Fashion

Gift Guide: Back to School

I know. I know. It’s only early August, and I’m talking about back to school. This does not meant that the summer is nearing an end. It just means that we’ve got back to school shopping on the brain! As per usual, I’m happy to welcome Daniela back to the blog. She’s a whiz at gift guides, and her Back to School Gift Guide certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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Whether you’re sending your children off to nursery school or Montessori or they are heading back to grade school this September, this list of must-have back to school items will ensure your child is well prepared for the year ahead.

First up is an item from the proudly Canadian Green’s Your Colour. I have owned a Green’s Your Colour bottle for a few years (and even featured it in this holiday gift guide). I use it daily for cold beverages in the summer and hot infused teas in the winter. This food grade bottle has the capacity to store many food and beverage items. Buying your child one for their upcoming school year will ensure they have a superior water bottle that can easily  store a hot lunch or snack without leaving any flavour residue after it has been washed. I can attest to its durability and quality as mine is now three years old, and it still looks and functions like it’s new.

Dino Stomper, $35 CAD, Green’s Your Colour

Next up is an item from another Canadian company – So Young. The company’s  owner,  Catherine, is not only passionate about what she does, but she has overcome so much in her life. Read her inspirational story. So Young’s line of products is not only well-made and well-priced, but it has the cutest selection of bags for you, your toddler, or your child. Here’s the child-sized backpack, but note that many backpacks come in a toddler version as well.

backpack, $55 CAD, So Young

And don’t forget to add a So Young lunch bag and ice pack while you are at it!

unicorn lunch box, $35 CAD, So Young

ice pack, $13 CAD, So Young

Next up is this great lunchbox that ensures you can pack your child a variety of food items while keeping everything separate in an all-in-one container. The company – PlanetBox – has three options, but the Shuttle or Rover are recommended for children.

Shuttle lunch box, $39.95 USD, PlanetBox

Rover lunch box, $55.95 USD, PlanetBox

Tiny Trendsetter is a Toronto-based store that offers shipping across Canada and the United States. The store has you covered with the trendiest styles for your little ones. Tiny Trendsetter carries many mainstream labels we all love, but what I love most is their focus on smaller independent labels.

A must-have for fall and winter are these super comfy feels-like-joggers-but-looks-like-jeans. The Beau Hudson “jegs” are not only super stylish, but they are also super easy for your child to put on and off themselves, making for easier mornings (and easier washroom breaks at school, too!).

Beau Hudson Jegs, $59.99 CAD, Tiny Trendsetter

This packable, 100% waterproof jacket should be a staple in your child’s backpack. It is good for wind and rain ensuring your child is always ready for weather changes.

Packable jacket, $54.99 CAD, Tiny Trendsetter

A staple for my own child’s wardrobe is this zip-up hoodie from Toronto’s Mini Mioche. I have replaced my daughter’s hoodie every time she outgrows it as it’s light enough for her to wear all seasons, and she is always cozy. Those early fall mornings will call for an extra layer, and this hoodie, which comes in many colours, is the perfect wardrobe staple for back to school. What’s even better is that it is designed and made right in Toronto.

hoodie, $48 CAD, Mini Mioche

Hope you enjoyed my back to school gift guide! Until next time, happy shopping!

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Thanks for this gift guide, Daniela! Of course I, too, enjoy a nice water bottle, since I’m never without one, and the little packable rain jacket reminds me of my old K-Way jacket!

Two for Tuesday: The Belt Bag

One of my friends (hi Jess!) loves a good fanny pack. I used to poke fun at this little accessory, but now (just like I did as a young kid in the 80s) completely understands the appeal. With the fanny pack, you must be strict as to what you can carry (therefore avoiding heavy handbags) and your hands remain free (for coffee, dog walking, shopping bags). What do you think? A great little accessory or one to skip?

via Purse Blog

via Marie Claire

Trivia Thursday: The Shirtdress

It’s highly likely that every woman has some version of a shirtdress in their closets right now. It’s an easy-to-wear dress for work and leisure, it’s flattering, and it’s available in a range of colours, fabrics, and patterns. The shirtdress is now a classic dress design that came to us in the 1950s from Christian Dior where the full skirt was paired with crinoline for a little extra pouf. The style – noted by collars and the shirt-style – was inspired by menswear at the time. Now, we see many clothing brands creating their own variations.

 

white shirtdress

white shirtdress

 

long white shirtdress

belted white shirtdress

a-line shirtdress

white shirtdress

Source: Wikipedia

Fashion: Gingham Galore

Last Friday, I went out of my fashion comfort zone, and I pulled out an all-over gingham outfit. I already had these pieces in my wardrobe, but it was only recently that I considered putting them together.

White Cabana (top: J.Crew, pants: Ann Taylor)

I was definitely inspired by Blair Eadie at Atlantic-Pacific and all the co-ordinating outfits that are popping into stores.

Blair Eadie

According to Q

Cheralee Lyle

via With Love and Light

swimsuit

cardigan

camisole

swimsuit

sweater

shoes

dress

Fashion: Pretty White Dresses

With the warmer weather (finally) here, and Victoria Day just around the corner, it’s nearly time to bring out – and buy, perhaps – all the white dresses.

dress, $59 USD, Chicwish   ,Splendid crochet white dress, $69 USD, Chicwish

embroidered dress, $79.99USD, H&M

dress, $99USD, H&M

Sag Harbor Dress, $188USD, Anthropologie

floral appliqué dress, $187.49CAD, Ann Taylor

tie back dress, $198 USD, Kate Spade

chesapeake stripe midi dress, $428, Kate Spade

Two for Tuesday: Praise for Polka Dots

Yes, I have polka dots on my mind again. I was at Bed Bath and Beyond over the weekend, and I noticed Kate Spade’s polka dot bath collection, and I’m wondering if I should add a few pieces to my new laundry/bathroom.

Kate Spade towel set

And then I saw Teggy French in this sweet polka dot top, and I thought she looked great.

And well, that’s how this two-of-a-kind post came to be!

Fashion: White Rubber Birkenstock

Yay or nay to white rubber Birkenstock sandals for the summer?

Madrid Birkenstock, $29.95 USD

Arizona Birkenstock, $53.74 CAD

Here’s how some fashion bloggers are wearing white Birkenstocks (rubber or leather):

Chictopia

Clochet

Front Row

Fashion Vibe

And it seems like I’ve been drawn to white Birks for a while now (see this post from last summer). Now, I’m also drawn to the pink, orange, and yellow options (to my surprise!). Maybe I should just buy a pair!

Marketplace: Mark and Graham

I always love floating around the Mark & Graham website. The product lines are so classic.

bathrobe

  sunglasses case

linen tunic

napkins

square soap

wine bowl

handbag

Pretty, right? There are so many lovely things (that can be personalized) for yourself or loved ones!

Two for Tuesday: Flower Power

White on white flowers…gorgeous any way you shape them!

KEDS x Kate Spade

Oscar de la Renta

Fashion: Anthropologie in Black and White

I scan the Anthropologie site much too often. I enjoy the styling of the home items mostly, but I do get caught in the clothes, too. Honestly, I rarely buy anything from Anthropologie because the clothing styles are generally too boho for my day-to-day wear, but I still get sucked into the site, and lately, I spotted so many pretty black and white pieces that I think would fit seamlessly into my wardrobe (prices in USD).

striped tulle skirt, $168

shirt, $78

textured skirt, $168

sweater, $248

peplum top, $98

bikini top, $92   cover-up, $275

Pretty, right?

The Friday Five: Cashmere

Cashmere is the ultimate in winter wear as far as I’m concerned. I can feel put together and warm when I’m wearing a cashmere sweater. Cashmere is super soft, and it doesn’t itch, so it’s a great option for sweaters, cardigans, and turtlenecks, too.

I’m ending the week with five lovely cashmere sweaters at a range of price points.

cashmere sweater, $124 USD

turtleneck sweater, $240+ USD

sweater, $492 USD

cardigan, $683 USD

cardigan, $1371 USD

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay warm!

The Friday Five: Scotch & Soda

Have you heard of the brand Scotch & Soda? I know that there’s at least one location in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, but beyond that, I don’t know where other stores are located. The few times I’ve been in, I’ve liked a lot of the merchandise, but it’s not a regular go-to shop for me. The other day, though, I was having a little online browse, and I came back to Scotch & Soda’s site. There are plenty of cute items currently in stock, but here are five white pieces that caught my attention.

ruffle t-shirt

tunic top

tunic shirt dress

ruffle shirt

sweater

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Friday Five: Polka Dot Pyjamas

To end the week, I’m sharing five items that combine two of my favourite things: polka dots and pyjamas! Let’s get to it.

polka dot pj set, $110 CAD, Splendid

polka dot night shirt, $59.80 USD, Taylor Linens

polka dot pj set, $82 US, PJ Salvage

metallic polka dot pj set, Eberjey

polka dot pj set, $10 US, SheIn

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Friday Five: Chanel

Oh, you know, I’m just dreaming about a future Chanel purchase…as you do on a Friday, right?

How could I not want to add a little Chanel to my wish list after look at these (and many other) photos.

Daily Round

via Badest.Outfits

via Vogue

via Damsel in Dior

via Pinterest

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

Fashion: White Activewear

Is anyone else’s inbox flooded with news of activewear sales? I guess it’s the thing to talk about in January, so I’m jumping on that bandwagon and sharing some good-looking white activewear items (many of them are on sale, naturally).

Tops

Old Navy pullover

 GapFit hoodie

GapFit jaquard hoodie

Under Armour tank

Under Armour fleece hoodie

Bottoms

Lululemon crop pant

Lululemon shorts

Everything Else

Lole sports bra

Adidas sneakers

Saucony sneakers 

Green’s Your Colour water bottle

Two for Tuesday: White Ruffles

I know I have written about ruffles before, but they just don’t go away! This sweet detail looks great on anything from bedding to clothing as you can see in the two items I’m featuring today.

white ruffle shirt, Gap

duvet cover set, Anthropologie

Fashion: #WhiteCabanaStyle

For the past couple of years, I’ve been documenting some of my outfits on Instagram using #WhiteCabanaStyle. People seem to enjoy them, and it’s been amusing for me to look back at my outfits to see what I like or don’t like about them. What is easily noticeable as you scroll through the hundreds of outfits is that, regardless of season, black and white are my go-to colour options. Are you really surprised?

What do you think of fashion/style/outfit posts? Would you like to see more/less of #WhiteCabanaStyle on the blog (and Instagram)? Be honest. If it’s just-too-much-Jordana for your day, let me know!

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The Friday Five: The White Suit

When the weather turns chilly, I find it really easy to wear black. Every. Darn. Day. But looking at “winter white fashion” on Pinterest is so inspiring. I think I need to make an effort to add creamy whites to my wardrobe this winter.

Vogue

Habitually Chic

Buro

In Fashion Daily

The Golden Diamonds

These outfits are beautiful, aren’t they? Is this a look you have embraced – or will try to?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Two for Tuesday: Shimmer and Shine

I know sequins and sparkles are generally reserved for New Year’s Eve, but I couldn’t wait that long to post these two-of-a-kind items. Aren’t they fun? And, not to worry, I’m sure more sequins will be coming to the blog in the months ahead! Who can resist them?

mini dress

sequin bootie

I came across these two shiny items via The Stripe.

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Marketplace: Cool Things

There’s no real method to today’s post. It’s just a round-up of things that I’ve come across or that people have sent me that look pretty darn cool.

Martha Medeiros via The Sil

knots by Windy Chien, via A Pair and a Spare

Iittala x Issey Miyake bag, $185 USD, Need Supply

Hovding 2.0 bike helmet, 299, Hovding (thanks, JS)

glass rulers, $54 USD, Areaware (via SwissMiss)

design by James Whitaker, via DeZeen

white concrete chairs, via Design Milk

Happy Monday, everyone!

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The Friday Five: Luxurious Hermes

Oh, Hermes. Who loves this luxurious brand? Yup, me too. My Evelyne purse and my La Vie Precieuse scarf are two of the items I covet most in my wardrobe. I wear both regularly, and they give me many happy memories. Do you have any luxury items that bring you so much joy?

Here are five beautiful Hermes pieces from 1stDibs.

Hermes Birkin

Hermes Kelly

Hermes clutch

Hermes baby Birkin

Hermes Birkin

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

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#WhiteCabanaWearsPink: Fashion

For the last couple of weeks, pink has taken over White Cabana mostly through the world of interior design. Today, pink’s coming through brightly through fashion. Get ready to be inspired by some lovely outfits.

Sketch Forty Two

La Petite Noob

Jennifer Lake

Rosie Londoner

If you’re looking to bring some pink into your wardrobe this season, here are some options to get you going.

playsuit, purse, shorts, jacket, earrings, vest, booties, UGG boots, cardigan, shoes, purse

*Affiliate links have been used. All earnings from affiliate links this month will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation as part of my #WhiteCabanaWearsPink series.

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#WhiteCabanaWearsPink: Flowers and Bows

As you know, every Monday in the month of October, #WhiteCabanaWearsPink. These pink posts are meant to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. I’m raising funds in various ways, including donating proceeds from all affiliate links this month to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Get click happy!

Today might be one of the prettiest pink posts I’ve ever drafted. The theme is flowers and bows, and these photos ooze plenty of lovely!

Humphrey and Grace

Krystin Lee

Stephanie Jolly

Blair Eadie

Living Fresh

Canadian Fashionista

Lady Hayes

Blair Eadie

Rachel Parcell

Isa Tapia

Thanks, everyone, for your support!

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Fashion: Would You Wear This?

As I was doing my research about cream cashmere scarves (tough life, yes) for a post, I came across this, and I literally…Laughed. Out. Loud.

Veronica Beard Cashmere Dickey

A cashmere dickey? Would you buy it? Would you wear it?

Here’s how it is shown on the model with a blazer. I’m not quite sold.

By the way – it’s $386 CAD.

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The Friday Five: White Pyjama Sets

I absolutely love pyjama sets. I’ve been wearing them for years. I’m always on the lookout for affordable versions, and when I see them, I scoop them up. Even if I already have enough in my drawers. Can you relate?

Some of the jammies I spy online and in stores are just so beautiful – yet they’re mostly over my budget! Have a look at these five sets. Would you put any on your must-have list?

pyjama top, $125 USD; bottoms, $68 USD, Tuckernuck

pajama set, $149 CAD, KIP Sleepwear

pajama set, $130 USD, The White Company

camisole, $105 USD; shorts, $95 USD, Monika Hibbs x The Sleep Shirt

pajama set, $60.71 (on sale), Brooks Brothers

Have a great weekend, everyone!

p.s. I’m heading to BlogPodium tomorrow, and the CIBC Run for the Cure (#WhiteCabanaWearsPink) is on Sunday! It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend! If you’d like to follow along, please do on Instagram.

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Design: Mix and Match Prints

I’m oddly drawn to this outfit even though I normally usually always avoid pattern mixing myself in both wardrobe and home design.

photo Diego Anciano, via Vogue Espana

Here are some other images from over the last several years that showcase print mixing in fashion:

Olivia Palermo, via Daily Mail

via LoLoBu

via Mon Monde Fou

menswear, via Pattern Prints Journal

via Maja Wyh

via Taaora

via PopSugar

And here’s what’s going on in the world of interior design:

via Rue Daily

heart sheet set, via PB Teen

via Alquimia Deco

via Sophie Burke Design

via Rue Daily

via Simply Grove

Nashville home of Gen and Ben Sohr, via One Kings Lane

What do you think? Do you mix patterns regularly? How about colours and patterns?

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Two for Tuesday: The Military Jacket

We see variations of the military jacket each year – if not each season! Today I’m featuring two versions – high and low. Can you tell which one is which?

military jacket

military jacket

Answer: Top – Chanel (~$1500USD), Bottom – Ralph Lauren (~$70USD)

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The Friday Five: The Puffy Vest

Fall is the perfect season to embrace your puffy vest. It’s certainly a great option for cool mornings, and easy enough to shed once the warm afternoon weather arrives. I have a bright yellow one – that I originally bought for cold-weather running – but I’d really like to invest in a cream one this year. I love how it looks paired with blue or black jeans – aka my weekend wardrobe!

This illustration by Mark Challen easily convinces us that “the thin puffer vest is fall’s most versatile piece” (for men and women, I’d say)!

illustration by Mark Challen (@MarkChallenLive)

I’ve had a browse around the web, and here are five white vests that I think would suit us well this season.

quilted down vest, $158 CAD, J.Crew

quilted puffer vest, $66.50 USD, J.Crew Factory

fleece lined vest, $59 USD, L.L.Bean

quilted vest, $35.50 CAD, Old Navy

quilted barn vest, $119 USD, Talbots

Any other recommendations?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Friday Five: White Birkenstock Shoes

Do I or don’t I invest in a pair of white Birkenstock sandals? Part of me is voting yes because they really are comfortable. But the other part of me is holding back because they’re not so stylish. What to do? What to do!?

Do you have a pair? Do you like any of these five white versions?

white Birkenstock, $145USD

white Birkenstock double strap, $71USD

Birkenstock Zurich sandal, $150.82USD

Birkenstock Arizona sandals, $87.50CAD

Birkenstock Madrid single strap sandals, $82.55USD

Thoughts?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Fashion: Pretty White Swimsuits

I have not been to the pool even once this summer. Sad. Truly. Between my crazy work/MBA/extra work schedule and the many rainy days we’ve had, there has not been one moment to escape to the pool and lounge for hours on end. That said, things are going to change as long as the Florida weather is as I’m expecting it to be – full sun, full heat, and full beach.

Here are some swimsuits if you’re still in the market for your own summer vacation plans!

white balconnet maillot, Natori

criss cross one piece, Mara Hoffman

swimsuit, Eres Paris

one piece, Kate Spade

white bikini, Seafolly

Marysia swim suit, Club Monaco

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Fashion: Carolina Herrera

For many years now, I’ve been a fan of fashion designer Carolina Herrera. Her collections are exquisite season after season. Her pieces for women are feminine, structured, vibrant, and easy.

a-line dress

sheath dress

pinstripe dress

tweed blazer & pencil skirt

tulle gown

gown with bow sash

gingham gown

Absolutely stunning outfits for day and night! I think the gingham dress is especially striking!

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The Friday Five: Great White Sneakers

In addition to flip flops and ballet flats, the great white sneaker is one that I’ve got in my summer footwear rotation. Mine are off-white Converse, and they’re great for biking and weekend errands. I have yet to pair them with long dresses and floral skirts as I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere over the last couple of years, but maybe this will be a look I’ll try as the summer months move on.

via May Society

via Pinterest

via Atlantic-Pacific

via Atlantic-Pacific

I’ve rounded up five variations on the white sneaker at various price points for you today.

white leather sneaker, $85 CAD

Superga sneakers, $64 USD

Stan Smith sneaker, $81.90 CAD

Lacoste Carnaby sneaker, $98 USD

Chiara Ferragni sneakers, $413 USD

Design: Round-up of White

The only goal that I have for today’s post is to share a collection of images that have recently caught my eye. There’s no method. Just easy, breezy, inspirational images of design in white. Happy Wednesday!

via Greige Design

via Curated Interior

via New Chic

via Sabo Skirt

via The Design Chaser

via Lindsay Marcella

via By Garmi

via Style at Home

via Style Caster

The Friday Five: The Classic Striped Dress

I used to avoid stripes at all costs. Now, I embrace them. I have a collection of too many striped tops (but, really, can you ever have too many), and a few classic striped dress. They’re easy to wear, and are good for work and for evening events. And, they come in every price point, so there’s something out there for everyone’s budget. Here are five that have recently caught my eye.

t-shirt dress, $34.99 USD, L.L.Bean

stripe flounce-sleeve dress, $109 USD, Talbots

stripe flutter-sleeve dress, $160 USD, Kate Spade

bell sleeve dress, $192 CAD, via Nordstrom

MDS stripes dress, $245 USD, Club Monaco

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Two for Tuesday: Pretty Peonies

It’s peony season! If you follow designers, bloggers, and floral enthusiasts on Instagram or elsewhere, you’ll likely see a peony-infusion in your feeds. My mom brought me the first two cuttings from her garden over the weekend, and the blooms are just so pretty. I saved my readers from multiple photos this time, but I can’t promise that I’ll be stopping with this one!

The pretty peony has inspired this two-of-a-kind post.

blossom flower studs, Kate Spade

peonies via The Crafted Life

20 Below: Croc Style

Texture and pattern are big draws for people like me who embrace the (mostly) monochromatic life. Today I’ve turned to two brands to bring you some texture in the style of crocodile skin.

silver plated mail tray, 250 Euro, Christofle

Botkier Quincy mini embossed leather crossbody, $333

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Fashion: Spring Picks from Club Monaco

Club Monaco releases beautiful collections each season, but its light, airy, and white pieces in the spring/summer collections are particularly beautiful. I rarely get to a Club Monaco store because we don’t have one in the Waterloo region, but when I do, I try to pick up a piece or two that will be a little something special in my wardrobe. This skirt and this skirt, for example, have served me well over the years!

Peibi top, $119 CAD (on sale)

Vidorus scallop tie skirt, $99 CAD (on sale)

coin necklace, $129 CAD (on sale)

Colby scalloped dress, $229 CAD

Isota Lina tote, $285 CAD

Emberlynn sweater, $159.50 CAD

Feed 100 shopper, $38 CAD

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