HOW TO HOST A FUN DINNER PARTY: 13 TIPS

HOW TO HOST A FUN DINNER PARTY: 14 TIPS

Too many dinner parties are somber affairs. Why should they be? When one is dressed to the nines, chandeliers are lit, and the dishes approaching the table are culinary masterpieces, why should one look like they are in the midst of paying an obligation? We, at Balissande Finishing School, are all for cheerful, memorable dinner … Continue reading HOW TO HOST A FUN DINNER PARTY: 14 TIPS

8 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR FEMININITY – FEMALE ENERGY

Hello ladies! This Saturday, we are diverting from etiquette lessons to share a few tips and insight on increasing your femininity. This article is for ladies who are interested in adopting a stronger feminine role and creating more female energy within themselves. It's also for ladies who want to attract more masculine attention and/or appreciation. … Continue reading 8 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR FEMININITY – FEMALE ENERGY

FASHION TIPS: 12 USES FOR DOUBLE SIDED TAPE

FASHION TIPS: 12 USES FOR DOUBLE SIDED TAPE

Double sided tape should be every women's best-friend. Unfortunately, many still have no idea it exists, let alone all the ways you can use it to help you dress. So, for those of you who have never heard of this miracle tape or only know of it because of celebrities like the Kardashians, let us … Continue reading FASHION TIPS: 12 USES FOR DOUBLE SIDED TAPE

FASHION ADVICE: WEARING SHAPEWEAR, SLIPS, AND GRANNY PANTIES

FASHION ADVICE: WEARING SHAPEWEAR, SLIPS, CORSETS, AND GRANNY PANTIES

Yep, our grandmothers and great-grandmothers knew it best. If you are looking for a fit that is perfect, seamless, and sleek - shapewear, slips, and granny panties are the best way to go. No matter how expensive an outfit is or how well it fits, if you are the owner of bumps and lumps on … Continue reading FASHION ADVICE: WEARING SHAPEWEAR, SLIPS, CORSETS, AND GRANNY PANTIES

HOW TO FURNISH & DECORATE YOUR DINING ROOM: 9 TIPS

10 TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR DINING ROOM

Before throwing a dinner party, you should always make sure your dining room is decorated beautifully. People like to be surrounded by beauty... traditional, rustic, eclectic, bohemian - it doesn't matter as long as it is beautiful. People like to be inspired. And the dining room should be the second most important inspiration at a … Continue reading 10 TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR DINING ROOM

HOW AND WHY TO DINE WITH STYLE: A 1950's VIDEO ON AMERICAN TABLE MANNERS

HOW AND WHY TO DINE WITH STYLE: A 1950’s VIDEO ON AMERICAN TABLE MANNERS

Today, we want to share a 1951 education film by Retro Detective Want More Retro on American table manners. It's a short tutorial discussing why manners are important and how to practice them. We hope you enjoy this quick trip back into time! "Good table manners matter for several reasons. If each person is busy … Continue reading HOW AND WHY TO DINE WITH STYLE: A 1950’s VIDEO ON AMERICAN TABLE MANNERS

top 21 impressionist paintings by balissande finishing school

TOP 21 IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that started with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. Impressionist paintings are characterised by small, thin, yet visible brush strokes. They tend to be bright, vibrant, and intense. Impressionists painted with small touches of mixed and pure unmixed colour … Continue reading TOP 21 IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS

REFINED LADIES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS

Today, we are diverting from the topics of etiquette, style, and the arts to talk about relationships. We at Balissande Finishing School think it is important for refined ladies to understand the nature of relationships and the role(s) they must play in them. We have taught the importance of refined ladies controlling and directing situations … Continue reading REFINED LADIES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS

HOW TO GET THE LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP YOU DESERVE

Here at Balissande Finishing School we think it is important for women to invest their energy into relationships that are healthy and loving. This is why we are bringing Brian Nox to your attention. Brian is on a personal mission to change the way women look at relationships and men. He teaches women how to … Continue reading HOW TO GET THE LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP YOU DESERVE

FINISHING SCHOOL: WHAT IT IS

A finishing school is a school for young women that focuses on teaching social graces and upper-class-cultural rites as a preparation for entry into society. The name reflects that it follows on from ordinary school and is intended to complete the education of women with classes primarily on deportment and etiquette, with academic subjects secondary. … Continue reading FINISHING SCHOOL: WHAT IT IS

ETIQUETTE: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor. - Emily Post Ever visited or lived in a city where workers, neighbors, or drivers were overly rude and callous? Ever gotten mad, annoyed, sad, or stressed out from experiencing this … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

TOP 21 ORIENTALIST PAINTINGS

In art history, Orientalism is a term used by art historians to describe a style of art that depicted scenes and designs from the East. This style was used by Western artists who had a strong interest in Middle Eastern, South Asian, East Asian, and North African cultures. Due to its popularity among Western artists, … Continue reading TOP 21 ORIENTALIST PAINTINGS

HOW TO RECEIVE LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION

Well, we've written about writing and using letters of introduction. Now, it's time to write about receiving them. As written in earlier articles, letters of introductions are formal methods of introducing an acquaintance to another acquaintance. They should be taken on with great consideration and respect. The same with receiving one. A lady who receives … Continue reading HOW TO RECEIVE LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION

HOW TO USE A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION

When you hear of letters of introduction, you may imagine something from yesteryear. But if you have ever received a letter of recommendation, you have actually received a letter of introduction. The name has changed, but the purpose has remained the same - to certify a person's high moral standards, respectability, honour, kindness, and so … Continue reading HOW TO USE A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION

THE ART OF INTRODUCTIONS IN 6 STEPS

In our current society of non-stop networking, introductions have taken on a simplistic format. If someone wants to introduce an acquaintance, they can easily say something along the lines of: "Sally meet Harry. Harry meet Sally". But did you know there are rules to follow when doing a proper introduction? Here are a few rules … Continue reading THE ART OF INTRODUCTIONS IN 6 STEPS

WRITING LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION

When many think of introduction letters, they think of a time when visiting cards and powdered wigs were en vogue. And they are right. In the 18th and 19th centuries, letters of introduction were an important and necessary way of moving through society, forming business partnerships, and participating in politics. "When Benjamin Franklin served as … Continue reading WRITING LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION

ETIQUETTE: TOP 2 RULES TO FOLLOW

It doesn't matter if you are an aristocrat or a seamstress, if you are a brilliant speaker or a proficient diner, if you are a wine aficionado or an illustrious equestrian, or even if you can quote the poems of Shakespeare and Lord Byron verbatim - all that matters is how you treat people, their … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: TOP 2 RULES TO FOLLOW

UNIQUE AND ELEGANT WAYS TO GIFT WRAP BOOKS

If you are a book lover, than you undoubtedly know how exciting it is to give and receive books. We, at Balissande, are avid readers. And we are a bit old-fashioned too. We prefer the printed version to the digital. We love a book in our hands - the shape, the heaviness, the solidity of … Continue reading UNIQUE AND ELEGANT WAYS TO GIFT WRAP BOOKS

40 SOPHISTICATED AND UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS

Ever been invited to a cosmopolitan gathering and didn't know what to bring? Ever wanted to impress someone? Or have you ever wanted to simply bring a great gift? If yes, you've come to the right spot. From wine gift boxes to modern flower bouquets to elaborate Turkish tea sets, we've collected 40 gifts for … Continue reading 40 SOPHISTICATED AND UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS

TOP 22 ROMANTICISM PAINTINGS

Romanticism was an artistic movement that spanned many years - from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. Some would even argue that the movement ended in the 1900s. It's difficult to pinpoint when exactly Romanticism began and ended because of its massive spread throughout Europe and America, spanning various genres - art, literature, music, … Continue reading TOP 22 ROMANTICISM PAINTINGS

BASIC TABLE SETTING GUIDE: 4 RULES TO REMEMBER

Yes, table settings can be a complicated affair. All you have to do is watch Downton Abbey to see how intense it can get. But i am very happy to say, it doesn't have to always be so. Why? Because basic is in! Rejoice in that! In all seriousness, dining customs have relaxed tremendously. There … Continue reading BASIC TABLE SETTING GUIDE: 4 RULES TO REMEMBER

TOP 11 CONTEMPORARY PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS

The artistic style of the Pre-Raphaelites began with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. The Brotherhood wanted to bring emotion, vibrancy, nature, and detail back to art. They were interested in serious subjects from religion to social issues and wanted to portray it with maximum realism. But they also drew inspiration from literature, poetry, love and … Continue reading TOP 11 CONTEMPORARY PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS

WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?

Etiquette tends to be one of those words that people cringe and scowl whenever they hear it. It makes people think of reprimands, classism, or "that horrible moment when...". But it doesn't have to be so. The basis of etiquette is being kind, considerate, and respectful. Yes, etiquette is about rules. And although some rules … Continue reading WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?

TOP 15 PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS

The Pre-Raphaelites were a small group of English artists and writers in the mid-1800s who opposed the art style of Italian painter, Raphael. At the time, Raphael's art form was promoted by the Royal Academy of Arts as an exemplary style to be learned and copied. In contrast, the Pre-Raphaelites wanted to return to a … Continue reading TOP 15 PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS