"Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore." -- Cheryl Strayed

How to be Smarter: If you are in charge of giving vendors or clients presents at work, this site is a really cool way to do it. 

How to be Prettier: I am 110% obsessed with this top. I got it in green, navy AND peach (which I think is only available in stores). Couldn't recommend more! 

How to be (less) Awkward: "I tried emailing like your boss." This is a funny article that actually has a lot of good tips for how to keep your emails shorter but still professional. 

SP&A Discount Code!

Shopbop is having a massive sale right now – use discount code MORE17 for up to 70% off sale items, and up to 30% off full price items. Some of my favorite Shopbop items that I already own and love are Stance socks (these, specifically) and Paige Denim Transcend Hoxton Ultra Skinny jeans. The main item I'm buying this year for myself is Spanx leggings - it seems like every time I turn around people are talking about how these are must-haves so I'm going for it and am leaning towards these ones.

The expiration date for the sale: 11/26/17.


"I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become." -- Oprah

How to be Smarter: I was reading Rachel Hollis' newsletter today and I love this advice about dealing with family over the next few months: "Strive to be the thermostat in your holiday gathering, not the thermometer. The thermometer reacts to the temperature of the room. The thermostat sets the temperature of the room… they affect the atmosphere around them rather than let it affect them."

How to be Prettier: 110% convinced this is the best jewelry idea I've seen in a long time. How awesome is this?! (Not sponsored, the company doesn't even know I exist...just really love this idea!).

How to be (less) Awkward: Very helpful email templates on how, exactly, to say no with grace.

Are You In Boston or New York City?

Hi! I have two public events coming up for REACH OUT - would love to see you at either one!

Boston, MA - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I'll be doing a book workshop at General Assembly - I think this will be a really fun night! REGISTER HERE

New York, NY - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

At Tech Up For Women (a great daylong conference about the intersection of women and technology), I'll be sharing networking tips on the main stage right before the exhibit and networking hour. Use code SMARTPRETTYAWKWARD for $25 off your ticket.  - REGISTER HERE

If you are coming to either event, email me and let me know so we can say hi at the event!

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How to be SmarterThe best time of day to do everything, according to science.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code SPA, SP&A readers can get 25% off your entire order at I Can Be Society, a shop that sells inspirational apparel and accessories. There’s a ton of cool pieces in the shop, but my favorites are this phone case, tee shirt, and bracelet pack.  Enjoy! [No expiration date, one-time use per person].

How to be (less) Awkward: How to politely avoid a phone conversation - love this "trick".