Petition to make athleisure the new business casual

Petition to make athleisure the new business casual

Hey there,

Thanks for joining me again! Just going to give myself a quick pat on the back because this is the second post going up this week, and I done did the damn thing. This one is a good one too, because as my title clearly implies… who in the heckinbob doesn’t love a little athleisure wear (I’m currently trying to stay calm as my spell check so kindly underlines “athleisure” each and every time I type it – I’ll get through it, don’t worry). But as I was saying, life is better in leggings. You and I both know we can’t deny that.

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I love me some jeans and a cute top, along with a dress and some thigh highs, just as much as the next gal, but I am here to make a confession – I, Ciera Farley, do not wear real pants at least 85% of the time. Now if you quote me on that, I will deny it, but it’s the truth. Most days I cannot be bothered to put on real pants, let alone pants at all?? But ya know, to go out in public, pants are more or less required (or is it more of a recommendation?) So my go-to is always the good ‘ol faithful.. LEGGINNNNSSS.

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Top | Jacket | Leggings | Shoes | Curling Iron

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For one, they slide on much easier than a pair of jeans. I know I can’t be the only one that has at least a pair or two of jeans with ripped belt loops because they don’t pull up like they’re supposed to (it’s the jeans fault, not ours, I just know it). Second, they make the booty look real good. I mean girrrrllllll, you do not do 87 sets of squats and 45 hip thrusts while avoiding the gym creep for that backside to be covered up by some poorly fitting denim (while we are here I also just want to point out that quad workouts are just as important as glute exercises ;)). That’s not to say that all jeans fit poorly, because the right pair can really do wonders, but my next point is that you surely cannot attempt the bend & snap straight into the splits and then jump up and do some squats in those jeans you like so much… if you can, teach me your ways.

And by far the best part of rocking thems tight pants… you leave everyone wondering about your exercise status at all times. Did you just come from the gym? Probably not. Are you going to the gym later? Probably not. Do you even have a gym membership? Nope, never will. But honey, no one needs to know that. Your secret is safe with me. <3

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Now that I have made my case for the bottom half, I am here to defend the fact that athleisure looks cute just about any way you style it. So take this quick little styling journey with me here, because I am about to simplify the way you look comfy-cute. I would say close your eyes and really imagine it for me, but then you wouldn’t be able to read this and that kind of defeats the purpose.

Please enjoy these photos of me showing you just how functional this look can be also. πŸ˜‰

Alright, back to it..

So imagine your favorite outfit for a night out in November, the one with your dark wash or black denim and the top that makes your collarbones look good (other girls care about that, right? Nope, just me again. Great :)), and the shoes that make your calves look like you raised the roof with them. Okay, now that you have the image in your head… restart entirely. Just kidding. A few quick swaps and we are there, swearsies.

Swap out those jeans for some simple black/navy/gray leggings (Aligns from Lululemon are life-changing). Trade the blouse for a cropped tank or cozy sweatshirt. Throw on a fuzzy jacket or go fancy with leatherrrrrrr. And then take off those heels because we both know they were gonna hurt you anyway and throw on some casual sneakers. Toss on a hat if you want and you are so beyond good to go, it’s crazy!!

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Here are some of my faves from my recent online browsings to get you started on the perfect athleisure look πŸ™‚

Stay comfy out there, my friends. And ALWAYS remember, pants are not necessary… just a VERY strong suggestion. πŸ˜‰ Until next time.

Xo, Ciera

Life as I know it

Life as I know it

Hi punkins,

As promised, here I am – back at it on the blog and trying my best to figure my s#!t out. πŸ™‚ Does it really make it better if I use a hashtag and exclamation point in place of an h and i?? We all know what I mean and we are even more aware that I have a potty mouth, so who I am really trying to fool here, right? If you were previously unaware though, I cuss like a sailor… and I am not even gonna apologize to my mom and grandmother, because I think they were the ones that provided me with such an expansive, explicit vocabulary.

Anyway, there’s a point to my rambling today. I kinda thought it would be a little weird to just hop back into things without an update as to what I have been up to for the past 7 months.. yes, it has been that long, you don’t need to check. πŸ˜‰ so today’s post is pretty much just a recap of all of the happenings from that time frame. And for those of you that already know all of this, sorry I am a serial over-sharer and now you have to read about it all over again.Β And obviously just for kicks, I’m gonna link some cute things, because why not??

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Sweater | Denim Dress | Denim Dress (similar) | Boots

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Okay, here goes.

I graduated college (kinda)… and by kinda I mean that I am still technically in two labs, but on December 16th I will officially be done with my undergrad. To all of those that gave me grad gifts, I swear I didn’t pull a fast one on ya, I did walk across the stage in May (inside might I add.. not in the quad.. shout out Marc Johnson, still mad at you), I just have a few measly credits to finish up this semester, and then I’m really donezoooooo!!!

I spent most of my summer serving beverages to Reno’s finest. I met some pretty cool people and some very interesting characters at the same time. I also now know pretty much everything you could ever want to know about golf carts, IPA’s, greyhounds (the drink, not the bus), and the timing of a round of golf. Quiz me, I dare you.

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I worked pretty much every weekend, but when I did make my way out, I sure did have some fun. Honestly I think this may have been the most fun summer I have ever had. I was exhausted pretty much at all hours of the day, but the nights out and 2 am returns home were worth it (right Brittany? ;)) I also slept a lot.. but you’re only 22 once, so I needed to do T-Swift proud and really do it big this year. Also, on that note, I spent my 22nd birthday karaoke-ing to “22” by Taylor Swift, so it really could not have gotten much better than that.

You may not care about this part, but just a few humble brag moments because it’s the little things in life. πŸ™‚ I have adopted a very extensive skincare routine and can almost guarantee that I will not have a wrinkle before the age of 50 (Word to the wise – WEAR SOME SUNSCREEN DAMMIT). My credit score went up because I finally realized that racking up credit card debt was probably not the best way to spend my early 20’s. Aaaaand I signed up to take the GRE next month so I can apply to grad schools. So if I never report back on how I did, just assume it went terribly and send well wishes for my inevitable mental breakdown. πŸ™‚

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Moving on..

I spent a quick 46 hours in Las Vegas, and let me tell ya.. VEGAS WON. Not only did I lose each and every battle while there, I lost the gosh dang war too. It was fun though. I also made it to Huntington Beach with the family (probably one of my favorite places). This trip looked a lot different than the Vegas one, but fun nonetheless. Side note: I had to buy a brand new suitcase while there because I shopped so much (yikes).Β  I also realized on that trip that I want to live there, so if 15 of you want to split the rent for a studio apartment down there, hit a girl up. That’s the only way we are affording a living space in the California housing market, I promise you that.

Speaking of housing market, I am now the assistant to my dad for his real estate business. So if you are ever in need of someone to help you buy or sell a home in the Reno/Sparks area, shoot Jim an email at james.farley@bhhsdrysdale.com or visit his website (shameless plug right there) He knows his stuff and his assistant is top-notch. πŸ˜‰ Proud of you, padre!

But my Farley family assistant work does not stop there. I also have the great pleasure of being my brother’s subordinate at his engineering office. It is definitely not easy not calling him a douchewad every time he tells me to do something, but we are getting through it and being big kids while in the office. And while we are on the topic of Justin, and I am sure he is reading this part.. please propose to Hanna. <3

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K, back on track now.. I also spent the summer shoppingggggg. But the craziest part about working all of the time is that I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to wear all of my new purchases. For example, my employers probably would not have appreciated these cute new thigh-high boots, as if they would slow down my pace of work or something?? But anyway, I have a lot of cute clothes to share with you in the upcoming weeks, so I hope you enjoy.

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I think that’s how I am gonna wrap it up for this post. My hands are cramping and this was a doozy in general.. and who doesn’t love an abrupt ending?? (Me, that’s who – but I am learning to pick my battles) I have a lot of new post ideas coming your way and I hope you love them. Thanks for reading friends.

Xo, Ciera

SURPRISEEEEEE!!!

SURPRISEEEEEE!!!

Hi, hello, happy Thursday!!

That introduction seemed a little lackluster, but I’m not sure there is any great way to say “Hi, so sorry I have been M.I.A for the last 6 months, but here I am now, so hopefully you haven’t forgotten about me, and hopefully you’re ready to see my face again and thanks so much for being patient”?? If anyone knows a word that sums that all up, please pass the info along.. but for now, we will just stick with: SURPRISE, I’M BACK BABYYYYYYY. πŸ™‚

I posted my first real blog post on this day two years ago, so it kinda sorta, really a lotta bit felt like no better time than right this second to get this bad boy up. I keep it mostly short and sweet because words are hard, and there’s no pictures (ugh, who likes a novel without pictures? NO ONE). Regardless,Β keep on reading for somethin’ exciting.

I have had a lot of intentions to get the blog back up and running for a few months now, but life kinda got in the way. Essentially ya girl needed to make some monayyyy. Good news is that I did just that (and then I spent a very good portion of it, but is anyone really surprised by that???) But I also found myself in this new phase of life where I was literally terrified of everything that came along with making decisions. This summer, I suddenly became very aware that my time is money, and let me tell ya, this blog takes a lot of time (and money, and time as money, and money as time, ya know), and for some reason every time I came to my computer to type something, or scheduled blog pictures… it just seemed like a poor use of my time. (wowzers, how many more TIMES can I possible say ‘time”?) I couldn’t explain the feeling to you if I tried, but it almost felt like starting all over to me. Just the thought of getting this beast back up and running exhausted my brain and wallet all over again.

Where I am going with this rant? Couldn’t really tell ya, I like it to be a surprise to me too. πŸ˜‰

But then I got to thinking (which I do often), why can’t I make this fun again? Why can’t I just pick back up where I left off?Β  And after this very long-winded, dramatic thought process, I decided I have already laid the groundwork (past Ciera is so kind & helpful sometimes), so all I have to do is pick up where I left off, but be a little better this time around. Remember kids, you don’t always need to be the best, you just need to be better. I’m kidding (kinda) πŸ˜‰

So with all of that being said, here I am with The Devil Wears Rompers 2.0. I am still going to bring you winter trends, cute outfits, and extensive beauty routines, along with gift guides and terribly corny jokes, but it’s going to be new and improved… just like my newly cleaned hair after 4 days of not washing it (Sorry mom, dry shampoo just works so well). But anyway, hopefully you enjoyed this random breaking news and prettiest of pleases check back next week for some good content and me blabbering. ILY SO MUCH and thank you for coming right on back to read the 10% of my thoughts that I actually find appropriate enough to put on the internet.

Xo, Ciera