Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What To Wear Your First Day of College

Shoes c/o White Mountain
You know that one class on campus that seems to not even exist! Umm yeah, when you are running around campus trying to keep your composure together but get to class on time you'd ideally want to be wearing some comfy shoes as opposed to loud and delaying heels.

Please hand me the comfy shoes because, those blisters from speed walking in heels were kill-ah! But don't settle for comfort, stylish is still achievable. White Mountain shoe company basically made it their mission to provide stylish comfy shoes.

You are going to be told this 20+ plus times and if not yet then let me just wave a flag saying; "College is NOT like high school." The objective of the first day is not to pick out the cutest outfit and expect to gain brownie points and a circle of friends. 

Work on being who you are and dressing for yourself. The first semester of college is for discovering yourself and figuring out where you want to be. Be comfortable! Be Be Comfortable!

I opt for classic Levi jeans for bottoms and there's the option to cuff them because it still may be hot and humid when school starts for you.

Becausseee... there is so much happening during the first few weeks of college I prefer a versatile outfit. This outfit needs to take me from night to day with the switch of either makeup, accessories or shirt. 

Artsy Pic Bruh. 

Heart Lace shirt c/o The Girl That Loves boutique
Here's the full view of the outfit I proposed for the first week of college. The lace shirt I am wearing can easily be accessorized for any season!

Grammarly yours, Semirah

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pensole Boston with Dwayne Edwards LEAD Academy

On my blog facebook page I posted a link to a newspaper article that is an interview of my brother and I about the Pensole Lead program founded by Nike/Jordan designer Dwayne Edwards. In the interviews and pictures you get to see the glitz and glamour... if you came to the presentation night than you received the finished product of all the hard work that my team and the other teams accomplished. No one really understands how much time we spent; understanding new concepts, learning about the sneaker industry and applying these into our projects. 

Go ahead take a peek... What is something you've always wanted to know about the exclusive sneaker industry? 
My groups pre-show photo: photos by Rafael Feliciano Cumbas
I want to share with you snippets of my diary and notes that I gathered throughout the Pensole Boston program.  I anticipated the rush of embarking on a new experience and I grabbed the challenge by the horns. Starting with day one...

Program Rules:
  1. Start at 10AM
  2. Speak up. Ask Q’s
  3. No Egos
  4. Keep it clean at MIT
  5. Divertido! Have fun :D
  6. No sombreros.
  7. Be professional

Day One Notes:
  • Need: Logo (Personal brand, Biz cards)
  • “I don’t have limits… I have to do lists” -Semirah Dolan
  • Jordan 2’s inspired by a pencil (use your imagination)
  • Dream Killer’s are people:
    • With No dreams
    • Who Don’t understand
    • Who Can’t think beyond what they do
  • Come up with your personal:
    • Strengths: Finding opportunities
    • Weakness: Formulating my thoughts (What am I doing about this? See here.)
  • Assigned teams: TEAM ONE (Ayyy!)
  • Class theme: Y.O.U (lol look: Why. Owe. You)
  • Marketing question (Yet to be answered!) Self-promotion → how is this done professionally?
  • Dwayne’s 8 personal goals for the class:
    • Challenge students to think
    • Share industry knowledge
    • Be inspirational
    • Improve students verbal communication skills
    • Improve students time management skills
    • Get the best out of the students
    • Develop leadership skills
  • Personal goals for each individual student:
    • Think of who you really are
    • Consider yourself a brand
    • Be an inspiration
    • Challenge yourself to be better than yesterday
    • Promise yourself you won’t let anyone outwork you
    • Your actions dictate your future
    • Learn from your past to create your future
    • Be the best you you can be
Me presenting on stage: photos by Rafael Feliciano Cumbas
  • Daily creative outlets:
    • Quote: “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” -Jay-Z
    • Website:
    • Book: Decoded by Jay-Z

  • Sneaker Industry Career Profiles for class:

    • Product Marketing
      • Brand and consumer research
      • Beginning of the shoe developing process
      • Find market opportunitites
      • Need great verbal communication
      • Road map for designer
      • Deliverables: Product design brief
    • Designer
      • Work with P.M
      • Skillset: Sketching/Visual communication/Sneaker Jargon
    • Product developer
      • Make sure the design can be physically made/manufactured
      • Skillset: Material knowledge/Cost & Revenue/Written communication
      • Deliverables: Bill of materials (Cost & Components)
    • Sales
      • The art of persuasion
      • Skillset: Retail sales & terms/Business planning/Verbal communication
    • Buyer
      • Skillset: Retail/Business planning/Buying product knowledge
    • Brand Marketing
      • Convince people to go to store to buy product
      • Create a vision for the brand
      • Knowledge of marketing strategies
      • Visual communication

Article on South Coast Today site

Grammarly yours, Semirah

Friday, August 1, 2014

WIWT: A Wedding on the Cape x #RockportChallenge

This weekend I will be joining a friend of mine to a wedding on the cape and I thought it was the perfect time to take on the Seven to 7 Rockport challenge. 

Rockport is committed to creating a place where style meets comfort and its 2014 collection is raising the bar. Every pair of shoes is equipped with ADIPRENE® by adidas sport technology, making your favorite pair of heels feel like your favorite pair of running shoes. It’s simply, Style Made Comfortable. For Spring/Summer 14, Rockport designers researched and sourced global trends in women’s fashion, translating them into style-driven collections that address all wearing occasions.

Dress c/o The Girl That Loves // Necklace c/o Accessory Mercado // Pumps c/o Rockport
My pumps matched perfectly with my springy/summer collection Accessory Mercado statement necklace. I adore statement necklaces! It is my goal to have a matching statement necklace for the majority of the dresses in my wardrobe. I feel like they are the ultimate accessory for collegiates and to achieve that classy preppy look.
Seven to 7 Plain Pump // Accessory Mercado necklace // C. Wonder Tote
Maroon and Navy are well usually tokened as fall colors but, I figured we could break the rules for one weekend. Plus with the lace detail and flower necklace my assemble gave off the appropriate amount of summer casual vibe. 

What am I looking at? Those gorgeous shoes. 
When I first stepped into my Rockport pumps I melted. I am always skeptical about brands that claim they have came up with the most comfortable heels but, just by slipping my feet into these babies I knew I was in for a smooth ride. Instant cushion! I easily lasted an entire day in these shoes AND I took public transportation with no complaints from my toes. I recommend these pumps for stylistas & fashionistas who insist on rocking pumps on a daily basis.

Photography by my brother. Kudos Richard!

Grammarly yours, Semirah

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