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Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I started blogging a little over two years ago when I was in my senior year of high school. I wanted a fun, creative outlet where I could share my love of fashion and travel with others with similar interests. Since then, I’ve learned so much about about social media, photography, brand collaborations, editing programs, and the art of a flatlay! Along with blogging, I’m currently going to school full time as well as working part time at various jobs. Within the last two years I’ve been blessed with many opportunities in the industry like working backstage at fashion shows for Koziak Productions, styling photo shoots with Dynamite Editorials, and becoming a personal shopping assistant at Fashion Island. In my free time, you can usually find me spending time with friends, family and my puppy, at the beach, volunteering with my church, or binge watching Netflix.

If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
Kourtney Kardashian. I absolutely adore her style and would love to take a peek at her incredible closet!

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What style rule do you always follow?
When I think of style rules I think about one in particular I always heard growing up: “No White After Labor Day.” For the longest time I tried my best to follow it, but living in Southern California where the weather is practically always warm and sunshine made me realize that this rule was pretty silly (especially because “winter whites” is totally a thing!) I would say that the one rule I always follow is to be myself and wear what I’m most comfortable in.

What is your favorite quote?
“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future” – Proverbs 31:25.

What inspired your blog?
My passion for writing, traveling, and fashion inspired me to start a blog of my own. I had followed along with a few beauty/fashion blogs and always loved getting inspiration through them. I wanted a space where I could express myself and share my photos, experiences, and style tips with others, and thought that starting my own blog would be a fun way to do so!

Three things that are always in your purse?
My wallet, Benefit’s “Hello Flawless!” pressed powder, and peppermint Chapstick.

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Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
I’m always on Pinterest re-pinning style inspiration and following along with many other bloggers in the community. I try my best to come up with new ideas or put my own creative spin on posts so that I have a unique voice that sets me apart from other bloggers.

Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
Don’t be afraid to try out new things or experiment with your style! My style is always evolving and I think that’s what makes it fun and personal.

What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
A good pair of comfy jeggings! I have the hardest time finding jeans, so when I find a good pair that fits perfectly I wear them all the time! You can dress them up or down and it’s my favorite casual thing to wear on the weekend.

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Passion and creativity! You could have thousands of followers, but without those two things I don’t think you can have a truly successful blog. People also really take notice when you truly have a love for what you do and have a unique sense of style.

To read more about Ciera visit her blog here!

Holiday Styling Tips

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is finally here, so it’s time to get some gorgeous outfits ready! Follow our tips and you’ll be prepared for any holiday event that comes your way this month. Here are our styling tips for these holiday events! 

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Holiday Work Parties
For work parties, make sure to choose an outfit that balances conservative and sensual. Pick cocktail dresses that are midi length and modest neckline, but choose a bright festive color such as red to brighten up the party. Add a cute clutch and a pair of slingback heels, and then you’ll be ready to hit the dance floor!

Friend’s Dinner Party
For more casual dinner parties, choose a cute fit and flare dress, a dressy pair of flats and modern jewelry and you’ll surely be the most stylish at the table. To dress down the look, add a cardigan – also perfect for December nights.

Holiday Brunch
Holiday brunches are the perfect time to try out different fabrics and textures on your outfit. Pair pleather leggings with a tweed top and colorful jewelry and then you’ll be brunching in style. Add warmth with a chic big cardigan or coat.

Winter Date Night
Date nights during the holidays are a fun time to try layering with cute dresses. We recommend wearing a body con midi dress with a bright jacket or knit sweater. To add sophistication wear glam earrings and chic heels.

How to Shop Like a Fashionista on Black Friday

It’s that time of year again for fashionistas! With the holidays quickly approaching, one of the busiest days for retailers is kicking off the shopping season – Black Friday. Known for its insane sales and discounts, Black Friday is one of the most hectic, but most rewarding shopping days of the year for fashionistas. Here are some helpful tips to make your Black Friday as successful and stylish as possible!

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Shop safely and within a budget.
To avoid losing your debit or credit card in all the chaos, it is recommended you carry cash on you. Carrying cash will also ensure you don’t break the bank while shopping for the cutest holiday styles because you will only have a certain amount on you. Also, remember to carry a purse that secures so you don’t lose your cash.

Get to Stores Early.
Arrive at the store early to get the best possible spot in line because a lot of stores give its shoppers additional discounts. Last Year, H&M gave the first 100 people in line $300 store credit. Talk about major savings!

Look for Discounts on Social Media.
Promotions are often easier to find on social media sites than by a Google search! Scroll through your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds to find your favorite stores’ deals for Black Friday. Then you’ll be ahead of the game and know exactly what’s on sale when you get to the store.

Shop on Thanksgiving Day.
If you have Thanksgiving dinner earlier in the day, you can start your Black Friday shopping early! Many stores such as Target, Macy’s and Old Navy are opening their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Beat the rush and shop on Thanksgiving at your favorite stores to find the best fashion.

Shop Online on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Not a fan of crowds? No problem! Some of the best sales are going to be online this season. Check Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue’s websites for sales on stylish apparel throughout the holidays. Cyber Monday is also a great day to shop online – ASOS has fashions up to 70% off and Topshop will be having major discounts as well!

Top 3 Knit Sweaters Styles for Fall

One of our favorite fashion trends this fall is knit sweaters! As colder months approach, knit sweaters are great to cozy up while you’re on the go. They are perfect for colder weather and can be paired with just about any outfit. With so many styles out there ranging from cardigans to ponchos, you’re guaranteed to find one you love!

Here are the top 3 fall knit sweater styles this season:

Knit Turtleneck Sweaters 
Turtlenecks are making their fashion comeback this fall! Not only are they extremely cozy, but also incredibly chic. Knit turtleneck sweaters look adorable paired with skinny jeans and booties.

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Long Knit Cardigans
Knit cardigans are always in season, but long knit cardigans are a fall 2015 must-have! Aside from being adorable, long cardigans are also so easy to throw on over your favorite outfit. The stylish fall staple is available in many different colors, so stock up on your favorites.

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Knit Wrap Sweaters
Wrap sweaters are popular this fall! They’re great for dressing up casual outfits and look amazing with fall hats. Cozy knit wrap sweaters are a little heavier, so they are perfect for colder autumn days.

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5 Must-Have Fall Coats

It’s starting to feel a lot like fall! With temperatures dropping, it’s time to pick out some adorable new coats for this season. It’s a struggle to find the right coats for the different types of fall weather. Luckily, there are so many styles, fabrics and colors to choose from. Here are five must-have coats for this season!

1. Cape Coats
Besides being widely popular right now, cape coats are also very comfortable! If you love being bundled up in a blanket then this is the perfect coat for you! The cape style has a sophisticated silhouette and typically comes in heavier fabrics for colder weather.

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2. Suede Coats
Suede coats are one of this season’s hottest trends! The fashion It girls are loving them, and no wonder why: they’re incredibly chic and cool. Available in all different shapes and colors, suede coats are the perfect coat to keep you looking fashion forward all season long.

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3. Bomber Jackets
Not only are bomber jackets the coolest looking jackets around, but also are fully lined to keep you warm this fall! Bomber jackets are perfect for cooler weather. Paired with a loose dress and booties, bomber jackets are available in many fabrics including silky satins.

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4. Bold-Colored Coats
Stand out this fall in vibrant-colored coats! Bright colored coats look best with simple outfits and jewelry – let the pop of color do the talking! Have a bold-colored coat in your closet to brighten up those dull, gray days.

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5. Double-Breasted Coats
Double-breasted coats are a classic fall staple. Available in many different fabrics and colors, this universal coat is great for numerous occasions. Its professional and sophisticated silhouette, makes them ideal to wear to work or formal outings, but can easily be dressed down for daytime looks.

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