Make Your Musical Dreams Come True – Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act
If you’ve been following our blog (say yes!) then you’ve witnessed the launch of Jack Daniel‘s incredible program, JD Supporting Act. As mentioned, the program is inspired by the iconic connection between the Tennessee whiskey brand and music.
To refresh your memory, the way it works is Canadians submit a quick 60-second video documenting personal stories and music wishes for the chance at a big break, dream concert tickets, new instruments, music lessons and more.
Jack Daniel’s released an inspiring video documenting the first music dreams fulfilled by Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act. A surprise appearance by Canadian rocker Sam Roberts gave emerging musicians Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs some much-needed state-of-the-art studio time to record their next album.
In honour of the program, we’ve rounded up NKPR’s biggest and wildest musical dreams…
Natasha: Well I have been playing the piano since I was a little girl…Love it! And I LOVE Billy Joel. My musical dream would be to meet him and watch him play and sing up close and personal in NYC.
Tory: To attend Britney Spears’ birthday party! Brit-brit turns 35 years of FABULOUS!
Aisha: I bought this insanely expensive sitar a few years ago…played it three times. Would love to learn how to play and tune it!
Paula: I desperately want to learn how to play the piano…and sing like Celine Dion…and be her best friend.
Bunmi: To record my second album!
Rebecca: To start a band with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen….and Pitbull.
Ashton: I want to hang out with Elvis…he’s still alive right?
Adrien: My dream is to do a duet of “I believe I can fly” on stage with R. Kelly.
Corinne: To go to the Grammy’s!
Olena: I want to go to Ultra music fest in Miami!
Kristin: I want a really hot man with a guitar to sing to me. It could be anybody really.
Nathan: I want to go to Tomorrowland in Belgium!
Sana: I would like a private concert from the Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium.
Amanda: I’d like to hang out with Ed Sheeran…he seems fun.
Erin: My dream is to sound-proof my basement so that my hubby can play his drums as much as he wants without me and all of our neighbours knowing it!
Lauren: That I could still remember how to play every song I learned on the piano as a kid!
Shaun: I want peace, love and harmony through music!
72nd Golden Globes: NKPR’s Favourite Red Carpet Looks
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for fashion lovers that is. It’s officially Awards Season! During last night’s highly anticipated 72nd Annual Golden Globes, the fashion was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! We were absolutely blown away by the impeccable style choices witnessed on the red carpet.
It was impossible to miss the show-stopping metallics and shimmering sparkles trend worn by fashion icons Julianne Moore in Givenchy Custom Couture, Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein Collection and Emma Stone in Lanvin.
Jaws dropped at the perfect winter-whites worn by Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang, Kiera Knightley in Chanel and Sienna Miller in Miu Miu!
One of our favourite red carpet trends was the super-sexy, deep V seen on Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad, and both Jessica Chastain and Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace. What can we say… the deep V stole the show!
Here are some of NKPR’s favourite looks from the last night Golden Globes…
Julianne Moore in Givenchy Custom Couture
Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace
Kate Hudson in Versace
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
Sienna Miller in Miu Miu
Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
What were your favourite looks from last night’s red carpet? Tweet us at @natashankpr
Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there…”
Every family has their own special holiday traditions, but for some the excitement doesn’t begin under the tree…it starts with the mini-adventures we find in our stockings!
From must-have beauty items to adorable ornament-sized favourites, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks for stuffing those stockings…
We’re all about finding stocking stuffers that are multi-purpose and this natural, miracle balm has hundreds of uses! Whether for a busy mom dealing with diaper rash, or outdoor lovers with irritated skin, this all-over face and body moisturizer helps keep skin feeling soft and super silky-smooth. Tip: rub it onto elbows, heels and cuticles for some serious protection!
What are the holidays without a few sweet treats along the way? Fill stockings guilt-free with these delicious and nutricious Cashew Cookie bars! Packed with crunchy nuts and juicy dates, this bar is blended into the most mouth-watering bar you’ll have all holiday! Made without sugary syrups or artificial preservatives, these make for the perfect snack that’s both simple and wholesome!
This holiday, why not add a special surprise in your loved one’s stocking? She’ll never expect this simple yet elegant inspiration bracelet hiding amongst her stocking goodies! Inscribed with the word “blessed” in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish, this timeless bangle is a reminder of all the reasons to be grateful and thankful this holiday. Plus it’ll look amazing with that glamourous holiday outfit!
Should your holiday take you outside for some tobogganing, skiing or snow-shoeing, make sure you give your body some love afterwards. This oil is formulated with essential oils specifically chosen to help soothe and relax overworked, stiff, and tired muscles. With calming lavender, camphorous, rosemary and fresh eucalyptus, this oil is a must-have if you’re playing hard this holiday! Winter is a beautiful time of year, so get out there and explore!
Cue the “awww” now…This has got to be the cutest mitten of all time! Fill stockings with instant cheer this holiday with these adorable cable knit, tea-filled mittens. Paired with Santa’s Secret, a sweet and minty black tea with peppermint and cute candy cane sprinkles, stocking stuffers don’t get much cuter than this! Tip: use the mitten as an ornament and hang it on your tree!
It’s no secret that skin takes a toll during the winter months leaving women forever on the hunt to find that rich hydration skin so badly needs. Luckily this kit from Racinne has everything they need for beautiful, soft, moisturized skin. Filled with travel-sized versions of the Ultimate Hydra Perfection Cleansing Foam, Scrub Mask, Serum and Emulsion, her skin will seriously thank you!
What’s your favourite stocking stuffer items? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
NKPR’s Favourite Holiday Movies
Here at NKPR we love the holidays, and there’s nothing we look forward to more than cuddling on the couch with a our favourite festive flicks. From the traditional classics to modern comedies, take a look at our favourite festive films to enjoy with your loved ones this holiday!
Love Actually (2003)
If you’re in need of the perfect holiday film to cuddle up on the couch with a loved one, Love Actually is always the answer. This hilarious, witty British comedy delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate stories involving a wide variety of unique and eccentric characters. The movie is fun and light hearted, and an essential addition to every holiday line-up.
Home Alone (1990)
A 90’s classic, Home Alone is still as hilarious and entertaining as it was when watching as a kid. It is silly, outrageous and laugh-out-loud funny. What’s even better is that there are three films in the franchise! Watch this movie with the family and embrace the comedy, cheer, and unbeatable holiday soundtrack.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This holiday classic is a film that never fails to remind us how precious life is. Directed by Frank Capra, the film tells the story of George Baily, a man who gets an lesson from his guardian angel that makes him realize his profound impact on those around him. This touching yet humorous film is a holiday classic and an important reminder about how life is the greatest gift.
The Holiday (2006)
Another holiday romantic comedy, The Holiday is a film that will inspire you to seek adventure, get out of your comfort zone, and possibly find the love of your life. The film features an all-star line up with lead roles played by Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. It is so funny and adorable that, despite the extreme sappiness, everyone will enjoy!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1946)
The holidays are not complete without our favourite Dr. Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas. This heart-warming television special is the perfect thing to throw on for the family while cooking your holiday dinner. The quirky characters, touching story and nostalgic animations will make you feel like a kid again.
What’s your favourite holiday movie? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
Introducing: Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act
Inspired by the iconic connection between the Tennessee whiskey brand and music, Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act is a new digitally-housed music initiative.
The way it works is Canadians submit their 60-second videos, documenting personal stories and music wishes for the chance at a big break, dream concert tickets, new instruments, music lessons and more.
To kick off the program, Jack Daniel’s released an inspiring video documenting the first music dreams fulfilled by Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act. A surprise appearance by Canadian rocker Sam Roberts gave emerging musicians Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs some much-needed state-of-the-art studio time to record their next album.
We celebrated the launch of JD Supporting Act in true NKPR style at one of the coolest venues in Toronto: Sonic Boom Records! From friends, to music and Jack Daniel’s cocktails, it was truly a night to remember.
Take a look at what went down…
Holiday Gift Guide: For Him
Men are always tough to buy gifts for. Whether it’s your father, brother, partner or son – we all have a man in our lives that make holiday shopping seem impossible. Luckily, here at NKPR we are skilled in the art of shopping for men and have rounded up a selection of awesome gifts that any guy would love!
Slowly but surely, men are beginning to understand the importance of maintaining properly groomed eyebrows and finger nails (thank goodness!). Rather than offering up your own beauty tools, buy him his very own Tweezerman Essential Grooming Kit. Conveniently packaged in a sleek black leather storage case, this kit is equipped with Tweezerman’s heavy-duty Nail Clippers, a perfect Pocket Nail File, Facial Hair Scissors and a Stainless Steel Point Tweezerette. Tweezerman’s perfect performance tools allow head-to-toe grooming with ultra-precision – he’ll feel like a brand new man! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
This holiday, buy him a gift that he can cherish forever and one that is as thoughtful as it is beautiful. The Custom Lapis Lazuli Cufflinks in sterling silver by !Xam Diamonds is the perfect gift to show someone how much you care. Lapis Luzuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone that is prized for its exotic colour. Set in a beautiful sterling silver base, the blue and silver contrast is intense yet refined, allowing the cuff links to serve as a subtle statement piece. NKPR tip: Get his initials engraved on the clasp to add a personal touch!
Buy your man a something that is as much a gift to you as it is to him: heaven in a bottle a.k.a. Aqua Di Gio by Georgio Armani. This light, distinguished fragrance is inspired by the fresh sea, warm sun and the richness of the earth. With top notes of Calabrian bergamot, neroili and green tangerine with a splash of freshness, this masculine yet sensual scent is perfect for everyday wear. Acqua Di Gio can be purchased at Sears in a 50ml or 100ml bottle (perfect stocking stuffer!).
Put him at ease during his morning routine with the The Peaceful Warrior Men’s Kit by Saje. This collection of four Peaceful Warrior skincare products has blends of sandalwood, lime, vetiver and patchouli evoking both strength and tranquility. This kit includes a soap bar for cleansing and exfoliating, aftershave toner that clears clogged pores, facial lotion that nourishes freshly shaved skin, and a natural mineral deodorant. Let him look forward to shaving rather than dread it!
Give him a gift that will bring out his inner rebel – a Rudsak Beau Jacket. Featuring leather sleeve and pocket details, buttoned front opening and a notch tailored collar, this transitional weave jacket will make any man look suave and sophisticated. Stay close, he’ll make YOU look good!
For some reason men seem to really like meat – steak to be specific. But no one can deny the satisfaction of cutting into a juicy, hot steak fresh off the grill. Grant him this savoury satisfaction and get him this 4-pc Zwilling Steakhouse Steak Knife Set! Designed in Germany and manufactured in Spain, these knives combine both form and function. Their inverted blade serration gives you the smooth cut of a fine-edge blade staying sharp throughout years of use. With their large ergonamic palisander wood handle and beautiful storage case, at-home dinners have never been so elegant!
The Hi-Tec Sierra Duck boots are the perfect gift for the outdoorsmen this holiday. These boots provide comfort and durability, featuring a shell that protects against rips and tears and a synthetic fur lining to provide warmth while preventing sweating. If he loves spending his time in the great white wilderness, thanks to you, these boots will keep his toes snug all winter long!
What are your favourite holiday gifts for him? Tweet us at @Natashankpr with your tips!
The Launch of Cibo Wine Bar South Beach with Special Guest Mr. Brainwash
On December 6th and 7th, Liberty Entertainment Group opened its third Cibo Wine Bar. Originally opening in Coral Gables, Miami, the success of the Toronto location inspired Liberty Entertainment Group decided to take Cibo to South Beach, where they purchased the last piece of property on the famous waterfront strip.
The Cibo Wine Bar South Beach features the restaurant’s authentic Italian dishes and impeccable wine selection, however it is the aesthetics that make it stand out amongst its Toronto and Coral Gables counterparts. Cibo South Beach partnered with world-renowned street artist Mr. Brainwash, who has been the inspiration for the restaurants unique and stunning interior décor. Mr. Brainwash’s famous art installation titled “Life is Beautiful” is featured on a piece of exposed concrete inside the restaurant along with works of various other artists from the South Beach community.
Cibo Wine Bar South Beach features other notable Italian-influenced aesthetics that contribute to the restaurants unique and inviting atmosphere. Hanging 20 by 12 feet over the restaurant’s dining room is a beautiful custom-made chandelier featuring 3,000 glass spheres in red, white and green – Italy’s national colours. The restaurant also has a two-story glass enclosed wine cellar, standing 24 feet tall in the middle of the restaurant. The cellar holds over 3,000 bottles from around the world with hydraulic features to lift and collect bottles. Additionally, Cibo’s European style rooftop patio covers 6,000 square feet and gives guests an opportunity to enjoy the fresh, ocean air.
The restaurant opening took place during Art Basel, the world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary works. An incredible opportunity for Cibo to be a part of celebrating of the arts, while showcasing the restaurants own artistic pieces and stunning visual aesthetics.
Take a look at the new restaurant…
Holiday Gift Guide: For The Fashionista
For fashionistas, the holidays are the perfect opportunity to wear extra glitter, or a fabulous cocktail dress, or a bright pop of colour. With so many office parties and family celebrations, it can be hard to maintain that exquisite style you’re so known for.
Luckily we’ve rounded up some of our favourites so you’re always the belle of the ball…
Never be without something to wear again! This LBD from Jones New York is an absolute must-have staple to any fashionista’s closet. With a sophisticated cut, and chic leather detailing, this dress can go from office to party in no time! Pair it with flats during the day, then pop on your heels and some red lipstick and you’re ready to go!
Every fashion-lover knows that any LBD can be instantly glamourized with a little extra bling. Add that holiday sparkle to your look with these stunning pieces from Stella & Dot. With just the right mix of antique and modern styles, these are the perfect accessory for any holiday party! Pro tip: wear your hair up to really show off the detailing on the Chandelier earrings!
SEARS – Faux Fur Cowl
Who says that winter isn’t fashionable? Look as flawless as ever as you battle the cold in this faux fur cowl. With a super soft feel, and ulta-luxurious look this scarf will not only keep you warm and bundled, but also super fashion-forward.
Making an entrance is just as important as your stylish outfit – this year, walk in with style in this Liu Jo winter coat! With two-tone detailing, this coat is not your average winter accessory. Stylish and warm, you make winter look seriously good!
It can get a little somber wearing black coats with black dresses and black shoes all holiday season. This time of year is all about bright colours and beautiful accents! This Mulberry bag is the perfect addition to any look with chic gold detailing and eye-catching colour. Style tip: pair this bag with your favourite matching nail polish!
What’s your holiday fashion favourites? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
NKPR Presents: A Very Merry Playlist
The holidays are a time of festive cheer, delectable dishes, and special moments. One of our favourite parts are the memories of singing and dancing to the season’s classic carols!
If you’re still feeling like Scrooge, don’t fret – here is a collection of some of NKPR’s favourite songs of the season. From holiday classics to new indie covers, this playlist will have you feeling cozy and nostalgic, putting you right into the spirit of the holidays!
What’s your favourite holiday song? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
Holiday Guide: Planning the Perfect Party
Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! Although it is a time of celebration, it can also be very stressful trying to pull everything together. Luckily, NKPR is here to help you to plan the perfect holiday party.
So from our family to yours, here’s a list all of the things you need to be plan the most enviable party of the season…
Mmm there is nothing that says the holidays like the smell of peppermint, apple cider and roasted nuts. Thanks to DAVIDsTEA, these wonderful holiday smells have now been bottled – well, in the form of a candle! These 100% soy wax candles (inspired by some DAVIDsTEA fan-favourites) are the perfect way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere at your holiday party. They are environmentally friendly, long-lasting and they come in adorable mason jars so they look as great as they smell. Your guests will be greeted by festive cheer the moment they step into the room!
Cooking for a large group of people can be extremely challenging, not to mention the difficulties in pleasing each of your special guests. Good thing pasta is a huge crowd pleaser and offers variety to your holiday spread! Barilla pasta has a wide selection of white, whole grain, egg and gluten-free pasta. Get creative! Offer a Farfalle with fava beans and smoked pancetta, or a Rotini pasta salad with walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, parmigiano reggiano cheese and basil – the possibilities are endless!
No need to put your health kick on hiatus for the holidays! Eat Nakd Whole Food Snack Bars inspired some delicious snacks perfect for your guests to munch on by the fireplace. This quick and easy recipe will allow your guests to indulge in those sweet holiday cravings guilt-free! Try one of Eat Nakd’s other signature flavours to create your own holiday-inspired decadent desserts.
Eat Naked Truffles with Sea Salt
1 ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup cream cheese
½ cup icing sugar
½ teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
5 Eat Nakd 35 g bar, roughly chopped
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil
½ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
Beat the coconut, cream cheese, icing sugar and extract with Eat Nakd Bars until smooth. Roll into 1 ½ inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze for about one hour. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and coconut oil, while stirring constantly. Dip each coconut ball into the melted chocolate with a fork, covering the ball completely with chocolate, letting the excess drain through the fork tongs. Use a spoon to lightly push truffle off fork and back onto the wax paper. Spring with sea salt. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Provide your guests with that festive, warm and fuzzy feeling by serving Schloer Winter Iced Tea Cocktails, the perfect refreshment for your holiday party! The Swiss sparkling grape–based refreshment, is débuting in Canada just in time for the holiday party-hosting season. Consisting of only the very best in fruit juices from concentrate and purest waters, Shloer contains no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. Alone or mixed with your favourite spirits, it offers a wonderful, sparkling toast to the season!
15ml lemon juice
15ml apple juice
100ml Red Grape Shloer
Shake the first 6 ingredients together and strain, then top with the Shloer.
Presentation of the food you’re serving is just as important as the taste. Enhance your table’s decor by adding some Zwilling ceramics and cookwares to beautifully display the dishes you’ve so carefully prepared. The Staub Ceramic Terrine combines functional design, exceptional quality and elegant presentation; a beautiful addition to your party. Take a fresh-cooked loaf straight from the oven to your table and give your guests the taste of comfort food that reminds them of being home at Mom’s for the holidays!
We all know that the best memories are made around the dinner table. It is where friends and family gather to embrace each other over delicious food and stimulating conversation, and it is important to create a beautiful setting to share these moments. Make your dining room the highlight of your party with design inspiration from interior designer Lori Morris. These elegant table setting ideas will make a statement at your party and will be guaranteed to help make the memories surrounding the table last a lifetime.