#NKCLIENTLOVE: A NIGHT IN LA DOLCE VITA

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It was a night to remember as the Grand Rotunda was transformed into beautiful Italian landscape to welcome guests into this year’s La Dolce Vita event. The second annual fundraising gala was held in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation and The Trillium Health Partners and raised a record-breaking $90,000! The evening featured a pizza cook-off, shopping for a cause, and of course, some Italian antipasto.

Over 1500 community members, influencers and celebrity guests came to Square One Shopping Centre to experience a large variety of food stations, cocktails, and espresso. The vendors included the cutest gelato bar truck, and guests could indulge in a charcuterie spread as people on stilts paraded around the venue in Venetian masks.

The event featured special culinary host Bobby Flay, who personally judged the pizza making contest between two representatives from the foundation. Flay was pictured trying different vendors and commenting on how to make the perfect pizza to event emcee and Top Chef Canada judge Janet Zuccarini.

The mall was transformed into a beautiful Italian-inspired piazza with fountains, bite-sized decadent Italian pasta, and even Italian treats do try. Guests were transported into a sweet night for a good cause and the evening did not disappoint!

Thank you to everyone who supported La Dolce Vita we can’t wait to see what happens next!

Want to see a preview of the night? Check out this highlight reel here.

NKPR GUIDE: CANADA DAY 2018

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How to Celebrate Canada Day this year!

Canada Day is only a few days away so we’ve put together a quick list of some summery and Canadian celebratory essentials for what you can do and what you can eat this weekend!

WHAT TO EAT

Pusateri’s has some incredible recipes that will last you the entire long weekend. Check out their recommendations for the most delicious meals to celebrate Canada’s birthday this year. Check out their store hours here to see if you can make any last minute trips on Monday!

Canada Day typically means lots of chilled beer and cocktails, but if you’re looking for something a little simpler with less of an edge (and low caffeine), try DAVIDsTEA’s most Canadian blend, the Maple Syrup Oolong!

WHAT TO DO

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL and HOT weekend (remember to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!), so what better way to make the most of it than by getting out of the city and enjoying nature! MEC has some great items for literally anything and everything you could want to do outside this weekend- from kayaking, camping amidst the trees, and even cooking your own pizza anywhere you go!

If the city is more your vibe, catch some sun and some sangrias on the Thompson Toronto rooftop! They’ve recently redesigned the space and it is simply stunning (and they also introduced some new summer cocktails that you just have to try)!

What are your Canada Day long weekend plans? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

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!

#NKClientLove: The Royal Wedding

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MISSED THE ROYAL WEDDING?

Our office (and our clients!) have been obsessed with the Royal Wedding for weeks, so we put together a quick recap of some ways we’ve showed love for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day!

Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville

On May 19th, bright and early at 6 AM, the Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville hosted a Royal Breakfast for guests to view the wedding in luxury and comfort! Seated in the hotel’s stunning (and newly renovated) Courtyard Ballroom, they enjoyed a delicious luxe British breakfast prepared by the Windsor Arms’ executive and pastry chefs. Guests indulged in a curated selection of Windsor Arms loose leaf teas, assortment of scones and crumpies, traditional English bubble and squeak ,and even a Royal-inspired lemon elderflower wedding cake!

Links of London 

Guests loved Links of London at the Royal Wedding! Her Majesty the Queen wore a beautiful assortment of pearls, including Links of London’s Effervescence White Large Pearl Stud Earrings and the Effervescence Star White Pearl Bracelet.

Kitty Spencer played it simple with an up-do that let the classic and elegant Diamond Essentials Pave Round Stud Earrings shine.

Amal Clooney was a showstopper with the Hope Egg Earrings in Silver and White Topaz to compliment her beautiful golden Stella McCartney dress.

Square One Shopping Centre

Square One created a fun tribute to some of Meghan’s most iconic fashion moments in the lead up to the Royal wedding, including the iconic Meghan Coat from LINE the Label that she wore for her engagement!

MEC

With it being hardly a week since their nuptials, we’re remembering all the sweet moments the couple shared since their first blind date! Just weeks after they met, Harry surprised Meghan with a safari camping trip to Maun, Botswana! *Swoons*
We’ve assembled a list of MEC must-haves so you can have your own romantic getaway camping trip this summer! This Wine Glass set is perfect for a night under the stars! No romantic night is complete without snuggling up with some cozy blankets and pillows- at around $20 you could get tons of these Camp Pillows to make your evening ultra- cozy. Lastly, you of course need the perfect tent! Try out this Cabin 6 Person Tent for a spacious romantic hideaway.

How did you celebrate the Royal Wedding? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR Fall 2018 Preview

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Welcome to our Fall 2018 Preview!

This past Wednesday we invited media and guests into our office for our Fall/Winter 2018 Preview. Starting bright and early at 8:30AM, we showcased some of our clients’ upcoming product launches and the newest trends for next season! 

Upon entering, guests were welcomed to join us for s’mores with our popular MEC display! Along with camping essentials, the outdoor retailer showcased some of their top products for the latest trends in Indoor Climbing and Trail Running, as well as an exclusive look at the new North Face jackets coming our way!

With two exciting new clients on board, guests were also delighted with takeaway Tim Horton’s Timbits and six hours worth of puppy love with Betty and Blue from Dog Tales Rescue.

After getting their fill of our furry friends (for the time being), guests browsed the show stopping pieces in Swarovski’s Fall collection- including some of the largest crystal encrusted necklaces we’ve ever seen, as well as a fun Disney collaboration!

There was also a large variety of hair-care products on display, including OGX’s new Stylers (with dry shampoos, wax, creams, and mousses!) and Maui Moisture’s new Color Protection Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner. Guests were also treated to touch-ups using the Stylers- leaving the preview looking as a fab as ever!

Enter the boardroom and you were confronted with a beauty lovers paradise! Groupe Marcelle set up shop with their newest and coolest collections.

Lise Watier’s David Vincent spoke to guests about a range of new products, including the Stylo Haute Couleur high coverage lip lacquers!

The stunningly bold display belonged to Annabelle, of course- featuring the Edge Collection with some of the prettiest fall lipsticks we’ve seen yet.

Last but not least, Marcelle gave us a sneak peak at their NewAge collection, with an Uplift Serum, and both day and eye creams.

Our friends at DAVIDsTEA gave us a taste of fall with their new blends, including Namastea and Cardamom Macchiato! They also had guests up to their noses in fruity scents with their new summer collection, launching on May 14th.

Guests found themselves admiring the new Afternoon Tea collection charms from Links of London. I mean- how cute is the cupcake and strawberry?? Also on display were the gorgeous new rose gold additions to the Splendour collection.

LINE the Label offered guests the chance to try on their new fall pieces, featuring beautiful coats with everything from cheetah print to beautiful soft pink hues!

What products are you looking forward to trying next season? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) to let us know!

NKPR Guide: Mother’s Day 2018

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother’s Day is fast approaching- it’s only one short week away! Haven’t found the perfect gift for mom? Well, we’ve got you covered! Celebrate this Mother’s Day together and show your mom how much you appreciate her- because she deserves it!

WHAT TO DO

Afternoon Tea and Spa Day at the Windsor Arms 

Enjoy tea for two in the beautiful Tea Room at the Windsor Arms! After you enjoy your biscuits and cakes, you can move upstairs to the relaxing and serene spa. Every mom out there would love a day to relax and unwind from her usual busy life. Windsor Arms has a ton of treatments to choose from to give your mom the day she deserves!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Windsor Arms

With Mother’s Day on a Sunday, it’s the perfect day for Sunday Brunch! The Courtyard Café at Windsor Arms is a beautiful setting to celebrate your mom and show your love for her (and we guarantee she’ll love it too)!

Blue Jays Mother’s Day Game

This is the perfect gift for all the sports fans out there! It will be a great afternoon of baseball and, of course, quality family time. As an added bonus, the 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be transformed into an Oasis dedicated to pampering mom! She can get her hair, nails, and makeup done all while preparing to watch the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox!

Mother’s Day Walk for Breast Cancer

Help raise money for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada while spending time with your mom! Families all around the world are impacted by breast cancer, so it’s a great opportunity to show your support for ALL moms who have battled breast cancer. You can participate by joining one of the walks held in Mississauga, London, Sarnia, and Ottawa.

WHAT TO BUY

Swarovski Mother’s Day Collection

What mom doesn’t love to receive new jewellery? Treat your mom with the Swarovski Mother’s Day Collection to make her feel (and look) like a million bucks!

DAVIDsTea Mother’s Day Collection and Get Pampered Set

If mom can’t fit an afternoon out into her busy schedule, gift your mom this tea set that will make her feel like she just spent the day getting pampered at the spa! 

Lise Watier Gift Set

Spoil mom with these skin care gift sets from Lise Watier! The Age Control Supreme and PerfeXion gift sets will help mom put her best face forward. 

What will you do for your mom this Mother’s Day? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR to let us know!

CANADA CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

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Canada celebrating 75th anniversary of National Volunteer Week 

How will you give back?

2018 marks the 75th anniversary that Canada has celebrated National Volunteer Week. First organized in 1943, it was initiated to celebrate women’s volunteer efforts to support the war effort. Since then, Canada’s volunteer movement has exploded. Now close to 13 million Canadians contribute over 2 billion hours each year to more than 170,000 non-profit organizations across the country. That’s the equivalent of 1 million full-time jobs. The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 15 – 21, is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.

Create a life that feels good on the inside. Work hard and help others. 
How true. Ask anyone who has volunteered and they’ll tell you that they receive far more than they give. There’s something almost magical that happens when you volunteer. Volunteering provides so many positive benefits. It increases confidence, self-esteem, social connections and lower rates of stress, depression and even blood pressure. It simply makes you feel good. Researches have coined the effects the happiness effect. 
 
 
“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” Kofi Annan, Ghanaian Diplomat, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
 
Extraordinary things can happen when you join with people who share your passion for causes you believe in. Consider some of the recent volunteering phenomena like Me to We (founded in 2008 which now supports and raises millions for 7,200+ local and global causes) and the most recent activist volunteer movement of NeverAgain MSD started just months ago in February to pressure the U.S. Congress to introduce gun control reforms. These are just two of countless examples of volunteer-initiated efforts that are helping to change the world. Much like a job, getting the most out of volunteering requires that you do your research to find the right opportunity that matches your skills and interests. Here’s a few websites to help get you started. 
 
Find the best volunteer opportunity for your skills and interests 
Volunteer Canada (https://volunteer.ca) is a great place to start. With boundless resources and a link to provincial associations of volunteer centres across the country, the site also offers a fun interactive quiz to help you pinpoint what type of volunteering opportunity suits you best. https://volunteer.ca/english/questions.html 
 
Take your skills abroad
Interested in volunteering abroad? There are lots of organizations that will help you coordinate a trip abroad to countries in South and Central America, Africa or Asia, paired with meaningful volunteer experiences. It’s a great chance to learn about another culture and country while giving back. With a database of 800 international volunteer organizations and 3,500 program reviews, they’ve done the research to find top volunteer abroad opportunities. The volunteer work I do with Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) has enabled me to learn so much about the incredible spirit, hope and resiliency of the Haitian people. To help you find and fund your volunteer abroad trip, check out Volunteer Forever (www.volunteerforever.com).

Learn more about volunteerism in Canada 
If you want to learn more about the volunteer sector in Canada, check out Imagine Canada (www.imaginecanada.ca). Given the huge impact that volunteers have in Canadian society (with 2 million Canadians working for non-profits and charities, representing over $135 billion), it’s becoming one of Canada’s biggest areas for job growth. If you’re thinking of a career in the non-profit sector, check out Charity Village (www.charityvillage.com) which posts job opportunities in the volunteer and non-profit sector. All charities need expertise in such areas as events management, fundraising, communications, finance, project management plus many others. Charity Village also offers learning and training sessions and webinars to advance your skills. 
 
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
We all have skills and we all have interests. And when the two come together and you’re able to make a positive difference, it feels amazing. Whatever your interest is, somewhere, a charity needs your skills and passion to help them. Why not step up and give back? Trust me, the experience will forever change you for the better.
 

Do you volunteer? Why and how? How do you feel it has impacted your life? Tweet me @NatashaNKPR or leave a comment below.

 
xo Natasha

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!

 

FWords LIVE at Links of London

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The FWords Podcast LIVE at Links of London!

The first LIVE taping of the FWords podcast took place this past weekend! Natasha, along with Taylor Kaye, and Anthony Mantella, hosted their first live event for the podcast series in the Links of London boutique at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Guests joined the trio to chat about which royals wear Links of London (and LINE the Label!), as well as holiday gifting!

The event had a fantastic response, especially as laughter and conversation filled the mall and attracted a crowd surrounding the store’s entrance! Among the lovely FWords fans that came out to join the fun was the beautiful Rosey Edeh and Kris Reyes!

Along with chatting to guests and listeners live at the Links of London store, the highlight of the evening was the iconic Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet giveaway! Throughout the podcast guests could enter a ballad for a chance to win a $500 Sweetie bracelet, including a couple charms of their choice!

We all know Natasha loves the Sweetie bracelet as the best gift to give… and receive! To celebrate the first live event, FWords listeners are able to enter a second Sweetie bracelet giveaway over on the @natashankpr Instagram account!

You can listen to this special LIVE edition of the FWords here. Stay tuned for more FWords LIVE events in 2018!

Canadian Wool Week: From Farm to Closet

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You may be looking for some sheep thrills this week, and The Toronto Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has you covered. Covered in wool! The fair is hosting Canadian Wool Week, beginning last Friday and running until this coming Sunday, November 12th!

The Campaign for Wool, started by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, is a charitable initiative to raise awareness for the unique, natural, and sustainable benefits of wool. Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) brought The Campaign for Wool to Canada back in 2014, with the goal of increasing consumer demand for wool products and to help revitalize the Canadian Wool Industry.

Wool Week celebrates the Wonders of Wool, involving various members of the wool value chain- from farmers and artisans, to fashion designers and retailers- everyone is coming together to support this royal cause!

This year, CFW has partnered with the Harris Tweed Authority to create the first-ever ‘Wool House’. An area of the fair has been transformed into a bedroom, curated by the Harris Tweed Authority and entirely outfitted in wool products! Visitors are educated on many benefits of wool, from the positive impact on the environment, to the support provided to local economies. Guests are also shown the journey of a garment, from farm to closet.

In the spirit of Wool Week, amazing Canadian brands contributed wool items to the Wool House. Luxury knitwear label, LINE has collaborated with The Harris Tweed Authority to design five limited edition coat designs in their iconic fabric. Other brands that are involved include the Granted Sweater Company, Wee Woollies, and ULAT!

So don’t pull the wool over your eyes! Head on over to The Royal Winter Fair before it ends to visit the Wool House. We’re sure you wool fall in love with the unique items offered!