Lilac season is upon us once again here on the Alberta prairies — and I absolutely adore these magical, fleeting few weeks! So, I thought it was the perfect time to revitalize this ancient post in my FLOWER ARRANGING series about How to Create a Lilac Bouquet (originally published 5 years ago!) with some fresh images and content. Over the past 5 years I’ve learned a lot about flowers, urban foraging and how to work with lilacs — and I’m thrilled to share my updated knowledge, along with step-by-step instructions on exactly how I created this ultra dreamy, oversized lilac arrangement for our coffee table! We’re fortunate to have 2 abundant lilac trees on the vacant lot behind our apartment — and each year, I look forward to early June when I pop over with my tote bag and clippers in tow to forage some fresh lilac branches (with permission, of course!) for various projects and recipes!
No matter the weather, I’m always looking for creative ways to bring the outside in — and lilac season is the perfect opportunity to preserve late spring’s beauty while adding a splash of colour and intoxicating scent to your space. Not only are these lavender hued blossoms absolutely gorgeous, they’re also free — making it simple and accessible to create a no cost arrangement for your home to welcome summer’s arrival. Whether you’d like to learn more about lilacs, brush up on urban foraging, or stopped by for tips on how to arrange lilac branches to create a beautiful bouquet and that lasts as long as possible, you’ve come to the right place — pour yourself a glass of crisp rosé and take a seat in my Living Room as I share some serious lilac knowledge!
Jewelry lovers, I’m delighted to partner with one of my longtime favourite local brands to share My Joydrop Calgary Jewelry Collection! Over the course of my 6 year blogging career you’ve come along as my personal style has evolved significantly — and what a journey it’s been. As I’ve entered my mid-thirties, I’ve come to appreciate quality over quantity, the importance of materials and the joy in aligning myself with brands and businesses that share similar values. I’ve spent the past few years refining both my wardrobe and my JEWELRY collection — and have curated a lovely selection of meaningful, gold plated and vermeil pieces that comprise my signature style. My Joydroppieces have remained an integral part of my core jewelry wardrobe — and this iconic, Calgary-based brand is my go-to destination whenever I’m looking to expand my collection.
As I relish in the process of refreshing my wardrobe each season, I always look forward to selecting a few new accessories to update my outfits and incorporate trends in an authentic way. So, I popped over to Joydrop‘s Market Mall location to shop my wishlist, browse their latest arrivals and explore new collections — where I also had the pleasure of being styled by founder Shashi Behl! Today I’m thrilled to share my updated Joydrop Calgary Jewelry Collection featuring six cornerstone pieces I have on rotation for Spring/Summer 2021 — along with styling ideas, an insight into key trends and a (now closed) $150 International Giveaway so you can refresh your jewelry wardrobe, too! Who’s ready to elevate their everyday style with some gorgeous new accessories you’ll cherish for years to come?
Flower friends, welcome back for the first DIGITAL BLOOMSRoundup of Summer 2021! Although the first day of summer is officially 3 weeks away, it appears to have arrived early here in Calgary as we’re experiencing our first heatwave of the year. June is one of my favourite months for flowers, when the air is sweet with joy inducing scents of blooming trees and Peonies — and over the years we’ve preserved their fleeting beauty in these 11 Free Tech Wallpapers. I’m elated to share the best of Mother Nature’s gorgeous offerings with you today inJune’s Digital Blooms Roundup!
Enjoy June’s natural, flourishing beauty digitally with a free floral tech wallpaper featuring an inspired lineup of late spring and early summer’s classic blooms — including Lilacs, Apple and Mayflower Blossoms, Peonies, Delphiniums, Garden Roses, Pom Pom Chrysanthemums, Alstroemeria, Hyacinths, Tulips, Lilies and complimentary greenery. Set in a dreamy, water-coloured pastel palette of soft coral, pink, blush, lavender, rich lilac, creamy yellow, powder blue and fresh green, June’s selection of DIGITAL BLOOMS will infuse an uplifting, inspiring energy onto the background of your tech. Click through to select your free June tech wallpaper and channel carefree spring-meets-summer vibes onto your computer, tablet or phone — absolutely free!
Friends and fashionistas, I’m thrilled to share my first FASHION post of 2021 with you (it’s about time, isn’t it?!) dedicated to H&M‘s ultra dreamy A Meadow of Wildflowers Collection! Although my personal style and shopping habits have changed significantly as a result of the pandemic, I eagerly comprised my wishlist as soon as I saw previews of this collection pop up online last month. H&M‘s Wildflower Collection is a Spring 2021 release hailing from their Conscious range — featuring elegant, timeless silhouettes made from 100% organic cotton and linen, inspired by their print designers favourite wildflowers recreated in watercolour. Of all the limited edition collections H&M has released (many of which I’ve worn, loved and featured here at JustineCelina over the years!) this the collection of dreams for my free-spirited, art college educated, flower loving soul!
As soon as the (partial) collection arrived online in Canada, I ordered every piece on my wishlist available in my sizes. Shortly after their arrival, we spent an evening venturing around the stunning natural landscapes near my childhood home in rural Alberta capturing these images — and it felt incredible to get excited about shooting fashion content outdoors after a long winter! As of publication, many of these pieces are now sold out online — and some pieces on my wishlist also aren’t yet available online, but are available in store, so I suggest keeping an eye out for online restocks or using the in-store locator to source specific pieces near you. That said, I wanted to publish my dedicated H&M Wildflower Collection Review for you as soon as possible, so you can use it to inform your collection purchases! Accompany me to the sun drenched, wildflower laden fields of the Alberta prairies for my bohemian spin on the collection, styled up with spring and summer accessory staples.As always, this post is complete with shoppable links for both Canada and the US!
Fellow tequila and mezcal lovers, I’m elated to share the first my first recipe roundup dedicated exclusively to cocktails with my 5 Festive Cinco De Mayo Cocktails post! If you’re a fan of my better-for-you libations, you’ll know my love of tequila and mezcal runs deep — as does my adoration of Mexican culture. Over the past decade, we’ve been fortunate to spend quite a bit of time in Oaxaca (specifically Huatulco — one of my favourite places in the world!) and discover many fantastic artisanal tequila and mezcal varieties, visit agave farms and learn about authentic spirits and cocktail making from the locals. In fact, our home bar is always stocked with several varieties of tequila and mezcal from our travels — and I typically have a few Mexican-inspired sips in development at any given time! So today, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve rounded up my most popular tequila and mezcal based cocktails — which all happen to be vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free! Hey, life is all about balance, right?!
While we may be celebrating Cinco De Mayo digitally this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t do it over a fantastic cocktail (or 5!). Can I interest you in a Green Jalapeño Margarita, Gingered Cara Cara Grapefruit Paloma, Watermelon Frosé Margarita, Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalrita or a Creamy Coconut Mango Mezcalrita? There’s never been a better time to learn how to shake up a Mexican-inspired cocktail in the comfort of your own home — all you need is a cocktail shaker, a bottle of your favourite tequila or mezcal and a few simple, fresh, supporting ingredients. Join me for a crash course on tequila and mezcal (plus recommendations to pair with each recipe) as we shake up a few festive cocktails tonight in celebration of the vibrancy and resilience of Mexican culture!
DIGITAL BLOOMS enthusiasts, welcome back for May’s Digital Blooms Roundup. After a long winter, the grass is slowly greening, the trees are budding, the birds are singing and spring’s first flowers are popping up all over the city — it’s a beautiful sight to see! Although our gardens aren’t in full bloom just yet, now is the perfect time to embrace the season by downloading one of 11 free, spring-inspired floral tech wallpapers for your computer, tablet or phone! Give your tech the ultimate seasonal makeover by choosing from my lovely archive of May free floral tech wallpapers featuring a stunning array of classic spring blooms in a palette of pretty pastels and bold brights.
Inspired by spring taking shape on the Alberta prairies, May’s DIGITAL BLOOMS include Tulips, Ranunculus, Anemones, Hyacinths, Garden Roses, Daffodils, Irises, Lisianthus, Pussy Willows, Delphinium, Acacia and Lavender arranged with whimsy. Infuse a lighthearted and uplifting energy onto your digital devices this spring by clicking through to select your favourite spring floral wallpaper — absolutely free! Thank you for joining me today for another Digital Blooms Roundup — wishing you all a joyful, inspired and productive month!
Friends, I’m thrilled to finally share a post I’ve been meaning to publish for years all about My Top 10 Self Help and Personal DevelopmentBooks! Although I’ve always been interested in these topics, this isn’t the type of content I would typically share in a dedicated post here at JustineCelina — until 2021, that is! As we surpass one year into a global pandemic, I find myself reflecting on the journey that’s taken place, both collectively and individually. The world has changed drastically over the last 12 months — and I have too. Learning to navigate this new normal has resulted in a lot of self reflection, growth, healing and transformation as I anchor into WELLNESS practices — which I’ve mostly shared with you on social media, until recently. While I’ll always appreciate creating and sharing beautiful and inspiring tangible things that contribute to a vibrant, fulfilled life, 2021 is the year where I share things that bring me inner peace, joy and inspiration as I create from a more mindful, aligned place. JustineCelina is, after all, A Creative Lifestyle Blog — and my self care, personal development, and spiritual practices contribute greatly to my ability to create and stay inspired as an entrepreneur!
Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the literary world of self help and personal development or are a longtime enthusiast of the genre, this post is for you! I invite you to slip into your most comfortable loungewear, pour yourself a mug of herbal tea and curl up on the sofa with me tonight as I deep dive into My Top 10 Self Help and Personal Development books — including mini reviews, key takeaways and quotes from each book, why they resonate with me and my process for absorbing (and applying) the information learned. I’ve also included shoppable links to each title, as well as a Pinterest-friendly graphic so you can bookmark this post for future reference! Who’s ready to dive into some seriously inspired and motivational reading material on this cozy Saturday evening?