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The Hostess Gift

The Hostess Gift – Knowing what to bring

The hostess gift is a way of thanking the hostess for the time, effort, and cost involved in preparing for the event to which you are invited.  It is a good exercise in gratitude to spend a few moments considering the effort undertaken to provide a pleasurable experience for you.  This should ensure that Hostess Gifts are not seen as an unpleasant obligation, but a form of recognition and appreciation. Upon accepting any invitation, the first question should be, “Do I need to bring a gift for the hostess*?” The only thing that you need to consider is the type […]

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Christmas Card Etiquette

Christmas Card Etiquette

Many of us still partake in the yearly ritual of sending Christmas cards to those people who are on our Christmas card list. It is a way of remembering those people in our lives that we will not be personally visiting over the holiday season, to let them know that they are still in our thoughts. In some cases, it may be the only contact that we make with them during the entire year. The Christmas Card List Your Christmas card list is the key to a successful Christmas card program. This will spare you the embarrassment of forgetting a […]

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how to greet people

Greetings – How to meet people with style and grace

I always remember the expression that “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  The first time that you meet someone is a landmark event for any future contact that you may have with that person.  This makes it very important to start off the relationship in a healthy way, and know how to meet people with style and grace.  If you take a moment to think about some of the people that you know, you will most likely have a very clear memory of your first meeting, as well as your initial impressions as to their character. […]

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Is it RIP for the RSVP? – Are your invitations getting acknowledged?

The Definition RSVP is a French acronym, “répondez s’il vous plaît”, which translates into English as “respond please”. It is used on invitations in which the host requests that the invitee respond whether they will be attending or not. The Problem Hosts are relating a constant problem that invited guests are not taking notice of the RSVP request. This makes it very difficult for a host to know how many people will be attending their event, and to what extent to cater for the people who will come. Why is it a problem? I can identify two reasons why invitees […]

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Taste Wine

How to taste wine like a pro

If you have been invited to a wine tasting and you have no idea what to do, then this article is for you.  You will at least know how to look like you know how to taste wine like a pro. 1.  Look 2.  Smell 3.  Taste That will get you through just about any wine tasting.  Look at the wine as though you are inspecting it for certain qualities, smell the wine as if you can identify specific aromas, and taste the wine as if you could tell a good wine from a bad one.  “I enjoy a glass […]

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Home Manicure

Give your nails a home manicure

Giving your nails a home manicure is more practical for a lot of women due to financial or time constraints. Perhaps you just enjoy caring for yourself and find a manicure an enjoyable time that you can spend with yourself. Here is how to manicure your nails at home. You could print this article out and keep it beside you as you complete your manicure. Home Manicure *  Remove your old nail polish. *  Wash your hands to remove any oils, acetone and dirt from your fingernails. Don’t forget to clean under your nails. A nail brush helps with this. […]

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Playground Swing

The world is just a bigger playground – Be a good playmate

Do you remember your childhood playground days? Was it a positive experience? Did you feel safe and able to fully express your individuality? We may like to think that we have put our playground days behind us, especially if they were unpleasant. The truth is that life’s lessons will continue to play on us, until we pay attention, listen, and learn from them. Our playground never leaves us. The toys have just changed. They may now be iPads and mobile phones, rather than swings and teeter-totters, but our playground is still the place where we hope to express our individuality […]

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Growing Short Hair

Growing short hair – Do it with style and class

So, you’ve decided that you’ve outgrown your short hair style and want to let those locks grow out.  Growing short hair can take a bit of effort to do if you want to continue to look half decent while it is growing.  You can begin to wonder if you will ever look attractive ever again. Don’t reach for the head scarf just yet.  It is possible to make an elegant transition through the awkward stages of growth. Hair grows at around 1cm per month.  Use a ruler to measure from your current length to your desired length, and you can […]

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Clear out your negative thoughts

Self Talk: Clearing out negative thoughts

When you are alone, how do you speak to yourself ? What words come to mind when you look at yourself in the mirror? Have you ever caught yourself thinking “I am stupid”, “I am lazy”, “I am ugly” or “I am fat”? If you are regularly having negative thoughts, you face an uphill battle to achieve any lasting change in your life. Even if you manage progress, your mind will continue to remind you that this change is not permanent, because you are innately stupid, lazy, ugly, fat, etc. You may argue “But, I am only saying what I see!” […]

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Keep Calm in a difficult situation

How to keep calm when in a difficult conversation

There is no room in good society for a lady who is intolerant of the lives  of other people. Such women are soon weeded out as being unsuitable to invite anywhere and generally unpleasant to be around.  We all know what it feels like to find ourselves trapped in a difficult conversation.  We struggle to find the way to keep calm. Learning the art of tolerance involves allowing people to live their life as they choose.  This is regardless of their differing opinions, practices, religion, race, gender, nationality, background or socio-economic status. Tolerance is not simply agreeing with like-minded people […]

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