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Fashionably Late to NYFW

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Sorry for the brief hiatus, I’ve been doing important things like having a job and moving into an apartment and texting a lot of people. But alas I have returned again, with a story of my most recent New York City adventure. Come sit and let me tell you a tale of a far-away land, where beautiful, mystical creatures walk gracefully through our midst, looking forever youthful and shimmering as the lights hit them. No, this isn’t Twilight – sorry vamp-lovers. This is New York Fashion Week. And I was lucky enough to be introduced to this new, beautiful, magical world, feeling as awkward and plain-looking as Bella Swan upon meeting the Cullens, and as hungry as the Cullens when they catch a whiff of human.

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You can’t sit with us!!

New York Fashion Week was something that, to be truly honest with you, I never thought I’d see the inside of. The entire fashion industry just always struck me as something foreign, something so specific that unless you considered yourself “into fashion,” which (Surprise!) I never did, it just wasn’t your scene. To me, the industry was reserved for the tall, the skinny, the poised, and the pretentious. It always seemed like too much arrogance, too much exclusivity, too much dark lipstick. Yet as much as I wanted to feel negatively about it, I was always a bit enraptured with the way New York Fashion Week would take over the city. My PR friends would post Facebook statuses like, “Time for NYFW, see you all in two weeks!” and share Instagram photos of runway models, trendy shoes, or flashy afterparties. It was an alluring scene, a glamourous scene – but it was never my scene.

And yet I found myself a part of it this year. And how did I land such an awesome opportunity? Thanks to blogging. I was perusing the Craigslist ‘writing gigs’ section during my lunch break at work a few weeks back (A common activity – you never know what’s going to pop up there!) and ended up submitting some material for a cool, multi-city lifestyle blog called The Urban Realist. A few days later I was speaking with the Editor in Chief, who is based out of Fort Lauderdale, and was asked if I’d like to attend an event or two for NYFW and write some brief coverage for the blog. An amazing opportunity that came essentially out of nowhere, thanks to a little bit of Craigslist trolling and a 15 minute phone call.

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I was thankful to have Jess with me to photograph so that we seemed a little more legit, but overall, the two of us had a blast and agreed that it was a new and amazing experience to be swimming in the fishtank surrounded by these beautiful creatures rather than watching them swim in circles and judging from outside the glass. While I could talk forever about how rewarding it was, I think it’s important to not diverge from my true, weird self and instead, have some fun with this post:

Kristen & Jess Present:

Realizing You Don’t Belong at Fashion Week

You have no idea how to dress. It’s like Harry Potter syndrome at Kings Cross station. Half the people there are running through solid walls in robes pushing carts topped with owls, and the other half are in muggle-wear just trying to make it to work on time, and everyone is looking at everyone else like, “Dafuq are they wearing?”

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You get excited about free food. The good news is there will be a ton of it since everyone else at these events weighs 74 pounds…combined. But the more you eat and the fuller you get, the fatter and worse about yourself you’ll probably feel. But hey, who can say no to 4 packages of free hummus??? NOT I!

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You smile in pictures.  Don’t you know that everyone at fashion week pouts? Duh. Smiling can cause face wrinkles which will never be in style – unlike the pout which will never be ‘out.’ On the rare occasion you do see smiles, they will of course be closed-lip smiles. You can’t show your teeth because ‘No White After Labor Day’ is like the most important fashion rule of all time.

Anyone who smiles can Dere-lick my balls

Anyone who smiles can Dere-lick my balls

You’re wearing comfortable shoes. Dead giveaway. Comfortable = bad. Any shoe worth wearing to fashion week is at best, going to tear your feet to ribbons. If you look down and think to yourself, “These shoes are so comfortable,” you’re probably doing it wrong. Also – it doesn’t matter what the weather is. Weather durable footwear is probably a no-go unless you have designah rain boots.

Looks good.

Looks good.

You’re drunk. Apparently people don’t drink at these things?? I know, I was shocked too. If my friends and I were going to dress up in weird clothes, walk seductively down a long hallway, blow kisses at a camera, and then strut away, I’m 99% sure there would be (a lot of) alcohol involved. For the walker and the watcher. But I guess that’s why they have after parties.

Keep it real.

Keep it real.

So essentially, if you arrive at a Fashion Week show the way I’m used to arriving at events, that is, dressed strangely, looking for food, smiling, jumping around in my favorite comfy wedges, and drunk, it won’t matter what “list” you’re on – you know the truth. You don’t belong.

From a wannabe fashionista, hear me on this. Regardless of how short, heavy, under-dressed, and sober you may feel at a fashion week runway show, overall the experience is a positive one. There is so much to see and and learn about this industry. The vast majority of us will never really be a part of the fashion world, doomed to shop at Zara and Forever 21 long past being 21. So take what you can get.

And by that I mean snatch up all the free giveaways at the event. Goodies!

See my “real” fashion week coverage posts here:

http://theurbanrealist.com/nyfw-kristin-cavallari-show/

http://theurbanrealist.com/glitters-nyfw/

Until next time… Au Revior Fashion Week!!!

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Day 336 – So You’re About To Graduate College…

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Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time browsing my Facebook and Twitter feeds and was overwhelmed by the amount of “Last undergrad class…EVER!” posts and tweets I saw. And I had a few reactions:

1) Congrats on making it to your last class! I slept through mine.

2) I’m not old enough to NOT be the youngest person in the workforce.

3) Where the hell did this year go?

I started this blog almost a full year ago to track my journey through my first post-graduate year and I’m in disbelief that I’m almost at Day 365. (*Note – I clearly did some math wrong along the way because on May 12th, the day after graduation, it will not be day 365. But don’t worry. Those of us in PR don’t really need to know numbers. Or counting.) But I guess I better start believing it, because I’m going to have to stop telling people I “just graduated college” and switched to “I graduated last year” when they ask what I’ve been doing with my life.

Anyways, now that I’m an expert in city life post-college (LOL), I’m gonna share with you youngin’s some fun facts and can’t-miss tips on how to get through year one of post-grad life. This is a compilation of my best advice in one list, SO LISTEN UP!!

10. Never underestimate the importance of Happy Hour.

Because it’s amazing. It’s cheap drinks, it’s handsome business-boys in shirts and ties, it’s like day-drinking sort of cause the sun is sometimes still out – essentially it’s everything I want in one place. Happy Hour becomes the go-to for dates, mini-reunions and hang outs. Because what you’ll come to realize is the “Come over and pregame before we go out on Thursday!” just won’t really excite people anymore, but “Wanna grab a few drinks after work on Thursday?” rolls off the tongue much more nicely.

9. Realize that you’re probably going to gain weight. Get a gym membership.

It starts slow. You start meeting up with friends for “a few drinks after work” a few times a week. You browse Yelp and find some cute new dinner spots. The weather gets cold, and Seamless comes into your life. You start ordering your lunch to the office – delivery. You sit at a desk from 9-5. Since it’s cold, you’re wearing layers. So no one’s noticing those extra pounds. All of a sudden, spring hits and your shorts are quiteeeee a bit tighter than they were last year. Yeah, it happens. Counteract it best you can by joining a gym or at the very least, going for a run once and a while. No matter how much it hurts.

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8. Learn how to budget your money.

Seriously. While my waistline was getting wider because of the above reasons, my wallet was getting thinner. If I had $5 for every time I wished I had taught myself the importance of saving money I wouldn’t have to worry about saving money. Maybe people are just generally better at this than me, but I would’ve loved to, before graduation, have taken like two seconds to remember that a penny earned doesn’t have to immediately become a penny spent.

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7. Visit your Alma Mater at least once (and try not to die while you’re there).

Homecoming. Go to it. Or any other random weekend. Visiting your college in the year following your graduation is like Christmas but better because it’s not cold and everyone actually really excited to see each other! It’s a mini-vacation, the closest thing you’ll get to Spring Break in your post-college career. The sub-point of advice within this point of advice – when drinking, don’t try to keep up with the college kids. Why? See my next point…

6. Drinking is harder. Learn how to adapt.

You’ll need to come to the conclusion on your own that you can’t drink nearly as much as you could in college after a few months at home. Between waking up early to get to work and just getting generally out of drinking shape, your 4-nights-a-week college rage-fests just don’t fit into a post-grads schedule. Instead, embrace new drinking activities, like Brunch, to fill the void left from giving up Tuesday night ladies nights or Thursday night binges. Believe me, being hungover at work is not a condition you want to be in often.

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5. Know that G-Chat is the new Facebook chat.

Yes, being in almost-constant communication with your besties remains important following college. So where group-texts fail (who can deal with their iPhone vibrating on their desk all day long?) and where Facebook reads ‘unprofessional,’ G-Chat becomes convenient and perfectly work-place acceptable. It was the most valuable secret of post-grad life. Inconspicuous chat windows can be disguised as e-mail drafts, all those super-important messages you’re about to send out to clients and colleagues. No one needs to know that it’s really links to your favorite BuzzFeed articles and other NSFW things. It’s a gem. A diamond in the rough. So necessary.

4. Enjoy being single.

Because as much as we all just wanted to settle down with a boyfriend after graduation and through most of the winter months (Oh, that was just me? Okay..), people still generally suck at being in relationships. And that’s okay. There are so many YoPros to meet, so many dates to be gone on, and so many fun things like Grouper to experiment with. It’s the most fun time in our lives to be on our own, going out with our friends, having cocktails with bankers and playing beer pong with fratty guys in “Murray Chill.”

3. Invest in a good set of wine glasses. 

You’re going to need them. “Wine nights” become your Sunday-Wednesday nights after college. You don’t need to schedule them like you used to with the roomies. Instead of, “Hey, anyone want to stay in and just have a few glasses of wine tonight?” the question is, “WHERE IS MY WINE OPENER?!” Wine. Always. Wine.

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2a. Go out a lot.

Explore the city, meet new people, try new drinks. There is more to see…than can ever be seen…more to do…than can ever be done…

2b. Stay in a lot.

It’s okay to stay in more, too. And it’s definitely okay to enjoy staying in. Because after a long day of work, sometimes all you want is to cuddle on the couch with your pup and a glass of wine and watch Game of Thrones reruns on Netflix. Which sounds like an ideal Friday night to me.

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1. Enjoy every minute.

While this year was a change, it was truly a great year. The first year out of college is a journey. You meet a ton of new people, have some incredible experiences, some ups, more downs. You’ll gain weight, you’ll lose weight. You’ll get screwed over by some douche you swore you’d never fall for again and refuse to date a nice guy who’d probably be nothing but amazing to you. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be late to work a few times. But overall, you’ll have a blast. Yes, college was the time of my life, and probably the time of yours too, but the fun doesn’t stop once you move the tassel, I promise. So take advantage of these last few weeks in school, and then feel free to take FULL advantage of the year that lies ahead of you.

Oh, and by the way, CONGRATULATIONS!

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Can’t believe this was a year ago. I miss and love you guys to pieces.

So where does that leave me? A blogger dedicated to exploring one year in post-grad life. I’ve got some ideas….Stay with me and you’ll see how I continue my journey through the blogosphere. 😉 I’m not going anywhere.

Day 293 -The Post-Grad Spring Break(down)

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Monday is a harsh reality every week. It’s even harsher after coming off a weekend doing some casual “spring breaking” in Miami. But I’m getting through it. Hour by hour, minute by minute, Tylenol by Tylenol. Last night I went to sleep earlier than I have in weeks. You did me good, Miami, you did me real good.

One year ago, I was planning the trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas with some of the coolest people you will ever meet; so good that ever since, we’ve only referred to ourselves as the “Vegas Crew.” We spent seven days in Sin City; took the reins and galloped down Las Vegas Boulevard at full speed, leaving nothing behind us except money we gambled away and empty bottles of Champagne. And here I am, after a mere four days in Miami, ready to put my head down and take a little nap on my keyboard.

My Post-Grad Spring Break-Down, I’m calling it. And my friends, as with any trip or event, there is going to be the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes along with it. Here’s a little bit of info on what to look out for on your PGSBD this spring, and how you can survive it better than I did.

The Good

The best thing about the Post Grad Spring Break is reuniting with your college crew, and I had it the best, because so many of my best friends are now living down in Miami. This means no expensive hotel rooms, lots of bonding, and a solid crew to roll out with every night. Plus, you don’t have to worry about “finding hot spots” to hit while you’re there, because all your friends are most likely still in-the-know about which spots to go on which nights. You’ll rage like you used to, Instagram pics from inside your favorite clubs (guilty as charged), and be able to enjoy everyone’s company again.

It’s a lot of laughs, a lot of hugs, a lot of pictures throwing up your old sorority salute, and overall my favorite thing about the PGSB.

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What else is good? I mean…you’re on vacation. Duh. Which means you can really enjoy yourself and breathe a little. You don’t have to answer e-mails, set an alarm, or limit yourself to just a drink or two at happy hour because you “have to be up early tomorrow morning.” You can let loose. Things that aren’t really appropriate in post-grad everyday life, like drinks served in fishbowls or miniskirts and heels are not only accepted but encouraged for post-grad spring breakers. Trade in your cubicle for a crop-top and put on your party pants (aka shorts) and get ready to enjoy all the good!

The Bad

…And get ready to potentially have to deal with the bad. Some common crises you may encounter:

  • Epic brain-freeze from your frozen drinks #vacationproblems
  • The inability to drink even half of what you used to in college
  • Being as pale as the walls in your office (ew)
  • “I miss you guys so much, I’m buying everyone a drink!!”
  • Opening a tab…never a good idea.
  • Not being able to nap between daytime activities and going out at night
  • Not fitting into your shorts the way you did last May
  • Feeling OLD

The Ugly

The worst of the worst usually comes after your trip is over. The hangover from the weekend, which may or may not include an actual hangover.
The ugly is the sound of your alarm on Monday morning at 6:30.
The ugly is checking your bank statement when you get into work.
The ugly is noticing your face is peeling from sunburn.
The ugly is seeing pictures of yourself on Facebook that should never have been allowed to surface.
The ugly is realizing you took a physical beating thanks to your escapades – I’m talking bruises, burns, and chipped toenail polish. The works.
The ugly is realizing you miss college and not having any responsibilities.
The ugly is knowing that you are 100% going to get sick this week because you took 0% care of yourself all weekend.
The ugly is the Breakdown after the Spring Break. The Post-Grad Spring Breakdown.

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But is it worth it? Yes. It’s worth every second, every penny, every de-tagged picture and every groan of exhaustion. Getting that little taste of college again, that chance to be just a little irresponsible (or maybe very irresponsible, in some cases) is worth the week-long hangover you’ll probably endure.

So book your flights and enjoy yourself. There’s only a few years left for this kind of behavior to be even remotely appropriate, so better we get it out of our systems now, right? Happy Spring Break Month to all the college students who still have that luxury, have a good enough time for all of us post-grads. We’ll be stalking your pictures on Facebook from our cubicles as we have our Spring Breakdowns.

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Day 267 – ‘Effing February

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So as everyone knows this past weekend was Super Bowl VWXYZ (too many Roman numerals) and while I personally didn’t care who won, I know that people everywhere were SUPER HYPED to watch the Ravens take on the 49ers. I didn’t watch much of it (mostly just the commercials and the halftime show) but according to my dad, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco and the Ravens put on a pretty amazing performance before they took home the Vince Lombardi trophy to Baltimore. While it must feel good to be a Raven right now, my heart goes out to the San Fran fans.

It’s gotta be rough watching your team lose when you’re that close to winning it all. That feeling of loss; your high expectations coming crashing down before your very eyes; true heartbreak. I imagine there’s only one other group of people that feel the same type of disappointment as fans of the team who lost the Super Bowl.

Singles on Valentine’s Day.

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Don’t worry Vernon, you still have time to find a Valentine.

But seriously. There are a lot of ways that these two groups of people are alike. Let’s consider some things that will probably be said, thought, or done by either a fan of the losing Super Bowl team or a single girl on Valentine’s day.

I need a drink.”

Whether it’s pounding beer post game or wine to the face all night, most people turn to alcohol to fill the emptiness after an Super Bowl loss/V-day alone. Which is good because there’s usually a lot of beer to go around at SB parties and plenty of wine in single girls’ apartments.

Overeating.

  • “Goddammit, Pete finished all the nachos!!” “Leave him alone…he’s drunk and depressed that the Niners’ lost. Poor kid.”
  • “Kris, have you seen the rest of those Valentine’s chocolates? I could’ve sworn I bought a whole bag…” “…you did, okay?!!”

“Ugh, look how happy they are…..I ‘effing hate them.”

  • Niners’ Fan: In reference to Ravens fans at the parade in Baltimore celebrating
  • Single Girl: In reference to anyone in a relationship or smiling on Valentine’s Day

Avoiding Facebook/Twitter/Instagram like the plague.

Also known as “The Ostrich Method.” (Sticking your head under the ground. Everyone can see you, but you don’t care. You just don’t want to see or hear anything going on around you. Ignorance is bliss, my friends.) No one wants to see all the pictures of bouquets of flowers or Vernon Davis crying all over their newsfeed. It’s just easier to pretend that none of it is happening. Lalalalalalalalala moving on.

“There’s always next year I guess.”

The ever-hopeful mentality that although you may be a loser/alone this year, next year you’ll have a trophy/boyfriend.

Crying.

Because sad.

“Whatever, at least I’m not…

  • Niners’ Fan: …a Jets fan.”
  • Single Girl: …desperate enough to apply to be on The Bachelor.”

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So for those of you who had to suffer through one of these painful holidays in Effing February…I have the solution.

BEYONCE.

Guys: Beyonce performed better than anyone else on that field…let’s be serious. So how about we consider both teams losers and just say Beyonce won? (Cause like she did.)

Ladies: NEED I REMIND YOU OF THIS??? So put that wine bottle down.

 

You’re welcome. Queen B has done it again. We can all have a Happy February after all.

Day 234 – What Not To Do In 2013

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I know I resolved not to really make any resolutions for the New Year. But still, when given a fresh start, it’s hard not to consider making some changes. I’ve been thinking about things that I’ve done in the past that maybe it’s time to stop doing.

So rather than me listing you things I will resolve to do, here’s my “What Not To Do in 2013” list:

10. Putting the lid of my Starbucks drink on the counter without putting a napkin down first. Advice brought to you by Jess Pester who watched me do this without realizing how many germs I was allowing into my delicious latte and informed me of my error. Gross. Kill me.

9. Confusing late night boredom for hunger. Just because the Law and Order SVU marathon has finally ended, doesn’t mean I need to make a  grilled cheese sandwich at 11:30 pm. Though for some reason they seem to taste better late at night than at any other time of the day.

8. Texting and Driving. Even though I can literally text with my eyes closed  I do it so often, it’s better to be safe than sorry. But seriously, everyone should get on board with this one.

7. Going to the same restaurant/bar all the time. There is more to life than Blockheads on 33rd and 3rd. Like Caliente Cab down the block.

6. Texting ex-boyfriends. That’s NOT gonna fly in 2013. Responding is okay if they text first though. Baby steps.

5. Going commando. Really not entirely appropriate for anywhere except laying on the couch in sweatpants watching Law and Order marathons and bored-eating (see #9). In which case, this is null and void.

4. Drinking like I’m still in college. Seriously. It’s taking a toll on my body and I end up doing stupid stuff (see #6) and the hangovers are 10x worse and I JUST CAN’T DO IT ANYMORE OKAY?!??!?

3. Going to bed SUPER SUPER LATE for no reason. It makes me feel like crap the next day, and I end up having to by two coffees instead of one morning coffee, and if I’m tired enough, I’ll even put the lid down without a napkin (see #10).

2. Buying clothes a size smaller so that “When I lose 5 more pounds, I’ll fit into them!” I’m just setting myself up for failure.

1. Stealing my mom’s wine after she goes to sleep. …JK that’s totally still gonna happen but it’ll be cute to watch me try for a few weeks.

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~Happy 2013!~

Day 205 – A Post-Grad’s Guide to the Office Holiday Party

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Happy December!

With the Holiday season in full swing, and the Holiday Party season starting up, us post-grads have once again reached an obstacle in our road to maturity and success within our entry-level jobs: the Office Christmas Party. We’ve all heard the stories: about how your co-worker became “that guy” last year after he danced around with a lampshade on his head to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, how because of that one time three years ago, they don’t allow hard liquor at the party anymore (referred to as something like “The Eggnog Incident”), or how that pretty girl got fired because she took sitting in Santa’s lap a little too seriously. While a Holiday Party is a chance to relax, have fun, and bond with your colleagues, it’s also when you’re most vulnerable to ruin your reputation, your relationships, and your career.

Let’s reflect for a moment on what holiday parties in college were like. The “What Not To Do” section of the post.

Given names like “The XXXmas Party” and “Christmas Bros and Ho Ho Hoes,” these college Christmas parties usually take place during finals week at the end of the semester, when everyone is super stressed, running on barely any sleep, and consuming a diet of Adderall and Monster for days on end. Combine that with some pungent Holiday Punch, girls desperate for semi-formal dates, and frustrated frat boys – you’ve got yourself a recipe for a disaster. Outrageous outfits from slutty snowflakes to shirtless Santas make party-goers a spectacle, (Though some outfits are truly brilliant, like my walking Christmas tree with working lights last year.) and the questionable kisses that take place under makeshift mistletoes will leave college chicks wishing they’d had one less cup of that Candy Cane concoction.

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But that mentality doesn’t exactly cut it for the Office Holiday Party. No matter how cute I think the walking Christmas Tree looks, something tells me a boss would be a bit confused if their employee walked in, red Solo cup in hand, wrapped in Christmas lights.

So since I know you all rely on my model-citizen expert advice on how to handle situations your first year out of college, here’s a guide for the Holiday Party.

Your Post-Grad Guide to a Guiltless Holiday Gathering..

Also Known As – The Office Party

Dress to Impress a Mom

A good way to figure out what’s appropriate to wear and what’s not is to treat it as if you’re meeting your boyfriend’s mom for the first time. Of course you want to look cute, because you want her to think her son totally hit the jackpot by scoring you as a girlfriend. However, too over the top, and she’ll know you’re trying too hard. So ditch both the ugly sweater and the tinsel-y top. Find a happy medium. Cute but conservative, playful but professional. I have no advice for dudes. Just make sure to wear a shirt.

Be Moderately Merry 

Of course you’re going to have a drink or two at the party – it’s a holiday celebration after all! But maybe limit it to just that. Or stick to one drink an hour, while actively consuming the (probably delicious) hors d’oeuvres being passed around. Proactively avoid a morning full of “I told my boss WHAT?” or “HE was the one in the Santa suit?!” or “Do you know how I got home?” by just staying in control of yourself. Being a complete shitshow might cause you to lose your job, and throwing up on your boss pretty much means you’re not getting a reference at your next job. Use this fun infographic as a guide if you’re trying to get a little crazy. And yeah…scroll all the way to the bottom.

Eat, Santa, Eat!

Don’t feel bad about taking full advantage of the food offered. Chances are they spent quite a bit of dough on the Christmas Party, and there are unemployed post-grads all over New York who don’t get to go to one. So eat those pigs in blankets! Plus, the more food in your system, the less likely you are to get too drunk and flirt with the quiet dude from the corner cubicle.

Grab Bag Guidlines

While most of us probably like to buy something inappropriate and silly for the Grab Bag gift, consider the fact that anyone in your office could be the one to pull that present. Anything sexual related – no way. Anything alcohol related – probably not, unless it’s actually a nice beer mug/wine glass. Anything drug related – definitely not. Also avoid re-gifting the shitty present you got last year. That’s going to be awkward when it ends up back in the hands of the person who gave it to you.

Interact Intelligently 

And pretty much what all these guidelines add up to is that you need to Interact Intelligently to ensure a smooth and successful Holiday event. Do laugh at your boss’s jokes, but don’t overly flirt with them. Do compliment your co-workers; it’s the holiday season and a little kindness goes a long way. Don’t hit on anyone’s significant others, but introduce yourself to the families of your colleagues. Don’t overdo it with the drinking and dancing, but do have some fun with it. No one got fired for raising your Champagne to a successful year or for starting a Conga line. But you may get fired for doing 5 rounds of Jameson shots “To the company!!!” or for starting a grinding line. And don’t make out with anyone from your office. Just don’t do it. A real walk of shame is having to walk past the desk of the dude you locked lips with under the mistletoe in front of your entire office.

So get in the spirit, avoid excessive hard liquor, remember you’re not in college anymore, and enjoy yourself. It’s Christmas, after all!! The most wonderful time of the year!!

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Oh, and book your holiday parties at www.venuetap.com!  A little self promotion never hurt anyone! 😉

Day 191 – The Do’s and Don’ts of TGE

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Thanksgiving Eve has finally arrived. 

As a college student who was away, far away at school, Thanksgiving was always a much needed break from classes, tests, and the whole Miami scene for a few days. It was nice to come home, experience a little bit of Autumn weather, have some home-cooked meals, and catch up with family and friends. But most importantly, I looked forward to coming home for the highly anticipated Thanksgiving Eve celebrations. I’m not sure what it is about TGE that makes it so great – maybe it’s the fact that it’s a night dedicated to drinking solely because we all have off from work the next day. Or that it’s a night of excessive drinking in honor of a day of excessive eating. Or that it’s a night that has been so commercialized that although it’s a Wednesday, it’s still the biggest party night of the year. Hell, who am I kidding? It’s ALL of those that make it so great!!! As college students, it was the night that we got to come home, meet up with everyone we grew up with, and drink to the memories. You’ll take pictures with the people you hated most in high school, drunkenly resolve long-term conflicts with girls in other “cliques,” and seriously consider getting back together with your high school ex-boyfriend.

Yet while obscenely fun, TGE can be a night of mistakes and mistaste. And so, for us mature grown-up college graduates sitting at work this morning contemplating tonight’s events, it’s important to remind ourselves what is and isn’t acceptable behavior for Thanksgiving Eve.

The Do’s and Don’ts of TGE

Don’t think you need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on some “Thanksgiving Eve Special” at an overrated club.
Do spend a little extra dough – visit a classier watering hole, splurge on the fancier drink, or buy a round for your group.

Don’t start Thanksgiving early by drunk-feasting on pizza after you get home.
Do 
make it a full-night affair. Grab dinner before going out on the town (a.k.a. put some food in your stomach to get you through the evening).

Don’t drink yourself stupid. It’s not worth it. Imaging trying to stomach courses upon courses of delicious Thanksgiving food with a hangover. The stuffing won’t taste as good coming back up.
Do drink enough that you’re not annoyed at how crowded all the bars are.

Don’t go to any place where you used to go in high school, and therefore, have the potential to run into ex-boyfriends, obnoxious girls, or worse…actual high schoolers. Remember, everyone is out tonight. Probably even your teachers.
Do go to some of your favorite current spots where you know you always have a good time.

Don’t AND I REPEAT DON’T plan on getting the 3:00 AM LIRR “drunk train” home. Literally. It is the worst decision you could possibly make. Even if you go all night avoiding annoying, underage, sloppy, wasted, obnoxious partiers, THIS is where they all end up.
Do crash at someone’s apartment or take a cab home at the end of the night. Worth it.

Don’t over-think the night and put too much pressure on yourself to have an “epic Thanksgiving Eve.”
Do go out with the intention of having fun. If you’ve got good drinks and good company, you’re sure to have a good time. Even an “epic” one, at that.

Stay safe, have fun, and ignore your ex’s texts tonight. Cheers!

Have a good Thanksgiving Eve! And a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

Day 130 – The Happiest of Hours

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It’s Thursday. It’s not the weekend yet, but we’re closer than we were yesterday, and with just one more full day of work, it’s definitely a happier day than Wednesday was. Speaking of being happy, Thursdays are very popular days for Happy Hours. It’s like that little extra push you need to get you through the end of the week. Here’s a little taste of the weekend, Thursdays say to those at Happy Hour, Just a few more hours and you’ll have two full days of this! Like letting a mouse sniff a block of cheese, then putting the cheese at the end of the maze, and watching the mouse run full speed to the end. Hey, it works.

It’s always made me laugh a little to think that these inexpensive, not-yet-the-weekend drink prices are named “Happy Hour” prices, because if they were really only available for one hour, people would be very un-happy. Lucky for working people every where, Happy Hour is really Happy Hours, and usually extends until 8 or 9 in the evening.

Regardless, an hour spent at a Happy Hour is an hour well spent. But I can think of a few other “hours” that make me, or have once made me truly happy:

1. The hour that Game of Thrones is on.

Why, yes, I’ll look at you for an hour straight.

2. The hour it takes to get a manicure & pedicure, a.k.a., getting totally pampered.

Can you even dye my eyes to match my gown?

3. An hour long massage. I’ve only gotten one once, but it may have been the most relaxing hour of my life.

There’s no place I’d rather be right meow.

4. One of the hour-long sets at Ultra Music Festival. Insanity.

A pretty awesome experience. So glad I got to be there.

5. An hour (and a half) of yoga.

…downward dog?

6. Taking an hour-long walk with the pup.

Walking…sitting…same thing.

And the actual happiest hour of all….

7. The hour that follows you waking up and realizing your alarm isn’t going to go off for another 60 minutes.

Not today, alarm clock.

Hope you all have some kind of happy hour today, in whatever form you prefer 🙂

As for me…

Cheers!