Dad bod not required, but recommended

Dad bod not required, but recommended

Hi friends,

I woke up in a panic today realizing that not only had I not gotten anything for my father dearest for Father’s Day, but I also hadn’t given you guys any ideas for what to give your padre.. how rude of me, I know. But the good news is that there are still 5 days until the big day so last minute shopping is in full effect. And before I even start this I would like to point out that grillin’ spatulas, ties, and homemade bookmarks are all great gifts, but we are going high class around here because my father would expect no less.

Now sometimes I wonder why there is not a daughter’s day.. I am a wonderful daughter, I should be rewarded. But then I realize that dads get their own special day because they have spent 18 years providing places to live, food to eat, and dad jokes to laugh at. Now moms are wonderful at back-scratching, making chicken enchiladas, taking their daughters on countless shopping trips to Ross, and helping pick out the perfect prom dress (or maybe that’s just my mom, she’s pretty great). But this post is about the big poppas out there holding it down for the fam. Where dads may lack in maternal instincts and the ability to hang dry their dau clothes after countless times of telling them they get ruined in the dryer.. they make up for it by saying yes when mom says no, commenting on how ripped your jeans are and asking where the rest of your skirt went, and even killing small, life-threatening insects and rodents.

If it weren’t for the whitey-white skin, huge quads, and sarcastic manner, we may never be sure that Jimmy boy is my dad. But lucky for me Jimbo is the best bodyguard, ATM and Cabo club dance partner all wrapped up into one (see video below) daddy-o. So ya know I won’t really get too sappy about him, but I do love the big fella and he may even grace us with his presence for a blogpost later this week.

All of this was the longest intro ever into a gift guide for your pops, so sorry I got a little wordy today. Enjoy this gift guide, buy some gifts and hope that dad subtracts the gift from the running tab of everything you owe him throughout the years.

Have the best of evenings and we shall chat tomorrow.

Xo, Ciera

Gift guide #2: For the girl who has everything

Gift guide #2: For the girl who has everything

Hi dear friends,

First thing: thank you all for the love for Justin’s guest post on Tuesday.. that boy thinks he’s a damn celebrity now. So if we could all begin to remind him that he’s not THAT great to bring him down a couple pegs, that would be cool! It’s always good to break him down before building back up. 😉 Also, he did acknowledge that this post writing thing is a lot harder than he anticipated, so I wouldn’t expect any more guest posts from him anytime soon.. he’s exhausted. Second thing: if you ever want to shop anything on my blog, or find out where it’s from, click the blue underlined text (or the photo in gift guides) and it will bring you to the direct link! Third thing: 18 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. My goodness, less than three weeks and my favorite time of year will be over.  Fourth thing: buying Christmas presents is exhausting, especially if you are stuck on that one person who already has everything/will buy whatever she wants by the time Christmas comes around.

If I am being honest, I am most definitely that difficult person you dread shopping for. First of all, I hate surprises, so I would much rather you tell me what is coming my way, and I can then mentally prepare my reaction. Trust me, you don’t want to see my real reaction if you don’t warn me beforehand that I am getting an ice scraper.. Second, if I want it, I buy it. It is really that simple. I am not much of a gal that can patiently wait, so if I ever tell you I want a cute new sweater at dinner, just know that shortly after sharing this information with you, I already went to the bathroom to order it on my phone, and you’re now out of a gift idea.

Soooo if you are currently wondering whether or not you should get that difficult person a candle for the 6th year in a row, I am here to tell you NO. I am also here to help you all with some gift ideas for the girl that literally has everything. These gifts are perfect for when you have officially run out ideas and want to get them something that they never even knew they need! And even more conveniently, you can get all of these things in one spot, Nordstrom! Here we go!

Also to anyone currently wondering, this guide can double as my Christmas list if you’ve been searching for the perfect thing to get me… if I don’t already buy it all right after writing this post.

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Nobody likes cold toes, but it always seems to be something ladies overlook on buying for themselves.. but they will be eternally grateful to you when they have toasty toes in these furry beasts.
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The absolute best lash and brow serum. I currently use the lash serum and have seen a huge amount of growth and fullness in my eyelashes. The brow serum is so great for those of us that have parts of our eyebrow that refuse to grow.
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Message boards are currently all of the hype in home décor. This one is perfect to put up in the kitchen with the menu posted, or add some quotes and hang it on a wall in your bedroom. Super cute & simple design.
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Good pajamas are severely underrated. I had always (and still am most of the time) been the girl that wears some old shorts and a ratty t-shirt to bed. But wearing a nice pair of pajamas to sleep or even just to lounge in is such a nice & cozy feeling.
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I am not sure if everyone has heard about T3, but there’s a lot of hype about it currently. At first, I was a non-believer.. but I just received my flat iron and curling iron in the last couple of weeks. AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED ABOUT A HAIR PRODUCT IN MY LIFE. This curling iron literally heats in 10 seconds (I learned this lesson through a pretty painful burn when grabbing the barrel open-handed, so be careful and just not dumb like me), helps your hair hold curl 10x longer, and even has the ability to change out the barrel size. I cannot say enough good things about this, just buy it.
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Skip the bottle of wine and candle for the hostess and get something fresh like this snack box with cool combinations like S’mores and gummy bears. There’s even a good chance they will open that baby up at the party and you will get to eat your own gift!
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Clear skin is a gift that everyone deserves. This kit includes my FAVORITE mud mask, which pulls out impurities, along with moisturizing and purifying cleansers.
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This adorable necklace is the grownup version of the Limited Too “letter” necklaces some of us owned. This version is a little more polished and looks great stacked on top of other necklaces. Love the rose gold too!

Get out there and buy me somethin pretty. 😉 Just kidding, but get to shopping, and check that difficult woman right off your list!

Xo, Ciera

BONUS POST: Gift Guide #1

BONUS POST: Gift Guide #1

 

Hellooooo pals,

Let us all admire Disneyland at Christmas time in my featured photo first.. now we move on. So yesterday I was clicking a bunch of buttons trying to further figure out this blog thing, which led to me accidentally posting a random blog post and some confused email subscribers (I made this plural to make it seem cool, but really it was only Brittany). This blog post was just a link to a blank webpage, so my non-subscribers didn’t miss much.. But this is a perfect time to remind you all to subscribe so you don’t miss anything else that could possibly be of importance. I could announce some really cool stuff to my email subscribers and you might miss it because you’re trying to play hard to get.. so just subscribe so neither of us end up sad. 🙂

As an apology for my click-happy fingers, I am here today to give you a bonus post! WHOOOP WHOOP! My plan for this blog is to start doing fitness posts (tips, workouts, playlists type of thing), but that requires working out, and besides my class I teach on Sunday and an occasional quick gym sesh, you could say I have been a little absent from the gym lately. Normally when I start to lack motivation in the fitness department, I like to get a new pair of leggings or make a new playlist to get me back in the gym. Today’s first gift guide will be centered around the guy/gal you are shopping for that lives at the gym (or uses their membership once a year.. everyone deserves nice workout clothes). Hopefully this guide will help us all get back on the horse so we can use that as an excuse to eat excessive amounts this holiday season! (If you want to shop any of these items, click the picture!)

Da boys are up first!

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This Nike performance tee is perfect for any workout, and will keep you dry to make sure your workout is uninterrupted.
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Nike Tech Shorts are perfect for workouts which involve a lot of movement. They resist tears and ripping so you can throw that crossfit bar as many times as you want (and cry out to let other gym-goers know how hard you MUST be working) with no fear that these babies will split.
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These resistance bands are great to add to any workout for an extra challenge. Go extra heavy and stack the black and blue to really feel the burn.
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Nike’s Free Run Commuter is my favorite running shoe of theirs, with a good amount of support. You don’t even need to know how to tie your shoes since you can just tighten these guys right on up. This pair is currently ON SALE.
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The unofficial official shirt of Farley men. This 1/4 zip is perfect for light layering or quick outdoor workouts.
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The Holy Grail of pants.. granted I have never tried any men’s Lululemon pants, but if they are anything like the women’s ones.. you absolutely need them. Great for to and from the gym or even lifting days.

Now to the ladies! 🙂

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I just purchased this Zella strappy black crop top and I am in LOVE. So so cute, sweat wicking, and supportive enough to be worn without a sports bra underneath.  Perfect with high waist leggings!
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A great gym bag is necessary for a successful gym visit. This one has a mesh pocket for drying wet clothes, and a separate compartment for dirty shoes!
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Tiffany blue is always a great color for any season, and these running shoes are perfect for all sorts of workouts. These Nike Lunar Epic Lows are ON SALE, and yes mother, these can ACTUALLY be worn to workout/run in.
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Gymshark leggings are super affordable and perfect for all types of workouts. They are especially nice if you’re lacking in the department of junk in the trunk, because these babies do the lifting and sculpting for you.
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Whitney Simmons pulled through with her collection. From super cute phrases to colors like baby pink, mauve, and light blue, her apparel is a fun flair to add to any athleisure/workout outfit.
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If you are a living, breathing human being, you probably already own a Hydroflask or some version of it by now.. but I present to you, the glass water bottle. It’s practically impossible to break and won’t dent each time you drop it. The best part is you can buy tons of different colors/patterns in the sleeves so they can change with the day, or even your mood.
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Good exercise underwear are severely overlooked, and that is concerning. Proper stretch and fabric is vital for good underwear. Before you write this one off, workout in some good ones like these, then put your scratchy cotton ones back on, and THEN come talk to me. Scheels always has these UA ones for half price!
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First off.. love so so much. Second, bought these today. And third, if you are in need of a pant that can be worn everyday as well as while working out, buy these. Please. If you are a Reno local, you can even make your way down to Sweatbox in the Basement to pick up a pair. Shop local whenever you can!
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Whenever I show up at the gym with no headphones, I kiss my workout goodbye, and curse whoever wished such bad fortune upon me. Get pumped up and amplify your workout with this wireless pair.
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Just found this in my search for this gift guide, and am now about 99% sure I will be ordering this for myself. Comfy cotton tee for light workouts and lounging! The baby pink writing and logo is just too precious.
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And last but certainly not least.. more velvet. Really wish I had these in my life.. So cute to throw on post workout to keep you warm and stylin’ through the rest of the day.

Hopefully this guide can help you cross one or two people off of your Christmas list, or give you ideas of things you want to add to yours! Happy Shopping! And as long as I don’t do anything weird, see you all on Tuesday for my first guest post. 🙂 DONT FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE

Xo, Ciera