Three Green Mojito

There are plenty of whiskey drinks out there for St. Patrick’s Day, so today I want to share a mojito recipe with you! Since this drink features three green ingredients it is delicious and festive! It’s also perfect for this weather that seems to be warming up. Hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients: mint, lime, cucumber, simple syrup, crushed ice, light rum, club soda

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Directions: (this recipe serves 1)

– Muddle 6 mint leaves in the bottom of a glass
– Cut lime into quarters
– Squeeze three quarters into glass and drop them in (save one quarter for garnish)
– Cut cucumber into thin slices and drop 3 slices into glass (save one slice for garnish)
– Add 2 tablespoons of simple syrup
– Fill the glass with crushed ice
– Add 1 (or 2) shots of light rum
– top off with club soda
– garnish glass with 1 lime quarter and 1 cucumber slice

You can also make a virgin mojito which is just as delicious, just leave out the rum!


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Cucumber Mojito Recipe

Cucumber Mojito Recipe

Party Survival Kit and Photobooth DIY

My friend Megan and I had so much fun putting together this survival kit for our best friends bachelorette party. We wanted a funny little gift basket to give all of the girls and figured what better than a survival kit!

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Each bucket included:

Custom Champagne Glass
Cheez-Its (an inside joke that goes along with the “keep it cheezy” theme”)
Peacock Feather


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We made labels for most of the items and put them in plastic buckets with tissue paper.

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We also made a photo booth.

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and my sis made these amazing treats… peacock inspired veggie tray with edemame hummus and butt cookies, hehe.

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And that wraps up all of the details from this party, it was a lot of work, but totally worth it! Check out my Inspiration Board and Invitations from this party.

Pinterest Picks – Tangerine and Mint

Pantone declared Tangerine as the color of 2012, but Mint seems to be taking over right now if you ask me. With Spring approaching, I have been daydreaming of breezy days in the sun and I realized that I really love tangerine and mint together… it is a fun, bright and energizing combination!

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How do you feel about this color combo?

1// Boyfriend Tote
2// Sweater
3// Geometry Series Notebook
4// Collin Skinny Jean (similar)
5// Flower Earrings
6// We children of the Zoo

Head over to my boards and pins for all of the inspiration that I have been collecting and if you’re on Pinterest, leave a link below so I can check out your pins!

Happy Birthday Dad

My dad’s birthday was yesterday so I wanted to post this funny picture from a college project I did. I made him dress up, dirty his face and hold this sign like he was begging on the street. I printed the photograph in black and white and then painted over it for a submission to an art show. My dad always helped me with school projects and I have him to thank for my ambition and enthusiasm to do what I love! Happy Birthday Dad!

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What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

A day in the French Quarter with my sister for some eating, shopping and wandering… getting to play tourist in your home town is always so much fun! This is my favorite dress right now, I have to hold back from wearing it everyday. It’s so comfortable and I love that it is black and white so it matches with everything!

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

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What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy

Dress – H&M // Tights – Urban Outfitters // Purse – H&M // Boots – Ariat via Rue La La // Necklace – borrowed from my sister // Sunglasses – Ray-Ban Cockpit Aviator

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy // Outake

What I Wore // Wandering the Big Easy // Outake

While in New Orleans, I was lucky to have my sis to take these photos, and I took some of her that you can see on her beautiful blog! * I know, I know, I was in New Orleans in December and January… you could say I am a little behind in getting this post up…


Design Tips – Facebook Timeline for Pages

Note: This was published March 1, 2012. Facebook tends to update things frequently so if you see that anything is out of date, or you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll update this post!

On March 30, 2012, all Facebook Pages will get a new design, kinda scary, right? But the good news is, you can preview your page and try out the new features now! Just hit the “preview” button when prompted and you don’t need to publish it until you are ready (or March 30)!

I manage a few different fan pages on Facebook so when I saw that the timeline for pages was launching, I decided to go ahead and get the switch over with! I definitely learned a few things during this process and would love to share some tips!



Choose a Unique Cover Image

The new design includes a huge cover image (851 x 315 pixels) to immediately convey your brand to the public. Your cover photo is the first thing people will see when they visit your page so it’s important to be creative and have something unique! The photo should introduce your company and engage new viewers.

Example: I wanted to feature my workspace as well as a welcoming photo of myself, so I created a custom design. Some other examples of engaging photography might include, a new item in your shop, custom artwork, a popular menu item or a picture of people enjoying your services.


Simple Profile Photos Are Best

Your profile picture represents your page on other parts of Facebook, like in news feed. Select an image that is clear, simple and easily recognizable. Use your logo or another image that represents your company. Choose a photo that is square and scales well from 180 x 180 pixels to 32 x 32 pixels.

 Example: For the Ciera Design page I used a simple texture along with a clean font for my company name.


Highlight What’s Important

Photos, likes and apps are now larger icons located directly beneath your Cover Image, instead of the traditional tabs along the left side of your page. Photos show in the first spot, but you can change the order of everything else so people see what matters most. Four apps are highlighted so make sure to arrange them in order of importance (you can show a maximum number of 12 apps when this view is expanded).

Example: The Ciera Design blog, Esty shop and photography are the things I want my viewer to see first, so I placed those apps in the key spaces. Other apps such as Linked In, Twitter and email sign-up are not crucial so I placed them below, along with my likes tab.

Directions: Expand the apps menu by clicking on the triangle to the right of your visible apps. Hover over each app and click the pencil icon that appears. Choose the app you’d like to swap into that spot from the menu.


Customize App Icons

Unlike the old page design, the new page lets you upload your own custom app image, which is really great! Since these tabs are now smack at the top of you page, they can really look a mess if you don’t customize them… so customize your app icons!

Before Custom App Images:

After Custom App Images:

Example: After I arranged my apps in my preferred order, I designed three custom images that matched the look of my profile photo. I wanted these icons to be bold and simple.

Directions: For each app that you would like to customize, design one image (111 x 74 pixels), click the pencil icon and “edit settings.” Here you can update the “Custom Tab Image” and the “Custom Tab Name.” Make those changes and don’t forget to hit “okay” to save! Update: You can not be in preview mode for this, but you can prepare your image ahead of time for when you are ready to make the switch.

After making these simple design changes you will be on your way to a cohesive looking Facebook page! You have from now until March 30 to work on your design in preview mode before the timeline goes live for all! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Check out my Etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing a Facebook cover design, Facebook App Icons or check out Ciera Design on Facebook for inspiration!

Please note that Facebook has placed some restrictions on what can be used in your Page Cover Image, such as no direct call to action, no website url, and no directions to Like or Share your page… read more about restrictions for Cover Images here on Facebook.

Favorite Posts of February

February brought a few days of feeling homesick but also an appreciation for the Northeast as I was able to spend some beautiful days outdoors during this mild winter! In February I updated my Etsy shop, crossed a few things off my 30 before 30 list and joined formspring so feel free to ask me anything! And in case you missed anything throughout the month, here are my favorite posts:

Favorite Posts of February

1 // Peacock Party Invites – New Designs
2 // Smoothie + Cinnamon Rolls, a look into my weekend
3 // A Red Hot Valentine DIY
4 // Self Portrait. Done.
5 // Carolyna – a new favorite font
6 // Participated in a February Photo A Day Challenge
7 // Workspace Snapshot 02/22/12
8 // Photographs from my trip to Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont

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

On a Very Slippery Trail – Smugglers Notch

My first time to Vermont! I didn’t do any skiing this time around but went on a short hike which was beautiful. The trail was iced over so we had to hold on to tree branches to keep from slipping… even though that didn’t stop me from falling on my butt! We were only about 10 feet from the road so I thought it was a pretty funny “nature walk” but really enjoyed the nice time outdoors.

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Now Accepting Sponsors for March

February is slowly coming to a close and I’d be thrilled to help you promote your blog, small business, vintage store, band or Etsy shop in March! I’ve got some fun posts planned so if you want to find out more about sponsoring, check out my advertising page. The featured sponsor spot is still available, so grab it while you can!

Sponsoring Ciera Design not only means that you get to advertise your business to my lovely readers, but it also means that you’re supporting me in creating what you see here! If you’re interested in sponsoring please check out my advertising page and we can get started! Have questions? Feel free to contact me.