NK’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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The holiday season is a time for self-reflection, a time to think about what we’re grateful for and a time to get together with family and friends. Here are a few of my favourite things that would make great gifts for your loved ones… or to treat yourself with!

Links of London 

Nothing is more thoughtful, I think, than a personalized gift. Links of London’s Sweetie Bracelet is beautiful on its own, but it can also be customized with diamond keepsake charms. Above is an idea of how I would customize my own Sweetie Bracelet, using my initials and my lucky number!

Hounds Vodka

If you know me, you know I live for the colour black, and what’s so cool about Hounds is the vodka is…black!  It’s perfect for that innovative mixologist in your life who loves creating unique and striking cocktails.  And I have to say it also looks great on a bar cart! 

Available at the LCBO and La Saq

SPINCO

Spinning has become an important part of my life and weekly routine. For that 45 minutes on the SPINCO bike I’m able to disconnect from the world and work up an amazing sweat.  Grab a gift card for that special someone and book a class together, or buy yourself a package to get motivated for those New Year’s resolutions.  I’m also a fan of SPINCO’s workout gear, which you can pick out at one of their studios.

Thompson Toronto // Bloor-Yorkville 

A sleepover or staycation at a beautiful hotel is always a good idea and The Thompson Toronto is the place to do it! On top of the amazing service, stunning lobby and rooftop with panoramic views of the city (perfect place for a cocktail), the hotel was voted #1 in Toronto on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards and awarded Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence.

Once you’re checked in, head up to Bloor-Yorkville for some of Toronto’s best shopping (Holt Renfrew is a must), a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, indulge in float therapy at Rest Nest, have a magical selfie moment in front of the holiday lights on Cumberland Street, and grab a bite at neighbourhood staple Trattoria Nervosa.

South Hill Home

If you’re on the hunt for something one of a kind (and ready to invest) South Hill Home has you covered. From furniture and lighting, to accent pieces and board games (like this KIFU Paris chess set) their designer collections are incredibly curated and like no other.

DAVIDsTEA

When everyone else is bringing bottles of wine as host/hostess presents to holiday parties, why not bring a DAVIDsTEA gift box instead?  It’s a great idea for friends you know aren’t big drinkers.  The boxes include a variety of their delicious flavours and some even come with a portable tea press.

Swarovski

Some of the most iconic Christmas trees in the world shine bright with the help of Swarovski crystals, and this year the brand has three trees on display at Toronto’s Union Station.  Escape the cold and head inside for a festive outing with the fam, and if you’re looking for another thoughtful host/hostess gift, there’s the 2018 Swarovski Ornament.  It’s a beautiful keepsake to help commemorate the past year.

 

Flow x LCBO

This month the LCBO has partnered with my favourite water, Flow, to encourage people to drink responsibly! You’ll be able to pick up special co-branded Flow at different LCBO stores across Ontario over the last two weekends leading up to Christmas. You can also find it at Union Station on December 14th.  It’s a great reminder to include water in the mix when serving those festive cocktails at your holiday parties.

NKPR GUIDE: Father’s Day 2018

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide!

June 17th is Father’s Day! We’re about a week away so we’ve put together some great ideas for how to spend your time (and maybe your money) to celebrate your dad! Whether he’s the adventurous type or likes to stay at home, there are gifts for every dad out there:

The Outdoorsman

There are some seriously cool products from MEC that we think all Dads deserve to have. Check out these awesome gifts that you could use this summer at home, on the road, or even camping!

Portable Fridge/ Freezer with WIFI

This multi-tasking freezer would make your dad the life of the party! It features dual cooled compartments for different food items, and you can control the temperature with a mobile app and charge your phone with the USB port!

UCO Softshell Ice Cream Ball Pint

This baby makes ice cream WHEREVER you go! Imagine all the times you’ve been at a family BBQ and could have used a nice creamy bowl to cool you down… now you can make it yourself as you play a friendly game of soccer!

The Food Connoisseur

Some dads are master grillers, and others love a good espresso (or both)! These Pusateri’s items are great gift options for any dad who loves to cook and enjoy their daily dose, or two, of caffeine.

Leather Grilling Apron 
Fully hand-made with 100% leather, this apron is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any dad who loves to grill.

Espresso Gift Set 
Nothing is better to start a morning than a cup of espresso and biscotti on the side! Add a great view and great company and that’s a perfect way to greet your dad on Father’s Day.

The Workaholic 

These Links of London goodies are classy and stylish ways to show your dad how much you appreciate all his hard work!

Driver Silver Dial Watch

Every look is completed with a sleek watch! Gift your dad this classic accessory- there’s no doubt it’ll be his new outfit staple.

Black Tone Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen

Really good quality pens are seriously underrated! This baby is bold and beautiful with a retractible nib, clip, and a polished black finish.

The Car Junkie

Bloor-Yorkville is hosting their 8th annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show on Sunday the 17th from 12-5 PM! Take your dad for some quality time and get up close and personal with some of the most rare, beautiful, and luxury cars.

What are you doing for Father’s Day? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: THIS WEEKEND IN TORONTO

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N0 plans this weekend? We got you covered!

Did you forget to make plans for the weekend? No worries! There are tons of great events that you can check out. We’ve put together a little Weekend Guide for you, so take a look and call your friends!

Need a ride? Make sure you download the Beck Taxi app for a quick way to get around the city!

This weekend stop by TNT Fashion in Yorkville Village for their trunk show featuring Toronto jewelry designers, J.Y.Gao and Monoxide! Shop the collection and stock up on some spectacular pieces for your spring looks.

In the mood for some good food? Momofuku Toronto has joined Pusateri’s Champagne Bar in Saks Food Hall in the Toronto Eaton Centre! Open for a limited-time (until Momofuku finishes their third floor renos), the pop up will feature a new exclusive and DELICIOUS menu created by chef Paula Navarrete and team.

Watch the JUNOs this Sunday! The Canadian Grammys are taking place this weekend in Vancouver, hosted by the wonderful Michael Buble! There will be some amazing performances so grab some snacks and invite your friends over for fun night in. Tune in to CBC Sunday at 8PM EST!

What will you do this weekend? Comment or tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know!

 

NK’s Guide To Toronto: Winter Edition

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NK’s Toronto Winter City Guide 

There are so many places in the city, you can get lost trying to decide where to go! I’ve curated a list of my favourite places to go- Whether you’re looking to eat, shop, or play, there is something for everyone this winter.

Where to… EAT

Ufficio |1214 Dundas St W.

One of the best places to stop if you’re looking for an amazing meal! I personally love their green beans and ricotta gnocchi. (Who doesn’t LOVE gnocchi??)

Bake Shoppe | 859 College St.

Some of my absolute favourite treats are from here! I’m currently on a sugar cleanse for January, but typically my kitchen is always stocked with something, whether its the Retro Flakies or Nutella Cookies- I’m obsessed!

Bar Centrale | 1095 Yonge St.

This is my go-to spot for brunch, just located downstairs in Terroni! I always tend to go back for Poached eggs on top of brioche.

Where to… SHOP

TNT Fashion | Yorkville Village, 87 Avenue Rd.

TNT has been a shopping staple of mine for years. They offer an amazing curation of brands and collections- you can’t go wrong! Visit their store in Bloor Yorkville to find the perfect items to add to your winter wardrobe.

South Hill Home | 146 Dupont St.

Making your home warm and inviting is so important in these cold dark months, and South Hill’s beautifully crafted furnishings definitely do the trick! Stop by and pick up a new piece to make your space feel fresh and happy this winter.

 

Square One Shopping Centre| 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga

This may be outside of the downtown core, but Square One is one of my top shopping destinations! When you need a break from hunting for the best finds, stop by for a delicious eclair at Nugateau.

Where to… PLAY

Windsor Arms Hotel | 18 St Thomas St.
What better way to spend a chilly afternoon than at the spa, followed by high tea? Windsor Arms is a must for curing the winter blues!

Toronto Maple Leafs Game | Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St.

Every now and then I love to catch a Leafs’ game with Anthony! Recently, this winter, I’ve really enjoyed going out and getting into the team spirit- it’s so much fun!

Thompson Toronto | 550 Wellington St W.

Get out of the cold and enjoy the Thompson! You can wet your palette at the bar then head on to their Screening Room for a movie!

Fall Back In Love With Our Favourite Fall Essentials

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There’s a lot to <3 about Fall and the crisp Autumn weather. Who doesn’t love bundling up and sipping on all the pumpkin chai lattes? Here are a few of our favourite fall things. Let us know what you love the most about the change of seasons (is it the #fallback time change with an extra hour of cozy sleep?).

The Saje aromaTime Diffuser:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new aromaTime from our favourite wellness connoisseurs is the first diffuser with two different scent capabilities.

The aromaTime wakes you up with a scent, rather than an alarm. You can diffuse your fave peaceful scent at night, then diffuse a new scent to wake you in the morning. Maybe now you’ll skip hitting snooze in the morning!

David’s Tea Pumpkin Chai

There’s nothing cozier than wrapping your hands around a warm mug of Pumpkin Chai tea from David’s Tea Fall collection. Sip on the smooth and sweet black tea spiced with caramel, pumpkin candies, cinnamon, and cloves. The rustic tea set is perfect for romanticizing a getaway to the log cabin. It’s possible!

 

 

 

Keep Warm with MEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEC fall jackets, mugs and camping gear are quintessential Canadian Fall must-haves.

And what’s better than having a toasty hot chocolate in an MEC copper mug with coordinates of your MEC home base. Bring it with you if you’re brave enough to go camping during the Fall and Winter seasons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a Stroll Through Bloor-Yorkville

If you’re looking for a place that perfectly captures the Fall feeling, take a stroll through Bloor-Yorkville. With its boutique shops, lively restaurants, and walkable paths, Bloor-Yorkville offers an opportunity to take in the colours of fall, snap a few Instagram-worthy photos and treat yourself to something special at one of its many shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloor-Yorkville’s 5th Anniversary of Beautylicious!

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With the holidays fast approaching (we can’t believe it’s already almost November!) there’s no better time to try a new hairstyle, fitness regime or pamper yourself with a luxury treatment (mink eyelash extensions or a St. Tropez spray tan, anyone?) Well, lucky for us, Bloor-Yorkville’s annual Beautylicious event is BACK from October 24 – November 3 for its 5th anniversary, with over 50 participating Beautylicious businesses offering an array of hair, spa and health & wellness packages at four “prix fixe” prices: $30, $50, $75 and $125! We’ve got our eye on a few treatments on the Beautylicious menu, including:

1. Brow tinting at The Brow House

2. A St. Tropez spray tan at SITAMAA Day Spa

3. Mink eyelash extensions at Winks Boutique

4. Mani-LUXE at LUX Spa

5. And for the boys…Men’s hot towel straight razor shave at Bode Spa Medi Wellness for Men 

We’re also VERY excited about this year’s contest – Bloor-Yorkville is hosting a giveaway of $1500 worth of luxury treatments at some of the neighbourhood’s most luxurious spas, salons and health & wellness businesses. We’ve all entered – who doesn’t love a pampering spa experience?

Enter the contest HERE and check out a full list of services and packages HERE!

What treatment have YOU booked? Tweet us at @natashankpr & share the Beautylicious love!

 

Get Beautylicious in Bloor-Yorkville!

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Looking to try out a glam new hairstyle… Or perhaps a new workout regime? Or do you just need an hour of relaxation after a hard day at work? We’re excited to announce that the city’s premiere beauty event – Beautylicious – is back in Bloor-Yorkville!

Inspired by Toronto’s annual Summerlicious/Winterlicious prix fixe festivals, over 50 participating Beautylicious businesses offer an array of hair spa, health and wellness packages at four “prix fixe” prices: $30, $50, $75 and $125!

Beautylicious offically starts today, October 25 and runs until November 4!

Check out a full list of services and packages here:  http://www.bloor-yorkville.com/Beautylicious/