How to be Smarter: People are always worrying about taking on too much at once. But I'd also be worried about taking on too little at once. There should be a constant cycle in your life of new ideas and new projects; the best way to move forward is to keep pushing yourself to engage the world a little more each day. How to be Prettier: In the summer, the classic little black dress can become a classic little white dress. I'm loving the drop-waist and adjustable straps on this ivory dress--I wore it today in the air conditioning with a lightweight collarless jean jacket, but it can easily transform into a dinner date dress with wedges and gold statement earrings.
How to be (less) Awkward: Theme parties are always more fun when you get ready with friends. If you find yourself embarrassed or skittish to dress up in costume, organize your night so that you start off getting ready with friends--trading clothes, taking silly pictures, and blasting appropriately-themed music. This will jump-start your night so that you feel more confident about going out in something different than what you'd normally wear.