Friday, January 23, 2015

Outfits: Bloomingdale's Picks

Bloomingdale's is not on the map for collegiate/teen fashion so, I was excited to find these hidden jewels in their outlet store. My main shopping mission was to find pieces that complimented a short petite figure. Let me know how I did?


I started off the outfit selection with a mid-thigh skater skirt and loose blouse, tucked in. I didn't even have to look for jewelry because the blouse is already embellished with diamonds in the shape of a collar. The head band is a cute addition for colder days during the winter. You won't have to sacrifice warmness for cuteness is this ensemble. 


This outfit can work for all shapes and sizes. If you own black leggings then this top would be a great addition to your closet. This is a tri-layered top and black leggings ensemble. The top's base layer is a loose blouse, next frills that accent the striped crop top. I imagine this top perfect for lazy days where I want to look like I tried or even if I actually tried I could easily transform from day to night situations. 


This is the same skater skirt ensemble depicted earlier however, I removed the headband {and added a bit more sass}.

I have more pictures from my Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Bloomingdale's visit on my facebook page (essential poses that every fashion blogger uses).

This outfit is a similar build of the skater skirt ensemble however, add a few more doses of pizazz and we get this. Outfit: Golden tutu and a black button up tank top to tone done the tutu. I love the gold in this outfit because it compliments my brown hair beautifully. With a two-tone outfit like this a pop of color with lipstick or accessories is great.

What is your go-to figure flattering outfit?

Grammarly yours, SemirahD


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dining Locations for Cru Epicenter 2015

The secret to finding food at out-of-state or overnight conferences. Plan ahead! Or just wing it. Your choice. 

5 Recommended Dining Locations for #CruEpiCenter2015

99 Restaurant
  • Great deals on steak: As low as $13 entrees
  • Free appetizer if you join their email list
  • Chocolate Truffle Pie: Enough Said!
  • 3 minute drive, 18 minute walk.


Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Free Burrito on your birthday if you join their email list 
  • Burrito Bowls
  • Cool names for burritos
  • Pretty decent prices
  • 2 minute drive, 7 minute walk.


Arby's 
  • Master of All-American sandwiches
  • You don't see these around in Boston
  • Ummm... Their milkshakes bring all the.. ok, yeah I'll stop with the Fergie reference. 
  • 2 minute drive, 14 minute walk.


IHOP
  • Unlimited pancakes. Struggling college students take note, I don't think you heard me. Unlimited.
  • Breakfast is king. IHOP understands that.
  • 4 minute drive, 30 minute walk.


CiCi's
  • Pizza Buffet. All You Can Eat Pizza. 
  • And for dessert? Cinnamon rolls. With extra sweetness.
  • To-Go Menu available as well.
  • Sounds greasy? Well they have a soup and salad bar too. 
  • 5 minute drive, 13 minute walk.


Other locations:

  • Pizza Hut: I suggest you guys order online.
  • Dunkies
  • Misc. Chinese food restaurants
  • McDonalds

Disclaimer: Estimated travel time found on GoogleMaps. This is not a sponsored post. I just want to know where to go when my stomach says feed meh.

About the blogger:

Hey y'all! This weekend I will be joining my campus Cru organization to NY for #CruEpicenter2015 or in other worlds: 
"A 4-day conference where hundreds of college students GATHER around Jesus in transformational community. They GROW in grace and truth, to love and serve through prayer, powerful stories, Biblical teaching, and practical training. As a result, they GO to serve all nations with Christ’s unlimited capacity to love."
I will be posting a few tweets and instagram post about the conference so, that will be happening on my accounts till Monday evening! 

P.S This post was honestly for my benefit. It forced me to figure out where I can find the closest and best food location for this conference. My stomach begs to differ that this is an amazing guide for our short lunch intermissions. 

Grammarly yours, SemirahD


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bloomingdale's Budget Guy

GQ, D'Marge and other men fashion publications alike have all overlooked Bloomingdale's throughout 2014 for budget friendly men fashion. Bloomingdale's, most notably their outlet locations, has a call to students with discounted prices and trendy styles.

Twenty-fifteen {2015} introduced an emphasis on individuality and efficient communication. How does this pertain to fashion pieces at Bloomingdales for young men?  "From the beginning, the Bloomingdale's brothers sought to present new products first; and when they weren't first with an idea, they simply did it bigger and better than anyone else." By better, I like to think they mean more affordable without sacrificing style.

A trip to the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, home to a Bloomingdale's location, showed my brothers just how easy (and affordable) it is to spruce up there winter looks for spring 2015. I know most men don't like to hassle with latest trends, fusses, etc. I get it... here are some simple pieces to remix your current selection. Arrive to class, the gym, party, etc. as if you're following through with some new aspirations in life.

Joggers, Stylish Tee, New Balance Sneakers

Uniform yet remixed
Some fashion trends I suggest to look out for at your local Bloomingdale's location (according to current selections and predictions from Spring 2015 fashion shows): spring always has the blues, yellows, stripes, bolds, pinks, and polka dots. Check out some pattern play with your style; however, that does not mean wearing two incompatible pieces.

DO make formal, informal. Throw on a blazer with a tee and jeans ensemble or sneakers to a slacks type of day. Men have so many options these days and you can find them as low as 50% off at the Bloomingdale's in the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets.

BTW Pattern socks are totally still a thing. Actually they are preferred.


Do you even work out bro? Adding fitness to your New Year's resolutions list? Yeah, me too. 

Comment below if you know a guy that has been stuck in the same wardrobe style for like ever??

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

P.S. I took a blogger visit to the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. This is not a sponsored post, it's informative.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Wellness Gear and Tips

2015 is hosting a handful of winter wellness/fitness challenges for people of all shapes and abilities. Moreover, the winter brings a whole new level of procrastination so to keep up with my winter fitness challenges I need great gear to guide my lack of motivation out the door.

This Christmas/holiday season give the right (and useful) gift to your athletic child or marathon running family member. 
The Ultimate Armband 
I was very pleased after my first test run with my Sport i-25 Armpocket. The touch screen protector was responsive; however, I did have to tap twice or pause mid-run to get my phone to respond. The memory foam and comfy strap curved perfectly to my body. I slipped the armband; with my phone, keys, and granola bar inside, before heading off for my run. The band is light and not a cumbersome addition to my run.

My first impression about running arm bands in general were that they would be cumbersome and the overbearing velcro would irritate me. This is not the case with Armpocket. The Armpocket is such an easy addition to my running regiment.


Reasons to adore the Sport i-25 Armpocket:
Water Resistant
Machine Washable
Headphone Music Port
Touch Control Window
Eco-Friendly Product
Quality, Durable Construction
No-Slip Memory Foam
Comfortable Vented Strap


Product details:
Price: $35
Colors: Black/Pink/Yellow/Orange/Red/Purple/Splash
Strap length: S or M

Shirts: New Balance // Bottoms: C9 by Champion

Before I go, I just wanted to share some winter wellness tips:
Stay Motivated
Stay Moisturized
Stay Hydrated

Happy holidays and don't forget to share any winter challenges you've heard about! New Year Resolutions count to! Comment below.
Sport i-25 ArmPocket

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

More Fitness Gift Guide post on Sound of Charm:
Shopping at New Balance Headquarters 
Activewear Gift Guide

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Boston Family Fun: Shop CambridgeSide Galleria

My mind has been so preoccupied with school work and professional development that holiday's and special events totally sneak up on me! Last minute gift shopping and 30 minute casseroles are my expertise. So when I finally get a holiday break I don't know what to do with my free time. How does one celebrate the holiday's when daunting to-do list or heartache deadlines are no where in site?

Thankfully there are so many great places around Boston that are offering merry celebrations for the entire family; namely, The CambridgeSide Galleria Mall.

Via Chowing Down blog
The Galleria has offered so many versatile holiday events that I don't have to look anywhere else. From breakfast with Santa to Yankee Swaps with my amiable crew of Boston bloggers, The CambridgeSide Galleria has been the real MVP this holiday season. 

CambridgeSide Galleria
Via The Second Lunch Blog
The California Pizza Kitchen cheffed up some delicious appetizers, drinks, and the mall set up activities for a blogger Yankee Swap. About 30 bloggers enjoyed an evening of switching and snagging drool worthy gifts from the event sponsors. Thank you Blog and Tweet Boston for putting together an amazing event, as well as the Galleria Mall marketing team for working so hard to set everything up. 

What does your family do to celebrate the holidays? Comment below

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

More Boston Family Fun Post:

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Women Engineer In Training

*This post is a life update on my one month absence!*

Recently I've constantly been on the move so, it is a matter of 'Catch Me IF You Can' to get pictures now a days!
That's me with the camera.
I have been on a months absence because I have just entered an ABET accredited program as an A WET: A Women Engineer in Training. Disclaimer: I am speaking from 30 days of experience and acknowledge that I have not even scratched the surface of what it’s like to be a W.E.T.   

As I enter this world, I would like to share some secrets from what I've seen after peeking inside the closed door. I am one of the 9 young ladies in my entire class of engineers and there are some slight differences to my everyday life as opposed to my counterparts.

Things I've Learned:
  1. Study TWO times as hard
  2. Take advice from experienced women (and men) engineers
  3. Explore research/internship opportunities
  4. Make time to relax

Study two times as hard because not only will you be answering questions in class but also providing reasoning and proof to what you know as an women.

Take advice from experienced engineers because they have fought in the trenches as a new found WET and know tricks to the trade. They know who to go to for recommendations on campus or information about internships or access to networks in the industry.

Explore different opportunities early as a resume and experience builder. Don’t be afraid to work in a school lab during one of your breaks or take a non-paid internship your freshman year. These steps are a big step towards working in the industry, depending on what type of engineering you’re majoring in.

Relax! Relax because you will get burned out and might not realize that putting down your books will have a better net benefit than harm. Rejuvenate and recharge your batteries. Join a co-curricular or extracurricular club to remain productive during your free time.

I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and am currently seeking summer internship opportunities. My mentors have encouraged to keep my search open because mechanical engineering is so broad. To adhere to this advice, I am signing up for both engineering internships and research opportunities. I am envious of the engineering students that already have a passion in their field. So I’ve taken out some time during this Thanksgiving break to reflect on what could I spend days, months, years, researching about for FUN. I thought about past internships, hobbies, vacations, favorite movies, and games… and I came out with starting research about wave and tidal energy technology.
I entered engineering with the mindset that if all else fails I will become a research engineer with the Navy and work on autonomous underwater vehicles. However, there is more to ocean/mechanical engineering than torpedoes and AUVs. I will be sharing more about my collegiate adventure so, stay tuned and comment below on your favorite collegiate experience so far or blast from the past!

Lately all I live, breathe, and know is: school, my favorite library spot, and exactly how to make my coffee. So, excuse me whilst I study the latest issues of every fashion magazine on the shelf to 'hip' myself to winter fashion 2014/15!

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Warm Up This Winter With A Members Only Jacket

“When you put it on, something happens.”

Outfit details at the end

This winter I'll be bundling up in an American classic, Members Only Moto Jacket, similar. For extra warmth and a rugged, urban look, the women's Moto Jacket has a faux shearling collar, cuff, and edge lining. I took my Members Only jacket out on a camping adventure and here are some shots from my weekend.  









Jacket c/o Members Only, Converse Shoes, Levi's Jean Button Up c/o, Burberry Scarf, Black Pants

My jacket fits perfectly and is nice quality; the faux shearling is soft and doesn't irritate my skin and, is extremely warm. The famous classic Members Only jacket is the varsity styled jacket however, I was excited to share with you all how I styled the rugged moto jacket with a modern flair. I accessorized with classic converse, but in forest green, and a Burberry scarf. After a weekend in 30 degree (Fahrenheit) weather I can attest that this jacket is good in cold wind, rain, and chilly winter evenings! 

I know the winter is usually studying, gym, spring prepping time, etc. however, what winter activity are you most excited for?

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

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