How to be Smarter: One of the scariest things in a long distance relationship is uncertainty about staying connected. Before embarking on a distance separation, mitigate the fear of the unknown future with a communication plan. It doesn’t need to be written down, but it needs to be talked about. If you are actually serious about staying together, you need to be serious about thinking of ways to stay involved with each other’s lives. Discuss: How often will you talk? At a set time each day? Before dinner? Before bed? Will you text throughout the day, or will you talk about everything you need to say in a daily phone conversation? Is email an option? What about old-fashioned love letters and care packages? Can you visit? How often will you visit? Be aware that as the relationship goes on, your routines will need to change, and some days you might talk five times and some days you might talk none. But some sense of what to expect—some semblance of a plan—can and will help. How to be Prettier: The big trend for late summer-going into fall footwear is going to be peep-toe short boots. Some examples here, here and here.
How to be (less) Awkward: An awkward silence on the phone always, always, always ends. Someone will always, always, always say something. Remind yourself of that during an awkward silence -- to my knowledge, an awkward silence has yet to prove fatal.