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How to Create a Lilac Bouquet | An oversized lilac bouquet and a pair of clippers on a white coffee table in JustineCelina’s light and airy mid century meets boho modern living room | DIY Lilac Flower Arrangement | How to Forage Lilacs | How to Prolong Lilac Vase Life | How to Arrange Lilacs | Fresh Lilac Flower Bouquet | Extremely Pretty Lilac Arrangement | Purple Lilac Arrangement | How to Cut Lilacs from a tree or bush | Calgary Creative Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Create, DIY, Dwell, Flower Arranging, Flower Education, Flowers, Living Room, Summer

HOW TO CREATE A LILAC BOUQUET


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! 

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My Top 10 Self Help and Personal Development Books | Brunette woman in casual cream loungewear laying on a caramel leather couch reading a book in a bright and airy boho living room | Best Self Help Books | Best Audible Books | Motivational Books | Inspirational Books | Inspirational Books for Women | Books for Female Entrepreneurs | Motivational Books for Creatives | Best Self Help Books for Women | Best Personal Growth Books | Self Healing Books | Calgary Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Business, Dwell, Fitness, Goals, Inspiration, Life, Living Room, Wellness

MY TOP 10 SELF HELP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS


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 Development Books! 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?

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A Pastel Easter Flower Arrangement featuring Quicksand and Spray Roses, Ranunculus and Butterfly Ranunculus, Tulips, Hyacinths, Lisianthus, Eucalyptus, Wax Flowers and Pampas Grass on white coffee table with a pink mug in bright and airy boho living room | Calgary Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Dining Room, Dwell, Entertain, Flower Education, Flowers, Inspiration, Living Room, Local Love, Occasions, Spring

A PASTEL EASTER FLOWER ARRANGEMENT


Flower lovers, I’m elated to share a fresh post in my FLOWER EDUCATION series with you today — dedicated to this Pastel Easter Flower Arrangement! I actually ordered this charming spring arrangement from Meadow & Vine Floral for our first ever Easter Dinner for Two last year to bring some joy to our home during uncertain times. After after capturing about a thousand photos of it in all its beauty, I knew I wanted to bring this post to JustineCelina this spring to provide you with some cheerful Easter flower inspiration, too! Little luxuries in times like these bring me so much joy as I continue to support local businesses whenever possible — and I hope this post inspires you to do the same, in whatever capacity you’re able.

Whether you’re looking to recreate this arrangement for your Easter celebrations, bookmarking it as inspiration to share with your local florist for a springtime event or special occasion, or would like to educate yourself about spring flowers and arrangement care, you’ve come to the right place! This charming arrangement features a lovely array of my favourite spring blooms — including Quicksand and Spray Roses (learn all about Roses), Ranunculus and Butterfly Ranunculus (learn all about Ranunculus), Tulips (learn all about Tulips), Hyacinths, Lisianthus, Eucalyptus, Wax Flowers and Pampas Grass (learn all about Pampas Grass) and in a quintessentially  Easter inspired palette of dreamy pastels, cool greens and natural textures. Join me in learning all about these uplifting Easter blooms with your favourite glass of bubbly or a cozy cup of coffee!

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My Dry January Experience | Smiling brunette woman holding a champagne flute full of watermelon kombucha in a bright and airy living room | Calgary Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Business, Dwell, Fashion, Fitness, Goals, Inspiration, Life, Living Room, Wellness, Winter

MY DRY JANUARY EXPERIENCE


Friends, I’m elated to be back today with the first completely new piece of content I’ve created in 2021, dedicated to My Dry January Experience. You may have noticed that things have been more quiet than usual lately as I took a step back from content creation to refocus my time, attention and resources on reviewing 2020 and getting inspired for the year ahead. While January wasn’t the most exciting or glamorous month, I’m so grateful I finally gave myself permission to focus on what matters and align with my goals! This Dry January involved a lot of self reflection, accountability and honesty about my blogging and entrepreneurial journey and where I want to take it. 2020 was an incredibly challenging year for so many, myself included — but it was peppered with experiences and wisdom that have afforded me a greater clarity than I’ve ever experienced. As a result, I’ve emerged from 2020 a much different person (as I’m sure many of us have!). 

This time last year were in Huatulco and I was sipping a mezcalrita with my toes in the sand — oh how times have changed! Despite the drastically different circumstances of present times, this isn’t my first January, or sober month. It’s something I do whenever I feel I need a hard reset — and I’ve always found it to be in incredibly rewarding experience! If you’ve always wanted to try a Dry January (or sober month) but aren’t sure what to expect, are looking for some strategies to ensure success, or are curious about the benefits and positive new habits I’ve adopted, this post is for you. Top up your coupe glass with your favourite kombucha and join me for a raw, transparent recap of My Dry January Experience and how it changed my relationship with alcohol!

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December 2020 Soundtrack + Bonus 2020 Soundtrack | Brunette woman wearing a cream cable knit sweater dress and red lipstick holding a flute of champagne in a bright and airy bohemian living room with a flocked holiday tree in the background | Winter 2020 Playlist | Chill Winter 2021 Playlist | Spotify Wrapped 2020 | The Best Holiday Red Lipsticks | Holiday at Home 2020 | Christmas in Quarantine // JustineCelina.com
Beauty, Dwell, Living Room, Makeup, Music, Occasions, Wine & Cocktails, Winter

DECEMBER 2020 SOUNDTRACK + BONUS 2020 SOUNDTRACK


As 2020 draws to a close, I’m sharing two fresh playlists for all your NYE listening needs! First up, my December 2020 Soundtrack — a short n’ sweet playlist featuring 37 of my favourite tracks from the month! As usual, you can expect an eclectic melange of genres, artists and sounds airing on the instrumental side that helped me through the pre-holiday hustle in this MONTHLY SOUNDTRACK. I discovered Spotify’s Focus Music playlist in December, which is where many of my inclusions are gleaned from! A handful of my favourite tracks include Orange Stick’s stripped down rendition of Kayne’s Runaway, That’s Cool’s Believe, Franco Robert’s Hola, Andrew Gialanella’s Remainder, Rhian Sheenan’s Little Sines, Attom’s Oasis, Christopher Willitis’s remix of Tycho’s Into The Woods, Brother Tiger’s Sunset District, Sonalis’s Flux, Young Lungs I Want My Life To Change, Lil Skate’s Living,  Satin Jacket’s A Higher Place, Joey Pecoraro’s Movie Night and  Digital Farm Animals remix of You’re The One For Me.

If you’re in need of even more fresh tunes, check out my Spotify Wrapped 2020 Soundtrack, featuring my 100 most played songs from 2020! I really look forward to these automatically compiled, year-in-review playlists — they bring back the best memories. If you’re looking for some easy listening, feel good, inspirational music to enjoy as we wind down 2020 at home with a bottle of bubbly, this is your playlist. No matter what you’re up to this New Years Eve in quarantine, I hope you all have a peaceful, joyful and safe evening! Thank you for spending the final day of 2020 with me and for your continued support. I’ll no longer be publishing monthly soundtracks here at JustineCelina in 2021 in an effort to optimize my time, refine my content and pursue my larger goals (more on that coming soon!). That said, you can always come join me on Spotify, where I’ll continue to share what I’m listening to each month. Happy New Year and cheers to brighter days ahead in 2021!

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Mid Century Meets Boho Holiday Decor | Brunette woman wearing a taupe chiffon maxi dress hanging stockings in a bright and airy bohemian living room decorating for Christmas | Flocked Christmas Tree with Wood Garland, Metallic and Wood Ornaments | Bohemian Holiday Home Tour 2020 | Boho Chic Christmas Decor | DIY boho dried orange garland | Glam neutral holiday decor | Pampas Grass holiday decor | Pampas Grass Garland | Boho Christmas Tree | Canadian Tire CANVAS Ornaments // JustineCelina.com
Create, DIY, Dwell, Fashion, Inspiration, Living Room, Occasions, Plants, Vintage, Winter

MID CENTURY MEETS BOHO HOLIDAY DECOR


Merry Christmas Eve, friends! Can you believe we’ve nearly made it to the end of 2020? What a year it’s been. Despite everything that’s happened and how different this season looks, it always brings me great joy to prepare our home for the holidays — and tonight I’m thrilled to share our Mid Century Meets Boho Holiday Decor! Even though it will just be the two of us this Christmas, I knew I wanted to keep things fun, fresh and festive this holiday season. This is our third year decorating our recently refreshed inner city Calgary apartment for the holidays — although our holiday decor went up much later than I originally intended (I ordered a tree at the beginning of November that just arrived just last week — how quintessentially 2020!), we love the way it came together. In fact, I think this year’s holiday decor may just be my favourite yet! As always, I mixed high, low, old and new to infuse the apartment with Christmas spirit — and today I’m detailing exactly how I pulled it all together!

Whether you’ve been with me here at JustineCelina for years or have just recently joined (welcome!), you’ll know I’m all about finding creative ways to make my favourite pieces feel fresh again — be it in my home or in your wardrobe. That said, given the state of the world (and in light of the current restrictions here in Alberta), I knew didn’t want to rely on having to shop in person for our holiday tree this year. So, instead of purchasing fresh tree as we’ve done in years past, I decided to have some fun with it and ordered a flocked artificial tree — and I adore the effect! Other than our tree and a few small decor pieces, everything else we’ve owned for years. As we live in an apartment with limited storage, it’s simply not practical for us to purchase entirely new decor each season (but to be honest, I don’t think that’s practical for anyone!). If you’re in search of some creative holiday DIYs and boho Christmas decorating ideas, you’ve come to the right place — join me for a glass of bubbly as I share how I created a warm, modern and inviting holiday atmosphere in our home this season! 

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November 2020 Soundtrack | A cozy November evening in front of the fireplace with a bottle of Pinot Noir, Rattan Serving Tray and Pampas Grass and Bleached ruscus arrangement on a white lacquered coffee table | modern marble fireplace decorated with driftwood and vases with pampas grass with a rattan serving | Marble Fireplace | Bohemian, Mid Century Modern Fall Decor | Bohemian Holiday Home Tour 2020 | Structube Caramel KINSEY Living Room // JustineCelina.com
Dwell, Fall, Flowers, Living Room, Music, Wine & Cocktails

NOVEMBER 2O2O SOUNDTRACK


In need of some relaxing tunes for your next cozy evening in? Well friends, I have just the playlist! Indulge your ears in my November 2020 Soundtrack — featuring 3 hours of easy listening, ultra chill, electronic, jazzy, ambient, indie and alternative grooves to perfectly compliment a bottle of Pinot Noir in front of the fireplace. This familiar scene from our Living Room is what almost every single weekend evening has looked like since March — and although I do miss a lot of things about our life pre-COVID, I’m so grateful for this little piece of serenity amidst a chaotic world. I’ve come to treasure our quarantine Friday evenings when we put the fire on, open a bottle of wine and get lost in the world of music! MUSIC has always been an integral part of my life — and I hope my MONTHLY SOUNTRACKS bring you a bit of extra peace and joy to help ease these difficult times. These 56 tracks have been my musical therapy through a tumultuous month!

November’s standout tracks include Downtown Owl’s Okay, Made in M’s Wonderloop, Ganzo’s Happy Feet, TABAL’s Floating Hammock, Psalm Tree’s Lisbon Penthouse,  Norabel’s Pigments, Noé Solange’s Nocturnal Lady, Blue Wednesday’s Seafoam, Macleny’s Doors of Time, Satin Jacket’s rendition of Tycho’s Japan, Sofasound’s Life Is So Beautiful, C4C’s Flower Pillow, West & Zander’s Autumn Haze, Ash Walker’s remix of Kennebec’s Departure, Toby Schay’s moonkiss and Daithi’s How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic. Thanks for listening, friends!

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