Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky Situation: Who Pays for a Modern Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.25.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 02.01.2015 | 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 01.21.2015 | 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.

Sticky Situation: New Year's Toast Origins, Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Although the sound of fine crystal glasses clinking may be lovely and could dissipate evil spirits, it is bad news for glassware and your host. It could be unsafe and expensive when the two "toasters" knock too hard; glasses could crack or break.

Sticky Situation: Your Ultimate Holiday Hosting How-To

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

At this most wonderful time of the year, I share with you place-setting guidelines, dining dos and don'ts and of course solutions to sticky hosting situations.

Sticky situation: A Family Survival Guide for the Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Probably like most of us, your family is not close to perfect like George Bailey's. It probably is closer to one of the three Modern Family families or the Griswolds. To avoid getting wrapped up in garlands, here's your family survival guide for the holidays.

Sticky Situation: Holiday Tipping Guide

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

The holiday season is a fine opportunity to thank the professionals who serve us daily. Rather than offering gifts, we decided that it makes more sense and it will probably be more appreciated and certainly more useful, to offer them a sum of money instead of token gifts. What amount would you suggest?

Sticky Situation: Classic Holiday Office Party Etiquette

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Here I go again sharing my annual holiday office party tips. I know that you know the guidelines but, a little refresher never hurts, especially in our global digital era. "What's different than a groovy 60s, or a discoing 70s party?" you ask. There is one big difference.

Sticky Situation: Remembrance Day Facts, Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To avoid making a faux-pas, while honouring our family, community and country heroes, those who courageously give us the freedom to be proud of our heritage; here are the facts, dos and don'ts of Remembrance Day.

Sticky Situation: Travelling for Business (With Style)

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You walk into the office and your boss stops you in your tracks: "Go home and pack your bag. Our European client needs you. You are booked on the 17h05 flight." Are you thinking "Yeah!" or "Yuck!"? Here are 10 guidelines to make sure that you broadcast positively as yourself but also as an ambassador for your company and our country.

Sticky Situation: What Do I Bring a Thanksgiving Host?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, my sister and I will be meeting a long lost aunt. What do you suggest that we bring as a host(ess) gift for this unknown cousin who is opening up his home to us? Preferably something not too bulky to carry, I hope. Or, would it be appropriate to buy something at destination?

Sticky Situation: Five Petiquette Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Although Statistics Canada does not collect data on the number of pets in our country, it is safe to say that we co-exist with more pets than we ever have. The results? We have more "pet" peeves and sticky pet situations in our daily lives. Here are five guidelines to contribute to a pet friendly neighbourhood and life.

Sticky Situation: 12 Guidelines for Inflight Civility

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Travelling by aircraft, to get to the conference, to visit a loved one or to explore a remote part of the world could result in verbal abuse, a physical confrontation, and seeing disruptive passengers escorted out by the police. Here are the 12 modern guidelines plus solutions to the most common inflight sticky situations to keep calm, at 35,000 feet and beyond.

Sticky Situation: Saying "No Problem" Is a Problem

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For the last couple of years there is a trend. I could even call it a movement. Etiquette experts and linguists are quite perplexed about this trend. Workplace recruits interchange «No problem» in lieu of «You are welcome», «It's my pleasure», «Yes, right away» or «I'm sorry».

Sticky situation: 10 Back-to-School Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

A good school year is not just the responsibility of the teachers. You, and even your children, can have a positive influence on making this school year a great one. The back-to-school routine includes healthy lifestyle habits and they should also include civility and good manners. They are essential for a harmonious triangle between the school, the child and his parents.

Sticky Situation: How To Be a Good Neighbour

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Try not to borrow from your neighbour. If you do use one of the tools from the garage next door, take it back as soon as you have completed your task. You broke it? Say it, apologize and replace it. You cannot afford to buy another? You should not have borrowed it in the first place.

Sticky Situation: Talking Politics at the Office Is a Slippery Slope

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

When I first started to give business etiquette workshops, I labelled politics along with religion, money and sexual matters, as "inappropriate" topics of conversation. I have since renamed them as "slippery." Meaning, yes you can chat about government actions, policies and their decision makers but beware. To avoid wanting to rewind the conversation tape, here are four don'ts and two dos.

Sticky Situation: Modern Prom Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

From the date to the dress, the rite of the prom has evolved from a simple affair in the high school gym to an elaborate evening at a posh hotel, and sometimes even a hotel room for the night. Yikes, how times have changed! Fortunately etiquette is not stagnant and evolves with our customs. The results? Contemporary prom etiquette dos and don'ts.

Sticky Wedding Situation: Mother of the Bride Dilemma

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My ex-husband and I are divorced. It is not amicable. We just co-exist. We are both remarried. My daughter wants us to both walk her down the aisle. I agree, and so does my ex. I went to my current husband. He threw a tantrum and stated that "everyone" will think that my ex and I are still married."

Sticky Situation: 20 Interview Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

You did it! You got an interview for the best job ever! Woo hoo! You are right to celebrate, but hold on for the toast. You still have to show your likability. Read on for the 20 contemporary dos and don'ts that will let your personality shine to get you the position that you dream of.

Sticky Situation: Can We Ask Guests to Help Pay For Our Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My future husband wants guests to pay a dollar amount for their presence on our wedding day. For my part, I have some discomfort. We discussed it with our families and they all seem to agree with my fiancé. Your help would be greatly appreciated so I can make an informed decision

Sticky Situation: Are Flowers the Best Hospital Gift?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I will be visiting a friend in the hospital this weekend. I want to bring something but I am not sure about flowers. It seems to me that they could be quite cumbersome when you have to take them home. Not to mention that some patients are allergic to them. I would appreciate it if you could please give me some gift suggestions to ease my choice.

Sticky Situation: Office St. Patrick's Day Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Every March 17th, all over Canada and the world, employees go to their closets in search of a little, or a lot, of something green to wear. Some even bring Irish treats and delicacies to eat at lunch or share at break. Others look forward to the traditional happy hour green beer and most don't know that Patrick was not Irish.