HOW TO SIT LIKE A LADY: 24 TIPS

Have you ever taken a moment to judge how you sit? Do you drop into your chair? Do you slouch? Do you shake your leg or feet? Do you sit with your legs wide open? If you haven't paid attention to how you sit lately, we ask that you spend the next day or two, … Continue reading HOW TO SIT LIKE A LADY: 24 TIPS

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HOW TO SET THE TABLE

Can't remember where your soup spoon ought to go? What about your salad fork? Knowing how to set a traditional table can seem like antiquated etiquette -- but it can come in handy! Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of etiquette expert Emily Post, shows how to set a table with a plate full of tips and tricks … Continue reading HOW TO SET THE TABLE

13 RULES FOR WEARING JEWELRY

Ever wondered if there was a right way to wear jewelry? If yes, you'll be happy to know, there is. Below, we've listed 13 rules on how and when to wear jewelry. But before we begin, we would like to emphasize one key tip: keep it simple in the day, rich at night, and authentic … Continue reading 13 RULES FOR WEARING JEWELRY

PERFUME ETIQUETTE: 8 TIPS

Ever wondered if there was a proper way to wear perfume? If yes, then you'll be interested to know, there is! We've listed 8 basic tips below. So, let's begin! 1.. Wear less. This is the most important rule for wearing perfume. You don't want your scent to precede or succeed you. By wearing just … Continue reading PERFUME ETIQUETTE: 8 TIPS

HOW TO BECOME A GREAT CONVERSATIONALIST: 8 TIPS

"There is no conversation so graceful, so varied, so sparkling, as that of an intellectual and cultivated woman. Excellence in this particular is, indeed, one of the attributes of the sex, and should be cultivated by every gentlewoman who aspires to please in general society." - George Routledge Ever met a well-dressed woman you took … Continue reading HOW TO BECOME A GREAT CONVERSATIONALIST: 8 TIPS

CONVERSATION ETIQUETTE: WHEN TO INTERRUPT

"Do not interrupt people while they are speaking" is a rule you will see in just about every etiquette book. However, contrary to many etiquette books, we at Balissande Finishing School, say there are exceptions to this rule. As a matter of fact, we will go so far to say that the right interruptions can … Continue reading CONVERSATION ETIQUETTE: WHEN TO INTERRUPT

CONVERSATION ETIQUETTE: 26 RULES TO FOLLOW

"There is no conversation so graceful, so varied, so sparkling, as that of an intellectual and cultivated woman." - George Routledge Starting and maintaining a great conversation can be a difficult thing. It certainly causes many anxiety. There are just so many aspects involved - from having enough knowledge to having enough self-control. So, we … Continue reading CONVERSATION ETIQUETTE: 26 RULES TO FOLLOW

ETIQUETTE: 36 RULES FOR VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS

When it comes to bonding, there's nothing like visiting the homes of your family and friends. It's a chance to relax, laugh, and catch up on what is happening in each other's lives. It is a special gift that shouldn't ever be abused. Many a relationship has been destroyed by inappropriate and abusive actions during … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: 36 RULES FOR VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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

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

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

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