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Smart, Pretty & Awkward
Archive for March, 2011


How to be Smarter: As a music-lover I’m always happy to pay for the privilege to listen to an artist’s work. But before I buy a song on iTunes, I always give it one or two (free) listens on YouTube first to make sure I enjoy it enough to own it before spending the money to download it.

How to be Prettier: My advice for women just beginning to enjoy fashion: ‘wear what you like and what is within your budget– don’t go into debt getting designer labels.’ (Quote from my interview with Lulu’s which you can read here).

How to be (less) Awkward:  Be an enthusiastic audience member: always clap at concerts or performances, even if you have to put your drink or program down to do so.

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How to be Smarter: A nice rule about what makes sense for the size of the day’s To-Do List.

How to be Prettier: In Texas last week, I found a roadside stand in Smart Pretty and Awkward’s colors, and if you look closely, you can see that even the pink curtain has little polka dots on it just like the line under Smart Pretty and Awkward’s header! (I am wearnig this romper and these are similar sunglasses).

How to be (less) Awkward: Statistically, the happiest person in America.

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How to be Smarter: A placeholder job, school, or relationship can usually become an ideal job, school, or relationship with just a little extra effort and a little extra courage.

How to be Prettier: I bought this long jumper about a month ago when I was in a big cobalt blue phase. I was planning on waiting to wear it when the weather was warm, although lately I’ve been breaking it out early and wearing it with a cropped blue jacket and wedge heels. If you’re not feeling blue, it also comes in a more muted black and white palette.

How to be (less) Awkward: Envisioning the future is almost never like we imagine it.

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How to be Smarter: A read to make you think–the most common end-of-life regrets. [Best quote: “health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it”].

How to be Prettier: The next big hair thing will be feather hair extensions, which is exactly what it sounds like: getting feathers put into your hair like extensions. You don’t have to try this trend yourself, but it’s good to know what’s happening out there.

How to be (less) Awkward: In the heat of a fight, if you remind yourself that people usually only act mad because they are sad or scared, it makes it easier to understand what a friend, parent, or partner’s anger means.

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How to be Smarter: You will never regret getting one more magazine before the flight.

How to be Prettier: For the past few days, I’ve been enjoying Austin, Texas with great friends and great music. My daily staples were this nail color (my favorite!) and these studded boots, with a rotating cast of lightweight rompers and shift dresses.

How to be (less) Awkward: To prevent others from feeling uncomfortable, when sharing something on your phone’s screen (like a funny text or picture message), show everyone you are standing with. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing with the whole group, wait until later to share.

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