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Etiquette Flash: What Your Drink Says About You

what your drink says about youThe question repeats itself often throughout the summer months: What’ll you have? What can I get you? The subject, of course, is alcohol. Whether you’re there for the summer or for the long haul, you still want to make a good impression at parties. Thus, behold: The Corporette Guide to Drinking.

Photo by DOS82, courtesy of Flickr.

Our 2-second tip: The best kind of drink is the one that is sipped infrequently. In other words, try not to get drunk until the after party.

Wine. This is always a safe choice. It may reflect a lack of imagination/decisiveness on your part, however.

Wine Spritzer. This says, “Dieter,” loud and clear. It can be helpful if you’re determined to make it to the after-after party, however, because you’re drinking a weak drink that’s already diluted.

Beer. Again, always a safe choice, although it may reflect a certain desire to “hang with the boys.” We don’t suggest getting this unless you’re actually at a bar and can choose bottle or draft.

Champagne. Party time! Excellent! There is a time and a place for champagne — black tie events, specific celebrations — but in general, champagne can get you drunk far too quickly and leaves the nastiest of hangovers. Also, at mass-catered affairs you’re unlikely to get good champagne, so why bother?

Colored drinks. Most colored drinks are, unfortunately, girly drinks. It also shows that you’re a bit high-maintenance (appletini? really?), especially if the party is at someone’s home or at a bar with limited options. Avoid at all costs. The one exception is the screwdriver: The vitamin C in orange juice is great for energy. If there is a special drink being offered for the party, however, trying it shows that you’re game and open to new suggestions.

Drinks mixed with tonic or club soda. These are great options, provided you’re talking more than drinking. The glasses (generally a lowball or highball glass) are safe, and communicate from afar that you’re not afraid to drink with the group, and that you’ve got a touch of class. Gin and tonic is a great summer drink, as well. If you’re on a diet go for vodka soda with a twist — tastes great and soda lacks the calories that tonic has.

Martini. Go classic here, or not at all. Vodka or gin, with an olive or a twist (or possibly an onion). Nothing colored pink, nothing flavored. Sip — do NOT drink. Only get it served “up” if you don’t tend to make a lot of gestures when speaking.

Whiskey/Bourbon. Like the martini, a classic drink, and like the gin & tonic, it generally comes in a safe glass. Only drink it if you’re familiar with it, though, and can drink it without wincing. This also tends to have a “drinking with the boys” feeling, but it says you’re up for drinking with the executives/partners, not for drinking with the guys on the baseball team.

Rum and Coke. Maybe this is a regional thing, but we say: drinking it is one thing — it’s a dark drink and no one can really tell what you’re drinking. But being overheard ordering it could be embarrassing. After all, isn’t that the choice of most 19-year-olds?

Shots. Unacceptable unless the person in charge starts it. Otherwise, save ’em for the afterparty.

Diet Coke. This drink says that you’re a party pooper and/or a dieter and/or a bad drunk. (Party foul, anyone?) Still, being suspected of being party foul is better than actually being party foul, so do what you need to do.

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Tuesday Poll: Are flip-flops ever acceptable?

Oh, come on, you knew it was coming: how can we have a blog about office-appropriate attire without addressing flip-flops? We’re going to have a multi-part quiz…

At left: FitFlops WalkStar Sandals – Silver – Womens (from Amazon)

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Weekend Round-Up

Case of the Monday's Mousepad
– The WSJ explores the benefits of a feminine leadership style. [WSJ]

– Advice for those just starting out (or, uh, those who never paid much attention when they started out) regarding healthcare, taxes, and more non-fun adult-type stuff. [NYT]

– Tricky: Philip Galanes advises a boss not to tell an assistant to get a pedicure, even if the female assistant is in need of some serious fashion/grooming help. [Social Q’s – NYT]

– White shoe law firms: no longer conservative in the political sense. [The Volokh Conspiracy] If you’re curious about the political leanings of people in your office, go to Fundrace — it tracks any donations made over $200 in a searchable database.

– Neat: Note that SmartMoney has divided their site into “Life Stages,” including Single, Engaged/Just Married, Families with Young Children (age 0-10) and more. [SmartMoney]

– Miss Manners opines on who can — and can’t — wear white to a wedding. [wOw]

– Wheat pizzas from a box: some are good, some not so much. [WSJ]

Photo above: Case of the Monday’s Mousepad

360 Review: Dr. Lisa Cuddy

In the 360 Review, Corporette examines a “professional woman”s” attire and critiques it from all perspectives: underling, boss, friend.

lisa cuddyDr. Lisa Cuddy (of FOX’s House) is one of the most interesting dressers among TV’s set of professional women. If you don’t watch the show, her character is the Dean of Medicine and hospital administrator of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital General. She’s a doctor by trade (darn good one, too) but her job now runs the gamut: supervising nurses, doctors, janitors; comforting grieving families; wining and dining investors. As such, she’s wearing a suit or business casual outfit about as often as she’s wearing a doctor’s coat or scrubs. In her personal life, she’s ready to be a parent, and a lot of her plot lines revolve around her having problems with fertility treatments and choosing a sperm donor. While in the plot she’s obviously single (and is occasionally portrayed as being on a date), she’s always 100% professional at the hospital. (She’s played by actress Lisa Edelstein, who is beautiful and in stunning shape.)

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Weekly Round-Up

– Becky Quick (co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box) gives her advice for how to dress for a job in finance. [Marie Claire via Dealbreaker]

– Under-eye circles: women’s No. 1 beauty concern. [NYT]

– A new site targets women financial advisers: the goal is to empower them with “the information, resources, and sense of community they need to have a successful financial services career and a healthy lifestyle.” [LadyAdvisor.com]

– For those of us who need financial advice, we’re better off getting it from a “laddie” mag like Maxim than from a woman’s mag. [Feminist Finance]

– Do we need women-specific self-help books? [Bookslut via TNR]

– A helpful article on what summer associates need to know before becoming real live lawyers. [Daily Lawyer (free sub req’d)]

– Glassdoor reports on salary and working conditions at various companies. [Glassdoor via Lifehacker]

– How to Find Time for a Job Search. [The Glass Hammer]

– Power naps trump coffee — who knew? [Lifehacker]

– The 125 Healthiest Supermarket Foods in America. [Men’s Health]

– Ever wonder, “How much should I spend for a wedding present?” Smart Money can help. [Smart Money]

Poll Results – Drycleaning

how often to drycleanOur poll on drycleaning has been up for about a week and a half, now, and so far the results are kind of what we expected: 49% of you said you dryclean your suits after four or five wearings; another 42% said you only dryclean it when they start to smell. 8% of you said you dryclean it after each wearing (seriously, people?) and, amazingly, no one admitted to never drycleaning their suit.

Poll is still going on, though, so if you haven’t yet voted please go and do so!

Photo by wallyg, courtesy of Flickr.

Incidentally, the Stinky Cheese Fair is slated for next Sunday in Brooklyn.  [Gothamist]

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