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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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Lesson Six: SOF Attitude, Manners and Etiquette

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Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Are You Behaving Badly?” In our introduction to the School of Flaunt Handbook we spoke about how all of you are starting to resemble actors in fast food commercials. Smacking your lips and licking your fingers. Who needs napkins? How silly of us.

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What to do when you receive” Nasty Grams” by E-mail, Facebook, Instagram or Text? Recently a friend of ours has received some very nasty e-mail messages. They were totally rude and not worth the time to even respond to. But the sender naturally didn’t take the “non” response well. In fact that inflamed the sender of said nasty grams even more. She was not getting the desired reaction. The receiver was not snapping at the bait! A war of words was not in the making. Her plan to make you look foolish was not working.

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THE ART OF USING A NAPKIN ~ AND WE AREN'T TALKING PAPER HERE FOR WE ALL KNOW THAT DOESN'T COUNT!

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Etiquette in Dubai

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Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Etiquette in Dubai When visiting other countries, please try to brush up on the local etiquette. Very important, students here are some key details.

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Not So Fast!!

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Published: Friday, February 7, 2014

Not So Fast!! Or “No One likes a Know it All” Recently Bazaar published a guide to the Pronunciation of Designers Names. This was invaluable as many of us had never heard of some of these talented artists. We have all been corrected on pronunciation and manners at one time or another. Many of these painful moments are permanently etched in our minds.

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CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE

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Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE OR “WHY YOU SHOULDN’T USE YOUR CELL PHONE IN PUBLIC PLACES!” Be discreet. Or better yet, be quiet! We do not need to hear your private conversations. You understand that...right? We are hearing things about your life, that maybe if you thought about it, you would not want aired in public. Think before speaking on that cell phone!

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“The Fine Art of Chewing”

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Published: Monday, January 20, 2014

The question is, “Do you like See food?” We don’t mean Seafood!! OR “The Fine Art of Chewing” Yes, we are talking about the dreaded chewing with your mouth open! There we have said it! The horror, the pain, the humiliation. And it is everywhere, Students. Everywhere! Watch any Soap Opera or Movie and you will see more food than you want to.

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5 Reasons Babies Don't Belong at High End Restaurants! We have all been there. You make the reservations, meeting good friends for a meal. You know this will be expensive, but it's worth it. And there they are; young couple with crying baby and unruly toddler. Small aside: we feel your pain.

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The Thank You Note

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Published: Friday, January 10, 2014

HOW TO STAY OUT OF ETIQUETTE HELL! The Thank You Note Our first tome will be to discuss the simple Thank You note. Yes, it has come to the attention of The School of Flaunt that this small token of appreciation is falling by the wayside of modern manners. Well, we are here to tell you people that the well-heeled and those with any degree of style or sophistication STILL write a THANK YOU note! Yes, you see we capitalized the word STILL.

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PHONE MANNERS!

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Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

PHONE MANNERS! And other things that aggravate! DON’T CALL ME SWEETIE!!! The other day I answer the phone and I hear this woman’s voice saying, “Hello is this Alexandra?” Well, to begin with that always aggravates me! And I didn’t recognize her voice. I was taught from a very young age telephone manners. When you call someone unless it is a very close personal friend of yours or family that would recognize your voice, this is how you start the conversation.

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Visitors “Behaviour” at Art, Antiques and Design Fairs by Mary Helen McCoy It is a New Season and another round of shows are being held across the globe. For the exhibitor there is a hope that the economy is improving and dealers are anxious to sell their collections at shows. Often times the public takes these shows for granted and do not realize that the exhibitor on the floor is not there just to provide “entertainment” but is there to sell and/or engage in an enlightened

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FLIP FLOPS They Should Know Their Place!

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Published: Saturday, July 7, 2012

FLIP FLOPS THEY SHOULD KNOW THEIR PLACE! It has come to the attention of the School of Flaunt that some individuals are wearing flip flops to the office, to job interviews, to weddings and even funerals! My Lord people what are you thinking? Flip flops have their place and it is to none of the above places or occasions. We will make an exception for Beach destination weddings or pool parties.

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Etiquette in Dubai

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Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Etiquette in Dubai Before leaving our hotel rooms, we go over some local etiquette. Very important, students. Alexandra is reading the following to me: The robes for men are: Kandura Headdress for men: Ghutrah Black Band on headdress: Agal OK, got it. Now for Dining:

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