'Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry, and while we can't help you dress your tree or turkey, we can offer our style guidance to help you outfit the perfect party ensemble — whether you're headed to an office event, a cocktail affair, or a postwork soiree. Check out this latest Currently Trending to get the inside scoop on this season's holiday party trends. From lace to tulle and even a pair of statement pants, there's something for everyone to feel merry and bright — and very, very chic.
A festive cocktail dress is always a safe choice for the holidays. But this Winter, spice up your soiree style with one of these fabulous alternatives. Embellished jackets, sequined harem pants, and pastel feathered skirts are unique and sophisticated pieces that are anything but ordinary. Steal the spotlight at your next holiday party in one of these fab ensembles! On Allison: Elizabeth and James blazer, T.Cyia necklace.
Holiday parties are right around the corner, and finding something to wear for every soiree can be a challenge, not to mention, a tad pricey. So, in today's episode of Currently Trending, we've styled one classic red dress for three totally different occasions. From playful patterns to snakeskin accents to a luxe fur coat, we've got something to suit any party on your social calendar this season. So get in the holiday spirit and wear a festive red dress out on the town! On Allison: Marc by Marc Jacobs top, Alice + Olivia skirt.
We love the holiday collection for Lauren Conrad's new line, Paper Crown! Filled with tiered red dresses, whimsical prints, and little lace tops, this collection is everything you need to look stylish this holiday weekend. Watch our entire interview with Lauren and learn her holiday party dressing tip! On Allison: StyleMint top, Lia Sophia necklace.
Holiday parties at the office can be a boatload of fun, but you still have to keep in mind that you need to conduct yourself professionally. I think some of the co-workers of this anonymous poster may have crossed the line. Weigh in with your suggestions of this Savvy Confessions post in the comments below!
So I work with a bunch of young people (i.e. early to mid-twenties) like myself, which makes work fun as I have many colleagues who are my peers. We recently had our holiday party. It was fun, but it got a bit crazy. At one point, things started to get a bit messy because a lot of the young people started to get really drunk. I just had one or two drinks and stayed sober, and ended up having to mediate a few messy/uncomfortable drunk situations. It was awkward. Now that it's the day after, I feel like I owe it to my colleagues — some of whom I would consider friends — to tell them that they really crossed the line. As fun loving as our office culture is, it was still a work event. A C-level executive was there, as well as our managers. If my colleagues care as much about their career development as they say they do, they should know that they didn't do their reputations any favors last night. What should I do? Should I say something directly to each person? If so, how should I approach it without sounding like a goody-two-shoes? Or should I say something to my manager, who is a mentor to me and others in the office?
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Sometimes the holiday season can feel like gluttony on a stick. If you're worried about bottomless cocktails, cookie platters, and never ending buffets, celebrity trainer Patrick Murphy (in the past, Patrick has worked with Eva Longoria and Olivia Wilde) shared a few tips with us that will keep your waistline in check all through the holidays.
- Buffet style? Hit the line last! Patrick says that people who hit the buffet first, overload their plates with food to avoid getting back in line. The "fresh out of the oven" presentation also influences them to take larger helpings. Since picked over food psychologically makes you choose smaller amounts, being one of the last in line is a good way to practice portion control.
- Eat proteins first. When approaching a holiday table filled with glorious carbs, Patrick suggests putting more protein on your plate and eating that first. Proteins slow the absorption of carbs, which can help prevent a spike in blood sugar.
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I think an hour wasn't enough for last night's episode of The Office! There were tons of hilarious moments, but also a lot of holiday lessons to learn. We definitely had fun with the lot of you on our Twitter chat about the show with the hashtag handle #svytag. Read on for some holiday tips and tricks inspired by The Office.
- Office Holiday Party Etiquette: As Pam said, a holiday party isn't the time to get drunk or have a cathartic revelation. Don't forget, a company party is great for networking and mixing with your colleagues as well!
- Regifting Mistakes: Michael made a major regifting mistake last night when he tried to pass off a corporate gift that Kelly bought for the Dunder Mifflin crew to . . . Kelly herself. Read about some of the major regifting mistakes so it won't happen to you!
- Homemade Gifts: Seeing Pam gift Jim with her homemade comic book warmed my heart and reminded me again of how great homemade gifts are. They definitely are easier on the wallet and reflect a lot of thought and care. Check out Savvy's list of homemade gift ideas, and our pal LearnVest has some awesome ideas as well.
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I don't know about you, but getting a night to myself these days is getting harder and harder. While I love attending holiday parties, I need some alone time every once in a while to recharge my battery and get my beauty sleep. Some people I know, though, look forward to having every night booked up throughout the month of December. So where do you fall in the spectrum: are you craving more alone time this holiday season or are you thoroughly enjoying being a social butterfly?
A few days ago I gave you some suggestions on what to remember when attending a holiday party and your comments made me realize that some of you have experienced a few party disasters in your time! The stress of the holiday season, combined with alcohol, can make for a pretty interesting night on the town so ladies, do tell, what was your most embarrassing experience while drinking eggnog under the mistletoe?
I came across a very timely article on The Frisky the other day about how not to become a party pariah in front of your family, co-workers, or friends. I'm sure most of you will be attending your fair share of holiday parties this year so I thought it'd be a good idea to share its four suggestions with you, and offer up four of my own, too! Check out their tips below:
- Keep the booze in check
- Invite one date at a time
- Don't drunk dial
- Keep your inner stripper at bay
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