Molly Ford's
Smart, Pretty & Awkward
About

Hi, I’m Molly!

I started this website because I had one little tip that I thought was genius–using clean, unused toilet seat covers as facial blotting tissues (which, I promptly forgot about, and didn’t blog about until five months in). The next thing I knew, I had a domain name, and the blog had found a life of its own.
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With my readers’ support, the site has been featured in some amazing places, and I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this community. I also had a 5 year anniversary party for the site which drew 200+ readers to an event in downtown Manhattan. I truly believe Smart, Pretty & Awkward has the best readers on the Internet.
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When I’m not writing or managing this site, I work full-time in marketing for a media entertainment company in Manhattan, have a column in Parade Magazine, and am the co-chair of the organizing committee for the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 awards. I also write the syndicated “Recommended Reading” print column which appears in about 70 newspapers across the U.S. – you can see my book recommendations here.
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I am also an instructor at General Assembly, and love connecting with audiences about blogging, branding, entrepreneurship, digital media,  writing, and more. If you are interested, you can read about my speaking here.
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Academically, my undergraduate business degree was focused on Finance and Entrepreneurship, and I also have a Master’s degree in International Marketing.
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I live in New York, NY – and love it!
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Please never hesitate to reach out, and thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you’re here.
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xoxo, Molly
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molly@smartprettyandawkward.com

76 Responses

  1. Fantastic new look to the blog Molly! My sister Alyssa is a loyal follower of your blog and loves it!

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Lizzie says:

    i love you and this website (: your amazing

  3. Molly wobbles it looks lovely :) Love, Barclay

  4. brigit says:

    molly
    i love reading ur blog. it is really good. cant wait to c u cous.
    love brigit

  5. Christina says:

    this is my new favorite website haha I love it!

  6. Aly says:

    I just stumbled upon this website, but I already love it!
    The layout is awesome, and the writing is even better. :]

  7. Milly Dawson says:

    Dear Molly:

    I think you are actually brilliant, beautiful and poised. That’s what I find in reading your blog.

    It would be nice to see your face although I like the headless shot. But if I saw the shot maybe then if we were to cross paths one day in New York or Tennessee or somewhere I could perhaps recognize you– if I wasn’t caught in my own awkward thoughts.

    Best wishes,
    Milly

  8. Anne Sipio says:

    Molly, I’m ashamed to say this is the first time I’ve observed your blog. It is wonderful though! I bookmarked it and added it to my favorites <3

  9. Lauren says:

    Molly,
    You’re my new hero.

  10. Chelsey says:

    Hi Molly,
    I just happened across your page after someone requested I become a fan of your page on Facebook. I love your little tips and I have already book marked your page. I love the quotes too. I have been collecting a list of my favorite quotes since I was little and some of yours are now making my very long list!!

    Keep it up, I look forward to reading.

  11. Laura says:

    I was always going to guess that the picture at the top is not of you. Am I correct?

  12. L says:

    Dear Molly,

    I love you.

    Chauntel.

  13. Miss Ford I love you!!! You’re too cute and have so many wonderful and positive things to share with the world. Thank you for your continued good advice & contagious enthusiasm.

    Miss you boodles!!! Let’s make a cake and play with fluffies.

    xoxoxox,
    L, W & F

  14. Gilli says:

    Molly,
    I love your blog! I find the advice to be very useful, particularly the (less) awkward part; I know I could do with a little less awkwardness in my life. I’ve bookmarked this page, and added it to my fav’s. I look foward to your next post, so keep writing!!

    P.S. Love the new layout!

  15. I love this blog. It’s so unique ( :

    If you get a second check out mine…any words of advice would be greatly appreciated!

    http://kjcornell.wordpress.com/

  16. Desiree says:

    Thank you so much for this blog, It makes my day! Work it girl!

  17. Pat says:

    Molly,
    Fun, light and so so true!!!
    Love the quotes and the so simple things that mean so much!!
    Keep up the great work!
    Pat

  18. Victoria says:

    This is my new favorite blog!!! A good friend of mine told me about it a few months back and as a law student I never felt like I had enough time to introduce anything new to my life. Tonight I had trouble falling asleep so I came out to the living room to facebook stalk old high school friends. As it turns out, I have stalked almost everyone worth stalking somewhat recently and that is when I remembered your blog name. I have spent the last hour reading post after post. You are incredible. This is literally the perfect blog. From here on out this Smart, Pretty and Awkward will be how I start each day. I will definitely print some of my favorite posts to pin up in the student lounge. Hopefully my entire school will soon be fans. Good work! and Thanks :)

  19. Leslie says:

    Love your blog! Your posts are inspiring and interesting!
    Great work! I enjoy reading what you write very much!

  20. Cristin says:

    Hey there!

    Just wanted to drop a line and say just how much I adore your blog. It’s the first one I’ve ever found myself actually putting the time into reading and I’m utterly hooked! I saw it on a friends facebook and thought “Hmmm, people say I’m smart, and pretty… and I KNOW I’m awkward… let’s check this out!” And was far from let down. Lots of extremely helpful little tips that I plan on putting to use starting today!

    Thanks so much for sharing these little intrigues with the world. And have an epic day!

    -Cristin

  21. Sarah P says:

    you’re so fabulous!!! we love you!!

  22. Laura says:

    Constantly impressed with your blog. Thanks for putting a smile on my face and new thoughts in my head!

  23. Lise says:

    I usually never comment on blogs, but there have been so many times where your post made my day (whether it made me smile or it was something that especially resonated with me or it just made me go, “Yes, someone who thinks the same thing!”) that I wanted to express my appreciation for the time and effort you put into this. :)

  24. Emily says:

    I stumbled across your page while looking up design blogs and become hooked. Keep up the lovely work. :)

  25. Jessi says:

    Molly,
    Your blog inspires me. I blogged throughout my adventures abroad and have missed blogging ever since returning home. You really can have little adventures everyday (even if you are not across the world) and I am hoping to start up a new one soon. A friend and I just discovered this gem of a blog and I can’t stop reading!!! Thanks for the inspiration Molly!
    xxoo

  26. dodgycupcake says:

    Hi Molly -
    I came upon this website and it reminded me of the kinds of links you post on this page :)
    http://www.jimspancakes.com/?utm_source=NYLON+LIST&utm_campaign=6f49067b3f-NYLON_NEWSLETTER_0609106_9_2010&utm_medium=email

  27. Katy says:

    Hey Molly- just wanted to say that I love this blog! Always funny, smart and stylish, and I check more than once a day for new posts!
    Also, by coincidence and something I just noticed, I have the same nail polish as you do in your picture up there! The same baby blue shade… I actually wore it to my prom! I’m sure you pull it off much better though. :)
    Best wishes, and keep making an awesome blog!

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  29. Anonymous says:

    Do you find it annoying how you have to pay for your own domain?
    PS: Love the site, so does one of my friends, she looks at it every day! Great tips, they’ll help me a lot.

  30. stephanie says:

    Wonderful blog, Ms. Ford! You are definitely a talented writer. I love this site. It’s a great idea. I will be sure to recommend it to every single friend of mine. :) Keep up the great work!

  31. gabby says:

    you’re genius. i have the same moments and stumbling upon this site has just been the highlight of my day! thank you!

  32. Tara says:

    I adore this blog. I have often wondered how to be LESS awkward (since I know I’ll never really shake the habit). Your advice and tips are down-to-earth and useable.
    I love checking this sight each day!

    Keep up the great work!

  33. Beatrice Adjei says:

    I love ur blog gal!!

  34. dana j. says:

    molly,

    what a super website! you are adorable, and i know your mother must be proud of you. i’m proud of you, too.

    peace,

    dana j.

  35. lily says:

    let me see your face Molly please, I love your blogs xoxoxo

  36. Leah says:

    I just came across this, and enjoyed it pretty thoroughly.
    Love the quotes beginning for each new blog :)

  37. Monica says:

    I know you get this a lot…. but hey, I just wanted to say that I love your blog so so much!
    I try to visit it every single day! :]
    You’re a really a talented writer and most of what you write here, I can relate to in my daily life!
    Thank you so much!
    You have no idea how much you’ve helped me!
    Thanks again!
    Keep up the good work! <3

  38. grandaddy doug says:

    loved your blogs,etc–proud of your interview–way to go!!!!!

  39. Parker says:

    I am in love with your blog! I check it every day and it makes my day better, truly! I love all your advise and great links. Keep up the hard work, cause the quotes and blogs put me in a better mood!!

  40. Melissa Lea says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog. You have an elegance and grace that I love! I will definitely be following. :) Have a lovely weekend’s end!

  41. Margaret says:

    My roomate and I read this everyday, and I absolutely adore it. Keep up the great work!

  42. jessica says:

    recently discovered this website and i love it! im not sure why, but it brightens up my day. keep up the good work!

  43. Hannah says:

    I always feel good inside when I read this blog. It’s a nice place for a quick mood boost.
    I’m just wondering why you did the re-format. I don’t dislike it, it just feels like a really different vibe than the previous one. Hope you’re still loving life and loving blogging, because there’s plenty of us who appreciate it.
    Thanks Molly!
    -H

  44. Monika says:

    I love your blog, and it’s the only one I follow. There is so much I’ve learnt from this, really useful advice and tips. Keep up the good job. You’re amazing. :)

  45. Elizabeth says:

    I love stumbling across this blog after I haven’t in a few weeks, your tips and style are simply amazing. Like everyone else has said, it makes my day better! Keep up the great work Molly and thanks for making my life a little less awkward!

  46. Hana says:

    HI I really like your blog! It’s really awesome!!!!

  47. Holly H. says:

    Lol this great I love this website. I really love coming here cuz it just is awesome.

  48. Another Alyssa says:

    I adore the title and theme of your blog — found it in the results of a google search of the same “affliction.” ;-)

  49. laura says:

    Hi Molly, I love the outfits that you come up with, but the thing is I’m still in college and the prevailing outfits on campus seems to run to athletic shorts and oversized t-shirts, and I don’t know what sort of outfit combinations to look for when I’m shopping that will be cute and classy but low-key enough for everyday at school. Any suggestions?

  50. XY says:

    Molly, I know which sorority you belong too! I belong to the same one! You were in the “Spotlight.” We have a connection:) I love the blog! I plan on reading it all the time and sharing it!

  51. grandaddy doug says:

    it brightens my day to read your stuff————————–love—-g d

  52. Kathy says:

    Hi Molly, Wow! How exciting to see your early writing skills come alive! I knew when you were my first grade student you had a talent that would become your passion! Keep doing what you love, inspiring others and smiling!

  53. Caitlin says:

    your site is amazing! Being of the awkward latter, it brightens my day and gives me a little hope. :)
    keep it up!

  54. Jenny says:

    I stumbled upon this blog and I love it so much! It has given me so much insipration each day and I have shared it with all my girlfriends at school! Keep making girls feel smart, pretty, and a little awkward :) LOVE IT!

    -Jenny

  55. Kathy says:

    Happy birthday!

  56. Emma says:

    I just happened to stumble upon this blog and have already checked it everyday for the past week. I feel like there are many people who are smart, pretty, and awkward, but could always use a little help. You’re helping us. Thank you for that.

  57. Mia says:

    Hi Molly, your Website is amazing!! Keep on doing! :)

  58. Jessica says:

    Great blog! Recommending it to my chapter!
    SLAM<3

  59. Michele says:

    Hey Molly, I was looking for other tri-sigma’s and I came across your blog! I’m from the Epsilon Alpha chapter. You should come visit us! I love your blog I’m going to recommend it to my chapter! :]
    SLAM <3

  60. Delayna says:

    I just glanced at the clock and realized I’ve been reading your blog for the past two hours. Looks like I just found my new favorite website :) Great job! I need to share this with my friends!

  61. Meg says:

    Love this site so much! Book soon?

  62. Alex says:

    Just wanted you to know how much SP&A means to me….thank you Molly!

  63. Katie H. says:

    I just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I’ve really enjoyed reading all of your fitness and nutrition tips. You’ve inspired me to try some new things in my own life, and I really appreciate it. You can read more about the award in my latest post here: http://fitbuttfabulous.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/who-me/

    Thanks for being inspirational!

    • Katie H. says:

      Okay, I’m really embarrassed, because I hit “paste” for the link, and it pasted my whole last comment to another blog. Obviously, I am not a fan of your fitness and nutrition tips, since that’s not what you write about! However, I HAVE nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, because I really enjoy reading your thought-provoking tips and quotes. I often find myself thinking about them later in the day, after I’ve read them. Or, a situation will arise and I’ll think, hmm… that reminds me of what I read on Smart, Pretty, and Awkard. So, thank you. You can read more about the award here: http://fitbuttfabulous.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/who-me/

  64. Chaya Cohen says:

    Hey Molly,
    I feel like people don’t end up reading fan mail, but compliments always make me smile so just in case…

    I just wanted to say that if given three adjectives to describe myself (wishfully thinking of course) I would say pretty smart and awkward, (awkward, I believe makes a person personable) your blog name– simply genius.

    As for the quotes and the advice– I have yet to find any blog so genuine yet– although the ones you talk about on your blog are amazing and endearing as well.
    I just wanted to say
    Keep on Keeping on- you make my day ;)

    xoxo,
    Chaya <3

  65. Molly says:

    Ok… kind of weird… but I stumbled on your blog looking for someone else’s blog and your description is like reading one of myself…. AND WE ARE BOTH NAMED MOLLY. You, being a Molly, know that’s kind of a big deal because we are few and far between :)

    Anyway, you gained a subscriber! Rock on!

  66. A.Soñadora says:

    Hello, Molly!
    I’ve just found ypur blog and… I love it!!
    I live in Spain (excuse my English) and there isn’t too blogs like this here.
    I also write on a blogsite. It’s like my personal diary and maybe it’s also I identify with your posts.

    Xo

  67. Desiree' says:

    Hi Molly,

    I just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate the lack of overt ads on your blog. While I completely respect the need for marketing/advertising and such, I *really* appreciate when it’s not obnoxious. So thanks. :)

    Most of the time I check out the things you recommend, especially other blogs, and I love window-shopping the shops you recommend.

    You do a great job, thank you. :)

    Cheers,
    Desiree’

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  69. Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts with the readers. I like the description that you’ve written about yourself and why you started blogging.

  70. Kathryn says:

    Molly–I really, really love this blog. It’s such a good resource and has helped me on so many occasions. Thank you from all that you do.

    Fondly,
    Kathryn from OH

  71. TheGirl says:

    Hello Molly,

    This is a great site, I was just reading through the entries. Do you take guest bloggers?

  72. Jackie says:

    You blog is fantastic!

  73. Nina says:

    Hi Molly,
    thank you for your great blog, that is very inspirational!

    Nina

  74. Kristine says:

    I am so happy I found your blog! You are absolutely adorable and I think this will be my new go to place for inspiration. Thank you!

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