Break open the bubbly!

New Years Eve is tomorrow and every Modern Girl needs to know the proper way to open a bottle of bubbly! Before you start, make sure you have a chilled bottle of Champagne on hand  — if it hasn’t been in the refrigerator put it on ice for at least an hour before you plan to drink it!

Champagne 1

Step 1: Prep your glasses by cleaning them and rinsing them very well to remove any traces of soap.  Then fill them with ice and seltzer water and set them aside.

Champagne 2

Step 2: Peel the foil off the top of the bottle.

Champagne 3

Step 3: After you remove the foil, untwist the wire cage, but leave it on the bottle.

Champagne 4

Step 4: With your dominant hand, grasp the cork and wire firmly.  With your other hand, grasp around the base of the bottle and begin to slowly twist the bottle away from you.

Champagne 5

Step 5: If your Champagne is chilled properly, you should only hear a hissing sound when you open the bottle, not a “popping” noise.

Champagne 6

Step 6: Pour out your seltzer water and slowly pour in your Champagne with your glass held at an angle.

Champagne 7

Step 7: Enjoy!

Happy New Year!  Thank you so much for reading this past year  — I have big plans for 2014 and I hope you’ll follow along!

Shirt: Trouve / Lips: Mac Russian Red / Midi Rings: Francesca’s

Modern Girl Monday: House Guest Rules

RyeHouse

My home for the week

Now that summer is finally in full swing, I know I am just dying to get out to the local beaches and lakes with my friends and family.  But sadly I don’t own a house by the beach or lake, so I’m usually a guest at someone’s house. And while it is so nice and relaxing to get away from daily life, there are some rules to being a good house guest!

1) Clean up
This should be a no-brainer, but I’ll just go ahead and mention it first anyway.  Make sure to clean up after yourself!  Put your dishes in the dishwasher (even if the host puts theirs in the sink!), keep your room and bathroom tidy, and don’t leave your belongings everywhere.  Leave the space cleaner than you found it!

2) Entertain yourself
If you’re visiting for more than just a day or two, give your hosts a break from entertaining you and do something  on your own.  Go for a walk on the beach or a drive into town. As much as they love having you, everyone needs their own alone time!

3) Don’t poke around
Most hosts and hostesses will say “make yourself at home” or “help yourself to anything you need,” but just because someone has opened their house to you, doesn’t mean you can poke around everywhere!  If your host doesn’t leave a set of towels for you in your room, ask where they are before you start opening cupboards and closets. If you wake up before your hosts and you’re starving, don’t head to the kitchen and start making a mess– pour yourself some OJ and sit on the porch with the paper until they are awake.

4) Thank your host/hostess
Be sure to explicitly thank your host/hostess for inviting you into their home. I also like to bring a little something along, just a small token to show my gratitude. The gift varies depending on who I visit, but it might be an outdoor plant for their patio, a nice bottle of wine, or something a bit more personal like this adorable monogrammed cheese board.

Of course this isn’t an all-inclusive list.  Use your best judgement (and common sense!) and think about how you would feel if the roles were reversed.   And don’t forget to have fun!

Mademoiselle Manners

Petit Jour Paris is the most adorable little company that makes plates and cups for little grown-ups-to-be! The plastic flatware shows pictures of little princes and princesses with cute phrases to remind them how to act at the table.  I saw these sold in museums when I was in Paris, and I just thought they were so adorable that I purchased a little coffee mug to leave on my desk for my pens and pencils.

assietteprincemangepasaveclesdoigts-z

I don’t eat chicken with my fingers…

assietteprincessesilteplait-z

I always say please and thank you…

I think these would have been way cool if I had them as a child. Who wouldn’t want to be a prince or princess?

Modern Girl Monday*

audrey

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
-Audrey Hepburn

Audrey was definitely a modern girl of her time. And the above quote was her way of saying, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. This may very well be the simplest, yet hardest thing to do. I’ve said it before–misery loves company and we more easily bond with others over gossip and negativity!  I am certainly not perfect, but I try my hardest to bite my tongue when caught up in idle chatter.  It’s not easy, especially when its another party who is bringing up the gossipy subjects–so I try and change the subject as soon as possible.

I suppose the root of the issue is that gossiping and talking about others can make us feel better about ourselves. However, a shiny new pair of shoes or a pedicure makes me feel better about myself too.  So next time I need a pick me up– I’m going to call my manicurist to make an appointment instead of calling a friend to gossip!  Bad for my wallet, but definitely good for my soul!

*Apologies for Modern Girl Monday becoming a Tuesday this week!