Sunday, 18 December 2016

How To Feel Festive When You Have To Work


I absolutely love getting in the festive spirit, but along with probably a huge percentage of people reading this I do still have to work over Christmas. I'm lucky enough to never have to work on Christmas Day itself, but news doesn't stop over Christmas so neither do I. Work doesn't stop me feeling festive though and here are some of the ways I keep it up! Deramores sent me this lovely Christmas hamper* last week to help me get in a festive mood and it's definitely been helping! Here are some of my little ways to stay festive when you have to work over Christmas:


Pop on a bit of red lipstick. I don't know about anyone else but popping on a bit of red lippy instantly makes me feel more festive and just generally in a better mood! Who cares if anyone thinks red lipstick is too much at work? It's Christmas!

Swap your after work cocktail for some mulled wine. Or swap whatever you usually drink for mulled wine. Whenever I have it I wonder why I ever drink red wine that isn't hot and spiced.


Amp up the sparkle. I'm very cautious of glitter, but at Christmas I love to pile on the highlighter and sparkly eyeshadow. This No7 Glamourous Nudes Palette* that came in my hamper is perfect for me because it's got just the right amount of subtle sparkle and look how pretty! 

Get some festive tunes on. Anyone who doesn't like Christmas music must be lying surely? Personally I'm a Michael Buble Christmas album fan because it makes me feel like I'm getting all the cheese but with a touch of class (ha). Whether you're allowed to listen to music at work or if you just jam on your way in get your fix somehow!


If you have an evening off, make it a cosy one! I feel like I've been banging on far too much about cosy evenings on this blog recently, but I can't get enough of them! Make the most of the time you do have at home. Light some candles (Yankee Christmas ones are my ultimate fave like this Sparkling Snow* one) and snuggle down on the sofa in front of the telly.

Do more tea rounds. And then bring back mulled wine instead. I'm joking, just bring back tea because that makes everyone happier and a happy workplace is a better place to be at Christmas.


Have a festive bath. Not at work, obvs. Run yourself a nice bath when you get home and have a bit of a pamper. There's nothing better than a Lush Christmas bath bomb to keep you in the mood is there? I also got some lovely Champneys* and Bayliss and Harding* goodies that I'll be adding to my bath this weekend.

Wear all the knitwear. I love nothing more than a big jumper at this time of year and luckily I don't have a work uniform or any dress rules (I think they MIGHT draw the line at dressing gown though unfortunately).

Spread some festive cheer and take treats to work. Says she who's only done that once this year. But yeah, preferably mince pies or a big tub of festive chocolates. Better still, if someone else has brought treats in, eat them.


Get in those Christmas pyjamas as soon as you're home. Mine are subtle, but still red. I also love wearing huge socks around the house at this time of year (because hey circulation where did you go?) so these totes* are just perfect, plus they're actually fleece lined which is the cosiest thing ever. 

Make the most of your time off. See your family. See your friends. Do things you enjoy. Your house can be cleaned in the new year.

How do you stay festive while you still have to work?

Amy x

This post includes some complimentary products sent to me, but all opinions and feelings of festivity are my own.  


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  1. These are great ideas! I am feeling pretty festive this year although it was hard to get into the spirit whilst having to write assignments. I love the idea of bringing tea or festive treats to work and mulled wine is definitely a must, too. Red lipstick always makes me feel festive and I have to admit, I have Christmas songs playing 24/7. Other little things I do to feel festive are opening my advent calendar every morning, going for walks in the evening to look at all the lights and watching Christmas movies xx

    113thingstosay.com

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    1. I really need to get out more in the evening to see all the lights, that's a great way to get in the festive spirit! Hope you have a really lovely Christmas xx

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  2. Love these ideas, although it's really easy for me to feel festive at work as it's so in your face. Everything is decorated Christmas, we wear Christmas jumpers all though December and play Christmas music all the time!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Yeah my boyfriend is in retail so it's the same for him - Christmas jumper every day! xx

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  3. Red lipstick and christmas music always does the trick for me.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com
    https://www.instagram.com/themakeupaficionado17/
    https://au.pinterest.com/bernadette_95/

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    1. Glad you agree, I love listening to Christmas music and red lipstick is a must! xx

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  4. Oh I love this post lady, I'll be working all over Christmas (I know it's slightly different when your blog's your job) but I have literally been donning a red lip and christmas jumper everyday, haha! Mulled wine always, too <3

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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    1. It must be so hard for you to switch off and get in the festive spirit when you're working so much! Glad you've been able to wear a Christmas jumper every day though! xx

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  5. Love this post! I've been wearing Christmas jumpers every day this month the keep the office feeling festive :D

    http://www.georginadoes.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! That's so good, it's nice when people can get in the spirit! xx

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  6. What an amazing Christmas hamper!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. It's so nice isn't it! This isn't even everything that was in it, there were so many lovely things :) xx

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  7. I love this post lady! I find it's always harder to feel festive as you get older, but I'm DEFINITELY listening to Christmas songs right now whilst catching up on some work and emails! I love having a cosy night of watching Christmas films too, I watched Hook last night and although it's not necessarily a Christmas film it just made me feel so festive!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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    1. I need to get more Christmas films on my watch list as I tend to rewatch the same ones over and over - I've never seen Hook! Glad you've got the Christmas tunes on! xx

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  8. Great tips! Anything sparkly or glittery always puts me in a festive mood. Even though I'm a drinking connoisseur I have never tried mulled wine but everyone always raves about it this time of year so it must taste great. I will have to give it a try.
    LaToya
    www.toyastales.blogspot.com

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    1. You definitely should try mulled wine, it's the most festive thing! xx

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  9. Totally true, a bath, a Christmassy sweater, cleaning the house later - all amazing for a Christmas mood! Such a lovely hamper you got, I loved the palette! Enjoy the time now, even having to work! But fortunately not on Chirstmas day! Hope you have a lovely week and Christmas!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. It's so lovely isn't it, I've been using the palette everyday! Hope you have a lovely Christmas too xx

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  10. What a lovely Christmas hamper! Your recipe to feeling festive even when you're working sounds lovely; you could try getting away with wearing those cosy knitted socks under your office desk? haha ;) They're SO cute!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. That would be ideal if I could! I'd probably forget and end up going out in my lunch hour in them haha! xx

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  11. Great post and tips, I'm all for the red lipstick and Christmas pj's

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks Gemma, I'm getting into my Christmas PJs as soon as I get home at the moment! xx

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  12. Really great tips! Yes to the red lipstick for me! It's great to get yourself in a festive mood! =)


    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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    1. It works every time for me and just makes me feel a bit more glam! xx

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  13. Such a great Christmas hamper and some great tips! My kids actually makes me feel very festive and this is my favorite time of the year so it's hard not to be festive. Also cozy Pjs, festive music and hot chocolate is what I'm all about.

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

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    1. I think it's so much easier to feel festive when there are children around as they're so excited all the time!xx

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