Swank Advice-Iron Your Shirt Ya Slob!


I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in our history we decided to stop ironing clothes because for some reason people think that it’s beneath them or that their clothes are so advanced that they don’t need to pull out the iron anymore.

Well I am sorry to say that you are fooling yourself and that we all notice your crinkly shirt.
Sure, it maybe the trendy thing to not iron tshirts any more and maybe, just maybe you can get away with it some of the time, but I am here to tell you that you can’t get away with it all of the time.
Fact is most of us need to iron, sure some maybe wealthy enough to pay someone else to do it, but most aren’t.

Personally I find it quite embarrassing when people have wrinkles all through their clothes. It just makes them seem….not together. That somehow they struggle through the day.

I used to have a boss who never ironed his shirt and quite frankly I had less respect for him. It’s one job before he goes to work and yet he can’t get that done. How can he effectively manage if he can’t manage an ironing board?

Ok, so now I’ve got that off my chest here are my top tips to iron effectively and efficiently.

Tip #1: Inside Out

Always iron black and dark garments inside out to avoid getting a sheen on the fabrics from the iron.

Tip # 2 Order Counts

Iron cuffs, hems, and collars first and do them inside out to keep them from puckering up and losing shape.

Tip #3: Get it Straight

Always iron using straight, back and forth strokes; never use circular movements. This can stretch out your fabrics and will shorten the life of your clothes.

Tip #4: Don’t Squash Your Style

If there are fabric designs or embroidery on your fabric that you want to avoid flattening, cover your ironing board with a towel and lay the fabric so they design is face-down; then iron.

Tip #5 Keep it Clean

Clean your iron regularly to prevent deposits from ejecting and ruining your clothes. You can clean a warm iron plate with a cloth dipped in a water baking soda solution, and use Q-tips to remove deposits from the holes in the iron.

Tip # 6: Hang it Up

Hang up your ironed clothes immediately after ironing to make sure all that hard work you just did sets in immediately and you don’t risk wrinkling the fabrics again.

Tip #7: Keep it Separated

If you want to prevent the effect of your ironing on the underside of your fabric, slip a thin piece of carboard inside your clothes to keep the front and back separated.

Tip #8: Perfect Pleats

While ironing, use paper clips to hold the shape of pleats. Just be sure to iron over them gingerly so you don’t damage your fabrics.

Tip#9: Invest In The right chemicals

Buy some good Ironing Aid Spray. It really makes the process easy.

Tip#10 Don’t skimp on the Iron

Yes, you can buy a Ten dollar Iron, but that doesn’t mean you should. Sure it’s cheap but you will be back there in a few months because your iron failed on the day you had  a job interview! Trust me, it ain’t worth. Spend a good amount of money on a quality brand.


Swank Advice-Cell Phone Manners In a Restaurant


Yes, we are probably all guilty of spending way too much time on our phone. Look around and you will notice that everybody is staring at their phone and we are missing opportunities of living life to the full by being glued to the bright screen.

When it comes to dinner I encourage you to put it away, to focus on the marvellous human company you have with you. Give it a go, you will be surprised how fun life in the real world can be! Here’s some advice to get you started.

Cell phones should be turned off or placed in silent mode whenever you are in a restaurant.

If it is a fine dining restaurant, the cellular phone etiquette is to switch it off completely. It is quite rude to “keep watch on your cell phone” especially when you are in the company of others.

The less formal the restaurant, the more casual you can be with your cell phone.

Ideally, you shouldn’t answer your phone in the middle of dinner. If you did, tell your caller you’ll call them back after dinner. Return phone calls after dinner.

If you are at lunch on a workday, and your client or boss is calling, excuse yourself from the table when answering it.

If you really really have to talk at the table, do so quietly. Make it short and brief.

Most importantly, think about whether you really need your phone for the 30 minutes to an hour you are dining. Are you really that important that someone can’t wait for you call back?

Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse-Visiting the Plastic Surgeon

Oscar Peterson-I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Lyn Stanley -Nice And Easy
Peter Paulsen Trio-comrade Conrad
Perry Beekman-How Long Has This Been Going on
Jason Paul Curtis- You’re Something
Cocktail Inn-The Way You Look Tonight
Reg Owen -A Little Kiss Each Morning
Blossum Dearie-Lover Man
Shirley Horn-Do It Again
Bill Evans-Beautiful Love
Stolen Idols-Sumatra Mist
Diana Krall-Cry Me A River

Swank Advice-Political Chatter

Dear Koop
After the recent election I have had to start unfriending people on facebook and avoid certain people at work due to the upheavel of the recent election
I do not appreciate receiving e-mails that are almost always outright lies, distortions and half-truths. There is plenty of room for criticism on all sides, and it is hard enough to get rational information about Washington’s plans for us What should I do…how do I avoid political discussions in everyday life.



What happened to the etiquette rule banning casual social discussions of politics and religion is that it is roundly pooh-poohed and ignored. At best, it is thought to be a prissy and unnecessary restriction of adult conversation; at worst, it is considered a repression of free speech and the democratic process.

I acknowledges that these accusations might have some validity if people knew how to express their opinions civilly and to listen to the thoughts of others with open minds.

But guess what, folks: In this society, most of the acrimony short of violence is over religion and/or politics, and it doesn’t always stop short of violence. And those who are supposed to be dealing with these topics professionally aren’t behaving much better.

Instead of civil conversation, discussion and debate we have wholesale denunciations and personal insults. Funny thing — it turns out that a real exchange of ideas and opinions is possible only under the rule of etiquette.

I advise you feign appathy towards politics, change the topic or perhaps do it by laughter perhaps using the standard “well I reckon that just like diapers…politicians should be changed frequently !

Then head off in the opposite direction