Should we still do the hand-kissing in Paris, New York, London, Shangaï and Auckland ? (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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“Ocean’s 8” shows us the “hand-kissing” ! Richard Armitage, allias Claude Becker, bow in front of Anne Hataway, allias Daphne Kluger, and makes her the “hand-kissing”.

Umbert is used to major international events, and he knows the MET Gala in New York, where the movie takes place.

He likes to watch pretty girls in evening dresses, all very originals.

But Should we still do the hand-kissing in Paris, New York, London, Shangaï and Auckland ?

 

« I am in favor of maintaining the French habit of hand-kissing; after all, you have to start somewhere », Sacha Guitry, French cineast

« Je suis en faveur du maintien de l’habitude française du baise-main; après tout il faut bien commencer quelque part », Sacha Guitry, metteur en scène Français

 

In this article :

1) When to do a hand-kissing

2) How to do a hand-kissing

 

1) When to do a hand-kissing

Nowdays, the hand-kissing is reserved to a conservative upper class or diplomats. 

It is also still used in countries like Malaysia, Bruneï or Indonesia. There it is a common way to greet elder people of both genders, primarily the closest relatives (both parents, grandparents, and uncles or aunts) and teachers.

The “hand-kissing” is chic, but requires courtesy, restraint and elegance.

It is never practiced in the street, or in a public place : cafe, restaurant, opera, cinema, beach, etc …

It must be avoided with foreigners who are not used to it, except those who used to the international etiquette.

During a reception, a man can only do a hand-kissing to the mistress of the house, and the elderly ladies.

Umbert specifies that it can only be practiced with married women.

It is not appropriate for a gloved hand, except the one of a dear friend.

 

2) How to do a hand-kissing

The technique :

1 The man must not raise the lady outstretched hand towards him. The lady gives her hand.

2 The man must bow a little, and touch the hand he gently takes.

3 He does not kiss the hand but touches it with his chin.

4 The kiss must be fast, brief.

Don’t forget to train with a friend, it should fun !

 

Umbert is looking forward to traveling again to these major international events.

New York often misses him, but Paris is more into his heart.

What must be remembered : just remember the technique, so when you go to an event where you see the others doing the hand-kissing, you will be able to do it.

 

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Don’t talk, you are listened ! (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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When Umbert is in Paris, he often goes to some very interesting talks about his favorite subjects : travel, technology, startups, emotional intelligence and many more …

Sometimes, he doesn’t really understand everything, especially when it is very technical.

When dining with friends, after several nights out, he doesn’t always know what to say or answer, because he ’s tired. 

Sometimes you start talking and you may notice that your audience is not interested in what you are saying.

Or you’ve just realized that what you’ve said is so stupide !!!

Don’t talk, you are listened !

The silence is sometimes better …

 

“The silence is golden, so I’m silent … « , MC Solar, French singer

« Le silence est d’or, alors je me tais … « , MC Solar, chanteur Français

 

In this article :

1) Talking

2) Listening

 

1) Talking

When you are talking, sometimes, it is better to stop.

But when ?

If your speech is too long or does not involve anyone, stop immediately, otherwise the others may leave the room because they are bored, or find you too narcissistic …

If someone interrupt you, let him talk. His attitude is wrong for sure, but the best is to not do the same.

When arguing, know that you will put more pressure, just because what you think and say will be different from the other point of view, and it may disturb him a little or more.

If you have different ideas from the one who talks, let him finish first.

Depending on the situation, you may also think about your answer 24 hours, then come back to it.

Arguing is good, it helps both of you by sharing experiences.

When the debate becomes heated, watch the others, stop talking, it will help everybody to calm down.

On the other hand, If just one of you talk and the other listen, the discussion may be boring, and nobody has time for boring things. 

I know some business techniques teach you that not talking and listening is the best solution. I don’t agree with this, I thinks that if you want a long term relationship, you need to share experiences and talks.

2) Listening

Learn to listen to others. Listening is as important as knowing how to speak.

It also shows that you are interested in the other and what he says.

When you visit a friend who is in pain, your presence is often enough. Words could be misunderstood in a critical situation.

When you do not understand a discussion, or do not know anything about it, it is better to stay quiet so you do not look ridiculous.

When the talking is getting to emotional, it is better to stop arguing a little, to calm down, then restart.

 

Umbert try to always stay calm, so he can focus on talking smart.

He knows that it is not easy when you’re stressed by your job, or something bad that’s just happened.

That’s why, sometimes, Don’t talk, you are listened ! 

But not always, don’t forget that life is about sharing, and talking is a way to share.

What must be remembered : talk only when you think that what you want to say is important for the others. If you have a doubt it may be that it is better to say nothing.

 

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15.5 Dos to make people love you (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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Why 12.5 and not 15 ?

Making friends, or acquaintances, is really going out of your confort zone.

When Umbert meets acquaintances, or new people, he knows that the warm tone of his voice is as important as his laugh and smile.

Umbert wants to share with you 15.5 Dos to make people love you.

 

“It’s sometimes in the eyes, in a smile, that the words we never knew how to say are hidden”, Yves Duteil, French composer

« Et c’est parfois dans un regard, dans un sourire, que sont cachés les mots qu’on n’a jamais su dire », Yves Duteil, compositeur Français

 

In this article :

1) Introduce your self

2) Compliment

3) Break the ice

4) Make eye contact

5) Ask questions

6) A warm tone

7) Smile

8) Laugh with them

9) Be interested

10) Don’t interrupt

11) Answer appropriately

12) Don’t do things to deliberately bring them down

13) Ask if they want to hang out

14) Let them do what they want

15) Promote them

15,5) ?

 

1) Introduce your self

Regarding this part, you can read my article How to introduce yourself according to the New Etiquette (Vidéo & Podcast)

2) Compliment

Immediately find something in their behavior or dress that you can emphasize on, and make a compliment.

This is not lying or being hypocrite, it is just a way to find great things about everybody.

You can even train in the street by looking at the others and find one thing nice with each person you cross.

That way you will find the world and the people much more beautiful.

3) Break the ice

Let the magic do it, don’t try to make too much internet search about the person, because the person may thing that you are playing with her by not being natural.

Try to find something you have in common, or some experiences you can share, without conflict or too much arguing.

4) Make eye contact

Eyes contact in the western world is a proof of respect, interest and trust.

Don’t be too pushy, just consider the person you are talking with.

5) Ask questions

If you ask questions, it will help you have some interest in the discussion.

It will also show that you are active in the talking and interested in the other.

6) A warm tone

The tone must neither be hysterical, nor too discreet, neither choleric, nor too moderate.

I would say be natural, and everything will be fine.

With the elderly : they are people in need of warmth and smiles. Do not be condescending or unfamiliar, but you can laugh, discuss and especially show that the age difference is not important.

With children : discuss naturally by showing that you are interested in them. Ask for their name, age, school, classmates, sports, etc …

7) Smile

Smiling is a symbol of seduction and elegance.

I know you have some problems, everybody have some, but when you meet people, try to forget them, just for that moment.

As a training, you can stand in front of a mirror, try several smiles, look at the features of your face, remember the most natural, the one that gives you the most value, and use it as often as possible.

Be carreful, a smile can be heard ! Yes, on the phone, people “hear” your smile. Before hanging on the phone, relax, smile and you will have a warm tone that will be appreciated and effective.

What does the smile mean ? Trust, affection, charm, security and it is disarming (in case of conflict with a person)

When Umbert goes to the Louvre Museum, he is always amazed by the smile of La Joconde. « How do you describe it Umbert ? Enigmatic, reassuring, tender, warm, natural, jovial, feminine …” Umbert is a fan of museums and exhibitions in Paris.

You can find his selection, every month, on this blog, in the Weekends chapter.

8) Laugh with them

If you can reach that goal, you win !

Laughing together is the best way to make friends.

Laugh is the expression of an authentic joy.

Try to laugh not too strong, not too long and not for anything (remember Don’t play !)

Umbert never laughs at the ridicule of others (stupidity, dress, attitude). It would be too easy and nasty.

On the other hand he knows how to laugh and make fun of himself.

9) Be interested 

When you speak with them your entire posture and gesture should show that you are interested.

So focus on what they say and share your experiences.

10) Don’t interrupt 

When you speak to them, let them finish their sentences or argumentation.

If you’ve ever encounter someone who’s always right, and always interrupt you, you know what I’m talking about.

11) Answer appropriately

It is very important to stay natural and say what you think, not what you think the other want you to think.

If you lie or play, the other will feel it, and the discussion will be flat and boring.

On the other hand, don’t argue too strongly, just answer politely.

Make the talk profitable for both of you, by sharing interesting experiences.

12) Don’t do things to deliberately bring them down

You may know some people who always try to control you by bringing you down.

They always try to find some stuff in your life, in what you like, or every where that could embarrass you.

Never do that !!! 

Even if the person will have a nice attitude in front of you, just after leaving the party, she will hate you for the rest of her life.

13) Ask if they want to hang out

If you have a nice talk, ask the person if she wants to hang out sometimes.

Maybe you have a passion. In common, or something you can share.

This is, I think, the best way to make people like you.

14) Let them do what they want

A psychologist that I know always say it like this : « What do you know about their happiness ? ».

Every person is different, with a different past, different goals etc …

Sharing experiences and knowledge is very important to have a great talk, so bring something on the table.

But trying to impose your point of view or way of life must be a disaster, and it’s never appropriate.

15) Promote them

After the meeting, try to speak about them or their business.

Make positive observations about who they are or what they do.

At one point they will hear about it, and will really appreciate.

15.5) Love yourself

Being confident doesn’t mean not being humble. You can be confident and humble.

You don’t want to show off, but being confident makes you a non jealous or envious person.

The other will also feel it, and find « confortable » to be with you. 

You will be a kind of hero who protects them.

 

15.5 Dos to make people love you, that’s a lot to do to make people love you.

Start step by step, by adding one thing after another, then you will be fine.

You may also read my other article Proper way to talk to seduce everybody (Vidéo & Podcast).

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What must be remembered : breaking the ice, empathy and real discussions are key to make real friends or acquaintances. Train by going to random events, and start to speak to some people about anything, then narrow down to what you’ve prepared before.

 

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Quiz September

 

Have fun and take the “Quiz September ” from Umbert De Paris : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/quiz-september-umbert-de-paris

Check your knowledge on the New Etiquette and improve your lifestyle.

The answers are on this blog. 

 

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10 Must do on how to behave at the theater or the opera, according to the New Etiquette (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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When Umbert and his friends go to the theater or the opera, they know that they have to be chic, and respect the New Etiquette so everybody can enjoy the show.

It is a politeness due to the actors. They‘ve done a lot of difficult work before to be on stage that night, so you have to respect them.

 

« The world is a play; each of us must learn how to play his role. », Palladas, Greek poet

“Le monde est une pièce de théâtre ; il faut apprendre à jouer son rôle.”, Palladas, poète Grecque

 

In this article :

1) 10 Must do on how to behave at the theater or the opera

2) How to choose your seat

 

1) 10 Must do on how to behave at the theater or the opera

Here are some rules to follow at the theater or the opera :

  1. Dress to impress ! The gala evenings at the opera are very dressy : an opportunity for Umbert to wear a tuxedo and a bow tie. His friend Diane puts on a long dress. 
  2. When Umbert goes to a show with Diane, he’s always in charge of the cloakroom, and the purchase of the program he offers to Diane, before entering for the room.
  3. Be on time. Do not enter the room when the show is started. It is necessary to wait for the end of the act. In many theaters and at the opera, the doors are closed as soon as the show begins. What a shame to ruin an evening for a few minutes !
  4. Even though a theater offers food, do not eat in the room. At the opera it is strictly forbidden.
  5. Don’t even drink alcohol before the show, the smell may disturb your neighbors. If you are a little tipsy, excuse yourself to your friends, and wait for them outside or directly at the restaurant after the show.
  6. It is particularly impolite to speak during the show, you have to respect the actors and the other spectators.
  7. If you do not like the show, you have to wait for the intermission to leave, or wait for the end hoping that something will please you.
  8. If you fall asleep, close your eyes discreetly, it is not respectful for the actors, especially if you are in the front row.
  9. Do not sing the tunes you know.
  10. Never criticize the quality of the show, it’s a very hard job, and you have to respect it.

 

2) How to choose your seat ?

When Umbert is with friends, he respects the etiquette to choose the seats, even if there is a reserved seat with a number on his ticket :

  • If there are 2 couples : the women sit in the middle, side by side, between the men (the wives next to their husband).
  • If Umbert goes to the show with 2 women, he sits between them.
  • If Diane goes to the show with Umbert and Charles, she sits in the middle.
  • In a box, women sit in the front row.

 

Umbert loves to go out and knows how to behave at the theater or the opera. He likes to dress and to show off a little with his friend Diane. They always have such an amazing time !

The theater or the opera are a priority for Umbert when traveling for his monthly Weekend in Paris. 

It remembers him about his grand-father who was singing opera the all day.

What you should remember : always be chic, and do everything you can to not disturb the others so they enjoy the show.

 

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Don’t go to the restaurant on a 1st date ! Try to find the Phantom of the Opera … (Vidéo & podcast)

 

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Today Umbert advises his friend Alexis, visiting Paris from Montecito in California, about dating.

Alexis thinks that French girls are tough regarding the dates, that’s why he looks for any original ideas.

The 2 friends think that the more original the place will be, the better chances Alexis will have.

They don’t want to look like random guys going in a random restaurant. 

They want something new, unexpected, creating a surprise them so the girl will have a crush on Alexis

That’s why Umbert advices Alexis to not go to the restaurant on a 1st date ! Try to find the Phantom of the Opera ….

 

« Paris is very small for those who love each other with such great love. », Jacques Prévert, French writter

« Paris est tout petit pour ceux qui s’aiment d’un aussi grand amour. » Jacques Prévert, écrivain Français

 

In this article :

1) Basic rules for a date

2) The restaurant

3) The cocktail or wine bar

4) Everything else is the best ! 

 

1) Basic rules for a date 

The first appointment should be in a neutral place, not late at night. Never at ones home.

Choose a refined place, quiet to talk.

The choice of the place is difficult because it is also very related to the habits of the protagonists and their intellectual level.

Try to find something close to where both of you live. You don’t want to have time for a lot of hesitations on your way home.

Avoid places where your friends are, or where you know everybody. Your princess wants the all attention. You want to be as natural as possible, and you won’t be if your friends or acquaintances are around.

If you haven’t met already, remember to mention a distinctive sign so you will recognize each other (color of your clothes for exemple)

 

2) The restaurant

This is one of the most common idea.

If you choose this one, try to find something original and chic.

You can choose a place with an all new experience. For exemple an Indian restaurant with a Bollywood decoration, and a very friendly staff. 

Another idea would be an ice restaurant, build with ice. 

The goal is to surprise her, and this place will be the topic to start the discussion.

Always stay with chic places, even if they are specials.

Fine dining are very old school, unless they organise a special and fun event. For exemple an oysters and champagne evening, or a thematic party.

A woman will always be flattered to be invited to a fine dining, but Umbert would keep this option for the second time. It will improve again the surprise effect, and also reassure her.

Don’t forget to check my article Chronology on how to behave at the restaurant like a gentleman, and respect the New Etiquette (Video & Podcast) before going to the restaurant.

 

3) The cocktail or wine bar

Having a drink in a wine or cocktail bar, then dine elsewhere is a very good option.

At least, if something goes wrong, you’ll be on time to cancel the restaurant.

Choose an intimate place, with beautiful lights, perfect for the conversation. The candles highlight women, and make them feel confortable.

Avoid loud music and too much noise in general, it will stress you.

 

4) Everything else is the best !

Umbert likes to go for a picnic, in a calm and beautiful place. Women never expect you to organize such a thing. It is also a chic idea, that shows that you don’t want to show off, but are real, simple and sincere.

An other option that always work is to travel somewhere for the night. This means that you will have booked the tickets or the place before, but this is very exiting and you will have plenty of things to talk about regarding this short trip. If you are in Paris try some chic destinations like Deauville, Dinan or Biarritz on the coast. If you are in New York, the Bahamas for the night always works !

If she likes sport or culture, or both which is better, try to find an amazing event that you can do together. For exemple the escape game Inside Opera where you have to find the Phantom of the Opera, in the real Opera garner. This is fun, chic and amazing !

 

Umbert is sure that Alexis, who works in the movie industry in Los Angeles, will find great ideas. The French girls will have a crush on him for sure !

Now, dear Alexis, you have to pay the bill ! 

Love and romance are at every corner in Paris.

And Paris is a city where you can plan and imagine whatever original idea you want, so be creative … and she will kiss you !

Before going out on a date, read my article How to be a winner at the first date (Podcast & vidéo).

 

What must be remembered : never show off on a first date, be sincere, simple, chic and original. Spend time to find a very good spot to be a winner.

 

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Methodology to politely excuse yourself, without bullshit (Vidéo & podcast)

 

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Umbert knows a lot of people in Paris, and often receives several invitations for an event on the same day.

This doesn’t bother him because, fortunately, he knows how to decline politely if necessary.

Now days, everybody tries to improve his business or career, so a lot of events are organized, and you may receive a lot of invitations.

In the same way as saying “thank you”, knowing how to apologize is an important aspect of the New Etiquette.

Some of your acquaintances may insist, even try to « close » ! 

That’s why knowing how to excuse yourself, even apologize, is very important so they won’t be offended.

 

« Let’s excuse as far as common sense allows it », Anne Baratin, French poet

« Tâchons d’excuser tant que le bon sens le permet », Anne Baratin, poète français

 

In this article :

1) Methodology on how to apologize

2) Declining an invitation

3) Everyday excuses

 

1) Methodology on how to apologize

  • 1 Apologize as soon as you can. The more the time passes, the less your apologies will be accepted.
  • 2 Prefer to do it face to face, otherwise use Skype or FaceTime. Avoid writing on social networks or text.
  • 3 Don’t blame the other person. You are trying to solve a relationship problem, so don’t start with a fight !
  • 4 Listen : carefully, you have to show empathy to be trusted. The other person should understand that you care.
  • 5 Validate : repeat the problem with your own words, to show that you understand the person concern. At this time you’ve just stop the drama.
  • 6 Apologize : tell the person that you are sorry if you did something wrong that has hurted him/her. Be authentic and sincere, it is very important. Never lie, she will figure out later anyway. You are responsible for what she feels.
  • 7 Silence : the person should tell you if she apologize or not. If she doesn’t, restart the process.
  • 8 Even if she accepts your apologies, real forgiveness may take time … But once done, the relationship should be stronger.

2) Declining an invitation

You can use the same process if you want to decline an invitation.

For exemple :

Umbert is invited next week, the same evening at Alexia for her birthday, and at Paul for a dinner with friends. 

He will go to Alexia and FaceTime Paul immediately to apologize : “Paul, I know you’ve done a lot of wrk to organize this party, unfortunately I won’t be available for your dinner and I regret it. ”

Silence …

Paul answers : « I understand Umbert, no worries, thank you for telling me right away, I hope that we’ll see each other soon . »

Umbert : « yes for sure, let me call you next week so we can organize a get together with some friends arriving from Mumbaï, that should be fun. »

If an invitation has been sent to you by email or mail, write a thank you card, and send it the next day.

3) Everyday excuses

Now that you know the process, train at home, so you can use it immediately, all the time.

Here is where it may be useful :

  • Umbert is late and jostling a lady in the street : “Madam, I’m so sorry, are you all right ? Is there anything I can do ? » Silence … 
  • Arriving late at the restaurant, he tells his friends “Please forgive me I’m late, I hope I haven’t waste you time ? Silence … Let’s enjoy this moment together” 
  • When Umbert asks a service to someone, for example when he asks his way, or an information to a salesperson, it is always necessary to start by saying “Good morning, I don’t want to disturb you, could you ….”

With this Methodology to politely excuse yourself, without bullshit, Umbert can organized is schedule as he wants, or as he can.

Being famous, and receiving a lot of invitations is nice, but not easy.

But having none of them would be worse.

Fortunately, Umbert knows that he can count on his many acquaintances and invitations to entertain himself.

He is incredibly happy to meet them during his monthly Weekends in Paris.

 

What must be remembered : do apologize as soon as you can, understand the other and be sincere, then you’ll be fine.

 

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Proper way to talk to seduce everybody (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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Whether in Paris or traveling, Umbert respects the New Etiquette codes of each country.

An essential rule exists everywhere : to avoid vulgar words and vulgarity in general. 

A good orator has a huge power, and if you know how to talk, you will seduce your audience.

There are many events nowadays where you can mingle with others. Follow those advices to attract most of the people.

 

“Everything is understood except vulgarity », Louis Pelletier-Dlamini 

« Tout peut se comprendre sauf la vulgarité », Louis Pelletier-Dlamini

 

In this article :

1) The basics

2) The art of speech

3) Avoid rude words

4) The worst is the vulgarity

5) What about the familiarity ?

 

1) The basics

When he meets a friend or an acquaintance, Umbert always tries to be warm and respectful.

Articulate, be audible, do not speak too fast or too slow, and pronounce all the letters of a word, are also important.

We must use a language accessible to all, knowing who we speak to. Do not use technical words related to your work because it is often incomprehensible to the uninitiated.

Keep a measured, not peremptory or insulting tone.

Before talking about yourself, ask others about their job, what they like, the news.

Never start a sentence with “Me, I …”, but by: “It seems to me that …”.

Ask often “What do you think?“, then listen, it is a mark of respect. To know how to listen is a proof of greatness. Never cut the talk.

To argue is advised, it is a proof of sincerity and respect for the other. On the other hand, do it with a moderate tone, making logical remarks, and respecting the point of view of the other. Nobody know the truth ! Look for the compromise.

Do not mention disasters, financial difficulties, illness, conquests, and avoid talking negatively about others. Try to find some entering matters.

If a discussion about a political or religious subject goes wrong, you must know how to stop.

If you are an adult, avoid using the language of teenagers, it is ridiculous. The vocabulary of adolescents belongs to them. They do not expect you to copy them.

You must know how to end a conversation, when you detect in the interlocutor some signs of trouble : yawning, look at the watch, a hand that strikes …

Remember to always end the conversation with a polite and friendly phrase like : “I was delighted to be able to talk to you, I hope we will have the opportunity to meet again”.

 

2) The art of speech

Never improvise, be brief, clear, simple, do not speak too fast, but also be original and personal.

If a personality is present, you must talk to him/her with his/her title.

Remember to have the right posture : keep the bust straight, hands flat (it is a sign of insurance, knowledge of the subject), not in the pockets.

Look people in the eyes, to seem more sincere, and show that you are interested in them.

 

3) Avoid rude words

The evolution of the manners makes the use of the bad words very current nowadays.

Sometimes no one pays attention. But precisely, you have to stand out to please.

This is why, in all circumstances, Umbert tries to never use rude words.

The use of bad or vulgar language is ridiculous for adults.

In a company, it can shock, or not, according to the habits.

This is worse in front of children, where you should never use rude words, even to laugh. If this happens, then you have to explain them that it is a mistake.

Umbert remembers a father who had said a rude word to his son, in front of his friends : the child cried because his friends laughed at him. We must think of the reactions of other people.

When he is alone, he does a very simple exercise : replace a vulgar word with another prettier one. Umbert advises you to do this exercise, which will quickly become a game and which make you a person whom ones like to frequent.

Nevertheless if you say a bad word, and it will happen, the tone on which it is said is also important : humor, rebellion, rebellious, yes ! But never aggressive!

 

4) The worst is the vulgarity

There are different forms of vulgarity, other than language.

The tone is important. So it must be laid, avoiding excesses in emotions : for example screaming even if one is angry.

The posture is also important : always straight, even sitting or standing, but easy. Even when you walk, it  is also important to respect the codes.

Always dress with good taste. For exemple you can read our article Don’t dress like a rock star, especially for a date (Vidéo & Podcast).

 In other words, avoiding vulgarity and adopting good taste is a general attitude, and you can work on, step by step, following Umbert’s advices.

 

5) What about the familiarity ?

The familiarity is more and more practiced by the youngest from the first meeting.

Some people are not comfortable with familiarity. This is not arrogance, but often a mark of education or shyness.

Do not force someone to call you by your first name if the other person seems discomfort or reserve.

Someone can use the first name with you, especially if he is an old person, or someone with a higher social position.

Never use the first name for an older person or a superior, unless they ask you.

 

Umbert tries to respect those New Etiquette rules the most he can. Of course, sometimes, he gets angry. We are all human so not perfect. 

Be careful to the manipulators who try to provoque and upset you. Their goal is to push you in the vulgarity and rude world.

Travelling is a good option to learn more, because you will have to act correctly to not shock the locals and not get any problems. You may also discover that some other behaviors and cultures are more respectful than others. You will have to stay tolerant and open minded. 

What must be remembered : the best solution is to exercise when alone, so it will become more natural. Vulgarity is the worst, you have to really work on it.

 

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How to spend the best October weekend ever in Paris (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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Umbert returns to Paris from the Venice Biennale, which is one of the most prestigious architectural events in the world. Umbert likes to discover futuristic designs. He has participated to a lot of conferences.

This month, you’ll discover How to spend the best October weekend in Paris.

October is one of the months when Paris is in full effervescence, because all hotels, restaurants, shops, exhibitions and other activities are always full. It is better to book well in advance.

 

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower”, Albert Camus, French writer.

« L’automne est un deuxième printemps où chaque feuille est une fleur » Albert Camus, écrivain français.

 

 

In this article : 

1) Day 1

  • Check-in : Hôtel Alfred Sommier
  • Brunch : Crabe Royal
  • Shopping : J.M. Weston, Lipault, Maille, Daniel Lévy
  • Hairdresser : Coiffirst
  • Diner : Lucas Carton
  • Cocktail : Andy Wahloo

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants : Café Pouchkine
  • Exhibition : Gustave Klimt & Hundertwasser à L’Atelier des Lumières
  • Brunch : Astier
  • City tour : Mondial Paris Motor Show, Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, FIAC, Rolex Paris Masters
  • Diner : Café de la Paix 
  • Show : Chicago au Théâtre Mogador
  • Cocktail : Le Serpent à Plumes

3) Day 3

  • Brunch : Plaza Athénée
  • Exhibition : Miró au Grand Palais
  • High tea : Hôtel Meurice

 

When travelling to Paris Umbert recommends the travel guid Lonely Planet Paris. He likes it because it gives you a lo of details about the culture, monuments, maps, and other cool spots.You can buy it directly from link.

1) Day 1

  • Check-in 
Hôtel Alfred Sommier, 20 Rue de L’Arcade 75008 Paris

A prestigious hotel awaits Umbert, in an elegant Haussmanian building, property of the Sommier family since the 19 th century. The historical decoration, and the latest technologies, make it the place to be.

Hôtel Alfred Sommier, 20 Rue de L’Arcade 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Before going out, tidy your room up. That’s how we recognize an educated person.

  • Brunch 14:00-15:00 
Crabe Royal, 19 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

New Place de la Madeleine, a restaurant dedicated to the tasting of the famous Kamchatka Royal Crab, fished since 1870 off the coast of Alaska. This exceptional variety of crab is the most popular in the world for the delicacy of its meat, full of marine flavors. Umbert and his friends love this casual atmosphere.

Crabe Royal, 19 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Etiquette : If the crab is husked it is eaten with a fork and a knife. If it is not husked, you have to use the crab claw after breaking it in 2. The server will be happy to explain.

  • Shopping 15:00-17:00 
J.M. Weston, 1/3 boulevard de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

J.M. Weston : These shoes are handmade in France to ensure an absolute comfort. Umbert advises the famous moccasins but also the Derby, the Cambre boot and the Basket. J.M. Weston, 1/3 boulevard de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 

Lipault, 8 boulevard de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Lipault : Jean-Paul Gaultier, famous French stylist, signs the winter collection of the brand, specializing in luggage and leather goods. The tennis stripes are on the outside and a surprise is waiting for you inside. The leather is extensible. Lipault, 8 boulevard de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 

Maille, 6 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Maille : A boutique full of charm, and lot of advices to choose your mustard. The truffle mustard is a delight ! Maille, 6 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 

Daniel Lévy, 3 rue du Cirque 75008 Paris

Daniel Lévy : The excellence of tailored shirts. High quality materials, unique shirts tailored to your personality and silhouette. Daniel Lévy’s approach is the one of a passionate. Daniel Lévy, 3 rue du Cirque 75008 Paris by appointment  : contact@daniel-levy.fr

Galerie de la Madeleine, 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Before finishing your shopping, Umbert invites you to discover the Galerie de la Madeleine, 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris. Built between 1840 and 1845, the 2 façades and the glass roof are magnificent.

Etiquette : Before trying some shoes, it’s important to check the cleanliness of the shoes you wear, as well as the socks, which is a sign of respect for the sellers.

  • Hairdresser 18:00 – 19:00
Coiffirst, 52 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris

This month Umbert decides to discover a hair salon which has received the prize of the most beautiful hair salon in France, and it is not a legend ! An unforgettable moment for your eyes and your hair. Let yourself be guided by an expert hairdresser.

Coiffirst, 52 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Do not hesitate to do a quick shampoo at your hotel before going to the hairdresser. It’s a mark of respect for the staff.

  • Diner 20:00 – 23:00
Lucas Carton, 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, but also one of the first gourmet restaurants. Umbert chose the Duck Foie Gras & Cherries and the Rhubarb Lobster from the Chausey Islands. Enjoy the Majorelle decor from the late 19th century. A gastronomic moment  !

Lucas Carton, 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Etiquette : Umbert always thinks of asking his guests their preferences for the wine. If a guest is vegetarian : do not panic, just choose a light-bodied wine, perfect for the vegetables.

  • Cocktail 23:00
Andy Wahloo, 69 rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris

A mysterious address, and a decoration that mixes Pop Art and Orient. Umbert and his friends enjoy the exceptional “Old Fashioned” cocktail, and especially enjoy the Parisian night … !

Andy Wahloo, 69 rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris 

Etiquette : If you drink a cocktail with a straw, stop before the end to make no noise with the bottom of the glass.

 

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants 10:00 – 12:00
Café Pouchkine, 16 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

A real curiosity ! Umbert likes to have breakfast in this beautiful and warm 18th century setting. It is also the temple of gastronomy before starting a day full of emotions. Enjoy the many pastries, croissants and pain au chocolat.

Café Pouchkine, 16 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Never drink coffee with the spoon in the cup. It must remain on the plate.

  • Exhibition 12:00-14:00
Gustave Klimt & Hundertwasser à L’Atelier des Lumières 38 rue Saint Maur 75011 Paris

Umbert had a breathtaking experience during this “immersive exhibition” as he walked through the paintings of Gustav Klimt, with the sound of the waltzes in Vienna. More than 3000 moving images, and characters coming out of frames. A fairytale and magical universe to find Klimt and the women, the gold and the Viennese artists, as well as the spirals of Hundertwasser which are the link between the birth and the death.

Gustave Klimt & Hundertwasser à L’Atelier des Lumières 38 rue Saint Maur 75011 Paris (until 11/11/2018)

Etiquette : During interactive exhibitions, do not run or talk loudly. To participate does not mean to gesticulate !

  • Brunch 14:00 – 16:00
Astier, 44 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris

Atmosphere and recipes of the old times, in this restaurant, with red checkered tablecloths, to sample grandmother’s chicken soup with foie gras, and the famous Astier special rum baba. A delight !

Astier, 44 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris

Etiquette : Only the waiter holds the bottle of wine by the bottom to serve it. If he doesn’t, hold the bottle by “the body” to pour the wine into the suitable glass.

Le Baigneur, 5 rue de la Folie Mericourt 75011 Paris

Leaving the brunch, Umbert goes to the most hip Parisian men’s health shop. A soap maker creates organic soap without palm oil, shaving soaps for dry skin, oils for beards, in plastic-free packaging. Don’t miss it ! 

Le Baigneur, 5 rue de la Folie Mericourt 75011 Paris

City tour 16:00-18:00

This month of October, Humbert advises you on these prestigious events.

Mondial Paris Motor Show : This year, this event brings together the world of cars, motorcycles, mobility and technology, with a test circuit for electric and hybrid vehicles. Mondial Paris Motor Show au Parc des expositions 1/2 Place de la Porte de Versailles Paris 75015 (from 10/04/2018 to 10/14/2018)

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre 75018 Paris

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre : Very Parisian, this festival celebrates wine and gastronomy, and this year also Peace. Shows, tours, fireworks and exhibitions in a party atmosphere. Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre 75018 Paris (from 10/10/2018 to 10/14/2018)

Festival International d’Art Contemporain FIAC au Grand Palais et au Petit Palais, avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris

Festival international d’art contemporain FIAC : Modern art, contemporary design, the best of the artistic creation since the beginning of the 20th century. The facade of the Grand Palais will be illuminated every evening at 7pm. Umbert recommends the exterior sculptures of the Petit Palais and the works in the Jardin des Tuileries, Place Vendôme and Place de la Concorde. Festival International d’Art Contemporain FIAC au Grand Palais et au Petit Palais, avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris (from 10/18/2018 to 10/21/2018)

Rolex Paris Masters de tennis : For the tennis fans, the prestigious indoor tournament, to admire the best world players. Rolex Paris Masters de tennis au Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 8 Boulevard de Bercy 75012 Paris (from 10/27/2018 to 11/04/2018)

Etiquette : There are many participants in these events. You have to adapt your behavior to the place and to the general atmosphere. Respect the environment : do not throw papers, bottles, tissues on the floor, use the trash displayed everywhere.

  • Diner 19:00 – 20:00
Café de la Paix, 5 Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

Since May 5, 1862, the Hotel de la Paix, later the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, and the Café de la Paix are real institutions, famous throughout the world. Umbert loves the Second Empire elegance, frescoes and gold everywhere, facing the flamboyant Opéra-Garnier. Umber orders the famous croque-monsieur !

Café de la Paix, 5 Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris 

Etiquette : The croque-monsieur is eaten with a fork and a knife, not with the hands.

  • Show 20:00 – 23:00 (liens affiliés)
Chicago au Théâtre Mogador, 25 rue Mogador 75009 Paris

The 1920s in Chicago, prohibition, jazz, passion. Umbert had discovered this musical on Broadway in New York, but he loved seeing it again in Paris, always amazed by the choreography and history.

Chicago au Théâtre Mogador, 25 rue Mogador 75009 Paris 

Etiquette : If you know the songs, do not sing them, even very low, your neighbors prefer the singers on stage.

  • Cocktail 23:00
Serpent à Plumes, 24 Place des Vosges 75004 Paris

This very Parisian cocktail bar has a surprising mix of the 1970s and Aztec statues. Other surprises : a jacuzzi under the stairs, or the possibility of buying pajamas to continue the party ! A kitsch and chic spirit for an amazing and explosive place. Umbert and his friends will sleep late in the morning, an habit in Paris …

Serpent à Plumes, 24 Place des Vosges 75004 Paris 

Etiquette : In this place where the party is at its maximum, do not forget to respect the others and the place.    

 

3) Day 3

  • Brunch 11:00 – 13:00
Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Do you know why 1,900 red geraniums decorate the front of the hotel ? This is the testimony of the love story between Jean Gabin and Marlène Dietrich. The Plaza is a haute couture hotel where luxury is in the details, and not in extravagance. The hotel is a flower paradise in spring and summer. Umbert enjoy an amazing brunch with his friends in this amazing place !

Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Etiquette : The party has finished late ! Drinking water seems necessary. Flat or sparkling water? Ask what is your friends preference, knowing that the sparkling water gives more flavor to the food.

  • Exhibition 13:00 – 16:00 
« Miró, la couleur de mes rêves »  au Grand-Palais, 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris

Miró, the color of my dreams”. “For me a painting must be like sparks. It must dazzle as the beauty of a woman or a poem “Joan Miró, Catalan painter, 1893-1983. This is how Miró describes his work and 70 years of creation in a poetic and colorful universe. You will discover around 150 works. 

« Miró, la couleur de mes rêves »  au Grand-Palais, 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : If you don’t like an exhibition, do not criticize speaking loudly. Leave or continue without saying anything.

  • High tea 16:00
Hôtel Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Cédric Grolet, elected “Best Pastry Chef of the World” in 2017, creates this sumptuous tea time at the Dali restaurant in the Meurice hotel. Under the sumptuous Art Nouveau glass roof, in plates signed Bernardaud, you will taste the white chocolate tart and pear, the lemon cookie, the coffee tart. Umbert can only say one word : amazing ! 

Hôtel Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris 

Etiquette : When you eat, do not raise your elbows, they must remain close to the body.  

 

Umbert hopes that these tips will help you to spend The best October weekend ever in Paris. You will remember Paris for a long time, and we hope you’ll come back soon for new discoveries. 

Next month, Umbert will share another unforgettable weekend in the City of Lights.

What to remember : Paris is a city where the diversity of places you go to is vast. It’s important to follow the etiquette tips to act like a gentleman and a real Parisian.

 

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Umbert is always elegant, or casual-chic, even when he plays sports.

Why ? Because, most of the time, people judge others on their first impression, especially in Asia.

Even if you don’t care about your appearance, make an effort, it is essential.

The professional category, the age, the way of life, are important in man fashion, and each person will choose his style.

It is also a proof of respect for others.

However there are basics to respect to not look old-fashioned, on any occasion. Don’t dress like a rock-star, especially for a date.

 

« Fashion fades, only style remains », Coco Chanel, french fashion designer

« La mode se démode, le style jamais », Coco Chanel, créatrice de mode française

 

In this article :

1) The basics on how to dress

2) Différent styles

3) How to dress on special occasions

 

1) The basics on how to dress

Wear clean clothes. This seems obvious, but it is better to remember it. Of course, you will have also taken care of your physical cleanliness (hair, nails, skin).

Wear simple clothes, but that will showcase you, in which you feel natural and comfortable.

Avoid t-shirt, jeans with holes, dirty and too old shoes.

No flashy colors, keep them for later … Avoid the black color which is most of the time reserved for the funerals.

Avoid short-sleeved shirts, unless they are bent, sleeves tight, plain, prefer timeless polos.

Large belt buckles can be worn on jeans, but never with a suit.

The socks must go up below the knee, of course nobody can see them, but in Paris you never know …;) The choice of the color is important : choose the pant or shoes color, and avoid the white ones.

If you never wear suits, avoid them if the date or meeting is casual. You can also choose a mismatched pants and jacket to be more natural. Same for the tie.

Do not wear synthetic costumes, it shines, it’s uncomfortable, and there are so many natural materials available !

Never put the tie in the waistband of your pants, the tie should barely touch the top of the pants. The small side of the tie should not be longer than the large one.

Think about your age, your profession, your style and adapt your style.

Do not try to change your style at the first appointment. You will play a role inevitably, and this will take away all your natural. People will see it  immediately ! If your style does not please, it is not worth going further.

Now you are a rock-star, so smile and relax !

 

2) Différent styles 

  • The leader : during the all year, it is fashionable to wear a suit. In the coming winter, Umbert will choose dark suits with a plain, thin-striped plain shirt, and a plain or patterned tie (never the same color as the shirt), and a breast pocket.
  • The intellectual : fashion is not always important for them, they cultivate a style falsely neglected, that you can adopt when visiting Paris for exemple : tweed jacket, sweater with big ribs, comfortable velvet trousers, scarf.
  • The creative/tech : often in black or gray, no tie, but a scarf. Umbert loves to wear a cashmere scarf for the winter.
  • The exubérant : everything seems possible to them, but pay attention to the limit not to exceed.

3) Special occasions

On special occasions you have to ask the dress code. If there is an invitation, it should be written on the card.

  • Casual : try to stay natural, no excess, with a wonderful sweater or a sport jacket during the autumn/winter.
  • Casual-chic : you need a suit and very nice leather shoes.
  • Informal : upgrade for a dark pant, suit and shoes. That applies very well when you visit a friend in a 5 stars hotel or a fine dining restaurant, even if people are getting more casual nowadays.
  • Black tie : you need to wear a tuxedo, and the shoes that matches. Avoid to rent one, you will feel more confortable in a tuxedo that perfectly suits you.

 

Umbert always follow the fashion for man, but most of the time remains in the dandy-chic style, that the he loves so much.

Every month you can read about his Weekends to get updates on the best shops, and more advices.

Umbert doesn’t want to dress like a rock-star, especially for a date, because this is not his natural style.

What must be remembered : if you stay natural, but chic, and if you smile and relax, nobody will be able to destabilize you.

 

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