Hello Darlings, There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on. With Friday evening dinners and Sunday morning brunches, comes a moment when being a great guest is as important as being an exceptional host. While we all have our family traditions and every family has its quirks, we’ve all faced those awkward moments when biting your tongue is the best option. Being a good guest is knowing how to put your best qualities on display. From knowing when to back away from the wrong conversation or what kind of flowers to bring for the hosts is not just a kind gesture but also a sign of respect for your company. It’s a matter of being a good guest!

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As Emily Post famously said, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”  So what does it take to make a good guest, here’s what Emily Post said. It’s fairly simple but definitely a gentle and kind reminder during the times when technology rules our social life.

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Hello Darlings, “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and  winter in the shade.” Nothing describes the joy of those first few days of March than that quote from Great Expectations. In true Canadian fashion after a few above zero and sunny days, we joyfully begin to pack away our winter layers. The wonders that spring cleaning does to a lady’s self esteem when the “skirts an bare legs season” finally approaches. That very moment when you finally pack away the boots and pull out your favorite pair of pumps — pure bliss!Jergens Natural Glow Marta Tryshak

This week also marks Fall/Winter 2016 collection presentations at the Toronto Fashion and as every big event in our lives, looking and feeling great becomes a priority. Not to say that any other day it is not but it is during those certain occasions where attention to detail is given.Through the duration of one week, it is a none stop action from shows to dinners and cocktail parties. To feel great or attractive when running on few hours of sleep and fueled by few too many cups of americano is nearly impossible. Typically when preparing for fashion week I try to simplify as many things as possible. From a visit to a hair salon for a touch up, to getting freshly done mani and pedi, to eyelash extensions and finally a sunless tan. Essentially it is a  maintenance mode ritual!

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Hello Darlings, The day after my 25th birthday I felt like a weight of the world has come crushing down on my shoulders. Not sure what changed within twenty four hours but on that day two years ago it all did. It’s as if the switch went off in my mind and the priorities have shifted or perhaps I finally established some. Within the past two years I have struggled in finding myself and envisioning what I want my life to be. It was during that classic dilemma of “20s are for making mistakes” and that “the 30s are the new 20s” where I finally realized that neither of those were true. Perhaps a comforting thought when you’re trying to navigate adulthood but far from truth. In fact, the opposite is true.

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Our 20s is the most significant decade of adulthood where 80% of life’s most defining moments take place by the age of 35. Therefore the 30s are definitely not the new 20s because even the lack of action or decisions will define your life. Not making choices is a choice all the same. Upon realizing that there’s no pause from life regardless of the age that I’ve finally come to terms with importance of being a twenty-something.

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