Tuesday, December 31, 2013

leaving 2013 with no regrets and a better resume

All I can say is Thank You! 

Thank you 2013...

  • For a productive and lucrative year.
  • For getting me into shape with New Balance's Lace Up 365 campaign.
  • Introducing me to the November Project.
  • Giving me a press position at one of the largest women conferences
  • Helping me become one of the top 5 campus reps under MRY (Bobble campaign).
  • Growing my blogging hobby.
  • Amazing travel experiences with friends and family.


Top 2013 Blog Post are...







1//2//3//4//5//


Personal Favorite Fashion Event of the Year goes to...

Poshmark Boston Bloggers Party

That's me, second from the left!

There are many things that I am grateful for from 2013 and I have no idea what to expect from 2014, I know it is going to be good! If you follow me on twitter you would have caught some of the fitness motivation tweets and Boston updates from throughout the year. I started my new year resolution a bit early so, come join me on twitter as I sweat glitter at 5 am in the morning with adrenaline junkies.

My instagram page is an extension of my blog. For 2014 I will be posting up to date events, fashion, fitness, and fun. I definitely encourage you guys to follow my social pages and receive live tweets and pics that are parallel to the post you see here!

2013 has fulfilled Sound of Charm's duty and is ready to report for 2014!

Auscla vous and adieu 2013, grammarly yours, Semirah D




Saturday, December 21, 2013

Black Girls Tan Too

Women sometimes do many things to look the way they do. It's hard (nearly impossible) to generalize a gender so, I'm going to have to explain my point in "simplest terms". These regiments that women carry out have the potential to form into lifestyles. Fitness is a lifestyle... Regular tanning becomes a lifestyle... Your daily makeup routine is apart of your lifestyle. Lifestyles are not discriminatory. They don't pick and choose which type of person they would like to be connected with, just like life, it just happens!

When I lived in Georgia, where it's hot and sunny for a large portion of the year, women still tan! They have the sun in their back yard but still choose to tan regularly. This whole concept baffled me for years and I never grasped a meaning until I took a trip down to Femme Fatale tanning salon located in the middle of Boston University's collegetown hub. There are many myths and societal images of the orange people that undergo fake tans.

I knew that tanning is something that can not be undone overnight, especially for someone who is naturally tan-ish (The "-ish" is referring to the effect of cold winter weather on a tan pigment, it kind of yellows out.) I felt like I was going to get a tattoo done on my body that could not be removed. I felt like tanning was only for pale/white women. I had never met a darker complexion person go tanning, except on TV and in the pageant world. So when I said that I was going tanning, people thought, "But your black...", "You're already tan...", "hahaha I wish I was the color you are now..." and they all just pictured the little orange people.

I don't blame them because, I didn't even know that there was a tanning method that enhanced, nourished, and invigorated your skin. Tanning has more purposes than just making you look darker. Wow! Who knew?! Tanning evens out uneven skin tones, stretch marks, sensitive areas, and darken areas that have cumbersome unwanted hair. Before writing this post, I called a few friends and asked for their opinion on the topic of black/bronze/tan women going tanning. I found out that it is actually NOT a foreign concept. It is hard to have an even skin tone when you cover up your body 70% of the time (This results in pasty looking legs/arms/chest/etc).

The key phrase that actually led me to making a tanning appointment at Femme Fatale was that the tanning spray is made with almond extract versus the carrot extract of the orange people. This means that the product will give my skin a brown hue versus the orange hue of other tanning products. To take the edge off of this visit, I invited a friend and we giggled our way to bronze-dom. When we arrived the owner, Amy, ushered us to our own separate tanning rooms. We striped down and put on a paper panties and hair caps. We were each, thoroughly, sprayed down and stood in front of an industrial fan to dry off (4-5 minutes). If you wish to go for a darker hue than you will then be sprayed down again to your desired color. I only needed to be sprayed down once and I felt like I had just hopped off the plane from Spain!


Before and After picture. 
Femme Fatale uses Infinity Sun products, which are, long lasting and all-natural. In a city like Boston where the weather is more bipolar than Kim Kardashian's relationship status and the sunshine time is as reliable as the MBTA schedule on a weekend, a tan at Femme Fatale should be right on your list next to nail appointment on Newbury St. and hair appointment in Burlington!

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

P.S. Thank you Mary Kay for sending me a different color of face foundation!

Femme Fatale provided a complimentary service in exchange for this blog review. For more info on my sponsorship policy please visit the Contact Me page.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg And I Are BFFL's

             In so many words, Mark Zuckerberg and I are basically BFFL's, right? I met his sister, that must mean him and I indirectly crossed social paths and that one second of recognition constituted our friendship. This can all be justified in New England, where name-dropping is socially acceptable and essentially required for survival. If you've traveled the East and West coasts of America, you may notice certain differences in social norms. Here in New England, name dropping has it's advantages and naturally there are disadvantages as well. You can get into the most exclusive clubs by cranking out a few important names and your relations. California is too big for anyone to possibly know enough people to name drop their way to fame, please inform me if this has been accomplished!
          
            The coolest part of this social phenomenon is when your name is used to someone else's advantage. When this is correlated with social media, having a popular twitter following or connections on social media can get you further than New England style name dropping. Businesses want to be heard and having an influential "Voluntweeter" in their grasp is like cashing in on this free advertising real estate called social media. Making a social media follower into a dedicated fan is your key to growing an army of voluntweeters.


           In between keeping up with school work and my winter fitness endeavors, I was invited to cover the Massachusetts' Conference for Women. Wearing a press badge and having inside access at one of the nations largest women conference was a honor. The strength, influence, and (huge amounts of estrogen) in the building was insane! The conference provides connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. All of these things sound great and dandy but, the amount of productivity gained at this conference depends on your homework. Most conference's you show up and expect to be fed motivational reminders of tips and tricks for your career. At the Mass Women Conference you need to know; who is speaking, when and where.
       
            After completing my homework, I had a lecture/panel coordinated with appropriate book signings in sequential order. This was my first time at the MA Women Conference and the long day slammed me mentally and physically. The only thing that kept me going was: 1) A miracle called, Tylenol and 2) The prospect of amazing networking opportunities.


Massachusetts Conference for Women Guest Speakers

Randi Zuckerberg and I 

The networking opportunities I gained were unexpected but, highly appreciated. To do a little name dropping, I was able to meet and learn from the following personnel: 

Blake Mycoskie: I've never seen a man grasp a crowd of 10,000 women quite like Blake did. Blake's down to earth aura and enticing background demanded the attention of everyone in the auditorium. I laughed, cry, and clapped for every single awe-inspiring idea that left Blake's lips. But the story behind TOMS shoes is definitely something to hear! 

Randi Zuckerberg- Was apart of a social media panelist alongside spokesmen from @lululemon @BostonGlobe and @raytheon. Randi is the CEO and founder of Zuckerberg Media, as well as former marketing director for.... Yes, you guessed it... Mark Zuckerberg's baby "Facebook". During the meet and greet with Randi I was able to pick her mind with a few additional questions that really helped out with my blog's Facebook page. 

Karen Holmes Warden- Personal on WCBV and inspirational women. Karen and I had an inspiring conversation before closing out the conference. Informative for both of us, I taught her a bit of Twitter 101 and she shared with me some tips of the trade when it comes to getting the most out of networking opportunities. 

Anne Hebert- The amazing women behind @masswomen  #masswomen for the conference's social media presence. We were able to get #masswomen to be one of the top trends on twitter in the USA that day.  

Leymah Gbowee- This women may be alot of extraordinary things but, for me, she was a helping hand before becoming an inspiring figure. It was 8 hours into my day and I could barely stand to walk to the next lecture but by fate I made it to Leymah's meet and greet. By this point in the conference I was a walking zombie with a smile plastered on my face. Leymah had me sit down and she hugged me before taking a photo. It was nice to know that out of all of the swarming bodies, at the conference, someone was looking out for you. Leymah's grounding touch gave me the push I needed to finish my day out.

Leymah and I at the Massachusetts Conference for Women
I am so honored to be afforded the priceless opportunities that I've experienced this year. Through this blog I've met so many people and have begun to build a brand for Sound of Charm. As the winter rolls in I will be spending more time in the books and on the treadmill. This Wednesday, I am going to attempt the feat of getting out of bed and going to go run in zero degree weather. God bless my soul! 


Grammarly yours, SemirahD



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fit To Be A Hunger Games Tribute

Let the games begin! Training will be at the Boston Sports Club in Downtown Crossing on December 17th at 12:15pm.

Last week I had the opportunity to "Train Like A Tribute" with Bron Volney, Boston Sports Clubs Master Trainer and Instructor. He guided us through 12 Hunger Games movie-inspired training moves to torch fat, incinerate calories, and set your muscles on fire. 

Participants will navigate their way around a clock of 12 fitness challenges -- from dodging "attack monkeys", to scaling Heavensbee Hills, to wielding the Peacekeeper battle ropes -- switching stations each time the Head Game Maker strikes the gong (or in our case yells "time").

Some of the participants, the trainer: Bron Volney, and I 


Train Like a Tribute - 45 min.

•  Katniss Killers -- participants use a bow for a resistance to work the upper back and
biceps.
 Peacekeeper Battle Ropes -- whipping stations against the Rebellion work the biceps and shoulders.
•  Monkey Jumps -- plyometric squat jumps are a great cardio workout that strengthen legs and glutes.
•  Hevensbee Hills --  the head game maker's namesake, this cardio interval blasts fat and strengthens legs for rebellion runs through the Capitol.
•  Finnik Trident Presses -- tricep presses with a weighted trident, the weapon of choice for one of the lead tributes.
•  Peeta Pull-Ups -- the camouflaged hero achieves a whole new level as the Rebellion rises.
•  Dummy Squats ----  Flipping and lifting a punching bag simulates a part of the plot where the fog paralyzes some of the tributes and others have to carry them to safety
•  Forcefield Planks -- push against a walled forcefield looking for the weak spot while holding a plank to increase arm and belly burn.
 White "Rose" Rows -- improve posture with upper back rows named after President Snow's signature boutonniere.
•  BeeTee Biceps -- show that you can't beat the forcefield without a secret weapon – strong "guns."
•  Tsunami Row Machine -- up the cardio ante while escaping a tidal wave on this popular gym machine.
•  Quarter Quell Kettle Bell Swings -- "shoulder" the burden of the victors fighting to "remember who the enemy is!"


This was my first time at the Downtown Crossing BSC location and I think I arrived to what I expected; a small, city gym. What I didn't expect was to see every machine filled with men and the women stretching or working out on the floor. If you are a guy that wants to show off how macho you are then this gym would fit you. I only saw the open UXF zone and the machines, next week I'm going to venture around and hopefully find separate rooms for other activities. Coming from a gym that is in a bigger facility and has tons of open space, it was a shock to come to a smaller gym and have to vie for stretching space. Welcome to the city!

P.S: Follow the BSC trainer, Bron Volney, on twitter for daily tweets about a healthy fitness diet! https://twitter.com/BronCoreFitness

P.S.S. This workout was a continuation of BSC's 2012 Hunger Games-inspired workout, “Train Like a Tribute 2013" subscribes to The Hunger Games' "survival of the fittest" mentality, utilizing BSC's green turfed UXF Zone "jungle" to create the ultimate athlete.

Grammarly yours, Semirah D





Sunday, December 8, 2013

December Product Reviews

The Sock Club


I am so excited that the Sock Club Guys sent me some very groovy tribal socks to review. Sock Club brand socks are all american made. The socks are knitted, material procured, finished, and packaged in North Carolina. 

The socks I received are the November Diamond Stripe, the first ever sock exclusively designed and produced by the Sock Club. Sock Club delivers socks to your doorstep monthly. Just like your beauty supplies or pizza boxes that conveniently take the hassle out of extraneous work. 

I always take pleasure in the small things in life and having a new pair of awesome socks monthly sounds like a sweet deal. I generally love receiving mail. Like if the world ran out of cinnamon soft pretzels or gummy worms, I would be devastated. But if I came home to like 5 boxes of awesome mail then my frown is instantaneously turned upside down!

So, I would definitely recommend checking the quirky Sock Club guys over at http://www.sotmclub.com/about.

Thank you and adieu.   

Influenster #VioletVoxBox Review


A little peek inside...

  • Goody Athletique Headband
  • Sally Hansen New Triple Shine nail polish
  • SoyJoy bar
  • Montahne Jeunesse Clay Spas
  • Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo


Total value of products: $33.50

Favorite product: The "Goody Athletique Headband" because, the headband was the first thing I opened and wore immediately. My second favorite is the Dry Shampoo because, it's been on my lust list since August.

Least favorite product: The "Montahne Jeunesse Clay Spas" face mask are my least favorite because, it is the last product that I would use in this box. 


I'm going to have product reviews all month so, come back next week for some new goodies. Along with these goodies, I will be treating my body to daily fitness workouts. The winter is a challenging season for some. I am making it a goal to not only change this mental stigma but also continue with intense fitness motivation. For the next two weeks I will be joining Santa's little elves and doing a #elf4health activity daily. Join me by following my instagram and/or twitter channels (@SemirahD).

Grammarly yours, Semirah D



Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster and The Sock Club. For more information about my sponsorship policy please click the Contact Me tab.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How To Be Press For An Event

You have a press pass for an event, now what? Here is some advice for the press photographer, guest, social media personnel, etc. 

I will be attending the Massachusetts Conference for Women as a selected Press member and have put together some tips I've learned as a special guest for past events.
Boston Convention, Business Women
Photo Creds: http://instagram.com/keikozoll
1. It takes 3 Gives for 1 Get.
As a press member, exhibitors and companies will be looking for coverage and exposure. If you plan on conversing with people, share something about yourself and the media outlet you're representing. People remember conversations better than a quick business card exchange.

For post-event networking, I personally contact businesses that I've connected with and they know who I am. For the Massachusetts Conference for Women, plan to meet and actually converse with your interviewees, speakers, and exhibitors before you expect them to share information about who they are and how they can be of service for you.

2. Take a breather.
Social media is rapid and quick. The press room at the MA Conference for Women tomorrow, is guaranteed to have 100 tweets leaving it's virtual bubble every 30 seconds. Remember to take a breather and observe your surroundings, you may be missing out on an amazing networking opportunity that is destined to help you reach that new goal you're striving for. I'm sure out of the 10000 attendees tomorrow, someone is bound to be there to take your social media platform further.

3. Be prepared for the unexpected.
Have a mental list of interview questions that can apply to any speaker. It is always great to know a tad bit about a speakers background but, when you attend a huge event like the MA Conference for Women, it may be a challenge to remember all the amazing ventures that all 100+ guest speakers are currently pursuing.

This checklist can even apply to the attendees as well! If you see someone with an ipad, iphone, and laptop in hand, just know that their press pass is hiding under all of those wires and yes that person might be me! I will be in the press room tomorrow at the MA Conference for Women, amongst the big boys aka guys with big cameras and bloggers with thousands of followers. Can't wait to meet everyone, make sure to introduce yourself!

P.S This advice is suitable for the small scale press attendee: bloggers, magazine editors and contributors, etc.

Grammarly yours, Semirah D


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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Post-Thanksgiving Fitness Motivation

Thanksgiving and November have swept me off my feet. The days are flying by and I am literally racing to keep up. Before Thanksgiving, I was so busy with New Balance's Lace Up 365 campaign and school work that in between sweating glitter and completing assignments in my sleep, I totally forgot about the holidays. I am grateful that even though I've been insanely busy, the events that I've been preoccupied with have set an amazing pace to end this year out.

Most people don't... Actually I don't know how most people plan out their diets and exercise regiments. I assume that exercise and diets occur after News Year and after resolutions have been made. This year I've realized and witnessed from my "#fitfam", Fit Fluential friends, yogis, and running community that staying fit is a lifestyle. Waking up early to run, before or after, breakfast has become part of schedule, just like brushing my teeth and turning off my alarm.



Some of you may already be doing things to help cleanse your body and you probably aren't even aware. For example, in countries like Argentina or Uruguay the people regularly drink a herbal tea called Yerba Mate, this tea is great for stimulating your mind and cleansing your digestive system. New England is so diverse that I can easily find Yerba Mate in a local Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Tea is a really easy and tasty way to cleanse your body.

When it comes to exercise, motivation is very important. Yes, I know that I ate 5 thanksgiving plates, and yes, I know that I will do this again for the next 3 days... So what? Well now it's time to brave the cold weather and continue running but, this time with a big food belly! How will we possibly leave our beds now? New workout clothes! Everyone feels differently about retail therapy but, when it comes to exercise, running in new thermal pants is so exciting! Breaking in new running shoes or new basketball sneakers is so exhilarating to me. For me, motivation has approached me and is continuing to pump through my blood today. I feel as if I been giving new tools to complete a job and this job entails getting in shape!

I am also very intrigued by other people's fitness motivation. There are dream boards, running groups, etc. What will be your motivation this holiday!

And... For that extra boost of motivation, a taste of Ryan Gosling:


Grammarly yours, Semirah D


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Balance Lace Up for a Cure Campaign #LaceUp365

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook  you would have seen the multiple and excited updates that I've posted about the New Balance #LaceUp365 campaign.


I had a blast yesterday at the New Balance Fitness Club yoga class. I usually do barre so, a traditional yoga class was refreshing and new. I loved it!


To honor this milestone and those affected by breast cancer, starting November 1, 2013, supporters can 
dedicate their daily workouts to a breast cancer survivor featured each day on newbalance.com 
by tagging social media posts with the #LaceUp365 hashtag.  

New Balance recognizes that the fight against breast cancer does not stop in October. 
#LaceUp365 is a full-year program designed to raise awareness and generate support for 
Komen’s mission to eradicate breast cancer.  

Participants can visit www.newbalance.com/laceup to join the Pink Laces Club for exclusive 
features, personal stories and tips dedicated to staying fit and healthy and continuing the fight 
against breast cancer. By registering, members will receive a pair of pink shoelaces and 
additional incentives to utilize the #LaceUp365 hashtag throughout the year. Each day, a 
different breast cancer survivor’s story will be profiled on the site, and users are encouraged to 
dedicate their daily workouts and show their support to these courageous women and men, 
using the #LaceUp365 hashtag. 



The New Balance Fitness Club is right next to the New Balance office so a few New Balance employees joined us for our workout, along with; bloggers and 3 breast cancer survivors. Before getting started we all shared a little bit about ourselves through conversation and heard the stories of the breast cancer survivors. They are doing amazing things! Running marathons and being advocates for male breast cancer awareness, is a just a few to name some of the amazing things breast cancer survivors are doing in the community. 




“New Balance continues its commitment to supporting Susan G. Komen all year round, by 
raising funds through corporate and consumer donations, including those made through 
purchases of our Lace Up for the Cure® Collection,” says Amy Shapiro, cause marketing 
manager for New Balance. “We believe that through these funds, we can make a significant 
contribution to the ground-breaking research, among other things, that Komen is supporting. 
Those funds are getting us ever closer to the cures for this disease while assisting survivors 
through community health programs and treatment services.” 

The Lace Up for the Cure® Collection is comprised of footwear, apparel and accessories all 
adorned with the Komen Running Ribbon. In honor of the 25th anniversary of New Balance’s 
partnership with Komen, New Balance will debut a limited edition Lace Up for the Cure® 3190 
running shoe and special edition t-shirts. The 3190, launching April 2014, features the Komen 
Running Ribbon on the midsole and the tagline “Let’s Make a Cure Happen” on the inside of the 
tongue.  

For more information about New Balance’s partnership with Komen, please visit 


November Project Newbie



New Balance had a series of workouts throughout November and one of them included the November Project. Ok... When I first received the invitation to attend these events I was so ecstatic that I think I was blind to the small details and print. For example, I did not know that I was signing up for a 6:30 am workout! I did not know that I had committed to waking up at 4am to sleep-walk to the Harvard Stadium and run up and down 20 gigantic stadium steps.

I am so glad that even though I thought this was the craziest thing ever, I still attended. I had a blast! The November Project is an experience like no other. I highly encourage it for any and every fitness lover. 

Once I realized that I had to wake up at 4am for this event, I did some intense research on the November Project. Sadly, I did not do any research on the weather because, noone gave me a memo to bring hat and gloves! The November Project attendees are tribe members, this group of athletes/runners/normal citizens/etc. are all one big tribe of bad ass fitness lovers. 

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

*I was not compensated for this post but, New Balance did send me the workout gear and invited me to the November Project and Yoga class. To read more about my sponsorship policy, please visit the Contact Me tab.*




Thursday, November 21, 2013

Boston Bloggers at Urban Grape


I would like to thank the Boston, Copley Place Chanel for my makeup for the evening. From class to a basketball practice to a wine tasting, Chanel made my makeup look fab!


The owners TJ & Hadley Douglas of Boston's, South End Urban Grape wine shop had a gorgeous set up for the evening. Before getting the evening started, the bloggers mingled and sipped on one of many wines of the night, called, NV Zefiro Prosecco (Veneto, Italy). I found out later that this wine is inexpensive and most commonly compliments orange juice. This wine was bubbly which is perfect as an opening drink because, it opens pores in your mouth that wake up your taste buds for the upcoming meal.  


TJ and Hadley repetitively emphasized how their goal is to help their audience remove the blinders off of wine or in other words take the intimidation out of wine. They do this by speaking our language. Say what??? Pause. They have the ability to communicate with their customers and the customers actually understand! As a couple tag team; Hadley sells the store through social media and TJ sells what's in the store.
 When people first begin drinking wine they make selections based off of pretty labels and attraction. This makes it hard for someone to honestly like what's inside the bottle. Unless you know the language of wine or grew up on a vineyard then you most likely are still trying to learn your personal palette. Americans, as a country, are all prone to sweeter palette's. At Urban Grape they are all for tasting. Just like test driving, you are test driving your taste buds to satisfaction, may take some time but at Urban Grape you will get there.

I learned a lot about wine gift giving, prices, exporting and importing of wine, and so much more! Urban Grape seem really persistent on personalizing your visit and business with them. They have 2 stores; South End and Chestnut Hill. Anything wine related that you may need... Urban Grape is the place to be. 


Grammarly yours, Semirah D

How to Bring Life into your Social Media Marketing


Optimize Google+ Tips From Google Employee

1. Build Awareness: Start with actually posting your content on your profile.  By posting you are basically taking advantage of the free real estate that google is providing you with. Once you’ve gotten in the habit of posting videos, photos, post, etc. Google enables a unified, consistent brand identity across the web. Example: Topshops live feed videos and audience interaction during major fashion shows and campaigns.  Topshop used many aspects of Google+ to help their audience be apart of the team, join the front row live, and be the buyer.

Takeaway = Live Hangouts are the bomb dot com!


2. Influence consideration and Drive Sales: Engage with your audience on google+ and bring the brand into a social setting. This emphasizes giving your brand a comfortable place in casual conversations. Sooner or later you will possibly grow and have the revenue to buy google ads and benefit from being included in high SEO.


3. Grow Loyalty: Once you’ve made it to the third step, you are here. You started from the bottom and now you are here to share your interest and business. Develop lasting relationships with customers using one of googles many assets called “Communities”. How does one go about using Google Communities? You have two options: Join and become a major contributor to an already growing community or build and start your own! (It's like LinkedIn Groups)

Once your audience sees that you are here to stay and help them benefit from their purchases or engagement, they will begin to “join the movement”. Your content will be shared to their circles and then shared to more circles and sooner or later your audience will expand to a range you probably didn’t expect. A range of customers or users that you weren’t even aware had an interest in your business.

Google has a tool to allow you to observe the behavior of your content amongst your audience, Google+ has ripples. Ripples show how a specific post spreads across google+. I find this extremely helpful because, I have been receiving shares on my blog post and I never knew where they were going! Well thanks to Ripples, you can find out how your post spreads across the web.

At the end of the presentation, I also found out that if you are a nonprofit interested in working with Google they have a resource called Google+ for nonprofits. Check it out, become familiar with it, and maybe even use it!


Thank you University of MA Boston’s College of Management for hosting the “How to Bring Life into your Social Media Marketing” conference. I enjoyed hearing the reps from companies such as: Google, Eventbrite, Zipcar, LevelUp, ViralGains, Boston.com, etc. I came to this event as a personal blogger and left with the potential of being a social media maven.


Guest Speaker Group Shot
"It is important that a steppingstone goal involves transforming users into fans!And with this statement the advertising vs. social media debate began. People hate when you advertise to them.


Wisdom for business/corporate social media channels,...



“You need to handle it!” Many social media sites come out and it's hard to decipher what's going to be the next Facebook. But it's discouraged to open a site on a social media channel and abandon it. That will definitely reflect on the image of the brand. And handling these social channels is not free! It takes time, sweat, and tears to manage multiple channels for a company and actively engage with customers.

Jamie Herther, Gooogle Rep, did an informative 180-degree presentation on Google+. I took away many useful tips/advice that I have failed to take advantage of as a Google+ user. I actually promote this blog on Google+. According to Jamie, the main mission of Google+ is to make your google experience better. Google stands as a reminder that technology has the potential to take us further.

When sharing on google+ many of the posts get stuck or drown. What is the biggest struggle that google+ is working hard to conquer? How communication lacks a human element. And all content that doesn’t contribute to the conversation is a waste and doesn’t benefit anyone. To me, this just sounds like Google wants to condemn all the spammers in the world.


YELP Review: Yelp is useful for businesses that are in the food, clothing, and shopping industry. As a blogger, I’ve never had the need for Yelp but, if you want the latest on a restaurant in town, consider Yelp for reliable feedback and reviews. 

If you like my point of view on this conference share this post in your Google+ archives and join my exclusive club of awesomeness!

P.S. Do you actually use Google+?

Grammarly yours, SemirahD


Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Weekend Events

Boston Fashion StyleFixx Event

November 6-7th StyleFixx Events came to Boston and hosted a fabulous fashion event. Vendors from all over came and showcased their goodies and new collections. Thanks to a blogger friend of mine, I was able to attend this event as VIP and had access to awesome extra's. Upon arriving to the venue, I took advantage of the complimentary wax by the European Wax Center, manicure by Miniluxe, and hair blow out by the Albane salon of Boston.  



Aside from beauty and fashion, Stylefixx also had food and beverage vendors provide Stylefixx exclusive menus. I even had the chance to try brewed chocolate! 10x healthier than hot chocolate or certain types of coffee, and it was delicious! 

Choffy Brewed Chocolate Facts!









I never thought to add sweets and creams to pretzel crisps! The Pretzel Crisps booth had a sweet bar set up so that we could try tons of different concoctions! 


 What's a fashion event without a selfie? I'm wearing a blue Burberry moto jacket and Burberry scarf and black Club Monaco leggings. 
So much arm candy!
Every time I turned around the number of people in the crowd increased!

I was so glad I was able to get one of the few appointments with Nicolas of Albane salons.  The set up for the hair appointments were on a stage and I am blaming the lighting for my eyes squinting in this photo! 
A bit of my Stylefixx Boston loot!


My favorite red carpet photo!

 Saldare Body Therapy Open House

               
 Tasty and HEALTHY treats for the guest. The spread included: homemade chocolate and wine, wraps courtesy of Tremont Cafe, homemade granola bars, and a vegetable platter. All of these tasty treats gave me wonderful ideas to incorporate into my pageant diet. 


This had to be one of the most laid back open houses I've ever attend. It could be due to the complimentary massages or just the wonderful vibe of the owners, either way the Saldare Body Therapy seems like a great place to workout amongst encouraging people. 


Over the weekend I stopped by the Saldare Body Therapy Open House because I received a facebook invite from a friend and I thought that I could get some great tips and advice on how to start my pageant diet for the spring. I am so glad I got out of bed and attended the open house. I was able to meet and converse with many of the personal trainers, local Boston masseuse, and current clients of the gym. Some of the trainers gave demonstrations and many of the clients shared success stories just within casual conversation. 

At first it seemed as if this would be one of those open houses where everyone knows one another and outsiders, remain outside. This event was not like that at all. Once I arrived one of the owners Jen immediately introduced herself and showed me where to sign up for all the raffles, services, etc. 5 minutes later I was downstairs enjoying a complimentary massage by Anthony Gentile. I met some very interested people and I am pretty sure I was once again a teen amongst adults but, that is okay with me. This lady that attended the event stood by me for awhile and sooner or later we were engaged in a very interesting conversation. By the time I left I found out that her Grandpa hired the guy that started Babson College, that is so cool. 


The winter seems to be the moth where all the bloggers come out to play. I have a ton of events and goodies to share with you guys soon!

Grammarly yours, Semirah D 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Meeting Malala Yousafzai at Harvard University



This is an article I wrote for the Cardinal Crier newspaper and was published about 2/3 weeks ago. The audience are IB students and it was my goal to relate Malala Yousafzai's message with IB student goals.
 Malala Yousafzai is, in short terms, an advocate for gender equality in education. I had the pleasure of meeting Malala and her family at Harvard University during the Humanitarian awards ceremony. It is common knowledge what defines Malala in “short terms” but, in all, Malala is way more than that, she is the new voice for gender equality. This is important because education is the critical tool to create the kind of world we want to see. Education is also the vehicle to educate youth about gender norms. This emphasizes the power of 1 students voice to move many, to move many to create the world we want to see. From one of the Harvard professor’s speech, I learned that one of the highest results of education is tolerance.

Can you see how that applies to you? As an IB student you encompass and experience so much, what is the result of that? Is the product that of tolerance and accomplishments or that of compromises and sedition? In some places people are afraid of education, in particular, afraid of women’s power and the power that education gives them. Just by applying yourself in school you are making a change for the next generation. You have shown that you have established personal legends and dreams internally.

We are a family; we have 1 dream in common. This one dream is education and peace. What position have you played in this community? What part do you plan on challenging yourself in?  Malala Yousafzai’s efforts to create international awareness for gender equality are matchless and priceless. She has defied the norm and faced things head on. She does this because she inspires to be something more. In the end, I want to communicate that we should be a force to behold in anything that we pursue: sports, education, IB, life…


***My picture isn't showing anymore for some reason but, here's a snippet from the ceremony***


Grammarly yours, Semirah D


I am so honored to have had this opportunity; as a boston blogger, student, and female. This opportunity was motivation to work harder and strive for more. Thank you guys for taking the time to support my blog and endeavors. 



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