Hope you have a nice day! [That link goes to one of my favorite Halloween-themed videos].
How to be Smarter: This site tells you when to go to sleep to get the best night’s rest. So interesting – I played around on it for like 20 minutes.
How to be Prettier: I love lists like this: 47 super easy to follow beauty hacks.
How to be (less) Awkward: My favorite small talk opener to someone I just met is: “What are you up to these days?” The question is general enough that the other person can interpret it as they wish – if they want to talk about work, they can share new projects; if they want to talk about their family, they can; if they want to talk about a new hobby or recent vacation, they can answer it that way. “What are you up to these days?” also usually gets more interesting answers than asking someone “what do you do for work?” which in the best case scenario is someone just rattling off their company name and job title, and worst case scenario can be awkward for someone not currently in the labor market to answer.
How to be Smarter: Elizabeth Gilbert’s answer to how she deals with criticism really made me think.
How to be Prettier: I have written about how much I love coconut oil before, and as the weather gets colder I want to recommend it again as discovering it last year has helped my skin so much in winter. I buy it from Amazon in this big tub and put it on my hands and sometimes my face before bed, and my normally very dry skin has never felt better.
How to be (less) Awkward: When hosting a party, always answer the door to greet guests with a smile on your face and a drink in your hand to set the welcoming, celebratory mood.
Shopbop is having a massive sale right now – use discount code INTHEFAM25 for 25% off your order!
Some of my favorite Shopbop items that I own and love are the Larkspur Lace Top, Marin Lace Dress, and Paige Denim Transcend Hoxton Ultra Skinny jeans which I actually have two pairs of because they are the most comfortable jeans ever.
I also currently have my eye on this black blazer – because a black blazer with dark jeans and heels is more or less my uniform these days.
The expiration date for the sale: 10/15/15.
How to be Smarter: One of the easiest things I have done to stop wasting time is moving the app icons that I tend to look at mindlessly [read: Facebook] off my phone’s home screen. I don’t yet have the willpower to delete them completely off my phone, but just by moving them off the home screen I noticed I am opening them less.
How to be Prettier: I have these loafers in black suede, and love them so much – perfect fall shoes that are work-appropriate, plus I can walk many, many blocks without blisters.
How to be (less) Awkward: “I have started to narrate my use of the phone.” Even though I’m not a parent, this article really made me think about what sort of social messages I send when I’m on my phone around other people.