See the BritList Come to Life (aka The Brit + Co. Holiday Party!)
When it comes to holiday parties, it should come as no surprise that we pull out all the stops for the crew here at Brit HQ. From a beautifully catered meal to the most epic white elephant exchange ever, we definitely did it right this year. And guess what? It was like seeing the BritList come to life, so we couldn’t resist sharing some behind the scenes action with you, including the silliest gifts we’ve ever seen under a tree.
First up, let’s set the scene. We transformed Brit + Co SF into a full on party space, complete with a long enough table to seat… 42 people! How did this team get so freakin’ huge? I suppose the +1s helped ;)
Brit manned the mic and kicked off a white elephant (or dirty santa) gift exchange, followed by a whole bunch of surprise gifts for the team. Now, let’s check out those gifts!
I’m So Excited T-Shirt: Straight from our ’90s gift guide, this t-shirt was definitely fought over more than once. Oh Jesse Spano, you really dig deep.
Cards Against Humanity: This already-a-cult-classic game is basically a horribly offensive version of Apples to Apples, and we love it.
Totally Weird Horse Head Costumes: These were my contribution to the white elephant scene, and it should be no surprise that they ended up coming home with me.
Flamingo Beer Funnel: Who knew beer funnels came in such creative shapes?
Coffee Mug: This may have been the most fought over present at the party—guess it rings true? Eeek.
Giant Santa Sweater: And onto the second most fought over present at the party. It’s a gigantic Santa sweater, and everyone wants a piece.
Floating Target Shooting Set: For your inner hunter, a floating target shooting set is quite the coveted prize.
Smirnoff Ice Neon Light: We know it’s hard to see in black and white but this is a Smirnoff Ice bottle that has been turned into a battery-powered neon light. Thank you, Etsy, for existing!
Smirnoff Ice: And naturally, someone had to get iced… because icing is a trend that will never, ever go away at Brit HQ.
Hoodie Pillow: Snuggle up with this ridiculous travel pillow that comes with a hood.
DIY Selfie Photobooth Kit: And the award for most creative present goes to this selfie photobooth kit, complete with a remote that syncs with your smartphone’s camera.
+: Two flasks are obviously better than one, but maybe these two should switch?
Bacon Candy Canes: And finally, the ideal present for one of our resident vegetarians.
All in all, the Brit + Co. team definitely brought it this year!
See more behind the scenes action in our Facebook album! Now, go enjoy your holiday break.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!