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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Essential Guide: The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum - SOCIETY

In this next edition of "The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum" by Kim Izzo and Ceri Marsh, I'm looking at the subject Society.

Beyond the workplace there are many elements that still requires conquering with grace!  Being a good citizen is a challenge, here are a few extracts from this book that may help you on your way.

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Your People

"Although an FG's appearance - in fact, her whole life - may seem effortless, it's not quite so.  It takes a team of professionals to make life run smoothly.  As you get older, you need to take the task of developing you People quite seriously.  The best way to build your list of contacts is to consult with other FGs."

"The People you may need at one time or another are":

  • Hairdresser
  • Beautician
  • Masseuse
  • Cleaner
  • Dog walker and/or cat sitter
  • Florist
  • Shrink
  • Accountant
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Lawyer
  • Caterer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Tailor
  • Cobbler
  • Mechanic
  • Dry-cleaner
  • Travel agent
  • Nanny



The Fabulous Girl's Aesthetic - Hair

"Hair should always been sleek and clean.  Get a haircut every three months. Length will be dictated by trends, you face shape and, most importantly, your mood.  Short hair feels liberating and looks exactly right on many faces.  But, longer hair can create a glamourous look that men, friends and colleagues will appreciate.  And without a doubt, long hair is better for sex."

"Hair is difficult, so don't be afraid to bring in the professionals.  If you've got a big day for which you wan to look polished, book an early morning blow-dry.  A gala night? Stop by the salon on your way to have your stylist put it up for you.  After all, a girl can't be good at everything."


Public Transportation

"Yes, it's true, the elderly, the disabled and pregnant women do need to sit down on tubes, buses and trains.  It's up to the FG to demonstrate to the public at large what good manners are and to offer her seat should such a person need it.  It will make you feel good too."


Language

"A month before your journey, take time to learn a few words and phrases in the language of the country you're visiting.  A must in every language are the words for 'please', 'thank you', 'How of I get to...', and 'Do toy gave this in a size...' "


Movie Manners

"During a trip to the cinema, remember, that it is a public space.  So chew you snack quietly, and keep the crackling of the bag to a minimum.  There are so many commercials and trailers before the main feature these days that there is no excuse to be eating at all during the film."

"Never, ever talk during a movie.  Never, ever explain the plot to your date during the movie.  Never, ever translate it into another language during the movie.  Never, ever exclaim 'He's got the gun' or 'This is when she dies' during the movie."




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