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What I Wore: Rodarte for Target

Posted in What I Wore by Ciara on January 10, 2010

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Beret – AA

Tunic – thrifted

Cardigan – Rodarte for Target

Belt – Old Navy

Slashed/Crocheted Leggings – Target via D.I.Y.

Tights – Bitten by SJP

Boots – Steve Madden


What I Wore: Librarian Lynx

Posted in What I Wore by Ciara on December 1, 2009

I was lucky enough to receive this fabulous faux-lynx coat as a gift recently.  It passed through quite a few hands to get to me and I am very appreciative!!!  I’ve been coveting a lot of faux fur pieces lately and this is just perfect, not to mention WARM!  Form and function?  Awesome.

(Also, not shown in all of its glory here, is The Boyfriend’s latest drawing for his Thesis Exhibition.  More on this soon!!!)

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

I also found these slouchy boots while scouring thrift stores with my mom on Black Friday.  Not a bad day for thrift stores, at all!  🙂  I found them for $3.50 and never worn.

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Beauty: The Fifth Element

Posted in Beauty by Ciara on November 18, 2009

I just watched The Fifth Element for the first time in several years.  I remember being captivated by the styling and attention to detail in the film.  This time, I picked up on some great beauty details.

The instant makeup kit that LeeLo uses…

Though I don’t know of anything quite this advanced, I have been curious to try products with a similar appeal lately like the ColorOn Pro Instant Eye Shadow Kit.

ColorOn Pro Instant Eye Shadow Kit shown here in Leopard Lounge

I also loved the nailpolish on Zorg’s secretary…

… so I got inspired.

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Illustration: Colorblock

Posted in illustration by Ciara on November 12, 2009



© Ciara Pickering 2009

Working on some new illustration techniques/ideas.  Hand-drawn with some Illustrator work.




The ABCs of Style Fuss

Posted in Personal Note by Ciara on October 21, 2009

Got this fun little “About Me” from eQ at Misguided Me.  Just a little background info for you and some Self-Indulgence for me.  🙂

abc blocks

A – Advocate For: Lupus Research, LGBT Rights, Veganism, Juvenile Diabetes Research

go vegan


B – Best Feature: Hair – Style – Creativity

C – Could do without: Drama – Ignorance – conservative rednecks

D – Dreams & Desires: Live in and Love NYC – thrive in the fashion/art world – learn something everyday

E – Essential items: moisturizer – puppy – Mac – iPod

F – Favorite pastime: Going out with D-tron and BG!!!

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© Ciara Pickering 2009

G – Good at: hair & makeup – making up cute songs – picking up on trends

H – Have never tried: a hotdog

I – If I Had a Million Dollars: pay off college loans – save & invest – not cut my own hair… nah.

J – Junkie For: black coffee – liquid eyeliner – Lady Gaga

K – Kindred Spirit: Dalton Dylan Hughes

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© Ciara Pickering 2009

L – Little Known Fact: I’ve never had the chicken pox – The Judge Judy Incident – secretly obsessed with the side show

M – Memorable Moment: Seeing the lights of NYC for the first time as the plane descended

N – Never Again Will I: live in the south – drunkenly wear suede boots while sledding – eat a cheeseburger

O – Occasional Indulgence: at home spa day – bloody marys – Ugly Betty – knitting

P – Profession: graphic designer – illustrator – fashionista

Q – Quote: “As the spirit wanes, the form appears.” – Charles Bukowski

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© Ciara Pickering 2009

R – Reason to Smile: Gray – Art – Clark!

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© Ciara Pickering 2009

S – Sorry About: taking the fall and losing your trust – not being accessible

T – Things That Are Worrying You Right Now: the impending move to NYC! – funds – grad school

U – Uninterested In: most sports – metal – epic historical dramas, especially those featuring Mel Gibson

V – Very Scared Of: failing – being the fool – getting stuck in NC

W – Worst Habits: procrastination – passive aggressiveness – being way too defensive

X – X Marks My Ideal Vacation Spot: Sibiu, Romania – Paris – anywhere in the caribbean

Y – Yummiest Dessert: vegan Kahlua cake

Z – Zodiac Sign: Leo



What I Wore: Jersey Devil

Posted in What I Wore by Ciara on October 15, 2009
© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Cardigan – Lacoste (thrifted)

Tee – Bitten by SJP

“Skirt” – AA Circle Scarf

Bag – Betseyville by Betsey Johnson

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© Ciara Pickering 2009

Gold shoes – Charlotte Russe (thrifted)

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Dog – meet Clark!  This is his Halloween shirt 🙂  He likes to dress up like his mom.

Getting over this *super-fun* flu I’ve had is making me crave comfort clothes…  sort of.  One cannot make an outfit out of lounge wear, well, not an outfit to wear out of the house anyway.  So, I made due with a LOT of super-soft jersey and a few favorite, bright pops of color.


What I Wore: Silver Lining

Posted in What I Wore by Ciara on September 16, 2009

The weather lately has been beyond dreary in this particular area’s typical way.  I have a love/hate relationship with rainy weather.  It is definitely good for naps and lie-ins or burrowing away in the studio starting outlandish projects one may or may not finish… (i.e. my new knitting project).  A slick, cloudy day is also very good for a little weather-inspired game of dress-up.

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Tank – Old Navy, Tunic – Target, Cardigan – thrifted, Scarf – gift, Silver Flats – thrifted, Dog – Awesome!

(However, a rainy day is not so good for dog-walking…)

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Nailpolish – Wet & Wild

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© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Made from grandmother’s engagement ring.

I’ve also gotten some productivity in today – more or less completely cleaning out my digital clutter – music, media, projects, etc.  Yay!

What kind of activities do you occupy yourself with on a gray, drizzly day?  Let me know in the comments!


What I Wore: Fibula

Posted in What I Wore by Ciara on September 14, 2009

Tonight I am throwing a bit of an impromptu bash –  a casual, intimate gathering of close friends who need no excuse to celebrate…  uh, Monday!  So before the Bloody Marys starting flowing I wanted to get a quick outfit post in.

The strange piece of costume jewelry holding my cardigan together is something I acquired when I did a lot of theater.  It is a pretty strange piece, for which this photo does no justice.  I liked it with my gold shoes (which you also can’t see well in this picture…  I’ll get some detail shots soon – ran out of time today!)

© Ciara Pickering 2009

© Ciara Pickering 2009

Cardigan – Thrifted

Top – Target

Fibula-esque Pin – gift

Skirt – American Apparel

Shoes – Charlotte Russe

Anyway…  time to be a hostess.  Have a great Monday night!


Welcome Mat

Posted in Personal Note by Ciara on September 8, 2009


Hello and welcome to Style Fuss!

I’ve been blogging for nearly ten  years now (wow) on-and-off using different sites and subject matter.  For the past few years I’ve been more or less addicted to what began as a handful of fashion blogs and now has become an out-of-control number of fabulous blogs I add to on a daily basis (some of my consistent favorites are listed in my Blogroll).

I’m an illustrator with a BFA in Graphic Design.  I have plans for grad school in something fashion related but I’m having a tough time narrowing it down!  There are so many aspects of art and fashion that I would love to get my hands dirty with!

I have always loved fashion – raised in the studio of my mother and grandmother, a team of independent fashion designers, I really had no choice but to relish in the fashion world since birth.

I want this blog to be a place to celebrate everything I love about fashion as well as how it integrates so seamlessly with art and culture.  I also want to use this blog to become a part of the fabulous community of fashion bloggers that I have come to love over the past few years.

I would love as much feedback as possible and I hope that you, future readers, will help me create a sense of community here at Style Fuss.

The bottom line is – Fashion is fearless, fun, and definitely something to make a fuss about!