Without sounding like a Christmas Carol – “It’s that time of year” when calendars start to overflow with more parties than ever. Every person trying to top the ugliest sweater, eggnog spiked just a little too much and more importantly a desk to drinks schedule that is apt to scare you as much as a polar vortex.


End of year parties are in a class all its own and prepping your desk to drinks dress extends beyond those on the run Uggs so many of us PR Girls have underneath our desks. (guilty!) We’ve all been there – impromptu brand holiday parties, end of year client dinners and last minute editor drinks – aka. me on Monday putting on my black yet mealy flats that had me looking all Amish chic at Women’s Wear Daily… I just about died. But in fear of getting the not so holiday cheery “Nigel to Andrea” look here’s some of my ‘under the desk’ solutions to make sure you and I both are never caught in this elf pinch ever again.

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WORK:  Specs – Warby Parker  // Dress – Sezane for Madewell // Shoes: Ivanka Trump // Necklace: Kendra Scott // Bracelets: (old) similar Henri Bendel

PLAY: Dress – Sezane for Madewell // Shoes: Sarah Jessica Parker // Ring: Kendra Scott // Necklace: (old) similar BaubleBar

  1. Build Your Own Emergency Kit – This is where services like BirchBox and the travel aisle at Duane Reade are my saving grace. Since drawer space is limited and thought it may seem like I need the real stuff due to my just short of living at the office – it’s fun to get new products that not only lift your spirits but your look pre-party too. After all who says no to presents at work?
  1. The Emergency Closet – Those vacuum bags that got you through college trips – bring them back! Stick a dress, a cute top and pants in there. No sense in being caught at work in Lululemon with client drinks on the books or end up with lunch on your outfit and no back-up plan!
  1. The Forgotten Sparkle – Now, call me a magician (or a bullsh*tter) but sometimes you can’t fully bring yourself to schmooze with one more client or do any more manager KYA… (kiss you’re a$$). So instead of killing yourself grab some sparkle to add to your otherwise dimming smile before heading out the door. Fake it till you make it right?

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  1. Shoe Switcheroo – I’m the QUEEN of the “half-a-shoe-closet” a la desk situation. Let’s be real – cute fast flats get you through hall-sprints between meetings and fast flats are perfect for the walk home to reduce the trip on your Barbie heels probability. My favorite are my Tieks in matte black are the best for those crazy office moments and also these Sam Edelman flats as well in multiple leather colors.

Any “Holidaze” desk to drinks tips you care to share with the group? You wouldn’t want us showing up like a dusty stocking now would you?