Thursday, September 11, 2014

Favorite College Decor: Monogrammed Letters

Dorm room decor puts on emphasis on bedding, window accessories, lamps and desk accessories. My all time favorite dorm decor are monogrammed wooden letters. My letters are from The Spotted Zebras and that company is very accommodating. 

Pick your initials, greek letters, etc. in various colors, sizes, and fonts. My friend was felling home sick around the second week of college and after ordering her monogrammed letters and having a small "open dorm" party she begin to feel a bit more comfortable in this large, unfamiliar community. 

Make your small space feel like home with your own customized wall monogram!

Wall Decor c/o The Spotted Zebras

My Longchamp collection is starting to become more of decorations than fashion pieces... oops. I wanted to switch up decor norms and hang up my casual handbags as opposed to necklaces and jewelry. Don't get me wrong, there are a ton of gorgeous methods of hanging up jewelry and other cutesy pieces.

More examples of cute dorms with wall monograms:
Wall letters and photos as decor are a great way to make a small, unfamiliar place feel like home.  All you have to do is put a name on it..! (Beyonce reference anyone?...)

Anyway if you think you have the cutest dorm/apartment decor tweet me (@SemirahD) or tag me on instagram (@SemirahD) so I can see how much I need to step my decor game up!

via Facebook archives
via Facebook archives  

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

P.S. School is in session. Excuse my sporadic posting whilst I earn my education as a Mechanical Engineer. No I am not fixing cars... I am building torpedoes and making 10 different kinds of polyurethane for lab experiments... #nerdproblems #womenengineers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweets and Treats

Lovely Candy Co c/o // MultiFlask c/o Precidio 
The summer is coming to an end and late nights are complimented with light jackets. All of my friends are trying to get in last minute brunches, picnics, soirees, etc. This being said everyone has already tasted my homemade chocolate chip cookies and over the top casserole dish.. so now what do I bring to the party? 

Deciding what food item to bring to a party is a slight headache.. Especially when you have to consider allergies, gluten-free, fat-free, red die number 56 free, etc. etc. This is where Lovely Candy Co. comes into play. The team over at Lovely Candy Co sent over different flavors of their organic chewy candy for my friends and I to try. Their fruit flavors have real fruit chunks fo' da' VEGANS! (whoop whoop). And their caramel and fudge flavors are with rbst free diary! Every one wins :D

via Amazon
Most of you that have met me via instagram or in person know that I am a braceface and bracefaces have certain food restrictions. Such as: no caramel, gummies, popcorn, ice, anything found at your local grocery store, etc. With a large list like that it is hard for me to find foods that I can actually chew and still follow the rules (Lol ask me when is the last time I had gum!). Lovely Candy Co. chewy candy is soft and melts with the warmth of your mouth. No more caramel stuck in between your teeth. These candies are easier to eat and healthier for your body. Like I said before this is all a win-win situation. 

Influenster Vitality Vox Box

First Degree Advanced Burn Cream: A soccer girls first aid BFF. Athletes deal with cuts, burns, bruises, and more! First Degree is too the rescue for preventing scars and pain relief. 

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance: Can all the athletic collegiates just snap for this. #girlprobs

Elizabeth Arden FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum

Pure Leaf Iced Tea: refreshing cup of tea in the middle of the busy city!

Softlips Cube

Bikini Ready Energy Gummies: My new fave "pick me up" snack.

Total Value: Approx. $36.50

*Disclaimer: I received the Vitality Vox Box c/o Influenster. You don't have to be a blogger to get freebies! Also the Loyalty Candy Company packs were provided to me complimentary in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are honest and my own*

Friday, August 22, 2014

Be The Change Award - Massachusetts Conference for Women 2014

August 19, 2014                                                           

Massachusetts Conference for Women Calls for 2014 Be The Change Award Nominations
Award honors one woman from the Commonwealth for her charitable work

Boston, MA – The 10th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women will once again recognize one woman from Massachusetts who has made a powerful impact on individual lives and in her community. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Be the Change Award, which will be given to a special woman whose work aligns with the mission of the Conference — helping women and girls achieve their full potential while exemplifying compassion and commitment to improving the lives of the people in their communities. The recipient will be honored in front of a sold out crowd of 10,000 attendees at this year’s Massachusetts Conference for Women on Thursday, December 4, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition.

“I am proud the Conference has made it a priority to celebrate individuals and organizations that embody the Conference’s mission of empowering women and young girls,” said Renee Connolly, Head of Communications for EMD Millipore, Corporation and MA Conference for Women Board Member. ”This has been our goal since we launched the Conference a decade ago and we are thrilled with the progress our attendees have created.”

For the last nine years, the Conference has recognized several women and organizations that have empowered women and girls in communities across Massachusetts; individuals like Judy Giovangelo of Ben Speaks Louder Than Words and Connie Smith for her work with Women’s Lunch Place; and organizations like St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children and Science Club for Girls. These women and organizations inspire the public by motivating others to carry out their calls to action, by serving as a champion for their cause and by demonstrating a clear record of accomplishment in addressing urgent, relevant and complex problems. They also maintain consistent, long-lasting relationships with the people and communities in which they work. 

“The Conference will continue its tradition of recognizing those in the Commonwealth whose work truly creates positive change,” said Lynn D. Tinney, Americas VP of Channels for Riverbed Technology and MA Conference for Women Board Member. “This year’s Be The Change Award will highlight the philanthropic work of one woman who not only illustrates the Conference’s mission of women empowerment, but also embodies the idea of ‘The Power of Us’.”

For more information and to download the nomination form for the 2014 Be The Change Award, please visit or contact Chelsea Franklin or 512-432-1943. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 24, 2014.  

To learn more about the 10th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women, please visit our website, follow us on Twitter at or like our Facebook page

Last year's conference with Leymah Gbowee

Grammarly yours, Semirah D

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

11 Things A Blogger Would Do If The Purge Was Real

The Purge: The Purge film is centered on a 12 hour period which is selected by the government where there are no laws that are enforced and any type of crime can be committed.

Here is a list I compiled, from my 3 years of experience as a blogger, about the 11 things I think bloggers would do with their time during the Purge.

1. Maim the fingers of that anonymous commenter who feels that a screen can protect them. We will find you Mr. CyberBully.
2. Steal: A personal stylist/makeup artist/photographer/website designer

3. Hunker down in a (fully stocked) shelter. 
It would take me the 12 hours of the Purge to fully appreciate a closet like this!
4. Get homies and gather weapons
via Dulce's fb page

5. Find the PR rep for Louis Vuitton and force a partnership contract
6. Hack into your competitors blog and make all their links go back to your site

7. Throw garbage at the PR companies who insult you for not doing free work for them

8. A month before the purge start posting Purge OOTD’s & Must-Have Accessories to survive. (Get your Katniss on w/ that bow and arrow)
9. Get ready to use your neighborhood turned battlefield as a background for some creative photo shoots.
10. Be an attention seeker and do everything you’re not suppose to do while filming it live for your blog. (I.E Interview psychotic killers, take selfies with dead people, actually attempt to kill something, go partying, leave the house)


11. Simply catch up on that daunting to-do list of blog posts and follow up on emails!

Because the movie claims that there is only 1% unemployment you should have enough money to buy your own high end bags/accessories so... yeah, no need to pilage Gucci, Louis, Fendi, etc.

Grammarly yours, Semirah

Monday, August 18, 2014

5 Reasons You NEED Bed Bug Protection in College

1. Peace of Mind
On average American’s spend 40% more on their expenses just for “Peace of Mind” reasons. I.E. Insurance (Life, Car, Electronics, Animals, etc.). It is the western civilizations natural instinct to opt for backup plans. Having insurance won’t give you immunization from incidents, just like how having a bed bug mattress protector won’t sword off bed bugs from your life but, it will give you a peace of mind to know that those little pests aren’t partying on sweet nectar while you sleep.


2. They feed on blood and stay up in there like swimwear
Bed bug’s food source is blood. Unless you have a pet in your small dorm than you are the main course meal. I am neither Team Vampire, Team Cullen, or Team Mosquitos so biting is off limits.


3. Prevents bugs from harboring on/inside your bed mattress
Bed bug’s stay close to the source that feeds them, hence the name “bed” bugs, because that’s one place you’ll always be and use. Having a mattress protector will prevent bugs from hiding because the protector has close knit seams that don’t allow anything to claw in or out. PureCare's MiteTight® seams and locking zippers combined with their OmniGuard® Advance light weight performance fabric ensures that the mattress covers are quiet and cool. That has been a miracle for me! My bed doesn’t hold on to heat and it protects me from the bad guys!

4. Healthy environment in a dirty world
You are living in a building with probably more than 200 other college students. That is a dirty place. You are all 18-25 years old and probably still haven’t figured out that your room needs more than a swiffer broom and trash can. Create your own peaceful haven bed bug-free.


5. Breathe Easy
You’ve been out studying, raving, working out, etc. I know want you to be able to sleep easy like me. Certain mattress protectors also prevent bacteria growth, protections from dust-mites, molds, allergens, and more. For instance the PureCare Aromatherapy Total Encasement Mattress Protector does just that! There are also additional measures I like to take when setting up my room environment however most college campuses don’t allow candles and incense (my fav go-to decor). Thankfully the PureCare mattress includes scented satchels attached to the mattress cover in five scents such as: lavender, jasmine, mandarin, etc. So now you have a small haven that is bed bug free, dust mite free, allergen free, and smells good too!

What extra steps do you take to make sure your room is comfortable to sleep in?

Grammarly yours, Semirah

*Disclaimer: I received a PureCare product in exchange for a feature in my Bed Bug Campaign. All opinions are my own and this campaign is ongoing w/ 3 more posts during Fall/Winter 2014*

Friday, August 15, 2014

Boston Model Spotlight: Dellicia Shorter

Maxi Dress c/o The Girl That Loves boutique // Shoes: Sperry 
The Girl That Loves Boutique has beautiful dresses, tutus and apparel. My goddess mother is modeling the turquoise maxi dress with slits on both sides and she accented her outfit with pink accessories.

Jewelry: Misc. gifts from travels
As you can tell by the button up combo a maxi dress can be dressed up or down and even worn throughout most seasons. Winter may be a challenge.. hmmm: Tie up the bottom, throw on some cute leggings w/ boots and you may just have set a new trend!

This dress is wicked comfortable and is perfect for almost any casual occasion. It is hard to find the perfect maxi so when you finally do it's like your destiny to be together.

Also my mom isn't a coffee drinker but we lah-ovee tea! Hence the travel mug..

Grammarly yours, Semirah

*Disclaimer: This women is not only a beautiful model but, she is also an amazing role model. Thanks mom for helping out with my blog*

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Boston Fitness Review: Hike with True Runner Chestnut Hill

True Runner in Chestnut Hill, MA hosted about 10 selected bloggers for a 3 mile hike. I was so excited to attend this event because not only were we working out but Sweetgreen and Sweet bakery treated us to brunch later that afternoon. New Balance and Tom Tom both showed up to provide product for the bloggers to test out. We wear tested New Balance 880's and Tom Tom's cardio watch.

The New Balance 880's (I am not sure if that is the exact name of these shoes, I will update if I hear anything different) are equipped with New Balance's Revlite cushioning. The main focus for this shoe was to increase durability with the minimal possible materials for a minimalist shoe. My only con to this shoe is that the laces are uncomfortable and need to be carefully adjusted before activities. Because this shoe is very light I am not sure whether or not I would use them as a running shoe, I just don't feel the support.  

My Day Hiking Gear: Vapur water bobble // Protein Bar // Vintage Vera Bradley pack
You can definitely tell from my day pack, in the picture above, that I am not a hardcore hiker. Even though we did a casual adventure around the town and back streets as our "hike", my preparation was completely amateur. And get this...?! I even packed a phone charger and Nikon dslr camera. You can take a city girl out of the city but you can't take the city out of the girl!

As bloggers and social media mavens being stripped of distractions and electronics is hard. Thankfully TomTom was present to give us our gadget fix. We were hooked up with cool watches that tracked our speed, distance, (some of the watches also tracked:) heartbeat, racing goals, etc. The era of wearable technology is now in our backyard. Embrace it or stare at it like that dusty fax machine in the office.  

Sweetgreen served up some delicious and healthy salads. This salad joint is on the role towards 27 locations in the East Coast and rapidly expanding. It is a feat to explain Sweetgreen because, each location has its own vibe but signature Sweetgreen experience. The owners of Sweetgreen, Georgetown grads, are huge music lovers and incorporate that into the brand. Each store has a customized playlist that meets the demand of it's location and the staff are always happy/friendly people. I ate the Gazpacho (upper right w/ peach slices) and Kale Ceasar salad (w/ my fav Parmesan crisp!). 

Red Velvet & Yellow
Cupcakes. Deliciousness. Enough said.

Cupcake shots. Dude... Like seriously. Life is now complete.

Grammarly yours, Semirah

*Disclaimer: I was provided my meals and TrueRunner experience complimentary with the Boston Brunchers group.*

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