Surviving Your Work Christmas Night Out…

Sure, lots of people are cutting back and not throwing extravagant bashes for Christmas and those other winter events this year, but almost every company is going to have some sort of Holiday Party. Here are some rules to get you through yours and not get you fired.

The thing about the holiday party is that it is in a tricky middle-ground where you’re supposed to hang out with your coworkers, let loose, and have fun but you can’t have too much fun or people are going to be whispering about you behind your back. You have to keep that balance. Here are some strategies for getting along with everyone and maybe even making you a shining star of the office.

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1. Two Drink Maximum

I know you don’t want to hear this, especially if there is an open bar at your holiday party, but this is really just smart for everyone. Face it, you’re not at a festival, and you don’t have the tolerance of when you were. When you start drinking bad things start happening, so just have a couple of cocktails to loosen up and then switch to cranberry and soda (no vodka). Everyone will think you’re tossing them back so there won’t be any peer pressure, but you’ll keep a lid on your bad behavior.

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2. Show Up to Work the Next Day

Let’s say you don’ t listen to me (how dare you!) and you get drunk at the party, and let’s say your company is stupid enough to have their party in the middle of the week. If those two things happen, you have to go to work the next day. If you don’t, everyone will know why and they will sit around and talk about your bad behavior the night before twice as much. If you’re there, they have to sneak around and do it behind your back, which will cut down on the office gossip by at least 50%. You’re already in trouble, don’t make it worse.

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3. Pig Out

Since you’re on alcohol restriction, you have to do something to overindulge. Go for the food. Hopefully you work somewhere with enough taste and class to order up a bunch of good appetisers or a buffet or something. Go to town on the catering. Eat like a Biggest Loser contestant the day before filming starts. Load up that plate and go back for seconds. You earned this, and you’re going to start working it off in January anyway. And yes, hit that dessert plate. Hit it hard.

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4. Dress Up

No, don’t bust out the hideous Christmas sweater like your Aunt Denise, but wear something nice and festive. Not festive in a holiday way, but like you’re going to a nice, fancy party, which hopefully you are. Make it look like you put a little bit more effort in than you do on the normal day. People like that.

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5. No Kissing

The holiday party is not the time to indulge in your office crush by getting him or her drunk and taking advantage. This is a big no-no. Don’t be that guy, and don’t be that girl. Just wait for the company picnic this summer. That’s what classy people do.

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6. Documentation

Since you’re staying sober(ish) and keeping your hands to yourself, what should you do to pass the time? Document everyone who isn’t following this advice and making a complete idiot out of themselves. If it’s just a mildly annoying picture, post it on Facebook and tag them. If it’s really incriminating, you know what to do with it. Congratulations on your promotion.

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7. Go Alone

Just because you have to suffer through a night of office torture does not mean one of your friends or loved ones needs to as well. Sure there might be fancy food and an open bar, but if your +1 doesn’t behave themselves, that’s going to reflect negatively on you. And why would they want to come? They don’t know anyone, they don’t care about your office in-jokes and gossip, and they certainly aren’t going to further their own career (unless it’s at your expense). If people expect your spouse to come, just say, “Oh it’s his office party tonight too.” Instant excuse! Trust me, he’ll thank you for it anyway.

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8. Schmooze with Spouses

Not everyone is smart enough to take my advice (how dare they!) so if all of your coworkers bring their spouses, then it’s time for you to get to work. Here is the secret to working an office party: don’t go and brown nose your boss, get friendly with his or her spouse. Putting your nose halfway up your boss’ ass is so transparent that everyone is going to see what you’re doing. But if you talk to his or her significant other, then you’re just being a good sport. Your boss already knows all about your personality and your strengths and weaknesses, but if his wife is telling him the whole way home how charming and sweet and smart and funny you are, you’re going to rise in his estimation.

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9. Overspend on Secret Santa

If your office makes you draw names and buy a gift for someone or put a gift into a pool that everyone picks from, be sure to go over the limit. I’m not talking about buying a £100 watch when £5 is the agreed amount, but just go slightly over. If it’s supposed to be £15, spend £20. If it’s supposed to be £25, go £35. Just make sure that yours is the nicest and most sought after gift. No one wants to be labeled the cheap one who put some already-scratched lottery tickets in the bag. Make sure everyone knows that you have great taste and money to burn. The halo will glow after you all year.

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10. No Work Talk

If you really want to get ahead at the office, people need to think you have a life outside of it. Talk to people about their hobbies and interests. Ask people where their kids are going to school and how their parents are doing after that operation. You don’t even really have to listen, but just let people ramble on and on about themselves for a bit. They’ll think you’re cool. They’ll think you’re a friend. Then when it comes time to fire someone, they’ll axe someone else who never asked about their kids. That’s how you stay employed, by being shrewder and more congenial than the rest.

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Hopefully these help you!

Love j+j x

A bunnies not just for Christmas…

We’ve absolutely fallen in love with these cute little bunnies, Eddy and Rambo! We want one under our tree…well actually we want both of them! They’re the best of friends and never leave each others sides! How could you not love a little bunny just like this??531636_325061747582631_135918963_n 486574_325062074249265_1367617307_n  482208_425447557544049_746886491_n 63083_437477763007695_1486702855_n 8207_437619286326876_1497371186_n

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#ChristmasEdit – Cinderella Slippers

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We can’t think of anything better to go with our beautiful jones and jones dress then a stunning pair of shoes!! Here’s our picks this season…

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Strappy Sandals

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#ChristmasEdit – Cool Decorations We Love

We absolutely LOVE this time of year in the office, especially when we’re finally allowed to start decorating our homes in the christmas spirit!! We’ve started to find all our favourite decorations and what ones we’ll buy this year so we thought we’d share them with you for some ideas!

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Of course we have to start with the Christmas Tree!! It’s the main thing after all!

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You can’t have a tree without baubles, baubles everywhere!

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Our favourite wreaths to keep the neighbours cheerful…

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We can’t forget our favourite thing…PRESENTS!!

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Love j+j x

Christmas Boutique

We’ve only got three weeks left until Christmas and we’re so excited after decorating the Boutique!! Pop along to Spitalfields Market to have a look and get in the spirit!!

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#DailyEdit – Barry M

We absolutely love to paint our nails and if we had the time we’d have a different colour everyday to match our outfits!! Any time we need a new colour we instantly run to the Barry M counter, they have every colour under the sun!!

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Check out their amazing new Christmas Gift Set, you’ll never be without a colour!

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Love j+j x

#ChristmasEdit – Christmas Market

We love going to the Christmas Markets and it’s finally going to be open again this Friday! Yaaaaaay!! Time to get wrapped up and drink mulled wine!

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Eager Christmas earlybirds, it’s time to get excited. One of the capital’s prettiest festive markets sets up its stalls this week. On Friday, the traditional German-style wooden huts of the Southbank Centre Christmas Market return to Queen’s walk along the river for the season. Browse a large selection of toys and gifts, and sample a variety of festive food and drink, including glühwein, bratwurst and gingerbread. The Designers Makers Christmas Market is also on (Dec 16-22, open daily 11am-8pm) with over 50 British designers selling jewellery, ceramics, textiles, homewares, and prints.

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#ChristmasEdit – Party Hair Trends

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big_updo TIP: Use lots of product to get big voluptuous hair this party season. show off those locks and add the illusion of lots of hair where there isn’t much by back combing an bee-hiving!

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ACCESSORIES

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hair clipsTIP : There is a great selection of jewelled headband’s and hair slides this A/W and the perfect way to add a bit of glitz and glamour to your outfit by carefully considering your hairdo and its accessory!

DOUGHNUT

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TIP: Easy to get hold of and what a transformation they make! Use a doughnut hair ring for the perfect neat and prim top but. Experiment with the situation of the bun on your head and give your hairdo that edge!

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TIP : Adding plaits is a simply way to refresh and update your hairdo for your party. They are intricate and look that little bit extra special! GET PRACTISING plaits

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#ChristmasEdit – Party Dresses

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It’s getting near that time again ladies and you need to start thinking ahead! Your Christmas night out can be your best or worst night out ever but whatever the outcome make sure you’re looking fabulous in one of these numbers!! We’ve also got the perfect party hairstyles and nails edits to follow!

Keira

Keira is your perfect Christmas party dress to see you through the whole season. Elegant and glamorous you can pair this dress with almost anything! We were thinking dark red nails and sling back sandals.

Jade

Jade is the ever delicate pleated dress that is perfect for winter with it’s snowy colour. nothing compliments the icy white tones of this outfit more than deep red accessories!

Marianne

Marianne is your ultimate metallic number for this party season. Who doesn’t like a touch of gold at Christmas time. The flattering dress accentuates the feminine curves and suits many shapes.

Lorna

Lorna is your edgy look for this season! Team it with a pair of chunky shoe boots and over the top silver jewellery for a show stopping look!

Love j+j x