The Kit is IT List

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This week’s IT List is all about one of our favourite fashion and beauty mags – The Kit! After working with legendary fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier at the IT Lounge Portrait Studio, NKPR had the opportunity to create a limited edition print magazine with The Kit, sharing the incredible photos and moments that were captured during film festival. The final product was a stunning piece of editorial, showcasing Patrick’s images and our incredible IT Lounge partners! Check out the final product of [The Kit is IT]!

But first, here are some of our favourite moments from The Kit is IT photo shoot with Patrick Demarchelier:

Suits star Gabriel Macht stopped by the RW&CO. suite at the IT Lounge Portrait Studio and chose a long sleeve black tee for his photo shoot with Patrick! Based on the result, we think Harvey Specter should lose the suit a little more often…

Supermodel Yasmin Warsame owns the cover of The Kit is IT, looking absolutely stunning in the lia sophia earrings and bracelets she tried on here.

From one fashion legend to another! Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker came to the IT Lounge to interview Patrick Demarchelier in the Grain Farmers of Ontario Refueling station, snacked on a Yogurty’s treat and was photographed as she is often seen, with her camera!

Trudie Styler stopped by the Lounge with her  daughter Mickey Sumner for a mother/daughter photo shoot with Patrick Demarchelier! After the shoot, the duo stopped by the IT Lounge bar serving SKYY cocktails, Bottle Green sparkling and AQUAhydrate water before browsing the Holiday collection at RW&CO.

Academy award winning director and APJ founder Paul Haggis visited the Lounge’s Tweezerman booth for a bit of grooming to get ready for his close-up with Patrick!

Canadian television personality George Stroumboulopoulos joined NKPR President Natasha Koifman for a bit of healthy competition for a cause at the STIKS Gaming booth before posing for Patrick!

What was your favourite image from The Kit is IT? Tweet us @natashankpr!


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]

Change is in the Air!

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This week marked the first day of Spring, and we’re having some record-breaking sunshine in Toronto. Changing seasons definitely make me think about changes I want to make in my life. And with all this spring fever, I’m also thinking about my spring wardrobe!! Fashion-wise, it’s a tough season for me because everything seems to be either neon or pastel and a challenge to my all-black “uniform!”

On Tuesday, I checked out the new RACHEL Rachel Roy  collection. (Available at The Bay)  I surprised myself slightly by gravitating towards the “love lock” pattern tank. 

As I’m sure you’ve figured out, I’m a romantic at heart and the story behind this design won me over. The designer was inspired by the “love locks” on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris  where couples write their names on a padlock and lock it to the bridge. They then throw the key into the river as a symbol of their undying love. And (okay, okay!) it doesn’t hurt that pattern is grounded on a solid black background…and did I mention that Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world and one of the most romantic??

I always love to wear clothes and jewelry that are reminders of a favourite place and time, or a secret little message of affirmation. Even the names of products sometimes call out to me (make-up colours too! – don’t you sometimes make a final lipstick choice JUST based on the name!?) This week, I took that a step further and arranged to get my second tattoo. I love cursive font tattoos and this will be a simple script on my left arm saying “Be Brave” – a daily reminder for me!

This will be my second affirmation tattoo. I also have “Gratitude 26” on my right arm, meaning “gratitude to the power of 26.” The number 26 holds special meaning for me as it seems to recur for me around special days (including the birth of my son!) I love the idea that these tattoos are little talismans, guiding me though my days and often secretly hidden beneath my clothes. They really do make me feel brave, empowered and grateful.

Speaking of those traits… I had the pleasure this week of meeting some really remarkable women – the ladies behind the jewelry company lia sophia. Of course, I love my accessories, but what really spoke to me from this gathering was how this business empowers women to become entrepreneurs.

Lia Sophia’s direct sales model enables women of any age, in any region of Canada to cultivate a passion for jewelry and grow a successful business, all while finding that elusive work-life balance – don’t we all crave it!? I always thought work-life balance was about sacrificing something, but I’m starting to realize it doesn’t have to be like that. My own personal picks included “Ilaria” ring and the “camlo” necklace – I wore both all night long!

Over the course of the evening we listened to women who wrestle with that very modern conflict of work versus family. Their days were ruled by guilt – guilt when they were home that they weren’t working and guilt when they were working that they weren’t with their family. Many made the brave decision to “quit the cubicle” and have worked hard to find a way to still have a career but without the same family sacrifices.

We’re often told we can “have it all”. And this a liberating idea, but sometimes it creates pressure for women to DO everything and BE everything to everybody. I can definitely identify with the struggle to reconcile all of that without feeling like you’ve given up too much and have so much admiration for these women for finding their balance – beautiful baubles, savvy business and happy family life – WIN!

I found it interesting that a gathering about jewelry really became a conversation about BALANCE. For women, life is definitely not neatly compartmentalized!!  I feel very fortunate that my job lets me do what I love… BUT even more that the people and stories behind those businesses constantly inspire me.

So, tell me – what’s on your wishlist for Spring style? Do you wear any jewelry or have body-art with a secret message of affirmation? And how do you manage to find that elusive work-life balance!? Tweet me @natashankpr!  

xo Natasha


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]