It takes a village

It takes a village

Yo yo yo,

Tis Thursday party people! Whoop whoop! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a happy Wednesday. But I am here to be the bearer of bad news… those 12 Reese’s hearts you ate yesterday aren’t gonna burn themselves off. (maybe I was the only one that ate that many?? I don’t know, asking for a friend here) So it is time you put in some work to make up for the chocolate covered strawberries you devoured in under 5 minutes.

Now once again I was prepared to write a different post, but as always ya girl wasn’t prepared and had a comparative animal physiology test to focus on instead (eye roll). But I just couldn’t leave my devoted fans/readers hanging. πŸ˜‰ And I think this post may be for the best.

I am no fitness expert, although I like to consider myself one at times. And I am definitely no professional workout video subject either (see partner workout here), but hey I am trying my best. I do know a pretty good amount about workouts and fitness, but if I am being honest, it takes a village to keep me in shape. What I mean by that is I look to so many other workout aficionados for new workouts and obviously cute workout clothes.

Number one aficionado would have to be my father, Jimmy Boy, because he was the one who used to force me to go to the gym and count my reps when he knew I was cheating. We still occasionally match at the gym when we both wear our blue muscle tanks, but it’s safe to say that we went our separate workout ways for artistic differences (a girl can only do so many core chop twist things, and I am convinced the man secretly does 69768558 calf raises a day). Also my mother, Ellen Dearest, dragged my “happy ass” as she liked to put it to spin like everydayyyyyy in middle school. She could bring a horse to water but couldn’t force it to drink (I believe I just referred to myself as a horse??), because I did everything in my power to avoid sweating in those classes. But now I should thank my parental guardians, because they are the reason I am up in the gym just working on (and teaching) some fitness. Oh and we can’t forget about Jusibear, who really didn’t get paid enough to put up with my high school attitude every personal training session. Really he didn’t get paid at all, but the boy didn’t listen, I CANNOT DO BURPEES WITHOUT A PROPER SPORTS BRA.

However in this day and age I no longer need my mommy and daddy (and brother I guess) to follow me around and force me to do some planks. This is getting lengthy, but I swear I am almost to the point.. I can now go to the gym with my handy dandy phone in hand and get a really good workout in based off of someone else’s hard work. And by someone else, I mean all of the great ladies on Instagram who come up with some real good workouts. Combining a few different supersets from these girls leads to an easy way to get a bomb workout and not have to think so much about the logistics.

So here is what I do: I save all of my favorite workout videos in my collections on Instagram and sort them by parts of the bod. Then I go to the gym, get a light warm up in, and head to IG on my phone. Based on what I am feelin that day, I pick that body part and get to work on a couple supersets from a few videos. This is what my collections page looks like (practically a shrine of my girl Whitney Simmons.. I know):

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Once you’ve got all of your videos saved in one place, they are super easy to refer back to and getting a good workout in is 1000% possible. Now I am going to include a few of my favorite gals to follow for workout inspo, a quick blurb about why I like em, and then I am going to stop typing so you guys don’t lose interest. πŸ™‚ (all accounts are linked by clicking the picture, so you can give them that follow).

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First, my personal favorite, Whitney Simmons. Best all around workouts with a mix of full body. Real cute clothes doggos too. πŸ™‚

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Next, Hannah Bower. She’s preggers now, but I can guarantee she could still kick my ass in a pull-up contest. She used to be a competitive gymnast, so most of her workouts are majorly strength based.

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Third is Sara Wardell. She has the flattest stomach I have probably ever seen and posts some real good workouts on her page.

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Next is Cristina Capron. She posts some bomb shoulder workouts which will leave your arms in major pain, and her hamstring days are no joke.

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And lastly, Brittany Perille. If you want a booty, she will get you that booty I promise. Her workouts will leave your glutes burning for days.

So that’s all I have got for today. Always remember that it is not a bad thing to look for a little help in the gym. A new perspective could be all you need to finally make those changes you’ve been hoping for. I may or may not have a surprise on the blog tomorrow, so check back to see what it is. πŸ™‚

Are there any Instagram/YouTube fitness ladies you love? Leave them in the comments below if I missed any of your favorites. πŸ™‚

Xo, Ciera

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Winter whites

Winter whites

Hi again,

Just wanted to start by saying curse that damn groundhog that saw his shadow. I was enjoying the beginning of low-mid 60’s here in Reno and the fact that I didn’t have to put on 17 layers just to make the trek to my 7:30 AM class. But noooooo, the selfish little rodent (is a groundhog a rodent?) decided that winter is here to stay for the next few weeks.

Now today I was all set with the go-ahead (from myself) to do a post all about the best Spring buys, but then yesterday I opened my eyes to snow. Now there has not been a real snowfall once in Reno this year, but of course, the second I make the official decision to transition into spring, SNOW MUST FALL. So in light of recent events, a spring post no longer seemed warranted. Instead I am going to tell ya all about the best ways too wear white in Winter.

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Dress: Free People (of course it is gone in white, but there are other cute colors linked. :)) || Shoes: YOU ALREADY KNOW Steve Madden || Photography: Courtney Coppola

Also don’t ask why I am touching my hair in all of these pictures… I have no idea what to do with my hands. I’m a weird girl, okay?

I really don’t understand the no white after Labor Day rule, so we are just going to pretend it doesn’t exist for now.. Like does the rule restart in the new year? Isn’t whatever day we are living in technically after Labor Day from last year?? Do I only have a one day opening to wear white on Labor Day exactly??? I don’t get it, so we’re moving past it for now. And ya know what, if you or I want to wear white anytime of the year, we are going to do it, because we are independent young ladies (and possibly gentleman) who don’t need clothing rules.

The best part about winter whites is that they can easily transition into spring. That white cardigan you love now will look adorable with a mini dress in April, and those trendy white booties you thought you would never wear again will make a comeback with a fun floral top. All white is so chic (also very risky if you’re clumsy) and pops of white add vibrancy, so you can really rock it anyway you like.

Now as always I seem to have some sort of warning for you all, so today I will tell you this: white during winter has the opposite effect of white in spring/summer. When you are not already tanned, white makes you look pale pale pale.. so bronze up first or prepare to look like creamy mayonnaise in a crisp white outfit. Snow White over here feels your pain, trust me. And one more warning, I can tell you from personal experience that eating pomegranate arils while wearing blanc en total (that’s some French right there.. maybe) is not a good idea. πŸ™‚

Check out some of my favorite options for the best winter whites (and creams) that can transition you straight into spring. πŸ™‚

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So go forth and wear white, give that Labor Day rule the middle finger and do yo thanggggg. Tis all for now. Until Thursday..

Xo, Ciera

Girls Just Wanna… workout?

Girls Just Wanna… workout?

Hellooooo kind people,

So nice seeing you on this fine Thursday, and realizing it is almost the weekend.. thank goodness. Life talk right here, right now, real quick. I am gonna get sappy for like a second, and then I’ll stop. School is real hard and I am real busy right about now, but I would just like to thank you all for taking the time to read my blog or at least looking at the pictures and pretending you read it like I did with Teen Vogue when I was 10. But for real even when I feel like I am going crazy and have a whole bunch of things to get done, I still love coming here to write and knowing that at least my mom, Hanna, my father, maybe Justin, Connor from Scheels, and Brittany will read my blog. And I would also like to say thank you for the feedback and kind words thus far, I am only getting started (insert devilish grin here). Much love from me to you. ❀

K, I am done being sappy now, time to get back to being the sassy lady I am. Today’s post is a fitness post, and you and I both know that fitness motivation comes and goes in waves. Sooooo two of the main things I do when I start to lose motivation is buy new workout clothes (because retail therapy is the answer to everything) or get some new tunes to get me pumped up.

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So here’s the shopping part.. buy this outfit. πŸ™‚

Top: The Laundry Room (mine is sold out, but they have lots of other cute options on the website) | Leggings: Lululemon | Shoes: Nike

Now I am that weird girl at the gym that mouths the words to songs as I am working out, because it is kind of an unwritten rule that if a good song comes on, I have to sing. So no, creepy man at the gym, I am not talking to you, you can keep your headphones in and look elsewhere, because Eminem and I are about to go in on a fire verse, and we don’t need your judgment.

I also like to think of myself as the forever changing spin playlist gal (that is my title from here on out, learn it, live it, love it) so I am constantly trying to change up my playlist to keep it fresh and make sure I have different background noise while I yell at people during class each week.

Disclaimer: your mother would probably not like some of these songs. I see looks of horror on my own mother’s face when she hears the songs I play, so listen at your own discretion. But also remember that these songs are not for speed walking or “light training”.. whatever that is. These songs are here for you when you’re ready to put in some work and get a good workout in. So here we go. πŸ™‚

Sprints (running or on the bike):

Climbs on the bike/lifting:

Working that booty:

When you just wanna get wild at the gym and jam:

And I think that’s all you guys can handle right now, but if you all ever want more music, find me on Spotify and give me a follow because I make like 685746542 playlists a week (that number is very dramatic, not true). You can click on any of the songs in the linked playlist and listen to the songs or go typey-type them into youtube and give them a listen.. maybe close your eyes for a few of the videos though. Whoops. Also I got real sassy in this post.. so sorry. I just had to make up for that early sappiness. Besides that have a lovely weekend and the best workouts of jamming.

Xo, Ciera

A Valentine’s Day Full of Kisses

A Valentine’s Day Full of Kisses

Hey there you cutie pies,

So good news, Valentine’s Day is just about a week away, so it’s time to get to outfit planning, candy eating, and flower receiving. Males, if you have not come up with any sort of plan or made necessary reservations, now’s your time big guy. But the good news for us gals is that our biggest concern for the day of love (and Reese’s Hearts) is finding a super cute outfit.

Whether you are going out with your boo thang, watching rom-coms and sobbing uncontrollably, meeting up with your girls for a Galentine’s Day, or wallowing in pity and hating the holiday altogether, I would still suggest looking cute while doing it. πŸ™‚ Maybe you prefer the full-on seductress look (I am gonna keep it PG on the blog, but you do your thing), or maybe a look of red and pink head-to-toe, but either way or even in between, I am here to give you some V-Day outfit inspiration, and remind you that today is the last day to order your looks without having to pay expedited shipping!!!

I really have no idea what my Valentine’s Day plans are so far, but I can almost guarantee they will yield jeans and some booties, so I decided to do a flirty, semi-fancy look for those of you headed out to dinner or a cute party.

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This cutie look is super simple with a festive dress, simple heels, and colored clutch.

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So of course this picture was mid-fall, but I managed to recover before hitting the ground. πŸ™‚ Since balancing in heels is not my specialty, we will start with the shoes, which are a super simple pair of nude, suede, ankle-strap heels by Sam Edelman. These ones are great because they have a thin strap (which makes the leg look longer compared to a thick strap that cuts off the leg), and the block heel makes them easier to walk around in.

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This dress is majorly adorable and has a precious back detail. Beware that this number is a wee bit see-through, so I would suggest some nude undies, but it is super lightweight and comfy. The best part about this dress is that it is less than $20 at Forever 21!!! Major deal, so flirty, and too cute! I️t can also be transitioned into a spring/summer piece with a jean jacket and some wedges.

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And of course the pink clutch pulls the whole look together. This cutie patootie is a Rebecca Minkoff clutch, but the best part is that it can be turned into a crossbody or shoulder bag with the help of the removable chain-link strap.

And now I have 12 other pieces that would be perfect for whatever you have planned this February 14th! πŸ™‚

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Hopefully you are now prepared to dress accordingly for the upcoming day of love! Happy early Valentine’s Day, and until Thursday, so long farewell. ❀

Xo, Ciera

A partner workout.. kinda sorta

A partner workout.. kinda sorta

Hello peopleeee,

Today is fitness day, and let me tell ya.. Boy do I have a treat for you. So my dearest soon-to-be sister-in-law (wow, so many dashes) ((if Justin ever proposes)) asked me if she could be on the blog since Justin was such a hit. A little bit of couple rivalry is the key to any successful relationship. So I let the ginger join me this week for a partner workout, and she only put me in one chokehold, so that’s a win!

Now before you get to the video, LARGE DISCLAIMER: we in no way are professionals (you will see for yourselves) and I swear we will get better at this. I about died laughing during this workout and had a lot of fun with it. If you are a gym newbie or just hate going anywhere without your best pal, try this workout next time you are at the gym or even at home. This workout is made for beginners but can easily be modified upward if you wanna get fancy.

The workout was made by my lovely brother, Justin Michael Farley, who is practically Mr. Fitness himself. He is like so cool and has won 367 Spartan Races, probably set 60 records, and eats paleo stuff because he is just the best. (I was playing no truths, mostly lies there when describing him). Hanna and I had a lot of fun with the workout and you can too. Remember to warm up properly (light cardio for 5-10 minutes) and perform all movements SAFELY. So without further ado, here it is…

Matching outfits- Shoes: Nike | Pants: Lululemon | Top: Whitney Simmons

It’s okay to laugh.. I do every time I watch it. But here is the best part about it.. Working out doesn’t have to be something you dread or must be serious for! You should enjoy it. And hanging out with Hanny Boo Boo Child for an extra 45 minutes wasn’t so bad either. Next time we will even have a better filming location and possibly less mistakes, but don’t get your hopes up! Also shoutout to Brittany for filming this hot mess! I will see you on Tuesday for my roundup of Valentine’s Day outfit ideas. πŸ™‚

Xo, Ciera