shop sunday favorites

I'm more than guilty when it comes to spending the most relaxing day of the week "cyber window" shopping. I thought I'd share my top picks on this week's list that will probably end up in my cart by the end of the day, and then at my door step a few business days later.. ha! happy sunday cyber shopping, friends! xo {each item is numbered and linked below the image}

dresses - 1, 23, 4, 5

dresses cont. - 6, 7, 8, 9

 

bottoms & cutlottes - 1, 2, 3

 

shoes - 1, 2, 3, 4

accessories - 1, 2, 3, 4

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Minnetonka Giveaway!

shop my dress here, lace up boots here, hat here
Y'all. This is crazy! I've worn Minnetonka moccasins since I was a little girl, and now I'm hosting a giveaway featuring this lovely brand. I love this OG moccasin brand and I'm stoked to giveaway a store giftcard to a lucky winner on my instagram right now!
These knee high lace up boots are basically the comfy shoes from your dreams, y'all. I imagine wearing them with flowy dresses like here, maybe with some bermuda shorts and even over some comfy leggings when fall rolls around again. I'll be to sure to load up a blog post including my favorite ways to style these darling moccs. So don't miss out on the huge week long giveaway I'm hosting on my instagram! And if you're not feeling so lucky, you can just shop them on the link I attached at the top of this post.
Good luck, beautiful friends! Happy Monday!
xoxo celo
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Routine

Dog Bed - here, Similar rug - here & here, Similar Dress - here , here & here, Glasses - here, macrame hangers - here, and I made my phone case!

A lot of people think starting and owning your own business is all rainbows and unicorns. It may start out that way with the excitement of new and big beginnings, but it is definitely no walk in the park. This may be a story for another lengthy blog post for those who are interested in knowing more of my journey and business - but today, i am burnt out. OH SO grateful, but burnt out! Weeks go by and I find myself doing the exact same routine every. single. day. Wake up early, gym, come home before 8:30am, throw on sweats (if i'm lucky) dive straight to the emails, then paint, work, email, package up orders, repeat x4, then it's dinner time. It's quite the dream job, but I found myself bored in my normal routine and really thought I deserved a day without a routine.

I mean, look at this mess! I package most of my orders on the ground since every table surface in my house are full of other packaging, and I managed to snap a photo of the teeny corner of my studio that is some-what decent and clean. I even managed to get the bobby pin, packaging boards, and left over paint scratch paper in the frame. So classy... hah!

Anywho - This is just a little message to remind y'all that I am just a little human behind this giant machine I call my business. I'm quite proud of what I've made of myself all on my own, although the copy-cats may be a small obstacle in my path, I plow through and keep strong to my "routine". But ya know what? Today, I thought I deserved an hour or two without that routine to just hang with my dog and paint for fun, not for work. I am grateful for these little moments. Now, back to fulfilling your lovely Mother's Day orders :)

This life is such a beautiful whirlwind!

xoxo celo

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wicker + dried flowers. amen.

I've gotten so many questions regarding this teeny little wicker bucket bag. I've had more comments on this purse in public than I would if I were in a clown suit. No joke, this thing is a showstopper, I guess? It was a little gift to myself for my birthday, and apparently it was a good choice! Everyone needs a lovely wicker number in their life. So I've attached a link to this exact one, as well as a few other similar ones for your shopping pleasure ;) Also! I have to explain myself on why this rack looks like a garden blew up on it... I don't have a very good explanation other than I'm the flower culprit. It's supposed to be a nice little rack for your hats and coats the moment you walk in our home, but then the dried floral hoarder in me used the rack as an opportunity to hang my little botanical friends. It's multiplying by the hour, I don't know what to do with myself! Bless my husband for dealing with ridiculous things like this :')
Also, if you missed my newest print added to my site {pictured here}, you can shop it here!
Shop some of my favorite woven bags here, similar here, here, here and here. Aaaand here. My bag is from here, but it's sold out :( & hoping they bring it back in stock!
hope y'all had the springiest monday! xoxo celo
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this post is mostly just about food. not sorry.

pants are from here, top is from here
a little update on life! i turned a year older over the weekend and still feeling weird about it. i feel like i just turned 18 yesterday, blinked, and i woke up 24. time is a reaaaal trick. i told andrew i simply wanted a home cooked meal with my family and nothing else for my birthday, because, ya know... i'm old and don't like gifts anymore. 
and of course, my lovely husband goes behind my back to plan the most elaborate trip we've ever done together. few days before, i came home from costco with arms full of groceries and walked up to a letter attached to my front door written "Celeste, open immediately!! Don't wait!!", so naturally I obeyed and used my only free ligament - pinky finger - to open this letter while holding 20 lbs of groceries. I don't mess around with "don't wait!!" 's, y'all. This was followed by the cutest scavenger hunt that had me running around my house, sweating, ultimately leading to a letter with a photo of the Austin skyline. 
{the closest you can get to banzai bowls in austin!}
you would think andrew and i hadn't had a meal in months by the way we ate this weekend. with an obligatory voodoo doughnuts stop with loaded cereal toppings and i won't even mention how many times we stopped at the sonoran hot dog food truck - i'm almost positive andrew's veins are pumping with sonoran fever 24/7. then more donuts, more food trucks, lots of giant slices of pizza from one of the best joints on South Congress, acai bowls... i'm gaining back those 15 pounds of food as i type this, so i'll stop there.
taken in the Uncommon Antiques shop located on SoCo.
i got tons of questions about my dress! i got it here & my necklace here
for those who have asked, i am 5'3" and this dress hit right above my knees. it's meant to fit loose & baggy, totally my type of dress. my brother-in-law gives me a hard time every now and then and always compliments my "burlap sack", {aka almost all the dresses i own} haha. this was taken on our pit stop to austin at the magnolia market in waco because it's 100% necessary to visit every. dang. day. {also for those who asked, austin is just about a three hour drive from where we live in dallas!}
it was the perfect dress for the 80 degree & sunny weather that day. if you're taller than me, you probably wouldn't want to wear this on a windy day... some luckies got a nice view of my under garments when the gusts of hurricane wind decided to play. hah!
lastly, just throwin' this in here because hubbbbbba hubbbbaaaa. also because i'm low-key very obsessed with ginormous cacti.
love y'all! til next time ;)
xoxo celo
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wrexil

shop this top from wrexil here

shop andrew's green wool tie here and floral linen tie here

i'm a huge fan of supporting local & shopping small. wrexil's tie collection is one of my favorites {'cause we all know it's more fun when the wife dresses the husband}, andrews praaactically begging for every last one of them now ;). and the cherry on top, they're made in the usa. use the code: celestecclark to save $10 off on all orders over $50! the boho top i'm wearing from them is also on sale now, so.. double your welcome. happy shoppin', y'all!

xoxo celo

 

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little things

welcome to my happy studio corner!

since the moment we've moved, we have had family visit town & work took over our schedules. i'm slowly unboxing each room and making it a home again. the last room just so happens to be my studio space. i plan to share what i did with the rest of my space, but i thought showing this little peek would make you excited with me to organize the rest of the 10 storage boxes filled with my art supplies.... :')

i wanted to keep it light and uncluttered. this is nearly impossible as an artist since we need and use so many tools and materials, but i'm making it happen! i didn't want to desert the walls, either. the lovelies at Max Wagner Print Shop gifted this amazing Joshua Tree print to me, and I knew immediately that it belonged in no other place than my drawing nook. the simplicity of this print speaks volumes and fits the aesthetic i try to maintain. i hold the desert near to my heart, so i thought this print truly spoke to me and will be so gorgeous to stare at during my work hours.

a dear friend of mine & my husband's is responsible for these fabulous macrame planters. i challenged Shelby from Bonfire Heart to make a triple and double planter, and she didn't hesitate to get right to work. i am so impressed by her whimsical weaving patterns and the perfectly messy tassels that give these hangers so much personality. they're also ginormous! basically taller than i am, and that made my teeny heart soar. it's the little (or ginormous) things that make me happy. i originally wanted to hang these in my kitchen for fruit, but i had to be selfish and steal them for my studio. they are the cherry on top! i basically live in this light-filled room, so it's important for me to feel comfortable and at home when i'm working up to ten hours a day in here. this corner is already my favorite - i highly suggest shopping these two darling shops to make you feel the same about your living space!

i hope to share more soon as our home unfolds. happy weekend, friends! and happy march :) {the birth month of spring & myself!}

xoxo celo

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Moist + Healthy(ish)! Butterless Banana Bread

growing up in texas, there was basically a stick of butter in everything we ate for dinner in our household. so naturally, i've had this knack for baking, besides the fact i usually always get something wrong. baking is that form of art that requires consistency and precision, so basically, i am setting myself up for failure knowing i'm everything other than a perfectionist.

but! i digress. you basically can't do banana bread wrong. this is where i found out i'm reaalllly good at baking.... banana bread. it's fool proof! i'd like to say this is a healthIER option, not necessarily healthy. but i love the idea of not using any butter in the baking mix and barely any sugar at all, and no milk. Almond Milk works wonders, is delicious, and barely even a fraction of the calories, sugar and fat of regular milk. I also can't completely call this a totally butter-less bread because the glaze calls for a teeeny bit, but it is so worth it. that teeny bit of butter on top goes a long way, y'all. but if you hate the idea of it, just skip the glaze and the bread is delicious on it's own!

sundays are the only days i have actual time to relax and enjoy other hobbies besides painting, so i bake! i've been trying to find that one thing that i'm good at making where andrew and our future kids can be like... "moooom! wiiiiife! make your amazing banana bread pleeeeease!". y'all know what i mean? any who - i got a lot of people interested in this banana bread recipe i pretty much made up myself, through trial and error, so feel free to add and subtract anything you want to my recipe! like i said, it's basically fool proof. my family loves it, and that means a lot coming from the crazy, picky eating coslett family. enjoy!

ingredients

for the bread

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup of your choice {i use a sugar free maple syrup}
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk of your choice (or regular milk) {I use Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 medium ripe* bananas mashed (the more ripe, aka brown, the sweeter!)
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg

for the brown sugar glaze (the not so butterless part)

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Milk (or cream of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

 

directions for bread

1) preheat oven to 325 degrees. grease a 9x5 inch bread pan with cooking spray, or line with foil/parchment paper, and set aside.

2) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, almond milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, until combined and smooth. Whisk in mashed bananas until mostly smooth. There will be some small lumps remaining from bananas.

3) In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until combined. Pour dry ingredient mixture into wet mixture, and stir until evenly combined. Careful not to over-mix.

4) Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread the top to be flat and smooth. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean. {Careful to not burn the top of the bread, if your top starts turning dark brown, add a piece of aluminum foil on top of bread until it's finished baking.}

5) Remove from the oven and let cool on wire rack for 15-25 minutes before adding topping & slicing.

directions for brown sugar glaze

In a small sauce pan, melt butter with the honey. Once butter is melted, whisk in brown sugar and almond milk until smooth. Allow mixture to heat for a few minutes until very hot without coming to a boil. One mixture is ready, take off heat and allow to cool and thicken for about 10 minutes. Pour over warm or cooled bread and enjoy!

viola! let me know if you try it, and if it worked for you! i ain't no pro, but my taste buds know what's good, y'all. 

 

xoxo celo

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Go-To Hair Products

 

 

here's my latest video sharing some of my favorite products that I use to tame my lion mane of a head! hope y'all enjoy my awkwardness ;) here are links to shop the exact items i mention in the video..


Moroccan Oil Shampoo
Moroccan Oil Shamp & Conditioner duo
Enjoy Conditionershere & FAVORITE deep conditioning mask here
Mythic Oil Serum
Wella Heat Protectant Spray
Baby Powder or just any drug store near you :)
Wet Brush or two pack here
Bed Head Curling Wand & another great wand here
Chi Straightener
Large One a Day Womens vitamins
Hair Skin & Nail Gummies

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new kids on the block

chunky knit sweater - shein

andrew and i love spending our free time on long walks. however, we haven't done this in months due to the nasty winter weather that i unapologetically loathe. sorry, winter lovers. this freezing human being is not a fan! it was 60 degrees yesterday, and as you can see.. i'm in a beanie and sweater. very necessary. yesterday was the first day we felt comfortable to go out again, roaming our new little neighborhood. i've realized how spoiled moses has become living in quiet country neighborhoods, because every little car beep and human walking... he FLIPS as if every moving thing is an intruder. his new favorite thing to do is bark his head off at three am at mystery noises coming from outside the house :) :) :). anyone looking to adopt a miniature australian shepherd... anyone? i'm convinced he's just getting back at us for using a hot pink leash on him.

anywho, andrew says i don't blog & capture enough. and it's sadly true, i have a hard time finding balance between enjoying the people i'm with in the places i'm in and remembering to share these moments simultaneously. so, these iphone snaps will suffice for the time being. i promise to be better ;)

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