Since stumbling upon her blog Smart Pretty & Awkward a few months ago, I’ve been a huge fan of Molly Ford. With a quirky sense of humor and a real knack for addressing relevant topics, she posts tips on how to be smarter, prettier, and (less) awkward. Right up my alley! I can use help in all three areas!
It would seem as though other girls are with me here, because she has been featured on countless fashion and advice blogs, on TV interviews, and even the Boston Globe and Redbook magazine. Not too shabby! “I started this blog,” she says, “because I had one little tip that I thought was genius – using clean, unused toilet seat covers as facial blotting tissues (which, I promptly forgot about, and didn’t blog about until five months in). The next thing I knew, I had a domain name, and the blog had found a life of its own.”
After becoming addicted to her regular posts and adding her on every social media forum I could find, I decided it was time to get to know the lady behind the lines. Luckily, Molly was more than happy to answer a few questions for me and let me share her answers with you.
Read on to learn more about the girl who spends her days “drinking diet coke, wearing only dresses, and eating lots of pasta, because Sophia Loren once said about her body, ‘everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.’”
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How did you get started blogging?
From a technical perspective, I got a domain name from GoDaddy, a Blogger template, and starting writing.
Why did you start blogging?
I knew I wanted to start a blog as a creative outlet, and I also knew I wanted it to be an advice blog, as I didn’t feel comfortable writing about my personal life.
Where did you get the inspiration for your posts?
Situations I observe and experience—nothing fancy.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Everything will work out in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end (which I believe is an unattributed quote).
Describe your fashion style.
I would describe my style as colorful and laidback (which kind of makes me sound like a hipster M&M)… when I emailed some of my girls and asked how to describe my style, they had much better answers. My friend Katie said, “girly and fun, but always with an element of surprise,” my friend Emily said “girly-girl eclectic and vintage-inspired,” and my friend Nicole said “quirky retro-feminine with a touch of sweet risk.”
What do you splurge on when it comes to completing your look?
Hmm…I don’t think I own anything designer except for my bag which was a gift. I don’t really splurge often—except on my winter coat which was a necessity! Maybe someday when I don’t live in a city as expensive as NYC I will splurge more often.
Do you have any wardrobe staples?
I always wear nail polish, and I never leave the house without earrings.
Are there any current fashion trends that you’re into?
Feather extensions–right now I have a thin turquoise feather behind my right ear that I got this past weekend at a place in Soho, and I really love it.
What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring fashionistas?
Wear what you like and what is within your budget– don’t go into debt getting designer labels.
What’s your most awkward moment?
Something I would never publish on the Internet :)
What do you do in real life?
I work in marketing for an online retailer, and go to grad school at night.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Starbucks tall hot chocolate, but I only order it when I’m with my best friend or when I miss her (we live in different states).
I am freakish up-to-date on celeb gossip and could never pick a favorite. But I do love Jimmy Fallon and was in line behind him getting on a train last summer, which may or may not have been my highlight of 2010.
Other hobbies besides blogging?
The usual–music, friends, seeing how long I can do a handstand for…
Favorite LuLu*s item?
(See above! Juniper Berry Teal Dress)
What’s the hardest part of being smart, pretty, and (less) awkward?
Time management! It can be a lot to juggle a full-time job, with grad school, with a blog, with friends and family.
What’s your favorite part of writing your blog?
1. Writing the daily posts
2. Getting sweet emails from readers
3. Having the opportunity to do cool consulting projects.
Where do you get your advice?
Every post is something I either do that helps me, or something I wish I had known before. For personal advice, I go to my family and friends; for blogging advice, the blogging community is an amazing resource to be a part of.
Do you have a favorite author?
Nora Ephron. I went to a talk of hers once, and sat in the front row wearing head-to-toe yellow, and it turned out she was doing a whole bit about how no one looks good in yellow because it’s the color of baby puke. Embarrassing.
What’s your best piece of advice on dating?
1. Date people that make you laugh
2. Date people that value your opinion.
Any words of wisdom for aspiring bloggers?
Don’t tell anyone about your blog for three months; see if you can keep creating posts for that time period first. Once you pass the three month mark and still have post ideas, you’re in a good place.