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Published on: April 17, 2014 | By NKPR

NKPR ♥ Love Art Fair: Spence Gallery

NKPR hearts Love Art! We’re so excited for the launch of Love Art Fair in Canada. Coming to Toronto this May 8– 11, Love Art Fair will be hosting 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof! As lovers of contemporary art ourselves (take one look at the office and you’ll see what we mean), we’re thrilled to celebrate with the Toronto art scene and get to know our local galleries.

As the Love Art Fair approaches, Love Art has been featuring weekly blog posts showcasing the various galleries participating in the fair, giving us an inside look at what’s to come during this amazing 4 day event. We thought we’d share some of our favourite highlights, continuing with gallery director, Joan Spence from Spence Galleries here in Toronto!

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What is the most challenging aspect of having a gallery?
JS: Getting clients and making sales. Unfortunately I am not located in an art district, therefore I don’t have the advantage galleries have in such districts.

What is your favourite thing about your job?
JS: One thing is when I sell someone their first piece of art. Also, selling art to young people really makes me happy.

What advice would you give someone who wants to buy art for the first time?
JS: I would tell them to go to galleries a lot and look at a lot of art. The more you see art, the more you know what you really like. And also, it allows you to see the range of things.

Read the full interview with Joan Spence and purchase tickets for Love Art at www.loveart.com.

Tweet us at @natashankpr and @LoveArtTO to let us know if you’ll be attending Love Art Fair!

Published on: April 11, 2014 | By NKPR

NKPR ♥ Love Art Fair: Alex D’Arcy

NKPR hearts Love Art Fair! We’re so excited for the launch of Love Art Fair in Canada. Coming to Toronto this May 8– 11, Love Art Fair will be hosting 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof! As lovers of contemporary art ourselves (take one look at the office and you’ll see what we mean), we’re thrilled to celebrate with the Toronto art scene and get to know our local galleries.

As the Love Art Fair approaches, Love Art has been featuring weekly blog posts showcasing the various galleries participating in the fair, giving us an inside look at what’s to come during this amazing 4 day event. We thought we’d share some of our favourite highlights, continuing with Canadian artist Alex D’Arcy from Mayberry Fine Art at Walnut Studios here in Toronto!

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When did you consider yourself an artist?
AD: When people ask, I call myself a painter, rather than an artist. It took a long time. I realized one day that I have been painting everyday for some years, and that I was organizing all of my life around the work.

What is the best art advice you ever received? And from whom?
AD: It all depends on the time you receive the advice. The best words come at the right time.
Some of the best advice has come from colleagues. Keep working, keep sketchbooks, be brave, tolerate uncertainty…and keep a loose grip on the bat.

What’s your favourite work of art at the moment?
AD: My favourite piece is always the next piece.

Read the full interview with Alex D’Arcy and purchase tickets for Love Art at www.loveart.com.

Tweet us at @natashankpr and let us know if you’ll be attending Love Art Fair!

Published on: April 4, 2014 | By NKPR

NKPR ♥ Love Art Fair: Laurie De Camillis

We’re so excited for the launch of Love Art Fair in Canada! Coming to Toronto this May 8 – 11, Love Art Fair will be hosting 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof! As lovers of contemporary art ourselves (take one look at the office and you’ll see what we mean), we’re thrilled to celebrate with the Toronto art scene and get to know our local galleries.

As the Love Art Fair approaches, Love Art has been featuring weekly blog posts showcasing the various galleries participating in the fair, giving us an inside look at what’s to come during this amazing 4 day event. We thought we’d share some of our favourite highlights, starting with Canadian artist Laurie De Camillis, founding member of the Canadian Art Collective in Toronto!

Who/what inspires you?
LD: Canadian painters such as David Milne, and on a more contemporary side, Charles Meanwell. I like painters whose work is simple and direct. And I look for those who use contradictions and paradoxes in their work.

Is painting something you do mainly for yourself? Or your viewers?
LD: It’s a mix. It is mostly for myself. I have to satisfy myself. Sometimes I go in directions that aren’t pretty

What is the best art tip you have ever received? And by whom?
LD: Ted Lindberg, curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery who said to me “don’t worry about your career; just do your painting and look after yourself.”

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Read the full interview with Laurie De Camillis and purchase tickets for Love Art at www.loveart.com.

Tweet us at @natashankpr and @LoveArtTO to let us know if you’ll be attending Love Art Toronto!

Published on: April 3, 2014 | By NKPR

NKPR presents: TD Music Green Room

This past weekend Natasha and the NKPR team travelled to Winnipeg to celebrate The Juno Awards! To celebrate, TD – national sponsor of the JUNO Awards and presenting sponsor of the JUNO Fan Choice Award –  hosted the “TD Music Green Room“, a lounge experience offering fans and talent an opportunity to mingle, sip on cocktails, have their photo snapped and enjoy music performances from both local and nationally recognized  talent. It was an incredible two days spent with a group of inspirational and talented artists of all ages, styles and backgrounds!

Here’s an inside look at some of the amazing performances we got to enjoy! 

Broadway Hip Hop Academy, recipients of a MusiCounts TD Community Grant, showcased their passion for music by performing original tracks “2 Plus 9″ and “Believe” written by the group. It was inspiring to see how much musical potential each young person has and how MusiCounts with the support of TD has helped turn their dreams into a reality.

JUNO nominee, Florence K serenaded the audience with three beautiful songs, and proved to be both talented AND witty; her sense of humour energized and, entertained crowd.

Status 4 Inc.’s performance was both moving and endearing. The organization was also awarded a MusiCounts TD Community Grant and the group was so excited about having the opportunity to perform at the TD Music Green Room. They were also particularly taken with the photo booth at the green room and had fun taking snaps!

JRDN performed his JUNO Award-winning track “Can’t Choose” as part of an intimate acoustic set which was a definite highlight of the weekend and had the audience swooning.

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Who was your favourite Juno nominee? Tweet us at @natashankpr!

Published on: April 2, 2014 | By NKPR

NKPR Presents: Spring Fab Finds

 

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Published on: March 20, 2014 | By NKPR

Rudsak turns 20 with 20% off!

Happy Anniversary Rudsak!

To celebrate this incredible milestone, we’re  giving exclusive savings to all Rudsak and NKPR followers! Simply follow @rudsakcanada & @natashankpr, visit the 315 Queen Street West location and show the invite below on your phone to redeem 20% off everything in store (yes, including spring merchandise!) from Friday, March 21 to Saturday, March 22! 

Enjoy!

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Published on: March 18, 2014 | By NKPR

Looks we love: World MasterCard Fashion Week

It’s the moment the Toronto fashion scene has been waiting for…Day One of World MasterCard Fashion Week set the stage for an incredible 5 days of F/W ’14 runway shows! One thing is certain: Less is more for Fall ’14. From the ‘no-makeup’ look at Mikhael Kale to the subtle ombre essie nails worn on the LINE Knitwear runway, we were left in awe after both Day One shows. Fuchsia pink is BIG for fall, as seen in the beautiful oversized shapes at LINE Knitwear and abundance of brights on the Mikhael Kale runway. We’re sharing our favourite looks and beauty trends spotted at WMCFW…enjoy!

DAY ONE

Mikhael Kale

Grommets, bold prints, unique textures & bright hues made for a stunning runway show.

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We loved the simplicity of Rita Remark’s essie manicures for the Mikhael Kale show…the Absolutely Shore shade worked perfectly with the designer’s collection.

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LINE Knitwear

LINE Knitwear’s collection wowed the crowd; the combination of luxurious fabrics, rich fuchsias and dynamic shapes channelled the epitome cozy chic!

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Rita Remark reflected the ombre look woven throughout the collection with a subtle ombre nail. The essie  ‘Bobbing for Baubles’ and ‘St. Tropez’ shades were a winning combo.

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DAY TWO

David Dixon

We loved the ethereal look at David Dixon; the lace, feminine fabrics and abundance of pearls created a unique, ‘Alternative Bride’ look!

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Rita Remark nails it again with essie Blanc, Limo-Scene and Fiji that perfectly compliments the abundance of white on the runway.

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DAY THREE

Pink Tartan

That fur! We loved the contemporary Canadian collection..plaids, winter whites and cozy turtlenecks dominated the runway.

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Such a classic look! Rita Remark opted for a winter-y, feminine nail to compliment Pink Tartan’s Canadian-Heritage inspired collection…we love that Vanity Fairest shade!

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Joe Fresh

We can always count on Joe Fresh to showcase cool, edgy yet elegant looks. What’s so great about these pieces is their ability to showcase runway style at an affordable price.

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DAY FOUR

Rudsak

The excitement over the Rudsak collection was palpable; the looks were edgy with the classic chic Rudsak touches – fur detailing, fantastic hats and signature leather pieces. One of the most memorable moments of the show was DJ/model Harley Viera-Newton closing the show!

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Rita Remark chose to reflect the 20th Anniversary celebrations with essie’s Go for Gold polish. Paired with the classic Licorice, it complimented the collection perfectly.

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What was your favourite #WMCFW show? Tweet us at @natashaNKPR!

Published on: March 3, 2014 | By NKPR

NKPR ♥ LA

Warm temperatures, palm trees, beautiful architecture…we can’t get enough of Los Angeles! With so many exciting happenings last week including the Artists for Peace and Justice Pre-Oscar Charity Soiree (and the Oscars themselves!) we’re sharing our favourite places to eat, sleep and shop in LA.

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From Left: The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Maxfield and The Soho House

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Not only was this the hotel where Pretty Woman was filmed, it’s also one of the most beautiful hotels to visit in LA (the Mediterranean-inspired pool is a definite highlight). The service is absolutely incredible…and the bed is almost too comfortable (warning: you’ll be tempted to stay in bed all day!)

The Farm of Beverly Hills
The food here has a delicious home-cooked taste and the atmosphere is cozy with classic farm interiors. Also, the Chocolate Whoopie cookies are to die for.

Chateau Marmont
A must-see for the beautiful courtyard! This is a great place to stop by for some relaxation and retreat from the city bustle.

Melrose Place
Taking a stroll along Melrose Place is one of our favourite ways to spend an afternoon in LA; traffic is sparse, and the flowers and architecture makes for beautiful views! It’s known as LA’s ‘Luxury Destination,’ with shops that have an intimate, quaint vibe. Hint: it may one day become home to a NKPR office!

Soho House
We love it for its intimate, classic LA vibe and amazing drink selection (not to mention incredible patio bar views!)

Runyon Canyon
If you’re looking to get active and explore the more natural areas of LA, this offers the best hiking experience…stunning views!

Cecconi’s West Hollywood
Hands down the best Italian Pasta and Tuna dishes we’ve had in LA. The fare is fresh and authentic…order the cicchetti (Italian tapas) for a truly European dining experience!

Maxfield
A celebrity shopping destination, Maxfield boasts a unique modern interior that’s a work of art in itself, not to mention an incredible collection of designer pieces…truly iconic!

Love LA? Where are your favourite places to sleep, shop & dine? Tweet us at @natashankpr!

 

 

 

 

Published on: February 28, 2014 | By NKPR

NKPR Joins the Evolve Functional Fitness Movement!

Meet Evolve Functional Fitness – dubbed the “Netflix” of personal training, this amazing new fitness app is rooted in the principles of functional fitness and movement! Many of us consider ourselves fitness enthusiasts, so we were intrigued and keen to try this unique approach to fitness! So, what’s it all about?

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The program works as a monthly membership with 4 different trainers, each with a distinct style to help you master the building blocks of fitness. For the price of one luxury latte, you can join the movement with us! And don’t be intimidated — we love that all the workouts are accompanied by modifications and tutorials.

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As a bodyweight-only exercise program that can be accessed anywhere, anytime on any device, Evolve eliminates the need for fussy fitness gear. Used with wireless earphones, you can really take your workout wherever you want! You can even follow with a DJ-mixed set or with your own iTunes playlist!

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Evolve also makes up a community where users post photos, quotes, and feed off the inspirations of fellow members and trainers. The goal is to get people moving and having fun despite our modern stationary lives.

Join us and Evolve in a #BuiltToMove challenge every Friday at 3pm! This week we’re doing the isometric single-leg deadlift. Post your photos and results!

Show us what you’ve got! Tweet us at @natashankpr and @evolveanywhere!

 

Published on: February 24, 2014 | By NKPR

Trends we ♥ this Award Season

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Who’s getting your vote? Tweet us at @natashankpr!

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