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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we moved..again! + albion fit

whoever said moving three times in less than one year was a good idea, is suuuuper wrong. oh yeah! that was me. but! i am so happy to be in a home with andrew where i know we will be comfortable together for longer than a year, and potentially start a family in this home. and the house i'm speaking of, is actually the very place i was born and raised in my young years. the nostalgic & crazy sentimental girl in me squeals at the fact we are making memories again in this special little place!

my personality is not very good at being out of my normal routine or comfort zone. i'm itching to get every tiny thing squared away and make our lives comfortable and normal again. but alas, we are only human and cannot fix our new home overnight. we are living in a sea of boxes and i think i wore the same outfit four days in a row because our clothes went missing in said sea of boxes. 

this morning, a little gift from my lovely friends at Albion Fit arrived. i can change my outfit for the first time of the week! hallelujah, amen. i have been waiting months for these leggings, y'all. MONTHS. i'm pretty sure they are made of telly tubbies and cotton candy from how soft they are. and don't even get me started on these muted colors. what a dream! they have been selling out of these so fast, and i finally got my hands on them! not to mention, this matching sports bra is just as soft. the one i am wearing is in the color "millcreek". I essentially wore it for morning yoga, but the outfit accidentally slipped into my work hours, and will probably accidentally slip into our date night. my tangly post-workout hair will probably be there, too {like always!}.

shop my leggings here, and my sports bra top here.

the lovelies at Albion are giving my followers an exclusive discount {code: CELESTECCLARK} to save you cash monay at your checkout. snag these two items before they sell out for good!

hopefully next time you see me, our life and home will be less of a mess. but who am i kidding! it always will be ;)

xo!

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one shot shop

macrame window hanging - the simple knot
knitted wool blanket - sarah lou co.
larger hanging macrame (left) - robyn of woven by ro
hoop hanging macrame (right) - knotonomy
mudcloth pillow - ebb and thread
welcome back to one shot shop! i fiiiinally came around to throwing out every bit of cedar garland in my house from christmas. the last bit was a little wreath hanging above our bed, and i was so sad to see the walls bare again. immediately i thought to myself how this was a good opportunity to start fresh for the new year and move some things around in our home. 
i've been a macrame hoarder for a couple years now, it's a very unhealthy but extremely necessary problem. every weaver i've come across has been so unique and beautiful in their own way and weaving style! so here you only see three of the millions that i have. i'd love to replace majority of my curtains with loose macrame weavings, but i realize i don't have the patience to sit and make them, and neither does anyone else.. haha!
mudcloth pillows are another unhealthy obsession lately. you'll find them in my bedroom, livingroom, guest bedroom... the list goes on. the minimal & subtle patterns are so versatile, so obviously i need a hundred of these lying around.
last but not least, the knitted wool blanket. yet again, i have many of these in my home. and yet again, i have become a hoarder. i've always had a place in my heart for soft blankets.. but these ginormous, chunky, marshmallow fluffed knitted blankets are my muse. they are worth every pretty penny, i promise! and GUESS WHAT - sarah lou co. (tagged above) is offering an extra 10% off on all her fluffy items in her shop until this sunday {use code: EXTRA10} ! so yeah, you are very welcome for that.
hope y'all are having a fabulous january so far! but let's be real, it's the worst.. but now that you've emptied your bank accounts on these lovely companies that i adore, sit back and be proud of the smart shopping decisions you made. you just made your home 100x cuter - guaranteed.
xoxo celo
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video #2!

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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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