RECAP: 26 Hours of Kindness 2018

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SHOWING AND GIVING LOVE FOR 26 HOURS OF KINDNESS

This past Wednesday the NKPR team joined forces to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a meaningful way- by showing and giving love to Toronto communities. This year we really wanted to focus on the homeless population, especially as this winter has been one of the coldest on record! We focused our efforts to volunteer at four amazing organizations: St. Felix Centre, Good Shepherd Ministries, Sistering, and Ve’ahavta. Together, their services work to support individuals who are battling very real issues in Toronto (and all over the world), including homelessness, addiction, malnutrition, mental illness, and so much more.

The FWords Podcast also taped an episode in the St. Felix kitchen during the lunch service, where we talked with Brian Harris, Executive Director of the St. Felix Centre, as well as the Ve’ahavta Outreach Worker, Andre Hermanstyne. Stay tuned for the episode airing next Tuesday, February 20th!

St. Felix Centre | 25 Augusta Ave.

We were welcomed with open arms to help prepare lunch and dinner for visitors of the St. Felix Centre. The first shift covered the 9AM to 1PM lunch service, and from 3PM to 8PM the second team tackled dinner! It was heartwarming to see the gratitude of the staff as well as the individuals who came in from the cold for a warm meal!

Learn more about St. Felix Centre here.

Good Shepherd Ministries | 412 Queen St. East

We lent our support to Good Shepherd with sorting and boxing food for many individuals and families that use their services on a regular basis. Their staff typically serve 1200 meals a day on average! On top of hot meals, they also provide clean clothes and a safe, clean bed for those in need.

Learn more about Good Shepherd Ministries here.

Sistering | 962 Bloor St. West

Sistering offers multiple services in an aim to help at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. We joined the strong women who dedicate so much of their time to supporting Sistering.

Learn more about Sistering here.

Ve’ahavta | 200 Bridgeland Ave D.

Ve’ahavta (Hebrew for “and you shall love”) works to promote positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty. They offer a hands-on approach to supporting their mission of tikun olam (repairing the world). Even just these translations demonstrate how beautiful it is to help and love others! We offered our support by collecting items for their street outreach team to help make daily essentials more accessible to Toronto communities.

Learn more about Ve’ahavta here.

It was honestly such an incredibly grounding and rewarding experience to give even just some of our time to help these organizations. It also served as an important reminder that there are so many people who desperately need our help on a daily basis. There is an estimated 235,000 people who are homeless in Canada annually, with 35,000 estimated to be homeless on any given night. Those are only two statistics that help shed light on the reality of homelessness in Canada. We’ve pulled a few m0re shown below that help provide an understanding of how this affects so many people. Realistically, these individuals could easily be our peers or friends, and we may just haven’t noticed the signs.

  • 150,000: Approximate number of people who access emergency shelters in Canada annually.
  • 50,000: Estimated number of people who are “hidden homeless” — defined as those without homes of their own who lean on friends or family for shelter — on any given night.
  • 4 million: Number of bednights, defined as nights during which a shelter bed is occupied, each year across Canada.
  • $105.3 million: Amount the federal government spends annually on the Homeless Partnering Strategy, which is designed to prevent and reduce homelessness.
  • 82,380: People who found more stable housing as a result of the Homeless Partnering Strategy.

We encourage everyone to learn more about these amazing organizations, and how you can lend your support. You can make a big difference even in a small way by just donating your time. Imagine what the world could look like with a little more kindness!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to join the #NKPR26 team. Checkout our Instagram highlights (@natashankpr) to see more from our third annual 26 Hours of Kindness initiative!

NKPR GUIDE: GALENTINE’S DAY

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HOW TO: CELEBRATE GALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you haven’t already, now is the time to plan your date… with your girlfriends! Whether you’re single or just want to celebrate your LOVE for your best friends, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to get together and do something fun. We’ve curated some of our favourite date alternatives below:

Night Out

You don’t need to do anything fancy to celebrate Valentine’s Day, just grab your girlfriends and spend the evening out on the town!

From galleries to nightclubs, Bloor-Yorkville is a fantastic neighbourhood to explore with friends, no matter what you’re feeling like doing. Stop by Yorkville Village for some shopping (TNT Fashion, anyone?), or get pampered at the Windsor Arms spa (yes, please!).

Feeling like venturing to the downtown core? Make sure you swing by the Thompson Hotel on Wellington St. West to get a drink at the lobby bar, or grab a bite at the Thompson Diner!

Night In

Host a girl’s night in! Some of the best nights are spent in the comforts of your own home, so invite your best gals over for dinner, a movie, and facials.

Nothing says romance like a classic bowl of spaghetti. Pick up a box of Barilla Spaghetti and try out this delicious recipe! I mean, who doesn’t want to channel Lady and the Tramp on Valentine’s Day?

After dinner, relax with tea and a movie! Get a selection of your favourite DAVIDs TEA flavours, or pick up a tin of one of their Valentine’s inspired blends, like the Sweet Tart blend with notes of apple, sour cherries, and sweet hearts! 

Of course, girl’s night in wouldn’t be complete without snacks! Pusateris has an incredible selection of desserts. From cakes, chocolates, to even cannolis- there’s a treat for everyone’s taste buds. I promise you won’t come back empty handed!

26 Hours of Kindness 

Looking for other alternatives? A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to show and give LOVE in the ultimate way- by giving back to those in need! On February 14th, we’re teaming up with some local charities for our annual 26 Hours of Kindness initiative. Want to help out? Grab the gals and join us! Read more about how you can participate here.

NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness: Spreading Love on Valentine’s Day

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NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness: Spreading Love on Valentine’s Day

Building on the success of the NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness holiday edition, we’re excited to announce that on February 14, 2018, NKPR will hold the third annual 26 hours of Kindness on Valentine’s day!!

An NKPR tradition, the 26 Hours of Kindness first launched during the Christmas season – and included random acts of kindness, surprise and delights, caroling, community dinner programs, essentials drive and more.

We made the decision to move the initiative to Valentine’s as a way to reconnect with the day in a meaningful way and to celebrate what love is all about: showing compassion for others, spending time together and giving ourselves.

With February being the coldest time of year, and this year being one of the coldest, the NKPR 26 Hours of Kindness will focus on supporting programs that provide food, a safe warm space and a kind word to those most in need.

There are so many amazing organizations in the city, this year we will be working with St. Felix CentreGood ShepherdSistering and Ve’ahavta.

Activities will run from 9am to 7pm and we’d love for you to join! If you’re interested in participating, or would like more information, please contact: info@nkpr.net

    • St. Felix: Lunch Program 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (open to volunteers)
    • Sistering: Lunch Program 9:30am-1pm (all spots have now been filled)
    • Good Shepherd: Food Sorting 1-4pm (open to volunteers)
    • St. Felix: Dinner Program 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (open to volunteers)

If you aren’t able to make it, we are also accepting food donations for St. Felix, and Clothing and Necessities for Ve’ahavta’s street outreach team. A full list can be found here.

Items can be dropped at the NKPR office before February 14th, between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Thank you!

 

NK’s Guide To Toronto: Winter Edition

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NK’s Toronto Winter City Guide 

There are so many places in the city, you can get lost trying to decide where to go! I’ve curated a list of my favourite places to go- Whether you’re looking to eat, shop, or play, there is something for everyone this winter.

Where to… EAT

Ufficio |1214 Dundas St W.

One of the best places to stop if you’re looking for an amazing meal! I personally love their green beans and ricotta gnocchi. (Who doesn’t LOVE gnocchi??)

Bake Shoppe | 859 College St.

Some of my absolute favourite treats are from here! I’m currently on a sugar cleanse for January, but typically my kitchen is always stocked with something, whether its the Retro Flakies or Nutella Cookies- I’m obsessed!

Bar Centrale | 1095 Yonge St.

This is my go-to spot for brunch, just located downstairs in Terroni! I always tend to go back for Poached eggs on top of brioche.

Where to… SHOP

TNT Fashion | Yorkville Village, 87 Avenue Rd.

TNT has been a shopping staple of mine for years. They offer an amazing curation of brands and collections- you can’t go wrong! Visit their store in Bloor Yorkville to find the perfect items to add to your winter wardrobe.

South Hill Home | 146 Dupont St.

Making your home warm and inviting is so important in these cold dark months, and South Hill’s beautifully crafted furnishings definitely do the trick! Stop by and pick up a new piece to make your space feel fresh and happy this winter.

 

Square One Shopping Centre| 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga

This may be outside of the downtown core, but Square One is one of my top shopping destinations! When you need a break from hunting for the best finds, stop by for a delicious eclair at Nugateau.

Where to… PLAY

Windsor Arms Hotel | 18 St Thomas St.
What better way to spend a chilly afternoon than at the spa, followed by high tea? Windsor Arms is a must for curing the winter blues!

Toronto Maple Leafs Game | Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St.

Every now and then I love to catch a Leafs’ game with Anthony! Recently, this winter, I’ve really enjoyed going out and getting into the team spirit- it’s so much fun!

Thompson Toronto | 550 Wellington St W.

Get out of the cold and enjoy the Thompson! You can wet your palette at the bar then head on to their Screening Room for a movie!

TREND REPORT: AWARD SEASON

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GET THE RED CARPET LOOK

Award season is amongst us! We’re well under way as the Golden Globes recently passed, giving us a sneak peak at what will be trending on the red carpet this year. We’ve pulled some of our favourite items so you can stay on-trend and rock these looks at your own events!

 

STATEMENT EARRINGS

We saw a lot of gorgeous earrings drawing attention to some of the hottest celebrities so far this month. Statement earrings are a great alternative for adding drama to an otherwise tame outfit. Check out these bold and beautiful Swarovski earrings that will help you glam up for any event (from left to right):

  1. Multi- Coloured Highness Pierced Earring Set (Reg $349 CAD)
  2. Airy Pierced Earrings with Mixed Plating ($149 CAD)
  3. Multi- Coloured Helen Clip Earrings ($129 CAD)

 

BOLD RED LIPS

Nothing is as classic as a beautiful red lip on the red carpet. These lipsticks come in multiple shades, including, of course, a matte lipstick to ensure full and lasting coverage (completely necessary for a long night)! Take a look at which lipsticks you should bring for your next night out (from left to right):

  1. Annabelle Cosmetics’ BigShow Matte Liquid Lipstick ($9.95 CAD)
  2. Lise Watier’s Rouge Intense Supreme Lipstick ($27 CAD)
  3. Marcelle Cosmetics’ Rouge Xpression Lipstick  ($11.95 CAD)

 

SLEEK UP-DOS

A vibrant or dark contrasting lip has often been paired with a sleek and elegant up-do! With any hairstyle, the products you use are crucial to ensure smooth strands, full body, and a soft hold! These new OGX Beauty Stylers are perfect for all your hair needs before a big event (from left to right):

  1. Bodifying Bamboo Fiber Full Root Boosting Spray Mousse
  2. Smoothing and Shea Sleek Smooth Style Spray
  3. Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Elevated Finish Spray

 

What looks are you loving this year? Leave a comment or tweet us (@natashankpr) to let us know! 🙂

#InsideNKPR’s New Year’s Resolutions 2018

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What are the NKPR Team’s Resolutions?

2018 is just around the corner and with each new year comes the new found motivation to fulfill newly realized (or sadly forgotten) goals. Although many resolutions are disregarded by Valentines Day, we gladly share some of our own with you!

NATASHA:

“Cut back on sugar and keep looking forward.”

REBECCA:

“Better prioritize my time – that it’s just as important to carve out time for myself as it is to say ‘yes’ to everything I’m asked of, and that that’s not me being selfish, but me understanding what I need to be a properly functioning human!”

ALLISON:

“Stop buying coffee and drink more water!”

NATHAN:

“Brush up on my Italian!”

YULIA:

“Pet more dogs.”

TIFFANY:

“Use my entire Class Pass each month. I have 10 classes that I pay for per month, and I get lazy, don’t use them and they expire, which is a waste.”

JESSICA:

“Learn a new language — I really want to learn Spanish!”

BUNMI:

“Take dance lessons and have more fun!”

VICTORIA:

“Change my morning routine so I don’t push snooze on average 10 times.”

KATHLEEN:

“Try a new spot (food/bar/etc) once a week with my friends. That’s probably not realistic, or good for my wallet, so maybe once a month is a better starting point.”

MELISSA:

“Stay present and work towards living in the moment more.”

TYLER:

“Cut-out sugar (following the holiday chocolate binge) and to take a class on digital marketing.”

What are your resolutions? Comment or tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know! 🙂

FWords LIVE at Links of London

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The FWords Podcast LIVE at Links of London!

The first LIVE taping of the FWords podcast took place this past weekend! Natasha, along with Taylor Kaye, and Anthony Mantella, hosted their first live event for the podcast series in the Links of London boutique at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Guests joined the trio to chat about which royals wear Links of London (and LINE the Label!), as well as holiday gifting!

The event had a fantastic response, especially as laughter and conversation filled the mall and attracted a crowd surrounding the store’s entrance! Among the lovely FWords fans that came out to join the fun was the beautiful Rosey Edeh and Kris Reyes!

Along with chatting to guests and listeners live at the Links of London store, the highlight of the evening was the iconic Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet giveaway! Throughout the podcast guests could enter a ballad for a chance to win a $500 Sweetie bracelet, including a couple charms of their choice!

We all know Natasha loves the Sweetie bracelet as the best gift to give… and receive! To celebrate the first live event, FWords listeners are able to enter a second Sweetie bracelet giveaway over on the @natashankpr Instagram account!

You can listen to this special LIVE edition of the FWords here. Stay tuned for more FWords LIVE events in 2018!

NKPR 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season we’ve accumulated the best items for your budget. From gifts for those at the top of your list to the Secret Santa or Kris Kringle gifts with tight spending limits. Check out the list below before you head out on your next shopping trip!

Gifts under $30!

Thinking of good ideas for Kris Kringle gifts is one of the hardest shopping challenges during the holidays, especially with a max budget of $30… To help you out we’ve put together this list of gifts that everyone will want to steal (and won’t break the bank)!

SAJE NATURAL WELLNESS

1. The Sleep Duo. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, who wouldn’t want to quiet the brain and calm the body with restful sleep? -$24.95

2. Peppermint Halo. A roller headache remedy with a therapeutic blend ALL gift recipients will appreciate. -$26.95

3. Aromaglow Matte White electric ceramic diffuser. This flame-free ceramic diffuser holds the healing power of essential oils. Perfect for a snow day in! -$29.95

MEC

  1. Deluxe PillowA touch of luxe for the campers and hikers on your list! This pillow is small and light enough to bring on backpacking trips or long-haul travels and can be inflated as much as you want to adjust its firmness and height. – $27 to $30
  2. United By Blue Copper Mule Mug Vancouver. This cute laser engraved rose gold mug is the gift that keeps on giving- for every product sold, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from the world’s oceans!  – $30
  3. Unisex Pom Pom Hat. Everyone needs a staple pom pom hat in their winter wardrobe! With multiple prints and colours to choose from, you can’t go wrong. -$16

DAVIDsTEA

  1. Tea-infused Chocolate BoxGive the gift of fine imported chocolates infused with delicious loose leaf teas. This will definitely become a holiday favourite! -$15
  2. Santa’s Secret Set. Everyone loves getting cozy by the fire during the holidays! This gift set includes Candy Cane-sprinkled black tea, a Limited Edition red Perfect spoon, and Santa’s Secret tea-infused chocolate. It’s the perfect remedy for a cold day! -$20
  3. Tea Piñata. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with 10 sachets of delicious tea after you burst open this fun piñata! This is great for a friend who loves some added magic! -$25

 Gifts under $100!

Take a look at these beautiful and unique gifts any loved one would be happy to unwrap! Check out the items below for the best gifts at the right price.

Hounds Black Vodka. Pour everyone a glass of this smooth, creamy, and jet black spirit this holiday season. Great for the cocktail connoisseur (or who like it straight up)! -$39.45

SWAROVSKI

  1. Swarovski Remix Collection. With an invisible magnetic closure, you can blend different pieces to create a beautiful and personal look as a bracelet, choker, or necklace. This unique styling makes this the perfect gifting idea!
  2. Fit Short Pierced Earrings. Complete a glam NYE outfit with these gorgeous crystal mesh earrings. It may come in a small box, but it will get the biggest smile!
  3. Zodiac PendantThis pendant will suit anyone on your list with these glittery horoscope signs!

LISE WATIER

  1. Smokey Nudes 12- Colour Eyeshadow Palette. This palette will give you an illuminating look all year round with this beautiful harmony of creamy nude shades! -$65
  2. Lumistick Illuminating Highlighter. Add some shimmer to your gift list with this gorgeous highlighter! -$36
  3. Age Control Supreme. – Give a gift worthy of the Gods with this pressed serum described as the holy grail! -$85

LINKS OF LONDON

  1. Polar Bear Charm. Mark your spot on a friend’s Sweetie bracelet with this adorable sterling silver Polar Bear charm! -$95
  2. Stocking Charm. With a beautiful contrast of silver and gold, this charm will tell the story of all the cozy nights spent around the fire this holiday season. -$95
  3. Penguin Charm. This loveable Penguin charm is perfect for the animal lover on your list! -$95

Trend Report: Pantone 2018 Colour of the Year

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See 2018 in Ultra Violet!

Pantone recently released their annual Colour of the Year, Ultra Violet. You can sport this purple trend in the New Year with these great products!

 

Start things off with a fresh look with these beautiful beauty items: Lise Watier’s Rouge Intense Supreme lipstick in the shade SOPHIA ($27.00) and Annabelle’s Bigshow Matte Liquid Lipstick in Hypnotic ($9.95 CAD). These lipsticks have a gorgeous deep sultry colour that would look fantastic for all seasons!

DAVIDsTEA’s Magic Potion blend changes from indigo to violet if you squeeze a lemon into it (from $9.98)! This juicy blue raspberry tea is delicious (and pretty!) and perfectly represents the colour of the year. (Try it out at home to see!)

You don’t have to dye your hair to show some love for Ultra Violet. These products already rock an all purple everything look. Keep an eye out for OGX’s new Smoothing + Shea Sleek Humidity Blocking Hairspray, and Smoothing + Shea Sleek Smooth Style Spray ($10.99 CAD), hitting shelves in January!

 

Nationwide DAVIDsTEA Party & Pop Up

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Tea for two? How about tea for all of Canada!

DAVIDsTEA spread some holiday cheer with their first nationwide DavidsTeaParty! For one hour, tea lovers could visit any Canadian DAVIDsTEA store for a free cup of tea. The event supported Me To We, with $1 donated for every cup of tea served.

DAVIDsTEA also held a special live stream pop up Downtown Toronto, hosted by ETalk reporter Liz Trinnear! The event was broadcasted live on the DAVIDsTEA Facebook page for fans across Canada, drawing 16,000 views.

Guests enjoyed their cozy drinks while listening to a beautiful performance by French Canadian, Jonathan Roy! The DAVIDsTEA pop up also offered guests a Rafiki workshop, where they could bead their own bracelets.

The pop up offered a variety of delicious DAVIDsTEA blends, including Santa’s Secret, Caramel Shortbread, Matcha Matsu and, of course, the signature, Me To We.

We saw a lot of guests stop by throughout the afternoon, but no one left without capturing a memory with the digital photo booth!

DAVIDsTEA Party was a great success as people across Canada came together to enjoy good tea for a charitable cause! Iconic DAVIDsTEA cups could be seen dispersing around the city after the pop up closed up shop. It was a great experience to see Canada coming together! 🙂