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

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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!

Style Muse: the Year of the Snake

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With Chinese New Year this weekend, we couldn’t help but take inspiration from the Year of the Snake! Let’s celebrate the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac in style.

Skin is in. Slinky scales in supernatural power colours are winding their way into seductive wardrobes around the globe. Bring the look to your best accessory – your nails – with essie sleek stickers.

The colour of the 2013 Year of the Snake is Black. Black is described in the Zodiac as the colour of Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, a colour of deep waters and of course, the colour of the dark smoky eye you can create with Stila’s Stay All Day Wet-to-Set Eye Shadow Trio in Thunder Cloud.

For those who prefer a neutral palette, the Year of the Snake is best celebrated with a statement accessory. RW&CO.’s  new shoe collection (coming soon!) has just what you need with a pair of gold-snake print flats.

But let’s be honest, we’re the type to embrace the Snake from head to toe. Helping us out is a matching SYLK blazer and short suit from Mendocino, a bright snake print summer dress from Rachel Rachel Roy and a snake-inspired cardigan from Jones New York!

How are you celebrating the Year of the Snake in style? Tweet us @natashankpr!

 

Getting Digital with essie at Toronto Fashion Week

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We love fashion, but stunning nail art was on our mind this Toronto Fashion Week! We trotted around town with nail pro, Rita Remark, spying the sweetest new essie shades on the runways. We got to huddle in the crowded backstage areas of renowned designers like Evan Biddell, ASHTIANI by Golnaz Ashtiani, Mackage, Lucian Matis, Matis by Lucian Matis, UNTTLD, VAWK and EXPRESSall of whose stunning models hit the runway with essie-perfected digits, executed with Rita (and her team’s) gorgeous technique. We also got a sneak peek at essie’s three new collections: Sleek Stick, RepStyle and Care. Don’t worry—we got all the exclusive pictures below!

Metallic hues at Evan Biddell. Shades from left to right: Penny Talk, Licorice
Geometrical nails at Ashtiani. Shades: Master Plan, Fiji, Wicked
Essie everywhere! Matte about you, Da Bush and Sand Tropez
Minty cool shades at Mackage. Shades: Sand Tropez and Da Bush
Silver talons at UNTLD. Shade: No Place Like Chrome
Flirty essie shades at VAWK. Shades: Buy Me a Cameo, Licorice

What’s your favourite essie nail look? Tweet us @natashankpr

The IT List: June 25

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The star-studded MMVA’s had Toronto buzzing last weekend! Our friends at Baker Street  were on-hand at Perez Hilton’s One Night in Toronto event, serving up desserts to the stars including Carly Rae Jepsen, Dragonette and Darren Criss! [Perez Hilton]

Whether you’re for or against “manscaping”, we can all agree on the importance of using the proper tools! For waxing,  Andrea Professionals  is your best bet! For trimming, try  Tweezerman!  [Style Empire]

For a solo road trip or a run outdoors,  House of Marley headphones provide premium sound quality. And let’s be honest… They just look cool!  [Trailburn]

Summer means time to hit the beach and these flip flops from TEVA will allow you to run through the sand in comfort and style!  [Globe and Mail]

Dazzling rings inspired by Hollywood’s latest brides! We’d say “I Do!” to this diamond from Classic Creations [Hello Canada]

Brooklyn Decker looks gorgeous and summer-fresh on the June cover of Flare Magazine! The look is completed with essie nails!  [Flare]

This bittersweet Aperol cocktail is the ultimate patio sip! Sit back, relax and enjoy this Italian classic on a hot day!  [Chatelaine]

The IT List: May 24

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Summer doesn’t officially kick off until June 20, but with Toronto temperatures hitting the high 20s’, we’d say it’s already arrived! Time to kick back, relax and enjoy the season!

Looking for a refreshing alternative to the typical syrupy sweet drinks of summer? We suggest an Aperol cocktail… or two!  [Chatelaine]

Speaking of refreshment, Bottle Green is a delightful sparkling water from the UK, naturally sweetened with handpicked flowers and fresh-pressed fruits. Martha Stewart approved!    [Toronto Sun]

Sandal season demands a pretty pedicure and essie’s got the perfect shades for summer! Cheeky names are essie‘s trademark… We think we’ll try “bikini so teeny”!   [Toronto Standard]

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is one of our favourite cultural events in the city! Our favourite exhibit of 2012? Jill Greenberg’s Glass Ceiling. Beautiful and thought-provoking.   [National Post]

When it comes to summer fashion… we love it all! Striped lacy tee from Rachel Rachel Roy? Yes please.  [Chatelaine]

Bold prints are all the rage this season! We love this scenic tank from Mendocino and bright floral printed skirt from Jones New York!  [Flare Magazine]

Picnic couture? We are going bananas over this yellow button-down from RW&CO!  [Fashion Magazine]

The IT List: April 4

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This week’s IT List is all about spring! Things we’ve missed from the warm weather months? Colour, running outdoors, relaxing summer tunes and of course, our favourite  patio beverages!

Jelly bean tea? Sign me up! DAVIDsTEA’s spring collection is perfect for an after-dinner drink or a morning pick-me-up! [Hello! Magazine]

Tupperware parties may not be our cup of tea, but we love how lia sophia’s home jewellery parties can empower women and allow them to run their own business! Not to mention, their Zingara collection is incredibly stylish and affordable! [Vitamin Daily]

Bouncy dresses and bright colours were abundant at the RACHEL Rachel Roy spring/summer preview! Now if we could only have a bit more of that warm summer weather from mid-March… [Vitamin Daily]

The NKPR office has started training for the Sporting Life 10K in support of Camp Ooch on May 13th! Our running shoe of choice is the Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity HPi Ws! Light and comfy! [Sweetspot]

Looking to rock neons on your nails this summer? Essie’s latest collection, Poppy Razzi, offers four stand out brights! Be sure to coat your nails in white first to make the colour pop! [Sweetspot]

Nothing beats listening to jammin’ tunes by Bob Marley on a warm weather day! House of Marley’s line of earth-friendly headphones are the perfect accessory! [Virgin Radio]

Pink, bubbly and perfect for patio season… We can’t wait to sip on a SKYY Vodka Spring Fling cocktail! [Metro]

Fashion Week Recap

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Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week kicked off last week showcasing fashion and beauty looks for Fall/Winter. It was such an amazing week in fashion! From attending shows, hosting a fashion week pop-up and spending time with a beauty icon, the NKPR team did it all!

We were incredibly excited to meet beauty icon and essie cosmetics founder, Essie Weingarten for the second time! In town for Fashion Week, we hosted a meet & greet at our office where she shared her amazing nail tips, as well as some of the upcoming essie collections! She has such an amazing presence and the best nail advice! (Check out her tips for newsprint nails via The Huffington Post Canada)

 

In celebration of Fashion Week, essie held a pop-up nail bar in the NKPR office. (Talk about convenience!)  Guests received a free express essie manicure by Tips Nail Bar and were treated to some of the new collections including Wedding and Poppy-Razzi neons! Beverages were provided by DAVIDsTEA. We love their refreshing and delicious spring collection!

Essie nails were all the rage on the runway, showcasing nail trends at Lucian Matis, Soia & Kyo, Pink Tartan, Ezra Constantine, Rad Hourani and Travis Taddeo! Gothic glamour at Chloe Comme Paris was complemented by essie nails in Wicked with a lace design on top!

 

 

The Spoke Club hosted their own Fashion Week shows featuring Missoni, Chanel, Celine and Alexander McQueen! Beauty looks were created by Stila Cosmetics, Ardell Lashes and essie polish. Guests at the shows were gifted with these beauty must-haves and Ardell created a pop-up lash bar treating all of the attending ladies to luscious lashes for the night!

 

Kicking off the evening, SKYY Vodka cocktails were served to guests at The Spoke Club including the Ardell “Wink” cocktail and the Stila “Sweetart” cocktail!

 

Meanwhile during Toronto’s Fashion Week, fine jeweller Classic Creations was off to another iconic fashion event in Switzerland. Baselworld is the largest international watch and jewellery show in the industry. Highlights included the yet-to-be released news on the new ladies Ebel line! (We can’t wait to hear!)  A classic favourite, Chanel also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first Chanel watch by unveiling this gorgeous Première Flying Tourbillon!

 

What was your favourite moment at Fashion Week? Tweet it to @natashankpr 

 

The IT List: March 13

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This week’s IT List is all about spring! Not only are we enjoying the early sun, but we are also incredibly excited for everything that comes with the season: new fashion, beauty and Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week!

Refresh your wardrobe with a classic work staple from Jones New York. This iconic white shirt is sure to empower your style in and out of the office!  [Women of Influence]

Pyjama chic? We love these slouchy printed Mendocino pants for spring, perfect to pair with your favourite fitted tee! [Flare]

Looking to turn heads this spring? Make a statement with this turquoise laguna necklace from Lia Sophia! [Toronto Sun]

We are incredibly excited that beauty icon Essie Weingarten, the founder and president of essie cosmetics, is in town for Toronto’s Fashion Week!  Read all about essie’s 30th anniversary in the first ever issue of [Style Empire]

One of the earliest signs of aging is hyper-pigmentation. The non-invasive solution according to dermatologist Dr. Adam Geyer? Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution packed full of Vitamin C, white birch and peony extract! Don’t forget sunscreen as a preventative measure! We like Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50! [Chatelaine]

The IT List: Feb 27

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INK Entertainment launches new concept nightclub Cube in the centre of Toronto’s entertainment district!  With a state-of-the-art sound system and cool retro-infused décor, we have no doubt that Cube will reinvigorate Toronto’s “square” club scene! [The Grid]

Yum! Jennifer Valentyne visits the Baker Street bakery on Breakfast Television… Looks like we share a love of Baker Street’s delicious Red Velvet! [Breakfast Television]

Starting to train for a summer run? Be sure to check out this list of top gym essentials! Our must-have item? Goody Slide Proof Elastics to keep hair in place! [Sweetspot]

Brighten your skin tone with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution! Clinically proven to rapidly reduce the look of dark spots, this amazing product is one of our new favourite  beauty fixes! [Fashion Magazine]

We loved checking out all the upcoming beauty and fashion trends at New York Fashion Week! Essie nails dominated the shows featuring fresh, polished looks for fall! [Broken Heel Diaries]

Bold prints and vintage looks are on-trend this season at M for Mendocino! The Toronto-based retailer just opened their first location in the GTA and we love how they recreate styles from the runway for less! [Richmond Hill Post]

 

The IT List: January 6

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? This week’s IT List celebrates the start of 2012! Our prediction so far… it’s going to be an amazing year!

New Year’s Eve may have passed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating. Tasty holiday drinks from SKYY Vodka, Campari, and Cabo Wabo Tequila  are sure to keep the party going all year long. [Toronto Sun]

We are loving Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the Year! (note Tangerine Tango filled blog post below) Stay on-trend with this sheer blouse from RW&CO.’s spring collection! [Toronto Sun]

One of  the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and get fit! But you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym to get results. Introduce walking into your routine to kickstart your fitness goals! Our favourite walking shoe – the very cool Fila Skeletoes! [Insert Magazine]

Bling in the New Year with essie Luxeffects polishes! The sparkle doesn’t have to stop after New Year’s Eve and these essie polishes will help you shine throughout 2012! [Beauty Connexion]