Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back-to-School Share–A-Haircut Program to Benefit Thousands of Children in Need

For each haircut purchased, one will be donated. 

Vienna, Va., July 14, 2015 – Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children in need this August. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in that same community.

“Share-A-Haircut allows us to give back in a way that is simple, but meaningful,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “On the first day of school everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and our stylists love nothing more than being able to give children in their community a much deserved boost of confidence.”

This being the 16th anniversary of the program, Hair Cuttery is determined to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates. Certificates are distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations that are closely tied to each community.

To date, the Share-A-Haircut program has reached more than 925,000 children with haircut certificate donations, valued at $16.65 million.

Hair Cuttery has an established history of charitable giving, supporting a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Girls on the Run.

About Hair Cuttery

Hair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA.

We rely on our local barbershop, Hair Cuttery, for formal event-ready hair styles. Glad that we can now get our family hair cuts and help charity! 

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from Hair Cuttery

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Workout Gear That Got Me to The Gym

What is your favorite fitness gear of 2015?!

The North Face Mountain Athletic women apparel team has put together a superb Fall 2015 fitness clothing line. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to try out some of the gear myself.

The Mountain Athletics gear is: "Engineered with DRYXD technology that; keeps you dry and won't snag, pill or pull. Materials designed to stretch, flex and move with your most rigorous workout." 

Grab a friend and try new fitness gear!

The Women's Dynamix Leggings (as pictured above, on the right) are super snug, versatile leggings. I am a medium and they were a bit tight, like compression shorts tight but just bearable for me. I would suggest trying them on to make sure they are comfortable. They come in grey, black, and 'starry purple'. What made these pants comfy and bearable, through the tightness, is the breathable, lightweight, and quick-drying fabric. Also they are super stylish and durable for yoga, running, mountain climbing, etc. 

The Women's Dynamix Hoodie (as pictured above, on the right) offers wind protection to reduce the chill factor during outdoor activities. It is true to size and slimming on the hips, ladies! (winky face and thumbs up emoji). I was pleased to discover that the hoodie is weather-resistant and abrasion resistant with the soft shell material at shoulder and hood. Meaning: rain, rain, go away! This hoodie can take your weather conditions any day! 

Workout in new locations!

That's me rope walking #neverstopexploring
Next up is the Women's Dynamix Pants (as pictured above)... These are your ultimate lazy day but, I still want to look like I'm trying pants. These pants are uber comfortable with a soft and sleek satin backing that glides up your legs and makes waking up and being active worth it. The North Face calls them pants but, they remind me of joggers and can be styled as so. I wore them with the elastic ankles either scrunched up to my knees or kept them put at my ankles. I tucked in my Women's Dynamix Short Sleeve Tee because, it had a slimming effect at my waist, with the elastic bands of the pants, and completed my overall comfortable ensemble.   

The Women's Ultra Kilowatt Trainer shoe is a piece of work. There are a ton of features that Mountain Athletics wanted to include to match a large variety of audiences. The official features include: breathable, wicking fabric, lightweight, rubber toe cap for protection, airmesh, specialized footbed/outsole/midsole. All of these add-ons confused my feet and I had a mixing pot of first impressions with the shoe, it depended on what type of activity I was doing. When I ran; the shoe was sturdy, comfortable, and breathable but NOT lightweight. When I had to walk or stand for long hours; the shoe provided a neutral stride and strong midsole. This strong midsole combined with the rubber cap, made my feet feel squished and tight after long hours. However, I am working on 'breaking in' the sneakers to force a more comfortable ride. The shoes are an overall 3.9 out of 5 stars.

Bird: Arghh! Love your clothes.. Arghh! 
Jacket and Leggings c/o The North Face

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Have you missed some of my other summer fitness post?? Check them out below:
New Balance Girls' Night Out July 2015
Top 2015 Father's Day Gift
New Balance Girls' Night Out June 2015

*I received The North Face apparel complimentary, in exchange for my services*

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Best #NBGNO Experience of the Summer

Boston was home to the New Balance Girls' Night Out Surfset event last night and it was hands down my favorite out of all of my #NBGNO experiences. The experience included; a jog to the Esplanade and a total body workout on surfboards (sans the ocean)! I can't forget to mention the pre- and post-party gatherings at the New Balance Back Bay store. The post-workout party completes the #NBGNO experience. Meet local fitness lovers or come with old friends, and enjoy appetizers while sipping and jamming to guest DJs. 

For this event I actually arrived solo and set out to reach out to any other attendees holding up the walls with their face in their phone and drink in hand. I met a fellow social media professional and chatted away about marketing strategies. You never know who you will meet! This event was filled with like minded people which, made me more comfortable with reaching out to strangers. Shortly after one conversation I turned around and came face to face with Allie from Alliewears Fashion Blog. Allie's blog is regularly updated and has gorgeous fashion post (as well as her instagram!). Allie and I were both participating in the surfing class so, we were workout blogger chicas for the remainder of the evening. I also always get to catch up with blogger friends at these events and worked out next to bloggers; Jen and Rachel.

For this event the participants had the option of either a 3.4 mile run or Surfset class on the Esplanade. I opted for the Surfset class with about 25 other motivated ladies. The view of the Esplanade from our workout was exceptionally stunning this evening. Upon arriving to the location, I immediately noticed that our instructor was Arnold Schwarzenegger ripped. Like... six pack for days and triceps made of gold. At first I thought, "Hmm.. she must really be into fitness?" But then I realized, "Oh no... this is going to be a hard core workout. Literally." BRING IT ON...!!!    

Twenty minutes later, I did start to question my own personal workout regiment and whether or not I was reaching enough muscles. This workout was pushing limits and burning parts of my body that needed building. Surfset also host at home visits and group classes at their studio.  I highly recommend Surfset classes, if accessible to you. Wear some athletic crop pants/tank and grab some friends for a fun time building, burning, and toning your bod. 

Aside from the workout and fun networking, kudos to New Balance for ah-mazing premium goodies bag. I will be monogramming my tote bag and rocking the towel to my next beach visit.

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

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P.S. I used the BeFunky Photo Edit to add text to my photos and made complete noob mistakes on these photos. Forgive me... They aren't totally cringe worthy, more like laugh out loud and shake your head worthy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

First Year Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate

Below is a series of photos and a video clip that partially sums up my first year as a mechanical engineer undergraduate. It is the season for preparing for school so, please feel free to comment and ask me and questions you may have about college!? Seriously you want advice from someone who has been through it before. 

Also, I was not able to fit everything into one blog post so follow me on twitter, instagram, or facebook to get the full scope about this Women Engineer in Training!

Even as a very outgoing person and social person, I was able to maintain satisfactory grades. How? "Being social" Actually meant group study times, dinner with friends, and miscellaneous parties to reward myself for the hardwork.

I was given the honorable opportunity to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Annual MLK breakfast and I hope to participate again next year! BTW That orange dress is from Old Navy and my blazer from Macy's ;) #CollegeFashion

I presented my research, that I've been working on for two years, at the UMass Honors Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Met Elizabeth Warren and discussed the movement towards affordable college tuition!

Nominated for the Student Civic Leadership Award with nominees such as the Student Trustee Jacob M.

Received the University's Emerging Leader of The Year Award. Side note: I was doing some research about how to get a job at Google... LOL judge me, I know. But one of the main keywords that I repetitively came across in multiple articles and seminars was "emerging leadership". Google looks for someone that can grow, take up leadership when needed, as well as take on the team member role when it is necessary. Well Google, I have that skill in the bag. See you guys at the Google headquarters in 3 years... maybe sooner? 

I traveled to Panama City Beach, FL with my campus CRU organization to do some good ole evangelism. Try something new in college and take a leap of faith... in my case that happened quite literally.

My phone photo gallery is FILLED with snippets from class, mainly physics and calculus. Is there an app for this? A note sharing or collaborative app? 

I did 2 more retreats with my campus CRU organization and connected with some amazing people throughout the year.

My first two months were filled with girlie nights out and beach visits (my campus is 10 minutes away from a beach).

If your going into your first year of college or your last, good luck! I love to stay involved with campus events. What type of cool events does your campus host?

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Top Father's Day Gifts from New Balance

What did you get your father for daddy's day? Was it one of the top New Balance fitness gear of 2015? 

Dad's are the hardest to shop for but, I've found that the winners of the year go to these fitness products that satisfy both the fitness crave and busy lifestyle. Plus your helping him or maybe motivating him to stay in shape!

Minimus 20v4$99.95
The Minimus 20v4 is the perfect gift for the no-frills athlete. This durable shoe offers a nearly barefoot experience that still provides protection, stability and versatility, making it just what dad needs for everything from rigorous training workouts to light jogs.

574 $74.95-109.95
The classic 574 is back with new variations on classic summer looks for dads and grads! This always in-style lifestyle sneaker comes in a wide variety of prints and colors, with seasonal 574 packs for summer inspired by Hawaiian luaus, pique polo shirts, paisley patterns, and the 90’s era.  The perfect shoe for weekend activities, elements and destinations.

CRT300 $74.99
This sneaker has the same great retro tennis shoe look for Dad, but reinvented for everyday wear. The CRT300 features new cushioning and a casual, colorful canvas construction, guaranteed to raise Dad’s style points!

The high-performing tennis player needs the 996V2 tennis shoe to amp up his or her game this summer. This premiere sneaker is the shoe of choice for professionals, offering supreme cushioning and stability, and is an “ace” that Dad or your favorite grad is sure to love.

MiUSA Collection “East Coast Summer”, $149.95- 259.95
The MiUSA: Connoisseur embraces the “East Coast Summer”. This stylish lifestyle shoe features suede and mesh uppers and vibrant colors that will remind dad of the rainbows of bathing suits and umbrellas lining the beach on summer days. This shoe is made in Maine with the highest quality of craftsmanship and manufacturing.

Golf Shoes, $89.95-159.95
The NB 574B is an absolute necessity for when Dad hits the links this summer. This spikeless golf shoe features a mesh upper with no-sew Fantom Fit technology to provide an ultralight support and fit, as well as a rubber outsole for maximum durability. Dad’s score may still need some help, but at least his shoes will be a hole in one!

For stability and balance this summer, dad might want to look into the NB 2003. This sleek, ultralight golf shoe provides golfers with style, comfort and a great fit. The NB 2003 features performance enhancing technologies that are designed to help improve all aspects of anyone’s golf game, right down to the swing.

Polos, $49.99-69.95
While it’s important that dad has the most stylish shoes for his golf and tennis game, he will need to complete the look with New Balance’s Tournament Polos.The Tournament polo features cooling, moisture wicking knit fabric with UPF protection built in to keep him cool and protected in the summer sun.
Whether dad is spending his day on the course or going out to dinner, the Baseline Polo provides a relaxed, classic fit. This polo is comfortable and stylish, and features UV protection.

Additional Gifts for your Graduate

NB Ice, $32.99 to $54.99
The grad in your life is pretty cool, so what better way to show her that (and to keep her that way) than by giving her some NB Ice? Featuring intuitive, sweat-activated cooling fabric, this new line of running apparel is fast drying and offers two-way air circulation. It is the best gear for both men and women who want to stay cool during warm weather running.

Your grad has been running around all year, so why not reward him with some premium running footwear? The NB 1400v3 is a favorite for runners on race days and during pre-race training. It is lightweight, responsive and provides stability as well as a strong grip, allowing the wearer to run in any condition without fear of slipping and sliding.

Let's chat! Which gift was your fave? Share with me what gift did you get your padre?

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Balance Girls' Night Out Boston Fitness

Gabby, Semirah (Me) and, Janice at the New Balance Girls' Night Out event
Thursday, June 11 beginning at 6 p.m., my friends and I, joined New Balance for an exciting Girls Night Out event focused on sculpting and strength training. With an emphasis on your 'Booty and Arms', New Balance Ambassador, celebrity trainer and wellness coach Sarah Kusch lead a 3.5-mile run as well as a 'Booty + Arm Summer Sculpt Session'.
Gabby, Semirah (Me) and, Janice at the New Balance Girls' Night Out event
The fitness-filled evening was hosted by NBGNO emcee-alum and healthy lifestyle blogger behind the site, Healthy Chicks, Rachel Chemerynski. Post-workouts, and refreshments from Thirst Juice Co., clean cocktails and healthy hors d’oeuvres. 
New Balance also distributing jewelry-inspired body art by TribeTats and swag bag giveaways. My friends and I rocked matching arm and wrist tattoos. I see these gold/silver tribal tattoos everywhere (Especially with music festival season in full swing) but, this was my first time 'tatting up' with them. 

Spot me in the back with the yellow tank top!
I always have a ton of fun at New Balance events and this was my first time with friends, instead of a blogger meet up. It was exciting to motivate each other, dance, mingle, and break in the summer with a healthy start. I admire and love how New Balance gets involved with the local community and hypes up fitness for all.  
Music during this months NBGNO was courtesy of DJ BREK.ONE.
NBGNO was held at the New Balance Experience Store which is located at 583 Boylston Street in Boston.  
Spot me in the back with the yellow tank top!

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Readers, let’s chat! How do you put excitement into your workout regiments? With friends or new routines? Did you attend the June NBGNO event?
Grammarly yours, SemirahD
For past New Balance event recaps on Sound of Charm, check out:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Kings’ New Menu Premieres with FREE Teri-Dactyl Wings for Jurassic World

Kings, “The Classy Bowling Joint,” in honor of Jurassic World opening in theaters will be offering a FREE small order of their new Teri-Dactyl Wings (Teriyaki meets Spicy BBQ) to everyone who brings their Jurassic World movie ticket. The offer will be valid June 11th to June 14th more under construction, and unlike the dinosaurs, Kings is here to stay.

The Teri-Dactyl Wings personify Kings’ dedication to fresh and delicious wings, and Kings’ reputation is supported by being a 3-time champion of Boston’s KING OF THE WING. Kings will also be adding Marinated Artichoke and Spinach Pizza, Kale and Quinoa Salad, Lemon Basil Shrimp, and Mango Lime Grilled Chicken Breast to their executive chef-driven menu. Lest we forget about hand-formed juicy Don’t Knock it ‘Til Ya Try It Burger topped with crunchy peanut butter, bacon, grilled pineapple and Sriracha and is literally taunting you to order it. It’s been 65 million years in the making, but KINGS has perfected a chef-driven menu and brought it to a bowling alley, along with their ‘best in industry service’ that allows for seamless execution.

For Kings’ regular guests they will be glad to see staples like the ever popular Buffalo Wontons, Fried Mac and Cheese Bites, Spinach and Strawberry Salad, and Kings’ Famous Steak Tips still gracing the menu. Kings also features juicy burgers formed from a premium proprietary mix of brisket, Angus and chuck seared to perfection on a sizzling hot flat-top grill. Kings has made sure to provide you with plenty of libations to enhance your visit. Whether it be a Red Zeppelin, Drunken Bear Martini or you just abide with The “Dude”, Kings has something for everyone. Guests also have options off our well-appointed wine list along with a thoughtful selection of craft beers and contemporary favorites.

As guests step into Kings, the vibe is a hip, retro-inspired atmosphere with upscale 60’s-style décor. In addition to bowling, guests can enjoy the ambiance indoors, on an outdoor patio, or in Kings’ full-service restaurant. You also won’t miss any of your favorite team’s big games as each Kings features over 40 HD large screen TVs along with projection screens.

During the day families are encouraged to bring the kids until later in the evening when Kings becomes an adult playground for guests HOURS OF OPERATION vary by location, so make sure to check for more information. In the 14 years since the last installment of the Jurassic Movies, Kings has grown to seven locations and numerous Kings Bowl first opened its doors in 2002 in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. From the start, Kings has focused on rekindling the fun and escape of bowling by creating a memorable entertainment experience, emphasizing good food, cold beer, creative cocktails and great music. Each Kings location features upscale, retro-inspired décor and executive-chef designed menus brought to life by “best-in-industry” service. With varied entertainment options, themed nights and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, Kings sets itself apart as an unparalleled social scene for all occasions. Whether one is looking to host an unforgettable party, share a superb meal or catch tonight’s big game, Kings is committed to insuring that when you leave, you’ll be planning to return soon to Kings, “The Classy Bowling Joint".

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

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