Jessie Spielvogel

Do you use Fitbit?

My mom started wearing a Fitbit a few months ago. “Probably something she bought on QVC,” I thought to myself (she loves ordering gifts from them). Since she ordered two, she offered one of them to me. I had no idea what a Fitbit was a the time, so I dismissed the offer by saying, “Mom, I appreciate the thought, but I will literally never wear that. And seriously, stop shopping on QVC.”

Fast-forward a few weeks, and I see people in my office rocking black bands around their wrists. I asked one of my colleagues what it was, and she told me it was her new Fitbit. Having completely forgotten about the conversation with my mom regarding her new wrist accessory, I asked what that was. She told me it was like a fancy pedometer that also tracks your sleep patterns. I thought, “hmm, that’s cool. I want to track my sleep patterns.”

I went online to do some research about this new Fitbit trend. Upon reading user reviews and all of its capabilities, I decided I wanted to try one out. I was speaking casually with my mom on the phone one day and told her that I was looking into getting a Fitbit. “Well, well, well,” she said, “noooowww you want a Fitbit. Well it just so happens that I still have that extra one. I’ll send it to you.” And that, my friends, is when my obsession began. Read more

100 reasons why I love NYC, and why @krisving24 should move here [Part 1]

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I am creating this list for the sole purpose of twisting the arm of one of my best friends in the world. This is only the first half of the list, so I’m open to your suggestions for the 2nd half. I do not want to know your reasons to *not* move to NYC… so please only contribute if you’ve got something positive to say! She needs to be here. She belongs here…she would be amazing here! So let’s keep the SVU related comments to a minimum.  Here goes!  Read more

What I learned about life and biz from my first NYC Fashion Week event

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I recently made a new friend while I was working in a coffee shop, and he invited me to a Fashion Week event that he was attending. As someone new to the city, I was eager to jump on the opportunity to attend my very first real New York event – the epitome of New York events – Fashion Week.

Before arriving to the event, I tried on everything in my closet. I had no idea what to wear. I was freaking out, worried that I wouldn’t be “fashionable” enough to attend this shindig – after all, my life is lived in blue jeans and workout pants. I eventually landed on the most stylish blouse and non-ripped pair of jeans that I own, I threw some heels on my poor little feet, and I headed down the stairs of my 6-story walk up.

When I arrived at the event, my highly stylish friend Jonathan Mayberg (entrepreneur and founder of The Liquid Group, a strategic marketing and fashion event planning company based in NYC) was wearing a suit and, of course, looking snazzy as ever. I stepped out of the cab, slightly nervous, and began to walk into the elevator toward the penthouse of the Gansevoort Hotel. Read more

Buns of steel, baby – life in a 6-story walk-up

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I’ve been in New York for a little over two weeks, and it’s been such a fun transition from nomadic life to city life! I’m no stranger to public transportation, so the Subway is perfectly fine… but every time I hail a cab, I giggle and think to myself, “this is so New York.”

I signed a lease in a six-story walkup with two other girls (who are awesome, might I add… Craigslist isn’t that bad)!

Day one, aka moving day, … I’m just going to admit… it hurt the buns. Day two was not much better. Day three – cue the super sore quads and wobbly calves.

Walking up 75 steps (yea, I counted), was miserable at first. Carrying groceries, luggage, shopping bags, trash, or walking in heels was surely going to kill me before I had the chance to actually explore this great city.

Two weeks later, I realize it’s not that bad. I am less winded when I get to the top of the stairs, my legs feel tighter already, and I can feel myself getting better at tackling the challenge of walking up the stairs in 3-inch heels.

I’m adapting. I’m getting used to a change, and it’s making me a stronger person because of it.

If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you probably already know that the point of this article is not to talk to you about my buns and 3-inch-heel-woes. This article is most definitely about your business, and how every new challenge is going to help it grow and make you a stronger, more powerful, and a more educated humanoid. Read more

12 things I love from 2012


2012 has been a crazy blur of changes, travels, moves, decisions, confusion, and happiness. Between love, business, heartbreak, and awesome friends … a lot has happened in a year!

My blog is one year old this week (woo hoo!), so this post seems appropriately timed for some reminiscence with the upcoming New Year. Below are 12 things I love from 2012, and I hope you’ll love them, too. This list includes bloggers, communities, travel tips, health and fitness, business skills, and miscellaneous tidbits. I hope you like, and if you do, please share with your amigos and/or subscribe to receive updates in your inbox via the box to the right! Enjoy!

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Life and business lessons from a summer internship

After reading an article on Entrepreneurial Lessons from Your First Job on Project Eve, I decided to share a little tale of embarrassment from my internship days – and how I’ve learned from it.

When I was an intern as a junior in college, I moved to Washington, DC for a 3-month-long summer internship with Discovery Communications to learn all about the wonderful world of PR. Half way through the internship, a few interns and myself were asked to help staff an after-hours screening of a new educational mini series about the energy sector in which members of Congress and other hill staffers would be attending. We were asked to dress professionally, to smile, to be respectful, and to make a good impression (all of these were major “duh” expectations, right)? We did all of these things – we wore suits, the ladies wore heels, we smiled, and we did everything we were asked to do. This isn’t where we went wrong.

This… is where we went wrong: Read more

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