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Quia Querisma
Quia Querisma is a Dallas-based freelance writer and online marketing professional. While enrolled at Southern Methodist University, the New York City native decided to make the leap from blogging to journalism. Since then, her work has been published by the Forbes Travel Guide, Dallas Morning News, Travel Smart Blog, Where Dallas, Where Guesetbook, D Magazine, Dallas Observer,, and Quia also served as the managing editor of

In addition to being a writer, Quia is an accomplished interactive marketer who has worked for global corporations including McAfee, Bombardier and Expedia, Inc.

On her fashion and travel blog,, Quia highlights the latest in style and beauty trends, travel hacks and shares insights on some of the hottest destinations around the world. Follow her on Twitter @querismatic.

Entries by Quia Querisma

Everything You Need to Know About the Yacht Week

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 9:43 AM


The Yacht Week's famous circle raft party. Image courtesy of Julian Fulton-Boote

I had my first experience with The Yacht Week Croatia, and it was in a word, amazing. The trailers for the event are immediately enthralling...

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Celebs Discuss Their Most Memorable Con Moments

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:08 AM

Michael Rooker, The Walking Dead.

Let's face it, Comic Con, or the Con scene in general is one filled with lots of color. From the body paint on the cosplayers to wares on the expo floor, to the interactions celebrities have with their...

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How I Became a Morning Person

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:48 PM

I've never been a "morning person." If I needed to be anywhere besides the airport prior to 8 a.m., chances are I was going to be late. I didn't like making breakfast unless it was Sunday, and 9 a.m. meetings were the bane of my existence. Still, I desired to...

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Texas Organ Donation Advocate, Nefeterius McPherson, Dies of Cancer

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 4:48 PM

"So, how do you know Nef?"

That phrase was commonplace at gatherings hosted by my friend, Nefeterius McPherson. Almost like a game of six degrees of separation, people were brought together by their common love for this exuberant, mocha-skinned woman with the million dollar smile.

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The Jet Setter's Valentine's Day Wish List

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 7:41 AM

Love is in the air and Valentine's Day is here. I'm planning to join my single girlfriends and celebrate the occasion with a few cocktails, maybe a bit of shopping, and a nice home-cooked dinner at the home of our resident hostess. Thinking back on my own V-Day wish lists...

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I'm Paranoid That Braids Are 'Too Black' for Corporate

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:42 PM

There used to be a time when I changed my hair every time I got paid. I've rocked a short curly natural, weaves, wigs, a precision razor cut, and have dabbled in every variation of brown in the hair dye spectrum. My hair has been short, long, real and fake,...

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5 Travel Resolutions to Keep This Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Right about now your social media timeline is filling up with reflections on the past year, videos, optimism about the year to come, and of course, New Year's resolutions. In recent years I haven't been one to make big resolutions at the onset of a new year. I've found...

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If You Offer My 15-Year-Old $5/hr to Babysit Your Kids, I'm Judging You

(19) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 11:51 AM

A friend of mine just shared Jan Francisco's Huffpo blog post entitled "What to Pay the Babysitter." I was interested in her perspective because I have a 15-year-old daughter who is interested in babysitting, but we really haven't determined any fixed rates for her. As of right now,...

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Away for the Holidays: Sun or Ski?

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Spending time with loved ones this season doesn't necessarily mean being "home" for the holidays. More and more, people are starting to warm up to the idea of being away for the holidays. Timing a family vacation or much-needed couple time over the Christmas to New Year break can be...

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One on One With School of Style Co-Founder Lauren Messiah

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 5:20 PM

The ever-chic Lauren Messiah (photo courtesy of

It's no secret that breaking into the fashion industry in any shape or form is competitive. Modeling has physical requirements, and fashion design demands a working knowledge of sewing. But what about the careers behind the...

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Award-Winning Mixologist Charlotte Voisey Talks Dinner Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 9:42 AM

William Grant & Sons Brand Ambassador, Charlotte Voisey

The idea of being paid to travel the world and speak to the masses about the delights of alcohol brands like Henrick's Gin, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum sounds like the stuff a...

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Opulent Origins: Designer Fotini Explains the Essence of Her Brand

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 4:03 PM

New York-based designer Fotini Copeland

After heeding her father's advice to spend time in the corporate world, Fotini Copeland's lifelong dreams are no longer deferred. Now on her fifth collection, the Greek-Canadian designer is making strides to define her place in the...

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Family Travel: Palm Springs and Palm Desert

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 3:11 PM

The kids at Mt. San Jacinto State Park

Upon arriving in Los Angeles, I told a friend that I was staying in Palm Springs for five days. He said there was nothing there but retirees and gay men. Surprised, but undeterred -- the...

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The Oliver Gal Artist Co. Creates Couture for Your Walls

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 11:15 AM

Ask any aficionado and they'll agree that art and fashion go hand-in-hand which is why the fashion collection from the Oliver Gal Artist Co. seems like such a no-brainer. Book publishers have no shortage of hardcover tomes showcasing sketches and photography from the finest fashion houses in the...

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How to Pack Shoes for Travel

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:20 PM

One of the biggest issues that travelers run into (specifically women) isn't the TSA 3oz, one-quart bag rule. It's the dilemma of trying to decide which shoes to pack. Sometimes ladies will just decide to bring them all, often resulting in a too-big-to-check suitcase or a separate bag exclusively for...

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Teaching English in Asia Opened a New World for a Bored Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Educator Kamara Coaxum in Beijing, China

Educator and jewelry designer Kamara Coaxum felt like she was dying. After toiling away for years as a teacher in Tampa, Fla., she needed a way to break away from a life that was pretty uneventful.


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A Travel Snob's Review of Megabus

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Let's begin with this: I am not a road-tripper. If I'm forced to drive alone for any longer than an hour there's a very real chance that I'll fall asleep at the wheel. Still, living in a state as large as Texas road trips are a necessary evil. I mean,...

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The Overpacker's Guide to Carry-on Success (Video)

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 1:49 PM

Hello, my name is Quia Querisma and I am an overpacker. It doesn't matter where I'm going, I need multiple pairs of shoes, a swimsuit, pajamas, multiple handbags, and wardrobe options. Just that statement alone probably triggers thoughts of "her royal highness's matched luggage." Believe it or not,...

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Managing Your Time and Your Life During a Conference

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 2:34 PM

One of the elements of business, whether you consider it a positive or negative, is attending conventions and conferences. No matter if your destination is Cleveland, St. Louis, Las Vegas or Miami there is one thing that remains consistent about these events and that's the schedule. An often grueling dance...

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Spring Break Woes: My Kid is Too Old for Camp

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 2:19 PM

Little kids are so easy to please. Think about it: A trip to the dollar store for some bubbles and squirt toys and they'll be happy all day. Big kids, however, are an enigma. My children are 12 and 14 -- both middle-schoolers. They're at that age where they want...

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