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Smart, Pretty & Awkward
Archive for September, 2012


How to be Smarter: Put open containers on the shelves in the fridge, instead of on the door; this lessens the chance of spilling if the door is opened quickly).

How to be Prettier: When looking for a specific clothing item or accessory, start at the stores or brands near the lower end of your price range and then work up if you cannot find what you are looking for, instead of starting at the top of your price range and paying extra money for something that could have been found for less.

How to be (less) Awkward: Kind, caring people do not laugh at other people’s fears (no matter how small) or other people’s dreams (no matter how big).

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How to be Smarter: How the $0 Day Can Help You Reach Financial Goals.

How to be Prettier: Inside your big work bag, toss a small cross-body or daytime clutch to use for when you want to run out mid-day to grab lunch or complete an errand without lugging such a big bag.

How to be (less) Awkward: Quirky, cute concept: if you are a writer, you can try out potential character names by using them as your “coffee name” at Starbucks.

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How to be Smarter: An SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code SMARTSCOOTERS, you can get 25% off any adult scooters at Kickboard USA, valid until 12/31.

How to be Prettier: Mini-bobby pins are easier to hide in your hair than regular-sized bobby pins, and in my experience, tend to hold roughly the same amount of hair. (They are usually right next to the regular bobby pins in the drugstore).

How to be (less) Awkward: I really love this short essay about being alone and finding love. [The quote today is taken from this piece].

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How to be Smarter: I always think it is better to go through life dancing around, and then maybe feeling one second of embarrassment if the neighbors come over and tell you to keep it down, then to tiptoe through life, only to find out that the neighbors had been on vacation that week anyways. Embarrassment is always fleeting, regret lasts forever.

How to be Prettier: Love these easy, creative wall-decorating ideas.

How to be (less) Awkward: Just telling someone you feel a little self-conscious/shy/anxious makes you feel better because you have shared how you feel, and usually telling someone you are in need of a little more support gives you an ally. (For example, if you whisper to your classmate before you make a presentation that you are super nervous, they will probably both agree with you that they hate public speaking too, and also give you a reassuring smile from their seat as you start talking).

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How to be Smarter: Just a really incredible book about how to approach both writing and life. A new favorite of mine. (I especially loved the school lunches chapter).

How to be Prettier: Regardless of trends, a fall nail polish color that is always classic is a true red (like Essie’s Who’s She Red, which is on my fingers currently).

How to be (less) Awkward: When someone waves or smiles at you, wave or smile back.

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