Two for Tuesday: Polka Dots (again)

How many times have I featured polka dots on White Cabana? Too many times to count, I’m sure! I just love the happy pattern, and I can see many polka-dotted posts in the future. I hope you don’t mind!

Here are today’s two-of-a-kind.

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queen silver dot sheet set, $175.69CAD, Land of Nod

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larabee dots flutes set, $50USD, Kate Spade

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The Friday Five: Five Essentials to Pack in Your Carry-On

For as long as I can remember, summer has been my season to travel. It’s probably because I’ve been in school all of my life, I’ve been a elementary school teacher, and now I teach at a university. In my life, it’s always been a tad tricky to take time off during the September-June months. July/August has been much more convenient. And I’ve always tried to take advantage of the downtime to escape the city and regular life and have an adventurous or relaxing holiday.

This summer is full of travel for me, and I couldn’t be more happy. I feel so very fortunate to have such travel experiences, and a job that affords me to escape for a couple of weeks.

I’m ecstatic to be in Europe, touring Italy with my dad, then heading off to Copenhagen for a few days. I thought it was fitting, therefore, to share with you five of my essential items for my carry-on luggage.

1. Sleeping eye mask

I absolutely do not care how ridiculous I look when I wear my sleeping eye mask. It offers complete darkness and definitely helps me get to sleep in the ol’ economy class. I usually bring this mask with me, but I quite like the look and feel of a fancy silk one, too.

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Manito silk sleeping eye mask

2. Notebook

I don’t think I really go anywhere without a notebook. I’m always jotting down ideas (all kinds) and to do lists, and when I don’t have my notebook, I feel slightly out of sorts. A notebook is a must of the plane so that I can write down things I want to see/do, review my itinerary, etc.

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Moleskine notebook

3. Water

I never find that the flight attendants provide enough water for my flights, and I know it means more bathroom breaks, but I like to stay fully hydrated during my flight, so I always bring my own bottle and fill it up before I board.

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Kate Spade water bottle

4. Face and hand cream

I know some people mist their faces on a flight, but I tend to apply moisturizer to avoid the feeling of dryness. I don’t pay much attention to brands, I just need creams that come in carry-on friendly containers.

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L’Occitane hand cream

5. Socks

I rarely sleep with socks on, but on flights, I find they’re necessary. I take my shoes off as I get to my seat (on short or long flights), and I don’t like putting my bare feet on the airplane carpet, so socks are a must. I find them especially cozy on long flights when I’m trying to get in a decent sleep.

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Happy Socks

What are some of your must-haves for short and long flights?

Marketplace: In the Kitchen with Kate Spade

In the fall, I brought you news from High Point Market of Kate Spade’s new line of furniture and home accessories. While I don’t particularly love the furniture as much as a lot of other people do, there are a select few items that I do really like (e.g., pom pom throw, Afton coffee table, many rugs), but, overall, it’s too much “bow” for me to commit to.

Its kitchen collection, however, is right up my black and white alley. In keeping with true Kate Spade style, it’s peppy and pretty and polka dotted! Oh, and of course there are plenty of bows thrown into the mix, too. Obviously. This is Kate Spade after all!

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deco dot tea kettle, $50

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3 piece ice cream set, $40

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cookie cutter and storage tin set, $25

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bow trivet, $15

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Eat Cake for Breakfast cake plate, $35

 

 

 

 

Design: Polka Dots + Furniture

I bought a chaise lounge for my living room. I’ve always wanted a chaise lounge. Now I’m looking for upholstery options. When I saw Jordan’s sofa makeover, I thought that Marimekko’s Pirput Parput fabric might be just perfect for it.

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Oh Happy Day!

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Marimekko Pirput Parput black upholstery fabric, FinnStyle

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Marimekko Pirput Parput grey/white upholstery fabric, FinnStyle

Like any good blogger, I love to scour the internet for inspiration. Here’s a round-up of my findings.

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antique chaise by John Derian via Elle Decor

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Premier Prints Jo Jo black & white

There’s also the option of going full out fancy with Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches fabric. Isn’t this chaise great?

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Les Touches cane chairs

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I’m excited to see what I can find and what my future reupholstered chaise will look like.

Polka Dots at Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper makes the most beautiful letterpress stationary. I’m smitten. I love so many of their designs but I’ve decided to feature some of their polka dots in keeping with this post on Fashion in Motion.

Black Label Carriage note set, $36 set of 10 cards & envelopes, Sugar Paper

Gold dot coaster, $24 set of 15, Sugar Paper

Custom design social stationery, Sugar Paper

And isn’t this such an elegant letter opener?

Signature letter opener, silver plated, $52, Sugar Paper

If you want to learn more about letterpress have a peek at the “Behind the Scenes” video at Sugar Paper.

p.s. High Gloss is currently hosting a Sugar Paper giveaway. Hooray!

Images courtesy of Sugar Paper.