Monday, October 20, 2014

Boston's Her Campus College Fashion Week x Cinch App

On October 4th The Estate Boston hosted the annual Her Campus Fashion Show. I was blessed with VIP access for a friend and myself. So in the midst of homework, sailing practice, and barely existing social life I dusted off my blogger event clothes and headed into Boston for the evenings affairs.

Just waiting in line to enter the venue was the beginning of the fashion show experience. Fashion bloggers posing on the sidewalk and street... selfies amongst selfies... social media frenzy... All of this and we haven't entered the building yet.

Once inside we gather our passes and sponsor goodie bags and head upstairs for the step and repeat carpet photos before the main events of the night commence. 

Her Campus founder Windsor and I 
The main event of the night was the fashion show; however, guest had access to a drybar sponsored by Tresseme, makeup color matching with Bare Minerals, and fashion insights with boohoo.com

Blogger Amy and I
I feel like this is a reoccurring feeling for me but, my ultimate favorite part of going to events is meeting up with local bloggers and seeing social media influencers that I've bumped into at past events. I am really bad at keeping in touch with anyone so, I love making the most of events like these. I vaguely recall meeting Amy of Cupcakes and Couture before this event nonetheless, I follow her blog and immediately recognized her at the show (great outfit girl!). 

Can you find Semirah?

The fashion show had different themed scenes and local entertainment from BU and BC sprinkled in between the segments. The young models showed darling charisma and the outfits were college girl must haves! The goodie bags had a discount code to boohoo.com, the fashion sponsor of the evening, and I was wicked eager to use it. Let me know if you would like to see some of the pieces I purchased!

Cinch App Review


Speaking of items purchased... throughout the evening I posted polls about outfits, accessory options, and recommended makeup hues. I used the Cinch app to get group opinions because that just made picking out my outfit even more exciting! Cinch is an image-based voting app that makes group decisions fun, easy, and visual.  Whether you’re choosing an outfit to wear, a photo to post, or a place to meet, Cinch is a secure way to get instant, unbiased feedback from your closest friends. 

It's also ideal for professionals that are in constant need of feedback in visually-oriented fields like design or interior decoration. The way it works should be familiar, but surprisingly simple. You select a set of photos or screenshots  from your camera roll, set the question. Send to a select group of friends or post to the Cinch Community. Friends vote in a single tap and then use the integrated messaging service to discuss the results and attach alternatives. You don't need the app to vote, so anyone can vote from any device. The vote tally is revealed after the user votes to make sure your loudest friends don't influence the group (Lol every group of friends has that person that usually dominates group decisions, not anymore man).

Cinch = Group Polling + Messaging, Not it's your turn to try it here

Grammarly yours, SemirahD 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall into Fashion, Cruise & Lunch at Cambridgeside Galleria

Boston Brunchers and the Cambridgeside Galleria PR team put together an amazing day out for a group of Boston bloggers and influencers. We all met up at the Charles River Boat for a whirlwind experience around Boston. Once the bloggers got on the boat it felt like time went still. We acquainted and reacquainted with old and new blogger friends.  


For a New England weekend in Saturday, 80 degrees was a treat and cherry on top to a beautiful day out.   

Blogger Goody Bags 
Our blogger day out included shopping, sipping, and dining out. Depicted is gift cards, goodies, and snacks... our Cambridgeside Galleria survival kit (Parking tickets included)!

Cheese and crackers plate aboard the Charles River Boat

H & M Fall 2014 Fashion Selections

Boston fashion bloggers taking advantage of the beautiful scenery 

For every sushi roll P.F.Changs sells in October, $1 will be donated to breast cancer awareness programs. Also, you can earn $1 for breast cancer awareness by taking a selfie with the pink horses and uploading it to social media with the hashtag #paintpfchangspink.

This was actually my first trip to P.F.Changs and I was not disappointed. We had different tasters and selections including; Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Handmade Dumplings.

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Hand Folded Crab Wontons

After lunch was desserts then shopping! I wrapped up my Cheesecake Factory oreo cake to share with friends at home and gathered all my gift cards to take the mall by a blogger coupon storm. I stopped by Old Navy, Roster, Sephora, and Plammie Activewear.

Plammie Activewear
After enjoying the sun and stuffing myself with P.F.Chang goodness I was so excited that Plammie Activewear was apart of our bloggers day out (Live fitness motivation right here!). For those of you who follow me on twitter and instagram see post about #LaceUp365 or some other fitness crave I'm signing up for so, you know that I have a passion for this lifestyle.

All in all Cambridgeside Galleria PR team and Boston Brunchers coordinated an amazing event. My most memorable moment was being able to foster in and appreciate the Boston blogger community.

Losofancy and I posing in front of the Boston cityline (Sailor Dress c/o The Girl That Loves Boutique)

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

*I was provided all services, meals, and gift cards complimentary in exchange for a blog feature. All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NuNaat Hair Review for Mixed Women

Try out my new friends NuNaat Garlic Magic crew...!
The lovely team over at NuNaat sent over some hair products for me to try out. I have thick hair and am a frequent swimmer so, I went for the NuNaat Garlic Magic kit that said it strengthens damaged hair.  I've used every home remedy in the book to moisturize, tame, or strengthen thick hair. Most products take consistent use over a long period time. With NuNaat I felt a difference in texture after the first week. 

I told you NuNaat gets the job done!
If you are looking for a hair volumizer than I would suggest checking out sets available on the NuNaat site. If you have thin hair or want to boost up your natural kinks than NuNaat has the potential to deliver.

Good products don't have to be expensive to help your hair. NuNaat's leave-in conditioner has multiple Aqua (water) based ingredients to hold in moisture for dry locks. However because this product is inexpensive, the "alittle goes a long way" rule does not apply here. Every product states "apply generously" so instead of your usual palm full of product, go ahead and squeeze out a tennis ball dallop size of product.

Also I would recommend to follow up with a hot oil, or some type of oil treatment because there is alcohol in the products. I am assuming NuNaat did this to adhere to all hair types so if you have lovely kinky locks, feed those babies with a nice oil rub down.

I'll hook you up with one of my new friends!
NuNaat has a pleasant smell and is very reasonably price. You can find their collections at your local Walgreens or Walmart (US customers). I personally would not change my normal regiment for this kit but, I had fun experimenting with it and thickening my hair for a week. Check out how I styled my hair after using NuNaat here.

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Favorite College Decor: Monogrammed Letters

Dorm room decor puts on emphasis on bedding, window accessories, lamps and desk accessories. My all time favorite dorm decor are monogrammed wooden letters. My letters are from The Spotted Zebras and that company is very accommodating. 

Pick your initials, greek letters, etc. in various colors, sizes, and fonts. My friend was felling home sick around the second week of college and after ordering her monogrammed letters and having a small "open dorm" party she begin to feel a bit more comfortable in this large, unfamiliar community. 

Make your small space feel like home with your own customized wall monogram!

Wall Decor c/o The Spotted Zebras


My Longchamp collection is starting to become more of decorations than fashion pieces... oops. I wanted to switch up decor norms and hang up my casual handbags as opposed to necklaces and jewelry. Don't get me wrong, there are a ton of gorgeous methods of hanging up jewelry and other cutesy pieces.



More examples of cute dorms with wall monograms:
Wall letters and photos as decor are a great way to make a small, unfamiliar place feel like home.  All you have to do is put a name on it..! (Beyonce reference anyone?...)

Anyway if you think you have the cutest dorm/apartment decor tweet me (@SemirahD) or tag me on instagram (@SemirahD) so I can see how much I need to step my decor game up!

via Facebook archives
via Facebook archives  


Grammarly yours, SemirahD

P.S. School is in session. Excuse my sporadic posting whilst I earn my education as a Mechanical Engineer. No I am not fixing cars... I am building torpedoes and making 10 different kinds of polyurethane for lab experiments... #nerdproblems #womenengineers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweets and Treats


Lovely Candy Co c/o // MultiFlask c/o Precidio 
The summer is coming to an end and late nights are complimented with light jackets. All of my friends are trying to get in last minute brunches, picnics, soirees, etc. This being said everyone has already tasted my homemade chocolate chip cookies and over the top casserole dish.. so now what do I bring to the party? 

Deciding what food item to bring to a party is a slight headache.. Especially when you have to consider allergies, gluten-free, fat-free, red die number 56 free, etc. etc. This is where Lovely Candy Co. comes into play. The team over at Lovely Candy Co sent over different flavors of their organic chewy candy for my friends and I to try. Their fruit flavors have real fruit chunks fo' da' VEGANS! (whoop whoop). And their caramel and fudge flavors are with rbst free diary! Every one wins :D

via Amazon
Most of you that have met me via instagram or in person know that I am a braceface and bracefaces have certain food restrictions. Such as: no caramel, gummies, popcorn, ice, anything found at your local grocery store, etc. With a large list like that it is hard for me to find foods that I can actually chew and still follow the rules (Lol ask me when is the last time I had gum!). Lovely Candy Co. chewy candy is soft and melts with the warmth of your mouth. No more caramel stuck in between your teeth. These candies are easier to eat and healthier for your body. Like I said before this is all a win-win situation. 



Influenster Vitality Vox Box

First Degree Advanced Burn Cream: A soccer girls first aid BFF. Athletes deal with cuts, burns, bruises, and more! First Degree is too the rescue for preventing scars and pain relief. 

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance: Can all the athletic collegiates just snap for this. #girlprobs

Elizabeth Arden FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum

Pure Leaf Iced Tea: refreshing cup of tea in the middle of the busy city!

Softlips Cube

Bikini Ready Energy Gummies: My new fave "pick me up" snack.

Total Value: Approx. $36.50

*Disclaimer: I received the Vitality Vox Box c/o Influenster. You don't have to be a blogger to get freebies! Also the Loyalty Candy Company packs were provided to me complimentary in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are honest and my own*

Friday, August 22, 2014

Be The Change Award - Massachusetts Conference for Women 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2014                                                           

Massachusetts Conference for Women Calls for 2014 Be The Change Award Nominations
Award honors one woman from the Commonwealth for her charitable work


Boston, MA – The 10th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women will once again recognize one woman from Massachusetts who has made a powerful impact on individual lives and in her community. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Be the Change Award, which will be given to a special woman whose work aligns with the mission of the Conference — helping women and girls achieve their full potential while exemplifying compassion and commitment to improving the lives of the people in their communities. The recipient will be honored in front of a sold out crowd of 10,000 attendees at this year’s Massachusetts Conference for Women on Thursday, December 4, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition.

“I am proud the Conference has made it a priority to celebrate individuals and organizations that embody the Conference’s mission of empowering women and young girls,” said Renee Connolly, Head of Communications for EMD Millipore, Corporation and MA Conference for Women Board Member. ”This has been our goal since we launched the Conference a decade ago and we are thrilled with the progress our attendees have created.”

For the last nine years, the Conference has recognized several women and organizations that have empowered women and girls in communities across Massachusetts; individuals like Judy Giovangelo of Ben Speaks Louder Than Words and Connie Smith for her work with Women’s Lunch Place; and organizations like St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children and Science Club for Girls. These women and organizations inspire the public by motivating others to carry out their calls to action, by serving as a champion for their cause and by demonstrating a clear record of accomplishment in addressing urgent, relevant and complex problems. They also maintain consistent, long-lasting relationships with the people and communities in which they work. 

“The Conference will continue its tradition of recognizing those in the Commonwealth whose work truly creates positive change,” said Lynn D. Tinney, Americas VP of Channels for Riverbed Technology and MA Conference for Women Board Member. “This year’s Be The Change Award will highlight the philanthropic work of one woman who not only illustrates the Conference’s mission of women empowerment, but also embodies the idea of ‘The Power of Us’.”

For more information and to download the nomination form for the 2014 Be The Change Award, please visithttp://www.maconferenceforwomen.org/conference/2014-be-the-change-award/ or contact Chelsea Franklin atcfranklin@conferenceforwomen.org or 512-432-1943. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 24, 2014.  

To learn more about the 10th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women, please visit our website atwww.MAConferenceForWomen.org, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassWomen or like our Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/MAConferenceForWomen.

Last year's conference with Leymah Gbowee

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

11 Things A Blogger Would Do If The Purge Was Real

The Purge: The Purge film is centered on a 12 hour period which is selected by the government where there are no laws that are enforced and any type of crime can be committed.

Here is a list I compiled, from my 3 years of experience as a blogger, about the 11 things I think bloggers would do with their time during the Purge.

1. Maim the fingers of that anonymous commenter who feels that a screen can protect them. We will find you Mr. CyberBully.
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2. Steal: A personal stylist/makeup artist/photographer/website designer

3. Hunker down in a (fully stocked) shelter. 
It would take me the 12 hours of the Purge to fully appreciate a closet like this!
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4. Get homies and gather weapons
via Dulce's fb page

5. Find the PR rep for Louis Vuitton and force a partnership contract
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6. Hack into your competitors blog and make all their links go back to your site

7. Throw garbage at the PR companies who insult you for not doing free work for them

8. A month before the purge start posting Purge OOTD’s & Must-Have Accessories to survive. (Get your Katniss on w/ that bow and arrow)
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9. Get ready to use your neighborhood turned battlefield as a background for some creative photo shoots.
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10. Be an attention seeker and do everything you’re not suppose to do while filming it live for your blog. (I.E Interview psychotic killers, take selfies with dead people, actually attempt to kill something, go partying, leave the house)

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11. Simply catch up on that daunting to-do list of blog posts and follow up on emails!


Because the movie claims that there is only 1% unemployment you should have enough money to buy your own high end bags/accessories so... yeah, no need to pilage Gucci, Louis, Fendi, etc.

Grammarly yours, Semirah

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