"But at my back I always hear/ Time’s winged chariot hurrying near" -- Andrew Marvell

How to be Smarter: Sometimes not telling everyone you know about your relationship makes it seem infinitely more precious. How to be Prettier: The way they are advertising this knee-length pleated black skirt in this picture doesn’t do it justice. I think if you wear it with heels and a white lace top, it would be wonderful. Actually, I’m betting on it, because today is my birthday and I just bought this as a gift to myself.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you don’t need to have your email linked to your phone, don’t. My life became a lot less stressful as soon as I had my personal email address stop linking to my phone—having my phone stop going off every 4 minutes because of a GroupOn email has made my life surprisingly more peaceful.