THE ART OF INTRODUCTIONS

In our current society of non-stop networking, introductions have taken on a simplistic format. If someone wants to be introduced, they can just walk up, put out their hand, and introduce themselves. If someone wants to introduce an acquaintance who just walked into the room, they can quickly call that person over without consideration to … Continue reading THE ART OF INTRODUCTIONS

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ETIQUETTE: 16 RULES FOR WALKING

In the past, there were very strict rules of etiquette for walking. Today, a lot of those rules have been relaxed. Most major cities have such a large mix of classes, cultures, and fast-paced professionals, it'd be foolish to keep to the strict rules of the past. So, for this article we will discuss rules … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: 16 RULES FOR WALKING

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

15 WAYS TO CULTIVATE GOOD TASTE

Taste (noun) the ability to judge what is of good quality, aesthetically pleasing, or socially appropriate. It's hard to define what is good taste. But when we cross it, we know it. We feel it. We may not know what exactly is so aesthetically pleasing to our senses. But we know it is. Good taste … Continue reading 15 WAYS TO CULTIVATE GOOD TASTE

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING TASTE

Taste (noun) the ability to judge what is of good quality, aesthetically pleasing, or socially appropriate. Despite the standard definition written above for the word, "taste", we at Balissande Finishing School prefer taking a more philosophical approach. As written above, having (good) taste is generally about being able to judge correctly. But we must ask … Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING TASTE

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