Last night I had the chance to attend the “Spa Social” which was the official kickoff to Toronto’s first Spa Week. For those not familiar with Spa Week (like myself until last night) it is an opportunity to take advantage of great offers ($50 treatments) at many of the best spa’s across Toronto. The event runs from April 15th – 21st and you can take a look at all the participating spas across Toronto here if you are looking to treat yourself next week. This event has been happening two times a year across many cities in the U.S., but this is the first time it is happening in Canada.
In addition to Spa Week debuting in Canada next week, I also had a chance to meet the founder of WaySpa (they are the ones bringing Spa Week to Canada) and learn a little bit more about their company. Until yesterday, I had never heard of WaySpa, but they are a great Canadian company that partners with many of the best spas across the country to offer a simple, easy way to get gift cards from many of the stores you visit regularly (Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, Costco to name a few) and make your gift giving as easy as picking up a gift card at the check out. You can check out all of the spas affiliated with WaySpa here, and keep your eyes peeled for exciting SpaWeek events heading to many other major Canadian cities in the fall.
I would love to hear if you are attending any of the spa week specials or if you have used WaySpa before. I think I have found the perfect Mother’s day gift for the wonderful mom’s in our life (sorry for spoiling the surprise, they are two of my most loyal readers).
I had the opportunity to get a preview of the Spring One of a Kind Show (check out the Christmas goodies here) this week, and it did not disappoint. As usual, we were treated to a delicious breakfast, and then had the opportunity to check out all of the wonderful artisans before the show officially opened on Wednesday. The selection of vendors is slightly different from the Christmas show, and the opportunity to discover unique and new items is as always, a lot of fun. A friend of ours was also exhibiting (check out her gorgeous line Headmistress here) so it was fun to stop in and visit her booth before the madness of the show kicked off.
If you have some time this Easter weekend, I highly recommend you pop into the show. Here are just a few of my favourite vendors, but there are so many to be discovered. Click on the company name to learn more about any of these creative businesses.
The One of a Kind Spring show runs from March 27th – March 31st at The Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
Uniquely styled paper flowers at the breakfast reception
Adorable and delicious miniature sized smoothies, pancakes and eggs benedict for breakfast – catered by Toben
Canadian made cosmetics – DaLish
Also part of the breakfast sampling – and I love the bright design and delicious flavours – Tealish
Floral Headbands and Beautiful Silk Turbans from Headmistress
Entrance to the fashion week tents at David Pecaut Square
If you happen to follow any Toronto bloggers, Canadian Magazines, or other Canadian fashion insiders, you are probably well aware that Toronto Fashion week has been going on all week. I had the chance to attend my very first fashion show last night, and while it was definitely a dream come true, as I was chatting with another blogger buddy (more on that in a moment) we definitely agreed that is was nowhere near as “glamorous” as we might have expected. The shows are much shorter than you imagine them to be, and while you try very hard to appreciate the details, materials and craftsmanship that has gone into the pieces, it all happens so fast. Truthfully, I think I was suffering from a little bit of sensory overload. There was some fun star-gazing in the front row, and checking out everyone’s outfits was definitely a highlight, but it all felt very blink and you will miss it.
However, having said all that, I can’t wait to go back for more. The best part for me was connecting with a blogger friend (most of you would know her as Jenny from Crazy, Style, Love) in person, and learning some insider tricks from her and some of her other friends on how to navigate the insanity of fashion week. I already have a plan of action for the spring shows (which we agreed will be more exiting simply because of the injection of colour) and I still saw a couple of coats at the Rudsak show tonight that I would love to get my hands on this fall (sadly I was not in position to take any great photos to share with you, but I still wanted to give you an honest look at what it was like from my view).
Here are a couple snaps I remembered to take despite being a little overwhelmed, and a few of my favourite looks from some of the other collections that have already been shown this week. Have a great weekend!
Stargazing and big furry hoods
Final Line Up at Rudsak
The Joe Fresh Show was presented almost all in black and white – I am loving this striped sweater and pleated skirt
Mackage brings some drama with this floor grazing coat – love the camel with black leather accents
Beautiful fall florals from Pink Tartan
I have mentioned my love for the One of a Kind Show on here in the past, so I was delighted when I received an invitation to attend the media preview breakfast of the artisans at the show earlier this week. The One of a Kind Christmas show is a sight to behold, with over 800 artisans on display showcasing their unique products in everything from pottery, woodwork, jewelry and flavours. I wish I could have photographed each unique artisan at the show, as the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into each artisan’s unique pieces is so special and deserves recognition. If you are stumped with what to get this christmas for a coworker, or friends and family, I highly recommend a trip to the show to find the perfect gift that is sure to please.
The One of a Kind Show runs from November 22nd – December 2nd at The Direct Energy Centre in Toronto – click here for all the details.
I have photographed some of the artisans that I love, but this is just a drop in the bucket of the talent on display.
Delicious ‘Glory Hole‘ Donuts served for breakfast from a local bakery – I highly recommend giving these a whirl
Stunning handmade accessories from Daniel Pollack – the display layout is worth checking out alone, it is stunning!
Unique vinegar selections for every need from ‘Mr. Vinegar‘
My absolute must get every time I visit – ‘Coach House Shortbread‘ always beautifully packaged for the perfect hostess gift
Delicious stocking stuffers from ‘Tickleberry’s‘ all the way from Okanagan BC – I tried the dark chocolate raspberries and they were heavenly!