Blogmas: Office Christmas Party Etiquette

Whether you’re rearing up for your office Christmas party, or one of those people who just want to get it done and dusted, because lets face it, who wants to spend more time with colleagues you can’t stand,  there’s no denying that there are rules to follow when attending the office Christmas party.
(many of which I did not follow myself this year smh – just picture me dabbing on the dance floor well after midnight 🚫)

I consider myself someone who’s always up for a party, but there have been many a time when I’ve fully embarrassed myself and woken up with flashbacks and mixed emotions thinking – why the hell would I do that?… so I thought this would be a fun way of letting you all in on polite party etiquette to definitely do and major faux pas to avoid.

So before you head out on your office party or get together before the New Year remember these golden rules…

Do pace yourself – I’m the type of person who always says – I’m only staying for one, just to show my face – then 12am strikes and I’m the life of the party. NO NO NO NO NO! Just because there’s a free tab at the bar, doesn’t mean you have to drink away. So pace yourself, look classy and elegant and have fun! No wants to see you stumble home it’s just not a good look.

Don’t wear anything too daring – Everyone wants to look good and show how different and  glamourous they can look outside of office hours, but it doesn’t mean you have to show Kevin from IT what you’ve had for brekkie, lunch and dinner. Have in mind office party not your besties birthday bash.

Do socialise with other departments. What I love about Office Christmas parties is that it gives you the chance to socialise and interact with other departments. Plus, if you’re new to the team like I am, it’s a great opportunity to make some new friends.

Don’t be afraid to have a good time. It’s is actually OK to have fun, that’s the point of a shindig right?! It’s a great chance to see people out of action, relaxed and at an event where everyone genuinely wants to have fun. So be yourself and let your personality shine!

Don’t get drunk. Leading back to my first point – pace yourself. If your workplace has been clever and  decided to host your Christmas party mid-week, you really have to watch how much you’re consuming, take advantage of the free bar if you have one, but just remember you can’t pull a sickie…because EVERYONE knows that old chestnut lol

Don’t get handsy. We’ve all had a lil’ office crush. But before you decide to pounce at the ‘perfect’ moment, make sure it’s mutual and don’t get too handsy with them either. reporting to the HR office is like sitting on the naughty step, not cool and highly embarrassing.

Do & Don’t Avoid the ‘Big Dawgs’. This is a controversial one. But, I think it depends on your personality. It’s great to know your more senior counterparts, and it could even help your career progression, however, the office Christmas party is not the place to discuss a how Shauna pissed you off today or that you’d appreciate a pay rise lol. Just remember they’ll remember what you say and how you say it well after the nights over.

Hope this put a smile on your face. Do you have any top tips to share on how to survive your workplace Christmas party? Let me know in the comments x

 

 

Blogmas: Festive Fun at Swingers

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘Swingers’? 👀 😜

Well just keep reading…

Last week I took my boyfriend on a lil adventure through London for his birthday. On our travels we saw the awesome Christmas on Oxford street, the hustle and bustle of people getting their gifts and even went ice skating at Somerset House. However, our destination was right next to the Gherkin building.

Discreet and tucked away, neon lights directed us to Swingers –  the crazy golf club.

I had heard so much about this place, I knew I needed to sort out a birthday surprise for my boyfriend here, even though we’ve both never played crazy golf.

As usual we were running late so when we arrived we were directed straight downstairs (peep their wall of ‘fame’ lol), put our coats in the free cloakroom (very nice touch) then we were shown to our crazy golf guide, who assured us it’s not actually that crazy – who would’ve thought!

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Let me just say, downstairs was amazing. I don’t know how they made such an intricate course all of which is underground…

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After picking the right size golf club we set off on the Windmill course. We had nine holes to get through, but bearing in mind we’ve never played before, our guide clarified the rules.

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Each hole has a number next to it which is the recommended amount of tries you should use to get the golf ball in the hole. However, whatever number of tries you take on each hole, you write on the scorecard, unless it’s over 6 tries. So for example if you try 17 times on a hole that recommends only 3 (yes that did happen) you only count 6. Hope that makes sense …

Anywho… once we had that clarified all the technicalities, we started around the course. It was seriously so fun, and what made it that lil bit better is the guides came around to bring and take orders for cocktails – because what makes crazy golf crazier? – Alcohol!🍸

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After whooping my boyfriends ass, we set off for some more drinks and food inside the venue, the cocktails were exceptional as there was a nice choice of unusual flavours, while there were a few pop up vans and a communal seating area which allowed you to discover a plethora of street type food.

Overall, my boyfriend loved the surprise and as we are both quite competitive it was a great way to enjoy an evening together doing something very different.

So, if you’re like me and all about giving people surprising experiences then this would be a great Christmas gift for someone who loves to have fun, book this, I promise they’ll love it, we’ve decided we’d definitely go back!

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Happy Blogmas x

Blogmas: The Christmas Tag

And the countdown to Christmas continues…

I still don’t have my Christmas tree up, hence why I feel a little bit un-christmassy, however, I am writing this while digging into mince pies and custard 😋

I haven’t been tagged to do this post, but I do love taking part in them, simply to see other peoples answers so, make sure you read to the end to see if you’re tagged…

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS FILMS?
My family loves to curl up in front of a good film, and during Christmas there’s definitely  no exception. Saying that, I’m not a HUGE fan of Christmassy films as I feel you can only watch them during the festive season. But, I do love Home Alone & Santa Clause I always feel nostalgic when I watch them.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
Not that I can remember. The funny thing is, I would say the most Christmassy Christmas I’ve had was actually when I was in Barbados. Everyone goes all out of decorating their houses and in town they have loads of Christmas events. Very bizarre but so nice.

WHERE DO YOU USUALLY SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY?
My family take it in turns to host Christmas, so it’s usually with my whole family at one of our houses.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?
Santa Claus is Coming To Town – very cheesy, but I remember practicing this song for some sort of primary school play.

DO YOU OPEN ANY PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE?
Always! It’s a very predictable present –  a set of pyjamas, but it’s somewhat a tradition now.

CAN YOU NAME ALL OF SANTA’S REINDEER?
LOL, I’m sure I could once upon a time but not anymore all I remember is Rudolph, prancer and dancer (I’m not even sure if dancer is one 😭 👀)

WHAT HOLIDAY TRADITIONS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR MOST THIS YEAR?
Other than stuffing my  face with food, and catching up with my fam, I’m looking forward to having a Christmas get-together with my friends of about 11 years. It’s been a tradition since we left secondary school.

IS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE REAL OR FAKE?
We fake it. But it’s never been something that bothered me. They last a long time and are mess-free.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY FOOD / SWEET OF ALL TIME?
my sister is the baker in the family and she does loads of sweet treats, but I love her Key-lime pie most of all…also her pecan pie. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

BE HONEST: DO YOU LIKE RECEIVING OR GIVING GIFTS BETTER?
If anyone asked me this question five years ago, I would have said I love receiving gifts – I still do – but I do love searching for quirky memorable gifts for people and watching them open it. Puts a smile on my face.

WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
I remember receiving an All Starz doll. I remember adding it to my list just days before Christmas but I didn’t think I had a chance of getting it because i was too late. Come Christmas morning I opened an oddly shaped prezzie and it was it. Literally I just screamed with happiness.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO VISIT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
Iceland. It looks like a magical place anyway, but if I went with loved ones, I think it would be an amazing experiencing.

ARE YOU A PRO PRESENT WRAPPER OR A PRO FAILURE?
I learnt from the best. Any shape any size, I can wrap it lol. I have been told off though for using too much cellotape.

WHAT MADE YOU REALISE THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA?
Probably seeing my dad taking a bite out the mince pies I left for Santa lol. I was gutted.

If you want to take part in the tag, I tag you! Leave a link so I can read your answers x

Blogmas: How to pick the perfect Secret Santa Gift + Ideas

Christmas is just round the corner and I literally have not even started tackling my Christmas gift list 😩

However, my Christmas gift list isn’t actually that big. I have a very big family who all come together on Christmas day, but a few years ago we all decided that instead of everyone buying everyone a Christmas gift, we’d do a big Secret Santa.

Secrets don’t really work in my family, but somehow, we kinda all keep our secret santa nominee to ourselves lol (I say secret because i always manage to get it out my brother and sister 😆)

Now, I know this isn’t a new concept to many, as people usually take part in work place secret santa and even among friend groups, but, what I really used to hate was the price cap. Even now I don’t think £10-£15 is a high enough price to buy a decent Christmas gift, however, if you use your imagination, you can find some really good things.

There are a few things to consider;

The Person. This may sound obvious but you really need to think about the person you’ve got. What I love about secret santa is that it makes you have to find out a bit more information about the person you’re buying for. Gone are the day when a gift voucher or box of chocolates are acceptable 😯

What do they do for a living. Once you’ve got your secret santa, it’s time to think about something that they like. I immediately think of what they do for a living, however it’s worth considering if they love their job or just do it ‘because’. Do they work in an office? Perhaps get them a desk tidy or some fancy stationary they’ll be proud to use. Do they hate their job? Get something that’ll cheer them up everyday.

Interests: If you want to get something non-work related. Think about their interests and hobbies. Do they go to the gym? Are they a beauty fanatic? Are they fashion conscious? Do they love to cook/bake? Be pro-active in finding something they’ll actually use.

Are they crazy about Christmas? I think we all know at least one person who’s crazy about Christmas, i’m talking about the type to have their Christmas tree up in October! This is the easiest person to buy for in my opinion. Personalisation in 2016 is a key trend, so something like personalised baubles, stockings, a Christmas jumper… the lists really do go on.

For the person you don’t know at all. Once in a blue moon we’ll get appointed someone who we don’t know all that well. This is your chance to go full-on detective and do some digging!

I recently took part in a secret santa at my new work place I didn’t know anything about what the person liked. So being nosy, I found out that she recently moved into a new place. Perfecto! I bought her a few pieces she could use in her new home.

If you’ve got a Secret Santa coming up or you’re struggling to find a nice gift, consider my tips and take a look at my gift ideas…

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Blogmas Giveaway! (Now Closed)

‘Tis the season to be jolly…

Hey y’all,

Can you believe it’s the first of December?!

I know, neither can I!

So much has happened this year. I’ve grown, I’ve travelled, and I finally started this blog… and actually been consistent, although I’m still getting used to the fact that people actually read, comment and interact with me over this ‘space’ as well as my other social media. It’s seriously mind boggling.

Nevertheless, to say thank you and to celebrate Christmas (eeek! 24 days and counting) I wanted to do a giveaway strictly for all of you who read my blog – new and old, and what better way to do it than on the first day of #blogmas?

Disclaimer: I will be doing #blogmas this year, however, I will not be posting everyday

If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Nails Inc nail varnishes and that I love keeping my hands fully moisturised, and with this sudden turn of bitterly cold weather it is very necessary to keep our hands looking glam.

Plus, with it being Christmas, it’s the perfect time to welcome all things glitter, which is why I’ll be giving one of my lucky readers the chance to win; 1x Nails Inc Christmas Nail Cane Set + 2 Kiehl’s hand creams in Coriander (this smells surprisingly lush) and Lavender.

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To be in a chance of winning this Christmassy bundle, all you have to do is;

  • Subscribe to this blog
  • Comment on a post of your choice (choose a new one if you’re a regular)
  • Follow me on Twitter & retweet my pinned post
Competition ends 12pm Monday 12th December. Open to UK residents only. Winner will be chosen at random on monday

Best of luck guys and stay tuned for the rest of blogmas x

 

5 ways to treat yourself when trying to save

This month I have been a bit more spendy than usual, but sometimes in life it’s necessary (although, not that necessary) to have those ‘f*ck it’ slash ‘yolo’ moments.

But like so many people my age, setting long term goals along with trying to get life in order and simply turning my hand at adulating, certain things more-rightly take precedent over buying the latest pair of heels, cult beauty buys and even the occasional date night – no matter how ‘cheap’ it is.

And while I use my blog as an outlet to share places I love visit in and around London, eateries, clubs and pubs I’ve discovered as well the occasional new makeup find, the reality is, I just can’t spend a frivolously as I used to, especially if I’d like to own my house in the near future.

However, every now and then a little treat can’t hurt, and here’s how I like to give myself a lil’ pick me up…

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  1. Call me a Starbucks w*nker but I love me some coffee on the go. Chai Latte, Vanilla Latte, Flat White… don’t get me started – anything but Cafe Nero 😷 and I’m good. I don’t know what it is about a hot coffee in a paper cup to go, but it makes me feel sassy. And if it can pick me up at only £3 a pop – why the hell not. £3 here and there can add up though, so drink aware lol!
  2. Candles are a beautiful thing, and I haven’t bought one in ages, but I am a sucker for a lovely smelling Yankee Candle. Plus, Now that it’s winter and I’ve been reading loads of favourite posts which include a homely scented candles, I’ve reverted back to my faves; Baby Powder and Snowflake  Cookie. The Yankee Candle Jars are quite pricey at £18 but they do last forever. Think of it as a short term investment 😉
  3. Curled up with a chunky magazine in one hand and a warm cup of tea in the other is how I would love to spend any evening of the week, especially, now that it’s getting colder. I have to admit, I’m not one to often buy a magazine, but I do have my faves like Porter and Glamour. They are great inexpensive treats that I often only buy when there’s a freebie, meaning I get two treats for the price of one!
  4. Treating myself at times can be as simple as buying a chocolate🍫😋. Although, it’s very counter productive when I’m trying to lose weight. Nonetheless, I’m sure I’m not the only one who switches up there favourite chocolate snack. At the moment I’m feeling Lindt. What tickles your fancy?
  5. Getting nails done really should be considered as standard self-care 😂. I often go for shellac (£20) which lasts me about a month. It’s affordable and gives me that feel good factor without breaking the bank. Am I the only one who feels like they have their sh*t together when they come out of the salon 💅

Treating yourself doesn’t always have to break the bank, it could be as simple as buying a bouquet of flowers, or a new app, if that’s up your street.

How do you treat yourself? 

Box Park Croydon + MEATLiquor

Who’s got those midweek blues?

I know I do. I had an amazing weekend and I’m looking forward to this one coming. Not that I did anything spectacular, but it was super chilled – I actually had a well overdue lie in on Saturday – and even ventured out to my hometown, Croydon.

Whenever I mention Croydon to people, they’re never really sure what it has to offer, except the very drab, Whitgift centre *yawn*

Very recently though, it is undergoing a facelift and last week opened its very Box Park.

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Now this is a BIG thing, almost revolutionary for drab ole Croydon. If you didn’t know, the only other place in London to have a Box Park is Shoreditch.

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I really didn’t know what to expect and I may be a little biased, but it is 100x better than the original Box Park. There’s way more eateries, cool coffee places, my favourite donut place called DUMDUM’s and a huge seating area for everyone to come and eat drink and chat together – overall it just seems like a great chill spot… and it’s right on my doorstep.

During my visit with my dad and sister, we decided to grab a bite to eat. We wanted to explore somewhere new and came across MEATliquor and as it was brimming with people, it was an immediate yes.

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With a 30 minute waiting time to be seated, we headed to the bar and ordered some cocktails.

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I didn’t know much about the restaurant but I must admit, their cocktails were really good, for just a burger joint. They had a good variety to choose from, but what I didn’t like is that they were all named with a dark twist  – how does Fallen Angelita sound to you 😖 lol #notfeelingit

And after looking around it all made sense. To me the restaurant decor was meant to resemble something between purgatory and a butchers. There were skulls and bones painted on the walls, red spotlights and those plastic hanging flaps to replace doors (have no idea what they’re called). So, if you’re not into this kinda thing, it’s defo not for you (and I don’t blame ya).

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30 minutes seemed to whizz by because before we knew it we were seated and our food was in front of us. Served on a big yet organised platter it was time to chow down!

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As you can see we actually went in with the food and while it wasn’t the most succulent burger, we chose a mixture of what they had to offer.

The mixtures of flavours and foods was a great twist on popular greasy American food with a soul food flavourful spin.

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I went for a bacon cheese burger, hippie chips (sautéed onions and melted cheesy sauce on chips) and Onion rings. We also had another side of chips with blue cheese 😷, deep fried mac and cheese (the treadmill is calling me lol).

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To be honest the food did hit the spot, but I wouldn’t say its the best there is to offer.

It was genuinely a nice day out with the family, but I personally wouldn’t go back to MEATliquor as it’s just not my scene. I will, however, be going back to Box Park this Friday!

Have you tried MEATliquor? What’s your verdict?