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Archive for October, 2011


How to be Smarter: Sometimes announcing publicly your goal can help you stay more motivated to reach it. A simple way to do this is to write your objective down and put it on the refrigerator of your house. Then looking at the refrigerator serves as both a reminder to you to stay on-track, and is a public way to announce your determined intentions to reach your goal (even if the public knowing about your goal is just your roommates and your dog). 

How to be Prettier: In colder months, I like wearing tall, calf- or knee-high socks–they tuck perfectly under boots, and they keep my legs warmer than ankle-high socks. (And I almost always buy them in fun holiday colors–no one else will see them, and it makes me happy to take off my boots and see bright red socks).

How to be (less) Awkward: No need to waste paper–you can play MASH online now ;).

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How to be Smarter: Everyone has two or three female celebrities they always pay special attention to when they see their pictures in magazines or see them mentioned in an article online. But try to also have a few powerful females in the business or political sectors you follow as well—it’s important to reinforce to yourself, daily, that women can do great things and don’t just need to be famous for their looks or style sense.

How to be Prettier: When you use shampoo, concentrate on rubbing it into your scalp; when you use conditioner, concentrate on letting it sit on the ends of your hair.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you are nervous about leaving a voicemail, whether on the answering machine of a crush or a potential employer, it’s okay to write down bullet points you want to mention before you leave the voicemail.

Originally posted August 2010.

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How to be Smarter: Everything has a benefit, but sometimes you don’t realize what the benefit is until long after the event is over.

How to be Prettier: 100% silk wrinkles a lot less over the course of a day than a silk-blend.

How to be (less) Awkward: Just adding a “thanks” to the end of a short email message can change the email’s tone from brisk and cold to friendly.

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How to be Smarter: You are always in a position to negotiate. Never believe that what someone else says absolutely goes–there is always a middle to be met at, and concessions to be made on both sides. If you think there is no room to negotiate, the other side has already won.

How to be Prettier: Shake up your style: follow the most stylish girl around the store or flea market and see what she picks up.

How to be (less) Awkward: If there was a yellow dress you liked online but it was labeled “Out of Stock,” you would say, “aw, too bad,” and move on. You would not check the dress daily hoping they would magically make more–you would search online to find another similar yellow dress that was in-stock somewhere else–maybe for a lower price or a pattern you liked more. If there is someone you like but they are already seeing someone, consider them labeled “Out of Stock.” Do not check their facebook page daily hoping their relationship status changes, or plot ways to break them up. Think about what you like about this person–sense of humor, kindness–and go find it in someone else.

Originally posted April 2010.

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How to be Smarter: A nice post about four characteristics of a successful relationship.

How to be Prettier: When going to a work happy hour, dress for work, not for happy hour.

How to be (less) Awkward: When sending pictures as attachments, rename the file so instead of a string of numbers, the picture is named what the viewer will see, i.e. “Rachel and Sarah Dancing” or “View from the Balcony.” This makes the picture image clearer to the receiver, and it is also easier to re-find the files on the desktop later.

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