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

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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