Yup, it’s that time of year, Christmas presents are on the mind! I went to the One Of A Kind show last night and it was a late night shopping event, open until 11pm with a DJ on site and free parking after 6pm which is UNHEARD of in Toronto! There was supposedly food and drinks too but I didn’t see any.
I attended the show the previous weekend and took my time looking at all the booths. For my second visit, I had a game plan this time to write down ahead of time all the booths I wanted to see so I would save time and of course silly me forgot my list 🙁 So I made do – there were some nice surprises and some booths I missed – I will have to catch them next time.
Here’s my quick recap of the show. I’ll do more posts on each of the artisans featured in the future. It’s on until Sunday so hurry!!!
Of course my first stop is always seeing my friend Dara of Dara Dot Designs (booth U-03). She joked that everyone will think she’s paying me because I always profile her hahaha! She is a friend that I met indirectly through Stephanie of Blush Pretty and I just love her scarves. I have MANY of them and always get compliments about them! I also love supporting my friends in their passions – I completely admire her drive!
^I love the booth set up, you have to check our her new collection, so pretty!^
Because I didn’t have my list with me I thought that maybe I would just go to the aisles that I remembered writing down. I remembered writing down a “V” so I went down that aisle and this booth caught my eye:
^in particular that red dress in the front^
The dress by Montreal company atelier b. (booth V34) looked so cute, I just loved the shape and it had POCKETS!!! I just had to try it on!
And guess what, wouldn’t you know, a PERFECT fit!!! That is VERY rare for me so I had to get it. REALLY bad for my wallet! (I never DID find the booth that I thought was in aisle V).
One of my scheduled stops was to see Demo Soap (booth U-54):
The soaps are sooo incredibly detailed and smell DELICIOUS!
^These ones smelled like real pineapple^
I didn’t have too much time to chat with the artisan as this booth was really popular but I’ll be contacting them soon to get more information!
^LOL a giant soap fortune cookie and it’s babies :P^
There was a small fashion show going on too. I wish I could have stayed longer but I was on a time crunch!
Another scheduled stop was to see U.S.E.D.
(booth Q-29). I have one of their purses and I waited all year to get another. This was my one planned purchase for the show. I’ll post what I bought soon!
The bags are made of recycled seat belts. I have (too) many purses and I always get compliments when I’m using my U.S.E.D purse. It’s casual most definitely – but I love how it looks, it’s functional, practical AND durable!
Another scheduled stop AND spontaneous purchase was made at Aromachology
^such a beautiful display^
Here is the perfume bar where I got to custom blend my OWN scent!!! How cool is that???
^base scents at the top, top note oils underneath^
Here I am with Michelle who so patiently worked with me to create my custom blend.
Here is a company that I have seen in the past but the booth is always so crowded that I never get a chance to try their stuff out :P! Matter Company
This is a skincare company that has the such great smelling products and they take a holistic approach to personal care. I’ve purchased their Blush Sugar Scrub
and let me tell you that this stuff is amazing for exfoliating AND moisturizing.
^Hand cream from their “outdoors” line^
While I was there I tried this cream out and I just loved the smell and how it instantly made my hands feel moisturized. There was also a lady raving about it to her friend saying that she had to come back for more!
Another booth I always visit is the Purse Pockets booth (L-23). They are always hard to find because they are listed under Cindy Burke Designs. I bought a purse organizer from them last year and was sent back by three of my friends to pick them up one.
(Update: yet another friend wants one now!! I won’t have time to go back to I’m recruiting someone to pick it up for her).
I had to take pictures of all the patterns and send it to them so they could choose – a new way of “online shopping”?
Finally, I had to get a gift (wait, isn’t that what I was there for in the first place?!?).
Dara always raves about Bamboo Lily
(booth U-04) and her friend Lil. And I can totally see why, check out her adorable handmade bamboo items for kids!
^Dresses, shirts and robes!^
^LOL, look at this cuteness^
^I picked up this robe for my friend’s daughter — soooooooo adorable!!!! and super soft!^
Who did I miss but you should go see?
Remember, the show ends this Sunday December 4th.