By CommonCurtsey

I love New Year’s Eve! It’s the perfect time to bond with friends, while reflecting on goals and aspirations for the new year. I really believe in the power of intention. Starting the year off with good intentions sets the tone for the rest of the year. That being said, some people can get a bit unraveled during the New Year’s Eve festivities. You know, alcohol has a tendency to make us a bit more,

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Place de la Comédie, Montpellier, France Last weekend I had the extraordinary opportunity to travel to Montpellier, France to meet with world-renown etiquette expert, Anne Debard of EAF-Etiquette à la Française we discussed "savior vivre" (the ability to live elegantly, and the observance of polite society). Along with our conversation on French culture, fine dining and politesse, we spoke of how technology and globalization have sculpted modern manners. Having the opportunity to truly immerse myself

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SMITH FRESHMEN GET SCHOOLED IN ETIQUETTE Excerpt by Philip Peker, Smith Class of 2018 As hundreds of polished freshman Smith students filed into the Riggs Alumni Center on a brisk April evening for their final Smith Start event, there was a celebratory feeling of accomplishment shared by all. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business partnered with The Etiquette Institute of Washington to give business freshman students

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I'm beyond excited to announce our 2015 Mother's Day Etiquette Lesson and Afternoon Tea! Last year it was held at the Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City, but this year, the goal was to bring the tea home to Washington. Held at the City Tavern Club of Georgetown, the tea will include an etiquette lesson on poise, posture, tea history and table manners. With a delicious 3-course tea menu and bellini bar, prepare to amaze your senses.

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HELLO 2015! OUR NEW LOCATION & NEW OFFERINGS! Join us at our new F Street location for private etiquette consultations. Whether preparing for an upcoming recruitment weekend, business dinner, job interview, graduate or professional school interview, consider a private business consultation to give you the Etiquette Edge. Understanding how competitive D.C. area private schools are, don't leave interviews and visits to chance. We work with students as they prepare for private school interviews in honing

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An aside to this article is that I was browsing the internet when I fell in love with this site, Yesma.am --- A lover of all things stationery, I realized designer Erica Loesing is just my kind of gal and I look forward to completing much of my holiday shopping at Yesma.am Plus you have to love the play on the domain extension! How is this on topic you ask? Well, I had the opportunity

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With Thanksgiving just weeks away, I thought I would broach the subject of decorum at family functions. Here is an easy to follow list of my  Top 5 Thanksgiving Dinner Dont’s 5. Don’t Knock It Til You’ve Tried It. That macaroni and Jello casserole might be the next best thing since sliced bread. (Doubtful. But a possibility). At minimum, try one of things you have always said you hated like corn pudding, stuffing or cranberry sauce.

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Recently, Director Crystal L. Bailey contributed her expertise to a Yahoo Style article, Selfie Etiquette for the Self-Obsessed Generation. Writer Kayleen Schaefer asks, What is it about turning the lens on ourselves that makes us forget our manners? “Ultimately, ‘selfie’ is short for self-centered or self-absorbed,” says Crystal L. Bailey, director of The Etiquette Institute of Washington in Washington, D.C. “Etiquette at its root is about considering others first. It’s rare that these two, ‘selfies’ and etiquette, are

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On Tuesdaay the participants of our Adult Business Etiquette Dinner enjoyed an evening of elegance at the Morrison House Hotel. A 3-course dinner and wine pairing offered the opportunity to discuss topics such as American v. Continental dining, Handling Business Dinners & Working the Room. Thank you to all who shared with us. Please look out for our upcoming November 2014

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