Celebrating Twenty FUN + 21 Facts About Me

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IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Twenty FUN to be exact… at least that’s what everyone in San Diego keeps telling me 😉 Today is also my first official day of starting college in SD! Even though it’s not ideal, I’m making the best of it and enjoying the day to the fullest.

I went with Katie from allGLAMMEDup last week to shoot a very special birthday photo shoot in Downtown LA. We found a studio with an incredible rose wall, white + gold furniture (they even had a bathtub!), a gorgeous makeup station, view of Downtown and lots of natural light – I knew it would be the perfect spot for photos. They have twelve different stages to choose from and you can rent by the hour or get a package deal. If you’re interested in shooting there, you can find more info about FD Photo Studio here.

I knew I wanted to wear red to stand out on my birthday and show off my bronzed skin from Blush Tan. For weeks, I searched for the perfect red dress until I finally found this strapless lace one from Nordstrom! It is the perfect party dress / salsa dancer emoji in real life. I can totally see myself re-wearing for future holiday parties, weddings or other special events. Plus, the dress is totally affordable for my college budget at only $52!

Last year for my 20th birthday, I got a little more personal and shared more about my spiritual journey of losing control and trusting in God. This year, in honor of my 21st birthday I’ve decided to share 21 fun facts about me! Here it goes…

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21 Facts About Me

1) I’m a Christian. My parents raised me in a Christian household, but when I was younger I didn’t really enjoy going to church. About two years ago, I started going to Mariners HB and it completely changed my outlook on religion. Mariners is a community that brings together ordinary, broken people to do life together, love one another, and build meaningful relationships with each other. Although my faith is such a large part of my life, I sometimes have a hard time opening up about my personal and spiritual journey and sharing my story.

2) I’m only 5’0 tall. Many people tell me I look taller in photos, but I’m actually only 5’0… It’s all about those angles! 😉

3) I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 5. My mom thought it would last two weeks tops, but here we are 16 years later still going strong.

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4) My favorite color is aqua (in case you couldn’t tell by the theme of my blog colors!)

5)  I love Mary-Kate and Ashley movies. One of my goals is to travel to all of the places their movies took place – all I have left are London and Paris!

6) I am a dog lady. I have two little ones, Phoenix and Phoebe, that are like my children. Follow me on snapchat for more pictures and videos of them.

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7) I have a big sweet tooth. If you follow me on IG you know I’m always reaching for cupcakes, macarons, smoothies, acai bowls or pretty much anything with sugar!

8) I’m an extroverted introvert. I am usually very reserved when it comes to meeting new people and prefer talking one on one rather than in a group setting.

9) Many people think I look way younger than I am. I’m 4 1/2 years older than my sister, but usually people will think that I’m the younger sister or that we’re twins (we don’t see it). #21not12

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10) I love Pilates and Zumba! Even though I’m not the best at them, I love trying out new fitness classes.

11) I’ve never broken a bone. Knock on wood!

12) I’ve always dreamed of moving to Australia. After watching the Mary-Kate and Ashley movie and visiting with the People to People program in 2012, I fell in love with the country and would like to go back soon!

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13) I am a hoppa (aka half-asian.) My dad is Chinese and my mom is Caucasian. I’m often mistaken for Filipino or Hispanic though, especially when I’m tan.

14) I’m a total perfectionist. It’s a blessing and a curse – I always want to put forward my best, but sometimes I can be too hard on myself and have unrealistic expectations.

15) I was/am a complete One Direction fan girl. My best friend Ema discovered their music right after X Factor and we were obsessed ever since. I even used to have a fan girl Twitter account… #zayngirl #1dcyberpunk

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16) I love making lists. If you couldn’t already tell by this list… I love them. (Always channeling my inner Jane the Virgin… #teammichael ♥) Pro-con, to-do, shopping lists, etc. They always help me get worries off of my mind and organize my thoughts.  

17) I’m terrified of needles and dislike heights. I still like my mom to hold my hand during shots, and Tower of Terror makes my stomach hurt.

18)I have a HUGE family. Literally. Most of my mom’s relatives are over 6’0 and she even has one cousin who is 6’11 (the mandatory reunion hugs are always a fun time.) Our Thanksgivings usually have 50+ in attendance, and my dad’s side is also pretty big but a lot of them he doesn’t know and still live in China.

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19) Depression runs in my family. I tend to gravitate towards having a negative outlook, but especially since I’ve starting going back to church and having Jesus more present in my life I try to go out of my way to turn it around to a positive.

20) I’m not a coffee person. I love going to coffee shops, but I prefer chai tea or something sweet over coffee.

21) I collect snow globes from places that I’ve traveled to. I obviously love traveling, and I have them from all over the world (Australia, Italy, the Caribbean, and Mexico) and can’t wait to add more to my collection!

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Nordstrom Lush Dress | DSW heels | Kendra Scott necklace | GirlyGifts07 ‘Yay 21’ gold balloons

Photos by Katie Stuart

Please let me know if you enjoyed these facts or if you have any other questions about me in the comments!

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19 Comments

  1. August 29, 2016 / 7:35 am

    You look SO gorgeous!! Love that dress! Hope you had a awesome birthday xo

  2. August 29, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Aww, Ciera, I loved reading all these facts about you. Your raw honesty is so refreshing! You look beautiful in that red dress and I love all the photos! Your milestone posts are the best!!! Xoxo

  3. Jess
    August 29, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Happy Birthday Gorgeous!! I loved this post, we have SO much in common! Holiday in the Sun is my favorite MK & A movie ? I’ve been waiting to go to the Aylsntis ever since!
    These photos are absolutely beautiful, I’m I’m obsessed with your dress and of course that rose wall ❤
    Xoxo
    Jess
    http://mustheartstyle.com/

  4. August 29, 2016 / 8:15 am

    Having a huge family has its up and downs. Get togethers are always fun and exciting. Happy 21.

  5. August 29, 2016 / 10:26 am

    Happy birthday my sweet friend! You are such a beauty inside and out!
    Love you!
    xo, Shell
    acourageousbeauty.com

  6. August 29, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Happy birthday Cici! I really liked that you shared all those facts with us! I had no idea you where a vegetarian (and I’ve been following you for a while now haha) and OMG I swore that your sister was older than you! I always watch you both on your snapchat and I really thought she was older! It also happens to me all the time, people think my sister is older than me because she is way taller, when in reality I’m a year and a half older than she is.

    I hope you’re having the most wonderful birthday!

    Love, Ana

    Indie Suns | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

  7. layersofchic
    August 29, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    happy birthday! such a cute dress, perfect for turning 21!
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  8. ruthieridley
    August 29, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Whelp, I say this quite often when visiting your blog, but THIS IS MY FAVORITE POST EVER!!!These images, getting to know you more, the outfit, EVERYTHING is a 10/10!!!! I can tell by the level of excellence in ALL that you do that you are a perfectionist!! I love that your family is so big. You know that I love that you love Jesus, and I can’t believe you are only 21! You come across as so mature! I would say 24 lol!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!!!

  9. August 29, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! Happy birthday, beautiful!!! Loved reading about you. Ugh, you’re team Michael?! haha not over here!
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  10. August 30, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Could your birthday photos be any cuter?! Love it! I hope you had a fabulous birthday and amazing first day of class!

  11. August 30, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Happy 21st birthday! You look like you had an absolute ball with your photoshoot, what wonderful memories to be able to look back on!

  12. August 30, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Happyyyyy 21st Birthdayyyy!!! I can’t pick which picture is my favorite because they are ALL beautiful!! I loved getting to know you. I loved all 21 facts about you especially #1. ❤️ Hope that you had a l lovely day.

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  13. September 6, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    How fun!! I moved from the Bay to go to college in San Diego and I loved every bit of it. I cannot wait to come back and visit now that I’m older :) Happy birthday lovely! Such a fun shoot!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

  14. September 6, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    cici–HAPPY 21st babe!!! my goodness. i feel so old. i’m a decade older than you. and my golly, the things you’re doing at 21, you AMAZE me lady!!! these shots are def one of my favorites!! styled to PERFECTION. #7–yes girl. the sweet tooth. i can so relate. i’m always like what’s for dessert? lol. life is short, eat dessert first. #8–i totally feel you!! i do much better in smaller groups! #10–OMG, you must know i am a pilates monster!! isn’t it the best?!! zumba ok i can’t do. LOL. the older ladies own me. #16–its all about that list life. and post it note life (super sticky plz) #19–good for you. it takes a strong person to see the positive. #20–what?!?! i cannot even… !!! lol. ok but still love you chicka. ps-love the flamingo makeup bag! celebrate all month long for me. xoxo,

    janna | http://www.jannadoan.com