Winter Wonderland with HotelTonight

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Winter isn’t always so bad…especially when something this cool comes along!

This March, HotelTonight will be the first hotel booking application to offer rooms at Quebec City’s incomparable Hôtel de Glace, Canada’s first, and the only true ice hotel in all of North America. This unique hotel will be offered for booking up to 7 days in advance of your stay.

The special Hôtel de Glace stay, which generally books months in advance and upwards of $400 a night, will be offered exclusively to HotelTonight users at a significantly reduced price.

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As an overnight guest bundling up in winter camping gear for the night, there’s no shortage of activities for Hôtel de Glace patrons: indulging in a drink on the rocks at the ice bar, dogsled rides, ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and visiting nearby saunas/spas.

HotelTonight is offering unique Canadian experiences to its users, so get ready for a wild ride!

And, fret not — the rooms include toasty arctic sleeping bags and the thermostat inside the hotel hovers at a balmy –5 degrees (quite frankly, compared to the recent temperatures, -5 seems tropical!).

How the App Works

The app, available for free on iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone and Tablet, and any Android device, allows customers to book hand-picked hotels across the globe at great values. Hotel rooms can be easily booked in less than 10 seconds — just three taps and a swipe from app launch to completed booking.

So take advantage of the remaining winter months and book your stay at Hôtel de Glace with Hotel Tonight!

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Have you every stayed at a ice hotel? Tweet your experience to @NatashaNKPR!

57th Grammy Awards: Top Red Carpet Looks

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Music’s biggest night not only brought some epic performances (can we talk about Hozier and Annie Lennox?!), it also gave us some show-stopping fashion! Yesterday at the 57th Grammy Awards, we witnessed some impeccable outfits on the red carpet.

From the women, we saw a lot of black, some seriously sexy lace, and the most dramatic deep-v’s we’ve seen in a while. The men’s fashion didn’t disappoint either with trendy black-on-navy combos, dapper hats and accessories reminiscent of 50’s sophistication!

Although there was a fair share of “oh no’s” (we’re talking to you Lady Gaga and Rihanna!), there were certainly more “wow’s” on the red carpet!

Check out some of our favourite looks from last night…

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Beyoncé in custom Proenza Schouler

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Chrissy Teigen in Pucci

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Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

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Taylor Swift in Elie Saab

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Jesse J in Ralph and Russo

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Pharrell in Adidas (with wife Helen Lasichanh)

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John Mayer

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Ne-Yo in Marc Jacobs

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John Legend in Dolce & Gabbana

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Sam Smith in Armani

What are your favourite looks from last night’s red carpet? Tweet us @natashankpr!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Guide

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It’s no secret that the way to anyone’s heart (male or female, let’s be honest…) is through their stomach. And what better reason to enjoy a delicious, mind-blowing feast than on Valentine’s Day?

This year, treat that special someone to one of Toronto’s best restaurants for a meal that will be as unforgettable as the time you spend together.

We’ve rounded up the best dishes from our favourite restaurants for you to enjoy this Valentine’s Day…

Montecito – 299 Adelaide St. West

Our Pick: Chef Jonathan Waxman’s JW Chicken

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Cibo Wine Bar – 522 King St West

Our Pick: Quattro Stagioni Pizza

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Ciao Wine Bar – 133 Yorkville Avenue

Our Pick: Chianti Braised Short Ribs

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Thompson Toronto Rooftop Lounge – 550 Wellington Street West

Our Pick: Grilled Salmon Fish Tacos

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Share your Valentine’s Day plans…Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – For Him & Her

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Ah, Valentine’s Day…that day of the year we’re reminded that love is special and most definitely worth celebrating. We’ve all seen our fair share of overly sized teddy bears, obnoxiously large boxes of chocolate, and instantly forgotten knick-knacks (cue eye rolls now…).

This year, we’ve decided to opt for the “wow” factor. To give that special someone something that shows you’re really thinking of them and something that shows you care beyond those typical cliché gifts.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite products that will make this Valentine’s Day your best one yet…

For Her:

DAVIDsTEA – The Sweetheart Collection

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Saje Natural Wellness – The Goddess Fragrance

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Mulberry – Rose Gold Heart Keyring

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Hi-Tec Canada – Bazile Lux

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Zwilling Canada – Chef Knives

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Rudsak – Black Leather iPad Case

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Tell us your favourite Valentine’s Day gift ideas…tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

 

Make Your Musical Dreams Come True – Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act

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If you’ve been following our blog (say yes!) then you’ve witnessed the launch of Jack Daniel‘s incredible program, JD Supporting Act. As mentioned, the program is inspired by the iconic connection between the Tennessee whiskey brand and music.

To refresh your memory, the way it works is Canadians submit a quick 60-second video documenting personal stories and music wishes for the chance at a big break, dream concert tickets, new instruments, music lessons and more.

Jack Daniel’s released an inspiring video documenting the first music dreams fulfilled by Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act. A surprise appearance by Canadian rocker Sam Roberts gave emerging musicians Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs some much-needed state-of-the-art studio time to record their next album.

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In honour of the program, we’ve rounded up NKPR’s biggest and wildest musical dreams

Natasha: Well I have been playing the piano since I was a little girl…Love it! And I LOVE Billy Joel.  My musical dream would be to meet him and watch him play and sing up close and personal in NYC.

Tory: To attend Britney Spears’ birthday party! Brit-brit turns 35 years of FABULOUS!

Aisha: I bought this insanely expensive sitar a few years ago…played it three times. Would love to learn how to play and tune it!

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Paula: I desperately want to learn how to play the piano…and sing like Celine Dion…and be her best friend.

Bunmi: To record my second album!

Rebecca: To start a band with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen….and Pitbull.

Ashton: I want to hang out with Elvis…he’s still alive right?

Adrien: My dream is to do a duet of “I believe I can fly” on stage with R. Kelly.

Corinne: To go to the Grammy’s!

Olena: I want to go to Ultra music fest in Miami!

Kristin: I want a really hot man with a guitar to sing to me. It could be anybody really.

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Nathan: I want to go to Tomorrowland in Belgium!

Sana: I would like a private concert from the Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium.

Amanda: I’d like to hang out with Ed Sheeran…he seems fun.

Erin: My dream is to sound-proof my basement so that my hubby can play his drums as much as he wants without me and all of our neighbours knowing it!

Lauren: That I could still remember how to play every song I learned on the piano as a kid!

Shaun: I want peace, love and harmony through music!

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What’s your musical dream? Tell us at @NatashaNKPR or send in your video to www.jdsupportingact.com!

72nd Golden Globes: NKPR’s Favourite Red Carpet Looks

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for fashion lovers that is. It’s officially Awards Season! During last night’s highly anticipated 72nd Annual Golden Globes, the fashion was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! We were absolutely blown away by the impeccable style choices witnessed on the red carpet.

It was impossible to miss the show-stopping metallics and shimmering sparkles trend worn by fashion icons Julianne Moore in Givenchy Custom CoutureReese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein Collection and Emma Stone in Lanvin.

Jaws dropped at the perfect winter-whites worn by Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang, Kiera Knightley in Chanel and Sienna Miller in Miu Miu!

One of our favourite red carpet trends was the super-sexy, deep V seen on Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad, and both Jessica Chastain and Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace. What can we say… the deep V stole the show!

Here are some of NKPR’s favourite looks from the last night Golden Globes…

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Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace

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Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

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Sienna Miller in Miu Miu

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Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

What were  your favourite looks from last night’s red carpet? Tweet us at @natashankpr

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!

Introducing: Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act

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Inspired by the iconic connection between the Tennessee whiskey brand and music, Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act is a new digitally-housed music initiative.

The way it works is Canadians submit their 60-second videos, documenting personal stories and music wishes for the chance at a big break, dream concert tickets, new instruments, music lessons and more.

To kick off the program, Jack Daniel’s released an inspiring video documenting the first music dreams fulfilled by Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act. A surprise appearance by Canadian rocker Sam Roberts gave emerging musicians Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs some much-needed state-of-the-art studio time to record their next album.

We celebrated the launch of JD Supporting Act in true NKPR style at one of the coolest venues in Toronto: Sonic Boom Records! From friends, to music and Jack Daniel’s cocktails, it was truly a night to remember.

Take a look at what went down…

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!

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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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