I’ve been dreaming this post up since I first started blogging here at JustineCelina — and I’m elated to finally be able to share it with you today! Typically, people associate the mountains with wildflowers, but our Canadian prairies are brimming with wildflowers and gorgeous natural foliage, too. Rebecca loves to create foraged arrangements and bouquets whenever she travels, so I was excited to explore the prairies with her in search of some inspiring ingredients for our Foraged Prairie Wildflower Bouquet! Come along with us today as we forage the lush prairies near my childhood home in rural Alberta and Rebecca creates this absolutely stunning, no cost bouquet. She’s also sharing her expert prairie foraging tips and guidelines to inspire your next weekend adventure!
I took this weekend off from blogging. That almost never happens. If you read My 1st Blogiversary + 10 Things I Learned in my First Year of Blogging post, you’ll know that I’m pretty diligent about my twice weekly blogging schedule, which usually includes a post mid-week and one on the weekend. Well this weekend, despite my best efforts, I simply couldn’t get a post up before we left on Friday for a wedding in Saskatoon. As I ploughed through a very busy week and the weekend drew closer, I decided that what I really needed — more than rushing to get prewritten content ready to publish for a weekend that I was going to be out of town, was to completely unplug.
Getting out of the city on the weekend, even just for the day, always refreshes and re-energizes me! This summer I’m learning that I don’t have to travel far to satisfy my wanderlust, and that there are so many amazing things to see and do right in my own province. On August long weekend we headed to Lake Louise for the day and hiked to the Lake Agnes Tea House — it’s a moderate hike with beautiful views that takes about 3 hours round-trip. At the top of the trail there’s a lovely tea house perched on Lake Agnes (and very friendly chipmunks!). Here’s a collection of my favourite images.
Today I’m sharing a little bit of the countryside where I grew up with you! Last weekend we took a girl’s trip my family’s acreage in rural Alberta, east of Strathmore, and spent some time exploring (my girlfriends had never been to the prairies!). The country is such a calm, serene place — it’s become almost therapeutic for me, and I like to visit when I need a break the hustle of the city. Here’s a collection of images I’ve captured this summer — a snapshot of the beautiful Alberta prairies in fifteen photos.
There are so many new tracks I’ve had on repeat this month! I’m super excited about the new Metric single, and stuff from a couple of new artists I discovered in May. This playlist will always remind me of my first trip to New York (I visited NYC earlier this month — blog posts coming soon!), so the album cover this month was taken at the top of the Rockefeller Center, overlooking Central Park at dusk. I hope you enjoy my May Soundtrack!
I’m working on a couple of in-depth New York posts, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to share some images of The Bushwick Collective I snapped while visiting Brooklyn. This is a large-scale street art project at the corner of Troutman Street and St. Nicholas Avenue curated by Joseph Ficalora, a longtime Bushwick resident. Art and design lovers, get ready for some serious eye candy!