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Fashion Files 2018 – 2nd Edition

We’ve got more #fashioninspo for you, with the second edition of 2018’s Fashion Files!

Classics with Jackie and Corina

When in doubt, stick to the classics. Black and white is always in style, and a staple of every professional’s closet.

Jackie and Corina,

How do you save time and effort getting dressed for the office? 

JBy wearing lots of dresses, because a dress is easy to throw on and match with a blazer. I often pair a colourful dress and a black blazer and heels.

C: Planning what I’m going to wear the night before helps me get that extra ten minutes of sleep in the morning.

What is your go-to place to shop for work? 

JRW & Co.

C: Zara, Reiss, and Banana Republic.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

J: I love to accent with a great pair of shoes.

C: A smile.  

Spill the tea – who is your CBB fashion icon?

JOur very own Ms. Thea Gaertner.

C: Robyn Blumberg and Amanda Metallo.

 

Suiting Up with Kieran

We love Kieran’s subtle pinstripe on this navy number. Suits don’t have to be boring!

Kieran, 

How do you save time and effort getting dressed for the office? 

Remember to KISS, “Keep It Simple Sweetheart”. It’s easy to match your work outfit when you have staples in basic colours. Try a plain or discrete patterned navy or grey suit, with a white or light blue shirt.

What is your go-to place to shop for work? 

You can find cheap, decent quality ties at Winners, The Bay, and Marshalls at a good price.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

A watch, matching the colour of the strap with my shoes and belt.

Spill the tea – who is your CBB fashion icon?

Noble Chummar

 

Colour with Marie and Reza

Add a pop of colour to your neutral staple pieces to really elevate your fashion game.

Marie and Reza,

How do you save time and effort getting dressed for the office? 

MDresses, dresses, and more dresses! they take a fraction of the time to put on compared to suits and shirts, which helps when racing out the door in the morning.

RIron all your shirts on Sunday so you’re good to go for the week.

What is your go-to place to shop for work? 

MLe Chateau, Banana Republic, Club Monaco, The Bay are all great options.

RTip Top Tailers, and Winners for accessories.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

MA statement necklace does wonders for an otherwise plain outfit.

R: Going to have to agree with Aamir on this point. (Ed: see our first edition of Fashion Files 2018 for Aamir’s tips.)

Spill the tea – who is your CBB fashion icon?

MOur very own Corina Capmare.

ROur very own Mr. Nathan “no tie” Pelech.

Ed: Please forgive the inside joke, and unless it’s Casual Friday you should definitely wear a tie fellas. In fact, keeping a spare in the office isn’t a bad idea.

 

Suiting Up with Aaron

Aaron’s beautiful tie is a great way to accent a classic suit. And brown shoes with navy are always the perfect choice. 

Aaron,

How do you save time and effort getting dressed for the office? 

I like to wear my sneakers to work and switch to dress shoes at the office. This makes my commute more comfortable and it saves my dress shoes from wearing out.

What is your go-to place to shop for work?

Made2Measure does great bespoke suits for a good price. Also J. Crew, and Tiebar is good for accessories.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

My glasses.

Spill the tea – who is your CBB fashion icon?

Richard Ngo

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Keeping it moving: how busy law students make time for exercise

Last Friday, a group of CBB summer students and lawyers took an early morning detour on the way to work, to a SoulCycle spin class. It was INTENSE. We cycled like maniacs, we bonded, we sweat (were those tears?), and no one barfed thank goodness. Then we suited up, grabbed a smoothie and made it to the office. It was a super satisfying way to start the day.  That got us talking about how to balance our busy work lives with getting some exercise.

We all hear that regular exercise is important for both our physical health and our mental well-being. But we also know lawyers can work very long hours, and typically sit at a desk in front of a computer screen for long stretches of time (like what I did there?). So we asked some of our summer students how they make time for physical activity in their busy lives, and what they do to keep fitness fun!

Marie says exercise is important to her because it helps her focus better. She is especially committed to maintaining an exercise routine in the summer, because the weather is so nice.  Marie likes to mix things up between running, boxing, kayaking, and trips to the gym.

Kieran says when exercise is fun it’s a lot easier to consistently make it happen. That’s why he goes to the gym with friends,  and plays team sports like softball with the CBB Miner Leaguers.

 

BFFs Reza and Kieran make time to hit the gym,
because everything is more fun with friends!

 

Spencer in our Vancouver office fits in a boot camp style workout with co-workers twice a week on her lunch break. She says it’s a great way to re-energize her day.

Rob likes to walk around the office floor and visit the neighbours to get away from his desk. He gets arm day in by carrying banker boxes of files to his lawyers’ offices. Sometimes he even skips the elevator and takes the stairs!

Corina says doing yoga on the weekends helps restore her body and mind. Even practicing for 10-15 minutes in the evenings makes a huge difference in how she feels.

Jackie says working out as much as she can is an important stress reliever, both as a student and when she’s working. Sitting at a desk all day can leave her feeling lethargic, so Jackie makes an effort to get to the gym at least three times a week. if she’s working late she will make it up on the weekends when there are no excuses. Jackie likes to lift weights and do cardio. Anything to get her blood flowing and her body moving!

Carmen, Aaron, Nico, and Kieran are all on the Cassels Brock Miner Leaguers softball team this summer. It’s been an amazing way to meet people and have some fun outside the office. The team did great in the regular season and are now headed for the playoffs, so stay tuned!

These guys are all inspiring for managing to get up early, stay up late, work, workout, and (hopefully) have some downtime too! But it’s not always possible to do it all. So let’s all thank the real MVP of summer at CBB…COFFEE!

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Fashion Files 2018

We’re bringing back Fashion Files for Summer ’18 with a whole new cast!

If you’re already wondering (worrying) about how to dress like a pro 5-days a week, we get it, and we got you:

Scroll down for some of that #fashioninspo

Florals with Thea

We love the summery touch Thea’s floral accent blouse adds to her classic black suit and pumps.

Thea,

How do you save time and effort getting dressed for the office? 

Keep a few staples in your closet, and work with them (black pants, white collared shirts).

What is your go-to place to shop for work? 

Aritzia and Club Monaco.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

Can’t go wrong with a pearl necklace.

Spill the tea – who is your CBB fashion icon?

Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada.

Ed: Wait…she works here now?!

Out of Office with Shannon

A great bag is key for a law student on the go.

Shannon,

How do you save time and effort getting dressed for the office? 

I keep spare shoes at the office to match any outfit.

What is your go-to place to shop for work? 

Banana Republic

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

A pair of earrings.

Spill the tea – who is your CBB fashion icon?

Amanda Scolieri

 

Accenting with Nico and Erin

Adding a stripe, or a polka dot to any of your staple suit pieces can easily upgrade your look.

Nico and Erin,

How do you save time and effort getting dressed for the office? 

NI wear a lot of black. it’s easy to match any blouse to a black skirt or pants, then I grab a black blazer and I’m done!

E: 1. Dry shampoo, dry shampoo, dry shampoo! and 2. have a blazer in every colour.

What is your go-to place to shop for work? 

N: Aritzia and The Bay.  I always order online, it saves so much time!

E: J. Crew and Club Monaco.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

N: A simple gold necklace or bracelet, and a watch.

EGlasses, and funky statement necklaces.

Spill the tea – who is your CBB fashion icon?

NXi Chen

ENoelle Engle-Hardy

 

Going Day to Night with Carmen and Aamir

Carmen’s shift dress with the sweet trim detail is perfect for leaving the suit jacket behind and heading out after work.

Be like Aamir: Lose the tie and loosen up after a long day.

Carmen and Aamir,

How do you save time and effort getting dressed for the office? 

CWhen you’ve only got  a few choices it isn’t that complicated! #studentdebt

AKeep your ties tied and ready to slip on.

What is your go-to place to shop for work? 

CBanana Republic

AMade2Measure for suits, Aldo for shoes, and Le Chateau for belts.

What is your favourite fashion accessory?

C:  The key to any accessory is to wear it with confidence.

A: Tie clip

Spill the tea – who is your CBB fashion icon?

CXi Chen

AOur very own Mr. Aaron Cressman, (but only when he wears that one suit I also have).

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