Inspiration Boards :: Pears, Pie, & Cocoa

November 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Finally, the leaves are starting to change and fall from the trees. It is really beginning to look like a different season around here! Now I’m in the mood for Thanksgiving. Here’s what’s been inspiring me this week…

Camille Styles

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The Plantation House via Style Me Pretty

The Plantation House via Style Me Pretty

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Chic Lady :: The Art Of Good Conversation

November 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Knowing how to converse in a polished way is a key skill to being a chic lady. It is important to learn how to visit with people of all different backgrounds and personalities. No one wants to be stuck with the person who is boring, talks too much, or talks too little.

Listen
Listening can be a harder skill to learn than talking. Most people have no problem talking about themselves. Make every effort to ask questions about things like vacations, shopping places, and hobbies. Avoid questions that bring up taboo subjects like politics, money, or religion. If you find the conversation coming to a halt, try including others around you into the conversation. When you respond to questions, always do so in a poised way. Never offer negative or controversial opinions.

Keep A Tight Lip
I know it can be hard, but try to use tact and discretion at all times. Bad conversation comes from those who talk too much. You can’t take back the things you say, so save your gossip and bashing for a very private conversation between your most trusted confidants.
Being funny can be a wonderful tactic in conversation, but try not to be humorous at the expense of others. You may get a laugh, but those laughing on the inside are disapproving on the inside.
Never brag or try to intimidate others with your brilliance or skills. Never make anyone feel inferior.
Always be sincere and don’t fake it if you don’t feel it. Do not say, “We should get lunch.” with no intentions of following through.

Speaking Properly
Speaking clearly and with diction is even more important than the words you are speaking. Avoid using made-up words and terms to make yourself easier to understand. Do you ever listen to your voice on a recording and cringe? Do you mumble or jumble your words? Do you use annoying catchphrases or filler words? Or worse, do you swear? Be mindful of the things you say and in the manner you say them. Make sure your volume is at a good level. Also, there is an art to making a stellar first impression by saying everything you need to say in as few words as possible.

Things You Should Never Do In A Polite Conversation
*Yawn
*Laugh too loud
*Gossip
*Swear
*Talk about medical or emotional ailments
*Stand too close
*Talk about yourself too much

The Art Of Accepting A Compliment
Do not act shy or embarrassed when someone gives you a compliment. A simple smile and a thank you is the classiest and most chic way to react. Never agree with it, though.Try not to give away too much information. No need to say how much you spent on your dress or shoes. Keeping a bit of mystery is the best thing you can do.

The Art Of Giving A Compliment
As you are accepting compliments with grace, do not forget to give them out as well. As good as you feel as you receive a compliment, it will give others that same feeling. If you compliment too much, you may come off as insincere. Be careful to always say what you mean and mean what you say. Even if you have to consciously look for things that impress you enough to give a compliment. Be careful when complimenting an article of clothing, shoes, or handbags. Use caution when asking where the item was purchased. Some women don’t want to give away their favorite boutique. Never as about cost.

Remember that anyone can engage in a conversation. But a good conversation or a bad conversation can be the difference in a good time or a bad time. Don’t let your conversation skills intimidate you. It takes work and practice. Always go into conversational situations with intention, purpose, and awareness and you will be the one at the party everyone wants to talk to.

Wine Down Wednesday :: Bluegrass

November 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

I had the privilege of going to the W on 2nd Street here in Austin a week ago. Tanner and I tried their restaurant, Trace because we’ve heard some great things. Besides Trace being recommended to us, I was told I had to try one of their handcrafted cocktails called the Bluegrass Martini. Best.Drink.Ever. Bits of mint, slush, and blueberry all in a glass, count me in any day.

According to the Austin Chronicle 2011 Restaurant Poll, “Austin is emerging as a cocktail capitol,” so there was no craft cocktail winner. Who knew Austin was the cocktail capitol??

There are so many great classic and craft cocktails at Trace, like the Manhattan, JalapeƱo Cucumber Lemonade, and the Lone Star Classic. But, I highly recommend the Bluegrass for something refreshing, innovative, and just plain yummy.

Your Own Personal Stylist…

November 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

Every weekend I get the opportunity to meet so many new people. That is definitely one of the perks of being in the business of hosting weddings and receptions. I met some of the most fascinating people I have ever met this past Friday night.

It was about 30 minutes before the ceremony. This always means organized chaos. Everyone is consumed with anticipation and nervousness, while we are tending to just about everything imaginable. It was amidst this organized chaos that time seemed to stand still as I met Leonardo and Louis. Louis, a fellow re-head grabbed my attention as he walked though the kitchen. We had a quick introduction and then insisted I meet his husband, Leonardo. Leonardo, a captivating Venezuelan, was holding the most beautiful clutch ever, full of show-stopping vintage jewelry for the bride. I quickly learned that Leo was a stylist. He was there to style the bride and create different looks for her throughout the evening. First of all, this is just genius! Why wouldn’t you have a stylist for your wedding day? I have never thought of this. Secondly, I just assumed stylists were only attainable if you were some kind of celebrity or socialite.

So, Leonardo has a boutique right here in Austin. Not only does he find you new articles of clothing and jewelry for you, but he also will come to your home, look through your closet, and style you based on what you already own! It is called Leonardo D’Almagro

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Confessions of a Workaholic

November 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

So, I totally had a “Saved by the Bell” moment last night. You know, the one where Jessie has her infamous breakdown because she doesn’t have enough time to study for her test and perform with Hot Sundae. Yeah…that’s how I’m feeling. All the while super happy and grateful for everything at the moment. Between putting on 6 events in two weeks, meeting with new and potential brides, and having enough creative energy to blog, my brain literally hurts.

So, how do you find balance? Do you ever feel like you are working so hard that you are not really producing anything of worth at the end of the day? I started out needing this blog as an outlet for my creative energy. As a way to connect with people like me in hopes of showing at least one person something they would enjoy. I am constantly overwhelmed by you, the readers, that you take a minute out of your day to read something I’ve written.

It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve posted and I feel sad that I’ve let the craziness of my life take over my time and the energy I’ve needed to blog. So how do you do it? How do you manage your time to be a good wife, sister, daughter, friend, business person, etc…?

So this is me in all honesty. I don’t always fully disclose my feelings like this. More than likely, if you were to ask me how I’m doing, I’d probably say, “Great!” But sometimes the truth needs to be said, or written. So, here I am processing my feelings for all of you to see. Maybe I’m not the only one…

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