It’s not the holidays until you toast with your nine to five squad, and luckily our friends at Fashion Island have just the items to wear for an office celebration, the gifts to exchange with your work besties, and the day-of tips to help you end the calendar year on a high note.
Harkness Plaid Slim Fit Suit, Theory ($930). Bloomingdale's, Fashion Island, 701 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-729-6600
Whether celebrating at the office or at a fancy hotel ballroom, this plaid Theory suit can easily fit any party setting.
Short-Sleeve Macramé A-Line Dress, Marchesa Notte ($595). Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island, 601 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-759-1900
‘Tis the season indeed with this red lace cocktail dress by Marchesa Notte, featuring delicate scalloped details on the cuffs and hem.
The most important thing to keep in mind at an office party, regardless of the setting, is to conduct yourself in a professional manner. Eat and drink in moderation and remember to thank the people that put the event together. Don't be the cautionary tale.
If you work for a larger company, take this opportunity to mingle with those outside of your department, ones that you may only communication with through email. Ask what they are doing for Christmas and New Year’s, and take the time to find out about their families. Getting to know those outside of your day-to-day routine helps foster a welcoming and positive work environment for the year to come.
This season, celebrate you and yours with a gift card to one of these delectable restaurants sure to please any palate.
Helmed by renowned chef Rick Bayless, Red O serves up a mouth-watering mix of Mexican-influenced choice steaks and seafood. Dinner options include braised short rib enchiladas with red guadjillo chile sauce and jack cheese, as well as Mazatlán white shrimp tacos with pico de gallo and lime marinated cabbage. Fashion Island, 143 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-718-0300
It’s not a trip to Fig & Olive without a sampling of their signature crostinis. Start with options such as the prosciutto with ricotta or the octopus with hummus, before moving on main courses like the Mediterranean branzino with 18-year aged balsamic or the grilled hickory hanger steak with garlic confit. Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-877-3005
Going to the movies is a must during the holiday season, when the best flicks of the year come to the silver screen. Treat your favorites to a showing of the all-star cast Collateral Beauty or the Oscar-hyped Allied at this lush theater. Make sure to come hungry as this venue offers seat-side service. Guests can enjoy the Island signature popcorn with real butter, rosemary, and sea salt along with sweet candy, before tucking into hearty options like the smoked chicken quesadilla with cheddar and monterey jack cheeses or the stonefired margherita pizza with fresh tomatoes and basil. Fashion Island, 999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-718-4382