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Holiday Gift Guide: For The Fashionista

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For fashionistas, the holidays are the perfect opportunity to wear extra glitter, or a fabulous cocktail dress, or  a bright pop of colour. With so many office parties and family celebrations, it can be hard to maintain that exquisite style you’re so known for.

Luckily we’ve rounded up some of our favourites so you’re always the belle of the ball…

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Jones New York – The Perfect Little Black Dress

Never be without something to wear again! This LBD from Jones New York is an absolute must-have staple to any fashionista’s closet. With a sophisticated cut, and chic leather detailing, this dress can go from office to party in no time! Pair it with flats during the day, then pop on your heels and some red lipstick and you’re ready to go!

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Stella & Dot – Casablanca Bracelet and Chandelier Earrings

Every fashion-lover knows that any LBD can be instantly glamourized with a little extra bling. Add that holiday sparkle to your look with these stunning pieces from Stella & Dot. With just the right mix of antique and modern styles, these are the perfect accessory for any holiday party! Pro tip: wear your hair up to really show off the detailing on the Chandelier earrings!

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SEARS – Faux Fur Cowl

Who says that winter isn’t fashionable? Look as flawless as ever as you battle the cold in this faux fur cowl. With a super soft feel, and ulta-luxurious look this scarf will not only keep you warm and bundled, but also super fashion-forward.

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Liu Jo – Les Plumes Winter Coat

Making an entrance is just as important as your stylish outfit – this year, walk in with style in this Liu Jo winter coat! With two-tone detailing, this coat is not your average winter accessory. Stylish and warm, you make winter look seriously good!

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Mulberry – Mini Lily in Hibiscus

It can get a little somber wearing black coats with black dresses and black shoes all holiday season. This time of year is all about bright colours and beautiful accents! This Mulberry bag is the perfect addition to any look with chic gold detailing and eye-catching colour. Style tip: pair this bag with your favourite matching nail polish!

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What’s your holiday fashion favourites? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

NKPR Presents: A Very Merry Playlist

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The holidays are a time of festive cheer, delectable dishes, and special moments. One of our favourite parts are the memories of singing and dancing to the season’s classic carols!

If you’re still feeling like Scrooge, don’t fret – here is a collection of some of NKPR’s favourite songs of the season. From holiday classics to new indie covers, this playlist will have you feeling cozy and nostalgic, putting you right into the spirit of the holidays!

What’s your favourite holiday song? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

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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Ovest Cucina e Vineria – A Grand Celebration

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Last week we celebrated the grand opening of Ovest Cucina e VineriaToronto’s cantina-inspired Italian kitchen and wine bar.  Located at 788 King St W, Ovest is a brand new concept in Italian dining and entertaining.

With an innovative space, Ovest offers an in-house pizza oven, local salumeria, and walk-in vineria. Their menu is updated seasonally and features a combination of fresh regional Canadian and authentic Italian offerings including produce, meat, and cheese, with a special focus on seafood.

Leading the kitchen is Chef Luca Stracquadanio (previously of La Bettola di Terroni and Terroni) who brings his unique Italian traditions mixed with French techniques creating dishes with unparalleled flavour and spectacular presentation.

Whether you want to grab a quick bite at the bar with a paired glass of wine or signature cocktail, or enjoy a relaxed sit-down dining experience, Ovest has it all – and let us tell you, it’s delicious!!

Find Ovest on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook!

See below for an inside look at the opening of Ovest Cucina e Vineria…

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Have you eaten at Ovest yet? Share your thoughts with us at @natashankpr!

TBT to Halloween Inside NKPR

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When witches go riding and black cats are seen…the moon laughs and whispers, “ti’s near Halloween!

It’s that spooky time of year again…when witches casually walk down the hallway, ghosts nonchalantly fly by on streetcars, and chocolate is available in the masses. Inside NKPR, our favourite part of Halloween isn’t always the trendy new costumes…instead it’s often the hilarity of looking back at past Halloween costumes.

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Whether it was the last-minute thrown-together-with-your-mother’s-jewelry kind, or a seriously thought-out I-had-this-planned-since-last-year kind of costume, we can’t get enough laughs out of our old costumes. In honour of the big day tomorrow, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite TBT Halloween costumes…

Best princess costume ever from Rebecca
Best princess costume ever from Rebecca
Natasha as fabulous as ever as a gypsy
Natasha as fabulous as ever as a gypsy
Olena ready to boogie down at the disco
Olena ready to boogie down at the disco
Lauren as the most adorable princess ever
Lauren as the most adorable princess ever
Try to resist Corinne as Candy Land
Try to resist Corinne as Candy Land
Meow, Meg makes the perfect Catwoman
Meow, Meg makes the perfect Catwoman
Tory shows us his best bird impression
Tory shows us his best bird impression
Ashton's become a lady bug
Ashton’s become a lady bug
Beautiful Denise as a princess
Beautiful Denise as a princess
Nathan as Super Grover
Nathan as Super Grover
Don't wake Kristin as Snow White
Don’t wake Kristin as Snow White

CONTEST ALERT: Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR your best TBT costume for a chance to win 1 of 3 luxury tins of DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Chai

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!

Inside NKPR’s Fashion Week Survival Kit

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Here at NKPR, Toronto Fashion Week is one of our favourite times of year. From the exceptional runways to the impeccable street style, it’s a time of sartorial inspirations and ultimate fashion moments.

As the kick-off approaches, we’ve rounded up a list of our must-have items to help you not only survive, but thrive in and out of the tents…

Saje Natural Wellness – Pocket Pharmacy

This portable kit fits perfectly into your purse and includes five of Saje Natural Wellness’ therapeutic roll-on remedies – Peppermint Halo, Stress Release, Pain Release, Immune and Eater’s Digest.

Never miss a show with Immune which helps fight germs & viruses, while a few applications of Pain Release will help those sore feet and keep you dancing until dawn.

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Sophisticated nail shades are the perfect accessory for Fashion Week. As Essie Weingarten says, “fabulous colour is always in style.”

Rita Remark, essie Canada’s lead nail artist, will be specially designing nail art for the models in shows like Rudsak and Michael Kale using a variety of essie’s iconic shades and nail care products.

To prep for the show, try a few coats of essie’s Blanc or add a pop of colour with Butler, Please and you’ll look like you should be the one walking the runway.

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OGX – Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil – Weightless Healing Oil

With a photo-opp around every corner, it’s important to make sure you keep your luscious locks looking, well, luscious. Unfortunately, the endless amounts of styling, teasing and highlighting takes a toll on your hair.

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Oil is just what you need to stay camera-ready all day long and well into the night. Just a few spritzes of this nourishing formula instantly restores moisture and heals any split-ends.

After one application, hair feels healthy, looks shiny and leaves you ready for your close-up! (Inside scoop: now available online at Walmart Canada)

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Tweezerman – Mini Brow Rescue Kit

Tweezerman’s Mini Brow Rescue Kit is a no brainer – everything you need for on-the-go eyebrow maintenance, perfectly packaged into a convenient travel-size case.

This kit includes Tweezerman’s Mini Slant, Mini Browmousse, Mini Brow Brush and Mini eyehance Brow Highlighter and fits into any makeup bag. Perfect for quick touch-ups anytime, anywhere. Cara Delevingne, eat your heart out!

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bottlegreen – Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé

Staying hydrated during Fashion Week is essential. For a delicious thirst quencher, try bottlegreen’s Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé.

This delightfully refreshing drink is made with cold pressed ingredients blended with spring water sourced from the Cotswolds in England. It comes in an elegant glass bottle that suits any high-profile Fashion Week occasion.

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Racinne – Ultimate Hydra Perfection Contour Brightening Eye Care

Long days and late nights can leave you not looking your best, which is why Racinne’s Contour Brightening Eye Care should be in your purse at all times during Fashion Week.

This lightweight cream contains natural antioxidants and renewal properties to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. It instantly hydrates the skin for a firmer and visibly brighter look, keeping you fresh, well-rested!

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Eat Nākd Bars

Eating healthy is crucial to surviving during fashion week, but can be a tad difficult when you’re on the go. Luckily, Eat Nākd bars pack all of the protein, nutrients and natural ingredients that you need to tide you over until your next meal.

Eat Nākd bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts and are available in four flavours – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight. On top of that, they are wheat-, dairy-, and gluten-free and contain no added sugars. So while you’re running around during fashion week, remember to Eat Nākd…you’re stomach will thank you.

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OURS by Cheryl Hickey – 24-hour Face Cream

Ever wonder how those models keep their skin looking so fresh and bright? We’ll let you in on a little secret…it takes some serious moisture power!

The 24 Hour Face Cream from OURS is meticulously designed to last all day and is safe to use from head to toe. This gentle moisturizer is free of parabens, fragrance and most common allergens so your skin looks healthy, silky and dewy.

Plus, if you’ve ever seen Cheryl Hickey, you know the girl’s got some seriously enviable skin…

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What must-have survival item gets you through Fashion Week? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Our New Obsession: Your Tea Detoxifying Blends

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Inside NKPR, we’re all about living active, healthy lifestyles. Lately, there’s something new that has peaked our health interests…NKPR’s New York office is obsessively buzzing about Your Tea.

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Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Your Tea has discovered delicious blends that actually assist in weight loss, digestion, energy levels and relaxation. TCM actually encourages people to be proactive with their health to avoid future health problems.

Their most popular tea, Tiny Tea, is absolutely incredible. Not only does this 14 and 28-day “teatox” increase your energy, it also clears your skin, improves your mood, and promotes weight loss. Did we mention it also comes in a gluten-free formula – what more can you ask for?!

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So, what makes Tiny Tea so special? Unlike many other detox teas on the market, Tiny Tea follows the Traditional Chinese Medicine practices ensuring every ingredient does exactly what it’s supposed to in your body and uses only organic herbs without any laxatives.

Some of our other Your Tea favourites include:

Anti-C Tea

This tea aims at shifting unwanted cellulite with thorough cleanse that rids any toxins and impurities from the body that contribute to cellulite. The best part – it actually works!

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Her Tea

Bloating, mood swings, lethargy and problem skin – there’s a tea for that. This delicious blend is specially designed for daily consumption by females keeping these common problems under control.

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For more information on Your Tea (and we definitely recommend looking it it) check out their website: www.yourtea.com

Tell us which Your Tea is your favourite…Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Fall Fashion: The Great Camel Comeback

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As we say goodbye to summer’s colourful sundresses and flowy skirts, we welcome the return of fall and most importantly… jacket weather! Jackets and coats are an accessorizer’s dream, from bold prints to traditional neutrals we’re loving this season’s take on old classics.

One of our favourites: The Camel Coat. No longer just your grandmother’s go-to, this classic staple is a fall fashion must-have.

We break down this season’s hottest trend with help from Jones New York taking this look runway to realway. Introducing The Great Camel Comeback

 

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Film Festival: Top 5 Favourites

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As the Film Festival came to a close this past weekend, we took a look back at all the incredible films that have premiered in our city.

The Toronto International Film Festival introduces some of the best movies across the globe and attracts some of the biggest names in Hollywood. This year is certainly no exception with appearances from Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Kristen Wiig, Bill Murray and more.

From thought-provoking social media to sci-fi musicals, we’ve rounded up our top five favourites (in alphabetical order) from TIFF 2014…

Bang Bang Baby

A small town teenager in the 1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into a nightmare. (Jane Levy, Peter Stormare, Justin Chatwin)

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Maps To The Stars

From director David Cronenberg, this film takes you on a tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. (Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon)

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Men, Women & Children

This comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman takes a look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world. (Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner)

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St. Vincent

A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. (Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy)

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Whiplash

This film tells the story of a young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer while attending the best music schools in the country under the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz. (Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons)

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Tell us your favourite TIFF 14 film at @NatashaNKPR!

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