My Love of Lenox


If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you may notice I tend to highlight Lenox china. In fact, when I first looked for advertisers, they were who I sought to become an affiliate for. I was ecstatic when Lenox wanted to partner, as well! Why my love for Lenox

  1. First and foremost, teaching Southern etiquette, I have an appreciation for products made here in the South. Lenox’s bone china is STILL made in Kingston, NC. I appreciate their committment to quality, even after more than 125 years in business.
  2. They’re timeless. I have several favorite patterns by Lenox (only two of which I own), but I know without a doubt, future generations will be able to use (and love) my Lenox china without it becoming dated. Again, the quailty will help it last.
  3. They’re not simple. This one may seem a little contradictive to #2, but the fact it, you are able to personalize your dinnerware with accent plates, special pieces, etc. Often, each type of piece (such as a coffee cup) may have three or more potential designs making it even more of your own.

So, what are my top patterns?

  1. I will always adore Vintage Jewel above the rest for the simple reason that it is our wedding china. It is special beyond a doubt to me, and I love using it every chance I get. Here’s what it looks like:As you can see, it is a very classic pattern. The attention to detail on this one (notice the rim) is what initially drew my eye. I also love that we can use it for any holidy.
  2. AutumnThis is a very bright pattern, with gorgeous blues and oranges. It also isn’t a smooth plate, as the accent colors are handpainted. In short, it is stunning. I always get compliments on this pattern.
  3. Royal GrandeurI have always loved blue dishes, and this pattern is no exception. To me, it’s a little less formal, but it’s no less impressive.
  4. RepublicThis is a pattern I could see using on a very nice cruise ship. Gold is as classic as it gets. The little added details sets it apart from more white-and-gold dishes.

Which pattern is your favorite? Do you have a go-to china brand you love? Thank you for reading!

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Election Day Etiquette, Part 1

Y’all. Today is the day. It’s the day we find out who will be our leader of the United States of America for the next four years. However, it’s also the day we find out who will serve us locally in our states and in our communities.

One of my other non-paying jobs is mayor of a medium-sized town. I have had an interest in politics since I was fairly young. Honestly, my love of politics and etiquette was established around the same time. While the two may seem to have nothing in common, I don’t just chalk it up to being a Gemini (or being more Paris than Rory….Lorelai trumps them both). They should have plenty in common, such as exhibiting respect for others, listening to listen and not just respond, being willing to help others, etc. If they don’t, well, it may be time for new leaders.

On my personal social media outlets, I do not post about politics, other than general reminders, such as where to vote if one so chooses to do so. I don’t post for whom they should vote. That’s up to them. It also is against etiquette to do so. Let me be blunt for a moment. No meme, quote or rant on Facebook will EVER change a person’s vote choice. It simply and truly will not.

It has always been considered rude to talk about politics and religion, not because we shouldn’t have deep conversations, but because more of the time these “conversations” quickly digress to arguments. The reason someone is passionately Republican may not be an issue for someone passionately Democrat. Also, there are plenty of parties out there. 🙂

More often than not, I find that people aren’t diehard for their candidate or even party. They are diehard about one or two specific issues that really hit home for them. It’s a very personal choice. Life decisions led that person to his or her choice, and one conversation is extremely unlikely to sway them from said decision. It can, however, sway them from friendships.

So, today, Election Day, I ask you – is it worth it? It being “right” more important than being kind? If so, we’ve all already lost. I would encourage you today to vote – the only avenue your voice is truly heard. However, we can all be kind to others, regardless of their political affiliation. In this era of openness and political correctness, maybe being silent isn’t such a bad thing. After all, there are surely more interesting facts about a person than for whom they are voting.

Happy Election Day. Tomorrow, regardless of the outcome, the sun will rise. I’ll see you then.