She's looking to break into publishing, and one of her life's high points is John Green replying to her on Twitter on the subject of unicorns. I’m not ashamed to say that I ploughed through most of Poppy’s offerings like I was on the most sinful of sugar binges. The premise had slightly more of a point than ‘bored rich teenagers doing stuff and occasionally each other.’ Specifically: four very different girls are thrown together under duress and decide to start their own fashion label. Yes, it’s set in LA and three out of the four girls are uber-rich, but they don’t magically go from strangers to besties or immediately put together a flawless fashion show that earns them the respect and admiration of everyone in the biz.

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Sometimes this was because of a blatant disregard for continuity – a character in the first book was established as the plain Jane of the family, only to get described in the second book as basically the new Serena van der Woodsen. Which is great because…does anyone actually relate to the characters in the ’s case, it worked.

Also, I assume the authors and ghostwriters got some kind of heads-up when the imprint was about to fold, because the third (and final) book of : a group of preteen girls innocently dub themselves the Nicarettes), and the dialogue was hilarious. I mean, the series was about fashion, and one of the characters (Janie) was the assigned artist of the fashion label.

Self-confidence makes a woman more attractive, but unless it effects how she enforces her personal boundaries it won't do anything to keep a man interested in her for the long-term.

Women with strong personal boundaries are principle-centered, not men-centered or romance-centered.

To them, their personal values, such as giving and receiving unconditional love, are more important to them than needing to be with any one particular guy.

When a woman has strong personal boundaries she doesn't make excuses because of a man's handsomeness, status, wealth, race, background, promises, sexual chemistry, etc.

A woman's confidence is communicated to a man by what she stands for and what she doesn't.

Being able to confidently socialize with men, having confident body language, and illustrating confidence in your femininity will only go so far if you still allow men to have their way with your emotions, time, affections, body, and anything else for that matter.

Back in my real life in the District, the men I usually dated ranged from boring lawyers to interesting-yet-flailing creatives.

There was no one who’d done something as sexy and risky as opening a bookstore in a foreign country years before a financial crisis.

In my 20s, I’d spent most of my vacations visiting family and going to other people’s weddings.