Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas Party

christmas party outfit

December is a bit of a weird month, don’t you think? The first half is dominated by hustle and bustle:  you have to finish your projects, keep deadlines and seal this important deal all before Christmas. Then follows the complete opposite – in the second half work usually slows down (because you know it’s Christmas), people become suddenly unavailable and anything urgent has to wait until the New Year.

Especially in the second half of December people love to eat, exchange presents, come together and socialise (even more than they already do in the rest of the year). Suddenly there are work breakfast invites popping up by the minute, Christmas cards circulate the office and the big highlight, the Christmas Party, is highly anticipated and THE topic of the office.

My First Christmas Party: A 1920s Night To Remember

Now, I usually find it a bit hard (and awkward) to socialise with my colleagues outside of the usual work environment. Partially because it’s not as easy as it is with blogging friends and secondly I like to keep a distance, the professional line. I remember my first Christmas office party in 2013 when I worked for a super small PR agency. 

We joined all the other local agencies for a night out at Cheltenham Town Hall, which held a 1920s themed Great Gatsby party. The hall was decorated nicely with mirror tables, elaborate flower bouquets and tonnes of glitter. We had a great time adoring the dressed-up women and men with their fancy costumes and sophisticated 1920’s hairstyles. 

It was a great atmosphere and everyone was fully into the theme. Sadly, the evening didn’t end that well. My colleague got involved in a fight and as a result, punched into the face. A split lip, a ruined white dress covered in blood and five police officers later, I got home at 3 am. “Did you have a good time? You must have because you’ve stayed that long” – “Um oh well….my colleague got punched into the face” – a story to tell the children.

christmas party dress

DAN Christmas Party at The Roundhouse in Camden

So fast forward three years and I’ve yet to venture into joining another office party. This is actually the second one from my current company ever since I’ve started my job in London, but I’ve missed out on the Christmas party in my first year. 

Now that I’m making a few work friends, it was time to make an appearance. This year’s theme was “Rewind the Roundhouse” held at a super fancy Camden nightclub which was transformed into a 90’s disco with The Artful Dodger headlining the night. 

Yep, you’ve read correctly: THE ARTFUL DODGER – the legendary epitome of 2step/ UK garage that brought us Craig David into our lives. Well, and if one of my favourite DJs plays and I can dwell in 90’s music aka “the music I danced to when I was young” HELL YEAH, it means I come to the Christmas Party.

(following pictures are courtesy of DAN network. Photo credit: DAN Network)

DAN christmas party at roundhouse camden
roundhouse camden christmas party
DAN christmas party light wristband
The Artful Dodger Christmas Party
rhythmisaDANcer 90s christmas party

Together with my SEO gang we literally partied all night. We had unlimited ice cream, drinks and candy floss, my colleagues now know that I dance like a 12-year-old and pretty much know all the cheesy songs from Britney, NSync, Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls by heart. 

Yep, I do listen to those at work and at home and in between – and all this in a sober state (as you know I don’t drink) so “don’t try to tell me” (little Artful Dodger reference here) that I can’t have fun/socialise like a pro without alcohol. Our company knows how to throw a party. We even had our own hashtag for the night, if you’d like to have a look search for #rhythmisaDANcer. Can I request Chicane or The Shapeshifters for next year pretty please?

My Christmas Party Dress From Topshop And Outfit

For the night I glammed up in my recent Topshop purchase. It was one of those dresses that I saw on TV and then immediately went and bought it. Turned out it was a good decision to do so, as it pretty much sold out the moment it hit December. This blue velvet stunner has a sophisticated lace neckline, which reminds me of the 1920’s. 

The belt-like feature around the waistline tailors the dress nicely. It also comes in burgundy but I like the dark blue more mysterious and statement. To add some Christmas sparkle, I’ve teamed it up with glittery hosiery from Charnos. Black heels finish off the look to keep it sassy but sophisticated.

Topshop party dress
charnos glitter party tights
charnos hosiery festive tights

I’ve received many compliments from my colleagues for the dress (doesn’t help much over the fact I wasn’t voted best-dressed female. Yeah, I know!). Anyway, here is what I'm wearing:

Topshop lace velvet dress

Here Is What I'm Wearing:

Lace/Velvet Dress: Topshop (current AW16/17 season, £55)
Glittery Tights*: Charnos Hosiery (current AW16/17 season, £10)
Pointed High Heels: Stradivarius (last AW 15/16 season, sale £20)

Thanks for reading, 

Merry Christmas,

*PR sample

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