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

 

 

Weekly Rundown #2

Hey y’all,

I’m back for the second week with my weekly rundown. It’s been a busy week for me personally with the blog, with work and in the news, and even as I write this, I’m in the midst of my family celebrating my sisters belated birthday – (she’s really milking this 16th birthday business isn’t she!)

So, without further ado, here’s what’s caught caught my eye in the news (I’m done with Brexit btw):

So, sadly a few days ago the world woke up to the terrible news of Instanbul‘s terror attack. I’m really just speechless, as it’s quite scary how frequently these things are happening, but all we can do is send positivity towards Instanbul at the moment.

On to a lighter topic, last week was the BET awards (I still haven’t watched it 🙈) but I HAVE seen bae’s… ugh I mean, Jesse Williams, amazing, heartfelt speech – Check it out!

If you’ve read my post about my lifestyle changes, you would know I’m all about staying happy and laughing at LEAST 5 times a day – so if you’re like me and love Kevin Hart, you’ll appreciate this, if you havent seen it already. – Kevin Hart & Dwayne Johnson Impersonate Each Other

Lastly, I read a very interesting and quite disturbing article from Broadly, that I thought I’d share with you all – Why cant I consent to sex with my brother?

I hope you all have a great Sunday, and let me know if you’ve found any cool articles for me to add to my reading list too!

rianne me

 

 

Weekly Rundown #1

Hiya lovelies!

So, I’ve been wanting to bring something news related to my blog for longest time now, but, I just didn’t know what to do or how to do it.

After taking to some of my favourite outlets (Stylist’s Emerald Street and Cocos Tea Party) I gained some major inspo and I am proud to now introduce to you – Weekly Rundown – a feature that will be on ze blog every Sunday!

As a blogger with a journo background, I am always reading the news,  finding out the latest whether it’s to do with current affairs, entertainment, music, fashion & beauty or lifestyle, and with this week being so eventful (to say the least) in terms of news, I thought there’s no better time than now to share what I’ve been reading.

Weekly Rundown 1

Homes ‘too expensive’ for Help to Buy ISA scheme

Akala: focus on fear of others insults British people’s intelligence

People React to EU Referendum Results: Worrying Signs

Cats getting brain freeze

Highlighter Challenge

The pound drops due to Brexit

EU referendum: Jeremy Corbyn under pressure amid top team revolt

Kanye West Gets Almost No Reactions From Stars Depicted Naked in “Famous” Video

Fire In The Booth – Waka Flocka

Skepta at Glastonbury

Hope you enjoy and please do share your thoughts on the articles featured or any links you think I might like. 

See you on my next post x

 

 

 

Three Lifestyle Changes for a Happy Life

Positive Vibes. Happy Life.

Recently, I’ve made some changes in my life that make for a happier me. Some are really small, while others are more of a lifestyle change but they all make a whole lot of difference.

What bought about these changes? – You may ask. Well at one point I was always questioning myself, as to what the purpose of my blog is… Am I focusing on the wrong things? Should I post less about beauty? Do I need to quit my day job to feel fulfilled? These thoughts and feeling just spiralled out of control and I found myself  feeling majorly confused, so I decided to make a few changes, before it got any worse.

Now, although I still am finding my feet in terms of what my blog represents, I do have some plans in works, and what helped me to get to this point was 3 specific things which have focused, disciplined and made me feel happier and more rounded, so let me share…

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Exercise: I have always dabbled with numerous diet fads and exercise routines, but, I have finally found something that works for me.  About 2 months ago, I decided to join my local gym. I initially joined to get in some sort of shape for my coming holiday to Thailand, but, since I’ve joined classes and met a few friendly faces, I realised that this will not be a short term thing that I will only commit to until my holiday. Exercising not only helps me to lose weights and get fitter, but helps me release my frustration and takes my mind off things. I can put my headphones on (I’m really liking Spotify’s Rap Workout playlist) and commit an hour to making myself a better person, physically and emotionally… you know, releasing them endorphins and all that! At times I can be an easy quitter, but, exercise has taught me to I need to stay committed to see results –  a bit like blogging.

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Saying Yes & Laughter: I’m a naturally reserved and quiet person. I like to feel things out before I commit to something whole heartedly, which is why I told myself to just say ‘yes’ and go with the flow (within reason of course) – you never know what could happen. This also leads on to why it’s good to laugh. I can easily (almost happily) go a whole day feeling hella moody and not give a damn, but honestly it’s so much effort. And when I thought about it I actually had to ask myself ‘why?’. If any of you are on Snapchat, I would highly, highly recommend following Kevin Hart. He is tha man! He is a motivator and also so funny, and when you feel like being a lazy grumpy bum, just open one of his snaps and see him killing it in the gym at 6am, while being the comedian that he is. I really don’t have a reason to be grumpy. To be successful, discipline is needed and he really does convey that – so get that ass up, go get ’em and laugh!

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#Goals: Everywhere on social media is #Goals this and #Goals that. To be quite frank, I cannot stand looking at people and thinking I need what they have, as I don’t know what they did to get it and what they are going through while they enjoy small perks that they choose to show, however, I love making goals for myself, based on what I want out of life. This is healthy. Every week, whether it’s a mental note or a full blown plan in my diary, I set myself goals and affirmations – which help me gather my thoughts, become more organised and actually make me more motivated to get the things that will make me happy.

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So there you have it. Three things that I have changed in my lifestyle which have made me happier. Small changes and decisions can make huge difference. What are you willing to do to ensure your happiness?

 

10 Things You Should Do This Spring

Hi beautiful people!

Spring is in the air and I’m loving it –  I’m sure I’m not the only one either! The sun has finally come out of hiding – I really hope I haven’t jinxed the weather, the days are becoming longer, flowers are in bloom and I seriously feel like I can live a life after work, because there’s still daylight until about 7:30pm lol … the simple things ey!

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So in celebration of this absolutely lush season, I thought I would share 10 things you can do to make the most of the season.

  1. Spring clean – This may be a bit cliche, but a good ole spring clean can clear you space and therefore clear your mind. It doesn’t just have to be limited to your living space either, it could be your wardrobe or even people around you.
  2. Pick up a new book – I haven’t read a juicy page turner in ages, but when the seasons change I love picking up a new book, to sit in the park or my garden with. It’s also nice to escape from the real world every once in a while too! One of my favourite authors is Chimamanda Adiche – Have you heard of her?
  3. Plan a day trip – The sun’s out so do something/ go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. I really want to take a trip down to Brighton, can you believe I’ve never been – sacrilege!
  4. Switch up your style – This season is all about new beginnings, so it’s the most ideal time to switch up your style and introduce pieces into your closet that you wouldn’t normally – be adventurous!
  5. Spend a day with people you care about – Put your phones down and step away from wifi. Give the people you love your undivided attention – you won’t regret it!
  6. Do something nice for a stranger – Sometimes it’s nice, just to be nice… so why don’t you pay for the persons Starbucks in the line next to you, or simply give a compliment to a stranger.
  7. Organise brunch with your close friends – It’s so easy to lose contact with friends, especially once you start working or situations change, so spring is a great time to plan a much needed catch up over brunch…remember once friends, always friends and when there’s food involved there’s really nothing to be afraid of
  8. Picnic – Organise a picnic, choose a good park with a decent public toilet nearby and spend the whole day there, maybe get lost in a book (see no.2) My all time favourite parks are Battersea and Wimbledon, what are yours?
  9. Treat yourself or a friend to a present...just because – everyone like a lil surprise so if you see something your bestie will appreciate, pick it up for them, it doesn’t need to be expensive either.
  10. Make it a season to remember! – No matter what you do, fill the spring season with memories to last forever! I would love to do a blogging challenge of blogging everyday of the season, what do you think?

Will you be doing any of these things across the season? Do you have any suggestions for me? Hope this gave you some inspo x

 

The Bloggers Hangout Event!

On Monday I attended my first ever blogger event!

Since I started my blog – which wasn’t THAT long ago – I have heard nothing but good things about The Bloggers Hangout events, so I signed up to attend the evening soiree in Hoxton, and it was nothing short of an amazing experience!

On the day of the event I didn’t really have any expectations, but I was a bit anxious, worrying about what to expect, wondering what the atmosphere would be like and if I would talk to anyone… but, to be honest, I had nothing to worry about.

So let me rewind – Just before the event, I had arranged to meet up with a few lovely bloggers that I had become friends through Twitter chats – Laura, Christine & Shannon  x

The venue was a short walk away from Hoxton station and was in a cute kind of derelict building. I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of layout but at first glance it appeared quite small, however, as I made my way throughout the stalls I noticed there was actually two rooms filled with bloggers and great brands!

So, when we first entered the venue, I kind of felt out of my depth, and the best thing to do, for me, in these types of situations, is just dive in. The first brand that caught my eye was a drinks brand called ZEO.

To be completely honest I didn’t really know how to approach the stall, but I went up and the lady was sooo kind. She went through the brand, telling me a little about the drinks – check them out here! They had five flavours to taste, including: Peach and Grapefruit, Zesty Lime, Blood Orange and Citrus, Mixed Berry and Cloudy Lemon, but, I opted for the peach and grapefruit, as I normally got for a safe lemon kind of drink.

I know everybody expects us bloggers to rave about the brands in these blogs, but I was pleasantly surprised about Zeo’s refreshingly fruity taste, which wasn’t too overpowering or too fizzy, making it a great treat if you’re trying to ween yourself off of fizzy drinks, yet still want to fill the void with a sparkling treat.

After tasting, I got talking to the brand representative and she basically explained the drinks in more detail: “We add a tiny amount of South American Stevia and just a touch of beet and cane sugar for sweetness. Our six bright, crisp and refreshing flavours are carefully crafted in small batches and are under 30 calories for a 275ml bottle.”

I’m not a fan of juices or fizzy drinks, but this is a drink I would genuinely buy from time to time. What really interested me though is that the drinks are perfect for experimenting with, say if you wanted to make a low calorie Mojito or create a zesty icing for a cake!

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After speaking to Zeo, I felt a lot more confident about talking to other brands. At these types of events it’s so easy to feel out of place, but I just went to the next stall which was Jurlique!

I’ve heard of Jurlique before through some of my fave vloggers on YouTube, but had never tried them for myself. Jurlique is a natural skincare brand from Australia and they are amazing!

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I was immediately drawn in by their cute stall, which was decorated with their new hand creams – I’m sure you know how much I love hand creams and lip balms now – so I had a peruse and the representative, Claire, got talking to me. I told her my obsession with hand creams like a complete nerd, and she offered to give me a hand massage using the new hand cream range! Let me just say… this hand cream DOES work. I dunno if it was the hand massage combined with the cream but my hands felt supple and moisturised. Normally if I wash my hands they get tight and really dry, but I woke up the next day and they still felt soft, even my boyfriend noticed, and that says a LOT! So check them out!

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Claire was so personable and I feel like we really got on, she also kindly gave me this rosewater balancing mist that smells divine. It refreshes and revitalises your face and can be sprayed over your makeup after a long day or just used to calm and rebalance you.

Next up was Kenneth Turner, I am a huge candle fan, I have so many sweet homely scented Yankee Candles in my room but, Kenneth Turner is master florist who embraces floral couture and has turned his passion into a niche – floral scented candles that are long lasting!

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This was the amazing Kenneth Turner table, all the scented candles and incense sticks were on display and truly smelled divine. Not to blow my own trumpet or anything, but I was actually quite good at deciphering the ingredients in each candle – the lady was suprisingly impressed – my favourite being Spirit.

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I chose to take the scented room cologne in Signature a quite spicy and classic scent, which is a completely different scent  from what I would normally, but I’ve never had a room cologne so I thought I’d try a different type of product.

During the event, there were a lot of stalls to choose from, but I tried to only go to brands that I thought I would be genuinely interested in… I feature nail styles and trends quite a bit on my blog which is why I had to visit ThumbsUp a brand that specialises in cool graphical nail wraps – just look at their amazon patterns *dreamy eyes*

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I don’t know if you know this, but I work in the jewellery industry, which means I’m always drawn to really sparkly pretty jewellery. Dolly’s was one of three jewellery stalls featured at the event, but out of all, I really liked her pieces. Dolly’s pieces were all handmade – she was kind enough to gift me this gorgeous skiver feather charm bracelet which will look wicked stacked against my watch and other cool bracelets.

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By this point, I had nearly been around all the stalls for the event, but I feel I really had left best until last – I found a stall for L.A.B2 and SensationNAIL !

L.A.B2 are a brand that creates professional makeup products and tools for makeup junkies – making it easy for normal people like me with a real interest in makeup to make our makeup look flawless. I received a gift bag which contained some makeup brushes and a cute sponge applicator – The box also featured a diagram on how to actually use the sponge applicator which will come in handy as I’ve had no luck in the past.

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I’ve actually used the makeup brushes once to create a glittery eye look and they were so nice to use. The brushes were fluffy and dense and picked up product quite well. They are simply designed too, which I love!

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SensatioNAIL is probably the brand I was most excited about trying after I left the event, offering shiny gel nails that are achievable from your own home. I don’t know how to explain just how excited I was, but getting shellac every two weeks can become expensive, so this is a great and affordable alternative, especially as you don’t have to use special gel colours, but can use your own nail varnish and mix it with a gel formula to created a gel polish from your already existing collection! whoop whoop!

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The pack contained an easy three step guide and to set the nails AND it comes with a snazzy LED Lamp! I mean – this is crazy!

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As you can probably tell from all the amazing goodies I picked up, the event was totally beneficial, although, I do wish it was more social, in terms of meeting bloggers as everyone was occupied with talking to brands – It seems like I walked passed many Twitter friends without even knowing lol

As a new blogger, The Bloggers Hangout event was really cool, and a great way to interact with brands I wouldn’t have, from behind a screen.

Have you been to a Bloggers Hangout event? Do you recommend any other blogger events? Hit me up x

 

 

My Hair Disaster!

This is all about the time I ended up with pink/blonde roots and burgundy ends! YES you read that right!

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This is the only photo I could find with my pink roots – but it doesn’t give it justice, thank god!

For us girls, our hair – as much as we like to deny it, is a big aspect of our appearance. We love to take care of it, colour it, cut it and play around with different styles, so when it goes wrong it’s very much a big deal – it’s kind of like having a big spot on your face – Everyone will pretend they don’t see something majorly wrong, but we all know the problem, its right…there! And sadly, it’s an unspoken etiquette that I’ve experienced all too well.

So if you didn’t already know, I’ve had dreadlocks for about 8 years (take a look at my recent hair post) – and very recently cut them into a lob – the length and weight of my hair was just too much.

Anywho, one day I decided to dye my hair red! I love seeing coloured dreads and I just wanted a change. Throughout my childhood my parents never really let me experiment with my hair, which is why I thought I’d finally give it a go.

Once I decided on the shade of red I wanted (I think it was postbox by Schwarzkopf), I visited my usual hairdresser, who I don’t actually think is a trained hair colour specialist, but I did it anyway and it looked bomb! I was so happy!DSC01245

Being a red head was all I imagined lol, I constantly got compliments, even got a new nickname – rasta red! But very soon I learned it was too much to maintain.
I was colouring my hair too often in order to keep its deep colour, which led to my hair becoming super damaged.

I decided to leave the colour for a few months, while treating my hair, using natural products and Jamaican Castor Oil, which really thickened up mu roots.

Skip forward, I had a holiday to Barbados coming up and wanted to have my hair colour popping again, so I booked an appointment to bleach my dark brown roots so the red colour would catch and then colour the rest of my hair.

Well. What a mistake that was.

You know when you sit in the chair and you just don’t feel confident. Like you know something’s up.

All I remember was looking in the mirror and seeing blondey/ginger roots. Errrrm is it meant to be like this? “Yeah, yeah it will be fine, just wait ‘til I put the colour on” – was what my hairdresser replied. To be honest I should have known it could only end badly.

Instead, I decided to stay put and watch my hair being put to the test.

You know when you just don’t know what to do – cry, laugh, refuse to pay?

I left the shop in utter shame, no confidence and a greasy head, smh!
My roots were pink with blonde baby hairs and burgundy ends, three tones in one.

I knew it was game over as everyone on the bus home was just giving me that sympathetic look.

I went to Barbados looking ‘interesting’ to say the least. Everyone told me it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was but talking to my sister about it, and now she actually admits that it was terrible – thanks sis x

I guess the moral of the story is go to a qualified colourist and listen to your gut feeling!

I can obviously laugh at this now, but it’s taken so much for my hair to get back to normal, although I am thinking of colouring my hair again… what can I say, I’m a gluten for punishment.

I know I’m not alone though, what dire hair mishaps have you been through, I really want to hear your stories, I can’t be alone on this one. x