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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: “The things they did between 6pm and 12am were what determined their future” — quote from a great read entitled “The Career Ladder Isn’t in the Office.”

How to be Prettier: I am seeing a lot of daisy print for end-of-summer and fall this year: examples here, here and here.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just fun: Know anyone turning 29 soon or is 29 now? Send them this.

August 14, 2014

How to be Smarter: This is a great read about working really hard for a goal that was not realized and how to feel about it. It was honest and thought-provoking and an excellent piece, whether or not you have any interest in the medical profession.

How to be Prettier: “Sectioning is a step most people skip, but it really is THE key to getting a great blowout.” — This and other hints from this helpful article on how to get the perfect blowout.

How to be (less) Awkward: Quick, graphical tips on the best body language for tons of different situations, ranging from an interview to meeting a potential client to asking for a raise.

August 7, 2014

How to be Smarter: One of my favorite documentaries I’ve seen in a long time: 112 Weddings. Great food for thought on weddings, marriages, and relationships.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code “SPAstrongwomen″ SP&A readers get 20% off  and free shipping at Louella Odié! I am completely loving the look of their Skyline collection, as well as the super fun Island Life collection. Enjoy! [Expires on 8/31/14].

How to be (less) Awkward: Keep an email draft of gift ideas in your inbox all year long – when you hear or think of a great gift idea for someone, put it in the draft. Then when their birthday or a holiday comes around, you will already have a great idea ready to go.

July 29, 2014

How to be Smarter: Great, super easy tip on how to bike in a skirt.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code “SP&ALOVE ″ SP&A readers get 15% off (including sale styles!) at Moorea Seal. I asked Moorea Seal for a discount code for SP&A readers because I absolutely love their cell phone cases - I have their Lemon and Honey iPhone case and probably get more comments on it than anything I’ve ever owned. Enjoy! [Expires on 9/30/14].

How to be (less) Awkward: Easy way to link directly to a specific spot in a YouTube video.

July 23, 2014

How to be Smarter: If a friend keeps a spare key for you, also give them a short list of important phone numbers to keep with it—you can wrap a notecard with numbers around the key with a rubber band for safe-keeping. Then if your bag or wallet is lost with both your keys and cell phone in it, you also have access to numbers you might need to call but do not have memorized.

How to be Prettier: When folding clean laundry, put it at the bottom of your drawer—not the top—so that all your clothes get relatively equal wear.

How to be (less) Awkward: If the idea of going to events alone makes you nervous, a good baby step to take is to plan to meet a friend at an event, and head over a few minutes before the time you have agreed on. This will give you the experience of walking into an event alone and spending a few minutes solo talking to new people, but also will give you a level of comfort in knowing that your friend will be joining you soon.

This was originally written for Parade magazine; you can read all my Parade columns here. xo, Molly

July 21, 2014
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