We’ve got a lot to catch up on

We’ve got a lot to catch up on

Hey hey hey,

It’s a wonderful Thursday now that the sun is out and the snow is melted for now. Every morning I wake up and see snow on the ground is another day that I die a little inside, and today was just one of those days. Apparently UNR believes in snow-driving as a regular activity and likes all of its students to practice it on a daily basis, so there is no chance of a cancelled school day anytime soon. With that being said, snow & school are at about the very top of my least favorites list right now, so instead of continuing on with my whining, I’ll share my list of recent favorites with you.

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It has been ages since I did a favorites post, and I have not stopped using random products that may or may not work sooooo I have a good chunk of things to throw your way. As always, I will only tell you the good-good because I appreciate your time and money more than I appreciate my own apparently (insert shrugging emoji here). Alrighty friends, let’s get this favorites party started.

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  1. IGK Toning Drops – Honestly, I didn’t know these existed up until a couple of months ago, and I think my life has been forever changed since that discovery. My brassy ass has the brassiest of brassy hairs and a toning in the salon every 8 weeks is just not in the budget.. luckily these drops take care of all of the nasty copper colors in my hair that I try to avoid. Disclaimer: it will make your hands purple if you are not careful.
  2. Isle of Paradise Dark Tanning Water – If there was a contest for the most tanning methods tried by any one person, I think I would win (if there is one, please let me know). There are definitely pros and cons to each method, but this spray water gives the perfect purple-tinted tan. Also, it doesn’t rub off on your clothes or easily sweat off, because surprisingly enough your clothes don’t want to be tanned as well.
  3. Beauty Blender Case – Although you may not want to admit it, that spongy thing that you are applying makeup with is not germ free. Those little suckers are crawling with bacteria, and deserve to be washed and nuked in the microwave more often than you would assume. The case is the perfect everyday necessity to house your blender post-makeup application and air out all of its sins.
  4. Citrus Stitch Hair Scarves – There is no better accessory than a hair scarf when you are just feeling a wee bit blah about any outfit. Ashlyn, the maker of these hair scarves is also the nicest, kindest soul and deserves all of the success in the world. She hand sews each one with love and makes sure you feel super super cute.
  5. White/Ivory/Light Pink Eyeliner – I used to be on this white eyeliner kick in high school where I outlined my eyeball with it.. but I looked more like an extra for an ice princess role instead of like someone that knows how to do their makeup. Nowadays I use a light shade of eyeliner right on the inside of my tear duct just to brighten up my eyes and look a little dewy for the day.

That’s all I’ve got for now, mostly because I can’t force myself off of the couch to see if there is anything else I need to add to the list. If I think of any additions, expect to see them on the next edition of ‘Favorites with Ciera’. Have the best of days and the wildest of weekends.

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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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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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