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“Manners” by Kate Spade

Started reading May 27th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished June 20th!!!

When I first saw this book on the bookshelf, I thought, is Kate Spade an expert when it comes to manners?  I know she has gorgeous accessories, I am a fan of her latest flame red Maise handbag, and I wore a pair of her beautiful bowtie peep toe shoes on my wedding day, but are these the signs of an etiquette specialist?  Maybe so!

At a glance the book cover is sleek and bright, each page has colorful chic pictures, and the topics are short and to the point.  Ms. Kate covers everyday situations from social flops and gracious recoveries, the power of written letters and artful conversations, travel tips, handling the cell phone era, embarrassing maneuvers, dress etiquette and disasters, and being a “good sport”.  I found the book, on everyday manners, to be things I already knew, but a good reminder to see in print.  It’s an entertaining whimsical read with witty humor along the way.  It’s no Emily Post or Judith Martin when it comes to etiquette teaching, but if you are looking to brush up on a few manners or just curious, I’m a little of both, then on one of these hot summer days, this whimsy informative read might just be for you!

Kate Spade has three lifestyle books “Manners”, “Style” and “Occasions”.  I’ve just purchased the “Occasions” book!   Probably need to brush up on my entertaining skills and I’m sure my style needs a little help too.  If you want to buy it, click on the book above!

Do you have an etiquette faux pas?  My public cell phone manners definitely need some special attention!  What about you?  I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

Stroller vs Subway

How I love the NYC subway!  An underground world that has the oldest and most extensive transportation system in the world, with newspaper stands, quick-bite vendors, small shops, coffee and flower stands, precincts, street performers and the occasional filming.  The underground world has the same hustle and bustle as the world just a few feet above.

During my BC days (lets refer to it as before child and AC as after child) in the underground world I would scurry up and down the long subway stairways, breeze through turnstiles, run to catch the subway, squeeze through the subway doors before they would shut, then slither my way through a crowded subway car saying, ‘sorry, sorry’ (New Yorkers tend to say sorry rather than excuse me) if it was crowded.  And, I loved every bit of it.

Something not so glamorous about the underground world, watching other mothers carry their baby and stroller up and down the long busy subway stairways.  They looked exhausted, hot, tired and it honestly looked like grueling work.  At the time I thought, never me, no way, won’t ever happen!

Now, here I am 7 years later, with a sweet little baby and a stroller, living in Brooklyn, and a strong will to get into Manhattan!  Only one stop from Brooklyn to Manhattan, 5 minutes to Union Square and fifteen minutes to Soho!  Will the stroller stop me from riding the subway?  Or, will I have a whole new respect and understanding for the subway stroller mom?

Today we took the subway and this is what it was like… [Read more...]

Checking Out of the City

The summer is here and the New Yorkers are Not!   The NY mornings and evenings are magical, but the days are anything but!  Once the clock strikes noon, be out or be weary.  Don’t let the sticky air trap you in or the heat from the sidewalks scare you from getting to your car or train, don’t make the mistake of leaving too early and getting caught in the tailgate rush out of town, and don’t head back too late and catch the exhausted beach loving city slicker’s bumper push back to the city.  If you time it JUST right, my friends, the perfect weekend is ahead!

I’ve made my list!!  I’m Checking Out but hopefully Checking In, summer weekend bucket list.

East Coast Beach

I am a California beach girl at heart, but there is something unique and tranquil about the east coast beaches.  The dunes, the wild grass, the picket fences, the warmer water, and lets not forget those beaches that can only be reached by ferry!  Who wants to join me?  Check me in, Please!

Cape May, NJ

Cape May, a gem at the bottom of New Jersey.  Only a three hour drive from the city to the Painted Ladies!  Can’t pass up award winning beaches, a quaint fishing harbor and a possible whale spotting!  We went last year and loved it.  Check me in again, Please!

Acadia National Park, Maine

How I long for a camping trip…with a lodge!   The smell of the pine trees, the sound of a rushing river with endless streams, hikes to hill tops with beautiful views of God’s country, and waking up to the sound of chattering birds and restless animals outside your window.  Does it get better, I ask?  Check me in, Please!

Block Island, Rhode Island

Block Island is a real get away only a few hours outside the city.  First by car, then by boat and you’re there!  This place is only accessible seasonal, so it has that true vacation feel, if only for a couple of days.  Check me in, Please!

This may be a little far for a weekend getaway, but wherever it is please, please check me in!

Where do you hope to check in this summer?  I would love to hear about it!

Until next ride,

Amy

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