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!
I’m not really sure what’s happened — but this year, my love of cocktails is outshining my love of sangria (hey… no hard feelings sangria — we had a really good run!). I’ve also been dreaming of publishing a lavender lemonade for years — but funny enough, it’s never made it’s way onto these pages. I had the most delicious lavender lemonade the summer before I started blogging at some small town in interior British Columbia on our way back from a music festival — and I’ve been determined to create an equally delicious lavender lemonade ever since! That said, I know there are tons of lavender lemonade recipes out there, but now that I have a few solid years of COCKTAIL development under my belt and some incredible, unique, delicious ingredients in my bar, I thought I’d give it a go this summer!
So, while I fully intended this recipe to be a vodka-based lavender lemonade, as I moved though a rather intense testing process (remember when I mentioned I was cocktail testing over the long weekend?), I ended up swapping lavender for lilacs and vodka for gin — and I’m so glad I did! My Japanese Lilac Gin Lemonade tastes like summertime in the country and is very near to my heart — incorporating Japanese Lilac blossoms from the tree at my childhood home in rural Alberta, honey from the hives just across the stream and Eau Claire Distillery‘s award winning Parlour Gin distilled from the flourishing barley crops and unique botanicals of Alberta’s prairies. This floral-kissed, lightly effervescent lemonade was created with a thoughtful, hand crafted, farm-to-glass approach and made for lazy summer days on the patio, easy entertaining and watching the sunset behind glowing fields of canola! Join myself and my Connecting Over Cocktails crew to indulge in a summer inspired cocktail menu (check out their creations at the end of this post!) and enter to win bottle of the best gin I’ve ever tasted, along with a Tour & Tasting for 2 at Turner Valley’s Eau Claire Distillery! Cheers to hot summer nights, refreshing gourmet cocktails and the celebrating the bountiful offerings of this beautiful land!
Fashionistas, welcome back for my final TREND GUIDE of Spring 2018 — dedicated to my recent obsession with all things lilac (if you’ve been following along this spring, you probably saw this coming!). It’s been an exceptionally busy couple of weeks (I’ll be sharing some fun projects I’ve been working on BTS with you soon!), but before the lilacs faded, we managed to pop out to shoot some new style content in my hometown of Strathmore, Alberta. In fact, we squeezed this shoot into the only free hour we had on our way to Brooks to celebrate a birthday — I had to paint my nails at a sequence of red lights on my way out of the city (yes, I was driving!). All things considered, I love the way these images came out!
Regardless of current trends (or the season, for that matter!), a beautiful, flowy top (which I love so much I picked it up in 2 other colours and ordered one for my Mom!), skinny jeans, comfortable, low heels, a cute bag and a great pair of shades is what you’ll find me in on most spring weekends or casual days — another one of my go-to outfit formulas that’s ultra wearable, yet polished. But this spring, I’ve updated this classic look with a selection of seasonal trends and fresh accessories including lavender, pleats, fluted sleeves, straw bags, block heels, coin necklaces and pearls! If you want to dip your toes into the lavender trend but aren’t sure where to start, stay tuned for a few tips that will help you integrate this of-the-moment hue into your wardrobe or beauty routine this season — even if you’re not sure it’s a colour you can pull off (because you totally can!). Today I’m sharing a handful of my favourite trend highlights to carry you from spring into summer (and beyond) in style!
Flower friends, I’m thrilled to bring you my August Digital Blooms Roundup today, featuring 11 Free Tech Wallpapers celebrating the brightest, sunniest and most beautiful blooms summer has to offer! Over the past 5 years, I’ve preserved August’s quintessential blooms digitally with archive of uplifting floral wallpapers inspired by summer days and a vibrant colour story for you to enjoy all month long . August‘s DIGITAL BLOOMSRoundup features sunny Sunflowers (stay tuned for a fresh post in my ALL ABOUT series coming later this summer!) alongside an array of summer flowers, foliage and produce — and you can download them straight to your tech, absolutely free!
Break out your favourite sundress or straw hat and enjoy August’s sunny blossoms on the background of your computer, tablet or phone. Simply click through to grab these uplifting summer florals for your tech and bask in that carefree summer feeling all month long! Wishing you all a beautiful August — and happy Leo season to my fellow lions and lionesses!
Welcome July with a fresh floral wallpaper for your devices from July’s Digital Blooms Roundup, featuring 11 Free Tech Wallpapers for you to choose from! This summery floral tech wallpaper roundup celebrates all the beautiful flowers and foliage in bloom during the height of summer here on the Alberta prairies — including Peonies, Ranunculus, Tulips, Craspedia, Narcissus, Asclepia, Genista, Irises, Matsumoto Asters, Veronica, Freesia, Allium, Cornflower, Lilacs, Chive Flowers, Freesia, Scabiosa, Misty Blue Statice and an array of Wild Grasses. These free spirited blooms are some of my summer favourites — and I’m thrilled to share them with you!
This colourful array of free floral wallpapers celebrate the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature’s floral offerings at the height of summer, preserved digitally just for you. Now you can enjoy July’s most beautiful blooms on the background of your computer, tablet or phone with the click of a button — absolutely free! Click through to download these gorgeous seasonally inspired designs onto your tech and enjoy an endless summer digitally with July’s DIGITAL BLOOMSRoundup!
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!
Spring is definitely in the air… can you feel it?! The weather is absolutely beautiful here in Calgary as we approach Spring Equinox — and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’ve been taking every opportunity to get outside to enjoy long walks, runs and hikes as I work towards my health and wellness goals for 2021. Each year as we transition into spring, I also find myself lightening up our meals and incorporating lots of fresh, seasonal produce, edible flowers and bright, herbaceous flavours! Over the last couple of years I’ve begun publishing seasonal recipe roundups here at JustineCelina — and in reviewing my archives, was surprised to discover that I hadn’t yet created a spring version. So, I’ve scoured my virtual recipe box to compile my favourite 20+ Plant Based Spring Recipes across culinary categories, from breakfast through happy hour! If you’re looking for some healthy, veggie-centric (and largely vegan), spring meal ideas utilizing all the gorgeous seasonal produce available to us from March though June, you’ve come to the right place!
While I’m perpetually testing new recipes, I’ve also published a solid repertoire of spring-inspired eats over the past 6 years (some of which are Wild Rose D-Tox Friendly!). Today I’m excited to share them all with you in this convenient, easy-to-browse format that you can come back to again and again. As always, my recipes are simple, seasonal, free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and packed full of fresh, nourishing ingredients — perfect to make after a weekend grocery run or trip to the farmer’s market! These whole food dishes are also budget friendly, with many yielding large batches (perfect for families, spring meal prep or batch cooking and freezing!). From my kitchen to yours, I hope this roundup of tested-till-perfect, plant based eats and drinks inspires you enjoy and experiment with seasonal produce, herbs and blooms this spring!