Monday, February 8, 2016

New England International Auto Show 2016 Recap


The New England International Auto Show was my first large scale automobile event. I've been to derbies, car races, etcetera etcetera. So being surrounded by high profile cars and interactively experiencing the cars was super fun! The auto show had test drives available for certain models of cars.  

Now that I know that this event is local to me and an annual occurrence, I know where to go when I'm buying my next BMW or Aston Martin. My plan: 1) Test drive at New England International Auto Show 2) Intense research on best buying period 3) Drive off the dealers lot in style.

Here's a great conversation about auto shows, new car buying, and teen driving safety that you could follow on twitter:https://twitter.com/SemirahD/status/688438109504172037



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Before attending this show I vaguely knew what questions to ask when purchasing or what made a car a "good car".

1) It all depends on your auto needs
2) Other variables are considered like; budget, lifestyle, etc.
3) The car chooses you more than you choose the car. (think about it... what compels you to walk towards certain cars on the lot?)

To look at more in-depth tips and tricks check out SheBuysCars for more articles.

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

P.S. Add me on snapchat! @SemirahD I am currently (2/8/16)  jammin on the beach in Florida so come join the fun and send me snaps of your day *Smileyyy face & Convincing winky face*
OR Tweet me a screenshot of your snapchat screen and I'll add you!


Thank you SheBuysCars, Scotty Reis, #ChevyBoston, and everyone else involved for sponsoring this post and sending me to the New England International Auto Show. 



Friday, February 5, 2016

J.P. Morgan Chase Code for Good Hackathon Tampa

    This weekend, I am in Florida for a Hackathon sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (Go here for more info about hackathons and my past involvement). The hackathon is called, Code for Good, and my assigned mission is to make an app that aids the Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation. I am actually still on the coding floor right now so, I don't have a review or feedback, yet.

I just love these pics of me looking all serious and nerdy earlier today. Enjoy!

#SoundofCharmCodes







Can you spot @SemirahD? Lol it isn't hard to stand out in a monotone sea of men. 




Grammarly yours, SemirahD

More Sound of Charm Women in Tech post here
My GitHub profile: https://github.com/semirahd

Monday, February 1, 2016

ELF's Valentine's Day Gift Idea for Her


Every Valentine's Day is a chance to out-do the last. Empty wallets, I'm sorry but it just is. My friend and I were talking about potential Valentine 's Day plans and all of these ideas, were plans that trumped last year's. So if your boyfriend gave you a pack of Easy Mac and a chocolate bar last year than, this year deserves actual homemade mac and cheese and some fancy Godiva chocolate. That's not asking for a lot. Good luck trying to make the day special with just roses when last year you surprised your babe with a pink Cadillac and a Sephora shopping spree.

However, you may be the type to look at Valentine's Day non-materialistically. Meaning, you don't care whether or not you get a box of chocolate or bouquet of roses. You just want your significant other to be near you. Literally just do everything with me... laugh with me, eat with me, cook with me... any other verb as long as it's --with me

Moving forward, the reason for this blog post started out materialistic so, let me tell you about the bouquet I wouldn't mind coming home from work to... 


e.l.f. Cosmetics is offering a wide variety of adorable mini gift sets ranging from lip glosses, to eyeliner sets and eye shadow palettes—all under $10! Available on elfcosmetics.com and Target stores.

Essential brushes set contains:
-1 Eyeliner Brush
-1 Concealer Brush
-1 Eyelash & Brow wand
-1 Smudge Eye Sponge
-1 Eyeshadow Brush
-1 Blushing, Bronzing,
and Blending Brush
-1 Daily Brush Cleanser
-some sets switch it up and have another variety of e.l.f. brushes


Feel free to join the conversation with me about Valentine's Day in the comments section below or @ me on twitter! (@SemirahD)



My review: The ELF brushes are super soft but after a few uses, they have also proven to be super fragile. With a $10 price tag for 6 brushes, I'm not surprised that a makeup bristle or two sticks to your foundation. I'm slightly heavy handed and store my makeup brushes all together in one bag. I'm assuming if you are more gentle than, these brushes will last longer and continue to provide nice makeup application.


Brushes c/o E.L.F.

Anymore questions about the E.L.F. makeup brushes? They do the job for like 1/3 of the price of other makeup brushes. Esthetically, their sleek matte black handles are comparable to high end makeup brush physical appearances. So look muy expensive for like super cheap.

I'd recommend these brushes for the babe on a budget and anyone needing brushes for an affordable price without sacrificing functionality.

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Going Places brought to you by #ChevyBoston

Have you seen the Disney movie, "Cars"? The exotic variety of hot rides and pimped out cars with character... Well bring all of that fun to Boston and you have the Boston Auto Show!

I think I'll name this one Slim Sleek (or Richie or Panther lol help?)

Where is this happening? The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
What time shall I arrive? January 14-18, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM 
Friday, January 15, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM 
Saturday, January 16, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM 
Sunday, January 17, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 
Monday, January 18, 10:00 AM – 6:00
How much am I spending to get in? Adults: $15 Children (6-12 yrs): $6 Children 6 and under

Now what else is in it for me?
• Four Ride & Drives: Jump in the driver's seat of some of the latest and hottest models from the industry's top manufacturers including Ford, Kia, Mazda and Toyota! Guests can take control of the steering wheel and drive around the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center while learning all about the nuts and bolts of the car.
• Exotic Car Showcase: Find your dream car right here at the auto show! Our showcase of the most expensive vehicles in the world features Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Bentley, Aston Martin and Lotus.
• Toyota Distracted Driving Simulator: Teens are encouraged to take the "Don't Text and Drive" Pledge after experiencing a drive that will simulate the effects that day-to-day distractions could have on their driving.
Racing Simulators: Attendees will be able to test their gaming skills while racing their favorite Hyundai and Ford models!
• Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Over 100 displayed alternative fuel vehicles across the show room floor demonstrating their use of electricity, diesel, fuel cells and hybrid technologies. This will also include the Toyota Mirai, a fuel cell vehicle!
• Automobile Aftermarket Accessories: By shopping this year's variety of automotive specially-equipment retailers, attendees will discover new restyling products and accessories to personalize any vehicle. Find everything from custom wheels and rims, car audio & video systems/electronics and an array of different detailing products.
• Entercom Radio Stage: Interact with DJs from WAAF, WEEI, and WRKO as they broadcast live from the show floor!
• Verizon IndyCar Series: Attendees will get a first look at the vehicles that will be racing in the Grand Prix of Boston on Labor Day weekend, while having the opportunity to receive a signed autograph by IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, currently ranked #4 in the standings and son of Bobby Rahal.

ANNNDDDD... I'm giving away tickets to the show. Have a million times better chances with this than that powerball ticket on your dresser.

ALLSOO Follow the hashtag #ChevyBoston for a twitter party, where one lucky winner will get a pair of tickets good any one day of the show and a $100 gift card so he or she can splurge on something fun during your day in the big city (prizes will not be mailed; giveaway winner must pick up the prize at the New England Auto Show).

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.BostonAutoShow.com.
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Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Bus Ride to the 2nd Million Man March

This is a speech I presented at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (October 2015).

**Below is the speech from the video**
On the bus ride to the march was my only time to really think about what I was actually doing, the decision I had made. To not only take up on a travel extravaganza with a school organization but, to place myself in the midst of history, in the midst of other possible unknowns. The unknowns are what haunted and fed my paranoia on the way to Washington, D.C. I bugged my friends with ‘what if’s..’ questions and statistics of how likely my life would be affected by a series of unknown events. My concern ranged from facing the appearance of the KKK to getting separated from the UMassD group. I attended the Million Women March as a child but, under the protection of my family. I was facing the world by myself. I realized that all survival lessons, home training, and life experience will partake in my experience at the Million Man March that weekend.
The day of the event:  I’m dressed for success because, that is the only way to start off an affluent day. I get in the elevator to head to the hotel lobby and I’m instantly enveloped by people who are also attending the march that day. They greet us with respect and admiration for supporting a greater cause. This march is already expanding it’s reach in my life and is showcasing that it represents more than a layout of XYZ inequality problems in America. As Nation of Islam leader, Farrakhan, emphasized during his speech, “It’s NOT a moment, it’s a movement!”
Fast forward past the subway ride, we’ve now arrived to the National Mall. Like any major event, we are bombarded with a plethora of vendors and entrepreneurs selling memorabilia, souvenirs, etc. I’m not sure if it’s a daily occurrence, but amongst these vendors, were people selling beautiful african oils/soaps/natural hair products, etc. This was their time to thrive and they came out and showed up, kudos to supporting black businesses in America. We need to invest in ourselves and motivate one another to be productive citizens. For my business students, this is Maslow's hierachy of needs.

I am not going to attribute the high level of love and respect emulated from the crowds to the fact that we were in southern hospitality zone. We are emerged in a nation that fills it's media with "black violence" and minorities are doing this or that wrong. But once a million+ of us peacefully gather around the cause of improving black lifestyle quality in America, NO ONE is there to share our our story or cover a historic event for the nation. I wish you all were there to read all the signs.. see the hurt faces.. and hear the life struggles, you’d agree that every single person came to the Million Man March hungry for more. Hungry for answers, healing, information, support, ecetera. I was able to get a taste of a wide range of the march by exploring the crowds from the very back all the way up to the stage where Farrakhan stood and many influential leaders spoke, including UMassD Professor Morgan James Peters, (aka Mwalim). Traveling deeper into the crowds was parallel to traveling deeper in historic roots. The passion was stronger amongst the crowds with intense concentration on the speakers and people appearing to be present for America’s growth.
Farrakhan did a thorough overview and recap of major instances of inequality in America. For example, police brutality cases from the past decade, illegal situations that didn’t result in consequences, Black Lives Matter campaign, and igniting a commemoration for the strong men and women that rallied for our struggle and demands at cases such as Ferguson.
The following quote introduces my summary of the Million Man March “call to action”.  Farrakhan states, "We who are getting older... what good are we if we don't prepare young people to carry that torch of liberation to the next step? What good are we if we think we can last forever and not prepare others to walk in our footsteps?" To me, Farrakhan is asking older generations to hand us (the millennials or surviving generations) the key to open the door. We are the ones that can initiate change. Expecting Farrakhan to hand us the secret to equality in America is unrealistic. Same as, waiting for older generations to switch up status quo and start voting for campaigns that benefit us or for them to draft a system that they’ve never seen before. We see a better future, now let’s create it.  
Grammarly yours, SemirahD
I usually don't voice my political opinions on my blog but, I'm in college and you have to try everything at least once.
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Resident Assistant First Year Experience

Me being "Pitch Perfect" perky for Move-In Day
After filling out the application to be a resident assitant at my college and actually getting the job, my initial response was, “YES! No loanss…Free Room and Board!” *Commence the halting/screeching sounds of a car tire and that loud phone alarm sound* Irkk.. What I didn’t expect was...ha! everything else. In all seriousness, the additional aspects of the job that I wasn’t aware of included: two weeks of training, constant arts and crafts, meetings and more meetings, emotional damage, and mental strain.

Encouraging students to use campus resources with my 1st bulletin board
Maybe I am exaggerating the job or being completely honest. The two weeks of training was a swirl of staff bonding and a multitude of time spent on learning policies. During the rare free time, I made door decorations and prepared monthly bulletin boards. There are a plethora of websites dedicated to resident assistant crafts, that includes: door decoration and bulletin board ideas.


What did YOU do this summer? Well you probably didn’t waste away on Pinterest for hours, noting down ideas to use for decorating your hallway, that’s what I did (sad face?). However, that research time over the summer saved me for the start of the semester. Whilst the other RAs scrambled to come up with ideas, I crafted and glittered away in my RA room.
Advertising my resident hall Halloween party for the October bulletin board
Here comes the first month of school and my RA’ing is off to a great start. I had my first floor meeting the evening of move in day. During this meeting, I introduced myself to my kids (aka my residents) and informed everyone on policies and community building activities for the semester. Three weeks later and my hallway is a quite and clean slice out of the entire resident hall of 400 students. My boundaries were set and demeanor was laid out in such a way that I gained the trust and respect from my residents. Part of this level of respect is attributed to the fact that I'm a sophomore RA for sophomore students. Everyone here is the same age as me, same level of education, etc. I just have an additional level of responsibility for our housing. Very lucky situation for a first time RA!

Typo alert, *A RA. Making floor meetings cool. 
Now two months later, I did have a small bump in the road during one of my duty nights BUT that's a different story for another post. If you're a resident assistant, what was your first semester like? And if you lived in dorms during college, what was your RA like?


Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Thursday, September 10, 2015

King Richard's Faire Ticket GIVEAWAY

Huzzah...! As the knights and princesses proclaim. King Richard's Faire has settled it's wonderland depths in Carver, MA. Last year I attended with my family and we had a fun experience. It was different, new and unlike any other family amusement park. I'm hesitant to even categorize it as an amusement park because it is more like a 'flash to the WAY past'.  


What’s new in the realm of Carvershire……
King Richard and Queen Anne are thrilled to entertain their guests for the 34th season of King Richard’s Faire!


The enchanted forest of Carvershire is abuzz with fabulous new performers including: Squire of the Wire, a high-wire comedy and juggling act; Topsy Turvey, the amazing acrobatic (and flexible) woman duo; Baba Yaga, the stilt-walking story teller; The Princess Sing-A-Long Show, our three beautiful princess will enchant even the littlest of visitors with their fabulous voices; Draiku, this dazzling duo will amaze with their silk aerialist skills; our life size Lady Tree will tower over the Majesty’s patrons with her beautiful branches; new members of our royal court will join your old favorites in this season’s original themed musical on the King’s Stage and last, but not least, the King’s new sword-fighting, hilarious singing trio, Mis-Adventurers.


The royal chef has been busy all year creating scrumptious new delectables for royalty, nobles and peasants alike.

Queen Anne and her ladies in waiting will enjoy shopping amongst the realm’s newest merchants: Silverleaf Studios, gorgeous copper, silver and brass wire-wrapped jewelry; Drinan Crafts, our talented new potter; Mordork Clothing and Mordork Jewelry, the newest line of 16th century attire; Your Historic Timeline, allows patrons to trace their birthdates and family named histories; Imaginarium Galleries, fabulous hand-controlled Drabbit puppets to sit upon your shoulder; Majestic Ink, a new kind of 16th century temporary “ink” to apply to your body; Opinicus Bath and Body, this terrific artisan offers all organic bath and body products for both women and men; and Kaleidoscope Silver, will be joining the realm for just two weekends (Sept. 26-27 & Oct. 3-4) selling their fine made silver jewelry; Moonstar Collections, has a wonderful collection of essential oil blends for use in their ceramic wear and vessels; Designs by Nature Gems, will also be joining the realm as a guest artisan for two weekends beginning Sept. 19 thru Sept. 27).


So you want to go King Richard's Faire? I'm here to give you tickets and tell you why it's the place to be (well from now until October 25th because, that's when it close). 
Maybe I'll see you there!

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

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