Monday, June 27, 2011

Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup - such fun!

On Saturday night I had the privilege of attending the Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup - and it was fantastic! I was really looking forward to it and my expectations for the night were surpassed. I met loads of great bloggers - some who I already love and follow, others who I will be adding to my list of favourite blogs immeidately. Everyone was so nice - I was speaking to a number of people about how this was the most comfotable networking event I've ever been to!

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.




12 comments:

Julip Made said...

Sounds like a blast! I adore my ceramic to go mug from Starbucks. It has the perfect to go cup feel, but eco friendly re-usable package!

amy walters said...

Ohh this sounds fab. I love Tommy. So wish I could have zipped on over to TO!

Kerry said...

Was so great to finally meet you in person heather! What a fun night it was and so glad that you enjoyed it too!

Designwali said...

Looks like you guys had a fab time. You look great! fingers crossed I will make it one of these events!

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

Looks like fun! One year I am going to make it down there - xx

Kelly said...

Sounds like fun! I love that outfit, even with no shoes. :)

Camille said...

How FUN! I'd love to attend something like this in my area, but would probably be too intimidated to go.

P.S. Love my hard copies too!
Camille

whitecabana said...

Such a nice recap Heather! The event was definitely classy and fun. See you at the next one?
Jordana

emily said...

Looks like so much fun! Love your outfit. And Tommy -- love him!

Calmly Chaotic said...

Looks like a great time and I love the outfit and business cards!!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

A group of us from Ottawa were at IDS this past January and spent a little bit of time chatting with Tommy. He's hilarious! I'm sure he was a big hit at the meetup :-)

Sounds like a great time, and lucky Amy for winning the Ikea gift card!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I SO wish I could have been there! so nice to meet other fellow Canadian bloggers! Tommy is a hoot and it would have been great to meet him. :)

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