Best Practices on Tipping and Gifts During the Holidays

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The holiday season is in high gear, and as can be expected, tipping and gift giving during the season for service persons can often become a tricky thing.  A few best practices have served our clients and team well over the years, and we hope that by sharing them, they may help you, too!

 

First, you should always consider your budget first. If you don’t have the budget to give cash, you can always provide a homemade gift accompanied with a handwritten Thank You card. This speaks volumes to those you work with.

 

If you are giving cash, you should consider your relationship with the service provider and the quality of the service you have received on *most* occasions. Consider your location and area, how luxurious the service you’ve been getting is, and remember – if the service professional has been charging you a grandfathered rate this year, you may want to increase his/her tip a bit.

 

For home care, you might consider giving a babysitter up to one evening’s pay, and for nannies or housekeepers, up to a week’s extra pay. Barbers and hairdressers could get extra based on the cost of a haircut, and dog walkers typically get up to one week’s pay. The big question in New York City is always around doorman and supers: how much should a family give?  The average rate is $15-100 for doorman, and $20-100 for supers, depending on how luxurious your building is and the years of service held by the doorman and super.

 

One final helpful hint: Mailmen working for the USPS may not accept items such as cash, checks, gift cards, or any other form of currency. But small gifts that have less than $20 in value (or snacks and beverages which are not part of a meal) can be accepted during the holidays. 

 

Let us know – what other best practices do you follow when it comes to holiday tipping and gifts?

 

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Reworking and Repairing Your Wardrobe

In the image consulting business, we often encourage our clients to “shop your closet” to save time and money. Sometimes, though, it’s less about “shopping” your closet and remixing the items you pair together. This month, we’re focused on our clients who have lost a portion of their wardrobe or accessories due to stains, tears, or just normal wear and tear.  Many of these folks are using up valuable space in their closets and drawers, holding on to items that just need a little nip and tuck!

As you’re pulling together your Halloween costumes this year, take a look at these fun, easy fashion and beauty tricks to make the most of your space and your collection.

 

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  • Want a new statement necklace? Work with what you’ve got: Layer several necklaces together with a story in mind: pair complimentary colors, as well as different metals combinations. Or, try playing with varied elements such as gems and chains together. Doing this can often create memorable looks!

 

  • Wear a print scarf when you are dining out. If you experience spills, the print in the scarf will hide the damage, and your outfit will remain intact. When dessert concludes, simply slip the scarf off.

 

  • Use an eyeglass cloth to clean your patent leather handbags or shoes. It’ll remove any smudges or fingerprints. Most eyeglass cloths are machine washable, so don’t forget to throw them in with your delicates once in a while (but do not tumble dry!).

 

  • Baby wipes often create the perfect removal of makeup stains that accidently get on your new blouse.

 

  • Do you enjoy going barefoot inside your favorite pair of flats, but don’t enjoy the sticky feeling when they sweat? An easy fix is to keep a travel-sized foot powder handy to sprinkle inside your shoes before you put them on. It adds a touch of fragrance and absorbs moisture.

 

  • Want to belt a dress or top but don’t have the right color or texture? Check your ribbon stash. You may just have the right pop of color that pulls an outfit together while adding a creative, feminine touch.

 

  • Sick of that tangled ball of jewelry that’s cluttering up your drawer? Use a divider (from any office supplies store) in your drawer to group your jewelry by color or metal.

 

The best part about these tips is that you can use them all year round

Do you have other fashion tips you’d like to share?  Let us know! Or

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Your Personal Style

photo-1446214814726-e6074845b4ceYour image is so much more than the clothing you wear and the way you walk. Your image is the relationship between your outfit, your poise, and your personality. Similarly, color psychology does not necessarily say that including red in a color palette automatically makes it passionate or energetic. What’s important in a color palette is the red, the gray, the black, and the blue’s relationships together. Gestaltism says that the sum is other than the parts. We notice the relationship between red and blue before we notice the colors red and blue individually.

This observation carries to your personal image. A $10,000 suit means nothing if a man is slouching. The fine details of your image must all be coherent and consistent in order to effectively portray your image.

Although there are guidelines to follow when trying to appear a certain way, every person should have their own style. Many different looks can communicate the same message to others. This ‘margin for error’ is the room for your creativity, your personal style, to flourish.

Being an individual is an extremely important piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked. Utilize research-backed strategies to portray the right image, but do so in a unique way. This is why it is so important for professionals to understand the philosophy and thought behind personal image and not just the shallow elements. Actually understanding it is the key to adapt, at any given time, to market and industry changes. If, one day, the way people perceived the color red changed, you must be able to identify that and find a new way to communicate what you were trying to.

Your personal style allows for some buffer through consumer trend volatility, so don’t worry. Just keep in mind that things change and, with it, so should your style. Accurately communicate who you are to others and everything else will follow.

Who has influenced your style the most? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

For more information visit http://www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com

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