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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

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 memorized!

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

How to be Smarter: “Ask yourself, ‘What is the smallest step I can do?’. Most of us look at something on our (mental or digital or paper) list and subconsciously think, “That’s too hard.” So we put it off. But that’s because we’re thinking about an entire project, which has many tasks. You can’t do a project right now, you can only do a task. Instead of saying, “I’m going to write that paper that’s due,” you should say, “I’m going to write 3 things in the outline of the paper.” If the smallest task stills seems too hard, say you’re just going to do 5 minutes of that small task right now. Or just two minutes. Make it ridiculously easy.” — Great quote from this article on 3 discipline habits you can train yourself to do.

How to be Prettier26 Tiny Things To Start Doing For Yourself This Year.

How to be (less) Awkward: How to Build the Social Ties You Need at Work. This whole HBR piece is good, but my favorite was Case Study #1 about personalizing emails.

February 18, 2016

How to be Smarter: Before you ask someone if they would be opening to passing along your resume, have your resume updated and ready-to-go. That way if they respond with “yes”, you can send your resume to them as quickly as possible without needing to make them wait until you have updated it.

How to be Prettier: I picked up these booties in black during Black Friday shopping because they were on-sale and seemed comfortable. Flash forward three months, and I wear them almost daily. They are the most comfortable booties I’ve ever owned, and they are also available in three other colors – plus they are over 50% off right now.

How to be (less) Awkward: 21 responses for taking control of the conversation when business partner or clients have tough requests.

February 12, 2016

How to be Smarter: Networking subject lines that will get your emails opened.

How to be Prettier: I got a Wet Brush over the summer, and it’s now my favorite hair tool. It’s affordable and works so well at detangling wet hair – available on Amazon here.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just hilarious: this entire Instagram makes me laugh.

January 4, 2016
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