The Friday Five: White Pumpkins

Fall is here…and pumpkins are absolutely everywhere!

I am amused by all the white pumpkin photos I’ve been seeing on my Instagram and Pinterest feeds. It’s incredible! A few years ago, white pumpkins were rare! And now? They’re everywhere!

Fall decor isn’t my favourite, but I do like a good white pumpkin or two for my home!

Homey Oh My

JS Home Design

Chris Kauffman

My Grey Skye Home

Juler 54

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Hotel to Home: Casa Do Conto, Portugal

Let’s head over to Europe today to check out the sleek, industrial Casa Do Conto in Porto, Portugal.

Suite Avenue PB

To recreate the space this week, I’ve opted to take a different approach. I’ve gathered items in the low, medium, and high price categories. Have a look at the similarities and differences between the original design (above) and the product options (below).

chair, $699USD (West Elm); chair, $1,299USD (Pottery Barn); chair, $5,995USD (Horne)
mirror, $629CAD (Wayfair); mirror, $1,198USD (Anthropologie); mirror, $34,985CAD (1st Dibs)
chair, $94.50CAD (Chapters Indigo); chair, $208CAD (Rove); chair, $1204 CAD (1st Dibs)
sheet set, $139CAD (Kate Spade); sheet set, $139USD (LLBean); sheet set, $429USD (Frette)

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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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#WhiteCabanaWearsPink: Interiors

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.

Tatiana Wojtan

Cat Therrien

The Blondielocks

BareMalin

This Old Hudson

Four Generations One Roof

French by Design

Lindsay Stephenson

Charlotte Jardfors

If you’re looking to inject some pink into your own home, maybe some of these items* will catch your eye!

pouf, rug, lamp, vase, pink stone pedestal, coffee table, sofa, blanket, ottoman, towel

*Affiliate links have been used. Get click happy!

See more of #WhiteCabanaWearsPink.

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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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Hotel to Home: Apotek, Iceland

We’re heading north to the hot-spot-destination of Reykjavik, Iceland today. Here, we’ll take a peek inside the beautiful Apotek hotel. This is a four-star boutique hotel in a historical building that once housed Reykjavik’s pharmacy. Apotek – get it? (Apotek means pharmacy.)

While there are so many stylish suites to feature, I’ve settled on this bathroom instead:

Apotek hotel

Sleek, right? If you really love it, here’s some inspiration for you to take this look into your own home.

tile, wall mirror, towels, round mirror, tissue box cover, faucet, vanity

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Travel: Ritz Carlton Sarasota Spa Experience

How many massages have you had in your life? I’ve had two! Two!? One was earlier this year at the Scandinave Spa. The other was at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota last month.

When my friend and I took a vacation-in-a-vacation to the Ritz Sarasota (read about our stay here), we were lucky to be treated to massages at the beautiful Ritz Spa.

I know the Ritz staff see thousands of people come through the hotel each month/year/day, but when I’m there, I feel like I’m getting all of the attention! How do they do that? My spa visit was a perfect example of this kind of attentive service.

We arrived at the spa first thing in the morning after an easy drive from Madeira Beach, Florida. After reviewing the spa menu and consulting with the Ritz staff in advance of my visit, I was booked in for an 80-minute lemongrass bamboo massage. Here’s the description straight from the spa menu:

“Therapeutic hands, warmed bamboo and an infusion of lemongrass soothe tension through this deeply holistic and balancing massage. Be transformed as your mind rests and muscular stress melts away.”

I can confirm that the description and the reality matched perfectly! I lay on a heated bed under the softest covers. My masseuse started by scrubbing my feet and wrapping them in a warm towel. She then used lemongrass-infused oil on my skin before she started  massaging me, alternating between her hands and warmed bamboo sticks. Oh my goodness – the warmed bamboo sticks were incredible! I don’t think I was very stressed to begin with (because I was on vacation after all!), but the systematic, thoughtful rolling of the bamboo sticks across my body really made sure that any and all tensions left my body. It was fantastic!

Honestly, I didn’t know if I would be bored for an 80-minute massage, but there was no way! I was unbelievably relaxed, and if my appointment was later in the day, I surely would have fallen asleep.

Of course there were some points in the massage where the masseuse applied more pressure – and I wasn’t sure if it would lead to some soreness later on in the day – but it didn’t. I felt great! She checked in with me several times about the pressure, and switched the bamboo sticks depending on tension and body part.

My skin was so soft – and my body felt relaxed – for days after my massage.

This spa visit was a very special experience, and I’m grateful to the Ritz Carlton for welcoming us in so warmly.

If you’d like to learn more about the Ritz Sarasota, read about my visit last year, my visit last month., or check out my posts on Instagram at #WhiteCabanaGoesToTheRitz, or #WhiteCabanaGoesToFlorida.

Side note: Love for the Ritz runs in my family. At the same time that I was booking a return visit to the Ritz Sarasota, my sister was booking a return visit to the Ritz Lake Oconee Georgia for her and her family. As you may remember, she and her husband have four kids, and the whole family absolutely loves the Ritz! She has told me that the Ritz staff have treated the kids so well, and there are plenty of fun activities for them! It’s a very kid-friendly resort!

Thanks to S.A. and the Ritz Carlton Sarasota team for sponsoring this post. All opinions and photos are my own.

 

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Event: #WhiteCabanaWearsPink 2017

To raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, once again this October, #WhiteCabanaWearsPink. What does this mean exactly? Well, a few things. Let me share:

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Donation of Ad and Affiliate Income

I will be donating all income generated from affiliate and Google ads this month to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Click on all those sidebar ads (and buy stuff if you’d like). The more you click (and buy), the more that I can donate! Easy, right? I’ll try to highlight the affiliate links when I include them in my posts this month, so you can get extra click happy!

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CIBC’s Run for the Cure

I will be running (or, more likely, walking) 5K – in pink – this Sunday, October 1st in Kitchener Waterloo as part of CIBC’s Run for the Cure.

I’ve been doing this run on-and-off for the last decade or so, and this will be my second year walk/running the Kitchener Waterloo event. I loved it last year – located at the Conestoga Doon campus. Stay tuned for #WhiteCabanaWearsPink style posts.

If you’d like to donate, please do so at #WhiteCabanaWearsPink. Every little bit helps, of course, so if you could forego a coffee or two this week and donate the money instead, I would be so darn thankful!

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#WhiteCabanaWearsPink Series

Every Monday, #WhiteCabanaWearsPink.

Yes, this blog has an all-white aesthetic. But every so often, it’s great to explore another colour. So, just like last year, every Monday in October, I’ll explore pinkness in the design world. It’s going to be fun!

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Thanks in advance for your support, dear readers.

See the 2016 #WhiteCabanaWearsPink series, if you’d like.