Why Not . . . Be A Modern Lady?

Sep 29, 2010

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28 thoughts on “Why Not . . . Be A Modern Lady?

  1. I find myself nodding in agreement to every one of these. What is funny is my coworkers knew I was a stickler for etiquette and would call me Little Susie Homemaker. A pet peeve of mine are individuals who do not RSVP. The very moment I get an invite I check my calendar, consult with the Mr. and call with my acceptance to the invitation or regrets. I have hosted countless gatherings and what is worst is estimating how many people to expect. I hate to have too little, and also hate to be wasteful. And true to your word….how can one think you are loyal, compassionate, and valuable if your word is worthless? Love this post!

  2. What a wonderfully expressed post!! I’m so looking forward to Wednesdays!! I love it when ladies are ladies… everything about being a woman id fantastic, why would we want to be anything else? I just know your posts are going to encourage somemany to embrace their feminine self.

    I agree One’s word must be kept and RSVP – a must !!! Sweet Wednesday ..HHL

  3. Great post! I agree with you about showing genuine appreciation. That is something that is being lost, especially with the younger generation of ladies. We are in the age of cell phones and e-mail, no one bothers to take the time with a handwritten thank you note anymore.

    Wonderful thoughts! Looking forward to the next posts.

  4. Brilliant post Shannon. Granted these are all things we know we should do but seeing them in writing is the perfect reminder. Looking foward to the series.
    Cheers -Carrie

  5. Great post as always Shannon.
    I love the show appreciation, and be humble.
    If I had to add something to your list of being a modern woman, I would add, “be authentic to yourself/who you are”.
    Gorgeous images. I always have “image envy” with your blog!

  6. i can be bad with RSVP’s *i admit* .. i get busy with things and then i forget – then like a month later i’ll find it and be *opps* .. i make up for it in the gift tho :o)

    i think if u stick with being repectful and all the ‘rules’ your parents taught you growing up – i think ur good .. i still call everyone Mr and Mrs. – even friends parents i know my ENTIRE life!

    PS – pass on the GIVE-AWAY – $45 worth of goodness waiting for someone!

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  7. Love Love Love this post. I am from CT but live in LA now and I can’t say this enough….etiquette is a lost art here. Thank goodness for my close friends who believe in R.S.V.P.s and thank you notes – although a few of them could read your post…my girlfriends biggest pet peeve is R.S.V.P.s and wanted me to blog on it – I’m going to forward her your post. It’s perfect. I agree with a little bit of mystery…I need to work on that myself. Always love you posts and they always make me stop and look at myself, something I need to do more of. Put me in check. I write thank you notes for dinner parties, gifts, etc. It’s a lost art and when I have kids it will be something that I teach them.

  8. I absolutely love this! I’ve actually been trying to have an air of mystery about me lately. I’m the type of person who blabs everything to any person I meet. Not that I talk very much or anything. I’m certainly not a loud person by any means but I am very open and friendly and I tend to reveal too much too quickly. I’ve been reading the book Entre Nous and one of the things talked about in the book is how French women are much more guarded with their info and it definitely has made me think twice about revealing too much. I’m a work in progress but definitely improving 🙂

  9. This is one of my favourite posts of yours lately (among many favourites!). My husband says I’m different to most of the other females in our group of friends in that I’m feminine, lady-like, almost old-fashioned, and he loves it. Merci!

  10. I think a modern lady takes time for herself and doesn’t over plan. You can’t be at your best if you’re constantly on the go. Why not have a night in so the next night you can be 100% your amazing self?

  11. This is a wonderful series! I’ve thought time and time again about the young women of today divulging everything to anyone; probably (as you mentioned) due to all the television.

    I’ve always loved the personal touch and the classic reserved but sexy look. Trust me girls, the guys love it too. IF you are trying to stand out (in a good way) they boys will flock to a reserved and confident lady and if they don’t … they aren’t worth having.

    Can’t wait for next weeks post!

  12. My mother is very lady-like and I’m thankful to have been raised with ladylike admonishments. (always wear a slip). LOVE your post, Shannon, and I agree so much with all parts of it. There are a couple books that I have that I’ve enjoyed. One is a kind of tongue-in-cheek book about being classy … but while it’s a little humorous, it’s got some good examples of what to do and what not to do. It’s Classy by Derek Blasberg. I also have a little Tiffany Blue book in my library called “A Guide to Elegance” by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux – “for every woman who wants to be well and properly dressed on all occasions.” A very lady-like addition to a library! Love your series. And you know I’m a HUGE fan. xo

  13. I think I’m a better gentleman than a lady but Mystery, Humility, and true to one’s word (and having a sense of humor) are good traits for anyone to have. I’m becoming stronger at dodging intrusive questions that I shouldn’t have to answer, especially to strangers.

  14. Oh, joy! I already own three of these: I always bring a hostess gift; I try to remain humble about things; and am always true to my word. I was brought up this way. I was also brought up to write thank you notes; but even though I remember to say thanks I need to step it up on the note-writing! Thanks for a lovely post.

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