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Archive for September, 2009


How to be Smarter: Sometimes, the most helpful thing is just to get what you want to say to him out of your system. Post-breakup, designate a friend to text what you want to say to him, but probably shouldn’t. She doesn’t have to respond–but every time you want to send a text to him that says “by the way, I never thought World of Warcraft was even mildly interesting” send it to her instead.

How to be Prettier: This fall, everyone needs a snuggly purple cardigan.

How to be (less) Awkward: If a boyfriend asks you a question that you don’t want to answer, just say, “I don’t want to answer.” Say it with a smile, and snuggle into them. Not every question needs to be answered, especially about past relationships or current feelings.

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How to be Smarter: The more volume you have or produce–whether it be blog posts, good ideas, or boys you’ve dated–the more a slip-up or mistake is ignored. I.e. if you’ve dated one loser, but a million winners, people forget about the loser. If all you’ve ever dated is one loser, your sample size is so small that he stands out.

How to be Prettier: In reference to yesterday’s post, the reason you don’t want to cut cuticles of your nails is because it opens your nails up to infections. Actually, according to my research, in some states, it is illegal to cut cuticles in a licensed nail salon.

How to be (less) Awkward: I am not a scientist. However, whenever I do something awkward, I frown quizzically and tell people “not to mind me, I’m just working on a theory.” For some reason, people always buy this. Or they pretend too. I really have no idea.

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How to be Smarter: Some people will stop loving you; some people will never start. Most will waver somewhere in the middle. At the end of the day, how you perceive that they feel might be more important than anything else.

How to be Prettier: Never cut your cuticles.

How to be (less) Awkward: You rarely get what you want when you yell at a customer service person; you rarely get what you want when you yell at a boy.

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How to be Smarter: Sometimes, if you don’t know what to say, it is better to say “I’m sorry, I don’t know what to say,” then fumble around for a while, using words that don’t express how you feel or what you want to say correctly.

How to be Prettier: I have a favorite necklace that I like to wear all the time. But sometimes it doesn’t look good with the neckline of my top, so I wrap it a few times around my wrist and wear it as a bracelet instead.

How to be (less) Awkward: Pee on the porcelain of the toilet if you don’t want anyone to hear.

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How to be Smarter: Small children are taught to say “thank you” when someone hands them something tangible. But big children should be taught to say thank you when someone hands them intangible things–support, sympathy, love, understanding, humor. “Thank you for answering my call last night so late–I was so upset.” “Thank you for walking with me to get lunch today! Loved the company.” “Hi Mom! Thanks for spending the last 20-odd years worrying about me on an almost constant basis.”

How to be Prettier: Industrial bags with girlie dresses are a contrast that is striking, and also tends to be exceedingly practical as industrial bags tend to fit more than girlie purses. I recently paired this bag with this dress, and loved the result.

How to be (less) Awkward: It is never too late to make your home into a home that hugs.

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