"AND SHE’S SO PRETTY, AND SHE’S SO SURE. MAYBE I’M MORE CLEVER THAN A GIRL LIKE HER" — VANESSA CARLTON, "WHITE HOUSES"

How to be Smarter: Anyone part of the online community, or who wants to know more about social media to distinguish their resume, should read Tara Hunt's The Whuffie Factor. How to be Prettier: Perfume is an investment. A nice perfume can be expensive, but a good bottle will become both your signature scent and last for a while.

How to be (less) Awkward: If someone keeps trying to walk out of your life, stop holding the door shut and begging for them to stay. Let them go.

Originally posted May 2009.