This year seemed to be rather short on invitations to flash parties in the run up to Christmas in London so my holiday party attire is going to be quite casual in comparison to years gone by. The bitter cold we've had recently wasn't really helping to get me into a festive mood and I fled the country last weekend! I am actually currently spending ten days in the south of Spain with friends and flamenco before returning to England for what looks like a very quiet Christmas and New Year.
1. Which holiday party are you looking forward to attending this year?
Tonight I will be attending a Zambomba, a traditional Christmas celebration where the locals gather to sing and play Christmas carols in flamenco style (villancicos).
|Zambomba (source: Opiniones)|
They are often held in patios of the old Andalucian houses or outdoors in the plazas. The zambomba is actually the name of a strange looking drum which traditionally accompanies these types of carols.
Zambombas are very informal family events and people of all ages attend. A lot of sherry is consumed, in part to keep warm. In the town I'm currently staying people also get up and dance a particular flamenco party dance called bulerias which is danced solo with one person singing and everyone else cheering the dancer on. I've included a few videos throughout the post to show you what the fun looks like!
2. What is your go-to holiday party outfit?
This so depends on where I am for the festive season.
In the years running up to the recession the office parties I attended in London were usually black tie events, some of them themed. I would either wear a sparkly dress covered in sequins or a black lace dress with a feathery bolero, sky scraper heels and piles of jewellery. I even wore a vintage top hat and tails to one of them and a black lace flapper dress and feather boa to another.
Sadly there hasn't been many of these events since the recession went into overdrive and Christmas office parties are now much lower key events that partners/wifes/husbands/other halves aren't even invited to anymore.
Some years I spend Christmas in Australia with my family where it is summer and it can get extremely hot. My holiday party outfit is usually something floaty, summery and cool to cope with eating lots of food at family events in the forty degree heat! And it isn't unheard of for us to end up in our bathers taking a dip in someone's pool on Christmas Day after Christmas lunch.
This year in the run up to Christmas will be quite a change. As I will be partying outdoors in zambombas in the milder, but still formidable Andalucian winter, I'll be dressing casually and wearing something to keep me warm until the sherry starts having an effect - coat, snood, woolly hat and boots. I'll also dress to be comfortable in case I have to strut my stuff on the dancefloor por bulerias!
3. Do you go dressed in something that would be impractical to wear at any other time of the year?
Are sequins, feathers and sky scraper heels impractical?
4. If you are going to a house-party what gift will you bring to the host/hostess?
Looks like no house parties for me this year but we would usually bring a good bottle of wine or champagne if we attended one.
5. If you could buy only one trendy piece to update your holiday party wardrobe, what would you get this year?
Only one? Bad me, I've already bought two. An oversized charcoal feather coat and a pair of cropped leather biker trousers both by Topshop. Although I did say my holiday party attire was going to be quite casual, I can't seem to leave the feathers alone despite no black tie event on the cards. I have however, swapped sequins and lace for leather.
Although Mr V and I still haven't planned what we are doing yet I am hoping to wear these together for New Year's Eve!