How to be Smarter: Having a time limit on something you are nervous about or not looking forward to doing makes it instantly more tolerable. Whether you tell yourself you’ll stay at a party for “just an hour” or that you will clean your apartment for “just 15 minutes,” having a deadline in mind makes a task you are dreading more tolerable because your mind can wrap itself around the parameters of the event. You can always extent the time frame if you find yourself having fun or hitting a good groove.
How to be Prettier: Asymmetrical hemlines are everywhere right now: shorter in the front, and longer in the back. (With offbeat hemlines, I favor neutral, solid colors).
How to be (less) Awkward: When a far-away friend has a birthday, a fun way to bridge the distance is to send a hourly text or email with either a fun fact about their new age (“cool things about the number 23″) or about a characteristic you like about them (“reasons you’re awesome”) throughout the day.