Get Into the Holiday Spirit with Swarovski & Win a $1000 Shopping Spree

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That’s right! The Holiday season is now upon us and we can’t help but embrace it with all of the fun upcoming events to help us get in the festive spirit!

What better way to kick-off the holiday season than with Swarovski at one of Canada’s most iconic heritage buildings? Join us at Union Station for the official unveiling of this year’s Swarovski Holiday Tree on Friday, November 16th starting at 5:00 pm. Liz Trinnear will be hosting an official lighting countdown ceremony, holiday mingle AND a special live performance from TD Music!

BONUS: Snap a pic of the iconic holiday tree and tag @Swarovski @TorontoUnion and #BrillianceForAll #UnionHoliday – the best post will win a $1,000 shopping spree. Download full contest rules and regulations here.

 


 

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!

Vote Now – Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act Fan Choice Award

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For the past few months, Jack Daniel’s JD Supporting Act has been making musical dreams come to life for young artists across Canada. The calibre of talent and the love for music in our country is nothing short of incredible (can we talk about Alanis Morisette at the Junos, anyone?).

In Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act’s inaugural year, over 65 Canadian artists shared their musically-driven stories in a short 60-second video outlining what they need to make their dreams a reality. Over the course of 16 weeks, the contestants were narrowed down by a panel of judges and one artist was chosen every two weeks winning everything from electronic drum sets to touring the UK! Now you have the chance to be a part of someone’s musical journey to stardom!

This week it’s up to you to vote on the finalists to decide who will be receiving the JD Supporting Act Fan Choice Award! From March 13-25 your votes will decide who the final winner is!

 

Watch the finalist’s videos here: http://www.jdsupportingact.com/videos

 

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Previous JD Supporting Act Winners: 

Winner 1: Tim Popek – The music teacher won an electronic drum set, recording software and a new computer, allowing him to create an online drumming school.

Winner 2: Kink the Band – The duo, who strives to promote female empowerment in rock and roll, won funds to record their first album with local Toronto producer Jason Pierce.

Winner 3: Young Running – The folk rock group won funds towards a Western Canada Tour. The band just returned home after three weeks living out their dream playing music in the Rocky Mountains.

Winner 4: Stone Iris – After winning Indie Week Canada, the band from Alberta had the opportunity to play Indie Week UK. Jack Daniel’s gave them the means to tour the UK before their headlining experience.

Winner 5: Sidney York – The indie avant-pop duo from Calgary received funds to produce and market their new album release, showcasing their talent for playing instruments seldom seen beyond the orchestra pit.

Winner 6: Bathurst Station – The up and coming Toronto band was the second to win an opportunity to tour the UK.

Winner 7: The Elwins – Hailing from Keswick, Ontario, this group of long-time friends received funds to purchase new instruments to complete their world-wide tour, aiming to sound better than ever on stage.

Winner 8: JD Supporting Act Fan Choice

 

Which musical act is your favourite? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Make Your Musical Dreams Come True – Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act

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If you’ve been following our blog (say yes!) then you’ve witnessed the launch of Jack Daniel‘s incredible program, JD Supporting Act. As mentioned, the program is inspired by the iconic connection between the Tennessee whiskey brand and music.

To refresh your memory, the way it works is Canadians submit a quick 60-second video documenting personal stories and music wishes for the chance at a big break, dream concert tickets, new instruments, music lessons and more.

Jack Daniel’s released an inspiring video documenting the first music dreams fulfilled by Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act. A surprise appearance by Canadian rocker Sam Roberts gave emerging musicians Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs some much-needed state-of-the-art studio time to record their next album.

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In honour of the program, we’ve rounded up NKPR’s biggest and wildest musical dreams

Natasha: Well I have been playing the piano since I was a little girl…Love it! And I LOVE Billy Joel.  My musical dream would be to meet him and watch him play and sing up close and personal in NYC.

Tory: To attend Britney Spears’ birthday party! Brit-brit turns 35 years of FABULOUS!

Aisha: I bought this insanely expensive sitar a few years ago…played it three times. Would love to learn how to play and tune it!

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Paula: I desperately want to learn how to play the piano…and sing like Celine Dion…and be her best friend.

Bunmi: To record my second album!

Rebecca: To start a band with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen….and Pitbull.

Ashton: I want to hang out with Elvis…he’s still alive right?

Adrien: My dream is to do a duet of “I believe I can fly” on stage with R. Kelly.

Corinne: To go to the Grammy’s!

Olena: I want to go to Ultra music fest in Miami!

Kristin: I want a really hot man with a guitar to sing to me. It could be anybody really.

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Nathan: I want to go to Tomorrowland in Belgium!

Sana: I would like a private concert from the Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium.

Amanda: I’d like to hang out with Ed Sheeran…he seems fun.

Erin: My dream is to sound-proof my basement so that my hubby can play his drums as much as he wants without me and all of our neighbours knowing it!

Lauren: That I could still remember how to play every song I learned on the piano as a kid!

Shaun: I want peace, love and harmony through music!

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What’s your musical dream? Tell us at @NatashaNKPR or send in your video to www.jdsupportingact.com!

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

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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#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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NKPR Joins The Smooth Movement

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Let’s face it: no one likes frequent shaving or waxing. Don’t get us wrong – it’s nice to be smooth and hair free, but given the opportunity most of us would skip the pain and time spent on this annoying yet necessary task. We’ve been introduced to Inhibitif and it looks like our prayers have been answered! A serum applied twice a day for 8 weeks that reduces the prominence and density of hair? Count us in.

So how exactly does the formula work? The serum promises to thin hair in conjunction to regular hair removal, with the end result meaning less frequent hair removal and lasting smoothness. The serum comes in a spray format that you apply evenly on shaved or waxed body areas twice per day for 2 months, or until unwanted hair appears nearly invisible (imagine our excitement). You then reduce usage to 3 times per week to maintain results. We learned that Inhibitif is different from a depilatory, which removes hair temporarily. Inhibitif reduces the apparent rate of hair growth over time so that you have to remove hair less often.

Intrigued, the NKPR team is taking part in the Smooth Movement – an 8 week challenge where we will be tracking our experience and reporting our results. We’ve rounded up a group with diverse hair types, each of us testing out one of the 3 available products for face, body or underarms.

Did you know?

According to Cosmo Magazine, women spend an average of 72 days of their life shaving…ugh! Tell us how you’d spend those 72 days instead for a chance to win Inhibitif and join the #SmoothMovement!

To enter:

1. Follow @inhibitif and @natashankpr on Twitter

2. Tweet @NatashaNKPR and tell us how you would spend those 72 days, whether it be vacationing to Europe, travelling to Asia or catching up on beauty sleep and tag @Inhibitif #SmoothMovement!

Stay tuned for our two week progress update!

Vote for Your Fave Fila T-Shirt

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Most of us have dreamed of designing (okay, maybe just owning!) a custom-piece of clothing: the ultimate pair of pumps, the perfect little black dress or jeans that hug in all the right places.

To celebrate their 100th anniversary, our friends at Fila Canada are letting fans put their stamp on another wardrobe essential. The t-shirt!

During the month of June, Fila fans submitted innovative t-shirt designs for a chance to win exclusive access to a celebrity gifting suite and share their limited-edition t-shirt design with the stars of the Toronto film festival.

Well, the designs are in and now it’s your turn to help change the face of Fila!

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Until Thursday, July 7, vote for your favourite design once per day to help select ten contest finalists. From those ten finalists, one grand prize winner will be selected by Fila Canada.

Voting is easy! Just click on over to the Fila Facebook page to check out the t-shirt designs and choose the one you’d want to wear.

We’ll keep you posted on the winner.