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How to Survive The Holidays

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

The lovely people at Deep South Magazine have allowed me to write a holiday etiquette column for them.

Do you need a few tips? Maybe a little giggle?

Elbows Taboo Answer

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I had a plethora of interesting guesses as to why we don’t put our elbows on the table on Facebook yesterday.

What did folks have to say?

The Elbow Taboo

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

As I gear up to teach etiquette classes this Autumn, I thought I would practice on you.

Why Do Elbows Get A Bad Rap?

A Mother’s Lessons

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Happy Mothers Day to all of you. Those who are mothers and those celebrating Mom today.

What did I learn?

Charm Camp Recap

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

What makes fabulous future hostesses? Practice, practice, practice.

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is fostering this idea with their Charm Camp for Girls. In June, 13 young ladies attended this day of fun and education. There were workshops on make-up, writing thank you notes, nutrition & menu planning and to top it off, there was a session with the Miami Heat Cheerleaders!

Great hostesses aren’t born, they learn these skills through those around them. Be it their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, teachers or family friends. Instilling the gracious arts is imperative if we want to see the next generation succeed. These 13 girls are on the right course. Let’s take a look at their day as photographed by Melanie Nayer.

Turning Young Girls Into Young Hostesses