Are you being served? A great English comedy yes, but what I really don’t find comical is when it comes to dining, the serving etiquette has gone out the window. Dining out has become so lacking in correct manners, that I half expect every meal to end in disappointment. Hear me out.
While I expect it at high-end dining establishments – shame on the wait staff when they don’t know, learn or carry out the correct table clearing etiquette – I am always disappointed that all restaurants, no matter the setting, place or price, don’t cultivate the simplest form of correct table (clearing) manners.
So what’s the fuss all about? From a party of two to a party of five, if there is one person who perhaps eats slower, thereby finishing last, most times the other patrons will chat, sip beverages and carry on the pleasant evening. When the server approaches and whips up the empty plates while saying, “Can I take your plate?” They don’t really want a reply from you. They don’t care if the last person eating feels bad now, and is made to eat alone while everyone else had been cleared out. I cannot stand this rude (yes, rude) assumption that it’s ok to take a plate when the whole party is not done eating. It’s bad manners, disrespectful and makes me wonder if social etiquette has taken a back seat to social media.
I don’t want to hear, tables have to be turned over quickly, I don’t want to hear ‘it’s kind of a bar setting’, I don’t want excuses. I want to linger over my dinner and I want my table completely cleared when everyone is done eating. Period. If servers are too naïve, lacking manners, etiquette and the proper training, maybe we should re-introduce Charm Schools. Servers expect a minimum tip of 20%, therefore, I expect 100% correct courtesy. File under: T-minus 20 (percent).
Perfect summer style
Sundresses are one of my favorite outfits for warm weather. This season colors are stronger than ever and orange hues particularly have caught my eye. So it’s no wonder that this tangerine colored sundress has become my go to. It was a perfect traveling dress I wore earlier this month when we traveled to Misquamicut, RI over the July 4th weekend. The light fabric was comfortable and stayed wrinkle free (a huge plus when spending hours in a car). I decided on a cute colorful wedge, which are super comfy. I love the way the colors complement the tangerine dress. Paired with a small braided belt, lots of bangles and cool sun glasses; it easily transitioned from the days sightseeing to a great seaside dinner at our beach front hotel.
Perfect summer wedges
Bangles: Local artists
What happens when food becomes fashion? I’m not saying it’s fashionable to wear your lunch literally or don the banana hat, I’m saying skirts and dresses – kitschy or cute – are making their appearance in true sugary fashion.
Got a sweet tooth? Then zip up the Marshmallow tube skirt . Or if you have a fruit tooth, then why not the printed watermelon dress? I personally think, albeit short lived, this fad is funny and would be entertaining for Island or beach wear. But I’m not convinced heading to a business meeting wrapped up deliciously, would go over well…. Unless you work for the distributors of such said delectables.
Of course if you’re in NYC, then maybe these fun quirky looks – pared with a professional solid blazer and color coded heels, may gain acceptance (like the man in the chocolate (colored) pants walking down the street). After all, NYC is the fashion capital of the world and where ultimately all cheeky ideas are born. Just please don’t break out the dangling watermelon earrings! That would take you from tasty to tacky (and that’s another story).
So while we spin our ever fashion forward ideas from patterns to public consumption, lets not get carried away when we’re hungry. Have a snack before you start sketching. I don’t want to find the next big trend is a gram cracker blazer. Bon Appét-sweet!
There is a lot going on here, so you were worthy of a mention, an honorable mention so to speak. While I love the fact that you’re embracing this season’s hot tangerine color in the form of a great maxi, I’m a bit amused as to the pairing of your clutch. Now I’ve seen hot tangerine colors tango with the almighty pink, so I give you kudos for your dare-to-pair clutch choice. But (insert a giggle here) I have to wonder if your ever so bold motive was not about the maxi pairing, but rather about matching the hot pink brassiere straps (showing quite pointedly), to your clutch. Rather a confident move, wouldn’t you say? If today was your daring day, I have to say, the old black flip flops (which I had to keep hidden – they were too horrible) missed the boat. Pink flips would’ve perfected the peeping outfit. I’m still speechless, Miss Modelina.