A simple afternoon snack

Mix solid white albacore tuna fish with a small amount of mayonnaise. Place a spoonful of mixed tuna onto a stone ground wheat cracker. Top with a wedge of tomato, grated parmesan cheese, fresh chopped basil, salt & pepper and you have yourself a yummy afternoon snack!

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

Perfect Holiday Packaging

Hopefully you have most of your holiday shopping done (unless you are a procrastinator like me) and now it is time to start thinking about wrapping all of those gifts! I have created a collection of my favorite supplies and some inspirations to help you create unique packages this year! You can also check out this holiday bag DIY from my archives.


twine / boxes / tags / something special / sparkle / tape / all inspiration photos click through to source

In My Bag

I’ve always loved when bloggers show a peek into their bags soooo I have decided to share mine! The items in my bag change daily but here’s what was in there when I dumped it this time. Hope you enjoy this little glimpse into my bag!

In My Bag Items

1/ Magazines from the coffee shop
2/ Tide to go (always spilling my coffee)
3/ Spare contacts
4/ Reusable bag
5/ Notebook (for ideas and sketching)
6/ Mints (my grandma sent me these Bourbon Street ones)
7/ Pens (always a bunch in there)
8/ iphone (still rocking the 3Gs)
9/ Wallet, business cards and T card
10/ Golden Half camera
11/ Hair clip and bobby pins (hate when my hair gets in my face)
12/ Umbrella (like to be prepared)
13/ Keys (and lots of discount/member cards)
14/ Chapstick and lipgloss (usually have a million in here but Burt’s Bees Pomegranate and Clinique Juicy Apple are my faves)

In My Bag

So, what’s in your bag?

Sultry & Sweet Holiday Looks

It’s holiday party time! I love getting all dolled up during the holiday season. Sometimes I like to go with brights, sometimes sparkles and sometimes a more sultry look. Here are some of my favorite items to make your holiday outfit really special!

Holiday Party Sultry

Holiday Party Sweet

Sultry // Purse // Dress // Earrings // Belt // Shoes // Lipstick // Polish // Photo
Sweet // Ring // Top // Pants // Hair Clips // Shoe Clips // Heals // Coin Purse // Polish // Photo

November Favorites – A Recap

November went by so quickly I can barely believe it! I feel like I did not accomplish all that I was supposed to this month but looking forward to a very productive December! Here are some of my favorite posts from the month… and don’t forget that TODAY is the last day to enter the Golden Half Camera giveaway!

November Favorite Posts

1 // Pinterest Picks – Neutrals with a touch of mint
2 // Exploring Arnold Arboretum
3 // Design freebies from me to you
4 // The National Branding by Love and War
5 // Populaire – Favorite Font
6 // Boston Photo Tour – The North End
7 // Golden Half Camera Giveaway – TODAY is the last day to enter!
8 // Thankful For…
9 // Etsy Favorite – Friendship Bracelets
10 // Thanksgiving Instagrams

I have a lot planned for December but if you have any special requests just let me know! xo Ciera

Thanksgiving Instagrams

I hope you all had a special holiday with family and friends! I had a relaxing weekend in Maine and now back to work! Here are some snapshots from the long weekend… early mornings… piling wood for the fire… green bean casserole… snow covered hills… all in the details… soup on the fire… carving the turkey… Thanksgiving dinner… loving all the clocks… last leaves falling… family dining room…drying flowers.

Thanksgiving 2011 Instagrams

My username is CieraHolzenthal on Instagram if you want to follow my photo stream!

Etsy Favorite – Friendship Bracelets

While writing my thanksgiving post I started thinking about how in grade school everyone used to exchange bracelets or necklaces as a sign of friendship. I have always loved the bright colors of friendship bracelets so I started looking through Etsy to see what was out there. Truthfully, I was not expecting to find so much awesomeness! I mean, look at these bracelets! I think these would make great gifts for any occasion, I want to get them for everyone I know! Do you have a favorite?

Friendship Bracelets1 Ana Osgood Jewelry // 2 Nautical Wheeler // 3 Koko & Beau // 4 It’s Me, Mary // 5 TINNLILY // 6 Nautical Wheeler // 7 Simply You Jewelry // 8 Ana Osgood Jewelry

Thankful For…

I am thankful for my family, the ones who love me unconditionally… for my boyfriend… coffee… my education… photography… my health… yummy food. I’m thankful that I get to do what I love for a living…

I’m thankful for blogging and the internet… everyday I am excited to find and post the things that inspire me. There is so much talent out there that challenges me to try new things and make new connections…

Thankful for friends… new and old… when I decided to move last year some people told me that moving from the friendly South to the unsociable Northeast was going to be hard. Boston is known to be a less social city of people who find it inappropriate to say hello to strangers and ignore their neighbors. But I am happy to report that those people were wrong! I have really enjoyed meeting a ton of new, awesome people that I now call friends!

… then there are my two best friends in the world who have been around for 16 years of fun, laughs, cries, support, adventures, inspiration, traveling, ideas, parties, serious times and silly times… needless to say, I am VERY thankful for those girls! And without further ado, a few photos of my BFFs and I…

BFF Collage

Thanks to everyone who inspires me, encourages me and pushes me to become a better and more creative person! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Golden Half Camera Giveaway (closed)

November is a month of giving thanks and since last month was my blog’s two year anniversary I want to say THANKS TO MY READERS by giving one lucky person a Golden Half Telepathy camera!

Golden Half Giveaway

So the cool thing about this camera, besides how it looks, is that it allows for two shots on one frame. You get a cool diptych photograph with the two frames divided by a black line. This 35mm half-frame camera allows a standard 3″ x 5″ photo to be split into half (3″ x 2.5″ frames), letting you snap double the amount of photos.

Golden Half: Winter

The design features a plastic body with a wonderful lens, three aperture options and a hot shoe for flash. It’s super easy to carry around since it’s small and pairing the images for each exposure is SO fun. I’ve had such a great time shooting with mine I wanted to share the joy! You can view all of my Golden Half photos here.



- One Telepathy Golden Half 35mm Camera 
- Five rolls of film to get you started
- Five golden half prints (by yours truly) for inspiration


1: Leave a comment below. Let me know why you want to win the Golden Half camera OR if you have something you’d like to see on the blog, feel free to throw it out there!

2: Follow me on Twitter + tweet about the giveaway

3: Become a fan on Facebook + post about the giveaway to your wall.

4: Blog about this giveaway and/or the Ciera Design Blog

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. You can use this short link for sharing: http://bit.ly/sW6nqa Good Luck! Giveaway ends on November 30, 2011 at midnight EST. 4 entries per person max. NOW CLOSED

And the winner is Katherine of Through My Looking Glass, congrats!