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Archive for August, 2010


How to be Smarter: Try to avoid being only “one away” from something. You don’t want to be one paycheck away from being broke; you don’t want to be one fight away from ending things with your boyfriend; you don’t want to be one pound away from being at an unhealthy weight. Try to build a little cushion into your life and relationships so that you can mess up a little—spend too much on a new dress; accidently pick a fight over nothing; eat 3 slices of chocolate cake—without it having a huge impact on your living.

How to be Prettier: I hate the idea of wearing a color called army green; it sounds unpleasant. So even though army green is a trendy color this fall, I’m calling it olive green, and only wearing it on girlie pieces: a dramatic nighttime dress or a Hello Kitty top (also available in red).

How to be (less) Awkward: Unicorns Can Be Jerks.

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How to be Smarter: History Lessons + Facebook Statuses = This.

How to be Prettier: Two big trends for this fall are studs and plaid; I love how this pair of shoes combines both. I would wear them with a simple, short black dress.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you’re walking behind a slow walker, jingle your keys to give them a heads-up someone is behind them and about to pass them.

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How to be Smarter: Be wary of other girls that over-use the phrase “best friend.” Being someone’s best friend is a privilege that is earned over time and with care, not a phrase to throw around haphazardly.

How to be Prettier: Classic Tweed + Collarless Jacket + Sale Price = This is the Jacket I’m Wearing Today in My Air Conditioned Office.  (I removed the shoulder pin on the right hand side because it wasn’t my style).

How to be (less) Awkward: To remind you…

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How to be Smarter: If you want it bad enough, nothing will stop you. Case in point: Horatio Nelson, one of England’s most admired sea admirals, never found a cure for his sea-sickness (Source).

How to be Prettier: Always eat your ice cream out of a small mug, not a bowl. The mug will still look full, so you will not feel like you are depriving yourself, but the volume of ice cream will be less than in a bowl.

How to be (less) Awkward: Don’t be afraid of being labeled unusual–the people that create interesting lives tend to be interesting themselves.  And I think, for a lot of people, being interesting often means being labeled as quirky.

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How to be Smarter: Wear a suit to work occasionally–it will make your boss think you are interviewing elsewhere, making you more desirable at your current job.

How to be Prettier: This fall, during the in-between time of not needing a jacket and needing a down overcoat, try a cape in the autumn color of navy.

How to be (less) Awkward: When eating out and leaving the table to go the bathroom, put your napkin on your chair. At the end of the meal, when you leave the table for good, put your napkin on the table next to your plate.

P.S. Check out my guest post today on So About What I Said!

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