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5 Festive Cinco de Mayo Cocktails | 5 of JustineCelina’s most popular dairy, gluten and refined sugar free tequila & mezcal based cocktail to celebrate Cinco de Mayo | Calgary Cocktail Blogger | Cinco de Mayo Drink Menu | Cinco de Mayo Margarita Recipe | Healthier Cinco De Mayo Cocktail Ideas | The Best Cinco De Mayo Cocktails to Make at Home | Margarita, Mezcalrita and Paloma Cocktail Recipes for Cinco de Mayo | Vegan Cinco de Mayo Cocktails | Calgary Cocktail Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Entertain, Occasions, Roundups, Spring, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine & Cocktails

5 FESTIVE CINCO DE MAYO COCKTAILS


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 PalomaWatermelon Frosé MargaritaHibiscus 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! 

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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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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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Gilded Vanilla Pear Sparkler | A glitzy, French 75 inspired New Years Eve cocktail featuring 24 karat gold infused gin, Brut Prosecco, Italian vanilla liqueur, lemon juice and Honeyed Vanilla Pear Syrup | Best NYE 2020 cocktails | How to Make sparkling NYE cocktails at home | Champagne cocktail recipe | Champagne Christmas drinks | New Years Eve Sparklers | Modern Refined Sugar Free French 75 | NYE Cocktail Party Recipes | Calgary Creative Lifestyle & Cocktail Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Entertain, Giveaways, Local Love, Occasions, Wine & Cocktails, Winter

GILDED VANILLA PEAR SPARKLER


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!

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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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Ultimate Holiday Inspiration Roundup | 28 creative, fun and easy fashion, beauty, fragrance, entertaining, food, cocktail, decor and DIY ideas to inspire your 2020 holiday season | Holiday Ideas 2020 Covid | Holiday Ideas 2020 Coronavirus | Quarantine Christmas Ideas | 2020 Christmas Crafts | Holiday Beauty 2020 | Holiday 2020 Recipes | Holiday 2020 Cocktails | Christmas 2020 Outfit Ideas | Creative 2020 Christmas Ideas | Best Holiday Ideas Blog | Calgary Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Beauty, DIY, Dwell, Entertain, Fashion, Flowers, Food, Fragrance, Makeup, Occasions, Roundups, Wine & Cocktails, Winter

ULTIMATE HOLIDAY INSPIRATION ROUNDUP


In preparation for the holidays each year, I relish in the process of pouring over all the festive content I’ve created here at JustineCelina over the past 5 years to get inspired (now 25 posts and counting!). Given all the challenges 2020 has presented, I wasn’t surprised to see my holiday content trending earlier than ever, as people seem to be craving an an extra dose of joy this season. So, I thought it was the perfect time to update my Ultimate Holiday Inspiration Roundup post, featuring a collection of my favourite holiday-themed posts across categories, for easy browsing reference! Although this Christmas in quarantine is unlike any we’ve experienced before, I’m committed to finding joy, continuing to create and make things beautiful, embracing new traditions and making new at-home memories — and I hope I can inspire you to do the same. If you’re looking for creative, fun and attainable ideas to inspire you to eat, drink, DIY, decorate, entertain (within your own household!), dress and glam in style this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place!

Whether you’re in search of modern decor ideas, casual holiday-at-home outfit ideas, how to choose the perfect red lip, gift ideas for the ladies in your life, easy cocktails or plant-based festive recipes, simple DIY projects, flower arranging tips, or entertaining inspiration for 2 – 4, I’ve got you covered! You know the drill — put on your coziest robe, pour yourself a delicious glass of your favourite festive libation (may I suggest my Homemade Dairy Free Coconut Rum Eggnog?) and cozy up with me to celebrate the holidays JustineCelina style. Cheers to a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season!

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DIGITAL BLOOMS DECEMBER 2020 | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER | A Pampas Grass Christmas Tree with Fairy Lights, a Star Anise Tree Topper and a Natural Stem Base | Boho Holiday Decor | Boho Christmas Wallpaper | Modern Boho Christmas Tree | Pampas Grass Christmas Tree | Modern Holiday Tech Wallpaper | Boho Christmas Tree | Free Christmas Digital Wallpaper | Free Holiday Wallpaper | Pampas Grass Christmas Tree Wallpaper | Winter Wreath Download | JustineCelina Digital Blooms // JustineCelina.com
Create, Digital Blooms, Flowers, Food, Inspiration, Occasions, Pantone, Winter

DIGITAL BLOOMS DECEMBER 2020 | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER


Happy December 1st, beautiful people! With the festive season officially upon us, many of us are decking our halls for the holidays — and I always look forward to decking my tech, as well. Today I’m thrilled to bring you December 2020’s Digital Blooms — a white Pampas Grass Christmas tree (learn All About Pampas Grass) inspired by my love of natural, bohemian holiday decor! I initially dreamt up the idea for this charming boho holiday tree last December and was so excited to finally execute it and share it with you! While I’m still in the process of putting the finishing touches on our 2020 holiday decor as I await the delivery of our tree!), I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the direction we’re taking with this December 2020’s Free Tech Wallpaper. Get ready for lots of pampas grass, dried florals, natural, warm tones, a healthy dose of sparkle — and, of course, tons of festive, cross-category inspiration coming your way all month long! 

This free holiday desktop wallpaper features a derivative white pampas grass tree strung with fairy lights, a star anise tree topper and a natural stem base whimsically arranged on a Pantone Autumn/Winter 2020/2021 Rose Tan inspired backdrop. Trim your tree digitally this year by clicking through to download December’s DIGITAL BLOOMS straight to your computer, tablet or phone — absolutely free! I hope December’s free tech wallpaper helps to make your holiday season a little more merry and bright  — think of it as a little Christmas gift from me to you. Wishing you all healthy, safe and joyous holiday season ahead and thank you so much for your continued readership!

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