Category Archives: Editor’s Note

EDITOR’S NOTE: Arctic Ice Melt

Arctic sea ice coverage hit a low this year, which means the polar ice caps are melting decades ahead of schedule.

I’m a hypochondriac and I totally panic at every mention of our impending planetary doom. So things like this don’t make it easy to believe in the future health and well-being of our planet.

And this reflects my attitude about post-graduation unemployment: It’s coming. I’m doomed. No matter what I do, it’ll happen (or, er, not happen). Why would I get a job in the media field, which is ever tinier, when so many others that have gone before me find themselves wallowing away in food service and retail jobs?

Now, you. Are you worried about finding a job? Do you have a pep talk you give yourself to get past the fears? How do you deal?


EDITOR’S NOTE: Woman in Charge

Women have trouble at work; we all know it. They pay us less than they’ll pay a man doing the same job. They let fewer of us into positions of power.

Being a woman is considered, by some, to be a handicap. And we definitely get treated differently, no matter how up the ladder we’ve climbed. Check out what Mindy Kaling has to say about the effect her gender has on her ability to be the boss:

“One thing I have noticed — and this is really the first time I’ve noticed how being a woman has affected my job — is that sometimes, after I’ve made a decision about something, there’s a level of discussion that people think I am willing to entertain that probably wouldn’t happen if I were a man. I have learned that when I make a decision, sometimes I just need to leave the room.”

Do you take advantage of a female boss thinking that she’ll understand you better or be more open to cajoling? Do you expect your female professors to be more empathetic to you?

And if so, do you think those qualities make for a better boss? I don’t think so. I’d rather have a firm boss; it’s too easy to be wishy-washy when you don’t know what’s expected of you. And as Editor-in-Chief, I’ve seen how people will take advantage of you if they’re think you’re kind and understanding. We need to stop giving ourselves excuses and just get done what needs to get done.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Should Ann Romney Shut It?

“This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring.”

Such were Ann Romney’s words in response to criticism of her husband’s presidential campaign. She was on Radio Iowa a few days ago when she said these words, which have potential to really harm her husband’s campaign. But should we be so harsh? I know I’ve faced moments when things were really tough and while others judged me, I just wanted to cry, “You don’t know what it’s like!”

Every one of us faces endless challenges in our lives (even, apparently, rich white men like Mitt Romney), and sometimes we hit our breaking points, as apparently has Mrs. Romney. It can feel an impossible feat, facing down criticism from people who you really feel are unfair for leveling it against you. And even when there’s nobody criticizing you, but things just seem insurmountable on their own, it can be hard not to whine in the manner of Mrs. Romney.

Take running this magazine, for instance. It’s a really hard thing to do. Sure, I love it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have moments where I want to say, “This is really hard and I don’t know what to do anymore!” But generally, I hold my tongue.

Because my readers and my writers don’t want to hear this. They want a fearless leader (or “Fearless Editor,” as sometime-contributor and friend Michele Elaine Hannon has called me on multiple occasions), and I’d really like to oblige. I don’t want to seem weak or weepy.

The only person I try to tell this stuff to is my boyfriend and one or two other close friends/mentors.

And honestly, it’s a little gratifying to hear an admirer praise all your hard work  after months or years of keeping your mouth shut about just how hard you’ve got it.

Do you think all women should keep their mouths shut when they’re going through something tough? Or just Ann Romney? Or should we all be open and honest about the difficulties we face?

On that note, sorry it’s been a while since we’ve had a new issue out. Our writers get swamped with schoolwork and such and don’t always turn stuff in on time. We’re working hard to figure this thing out…

EDITOR’S NOTE: These Boots Were Made for Cover Shoots

M.L.T.S. Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Rosella Eleanor LaFevre checks in once a week to let you know what’s up with the magazine and addressing issues faced by motivated young women.

On Friday, we shot our cover girl for the fifth issue. It was one of those days when  everything went well and I felt the intense joy of doing the thing you feel like you were put on this earth to do.

Our fifth cover girl is fashion PR executive Rakia Reynolds. Check out her company Blue Skai Media on their website, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Here’s a teaser shot from the shoot:

Rakia Reynolds. Shoes, her own. Photographed by Michelle Carvalho.

I can’t wait to share more photos of that fun, fun day with you.

What do you think of those fierce booties?


EDITOR’S NOTE: Stop Being So Apologetic

M.L.T.S. Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Rosella Eleanor LaFevre checks in once a week to let you know what’s up with the magazine and addressing issues faced by motivated young women.

“Hey, this is Rosella. How are you? Good! I’m doing well. So is now a good time, because if not I can totally call you back later. I mean, really, you’re doing me a favor so I want to make sure I’m doing this at a time that’s convenient for you…. Oh, now’s okay? Great. Well, so thanks again for doing this. You’re saving my butt.” Sound familiar?

We really need to learn to get to the point, ladies. Continue reading

EDITOR’S NOTE: Let’s Get Silly!

M.L.T.S. Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Rosella Eleanor LaFevre checks in once a week to let you know what’s up with the magazine and addressing issues faced by motivated young women.

On Saturday night, one of my best friends turned 21. My own 21st birthday was a month ago and while I celebrated mine with dinner at a gastropub with my boyfriend, mother, sister and a girl I’ve known since 1st grade, Jenny celebrated hers with a drunken dance fest at Cavanaugh’s River Deck on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

While I’ve never considered myself the party-going, dance-hall-ready type girl, I seriously got down on Saturday night. It took a few orange juice and rum cocktails and a few sweet words from my boyfriend to conjole me into shaking my ass on the dance floor.

I spend a lot of my time working on my present and future career. Most of the time, I’m busy writing notes in my black-and-white composition book, plotting my next career moves. But for once, I let loose.

Although I woke up yesterday with aching, throbbing thighs and a bit of a headache, I knew how much I had benefited from a night off.

We’ve got to remember to take time off. Spend some time acting silly. Enjoy the company of the people you love.

So what do you do to shake loose the tension, the dull-throbbing ache from overwork?

EDITOR’S NOTE: A Million Thanks to Bianca Crespo

M.L.T.S. Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Rosella Eleanor LaFevre checks in once a week to let you know what’s up with the magazine and addressing issues faced by motivated young women.


Honestly, I don’t even remember how we decided that she would join the team but I’ve been grateful for Bianca Crespo’s help ever since.

She dove into the work without hesitation. I quickly named her Managing Editor because that’s what she did: managed. Better than I could at times.

Bianca has been on board since our second issue, for which she shot a fashion editorial. Then, before the release of the third issue, she started as our Managing Editor.

Giving her the position of Managing Editor was the best decision I ever made. Bianca was always willing to do more than I asked of her. She brought writers on board and got great work out of them. She kept me on track when things were falling apart.

I am endlessly grateful to this brilliant young artist, this incredibly striking talent.

Last week we released our fourth issue, Bianca’s last issue as our managing editor. Check it out for her farewell letter (“California Dreams,” p. 5), interviews with fashion designer Ally Cruz (p. 12) and photographer Jeani Grady (p. 24), the essay she got Janet Iafrate to write about living with ectodermal displasia (p. 9), the analysis of the recent crop of TV shows featuring women in their 20’s that she got Jennie Burd to write for us (p. 25) and the first-hand accounts from three student volunteers that she commissioned for us (p. 36).

As for the blog content this week, we’ve got another installment of Cary Carr’s Love Smudged column on tomorrow, Crosby Rothey’s second Friday Finds column, and various round-ups throughout the week, including five recipes using crescent rolls later today. Enjoy and as always, feel free to comment and let us know how we’re doing!