It’s sunflower season — and I’m absolutely elated! Whether you’ve followed along for just a couple of weeks or a couple of years, you’ll know how much I adore sunflowers. From bringing them into our home, to incorporating them into my FLOWER content, to road-tripping to see fields of these sunny blooms, sunflowers have graced the pages of JustineCelinamany times!If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you love these sunny, quintessentially summer blooms just as much as I do. Last year, my Mom, little sister and I headed north to visit Bowden Sunmaze & Eagle Creek Farms for an unconventional girls night, to catch a glimpse of their renowned sunflower fields at sunset — and it was an absolutely beautiful evening. Fast forward to August 2021 and I’m thrilled they’ve reopened for the season, so I’ve updated this post with everything you need to know about visiting the SunMaze this year! I was also delighted to find their U-Pick Flower Fields were in full bloom, where I handpicked an autumn-inspired bouquet.
If you’ve always wanted to visit a Sunflower Field but aren’t sure what to expect, this post is for you! As we explore the boundaries of travel within our own province, I’m thrilled to bring you along on our trip to Bowden Sunmaze & Eagle Creek Farms as I detail everything you’ve ever wanted to know about visiting a sunflower field and flower u-pick — from location, to cost, to safety restrictions, to activities, to the best times to visit, to my best sunflower field photography tips! Craving a little adventure as we transition into autumn and want to see these stunning Alberta Sunflower Fields for yourself? There’s no time like the present — Bowden SunMaze is currently open for 2021 as of August 10th, offering tickets until September 20th. If you’re looking for a family-friendly outdoor activity, or are simply yearning for a cheerful digital escape, join us as we visit Alberta’s Bowden SunMaze on a gorgeous midsummer evening!
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 $150 International Giveaway (which has now closed) 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 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!
Happy New Years Eve Eve, craft COCKTAIL lovers! After a restful holiday vacation, I’m back today with a fresh cocktail recipe (and a fun giveaway) to help you send 2020 off in style! My Gilded Vanilla Pear Sparkler is a glitzy, French 75 inspired sparkling cocktail nuanced with an elegant seasonal flavour profile and premium ingredients (including Eau Claire Distillery’s 24 karat gold infused Christmas Gin!). Although this NYE in quarantine is unlike the celebrations of years past we’ve become accustomed to, that doesn’t mean it has to be any less glamorous or memorable — and if you’re looking for an NYE inspired sip to celebrate the end of a challenging year, I have just the recipe. I invite you to put your best suit or dress on, dust off your crystal and toast 2020’s departure (good riddance!) with me in the comfort of your own homes, JustineCelina style!
Inspired by all things glittering and gold, Eau Claire Distillery‘s Limited Edition Christmas Gin combines with Brut Prosecco, Italian vanilla liqueur, bright lemon juice and a stunning Honeyed Vanilla Pear Syrup where Bosc pears are poached in decadent Canadian honey alongside Tahitian vanilla extract. The result is an opulent, gold infused winter cocktail that’s equal parts creamy, crisp and refreshing — and it couldn’t be easier to mix up at home! To help spread some holiday cheer, I’ve partnered with Eau Claire Distillery to give away a full sized bottle of Christmas Gin and 2 coupe glasses to one of my Canadian friends — you’ll find details on how to enter near the bottom of the post (this giveaway has now closed). Cheers to a brighter 2021!
Foodie friends, who’s up for some healthier, pre-holiday baking? I’m thrilled to finally share my Gluten Free Mapled Pumpkin Chai Bread with you today after just over a year of recipe development! I’ve mentioned previously that due to my extensive recipe testing and development process and focus on seasonal ingredients, oftentimes recipes take over a year to make it to JustineCelina. As with any piece of content I share on this pages, quality is my top priority! Over the course of the five times (yes, really!) I’ve baked, tweaked and meticulously tested this delicious seasonal loaf, it’s become one of our all-time-favourite recipes — and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it for you. I’ve also included a handful of my favourite local grocers and vendors where I picked up all of the ingredients I’ve used in this recipe. Now more than ever, local businesses need our support and I’d like to ask you to consider how you can support your local economy (in whatever capacity you’re able to) as we transition into the holiday season.
My Gluten Free Mapled Pumpkin Chai Bread typifies late autumn by combining two of my favourite seasonal flavour profiles in one deceptively decadent, easy-to-bake loaf that’s free of dairy, gluten, refined sugar and oil. Exceptionally moist and perfectly spiced, this simple, seasonal pumpkin bread tastes like an indulgent fall cake, but is loaded with nourishing ingredients and warm, healing spices! Pumpkin puree, creamy coconut milk, pure Canadian maple syrup and a splash of Mexican vanilla extract are beautifully complimented by a rich melange of quintessential chai spices — including cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, cardamon and anise. The result is an incredibly delicious ‘free from’ pumpkin loaf to be enjoyed by plant based eaters, those with food allergies and sensitivities and anyone that loves delicious seasonal baking! Consider adding my festive Gluten Free Mapled Pumpkin Chai Bread to your holiday baking menu this season for an inventive, better-for-you spin on classic seasonal flavours that the whole family can enjoy. Throw on your coziest sweater and your fuzziest slippers and let’s bake up some chai-inspired seasonal goodness, shall we?
Fall fashion lovers, I’m thrilled to welcome you back for another seasonally inspired LOOKBOOK! Since publishing my Early Autumn 2020 Lookbook, there have been a few notable developments here in Calgary in regards to new public health measures to combat the second wave of COVID-19 we’re currently experiencing. I’ve been fairly quiet here at JustineCelina as we navigated what Alberta’s new restrictions look like for us and our businesses ahead of the holiday season. In light of these recent announcements, we decided against shooting the final three winter looks I had planned for this LOOKBOOK outdoors. As social gatherings of any kind are prohibited both in our homes as well as outdoors, it simply doesn’t feel like the right time to do so. As I’ve mentioned previously, these restrictions are something I take very seriously. These LOOKBOOKS showcase what I’m authentically wearing each season — and getting dressed up with quite literally no where to go simply didn’t resonate with me. Since we’re all staying in these days, I knew it wouldn’t resonate with you either!
That said, I didn’t want that to stop me from from serving up one final dose of late fall fashion here at JustineCelina this season while we’re all cozied up at home! Alas, the fall looks we captured earlier this autumn were collecting dust on my hard drive and I wanted to bring them to life, even if this LOOKBOOK doesn’t follow my typical 6 outfit format. But hey — 2020 is anything but typical, right?! My Fall 2020 Lookbook features 3 creative, free spirited, trend focused fall 2020 outfits built on foundational, quality wardrobe staples. As always, you can expect a melange of high, low, old, new and vintage — as well as shoppable links at every price point. If you’re looking for a sartorial escape during lockdown, join me this evening for inventive layering tips to get the most of your wardrobe as we transition into winter, my process for pulling together elegant cool weather looks and a chat about how my personal style (and shopping habits) have changed as a result of the pandemic. Pour yourself a juicy glass of pinot noir and settle in for a fleeting dose of late autumn fashion on the Alberta prairies — complete with both rural and urban style inspiration and additional face mask recommendations!
How is November already upon us?! 2020 has simultaneously felt like the longest and shortest year of my life (as I’m sure many of you can relate!) — but, as always, I’m thrilled to usher in a fresh new month with a beautiful, seasonally-inspired floral wallpaper! November 2020’s Digital Blooms celebrates the height of autumn on the Alberta prairies with an unconventional melange of locally grown and foraged flowers, wild grasses, fall foliage and berries gathered from my flower-picking adventures at Bowden SunMaze & Eagle Creek Farms and our country property. Thanks to our warm, extended autumn this year we were treated to the most magnificent and colourful landscape transformation I’ve ever witnessed — and I discovered so many plants, berries and grasses I had no idea were growing wild on our acreage!
November 2020’s Free Floral Wallpaper features Alberta grown Zinnias and Red Amaranth complimented by foraged Western Snowberries, Wood’s Rose Leaves, Broomsedge Bluestem and Garden Asparagus Foliage (and Berries!) set on a Pantone Autumn/Winter 2020/2021Peach Nougat inspired backdrop. These warm, quintessentially autumnal hues are some of my favourite to incorporate into my wardrobe, beauty routine, home and floral arrangements during the fall months! Give your tech a free autumnal makeover with November’s DIGITAL BLOOMS — and be sure to share the love on social media with #justinecelinadigitalblooms to show me how you’re using them! As always, you can download November 2020’s Digital Blooms absolutely free for personal tech wallpaper usage simply by clicking through and following the instructions. I hope you enjoy this month’s instalment as much as I enjoyed creating it for you!