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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: Interested in working remotely? This site has a really comprehensive list of current remote job openings at well-known companies, sortable by job function.

How to be Prettier: One of the quickest ways to make a big change in your bedroom is to switch out your bedding. I got this turquoise bed cover (for under $50!) back in March, and I still love seeing it in my room each night as I go to bed.

How to be (less) Awkward: Three everyday words that sound rude in emails, and alternatives to use instead (really love #3).

May 10, 2017

How to be SmarterThe Freedom Diagram: How To Pick Career Skills. Even if you don’t write anything down while reading these exercises, just thinking about the questions will start to get your wheels turning.

How to be Prettier: Simple face wipes (the ones in the green box) are my go-to: I use the sensitive skin ones in the winter, and the exfoliating ones in the summer. I usually get them from the drugstore, but they are also available on Amazon here.

How to be (less) Awkward: Decision guidelines for how to handle tricky office situations, like Should I Join an Office Social Event? and Should I Tell My Teammates I Disagree With the Direction of a Group Project?.

May 3, 2017

I’ve been a millennial member of the organizing committee for Forty Women To Watch Over 40 since the list began, and some of the most fun work I do each year is helping to put this list together.

The list “celebrates women who are upending the perception that 40 is past your prime. They are reinventing, leaning in, and creating momentum that will be felt by those beyond their community and field.”

Have you nominated someone you know – maybe a mentor or other inspiring person in your life – for this year’s list yet?

April 26, 2017

How to be Smarter: “Everything I’ve ever learned about everything (in less than 300 words).” Love all of these phrases.

How to be Prettier: This is so helpful: how to make better-looking slides.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you already know in your heart you’re going to say no to something – whether it’s a new job offer, a brunch invitation, or a date, let the other person know as soon as you can. Saying “maybe” or drawing out the no usually just makes the eventual “no” more inconvenient/painful for the other person.

April 19, 2017

How to be Smarter: The New York Times Lives column came to an end recently, and they rounded up their favorite columns as a farewell. I’ve been reading one a morning for the past few days and it was a great way to start the day.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Discount Code: Shopbop is having a big sale right now (up to 25% off) using code EVENT17. Two of my favorite Shopbop items that I own and love are Stance socks and Paige Denim Hoxton jeans. The new spring items I have my eye on this sale are the Potter Parker Off Shoulder Dress and the Emilienne Pineapple Printed Tie Back Dress (so cute). The expiration date for the sale is 4/16/17. Enjoy!

How to be (less) Awkward: Short but important: the difference between taking something seriously, and taking something personally.

April 12, 2017
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