Hello October

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The start of a new month is always exciting, full of inspiration and endless possibilities. October is finally here and so far it’s looking like a busy month for me! I’ve been juggling school, a new job, blogging, and as some other fun new things too. It’s definitely been a season of change, but I am looking forward to new opportunities and experiences to come in this next month and end of the year. I am so blessed to have all the things I do in my life, and am always thankful for God’s wisdom and guidance as well as the amazing people that have been supporting me along my journey. What are your plans/goals for October? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

xx, Ciera

Falling Into Fall with Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos

As of yesterday, it’s officially fall season! My sister and I decided to celebrate with some pumpkin spice frappuccinos from Starbucks. I was really craving some pumpkin cupcakes, but unfortunately the cupcakeries near my house don’t start making them until October :( Although it’s still pretty warm here in the OC, I put on my favorite pair of thrifted Steve Madden booties, high waisted denim, and short sleeved sweater and embraced the beginning of autumn.

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{ Bethany Mota sweater | Aero jeans | Thrifted Steve Madden booties (similar) | H&M handbag + rings | Fossil watch | Essie Cocktails + Coconuts polish }

I’m so excited for this fall and winter seasons- it’s a perfect time to experiment with different fashion looks, trends, and of course, layers. I have a few upcoming collaborations with some awesome brands, so stay tuned! Want to know some of my favorite accessories for fall? Check out my newest post on TNT Tauna!

xx, Ciera

Weekly Recap: Style Week OC 2014

Who needs NYFW when you have Style Week OC? Every year in September Orange County has fashion shows at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center showcasing the latest fall fashions and FIDM designers. These last two weekends I have been working backstage, experiencing the craziness, and getting super excited for fall!

Last week the first two shows were at Fashion Island. There were in-store events for the participating brands in the fashion show earlier, and then on Saturday night FIDM had their benefit show.

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The first show at the Spectrum featured different brands from around the shopping center. During the second show Saturday night, Nick Verreos from Project Runway and Under the Gunn showed off his new Nikolaki collection and four FIDM designers were featured in the Celebrity Cruises design competition.

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Did you attend Style Week OC? What were your favorite looks for fall? (P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram where you can find even more behind the scenes fun!)

xx, Ciera

Cropped + Plaid in Pasadena

Good morning loves! Seeing One Direction last week was so much fun, I just wanted to share a few more pictures with you all of what Ema and I wore to the concert. We both opted for crop tops and skater skirts because it was just too hot to wear anything else! (She let me borrow her plaid skirt because as usual, I couldn’t find anything to wear.) DSC_0087 DSC_0048DSC_0050DSC_0054DSC_0076DSC_0070DSC_0056DSC_0085

{ Aero crop top | Borrowed skirt (similar) | DSW sandals | Only 123 Fashion sunnies | Thrifted bag | BCBG Affirmation Bracelet }

xx, Ciera

One Direction Where We Are Tour

During my junior year of high school, I became a Zayn girl. After my best friend Ema introduced me to One Direction and their What Makes You Beautiful music video, I fell in love with these adorable British boys that have become a worldwide sensation. I have been to every single one of their concerts and I may or may not have a shirt with Zayn’s face on it and a lifesize cardboard cutout… Anyways, Thursday night was the first of One Direction’s three-night performances at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, which Ema and I *FINALLY* were able to get floor seats for!

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5S0S opened up the show and then the 1D boys performed all the songs off their Midnight Memories album and a few off their older albums. We both had an absolutely incredible time at the concert- One Direction always puts on an amazing show! (See more about what we wore here.)

Who else went to the One Direction Where We Are Tour? How was your experience?

xx, Ciera

Cruising the Caribbean

A few weeks ago, I went on my very first cruise to the Western Caribbean with my best friend Ema and her family. It was an unforgettable and adventure-filled trip. I’ve been so busy with Vegas, job interviews, birthday craziness, and school starting up again that I haven’t gotten a chance to share some pictures and amazing experiences with you- until now :D

We left LAX in the early afternoon and landed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the late evening. The next morning we boarded on the Princess cruise ship and set off for our first destination. We began our week at Princess Cays, Princess’s private island in the Bahamas. It was the perfect first beach day where we got to just swim, tan, and relax.

Our second stop was Ochos Rios, Jamaica where we took a tour to explore Dunn’s River Falls and the Coboya Gardens. Ema and I had to buy some water shoes outside the park (which of course didn’t keep me from falling flat on my butt the second I got there.) The rocks were extremely slippery and steep, but the view was spectacular and completely worth it.

In Grand Cayman we spent the day swimming with stingrays and snorkeling the nearby coral reefs. I even got to hold a few, even though I could barely reach the ocean floor and the rays were bigger than I am!

Our final stop was Cozumel, Mexico, where we spent another day swimming and relaxing on the beach. For lunch we ordered nachos on the beach and then stopped by Señor Frogs for dinner. The boat didn’t leave until later at night, so we spent the rest of the day exploring the town and doing a little souvenir shopping.

Every night on the boat we had formal dining at 8 PM with an all-inclusive menu of choices. There were two formal nights where we got to get dressed up and take portraits with different backdrops set up at various spots of the boat. We made a few new friends at the 18 and over club, where they had a DJ and dancing every night. The theater had a few musical performances that we went to a few of the nights. My favorite part was probably the ice cream and pizza bar that we visited almost every day, as well as free room service for breakfast! By the end of the trip, I probably gained at least 10 lbs from all the buffet trips, fruity drinks, and midnight pizza snacks (but it was so worth it.)

So that concludes my summer Caribbean cruise adventure! I had the most amazing time and hopefully will be able to go on one again soon. Have you ever been on a cruise before? What are your favorite cruising destinations?

xx, Ciera

Whale Watching

Happy Hump Day! Hope you all enjoyed your three day weekend. I had a great birthday weekend and got to spend my Labor Day in Dana Point whale watching. We saw three whales and lots of dolphins swimming right next to our boat. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the whales, but I got a few of the dolphins, as well as a snap of the blue jellyfish that have been washing up all over California recently.
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How did you spend your Labor Day weekend? Let me know about your weekend adventures below!

xx, Ciera