#NKPRHolidayLove: A Week of Holiday Giving!

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Happy Holidays from NKPR! We’re celebrating with a week of giving featuring our favourite products from Kiehl’s, Avon, Tweezerman, Essie, bottlegreen, SKYY Vodka, Yo Sox, DAVIDsTEA, Inhibitif and Giftagram!

In one word, what do the holidays mean to you?

Follow and tweet us at @NatashaNKPR with the hashtag #NKPRHolidayLove for a chance to win a new prize each day…our gift to you!

Day One: Avon Pretty in Neutrals Makeup Palettes

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 Day Two: Essie Holiday 2013 Encrusted Treasures Collection

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 Day 3: Our favourite Tweezerman tools

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Day 4: DAVIDsTEA Holiday Collection and The Perfect Tea Mug

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Day 5: A $50 Giftagram credit and $50 gift certificate to Balzac’s Coffee

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Day 6: Kiehl’s His & Hers Custom Travel Sets

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Day 7: Our favourite YO Sox

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Halloween Inspired Eats & Drinks

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If you’re looking for some Halloween snack and cocktail inspiration for tonight…

Halloween Jellies

Halloween Jellies

These easy jellies are great fun to make and kids love to decorate them – the spookier the better!

Ready in: 4-6 hours or overnight

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

4 leaves of gelatine

8 tbsps bottlegreen Cox’s Apple and Plum Cordial

2 clementines

Selection of jelly sweets, i.e. wriggly worms, false teeth and snakes

Method:

Place the gelatine in a bowl, add 3tbsps water, leave to soak for 10 mins.

Peel the clementines, removing any pith and seeds, segment.

Place the bottlegreen cox’s apple and plum cordial into a large measuring jug, add the softened gelatine, pour on 500ml boiling water, stir until dissolved, cool.

Divide between 4 serving dishes; add the clementine segments, leave to set in the fridge for approx 4-6 hours or overnight.  Decorate with the sweets.

Cook’s tip: To stop the clementine segments floating to the top wait until the jelly has set a little then press them in.

 

Wicked Witch Apple Punch 

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Ingredients

1 750 ml. bottle SKYY Vodka

1 750 ml. bottle Sparkling Apple Cider

1 64 oz. bottle Cranberry Juice Cocktail

1 Liter Ginger Ale

2 cups Pineapple Juice

Red Apple Slices

Method

Combine all ingredients in a large black witch’s cauldron with ice and stir. Garnish with large slices of red apple floating on top and dry ice.

Happy Halloween!

 

Celebrating Thanksgiving with ZWILLING & bottlegreen

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Thanksgiving – a time to ring in the fall season, give thanks and feast on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie! From knife sharpening to delicious dessert recipes, we’re sharing our Thanksgiving 411 to help make this year’s dinner the best one yet!

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What are some of your favourite Thanksgiving traditions? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

NKPR Presents: LAXmas

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Each year NKPR celebrates the holiday season…twice! When the rest of the world is soaking up the sun and enjoying summer fashions, we’re looking at what’s in store for the next holiday collections. What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a poolside party? Media and bloggers joined us last Thursday to preview gifts and gadgets for the holiday season, LA-style! Our guests were given Essie manicures and Tweezerman brow how-tos, all while sipping on bottlegreen cocktails and indulging in PS by Pretty Sweet cupcakes and cookies by the pool. Natasha’s backyard was transformed into a runway show, with models previewing the upcoming holiday collections from RACHEL Rachel Roy, Anne Klein and RW & CO. One thing is for sure: it’s going to be a holiday of glamour! We even got to play DJ with House of Marley; everyone had a great time learning how to scratch, with their own DJ name no less!  The music was fun and festive with lots of holiday cheer in the air.

We realize that holidays aren’t always a happy time for everyone, which is why we partnered with Partners for Mental Health to raise awareness by giving our guests ‘mood badges’ to wear as they celebrated holiday in July. We matched each LAXmas guest with a donation to the cause. Whether people felt wired, happy or grumpy, everyone enjoyed the fun approach at supporting such an important cause.

Here are some of our favourite highlights!

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1O6A0606Our Partners for Mental Health mood tree featuring mood badges for our guests to wear

1O6A0478Refreshing bevvies from bottlegreen to sip on by the pool

1O6A0497Delicious (and beautiful) sweet treats from PS by Pretty Sweet!

1O6A0508Guests getting pampered with their Essie manicures

1O6A0510Poolside lounging anyone?

1O6A0512The Tweezerman brow station where guests received complimentary brow-sessions and pro tips!

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1O6A0501Sneak peek at the RACHEL Rachel Roy holiday collection!

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Lots of cozy sweaters and sparkle at Anne Klein!

1O6A0520What’s in store for the RW&CO holiday collection!

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1O6A0617Our LAXmas models rocking RACHEL Rachel Roy and RW&CO!

1O6A0489Our House of Marley DJ booth was a huge hit!

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How would you spend a holiday in LA? Tweet us at @natashankpr!

Channeling The Great Gatsby

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With the much-anticipated Friday release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby approaching, we’ve got the roaring 20s’ on our minds. The film has been hugely influential this season when it comes to fashion, beauty and accessories. The Gatsby look is famous for its glamourous, sophisticated style; think flapper dresses embellished with sequins and sparkle for the ladies and dapper suits and hats for the gents. Be sure to check out our top Great Gatsby-inspired picks when dressing for your next night out!

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What’s your favourite Gatsby-inspired trend? Tweet us @natashankpr!

The IT List: January 23

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The third week of January is often said to be the most depressing time of the year… And although science says otherwise, we’ll take any excuse to surround ourselves with things that make us happy – family, friends and a bit of retail therapy!

Nail art has hit the mainstream and we love the looks designed by essie Canada’s Lead Nail Artist, Rita Remark at World MasterCard Fashion Week. [Cosmetics Magazine]

We fell in love with Bourbon in 2012 and we don’t plan on ending this affair anytime soon. Winter 2013 and it’s keeping us warm on the rocks.  Looking ahead we can expect some Wild Turkey 81 cocktails on a summer patio and a rustic sip or two in the fall. [Wedding Bells]

Feeling a bit blue after the holidays? Nothing says mid-winter pick me up like fashion-inspired cocktails featuring favourites SKYY Vodka, Aperol, Frangelico and bottlegreen. [Fashion Magazine]

We’ve already shown our love for stila’s Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Electric green. It’s the perfect shade to rock Pantone’s Colour of the Year – Emerald and we’re glad [Flare] loves it too!

Still holding onto a few unwanted gifts from the holidays? Chances are, if the purchaser bought them online, they can still be returned! One of the best return policies, we’ve heard of? SHOP.CA’s 365 day return promise. [Globe and Mail]

Skiing is the one outdoor activity we actually look forward to during January! Explore the slopes and relax in the chalet decked out in Hi-Tec’s New Moon Boots. Comfort and style, we’ll take it! [Sweat Equity Magazine]

How do you beat the January blues? Tweet us @natashankpr!

NKPR’s Holiday Gift Guide: Holiday Entertaining

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No Holiday season is complete without parties and events to fill your weekends and evenings. Whether you’re hosting or attending, we suggest that you keep these essentials fully stocked all season long!

bottlegreen Ginger & Lemongrass ‘Enjoy Hot’ Cordial

Because: Warm up this winter with bottlegreen’s range of ‘Enjoy Hot’ Cordials in Spiced Berry and Ginger & Lemongrass flavours. Simply add to hot water and enjoy!

DAVIDsTEA Winter Collection

Because: We know you want to warm up with a cup of dessert inspired tea like Cookie Dough or Banana Dream Pie. Or indulge in a little nostalgia with returning fan faves Chocolate Chili Chai and Alpine Punch. Or recover from your holiday feasting with a soothing cup of Cocomint cream.

SKYY Vodka Holiday Glogg

Because: This recipe is a holiday party essential; not only is it easy to make but it is a guaranteed party pleaser!

Ingredients:

12 oz. SKYY Vodka

1 bottle dry red wine

1.5 tbsp mulling spices

1 tsp fresh orange zest

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp blanched almonds

4 tbsp raisins

Instructions: Wrap mulling spices in cheesecloth. In a large saucepan combine wine, SKYY Vodka, orange zest, spices and sugar. Simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.  Discard mulling spices. Add raisins and almonds into the bottom of each glass. Pour into glass and enjoy!