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

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


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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Photos by Ashlyn Moreno

Dress | Shoes | Hair Scarf


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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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

Xo, Ciera