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

SHOP THE POST

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

Dress the part

Dress the part

Hi there honeyssss,

Long time no chat.. Sorry I suck and haven’t written a post since ‘Nam (that is referring to the Vietnam War if you were wondering) Buuuut I really had intentions to get some more posts up and then I got hit with the “I have no energy and all of my ideas are dumb” feeling, so those posts didn’t happen. And on top of my sudden lack of ability to type coherent thoughts, I was plagued with finding outfits for everything graduation related. Who could have guessed that someone like me, that shops for fun and browses online retailers multiple times a day, would rather have gotten 100 tiny papercuts in between her fingers than look at ONE MORE DRESS?!

I would assume that you all wouldn’t have guessed that, and I sure didn’t either. 3 weeks ago, I thought that I should probably get looking for some graduation outfits.. yes, plural. (I am essentially using these next two months as an opportunity to make 10 outfit changes into the sassiest, cutest outfits my mind can conceive). But when I took to the world wide interweb to do some purchasing, you would have thought that the online shopping gods were punishing me for that one time I ordered a recorder (like the one you had to play ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on in 4th grade) on Amazon.. which I have yet to receive if you were wondering. Maybe they weren’t punishing me, but I will tell you that my search was long and strenuous.

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Pretty much I was that girl in the movie montage that scrolled through countless pages of dress after dress, followed by rompers, and then matching sets (okay, so maybe there aren’t any montages like this – but there should be). Anyway, my search came up dry every gosh dang time, and for me, shopping for a specific event is kinda like finding a crime suspect.. if no evidence is found in the first 48 hours, might as well pack up and throw in the towel. But I was determined to find me the best outfits for my senior pictures (mostly because you can’t send out graduation announcements wearing nothing but your cap and gown. That would sure be weird).

So after my fingers cramped, my eyes went crossed, and I could tell you the price, color and accompanying reviews for every single semi-formal piece of clothing ever made.. I finally found some options. Thank you sweet baby Jesus, one too many cold brews, and of course my trusty phone which only died every time I was finally about to put something in my cart. But the moral of this not-dramatic-whatsoever story is that I am going to share my picks for graduation pictures with you, and then in the next couple of weeks I will also share the best options for the ceremony, to the party, to the after party πŸ˜‰ and everywhere in between. Hopefully this helps and you find the perfect, photo-worthy outfit in a fraction of the time it took me. Sidenote: if you’re not graduating, just use this guide as an excuse to buy a bunch of cute summer looks (maybe upstage the graduates at their parties too. ;))

Go out there and strut your stuff and show off all of my hard work. Until next time. <3

Xo, Ciera