendly, and being generally healthier.  I’m hoping to talk about exercise, diet and overall a more holistic lifestyle.

I hope you will go and look around.  Remember that it’s all new to me to there will be some mistakes made and I’m looking to all of you to set me straight.  I’m sure I’m not the only paralegal interested in planet friendly stuff and certainly not the first vegan paralegal.  So come on over and help me out.  I’m sure together we can and will make a difference.

Hope to see you there.

Ana

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Fun/Misc.

 

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Happy Hour – Happy Friday – Fourth of July Cocktails


Photo from browardpalmbeach.com

Photo from browardpalmbeach.com

 

What could be more patriotic than sitting on my deck enjoying a red, white and blue drink?  Here is the recipe.  I will let you know how it goes.

Have a great Independence Day everyone.

Recipe

1 1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce sweet & sour
1/2 ounce blue curacao
1 dash grenadine
Mix all ingredients, except grenadine, in a shaker and chill. Serve in a martini glass. Add grenadine.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2014 in Fun/Misc.

 

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I work from home — Yes, operative word…. WORK.


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AS A MATTER OF FACT……… I AM……….  Just because I get up later than normal and have time to actually sit at the kitchen table (ohhh yeah look at that!!! we have one of those) catching up on social networks, newspapers, magazines while enjoying a cup of coffee still wearing a tank top and a pair or shorts and have no make up on does not mean that I’m going to sit here and slack all day.  Just because the day is beautiful outside and the pool seems so inviting does not mean that I’m going to run upstairs after my cup of coffee and get ready for a swim.  What it means is:

I am more Productive

Normally I get up at 5:00 a.m. to get ready for work.  Run into the closet and just put on the outfit I picked out the night before.  I cannot give myself the luxury of changing my mind.  All my minutes are counted.  I run to the bathroom and brush my teeth (shower was accomplished the night before), wash my face and run back outside of the bathroom for the makeup.  I sit at my vanity and apply foundation (these days CC cream) and a quick swipe of eyeliner and mascara.  I’m done…. can’t fuss with anything else or I’ll be late.  Run back into the bathroom, brush my hair and put it up in a pony tail (everyday hairstyle).  Run downstairs to the kitchen and our some coffee into my travel mug while at the same time I say good-bye to Adele (the poodle) and promise to be home soon to play with her.  I must be out the door by 5:30 or I will miss my buss (5:50 a.m. bus).  I have learned to be very precise in all my moves.  There isn’t one spare minute in the morning routine.

When I work from home, I get up around 6:00 or 6:30 a.m. and go downstairs still in my tank top and shorts, feed the dog and pour a cup of coffee.  I take my coffee and my iPad and go outside on the deck or sit at the kitchen table and read the morning news or my email while I actually savor the coffee.  Yum!!!!.  I have time to talk to my husband and actually find out what time he will be home.  I don’t have to text him later.  Once he’s out the door I go upstairs and start my morning routine.  I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to wear, although I do not hang around in my PJs all day.  I brush my teeth, wash my face, put my hair in a pony tail and go into my office to turn the computer on and log on to the office.

On a day I have to commute I’m at the office at 7:30 (yes 1.5 hour commute) but it really depends on the traffic.  Sometimes it could be closer to 8:00 a.m., on my way from the bus to the office I stop to grab some more coffee and some breakfast so by the time I get in it’s probably a little before 8:00 a.m and I’m already stressed out because the bagel guy took too long……. ugh!!!! on the days that I am working from home, I walk into my office around 7:45 a.m. and start reading my email.  I respond to what I need to respond and then take a few minutes to go outside with the dog so she leaves me alone during my conference calls.

By the time 8:30 rolls around I am sitting at my computer working.  I am able to do everything I do at the office.  I log on remotely and it’s like I’m sitting at my desk in the office.  Because I have done things at my own pace and was not rushing to get anywhere I am relaxed and I can start working immediately.

I work straight through until about 12:00 p.m. at which time …. OMG I’m starving.  I’m not sure how people can wait until 1:00 to eat.  by 12 I’m ready to eat my arm.  So I run downstairs and grab something to eat.  I take the dog outside and within 10 minutes I’m back inside.  Because there is no one to talk to I come right back up stairs and sit at my computer with my food.  I don’t mind eating at my desk when I’m home.  I continue working through the afternoon only taking one or two breaks to get water and take the dog out again.

When I work in the office there are always people stopping by my desk.  My day is constantly being interrupted by a variety of distractions, I tend to get hungry in the middle of the afternoon, which does not happen when I’m home….. There’s no snack time when I’m home.

I have set up my office at home in a way that I can see outside but am not distracted by the comings and goings of the neighbors, I have a comfortable desk and a great large monitor on my computer.  This week, while I’m on vacation I’m going to set up a double screen so I can run my reports the same way I do at the office.  I have a printer, a scanner, paper, pens and all the things I have at work.  My phone calls, I take them on my cell phone while wearing headphones so it’s no different than being in the office.

I can work until 7 or 8 sometimes and not be distracted.  I can continue to work until wee hours of the night if that’s what’s required …. thank God it hasn’t been in a long long long time.

I would say that if you are going to work from home you must make sure that it suits your lifestyle.  I don’t have children so they are not going to be making noise and wanting me to go play when I should be on a conference call.  If you have children it’s probably a good idea to get a nanny to entertain the kids while you work.  You have to be disciplined.  Because you’re at home and there are so many other things that need to be done sometimes you have to fight the urge of going to wash the dishes or start dusting to get a leg up on the weekend… or start doing the laundry so you don’t have to be stuck inside on Saturday or Sunday…. You know, there are a million things that need to get done when I work from home that are not getting done because I am WORKING from home.

I suggest you get a space that is dedicated for work related matters.  I only work and pay bills in my office.  There is no television, no radio (except the computer sometimes) and no other distractions.  There is a door I can shut. So if it happens to be a day when my husband stays home I can close the door and I am not disturbed by him.

It’s easy to over compensate.  In the beginning I felt that I needed to offer an explanation as to why I was working from home and how hard I was working.  You don’t owe anyone an explanation and if your boss is ok with the arrangement then it’s no one else’s business.  Do not feel like you have to work more or longer than anyone else.  Make sure your work is done well and that your boss is satisfied with the arrangement.

Tell me, would you consider working from home?  Why or why not?

Thanks

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in paralegals, Professional Issues

 

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