Author: Robyn

Five tips for holiday office parties

Holiday party season is upon us, PR girls! While I love any reason to don a few sparkly things, eat some free food & hang out a while, office holiday parties should be handled with care.


1. Dress appropriately.

For the most part, your normal workplace dress code still applies at holiday parties, but you can have a little fun with it now. Make sure that your outfit is of appropriate length if it’s a dress or skirt and isn’t too low-cut or revealing. Be sure to err on the conservative side, especially if alcohol will be available. Make your outfit festive by opting for a cocktail dress with subtle sparkle, glitzy accessories, jewel tones or a sparkly top under a blazer.

2. Do not overindulge.

You may be tempted, especially if it’s an open bar and buffet dinner, but overindulging is both inappropriate and rude. Limit your cocktails, make sure you’re not drinking on an empty stomach and don’t stuff your face like you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. Always mind your manners, ladies.

3. Do not bring a “plus one.”

Sure you may want to bring your beau to the holiday party to show him off, but unless you’ve been told it’s ok, arrange to meet him for a drink afterwards instead. You and your coworkers may be letting your hair down a bit and enjoying yourselves, but a holiday party is still kind of work. If the invitation was extended to SOs, great! Still stick to work-appropriate behavior and check the PDA at the door. However, if you’re in a new or casual relationship, it’s best to attend a work party stag, even if the invitation included a date.

4. Be social.

Holiday parties are all about bringing people together. Mingle, introduce yourself to people you may not have had the chance to meet yet & catch up with coworkers you don’t see every day. Make a good impression by keeping a smile on and being on your best behavior.

5. Do not go home with a coworker.

I feel like this one should be a no-brainer. Don’t go home with anyone, under any circumstances. A holiday party is not a Friday night at the club and it is not a prime place for a hookup. Make your own arrangements to get home safely beforehand and stick to them to ensure you don’t become office gossip. Remember – you will have to see these people again.

What are your do’s and don’t’s for office festivities?…

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#FridayFive: Spring Things

Fall is my favorite season, but spring is has a few things fall doesn’t. The flowers, the warm up, the whole world coming to life. Everything seems bright and new in the spring.


While I love the slow down and the calmness of fall, spring has an advantage or two. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this spring!

1. Making the most of my PRSA membership.

I joined PRSA in February and I cannot wait to get as involved as possible. I’ve already begun writing for The Edge , PRSA’s New Professionals section blog, and will be taking on some extra responsibility with PRSA Pittsburgh’s blog. There are also agency tours on the horizon and I’m excited to do as much as I can to be a productive member.

2. Finally reading Aliza Licht’s Leave Your Mark.

I preordered this book months ago and have just been waiting, waiting, waiting. I think that reading up on your craft and continued learning is important to career development. Who better to learn from that a seasoned pro?! Expect a review to follow :)

3. Being part of the 7 line’s Pittsburgh outing.

By far, my favorite thing about spring is that it’s baseball season. I’m a Mets fan, living in Pirates country, so it’s not often that I get to enjoy watching my boys play in the presence of likeminded fans. I’m super stoked for this year’s Mets-Pirates series at PNC Park because this year the 7 line has organized an outing for its 7 line army, basically a happy group of traveling Mets fans. So on Memorial Day weekend, I’ll be hanging out with 1,000+ Mets fan here in Pittsburgh, cheering on our boys in blue and orange. I’ll also be live-tweeting the event for another blog I write for, Shea Dugout.

4. Whitewater rafting & getting back outdoors.

I love being outside and I’m looking forward to the weather improving so I can get back outside and enjoy it. Last year, I tried whitewater rafting for the first time on the Ocoee River in Tennessee on the Fourth of July and I loved it. I can’t wait to try it again this year on a new river here in Western Pennsylvania. I’m also looking forward to other outdoor adventures.

5. Exploring my love of food.

I love to cook and one of my goals for this year has been to try to cook 52 new things. I’ve been consistent with that and this summer I’d like to expand on it by exploring Pittsburgh’s blooming restaurant scene a more. I’ll be sure to make notes on what I think the best is that Pittsburgh has to offer!…

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FridayFive: NYC Must-Sees

FridayFive: NYC Must-Sees

I love NYC. It’s no secret. I love the hustle and bustle and the fact that there is never a lull. Though I only lived there for a brief time, I love that there are places and things that I was able to make my own. New York feels like home.

In honor of yet another visit to the city that never sleeps next week, albeit for work and not pleasure, today’s Friday Five is dedicated to the five places I plan to visit while in NYC.

My NYC Must-Sees

1. The Strand

I love books. They’re fantastic. And The Strand, located at 12th and Broadway, is home to 18 miles of books. I’ve happily spent hours getting lost among the bookshelves. Any book lover should take the time to visit The Strand’s rare book room to check out the treasures for sale.

2. Little Italy

I have a deep love of cannoli and the inability to find good ones when I want them most. Whenever I got the craving in NYC, I’d take a walk south to Little Italy and pop in a bakery for my favorite treat.

3. Central Park

I love Central Park, especially when the weather is nice. There are so many things to see and do and places to go in Central Park that no matter how often you visit, you can always find something new.

4. Washington Square Park & the Village

When I lived in NYC, I lived on Washington Square Park West and it was fantastic. Washington Square Park may have been pretty shady back in the day, but I enjoyed sitting in the park on a sunny day with a book. I can’t wait to take a stroll through the Park’s white arch & visit one of my favorite restaurants due south on Thompson.

5. Sept. 11th Memorial

I worked for a small 9/11 memorial and museum on the south side of Ground Zero when I lived in NYC. It wasn’t quite the national memorial and museum, but it was the only one at the time. The last time I saw the national memorial, workers were running a final test on the waterfalls in the reflecting pools during construction. Going back and seeing everything now that it’s completed is a must for me.…

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