TREND REPORT: AWARD SEASON

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GET THE RED CARPET LOOK

Award season is amongst us! We’re well under way as the Golden Globes recently passed, giving us a sneak peak at what will be trending on the red carpet this year. We’ve pulled some of our favourite items so you can stay on-trend and rock these looks at your own events!

 

STATEMENT EARRINGS

We saw a lot of gorgeous earrings drawing attention to some of the hottest celebrities so far this month. Statement earrings are a great alternative for adding drama to an otherwise tame outfit. Check out these bold and beautiful Swarovski earrings that will help you glam up for any event (from left to right):

  1. Multi- Coloured Highness Pierced Earring Set (Reg $349 CAD)
  2. Airy Pierced Earrings with Mixed Plating ($149 CAD)
  3. Multi- Coloured Helen Clip Earrings ($129 CAD)

 

BOLD RED LIPS

Nothing is as classic as a beautiful red lip on the red carpet. These lipsticks come in multiple shades, including, of course, a matte lipstick to ensure full and lasting coverage (completely necessary for a long night)! Take a look at which lipsticks you should bring for your next night out (from left to right):

  1. Annabelle Cosmetics’ BigShow Matte Liquid Lipstick ($9.95 CAD)
  2. Lise Watier’s Rouge Intense Supreme Lipstick ($27 CAD)
  3. Marcelle Cosmetics’ Rouge Xpression Lipstick  ($11.95 CAD)

 

SLEEK UP-DOS

A vibrant or dark contrasting lip has often been paired with a sleek and elegant up-do! With any hairstyle, the products you use are crucial to ensure smooth strands, full body, and a soft hold! These new OGX Beauty Stylers are perfect for all your hair needs before a big event (from left to right):

  1. Bodifying Bamboo Fiber Full Root Boosting Spray Mousse
  2. Smoothing and Shea Sleek Smooth Style Spray
  3. Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Elevated Finish Spray

 

What looks are you loving this year? Leave a comment or tweet us (@natashankpr) to let us know! 🙂

#NKPR15

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Inspiration comes in so many different forms. For our 15th anniversary, we collaborated with a New York based street artist Hektad to create an installation for our Toronto office windows. Bringing a little NYC to The 6, we’ve selected his “I Choose Love” and heart prints murals. We hope that this will inspire everyone to share love and kindness, two attributes that have been important to the agency since day one.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we know that finding the perfect gift can be challenging. But don’t worry! We’ve got some great ideas that are all about pampering. From a beautiful tea set to an “at-home” spa kit, here is a roundup of our top 5 gift ideas this Mother’s Day.

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Become The New Face of Flow – #FindYourFlow

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Inspired by people living in the moment, Flow – a modern, socially responsible water brand – is on the hunt for the face of their first international campaign. This week, they launched their #FindYourFlow contest where you can submit a photo of you “in your flow” to win.

Now you’re probably wondering, how exactly does one find their flow…?

Flow describes this as being in “a state of energized focus and enjoyment”. So luckily, there are unlimited possibilities! Finding your flow is a completely personal experience…for some it might be curling up with a good book, capturing the perfect moment on film, laughing with loved ones, or that incredible rush of adrenaline when you finish your first 10k run.

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Need some more #FindYourFlow inspiration? Check out the different ways NKPR finds their flow…

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Nathan- I find my FLOW hanging out with Marvin the Corgi at the Toronto Harbour
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Alessia- Camping always helps me find my flow. Theres nothing better than getting in touch with nature.
Caitlin- I find my flow by going to the beach in the morning and at night. Either walking on the sand or along the boardwalk while watching the water is very relaxing.
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Nicole- I find my Flow connecting with nature! Can’t wait to visit Lake Huron this summer!!
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Kristin- This is an easy one: playing with puppies!
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Carolyn- I find my flow growing herbs and plants on my balcony in High Park! Meet my first balcony strawberry!
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Lauren- I find my flow at Studio Lagree on King West. My favourite post-work sweat sesh. Michelle and George are the best!!!
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Tory – I find my FLOW holding court in Trinity Bellwoods Park and my favourite dog named Chips.
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Haley- I find my flow listening to the music I love in the city I love!
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Aisha- I find my flow with a big 1,2,3 JUMP!
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Emily- I found my flow in Costa Rica…take me back!
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Ashton- I find my flow in my happy place – sunshine, swimming and friends!
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Rebecca- I found my flow being fully submerged.

Now it’s your turn to share your favourite #FindYourFlow moments for a chance to become the new face of Flow’s first international campaign!

Enter the #FindYourFlow Contest:
1. Follow and tag Flow on Instagram or Twitter
2. Post your best active shot using #FindYourFlow
3. From June 24-28, head to Facebook.com/FlowH20 to vote for your favourite finalist
4. Stay tuned for the winner announcement via Flow’s Instagram on June 29!

Scotiabank Photography Award Winner: Angela Grauerholz

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“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

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Earlier this week, Scotiabank named Angela Grauerholz as the winner of the 5th annual Scotiabank Photography Award.

As the largest annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography, the Scotiabank Photography Award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of the winner’s work to be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Gerhard Steidl.

Angela Grauerholz is known for work that feels as if it were plucked from a dream, with a uniquely personal and philosophical insight that brings an unparalleled depth and presence to her photographs.

Some of Angela’s incredible work…

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NKPR is honoured to work with the Scotiabank Photography Award celebrating amazing contemporary Canadian photography and we look forward to seeing Angela’s exhibition next year!

 

Support Save Our Scruff at PYA Importer’s Sample Sale: May 7-9

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Although it’s really no surprise to anyone…here at NKPR, we’re all about the puppy love! Few things warm our hearts more than a fluffy, cuddly kiss from a puppy (and that “new puppy” smell – don’t even get us started!). This weekend, we’re shopping an amazing cause in support of our favourite furry friends.

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From May 7-9, PYA Importer (famous for brands like LINE Knitwear, John and Jenn, and Patrick Assaraf) is hosting a Sample Sale with a percentage of proceeds donated to Save Our Scruff – an incredible Rehome & Rescue dog shelter. Not only will you find all your fashion must-haves at amazing prices, you’ll leave knowing you helped find a puppy a brand new home!

How you can support Save Our Scruff:

1) Post a photo showing puppy love on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter

2) Tag @saveourscruff and #PYALovesPups

3) PYA Importer will donate funds for each post

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NKPR Hearts Love Art: A Look Inside the Fair

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NKPR hearts Love Art!

We’re having so much fun this weekend at the second instalment of Love Art Fair in Canada. Open all weekend, Love Art Fair hosts 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 love celebrating the Toronto art scene and getting to know our local galleries. Take a look at some of the action so far…

 

Show us your Love Art favourites – Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Inside NKPR: All About the Art!

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Springtime inside NKPR is all about the art!

Kicking off the art season next week, we wait (not so patiently) for the second instalment of the Love Art Fair; a simple yet inspiring environment for high-quality contemporary art.

Following the Fair, we’ll have the inside scoop on the upcoming announcement of the winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award, plus the highly anticipated CONTACT Photography Festival!

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned vet, this year you’re sure to find inspiration for that piece you’ve been searching for!

Here are some highlights from the upcoming Love Art Fair, Scotiabank Photography Award and the CONTACT Photography Festival…

Love Art Fair

Unicorn by Marjorie Campbell
Alison Milne Gallery
On display at the Thompson Toronto Hotel, April 7-16
Available for purchase at Love Art Fair, April 17-19

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This life size sculpture is made of wool, wire, glass marbles, thread, found wood, and gold leaf, by Marjorie Campbell, a fibre artist who resides in Toronto. Inspired by forest and fauna, her work is both realistic and whimsical. She explores the possibilities of felt in a soft and gentle world where life is heightened and magic exists. As wool is pulled and forms are sculpted, alluring and complex worlds emerge, and the persona of the animal reveals itself.

 Scotiabank Photography Award

Self-Portrait as Edmund Precelman (Officer) b. Poland, 1890s d. Poland, early 1940s by Rafael Goldchain

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Rafael Goldchain is one of the three finalists competing for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, alongside Angela Grauerholz and Isabelle Hayeur. This year’s SPA winner will be announced on May 6.

This photograph is a part of Goldchain’s “I Am My Family”, a collection of digitally altered self-portrait photographs where Goldchain re-enacts familial others through genetic resemblance. Through the conventions of the portrait photograph, these self-portraits suggest that we look at family photographs in order to know ourselves through the photographic trace left by our lost ancestors.

CONTACT Photography Festival

Water Pump With Hoses on Orange by Jimmy Limit
On display at Clint Roenish Gallery from April 30-May 30, and on billboards across Canada from May 1-31.

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This photograph is a part of Surplus, Jimmy Limit’s featured exhibition at CONTACT. For his compositions, Jimmy Limit selects objects based on their formal qualities, often avoiding items with clear functions. Inspired by industrial supply catalogues and store flyers, the St. Catharines, Ontario-based artist uses colourful hardware store goods and industrial or domestic wares. He lifts these common objects out of context, alters their appearance, and combines them in strange and compelling ways. His precariously-arranged scenes may only last for a moment, but his seductive images have the deceptive gloss of advertisements. Limit’s photographs conflate function, merchandising, and desire, drawing attention to the complex relationship between product and consumer.

What’s your favourite piece of art? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Vote Now – Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act Fan Choice Award

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For the past few months, Jack Daniel’s JD Supporting Act has been making musical dreams come to life for young artists across Canada. The calibre of talent and the love for music in our country is nothing short of incredible (can we talk about Alanis Morisette at the Junos, anyone?).

In Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act’s inaugural year, over 65 Canadian artists shared their musically-driven stories in a short 60-second video outlining what they need to make their dreams a reality. Over the course of 16 weeks, the contestants were narrowed down by a panel of judges and one artist was chosen every two weeks winning everything from electronic drum sets to touring the UK! Now you have the chance to be a part of someone’s musical journey to stardom!

This week it’s up to you to vote on the finalists to decide who will be receiving the JD Supporting Act Fan Choice Award! From March 13-25 your votes will decide who the final winner is!

 

Watch the finalist’s videos here: http://www.jdsupportingact.com/videos

 

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Previous JD Supporting Act Winners: 

Winner 1: Tim Popek – The music teacher won an electronic drum set, recording software and a new computer, allowing him to create an online drumming school.

Winner 2: Kink the Band – The duo, who strives to promote female empowerment in rock and roll, won funds to record their first album with local Toronto producer Jason Pierce.

Winner 3: Young Running – The folk rock group won funds towards a Western Canada Tour. The band just returned home after three weeks living out their dream playing music in the Rocky Mountains.

Winner 4: Stone Iris – After winning Indie Week Canada, the band from Alberta had the opportunity to play Indie Week UK. Jack Daniel’s gave them the means to tour the UK before their headlining experience.

Winner 5: Sidney York – The indie avant-pop duo from Calgary received funds to produce and market their new album release, showcasing their talent for playing instruments seldom seen beyond the orchestra pit.

Winner 6: Bathurst Station – The up and coming Toronto band was the second to win an opportunity to tour the UK.

Winner 7: The Elwins – Hailing from Keswick, Ontario, this group of long-time friends received funds to purchase new instruments to complete their world-wide tour, aiming to sound better than ever on stage.

Winner 8: JD Supporting Act Fan Choice

 

Which musical act is your favourite? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!