Coffee Break – Huggie Earrings in 14 Kt. White Gold

Huggie Earrings in 14 Kt. White GoldI love a good huggie earring, and these look great. Love the moonlike curve, as well as the fact that they come in both white and yellow gold. They were $540 at Bloomingdale’s, and are now marked to $270. Nice. Huggie Earrings in 14 Kt. White Gold



  1. Anonymous :

    What is an annualized billing rate in the law firm context? I just got my first monthly billable report back and I am curious. TIA!

    • If I remember correctly, it is the amount you are projected to bill over the course of the year based on what you’ve billed to date.

  2. I don’t like the style, but I dislike the name more. I’m reminded of diapers. Why “Huggie”? Is that a brand name? I did a quick search but didn’t see anything.

    • I think it is because it “hugs” the earlobe.

    • I’m pretty sure that that’s Kat’s name for them.

      I like these a lot, and I’ve been looking for something like this, but that seems like a lot of money to me for something so small and non-descript, even if it is gold. Oh, well.

      • It’s not Kat’s name for the earring style. If you search “huggie hoop” or “huggie earring” on any jewelry website, you’ll get lots of hits.

    • THIS!

      • Not to get into it again, but this might fall under what some people call classic or timeless (at least, you can wear them at all ages) so might be worth it for that reason.

    • R in Boston :

      Not sure why the name, but they are a particular type of earring. As I understand it, though, these are not true huggies. Huggies have the post going back into the earring so that it doesn’t stick out. These are just regular old hoops.

      Huggies also often have a hinge in the middle of the hoop and look like this:
      (not advocating the earrings… just the first picture I found that showed it well. I do have some huggies and they are great for days when you are on the phone a lot because they don’t poke you.)

      • SAlit-a-gator :

        I’m wearing my silver huggies right now. Great pair of versatile earrings. I got mine from Macy’s for $40 and wear them at least 2-3 days a week.

        As R in Boston pointed out “huggies” is the name of the type of earring, not something Kat came up with.

      • Oh, so glad to know what they are called! I have a pair that I got for about $8 years ago that I’m terrified of losing because I don’t know what I would do without them, so I’ve been looking for a back-up pair.

  3. Anonymous :

    So cute but I can’t wear that style of earring. It makes my giant earlobes look even bigger.

    • Diana Barry :

      I don’t wear any earrings – my ears aren’t pierced and I’ve never felt the need. It’s one less thing to think about when getting dressed!

  4. I decided to take up golf, primarily as a networking tool. Although I’m a true beginer, I’ve already recieved multiple invitations to play with some people I’d love to network with. The problem is, I’m not very good yet. I’m worried about playing with a group, just embarrassing myself, and somehow burning a bridge. Does anyone use golf as a networking tool? Should I hold off on accepting inviations until I’m reasonably experienced?

    • maine susan :

      When I first started to play twenty years ago, an experienced golfer told me, no golfer cares how many times you hit the ball, only that you not slow your group up. Golfers are too involved in how many times they hit the ball to notice you, unless you hold them up. I have always found that to be true.

      • maine susan is right except that I think the parties should at least be aware of your level of play and be okay with you picking up the ball now and again if you need to. That should be good enough and you can just have fun.

        • Agree with Alex. Just make sure they know you’re a beginner and don’t be afraid to pick up the ball and walk to the green.

      • Completely agree. I’m an ok golfer at best, but the group I play with is very fast. Just be comfortable picking up your ball and making a few self-mocking comments if the situation calls for it. And don’t be the person that gets in a horrible mood if you’re not playing well – that makes it uncomfortable for everyone.

    • agree with this. if you’re doing it to network, be sure to just keep up and follow golf etiquette. if you’re OK with it, don’t be slave to your own score – just you’re about to fall behind, pick the ball up and move it to a better place. Or find some people to play scramble/best ball with. that’s a great way to keep a golf game moving and still fun.

    • What I do is wait until everyone tees off. Then I tee off from the ball that lands the farthest away so I don’t have as far too go. It saves time so I don’t hold everyone up, and I don’t keep score. At a certain point, I generally just skip everything but the putting.

  5. Lovely earrings.

    So sorry for the threadjack, but I would love the opinion of fellow Corporettes. I am trying to move away from my ubiquitous solids wardrobe (much of which is solid black incidentally) and incorporate more prints. Of course I am gravitating towards black prints.

    Any thoughts on this one (I don’t plan to wear it to the office, though would be curious if anyone thinks it could be pulled off at the office with a black cardigan?):

    or this dress (this I think could be fine for a casual Friday at my office with a black cardigan, but I would have to see it in person):

    Would love to know if anyone has seen either of these dresses in person and thoughts on either, or similar styles at other stores that people have liked? I have found several great pieces through Corporette posts and comments.

    • I think both dresses can be pulled off at a business casual office, even without cardigans. If you’re trying to stay away from black but are frightened of colors, consider a plum or olive cardigan , they would pair nicely with either dress.

    • Ditto especially with the first one since it has fewer details. I think it would look great with a cardigan or structured black jacket. Because it’s a black print, you can wear almost any color cardigan with it.

    • I think you’ve mentioned you work at a big law firm in DC? I think both of those dresses are fine with a cardigan or blazer. Sometimes jersey feels too soft and pajama-like, but I have some jersey dresses from AT and they’re pretty substantial and not at all pajama-like.

      But you should go for something more colorful! How about one of these, all from AT (links not included to prevent moderation):
      Knit Interlacing Movements Dress
      Chic Shirt Dress
      Tucked Sheath Dress

  6. Compensation plan :

    Quick question: I have a complicated compensation plan with my law firm- I have a base salary (which would be completely pitiful for a lawyer on its own) and two layers of bonus (guaranteed up to a point and then open). My bonuses are made up of 40% of the money that my work brings in from 1) hourly work, and 2) flat fee/contingent cases only when I am the primary attorney. (In other words, if I do an hour of billable work, I get 40% regardless, but my base is supposed to cover any work that I do to help out on cases that are not hourly and not primarily mine.)

    The partner took a misdemeanor criminal defense case on a flat fee. I think that he met with the client once. He had a conflict for the araignment, so asked me to go to court and set a trial date, which I was happy to do. (This would be something that would usually not count towards my bonus, as it was flat fee and someone else’s case.) However, when I got to the court, the judge suggested that the client take a special deal which would allow him to seek treatment instead of jail time, which was a really good deal. I set this up, made the deals with the prosecutor, made the necessary deals with the client, did research, etc., which required going back and forth to court several times and spending a pretty large number of hours. Now, we’ve got a deal that avoids jail and the client is really, really happy, and the partner has expressed several times that I got a great result and did a great job.

    The partner’s been pretty good about money issues in the past, but he hasn’t mentioned transferring this case (which will require one more court appearance, which I will do, and then likely be done) to me as primary attorney so that I would get the money. I hate, hate, hate discussing money with people or seeking it out or putting people on the spot about it. Do I ask the partner whether he should transfer it to me as primary attorney, or just hope that he brings it up? If I ask, what do I say? (Like I said, asking goes against every fiber of my being, so I really need a script here.) We’re talking about around $1200, which is a pretty big chunk of change for student-loan-paying, still pretty new at this attorney thing, little old me.

    • karenpadi :

      Don’t wait!

      I’d send an email to remind him that you took this case and request that he formally transfer it to you in the bookkeeping software. Something like, “Dear Partner, I noticed that the records for case xyz still indicate that you are the primary attorney. I’ll go ahead and instruct Bookkeeper to put me down as the primary attorney. -Associate”

      If your office culture permits it (e.g., if this is a pretty normal thing and the partner isn’t guarding his book of business), I’d also cc the person who will actually make the change in the record (e.g., a paralegal, bookkeeper, secretary).

      • I would ask, rather than tell the partner that you are instructing the book keeper to transfer the case. He is still a partner, and I am assuming you are an associate. Was your work supervised? How many hours did you spend?

        If it were me, I’d ask another associate for their take on it before asking. It’s all about the firm culture, but I wouldn’t think this is worth putting a bad taste in someone’s mouth if they are likely to send you more work in the future. You could just ask as a “in the future, how do we address cases where someone else is the primary attorney and yet I end up doing substantially all of the work?”

      • Compensation plan :

        karenpadi, thanks for the response. I am concerned that that would be a little bit presumptuous, mostly because I wasn’t originally asked to do all of the work, it just turned out that way because of this program, which no one really knew existed prior to the court appearance.

        LawyrChk, I should have mentioned that I’m the only associate here. I’ve put in approximately 13 hours so far, probably another 3-4 coming up. I told the partner about everything, but I wouldn’t say that anything was supervised (i.e., I was in court and with the client on my own.) I do like the idea of asking as “for future reference”; maybe that will be easier.

        Firm culture is really casual and laid back, and this partner in particular is a pretty say-what’s-on-your-mind kind of guy, so I really think that he’d appreciate my speaking up, but there’s always that little voice that says “Oh, I should just let him bring it up”. I hate that voice.

      • Does the firm have a policy for who constitutes the primary attorney? Is it based on who brings in the business in the first instance or who spends the most time on the matter or both? Or is it all mushy and unspoken? I would be wary of assuming that the case should be transferred to you unless there was a set policy or practice.

        Assuming that the primary attorney is determined at least partly on the number of hours spent, I’d suggest dropping by the partner’s office and saying something like:

        “Hi Partner. Just wanted to say thanks for letting me take on Client’s case. I’m glad that I was able to get a great result for Client and learn about Special Program, which will be useful for future cases like his/hers. I know that you originally intended for me to just cover the arraignment, but it turns out that I’ve spent considerably more time than expected on this case, probably about 20 hours when all is said and done. Given this, I’d like to ask if you could transfer the case to me as primary attorney for bookkeeping.”

        And if he says no, I would let it slide this one time, but ask, “Is there a policy for situations like this? This is the first time that this has happened to me, and I’d like to know how to address this in the future.”

        Then, for future situations like this, as soon as you know that the case will likely take much more time than expected, immediately bring it up with the partner who is listed as primary attorney, note that the case will take X amount of your time, and ask for the transfer, before doing the work.

    • Don’t wait for him to bring it up. I’m not sure exactly the right way to approach this, as that will depend a lot on your relationship with the partner and office culture, etc. From my experience, if you let stuff like this slide because it makes you uncomfortable you will be labeled as someone who can be taken advantage of. Stick up for yourself now and next time you probably won’t even have to say something.

    • SF Bay Associate :

      This is totally a NGDGTCO /”what would a man do?” moment. A man would assume that the case would be transferred to him, and politely and professionally inquire whether the partner was going to handle it, or expected the associate to take care of it. If the partner wasn’t planning to give it to you, he can muster up the chutzpah to tell you he’s robbing you. It’s possible that the partner didn’t realize how much you did or remember to take care of it too. So, polite and professional, assuming that the right thing was the plan all along.

      Do not hope that he brings it up, for pete’s sake. He’s not going to. That’s the little girl voice in your head telling you to be seen and not heard, and if you work hard enough, then good things will magically appear on your doorstep. Don’t sell yourself short!

      • karenpadi :

        Exactly! That’s why I don’t think my response was presumptuous. A man would never ask to be paid according to his employment agreement.

        If you feel any better with saying “Would you mind updating the Bookkeeper as to my role as primary attorney on this case?”, go for it. I just know that most partners would see the email and forget to do anything about it. Which puts you back at volunteering to do it yourself.

        Besides, what’s the worst the partner can say, no? And fwiw, I wouldn’t work for a partner who tries to skim money off an associate. If the partner doesn’t have a good reason for making you primary, I’d start my job search.

    • Just ask. It seems unlikely that he’ll bring it up. If you don’t want to seem like you’re putting him on the spot, wait until after the final court appearance. When he congratulates you or whatever on closing the case, say something like, “Thanks! By the way, we never discussed this, but you are listed as the primary attorney on the case. Since I ended up handling the case, could you transfer it to me so it will count toward my bonus?”

      And then unless he’s prepared to look like a money-grubbing jerk, he’ll say yes and admit (or pretend) he just didn’t think of it until you brought it up.

  7. anon. for this :

    I just applied for a position online at a nationwide non-profit with a local office about 10 minutes from my apartment. The only way they listed to apply was to e-mail resume/cover letter to an “@careers” type address. I couldn’t find any name affiliated with an HR type position for the organization so I can’t send an additional e-mail directly to a specific person.

    I have been having horrible luck with online applications, so I was considering dropping off a paper copy of my resume/cover letter tomorrow afternoon. I think I would just keep it simple and say, “I applied online for XYZ job yesterday, but just wanted to make sure my information got to the correct person.” Would this be overkill?

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Sydney Bristow :

      I’m not sure whether dropping it off in person would be a good idea or not.

      As for finding someone to send it to directly, you could call the main number and the receptionist might tell you who the appropriate person would be. Another way to find a person to send it to (although its hard to know whether it would be the right person) is to google the end part of the email address, meaning “” and you might find a direct email address for someone who was quoted or wrote an article. Also, did you try LinkedIn for the company? If you can find someone’s name that way, then you can add that to the email search and might be able to find one that way.

  8. lostintranslation :

    Threadjack regarding shoe sizing

    Even with my most comfortable pumps, I get a lot of painful rubbing and blistering on my outer pinky toe while the arch and heel portion of the pumps are really roomy/fine. I don’t really have this problem with ballerinas, sandals, sneakers, etc. – just with pumps. Are these telltale signs of an error in sizing (e.g. I need a wide or narrow size), or should I just stay true to my arsenal of blister blocking techniques. Thanks!

    • Definitely try out the different widths! Also, it could be that your feet are sliding and that chafing is causing the blisters. Maybe an insert or socks/knee-highs could help.

    • It could be that you overpronate (feet turn out/to the side when you walk) and it’s more noticeable in heels because they force your feet forward. Have you tried putting a Dr. Scholl’s or equivalent pad in the front of your shoe to keep you from sliding forward as much?

    • Sydney Bristow :

      Its probably worth it to try out a wide width shoe. Zappos has free shipping both ways (overnight if you are a “vip” which I think just requires a quick phone call to them) and 1 year to decide whether to keep a pair. You can only wear them inside, but I tried some last week and just wore them around the office for the day and realized I need to return them. Zappos has a lot of wide width shoes, both C and D widths.

    • I’m not sure if it’s a sizing problem, but some of my shoes have this problem and I stick some wool in the toe and it solves it. You can get it at most drug stores next to the shoe inserts and what not, or dance stores carry it (point dancers stuff if it in the toes of point shoes, is my understanding)

    • just Karen :

      It sounds like you might have a foot shaped similarly to mine – wider at the toe box, narrower at the heel. If your office environment allows it, I highly recommend sling-backs in either a wide width or a brand that generally runs wide (my foot would just fall out of a wide shoe with a closed heel, even with pads). It also could be due to sliding, as Ru pointed out, so pads and inserts are well worth a try.

    • You can also try experimenting with shoes that have more room in the toebox e.g. rounded.

    • lostintranslation :

      Thanks again everyone! I definitely wear my existing favorites with combinations of gel pads & wool at the toes to cut down on the blistering and get a good fit, but was just hoping to get a little more sizing savvy for future shoe purchases. Will definitely try the slingbacks and wider sizes.

      • You probably have wide front, narrow heel feet (like me, and like lots of women.) Some brands fit this well – I’ve had luck with Ecco and Cole Haan. It’s trial and error.

        In the meantime, a cobbler can stretch the toe only of a shoe for you. I still get callouses on my pinky toes, primarily on one foot, but the stretching cuts down on the really painful parts like rubbing and blisters.

  9. Equity's Darling :

    Today I had my first CPLED seminar (CPLED is the licensing process to become a lawyer in Western Canada), and the instructor had the middle button on her oxford shirt undone- and had no idea. She was not wearing a camisole. She was wearing a lacy demi bra. But, it did not end there- her skirt was also short enough that we could all see up it, and instead of standing at the podium, she was sitting and constantly crossing and uncrossing her legs (something which I tend to be guilty of also- though generally I’m wearing appropriate clothing). So the whole class could see….more than we should have.

    I felt so embarrassed for her- but there wasn’t really a way for me to tell her, was there?

    I’m never ever wearing a button-down without a camisole ever again.

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