“Five Rules” is a new series in which I ask others to share their five rules for life. It’s that simple.
Julie Schott is the hilarious former assistant beauty and style editor for xojane.com and current assistant beauty and fitness editor over at ELLE, working for the illustrious Emily Dougherty. Julie and I bonded over wailing about acne at Miraval this summer while drinking delicious drinks in the pool. So I hit her up to share her Five Rules. Here they are, in Julie’s words.
1. Don’t share the craziest dream you had last night.
While it may have been scary/sexy/amusing/weird for you, tell someone else and you’ve got a completely made up story. If you absolutely must share, summarize in one sentence and feature the person you¹re talking to.
2. Own your lineage. Self-hating or hiding is unattractive! I was seeing a born-and-raised NYC dude who spoke in a British accent. If Madonna and Lady Gaga can’t pull it off, neither can you.
3. Be a good guest. Bring something to share food, booze, beauty products whatever. Clean up, replace things you finish, and send a thank you–preferably handwritten when it’s all over.
4. Buy expensive shoes. No, the Aldo knock-offs don’t look just as good, and they certainly won’t work in 10 years the way the real thing will.
5. Let new people into your life. The idea of having enough friends means
closing yourself off and missing out. Stay open for business!
Thanks, Julie! Stay tuned for more Five Rules!