Common Courtesy… Or No?

I understand that I am somewhat traditional in my etiquette; I believe that thank you notes, hostess gifts, and dress codes are useful and practical things that should be far more common than they are today. However, I think that the world is quickly falling past these standards and ignoring even common courtesy for other human beings. Will the madness ever end??

Common Courtesy...Or No_

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Theatre Etiquette

October is a big theatre month for me! Remember that contest I said I entered at Ballet in the Park? Well, it turns out that I won!! This is pretty amazing because a) I don’t typically ever win anything, and 2) I actually tried for it and it paid off. What did I win? Tickets to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Dracula. Not only is this a world renowned production, it will be even more special because M will be visiting then! Before that, I am also seeing Potted Potter, a 70 minute retelling of all seven Harry Potter books, and The Book of Mormon. Today, in honour of all of these shows, I’m going to be discussing theatre etiquette!  Continue reading

Etiquette, Part V: Table Manners DO Matter

Eating is something we all have in common, but table manners aren’t as common. I don’t believe that people strike out to be rude or uncouth, but it’s becoming more and more rare to learn table manners. It’s actually a fairly simple practice, as well. This post is going to focus on basic table manners that we all use every day. Continue reading

Winter lends itself to reading

I have been reading quite a bit lately, mostly chick lit and cozies. I’m not sure why, but they really seem to help when it’s cold and dark and we are stuck in the dead of winter! So, what have I been reading?
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Etiquette, Part IV: The Debated Dress Code

Without further adieu, part IV of my etiquette series! There are numerous different dress codes, and they all serve a different purpose. I for one appreciate the inclusion of a dress code- it gives me a specific direction as to what you would actually like me to wear to match the level of formality of your event. I am going to quickly run through the major dress codes, and my take on them!

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Etiquette, Part III: The RSVP

With everything becoming more and more casual, the RSVP seems to be falling to the wayside. An “interested” reply on Facebook might mean that someone will come, they won’t come, they might if something better doesn’t come up, they don’t want to actually say no, or any other number of things. “Maybe I can be there!” often leads to “Won’t be able to make it” 30 minutes prior to the event, or even just a no-show. So, what should actually be happening? Continue reading

Etiquette, Part II: The Minefield of Gifts

Welcome to the second instalment of my series on etiquette. At some point in most of our lives, realistically multiple points, we have all done the dance of gifts. Do I give one for this occasion, for this person? Should I reciprocate in response? How much do I spend? The questions go on and on. I very much appreciate there being gift-giving and -receiving etiquette, as I would otherwise be lost.  Continue reading

Etiquette, Part I: A Small Note Can Make a Big Difference

For the month of February, I will be running a series on etiquette! I will touch on a variety of topics, one per post, that I think are relevant in 2016. The first topic? The handwritten note! I know that I am traditional when it comes to correspondence- I believe that a note is appropriate for every occasion, and some occasions demand a note! However, that train of thought has long fallen off of the tracks in modern society, and notes, letters, and cards are often met with surprise. I might stick out for it (bad or good, I guess that depends), but I think that handwriting a note for someone can make a big statement.  Continue reading

Beauty Blogger Award, courtesy of Coffee&Twigs

What an absolutely lovely surprise today, to find out that Coffee & Twigs have nominated me for the Beauty Blogger Award! One of my favourite parts of blogging is being able to “meet” other bloggers, and I am so happy to have met Coffee & Twigs. Thank you very much for this nomination, it means a lot to me! I promise I will get to the questions now: Continue reading

People like to read nice things

FYI- THIS IS NOT A JOKE. I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A JOKE. Happy April Fool’s Day to one and all, though! Onto the real topic- etiquette, my friends. I think etiquette is more important than ever- the world is moving more and more into “I want THIS, nothing will interfere with that” territory, making it more and more difficult for everyone to react to well, everything. No one believes me, but etiquette actually serves to make the largest number of people comfortable. It also makes it easier to navigate social situations, because you have some idea of what to expect and how to respond.  Continue reading