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When His Family Hates You

WHEN HIS FAMILY HATES YOU
COSMOPOLITAN
JANUARY 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

I’ve heard there are families who welcome their sons’ girlfriends with open arms, waiting eagerly for the day when they’ll announce an impending wedding.  I wouldn’t know.  The guys I date have relatives who would be more than happy to throw a party for us – as long as it’s in honor of our break-up.

Office Party Patrol: No Band, Little Booze, But Good Food (for Munchies?) at Wenner Party

NO BAND, LITTLE BOOZE, BUT GOOD FOOD (FOR MUNCHIES?) AT WENNER PARTY
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 20, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

There was one last big blowout to catch before Holiday Party Season 2006 wound down: The annual Wenner Media extravaganza. With the bank busted on Rolling Stone‘s 1,000th-issue celebration in May, this year’s holiday gathering was less glitzy in the past, with no big-name musical act slated to perform. But that didn’t stop indefatigable party reporter Julia Allison. Her wrap-up — her final wrap-up of the season — is after the jump.

Office Party Patrol: Eating — and Eating! — With the ‘Daily News’; Drinking and Dancing With ‘Star’

EATING – AND EATING! – WITH ‘DAILY NEWS’; DRINKING AND DANCING WITH ‘STAR’
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 19, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

With less than a week left till Christmas, company-holiday-party season is nearing its end. But for a last few fabulous nights, it keeps going strong — and naturally crasher extraordinaire Julia Allison is there. Last night she hit the Daily News do at the Copa and the Star shindig at Dirty Disco. Which one had a face-painter? Which one had only caffeinated vodka? Julia’s reports await.

Office Party Patrol: Rupert Murdoch Wishes You a Merry Christmas Happy Holidays

RUPERT MURDOCH WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY HOLIDAYS
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 18, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

There’s a general rule of thumb that work events are always held on Monday through Thursday nights, because Fridays are reserved for real friends or for family. Who could flout that rule? Rupert Murdoch, of course, who held the annual holiday party — and it’s called a holiday party, not a Christmas party, Bill O’Reilly — for all New York News Corporation employees Friday night. It’s a huge event, for everyone from HarperCollins editors to [read more...]

Office Party Patrol: Gawker Hates Holidays and the ‘Observer’ Hates Everyone

GAWKER HATES HOLIDAYS AND THE ‘OBSERVER’ HATES EVERYONE
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 15, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

Having gorged on the fantasia of Marc Jacobs, it was time to relax, have a beer, and forget all about the holidays. So off went exhausted party reporter Julia Allison to document the anti-holiday Gawker party and the gayer (in both senses of the word) Observer event.

Office Party Patrol: Decadence With Marc Jacobs; Elegance With ‘Portfolio’

DECADENCE WITH MARC JACOBS, ELEGANCE WITH ‘PORTFOLIO’
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 14, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

Those who know about such things will tell you that the annual Marc Jacobs holiday party — a themed masquerade ball — is the premier event of the season. It was held last night, and we can tell you that they are correct. Tons of food, free-flowing booze, elaborate costumes, lots of exposed flesh: It’s good to be a fashion designer. Party-hopping Julia Allison stopped by to check it out, and she also went to the quiet, refined party for still-to-launch [read more...]

Office Party Patrol: Sushi With ‘The New Yorker’; Pad Thai With ‘Allure’

SUSHI WITH ‘THE NEW YORKER,’ PAD THAI WITH ‘ALLURE’
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 13, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

Another December night in New York, another round of company Christmas parties. Last night our roving party reporter Julia Allison hit The New Yorker‘s annual fête — where she was allowed inside! — and Allure‘s far more subdued affair. After the jump, her reviews, complete with our four-category, scale-of-1-to-5, vaguely Zagatian party ratings. (Spoiler: The New Yorker won.)

Office Party Patrol: Eggnog and Latkes With Hearst,’Vogue,’ and the Sunshine Flacks

EGGNOG AND LATKES WITH HEARST, ‘VOGUE,’ AND THE SUNSHINE FLACKS
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 12, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

Silver bells, silver bells. That’s right, kids: It’s Christmas time in the city. And what does that mean? Company holiday parties. Lots of ‘em, booze-filled, cheesily themed, and often resulting in embarrassed avoidance at the office for a few weeks. This is the week holiday-party season kicks into high gear, and we’re introducing our Office-Party Patrol, in which dedicated partygoer Julia Allison will crash company Christmas parties on your behalf (or just ask question from outside, [read more...]

Not-So-Romantic Holiday Gifts

NOT-SO-ROMANTIC HOLIDAY GIFTS
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
DECEMBER 11, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

One Christmas, almost a decade ago, my then-18-year-old-boyfriend surprised me with a large, unwieldy package.

Enthusiastically I tore off the crudely taped snowman wrapping paper and giant red bow to reveal … a mounted deer head. Yes. You read that correctly: A mounted deer head.

Single and Blue for the Holidays

SINGLE AND BLUE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
DECEMBER 4, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

This being my first holiday season spent single in several years, a thought occurred to me as I listened to Christmas music sans significant other last weekend. The thought was: "This sucks."

I really liked the idea of being single when I had it back in August. Going on first dates (even unmitigated bombs) amused me; there was no pressure to have a late summer or early fall evening filled entirely with love. Lust — or a good [read more...]