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How to Be A Good House Guest

If you have been invited to stay at a friend’s house or cottage for a few days there are definitely some rules of etiquette you should follow in order to be a good house guest.


As a rule of thumb it is always appropriate to bring some kind of gift for the house when you arrive. This can be flowers, a centerpiece for the table or a bottle of wine. Chocolates, a picture of some sort in a frame or an item for the person’s garden is also usually appreciated. This gives your host a keepsake that will help remind him or her of your visit.  A jar of homemade jam or cookies you have made also makes a nice gift.  Make sure the gift is appropriate.  For instance, do not bring a jug of sugary lemonade to a diabetic host’s home.


Before you enter a home always ask if you should take off your shoes. This is not mandatory in most homes but the offer to remove them is a sign of honor and respect for your friend in many cultures.


Remember that being someone’s house guest is not the same as being in a hotel. There are no maids and you will be expected to clean up after yourself. Making your own bed, picking up after yourself and wiping up spills in the bathroom is expected.  To impress your hostess make your bed as neatly as possible.  Be sure to throw any towels you have in a laundry hamper.  Do not leave anything in a heap and make sure that all of your clothes are hung up and not draped over the bed or chairs.


To be a good houseguest you should also ask permission before you use any major appliance or tool in the home including the washer or dryer, dishwasher or vacuum cleaner. If you do end up borrowing something from your host (like a blow-dryer) you should always put it back just as you found it. This is especially important because sometimes appliances are finicky or even dangerous to use because they are broken.


It is also polite to offer to do simple chores for your host such as set the table, dry the dishes or sweep the floor. Offering to take care of these little tasks can go a long way to getting you invited back to your guest’s home for a second visit.  It is also a lovely gesture to send a thank-you card back to your host to show them how much you appreciate their invitation. Be sure to send it by mail and not by email — before you know it you will be invited back!

Silver Bridal Shoes for Fall

Silver bridal shoes were hot five years ago and they are hot again for Fall 2013. Metallic colors in general have been making a come-back in all footwear with the bronzes, light golds and silvers making a comeback in sandals and street shoes.  When it comes to bridal shoes silver matte leather will be the hottest look and for extra glam and shimmer you can go for a pair with dusted glitter.


You will be able to get silver bridal shoes in platform, wedge and also stiletto styles.  However the fashion heels that are coming back for bridal include eighties retro styles such as the short kitten heel, the narrow low wedge heel and the squat court heel.  Thes styles can be a bit hard on the heel to walk in despite their low height but are very elegant and hip at the same time.


Beading and braiding are also very hot when it comes to kitten heel bridal shoe styles.  While browsing for shoes to wear on your wedding day you are going to see styles such as the low flat sandal that is like a thong but boasts braiding instead of straps and huge jewels studding the front.


You have seen those arm bracelets that look like snakes and that coil up the upper arm. Well know you can get wedding shoes that feature a similar snake design that coils up the ankle. These shoes usually have a spike heel or a lower kitten heel and despite a slightly eighties disco flair would look perfect with shorter wedding dresses and also with goddes style flowing long wedding gowns.


You can also get silver shoes that have rows of chains linking the straps together or linking the sole to the back of the heel.  This is also a very glamorous look that usally comes with a silver shoe and that definitely will give your wedding outfit quite a bit of glitz.


These shoes are high heel but and have a kind of flexible chain that cuts across.  If you want a really distinctive look that is both gladiator and kind of Egyptian in style these would do the trick.  They would certainly fit the bill if you wanted to wear them with a Greek Goddess style of dress that have tunic or empire waist styles.


Jesssica Simpson and Vince Cameo Raven both design bridal shoes with very high stiletto shoes with four and half to five inch “picks.”  This type of shoe tend to have deep toe cleavage and thin shiny straps, sometimes rhinestone studded, and glitzy tiny buckles.  The good thing about these shoes is that once you are done getting married in them you can also wear them to the dance club!


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