My name is Heather. Proper Paige is my pen name. Having a pen name seemed like an excellent idea when I started this blog back in 2007 because it would enable me to be anonymous in a way that seemed right for an etiquette blog.
But then, I wrote things and wanted my friends to read. I realized the pen name had to go. Or, at least, share the marquee with my real name. So, I'm Heather, and I'm Proper Paige. It's lovely to meet you.
I grew up on Maryland's Eastern Shore, but live in Austin now and love it every.single.day. I learned a lot of what I write about from my mother (Proper Mother). She taught me to always write a thank you note and to always wear a slip. My track record on slips is not great, for the record. I really love sparkling water, good coffee, and a Manhattan on the rocks. I was an English major and tend to mention that, oh, still. I suspect that I am bad at losing arguments. This may or may not be because I am an attorney.I believe that etiquette has almost nothing to do with which fork you use (though I love a fish fork, the unsung hero of the silver chest) and more about how you treat people. If you are gracious and people are comfortable around you, I think that is success. Even if you use the wrong fork. You know what I mean?I strive to be a good person. Or, at least, the person that my dogs and Proper Toddler think I am.
I think my Proper Husband is The Best Thing Ever. I like a good run, when I have time, and a vintage handbag. I love to write.
Oh, and I really like you. Thanks for stopping by.