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NKPR’s Favourite Holiday Movies

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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!

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

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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!

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Tweezerman Mens’ Essential Grooming Kit

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.

 

!Xam Diamonds  Custom Lapis Lazuli Cufflinks in sterling silver

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!

Custom Lapis Lazuli Cufflinks in Sterling SilverAcqua Di Gio by Georgio Armani (available at Sears)

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!).

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Saje – The Peaceful Warrior Men’s Kit

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!

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Rudsak Beau Jacket

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!

Rudsak Beau Jacket4-pc ZWILLING Steakhouse Steak Knife Set with Storage Case

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!

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Hi-Tec – Sierra Duck

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!

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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

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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…

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Holiday Guide: Planning the Perfect Party

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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…

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DAVIDsTEA- Scented Candles

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!

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Barilla Italian Pasta

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!

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Eat Nakd Whole Food Snack Bars

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.

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Shloer Sparkling Grape Beverage

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!

Shloer Winter Iced Tea

12.5ml vodk
12.5ml gin
12.5ml rum
12.5ml cointreau
15ml lemon juice
15ml apple juice
100ml Red Grape Shloer

Shake the first 6 ingredients together and strain, then top with the Shloer.

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Zwilling – Staub Ceramic Terrine

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!

 

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Lori Morris – Interior Design

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.

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Keeping Warm This Winter

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Here at NKPR we’re huge fans of winter, but we know that adjusting to the cold weather can be a daunting task. Thankfully, there are many things that we absolutely LOVE getting cozy with to keep us warm all season long!

Here are a couple NKPR favourites that keep us looking forward to winter each and every snowfall…

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DAVIDs TEA Egg Nog Tea

A hot drink is the best way to keep your mittens warm, and this season we’re crazy for DAVIDs TEA’s holiday special Egg Nog tea. This caffeine-free tea features ingredients like white chocolate, meringue and green rooibos. Without needing to leave the house, steep for 4-7 minutes at 205°F and drink on its own OR add frothed milk, sugar and voila! a homemade Egg Nog Latte! This delicious treat will keep you toasty and get you right into the holiday spirit.

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Rudsak Anouk Parka

Rudsak’s Anouk Parka will do more than keep you looking stylish this season; it’ll keep you ridiculously warm in even the coldest snowstorms (and what’s more important than looking good in a snowstorm?). Decorated with edgy leather accents and a genuine raccoon fur hood, the Anouk Parka will have you looking forward to getting bundled and heading out into the cold!

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Sears Whole Homestyle Factory Essential Plush Throw

Snowed in? You’ll be thanking Mother Nature in no time as you snuggle up to the fire with a good book, some hot cocoa and a Sears Whole Homestyle Factory Essential Plush Throw. Softer than a brand new puppy, this throw is the perfect thing to cuddle up to, keeping you cozy all winter long.

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Hi-Tec Thomas Boots

Don’t let any amount of snow keep you from enjoying the outdoors this winter. Hi-Tec’s Thomas Boot is perfect for all snow lovers, offering warm but stylish comfort. Lined with a thick insulated layer that retains body heat while still allowing moisture to escape, the Thomas boots are made for the snowy, Canadian winters that we know and love. Forecast calling for 15 feet of snow? Bring it on!

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Eat Nakd Whole Food Bars

Filling yourself up with healthy, protein filled snacks is the best and simplest way to prepare your body for a long winter. Eat Nakd Wholefood Bars are packed with healthy, natural ingredients that provide you with all of the nutrients that you need to keep warm and energized when out-and-about this winter. Take a couple onto the ski slopes or out for a winter picnic – no amount of fun-filled winter activities will tire you out!

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Racinne – Lady S At-Home Spa Device

Keeping warm in the winter is essential not only for you, but also for your skin. The Lady S by Racinne is an at-home spa device that uses heat to rejuvenate your skin, brighten your complexion and reduce signs of aging. While winter’s dryness and harsh winds are in effect, your Lady S will keep you, and your skin, glowing all season.

RACINNE.1122 [Converted] Montecito – Up The Stairs

If staying indoors is more your style, enjoy a view of the snowfall while sipping on a festive cocktail from Montecito. Up The Stairs is a seasonal favorite, made with brandy, pear liqueur, mint, lime and house-made apple cider, combined to create a pleasantly homey winter feeling. Montecito’s warm, inviting interiors paired with a couple ounces of brandy will keep you feeling cozy while embracing the season!

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What’s your favourite way to keep warm this season? Tweet us at @natashankpr!

Toronto Fashion Week: NKPR’s Top SS15 Picks

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Oh Toronto Fashion Week…that glorious time of year when the city dives deep into the fashion world and comes out a little more polished and way more fab! As usual NKPR was wrapped up in fashion all week long, whether in the audience at Christopher Bates, backstage with Mikhael Kale or on the runway with Rudsak. Even though Toronto Fashion Week is over, we’ve still got the fashion fever!

We’ve rounded up some of our top looks from our favourite designers that rocked the runway last week at David Pecault Square…

Christopher Bates

Contemporary menswear designer, Christopher Bates, showcased his Spring/Summer 2015 collection on the runway at the Fashion Week last Wednesday. Pulling inspiration from The English Patient, the collection featured whites, khakis and sand hues reminiscent of the desert landscapes seen in the film. The collection is bright yet sophisticated and edgy, capturing a safari-resort vibe that will no doubt have people planning their next retreat down south.

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Rudsak

Rudsak unveiled it’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, the new era of cool, last week at Toronto Fashion Week. Entering it’s 21st year, Rudsak paired the brand’s notorious rocker leather pieces with sport chic-inspired street-wear, creating an innovative and edgy look, perfectly embodying all that is cool. The collection, comprised primarily of Rudsak’s traditional black pieces, featured accents of oranges, reds and whites that, along with the athletic accessories, perfectly brought the collection together.

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Mikhael Kale

As one of the most highly-anticipated shows at Toronto Fashion Week, Mikhael Kale’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection was nothing short of amazing. The unique, dynamic collection featured pieces with provocative cutouts, hand-dyed organza, crystal beading and clear latex showcasing Kale’s unique ability to highlight the female form. Kale’s inventive and inspiring designs wrapped up Fashion Week on the ultimate high note and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

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What was your favourite runway show from Toronto Fashion Week? Tweet us your thoughts at @natashakpr!

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