If it’s vintage……It is fabulous!

I am a vintage woman, and I have an appreciation for the beauty, quality and exquisite craftsmanship of yesteryear.  I came across an elegant, vintage, Royal Doulton “Yorkshire Rose,” china set at  Antiques on QueenDowntown Port Hope, ON; I absolutely fell in love with it.

This high quality Royal Doulton set has 12 dinner plates, 12 dessert plates, 12 bread and butter plates, 12 cups and saucers, 4 fruit bowls, a tea pot, a platter, an oval vegetable dish and a cream and sugar set.

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Royal Doulton “Rose Yorkshire” China set

I also came across a beautiful hand made lace table cloth, circa 1940, and the labour of love along with the intricate details were stunning. Additionally, I added  a gorgeous linen napkin set, circa 1937, and decided to do an informal table setting  – the results were beautiful!

Here are some great tips for setting an informal dinner table for your family Mother’s Day brunch or any other special occasion.

  1.  Place your forks and napkins on the left of your service plate and your salad plate.  The salad fork should be placed on the outside, followed by the dinner fork, which is placed next to your plates.
  2. On the right side of your plates, place your soup spoon on the outer end, followed by your teaspoon and your dinner knife, which is placed near to the plates.
  3. Your cup and saucer, your water and wine glasses are placed on the right hand side of your plate settings. The water glass is placed to the upper right, followed by your red wine and white wine glasses.

I completed my table décor with a signed Waterford crystal vase, and two crystal candleholders, circa, 1920.

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Informal table setting, on a beautiful handmade lace table cloth, circa 1940

There you have it Beautiful People!  Happy table setting.

I truly appreciate your continued support and love for the blog.  Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day filled with love, joy and laughter.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc.  is a Etiquette Consultant and a member of The Etiquette Institute, St. Louis, MO

Photo credit and table setting: Vanessa Ferguson Kellman

Table wares: Antiques on Queen, Downtown, Port Hope

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A Noteworthy Birthday!

Hello Beautiful People!

This year’s birthday was pretty special for me, I ended a decade of an amazing journey of true womanhood. Overall, life has been good! I have had to make a lot of lemonades with the lemons life served, but I was blessed in that decade, I accomplished so much, and more importantly, I did not have to spend one day in a hospital bed.

So, I celebrated the beauty of life, the hope of a bright future, the discovery of the fountain of youth and the blessing of good health with my husband, Kelvin; our birthdays are only two days a part. We went high in the skies of Toronto, which is symbolic of how we intend to soar in the next decade of our lives.

We dined at Canoe Restaurant, located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, at               66 Wellington Street West, just west of Bay Street on the north side. We had a splendid time! Please take a moment enjoy our birthday experience with us. Bon Appetit!

 

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Kelvin &  Vanessa at Canoe Restaurant, located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower Downtown, Toronto

 

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Vanessa & Kelvin enjoying dinner at Canoe Restaurant, overlooking the city of Toronto from the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower

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The view from the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower – dining at Canoe Restaurant, Downtown, Toronto

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Pure delight!  Enjoying a pineapple-mint drink, I loved this combination.

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Let’s just call this “his happy drink,” just because……

 

 

Birthday 6a

Smells delish! Albert Lamb – roasted rump, braised shoulder, curried squash and beluga lintels

Birthday 4a

Absolutely bursting with flavours! Alberta Lamb – Roasted rump, braised shoulder, curried squash and beluga lentils

Birthday 5a

Succulent! Artic char – Cauliflower couscous, grilled mustard greens, XO romesco sauce

Birthday 3a

Amazing appetizer!  Haida gwaii albacore tuna crudo – sumac jelly, sweet onion slaw and black garlic tartar sauce

Birthday 8a

Hmm….  Hmm…  Good! Pumpkin caramel cake – 100 km granola, dates and Prairie rye Chantilly

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Feeling excited about my desert! Pumpkin caramel cake

 

 

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A great ending! Niagara orchard apple pavlova – Praline cream, cranberry jam, and toasted almonds

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Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, your love and support is appreciated.  Hope you will take time out to enjoy your birthday too!  Love you Beautiful People!

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, BSc., MBA is President and Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry & The Etiquette Society

Vanessa is a MAC Cosmetics Pro Member

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Barbados – Bayley’s Plantation

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits "Electric Avenue" and Romancing The Stone," with Vanessa Ferguson Kellman

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits “Electric Avenue” and Romancing The Stone,” with Vanessa Ferguson Kellman

I recently travelled to Barbados with my husband on a business/pleasure trip, to discover one of the jewels of the Caribbean. Barbados is 21 miles (34 km) by 14 miles (23 km), the population is about 300,000, with the residents residing throughout the eleven parishes on the island.

There are two seasons in Barbados; the wet season, which runs May thru December and the dry season, which runs December thru April. The average daytime high temperature in Barbados is 86 F (30 C). The temperature was definitely a welcome relief after leaving the stinging cold and feeling the warmth of the Bajan sun.

The currency in Barbados is the Barbadian dollar and the currency exchange is US$1 to BD2$.

 

Barbados 11 Parishes

Barbados Eleven Parishes – credit Google map

 

Map of Barbados - Credit Google Map

Map of Barbados – Credit Google Map

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

 

Kelvin Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

Kelvin Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Kelvin Kellman, soaking up some Barbados sun and cool ocean breeze

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Kelvin Kellman, soaking up some Barbados sun and cool ocean breeze

 

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits "Electric Avenue" and Romancing The Stone," Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Kelvin Kellman, and Curtez Kellman

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits “Electric Avenue” and Romancing The Stone,” Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Kelvin Kellman, and Curtez Kellman

Kelvin and I stayed with our relatives, the Grant/Kellman families on Bayley’s Plantation (this is a private residence and not available for public tours), it is located in St. Philip Parish, east on the island. Bayley’s Plantation was set up by Joseph Bayley, between 1719 – 1738. He owned 350 African slaves and by 1812 had expanded his plantation to 444 acres.

Bayley's Plantation - The original structure of the main plantation house

Bayley’s Plantation – The original structure of the main plantation house

 

Bayley's Plantation - The original structure of the main plantation house

Bayley’s Plantation – The original structure of the main plantation house

World renowned recording artist, Eddy Grant known for his hits Electric Avenue and Romancing The Stone, among many others, presently owns and resides on Bayleys Plantation, the largest former slave plantation in Barbados. The main plantation house still stands today; this is where Eddy Grant has his recording studio.

As I treaded on the sacred grounds, the experience was quite surreal sensing the curiosity, being given the authorization and feeling the warm welcome of the ancestral spirits. I felt hope and comfort as I stood next to the original slave chapel; I experienced a void as I sat under the massive tree where slaves were “hung like strange fruit.” And while sitting in original slave dwelling quarters, I was overwhelmed by the unrecorded stories of disappointments, the feelings of fear, sorrow, pain, loss and hopelessness. If only the walls would tell me the secrets!

 

Bayley's Plantation - The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman standing in front of the tree where the plantation slaves were whipped and lynched.

Bayley's Plantation - The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

Bayley’s Plantation – The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

 

Bayley's Plantation - Plaque dedicated by the Government of Barbados, recognizing the freedom fighters

Bayley’s Plantation – Plaque dedicated by the Government of Barbados, recognizing the freedom fighters

The plantation is important in the history of Barbados because of the April 16, 1816 revolt in Barbados against the white plantation owners led by a slave named Bussa. He was taken out of Africa and brought to Bayley’s Plantation;  Bussa led the largest slave uprising of 400 against troops of the First West India Regiment, which began at Bayley’s Plantation and spread to other neighbouring plantations. Bussa was killed in the revolt; however, he remains a hero in Barbados for his fight for the freedom of enslaved Africans (Bussa’s Rebellion).

Statue of Bussa

Statue of Bussa – Credit Internet

Over 70,000 Barbadians of African descent took to the streets singing the Barbadian folk song:

Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin (Queen Victoria). De Queen come from England to set we free Now Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin” (old.antislavery.org)

It was a privilege to spend time on sacred grounds, where freedom fighters once lived, and died fighting for what we take for granted today. I can say with assurance, their names have been recorded on the right side of history; for which we continue to salute and celebrate them.

Bayley's Plantation - Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds, to return home to Canada.

Bayley's Plantation - Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds.

“A people without knowledge of their history is like a tree without roots.”  ~Marcus Garvey~

Thank you for stopping by the blog, I always enjoy sharing with you!

I want to thank you for a fun-filled journey; 2015 has been an amazing year. Thank you for your love and support, I sincerely appreciate it.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, safe and successful 2016!  See you again in the new year! xox

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc. is President & Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry & The Etiquette Society

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Photography by Kelvin Kellman.

References:  http://old.antislavery.org/breakingthesilence/slave_routes/slave_routes_barbados.shtml

http://www.barbados-beaches-plus.com/bayleys-plantation.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bussa%27s_Rebellion

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/03/03/eddy-grant-the-ringbang-man-and-a-national-icon-is-a-special-person/

 

 

Black Business & Professional Association Convention – 2015

 

Vanessa at the Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention, November 11-12th, 2015.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman one of the Presenters at the Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention, November 11-12th, 2015.

I was honoured to be one of the presenters at the Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention (NBBPC) – EXPO 2015 in Toronto.

The two-day convention showcased the best in business, entrepreneurship, education and finance, attracting Canada’s brightest students, top employers, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and government officials as well as the BBPA’s strategic partners and valued sponsors for two days of information, innovation and inspiration.

The convention focused on organizations and institutions that promote diversity, a trademark character that distinguishes Canada and its corporations from those across the globe – BBPA.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman pictured with President of the Black Business & Professional Association Pauline Christian

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman pictured with President of the Black Business & Professional Association, Pauline Christian.

Kelvin Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Pauline Christian and Dr. David Burt at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention

Kelvin Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Pauline Christian and Dr. David Burt at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Dr, Marlyn Morris, Vice President of The Black Business & Professional Association

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Dr. Marlyn Morris, Vice President of The Black Business & Professional Association at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention.

 

Kelvin Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Jerrold Johnson, Chief Representative Office, Jamaica National Building Society (Toronto), at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention.

Kelvin Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Jerrold Johnson, Chief Representative Office, Jamaica National Building Society (Toronto), at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc. is President & Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry, & The Etiquette Society.

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The “Say What?!” Moment

Dinning at Soos Restaurant, Toronto - Vanessa is wearing MAC Lipstick in Syrup, it has a luster finish, it is a mauve/pinky shade that covers pigmented lips well.

Dining at Soos Restaurant, Toronto – Vanessa is wearing MAC Lipstick in Syrup; it has a luster, sheer finish, it is a mauve/pinky shade that covers pigmented lips well.

Hello Again Beautiful People!

My husband and I recently dined at a cozy family owned restaurant in the trendy Ossington Ave and Queen St. West neighbourhood, Toronto, named Soos. The staff were warm and welcoming, the atmosphere was relaxed, the décor was vibrant and the music was energetic. Soos restaurant conceptualizes the “modern interpretation of Malaysian street food”; and with that said, we had the “Say What?!” moment – the deer staring in the headlight kind a look.  We were not familiar with the menu choices, nor how to pronounce the names; however, the server did an excellent job informing us what to expect in taste, texture and she also gave us a quick pronunciation tutorial.

The food was bursting with flavours and textures! We started with Keropok (kerr-OH-pock): this is a house made prawn crackers, complimented with the Soos peanut sauce.  My husband’s main course was Laksa, (lag-sa), which is chicken, prawn, tofu ball, falangal, mee, vermicelli and curry broth.  I feasted on the Char Kway Teow (char-way-ow): this is tiger prawns, chives, sambal, beansprout, egg drop and charred rice fettuccine.

Dinning at Soos Restaurant, Toronto - Vanessa is wearing MAC Lipstick in Syrup, it has a luster finish, it is a mauve/pinky shade that covers my pigmented lips well.

Dining at Soos Restaurant, Toronto – Vanessa is wearing MAC Lipstick in Syrup; it has a luster, sheer finish, it is a mauve/pinky shade that covers pigmented lips well.

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  It is always exciting to hear from you.  Go out and enjoy your season’s socials and feel confident when it comes to pronouncing those delicious appetizers.

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Vanessa Ferguson Kellman,  MBB, BSc. is President & Founder of The Etiquette Society

Vanessa is a member of the Etiquette Institute, St. Louis, MO

Toronto’s Entrepreneurs – The Makeup Artist & The Closet Maven

Hello Beautiful People!

Vanessa wearing MAC Lipstick Morange.  Photo by Evan Bergstra

Vanessa wearing MAC Lipstick Morange. Photo by Evan Bergstra

I have had the pleasure of spending time with a talented young Entrepreneur, Marie Mercurius, who is the proprietor of The Closet Maven.  I attended one of Marie’s seminars on space organization: it was an informative session, and her presentation was lively and interactive.  If your closet is overran with too many bags, shoes, dresses, skirts, shirts, pants, sweaters and hats, I would encourage you to follow Marie on social media or book an appointment for a session with her to become organized.

Marie Mercurius

Marie Mercurius,  Proprietor of The Closet Maven and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman – Makeup Artist.  Photo by: Evan Bergstra

Marie Mercurius, Proprietor of The Closet Maven and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Makeup Artist

Marie Mercurius, Proprietor of The Closet Maven and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Makeup Artist

 Marie was involved in the creative arts from a young age, where she played the flute and drums in high school and pursued performing as a singer and dancer.

She hosted a weekly radio show for eight years, which gave her a good taste of broadcasting, an industry she never inspired to work in but found a love for. She would love to parlay that into TV hosting her own edutainment show.  Marie says being creative is what fulfills her and her business allows her to do that. She helps to de-clutter and organize closets for women so that getting dressed is an enjoyable experience. A wardrobe that is properly stored and well-cared for ensures a great return on your investment.

Marie Mercurius - The Closet Maven

Marie Mercurius – The Closet Maven

Here are five great tips Marie would like to leave with you, on how to store your out of season clothing:

1. Place all of your summer clothes in a pile so you can conduct an end of season audit. Anything that no longer fits, is uncomfortable to wear or you don’t feel confident in should be donated.

2.  Make sure everything that will be stored is clean. Check for stains (stains sitting for an extended period of time may be more difficult to remove), missing buttons, loose hems and broken zippers.

3.  Places to store your clothes:

  • Under the bed – use low totes preferably made of cotton or canvas with lids as they allow your clothes to breathe better than plastic totes. You need at least 6” of space under your bed.
  • Back of the closets – breathable garment bags, cotton, bamboo are your best bet. Again, try to avoid plastic or nylon. These are ideal for dresses or items that you’d like to keep wrinkle free.
  • On closet shelf – storage boxes with lids, preferably fabric lined ones. These can be labeled on the front to find things quickly and can be stacked.
  • Under a dresser – if you have room.

4. Be sure to add lavender scented sachets or cedar balls to stave off any unwanted guests and to keep everything smelling fresh.

5.  When it comes to footwear, check heels for missing lifts and soles to make sure they are in good shape. Anything that needs to be repaired can go in a separate pile.

  • Make sure they are clean before storing.
  • You can use plastic, acrylic shoe boxes or the original shoe boxes to store them. If using plastic, I suggest lining them with tissue paper for added protection. Label boxes for visibility and store under your bed or on shelves in your closet.
  • Under bed canvas shoe organizers are another option.
Marie Mercurius, Proprietor of The Closet Maven. Boris, Makeup Artist and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Makeup Artist

Marie Mercurius – Proprietor of The Closet Maven; Boris –  Makeup Artist and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman – Makeup Artist.  Photo by: Evan Bergstra

Marie Mercurius - Proprietor of The Closet Maven, Boris - Makeup Artist, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman - Makeup Artist

Marie Mercurius – Proprietor of The Closet Maven; Boris – Makeup Artist; Vanessa Ferguson Kellman – Makeup Artist.  Photo by:  Evan Bergstra

There you have it beautiful People! Thanks for stopping by the blog and have yourself a great day. xx

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc is President and Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry International, Ltd

Vanessa is a MAC Cosmetics Pro Member

Vanessa received her makeup certification from The School of Pro Makeup, Toronto, ON

For makeup and etiquette tips please follow my blog white SAND & YELLOW diamond

Business Card Etiquette

Mayor of Toronto,  John Tory and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at The International Economic Forum of The Americas - Toronto Global Forum

Mayor of Toronto, John Tory and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at The International Economic Forum of The Americas – Toronto Global Forum 2015

I was a guest of Mayor John Tory, at a special breakfast on July 10, as part of The International Economic Forum of The Americas – Toronto Global Forum. The formal portion of the breakfast was a discussion between Mayor Tory and three guest panelists regarding business development, investment and trade, and opportunities to build further relationships between Toronto and the Americas. The guest panelists were Alexander Mora, Foreign Trade Minister to Costa Rica,  Hans Schulz, Vice-President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, Inter-American Development Bank, and  Romaine Seguin, President of UPS Americas Region.

Mayor of Toronto John Tory, Alexander Mora, Foreign Trade Minister to Costa Rica,  Hans Schulz, Vice-President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, Inter-American Development Bank, and  Romaine Seguin, President of UPS Americas Region.

Mayor of Toronto John Tory, Alexander Mora, Foreign Trade Minister to Costa Rica,
Hans Schulz, Vice-President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, Inter-American Development Bank, and
Romaine Seguin, President of UPS Americas Region.

Mayor of Toronto,  John Tory and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at The International Economic Forum of The Americas - Toronto Global Forum 2015

Mayor of Toronto, John Tory and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at The International Economic Forum of The Americas – Toronto Global Forum 2015

At the venue where The International Economic Forum of The Americas – Toronto Global Forum was held, it presented a unique opportunity to network and grow your professional base.  I am sure more than 50% of the persons attending the forum had their business cards with them – not a bad idea. However, when it comes to you and your business cards, exhibiting good business card etiquette usually serves well.

Here are some  tips for business card etiquette:

  • Do not go up to a senior executive and ask for a business card; you wait until they give you one.
  • Give your card with your name facing the person, without your thumb covering your name.
  • Do not take a business card that is soiled and present it to someone, even if it is your last card.
  • Do not pass out your business cards during a meal.
  • Always have your cards with you because you never know!

Thank you for stopping by the blog; you’ve been good company.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman MBA, BSc. is President & Founder of the Etiquette Society International

Vanessa is a member of The Etiquette Institute – St. Louis, MO

For Makeup and Etiquette updates, please follow my blog white SAND & YELLOW diamond
xx

Business Ready

 Kelvin I. Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Michael Lee-Chin


Kelvin I. Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Billionaire/Philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin

Hello Beautiful People!

When it comes to being business ready, your deportment, attire and makeup is just as important as being qualified and confident. For my business attire, I wore a clean cut Club Monaco pant and jacket, makeup that was vibrant but not overbearing and offensive and minimal accessories.

I was “Business Ready” when I met Billionaire/Philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin;  I was feeling confident, self-assured and “knowing my value” as  Mika Brzezinski shares with women.

Kelvin I. Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Michael Lee-Chin

Kelvin I. Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Billionaire/Philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin

I am coming with 10+ years experience in the financial industry and there are three key principles of wealth creation I took from Mr. Lee-Chin as it relates to investing.

1.  A sound intellectual framework for making decisions.

2. Control of emotions especially during times of adversity.

3. Access to the highest quality of private and public offerings.

Well, there you have it Beautiful People! Invest in being “Business Ready,” as you’ll never know who your next photo op will be with.  Thanks for stopping by the blog and for your wonderful support. xox

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Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc.  is President & Founder of The Etiquette Society International & Studio 67 Makeup Artistry International

Etiquette certification:  The Etiquette Institute – St. Louis, MO

Makeup Artistry certification:  School of Pro Makeup, Ltd. – Toronto, ON

 

Food Finesse – You Can Master It!

Hello Again Beautiful People!

 Dining is a pleasurable experience we all like to indulge in, and to add to it, there are so many imaginative, and creative dishes to  enjoy.  I would like to give you some guidelines on how to handle your food with finesse without ever second guessing yourself.

The average person consumes at least three meals a day, which makes food an integral part of our lives and our subsistence. Since we are constantly handling food in private and in public, here are some dining guidelines for you to consider:

Sushi – The correct way to eat sushi is using your hand, however, nowadays most people are eating sushi with chopsticks. I envy my husband, he’s a master at using the chopsticks.

Credit:  Pinterest

Credit: Pinterest

Shrimp – Use your seafood fork to dip your shrimp into the cocktail sauce.

Tacos – Use your fingers to eat your tacos and eat from one side only.

Pizza – This is finger food! Just curl both sides of the pizza to avoid losing any topping.

Spaghetti – Do not cut the spaghetti, use your dinner fork to twirl a few strands at a time.

Soup –  Your soup spoon should be tilted away from you when dipping your soup.  If your soup is served in a cup with handles, you may pick it up and drink from the cup.  If the soup is too hot, don’t blow on it, just wait for it to cool before you eat.

Salad– If the salad is served as a separate course, use your salad fork.  However, if the salad is part of the entree by all means use your dinner fork and the knife to cut up the larger pieces of lettuce.

Dips – You are only allowed to dip once from a communal bowl.  If the dip is on your personal plate you can dip as many times as you please.

Jellies – Spoon just a little onto your plate beside your meat and use your fork to eat the jelly with your meat.

Olives, celery, carrot sticks and pickles – Use your fingers, and when removing the olive pit from your mouth, do so with cupped fingers.

Corn on cob – It is okay to use your fingers to pick up your corn and eat it, or you can use your knife to cut the corn kernels off and then use your fork to eat them.

Barbeque ribs – This is absolutely a finger food!  However, it is always polite not to lick your fingers.

Fried or Baked Chicken – Generally eaten using your fingers, but watch closely and follow what your host or hostess’ preferred choice is.

Strawberries – Grasp the stem of the fruit with your fingers, take a few bites and when finished leave the stem on your plate.

Grapes – Remove a small bunch and eat one at a time using your fingers.

Apples and pears – If it’s a casual setting, feel free to use your fingers.

Watermelon slice – Use your fork and knife to cut into bite sizes.  Use cupped fingers to remove the seeds from your mouth and place them on your plate.

Cupcakes, brownies, bread, rolls, muffins and biscuits – Use your fingers to break small pieces off and eat.

I trust you are feeling more confident about your food finesse?  Congratulations and Bon Appetit Beautiful People!

 

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Vanessa Ferguson-Kellman is President and Founder of The Etiquette Society International, Ltd

Member of The Etiquette Institute: St. Louis, MO

 

Material credits:  Trenetta Robinson & Maria Everding – The Etiquette Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you use this new phone App?

There's an App for that

There’s an App for that

Remember the days when communication was simpler and having valuable interactions with family and friends was a meaningful and enjoyable experience?  Are you feeling slighted and frustrated about the quality of your conversations and your interactions because you battle for attention against a hand held device that have no broca’s area in the frontal lobe?!  Well, you are certainly not alone! It would seem as though Albert Einstein’s fear has been realized  – “I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.

However, all is not lost, here’s a new App you can ask your family and friends to download, it’s called RESPECT! (Remember, your Eyes, Sparks, Positive, Effective, Communication, Totally!).

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The RESPECT App is definitely needed here! (Remember, Eyes, Sparks, Positive, Effective, Communication, Totally!)