Monday, April 14, 2014

Boston Fitness Review: Barry's Bootcamp

Chad of Barry's Bootcamp was the instructor for a group of Boston bloggers selected to try out a Full Body workout class at Barry's Bootcamp. Barry's Bootcamp's is located in Downtown Boston and they have locations across the nation thar, in my opinion, are helping American's become squats away from a strong body.

However, this class is not for the beginner athlete. I recommend Barry's Bootcamp for people who workout at least 2 times a week. I warn you if you haven't worked out in a while, you might want to whip your butt into shape before attending Barry's. I recently had spring break for 2 weeks and over the span of that time I did not exercise. Coming back into my workout regiment has been hell so, adding Barry's Bootcamp to my schedule was a true test of my mental and physical strength.

Instructor (second from the far left) and his minions! I am in all purple ;) 

What to bring: Water bottle, form fitting clothing advised
What is provided: Towels, free water refills, showers, locker, juice bar
Who: NOT people who need small settings and individual attention. The class is dark with a dimmed red light, resembling a dance party w/ the loud music and hyped instructor to match the ambiance. If a peaceful yoga class is your forte and you want to bump up the intensity try pilates.

Full Body Class review: 

For this class we needed to bring 2 dumbbells and a mat to our separate stations. The smallest dumbbell that I could find was a 12 POUNDER! The biggest dumbbell that I've ever used in a my lifting workouts has honestly been 15, but being out of shape I was hoping for a 5-10lb dumbbell.

(P.S. The smaller dumbbells are hiding in the corner near the door, don't be scared to take that walk and grab one if you can't handle 12+ lbs.)

The class was broken down into 4 circuits; switching between the floor and the treadmill. The floor consisted of planks while incorporating the weights, (intense) squat exercises, and lifting. The treadmill was a balance between a jog to a sprint and we adjusted the speed with the instructors direction (like adjusting your torq in spinning classes).

Instructor review:

Chad is a very energetic and fun instructor. He bounces around the room shouting out commands and funny/motivational comments. (Side note: He flawlessly demonstrated with a 25 lb. weight whilst my wimpy arms adjusted to 12 lb.-ers.)

Before I said that if you need individual instruction than this class is most likely not going to help you well, just honestly try and call out to the instructor and you can get guided into the right direction. I had a completely lost look on  my face for one of the workouts and Chad came to the rescue and demonstrated in front of me so that I could hopefully replicate (I did!). 

I had an overall amazing experience, as you might can tell from the lengthy review. Point blank is that Barry's Bootcamp kicks butt and with consistency* I believe that you could see fast results. (*3-5 week consistency).

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Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Macy's Campus Tour Finale 2014

Spring inspired outfits from Macy's mstylelab 

#macyscampustour finale! Tour details available at

Grammarly yours,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Graduation Gift Guide: Monograms

Hi y'all,
It is almost graduation time and for seniors this is one of the major milestones of life (for other people a small speed bump). Most people describe this time as the "end of the road" like "Hey! High five, you made it to the end!" In my opinion it is the total opposite, it is more around the sense of "Hey, here is a hug because you now have an extra list of responsibilities." I feel like this is a beginning, a time to prepare for a new adventure and new opportunities. 

To help prepare you for gifting graduation season I've worked all winter gathering some goodies that I think would be GREAT presents for your future grad. These gifts are useful, productive, and and an asset in your future grads life.  

In my opinion, monograms personalize your possessions and essentially stake a permanent claim on your belongings. The Gentlemen Scholar declared that, "A monogram is at best a memento." and @Gailbrilldesigns believes that, "Monograms are evocative of a time when manners mattered and social stationary was essential."

For whatever reason monograms appeal to you, they are a perfect gift. When given to a grad it says, "I know you and I want to prove it by knowing your full initials." or "This would go perfect with your preppy style." or "I'm worried about your social life but, the ladies dig monograms." 

Monograms are my go-to gift for grads because, assuming your grad is in their 20's, they are most likely sharing a dorm or apartment with a stranger who will potentially fall in love with their gorgeous pillows and want to borrow them. Too bad half of the room decor is monogrammed and too bad they don't share the same name. 

I don't know, maybe I am the only one who grew up with a monogrammed book bag and school supplies to match but, when I lost them... they always came right back. 

You know what they say, "If it ain't movin' monogram it." 

Monogrammed pillow by Heit Boutique. Dynamic duo and mother-daughter team, came up with this boutique to centralize the surplus of craft projects and little treasures coming out of their in home workshop.  

 Like Heit Boutique on Facebook or check out their shop.

Stay tuned throughout the spring for more graduation gift guide post :) 
P.S. S/O To my little brother for modeling in these pictures for me. 

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

*Sponsored Post* I was provided this item from Heit Boutique but, all opinions are my own. The graduation gift guide is a series of items that I recommend for gift giving, some are sponsored some are not.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Macy's Men's 2014 Spring Fashion: Sporty Casual

For the past 5 weeks I have had the opportunity to dress up and dress down my spring wardrobe at the mstylelab in Macy’s.

                                      4th Macy's mstylelab Spring Wardrobe post

 As a woman in a male dominated family I couldn’t help but venture into the male section of the mstylelab and put some pieces together for men’s spring 2014 fashion.

Macy’s is not on the top of my brother’s shopping list, or whatever organizational tools that boy’s use to shop. But after putting together a casual sporty look for my football obsessed cousin the men around me are beginning to sneak into my shopping trips to Macy’s mstylelab to see what the hype is all about. The brands that I shopped at to complete a casual sporty look were; Levi’s, Nike and Adidas.

I didn’t see many young boy’s/men spring fashion trends on the #macyscampustour at so here is my little cousin modeling the next biggest thing, the super mantra, the casual sporty look of the season….

 Grammarly yours, Semirah D

*Sponsored post* This post is sponsored by Macy’s and all opinions are my own. Sponsorship policy available under the ‘Contact me’ tab. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Microsoft Surface Update

Today the third post about the Microsoft Surface bloggers event was suppose to be done and up. Well I am still getting a grip of the actual tablet and I would like to get to know a bit more about the tablet before I give you guys the detes about the Microsoft Surface Pro 2.

I would like to share a picture of Ingrid who won the Surface Pro 2 to take home forever and ever...!

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Monday, March 31, 2014

Boston x Bloggers x Microsoft

Over the weekend I told you guys about the Microsoft event I attended Friday, March 29th. There are a lot pictures and tad bits that I wish to share with you so, I had to break up this subject into three posts. This is my second post and the first post, "Bloggers x Microsoft x Just Dance" can be found here.  

For me this social was more of a chance to meet some local bloggers that I admire and follow on my social media channels. 

Katherine of Style Tab
Katherine has an amazing wardrobe and the personality to match! Boston is so small that we all live in each others back yards & know the same people.. might as well get to know each other. Getting acquainted with the other bloggers felt inspiring. I feel like we have similar mind frames and can discuss certain topics that wouldn't pertain to our normal lives and relationships.

If you ever hire a blogger, just know that her camera equipment is not far behind. Pictures are worth so much, in regards to; making memories, creating visuals, and serious marketing tactics. Side note... I feel like Microsoft until recently has marketed the Xbox separate from the Microsoft brand. Xbox was introduced to America in 2001 and has been successful in multiple generations of console. I have 2 younger brothers who have owned every generation of Xbox's since 2001 and I don't ever recall associating Microsoft with Xbox but, now I do and it positively alters my opinion of the brand. 

The Her Campus ladies and I will be trying out the Surface Pro 2 tablets to take the Windows 8 software on a test drive. I have been using it daily and my favorite asset is working on the touch screen and keyboard combine-- makes me feel so studios ;) Making studying fun *gasp*

Bloggers making connection...
Networking events is a common occurrence as you enter the 'professional' world. We are all aiming for dream jobs, and since dream jobs usually don't come in a first class mail order, networking can benefit everyone (more or less).
Ingrid (from Smilingrid blog) and Windsor (co-founder of Her Campus)
Erin Cullen (Styles I Like blog) and I 
What the blazers were you thinking!? Well Erin and I were thinking color coordinated blazers, that's what. Erin put together a gorgeous purple ensemble to compliment her blazer. She used a blue and black color block top, lavender pants, and an assortment of gold jewelry and pearls. I am wearing a turquoise blue Burberry blazer, Club Monaco leggings, tall boots (bargain shopping at Famous Footwear), Essie spring nail polish, and a necklace from my grandmother. My makeup was all Nars products.

So far I am using the Surface tablet as a mini laptop but, I do not think it can fully substitute my laptop yet. I will be dissecting and working through all the cool apps of a Surface Pro 2 so, give me some suggestions of what apps work best on this tablet or if there is something exclusively useful for Microsoft's Surface Pro 2.

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bloggers x Microsoft x Just Dance

Microsoft released new software, 'Windows 8', for their new Surface Pro 2. To celebrate this new release and get the word out Microsoft sponsored Surface Pro's for 30 bloggers to try out and review. I had the honor of being one of those bloggers and a honor it was indeed! Her Campus helped put the event together so below is a picture of Her Campus co-founder, Windsor and I at the event yesterday.  

I have so much information and pictures to share with you guys from the event and about the new gadgets we received! To fit everything in I am going to break down this subject into three different blog posts that will be updated in increments of every other day, until all the goodies have been revealed. This is part one of the Microsoft event series and I am starting off with the bloggers Just Dance competition. Below are some action pictures from the games. 

Our swag bags had goodies from Sephora, Neuro drinks, plus more! Peep those sweets at the end of the table...? If not, my stomach can absolutely attest to the deliciousness of the chocolate dipped strawberries plus other chocolate treats.  

Just Dance Blogger Competition

Erin // Emily // Jill // Her Campus Blogger 

This event was my second time ever actually using the Xbox Just Dance system and it is such a workout but, loads of fun! Obviously this game is great for all ages and people of all shapes and sizes! 

Now let's see some of the ladies competition faces ;)

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I look forward to reading some of the captions you guys come up with! Who knows? Best caption may just receive a cute package in the mail. 

Check back Monday at 12pm for the next Microsoft post. 

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Sponsored post: I received a trial Surface Pro 2 in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own and thank you for coming to my blog. 

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