Travel: Raden Luggage

I have traveled quite a lot with my L.L. Bean duffle, and after years of using it, I am still happy with it. It’s light, large, and monogrammed. I don’t need an other luggage at the moment…

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if I did, I’d get one of these Raden pieces. I’m sure it would be dirty in no-time, but it’s sleek, techy, and spacious.a28-check-mood-2-white-gloss a28-check-mood-5-white-gloss a28-check-mood-1-white-gloss a28-check-hero-white-gloss-desktop a28-check-mood-4-white-gloss a28-check-mood-3-white-gloss a28-check-feather-white-gloss  raden-luggage-2raden-luggage-1 raden-luggage-3

Watch this video about Raden’s production process. So neat!

All photos via Raden.

 

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Two for Tuesday: Scallops

Hello again dear readers! Welcome back! I hope you didn’t mind the break. I meant to come back to the blog yesterday and share news about Copenhagen, but I was having issues with my photos, so my posts remain in draft form at the moment. They’re not quite ready to be published. Thanks in advance for your patience and I battle jet-lag and get my life reorganized after by 2+ week holiday. (Tough life, I know.)

For today, since it’s Tuesday, I’ll share two they’re-so-much-alike items. And since it’s summer (my favourite season), and the beach is nearly always on my mind, I thought I’d bring some scallops to the web pages of White Cabana.

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scalloped party cups, $6

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scalloped linen blouse, $55 (first spotted on The Neo Trad)

Blog Break

Dear Readers,

I’m taking this week off from the blog. See you back here next week!

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Ciao ciao!

Jordana

 

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Fashion: A Round-Up of My Current Fashion Faves

A few weeks ago, I bought a great outfit at Banana Republic, and it was so nice to add some new pieces to my wardrobe. I don’t go clothes shopping as often as I used to, I have to admit. This is partly because I don’t have time and partly because I don’t need or want anything specific (gosh, I sound so practical and boring, don’t I?).

Even still, I love to browse online and in stores (when I can) to see the new colours and collections each season. Here are some of the items that have recently caught my attention.

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one shouldered top, $180, Theory

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white jean shorts, $44.95, L.L.Bean

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short sleeve embellished tee, $88, Banana Republic (I bought this and love it!)

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Bev cut-out heel, $128, Banana Republic

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Loeffler Randall sandal, $220, Club Monaco

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dress, $69.90, Zara

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ISSA cross body purse, $318, Opelle (and this, too!)

They’re such pretty pieces, aren’t they?

The Friday Five: White Hot at Anthropologie

The Anthropologie catalogue arrived last week, and it got me drooling! The store is so full of goodness. While not everything suits my style, I do appreciate Anthro’s overall aesthetic. And the pieces that I have picked out in the past for my home and wardrobe have definitely become some of my favourite items.

These five pieces have caught my summer-loving attention.

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Quinn poplin shirt dress, 1 by O’2nd, $178

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Josie poplin dress, Blue Tassel, $138

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AG prima jeans, AG, $178

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Teva universal slides, Teva, $60
(I don’t particularly like these, but I do find it interesting that Teva is making a comeback. I lived in Teva shoes when I was a teen.)

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lotus platter, $28

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Two for Tuesday: White Lillies

I love having fresh flowers in my home. I’m good with just about any flower – carnations, hydrangeas, peonies, freesia, orchids, roses…you really can’t go wrong. Fresh flowers add elegance, joy, and sunshine to any room.

Since it’s spring, peonies are in full bloom, but I like today’s focus on the lily flower. Aren’t they both so pretty?

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necklace, Kate Spade

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lily arrangement, Jayson Home

 

Marketplace: Back to Bikes

I haven’t yet bought a new bike, but I have continued to think about it, talk to people about them, and learn more about different brands and styles. As such, I’m rounding up another list of hot bikes that I’ve been researching.

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Bisou, $695, Tokyobike

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Dutchi 8, $829, Linus

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LC21 Legend, 329 Euro, Peugeot

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M7 Mixte, $599 (on sale), Public

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step-through classic 3 speed, $729, Simcoe

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Craighton Pure, Achielle

I like the step-through bikes a lot, but I think I like the straight lines of the Tokyobike and Public bikes better.

What do you think? Do you have a bike? What kind?

The Friday Five: Five Essentials to Pack in Your Carry-On

For as long as I can remember, summer has been my season to travel. It’s probably because I’ve been in school all of my life, I’ve been a elementary school teacher, and now I teach at a university. In my life, it’s always been a tad tricky to take time off during the September-June months. July/August has been much more convenient. And I’ve always tried to take advantage of the downtime to escape the city and regular life and have an adventurous or relaxing holiday.

This summer is full of travel for me, and I couldn’t be more happy. I feel so very fortunate to have such travel experiences, and a job that affords me to escape for a couple of weeks.

I’m ecstatic to be in Europe, touring Italy with my dad, then heading off to Copenhagen for a few days. I thought it was fitting, therefore, to share with you five of my essential items for my carry-on luggage.

1. Sleeping eye mask

I absolutely do not care how ridiculous I look when I wear my sleeping eye mask. It offers complete darkness and definitely helps me get to sleep in the ol’ economy class. I usually bring this mask with me, but I quite like the look and feel of a fancy silk one, too.

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Manito silk sleeping eye mask

2. Notebook

I don’t think I really go anywhere without a notebook. I’m always jotting down ideas (all kinds) and to do lists, and when I don’t have my notebook, I feel slightly out of sorts. A notebook is a must of the plane so that I can write down things I want to see/do, review my itinerary, etc.

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Moleskine notebook

3. Water

I never find that the flight attendants provide enough water for my flights, and I know it means more bathroom breaks, but I like to stay fully hydrated during my flight, so I always bring my own bottle and fill it up before I board.

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Kate Spade water bottle

4. Face and hand cream

I know some people mist their faces on a flight, but I tend to apply moisturizer to avoid the feeling of dryness. I don’t pay much attention to brands, I just need creams that come in carry-on friendly containers.

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L’Occitane hand cream

5. Socks

I rarely sleep with socks on, but on flights, I find they’re necessary. I take my shoes off as I get to my seat (on short or long flights), and I don’t like putting my bare feet on the airplane carpet, so socks are a must. I find them especially cozy on long flights when I’m trying to get in a decent sleep.

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Happy Socks

What are some of your must-haves for short and long flights?

Hotel to Home: Hall Bed & Breakfast, Florence, Italy

The Hall bed and breakfast is a dream of a place for any lover of white design. Each room offers such beautiful design, and I’d easily move right on in. Living in white in Tuscany? How could anyone say no?

Let’s have a look at one of the rooms, shall we?

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Isn’t it serene? The elements in this space are easy to recreate in your home if it’s an aesthetic that pleases you. Below is my take on this room.

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headboard, wall light, blanket, night stand, grey pillow, beige pillow, chair, bar cart, art, tea cups

Travel: What I Did in Calgary, Alberta

On Monday, I took you on a guided tour of Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, Alberta. Today, I’m sharing with you a few other things that I saw and did in the city.a

I was in Calgary for work, so my week was quite jam-packed. In between work obligations, however, I walked as much as I could to see what the city had to offer.

I absolutely loved the design of this parking structure.

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I was surprised by the arches at the Hudson’s Bay downtown.

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I was amazed by this handmade silk Fortuny chandelier.

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I was impressed by the art around the city.

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I found this plant store quite charming.

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I missed seeing the inside of Lauren Bagliore‘s shop because it was closed when I passed by.

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I was surrounded by beautiful objects at Kit and enjoyed a good conversation about Calgary (and design) with one of the sales associates.

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I was happy to stop in to Bite for a treat.

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It was an incredible treat to spend some in-person time with Erica Cook (Moth Design) after being online friends for 6 years. This fireplace scene in her home is pretty recognizable in the blogosphere.

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…and it was an extra special treat to come home with some Erica Cook original artwork.

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I enjoyed an extremely delicious meal at Sugo.

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To see more of what I did, what I saw, and what I ate, check out #WhiteCabanaGoesToCalgary.