THINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU : A Proper Table Setting


I love it when I come across these delightful etiquette cheat sheets, especially ones like this sample place setting that removes all fear and apprehension out of setting a formal table. It even lets you know what is okay to gracefully 'attack' with your fingers and how to properly rest your utensils on your plate to signal that you are done!

Your table never has to be uppity and formal to enjoy breaking bread with others but knowing where everything should go (if you choose to use) is always the place the start.
Of course, paring down the set up above is a great idea for dining that is less formal and if you are removing something from the placement, just slightly move everything in towards the dinner plate.



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REVIVING THE ART OF CONVERSATION...Or Words We Should Use More Often


Who knew that a simple word like 'hullabaloo' could make something as unpleasant as going without a delightful shrimp puff sound so much more exciting!
I think everyone should be in the midst of a hullabaloo at least once in their lifetime!






CHIC THIS WEEK : Best in Show for May 3-9, 2014

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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NAOMI WATTS
In Roland Mouret
(clutch by Roger Vivier, 'Toboggan' sandals by Christian Louboutin)
At the GLAAD Media Awards in NYC, New York



OLIVIA PALERMO
In Narciso Rodriguez
At the Narciso Rodriguez Hearts Bottletop x Pepsi Collection launch in NYC, New York



JULIANNA MARGULIES
In vintage Jean Desses
(clutch by Roger Vivier, jewellery by Lorraine Schwartz)
At the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, DC



KIERNAN SHIPKA
In Peter Pilotto
(clutch by Edie Parker)
At the 'Million Dollar Arm' premiere in Hollywood, California



LUPITA N'YONGO
In Giambattista Valli
('Fifi' pumps by Christian Louboutin, clutch by Judith Leiber)
At the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch in Washington, DC



JULIA LOUIS-DREFUS
In Antonio Berardi
(sandals by Brian Atwood, clutch by Edie Parker)
At the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, DC



DARBY STANCHFIELD
In Alberta Ferretti
At the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, DC



TINA FEY
In Talbot Runhof
At the 'LOL With LLS: Jokes on You, Cancer!' event in NYC, New York



MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL
In Valentino
At the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, New York



AMERICA FERRARA
('Candy' clutch and pumps by Jimmy Choo, jewellery by EF Collection)
At the 29th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards in NYC, New York





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THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Ciroc Lola

The most underappreciated job in the world is being celebrated this weekend and gosh darn it, it needs to be done up in style!
I've taken it upon myself to speak for moms the world over and along with all the other trinkets and baubles that should be gracing the brunch table this weekend, something a little floral and bubbly might just be what the table (and mom) is missing.
After all that Mumsy has done for you, doesn't she deserve to kick back and enjoy a colourful libation as you and your siblings wait on her hand and foot? (The answer is yes, yes she does!)
Happy Mother's Day!

image and recipe via Delish and thebar.com

Ciroc Lola

1 ounce CĂ®roc Vodka
1 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
1 teaspoon elderflower liqueur
1 splash champagne
1 orchid blossom for garnish (optional)

Stir all the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker to chill and strain into a iced cocktail glass.
Top with a splash of champagne and garnish with a Sonya orchid or any food-grade edible flower.




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HOW TO BEHAVE HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: How To Self-Serve At The Dinner Table

image via Martha Stewart

Any utensil specifically reserved for your own use (ie. fork, spoon, knife within your place setting) should never dip into a communal dish at the table. The serving utensils, like the huge spoons that look like what a giant would use to eat his soup, placed at each dish are to be used for serving out of communal dishes and on to your plate when a family-style dinner is served, regardless if the dinner is held in your home or a banquet hall.
Even amongst immediate family, a utensil that has already gone into your mouth shouldn't never touch someone else's potential serving.