The Bazaar of the Bizarre, Spring Edition

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week. I’ve been extremely busy with schoolwork as exams are (not-so-) slowly creeping up, but I gave myself a break on Sunday afternoon to check out the Bazaar of the Bizarre!

I’ve attended the bazaars a few times before. They generally have it four times a year, once a season. Just like any other bazaar, vendors set up shop to sell their handmade wares to the public. However, this one has a twist – all sorts of creepy, unusual, and inventive items are up for grabs, among the other typical items such as homemade cosmetics.

This time, there was a booth that sold spiked and leather clothing exclusively. There was a couple art and jewelry vendors, in which skeletons, skulls, and anatomy-shaped items were a common theme. I always tend to find the most feminine booths and stick to them like glue, because that is more up my alley (as if you couldn’t tell)! This bazaar was no exception, so of course I did some minor shopping while I browsed around.

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Nail Kandy

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This booth was one of my favourites! The owner and creator (Kate Bland) produces hand-mixed nail polish, painted glue-on nails, and accessories. I am a nail polish junkie, and will buy new shades as often as once a week, so I rarely turn down the chance to try out a new brand. Glitters and bright colours are typically the shades I lean towards, so I went for a Nail Kandy top coat called ‘Flirt’ that had both! I currently have this shade over top of a berry polish, and it gives off almost a watermelon effect. I also picked up this amazingly cute mermaid necklace. I almost didn’t go for it because as much as I love mermaids, this one is a bit too little-girl cute for me. However, the extra underwater accents were so pretty that I took the plunge anyway.

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Dara Gold – Illustrator & Fine Artist

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Dara’s work is absolutely incredible! I was fascinated by the idea of making art using tea stains. There was some framed art for sale as well as a book of tea stain prints, but there was also a much smaller album where you could choose a ‘mini’ tea stain and she would draw a picture for you. Wait times varied between 10-20 minutes, depending how many people were ahead of you. I had noticed some large mermaid art in the prints book, and since I am clearly a mermaid fanatic, that was my request. Didn’t she do an amazing job? 🙂

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Last but certainly not least, I picked up this gorgeous little galaxy hair bow from an accessories stall! Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle I completely forgot to pick up a business card, so I have no idea who I bought it from. I will be on the hunt for the creator, and I will be back to update this post once I find her! But I couldn’t resist sharing the cuteness of this with you in the meantime.

Thanks for joining me again, and have a great weekend everyone! ♡

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RAW artists hit Toronto with their Awakening showcase

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http://www.rawartists.org/toronto/awakening

On Thursday (February 27th), I had the great pleasure of attending the Awakening event put on by RAW for an evening of great art, great music, and cutting-edge fashion. It was held at the Revival Bar on College Street, and the dress code was cocktail attire. So I donned my red sateen Dynamite strapless dress and some black heels, and headed out for what was sure to be a night to remember!

Two of my good friends were actually featured in the show, which is how I first found out about it. Breila Rose Rathlou is a skilled photographer from Guelph, Ontario, and Michael Archibald is talented painter located right here in the city. I was incredibly proud to see their work on the walls of such a busy, high-energy event. You can check out their work below, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! 

Breila Rose – http://www.breilarosephotography.com/ 

Mike Archibald – http://www.michaelarchibald.ca/

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My favourite part of the evening would definitely have to be the runway shows! These were the three designers were featured in the fashion show at this event, along with some photographs I snapped of my favourite designs.

Lesley Hampton:  http://www.rawartists.org/lesleyhampton

Katrina Mior:  http://www.rawartists.org/totallywaisted

Rachel Chan:  http://www.rawartists.org/racheljchan

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There was even a hoop performance out on the runway.

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Overall, just a really amazing night.  I was so glad to be a part of it, and I hope there are many more RAW events to come!

-Laura

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