Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fall Skincare Routine

*This is a sponsored post about Clarisonic. All opinions are my own*

My R E V I E W:
Overall experience 8/10
Cost 6/10
Does it work 9.5/10
How smooth my face is 10/10
Replacing the brush heads in 3 months 1/10 (I'm lazy)

How To
Prior to the first use, charge the Clarisonic Mia handle for 18 hours.
1.      Wet your skin and the brush head with warm water.
2.      Liberally apply cleanser to your skin or to the brush head.
3.      Push the on/off button to turn on your device.
4.      Gently move the brush head in small circular motions, beginning on the forehead, then moving to the nose/chin area and the cheeks. Let the device gently glide over skin – no need to press down.
5.      The device will automatically shut off after one minute.

How does it work?
The bristles of a Clarisonic cleansing brush head move back and forth, or "oscillate", gently flexing the skin and flushing water and cleanser into pores. This sonic cleansing process removes the dirt, oil and debris that ages your skin and causes breakouts. Because Clarisonic facial cleansing devices don't exfoliate – a common myth! – Clarisonic is gentle enough for twice-daily use, even on the most sensitive skin.
Mia 1 ($129 USD)
Clarisonic Mia 1 is the perfect introduction to sonic cleansing for cleaner, more radiant skin. This facial skin cleansing brush features one speed that's suitable for all skin types. Like all our devices, it's waterproof and provides sonic cleansing that cleans skin six times better than hands alone.

  • 98% of women said the number of imperfections on their skin was reduced
  • 94% experienced smoother skin and a more even complexion
  • 88% said their blackheads were visibly reduced
  • 75% reported more radiant skin

Refreshing Gel Cleanser ($19 USD)
Purify and Refresh
New look, same refreshing formula - our tried-and-true gentle gel cleanser removes impurities and controls shine, leaving skin feeling supple and beautifully clean. Perfect for daily skin cleansing, this bubbly gel-to-foam formula is PH balanced, paraben-free, soap-free and dermatologist tested.

Ideal face wash for anyone who loves the feeling of super-clean skin. Great for younger skin with excess shine.

Brush Heads ($27 USD)
  • Clarifying and plush, the Acne Brush Head is designed for sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin.
  • Recommended for those with enlarged pores (me!), the Deep Pore Brush Head is engineered with graduated dual-action bristles to help flush and dislodge oil and debris that clogs pores.
  • The Radiance Brush Head – comes with your Mia 1 – and is ideal for nearly all skin types. The brush is engineered with extra fine bristles to deliver a luxurious and highly effective sonic cleansing experience.

Clarisonic is not an exfoliating device that removes layers of skin and that should only be used once a week. Clarisonic provides a gentle, sonic cleansing on the outer layer of the skin, making it safe to use up to twice a day.
Cause Breakouts.
Clarisonic does not agitate the skin or spread bacteria that could accelerate breakouts. Some minor purging happens among a very small percentage of people as pores get deep cleaned, but regular usage will alleviate this rare situation.
Unlike other skin care devices, Clarisonic is patented. Other devices might feel good, but nothing delivers results like Clarisonic.
Harbor Bacteria.
Clarisonic brush heads are made of a soft, non-porous material that does not harbor bacteria. Each bristle tip is also uniquely rounded for an effective cleanse.

Product Deal:
15% off all devices featured at using the code HERCAMPUS.  Clarisonic offers monthly payment plans upon credit approval. See terms for details.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NYC Statue of Liberty

ootd | Thrifty cowgirl tassel jacket | Leggings @marshalls | Bag @marcjacobs | Hair: Natural | Scarf: London | Shirt @anntaylor 

Grammarly yours, Semirah

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


"Sponsored post with"

The Boston Auto Show is one of the top auto events in New England and I make it a point to attend every year. That one weekend helps me get a boost on what is happening in the car industry. Like I learn about new models, new technology, and some tips on recommended purchases. 

One interesting debate I like to engage in with friends, is the stance on buying a new car versus a used car. What do you think? 

A friend of mine, on Team New Car, said that she knows exactly everything that has happened to her car because she has been the sole owner since it left the lot. Her idea was that this is more assuring then a used car with a barely descriptive car fax.

Most college students are on Team Used Car simply because it is more affordable but, as they get older and acquire more personal wealth, they will look into purchasing new. 

I just learned about as another resource to help with your car shopping journey. There is so much to take into consideration when purchasing a car and no shortage of resources.

May the odds of getting a car be ever in your favor,


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Bedford, MA Tours

Underground Railroad + Abolitionist + Whaling Museum 

New Bedford is home to the Underground Railroad, homes of influential Abolitionist, and the Whaling Museum.

Discover the underwater world of whales, the dramatic story of whaling and its impact, and the maritime history of Southcoast Massachusetts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum – located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Upon touring the city, you'll be exposed to the network of individuals that assisted in helping the many escaped slaves either find living in New Bedford or hide out until their next journey. New Bedford's underground railroad was refuge for Frederick Douglass! I got to sit in a chair that Douglass sat in to be photographed.  

Above is a photo of shackles that were used to keep enslaved people chain. This were really heavy! I could not imagine people having to wear these around their arm, necks, feet, and more. 

The whaling museum had some pretty ship displays and depictions of the whaling world. This is definitely an educational experience if you are interested in embarking on an enlightening experience. 

Captain Paul Cuffe was a black man that by the end of his lifetime was the captain and head of many whaling ships. To be a black man that was free, had your own home, employed people, and was a person of influence, is an astronomical achievement. This is especially rare during the high time of slavery in America.

New Bedford is grounds for a multitude of abolitionist homes and groups, of historic societies, preserving the Underground Railroad (which is not actually underground).

Aside from the Whaling Museum, the tour brought us around and inside many of the local abolitionist's homes. The local historic societies maintain the homes in the fashion they would have been in the late 90's. 

New Bedford has some hidden gems that you could definitely explore so don't sleep on this neighborhood of Massachusetts.

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Monday, October 2, 2017

College Fashion Week Boston 2017

*Insert Fashion Quote* "These expensive, these is redbottoms, these is bloody shoes." 
1. The fashion show is hosted by Her Campus, a collegiate blogger coalition

2. They had ah-mazing goodie bags for the attendees 

I arrived a hour early and visited the sponsor booths. This was an exciting way to start off the night. BedHead had hair stylist available for hair consultations. BedHead also gave out full bottles of hair products and hair curlers for VIP. Ulta had beauty bags with blush, eye shadow, and assorted makeup products. Primark's booth was a showcase of new fashion pieces at their Boston store. 

After a fun walkaround, I snagged some seats and enjoyed mingling with friends and people watching as more people arrived. 

3. I really enjoyed the early VIP hour to mingle with old friends and other bloggers/VIP

4. Primark was a very excited and involved sponsor

Kristen, from the BostonFashionista blog, was one of the emcee's of the evening and she was rocking a fun red pantsuit. I didn't even know Primark had outfits like that! It looked like an outfit from Macy's or Talbots. 

5. The annual event was better in the past (2015-16) -- As in: the venue, organization, and production. There was room for improvement at the Boston show.
Photo by Riley Robinson.

The Her Campus Boston College Fashion Week was a good time to enjoy beauty and fashion with friends. I attend this event annually and I always leave with info on the latest fashion trends and new fashion blogger friends.

Next up is Boston Fashion Week! I'm elated to get back in touch with the Boston fashion scene and designers. Boston is a small community within it's niche groups so I'm sure I will see old friends but, of course meet some new fashionistas at these upcoming shows. 

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

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❤️ Rompers and Fall Fashion

❤️ Too Early for Christmas Fashion?

❤️ Wellenstyn Winter Jackets *Exported

❤️ Working Out With Natural Hair

P.S. Fashion Quote by CardiB.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Harlem Street Style Look

Last week I was in Harlem, NYC for the African American Day Parade. I don't think I've had the pleasure of visiting Harlem in the past so, I took this trip as an opportunity to soak in some local culture. 

I'm wearing a custom-made button up, off the shoulder dress. I had no idea where to wear this dress because, it was too business-y for a party but too risque for work/class. The perfect time was a day trip to Harlem, the home of Innovative Street Style and Fashion Icon: Dapper Dan. 

The best part about traveling to different parts of the world is trying the many different wines of the world. I make it a point to buy wine from the places I visit to connect with it more. This helps to experience the location's local produce, vintages, be apart of the local economy, and more! From this trip, I tried some New York white wines.

My review of New York white wines from 2012-2014: 4-ish Stars 

★ ★ ★ ★

Why did it receive that rating? The flavors in the wine are apparent and taste sweet but it's not a strong representation of what the region has to offer. The tannins are soft (and dulled down) and the wine is suitable for people with sweet palettes or for beginner wine drinkers. I think my palette is that of a native in Germany or Ireland. I like my wine with strong flavors and tannins that are sharp to the tongue. 

In addition to wine, I believe it's also important to experience the local food. We were able to end our trip chowing down at a small 'mom and pop' restaurant, deep in Harlem. Sorry y'all... I completely forgot the name of the place we went to.. something close to the name: JR? 

Either way we had some delicious soul food. I was not expecting Harlem to be so abundant in soul food and dessert shops but, it was!

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

More Fashion Post:

❤️ Rompers & Fall Fashion

❤️Too Early for Christmas Fashion?

❤️Wellenstyn Winter Jackets *Exported 

❤️Working Out With Natural Hair

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Back to School Outfit: Rompers

What to wear for fall back to school fashion? There's always the pressure of first impressions or wanting to come back better than you left. We have new classes, new friends, new year, and inevitable... the possibility for a new you!

This outfit was a cute campus twist for New England summertime to fall weather. If you're into super quick but wicked adorable ensembles, this eShakti romper would be perfect for you.

I paired this outfit with a few rings and bracelets. There was no need for a necklace since the romper is a halter top. However, I did add my NSBE pin to the collar (always representing as the club President) and that was a cute eye catcher to the outfit.

 I love how this romper cinches at the waste and is loose in the shorts area. However, I have to be honest with you guys... How do you think I got this romper on??? In the back of the romper is a zipper that goes from my lower back and all the way up to my neck. In addition, there are two buttons you secure at the top.

For those of you that have tried using the bathroom with a one piece bathing suit or other rompers, you know how challenging this is. It takes me 2 minutes to undo this romper. Keep that in mind if you are interested in getting a similar one. And then on top of that, it's the additional 2 minutes to put it back on.
This semester is going to be filled with trying to break old habits and learn from old mistakes. It's basically a mid year "New Year's Resolution" type vibe.

What are you doing to better yourself this semester?

Trying out new organizing methods? investing apps? New studying regiment? Share below in the comment section.
Bro, do you even Starbucks?! Don't mean to be basic but it's been 2 weeks of classes and I'm already drained! Professors have pilled on the work, looming exam dates, and then extracurriculars on top of that.
This semester is going to be a breeze with intentional time management and caffeine by my side.
Grammarly yours, Semirah D

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Engage Diversity Through a Film

Sundance Film Festival award winning film: STEP
One of the Leading Ladies and I

Step was a great film to get conversations started about adversity and to be considerate because you never know what someone is going through. This film is great for starting the conversation around how can we give back to our communities using our personal passions/strengths.

Twitter invited me to experience this film in an open, fun, and diverse environment. Shoutout to HR at Twitter for being so accessible, approachable, and open! 

I didn’t know what I was getting into before agreeing to see the film. But I ended up having many moments of laughter, joy, bewilderment, and understanding(relatable).
The ending of the movie was filled with an overall feeling of love and reflection on, "Can I do something like that in my community"

The way our politics are looking for the future generation, I definitely think that we should be uplifting the next generations of leaders to be stronger and intellectual individuals.

The film brings you through a sampling of a variety of feelings and it's not overbearing. This is perfect for audiences that want to learn or become more aware of adversity in black communities but, it’s not crazy emotional and didn't have me crying.

The overall theater (very diverse) had more moments of laughter than any other reaction. Maybe because, as a predominantly black audience, we all connected with and understood the annoyed black mom side eye.

If you don’t know what that is <Gives you the annoyed side eye> LOL just kidding. 

This film is amazing for empowering a group of young women. 
 Five stars on achieving that mission and purpose.

The entire cast for Q and A


Review of the cast

They were perfect for this film
It (and the cast) were transparent, honest, and extremely candid.
I could have not put my personal life on the line like that, in front of millions.

I had the opportunity to participate in the Q and A with the cast members and hear the answers to the questions on this true story documentary and film. 

I asked a question about how did this film impact the main ladies moving forward and if they’ve created a platform for themselves.
They have not. Which is completely okay but, if I were to make a power move and optimize a film tour, I'd have a manager create a social media campiagn and platform for me. 

Ladies of the Step film, if you are reading this, my advice to you! (Also for Coach G as well)

Use this film tour to your advantage. Yes get this opportunity to travel the world but it is very rare that you will get the opportunity again to sit in front of the people in those screenings.

When someone ask you questions about; what are you doing now, your platform, dreams, etc. etc…. Be like: I have a blog, youtube channel, business etc etc... that I’m using to continue to be a mentor.

Or if you are like Coach G and Ms. Dufat, turn those Q and A questions around and install those shameless personal plugs for your businesses!

Q: What was your motivation when working with the girls?
A: I was motivated to make an impact and show them that Step practice wasn’t just about Step. It was about building character and learning to be a contributing citizen. That’s the same kind of message I stood behind before this film and it’s the same message I install in my personal development business, Coach G’s Step Mentoring.
Q: Do you think this film made you a bigger mentor for girls then what you expected?
A: Most definitely, before this film I was a mentor for my siblings, cousins, the 6th graders and more. Now I’m maintaining that mentor role by giving advice on my Youtube channel for middle schoolers or through my mentoring non-profit.

This is advice that I think would help me if I were in your positions. 

Grammarly yours, SemirahD 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Senior Women Engineer Mentors

1. BUILD YOUR NETWORK *On the Inside

I recently shared in a LinkedIn post, how I've been able to take advantage of Silicon Valley perks. One of these perks includes having in-person and close proximity access to some of the top engineers at the top tech companies.

During my internship, I had the opportunity to have a coffee date with LinkedIn Senior Engineer, Sarah C. I reached out to her a year before initially meeting her. This was on of those, met on the internet/LinkedIn scenarios. We were both at the Grace Hopper Conference but were unable to meet up so, it was destiny that our paths crossed again in San Francisco.


In addition to meeting with Sarah, I met with a Senior Engineer from Saleforce. Ayori is a longtime Salesforce engineer, entrepreneur, mentor, and role model. Sidenote, Ayori has her own Wikipedia page!! Like umm... goals! OMG if I have my own Wikipedia page in 5 years, that will be a true success metric for my career. 

On to her advice to engineers: pinpoint your career goal and chart out the skills you need to get their. What's holding you back? What are you weaknesses and strengths?

Once you pinpoint your strengths, you now know what to capitalize on. However, the key is: your weaknesses. This is what you need to work on to become that higher ranking position.


Grammarly yours, SemirahD

It's not "You Can Do It!".. It's "Yes, please do it!" - Older engineers to young engineers 

Curious about the Silicon Valley Intern life?? --> read about the daily life of the average Silicon Valley intern 
^ True story for interns from Google, Facebook, Github, Pinterest, Airbnb, and more : D

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Making The Most Of A Summer Internship

Hi summer college intern!

You made it… You acquired the prestigious opportunity to intern at some company that you could potentially work at post-graduation. Friends and family have congratulated you and you’ve probably even updated your LinkedIn profile with your new position. But how do you live up to the big expectation of being a valuable intern?

Here are FIVE tips for you. An internship is essentially a 3 month interview. All that great stuff you said you can do during your internship, now is the time to prove it! Will you do what it takes to get this company to give you that coveted return offer and think of you for full time positions?

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1. Join an Employee Resource Group

This is an “Engaged Intern” secret. Many interns come to work, do their job, and go home. They don’t further engage with the company. Work culture and environment is very important so, I like to dig deeper and see what type of company I’m working for and could potentially continue to work for.

Employee Resource Groups are like the many clubs you have at university, it’s groups of like minded individuals networking and growing. Definitely talk to your manager about getting involved because sometimes events or meetings are during work hours and you don’t want to disappear from your team.

2. Go to company events

If your company host any events or volunteers for charity, join them! This gives you the chance to hang out with coworkers and get to know people outside of the office. Building relationships with your coworkers is a great idea because it gives you stronger connections that will help you at work and maybe even after your internship.


3. Make friends with the other interns

From my past internship experiences, I always look forward to group intern activities. Usually people are coming from all over the world and bring different perspectives, stories, and culture. You are building your social skills and your social network but getting to know the other interns. Also, these same people may be your future co-workers. If you like to keep it strictly professional, getting to know the other interns will allow you to hear about what other departments are working on and how their work experiences are, compared to yours.

Everything you do isn’t in a selfish and greedy pursuit. The objective during your internship is usually to learn and grow. Doing many of these things will amplify that process.  

4. Ask everyone questions about anything

Companies bring in interns for new ideas, new perspectives, and for fresh eyes on their product. Give them what they want… don’t be shy! Something that is obvious to you may not be obvious to someone who has been working on the same product for 10 years.

Questions you can ask:

Why does they company do XYZ

Does the company have XYZ

Can I work on this?

What if we tried this?

Why aren’t you guys trying this?


5. Talk to the other people on your team

It’s easy for 60 days to go by before you meet everyone that sits near you or is involved with your teams project. Try to introduce yourself to everyone and utilize awkward silences. Everyone is usually aware that a new intern has arrived so, feel free to introduce yourself.

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

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