How to be Smarter: People love to tell others their life should be more structured. But if you take everything out of a messy drawer and attempt to put it back in neatly, sometimes not all of it will fit. Just because someone tells you your drawers–or your life–should be more organized and linear, doesn’t mean that is the best way for the things you find important to fit together.
How to be Prettier: You can wear black and navy at the same time as long as it looks deliberate. Have the black be a true black, and the navy be an obvious navy. If the colors are too close together (i.e. a faded black top with a deep navy pair of pants), the look will appear sloppy and unplanned.
How to be (less) Awkward: Offbeat images/graphs/photos from the web.
PS: Check out the feature on SP&A today on A Vigilant Muse!
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How to be Smarter: Sometimes the people that you think you need the most, might actually need you more back.
How to be Prettier: Beautiful, beautiful fall boots. Just the ones I’ve been looking for.
How to be (less) Awkward: To make your next party more fun.
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How to be Smarter: If you can’t make time for other people, like your friends or your parents, when everything in your life is going great, don’t expect them to make time for you when things in your life are going poorly.
How to be Prettier: Girly but not overly expensive office supplies. (I just ordered these fun pencils for a friend who recently started a new job).
How to be (less) Awkward: This is an endearingly cute thing to do to a friend/significant other/crush on a coffee date.
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How to be Smarter: If your significant other is not meeting your expectations, you need to either change your expectations or change your significant other. If the issue is small, change your expectations. If the issue is large, change your significant other. And the way to decide if an issue is small or large is to figure out how important the issue is to you. The more important the issue is to you, the bigger it is.
How to be Prettier: Just the cutest little things for your feet to snuggle in as we roll into fall nights. Also the perfect thing to buy for a friend going through a rough time, or to mail in a care package to someone you love that is far-away.
How to be (less) Awkward: In an elevator, women exit first, and age take priority. For example, if you and your boyfriend are in an elevator, you get off first. If you and your mom are in the elevator, your mom exits first. If you, your boyfriend, and your mom are in the elevator, your mom exits, then you, then your boyfriend. If you, your boyfriend, your dad, and your mom are in the elevator, your mom exits, then you, then your dad, then your boyfriend.
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How to be Smarter: People that give “it’s too hard” as an excuse for not going after their dreams are not worthy of what they want in the first place.
How to be Prettier: To preserve items while washing them, make sure you close all the buttons/snaps and turn the clothes inside out. This will keep fewer buttons from falling off, and help the item to fade less.
How to be (less) Awkward: Offbeat paintings of the U.S.’s leader.
PS: Happy birthday, Kelly! Your friend Kasia emailed me to wish you a happy birthday on the blog because she knows you enjoy reading Smart Pretty and Awkward, and wanted you to know you “deserve a lovely birthday!” She writes, “I could tell you about her prestigious internship or her success in the classroom, but it’s Kelly’s big heart that make her a wonderful friend.”
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