"I do not fear failure. I only fear the 'slowing up' of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, 'Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?'" -- General George S. Patton

How to be Smarter: I don't find it particularly interesting when people who are fearless go on to do great things; if you are truly fearless, any advice you could give would have no relevance in my life. People that have worries, and find ways to cope or work around them, are always the most inspiring. It is when you have jitters to overcome, and yet you still get up each and every day, trying to make your own and others' lives better, that you become a role model. How to be PrettierToday I'm pleased to announce that GS Lillian (sold in Piperlime and Anthropologie) is giving Smart Pretty and Awkward readers 30% off and free shipping on a selection of spring jewelry (curated by me!). I'm especially loving the Kate Earrings, whose bright coral color add personality to even the most conservative office outfit.

How to be (less) Awkward: I've never heard someone say "It was so awkward, she said hi to me," but I've certainly heard people say "It was so awkward, she didn't say hi to me." When in doubt, say hi.