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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

I’ve been a millennial member of the organizing committee for Forty Women To Watch Over 40 for the past few years, and some of the most fun work I do each year is helping to put together this list.

The list “celebrates women who are upending the perception that 40 is past your prime. They are reinventing, leaning in, and creating momentum that will be felt by those beyond their community and field.”

Have you nominated someone you know – maybe a mentor or other inspiring person in your life – for this year’s list yet?

April 4, 2016

How to be Smarter: “Borrowing an hour of somebody’s time is the same as borrowing a neighbor’s ladder. Ask politely, keep it only as long as you need it, return it quickly and say ‘thank you’.” 12 ways to run meetings that don’t suck.

How to be Prettier: Buying these packing cubes has 100% changed my travel game. I originally bought them for a longer trip I took this winter to India, but I’ve since used them on my last two weekend trips and I’m hooked. I use the smallest for toiletries, the medium for tops, and the largest for PJ’s and pants, and suddenly all I need for a three-day weekend is one backpack. Highly recommend!

How to be (less) Awkward: “I was raised with the belief that the first person to raise their voice loses.” Great tips about how to fight fair in your personal relationships.

March 27, 2016

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. The back cover of the book reads: “Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.” It sets the tone for a book that is both playful and serious about creativity, writing, and idea generation. It’s an engaging, fun read, especially if you are a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert – I also love her podcast Magic Lessons which is based off some of the ideas in the book.

How to be Prettier: I’ve been living in these J.Crew pants lately – they feel like leggings but are structured enough to wear with loafers for weekend errands.

How to be (less) Awkward: This Wait But Why blog post covers both the behind-the-scenes of doing a Ted talk, and is laugh-out-loud funny. Love the analogy of October Tim vs. December Tim vs. February Tim, and the scatter plot graphs of different public speaking memorization methods.

March 20, 2016

How to be Smarter: The most defensible thing you can do for your career is to build an audience. Agree 100%.

How to be Prettier: A video of how they make the world’s most beautiful bagels – I was mesmerized!

How to be (less) Awkward: If you want to text someone happy birthday but want to make it a bit more personal than a generic happy birthday, google “celebrities born on <their birthday>”. Then pull out the coolest/funniest celebs and write something like: “I knew you were awesome even before I found out <celeb name> was born today too. Happy birthday!”

March 8, 2016

Shopbop is having a massive sale right now – use discount code BIGEVENT16 for up to 25% off your order!

Some of my favorite Shopbop items that I own and love are the Madewell Marled Gia Dress, Commando Ballet Bodysuit, and Paige Denim Transcend Hoxton Ultra Skinny jeans.

The expiration date for the sale: 3/5/16.


March 1, 2016
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