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DIGITAL BLOOMS JULY 2020 | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER | A wild prairie grass FREE Desktop Wallpaper for Summer 2020 | Free Summer Country Wallpapers | JustineCelina Summer 2020 Digital Blooms | Free Wild Grass Desktop Wallpaper featuring Reed Canary Grass, Smooth Brome, Perennial Ryegrass, Crested Wheatgrass and Cheatgrass on whitewashed country barn board from Wheatland County | Wild Grass Free Wallpaper for Phone Tablet and Computer | Natural Summer Wild Grass Tech Wallpaper // JustineCelina.com
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DIGITAL BLOOMS JULY 2020 | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER


Happy Canada Day, friends! I spent the day foraging our beautiful Alberta land for ingredients and shooting July’s DIGITAL BLOOMS — and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the true north strong and free’s 153 Birthday! This month I wanted to commemorate the peaceful couple of weeks I’ve spent here at my childhood home in rural Alberta creating content by channeling inspiration from my surroundings into July 2020’s Digital Blooms, so you can enjoy a little bit of country tranquility, too! Despite all the flowers that are currently blooming here on our acreage, my favourite quintessential image of summertime in the country is a sea of tall, wild grasses dancing and swaying in the sunlight. It’s a comforting image that just feels like home — and it’s something I wanted to share with all of you!

This year our natural grasses seem more stunning that ever, spanning an array of golden, lavender, purple and green hues — and I harvested an assortment of Reed Canary Grass, Smooth Brome, Perennial Ryegrass, Crested Wheatgrass and Cheatgrass to create July 2020’s Digital Blooms! To switch things up and keep all materials for this free tech wallpaper authentic to the prairies, I also photographed the wild grasses on a piece of foraged barn board from an abandoned farmhouse just a few miles away (this is where all of the wooden backdrops you see here in the JustineCelina RECIPE section are from!). Click through to download a snapshot of summertime in the country straight to the background of your computer, tablet or phone — absolutely free!

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June 2020 Soundtrack | Chill Summer Playlist | Inspiring Summer Playlist Spotify | Laughing brunette woman enjoying a glass of rosé wine in a sunlit prairie wheat field at sunset | JustineCelina’s childhood home in Wheatland County, Alberta | Summer 2020 Bohemian Style Ideas | Boho Casual Summer Dresses | Summer 2020 Fashion | Best H&M Dresses Summer 2020 | How to Style a Frayed Brim Straw Hat | Calgary, Alberta, Canada Creative Lifestyle Blogger and Entrepreneur// JustineCelina.com
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JUNE 2020 SOUNDTRACK + SUMMER FASHION FAVS


The first month of summer is drawing to a close — and that means it’s time for my June 2020 Soundtrack! June was an intense month as we moved into Phase 2 of our economic reopening in Calgary and also collectively experienced the largest civil rights movement in history. Amidst it all, we also decided to form a cohort with my family in rural Alberta and have been spending as much time enjoying the tranquility of the prairies as possible! We finally planted that Country Garden I’ve been dreaming about for years (posts to follow!) and it’s been quite a reflective, but healing, month. Over the years, these rolling hills and sunlit fields have always been where I come to feel grounded, creative and free. I’m so grateful for this magical, restorative place — now more than ever. Although COVID has brought with it many challenges, it’s also brought many gifts. In a time when the whole world feels like it’s on pause, I’m making the most of every last second by living and working intentionally, authentically and in alignment with my true self.

My June 2020 Soundtrack features just over 2 hours of ultra chill, easy-listening, instrumental tunes spanning genres — and also, a track from my nephew, DJBThomson, who’s foraying into the music world! A handful of my favourite tracks include Random Forests I Don’t Trust That Bird of Prey, Vladimir Martynov’s The Beautitudes, Headphone Activist’s Lazy, Shook & Ian Urbina’s Isolation, AK & Liam Thomas’s Peace of Mind, Late June’s Burning Slow, Dye O’s Uprising, iamlex’s Aurora, Tōth’s Copilot, Tom Kalani’s Target, Evin Iris’s Collapse Into The Light, Jose Mehlin’s Adjustments, Ghost of Summer’s Woodland Heart, UTAH’s Thirty Two, TOKiMONSTA’s Love That Never, Stan Forebee’s Skyshades, Wolf’s Play It Safe, Teen Daze’s Comfort and DJBThomson’s N!GHT SK¥ (Bass Version). Happy listening!

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DIGITAL BLOOMS JUNE 2020 | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER | June 2020's Digital Blooms were created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement, using multi-coloured flowers foraged from blooming trees to form a raised fist signifying unity, diversity, support, strength and the beauty of change | Free equality Floral Tech Wallpaper | Free June 2020 Flower Tech Wallpapers | JustineCelina Spring 2020 Digital Blooms | Lilac Tech Wallpaper // JustineCelina.com
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DIGITAL BLOOMS JUNE 2020 x BLACK LIVES MATTER | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER + ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES


Hello, friends. How’s everyone doing? It’s certainly been a very transformative couple of weeks since my last post — and possibly, the most transformative of my lifetime. Given the state of the world, it simply didn’t feel right proceeding with regularly scheduled programming earlier this month. So last week, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement, I (like many other creators) muted my own content to create space to learn, unlearn, explore, amplify melanated voices and actively engage with anti-racism work. Rather than sharing my own content, I used this time to deep dive into some difficult topics, educate myself, reflect and process, have important conversations and create space for a very important discussion to take place. I amplified Black voices and the work of Black creators, artists and activists, as well as my learnings, on my Instagram Stories while pausing my social feed and blog posts. I can’t recall a period of time where I’ve ever learned or absorbed so much information — and I felt called to summarize it all for you here at JustineCelina in June 2020’s edition of DIGITAL BLOOMS.

June 2020’s Digital Blooms were created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter civil rights uprising, using multi-coloured flowers foraged from blooming trees to form a raised fist signifying unity, diversity, support, strength and the power of change. Flowers have always brought me great joy, which was part of the reason I created my DIGITAL BLOOMS series nearly 5 years ago — a way to preserve nature’s seasonal beauty and offer each of you a piece of joy, too. My free floral tech wallpapers are often inspired by colour trends and current events — and it simply didn’t feel right to not translate the huge shift we’re collectively experiencing into this month’s edition. Although I’ll never be fully educated on the topic of anti-racism, I didn’t want that to stop me from using my platforms to take a stand against injustice and encourage you to do the same. Click through to download June 2020‘s tech wallpaper absolutely free — let it serve as a reminder of the unity our world is fighting for, as well as your and allyship and commitment to do the work necessary to end racism. JustineCelina stands for justice, freedom, oneness, love and equality. Silence is simply no longer an option — Black Lives Matter.


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DIGITAL BLOOMS APRIL 2020 | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER | A soft, feminine, pastel rose FREE Desktop Wallpaper for Spring 2020 | Pastel Pink and Lavender Floral Tech Wallpaper for Spring | Free April Flower Tech Wallpapers | JustineCelina Spring 2020 Digital Blooms | Free Floral Desktop Wallpaper featuring Purple Haze Lavender Roses, Spray Roses, Pampas Grass and Foraged Prairie Grasses | Pampas Grass Free Tech Wallpaper | Pastel Bohemian Pampas Grass and Rose Tech Wallpaper // JustineCelina.com
Create, Digital Blooms, Spring

DIGITAL BLOOMS APRIL 2020 | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER + DIGITAL BLOOMS TURNS 4!


Bohemian beauties, April 2020’s edition of DIGITAL BLOOMS is for you! I’ve been wanting to incorporate Pampas Grass into one of my free monthly tech wallpapers for quite some time — and to celebrate DIGITAL BLOOMS 4th birthday (say what?!), I’ve done just that! This month I’m embracing all things free spirited, feminine and ethereal with April 2020’s free desktop wallpaper, which combines Purple Haze Lavender Roses, Quicksand Roses, Spray Roses (learn All About Roses), Pampas Grass, and other foraged prairie grasses from my childhood home in rural Alberta. My All About Pampas Grass post has become the most popular piece of content here at JustineCelina over the past year — so I know you love pampas just as much as I do! 

As we transition into spring, I’m feeling inspired by delicate pastels and creamy off-white hues — so April 2020’s free tech wallpaper embraces this seasons softer side. Enjoy this lovely selection of classic roses juxtaposed with modern pampas and foraged Alberta grasses in the background of your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop all month long, absolutely free! I hope April 2020’s Digital Blooms provide a lighthearted reprieve during these dark times. Even though the flower shops are closed, my DIGITAL BLOOMS are always here and available for you 24/7 — simply click through to download April’s free desktop wallpaper straight to your devices. Be well and stay safe friends — I’m sending light and love to each and every one of you!

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EASY HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING IDEAS


With the holidays just around the corner and the height of entertaining season upon us, I’m elated to share my go-to Easy Holiday Entertaining Ideas in my first dedicated ENTERTAIN post in… gulp… 3 years! The absence of entertaining content here at JustineCelina in recent years has happened authentically, as we’ve scaled back on entertaining in general — simply because life is busy (I’m sure you can relate, especially at this time of year!). Although we love to have an apartment full of company eating, drinking and be merry during the holidays, I’m all about making this festive time of year as fun, stress free and healthy as possible — and that’s what this post is all about! Whether you’ve been with me for years or are new to my cozy little corner of the internet (welcome!), you’ll know I also love to incorporate better-for-you food and drink whenever we’re hosting or attending a party — because I believe in balance and mindful choices in every season of life.

Earlier this month as I pulled out our festive decor and entertaining essentials I discovered Kombrewcha — a delicious, 4.4% ABV hard kombucha made from organic ingredients. As a plant based eater with a sensitive stomach thanks to numerous food intolerances, I’ve long enjoyed kombucha as a way to help keep my digestion on track — especially during the holidays! I also love to mix this effervescent, probiotic-rich, fermented tea into my COCKTAILS (if you follow along with my Instagram Stories, you’ll know I’ve been developing kombucha cocktails since last summer!). This holiday season, I was absolutely delighted to find a better-for-you beverage that incorporates all of my libation must-haves (made from incredible ingredients and free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar!) in a convenient, ready-to-enjoy format. Tonight I’ve partnered with this new to Alberta brand to host a casual holiday dinner party and share my tried and true Easy Holiday Entertaining Ideas — complete with my best decor, styling, hosting, food and drink, fashion and beauty tips to create a festive and memorable evening. Cheers to a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season! 

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October 2019 Soundtrack | Casual Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas for Cold Weather | Canadian Thanksgiving Outfits | Casual Family Holiday Dinner Outfit Ideas | Family Thanksgiving Outfits | Bohemian Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | Casual Boho Fall Outfit | The Best H&M Sweaters | Joe Fresh Faux Leather and Suede Leggings Review | Great Pyrenees | Brunette Woman Wearing a Casual Fall Thanksgiving Outfit | Calgary Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
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OCTOBER 2019 SOUNDTRACK


How is it the end of October?! Another month has flown by — and that means it’s time for another Monthly Soundtrack here at JustineCelina! October was full of lots of BTS work fall content (including our Entrance Way Reveal!) — and these ultra chill, jazzy tunes are what kept me going. My October 2019 Soundtrack is a short n’ sweet 30 track playlist full of ultra chill, mostly instrumental tunes. I discovered Andrew Applepie’s Six Chill Beats EP along with Spotify’s Jazz Vibes playlist this month and I pretty much listened to them on-repeat — honestly, I could have added every single track! If you’re in the mood for some cozy, feel good tunes that pair perfectly with a smooth glass of red in front of the fireplace (something we did often this month!), you’ll find it here.

October’s most played tracks include JR JR’s NYC, LÉON and SAINT WKND’s You and I, Hibou’s Clarity, absolutely everything from Andrew Applepie’s Six Chill Beats EP, the beautifully stripped down version of Death Cab for Cutie’s When We Drive, Bendigo Fletcher’s No Smoke, Funky Notes’ Visit By Cap Kendricks, Saib’s Sao Paulo Sunset, The Ben Taylor Band’s Time Of The Season, n o r m a l’s beachlove, charlie toØ human’s autumn daze, Andrew Applepie’s Catch It, Ruck P’s Vibin Out, Funky Note’s Never Knew, Casiio and Dontcry’s Places To Go and mt. fugitive’s sundown. Happy listening!

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Casual Fall Style Staples | Casual Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas for Cold Weather | Canadian Thanksgiving Outfits | Casual Family Holiday Dinner Outfit Ideas | Family Thanksgiving Outfits | Bohemian Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas | Casual Boho Fall Outfit | The Best H&M Sweaters | The Best Flat Brimmed Hats for Fall 2019 | The best oversized, cozy scarves | Brunette Woman Wearing a Casual Fall Thanksgiving Outfit | Calgary Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Beauty, Fall, Fashion, Life, Makeup, Occasions, Style Staples, Travel, Vintage, Wellness

CASUAL FALL STYLE STAPLES


Fall fashion lovers, welcome back for a fresh instalment in my STYLE STAPLES series — this time, highlighting the more casual side of my personal style! We enjoyed this past Thanksgiving weekend completely unplugged in the country — and although I was device free, I brought my professional camera along. I actually had no intention of capturing style content last weekend, but rather, was hoping for some nice family photos since it had been forever since we’d taken some (we’re talking 5+ years!). Adam isn’t really into being in front of the camera too often — so when he agreed to sneak in a couple of quick photos before heading to Brooks for our second Thanksgiving dinner, my Mom and I killed some time while he was getting ready (believe it or not I’m usually ready before he is!) and also captured what I was wearing. Although this post wasn’t originally part of my editorial calendar, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share a fresh instalment in my STYLE STAPLES series dedicated to relaxed, comfortable fall fashion (the family dog, Charlie, even makes an appearance!).

My Casual Fall Style Staples are my most worn, most loved seasonal pieces that combine to create my go-to casual fall outfit formula — one I’ve worn various iterations of here at JustineCelina throughout the years! Longtime readers will know that while I absolutely love to dress up, I also love to dress well for more casual occasions. Today I’m sharing what I wore to Thanksgiving Dinner, complete with my absolute favourite fall wardrobe staples and elevated basics — the ones I look forward to repurchasing each year in new colours and textures! This laidback, bohemian look combines core pieces from my casual autumn wardrobe to create an outfit perfect for holiday family dinners, or anytime I want to look put together, but be comfortable and cozy (because I don’t believe they should be mutually exclusive). And as always, it’s a mixture of high, low, old (even vintage!) and new. Come along to my childhood home in rural Alberta to chat easygoing fall fashion amongst the yellowing Aspen trees and swaying tall grass!

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