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May 2019 Soundtrack | Kootenay Lake at Sunset | View from the Kootenay Bay Ferry at Sunset // JustineCelina.com
Music, Spring, Travel

MAY 2019 SOUNDTRACK


Summer is just around the corner — and I have the perfect, easy-listening tunes for all your sunshiny adventures! My May 2019 Soundtrack is a short n’ sweet, feel-good, 28 track playlist ideal for road trips, entertaining, long walks in this beautiful weather or unwinding on vacation. As always, it features an eclectic mixture of genres spanning musical categories — there’s something for everyone!

A handful of May’s standout tracks include Jon Bryant’s Ya Ya Ya Ya, MOOD ROBOT’s Safe and Sound, The Head and the Heart’s People Need a Melody, Work Drug’s Belize, Saib’s Shanghai Nights, Easy Life’s Sunday, Prince Fox & Quinn XCII’s Space, Far Caspian’s Conversations, Jye’s You on My Mind, Jaymison’s Pretty Mama, Slumberville’s Honolulu and Medasin & Kathleen’s Nice to Meet You. Happy listening!

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DIY | Modern Driftwood Macrame Wall Hanging | How to Make a Large Macrame Wall Hanging for Less Than $70! | Macrame Wall Hanging Tutorial | Affordable Bohemian Wall Hanging DIY // JustineCelina.com
Create, Creative Process, DIY, Dwell, Travel

DIY | MODERN DRIFTWOOD MACRAME WALL HANGING


I’m riding that just-back-from-vacation-and-feeling-so-inspired wave and coming at you today with a fresh, completely impromptu DIY post! During our recent getaway, our Kootenay cabin was perched on the most beautiful beach with troves of driftwood washed up on shore — and I finally found the perfect piece to complete the large macrame wall hanging I’ve been planning since winter! Immediately after arriving home on Saturday, I got to work on this Modern Driftwood Macrame Wall Hanging, modelling it after the original I created for our refreshed Living Room (which has become one of my most popular DIYs!). Since I was enjoying a little staycation last weekend (I didn’t open my computer or socials for one whole week and it was just what I needed!) I wasn’t actually planning to share this post here at JustineCelina, but after snapping a few process photos over on Insta Stories I was flooded with DMs and questions about how exactly I made it. And here we are!

You may be surprised to learn this oversized macrame wall hanging is actually quite a simple and inexpensive project. The materials to create this 7′ x 3.5′ modern wall hanging cost a whopping $66 and it took me a few hours from start to finish, including installation. If you’re curious about how I pulled it off, you’re in luck — this post contains  step-by-step, visual instructions showing you exactly how I made this bohemian beauty! If you’re looking for a fun weekend project to adorn the walls of your home or for a unique gift idea (a friend of mine created one for a baby shower!) pour yourself a cup of coffee, pull up a seat at my Dining Room table and let’s get crafty!  Continue Reading

Out of Office | Canadian May Long Weekend Outfit Ideas | Roadtrip Outfit Ideas | Calgary Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Fashion, Life, Spring, Travel, Wellness

OUT OF OFFICE


Happy May long weekend, Canadian friends! I wanted to check in quickly to let you know we’re headed to the Kootenays for a week of off-the-grid relaxation. After a very busy past 2 months, Adam and I both had the opportunity to take a full week off at the same time — and we jumped on it! We booked the cutest lakeside cabin where I’ll be enjoying my first completely unplugged, work-free vacation since starting JustineCelina over 4 years ago. To say it’s long overdue is a major understatement!

Although I originally had a number of posts planned for this upcoming week, for once I actually haven’t pre-scheduled content. Instead, I’m taking the opportunity to hit pause, recharge and reconnect — something I hope you’re all able to do this weekend as well, because it’s so important. I’ll be back in action the week of May 27th with tons of fresh content, a refreshed mindset and a restocked wine rack! Thanks for taking the time to stop by if you’re visiting during my break — fortunately, my existing content never takes time off and there are nearly 400 posts here at JustineCelina spanning categories for you to enjoy. Have a wonderful long weekend, beautiful people!

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Early spring sunset spilling onto Medicine Lake near Jasper Alberta as the valley thaws | Calgary, Alberta Travel Blogger | Calgary, Alberta Music Blogger | Sunset over Canadian Rocky Mountains in Jasper National Park | March 2019 Soundtrack // JustineCelina.com
Music, Spring, Travel, Winter

MARCH 2019 SOUNDTRACK


Friends, welcome back for another Monthly Soundtrack! March was a very full month, brimming with tons of behind-the-scenes work — and my 2.5 hour March 2019 Soundtrack was pumping through the speakers the whole time! As the snow starts to melt, I find myself yearning for upbeat, uplifting, empowering music to ease the winter-to-spring transition — and I found so many incredible tracks this month to help me stay focused and inspired to continue working towards my goals. I also discovered Spotify’s Morning Motivation playlist and I’m convinced it made all those 5am starts more productive!

It’s difficult to choose favourites this month, but a few of my most played tracks include Golden Daze’s Blue Bell, Tove Styrke’s Sway, Glades Nervous Energy, Andrew Applepie’s Salted Caramel, Dominic Fike’s 3 Nights, WEALTHYSELF’s Million Dollar Mood, Sensi Sye’s Conscious, Blithe Field’s RD1, pronoun’s temporary tantrum, Shwayze’s Rich City, MorMor’s Outside, Wun Two’s Vio, filous’s All My Friends Are Rich, Joey Pecoraro’s Novice Juggler, Yumi Youma’s In Camera and SŸDE’s Above The Clouds. I hope you enjoy this eclectic, easy listening playlist as much as I do!

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Business, Fashion, Fitness, Flowers, Goals, Inspiration, Life, Local Love, Planning, Travel, Wellness, Winter

2018 REVIEW + 2019 GOALS


Well hello, friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted — I took some time during the first half of this dry January (it’s actually been great!) to reflect on the past year, get re-inspired and really put some thought into what I’d like to achieve in 2019. It’s been a very valuable exercise, so thank you for your patience! Today I’m dishing on everything I’ve discovered in this real, raw, lengthy (we’re talking the longest post I’ve ever written!) read recapping 2018 and sharing my intentions, aspirations and goals for the new year — plus exactly how I plan to achieve them!

When I look back on my goals post from last year, I feel grateful to be in a much better head space and place in my life — although it was a long road to get here. Longtime readers will know I’m always very transparent about the staggering amount of work that goes into blogging, content creation and creative entrepreneurship — and from the day I stared this blog in March of 2015 through to the end of 2017, I hustled hard. As a result, I entered 2018 feeling completely burnout, uninspired and unsure of how to proceed. I knew a change was necessary for me to move forward and progress in a way that would allow for more balance and well being in my life (and therefore more inspired work), but I wasn’t exactly sure how to get there. I felt like I needed to slow down and take life as it came, rather than creating an exhaustive list of all the things I felt I needed to accomplish — and I spent 2018 doing just that. I changed course and made chasing my passions for HOME and FASHION based content my first priority, which resulted in a pretty monumental year here at JustineCelina. That said, the largest shifts I made were off of these pages, in my mental and physical health, relationships and life in general. Fast forward to January of 2019 and I’m feeling energized, more inspired and productive than ever — and ready to make 2019 my best year yet! If you’re curious about what what’s to come, my favourite tools and resources to stay organized, inspired and fit, or in need of a healthy dose of motivation, cozy up with me and let’s chat about living and working with confidence and intention this year! Continue Reading

September 2018 Soundtrack | Girl Holding a Sunflower in the Bowden Sunmaze, Alberta, Canada | Calgary Lifestyle Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Fall, Flowers, Music, Summer, Travel

SEPTEMBER 2018 SOUNDTRACK


Okay seriously, how is it the end of September?! 2018 is just flying by! September was a jam packed month, but we did manage to sneak in a few outdoor adventures — including a trip to Jasper to relax and decompress for the long weekend before our busy season kicked off (I honestly haven’t even had a chance to go through most of my photos!), as well as a trip to the Bowden Sunmaze to catch a field of sunflowers in full bloom before the frost set in. It was absolutely beautiful and highly worth the trip if you’re planning to go next summer (they’re now closed for the season). My September 2018 Soundtrack saw me through it all — and as usual, it’s a mash up of musical genres, styles, lyrics and artists with a healthy dose of chill and instrumental (plus some explicit hip hop throw in for good measure!). This 2 and a half hour playlist makes for an easy listening, feel good option no matter what you’re up to!

Some of my musical highlights this month include Tabrill & Emily’s Lossless, Hirola’s Melaie, HDBeenDope’s For the Record, Arms & Sleepers Down, Tom Hilcock & Nicolas Boscovic’s Golden Halo, Andrew Applepie’s Hong Kong Bedtime, Young the Giant’s Superposition, Royal Yellow’s Hazeldene, a beautifully stripped down rendition of The Naked and Famous’s Young Blood, Dizzy’s Pretty Thing, Alex Cruz & Brascon’s remix of Magical Cloudz’s Downtown, Lycoriscoris’s Her and Of Water’s Materializing. Happy listening, beautiful people!

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Pattern Play | Stripes | How to Style Stripes for Summer 2018 | AW18 Stripe Trend | The Best Rainbow Striped Dresses 2018 | 3rd Floor Studio’s Petra Dress | Calgary Fashion Blogger | Canadian Fashion Blogger // JustineCelina.com
Fall, Fashion, Life, Pantone, Pattern Play, Summer, Travel

PATTERN PLAY | STRIPES


Happy Autumn Equinox, everyone! Today I’m saying farewell to summer and welcoming fall with the second installment in my PATTERN PLAY series, dedicated to one of my favourite prints — stripes! Remember when I mentioned that I took some time to get re-inspired style content wise this summer and was planning to bring you more comprehensive, multi outfit posts to JustineCelina? Well, this is the first of many! I’m kicking things off today by rounding up all the different ways I wore stripes this summer, highlighting key stripe trends and colours I’ll be wearing into autumn as well as sharing shoppable links for my transitional striped wardrobe (plus my AW18 wishlist!).

When I look back on all the content we captured this summer, one thing is very apparent — I wore a lot of stripes! These past few months I really took my commitment to getting back to a way of living and working in a way that nurtures my passions seriously — which included lots of time spent outdoors with friends and family. I also switched things up and shot more style content in the moment whenever possible! I wore stripes from the prairies, to farmers markets, to berry pick, to mountain lakes and just about everywhere in between. They’re such a versatile print that can be worn in both personal and professional settings, ranging from classic and understated to bright and bold — a true chameleon print! If you’re a stripe lover or are looking for some fresh styling ideas to incorporate stripes into your autumn wardrobe, join me today for a crash course in all things striped!

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