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Archive for October, 2010


How to be Smarter: Before you sign something legally-binding, read it the whole thing. Start at page 1, and go until the end. If you have a question or something looks fishy, ask for clarification–because your credit score or potential extra fees are more important than your landlord looking at you funny while you read the whole thing.

How to be Prettier: Drinking iced green tea can help improve a red or blotchy complexion (Source).

How to be (less) Awkward: Literally any stuffed animal you want can be bought off this site. This huge seal is adorable, but it’s this giraffe that I own and is sitting on my end of my bed looking at me as I write this post.

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How to be Smarter: You can’t be a person who yells. Boys don’t like to date girls that yell; girls don’t like to be friends with other girls who yell; family members don’t like to talk to other family members who yell; co-workers don’t want people on their team that yell. Nobody, nobody, nobody likes the ones that yell.

How to be Prettier: I just received in the mail my large, dangly butterfly earrings I ordered from this shop; they are lovely. I’m going to wear them with a streamlined dress so they really stand out.

How to be (less) Awkward: Amazing soaps for breakfast-lovers.

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How to be Smarter: When buying new furniture from a specific brand, find a set of drawers from the desired label, pull the drawer out, and try to wiggle it. In general, the more it wiggles, the less sturdy and less well-made the brand’s furniture is built.

How to be Prettier: Clothes that make you wish you looked differently do not belong in your closet. Give negative-energy pieces away; when you open your closet doors you should see wonderful possibilities for outfits that make you feel confident and happy, not numbers on a scale from 3 years ago.

How to be (less) Awkward:  In general, call people by the name they introduce themselves as. If Harry’s mom says “Hi, I’m Emily,” you can call Harry’s mom Emily. But if she says “Hi, I’m Mrs. Allen,” then call her Mrs. Allen.

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How to be Smarter: We reach back to boys from our past when boys in our present aren’t working for us. Seriously thinking (not just fondly reminiscing) about past relationships means something big needs to change in your current one.

How to be Prettier: I just love everything–everything–about this dress. I’d wear it with a black collarless blazer and tip-toe tall heels.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you’re having a bad day, and you find yourself getting cranky at someone who doesn’t deserve it, don’t lash out–just think of them as a pampered poodle. It’s pretty hard to say something mean to someone while you’re busy imagining them as a cute, spoiled cuddly little pup.

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How to be Smarter: When printing less-important documents (essay outlines, coupons, etc.) at home, configure the printer settings so the computer uses the least amount of ink (usually called ‘Fast Draft’ or something similar) when printing. This easy switch (it is almost impossible to detect in printouts) is both environmentally and economically savvy.

How to be Prettier: I don’t think clothes need to be 3 sizes too big to be considered loungewear–fitted sweatpants can do the trick just fine, and keep you from looking (and feeling) super-lazy.

How to be (less) Awkward: A really clever, well-done, funny blog.

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