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


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 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

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

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)


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