Molly Ford's
Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendations: The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum and Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren. Both are honest, well-written, fascinating memoirs about the huge variety of experiences that make up modern womanhood. I read both books within the past week and was enthralled by each of them.

How to be Prettier: A fresh swipe of brighter-than-normal lipstick, or your regular lipstick with some gloss over it, right before a video call helps keep your face from looking too washed out on-camera. Which is nice when usually half the computer screen is like staring in a mirror!

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just fun: if you were born today, this would be your name.

May 18, 2015

How to be Smarter: Such an interesting interview with a hostage negotiator about the best way to ask for a raise.

How to be Prettier: Current favorite gift to give: a nice matching pair of summer pajamas, like this or this. It seems luxurious because people rarely buy nice sleepwear for themselves, but everyone likes/uses pajamas when gifted to them. [Cute to put on card for birthday or graduation gift: "May all your dreams come true this year!"]

How to be (less) Awkward: Quick list of characteristics that research says are most important in successful relationships.

May 12, 2015
How to be Smarter: When you reach out to someone you do not know for advice,¬†ask for something specific in your initial email by referencing a particular, definable question you have. If you pick the person’s brain about a specific question to start, you will open the door to a more meaningful relationship or mentorship in the future without overwhelming them in your initial contact.

How to be Prettier: Tons of great tips for how to wear heels without killing your feet.

How to be (less) Awkward: Smile when you answer the phone – the other person will hear it in your voice. This works for calls from crushes, moms, phone interviews, and more.
May 4, 2015

How to be Smarter: This is fascinating: “No one could see the color blue until modern times.”

How to be Prettier: If you are not sure what to do in a group photo when someone says “Silly face!” or “Candid!”, just look at the nearest person to you doing something funny and laugh. You’ll look relaxed and like you’re having fun, while not needing to make a weird face.

How to be (less) Awkward: How to Say Sorry. [This is an article written for how to teach kids to apologize, but I really love the 4-step formula and think it can be useful whether you are 8 or 28].

April 27, 2015

How to be Smarter: Doodle in your to-do list. Besides writing down tangible tasks on your daily list, also add in some little icons to remind yourself of less tangible things, like mindsets for the week. For example: some hearts to remind yourself to prioritize relationships, smiley faces to remind yourself to look on the bright side, and a coffee cup to remind yourself to stay energized.

How to be Prettier: Really interesting article that got me thinking about pairing down my closet. Plus I love what she came up with her work uniform: “Why I Wear the Same Thing to Work Everyday.”

How to be (less) Awkward: Shy at work? 7 ways to speak up. [Love #3 and #4].

April 17, 2015
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