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Archive for July, 2009


How to be Smarter: I just started reading this at Borders the other day and couldn’t put it down. That show was such a big part of seemingly everyone’s childhood–the back story is really cool as an adult. 

How to be Prettier: Today, part your hair on the other side then you normally do. Your entire face will look just slightly different, which is interesting in a way that is noticeable, but no one will be able to put their finger on it. Mysterious is sexy.

How to be (less) Awkward: People can’t like you if they don’t trust you. Make people feel safe to share their secrets, never betray them, and you will have friends for life.

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How to be Smarter: When a drop of water falls on some people, they look down so they don’t get more wet. When it falls on other people, they look up to see where it is coming from. If you look up to see what might hit you in the face, you can usually avoid it. If you just cover your head and don’t find out what really is falling on you, it will just keep raining on you.

How to be Prettier: It is summer. You have beautiful legs. And you are getting older, and, realistically, they will probably never get better. Show them off. 

How to be (less) Awkward: Everybody cheats a little in life. Whether is spray tanning or slightly embellishing the truth about what you really do at your job (fact: everyone spends part of their working day on facebook), don’t be the kind of person that calls people out on tiny lies. You know they aren’t naturally blonde, they know they aren’t naturally blonde, who cares?

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How to be Smarter: Just because something is a scam (a job, a relationship, an overpriced online no-credit class, a Craigslist erotic service ad) doesn’t mean you won’t learn something from doing it. Disclaimer: I’m kidding about the Craiglist. 

How to be Prettier: I own this dress in three colors: basic black, which I wear with heels on Friday nights; sea blue, which I wear with a cardigan and flats for Saturday afternoons; and nude, for when I’m tan in the summer.

How to be (less) Awkward: There are two ways to be quiet. One, in the way that makes you seem mysterious, and two, the way that makes you seem creepy. Play the game the way that makes you seem mysterious.

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How to be Smarter: Phone calls asking for second chances have to happen during daylight hours. A phone call at 3am asking for a second chance should be ignored; a phone call at 3pm should be paid attention to. 

How to be Prettier: Tighten your stomach as you spray bronzer on it; this will create a contouring illusion of a six pack (source: UsWeekly). 

How to be (less) Awkward: If something is important to you, you best keep your eye on it: you can’t be mad when the pizza is gone if you left the pizza in the back seat with the hungry kids.

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How to be Smarter: Two facts: 1. Life is not always predicable, and that makes most people nervous sometimes, including me. 2. In the commercialization of the world, many of the brands and products you can buy in one place you can buy anywhere. Combining these facts, I create little routines for myself no matter where I am. Before I get on any bus, I always buy the same brand of pizza Combos. When I feel sick, I always buy the same brand of gingerale. I know any Starbucks will give me a tall hot chocolate before a job interview, and iced coffee soothes my nerves before a date. In a world, or even cities, where everything feels unstable, create tiny little ways of making your body feel the same and calming your mind. 

How to be Prettier: I’m not a relationship expert, but the only truth I see replayed over and over again is if they leave you once, they will leave you again. Even if they come crawling back, even if everything seems different the next time, even if they put a ring on it. If someone can walk away from you once, they can walk away from you again.

How to be (less) Awkward: There are certain foods that should not be eaten at your desk at work  because of the smell. Tuna and Indian food are two of them.

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