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Archive for June, 2010


How to be Smarter: You’re not getting any younger. If you want to be write a book, you better start today. If you love someone, you better tell them now. If you want to be healthier, put down those sweets in your hand. Whatever you’re afraid to do, it’s certainly not going to be easier to start tomorrow.

How to be Prettier: The best toothbrushes are the ones that come with a tongue cleaner on the back of the brush. Like this one or this one.

How to be (less) Awkward: Pretty fun tool to use, whether you are thinking up band names, character names, blog names, screen names, or twitter names.

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How to be Smarter: I am not the world’s best eater, but I try. But I have fallen in love with these bars. I mean, FALLEN IN LOVE. I already read Oh She Glows (Angela’s blog), so when I ordered a batch of Angela’s Variety Pack of Glo Bars, I was excited. The second they arrived however, I could not stop eating them and immediately ordered two more batches. They are delicious, and I can’t speak highly about them enough–and they are actually good for you.  

How to be Prettier: Lately I’ve been craving summer-ish khaki pants that are structured enough for work wear but relaxed enough for summer. These fit the bill perfectly.

How to be (less) Awkward: Food can be pretty, too.

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How to be Smarter: There is no point in going on a vacation you can’t afford, or buying an outfit that doesn’t fit your budget. You will be too unhappy with your financial choice to ever fully appreciate what you bought.

How to be Prettier: The best subtle self-tanner I’ve come across. You can buy it at a drugstore, it doesn’t smell horrible, and the color doesn’t look fake because you build it up day by day.

How to be (less) Awkward: Don’t title an email with “Sorry.” Chances are whatever you are apologizing for–be it your phone dying when you were in the middle of the conversation, or for accidentally forgetting something important at work, the thread will continue after the apology has been offered and accepted. And then for the rest of the thread, going back and forth, when you see the email come into your inbox you (and the other person) will be reminded of the mistake.

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How to be Smarter: I do not know the science behind this, but a cold ginger ale in the morning when I wake up feeling less than ideal makes me feel 100% in no time.

How to be Prettier: Crop tops, half-shirts, belly shirts– whatever you want to call them, they are having a moment right now in fashion.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you find yourself  nagging your significant other, I suggest you reevaluate–quickly. Nobody wants to be a nag; nobody wants to be with a nag.

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How to be Smarter: A really easy to follow daily food plan for more energy.

How to be Prettier: I’m predicting that this  is the hot new color for the upcoming season.

How to be (less) Awkward: It is more or less implied you are proud of someone you love when they have a success in their life. “I am so proud you got straight A’s,” “Great job landing that design internship,” etc. But it much more powerful to say, outloud, that you are proud of people even when they are not having classically defined successes. “I am proud of you for getting out that harmful relationship,” “I am proud of you for sticking through that tough time at work,” etc. When you love someone remind them often and frequently that you are proud of them for all the things they do — all of the things.

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