Monday, March 15, 2010

Pet Peeve -- Inside Voices

I'd like to think we've come a long way from the shoe box sized grey cell phones Zack Morris used in Saved By the Bell, however, people still feel the need to yell into their phones in public places. The speakers and mics on phones/pda's nowadays are really good and are very why are you yelling? I went to brunch the other day and a woman was having a conversation that could wake the dead. And I'm not so upset about her talking on the phone in a restaurant, although in nice restaurants you should ALWAYS put your phone away. This was more of a diner, so it wasn't so bad. This woman was sitting a good 20 feet away from me, however I could hear every word of her conversation. What makes people speak like they are in a wind tunnel when on cell/mobile phones?

What ever happened to "using your inside voice"??? It's a lesson we learned in kindergarten and it still holds true today. Believe me, no one wants to hear who it is going to pick up the kids, or you giving someone else directions to your location, or which one of your kids slapped the other.

I can be (at times) a food/restuarant snob. I like to eat out and enjoy my meal and enjoy my restaurant experience. So if you're talking loud enough for the entire place to hear you and you're sitting halfway across the room, be prepared to catch a dirty look and maybe even a left hook. Unless your President Obama, keep your mobile phone in your purse or pocket, and if you absolutely have to take the call, excuse yourself and move to a more private's just common fricken courtesy.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Not really a pet peeve.... but more of an observation.

Bow ties are not for everyone! Few men can actually get away with it, yet more and more men are attempting it. Bow ties do not work on heavy set men, sorry guys they just don't. Instead of evoking a preppy-cool look, you end up looking like an uptight professor or worse, Re-Run from "What's Happening". People like Andre 3000 can pull off a bow tie, hell he can pretty much pull off anything (look up his Benjamin Bixby line).

Remember this, bow ties work with slender/lean frames. Keep patterns simple and keep shirts fitted. It's a fine line between looking chic and looking like your part of the waitstaff at The Palm. The goal is to look like your not trying too hard.

PS...Since we have brought back the bow tie, can we try to resurrect the white dinner jacket?? Think James Bond and Cary Grant.

PSS...Tom Ford at the Oscars is the look you want when dressing formal! Get your game up!