February is here and NKPR is jumping on the Love Train. Stay tuned all month as we help you get in the mood with the perfect gifts, date ideas and yummy treats to share with the one you love.
The 14th might be a mandatory date night for those who are attached, but it shouldn’t be the only time of the year to woo your significant other. The NKPR team has put together some activities for you to enjoy with anyone near and dear.
Who wouldn’t want to spend the day in a bathrobe getting pampered? Treat your plus one to a rejuvenating spa retreat catered to couples that includes massage therapy, a hot steam and lunch at this amazing spa in Bloor-Yorkville! www.sitamaa.com
Dîner Pour Deux
Maybe you can’t take your love to Paris for a romantic getaway, but you can always take them to La Société for a French-inspired meal. We suggest ordering the Grand Tower – a three-tiered seafood feast that is sure to make a memorable Valentine’s date. www.lasociete.ca
Pass the Popcorn
Get together with your fellow cinephiles and head over to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a silver screen escape. From February 10-16 the Academy Awards nominated films for Best Live Action and Best Animated Short will be playing back-to-back so you can choose wisely in your office Oscar pool. www.Tiff.net
The We-Vibe 3 is a great place to start for anyone looking to plan an intimate night in. It’s made for couples and features six vibration patterns, a remote control and a waterproof design. Cue up a Marvin Gaye CD and you’ve got yourself a sexy Valentine’s Day party for two. www. We-Vibe.com
Tweet us @natashankpr and tell us how you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day!
NKPR knows there are so many great opportunities available for fans to connect with their favourite brands online, and we’ve been busy working with many of them to creatively participate in online conversations with Canadians. This month we are thrilled to announce that Goody Canada has officially gone live with their first-ever social media channels! This is another great way for Canadian media and consumers to connect with the Goody brand.
If you’re on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, and you want to keep up with hot new hair trends, celebrity inspired styling tips and the latest tools and accessories from Goody Canada, follow us!
We invite you to join in on the hair conversation, and look forward to sharing exciting offers and product launches in the next few months. Keep an eye out for exclusive online contests, including our launch celebration giveaways of $150 Goody prize packs #goodygiveaway
What brands do you think are doing an excellent job with social media? Tell us @natashankpr
Looking for some warm comfort on a cold, snowy day? The new Noble Glass Travel Thermos from DAVIDsTEA features a bamboo lid, tea leaf strainer and double paned glass to keep your favourite tea toasty hot! [Toronto Star]
The hottest makeup trend this spring is a colourful smokey eye! Stila’s Global Director of Artistry, Sarah Lucero shares her expert tips to create this sexy look with a Stila Smudge Crayon in Midnight Blue! [Elle Quebec]
Have you been using the wrong hairbrush for your hair type? Goody offers an amazing selection of brushes so you can achieve the look you want with the proper tool! Don’t forget to follow these tips from Toronto hair stylist Paul Pereira of Solo Bace! [The Kit]
NKPR’s token male takes on office favourite, Kim & Kourtney Take New York, tackling issues such as Kim’s short-lived marriage, Kourtney’s ridiculous antics (oil-based enemas anyone?) and why the Humph isn’t such a bad guy after all.
This year I got caught up in the whole Keeping up with the Kardashians craze. It always seems to be a hot topic of conversation in the office, after a weekend spent unwinding, going out and evidently, keeping up with the Kardashians.
Like most guys who dare to admit that they’ve tuned in to the past season of Kourtney and Kim take New York, I initially got caught up in the excitement of Kim Kardashian’s serendipitous phony romance with New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries. True, K2had only known each other for a few months, but come on- his name starts with a K, the same as ALL the Kardashian sisters! With that kind of foundation, surely this love would be 4-eva! I’m sure that’s what Kim’s brand managers were thinking when they approached her with a 72-day wedding-for-profit scheme dating opportunity. Okay I’ll admit it, I’m just speculating.
But I digress, because a polarizing family like the Kardashians will and has drawn in much more intense criticism than I am willing to get into here. So instead, here are my highlights of Kourtney and Kim take New York season 2:
– Kim and Kris, and Kourtney, Scott, and their son Mason move in together.
– Kourtney gets an oil enema and then proceeds to leak on Kim’s bed.
– Kris shaves Scott’s armpits. (yea, so what?)
– Scott gets drunk. (Apparently a no-no in the Kardashian household)
– Kim calls Khloe a “dumb evil little effing troll” via text.
– Kim visits Kris in Minnesota. (In K&KGTNY, Minnesota is a place where dreams go to die)
– Kim convinces Kris to come back to New York.
– Kourtney throws out Scott’s mom’s “ugly” stuff.
– Kardashian matriarch “the other Kris” arrives.
– Scott watches porn
– Kim and Kris eat lunch on an outdoor patio.
– Kris says he could throw Kim over the edge.
– Kim asks Kris if he’s ready to have a baby, Kris smirks… (Actually, he always smirks)
– Kim and Kris fight.
I’m going to stop right there because the rest of the season pretty much revolves around making Kris Humphries look like a complete asshole. A very sleazy shrewd move made by the Kardashian Empire. To me, “The Humph” really isn’t such a bad guy. He’s just the only dude in the history of Keeping up with the Kardashians who has managed to maintain some level of dignity in the face of such blatant female bullying and male groveling (ahem… Scott Disick… Bruce Jenner). So pretty much, he just got himself mixed up in an extremely sticky (and gold-plated) spider web that has made him the center of attention on the court in the tabloids.
With that said, after watching an entire season of “Kourtney and Kim take New York”, Kim will undoubtedly become a permanent figure on my “least favourite people” list. Because I, like, find it amazing that, like, a woman as, like, successful as her is not, like, capable of putting together, like, a proper sentence. But hey, apparently that doesn’t matter these days.
In all fairness, this is just a TV show, and Ryan Seacrest can portray his “characters” in any way he chooses. The only accomplishment here is that millions of teeny-bopping girls who aspire to be just as, like, glamorous as Kim Kardashian will go on bashing Kris Humphries. And that’s okay with me as long as he helps win me my fantasy basketball championship. He should just be thankful he got out before the Kreepy Kardashian Kristmas Kard photo was taken.
We must admit, he does bring up a few good points… But the real question is, can we convince him to tune in for the next season of Khloe & Lamar?
Are you a fan of the Kardashians? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @natashankpr!
January is always an incredibly busy time in the NKPR office! In order to look our best, we rely on quick beauty fixes that help us look alert, awake and put-together! Here are some of our favourites:
Need to brighten up tired eyes? Stila Jewel Eye Shadows are the perfect blend of shimmer and sparkle to keep your lids shining all day long! [Chatelaine]
Winter weather doing a drying number on your skin? Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a lightweight, readily absorbed elixir that helps hydrate and repair your skin from daily aggressors like the cold! The best part – this amazing product works overnight so you can wake up with beautiful, refreshed skin! [Paperplanes.ca]
Our new favourite quick beauty fix: Goody Double Wear elastics! They look like bracelets but are fully functional as hair elastics! The handy elastic band on your wrist just became a lot more stylish! [Chantel Simmons]
My staff tends to travel to New York a lot! Whether for business or a weekend getaway, one of our favourite things to do in the city (or anywhere really) is eat! New York has some of the best food in the world and asking everyone to choose their favourite restaurant and meal was no easy task! In fact, I still refuse to pick just one! (Right now I LOVE Lure and Peasent!)
From food trucks to local eateries and world-class institutions, check out my staff’s New York City restaurant recommendations!
Aimee’s Pick – Handmade Cavatelli & Braised Short Ribs at David Burke Townhouse “You can’t beat fall-off-the-bone meat and truffle mousse!”
Sarah’s Pick – Steak Tartare at Balthazar “The perfect lunch on a day of shopping in Soho.”
Erica’s Pick – Lamb & Chicken Combo at 53rd and 6th Halal Cart “Out of all the celebrity restaurants and fine New York food I’ve tasted, nothing compares to this little tin of heaven. I can’t explain why it’s so delicious but I will tell you I’ve waited in line for 2 hours in the middle of winter just to eat here. That’s commitment!”
Bunmi’s Pick – Griddle Special at Bubby’s (Tribeca) “I LOVED the GRIDDLE SPECIAL: Two sour cream or sourdough pancakes, two eggs any style, housemade sausage, house-cured heritage bacon or scrapple. I had this with a side of grits and cheese! Just sensational!! What breakfast should be!”
Justin’s Pick – Mexican-style Corn on the Cob at Cafe Habana “Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it, Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban revolution, this place has the best “mexican-style” corn you will ever eat in your entire life. Not to mention the rest of the menu, which might be the best Cuban you can get in NYC!!”
Rebecca’s Pick – Fried Chicken and Waffles at David Burke Kitchen “I went with a group who shared a variety of jars and starters. For my main, I ordered the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles which is my #1 guiltiest pleasure and had the peanut butter chocolate cake for dessert.”
Kaley’s Pick – The Grand Opulence Sundae at Serendipity “The 23K edible gold leaf really sells it for me…rent well spent :)” We think she’s joking…. right?
What’s your favourite meal in New York City? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us @natashankpr!
It’s easy to get lost in the craziness of the holiday season, indulge in a bit of post-holiday shopping and bask in the glorious foods on offer during this time of year.
While having fun, spending time with family and friends and indulging a little after a hard year’s work is important, please take time to remember those in Haiti, who will be marking two years since the devastating earthquake hit the nation this month.
January 12, 2010 – a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti at a depth of 8.1 miles, killing over 200,000 Haitians and continues to this day to affect the lives of those in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
Despite efforts to rebuild Haiti since the destruction in 2010, most Haitian communities are still living in immense poverty, most living in tent camps, suffering life-threatening illnesses such as Cholera, and having no access to nutritious meals, medical treatments or quality education
Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), an organization created by Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis is an organization near and dear to my heart. We encourage peace and social justice and address issues of poverty in the poorest communities in Haiti through programs focused on education, health and dignity.
APJ was on the ground when the earthquake hit and saw first-hand how the earthquake shattered the lives of Haitians and continues to have rippling effects throughout the communities.
Through the efforts of APJ supporters and board members such as Olivia Wilde, Gerard Butler, John Hamm, Madeleine Stowe and Susan Sarandon, APJ has been working to rebuild the communities in Haiti over the last two years, including creating the first free secondary school in Haiti and providing free life-saving medical care for Haitians. Although so many accomplishments have been made in Haiti, so much more still needs to be done.
APJ Founder, Paul Haggis visits the nation many times a year, and lends his thoughts to the situation pre and post-earthquake.
“Before the earthquake, Haiti was already in desperate need of help. Today those needs are even greater. Many promises of massive foreign aid were never kept. As a result, reconstruction is almost non-existent. Children today live in the slums, in tiny crowded rooms with mud floors, tin roofs, no electricity, no plumbing or water. Right up until last year these children had no access to education past grade six. Now they do, due to the generosity of APJ donors, and the proven effectiveness of our Haitian partners,” Paul Haggis.
APJ’s efforts to-date and the situation in Haiti include:
The first free high school in the nation; the Academy for Peace and Justice. Upon reaching capacity in 2014 the Academy will provide life changing free education to 3,000 students;
All students at the Academy receive a full scholarship, including tuition,uniforms and a nutritious meal – often the only meal many of the children will receive in a day. Meals are provided by APJ partner The World Food Program;
In 2012, APJ will partner with the We Are the World for Haiti Foundation to build the state-of-the-art Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie School of Music. The school will be a new division to the nation’s only free college for art and technology, the Artists Institute of Haiti;
APJ also supports the St Luke Family Hospital, which provides free medical care to the poorest and most vulnerable people in Port-au-Prince, including the Academy’s students and families;
APJ has enabled over 2,000 life-saving emergency surgeries at the St. Luke Hospital;
APJ also helped fund The St Philomene Cholera Center, which was able to open 36 hours after the epidemic hit and has treated 20,000 patients, 50% of whom would have died without medical treatment;
APJ has worked closely with Rick Frechette, a physician and community organizer who has been working in Haiti for over 25 years. Frechette and his St Luke Foundation of 1200 Haitian employees have extensive relationships with grassroots networks in Haiti.
APJ is working with Haitian partners to make long-term changes, to build quality institutions to serve the poor. In doing so APJ efforts are helping give birth to a new generation of Haitian leaders. It is Haitian people who will solve their problems – they just need a fair chance to do it.
How Can You Help?
Susan Sarandon and fellow Board Members are calling out to everyone to dig deep and support APJ’s efforts in Haiti.
“Please join us and help us rebuild this devastated community – give generously in honor of those whose lives were forever changed,” Susan Sarandon.
Donate online via apjnow.org and support a nation in desperate need.
It’s 2012 and blogging is no longer a mystery medium, but rather an amazing tool for personal and corporate use! Blogs have become a placeholder for news, videos, photos and contesting. Blogging for your brand can allow you to monitor conversations and further promote your products and services successfully.
Generating site traffic
It’s now common to use agencies with digital media services to grow blog audiences by building creative campaigns with long-term management plans. As a result of your blog’s popularity, clicks will drive traffic back to your product page. You can further promote growth by sharing across social networks.
Why it’s beneficial for brands?
A well-managed blog provides a rich user experience when compared to brand corporate sites. The key for building a fan base is providing a well-supported and maintained blog with unique, relevant content. Take We-Vibe for instance, their blog is a great outlet to promote the We-Vibe 3 by sharing content such as their weekly “We-Vibe Position of the Week” post or articles on sexual wellness. This content can then be leveraged by sharing on Twitter and Facebook which drives more traffic to the corporate site. Over time the brand will increase in social media presence, so it’s crucial to use a professional service for ongoing customer retention during, before and after a campaign.
Types of blogs
Wordpress is one of the most popular blogging platforms. This free open source platform offers self-hosting and plugins making it a scalable solution. You can also create a free account on wordpress.com.
Google’s Blogger is another platform that lets you publish content from Microsoft Word, Google Docs and Windows Live Writer with drag and drop actions. It integrates with your Gmail tools such as the new Google+.
Tumblr is a blogging platform that keeps simplicity in mind. Tumblr gives you the power to share almost anything you want, post text, photos, quotes, links, music and video. You can share media from your phone, desktop and email. NKPR’s Tumblr page provides live shots of events.
SquareSpace offers custom domain names at a monthly rate. You can build, customize and manage your blog with their built-in controls. There is also an app for the iPhone & iPad for their platform.
Ultimately there are many online platforms to publish your brand’s blog, but keep in mind, the most important factor is how great the content is. Harness the power of sharing information by getting a blog for your brand.
We are loving Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the Year! (note Tangerine Tango filled blog post below) Stay on-trend with this sheer blouse from RW&CO.’s spring collection! [Toronto Sun]
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and get fit! But you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym to get results. Introduce walking into your routine to kickstart your fitness goals! Our favourite walking shoe – the very cool Fila Skeletoes! [Insert Magazine]
Bling in the New Year with essie Luxeffects polishes! The sparkle doesn’t have to stop after New Year’s Eve and these essie polishes will help you shine throughout 2012! [Beauty Connexion]
One of my favourite parts about starting a new year is checking out the emerging trends in fashion and beauty! In December, colour company Pantone named Tangerine Tango, a vibrant reddish orange as their 2012 Colour of the Year. We love this on-trend shade and have started to see the vivacious hue everywhere! Pantone calls the colour “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive,” and we agree!
Want to add some Tangerine Tango to your life?
RW&CO. Dolman Sleeve Shirt Stop traffic in this bright, boho chic blouse! Available at RW&CO. stores nationally.
House of Marley Positive Vibrations headphones Make a statement with House of Marley headphones, offering superior sound and vibrant style! Available at Future Shop and Futureshop.ca
essie polish in Tangerine They say nails are your best accessory, so treat them to this stylish shade! Available at select salons.
Stila’s Mango Crush Lip & Cheek Stain Brighten up your cheeks and pout with this warm hue! Available at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques.
Aperol Spritz This Italian aperitif is gaining popularity in Canada. Perhaps due to its tangerine colouring? Available at LCBO and select liquor stores nationally.
Do you love Tangerine Tango as much as we do? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us @natashankpr!