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Feature: Smart, Pretty, and Awkward!

I often find myself wormholing through blogs for really lengthy amounts of time, but it’s fairly rare that a blog catches my attention for long enough that I decide to follow it regularly. So, following that train, it’s also really rare that I’ll go through every post in the archives of a particular blog. Smart, Pretty, and Awkward definitely fell into that category, though. It’s the brainchild of the wonderful Molly Ford, where she imparts on readers truly brilliant advice on being (as the name suggests) smart, pretty, and less awkward.

What inspiration do you take from your own life and experiences when giving advice to others?
Everything I write about is what I have either observed or experienced myself. So although I feel super-cheesy using the word inspiration, since my daily life is what I use to get ideas for Smart Pretty and Awkward, then I guess it's also my inspiration! I'm almost always thinking about things to use on the blog--I carry around a running list in my Blackberry and am always updating it.

“It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens” —Cynthia E. Varnado

I am absolutely in love with the quotes you pick. What is a quote you are inspired by?
Most of my favorite quotes are music lyrics. "And in a thousand years and a thousand tears, I'll come find my original crew," from the OAR song "I Feel Home" is probably my overall favorite. It always reminds me how much I love my girls, and wouldn't change them for anything. Plus, the entire song pretty accurately describes growing up in a small town, so it always reminds me of home and gives me a sweet feeling. (What a sweetheart, right?)

“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where you backbone ought to be” —Clementine Paddleford

What’s the best piece of advice (smart, pretty, awkward, or otherwise) that you’ve ever gotten?
From my parents--buckle your seat belt! Can't ever go wrong with that advice. (Too true!)

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”–J.R.R. Tolkien

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Lost in Fictional Pages

I will be the first to admit that I've not been the most motivated this last week about posting, but let me tell you, it was not without good reason. I was in the middle of reading two very wonderful books. For those unfamiliar with the way I am with books, I tend to find good books and read them in one or two very very long sittings, during which I become a blind, deaf, and dumb recluse to all those around me. This has been me for the past week. Class, what?

I love the feeling of being whisked off to different places and times and experiencing personalities different from mine and those I know; to experience the thrill of adventures in which I could never partake. It's always a sad day, though, when I finish a really good book (or two!) and realize that the next books I should read for a while really should be textbooks. Or MCAT prep books.

Lust List: Indian Clothes

To be honest, the alternate title for this post was "Things I Really Wanted to Buy in India, But Couldn't Because I Am Not A Size -2 Nor Is My Bank Account That Of A Mafia Don, or I Simply Forgot And Am Kicking Myself About It Now" but I thought that might be a little long. And so, this week's Lust List!

I'm a huge fan of square necklines.

You better believe the earrings are as awesome as the necklace.

I am incredibly upset with myself for forgetting anklets!


Amazing sari/jewelry/hair combo rocked by none other than Miss Priyanka Chopra.


40 hours of travel and a particularly grueling layover in San Francisco later, I am back. Unfortunately, my stories are many, and I'd like to try and keep the summary post as non-boring as possible, so it might take a while to piece it together.

The next step is packing and moving into the new townhouse. I wish it looked like that, but sadly, my price range is closer to the hippie van end of the spectrum than the remodeled castle end. The new place is cute and cozy, though, and most importantly, I will finally have a car! No more 2-hour bus rides to downtown! Say it with me, "Hallelujah!" The downside is the to-do-list-that-keeps-on-growing that's an ominous dark rain cloud following me around all day. Sigh. There's nothing like coming back from a vacation to remind you of your responsibilities.
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