Kat’s Favorite Posts of 2014

Corporette-2014-reviewI always do a roundup of which posts were my most-viewed ones for the year — but I thought I’d start our review posts this year with some of MY favorites.  Some of them were fun to write — some of them sparked a great discussion — and some of them were just something that I thought was important we talk about.  Ladies, which were your favorite posts?  Any I’m forgetting?

Here were my favorites of 2013, as well as my favorites of 2012 and 2010.

Tech Problems

I know we’re having tech problems but I’m lacking information — is it mobile only? Can you identify which ad (or which ad spot)? Anyone who can send me screenshots and more information will win my undying affection. (I know of two potentially separate problems: Vindicosuite.com and a redirection to some app/game…. please fill me in if there are others.) Thank you all for your patience!

Tales from the Wallet: Refinancing Student Loans (Guest Post)

refinancing student loansHave you refinanced your student loans, or are you looking into it? We’ve talked about tackling huge school debt, paying down debt vs. saving, getting financially prepared for grad school, creating a money roadmap, and switching from a lawyer’s salary to a student lifestyle, but we haven’t discussed refinancing student loans. Today, Blonde Lawyer (the name she uses to comment on Corporette posts) shares her experience of refinancing with SoFi, one of a growing number of peer-to-peer lending companies (CommonBond is another) that offer student loan refinancing. The author is including a referral link of her own, but Kat / Corporette is not being compensated in any way for this post — it sounded like an interesting topic for readers to discuss, and hopefully this one reader’s experience will be a launchpad for discussion.  Thank you for writing this, Blonde Lawyer!  Here’s a recent WSJ article and a Reuters article for further reading on the topic. Update 2015: Blonde Lawyer has started a blog with more information.

I have noticed that a lot of Corporette readers are interested in potentially refinancing their student loans. I suggested to Kat that this would make a good “Tales from the Wallet” post and offered to write about my experience refinancing with SoFi. Hopefully there are other posters who refinanced with one of the other major players that can write about their experiences too.

So a little bit about me: I graduated law school in 2009. I went to an in-state school with in-state tuition. I paid my tuition 100% with Stafford loans ($59,500) and also took out living expense loans ($34,072) through a private loan company for a grand total of $93,572 in loans. After graduation, I was most worried about my $34,072 in private loans. My husband co-signed them and they were not dischargeable if I died or became disabled. The interest rate was a variable 8.61% with a 19% cap!!! I had one other issue with this company. I had selected a standard 10-year repayment for all my loans, but once the private loans entered repayment, the math wasn’t adding up to me.

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The Lo & Sons Giveaway is now CLOSED…

pearl crossbody… but thank you to all 2000+ entries we had! We’ll be contacting the winner later today. A few points to note:

  • Lo & Sons just launched their newest style, the Pearl crossbody (pictured) — I haven’t seen it yet in person but it looks great.
  • Even if you didn’t win, you can still get 20% off today with code PRETHANKS sitewide at the Lo & Sons site. (But a little birdie tells me they’ll have 30% sitewide, starting Thursday — so check it out!)

 

Don’t Be Shy When Changing Careers (and 5 Other Career Changing Tips)

magazine to lawyerDisclosure:  In today’s sponsored post, State Farm Insurance asked me to talk about my first career change — magazine editor to lawyer — and some of the people who helped me along the way.

I was at a recent alumni networking event, and everyone older than 30 heartily encouraged the students and new graduates to reach out to alums. An email that mentions a shared connection opens a lot of doors. Generally, people are happy to give advice. Cast a wide net — particularly don’t be shy about reaching out when you’re looking to enter a new career or change careers entirely. All of this advice rings true with my own experience in networking when you’re junior, and changing careers — not once, but twice now. I’ve written about my career change from media lawyer to fashion blogger, but I’ve never talked about the first big career change I made: from magazine writer to lawyer.

It’s fun to think back on what drove the change…

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Giveaway: Win a $500 Credit at Lo & Sons!

 

LoSonsGiveawayI’ve talked before about my love of Lo & Sons bags — they’re lightweight and durable, yet stylish and functional. I love the gazillion smart pockets (whether it’s a laptop bag or not), the back panel sleeve that makes them super travel friendly (pictured below), the neutral colors (and often a choice of gold/silver hardware), and the clever marketing — most of the product pages show videos of a woman packing up her Lo & Sons bag so you can see everything that can fit in there.  Brilliant.  Anyway: I was thrilled when Lo & Sons reached out to offer Corporette readers a giveaway, and it’s a big one, ladies: one grand prize winner will receive a $500 store credit. Pictured above: the O.M.G. ($275), the T.T. ($260), and the Brookline laptop tote ($198). Pictured below: the O.G. overnight bag ($295).

OG overnight bagThe Rules: Readers enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter (see the app after the jump, or use this link to enter); you can gain additional entries through various social media (all through the app).  One winner will be chosen the morning of Tuesday, November 25 (chosen by Rafflecopter) and gets to choose any Lo & Sons bag(s) currently in stock. Please note that, due to legal reasons, this contest is only open to adult residents of the United States. The winners will have one week to respond to Kat to claim their prize or a new winner or winners will be chosen.

N.B. There’s a great pre-Thanksgiving sale running right now — take 20% off all orders with code PRETHANKS2014.

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