It may be cold outside, but it’s warm inside one of the luxurious suites in the Hazelton Hotel. Taking in what’s new for spring, the vast space is divided into several sections: food/entertaining, home, fashion and beauty. There’s a lot to look at, but I’ll try my best to take it all in.

Not wanting to starve while cruising the suite, catering from Mildred’s Temple Kitchen focuses on tasty, gluten-free options. And the oatmeal cookie I nosh on is both crispy and chewy (ummm, raisins!). I pass on a Proof cocktail, but am making mental bookmarks of their recipes. I am working, after all.

Erin Tracy’s designs combine unexpected materials like stones, crystals, diamonds, metals, wood, and acrylic into statement-making pieces of jewellery. Her RAW Collection is perfect for spring. Still can’t place the name? She’s well known for her cool work – literally – with concrete.

Voyage Clothing is an LA-based contemporary line (visit the website for stockists) by Brittany Beltz. Think of California cool mixed with Parisian chic: airy fabrics, flirty cuts, a few shots of colour, and personality to spare. With accessible prices, why go to a fast-fashion retailer?

Dear Frankie is Allicia Martin slinky take on lounge wear. The “Made in Canada” line is made from soft, eco-friendly materials; pick up one of the high-waisted thong with a tummy control panel (in a super stretchy fabric) that smoothes any unwanted ripples.

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To keep all of those clothes in top shape, the Rowenta Eco Intelligent iron uses 25 per cent energy savings with 100 per cent of the power. You might even want to iron after using this semi-steamer. And, it’s black, which makes it perfect for any fashionista.

Donna Bishop is the woman behind, Green Beauty: an online beauty boutique. Only selecting the top eco product in the world, it carries under-the-radar brands such as Original Sprout (sweet-smelling Tahitian Hair Oil) and Vapour Organic Beauty (look for the Soft Focus Stratus Instant Skin Perfector – a miracle in a bottle).

Skin care company, Arbonne, samples their Revelage brightening line (for those wanting luminous skin) and SeaSource Detox Spa products. Don’t have time and money for a spa experience? Close your eyes and think you’re at the ocean… or at least as close as your tub will allow you to be.

Canadian company, Modern Sensibility, showcases their condo-sized and multi-functional furniture. Imagine a coffee table converting into a dining table, or an ottoman flipping into a single bed. And with prices that undercut its competitors, you don’t have to buy furniture that requires a latch key for assembly.

FHE Group is known for their home accessories (like their colourful picture frames) previews their leather ottomans, cute hat boxes and a standing laundry hamper that turns into a carrying bag. Available across the country, there is no excuse not to get one of their products. In fact, I already own two of their ottomans.

For the grill master, Char-Broil has the Patio Bistro infrared electric grill in lipstick red (it also comes in black) that combines vintage styling with modern technology. The grill is designed to generate even heat, allowing it to produce quicker meals. For under $200, the little number can grill 12 burgers at once. I’m drooling of the meals I can make right now.

After looking at all of these new things, it makes me want to will winter to end and swing into spring.

– Steven Carver

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