LAST MINUTE STOCKING STUFFER IDEAS FOR $25 AND UNDER

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You’ve done your holiday shopping, the menu is planned, the cookies are baked, but you still need to fill those stockings!  Here are some last minute ideas that won’t break the bank and are guaranteed to please.

Must-Have Make-Up

For the beauty lover in your life make-up makes a great stocking stuffer and it’s so much fun to mix and match products like these ones below.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Skyline Mascara

This mascara brush grabs all lashes — even the finest, shortest ones — by curling and propelling them upwards.  It’s perfect for short and straight lashes as well as the bottom lash line. $12.95

 

 

Annabelle Chrome Single Eyeshadow 

An exceptional creamy texture for either a hint of shimmer or a bold metallic finish.  The best part, it comes in 10 different shades including rose gold (pictured below).  $8.95

 

 

Lise Watier Neiges Sparkling Lipstick

This crystal duo lipstick features sparkling pearls and a coloured core.  Its universal shade suits all complexions. $25.00

 

The Chuck Hughes X CXBO Chocolate Truffle Collection 

Stuffing chocolate in a stocking is always a crowd pleaser and this year you can up your game with this stunning truffle collection.  Pusateri’s has partnered with celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, CXBO’s chef Brandon Olsen and artist Sarah Keenlyside to create three different flavours that include ingredients from Chuck’s food line (grade A maple syrup, jalapeno hot sauce and balsamic vinegar).  It also comes in a collectable hand-painted nine-piece box.  $22.50

 

 

Nicole Guerriero Limited Edition Shampoo & Conditioner from OGX Beauty 

With names like Mistletoe Wishes, Ice Berry Queen and Midnight Kisses, this line is made to be in a stocking.  The shampoo and conditioner work to help smooth and hydrate hair making it bright, clean and fresh!  $8.99

 

 

Maui Moisture Hair Masks 

A fun thing to do after opening presents and enjoying a holiday meal is doing hair masks.  It’s also a great way to battle dry hair in the winter.  Maui Moisture offers three different masks that use 100% aloe juice.  They leave hair soft, healthy and smelling amazing.  $10.99

 

 

Square One Gift Card Plus 

Square One’s souped-up gift card could possibly be the best stocking stuffer of all time. The reason? Well, your stocking recipient can use it at any of the 330 stores or in any of the restaurants at Square One. And it can also be put towards a flight on Porter Airlines or a stay at multiple hotels across Canada.

 

WAXON Loofah Scrubs 

This delicious smelling scrub (that works as both a loofah and luxurious soap) comes in three scents including citrus twist, lemonrazz and pomtini. $11

NKPR GUIDE: CANADA DAY 2018

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How to Celebrate Canada Day this year!

Canada Day is only a few days away so we’ve put together a quick list of some summery and Canadian celebratory essentials for what you can do and what you can eat this weekend!

WHAT TO EAT

Pusateri’s has some incredible recipes that will last you the entire long weekend. Check out their recommendations for the most delicious meals to celebrate Canada’s birthday this year. Check out their store hours here to see if you can make any last minute trips on Monday!

Canada Day typically means lots of chilled beer and cocktails, but if you’re looking for something a little simpler with less of an edge (and low caffeine), try DAVIDsTEA’s most Canadian blend, the Maple Syrup Oolong!

WHAT TO DO

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL and HOT weekend (remember to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!), so what better way to make the most of it than by getting out of the city and enjoying nature! MEC has some great items for literally anything and everything you could want to do outside this weekend- from kayaking, camping amidst the trees, and even cooking your own pizza anywhere you go!

If the city is more your vibe, catch some sun and some sangrias on the Thompson Toronto rooftop! They’ve recently redesigned the space and it is simply stunning (and they also introduced some new summer cocktails that you just have to try)!

What are your Canada Day long weekend plans? 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!

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!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2018

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

While International Women’s Day is about celebrating the achievements of women who have paved the path for us today, it is also about the women that surround us, and who empower us, everyday. Every woman and man has a role, whether that’s by raising their daughters to be strong and independent (or their sons to be respectful and supportive), or by leading movements to show the world and our leaders what change needs to occur. Today, we recognize and show our appreciation for the women who work to create a better world for all of us.

Some of the NKPR team submitted their responses for what woman, or women, they admire. Take a look at the list below to see what powerful and influential women inspire us everyday:

Kath: Leandra Medine is my forever girl crush, career inspo and life inspirer. She’s passionate, creative, an industry leader (who’s closet I would die to raid), successful and does everything with a side of humour. Also, she prides herself on wearing pants as little as possible…

Fiona: Ellen Degeneres – a trailblazer. One of the funniest comedians of all time. She was shunned in Hollywood after being brave enough to tell the world who she was. In that heroic moment, she let millions of people know that they too could realize their own truth and own it. She told us all that it was ok to be true to yourself. Her career suffered immensely for years, but made probably the most successful comeback of all time – inspiring to everyone, wants to only do good in the world and for people to be kind to one another. Through her show, she arranges to help families overcoming obstacles, arranging hundreds of thousands of dollars to various charities and makes serious differences in ordinary people’s lives.  She is absolutely incredible in my eyes.

Rebecca: I am inspired every day by my mamas – for balancing work-life and home-life, making family a priority, raising good, smart children and for always being there for anyone who needs them. It might sound cheesy, but both of my mamas have the ability to always get it all done and it’s something I truly admire.

Tiffany: As a little girl growing up I was obsessed with the Spice Girls, not only because I loved pretending to be Posh Spice when I sang song to “Wannabe”, but because the Spice Girls enforced the notion of “Girl Power” that stuck with me from a very young age and still sticks with me today. The Spice Girls sent out a message of “girls can do anything” and they can! Stemming from my love for the Spice Girls, today I’m truly inspired by Victoria Beckham. Throughout the past two decades she has always been a powerful leader, an example of a SUPER successful female entrepreneur, a trail blazer, and on top of all of her accomplishments she’s a mother, which I find truly inspirational and someone I aspire to be like. Plus, I love her style. 😉

Mel: Dr. Leena Augimeri, my mom! She is the Director of SNAP® Scientific and Program Development & Centre for Children Committing Offences – Child Development Institute and also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. She specializes in working with children under 12 in trouble with the law. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders, with a special focus on children’s mental health. And she’s an absolutely amazing mom!

Bunmi: Mine is Harriet Tubman. More people should know about Harriet Tubman. I did a project on her in grade 4; I think it was life-changing. She was strong, principled, powerful and resourceful against all odds. She was a survivor. She has been my hero ever since.

 

Tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know what women you admire! 🙂

 

#InsideNKPR’s New Year’s Resolutions 2018

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What are the NKPR Team’s Resolutions?

2018 is just around the corner and with each new year comes the new found motivation to fulfill newly realized (or sadly forgotten) goals. Although many resolutions are disregarded by Valentines Day, we gladly share some of our own with you!

NATASHA:

“Cut back on sugar and keep looking forward.”

REBECCA:

“Better prioritize my time – that it’s just as important to carve out time for myself as it is to say ‘yes’ to everything I’m asked of, and that that’s not me being selfish, but me understanding what I need to be a properly functioning human!”

ALLISON:

“Stop buying coffee and drink more water!”

NATHAN:

“Brush up on my Italian!”

YULIA:

“Pet more dogs.”

TIFFANY:

“Use my entire Class Pass each month. I have 10 classes that I pay for per month, and I get lazy, don’t use them and they expire, which is a waste.”

JESSICA:

“Learn a new language — I really want to learn Spanish!”

BUNMI:

“Take dance lessons and have more fun!”

VICTORIA:

“Change my morning routine so I don’t push snooze on average 10 times.”

KATHLEEN:

“Try a new spot (food/bar/etc) once a week with my friends. That’s probably not realistic, or good for my wallet, so maybe once a month is a better starting point.”

MELISSA:

“Stay present and work towards living in the moment more.”

TYLER:

“Cut-out sugar (following the holiday chocolate binge) and to take a class on digital marketing.”

What are your resolutions? Comment or tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know! 🙂

Trend Report: Pantone 2018 Colour of the Year

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See 2018 in Ultra Violet!

Pantone recently released their annual Colour of the Year, Ultra Violet. You can sport this purple trend in the New Year with these great products!

 

Start things off with a fresh look with these beautiful beauty items: Lise Watier’s Rouge Intense Supreme lipstick in the shade SOPHIA ($27.00) and Annabelle’s Bigshow Matte Liquid Lipstick in Hypnotic ($9.95 CAD). These lipsticks have a gorgeous deep sultry colour that would look fantastic for all seasons!

DAVIDsTEA’s Magic Potion blend changes from indigo to violet if you squeeze a lemon into it (from $9.98)! This juicy blue raspberry tea is delicious (and pretty!) and perfectly represents the colour of the year. (Try it out at home to see!)

You don’t have to dye your hair to show some love for Ultra Violet. These products already rock an all purple everything look. Keep an eye out for OGX’s new Smoothing + Shea Sleek Humidity Blocking Hairspray, and Smoothing + Shea Sleek Smooth Style Spray ($10.99 CAD), hitting shelves in January!