With Halloween around the corner, I thought it was appropriate to share this sweet duo!
Who else has turned on the heat in their home? I tried to hold off for as long as possible, but it has been cool these last couple of weeks!
Given the change of seasons, here is today’s hot pair.
I love all the shapes in this first room. The room is balanced. The hard edges of the fireplace surround, rug, and door are balanced with the soft edges of the tables, sofa, and the accessories. The fireplace’s curved opening is balanced by the hard-edged vertical slats that frame it. It’s beautiful.
This second design is beautiful in its simplicity. The floating stone seems like an optical illusion. How does it stay up? This fireplace would heat up a room in no time since it’s open, so the design showcases a great pairing of function and form.
Well, it’s October, which means that fall decor ideas are in full swing! I’m nearly ready to give up my geraniums on my front porch, but since I don’t love mum plants, I’m looking for alternatives. I may end up with a whole bunch of white pumpkins scattered on my front steps and porch, but I may also end up with skeleton flamingos.
One option is to take the classic plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments and transform them into skeleton flamingos with a bit of paint.
The second option is to buy them ready-made.
These skeleton flamingos make me laugh! And I think they would look fun on my front lawn.
As you may remember, my family and friends gave me a whole list of challenges and things to do during my 40th year. My cousin suggested I take a dance class. I was open to the suggestion, but didn’t have anything in mind until I went to see a Flamenco show in August here in Waterloo, and it clicked!
I saw my first flamenco show when I was 25 and traveling in the south of Spain with my pen pal*. The show was powerful, dramatic, and beautiful. I loved it. For a few Halloweens, I sewed my own flamenco costume. I have been a forever fan of flamenco!
So after I saw the show in Waterloo, I signed up for classes immediately. A friend lent me her flamenco shoes and skirt (so beautiful), and I’ve taken two classes so far. I love the drama, the music, the clapping, and the stomping (careful, thoughtful, purposeful, rhythmic stomping, I might add). It’s been a highlight of my busy back-to-school weeks to be honest.
I haven’t even mentioned how gorgeous the outfits are! The women look beautiful and fierce, and the men look strong and serious. I love watching the dancers “speak” to one another through their movements.
I’m so glad I was challenged to take a dance class (thanks, M!). I wonder if there’s an end-of-term recital. ðŸ™‚
*Yes, I had a pen palâ€¦who is now really an email and Instagram pal. We’ve only met in person less than a dozen times in our lives!).
With cooler weather here (and more on the way), it’s nice to bring in some cozy, warm elements into our homes. What’s warmer than a candle? Multiple!
I think these two taper candle holders are striking.
Feel like traveling back in time a bit today?
Here’s Opera Garnier in Paris in about 1983. My parents took it on one of our many family trips.
Here’s the same building in 2019 when I was there in February.
Isn’t it interesting to think about how nothing and everything has changed in the past 36 years.
I’m bringing some beach vibes to the blog today with these two pieces of coral.
So there I was at work helping out a graduate student with her writing, and while I was talking to her about representing scholars’ ideas accurately and with purpose in her own writing, she says something about not wanting to “throw shade” on these scholars. According to Urban Dictionary, throwing shade means “acting in a casual or disrespectful manner towards someone/dissing a friend.” I had heard the phrase before, but I must have had a puzzled look on my face because she quickly rephrased her comment to say something along the lines of – you’ve got to represent the work fairly and respect the author’s ideas.
Although this was a really quick dialogue, I have been thinking about it quite a bit. I’m in the business of language learning and teaching. I have a PhD in applied linguistics, so I have studied extensively in the area. I analyze language and people’s use of language constantly. This particular interaction had me thinking about language registers (level of formality we use in different contexts), how we use multiple registers in our daily interactions, and how we can quickly adjust our tone based on circumstance. The student I worked with had opted to use slang with me (I had only met her once before), but quickly realized another explanation may be more suitable for the context of our interaction. I thought about how this student applied a slang explanation to explain an academic writing concern. Language – and how we use it – is fascinating!
If you’re not as interested in the intricacies of language as I am, you may like this other version of the word “shade”. These white shades are from one of my favourite eyeglasses companies.
In Italian, the evil eye – or il malocchio – is a superstition of bad luck caused by envy. If one brags too much, then others would become jealous of the person’s happiness and cause destruction in their life. To prevent the evil eye, avoid making people jealous, or carry an charm like a horn (as many Italians do).
In the fashion and design worlds, the evil eye constantly makes an appearance in jewelry, accessory, and clothing collections as well as in trinkets and knick knacks. Here are two that recently caught my eye (wink!).
Here are two chandeliers that are similar but different. The Vertigo (top) would be perfect in a chic home in the city, and the Veva (bottom) would be perfect in a beach house or cottage.
Who’s up for a high-low guessing game with BBQ tools? Here we go!
Did you guess correctly?
I love the mini and maxi differences of these two floral dresses worn by two of my favourite fashion bloggers.
I love these bags. They’re perfect for summers in the city and at the beach!
June is Pride month, which means all the colourful rainbows are in full force in cities, communities, and homes around the world. Rainbows are one of the most recognizable symbols of gay pride. You might see them on pedestrian crossings, flags, and on every piece of clothing item. Today, I’m sharing two more minimalist rainbows to raise awareness for the rights of all citizens.
I’ve been riding my bicycle for a few weeks now (when it’s not raining), and I had forgotten how easy and quick it is to get around town with it. The winter break is really just too long to be away from my white Peugeot! (See #WhiteCabanaBikes for a few Peugeot highlights).
I was in Montreal this past weekend, and I stayed at the Hotel Birks. Since it is conveniently attached to – and the same company as – Birks, the jewelry store, it was easy to pop in to eye the current collection of sparkle and shine. Delicate jewelry caught my attention the most (second to diamonds, of course), including these star pieces.
We all know I love a good hex tile. I have mini ones in my powder room and small ones in my laundry/bathroom. Love them! My final bathroom renovation is still a project for the future, but I wouldn’t hesitate to install more hex there. I’m inspired by these two spaces with their large, grey hex flooring.
One day I will stay in an a-frame cabin. Perhaps I’ll venture over to Trott Cottage in Muskoka, Ontario to try it out. It looks so pretty. Here are two images from Trott Cottage’s Instagram that really show the character of the letter A.
Every time I say the word spring, the sunny days leave, and the cold weather returns. I was so happy for a touch of warmth and sunshine on Sunday, and then yesterday, boom, back to gloves and my winter coat! Not fun for a sun-seeker like me.
So, since we have another cold week ahead of us, today, I’m showcasing two items that will keep us warm. And since they’re on sale, today is a great day to buy them!
Japan content is going to continue here for a little while, so I hope you enjoy it! Today is all about chopsticks!
I used chopsticks for the two weeks I was in Japan (minus one day in Kobe). I could use them well to begin with, but my skills definitely improved or became more natural each day. Many of the restaurants that I went to had the wooden chopsticks that you break apart. Others had really refined lacquer and wood sets. They were beautiful. So many shops sold chopsticks that ranged in price from $10 a pair to hundreds of dollars. I had no idea! While I didn’t use any white pairs of chopsticks while I was in Japan, this set is just too refined and luxurious not to share!
Spring really is around the corner, right? I think we’re all ready to lighten things up! In the home, one of the ways to bring in the spring feel is to bring in lighter furniture and accessories. Here are two rattan pieces that won’t break the bank but that will make your home feel spring-ready!
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks on my end. Today is a day to spread some love!
All boxed up for today’s pair.
I’m adding a little sparkle to this Tuesday with this pair.
I’ve been devouring Architectural Digest online lately. Articles, images, videos…I’m enjoying all of it! There’s inspiration at every click, but it was this image that definitely had been examining things up close.
To get the look, here are four things you’ll need:
Normally, when you hear the world pearl, you may think of a pearl necklace. Today, though, I’m sharing how pearls are currently being incorporated into clothing.
Blair Eadie is a continuous source of inspiration. She has a special way of piecing clothes together to make memorable outfits. This one is all about the pearls!
Here’s an affordable sweater with pretty pearl embellishments. If you’re inspired by Blair’s ensemble, you might consider giving this or another version a try.
Keeping things simple here today with these two serving bowls
Here’s a look at a similar quilted pattern on two very different items. I know which one I’d like. You?
Who has been wearing more sparkle and shine than usual this season? I have! Any time I can add a little more jazz to my evening party outfits, I have. The holiday season is a great time to bring out the bling.
These two items are in the luxury category, but there are affordable sequin options at stores like H&M, The Bay, ASOS, and Forever21.
When I used to travel to NYC regularly to see my sister and her family*, picking up a black and white cookie was a treat. I’ve made them a couple of times, too, but I haven’t found the most delicious recipe as of yet. Any recommendations? While I keep taste testing or wait for my next trip to Manhattan, these two black and white cookies will have to do.
black and white cookie ornament, $16USD, Anthropologie
black and white cookie, Sally’s Baking Addiction
*If you’re curious about how they lived in Manhattan with so many small children, check out their Manhattan home tour on Style Me Pretty Living.
Sorry about that little technical hiccup with yesterday’s announcement post. I thought the solution was going to be much more time consuming than it was, but my web host Namespro worked magic and resolved my tech issue quickly. I have been a loyal Namespro customer for many years now (too many to count), and I am always grateful for their service (which is always explained very clearly, I might add). Anyhow, I’m back in blogging action, which makes me happy.
So here we go with today’s potentially surprising duo.
dress (currently sold out)
cake, Hint of Vanilla
I thought I had seen the end of tree stumps as seating a couple of years ago, but I think I was wrong. They are still around!
I absolutely love these splatter painted stumps that I saw a couple of weeks ago at Wills & Prior in Stratford.
photo by Jordana
And then I saw these bleached ones on Kaylee Giffen-Logan’s feed from her vacation in Vermont.
I love them both!
It’s #WhiteCabanaWearsPink month, which means, I can infuse pink into posts on days other than Monday, right? Yes!
Today I’m showing you two sweet designs that share elements of pink and brass. The first is a kids’ play kitchen and the second is a bathroom. You’ll quickly notice that the two photos have pink cabinets and brass globe lights in common.
Who tuned into the wedding between Chiara Ferragni (fashion blogger, CEO and more!) and Fedez (Italian rapper)? It was magical. And extravagant. And extra large! Chiara’s first wedding dress (why have one when you can have two? Designed by Dior!) was made up of a lace bodysuit and a massive tulle skirt. The hours and skill that went into this dress are impressive.
Chiara Ferragni’s wedding dress fitting at Dior
It seems that lace – and lace circle shapes – may be something we’ll see quite a bit of in the months ahead. Here’s just one sample of the design in a pair of affordable tights.
tights, $15 USD, Modcloth
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
Before she became Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was seen in this striped Altuzarra dress.
Could you imagine if she went all-out-for-stripes, skipped the black heels, and paired the dress with these matching mules?
Do you think the head-to-toe stripes would have received the royal approval?