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.