Etiquette and Advice

Sticky Situation: Five Apple Watch Etiquette Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

One thing is for sure, the proud Apple Watch owners will be the first to energetically turn their wrists to answer the boring "What time is it?" question. If you are one of the fortunate Apple Watch wearers, show Agent 99 "Smart thinking," by using these five B.A.W. (Before Apple Watch) techno etiquette guidelines of dos and don'ts.

Sticky Situation: Asking Bridal Shower Guests for Cash Is a Definite Don't

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My son and his future wife, live together in a small apartment. They are hoping to soon purchase a house. When we discussed the shower, she told me that she is thinking of a money shower. This seems very tacky to me. I am mortified. What should I do?

Sticky Situation: Asking Wedding Guests To Pay Is Rude

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

From the readers' emails that I receive, these new trends of requesting meal payment from guests, making expensive demands on wedding party members and extending the celebration beyond the wedding day, is making wedding dreams come true for the couple but putting a serious strain on many friendships.

Sticky Situation: The 11 Commandments of Business Dining

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Whether you are a graduating student who is networking in search of a job or a CEO celebrating a new contract across the globe, the rules are the same, as a host or guest.

Sticky Situation: Easter Hosting Infographic

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To help you set the table and maneuver Sticky Hosting Situations during a brunch get-together, a potluck buffet or a formal dinner, I have put together a colourful infographic with the help of my precious visual collaborator, Sam Clusiau-Lawlor.

Sticky Situation: If You Want to Film, Please Ask First

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I recently facilitated a children's workshop. Without warning, a colleague filmed the entire session, including my interactions with boys and girls. I was surprised, uneasy, but did not say or do anything. What words should I use so as not to damage my relationship with this new colleague? So far, we are getting along great.

Sticky Situation: How to Say "No" With Grace

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

In business, and in our community, there are times when you would like to say no, but are not sure how. Here is your guide to saying no at work and play.

Sticky Situation: Who Pays for a Modern Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Dear Julie, My niece is getting married in a civil ceremony, in May. Since this Valentine's Day announcement, the family climate is extremely explosive with regards to the payment of her wedding. According to wedding etiquette guidelines, do her parents have to pay? Please enlighten us

Sticky Stuation: Valentine D.A.T.I.N.G. Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Every February the 14, throughout the globe, couples profess their love to each other. In the era of technology, where texts and videos are replacing handwritten cards and when equality of the sexes should be the norm, this is the one day of the year where men are expected to polish their swords and wear their capes to seduce their lady.

Sticky Situation: Paying for a Gadget My Kid Borrowed

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My child borrowed an iPod from a friend in school and did not let me know. I confiscated it and threw it away without realizing it belonged to someone else. The other child's parent called me and told me to replace it. I don't understand how that parent could have made such a request.

Sticky Situation: Super Bowl Sunday Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

The countdown to Super Bowl XLIX has begun. The Seattle Seahawks are about to defend their title against the New England Patriots. This fanatical day is all about football but also about family, friends and foods. Don't get flagged for foul play, follow these 10 party manners and get re-invited for next year's Super Bowl L.

Sticky Situation: Your Boss Thinks You're Rude

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Yes, the contemporary workplace is evolving and no, your manager or human resources representative may not have had "that" talk about your rudeness or inappropriateness with you, but you could be embarrassing yourself, your superior and your entire organization.

How to Do Good at Home

Karen Cleveland | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Karen Cleveland

People for Good are at it again, carrying on their crusade for kindness. Thank goodness, literally, for their selfless goal of making the world a bett...

There's a Time to Text and a Time to Talk

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Living
Nancy A. Shenker

So many people are hiding these days behind their devices, using efficiency and speed as just one of the many excuses to avoid direct communication. I don't purport to be the Emily Post of digital etiquette, but the following are times when some form of more intimate and potentially interactive communication may be preferable to their smart phone or tablet equivalent.

Emily Post's Advice On Writing a Love Letter

Karen Cleveland | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

As if Emily Post prophesized the Internet's ability to make a message go viral, she warned, "Never write a letter to anyone -- no matter whom -- that would embarrass you were you to see it in a newspaper above your signature." Or, I'd add to that, a screen grab of your declaration on someone's Tumblr. This all sounds terribly unromantic, doesn't it?

Handwritten Notes: For When an Email Just Won't Cut It

Karen Cleveland | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Emails are to the art of letter writing what instant coffee is to a meticulously crafted espresso. I know, I know, email is so much more convenient than sitting down to write a note by hand. Not every message warrants a handwritten note, but don't write them off entirely (horrible pun intended).

Good Table Manners Are Sexy

Karen Cleveland | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

I love talking contemporary etiquette, but I get equally as excited (yes, I said it: excited) about the perennial, classic content. Good table manners are one such topic. Good table manners are sexy. Jamming one's napkin down his or her collar, is not.

What Not To Do When You Lose At The Golden Globes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.12.2012 | Canada Style

Maintaining day-to-day poise can be tough enough for us commoners -- imagine if your every move was publicly picked apart and scrutinized. Such is the...

10 Office Party Etiquette Tips

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada Style

It's surprising, but true: People really do need reminders about how to behave appropriately when they mix business with pleasure. This is particularl...

Avoid Gifting Pitfalls With Expert Advice From Finishing School's Karen Cleveland

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Style

Halloween festivities are about to get underway and that can only mean one thing -- come November 1 we'll be thrust into holiday mode. The stores will...