Life Set Sail in Williamsburg

A few words from Brittany Messner of Life Set Sail: Here they are, the very first of our New York photos! It wasn’t the warmest of stays where the weather was concerned, but our quiet little B&B in Williamsburg made for such a peaceful stay that we didn’t mind one bit!
There’s something about mornings, no matter where you are, that set the tone for the whole day. For me, I like to take things reaaaaaal slow, enjoy a cup of black coffee, and not think about too much. I love the quiet sounds of people starting to get up and move around, of cars driving on wet pavement, and even the occasional shout of mothers yelling at their children.
To simply feel everything that a morning is, well that is one of my favourite things in the whole world. I love opening the windows and letting the crisp air come billowing in…even if it’s maybe a tad too chilly, with a hot cup in hand and a cozy sweater, there’s not much better. The ritual of a morning routine is such an important one and I feel so fortunate to be able to take the time to really embrace the stillness before I get on with my day.

Sand Dunes With Life Set Sail

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Jeans: Salt Shop | Bra: Victorias Secret

A few words from Brittany Messner about creativity: Back when I was all about beauty blogging I would often feel so trapped in the routine of it all – product reviews, monthly favourites, how-tos and so on. True, it was doing really well, but I very quickly became bored of it. My passions don’t lie on what I put on my face, but in exploring new places with cool people and creating inspiring imagery through that. I do not strive for complacency, I do not want routine, I want to be excited about what I’m doing and stretch myself creatively in as many ways as possible.

Justine has been so great in helping me experiment with the photos we take, using different film, trying new things, even if certain things don’t work out to be exactly the way we want them, it’s a growing experience and one that I enjoy more than I could even try to express.

The thing I love most about trying new things is the stories and memories that come along with them…for instance, I look at these photos and can’t help but laugh because I was literally running back and fourth for about 15 minutes so we could catch every last second of sunset all while trying to avoid repeat prints in the sand. Do you know how hard that is!? Especially when laying down, everything had to be so specific, it was absolutely ridiculous!

We were really excited to shoot at the Imperial Sand Dunes in Yuma…so much so that we drove 3 hours just for sunset. I can’t even believe how many photos we took, this is just a fraction! I don’t know you guys, I’m thinking another trip down south is needed sooner than later, there are just way too many places that need to be explored!

Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you are finding yourself unfulfilled by the work you’re currently doing (whatever it might be), change something! Try new things, even if they make you feel scared or uncomfortable, surround yourself with people who encourage you to pursue the things you want and don’t settle for anything less.

Life Set Sail & Wind Turbines

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A few words from Brittany: One of the things we really wanted to shoot in Palm Springs were, of course, the wind turbines! They’re everywhere, but actually getting to them proved to be slightly difficult. Rather than booking a tour (you can legit to this there are that many), we found a nice ol’ spot on the side of the road and I quickly changed in the car before jumping out to snap these!

Once again I’m wearing some of my favourite items from Salt Shop, the most ridiculously cozy white tee and a pair of Mud’s organic cotton blue jeans. The jeans aren’t so long, but I always love rolling the hem a little for a more casual vibe that better suits my hightop wearing tendencies.

Salt Shop’s whole atheistic very much suits my own style, which is never complicated and always comfortable. I have a hard time calling myself a fashion blogger since I don’t find myself particularly fashion-y, but I do love good quality, classic pieces and that’s one of the reasons I was so thrilled to work with this company on our trip!

Fortnight At The Parker

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A few words from Brittany Messner of Life Set Sail: When I saw the lineup for Fortnight’s Autumn/Winter collection I knew I had to take some pieces to shoot on our trip down south. They are, in a word, perfect. I’m such a huge fan of this Toronto based brand for their very female friendly approach to lingerie, which is always comfortable, beautiful and (most importantly) functional.

The thing I love most about Fortnight is how thoughtfully each piece is made, after all, why shouldn’t my lingerie look good, feel good, and actually…you know, work? Not only that, but they cater to a very wide range of sizes and work with materials that legitimately last making sure your small investment checks all the most important boxes.

Seriously, can we just take a moment to appreciate all the detail that’s going on with this Ivy slip? It’s literally a small work of art! I love the slightly vintage feel of all of Fortnight’s pieces and that they are sexy without being straight up ridiculous.

Life Set Sail & Show Me Your Mumu

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A few words from Brittany: Ever since I bought my first Show Me Your Mumu piece (yes this is the name of a brand), I’ve been obsessed…and I think it’s safe to say everyone else has too! Whenever I wear this romper I always get compliments on it, and why not? It’s so much fun!

Let’s be honest, it’s basically my life goal to end up living somewhere that I can get away with not wearing pants. If I could just frolic about in stylish two piece sets I totally would. The thing I love about these types of outfits is that you don’t have to worry about any sort of pairings, just toss on a couple simple pieces of jewellery, some sneakers and your good to go! 

Skylark Hotel Palm Springs

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A few words from Brittany: One of my absolute favourite things about Palm Springs is the plethora of adorable boutique hotels it offers, case in point, the Skylark hotel. We had the pleasure of doing some work with the tourism board while down south and one of the places they sent us was this hotel, and I’m so glad they did…

The Skylark was such a pleasant stay for us during our whirlwind trip for it’s very central location, picture-perfect pool area, and gracious host…but it may surprise you that our favourite feature was the beds…how odd, I usually can’t wait to get home from a long trip and stay in my own bed! But, the beds at the Skylark are literally the thing of dreams. What a refreshing change!

Originally built in 1955, the Skylark Hotel was frequented by some of my favourite old hollywood stars including Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis…Some Like It Hot anyone? I love the pool area, with it’s brightly coloured lounge chairs, twinkle lights, and that view! I could honestly get lost just staring at the mountains all day.

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate off-seasons? Sure, not many people want to spend the day travelling around in forty degree weather, but off-seasons mean cheaper rates (whether it be a hotel or an attraction) and no line-ups, which means more peace and relaxation for you!

 

DIY Summer Floral Arrangement



I recently worked with Justine Celina and Rebecca Dawn Design to share with you this amazing floral arranging tutorial!

DIY | HOW TO MAKE A SUMMER FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

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INGREDIENTS


Here’s a list of the blooms and branches in this colourful summer flower arrangement!

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1. Tulip Varieties | 2. Peonies | 3. Olive Branch | 4. Ranunculus | 5. Nanking Cherry Branch

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Just like your favourite recipe, an arrangement also has a list of ingredients. Typically there are primary flowers and secondary flowers — and sometimes tertiary flowers and foliage depending on the complexity of the arrangement. Our DIY summer arrangement features primary flowers, secondary flowers and foliage. Here’s a breakdown of all the ingredients and tools used we used!


Primary Flowers

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In this colourful summer arrangement, these gorgeous pink peonies are the star of the show. Typically, the largest flower is considered the primary flower in an arrangement and acts as the focal point. We’re obsessed with pink peonies this month at JustineCelina, so if you’re looking for some free downloadable tech wallpapers with a pink peony theme — you’re in luck! Hop over to our July edition of Digital Blooms to choose from 3 designs.


Secondary Flowers

Secondary flowers compliment the primary flowers in an arrangement. They’re typically smaller and add more interest and diversity in both colour and texture. Our secondary flowers include more of my favourites — tulips, rananculus and craspedia (the little yellow balls, which are also called billy balls!). The tulips in our arrangement aren’t just any tulips — there are a mixture of fringe tulips, double tulips and parrot tulips. If you’d like to learn more about all the different tulip varieties in this arrangement, hop over to our All About Tulips post.


Foliage

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Foliage works to round out an arrangement and add the finishing touches — think of it like the arrangement’s accessories! The blossoming branches are actually from a Nanking Cherry Tree in Rebecca’s Mom’s yard. We both like to bring the outside in (learn more about urban foraging or how we used these blossoming branches for a summer solstice inspired dinner party) and I love the organic look they give the arrangement! Lastly, Rebecca also used some olive branches to tie everything together with a natural, leafy note. 


Tools

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You’ll always find Rebecca with her trusty clippers and floral tape — both of which are flower arranging essentials. Now that we have our ingredients ready, let’s get to arranging!


INSTRUCTIONS


1. Prep Your Flowers

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In terms of prolonging the life of your arrangement, conditioning your flowers before arranging them is the most important step! Prep your flowers by giving them a fresh cut at a 45 degree angle and removing any foliage that may fall below the water line — any leaves in the water will create bacteria that will shorten the life of your flowers. Read more about flower care and conditioning.

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2.  Prep Your Vase

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Then, choose your vessel (the vase or whatever item you’re going to use to contain your arrangement). Fill your clean vase with warm water and a floral preservative, preparing the mixture according to instructions on the floral preservative label. You can also tape off the vase with floral tape to create additional structure for your arrangement.


3. Measure Twice, Cut Once

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You’ve probably heard this one before, but it applies to flowers, too! Hold flowers and foliage up to your vessel to measure them — gauging height, size and testing out how you would like individual stems in your base layer to lie. Use their natural forms as guides for placement in the vase.

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4. Build Your Foundation with Foliage

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Begin mapping the shape of you arrangement by placing your foliage around the edges of the vase and crossing the stems — almost like you’re constructing a nest. When you’ve finished, the base should be sturdy and able to withstand the impact of many additional flower stems. To keep your arrangement feeling natural, it’s helpful to establish a singular high point and a few low points to balance out the shape.

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5. Add Primary Flowers

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Begin adding the largest and sturdiest flowers that you have chosen as your primary flowers — in this arrangement they’re pink peonies. You can keep it low and compact or really angle the stems outward for a large, arching arrangement. Choose 3-5 primary flowers and scatter or cluster them in the arrangement. Keep the arrangement interesting by selecting plants that bloom at different angles and different heights — perfect uniformity is not something you should feel you need to strive for.

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6.Add Secondary Flowers

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Next, add your secondary flowers to begin filling in any holes in your arrangement. Rebecca always adds the most delicate flowers last, so the heavier blooms don’t squish or damage them. First, Rebecca added the ranunculus in yellow, blush and cream.

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Then, she added the some hot pink fringe tulips and some lavender parrot tulips.

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To finish things off, she added craspedia (the yellow balls). They’re so cheerful, aren’t they? 

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7. Give it a Once Over

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Once you believe you have a successful arrangement, do a final check for stems that may not be securely placed or need another trim. 

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Congrats, you’ve made your very own summer flower arrangement — now place it in your home and enjoy it! If you want to learn how to maximize the life of your arrangement we have a post full of Rebecca’s expert tips.

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While this post is a fantastic resource for flower arranging basics, do you know what’s even better? Learning how to arrange flowers one-on-one! If you’re interested in attending a Rebecca Dawn Design workshop, you can sign up to be the first to know about upcoming dates. Tell her I sent you!

Concept & Creative Direction | Justine Celina Maguire 
Flower Design & Styling | Rebecca Dawn Design

 

Pumped Up Kicks With Life Set Sail

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I've been working with Brittany in Calgary for over a year now, and while we've always lived pretty close together, she recently moved just a few blocks away from me, just off 17th Ave, which makes both our lives so much easier! I couldn't be happier to be living so close to a good friend & have a photo buddy so much more often now!

A few words from Brittany Messner of Life Set Sail: One thing I’ve been wearing on repeat lately is this romper from Gentle Fawn paired with my classic white Converse (okay, I guess that’s two things). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, rompers will always have my heart because of just how easy they are. I’m fairly lazy when it comes to clothing myself, typical Brittany move.

On the other hand, these shoes are the first pair of Converse I’ve ever owned and I love how instantly cool they make an outfit. Rompers, cut-offs, rolled up jeans, you name it. Just plain cool.

See her original post here.