Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holi Festival

Every year in February or March, followers of the Hindu religion (especially in India) celebrate Holi, the Color Festival, to welcome in spring and the triumph of good over evil. The night before the festival, huge bonfires are lit to burn away the evil spirits while people throw colorful powder and water in the air at family, friends, and neighbors the following day. The festival looks like a massive block party with water balloon fights filled with colored the dye, dancing in the streets, and traditional food like Bhang for everyone to enjoy.








        

The array of colors is endless, with each color representing a different religious virtue or cultural occasion. While our little festival on campus didn't have clouds of paint flooding the streets, it was fun to celebrate such a happy event within our campus community. 
The event was truly a great reminder to live life colorfully!


Monday, April 14, 2014

NYC Bridal Fashion Event


Montana and I got to spend a few hours in NYC at the Essex House last week on "business" helping out a designer for NY Bridal Fashion Week. It was such a great experience we'll treasure forever, the only thing we regret is not getting to stay longer (darn those midterms)! 
Oh, to be a New Yorker for the day again…










Stay tuned to ogle over some beautiful dresses!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Boutikey

One of the greatest parts about living in a big city is all of the special boutiques
that line the city streets where you can find some of the cutest unique items and gifts. The boutiques along Newbury Street especially have some awesome dresses and accessories, but I have yet to even go into them all!

Recently, I started using the Boutikey app (think Instagram for Boston boutiques) and
I've started to discover some new favorite shops in the city. Boutikey allows Boston fashionistas to follow trending merchandise and their favorite local boutiques for pictures of products, exclusive access to discounts and promotions, and a digital rewards system for every time you make a purchase.



While shopping on Newbury Street this past week, I used Boutikey to find new boutiques I hadn't visited before based off of my geographical location like Bobbles & Lace and Crush!



Every Boston fashionista or visiting tourist can download the app here!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Stoop Life




Trench: Brooks Brothers | Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger | Jeans: Ralph Lauren | Bag: Kate Spade
Shoes: Gap | Sunglasses: Anthropologie

Spring has finally made its arrival to Boston!
Bostonians have reconvened to hanging out on the lawn, throwing freebies by the Esplanade, and sitting on their brownstone's stoop. It feels great to have the sun shining and the bird's chirping on the way to my 8 am class (sans scarf)! 
(Please excuse the heavy exposure in these pictures though!)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dare 2 Compare

Two weeks ago, I attended a HerCampus and Microsoft Surface 2 Event where my friend, Bianca, and I received the new Surface 2 to test out for a month! At the event, we learned how to use the device with the help of the friendly Microsoft crew, mingled with fellow Boston bloggers, had a dance party playing along to Just Dance 4, and the HerCampus team spoiled us with an awesome goodie bag!







Admittedly, I'm not much of a tech guru, but Bianca is kind of a tech wiz. Together, we've made a list of pros and cons about the new Microsoft Surface 2 based on our technical and practical points of view. 

1) It's user-friendly, really.
Personally, I tend to quickly lose interest with any kind of technology that's difficult for me to use (I'm the girl who runs to her engineering friends whenever my printer starts to act up). The Surface 2 was intimidating at first, but I quickly caught on.
Bianca lovingly likes to joke, "It's so easy– even a caveman Tia can do it."

2) The camera's features are AMAZING.
Compared to the original Surface, Bianca thinks the camera has improved a lot.
"While playing around with the camera, I noticed that the camera takes a bunch of frames in the split second it took for you to hit the shutter button," she said. "This way you can pick the best shot out of all the frames or delete the ones where you blinked or didn't catch your 'good side'. Also, the Surface 2 has this awesome Panorama feature where you move the camera around and it 
'pieces the picture together'."

Watch our videos using the camera below!
(I apologize for my poor filming skills!)





3) It's lightweight and compact.
I love my laptop, but I hate lugging it around all day from class to internship to library to cafe and dorm. The Surface 2 is the perfect size to fit inside a tote bag or large purse, but its screen also isn't too small for people like me that are far sighted.

4) The attached keyboard has its glitches.
While the Surface 2 is a touch screen, you can also get an attached keyboard that makes taking notes in class much easier. Bianca did encounter some problems with hers though. "Sometimes my keyboard would start to do crazy things like type the letter ‘h’ when I would hit 'enter'," she explained. "The problem was easy to fix by just detaching and reattaching the keyboard, but it's still an annoyance when you're trying to keep up with your professor's slideshow!"  Bianca was also quick to point out thought that the problem could be because her Surface 2 was perhaps a prototype with a 'not for sale' label on the back. In comparison, mine is just labeled 64 GB on the back. 

5) Multitasking is a breeze. 
I'm a big multitasker, so the Surface 2's multiple tasking capabilities is easily my favorite feature. I love being able to have the video open and recording on the left side of the screen and my word document open on the right side which allows me to utilize and see both simultaneously without constantly switching between the two. It's perfect for college students during lectures! 

6) Users be warned- there's only Internet Explorer.
The biggest downside of the Surface 2 for Bianca was the lack of Firefox, Chrome, or Adblock. "It pains me to only be able to use Internet Explorer," she said. "It’s a small setback, but it could be improved for the next Surface!" I myself also noticed the Surface 2 was slow to connect to the Internet and sometimes couldn't connect in specific areas on campus. Bianca agreed this sometimes happened to her as well, even in places off campus.

While we're sure the next Surface 3 is going to be mind blowing one day, we're overall head over heels in love with these little tablets (How far away is Christmas, again?!) The Surface 2 may have some minor downsides, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. It really does have the best of both worlds on a technical and practical level.  

And…
If you're looking for the perfect spot to use your Surface 2, we recommend your favorite little cafe. Warning though, you may get stopped 7 times by curious coffee consumers asking if the Surface 2 is "too good to be true". 


                     


Thanks again to HerCampus & Microsoft for the awesome opportunity!

Ciao!

Tia & Bianca