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Smart, Pretty & Awkward
Archive for January, 2010


How to be Smarter: If you are buying a new Dell computer, you can now customize the color with one of 26 OPI shades! OPI is a popular nail polish brand. Just click on “Colors”.

How to be Prettier: Continuing with the nail polish theme, doing one extra coat of polish more than you usually do will help your nails to last another few days, and lower chipping rates.

How to be (less) Awkward: In my experience, the more defensive someone is about something, the more likely they are to be lying to you.

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How to be Smarter:  Use half-birthdays as a chance to evaluate if your year is going as you planned, and if you have accomplished your goals for your year yet. Only six more months til your next birthday–what do you have left to do during this year of your life?

How to be Prettier: A very cool designer, and her very cool headbands. My favorite are the ones with flowers!

How to be (less) Awkward: Sometimes, if I feel a little sad, I smile and look at myself in the mirror. Somehow seeing my smile tricks my mind into making me think I am happy, and I feel just a little bit better instantly.

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How to be Smarter: I highly recommend this book to everyone–knowing about the economy–and terms that are used to describe it–is so important for being a productive citizen. This book is long, but is broken into easy to read short sections–throw it in your bag and read a section or two on the subway each day.

How to be Prettier: Winter coats are on sale now despite there still being two or three more months of cold weather–give yourself a mid-winter boost and pick up a new one on sale today.

How to be (less) Awkward: When you must cancel plans, tell the other party as soon as possible. And don’t commit to things that you think you may have to back out of.

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How to be Smarter: Particularly interesting article on women and their labor force participation.

How to be Prettier: This is a precious heart ring, and it is on sale.

How to be (less) Awkward: Be gentle with yourself. You’re trying. That’s all you can ask for. If you don’t get it today, you can try again and get it tomorrow.

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How to be Smarter: People worth being in relationships with will want to make you happy because they like you. If you are expressing what you want and need from a partner–in a cool, rational way–and not getting it, it may be time to move on.

How to be Prettier: There isn’t always time to spend an hour at the gym. But there is usually time to do 30 jumping jacks during Teen Mom, or 20 sit-ups while you are on hold on the phone, or squats while you floss your teeth. Fit in what you, where you can, as often as you can.

How to be (less) Awkward: I found this blog about braces adorably awkward and very endearing.

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