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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I recently read the following advice from portrait painter Chuck Close. He was talking about art, but it applies to a lot of life situations where we wait and wait and wait till the “right moment” to fulfill our dreams. “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, […]

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Sixth-century B.C. Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu — the father of Taoism — said, “He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.” In a “you’re going to regret this for a loooooong time” moment, Satya Nadella, the chief executive of Microsoft, spoke without knowing at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in […]

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I generally don’t covet anyone else’s exact career path. You have to take the bad with the good, and I wind up thinking that one or more aspects of that other person’s experience wouldn’t be ideal for me. Like having to be Donald Trump’s daughter, for instance. But I’ve finally found my fantasy job and […]

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

While texting with a lovelorn friend yesterday, I realized that designing jewelry has taught me three things that straight women need to know about bad relationships. I preserved my texts for your amusement/edification. They’re below along with my elaborations. 1. Even precious things are replaceable. Okay, that was a little bit of textual exaggeration. Not […]

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

If you find yourself wildly out of step with the dress code, remember what Noël Coward said upon arriving at a party wearing an ordinary suit, only to discover all the other men wearing white tie and tails: “Please, I don’t want anyone to apologize for overdressing.” You’re welcome, Hillary Clinton!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

I got a kick out of this illustration that gorgeous blogger Jennine of The Coveted sent me. (I’ve seen this, uncredited, all over the Internets. If it’s yours or you know where it originated, let me know so I can credit it.) It’s reassuring to see that some experiences are universal. The saying, “It takes […]

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

The New York Times ran a story today about commencement speeches and included an excerpt from Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, who spoke at Barnard College. Her words are worth repeating: “Women almost never make one decision to leave the work force. It doesn’t happen that way. They make small little decisions […]

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Recently, I met with gorgeous blogger Kate of The Styley. Kate launched The Styley in March and was looking for some blogging tips. Like a lot of other new bloggers, she wondered if it made sense to start a blog now, when there are so many big bloggers already out there.  In our discussion, I […]

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Monday, April 25, 2011

People frequently ask me for my No. 1 small-business tip, but who can say if they’ll be faced with the situations I’ve faced? The lesson that was the hardest for me to learn might be something other people never encounter. But since y’all want to know, I’m going to answer with a Pandora’s box of […]

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

In a recent article in the New York Times, etiquette expert Letitia Baldridge said of white lies, “I never would have gotten through life without them.” She’s consistent. Twenty years ago, she said, “A white lie is permissible for kindness’ sake.” Fleetwood Mac agrees, as do I. “Tell me lies. Tell me sweet little lies.” […]

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