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Gracious Girl Guide

Summertime Hostess with the Mostess!

by Mindy Lockard on June 20, 2012

So often as a host or hostess, we get so caught up in the details of menus and decor that we forget to plan how to physically engage with our guests—how to greet them and introduce them to others at the party etc. Remember, the host and/or hostess is the social maestro of the event. […]


Yesterday, Elle and Maggie came to work with me in celebration of today’s National “Take our Daughters or Sons to Work Day.” I know we were a bit early to the work-day party but it was for good reason. In my work with university students and young professionals, there is one thing I know to […]


Spring Fever

by Mindy Lockard on March 19, 2012

Do I feel warm to you? I’m afraid I’m coming down with a fever. Spring fever, that is. I’ll do my best to not breath on you, as I’d hate for you to catch it too. What are the side effects? An aching for sun dresses, loss of appetite for stews and soups, and the […]


Making the Most of Life’s Little Moments…

by Mindy Lockard on February 15, 2012

Life is made of moments. Big ones and little ones. But unless you’re a rockstar, mostly little ones: morning alarm, coffee, shower, walks, trips to the market, a subway to work, a cup of soup, carpool, dinner and a chapter or two of reading just before turning off the light. Moments that pass us by […]


Holiday Parties: Let Your Heels Do the Walking

by Mindy Lockard on December 4, 2011

Tis the Season for Holiday Party Manners! All week long we will be chatting about how to wear your Gracious best at this season’s Holiday Parties. Today for the #HolidayHQ I’m talking about working the room, the party room. So warm up those heels ladies and let’s work it! And speaking of Party Manners, Friday […]