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How to be Smarter: 5 science-backed ways to get more responses to your emails.

How to be Prettier: Love this sparkly long-sleeved dress – it’s perfect for New Year’s Eve. Just bought it for myself!

How to be (less) Awkward: Going to be a bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding? This is a funny and very practical list of six ways to help the bride with a very bridesmaid-specific task.

December 22, 2014

Thanks to the great response to the classes about blogging I taught at General Assembly this fall,  I am excited to be running “The Write Stuff: Getting the Most From Your Blog” again this week.

From the course description:

If you’re considering starting a blog but need some encouragement, or already have one but are looking to grow and expand it, this class will show you ways to leverage a blog into a new networking or career opportunity. You’ll find out about all things blog – including conceiving, branding, writing, growing, and monetizing. The techniques taught in this class are also appropriate for those running small business or corporate blogs.

You can see all the details here – would love to see you there!

And if you are interested in a student’s perspective of the class, Elana from The Preppy Post Grad wrote a great write-up of her experience in the November class here. Thank you, Elana!

xoxo, Molly

December 14, 2014

How to be Smarter: Step up your professional networking. My favorite tips from the list are Meet One Person Once a Week and Connect with Internal Colleagues.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code SMARTPRETTYSAVINGS, SP&A readers can get 20% off your order at Linkel Designs, one of my favorite shops [I previously wrote about them here and here]. This year I have my eye on these gorgeous earrings and this teapot necklace. Enjoy! [Expires on 12/21/14].

How to be (less) Awkward: 15 Easy Tips to Be Happier at Work.

December 9, 2014

Today I put together a mini-gift guide of books I have read and loved, divided by who in your life might like them. Most of the books are fairly recent, in the past two years or so, and you can see a longer review of each book in the book recommendations section here.

Enjoy and happy reading!

For your advice-column-loving friend: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. (Best book I read in 2014 – wish I had read it when it first came out. I loved it so much).

For your comedy-fan friend: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. (She has probably already read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and Bossypants by Tina Fey).

For your 20-something friend: 101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone and The Defining Decade by Meg Jay. (The Defining Decade is probably in my top 5 of books of all-time).

For your wants-to-try-online-dating-but-is-scared friend: Love At First Click by Laurie Davis.

For your just-graduated friend: Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger.

For your just-got-a-new-job friend: The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins and Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success by Dan Schawbel.

For your friend-that-loved The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: Pre-order Gretchen’s next book, Better Than Before, which comes out this spring. (I received an advance copy of this book and loved it – I’ll do a full review when it comes out in March).

For your go-getter friend: The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators by Chris Brogan and The $100 Startup by Chris Guilleabeau. (She has probably already read Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg).

For your healthy-tips-loving friend: Eat Sleep Move by Tom Rath.

For your productivity-fan friend: Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam, and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam.

You can see a full list of books I have recommended on the blog here, and you can always feel free to shoot me an email and ask for personal recs – for  you or a friend!

A good book always makes the best gift.

xoxo, Molly

December 1, 2014

Hope you have a million and one reasons to be thankful. I’m grateful for you!

xoxo, Molly

November 27, 2014
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