The event was held at Brassaii - a Resto-Lounge on King W. in Toronto. It's been around for a while and ever since seeing a friend's photos of a wedding he attended there I've wanted to check it out. For whatever reason I didn't make it until this weekend's event but it's a great space for both events and to check out for dinner.
The big talk of the night was Tommy Smythe, who was the guest speaker.
He was way funnier than I thought he would be, a great speaker, and presented some beautiful inspiration photos from a recent trip to Scandanavia with Sarah and a few other HGTV personnas.
I unfortunately was too busy talking to other bloggers to nab a picture with Tommy, but what can you do. Hopefully there will be another chance! I actually didn't take that many photos in general - just wanted to enjoy the night (sorry!).
The sponsors of the event were Ikea, Delta, and CIL. And here they are!
There were some great giveaways from these companies including showerheads that go for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $600 each, and Ikea had the BIG prize - $1000 gift card. FUN! That amount is pretty much carte blanche at Ikea, and Amy from Eye See Pretty was the lucky winner! Can't wait to see what she spends it on.
We also got a nice little take-home from the event:
The loot bags contained the current versions of House & Home and Style at Home (which is fantastic since the postal strike is majorly impacting my magazine reading - yes I'm still a stickler for the hard copy), a little desk lamp from Ikea, and..what may be my favourite part of the lootbag...a ceramic coffee "to go" mug from CIL! The reason I love this so much is because it is a reasonable (read: small) size, and not too heavy. Can't wait to use it. Oh, and if you're wondering from my earlier post if I got around to business cards and picking an outfit? Yes, and yes.
Sorry for the lame, pedicure and shoe-less picture. Imagine platform black t-strap sandals and coral-toes. :)
I thoroughly enjoyed the event and met some great people I hope to be in touch with. It was also fantastic to meet those who I have been following for some time, and to put a name to the face! Thanks to Daniella of Dress, Design & Decor and Vitania from Verdigris Vie for organizing this shin dig.