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?
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?
I’m now back from the most beautiful week of sun and sea in Maine and I’ve got surfing on the mind. I’ve only been back on home continental turf for less than two days- but how I could easily slip back into the curl of the ocean’s waves.
Not surprisingly, I’m interested in bodyboarding since I spent the week perfecting catching waves on Ogunquit Beach. Bodyboarding is easier to master than bodysurfing since you use the board to help catch the wave and ride its curl. Bodysurfing involves your body riding the wave with your head pointing facing down and your hands extending in front of you like an arrow as the wave propels you forward. Both are fun, and while I’m slowly picking up the tricks of the bodysurfing trade, bodyboarding is proving to be a lot of fun.
What’s your ocean sport of choice?
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.
If you can’t make it to South Africa…
photos by Mathilde
photos by Corie & Jeff
but crave a South African vibe in your living space…
then West Elm’s recent collaboration with South African designers and artisans might be just for you! The collection of ceramics, textiles, furniture and home accessories has been growing in popularity since it hit the marketplace just a little while ago. Some of my favourite pieces are white (duh!) and they are simple, structural and functional.
Mick Haigh oversize serving bowl, $63.09
Ceramic Matters candleholder, $63.09
Anthony Shapiro pillar candleholders, $84.48-$105.87
Source dining chair, $212.81
Pedersen + Lennard hooks, $12.81
Note: All prices are in Canadian dollars. Some items are not available for international shipping.
Many thanks to Mathilde, Corie and Jeff for allowing me to use their photos from their trips to South Africa.
Thinking of leaving it all behind for a summer escape? Why compromise on the comforts of home when you can take them on the road with you in this fabulous motor home by Vario?
Aptly named Perfect, this motor home model includes air conditioning, a full bathroom, luxurious finishes and – wait for it- a garage in the rear to take your Smart car with you. So when you do arrive at your destination you can park big daddy and slip away like an action film trick aboard your zippy compact wheels. So you never have to walk-!
It’s priced at $1.4 million, but really- who cares. It’s perfectly insane and I’d love to experience it.
This week I’m writing my White Wednesday post from our family’s beautiful cottage in the Haliburton Highlands, which is really just on the edge of Muskoka in Ontario. We’re on Livingstone Lake- a small, quiet lake near the quaint town of Dorset.
I came up here this week for a few days to relax and help out my dad who is building me a stunning canoe made from a cedar tree on our property that he cut and milled into cedar planks. The canoe has a ribbed interior that is now undergoing coats of clear varnish and its exterior is wrapped in a canvas that is coated with various fillers before being painted its final hue: a brilliant vermilion red! (My colour choice).
Today I share with you a few white things that caught my eye around here and give you a glimpse into the most special place in my life and the canoe that is nearly done.
There are all kinds of species of trees here, including birch (pictured above).
I quite like exploring clusters of trees, especially a magical spot where tall hemlock trees
create a very high canopy that prevents much underbrush from growing. Birch trees
let a lot of light through their leaves and many ferns and saplings grow underneath.
When you’re out on the Canadian Shield you’ll find lots of rocks
and since my dad is a geologist, rocks have always been in our viewfinder.
This is a piece of white granite that is a decoration in my stepmom’s garden bed.
These are the tips of kayak paddles. I grew up in cottage country in Québec and Ontario
and my dad is a perpetual sportsman, having always loved and sought adventure. He taught me how
to ‘Eskimo roll’ back in my early teens and we went down a river in kayaks when I was barely
barely 13 years old. We still have the kayaks and I paddled them last month.
Ta-da! Here is my canoe wrapped in canvas and coated in a white sealant.
It’s sitting like this under the deck drying for a few weeks and then
we’ll apply another coat of sealant
This is a closeup that shows the strokes of the paintbrush from coating the canvas
with white ‘stuff’ that has the effect of an egg shell finish, and the interior ribs sticking
out until they’re trimmed where the gunnels will be.
This is the can of filler that was brushed onto the canvas on the canoe
This is one end of the canoe and if you know your canoes, you’ll recognize the shape- it’s a Prospector.
This boat is slightly modified and built to be strong, fast and hold a good amount of camping gear.
Shifting, gears, we use a four-stroke motor to putter across the lake in an aluminum boat
during the in-between seasons when our regular ‘big’ boat is in storage for the winter.
I really like the type for this number four
This large buoy prevents us from accidentally scratching the hull of the boat
as we dock it. Not that we really *need* the bumpers but… just in case
Our cottage is off-grid and water-access, so learning how to tie knots is important.
Talk to seafaring folks and they’ll never call a rope a rope- it’s a ‘line’. A line can be used
for just about anything- I always keep one kicking around. I’ve been taught how
to tie a bowline knot but I always forget how, and this self-strengthening figure eight
is never quite right when I do it. My dad did this one when I arrived on Monday afternoon
and mine didn’t look nearly as nice.. so it’s not pictured
This is a danger warning sticker on the boat’s dashboard:
Warning! do not put your feet into the propeller. Ouch :S
I’ve been treated to beautiful sun and puffy white clouds this week.
I took this quick pic off the dock while looking for white stuff;
I’m hoping that when Jordana does make it up here for a visit she’ll
show me all the white things I’ve missed in today’s cottage tour for you all.
Happy summer, everyone!
As we head into a hot, hot, hot weekend it seems only fitting that today’s Friday Five includes a selection of dreamy outdoor spaces. (And if you end up booking a trip to Greece after scrolling through this post, then, well, I completely understand!)
Since I can’t make it to Greece this weekend, I’ll be spending as much time as possible at the amazing outdoor pool in my neighbourhood. How do you plan on staying cool this weekend?
A very delicious sandwich with such fresh ingredients! Delicious. From The Italian Cafe in the Financial District. (And yes – I did love the fact that there was a white Mini Cooper right outside the window!)
Logo of Black Ink – a sweet stationery shop in Beacon Hill.
Chanel on Newbury Street.
Harvard in white.
While I don’t love cannoli, I had to give the famous ones at Mike’s Pastry a try. Sweet!
Many thanks to Lisa F. for all her Boston travel advice! Much appreciated!
Photos by Jordana.
When I travel to a new city, I often find myself wandering into a museum or art gallery – I know, big surprise, right? While in Boston, I spent a couple of hours at the newly renovated Museum of Fine Arts. It was glorious! If you find yourself in Boston, I urge you to visit the museum. In the meantime, here’s a little peek into some of the whiteness that caught my eye.
Xie Kitchin Asleep on Sofa, 1873, Lewis Carroll
Endlessly Repeating Twentieth-Century Modernism, 2007, Josiah McElheny
The Sneeze, 1949, Harold E. Edgerton
The Artist in His Loft, 1969, George Segal
Double Doors II, 2006-7, Rachel Whiteread
#3, #6, #7, 2008, Martha Diamond
Three models hailing a taxi in Manhattan, 1963, Jim Howard
Photos by Jordana.
Although lovely Sweet cupcake shop was right around the corner from the hotel I stayed at in Boston, I didn’t have a chance to actually ever make a purchase. I took a few pictures of the white (and pink) shop as I passed by early one morning but I regret not going back to treat myself.
Has anyone tasted the cupcakes from this Boston cupcake chain?
Photos by Jordana.
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.
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.
First, let me take the time to wish you all a happy new year! I hope you celebrated the new year in style! As for me, well, I celebrated the arrival of 2012 in NYC! I know some of you might be expecting me to tell you about a wild night I had in the city but my New Year’s Eve was quite low-key. After my sister and I fed and bathed my cute little nephews and put them to bed, we changed into pjs, watched a movie, and listened to the party goers outside making their way to Times Square. We watched a bit of the Times Square coverage on tv which was bizarre (because it was only a few blocks from where we were) and at midnight I opened the window and listened to the sounds of people’s noise makers and cheers down on the street below. It was a great evening and I felt happy and lucky to have spent it in NYC with my family. I hope your night was just as you had wanted it to be.
As you may have noticed, I have been away from the blog for a few days – what with the holidays and travel and all that, I haven’t really had much of a chance to blog. Things will get back to normal soon, I promise. For now, I am happy to share with you some images of the things I’ve seen so far in New York City.
stunning works of art at Bergdorf Goodman
gorgeous dresses at Bergdorf Goodman
Swarovski star at Rockefeller Center
cool lighting display at Anthropologie
So – there you have it – a glimpse into my current adventures in NYC. I look forward to sharing more photos soon.
Before I sign off for a few more days, let me thank you once again for joining the White Cabana team on our daily exploration of white. We hope we can continue to inspire you in 2012!
Photos by Jordana.