Artists for Peace and Justice Gala 2014 – A recap

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On Sunday September 7, Artists for Peace and Justice hosted their annual benefit sponsored by Bovet 1822 at the historic Casa Loma. The organization, founded by Oscar-winning director/producer Paul Haggis, supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare and dignity through the arts.

The night was co-hosted by Pascal Raffy of Bovet 1822, Madeleine Stowe, and George Stromboulopoulos and co-chaired by dedicated humanitarian, Sylvia Mantella, and APJ board member (and NKPR President!) Natasha Koifman.

In one night, we were able to raise 1.5 million dollars! This incredible generosity will dramatically change the lives of Haitian children with 100% of the money going directly towards empowering local communities and fostering economic growth through education.

From red-carpet moments to inspiring speeches…see some of the highlights from the Artists for Peace and Justice Film Festival Gala 2014.

For the full gallery of pictures, click here.

Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg
Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg
APJ Board Members
APJ Board Members
Director Jason Reitman
Director Jason Reitman
Property Brother's Jonathan and Drew Scott
Property Brother’s Jonathan and Drew Scott

TIFF 14 Hot Spot: Montecito Restaurant

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Last week we had an amazing opportunity to discover Montecito, a new restaurant partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman, world-renowned New York chef Jonathan Waxman, and local restauranteurs Tom and Jordan Bitove from Innov8 Hospitality.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District and just steps away from film festival headquarters, Montecito’s decor (inspired by Reitman’s expert eye) combines a casual elegance with effortless sophistication. The menu, which changes daily, marries the simplicity of California cuisine (that Waxman pioneered) with ingredients that pay homage to the best of Canada coast-to-coast.

Montecito welcomed 50 of Toronto’s top foodies to sample a specially curated menu with some of the best signature dishes served family-style from Jonathan Waxman and exec chef Matt Robertson.

From cocktails to homemade pizza, see our favourite moments from the night here.

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Festival Countdown – A Recap

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Wednesday night we kicked off the Toronto film festival with our annual Festival Countdown event. Along with Canadian fashion line RUDSAK, who showcased their 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection, we inspired guests to get into the film festival spirit! Despite the rain, we partied poolside while dining on film-inspired comfort foods and custom cocktails.

Some of the irresistible eats included charcuterie boards from Vertical Restaurant, fresh Portside Shucker oysters, Fancy Franks gourmet hot dogs and Yogurty’s frozen yogurt! To toast the Fest, guests were treated to bottlegreen Sparkling pressés in Elderflower and Pomegranate & Elderflower (official sparkling beverage of the IT Lounge), Pommies Dry Cider, a selection of beers from Stiegl and FIJI Water.

After a fun-filled night, guests left with our Know-IT-All guide giving them a sneak-peek at the upcoming film festival events and film critic Richard Crouse’s top 10 films to see!

Here are some of our favourite highlights as we rang in film festival season in true NKPR style…

For the full story click here!

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RUDSAK 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection
RUDSAK 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection
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Jill Godin & Natasha Koifman
Jill Godin & Natasha Koifman
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Liz Trinnear
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Chloe Wilde

NKPR Loves Liu Jo Canada (Plus Win a pair of Bottom Up Jeans!)

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At NKPR, it’s no surprise that fall fashion has our hearts aflutter. Summer is glorious indeed, but our time in the sun is gently eclipsing and our minds are already wandering to nippy mornings, falling leaves and luxurious fabrics.

Check out some of NKPR’s Liu Jo street style…

“There’s nothing like a 60s throwback to make a girl feel glamorous. Paired with neutrals, leopard makes a big, gorgeous statement.” – Lauren
“There’s nothing like a 60s throwback to make a girl feel glamorous. Paired with neutrals, leopard makes a big, gorgeous statement.” – Lauren

Hello, Abbey Road! The swinging sixties are back – with a vintage twist, the Liu Jo leopard statement coat would’ve make even style icon Eddie Sedgwick jealous.

“The epitome of fall fashion is the marriage of comfort and style… I could live in this oversized houndstooth jacket.” – Krystal
“The epitome of fall fashion is the marriage of comfort and style… I could live in this oversized houndstooth jacket.” – Krystal

Sky-high heels, mid-wash denim and a wild mane transport you seamlessly into the season. And who can resist a Liu Jo knit?

“This is my ultimate go-to jacket for fall! I love being able to layer with different textures to create whatever look I’m going for that day.” – Jasmin
“This is my ultimate go-to jacket for fall! I love being able to layer with different textures to create whatever look I’m going for that day.” – Jasmin

The menswear aesthetic balances out an otherwise feminine outfit – reminiscent of the Helmut Newton woman and the YSL Le Smoking suit, the Liu Jo tweed asymmetrical zip coat is a tasty treat for a daring fashion palate.

CONTEST: In honour of our upcoming Canadian launch, win a pair of Bottom Up Jeans before they hit the shelves! ‘Follow’ and ‘Like’ @LiuJoCanada on Twitter and Instagram and tell us how you’d style your pair!

Find Liu Jo Canada here:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/liujocanada

Twitter: www.twitter.com/liujocanada

Instagram: www.instagram.com/liujocanada

Summer Sandwiches Contest: Win a Zwilling Panini Knife!

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Summer is the perfect time of year for fresh ingredients and delicious outdoor eats… And what better way to spend a beautiful, sunny day than out for a picnic with your favourite home-made sandwich?!

We’ve been inspired by ZWILLING incredible Panini/Sandwich Knife that easily slices through crusty breads and deli items and has a wide blade for easy spreading of condiments – definitely a summer must-have!

If you have questions in the kitchen (which most of us do!), ZWILLING.ca is a fantastic resource for all your cooking needs offering incredible how to’s and easy-to-follow tutorials. The Knife Tutorial is definitely worth checking out – it breaks down each individual knife from the ZWILLING Pro Collection and explains why each one is sized differently and how their unique shape is dependent on each knife’s purpose.

So before you hit the grill,  click here for lots of helpful tips!

**Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR and tell us YOUR favourite summer sandwich using #cookwithzwilling for your chance to WIN your very own Zwilling Panini/Sandwich Knife ($150 value)!

Take a look at some of NKPR’s favourite summer sandiwches…

Bunmi: BLT with avocado

Meg: Grilled Cheese

Denise: Wichcraft (minus the eggplant and courgette)

Tory: Walnuts, prosciutto, pear and blue cheese on a baguette

Jasmin: Nutella, peanut butter, jelly and banana on rye bread

Nicole: Anything peanut butter

Kristin: Caprese sandwich with buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes

Ashton: Grilled cheese with tomato and bacon

Ania: Rye bread with avocado, tomato and jalapeno havarti

Andre: Chicken Panini – kaiser with grilled chicken, avocado, olive oil and sauteed bell peppers

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Holiday in July – 2014 Gift Guide

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Although it’s sunny and warm outside, this week we brought some festive, holiday joy to Toronto giving media a sneak-peek into holiday gift guides. From jewelry to fashion, skincare to cosmetics, we’ve got something for everyone with these incredible holiday gifting ideas…

Let us know what’s on your wish list – tweet us at @natashankpr!

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Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 2014 – Our Favourite Looks

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Sigh, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week…that special week when we all get magically whisked away into a fantasy land filled with the best designs the fashion industry has to offer.

From sexy lace overlays (hello Giambattista Valli!) to statement metallic embellishments (all hail Chanel!), we’ve rounded up our favourite looks from the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Haute Couture collections..

Let us know what looks you loved – tweet us at @natashankpr! xo

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Giambattista Valli
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National Bikini Day with Woody’s Canada!

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Tomorrow is National Bikini Day!

When we think of bikinis, we think of hot summer days lounging on the beach with the wind in your hair and a cold drink in your hand… Thankfully, Woody’s Canada has summer’s coolest cooler: Mango & Passionfruit!

On behalf of National Bikini Day, Woody’s Canada rounded up a brief (and super fun!) history of the bikini…

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12 Hours At The Thompson Hotel!

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From an inspiring performance by two-artist music group The Shoe to a fashion presentation by Italian fashion label LIU JO, the Thompson Toronto has been the hot spot this week! In just 12 short hours, the trendy hotel hosted two big events creating buzz across the city!

On Tuesday, Thompson Toronto hosted The Shoe for their Summer Tour featuring The Hunger Games star Jena Malone. The duo performed for the public in the Lobby Bar, followed by an intimate performance on the Rooftop Lounge overlooking the city skyline.

The following morning the hotel’s screening room hosted the Canadian debut of contemporary Italian fashion label LIU JO to  their Fall/Winter 2014/15 collection!

We can’t wait for more summer events at Thompson Toronto, we hear the Rooftop Lounge has a fabulous cocktail selection!

Some pictures from both events…

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12 Hours At The Thompson Hotel!

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From an inspiring performance by two-artist music group The Shoe to a fashion presentation by Italian fashion label LIU JO, the Thompson Toronto has been the hot spot this week! In just 12 short hours, the trendy hotel hosted two big events creating buzz across the city!

On Tuesday, Thompson Toronto hosted The Shoe for their Summer Tour featuring The Hunger Games star Jena Malone. The duo performed for the public in the Lobby Bar, followed by an intimate performance on the Rooftop Lounge overlooking the city skyline.

The following morning the hotel’s screening room hosted the Canadian debut of contemporary Italian fashion label LIU JO to  their Fall/Winter 2014/15 collection!

We can’t wait for more summer events at Thompson Toronto, we hear the Rooftop Lounge has a fabulous cocktail selection!

Some pictures from both events…

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