I love these two items. A lot!
mixed-up stripes throw, $160 USD, Happy Habitat
knot #3 print, $95 USD, Angela Chrusciaki Blehm
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
Iittala x Issey Miyake bag, $185 USD, Need Supply
Hovding 2.0 bike helmet, â‚¬299, Hovding (thanks, JS)
design by James Whitaker, via DeZeen
white concrete chairs, via Design Milk
Happy Monday, everyone!
You know that massive fringe we sometimes see on furniture like…
Do you know what it’s called?
It’s called bullion fringe.
And I think we’re going to be seeing it more often in years to come. This type of ornamental trim is very traditional and has been around since the 17th century (according to Wikipedia). This particular trim, bullion, has a twisted texture, and it is generally 3 to 9 inches in length (also according to Wikipedia).
Look at how these bullion fringe pieces look beautiful in modern and traditional decor.
via Fresh Sofa
And here are a couple of pieces that I found in online stores ready for your modern-day homes.
Finally, if you’re more into DIY, check out Christine Dovey’s take on a bullion fringe daybed DIY.
Pretty neat, right? I love how classics work in so many ways!
Final note: Some of you may recall that I’ve recently decided to end my weekly Hotel to Home series. Trivia Thursday is a new series I’ve just debuted. It’s currently in test mode as I’d like to know if you are interested in the series, and if it’s one that I feel passionate about, too. If you have any questions, or would like to learn about something in the design world, let me know!
Today is the final pink Monday for my #WhiteCabanaWears pink series. The month of October is breast cancer awareness month, and I’m happy to raise funds online and offline for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Thanks to all of you for making White Cabana part of your day. I’m grateful for your support.
To end the series, I’m focused on making this Halloween very pink! Have a look at these inspirational photos!
via A Subtle Revelry
via Sugar and Charm
via House Beautiful
And beyond Halloween decor, here are some costumes and accessories for you and the kids!
via Pottery Barn
via Pottery Barn
Thanks again, everyone! Have a safe and fun Halloween!
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.
Have a happy weekend, everyone!
I know many of us turn to our iPhone, iWatchs, iEverything when we’re looking for the time, but there’s definitely something charming of the old-school (or old-old-old school) way of keeping track of time.
Here are two options from CB2 that can keep you on track for a 15-minute or 1-hour activity.
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.
If you’re looking to bring some pink into your wardrobe this season, here are some options to get you going.
*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.
We’ve had all sorts of weather this fall. I’ve had to turn on the heat, the fireplace, the air conditioner, and I have even had the windows open. We even had a really warm Thanksgiving! It’s been wild! But the cooler weather is coming – and I think will be here to stay. And cool seasonal weather means many of us crave texture.
Thinking of texture, I found a ton of inspirational images to share today.
via Tamara Magel
via Urban Outfitters
via 204 Park
via Tamara Magel
via A Pretty Fix
via Shake My Blog
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers!
It’s been another busy weekend on my end. I found my inner German on Friday to celebrate the first night of Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo, then feasted on turkey with family on Sunday to celebrate Thanksgiving. Today, I’ll enjoy a day of rest (and take care of a few chores, too)!
Since today is Thanksgiving Monday, for today’s #WhiteCabanaWearsPink, I’m focusing on beautiful Thanksgiving table decor in shades of pink, rose, and fuchsia. Infusing pink into a tablescape is easy to do for other occasions as well. Just keep layering the shades, and switch out the pumpkins for something more appropriate. Miniature disco balls or ornaments would be perfect to include for a Christmas table setting.
via Sugar Paper
via Floral Verde
via Oh Happy Day
via Sugar and Charm
via Poppy Talk
via Citrine Living
via Maison de Pax
via House Beautiful
Here are some items you could consider to get the look at your home.
* Affiliate links have been used. Get click happy!
Yesterday, I ran 5K (well, 4K running + 1K walking at the mid-point) at the CIBC Run for the Cure at the Kitchener run site at Conestoga’s Doon Campus. The weather, energy, crowd, route, and volunteers were all top notch! I am so grateful for all the research that has gone into understanding, fighting, and treating cancer. Raising money and running a 5K with an amazing crowd of survivors and supporters is the least that I can do to honour my family and friends who are fighting and surviving cancer and to remember those who have lost their fights (like my Zia Rose).
In addition to yesterday’s 5K run, this month, #WhiteCabanaWearsPink right here on the blog! Every Monday, pink will take over White Cabana to raise awareness – and funds – for breast cancer awareness. Sounds fun, right? It is! Let’s get going!
I’m starting the 2017 #WhiteCabanaWearsPink series with a selection of absolutely beautiful interior spaces.
If you’re looking to inject some pink into your own home, maybe some of these items* will catch your eye!
*Affiliate links have been used. Get click happy!
See more of #WhiteCabanaWearsPink.
When I was at Sheridan Oakville last week (giving a talk about blogging! #WhiteCabanaGoesToSheridan), one of the students in the class suggested that I check out 1 Hotel in Miami and to look especially for the white lobby. He was certain that I would be impressed. And guess what, I am! And I think you will be, too. Just look at this space:
Absolutely gorgeous! I want to move in!
But since I can’t move in, I can design a room inspired by this gorgeous space. Here I go:
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 Mon Monde Fou
menswear, via Pattern Prints Journal
via Maja Wyh
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 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?
Back to school season is the busiest for me. While I know many of my readers – and bloggers who I follow – have been getting their kiddies ready for the season, I’ve been busy on the other end of the school life. I work at the university, I teach, and I take courses, too. I have to get myself ready – not just for my professor life, but also for my student life. And this all means that September is the start of everything. These last couple of weeks have been very hectic as I’ve been adapting to my new routine, trying to remember my schedule, and figuring out when to do all the other stuff in my life – friends, family, chores – during the week.
To help me stay organized, here are four of my must-haves for school and work.
I used to buy whatever agenda seemed cute and affordable. For the last couple of years though, I’ve opted for the Moleskine agenda that has the calendar on one side and a notes page on the other. I absolutely adore this set-up. It’s two notebooks in one for me. I’ve gotten rid of my “ideas/to do lists/things to remember” notebook, and simply carry around one sweet Moleskine. I have yet to find a white agenda version, so I’ve opted for red for the second year in a row.
While I’m fairly tech-savvy, I am traditional when it comes to reading materials and taking notes for my MBA classes. As in – I read off of printed paper, and I write notes on paper, too. The way that my MBA courses are set up this term, I am finding it best to gather my readings and notes in binders.
3. Water Bottle
I am trying (again) to cut down on coffee and tea consumption. My water intake has always been really good, but it gets even easier when I have a water bottle on my desk. This one from bkr is rock ‘n roll cool!
4. Tote bag
I normally carry my Timbuk2 El Rio backpack to/from school/work every day, but I sometimes have to alternate my backpack with a tote depending on what my day holds. I have several Longchamp Le Pliage totes, so it’s easy enough to grab one and go.
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!
How have I not yet posted about the luxe Baccarat Hotel in New York City? This one is right up my crystal-loving, luxury-dreaming alley. I know New York is all about the city, but wouldn’t this just be a fantastic retreat from the noise and pollution of the city streets?
This room goes for over $1000 USD per night. It’s slightly over my travel budget. But – wow! Gorgeous!
And now onto my interpretation:
Are you into mini or large headphones? For what purposes?
Apple Airpods, $219 CAD, Best Buy
Bose headphones, $269.99 CAD, Best Buy
I use the set that came with my iPhone – usually when I’m driving – and another set for my iPod when I (sometimes) use it. I have yet to try sound-proofing headphones for travel even though I know they’re a popular option.
I’m really trying to hold on to summer, but with lower-than-10-degree weather, back to school week, and colour changing leaves (it’s happening!), it’s really hard. I’m sad to see summer go because it’s my favourite season. Not only that, but I know that once the cool weather arrives, it’s here to stay. For a while. A long while. And even though I try every year to like something about winter, I’m definitely opposed to it. But I digress.
The real point of this post is to feature some lovely squirrels. It seems as though I have some strong memories of this little, wild animal.
When my French exchange student came to live with me and my family when I was sixteen, one of the first things she commented on were the squirrels. She couldn’t believe how many were jumping and climbing around in my parents’ backyard. At the time, I didn’t even know the French word for squirrel (un Ã©cureuil). It was fun to watch her excitement about an animal I barely paid attention to.
Of my mom’s Swarovski collection, the squirrel has always been one my favourite figurines (see below). Its curvy tail got me!
And the other day, on my walk home from work, I saw the tiniest baby squirrel. I had never seen one so small before. I was too slow with my camera, so I wasn’t able to snap a photo, but, trust me, it was teeny! And it was moving pretty quickly!
squirrel dish, Urban Barn
squirrel match strike, Jonathan Adler
squirrel figurine, Swarovski
squirrel dish, 1st Dibs
squirrel dish, 1st Dibs
Are squirrels abundant where you live? Do they annoy you? Are you fond of them?
Have a great weekend, everyone!
The colour palette at Hotel Mono is limited – black, white, grey. Classics, if you ask me! This minimalist hotel in Singapore opened just a few months ago in March 2017.
I’m definitely heading toward a reinterpretation of one of the rooms, but before I do, look at the hotel from the outside.
Did your jaw drop? Yup. It happened to me, too.
There are several room options available at Hotel Mono, but today I’m focusing on the most unusual: the single room. Everything in one room. Why create real walls when you don’t have to?
The room is affordable, too, at just about $100 CAD per night (depending on day of week month, and promotion, of course).
If you can’t make it all the way to Singapore, but you are looking to do a mini reno in your own home, here are some options that might get your plan going.
Happy back to school day/week! I do love back to school season because it feels like it’s a fresh start. Sure, this time of year can be anxious for many what with new routines and end of summer vacation, but hopefully after this week, the stress will disappear.
In honour of the season, here are two white backpacks from brands that I know the university crowd supports!
daypack, $44.99 USD, Herschel
backpack, $36 USD, Jansport
A couple of weeks ago, I shared news of Canadian newcomer Caribou Cabin. This shop designs, customizes, and manufactures chalkboards, magnetic whiteboards, and pinboards. The company generously sent me a beautiful square (34″ x34″) linen pinboard – white a white frame, of course.
Soon after the order was placed, my massive shipment arrived at my doorstep. The board was wrapped carefully and arrived safely to my home in Waterloo. When I saw the grey linen for the first time, I was impressed by the quality of the item. And the grey matched my home perfectly.
I leaned it up against the wall behind a cabinet in my living room which houses my radio, record player, and typewriter. I pinned up some memorable items from my office that I knew would look pretty and would also remind me of happy celebrations.
As I took my photos, I thought that the pinboard in my living room would be the perfect spot to showcase Christmas cards. And the great thing about the pinboard is that I can move it to other areas of my home such as a hallway landing area or office. The office is certainly an obvious spot for a pinboard, but I don’t think it’s the only place for it.
Thanks to Caribou Cabin for sponsoring this post. All photos and opinions are my own.
Round mirrors haven’t ever gone away in the design world, but I haven’t written about them in a long while, so I thought I’d revisit this stylish accessory today.
via The Stables
via Vanessa Francis
via Kristina Lynne
via Homey Oh My
via Rambling Reno
Here are five round mirrors to consider if you’re in the market for one.
mirror, Wayfair, $149.99 CAD
mirror, Ikea, $99 CAD
mirror, CB2, $299 CAD
mirror, Umbra, $130 CAD
mirror, West Elm, $392.55 CAD
I’m thrilled to share news of the recent launch of Caribou Cabin – a Canadian company specializing in well-designed and beautifully manufactured chalkboards, corkboards, whiteboards, and pinboards. Organization and art all in one item? Yes, please!
One of the reasons that I’m eager to write about Caribou Cabin is because I have known one of the owners – Tim – since highschool (aka – years and years) and when he emailed to let me know about his newest venture, I was happy to help spread the word.
Each board is manufactured in the company’s Toronto workshop, and great care is taken to design and manufacture high-quality products that suit individual styles and homes. Frames come in multiple finishes for every board category, but you’ll see that (as per usual) I lean toward the white, black, and grey options.
magnetic chalkboard (top: black frame, bottom: white frame)
Whether you’re in the market for a chalkboard, corkboard, whiteboard, or pinboard, you can browse the selection at Caribou Cabin, choose your size, select your frame, and easily place your order online. What’s not to love?
Stay tuned for another Caribou Cabin feature soon as I’d like to give you an up-close look at the linen pinboard that I have in my own home. Spoiler alert – it’s lovely!
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
Have I caught your attention with the title? Audi. Q5. Who’s excited for a little car review? Honestly, I am most definitely thrilled to be writing this post about my recent experience with the Audi Q5 – aka #WhiteCabanaDreamCar.
I’ve been keen on the Q5 for a while now, but it hasn’t always been that way.
A long(er) while ago, you may remember that I became pretty obsessed with the Fiat 500. I loved the look of this little Italian go-getter, but eventually my want/need for this little one faded. I rented it for a weekend, and while I enjoyed driving it around Toronto, it barely fit my luggage, and it was quite a noisy highway ride.
In recent years, it was the Audi Q7 that caught my attention, and I wrote about it here. What a beautiful car. It’s sleek, stylish, and roomy. In fact, once I saw it up-close, I realized it might be a touch too roomy for my liking. With no children in tow, I don’t have a need for its third row of seats.
Enter the Q5. I kept seeing this car on the road, and I kept liking it. And liking it some more. When I drove home from Montebello, Quebec, I spotted many on the highway, and each time I saw one, I thought, “now that’s a nice looking car,” sometimes I said it to myself before I was close enough to confirm that the car I was eyeing was in fact an Audi Q5.
Given that I grew up with an Audi 5000, I have fond memories of the Audi brand. My parents bought our grey Audi 5000 at the Audi factory Ingolstadt, Germany, then shipped it over to Toronto way back in 1985! We traveled everywhere in that car as a family. When my Dad finally retired it in 2006 after 21 years and 344,996kms, it was a pretty sad day for all of us. We all knew it was at the end of its life (21 years!), but it was emotional to see it go. Is that weird? To be so emotionally attached to a car? Hope I’m not the only one!
Dad and our Audi 5000 in Ingolstadt, Germany
(my sister and I are in the backseat – camera shy, I guess)
Okay, so we weren’t too camera shy. My sister and I at a basket shop in Germany. I’m flexing my muscles by carrying the biggest basket I could find, I guess!
So this brings me to my recent, super up-close encounter with the Audi Q5. The AudiKW team generously loaned me a white Q5 for a couple of days of adventuring around the Waterloo region (see #WhiteCabanaxAudi on Instagram for a few more photos). What a treat! I was happy to explore the white, sleek AudiKW showroom while I waited for my car. While dealerships can be easily intimidating for someone like me (who knows very little about cars), I was pleasantly surprised by everyone’s welcoming attitudes. I felt comfortable.
I met with Deon and Robert who set me up with the Q5. Robert – a brand specialist – walked me through all the features of the Audi Q5 Komfort. This model is the lowest end of the Audi Q5 spectrum, so some elements I really liked, and others would come in a higher end model (like the Progressive or the Technik).
When I got in the car, the first things I noticed were the driver’s seat and the size of the front window. The driver’s seat was made for me (or so I like to think). It was comfortable from the beginning right up until I dropped off the car. The front window panel was large and free of obstructions. I know this should always be the case, but it isn’t. Sometimes the frame is too thick or the rear view mirror is bulky. I also loved that the windshield wipers tucked away beautifully – they weren’t visible when not in use. Great design detail!
I love the design of these mirrors.
I currently drive a 2004 Toyota Rav4 – which I really do love – but it doesn’t have the modern features of new cars, so it took me a little while to get used to all the tech in the Audi Q5. Okay – not that long, but you know what I mean. In the Audi Q5, I could actually plug in my phone and connect it to bluetooth. I know many new cars have this feature, but my Rav4 doesn’t, so it took a moment to get used to it. Once I did – let me tell you – I made as many hands-free phone calls as I could while I was driving! I get amused so darn easily!
I think I only managed to use about one or two of these buttons! I’m pretty tech-savvy, but not when it comes to cars!
The cargo space is decent in the Komfort (26.8 cubic feet), but I definitely noticed that it’s smaller than the space in my Rav4 (about 38 cubic feet). The seats fold down, of course, which helps for large loads, but it would be something I’d have to consider and test out before I’d purchase it as I do end up carrying large loads on random trips in and out of town. The cargo space in the Q5 is tidy with a hidden spare tire and a privacy cover, too.
Great design – everything has its place!
Because I live in Uptown Waterloo and normally walk or bike to the places I need to go, I forced myself to venture out a bit for a longer drive to get the full experience of this car. I took the highway-route to Cambridge so I could go fast! FUN! The pick-up in the Q5 was amazing, and my comfort level remained high! The car drove smoothly and quietly, and I definitely liked driving fast (within speed limits, of course)!
When I was going over the features with Robert at the dealership, he told me that the car can adjust to various driving modes – dynamic, comfort, auto, etc. I opted for dynamic for the majority of the time because the ride felt fast and smooth. Dynamic mode has tight steering and more aggressive gear shifting. Comfort, on the other hand, has softer, easier steering and less aggressive gear shifting.
Look at the little lights underneath the handles – love them!
Having the Audi Q5 in my possession made my birthday celebrations extra fun! In fact, since my parents came for a visit, they, too, experienced the luxurious drive! This was especially fun for my dad who recreated his Audi pose from 1985.Â
Notice my approach to parking? The farther and emptier, the better!
Over the course of my Audi Q5 ownership, I drove as much as I possibly could. In addition to driving to and around Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, and St. Jacobs, I drove over to the sweet town of Elora for a birthday dinner celebration. On the way, I stopped by the Montrose kissing bridge – the last covered bridge in Ontario, and the oldest of its kind in Canada.
And I also stopped by the castle-house on Middlebrook Road (between Montrose and Elora).Â While in Elora, I checked out the progress of the Elora Mill. Construction is well underway, and I’m very much looking forward to a return trip here to eat, stay, and relax! It’s going to add so much more prettiness to the already-pretty town of Elora. As you can see in these photos, parking the Q5 was a breeze. Backing into grassy areas and stone-covered roads was a-okay!
For an SUV, the Audi Q5 is extremely fuel efficient. I love this aspect of the car! Apparently, it’s good to go 1000km on a tank of gas. Isn’t that amazing for an SUV?
I took on several passengers over the course of my mini-ownership. Every passenger loved the experience. All agreed that the car was definitely sleek and luxurious and beautifully designed. Back-seat passengers felt that the ride was spacious and comfortable and enjoyed the adjustable back seats as well as the back-seat air conditioning controls.
As a driver, I got easily used to having the control buttons at my fingertips on the console. While some passengers assumed that the navigation screen was touch-screen, it wasn’t. This didn’t bother me at all. I really liked having the circle button on the console to control music, phone calls, settings, etc. It was very easy to operate and comfortable because I didn’t need to extend my arm for touch screen.
While I did absolutely enjoy the Audi Q5 Komfort, and my interest in purchasing one has been confirmed because of this recent driving experience, there are some features that did not come with this model that I would want. My top priority would be a sunroof. I love having a sunroof in my Rav4, and I would definitely want a Q5 that had one. The model that I drove didn’t have all the snazzy sensors and cameras that I would want in a new car. I’d definitely upgrade to include these as I think they’re especially handy for parking and highway driving.
If you can’t already tell, overall, I have become more attached to the Audi Q5 after this driving experience. It’s a beautiful vehicle from every angle, and it made me feel safe, happy, and secure. I also loved walking up to it knowing that I got to get in the driver’s seat. This car definitely suits my style and personality!
Do I still think that this is the car for me? You bet!
Unless, maybe, I should try out the Audi TT first? ðŸ™‚
Many thanks to MC and the AudiKW team for sponsoring this post. All opinions and photos are my own.
Oh, you know, I have the beach on my brain big tiiiime because I’m heading to my summer home-away-from-home soon! I’m pretty excited for some major relaxation time on the beach under the hot Floridian sun! So, in anticipation of long, lazy days and nights at the beach, I’m bringing some beachy to the blog today in the form of art!
white beach club, Italy, Gray Malin
white beach umbrellas, Italy, Gray Malin
white hot, Erin Beutel, Minted
iconic lifeguard tower, Kate Houlihan, Minted
collection, Sadie Holden, Minted
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Today we’re heading south to the Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. Bring on the sunshine and warmth! The Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach has plenty of beautiful spaces, but it was the simplicity of this hallway that really inspired me to write this hotel to home post.
I don’t just like it because of its French name, I like Sur La Table because of its beautiful selection of products. I remember visiting the store for the first time in NYC. We don’t have it here in Canada, but since I’ll be heading to Florida soon, I may try to stop in to the Tampa location one day.
Here’s a round-up of items that I’d add to my endless-budget wish list.
We’re traveling all the way to Tanzania today because the Serengeti House – and its surroundings – is definitely worth a visit! Here’s just one of the many beautiful rooms in this luxurious hotel.
If you like the combination of warm whites and muted sand, then here’s a starting off point for the look:
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
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
The Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon, Portugal is a small hotel with plenty of style. The tiled bathrooms, wood plank flooring, and linens look to be of the highest quality. I grabbed a photo of a dining space for today’s hotel to home inspiration. It’s definitely an easy-to-recreate space.
via Santa Clara 1728
Here’s the look I created inspired by the Santa Clara:
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
Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday tomorrow, and cities, towns, villages, and hamlets are all preparing to celebrate with food and fireworks. Red and white is dominating stores, squares, and supermarkets, and Canadians are eager to celebrate!
Since the maple leaf is one of Canada’s most prominent symbols, I’m sharing five versions of it from five Canadian companies.
diamond maple leaf brooch, Birks
maple leaf bookends, Chapters Indigo
Canada – True North art print, Penny Paper Co.
Canada bucket and shovel, Canadian Tire
pure silver coin, Canada Post
I hope all my Canadian readers enjoy a wonderful long weekend! Happy #Canada150!
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
I’m looking to replace one of the dressers in my bedroom. If you’ve seen my house in the June issue of Style at Home (#WhiteCabanaxStyleatHome), then you know that I’ve got a bit of a French theme going on in there. I’d like a simple white/cream dresser that has more of an open bottom than anything solid. This will allow the air to travel through the vent underneath it.
dresser, $1479 CAD, Wayfair
dresser, $2586 CAD, Ballard Designs
dresser, $893 USD, French Bedroom Company
dresser, starting at $999 USD, PB Teen
Have a great weekend, everyone! It’s a long weekend here, and you can be sure I’ll be taken advantage of some extra downtime.
Last month, I bought these Cole Haan sneakers, and I’ve been wearing them almost daily (not in the rain!) since I bought them. They are so comfortable! These white ones are probably just as comfortable, and have their own distinct, classic Cole-Haan, basketweave pattern.
With Mother’s Day around the corner – on Sunday, May 14th – it might be time to start thinking about how you’re going to spoil loved ones in your life. Mother’s Day for me usually means a trip to Toronto to spend time with my mom doing everyday sorts of things – a garage sale perhaps, a trip to the mall, or just lounging around at home reading magazines. Mom and I enjoy many of the same easy-going activities. Heck, I’m sure we’ve even spent the day doing DIYs together! Mother’s Day is also a day to celebrate other moms in my life – my sister (mom of 4 cuties!) and friends, and to reflect on relationships I’ve had with other strong women who are no longer with us like my aunt and grandmothers.
In terms of gifts, I think moms appreciate any token. A card, a phone call, an email, a text, or a material object lets your loved ones know that you’re thinking about them. I like to spoil my mom with flowers because I know she appreciates them so much!
If you’re looking for some Mother’s Day gift ideas (and if you’d like to spoil yourself at the same time), you might want to have a look at Urban Barn. This Canadian retailer offers up-to-date items for your home – from big furniture pieces to smaller accessories. I’ve been to the Cambridge location numerous times, and there’s always something in white that catches my eye.
Today, I’m sharing five items from Urban Barn’s current collection that would make great gifts for loved ones.
Here’s an affordable container for a new plant or bouquet of flowers.
murl planter large, $19
Another place for flowers…or sangria…or water…is this pretty little pitcher.
Little bowls like this one are perfect for candies, jewelery, or keys.
If your mom needs a bedroom makeover, this dresser looks like it would be a great piece to add.
parker dresser, $1499
This bench would be beautiful in a garden. There’s also a full patio set, too.
piazza folding bench, $399
Many thanks to Urban Barn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
T-shirt season is just about here. After months and months of cold weather, I’m definitely ready! While these tees have super cute graphics, their price tags are a tad on the high side. How much do you budget for a graphic tee?
Comme des Garcons t-shirt, $150 USD
Boutique Moschino t-shirt, $225 USD
Peter Jensen fish rabbit t-shirt, $101 USD
Karl Lagerfeld Paris profile t-shirt, $49 CAD
PS by Paul Smith t-shirt, $223
Have a great weekend!
About 10 years ago, I spent a month in Australia. It was as wonderful as you can imagine. While I spent much of my time in Surfers Paradise, I did some traveling along the east coast, too. At the time, I was very much a budget traveler, but if I went back now, I’d love to save up and stay in places like the Byron Beach Abodes.Â I’m only showing you one small bedroom today, but you must have a browse around the various suites and villas. Everything is just beautiful and inviting.
Really liking the look of the bedroom? Here’s where you might go to find similar items: