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Holiday party season is officially under way. To make it through the countless cocktail parties, dinners and cookie swaps, embrace the following tips and tricks that will make the next month a breeze.

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Find Outfit Inspiration That’s Not a Sparkly Dress

A blush midi and moto jacket, perhaps?

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Make Sure Your Hair Is On Fleek

Start with these easy to re-create party hairstyles.

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'Tis the season for chrome metallics.

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Stock Up On Hostess Gifts

Or, better yet, make your own.

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Break In Your Sparkly New Heels

With this super-easy, comfort-ensuring trick

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Play Non-Lame Games

We promise, they’re really, really fun.

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Be the Star of Any Conversation

Just prep a few interesting conversation topics (like the surprising parallels between Frida Kahlo and Kim Kardashian).

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Avoid the Dreaded Holiday Weight Gain...

Without depriving yourself of cookies (or cocktails).

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If You’re Hosting, Use Your Space Wisely

One clever trick: Turn your shower rod into a coat check.

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Get Through the Season Unscathed (If You’re an Introvert)

You can do it (with plenty of sleep and me-time).

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Know What Movies Are Coming Out This Season

So you can play hooky with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling if the whole party thing gets old.

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