NKPR Festival Countdown 2018

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On Wednesday, August 23rd, we hosted our annual Festival Countdown to officially kick-off Film Festival season and #NKPRIT18, brought to you by Hounds Vodka and Lise Watier.

The night was filled with glamour and sophistication, with Swarovski crystals dazzling from the trees, fun activations that captured moments of the night and a plethora of refreshments and sweets (of course).

Upon entrance, a stunning Lise Watier tree was styled with twinkle lights, hanging crystals (hello, Swarovski!) and white roses as the backdrop for guests’ shared photo booth moments. Designed by the talented Caspar Haydar Design, the entire event was completely stunning and the perfect atmosphere!

As guests mingled, Pusateri’s served delicious hors-d’oeuvres throughout the night along with a full charcuterie spread with Joselito live ham slicing and a fresh mozzarella pulling station. There was something delicious for everyone and even a delicious sweets table that featured an #NKAllBlackEverything cake provided by Cakes by Mickey!

 

The cocktails for the evening were provided by Hounds Vodka, serving up signature and speciality drinks with their charcoal-infused black vodka, including “Ziggy Bardust” and “Hounds On The Rock”. The “To The Moon and Black” cocktail was definitely a crowd favourite, made with fresh lime juice, creme de cassis and simple syrup, and served with blackberries! The bar was also stocked with Ace Hill Beer and various refreshing flavours of Flow Water.

For all that sparkles, guests could visit the Lise Watier makeup playground to get their makeup touched up with the best and newest products. Guests could also take home a personalized Lise Watier makeup compact embossed with Swarovski crystal lettering (Yes, please)!

The surprise musical guest was Toronto star Fefe Dobson, who put on an incredible set of her new songs to celebrate #NKPRIT18. She performed mid-party with her all-girl band with singles like “Get You Off” and “Love” perfectly combining the theme of film and music.

Near the end of the evening, breakfast was served with Tim Hortons, with their Breakfast Anytime items! Who doesn’t love a breakfast sandwich at 10 PM? These late-night snacks gave guests one last chance to fuel-up and continue the festivities well into the night!

SHAYNE STEPHENS, SANGITA PATEL, CHRISTI HIMMELHEBER, AND GREGO MINOT

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the start of the film festival season with us!

NKPRIT18: Top 5 Most Empowering Films of TIFF 2018

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TIFF’s Year of Change: The 5 Empowering Films We Can’t Wait to See

In the past couple of years, we have seen an uprising in empowerment, with individuals and communities raising their voices and championing their causes. TIFF’s 2018 line up is embodying this movement and features films with stories that need to be heard. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 empowering films we’re looking forward to the most (that are inspiring and emotional all in one)!

The Hate U Give

The trailer begins by telling the story of young Starr growing up in a majority African American, small but tightly knit neighbourhood, with her long-time friend. It begins to tell how she separated from her roots to continue education at a more prestigious high school. Eventually, an old friendship rekindles and as their relationship blooms, they are put in a situation where they are pulled over by a Caucasian police officer. The Hate U Give is an emotionally charged film that brings forward the heartbreaking reality of many African American youth. We’re excited about this one because it’s a realistic story that stays true to a real-world phenomenon that continues to beg for true change.

Beautiful Boy

Starring the hilarious Steve Carell and the talented Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy tells the moving story of a father-son relationship. This story of change focuses on Carrel’s character who realizes that sometimes being a father is creating a fluid relationship, that is accepting and unconditional. It has a unique twist to tell a common story of losing touch with a loved one, and we’re excited to see how it unfolds!

Widows

Who doesn’t love a lady-power movie?? In this girl boss film, a group of women have become widows after their husbands have died during a criminal heist. With Viola Davis in a leading role, the women come together to pull off the unexpected. The group of widows show ultimate femme fatale to stand up and do something. We are obsessed with this action-packed movie that is a twist on the usual criminal storyline and empowers the typical damsel in distress character. It is one for all the girl bosses to watch!

Green Book

This movie looks phenomenal! Based on a true story, it tells the story of two worlds colliding. A working Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960’s American South. This film tells the story of true friendship during a highly controversial time in America’s history. We love how both music and companionship overcome the racial issues of the time. This movie is one for all audiences and has been beautifully created to evoke all emotions.

What 2018 TIFF film are you most excited to see? Tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know!

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!

Osheaga 2013

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This past weekend, Montreal’s Osheaga Festival had music fans across the country gathered to watch 120 bands perform under the sun for one of the most anticipated Canadian music festivals of the year! Performances aside, we love music festivals for all of the style inspiration and amazing display of summer trends. RACHEL Rachel Roy correspondents Anik Lacasse-Richard (Montreal In Style, Montreal), Erin Richardson (The Kit, Toronto) and Alicia Quan (Alicia fashionista, Vancouver) were on site live tweeting and blogging about the festival fashions and performances from the ground,  giving us a first-hand look at the unique array of festival-goer looks and a taste of the Osheaga experience. Anik, Erin and Alicia rocked their RACHEL Rachel Roy gear and spread the RRR love with #RRRGirlCAN tattoos, encouraging others to Instagram their looks to share with the RRR community. Be sure to follow our #RRRGirlCAN correspondants for daily fashion inspo at @aniklacasse@604fashionista and @TheKit and check out their blogs!

Here are some of our favourite highlights from the weekend

Anik Lacasse, Montreal In Style, rocking RACHEL Rachel Roy [Photos from Montreal In Style]

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Anik’s Festival Fashion Shots

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RACHEL Rachel Roy looks styled by Erin Richardson, The Kit [Photos from The Kit]

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Alicia Quan, Alicia fashionista, showing her festival pride in RACHEL Rachel Roy [Photos from Alicia fashionista]

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NKPR’s Survival Guide

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Happy Tuesday!

I know in previous posts I’ve shared some of my festival survival tips, but ever since sitting in the “trenches” with the rest of the incredible, hard-working and amazing team members I’ve realized that they have some interesting strategies for getting through the next few weeks, so I felt like I should share them.

HOW NKPR EMPLOYEES GET THROUGH FESTIVAL

  • Bunmi keeps her cool by singing musical theatre hits
  • Corinna makes sure she always eats
  • Nicole goes spinning at Quad Fitness
  • André steps away from the computer to go for a jog every night
  • Jenna gets by on pure hope and anticipation of a special run-in with one dashing Ryan Reynolds
  • Tim stays healthy with his personal desk garden of fruits and veggies
  • Stefani relies on the comfort and warmth of her blanket which is wrapped around her at all times (perhaps to provide warmth where once upon a time there lay an appendix?)
  • Dzeneta has taken to chain smoking
  • Victoria makes sure to stay on top of the news
  • Andrea eats 80-cal ice cream sandwiches and drinks Crystal Light
  • Rebecca is getting by with her new ombre hair from Salon Escape
  • Aimee is making it through thanks to the new interns
  • Rick gets by on the excitement for making a difference for Artists for Peace and Justice. Oh, and caffeine.
  • Emma gets by on deep breaths. Lots of them.
  • Marissa stays healthily fuelled thanks to her daily signature salad from the Healthy Greek (best dressing ever- but only when it’s not too garlicky)
  • Jeannette dreams of the party she’s having when festival is over
  • Michelle is surviving with Tylenol Cold & Flu
  • Kaley’s WAS yogurt covered raisins….

How are you going to get through the festival? Join the conversation @natashankpr. Also, I’ve upped the Twitter ante- for every new @natashankpr follower, I will make a $5 donation to Artists for Peace and Justice. It’s never been easier to help Haiti!

XO Natasha