I decided, spur-of-the-moment, to clean out the pantry one Saturday morning earlier this month… which usually leads to an impromptu cooking session! The product of my weekend cleaning spree was this completely unplanned granola recipe — and of course it was delicious, because I didn’t write anything down (#foodbloggerfail). As things go around here, almost every time I bake or cook without an agenda, it ends up being a recipe that I deem to be blogworthy (and thankfully, granola ingredients are pretty easy to dissect!). At the request of my Insta Story friends who got a sneak peek at the initial batch of this recipe, I threw it into testing so I could share it here with you!
As you might guess, my Protein Packed Cherry Almond Granola is made with… well, pantry staples! In fact, I bet you have most of these ingredients kicking around your kitchen right now. A nutritious, antioxidant rich blend of oats, almonds, pepitas, shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, dried cherries and a plant based vanilla protein powder (it may seem crazy, but it adds tons of extra protein and natural sweetness to this granola!) combine with coconut oil, organic Canadian maple syrup (eh?!) a kiss of cinnamon and a dash of salt to create a versatile granola that can be enjoyed in your breakfast bowls, smoothie bowls, parfaits and alone as a snack all summer long. As I sit here editing this post, I’m noshing on a bowl with fresh BC cherries, nut milk and one of those frothy lattes! Oh, and did I mention it comes together in 20 minutes?
Happy Summer Solstice, everyone! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a fresh collaborative post in our ALL ABOUT series — where the lovely Rebecca Dawn Design and I team up to educate you on an of the moment seasonal flower. We’ve already covered Tulips and Roses — but this June, it’s All About Peonies here at JustineCelina! Today we’re dishing everything you’ve ever wanted to know about everyone’s favourite summer bloom.
Whether you’re purchasing Peonies this summer or trimming some from your garden, consider this All About Peonies post your one-stop shop when it comes to summer’s most beautiful bloom. Today we’re sharing alternate names and meanings, colours and varieties available, vase life, what to look for when purchasing, as well as how to care for and condition your Peonies so you can enjoy them for up to a week. Rebecca also shares her expert tips for getting your Peonies to open more quickly! Otherworldly Coral Sunset Peonies (yes, we’re still drawing inspiration from the Spring 2017 Pantone Fashion Color Report and into millennial pink) take centre stage in today’s history lesson for the Peony obsessed — they’re my absolute favourite variety!
Welcome back for another installment of my seasonal FRAGRANCE EDIT! This time, I’m sharing my top recommendations for Spring / Summer 2017 — the fragrances I love to wear as we transition into warmer weather and sunshiny days! I like to go lighter, brighter and fresher in both my beauty routine and fragrance rotation during the spring and summer, transitioning my fragrance collection along with the seasons. Today I’m working with Sephora Canada to introduce you to 8 beautiful fragrances perfect for balmy spring weather and carefree summer days including 4 Longtime Favourites (including a fragrance I’ve worn for over 10 years!) and 4 Recent Obsessions!
If you’d like to explore the exciting world of designer fragrance this season but don’t know where to start, I’ll be your tour guide! Come gather around my vanity as I chat about my favourite fragrances from Givenchy, Dolce&Gabanna, Versace, Maison Margiela, Guerlain, NEST, fresh and Commodity. Today I’ve selected an array of my most loved scents ranging from fresh and fruity, to crisp and clean, to warm and soft, to light and bright — there’s something for everyone (and every budget) in my Spring / Summer 2017 Fragrance Edit. This post is also a fantastic resource for those of you looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas!
I, along with almost every other woman on the planet, will tell you that fall is my favourite time of year, especially for fashion. But September specifically is my favourite month — well, for almost everything (except Pumpkin Spice Lattes… I may be the only woman on the planet who’s not a fan of those!). It’s nice enough outside that we don’t have to be totally bundled up, but cooler temperatures call for more autumnal, layered style. It’s the perfect opportunity to maximize wear time on your favourite summer pieces, but also to begin playing with autumn fashion. So, today’s post a fall-inspired outfit with wear now appeal — a summer-meets-autumn mashup that we only get to wear for a brief window of time here in Calgary! I’m also chatting about some of fall 2016’s biggest trends and giving you tips to incorporate them into your personal style, right now.
Spitfire British Riviera Gold and Brown Round Sunglasses | Long Waistcoat in Nude provided by Marc Cain (similar, similar, similar) | Grey Long Sleeve Off The Shoulder Knotted Blouse | High Riser Coated Skinny Jeans (similar, similar) | Wing-Woman Black Handbag | High Polish Analog Watch | Contrast High Heel Shoes | Sonia Kashuk Lip Definer in Rosewood
It’s that magical time of year in Calgary. Flowers are still in bloom, the weather is mild and the leaves are just starting to yellow. I can’t complain about September’s temperatures so far (we enjoyed a glass of wine on the patio right after we shot this post), but there’s a definite crispness in the air and a few crunchy leaves at my feet. I personally love this time of year, especially for fashion. And while I’m not quite ready to embrace autumn’s knits, boots and scarves, I’ve been pairing my summer favourites with lighter layers and a more autumnal colour palette during this transitional month. Today’s post is another installment in my HOW TO STYLE IT series — where I’m chatting about how to style jumpsuits and culotte silhouettes. I’m also sharing a few tips on how I like to transition more summery pieces like jumpsuits, maxis and rompers into autumn! Come hang out with me today for a dose of 70’s inspired glam and some casual autumn elegance.
Yellow Vintage Print Ruffle Bandeau Jumpsuit | Wilfred Chevalier Jacket in Cream | Heyday Honey Khaki Clutch | Tan Block Heel Sandals (similar, similar) | Gold Layered Necklaces (similar, similar) | Vintage Jade Cuff (similar) | Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb
If you’re a beauty lover looking for some reading material this long weekend, you’re in luck — it’s August Beauty Favourites time! August was a very experimental month for me beauty-wise because I purged and reorganized my entire makeup collection. Having been a beauty lover for many years before I started blogging I’ve accumulated quite the stash, which has grown exponentially this past year and a half since starting JustineCelina! I’m finding the need to reevaluate what I’m using and loving more often and also determining which products could find a better home. So, I packed up tons of goodies for friends and family and also donated some makeup to a local women’s shelter.
In my reorganizing, I set aside products that hadn’t seen much love recently and experimented with them in August — so I was a bit all over the place in terms of what I used each time I did my makeup. My August Beauty Favourites are a mixture of tried and true products in new colours, along with some brand new ones! Stay tuned for a beautiful, warm red liquid lipstick, a fantastic loose setting powder, some subtly colourful smoky eyeshadows, an inexpensive cream to powder highlighter and a heavenly scented dry shampoo from the drugstore!
Can you believe it’s already September 1st? It seems like summer is just flying by this year. Having said that, I’m looking forward to welcoming fall later this month! I’m also very excited to share autumn themed flower content in partnership with Rebecca Dawn Design with you over the coming months — seriously you guys, I can’t wait to publish it!
To kick off the first month of a new season, September’s DIGITAL BLOOMS incorporate some of late summer and early autumn’s prettiest flowers and foliage. Our 3 flower-based designs are inspired by the wild beauty of Indian summers and a palette of eggplant, terracotta, marsala, apricot, blush, cream and fresh greens. We’re also introducing to some brand new seasonal blooms into this series — including stock, eremurus, dalihas, astilbe, chrysanthemums, thlaspi and cotinus. Rebecca and I have an educational post all about early autumn flowers hitting JustineCelina later this month, but for now you can enjoy them on the background of your computer, tablet or phone — absolutely free!