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When it comes to etiquette, manners and overall good behavior, even celebrities need help navigating the rough waters of stardom! It’s a good thing Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of the Real Housewives of New York is joining forces with OK! to school them on the right thing to do! In a rough situation, we just ask, “What Would the Countess Do?” This week the Countess discusses a royal diss and firming up for summer.

Is it old-fashioned for a woman to take a husband’s last name these days?
Taking your husband’s last name is the traditional way to recognize your new union as man and wife and over 70% of American women choose to change their names after marrying. Celebrities elect to keep their own last names post nuptials because their names are their brands and it is how their fans identify with them. Usually, children take the last names of their father regardless of the celebrity of their mother.

Tip: Hyphenation works well if you can’t decide between your maiden name and your husband’s last name.

WHAT WOULD THE COUNTESS DO?: TAKING A NEW NAME; KEEPING THE PARTY PEACE

How do you keep two friends who don’t get along from causing a scene at your party if you’re the hostess?
Gracious guests never air their differences at a party! If you are having a small gathering where all the guests interact, invite one or the other person. If the party is large, you can invite both but tell them ahead of time to leave their drama with the coats at the door. Ultimately, you can’t control how your guests will behave at your party but if your friends respect you, they will keep their conflict to themselves so that your guests can relax and enjoy your hospitality.

Tip: Praise publicly and criticize privately.

WHAT WOULD THE COUNTESS DO?: COMBINING FAMILIES; CLASSY MEMORIAL DAY PARTIES

For everything Countess LuAnn, check out www.classwiththecountess.com, follow her on Twitter and check out her Facebook page!

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