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Fashion Forward 580 Tammy-Swales-Studio-2011-05 (2)A mother of three beautiful daughters, Joan hails from the Finger Lakes area. A true “Rochesterian” for 28 years, Joan has come from in front of the camera lens to behind the scenes and has been painting Upstate N.Y. woman more beautiful for more than a decade. Working for NYC-industry giant Trish McEvoy Cosmetics, Joan has become a sought-after makeup artist in the region over the past 13 years. Her accomplishments have always focused on female-based retail, marketing and event planning careers; however, Joan’s real passion for empowering women is defined through her makeup brush and her one-face-at-a-time makeup lesson. With her blog “Beauty Buzz,” Joan will provide life-enhancing solutions for readers through her collection of beauty tips and experiences.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Fashionably Late…How late is OK?

Holiday Ettiquete: 3 Things to remember:

1. If you are attending a house party please remember, arriving empty handed is not usually a good idea. Being Italian, I was raised to always bring something, I usually offer a bottle of wine from a NY Winery such as Swedish Hill or Goose Watch from the Cayuga Lake area. Since I was raised in the Finger Lakes, it’s always been a good ice breaker “Home is where your story begins” conversation.


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2. The fashionably late statement drives me crazy!
  • Evaluate the event. Do you have any kind of specific role in it? If so, it’s not a good one to be late for. Likewise, you don’t want to establish a chronic pattern of lateness, which could be very unfashionable. Being fashionably late means being precise about which events you can show up late to without hampering the event in any way.
  • Choose a reasonable time to arrive. Three hours after everyone else? Not fashionable. A half hour is usually good.


Stripped-Black-and-White-Kitten-Heel-Shoes_jpg_cfI have taught my daughter’s the gift of punctuality, I recommend you show up closer to the party start time versus the end time. Be respectful or at least notify with an appropriate RSVP that you will be arriving late.


3. I just have to… Don’t Drink and Drive…ever!!!
Celebrate safely, fashionably and celebrate with Panache this Holiday Season!!!


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