I have been going to a new hair salon for a little over a year now. I am happy with my hairstyle, but I feel uncomfortable every time I go because of all the gossip that goes on. Going to the salon is one of the few luxuries I do for myself and I would like this time to be a little more relaxing. It also makes me wonder what is said about me after I leave. Is there anything I can do, or should I find another salon?
Dear Jacquelyn, I am going to a wedding and I would like to wear a black cocktail dress. My friends are telling me I should avoid wearing black to a wedding. The wedding is semi-formal and I feel a black dress is an appropriate choice. What’s your opinion about wearing black as a wedding guest?
Decoding the rules of wedding attire confuses most people.
Dear Jacquelyn, While I was sitting in a automotive service department waiting room, a woman sat down next to me. She was on her cell phone, having a long, loud, animated conversation. Me and everyone else in the room could hear every single word of her conversation. Is it not common practice to leave the room when you get a call in a confined space? Do people not realize that they are being intrusive?
Dear Jacquelyn, Driving home today and I saw a funeral procession approaching. There was a police motorcycle at the front, flashing lights, and a long procession of cars with headlights on. Sadly, I saw drivers cut into the procession and honk their horns. Could you please address the protocol involved when encountering a funeral procession?
Dear Reader, It’s disappointing that this happens and even more disappointing that this needs to be addressed. Have people gotten so busy and impatient that there is a disregard for people mourning the loss of a loved one?
What do you do when a friend or business client has time to kill and keeps you on the phone for an extended period of time? How do you end the conversation politely without sounding rude?
Dear Reader, In a perfect world, the caller would ask if it’s a good time to talk.
This would allow you the opportunity to either take the call or reschedule for a later time. Simply letting the caller know from the beginning that you have some time to talk or not would prevent this uncomfortable scenario.
I recently read your column on summer office attire for women. Could you please give ideas for men’s attire for the summer season at the office?
Dear Reader, The summer months are here and the warm weather doesn’t immediately imply casual. There is no excuse for looking lazy. You merely need to adapt to the season.
Every workplace has different dress code policies. No matter the temperature, it is always important to look professional and appropriate.
Our son is graduating from high school in May. Between the announcements, ceremony, and party, I am overwhelmed. When do you send graduation announcements and when should party invitations be sent?
Dear Reader, High school graduation is an important milestone in a teenager’s life. Here are some tips to help you navigate high school graduation etiquette.
Dear Jacquelyn, With summer approaching, I could use suggestions regarding appropriate summer attire for work. I would like to put away the dark pants and wear some dresses. How can I update my office wardrobe while taking care to not overdo it?
It’s important to strike a balance between comfortable and appropriate when it comes to work attire.
The first thing you’ll want to do is consult dress code of the company. Businesses have a variety of policies regarding summer office attire.
I’m the best man in my older brother’s wedding this summer. I am expected to give the toast and I am not comfortable talking in front of a big crowd of people. Do you have any tips for making a solid speech?
Being asked to offer a toast at a wedding is an honor and the best man’s toast is as close to non-optional as it gets.
I attend numerous networking events and I am presented with many business cards. In the moment, I find myself trying not to break eye contact and stare at the card. What should I do when someone hands me his or her business card? And what’s the proper way to present one?
Dear Reader, I want to start by giving you a little history on business card handling. Japanese protocol teaches us everything we know about business card protocol.