With the holidays around the corner, there are plenty of invitations floating about for upcoming parties both work-related and purely social. Holiday parties are of course fun and give way to meeting new people. This also means that I will have to be mindful of my budget, as more parties requires extra funds for gifts and great holiday attire!
Let’s first look at the calendar of events:
Event # 1- December 3rd – Boyfriend’s Boss’ Holiday Party
Event # 2 – December 10th – My Company’s Holiday Party
Event # 3 – December 11th- Coworker’s Costume Holiday Party/Potluck
(What social calendar progress I am making… I said yes to all three!)
The first event is taking place at the boss’ house and there is a possibility of being outside on a cooler evening. In contrast, my work’s holiday party is going be a cocktail party indoors and although no one of the same crowd (other than my boyfriend and me) will be attending both, I couldn’t possibly wear the same thing! The third party is a costume party where attendees are two dress up as anything relating to Christmas i.e. ornaments, famous characters, traditional Christmas food, etc. It goes without saying that it is going to take some creativity, so it’s good that I’m planning now. On top of that, I am to bring a dish and a present for the gift exchange. Sheesh! Being a social butterfly takes planning especially if I don’t want to be too stressed to enjoy myself, not to mention be appropriately stylish.
Dress for Success Plan:
Event # 1 – Since this is somewhat of a casual scene I could pull off wearing jean but better yet, why not my newly tailored skinny pants? Paired with a light sweater in a festive color and my new pashmina (a recent gift from my boss!) would give me plenty of style and still keep me comfortable and warm outside. Plus wearing pieces I already own will allow me to stay on budget and save my clothes budget for Event # 2 and 3. What is great about this outfit is that I can wear flats or dress it up with heels depending on how “dressy” my boyfriend attire is.
Event # 2 – An evening of cocktails and fashion savvy professionals would be the perfect occasion for a little black dress with a little sparkle. With Black Friday coming up and a shopping date already planned with a friend, this will be the perfect opportunity to get a dress without breaking the bank and maybe have enough for a new pair of shoes, too.
Event # 3 – I was so excited to be invited to a coworker’s party. I’m really starting feel a part of the team and now it seems that I’ve been successful in making some friends too. Despite this being a creative and friendly engagement, I want to make sure I still make an excellent impression on my host and attendees. The great thing is that confidence won’t be a problem since everyone is required to wear a goofy costume. That being said, I’ve been thinking up ideas that are still unique and creative but will still be comfortable throughout the evening. To cut costs and rather than rent a costume that someone else may already have, I’ll make the majority of the costume myself and buy the embellishments on discount!
With three upcoming parties and plenty of networking opportunities at each of them, I’ve been extra motivated not to get sucked into gaining holiday weight but still enjoy myself. I’ve been doing great at meeting my four times a week gym goal (okay, you caught me; last week I could only make it three times). A huge step in my progress happened when I solicited the help of a trainer to show me how to use a new machine at the gym. Much like a scared animal, I had been circumventing the machine’s area fully aware of its potential to step up my gym routine, but had no clue how to use it.
The result of speaking up and asking was that I ended up getting my own mini training session—for free! He showed me not only how to use the machine properly but how using it in conjunction with another set of machines would really help me target strengthening and leaning out my legs. While it didn’t hurt to ask the trainer how to use the machine, even after a short twenty minute session with the trainer, my legs were so sore the next two days! Gym tip: Pick a machine you’ve never used at your gym and ask a trainer how to properly use the machine in your workout.