How is it already May? Wasn’t it just January for like, a year? Well, we’re not complaining because the sunny and warm weather has FINALLY hit. Also, a new month means a brand new round up of #EditorPicks! Our team has scoured the street and is sharing the best of the best. From where to get a good sweat and what to listen to, to new accessories and where to eat — it’s all here!
Keep reading for 7 new products and places that are on our Editors’ May musts list!
Gracie Carroll, Editor-In-Chief
“My requirements are pretty simple when it comes to finding a great restaurant in Toronto — somewhere not too busy (I hate waiting in line), beautiful with an “inspiring” decor (as I like to say), great service and of course great food. I tend to love discovering places that are a little more under-the-radar, and not where everyone is trying to get to at the moment. When your job is to know about what’s new and happening in the city of Toronto, finding a gem with these requirements isn’t always easy. However, I recently discovered Victor Restaurant inside of Le Germain Hotel on Mercer Street, and instantly fell in love with it. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the entire restaurant is flooded with beautiful light, and I loved settling in to their luxe and super comfy leather banquettes. I would recommend making Victor a regular stop for a great cocktail (ahem, a mocktail for me at the moment) and an order of their delectable fried smelts from the bar menu. Victor is also revealing their private dining room this week which I’m keen to check out for a potential baby shower location for little #BabyG!” – @GracieCarroll
Shaeleigh Afton, Head of Design
“I recently had the opportunity to participate in an exclusive spin class at Ten X Toronto with Toronto’s new fitness and lifestyle magazine Glory Media. I’m a new-found spin addict (shout out to Amanda Ritch @ Spinco Summerhill!) and was pleasantly surprised to find another spin class that pushed my limits. Not only was the gym freaking insane (huge squash court, massive tennis court, and 5 Star hotel-standard change room/showers), their spin bikes were equipped with the coolest and newest tech I’ve ever seen! The Technology is called “TechnoGym”, which basically equips all the bikes with real-time data, that is in turn displayed on a main projection screen in front of the entire class (so yes, everyone can see, and can be a great motivator). The main screen displays real-time data like RPMs, bike tension, and ride route. They can sync and send all of this data right to your iPhone (calorie counting, anyone?) and in turn, you’re less likely to skip out on effort as the on screen colour badge changes based on how hard you’re pushing yourself. Intimidating at first, but I found it really motivates you to push hard with your fellow riders.” – @ShaeleighAfton
Jordana Colomby, Contributing Editor
“I haven’t been able to get Prince Charlez’s song “Think High” out of my head since I heard it in Bella Hadid’s Vogue video a month ago. He’s not new to the music scene — he’s worked with Beyonce, Usher and Mariah — but he’s getting a whole lot more attention as a solo artist recently partly due to his Vogue feature. His entire last EP, Evolution Pt 1 is basically my entire gym playlist. It’s gospel, upbeat, and chill all at the same time. He also hinted in his Vogue interview that he’s working on some new projects, so keep an ear out.” – @JordanaColomby
Alexandra Donaldson, Contributing Editor
“Lately, I’ve been extra committed to finding time to stretch and move and exercise—which is sort of new to me to be honest. But I’ve been loving heading to La Femme Strong on The Danforth for strength classes and then maintaining a yoga practice in the comfort of my living room. Which brings me to this month’s pick: a new yoga streaming service, YYOGA at Home ($7.99 USD monthly). Being able to practice at home has always been in my comfort zone, and I love having a variety of video lengths and goals so that I can really focus on what I need on any given day. On days when you can’t make it to a class or just don’t want to leave your house, programs like these are a lifesaver.” – @AlxDonaldson
Kait Fowlie, Contributing Editor
“I used to be fully committed to OPI, but Gracie recently gave me some CND Vinylux longwear polish to try out and now I don’t use anything else. This polish just has crazy staying power. I love Soiree Strut. I once wore it for over a week without a single chip.” – @Kait_Fowlie
Blair Stutz, Contributing Editor
I love accessories as much as the next gal but I’m not always one for the ‘more is more’ lewk. That’s why I really stick to wearing just my rings (I wear 7 at all times) and statement earrings. No bracelets, or major necklaces to be found here. Because I’m pretty minimal with my accessories, I like to go big with my choice of earring. Recently, I discovered Canadian jewellery brand YUUN and when I saw their Audra Earrings, I was speechless. So delicate yet still so impactful, these babies are exquisite and will definitely add some major oomph to even the simplest of outfits! – @BlairAlex
Ama Scriver, Contributing Editor
“So if you’re a huge fan of Deciem, then get ready, because I have another beauty brand that you’re gonna immediately become obsessed with. The Inkey List, which just launched in Canada, was created by founders Mark Curry and Colette Newberry and they are committed to providing dedicated skin-care geeks (like me) advanced formulations, honest labeling, straight forward instructions on how to use and no-frills packaging for a great price. Don’t believe me? The range, which is being sold at Shopper’s Drug Mart, has nothing over $12. I’ve currently been testing out the products for two weeks, and it has helped immensely with my hormonal acne as well as keeping my skin plump and hydrated. My go-to’s are the Hyaluronic Acid and the Kaolin Mask, but really you can pick up any of them and wouldn’t be breaking the bank.” – @AmaScriver