Today I have decided to share with you some of the photos I took of doors in New Orleans’ French Quarter a couple of weeks ago.
Please tell me that I’m not the only one who finds doors fascinating?
I recently had the opportunity to visit Chicago for the first time. Oh, wow! What an absolutely amazing city! If you like art, architecture, food and fashion (or any combination of these things), then a visit to Chicago is a must! Chicago also offers plenty of comedic and musical entertainment. Although my five-day stay was work-related, I did manage to play tourist in between work obligations.
Although Chicago is often referred to as the windy city, I much prefer its other name, the white city. There are plenty of white buildings, doors and art around the city. You can imagine how happy I was to be surrounded by all of this white!
One of the highlights on this trip was the 75-minute architecture tour boat some of us took over a lunch break. We listened to the history of many (if not all!) buildings on either side of the river. Another amazing experience was eating tiramisu (yum) on the 96th floor of the John Hancock tower. The view from here was absolutely incredible (and just a tad scary).
I’m in New York City this weekend after a very crazy and emotional week. I’m happy to be spending time with my sister, brother-in-law and my sweet little nephews. I’m also going to be reunited with one of my running buddies and we’ll be running the NYC half on Sunday. My winter-training plan has been less than perfect so I imagine I’ll be taking a lot of walking breaks.
Here are five things that I brought along this weekend.
1. Sub-zero running tights from Running Skirts.
2. Antiperspirant – thanks Degree! It will definitely be put to the test at the half-marathon.
3. LeSportsac weekender bag – great for packing extra things (i.e., new purchases!).
4. My new polka dot scarf. I always bring a scarf like this on trips – especially for the flight.
5. My Canon PowerShot SD1000. It’s small but mighty. I don’t ever leave the house without it!
My grandfather passed away on Sunday afternoon. He lived a healthy 95 years. Ninety-five! Nonno was born in¬† a small town in Calabria, Italy in 1915 and moved to Canada in 1953 and was joined by his family in 1962. Like many Italian immigrants at that time, Nonno worked in construction for the City of Toronto. He and my grandmother raised four children with little money but with great strength and determination.
I have many fun memories of Nonno. When he stopped driving a few years ago, family members took turns taking him to do his errands. On one trip to the library, he instructed me to wait in the car while he went in to pick up his Oggi (Italian magazine). Before I even had a chance to tell him I would go in for him, he was out of the car and running – yes, running – across the street. He was fast, too! The car ride was fun too – we discussed movie stars, social events and world news. And of course, no errand was complete without stopping by his favourite caf√© to enjoy a cappuccino.
Watching Nonno maneuver aisles in the grocery store was quite the entertainment. When you reach his age, I guess you’ve got a pretty good idea about the layout of your favourite store. He was efficient, direct and got around with mighty speed. He also knew the best place in the city to buy fresh bocconcini and ricotta. Even at 95 years old, Nonno was responsible for supplying everyone in the family with these delicious Italian cheeses.
Nonno was the most social person I’ve ever met. If he had a Facebook profile, I can guarantee that his friend count would be higher than any of ours. He was self-sufficient, busy, and his healthy diet was enviable. He was an avid reader, made excellent use of the Toronto public library, and loved to play Italian cards.
No matter how old any of us grandkids got, when we visited him at home he would be sure to offer us a juice box. Ha ha. Just thinking about how many juice boxes I’ve drank at his house puts a smile on my face. Every chat with Nonno usually involved him saying, “Whaddya gonna do?” We grandkids always tried to recreate the line but it just never sounded the same as when he said it.
He was also quite the fashionisto – he was particular about colour, design and fabric. He was always happy to add another beautiful Merino wool sweater or cozy argyle socks to his wardrobe – as long as they were up to his standards. When he was 93, Nonno went out to buy a new suit for his Italian club’s dinner/dance. He wanted to look good, of course, and his existing suits just wouldn’t do. And yes, at 93, he still enjoyed a good party!
I am happy to celebrate Nonno’s long and healthy life and dedicate this space on White Cabana to him.
Back in January – oh so long ago – I created a list of 5 personal goals for 2011 (click here to read it). Near the end of the month, I posted an update here. I thought it’s now time for a second review of my progress.
1. Wear rings. Yes – I’m trying. For the past several weeks I have worn mainly this silver triple ring that I have had since highschool:
I bought this black sparkler from Banana Republic and wore it a few times:
Keeping my nails polished has been especially encouraging for my ring wear.
2. Embrace the cold weather. It’s still winter. It’s still cold. Darn. Although the sun has been peeking out more (in between the rain) which gives me hope that spring is in fact on its way, even if it’s on the slow train. I have basically been living in my UGGs and Hunter boots this winter. Thank goodness for warm and dry feet!
I have also been happily enjoying my Sunday afternoons of curling. There’s an energetic and lively bunch of people in the club and it’s such a social sport! I recently scored this vintage curling sweater which keeps me fully warm and I think it brings me some good luck too!
3. Host more parties. It’s been a decent month of hosting. In the past several weeks, I’ve hosted brunch, dinner and a weekend guest (Johanne!).
I also made these sugar-free muffins for a meeting. Pretty darn good – they didn’t taste sugar-free. They were also super quick and easy to make.
5. Learn more about London, Ontario. I have quite a bit to report on for this goal. Near the beginning of February I attended a talk at London Museum. I’ve lived in this city for almost three years and I had yet to go inside this awesome building. I’m glad I finally did because white is everywhere!
I went to see The Comos play at the Old Victorian Tavern. Sax + bass + old school tunes = an awesome night out! I’ve seen The Comos play a few times now but visiting the Old Vic was a new experience for me.
Finally, I went to watch a curling game at the John Labatt Centre (JLC). Two firsts for me. The Brier (a.k.a. Canadian men’s curling championship) has been in London for the last week and being the amateur curler that I am, I had to go check it out. Watching professional curling for the first time was great! I had also never been to the JLC before and I thought this was the perfect occasion to see what it was all about Oh, the excitement! (And yes, of course I wore my curling sweater!)
Oh gosh – what a long post that was today. Lots of updates for everyone and maybe a new place or two to check out if you’re ever in London, Ontario!
After seeing the photos Antonia (of Swedish Love Affair) took of her colourful tulips this week, I was inspired to take photos of the beautiful white roses I have in my apartment right now.
Many thanks to Kate & Patrick for surprising me with these this week! They’re perfectly gorgeous!
Many of you already know that I have a slight obsession with anything Parisien…at the top of the list is the Eiffel Tower. Even though I’ve seen it plenty of times, it renders me speechless on each and every visit. It’s an incredibly impressive structure.
Over the years I have slowly collected a group of mini Eiffel Tower structures. I usually have them lined in a row on my bookshelf, ordered by height.
Sometimes my guests rearrange them in new ways – one tower out of line, towers in a zig-zag formation, etc.
Of late I’ve grouped some of them in a lidded glass container.
However they’re grouped, I find clustering this collection in one place makes for a pleasing display.
Photos by Jordana.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my friend and White Cabana creator, Jordana, in London, Ont.
It’s easy to see why Jordana has made London her home over the past few years- there is an abundance of white here!
Jordana was very encouraging as I practiced seeing white everywhere.
Here are some of my favourite white moments from my white weekend with Jordana:
Branches of raw cotton at London’s charming Market
Jordana checking out beautiful water at the Market
White detailing on the packaging of Dry Soda water
A white portable ethanol fireplace, $758
Gorgeous white leather office chair, $302 on sale
Caff√© latt√© art at Coffee Culture
Pouffy bridal dress in store window for London’s princesses
More bridal dresses with white poufs!
Even the cars are painted white and topped with fresh snow in London!
White and classic black made-by-Jordana art
at Jordana’s lovely home
Delicious sushi with white rice and creamy white napkin
Going for a (wh)nite on the town!
Jordana knows white: white t-shirt, plate, table, etc.
at the local diner for brunch
Me, I see white but I’m not fully white – yet!-. Wearing bright pink
but I did order a white wrap with sour cream for brunch!
A white snowman and snowcat greeted me home
in Toronto upon my return
Thank you so much Jordana for a fantastic weekend! I love being on this white adventure with you!
I recently realized that I have a growing collection of (fake) animals in my house. Right now it seems like everything I have comes in pairs…how very Noah’s Ark, right?
The Jonathan Adler lion was a congratulatory gift from my sister and brother-in-law. They gave it to me when I completed my Master’s. I have since purchased a matching mini JA lion ornament. My mom found the glass paperweight with the lion etching at a garage sale and she thoughtfully bought it for me (p.s. I’m a Leo).
a pair of wise owls
I found the sweet little bird at a thrift store and just had to have it. I haven’t found the perfect spot for it yet though. I won the owl pitchers (or vases) over at Greige. They are happy on my bookshelf¬† – near a pair of owl bookends. (Honestly, I can’t believe how my animal collection has grown!)
I bought these pillows (one is an elephant and one is a giraffe) for my parents a while ago at Loblaw Superstore. They didn’t seem to like them as much as I did so the pillows soon became mine.
How about our White Cabana readers? What are your collections made up of?
A couple of weeks ago I posted 5 goals for 2011. I thought I’d update you on my progress.
1. Wear rings. This has been a bit of a challenge for me, mostly because I’m not in the habit of wearing them and I forget to put them on when I’m getting ready in the morning. However, here are some that I have worn since I set this goal:
(from Banana Republic & Forever21)
2. Embrace the cold weather. Second goal. Second challenge. I’m trying. My friend Kate knit me a gorgeous white scarf. I love it and it’s definitely helping to keep me warm (thanks Kate!).
3. Host more parties. I’ve hosted one dinner party (for eight of my friends) since 2011 began. I think this is a decent start. I even managed to put together little flower arrangements for the occasion:
4. Try new recipes. For said dinner party (see #3), I tried two new recipes: 1. Mushroom crostini (similar to this recipe) and 2. Pasta Alla Formiana (by Giada de Laurentiis). I kind of burnt the tomato topping. Oops.
5. Learn more about London, Ontario. I haven’t necessarily learned more but I have supported the arts community. I went to the Aeolian Hall to see (and listen to) performances by Julie Doiron, Sunbear and Castlemusic. Very entertaining. Great venue.
Well, there you have it, my first update on my 2011 goals. Goal number 6: to keep updated my progress.
I feel like I’m one of those people who constantly make and revise resolutions.¬† When I feel like I need to change something to improve my life, I do. When I have achieved a goal, I set a new one. I think about short and long term goals all the time and I write them down. Sometimes I share them with people. This is one of those times. Here are five things that I’d like to do in 2011:
1. I’ll wear more rings. I used to wear them a lot and then I stopped for no apparent reason. I’ll start with a ring my sister gave me which looks similar to this one:
floral ring, $5.80
2. I’ll brave the cold this winter and get outside. I’ll wear more layers, I’ll put my boots to good use and I’ll try to stop complaining.
3. I’ll host more parties. Getting together with friends and family is fun – why not do it more often?
balloons, Martha Stewart
4. I’ll try new recipes. And I’ll try not to limit myself to yummy desserts.
via Martha Stewart
5. I’ll learn more about the city I’m currently living in – London, Ontario. Museums, galleries, shops, concerts…I’m ready to explore and to feature my adventures on White Cabana!
Mid-century wingback chair, $1100, Bohemiennes
Industrial factory stool, $265, French By Design
Set of Jen Risom dining chairs, $650, En Route Studio
California Originals Pottery, $42, Barking Sands Vintage
Look at all of this white! And I didn’t even choose any white objects during the search process. Crazy, right? Somehow Etsy just knew…
We’re experiencing our second heavy snowfall today here in London. The whole city has basically shut down – the university is closed, shops are closed, and public transportation is only running for half of the day.
This afternoon I put on my Hunter boots and fleece liners (amazing!), wore layers of clothing, sported my furry chapeau and I braved the winter weather. Here is what (a mostly white) downtown London looks like today:
p.s. For those of you who are curious – yes, I absolutely adore white. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I love the snow. It’s great to look at but it’s really not for me.
Images by Jordana.
So…I admit it…I decorated before December 1st. I just couldn’t wait! Here’s a peek at five of the decorations on my mini (green) tree.
Images by Jordana.
Ahh…coffee. I love the smell, the taste and the look. I love the feeling of drinking a coffee at my local caf√©. I love meeting a friend and catching up on gossip at a new caf√© or sitting alone on a patio with a cup in hand and watching the world go by.
I’m a fan of any kind of coffee…my choice usually depends on the time of day, the occasion and the caf√©. I like a latte or cappuccino in the morning or as a mid-morning break. I enjoy a nice espresso after a good meal or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
And yes – sometimes the coffee I drink is so special, it deserves a photo! I’m happy to welcome you to today’s caffeine-filled Friday Five!
1. I was in Ascoli with my aunt, uncle and father. We stopped in at Caffe Meletti before hitting the farmer’s market. The Barista wrote me a special message in my little espresso. Sweet, right?
2. I was in Gstaad with my good friend Shannon. Going to¬†Early Beck easily became an afternoon routine for us. We shared many laughs and gossiped for hours.
3. On one of my trips to Paris, I stopped in at a restaurant near the Palais Royale to write postcards and get re-energized!
4. I’ll never forget the morning adventure my good friend Boba and I had in Montreal. It was pouring rain outside but we were determined to have breakfast at La Croissanterie Figaro, which came highly recommended by a friend. Even though we were exhausted after a busy work week in Montreal, we stuck it out and we were rewarded with a beautiful breakfast and a couple of delicious cappuccinos.
5. I was on a 5-day vacation with Shannon (yes, the same friend) in Budapest and we stopped in for a coffee and strudel at the First Studel House of Pest. Our food and drinks were delish!
How about you? What are your coffee drinking routines or memories?
Photos by Jordana.
On today’s Friday Five we focus on the diversity of door details from around the world.
Photos by Jordana.
Looking for a way to take care of your skin this season? Vaseline‘s line of products keeps skin healthy, nourishes it and increases skin’s moisture level.
Thanks to our friends at Vaseline, I have had the opportunity to try out some Vaseline Intensive Rescue products. I’m happy to report that after a couple of weeks of regular use, my skin feels and looks great. Bonus – the lotions are non-greasy (a definite pet-peeve). Double bonus – these Vaseline lotions are white!
Vaseline Intensive Rescue products are available at most drug and grocery stores across Canada.
Art and images by Jordana.
As the fall weather approaches, I can’t help but think of my summer days in Switzerland. In addition to the large amount of cows I saw, I had the opportunity to have a good close look at the white Saanen goat.
Photos by Jordana.
I love when collections from different time periods magically come together. Here you see my Sophie Conran cake plate with my growing collection of milk glass.
Photo by Jordana.
It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada so I thought it appropriate to make a list of five things I’m thankful for this year (besides health, family, friends,¬† work, and the food in my fridge):
1. My black Hunters. They keep me and my feet happy.
2. My 1/2 marathon medal. Ah – the sweet precious medal.
3. My MacBook. I had no idea I would love it this much!
4. My sewing machine. I got it for Christmas last year and adore it. I just wish I had more time for all the sewing projects I have in mind!
5. My new 2011 agenda book (from Paris!). It has a list of text talk acronyms which is going to help me stay in-the-know.
Wishing all you Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! And wishing all White Cabana readers a very happy weekend!
Photos by me.
Love the packaging of the ok.- brand. Comes in water too!
Photo by Jordana.
My grandmother, two months away from turning 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday morning. She lived a long and healthy life in Italy and was one of the strongest women I have ever known. A few weeks before her passing, she was hard at work making her famous plum jam and when I saw her just over a week ago in Italy she was telling me about a special espresso set she received on her wedding day (in between giving her usual list of orders and opinions, of course!).
I’m happy to dedicate this space on White Cabana to Nonna Landa. I will always remember her strength, her straight-to-the point personality, and her talent for sewing a perfect outfit faster than you could say Vogue.
Ovale, the¬†brain child of designers Gilles Neveu and Vladimir Flabert,¬†houses some of the most cuddliest toys, softest clothes, simplest jewelry, and prettiest¬†silver¬†gifts¬†for babies and children. This unique, minimalist¬†brand carries many¬†items¬†which make gift-giving memorable and unique.
Browse Ovale’s current collection by clicking here.
Images by Jordana.
On September 1st, 1915, my grandfather was born. Today is his very special 95th birthday!
Happy birthday Nonno!
Photos by me.
Paris is full of history – obvious enough, right? For a walk through the past, visit the March√© aux Puces at the Porte de Clignancourt. Furniture, clothing, accessories and every day knick-knacks from periods gone by are housed in this large antique market at the edge of Paris. The atmosphere is lively and busy and there are¬†plenty of things to grab (and keep!) your attention for hours.
For a bite to eat and some Edith Piaf entertainment, visit Chez Louisette.
For more information about the March√© aux Puces click here.
For more information about Chez Louisette click here.
All photos by Jordana.
This week, I am happy to share some of the photos I took while I was in Paris last week. Paris continues to be a vibrant, engaging and impressive city and I am always happy to return.
I hope all our White Cabana readers enjoy this week in Paris!
Let’s begin with a few classic statues from the Jardin de Tuileries.
For more information about the Jardin de Tuileries, click here.
For an extensive description of all the statues in the Jardin de Tuileries, click here.
All photos by Jordana.
A few weekends ago, I had the amazing experience of visiting the Matterhorn (i.e., the mountain on the package of the Toblerone chocolate bar). It was an incredible day and I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of this enormous mountain as well as by the village of Zermatt at the base.
While on my hike down from the Gornergrat, I came across some snow. While other people were building rocky Inukshuks, I decided to bring out the Canadian in me and built a couple of white snowman. It was a happy moment!
Images by Jordana.
Happy Friday! I hope you’re all looking forward to a most fabulous weekend. I’ll be celebrating my birthday (yay!) in Paris (extra yay!) so you can imagine how excited I am feeling right now. Before I head out, here’s a very white birthday edition of the Friday Five.
The Canary Islands, although actually part of Spain, are located only about 10km off the coast of Morocco. This archipelago is made up of several islands including: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Very cool.
A few years ago, my friend Shannon and I had the most fabulous vacation in the Canary Islands. In our too-short holiday, we managed to tour Tenerife and Gran Canaria with our friend (and local Gran Canarian), Ignacio. We¬†ate great food, met many nice people, and enjoyed visiting small towns, driving around in our little rental car, and brushing up on our Spanish. We also managed to jump our way across the two islands – at the Dunes at Maspalomas, Parque Nacional Teide, in Mogan,¬†and¬†at one of our gorgeous hotels, the Reina Isabel in Las Palmas.¬†One of our favourite photo shoots was at El Auditorio, the Tenerife Opera House.
As I’ve been travelling for the last two weeks, I thought I would devote today’s Friday Five to lovely white travel items.
1. First on the list is a beautiful travel journal. Jot down addresses of those special restaurants and sketch your beautiful surroundings in one of these lovely little books.
¬†2. Next up is a soft¬†sleep mask. For the flight, for the hotel…I never travel without one!
¬†3. Third on the list is a¬†go-with-everything watch.
4. A camera. Of course!
5. A fifth fabulous travel item is a beautiful wallet to carry all your cards, currency and id.
What are your must-haves?
A wordy exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.
All photos by Jordana.
Some people have been asking me for more information about what I did in Denver so I thought I would compile a list of some Denver highlights just in case other White Cabana readers are heading that way.
1. Denver Art Museum : A great selection of American Indian art, very family friendly, and architecturally interesting.
2. Corner Bakery Cafe : The traditional Swiss oatmeal was a perfect breakfast for me and it reminded me of Switzerland. Truly.
3. The Market : A friendly, open-concept restaurant on Larimer. So much¬†selection. I went with a capicola sandwich while I was there.
4. TAG:¬†Continental Social : ¬†Such a delightful little restaurant. Had a yummy meal during happy hour…a friend and I ordered the full menu and shared. Perfectly delightful!
5. Tattered Cover Book Store :¬†I could have spent hours, if not days, here. So comfortable and warm. Not to mention – a great selection of new and used books.
6. The Cruise Room Bar at the Oxford Hotel : Chatted with friendly bartenders at this Art Deco bar. Ordered the La La Cosmo. Delish!
7. Bookend Cafe in Boulder, Colorado : A friend and I stopped in here for a treat. Love the feel of this cozy cafe.
8. Cherry Creek Mall : I hate to admit that I spent some time indoors while I was in Denver but this mall was quite amusing. I had a fun time at Tiffany & Co., Anthropologie¬†and Martin¬†+ Osa.¬†And my made-by-me yogurt at Cherry on Top¬†was delicious. Bus number 83L gets you there from the downtown Civic Center station in about 15 minutes.
9. Colorado Convention Center : All in white. So bright and airy. The blue bear is kind of cool too.
10. Cheesecake Factory : I know it’s a chain. But the cheesecake is oh. so. good. I enjoyed a piece of the original cheesecake with fresh strawberries on the side. Yum!
Last week I had the fortunate pleasure of discovering Denver, Colorado. To tell you the truth,¬†this¬†city surprised me…I was completely¬†impressed with all that it had to offer. Great restaurants,¬†so pedestrian-friendly and a museum¬†chock full of interesting artefacts. It was easy to get around on foot and by public transportation. Around almost every corner, there was an interesting outdoor sculpture. Although a tad on the chilly side, it was sunny each day which made for some¬†really great days.
Here’s a look at some of Denver’s white beauties:
All photos by Jordana.
If I was a comic book character, I might look a little like this:
Many thanks to Shannon Gerard for drawing my portrait.
I took this quiz over via How About Orange and learned that red, not white, is the colour that matches my personality.¬†For White Cabana readers who want to know a little bit more about me…the following red is my colour description is fairly accurate.
You boast incredible willpower and are capable of overcoming obstacles that would normally leave others shaking in their boots. You have a penchant for colorful environments and often impress others with your energetic bursts of energy. Your interests in many areas of life often leave you scattered, but when you focus you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.
And you? What’s your colour? Please share.
My milk glass collection is taking over my dining room…and I love it!
Photo taken by Jordana.
On my last trip to Paris, I went to the Institut du Monde Arabe for the very first time. What a sight for the eyes! The architecture is intricate and so geometric.¬†
The outside of the building is gorgeous and from the cafe terrace one has a beautiful view of the buttresses of the Notre Dame.
Photos courtesy of Jordana.