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Published on: February 23, 2015 | By NKPR

Oscars Fashion Winners

Hi – Natasha here! Like many of you, my Sunday was all about the Oscars…my favourite night of fashion! I was so excited to curl up with my dogs, a curated selection of snacks and my laptop…because I was live tweeting for Square One Shopping Centre’s #SQ1takeover. It was so much fun! Last year some of my favourite red carpet moments included Olivia Wilde in Valentino, and Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron both in Dior. And this year was even better…especially since our team had a chance to meet some of the 87th Academy Awards winners during TIFF at the Whiplash Premiere Party on the Thompson Hotel’s roof and at the IT Lounge Portrait Studio when Caitlin Cronenberg captured some incredible photos of Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore and J.K. Simmons.

Check out my top fashion picks below and be sure to follow @shopsquareone for more fashion takeovers as social influencers Sylvia Mantella, Hanneli Mustaparta and Erin Kleinberg will be live tweeting from the Milan, Paris and Toronto Fashion Weeks.

Xo
Natasha

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Jerod Leto in Givenchy 

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Neil Patrick Harris in Valentino

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 Reese Witherspoon in Tom FordMargot Robbie in Saint Laurent and Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

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A definite trend in men’s fashionMiles Teller, Eddie Redmayne and Ansel Elgort
looking handsome in black and navy!

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Julianne Moore in ChanelLupita Nyongo in custom Calvin Klein and Zoe Saldana in Versace

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Laura Dern in Alberta Ferretti 

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Me and my dogs, saying goodnight…can’t wait for the next Oscars! Xo

Published on: February 9, 2015 | By NKPR

57th Grammy Awards: Top Red Carpet Looks

Music’s biggest night not only brought some epic performances (can we talk about Hozier and Annie Lennox?!), it also gave us some show-stopping fashion! Yesterday at the 57th Grammy Awards, we witnessed some impeccable outfits on the red carpet.

From the women, we saw a lot of black, some seriously sexy lace, and the most dramatic deep-v’s we’ve seen in a while. The men’s fashion didn’t disappoint either with trendy black-on-navy combos, dapper hats and accessories reminiscent of 50’s sophistication!

Although there was a fair share of “oh no’s” (we’re talking to you Lady Gaga and Rihanna!), there were certainly more “wow’s” on the red carpet!

Check out some of our favourite looks from last night…

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Beyoncé in custom Proenza Schouler

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Chrissy Teigen in Pucci

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Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

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Taylor Swift in Elie Saab

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Jesse J in Ralph and Russo

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Pharrell in Adidas (with wife Helen Lasichanh)

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John Mayer

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Ne-Yo in Marc Jacobs

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John Legend in Dolce & Gabbana

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Sam Smith in Armani

What are your favourite looks from last night’s red carpet? Tweet us @natashankpr!

Published on: February 8, 2015 | By NKPR

Valentine’s Day Dinner Guide

It’s no secret that the way to anyone’s heart (male or female, let’s be honest…) is through their stomach. And what better reason to enjoy a delicious, mind-blowing feast than on Valentine’s Day?

This year, treat that special someone to one of Toronto’s best restaurants for a meal that will be as unforgettable as the time you spend together.

We’ve rounded up the best dishes from our favourite restaurants for you to enjoy this Valentine’s Day…

Montecito – 299 Adelaide St. West

Our Pick: Chef Jonathan Waxman’s JW Chicken

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Cibo Wine Bar – 522 King St West

Our Pick: Quattro Stagioni Pizza

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Ciao Wine Bar – 133 Yorkville Avenue

Our Pick: Chianti Braised Short Ribs

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Thompson Toronto Rooftop Lounge – 550 Wellington Street West

Our Pick: Grilled Salmon Fish Tacos

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Share your Valentine’s Day plans…Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: February 7, 2015 | By NKPR

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – For Him & Her

Ah, Valentine’s Day…that day of the year we’re reminded that love is special and most definitely worth celebrating. We’ve all seen our fair share of overly sized teddy bears, obnoxiously large boxes of chocolate, and instantly forgotten knick-knacks (cue eye rolls now…).

This year, we’ve decided to opt for the “wow” factor. To give that special someone something that shows you’re really thinking of them and something that shows you care beyond those typical cliché gifts.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite products that will make this Valentine’s Day your best one yet…

For Her:

DAVIDsTEA – The Sweetheart Collection

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Saje Natural Wellness – The Goddess Fragrance

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Mulberry – Rose Gold Heart Keyring

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Hi-Tec Canada – Bazile Lux

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Zwilling Canada – Chef Knives

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Rudsak – Black Leather iPad Case

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Tell us your favourite Valentine’s Day gift ideas…tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

 

Published on: January 29, 2015 | By NKPR

How To Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

Olivia Wilde recently tweeted: “My [New Year’s] resolution died peacefully in a pizza box”.

Feel like you can relate? We all know how hard it is to keep our New Year’s Resolutions going strong past January, especially the ones which mean giving up some of our favourite (yet terribly unhealthy) snacks.

Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help keep you on track with your 2015 goals. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites that will help you turn those personal promises into a sustainable lifestyle…

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Manage Energy Levels: Energy Revitalizing Remedy from Saje Natural Wellness

Got the 3 o’clock blues? Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, try Saje Natural Wellness‘ invigorating Energy Revitalizing Remedy. This topical roll-on combines essential oils, including uplifting peppermint, zesty lemon, stimulating rosemary and refreshing bergamot to combat fatigue, reduce tension and encourage mental focus. Bye bye fatigue, hello productivity!

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Stay Alcohol-Free – Shloer

If “cutting back” was on your list for the New Year, make Shloer your new best friend. This sparkling, non-alcoholic grape-based drink is perfect for any occasion! Offering two flavours, Red Grape and White Grape, Shloer contains zero preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. The perfect wine alternative!

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Take Care of Your Skin – Racinne Lady I Cleansing Brush

The Lady I Facial Cleansing Machine system comes with 4 different interchangeable applicators to target specific skin concerns and is beneficial for any skin type! We love the facial brush to clean deep into pores and exfoliate skin. Try the sponge head to apply your serum for an even deeper absorption!LadyI_Front_4brush

Get Rid of Toxins – 24 Hour Face Cream from OURS by Cheryl Hickey

Meticulously designed with extra purity and care, this all over, long-lasting 24 Hour Face Cream is ideal for any skin type. Safe to use on children and hydrating enough for mom and dad, this gentle cream will help hydrate skin all day long leaving it feeling silky and dewy. Our favourite part? OURS by CH products are free of silicones, parabens, phthalates, fragrance, dyes, formaldehyde, PEG, petrochemical, and most common allergens!

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Eat Clean – Eat Nakd

The best way to eat clean in the New Year is to snack clean; this is the moment when Eat Nākd nutritious bars come in handy! These vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts. Available in four delicious flavour combinations – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight – keep these desk-side for guilt-free snacking!

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Detoxify – DAVIDs TEA Detox Kit

The holidays are over…we’re back on the grind…but some of us still still crave that detox. Our favourite way (and the most delicious) comes in DAVIDsTEA’s Detox Kit. This collection of super-healthy teas are not only good for you, they taste amazing! From Yogi Berry to Japanese Sencha, Pu’erh Ginger to traditional Detox, starting fresh has never been tastier.

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What are your favourite ways to keep on track with New Year’s Resolutions? Tweet us @natashankpr!

Published on: January 19, 2015 | By NKPR

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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What’s your musical dream? Tell us at @NatashaNKPR or send in your video to www.jdsupportingact.com!

Published on: January 12, 2015 | By NKPR

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 CoutureReese 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…

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Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace

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Kate Hudson in Versace

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Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

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Sienna Miller in Miu Miu

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Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

What were  your favourite looks from last night’s red carpet? Tweet us at @natashankpr

Published on: December 19, 2014 | By NKPR

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…

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OURS by Cheryl Hickey – Anything Balm

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! Anything Balm

 

Eat Nakd – Cashew Cookie

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!

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Stella & Dot – Blessed Bracelet

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!

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Saje Natural Wellness – Après Sport Bath, Body & Massage Oil

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!

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DAVID’s TEA – Santa’s Secret Tea-Filled Mitten

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!

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Racinne Canada – Ultimate Hydra Perfection Stocking Stuffers

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!

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What’s your favourite stocking stuffer items? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

 

Published on: December 19, 2014 | By NKPR

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!

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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What’s your favourite holiday movie? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: December 11, 2014 | By NKPR

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…

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