Sticky Situations

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

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.02.2015 | 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: 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: A Halloween Trick for Children With Allergies

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For many young Canadian witches, goblins and monsters, Halloween is not about a trick or a treat, it is a about a threat. One that could affect their entire livelihood. The scary part is that there is no cure for allergic reactions. Avoidance of the allergen is the only safe method.

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: 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 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: How Would You Do in an Offbeat Interview?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

So you think that you have what it takes to work for one of serial entrepreneur Richard Branson's 400 companies within his Virgin Empire? You have personality and that is what he hires. Right? Are you a bit nervous about making a poised and polished entrance? What about the small talk -- smooth sailing for you? And what if you do get the job and he proposes a toast to you? Do you drink up or not? Uh oh...

Sticky Situation: Your New Year's Eve Party Guide

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Throughout the world, in the 24 time zones of our planet when the clock strikes 12, Spaniards will wear red underwear, South Africans will throw furniture out of the window and Peruvian neighbours will be boxing to transition from one year to the next. Right here in our homeland, anywhere in our six time zones, Canadians will be singing, sipping and smooching. Here is your New Year guide with good, should and fun to know celebration facts.

Seven Sticky Situations: Home for the Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

"There is no place like home for the holidays..." so the song goes. For that reason, you and your sweetheart have decided to make your house Christmas-central this year. You are hosting and all are taking turns coming to celebrate with you and your family. To make sure that your vision of "the most wonderful time of the year" comes true in your home, here is your cheat sheet to some of the seven of the season's sticky situations.

Sticky Situation: Holiday Tipping Tips

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sharing the holiday spirit with the people that make your life good can be a Sticky Situation. Here is a cheat sheet to make sure that everyone on your list gets recognized for their talented or caring contributions.

Sticky Situations: The Holiday Office Gift Giving Guide

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Holiday gift-giving is the opportunity to thank those that make your work world good, throughout the entire year. But one misstep could have you circulating the office gossip pool for months to come. Don't overspend, don't underspend, and mostly importantly: read this guide before gift-giving season is upon us.

Sticky Situation: Surviving the Holiday Office Party

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

What percentage of holiday office partygoers have seen that guy or that girl do something that he or she regretted the morning after? What is one to do when the scene unfolds during one's jolly get together? Foremost, have your own party manners in check with these top five tips.

Sticky Situation: What Gift to Give a Thanksgiving Host or Hostess

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Hosting is a lot of work, takes a lot of time, and yes, it is expensive. I regularly get hostess gift questions from readers on what to offer, when to offer, and how much to spend. Here are 10 guidelines to make sure that you get re-invited.

Sticky Situation: If I Donate to a Wedding, Do I Need to Give a Gift?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Our daughter just told us that she is getting married this holiday season. The reception will be in a chic downtown Toronto hotel. It will be a very intimate civil wedding with about 30 guests. They have informed me that they will be requesting a $150 donation per adult. I am told that this is the new modern way of getting married...

Sticky Situation: How and When to Quit in Seven Steps

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Congratulations! Although you may simultaneously feel excitement and urgency, both employers will appreciate you leaving and starting with polish and professionalism. Read on for practical steps to transition from one position to the next.

Sticky Situation: 20 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Productive

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

Are your team's meetings a waste of time or an inspiring and cohesive collaborative venture? Make your meetings matter by brushing up on your meeting manners. Here is a refresher of host and participant guidelines plus solutions to sticky meeting situations, that will guarantee a positive, purposeful and productive participation by all.

The Who, What, When and Where of the Royal Baby

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Any minute, any second, the world will go wild when Duchess Kate delivers the much awaited, blue-blooded baby of the Windsor family. And you may be wondering about the when, what, where and how of this royal tra la la? Here's your royal baby guide.

Sticky Situations: Are You a Beach Bum or Beach Buddy?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Just because your sunglasses are on, it doesn't mean that your manners should go to the wind and that you can turn into a beach bum. To make sure that all sand, surf and sun lovers have worry free memories, here are twelve beach friendly reminders that will make you a good beach buddy.

Sticky Situation: How to Deal With a Wedding Show Stealer

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My fiancé's sister is very excited about our wedding, but so much so that she automatically expects, and has voiced this on several occasions, that she expects to be included in the wedding itself. Are there any other things that we could have her as a participant in the wedding, yet not actually a bridesmaid?

Sticky Situation: Your Wedding Gift Questions Answered

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To help you decide what to get and how much to spend, here are the answers to five general wedding gift queries. Every wedding invitation requires a gift. This includes giving a present when you will not be present at the wedding.

Sticky Situation: How to Handle Complaints

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

No matter how you feel: like crawling under your desk, screaming back or calling your mommy, understand that a complaining client is a someone that has faith in you. Really, if he did not believe that you could make it right, he would just take his business elsewhere and leave.