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?


Travel: Florida Vacation

This past weekend I made a quick trip to Florida and boy-oh-boy was it worth it! I was hesitant to spend the money on a flight (did anyone follow my decision making on Twitter?) since I was just in Florida last month but I am so glad I decided to go. Four days of sunshine, ocean swims, and shopping trips (not to mention meals cooked by my parents and nightly ice cream snacks), made me feel so spoiled. I’m so grateful I had the chance to go!

photos by me

Where would you go for a four day escape?


Books: Blurb + Giveaway

I have been raving to my friends about Blurb ever since I wrote my first book for my nephew’s second birthday. For that book, I illustrated pictures of fruit, scanned them to my computer, and then uploaded them to a Blurb template. I then wrote the vocabulary to match (in three languages of course – that’s my academic side coming through!), finalized a few details, and pressed publish. In a matter of weeks, my first Blurb book arrived in my mailbox and I spent quite a bit of time showing it off before I handed it over to my nephew.

a preview of my first Blurb book – a multilingual book about fruit

It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that I have since published a few other books for each of my nephew’s birthdays. I am pleased with how each of them has turned out (and I think my nephews are too) and Blurb has been an easy company to work with.

customizable copyright & dedication pages

sssshh…this one still hasn’t been opened…it’s for Reef’s second birthday next week

here are my nephews reading Duke’s third birthday book about shapes

While I have not made my books available to the public, this is definitely a possibility with Blurb and something to pursue if you have written something that you want to share with others. On the other hand, if you’re at a loss for words but you want to compile photos from your last vacation, then consider Blurb the place to do so. The company offers quite a few design options, page templates, and bounding possibilities.

Want to get started? Well, look no further! Blurb is offering one lucky reader a $35 promo code to use toward a Blurb book. To enter this giveaway simply leave a comment and tell us what type of Blurb book you would like to create. And do it quick – this contest ends on Thursday June 7th, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random.

Note: Contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Photos and books by Jordana.


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


Technology: My New iPhone

Well – I had a very exciting weekend! Let me introduce you to my new toy…

I really don’t know what has taken me so long to get on the iPhone bandwagon. I have been a fan of Apple for quite some time and my MacBook, Apple TV, and iPod have served me well over the last several years. So you can understand how happy I am now that I have added a white iPhone to my collection.

So – I’m curious to know what apps other iPhone users are using. Right now I’m not so much interested in games and such as I am in useful apps. So far I’ve been putting Instagram (follow me at WhiteCabana), Remote, and Viber to good use. What else should I be using?

Photos by Jordana.


Interiors: Kitchen Renovation. The Beginning.

Oh my goodness. My parents have actually begun their big kitchen renovation. They have only been discussing it for 10+ years. The place has been torn apart and now we have to just wait and see how long it will take to put it all back together!

The first thing that got installed (not in the kitchen) was a new furnace with a white touch screen monitor…aka my Dad’s new toy.

I’m thinking that if I post about the progress it will motivate my parents to include as much white in the kitchen as I’ve been encouraging them to do!

Photos by Jordana.


Vacation Update: NYC

Well – my three week mini tour of the USA is now over. After Chicago and Florida, I headed to Manhattan to spend time with my family. My nephews kept me thoroughly entertained and in between naps (theirs and mine), I experienced some of what the city has to offer.

window display at ABC Carpet & Home

dinner whites at Fishs Eddy

dinner whites at Fishs Eddy

glazed hands at Fishs Eddy

lion’s head bowls, Fishs Eddy

wall art, The City Bakery

muffin tin art, ‘wichcraft

my nephews with Alphie at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

It’s always sad when vacations come to an end, isn’t it? These past three weeks were full of laughter, delicious meals and quality relaxation time. I’m so thankful that I had this amazing travel opportunity. And yes, I’m already eager to go on another travel adventure!

Photos by Jordana.


Why I Want a Fiat 500: Reasons 401-500

Well – here we go – my final 100 reasons for why I want a Fiat 500. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series (read earlier posts here, here, here, and here). I’m sad to see it end, I’ve got to tell you!

Then & Now (source)

401. I like the Fiat 500 as much now as I did when I originally learned about it.

402. I know more about this car than any other car.

403. I have had some interesting Fiat 500 conversations with people I never would have otherwise talked to. That’s been kind of cool.

404. I still don’t own a Fiat – even though I’ve written over 400 reasons for wanting one.

405. Fiat hasn’t paid me to write these posts.

406. Fiat hasn’t given me a t-shirt for writing these posts.

407. Fiat hasn’t given me a mug for writing these posts.

408. It might not come as a surprise but Fiat hasn’t given me a car for writing these posts.

409. I wouldn’t be opposed to accepting a donated Fiat if anyone has an extra one.

410. Maybe some of the people who have purchased more than one Fiat (as mentioned here) would want me to take one off of their hands.

411. I would join the Fiat FreakOut.

412. “FreakOut is a weekend packed with adventure. We get together, talk FIAT, eat, drive FIAT, talk FIAT, hang out, relax, talk FIAT, drive FIAT, meet new friends and old, talk FIAT, have big parking lot parties late into the night, again talking FIAT” (source)

413. Some might think that I’ve already got the freak(out) to go with the Fiat.

414. Fiat FreakOut exhibit A.

415. Fiat FreakOut exhibit B.

416. Fiat FreakOut exhibit C.

417. Fiat FreakOut exhibit D.

418. This year’s Fiat FreakOut (this past weekend) was in Nashville, Tennessee.

419. I don’t know anyone who went but if I ever go, I’m sure I would meet loads of people.

420. A one year membership to Fiat Lancia Unlimited is $35USD.

421. I wonder what’s in the Fiat Lancia Unlimited membership welcome packet.

422. I really should have been invited to the the Fiat FreakOut. Don’t you agree?

423. You can look at photos from the Fiat FreakOut event in Nashville here. (No photos of me this year. I wasn’t there.)

424. @Fiat500Canada hasn’t stopped following me on Twitter even though it sometimes seems like I’m taking up way too much of their time.

425. @FiatUSA has been a supportive Twitter follower. They are so kind with all their RTs and #FFs. Thanks @FiatUSA!

426. @Fiatontheweb encourages me too and I appreciate their RTs & #FFs too. Grazie.

427. Fernando Alonso likes Fiat on Facebook.

428. I think I could trust Fernando Alonso.

429. Fernando Alonso is a Formula 1 race car driver.

430. There it is again – in Letters to Juliet.

(Thanks for sending this photo my way Erica.)

431. There’s a Fiat app.

432. Look at all the people who have drawn on the Fiat 500.

433. I wouldn’t draw on mine if I owned one.

434. At the time of writing this post, 187, 692 people liked FiatUSA on Facebook.

435. At the time of writing this post, 4, 397 people liked Fiat 500 Canada on Facebook.

436. At the time of writing this post, 175, 819 people liked Fiat on Facebook.

437. At the time of writing this post, 175, 151 people liked Fiat 500 on Facebook.

438. At the time of writing this post, just over 500 people liked Fiat Lancia Unlimited’s Facebook page.

439. I actually haven’t “liked” any of these pages on Facebook…yet.

440. But I do read these Facebook pages (much too frequently to admit).

441. I would drive my Fiat 500 to the mall. My favourite in Toronto is Sherway Gardens.

442. I would drive my Fiat 500 to White Oaks & Masonville malls in London.

443. There are so many potential photo opportunities with the Fiat 500.

444. And I know where I would post the photos (see #434-438).

445. I’ve talked about the Fiat 500 with various bloggers.

446. Erica and I, for example, have had numerous discussions. We are going to win the lottery. Then we’re going to buy each other Fiat 500s.

447. Erica put the Gucci Fiat 500 on her wish list.

448. I think it would be much sweeter if Fiat gave each of us hard working bloggers a Fiat 500 sample. Yes, a sample.

449. Fiat 500 is the perfect sample size.

(source)

450. The Fiat Lancia Unlimited forum page has lots of interesting bits of information.

451. I’m thinking of putting “Wanted: Free/discounted Fiat 500″ in the “Stuff Wanted” section of the forum page.

452. It would be kind of cool to be a member of an Italian car club.

453. Who are these girls? And where is the Fiat Playa?

454. The Fiat 500 looks good – even in the rain (example).

455. The majority of the Fiat 500s are white if you Google Images Fiat 500. It’s a sign, right?

456. Have you seen this Fiat 500 music video? Get ready!

457. Watching the video makes me want one even more. (Hmm…the power of advertising, right?)

458. Watching the video makes me think of the tv show, How It’s Made. I love that show!

459. I would buy these Fiat sneakers:

Fiat sneakers, $109, Yoox

460. The number of Fiat footwear options available surprises me (see #351).

461. I would probably spend as much money on Fiat footwear as gas.

462. Check out Kelly Beall’s (of Design Crush) report of her recent adventure with Nissan. Sounds like Nissan treated this fabulous blogger quite well. Hint, hint Fiat!

463. Anne Sage (of The City Sage) also travelled to Seattle (courtesy of Nissan) to explore the 2012 Nissan Versa. Read about her driving experience here. Hint, hint, Fiat.

464. I just love how Nissan has treated these bloggers. Hint, hint Fiat.

465. Maybe I should rethink the Nissan Versa?

466. What does anyone know about the Versa?

467. Oh, but it would be so hard to turn my back on the Fiat 500 after 500 reasons!

468. There was complimentary espresso and gelato at the Fiat FreakOut this past weekend in Nashville.

469. See #422.

see #468. (source)

470. How often does someone create a list of 500 things?

471. It must be pretty special if I’ve devoted this much of my time (and space) to writing about it.

472. I would drive to Toronto’s Little Italy in the Fiat 500.

473. I would drive to Woodbridge, Ontario in the Fiat 500.

474. I would definitely take my uncle for a spin (and to the Woodbridge Fiat Thursday night car gathering).

475. Mackenzie would sit in the back seat.

476. Apparently a 6’5″ man fit comfortably in the Fiat 500 (as reported on Facebook).

477. I don’t think I know anyone who is 6’5″ but it’s handy information to have.

478. Has anyone met a 6’5″ Italian?

479. I think my uncle is 6′ so I’m sure he’d be comfortable.

480. I like this Fiat DIY but I don’t want to settle for it:

source

481. A mini paper car just doesn’t compare to the real thing.

482. I’ll make two of these paper Fiats for my nephews.

483. They’ll crush them within minutes, I’m sure.

484. In the summer, I would drive my Fiat around cities (I like to travel, if you didn’t already know!) and check out local ice cream shops. Gelaterias, if you will.

485. In the fall, I would drive my Fiat around the countryside and take pictures of the colourful leaves.

486. In the winter, I would drive my Fiat to the curling rink.

487. In the spring, I would drive my Fiat with the windows rolled down – in preparation for summer.

488. The Fiat 500 is a four season car. Good thing because we have four seasons where I live.

489. I gesti italiani – the gesture language of Italians. I love that Fiat has a link on their Facebook page about this.

490. It’s probably unsafe to gesture and drive at the same time.

491. Although, for most Italians, I’m sure gesturing just comes naturally (whereas texting, for example, takes serious concentration).

492. I used the Fiat 500 typehand tool to create this:

(source)

493. There remain seven reasons to complete this list. Woah.

494. The Fiat 500 is “bumper-to-bumper cool” (source).

495. Yes – i do know what bumpers are.

496. Read about the safety tests the Fiat 500 goes through here.

497. I LOVE this How To section on the Fiat UK website. Although, changing a wheel still intimidates me.

498. That’s why I have CAA.

499. In the UK, there’s a Fiat rewards program. Awesome.

500. It’s my birthday today. Best reason of them all!


Why I Want a Fiat 500: Reasons 301-400

Okay – so I gave everyone a break last week and decided to not write a Fiat 500 related post. White Cabana was beginning to look like a blog devoted to Fiats rather than one devoted to design in white. My family was getting especially annoyed with all my babbling about this car and I can imagine that some White Cabana readers may not be as entertained by my Fiat 500 posts as I imagine they are (I do try to entertain you though).

source

For those of you following this blog and my tweets, you already know that I am a big fan of the Fiat 500. I wrote about my initial interest for this speedy little car in this post. Since then I began a series of Fiat 500 posts related to reasons why I want one of these cars (one, two, three). I have even taken one for a test drive and even though it was red, I loved it. I don’t own one (yet) but I do think that when I do buy a car this is the one for me.

Today, in the fourth installment of this series of posts, I list reasons 301 to 400 for why I want a Fiat 500.

301. I love talking about it. And writing about it too.

302. It’s a perfect car for summer driving.

303. I would drive myself to the pool to cool off this summer if I had a Fiat 500.

304. I would bring my nephews too.

305. My license plate would be right at home on the Fiat 500.

306. Fiat added cup holders to the 500 before bringing it to North America (source).

307. The rims are emblazoned with the Cinquecento logo. Love this attention to detail.

308. It’s midnight and I’m writing about the Fiat 500.

309. It’s midnight and I’m also reading about the latest in Fiat 500 news.

310. It’s midnight and I’m wondering why I decided to begin this series of posts.

Fiat Art – Toronto Auto Show

311. Grazie means thank you in Italian. I’d say this if I got a discount on a Fiat 500.

312. A Fiat 500 requires stylish driving shoes. I’ve got plenty ready to go.

313. My sunglasses are ready to be worn in a Fiat too.

314. I could drive to Bayfield, Ontario in a Fiat 500.

315. I’d drive through the Hamlet of Varna on my way to Bayfield.

316. And I’d be sure to slow down in this 50km/hr zone (see #315).

317. Erica (@ECmothdesign) loved my last Fiat 500 post.

318. Erica (@ECmothdesign) thinks Fiat should discount the car for me/us.

319. Erica (@ECmothdesign) thinks we’d both look darling in them.

320. Erica is a smart, stylish and successful woman. I think Fiat should listen to her.

at the Montreal Auto Show

321. I could buy a Fiat 500 bocce set to match the car.

322. I don’t really know how to play bocce ball.

323. But I could learn.

324. I learned how to play Scopa a couple of weeks ago.

325. I’m getting back to my Italian roots one game at a time.

326. It would be nice to have an Italian-designed car to carry around my Scopa cards & bocce ball set.

327. How many decks of Scopa cards would fit in the trunk? Any guesses?

328. How many bocce ball sets could fit in the trunk? Any guesses?

329. I could also carry around the Scopa cards in this handy seat compartment (see photo below).

330. I’m not sure a whole Bocce ball set would fit in this compartment (see photo below).

Fiat interior

331. The Sport has 16″ cast aluminum wheels.

332. To tell you the truth, I can barely see the difference between the 15″ wheels on the Pop & Lounge and the 16″ on the Sport.

333.The Sport has a rear spoiler.

334. I’ve never had a car with a rear spoiler before.

335. What’s the point of a rear spoiler anyhow? Anyone know?

336. The Sport has fog lamps.

337. I’d have to figure out how to turn the fog lamps on. And then I’d drive in the fog.

338. Bright chrome door handles is a standard feature on the Sport.

339. I figure I could check my make-up in the shiny handles. Right?

340. I still don’t know what red brake calipers are. Anyone?

341. I’m still surprised that air conditioning is an optional feature. I think this isn’t right. But I still like the Fiat.

342. The Fiat 500 Sport has TomTom navigation.

343. I’d have to figure out how to work the navigation technology.

344. Hmm – seems like I have to learn a lot what with the navigation & blue tooth technology.

345. Since when did driving a car get so complicated

346. The head rests can be tilted forward & backward. Woah. Wild.

347. It has keyless entry. So cool.

348. It also has a tire pressure monitoring system. I’d love this!

349. I already know how to put air in my tires.

350. One less thing to learn if I got a Fiat 500 (see #337, 343, 349).

Fiat boots

351. I would have to get these boots. Not sure I’d wear them but I’d have to get them.

352. The Lounge has a vehicle information centre.

353. What is a vehicle information centre?

354. Twitter followers have lots of good things to say about the Fiat 500. @Milnoc did this Fiat 500 review.

355. Yes – people on Twitter are still sending me Fiat news.

356. I find it really interesting that automatic transmission is an option on so many cars in Canada…including the Fiat 500. Don’t most people drive automatic?

357. Seems to me like car companies – including the Fiat 500 – are just suckering people in to make more money with the automatic transmission feature.

358. I know how to drive standard and automatic so would it be wise to invest in standard to save some money?

359. Two of my uncles like the Fiat 500.

360. The Fiat 500 gives me lots to talk about with said uncles.

361. This week I’ve been teaching both of my nephews (1 and 2 years old) to say Fiat.

362. My dad has changed the words of Jingle Bells – instead of “one horse open sleigh”, he sings “Fiat 500″. My 2 year old nephew laughs at this. And corrects him. Sweet, right?

363. My nephews would look so cute in Fiat apparel. They look good in white.

364. On my last four trips to Toronto (driving on the 401 for two hours) I have only seen one Fiat 500.

365. My sister thinks this is weird (see #364).

366. I think it’s kind of weird too (see #364, 365) but I’m trying not to think about it.

367. If I had a Fiat 500 I might be the only one driving from London to Toronto on a regular basis.

368. Talk about prime advertising opportunity (see #367).

369. Oh – and I’d drive from Toronto to London too. That’s a lot of kms worth of advertising time.

370. If Scott Schuman (of The Sartorialist) snaps a photo of it – it must be cool.

photo by Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist)

371. I’d probably need to keep a regular supply of biscotti in the Fiat 500. For guests. And for me too.

372. If I had a Fiat 500 I could stop writing these posts (sometimes in the middle of the night – when I’m losing sleep over all of this car stuff).

373. I would write other Fiat 500 related posts. Obviously.

374. What music would you recommend I listen to while driving this car?

375. Just browsed through the Fiat 500 Canada Facebook page. Nice photos. I’d definitely add a few of my own.

376. I’m going to try and go to the Fiat (and other cars) meet-up in Woodbridge, Ontario tonight that @MaranelloFiat told me about. I’ll post about it if I go.

377. If I had my own Fiat 500, I’d probably take it to the Thursday night meet-up.

378. And I’d have a gelato at La Paloma.

379. If I had a Fiat 500 I’d drive it to Leslieville (Toronto) and have a yummy pizza at Lil’Baci.

380. Pizza, just like the Fiat, makes many Italians proud to be Italian.

381. I generally go for a simple margherita pizza. I wonder what the Fiat folks go for?

382. I wonder if any of the Fiat folks know how to make pizza.

383. I’m getting side-tracked with my reasons, I know. What do you expect? I am coming up with 500 reasons afterall.

384. I would drive my Fiat 500 to Toronto to visit Johanne.

385. I would drive my Fiat 500 with Johanne to the next LG Fashion Week in Toronto.

386. I would drive my Fiat 500 to Kingston, Ontario to visit friends.

387. I would drive my Fiat 500 to Ottawa to visit my friend (and loyal White Cabana reader) Shannon.

388. I might even drive my Fiat 500 to New York City to visit my family.

389. It would be easy to drive and park around NYC.

390. There was a red Fiat 500 in the movie Letters to Juliet.

Letters to Juliet

391. I haven’t seen this movie…yet.

392. The fact that there’s a Fiat 500 in this movie makes me want to see it.

393. I think the actors drive a red one in the movie (thanks Erica for the tip).

394. The Fiat 500 has been a great conversation starter.

395. Did you ever play that game, (Name a colour) punch buggy, no punches back? My sister and I did every time we saw a VW bug (the original). It occupied a lot of our time on summer road trips to Florida. I wonder if there’s a similar game for Fiat 500s? There should be right?

396. For any Fiat 500 Canada product related concerns you can call 1-800-521-9900.

397. Maybe I should call this number (see #396) to discuss my concern about my growing Fiat 500 obsession.

398. Did this person really buy three white Fiats?

399. Apparently Fiat is going to release a larger version in Canada in the spring. I don’t want the larger version.

400. I have mixed feelings about the fact that there are only 100 more reasons to list in this Fiat 500 series of posts. Any recommendations?


Painting

It’s been at least a year since I painted anything and this fact makes me a bit depressed as I used to paint quite often. But time has moved at lightning speed this past academic year and it’s only now that I’m finding more chunks of time to paint. Here’s a piece that I worked on last week.

artwork & photo by Jordana


Why I Want a Fiat 500: Reasons 101-200

Last week I began a new series of posts which will eventually list 500 reasons why I want a Fiat 500. You can read the first 1-100 reasons here. Lucky for me (and for Fiat), the reasons keep coming so here are the next chunk of reasons. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment, email me or find me on Twitter. I hope this entertains you at least a little bit (many of my friends and family are getting annoyed with me now – and we still have 300 reasons to go – yikes!).

photo by Jordana

101. Si of French By Design approves (read original comment here).

102. There is an enthusiast club called Fiat Lancia Unlimited that I could join. (Thanks for this info TK!)

103. It would make my commute more enjoyable.

104. I’ve never had a brand new car.

105. I’ve never owned a Fiat.

106. I’ve rented a few though.

107. Pop, Sport and Lounge are great names, aren’t they?

108. I think I prefer the Sport. With a sunroof.

109. I never owned a car with Sirius satellite radio before.

110. Aren’t the side view mirrors nice?

photo by Jordana

111. The white one is nice.

112. So is the red one.

113. I’m a good driver.

114. I’m a good backseat driver too.

115. In @SashaG’s words: “Come on @FIAT500Canada …. Give her a car … or at least a TShirt!” I like the way he thinks.

116. I could write a picture book about the Fiat 500.

117. Wouldn’t London, Ontario look prettier with another Fiat on the road?

118. Fiats make the world a better place.

119. Silvia thinks that Fiat should donate a Fiat to me. (Read original comment here.)

120. I know some journalists who might be interested in a “Blogger Wins a FIAT” story.

121. Why should Justin Bieber get all the attention? Did you know that he now has a fragrance? Weird.

122. Did you know fiatare is an italian verb meaning without saying a word?

123. FIAT is actually an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino.

124. I appreciate live art. It seems that Fiat does too.

125. I know that Sergio Marchionne is the CEO of Fiat.

126. I also know how to pronounce his name.

127. I’ve been to Fiat of London – the only Fiat dealership from Windsor to Toronto. Impressive.

128. I took the Fiat 500 for a test drive at Fiat of London.

129. I fit perfectly in the Fiat 500.

130. I look good in the Fiat 500.

photo by Jordana

131. Look at the above photo. I just gave Fiat of London free advertising.

132. Maybe Fiat of London would be interested in giving me a free car? Or at least a discount?

133. Driving through the construction zones in London, Ontario would be much easier if I had a Fiat 500.

134. It would make me happy.

135. I don’t want a Toyota Corolla (sorry K & P – but thanks for the suggestion).

136. There’s enough leg room for me.

137. Mackenzie thinks we’d look great in the Fiat 500 and, in her words, “we can model the car which will lead to more sales”.

138. More Fiat 500s on the road will lead to more sales too.

139. I like the dashboard.

140. I like the hands free bluetooth option. (Wait a minute, I don’t even know if my cell phone is bluetooth. Maybe I need a new cell phone too).

141. It’s got style.

142. My family would be happy because I would stop whining about how much I want a Fiat 500.

143. I would still talk about it – but I wouldn’t be as whiny.

144. A two door car would suit me fine. Well – three doors if you count the trunk.

145. It would be fun to drive to IKEA in a FIAT. Don’t you think?

146. I could probably fit a whole IKEA dining room set in the Fiat. Or, maybe not.

147. I could definitely fit a whole IKEA patio set in the Fiat 500. Especially this table & chair set.

148. I could paint my nails to match the colour of my future Fiat 500 car.

149. Are car mats included in the price of a new car? Or are they just thrown in?

150. It has four cup holders.

151. It has Bose speakers.

152. It has a trunk that would fit my luggage.

153. The back seats fold down.

154. I haven’t seen any on the road in London. I could be the first.

155. I’m also a fan of Chrysler.

156. My Jeep is from a Chrysler dealership.

157. My mom’s van is from a Chrysler dealership.

158. My family has given so much money to Chrysler over the years.

159. Maybe it’s time for Chrysler to give back?

photo by Jordana

160. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat, was born in Abruzzo, Italy.

161. So was my dad (see #160).

162. It must be a sign (see #160 & 161).

163. My nephew has a Fiat. Well, it’s a toy.

164. Fiat fans run in my family.

165. Heck, Fiat fans are born into my family.

166. I like the (optional) sunroof.

167. I like the automatic/standard gear option thing. Not sure what it’s called but it’s cool.

168. The pedals work well.

169. The brakes work especially well.

170. The power windows come in handy on sunny and warm days.

171. The air conditioning kept me cool on the test drive last week.

172. Driving at a speed of 100km/hour is smooth. (Of course I didn’t go over – I’m responsible!)

173. It would be nice to spend less money on gas and more money on…shoes?

174. It would be nice to spend less money on gas and more money on…purses?

175. It would be nice to spend less money on gas and more money on…Fiat accessories?

176. I could make a Fiat 500-specific play list.

177. I don’t want to lower my car standards.

178. I don’t have a picture with me inside a Fiat 500 yet.

179. Sitting inside a Fiat 500 would make a great Facebook profile photo.

180. There’s even a 500 in the lights. It’s like a hidden treat.

photo by Jordana

181. Good things come in small packages.

182. I would pin a photo of my Fiat 500 here.

183. I would also post a photo of my Fiat 500 at work.

184. I would drive my Fiat 500 to work. Obviously.

185. I’m a hard worker.

186. I’m determined.

187. Doesn’t every hard-working, determined girl deserve a Fiat 500?

188. I’m beginning to learn a lot about cars.

189. The Fiat 500 is a good teacher.

190. The Fiat 500 is manageable.

191. It’s also quite a speedy little thing.

192. I see a future blog post (if I had a Fiat): Five Fun Fiat Adventures (for our Friday Five feature)

193. You can control the volume from the steering wheel. (I think this is a pretty standard feature nowadays but it would totally be a new thing for me.)

194. Driving it would make me feel like I’m in Italy (sort of) and I LOVE Italy!

195. I could stop making lists of 500. Who does that?

196. Surely I’m setting some kind of world record here.

197. I might have to consider getting these Gucci Fiat 500 driving gloves. Crazy, right?

198. I could drive back and forth to Toronto and spend very little on gas. This would be amazing!

199. I might take a panino with me. ;)

200. Why shouldn’t I want one?


The Friday Five: Scenes from at Home

For today’s Friday Five, I’m taking you inside my apartment.

1. I may one of the last people to own a land line. I know. But look how cool it is!

2. My milk glass collection never ends. The little one isn’t true milk glass but it’s cute.

3. These flowers, carved from wood, are from Easter Island. (Thanks Corie & Jeff.)

4. My ink blots. What do you see? (Apparently it’s a trend – look at what Christian from Maison 21 posted on Tumblr.)

5. Pussy willow branches are so pretty. I feel like it brings good luck too. These branches are from Easter but they’re still growing!

all photos by Jordana

Thanks for coming on this very mini house tour and thanks, as always, for dropping by White Cabana!

Have a wonderful weekend!

p.s. For the record, everything in the above photos is white – except for the ink blots (black) and pussy willow (brown) – but I liked how the photos turned out in black & white.


Little Booties Go for a Stroll

My friend Kate had her baby shower a couple of weeks ago and her extremely talented mom Margaret (or Cousin Margaret as I like to call her) created origami booties as a token of thanks for all the guests. She made my gift in keeping with the theme of White Cabana. How thoughtful, right? Thank you so much Cousin Margaret!

The pair of white baby booties came in a beautiful box with a perfect red crane closure. Such a beautiful work of art.

I was so smitten with the design and workmanship of this sweet little gift that I decided to have a little fun and try making a stop-motion video. These booties are made for walkin’! Here’s my very first video:

Photos and video by Jordana.


Doors of New Orleans

Today I have decided to share with you some of the photos I took of doors in New Orleans’ French Quarter a couple of weeks ago.

photos by Jordana

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who finds doors fascinating?


Photos from Around the Office

I have recently noticed that the building where I work is full of all sorts of interesting designs and structures. I snapped some photos a couple of weeks ago and it was about time I shared them with our White Cabana readers.

photos by Jordana