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Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.) UNMENTIONABLE is your hilarious, scandalously honest (though never crass), illustrated guide to life as a Victorian lady, offering detailed advice on: • What to wear • Where to relieve yourself • How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating • What to expect on your wedding night • How to be the perfect Victorian wife • Why masturbating will kill you • And moreIrresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and featuring nearly 200 images from Victorian publications, UNMENTIONABLE will inspire a whole new level of respect for Elizabeth Bennett, Scarlet O'Hara, Jane Eyre, and all of our great, great grandmothers. (And it just might leave you feeling ecstatically grateful to live in an age of pants, super absorbency tampons, epidurals, anti-depressants, and not-dying-of-the-syphilis-your-husband-brought-home.)
Reclaim the lost art of manlinessWhen life tests a man's mettle, he needs the wisdom to know the right thing to do, the courage to start it, the skill to complete it, and the style to look sharp along the way.In dozens of hands-on visual guides to subjects ranging from chivalry to survival, The Illustrated Art of Manliness delivers the timeless know-how every man needs to succeed.
Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?
"We all know bad manners when we see them," NPR and Vanity Fair contributor Henry Alford observes at the beginning of his new book. But what, he asks, do good manners look like in our day and age? When someone answers their cell phone in the middle of dining with you, or runs you off the sidewalk with their doublewide stroller, or you enter a post-apocalyptic public restroom, the long-revered wisdom of Emily Post can seem downright prehistoric. Troubled by the absence of good manners in his day-to-day life - by the people who clip their toenails on the subway or give three-letter replies to one's laboriously crafted missives - Alford embarks on a journey to find out how things might look if people were on their best behavior a tad more often. He travels to Japan (the "Fort Knox Reserve" of good manners) to observe its culture of collective politesse. He interviews etiquette experts both likely (Judith Martin, Tim Gunn) and unlikely (a former prisoner, an army sergeant). He plays a game called Touch the Waiter. And he volunteers himself as a tour guide to foreigners visiting New York City in order to do ground-level reconnaissance on cultural manners divides. Along the way (in typical Alford style) he also finds time to teach Miss Manners how to steal a cab; designates the World's Most Annoying Bride; and tosses his own hat into the ring, volunteering as an online etiquette coach. Ultimately, by tackling the etiquette questions specific to our age - such as Why shouldn't you ask a cab driver where's he's from?, Why is posting baby pictures on Facebook a fraught activity? and What's the problem with "No problem"? - Alford finds a wry and warm way into a subject that has sometimes been seen as pedantic or elitist. And in this way, he looks past the standard "dos" and "don'ts" of good form to present an illuminating, seriously entertaining book about grace and civility, and how we can simply treat each other better.
The Modern Girl's Guide to Life
A stylishly smart collection of practical advice for the busy modern woman--from the host of the Style Network's series Modern Girl's Guide to Life. The Modern Girl's Guide to Life is a collection of all the helpful tips and secrets that get passed on from generation to generation, but we somehow missed. After interviewing hundreds of young women in her career as a trend-spotter, Buckingham found that what most of them wanted was practical, definitive advice on the basics--the day-to-day necessities like finding a bra that fits, balancing a checkbook, making a decent cup of coffee, and hemming a pair of pants.
The Art of the Handwritten Note
Some say that the handwritten note is becoming a lost art, but booming sales of fine stationery and high-end writing instruments don't seem to support that theory. If anything, the personal letter has become more special and revered in an age when even greeting cards are sent electronically. For those who cherish the art of handwritten correspondence, or those who value it but find themselves intimidated by it, acclaimed calligrapher Margaret Shepherd has created both an epistolary tribute and rescue manual. Rather than just present readers with generic lines to be incorporated into their own notes, The Art of the Handwritten Note also features a selection of moving samples from letters written throughout history. Love, condolence, gratitude, congratulations - for every emotion and occasion, a snippet of heartfelt prose is included, sure to loosen the most stymied letter writer.
Whether in the workplace, at the opera, or on an overnight stay at as friend's, it is always important to observe the rules of proper behavior. In this volume, Kate Spade sets forth her own solutions for successfully navigating a variety of social situations.
Emily Post's Etiquette: Manners For Today (19th Edition)
Completely revised and updated with a focus on civility and inclusion, the 19th edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette is the most trusted resource for navigating life’s every situation.From social networking to social graces, Emily Post is the definitive source on etiquette for generations of Americans. That tradition continues with the fully revised and updated 19th edition of Etiquette. Authored by etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning—Emily Post’s great-great grandchildren—this edition tackles classic etiquette and manners advice with an eye toward diversity and the contemporary sensibility that etiquette is defined by consideration, respect, and honesty.As our personal and professional networks grow, our lives become more intertwined. This 19th edition offers insight and wisdom with a fresh approach that directly reflects today’s social landscape. Emily Post’s Etiquette incorporates an even broader spectrum of issues while still addressing the traditions that Americans appreciate.
I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style
Finding your personal style is about discovering yourself . . . about embracing your creativity and the freedom to choose elements from throughout the fashion universe. In I Love Your Style, fashion muse Amanda Brooks uses hundreds of candid images to introduce readers to a dazzling array of style options . . . from the classic to the eclectic, from the icons of yesterday to the innovators of today and tomorrow.
101 Ways to Say Thank You
Nothing says good manners like an elegantly crafted thank-you note, whether on paper or by e-mail. This refreshed and reissued etiquette classic - now updated with new information for the digital age - provides all the dos and don'ts, along with a perfectly phrased “thank-you” for every occasion, from weddings and baby showers to business interviews and charity events. This indispensable guide will make sure you're never at a loss for words of appreciation.
Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds
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A gorgeous table begins with beautiful napkin folds. Knowing how to execute a perfect napkin fold is not a skill everyone has, but it's one you can easily and quickly teach yourself. Napkin folds bring a touch of elegance, whimsy or retro style to your table. And napkin folds take your table setting to the next level with no added expense -- you're just learning dozens of clever new ways to present something you already have. The 100 folds are divided into easy, intermediate and advanced sections, so you'll know which ones to start with and how to work your way up. Simpler is often better and often the most formal folds, in fact, tend to be relatively easy. And when you're using napkins with an elaborate pattern or design, a simple fold may show it off the best. The hundreds of step-by-step photographs, detailed instructions and wide array of ideas will make every event memorable -- whether it's a child's birthday party or a sophisticated dinner party for grownups. And the concealed wirobound hardcover format with its user-friendly approach makes following instructions a breeze. Like a handwritten thank-you note, napkins folds might be less common than they once were, but they're always noticed, always appreciated and always in style.
A Curious Invitation
Forty of the greatest fictional festivities as seen through the eyes of the world's greatest writers. People love to party. And writers love to attend and document these occasions. The party is a useful literary device, not only for social commentary and satire but also as an occasion where characters can meet, fall in and out of love, or even get murdered. A Curious Invitation is a humorous and informative guide to literature's most memorable parties. Some of these parties are depictions of real events, like the Duchess of Richmond's ball on the eve of battle with Napoleon in Thackeray's Vanity Fair; others draw on the authors' experience of the society they lived in, such as Lady Metroland's party in Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies; while others come straight from the writer's bizarre imagination, like Douglas Adams' flying party above an unknown planet from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Witty, entertaining, and full of fabulous detail, A Curious Invitation offers readers the chance to crash some of the great parties in literary history.
Mindful Manners: Modern Etiquette for a Better Life
Mindful Manners succinctly explains everything you need to know to successfully maneuver the world today, from proper networking to giving the perfectly tasteful toast.We need only to look around our communities or visit social media to know there is an etiquette crisis. With rudeness rampant and civility on life support, it’s time for us to take a hard look at ourselves to determine if we are contributing to the problem or combating it.Enter: Mindful Manners: Modern Etiquette for a Better Life, a common-sense examination of etiquette as an operating system for living life with kindness and courtesy while we work, play, drive, dine, and shop in our physical and virtual communities. Arranged by events and settings, you'll learn how to decode proper dining habits, wedding decorum, the secrets behind successful job interviews, and much more.Mindful Manners jettisons the old-school notion that etiquette is nothing but stuffy rules on how to properly hold a teacup. Modern etiquette is a powerful tool that can help everyone feel comfortable and confident in a variety of situations, whether you're building personal and business relationships, demonstrating respect for others, or trying to live a life that flows more smoothly.
What's the proper way to address a business colleague in an email? Is it a social faux pas to use a cell phone on a commuter train? What's a polite way to get out of a second date? In this helpful guide, bestselling etiquette author Charlotte Ford takes the mystery out of modern propriety with down-to-earth, often humorous, and always reliable advice on how to solve every social conundrum graciously.
Men and Manners: Essays, Advice and Considerations
Today's man may know how to dress with style, but does he know how to behave? Though the rules of civility have changed along with the world, this book makes the case for manners. Men and Manners doesn't tell you which fork to use or how to tie a bow tie. But it is going to remind you of basic, respectful rules you may have forgotten or have chosen to ignore. Comprised of short essays, shorter interviews, and lists of guidelines for men of all ages, this book provides an honest, playful, and humorous look at the conflicted state of manners today. Subjects that may fluster today's man, like tipping, toasting, texting, grooming, dating, office behavior, and home decor, are explored with the trademark combination of dry wit and self-deprecating attitude that has made David Coggins one of today's most well-respected men's style writers.With humorous illustrations and contributions from some of today's male style icons, Men and Manners makes the case for being the man who offers the best seat to his companion, who knows when to pick up the tab, and who remembers to do what's right even if it isn't always rewarded.
Etiquette Rules! A Field Guide to Modern Manners
Mitchell, Nancy R.
We need only to look around our communities or visit social media to know there is an etiquette crisis. With rudeness rampant and civility on life support, it’s time for of us to take a hard look at ourselves to determine if we are contributing to the problem or combating it.Enter: Etiquette Rules! A Field Guide to Modern Manners, a common-sense examination of etiquette as an operating system for living life with kindness and courtesy while we work, play, drive, dine, and shop in our physical and virtual communities.Etiquette Rules! jettisons the old-school notion that etiquette is nothing but stuffy rules on how to properly hold a teacup. Modern etiquette is a powerful tool that can help everyone feel comfortable and confident in a variety of situations, whether you're building personal and business relationships, demonstrating respect for others, or trying to live a life that flow more smoothly.
Manners That Matter Most: The Easy Guide to Etiquette At Home and In the World
Etiquette is one of the most valuable assets a person can have: knowing how best to present yourself, and how to deal with others in a direct, effective manner, is paramount in all personal, professional, and social relationships. Manners That Matter Most seeks to resurrect the bygone customs of good manners and graceful style; all while updating and applying them to the modern age.Covering topics from introductions, greetings and thank-you’s, to the etiquette of modern technology (including appropriate places and times to call and text), Manners That Matter Most is a valuable resource and a much-needed guide in our fast-paced world. Suitable for all readers in all social situations, Manners That Matter Most contains both the information and the support you need to gain and give more consideration in your social encounters. With an emphasis on graciousness and chivalry that lends the book its authoritative tone, Manners That Matter Most is the essential companion for anyone looking to put their best foot forward in any situation.
The Tricky Art of Co-Existing: How to Behave Decently No Matter What Life Throws Your Way
"If you do it right, being a grown-up is just like being a kid . . . but without people telling you off." No one learns "etiquette" anymore (except by embarrassing trial and error). But manners are more than a dusty tradition: Done right, they make life easier--for everyone! That's why Sandi Toksvig highlights decency rather than convention in this entertaining guide, with: Spot-On Advice: "Remember--you don't have to answer the phone, so don't do it if you don't have time to be polite." Fascinating Trivia: "It is very rude to clear the plate of someone who hasn't finished. In fact, the Romans believed doing so would bring about the diner's sudden death." And Her Characteristic Wit: "Focusing on the people you share a meal with is both a pleasure and a necessity. Get to know your family members; you might even like them." Be the most decently behaved person in the room, and the most interesting: Master The Tricky Art of Co-Existing!
Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct
Forni, P. M.
Most people would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of emails, cellphones, and multi-tasking. In Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others.
The Modern Gentleman: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy, and Vice (Second Edition)
Refine your cool with this quintessential sourcebook of manners and mischief. Author–raconteurs Phineas Mollod and Jason Tesauro offer timely advice and timeless wisdom for adventurous gents curious about:JAZZ & FLASKMANSHIP FRIENDS & GAFFES DATING & ENTERTAINING TWEETIQUETTE & MODERN LIT TUXEDOS & TATTOOS CAVIAR & CRASH PADSBYO, BBQ & IOUsWith new sections covering the Digital Man, the Local Epicure, and the Bespoke Gent, this second edition provides a panoramic snapshot of the enlightened modern man: witty and poignant, traditional but tech savvy, flirtatious yet courtly. So roll up your yoga mat, uncork a Barolo, spin some vinyl, and crack open this freshly updated edition of The Modern Gentleman: your Man Cycle is peaking.
Lauren Conrad Celebrate
From lifestyle and fashion icon Lauren Conrad - #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lauren Conrad Style and Lauren Conrad Beauty - comes her dazzling and essential guide to entertaining, filled with an inspiring array of lifestyle tips and personal stories and lavishly illustrated with dozens of color photographs throughout. Now that Lauren Conrad has gotten everyone all dressed up and looking their most beautiful, she gives them somewhere to go in this must-have guide to entertaining. Showcasing the same approachable attitude and insight that have made her books smash bestsellers, Lauren Conrad Celebrate shows how easy it is to throw a fantastic party. Filled with lush and inspiring original four-color photos and budget friendly tips, Lauren Conrad Celebrate offers advice about the basics to make planning any type of event a breeze, including suggestions for the perfect invitations, food, drinks, decorations, and gifts. Lauren shows how to put it all together for a diverse range of events that span the calendar, from a charming Baby shower to a festive holiday party. And she packs the book with creative full-color photos and stories from her own life, including her housewarming party, and her recent bridal shower and wedding. Just as her trusted advice has inspired women to look and feel their best, now Lauren Conrad brings out the fabulous party-giver in all of us in this elegant, must-have guide.
Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother
An authoritative and witty guide to modern table manners for all occasions by one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateursWhen can you photograph your food? What do you do when you’re running late? What can you eat with your hands? Are you the guest who runs late and texts real-time updates? The diner with allergies or the host trying to accommodate them? The social media addict who can’t put your phone down at the restaurant? Whether your manners are a disaster or you simply need some fine-tuning, here is an authoritative and witty guide to table manners for everyone and every occasion.
Emily Post's Etiquette- Manners For a New World
The most trusted name in etiquette returns to tackle the latest issues of the 21st century--from texting and tweeting to iPhones and Facebook--in this completely updated and gorgeously packaged edition.
A world authority on the art of travel, Charles MacPherson has planned itineraries for celebrities and business leaders, and trained the staff of some of the world's leading hotels. In this easy-to-follow guide, you will find his tips on how to: * Plan Your Trip: choose luggage and accommodations, master wrinkle-free packing, secure an upgrade and manage your schedule.* Travel in Style: for business or pleasure; by plane, train, cruise ship, coach, yacht, car or even private jet.* Make the Most of Your Stay: get help from the concierge (every hotel's best-kept secret) and navigate international dining etiquette and tipping culture. And much more! Slip this compact book into your carry-on luggage for a trusted companion wherever your travels may take you.
Essential Manners for Men
In Essential Manners for Men, etiquette expert Peter Post tackles the issues of real concern for today's man, enabling him to make the right decisions about what to do and say in every situation that counts, whether in daily life, social life, or on the job. Sharp, savvy, and sensible - filled with accessible sidebars, tips, and stories from the author's own experiences - this classic New York Times bestselling handbook has been updated to reflect the realities of our modern times with all new material, including: Social media: social networking, gaming, and the world of online dating Communication in person: greetings, handshakes, and how to make the all-important good first impression Communication on-the-go: texting, e-mailing, and using smart phones Life changes: dealing with bumps in the road, from divorce to layoffs Weddings: the man's role, from groom to best man to usher, and the changing nature of the bachelor party Entertaining, dining, tipping Also: Sportsmanship; Parenting; Sharing living space with a roommate, spouse, or significant other; Navigating the business dinner; Throwing a great party or being a perfect guest . . . and much more.
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