I popped into The Shop at The Normandie Hotel on Friday evening with every intention of grabbing my mom a Mother’s Day gift.
I left with a bag full of stuff…none of which were for my mom. Usual behaviour.
The Shop has really expanded its stock of local vendors considerably since it first opened.
It’s so refreshing to me to be able to find new artisans that I haven’t heard of before. I honestly fell off the local market scene for a bit because I began feeling like I had seen and experienced all there was to experience. Visiting The Shop showed me that there is still a lot left to discover, and new artisans are emerging every day with products that are just as impressive as the ones I’m used to.
Anyway, let me show you what I grabbed.
ESPJr Snow Cone Onesie – TTD$125
My Uncle Chris, who lives in Holland, is expecting his first child in July. I figured that he, like all displaced Trinis, will be wanting to dress up his baby in Trini paraphernalia. ESPJr’s Mini Trini onesies are the perfect, non-cliché identifiers of the offspring of Trinidadians everywhere.
Wholesome You Oatmeal and Walnut Exfoliating Cleanser – TTD$125
I’m not nearly as into skincare as I should be. I suppose that’s because I don’t really have much problems with my skin, so I’ve taken it for granted.
Recently I’ve noticed my skin is getting much oilier than I’m used to, and I’m not sure why.
I saw this brand Wholesome You at The Shop and decided to give them a go, seeing that I’d never purchased it before.
This Oatmeal and Walnut Scrub is made “for gentle exfoliating to rid of acne, scars, excessive oil, it also tones, safely cleanses your skin and much more.”
Wholesome You Clove and Rose Facial Mist – TTD$70
Totally new product for me to try. I’ve never bought or used any kind of facial mist before. This one “is perfect for hot sunny days as it soothes and cools you down while your exposed to the sun or after. It also has antibacterial properties for the flu season and it cleanses and hydrates your skin on the go!”
Sounds good to me. I thought the smell of the clove would be off putting but it’s actually not bothersome at all. I actually quite like it.
Tea-licious Chocolate Mint Black Tea Leaves – TTD$65
I am a tea stan. I love tea. I also love loose leaf tea and got a tea maker from my friend Sean over Christmas so I can make pretty sweet cups of loose leaf tea.
Mint tea is one of my favourites, so when I saw Tea-licious CHOCOLATE mint tea I was like nah…gotta have it.
I’ll be trying this tonight while I take in some Game of Thrones so I’ll let you know how it goes.
Cocoa Vintage Ceramic Cocoa Studs – TTD$100
Long love Cocoa Vintage and her amazing jewellery. I saw that she had done a plethora of new ceramic pieces (they’re all amazing by the way) and was all too happy to grab up this pair of dainty cocoa pod studs. The ends are gilded as well to add a bit more dimension to the earring. For some reason my ears haven’t been playing nice with longer, heavier earrings so I was glad to see some nice small studs that I could buy. New every day earrings perhaps?
There ends my mini-haul.
I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you take the time to pop in to The Shop to take in some of the best that local has to offer.