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Dressing for the Office Holiday Party

ChristmasDressIf you haven’t been to one already, you might be gearing up for an office holiday party and the pressure is on. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the right outfit… on the one hand you want to dress up but you don’t want to overdress, so where’s the happy medium? Here are a few tips on how to make just the right statement:

1. Know your venue. 
If the holiday party is in your office lunchroom or the kind of venue with peanut shells on the floor, don’t worry about dressing formally. Think smart casual – no ball gowns or suits required. If it’s at a luxury hotel ballroom or a fine dining restaurant then up your game – a suit or dress.

2. Be professional.
These are still your work colleagues and employers, so don’t overdo it on the cleavage, slits, open shirts or tight pants. Think fun, dressy and mostly covered up. If your boss can’t look you in the eye without staring at your rack hanging out of your top, Houston we have a problem.

3. Don’t overdo it. 
Having worked in the service industry we can tell you that there is a fine line between getting dressed to impress and overdoing it. Ladies, there’s no need to get the works: your hair done, makeup done, nails done, eyebrows done, lashes done, and looking over processed. Sure go get a blow out and some new lipstick but this is not your wedding day.

4. Be comfortable. 
The last thing you want is to wear something so tight that you can’t sit down for a long time or eat dessert. You may also want to dance so wear shoes that will get you through the night.

5. Wear something that you don’t already wear to work. 
It’s the holidays, you’re still allowed to have a little fun! Bring out some nice accessories, wear some sparkle, guys-wear a suit, we don’t all have lots of events where we can dress to impress. 


Wrangling some Wranglers

Growing up in a smaller community, I (Jason) went to school with some legit ranch kids. Let’s call them cowboys. I remember my first day moving to said community, I saw these classmates wearing full attired: cowboy boots, hats, and of course Wranglers. Now, these kids didn’t really understand or embrace a young budding style guy, so I always associated these jeans with getting pushed into a locker or called a variety of colourful names (you take a guess).

Fast forward 10 years later (okay, maybe a little longer) and a gift arrives in the mail from Wranglers (VFC Canada)…. a new pair of Wranglers. I proceed with caution, careful not mess up the wrapper in case I get the bum of a flat-arsed cowboy and need to re-gift them, and pull them out of the box. No retro stitching, stiff denim or boot cut on these Wranglers, so I put them on.

Aly and I both were really imWrangler RED 4pressed by the cut, fit and style of these newly launched Wrangler RED jeans. How could I have been so biased for so long? Available in three fits – vintage slim, vintage straight and vintage boot, we both tried the slim. The denim is soft, the fit very flattering and the price is great, coming it at around $30. Can’t beat that!

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Holiday Gift Idea: Urban Beard

Let’s face it, men are always difficult to shop for (except for us really). So we get really excited when we find a men’s product that meets the following criteria:
1. It’s useful
2. It smells good
3. It’s affordable

Meet Urban Beard, Canada’s #1 beard grooming line. Made in small batches, and using only organic and natural ingredients, this collection is designed for softening, strengthening, and cleaning facial hair, all in the name of supporting healthy hair.

Aly is clean shaven, but I (Jason) sport a coiffed beard… so I gave it a shot!

While the moustache wax would never work on my #4 trimmed lip fur, I loved the shampoo bar and conditioner. It smells great and left my beard feeling fresh and new. My favourite, however, was the beard oil. I liked how shiny it made my beard, perfect for an on-air appearance. Men with dry skin will also love how it heals flaky skin and prevents beard dandruff.

Check it out at … now let’s see how this works on other body hair…

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