Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Must That You Can Trust

When I graduated high school, I received many gifts.  Many of those I loved, many I wanted to return.  Several of those I’m so glad I didn’t.

One woman gave me a Vera Bradley clip board and umbrella.  Um, what? I never thought I would use either of those.  I was wrong, VERY wrong.  Every college co-ed should have both of these things.  An umbrella is an obvious necessity unless you go to school in L.A.

But a clip board? Are you a 1992 P.E. teacher?

However, I love my clip board.  It’s so useful.  As an involved member of my sorority, it’s perfect to use during meetings without absentmindedly scribbling all over my hands.  For something that I thought should never be produced, it can’t leave my hands.  Plus, the sense of authority and power I feel while holding it doesn’t hurt.

Vera Bradley makes cute enough designs that you don’t have to feel bland and outdated.  If you already have a boring clipboard buried underneath your scrunchies and perm solution that’s waiting for a rebirth, check out Vanilla Joy’s Do-It-Yourself clipboard.

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Fine Dining Isn’t Done in a Cafeteria

Every man, woman and child should know how to properly set a table.  You’d be surprised by how many people don’t know something that you can use for the rest of your life.

Learn and love it.  The most basic of rules: forks on the left, knife and spoon on the right with the blade of the knife facing inward.  Naturally, you won’t have that many utensils or glasses on an average night, but glasses should always go directly above the knife and continue out to the right.  Don’t set out silverware or plates that you don’t intend on using.

A more formal place setting paired with decorations and candles can turn a simple dinner into an elegant evening.  Tiering makes a dramatic different.  To tier a table, take any raised surface/box (like a Tupperware container) and place it upside down at strategically placed spots on the table.  Cover the tiers with a table cloth that matches the one on the table already.  Make sure the ends are all tucked underneath the fabric on the tiered cloth.   Wrinkle the fabric at spots the would be most beneficial to your arrangement.  Tiering is especially useful for a small table that needs to hold a lot of food or for candlelight dinners.

When preparing a table for a dinner party or date, the most important rule is to make sure the table remains functional.  Even the most beautiful place setting can be rendered worthless if it is too crowded that it becomes uncomfortable!

Dressed in Sunday Best

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

To be exceptional in anything, we must repeatedly do it.  We all have the capability for success within us.  Sometimes that success means old school glamour or the ability to make a perfect batch of cookies.  Above all, excellence means the best we can be.  It’s there in all of us.  We just need to dig sometimes to discover what potential lies inside of ourselves, buried under the layers of pop culture and French fries.  With the start of this blog, I hope the tips, ideas and quotes can serve to make you exceptional.

After all, being dressed in your sunday best means you stand out, proud and uniquely special, from everyone else.

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