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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: I can’t stop listening to Kacey Musgraves’ song “Biscuits”. It’s super catchy and I love the message behind it.

How to be Prettier: I’m not a huge makeup person, but this under-eye concealer (which I found off of one of Buzzfeed’s “What to Buy on Amazon Right Now” lists!) works really well and is only 6 dollars.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just the best video you’ll watch all day.

July 5, 2017

How to be Smarter: “72 Life Lessons for My 36th Birthday.” My favorites? “7. If someone does a good job, let their boss know”, “29. Most people talk about doing things and never actually get around to doing them. Be the one who gets it done,” “37. Always punch up, never down; it’s how good comedy works, as well as fair politics. If you are trying to decide who to side with, it is almost always historically correct to go with the person or group with less institutional power”, and “58. Unsubscribe from every newsletter or J.Crew special offer that comes your way. You do not have time for that nonsense.”

How to be Prettier: The brand name for these sandals is kinda dorky (Kork-Ease), but on a recommendation from a friend I just got them in “Rust” and if the last week was any indication, they will be the only shoes I wear all summer. So comfortable and I love the extra height.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just a fun story.

June 16, 2017

How to be Smarter: For anyone who writes on Medium, this is a great list of ways to get more traction on the platform.

How to be Prettier: I’m in love with this maxi dress – I have it in blue and am thinking about getting it in one or two additional colors (maybe the yellow or one of the black prints, too).

How to be (less) Awkward: Instead of asking for “feedback”, try asking for “advice.”

May 30, 2017

How to be Smarter: Interested in working remotely? This site has a really comprehensive list of current remote job openings at well-known companies, sortable by job function.

How to be Prettier: One of the quickest ways to make a big change in your bedroom is to switch out your bedding. I got this turquoise bed cover (for under $50!) back in March, and I still love seeing it in my room each night as I go to bed.

How to be (less) Awkward: Three everyday words that sound rude in emails, and alternatives to use instead (really love #3).

May 10, 2017

How to be SmarterThe Freedom Diagram: How To Pick Career Skills. Even if you don’t write anything down while reading these exercises, just thinking about the questions will start to get your wheels turning.

How to be Prettier: Simple face wipes (the ones in the green box) are my go-to: I use the sensitive skin ones in the winter, and the exfoliating ones in the summer. I usually get them from the drugstore, but they are also available on Amazon here.

How to be (less) Awkward: Decision guidelines for how to handle tricky office situations, like Should I Join an Office Social Event? and Should I Tell My Teammates I Disagree With the Direction of a Group Project?.

May 3, 2017
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