One of the most memorable pieces of advice I've ever gotten from my mom: "Real women drink scotch."
Here's something my mom taught me: "You can accomplish anything with the right shade of lipstick."
"Go big for birthdays — yours and everyone else's."
"Cost per use, Nina — cost per use." My mom on justifying buying indulgent things for yourself.
"Driving after a fight with a boyfriend is as bad as driving drunk. Don't do it!"
"Live for right now. Work hard, but ask for help if you need it."
"When given the choice, always pick the chocolate dessert. You won't regret it. Unless it has a weird fruit sauce on it . . . "
"Two Buck Chuck is a perfectly acceptable table wine."
"Don't start your marriage off trying to be his mother, let him set his own alarm clock and deal with the consequences if he's late for work."
"Be good. Be careful. Have fun. In that order . . . "
"When you love someone, you don't care how big their nose is."
"Always put your family on top of your list. Your children should always come first."
"Why live anywhere else when San Francisco is the best city in the world?"
"Always do your best and be home by 'pumpkin' time."
If I was ever intimidated of someone or nervous to talk to them she would say "She puts her pants on one leg at a time."
"Taking a little time for yourself every day will help you appreciate your family even more."
Mom's advice for most any trip or occasion: "Make sure to get a pedi, eat some protein, and don't forget your 'D'." (That's top secret mom code for deodorant.)
Mom always said: "Never get bangs with your curly hair!" (Excellent advice — never have, never will.) Also, "Family is forever so take care of each other."
My mom has given me lots of advice, but the funniest piece is what she told me on my 21st birthday, which is to "only drink drinks with umbrellas in them . . . so people can't roofie you."
"Eat something! Even if it's a Snickers . . . they have nuts in them."
"When in doubt . . . always wear khakis."
Whenever I'm worried about something, she'll tell me to fake it till I make it, by saying "Win an Oscar."
"If you work hard and are a nice person you can do anything!"
Mom always said: "Blood is thicker than water," "Want and need are two very different things," and when I was dating, "Remember, he's somebody's son."
"When you're over talked and over thought a problem, the only thing to do is turn on some great music and dance through it."