A Star is Born had its North American premiere only a few weeks ago during TIFF, with Links of London as the official co-host for their post-screening party! Well, it’s finally hitting theatres, so we decided to share some star-studded jewellery pieces that are inspired by the film. Tweet us to let us know if you’ve watched the film and what your favourite Links piece is!
June 17th is Father’s Day! We’re about a week away so we’ve put together some great ideas for how to spend your time (and maybe your money) to celebrate your dad! Whether he’s the adventurous type or likes to stay at home, there are gifts for every dad out there:
There are some seriously cool products from MEC that we think all Dads deserve to have. Check out these awesome gifts that you could use this summer at home, on the road, or even camping!
This multi-tasking freezer would make your dad the life of the party! It features dual cooled compartments for different food items, and you can control the temperature with a mobile app and charge your phone with the USB port!
This baby makes ice cream WHEREVER you go! Imagine all the times you’ve been at a family BBQ and could have used a nice creamy bowl to cool you down… now you can make it yourself as you play a friendly game of soccer!
The Food Connoisseur
Some dads are master grillers, and others love a good espresso (or both)! These Pusateri’s items are great gift options for any dad who loves to cook and enjoy their daily dose, or two, of caffeine.
Leather Grilling Apron
Fully hand-made with 100% leather, this apron is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any dad who loves to grill.
Espresso Gift Set
Nothing is better to start a morning than a cup of espresso and biscotti on the side! Add a great view and great company and that’s a perfect way to greet your dad on Father’s Day.
These Links of London goodies are classy and stylish ways to show your dad how much you appreciate all his hard work!
Really good quality pens are seriously underrated! This baby is bold and beautiful with a retractible nib, clip, and a polished black finish.
The Car Junkie
Bloor-Yorkville is hosting their 8th annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show on Sunday the 17th from 12-5 PM! Take your dad for some quality time and get up close and personal with some of the most rare, beautiful, and luxury cars.
What are you doing for Father’s Day? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!
Friday June 1st marks the official start of Pride Month, with the Toronto Pride Parade on June 24th. We’ve put together a quick guide of all the products and activities offered by our clients that will help you celebrate! We’ve got you covered for what to wear, and what to do, to show your pride this June!
Dax Dasilva, the CEO and founder of Lightspeed, is also the founder of Never Apart, a not for profit organization geared towards igniting positive change and unity through culture! Never Apart has released two Colour by Icons colouring books that celebrate 50 LGBTQ icons. Colour by Icons 2.0 features LGBTQ trailblazers including David Bowie, Yves Saint-Laurent, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many more! All proceeds from the colouring book benefit Never Apart’s LGBTQ programming!
Swarovski has a great selection of beautiful rainbow necklaces that you can show your pride with. Whether you like mid-length necklaces, chokers, or long necklaces Swarovski has got you covered for the upcoming parade!
On June 16th, MEC will be celebrating Pride Month with a special ParkBus event! This will allow urbanites who want to go camping a chance to get there on a communal (and fun) bus without having to rent a car or take some sort of transit to Narnia!
An amazing part of Pride Month is seeing the stores participate by setting up fun window displays! Bloor-Yorkville will be all decked out in rainbows for the month, making it that much more fun to window shop! Spend a weekend checking out all of the beautiful window displays as you browse through the incredible shops and restaurants throughout the neighbourhood.
How will you be celebrating Pride Month? Tweet us at @natashankpr to let us know!
How will you mark International Women’s Day this year?
For me, the greatest influence begins at home
As long as I can remember, my family has always celebrated International Women’s Day. Every March 8, my father would give my mother a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It started when they first got married before my sister and I were born and has continued to this day. I asked my father once why this particular day was so special that he wanted to honour it with a gift to my mother.
He said it was his way of showing how much he loved, supported and respected my mother and the way she was raising my sister and me to be strong, independent, resourceful women. He felt it was important to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day with a symbolic gesture in celebration of an important event.
Perhaps because he was raised in a female-led household (with just his mom and sister as his father died during World War II) my father has always believed that women are equal and deserving of the same rights, responsibilities and rewards as men. In all the interactions I’ve witnessed my father has had with other people – men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life – I’ve always been struck how respectful, kind, friendly and fair he’s been, without fail.
I realize how lucky I am to have been raised in a family where both my parents believed that two little girls could do anything they dared to dream. They encouraged us to pursue our goals and not let obstacles or challenges deter us. They taught us the importance of giving back to our community and to pay it forward with the same respect that they showed each other and us. Although not perfect, I believe my parents taught my sister and I well.
So in thinking about this year’s International Women’s Day, an annual day when people the world over come together to focus on women’s issues and achievements, it may seem overwhelming to think what one person can possibly do to advance women’s rights towards a more balanced society with 50/50 equality. That’s an ambitious goal! For me, as it’s always been, the road to equality begins at home.
As much as we should change laws, institutions, pay and workplace culture (and we should) the one thing each one of us can do most easily begins at home within our immediate family. When my son was born years ago, I knew I wanted to raise a good man who valued all people as equals. I wanted to raise a man like my father who shared his traits of kindness, compassion and empathy. As I look at my son today, fully grown and starting his career, I feel immense pride for the man he has become.
And I realize that of life’s greatest accomplishments and greatest area of influence, it rests within one’s own family and immediate circle. That’s where the most impact and positive change can occur. And if you do it right, the ripple effect grows bigger and stronger.
So I wish each of you a happy International Women’s Day. Take the time to celebrate the women in your life and remind yourself how each one of us can influence and support those closest to us and in turn, support all of us.
Happy International Women’s Day! What does International Women’s Day mean to you? Tweet me @NatashaNKPR or leave a comment below.
There are so many places in the city, you can get lost trying to decide where to go! I’ve curated a list of my favourite places to go- Whether you’re looking to eat, shop, or play, there is something for everyone this winter.
Where to… EAT
Ufficio |1214 Dundas St W.
One of the best places to stop if you’re looking for an amazing meal! I personally love their green beans and ricotta gnocchi. (Who doesn’t LOVE gnocchi??)
Bake Shoppe | 859 College St.
Some of my absolute favourite treats are from here! I’m currently on a sugar cleanse for January, but typically my kitchen is always stocked with something, whether its the Retro Flakies or Nutella Cookies- I’m obsessed!
Bar Centrale | 1095 Yonge St.
This is my go-to spot for brunch, just located downstairs in Terroni! I always tend to go back for Poached eggs on top of brioche.
Where to… SHOP
TNT Fashion | Yorkville Village, 87 Avenue Rd.
TNT has been a shopping staple of mine for years. They offer an amazing curation of brands and collections- you can’t go wrong! Visit their store in Bloor Yorkville to find the perfect items to add to your winter wardrobe.
South Hill Home | 146 Dupont St.
Making your home warm and inviting is so important in these cold dark months, and South Hill’s beautifully crafted furnishings definitely do the trick! Stop by and pick up a new piece to make your space feel fresh and happy this winter.
Square One Shopping Centre| 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga
This may be outside of the downtown core, but Square One is one of my top shopping destinations! When you need a break from hunting for the best finds, stop by for a delicious eclair at Nugateau.
Where to… PLAY
Windsor Arms Hotel | 18 St Thomas St. What better way to spend a chilly afternoon than at the spa, followed by high tea? Windsor Arms is a must for curing the winter blues!
Toronto Maple Leafs Game | Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St.
Every now and then I love to catch a Leafs’ game with Anthony! Recently, this winter, I’ve really enjoyed going out and getting into the team spirit- it’s so much fun!
Thompson Toronto | 550 Wellington St W.
Get out of the cold and enjoy the Thompson! You can wet your palette at the bar then head on to their Screening Room for a movie!
Although it’s sunny and warm outside, this week we brought some festive, holiday joy to Toronto giving media a sneak-peek into holiday gift guides. From jewelry to fashion, skincare to cosmetics, we’ve got something for everyone with these incredible holiday gifting ideas…
Let us know what’s on your wish list – tweet us at @natashankpr!