I’m so excited to share the first post in a of a series of AUTUMN 2016 TREND GUIDES here at JustineCelina, where I’m breaking down this seasons biggest trends and showing you how to wear them! I’ve mentioned previously that fall is my favourite time of year for many reasons and fashion in definitely one of them. There’s just something about autumn that makes me want to start anew and refresh my wardrobe to reflect current trends — so today I’m sharing a few of the updates I’ve made and how I like to style my new additions. Today we’re chatting about the new romantic trend and combining 70’s inspired fall florals, waistcoats, rich reds, military greens, statement sleeves, mini bags, velvet, matte lips, chokers, shades of grey, over the knee boots and suede to achieve the look! Oh… and you didn’t think I want going to publish a post without mentioning the Fall 2016 Pantone Fashion Trend Report, did you?
If you’ve been following along on social media, you may have read or heard a few times how exhausted I was feeling at the end of last week. There are some incredibly exciting things happening behind the scenes right now that can’t wait to share with you soon — but it’s been a ton of work getting them off the ground! I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a major workaholic (I absolutely love what I do!) and sometimes it can get the better of me. I’m definitely more mindful of it these days since balance is something I seem to be constantly pursuing. It can be really difficult for me to step away from my work — especially since I find myself really getting in a groove creatively and wanting to keep up the momentum. But, as I’ve also mentioned previously, I need to remember that while consistency is important in producing great creative work, so is taking care of myself so I can stay inspired and not completely burn out (which I was on the verge of last week). I’m sure many of you fellow creatives can relate!
So, I took this weekend to rejuvenate and rescheduled every commitment I had. Friday evening we grabbed sushi and wine at our favourite place (Kabuku downtown if any of you Calgarians are wondering), gave each other massages set to spa music and went to bed before midnight (yes I know, we’re old). Saturday I chatted with my oldest friend on the phone for 2 hours, caught up on some housework, blog work and basic R&R. I’m talking skipping my daily HIIT workout and doing research for upcoming projects and content from bed with a big cup of freshly ground, french pressed coffee and a big messy bun — and not getting out of my pyjamas until I took an amazing, 45 minute shower (I actually had time to wash my hair!). I even did a face mask, which I used to do every Sunday evening, but sadly haven’t had the energy for lately. On Sunday, we decided to make the most of this beautiful, early autumn weather and head west towards the Rocky Mountains for a wine picnic. I hope you enjoy coming along with us in this photo diary of our Mini Mountain Getaway! Continue Reading
My August Soundtrack is a 3 hour playlist full of good vibes and my favourite late summer tunes! I discovered so many new artists, as well as a few new songs from bands I’ve listened to for a long time (like RAC). A few standout tracks this month include Even by Gold Spectacles, Catch the Rider by The Dubarrys, A Minute or Two by Cider Sky, Choose You Twice by Ben Zaidi, Young, Naive & Reckless by Grace Wood, Closer by Halsey & The Chainsmokers, Box Wine by The Foxies and Method Acting by Work Drugs (a band I first heard last month). If you’re looking for a feel good playlist to hold onto that summer feeling just a little bit longer, click through for 41 fresh tracks! Continue Reading
My July Soundtrack is a 3.5 hour playlist of free spirited indie, upbeat alternative, tropical house and a healthy dose of hip hop! It’s a perfect soundtrack for long weekend adventures — whether you’re roadtripping, camping or enjoying the summer weather with friends over cocktails. A few standout tracks this month include Happy Now by Shapes in Calgary (who actually hails from Brooklyn!), Waking Up by Mr. Little Jeans, Kicks by Lauren Aquilina, American Fool by Work Drugs and Don’t Worry Bout What The Fuck I’m Doing (yep, that’s really the track title) from Negative Gemini. For you hip-hop lovers, Complex Garden’s Shinobi Gaiden, Bright’s Doing Things and Chance the Rapper’s Summer Friends sounded especially good to my ears this month. Tune in for 58 fresh tracks to jam out to this summer! Continue Reading
My June Soundtrack is a 75 track playlist full of dreamy, summery tunes and good vibes! If you’re looking for a fresh soundtrack for roadtrips, summer parties or just some great background music for sunny days I’ve got you covered. A few standout tracks this month include a cool rendition of Sixpence None The Richer’s Kiss Me (anyone else remember that song from our teenage years?), Cold by Grabbitz feat. LAYNE, Sniffle Party’s Peach Dream and Seven Strangers by 90 Pounds of Pete. I also fell hard for Brett‘s album Mode and added 5 of my favourite songs to June’s Soundtrack. This month’s album cover is a preview of what’s in store for July’s Digital Blooms — so stay tuned for lots more peony themed goodness! Also, how adorable are my new heart shaped sunglasses? Continue Reading
My May Soundtrack is a fresh, springy, 3.5 hour playlist of happy, chill music! Like most months, what sounded good to me in May was pretty diverse and I discovered lots of new artists. A few standout tracks this month include Hazing’s What Youth, Glade’s Drive and BLAJK’s French Class. I also really enjoyed Beast Coast’s new EP, Ocean Soul. I’m still using and loving Spotify (come join me over there!) and most of my new music discoveries have come from their Weekly Discover playlists. To be honest, I’m not sure how I lived without Spotify and their Discover Weekly playlists — which are updated every Monday based on your musical preferences. They make my Mondays (usually a day when I catch up on admin) so much better! I also threw in a few new tracks I discovered via my favourite Sirius XM channels — Alt Nation, XMU and XM Chill. My May Soundtrack is perfect background music for dinner with friends, spring parties, backyard barbecues or road trips! Continue Reading