Smart Pretty and Awkward

Dec 25

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." — Mother Teresa

How to be SmarterTrain Your Brain To Be More Successful.

How to be Prettier: Looking for post-holiday sales? Check out these exclusive SP&A discount codes for: 90 Proof DesignsAnemone JewelryTwo Little DovesNautical Decor Shop, and Dear Kate.

How to be (less) Awkward: When someone introduces you to someone else, even if nothing comes of the connection, always follow up and let the connector know you appreciate them extending their network to you.

Dec 17

"Never wear anything that panics the cat." — P. J. O’Rourke

How to be Smarter: The best way I have found for conquering writer’s block is to refuse to get up from your chair. If you force yourself to sit there until the words start spilling out, something will get written. And you can always go back and revise, rewrite or delete later.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code smartprettyawk, SP&A readers you can get 25% off your first purchase from the awesome underwear shop Dear Kate. This is a business I am extremely proud to support on SP&A — started by a female engineer, the entire line is both girlie and well-designed. I asked for two more pairs of the Ella [in addition to the one I already have now] for Christmas! [Expires on 12/31/13].

How to be (less) Awkward: Great advice on how to behave at a significant other’s work holiday party.

Dec 12

"But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." — C.S. Lewis

How to be Smarter: When you feel stuck, write down a paragraph or two about what is bothering you (in third person) and email it to yourself. In an hour or so, open the email. Pretend you are a consultant who was hired to solve this person’s problem. What innovative ideas could you suggest? What do you think they could do to make their life better? What might be something they need to do, but are scared to? Write a reply with your suggestions and send it back to yourself. Sometimes solving “someone else’s” problem makes things much clearer in your own life.

How to be Prettier: 15 Ways to Stay Active Around the Holidays.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you arrive at an event solo and are not sure who to approach first, asking the host “anyone here you recommend I talk to?” or “who should I meet?” will usually get your an introduction to someone friendly to chat with.

Dec 11

"The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day." — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

How to be Smarter: Use waiting rooms, nail salons, and other places that offer free magazines as an opportunity to try out publications you have not read before. You might find a new favorite - for free.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code SPA15, SP&A readers you can get 15% off your order at the awesome Nautical Decor Shop. This shop is a perfect place for a holiday gift for the sailor, ocean, or beach-lover in your life. And there are other wonderful prints for the home as well - this is the one I have my eye on. [Expires on 12/31/13].

How to be (less) Awkward: You are never the most uncomfortable person at an event. Even when you are feeling unsure at a social gathering, you will always be able to look around for someone who looks even more nervous than you. Make this person’s day by going over and talking to her — she will appreciate it, and you will be able to work on expanding your skills at meeting new people so you’ll feel more confident next time, too.

P.S. I was thrilled to be interviewed by Awkward Magazine. You can check out the interview here! xo, Molly

Dec 07

"Know your own happiness." — Jane Austen

How to be SmarterHow to Survive Holiday Travel. [Excellent point about always having a snack, and what I usually do when I have to sit for a while (besides reading) is work on my Love/Don’t Love list].

How to be Prettier: Using two different brands of mascara, and alternating between them as you put it on, tend to make your eyelashes longer and fuller than if you only use one brand.

How to be (less) AwkwardNot awkward, just adorable. [Light profanity].

Dec 04

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." — Maya Angelou

How to be Smarter: Cool article about punctation and texting.

How to be Prettier: I usually wear pencil skirts with blouses to work. My favorite go-to for office tops is Ann Taylor Loft, which is having a lot of great December sales.

How to be (less) AwkwardBest guest behavior.

Dec 01

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." — Dalai Lama

How to be Smarter: “What pain do you want? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives end up.” — Great paragraph from this must-read article.

How to be Prettier61 Quotes That Will Make You Feel Beautiful.

How to be (less) Awkward: The importance of having something to think about and something to talk about. [A guest post I wrote for 40:20 Vision].

P.S. SP&A’s anniversary party is tonight! If you are in the NYC area, you can RSVP here. Cannot wait! xo, Molly

Nov 29

"Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars." — Jack Kerouac

How to be SmarterA strategy for locating Waldo faster.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code SPA15, SP&A readers you can get 15% off your order at jewelry store Linkel Designs. This is one of my favorite shops: I wear their pink Cameo Statement Ring several times a week, and it is one of my most beloved pieces of jewelry. [Expires on 12/13/13].

How to be (less) Awkward: At a fancier dinner, if you are not sure what silverware to use or what to do next in the meal, follow the host’s lead or, if at a restaurant, the person who invited you’s lead.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you have a million and one reasons to be thankful.



Nov 24

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." — John Quincy Adams

How to be Smarter13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. [Love #2, #4, and #9].

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: SP&A readers will get 15% off all items at bathing suit company Bikini with the discount code spa15. If you are planning an upcoming tropical vacation or want a holiday present for yourself that you can enjoy in the summer, have fun shopping for a new suit! [Expires on 12/9/13].

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just fun: Is It Raining In ____?