NKPR GUIDE: SUMMER OUTSIDE THE CITY

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how to enjoy the summer within a 2 hour drive of toronto!

The hot weather is the perfect excuse to get out of the city and spend some time in the great outdoors (that’s within a 2 hour driving radius)! We’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to escape the city life this summer:

Lavender Farms

Visiting a lavender farm is a perfect way to spend a day in the summer (and you’ll leave smelling great)! Many of these beautiful farms are only a short drive away from the city. Terre Bleu is one of the biggest lavender farms in Canada and is conveniently the closest to Toronto, near Milton. Terre Bleu is definitely Instagram worthy with a giant yellow door in the middle of the field, lavender ice cream, and tons of other scented and flavoured goodies at their gift shop!

Hamilton’s Waterfalls

Just hop on the QEW and check out the amazing waterfalls in Hamilton! Great for the active or those looking for a peaceful afternoon, there are over a hundred waterfalls where you can hike or even have a picnic. If you’re feeling a bit overheated, you can even stand in the waterfall to cool down!

Elora Gorge

The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Take a day trip to Elora Gorge or spend a few nights camping (with a breathtaking view to wake up to)! Canoeing, tubing, a splash pad, sport fields, trails, and access to great fishing on the Grand River, makes Elora Gorge Park a family favourite!

Niagara Falls & Niagara-on-the-lake

Spend the day (or weekend) in the picture perfect town of Niagara-on-the-lake, with gift shops, fine dining, historical sites, infinite ice cream options, and sooooo much more. The Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boats ride is a must when visiting this cute little town. Take on this Class 5 white water that’s guaranteed to leave you absolutely soaking wet and amazingly refreshed. Not a fan of getting wet? The Jet Dome tour follows the exact route as the Wet Jet but shelters you from the water. If arcades, zip-lining, and ferris wheels interest you, drive to Niagara Falls for a fun-packed weekend! 

GO Transit is also offering weekend GO Train service to Niagara Falls from June 22 – September 3. 

What are your summer plans? tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: Father’s Day 2018

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide!

June 17th is Father’s Day! We’re about a week away so we’ve put together some great ideas for how to spend your time (and maybe your money) to celebrate your dad! Whether he’s the adventurous type or likes to stay at home, there are gifts for every dad out there:

The Outdoorsman

There are some seriously cool products from MEC that we think all Dads deserve to have. Check out these awesome gifts that you could use this summer at home, on the road, or even camping!

Portable Fridge/ Freezer with WIFI

This multi-tasking freezer would make your dad the life of the party! It features dual cooled compartments for different food items, and you can control the temperature with a mobile app and charge your phone with the USB port!

UCO Softshell Ice Cream Ball Pint

This baby makes ice cream WHEREVER you go! Imagine all the times you’ve been at a family BBQ and could have used a nice creamy bowl to cool you down… now you can make it yourself as you play a friendly game of soccer!

The Food Connoisseur

Some dads are master grillers, and others love a good espresso (or both)! These Pusateri’s items are great gift options for any dad who loves to cook and enjoy their daily dose, or two, of caffeine.

Leather Grilling Apron 
Fully hand-made with 100% leather, this apron is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any dad who loves to grill.

Espresso Gift Set 
Nothing is better to start a morning than a cup of espresso and biscotti on the side! Add a great view and great company and that’s a perfect way to greet your dad on Father’s Day.

The Workaholic 

These Links of London goodies are classy and stylish ways to show your dad how much you appreciate all his hard work!

Driver Silver Dial Watch

Every look is completed with a sleek watch! Gift your dad this classic accessory- there’s no doubt it’ll be his new outfit staple.

Black Tone Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen

Really good quality pens are seriously underrated! This baby is bold and beautiful with a retractible nib, clip, and a polished black finish.

The Car Junkie

Bloor-Yorkville is hosting their 8th annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show on Sunday the 17th from 12-5 PM! Take your dad for some quality time and get up close and personal with some of the most rare, beautiful, and luxury cars.

What are you doing for Father’s Day? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: PRIDE MONTH 2018

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Celebrate Pride Month!

Friday June 1st marks the official start of Pride Month, with the Toronto Pride Parade on June 24th. We’ve put together a quick guide of all the products and activities offered by our clients that will help you celebrate! We’ve got you covered for what to wear, and what to do, to show your pride this June!

Never Apart

Dax Dasilva, the CEO and founder of Lightspeed, is also the founder of Never Apart, a not for profit organization geared towards igniting positive change and unity through culture! Never Apart has released two Colour by Icons colouring books that celebrate 50 LGBTQ icons. Colour by Icons 2.0 features LGBTQ trailblazers including David Bowie, Yves Saint-Laurent, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many more! All proceeds from the colouring book benefit Never Apart’s LGBTQ programming!

Swarovski

Swarovski has a great selection of beautiful rainbow necklaces that you can show your pride with. Whether you like mid-length necklaces, chokers, or long necklaces Swarovski has got you covered for the upcoming parade!  

MEC

On June 16th, MEC will be celebrating Pride Month with a special ParkBus event! This will allow urbanites who want to go camping a chance to get there on a communal (and fun) bus without having to rent a car or take some sort of transit to Narnia!

Bloor-Yorkville

An amazing part of Pride Month is seeing the stores participate by setting up fun window displays! Bloor-Yorkville will be all decked out in rainbows for the month, making it that much more fun to window shop! Spend a weekend checking out all of the beautiful window displays as you browse through the incredible shops and restaurants throughout the neighbourhood.

How will you be celebrating Pride Month? Tweet us at @natashankpr to let us know!

#NKClientLove: The Royal Wedding

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MISSED THE ROYAL WEDDING?

Our office (and our clients!) have been obsessed with the Royal Wedding for weeks, so we put together a quick recap of some ways we’ve showed love for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day!

Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville

On May 19th, bright and early at 6 AM, the Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville hosted a Royal Breakfast for guests to view the wedding in luxury and comfort! Seated in the hotel’s stunning (and newly renovated) Courtyard Ballroom, they enjoyed a delicious luxe British breakfast prepared by the Windsor Arms’ executive and pastry chefs. Guests indulged in a curated selection of Windsor Arms loose leaf teas, assortment of scones and crumpies, traditional English bubble and squeak ,and even a Royal-inspired lemon elderflower wedding cake!

Links of London 

Guests loved Links of London at the Royal Wedding! Her Majesty the Queen wore a beautiful assortment of pearls, including Links of London’s Effervescence White Large Pearl Stud Earrings and the Effervescence Star White Pearl Bracelet.

Kitty Spencer played it simple with an up-do that let the classic and elegant Diamond Essentials Pave Round Stud Earrings shine.

Amal Clooney was a showstopper with the Hope Egg Earrings in Silver and White Topaz to compliment her beautiful golden Stella McCartney dress.

Square One Shopping Centre

Square One created a fun tribute to some of Meghan’s most iconic fashion moments in the lead up to the Royal wedding, including the iconic Meghan Coat from LINE the Label that she wore for her engagement!

MEC

With it being hardly a week since their nuptials, we’re remembering all the sweet moments the couple shared since their first blind date! Just weeks after they met, Harry surprised Meghan with a safari camping trip to Maun, Botswana! *Swoons*
We’ve assembled a list of MEC must-haves so you can have your own romantic getaway camping trip this summer! This Wine Glass set is perfect for a night under the stars! No romantic night is complete without snuggling up with some cozy blankets and pillows- at around $20 you could get tons of these Camp Pillows to make your evening ultra- cozy. Lastly, you of course need the perfect tent! Try out this Cabin 6 Person Tent for a spacious romantic hideaway.

How did you celebrate the Royal Wedding? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

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Manolo Blahnik at the Bata Shoe Museum

The amazing Spanish shoe designer, Manolo Blahnik, is now in Toronto for his final stop of the travelling exhibiton, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes! After visits in Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid, the retrospective exhibit is making its only North American stop at the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition opened to the public on May 16th, 2018 and runs through until January 6th, 2019.

For over 45 years, Manolo Blahnik’s creativity has labeled his inventions as somewhere between fashion and art. Mr. Blahnik will be showcasing his designs from the early 1970’s to modern day. The exhibit explores 200 of Mr. Blahnik’s famed, elegant designs, including the heels he created for the 2006 film, Marie Antoinette. The show will also include 80 original drawings, video footage of Mr. Blahnik at work, and a glimpse into his creative process.

In the lead up to the opening, a press preview was held on May 15th to introduce Mr. Blahnik and his exhibition to Canadian media, providing interviews and a sneak peak into the gallery. A gala was also held that evening to celebrate the opening of the retrospective in Toronto and the end of its global tour. Mr. Blahnik arrived with his sister, Evangeline Blahnik, and his niece, Kristina Blahnik.

The Bata Shoe Museum also hosted a talk with Manolo Blahnik on May 16, 2018. In Conversation with Manolo Blahnik gave visitors a chance to listen to Mr. Blahnik discuss his thoughts on what truly inspires him, his views on the fashion industry today, and any and all details about the stunning exhibit.

Have you bought your tickets yet? Purchase them here.

NKPR Fall 2018 Preview

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Welcome to our Fall 2018 Preview!

This past Wednesday we invited media and guests into our office for our Fall/Winter 2018 Preview. Starting bright and early at 8:30AM, we showcased some of our clients’ upcoming product launches and the newest trends for next season! 

Upon entering, guests were welcomed to join us for s’mores with our popular MEC display! Along with camping essentials, the outdoor retailer showcased some of their top products for the latest trends in Indoor Climbing and Trail Running, as well as an exclusive look at the new North Face jackets coming our way!

With two exciting new clients on board, guests were also delighted with takeaway Tim Horton’s Timbits and six hours worth of puppy love with Betty and Blue from Dog Tales Rescue.

After getting their fill of our furry friends (for the time being), guests browsed the show stopping pieces in Swarovski’s Fall collection- including some of the largest crystal encrusted necklaces we’ve ever seen, as well as a fun Disney collaboration!

There was also a large variety of hair-care products on display, including OGX’s new Stylers (with dry shampoos, wax, creams, and mousses!) and Maui Moisture’s new Color Protection Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner. Guests were also treated to touch-ups using the Stylers- leaving the preview looking as a fab as ever!

Enter the boardroom and you were confronted with a beauty lovers paradise! Groupe Marcelle set up shop with their newest and coolest collections.

Lise Watier’s David Vincent spoke to guests about a range of new products, including the Stylo Haute Couleur high coverage lip lacquers!

The stunningly bold display belonged to Annabelle, of course- featuring the Edge Collection with some of the prettiest fall lipsticks we’ve seen yet.

Last but not least, Marcelle gave us a sneak peak at their NewAge collection, with an Uplift Serum, and both day and eye creams.

Our friends at DAVIDsTEA gave us a taste of fall with their new blends, including Namastea and Cardamom Macchiato! They also had guests up to their noses in fruity scents with their new summer collection, launching on May 14th.

Guests found themselves admiring the new Afternoon Tea collection charms from Links of London. I mean- how cute is the cupcake and strawberry?? Also on display were the gorgeous new rose gold additions to the Splendour collection.

LINE the Label offered guests the chance to try on their new fall pieces, featuring beautiful coats with everything from cheetah print to beautiful soft pink hues!

What products are you looking forward to trying next season? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) to let us know!

NKPR Guide: Mother’s Day 2018

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother’s Day is fast approaching- it’s only one short week away! Haven’t found the perfect gift for mom? Well, we’ve got you covered! Celebrate this Mother’s Day together and show your mom how much you appreciate her- because she deserves it!

WHAT TO DO

Afternoon Tea and Spa Day at the Windsor Arms 

Enjoy tea for two in the beautiful Tea Room at the Windsor Arms! After you enjoy your biscuits and cakes, you can move upstairs to the relaxing and serene spa. Every mom out there would love a day to relax and unwind from her usual busy life. Windsor Arms has a ton of treatments to choose from to give your mom the day she deserves!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Windsor Arms

With Mother’s Day on a Sunday, it’s the perfect day for Sunday Brunch! The Courtyard Café at Windsor Arms is a beautiful setting to celebrate your mom and show your love for her (and we guarantee she’ll love it too)!

Blue Jays Mother’s Day Game

This is the perfect gift for all the sports fans out there! It will be a great afternoon of baseball and, of course, quality family time. As an added bonus, the 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be transformed into an Oasis dedicated to pampering mom! She can get her hair, nails, and makeup done all while preparing to watch the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox!

Mother’s Day Walk for Breast Cancer

Help raise money for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada while spending time with your mom! Families all around the world are impacted by breast cancer, so it’s a great opportunity to show your support for ALL moms who have battled breast cancer. You can participate by joining one of the walks held in Mississauga, London, Sarnia, and Ottawa.

WHAT TO BUY

Swarovski Mother’s Day Collection

What mom doesn’t love to receive new jewellery? Treat your mom with the Swarovski Mother’s Day Collection to make her feel (and look) like a million bucks!

DAVIDsTea Mother’s Day Collection and Get Pampered Set

If mom can’t fit an afternoon out into her busy schedule, gift your mom this tea set that will make her feel like she just spent the day getting pampered at the spa! 

Lise Watier Gift Set

Spoil mom with these skin care gift sets from Lise Watier! The Age Control Supreme and PerfeXion gift sets will help mom put her best face forward. 

What will you do for your mom this Mother’s Day? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR to let us know!

The New Thompson Toronto Diner Menu

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What will you try from Thompson Diner’s New Menu?

Everybody loves a good Diner! The Thompson Hotel downtown TO recently reinvented their menu and we’re obsessed! There’s an overwhelming amount of mouthwatering dishes available- you’ll probably want to book off the afternoon just to try it all. We recently made a visit ourselves and came up with a list of some of our favourites:

If you want to start with a bang, you gotta try the Thompson’s Chicken and Waffles! The chicken is juicy, the waffle is homemade, and you can glaze it in amazing maple syrup- it’s revolutionary.

How could you even follow that performance? One of the crowning jewels is the Truffle Mac n’ Cheese! It’s truly a must-have, you will NEVER regret the oozy provolone and mozzarella, the hint of cheddar and the drizzle of truffle oil.

Next up is the classicly delicious Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup! It’s the perfect comfort food for rainy cold days… or just everyday!

If you need a breakfast that will hold you over, definitely try the Huevos Rancheros! With crispy tostadas, black beans, queso fresco, pickled fresnos, salsa ranchera, and a bit of cilantro, it’s a great start to the day.

Love fries? Love them loaded? Get the Thompson’s All-Star Fries with beef and bean chili, beer cheese fondue, bacon, and ranch dressing. I know, it sounds amazing, and yes, you will want to try them!

If all you need is a little snack, something on the side, or something to share, order the Hummus with za’atar, soft pitas, and olive oil. You can also choose to add spicy lamb or charred eggplant!

Need the perfect drink to compliment the perfect meal? There’s something for every palate. Grab a Bloody Caesar before dinner or a Mimosa with your brunch! Need to wake up a bit or a doze of sweetness? The Thompson Diner has incredible coffee, hot chocolate, and of course, milkshakes! It wouldn’t be a diner without milkshakes, would it?

Want to see what else Thompson Toronto is serving up? Check out their Instagram for more beautiful food photography and a peak at their menu: @ThompsonDiner

NKPR GUIDE: EARTH DAY 2018

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BE ECO-FRIENDLY FOR EARTH DAY!

With Earth Day approaching we’ve accumulated our favourite eco-friendly products so you can help the world in more ways than turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. From water to clothing, we’ve got you covered so you can help the environment this Sunday!

OGX

Weightless Hydration Coconut Water collection. This collection includes the shampoo, conditioner, and hydration oil! The natural formula is sold in eco-friendly bottles with recycled post-consumer resin. And they’re great items to pick up to treat yourself this weekend- double win!

FLOW WATER

Flow sources their water from a sustainable source in Ontario! All of the three flavours also come in bottles made mostly from paperboard with plastic lids derived from sugarcane, making them both recyclable and renewable. Have you tried the new flavours? Flow now is available in both Lemon Ginger and Cucumber Mint!

MEC

Nothing says Earth Day like getting outside and being active! Check out these items to help you have #goodtimesoutside this weekend:

  1. Nalgene Everyday Water Bottle. Reusable water bottles reduce the amount of plastic water bottles!
  2. Men’s Iconic Hoodie. Made of 100% organically grown cotton, which reduces energy demand, global warming potential, and amount of water used!
  3. Women’s Rya Cardi. Made from organically grown cotton and Tencel Lyocell, a environmentally friendly man-made material produced from tree pulp.

LISE WATIER

V Element Volcanic Minerals Mascara. You will definitely want to try this amazing new mascara! It’s formulated with earth-based materials including volcanic water, Snowflake Obsidian, Clear Quartz, Aquamarine, and Pyrite (all delivering volume and length with an intense black colour)! 

MAUI MOISTURE

Color Protection + Sea Mineral Collection. This collection includes the shampoo and conditioner, using a formula with sea botanicals like Minerals, Algae, and Sea Kelp! The set is also sold in post-consumer recycled packaging. 

What earth day inspired product do you want to try? Tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know!

Afternoon Tea with Links of London

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Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Links of London

Links of London recently introduced new charms to add to their stunning Afternoon Tea Collection! The charm additions include the adorable daisy, strawberry, cupcake, and sugar cube (which is made of solid-sterling silver, sprinkled with a generous helping of 216 sparkling pave diamonds)! To create the perfect Royal tea-inspired Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet, mix these in with the collection’s miniature British biscuit charm, and traditional teapot, cup and saucer charm!

To celebrate the new charms for their Afternoon Tea Collection, Links of London hosted guests for Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville!

Tea Etiquette Expert, Lisa Orr, taught guests the differences between afternoon tea and high tea, and how the Royals enjoy theirs! (The Queen loves Earl Grey with a side of Chocolate biscuit cake).

Along with finger sandwiches and pastries, the afternoon featured a candy bar where guests could fill up their Links of London gift bags with their favourite British sweets.

Of course, the afternoon wasn’t complete without a Pop-up Made-To-Order Bracelet Bar! Each guest was complimented with a Links of London iconic Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet that they could customize with Afternoon Tea Charms of their choice! They also had the option to add an engraved Disc Charm and were given the chance to swap sterling silver rings with rose gold vermeil, yellow gold vermeil or rhodium rings for a bi-metal look.

What’s your favourite Afternoon Tea Charm? Comment below or tweet us (@natashankpr) to let us know!