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youtube adventures

y'all! after basically years of twiddling my thumbs at the thought, i've made a youtubeit's extremely out of my comfort zone to open up and speak my thoughts... let alone to a camera in my office. i feel silly, but i hope y'all enjoy this new little journey i've braved to embark on.

i get countless questions and email regarding things like my style, artwork, what i'm wearing that day, tips and tutorials on crafts and paintings... you name it. i've been asked it. i hate leaving people in the dark or making them feel like they are ignored when my inbox is swamped with other work messages - so this will be my newest outlet to hopefully encourage you to channel your inner creative and make things with me. feel free to subscribe so you don't miss any videos!

i'm taking any and all suggestions you'd like to see from me. so leave a comment here, on youtube, instagram - wherever! i'm just goin' where the wind takes me on this one ;) thanks for following along!

xoxo celo

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free & printable gift tags!

download and immediately print my gift tags here!

i thought since i made my own wrapping paper, i might as well make my own gift tags, too. they're free to share with you and your loved ones to enjoy on christmas morning. pastels and white hues are what my dreams are made of, so they're here to be your cheery gift toppers.

don't forget to tag me on instagram {@celestecclark} to share your lovely wrapping job and my tags in action!

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25 days of kindness - advent calendar

my custom wooden sign is made by the darling letters to you

there wasn't a year of my life my parent's did december without an advent calendar. i looked forward to opening each tiny, numbered gift more than anything in the world.

i long for the days my own children can receive this special tradition that i was able to enjoy throughout my childhood. obviously, andrew and i don't have children yet...but! that doesn't stop me from making the annual advent calendar. thank heavens for a husband that plays along with my traditions and let's me surprise him with each tiny advent gift.

this year, i decided we should have a "25 days of kindness" advent calendar, versus having the classic advent gifts. each day has a little act of service or, "kindness", to help us remember the true importance of christmas and the essence of service it brings.

each year i like to change the style of the calendar. this time around, i thought it would be fun to use the ladder my dad & husband made for me this summer and hang each advent with twine. i wanted to keep it simple and light, so i just stamped the numbers on some kraft packages, vintage stained doilies, mini clothes hangers and threw in some strung garland to add a fun scandinavian feel. i plan to use this darling wooden sign made by my friends at letters to you for many, many christmases to come.

happy adventing, friends! can't wait to see your inspired version of my ladder calendar. tag me in your photos on instagram @celestecclark !

xoxo celo

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better late than never

you would think these photos were taken in late october - well, you're wrong! my little country town decided to hold off the pretty autumn colors until the last hour of november. however, i am happy i am still able to occasionally wear short sleeves and my wedding lace up flats near the end of the year.

oh, texas. my husband and i love you and your weirdo weather so we can enjoy our sunday walks through the "winter".

get my dress here for the many friends who asked where to buy! it's definitely a staple in my wardrobe.

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giving thanks

 

happiest thanksgiving, friends! there are countless things i am grateful for, but nothing more than my beloved family.

my mom has always been a huge planner and early-decorator to any holiday - and this is where we are cut from the same cloth. i could spend all day dressing up the amazing, giant farm table my dad hand-made especially for hosting in their dining room. we went a minimal route for the thanksgiving dinner table, and i highly recommend for everyone to try this next year! it is so easy, pretty, and simple. throw in some foraged greens to give your table some color and a more earthy feel.

this thanksgiving was definitely one for the books. there were a lot of firsts that happened, some good and some bad. andrew is an avid runner and somehow convinced me to run my first ever 5k with him this morning. 8am rolls around and we are sitting in the race parking lot ready to run, and andrew began to have allergies. long story short, within five minutes, his eyes and throat were swollen shut and an ambulance was sending him to the emergency room. some long hours later - we find out it was an allergic reaction to an unknown source, but he is happy and healthy now, thankfully. he jokes that i "did this to him" so i could get out of running the 5k, which isn't funny. but kind of a little bit funny, maybe. 

any who - apologies for the only few photos i was able to take, we might have been a little  busy today, ha! we hope your thanksgiving was a little less sideways than ours! 

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thanksmas

far left basket - plum & sparrow, sheepskin - milabert

all judgement welcome. i'm honestly surprised i even waited this long to whip out all the christmas boxes. so yes, i fully support early decorating! embrace it guys, we all know this holiday should at least be three months long. yes, there are pumpkins all over my house and yes, there is a "thankful" banner hanging on our mantle, but who says thanksgiving decor can't share with christmas a little bit? my husband could tell you straight, i am one of those year-round christmas celebrators. embarrassingly enough -my morning runs are fueled by christmas music. this is no joke, i have an extremely unhealthy obsession with this holiday.

now that i'm done putting myself on blast, i had to share this teeny corner of our living room. i had to bring back last year's unconventional floral tree that i did. it wouldn't be "celeste made" if flora wasn't included! this corner is growing by the second and i think these mini tinsel trees might start taking over our bed if i don't chill out.

to answer your question, yes, this is only the beginning people. i have some darling vintage finds i'm waiting to add atleeeast until thanksgiving dinner is over. *trying to channel my inner traditionalist*

can't wait to share dozens of DIY projects and home-made decoration & wrapping ideas this next month! happy almost thanksgiving break and happy early christmas decorating :)

xoxo celo

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Gigi Pip

use code: CELESTECCLARK to save at GIGI PIP - purchase my same hat here!

I couldn't help but be inspired by last night's "super" moon. They say it was the largest viewed moon since 1948 and won't happen again for another 18 years. Naturally, first thing this morning, I grabbed my old charcoal paper from college and sketched a NASA image from last night.

This impromptu drawing took the place for my morning hair wash, so thankfully Gigi Pip hooked a sister up with this darling hat to hide this nappy nest on my head. These hats are such great quality that don't break the bank (for once!), so don't miss out on my discount code to save you some skrill on your next purchase. Christmas gifts, y'all. You're welcome.

xoxo celo

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Baby Caia

lovely photos by Christine Simplybloom

I don't know why the simpler the design, the more I fall in love. Christine and I put our heads together to create her sweet baby Caia's first birthday invites {order my custom invitations here}. My peach and sage hued design was printed on this whimsy plantable paper that has bits of plant life and seeds. The only way invites should be printed, in my opinion. Her eye for design and photography are like all my artist dreams come true! Our aesthetics go together like peanut butter and jelly, y'all. If you're needing a fabulous photographer or visual designer, Christine is your girl.

Also, run to her darling baby accessory shop - I don't even have a child and these darling hand-mades make me want to empty my bank account. You're welcome.

xoxo celo

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if my hair could talk

disclaimer: this hair has not been washed in a whopping number of ten days. i repeat: ten days. braids do wonders for this mop head of hair girlfriend over here. also, shout out to dry shampoo. hence why the pink has stuck a lot longer than most people's color typically lasts! strangely enough when your hair length is to your waist, sometimes neglecting it from the shampoo and conditioner gives it time to love it's self and have a little healing process. if my hair could talk, it would be like that grandmother with the stories about walking 30 miles to school, barefoot in the snow, there and back, every day. we've been through a lot, guys. i have been asked on numerous occasions... "what vitamins did you take to get your hair so long?", "how is it so healthy and still blonde?", "how long did it take?", "are they extensions?". I am in no way an expert, but here's some tips from my own experience for those who are interested!

now, this of course isn't for everyone's hair. i happen to be extremely low maintenance when it comes to beauty products and only stumbled upon the fact that my lack of washing was actually highly beneficial for my hair. so i'm practically accidentally taking care of it, haha! i wash once, maybe twice {if my husband is lucky} a week, same with brushing it {insane, i know.} I change my hair products every time i run out. i am currently using moroccan oil hydrating shampoo, enjoy conditioner and mythic oil after the shower.

my hair was platinum blonde for the last ten years of my life, so now i'm slowly letting it recover from those glorious blonde years and letting my natural color grow out while using hydrating products. as you can tell, my ends are the tail end of my platinum hairs that once were at the top of my head {tear}, it is a long story on why i decided to grow out my natural color and i'm still trying to embrace my natural color. i have been lavender, peach, yellow, neon blue, peach again, hot pink, you name it. my head has been through the ringer - time for some TLC, says all my hair dresser friends. if there's one thing i believe in spending your pretty penny on, it's great products you can only get from a salon or a licensed beauty expert you know. stay away from chemicals and ingredients that you can't even pronounce, they're terrible! {utah friends - if you're wanting pink hair like mine, go to platinum studio in orem & ask for kami. she's my darling friend who has been with me and my hair through thick and thin!}

long story short - take care of your hair. don't stress about it every second, it will grow. have fun with it. you will get your desired hair in due time. pay for good products, read ingredients and stay away from drug store products. don't forget your trims. it takes time, patience grasshopper. now, who has a dollar for every time i said hair? hope this helps, y'all!

xoxo celo

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