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Fall Fashion

by Dawn Stanyon on July 31, 2013

This post originally appeared on Dawn Stanyon’s professional fashion and personal branding blog Professionality. Her images, content and advice will be cross-posted here occasionally, enjoy! I was flipping through the November 2012 InStyle (great issue!) and was inspired by two components: an ad (of all things) and an article on slimming dresses. Kohl’s is now […]

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Q: When I’m invited to a dinner party, should I tell the host ahead of time about my food allergies? A: Definitely mention any allergy that could cause a serious reaction. When you call to RSVP, explain to your host, “I’d love to come for dinner but I have to tell you I’m deathly allergic […]

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Q: If I’m not enjoying myself at a party, how soon can I leave without seeming rude? A: If it’s a large cocktail party or reception, it’s okay to leave after staying for roughly an hour. If it’s a dinner party, you should stay through dinner, since your host has set a place for you […]

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Q: When is it okay to text your boss or superior for work reasons? A: The key here is to establish with your boss whether it is appropriate or not to communicate via text message. In some office settings, most communication is accomplished through email, but texting can be a lot quicker and more efficient […]

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Can you pass the potatoes, please?

by epi on July 25, 2013

Q: When eating family-style, which way should food be passed? A: Technically, food is passed around the table in a counterclockwise direction, or to the right. The reason there’s even a guideline for this is to provide some sense of order when passing food. Common sense comes into play here, too. If someone only a […]

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Q: My neighbors have invited my husband and I several times for dinner, whether it be an outdoor barbeque and bonfire in the summer or a cozy supper and movie night. We usually arrange for a babysitter to come and watch our children while we are out, but for the first time, our neighbors extended […]

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Desk Doll-Up: Primping in the office

by epi on July 23, 2013

Q: What extent of personal grooming is acceptable at your desk in the office? A: Applying nail polish, massaging your feet, cutting your nails (nail clipper alert!), combing your hair, or putting on makeup is not appropriate at your desk. Save it for the bathroom or, better yet, do it at home.

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Q: I always thought that female attendants represent the bride and that male attendants stand up for the groom. Do these gender roles still exist, or have times changed? A: Brides and grooms who want to honor a special person in their lives – be it a relative or friend – may choose to have […]

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Q: It is our family’s custom to say grace before meals. Is it okay to say prayers when we have guests for dinner? A: Certainly. One of the warmest gestures you can make is to include a dinner guest in a family tradition. The only exception would be if you think it might make your […]

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Q: Help! Yesterday, my young son pointed to a man at the grocery store and yelled, “Look at his big, fat belly, Mommy!” I was mortified and at a complete loss for words knowing the man must have heard what he said, but I just shuffled away and avoided the situation. What can I do […]

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