"This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last" -- Oscar Wilde

How to be Smarter: I just finished The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, and found myself writing down quotes from it on almost every page: it's a book that does a great job of marrying the concept of being imaginative with the concept of structured productivity. How to be Prettier: The size of your bag is simple math: the bag you bring out at night should be smaller than the bag you carry around during the day.

How to be (less) Awkward: The fastest way to feel better is to look into someone else's eyes, and just say how you are feeling ("I'm so sad about the break-up," "I feel nervous I let you down," "I think I'm in the wrong major/career.")  The instant the words come out, you will feel 1000% better.

P.S. This week I'm thrilled to have chosen a few of my favorite pieces for LovingEco's Tastemaker Picks. 3% of this week's net proceeds will support Stand Up 2 Cancer, and LovingEco is also offering a discount to Smart Pretty and Awkward readers: use the discount code SMART10 for 10% off the site, valid until midnight PST on Wednesday, August 31st.