Each year the holidays seems to creep up on us, and I don't know about you guys but I'm always at a loss as to what to gift my family and friends. In an over-worked society where we've taken a [well-deserved] "I want it, I'm buying it" mentality for ourselves, it's so hard to find the perfect gift. What do we get one another when we all seem to have it all? Enter the One of A Kind Show. A bi-annual event in Toronto, the One of A Kind Show at the Encare Centre (Exhibition Place) brings together artisans from around the country who sell their handcrafted goods; from gorgeous fashions, accessories and jewelry, to home goods, delicious food and everything in between!
Full disclosure: My loved ones are extremely difficult to buy for. The older my family gets the more our holiday gift giving has become and exchange of highly specific gift lists, including links as to where to purchase said treasures. This year I want to change that, and really bring the sentimental factor back to gift-giving. What could be better than finding a one-of-a-kind treasure that conveys the message of "I saw this and thought of you."
As I browsed the aisles of the One of A Kind Show, I found myself getting lost in the amazing offerings that our talented Canadian artisans had to offer. To put it bluntly, this is not your Grandma's craft show; with over 100 new exhibitors this season, the overall vibe was chic and modern. I was so excited to be able to find unique pieces for my loved ones, that I just knew that they would love but would never even imagine to buy for themselves.
..Although in true Joëlle fashion, I did end up leaving with more than a few gifts for myself. Old habits die hard!
Here are a few of my favourites from the show:
|Sparkly Bath Bombs from LOVEFRESH|
|Can't wait to try out these goodies from LOVEFRESH!|
I also picked up a bath bomb, but literally threw it in the bath as soon as I got home from the show!
|A parade of cuteness from Your Pal Al|
I also styled a mannequin!
One of my favourite parts of the entire show was being able to style a mannequin using all pieces from Canadian designers, alongside some of my favourite bloggers! Emily from Threads and Bloom, Lauren from This Renegade Love and I all styled our respective mannequins and the results were all so different, beautiful and totally in-line with our respective personal style.
I didn't have to think twice when deciding on these two gorgeous items from Willowmore, a Toronto designer who makes all of her pieces by hand! The Sky Dress was love at first sight for me; I loved the light colours, soft pattern and texture and flattering silhouette. Topped with the dusty pink Audrey blouse, I could totally see myself happily wearing this in the summer! What do you guys think?
Whether you're looking for unique gifts, browsing for yourself or are just looking to support our incredibly talented Canadian artisans, The One of A Kind Show has something for you. I am so proud to be apart of this incredible show, and fully intent to visit a few more times before it ends December 4th.