My Favorite Gift Ideas for the Wine Lover

I’m trying to be good this year and get my holiday shopping done ahead of time. I recently came across UncommonGoods and y’all, they have some amazing options for gifts! I feel like everyone on my list is so difficult to shop for but this site has so many unique items that it’s going to make it really easy on me! They have thousands one-of-a-kind products ranging from home and garden products to jewelry and accessories, office items, children’s toys and more. They also have some really cool stocking stuffers like an Aquafarm here and Kinetic Sand here! I totally love all the fun wine related things they have so I decided to put together this gift guide! My mom will probably get a few things from this list!

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UncommonGoods makes it so easy to shop too! They break down their site into easy categories… whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift for your sister, or you have a specific amount you’re looking to spend, for example, gifts under $50, they make it simple to get your shopping done quickly! Some other cool things about UncommonGoods:
  • They highlight the stories of the artists and designers throughout the website
  • Half of what they sell is made by hand. Look for the blue hand icon throughout the website.
  • About one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials.
  • They donate a portion of each order to your choice of non-profit organizations: American Forests, AmeriCares, City Harvest, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
If you are looking for a gift that is unique, or are trying to find something for that person that seems to have everything, check out UncommonGoods, you will not be disappointed!
 
This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods. 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 and all opinions are my own.

Stately Type – Hand-lettered US Map Prints & T-shirts

Kickstarter really has some amazing stuff y’all! I recently came across Stately Type, a project by graphic designer David Lesue. It’s basically two things: first, it’s a big 20″x 16″ letterpressed map of the United States where David hand-lettered the name of each state within the distinctive form of its boundaries.

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Second, it’s 50 individually designed hand-lettered t-shirts—one for each state in the union. David designed each one to reflect the identity of the state it represents—matching the shirt color and graphic color to each state’s personality.

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The inspiration for this project came from my love of hand-lettered type and my fascination with the iconic shapes of state boundaries. By combining those two elements, I’ve come up with something that looks stunning—maps of the individual states and of the US as a whole that feel very personal, distinctive, and hand-crafted. -David Lesue

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David has actually reached his goal but if you like this project as much as I do, head over to his Kickstarter page to support it, he has lots of amazing rewards for those who back his project!

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Four Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Let’s face it – as people with creative businesses, there are times when we feel a lack of vision and innovation. Whether it’s because we’re working on projects that leave us uninspired or we just simply can’t get our creative juices flowing, it’s a slump we don’t want to be stuck in for long.

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It’s something I’ve been struggling with lately, so I’ve come up with four ways to get re-inspired:

1. Try to remember the time when you were feeling the most creative or inspired.

There are moments in our lives when we feel like nothing can stop us and we can’t stop coming up with great ideas. The key to reliving those moments is to figure out what made those moments so special. Where were you at? What were you doing? Who were you with? What were you feeling? Try to recreate that moment as best as you can and you’ll be on the right track to getting your creativity back.

2. Take a class

We’re often inspired by new adventures and meeting new people, so taking a class or doing a workshop will help kick your creativity back in gear. Make something by hand, learn something new and connect with other creative people and you’re sure to get inspired. Some courses to check out are the Alt Summit Classes, Skillshare, Nicole’s Classes and sign up for workshops like BlogShop and Anthro Events.

3. Visit Your Favorite Places

Our surroundings are one of the things that inspire us the most, and we all have places where we feel most inspired. When you’re feeling less creative than normal, it’s a no brainer to visit your favorite places to get yourself going again. Whether you’re influenced by the displays at your favorite store or by a landscape or park you love the most, take time to visit those places, enjoy them and let them motivate you.

4. Spruce Up Your Resources

Just like buying new workout clothes might help you to get back to the gym, new creative resources can help amp up your inspiration. Download some new fonts, explore new color schemes, try out a new program or let a new design book help you dream up new ideas. Something as simple as a new font to play with can totally transform your mood and your work.

 

What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired? Share your tips in the comments!

What I Wore // Striped Maxi Dress and Moto Jacket

Hey friends! I haven’t done one of these post in quite some time but I found a new online shopping experience that I really want to share with y’all! It’s called Golden Tote and it’s the ultimate surprise grab bag!

I have never mentioned this on the blog, but I am not a fan of shopping. I’m very picky and have trouble finding clothes that fit well so I get frustrated and moody when nothing works out. I have come home empty-handed so many times, so I decided to try a different method.

I tell Golden Tote my size and let them do the shopping for me! This is also a good way to help me try new items that I might not choose on my own. They curate tote bags with a variety of items from different brands at prices 70-80% off original retail. In September I chose the $149 tote, which meant I got to choose two items and then I was surprised with the rest! I ended up with six items total which averaged $26 a piece after shipping!

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So this striped maxi dress and moto jacket (which was one of the items I picked) were my favorites from the tote and you can see the other items at the end of this post! The bracelet I’m wearing here is from Pradman Jewels, another site you should check out, they have some amazing stuff! And psst, I’m going to be doing a giveaway with them next week!

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Striped Maxi Dress Golden Tote / French Terry Moto Jacket Golden Tote / Watch BCBG via Rue La La / Boots thrifted / Purse Free People / Bracelet c/o Pradman Jewels (use coupon code “Ciera” to get 20% off)

I also wanted to show y’all the other items I got in my tote!

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Aztec Sweater: VERY comfy and really like the pattern but I just don’t see myself wearing it very often and in an attempt to keep a manageable closet I have decided to part with it.

Brocade Pullover Sweatshirt: I really like the loose-fitting style, but I found it to be a little too baggy on me, I think this size small would be better for someone who normally wears a medium.

Black and Grey Striped Cardigan: This one fit me really well and goes with almost anything!

Puella Dress: I gave this one to my sister before I got a picture of it, it was a low waist charcoal gray dress with super soft fabric. It has 3/4 sleeves and the neckline has a cool twisted detail.

P.S. This post is not sponsored by Golden Tote, I’m just really excited about finding their site and think it’s really going to help improve my wardrobe! Affiliate links are used.

Electrolux Live Cook-Off Recap

Zander and I always watch cooking shows at home, so a live stream cook-off sounded super fun and it was! In case you missed it live earlier this week, I’ve got a recap for you, or you can watch the full cook-off here. They had three amazing chefs, Phoebe Lapine, Jennifer Perillo, and Camille Becerra, prepare the same dish, on three different types of cooktops – electric, gas and induction. The challenge was to make Pan Roasted Cauliflower and see which came out the best.

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Camille who was on the electric cooktop had to preheat since electric takes longer to come up to temperature while Phoebe and Jennifer didn’t have to preheat. The induction was ready in about 3o seconds and at the end of the cook-off it was determined that it was the most responsive and had a clear edge over the others.

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The live-stream audience got to pick who they thought had the best presentation of their final dish and Camille won with her Pan Roasted Cauliflower cooked on the electric cooktop. Personally I thought that Jennifer’s looked the best!

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I really didn’t know anything about induction cooktops before this event, but they seem pretty awesome!

  • An induction cooktop can boil water in just 90 seconds
  • During the cook-off the induction cooktop heated up in about 30 seconds where the electric cooktop had to be pre-heated.
  • Induction stays cool to the touch since it uses the pan as the heat source, what?!
  • They also shared a little trick with us… if a magnet sticks to a pot or pan they will work for induction! If not, you can get a diffuser to use so that you can still use your favorite pots and pans.

What kind of cooktop do you use? I have always had a gas stove but I’m dying to try an induction cooktop now!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Influenster. 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. I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own.

There Is Always Something To Be Thankful For

Even though Thanksgiving is only one day out of the month, November always gets me thinking about everything I am thankful for. I like to slow down, appreciate the small things and the wonderful people in my life. I’m thankful for having a creative career and being able to do what I love, my boyfriend of eight years, family, friends, the blogging community and for you guys, my readers! Remember, there is always something to be thankful for and I hope this design can be a little reminder for you this month!

These new designs are available for download over on WhimseyBox’s blog! Hope you enjoy November’s design for your devices!

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Photo by Allison Lehman.

Whimseybox is the original subscription for DIY and craft lovers. Each month WhimseyBox sends subscribers a box full of craft projects along with a project idea. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get $5 off!

The Made In Mind October Social Recap

Jasmine and I recently held our second Made In Mind Social! We met a lot of great new people and had a fun night! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the event and you can see the full recap over on The Made In Mind Social blog!

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Thanks to The Revival Outpost for having us at their amazing store and to Kaylynn Marie Photography for capturing our evening! And once again we had amazing chalkboards thanks to Smallchalk! We’d also like to thank Gold House Paper + Press for providing our guests with some lovely gifts to take home with them! They have some amazing Fall and holiday merchandise in the shop right now! Our logo magnets and stickers were provided by Graffiti Graphics. Be sure to follow The Made In Mind Social on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss out on upcoming events! Interested in sponsoring an event or our blog? Find details here.

Moodboard: Shine Bright Like A Diamond

This post was done in collaboration with Brian Gavin Diamonds. After a little brainstorming we decided that it would be fun to create moodboards around words commonly associated with diamonds, today we have bright! I love the colors we ended up with and the kind of funky vibe.

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Diamond / Napkins / Yellow Blinds / Lucky / Paper Diamonds / Pink Lips / Palm / Girl In Hat

Look no further than our brightest diamond… For decades, diamond architect Brian Gavin has been the industry leader in precision cutting – producing exquisite diamonds with exceptional brilliance. Brian Gavin is proud to introduce his creative interpretation of the cushion-cut diamond, complete with hearts and arrows motif, to the world. Also called a pillow cut, this attractive diamond shape, which is closely related to the Old Mine Cut that originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is well-suited for use in an engagement ring, pendant, earrings or other ring style. Once a widely appreciated gemstone cut, the cushion cut is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and Brian Gavin has made his stunning version of this classic style available to you. This post is in partnership with Brian Gavin Diamonds! Because sometimes you need a little guidance. Click here to learn more.

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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 and all opinions are my own.

October In Review + Meet My Lovely Sponsors

Happy Halloween! Just popping in to introduce my wonderful October sponsors and to give a little October in review! Here are some popular posts from the month in case you missed anything.

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Popular Posts in October:

- Herve Leger Backstage: New York Fashion Week Spring 2014
- Artwork from the super talented Inaluxe
- Four Years of Blogging!
- Circles Conference In Review
- Style with a Vision
- The Font Feast Present Candy Bar Surprise Cookies
- Half Off Sidebar Ads To Celebrate 4 Years!
- 4 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

 

Let’s hear it for the September sponsors:

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Brian Gavin Diamonds: A Personalized Diamond Experience Online for 12+ yrs. Super Ideal Cut Diamonds, Custom Engagement Rings & Awesome Customer Service
Sequin Crush: Jasmine is edgy but sweet, vintage yet modern, unconventional yet composed. She never think less is more when it comes to fashion, especially accessories! Her blog is about her personal style (which is amazing) and fashion crush’s of the moment.
Prettiful Designs: digital paper packs, digital scrapbooking kits, clip art, word art, photo masks, digital scrapbooking elements

 

Ciera Design Elsewhere in October:

- Such sweet words from Jessica on her Design Favorites post.
- Color blocked pumpkin DIY featured on babble, stickygram, lolly jane, a bubbly life, decoist, love from ginger, une touche de, our boat house, isuwannee and archana
- Cotton Candy Costume DIY featured on buzzfeed
- Geometric felt coasters featured on Brit + Co, the magic bean, genethlia
- Caramel Apple Cider featured on Sarah Hearts and The Berry

Thanks to everyone who shares my content, I really appreciate it!

 

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This month I also received Colgate’s new SlimSoft toothbrush to review, see my video here. I don’t usually like super soft toothbrushes so I was a little skeptical but I really love it! Since the overall design is slim it’s easier to get to the back of my mouth and the bristles are so thin, I feel like they give a deeper clean than my average toothbrush. I received the Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush complimentary from Influenster but all opinions are my own.

4 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Some of my favorite bloggers and shop owners are joining me today to make this 4 year blogiversary month even more special! I can’t thank these lovely ladies enough for making this giveaway super special for you guys! One lucky reader is going to win the entire prize package, valued at over $200!

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Let’s take a peek at all the goodies being offered:

CREATURE TYPE is giving the lucky winner a Creature Type prize pack including one 8×10″ Dang, Girl illustration print, one hand-painted wooden donut brooch and a set of five 5×7″ postcards. Michelle sells all of these cute items in her Etsy shop!

MY BILLIE DESIGNS is offering one of her pre-made Blogger templates! She’s got 12 different designs in the shop and the winner gets to pick any template! They feature a lot of things that you won’t find with most pre-made templates like customization of header, colors, navigation and installation!

KITTY AND BUCK is generously offering two months of large ad space over on her amazing blog. Shell is a professional motion graphics designer and an amateur musician, photographer, dancer, traveler, baker, maker and creator of little things!

WENDY TOWNLEY is giving away a hand-knitted color block scarf from her Knitting by Wendy shop. Perfect for fall, this hand-knitted scarf features a combination of cozy wool and soft cotton yarns in dark pumpkin and deep plum. The long and skinny design allows the scarf to be wrapped around your neck two, possibly three times.

BRIDGETTE is offering Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara - Packaged in two separate bottles, the Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers are used together to enhance and magnify your OWN lashes. A 300% increase in thickness and volume to your lashes while still looking completely real and natural.

And yours truly is giving the lucky winner 2 months of basic ad space!

Enter below using Rafflecopter and good luck!! This giveaway is open through November 4. The winner’s name will be chosen randomly and announced soon after. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. Must have a USA shipping address to be eligible for entry.

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