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How to Get the Best Table

 

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The “Top of the World” restaurant sits high above the Las Vegas Strip and is one of the few revolving restaurants in the world. It is a MUST experience if you only have one fancy dinner planned for your trip. Dinner for two, including one glass of wine each, a salad (shared) and a side vegetable (shared) to accompany your entre. $160, plus tip.

When a gentleman makes a reservation at a fine restaurant he is likely doing it with the intention of making the evening special for his date, whether it’s his wife, his first date with a new girl, or a special occasion. He is also making reservations with many, many other men who have the same goal in mind, so how is he to stand out so he receives exactly what he wants?

Rule #1 – Regardless of your age, never make the reservation or present yourself to the Hostess using your first name. That’s right. Present yourself as, for example, “Mr. Davis”, and state your preference…”I would like an intimate table for two on the window at 8 tonight”.  You have, in this way, differentiated yourself as a gentleman of stature who wants the very best.

Rule #2 – What is “Mr. Davis” to do when he is escorted by the Hostess to a non-window seat with a bright (not intimate) light glaring down on his table? Simply turn around and tell the Hostess “This won’t do. We’ll wait for _________” (fill in the blank).  Though there may be a slew of others standing in wait for their reservation to be fulfilled, stand properly and wait. Standing in her face will NOT assure that the very next table will be presented to you.

Assuming you are spending a great deal of your hard-earned money on this special dinner, don’t compromise.

By following this rule, two things happen:

  1. you demonstrate that you expect only the best service (and you will get it), and
  2. you make your date know that it is only her for whom you are demanding the best so that she can have the romantic dinner she deserves and desires

…translated…score big points.

Exampled, the above situation with him not following those two rules. Dinner at the Top of the World, atop the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. He uses his first name, which never seems appropriate for a man in his sixties. Reservation under the name “Gary” (that will get him a lot of respect). When escorted to the table he proceeds to sit down, whereupon she says she doesn’t like the table and would rather wait. He follows the Hostess out and she hands him a small “table is ready” buzzer and he goes to sit down. What if they had taken the assigned table? She would have missed the whole reason they’re there…the view…he would have lost his romantic edge…and she would have looked harsh in the bright light.

And, how long do you imagine he sat there in his very unimpressive, passive position? Forty-two minutes.

You get the point.

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The #KARDASIANS Do Birkin Well

The Kardashians make their living by looking good and the mother-to-be, Kim, and her mother, Kris Jenner, are looking pretty good carrying their Hermes Birkin bags on their way to church.

The Birkin bag is not just a Real Housewives favourite, it’s a celebrty favourite and for good reason…it’s casual, it looks good in nearly every circumstance and it doesn’t flaunt “I’ve got lots of money” to the average viewer.

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…the Birkin, with all its variations, almost always looks good and we real housewives love the Birkin bag.

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#RHOBH Yolanda Foster Does Birkin Well

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Yolanda Foster recently left her treatment for Lyme Disease in Florida to meet up with her beautiful model daughter, Gigi Hadid, in New York City.  The mother/daughter team are scouting and touring college options for her daughter in the city as she will be able to pursue her college career whilst also working in the New York model scene.

Of course, we love the pic of Yolanda and Gigi, but we wanted to share this picture with you in our continuing effort to share the Birkin bag and the love affair we women have with the Birkin, especially those of us who refuse to carry “logoed” bags.  It’s range of colours and it’s large size make it the perfect handbag for daytime use and, when coupled with the Baginizer, (available from our friend @janefinds at baginizer.com), it’s the perfect choice for every woman.

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Jane Birkin’s Birkin

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Those of you who are regulars to this blog know that the Hermes Birkin bag is a favourite of the Real Housewives and most well-heeled women in the know and, in case you’ve missed our other posts about this iconic Birkin bag, the first one is here, and it has been followed by many other Birkin posts…

The Birkin Bag, A Real Housewives Favourite

…our other posts include Taylor Armstrong’s fake Birkins, where to get a fake Birkin and numerous posts about who does Birkin well.

Here’s a little more history on the Birkin…

In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the deck, leaving her to scramble to replace the contents. Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked. In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her,[2][3] based on an 1892 design. She used the bag for herself then later changed her mind because she was carrying too many things in it: “What’s the use of having a second one?” she laughs. “You only need one and that busts your arm; they’re bloody heavy. I’m going to have to have an operation for tendonitis in the shoulder.” [4] Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon.

We would like to introduce you to Jane Birkin, as pictured yesterday, and a full 30 years after the original bag was created, carrying none other than her namesake, the Hermes Birkin bag.

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Now you’re met the Jane Birkin of today and you’re a woman in the know.

Incidentally, here’s a picture of Jane Birkin back in 1969.  She was quite the character…

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The Gentlemen’s Morning Coat

With the wedding season fast approaching, it’s a good time to discuss the Gentlemen’s Morning Coat, also known as tails.

Preferred by many men over a tuxedo.

Preferred by many men over a tuxedo, any man can more easily wear a morning coat to a tuxedo.

The coat originated during the days when horseback was the primary mode of transportation and allowed for the legs to straddle the horse without any encumbrances, but it has since become an elegant alternative to the tuxedo.

A morning coat is a single-breasted coat, the front parts usually meeting at one button in the middle, and curving away gradually into a pair of tails behind, topped by two ornamental buttons on the waist seam. The lapels are usually pointed, since the coat is now only worn as formalwear. The coat can be grey or black as part of morning dress, and is usually worn with striped, or very occasionally checked trousers.

The morning coat may also be worn as part of a morning suit, which is mid-grey with matching trousers and waistcoat (vest).  In the old days, (haha) a morning suit was only to be worn by nobility as opposed to the morning coat, but today even noblemen can wear the morning coat, as you see Princes William and Harry in the picture above.

When an event invitation suggests a morning coat, it is an indication for women that a dress with matching jacket (suitdress) and hat is appropriate.  Whilst we don’t understand why, the morning coat seems to be more commonly acceptable in England.

Morning coats are always worn at Royal Ascot and at the Derby.

Morning coats are always worn at Royal Ascot and at the Derby, at which time it is always worn with a contrasting waistcoat (or vest)

More flattering than the tuxedo (which just looks like a glorified suit), the morning coat is the coat of choice for society men.  It is always worn for a 10 o’clock or noon wedding, which tend to be the most formal of weddings.  And, whilst it is always appropriate for all wedding times for the groomsmen, who would wear it with a bow tie, wedding guests wear the morning coat without a bow tie and only for daytime affairs.

The White dinner jacket, though still worn for sit down dinners and galas, has become less popular and is most frequently worn when one is invited to a sit down dinner party at the home of a friend. (We know, you’re thinking “who does that, right?” yet plenty of people still have formal dinners, which you’ve seen during a few episodes of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).

The less formal white dinner jacket is still an outstanding choice for dinner affairs.

The less formal white dinner jacket is still an outstanding choice for dinner affairs.

Both the white dinner jacket and/or the tuxedo is commonly seen being worn by gentlemen at society functions, galas and fundraising events, yet, the morning coat would never be a safe choice for these evening events.

Men always seem to be worried about being over-dressed here in the United States when wearing a tuxedo or morning coat, but we suggest the morning coat become more of an acceptable norm here.

It’s a much cleaner look when hands are in the pocket, as so many men seem to place a hand or two and men who are seen wearing well-fitted morning coats tend to look more relaxed and lend an aire of elegance…kind of like the man who wears the ascot…always elegant.

Always elegant.

Always elegant

We just located this outstanding morning coat guide on the internet, which you might like to take a peak at…

http://www.morningdressguide.com/

Now you’re a woman in the know.

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A Sommolier.

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A sommolier (French, pronounced sum ul ee yay) is a highly skilled and elite professional who has a good “nose” especially trained for wine. The Sommolier is a trained professional whose job includes selecting wines for a restaurant’s list and then managing the purchase, storage, sales and service of the inventory.  His or her job is to also recommend wine pairings when one looks at an extensive wine menu and simply doesn’t know what would be a brilliant choice.
Ordinarily one is born with this good “nose” and it is recognised early on as a gift.  Someone with a good “nose” is hyper-sensitive to the smells around them and can smell things ordinary people can’t.  For example, a young child might smell a dead rat or mildew when others can’t, and this ability to smell these things can drive them crazy.  That’s when a parent recognises the good nose and can steer their children into professions that require it, much like a parent whose child is born with a voice encourages them to persue a singing career or join the choir.
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You will recognise members of this elite profession by the wearing of the “tastevin”, which is traditional sommerlier gear, and which they wear around their neck. The impressions in the cup highlight color and clarity of a wine.
You will find sommoliers in finer restaurants, private clubs and at the parties of well-heeled friends, but did you know that sommoliers actually go through years of training and there are an elite few colleges in the United States that offer this training?
It's all in the "nose".

It’s all in the “nose”.

The University of California at Davis, which has an extensive vintner’s agricultural program, and where most of the famous vintners children go to learn the latest in the technologies of the business, train sommoliers the world over and do you know where many of them find work?
In Dubai, of all places, where a good bottle of wine can go for $8,000.
A sommolier knows that even the way a bottle is handled can change the dynamics of its bouquet and so typically handle the bottle delicately to give it the treatment and respect it deserves.  As a patron, if the bottle is handled poorly by wait staff it would be good reason to demand a new bottle prior to its opening.  If we’ve seen this once, we’ve seen it a hundred times.
Now you’re in the know.
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