Having grown up in New England, where Newport Mansions are common and classic boarding schools are a must, I have had pleanty of time to dedicate my saturday afternoons to etiquette. Besides going to french baking classes, sewing classes, and practicing the proper dining manners necessary when dining with royalty, I also have studied various ettiqutte books.
Now a days, women do not go off to Finishing school after college. In this economy, we need to get jobs immediately after college is over. Here are some of my personal favorite etiquette books that bring manners into the 21st century.
How to Live Like a Lady by Sarah Tomczak
From talking the talk, to walking the walk, this book goes over the 101 on Style and Lifestyle of a proper 21st century lady. Fortunately, Tomczak realizes that we are not in the 1800′s any more. Ladies rarely think to cover their knees and shoulders before exiting the house with a wide brimmed hat on. However, every lady should know the proper way to deal with running mascara and hosting a dinner party. I would definitely recommend this book. Spend a Sunday away from studies, sip some tea, and contemplate how to perfectly dress for that first date; casual, a little bit sexy, and always lady like.
Classy by Derek Blasberg
Classy, by Derek Blasberg, is one of my all time favorite books. Not only for the tips on how to dress for every occasion, but for the humorous pictures!
Blasberg’s willingness to label outfits as slutty and classy astonishes me, in the best way! He puts so plainly into words what women are doing wrong with their wardrobes and their lifestyle habits. He warns away from dating bad boys, sexting, and dressing sloppily. Every girl should be able to easily take Blasberg’s advice. Blasberg includes real life examples, quotes from famous actors and socialites, and simple guidelines. A must read, in my book!
How to Be Lovely by Melissa Hellstern
My final book choice would be How to Be Lovely, the Audrey Hepburn Way of Life. I adore Hepburn, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Funny Face, etc. Outside of her film career, Hepburn was noted for how stunningly well dressed and behaved she was. So much so, that her name has now become an adjective. ”That girl is so Audrey. With the help of direct quotes, Hellstern illustrates how to be lovely in every aspect of life. From happiness, to love, humanity, to success, there is always an Audrey way to do things.
So practice your ettiqute, ladies, before school starts, so y’all can impress all the gentlemen and ladies in your day to day lives!
Please stay tuned for more posts from me, Kathryn, this summer!
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