Ask B: Is it ok to use your phone when when in the company of others?

 

Dear B,

Sometimes when I’m with family or friends I notice that people are on their phones, either texting or looking at social media. Sometimes I even find myself on my phone too because they are. I always thought it was best to put your phone away when in the company of others, however have things changed? 

Sincerely, 

C


 

Dear C,

I am passionate about this topic, and this is a question I am asked a great deal! When you are spending time with someone, from a fabulous brunch, to hosting guests at your home for the weekend, to a business meeting, to celebrating a birthday with a backyard bbq, be courteous and keep your phone (on vibrate) in your handbag or pocket. I encourage you to focus on being present and enjoy the beauty of every experience you have. If you are checking your phone every few minutes (likely scrolling social media or texts, am I right?), not only will you miss the magic of where you are, but you will also likely offend those you are with and send the message that your phone is your main priority. If you remember one thing from this post, remember this: etiquette is about kindness and respect for both yourself and others. Give those you are with your undivided attention, and I promise you will be so happy you did!

The one exception is that in the event you are expecting an urgent call, let whomever you are meeting with know, and kindly excuse yourself to take the call when the time comes. When you finish the call, place the phone back on vibrate and stow it away – out of sight and out of mind!

Breezy and Cool White Dresses

 

Looking polished and put together is one of the many threads in the fabric of modern etiquette, and demonstrates both respect for yourself, and respect for others. Getting dressed in a stylish and tailored outfit can transform your day – think about how fabulous you feel in your favorite blouse or heels! – and sends the message that you took the time for yourself, and in turn, took the time to look your best for those around you. It can instantly lift your mood, and add a touch of sparkle to an otherwise regular day.

While some days donning activewear suits your schedule (and believe me, I can relate to this having two young children and spending all our time at home recently!), other days, it’s lovely to choose an effortlessly chic piece from your wardrobe. In the summer, one of my favorite closet stapes is the LWD, aka, the little white dress. Bright and fresh, a crisp white dress paired with espadrilles or sandals elevates your look, and can be dressed up or down, whether you’re running errands, at the office, meeting friends for lunch, or even at home with your family. And so, I curated a collection of my favorite breezy and cool white dresses for summer, enjoy!

 

When Life Gives you Lemons…

 

When life gives you lemons…make lemonade! There is something incredibly charming about a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, and this has been a special treat we’ve been enjoying at our house lately. Simple ingredients come together to create a refreshing drink to be savored and adored! This recipe is from the culinary queen, Ina Garten, and can be made in a matter of minutes. Cheers!

 

Fresh Lemonade 

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5 to 6 lemons)

1/2 cup superfine sugar, to taste

1 cup crushed ice

4 cups water

 

Combine the lemon juice, water and sugar in a blender until completely incorporated. Add the ice, stir, and pour into a pitcher for serving and enjoy! Pro tip: cut thin lemon slices to garnish each glass – a classic detail for a classic drink!