Comments on: Kisses http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:42:26 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Zoe - SlowMama http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-851948 Zoe - SlowMama Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:45:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-851948 I use xoxox or “love” for close friends and family. I use “warmly” or “warm regards” or “peace” with friendly acquaintances. And I use “sincerely yours” for business letters or professional correspondence where I know recipients are expecting formality. I never use “best” — for some reason it bugs me :-)

I used to hate emoticons and “soft touches,” but I’ve come to appreciate the need to convey tone in writing emails, comments, etc. Sometimes what I’m hearing in my head is not the way someone else is reading it.

I love your “kisses” and find them endearing and personal. You come across as a perfect blend of professional and personal and I think that’s hard to pull off.

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By: Dani http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432908 Dani Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:27:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432908 I do think many of us are starved for affection.

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By: Dani http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432905 Dani Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:26:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432905 .
I open professional emails/letters with “Dear So and so” or “To Whom It May Concern,” and I close them with “Thanks,” “Sincerely,” “Yours Truly,” “Gratefully,” etc.

I open personal emails with “Hey!!!,” Hi!!!,” “So and so!!!!, ” and I close said emails with “x” or “xx” for family and good friends, “un beso,” “un besito,” or “un abrazo” for close Spanish speaking friends or “Later” for other people or friends who are not into affection

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By: elz http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432518 elz Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:49:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432518 Please no! Using “friendly greetings” like hugs and kisses in a professional situation is wrong. By using such terms, you are devaluing any business points you wanted to make in the body of the communication. Own your profession. Be a professional. In correspondence with friends and family, absolutely. In correspondence with business contacts, vendors, etc?-NO. You are smarter than that.

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By: Gina @ Oaxacaborn http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432515 Gina @ Oaxacaborn Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:12:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432515 Having received an email from you containing both an enthusiastic “Hooray!” and “kisses”, I think it’s delightful and wonderfully YOU!

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By: sona http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432514 sona Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:11:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432514 If we have to think too much about our signatures, perhaps we are trying to portray something we are not. xoxox brings to mind high school girls with their often false sincerity and desire to be accepted. I love xoxxo from family and close friends but would seem ackward or pretentious from others. Great discussion.

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By: Kohana http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432476 Kohana Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:05:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432476 Here in Australia, all my girlfriends sign their messages with XX which is “kiss kiss” but looks more racy to my American sensibilities. Funny the way crossing cultures can humor us!

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By: Rosa @ FLUTTERFLUTTER http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432471 Rosa @ FLUTTERFLUTTER Wed, 23 Jan 2013 05:44:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432471 I love receiving xo’s, but the indecisive, overthinking part of me is too scared to send them in my own emails in case the person I’m sending them to isn’t as casual about it as I am. That’s a good question! (Love the pic too!)

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By: alli http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432469 alli Wed, 23 Jan 2013 04:52:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432469 this is funny! i have thought about that before, i have always ended my personal blog with ” xo ” but not my professional blog. one time i accidentally wrote “xo” in an email that i was sending to a client! luckily she just laughed about it. :)

xo

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432466 Jennifer Wed, 23 Jan 2013 03:52:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432466 I too struggled with how to close business emails on a happy, casual but respectful and, cheerful note. I’ve settled on “cheers”. I think it works in the widest variety of email audiences -groups and individuals (both known and unknown). I picked it up after living in South Africa for a few months, but that was 6 years ago and I’m still using it.

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By: Anneliese http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432463 Anneliese Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:49:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432463 Having worked in male-heavy organizations I probably err on the business-side of things, even in my casual correspondence. I rarely use emoticons, insist on capitalizing the way I was taught in grammar school (seems just wrong and too self-deprecating to use “i” for instance), and save the “xoxo” (which I love!) for close family and friends. I do however wiggle around quite a bit when it comes to making requests or encouraging someone to complete their responsibility. Whatever formality to my writing I am still a bit of a softie and 20 years in “business” didn’t change that. I love the intimacy of your “kisses.” Plus it seems very genuine to me–I believe you do love your readers enough to kiss them!

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By: sarah http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432445 sarah Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:12:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432445 i don’t sign my name on my emails to friends, just put the S….the rest of the time, it’s usually thanks. but i have always thought your ending of kisses on your blog was so sweet and different and special. love it..

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By: Cherie http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432443 Cherie Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:07:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432443 I use x and xo for personal texts and emails with female friends, not because it means love to me but because it is a sign of friendliness, even with acquaintances. Professionally I would never use it, it feels inappropriate. A bit like wearing a strapless top to work, out of place.

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By: Cerise http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432442 Cerise Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:55:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432442 My mother has always signed her personal letters xoxo. She will even put little smiley faces in the os. I usually put “hugs, Cerise.” Never was much for kisses. I don’t write many serious/professional emails/letters, but when I do they usually end with Thanks….cause it’s usually me asking for something.

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By: Heather Hamer http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432439 Heather Hamer Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:28:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432439 For some reason I always think that “warmest regards” or similar sound so insincere. “All the best” to me sounds kind of like “take a hike” (it’s probably just me). I use “Thanks!” because I haven’t settled on anything better! I do think that your kisses is really cute and friendly though!

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By: Elizabeth T. http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432432 Elizabeth T. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:56:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432432 Kisses is very French, isn’t it – a la “bisous” or “bises”?

In past workplaces people tended to sign off with “bests” or “tx” (abbreviation of thanks). “Bests” may be derived from best wishes?

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By: Pamela Balabuszko-Reay http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432430 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:46:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432430 I love it.
With all of the trouble in the world a little xoxoxoxoxoxo goes a long way.
So there,
xoxo
Pamela

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By: Tiffany http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432424 Tiffany Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:30:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432424 I would find XOXO or Kisses, Hugs, etc. as very odd in a professional email. I can’t imagine what my clients would say or how they would react to that! I use “Best” (best regards shortened) for clients. That said, I think that’s totally fine for friends and family.

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By: Yvonne http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432416 Yvonne Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:49:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432416 LOVE the xoxo – and use it everyday to friends – if someone is not yet in my circle I like ‘cheers’ or ‘best’ but if you get an xoxo from me you know I love you! If I get it from someone it’s the same – love letters!

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By: Diana http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/kisses/comment-page-1/#comment-432415 Diana Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:49:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30016#comment-432415 When I see “XOXO,” I see a European-style double kiss cheek in my head. I do not think it weird at all, except maybe if it were coming from my dentist or attorney. As for my personal valediction, for business and personal I tend to go with “cheers,” except when I need to be ultra-professional. Then it’s “Sincerely” or “Best regards.”

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