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The importance of keeping a paper trail

Clichés abound when it comes to young entrepreneurs. Flip through fashion magazines and you’ll inevitably find a young twenty-something with beautiful hair and an indescribable glow, touting the merits of “finally having…

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From MBA to Runway

The word “powersuit” has never seemed particularly attractive to me. The point of the term is clear: an office ensemble that gives you “power” and control in the workplace.  However, for modern…

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Moving on the Cheap

Moving on the cheap is a myth. But, I’ll be a bit of a mythbuster. Ladies, if we get creative and prioritize our needs from our wants, we will be able to…

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The Moving Diaries: New View, New You

Bags packed. Check. Goodbye hug to roommates. Given. Butterflies in stomach. Fully loaded. The final steps had been taken, and the only thing standing between me and my future was a five…

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Let’s Talk About Work Life Balance

When I was in high school I put a magnet up on my parents’ fridge that said, “You can always retake a test, but you can never retake a party.” If I had…

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Putting your tax refund to work

Tax season is in full effect, and you may be wondering what to do with that refund. You may be contemplating a vacation, new pair of shoes, or a new laptop. Before…

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What Getting Fired From A Start-Up Taught Me

As I followed my boss into his corner office, the view of one of San Diego’s most prominent business districts coming into focus directly above his 5’4 frame, I began to regret…

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Why I Regret Going to Grad School

Everyone has heard the ​statistics of the dreaded Millennials. We are the most educated generation, but we suffer from higher unemployment rates than Generation X and Baby Boomers. This means we are…

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Career Innovators: Building a New Way

Welcome to the second installment of Career Innovators: a series of stories, curated and brought to life by Jes Jarvis, about inspiring women who made bold changes in the early years of…

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A Different Kind of Buzz

I found myself perusing the internet at roughly 1 am this morning (it is now 8:55 am EST).  This gets more interesting, I swear… but anyway, I frequently go to Forbes.com just…

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Career Innovators: Going For It

Editor’s note: We are thrilled to introduce the first installment of Career Innovators: a series of stories, curated and brought to life by Jes Jarvis, about inspiring women who made bold changes…

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Get to Know the Ladies of Hukkster

Have you hukked yet?  If not, you should start!  Meet Katie and Erica – two Quarterlettes who met as co-workers at a prior job and then went on to join forces and…

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You are a Master Mind & Chic CEO wants you.

When we were going through the process of launching Quarterlette, we started by hunting for role models. So, we set out on a quest to scour the Internet for examples of websites…

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Going Against the Grain

As I child I was told that I was gifted.  My third grade teacher never called on me, no matter how hard I waved my hands and said “I know! I know!”…

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Going With Your Gut

  Katie Bartels is a New York-based jewelry designer with a classic quarterlette story.  A few years ago she quit her stable day job to follow her creative passion, and she hasn’t…

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Modern Money Management

Meet the frugal and fabulous Bettie – just another quarterlette out there enjoying her life and trying to make responsible financial choices in the process.  Her mission is to help other women…

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Once Upon a New York Fashion Week: An Interview with WHIT

Twice a year, the streets of New York are even more colorful than usual. The Meatpacking District is even more cluttered, and getting a reservation at the Upper West Side Smith is…

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Meet the Gals Behind Fashion Start-Up: Rack It Up

Meet Bri and Ali – two Quarterlette friends and business partners who left the 9-5 world to launch their own business called Rack It Up: A virtual closet and sale tracking website….

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More, Better, Bigger

Last week I planned a time to visit a new friend who lives a few blocks from us and has a small baby, like me. She lives in a new luxury building…

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The Pain Gap

Pain Gap.  My made up phrase to describe the space between how you think your life is supposed to be, and how it’s actually going. And when I was experiencing it—man, did…

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Occupation: Storyteller

I feel like I have been experiencing a quarter-life crisis off and on for a few years now, and this feeling is particularly strong since I turned 25 in June. Almost all…

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Help a Sister Out

Recently, I had to write a book review for a leadership graduate class. It didn’t take me long to decide to write about my latest favorite leadership book, Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In:…

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Leaning In to Right Now

Today I purged my closet of black pants.  I did not need 15 pairs of dress pants when I was working and I most certainly do not need them now that my…

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I’m Neurotic as Hell

  “If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and…

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Reclaiming The Dream

As a 21-year-old woman in the midst of a quarter life crisis, I find myself asking the same enduring question that many of my 21st century female counterparts are confronting: “Am I…

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Real Estate 101: Buying Your First Apartment

Editor’s Note: Today we’re thrilled to post the first in a series of pieces from Kate Pelet, a Quarterlette real estate broker based in our hometown, New York City.  Kate started out…

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What are you doing after graduation?

It happens everywhere I go these days. At the hair salon, home for the weekend with friends, at dinner with my parents – I cannot escape the inevitable question. I am talking…

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A Year in Reflection

When did the calendar turn to April?  It’s difficult to believe that this time last year I faced a mountain of coursework as I prepped for graduation. I recall sitting in a…

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Swapping One Dream for Another

The biggest lie that anyone ever told me was that I would ‘find myself’ in college.  Let me spoil this story early for you: you don’t find yourself in college – you…

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My So-Called Reality

This must be what it feels like to be one of those Housewives on the BRAVO Network. This morning I stretched my arms up at 10AM after an hour nap following the…

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Redefining Work

I would never call myself an entrepreneur or even casually imply that I have the slightest bit of latent entrepreneurial spirit. I’m a path more traveled kind of a girl. It is…

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Is there a perfect age?

To our Qlette readers: Last week, we received the below question from one of our readers.  After reading the email, we knew we had to post it on the site because so…

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Twenty-Somethings In Transit

Last year, at age 23, I quit a well-paid, stable job to pursue my lifelong dream of working in the arts.  The preparation for the debut of my second play, a black…

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Quickie with Qwiki

Meet Danielle and Sheena.  Two Quarterlettes who are on the brink of introducing the world to its latest social network – Qwiki.  Launching today, this new app combines users’ photos and videos…

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Keep Moving Forward

One Friday evening while perusing Quarterlette, procrastinating on a project, I found myself once again relating to new ‘friends’ on the internet. Flip back to 10 months ago when I sat at…

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The Art of Being an Adult

Cutting a perfectly straight line across a blank piece of paper without a ruler or guide is no easy task. In fact, in my experience, I’ve found it to be nearly impossible….

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My Purpose

My favorite celebrity/mentor, Oprah, once said “In order to live life to the fullest and REALLY start living, you must find yourself first” …or something like that. On my journey to finding…

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The End of the Assistant Era

  I am really used to being an assistant. I’m also one of those people who have always had jobs. It started with babysitting, then moved on to hobby shop employee and receptionist…

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Leading Ladies

As a second-year MBA student, the lack of gender equality in the business world is not always immediately apparent. My female colleagues and I represent 35% of my graduating class (still plenty…

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My Road to Google

If you’re anything like me, you probably had big dreams when you graduated from college but had no clue how to get where you wanted to go. Sure, you probably had some…

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Book Review: I have Iraq in my Shoe

I started laughing before I got to the first real page of Gretchen Berg’s memoir, “I Have Iraq in My Shoe.”  With no context, Berg quotes Miss Teen South Carolina as she…

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Coffee Shops and Calendars

  Jewelry designer and entrepreneur Katie Bartels is back with more interesting insights on running your own business. Aspiring Quarterlette entrepreneurs, take notes! One of the hardest parts about running your own business…

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The Last Four Years

Whether it’s debate parties at the local bar, discussions in the office, or just turning on a TV bombarded with political ads, the upcoming presidential election is everywhere and living in Washington…

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Blazing Tech Trails: ClearHart Digital

Meet Clara and Erica, the digital marketing extraordinaires and kick-ass quarterlette entrepreneurs behind ClearHart Digital.  A year ago they left their day jobs to focus on ClearHart and since then they’ve tackled…

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Not Your Mother’s 9-to-5

The other day as I was desperately pursuing job postings, wishing and hoping to find that perfect job that would fit all my criteria and match my experience level, I had an…

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Crash Money Diet

It’s no secret or surprise that New York City is freakin’ expensive.  As a twenty-something with a decent job, finishing the month with a neutral cash flow – let alone a positive…

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Interview with Gen Y Career Expert – Lindsey Pollak (Part 2)

Hey guys – I  hope you enjoyed Part 1 of my interview last week with Gen Y career expert, Lindsey Pollak.  Below is part 2 of that interview. One thing that I…

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Interview with Gen Y Career Expert – Lindsey Pollak

Let’s talk about your job. Most likely, it’s a very big part of your life.  Maybe you absolutely love going to an office every day in your sassy, urban-professional outfit.  Maybe you…

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Twenty Something

I was seven when I wrote my first song,  but it has taken years to become a songwriter. It all started when I moved to Boston.  I was twenty one years old…

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From the Zoo to the Classroom

A few days ago, I found myself sitting in a group interview with three other young women who wanted to be teachers, just like me.  The superintendent asked us to tell him…

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Getting to Know Your Gut

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist Some people call it your gut. My pretend BFF Oprah calls…

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Surviving the First Major Letdown

 “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” –Winston Churchill Two months after I started working full-time for my company, I participated in a…

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Qlette Profiles: Liz Teich

Meet Liz Teich.  Fashion stylist and the owner/jewelry designer for etc… modern vintage jewelry. You haven’t always been in fashion.  What were you doing before digging your heels into the style world?…

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Styling Unleashed

According to accounts given by my family, I came out of the womb as a lover of fashion, beauty, and all things aesthetically pleasing. I used to wear shirts and footsy pajamas…

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From Corporate to Creative

  Katie Bartels is a New York-based jewelry designer with a classic quarterlette story.  Three years ago she quit her stable day job to follow her creative passion, and she hasn’t looked…

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Taking the Time to Make Change

I knew that I had to do something big. I was in a funk. Professionally, I was doing pretty well. I had a successful career for four years working in casting for…

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Entrepreneurial Survival Mode – The Option To Sink or Swim

I wouldn’t say I question my decision to break off from my former career and become an entrepreneur, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit to sometimes wondering where the…

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Designing To Fail

Last year I graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture.  My thesis was essentially looking at rural communities, cultural heritage, and the environment.  There was a lot more to it than that,…

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The Art of Letting Go

You put yourself out there. I mean this time you really, really put yourself out there. Perhaps attempts at making a connection in the past were half hearted, but you met, the…

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Getting Chatty with Social Katy

There are no two ways about it – the world of social media is blowing up.  It’s constantly changing, fueled by some of the most cutting edge technology around, and the most…

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Letters From Bubbie

My Grandmother, Sissy Carpey (Bubbie), has always prided herself on being a modern woman.  Although she married young and left college to start a family, she never lost her determination to follow…

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The Big Move

It’s your typical Wednesday morning. You wake up, hop in the shower before your roommates (whom you still have at the age of 24), ponder your day while you lather and rinse,…

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Coveting Thy Neighbor’s Goods

As I approach her driveway again, I can’t help but feel that familiar feeling of envy creeping up on me. Not for her husband or for her children but for her money…

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Facing My Fears and Moving Abroad

This is the story of one of the bravest quarterlettes we know, Suzanne.  She stepped boldly outside her comfort zone to take a job in London.  Equally as brave – she agreed…

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Building Your Brand, One Night at a Time

One night a week. That’s how it started. Wednesday nights there would be no spin class, no errands, no happy hour, no dinner dates. Wednesdays, I decided would be the nights I…