Decorum and Fashion

Hello! The main reason why I started this blog was to share the always present wisdom that my Grandmother instilled in me while growing up. I will be sharing pictures and examples of her powerful and proper words for decor, fashion, and being a respectable lady!

1. One shall not return an empty pan or Tupperware to its owner. Always put another baked good, meal, or even candy in the pan. It is thoughtful to line the pan with wax or parchment paper for easy clean-up!

2. “Tallest on left” While one is decorating – the tallest piece should always go on the left. I do not have much to say about this other than it just looks right!

3. It is proper to present a gift to the host/hostess of the get together you are attending. If someone invites you to stay at his or her home, or if someone is entertaining you at a party, bring a gift. Whether it is a prepared dish, a small piece of decor, or a dish with candies, it is respectable to do so and shows your thanks.

4. It is never too late to let someone know you are thinking of them! An example of this could be a thank you card, an email, or a simple letter with imagery that reminds you of a lost friend or family member. A gesture like this will be certain to put a smile on your friend’s face. *This equals good karma!*

5. The gift given for a wedding shall always equal or slightly surpass the monetary amount of the food served. If you are bringing a guest, you must double this. Typically $50 a head is an average estimate and a good idea for a gift-giving price range.

6. When dining out, please remain in accordance to the following “napkin rules”. Before eating, one shall place the napkin on one’s lap. If excusing yourself from the table, neatly fold the napkin, place on seat, and push chair in under the table. Then, when leaving the restaurant, fold the napkin nicely and put it on the table.

7.  Whilst enjoying soup, one shall spoon away and then come back around to mouth. Do not place entire spoon in mouth, instead, sip (silently) from the side of the spoon. Also, do not scrape the inside of the bowl with your spoon.

8. A lady shall have polished finger nails and toe nails. It is one of the easiest ways to present yourself neatly and nicely. *Plus you can have some of the most interesting conversations of your life at the salon – don’t want to miss out on that now do you?!*

9. Attending a wedding with grace and respect is a very big deal. Rule number one – do not wear white or a dress longer than the bride’s. This is not your day. Just remember to follow the format of the invitation or ask a member of the bridal party for advice on the type of dress – be it casual or elegant, please dress appropriately!

10. If you are touring a new city or monument, please do not stick out like a sore thumb! Be respectful and carefully read the rules posted. Also, be courteous to everyone around you. It is not appropriate to act like the stereotypical tourist, so be a step above the rest and act like a lady!

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