NKPR HOLIDAY IN JULY 2018

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Welcome to the NKPR Holiday in July 2018 Preview!

The NKPR office got a little chilly last week with our annual Holiday in July preview! We hosted media and influencers in our NKPaRlour to take a look at the exciting new products coming their way this winter. Ok, ready to start your wishlists? Take a look and let us know what you’ll be gifting this year ūüôā

Nothing says the holidays like a gift guide! The NKPR team put together the best ones for the busy shopper including The Best Beauty and Fashion Gifts Under $100, For The One Who Likes to Splurge, The Best Last-Minute Gifts, and Gifts for an Avid Traveller! An office favourite? Stocking Stuffers (and Hounds Vodka seriously stole the show here)!

Upon entering our winter wonderland, guests peeked under the tree for the winter must-haves from MEC! They also showcased the best picks for an NYE Bucket List and gift guides for the globetrotter, for little explorers, for the coffee lover, and more!

Guests also enjoyed breakfast throughout the day with Tim Hortons’ new Breakfast Anytime menu. Have you ever seen a happier face?

Pusateri’s also made an appearance and they’ve exclusively partnered up with celebrity chef Chuck Hughes to develop limited-edition holiday gift baskets with his picks from Pusateri‚Äôs (including a few products from his own brand)! There are two boxes available in different sizes (with different price points) with custom artisanal offerings like Pusateri’s Maple Roasted¬†Pecans and Marcona Almonds (Roasted and Salted), and Chuck Hughes’ Balsamic Vinegar and Hot Pepper Spread!¬†These boxes feature some seriously delicious items to keep in your winter pantry, including all the snacks you could ever need for a snow day!

A tea-lightful sight, DAVIDsTEA created their own cosy holiday space in our boardroom (with a tree and fire no less)! Guests were given a sneak peek into their holiday selection, including their ever so popular advent calendar as well as their endless array of warm winter flavours like the classic Sleigh Ride and Santa’s Secret. To be honest, nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like warm delicious drinks!

Links of London was a popular destination with their NEW Narrative Collection! Links of London has now introduced new engravable disc charms and necklaces with horizontal bars in Sterling Silver, Rose Gold Vermeil and Yellow Gold Vermeil, all embellished with the collection’s iconic bubbled edges. Each beautiful piece can be engraved with a message or memorable date, making it the perfect gift for someone you care about with sentimental meaning! Our showroom also received a new permanent addition- a Links of London telephone booth (which was incredibly popular with our guests).

Lise Watier is introducing a new Holiday collection, “Neiges”, inspired by their iconic fragrance! The collection features a highlighting powder, two 5- colour eyeshadow palettes, sparkling lipstick, metallic liquid lipsticks and more! Think of your stocking overflowing with these… yes, please! They are also offering tons of amazing gift sets, great for making gifting a breeze this year.

Flow also debuted their newest flavours (Strawberry and Rose, Watermelon and Lime, Lemon and Ginger, and Cucumber and Mint), offering a point of hydration for guests as they browsed the room.

OGX and Maui Moisture showcased how you could enjoy a spa at home! Maui Moisture’s hair masks are incredibly moisturizing, perfect for the dry cold air of winter (and with many options for all hair types and needs). The OGX stylers are perfect to finish off the job and were a huge hit with guests as they enjoyed an on-site touchup throughout the preview.

Swarovski had some simply stunning pieces on display from their Fall/Winter 2018 Collection! Some of the necklaces were so sparkly the guests couldn’t put them down- and we can’t blame them. Who would you gift a gorgeous Swarovski piece too? Get ready! Winter is closer than you think!

Have you started your holiday gift list? 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!

Trend Report: Pantone 2018 Colour of the Year

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See 2018 in Ultra Violet!

Pantone recently released their annual Colour of the Year, Ultra Violet. You can sport this purple trend in the New Year with these great products!

 

Start things off with a fresh look with these beautiful beauty items: Lise Watier’s Rouge Intense Supreme lipstick in the shade SOPHIA ($27.00) and Annabelle’s Bigshow Matte Liquid Lipstick in Hypnotic ($9.95 CAD). These lipsticks have a gorgeous deep sultry colour that would look fantastic for all seasons!

DAVIDsTEA’s Magic Potion blend changes from indigo to violet if you squeeze a lemon into it (from $9.98)! This juicy blue raspberry tea is delicious (and pretty!) and perfectly represents the colour of the year. (Try it out at home to see!)

You don’t have to dye your hair to show some love for Ultra Violet.¬†These products already rock¬†an all purple everything look.¬†Keep an eye out for¬†OGX‚Äôs new¬†Smoothing + Shea Sleek Humidity Blocking Hairspray, and¬†Smoothing + Shea Sleek Smooth Style Spray¬†($10.99 CAD), hitting shelves in January!

 

Toronto’s Best Patios & Delicious Eats

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Summer isn’t over yet! With warm weather still in the forecast, our thoughts remain on sunsets, light jackets and of course‚Ķthe endless search for the city’s best¬†patios. Whether you‚Äôre grabbing drinks after work, enjoying¬†a Sunday brunch or planning dinner with friends, the perfect restaurant always sets the scene.

Here are NKPR’s favourite city hot spots, that will make you feel like the ultimate foodie.

Montecito

The Beach Boys said it best, ‚ÄúI wish they all could be California girls‚ÄĚ. Montecito¬†bridges the divide between casual Cali-cool and fine dining with premium quality ingredients. ¬†Located in the heart of Toronto’s¬†Entertainment District, Montecito puts you in the centre of the action featuring¬†farm-to-table Southern Californian cuisine.¬†Not to mention the garden patio’s foliage and canopy umbrellas to keep you cool during hot summer days. Stop by for their signature kale salad and mouthwatering JW Chicken, perhaps paired with a wine selection provided by the restaurant’s in-house sommelier.

Cibo Wine Bar

Get a (delicious) taste of Italy at Cibo Wine Bar¬†–¬†located in the stylish King West neighbourhood with a recently opened second¬†location at Yonge & Eglinton. The menu offers authentic Italian cuisine with modern staples, and classic fresh in-house pasta¬†(is your mouth watering yet?). The¬†trendy feel and inviting atmosphere means Cibo Wine Bar is sure to top your favourites list‚Ķand make it onto your Instagram feed!

 

Gusto

The two words that make our summer hearts flutter? Rooftop patio. Gusto blends the perfect mix of comfy and industrial décor, serving up international flavours with Italian classics. Treat your taste buds to the margherita pizza and Tuscan grilled Bistecca striploin, plus wine on tap for $1.00 an ounce…oh yes, you read that correctly.

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Thompson Toronto

The Thompson Toronto¬†is a chic summer escape right above the city. The rooftop lounge offers a breathtaking 360¬į view of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario amidst a lounge atmosphere and the city’s best looking clientele. Guests can dip in the infinity pool by day and linger on the patio by night, enjoying creative seasonal cocktails (toast to the champagne cocktail or James Bond inspired Vesper) and inventive cuisine far above the fray.

DAVIDsTEA

Some things are just meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, Beyonc√© and Jay Z, cold drinks and hot summer days.¬†DAVIDsTEA¬†offers an extensive collection of their signature teas served over ice; perfect to grab when strolling through¬†fellow Queen West stores. Enjoy $1.00 iced tea all summer long when you purchase one of the brightly coloured travel mugs‚Ķtalk about fulfilling your cravings to a ‚Äútea‚ÄĚ.¬†We at NKPR LOVE the sweet and refreshing Strawberry Colada ice tea (talk about an afternoon pick-me-up).

 

What are your favourite summer hotspots? Tweets us @NatashaNKPR!

 

 

Street Style: HI-TEC Urban Hike

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This past Thursday, NKPR was excited to take part in HI-TEC’s first-ever urban hike. We laced up our favourite HI-TEC shoes for an exciting micro-tour of Toronto. Street style photographer Stefania Yarhi captured our looks inspired by HI-TEC¬†as we visited local city spots including DAVIDsTEA and Caplansky’s Food Truck with the Toronto Tour Guys. It may have been a rainy day, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time and taking in the city! Check out some of our favourite street style snaps from the hike.

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Lacing up our Hi-Tecs for the hike! Thanks to AQUAhydrate for providing much-needed hydration!

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And we’re off in style!

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First stop: DAVIDsTEA!

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Next we visited ¬†Caplansky’s Food Truck and they supplied us with delicious sandwiches!

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Rocking our HI-TECs!

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A big thank you to all those who came out!

What’s your favourite street style shot? Tweet us at¬†@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‚Äôs range of ‚ÄėEnjoy Hot‚Äô 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!