Might as well buy it

Might as well buy it

 

Hello again dear avid readers,

I was going to title this post “What is in my bag”.. shopping bag that is, but I was concerned people would skim past it, thinking it was a post all about what is in my purse. And let me tell ya, the contents of my purse are not exciting. So I really want to discuss what is in my shopping bag/cart in some of my favorite online shops. After this post, I hope it will inspire you to add them to your cart as well, and once it’s there… well, might as well buy it.

Now I think today I am going to keep the writing to a minimum and mostly show pictures, but don’t hold me to that, please and thanks! I have a terrible habit of going through my favorite online retailers frequently and adding 67398 items to my cart, only to realize later that I have no possible way to afford all of these things (like I didn’t already know I couldn’t pay for them in the first place, ha). And then the worst thing happens when I get the dreaded email that says “Looks like you forgot something” from each store.. but no, I haven’t forgotten, I think about the 6 pairs of shoes, 3 dresses, and bathing suit every hour of the day!!!!! So this post is all about the things I’m barely surviving without, and will immediately purchase once I get a large influx of cash.

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If you could all like not buy everything in my size though, that would be great, since I would still like to purchase all of this myself.. 😉 just kidding, buy it all up, unless its a size small or 27 as the last one, then it’s mine.. just kidding again. Kay, I will stop talking now. Happy Tuesday, see ya Thursday!

Xo, Ciera

 

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2018 Summer Bod.. We are comin’ for ya

2018 Summer Bod.. We are comin’ for ya

Blurry featured image courtesy of summer bods circa 2012 since I have no pictures taken currently and exciting news about Hanna at the end of this post!

Hi friends,

We are all friends here, so I am allowed to call you that. We are also all healthy, living people so today we are back on that fitness grind (insert cringing face here). Okay, but for real, today is a fitness post and it would not be appropriate to discuss all of the peanut butter, slurpees and Takis I consume in a week, so instead I wanna chat all about your 2018 summer bod.

Whether you’re trying to slim down, tone, bulk up, or maybe stay the same.. I am here to break the news that summer is upon us. I am sure you have all heard the phrase “Summer bodies are made in the winter”, and I am here to also tell you that that exact statement is veryyyyy true. I used to be the girl in high school who seemed to think that statement was a myth.. now granted my metabolism was much faster and I had cheer 4 days a week, but for some reason I always decided that I would be cut up by June if I started mid-May. And even more embarrassing, I would literally go to the gym only on the mornings I was going to the pool or lake. My family still makes fun of the fact that I worked on my bikini bod right before putting that swimsuit on.

But since I am a kind lady, and I have decided to hold you accountable for that summer bod even though you didn’t ask me to (I am THAT friend), I am going to tell you my (somewhat) tried and true methods to keep you on track for that 2018 beach bod. Here we go yo.

  1. Make a vision board

    Trust me, I thought they were silly at first too.. but let me tell you, putting your ideas/wishes/hopes/goals in plain sight is such a good way to keep you on track and crush your goals. Include pictures of your favorite fitness models, workout ideas, the swimsuit you are going to buy if you hit your goal by the time it’s no longer freezing, inspirational quotes, and things that will keep you movin’ and groovin’. Now if you are not a fan of printing 50 pictures, tediously cutting each one, and pasting them to a giant science fair 3-fold board, you can make a collage on your computer, or even dedicate a whole Pinterest board to it so you can see all of your pictures in one place.

  2. Jam out to some good tunes

    There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a super hard workout, about to lift some heavy things, or sprint as fast as you can, when suddenly “In the Arms of an Angel” starts playing through your headphones. Bad music can really ruin a workout, so choose your playlist wisely. To each their own with genres of music, you like what you like, but choose the songs and artists that get you pumped. Just a few suggestions: lift to rap/hard rock, run to dance/trap music, and hit those abs with some of your favorite hits to keep you singing while you struggle through a 3 minute plank.

  3. Plan your workout beforehand

    There is nothing worse than getting to the gym, looking around, and thinking “huh, what am I gonna do?” So I suggest always coming up with a plan. Even if it is as simple as saying I will workout 3 days this week, with day 1 for legs, day 2 for upper body, and day 3 for cardio, it will vastly improve your time management for your workout and keep you accountable. It is even better to plan out most of your workout before arriving at the gym so that you don’t get flustered and spend an hour doing donkey kicks because you can’t think of anything else (although that does sound like a workout that would burn out those glutes). A good plan may be something like: “3 supersets of lunges/kickbacks, squats/deadlifts, and abductor/adductor machines”. You do not have to set out each part of your workout, but at least get an idea, and maybe come up with a backup plan, because we all know its practically bound to happen that someone will be using the exact machine you want.

  4. Set short and long term goals

    Setting goals is very important in anything you hope to improve upom. These goals are what drive a person to finish what they started and work hard. The goals you set should be attainable with a consistent amount of effort, but not so easy that they require no commitment. Short term goals are those that you can achieve in the next few days/week/month or even year depending on how much you like planning out your life. One of my short term fitness goals is to do HIIT at least 2 times a week and cardio 3 days a week until the end of summer. Do not make your short term fitness goal something unhealthy or impossible for your current health status. If you are already very thin, setting a goal to lose 6 pounds by Monday is unrealistic and unhealthy. Long term goals require more effort and commitment, like my long term fitness goal for this year, which is to be able to do 3 chin-ups and 1 pull-up unassisted. And let me tell ya, I really think it will take me all year to do them due to the fact that my current personal best is ZEROOOOO. Set your goals, and adjust them occasionally to keep them realistic, but stick with them!

I feel like I always start out all clever at the begginning of my fitness posts and seem to turn into Serious Sally by the end! I am just weird like that I suppose! Back to the fun though, which leads to the announcement that next week’s fitness post will be a for real for real workout. After loads of convincing and pouting (just kidding, there wasn’t too much), I have decided to let my favorite ginger, Hanna, on the blog to join me for a partner workout. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

This is the redhead I am referring to. There is a very good chance I will end up in a headlock, so wish me luck. ILY ByE

Xo, Ciera

This post should practically be sponsored by Levi’s

This post should practically be sponsored by Levi’s

Hello again you spicy mamacitas (and papacitos),

This post has no latin flavor so it would probably be best to ignore my greeting, but I was just excited. Today’s post is all about denim.. and a good white shirt. But before we get started I need you all to really focus on this here: low rise jeans are bad bad bad (mid-high rise is so much more flattering and doesn’t require as much pulling up throughout the day), so as a favor to everyone we are all going to promise to not wear them ever again. Okay? Okay. Rant over for now..

So as I was saying, today’s post is all about some good ol blue jeans and a white top. Ya really can’t go wrong with that combo.. unless the jeans are low rise, then it’s very wrong (Really done now, I promise). The right jeans are so so flattering and can pair perfectly with tons of different tops. Apparently this combo is even the official unofficial uniform of the Farley family. This group can really rock some denim (see photos below).

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What a look, huh?! It truly is magical seeing everyone barefoot in a photo place in the mall wearing their best pair of denim.. Right? Although I do think I was workin those braids and that outfit, it is no longer 2002, so I have an updated version of this look for you, and a few options for some real good buys.

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Here is my 2018 version.. super cute, simple, with a dash of spicy coming from those leopard booties.

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Let us start at the star of the outfit, them booties babyyyyy. I won’t bore you with a long spiel about them since I have already professed my love for them a few times.. But if you still wanna shop them, use this link here. They are on sale for a third of the price I paid for them at Steve Madden!!!!

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Prepare for lots of pics of this outfit.. it is my favorite outfit/picture combo I have had for the blog thus far! So now let’s go to the top, because why not. I love me a good white tee, top, blouse, etc. I am that girl that wears white past Labor Day. Sue me! But white is such a versatile color and can be paired so easily throughout all of the seasons. The top I have on here is a super duper comfy layering top from Nordstrom that is only $19!!

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Aaaaaand finally, them jeans though. These would be my mom jeans. Surprisingly despite their name, these are one of the few jeans I have not stolen from my mother. I love me a good mom jean because of their tight hips/waist and looser hem and knee area. The rip placement in these is top notch too. These bad boys are from American Eagle, and easily a necessity for your closet.

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Here are a few of my online finds for you to make your own look:

jean 1jean 2jean 4jean 3jean 5jean 6Whether you plan to go casual or get as fancy as a pair of denim allows you to, get out there and own them. Well-fitting jeans are probably one of the most important aspects of a successful wardrobe. Stay away from those low-rise though.. Until next time.

Xo, Ciera

Yes, you must wear pants

Yes, you must wear pants

Hi pals,

We all know I am a fan of not wearing pants.. in the sense that I would prefer a dress or romper. (like I said, no pants are the best pants) But since this is a fitness post on this fine Thursday, I think it is important for me to tell you that it is required for you to wear pants at gyms.. so don’t you be getting any weird ideas.

Now I had no idea what I was possibly going to write this post about as of yesterday.. but I was then presented with fitness blog post gold while doing my leg workout yesterday. Okay, maybe not gold, but I think it’s a pretty good thing to discuss. Now before I get into the actual content of this blogpost I would like to give you the backstory to my pants party post.

So yesterday I was at Fitness Connection, workin it out ya know, and I was using the leg extension machine.. And suddenly a large man walks in front of me wearing leggings and a cutoff crop top. Now I’m not a judger, you do you boo, but I was pretty taken aback by possibly the tightest pants I have ever seen on a male or female. I really wasn’t even sure if I should look or cover my own eyes.

There is a point to this, I swear.. The main thing was that I knew the leggings he was wearing weren’t made for the type of workout he was doing. I was impressed that he was rockin’ a pair of Lululemon Align pants, but light gray is not your friend while sweating, and those guys are not squat proof so most of the gym ended up with a free show. The whole point of this post is for me to tell you all about the different types of workout/athleisure pants and their intended use. I am a self-proclaimed workout pants expert, and I do have a little experience as I am now a Lululemon sellin’ gal and was once a Scheels expert in women’s fitness wear (super official, I know), and I wear workout gear for 95% of my life.

I am going to make it easy by starting at athleisure and working my way to heavy duty leggings. And now it’s time to get this pants party started!

  1. Lululemon Align Pant

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    These come in a bunch of different colors, three different lengths and are perfect for everyday wear and light workouts (yoga or walking). As close as you can get to not wearing pants without being fully naked.
  2. Zella Live In High Waist Legging

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    Comparable to Lululemon with a lower price point. Many color options but slightly thicker & heavier in material. Perfect for lounging or light workouts.
  3. Under Armour Studio Leggings

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    Soft cotton blend with fun designs. Perfect for barre & pilates. Studio leggings are meant to be stretched in, but are not great for high intensity.
  4. Nike Epic Lux Flash Running Tights

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    Lightweight and fun designs (mostly reflective for outdoor running). Running tights are made for that purpose and are often thinner than training tights due to the specificity of the running motion.
  5. K Deer Sneaker Length Legging
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    Love love love the crazy stripe pattern. Inner thigh ventilation is also a real plus on those tougher workouts. Great for cardio and most training activities.

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    Here’s my super cute pink pair and Seager when he was still cute & little. 🙂
  6. Lululemon Wunder Under Hi-Rise 7/8 Tight

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    Thicker material than the Align, so more squat and HIIT-proof. Lots of patterns! The “Full-on Luxtreme” version feels especially soft and silky compared to the regular fabric.
  7. Gymshark Seamless Energy High Waist Legging

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    These seamless leggings are super cute, and I am dyinggggg over the laser-cut detailing on the sides of these cutie pies. I already have the red versions of these , and just ordered these, so I am (not so) patiently waiting to get them. Great for all workouts, and they do not show sweat.
  8. Lululemon Train Times 7/8 Pant

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    Mesh detailing in the back, which I know you can’t see in this picture, but I love. Thick and stretchy with a high waist. These are my favorite to wear on leg day because they are squat-proof.
  9. Lululemon Speed Up Tight
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    These are by far the best pants for cardio because the pockets are top-notch. You can put your phone, keys, candy to sneak during your workout, anything really in there. Squat-proof and thick for all sorts of movement.

    Always test these pants to make sure you are in the right size, color, fit, all of that good stuff. Keep workin’ on that fitness and for the sake of yourself and everyone else at the gym/studio, get yourself some cute pants designated for the type of workout you do.

    See you lovely people next week!

Xo, Ciera

 

Money for you, and you, and even you

Money for you, and you, and even you

Hi pretty ladies (and a select few males),

I am so very excited for today’s post because it goes along with a giveaway happening on my Instagram! I just so happened to make my first (and only) blogging friend so far the other day, and we decided we would get a giveaway going for all of you to also celebrate this momentous occasion.

This giveaway is pretty dang good if I do say so myself. It is a $100 gift card to Urban Outfitters, and you should probably enter to win it! The rules and contests are on my Insta @ciera_farley. If you have an account, get over there and get to it, and if you don’t, maybe you should get one just for this.

To possibly give you even more incentive, today’s blogpost is all about my favorite picks from Urban Outfitters right now. These pretties are all under $100 too, so you won’t even have to pull out your own wallet to pay for them if you win the giveaway!

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So my first two picks are part of this outfit! And first is a super cuuuuuute off the shoulder, ivory knit from Urban Outfitters. If you’re looking for a warm sweater to fight off the cold in the winter, this sweater probably isn’t for you, but as a knit that can transition into spring, it is great! Also, if you like to brave the cold for one hour blog photoshoots, this sweater will work for you.

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The pants are a trendy pair of distressed cropped flares. Now if you ask my mother, these were not a love at first sight kinda pant, but if you ask me, I think they are so freakin’ cute, and just trendy enough. I absolutely LOVE the distressing on them, and I waited very impatiently to finally order these. I think they will look so cute in spring/summer too with a bodysuit and fun pair of wedges.

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Now my shoes aren’t from UO, but they are Steve Madden and my newest shoe obsession. I have always loved cheetah print and have maybe rocked it past its prime, but I just can’t seem to give it up. These shoesies are adorable and pretty comfortable as far as a 4 inch bootie goes. The best part is leopard can be worn as a neutral with other prints/color, or be the focal point of an outfit to add a pop of sass. (They are even on sale!!!!!)

So here we go with some other picks! All pictures are clickable, so happy shopping! 🙂

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Someone please buy these and wear them so I can live vicariously through you. I love them so much, but my thick thighs do not. 😦

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That’s what I have got for ya today, so get over there and enter if you haven’t already! I wish you all the best of luck! 🙂

Xo, Ciera