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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: I love reading about Disney theme parks and what make them so appealing – this piece called “This is Your Brain On Disneyland” was super interesting.

How to be Prettier: This piece of jewelry is perfect for people that always have a hair elastic around their wrist (aka: me). This would be a fun birthday gift for a sister or a friend.

How to be (less) Awkward: Why sometimes an awkward silence can be a good thing, not a bad thing.

August 15, 2017

How to be Smarter: This is a funny article (literally, it’s written very cleverly) about how to use humor in business. The whole article is packed with great tips, but I love this nugget: “One of the more surprising and effective places for humor is around the negotiations table, where humor can make you more persuasive. In a study by researchers Karen O’Quinn and Joel Aronoff, participants negotiated on the purchase price of a piece of art. When the sellers concluded their final offer with the humorous line “…and I’ll throw in my pet frog,” participants in the study granted 18% more concessions than in the control condition, thereby demonstrating that you should not run a psych study with 10-year-old boys.”

How to be Prettier: Looking for a v-neck maxi dress with sleeves and pockets, under 30 dollars? This one is perfect. I own it in both floral-03 and black.

How to be (less) Awkward: How to respond to an insult. My favorite advice here? First, take a pause. (The link also has awesome vintage footage of Steve Jobs).

August 9, 2017

How to be Smarter: I can’t stop listening to Kacey Musgraves’ song “Biscuits”. It’s super catchy and I love the message behind it.

How to be Prettier: I’m not a huge makeup person, but this under-eye concealer (which I found off of one of Buzzfeed’s “What to Buy on Amazon Right Now” lists!) works really well and is only 6 dollars.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just the best video you’ll watch all day.

July 5, 2017

How to be Smarter: “72 Life Lessons for My 36th Birthday.” My favorites? “7. If someone does a good job, let their boss know”, “29. Most people talk about doing things and never actually get around to doing them. Be the one who gets it done,” “37. Always punch up, never down; it’s how good comedy works, as well as fair politics. If you are trying to decide who to side with, it is almost always historically correct to go with the person or group with less institutional power”, and “58. Unsubscribe from every newsletter or J.Crew special offer that comes your way. You do not have time for that nonsense.”

How to be Prettier: The brand name for these sandals is kinda dorky (Kork-Ease), but on a recommendation from a friend I just got them in “Rust” and if the last week was any indication, they will be the only shoes I wear all summer. So comfortable and I love the extra height.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just a fun story.

June 16, 2017

How to be Smarter: For anyone who writes on Medium, this is a great list of ways to get more traction on the platform.

How to be Prettier: I’m in love with this maxi dress – I have it in blue and am thinking about getting it in one or two additional colors (maybe the yellow or one of the black prints, too).

How to be (less) Awkward: Instead of asking for “feedback”, try asking for “advice.”

May 30, 2017
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