Tea for (f)all

I drink tea all year and I actually like a hot cuppa even during the summer months. As a coffee-in-the-morning kind of gal, I find that making an herbal tea after lunch is a great alternative to caffeinating my thoughts all day long.

With the rise of tea`s popularity in recent years, there is far more variety and easy access to unique blends from far-away places than ever before.

Today I`m showcasing a few mugs that make tea time that much more quaint. These are also really easy to get your hands on (!) since they`re widely available at Chapers-Indigo and make a perfect, random, `thinking about you`gift for a friend, colleague or parent. They make a really sweet add-on to an online book order for curling up on quiet weekends this season.

Stoneware mug made in Portugal, $12

Scrabble mug, $12

Forest stoneware mug, $8

Owl mug, $16.50

Textured zen mug, $8

Aegean mug, $8

Monogram mug, $8

And now this is fantastic- the mug with a perfect-fit filter for loose tea (below). The lid doubles as a filter holder for when steeping is done. I have one of these and I love using it at the office.

Mug with lid and filter, $20

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Marketplace: Sir Jack’s

I recently came across Boston-based men’s shop Sir Jack’s and I just love it! The creativity of the collection and the quality of the goods make this shop a definite winner.

Albert Thurston White Moire Brace, $75

Benson & Clegg Race Car Cufflinks, $260

D.R. Harris & Co. Arlington Soap on a Rope, $21

Kiel James Patrick Cape Knot Hitch Bracelet, $38

Mauviel Hammered Aluminum Oval Champagne Bucket, $300

Oliver Peoples O’Malley Beige Crystal, $350

Sir Jack’s Ox Horn Cups, $110

Terrapin Stationers Embossed Skull & Crossbones Stationery Set, $20

Images courtesy of Sir Jack’s.


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.


inVU Drapery Co.

A few weeks ago I got the chance to finally – yes, finally – visit inVU Drapery Co. in person. This company has been good to us here at White Cabana (remember this giveaway) so I feel a bit ashamed that I hadn’t visited one of their stores. Well, I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint.

In addition to the colourful Cobi Ladner line, and a great selection of fabrics in various textures and colours, inVU Drapery Co. carries wonderful white fabrics and curious, quirky and classic accessories for the home. Here are some photos from my visit.

Fabrics:

Giftware:

photos by Jordana

Have you been? Click here to learn about the inVU Drapery Co. locations.


HEMA: White Delight from the Netherlands

My sister & brother-in-law recently came back from Europe and look at what they brought me from HEMA in Amsterdam:

It is all so perfect! HB pencils in white…it’s a dream come true!


Modern Chic Home

Modern Chic Home carries a wide range of decorative objects, furniture and art at a variety of prices points. Here are two affordable options:

Trina Turk eyeglasses case, $28, Modern Chic Home

Queen Crown pillow, $45, Modern Chic Home

Wouldn’t you love to receive one (or both) of these as a gift?  Julie, the owner of Modern Chic Home, has a great eye for design, as you can tell from her store and her gorgeous blog, Belle Maison.


Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Ideas

Here’s another quick gift guide for you. If you’re done all your shopping – congrats! You can save these ideas for future gifts. Brilliant, right?

HopHopHop round locket, $89 USD, Smallable

Bling ring eraser, $6, Kate’s Paperie

White & silver tray, $29.95, Pier 1 Imports

Pom-pom pillow, $18.36, Pier 1 Imports

Numbered Pill Boxes, $4.50 each, Zhush