In a time where it seems like more is more – remember that is never the case with a clean and sophisticated lady. Choose pieces that you love, pieces that will stand the test of time, and don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on these as they will be the foundation of your wardrobe!
There are times when one isn’t able to control the actions of others or unfortunate circumstances. (Read: a kitchen catastrophe for one!) A lady will always be lauded for her grace under pressure!
Hold your head up high,
We believe in always being the best version of yourself. Everyday etiquette no. 58 speaks to all of us, no matter the social climate.
Ever respectfully yours,
On this Valentine’s Day, remember your worth. Graciously accept the love and compliments bestowed upon you as you deserve them.
I adore the rules of etiquette – sometimes following them, sometimes throwing my own spin on them. I’ve been collecting vintage etiquette books and a few just came from my mother-in-law, it’s amazing to see how times have changed. Some rules have evolved while others have stood the test of time. We will be highlighting a few of my favorites every week! Enjoy!
[ s o u r c e : : : Manners to Grow On by Tina Lee : : : copyright 1955 ]
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Welcome to a new series on the blog, quick How-To tutorials to help you style your home, gift with pizazz and entertain with southern charm. I’m starting out this series with a recent project for The Southern Woman’s Show here in Savannah. Jaclyn with Shop My Savannah hosted a segment in which I shared hostess tips with a group of fabulous ladies.
Entertaining is one of my favorite things and I LOVE making guests feel welcome and comfortable during their visit. We live in Savannah so we often host visitors for a weekend here and there – all exploring this charming place we live in!
All of these tips are SO easy and do not take a lot of effort. My secret to easy entertaining is to grab things here and there so you have them on-hand for impromptu arrivals. Stock up on the basics and you can whip anything together in a jiffy. For the Guest Room Welcome Tutorial below, these are all things I had in my home that didn’t require a special trip to the store.
Here’s a list of my favorite things to keep on-hand that always work for impromptu guests:
Assorted Cocktail Napkins and Guest Towels
Travel size and Sample Soaps, Toiletries, Shower Caps, etc.
Small bottles of water and beverages
Assorted candies and chocolates – I love to include local favorites of the area (Pralines, Byrd Cookies, etc)
Locally designed stationery that features landmarks and key locations in Savannah OR a set of your family Signature Stationery
So here it goes…I’ve designed a Guest Welcome Kit for both the bedroom and bathroom – both equally important.
First up, the Guest Room Basket!
1) Flowers – Fresh is preferred, Silk will do on the fly.
2) Plush Bath and Hand Towels – we received the best gift for our wedding, a set of assorted “GUEST” towels – each a different color. Such a great idea for embroidery!
3) Bottled Beverage
4) Something Savory or Sweet
5) Stationery and Pen for writing a quick note home! Or in some cases, the guests have left a sweet note before leaving. We have kept those over the years to reminisce.
6) Candle and Matches – after all, they are coming to Relax and Unwind!
7) Another addition that I often include are local magazines!
Next up, the Bathroom!
Okay, I KNOW you love to confiscate the hotel room toiletries and what better way to try out new products right!
I toss them into a ginger jar for guests who forgot anything. This includes shampoo/conditioner, shower cap, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.
My favorite is the juice carafe – it provides them with a nice clean glass of water or you can serve orange juice in the morning. Toss in a few paper guest towels and some yummy soaps and there you have it. There aren’t any rules about what to include or what not to include – whatever you feel will make your guests feel welcome.
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All the best,
I’m sure all of you are busy bees wrapping up your gifts with care so I wanted to show you an easy way to blind-seam wrap a gift. Blind-seam wrapping allows you to wrap a gift without the seam of paper and tape showing. I also love using alternative options for ribbon, adornments and gift wrapping options. I tend to buy all occasion gift wrap and change out the ribbon and colors depending on the season. This year, I went with lots of metallics and mixed animal prints and mixed in red and emerald ribbons. I also love using my Signature Gift Tags from my Shoppe. Izzy and Audrey over at Let’s Play Dear, a beautiful online publication, in Savannah asked me to show them a quick demonstration of gift wrapping tips for the holidays. I LOVE wrapping gifts so I was tickled to get dolled up and wrap some of my favorite treats. Here’s a step-by-step instruction on how to blind-seam wrap a gift. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season! Photos by Izzy Hudgins.
Step 1: Cut your paper to the appropriate size of your box – allowing the edges to cover a little over half of the box thickness.
Step 2: Adhere your paper to the box – anywhere will work just fine.
Step 3: Completely cover your box with the gift wrap.
Step 4: When the gift wrap is completely covering the box, allow the overlap to lay over 1 side/edge of the box, press down along the edge with your fingers so that you crease the paper along the edge of the box.
Step 5: Using the crease as a guide, fold the excess paper under and create a folded edge down the side of the box.
Step 6: Place double sided tape underneath the fold and adhere to the box – creating a blind-seam effect on the edge.
Step 7: Finish off the sides of the box with standard wrapping methods.
Step 8: Using your fingers, press and crease all of the edges of your package to create a clean tight look.
Step 9: Estimate the length of your ribbon to criss-cross wrap your box. Fold the ribbon in half and cut on a diagonal to create a flag edge.
Step 10: Lay the ribbon across 1 length of the box, turn the box over and criss cross the ribbon, wrapping it around the remaining length of the box.
Step 11: Once you’ve turned the box back to the top side, feed the edges of the ribbon underneath the existing ribbon on each side.
Step 12: Pull and extend the edges of the ribbon and begin to tie the first stages of a box – the same as tying your shoelace. The ribbon will automatically tighten around the box without having to hold down the ribbon – instant tightly wrapped bow!
Step 13: While finishing out your bow construction, take this opportunity to slide in a beautiful adornment like a gold magnolia leaf seen here.
and presto – your beautifully wrapped gift is ready!
Over at EMMA J DESIGN, we often receive questions about stationery format, etiquette and types of products available. We thought this would help everyone know the various wedding invitation items available custom suites.
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Over at EMMA J DESIGN, we often receive questions about stationery format, etiquette and types of products available. We thought this would help everyone know the various stationery items available for personalization!
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