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 😉 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

Don’t you give me the cold shoulder

Don’t you give me the cold shoulder

Hello to you all!

Happy happy hump day from me to you. We have almost made it to the end of this week that has felt like forever and a day, if you ask me. I have two tests this week, some papers to write, a flu-like illness that may just kill me, and the overall obligation to complain about each of those things as though it will make me feel better. But lucky for you, I have a roommate to complain about all of those things to (shoutout to you, Brittany. Sorry you have to deal with me), so you only have to hear about the good stuff.

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And that good stuff today is all about my left shoulder.. Not what you were expecting, huh? Well I am full of surprises.. not normally ones pertaining to a lone body part, but surprises nonetheless. Anyway, I have been feeling sassy and trendy with my one-armed tops lately. Like really, my Instagram has been plagued with my left shoulder and I think people are starting to think I have an unhealthy obsession or something.. WHICH I DON’T, OKAY?! I just jive with the one shoulder thing these days, no harm there.

Now that we have retreated from the dress code day set in place to hinder your overall outfit cuteness, it is time to show some shoulder and forget about the three finger tank top rule that no one understood in the first place. I am saying that it is time for the rise of the one-shoulder shirts, people.

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Top | Jeans | Booties (similar)| Purse (similar)

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Before you knock this trend and say to yourself, “Ciera, I have two arms, I would like to wear full sleeves on both of them..” Think about the fact that these tops could save you so much time and effort. From now on, I could completely stop doing arm workouts on the right side, I could only fake tan one side, and I could even learn to do everything with my left arm that I normally do with my right (probably won’t do that, but I am trying to make a point here).

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In all seriousness though, none of those things make any logical sense or seem necessary, so really I think you should try this trend because it is just so dang cute. Let your one shoulder flag fly high and proud, because you my friend, will be too trendy for your own good. Here are some options to get you on your asymmetrical way.

So maybe stock up on those shoulder workouts you’ve been putting off, and show those bad boys off. They deserve to be seen.

Xo, Ciera

 

Fingertip length.. AT LEAST

Fingertip length.. AT LEAST

Hey cuties,

How is your day going? (pause for effect) Great to hear. Think of this question and answer thing kinda like Steve asking questions on ‘Blue’s Clues’.. you can talk back at me all you want but I am still going to come back with a predetermined response. That’s just how the internet works for now. But if you were wondering how my day is going (I am sure you all asked me, I just have no way of knowing), it is going swell.. my lips have only gone numb twice in this below freezing weather and I only ALMOST fell. This booty did not hit the icy ground despite all of the universe’s efforts to make it do so, so we will be taking that as a victory for today.

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I honestly cannot wait until the day that I no longer have to put on 17 layers to leave the house. If we could get to a nice 75 degree type of normal very soon I would greatly appreciate it, and I think you all would too. The worst part about the cold is how difficult it makes it to wear a dress. Like really, who suffers more from a dress in winter, you, the dress wearer because your legs literally lose feeling, or everyone else around you that has to take in those pasty legs in all of their glory?? We all suffer, that’s the correct answer.

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Dress | Shoes | Hair Scarf

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Luckily for you, me and everyone else on this green Earth, I have a solution. I watched that Fyre Festival documentary (if you haven’t seen it, watch it) and Billy just kept saying there are no problems, only solutions.. and although I am not planning a billion dollar music festival scam to steal your money, I think it’s not too bad of a motto to live by. So my solution for this drab weather we are experiencing is to embrace the midi dress.

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Now I know what you’re thinking, when you first think about these bad boys, an image of your kindergarten teacher or the local Amish community pops into your head. But I am here to tell and prove to you that it’s not all bad. When used correctly and placed in the correct hands, midi skirts and dresses are good, not evil. 🙂 When choosing the perfect one, look for those with shape.. if you see a similarity between a potato sack and the one you are eyeing, I’ll be the bad guy here and say it’s a no go. A good midi really accentuates your curves – like I am talking small waist, perky booty, and all around spiciness if done well.

Try pairing them with sneakers to add a little tomboy to an already girly ensemble. Or maybe try a midi with some mules to show that you live, love, learn and obviously know fashion. If you go for a looser option, go sassy with the rest of the ensemble with a fun top and strappy heels. Just trust me on this one, and roll with it, okay? Here are some of my faves to get your shopping kickstarted. 🙂

So take a chance, cover up those thighs, lower that hemline.. and then thank me later. Also, vaccinate your kids. 🙂 K bye.

Xo, Ciera