Having good manners means acting in a way that is socially acceptable and respectful to those around you. Your parents may have taught you all that you needed to know about taking small bites and speaking with an inside voice, but technology has introduced additional reasons to talk about manners.
If I am having lunch with you, I will leave my cell phone in the car or on vibrate, stowed in my bag. I will give you my undivided attention when I am with you and will call you back as soon as possible if I miss your call. While in a store or any other confined space such as standing in line or on an elevator, I do not use my phone. Checking our Facebook page, email or taking a call while we are with others makes them feel as if they are not as important as whatever is on our phones. If a phone call might be urgent, I excuse myself and step away or outside to take the call.
Doesn’t it make you sad to see young people sitting together at a table while they are all looking at their phones? Their social skills will inevitably suffer. I don’t watch TV, but I recently saw a commercial shared on Facebook. Someone who was tired of the distraction of phones decided to take her dinner out into the hall of her apartment building. When the neighbors heard the activity, they looked out their doors and were all warmly invited to join the impromptu dinner party in the hallway. What a lovely concept!
Today I am showing you how I wore the same top from the previous post on a different evening. We were joining friends for a casual early dinner. This is the Clara SunWoo V-Neck waterfall top in navy, and the dark wash navy pull-on jeans are by Lior Paris, both from ShopMyFairLady.com. The black sandals are by Bar III from Macy’s last year. I am wearing heels less often now, but these are still comfortable for short periods of time. Wearing no more than two colors on my body and then using accessories such as a scarf, bag or flowing kimono style open jacket to add pattern makes me appear taller and thinner.