Who’s ready for back-to-school season? (Ssshh…raise your hand.)
vintage class photograph, $8, via Modern Poetry
Six months ago my parents began a renovation of their main floor kitchen, laundry room, and powder room. You may have read about the progress here and here. I’m happy to report that the kitchen is (almost) complete. Here are five views of their new space.
What’s left to do? Well, my parents are currently dealing with a kitchen table DIY and the hunt is back on for the perfect set of chairs. It’s almost the end!
Well, well, two weeks sure can fly by! How have you all been? Thanks to those of you who continued to visit the blog and who said hello on Twitter while I was away.
I had a most excellent vacation in Florida over the last two weeks – I soaked up plenty of sun (yes, I wore sunscreen), swam every day, did “some” shopping, and ate delicious meals. Today’s photos are a bit random but there you have it – it is Monday after a vacation after all!
My family has been a fan of Madeira Beach ever since I was 6 or 7 years old. I loved being there as a kid and I still love it after all these years. It’s one of the few places I can completely relax. It’s easy living and the people are nice. In addition, the Gulf of Mexico is gorgeous, the beach is well-maintained, and the sand is squeaky clean (yes, it actually squeaks!). My friend Shannon and I stayed at Ocean Sands – the best place in Madeira as far as I’m concerned (and not just because it’s white).
As with many beach town shops, the clothing is bright and bedazzled. I managed to find one white t-shirt at John’s Pass.
I wish I counted the YOLO sightings over the two weeks we were in Florida. Every other person seemed to have it emblazoned on their t-shirts.
We also saw some interesting signage in our travels…
At first we thought the sign (above) spelled “right” incorrectly. But then we realized that maybe the sign was supposed to say “straight”. Maybe. Either way, it amused us.
This isn’t how we spell pretzel in Canada.
Finally. Way to go Marshalls for this little touch in the dressing rooms.
I wish we noticed this sign (above) last year – we were pretty much attacked by seagulls as soon as we stepped foot on the beach with our ice cream cones. This year we knew better.
We had some fun with an underwater camera. And we definitely stayed within the limit.
Above: Will you be my girlfriend? Yes. No. Maybe. I guess the girlfriend said yes!
Below (same car): Cutie driving.
I’m not sure what they teach in driving school down south but I’m 100% sure it’s fully unsafe to sit on a lawn chair in the back of a pick-up truck.
Stay tuned for a review of our stay at the King & Grove Tides South Beach and some photos from Miami.
Yesterday I posted some up-close photos of patterns I spotted on IKEA products. Did you guess what the products were? Take another look before scrolling through this post to see the answers.
Pekannot plant pot, rattan, $39.99
Glimma unscented tealights, $3.99/100 pack
So – were your guesses correct?
Photos by Jordana.
On Mondays I love to head over to Jacquelyn’s blog because through her Scenes from My Weekend series, she shares interesting photos from her weekend activities. It is not as though she does something grand every weekend but the subjects and composition of her photos are so lovely. She has a great eye for detail and her honesty comes through in her posts. I encourage you to click on over and check out what Jacquelyn has been up to.
Today I thought I would try out a super mini scene-from-my-weekend à la Jacquelyn. I was in Toronto on the weekend doing an assortment of things, one of which was a trip to IKEA (I needed to stock up on crackers). I took some photos of the interesting patterns I saw. I wonder – can you name the four products in the photos below?
I’m such a fan of repetitive forms.
This past Saturday I attended the second BlogPodium event. It was a huge success and if you followed my Twitter feed at all over the weekend then you might have guessed that I had a great time! Toronto-based Mango Studios took some incredible photos of the event and I’m happy to share this one with you today.
photo by Mango Studios
I just love this photo because of the repetition of the perfectly arranged shiny coffee dispensers and all the white that surrounds the silver. Plus – you all know how much I like coffee (e.g., one, two, three)!
p.s. Shout out to my Mom who is celebrating her birthday today! She loves coffee too! (We’re Italian. We like a lot of lattes!)
I’ve barely had my iPhone for a month and I’ve been loving every minute of using it. One of the first apps I downloaded was Instagram and last week I read about StickyGram, a company that turns Instagram photos into small fridge magnets. Well – I ordered a collection of photo magnets for my brother-in-law’s birthday and decided to order a few for myself.
Here I am with my nephews – a photo of the first time I met each of them.
Me and my nephews (who have all grown since these photos were taken)
I am now reminded of these happy moments each time I look at my fridge.
As far as companies go, I was thoroughly impressed with the ease of uploading, the speedy delivery of my order, and the competitive price ($14.99 for 9 magnets plus free shipping worldwide). I’ll definitely be a repeat customer!
I love, love, love this photo so much. The light, the white, the lines, the title, and imagining the excitement that Olivia must have felt when she spotted the seagull up high on the rooftop – these things are what put a smile on my face when I look at this photo. Love.
Photo by JennyJ.
As Johanne pointed out earlier this week, I’ve recently gone on a bit of a tour of cities. My week of travel included a visit to Boston and, as always, I was on the lookout for white. While many of the buildings in this friendly city are constructed of red-brick, I did spot several beautiful white structures as I went about my explorations. Here are five white structures that caught my eye.
building with rounded corner on Huntington Ave.
mostly straight with a bit of curve, The Midtown Hotel on Huntington Ave.
This was the only white building I saw on the Harvard campus. Are there others?
Two Center Plaza – more curves here – on Cambridge St.
pretty doorway on Park St.
As you can see, Boston did not let me down. And red as an accent colour – I can probably approve that!
Photos by Jordana.
My friend Joel took this picture of my skates while we were at the Covent Market rink a couple of weeks ago. The rink is now closed for the season which makes me a bit sad because I really do enjoy skating but it also makes me happy because maybe, just maybe, spring is really on its way.
photo by Joel Lopata
p.s. I’ve had these skates since Grade 8. I think it’s about time I get them sharpened.
I know I’ve posted a lot about NYC in recent weeks but I spent a good chunk of my Christmas holidays there and I’m eager to share some of the photos that I took. For today’s Friday Five I’m happy to share with you some of the very pretty houses I came across when my family and I hit the ‘burbs. (Yes, that’s right, we escaped Manhattan for a morning to explore the surrounding neighbourhoods.)
Photos by Jordana.
I’ve walked by The Plaza Hotel in NYC more times than I care to count but I can never resist taking a photo (or several) of this amazing building. For my most recent photo I zoomed in on the windows – I just love how they are perfectly in line.
Photo by Jordana.
My talented photographer friend Tina recently sent over this photo she snapped of a sparkly ornament on her mom’s tree. Even the tree needs a pretty new holiday dress!
photo by Tina