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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How To Deliver An Unforgettable Two- Minute Toast

Recently one of my favorite designer discount websites- created an offspring just for men. The new site, is great and has some wonderful articles on men's clothing, accessories, and all around etiquette. I am stealing their article because I think it's important for men and women to deliver eloquent toasts at any occasion. We have definitely all seen the best man, maid of honor, or frat house buddy give drunken, crying, toasts at weddings. Its funny, but sometimes highly inappropriate stories and un-funny jokes make you gasp.

Get ready to take notes!

By Euan Rellie

Nothing better illustrates the ongoing decline of gentlemanly manners than the over-emotive, inarticulate and generally pointless speechifying that passes for a modern rehearsal dinner toast. Before you stand up and add another eye-roll-inducing log to the pyre of modern manhood. But, as it turns out, making a good toast or short speech is not hard at all. If you follow the rules.

Rule 1: Adopt a mildly provocative tone.
This ensures that the audience will listen. It’s the basis for the English best man’s speech. If you tease the subject a tiny bit, but with affection, that will make your emotions more convincing, and it will render your toast memorable and authentic.

Rule 2: But not too provocative.
One friend of mine joked incessantly in his toast about how the bride’s family “all work in the New Jersey construction industry… and we all know what that means.” Given that the family in question looked like extras from Goodfellas, this did not go down well. And my friend Tim Geary opened his speech at his own wedding by announcing, “This is the first time I feel no guilt over having slept with the bride the night before the wedding.” His new mother-in-law failed to laugh. (My sister-in-law Whitney Cummings can do a good roast. Google her. But please, stop well short of where she does.)

Rule 3: Make jokes at your own expense.
These always go down well. And, in my case at least, they are easy to pull off; “Sorry I’m wearing such an inappropriately lurid dinner jacket. It looked better on Eddie Izzard.”

Rule 4: Make jokes at the expense of your guests.
At my 40th I announced, “I wanted to invite my oldest and best friends tonight, but instead I invited you shallow media/fashion types and hangers-on.” That was a double. It satisfied rules 4 and 5.

Rule 5: Don’t be too nostalgic.
My dad remarked at his 70th birthday, “If you don’t drink and you don’t smoke, you won’t live any longer, it’ll just seem that way.” He ended with: “I’d like you to raise your glasses to the people who couldn’t be here tonight because they were too far away, or else sick, or because in some cases I didn’t invite them.”

Rule 6: Use no notes, ever.
You’re smart enough to prepare three or four lines and remember them. You’ll deliver them more convincingly. And it’s more fun if you riff a bit.

Rule 7: Make an admiring remark about the prettiest girl at the party.
Ignore this rule if you got married within the last 18 months, or any time when you are toasting your own wife.

Rule 8: Extemporize, sure, but prepare a punch line.
At my wife’s birthday this year, I concluded that “she’s not perfect, but she’s perfect for me.” Corny, I know, but she liked it—and for some reason it caused a couple of other women to profess undying love for me.

Rule 9: Keep it short.
Really short. Shorter than this piece. This is the most important rule of all.

In addition to his day job of writing for Park & Bond, Euan Rellie moonlights as managing director of the boutique investment firm Business Development Asia.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Benefit's Cha Cha Tint

New favorite! I went to fun Gilt City Benefit event on Wednesday night and was introduced to Benefit's Cha Cha Tint. Admittedly, I was skeptical about putting a stain on my face. But Diane showed me how and I'm having a lot of fun with it. It's a great mango pink color that blends well and adds a great glow to my otherwise pasty face.

Word to the wise: it's a stain. You literally have 2 seconds from the time you place it on your cheeks to the time you start blending with your brush. Don't be late. I spent the greater part of my Thursday morning trying to blend streaky mango stripes off my face.  Day 2 (today) went much better.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wedding Season

100 Layer CakeSo, it's summer and that means it's officially wedding season. This one is a little different for me since my sister is getting married in January. So in addition to buying dresses, presents, and plane tickets, I'm also looking at dresses, venues, invitations, favors, and activities for the the wedding. As such, I've been finding a whole host of cute wedding blogs.

First up, is, a magnificent DIY blog complete with a marketplace of gently used wedding decorations. So cool!

The blog itself contains hundreds of ideas for truly beautiful weddings and I've enjoyed rummaging through past posts to take a look at all the brilliant wedding ideas. I particularly like this one below and find the colors stunning.

I'll keep updating with more blogs as they come along. Until then, please enjouy :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lake Tahoe: The Perfect Summer Getaway

When I was growing up, I spent many summer vacations at Lake Tahoe's Sand Harbor State Beach. It was my home away from home and something we always looked forward to as kids.
I've compiled a list of must do's in Tahoe so get some peeps together and take a ride!

*Numero uno is lunch at Gar Woods but don't plan on doing anything else that day if you go for the Wet Woody pitcher. It will knock you on your bum.

*Lakeshore Blvd driving through Incline and admiring all the huge "Cinderella houses" (as my sister and I like to refer to them).
*Sand Harbor State Park- White sand beaches, clear blue waters, sunburns, childhood memories. Hands down my favorite place. Get there early in the a.m. to secure a good beach spot!
*The 'nudey' beach as our parents liked to call it. Just down the highway from Sand Harbor, you can reach it by boating in or hiking in. Not much experience here except for a quick drive by in the boat, though dad never let us get too close to the beach, lol!

*Emerald Bay- if you are in the car, get out and do some rock climbing and take some pics. Much better to boat in. Its crowded on a good day but well worth it. Lunch, drinks, swimming = good except for a quick drive by in the boat, though dad never let us get too close to the beach, lol!

*Gambling, eating, drinking in South Shore. Little too touristy and crowded for my taste.

*Fire Sign Cafe for cheesey gouda eggs and hashbrowns!
*Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodging good eats and drink, but super crowded on the deck during the summer. Private beach and docks, spent many hours sunburning on a raft in the water..

*Rafting down the Truckee river from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley...looks cold. brr
Michele (just one to many WW's @ Garwoods)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pie Subscription Service - yes please!

As many of you already know, I am a proud member of the Fruit o' the Month club at Harry and David's. I'm a big fan of the 'gift that keeps on giving.' Therefore, I am proud to present to you a Pie Subscription service from the loving hands of the Three Babes Bakeshop.
While I haven't signed up, I am really seriously considering it. It could make me a very popular person at work and at home...Anyone out there tried it? The Salty Honey Walnut in a jar sounds mighty tempting...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

'Ukelele Songs' Eddie Vedder

Best 'Open & Drink' Wine Under $10

Say hello to Cupcake Vineyards! I was drawn to this uber cute label- yes that is how I pick my wine sometimes. On sale for $9.99 at most groceries its a definite must buy and try! Right now I'm into their 'Red Velvet' .
This oenophile is all about juicy, creamy, spicy, berry tasting red wine blends and this fabulous new release from Cupcake Vineyards has all the flavora that I love! Red Velvet is a rich, smooth, creamy blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cab with a splash of Petite Syrah and it’s reminiscent of a blackberry chocolate cupcake with a mocha coulis. It has a yummy nose of chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits and a creamy mocha finish. This wine is affordable, totally delicious, and has just the right amount of complexity for me. If you sip it just right you will definitely taste the red velvet and cupcake flavors!
Tips: Hold your breath and don't breath into your glass when sipping. The wine flavors come out MUCH better. Enjoy by itself or with some desserts. The one con, and I stress one, is the longer it is open the flavors get much sweeter and it really starts tasting like a dessert wine.
Check out the recipes section on their website for food pairings with their other fabulous wines!

Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Mascara

Redbook recently crowned its MVP's in beauty products of 2011. Mascara has always been a sore spot with me. I just can't find the perfect one. So after they crowned Almay's GET Up and Go Mascara numero uno of 2011, I figured what the heck.
The first week was great, it separated my lashes, wasn't clumpy, didn't fall everywhere on my face, and was fairly easy to remove. Week two, not so good. I have to keep cleaning the wand and wiping off excess mascara. It also became very clumpy on my lashes so I decided to give it a rest for a week or so. I eventually came back to it and really cleaned it up- again- and have been using it for another week. Results are better, its still messy coming out of the tube but as long as I keep it super clean I have no problems. It has also been harder to get off my eyes using face wash and eye makeup remover..Not happy about that..
Out of the 100's if not thousands of mascara's on the market I find it really hard to believe this is the best it can get! I will use it until it dries out and then move on to the next recommendation! The sage will continue then...
Almay GET Up and Go Mascara