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Holiday Guide: Planning the Perfect Party

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Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry!  Although it is a time of celebration, it can also be very stressful trying to pull everything together. Luckily, NKPR is here to help you to plan the perfect holiday party.

So from our family to yours, here’s a list all of the things you need to be plan the most enviable party of the season…

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DAVIDsTEA- Scented Candles

Mmm there is nothing that says the holidays like the smell of peppermint, apple cider and roasted nuts. Thanks to DAVIDsTEA, these wonderful holiday smells have now been bottled – well, in the form of a candle! These 100% soy wax candles (inspired by some DAVIDsTEA fan-favourites) are the perfect way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere at your holiday party. They are environmentally friendly, long-lasting and they come in adorable mason jars so they look as great as they smell. Your guests will be greeted by festive cheer the moment they step into the room!

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Barilla Italian Pasta

Cooking for a large group of people can be extremely challenging, not to mention the difficulties in pleasing each of your special guests. Good thing pasta is a huge crowd pleaser and offers variety to your holiday spread! Barilla pasta has a wide selection of white, whole grain, egg and gluten-free pasta. Get creative! Offer a Farfalle with fava beans and smoked pancetta, or a Rotini pasta salad with walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, parmigiano reggiano cheese and basil – the possibilities are endless!

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Eat Nakd Whole Food Snack Bars

No need to put your health kick on hiatus for the holidays! Eat Nakd Whole Food Snack Bars inspired some delicious snacks perfect for your guests to munch on by the fireplace. This quick and easy recipe will allow your guests to indulge in those sweet holiday cravings guilt-free! Try one of Eat Nakd’s other signature flavours to create your own holiday-inspired decadent desserts.

Eat Naked Truffles with Sea Salt

1 ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup cream cheese
½ cup icing sugar
½ teaspoon coconut extract (optional)

5 Eat Nakd 35 g bar, roughly chopped
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil
½ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

Beat the coconut, cream cheese, icing sugar and extract with Eat Nakd Bars until smooth. Roll into 1 ½ inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze for about one hour. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and coconut oil, while stirring constantly. Dip each coconut ball into the melted chocolate with a fork, covering the ball completely with chocolate, letting the excess drain through the fork tongs. Use a spoon to lightly push truffle off fork and back onto the wax paper. Spring with sea salt. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Shloer Sparkling Grape Beverage

Provide your guests with that festive, warm and fuzzy feeling by serving Schloer Winter Iced Tea Cocktails, the perfect refreshment for your holiday party! The Swiss sparkling grape–based refreshment, is débuting in Canada just in time for the holiday party-hosting season. Consisting of only the very best in fruit juices from concentrate and purest waters, Shloer contains no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. Alone or mixed with your favourite spirits, it offers a wonderful, sparkling toast to the season!

Shloer Winter Iced Tea

12.5ml vodk
12.5ml gin
12.5ml rum
12.5ml cointreau
15ml lemon juice
15ml apple juice
100ml Red Grape Shloer

Shake the first 6 ingredients together and strain, then top with the Shloer.

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Zwilling – Staub Ceramic Terrine

Presentation of the food you’re serving is just as important as the taste. Enhance your table’s decor by adding some Zwilling ceramics and cookwares to beautifully display the dishes you’ve so carefully prepared. The Staub Ceramic Terrine combines functional design, exceptional quality and elegant presentation; a beautiful addition to your party. Take a fresh-cooked loaf straight from the oven to your table and give your guests the taste of comfort food that reminds them of being home at Mom’s for the holidays!

 

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Lori Morris – Interior Design

We all know that the best memories are made around the dinner table. It is where friends and family gather to embrace each other over delicious food and stimulating conversation, and it is important to create a beautiful setting to share these moments.  Make your dining room the highlight of your party with design inspiration from interior designer Lori Morris. These elegant table setting ideas will make a statement at your party and will be guaranteed to help make the memories surrounding the table last a lifetime.

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Keeping Warm This Winter

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Here at NKPR we’re huge fans of winter, but we know that adjusting to the cold weather can be a daunting task. Thankfully, there are many things that we absolutely LOVE getting cozy with to keep us warm all season long!

Here are a couple NKPR favourites that keep us looking forward to winter each and every snowfall…

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DAVIDs TEA Egg Nog Tea

A hot drink is the best way to keep your mittens warm, and this season we’re crazy for DAVIDs TEA’s holiday special Egg Nog tea. This caffeine-free tea features ingredients like white chocolate, meringue and green rooibos. Without needing to leave the house, steep for 4-7 minutes at 205°F and drink on its own OR add frothed milk, sugar and voila! a homemade Egg Nog Latte! This delicious treat will keep you toasty and get you right into the holiday spirit.

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Rudsak Anouk Parka

Rudsak’s Anouk Parka will do more than keep you looking stylish this season; it’ll keep you ridiculously warm in even the coldest snowstorms (and what’s more important than looking good in a snowstorm?). Decorated with edgy leather accents and a genuine raccoon fur hood, the Anouk Parka will have you looking forward to getting bundled and heading out into the cold!

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Sears Whole Homestyle Factory Essential Plush Throw

Snowed in? You’ll be thanking Mother Nature in no time as you snuggle up to the fire with a good book, some hot cocoa and a Sears Whole Homestyle Factory Essential Plush Throw. Softer than a brand new puppy, this throw is the perfect thing to cuddle up to, keeping you cozy all winter long.

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Hi-Tec Thomas Boots

Don’t let any amount of snow keep you from enjoying the outdoors this winter. Hi-Tec’s Thomas Boot is perfect for all snow lovers, offering warm but stylish comfort. Lined with a thick insulated layer that retains body heat while still allowing moisture to escape, the Thomas boots are made for the snowy, Canadian winters that we know and love. Forecast calling for 15 feet of snow? Bring it on!

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Eat Nakd Whole Food Bars

Filling yourself up with healthy, protein filled snacks is the best and simplest way to prepare your body for a long winter. Eat Nakd Wholefood Bars are packed with healthy, natural ingredients that provide you with all of the nutrients that you need to keep warm and energized when out-and-about this winter. Take a couple onto the ski slopes or out for a winter picnic – no amount of fun-filled winter activities will tire you out!

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Racinne – Lady S At-Home Spa Device

Keeping warm in the winter is essential not only for you, but also for your skin. The Lady S by Racinne is an at-home spa device that uses heat to rejuvenate your skin, brighten your complexion and reduce signs of aging. While winter’s dryness and harsh winds are in effect, your Lady S will keep you, and your skin, glowing all season.

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If staying indoors is more your style, enjoy a view of the snowfall while sipping on a festive cocktail from Montecito. Up The Stairs is a seasonal favorite, made with brandy, pear liqueur, mint, lime and house-made apple cider, combined to create a pleasantly homey winter feeling. Montecito’s warm, inviting interiors paired with a couple ounces of brandy will keep you feeling cozy while embracing the season!

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What’s your favourite way to keep warm this season? Tweet us at @natashankpr!

Inside NKPR’s Fashion Week Survival Kit

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Here at NKPR, Toronto Fashion Week is one of our favourite times of year. From the exceptional runways to the impeccable street style, it’s a time of sartorial inspirations and ultimate fashion moments.

As the kick-off approaches, we’ve rounded up a list of our must-have items to help you not only survive, but thrive in and out of the tents…

Saje Natural Wellness – Pocket Pharmacy

This portable kit fits perfectly into your purse and includes five of Saje Natural Wellness’ therapeutic roll-on remedies – Peppermint Halo, Stress Release, Pain Release, Immune and Eater’s Digest.

Never miss a show with Immune which helps fight germs & viruses, while a few applications of Pain Release will help those sore feet and keep you dancing until dawn.

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Sophisticated nail shades are the perfect accessory for Fashion Week. As Essie Weingarten says, “fabulous colour is always in style.”

Rita Remark, essie Canada’s lead nail artist, will be specially designing nail art for the models in shows like Rudsak and Michael Kale using a variety of essie’s iconic shades and nail care products.

To prep for the show, try a few coats of essie’s Blanc or add a pop of colour with Butler, Please and you’ll look like you should be the one walking the runway.

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OGX – Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil – Weightless Healing Oil

With a photo-opp around every corner, it’s important to make sure you keep your luscious locks looking, well, luscious. Unfortunately, the endless amounts of styling, teasing and highlighting takes a toll on your hair.

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Oil is just what you need to stay camera-ready all day long and well into the night. Just a few spritzes of this nourishing formula instantly restores moisture and heals any split-ends.

After one application, hair feels healthy, looks shiny and leaves you ready for your close-up! (Inside scoop: now available online at Walmart Canada)

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Tweezerman – Mini Brow Rescue Kit

Tweezerman’s Mini Brow Rescue Kit is a no brainer – everything you need for on-the-go eyebrow maintenance, perfectly packaged into a convenient travel-size case.

This kit includes Tweezerman’s Mini Slant, Mini Browmousse, Mini Brow Brush and Mini eyehance Brow Highlighter and fits into any makeup bag. Perfect for quick touch-ups anytime, anywhere. Cara Delevingne, eat your heart out!

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bottlegreen – Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé

Staying hydrated during Fashion Week is essential. For a delicious thirst quencher, try bottlegreen’s Cranberry & Orange Sparkling Pressé.

This delightfully refreshing drink is made with cold pressed ingredients blended with spring water sourced from the Cotswolds in England. It comes in an elegant glass bottle that suits any high-profile Fashion Week occasion.

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Racinne – Ultimate Hydra Perfection Contour Brightening Eye Care

Long days and late nights can leave you not looking your best, which is why Racinne’s Contour Brightening Eye Care should be in your purse at all times during Fashion Week.

This lightweight cream contains natural antioxidants and renewal properties to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. It instantly hydrates the skin for a firmer and visibly brighter look, keeping you fresh, well-rested!

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Eat Nākd Bars

Eating healthy is crucial to surviving during fashion week, but can be a tad difficult when you’re on the go. Luckily, Eat Nākd bars pack all of the protein, nutrients and natural ingredients that you need to tide you over until your next meal.

Eat Nākd bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts and are available in four flavours – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight. On top of that, they are wheat-, dairy-, and gluten-free and contain no added sugars. So while you’re running around during fashion week, remember to Eat Nākd…you’re stomach will thank you.

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OURS by Cheryl Hickey – 24-hour Face Cream

Ever wonder how those models keep their skin looking so fresh and bright? We’ll let you in on a little secret…it takes some serious moisture power!

The 24 Hour Face Cream from OURS is meticulously designed to last all day and is safe to use from head to toe. This gentle moisturizer is free of parabens, fragrance and most common allergens so your skin looks healthy, silky and dewy.

Plus, if you’ve ever seen Cheryl Hickey, you know the girl’s got some seriously enviable skin…

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What must-have survival item gets you through Fashion Week? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

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