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Open bar at office parties

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It’s been called many things, Christmas party, year-end party, employee appreciation. Tis the season,love it or hate it this time of year brings the work party. In all of its awkward glory, many dread it. But many people ask if an open bar is a good idea. Well the concept applies not only to office parties but to all events.

Yes, everyone loves an open bar (well at least those among us who have mild drinking problems). Yet sadly not everyone can control themselves. The rule in drinking as in life is that everything is best enjoyed in moderation. (assuming of course that your definition of moderation is a buzz).

Having a few drinks makes everyone loosen up, gets people dancing and is just general fun. BUT, a work party/event is not the occasion to get drunk. Sure it’s funny to watch your boss stumble around in a stupor mumbling incoherently, and how funny is it to watch two drunks make out (oh the water cooler stories that come out of these parties). But what of the darker side, the fights, the cursing at colleagues, and perhaps worst of all: telling colleagues or even bosses the truth (or our version of it). We covered how drinking loosens lips, well loose lips sink ships. Years spent building relationships and careers have been lost in a blink.

My advice, two drink max. Even if an open bar is available, watch yourself. An office party is still a work event; you wouldn’t make out with Sally from accounting sober would you? Well make sure it doesn’t happen in front of the whole company. Keep it together, go get drunk at a bar like the rest of us.

Oh, and of course, don’t be a jackass and try to drive home. You don’t want to make any headlines, at work or otherwise.

December 28, 2016 |

How to stop a hangover from happening

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Well for starters, put down the drink. I’m just assuming you just realized you had too much to drink and are scrambling for a solution. Lucky for you here it is. Drink a tall glass of water, Uber home. Take two aspirins go straight to bed. Continue reading in the morning.

Good morning! Hopefully the aspirin took care of the worst of it, now, strong coffee and tall glass of water. You’ll be fine. The human body is amazing at recovering from the abuse we stupidly give it.

Let’s rewind to yesterday evening, how can we enjoy delicious libations without the morning after downer? Here are a few tricks I learned along the way: (full disclaimer: I enjoy drinking, these are my opinions and mine alone)

First rule of drinking, never have more than one drink alone. Because everyone needs a nightcap but anything more and you risk taking a slippery slope.

Two: Stay away from sugary mixed drinks, your body will need to work overtime metabolizing the sugar in the pop on top of the alcohol (and the sugar it contains).

Three: Pick your poison and stick to it. Don’t mix booze, the worst hangovers come when you switch from whiskey to tequila to rum to beer etc. etc. As a general rule (I don’t really buy it but I’ll say it anyway) clear booze hits less than the dark stuff.

Four: Drink plenty of water. Seriously, as much as you can. This will help your body metabolize the alcohol, no it will not speed up the process, but you will feel much better afterwards.

Five: DON’T. BE. STUPID. Enjoy yourself, but too much of anything isn’t good for you. When is it too much? As soon as you ask yourself the question. Now go back to paragraph one (and good night).

 

December 7, 2016 |

Is the tuxedo dead?

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Tux

Everyone loves to picture the classic ballroom of a bygone era, the men in black tie, the women in glamorous gowns, champagne flowing…. Stop living in the past!

Forget black tuxedo’s. Blue is the new black and has been for the past several years. Be it on the red carpet at the Oscars or at a wedding. Classic yet stylish, midnight blue, navy blue, even indigo it all works.

A traditionalist? Have no fear, black will still work. Make it personal, big bold satin lapels, satin (or maybe gold??) buttons, patent leather shoes. A classic look that never goes out of style, pair it with a gold or stainless steel watch (even an apple watch to show off the technophile in you, and as a bonus you can look back in 20 years and laugh).

Truth be told, the color of your tux should not be your primary concern. The secret to looking good on the big day is simple: the fit. The biggest mistake you can make is to go out and rent a tux that will fit like a bag of potatoes. Buying a tux off the rack is only marginally better. To look your best bespoke is the only option.

Now before you roll your eyes and moan about cost, allow me to relate my story. I have been married for 7 years now, and EVERY SINGLE TIME I walk by our wedding picture I cringe. It pains me to say that I too considered going to a tailor but scoffed at the price. The bills mount, look to where you can save, I get it. I’ve been there. In retrospect, it was a huge mistake, instead of investing in a tuxedo that fits like a glove and that I would have worn several times since then. I chose for the instant gratification of saving a few bucks (ok several hundred dollars). The potato sac is in the garbage, and I spent the money on a tailor made tuxedo anyway (looks fantastic btw).

So take it from me, the tuxedo is NOT dead. Invest in a good one, it will be with you for life!

November 29, 2016 |
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