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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.

Brights Mood Board

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

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On Generosity and Selfless Giving

I have introduced Dedra from Prettiful Designs to you all a few times in the past and she is here today talking about her experiences with generosity and selfless giving. Check out Dedra’s shop, blog and Facebook.

 Open your eyes to the possibilities around you.

I’ve been thinking and thinking what amazing topic I could share on Ciera’s blog. I’m so grateful she keeps letting me blog hop. I think I post more on her blog than my own! I had several ideas to write about but the one that sticks with me the most is generosity, or selfless giving.

My daughter had her first school fundraiser recently. She was so excited to help out her school (I don’t even think she understood that there are prizes for the best sellers). She just really wants her school to be a better place….but, no one will buy anything from her. It’s $1 for a chocolate bar or a jerky stick and you get it immediately. C’mon, it’s $1. I got to thinking a lot about this experience. What does it tell a child when they are trying to do something and no one will support them? How does it feel when adults only say “No” Or I can’t afford that? What does that teach them about money?

We went through some pretty darn hard times in our not too distant past. We lived on dry food storage for a year. It was miserable. Our family knows what tough times are but I still found ways to be generous (even if it was only a dollar here or there) because I’m not just buying a candy bar or donating to pay for someone’s medical fund. I’m investing in people. Real live human beings that need a chance and they need to feel loved.

When I started my Etsy shop I asked friends and family to simply put in a plug for me on Facebook or my blog. I even offered some pretty sweet things in return. They didn’t even have to buy anything but NO one would help me! It was pretty disheartening and it took a while for my shop to get started because getting those first few sales is really the hardest. So, I now make it a point to try to buy something from my friends when they start new endeavors. Sometimes money is too tight and I take a rain check but sometimes I give up something else I want so I can help them and then we are both the better for it.

I wasn’t always this generous. I met a new friend about 7 years back that showed me what generosity means. Often times I found people commenting on something awesome she had like a necklace or a bag and she would say, oh I’d love for you to have it and while they blinked she would hand it to them. When we went to parties, instead of sitting down to enjoy herself, she would go straight to the kitchen and start pitching in. She even gave her car away instead of trading it in because she said the kid needed it. Wow. I was the one turning down every school kid that came to my door and here my friend is giving cars away. She really helped open my eyes.

Money can’t buy everything. We all know that. But we CAN use our money to do more and to serve instead of only being a slave to it. I don’t have any specific agenda here. I’m not going to ask you for any money or tell you a charity to donate to. I just hope that the people who take the time to read this will open their eyes even more to the possibilities around them–The possibilities of the amazing things a little bit of money or a helping hand can do.

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Herve Leger Backstage: New York Fashion Week Spring 2014

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.

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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.

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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?

1. Apply a bronzer in the socket line to create a natural looking shadow.
2. Apply Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con Plush Shadow in colors The Glam and The Lolita.
3. Sephora’s Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in Must Have
4. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer
5. Buxom mascara on the lashes

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?

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Meet My Lovely September Sponsors

Let’s hear it for the September sponsors! These ladies are all so impressive and I’ve been having so much fun scrolling through their blogs! Take some time to look around yourselves, I know you won’t regret it!

Carly Tati, Classes Kara Made, Sequin Crush

Carly Tati – Carly is an editor, fashion photographer and designer. Slightly nomadic with a passion for travel and a love of cupcakes. She has some great posts coming up from fashion week!

Classes Kara Made – Kara has been creating online art journaling, scrapbooking, and photography classes and PDFs for 5 years. She is an amazing photographer and I pretty much fall in love with everything she posts to her blog.

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.

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The M Photography E-course Giveaway

I’m super excited to be able to offer y’all this giveaway today! I have been a huge fan of Kara’s blog, I Just Might Explode, for about three years now. She is an amazing photographer and offers lots of cool e-courses and PDFs in her Classes Kara Made shop. One of Kara’s newer classes is called The M and it’s for anyone who has been scared to slide their camera’s setting from Auto or Shutter/Aperture Priority over to the big M.

If you’re a blogger who wants to bring your blog to the next level with its own unique photographs or an Etsy shop owner tired of low quality photography representing your amazing product, The M will be a fantastic resource for you! Or if you just want to take better photos of your family, self, and life!

The M Photography Ecourse

This class is for anyone who wants to learn the technical aspects of digital photography in an easy to understand and unintimidating setting. The class starts at the very basics– camera and lens recommendations, exposure, composition, lighting, and Photoshop corrections. It ends with basic tips from everything from landscape to portrait photography and includes free Photoshop actions, film photography tips, challenges, critiques, and inspiration. Most of the focus is on portraiture, but other subject matter is covered. Read more about the class and it’s lessons here.


Lucky for you guys Kara is giving two Ciera Design readers free enrollment into this e-course! And y’all, if you don’t win, or want to get started NOW, this class is super affordable for all of the information you’ll be getting! Enter below using Rafflecopter.

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Good luck!! Have any questions? Feel free to contact me. If you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly.

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How to Protect Your Skin This Summer + $50 Amex Giveaway (closed)

One of my awesome sponsors, Bonnie of Rodan + Fields is here today talking about summer skin care. I desperately needed these reminders a few weeks ago as I got a miserable sunburn at Jazz Fest. I was so mad at myself for forgetting sunscreen!

Summer Skin Care

“Bonnie, you are 23, you are way too young to have skin cancer. This concerns me.” As if those words were not scary enough to hear, at least five additional times I heard the doctor say “He’s way too young for this…” sounding incredibly concerned each time he muttered it.

That was 22 years ago. Aloha. My name is Bonnie Cribbs, and I blog over at Beach Money CEO, tweet at @boatingBonnieC and I am addicted to the sun. OK, so “addicted” may be a very strong word, but I sure do love all things summer & sunny. I spend much of my summer at the lake having fun on my boat and I absolutely love the ocean and sitting by the pool….and I drive a convertible. I’m overweight and balding, so having a good tan has been rather important to me – at least I can have a good tan going for me, right? And for a living, I sell skin care products. It almost sounds like a conflict of interest, doesn’t it?

As summer is approaching, I want to talk about taking care of our skin this summer. It will be a Hodge-podge of how-to-protect-your-skin tips. Katie Rodan, one of the infamous doctors who created Proactive Solutions and most recently founded Rodan + Fields Dermatologist said “Genetics are only responsible for 20 percent of how your skin will age. 80 percent is in your control and that’s great news. It is never too late to change your skin’s destiny.” The sun is the culprit for most of that 80%. So that’s great, we know what to protect ourselves from. Now we just have to know how….and actually do it.

10 Minute Rule

In the time it takes you to have your morning cup of coffee, or wait in line at the Starbucks Drive Thru, the sun is working it’s magic on your skin. Before leaving the house, always use sunscreen. Sunscreen is not just for a day at the pool or for a few hours at the park. If you are going to be out in the sun any at all, wear sunscreen. In my car I keep a bottle of sunscreen and a hat. I love having the top down, but I always want to protect myself from the harmful and dangerous rays.

Reapply Every Two Hours

“I’m not burnt, I don’t need more sunscreen.” That is really bad logic. There is a deeper purpose than simply preventing being burnt, your skin needs to stay protected from the sun. In addition to applying sunscreen before leaving the house in the morning, reapply every two hours…and yes, especially when you’ll be out in the sun. But don’t be fooled, UVA damage can also occur in the house.

A little Dab A Do Ya

That’s such a misconception. When applying sunscreen, most people do not apply enough, so make sure you follow the bottles direction and apply liberally.

How Old??

That’s not just the question people will be asking you when you tell them you are only 30 when your skin looks 40 (or visa-versa if sunscreen is used), but it’s also the question you need to ask about the bottle of sunscreen you are applying. Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time, so always be sure to you check the expire date before you buy or before you apply.

It’s So Cloudy Today!

As I mentioned earlier, I have a boat and spend much of the summer out on the lake. Those cloudy days when the suns rays are not directly beaming down on us are always the days people get sunburned the most. And then they wonder why. Don’t be fooled by the cloudy day, the sun is still getting to you. If you see light outside, the sun can do damage to your skin.

Avoid Tanning Beds

I was in college in the late 80′s. This was before the time that everyone knew that tanning beds were bad for you time limits were on the beds. In the Spring I went to the tanning bed a few times a week and stayed in for 45 minutes each. Yes, I had an incredible tan and remember well that my time in the tanning bed was definitely some of the best naps I had in college (while listening to the cassette tape of Dirty Dancing), but, well, did I mention skin cancer at age 23? Avoid tanning beds. They’re not worth it.

Is There A Pill For that?

I have two points to make here. Yes, there is a pill to take to get your Vitamin D. So don’t use “I need my Vitamin D” as an excuse. The other point is this: If you are on medication, be sure to know how it affects your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. There are a lot of medications out there which increases your skin’s sensitivity toward the sun so don’t be caught by surprise and burn at even a faster rate.

I See Spots

If you have new bumps, hard spots, new growths or changes to existing moles, freckles, birthmarks…be sure to ask your doctor about them. It’s always best to catch it early. Catching them early is a very good thing – it allows you to have the spots removed before they spread. Again, check with your doctor.

The Speedo Rule

If you are a guy and have a desire to wear a speedo, resist that urge. Just don’t do it. OK, so this has nothing to do with sun protection and should just be considered a public service announcement.

At Rodan + Fields, all of our skin care regimens have sun protection at their core, including sunscreen in our cremes. We also have sunscreen, lip shield, etc. We have you covered from head to toe. You can visit my shop to find out which products are right for you.

As I mentioned earlier, I blog at Beach Money CEO. Most of my post are related to helping your business succeed, business tips, motivational pieces, some skin care tips and the occasional post about something personal. Please feel free to stop by and visit me there!  


As if these awesome skin care tips were not enough, Bonnie is also offering one lucky Ciera Design reader a $50 American Express gift card! You can use this to purchase all of your summer skin care necessities! Or whatever else you may need for the summer! Giveaway open to US shipping addresses only.

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Good luck!! Have any questions? Feel free to contact me. If you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. Photo from Anthropologie, design by me.

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