Just ahead of the holiday season, I’m thrilled to bring my sixth sangria recipe to JustineCelina today (if you’re new here, why yes, I adore sangria!). In years past, I’ve shared my tried and true recipes created with wine and spirits you would traditionally associate with sangria — but over the years as I honed my mixology skills I’ve also become just as passionate about craft cocktails. Now that I have a well-rounded baseline of sangria and cocktail recipes to work from, I find myself drawn to more creative and interesting ingredient combinations and flavour profiles — and that’s exactly how the idea for my Violette Noir Berry Sangria was born! Although I have a Classic Winter Citrus Red Sangria (my original sangria recipe that inspired all the others!), I’d always wanted to develop a berry-forward sangria using less conventional grapes and liqueurs. So this summer, I got to work using some of the more elusive ingredients in our bar — and today I’m finally sharing the recipe, after 6 months of extensive testing!
My Violette Noir Berry Sangria is a dramatic, berry-infused libation where bold, luscious flavours of raspberry-laden Chambord, floral Crème de Violette, juicy blackberry and a fresh kiss of citrus intertwine over an elegant Pinot Noir backdrop. This sophisticated, Parisian-inspired spin on traditional red sangria is as intricate as it is accessible — seducing both wine lovers and skeptics with each delicious, antioxidant-rich sip. It’s the ideal accompaniment to festive cocktail parties, formal occasions, holiday dinners or anytime you’re craving a refined, wine-based bracer to delight and surprise even the most discerning of palettes! As always, my Violette Noir Berry Sangria brimming with fresh, better-for-you ingredients and is free of added sugars — because I believe in balance in all areas of life. Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season!
Flower children, welcome back for a fresh edition of DIGITAL BLOOMS to kick off November! Things have certainly cooled off here in Calgary as we move deeper into autumn — and November 2019’s Digital Blooms celebrate one of my all-time-favourite Autumn / Winter flowers at the height of its season. This month I’m spotlighting the Panda Anemone in all its stunning simplicity against a warm, marsala coloured backdrop. If you’ve enjoyed our FLOWER content over the years, this strikingly unique bloom should look very familiar — we even published an All About Anemones post dedicated to it!
November’s DIGITAL BLOOMS embrace the very best of AW19‘s seasonal flower offerings and the Pantone Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 Fashion Colour Trend Report, by translating seasonal colour trends to the background of your computer, tablet or phone. A rich, dramatic palette inspired by Pantone’s luxurious Biking Red, Sugar Almond and Evening Blue contrasted by soft and ethereal Crème de Pêche combine to create a crisp and inviting digital display of late autumn abundance. Snag your November 2019 Digital Blooms free floral tech wallpaper by clicking through to download it straight to your devices!
The changing leaves is one of my favourite things about autumn — and I’m back today with a fresh installment of DIGITAL BLOOMS to celebrate! I actually got a bit overexcited and shared this wallpaper on Instagram to celebrate Autumn Equinox before it hit the blog officially as part of October 2019’s Digital Blooms. The response from my Instagram audience was incredible — and I’m thrilled to make it available for all of you today, too! Although I truly adore flowers, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the usual onslaught of fall blooms and appreciate the stunning beauty of our changing seasonal landscape!
October’s DIGITAL BLOOMS welcome autumn to your screen with a beautiful, simplistic leaf design comprised of a mosaic of foraged Calgary foliage in all of fall’s gorgeous warm neutrals! These seasonal tones and natural textures are some of my absolute favourites to wear, incorporate into my home and my beauty routine — if you’ve been following along lately you’ll know I’ve been endlessly inspired by the Pantone Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 Fashion Colour Trend Report, which reflects Mother Nature’s changing leaves. Usher October in with a free tech wallpaper that preserves autumn’s colourful foliage on the background of your computer, tablet or phone all season long!
With the promise of changing leaves dancing on the late-summer breeze, I’m back with a fresh instalment of DIGITAL BLOOMS to welcome my favourite month of the year! I love September because it combines the best of summer and autumn — and I’ve channeled that transitional inspiration into this month’s free tech wallpaper. Last weekend we popped over to a local farmer’s market where some incredibly lovely bouquets of sunflowers were on display and I couldn’t resist picking one up to share with all of you! The best part? Everything featured in September 2019’s Digital Blooms is organic, biodynamic, growing here in Alberta right now! I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate the season.
September’s DIGITAL BLOOMS are heavily inspired by the Pantone Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 Fashion Colour Trend Report featuring warm, transitional hues of Chili Pepper, Biking Red, Rocky Road, Sugar Almond and Dark Cheddar set on a moody Bluestone backdrop. Unique Chianti and Little Becka Sunflowers are complimented by Rudbeckia, Strawflower, wild Firewheels and Barberry leaves in free desktop wallpaper that’s equal parts sunny and dramatic — just like the first month of autumn. Give your devices a seasonal makeover by clicking through to download September’s free floral tech wallpaper!
Flower children, welcome back for the August 2019 Edition of DIGITAL BLOOMS! In an effort to capture the fleeting beauty of our precious Canadian summers, this month’s free floral wallpaper features locally grown (and currently blooming!) sunshiny Garden Roses (learn All About Roses) and delicate white Poppies, complimented by buttery Stock, fluttery Lisianthus (hailing from British Columbia) along with whimsical Waxflowers — set on a Pantone 2019 Colour of the Year inspired backdrop. If you’re ready to deck your tech out in some major summer vibes, August’s free desktop wallpaper is for you!
Bring summer’s beautiful flourishing gardens to the background of your computer, tablet or phone with August 2019’s Digital Blooms. This uplifting colour scheme is inspired by a beautiful summer sunset and sure to bring a little bit of joy to your day, year round! Summer isn’t over yet — embrace the season by clicking through to download August 2019’s Free Floral Wallpaper — absolutely free!
Happy Canada Day Long weekend, beautiful people! Today I’m celebrating the first long weekend of Summer 2019 and my 400th blog post here at JustineCelina (isn’t that wild?!) with July 2019’s Free Desktop Wallpaper. I’ve been lilac-obsessed lately (case in point) and have captured their fleeting beauty in July’s DIGITAL BLOOMS, inspired by dreamy lavender hues and Calgary’s blooming trees and gardens. July 2019’s free floral wallpaper has a laid-back, hand-picked vibe that beautifully compliments summer’s carefree sunshiny days!
Foraged Lilacs, Chive Flowers from our community garden, Freesia, Scabiosa and Misty Blue Statice are whimsically arranged on a complimentary lavender background for a soft, monochromatic effect in July 2019’s Digital Blooms. Enjoy the essence of blooming lilac trees (learn more about how to forage blooming branches and create an arrangement) and thriving summer gardens by clicking through to download a floral tech wallpaper to the background of your computer, tablet or phone — absolutely free!
Need a fresh playlist for Canada Day Long Weekend? My June 2019 Soundtrack has you covered — featuring an hour and a half of lighthearted, chill, easy-listening grooves (with a few hip-hop curveballs thrown in for good measure!). No matter what you’re up to this weekend, my favourite tracks from this June are perfect to throw on anytime, anywhere. Now, let’s just hope the sunshine holds out!