The art of introductions


Once I entered the ‘searching for work world’ and nervously made my way to networking events with my brave friends and classmates I started meeting marketing and communications professionals I admired. This meant that I had the pleasure of introducing my friends to them, but in the back of my head I was wondering how I was technically supposed to make the introductions in order to make the best impression. Manners are definitely a details game, but I absolutely believe it’s worth the effort to figure etiquette out. After all, you hear stories about people with great manners and people with awful manners, and we’ve all encountered people on the awful side and felt embarrassment on their behalf. I want to be remembered as having good manners, and introductions are key to a great first impression.

So here goes.

It’s actually pretty basic: address the more senior, ‘authority figure’ first and introduce the other person to the senior person.

Like I read in Glamour once: “Oprah, this is Miley. Miley, this is Oprah.”

If you want to get fancy, which you should, you’re supposed to use the phrase to you after the word introduce to keep the order in place.

“Hello, Mr. D’Arcy. May I introduce to you Mr. Collins.” Should I have used female examples there? Maybe. Oh! For an exercise, you do that! Maybe pretend to introduce your junior writer friend to Ms. Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris (pictured in the middle).

Other details: introduce a peer from your own group/company to a peer in another group ‘so give the other group ‘seniority,’ introduce an executive in your company/your co-worker to a client–so give the client ‘seniority.’

I have a couple of networking events coming up, so this post is good review for me too!

These details are courtesy of Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler’s lovely book, Modern Manners. Photo courtesy of French Voguettes.

Notebook inventory



I have a thing for notebooks and I know I’m not alone. I’m pretty sure I’ve never finished a journal because I always find an even cuter/minimalist/sophisticated one to take it’s place. At certain points in my life I’ve had more notebooks than I had functions for, and they collected dust in a random drawers…

I’m happy to report that I only have three notebooks at the moment, all functioning! I’m a list maker, and have not fully embraced all things digital. I’ve tried sites like Wunderlist, but they’re just not for me, and I don’t own an ebook reader as I prefer my books and magazines as hard copies. Flipping pages and feeling the weight is part of the experience for me!

Anywho, my little blue one is a soft cover by Moleskine and it comes everywhere with me so that I can jot down ideas, things to do and the like. I even take it out at work and place it next to my computer. You never know when inspiration will strike! The black notebook is by Rifle Paper Co. and came in a pack of three featuring lovely botanical prints. It’s being used a bit of a journal at the moment. The white notebook is also Rifle Paper Co. and it’s where I jot down and plan all things blog, like post ideas.

I’m craving some Rifle Paper Co. spring collection items and am drooling over her collaboration with Garance Doré! Guess I better get writing to fill these puppies up!


Dream desks are made of lucite

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You know how they say you should dress for the job you want? Well I think that you should also apply that spirit to your desk decor and organization. Even if you’re just at a cubicle like myself, it shows attention to detail to organize your space and it’s an opportunity to show off your taste and personality.

My essentials:

  • Lucite magazine holders and dividers (I’m not the biggest fan of the standard black and grey), and I picked up some great and inexpensive ones at Target. I also grabbed a bunch of the clear push pins from my office’s multi-coloured box for my bulletin board.
  • Binder clips for prints, postcards or other inspirational items when you want them up on your bulletin board, but don’t want to push a pin through the paper. It just looks nicer too, right? They don’t have to be fancy. I’ve got the standard ‘classic’ black ones.
  • A cute plant that does well in indirect sunlight and without constant attention. Succulents are terrific, and snake plants, and the pots really make them. I have a rubbery plant in a bright purple pot, and would like another. Great for poor office air and I’m sure it’s a mood lifter!
  • A fun calendar. There are so many great-looking free printables (I have a great black and white one held together with a big silver clip!), and you can also frame a beauty like the one pictured from the House that Lars Built to act as your wall art.
  • Some art! I have a lovely graphic owl print by Edmonton illustrator, Gabe Wong, that I picked up at the Royal Bison craft and art fair here in Edmonton.
  • Cute mugs or cups for pens and what not. I have so many fun, Starbucks and handmade mugs that I don’t use them all, so putting them on my desk is a fun way to get favourites out in the open. I have a lovely handmade one with a capybara print on it that’s just a bit too big for my morning coffee, but it’s perfect for my pens. I also have lovely lavender, faceted cup from Anthropologie that was actually missing its lid (I think it was meant to be a q-tip holder or something), so I got it reduced, and it’s perfect for pencils!

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At the end of the (work) day, I think your desk space should be like a new home. Know what you like for the basics, but hold out for special pieces to fill it up rather than buying a bunch of furniture/desk supplies that you’ll end up disliking or finding boring in a minute. My desk is three sections, and the section behind me is bare because I don’t want to fill it up with nonsense just for the sake of it! I’m also still on the lookout for the perfect print or piece of art to frame and hang on my wall. I suggest you peruse Pinterest  or click on the photos (they’re linked!) for more fun ideas!