That’s right! The Holiday season is now upon us and we can’t help but embrace it with all of the fun upcoming events to help us get in the festive spirit!
What better way to kick-off the holiday season than with Swarovski at one of Canada’s most iconic heritage buildings? Join us at Union Station for the official unveiling of this year’s Swarovski Holiday Tree on Friday, November 16th starting at 5:00 pm. Liz Trinnear will be hosting an official lighting countdown ceremony, holiday mingle AND a special live performance from TD Music!
BONUS: Snap a pic of the iconic holiday tree and tag @Swarovski@TorontoUnion and #BrillianceForAll #UnionHoliday – the best post will win a $1,000 shopping spree. Download full contest rules and regulations here.
The NKPR office got a little chilly last week with our annual Holiday in July preview! We hosted media and influencers in our NKPaRlour to take a look at the exciting new products coming their way this winter. Ok, ready to start your wishlists? Take a look and let us know what you’ll be gifting this year 🙂
Nothing says the holidays like a gift guide! The NKPR team put together the best ones for the busy shopper including The Best Beauty and Fashion Gifts Under $100, For The One Who Likes to Splurge, The Best Last-Minute Gifts, and Gifts for an Avid Traveller! An office favourite? Stocking Stuffers (and Hounds Vodka seriously stole the show here)!
Upon entering our winter wonderland, guests peeked under the tree for the winter must-haves from MEC! They also showcased the best picks for an NYE Bucket List and gift guides for the globetrotter, for little explorers, for the coffee lover, and more!
Guests also enjoyed breakfast throughout the day with Tim Hortons’ new Breakfast Anytime menu. Have you ever seen a happier face?
Pusateri’s also made an appearance and they’ve exclusively partnered up with celebrity chef Chuck Hughes to develop limited-edition holiday gift baskets with his picks from Pusateri’s (including a few products from his own brand)! There are two boxes available in different sizes (with different price points) with custom artisanal offerings like Pusateri’s Maple Roasted Pecans and Marcona Almonds (Roasted and Salted), and Chuck Hughes’ Balsamic Vinegar and Hot Pepper Spread! These boxes feature some seriously delicious items to keep in your winter pantry, including all the snacks you could ever need for a snow day!
A tea-lightful sight, DAVIDsTEA created their own cosy holiday space in our boardroom (with a tree and fire no less)! Guests were given a sneak peek into their holiday selection, including their ever so popular advent calendar as well as their endless array of warm winter flavours like the classic Sleigh Ride and Santa’s Secret. To be honest, nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like warm delicious drinks!
Links of London was a popular destination with their NEW Narrative Collection! Links of London has now introduced new engravable disc charms and necklaces with horizontal bars in Sterling Silver, Rose Gold Vermeil and Yellow Gold Vermeil, all embellished with the collection’s iconic bubbled edges. Each beautiful piece can be engraved with a message or memorable date, making it the perfect gift for someone you care about with sentimental meaning! Our showroom also received a new permanent addition- a Links of London telephone booth (which was incredibly popular with our guests).
Lise Watier is introducing a new Holiday collection, “Neiges”, inspired by their iconic fragrance! The collection features a highlighting powder, two 5- colour eyeshadow palettes, sparkling lipstick, metallic liquid lipsticks and more! Think of your stocking overflowing with these… yes, please! They are also offering tons of amazing gift sets, great for making gifting a breeze this year.
Flow also debuted their newest flavours (Strawberry and Rose, Watermelon and Lime, Lemon and Ginger, and Cucumber and Mint), offering a point of hydration for guests as they browsed the room.
OGX and Maui Moisture showcased how you could enjoy a spa at home! Maui Moisture’s hair masks are incredibly moisturizing, perfect for the dry cold air of winter (and with many options for all hair types and needs). The OGX stylers are perfect to finish off the job and were a huge hit with guests as they enjoyed an on-site touchup throughout the preview.
Swarovski had some simply stunning pieces on display from their Fall/Winter 2018 Collection! Some of the necklaces were so sparkly the guests couldn’t put them down- and we can’t blame them. Who would you gift a gorgeous Swarovski piece too? Get ready! Winter is closer than you think!
Have you started your holiday gift list? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!
This holiday season we’ve accumulated the best items for your budget. From gifts for those at the top of your list to the Secret Santa or Kris Kringle gifts with tight spending limits. Check out the list below before you head out on your next shopping trip!
Gifts under $30!
Thinking of good ideas for Kris Kringle gifts is one of the hardest shopping challenges during the holidays, especially with a max budget of $30… To help you out we’ve put together this list of gifts that everyone will want to steal (and won’t break the bank)!
SAJE NATURAL WELLNESS
1. The Sleep Duo. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, who wouldn’t want to quiet the brain and calm the body with restful sleep? -$24.95
2. Peppermint Halo. A roller headache remedy with a therapeutic blend ALL gift recipients will appreciate. -$26.95
3. Aromaglow Matte White electric ceramic diffuser. This flame-free ceramic diffuser holds the healing power of essential oils. Perfect for a snow day in! -$29.95
Deluxe Pillow. A touch of luxe for the campers and hikers on your list! This pillow is small and light enough to bring on backpacking trips or long-haul travels and can be inflated as much as you want to adjust its firmness and height. – $27 to $30
United By Blue Copper Mule Mug Vancouver. This cute laser engraved rose gold mug is the gift that keeps on giving- for every product sold, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from the world’s oceans! – $30
Unisex Pom Pom Hat. Everyone needs a staple pom pom hat in their winter wardrobe! With multiple prints and colours to choose from, you can’t go wrong.-$16
Tea-infused Chocolate Box. Give the gift of fine imported chocolates infused with delicious loose leaf teas. This will definitely become a holiday favourite! -$15
Santa’s Secret Set. Everyone loves getting cozy by the fire during the holidays! This gift set includes Candy Cane-sprinkled black tea, a Limited Edition red Perfect spoon, and Santa’s Secret tea-infused chocolate. It’s the perfect remedy for a cold day! -$20
Tea Piñata. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with 10 sachets of delicious tea after you burst open this fun piñata! This is great for a friend who loves some added magic! -$25
Gifts under $100!
Take a look at these beautiful and unique gifts any loved one would be happy to unwrap! Check out the items below for the best gifts at the right price.
Hounds Black Vodka. Pour everyone a glass of this smooth, creamy, and jet black spirit this holiday season. Great for the cocktail connoisseur (or who like it straight up)! -$39.45
Swarovski Remix Collection. With an invisible magnetic closure, you can blend different pieces to create a beautiful and personal look as a bracelet, choker, or necklace. This unique styling makes this the perfect gifting idea!
Fit Short Pierced Earrings. Complete a glam NYE outfit with these gorgeous crystal mesh earrings. It may come in a small box, but it will get the biggest smile!
Zodiac Pendant. This pendant will suit anyone on your list with these glittery horoscope signs!
Here at NKPR we love the holidays, and there’s nothing we look forward to more than cuddling on the couch with a our favourite festive flicks. From the traditional classics to modern comedies, take a look at our favourite festive films to enjoy with your loved ones this holiday!
Love Actually (2003)
If you’re in need of the perfect holiday film to cuddle up on the couch with a loved one, Love Actually is always the answer. This hilarious, witty British comedy delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate stories involving a wide variety of unique and eccentric characters. The movie is fun and light hearted, and an essential addition to every holiday line-up.
Home Alone (1990)
A 90’s classic, Home Alone is still as hilarious and entertaining as it was when watching as a kid. It is silly, outrageous and laugh-out-loud funny. What’s even better is that there are three films in the franchise! Watch this movie with the family and embrace the comedy, cheer, and unbeatable holiday soundtrack.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This holiday classic is a film that never fails to remind us how precious life is. Directed by Frank Capra, the film tells the story of George Baily, a man who gets an lesson from his guardian angel that makes him realize his profound impact on those around him. This touching yet humorous film is a holiday classic and an important reminder about how life is the greatest gift.
The Holiday (2006)
Another holiday romantic comedy, The Holiday is a film that will inspire you to seek adventure, get out of your comfort zone, and possibly find the love of your life. The film features an all-star line up with lead roles played by Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. It is so funny and adorable that, despite the extreme sappiness, everyone will enjoy!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1946)
The holidays are not complete without our favourite Dr. Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas. This heart-warming television special is the perfect thing to throw on for the family while cooking your holiday dinner. The quirky characters, touching story and nostalgic animations will make you feel like a kid again.
What’s your favourite holiday movie? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
On December 6th and 7th, Liberty Entertainment Group opened its third Cibo Wine Bar. Originally opening in Coral Gables, Miami, the success of the Toronto location inspired Liberty Entertainment Group decided to take Cibo to South Beach, where they purchased the last piece of property on the famous waterfront strip.
The Cibo Wine Bar South Beach features the restaurant’s authentic Italian dishes and impeccable wine selection, however it is the aesthetics that make it stand out amongst its Toronto and Coral Gables counterparts. Cibo South Beach partnered with world-renowned street artist Mr. Brainwash, who has been the inspiration for the restaurants unique and stunning interior décor. Mr. Brainwash’s famous art installation titled “Life is Beautiful” is featured on a piece of exposed concrete inside the restaurant along with works of various other artists from the South Beach community.
Cibo Wine Bar South Beach features other notable Italian-influenced aesthetics that contribute to the restaurants unique and inviting atmosphere. Hanging 20 by 12 feet over the restaurant’s dining room is a beautiful custom-made chandelier featuring 3,000 glass spheres in red, white and green – Italy’s national colours. The restaurant also has a two-story glass enclosed wine cellar, standing 24 feet tall in the middle of the restaurant. The cellar holds over 3,000 bottles from around the world with hydraulic features to lift and collect bottles. Additionally, Cibo’s European style rooftop patio covers 6,000 square feet and gives guests an opportunity to enjoy the fresh, ocean air.
The restaurant opening took place during Art Basel, the world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary works. An incredible opportunity for Cibo to be a part of celebrating of the arts, while showcasing the restaurants own artistic pieces and stunning visual aesthetics.
For fashionistas, the holidays are the perfect opportunity to wear extra glitter, or a fabulous cocktail dress, or a bright pop of colour. With so many office parties and family celebrations, it can be hard to maintain that exquisite style you’re so known for.
Luckily we’ve rounded up some of our favourites so you’re always the belle of the ball…
Never be without something to wear again! This LBD from Jones New York is an absolute must-have staple to any fashionista’s closet. With a sophisticated cut, and chic leather detailing, this dress can go from office to party in no time! Pair it with flats during the day, then pop on your heels and some red lipstick and you’re ready to go!
Every fashion-lover knows that any LBD can be instantly glamourized with a little extra bling. Add that holiday sparkle to your look with these stunning pieces from Stella & Dot. With just the right mix of antique and modern styles, these are the perfect accessory for any holiday party! Pro tip: wear your hair up to really show off the detailing on the Chandelier earrings!
SEARS – Faux Fur Cowl
Who says that winter isn’t fashionable? Look as flawless as ever as you battle the cold in this faux fur cowl. With a super soft feel, and ulta-luxurious look this scarf will not only keep you warm and bundled, but also super fashion-forward.
Making an entrance is just as important as your stylish outfit – this year, walk in with style in this Liu Jo winter coat! With two-tone detailing, this coat is not your average winter accessory. Stylish and warm, you make winter look seriously good!
It can get a little somber wearing black coats with black dresses and black shoes all holiday season. This time of year is all about bright colours and beautiful accents! This Mulberry bag is the perfect addition to any look with chic gold detailing and eye-catching colour. Style tip: pair this bag with your favourite matching nail polish!
What’s your holiday fashion favourites? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
The holidays are a time of festive cheer, delectable dishes, and special moments. One of our favourite parts are the memories of singing and dancing to the season’s classic carols!
If you’re still feeling like Scrooge, don’t fret – here is a collection of some of NKPR’s favourite songs of the season. From holiday classics to new indie covers, this playlist will have you feeling cozy and nostalgic, putting you right into the spirit of the holidays!
What’s your favourite holiday song? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
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…
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
What’s your favourite way to keep warm this season? Tweet us at @natashankpr!
As we say goodbye to summer’s colourful sundresses and flowy skirts, we welcome the return of fall and most importantly… jacket weather! Jackets and coats are an accessorizer’s dream, from bold prints to traditional neutrals we’re loving this season’s take on old classics.
One of our favourites: The Camel Coat. No longer just your grandmother’s go-to, this classic staple is a fall fashion must-have.
We break down this season’s hottest trend with help from Jones New York taking this look runway to realway. Introducing The Great Camel Comeback…
Tell us how you’d style your Camel Coat…tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!