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Macallan Scotch. Tasty. Not too personal, but still leaves a warm feeling in the gut. Passes the booze snob test. Generally speaking, the older the scotch, the pricier the bottle. A homemade apple pie is work intensive and that’s why it is a meaningful gift. Cookies, eh. Taking the time to peel apples and kneed dough demonstrates true love and generosity. Even though the ingredients aren’t expensive, I like that a pie is a substantial baked good gift that can feed a whole family.Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is high in trace minerals and is super pretty too. You can cook or serve on these Pink Himalayan Sea Salt blocks. A pink salt block is an original gift for culinary have-it-alls and surprisingly affordable. Ya’ll know I heart some paper, including these Fringe Studio stationery sets. Find them for half price at the high-end department store outlets. Cute quality cards please almost any lady (and inclined gent) from 8 to 80 years old.
Go outside. Wasted the summer on the sofa? There is still plenty of time to get off your ass and feel the sun on your face. It doesn’t have to be an all day commitment. My friend Trisha and I took a short but challenging hike over the weekend and celebrated with smoothies and pancakes. I was back on the couch with the bong by 3 pm, but this time with a misguided sense of accomplishment. Go natural. Lose the make-up, hair dryer, and trappings of effort and just go as you are for at least a day. See how good you look free from all the cosmetic “enhancement.” Ever since I stopped brushing my hair like an Olsen everyone keeps saying how great it looks. A dialed-down you might receive surprisingly interesting reactions. Why not cultivate an effortless look by actually using less effort?Embrace frivolity. Before September strikes, enjoy a moment of total silliness. Play in a sprinkler. Wear ridiculous vintage. Smile at strangers. Read Jacqueline Susann. Send a postcard. Shamelessly court fun.
Loyal and lovely reader Leah Love wrote me with a request for a Demeter Clarc Manners Moment on RSVP etiquette. Thanks so much for reading and writing to me Leah. I really appreciate your kind words and support. Here is an excerpt of LL’s letter.
Well said Mizz Love, well said. Let’s be honest about the politics of the RSVP. It goes without saying that anything involving a written, posted invitation requires a response. Wedding invitations and baby showers, replies are 100% required for events of this nature. Proper etiquette gets murkier the more casual the gathering. This is a shitty thing to admit, but sometimes folks wait to reply hoping a better social opportunity comes along. Only the cruel and honest truth delivered here at DC.As the host, you absolutely must make your expectations clear. If you want an RSVP, you must unequivocally state in the invitation that you expect the courtesy of an RSVP and when you expect it. If it is really important, add a “bitches” to the end. RSVP bitches, or better yet “Don’t make me hunt down your RSVP you rude-ass bitches.” See why I don’t throw many parties?I want to propose a different angle that you may not want to hear Leah, and please know I say this with Love. Consider letting go of the need to know how many people will arrive. Regardless of the number of confirmed RSVPs, guest attendance always fluctuates at the last minute. Hosting a sit down dinner? Fine, be rigid about a response. Casual cocktails? Why not just see who shows up? I seriously doubt you have ever really run out of food or drink. Reflect upon whether this is more about wanting to maintain control or about an irrational anxiety that no one will show up to your party. Not to worry, of course they will come, because you are obviously social lava. A relaxed host is a happy host. Focus on your fun.
I want to write more letters in 2012, but unlined paper gives me agita. I can’t manage to write straight without lines, and the gradual slant ain’t cute. That’s why I adore this whimsical lined paper from La Papierre. The variety of themes range from the sweet to the sinister. If you prefer unlined notes, the shop stocks a well-rounded collection of both types. In addition to stationery, La Papierre has fun envelopes, postcards, and other interesting and enjoyable printed materials. You can find a lovely selection of reasonably-priced options of La Papierre products on Etsy.
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