Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Boston Model Spotlight: Tihara O'brien

Curtains of the Boston Model Spotlight series previously closed on local model Genevieve Glenn and are opening once again for New England model celebrity Tihara O'brien. Tihara has been modeling since the age of 6 and entered the industry through my personal favorite passtime... pageants! Since then she has modeled for almost every fashion week on the East Coast and has been featured in multiple local publications. I had the pleasure of modeling with Tihara at different hair and fashion shows.  

Because the East Coast is currently going through continuous snow storms, this photo captured of Tihara on the runway, makes me reminisce of warmer times. I love how the gray color is coordinated between the vest and skirt but with different textures (something I would totally wear!). The exotic lace has been a staple for centuries. I may be exaggerating about "centuries" but, it seems as if the delicate pattern and fabric of lace always makes an appearance on the runway and in the midst of fashion blogger galleries. The black shoes and black side fabrics of the skirt tie the whole ensemble together. 

The picture below reminds me of a "fitness fashionista" type theme and it totally shows off Tihara's posing creativity. If those bottoms are jogging pants than I would totally rock that at the gym! The top is a loose fitting "yogi" styled top with a (what seems like) loose fitting cotton pants. I love finding fitness apparel that makes a statement in and OUT of the gym. If I can do a gym and grocery run in the same outfit, then you have me sold!

One reason I chose Tihara to be featured on my Boston Model Spotlight series is because after meeting and talking with her on multiple occasions, the thought that stuck in my mind is how fierce of a performer and model she is despite her personal struggles. We all have things happening in our life that sometimes effect our mood and performances but for Tihara nothing phases her work. 

The photos featured in this blog post are only the icing on the cake in regards to Tihara's modeling experience and work. From seeing her at rehearsals and shows many local artists and I can attest that Tihara is an extraordinary runway model. Want to show off your latest fashion collection or new designer apparel... Tihara is your go to girl!  

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Friday, February 14, 2014

Brooks Brothers and Lilly Pulitzer 2014 Spring Wish List

When there aren't any fashion events/conferences/or blogger meetups in town, I torture myself with superfluous online shopping. With that being said, I fell in love with Brooks Brothers' and Lilly Pulitzer's 2014 Spring/Summer collection. I'm loving dresses and suit sets because I just can't seem to find pants that fit me comfortably and fashionably. I love the bright prints from Lilly but, then I tone down my closet with some neutral and classic pieces from Brooks Brothers. Brooks Brothers may be the more professional and work-friendly but, ironically it is the most comfortable option.

Lilly Pulitzer Lennox Shift Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Delia Shift Dress

Brooks Brothers Short-Sleeve Silk Plaid Dress

Brooks Brothers Silk Vine Print Dress

Brooks Brothers Natalie Fit Five-Pocket Stretch White Denim Pants

What do you predict is going to be the color of spring this year? I'm thinking more neutral options this year.

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Uber #UberXtraCredit Campaign Update

How to win #uberXtracredit in 5 EASY steps:

1.    Download the free Uber app on your smartphone.
2.    Sign up using your school’s unique promo code (see below for your specific school!)
3.    Receive $20 off your first Uber ride.
4.    Tell all your friends to do the same.
5.    Win a FREE week of uberX for everyone on campus!

Read more: http://soundofcharm.blogspot.com/#ixzz2t31kt1BM

Anyone who has never used Uber before will receive $20 off your first ride. For an Uber car that is approximately 2 miles. Ride to McD's in style! 

*Sponsored Post* 

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Friday, February 7, 2014

Free Rides for College Students


UberX is currently holding a competition for specific Colleges/Universities in Boston, DC, and Atlanta to win #uberXtracredit through Tuesday, February 11 for one school to win a FREE week of uberX – for everyone! The winning school must reach 1,500 new sign ups using your school’s unique promo code. Every new user will receive $20 off their first Uber ride! Already have Uber? Sharing is caring, and the more you share the opportunity with all your friends on campus, the closer you get to winning a free week of uberX! I'm personally rootin' for my Boston collegiates so, use the promo codes below and win your school free rides (amazingly convenient for late night out's or flat tire circumstances).

Follow Uber Atlanta on Twitter @Uber_ATL

Follow Uber Boston on Twitter @Uber_BOS

Follow Uber Boston on Twitter @Uber_DC

How to win #uberXtracredit in 5 EASY steps:

1.    Download the free Uber app on your smartphone.
2.    Sign up using your school’s unique promo code (see below for your specific school!)
3.    Receive $20 off your first Uber ride.
4.    Tell all your friends to do the same.
5.    Win a FREE week of uberX for everyone on campus!

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Review: The Drybar in Chestnut Hill

Last night, The Drybar in Chestnut Hill, hosted an event for Boston bloggers to come out and try complimentary blowouts. We had delicious appetizers and desserts from the Season 52 restaurant in Chestnut Hill. When I arrived the salon had stylist guide the bloggers to the back to start hair washing or took our coats and offered us beverages. After getting paired with a stylist, I was handed a "Lookbook" of the available styles and I decided that "Hot Toddy" would be the look of the night (blowouts cost $40 and updo's cost $60). 

My Drybar Experience and Review

The stylist who did my hair was actually an old friend that I modeled for in the past. I got her little cousins into pageantry and we’ve crossed paths many times. So my experience was very comfortable and friendly because, I knew many of the people there and the event turned into a bonding night. The washing stations had plush coaches and nice privacy. At the stylists stations were all around a center bar that had products, tools, beverages, and snacks for the customers. There were two plasma TVs, one on either side of the bar and the salon was playing the perfect girls’ night movie; Bridesmaids!  

Everyone's favorite food group.... dessert! Dessert was a hit, catered by Season 52, they provided a wide variety of "parfaits". My favorite was the mixed fruit parfait and strawberry cannoli parfait. The bloggers around me all had the cannoli parfait, so I would say that was the favorite of the night. 

A Pretzel Crisps rep made a guest appearance to the event and set up a sweet bar with goodie bags to take home. I recommend Pretzel Crisps for any social gathering. The sweet bar is an awesome idea for treats for adults and kids. Unfortunately, I lost my Pretzel Crisps goodie bag on my way back home :(

Ok so I promised my twitter followers that I would share the crazy adventure that I went through to get to this event. First off, the majority of blogging events are T-accessible and hidden within the city. This was the first event that I had to get to that was outside of the city and barely T-accessible. To get there I contacted a few other bloggers to try to carpool there. Everyone else was carpooling with someone already and the one angel of the bunch didn't have phone communications. I communicated on twitter with my perspective ride BUT my phone neglected to inform me of the little communication that we did manage so a ride to the event was not scored. I opted out for the taxi ride. Neither my taxi driver nor I knew where this place was so Google Maps instructed me to get off at a strip mall that I assumed was the location of the salon. But NOOO... that would make life too easy. The salon was a mile away and over a bridge that did not have a pedestrian walk way. Because of Google Maps lack of accuracy, I preceded to flag down a bus that was able to drop me off right across the street from the salon. By this time, I felt so independent as if it was lonely car-less me against the modern "everyone owns a car" world. As I walked across the street, mind you... there were snow backs everywhere so, walking was more like a suicide mission... anyway during the victory walk across the street I called my mom and replayed the past hour of my life with a few exaggerations of me playing a protagonists character similar to Indiana Jones. This city to suburbs adventure is totally parallel to a Indiana Jones mining/jungle swinging adventure. Its a dog eat dog world and after last night.. I conquered it.

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

I was invited to this event in exchange for a blog review. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Design of Your Storefront is The Reason I Walked In

SEVEN Ways That Design Affects Your Small Business 

1. Clarity and design are two peas in a pod. "Design enables communication and allows information to be heard." - @parkhere #DMBunite

2. "Design is a human act, not a numbers act" - @mechanica

3. "Design is consideration and understanding how things are used" - @mechanica

4. “You can be a small brand but make big impact“

5. We all crave just to be seen and be heard. Stop following the script. Companies need to adapt to the human part.

6. "Be informed by data, not ruled by data."

7. "Strategically align your brand identity with what you do" - @mechanica

I am to the left of the banister, with the green headband.
Small business owners and personal brands have so much on our plates that small details easily slip through our fingers. Design Museum Boston and Smarty, a community of women in business, held a discussion on how design impacts every aspect of a small business. The event was hosted by MOO.COM at their Boston headquarters; this event was one of Moo's first since opening in mid 2013. The panelists included: Amy Crosby, brand strategist and founder of SMARTYLibby Delana, creative director and principle at the award-winning design agency Mechanica, and Jake Cohen co-Founder of the tech marketing start-up Privy, with moderation by Jen Reddy, SVP, Global Marketing at Communispace.

Moo had an amazing set up and great atmosphere for networking. The Moo team was very friendly and laid back. They gave out stickers, nametags, and conversation starters upon check-in and had an impressive spread of appetizers and drinks (food was supplied by The Bees Knees Market). I love how ironic it was to have a networking event hosted at a business card head quartersThe attendees had the opportunity to design customized business cards and receive them free at the event. I walked away with a beautiful stack of Moo cards for my blog.

Join Design Boston Museum at their next event, where they will be visiting the best brewery in town, Harpoon’s Brewery, on February 4, 2014! Live tweets and instagram post used hashtag #DMBUNITE. Live tweets/photos provided by my twitter/instagram profile @SemirahD. Contact me to live tweet/post at your next event or conference! (New England locations). 

Where do you purchase your business cards? Are you proud to hand over gorgeous shiny business cards or are you looking for a new supplier? Share in the comments below! I would love to help look for an alternative or hear about an amazing business card supplier. 

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

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