Mada: How one app is helping you pick what to wear

first_imgReddIt Facebook Minority students talk about election results Alexis King Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Twitter Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting TCU and UNTHSC develop COVID-19 research group printLoading 50%Written by: Alexis KingHow the Mada app is changing the world of stylingWhat makes the perfect outfit? Is it shoes, your favorite handbag or jewelry? The world of styling has changed through the years right before our eyes. Trends come and go like clockwork. But even though dressing to the trends sounds easy enough, too often we look in our closets and have “nothing to wear.” Many of us have encountered the trials and triumphs of styling ourselves and our friends. But one Boston College graduate developed an app that eases the stress of creating the perfect outfit for any occasion. 2015 was Madison Semarjian’s first year of college and she was struggling to create an outfit for a first date. Soon after, she decided she never wanted to face this feat again and the Mada App, a personalized shopping and styling app, was created.“I was rushing to get ready for a first date when I couldn’t find anything to wear– even though my credit card statement could confirm that I had enough clothes,” said Semarjian. “We swipe left and right on our romantic prospects. Why couldn’t we do the same for our clothes? And that’s how Mada was born.”Founder of The Mada App, Madison Semarjian poses in a House of Sunny sweater. (Photo Courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Founder of The Mada App, Madison Semarjian poses in a House of Sunny sweater. (Photo Courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Semarjian spent the next four years building the concept for the Mada App and launched it shortly before she graduated. Using artificial intelligence and patent-pending technology, Mada allows users to choose outfits for any possible occasion.We spoke with Madison about everything Mada and what Mada means for the future of fashion and styling…Five spring and summer pieces that posted on the Mada App’s Featured Outfits Page which gives customers full outfit ideas. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Five spring and summer pieces that posted on the Mada App’s Featured Outfits Page which gives customers full outfit ideas. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)A Staud Moon bag featured on @themadaapp Instagram page. Staud Clothing offers reasonably- priced statements pieces and accessories designed to be worn season after season. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)A Staud Moon bag featured on @themadaapp Instagram page. Staud Clothing offers reasonably- priced statements pieces and accessories designed to be worn season after season. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Statement blazers are a popular item on the Mada App for people who want a professional look. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Statement blazers are a popular item on the Mada App for people who want a professional look. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Item 1 of 3Five spring and summer pieces that posted on the Mada App’s Featured Outfits Page which gives customers full outfit ideas. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Five spring and summer pieces that posted on the Mada App’s Featured Outfits Page which gives customers full outfit ideas. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)A Staud Moon bag featured on @themadaapp Instagram page. Staud Clothing offers reasonably- priced statements pieces and accessories designed to be worn season after season. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)A Staud Moon bag featured on @themadaapp Instagram page. Staud Clothing offers reasonably- priced statements pieces and accessories designed to be worn season after season. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Statement blazers are a popular item on the Mada App for people who want a professional look. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)Statement blazers are a popular item on the Mada App for people who want a professional look. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram)AK: How do you think the Mada App or styling apps, in general, could help the styling aspect of the fashion industry?MS: Modern consumers want to be inspired, and it’s not enough to just sell good products anymore. You need to emotionally connect with your customer. My generation is criticized for being a bit fickle when it comes to loyalty in comparison to other generations, but I beg to differ. I think we, as consumers, want more, and expect more from brands. So, at Mada, we are helping brands and retailers step up to my generation’s expectations and provide that inspiration for the shopper through styling.AK: What would you say describes your style aesthetic?MS: According to my Mada profile, I tend to dress mostly feminine and trendy, which is very accurate because Mada knows me so well at this point. I’m a pretty minimalist expression of this though– I tend to dress in only one or two colors and gravitate to black, white or pastels. Fun, but no fuss. AK: What are some challenges when styling outfits for yourself or your friends?MS: A great wardrobe is one that makes you feel amazing, so sometimes when styling friends I need to see what they naturally gravitate towards before styling. It’s a trial-and-error process since personal style is so intimate and emotional, whether you’re into fashion or not. But I have a pretty good sense of what will look good on people, and so I’ll be at a store or a showroom and know, “oh, this is meant for Taylor.” Honestly, I don’t really struggle with styling myself anymore, but I attribute that to knowing myself very well. I have my uniform that I know I feel good in, so I tend to stick to variations of that. Creature of habit! It makes my life easy so I can focus on the fun stuff. And really that’s what we are aiming to do with the app– get our users to a place where they know what they love and don’t even need us anymore.AK: In your opinion, what completes the perfect outfit?MS: Confidence! And a killer coat. AK: Do you see styling apps like Mada being effective for the fashion industry with fashion trends and styling aesthetics constantly cycling back into style (for example, 90s style trends coming back into 2020-21)?  What about individuality?MS: At Mada, we don’t just recommend the trendiest look, though we do for those wanting to dress trendy. We recommend outfits that will make you feel amazing. For some people, that’s wearing the newest runway collection. For others, it’s playing it a bit safe and wearing something classic. Others like to wear a trend after it’s been around for a while. We help you find and amplify your own personal style, so trends become pretty irrelevant whether they are recycled or not. So yes– 100%. Mada will be effective as long as we are inspiring our customers, regardless of what’s “in style.” P.S., HUGE 90s style fan. Popular items that can be found browsing the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Popular items that can be found browsing the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Amina Muaddi is a female-founded fashion brand carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Amina Muaddi is a female-founded fashion brand carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Suit by Black Halo carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Suit by Black Halo carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Item 1 of 3Popular items that can be found browsing the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Popular items that can be found browsing the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Amina Muaddi is a female-founded fashion brand carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Amina Muaddi is a female-founded fashion brand carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Suit by Black Halo carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).Suit by Black Halo carried on the Mada App. (Photo courtesy of @themadaapp Instagram).TCU fashion students have seen how styling apps, like the Mada App, have had an impact on the future of fashion and its consumers. Meghan McCoy, a junior fashion merchandising major, said she has heard of the Mada App and thought it was a “really creative idea that brings brands and consumers together.” Bringing brands and consumers together is important as today’s fashion industry is consumer driven. “Consumers want experiences that feel personalized to them, are fast and accessible and Mada achieves this.” McCoy said. Having a style aesthetic that is a mix of classic, contemporary and preppy, McCoy said that an app like Mada would be an app that she would use herself. “One of my biggest problems with online shopping is the lack of time to sit and scroll through website after website,” McCoy said. “Taking away the products that I as a consumer wouldn’t buy is a great way to increase sales in the fashion industry.” But some fashion merchandising majors do not think styling apps are effective at matching the average consumer’s individuality.“I do not think apps like Mada or styling apps, in general, are effective for individuality because they are doing the styling for you,” said Tessa Worner, a fashion merchandising major at TCU. “Personally, if you want your individuality to shine through, I think styling yourself is the best option for an occasion.”But Worner said styling apps can have their benefits. Since styling pieces is harder to do online, apps like this can help with that issue. “Styling apps are also great for people who struggle more with fashion but still want to put together cute outfits,” said Worner.With the Mada App, styling the perfect outfit is only a few clicks away. To learn more about the Mada app and how to style your first outfit, visit the Mada App website.Alexis King is a journalism major with a minor in digital culture/data analytics from Plano, Texas. Alexis hopes to pursue a career in the fashion industry after she graduates. Alexis enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends & family.TopBuilt with Shorthand Alexis King is a journalism major with a minor in digital culture/data analytics from Plano, Texas. Alexis hopes to to work in entertainment news after she graduates. Alexis enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends & family. 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What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

first_imgHere are our carefully culled top picks from dozens of Pasadena events the very best things to taste, watch, listen to, and experience, all presented weekly in our e!Pasadena email newsletter: HerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment top box 6 What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena Published on Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 3:45 pm Top of the News Community News Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Community Newslast_img read more

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Pandemic Reveals Weak Spots in Housing Finance

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Krista F. Brock Pandemic Reveals Weak Spots in Housing Finance  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Coronavirus 2020-05-22 Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: The Way We Were: COVID-19’s Impact on Appraisals Next: Coronavirus Changes Disaster Response Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Pandemic Reveals Weak Spots in Housing Finance Related Articles Over the past couple of months, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted normal life for Americans across the country, we began to see the first ripples of disturbance to the housing and mortgage markets. Today, we are beginning to see those ripples develop into greater waves with the potential to leave widespread and long-lasting impacts. However, certain areas of the market appear less vulnerable than others.Home listings have been slashed to nearly half of what they were before the pandemic, homebuilders are quickly shifting course, and mortgage credit appears to be drying up.“When the COVID-19 crisis struck in full force in March, the housing and mortgage markets were in as good a place as they had been since the early 2000s,” wrote four housing market experts at the Urban Institute in a research paper titled, “The Mortgage Market Has Caught the Virus.”However, “These strong conditions have been upended with the COVID-19 crisis,” they said.In the housing finance market, uncertainty means risk, and risk is either taken on at a higher price or avoided altogether. Currently, investors “in every corner of the mortgage market are pulling back aggressively on their exposure to credit risk,” the paper stated.Over the past decade, the mortgage market has seen growth in non-agency loans and the debut of the GSEs’ credit risk transfer (CRT) market. Both of these sectors are on shaky ground right now.“All told, we are on course to undermine much of the mortgage ecosystem that has developed over the last decade,” said the researchers.However, there are areas of the market that remain on more stable ground amid today’s market stress, and those, the researchers point out, are the areas of the market backed by the government.Thus the researchers advocate the government play a more active role in the housing finance market on a permanent basis.“While a global pandemic is hopefully anomalous, that the mortgage market has run ashore twice in just over a decade should give us pause,” they wrote, adding that perhaps leaving major portions of the housing market unsupported by the government may be “unhelpful and perhaps simply illusory.”Instead of waiting for a crisis to hit and then scrambling to find a way for the government to provide necessary support, we should simply “acknowledge that government support will be needed in a time of crisis, and plan and pay for it.”The researchers also laid out a few short-term solutions to today’s market woes.One is for the Federal Reserve to provide support to servicers in the form of a lending facility. While millions of homeowners are relieved to have their loans in forbearance during this time, servicers are left on the hook with significant costs that the government has only partially mitigated for them.Nonbank mortgage servicers are at risk, and with a significant footprint in today’s market, instability and failure in this sector could have major implications for the market, especially for low-income and minority borrowers, the researchers stated.In the CRT market, the FHFA should first assure investors that loans in COVID-19-related forbearance will not be qualified as delinquent. They should also purchase some “modest amount of CRT securities” to help stabilize the market, according to the research paper.The non-agency market should be approached delicately, but the researchers did offer two suggestions: expand the Federal Reserve’s Term Asset-Backed Lending Facility to help boost non-agency securitization and reinstate the Treasury’s Public-Private Investment Program to provide equity matching investments for non-agency mortgage-backed securities.center_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share 1Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Coronavirus The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 22, 2020 1,527 Views Subscribelast_img read more

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Indonesian churches call for online worship, sermons amid concerns over COVID-19

first_imgIn an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has developed online services to help its followers worship at home.PGI chairman Gomar Gultom said the measure was taken after President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo asked people to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday. “We support the President’s instruction to limit activities in public places, including in churches,” Gomar said as quoted by the PGI official website, pgi.or.id.”Since yesterday, I’ve distributed letters of advice to our members, urging them to reduce unnecessary travel and meetings. I have also suggested that they consider online fellowship as an alternative by using an e-church,” Gomar said.He explained that several churches had implemented e-church procedures, such as GKI Pondok Indah and JPCC. Both churches have canceled services but they provide online sermons through radio and video streaming.”We don’t have many churches that are ready [for e-church] because of limited infrastructure, but we’ll be more prepared in the future so members can worship from home,” he said. He urged churches that still provide services to prepare hand sanitizers for their members and to check visitor temperatures before entering. He also advised them to clean public spaces with disinfectant prior to services.West Java Synod Assembly Workers’ Board of the Indonesian Christian Church (BPMSW GKI) has adopted a similar approach by advising all churches to perform online Sunday services on March 22 and 29.BPMSW GKI general secretary Cordelia Gunawan said the board would temporarily halt clergy rotations.Cordelia asked pastors to reduce out-of-town services and limit church activities.”We advise [all churches] to cancel all activities besides Sunday services, weddings and funerals,” he said.He also advised all members to avoid physical contact to prevent COVID-19 infection. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Ministers must do better, says CARICOM chairman

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Ministers must do better, says CARICOM chairman by: – May 30, 2011 Tweet Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Grenada’s prime minister, Tillman Thomas, on Friday expressed dissatisfaction with the absence of several ministers with responsibility for ICT at the 36th special meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development, (COTED) that was hosted by Grenada.The meeting, which was convened to discuss and approve both the draft regional digital development strategy (RDDS) and its attendant implementation plan, as well as other ICT related issues, was not able to field a quorum of eight member states, with only four ministers attending, despite confirmations received by the CARICOM Secretariat.Thomas, who has lead responsibility for science and technology, including ICT in the quasi Cabinet of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, stressed his displeasure that the meeting was taking place without the benefit of the full participation of all member states.“Our people cannot afford leadership that is tentative and unstable. We have been talking long enough. It’s now time to act,” he warned.He noted that the formulation of the strategy was a mandate from the Conference and in moving the process forward to implementation of the Strategy, he said, he had anticipated that after six years since the last meeting on ICT, that this would be a “special meeting,” and that the relevant ministers would have regarded it as a “stepping stone in the region’s thrust to utilise information communication technology as a driving force in our development.”The CARICOM chairman lamented that while developments in ICT were galloping in some countries the Caribbean region was still pursuing the adoption of a digital developmental strategy.He added that the region’s dependence on traditional business models and focus on the tried and tested continued to be challenged by a generation who had embraced the opportunities of ICT and technological advancement.“And while we wait on a quorum for the adoption and adaption of this strategy some of our nationals are finding international success in their homes via their computers,” the Grenada prime minister noted.He sounded a word of caution that “we stand to lose our best minds to the developed world unless we embrace ICT with commitment and urgency.”“Our countries have yet to engage ICT as a development tool that should be integrated into our culture and psyche,” he noted and, as such, he expressed the belief that the region’s people were finding evidence of technological success in countries like Singapore, India, Malta and Japan.Noting that significant work was done to formulate what was regarded as a robust strategy on ICT, Thomas told the 36th Special COTED that it was imperative that the process continued and that there was commitment to bring it to “full term and safe delivery.”He therefore called on all member states to recommit to driving the regional digital development strategy forward, noting that “the future of our people hinges on it.”“Our credibility as a region will be questioned, not just by the rest of the world but by our own people. We must seize the opportunity that is available to us now to take the lead in this sector,” he asserted.“We are years overdue. ICT is here to stay, we must embrace it and make a paradigm shift or we will be left struggling to catch up,” he concluded.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share 28 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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From the archives: Game to be televised nationally

first_imgOriginal Date of Publication: Sept. 18, 1951SC and the National Broadcasting company have combined to achieve television history with the announcement yesterday that the Trojan-Notre Dame football game, Dec. 1 in Memorial Coliseum, will be televised coast-to-coast over the new microwave relay system.The “live” telecast will be the first to emanate from Los Angeles over the permanent west-to-east transmission channel.KNBH, channel four, will air the game locally while other viewers throughout the country will watch the famed intersectional battle over local NBC outlets.The announcement, made jointly by Willis O. Hunter, director of Intercollegiate athletics, and officials of, Notre Dame and NBC states that the game rights have sold for sponsorship to Westinghouse Electric company.It also mean that Coach Jess Hill’s Trojans will be viewed coast-to-coast twice during the 1951 season, the national telecast of the SC-Army game from New York, Nov. 3, having already been announced, NBC will also carry that game.Both games will be televised as part of the National Collegiate Athletic association’s experimental television program which involves a series of “controlled telecasts.”The coast-to-coast telecast will also open the Trojan-Irish series, which has drawn a total audience of 1,712,015 fans since its beginning in 1926, to a far greater national audience.Under the permanent transmission system of the American Telephone and Telegraph company, the program will go from Los Angeles to San Francisco and then to Chicago by the microwave network. From Chicago it will be sent on to New York and other eastern points by the present coaxial cable connections.Although this game will be the first sports event to go from west to east it will not be the first such program carried on the new relay. Earlier the new system will bring the world series to the east coast from the west.last_img read more

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D.O. Sportscast: Coronavirus’ impact on Syracuse Athletics

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments On this week’s edition of The D.O Sportscast, our writers talk about the impact that coronavirus has made on Syracuse Athletics over the past few weeks. They discuss the NCAA’s decision to grant eligibility back to spring athletes, the Carrier Dome construction, and more.Subscribe to Sportscast on Spotify and iTunes.center_img Published on March 30, 2020 at 9:58 pmlast_img

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