I’ve been working to clean out my closet and create a more streamlined and cohesive wardrobe. My wardrobe has been neglecting for too long now! My sister and I had a huge garage sale last weekend and set up a shop my closet account on Instagram to clear old stuff out of our closets. When doing this, I realized that I’m missing a lot of simple black basics that would really help to tie my other pieces together! My black jeans have faded, I have never owned a leather jacket even though I’ve always wanted one and I’m in desperate need of a little black dress! Here are a few basics that need to make it into my closet ASAP! Do you have any basic items that you can’t live without?
I mentioned Pradman Jewelry in last week’s outfit post. I recently got this engraved monogram bracelet with a C on it from them and I just adore it because it goes with everything. I like how it looks layered with a watch or other bracelets too. They also have tons of beautiful gemstone jewelry that would be perfect for upcoming holiday parties! Their jewelry is designed with modern chic concept in mind and is all made with highest quality of semiprecious stones and precious metals.
So here comes the fun part, you have a shot to win any piece of jewelry from Pradman! And they were also nice enough to offer you guys 20% off your order! Just use coupon code “Ciera” for the discount! Enter below using Rafflecopter and good luck!! This giveaway is open through December 2. 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. Contestants must be 18 years of age or more. International contestants are welcome.
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!
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!
Being self-employed, having vision insurance has not always been an option. It can be expensive but paying out-of-pocket can be expensive too. Exams, lenses and frames can cost hundreds of dollars. This has led to me sticking with a pair of glasses that I’m not totally happy with. So when I heard about VSP Direct I was ecstatic. VSP offers high-quality vision benefits directly to individuals and families. Plus, it’s really affordable, available for as little as 41 cents a day!
Right now I only wear my glasses around the house, but I really want to start incorporating them into my wardrobe. When you think about it, your eyewear is the only fashion item that you can get insurance for, how cool is that! Individual vision insurance from VSP Direct can help you complete you personal look through access to a large selection of frames from classic styles to trendy (including dozens of top brand names), so you can find one that fits your personality. I put together this round-up to show how I would style a look with these Nine West glasses that I like. I can’t wait to get a pair of glasses that I really love!
Here are some of the VSP Direct perks: Covers the eye exam with a low co-payment, provides allowance for glasses or contacts, fully covered lens options, lowest out-of-pocket cost in vision care with a typical annual savings of $227, 100% satisfaction guaranteed, 30,000 providers in convenient locations makes VSP the largest doctor network in the industry, convenient monthly payment plan, which is available in 46 states.
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Hey guys, I’d love to welcome the lovely Carly to the blog today! Y’all have to check her blog out, so much awesome stuff from fashion week including sneak peeks from backstage like she is sharing with us today!
Hi Everyone, it’s great to be guest posting on Ciera’s beautiful blog. I studied fashion design and worked in New York City in the fashion industry for a few years. About six months ago, I decided to combine my passions of photography and the artistic elements I love about fashion into the blog Carlytati.com.
Working in the industry has taken me around the world to many interesting places working with very talented and dedicated people and my friends and family in other fields were constantly wondering what my job was like. What did I see? What was I doing during all those trips to places like India to Italy. The blog is a journey in photos of things I find interesting or beautiful to share with you some of the things related to fashion from behind the scenes. I can’t resist to have some food and travel on there too, that’s just part of the journey! Thanks for reading~~
Backstage at the Herve Leger New York Fashion Week show was full of energy and excitement for the collection. It was a huge backstage area for hair, makeup and dressing, and yet it was packed with people eager for a first look from all around the world. The press was clicking away with their cameras, capturing the beauty preparations. The celebrities were talking with Lubov and Max Azria about their inspirations for the season and getting a sneak peek before the looks hit the runway.
The models were being made up into the vision of the strong and confident women of the Herve Leger presentation for Spring 2014. Drawing on their signature body conscious silhouettes, the twist was in the pops of prints inspired by polynesian body art. Other details included fringes that moved as the models walked.
The makeup look was created by Val Garland of team Sephora and was inspired by a beach goddess, all bronzed and glowy. So what were the products used to achieve those subtly smoldery eyes?
As the models lined up to take the catwalk, I left backstage just in time to watch the show! So there you have it, a snapshot from backstage. I’m looking forward to trying the smoky eye look at home. Do you think you will try it?
It’s football time! The Saints first game was yesterday and while I love repping my team, I get bored with wearing the same ole t-shirts that everyone else has. So when my sister said she bought us shirts from TJ Maxx to make our own Saint’s gear I was super excited!
Making a top like this of your own is pretty simple! Use any shirt in a style you like in your favorite teams color. A top with athletic detailing, like this mesh sweatshirt is perfect! Then, find a good sporty looking font like Player, Return Pass, High School USA or Freshman to create the design you want. I picked a big number 9 for Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback! Print your design on adhesive paper, trim with an Exacto knife, stick it to your shirt and paint with fabric paint in a contrasting color.
Once the paint has dried, remove the adhesive template and you have yourself a fashionable jersey! That is my dad below getting in on the pealing action! Head over to Sequin Crush for more detailed instructions and how Jasmine styled her shirt.
It is still very hot here in NOLA so I wore the tank tied up to the side with jean shorts, but I can’t wait to wear it with leggings once the weather starts to cool down (if it ever happens).
Guys, I love Martha Stewart. I drool over Martha Stewart Living each month when it comes in the mail and I have a hard time not buying up every item of hers when I walk into Michaels. Thanks to Plaid Crafts and Martha Stewart Jewelry, I recently had the opportunity to try out some items from the new collection! I love wearing long necklaces so I decided to make an ombre cluster necklace with the beautiful purple Czech beads. I’m obsessed with how it came out and how easy it was. I want to make one in every color now!
1 Connect 7″ of the smaller chain to each side of the 18″ fat oval chain. Do this by opening a link on your smaller chain with the round nose pliers then closing the link around your fat oval chain. 7″ is what I used but it’s up to you to decide how long you want your necklace to be!
2 Again, by opening a link on the loose ends of your smaller chain, connect your toggle clasp
3 Cut an additional piece of your smaller chain 9 links long and connect to the bottom of your clasp with a medium jump ring
4 Thread you czech beads onto head pins and make loops on them. Since I had never done this before, I looked at a few videos online to get me started. It took me a few mess-ups to figure it out, but I quickly got the hang of it!
5 Start attaching your beads to the 9 links hanging down, two per link. I used chain links to connect the beads, or you can also use small jump rings. Start with the lighter colored beads at the top and work your way down to the darker ones, like shown below.
I can’t wait to dive into all of the other awesome stuff that came in my box from Plaid, like epoxy clay, jewelry glaze, molds, rhinestones and charms! You can see what some of my other blog friends made with their supplies here! Martha Stewart Jewelry supplies are available exclusively at Michaels and you can find Plaid online on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
This post is sponsored by The Blueprint Social. All opinions and project ideas are my own.
Ever since I gave out friendship bracelets at Alt, I have been wanting to make my own and I finally did! I got these really pretty antique gold square links from Kollabora and decided they would be perfect for these bracelets! I love friendship bracelets for layering with other bangles during festival season and summer and these are easy to make in a variety of colors!
YOU WILL NEED
4 yards of waxed cotton cord or embroidery thread, connector charm, scissors, tape, ruler, super glue
1 Cut the knotting cord into two 30 inch, two 20 inch and one 10 inch lengths. Fold the 20 inch piece in half, pull the loop through the connecter charm, fold it over, and pull the rest of the cord through the loop. Repeat the step on the other side of the charm. These strands will remain anchored.
2 Tape it to something sturdy so the bracelet is secure while you make the knots. Center the 30 inch cord under the two middle strands. Fold the right cord over the middle strands and under the left cord.
3 Pull the left cord under the right and middle strands and through the loop on the right side. Pull the strands tight and push the knot up to the top.
To finish the other side of the knot, fold the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull the right cord under the left and middle strands and through the loop on the left side. Continue going back and forth until you get to the desired length (keep in mind that the clasp will take up approximately half an inch) and then move on to the other side. See video below.
4 To finish the knots, thread both cords up 3–4 knots along the backside. Pliers or a needle may help with this.
5 Cut the ends and dab them with super glue so that they are even more secure. Do this process to both sides.
6 To create a sliding closure, shape the bracelet into a circle and overlap the ends. Using scrap cord, temporarily tie at the ends. Take the 10 inch cord and center it under the strands. You’re going to start the knot exactly the same way you did before.
7 Create 4–5 knots and finish the ends the same way you did before. Undo the temporary ties. The two sets of middle cords become the adjustable ties of the bracelet. Adjust it to fit your wrist and trim the ends.
I just love this handmade Etsy shop called Grace Design. Grace is a Toronto-based handbag and accessories brand utilizing found textiles by Canadian designer Alison Gledhill. Alison’s Spring collection has just been released in her Etsy shop!
When I was a child I saw a woman selling dresses made from sari silks at a market in my hometown of Victoria, British Columbia.
“I thought this fabric was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen and it conjured images of palaces and maharaj, smoky mysterious places, exotic smells and foreign music. At that time I vowed to myself that when I was old enough, I would go to India. Several years later, at the mature age of 20, I did in fact go to India and returned to Canada with a backpack full of sari silk. I promptly started sewing clothing, pillows and bags and selling them at local consignment shops. Since that time I have traveled far and wide in search of beautiful and unique textiles to use in my designs, from the Thar desert in Rajasthan, India to Tokyo, Japan to Oaxaca, Mexico.”
To this day I still lovingly gather textiles from around the world to use in my designs.
“Though I have traversed down many avenues in the past fourteen years, I always return to this and I know that this is what I am meant to do. After all this time, I can finally call myself self employed. Grace is a collection of accessories made from found, limited edition textiles that have been sourced through my travels. The fabrics I search for are storytellers, they speak of their history and traditions of craft, of adventures abroad, foreign marketplaces, culture and creativity.” -Alison Gledhill
Outdoor festivals are one of my favorite things in the world. It’s about that time of year when there is one every weekend! Coachella is next weekend and then we have French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest and a million others here in New Orleans! As you can see, I have been going to Jazz Fest since I was a baby and I have just about perfected my festival attire. It gets HOT at Jazz Fest so I usually wear shorts and a loose tank top. I also love wearing dresses but you have to do the sit test before leaving the house in a dress! I’m always sitting indian style or lying down, so I need to make sure the dress is long and loose enough that I don’t end up flashing anyone! It can also get really muddy so rain boots or sandals that won’t get ruined are a good idea. A hat and shades are also a MUST since it is usually sweltering and I have fair skin. I like adding a few accessories like flowers, bracelets, belts or a cute iPhone case but basically I keep it bright, simple and comfortable. Here are some of my favorites for an effortless festival look!