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

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

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

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