One of A Kind Show Toronto

Friday, March 28, 2014 15 0

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I can’t believe I’ve lived in Toronto for more than 7 years, and this past Wednesday was my first time attending the One of A Kind Show.  It’s essentially a huge craft show (but so much more!), showcasing products by over 450 artisans.  Everything at the show is handmade in North America by Canadian and/or American artists, and let me tell you, I was so impressed!  The creativity and craftsmanship by every single vendor was inspiring.  If you’re in the Toronto area this weekend, the One of A Kind Show is at the Direct Energy Centre from now until Sunday.

 

I just had to share with you a few of my favorite vendors from the show.  Some of these products are available to purchase online, but some sadly were only available at the show and/or are touring to other craft shows.  What I love the most about the One of A Kind Show is that it gives local artisans the opportunity to present their products to a large audience.  It supports our local talent, and wow, there is a lot of it out there!  I was most impressed with the quality of the products, but also the packaging and marketing.  There were so many items I would have purchased just because the packaging was adorable!  I’m a sucker for good marketing.

 

 

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How adorable is this strawberry mug from Greg Voisin Pottery?!  Each ceramic piece is handmade in his home studio, and his “handrawn images are meant to warm your heart as much as they are meant to warm your leftovers.”  How cute is that?!  Find him at Booth G23.

 

 

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I am completely obsessed with LOVEFRESH.  At Booth G37 you’ll find this homemade complete line of all natural, non-toxic and highly effective body care products.  Stacy Davis, the founder, was at the booth and I instantly fell in love with her bubbly personality and her passion for her products.  I took home the hand lotion and all natural deodorant, and the scents are amazing.  It makes me so happy and proud to be able to support such a fantastic local brand.  Speaking of branding, the LOVEFRESH packaging is just so pretty too.

 

 

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You’ll find many beautiful jewellery vendors at the One of A Kind Show, but MoonRox was one of my favorites (located at Booth Q12).  These rings are just stunning.

 

 

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At first glance at the Botania display at Booth H08, I thought these were real cupcakes!  Nope, it’s soap!  They have an adorable collection of these cupcake soaps, along with fabulous smelling, home made sea salts and shea butters.

 

 

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There was no way I was leaving the show without buying these adorable mini cookies.  It just wasn’t going to happen.  These little ice-cream cuties are from iBakery, located in the Etsy section.

 

 

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This way too adorable donut is actually a soap made by demosoap.  Located at Booth M52, demosoap has the prettiest smelling soaps I’ve ever smelled…ever.  They have the cutest shapes too, including fortune cookies, cupcakes and macarons.

 

 

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Tricia O has a fabulous collection of modern retro style prints and chic paper goods.  Find these pretty prints at Booth F3.

 

 

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A product that I was really excited to find was C is For Clean, an all purpose cleaner that can be used on all surfaces (except for marble), and is all natural, made with no toxins, no dyes, no bhp, no petroleum by-products, no harm to the environment, and no nasty chemicals PERIOD!  This product, made in the founder’s own kitchen, can be found at Booth N15.

 

 

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One last pic, showing the accessories I wore to the Show and a pretty floral bench (that I’m hoping not too many people saw me stand on to capture this photo).

 

 

This is just a small selection of the hundreds of amazing vendors at the One of A Kind Show in Toronto.  There were also a ton of DELICIOUS food artisans including Mary Macleod’s Shortbread, The Bean Ladies, Lighthouse Lemonade, and Coach House Shortbread . . . all are a must-try!   If you have the opportunity to attend the One of A Kind Show, I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

Biotherm Aquasource Valentine’s Day Event

Monday, February 10, 2014 2 0

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I have struggled with problematic skin my entire adult (and teenage) life.  Dryness, oil, break-outs, flakes, blotchiness, wrinkles, you name it, I struggle with it.  I’m constantly on the hunt for remarkable products that can control the craziness that is my skin.  When I had the opportunity to try out the Biotherm Aquasource collection, I jumped at the chance.

 

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Biotherm uses aquatic active ingredients in it’s Aquasource line, which is proven to have the remarkable ability to regenerate, repair and protect your skin.  I’ve only been using these products for a few days but I can tell you that my first impression is pretty wonderful.  I love the texture and smell of the entire collection, and love how hydrated and smooth my skin feels after application.  I’m really excited to continue using these products and I’ll be sure to update you with my review of the collection in a few weeks.

 

The Biotherm Aquasource products I tried were:

Aquasource Moisturizer:  this deep hydration replenishing gel is Biotherm’s iconic moisturizer that treats your skin with long-lasting hydration.

Aquasource Deep Serum:  a deep moisture and light concentrate that leaves skin deeply bound with water . . . plump, fresh and silky.

Aquasource Night:  a high density hydrating jelly that hydrates, reinforces and retains moisture overnight.

Aquasource BB Cream:  an instant beautifying moisturizer that provides seven different benefits of deep hydration.

 

I also tried two of the Biotherm Biosource products, which I just loved!  They were:

Biosource Exfoliating Gel:  gently buffs away dead skin cells, preparing skin for hydration.

Biosource Toning Lotion: more than a simple toner, this works as an exfoliant, ridding your skin of impurities and dead cells, revealing its ntaural radiance.

 

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Biotherm has partnered with Olivia Mew, a talented Canadian Artist, to create six original illustrations for its Aquasource collection.  For those of you ladies living in the Toronto area, Biotherm is holding a fun event this Friday, February 14 at Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street from 12pm to 7pm.  You have the opportunity to meet Olivia Mew in person and get your own custom illustrated postcard and Biotherm Aquasource sample.  If you live outside of Toronto, the Olivia Mew x Biotherm Valetine’s postcards are available at Hudson’s Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada with the purchase of any Biotherm product.

 

All of you also have the chance to win Biotherm skincare products by participating in their Twitter and Instagram contest launching today.  Check out their social feeds for details and to discover more!

 

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