Fashion Files 2019- 3rd Edition: CBB Style

The CBB hallways may as well be a New York Fashion Week runway with the outfits our summer students have been pulling out. Fashion is a way to show off your personality, and a work dress code doesn’t have to limit that expression. Whether it’s rocking a tailored suit or a dress and blazer, the CBB students have definitely mastered the art of dressing for success.

Zach Zittel – Bold and Trendy

How would you describe your style? That’s a very abstract question. I like to see my style as an expression of my personality.

Tips on dressing for the job? Don’t be shy. Wear something you’re comfortable in, but you shouldn’t be afraid to take risks. It’s easier to start out a little more conservative and then ease into some more bold choices.

Thoughts on casual Friday? I think it’s great. I’m not the biggest supporter/fan of such a formal work look, I think the legal industry is edging towards a more casual look. Casual gets a bad rep, but it’s actually really great for self-expression. You can be business-casual and still maintain a professional look.

Where do you like to shop for work? I have two suits I got made in Vietnam, and those are a solid foundation to work with. I get a variation of shirts from Club Monaco, J. Crew, Harry Rosen, and Muji.

   

Spencer Green – Big and Tall

How would you describe your style? Generally, I’m a big proponent of athleisure. I am almost always rocking at least one article of raptors gear (*journalist fact check – Spencer has been a Raptors fan long before the recent win), the second I leave the office, I throw on a raps sweater. What about at work? I keep it simple at work. I like to funk it up with my tie or socks – I’m a big funky socks guy.

Who is your style inspiration? I don’t have one – I just do me, I’m my own style inspiration.

Where do you like to shop for work? Suit Supply because they have a great big and tall section, and I am both big and tall. Banana republic has a great tall section too.

Comfort or style? No doubt about it, comfort. It’s so easy to find things that are comfortable and stylish. You’ve got to feel comfortable at work to do be able to sit down and get your work done. Being confident in yourself requires you to be comfortable with yourself, and that starts with what you’re wearing.

Simone Dreskler – Queen of Minimalism

How would you describe your style? Grab and go – all about easy, no-brainer mornings, so I try to get lots of neutrals that match each other.

Heels or flats? One-two inch block heel – just as comfortable as flats and feel a little more put together (even if it’s just an illusion).

Best accessory for a work outfit? Pockets!

When you’re not at work, you can be found in … Jeans and a t-shirt.

Kayla Smith – Fashion Forward

How would you describe your style? I wear what feeds my confidence. Few days call for suits, some days call for dresses, and other days I’ll wear a skirt and blouse.

Tips on dressing for the job? Don’t feel forced to wear the “typical work outfit” (or colours), whatever those are anyways. You can still be professional while shining in your personal style!

Number one fashion no-no? Wearing heels you can’t walk in.

Best dressed CBB employee? Peter Sullivan.

The general consensus seems to be keeping it comfortable – whether you like to rock a bold pattern to reflect your personality, or keep it simple and throw on the first thing you pull out of your closet. When shopping for work clothes, make sure the clothes you choose fit properly and can easily integrate with the rest of your wardrobe. You should always keep a spare shirt and blazer in your office – you never want to feel panicked if you get called into a last minute meeting with a client or accidentally spill coffee on your shirt. Cassels may be a law firm, but there’s  no fashion police to be scared of.

   

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by | June 21, 2019 · 2:58 pm

The Edible Story: CBB Summer Students Cooking Challenge

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 marks a special day to remember for the summer students at Cassels Brock. We hurried out our offices early and ventured out into the city to experience an evening of creative catering fun at The Edible Story. If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s our love for food, so we knew from the outset that this was going to be a deliciously good night.

CBB put a twist on the traditional cooking class. Rather than receiving step-by-step instructions from a trusted chef, the students were thrown into the deep end without expert cooking skills. We formed multiple teams and squared off in a “chopped” style challenge.

The task at hand was great. Two opposing teams had 15 minutes each to create a unique tasty dish with surprise ingredients that were uncovered on the countertops (plus whatever else you could get your hands on in the kitchen) . After the teams customized their menus, the dishes would be judged by the Student Committee (no pressure). Presentation was key. But the right blend of flavours was paramount.

1. Round one: appetizers

The first round was to create an appetizer, which featured radish, mushrooms, spring mix salad and pepitas (no shell pumpkin seeds). Team One (my team) sautéed their mushrooms in a caramelized sauce, and delicately stacked it in a well-seasoned salad. We sprinkled the seeds around a perfectly layered structure and drizzled the last bits of the sauce on top to finish. While we were creating a masterpiece, Team Two managed to set their pasta on fire. With only a few minutes to spare, they re-boiled their noodles, mixed in their mushrooms and added spices to taste.

I bit my lip as we placed the dishes before the judges when spokespersons for each team presented the visions behind the plates. “Savoury and fresh”, we told them, “with our dish, you can have the best of both worlds”. The judges dug in their forks and smiled. I could tell they liked ours. But somehow, they liked Team Two’s dish best. It was a tough loss to swallow. But they do say, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Round two: desserts

The second round fancied the sweet tooth. Ingredients for desserts included white chocolate, rhubarb and graham crackers. Both teams put in their best efforts but only one could win the competition. Team One mastered their presentation, showcasing the perfect ratio of stacked ingredients in twin glasses. Yet again, Team Two impressed the judges with just the right amount of sweetness.

Well, this was quite an edible story. Did you get hungry reading this? I sure did. Cassels, bring on the next food event, and I’m there!

 

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Coffee Chats 101

Hey Blogwell readers! Now that we are in June, I’m sure you all can’t wait to chat with us about our student experience at Cassels Brock so far!

If you are a law student heading into your second year of school this fall, you may already be thinking about the wonderful and blissful experience that is OCI recruitment. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

1.Schedule a phone call or a  coffee chat

Although applications are not due until August, now is a great time to start researching the firms that interest you. Phone calls and coffee chats with current summer students are a great way to do this.

Start by visiting the Cassels Brock student website (http://www.cbbstudents.com) where you can find our current summer students bios and contact information. If it is possible, reach out to a summer student that attends the same law school as you. Send one of us an e-mail introducing yourself and expressing your interest in the firm, and we will be happy to schedule a phone call or coffee chat with you!

2.     Do your research to ask great questions

The next step is preparing questions before your call or coffee chat. There are tons of standard go-to questions when chatting with a summer student at any firm. For example, you can ask a student about the most exciting assignment they have received this summer, or if there was something specific that drew them to the firm during the recruitment process.

While these are great questions, the best way to stand out and demonstrate interest is to have firm-specific questions ready. Take the time beforehand to research our general and student websites to get a sense of the student program and the type of work the firm does. Since you are reading Cassels Brock & Blogwell, you are off to a great start!

3.    Attend our open houses

Open houses are another great way to meet with current summer students, lawyers and learn more about Cassels Brock. The Toronto office is holding two open houses – July 18 and August 1, both from 12-1pm. The Vancouver office will host an open house on July 24 from 4-5pm. Register here to attend.

 

 

 

 

4.    Send thank you e-mails

After speaking with a summer student, send a quick e-mail thanking them for their time. This is also the perfect opportunity to reiterate that you are interested in working at Cassels. Now, you have plenty of information to help you tailor your cover letter to the firm.

Phone calls, coffee chats and going to open houses are truly valuable experiences to have before submitting applications and heading into OCI’s. Last summer, I spoke with a student at Cassels over the phone, and later in the summer we met for coffee. Not only did she tell me about her amazing experience at Cassels, but she was also generous enough to read over my cover letter and provide me with tips for OCI’s (thank-you Grace Wu!!).

We hope this helps and we can’t wait to hear from you!

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Cassels Block & Spikewell (2019 Volleyball Tournament)

On Thursday, May 30th, Cassels 2019 Summer Students made their way to Woodbine Beach for the annual Bay Street Beach Volleyball Tournament. The excitement was palpable as the students were finally allowed to leave the walls of Scotia Plaza for something other than delivery law.

The morning started with a heart wrenching loss against Goodmans. The team was clearly distracted by the free Timmies and the glaring sun in their eyes. Game number two was a close one, but the team still took the ‘L’ against Stikeman Elliot, our old rival.

After regaining forces with pizza and granola bars (the lunch of champions), Cassels was ready to turn up the heat. The third game was against McMillan – and boy was it a good one! Cassels finally found their flow and came together to earn their first win of the tournament. The crowd went wild!!! (i.e. crowd meaning the other Cassels students cheering on the sidelines).

The fourth game against Aird & Berlis went smoothly, with a massive serving streak for Cassels. Again, the win would not have been possible without our very own students cheering until the last second.

Even though Cassels won two out of four games – the team did not make it to the quarter finals. How is that possible? Great question. We don’t know either… but we’re proud of our efforts nonetheless!

Leaving the court a little disappointed but a lot more sunburnt, the Cassels student team retired to Bier Markt to socialize with students from the other firms for an evening of celebration and hydration (wink wink). Of course, Cassels rewarded us with firm-sponsored drinks and delicious foods for the night. The evening was spent mingling with students working on the street and celebrating the Raptor’s first win in the legendary NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors. It was a night to remember.

While this tournament was an amazing event, the Cassels students “hope to be better in the courts than on the courts!” [i]

Cheers,

The CBB Student Blog Team

[i] (Stacey Weltman, CBB student, Instagram Caption, 2019, Bier Market, with the help of some Mojitos).

 

 

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Best Lunch Eats Downtown Vancouver

Hello, Blogwell readers! Having been in the office for only three weeks, the Vancouver students are still learning their way around all the nooks and crannies of CBB Vancouver, but in true Vancouver fashion, we know all the lunch spots pretty well. Cassels treated us to an incredible lunch at Miku with some of the best sushi, views (and company!) in the city on our first day, but alas we’ll focus on highlighting the lunch options that we can actually afford on a daily basis.

Angela is obsessed with Soho Road Naan Kebab, an Indian food truck that parks right outside the Vancouver City Centre entrance. While butter chicken is good for the soul, it is not the best for post-lunch itis. If you’re looking for something that won’t put you in a coma, Tractor makes awesome salads and has a huge variety of options. Fujiya is also a great spot for takeout sushi and bento boxes, in addition to Japanese snacks and sodas!

   

Lauren’s go-to smoothie spot is Body Energy Club. It really helps with balancing out all of the junky snacks she gets from her officemate Angela.

While Shayna has been admirably meal-prepping for all of the last two weeks, she prefers the likes of Cactus Club and Earls, a sign of a true Vancouverite. She highly recommends visiting Earls’ test kitchen in Yaletown. And of course, we can’t forget Chipotle

      

 

The Vancouver students are looking forward to exploring more lunch options over the course of the summer, overlooking our incredible view of the mountains and ocean. Take that, Toronto!

 

 

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