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Choosing the Right Apron for Your Waitstaff

Whether you’re opening your own restaurant or just upgrading the uniforms of your subordinates, it’s important that you consider more than just cut and color when choosing waitstaff aprons. Before you start ordering cobbler uniforms in bulk, consider the following:

Length

How much do you want the aprons to cover? Traditional waist aprons only protect the lower half of the body; bib aprons are fashioned for the bottom and the top. Bistro aprons go to the floor, covering the entirety of the waist and legs but nothing above the hips. Check out apron manufacturers like SharperUniforms.com to learn more about the various apron styles available for purchase.

Material

Are your aprons meant for fashion or function? Linens and cottons are good enough if you just want something cheap with a lot of pockets. If you’re talking about protection from kitchen fires, however, you’ll need to invest in a cobbler apron made of nylon or polyester blends.

Design

Your waitstaff offers the first impression to people coming through the door. What kind of image do you want to send? Do you want fun, colorful aprons that speak to a laid-back atmosphere, or are you a professional eatery that requires dignified uniforms? Will your employees be allowed to personalize their aprons? If so, how?

Washing Instructions

No customer wants to be seated by a waitress with a stained apron. Make sure all your employee apparel is machine washable and easy to scour with detergent sticks. If it’s too delicate to be scrubbed, it’s too delicate for real restaurant work.

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Wardrobe Check: While It’s Still Warm in Autumn

I didn’t get the chance to wear this dress when it’s still summer. It’s autumn now in our neck of the woods but we still get some really good warm days.

I had to take the chance to sport out rather quickly the summer dress that was given to me as a present but my lovely blogpal Ivy.

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Unlike the previous Wardrobe Check episodes, this post is not flooded by photos of yours truly. There were quite a few shots taken of this dress but I forgot to bring my sunnies. The glaring sunshine was hurting my eyes and it didn’t looked good on the photos. I hope this will suffice for the moment.

Thank you my beautiful friend Ivy for this beautiful dress and Twerlyn for the lovely earrings. I feel so lucky to have generous friends like you!

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Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Lipstick: It’s Not Mine But It’s Meant To Be Mine

Last December, I bought my friend Twerlyn a YSL lipstick as a gift. She wrote about it H E R E. I ordered it online because I had no more time to do the purchase. The product is available only at Myer at a neighboring suburb.

YSL Lippy

YSL Lippy

While doing the online purchase, Myer’s website was acting up. There was an error. Thinking that my initial purchase attempt didn’t go through, I did the whole process again only to find out that the initial attempt was registered in their website. I ended up buying two similar items by error!

I phoned Myer’s Customer Service and complained that there is supposed to be only one item that I need to pay for. They acknowledged my complaint and apologized. It turned out that their system was down the minute I did the purchase. That was not my fault. I am just a willing paying customer and whatever internal error they have had in their system, the consumer must not bear the brunt.

I was instructed to wait for the items to be shipped to me and return the other one with a packing slip on it. Once returned, they will immediately reimburse me of the amount that I paid for.

True enough, one item reached me but I was thinking that the second item will be shipped only one day apart. So I returned it right away as instructed. However, I waited for the other item more than a month and READ: the suburb where I ordered the item was just 15 minutes away and it took them that long to ship me that item I paid for.

Something must be amiss!

I phoned them again and again and again to track the item. It turned out that the second item was declared missing and they could no longer track it. So it was confirmed lost! Again, that was not my fault! It was so annoying because I would have wanted to send my gift by early January but because things got so messed up, I had no choice but to deal with it. They again instructed me to wait for the new lipstick that they’re gonna send in lieu of the lost item. I indicated this time that the item be shipped at my workplace so that I know right away once it’s delivered. The Customer Service Representative apologized to no end for the mishaps.

I was surprised when the lipstick was shipped at home!

I was raging mad! How dare they NOT take customer’s instructions carefully! I thought it’s gonna be sent at work! I can only grit my teeth in complete annoyance! I vowed to never do online business again with Myer. I sent off the lippy to my friend in the U.S. and I was happy she received it in less than 10 days!

However, a few days later, I received another YSL lipstick at work- with the same shade. Is this some kind of a joke?

The box that was shipped at work

The box that was shipped at work

I phoned Myer CSR and they told me it’s no longer in their system so I don’t have to return it. That’s just about it.

So OK. Fine! I’m gonna own a YSL lipstick worth $55 with shipping fee of $10 that I did NOT pay for! How lucky!

The YSL lipstick inside the box

The YSL lipstick inside the box

Happy me owning this one!

Happy me owning this one!

But when I come to think about it, I do deserve to get this lipstick for FREE because the stress that they put me through with this transaction was way too much! Myer is Australia’s largest store chain of mid-to-up-market department stores and they do customer service like that. How uncool!

All’s well that ends well. I just have to forget about the stress I have to put up with and enjoy my YSL lipstick, which is my friend Twerlyn’s dream lipstick by the way :-)

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Leaving All My Things Behind

When I rented out a pad in the Philippines, I bought my own laptop stand. It feels so comfy when I just want it at the living room when I lie down on the floor or sitting comfortably on my bed.

When I left my home country, it went automatic to my youngest brother who lives with my Mom. He actually owned most of my stuff while my TV and refrigerator and other home appliances went to my brother who’s now married. I would have wanted to sell it off but it’s a good feeling that they are able to use them.

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Shameless Selfie #1

Alright! So here I go!

I previously expressed my intention of publishing Shameless Selfie series at this blog.

However, I had second thoughts because I might just scare off some people to come by this blog. Hahaha!

Anyhow, I might just do it every once in a while. Don’t you worry, it wouldn’t be a regular thing. Only when I feel like it ;-)

It was one weekend while we were about to go out when I did some selfie tricks. Hahaha!

Shameless Selfie #1

Shameless Selfie #1

Joining the selfie bandwagon seems cool! Yet, it was never easy!

Why not?

I had to do a lot of takes coz I didn’t like a lot of them. Hahaha! :-)

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