more about: etiquette

How Do You Find Balance in a Wired World?

Is your smartphone basically a family member? Do you tweet before you get out of bed? Be honest: At some point while reading this very post, did you stop to check your email? Real Simple and The Huffington Post have teamed up to learn how women balance (or not balance, as the case may be) their lives in our digital […]

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The Danger of Gifting Doodads

If you’re buying wedding presents and hostess gifts this summer (who isn’t?), here’s a useful piece of advice: Give a single gift (like a vase, or a mixer, or even a check), and leave off the fun extra doodad (think: the flower frog, the cheap picture frame, the spatula).  Why? According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, the recipient of […]

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When to Send Out Wedding Invitations

Once you’ve found the perfect invitation (you should be shopping around about six months before the big day) and settled on what it should say, it’s time to make it official and put the invites in the mail. But how far in advance should you send out wedding invitations?

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How Well Do You Know Your Table Etiquette?

We all learned it at one point, but do you remember what the proper signal is for showing you are finished with a meal in a restaurant? When you have eaten your fill and are ready for your plate to be cleared, place your knife and fork diagonally across your plate with the handles resting at 4 o’clock. Another important […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Overheard Cell Phone Chatter

When you’re on a train or a bus, which would you prefer: Overhearing one side of your seatmate’s cell phone conversation, or two sides of a face-to-face chat? Most people would rather hear the in-person conversation. Two new studies shed light on the reason why. First, a study in the journal Behavior & Information Technology reveals that people speak louder […]

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Make DIY Stationery Using Washi Tape

How cute are those notecards? I came across this DIY for Glitter Neon Notecards on For the Love Of… via a round-up on Poppytalk, and while I tend to stay away from anything that involves loose glitter, I think I’ll have to give this simple DIY a try with all the washi tape that I seem to be accumulating. I love […]

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Sharing Nail Polish at the Salon. What Would You Have Done?

On Friday night after work, I went to the salon to get my nails done. I spent my Saturday demo-ing crafts from my friend Sarah’s book, and well-manicured nails are a necessity when you’re teaching people how to sew all day long. As I normally do when I get my nails done, I brought my own polish—not because I’m overly concerned […]

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Gracefully Exit a Conversation With the Phrase “I Need”

We’ve all been there. Stuck at a party or a work function in a conversation that you desperately want to escape, but you can’t see a way to without being rude. Next time your find yourself in that conversation, remember that the easiest way out is to start with “I need.” Whether it’s “I need to get a snack, I haven’t […]

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A *Good* Story About an Airline

It seems like most of the news (not to mention tweets and facebook status updates) about airlines these days is negative. So, I was happy to read this story about an airline that held a plane for a passenger on his way to see his ill mother before she passed away. The passenger’s first flight was delayed and he would […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Your Ex and Facebook

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, everyone is thinking about love—especially those who have been jilted by an ex. It’s easy to get lost on a bad trip down memory lane: According to a survey from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, a whopping nine of out ten Facebook users employ the social networking site to check up on their […]

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