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. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog Beauty Social at Kekei Salon and Beauty Lounge

 Party photo album available on the Sound of Charm Facebook page

Kekei Salon and Beauty Salon is located right in Fenway and in the hub of college students. In a quaint little corner of Boston, Kekei Salon and Beauty Salon held my first ever blog social. Guest were served appetizers from Divine Image Cuisine and experienced Mani's and Pedi's from the salons amiable staff. I am so glad I met these women and I am so thankful for their support.

What sets Kekei Salon and Beauty Lounge apart is their wide range of services and great staff! My favorite part of their salon is the downstairs with 3 pedicure massage chairs and separate rooms. This area is perfect for peaceful down time and even a get together with some friends. 

Stressed from work? Or stressed from the Red Sox's game? Or maybe even looking for a way to celebrate... either way Kekei's Salon and Beauty Lounge is the place to go for those needs. I am not only talking to the ladies here... Men I encourage you to check it out as well!

Vorosha was the apparel sponsor for the evening and everyone loved the Men and Women collection. If you are interested in a luxury brand tshirt, go to Their shirts are sexy and attention grabbers! Wear them to the store or to the club, you will be the best dressed either way. 

This event was definitely an experience for me and I learned that blogging and event planning are two paths of interest. I am interested in continuing to perfect my skills in both so, look out for the next event invite!

Forever Random, Semirah D ;)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pre-show Exclusive Interview with Laquandra Seymore

Tomorrow Laquandra Seymore will be performing at the famous Scullers Jazz Club. I wanted to share this snippet of Laquandra with you guys because, Laquandra has been there for me ever since I was crowned in 2012 and we have been crossing paths ever since then. The picture on the left is Laquandra and my director at Sondra Celli's dress shop filming my episode of Bling It On. I asked Laquandra to be there for support and I am so glad that I did. Last week, Boston's singing princess ran into me and was conveniently able to give me an exclusive, totally on the spot, interview for you guys! So if you are planning on being at her show tomorrow night check out her interview below to get a sneak peek of what you're in for! 

SemirahD: What are you most excited about for your show?
Laquandra: The is my first show, individually, so I'm excited about people coming out to support and having a 1-hour and 15 minute set. 

SemirahD: Who has been your biggest help in the preparation for this show?
Laquandra: My Mama- She manages me, makes sure everything is organized, Sets up interviews and advertisement, the band, practices, promotions, promo cards... All while doing the same thing for her business. (Lee Lee Creations) 

SemirahD: Would you like to give a sponsor shout out?
Laquandra: Big Time Events

SemirahD: If there is someone special that you hope makes it, who would it be?
Laquandra: My family because they barely see me perform in person. I want them to see me in action rather than on Facebook or online. 

SemirahD: Can you give my readers an exclusive sneak peek as to what the opening song will be?
Laquandra: If Only You Knew by: Patti Labelle

Adieu! Adieu! Thank you!

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Supercharged Foundation Review

What Marc Jacobs had to say: 
Erase the past, perfect the present and protect the future with this breakthrough buildable gel. Features best-in-class gel performance with first-to-market buoyancy gel technology. This anti-aging foundation protects and hydrates skin with coconut water extracts. From natural-to-full coverage, your skin is awakened to its original translucence and clarity. See it as it was before too much sun, too many late nights, and prepare it for tomorrow as well. Best applied with The Face liquid foundation brush.

What I have to say:
The release of the new Marc Jacobs' foundation came just in time for my liquid foundation refill. When I heard that Marc Jacobs was dipping his toes in beauty products I had to try it out for myself, and pronto. When I left me house in the morning I was wearing Estee Lauder liquid foundation and immediately after school I headed to Sephora. I asked for assistance in picking out my color out of Marc Jacobs' 16 selections. I found my color, asked for it to be applied to my face before purchasing and was so excited about actually having the product that I forgot it was on my face. The gel technology in the foundation must be working! It felt natural and light on my face and worked perfectly with my powder bronzer, blush, and cover up. I've only worn the foundation for two days but, so far I highly recommend it and would totally buy it again.

Lo que quiero que decir en espanol:
El lanzamiento de la fundación de la nueva Marc Jacobs llegó justo a tiempo para mi recarga de la base líquida. Cuando me enteré de que Marc Jacobs era mojar sus dedos en los productos de belleza que tenía que probarlo por mí mismo, y pronto. Cuando salí de mi casa en la mañana me llevaba Estee Lauder base líquida e inmediatamente después de la escuela me dirigí a Sephora. Pedí ayuda en la selección de mi color de 16 selecciones de Marc Jacobs. Encontré mi color, pedí que se aplicará a la cara antes de comprar y estaba tan emocionada de tener realmente el producto que me olvidé que estaba en mi cara. La tecnología de gel en la fundación debe estar trabajando! Se sentía natural y luz en mi cara y funcionó a la perfección con mi bronceador en polvo, se ruboriza y encubrir. Yo sólo he puesto las bases para dos días, pero, hasta ahora lo recomiendo y sin duda me compraría de nuevo.

P.S. para este post uso google translate porque nadie pueden entender caundo yo escribio en espanol.

Adios, adieu, Semirah D

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