Spring Clothing Essentials

Spring is (thankfully) finally here. Now that you can tuck away your winter coats, it’s time to pull out your springtime essentials. Not sure what those are? Well here’s the list so you can stock up:

  • Little White Dress: This dress serves the same function as a LBD, but in a decidedly more spring-y style. Don’t wear until Easter, but be sure you have one on hand.
  • Wedges: These are spring’s version of booties. You should at minimum have them in black, brown, and white. But we like mixing some funky colors into the mix as well.
  • Cardigans: from work to around the house, these sweaters are essentials. We suggest investing in nice silk ones so that they’ll last forever. You can find great ones on sale at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and LOFT.
  • A Flowing Maxi Skirt: Because nothing says spring like an ethereal skirt blowing in the breeze.
  • Light Wash Jeans: Evenings and winter call for your best dark wash denim, but now that the weather has lighted up, so can your jeans. Light washed jeans are perfect for casual events, running errand, or just hanging around the house in style.

Is there anything else you think is a spring essential? Comment below.

Take A Day Off

As March is winding to a close we here are Smart Modern Women are ready for a day off. The cold weather of the past month has us all itching for a day of unwinding and relaxation. It’s important that every woman takes the time to chill out after she’s made it through a turbulent period in her life. So we’re keeping today’s post short and sweet and encouraging you to visit the spa, take a bubble bath, dive into a good book, or go for a walk. Hell, we’ll even endorse a good ol’ Netflix binge today. So take a hint, and let the stress go.

Since we care too much about your wellness to leave you hanging, here’s a quick list of suggestions for how you should spend your next day off:

  • get a massage or facial
  • read a book in the quiet of a library
  • go to the beach and soak up some sun
  • buy a new bubble bath and test it out
  • slip into your best pjs and refuse to get out of bed
  • watch an old classic movie
  • make some tea and write in your journal
  • spend an hour meditating
  • go to your favorite park and enjoy being outside
  • make your favorite cocktail and do some day drinking
  • have a girls night in

Let us know what you end up doing.

Polished Organization

One of my favorite cosmetic items is nail polish. There are so many different colors and finishes, there’s always one to fit your mood.

But how do you keep them organized? With so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I personally don’t want to spend hours searching through my collection for the right color, and I bet you agree. So here I present different methods for organizing your polishes:

  • Place them on a spice rack, preferably one hung at eye level. This is how most salons display their colors, so if you want to look like a pro, this is the option to choose.
  • Arrange them in an open plastic basket. This is my method of choice because it’s portable, can be tucked into a cabinet, and looks pretty.
  • Store them in a shoebox. This is definitely a less expensive option, and you can decorate the box however you wish.
  • Display them on a cake stand or tray. If your collection isn’t too massive you could arrange them on a stand or tray that you place on your counter or vanity.
  • Stash them in a train case. This is a great option if you want to have something portable that can also store all your tools, remover, and creams as well.

Regardless of which method you choose, we recommend grouping polishes by color so that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. And as always, discard anything gloopy or otherwise expired.

Sweat In Style

Making it to the gym can be quite a struggle, and to be honest it doesn’t happen often. However, I find that I am more excited about spending time sweating it out if I have something fabulous to wear. Since fitness is an essential part of every SMW’s life, and we’re here to inspire you to reach your full potential as such a woman, I thought I’d share some of my favorite places to find awesome workout clothes.

  • Old Navy: Their compression pants and capris are THE BOMB! The come in great colors and patterns, make my rear end look perfectly perky and don’t create a muffin top. If you look on the sale rack you can find them for under $15! What gets better than that?
  • Victoria’s Secret: when it comes to sports bras and yoga pants, this is the place to go. They’re a bit more expensive, but they last forever and are ALWAYS in style.
  • Nike: If you want the best and brightest shoes, this is the brand to go with. Plus if you go to a Nike store their experts can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
  • Gap: When it comes to jackets, Gap definitely makes the best. I can throw one on in the winter and not only is it warm but it’s flattering and my phone doesn’t fall out of the pockets when I run…which makes it great. Also, this brand makes great tanks and tees. If you go by the store in March you can find items on their last chance sale racks for super cheap. I found a shirt that I LOVE for only $2.99.

Where’s your favorite place to find workout gear? Let us know in the comments!

You Party Animal

It still amazes my how many people my age have no clue how to behave at parties. They’ll show up uninvited, not show up at all, get so drunk that they get sick all over the floor, or completely embarrass the hosts. I have many friends who have stopped hosting all together because they’re tired of dealing with all the undignified behavior. This is unfortunate, because parties are a blast.

In order to promote more celebrations and festivities, today’s post will consist of a guide to appropriate party behavior. The Smart Modern Woman is dignified above all else, and she should know how to behave at the party. (That way she’ll get invited to more!)

  • RSVP. You should always tell the host that you will be attending, even if it’s a causal college party. That way they’ll know to expect you and can stop worrying about whether or not anybody will show up. On the other hand, they won’t be waiting around for you all night if you decline the invitation – this is especially important if the party is being thrown by someone you’re romantically interested in. Also, if you say you’re going, you better show up.
    ***IF YOU DON’T RECEIVE AN INVITATION, DON’T SHOW UP OR INVITE YOURSELF*** If someone other than the host invites you, check with the host that it’s okay for you to attend.
  • Arrive Fashionably Late. Plan on arriving between 10 and 20 minutes of the event’s start time. If it’s a college party you can arrive up to an hour after, but be earlier if you’re close friends with the host. Never ever arrive early, sit in your car if you have to but don’t you dare interrupt the host’s preparations. If you’re running late text or call the host to let them know you’re still coming.
  • Bring Something. The host probably spent a good bit on the party so bring them a gift that you know they will genuinely enjoy as a thank you. If it’s a college party it’s always a good idea to bring your own liquor/beer and mixers. If you don’t know what to bring, call the host before the start of the party and ask if they need anything specific for the party.
  • Circle the Room. Make sure you take the time to talk to everyone. Introduce yourself to people you don’t know and participate in conversation and activities. Your job as a guest is to help the host make sure the party runs smoothly; so if you see someone standing alone, say hi. You don’t have to get into anything lengthy, just talk about how they know the hosts, any upcoming local events, etc. once you’ve gotten the group into a longer conversation keep moving around the room. Once you’ve spoken to everyone, feel free to join the most interesting conversation going on, and enjoy it.
  • Drink responsibly. It’s perfectly fine to indulge, just make sure you’re in control. You don’t want to embarrass yourself, annoy other guests, or anger the host. If you think you’ve had a bit too much, apologize to the host and find a safe way to leave gracefully and quickly.
  • Make A Graceful Exit. If the party has a stated end time, leave within 15 minutes of it. Otherwise, leave when things seem to be winding down or when the host stops engaging with the party. Always thank the host and ask if you can do anything to help clean up before you leave. Don’t forget to offer a ride to anyone who may have had too much to drink. Do not drive if you’ve been drinking.

With these tips and tricks you are sure to be welcome at every party your friends throw. So go out and enjoy their company!

Emma Watson

Emma Watson has been an idol of ours since she first appeared as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Not only did she inspire girls everywhere to embrace their intelligence, but she also portrayed a strong female character who was every bit (and often times more) capable than her male counterparts. But Emma’s influence extends far past the big screen. She is the face of the UN’s campaign He For She which promotes women’s rights all over the world. She is an active feminist, and one of the most intelligent actresses in Hollywood today – she got top marks in her A-levels people! Oh, and did we mention she’s GORGEOUS! Emma Watson is clearly the epitome of a Smart Modern Woman.

Here’s a few things that we think every woman can learn from Emma Watson:

  • Stand up for what you believe in, with compassion. Emma is not only a UN Ambassador promoting women’s rights, but she is also the face of other humanitarian causes. Our favorite part about her activism is that she never bashes anyone. Instead she points out logically why someone is wrong, and how the can fix their behavior. That type of courtesy is essential if you want to be taken seriously and enact real change.
  • Be multifaceted. Emma isn’t just an actress, or just a humanitarian. Instead she’s an actress, humanitarian, feminist, scholar, artist, friend, daughter, and a whole bunch of other things. Embrace what you’re passionate about and never let anyone tell you that you have to fit a specific stereotype.
  • Don’t get a big head. You won’t find her on the cover of a tabloid for some public disaster. You’re more likely to see her highlighted in the media for random acts of kindness and compassion. She has a lot of non-famous friends and hasn’t let her superstardom go to her head.
  • Read. A good chunk of her twitter is dedicated to books she loves. Every woman should read, take it from us.
  • Don’t take life seriously. Emma’s not afraid to laugh or make fun of herself. Just look at her performance in This Is The End and The Bling Ring.
  • Take risks. She isn’t afraid to take risks in fashion, roles, or her interviews…but these risks are always calculated and in god taste.

Overall, Emma Watson is a great role model and we should all be inspired by her general awesomeness.