TIFF GUIDE: TORONTO HOTSPOTS

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TIFF TORONTO HOTSPOTS

With TIFF approaching soon, we’ve rounded up the best Toronto hotspots to visit in between movies. Whether you enjoy a good patio cocktail or want to be on the lookout for A-list TIFF stars in town, we’ve got a little something for everyone to do to make your TIFF experience that much better.

The Thompson Hotel | 550 Wellington St W.

Located in King West Village, Thompson Hotel has one of the best and most popular views of the city. It’s known as a celebrity hot spot during TIFF, but also year round, featuring celebrities such as The Weeknd and Selena Gomez who visited the Diner, and popular guests during the TIFF season such as Bradley Cooper, Kate Hudson and James Franco. It has also hosted notable premieres and celebrity parties in the past, making it a great place to be during TIFF season to spot your fave celebrity. This year, The Thompson Hotel is even creating film-themed cocktails based on this year’s TIFF lineup- available from September 6th- 16th.

Aside from celeb sightings and film inspired cocktails, The Thompson also offers panoramic views of Toronto from its Rooftop Lounge and seasonal pool. Be sure to dine in comfort in the Thompson Diner open really early and really late, perfect for pre or post movie.

JOEY Restaurant | 1 Dundas St W.

Right in the heart of Downtown Toronto at the Eaton Centre, JOEY has become a favourite restaurant of ours! The decor and atmosphere help to bring the ultimate casual dining experience that is vibrant and relaxed. Wednesday’s are our favourite days with half-priced bottles of wine and globally inspired dishes to pair! JOEY will definitely be a hot spot during TIFF that is right in the middle of all the Toronto action! Be sure to make your Wednesday night reso now.

Bloor-Yorkville

This neighbourhood is easily Toronto’s most celebrated area! Filled with high-end fashion and restaurants to satisfy every craving, Bloor-Yorkville has something for everyone.

Some cool events happening in this area include:

Toronto Fashion Week | 55 Avenue Road
TFW will be happening from September 4th to September 6th, right during TIFF! It will also feature the exclusive book launch, on September 4th, for Jessica Ennis and Caitlin Cronenberg’s latest project, The Endings!

Get your TFW Tickets here

The Artists for Peace and Justice Gala

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the APJ Film Festival Gala taking place at the beautiful and historic Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8th from 6pm to 10pm. Co-hosted by Ben Stiller and Susan Sarandon, the fundraising event is a chance for leading artists, brands and philanthropists to celebrate and empower local communities in Haiti. Although it is sold out this year, the event will be filled with glitz, glamour and TIFF celebrities of course!

InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Party
This star-studded party will be happening on September 8th in Yorkville. An annual event, it is always a big celebrity hot spot, featuring some of our favourite stars such as Margot Robbie, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, George Clooney…the list goes on!

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!

 

TREND REPORT: AWARD SEASON

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GET THE RED CARPET LOOK

Award season is amongst us! We’re well under way as the Golden Globes recently passed, giving us a sneak peak at what will be trending on the red carpet this year. We’ve pulled some of our favourite items so you can stay on-trend and rock these looks at your own events!

 

STATEMENT EARRINGS

We saw a lot of gorgeous earrings drawing attention to some of the hottest celebrities so far this month. Statement earrings are a great alternative for adding drama to an otherwise tame outfit. Check out these bold and beautiful Swarovski earrings that will help you glam up for any event (from left to right):

  1. Multi- Coloured Highness Pierced Earring Set (Reg $349 CAD)
  2. Airy Pierced Earrings with Mixed Plating ($149 CAD)
  3. Multi- Coloured Helen Clip Earrings ($129 CAD)

 

BOLD RED LIPS

Nothing is as classic as a beautiful red lip on the red carpet. These lipsticks come in multiple shades, including, of course, a matte lipstick to ensure full and lasting coverage (completely necessary for a long night)! Take a look at which lipsticks you should bring for your next night out (from left to right):

  1. Annabelle Cosmetics’ BigShow Matte Liquid Lipstick ($9.95 CAD)
  2. Lise Watier’s Rouge Intense Supreme Lipstick ($27 CAD)
  3. Marcelle Cosmetics’ Rouge Xpression Lipstick  ($11.95 CAD)

 

SLEEK UP-DOS

A vibrant or dark contrasting lip has often been paired with a sleek and elegant up-do! With any hairstyle, the products you use are crucial to ensure smooth strands, full body, and a soft hold! These new OGX Beauty Stylers are perfect for all your hair needs before a big event (from left to right):

  1. Bodifying Bamboo Fiber Full Root Boosting Spray Mousse
  2. Smoothing and Shea Sleek Smooth Style Spray
  3. Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Elevated Finish Spray

 

What looks are you loving this year? Leave a comment or tweet us (@natashankpr) to let us know! 🙂

#NKPR15

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Inspiration comes in so many different forms. For our 15th anniversary, we collaborated with a New York based street artist Hektad to create an installation for our Toronto office windows. Bringing a little NYC to The 6, we’ve selected his “I Choose Love” and heart prints murals. We hope that this will inspire everyone to share love and kindness, two attributes that have been important to the agency since day one.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we know that finding the perfect gift can be challenging. But don’t worry! We’ve got some great ideas that are all about pampering. From a beautiful tea set to an “at-home” spa kit, here is a roundup of our top 5 gift ideas this Mother’s Day.

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Black Is The New Black – RUDSAK Fashion All Summer Long

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Here at NKPR, it’s no secret that we love fashion…especially anything that comes in black! From red carpet events to dinners on the town, black is our ultimate go-to.  After all, Neiman Marcus did say: “Women who wear black lead colourful lives.”

One of our favourite Canadian fashion brands, RUDSAK, is best known for their signature “all black everything” style offering trendy pieces that can be worn all year long.

When it comes to black, there’s a fine line between boring basic and sophisticated chic…the secret is in the details. So if you’re wondering, “How do I make black work in a season full of pretty pastels and feminine florals?” don’t fret – RUDSAK has everything you need to embrace your own cool-rebel spirit.

Women’s Fashion

A classic leather jacket is a seasonal staple. Throw this RUDSAK ELSA on over your skinny jeans for instant rockstar vibe or make an edgy statement by wearing it with this season’s popular boho trend.

The three most important letters in any fashionista’s vocabulary: LBD (Little Black Dress). RUDSAK’s OPHIRA dress has put an end to the eternal fashion scavenger hunt; this form-flattering jersey dress will take you from the office to dinner to dancing and beyond!

Our favourite trend right now: combining sheer and lace! The RUDSAK OBELIA skirt is the perfect choice for evening weddings or as a versatile transition piece from day-to-nightPair with a bright top or a silk cami for a rebel ballerina look (Step aside Black Swan!).

Men’s Fashion

Summer can mean unpredictable weather (looking at you mysterious rainclouds!). The RUDSAK TRAVIS is a Letterman-style bomber jacket with RUDSAK’s signature leather touch. The full sleeves made with genuine sheep leather ensure you’ll be set for all weather conditions and social events.

Who doesn’t love a combination of classic and casual? The RUDSAK KINGSTON button down with lamb leather sleeves is a man’s best friend for spontaneous summer adventures. Easily dress this piece up with a dinner jacket or keep it casual with dark denim for all those budding social events on your calendar.

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What’s your favourite way to wear black in the summer? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

 

 

 

 

 

Support Save Our Scruff at PYA Importer’s Sample Sale: May 7-9

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Although it’s really no surprise to anyone…here at NKPR, we’re all about the puppy love! Few things warm our hearts more than a fluffy, cuddly kiss from a puppy (and that “new puppy” smell – don’t even get us started!). This weekend, we’re shopping an amazing cause in support of our favourite furry friends.

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From May 7-9, PYA Importer (famous for brands like LINE Knitwear, John and Jenn, and Patrick Assaraf) is hosting a Sample Sale with a percentage of proceeds donated to Save Our Scruff – an incredible Rehome & Rescue dog shelter. Not only will you find all your fashion must-haves at amazing prices, you’ll leave knowing you helped find a puppy a brand new home!

How you can support Save Our Scruff:

1) Post a photo showing puppy love on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter

2) Tag @saveourscruff and #PYALovesPups

3) PYA Importer will donate funds for each post

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Free People: Festival Fashion

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We’re getting into the Coachella spirit this weekend! Some of our favourite festival-inspired fashions from Free People Canada…

 

Free People Festival Shop Trend Report

 

What’s your favourite festival-inspired look? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

57th Grammy Awards: Top Red Carpet Looks

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Music’s biggest night not only brought some epic performances (can we talk about Hozier and Annie Lennox?!), it also gave us some show-stopping fashion! Yesterday at the 57th Grammy Awards, we witnessed some impeccable outfits on the red carpet.

From the women, we saw a lot of black, some seriously sexy lace, and the most dramatic deep-v’s we’ve seen in a while. The men’s fashion didn’t disappoint either with trendy black-on-navy combos, dapper hats and accessories reminiscent of 50’s sophistication!

Although there was a fair share of “oh no’s” (we’re talking to you Lady Gaga and Rihanna!), there were certainly more “wow’s” on the red carpet!

Check out some of our favourite looks from last night…

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Beyoncé in custom Proenza Schouler

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Chrissy Teigen in Pucci

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Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

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Taylor Swift in Elie Saab

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Jesse J in Ralph and Russo

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Pharrell in Adidas (with wife Helen Lasichanh)

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John Mayer

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Ne-Yo in Marc Jacobs

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John Legend in Dolce & Gabbana

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Sam Smith in Armani

What are your favourite looks from last night’s red carpet? Tweet us @natashankpr!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – For Him & Her

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Ah, Valentine’s Day…that day of the year we’re reminded that love is special and most definitely worth celebrating. We’ve all seen our fair share of overly sized teddy bears, obnoxiously large boxes of chocolate, and instantly forgotten knick-knacks (cue eye rolls now…).

This year, we’ve decided to opt for the “wow” factor. To give that special someone something that shows you’re really thinking of them and something that shows you care beyond those typical cliché gifts.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite products that will make this Valentine’s Day your best one yet…

For Her:

DAVIDsTEA – The Sweetheart Collection

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Saje Natural Wellness – The Goddess Fragrance

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Mulberry – Rose Gold Heart Keyring

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Hi-Tec Canada – Bazile Lux

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Zwilling Canada – Chef Knives

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Rudsak – Black Leather iPad Case

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Tell us your favourite Valentine’s Day gift ideas…tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!