For the weekend
Before accepting an invite to a friend’s family house, ask who’s covering what, says lizzie Post of the emily Post Institute, so you know what you’ll be paying for, and it gives them a chance to say, “no, you’re our guest!” arrive with a gift in hand . or offer to cook a simple breakfast or buy groceries. leave your sexy suit at home. If it’s a girls’ trip, fine. But an itsy-bitsy bikini in front of your friend’s dad and brother? awkward. follow your hosts’ lead. sure, it’s vacay, but don't just assume you can sleep until 2 p.m. ask before bed, “What’s the schedule for tomorrow?” send a thank-you note (obvi). handwritten cards feel more heartfelt than e-mail or a text message.