Grove Street Letterpress Demo Recap

As plans for the next New Orleans Made In Mind are in full swing I’m realizing I never shared a recap of our last event, a letterpress demo from the wonderful ladies of Grove Street Press! Owners, cousins Kate and Anna, blew us away with not only graciously hosting us in their crush-worthy space, but also taught us a bit about letterpress. They led us through a demo then gave everyone a chance to crank the press and leave with a print.

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St. Clair Pizza rolled up to the event with their charming wood fire pizza food truck. And we made some delicious sangria to wash it down!

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Photos by Kaylynn Marie Photography | Chalk boards by Small Chalk | Head over to Made In Mind for the full recap and more photos!

The Made in Mind Social is a local group of creative types that gather every other month to meet other like minded creatives, learn about other local businesses and collaborate on future projects. If this sounds like you, we’d love for you to come to our next event on September 18. Interested in sponsoring an event? Find details hereNot in New Orleans but want to hold awesome events like this one? Start a Made In Mind chapter in your city!

Travel Memorabilia

Memorabilia from Marseille France

Today is the day that I head home from seven weeks of travel. I don’t really know how to feel. I’m totally ready for my own bed, washing machine, comfort food, friends and family, but I’m going to miss getting to explore something new everyday. I’m going to miss Zander (who is still traveling for work through November) and my best friend (who lives in NYC).

Memorabilia from Paris France

I didn’t really know what to expect when I left for these adventures. I had a flight scheduled home for about three weeks in but decided to ride the trip out with my friends and THEN meet up with Zander since we hadn’t seen each other for the two months after our engagement. This spontaneity is NOT like me at all. A million things ran through my mind, I should be saving up for the wedding, my clients will hate my weird schedule, I really want to renovate the bathroom, what are you thinking?! But in my heart, I felt like it was something I couldn’t pass up.

Memorabilia from Barcelona Spain

Before we left on our trip, Megan and I knew we wanted to collaborate on an ongoing creative project while we traveled together. We decided to photograph mementos from each of the main cities we traveled to, Marseille, Paris, Barcelona, Nice and Madrid.

Memorabilia from Nice France

I am SO glad we did it, it was sort of like a meditation at the end of each city to remember what was important during our time there. It also meant we could capture these items in a photo and didn’t have to be weighed down by them for the rest of our journey (of course we still kept a few favorites). These photos will help me to remember this amazing trip forever! Much better than a bathroom renovation, eh?

Memorabilia from Madrid Spain

I’ve already shared a travel guide for Madrid and some photos from Segovia, would you guys be interested in seeing recaps from each city in a separate post? Or would that be travel overload?

Dreaming of a Bathroom Renovation

A bathroom renovation has been in the back of my mind for a while now. It’s the room in my house that needs it the most, unfortunately it will have to wait a while longer but a girl can dream can’t she?

White and Gold Subway Tile Bathroom

My bathroom tiles were originally blue but a previous owner decided to paint them rather than replace them, yikes! Years later, the paint is starting to chip and it is not pretty. Not to mention, the floor tiles still contain blue, so it’s hard to choose a new color scheme with those still intact. I’m really digging white subway tiles with a darker grout and gold faucets and accessories.

Dream Bathroom Roundup: Decor, Faucets & Skin Care

brass prism | luxury spa towels | skin essentials | candle | edison pendant light | gold classic razor | soap dispenser | mirror | vanity | faucet | photo via Domino

This post is sponsored by The Towel Depot who carries everything from salon towelswholesale towelswholesale beach towels and shop rags. Thank you for supporting this blog by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content. All sponsored posts feature products or services that I truly feel would be of interest to you. Contains affiliate links.

Design Portfolio: Kismet Cosmetics Lipstick Packaging

One of my favorite things as a designer is being able to help out small businesses and local companies. When Louisiana local, Caitlin of Kismet Cosmetics, came to me asking if I’d be interested in creating the packaging for a lipstick line she was releasing, I was pumped. I have always wanted to get into packaging design and this amazing local company was the perfect chance. Kismet already had an art deco influence and we needed to build a cohesive brand with the already established packaging and website.

Kismet Cosmetics Lipstick Packaging by Ciera Design

The box design needed to be used across various lipstick colors, stand out on a boutique shelf by itself or with multiple shades and Caitlin also wanted a package that  created a pattern when they were lined up next to one another. It was a challenge to meet all of the criteria but I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s been so fun seeing the packaging on Style Me Pretty, fashion blogs and Instagram. It makes me really proud that I can help a local business, even if it’s in a small way.

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Fellow LSU graphic design alum, Krystal of A Pinch of Lovely, designed the bronzing lotion bottle and I did the lipstick boxes. Kismet is set to release some new shaded this Fall and I can’t wait to try them out! Photos via Southern Flair BlogKaela Rodehorst Photography for Haute Off The Rack and Kismet Cosmetics.

Segovia Spain

While in Madrid we decided to take a day trip to Segovia which is just a short train ride away. Once we got there we basically just wandered the small streets and followed the signs around the city to the Aqueduct, Alcázar (rumored to have inspired the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty), Cathedral and Casa de los Picos House. It’s an amazing little town with the most charming paths and views of the country side. If you are ever in Madrid and have an extra day, I would definitely take the trip!

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Madrid Spain

Madrid Spain Travel Guide

Today I met up with Zander who I have not seen since the day after we got engaged two months ago! I have been traveling for almost 5 weeks now, whoa, this is such a strange and exciting time in my life! I just had two days alone in London after my travel mates Megan and Betsy headed back to Madrid for their flight home. So I’m finally feeling a little caught up and had some time to start editing my photos! I took over 400 in Madrid alone so it was super hard to narrow it down! At the beginning of the trip, we made up the word sprancing to use for our hashtag on Intagram, it loosely translates to jumping around Spain and France. So let’s start the sprancing recaps with Madrid! We stayed at this apartment near Plaza de Mayor in Puerta del Sol. The photo above is the view from our window. Use this link for $25 off your first Airbnb booking!


Food + Drink in Madrid

Mercado de San MiguelInstagrammed
Toro Tapas (near the Royal Palace) • Instagrammed
Sidrería El TigreInstagrammed
Chocolatería San GinésInstagrammed + Blogged
Taberna La Fontanilla • Instagrammed
Restaurant Botin • Instagrammed
La Chata Restaurante
La Bahía de Extremadura • Instagrammed
Restaurante Apolo • Instagrammed
La Gloria de Montera


Things to do in Madrid

Royal Palace of MadridInstagrammed
Almudena CathedralInstagrammed
La Latina Neighborhood
El campo de Cebada
Calle De AlcaláInstagrammed
Parque Del Retiro • Instagrammed
Temple of Debod • Instagrammed
Day Trip to Segovia • Instagrammed + Blogged

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P.S. Have you seen my travel memorabilia and other travel guides? Barcelona | Segovia | Marseille

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish Desktop Freebie

This month’s desktop freebie was a collaboration with Chelsea of Lovely Indeed for her desktop designers series. I just love the quote “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” from Steve Jobs and think it fits perfectly with my life right now. The hand drawn type is by me and the photo Chelsea took when she was living in NYC. Head over to Lovely Indeed to download it and read a bit about my pet peeves, music crushes and fears.

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

That’s A Wrap: July

I was planning on keeping the blog more up to date while traveling but it is way harder than I anticipated, especially since my client work must come first! So far, I have been to Madrid, Barcelona, Marseille, I’m currently in Nice and leave for Paris on Saturday. On Wednesday, I laid on the beach in the French Rivera and watched my plane home fly over head. I decided I wasn’t done exploring and now I don’t even have a plane ticket home. After Paris I am heading to London and fingers crossed for Iceland!

Incase you missed any posts this month, here is a recap. I’ll be posting more travel photos as soon as I can. But I decided to let taking in the culture and experiences be my number one priority, so who knows, I may not post them til I return home… I’m letting my guilt of not posting consistently go for now!

Ciera Design Blog Posts July

What I Wore // Snowball Season
Growing Your Blog By Positioning Yourself As An Expert
Summer Succulents – Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper Freebies
3 Ways to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month
On Speaking at Alt Summit
Chocolate and Churros
How Do You Celebrate The Bright Side of Life?
Graffiti Graphics: My Parents’ Sign Shop


Sponsor Love

I also want to introduce y’all to an awesome brand I just discovered. Mercer + James is a luxury line of men’s grooming items & accessories with seriously gorgeous items from products like shaving oil, to sets, to safety razors and even old-school hats (really anything to make guys dapper)!!


Mercer + James evolved out of my husband’s search for a better shaving set. The market seemed to be full of either low-quality big-box products that would break quickly, or overpriced “high-end” brands. We concluded that if we couldn’t buy what we wanted, we’d design it for ourselves. Before we knew it, our home was filled with samples and drawings, and our kitchen was brimming with concoctions as we searched for just the right elements to represent what we think men’s grooming should be. Designing is a fun thing that my hubby and I get to share, and it’s really just a bonus that we get to share what we love with the world. -Elizabeth of Mercer + James


Graffiti Graphics: My Parents’ Sign Shop

For some crazy reason in June we decided to host two Made In Mind events even though we usually only do it every other month. But the cool thing was that we held one of them at my parents’ sign shop, Graffiti Graphics! My parents started a sign shop together before I was born, in what turned out to be my first bedroom. They are both so talented and I know that’s the reason I started to take art classes in 2nd grade and eventually pursue a career in a creative field. I recapped the event over on the Made In Mind site, but I thought it would be fun to show some of the details that Laura Rockett captured of my parents’ space too!









Photos by Laura Rockett Photography for The Made In Mind Social.

How Do You Celebrate The Bright Side of Life?

Eating Mango Frozen Fruit Bar

As you can probably tell by my travel adventures this summer, I’m attempting to be a little more spontaneous and embrace the bright side of life. Traveling to Europe for a few weeks, maybe a few months (still unsure, ah spontaneity) was not an easy decision for me since I’m a frugal spender and a planner. But I had an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up so I’m doing what makes me happy, spending time outside, traveling and treating myself, even if it’s something small like a frozen fruit bar on a hot day!

I’m not letting work dictate my life, although I am working part-time while I travel but I’m really trying to embrace the adventures by breaking routines and taking in my surroundings. Before leaving for Spain I tried these amazing mango fruit bars from Fruttare (so yummy and perfect on a hot New Orleans day) and during my travels I have been indulging in local sweets like chocolate and churros and gelato! How do you celebrate the bright side of life?

Mango Frozen Fruit Bars

Mango Frozen Fruit Bar

Ciera With Mango Frozen Fruit Bar

Fruttare Mango Frozen Fruit Bar

Holding Mango Frozen Fruit Bar

Mango Frozen Fruit Bars on Board

Photos by Kaylynn Marie Photography

Thank you Fruttare for sponsoring this post. Celebrate the bright side of life with Fruttare Frozen Fruit BarsThank you for supporting this blog by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content. All sponsored posts feature products or services that I truly feel would be of interest to you. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.