Happy Halloween!

It’s a perfect night to get your baking on and feed your sweet tooth with a lollipop, cookie or a fun themed cupcake- costume not required!

 

Lollipop from Crate & Barrel

White chocolate ghosts via Martha Stewart

Fondant ghost recipe via Martha Stewart

Scary pear heads recipe via Martha Stewart


Celebration: Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

Today marks my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. As in – FORTY!

I wish I had a dollar every time I heard my mom or dad ask this question to each other. I’d be one wealthy daughter, there’s no doubt about that!

Happy anniversary you crazy kids! Congratulations!

xo

J

Image via You Look Like the Right Type.


Photography: A Walk Down Memory Lane

Before the age of 5 I had seen a good chunk of the world thanks to all the amazing family trips my parents planned. Even before I really figured out what traveling was all about, I had caught the travel bug. When I was at my parents’ place over Thanksgiving weekend I had a chance to look through some family photo albums. I always enjoy the walk down memory lane. I can remember the cities and countries we visited and I try to imagine how my parents traveled with two small children to such far away places.

Here is a very White Cabana worthy photo of me at a beach in Portugal when I was 4 years old.

photo of me taken by my father

My tastes haven’t changed too much, have they? Beach, white, red – I’m a happy girl!

How about you? Did you travel as a child? Do you travel with your children?


Celebration: Labor Day

What have you got planned for Labor Day today? A BBQ with family and friends perhaps?

Eva Solo Table Grill

Enjoy a wonderful day!


Celebration: A Poem

If you’ve been following regularly then you know that I love singing the praises of my extra talented group of friends. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by generous, honest, intelligent and kind-hearted people. Yes, indeed! Last month for my birthday my friend Suparna wrote me a sweet little poem. I asked her permission to share it here.

Through meadows green, on stones so clean

Skips the birthday girl

A calm day down Forest Way

She pauses at the door with a curl.

Why so quiet? One cannot deny it

The elf that lives within

Generally sings with tones that ring

Clattering pots and cups of tin.

She says, “Hello?” and feels she must go

But stops when she senses the smell

Of freshly baked cake and all that would make

A girl enter without ringing the bell.

It was dark inside, enough to hide

A GREAT BIG elvin party

Who flipped on the lights and screamed with DELIGHT,

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY JORDANA GARBATI!”

While my birthday has passed, I just love re-reading this made-for-me poem. Thanks Suparna!

p.s. Not only can Suparna write and rhyme, but she also coaches a Quidditch team for her students in Singapore. She has yet to tell me exactly how she goes about this!


Celebration: My Birthday

Hey! It’s my birthday! Hooray!

via A Beach Cottage

No sleeping in for me today. I’ve got people to see and places to go and cake to eat!


54 Is Just a Number

My father turns 54 today and, like many people his age, he is constantly complaining about how “he’s getting so old”. Well, I believe that if you live your life to the fullest, acquire many interests, and just enjoy life there is no reason to complain about how old you are.

After all – your age is just a number!

To celebrate my dad’s birthday I’m sharing five things that my dad enjoys.

cigars

Rolex

Ferrari

Pink Floyd – The Wall

Hawaii

Happy birthday Dad!

xo

Mackenzie


Celebration: Happy Birthday Reef!

Happy birthday to my nephew Reef who turns two today! He currently loves singing along to the chorus of Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks but he/his mom has changed the words just slightly…you better run, better run, faster than the ducky. I wish I had a recording to share on the blog. It’s pretty adorable!

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Celebration: Happy Belated Birthday Mackenzie!

Mackenzie celebrated an important birthday over the weekend…and I’m sure she is still celebrating for the rest of this week so I don’t feel so bad about the delay of this happy birthday post!

Clare Owen illustration

I’m so glad you’re part of the White Cabana team Mackenzie! Happy belated birthday!

xoxo

J


Celebration: Happy Birthday Jeff!

Dear Jeff,

I hope you and your Apple products family have a wonderful day celebrating your very special birthday!

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xo

J


Celebration: Happy Birthday Dad!

Hi Dad. I know it’s early in the morning and you’re reading the blog. I posted this extra early just so that it would be here as soon as you logged on. Surprise!

cast iron French oven, Le Creuset

I know you’re going to enjoy putting your new Le Creuset to good use in your new kitchen!

Happy Birthday Dad!

xo

J


Celebration: La Pasquetta

Ah…Monday morning. I’m feeling a bit jealous of those people who have an extra day off today!

This weekend I learned that when my mom was growing up in Italy, Easter Monday – la Pasquetta – was a day for packing up the Easter Sunday leftovers and taking them to a space al fresco (outdoors) to have a picnic with family and friends.

I think Lorea Sinclaire’s Tiffin lunch kit would be perfect for a beautiful Easter Monday picnic, don’t you? Mind you – the way Italians tend to feast, we would need quite a few of these!

The Tiffin Lunch Kit by Canadian artist Lorea Sinclaire, photo taken at IDS2012 by Jordana

I would love to continue this tradition but work calls instead. How about you? Do you have the day off today? What are your plans?

p.s. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this Italian tradition before yesterday.


Happy Birthday Duke!

It’s my oldest nephew’s birthday day. He’s three and he loves (loves, loves, loves) trains…especially Percy…

Percy is the Number 6 green engine. He’s one of Thomas’ friends.

Happy Birthday Duke!

p.s. I don’t have kids but it’s amazing how much I’ve learned about Thomas and Friends over the past year from my now three year old nephew!


20 Below: Easter at Artistry Cards

One of our favourite eco-friendly Canadian stationery companies, Artistry Cards, has recently released a couple of sweet cards for Easter.

Origami Rabbits Easter Card, $4, Artistry Cards

Easter Egg Card, $4, Artistry Cards

Easter cards, $4 each, Artistry Cards

Good news! Artistry Cards is offering White Cabana readers a 10% discount on purchases made before Easter (April 8th, 2012). Enter ARTIST (all caps) at checkout. Click here to start shopping.


The Friday Five: St. Patrick’s Day

In case you haven’t heard, St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner – as in tomorrow – and while many people may opt for green beer this weekend, I’m more of a fan of the longer-lasting items below. A diamond ring – yes please! A cool clover chair – I see you! And a couple sweet clover-y tables – what an easy way to bring some good luck into your home.

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Ring

Comme des Garcons clover wallet, 145 euros

Ron Arad Clover Armchair

Ethan Allen clover table, $259

mirrored tray table, $480

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!