Brill Communications held their annual Holiday 2016 and Spring Preview 2017 at the One King West Hotel. There was a variety of holiday treats, and items to look forward to for the new year. Here are some of my favorite.
ECCO COOL 2.0
Ecco has come out with a new innovate shoe that’s not practical but stylish as well. Ecco Cool 2.0 is a perfect shoe for those rainy days when you don’t want to pull out the rain boots, and still want to wear stylish sneakers with a button up blouse. The sneaker comes in black, pink, and white for women. The shoe is cool and breathable for all day wear, and although there are many holes in the design, the shoe is 100%waterproof. Available Spring Summer 2017
Conair has lots of new sparkly (literally) things in store for perfect holiday gifts! My favorite is the diamond infused hot paddle brush. This large brush is great for those with thicker hair which can take forever to straighten. With this paddle brush not only are you straightening your hair, but you are brushing it as well which is definitely a time saver. Some cool features of the brush are the diamond ceramic technology, as well as the silicone bristles for added shine. The brush can go up to 400 degrees, as well as heat up in 30 seconds. (Brush pictured on the left).
Retails for: 89.99 CAN
Fashionable and affordable brand express will get you holiday ready with their variety of sparkles, velvet, and suede clothes. My personal favorite are the sparkly jumpsuits and velvet booties which are popular with several New York editors.
The holidays can come with a lot of traveling, and with traveling comes lost luggage which can definitely put a damper on any holiday. Rimowa luggage brand just made your trip easier with a new digital check in for your luggage with the Rimowa electronic tag. Simply use your smart phone to check in and avoid lines. The addition can be found in select Rimowa models, and the feature is currently in the works for North American airlines.
Etsy has so many talentend artisans and deisgers. You can find almost anything you need there! The one downside is that you can’t look at the items in person before you buy them. Luckily, this weekend the Etsy: Made in Canada market is in town! The Marketplace is on Saturday September 24th at MaRS Discovery District from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Artscape Youngplace from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You’ll be able to shop at over 20 of Etsy’s top artisans. See some of my favs below!
These mini planet rings from BlackIrisDesign are so pretty.
Just the cutest DIY embroidery raccoon kit from Kiriki press!
First Edition Tea Co will be there selling their blended teas. I love these book inspired teas!
See all of the vendors at Etsy.com/madeincanada.
Here’s one more reason to love H&M! They’ve opened with first store in Ontario to carry the H&M HOME collection. The collection includes candles, bedding, dishware, pillows, bathroom items and so much more. The huge addition covers more than 58,000 square feet, making it one of the top 10 largest H&M stores in the world! I had the chance to attend the launch party and check out the collection. I loved the pineapple candles, fresh prints on the bedding and hexagonal candle holders. Check it out below! (more…)
Burt’s Bees has come up with a fun and innovative way to launch their first line of lipsticks! Artists from all around Canada have been invited to create art using Burts Bees products.
“SHADES is a perfect intersection of art, beauty, and nature,” says Carolyn Hungate from Burt’s Bees Canada. “It’s an opportunity for Canadians to experience and purchase unique creations by some of the country’s brightest artistic talent while at the same time showing their support for a worthy cause. We’ve tried to strike a balance between our commitment to conservation efforts and sustainability and our natural sense of playfulness.” (more…)
At FFWD Advertising and Marketing Week, hosted by the ICA, I attended some interesting lectures. My favourite talk was from Facebook Canada, owners of Instagram. They shared some cool stats about Instagram that I’d love to share with you!
Instagram is my favourite social media platform. It’s so visual and beautiful. I love to use it to find new things to eat and places to go. And I’m not alone!
Millennials are the top users of Instagram (that’s me!), making up 70% of all users. On average, we use Instagram for 21 minutes per day. Instagram is great for capturing and sharing world moments. There are 80 million photos shared per day, and 3.5 billion likes per day. Women tailor content around human elements, while men share travel and city pride.
So why do millennials use Instagram?
74% take actions based on posts.
46% say Instagram brings out creativity
48% follow brands on Instagram
39% use Instagram so they don’t miss out. (FOMO is real!)
45% follow brands that inspire them.
36% of Canadian posts use hashtags.
#smile #positivity #iloveyou are the most popular.
Trending: #strideby #fromwhereistand #emojisinthewild #theworldneedsmorespiralstaircases #makeportraits
So what should you do to create better content and attract new followers? Think of how to inspire, think how it will look visually.
FFWD Advertising & Marketing Week returns to Toronto January 25 – January 29, 2016, and brings another action packed week to Toronto. This diverse annual gathering of advertising, marketing and media leaders, attracts 6,000+ attendees to Toronto each year. (more…)
Excited for the holidays, but missing the snow? Brookfield Place, arguably one of my most impression atrium in the Path (and in Toronto itself) has welcomed a new, wintry installation.
Flurry is an immersive art project by Studio F Minus designers Brad Hindson and Mitchell F. Chan. 2000 shimmering, translucent snowflakes are suspended from the ceilings in Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place and the nearby Path. There are also large, deconstructed snowflake sculptures, part of the larger Snowfall installation. (more…)